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SEA COVID 19 Cases: Pandemic Update

Disturbing COVID-19 outbreaks are consuming the attention of some governments in Southeast Asia (SEA). After a period of little occurrence, SEA COVID 19 cases are rising again.

Last year, provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia. More than a year after COVID-19’s first outbreak, let’s check how Southeast Asia has been.

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Discover the Mouth-watering Street Foods of Thailand

Sawasdee Khrap! People often choose one specific taste for their food. For example, they either choose spicy, salty, sour, or sweet. However, did you know that there is a place in Southeast Asia that serves them all together in one meal? The place we’re talking about is “The Land of Smile” — Thailand! Formerly known as Siam, or officially as the Kingdom of Thailand, the country is located at the center of mainland Southeast Asia. You probably know that Thailand is famous for its Buddhist temples, spa massages, beaches, nightlife, and shopping. But what you should also know is that street food is supreme in Thailand!

As part of our #KlippersGoTo series, we’ll dive into some of the appetizing and mouth-watering street food in Thailand!

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Mindanao Eyed for Expressway Project

Metro Pacific Investment Corporation is eyeing Mindanao for potential expressway projects.

Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo Franco said that they are studying the prospects. the Department of Public works and highways (DPWH) also mentioned some potential expressways.

The proposed expressways are the Davao City Expressway which is 23.3 kilometers within Davao City proper connecting the Sta. Ana Port near the outskirts of the City proper in Panacan Road and Carlos P. Garcia National Highway. The Davao City expressway will cost P24.5 Billion.

The proposed project is expected to improve the traffic congestion in Davao City. It also complements ongoing, committed and proposed projects to further enhancement and improvement of access that will encourage an increase in economic activities.

DPWH has another proposed project which is the Davao-Digos Expressway which has the length of 60 kilometers.

The project will start at Bukidnon-Davao National Highway and ends at Digos-Sultan Kudarat. The expressway will traverse Toril and Santa Cruz ands will serve as an alternative route for the Davao-Cotabato National Highway, though the expense is not yet determined.

“We would like to take a look and see if these are viable as PPP (public-private partnership). If viable, then we’ll be interested,” Franco said.

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway are also projects of MPTC.

The company has also has tollway projects under the PPP program such as the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway and NLEX-South Luzon Expressway Connector Road.

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Urban Youth Summit

PH Joins Asia Urban Youth Assembly

The Philippines joined the other 33 countries during the Asia Urban Youth Assembly (AUYUA) in Melaka, Malaysia last March 26, 2017 with the theme “Youth Roles Towards New Urban Agenda-Taking Action for Innovative Socially Minded, Green Cities.”

According to Chief Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Utama Ir Hj Idris bin Haron, the AUYUA is an international conference that provides platforms for Asia’s youth to deliberate and to discuss various significant concerns so that they can make relevant contributions to the New Urban Agenda of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations (UN) has 17 different Sustainable Development Goals.

The Asia Urban Youth Assembly aims to change the young people’s perceptions in creating sustainable development, explore opportunities for them to play meaningful roles in the implementation and follow-up and review the New Urban Agenda.

The Assembly’s theme was in conjunction with the 17th International Convention on Melaka Twin Cities 2017, this is where the delegates, guests and members of the foreign and local media as well as bloggers explores Melaka’s history and be captivated by their culture.

Related to the theme, Melaka, Malaysia is hosting the event for the first time as they share the same goals as the AYUA. According to Haron, the city is looking into improving technology, making adjustments in urban development practices and targeting to transform Melaka into a Green City or more environment-centric by 2020.

“We aim to transform our cities to become resilient, inclusive, manage our natural resources, sustainable and promote low carbon growth to remain competitive and enhance livability to our conference,“ Haron said in his opening remarks during the Asia Urban Youth Assembly.

The assembly was graced by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Ahmad Zahid Bin Hamidi who gave the welcoming speech, Speaker of State Legislative Assembly Datuk Wira HJ, Othman bin Muhamad, Melaka State Secretary Datuk Seri HJ, Naim bin Abu Bakar, chief of the UN Human Settlements Programme and UN-Habitat Bangkok Mariko Sato and other local government representatives as well as the ambassadors of various embassies.

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President Duterte Approves National Broadband Plan

Presidential Approved: The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) proposed to develop a National broadband network for the purpose of letting all Filipino citizens have an access to internet.

The DICT officials also aims to make the public have an easier connection to government services or agencies online, instead of having them wait long queues and fill government facilities.

ICT Under Secretary Denis Villorente said,”Instead of waiting in line, waiting under the sun at different government agencies, they will have the different government websites available from the comfort of their own homes.”

The DICT was also tasked by the president to pursue the use of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies to boost internet connection across the country.

The network will mainly serve as a portal of the government agencies.

Back in 2007, the national broadband network was put into a halt because of the allegation under former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other officials about the $329 Million corruption scandal.

ICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima then said that they have posted the broadband plan at their website and it is open for the public’s opinions or comments also to promote transparency and reduce the risk of corruption.

A feasibility study will be organized in the second quarter of the year once the plan is published.

The amount of the overall establishment of the plan is not yet final but the estimation ranges from 70 Billion to 200 Billion pesos.

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TESDA Man Files Bill for Free Tech – Voc Education

Senator Joel “Tesda Man” Villanueva filed Senate Bill No. 1318 or the “Tulong Trabaho Act of 2017” which aims to give access to tech-voc training and enhance the current TESDA programs to provide fruitful employment.

The Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development headed by Villanueva clearly said that the bill will help people look for more jobs opportunities.

The said program is widely offered to unemployed Filipinos, high-school graduates, and workers who seek to enhance their own skills.

“This bill seeks to ensure that not only high school graduates or those eligible for SUCs (state universities and colleges) will be provided financial assistance, but all Filipinos with potential for gainful and sustainable employment and livelihood,” Villanueva said.

He pointed that the objective of the said bill is to provide trainings and technical knowledge to help people search for a decent employment, specially for those who are financially incapable enrolling in a tertiary education.

Villanueva Further stated that the required skills needed in the market are determined and addressed through skills training that might also contribute in reducing job-skills mismatch.

He also seeks to establish the Tulong Trabaho fund that will guarantee financial assistance for the qualified applicants. This fund will be included in the allotted budget for TESDA amounting to P6.9 billion.

“This bill actually opens up the financial assistance to persons other than high school graduates, and can also include persons employed in the informal economy or informal job market. This then opens up the opportunity for them to expand their skill set and improve their present employment situation, as well,” the senator said.

However, the senator explained that qualified applicants will be accepted based on the criteria stated in the Tulong Trabaho Board headed by the Secretary of Labor and Employment. These would include income, level of education, as well as other standards for these training programs.

“We want to ensure that through the implementation and institutionalization of this program, our people would have just and fair access to opportunities that will alleviate them from poverty,” he added.

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