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OFW remittances will be badly hit by pandemic

In the assessment of the nation’s economic losses from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a big part is expected to come from the greatly diminished remittances of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). For weeks now, they have been returning by the thousands from countries around the world. All returning Filipinos are …

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Choice

VOICE FROM THE SOUTH By FR. EMETERIO BARCELON, SJ Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ The past week we have been bombarded in our readings of the Gospels with love of God and neighbor. Today is the feast of St. Andrew Bobola, a Jesuit priest, the saint who inspired us during the …

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Swedish herd immunity and NCR herd in-mutiny

OF SUBSTANCE AND SPIRIT By DIWA C. GUINIGUNDO Diwa C. Guinigundo Sweden’s constitution prohibits ministerial rule and mandates government agencies like the Public Health Agency to initiate all actions pertaining to their specific area of responsibility. On public health, politicians cannot impose protocols for implementation. This gives Sweden’s ministers very …

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Mandated and detailed protocols

Erik Espina Unless the three pillars of a working system for 1) testing, 2) tracing, 3) isolation protocols are in place, relaxing quarantines will logically tempt fate. Governance at various levels must be “locked and loaded,” to respond to new case/s of COVID-19, particularly in low-risk (zero or near-zero) communities. …

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‘Ambo’ caused damage but also brought welcome rains

Storms and typhoons are very much a part of our weather in the Philippines. We even choose to give Philippine names to those that affect our country, different from the international names recognized by the rest of the world. Thus “Yolanda” which hit us in November, 2013, is known to …

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Lawbreakers

GOVERNANCE MATTERS By FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR C. BINAY Jejomar C. Binay Former Vice President The Philippine National Police (PNP) has an image problem. Not to say that it has not had one in the past, or that its image has always been spotless. But we are tempted to say …

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Moving forward — a suggestion for regions

#MINDANAO By JOHN TRIA John Tria As many areas transition into general community quarantine, the obvious question being asked is: What now? How do we move forward? The questions matter because it looks like we will continue to live under the spectre of new infections such as the ones we …

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COVID-19, like HIV, may never go away — WHO

It seems the attention and interest of the whole world today is focused on one issue — the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the coronavirus may never go away and the world will have to learn to live with it, like HIV — human immunodeficiency virus …

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Salamat po, Doc (at Nars)!

BELOW THE LINE By AMBASSADOR JOSE ABETO ZAIDE Ambassador José Abeto Zaide When was the last time you said, “Thank you” to your attending physician? The best reason to increase subsidy for our hospitals and medical facilities is the when we are taken ill. When we are in the pink …

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