As Boracay Closes, A Casino Rises

By Fernan J. Angeles 

THE closure of hotels and resorts in Boracay is not about environmental degradation after all.

From the looks of it, the supposed shutdown and demolition of non-compliant resorts in the world famous island resort could be part of a grand plan to evict establishments standing on the way of a big casino which would be built and operated by a Macau-based gambling firm Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (GEGL). 

In a press statement, Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (KPNE) assailed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), which recently hinted on allowing Macau gambling kingpin…

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The Missing Link: Time To Create A Safety Board

Photo from the Occidental Mindoro PDRRMO/

By Bobby Ricohermoso


RESPONSIBLE government officials, and even ordinary people, are alarmed why fatal road crashes continue to happen despite efforts to improve the public transport system as well as road conditions throughout the country.

The latest incident occurred Tuesday night where 19 people died while 21 others were hurt when a Manila-bound Dimple Star passenger bus hit a bridge railing and fell into a 15-meter deep ravine in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Just like that: 19 lives lost. 

And just like that, victims will remain part of statistics of the ever…

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Calamba’s Hyundai Dream Center: World Class

(Note: The following article was first published in the March 12-18, 2018 issue of OpinYon Laguna.)

DRIVEN by the vision to develop the Filipinos’ competitiveness in technical education, HYUNDAI Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) in partnership with Plan International is set to inaugurate on April the Hyundai Dream Center Philippines (HDCP), a world-class training and education hub for developing skills in the automotive industry.

As the official Philippine distributor of Hyundai passenger and commercial vehicles, HARI formally announced the undertaking last December 5, 2017 at its projected home base, the Hyundai Logistics Center (HLC) in Calamba, Laguna.


Fast pace…

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RESIDENTS of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro can now be assured of a reliable power source thanks to the completion of the 2-MW solar-power facility built by Solar Power Philippines.

The facility, touted as the largest solar-battery micro-grid in Southeast Asia, is expected to bring to the town’s residents reliable power, according to Solar Philippines founder Leandro Leviste.

It also marked the launch of Leviste’s “Solar Para Sa Bayan” program, which aims to bring cheaper, more reliable power to areas poorly served by utilities in support of the Duterte administration’s aim to end energy poverty by 2022.

The system uses panels from…


Education bonds to upgrade SUCs urged



By Rose de la Cruz


Since most buildings and facilities of state colleges and universities are dilapidated and in run-down state, a measure to upgrade them using education bonds to be floated, was proposed by Rep. Frederick W. Siao, lone district of Iligan City.


The need is so great but most budget requests from SUCs for capital outlays are not included in the General Appropriations Act because the GAA cannot support those requests. The appropriate solution is the issuance of Education Bonds.


This idea is not new, but I am reiterating it because it has…

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