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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Who’s In The Frontlines ‘Selling’ PH To Foreigners?

By Fernan J. Angeles

WHO’S behind the bid the sell our land to the foreigners? 

In what appears to be an attempt to make an insertion in the changes in our Constitution, a top congressman has been doing rounds among his colleagues soliciting their support a proposal that would allow 100 percent foreign ownership of lands and public utilities. 

The bid to allow foreigners to fully own Philippine lands and public utilities is concealed as an “incentive” to attract foreign capital.

Allowing privatization of previously non-alienable lands would undermine recommendations of acting Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who has…

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PORT MODERNIZATION. The country’s premier port in the north is set to undergo a major facelift through a partnership that would see Korean firm Fairbridge Overseas Development Inc. (FODI), undertake the expansion and modernization of Port Irene in Cagayan. In photo, Secretary Raul Lambino of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) and FODI President Kim Myung Hwan seal the singing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stipulating on the details of the Port Irene modernization program, with a handshake. (Photo by Joseph Muego)

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Phl. Space Agency pushed with a P10-B funding


By Rose de la Cruz


Since 2016, five bills have been filed, but remain pending at the lower house, to create a Philippine Space Agency that would entail a P10 billion funding for its lifetime.


The fifth bill, authored by Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. of 1-Ang Edukasyon partylist and assistant majority leader, said “weather, climate, satellite communications, and heavenly phenomena are but some of the space-related issues which affect us Filipinos here on Earth. Outer space is one frontier we can urge the youth of today and future generations to explore and venture out into. For all…

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Teen sex caused 40 children to test positive for HIV



By Rose de la Cruz


Teen sex caused 40 young ones to test positive for HIV out of the 1,021 HIV-positive Filipino children and teenagers (10 to 19 years old) based on the latest data of the Department of Health-HIV-AIDS registry.


Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon II of AANGAT Tayo partylist said  the 40 kids all got HIV through sexual contact.


"All were infected through sexual contact (2 male-female sex, 25 male-male sex, 13 had sex with both males and females), the DOH said.


As a registered nurse, I am deeply troubled by these figures because even the post-millennials are getting HIV and getting it through sexual intercourse, Abayon stressed.…

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