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President Rodrigo Duterte signs free tuition fee for all SUCs

A new law providing free education for over a million students in public tertiary and vocational schools nationwide has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 3. Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra made this announcement in an August 4 forum. It continues the administration’s initiative in the 2017 budget, where around P8 billion was allotted for free tuition for SUCs for school year 2017-2018.

The Republic Act 10931 or “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,” gives full tuition subsidy for students in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges, and state-run technical-vocational schools. The law also covers other charges, namely “library fees, computer fees, laboratory fees, school ID fees, athletic fees, admission fees, development fees, guidance fees, handbook fees, entrance fees, registration fees, medical and dental fees, cultural and other similar or related fees.” It also provides subsidies or stipend for poor students and establishes a student loan program.

In addition, the Commission on Higher Education announced on June 16 it would be offering cash grants for medical students in public medical schools.

However, students with financial capacity may choose not to avail of the subsidies through a mechanism created by the SUCs and local universities and colleges or LUCs.

Questions over cost and beneficiaries

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno told lawmakers on August 2 that subsidizing tuition in public tertiary schools would be too costly. Guevara said that free tuition will have an estimate of around ₱100 billion. According to him, the government cannot afford that.

Diokno also added that only middle-class and upper-class students would benefit from the scheme because, statistically, only 12 percent of the poor get to the state universities. So, [in a sense] it will actually subsidize the rich.

However, opposition lawmakers said in an August 3 statement the free tuition law would cost only around ₱15 billion.

Hindi po totoo ang sinabi ng economic managers na hindi kayang tustusan ng gobyerno,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate. “Napatunayan natin ngayong taon, may pondo para sa state universities and colleges. Hindi nila pwede sabihin na ngayong taon ‘di kayang pondohan.

[Translation: The economic managers’ claim that the government can’t afford to subsidize tuition fees is not true. We’ve proven this year that there is money for state universities and colleges. They can’t say this year that there’s no more money.]

Complete List of SUCs covered by the Free Tuition Law

National Capital Region

  • Eulogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
  • Marikina Polytechnic College
  • Philippine Normal University
  • Philippine State College of Aeronautics
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Rizal Technological University
  • Technological University of the Philippines
  • University of the Philippines System

Region I – Ilocos Region

  • Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
  • Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
  • Mariano Marcos State University
  • North Luzon Philippines State College
  • Pangasinan State University
  • University of Northern Philippines

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Abra State Institute of Science and Technology
  • Apayao State College
  • Benguet State University
  • Ifugao State University
  • Kalinga State University
  • Mountain Province State University

Region II – Cagayan Valley

  • Batanes State College
  • Cagayan State University
  • Isabela State University
  • Nueva Vizcaya State University
  • Quirino State University

Region III – Central Luzon

  • Aurora State College of Technology
  • Bataan Peninsula State University
  • Bulacan Agricultural State College
  • Bulacan State University
  • Central Luzon State University
  • Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University
  • Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  • Pampanga State Agricultural University
  • Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
  • Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
  • Tarlac College of Agriculture
  • Tarlac State University


  • Batangas State University
  • Cavite State University
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University (Laguna State Polytechnic College)
  • Southern Luzon State University
  • University of Rizal System


  • Marinduque State College
  • Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Occidental Mindoro State College
  • Palawan State University
  • Romblon State University
  • Western Philippines University

Region V – Bicol Region

  • Bicol University
  • Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Camarines Norte State College
  • Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
  • Catanduanes State University
  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
  • Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Partido State University
  • Sorsogon State College

Region VI – Western Visayas

  • Aklan State University
  • Capiz State University
  • Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State College
  • Guimaras State College
  • Iloilo State College of Fisheries
  • Central Philippines State University
  • Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College
  • Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology
  • University of Antique
  • Iloilo Science and Technology University
  • West Visayas State University

Region VII – Central Visayas

  • Bohol Island State University
  • Cebu Normal University
  • Cebu Technological University
  • Negros Oriental State University
  • Siquijor State College

Region VIII – Eastern Visayas

  • Eastern Samar State University
  • Eastern Visayas State University
  • Leyte Normal University
  • Naval State University
  • Northwest Samar State University
  • Palompom Polytechnic State University
  • Samar State University
  • Southern Leyte State University
  • University of Eastern Philippines
  • Visayas State University

Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula

  • J.H Cerilles State College
  • Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Western Mindanao State University
  • Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College
  • Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

Region X – Northern Mindanao

  • Bukidnon State University
  • Camiguin Polytechnic State College
  • Central Mindanao University
  • University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Cagayan De Oro Campus
  • MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology
  • University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Claveria Campus
  • Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology

Region XI – Davao Region

  • Compostela Valley State College
  • Davao Del Norte State College
  • Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology
  • Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
  • University of Southern Philippines


  • Cotabato State University
  • Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology
  • Sultan Kudarat State University
  • University of Southern Mindanao

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

  • Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College
  • Basilan State College
  • Mindanao State University
  • MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography
  • Sulu State College
  • Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College

Region XIII – Caraga Administrative Region

  • Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Caraga State University (Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Surigao del Sur State University
  • Surigao State College of Technology


References: CNN Philippines


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Why Parojinog’s mansion was demolished after Duterte assumes office

When Rodrigo Duterte assumed office as president, the Parojinogs demolished their mansion in Ozamiz City and lived instead in a smaller house. The Parojinogs have been political kingpins in Ozamis City. As to why they demolished the house remained a mystery to the residents there. Some said that Parojinogs did it to avoid more suspicions in their involvement in illegal activities.

Last week, City Chief of Police Senior Inspector Jovie Espenido visited the old mansion of the Parojinogs in Bacakay, Ozamiz City.

As if hindi sila mayaman, bumalik na sa kanilang bahay na maliit para siguro… eh alam naman ng lahat na involved sila sa drugs,” Espenido told TV 5.

Translation: “To present themselves as not rich people, they went back to their little, old house… then again, everyone knew they were involved in durgs.”

Espenido suspected that the family was hiding something from the current administration.

The Discovery

According to the information received by the authorities, the old mansion of the Parojinogs became a ‘cemetery’ for their political foes and illegal drug trade competitors. They believe that it is also a meeting place of the alleged members of their syndicate to plan for their next crime. Brgy. Captain Ludvina Macayran has received complaints from the residents in the area about a foul odor sometime in February that made the council filled the place with trucks of soil.

Because of that, Espenido ordered the Ozamiz PNP to dig the demolished mansion for proof.

They found no human bodies. Rather, they only obtained sacks of garbage. Two sacks tied with rope only contained bones and feathers of animals.

The Parojinog Raid

Meanwhile, 16 people were killed during the anti-drug raid in Ozamiz City, including Mayor Aldong Parojinog and Board Member Octavio Parojinog. The police arrested Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and other members of the Parojinog clan. The vice mayor was discovered to have a relationship with Herbert “Ampang” Colangco, one of the suspected Bilibid drug lords.

After the operations, a man identified as ‘Noel’ claimed that he had worked as hitman and drug courier for 20 years for them. He admitted that he was ordered to pick up shabu from National Bilibib Prison several times and deliver it to Ozamiz City. According to Noel, the Parojinogs divided the illegal drugs he delivered and started to sell it to other pushers in Ozamiz. They were also involved in holdup operations, and murdering their political foes and business competitors. He also mentioned that he chopped bodies of the people who were ordered to be killed before burying them. Information point out the mansion as the said place.

New Ozamiz City

As a result of the absence of leadership, Irene Engracia Luansing became the acting mayor of Ozamiz and Michael Llamas Tagal as acting vice mayor.

The locals in Ozamiz City publicly expressed their views against the Parojinog family. They wore white shirts and attended the rally. They believe that this will give birth to a new Ozamiz City.

A community prayer in front of Ozamiz City Hall on Sunday was led by Pastor Nathaniel Dinoro.

References: TV News 5


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Christmas Party for Street Children in Davao City

Poverty is one of the challenges that the Philippines have been facing. Unemployment, education, economic crisis, and even natural disasters are just some of the causes, and unfortunately it is the children that suffer its utmost effects. But with help from you and people whose hearts reach out to them, more than 200 street children in Davao City felt joy and their burdens made light during Christmas. Indeed, we can make a difference.

