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Looking into new Philippine transport network companies
by Warren Chua, Isabel Cañaveral and Dab Castañeda
Straight News // August 4, 2018

News broke out last March that Uber was merging its South East Asian operations with Grab Taxi in exchange for a 27.5 percent stake in the latter. In the Philippine context, this means the two major players in the ride-sharing industry have combined into one. Furthermore, according to Brian Cu, country head of Grab Philippines,…

Opposition presents ‘true’ state of PH in United People’s SONA
by Dab Castañeda
National Situationer Straight News // July 24, 2018

Reports from Andrea Punzalan   In an effort to engage the Filipinos in a discussion regarding the “true” state of the nation, a mobilization tagged as “United People’s SONA” was held yesterday, July 23, outside St. Peter’s Parish in Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City. Movement Against Tyranny, Anakbayan, Tindig Pilipinas, BAYAN, and members of the #BabaeAko…

Sagun releases apology for Gonzales impeachment case three years prior
by Patrick Quintero
Straight News // July 8, 2018

Three years after filing an impeachment case for gross negligence of duty against former University Student Government (USG) Vice President for External Affairs Mae Mae Gonzales, Norben “Bim” Sagun Jr. released a public apology addressed to the former and her previous office yesterday, July 7. Sagun filed the complaint against Gonzales and former USG Executive…

Organizations protest against removal of Comfort Women Statue
by Aileen Bautista and Eliza Santos
Straight News // June 21, 2018

After only five months standing along Roxas Boulevard, the Comfort Women Statue built to pronounce a national statement against the atrocities of the Japanese was withdrawn from public eyes. The two-meter-high statue was removed along with two other monuments in the same stretch. It was supervised by the local government of the City of Manila…

Tabucao impeached due to gross negligence
by Blaise Cruz
Straight News // June 18, 2018

Miguel Tabucao, FOCUS 2016 Legislative Assembly (LA) Representative, was impeached earlier today by the University Student Government (USG) Judiciary on grounds of gross negligence. Tabucao incurred six unapproved absences from LA meetings, an impeachable offense in the USG Constitution. “He actually already wanted to resign, and so he filed a resignation letter,” LA Chief Legislator…

HINDIpendence Day Proclamation held against Duterte admin
by Dab Castañeda
National Situationer Straight News // June 13, 2018

A movement against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, tagged as “HINDIpendence Day,” was held yesterday at Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita as a mobilization to commemorate the 120th year of the nation’s independence. Being part of the event, a Women’s Freedom March, dubbed “#BabaeAko,” also transpired, led by women’s issues advocate group, Gabriela.     In…

Yes to Equality: USG, UP Babaylan hold mobilization in support of LGBTQ+
by Cristina Francia, Warren Chua and Dab Castañeda
Straight News // May 26, 2018

As the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill makes its way through Senate, the University Student Government (USG), in cooperation with Babaylan of the University of the Philippines (UP), held “Yes to Equality,” a mobilization in support of the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, last May 25 at the Cory Aquino Democratic…

DLSU, UTP sign MOA for exchange opportunities
by Danielle Aglubat and Dab Castañeda
Straight News // May 24, 2018

The Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE), with the support of University Chancellor Dr. Robert C. Roleda, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) regarding the establishment of providing undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs, yesterday at the Villavicencio Board Room, 15th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall. Facilitated by the faculty and…

Agricultural cooperatives seen as among key players in poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific
by Ian Benedict Mia
Straight News // May 22, 2018

Agricultural organizations converged at the Civil Society Plasa of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) last May 4, 2018 to discuss current projects, initiatives, and developments among agricultural cooperatives and how they are strongly positioned as a catalyst and driver of poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific.   Impact of agricultural cooperatives The diverse set…

Pushing for sustainable development: Community-centered conservation as a multi-stakeholder approach
by Roselin Manawis and Ian Benedict Mia
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Representatives from civil society organizations convened at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Civil Society Plasa during the 51st ADB Annual Meeting to talk about community-centered conservation as a multi-stakeholder approach to sustainable development. The panelists discussed a diverse set of projects and initiatives ongoing in their different organizations which include forestry and coal management, grants…