Nation, News

DSWD will reduce 4P’s beneficiaries after loans from World Bank and ADB are gone

18 Jul , 2017  

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is seen to continue supporting its 4P’s beneficiaries maybe beyond 2019. This information was confirmed Monday by the agency belying rumors that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is set to end in 2019. Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo clarified the misconception and pointed out that only the counterpart […]

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Bicol News Now, Economy, News

Bicolanos are too poor to open a savings account – Survey

4 May , 2017  

Many Bicolanos are either living dirt poor, pay check to pay check, do not have money left to put up a bank account, or do not have confidence in the Philippine banking system. Either one of the above could be true. Take a look at the recent finding based on the survey conducted by the […]

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Bicol News Now, Tech News, Video

What were you doing when the Google Street View guy came?

19 Feb , 2017  

What were you doing when the Google Street View guy came? This time now you must be aware that Google map has recorded the public view of streets of cities and towns, big or small, in the Philippines, including that of Calabanga. Last year sometime in June a Google Street View Guy whizzed around town […]

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Luzon, News, Poverty

Who takes care of fallen angels from Philippine sex tourism

11 Feb , 2017  

Lost in the din of national conversation mostly dominated by the regime of murderous anti-drug drive, “unabated” extra-judicial killings, and corruption of public officials, is the silent menace in suburban areas brought about by sex tourism. Prior to the expulsion of US military in Philippine-hosted American bases in 1991, children of mixed races, mostly Caucasian […]

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Mindanao, News

PH government errs in defending OFW Jakatia Pawa from death sentence?

26 Jan , 2017  

The execution of Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait reflects the general sorry state of cold treatment from the Philippine government these ‘heroes’ receive in return. Pawa’s execution by hanging was pushed through on Wednesday by the Kuwaiti government. The hapless OFW is the sister of Air Force Col. Angaris Pawa. In February 2010, […]

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Poverty, World

Eight billionaires own as much wealth as 3.6 billion of world’s poorest combined

17 Jan , 2017  

This morning, we wake up with a reality check, the stunning news of how eight of the world’s richest men own approximately the same amount of wealth as the entire poorest half of the world population. You read it right, only eight men own that much. These billionaires are identified as Bill Gates ($75-Billion), Amancio […]


Bicol News Now, News

Devolved government hospitals in Albay earning money while also serving the people

30 Jan , 2016  

Proponents for the devolution of government owned and operated hospitals, which before were geared to serve the poor and needy patients, were right after all. Take for example the eight devolved hospitals in the province of Albay. The provincial health office takes pride that it was successful in its operations, posting over P81 million in […]

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Bicol News Now, News

DA says Bicol farmers are getting older, remain poorest sector

16 Jan , 2016  

PILI, Camarines Sur — The Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office in Bicol revealed that one of the challenges being faced by the region’s agricultural sector is the lack of interest of the youth and the population of farmers engaged in the industry now considered in the older bracket. For this the regional executive Director […]

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News, NOAH

DSWD denies hauling of homeless families, points to Manila LGU

19 Nov , 2015  

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that the transfer of homeless families from Manila to the Boystown in Marikina City was solely an initiative of the local government of Manila. The DSWD statement was in reaction to allegations that Manila street dwellers were removed in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting from November 18 […]

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Climate Change, News, World

UNICEF: Stronger El Nino endanger lives of 11-M children

11 Nov , 2015  

An estimated 11 million children are at risk of hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Nino, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. The consequences […]

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Internet, Mindanao, News, Tech News

Rural towns in Davao region to get free internet access – DOST

12 Mar , 2015  

DAVAO CITY, March 12 — Ten municipalities in the Davao Region earlier identified by the Regional Development Council XI may soon have access to free internet through the TV White Space Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology. Among the 10 municipalities in the region that will soon have free internet access through the […]

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News, Poverty

Partido towns eyed as food production hub of Bicol

18 Jun , 2014  

Ten towns comprising the fourth congressional district of Camarines Sur, also known as Partido area, is being eyed as future food production hub that could serve the entire Bicol region. Government regional offices led by the Department of Agriculture are working for a convergence initiative by agencies with functions involving food security concerns which include […]

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Nation, News, Poverty

Look back of 2013 top Pinoy billionaires and companies

1 Jan , 2014  

Here’s a look back on the list of Filipinos who made it in Forbes world’s richest billionaires in 2013, four of them, listed in top 500.


News, TV

My Husband’s Lover: Scene Delivers Powerful Commentary on Filipino Socio-Economic Life

18 Jul , 2013  

Allow us to indulge on the newest hit tele-serye of Philippine’s GMA television network. Inteviewer: Your last job experience was twelve years ago? Sandra: At the Almares Hotel, Sir. While I was single, I worked there for two years as waitress. Interviewer; O, you have a husband, why would you like to work (find job)? […]

Footnotes, News, NOAH

The Poor Can Sing Off State of Poverty with Pride

17 Jun , 2013  

Today we make an easy recall of the days when we were little. What came to mind was the classic and popular folk song of one about “our” small house. Some say the original version was in Tagalog entitled “Bahay Kubo” composed by Felipe de Leon: Bahay kubo kahit munti Ang halaman doon ay sari-sari, […]


Bicol News Now, Governance, News, Poverty

After Election, Now What? It is Payback Time in Bicol!

16 May , 2013  

The day after the mid-term elections, expect things will be back to same old same old. (Tulad ng dati.) The poor remains poor. Some neighbors at the back house who had an appointed chance of getting “dole-out moneys” from candidates’ crisp peso notes with the smiley face of a Ninoy are penny less, once again. […]

Bicol News Now, Economy, News

Many Bicol Families Live Dirt Poor and Always Hungry

25 Apr , 2013  

Darnel (not his real name) lives with his family in an informal satellite community in the municipality of Calabanga. His parents and grandparents are neighbors in makeshift nipa huts which barely can be considered decent living structures on lands owned by the government, particularly by the National Irrigation Administration, as the site is part of […]


Economy, News, Poverty

Talking Heads in Government Agencies as Farmers and Their Families Suffer Hunger

6 Sep , 2011  

The most wonderful thing about our government agencies is that they are full of talking heads. Information, misinformation, half-truths and the blatant attempt to deviate attention out of the prevailing true state of the rice supply, its availability and the predicament of farmers, also become part of the job.

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