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POLITICS

ESTABLISH MICROFINANCE SYSTEM IN BARANGAYS – ROMAN

A measure seeking to establish the barangay microfinance system that would facilitate easy and efficient access to necessary funds and credits for such entrepreneurial activities has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development approved the committee report on the substitute bill to House Bill

DATA PRIVACY NOT A SHIELD VS SUBPOENA - GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon thanked National Privacy Commission (NPC) Commissioner Raymund Liboro for his pronouncement that the law on data privacy rights cannot be invoked as an excuse to evade legal proceedings. Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said Liboro’s pronouncement has now cleared any dispute whether those invited to attend the Senate hearing

GATCHALIAN TO DEPED: FILL-UP 33,000 VACANT POSTS

While the Department of Education (DepEd) is seeking an additional P2.58 billion in 2022 to hire 10,000 teachers, more than 30,000 teaching positions are yet to be filled as of September this year. For Senator Win Gatchalian, this should push the DepEd to accelerate its hiring process and fill the remaining vacancies. Based on the

‘AYUDA’ FOR FARMERS AMID OIL PRICE HIKES URGED

As oil price hikes increase food production costs, Senator Kiko Pangilinan proposes that farmers and fisherfolk receive immediate cash assistance and fuel subsidies to keep food prices down. “Pag mataas ang food production cost, mataas ang presyo ng pagkain. Kaya ngayong tumataas ang presyo ng langis, kailangang tulungan natin ang ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda

GOVERNMENT

DOLOMITE BEACH INSPIRES POSITIVE MINDSET – CIMATU

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has reiterated the importance of the dolomite beach in the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program, noting how the beach enhancement project can positively shape the mindset of the public on proper solid waste management. In his keynote speech during the launch of the DENR’s Solid Waste

DOT LAUNCHES ‘IT’S MORE FUN WITH YOU’ VIDEO

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines unveiled recently a new video designed to welcome domestic tourists back to the country’s tourism destinations.  Titled “It’s More Fun with You” the video is part of the department’s domestic tourism campaign dubbed “Have A Safe Trip, Pinas”. It was launched through a hybrid

ALL NCR CEMETERIES WELL-PREPARED FOR UNDAS – MMDA

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos inspected cemeteries in Metro Manila two days before its closure for this year’s observance of Undas. Abalos visited Manila North Cemetery in Manila and Garden of Life Park in Mandaluyong to check their compliance to the Inter-agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) guidelines

RELEASE OF P120-M FOR NEA PROJECTS GETS DUTERTE OK

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has welcomed the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte to release funds for the implementation of the agency’s rural electrification projects in the countryside. The approved funds, which amount to P120 million, are contained in Republic Act (RA) No. 11518 or the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA), intended for the installation

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR FUTURE IS

When do you draw the line when it comes to your purchases? Where do you put your hard-earned money? How do you spend it and how often? These are just some of the things we have to ask ourselves. Finding answers to these questions will help us determine if we are going overboard with our

SMC IS TOP EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AT ASIA CEO AWARDS

In a year dominated by continuing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) emerged as Top Employer of the Year at the 2021 Asia CEO Awards–besting other major Philippine conglomerates across several criteria, including outstanding leadership, improving employees’ professional careers, providing recognition, talent development, social commitment, and promoting work-life balance. In

BARGAIN HUNTER’S LAIR: DAPITAN ARCADE

These days, online shopping is the go-to option for many people. Aside from ease and convenience, it simply is the safest way to run our errands for obvious reasons. However, we can’t deny that real-life experience can never be substituted. Luckily, whether to shop online or see the items physically, whichever works for you, these

CURIOSITY AND THE POWER OF WHY

“Why” is usually a question kids ask constantly and consistently. “Why is the sky blue?” And even after proceeding to answer the question, it’s still followed with, “But why?”. That curiosity about every little detail in life seems to be something we outgrow over time. Have you ever wondered when we stopped? And why? Why

TRAVEL & TOURS

GET YOUR SWEATERS READY FOR BAGUIO

Baguio, The Summer Capital of the country, has reopened its doors to fully vaccinated travellers since the closure of its borders in August due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the city. Baguio announced that it would be open to welcome 2,000 tourists per day starting October 25. With that, visitors who have been

