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From the many crisis situations I have witnessed and responded to, from strong typhoons like Yolanda to the devastating earthquake in Bohol, I have come to the conclusion that a crucial determinant of the success of operations in situations like the ones mentioned above, is the unity and synergy between and among the instrumentalities of government tasked to manage the emergency situation.

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India’s medicines

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These days, it is truly costly to get sick in the Philippines. Data from the Philippine National Health Accounts (PNHA) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that back in 2013, every Filipino spent P5,260 for health expenses.

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Religious tourism

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Religious festivals in the Philippines have always been a very potent magnet for tourists.

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Last January 10, 2018, I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to visit the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija. I was personally assisted by PCC Executive Director Arnel N. del Barrio and other very cordial personnel of the center.

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With only less than a year and a half before the 2019 polls, all preparations are well underway – for the Commission on Elections, the political candidates, as well as the electorate. The people’s clamor for transparent, clean, and honest elections begin to grow louder like a chant that is endlessly looped, reverberating elections after elections.

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Wishes for 2018

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There is great reason to rejoice today, for every New Year is a new beginning, and every new beginning ought to be welcomed with joy and optimism. With much faith and hope in what lies for us as 2018 unfolds, Filipinos greet the New Year with the usual and unwavering spirits of jubilation and sharing.

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