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The rebuilding of the Visayas provinces devastated by a major earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda” should not be led by a so-called “reconstruction czar.” The government should not assume that the success of massive rehabilitation depends on one man. Given the scale of the devastation in terms of human lives lost and missing persons, livelihoods and [...]
We the Filipino people are grateful to the Supreme Court for slaying the pork barrel system which allowed us to be robbed of billions of pesos in a span of one year. For the record and for posterity to remember, we hail Justice Estela Bernabe who wrote the decision and the justices who unanimously voted [...]
Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Nov. 8, 2013) and Typhoon “Santi” (Oct. 12-13, 2013) trimmed 15 percent of the estimated 2013 last-quarter palay yield. An estimated 343,103 hectares of paddy were ravaged by Yolanda and Santi. They would have produced more than 1.029 million metric tons (mmt) of palay, which would be equivalent to 669,050 mt of rice [...]
This refers to Bernardo V. Peralta’s letter about the Social Security System (SSS) titled “Are very low SSS pensions moral?” published in the Inquirer on Nov. 4. The amount of pension is based on the highest computation resulting from the three formulas provided by the Social Security Law. A major factor in pension computation is [...]
The tragedy caused by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban City and neighboring towns dramatized the need for the “resilient,” “forgiving,” “patient” and “fatalistic” Filipinos to learn lessons that tend to be swept under the rug and eventually forgotten.
Anent the news item “Syjuco claim: I was the hero in Tesda mess” (Inquirer, 11/16/13), I can say without reservation that former representative Augusto Syjuco was making a big joke of himself. But this is only scratching the surface. My beef is about the role of public sector trade unionism in our country.
“It takes somebody to help somebody.” I don’t know if it is proper to have fun and spend money for parties this Christmas season after the devastating Supertyphoon “Yolanda” razed thousands of entire villages and communities, and left hundreds of thousands of our countrymen homeless and more than 5,000 others dead.
I wonder if Janet Lim-Napoles and her legislator-friends ever felt guilty when they took money meant for victims of natural calamities.
Tacloban City and the rest of the typhoon-ravaged places in Regions 6, 7 and 8 must be rehabilitated and rebuilt based on a framework designed to enhance the people’s capacity to survive calamities and to live a secure and dignified life.
In our midst and times, it is unfortunately quite easy for most everybody being haunted by a court case, or before the bar of public opinion, to outright shout to the four winds, “Ah, that’s nothing more than political harassment!”
Manny Pacquiao fought for the pride of his country and dedicated his victory to the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” With the world watching his postfight interview, he vowed to go home right away to help the victims of the typhoon. Go home is exactly what Pacquiao did, but something happened or didn’t happen when he arrived in the country, before he could help the typhoon victims: He failed to pay President Aquino a courtesy visit in Malacañang. Which resulted in Pacquiao’s accounts and assets being frozen by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Pacquiao losing access to the billions of pesos that he earned in boxing.
Last Nov. 26, the House of Representatives’ committee on public information held its second meeting where it tackled the various Freedom of Information (FOI) bills. We, youth leaders, attended the hearing and were able to witness the discussions and various manifestations from the committee members. (For almost a decade, FOI advocates have been campaigning in every Congress for a transparent and accountable government. And they are wary of those who wish to delay the enactment of an FOI law.)