Permanent ‘no-build’ danger zones pushed



By Rose de la Cruz


Agusan del Norte (1st district) Rep. Lawrence Fortun, is pushing for a permanent “no build” danger zone in quake-prone Mindanao and to suspend mining activities to ensure the safety of miners.


In authoring HB 2451 (an act creating the Department of Disaster Resilience) Fortun stressed that “disaster adaptation and mitigation includes, among other things, identifying no-build zones in or adjacent to  earthquake fault lines where construction of houses and other buildings shall be banned or very strictly regulated to prevent and minimize loss of lives and damage to property.”

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Robots to be common in wealthy homes by 2040



By Rose de la Cruz


The world is rapidly moving towards increased digitalization and mobility of services, with many industries and households relying strongly on automatization and the use of robotic systems.


Studies estimate that robots will become the norm for wealthy households by 2040. Currently, most of these robotic systems are at the academic research stage and it is too early to discuss how to incorporate cybersecurity measures.


However, research by Kaspersky and Ghent University has found a new and unexpected dimension of risk associated with robotics – the social impact it has on…

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 PMA asked to suspend cadet recruitment for a year


By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., Ako Bicol partylist and author of the new anti-hazing law (Republic Act 11053) urged the Philippine Military Academy to suspend its cadet recruitment for a year considering that at least 27 more cases of maltreatment have been reported, which means “systemic and grave flaws” in PMA.


"As things stand now, the PMA cannot assure parents of the safety of their sons and daughters at the academy because the 27 more cases of maltreatment of cadets are clear proof there are systemic, grave, and moral flaws in the…

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Food safety system from source to plate pushed



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Bernadette Herrera, Bagong Henerasyon partylist, is pushing for a food safety system from source to plate as she urged the departments of agriculture, health, science and technology and trade to craft and adopt this national system to protect the citizenry from diseases and epidemics.


She also called for a national campaign against unsanitary practices in farms, personal hygiene issues that affect food safety.


She explained that the ongoing battles against polio, epidemics and African swine fever are linked to safety practices in farms, communities, and homes.


"We have a sanitation…

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SM Group brings two days of fun for kids in Looc ES in Batangas




By Rose de la Cruz


Just a day after the late SM patriarch Tatang Henry Sy Sr. marked his 95th birthday, the SM Group brought fun and laughter to schoolchildren of Looc Elementary School in Nasugbu, Batangas as a fitting turnover of the 100th schoolbuilding it donated throughout the country. Looc, which is always under floodwater during heavy rains and storms, have mostly rundown schoolbuildings and majority of its compound is filled with soil, which becomes muddy, during heavy rains.


The donation by Manila Southcoast Development Corp. (MSDC) and SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) of the…

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