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PH population to rise 105M by end of 2017

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
THE Philippine population will continue to increase in 2017 and is projected to reach 105,758,850 by December 31, 2017 based on projections made by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) using data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
Included in the projection are 27,293,422 women of reproductive age (aged 15-49). These women are usually the beneficiaries of Reproductive Health services under the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.
Adolescent girls 10-19 years old will also increase to 10,080,824 next year. Based on the most recent data from the PSA (2014), it is expected that over 200,000 adolescent girls will give birth in 2017.
The figures for women of reproductive age and adolescent girls continue to be the highest numbers on record. This trend is expected to continue up to 2022 when the numbers of women of reproductive age are expected to peak at 29.1 million and adolescent girls at 11.3 million.

4 out of 10 Filipinos penniless!

DEEPLY alarmed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ report that four out of 10 Filipinos have no savings to fall back on, Sen. Bam Aquino on Monday said it’s high time to cultivate a culture of savings among our countrymen through financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
“The report that four out of 10 Filipinos have no savings to be used for emergency is very alarming,” said Sen. Bam, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship.

Filipinos ask: Who’s telling the truth?

By OMER OSCAR B. ALMENARIO
THE Senate blue ribbon committee resumes its investigation into the controversial pork barrel scam that is now shaking both houses of Congress in the Philippines. Playing both as protagonist and antagonist roles, whistleblower Benhur Luy will be grilled again to shed more light on the P10-billion scandal that put the Philippines in the world map for the nth time. Like a film in the making, this multibillion-peso production could be appropriately titled “Probe of the Century” with an all-star cast. Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who played the role as producer-director of the movie, had been castaway and detained for pocketing the players’ honoraria.

Malaysia’s crackdown on Filipinos begins

THE Philippine government on Sunday instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into reported abuses committed by Malaysian authorities against Filipino workers in Malaysia.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said it is the duty of the government to protect its citizens, especially if they are facing persecution abroad.
The Philippines and Malaysia have a long history of friendship and cooperation. The Philippines believes that Malaysian authorities will pay special attention to whatever concern its government will raise.
For the Malaysian government to act, the Department of Foreign Affairs must lay out the concrete details of the alleged harassment and abuses reportedly committed against Filipino workers, Coloma said.

Phl checks abuses vs Filipinos in Kuala Lumpur

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila on Friday instructed the Philippine Consul General in Kuala Lumpur to check on the cases of some Filipinos being harassed or abused in the ongoing crackdown in Malaysia against illegal workers.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the consul general dispatched an assistance team to get information on reported cases and raise them to Malaysian authorities.
Malaysian authorities began their crackdown against Filipinos illegally working in Kuala Lumpur on January 21.
With the help of the Philippine embassy in Malaysia, Coloma said the government was able to send home more than 5,000 Filipino workers staying illegally in that country in the last quarter of last year.

Share your talents, Rose tells Filipinos

ROSE “Osang” Fostanes of the Philippines, X-Factor Israel’s grand winner for its first season, on Wednesday said she hopes other overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will also share their talents like what she did.

The 47-year-old grand champion, who hails from Bohol province in Central Philippines, also said that with her recognition as a singer the “tags” caregiver or cleaner attached to Filipinos working overseas can now be put to rest.

“I think I will be a leader for them because of what I did and I think also they will be proud of me. Everybody in the world will know that Filipinos, even working as a cleaner can also share their talents,” Fostanes said.

This letter is from Annaliza Gonzales

 YOU’RE A TRUE LEADER

To all my beloved fellow Guiuananons and friends, I arrived Manila tonight on board a private plane to seek help and audience with the authorities to amplify the status of the disaster in our town. Focus is on other places and my heart bleeds that Guiuan which was so badly hit is left behind in as far as help and attention is concern. It is day 5 now, and people are hungry and getting sick. I am here in Manila to represent Guiuan. Mayor Sheen is left in Guiuan managing operations, and I will try my luck here in Manila because it is here where we can get the most help.

Filipinos abroad

Filipinos Abroad Sell Own Blood to Live

By OSCAR A. REMO

Until when they would be selling their own blood either for their own subsistence abroad or for their families in the Philippines? Are they fit to survive after this? Migrante-Middle East (M-ME), an umbrella organization of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East, said a number of jobless and undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia were forced to sell own blood to keep life going. M-ME regional coordinator John Leonard Monastery said some of these Offs, who have previously sought their assistance, confirmed that they are selling their own blood to hospitals for their daily subsistence, while others do for their families in the Philippines.