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Short even on tiny needs

A scrawny, little Christmas. They are only needed in miniscule amounts, and yet many people, mostly kids, are still chronically short of the vital nutrients. This is nothing short of criminal negligence on the part of health agencies whose budgets…

‘Tell it like it is’

That’s truth in advertising. It’s the best insurance for making your goods or services sell like hot cakes – and retaining, if not expanding, your share of the market. Honesty in product or service marketing is also your best bet…

Let’s cut prices of basic goods

THE jeepney fare rollback is a welcome development in this impoverished but manpower-exporting Southeast Asian nation of election-crazy people, but government authorities ought to slash as well the prices of basic commodities. Note that even jeepney operators and drivers welcomed…

No soothing words here

Okay, so there are no established links between local terror groups and the fearsome jihadist Islamic State which is trying to carve out a more virulent Islamic regime throughout the Middle East. But home-grown armed groups which broke away from…

Can’t be stopped

Call him the man who can’t be moved – from leaving. The country has just been lashed by the most powerful storm of the year, a busload of schoolchildren has just been mowed down by terrorists, and the man himself…

Best gift to children

SOME quarters believe that the government is risking the wrath of the Filipino people, notably parents and children, if concerned state offices and agencies fail to help the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in retaining the land it’s occupying in…

Anti-disaster preparations

DON’T look now, but local government authorities, led by provincial governors and city/municipal mayors, and barangay officials form the most effective first line of defense against natural and man-made disasters. And no less than Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III attributed…

Bureaucratic baloney

When disasters strike, there ought to be neither time nor room for throwing bureaucratic weight around. Moral leadership demands this. Tuwid na Daan – the Aquino administration’s avowed policy of good governance — is supposed to be all about moral…

Mitigating disasters

IN this developing Southeast Asian country of 100 million people, the government needs to craft programs aimed at saving lives and reducing property damage during floods, typhoons and other extreme weather conditions. As a well-meaning Filipino, we cannot overemphasize the…

Certified climate crisis

It’s already late in the day. The terrifying warning sign came much earlier – with Undoy as the unmistakable climate game changer. The Yolanda blew in with the near-apocalyptic fury that flattened almost the whole of Eastern Visayas. It became…

Let’s create ‘green jobs’

VARIOUS quarters agree that everybody should join the fight against climate change to make progress in addressing the problem that continues to worry government authorities, environmentalists and ordinary citizens across the world. And we believe that no one would argue…

Clean, honest, credible

In 2010 when the country conducted its first-ever automated elections on a national scale, the Commission on Elections vowed that the balloting would be clean, honest, and credible. It appears that majority of Filipino voters believe that the Comelec had…

Ladderized education

WHILE the number of jobless and underemployed Filipinos continues to increase, the good news is that there’s now a new legislation that institutionalizes a ladderized education program (LEP) in the country. It is certainly heartening to note that government authorities,…

Jobless growth still

As the year draws near to a close, we are set to tear off our calendars marked at the end portions with both good and bad news. Only goes to show we just can’t have more than enough of the…

The great dengue debacle

“Dengue doesn’t care about bureaucracy, and it certainly does not care about politics. Its sole purpose is to cause misery, pain, and death”. Those poignant words – uttered by the former director general of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and…
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