The procedure in handling the prosecution of two of the four Alabang boys fell short of that required by the Comprehensive Drugs Act, the chain of custody rule was violated, thus they were set free. Is that the real reason for this frustrating turn of events? What was your initial reaction upon seeing this in the front page? Some ...
Hammocks are helping an increasing number of women in the remote mountains of Ifugao, a province in the northern Philippines, reach hospital to give birth.
It is sweeping the nation. Have you been infected yet?
Last year I had the opportunity of working with an NGO effort in Trinidad and Tobago. (It is always tough having to take on a consulting job in a sunny Caribbean country, but someone had to do it…) I was working on behalf of a philanthropic organization to help launch an organization that would train and build the capacity of ...
Protecting thresher sharks using the law (of nature).
"Every calling is great when greatly pursued." -Oliver Wendell Holmes
From the 3rd until the 6th of August 2011 I spent time volunteering for Gawad Kalinga (GK) and learning about the work that GK does to achieve their vision of eradicating poverty in the Philippines. During my first two days I spent time at the Sibol School in Taguig watching and helping the children in their school activities.
Tarsiers are, without a doubt, some of the cutest creatures that Mother Nature was kind enough to send our way. Arguably the world’s smallest primate, a tarsier is no bigger than a tennis ball. With big amber eyes that can melt your heart, it’s no surprise that they’re the number one tourist attraction in the province of Bohol in the ...
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) has once again initiated a project that had attracted thousands across the province of Cebu to run and plant thereafter. More than 55,000 earth runners joined the Run2Plant 4 Greenin Philippines held simultaneously in the 48 municipalities and cities of the Province of Cebu last June 25, 2011.
With the success of facebook, G+, and Twitter, one social networking site tries to use the world phenomenon for social responsibility, impact, and action. Although it is only available in the USA for now, there is no stopping visionary, progressive, and tech-savvy Filipinos from creating the same.
It's such a simple idea. Yet the best ones are always the simplest. When it hits the fan, it spreads fast!
"..When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place."
Integrative health + social responsibility = Soup of the Day
Sick of being paid tiny wages to make crafts, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz started an organization to get famous designers to give her work cachet, and started helping get local craftswomen out of poverty.
Artists beware! Your freedom of expression is now threatened by conservative Catholics who do not want to be offended by your creations. Usually, if one does not want to be offended by something, they look away or do not partake. This time, they want to repeal your right all together. Progress!
Let the picture speak for itself.
Here's a crazy idea: Persuade the world to try living in peace for just one day, every September 21. In this energetic, honest talk, Jeremy Gilley tells the story of how this crazy idea became real -- real enough to help millions of kids in war-torn regions
Ory Okolloh, during her TED talk, on becoming an activist.
The Philippines is in need of your own version of activism.
It's a real and urgent issue that needs to be addressed NOW.
Watch this video.
A community supported agriculture group in Metro Manila aims to not only provide local and organic produce direct from the farm to your doorstep, but also to reconnect you with the people and place where your food is grown.
Here's an account of a farm trip.
Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN's World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: "Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together."
Did you know about this wonderful tech that the Dep-Ed and Cybersoft is offering?
Monitor and upload updates of about 45000+ public schools directly from you computer.
Visit mapcentral.ph/deped and see for yourself.
If elected leaders are subject to grading and transparency, why can't clergy?
Shouldn't all public figures and social leaders be under the same scrutiny?
Germany is leading the way.
With a huge campus, students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman always have he dilemma of getting to their next class without being late. How do they do it? Well, here's one way: Riding a Bike. But not just any bike. Read on to find out more about the bicycle that every Isko and Iska is riding.
Melissa Power of Love, a new shoe collection by Melissa Gallery recently launched. To inaugurate the event, the brand created a stop motion video using 350,000 Post-Its. People were invited to write notes of love on the pieces of paper adn submit them.
From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> In hell or high water, they didn’t disappoint.
Heavy rains and floods did not stop reigning Miss Earth beauty queens from here and abroad from trooping to the Inquirer on Saturday morning to stress the importance of environmental protection.
