Saturday, November 18, 2017

Editorial: An Act of Disburdenment

An editorial about random mandatory drug testing in schools. Please read and share.

random mandatory drug testing in schools
An Act of Disburdenment Amid the spate of extrajudicial killings in the current administration’s war on drugs, the signing of DepEd Order No. 40 subjecting high school students of both public and private institutions to random mandatory drug testing rouse fears that they will become open targets of the campaign against illegal drugs. Yes even high school students are now, not spared but in the first place if you are not blameworthy and is acquainted with the guidelines, there is nothing to fear.

Although the Department of Education said that this is to strengthen the government’s effort against illegal drugs, the primary ground for implementation is for prevention and rehabilitation of possible drug users and dependents, and not to harass them. This goes along with the objective of determining the prevalence of users among students, to discourage the use of drugs and to assess the effectiveness of school based programs.

DepEd clarified that students will only be given the drug test under their parents’ consent which goes to an advantageous reason: Parents want what is best for their children. It is assured that the results will be dealt with utmost confidentiality. Unless, of course, these parents use their children as accessories of crime, they might have to abstain but that is yet another matter in need of immediate solution. Should a particular student be chosen randomly, the issue here lays not on the child’s vulnerability but rather to his/her innocence which is generally more relevant.

Upon testing positive, it is only the beginning of the story and not the end. One will be provided with appropriate intervention measures as an effort to address the cause of their habit. This, as a matter of fact, becomes a road map to reinstatement which includes counselling and later treatments. Correspondingly, DepEd says the result will not be grounds for expulsion or disciplinary action against the student. Furthermore, it should not reflect in the student’s academic records or be used to incriminate him/her for further legal actions.

The incident wherein a 17-year-old Senior High School student was killed during a drug operation in Caloocan City jolted the nation for quite some time. This might have been an awakening that even innocent teenagers are not spared. So one might say that drug testing would not likely help students in and of itself. However, considering the favourable conditions that guarantee and respect the students’ rights, privacy, and dignity, your cooperation is deserved as much as how you deserve your well-being. The provisions, in any aspect, disburden the students and their parents and not penalize. #

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Editorial: ALWAYS PRO-FILIPINO

fake news

This is an editorial about Fake News. Please read and share!

As stark as it is clear, the proliferation of fake news has been dividing the country and everyone has a role in combatting this cancer slowly eating the society.

In a recent senate hearing concerning fake news attended by PCOO Assec Margaux Uson and DFA head of strategic communications Rey Joseph Nieto among others, senators hit Thinking Pinoy and Mocha Uson Blog for posting fake news and 'not getting their side'. Uson reasons out that she is not required to because she isn't a journalist, only a blogger.

Now people put the blame to media. Mainstream media is being degraded by the escalation of these bloggers. Yes there is a distinction between a blogger and a journalist. Social media warriors such as these bloggers are not journalists. And yes they are 'entitled to their own opinion', freedom of speech so to speak but as someone whose platform has a wide extent, they must know that every right comes with a responsibility. However, inasmuch as we chalk up the guilt to anyone, the problem won't bail out. The the issue here does not lie on whether who has been spreading it and why because even in the yesteryears, fake news has been prevalent. What needs greater attention is how to combat its proliferation and existence.

It is a given fact that one becomes defensive and might even sing a different tune once aggravation hits home or close to it. In the cases of Mocha Uson Blog and Thinking Pinoy, both are known to be pro-administration bloggers and the president's most vocal supporters. Most often than not, they are ready to defend their preference ang glorify the administration while undermining the opposition. They would provide arguments that would weight up in their favor; talk about the battle between brains and brainless, between ideologies.

As citizens of this country, there is a need for everyone to become more responsible. There has been too much talking, too much reactions than research and more oppositions than actions. To fight this battle means public vigilance and the constant use and practice of conscience and critical thinking. Verifying information is another must. In addition, with accordance to better journalism, making a legislation against fake news is a prerequisite.

