Partylist solon wants to institutionalize a ‘Teacher to the Barrios’ program 9 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Charissa Luci-AtienzaA partylist lawmaker wants to institutionalize a “Teacher to the Barrios” program for the Department of Education (DepEd) to provide basic education to the students in geographically-isolated communities. DIWA partylist Rep. Pepito Pico filed House Bill 9037 to deploy competent teachers to remote or far-flung areas who will conduct study sessions and provide formal basic education to all school-aged children in isolated areas. “Deployment of Teachers to the Barrios will be an effective way to address the problem of accessibility to basic education. “In the geographically-isolated and remote rural communities of the Philippines, mere going to and from school is a challenge, especially to grade school pupils.
February 23, 2019 08:31 UTC
TESDA pledges support in the resolution of armed conflict 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Dhel NazarioThe Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) top officer pledged the agency’s full support and cooperation in preventing and addressing local communist armed conflict in the country. TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro Lapeña stated the agency’s support during the National Taskforce to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELAC) meeting he hosted at the Tandang Sora Hall of the TESDA Women’s Center in Taguig City. Lapeña highlighted the importance of TESDA in addressing poverty, peace and order concerns in the country by explaining how the agency is a gateway of skills training, employment, and livelihood opportunities. By the end of 2018, TESDA had already trained about 972 rebel returnees, 26,266 IPs, and 20,716 drug surrenderers.
February 23, 2019 08:24 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) held their sixth annual Great British Golf Tournament at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, Friday, February 22. Players from top companies in the country and the BCCP vied for prizes like a Vespa scooter and a roundtrip plane ticket from Eithad Airways. Winners for three different categories: Hole-in-one, Fun Hole and Classic Hole. The BCCP holds the golf tournament for the country's elite golf enthusiasts every year. Check out photos of the winners of the tournament here:
February 23, 2019 08:14 UTC
Buhay Party-list dares candidates to bare stand on death penalty 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Ben RosarioThe Buhay Partylist Saturday dared senatorial and congressional candidates to declare their respective stand on the death penalty issue. Buhay Partylist is a staunch critic of the death penalty. As a result, the death penalty measure may no longer be passed and may be re-filed in the next Congress. Congress revived the death penalty for 13 heinous crimes in 1993, only to abolish it in 2006 due to mounting flaws.
February 23, 2019 08:13 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 238 firearms were seized by police authorities since the start of gun ban in the country. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier declared the gun ban period from January 13 to June 12 in order to ensure a safe midterm elections. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: Brace for checkpoints, gun ban as election period starts Jan. 13According to the data released by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Saturday, 223 of which were recovered from those individuals who died during police operations. Data also showed that the highest number of seized firearms were from the area under the jurisdiction of the Southern Police District with 77 confiscated guns. The said number was gathered through the monitoring of the NCRPO starting 12:01 a.m. of January 13 until 5 a.m. of February 23.
February 23, 2019 08:03 UTC
COMELEC to use social media regulations to track candidates’ campaign expenses 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Minka Klaudia TiangcoFor the first time, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will be using social media regulations to track candidates’ expenses during the campaign period. The tendency now is that they spend big on social media advertising. The COMELEC will then check on records provided on social platforms to determine how much the candidates spent on social media campaigns. Meanwhile, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will issue next week a memorandum on political campaigns in public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) nationwide.
February 23, 2019 07:57 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Supporters of opposition groups, particularly groups aligned with the previous administration, have flocked to Edsa to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the People Power Revolution. Groups such as the Liberal Party (LP), Tindig Pilipinas, Magdalo party-list, and Akbayan party-list, occupied the section of White Plains Avenue near the People Power Monument. ADVERTISEMENTEven before the program started, some members of the participating organizations brought placards with them denouncing administration-backed senatorial candidates, particularly former Presidential Aide Bong Go and former Ilocos Norte Gov. Organizers of the program called “Power” said Senate bets from the Otso Diretso slate will attend the event, along with former President Benigno Aquino III. /jpvRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
February 23, 2019 07:52 UTC
PDEA Chief appeals to voters: Reject narco-politicians 439 SHARES Share it! Narco-politicians are elected officials like mayors, vice-mayors, congressmen, governors, vice-governors, councilors, barangay chairmen and kagawad with illegal drug links. The PDEA chief clarified the participation of politics in drug activities varies, from coddlers to drug users and actual drug lords. Before publicly releasing the names of the suspected narco-politicians, Año said he will first confer with Aquino to decipher extensively and further examine the accuracy of the narco-list. However, some politicians have frowned on the idea saying the drug list may contain the names of innocent victims.
