Disastrous disaster capitalism

What this is, in simple terms, is disaster capitalism: the commodification of crisis in order to generate greater profits. What others would call “supply and demand” is actually sellers preying on fear, anxiety, and sometimes even safety in order to generate profit. By JUSTIN UMALI Crises are always unpredictable regardless of preparation. The current… The post Disastrous disaster capitalism appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatJan 14th, 2020

Disastrous disaster capitalism

What this is, in simple terms, is disaster capitalism: the commodification of crisis in order to generate greater profits. What others would call “supply and demand” is actually sellers preying on fear, anxiety, and sometimes even safety in order to generate profit. By JUSTIN UMALI Crises are always unpredictable regardless of preparation. The current… The post Disastrous disaster capitalism appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

Mayor Sara to employees: 20 pesos fine for every violation of basic health protocols

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) — Employees of the City Government of Davao should strictly observe basic health protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the workplace or they will be fined 20 pesos for every violation, Mayor Sara Duterte said. During her live interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Friday, Duterte expressed her frustration over the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

Churches now allowed to hold Sunday masses in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 August) – Churches in Davao City may now hold masses on Sundays, Mayor Sara Duterte said. During her live interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5), Duterte said the local government has lifted the ban on all religious activities on Sundays as it further eased restrictions under an extended […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Families in Davao told to observe physical distancing inside homes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 August) – Extended families living under one roof should observe physical distancing to avoid the transmission of Covid-19 among themselves, Mayor Sara Duterte said. Duterte said during her live interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) that it is best for household members to avoid others who are not […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

MGB-7 encourages LGUs to utilize geohazard maps

CEBU CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-7) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) in the region to make use of the geohazard maps to boost their disaster preparedness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Cayetano supports passage of DDR measure

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayeyano on Wednesday pushed for the passage of the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience which he said is crucial to respond to natural disasters amid COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Heavy downpour due to LPA triggers flash floods in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/  05 August) — A heavy downpour spawned by a low pressure area (LPA) on Tuesday evening flooded some areas in Davao City, displacing hundreds of residents residing in flood-prone barangays along the Matina and Talomo rivers. In a weather update released by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Moderating oligarchs’ greed

Last July 13, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke before soldiers in Jolo, Sulu and triumphantly declared he “dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the country’s economy without the need to declare martial law.” This came a few days after a committee in the House of Representatives rejected ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bill. During his penultimate State of the Nation Address on July 27, Duterte took another swipe at the oligarchs whose great wealth has enabled them “to influence public policy to their advantage.” He cited as an example the Lopezes “who used their media outlets in their battles with political figures” including himself during the 2016 elections. People seem to forget that Duterte’s avowed mission to put oligarchs in their proper place was part of his 2016 campaign promise to stamp out corruption. At that time, he said the corruption in the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue was “small change in comparison to the high-level corruption that runs in the billions among the economic elite.” Oligarchy means the rule of the few, but its meaning has evolved to refer to powerful individuals or groups outside of government who are able to benefit from political connections to amass vast amounts of wealth and gain control of major industries. The term “oligarch” started popping up recently in mainstream and social media but its context in relation to what is happening in our society has become warped and obfuscated. To be fair, the President has given credit where credit is due, even to the so-called oligarchs when they helped the government in this COVID-19 crisis, but he said it is their abuses that he abhors. On several occasions, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pointed out how oligarchs use their wealth to gain power, while the political elite used their power to amass wealth. He expressed full support to Duterte’s advocacy in changing the current system where he believes the people “willingly consent to being held back by the few who control the economy and through that, the running of the nation.” According to Cayetano, the real threat to the stability of our socio-political and economic systems are those backroom deals that make exploitation legal – “the quiet acquiescing to a system that naturally favors the ultra-rich and very powerful.” He believes that not all oligarchs are bad, saying in a media interview: “Just like every entrepreneur wanting to expand their business, these would-be oligarchs might very well have started off with the most benign or even benevolent intentions. But the malignant DNA of unabated, uncontrolled capitalism, especially corporate capitalism, eventually comes to play, leading to people and systems being abused and exploited.” Cayetano clarified, though, that capitalism and democracy work as we have seen in other economies. He thinks the situation in the Philippines is not hopeless, and we can begin to change this corrupt system by acknowledging there is a problem and we are part of it. “This is a battle between those who are willing to fight their self-interest and change with the system, versus those who deny that there is anything wrong with the status quo, specifically as it relates to themselves, and instead simply choose to blame the politicians and officials in government,” he said. This brings to mind the statement attributed to a Cabinet member of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who advised another top official to “moderate your greed.” Another cautionary tale is found in the recently re-launched book of Ricardo Manapat, who served as National Archives Director during the Arroyo and Ramos administrations. Manapat’s book is titled “Some Are Smarter Than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism” which is a classic work on anti-cronyism exposing the ill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Oligarchs may not be totally wiped out in the Philippines, since developed economies even have to contend with their presence. But Duterte’s relentless campaign against them could very well result in moderating their greed and freeing the country from their tight grip.»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Virus curfew imposed on Australia s second-biggest city

