A new Executive Order is set to reverse bans on mining projects in the Philippines, allowing companies to restore and acquire mining permits.
On April 14, 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 130, or the Amending Section 4 of Executive Order №79, S. 2012, Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector, Providing Policies and Guidelines to Ensure Environmental Protection and Responsible Mining in the Utilization of Mineral Resources, lifting the nine-year ban on open-pit mining. …
Long after being cleared of COVID-19, patients are still experiencing its lingering symptoms, blurring the concept of “recovery.”
One weekend early into 2021, Alwyn Mancio, 27, went out to hang out with his friends. Everything seemed fine until a few days later, three of them started developing symptoms of COVID-19. Alarmed, Mancio monitored himself for similar symptoms and isolated himself just in case. Not too long after, he developed a cold, and things gradually progressed from there.
There is certainty in the familiar, and what it affords us is a sense of security that’s hard to come by these days.
Ask your friends what they do with their free time and it would sound like a list of hobbies from before the internet and its infinite scroll.
Working from home has left virtually enabled employees to set their own schedules. Studies show that workers are even putting in longer hours now at their home setup, keeping their online status throughout shorter lunch breaks and even unplanned illnesses. …
Stubborn veterans, stagnant messaging, and exclusionary language plague the sector. Why are they not correcting it?
In 2013, a report by the Asian Development Bank said that if civil society contributed to a country’s democratization anywhere, it was in the Philippines. We had some of the most advanced civil society organizations, the largest NGOs per capita proportion in Asia, and practically an organization catering to every sector in each geographical region in the country. …
Embedded in the beauty and fashion are centuries’ worth of history and a roaring protest.
With the success of Western TV series Ru Paul’s Drag Race, it wasn’t long before drag became a pop-culture phenomenon, with some artists crossing their once small niche of cult following in bars and nightclubs to starring in hits like A Star Is Born and Tales of the City. However, the existence of drag goes further back than the art form’s appearance on mainstream media. …
The quarantine has been an avenue for self-reflection for many, and for some, it has become a turning point to discovering their identity.
Stuck at home, we’ve all been given this rare opportunity to sit with just our thoughts for hours on end. For those who’ve endured years repressing their own identity, it’s led them to ask themselves the big questions they may have never gotten the chance to ask before.
As told by sex columnist Anna Pulley of the Chicago Tribune, “Now that we are largely stuck in our homes, we have the space to sit — sometimes uncomfortably…
The PNP was a colonial creation. Now, it’s become an institution terrorizing the people it promised to serve.
On April 21, 2020, just a few weeks after a lockdown was enforced in Manila due to the coronavirus pandemic, Winston Ragos, who was mentally challenged, was shot dead by policeman Daniel Florendo Jr. in Quezon City. Two bullets pierced Ragos’ body before he fell to the ground. Ragos allegedly violated quarantine protocols, which were, at the time, closely monitored and controlled by the Philippine National Police. According to the latest updates on the case, Florendo is facing administrative and criminal probes.
Introspections on the true meaning of freedom and sovereignty over a century since the Philippine declaration of independence
The definition of freedom is one that philosophers have chased in countless debates for years. The question of whether a former colony in the Global south such as the Philippines has truly gained full sovereignty is an even trickier question to answer.
Whether in the form of a nostalgic slice of life or a nonsensical clip that immediately brings good vibes, a meme has the power to help us get through difficult times.
The world’s first viral meme existed long before we even had a word for it.
During the Second World War, graffiti of a bald guy with a long nose hanging over the wall, accompanied by the words “Kilroy Was Here”, became an unlikely image of solidarity between G.I.s. …
Our society thinks your life should be saved first. Here’s why you shouldn’t feel bad about that.
After more than a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic, vaccination campaigns are finally underway all over the world. The overall goal is to achieve what scientists refer to as herd immunity, or the state in which a significant portion (around 60 to 70 percent) of the population has been inoculated in order to stop the transmission of the virus. But as we have seen, not all countries are on equal footing.
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