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Dept. of Disaster Resilience

An amorphous concept until recently, climate change is now a stark reality. Disastrous cyclones now frequently ravage countries worldwide. Typhoon “Agaton” stormed Mindanao on New Year’s Day, closely following typhoons “Urduja” and “Vinta” which battered Visayas and Mindanao last December and triggered flashfloods and landslides. Together with the Marawi onslaught, they left behind hundreds of lives lost, thousands of evacuees, and damaged crops, properties, and infrastructures worth billions of pesos.

THE projected resumption in 2022 of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Bicol Express train link between Manila and Matnog, Sorsogon is expected to revive the romantic countryside travel along its 653-kilometer stretch.

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Free college education

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Time was when earning a university degree was only a wild wish for children of impoverished families in rustic barrios. It was not even a serious dream to aspire for since it was literally beyond their reach.

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Economic analysts agree that poor quality but costly telecommunications and power service which torture us daily have also unduly stalled our country’s economic growth for so long. How has this burdensome imposition come about?

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Balengiga bells

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MANY Filipinos may not have fully understood President Duterte’s demand in his recent SONA for the United States to return the Balengiga bells to the Philippines.

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Contrary to misperceptions, proponents of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, the government’s comprehensive tax reform package, assure the measure is “decidedly pro-poor and best balances the country’s tax system, while raising much needed revenues for public spending in infrastructure and in the people.”

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