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What you need to know about the nationwide #TransportStrike in the Philippines

By Ysh Cabana The jeepney, actually a converted US military jeep, has been one of the major means of transportation in the country since the end of World War II. They have also become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture. Jeepneys now make up an estimated 40 percent of public utility vehicles in the Philippines 

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DOF tax reforms relieve rich while burdening poor–IBON

Research group IBON said that the Department of Finance’s (DOF) proposed tax reform program relieves the rich and burdens the poor. The group said that this will worsen inequality in the country and should be replaced by a tax program that taxes the rich instead and is backed with the required political will. The DOF 

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Real wage falling, higher taxes imminent

By IBON.org Though welcome, the recent wage hike in the National Capital Region (NCR) does not increase the minimum wage earners’ purchasing power. The real value of the minimum wage is even falling while the people face higher taxes under government’s proposed tax reforms, said the group. The NCR Regional Wage Board recently announced a Php21 

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Parade inspires Filipinos to replace meat with plant-based food

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat MANILA — To encourage plant-based nutrition and lifestyle, Filipino vegans held the first ever vegan parade in Quezon City, Oct. 19. Carrying placards that read “Being Vegan is Fun” and “Love All Animals: Go Vegan”, members of Vegans of Manila shared vegan food including pizza, isaw, barbecue, tacos, cookies, ice 

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Manay Judy as a mentor

#PagpupugayKayTitser By Veronica Gregorio ManilaToday.net To many, Manay Judy is known as tapang and malasakit personified as a pro-poor public servant defined by her fights against patronage, corruption, and poverty as Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development. To me, she is Prof. Judy Taguiwalo, a source of motivation in living an academic life 

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Isang Panayam: Ang kasalukuyang kalagayan ng mga guro sa Pilipinas

By KJ Dumapit ManilaToday.net Sa pagdiriwang ng World Teachers Day sa araw ng Oktubre 5, nakapanayam ng Manila Today si Rep. France Castro ng ACT Teachers Partylist hinggil sa kalagayan ng mga guro sa Pilipinas. Ano ang kasalukuyang kalagayan o pangunahing isyu ng mga guro sa pampublikong edukasyon? Nananatiling hindi nakasasapat ang sweldo ng mga 

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Federalism Cha-cha weakens nationalist provisions–IBON

Research group IBON criticized the weakening of nationalist provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution in the proposed federalism charter of pro-administration solons. The group said that the insertion of the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” in portions restricting foreign participation in essential sectors threatens prospects for the Philippine economy to develop independently. Introduced by 

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Ensure free tuition as a major first step — IBON

A network of teachers for transformative education said that the signing of the free tuition bill into law is a welcome major first step in realizing education as a right and should be ensured by government  as a priority. Improving and expanding the public university system is however as important, said the group, as is 

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TRAVEL: Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

Planning a trip to Beijing? This writer traveled to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City – on a budget. Here is a detailed guide, itinerary, and a few travel tips if you’re planning on visiting Beijing any time soon. Flights to/from Beijing During an airline seat sale in December 2015, we were able to 

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TRAVEL: Firefly-watching on Buhatan River

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla THE SIGHT of a swarm of fireflies sparkling in a dark night may seem like a scene from a fantasy movie or one of those teleseryes where the leading lady closes her eyes and whispers her wish on a firefly. But the scene was no fantasy — rather, it was 

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