BARGAIN HUNTER’S LAIR: DAPITAN ARCADE

These days, online shopping is the go-to option for many people. Aside from ease and convenience, it simply is the safest way to run our errands for obvious reasons. However, we can’t deny that real-life experience can never be substituted. Luckily, whether to shop online or see the items physically, whichever works for you, these

BEYOND LIGHTS AND COLORS, EASTWOOD CITY IS HOME

In the early 2000s, when IT-related jobs started to rise in the country, putting us in the global IT landscape, Eastwood City was the leading IT hub in the country. It housed notable brands and IT companies that gave way to nearly 17,000 related jobs and 30,000 in total, including non-IT related ones. It was

HARRISON PLAZA, A GEM THAT WAS

In 2019, when the news broke that Harrison Plaza was set to be demolished, I was one of those people who felt a little sadness. Attending a university nearby, Harrison Plaza was our go-to place for pretty much anything—and we mean anything. This old but humble shopping centre got it all from thrift shops to

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

‘MODERN LOVE’ SPITS SOME TRUTHS ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER

(This article may contain some spoilers) This may already be two years late, but over the weekend, I stumbled upon the third episode of season 1’s Modern Love titled “Take me as I am, whoever I am” which talked about bipolar disorder. First, Modern Love is a series from Amazon Prime inspired by personal essays

A SWEET HEALTH CRISIS CALLED DIABETES

In 2019, the Philippines had the distinction of having more diabetes cases than our more developed neighbouring countries. We ranked 5th behind China, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. The research also showed that nearly 4 million Filipinos have diabetes. Today, it remains to be one of the Top 10 leading causes of death in the country.

CRAMPS & GAS: ALL ABOUT ANTACID

Our stomach produces acid when we eat, which aids in the digestion of the meal. There will be times when the acid it produces is more than what is required to digest your food intake. When this happens, the acid can travel up the esophagus and can cause discomfort, heartburn, or it may reach your

THAT PINK THING CALLED ICE SCRAMBLE

Ice-shaken, food colour that is often pink, or you may say fuchsia if you can spell it, milk powder, and crushed unsalted nuts. Yes, we are talking about Ice Scramble, that sweet afternoon delight that most kids from the ’80s or ’90s grew up loving. Do you remember the joy it brings whenever you see

FASHION & BEAUTY

STYLE WITH PURPOSE: ARE SOCKS IMPORTANT?

To some, wearing socks is nothing but a hassle – especially since it’s usually warm or hot where we live. It feels lighter not to wear socks, too! But making a habit out of not wearing socks makes us miss out on all the benefits that socks bring us.  Benefit 1: Protects from Calluses and

HOMEMADE MAGIC: SIMPLE FACE MASK INGREDIENTS

Our face is the most exposed part of our body to different kinds of elements: dust, sunlight, sweat, and other things that can affect the skin. Being exposed to pollution and extreme heat can irritate the skin and can cause dryness, itchiness, among others. This is why it’s important to develop healthy habits and routines

WORK FROM HOME: SHOULD I DRESS FOR WORK?

One of the things I really wanted when I started my first corporate job was to go to work in comfortable clothes, or not have to worry about how I dress for work and how I looked. Because of this, working remotely was something that really appealed to me. Now that we’ve been in various

SAAN GALING 'YON: MOISTURIZERS

Moisturizers are part of almost all skincare regimen. This ensures that the skin has enough moisture to give it thecapacity to heal itself. Generally, skin care doesn’t have a lot of medical and scientific research backing. But as a society, we have been using moisturizers for a long time. NATURAL OILS According to research, our prehistoric

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

PBA PARTY-LIST LAUDS VAXXING OF STUDENT ATHLETES

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) over the weekend lauded the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for spearheading the coronavirus vaccination drive for student-athletes. “We thank CHED for listening to our call to include student-athletes in the list of priority groups for inoculation against COVID-19. We also congratulate them for the successful launch of their

CARLOS YULO, CHAMPION ONCE MORE

Over the weekend, Carlos Yulo competed for the 2021 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu City, Japan. He was among the 196 male gymnasts representing a portion of the 56 participating nations. Yulo competed for floor exercise, where he was defending his title, Vault, and Parallel bars. Despite losing his title defense after placing

PBA PARTY-LIST TO PSC: SUPPORT OUR ATHLETES

With Super Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So winning his third US Chess Championship crown Tuesday (Wednesday Philippine Time), the Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list is hoping the Philippines will never have to suffer a repeat of the way it lost the chess prodigy. “We congratulate GM Wesley So on yet another feather in his cap.

