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    Dear readers, First of all the weather is now definitely spring. I can see some greens now in the rock garden and the backyard. Having a garden is quite a bit of work but if you have a green thumb you are definitely enjoying this part of the year. So enjoy Spring while it [...]

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The PUV Modernization Program
Many Filipinos may be familiar with the government’s bold BUILD BUILD BUILD program composed of long overdue infrastructure upgrades and improvements. Yet paired with this is the equally ambitious Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).
This government initiative is designed to streamline and organize the country’s public road transportation system. Launched in June [...]


Don’t blame Senate for slowdown in PH economic growth – Sotto

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The Senate was also a “victim” in the delayed approval of the 2019 national budget, and should not be blamed for the slowdown of the country’s economy growth, Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintained on Saturday.
Sotto, in a radio interview, said he disagreed with the pronouncements of government economic managers that the stalled passage of [...]


Philippines not asking help from China, says DFA chief

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is not asking help from China, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. asserted on Tuesday.
A Twitter user had asked Locsin why the Philippines “is still asking help from China” after the latter disclosed that Japan, Australia, and the United States “extended the most development and military assistance to the Philippines.”
Locsin [...]


Student fare discount bill transmitted to Palace for President’s signature

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Good news for public and private school students.
The enrolled copy of the bill seeking to institutionalize and expand the 20-percent student fare discount to include air and sea transport has been transmitted to Malacañang for President Duterte’s signature.
It was learned that enrolled bill was transmitted to the President on March 21, 2019.
Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, [...]


These are the Two Filipinas Included in the World’s Billionaires List

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For the first time, two women from the Philippines were included in US magazine Forbes’ rankings of the world’s billionaires. Filipino tycoons on the annual lists have always been predominantly male.
The two women that were on the latest rankings are Teresita Sy-Coson and Elizabeth Sy, daughters of SM Group founder Henry Sy Sr. They both made the [...]


Donations pour in for Grade 2 student who uses makeshift pen

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MANILA, Philippines – Netizens have extended their help to the Grade 2 student from Samar who used a makeshift pen for schoolwork.
Teacher Maricor Baculanta had shared on Facebook photos of her 8-year-old student Jan Kim Enario after she noticed that he used an improvised pen in class.
As of Thursday, March 7, the post has drawn [...]


Violence against women an ‘epidemic’ in PH – expert

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Sylvia Claudio, dean of the University of the Philippines’ College of Social Work and Community Development, says one way to address violence against women is to start tackling the issue at home.
MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines Dean of the College of Social Work and Community Development Sylvia Claudio urged the public and the [...]


Solons: Declare Manila Bay reclamation-free zone

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The Makabayan bloc of the House of Representatives wants to declare Manila Bay as reclamation-free zone.
The group of progressive lawmakers filed House Bill 9067 that seeks to prohibit all forms of reclamation activities that will affect a part of or the entire Manila Bay area.
Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, who led the filing of [...]


Hacking a Pinoy Christmas abroad

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We lived in Singapore for a few years when I was a child. My dad had been offered a job that allowed him to bring us with him. Most Filipinos are not as lucky, and must leave their spouses and children behind for jobs that pay them more than they could ever earn in the [...]


Return of Balangiga bells an important milestone to PH-US relations – Palace

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By United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim
On Tuesday morning, a US Air Force plane bearing three historic bells from San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga will land at Villamor Air Base. These bells were taken 117 years ago; later Tuesday it will be my honor to return them. Their safe return is [...]


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