February 23, 2019 07:32 UTC
Increase in pension of veterans proposed 1 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Charissa Luci-AtienzaThe vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations is proposing to increase the monthly pension of all Filipino war veterans by P3,000 across the board. Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. noted that on December 20, 2018, President Duterte signed Republic Act 11164, which raised the monthly pension of war veterans. HB 9047 provides that the monthly pension shall be granted directly to the war veteran, if he is still living. “This bill hopes to benefit around 7,000 living Filipino war veterans in and out of the country.
February 23, 2019 07:28 UTC
Gun ban violators increasing – PNP 158 SHARES Share it! PNP spokesman Bernard Banac said some of the violators could either be ignoring the warning on the gun ban or are unaware of the rules and regulations. Based on the PNP data, most of the gun ban violators are civilians with more than 1,600 arrested. Policemen and security guards, the PNP warned, will only be spared from gun ban if they are both in proper uniform and on duty. The gun ban was implemented on January 13 and will be until June 12.
February 23, 2019 06:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The proportion of Filipino families that reported being victimized by common crimes in the past six months rose in the final three months of 2018, a new Social Weather Stations survey found. Related Stories More families victimized by common crimes in third quarter — SWSThe latest reading was the highest since the similar 7.6 percent recorded in December 2017. Nonetheless, SWS said respondents who noticed many drug addicts in the neighbourhood dropped two points to 39 percent in the fourth quarter. “Victimization by common crimes reported in SWS surveys is much higher than the number of crimes actually reported to the police,” it added. He later sought a six-month extension to his drug crackdown, saying he was shocked by the magnitude of the problem when he became president.
February 23, 2019 06:33 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — International flights to and from Guam were canceled on Saturday due to bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said. In an advisory, Miaa said that the following flights were called off due to bad weather being experienced in Guam:ADVERTISEMENTUnited Airlines (UA)UA 184 Manila – GuamUA 183 Guam – ManilaKindly refresh this page for updatesRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
February 23, 2019 06:33 UTC
Suspected Islamists attack Nigerian town hours before poll, residents say 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersABUJA – Suspected Islamist militants on Saturday attacked a northeastern Nigerian town, forcing people to flee hours before presidential election polls were due to open, residents said. “We have fled, along with our wives and children and hundreds of others,” Ibrahim Gobi, who lives in the town of Geidam in Yobe state, said by telephone. “We are right now running and hiding in the bushes.” Around the same time, a Reuters witness said blasts were heard in Maiduguri, the capital of the neighboring state of Borno. Northeast Nigeria has been hit by the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency with attacks in recent months carried out by offshoot Islamic State in West Africa Province.
February 23, 2019 06:22 UTC
Colombia demolishes drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s former home 21 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersBOGOTA – Colombia destroyed an infamous apartment building which was once home to drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in a controlled implosion on Friday after the site became a tourist destination. The “Monaco” apartments, where Escobar lived in the 1980s, were a symbol of evil, Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez told journalists. The “Monaco” survived a car bomb attack during the 1987 height of fighting between the Medellin and Cali drug cartels and played host to Escobar’s storied vintage car collection. It was expropriated by Colombia in 1990 and for a time served as extra office space for the attorney general’s office.
February 23, 2019 06:17 UTC
Nigeria votes for a new president after delay 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseNigerians vote for a new president on Saturday after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. In a crowded field of 73 presidential hopefuls, the two frontrunners — incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72 — are expected to vote in their home towns. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last Saturday announced a one-week delay to the election, just hours before it was due to get underway. Task aheadIn 2015, former military ruler Buhari became the first opposition candidate in Nigerian history to defeat a sitting president, beating Goodluck Jonathan by 2.5 million votes.
February 23, 2019 06:11 UTC