How we can prevent teen pregnancies

(Published by The Philippine Star on September 10, 2020)According to the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom), there are around 1.2 million children having children over a 10-year period. About 30, 000 of these young mothers have repeated pregnancies. Moreover, PopCom Undersecretary and Executive Director V Juan Antonio Perez III said that teenage pregnancy causes … Continue reading How we can prevent teen pregnancies

How to detect fraud

(Published by the Daily Tribune on September 7, 2020) The alleged anomalies in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) prompted me to come up with some suggestions on how to prevent or detect fraudulent schemes, transactions, or claims in the said agency:First, improve internal controls (rules and procedures implemented by a company to ensure the … Continue reading How to detect fraud

How we can help prevent teen pregnancies

(Published by The Manila Times on August 28, 2020) ACCORDING to the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom), there are around 1.2 million teens having babies over a 10-year period. About 30,000 of these young mothers have repeated pregnancies. Moreover, according to PopCom Undersecretary and Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez 3rd, teenage pregnancies cause P33 … Continue reading How we can help prevent teen pregnancies

Quarantine: Great Opportunity To Contemplate Life

(Published by The Manila Times on August 23, 2020) The ongoing community quarantine has provided me ample time to look back over the past few years of my life. As I reminisce about my experiences, memories came roaring back. Here are some of my realizations: First, failures helped me build my character. I’ve had my … Continue reading Quarantine: Great Opportunity To Contemplate Life

ABS-CBN: Will history repeat itself?

(Published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 24, 2020)Contrary to popular belief, President Duterte cannot shut down the entertainment and media giant ABS-CBN, whose broadcasting franchise will expire two months from now. Under Section 24, Article VI of the Constitution, private bills, among others, shall originate exclusively in the House of Representatives. Private bills … Continue reading ABS-CBN: Will history repeat itself?

Emulate Angel’s act

(Published by The Philippine Star on December 4, 2019) Our political leaders should emulate actress Angel Locsin for doing charity work for Filipinos. On Nov. 1, a day after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Tulunan, Cotabato, the actress was seen in Davao City buying relief goods for the victims of the earthquake. This is not … Continue reading Emulate Angel’s act

Angel Locsin: Extending help without camera or fanfare

(Published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on November 8, 2019 at 04:00 AM) Our political leaders should emulate actress Angel Locsin for doing charity work for Filipinos. On Nov. 1, a day after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Tulunan, North Cotabato, she was seen in Davao City buying relief goods for the victims of the … Continue reading Angel Locsin: Extending help without camera or fanfare

No to 2-year probationary period

(Published by The Philippine Star on October 30, 2019) Probinsyano Ako party-list representative Jose “Bonito” C. Singson Jr. has filed House Bill No. 4802, which seeks to extend the maximum prescribed period of probationary employment from six months to two years. Probationary employment exists where the employee, upon his engagement, is made to undergo a … Continue reading No to 2-year probationary period

The fault in our social media accounts

(Published by The Philippine Star on October 12, 2019) In this day and age, a person’s worth or success is measured not by his/her capabilities, talents, skills, or the quality of his/her work, but by the number of “Likes,” “Comments,” “Shares,” “Views,” “Retweets,” “Followers,” or “Subscribers” that his/her social media accounts such as Facebook (FB), … Continue reading The fault in our social media accounts

Teachers groom students into successful individuals

(Published by The Philippine Star on September 04, 2019) Why do public school teachers clamor for an increase in their salaries? One of the reasons is the ever-increasing prices of petroleum products, public transport, basic necessities and prime commodities, and other goods and services. Unlike other government workers, teachers don’t stop working once they leave … Continue reading Teachers groom students into successful individuals

Minus ABS-CBN, TV viewing would be incomplete

(Published by The Philippine Star on August 21, 2019) Many people have a notion that President Duterte can close down ABS-CBN Corp. Only a few of them know that, under the 1987 Constitution, private bills (ones that affect purely private interest such as those granting a franchise) shall originate exclusively in the House of Representatives. … Continue reading Minus ABS-CBN, TV viewing would be incomplete

Why people violate laws

(Published by The Philippine Star on August 6, 2019) The Philippines never runs out of new laws, orders, rules, regulations, and ordinances. Yet majority of Filipinos cannot follow even the simplest of instructions such as “No Smoking,” “No Littering,” and “No Parking.” They disobey the law because they know that they will not get caught. … Continue reading Why people violate laws

A primitive way of solving crimes

(Published by The Philippine Star on August 6, 2019) Extrajudicial killing, “tokhang,” war on drugs, and “nanlaban” are some of the words or terms that became popular because of President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs. It seems that the President is taking seriously this expression: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Why? The way … Continue reading A primitive way of solving crimes

Accidents as eye-openers

(Published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Jul. 05, 2019) Filipinos tend to be reactive rather than proactive. We only act after we encounter problems. We are not cautious unless damage has already been done. These two separate accidents—first, when veteran actor Eddie Garcia tripped on the set while doing a scene for an upcoming … Continue reading Accidents as eye-openers

What young people need is self-discipline

(Published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on May 29, 2019) The intention of instilling patriotism and love of country in the youth through the revival of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, while noble, is not sufficient to warrant support from Filipinos. The ROTC program might revive cases of corruption, hazing and other forms … Continue reading What young people need is self-discipline

#DepressionIsReal

(Featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer's Young Blood column on August 19, 2018) These are the words that some people use when they describe me. Introvert: Maybe because I’m quiet. Antisocial: Maybe because I don’t attend parties. Weird: Maybe because I don’t laugh even if something is funny. Aloof: Maybe because I seldom mingle. People … Continue reading #DepressionIsReal