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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 Are after sales smart car devices secure?



Kaspersky researchers analyzed aftermarket connected car devices, designed to make vehicles smarter. This niche has proven to be more secure than other Internet of Things (IoT) accessories.


There are currently two ways for car enthusiasts to obtain a connected vehicle – purchase a “smart by design” car from a dealer or improve their existing car with a number of additional “smart-devices.”


While both scenarios create a greater driving experience, smart technology also represents a brand- new area for malicious use, as the media and Kaspersky’s own research had shown. This is inevitable – when a…

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 MOA on financial literacy for civil servants forged


By Rose de la Cruz


Millions of government employees—the bulk of whom comprise the rank and file receiving meager wages from a structured 8-hour work shifts are the most financially-challenged segment of society who live for the next payday.


When emergencies/crises strike, they are prone to borrow from loan sharks or take on more jobs (often sacrificing work quality and productivity) to be able to meet their dire realities. From clerks and messengers, janitors, policemen/soldiers, teachers and doctors or nurses many of them do not save or invest for the future.


The higher they go to…

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NEDA urges speedy passage of National Land Use Act



By Rose de la Cruz


To ensure the sustainable and efficient use of the country’s land and physical resources, the National Economic and Development Authority’s land use committee urged Congress for the speedy passage of the National Land Use Act.


A special meeting, chaired by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia on July 29, had the committee approving Resolution No. 1, series of 2019 adopting the NLUC version of the proposed NaLUA, which it proposed and that incorporates all inputs gathered from a series of technical discussions with various stakeholders and from regional consultations.



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