In the end, it does not really matter whether we are pro-administration or not. The partiality must not be against or pro a person. There is a great need for everyone to arrive at well-rounded decisions. Bear in mind that we should always be pro the common good, pro-country --- always pro-Filipino. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Youth: Catalysts of Change

Youth, young people catalysts of change

Much of the country's and even the world's problems today concerns the youth. It does not necessarily mean, however, that they are the roots of the problem. Transformed, empowered and aware youths have and will become instruments for better solutions.

Inasmuch as how the government and the general 'non millenial' public view the youths as delinquents burdening the country, some of them and their organizations, however, proved the stereotyping wrong. Amid terrorism as a scourge, the proliferation of fake news, extrajudicial killings and the likes among others plaguing the society it is undeniable that everyone has a role in combatting these societal plague especially the youth. And it all starts with awareness.

With the recent Kian delos Santos incident jolting the country and proving that even teenagers are now not spared, the Sanggunian Kabataan (SK) ensure that their fellow youth are engaged in productive endeavors through sports for example. SK organizes activities that help divert their fellow youths' attention away from harmful vices.

The Supreme Student Government (SSG) of schools addresses their fellow students' needs and assists them towards becoming proactive members of the campus and the community as well in the extent of their organizing and thinking powers. Officers work hand in hand with other stakeholders in educational institutions for the good of their fellow students.

Issues on the prevalence of fake news are answered spot on by the youths acting as vanguards and safeguarding the truth and nothing else . The freedom of expression should not be abused and is put to good use by campus journalists. They advocate for better journalism as how the SSG promotes good governance.

The government must view the youth as part of nation-building and not just mere delinquents burdening the country. The youth of today are not only valuable assets of the society. They have proven themselves to be far more better by becoming vanguards of truth, advocates of peace and catalysts of change.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jobs in South Korea: Hiring Factory Workers in SoKor

Jobs South Korea, Work South Korea

Looking for a job abroad? Here's your chance to work in South Korea (Sokor) as factory worker.

Here's the announcement from Hiring Factory Worker - Sokor Facebook page.

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Fresh Graduate.
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✔️ No height and weight requirements.
✔️ Tatoos are allowed
✔️ APPLICANTS must Pass the EPS-TOPIK
(Employment Permit System - Test on Proficiency in Korean)

BENEFITS OF WORKERS:
FREE BOARD AND LODGING
FREE MEALS
FREE Medicare
Paid Vacations
FREE Training at the Philippine Embassy for Machine Operators
Insurance (up to 3,000,000 PHP)

Things you must know:
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✔NO DIRECT HIRING.
✔ NO SALARY DEDUCTION.
✔ POEA to HRD KOREA (government to government system)
✔ 3 years contract
>If you are a sincere worker, you can have the chance to get additional 1year and 10 months extension on your contract.
✔ Backpay 500,000-900,000 PHP if you finished your contract.

Attend our one day free orientation to know more! Also, message us your Name, Age, Location and Contact Number for further details and for your reservation slot!  :)

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Thank you. :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lessons Learned from BPI Glitch

On this post, we will discuss about the lessons we can learn out from the BPI glitch.

On June 7, clients woke up in horror to find that their BPI ATM accounts are not in their normal state. Most found their accounts containing a considerably lesser amount than what should be, while some found their account having much more than it should have. But it was worst for BPI clients who had nothing at all. It was a collective, worrying question of “Where’d my money go?!”

BPI glitch
Credits: ABS-CBN News

To be fair, BPI claims that not all accounts where affected, and it seemed as though all were affected because of the noise that social media created. In fact, many people did not actually realize that something was wrong in their accounts until they read it on Twitter and/or Facebook.

In an attempt to calm down the generally panic-stricken account holders, BPI Senior Vice President Catherine Santamaria addressed the public in a news conference “Please do not panic…We will make sure that your money is there.” She even silenced suspicions on the possibility of hacking. She explained, “Every day, the system does batch processing and somewhere in that process between midnight and this morning, there was an error.”

