Rain or shine, SM Foundation turned over schoolbuilding to Tuba Elementary School



By Rose de la Cruz


Notwithstanding the torrential rains and gusty winds last Aug. 9, SM Foundation Inc. turned over its schoolbulding donation (in partnership with Philippine Stock Exchange Foundation) to the Tuba Central School in Benguet.


This is the 94th schoolbuilding donated by the foundation, a new two-story classroom it built through the funds of SM Prime and PSE Foundation, a second partnership with the stock exchange.


Fully equipped with 200 armchairs (of which 20 are for left handers); four teachers’ desk sets, 16 wall fans, 8 concave blackboards, four wall clocks and four…

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FTSFI takes care of the soul of SM Employees



By Rose de la Cruz


By building churches inside the super malls of SM or right beside it, the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation Inc. makes sure to take care of the spiritual needs (and the soul) of the mall employees and mall goers,  who pack their church obligations in the cool comfort of the mall churches and chapels.


At first local parishes shunned and protested about the mall chapels and churches and masses being said in them—as this would deprive them of the collections from Sunday masses or those said during holy days of obligation and…

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Uplifting the lot of the peasants



By Rose de la Cruz


Farmers, just like the slaves of yore play a very important, but the least appreciated, role in society. Noble as their task is, their hardwork to produce food for their fellow humans seldom get recognized and this sector in fact is the most marginalized, getting the least resources and attention from government.


The middlemen to whom they sell their produce often twist their arms (figuratively speaking) to get better prices for them, even if the rates they demand result in sub-human living for the farmers and their dependents.


It is…

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Dengue, the national epidemic, affects the whole world



By Rose de la Cruz


Declared as a national epidemic last July 15 with dengue cases rising to 106,630 from January to June 29 this year, the mosquito-born virus is also afflicting the world, including cold countries that have not been hit by it before.


On July 15, Rappler reported that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III noted an 85 percent leap in the number of dengue cases in the first semester this year from just 57,564 cases during the similar period in 2018.


A promising antidote to the disease—Dengvaxia vaccine developed by Sanofi—suffered a severe…

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 Endo, pushed then quashed by Duterte


By Rose de la Cruz


Among the many strong advocacy of then presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte (now on his third year as president) was to end the practice of contractualization, or commonly known as endo (for end of contract) and his fervent desire to stop the menace of drugs.  Both promises have not been met, and he even turned around on endo at his 4th State of the Nation Address.


But many, especially his critics, have predicted this turn around and were not at all surprised by his veto of the Endo bills pending in both chambers…

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