BY ED LIBRANDA
OFWs, the unsung heroes of the Philippines
Since the inception of the labor export by the Philippine government in the 1970s, dollar remittance has become the main product of these overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in combating economic dislocation by the families of these OFWs.
Not only do they remit their hard earned dollar to their families in the Philippines, but some of these OFWs have suffered humiliation, mental anguish, and physical abuse by their employers. Numerous cases of non-compliance of employment contracts are violated by both agencies in the Philippines as well as in their foreign contract agencies.
Domestic workers, most especially, are often the victims in all the physical and mental abuses perpetrated by their employers. Some victims have decided to end their lives just to stop their sufferings.
By YASHIKA TORIB
Manila Bureau Correspondent
Inconsistent & impractical solutions
It was a “back to school” kind of month for young Filipino students this October, except that in reality, they are not physically back to school. This pandemic has forcibly pulled the Philippines in the direction of digitalized distance education (e-learning), something that other nations have already mastered for the past years, but for us is a “developing country” that remains to be a conundrum and challenge.
It proved one thing, however – the resilience of Filipinos no matter how far they are on the fringes of society. Children adjusted with the new routine of home-based and module-guided education amidst the noise of neighbors and hens; parents especially those from the urban poor have managed to produce laptops or android phones, most of which were bought second-hand, for the online schooling of their children; and teachers, even the veterans, the elderly ones in particular, went down to learn the maze and nuances of online applications, oftentimes....
Oct. 19- 26, 2020
Duterte makes history
We dedicate this section of The Philippine Sentinel Global Edition to our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), our unsung heroes who are the greatest contributors to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We welcome all your stories all over the earth. Thank you - Ed Libranda, Publisher and Executive Editor).
‘Hatid-Tulong’ brings home 257K OFWs
By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz October 16, 2020, 7:55 pm PNA
More than a quarter of a million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), stranded in Metro Manila due to the pandemic, have been aided by the government’s “Hatid Tulong” program in returning to their home provinces.
13th month, cash gift ng GSIS, SSS pensioners ibibigay sa Disyembre
MAYNILA -- Mayroong aasahang cash gift ang mga pensioner ng Government Service Insurance System o GSIS sa darating na unang linggo ng Disyembre.
Sabi ni GSIS Executive Vice President Nora Malubay, aabot sa mahigit kalahating milyon ang mga pensiyonado ng ahensiya.
BASAHIN ANG KARUGTONG
PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE (File Photo)
By Rigoberto D. Tiglao, TMT, October 7, 2020
MANILA, Philippines —— PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has made history. PulseAsia reported on Monday that based on its September poll, Duterte had a performance rating of 91 percent, up 4 points from its December 2019 poll. That level of popular support is unprecedented. Nobody expected that.
Earlier, Cayetano questioned the validity of Velasco’s election that was conducted remotely from the premises of the Batasang Pambansa, the official venue of sessions of the House.
That is the highest approval, performance, or satisfaction rating ever given to a Philippine president — or to a leader of any country in the world — since such polls were started. The highest rating that President Corazon Aquino got was in October 1986, when 82 percent of Filipinos supported her. Her support rapidly fell, however, so that by April 1992, only 58 percent did.
Former Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr/. (File Photo)
Published October 8, 2020, 5:41 PM, by Vanne Elaine Terrazola, MB
MANILA, Philippines — Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he has yet to decide what position to run for in the 2022 elections, even as he already began talks with groups and politicians about his plan to run anew for public office.
Marcos said he is “keeping his options open” regarding his bid for a political comeback in the 2022 polls.
The Census is Almost Complete
Top 3 things you need to know about the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census is coming to an end on Oct. 15, 2020. Here are the top three things you need to know about this decennial: status of the count, how to know if you’ve been counted, and what to do if a census taker visits your home this month?
Over 99 percent of the nation has been counted.
Between responding on their own or with the help of a census taker, over 99 percent of the nation’s households have been counted.
Also, the percentage of households that have responded online, by phone, or by mail has exceeded the percent of households ..
BY MICHAEL KAGAN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 09/20/20 02:00 PM EDT 1,042THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL
When police arrest people for suspected crimes, the U.S. Constitution requires them to show probable cause to a judge within 48 hours. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not do that. When ICE arrests people, it typically holds them for weeks before any judge evaluates whether ICE had a valid legal basis to make the arrest.
