As with any government agency accused of corrupt practices, working for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) may not fall under someone’s definition of a dream job. This gets even worse if the order from Malacañang includes cleaning up the said agency. Many might think it a tall order to tidy up an agency allegedly […]
In a lotto station a block away from my home was a long line of people handing out their lotto cards to the cashier. There was a woman in her duster dress who seemed to cast a prayer on her lotto card before giving it to the woman manning the machine. Observing from a few […]
The ambition seems straightforward enough. By 2040, we will have a society where Filipinos will enjoy a stable and comfortable lifestyle, secure in the knowledge that there is enough to meet daily needs and unexpected expenses. It will be a society where Filipinos can plan and prepare for their own future, as well as their […]
Third time’s the charm, but not in this case. The third dialogue of organized labor with President Rodrigo Duterte to put a stop to contractualization ended in another waiting game. Last February 7, Malacañang invited labor groups for a dialogue with the President on the issue of contractualization and other labor concerns. Fueled by Duterte’s […]
Worse than any natural cataclysm is a disaster created by humans—take the horror that is the Denvaxia uproar. As of the latest reports in the daily newspapers, more than 830,000 Filipinos have been inoculated with Sanofi Pasteur’s CYD-TDV—better known as Dengvaxia, a live-attenuated tetravalent recombinant vaccine Sanofi Pasteur developed to combat the four strains of […]
I can’t exactly pinpoint when and where I first met Rodolfo “Jun” Sabayton Jr. He’s such a familiar face to many Filipinos that the very sight of him muddles all barriers of time and geography. I vividly recall having a couple of beers with my man of the hour one cold drenched night at the […]
It’s Round 2 in the grueling attempt to pass a new law to replace the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao. The first attempt, which was encompassed in a proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, was made under the previous Aquino administration. It failed because of contentions that certain of the BBL’s provisions were unconstitutional. The bill for […]
In 2015, then Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez—in a talk with editors and reporters of the Philippines Graphic, BusinessMirror, View Magazine, Pilipino Mirror, TV9 and CNN Philippines—confirmed that the DoT is already training the Bangsamoro in all aspects of tourism. The DOT training program for the Bangsamoro included the creation of a tourism development plan for each tourist area and […]
The Philippines has consistently been called one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has everything from world-class beaches good for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing set against the backdrop of stunning sunrises and sunsets. There are peaceful mountains that vary in challenge from gentle hiking grounds to difficult climbs, depending on what adventures […]
First of two parts Two years ago, a forum was held to discuss the twin issues of federalism and amending the Constitution. These issues are interrelated because the Constitution’s provision on the country’s form of government need to changed in order to allow the formation of a federal form of government for the Philippines. The […]
Confident. Optimistic. These were the two words that best described Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, PhD, as he spoke with the Philippines Graphic last week. His optimism and confidence was justified because, as he noted during his yearend press briefing last December, the Philippines remained among the fastest growing economies in Asia. “We are […]
The country ended 2017 with steady full-year inflation performance at 3.2 percent, which is well within government’s target for the year, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. Based on a report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), headline inflation rate for December 2017 remained at 3.3 percent, similar to that of November—closing 2017 […]
In a few weeks, 2018 enters the Year of the Earth Dog, on the lunar new year come February 16. The Dog is the 11th of 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. There are two popular versions of how this order was achieved: Story one says Jade Emperor once called a race of animals […]
The successful capture of the key bridges within the city of Marawi allowed combat troops to pierce the perimeter of the terrorist group’s remaining defensive pockets. October 16, 2017 was the key date in the struggle to secure Marawi City. It was the day when elements of the Philippine Army killed the leaders behind the […]
Davao City: In the eyes of a journalist Mayor Duterte is nowhere near Manila’s boy-next-door type. Political correctness has little hold on him. He spares no word, scathing as it may be to his own reputation. He has a knack for being too honest, too much of a verbal gunslinger that his oft-quoted statements […]
Our story begins with a road trip to paradise—a 360-kilometer drive from Palawan province’s bustling capital of Puerto Princesa to El Nido, where not even the rains of a signal number one typhoon could cast a pall over the beauty of the beaches and forests the Philippines Graphic passed and stopped at. Palawan is one […]
Since he was a young man, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado had the habit of looking for new opportunities. “My entry into politics was not intentional,” he told the Philippines Graphic during an interview at the governor’s official residence. “I was a high school valedictorian, then a working student, worked at Consolidated Bank for eight years, then […]
PG: As governor, what is your vision for the province of Bulacan? G: We envision Bulacan as a premier province with a vibrant economy, safe environment, and strong middle class. It is a province whose people have equal access to opportunities and services. We are pursuing programs that will boost the local economy of […]
In case of soil movement inducing a magnitude 7.2 earthquake, can the Angat Dam survive this intact? Thus, Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan raised the issue of the possibility of an earthquake breaking Angat Dam. “Can you imagine 60 cubic meters of water per second cascading out of control from the highest slope of the mountain?” […]
Even as Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado stressed the importance of improving the structural integrity of the dams in Bulacan, he urged the Supreme Court to decide “one way or the other” on the pending matter of Bulacan’s water rights. On June 3, 2005, a decision in Civil Case No. 410-M2003 was rendered by the Regional Trial […]
A journalist’s most honored profession is not to express foremost, but to first listen. So, when I got word that I’m to interview veteran journalists Jojo Robles, Conrad Banal, and Jonathan dela Cruz of DWIZ 882’s Karambola, including its new member, the controversial online blogger RJ Nieto, known in social media circles as Thinking Pinoy […]
(Sung to the tune of Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song) Peace talks roasting on an open fire Armed troops fighting at the front Yuletide quarrels shutting down the choir And troops dressed up for all-out war Everybody knows when the bullets start flying It’s time to quickly take flight Tiny spots where the bombs all […]
Manila successfully hosted the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related summits with President Rodrigo Duterte enumerating the landmark outcomes that benefit the Philippines. Among the highlights the President noted were the start of the talks for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and the signing of a Consensus on […]
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is usually defined as something that presents a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders. That said, CSR is also a concept with many definitions and practices—in the Philippines, it usually takes the form of corporate outreach programs to chosen communities, […]
It took a colossal force of nature to hasten the retreat of the United States military in 1991 from Subic Bay Naval Base, the largest, overseas U.S. military navy station. But the devastation that was Mount Pinatubo was faced head-on by the united force of the decided people of Olongapo, transforming the abandoned American naval […]
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