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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 Last Batch of Yolanda scholars of SM Foundation graduates


By Rose de la Cruz


From the rubbles of Yolanda, which hit Eastern Visayas in November 2013, the last batch of 60 scholars (out of 100) finally completed their various 5-year courses from scholarships granted by the SM Foundation Inc. Those that graduated last year took four-year degree courses.


They now look more positively at life—having completed their college degree and would soon be preparing for licensure exams—but for those that finished last year, all of them are gainfully employed now.


They formed part of the 270 scholar-graduates that proudly marched at the 23rd annual presentation…

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Kids buying online up threefold in 12 months



By Rose de la Cruz


Children buying from online retail stores have more than tripled in the last 12 months, amid shift in browsing behavior.


This, according to Kaspersky’s annual report on the kids’ safety, which is based on anonymized statistics its products with parental control functionality.


Kaspersky noted that the kids’ appetite for online retails sites grew threefold or from 2 percent to 9 percent.


The report findings demonstrate that, very much like adults, children are enjoying the benefits of online shopping and are browsing (and sometimes buying) in a way which will…

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