Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing a P54.6 billion budget for 2013.


Of that amount, P537 million will be used to purchase contraceptives like pills, injectibles, and IUDs.


The money will also be used for an information drive on natural family planning method.


The beneficiaries are poor married women.


“It is distributed mainly to those who are poor. ‘Yung mga kababayan natin na cannot afford,” said Health Secretary Enrique Ona.


But health officials believe that their funding for family planning and HIV-AIDS prevention is not enough, which is why they’re pushing Congress to pass the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.


Saturday, 27 October 2012 12:06

Solon raises fears over anti-cybercrime law

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker expressed fears over the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, saying that a law on online libel is a “step backward in our long-term aim of decriminalizing libel.”


Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino recently opposed the inclusion of cyberthreats and cyberdefamation in the new law, because he said including these in the list of dangerous cybercrimes “would fundamentally affect and alter the implementation of the law.”


A controversial plan that would allow the web and telecommunications data of all Australians to be stored and monitored for two years promises to be one of the most hotly debated issues at the inaugural Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) in Canberra on 11 and 12 October.


The data retention plan is part of a swathe of potential reforms to national security legislation aimed at helping to fight cybercrime. The proposed reforms are now being considered by The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, based upon a referral by the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon.


Are you a first home buyer or are you interested in investing in real estate properties? Whichever category you belong you must know changes in Property Law.


The $7,000.00 first home owner grant for established residencies (i.e. not brand new properties) will end on 30 September 2012. The grant will not be available for first home purchasers who are buying established properties if the contract is dated on or after 1 October 2012.


Sunday, 21 October 2012 07:06

Philippines Moving In the Right Direction


by Manny Diel

NYTimes.com – Philippine Economy is set to become Asia’s newest bright spot.
The brightest prospects in decades according to economists are brought about by various factors including the youthful populace.

With 70 billion US dollars in reserves and lower interest payments on its debts after the recent credit rating upgrades, the Philippines pledged $1 billion to the International Monetary Fund to help shore up the struggling economies of Europe.