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9 Mouthwatering Dishes For Noche Buena

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This is one of the most awaited celebrations every year. Noche Buena is the Spanish-term for Christmas Eve and a term being used by Spain, Latin America and Philippines. It is believed that this tradition has started during the 15th century. Noche Buena is being celebrated by most Filipinos on the evening of the 24th of December. The main reason as to why people gather on this joyous occasion is because of the great family bonding and, of course, the feast! Here is a list of the most requested, mouthwatering dishes for our Noche Buena this Christmas!


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  1. Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)

This dish has always been a part of almost every celebration in Philippine History. This dish also took part in the history of Noche Buena. During the 15th century, Caribbean colonists hunted down pigs and roasted them whole as the family gathered for Christmas Eve. This certain tradition has been adopted by Filipinos because of the influence of Spanish colonization. Well of course, Lechon is still the Filipino favorite because of its crispy & tasty skin and juicy meat inside. I’ve heard that the best part are the ribs.

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  1. Christmas Ham

Christmas Ham is another Filipino favorite. It is a must have dish on your table during Noche Buena. There are a lot of ways on how to cook this dish but the most common way of cooking this is by glazing it with honey. This dish is best partnered with Queso de Bola or Edam Cheese. A lot of stores this season offers free Queso de Bola every time you purchase grocery packages.

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  1. Spaghetti

This dish is the all-time favorite of everyone in every party. Whenever you go to any celebration in the Philippines, expect that there will be a pan of meaty spaghetti on the table. Filipinos like Spaghetti in a curiously unique way. We like it sweet style. Filipinos are a big fan of sweet stuff that even on non-dessert dishes we add sweetness, literally.

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  1. Beef Caldereta (Beef Stew)

A Filipino dish inspired by the Spanish cuisine. Originally, Caldereta is Goat Meat Stew, but not everyone eats goat meat. The most common way to cook this is by using beef, which is another variation of this dish. The word Caldereta originated from the Spanish word caldera which is translated as cauldron.

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  1. Arroz Valenciana

A sticky rice dish which is originally a Latin American dish and is considered as a part of the Philippine cuisine. The dish is part glutinous rice and part regular rice with coconut milk, chicken, chorizo de bilbao, sliced hardboiled eggs, bell pepper, tomatoes and of course, spices. It looks similar with paella but is different in way of cooking and special ingredient. Arroz Valenciana is more of a stove-top cooking while Paella is more of baking. Paella also uses white wine for a more Spanish taste with a lot of seafood ingredients.

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  1. Crispy Pata

Whenever you mention the name of this dish to any Filipino, you’ll always see a smile on their faces as they imagine the crunchiness of the skin and the tenderness of the meat inside. This dish originated in the 1950’s when Sixta Evangelista Ongpauco, the owner of Barrio Fiesta Eatery, now a famous restaurant with branches nationwide, and her son, Rodolfo Ongpauco discovered this very special dish. Rod was on his way home, bringing pork legs which were unused in lechon houses and started deep frying it at home. That is when this amazing discovery turned out to be one of the original Filipino dishes. This dish is best partnered with a vinegar-based sauce.

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  1. Lasagna

If you’re thinking right now that this dish originated in Italy, well you’re wrong. This dish originated in Ancient Greece and has an Italian-like taste because the Lasagna that we know nowadays has traditional Italian ingredients. Lasagna’s name was derived from the Greek word Laganon which is a flat sheet pasta dough sliced in strips. Originally, Lasagna are just layers of pasta strips and sauce. This dish has also been a part of the menu of Filipino families today and include it in celebrations and events.

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  1. Buko Pandan

One of the most famous desserts in the Philippines which originated in Bohol. This dessert is a combination of grated fresh coconut and pandan leaves, mixed with gelatin, cream, condensed milk, sugar and pinipig.

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  1. Crema de Fruta

This is one of the Noche Buena favorites and has always been on the table of most Filipinos on Christmas Eve. This dessert is made with sponge cake, layered with custard filling and topped with fruit cocktail and unflavored gelatin. Nowadays, there are a lot of ways on how to make this dessert, even ways to make it without baking it anymore.

