Monthly Archives: June 2015

NCCP Decries Harassment of staff, family


The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) condemns in the strongest terms the recent spate of harassments among unionists and activists perpetrated by elements believed to be agents of the state. There are now more than 20 such cases involving union officers and organizers of COURAGE (Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees) and other progressive organizations since April 2015. They were all harassed by persons claiming to be members of the military and the police. COURAGE has been at the forefront of the struggle of government employees for decent wages and workers’ rights. In particular, they have been calling for a 16,000 pesos across the board salary increase. This campaign has been gaining ground in the last several months.



Municipal waste is non-renewable!

Ibinalita ito last week: Pasig plant turns trash into fuel.

Pero basahin ninyo ito (mula sa Incinerators: Myths vs. Facts about “Waste to Energy”)

Municipal waste is non-renewable, consisting of discarded materials such as paper, plastic and glass that are derived from finite natural resources such as forests that are being depleted at unsustainable rates. Burning these materials in order to generate electricity creates a demand for “waste” and discourages much-needed efforts to conserve resources, reduce packaging and waste and encourage recycling and composting. More than 90% of materials currently disposed of in incinerators and landfills can be reused, recycled and composted. Providing subsidies or incentives for incineration encourages local governments to destroy these materials, rather than investing in environmentally sound and energy conserving practices such as recycling and composting.

Time to Rethink the Reasons Our Parents and Everybody Else Told Us about Why We Go to School

We are familiar with the economics and mechanics of education because these are often fiercely debated but the idea of schooling can still be improved if we initiate more conversations about the philosophy or philosophies that sustain it. Simply put, we should endeavor to give better answers to the question ‘Why do we need to go to school?’