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Climate change

WITH the worsening of global warming, the ongoing efforts to update the government’s National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) should be welcomed by all sectors of Philippine society. The multi-pronged NCCAP is a comprehensive action plan outlining the country’s agenda…

Red talks cut

Like anyone else, the guy could only take so much. He simply had enough. He may be a declared socialist, and he even took some leftist leaders into his Cabinet, but his patience gradually wore thin and eventually ran out.…

Illegal recruitment

THERE’s no question that the national government’s total war against illegal drugs, like shabu and marijuana, graft and corruption and criminality is being waged without fear or favor. And now, concerned government authorities are also hitting hard at illegal recruiters,…

No to parking fees

THE few but powerful oligarchs continue to control the economy and business environment in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation, drawing the ire of not only the poor but also well-meaning government officials. But in the view of many quarters, what…

NPA depredations

When your cause is morally bankrupt and your ideology has been repudiated all over the world, how would your organization and movement be described? And when you persist in mounting ambuscades, assassinations, sabotage, and other violent acts against the state…

Emergency hospitals

IN a country with more than 100 million people, many of them poor, it is certainly disheartening to note that there are only 3,300 recognized emergency medical service personnel in the Philippines. Not only that. Out of the approximately 1,800…

Tremendous triumph

A week after the country’s hosting of the highly successful ASEAN Summit, the euphoria of being on the global center stage and the international spotlight brightly trained on us as gracious host, we are having a hard time shaking off…

Protecting migrant workers

THE now influential 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has signed a consensus document that reflects the group’s genuine concern for the welfare of migrant workers. As one of the world’s major manpower exporters, the Philippines played a stellar…

Affordable medicines

IN an impoverished country, like the Philippines, the overpricing of medicine by drug companies is, without doubt, an unconscionable act that should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Admittedly, many Filipinos, notably those in the countryside, still…

Affordable medicines

IN an impoverished country, like the Philippines, the overpricing of medicine by drug companies is, without doubt, an unconscionable act that should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Admittedly, many Filipinos, notably those in the countryside, still…

Humanitarian workers

RECENTLY, 31 young humanitarian workers from 10 countries, including the Philippines, underwent a five-day training on disaster risk reduction in Mandaluyong City. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC),…

Anti-corruption drive

THE intensification of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s nationwide campaign against graft and corruption in the government service should be welcomed by all sectors of Philippine society. Since day one of his administration, which started on June 30, 2016, one of…

Environmental laws

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set up a new task force (TF) as part of government efforts to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws in Metropolitan Manila (MM). The creation of the new TF is seen…

Subtle summit

Of course, the guy would not dare. It would be simply impolite to do so to the head of a host state. For all his bluster, US President Trump would be dimplomatically constrained to temper his utterance as he takes…

‘Duplicate’ beneficiaries

ALARMING and disgusting are reports that “double-listed” beneficiaries remain in the system of the national government’s controversial Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). In fact, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that losses to “duplicate” beneficiaries of the program amounted to…
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