Has NEDA become the mouthpiece of China?


By Rose de la Cruz


At the speech of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia before the joint memberships of Makati Business Club and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Makati Shangrila, he devoted four pages, single-spaced, 11 points font and Calibri text to extolling the virtues of “clinging” to China for our socio-economic progress, virtually acting as the mouthpiece of the Chinese government.


He began by discussing the economic prominence of China in the world arena which would be further boosted by the Belt and Road Initiative that would bring faster growth to Eurasia through massive lending…

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Buy drones for practical reasons, Rep. Calalang says


By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Ciriaco Calalang of the Kabayan partylist advised the uniformed and regulatory agencies to use drones at a larger scale and include a “drone program” in the 2019 proposed budgets which are more practical that the capital-intensive ships, jets and submarines for surveillance purposes.


“Ships, jets, helicopters, and submarines cost hundreds of millions of pesos and even billions of pesos to buy from foreign suppliers, but unmanned drones would cost only a fraction of price tags of their much larger counterparts. Some drones could probably even be made locally—further cutting down the costs,” he…

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SMFI launches healthcare program for employees & dependents


By Rose de la Cruz


For tens of thousands of SM Group employees, healthcare is something they would not pass up on.


That is why at the launch of the comprehensive healthcare service of SM Foundation Inc. last Wednesday at the SM Fairview Annex, thousands of employees of the branch and their dependents plus residents of nearby villages came in big numbers to enlist and avail of the numerous diagnostic and consultation services of doctors and equipment pooled together by SMFI.


The idea behind the program is that most SM employees who have HMO cards and…

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Legislators push for government-wide data systems integration



By Rose de la Cruz


Kabayan partylist Reps. Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang filed House Bill No. 200 that seeks to establish and operate a Philippine Data Interconnectivity System or a master database where all organized collection of information, data, records and other documents from government agencies mandated to deliver basic services and social security benefits are stored.


This would soon end many long queues for government documents and services millions of Filipinos wastefully and inconveniently endure on weekdays and even some weekends.


If the proposed measure becomes a law, “it will now be easier…

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Rep. Romero calls for overhaul of POC



By Rose de la  Cruz


Rep. Michael L. Romero of 1-PACMAN partylist and assistant majority leader, is asking for the overhaul of the Philippine Olympic Committee leadership, which he said is “long overdue” and is in “dire need of a new direction, new energy and renewed focus.”


This, he said, is needed to save Philippine sports.


Despite many years and many chances, the current leadership has failed the Filipino people, our International ranking is now at 6th-7th place in Southeast Asia behind Singapore, Vietnam and even Myanmar. The longest-serving POC president has put the country’s…

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