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Joint exploration presupposes mutual benefits. This arrangement is decidedly a whole lot better than exclusive exploitation of natural resources by a foreign company or entity. In the case of government-to-government, the transaction becomes even better because of transparency required by…

Better jobs seen

IT is certainly lamentable to note that the so-called “brain drain” continues despite government efforts to generate quality and high-paying jobs in the Philippines. This is not surprising in this country, which is still teeming with jobless and underemployed people,…

Bishops for better world

Believe it or not there are Catholic bishops who preach not only about a better spiritual world but also about a more pleasant, pleasurable planet. And we, the congregation, are greatful for their earthly concern. Afterall, believers would be staying…

GRP-NDF peace talks

HEARTENING are reports that despite challenges along the way, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) continue to show their commitment to peace. In fact, the GRP and the communist-led NDF are…

Apprenticeship program

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the two-chamber Congress to reform the government’s apprenticeship program to address the worsening unemployment problem in the country. Many quarters, including the labor sector, concede that our lawmakers -- senators and congressmen -- need…

No more fear

THE Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens across the country, no longer fear Charter-Change (Cha-Cha) initiative. In the past, the people opposed attempts to tinker with the Constitution, believing that certain officials would like nothing else than to hold on…

High prices of medicines

IF many sick Filipinos, notably the poor, still seek the help of faith healers and quack doctors, blame it on the high prices of medicines in this graft-prone Southeast Asian nation. Note that the costs of medicines are much higher…
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