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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Local tourists definitely missed Boracay last Holy Week

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Government’s decision to temporarily close Boracay to help in its rehabilitation came at a time when local tourists, more than foreigners, frequent the island beach famed for its white sands. And the timing just before Holy Week, which incidentally ushered in the summer break of schoolchildren, was definitely wrong and would force local tourists to either look at other Philippine destinations that are not as costly or try out the beaches of ASEAN neighbors which are visa-free. And there goes our tourism program.

 

Definitely, the malaise that the famed white sand beach…

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Phl also has gun control problems

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Unlike many schools in the United States where active shooting in school campuses and classrooms have claimed many lives, the Philippines is also saddled with gun control problems as a result of so many loose firearms being used against innocent individuals.

 

Thus Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., 1-Ang Edukasyon partylist and assistant minority leader, is asking the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice to give an update about cases filed against those persons arrested with illegal gun possession; those who run amok shooting innocent people, private armies and election-related violence.…

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