However, though many were concerned with their balance, many more were alarmed at the fact that they could not withdraw their money because they absolutely need it at the moment. How could BPI possibly attend to this problem? The only route of action they could take was to extend banking hours until 7:30 p.m. to accommodate all the customers who wanted to but cannot access the ATM.

This event, which has been dubbed as the “BPI glitch” is not the first nor the last of its kind. Banks will have some glitches now and again. As to how widespread and how harmful it can be, nobody wants to stay and find out. So how can you have the confidence to walk out and say “Nah, I’m good” in situations like these?

Two things: Hide your gold in different locations, one of which must be your pocket. In other words, do not keep your savings in one bank and always have cash in hand.

Let’s go with the first one. It always pays to have plan B…and C. You can extend it all the way to Z if you want. But remember this: Plan A will not always work. Sometimes, bad weather strikes and you just have to find some other way. Distribute your savings among banks, so if one bank suffers from a glitch then you can always run to the other/s.

The second one? Make sure to have cash in your pocket. So that even if all the banks happen to suffer from a glitch (God forbid), then you can continue to walk without holding your breath in too much because hey, you still got some cash in your hand!

The BPI glitch may have been alarming to many, but at least it served as a great reminder for these two very important lessons for surviving in the modern world.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Angara Bats Special Assistance for Families of Fallen Soldiers in Wake of Deadly Marawi Clash

Senator Sonny Angara has renewed his call for the immediate passage of bills granting special financial assistance and benefits to uniformed and law enforcement personnel in the wake of intense firefights between government forces and the Maute group in Marawi City.

According to latest reports, the number of fallen government troops since May 23 has risen to 58, including 40 from the Philippine Army, 15 from the Philippine Marines, and three from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Senator Angana Bill Financial Assistance and Benefits for soldiers




The Philippine Marines lost 13 troops in a single day on Friday during a clearing operation that lasted for 14 hours.

"As the siege by extremist groups continue to drag on in Marawi City, our brave soldiers need all the support they can get. It's unfortunate that this conflict has cost the lives of many of our troops. Nakikiramay po tayo sa kanilang mga pamilya," Angara said.

Angara is one of the authors of Senate Bill 1462 or the Uniformed and Law Enforcement Personnel Special Financial Assistance Act, and SB 1463 or the Uniformed and Law Enforcement Personnel Educational Assistance Act.

Under SB 1462, a special financial assistance equivalent to the average six months salary, including allowances and bonuses, will be provided to the families and beneficiaries of any personnel of the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who is killed or permanently incapacitated while in the line of duty.

Surviving spouses or designated beneficiaries will be given priority in employment in government agencies and offices where their qualifications are fitted.

SB 1463, on the other hand, provides that all surviving children will automatically and without qualification be extended full scholarship from kindergarten to tertiary level. Such scholarship privilege includes payment of tuition and miscellaneous fees, allowance for books and school supplies, and allowance for food and transportation.

"Bilang pagkilala sa kanilang sakripisyo, mahalaga na masiguro natin ang kinabukasan ng kanilang mga naiwang mahal sa buhay. Upgrading the assistance and benefits of our uniformed personnel is long overdue. I call on our colleagues to prioritize the passage of such bills," Angara said.

Due to the slow delivery of benefits, the proposed measure further seeks to create a Dependents Welfare Office to expedite the grant of special financial assistance and benefits, which should be within three days from receipt of a written certification of the fact of death or permanent disability or incapacity.

If any personnel is injured or wounded in the performance of official duties, hospitalization expenses, including necessary medicines and medical equipment, will be shouldered by the government.

The proposed measure expanded the coverage of the special assistance to uniformed personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

"Such special assistance befits the selfless service of our fallen heroes who have offered their lives to preserve peace, defend the dignity of the country, and ensure the safety of all Filipinos," the lawmaker said.

