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Filipino Helpers to Get PhilHealth Membership

March 28th, 2013 by Filipino | No Comments | Filed in Breaking News

Domestic workers welfare will now be benefiting from PhilHealth after President Benigno S. Aquino II recently signed into law Republic Act No. 10361 that aims to protect the welfare of domestic workers in the country.

According to a statement from the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, an estimated 2.5 million domestic household helpers will be the immediate beneficiaries of the program.

The new law defines the labor rights of domestic workers, standardizes their pay and entitles them to social protection benefits such as health insurance under the PhilHealth program, among others.

Under the new law, a domestic worker and his or her qualified dependents such as legal spouse, children below 21 years old and parents 60 years old and above shall be covered by PhilHealth.

To be able to avail of PhilHealth coverage, domestic workers need to submit a duly accomplished Philhealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) which is available at any PhilHealth office or can also be downloaded from the PhilHealth website, www.philhealth.gov.ph.

One can also attach supporting documents for qualified dependents and submit them to the nearest PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office.

Dr. Onofre Corpuz died of cardiac arrest

March 28th, 2013 by Filipino | No Comments | Filed in Breaking News

The Department of Education (DepEd) flag is flying in half mast to show the department’s grief for the death of a former education secretary.

Reports said that Dr. Onofre Corpuz died of cardiac arrest on March 23 at the National Kidney Transplant Institute.

He was the DepEd secretary from 1967 to 1979.

He focused on “the values reorientation program and provided its framework for school executives, teachers and students, contributing to the moral and spiritual regeneration of the country.”

He believed that “the Philippine educational system must include apprentice systems, industrial training, agricultural extension, management training centers, community programs and adult education, among others.”

His greatest achievement is the Educational Act of 1982 that gives power to DepEd to manage the entire education system of the country from allocation of funds for school equipment down to the supervision and organization of the school curriculum.

It can be considered as the old education system of the Philippines composed of six years elementary school, four years high school and four years college.

Davao City Politics and Crimes

March 25th, 2013 by Filipino | No Comments | Filed in Breaking News

Operatives of the Sta. Ana police station of the Davao City Police Office are now tracking down the suspects behind the killing of the 40-year-old bodyguard of the former president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) here Saturday afternoon in Barangay 23-C, Poblacion here.

Supt. Ceasar Cabuhat, chief of the Sta. Ana police station, said that they are now eyeing two angles to be the motive of the slaying.

"We are looking into his alleged involvement in illegal drugs or it might be personal grudge," Cabuhat said in an interview.

He said two men onboard a motorcycle shot dead Macoy Lucsadatuh Saumay, a native of Salvador, Lanao del Norte, while he was just sitting on a parked tricycle.

Saumay was brought to the Davao Medical Mission Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

The shooting incident came even as the DCPO intensified its anti-illegal drugs campaign through visiting the houses of drug personalities that included the victim.

Gawad Kalinga in Isabela Province

March 25th, 2013 by Filipino | No Comments | Filed in Breaking News

Isabela officials donated their one-month salary while more than 300 capitol employees gave at least P100 each to fund at least six houses for the homeless during the five-day "Bayani Challenge" in this province.

Vic Buenaventura, North Luzon "Bayani Challenge" coordinator, said the provincial leaders have seen the value of volunteerism and as a unified act, offered a month’s pay to fund at least six houses which will be built by volunteers during the five-day event which started Saturday.

Buenaventura said on Sunday that the "Bayani Challenge" organizers has targeted to build 26 houses funded by "Gawad Kalinga," a movement which aims to end poverty. He said the fund raised will be announced on Wednesday, the last day of the activities.

The housing units are expected to be erected at barangays Bagabag and Santo Thomas.

Thousands of "Bayani Challenge" 2013 volunteers showed up in this province and the nearby province of Cagayan joined on Saturday.

Governor Faustino G. Dy III welcomed the delegates from the different sectors of Isabela and from the academes of Cagayan who converged and joined the first day of the "Challenge."

"Bayani Challenge" is centered on five major activities: "Paraisong Pambata," environment, health, "Brigada Eskuwela," and house-building.

Buenaventura said the initial volunteerism acts of Isabelinos, which started from the provincial leaders, is expected to trickle down even to the remotest town of Isabela.

Centuries-old Churches in Bulacan

March 25th, 2013 by Filipino | No Comments | Filed in Breaking News

Centuries-old churches in Bulacan is one of the top destinations of Catholic devotees during the observance of the Lenten tradition, "Visita Iglesia."

Visita Iglesia, the Spanish words for church visits, is traditionally practiced every Maundy Thursday with devotees doing the Stations of the Cross usually in seven to 14 churches.

Considered as home of the heritage churches, thousands of residents as well as tourists come to Bulacan during Holy Week not only to pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross but also to take a glimpse in the awesome intricacies of the church arts and traditions.

"Our favorite destination for an annual Visita Iglesia is Bulacan because as we commemorate the sacrifices of Jesus Christ, it is also nice to see the traces of the church history with its architectural structures," said Rosario dela Cruz, a devotee who visits the province even on ordinary days.

Proving Bulacan’s popularity is the pilgrimage tour being offered by travel agencies during Holy Week.

Likewise, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also features the churches in Bulacan in its online Visita Iglesia.

The most popular destination in the province is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish (Barasoain Church). Built during the Spanish era, the church housed the first Philippine Republic and the site of the Constitutional Convention.

The Malolos Cathedral, also known as the Basilica Minore dela Nuestra Señora de Inmaculada Concepcion, is also one of the favorite places during Holy Week. It is the ecclesiastical seat of the Diocese of Malolos.

The St. John the Baptist in Calumpit town, is another must-see church. Built in 1572, it is considered as the oldest church in Bulacan. It is also said to be a mute witness to the Filipinos’ struggle against Spanish, American and Japanese rule.

The 1733 heritage St. Augustine Parish Church of Baliuag, commonly known as Baliuag Church, is also known as the focus of the largest religious festival, the "Baliuag Lenten Procession" with more than 90 floats paraded on Good Friday.

The Sta. Ana Church in Hagonoy also was declared a national shrine by the CBCP in 1991.

The St. John of God Parish (San Raphael Church) is included in the historic sites as hundreds of Katipuneros were reportedly killed there by the Spanish "Guardia Civil."

Another must visit is the San Isidro Labrador Church, the patron saint of farmers in Pulilan town.

Other famous churches in Bulacan are San Miguel Arcangel Parish in San Miguel; San Ildefonso Parish in Guiguinto; San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Calumpit; Sta. Monica Parish in Angat; Santiago Apostol Parish in Plaridel; Sta. Isabel Church in Bulacan; and the Our Lady of Salambao (Sta. Clara Church) in Obando.