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The ‘Bill’ that saves life

THE House of Representatives has passed on second reading a proposed legislation that reflects the concern over the welfare of poor patients. House Bill (HB) No. 5159, otherwise known as the “Anti-Hospital Deposit Bill,” seeks to save more lives at…

Saving more lives

THE House of Representatives has passed on se­cond reading a proposed legislation that reflects the concern over the welfare of poor patients. House Bill (HB) No. 5159, otherwise known as the “Anti-Hospital Deposit Bill,” seeks to save more lives at…

Yanking Yasay

Picture the country’s top diplomat being dishonest, untruthful to nationally elected lawmakers. The natural, logical consequents should be obvious: Rejection. This is because of the mindset it created among citizens and the international community of nations -- if the Foreign…

BADACs

AFTER the suspension of the police’s total war against the “drug monster,” it became very clear that Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) play crucial role in ridding the country of drug pushers and users. No less than Director-General Isidro S.…

Industrial peace

THE key to maintaining industrial not only in the metropolis but throughout the country is the holding of regular talks among government, labor and management authorities. We believe that the government, through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), must…

Skills training

THE public is watching closely as the crusading government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte tries to transform the country’s detainees and prisoners into highly-productive citizens. Leading the gigantic task of producing highly-trained and world-class skilled workers, like electricians, is the…

Maternal benefits

Indeed, it is a fitting gift for the women and mothers in this country. Post-natal care for both mother and newly born are generally considered a critical phase in the mothering process and the development of infants. Therefore, mother and…

Ironic

IT is one of the ironies of our time that the Philippines continues to export health professionals but 626 poor municipalities across the country are still without medical doctors. Drawing the ire of the poorest of the poor, the situation…

Daring doctors

It is a basic incentive for all professionals to join public service. It takes a modest fortune to pursue professional careers, finish the course, and take and pass licensure examinations. Most families spend lifetime savings, sell or pawn properties, and…

Mental health policy

SENATOR Sonny Angara has sought the passage of Senate Bill (SB) No. 1354 which seeks to establish a national mental health policy. As the country with the alleged “highest incidence” of depression in the Southeast Asian region, the Philippines needs…

Paris agreement

IT is disheartening to note that the Philippines is expected to remain as one of the countries to bear the full brunt of climate change. Certainly, the worsening of climate change, which is due to society’s continued addiction to fossil…

OFW remittances

GOVERNMENT authorities run the risk of drawing the ire of the country’s overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) if they tax their cash remittances as proposed by some quarters. Aware of this, Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has assured the millions of…

Never-ending process

THE internal cleansing process of the 160,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP), which is civilian in nature but nationwide in scope, is a never-ending process. Thus declared PNP chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa, a member of Class 1986 of the Philippine…

Staining the Senate

The Senate is not a circus or a carnival. And senators are not clowns but fire eaters and sword swallowers. When it gets down to work, it means serious business. This applies to all legislative work—processing of bills, resolutions, and…

Addressing unemployment

LIKE other developing countries throughout the world, the Philippines is still teeming with jobless college graduates. Many of these jobseekers are teachers and nurses, who are even willing to work abroad as domestic workers or caregivers. This is understandable because…
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