Bato Dela Rosa, Nancy Binay files for the 2019 Senatorial race
Marje Pelayo • October 12, 2018 • 5019
BOC Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Senator Nancy Binay
MANILA, Philippines – Notable personalities showed up at the Palacio Del Gobernador on Friday (October 12) on the second day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 mid-term elections.
Senator Nancy Binay was accompanied by her brother former Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay in filing her COC.
Senator Binay said she will focus on the country’s tourism industry should she win another term in the Senate.
“Nakikita ko ho na marami pang dapat gawin sa industriya ng turismo. Isa iyon sa ipu-pursue ko kung tayo ay nabigyan ng panibagong pagkakataon,” she said.
Next to file was outgoing Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa who was accompanied by his supporters.
Dela Rosa maintained that his main platform of government is for the elimination of illegal drug operations in the country.
He said he is still too young to retire and still has the energy to serve.
“I am too young to retire…56 years old. Alam kong malakas pa ako. Kaya ko pa. Marami pa akong madeliver na serbisyo sa taong bayan,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.
Binay is running under her father former vice president Jejomar Binay’s coalition, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) while Dela Rosa is running under the ruling party Partido Demokratikong Pilipino PDP-Laban. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Nancy Binay is pushing for deployment of safety marshalls in ‘staycation’ hotels as well as in government quarantine facilities to ensure that standard health protocols are properly observed and implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Binay’s call comes after reports that some establishments lack the resolve to impose government health standards such as the case with the hotel in Makati City where the Christine Dacera case occurred.
The lady senator said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) may tap the services of barangay officials for the matter.
She added that these barangay officials should be trained first on what to do and be properly oriented for the job.
In case of violations, it is also a must that the owners of the staycation facility be held responsible.
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Nancy Binay has called on the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) to review its existing policies which allow retirees as young as 35 years old to stay in the country.
In a statement, Binay said the PRA should revisit its policies, do a background check and implement a stricter vetting process “to lessen the probability of foreign nationals exploiting the special resident retiree visas (SRRV).”
“It’s high time to review the policy na 35 years old ka lang ay pwede ka na mag-retire dito sa Pilipinas kasi ang kailangan lang po ng magre-retire ay either mag-deposit siya ng US$50,000 sa bangko, or bumili ng condo unit worth P2.5 million at pwede nang mag-retire dito,” she said.
Binay issued the call after some senators expressed alarm upon learning in a Senate hearing that foreigners aged 35 years old and above are eligible for the SRRV.
It was also revealed during the hearing that Chinese nationals are among the top foreign retirees in the country.
Binay also hit the “seemingly relaxed national security policy” on allowing Chinese nationals who are 35 years old, which she says falls in the bracket of the so-called “soldier’s age.”
“Siguro dapat dagdagan din ang security measure at baka dapat higpitan ang vetting process ng mga tatanggapin natin regardless of nationality,” she said.
She also said that she finds the PRA’s age limit concerning and noted how foreigners can exploit this to work in the country without going through the proper channels.
“Alam naman natin at 35 years old malakas pa po ang katawan niyan. Lalong-lalo po mayroon tayong problema ngayon na kung saan may issue tayo na apparently ang mga kababayan natin ay nagkakaroon ng job displacement pagdating dito sa pagpasok ng mga Chinese nationals sa ating bansa,” she said.
“Pwede (ang mga yan ay) nagtatrabaho sa POGO, or pwede rin po baka nandiyan sila sa Divisoria. Kaya nga po magandang tingnan at pag-aralan kasi baka kumbaga ginagamit nila itong paraan to circumvent the law na hindi sila puwedeng mag-trabaho dito,” she added
Data from the PRA showed there are a total of 70,520 foreign retirees in the Philippines. Of this number, Chinese nationals comprise the highest number of foreign retirees or about 40%.
This is followed by Korean retirees at around 14,000, and Indian nationals at about 6,000.
The training of public school teachers for distance learning is set to be completed by July, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
During the Senate Committee hearing on Thursday (June 25), DepEd reported that only 40 percent of the 800,000 public school teachers have completed their training.
Deped Undersecretary Tony Umali said there will be a massive training to be led by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.
Senator Nancy Binay, meanwhile, questioned DepEd for the lack of “mapping” to determine the best learning modality in various areas in the country.
“Iyong training na gagawin sa teachers dapat angkop sa kakayahan ng lugar. For example, let’s say Bukidnon or Cordillera na alam naman natin mahirap ang signal. So why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching our kids when alam naman natin na mukhang mahirap iyong ganung klase ng pagtuturo? (The training for teachers should be appropriate for the area. For example, let’s say in Bukidnon or Cordillera which we know have difficulty in signal. Why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching kids when we know that mode of teaching would be difficult),” she said.
DepEd said they are conducting surveys to determine the capacity of students and teachers for alternative learning modality under distance learning.
“Kasi po kasabay nga po ng aming registration form ay may survey, dapat malaman namin kung ano ba ang pinakamabisang modality, pamamaraan ng pagtuturo at pag-aaral ng mga bata, (With our registration form, we also have a survey. It should help us determine what is the best modality, mode of learning for the students’ education),” Umali said.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already prepared the educational radio programs and scripts for the digital programs for Grade 9 and 10 Math and Science lessons.
Meanwhile, DepEd calls on private schools to suspend tuition fee hike and other fees.
“The Department of Education appeals to private educational institutions in basic education to defer increases in tuition and other miscellaneous fees or charges for School Year 2020-2021. In view of the financial constraints that parents and learners are expected to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” DepEd said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
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