Iskolar ng sakla, droga?

ANO itong balita na iskolar ng saklaan at illegal drugs ang may 500 estudyante sa isang bayan sa Batangas?

May nakarating sa atin na impormasyon na dahil kulang umano ang  pondo ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Padre Garcia para sa edukasyon, pondo ng mga iligal na bisyo ang nagbabayad sa matrikula ng mga sinasabing ‘scholars’.

Kung paano ito nangyari ay isang malaking katanungan na dapat aksyunan ng mga otoridad mula sa Padre Garcia local government, Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government at Philippine National Police.

Pihadong magagalit si Pangulong Duterte sa balitang ito dahil kinabukasan ng ating mga kabataan ang nakasalalay dito.

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Two super health centers (SHC) will rise soon  in Malabon to decongest the out-patient department of  Ospital ng Malabon (OsMal). Mayor  Lenlen Oreta 3rd thanked Barangay Catmon for hosting the project.

City Health Officer Dr. Roberto Romero said  X-ray, ultrasound, laboratory, dental and pharmacy services will be available in the facility which will also be used as birthing home for expectant mothers.

Since it will be Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) accredited, every Malabonian walk-in patients shall be entitled to benefit from its services as PhilHealth member beneficiaries.

Prioritizing health welfare of his constituents,  Oreta  plans to establish two SHCs in each of the city’s districts the soonest, with similar service capabilities. The other one is to be located in Barangay Potrero, one of the most populous barangay in the city, where it is intended to cater 2nd district Malabonian patients.

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One in every five Filipinos lives a life that fits that of a prisoner or an inmate based on the income that the Philippine Statistics Authority says is the threshold of poverty, a senatorial candidate said today.

Ding Generoso, former spokesman of the Consultative Committee that drafted a proposed federal constitution, said the P7,337 monthly income that the PSA says is enough to feed a family of five translates to less than 50 pesos for three meals a day for every family member.

“That’s even lower than the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology’s 60 pesos daily budget for food for every inmate,” Generoso noted.

“If that is the standard of the PSA, life may even be better for prisoners or inmates. At least they don’t have to worry about paying for electricity, water and rent,” said Generoso.

“Sa totoo lang, mahigit 20 milyong Pilipino ang bilanggo ng kahirapan; para na ring nakakulong,” he added.

Generoso was reacting to the PSA’s claim that poverty incidence has gone down based on the results of its 2018 Family Income and Expenditure Survey.

“The threshold family income that the PSA established is ridiculously low and unrealistic,” Generoso said, pointing out that it does not even consider the wave of price increases that took place in 2018.

The PSA said the family of five needs only P10,481 a month to meet basic food and non-food needs. Of the total, P7,337 is for food or 48 pesos per day per person.

“But even the Food and Nutrition Research Institute has determined that in 2015, a Filipino would need at least 88 pesos a day to meet calorie and nutrition requirements -- and that’s at prices more than three years ago,” said Generoso.

“So we have two agencies of government singing different tunes -- and both may even be out of tune,” he added.

The PSA income threshold for food is just a little over 50 percent of the FNRI threshold, Generoso added.

Generoso also questioned why the PSA only releases data on the percentage of the population living below the poverty level and glosses over those whose income is on the threshold or just slightly above it.

Said Generoso;  “By that standard, they are still poor who can barely make both ends meet. If the PSA were to include them in the equation, that would show that more than half of Filipinos are poor -- they live either below the poverty threshold, on the threshold or slightly above the threshold.”

And for as long as government refuses to see or glosses over these realities and tries to paint a glossy picture every time it speaks, there is no way government would be able to come up with the right solutions to the poverty problem, Generoso added.

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