Amazing process on how to grow 1 million pounds of food on 3 acres of land with 1 pump, 10,000 fish, and 500 yards of compost.
A true opportunity to the address soaring prices of food and distribution hyper-inequality.
"The women of the younger generation are doing incredible work, not jut in their own businesses, in what they are starting, but in changing the world...
MOVING MOUNTAINS by KAK Tri-Media Producations, a Filipino documentary film group, shines light on large-scale mining in the Cordilleras and how it changes the lives of the surrounding communites. It also sheds light on the efforts of indiginous communities that try their best to deter the mining companies.
After a year-long investigation by PETA Asia and the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigations, police have now charged a Philippine couple with cruelty to animals and other crimes related to producing a series of pornographic videos in which young girls torture and kill animals. Faced with the charges, suspects Dorma ‘Chita’ and Vic Ridon have fled.
The Marikina City government has intensified its campaign against breast cancer which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the second most common type of cancer in the world.
Shakespeare once said, “The world is a stage where every man must play his part in the drama called life.”
From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has a new title under his belt.
3 articles from two major newspapers feature environmental progress in the Philippines.
Mainstream media merely reflects what is popular concern -- maybe this is a sign of good things to come
UP does more than give lectures and tests. Learning shouldn't be confined to the classroom and to the degree of each student. There are other valuable lessons that the University offers. Life-saving techniques, for example, are taught by a group called the Kampo Uno Rescue.
A lot of kids are still at work.
From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Stressing that “domestic helpers also deserve access to decent and humane work like professionals,” Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday expressed support for the speedy approval of House Bill No. 553, the Magna Carta for Household Helpers.
OpenIDEO asked the question How might we improve maternal health care with mobile technologies in low income countries?
Here are 20 solutions submitted by diverse people from around the world -- a true crowd-sourced solutions approach.
Yesterday marked the culmination of months of hard work and preparation for our GatheringBooks 1st Year Anniversary. Iphigene, Fats, and I have decided that one of the ways through which our Blogiversary could be rendered more meaningful is through some form of community service through our website (see herefor our announcement post).
And so my family ...
A few days back, Stella Ruth Gonzales’s “Exit Clearance: An OFW’s Nightmare” relayed a story. It was a simple narration of an OFW trying to get an exit clearance with the Philippine Overseas Employment Association or the POEA. But why did it merit the headlines?
Unclaimed dogs and cats in pounds can no longer be legally put down through tambucho-gassing.
Department of Agriculture Administrative Order number 9 signed by Secretary Proceso Alcala removes ' the use of carbon monoxide coming from vehicle exhaust fumes' as a legal procedure of euthanizing animals. Only "carbon monoxide in cylinders may be used."
From The Philippine Daily Inquirer
Okay, so maybe they were in your face, albeit effective marketing material for what they were selling, Bench underwear. But surely, now, there must be bigger problems in the country than having the Philippine Volcanoes rally support for rugby and pose in their briefs?
With the world population expected to reach seven billion by the end of October – with more than 100 million of them Filipinos – an official of the United Nations said yesterday the focus of discussions should not be about numbers but on the quality of life of these people.
Image: Hans Rosling in his famous TED presentation on population
GlobalGiving's storytelling project turns anecdotes into useful data. The question "What does your community need?" was the study, and the answers yielded action-ready results.
An easily applicable methodology in the Philippine setting.
On the recent Bravehearts Tour of Hope, celebrity cyclists saved 12 lives each in a special 67-km bike ride.
Legistlature in several US states provide incentives for Ethical businesses.
Maybe Philippine laws can leapfrog from these examples.
OpenIdeo.com raises the question:
How might we use social business to improve health care in low income areas?
It is eye-opening, idea-generating, and an open challenge that is directly applicable to the Philippines.
As the home and birthplace of Whole Foods Market, Austin is known for its local approach to sustainable eating. Now it looks like the Texas capitol is set to make yet another mark on the national grocery store landscape. In.gredients will be the first “package-free” supermarket in the United States. Much like London’s Unpackaged, In.gredients will be an ...
88.3% of graduating MBA students say they'd take a pay cut to work for firms that have ethical business practices