August 01, 2015     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Agriculture lag, other issues in final SONA

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A month ago I wrote in this space that at least two unresolved issues – his “dismal record” on human rights and impunity and the Mamasapano tragedy – will hound President Aquino in his sixth and last state-of-the-nation address on Monday. That remains true.

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Threats, harassments vs progressive groups

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star What are they up to? Are they aiming to deter bigger participation in the anticipated protest actions timed with President Aquino’s final state-of-the-nation address on July...

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Austerity, eurozone policies need to change

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The government’s economic managers have been repeatedly assuring us that whatever happens to debt-ridden Greece and its European Union membership will have little impact in the...

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Elitism in Phl banks; PWDs’ plight in BPOs

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star This week the P14.12-trillion Philippine banking system was the subject of news reports in two contrasting lights. On the one hand, Philippine banks — particularly the...

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Mindanao IPs cry: ‘Let us keep our schools!’

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Mindanao is no longer home for the Higaonons, for the B’laans, Ata Manobos and other indigenous people. Their leaders are either killed by the military and...

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

HR violations to hound P-Noy in his last SONA

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A month hence President Aquino will deliver his sixth and last state-of-the-nation address. However much he may embellish his administration’s achievements on the economy, anti-corruption drive...

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Revisiting labor contractualization

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A year ago I discussed in this space how labor contractualization — where firms hire workers for short-term, non-regular employment without the benefits accorded by law...

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

A new stab at solving the housing backlog?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star After 23 years of the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 (RA 7279), the backlog in providing housing units for those needing them has burgeoned...

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

A rightful land reform

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star A “moral imperative and a political necessity” is how a militant peasant organization and advocates of genuine agrarian reform described the launching yesterday of a Philippine...

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Downsides, upsides (?) in US free-trade policy

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In 1993, then US President Bill Clinton had to fight hard to overcome his Democratic partymates’ “fierce opposition” to the passage in Congress of the North...

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

My father cherished Kapampangan verse

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The month of May evokes in me memories of joy and sadness. May is the month of fiestas. Where I was born and grew up, we...

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