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Balikbayan Box: Most Requested Items

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As Filipinos, we always look forward for Balikbayan boxes or care packages from our loved ones abroad. Because of the internet and social media, we became more acquainted with famous imported products. The unique fragrance you smell as soon as you open the box makes us so excited to rummage inside it. I asked a few people on Facebook what they expect or want to see inside their Balikbayan boxes when they receive one. These are the common answers I got:

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Chocolates and Candies

When I asked them the question, the first thing they all answered were either chocolates or candies. This is the all-time favorite of Filipinos. You can never say it’s a Balikbayan box without chocolates inside. That is how Filipinos love sweets so much, especially kids. Chocolates from other countries are way cheaper compared here, that’s why it is in demand. Aside from the sweet chocolates, some Filipinos also like the sour candies and gummy candies which are not found locally.

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Clothing and Shoes

Normally, OFWs would send branded clothes because it can be purchased in a much cheaper price abroad. It wouldn’t matter if it’s brand new or slightly used as long as it’s been sent by their loved ones and has value. Some forms of clothing they would send are shirts, jackets, coats (even though it’s hot in the Philippines), shorts and more.

Filipinos are such big fans of shoes from abroad. The most common shoes we normally ask from our loved ones abroad are either running shoes, basketball shoes or casual shoes. We like shoes abroad, especially from the US, because we think that shoes and other products in US are of excellent quality.

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Whenever we send care packages to our families, kids would always look for the toys.  If you are receiving Balikbayan boxes from USA, you might have seen Ty™, the small-sized stuff toys brand, which is commonly found inside the boxes. I’ve always heard from kids that they wanted either Lego, Barbie or Gundam toys. Can you imagine the excitement and joy they would feel as soon as they open the box and see the toys they’ve always wished to have.

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Electronic Gadgets

Having the latest electronic gadget these days, especially for younger generation, is such a big deal. When OFWs would ask their children what they wanted, they would either request for video game consoles, smart phones, or tablets. As technology speedily upgrades, there are lots of new electronic devices in the market.

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Canned Goods and Other Food Products

This is where everyone becomes happy. It’ll never be a Balikbayan box without Spam. Food products in some countries are not that expensive so families would prefer all of these in the boxes. Be careful with packing too much because cans contribute a lot on the weight of the box and it could cost you a lot. Also, be aware that we are not allowed to send perishable goods and fluids.


The fear of Balikbayan boxes going through the customs can already be laid to rest because there are lots of online grocery shopping stores where you can buy groceries online for your family without sending them overseas.

There are more unique things you can put inside your box. The most important thing here is, you try to make them happy and make up for the years that you weren’t physically there for your family. Sending care packages to your families is a great way to show love to them. Not because of the material things found inside that box, but because you’ve given every strength and effort to support and love them.

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We’d like to help you make your lives better even though you’re far from your loved ones. We help connect families together through the products and services that we offer, as if you’re the one shopping for them.


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10 Reasons Why Davao City is Safest and Most Liveable City in the Philippines



With the new president of the Philippines, President Duterte, the spotlight has turned its way to Davao City with more and more Filipinos getting interested on visiting or even living in Mindanao’s premier city. Three times bigger than Metro Manila, six times the size of Cebu, and one of the largest metropolitan areas not just in Asia but in the world, the Philippines’ fastest-growing city has earned nicknames like “The Singapore of the Philippines.” Davao City continues to bring in lots of testimonials and news about its safety, low cost of living, and the best mix of things to do and nature. So, what is the fuss really all about? What’s in Davao City that makes it the safest and most liveable city in the Philippines? Here are 10 reasons why:

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1) Rules and regulations are strictly being implemented.

A favorite destination for study tours, Davao City is regarded as a model for other cities in the country. The local government is much admired not just nationally but also internationally. It has led in crafting landmark pieces of legislation, pioneering innovations in local governance, strong political will in implementing policies and programs, a high level of self-sufficiency; and its pluralist and liberal political climate result in significant grassroots and civil society participation.

Even with a population of over 1.3 million and an urban density estimated at 2,400 persons per square kilometer, Davao City’s crime rate still remains among the lowest in the country. This has earned for Davao City the distinction as the Most Peaceful City in the East and Southeast Asia for a number of years already.

