Socio-political changes seen in a federal set-up


By Rose de la Cruz


Under a federal set-up, there will be no need for a Metro Manila Development Authority, that prevails now. Instead, Metro Manila will be one of five proposed states in a federal form of government that would have its own chief executive or Premier, a unicameral legislature and a state judiciary. The premier will have various departments and other implementing agencies.


This was how Rep. Roger Mercado (lone district of Southern Leyte) and chair of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Deputy Majority leader described what people could expect from a federal government.…

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The inspiring saga of Pilipinas Got Talent’s Marcelito Pomoy


By Boy Villasanta


Calauag, Quezon—“Pilipinas Got Talent” Season 2 winner Marcelito Pomoy—the amazing singer who can belt out side by side a male and a female voice—will travel from south to north on January 25, 2018 to attend the Bambanti Festival, an event that highlights the colorful arts and tradition of Isabela. But he doesn’t mind the distance for singing after all, is his passion and his life.


This is Marcelito’s first time to conquer Isabel Sports Complex and how. 


As long as Marcelito can make people happy anywhere they are, even if situated at…

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NEDA sees agriculture growing in Q1 2018


By Rose de la Cruz


Given a positive outlook for rice and corn production in the first quarter of 2018, the National Economic and Development Authority said it sees the sector growing in that period, after a long hibernation and stagnant state. Still “we should be aggressive in pursuing reforms in the sector,” said NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia in a speech on the economic performance in 2017. Agriculture grew 2,9 percent ub Q4  last year from the decline of -1.3 percent in the same period in 2016.


“High up on the list is the lifting of…

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DFA told to inquire via note verbale on the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait


By Rose de la Cruz



Following the release of Administrative Order No. 25 series of 2018 by the Department of Labor and Employment suspending the processing of employment certificates for deployment in Kuwait, Kabayan partylist Rep. Ciriaco Calalang asked the Department of Foreign Affairs to inquire via a note verbale with the embassy of Kuwait on this circumstance around the deaths of seven OFWs.


Calalang, in a statement, said “as representative of KABAYAN Party-list advocating support for overseas Filipino workers, I urge Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to issue a note verbale to the Kuwait…

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Phl-Netherlands sign MOU on sustainable development for Manila Bay


By Rose de la Cruz


At the opening of the NEDA anniversary week, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia and Netherlands Ambassador Marion Derckx signed a memorandum of understanding on the sustainable development for Manila Bay as the Dutch have extensive knowledge and experience in implementing programs and projects that protect vulnerable coastal zones.


Under the MOU, the two governments will work together in formulating the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan (MBSDMP), which aims to provide a comprehensive framework for the sustainable development and management of the entire Manila Bay area. 


The Master Plan is…

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