A Health center with the feel of a private hospital


By Rose de la Cruz 

For over 110,000 dwellers of barangays 128, 129, 130 and 133, the newly-renovated two-storey Smokey Mountain Health Center and Lying-In Clinic that was turned over Tuesday to their local health officials, has the feel of a private hospital with the comforts of fans, beds, waiting lounges, comfort rooms, wide-screen television at the waiting area and a dedicated children’s play area and senior’s citizens lounge. 

These are amenities they have never known or experienced in their life and which SM Foundation Inc. and the Philippine Business for Social Progress bestowed upon them with the…

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Marawi evacuees learn the hardships of farming

By Rose de la Cruz 

From the comfort of their lands in Marawi, some of the evacuees of the strife-torn Ground Zero city are now discovering how difficult it is to till the land for their subsistence and eventual affluence if they persist on doing so. 

Even a thin and fragile- looking lady of 103 years old, continues to try learning different farming methods from what she grew up with in rice and root crops when she “graduated” recently from the two-month Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program of SM Foundation Inc. and Harbest Agriculture of Toto Barcelona at Balo-I…

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Zanjoe Marudo revisits the woods


By Boy Villasanta




Only a few know that actor Zanjoe Marudo’s roots are from the countryside of Calauag town in Quezon Province.


            It might be because most of the write-ups about his beginnings were found in Cavite and Batangas provinces.


            Only once in a while does he go to the farthest community south of Quezon sans the prying cameras except perhaps when he was still a kid.


 But we were lucky enough to find out that Zanjoe had just revisited Calauag, his mother’s hometown, when an inspector of a bus plying Manila and…

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NFA urged to buy rice from local farmers while imports have yet to arrive


By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Ciriaco Calalang of Kabayan Party is urging the National Food Authority to buy 10 to 15 days’ worth of  commercial rice from farmers and sell these at NFA prices in the market while awaiting the Palace-approved imported rice shipment.


This would enable local farmers to sell their produce and not go hungry and poor while preventing local rice prices in the market from skyrocketing to the detriment of consumers, especially the poor ones.


The imported rice, he said, would take about 45 days or so to arrive and be distributed…

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Quotas on new cars’ registration backed


By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon of AANGAT Tayo Partylist and assistant minority leader is proposing the adoption by the Land Transportation Office of a quota system for the registration of new cars to ease road congestion and heavy traffic, which is commonly plaguing Metro Manila’s thoroughfares.


House Bill No. 7108, or the Motor Vehicle Registration and License Plate Quotas Act of 2018, which he authors, said regulating the number of new cars on the road, via quotas on the number of plates, are needed to be set.


For 2017, he said, the…

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