The social basis of Filipino conservatism

  By JUSTIN UMALI In the wake of Facebook’s recent shutdown of state-sponsored fake pages and accounts, it’s easy to overlook that there are other aspects aside from state fascism. Since Duterte signed Executive Order 70 in December 2018, the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has busied itself… The post The social basis of Filipino conservatism appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatSep 28th, 2020

Duterte urged to allow seniors up to 70 to go out

Alarmed that three out of 10 Filipino elderly suffer from depression, Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes has appealed to President Duterte to include senior citizens up to 70-years-old in the list of persons who can go out. The lawmaker sought the expansion of the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits as provided by Resolution No. 79-2020 issued by Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). Under the IATF resolution, those aged 15 to 65 are allowed to go out. “Mr. President, I respectfully recommend that the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits provided by IATF Resolution No. 79-2020 be expanded to include senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old, instead of the proposed age of up to 65-years-old,” Ordanes said in a letter to President Duterte dated Oct. 21. “It is this representative’s humble opinion that expanding the coverage of IATF Resolution No. 79 to include senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old will help alleviate the social and economic difficulties that our 2.5 million senior citizens face due to COVID-19,” he explained. He expressed hope that his request be granted by Duterte by December. Ordanes noted that studies show that there is minimal risk in expanding the coverage of the IATF resolution, given the global decline of case fatality rates among the elderly. There is a minimal difference between the Infection Fatality Rates of those within the age of 65 and those within the age of 70, he said. “If the coverage of the resolution is expanded, 2.5 million of our senior citizens will be lifted out of depression which three out of 10 of our elderly suffer from today, as they will be allowed to engage again in social activities and be taken out of social isolation,” Ordanes said. He said by expanding the coverage of the IATF resolution, the government is economically empowering the elderly up to 70 years , as they are allowed to participate again in economic activities. “Mr. President, an expansion of the coverage of the IATF Resolution No. 79-2020 will pose minute differences from the overall risk that our senior citizen population is facing due to COVID-19. Comparatively, once the coverage is expanded, 2.5 million of our senior citizens will enjoy economic and social upliftment in their lives and welfare,” he said. “Thus, I respectfully ask for your consideration in increasing the exemptions to stay-at-home restrictions imposed on senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Public transport measures vs COVID-19 seen adequate – SWS

Sixty percent of Filipino adults consider the public transportation owners’ actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their drivers and passengers to be “adequate,” a recent mobile survey by the Social Weather Stations revealed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Bautista thanks IOM, USAID for IT equipment

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista thanked  the International Organization for Migration and the United States Agency for International Development for exemplifying the bayahinan spirit and for helping the government strengthen its disaster preparedness and response. Sec. Rolando Bautista He expressed the agency’s “profound gratitude” to the IOM for donating around 21 Distance Learning Information Technology (IT) equipment worth P3.3 million to the DSWD.  “We are very elated to know that our development partners such as IOM are also exemplifying the same bayanihan spirit as they extend a helping hand to the Filipino people. Today, we express the agency’s profound gratitude to the IOM for their donation comprising of Distance Learning Information Technology  equipment,” he said in his speech today at the DSWD Auditorium. Bautista received the IT equipment, which is funded by the USAID through IOM. “This donation will go a long way in intensifying the DSWD’s disaster preparedness and response activities, specifically with the new IT equipment,” he said. “The Department will be able to implement high quality and effective distance learning activities and ensure that our field office staff , local government units and other partners-stakeholders stay current with the new policies and guidelines in disaster response operations.” He cited that despite the continuous impacts of COVID-19 on public health, economic, social, political and organizational dimensions, the DSWD is undertaking concerted efforts in delivering social safety nets to the Filipino people.  “While, the Department has been relentless in the  implementation of these programs aimed at helping out the most affected sectors, it is particularly important that our personnel are properly equipped with the necessary resources to effectively deliver the needed services during disasters,” Bautista said.  Joining Bautista in receiving the IT equipment was DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo C. Budiongan.   IOM Philippines Country Office Program Manager Troy Dooley, IOM Philippines Country Office National Program Coordinator Conrad Navidad, USAID Deputy Mission Director Patrick Wesner, and USAID Regional Advisor Joe Curry graced the event. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

