Too young

The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) has observed that repeat pregnancies among the young Filipino population are increasing, having recorded more than 25,000 involving teenagers or younger. “We have already over 25,358 repeat pregnancies among girls 10 to 19


Unhealthy dependency

In response to a report that said the Philippines’ dependence on coal already exceeded China and Indonesia, despite the government’s supposed push to grow renewable energy sources, the Department of Energy said the local power sector’s differences between the two


A silver lining?

A recent report by Capital Economics cites the potential impact of La Niña to lower food prices across Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, if it provides good growing conditions for crops in the region and puts downward pressure on food


A nutrition crisis

The obesity rate of 3.9 percent of Filipino children aged 0 to five years old in the 2021 Expanded National Nutrition Survey (ENNS) conducted by the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute is worrying for


Focus on agriculture

House Bill No. 10324, or the proposed “Philippine Agricultural High School System Act of 2024,” aims to create secondary schools on farming in each of the country’s regions, in order to boost productivity and technology dissemination in the country’s neglected


Messaging scam awareness

A group composed of the country’s largest telcos is warning the public of a new wave of messaging scams that could bypass the filtering systems that have been set up. The Philippine Chamber of Telecommunication Operators (PCTO) urged industry players


Still reaching higher

The Philippines has remained in the lower middle-income country (MIC) group of the World Bank for the fiscal year 2025, staying in the same classification since 1987, which demonstrates the painfully slow progress the country is making to expand its


Cooperation against degradation

The waters in Philippine seas and the rest of the South China Sea are at a “very critical point,” according to oceanographer Deo Florence Onda, who identified plastic pollution, climate change induced coral bleaching, and overfishing as the main challenges.


Prevention tools

Dengue is a largely seasonal disease that is caused by four distinct virus serotypes transmitted by mosquitoes, specifically the aedes aegypti, which severely affects a great number of people every year, including children and senior citizens, who require hospitalization. Severe


Sustaining the development goals

In 2015, United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 targets to transform the world by 2030, including completely ending extreme poverty and eliminating hunger, and action to combat climate change. However, war and funding shortfalls have hampered

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Mayor lauds ASEAN uni games bronze medalist

Himamaylan Mayor Raymund Tongson congratulated bronze medalist Jamela De Asis from the recent ASEAN University Games, and is rallying support for Himamaylanon athletes who are competing in the Palarong Pambansa 2024, a press release from Himamaylan PIO said. De Asis

Leptospirosis cases down in Bacolod

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Cases of leptospirosis in Bacolod City have decreased by 85.4 percent during the period of January 1 to June 29, records from the Bacolod City Health Office showed. The CHO has recorded seven cases with zero

Food packs distributed to Alangilan students

Sugarlandia, USA, a non-profit organization based in New York, USA, with its mission to showcase the pride and joy of Negros Island, fostering global harmony, and giving back to Negrenses, proudly partnered with PNA (Philippine Nurses Association) Upstate New York

Armyworms ravage 923 hectares of farmland in NegOcc

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Armyworms have destroyed 923.5 hectares of cornfields and sugar plantations in 75 barangays of 15 towns and cities in Negros Occidental, as of July 5, according to reports of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. Affected

Confidence and abandonment

Given the fact that we in this world will always have to contend with complicated situations, challenges, difficulties, trials and the like, we need to follow what Christ advised his disciples once: “Be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.”