THREE THINGS ‘HOMETOWN CHA-CHA-CHA’ IS REMINDING US

Strictly no spoilers over here. Yet another Kdrama has swooned us. Right after the release of Squid Game, we now have another show to binge-watch and treasure, thanks to the Korean hit series Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. If you are one of those who keep toggling on Netflix to check what to watch next, you likely have

ARTS & CULTURE

THE FUSS ABOUT THE LAST MERCURY RETROGRADE FOR 2021

When Mercury retrogrades, it makes our heads spin. How have you been the past few weeks? Did you suddenly feel like things were not going your way? Did the universe seem like it was not on your side? If you’re one of those people who experienced a cluster of misfortunes the past few weeks, you

SAAN GALING ‘YON: THE PHILIPPINE FLAG

A country’s flag is its most important symbol. It signifies the patriotism and freedom of the nation. It also expresses the sentiments and hopes of Filipinos. Have you ever wondered why The Philippine flag looks the way it does? Where did it come from? Flag History of the Philippines During the pre-colonial period, sources and

MINDANAO ART 2021 OPENS WITH RENEWED MESSAGE OF HOPE

Mindanao Art 2021, with the theme, Art in between: Mindanao Art in Liminal Space, has proven, once again, that art is undying and ever relevant. For this year, Mindanao Art chooses a butterfly as its logo. Butterflies are symbols of transformation, hope, and new life. Their colours and patterns symbolize beauty—that along the process of

PINOY CLEVER WORDPLAY PART 2: GAY LINGO

For the last installment of the two-part series about Pinoy clever wordplay, we will talk about the gay lingo. Bekinese, swardspeak, beki speak, whatever you call it. For better articulation, we will be borrowing some words from Danton Remoto’s essay. It was read at the International Conference on Queer Politics, University of Amsterdam, July 1998.

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

PAWS LAUNCHES SONG WITH REGINE VELASQUEZ FOR WORLD ANIMAL DAY

PAWS launches the official World Animal Day (WAD)-Philippines song performed by Asia’s songbird Regine Velasquez on Sunday, October 3, during its online celebration of World Animal Day on the PAWS Facebook page. Entitled “A World of Friends”, lyrics are by Joey Reyes while music is by renowned composer Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.  “The song is about

HOW TO ATTRACT GARDEN BIRDS

Did you know that there’s a variety of garden birds that roam around our cities? The most common birds are the Maya, the Euronesian sparrow that we can find almost anywhere in the Philippines; and the Bato-bato, or what is also called a zebra dove for its dove-like appearance and gray and white colors. But

FILIPINO WOMEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FETED

Over 270 students, workers, and professionals related to construction listened to inspiring stories of Filipino women in the construction industry in an event hosted by FilPass Tamperproof Tech Inc. last September 1 via AirMeet and FilPass’ Facebook page. The Industry Academe Linkage for Construction Series: Women in Construction is the third episode in the set

TALK TACKLES FILIPINO WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

For the longest time, women have been robbed of opportunities to succeed – such is the case in the Philippine construction industry. With that, FilPass Tamperproof Tech Inc. will be holding a virtual talk titled, “Industry Academe Linkage for Construction Series: Women in Construction” on September 1, 2021 via AirMeet and streamed live on the

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

WIFI DOWN, DON'T PANIC!

Losing connection during a shift is one of the most stressful things. Especially now that a lot of industries rely on home internet because of the transition to work from home. In terms of connection stability, there’s not a lot of things we can do at that very moment. We have no control over the

PHILIPPINE WEEDS: TAWA-TAWA

Weeds are common plants that can sprout almost anywhere. Because of this, it’s easy to assume that they don’t have any benefits. That they only feed off of the nutrients in the soil meant for the other plants in our garden. Today we’ll talk about the Tawa-tawa! What is Tawa-tawa? The Tawa-tawa, also known as

CELEBRATING 23 YEARS OF GOOGLE

Everyone with access to the internet knows about Google. With its mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” Google has taken the internet by storm. Its innovations transcend its original service, which is the Google website, to their own applications and even their own devices. Inception and History Larry

PHILIPPINE WEEDS: MIMOSA PUDICA

The Philippines is a country that has good soil and resources. Many plant species thrive here because of it. In the Common Weed Species with Medicinal Uses (RISE Vol. 21, No. 1) published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, they outlined 27 common weed species in the Philippines. One of these is the