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    Hello dear readers, Belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! What is the importance of Thanksgiving? As a liturgical festival, Thanksgiving corresponds to the English and continental European harvest festival, with churches decorated with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves, and other harvest bounty. English and European harvest hymns are sung on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Since Thanksgiving holiday is [...]

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Proposed national ID system passes the lower house of Congress

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MANILA, Philippines — The proposed law seeking to implement a national identification or ID system in the country has passed the third and final reading in the Lower House of Congress.
Proponents of the bill said it will make public transactions with government agencies more efficient.
It is a relief for employees like Gil Colobong. He has six [...]


PhilHealth seeks to increase premium contributions to P3,600

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MANILA, Philippines — Senators have begun discussion on Wednesday regarding the Universal Health Care Bill, one of the priority bills of the Duterte administration.
The legislation primarily aims to expand the coverage of the benefits offered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
The bill also covers the increasing of budget for the benefit package of PhilHealth, [...]


Philippines’ Duterte orders free state college education

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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law making education at all state universities free, a palace official said Friday, despite warnings from his economic advisors that the Philippines cannot afford it.
Duterte, who is known for his populist leanings, believes the long-term benefits of the measure outweigh the short-term budgetary challenges, said deputy presidential executive secretary [...]


In fight for Marawi City, a painful window on war

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MARAWI, Philippines — From the third-story window of a barren government office building he now squats in as a refugee, Nasir Abdul is watching his city being destroyed.
Nearly every day for the past three weeks, the Philippine military has pounded the lakeside town of Marawi with rockets and bombs as it tries to wipe out [...]


More Pinoys enjoys Kapamilya Shows via ABS-CBN TV Plus

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ABS-CBN TVplus has changed the way viewers watch television as they now enjoy crystal clear picture, additional premium channels with no monthly fees, and Super KBO service that features the latest blockbuster movies.
With 2.6 million TVplus units sold since its launch in 2015, ABS-CBN has seen a significant boost in its TV ratings and viewership. According to data from Kantar Media, ABS-CBN’s [...]


1,000 aftershocks pummel Batangas

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MANILA, Philippines – An “earthquake swarm” continued to hit Batangas yesterday as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) advised people to stay calm but remain vigilant for the “Big One.”
Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said an earthquake swarm has been going on since Tuesday last week, and seismologists have recorded over 1,000 aftershocks, including [...]


DICT assures fast and affordable internet in 6 months

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MANILA, Philippines — During the first Philippine Telco Summit, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) assured that in six months’ time a faster internet connection will be provided for the Filipinos.
This is in accordance to last Monday’s approval by President Duterte on the implementation of a national broadband plan during the cabinet meeting [...]


Philippines aims for ‘golden age of infrastructure’

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Desperately needed airports and trains are part of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s envisioned “golden age of infrastructure”, but graft, red tape and other perennial problems threaten the $170-billion plan.
Unprecedented influxes of money from China and Japan are key planks of the hoped-for building frenzy, which aims to rectify decades of underspending that has been one [...]


‘Kapitana’ remembers laundry days with ‘darling’ MacArthur

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DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Every time the city commemorates the Lingayen Gulf landing, laundrywoman Julita Vallejos, now 86, remembers how jolly and sweet the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur had been to her.
MacArthur and his troops camped at the West Central Elementary School here near the end of World War II.
Vallejos, fondly called Kapitana Juling [...]


DOF warns of ‘disastrous’ consequences of pension hike

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Finance warned yesterday of “disastrous” consequences once populist measures on the two-year land conversion moratorium and Social Security System (SSS) pension increase without contribution hike are pursued.
“We need to invest big in (infrastructure), human capital and social protection…Hence the need to generate a lot more funds to bankroll these [...]


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