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Doubling the social pension for our elderly

IN 2010, while Aurora representative during the 14th Congress, we helped enact Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. This...

New DICT Leadership

RECENTLY, my former colleague Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan was sworn in as the new Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). He...

A foremost health issue

THE SENATE resumed session no less than a week after the polls closed for the May 13, 2019 midterm elections. For our part,...

Stopping brain drain

AT A RECENT speech in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, President Duterte said that many of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” projects were delayed...

Preventing measles outbreaks

RECENTLY, the Department of Health (DOH) declared measles outbreaks in various regions of the country, namely Metro Manila (NCR), Central Luzon (III), CALABARZON (IVA),...

Building a ‘blue economy’

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) held in January the country’s first National Galunggong Summit. This was in the wake of last...

Preparing for Filipinos’ twilight years

DURING a recent Senate hearing, Commission on Population and Development (CPD) Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez said that anytime between 2030 and 2035, the...

‘Storytelling’ as tourism strategy

DURING Senate deliberations on theP3.37-billion budget of the Department of Tourism for 2019, Sen. Richard Gordon raised the idea that aside from master plans...

VAT-free medicines

JUST BEFORE 2018 ended, the Department of Finance (DOF), the Department of Health (DOH), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Food and...

Philippine football’s second wind

EARLIER this week, the Philippine Azkals played a very close match against South Korea at the ongoing Asian Cup 2019 in Dubai. Many sports...

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