Senate approves the P31,545 basic salary pay for nurses

The nurses might soon enjoy a higher salary as the Senate already approved the salary increase for them.

On Thursday, the Senate approved the P31,545 basic salary pay for the Filipino nurses, and it was included in the P4.1-T 2020 national budget of the country.

The salary increase will be enjoyed by Nurse I and Nurse II positions.

Senator Richard Gordon is one of the lawmakers who supported the salary increase for the nursers, saying that hospitals are trying to take advantage of them for a long time.

“For a long time, the nurses of the country have been clamoring for the adjustment of their salaries. They are given low-paying jobs with no benefits, and hospitals have taken advantage of this system in a way that these hospitals become stepping stones for nurses to work abroad,” Gordon said.

Last July, Gordon filed the amendment of Republic Act 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 to give them “opportunities to advance themselves in the nursing field while they serve the country’s growing needs for healthcare professionals,”

“We’re so much closer to giving that justice not just to our nurses, but to our people in need of better health care,” said Gordon.

Senator Bong Go also supported the salary increase, saying that he wanted the nurses to enjoy the salary increase by next year.

“I also want to commend the committee on finance and our distinguished colleagues for taking measures that would allow us to implement the SC decision upholding the validity of Section 32 of the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, which provides that the ‘minimum base pay of nurses working in the public health institutions shall not be lower than Salary Grade 15,’” Go said.

“This is a long-overdue compensation denied to them. We won’t make (nurses) wait anymore… They will have a salary increase next year,” Go said.


LOOK: Quake victims made an effort to thank the government, private donors for their support

Residents of North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur thanked the government for assisting them after being affected by the Mindanao quake.

Netizen TJ Paruirigan Gomez made an effort to express their gratitude to the government by making a big sign with the text “Daghang Salamat” beside the national highway.

According to them, the fast action of the government made them avoid begging for help anymore.


DSWD Region XI Area Coordinator Wyeth Embodo also shared a photo of a man being grateful for the help he received.

The said man is shown to receive a grocery pack and water from a private donor.

Meanwhile, another victim of the quake, Karina Canedo of North Cotabato pointed out the importance of social media to seek help from the people.

Canedo’s house was destroyed by the quake and they posted the aftermath of their home on social media.

The photos have gone viral on social media and they received help from different people who saw their house on the internet.

“Facebook sort of made these donations come because everyone can see what happened with us here online. The media helped too, but if it was just on TV and not posted on social media, the amount of help wouldn’t be as much,” she said in an interview with PNA on Friday.

“Our recovery would never have become this fast-paced if not for the many help that came from various government agencies like army and police, DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development], private groups, and individuals. Thank you very much,” she added.


Grab driver gives money to his passenger who’s rushing her sibling to the hospital: “Sana marami pa pong katulad mo”

A driver of Grab Philippines is gathering praises and attention on social media after he did a good deed to his passenger.

In her Facebook post on September 19, netizen Jhane Espina narrated on how she acquired the service of Grab to rush her sibling to the hospital who’s suffering in Dengue; she didn’t know that she would meet a good samaritan during their journey.

The good samaritan, Ronaldo De Guzman, the grab driver who transported Espina to the hospital, found out that his passenger is suffering from Dengue and decided to give his service for free.

Aside from giving Espina and her sibling a free fare, De Guzman also gave P1,000 pesos to his passenger.

Espina refused the money being given by De Guzman, however, the grab driver insisted to give money because he wanted to help.

You can read the post below:

“Nung nalaman nya na itatakbo sa ospital yung kapatid ko dahil sa Dengue hindi nya na kame pinagbayad sa Fare (310 pesos) at nag abot pa sya ng 1k kay mama ( tulong nya daw po para sa kapatid ko ) Ayaw po sana namen tanggapin pero ayaw nya umalis hanggat di namen tinatanggap yung pera  Sobrang thankyou po kuya si Papa God nalang po bahala magbalik ng kabutihan sayo  sana marami pa pong katulad mo  God bless po at ingat ka po palagi,”  Espina said.

The story of De Guzman has gone viral on social media and reposted by several pages.

As of writing, the original post received 1,200 shares and 5,200 positive reactions from the netizens.


Hidilyn Diaz wins two bronze medals in 2019 weightlifting championship in Thailand

Filipina Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz won two bronze medals in the 55kg category of the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships held in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday.

Diaz lifted a total of 214kg besting the fourth placer Zulfiya Chinshanlo by a kilogram.

Meanwhile, China’s representative in the said contest Liao Quiyun got the gold medal after lifting a total of 227kg while he silver medalist who’s also from the same country lifted 22kg.

The Filipina athlete is seeking for a gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in December 2019 and also in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Ikaw ‘yun Lord. Grabe. Noong na-mental block na ko, wala na ang 93kgs pero ginabayan mo ako Lord. Salamat sa ginawa mo Lord. Sobrang blessed ko sayo.” Diaz saiy.

