Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 People / Culture

The State Of The Nation

  • Photographer
    Owen Tiam

Photos taken during the 2nd State of the Nation address delivered by Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines last July 24, 2017. “In our bid to accelerate human capital development, we seek to ensure lifelong opportunities by enhancing the quality of and access to education and training programs. We have sustained investments in higher education and committed to the full implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. We have widened the reach of skills training and increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.” Rodrigo Duterte Beverly Gofredo of Liga ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan (League of Scholars of the Country) that 27 of 200 Lumad schools in Mindanao have been closed down due to military presence in their areas since the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao in May. “Volunteer teachers are threatened and told that they will get killed if they continue teaching there. Military arm paramilitary groups to threaten teachers not to go back (in) to Lumad schools.” Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170724-State-of-the-Nation-Address-RRD.pdf http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/917110/300-lumads-joint-protest-during-dutertes-2nd-sona