The city contains also numerous medical  facilities, both private and public, with highly competent medical practitioners. There are three public hospitals: Southern Philippines Medical Center, Paquibato District Hospital and Camp Panacan Station Hospital, in addition to more than 30 private hospitals, excluding clinics and lying-in centers. Some hospitals are capable of performing complex operations from kidney transplants to heart surgeries, as well as providing luxurious medical tourism facilities.

The city also has an Anti-Smoking Ordinance implemented in 2002. Primarily, the intention is to protect the public  from the hazard of second-hand smoke.

The city has policies to keep its remaining environmental frontiers intact and rehabilitate those which have been destroyed by development and lack of concern. These are in the form of ordinances and issuances, prominently among them the Watershed Code, the Marine Protected Area Ordinance, the Ordinance Banning Aerial Spraying of Farms, and the Anti-Smoke Belching Ordinance.

It has also affiliated with the Clean Cities Coalition of the Energy and Clean Air Project of the United States Agency for International Development or USAID to be able to create the necessary mechanisms to help address the issue of global warming.

It also leads the Davao Gulf Management Council, which is now undertaking the Environment Sensitivity Index (ESI) on the city’s gulf water. The ESI is a combined satellite, aerial imaging and ground truthing which identifies areas where sea creatures including coral reefs and sea grasses thrive and those that should be protected.

Davao City’s 911 by Rodincouch of SSC Davao

2) 911 Team always on-the-go.

Davao City is the only Asian city that has an integrated emergency response system similar to that of the United States and Canada, the difference being that in Davao City, the service is absolutely for free and totally subsidized by the local government. Central 911 responds to all kinds of emergencies : medical, fire, police assistance, natural or man-made disaster. The Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been cited as the best prepared disaster coordinating council in the country.

Davao Light by Davao History Blog

3) Potable and safe water and abundant supply of power are available here.

Davao City’s tap water has been tested for quality and was adjudged as one of the best in the world in terms of cleanliness, safety, mineral content, and taste. No need for boiling, distilling, purifying, adding of minerals. The Davao City Water District (DCWD) is the number one water utility company among the 50 water utilities in the Asia- Pacific region.

Also, being the third largest privately-owned electric utility in the Philippines, Davao Light & Power Co. is the country’s most efficiently run power utility. The city is also the first in the country to have an  adaptive traffic signalization system and has a state-of-the-art traffic system similar to the system in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Davao Police by Philippines Lifestyle
Davao Police by Philippines Lifestyle News

4) It has high police visibility, low crime rate and vehicular accidents.

Have a holiday in the city that boasts of having one of the lowest crime rates (averaging 0.8 per 10,000 population per month). The Davao City Police Office has consistently been chosen as the Best Police Office in the entire country. The Davao City Peace and Order Council has been elevated to the Philippine Hall of Fame for consistently being the best performing in the country.

From Top Left (Clockwise): Mangosteen, Philippine Sashimi, Durian Fruit, Kinilaw. Photos by OSOmniMedia Design Studio and Women Daily Magazine
From Top Left (Clockwise): Mangosteen, Philippine Sashimi, Durian Fruit, Kinilaw. Photos by OSOmniMedia Design Studio and Women Daily Magazine

5) Low cost of living.

In Davao City, the ideal quality of life does not come at a high cost! When in Davao City, you enjoy the freshest and highest quality agricultural produce. It exports large volumes of banana, pineapple, orchids, and tuna. Its pomelo, durian, and mangosteen are sought-after by many, yet these remain affordable and accessible to the locals on a daily basis.

Davao City: Clean and Green by OSOmniMedia Design Studio
Davao City: Clean and Green by OSOmniMedia Design Studio

6) It has maintained cleanliness in its surroundings.

Davao City takes advantage of environmental laws which ensure proper collection and disposal of garbage. The city is known for its well-disciplined residents plus a localized version of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act which is now being implemented. A huge sanitary landfill in place, regular and systematic collection of garbage from fixed points, and proper segregation have maintained cleanliness in the surroundings.

Zumba in the Park – People’s Park, Davao City by Br. Jeff U. Pioquinto, SJ

7) Low mortality rate. Healthy lifestyle.

