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Friday, January 20, 2017
By Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo The national debate over the mechanics of how to implement the proposed additional P2,000 in the monthly pension received by the elderly members of the Social Security System (SSS) tends to ignore other glaring facts about the state of destitution affecting majority of the nation’s...
INTRODUCING new technologies in business, society or academe can be complicated, especially if there are resistance from its users. According to the book of Calestous Juma, professor of the Practice of International Development; director, Science, Technology and Globalization Project; and principal investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa, Innovation and Its...
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has tied up with an academic start-up to heighten student awareness on online jobs and help improve their decision-making with their parents in getting the right education for the careers they want. “We are excited to be working with Edukasyon.ph in sharing with our...
AS the Department of Education (DepEd) rolls out Grade 12 in 2017, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones reminded educators and education managers about the role of education in shaping and shifting the future of Filipinos. “‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’; that weapon is...
ONE would think that public relations (PR), being involved in business and public affairs, is and should always be a serious preoccupation, and that the companies and the executives who lead them should always conduct themselves in a proper and formal manner. This is because if they did not...
Michelle Yemba, who is 6 years old, often tells strangers about the time two years ago that she met the president of the United States. The conversation started during a surprise visit by President Barack Obama to her Head Start program in Lawrence, Kansas. Obama told Michelle that he knew...
THE year 2016 saw the country witnessing a major policy shift, leaning toward environmental protection vis-à-vis natural-resource exploitation. President Duterte, the country’s 16th president, made several tough policy pronouncements—including the launching of an all-out war against large-scale mining that causes massive destruction of the environment—during the first six months of...
More than 15 awards and citations were conferred in 2016 by prestigious international and local organizations, led by Condé Nast Traveler and the World Travel Awards, to El Nido Resorts, a group of island resorts in Palawan. According to El Nido Resorts Marketing Director Joey Bernardino, the awards mostly focus...
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas—Earl Hatley, a descendant of the Cherokee/Delaware tribe, has witnessed the consequences of using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on his native land to produce shale gas. “Fracking is harmful to water supplies, wildlife and property values. It has caused earthquakes where there were none. Since 2007, it began...
THE global effort to protect and conserve biodiversity got a much-needed boost during the United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Conference in December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. The conference resulted in significant commitments for action on biodiversity, including agreements to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture and tourism sectors, said Director Theresa...
By Justin Heifetz, for CNN Wailing worshippers crammed the hot streets of the Philippines' capital for 22 hours Monday as they fought to make contact with a holy statue believed to grant miracles. More than a million Catholics joined this year's Traslacion, a dramatic religious parade returning a dark, life-size wooden...
By Ivee L. Johnson The Catholic Church now permits cremation of deceased persons, but it forbids the scattering of ashes and keeping cremated remains at home, according to a document released recently by the Vatican. The document, Ad resurgendum cum Christo (To Rise With Christ), presents an instruction approved by Pope...

Holy Name of Jesus

By Corazon Damo-Santiago At the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Philippians 2:10 says. Jesus is the name of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. It was the angel Gabriel who instructed the Blessed Virgin Mary that the...
MIAMI—Two more tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes have been found on the US mainland for the first time, caught in traps near Florida’s Everglades. The scientists involved say this could raise the risk of mosquito-borne viruses reaching people and birds, but health officials say it’s too early to sound an alarm. The new...
Federal wildlife officials on Monday called climate change the biggest threat to the survival of the polar bear and warned that without decisive action to combat global warming, the bears would almost certainly disappear from much of the Arctic. “It cannot be overstated that the single most important action for...
The sugarcane industry is huge in the Philippines, with many other industries heavily dependent on sugar, such as the energy and fuel sectors, including bioethanol. News reports say sugarcane farming is the second most in demand job in the Philippines. Reports say data from the Bureau of Local Employment said...
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan—The rusty-patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental US to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said on Tuesday. The US Fish and Wildlife Service first told The Associated Press it was adding the...
Do you know that it was a Frenchwoman who spawned the act for the protection and rehabilitation of sexually abused girls in the Philippines? Cameleon Association Inc. founder Laurence Ligier has been living in the country for 24 years and tirelessly “adopt” these girls until such time they are equipped...
Story & photo by Recto Mercene A large group of senior dentists from Israel was recently in the Philippines to look at prospects of establishing medical cooperation between Tel Aviv and Manila’s leading dental practitioners. In direct coordination with Israel Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau, 120 Israeli dentists held their annual conference...

Strengthening cultural ties

For several generations now, the people of southern Mindanao and the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi have been trading goods and fishing in the porous international waters of Celebes Sea. Once part of the ancient Sri-Vijayan and Majapahit Empires, the two island groups share many cultural practices, as if they...