CRISPIN R. ARANDA

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ALMOST 10 years ago, there were not enough college graduates. The National Statistics Coordination Board (NCSB) said the number of college grads “has not risen fast enough, threatening the country’s supply of qualified human capital.” The alarm was sounded when NCSB compared the number of college graduates over a 10-year…

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Part 2 “AMERICA First.” No, that’s not US President Donald Trump speaking, but the number of Filipinos—4 million— already in the US as permanent residents, plus about 300,000 more applying for temporary visas yearly (at the rate of 1,100 a day) and an average of 50,000 issued immigrant visa annually…

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FROM walls to bridges. History has it that the Spaniards built the walls of Intramuros to protect the city from the Moros in the late 1500s. Two hundred years later, Filipinos who were part of the crew of a Spanish galleon jumped ship in Louisiana and built the first Filipino…

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NINE years after the first video display terminal – IBM 260 – was presented to the world, (a text-only monochrome cathode ray tube display station with a keyboard) a 1975 Business Week article predicted a paperless office. The weekly magazine envisioned office automation that would make paper redundant as routine…

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IF 6,092,Filipinos leave to work overseas everyday (according to government agency statistics in 2015), how many foreigners choose to migrate to the Philippines? No Filipino would publicly and honestly admit that leaving family and country is his destiny if choices are available. The reality, however, reflects the fact that we…

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LABOR export or deployment of Filipinos to work overseas has never been considered a problem by the Philippine government: from the time labor migration was institutionalized by the dictatorial government of Ferdinand Marcos to the swearing in of President Rodrigo Duterte. On the contrary, sending Filipinos overseas to work is…

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TRAGEDY has an inimitable way of unifying people. The latest round of school shootings that killed at least 17 people – students and teachers – at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida appears to have triggered and consolidated forces seeking gun control. From the initial shock and trauma,…

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GRADUATION march may sound good to one million Filipino college graduates come March and April, but they may still face a bleak future given the job prospects at home and the declining number of employment opportunities overseas. The recurring and increasingly volatile political developments in the Middle East, the tightening…

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THE US Congress Coffee Shop has been coming up with several immigration blends in small paper cups seeking House and Senate member approvals—but not the public. Quite a few new concoctions seem to have more thumbs up than most especially, from the White House and President Trump’s base. HR 1149…

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