Live a wholesome and healthy lifestyle in Davao City! The city pioneered the regulation of smoking in public places in the Philippines that gave birth to the National Anti-Smoking Law. Davao City has been a recipient of the prestigious Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health in 2010 and 2011 during the World No Tobacco Day. It has tough policies against dangerous drugs, violence against women and children (including prostitution and human trafficking), and environmental pollution. It has addressed the concern over aerial spraying in large plantations and banned the use of firecrackers and similar pyrotechnics. It leads in the conservation of endangered species such as the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, as well as the protection of the city’s watershed, coastal areas, rivers and gulf. Davao City boasts of having one of the most progressive and comprehensive reproductive health program in the world.


8) It’s business-friendly.

Surveys and evaluations on the best places for business have always cited Davao as among the best performers. These include distinctions as being the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future by the FDI magazine of The Financial Times, the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines with the Best Quality of Life by the Asian Institute of Management and a long list of numerous recognition and distinctions as the city has received in the recent years. All these are proof of the continuous and decisive strides in making Davao City a home for many productive ventures and endeavors.

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Mount Apo by Byahero Snapshots

9) Davao City is the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Harvests are bountiful in Davao City. The cultivation and propagation of natural resources dominate the economic landscape of the region as the city is surrounded by many different plantations and stock farms supplying both local and export markets. With the richness of agribusiness opportunities in and around the city, it’s no wonder that Davao City is considered the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Davao City. Photo by Bernardo Agulo
Davao City. Photo by Bernardo Agulo

10) It’s a great place to live, work and play.

Davao City has been cited in Asia for its high livability index, where residents can easily switch between fast-paced business transactions and soothing relaxation options. It is considered a major tourist destination in the East Asian region with an increasing number of international visitors since the 1990s.

The designation of the Tagurano-Catigan-Eden Tourism Development Zone as the Mountain Resort and Agro-Tourism Capital of Southern Mindanao illustrates determined efforts leading to the desirable transformation of the city as the Summer Capital of the Philippine South. Additionally, the presence of world-class beach resorts both in the city and on nearby Samal Island (30 minutes away by boat ride) has allowed Davao to offer a complete tourism package for all visitors.

Beyond just visiting, Davao is also seen as a retirement haven for people seeking a slower pace, due to its relaxed atmosphere, low cost of living, and numerous recreational options.


So, what are you waiting for? Come to Davao and experience it yourself!

References: Davao – Life is Here and Trending News Portal

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Most Filipinos who decide to work abroad are driven by their desire to provide for their family’s necessities. They either can’t find a stable job or has one but doesn’t have the capacity to fully sustain their everyday needs. It’s already hard to be away from home, and it would be much harder if their hard-earned money will not be used for what it’s meant for. And so, when we plan for budgeting our money, groceries should always be the number 1 on the list.

Here at BayanMall Online Shopping, we give you access to thousands of products you can choose from that you can find in your supermarket – from rice to fresh goods such as vegetables, fruits, and meat, down to cereals, canned goods, cleaning products, pet care, and even your baby’s needs! All these and more can be delivered door-to-door to your loved ones anywhere in the Philippines with just a few taps of your fingers on your phone. They don’t need to go out to buy them! Easy and convenient, huh?

So, here’s a summary of what you can find on BayanMall’s grocery list. Clicking on the object will take you to that category under Groceries.

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There are already a lot of online shopping stores out there and it’s not new for Filipinos to shop there. It’s convenient and easy, and you can just shop anytime and anywhere with just a few clicks on your phone, tab, or laptop for as long as you have internet connection. Then, you just sit back, relax and wait for your items to arrive. But are you working or living abroad? Do you wish to shop and directly send them to your family and other loved ones back here? Well, we’re giving you a CHEAPER and FASTER way to do it! Let us introduce you to BayanMall Online ShoppingWhy shop at BayanMall? Here are the WHY’s:


The goods are packed and delivered right at their door-step in just 3-5 working days! No need to wait months!

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It’s tax-free! Plus, delivery charge costs Php500 only to any city in the Philippines! If outside the city, additional charges apply depending on the distance from the city.



You’ll have access to thousands of products in just a few clicks wherever you are! Less time, less hassle! No need to worry about packing!



