A program for children with heart ailments



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Michael Romero, 1-PACMAN partylist, has been able to provide 100 children with congenital heart disease and cardiovascular ailments with the much-needed operation through the ‘Heal A Heart Program’ designed to better their lives.


Jillian Bernaldez, is one of the congenital heart defect operation beneficiaries. Accompanied by her mother, Lilia, Jillian brought biscuits for Romero last December.


Romero said, he and fellow 1-PACMAN Party-list Representative Enrico Pineda, were able to raise P5.5 million last year for the heart operations of over 100 children.


“There are more than 1,000 children…

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Belaro bats for labor accord between Phl. & China



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Bong Belaro of 1-Ang Edukasyon partylist asked the Departments of Labor and Foreign Affairs to formalize, through a memorandum of agreement, the relationship between China and the Philippines with regard to the sending of Filipino English teachers to that country.



He noted the April 2018 Memorandum of Understanding on the Employment of Filipino Teachers of English Language in China which could be formalized through the crafting of a bilateral labor agreement that would lay down the bases for migrant workers relations between the Philippines and China.


He said the DoLE and DFA…

Read more: Belaro bats for labor accord between Phl. & China

My memories of Kristoffer King



by Boy Villasanta


It pains me to hear the passing of Kristoffer King. Gone to soon at a young age.


Such a waste of life and talent.


I remember Kristoffer, Christopher Reyes in real life, when he was introduced to show business by the late entertainment writer Dennis Adobas. King was a nephew of the late actor Ray Marcos being the brother of his dad.


Dennis and Kristoffer met in the early millennium when the Reyeses were very active in the entertainment export.


It was Adobas who christened his new discovery Christopher King…

Read more: My memories of Kristoffer King

DoH must first explain need for vaccination to parents



By Rose de la Cruz


Before parents will allow their children to be vaccinated, the Department of Health and health practitioners must first explain to the parents why the vaccine is important for the students, so that they can make informed decisions.


This was the advice of Rep. Neil Abayon, a registered nurse and House deputy minority leader, as he suggested a general assembly of parents to brief them on the vaccination details. The DoH must be given the opportunity to present their case and justification for vaccination. It would be a disservice to the parents…

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DoH eyes ‘no vaccination, no enrollment’ policy



By Rose de la Cruz


With measles contamination still uncontained and with 11,459 cases reported by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Council with 189 deaths from it, the Department of Health is eyeing the imposition of a ‘no vaccination, no enrollment’ policy in public schools to reduce its spread.


Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told Rappler that the idea (no vaccination, no enrollment) is “worth studying and (DoH is) objectively looking into its merits or the lack of it.”


The Department of Education itself is studying the DoH proposal but “will review…

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