Last week, the Ateneo School of Government released its first working paper for “Duterte at 5,” a series that assesses different areas of governance including economic policy, legislative reforms, and crime and corruption. In that first report, we focused on social development reforms. While the report speaks for itself, we would like to use this space to reiterate some of our salient points especially on poverty and hunger. Social development is a pillar of Duterte’s administration. The reduction of social inequality is clearly enshrined in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 . And in its Kasama sa Pamana pre-SONA report, rolled out in different regions in the first half of 2021, the administration applauds its accomplishments in combating hunger and ensuring food accessibility. So, are Filipinos indeed faring better now? Poverty To be sure, poverty incidence in the past two decades has been steadily declining. During the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Poverty, hunger, and Duterte’s wasted political capital
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For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?
Resident Jon Cappleman prepares to defend his home during the Dixie fire in Twain, California on July 24, 2021. AFP TWAIN, United States — Even as dense smoke from an enormous wildfire blows closer to Jon Cappleman’s home in rural northern California, the 60-something man rebuffs calls to evacuate. “A lot of people think we’re foolish,” he says. But if it comes down to it, Cappleman has a plan: he will fight the flames of the Dixie Fire himself. Cappleman and his wife, whose home lies nestled in a pine forest near the town of Twain, hope they have thought of everything, down to the minute details. For several days, they have used a pump and blue pipes to siphon water from a nearby creek in an effort to keep the ground around their house damp. And Cappleman and his wife have spent all year keeping the surrounding area clear of flammable brush. Their goats take care of the spots they have missed. ‘Nerve-wracking’ “It’s a simple operation, but it works,” Cappleman, ... » Learn More about Refusing evacuation, California resident plans to fight fire himself
PUTRAJAYA: Only 374 cases, or 2.1%, of the 17,405 Covid-19 cases reported Wednesday (July 27) had serious symptoms and are in Category 3, 4, and 5, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general added that 97.9% (17,031) of the new cases showed mild or no symptoms. Dr Noor Hisham also said Malaysia reported another 143 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, bringing the national Covid-19 death toll to 8,551. He said 123 of the casualties were Malaysians while 20 were foreigners. About 114 had underlying conditions, while the rest had no history of comorbidities. Some 14 fatalities were "brought-in-dead" cases. Selangor has the most number of fatalities with 41 deaths. Other states with death cases are Negri Sembilan (21 deaths), Johor (17), Kuala Lumpur (14), Perak (11), Kedah (10), Sabah (nine), Melaka (seven), Penang (five), Kelantan (five) and Pahang (three). Currently, there are 1,016 patients at Intensive Care Units (ICU), with 529 on ventilator ... » Learn More about Covid-19: More than 97% of new cases have mild or no symptoms, says Health DG
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
SINGAPORE - About 77 per cent of seniors aged 60 and above have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (July 28). About 187,000 seniors have yet to receive their first dose, added MOH in its update. The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 said last week (July 20) during a press conference that 200,000 seniors aged above 60 have not been vaccinated, and a bigger push will be made in the coming weeks to get them inoculated. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said then that about 71 per cent of seniors above 70 have been vaccinated. The figure was above 85 per cent for those aged 60 to 69, he added. MOH on Wednesday also said 10 mobile vaccination teams have been deployed to the heartlands, reaching out to some 2,300 people since July 7. These teams go to locations near where many seniors live, such as at selected community clubs and centres that are not already being used as vaccination centres, or at the Residents' Committee ... » Learn More about 77% of seniors aged 60 and above fully vaccinated against Covid-19: MOH
The metre-high trees with roots resembling an octopus' tentacles can be appreciated in all their glory when the tide is out here in Gazi, a sleepy bay in southeastern Kenya. "It can take up to 10 years for a mangrove plantation to grow," explains Josphat Nguu as he inspects the green giants. Nguu, a marine biologist, and his colleagues from the Mikoko Pamoja project are trying to reforest this area with mangroves again as well as to protect the ones that are already growing here in Gazi. It's a fight that's well worth the time and effort: That's because mangroves are a valuable weapon in the fight against climate change. "By surface area, mangroves store four to five times more carbon than conventional forests," explains Dorotee Herr, who's head of the oceans and climate change division at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The trees, which have the rare ability to grow in salt water, store carbon dioxide in sediment, explains Herr. "They have sediment ... » Learn More about Magic bullet against climate change? Saving mangroves in Kenya
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates on Covid-19: https://t.me/mothershipsg An elderly man has been sentenced to 10 months' jail for molesting two people, including an 11-year-old girl. According to the Straits Times (ST) , Poh Seng Khian, 86, pleaded guilty to two counts of molestation on Wednesday, July 28. His victims cannot be named due to a gag order to protect their identities. Pretended to fall to stroke victim's inner thigh According to court documents seen by Mothership , the first victim was 27 when Poh committed the offence. On October 23, 2020, at about 1:15pm, she boarded bus service number 30 along Teban Gardens in Jurong East, and stood at the parking area for wheelchair bound passengers facing the rear door. Poh was already on the bus, and was seated to her left. Poh then touched the victim's biceps several times, while the bus travelled along Corporation Drive. Thinking that Poh had accidentally touched her, she shifted back ... » Learn More about Elderly man, 86, jailed for molesting woman & 11-year-old girl on buses
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries has opened a new flagship store on July 24 with a modern makeover. Their new store can be found at 247 Victoria Street, adjacent to Bugis Street and opposite Bugis Junction. The original store is an old school bakery located at Jalan Membina, just opposite Tiong Bahru Plaza. Two types of egg tarts, a range of pastries Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries offers two types of egg tarts, one in Hong Kong style and the other in Western style. Their egg tarts are considered among the best in Singapore. The Hong Kong style egg tart has a layered and flaky pastry crust, while the Western style crust is more like a firm biscuit. Aside from egg tarts, the pastry shop sells an array of other baked goods, including roasted chicken pastry, mushroom chicken pie, Wife's Delight pastry, and egg yolk lotus seed pastry. These items are all priced at S$1.60 each. The ... » Learn More about Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries opens new outlet in Bugis, offers both Hong Kong & Western style egg tarts
On Tuesday (July 27), a Singaporean teenager pleaded guilty to forging his NRIC, using a forged IC, and possessing a utility knife in public. Another four charges will be considered in his sentencing next month, CNA reported. The teen, who is now 17 years old, cannot be named as he is a minor. He was 15 to 16 years old at the time of the offences, according to charge sheets seen by Mothership. Forged NRIC to enter a bar Charge sheets showed that sometime in 2019, the teen altered his birth year on his NRIC from 2003 to 2000 in order to appear to be above 18. At about 1:20am on Jan. 1, 2020, he used his forged NRIC to gain entry into Sticky Fingers Bar located at Keng Cheow Street. However, a security guard caught him, and the teen subsequently admitted to forging his NRIC, according to CNA . Forged NRIC to go clubbing Charge sheets also showed that on Feb. 13, 2020, the teen altered a copy of his NRIC, changing his date of birth from 2003 to 1999 ... » Learn More about S’porean teen forges NRIC to enter club & bar, gets caught every single time