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https://open.spotify.com/episode/4Y9CTswx3teZo9dNvzyqPx?si=wFgA-DtzTi6jxTPqPZK3Vg ON January 13, the new US president Joseph R. Biden announced two important decisions concerning the management of foreign aid programs under his administration: he named former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) and elevated the agency...

PH stands to benefit from new MDB ocean partnership

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4jPw148KduulTMKfh4aFzI?si=2xjBgtqfSnKX0Sc_lPxMLA A RECENTLY announced partnership between the multilateral development banks (MDBs), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) raises encouraging prospects of improving the protection of...

Another Senate vaccine hearing is imperative

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3reuNxf9GHrkt5mK8QYFIh?si=18DvRVo-TjqV9Nj-LvlClw THERE cannot be a more compelling reason for the Senate to hold another public hearing on the government’s Covid vaccination plan than the fact that the two previous hearings...

Wise move to issue ‘vaccine passports’ to vaccinated citizens

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6yG6TBln8gxZoFdr5mgcMH?si=2UO5CnnPQJuedxTa-X4Kcg WHEN we read a report on Israel’s impressive and successful vaccine rollout and vaccination program, we found most striking and arresting the information that Israel became the first country...

Political season underway

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6sA4beFnSFAu0xs8y11UkT?si=8Um2Zb--T1WTXMNhUHRxdw President Rodrigo Duterte came under fire recently for saying why he does not want his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, to succeed him in 2022. For some, he...

Another construction controversy

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Qg1sl5nAZU6baAZjQnA3J?si=L_klS9WhTwWyP2zJ-zDF9A A GROUP dedicated to the preservation of the historic San Sebastian Church in Quiapo, Manila has launched an online petition to halt the construction of a nearby 31-story condominium...

More than price, the bigger issue is Covid vaccine’s efficacy and safety

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4aHQurlQvBL0RGT0HtSkG3?si=E9eaAj2eT6iOQWkQ413RvA WHEN the Senate resumes today, January 15, its public inquiry into the government’s procurement of vaccines against Covid-19, it will be entirely fitting for our senators to ask 1)...

ADB study finds school closures can do more harm than good

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6qku9UioEoUlu6O0WoFWrs?si=IeMI0O77QwesjiEeSVSa4A ALTHOUGH largely accepted sympathetically by the public due to its obvious good intentions and the high trust placed in President Duterte, the blanket ban on face-to-face classes until vaccinations...

Making food accessible and affordable

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2HGWSTIne3OFoURfBtrf0O?si=fZNJa4ExQruaM7XlT2O7pA IN welcoming the new year, Filipinos should be thankful that the country will have likely attained record palay (unmilled rice) output in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the successive typhoons...

Govt needs to educate fearful public about Covid vaccine

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6emulgsl2KG5xydbrXQXD1?si=4MBKv13US5-0QfLUimdg8w THE twin survey reports of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS) on citizens’ attitudes to vaccination against Covid-19 and their sense of safety amid the coronavirus pandemic should...

Pope Francis taking Covid vaccine: A stirring example of courage and confidence

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4WbffDaMimFPZOCCN2xoSE?si=tXFZArI5Tm6us7Y0ZG_yzw AMID the raging coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic that torments all peoples and nations today, Pope Francis at 84 stands as a stirring example of courage, confidence and leadership...

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Sen. Cayetano files ‘vaccine passport’ bill

SEN. Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano, chairman of the Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation and Futures Thinking, filed a bill that seeks to provide...

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