Philhealth benefitted poor Filipino children



By Rose de la Cruz


Filipino children from poor households who are part of the government’s health insurance program have increased access to health care, both for preventive and curative care.

According to the study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, a government think tank, Filipino children who are insured are 8.7 to 12.8 percent more likely to visit a healthcare facility, compared to those who are non-insured. Furthermore, sick children who are insured are more likely to visit a health-care facility by about 18 to 30 percent, while those who…

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Gross National Income exceeds target in 2017


By Rose de la Cruz


The National Economic and Development Authority said positive changes are already starting to be felt in the country since the reforms have been initiated in 2017. Such changes include the rise in Gross National Income or GNI per capita of 6.5 percent for 2-17, beyond the target of 4.5 percent for the year.


However, data for poverty, rural poverty, and subsistence incidence were not available in 2017. The 2018 poverty data will be released sometime in 2019. After which, the Family Income and Expenditure Survey or FIES will be conducted…

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By Boy Villasanta


Controversial singer Jake Zyrus (the former Charice Pempengco) with the current singing sensation Morisette Amon and debonair balladeer Christian Bautista will perform for the 120thIndependence Day on June 9 and 10 this year in Singapore.


            The triumvirate is sought -after Filipino performers abroad not only in Asia but also in the  US and Europe so the Singaporeans requested the Derrol Stepenny Promotions to gather the three Filipino pop superstars to perform for them as a tribute of Singapore to the declaration of independence of the Philippines.

            It was indeed an honor for Zyrus, Amon and Bautista to be chosen as performers during the two-day gig.

            Billed “Pride of Philippines,” Jake, Morisette and Christian will render their signature songs as well as covers.

            The three famous entertainers will rock The Coliseum Hard Rock Hotel Singapore and Resorts World Sentosa with memorable top tunes of the era to celebrate and commemorate the Philippine Independence Day.

Read more: 3 Famous Singers to perform at the PH Independence Day in Singapore

Uniform taxes for all private school pushed



By Rose de la Cruz


While most state colleges and universities and basic education public school systems enjoy full government subsidies and Catholic Church-owned (and other religions) private schools are tax exempt, most private schools are heavily taxed, including their teaching staff which is why the teachers migrate to the public schools.


This observation was raised by Rep. Frederick Siao, Lone district of Iligan City, as he batted for a uniform tax system for all private (and Catholic church-owned schools) to level the playing field.


Sectarian or not, the private schools should be uniformly taxed…

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PIDS urged govt. to integrate social protection programs with climate change



By Rose de la Cruz


With several agencies catering to social protection programs, particularly for the at-risk sectors during climate aberrations and disasters, the government must integrate its programs to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability.


The suggestion was broached by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, a government think tank agency,  as it noted that at least three agencies—the Department of Social Welfare and Development (which is tasked with undertaking the 4Ps program for the poor); the Climate Change Commission (in charge of climate change adaptation programs) and the Office of Civil Defense (the implementing arm…

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