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Avoiding the gamble on International Migrants Day

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On a recent trip to Cambodia, I met a group of young people who were eager to pursue a better life by going to work abroad, although they were concerned that many migrant workers faced unfair treatment. I told them that the International Labor Organization (ILO) worked on making labor migration safer and more profitable.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Owned by gov’t in trust for coco farmers’

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The attempt of the government, particularly the Department of Finance and the Presidential Commission on Good Government, to sell and privatize the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) is not in harmony with the coconut industry plan and in clear violation of Presidential Decree No. 755 (July 1975).

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Corruption under the presidential letterhead

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Corruption and the governance over which Mr. Aquino has so far presided apparently ride in tandem.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Ruby’ in Tacloban

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It was a happy time when we arrived in Tacloban on Monday, Dec. 1: Christmas was coming, Pope Francis was coming, the weather had been good, and most of the people we talked with, including poor people, said things were a little better. There were some more jobs and some families had solved their housing problem, even if only temporarily.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Intervening for the young with disabilities

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Talk about children and youth with disabilities (CYWDs), and insights—from the positive to the negative—come rushing. It is often said that having one in the family is a blessing. In medicine the condition is at times explained as something that happens when the mother goes through her pregnancy undernourished. Superstition points to roaming spirits that had, perhaps, “pushed its luck” on the child. Indeed, opinions on the cause of the disability vary, but one thing is sure: We cannot skirt this issue on the pretext that it is a condition predestined by fate. We must recognize it, to look at it and address it with conviction.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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