A screening of the documentary A Tongue Untied - The Story of Dakhani, written and directed by Gautam Pemmaraju. A film about humour and satire in Dakhani - a vernacular form of Urdu spoken across the Deccan region.
It's all about the stories on the ground: the farmer whose incomes double as 24/7 lighting allows him to thresh twice the harvest, the fish trader who plans to invest in cold storage to preserve his catch & command higher margins.
What keeps me up at night are not the criticisms of how slow the reconstruction was nor how messed up the emergency response coordination was, but the nagging question of “what could I have done better, if I had a do-over?”
The Philippines has rich land, natural resources, hardworking farmers and agri-research institutions. The country is blessed with so many resources, however, agriculture, the backbone of the country's economy, has not been prioritized.
Despite economic gains in the recent years and public-private campaigns towards job creation and entrepreneurship, many working Filipinos remain in poverty due to low quality jobs that don’t pay enough to meet basic needs.