Out With Redundant, Unproductive Gov’t Offices

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By Fernan J. Angeles


WHILE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is on a rampage against those who are significantly contributing to the destruction of our environment, Malacañang is on a purge for non-functional -- if not totally inutile --  presidential commissions and task forces.

In fact, an environmental task force created during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III was dissolved by his successor after finding out that government funds spent on its creation and operation went to waste. 

Its seven long years of existence didn’t produce results. No outcome on…

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The pros & cons of communication devices in relationships


By Rose de la Cruz


A lot of couples—married or not—express their love and other sentiments by texting or online messaging. No matter how far apart they are, they feel they are beside each other, especially if they use Skype or other visually-aided communication platform.


However, arguments (and sometimes separation) can also result from one or both persons being overly-devoted to or overusing the devices, even in a face-t-face encounter.


In fact, a study of the Kaspersky Lab showed that 55 percent of couples argue about device overuse.


The latest study of Kaspersky Lab showed…

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NEDA urges proactive measures against inflationary push


By Rose de la Cruz

The government must continue to be proactive in maintaining price stability and cushioning the impact of higher consumer prices on the poor following the uptick in inflation in March 2018, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.


The country’s headline inflation reached 4.3 percent – breaching the government’s full-year inflation target of 2.0 to 4.0 percent. This is higher compared to the rates recorded in the previous month and during the same period last year.


The higher inflation rate was driven by the continuous acceleration of key commodity…

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​Bulacan airport, Davao Food Complex endorsed to the NEDA Board


By Rose de la Cruz


Ramon S. Ang’s proposal to build an airport in Bulacan and the Davao Food Complex is now pending final approval by the board of the National Economic and Development Authority, chaired by President Duterte, after the Investment Coordinating Committee endorsed it.


The Bulacan Airport Project is worth P735.63 billion and involves an unsolicited proposal for the construction of a terminal, parallel runway and airport toll road to be able to accommodate 100 million passengers per annum by its opening in 2023.


Furthermore, ICC’s approval of the airport project includes recommendation…

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Unilab’s ‘Play It Forward’ program for Mayon children


By Rose de la Cruz


Since the eruption of Mayon Volcano in January, which prompted the evacuation of 82,000 individuals (or 21,000 families), the Unilad Foundation provided children- evacuees a stress-coping program called “Play It Forward” to help them heal and recover from the trauma faster.


While food, water and shelter are essential, these are not enough, especially for children who are deprived of a fundamental right: the right to play.


Studies show that children can use play not only to cope with difficult emotions, but also as a way to accelerate healing and recovery from trauma.…

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