Declaring a "state of disaster" on Sunday, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the state capital would move to Stage 4 restrictions until September 13 given "unacceptably high" levels of community transmission......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Let next administration worry about death penalty –Atienza

An independent House member thinks it is better to just let the next administration tackle the sensitive topic that is the reimposition of death penalty. Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “The government should concentrate on saving lives and quelling the coronavirus pandemic now and allow the next administration to worry about the proposal to bring back the death penalty,” BUHAY Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza said in a statement Sunday. “We’re now in the middle of a public health disaster that has already demolished the livelihood and jobs of millions of Filipinos,” stressed Atienza, a former three-term mayor of Manila. In his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) before a joint session of Congress last July 24, President Duterte called on legislators to revive capital punishment on certain crimes under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002. Atienza made his call even as the thousands of daily new infections from the incurable disease threaten to overwhelm the country’s health care system. The pro-life solon described the pursuit of death penalty as an “exercise in futility” given the current circumstances. “First of all, Congress realistically lacks the time to work on the death penalty. Second, in less than 22 months, we will be electing a new president and a new Congress, so we might as well let the next administration worry about the highly divisive proposal,” Atienza said. “Third, even assuming Congress reinstates the death penalty tomorrow, the President still won’t see any judicial executions being carried out for the remainder of his term,” he said. Duterte will finish his six-year term in 2022. The last time Congress passed a law reimposing capital punishment in 1993, the first death verdict was not carried out until 1999, or until six years later, due to legal challenges and mandatory reviews, Atienza pointed out. A death penalty bill was actually passed by the House on third and final reading during the previous 17th Congress. However, the measure faced a roadblock in the Senate and was not taken up......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Mayor Sara mulls lifting liquor ban, reopening night market

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte may lift the 24/7 liquor ban, and reopen the bustling Roxas Night Market starting September 1, months after the city government of Davao enforced strict measures to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Mayor Sara Duterte (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) In her interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Friday, Duterte said the local government was aiming to keep the COVID-19 cases here “low and manageable” in preparation for the gradual lifting of strict measures. She said she wanted Dabawenyos to adjust to the new normal, getting used to the basic health protocols amid the pandemic. She added that she might just decide to allow the selling of alcoholic drinks if the local government sees that there will be no spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. “We are still on the liquor ban. Let’s not celebrate too much because what we have lifted is just the FM (food and medicine) pass and curfew because we want you to self-regulate,” she said. The mayor imposed a ban on liquor on April 6, to minimize the possibility of transmitting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during drinking sessions. As of the July 30, Department of Health-Davao Region has reported 1,273 cases, with 48 deaths and 727 recoveries. Of the total, 856 were in Davao City, 135 in Davao del Norte, 58 in Davao del Sur, 93 in Davao de Oro, 100 in Davao Oriental, and 31 in Davao Occidental. The mayor encouraged the people to instill self-discipline by adhering to basic health protocols, such as staying at home, wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and frequent hand washing to avoid contracting the highly infectious disease. She said once the number of cases goes up, the local government may decide to close the city again. “Otherwise if the cases will continue to go up, we will close again the city which is something that we do not want to happen. Nobody wants to go back to GCQ (general community quarantine), nobody wants to go back to MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine), and nobody wants to go back to ECQ (enhanced community quarantine,” she said. The Roxas Night Market was closed on March 12, at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, which displaced 498 food vendors and massage therapists. The night market was a popular destination for street food, ukay-ukay (used clothes), and street massage. On September 2, 2016, a bomb exploded at the night market that killed 15 people and injured 69 others......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

