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Yearly Archives: 2021

With the country facing the onslaught brought about by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) – considered as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year – GMA Network continues to deliver not only news and information, but much-needed public service as well, most especially to those who are in Visayas and Mindanao. GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) proactively pre-positioned its teams and is now distributing relief packs in Leyte, Surigao, Bohol, and Cebu. Togethe...

By Mark Hedin, Ethnic Media Services  California is once again emerging as a leader in the fight against Big Tobacco with the California Smokers’ Helpline, renamed Kick It California — the state’s official effort to help people stop smoking. Through Kick It California, anyone who wants to quit tobacco use – whether it’s cigarette smoking, vaping, chewing or anything else – will find an array of resources available for free on the program’s new, mobile-friendly website, ...

Dozens of countries offered humanitarian aid to the Philippines as they sent messages of sympathy amid the destruction caused by typhoon “Odette”, which pummeled through the Visayas and Mindanao and left 375 dead a week before Christmas. Based on the latest data of the Philippine National Police from the reports filed by police units in areas affected by “Odette”, the death toll already reached 375 as of December 20. Odette, the strongest typhoon to hit the country this yea...

Without kotong or once it is eradicated, Partido Reporma standard bearer Sen. Panfilo Lacson said, fruit and vegetable prices sure to go down. "We always say: ‘Fix the government, fix the lives of every Filipino.’ Because if people in the government are corrupt, who suffers? The citizenry," said Lacson. He noted the rising prices of goods, especially as Christmas nears and Filipinos scramble to put food on their tables for noche buena and media noche (Christmas Eve and New ...

The cybercriminals in the hacking of BDO Unibank Inc. deposit accounts are bound to face economic sabotage charges, Rep. Michael Defensor (Anakalusugan) said. “The act of breaking into a bank’s computer system and stealing money from more than 50 deposit accounts constitutes economic sabotage,” said Defensor, who is running for Quezon City mayor. “Under the law, the offense is punishable with life in prison plus a fine of up to PHP5 million,” he said. Defensor was referrin...

MANILA -- Voting 20-0-0, the Senate unanimously passed the proposed Department of Migrant Workers (DOMW) and Overseas Filipinos Act on the third and final reading on December 14.  Sen. Joel Villanueva, chairman of the Senate labor committee and principal sponsor and author of Senate Bill number 2234, said the proposed migrant workers department seeks to be a “dedicated service arm for 10 million Filipinos overseas who account for 10 percent of the population and whose remi...

Proponents of the proposed SIM Card Registration Act, as embodied in Senate Bill 2395 approved by the Senate on third and final reading recently, said the measure is expected to finally bring an end to “Trolls” and fake news.     Sen, Franklin Drilon, co-sponsor of the bill with Sen. Grace Poe, said: "We have to cure trolls that are spreading as fast as the virus that we are battling today. Troll is a virus that hides behind anonymity and continues to spread nothing but hat...

Majority of the Senate may have passed the bill that allows 100 percent foreign ownership of public services but lawmakers who contested the proposed law amening the 85-year-old Public Service Act warned that the entry of foreign players carried with it substantial risks to national security. Nineteen of the 24 senators voted in favor of the bill. Aside from the telcos, Senate Bill 2094 is also expected to affect local firms engaged in other forms of telecommunications, dom...

Health Sec. Francisco Duque warned last week that the recently discovered Omicron variant of Covid-19 may soon overwhelm the country’s hospitals. Compared to the Delta variant which is now a fading threat, Omicron will spread at an even faster rate, Duque said. The first two cases of the Omicron variant in the country involving a Filipino and a Nigerian national were confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) last week. The two were placed in isolation but it is not known ...

After a challenging year of navigating the “double pandemic” of COVID-19 and the rise of anti-Asian hate, AARP brought together generations of Asian American Olympians who embody resilience and excellence on December 16 for “Leading with a Champion Mind.”  The live virtual panel celebrated the strength of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and shared how to be more resilient. Olympic gold medalist speed skater Apolo Ohno moderated the uplifting conversa...

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