OFWs may avail of P2-M livelihood loan

RETURNING overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) need not worry about their livelihood as they and their families can now avail of livelihood load assistance amounting from P100 thousand up to P 2 million.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III made the statement following the signing of memorandum of agreement on the implementation of the OFW-Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) between the DOLE–Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“This joint undertaking addresses one of the eight-point labor and employment agenda of the Department of Labor and Employment, which is to bring more focus and…

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 DOT targets more French tourists

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DOT) has reported that France is now one of the top 20 emerging tourist markets of the Philippines, with 35,358 visitor arrivals in the seven months higher by 22 percent from the same period last year – and the department is aiming for more.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo said that the goal is to double these numbers in the coming years by tapping social media and partnering with key travel influencers to market the Philippines to French citizens.

Teo said French tourists spent an aggregate $34 million (₱1.64 billion) in the country in 2015,…

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A father’s quest for justice

FOR A father like Gab Quebec, winning a case in the United States against a pedophile who made his young daughter a virtual sex toy and putting him behind bars was more than revenge but a triumph of justice in itself.

Quebec, 38, said it took at least four years of court battle before members of the jury in the American court has voted to convict Michael Lindsay for sexually molesting his daughter on multiple occasions back in Manila.

It was even more frustrating because the woman who facilitated the abuse on the young girl was her own mother who…

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Housing dep’t seen to address 5.7-M backlog

THE Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. (CREBA) believes that the creation of a separate housing department would address the country’s huge socialized housing backlog.

CREBA, the country’s largest real estate and housing group estimates that the housing lack currently stands at 5.7 million is urging the Duterte administration to create a department that is solely dedicated in formulating housing programs to address the situation.

A study by the Asian Development Bank showed the Philippine government spent only 1 percent of its total budget for housing, reportedly the lowest in Asia.

In a statement, the group suggested…

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CCT perpetuates mendicant mentality

FAR from being a tool to help the poor improve their lives, the conditional cash transfer program has instead become a tool that perpetuates mendicancy in the country.

VOCAL critics of the program, later renamed Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) by the Aquino administration, have said that despite the huge increases in budget, the program has failed to address poverty and hunger but just perpetuated mendicancy and disunity in poor communities.

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the CCT, aka PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a brainchild of former President Arroyo but claimed by Aquino as his, continues…

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