18th Congress to probe power, water utilities providers



By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy vowed to scrutinize the operations of power and water utilities companies for their poor delivery of service to the detriment of public interest.


Congress will clean up the water mess if the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and the water concessionaires cannot.


Making Metro Manila residents suffer through a second round of water service cut-offs merits tougher rebuke and deeper probe by Congress, said Herrera-Dy who is also the secretary-general of the Party-list Coalition.


"We have given MWSS and the electricity sector enough time to solve…

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‘Eddie Garcia’ bill for the protection of actors



By Rose de la Cruz


The death of legendary actor/director Eddie Garcia from an accident during a shooting exposed the occupational risks that showbusiness people constantly face, hence the need to pass a law to ensure their safety always.


The “Eddie Garcia” law was filed by the late actor/director’s stepson, Rep. Mikee Romero, 1-PACMAN partylist as he appealed to his fellow legislators to support him in his quest to create a law to put a bigger meaning to Tito Eddie Garcia's death," Romero said in a Facebook post.


"I expect more than 100 of my fellow…

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Bill to ensure protection for teachers



By Rose de la Cruz


With teachers subjected to violence and abuse, including bullying, by both students and overzealous parents, House Bill 9065 (Teachers Protection Act) was introduced, and hopefully to be passed in the remaining days of the 17th Congress, by Binan City Rep. Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat.


More than hazard pay, she says, teachers need protection and protocols when they are victims of assault.


Amid ongoing clamor for substantial hike in public school teachers’ pay, adjustments in hazard pay may not be the only intervention the mentors need given current risks to their personal safety…

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Middle ground sought on WPS fishing rights



By Rose de la Cruz


While agreeing with senior Justice Antonio Carpio on the need to protect the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea, Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. sought a workable ‘middle ground’ on the disputed waters.


There may be some workable middle ground among the divergent views on fishing and maritime passage in exclusive economic zone waters off the western coasts of the Philippines, he said.


"There is a need to acknowledge the fact that top Philippine officials had verbal agreement with their counterparts in…

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38% of consumers would abandon social media accounts for privacy



By Rose de la Cruz


Data privacy is still a topmost concern of most social media account holders.


The recent study of Kaspersky, a leading data security company, revealed that 38 percent would give up their social media accounts to guarantee digital privacy for the rest of their lives.


Fears surrounding protecting digital privacy have made consumers more anxious about the use and distribution of their personal information on the internet. The report outlines how and why consumers’ personal information is becoming incredibly valuable to them. 


Social media services, like Facebook, Instagram or…

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