DTI hands P655-M capital to Yolanda victims

Three years have passed since super typhoon Yolanda devastated Eastern Visayas, but disturbing reports about victims not receiving appropriate assistance from the government continue to linger.

It’s welcome news, therefore, that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has continued, in the past months, to uplift Yolanda-affected areas by providing assistance on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the area. 

In a statement, DTI announced that it has contributed a total amount of Php 655,524,638 in Yolanda rehabilitation, benefitting a total of 43,573 individuals. 

Based on the summary of accomplishments provided by DTI Region 8, a total…

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Efficacy of dengue vaccine explained

AMIDST charges that the dengue vaccine-- first launched in November 2015 for public schools—use Filipino children as ‘guinea pigs’ in field trials, Sanofi Pasteur said by contrast the Philippines is one of the late adapters of this technology which is aimed at public disease prevention programs elsewhere in the world.

Senator Dick Gordon earlier wanted the vaccines recalled by the Department of Health saying that public schoolchildren should not be used as guinea pigs in such public health trials.

In a press conference, Dr. Alain Bouckenooghe, associate VP and regional head of clinical R & D of Sanofi Pasteur said…

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PHL eyed as sports-tourism hub

DEPARTING from usual and conventional style of attracting tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT) will be promoting the Philippines as a sports-tourism hub in Asia.

Under this strategy, tourism officials hope to hold international sporting events like championship boxing bouts, surfing competitions, as well as scuba-diving contests to lure sports enthusiasts into visiting the country.

And why not, Philippines already is a home for world-class athletes like boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao, runner Lydia de Vega, ice skater Michael Christian Martinez, and many more.

“The Philippines has a huge potential to become one of the world’s great adventure travel destinations. With our…

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Duterte’s continued subservience to alien powers scored

STRESSING that President Duterte could just be playing the game of musical chairs, militant group Sanlakas has expressed doubts on his moves to break from the clutches of United States and instead sit on the lap of China describing it as ‘ a mere change from one imperialist power to another’.

In a press statement, Lawyer Aaron Pedrosa, Sanlakas Secretary-General instead called for a truly independent foreign policy that is free from the dictations and subservience to any foreign imperialist powers.

"Ours must be an independent foreign policy that does not merely take sides between two opposing hegemonies, but stands…

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RUPA: ‘Incompetent’ Tugade does not deserve post

TRANSPORT Secretary Arthur Tugade’s confirmation just hit a snag as a group of road users advocates asked the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) to junk his appointment for being unfit and unqualified failing on his brag to address the traffic situation within 100 days.

In separate letters addressed to Cebu Rep. Benhur Salimbangon, chairman of the CA’s committee on transportation and communication, and to CA secretary Hector Villacorta, the Road Users Protection Advocates (RUPA) asked them step in and block Tugade’s appointment.

“We would like therefore to implore that you apply the mandate of your honorable office that it would…

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