[Blueboard] [THE SLB LIGHTPOST:10] "Loudmouths vs Mouthpieces" by Solita Monsod

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Inquirer Opinion/ Columns

Loudmouths vs mouthpieces
By Solita Collas-Monsod
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:18:00 08/29/2009

"Loudmouths versus mouthpieces? Count me in as a loudmouth.  
Anytime."--Monsod


Cotabato (formerly North Cotabato) passed a Provincial Environment Code in  
2004. Sec. 78 of the code prohibits aerial spraying on croplands and  
plantations. This has not interfered with the success of its declared  
policy redirecting its agriculture from traditional toward  
“market-oriented,” with bananas as one of the four major principal products  
given major support. Thousands of hectares devoted to bananas are  
flourishing—sans aerial spraying.

Bukidnon, also known as the food basket of Mindanao, banned aerial spraying  
even earlier—in 2001, when it passed an ordinance “Banning the Use of  
Aerial Spraying for All Banana Plantations and Other Agricultural  
Plantations in the Province of Bukidnon.” Yet its banana plantations are  
thriving.

What this suggests is that the warning that the ban on aerial spraying in  
Davao will cause the banana industry to collapse should carry about as much  
weight as the warning by the Private Hospitals Association of the  
Philippines that reducing the prices of their medicines by 50 percent will  
cause their bankruptcy.

So much for these piddling attempts at economic blackmail.

What is the shouting all about?

Cotabato (formerly North Cotabato) passed a Provincial Environment Code in  
2004. Sec. 78 of the code prohibits aerial spraying on croplands and  
plantations. This has not interfered with the success of its declared  
policy redirecting its agriculture from traditional toward  
“market-oriented,” with bananas as one of the four major principal products  
given major support. Thousands of hectares devoted to bananas are  
flourishing—sans aerial spraying.

Bukidnon, also known as the food basket of Mindanao, banned aerial spraying  
even earlier—in 2001, when it passed an ordinance “Banning the Use of  
Aerial Spraying for All Banana Plantations and Other Agricultural  
Plantations in the Province of Bukidnon.” Yet its banana plantations are  
thriving.

What this suggests is that the warning that the ban on aerial spraying in  
Davao will cause the banana industry to collapse should carry about as much  
weight as the warning by the Private Hospitals Association of the  
Philippines that reducing the prices of their medicines by 50 percent will  
cause their bankruptcy.

So much for these piddling attempts at economic blackmail.

What is the shouting all about?


People living in communities near and beside...

(go to Philippine Daily Inquirer to read more)




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