That may need to change.
Oil shares leap on Duterte lifting of WPS oil exploration ban
Published October 16, 2020 7:41pm, By TED CORDERO, GMA News
MANILA, Philippines — Oil and mining shares listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange saw an increase in their prices on the heels of the government’s announcement that the temporary suspension of petroleum exploration and drilling activities in the West Philippines is now lifted.
he Mining and Oil index increased by 720.57 points or 10.79% to close at 7,398.21.
“The lifting of the oil exploration moratorium in the West Philippine Sea to ensure the supply of energy resources boosted the oil and mining sector, particularly those listed companies that have a stake in Service Contract 72 (Recto bank),” Christopher San Pedro, Unicapital Securities equity analyst, said.READ MORE
Baguio reopening to spur 'swift' PH tourism recovery
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora October 17, 2020, 6:06 pm PNA
MANILA –– The reopening of Baguio City to travelers from Luzon would spur a "swifter" recovery of the Philippine tourism industry that had been reeling from the impact of the
Russia approves second Covid-19 vaccine
Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland' on July 11, 2020. ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images
By Gabby Landsverk Oct 8, 2020, 9:25 AM
October 15, 2020, 2:43 pm PNA
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday a second coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine has been granted regulatory approval.
Chinese vaccine cleared for Philippines clinical trials
Undated photo shows coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Sinovac)
By CNN Philippines Staff, Published Oct 7, 2020 2:51:45 PM
MANILA, Philippines — China’s candidate vaccine for COVID-19 has been cleared by a panel of experts for phase 3 clinical trial in the Philippines possibly by November, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
FDA director general Eric Domingo said the vaccine expert panel or VEP of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday gave the required clearance for pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech Ltd.r
SHARING GEMS OF WISDOM FOR THIS PANDEMIC
In 1859 when the novel A Tale of Two Cities was published, Charles Dickens mused on the status quo in his iconic and unparalleled opening lines:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
Bongbong Marcos planning a political comeback in 2022
By Dr. Robbie Rabelas Obligacion
Executive Vice-President of the University of Cagayan Valley, Main Campus, Balzain, Tuguegarao, Philippines
Get your cell phones
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SMC to expand skills training program to entire Bulacan
Published October 17, 2020, 1:16 PM, by James A. Loyola, MB
San Miguel Corporation, in partnership with the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA),is expanding its skills training program for Taliptip residents to include more all residents of Bulacan.
In a statement, SMC said the pilot batch of former Taliptip residents trainees are looking to graduate very soon from their skills training under TESDA and the firm will soon open the program to more Bulacan residents in the next coming months.
Pasig River Ferry resumes operations
By: Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQINQUIRER.net / 04:10 PM October 16, 2020
MANILA, Philippines — The Pasig River Ferry Service resumed operations on Friday, two days after a high-volume of water hyacinths clogged portions of the Pasig River, causing a temporary suspension of the service.
In an advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the return of the ferry service’s normal operations from Escolta Station in Binondo, Manila, to Nagpayong Station in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.
Sa’yo ang Del Monte, Akin ang FPJ Avenue: The two sides to renaming a street
Some senators are all for naming Del Monte Avenue in QC after Da King, but a group of Franciscans are not of the same opinion
By RHIA D. GRANA | Oct 15 2020
MANILA, Philippines — For Fernando Poe Jr.’s immense contribution to Philippine movies, there’s no doubt he deserves to be honored. As the Senate Bill 1822 filed by Senator Lito Lapid pointed out, Da King starred in nearly 300 films in his 46-year-movie career. Some of these films he directed himself, produced and wrote. FPJ, posthumously declared National Artist of the Philippines for Film in 2006, is considered an icon in the local entertainment industry.
Facebook takes down Chinese, Philippine networks due to 'coordinated inauthentic behavior'
Facebook said it linked those behind the Philippine network to the military and the police while the Chinese network posted about several topics including content supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Sarah Duterte’s potential run in the 2022 Presidential election. (AFP)
Bella Perez-Rubio (Philstar.com) - September 23, 2020 - 11:09am
MANILA, Philippines — Facebook on Tuesday announced that it removed two networks of accounts, pages and groups from its platform for violating its rules on coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government entity.
Facebook's Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher in a blog post said one of these networks originated in China and the other in the Philippines. The social media company added....