Banana farmers, lawyers laud Congress for agribusiness bill progress, urge to strengthen efforts for fair contracts

Banana farmers and lawyers lauded the Congress for bringing the agribusiness bill hearing to Davao City but continued to urge them to strengthen their efforts in helping farmers revoke and renegotiate their contracts with multinational companies. “This can be truly

NGO assists in filing death declaration for missing “Yolanda” victims

A non-governmental organization assists surviving families of Typhoon Yolanda in filing a Petition for Declaration of Presumptive Death for their missing family members whose whereabouts remains unknown until now. The Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS),

Struggling for land, life, and change

By Mikhaela Dimpas Ambrocio Aveceno, or better known as Ka Ambo, saw and experienced first-hand how the farmers fought for their land, and now, how they are being forced into poverty and debt because of unfair contracts that riddle the

Solidarity in invisibility: The women in banana farms are rising

By Mikhaela Dimpas A great divide between men and women has always been seen. Men and their sons are expected to work, while the women and their daughters are expected to keep the home. The same can be seen in

This World Food Day 2017, banana farmers and lawyers call for fair contracts

Banana farmers and lawyers called for fair contracts and rural development in a media briefing at Quezon City this World Food Day 2017, Oct. 16. “We depend on our banana farms for everything because it’s our only livelihood,” said Rolando

Reaching out and building peace in challenging times

By Tricia Buendia Dauntless — Probably how most people would describe the strongman of the Philippines who charmed his way into winning the presidency. He gave off the rockstar vibe that previous administrations failed to showcase. Ours is a shallow

Sec. Soliman to mayors: ‘Waive civil registration fees’ in Yolanda-hit areas

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman asked local government units (LGUs) in Yolanda-hit areas to waive any fees in processing of civil registration documents. In a recent launching of a mobile civil registration project in