QUEZON CITY. An alliance of Yolanda survivors and their partner non-government organizations spearheaded by the Philippine-based NGOs supported by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) raises hopes for a sustained and more effective government program for reconstruction in Yolanda-hit areas as its calls for a central reconstruction agency, a thorough accounting and evaluation of Yolanda rebuilding projects, and a mechanism for a genuine and robust people’s consultation are reportedly gaining greater traction in the Executive agencies of the Duterte administration and gathering support from the local government units (LGUS) in the so-called Yolanda corridor---the impacted provinces and municipalities by super-typhoon Yolanda.

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Muling nagigising ang buong bayan sa mapanlinlang na panunungkulan ng gobyernong Aquino. Bulok at huwad ang “Tuwid na Daan.” Bigo ang masang Pilipinong makaahon mula sa gutom at kahirapan. Mula kay Cory na nangako ng tunay na demokrasya pagkabagsak ng diktadura, walang natupad sa mga pangako ng lahat ng mga administrasyong umupo sa Malacañang. Nananatiling pangarap ang pagtatamo ng kaginhawaan at katarungang panlipunan na nagtutulak sa mamamayan upang paigtingin ang pakikibaka para sa  tunay na pagbabago sa pulitika, ekonomiya at sistemang panlipunan.

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A broad spectrum of civil society organizations and peoples movements, claiming to represent the majority of the population who are  increasingly disillusioned with Pres. Aquino’s failure to live up to the popular mandate which brought him to power in 2010, will hold a “people’s assembly” in Quezon City to discuss  what for them is the real state of the nation.

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Today, we, the marginalized and grassroots women will march to the streets for reproductive, economic and climate justice. Today, on the occasion of celebrating International Women’s Day, we put forward our demands to the PNoy government as mothers, sisters, daughters, as citizens and as a sector, even as a people.

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President Benigno S. Aquino III or P-Noy got elected on a mandate to correct the unprecedented corruption under the previous administration.  However, there is another equally, if not more, compelling problem, the solution to which can no longer wait.  This problem is widespread poverty and the failure of the economy to provide the majority of Filipinos a respectable and dignified life.

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