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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Some Filipino parents expect ROI from educating kids

30 Sep

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For some families, a child graduating from college means an additional breadwinner (Image from school.discoveryeducation.com)

[This article is originally published in UPIU.com]
The UPI mentor provided feedback by saying that this is a very interesting story because it “provided some insight into Filipino culture and the demands placed on children by their parents. It helped expressed my opinions but if I want it to become a feature story, I “would need to interview some college students and their parents about their expectations, financial pressures, etc.”

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Filipinos place a premium on formal education. It is generally viewed as the stepping stone for upward social and economic mobility. Some parents think of putting their children through school as a matter of life and death. We often hear stories of parents selling their property or borrowing money from friends and relatives while others opt to work abroad. No sacrifice is too big just to send sons and daughters to school to eventually acquire a college diploma.

There is nothing wrong looking at education this way and seeing it as a sure way to a better future, getting a decent job and achieve dreams that would help ease poverty especially in a developing country like the Philippines. What is bothersome is when parents impose formal or informal obligations to their children to return what they have invested in them, just like a businessman or businesswoman expects a return on investment (ROI).

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