‘Preserve and protect’

In the nationwide mobile phone survey done from Sept. 17 to 20 by the Social Weather Stations, 46% of respondents felt as “inadequate” the government’s assistance to many Filipino workers who lost their jobs amid the outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Filipino Homes launches its first real estate podcast

With the various platforms we have in this age of the Internet, to share and disseminate content online and on social media, countless individuals have turned to the power of podcasting to inspire and communicate stories to a wider audience. And to further advance his actions in sharing knowledge and strategies in the Real Estate […] The post Filipino Homes launches its first real estate podcast appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic

BETTER DAYS Senator Sonny Angara Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help. In fact, in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, an August, 2020, analysis of many studies on the matter confirmed that the low utilization of mental health services among Filipinos could be attributed in part to the stigma associated with mental health issues, with resilience and self-reliance becoming possible alternate coping strategies. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health an even bigger issue. The quarantine, the economic effects of the pandemic, and the anxieties brought about by the virus’ unpredictability have had a negative effect on the mental health of many Filipinos. Although we as a country are consistently rated to be in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, according to the DOH, the calls for help have been increasing. According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), their helpline received about 400 calls monthly from May, 2019, to February, 2020. That’s an average of 13 to 15 calls daily. By March, 672 calls were serviced, and this grew steadily in the following months, until there were 1,034 calls in July – and 440 for the half of August. These double the monthly average from March to August to 876 calls, or 32 to 37 calls daily. Many government and private mental health services are available for people who are seeking help or just someone to talk to. Aside from the NCMH crisis hotline, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has confidential crisis lines and a referral system to partnered psychologists. The foundation is also a hub for prevention, recognition, and treatment of depression. The Philippine Mental Health Association also offers similar services, and universities like UST, UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila have their own mental health service organizations. Some, like Ateneo’s Center for Family Ministries have affordable or negotiable fees. Online resources like the Silakbo.Ph website have listings for many other mental health service providers outside of the NCR. In fact, many organizations have already partnered with the Department of Health (DOH); perhaps more of them should be invited to the table to plan new policies, projects, and initiatives that will address the growing number of mental health cases. The DOH is also encouraging people to learn more about general mental health through free e-learning courses translated into Filipino.  The source material is from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) QualityRights initiative, which is a global project that aims to help participants improve their own mental health, learn how to support their loved ones and communities, and gain knowledge and skills to tackle mental health issues. Clearly, we need to reassess and adapt to the fact that more Filipinos are now looking for mental health services and treatments. This is why I am seeking to amend Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act, particularly its existing chapter on “Rights of Service Users and Other Stakeholders.” Our proposed amendment seek to give health service users the right to immediately receive compensation benefits and special financial assistance they are entitled to under law, should they sustain temporary or permanent mental disability in the line of duty or by reason of a person’s office or position. This is an important amendment, as the Mental Health Act requires that PhilHealth provide insurance packages to patients with mental health conditions, and that access to medicines is ensured. With the observation of World Mental Health Day last October 10, it is important to remember the DOH’s theme for this year, “Mental Health for All: Unifying Voices for Greater Investment and Access.”  This theme encourages that we open conversations on the various challenges that our mental health care system faces every day, such as social stigma and limited funding. In fact, the simple act of marking the day itself is important. It shows those who are suffering that we see them, and care for them. It tells others who are hiding their issues that it is perfectly normal to seek help. And most of all, it encourages the whole world to stand in solidarity in recognition of the need for all of society to help those with mental health issues. E-mail:| Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @sonnyangara Senator Sonny Angara has been in public service for 16 years—9 years as Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, and 7 as Senator. He has authored and sponsored more than 200 laws.  He is currently serving his second term in the Senate. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Sugarfree drops new song ‘Nagkita Muli’ on digital platforms

