Law on class, work suspensions must be changed now



By Rose de la Cruz


With storms now becoming more forceful and destructive, it’s time that the law governing class and work suspensions must be amended to be more proactive and prevent losses to lives and properties.


Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., Ang Edukasyon partylist, said the legal basis still most often cited as authority for suspension of classes and work is the 2012 executive order of then President Benigno Aquino III.


Executive Order 66, series of 2012 is limited only to public storm warning signals of the PAGASA and to giving local government chief executives…

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Philhealth vows to restore full benefits of senior citizens



By Rose de la Cruz


State insurance, Philippine Health Insurance, has vowed to provide the full benefits of senior citizens following mounting complaints that it has not fulfilled its mandate under the senior citizen law and its charter, which led to the removal of its office in charge by President Duterte recently.


Rep. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay of Citizen Partylist said Philhealth will also provide for the raise in premiums of senior citizens from P3,120 to P5,000 to be shouldered by the government.


She said PhilHealth has pledged to resume coverage for all senior citizens as mandated…

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Power outages during storms are preventable


 By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta, 1st Consumer Alliance for Rural Energy Inc. said power outages during storms can be prevented  by empowering electric cooperatives and those in the distribution and transmission to remove all potential hazards to power lines.


He narrated that Domeng, the first storm of the rainy or wet season, came and went but the monsoon rains remain. Even these monsoon rains alone can cause floods strong enough to wash away electricity poles and power transmission lines, especially those in the provinces. Some of these poles and power lines are on hills and…

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Govt. asked to diversify trade mix with OPEC countries through hala



By Rose de la Cruz


Instead of just limiting its trade with Middle East oil producers, the government must intensify its halal exports to that region, with the market now estimated at $3.2 trillion.


The suggestion was made by Rep. Ron Salo of Kabayan partylist, as he urged the Philippines to leverage the competitiveness of its Halal-certified food products for exports  as one way to diversify and upgrade trade relations with OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) beyond just petroleum. The Department of Trade and Industry estimated the size of the global halal market at $3.2…

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SMFI donates its 88th school building to Tuguegarao in its 60 years of operation



By Rose de la Cruz


Began in 2002, the school building (and improvement) program of SM Foundation Inc. has completed the donation of its 88th schoolbuilding to the province of Tuguegarao, actually the second it obtained from the foundation since Typhoon Lawin struck in October 2016.


Receiving the second school building donation from SMFI was Carig Elementary School, which was hardest hit by Lawin.


A grateful Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano said he would match the generosity of SM Prime and UBS Investments Philippines (the donors of the school building), through SMFI, by installing tiles…

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