Diaz gathered the attention of the netizens a few months ago after she complained about the lack of funding from the government despite receiving 4.5-M pesos from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

It is okay to ask sponsorship sa mga private companies towards Tokyo 2020? Hirap na hirap na ako, I need financial support.” Diaz said.

“Sa tingin niyo ba okay lang kaya nahihiya kasi ako pero try ko kapalan mukha ko para sa minimithi kong pangarap para sa atin bansa na maiuwi ang Gold Medal sa Olympics,” she added.

To solve the problem of the Filipina weightlifter, PSC vowed to help Hidilyn.

In August, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go helped Diaz to get a 2-M pesos sponsorship deal with Phoenix Petroleum to help her to prepare for the 2020 Olympics.

“Nagreklamo siya. Sabi naman ng PSC, hindi nila kayang sagutin lahat kasi may ibang requirements sa pagti-training, sa mga coaches niya, medyo mahal, so sabi ko hanap ako ng mga kaibigan na puwedeng tumulong,” Go told reporters.

How to avail “Student Free Ride Program” for MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR

Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced a program that would give free rides in MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR for students.

According to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, the “Student Free Ride Program” would encourage students to go to school earlier as you could only ride MRT-3, LRT-2, and PNR without charges in the said schedule.

PNR – 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday to Friday except for Holidays)

MRT-3 – 5 a.m.. to 6.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday except for Holidays)

LRT-2 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday except for Holidays)

“Hinihikayat nating pumasok ng maaga sa paaralan ang mga estudyante kapalit niyan ay libreng pamasahe,” Tugade said.

“As we give benefits, we are trying to create a culture na dapat kabahagi ng isang mag-aaral,” he added.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) also announced free terminal fees in airports for students starting August 1.

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) also made the said program, giving free terminal fees for students.


According to DOTr, students from pre-school to college (undergraduate only) and those who are taking vocational or technical courses may avail the said free ride.

For the first month of the implementation which is in July, the students only need to present their valid school ID to get a free ride.

However, after the first stage of the implementation of the program, the students already required to get a Free Ride ID. You can apply a for an ID only or you are required to visit a “Malasakit Help Desk” that you could find in MRT-3, LRT-2, and PNR stations.

The online registration for the Free Ride ID will start on Friday, June 28. You can visit the website here.

Tugade said that they don’t mind the possible loss of revenues because the welfare of the students is more important for the government.

According to an LRT official, a revenue worth P130-M may lose because of the said program.

“Sabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, maging bahagi tayo sa edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan, sapagkat education is the foundation of growth of any nation. Ineengganyo natin ang mga estudyanteng magkaroon ng kultura ng punctuality, kapalit niyan ang libreng pamasahe at terminal fee,” Secretary Tugade said.

“Let us look at this as a gain, not as a loss. Tingnan natin ito bilang isang tunay na pagmamalasakit ng gobyerno. Tingnan natin kung gaano nito matutulungan ang ating mga estudyante. Malaking katipiran ito. Malaking tulong ito para sa kanila at sa kanilang mga pamilya,” he added.

According to Tugade, they’re also preparing for the possible congestions and planning to analyze carefully the first three months of the implementation of the Free Student Ride Program.

Tugade also said that the students who would avail the free ride program could save P50 daily.



Dubai’s Burj Khalifa & Festival City displays Philippine Flag and other Filipino’s pride

A Unique laser show at Dubai Festival City and Burj Khalifa bared the Philippine Flag, Filipino Culture and its popular public figures to celebrate the 121st Independence Day of the Philippines on June 12.

Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was touched after the tallest building in the World, Burj Khalifa showed the Philippine Flag.

Dubai Festival City also made a laser show to dedicate something about Filipino culture.

They showed Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, Filipino Boxing Champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao and several things that already been part of the culture of the Philippines.

Consul General Paul Raymund P. Cortes led the ribbon-cutting in the said event.

Cortes said that they coordinated with the Dubai Festival City to make the event successful.

“This is a joint initiative between the consulate and Dubai Festival City. They are going to customize the show with the history of the Philippines. We coordinated with the Dubai Festival City on the submission of the files, what music to play, photos, and movies to project,” Cortes said.

Meanwhile, leaders of UAE also greet President Rodrigo Duterte on Independence Day.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent two similar greetings to President Duterte.

679,819 Filipinos live in the UAE, of which 450,000 live in Dubai, and they form 21.3% of the population of Dubai

Some OFWs wants to go home to help the government in Manila Subway Project

Several Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) heard that the Metro Manila Subway Project is going to start soon, so they decided to offer their service to the Philippine government.

In an open letter, Mark Lopez addressed the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, informing him that some OFWs who worked as an Engineer in different parts of the world wanted to be part of the Manila Subway Project.

Lopez said that OFWs Deo Miranda, Israel Banwa Aplod and Yeye Banaag who’re currently working in Doha, Qatar are willing to offer their service to the government.

