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THE recent pronouncements of Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd defending former President Noynoy Aquino and Janette Garin, the former chief of the Department of Health (DoH),who are both being excoriated for greenlighting the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, is alarming and highly suspicious, to say the least. Just five days ago,…

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THE biggest challenge now facing Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is how to balance the diverse—and often opposing—interests of the mining industry’s stakeholders: the mining companies, the local government units, indigenous peoples, environmental advocates, educators, mining engineers, people’s organizations (PO), the religious sector and other civil society actors. But in order…

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THE struggles and challenges faced by millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are as diverse as the Philippines itself. While the government remains committed to its pledge to meet the needs of our OFWs, many of its agencies and offices, both here and abroad, are handicapped by numerous personnel, budget…

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THE phenomenon of labor migration is closely intertwined with the economic development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region. Asean member countries – which are either sending or receiving countries for migrant workers – have profited greatly from foreign labor. According to a 2015 World Bank study, of…

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WITH the number of reclamation projects in Manila Bay springing up like mushrooms, we might as well stop calling it a “bay” and instead rename the site of the historic Spanish-American War naval battle as the “Manila River” because that’s exactly what it will become if some Metro Manila cities…

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THE eyes of Jakatia Pawa, as seen in the last photos of her just days before her execution in January 2017, showed defeat and resignation. Pawa was the first overseas Filipino worker (OFW) to be executed in Kuwait in six years, and coincidentally, during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.…

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THE Philippines is one of the biggest suppliers of domestic workers around the world, along with Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India. The growth in the deployment of domestic workers has its roots in the 1970s when the Marcos government institutionalized the export of contract labor to boost an economy suffering…

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IN the Philippines, there is a popular department store where the salesladies adhere to a particular aesthetic—blue eye shadow, chalky face powder, pink lipstick, and polyester uniform and three-inch heels. Depending on the time of day, one will see a few of them standing on one leg and shifting uncomfortably.…

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TOP officials of Philippine Ecology System Corp. (Phileco)—the owner and operator of the garbage transfer facility at Pier 18 in Tondo, Manila—were meek as lamb after receiving a “sermon” from Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for dumping garbage into the Manila Bay from the company’s marine loading transfer station. I’m told…

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“THE bottom line is, I apply what is in the law.” This was one of several quotable quips delivered by EnvironmentSecretary Roy A. Cimatu during his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments last week. Tomy mind, it’s a preview of how the agency will be managed by the former…

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