Affordable school supplies will now once again be within reach as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) relaunches its Diskwento Caravan Balik-Eskwela program.

The Diskwento Caravan aims to provide opportunity for schoolchildren and their parents to access school supplies and other commodities at discounted or reduced prices.

DTI-Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya has invited the public to take advantage of the Diskwento Caravan Balik-Eskwela Edition, which could help parents save money especially in preparation for the new school year.

“We encourage parents to come to the Diskwento Caravan, especially with the opening of the school year just days away. There are many affordable and practical items that can be found at the Diskwento Caravan that will definitely help parents stretch their budget,” Maglaya said.

 The Diskwento Caravan Balik-Eskwela Edition aims to provide and bring basic and prime commodities closer to the general consuming public. 

Products sold during the Balik-Eskwela Editions are food items, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and other school related merchandise.


 The Diskwento Caravan Balik-Eskwela Edition is also in partnership with the local manufacturers who are willing to sell school related items at a discount. (James Veloso)

Read more: Diskwento Caravan is Back

Six stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are set to return to the Philippines a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte’s short visit to Russia.

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta revealed that six Filipinos - five females and a male - are set to fly back to the country upon the orders of the President.

"He has instructions to repatriate so we will repatriate them, but following the process. Now, six will be repatriated, but straight to the Philippines," said Sorreta.

The repatriated OFWs will not be charged with violating Russia’s immigration laws despite working without proper documents.

"We fixed it so that they will not be charged with violation by immigration. We made sure they will not work and they will be repatriated," he added.

These OFWs, who took jobs as cooks, nannies, and household helpers, are currently staying in a shelter provided by the embassy.

The ambassador also shared that OFWs in Russia were all treated well by their respective employees.

"They are treated very well. In fact, they are treated so well we have now recently had an influx of workers from Hong Kong and Middle East coming in," said the envoy. (Mico Agustin)

Read more: Duterte helps 6 OFWs during Russian visit

SMC gives out P1-B funding for Biyaya ng Pagbabago

San Miguel Foundation, Inc., San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) social development arm, has given out P1 billion for construction of housing project in Davao City.

Among other contributors in the said project, the National Housing Authority (NHA) also provided P24 million to fund its construction.

The housing project, consisting of 840 units located in Los Amigos village, will benefit former members of rebel groups, fire victims, and those living in highly dangerous areas.

This, according to President Rodrigo Duterte, is a step towards Davao’s goal of equipping the Dabawenyos with “gainful employment, decent housing, educational opportunities, and healthy living”.


Read more: SMC gives out P1-B funding for Biyaya ng Pagbabago


By OpinYon Reportorial Team

Condo owners decry harassment

THIS is one of the reasons why a potential client should pause and think a thousand times before buying a condominium unit from Robinson’s Land Corporation (RLC) of the Gokongwei family.

If the allegations of unit owners in the three towers collectively called Robinson’s Adriatico Residences Condominiums in Adriatico St., Ermita are to be believed, the public then should really be very wary when buying a unit from giant property developers like Robinson.

It appears that the after sales skills of the people from RLC leave much to be desired.




“Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” -Abraham Lincoln


FOR the longest time, the Philippine labor force though comprising more than half of the country’s economic machinery, had been very subservient to billionaire oligarchs who exploit our workers through low wages and substandard working conditions.

During last year’s presidential elections, then candidate and now President Rodrigo Duterte had made a strong stand against monopolistic big businesses and vowed to protect the workers, thus endearing him…


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