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IRDF conducts Institutional Policy and Analysis Training in Sorsogon City

Around 20 participants coming from basic sector organizations namely GABAY (Gabay ng Kababaihan para sa Sambayanan), ALPAS (ALyansa kan Parasira sa Sorsogon) and Bigkis, a farmers organization, partake in the Institution and Policy Analysis Training hosted by IRDF last September 12-13, 2013 at Casa Dominga, Sorsogon City.

Ms. Arze Glipo, Executive Director of IRDF, start-off by saying that this kind of training is important for people’s organization such as ALPAs, GABAY, and    Bigkis, to guide them in analyzing power relations in the community where they are in and in the national sphere as a whole. Ms. Glipo was also one of the resource persons for that said training wherein she discussed about structural analysis and then proceeded to power analysis.

Other resource persons include Ms. Libby Dometita, Project Manager of the Participatory Governance Project, Mr. Rico Gaurino, officer in charge of DILG-Sorsogon, and Mr. alex Jasareno, training officer of IRDF.

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Group questions basis for rate-rebasing, blasts water privatization

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES—On the first day of public consultations regarding proposed hikes in Metro Manila water rates, a coalition of anti-water privatization advocates questioned the basis for the planned increases while blaming the government for privatizing a vital public service.

“Since the water service was privatized, we have seen a 1,000 increase in water rates in the Maynilad service area while rates in Manila Water’s zone has seen a 500 percent increase. This has made the cost of water in Metro Manila one of the highest in the region, putting it beyond the reach of the poorest Filipinos,” Arze Glipo, convener of the Water Watch Coalition said.

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