DBM provides more funds for ROW settlements



By Rose de la Cruz


Right of Way issues have hounded many government roads and infrastructure projects, thereby causing their substantial delays in implementation and completion. Hence, the more suffering is borne by the citizenry.


But in the 2019 budget, ROW was increased to P29.4 billion for the Department of Public Works and Highways and P26.9 billion for the Department of Transportation. Compared to previous year’s ROW budget of 36.7 billion for both departments, this is an increased of P19.6 billion.


In 2017, the ROW budget was slightly lower at P34…

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Kaspersky Lab experts warn on risks of dividing the cyberspace




By Rose de la Cruz


Experts of leading cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab, warned of dividing or “Balkanizing” the cyberspace—the fragmentation of the world wide web, during its 4th Asia Pacific Cyber Security Weekend in Siem, Cambodia.


“The volume of new malware we detect daily has been increasing year-on-year in number, in sophistication, and in reach. The future of the internet is fragile and, as nations scramble to beef up their defenses, we’re giving birth to Balkanisation. However, fragmentation is not the armor we need to face the menace of the internet of tomorrow. Remember, a…

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Gov. Imee’s impossible request to rice traders, NFA



By Rose de la Cruz


Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, brother of failed vice- presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos has voiced an impossible request to rice traders and the National Food Authority: Buy rice high and sell to consumers low.


As if that suggestion would ever hold water in a commercial world, where traders would do everything to jack up prices (for better returns for them) and never mind if consumers suffer in the end.


She also asked the NFA Council, under the supervision of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, to “calibrate the import duty just…

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 1/3 of world’s ocean are over-fished, supply may not last


By Rose de la Cruz


A third of the world’s oceans are over-fished. Stocks may not last long, thus warned the Food and Agriculture Organization.


FAO said stocks fished within biologically sustainable levels has decreased from 90 percent to 66.9 percent, with some fish species not having enough population left in the ocean to replenish and reproduce.


Over the years, the demand for seafood has drastically increased. Some 3.2 billion people rely on fish for almost 20 percent of their animal protein intake. Some communities, usually in developing countries, depend on fish as a key source of protein…

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SM Foundation honors volunteer doctors in thanksgiving lunch



By Rose de la Cruz


SM Foundation Inc. health and medical team honored recently its volunteer doctors participating in its medical/dental missions throughout the country, its partners since the program started in 2001.


The thanksgiving luncheon for the volunteer- doctors is just timely and fitting as they are always there to help us in every way and to make our missions of giving health care and wellness to the people, especially those who can least afford seeing a doctor or having a diagnosis of possible illnesses as well as to SM employees, a great success, said Connie Angeles,…

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