No grand launch or crowded listening parties. Just a new song from one of the popular Filipino bands Sugarfree whose sound endeared OPM lovers for many years. The new Sugarfree returns as a duo with Kaka Quisumbing (drums) and Jal Taguibao (vocals/ bass). After nine years, minus fellow members Ebe Dancel and Mitch Singson, Sugarfree is back with a new tune called “Nagkita Muli” released under Glass Onion Entertainment. “Dear Friends. Sugarfree is back with our newest single, ‘Nagkita Muli.’ This was just premiered tonight exclusively at Jam 88.3 FM!,” says Sugarfree made the announcement on Facebook when their new song debuted on February 25. Eight months later, “Nagkita Muli” will be streamed on audio streaming and media services providers. Their fans are simply ecstatic about their comeback in the music scene. Some of the comments: “Long wait is over!” “Love it” “100% support! Sugarfree is Sugarfree!” “Missing both these guys!” “Sooo glad to see this. I just hope people from the scene would just let them be. They’re just making music and clearly not harming anyone or anyone else’s legacy for that matter.” On Oct. 9, the group posted on Facebook: “And now we are here and meet again. Wounds heal and all pain.” Kaka Quisumbing (left) and Jal Taguibao. “Na-miss lang namin talaga ang isa’t isa sa pag-gawa ng kanta. Ang tagal din namin nawala sa music scene. So nung nagkita kami, sabi namin gawa uli kami ng songs,” says Taguibao, who is also a professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman. “Ganun lang ka-simple kung paano nabuo ang new song namin,” adds Quisumbing. During an exclusive online interview, the duo reminisced about memorable moments of their successful career. “Ang hindi talaga namin malilimutan yung mga ‘lagare’ gigs namin. Meaning pagkatapos ng isang gig sa isang lugar, pupunta kami ng probinsiya for the second gig and then lilipad naman uli sa isang province para tumugtog,” recalls Taguibao. Quisumbing says: “Minsan sobrang sikip ng venue na parang hindi na kami maka-hinga. Ang hindi ko makakalimutan siyempre yung beginnings namin. Noon kami pa ang nagbabayad sa venue para maka-kanta lang tapos wala pang sampu ang nakikinig sa’yo. I guess halos lahat dumaan sa mga ganung simula bago sumikat.” A.L. Henson, manager of the group, says nothing big is being planned yet now that Sugarfree is back. “Initially, ang plan lang muna is to release a song. Then konting gig siguro. Release uli ng song. Ganun lang muna,” says Henson when asked if the duo was going full-blast in 2021. The duo adds that it will keep its Sugarfree style of music, similar to the sound they have embraced in the past. “Sa ngayon naman wala kaming plan mag experiment ng new sound. Tama na sa amin yung tunog na kinalakihan ng aming mga fans. Wala kaming plano na gumawa ng mga obscure na sound,” says Taguibao. Formed in 1999, Sugarfree is known for their hits “Hari Ng Sablay,” Mariposa,” “Wag Ka Ng Umiyak,” “Makita Kang Muli,” Burnout,” etc. They disbanded in 2011. In February 2020, they came back as a duo. No plans yet for a Sugarfree reunion despite clamor from fans, Hanson says. But the band promises fans that they will continue to make music. Formed in 1999, Sugarfree is known for their hits “Hari Ng Sablay,” Mariposa,” “Wag Ka Ng Umiyak,” “Makita Kang Muli,” Burnout,” etc. They disbanded in 2011. In February 2020, they came back as a duo. “Our fans can expect that we will be making new music with our brand of melodies and flavor. While doing that, we will continue exploring tunes to articulate through music, our personal histories and experiences,” the duo said......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Jodi Sta. Maria, Dimples Romana lead new health campaign