In addition, Angara has filed a bill that seeks to increase AFP's hazard pay to 25 percent of their base pay.

Currently, pursuant to Executive Order 201, members of AFP receive P540 in hazard pay.

"If our bill passed into law, we will see an eightfold increase in the hazard pay. Halimbawa, ang isang Private First Class na may monthly base pay na P15,600, ang hazard pay nito ay tataas mula P540 hanggang P3,900," the senator explained.

"Bigyan naman natin ng angkop na insentibo ang ating sandatahang lakas para sa kanilang kabayanihan at sa araw-araw na pagharap sa mga panganib," he added.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Does Liza Soberano deserve Darna role?

On May 2017, Liza Soberano was declared to play the much-coveted role of the iconic Darna. The announcement came amidst great anticipation among the fans of the Filipino superheroine, who were all taken by surprise when Ms. Angel Locsin had to withdraw from playing Darna due to health reasons.

A search for the next Darna ensued, and Liza emerged as the victor among other young actresses who were also being considered for the role – Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, and Yassi Pressman to name a few.

Liza Soberano new Darna fan art

There was a mixed-reaction in the general audience when the announcement was made. Some expressed their dismay, saying that Liza is too young for the role.

Some said that she is too shy and soft-spoken to take on the role of a tough and daring superheroine. While others complained that it takes someone truly Pinay to portray a Filipina persona well-loved by practically every Filipino household.

However, the majority argued that Liza has proven her worth as an actress in her previous teleseryes “Got to Believe”, “Forevermore”, and “Dolce Amore”. Thus, she should be given the chance to show the world that she will slay this one.

Besides, her fans argue that Liza is a true Pinay, despite her being half-American, due to the fact that she embodies the values of a typical “dalagang Filipina”.

In fact, her credibility as a Pinay does not end there, because her face is described by the general audience to look more Asian than other mestiza actresses in the industry. Even Director Erik Matti said that “Pinay siya na maganda, pan-Asian.

Mahirap 'yung mestiza eh,” He even said that Liza’s face has a versatile quality to it, “You can do a lot of things sa mukha niya. Puwede siya mag-iba-iba ng itsura and she could still look really good” – which is a huge plus factor.

Regarding her “being too young to play Darna”, it should be remembered that Ms. Angel Locsin was just 20 years old when she portrayed Darna in the 2005 TV Series. Mrs. Vilma Santos was also the same age when she played Darna in 1973. Liza, who is 19 years old as of this writing, is just at the right age.

What does Ms. Liza Soberano herself has to say about her latest project?

She said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN news that “Sobrang na-excite po ako and siyempre I'm happy and I feel really honored to be able to don the iconic costume and to be able to embody what Darna represents”.

She even said that “Ang gagawin ko na lang po is I'll give my more than 100 percent sa project na ‘to,” There you have it folks!

She may be shy and reserved but she definitely won’t pull any punches on this one. She is obviously fired up for the role, and she is ready to prove any pessimist wrong, because she does want the role and she does want to slay.

So if anyone deserves to be the next Darna of this generation, Liza Soberano is “it”.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Push and pull: the state of tax reform in the Philippines

This article will discuss the latest tax reforms in the Philippines.

latest tax reforms philippines 2017
Credits: CNN Philippines

In a country that makes its citizens pay 30-32% in taxes while a majority is not earning enough, being taxed is a heavy burden for an individual. And the Philippines is one of the countries in Southeast Asia who puts a heavy burden of taxation on its citizens.

In their campaign trail for the 2016 Presidential elections, candidates promised a lower income tax as one of their campaign promises. Among the six, Rodrigo Duterte placed those who earn P20,000 as those who will not pay taxes.

Now that he won the elections, President Duterte is eyeing a comprehensive tax reform that would benefit the poor, while keeping the rich to pay taxes.

