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Raise cops’ pay

ALTHOUGH he is no longer with the government, ex-Leyte Rep. Martin G. Romualdez has not shown any sign of backing off from his commitment to help the country’s law enforcers. “I will continue to lobby to strengthen our law enforcement…

Rice farmers

THE country’s rice farmers cannot help but feel sad with the lifting of restrictions on rice imports by July 2017. The Department of Agriculture (DA), headed by Secretary Emmanuel Pinol, noted that domestic rice production will drop and the country…

Workplace conditions

Are the occupational health and safety conditions of health and medical workers up to the standards set by the government? What about those of construction and development workers whose job sites are constantly exposed to danger or accidents? It would…

Traffic woes

IN the campaign to ensure orderly traffic system in the country, particularly in Metropolitan Manila, there’s something concerned government authorities should never forget nor ignore. It is regulating motorists by requiring all driver’s license applicants to undergo mandatory driving seminars…

Stude fare discount

THE mushrooming number of Filipino out-of-school youngsters (OSYs) has thrust out front anew the need for the government to help the poor in sending their children to school. Admittedly, the alarming situation startles the mind considering government all-out efforts to…

Pro-people budget

PRESIDENT Duterte has signed the 2017 P3.35-trillion national budget, which is expected to strengthen the fight against illegal drugs, crime, corruption, unemployment and poverty. The signing of Republic Act (RA) No. 10924 came as Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold…

Holiday cheers

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Women talk We can all be cheerful today if we just took into account the various tips I gave you regarding how to avoid stress. Today is Christmas Day and it is a day for joyful giving and sharing. Here…

Build teachers’ hospital

FORMER President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has sought the setting up of a special hospital that will cater to the mushrooming medical needs of teachers and their dependents. What the honorable members of Congress -- senators and congressmen -- should do now,…

‘Pink of health’

SORRY experience tells us that unscrupulous Filipinos spread rumors aimed at discrediting or tarnishing the image of certain government officials and employees. Some may argue that spreading unfounded accusations and half-truths against public servants is an effective way to smear…

Rewrite Charter

DESPITE efforts to have lasting peace throughout the country, particularly impoverished Mindanao, armed resistance to the government still worries the Filipino people. But we are grateful to President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold the top political post…

Feeding program

WELL-meaning members of Congress continue to give Filipinos insight into how we must address the country’s malnutrition problem. Note that an additional P1 billion was added by the 24-member Senate to the children’s feeding program of the Department of Social…

Sports training program

IN this country teeming with sports leaders and enthusiasts, people are pleased at the prospect of winning the elusive gold medal in the next Olympics. The country’s continued failure to win an Olympic gold medal is truly unfortunate, with our…

Free tuition

THE steady rise of tuition and other fees in the Philippines, particularly in private schools, colleges and universities, continues to draw the ire of the suffering Filipino people. Without doubt, this is shocking considering the fact that the workers’ earning…

2017 nat’l budget

are hopeful the proposed 2017 P3.35-trillion national budget of the Duterte government responds to the needs of those at the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder. Note that the Senate and the House of Representatives have already ratified the bicameral…

‘Silent heroes’

IF the Filipino people, including the poor in the countryside, stay healthy, attribute it partly on the sterling qualities of Filipino nurses, who are in demand in the world market. Like neophyte but highly-effective and hard-working Leyte 1st District Rep.…
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