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Traders control farmers, food supply & prices



By Rose de la Cruz


In most areas of the country, farmers are at the mercy of ruthless and callous traders, who squeeze them dry of possible profit but pass on the products they bought from farmers at sky-high prices. Greed has often been their game, that’s why they get richer and the farmers poorer.


And even if farmers acquire new farm techniques and venture into high value crops (HVC), still they are trapped with the greedy traders, who buy their produce at rock bottom (almost give-away) prices but sell the same items to malls and…

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Malaria still hounds Philippine soldiers in island municipalities



By Rose de la Cruz


After the hype that malaria has been completely licked, the communicable mosquito-borne menace is very much alive and active in the island municipalities of Palawan, where soldiers are deployed to guard and protect the Philippine archipelagic territory as well as its people.


Aside from malaria-- dengue, another mosquito-borne disease-- is common year-round because of the thick foliage of most island municipalities and the inadequate training on how to prevent the mosquitoes carrying the virus from spreading and becoming an epidemic.


For the first semester alone, communicable diseases (malaria plus dengue)…

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P532.54-M released for AFP pensioners, P276.82-M for PNP



By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Budget said it had released P532.54 million to cover the pension differential arrearages of retirees of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Another P276.82 million has also been released to cover the retirees from the Philippine National Police. These releases are chargeable against the Pension and Gratuity Fund of FY 2018 General Appropriations Act.


For the AFP pensioners, the amount released would cover the pension differential claims covering July 2008 to February 2013 for 4,392 pensioners.


Notably, part of the computed pension differential claims refers…

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Require PUJs to give student fare discounts 7 days, not only 5 days



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Bagong Henerasyon partylist, asked the Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board to require all jeepney drivers to give the student fare discount every day of the week and not just on weekdays.


LTFRB must issue at the soonest possible time a directive to all public utility jeepney operators requiring them to post inside their jeepney units the LTFRB Resolution of October 11, 2017 stating that the student fare discount is in effect every day of the week not just on weekdays. Many jeepney drivers and operators continue to…

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Salo  supports granting 14th month pay to all workers



By Rose de la Cruz


It’s easy to propose additional benefits for all workers—private and public—but it’s harder to ask the employers to shoulder this additional cost.


Most industries are already hard up complying with the mandated 13th month pay—splitting them into two (mid term in May or June and the second half in either November or December) and adding another month of paid benefit would certainly cause many industries (including publishing, which is now hard-up in catching up with ending contractualization, inflation and cost of production and even getting new businesses through advertising and subscriptions)--…

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