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Monthly Archives: September 2020

MANILA – A volunteer organization turned to social media to create a platform to help Eastern Samar schools amid the shift to distance learning. In just a week, Ugop PH raised some PHP40,000 to procure a photocopier machine for their first beneficiary to produce learning modules due to lack of resources. “These are hard-to-reach communities. We want to help them produce learning materials for their students by giving them their own photocopier machines,”...

By Staff Writer As autumn begins, many students are now back at school. But the halls and playgrounds are quiet because their classes have gone virtual. COVID-19 has changed the course of this year in many ways, even changing timelines for the 2020 Census. Despite the disruptions, nonprofit organizations are working up until the deadline to get their communities fully counted. These nonprofits see the benefits of an accurate count for those they serve, benefits such as get...

By Jun Nucum He may be a Hayward City resident for 15 years but this well-known Filipino lawyer may be more popular to hundreds of clients for his simple but effective ways of handling their legal problems than others from Hayward.   As a practicing attorney, Crispin ‘Chris’ Lozano has devoted 21 years representing clients in deportation, asylum seekers and family immigration and work-based immigration. He also specializes in bankruptcy and personal injury cases.  He also...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor After clinching a contract to erect some of its towers in Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) camps, the country’s newest telecommunications company is seeking to build base stations in public schools. Dito Telecommunity said last week that it was negotiating with the Department of Education (DepEd) to build or co-locate base stations in the country’s vast public school network. If the agreement can be worked...

By William Casis Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go lauded the ongoing collaborative efforts between the executive and legislative branches of government to ensure the passage of a measure that would create a new department dedicated to handling the affairs of overseas Filipinos.   This proposed legislation is the second iteration of Senate Bill No. 202, filed by Go last July 2019, which seeks to improve the delivery of government services to Filipinos abroad by bring...

By Macon Araneta Sen. Sonny Angara said he expects the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to fulfill its target of registering all 90 million Filipinos for the Philippine Identification System ID (PhilSys ID) before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022. During the hearing on the proposed PHP11.17 billion budget of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and its attached agencies for 2021, Angara emphasized the need for the very imp...

By Macon Araneta Sen. Risa Hontiveros recently called  on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to send an official “thank you” to the United Kingdom, France and Germany for rejecting claims by China  in the South China Sea  (Western Philippine Sea) and for supporting the arbitral award won by the Philippines in 2016. She said the DFA should officially send the country’s “profound appreciation” to the three Western countries that recently submitted a joint n...

By Daniel Llanto In his first ever address before the UN General Assembly (virtual in light of the pandemic) President Duterte has evidently made peace with the international body from which he previously threatened to withdraw Philippine membership over the incessant criticism of his government’s flagship campaign against illegal drugs. As expected Duterte tiptoed around the West Philippine Sea issue, ignoring the calls of former officials for Duterte to assert the cou...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) listed the Philippines as the 100th destination to receive its Safe Travels stamp, which launched three months ago and is the world’s first-ever global and safety hygiene stamp recognizing the adoption of global health and hygiene protocols. WTTC, which represents the global Travel and Tourism private sector, said the stamp enables travelers “to recognize destinations around the world that have ado...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- European lawmakers recommended last September 17 the revocation of the Philippines’ Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) status “given the seriousness of the human rights violations” The EU grants the GSP+ status, which provides duty-free entry for 6,274 products from the Philippines including fruits, animal and vegetable fat, textile, footwear, vehicle parts and metals, only to countries which have ratified “27 core international c...

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