Housing units turnover signals Marawi victims return to normalcy

MARAWI CITY – For more than four years, Norhaima Ditucalan’s family was at her grandparents’ house in Ditsaan Ramain, Lanao del Sur, some 10 kilometers away from Marawi City where they lived for decades.Ditucalan used to live with her three … Continue reading Housing units turnover signals Marawi victims return to normalcy

THE DURIAN BEAT: Shining light in Mindanao’s dark tunnel

The shining light in Mindanao’s dark tunnel BY ROGER M. BALANZA Of late, our lawmakers have given assurance that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be approved by Congress by the end of May. This assurance made during  a recent … Continue reading THE DURIAN BEAT: Shining light in Mindanao’s dark tunnel

LAWMAKERS APPROVE MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION

261 vs. 18 The Philippine Congress, during a special joint session on Saturday, voted to extend the period of martial law until the year-end. Results of the joint voting showed that 261 lawmakers voted in the affirmative while 18 lawmakers voted in the negative. On the part of the Senate, 16 senators voted in favor of the motion, while four were against it. Meanwhile, 245 House members approved the motion, while 14 rejected it. In the Senate, it was Senator Gringo Honasan who motioned to extend the period of martial law to five months. The senators who voted against Honasan’s … Continue reading LAWMAKERS APPROVE MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION

PBGEA IN MARAWI RELIEF MISSION

The Pilipino Banana Growers & Exporters Association (PBGEA) embarked on a relief mission to help displaced people severely affected by the war in Marawi City. Dubbed “One Love, One Mindanao, Help Marawi,” the relief mission  was organized by PBGEA member companies.  Volunteers from the companies accompanied the three-truck convoy that brought relief goods to the beleaguered Lanao del Sur capital city on June 18. “We are one with Mindanao and we are one with our fellow Filipinos in Marawi,” said PBGEA executive director Stephen  Antig Escorted by the military,  the relief mission convoy left  Davao City on June 17 and … Continue reading PBGEA IN MARAWI RELIEF MISSION