That was supposed to be the rationale of House Bill 5636, which calls for the comprehensive tax reform. The proposal was even named as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

The bill is needed to be passed immediately into law, because, as Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez claims that not passing the bill would leave the country in an "unsustainable financial position" and "more vulnerable to fiscal risk."

The DOF estimated it would cost the country "an extra P30 billion in annual debt servicing, and P100 billion more in higher borrowing costs for the public."

The DOF and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said the lowering of income taxes and the subsequent increase in excise taxes like the Value Added Tax (VAT) among others would only have a “negligible” effect on the country’s inflation rate.

The DOF submitted its first proposal to the House of Representatives in September 2016. This initial package, the first of four, includes the lowering of the personal income tax rates and the reduction of value added tax exemptions.
The proposal was revised after immediate imposition of high taxes on fuel and cars was met by opposition from the public and private sectors. The removal of Value-Added Tax (VAT) exemptions for senior citizens and persons with disability were also met with criticisms.

The DOF submitted its amended proposal on January 17.

The proposed taxation stated that those earn P250,000 or less will be exempted from paying taxes. Bonuses like the 13th month pay will likewise be exempt. Only the 0.1%, the rich, will shoulder a hefty 35% taxation.

Should the bill be passed into law this will take effect in January 2018.

The obvious winner should be the poor and even the low-earning middle class sector. Unfortunately, the reform still has its con: it included higher rates on VAT, as well as other excise taxes, like the oil excise tax, tax on sugar and its other products, and automobile tax, among others.

This was met with further opposition in Congress. Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Isagani T. Zarate said that with these taxes, expenses and basic commodities will significantly increase for most Filipinos.

Zarte said by imposing higher excise taxes on petroleum products, particularly on liquefied petroleum gas, diesel and gas, as well as sugar-sweetened beverages the tax measure will definitely hit the poor hard, because it would mean higher prices of basic goods and services.

While it is true that those earning P250,000 yearly are exempted from income tax, Zarate said the bill removed the previous personal-tax deduction, as well as the deduction to the medical and health insurance. It will also impose taxes on the fringe benefits of workers.

Using DOF data, independent think-tank Ibon Foundation calculated that the rich will be paying a collective Php178.3 billion from their personal and corporate income tax, estate and donor taxes, and capital income taxes. However, consumers will be shelling out a total of Php341.6-B from all the proposed excise taxes.

“The government stands to lose up to P152 billion in revenues by 2019 because of the adjusted income-tax structure, but the government is seen to earn at least P320 billion through complementary tax reforms, such as excise taxes and removal of VAT exemptions that would be shouldered primarily by ordinary citizens, especially the poor,” Zarate added.

Tax measures are mandated to originate from, and be passed in, the House of Representatives before it goes through Senate scrutiny, as per congressional rules. While the president certified the tax reform bill as "urgent," Congress hurriedly passed the bill on the third reading. It now awaits the Senate version, and the bicameral ruling, as well as the President’s signature.

Once the tax reform pushes through, however, it will be far from what Pres. Duterte promised in his campaign as a service to the greater masses.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Martial Law and President Duterte by John Gaisano Jr.

Hello fellow Filipinos here in the Philippines and those who are living/working abroad! In case you are doubful about President Duterte's declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, please read this insightful blog post by John Gaisano Jr. entitled "Martial Law & President Duterte".



Martial Law & President Duterte
By: John Gaisano Jr.

Many fear martial law because of the experience many older people had before. Essentially what was it? No due process, anyone can be taken & disappear for life. Well, that was 40 years ago & the president was not Duterte.

Will Pres. Duterte do the same? I really don’t know. I bet most of the people in Davao also don’t know either. But what we know is that he wielded awesome power in Davao City. Is this an exaggeration? He does what he likes under a controlled environment to maintain peace & order. How do the MILLION Davaeno feel about this? You can ask many here & find out yourself. But I know for a fact, that many people actually like it. Because if we don’t like it here, he would not have won the presidential election. A million people would have talked about this. Consider for a moment, he was our mayor for 30 years, if there was anything we do not like with regards to peace & order, we should have known after all these years. 30 years is long enough for us to know him.

