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Fisherfolk group opposes P18.7 lake rehabilitation project

30 Sep

Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines and the primary source of livelihood for residents surrounding the lake (Photo taken from http://www.dredgingtoday.com)


[This article is originally published in UPIU.com]
The mentor suggested to make the lead stronger by noting that around 450,000 families will be displaced because of this project. It can also become reader-friendly by making the sentences and paragraphs shorter. Interview with a couple of families could also make the story powerful.

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Quezon City, Philippines – Around 200 members of a militant fisher folk organization gathered in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) office earlier today to oppose the 18.7 billion peso rehabilitation project of the Laguna Lake.

Laguna Lake or Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in Asia that covers more than 90,000 hectares, providing fisheries livelihood for the residents surrounding the lake.

The rehabilitation project will be funded by Belgian company Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon (BDC). It was originally questioned by local officials for not undergoing a public bidding as required by Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Act.

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AI’s kick-off event to the World’s International IP day

11 Aug

AI members and supporters

[Originally published in Asian Correspondent.com]
Feedback: The lead could have been made stronger by choosing between an atmospheric lead or a direct lead.

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Members and supporters of Amnesty International-Philippines (AIP) wearing colourful masks and green shirts marched their way to the Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC) to the beat of the drums on Sunday morning to kick-off its week-long celebration of the 16th International day of the World’s Indigenous People.

“Today, we celebrate with the Indigenous Peoples around the world.  We wear masks to symbolize that amidst diversity of peoples of the world, we all have the same human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards,” opened Dr. Aurora Parong, Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines, after the march to the Runnex Area of QCMC. Continue reading