NEDA pushes for renewable energy


By Rose de la Cruz


Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia is pushing for renewable energy to provide power for far-flung areas that are highly energy deficit, to reduce poverty and widen their chances for growth and development.


In a speech before the Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP) last week, Pernia said the country should maximize the use of RE sources as part of its low emissions development strategies in addressing climate change, energy security and access to energy.


“Solar power, among other RE applications, can directly contribute to poverty upliftment by applying the electricity needed…

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Are we losing our English proficiency?


By Rose de la Cruz


The commercialization of Taglish or Englog (combining English and Tagalog) in the most popular communications media (television, the internet and even newspapers) have led to the rapid decline in proficiency and grasp of many generations of Filipinos, who are beginning to think that the bastardized English words are “cute and the norm” of society.


As a result, Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr of 1-Ang Edukasyon partylist and assistant majority leader, now comments that the English proficiency/skills of Filipinos as “suffering from arthritis.” In a recent privilege speech at the lower house, he pushed…

Read more: Are we losing our English proficiency?

Stricter laws, supervision on organ donation


By Rose de la Cruz


Because of unethical practices and graft surrounding organ donation, which for some has led to human trafficking, the lower house has introduced House Bill 1414 to protect both the living and the dead organ donors from such eventualities.


Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and assistant majority leader, said that everyday hundreds of Filipinos are becoming afflicted with end-stage organ failure, with organ transplant as the only chance of survival. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute, in its website, states that kidney diseases, especially end-stage renal diseases, are the seventh leading causes of…

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Rising HIV cases among OFWs noted


By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and assistant majority leader and a member of the foreign affairs, overseas workers affairs and 10 other committees of the lower house, noted a rapid spread among OFWs, millennials and men having sex with men (MSM) that has reached worrisome proportion.


Citing the latest data of the Department of Health, Salo said the number of recorded cases among OFWs in particular have risen from 92 cases in 2005 to 814 in 2017.


Counting from January 1984 to December 2017, 11 percent (5,453 cases) of all the…

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Govt. told to prepare procedures to effect ease of doing business


By Rose de la Cruz


With the impending passage of the Ease of Doing Business law, local governments were asked to prepare for their plans and procedures on how to make the law work, ahead of its passage this year, if the country is to move forward to progress.


Rep. Henry C. Ong, 2nd District of Leyte, said they should not wait for the law to be signed by the President but come up with proposed measures to ensure that red tape is cut, if not removed completely, so that businesses and investors will find it easy…

Read more: Govt. told to prepare procedures to effect ease of doing business

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