Kapamilya stars Jodi Sta. Maria and Dimples Romana are using their influence not just to encourage compliance to minimum health standards, but to practice the Filipino value of malasakit to put an emphasis on accountability to one another amid the ongoing pandemic. In their social media accounts, Jodi and Dimples posted Unilab’s recently released public […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

71% of families received cash aid during pandemic – SWS

Seventy-one percent of Filipino families have received cash aid from the government since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the latest mobile phone survey by the Social Weather Stations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

PRRD payag lumabas sa commercial campaign vs COVID-19

Manila, Philippines – Payag si Pangulong  Rodrigo Roa Duterte na lumabas sa isang commercial campaign para maibsan ang takot ng publiko sa COVID-19. Ito’y matapos na lumabas sa Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey na karamihan sa Filipino ay takot na magpunta sa kanilang trabaho at sa pamilihan habang may pandemya. Tinatayang 77 porsiyento ng mga […] The post PRRD payag lumabas sa commercial campaign vs COVID-19 appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Ben& Ben earns nod at 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards

BY NEIL RAMOS Filipino band Ben&Ben has been nominated in the Best Southeast Asia Act category at the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA). MTV Asia announced this in a social media post on Tuesday. The band also shared the news to followers via Twitter. Ben&Ben will be competing against Vietnam’s Jack, Indonesia’s Agnez Mo, Singapore’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Bagong SWS survey, patunay na sumusunod ang Pinoy sa health protocols – Palasyo

Naka-eengganyo para sa Palasyo ng Malakanyang ang panibagong survey ng Social Weather Stations (SWS) na nagsasabing 79 porsyento ng mga Filipino ang nagsusuot ng face mask tuwing lumalabas ng bahay bilang proteksyon kontra COVID-19. Ayon kay Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, patunay ito na sumusunod ang mga Filipino sa itinakdang health protocols ng pamahalaan. “We are […] The post Bagong SWS survey, patunay na sumusunod ang Pinoy sa health protocols – Palasyo appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

Philippines to begin national ID pre-enrollment on Oct. 9

Enacted in 2018, Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act provides the legal basis for the national ID program, a key social project of the Duterte administration aimed at providing government clearer information on its citizens to better target public projects......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Hunger cases rise to 30.7%

Some 7.6 million Filipino households experienced hunger in the past three months – a new record-high of 30.7 percent from the previous record-high of 23.8 percent in March 2012 – an independent survey released Sunday by pollster Social Weather Stations showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

7.6 million families hungry in past 3 months, highest hunger rate since 2014 — SWS

MANILA, Philippines — Some 7.6 million Filipino households experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months, the highest hunger incidence since 2014, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Sunday. Of 1,249 adult Filipinos surveyed from September 17 to 20, 30.7 percent of them said they experienced “hunger due to lack of food […] The post 7.6 million families hungry in past 3 months, highest hunger rate since 2014 — SWS appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

FB move vs inauthentic online behavior justified

The coordinated, inauthentic behavior among Filipino account users can be considered a cybercrime and justifies their takedown by social network Facebook, a cybercrime law expert said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

Palace on COVID-19 crisis: The worst is over

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang believes that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over even as the confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the Philippines continue to increase by thousands on a daily basis. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said this in response to a recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey that showed that more than […] The post Palace on COVID-19 crisis: The worst is over appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

57% of Pinoys think ‘worst yet to come’ – SWS

Nearly six in 10 Filipino adults think “the worst is yet to come” in the COVID-19 crisis, a new poll by the Social Weather Stations showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

DOTr to implement reduced physical distancing in all public transport

“One of the things we have seen according to our current state of COVID-19 is that we are the only [country] left that enforces this 1-meter social distancing, especially inside the trains. Outside the train, the stations are still observing social distancing, but inside them, according to our study, it's only us still enforcing this,” Batan said in Filipino......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020