According to him, the said OFWs doesn’t mind if they’re not going to receive the same salary they enjoy abroad, because it’s more vital for them to help their own country even for once.

“Sa sobrang galak po nila sa nabalitaan nila dito ay lalung sumidhi ang kanilang pagka Pilipino at gusto na nilang umuwi Sir Art para po tumulong sa Metro Manila Subway project! Naisip ko Sir Art na “naku baka malaki ang mawala sa kanila sa sweldo kung uuwi sila.” Lopez said.

“Pero sa nabasa ko po sa mga comments nila dun sa nais nilang umuwi at ibahagi sa sarili nilang bayan ang kanilang talent at expertise, ramdam na ramdam ko po yung authentic nationalism and patriotism nitong mga bagong bayani natin.” he added.

According to Lopez, he remembered the statement of President Duterte, saying that he wanted to see OFWs going back home not because they’re jobless, but because there’s a decent job available for them in their own country.

Meanwhile, Banaag responded to Lopez, saying that they prefer to serve their own country.

“Kung Sa ibang bansa po nagawa po naming magtiis at gawin ang project nila,ito pa po kayang para bansa natin,” Banaag said.

As of writing, the photo already reached 12,000 reactions and 7,000 shares.

Several netizens also became emotional after reading the post of Lopez.

DOTr is not yet responding on Lopez post.




Several infrastructure damaged by the Earthquake in Pampanga already repaired within 48 hours

After the magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit several parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, the government already repaired some of the damaged infrastructures, even in Pampanga which considered as the most affected by the destructive natural phenomenon.

In several posts, netizens laud the government for quickly repairing the damages done by the earthquake.

Netizen Ed Alunan showed how fast the government repaired the welcome arch of Pampanga province two days after the earthquake.

“The welcome arch in Pampanga earlier this morning and half a day later. The Duterte administration at work!!!” Alunan said.

In another post, Department of Transportation (DOTr) showcased how fast the government repaired the old terminal of the Clark International Airport which became viral two days ago after its ceiling collapsed after the Earthquake.

According to them, DOTr quickly acted to repair the passenger terminal building and the control tower so it can operate again.

“Ang nangyari ‘ho ay isang kalamidad na kailangang agad na tugunan. Sa mga ganitong panahon, napakahalaga ng transportasyon upang dalhin sa kaligtasan ang mga tao. Ang sabi ng Pangulong Duterte, siguraduhin na agad maisasaayos at matutulungan ang mga tao. Kaya kami ‘ho sa DOTr, CIAC at BCDA ay puspusan ang ginawang pagkukumpuni ng mga istruktura upang maibalik sa normal ang operasyon dito sa Clark Airport. Lahat po ng maaaring ibigay, mula sa pagkain, libreng sakay, ibinibigay ho namin,” Tugade said.

The damage done by the earthquake in the airport is estimated to be 30-M pesos. DOTr also wanted to investigate the contractor of the said terminal and question why the ceiling quickly fell during the earthquake.

President Duterte is also thankful that the earthquake didn’t affect the local economy, he also vowed to help the people who lost their job and also the families who lost their loved ones.

Longest Boulevard in the Philippines named after late President Cory Aquino

The government finally opened the 8.7 kilometers boulevard that would connect four towns in Camarines Norte.

The Cory Aquino Boulevard is considered as the longest in the country, giving ease to the travelers who wanted to go to the towns of Mercedes, Daet, Talisay, and Vinzons.

It also will also give you picturesque views of Bagasbas Beach, Baybay Beach, San Jose Beach, and Sabang Beach.

According to the news report, the government spent P915-M on the project which started during the Aquino administration under the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

Reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay was also present during the inauguration.

DOT expected that the newly-built boulevard will boost tourism in the area.

Several netizens posted their photos during their travel along the Boulevard, expressing their amazement over the views of the said place.

From Manila the land travel time to these spots usually take 6 hours.


“Sosyal!”Taguig City opens Center for the Elderly with Jacuzzi,Massage and ballroom

Taguig City finally opened on Monday the Center for the Elderly which will provide wellness activities for their senior citizens.

Each floor of the five-storey building consisted of different features to improve the health of the elderly who wanted to visit the said wellness hub.

The first floor provides a therapy pool for muscle relaxation and increases peripheral circulation, improved balance, strength, and flexibility. A clinic, pantry, conference room and PWD-friendly restrooms can also be found on the same level.

Two sauna rooms, ballroom, and a gym can be found on the second floor.

The third and fourth floor is designed as a multipurpose hall for events and can also be used as a venue for board games to entertain the elderly.

Meanwhile, the fifth floor provides a Cinema with comfortable chairs, when you go outside the room it will lead you to a rooftop garden.

The whole building was designed to make it easy for senior citizens, even with wheelchairs to roam around the area.

There’s also City buses and coasters to transport senior citizens for free to the building.

“They deserve our respect and gratitude. We are merely giving them back what they truly deserve,” Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano said.