LOPEZ GOES GREEN

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Gina Lopez is racing against time.

And in her desire and haste to save the environment from further degradation, Secretary Lopez has taken the bold step of going ahead with her plan of shifting to green economy and ditch mining as a major source of livelihood for people living in mining-operated areas.

Lopez was prompted to make the move because she wants to stop if possible all forms of mining because she believes that they are destructive to the environment and could place the future of the next generations in jeopardy.

Her move has ruffled many feathers especially…

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INEFFICIENT TELCOS

Inefficient telecoms hinder economic growth

AKAMAI, a content delivery network and cloud services provider based in Massachusetts in USA, said in its Q3 2016 report that the Philippines has the second slowest fixed line broadband internet speed in the world. 

This assessment of the country’s capability to service users of social media came even as the Philippines is generally known as the texting capital of the world.

Studies show that Filipinos in an average spend 4 hours and 7 minutes per day on social media sites.   

 

Inefficient Globe and Smart 

How this level of efficiency in our…

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OLIGARCHY BREEDS POVERTY

THE PHILIPPINES is a rich country. However, its people are poor because its wealth is effectively controlled by only around 30 ruling and oligarchic families.

Of that number, 14 families have financial resources equivalent to 70 percent of the 2017 national budget amounting to P3.002 Trillion. These families have a total net worth of US42.75-B (P2.135 Trillion), according to Forbes magazine’s annual billionaires’ list. 

These families, also known as oligarchs and political dynasties, have an almost absolute control of the fate and destiny of all the other 110 million Filipinos. They control vital industries, businesses and…

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RECOVERY CENTER FOR SOLDIERS

EVEN before a soldier could get into actual battle, his rigid training is enough to bruise his body and spirit, a state that could only be soothed by a helping hand from the civilian populace they are trained to protect from terrorists and aggressors.

As such they need a modern, well-equipped first-aid center to diagnose, treat and relieve them of the ailments that come with being exposed to the severest natural risks in the battlefield and such a center must begin from their training camp to fortify their fighting spirit.

Camp Tecson is detached from other Philippine Army camps, the…

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PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP

SUPPORTIVE but never subservient.

This is how House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wanted the people to remember the 17th Congress under his leadership.

In a TV interview on March 17, the House Speaker stressed his vision of a legislature that will be able to address the country’s problems and not a mere rubber stamp of the Executive Branch.

 

Strong-Arm Tactics

From the start, Alvarez’s leadership in the House had been rocked by allegations that his tenure would lead to a Congress losing its vital “check-and-balance” function.

With the creation of the “supermajority”, critics had feared that the Philippine legislature would…

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