So, this should give us SOME idea of what he will do to institute peace & order in Philippines. I said in my earlier write-up that he enjoys dealing with peace & order problem. He likes to see that we can go around even in the late evening without fear of safety. And if something bad happens, he come with his full force. Hehe And sensationalize the capture &/or….whatever…send the criminal from temporal life to eternity without much waiting. Make sure it’s in the media. So what’s the impact? It scares many hence forth reduce the incidence of crime. Now, do you like that? He SCARES the hell out of them or else, to hell they may go.

He is obviously impatient. He is obviously decisive too. And he hates to lose. Now, what happens in Marawi as made known to us through media is indeed disturbing. What option do you think the president should take? Martial Law is the best option which will allow him to act quickly, decisively, with element of surprise, & to deal with people including those in government who are involved & supporting this group one way or another. (Tulfo wrote on this. Good read.) And of course, some mistakes will be made, but some mistakes against protecting thousands of our people, & against allowing this problem to grow & hurt more people? Is that a good exchange? Win more with small losses? The math is obvious! And this way, problem of rebellion &/or peace & order can be resolved/reduced quickly.

Now, should the president explain a lot of what he will do? Of course not! It will be crazy to win a war this way. Do you agree with our president? Or you have a better solution? Please share with us. SHARE THIS & share your mind so we may all learn & help each other to create a better place for ourselves.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Filipino Teachers In Demand Worldwide

All across modern civilization are hundreds upon hundreds of schools that mold and nurture the past, present, and future generations. At the heart of each school is the teacher, who drives the whole body of students to life. The teacher imparts the knowledge and moral values that the school aims to instill in its students. The thing is, there are millions of students who are eager to learn and grow their way into becoming the next pioneers of tomorrow, but there are not nearly enough teachers to sufficiently meet the needs of the ever-growing student population.
Filipino teacher teaching students

This is exactly the reason why, you dear teacher, are a much-needed presence all over the world. Precisely what countries, you ask? Well, there is Singapore, China, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Spain, New Zealand, and even the United States! Surprised?

What kind of teachers do these countries need? Music, Pre-school, and Physical Education teachers are in demand, but what is in even greater demand are English Teachers. English is the universal language, and it is very important to know how to speak the language in this age of globalization.

Filipinos are a treasure chest of teachers who are excellent English speakers. The Philippines is one of the top English speaking countries in Asia. In fact, Philippines is the 3rd largest English-speaking nation in the world – next to the United States and the United Kingdom. Therefore, Filipino teachers have an abundance of teaching opportunities abroad!

Requirements for Teaching Abroad


Requirements of teaching abroad vary from country to country. Some may demand a background experience in teaching, while others may not. Here is a short list of requirements that are frequently asked by many:

1) Teaching Experience

There are a number of schools that look to hire certified experienced teachers. This is especially true for schools in Singapore and Arab Emirates. But thousands of schools in countries like China, Spain, and Turkey don’t mind hiring inexperienced teachers, as long as they hold a TEFL certification to their name.

2) College Degree

Having a college degree is certainly a requirement for many schools in most countries. However, degree requirements still vary from school to school. Therefore, those without a four-year degree can still get a teaching position in some countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Russia, and China.

3) Age Requirements

People of all ages can teach English. But some may find it harder than others to teach professionally. For instance, teachers below the age of 20 will find it more difficult to earn a full-time employment. For teachers under this age bar, working part-time or working as a volunteer may serve as a good teaching experience to level up their reputation as English teachers.

There are millions of students who want to learn how to speak English, how to play music, and how to read. The world needs more teachers like you. Give the world a helping hand and teach the present generation how to become good pioneers of the future. More power to you!