A new national capital?

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 07/25/2023

Metro Manila is both exploding and imploding,” mused my environmentalist colleague Dr. Ben Malayang III, as members of our small chat group compared notes on traffic jam experiences two weeks ago, amidst widespread flooding in the city.…

The perennial problem of hunger

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 01/21/2023

In 2022, 12 percent of Filipino families experienced hunger at least once in the previous three months (“Fourth Quarter 2022 Social Weather Survey: Hunger moves from 11.3% to 11.8%,” www.sws.org.ph, 10/19/2023). The December 2022 round was SWS’…

Prolonged hunger in NCR

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 11/05/2022

What strikes me most about the new Social Weather Stations hunger survey is that the richest area of the country, the National Capital Region (NCR), is again the one with the highest proportion of hungry households. All…

‘He had a way with words and plants’

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 10/29/2022

The title of this piece is the epitaph of my father, Federico Mangahas (1904-1979). While he made his living with his words, he made his life with his plants, at our home on the UP Diliman campus.…

Media security : PRO-7 sets programs for journalists against threats

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 10/17/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) has set programs for media security.  Police Brigadier General Roderick Augustus Alba, PRO-7 director, said that he already directed his personnel to meet with the…

Face-to-face classes can wait until Delta is out – Sen. Gatchalian

Futch Anthony Inso 07/23/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Although he advocates for the resumption of the face-to-face classes, Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian is in favor of the continued postponement of the learning scheme. Gatchalian said that he just wants to be…

Full steam ahead for Suroy-Suroy Sugbo

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/03/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – It’s full steam ahead for the Capitol’s Suroy-Suroy Sugbo program. This after the national government’s anti-COVID-19 task force allowed residents in the National Capital Region (NCR) and neighboring provinces to visit areas under…

Sotto, DOH-7 deny frontliners ‘coerced’ to go to NCR

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/11/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two of Central Visayas’ top health institutions denied that some medical frontliners from Cebu were coerced to go to Metro Manila. The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) issued a statement on April…

Manila has fallen

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 04/05/2021

I’m referring not just to the old city of Manila, but to the 16 cities of the entire Metro Manila area. From the vantage point of those who are in the provinces like me, the COVID-19 contagion…

DOH records 50 firework-related injuries, but notes 85% drop compared last year

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 01/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday noted that there were 50 firework-related injuries in relation to the New Year revelries, but noted that this number was 85 percent lower compared to last year’s…

COVID-19 cases in PH surpass 200,000-mark with 5,277 new infections

Katrina Hallare 08/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases surpassed the 200,000-mark after 5,277 new infections were recorded on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Based on the latest data provided by the Department of Health (DOH),…

MMDA: Curfew hours for Metro Manila lockdown; malls, establishments to be shuttered

Consuelo Marquez - INQUIRER.net 03/14/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila will be placed under curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. for the duration of the lockdown from March 15 to April 14, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Saturday.…

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