MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

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Last of 2 parts THE 27th Global Summit of Women took place in Tokyo from May 11 to 12 featuring important speakers addressing women’s issues. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s address was interesting and inspiring. Japan has a labor shortage and a gender gap in business. It has now instituted…

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First of 2 parts I’VE just returned from attending the 27th Global Summit of Women held in Tokyo from May 12 to 13. The GSW, as it is known, is concerned with the economic status of women in the quest for equality. It is now on its 27th year, an…

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I WAS in Guam on holiday in late February. Guam is the largest island of a group known as the Marianas Islands in the Pacific (i.e. Tinian, Saipan, Rota, etc.). The Spanish named it Ladrones (Thieves) in a fit of pique when Magellan and his crew on their way to…

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I SPENT the past few days on Panay island—Aklan, Antique and Iloilo— visiting weaving communities of the Western Visayas. As a member of HABI: The Philippine Textile Council, I join the visits to weaving communities to see the state of indigenous weaving and fabrics. Our first stop was the Fiber…

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WE have heard of the National Housing Authority, the agency in charge of the national shelter program. In the public’s perception, by government mandate this is the agency that should be delivering shelter to those who need it most, usually the lower middle class, and further down to the poor…

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I HAVE been impressed with our security guards for some time. I think it is because they are caring, helpful and understanding and that is because they are Filipino. Certainly, the questions one gets from them entering some of the exclusive gated villages can be annoying: “What are you going…

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A BUSINESSWOMAN is killed in Quezon City, a rural doctor is bumped off in Lanao, a broadcaster is shot to death in Masbate, a policewoman is rubbed out in her car in a crowded street in Manila. This list is not exhaustive or complete. There are more from today’s news.…

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IT was bound to happen – organized homeless groups invading and taking over low-cost housing projects of the National Housing Authority. All those new empty units with nice roads though the houses are still quite inadequate for habitation due to lack of bathrooms, running water and electricity, but still better…

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IN these times of befuddlement when we are trying to figure out whether we are moving forward to better practices and better results as we hear the din of modernity around us, or if we are actually traveling backward to obsolete or debunked ways, do we need to think or…