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Lawful processes

The most difficult but critical test of good corporate citizenship is the willful submission to lawful processes. This indicates that private corporations, like ordinary citizens, uphold the supremacy of duly established democratic government institutions. Indeed, companies and citizens are entitled…

Apprenticeship program

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the two-chamber Congress to reform the government’s apprenticeship program to address the worsening unemployment problem in the country. Many quarters, including the labor sector, concede that our lawmakers -- senators and congressmen -- need…

No more fear

THE Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens across the country, no longer fear Charter-Change (Cha-Cha) initiative. In the past, the people opposed attempts to tinker with the Constitution, believing that certain officials would like nothing else than to hold on…

High prices of medicines

IF many sick Filipinos, notably the poor, still seek the help of faith healers and quack doctors, blame it on the high prices of medicines in this graft-prone Southeast Asian nation. Note that the costs of medicines are much higher…

Obesity, diabetes

LIKE the dreaded tuberculosis (TB) and other highly-communicable diseases, diabetes and obesity still worry concerned government authorities and the Filipino people. And no less than the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that sugary drinks, including the favorite canned and bottled…

Need to reset bgy polls

IT is said that money from illegal drugs and illegal gambling plays a crucial role in the outcome of national, local and barangay elections in this poverty-stricken nation. That’s why the public applauded when President Duterte made his dramatic announcement…

PH’s housing program

THE so-called “housing project invasion” in Pandi, Bulacan has thrust out front the need to address the problems confronting the government’s low-cost housing program. Like other Filipinos, particularly the poorest of the poor, we get this feeling that the “incident”…

No sound basis

All government actions and decisions must stand on solid ground-legal, moral, ethical, procedural. In short, all official undertakings must go through prior and comprehensive vetting. Former President Fidel V. Ramos has a term for it—complete staff work. This put all…

Climate class act

The move affirms the nation’s stature as a good global citizen. In the battle against climate change or global warming, all countries must really close ranks. There should be no holding out or foot-dragging as the planet sizzles: We are…

Can they or not?

Take your pick: the world of the head of state and commander-in-chief or that of a nationally elected lawmaker and member of the treaty-ratifying Senate. The issue at hand is whether foreigners can sail and stay in and around Benham…

Peace talks

AFTER a month-long suspension, the formal peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) are now back on track. In fact, the fourth round of the peace negotiations…

Faster internet

If internet access is a human right, then the State is duty-bound to make it speedily available to the people. According to Wikipedia, “The right to internet access, also known as the right to broadband, is the view that all…

Online scams

THE mushrooming number of internet users, many of them youngsters, magnifies the problems of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is civilian in nature but national in scope. In fact, online scams, including swindling and sextortion, remain a major headache…

DepEd’s SPES program

THIS year, the Department of Education (DepEd) is allowing students and out-of-school youths (OSYs) aged 15 years and above to participate in the highly-successful summer job program. People agree that the lowering of the minimum age requirement is a clear…

The ‘Bill’ that saves life

THE House of Representatives has passed on second reading a proposed legislation that reflects the concern over the welfare of poor patients. House Bill (HB) No. 5159, otherwise known as the “Anti-Hospital Deposit Bill,” seeks to save more lives at…
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