Making technology work for Peace

I am not a techie, as I consider myself a perpetual learner in utilizing technology and its different platforms in development research and communication. Technology is a force multiplier where anyone can easily access information to assist them in making decisions and access relevant information and resources from other stakeholders. It can foster greater understanding …

DA to deliver available and affordable food to the public

MANILA (October 19)– “Misyon ng gobyerno na pakainin ang tao,” Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol yesterday said, as the country recently celebrated the World Food Day celebration. Piñol said that the DA is continuously working to “deliver available and affordable food” to the public while ensuring the profitability of agriculture for its farmers and …

PDEA bats for mandatory, surprise drug test for electoral candidates

MANILA (October 19) – If the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) can have its way, all politicians running in the midterm election will have to go through a mandatory and surprise drug test. PDEA director general Aaron Aquino said the surprise drug tests would prevent the candidates from preparing for the test and coming out clean, …

Duterte signs first oil exploration deal

DAVAO CITY (October 19) —President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed the first-ever petroleum service contract under his administration, which would pave the way for the conduct of more oil exploration activities in the country. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo in a Palace press briefing  Thursday confirmed that the President attended on Wednesday the Ceremonial Signing …

Close to 800K Pinoys affected by Facebook data breach

MANILA — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has ordered Facebook to provide notifications to more than 700,000 Filipino users, whose personal information were affected by a data breach last September. In its order Thursday, the privacy watchdog said the social media firm must provide identity theft insurance for affected Filipino data subjects or establish a …

Family planning bolsters economic, social success: UN

MANILA (October 18)– Effective family planning is key to a country’s economic and social development, an official of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said Wednesday. “Economic progress will arise if couples have the power to choose having fewer children,” UNFPA Country Representative Iori Kato said in a press briefing in Pasay City. Citing the State …

Teddy Locsin takes oath as new DFA chief

MANILA (October 18) — New Foreign Affairs Secretary  Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr. has taken his oath as new Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) before President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday afternoon. Locsin’s oath-taking came after Malacañang released his appointment paper. Locsin replaced Alan Peter Cayetano who stepped down to run for Taguig City …

92,000 migratory birds documented in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 16)– Around 92,000 migratory raptors flocked and took temporary refuge for at least three weeks in the last two months at an emerging sanctuary in the coastal municipality of Glan, Sarangani province. Cornelio Ramirez Jr., executive director of the Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), said Monday the raptors were spotted …