17,900 illegal settlers get condo units as reward

By Fernan J. Angeles 

IT pays to be an illegal settler. Especially, if you chose to occupy a government-owned property!

In what appears to be an ironic approach in dealing with the problem on the sprawling squatter colonies in Metro Manila, the government is bent on rewarding some 17,900 families with condominium units for squatting on a government property in Quezon City. 

 

Compensation for informal settlers

At the House committee hearing on Metro Manila developments, agency officials from various government offices were debating as to how the government should ‘compensate’ families that would be affected by the construction…

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Mandatory drug testing for barangay candidates urged

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

To ensure that no drug addict or dependent, a mandatory testing must be undertaken and this must be done through a law requiring such testing.

 

This was the prescription of Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta, 1-CARE partylist representative, who noted that the mandatory drug testing is justifiable a reason to again postpone the barangay and SK elections, but that there is still time to undertake such for the May 2019 elections, but  not for this year.

 

He said suggestions to come up with a presidential executive order for such mandatory testing for…

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Nakatakdang magdeklara si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ng state of calamity sa Boracay Island.

Sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte na kailangan itong gawin dahil maraming pamilya ang maaapektuhan sa pagpapatupad ng batas partikular ang forest land for tourism purposes.

Ngayon pa lamang ay nagbabala na ang Pangulo sa regional trial court na huwag sumawsaw sa problema sa Boracay sa pag-iisyu ng temporary restraining order (TRO) sa anumang hakbang na gagawin ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Inihayag niya na magagamit ang calamity fund para matulungan ang mga maaapektuhan sa pagpapatupad ng batas.

Iniisip pa ni Digong kung 60 araw o 6 buwan para tapusin ang problema sa Boracay.

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Empower the barangays with their own funds for services

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Rep. Ciriaco Calalang of Kabayan partylist urged the Department of Interior and Local Government to design and implement a Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) program for the barangays so that the barangays will be made capable of managing their limited budget but still delivery quality services.

 

He additionally proposed that all barangays in the country should be levelled up through a 24/7 website to ensure faster service to their constituencies.

 

Our country has 82 provinces, 145 cities, 1,478 municipalities, and 41,902 barangays, according to the count of the Department of…

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Phl holds world’s largest art lesson

By Rose de la Cruz

The record for the world's largest art lesson was successfully broken by the Philippines when 16,692-strong students converged to attend an art class in Quezon City.
The class was held at the historic Quezon Memorial Circle and was officially monitored and recognized by the Guinness World Records. The students converged in the morning and followed a lesson plan approved by Guinness and taught by professional educator Sheila Meneses.
The lesson highlight was the drawing of a maskara used during the famous Maskara Festival annually held in Bacolod. At the end of the lesson, the students…

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