Pangasinan gov’t, PNP implement stricter border protocols

LINGAYEN – The provincial government of Pangasinan, together with the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO), has started to implement stricter border control point protocols at the Tarlac-Pangasinan boundary due to the rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province. The provincial government of Pangasinan, together with the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO), has started to implement stricter border control point protocols at the Tarlac-Pangasinan boundary due to the rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province. (Pangasinan PIO / MANILA BULLETIN) Police stressed that persons, who plan to enter the province, should secure and present the necessary documents when they cross the border into Pangasinan. A medical certificate would be a pre-requisite to acquire travel authority from the Philippine National Police (PNP) at their point of origin. On July 30, a total of 15 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) at the Pangasinan-Tarlac Border were assisted by the provincial government through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) to enter the province. All 15 stranded individuals underwent reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests conducted by the Provincial Health Office before they were fetched by their respective local health offices. The LSIs will be brought to their local quarantine facilities, and will stay there until the release of their swab results. The stranded individuals were composed of Pangasinenses from: Binalonan (1), Umingan (1), Lingayen (1), Mangaldan (2), Balungao (1), Pozorrubio (1), Dagupan City (1), San Manuel (1), Rosales (2), Asingan (1), Tayug (3). Meanwhile, Pangasinan has, so far, recorded 220 cases coronavirus disease COVID-19, including 35 in Dagupan City. Of this number, 133 have already recovered, 77 are still active, while 10 have already died. Only one COVID-19 case was recorded as of July 31......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

Technology enables disaster resilience of communities

The new normal posed by COVID-19 has fast-tracked the adoption by local government units and organizations of technology-based programs to keep people informed and help students resume their studies despite the pandemic. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 31st, 2020

10 dead, 1.5 M people affected by floods

BIHAR STATE, India (Global Times) — At least 10 people were killed and nearly 1.5 million people were affected by floods in 11 districts in India’s eastern state of Bihar, the state disaster management department said in a bulletin on Sunday. Darbhanga is the worst-affected district as 536,000 people have either been displaced or are […] The post 10 dead, 1.5 M people affected by floods appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

EU-funded civil society empowerment project launched in Itogon

ITOGON, Benguet, July 27 (PIA) - A project that seeks to empower civil society organizations (CSOs) in the area and take part in the undertakings of the local government on climate and disaster ris.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Minor landslide in Dalaguete hinterlands

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A minor landslide rendered a road in a mountain barangay in Dalaguete town in southern Cebu impassable for several hours. The town’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), in a phone interview with CDN Digital, confirmed that soil eroded from portions of a sloppy terrain in Barangay Ablayan around 11:30 […] The post Minor landslide in Dalaguete hinterlands appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2020

Are Chinese erecting perilous dam without Quezon folks’ consent?

Are Chinese building a potentially disastrous dam without consent of Quezon folk? Leaders of Infanta town want to know, but reportedly are being barred by police from inspecting the site......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

RDRRMC-6 cites partners for support to COVID-19 response

ILOILO CITY, July 22 (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Region VI cited government agencies and reservists who have been supporting the ongoing response op.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2020

RT-PCR swab test available for pax arriving at Davao Int l Airport

DAVAO City July 22, 2020 (PIA) - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio told the Davao City Disaster Radio that a new resolution was imposed by the city, requiring air travelers to undergo an RT-PCR swab test u.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2020

A test of leadership

Government and non-government organizations, particularly international organizations such as the United Nations agencies, strictly follow some sets of principles in the delivery of humanitarian aid in line with poverty alleviations, health and life-saving programs in response to any man-made or natural disaster......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020