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You know where your hard-earned money goes. Our 24-hour customer support are ready to assist you as well with any of your questions. BayanMall also has been awarded as the Best OFW Online Shop by the Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence just last March 2016.
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OFW News: How to Send Money to the Philippines

We, Filipinos, are fun-loving people. We are known for hospitality and very close family ties. But because of financial problems within the family due to lack of employment options and/or family circumstances like being a single parent, people are driven overseas to find greener pastures. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) sacrifice being together with their family to work abroad, earn, and send a good sum of money to the Philippines to support their family’s needs.

Besides providing for their families back home, these remittances are a crucial component of the Philippines economy according to World Bank estimates. The Philippines is the world’s third-largest recipient of remittances. Remittances, which accounted for approximately 9.8% of GDP in 2015, are an important source of income for many Filipino families and thus a main driver of private consumption. Remittances came mainly from the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

But despite the fact that there are already a lot of ways to send money to Philippines, some OFWs are still not aware of these options and choose to send money based on the recommendation of their friends or colleagues. It is already a pain to be away from the family, so risking their hard-earned money by sending it through another remittance center, which they haven’t tried or known before, is very much less of an option.

So to help you know them, here’s a list of the top remittance centers that OFWs can use to send money to the Philippines, proven to be secure and accessible for both them and their families:


  1. Moneygram

MoneyGram is located in more than 190 countries and can deliver both pesos and dollars through three ways. They can send the money directly to the receiver’s residence, make the money available for pick-up at their branches nationwide, or have it retrievable by the use of LBC ATM cards at over 6,800 ATMs in the country.



  1. Xoom Money Transfer

It is a tried and trusted option for many Filipinos and with more than 10,500 pick-up locations in the country. It definitely has a wide reach and a solid customer base and network partners like M Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier, as well as bank deposits thru BDO, BPI, and Metrobank among others. Plus, Xoom offers a money-back guarantee for your peace of mind.


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  1. M Lhuillier

Powered by M Lhuillier Financial’s expansive network of branches in the Philippines, an equally strong partner network abroad and an extremely reliable technology-based system, Kwarta Padala is delivered whenever and wherever it is needed. Money can be then received through any of the 1,850 branches of M Lhuillier all over the Philippines.  Pick-up your money anytime at any of the 150 branches operating 24/7 in the key cities of the country, or as late as 10:00 p.m. in most other branches.


  1. Cebuana Lhuillier

Cebuana Lhuillier’s Pera Padala service is an easy, quick, and safe way to send and receive money. With more than 1,800 branches nationwide and accredited international partners, this money transfer service is made available to clients within and outside the Philippines. All transactions are real time, which enables clients to claim the money as soon as the sender completes the sending process in the branch.


  1. SBI Remit

SBI Remit works with MoneyGram, who’s a global network of more than 350,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. The SBI Group has extensive knowledge and experience of the internet and the financial markets. This service can be accessed from both the website and mobile site. This is widely used by OFWs in Japan.


  1. Palawan Express

With over 1000 branches nationwide and growing numbers of remittance partners and agents, including LBC and SM Malls, Palawan Express Pera Padala is one of the country’s leading money remittance companies today. Being a local company, Palawan has partnered with international money transfer companies like Xoom and MoneyGram to serve OFWs around the world.


  1. LBC

With over 3,000 branches nationwide and partner agents nationwide, they also make money transfer easier. With partners internationally, like Xoom and Zenje, money remittance is much more possible and safe.


  1. Sigue Money Transfer

Internationally, Sigue’s global arm is headquartered in London and is a UK payment institution duly authorized to do business in 30 European Economic Area Member States, in order to provide money remittance services pursuant to Directive 2007/64/EC (PSD). Sigue agents, offices and support centers are available all around the globe in over one hundred countries and is partnered with local money remittance centers in the Philippines like M Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier.

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  1. Money Express

Money Express is a subsidiary of Groupe Chaka born in 2002 to meet a need for reliable electronic money transfer, fast and secure. Money Express has quickly established itself as a money transfer solution on the African space.

Doing research will help OFWs feel at peace when sending their hard-earned money. Hope this list helped! You can click on each Remittance Center in the list to know more about them. Take care!

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Credits: FocusEconomics and CNBC