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Ban on plastics: how effective?

Today, the local government unit of Davao has begun imposing the ban on the use of non-biodegradable plastics and polystyrene foams for use as food and beverage containers, as laid out in the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009. The City Environmental and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) is now tasked to monitor […]

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Journalists workshop on environment reporting

I was fortunate to have been invited to speak at a media workshop last Saturday, 10 March 2012, on environment reporting. Thanks to Mindanao Times editor-in-chief, Amy Cabusao, for the opportunity to engage Mindanao’s media practitioners in the advocacy to protect our marine environment! The workshop, organized by the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center […]

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Take a closer look at Davao Gulf

The Gulf of Davao is a vast expanse of water (308,000 ha.) that touches all four provinces of Region 11 — Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley — and Davao City. It is the life source of more than 5 million people, of whom only a few realize the importance of […]

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Davao Museum art exhibit

Ten artists from Cebu, Davao, Manila and France will converge this 28th of March in CULTURAL CONFLUENCE II, an art exhibit that aims to cross boundaries in terms of artistic expression and cultures. First ran in Cebu City last year at the SM Art Center, the Davao Museum of History and Ethnography takes the challenge […]

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Events, Society   5

Dabawenya actress in M’s latest issue

[Media Release] From a host in local TV variety show to a lead starrer in a top-rating television series, Dabawenya actress Bangs Garcia is definitely making a significant leap in Philippine showbiz. In the latest edition of M (Life and Living in Mindanao) Magazine, Bangs bares her hits and misses, her triumphs and ordeals as […]

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Personalities, Society   1

ICT Davao advocates proper e-waste disposal

[Media Release] Sales of electronic products worldwide are set to rise sharply in the next 10 years. And, unless action is stepped up to properly collect and recycle materials, many developing countries, like the Philippines, face the spectre of hazardous e-waste mountains – which include old and dilapidated desk & laptop computers, printers, mobile phones, […]

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Society   3

Be vigilant for Mindanao

No matter how many times one hears about senseless killings, it is appalling each time it happens. How could people sink so low? How could people engaged in violence continue to believe that it will ever solve anything? The massacre yesterday of the Mangudadatu family members and journalists in Ampatuan town on their way to […]

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Environment problem: we are not blameless

Due to the recent — and enduring — devastation brought about by Ondoy (a.k.a. Typhoon Ketsana), in the news now, we see pleas for more awareness of environmental issues. We read about government being asked to be more rigorous and meticulous in public infrastructure planning, as well as in granting land development projects to real […]

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Mindanaoan Artist Visual Irony in Lexicon of Surrealism

(This is a contributed article by Phillip Somozo.) This Davao-born visual artist frequently stepped upstage during his college years for consistently winning painting competitions. His stuttering childlike speech, incompatible with his towering 6-foot height, sometimes made people laugh. Today, Bienvenido Banez, Jr., towers all the more for achievements uncommon among Filipino artists. Diagnosed with mild […]

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Lifestyle, Society   3

Message to all Filipinos

I got this open letter via one of my mailing lists, and I’m sharing it here now because it deserves to be read by as many Filipinos as possible. Contained in this open letter are brave and insightful thoughts, written anonymously. To all Filipinos Everywhere: I used to think that corruption and criminality in the […]

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