The socio-economic impact of MM water woes
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The week-long water supply crisis in Metro Manila particularly in the east zone serviced by the Ayala-owned Manila Water now has a toll in the retail and food service industries perhaps even in offices located in this zone.

The crisis also impacted on the social behavior of many people, who because they can’t bathe themselves or are unsure if the toilets in the. restaurants or malls they are going to would be decent enough to use.

Even restaurants in Manila Water area have to make use plastic utensils and paper plates for their patrons.

A business…

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Use trike drivers as local tour guides, elderly as local historians



By Rose de la Cruz


To better use the expertise of locals in their territory, tricycle drivers must be accredited as local tour guides while the elderly must be tapped as local historians for accuracy.


Thus suggested Reps. Harlin Neil Abayon, AANGAT Tayo partylist and Francisco Datol Jr of the Senior Citizen partylists in separate press statements.


Abayon asked the Department of Tourism to conduct massive nationwide tour guide training for tricycle drivers]


Being DoT-accredited tour guides can improve the lives of tricycle drivers nationwide, said Abayon.


"Tour guide services can augment incomes…

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Transport-fare setting must be updated



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta of 1-CARE partylist said there is urgency in updating the Philippine transport-fare setting policy, which he described as archaic, obsolete and needs immediate replacement.


"The efficient, effective and transparent model for land PUV fare-setting is that of the passenger airlines. When we book flights, we see every detail of the airfare we pay for. We should have the same for land PUVs," said Uybarreta who represents energy consumers in Congress.


He said he is optimistic his suggestion will get good reception from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade,…

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Draft amendments to immigration law to resolve influx of Chinese, foreign workers here



By Rose de la Cruz



House Bill 7939 seeking to amend the 1940 immigration law of the Philippines will resolve the influx of Chinese and other foreign workers here and relieve the restive Filipino workers who stand to lose their jobs from these expats.


The House’s proposed Philippine Immigration Act is already approved by its committees on justice, appropriations, and ways and means but 1-CARE Party-list Rep. Carlos Roman L. Uybarreta said he would consult with the committee chairmen and the House leadership on possibly prioritizing HB 7939 when Congress resumes session on May 20,…

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Figueras humbled by Robin Padilla’s praises of his costumes in Noli



by Boy Villasanta


At the gala premiere showing of “Noli Me Tangere, The Opera” Friday night at the Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), celebrities rushed in including couple Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez, filmmaker Emmanuel de la Cruz, entertainment writer Alwyn Ignacio etc.


Young fashion designer Erick Valeña was also around to watch again the show as he was one of the staff of the costume department which ace haute couture Albert Figueras headed.


When Erick saw Robin at the lobby of CCP, he sought a selfie…

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