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All state Universities and Colleges in the Philippines will offer education to Filipino nationals for free starting next year after the Senate and the Congress approved the 8 Billion pesos additional budget for the Commission on Higher Education.

National Capital Region (NCR)

President Eduardo S. Caillo

EULOGIO “AMANG” RODRIGUEZ INSTITUTE OF 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

PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL (University of the Philippines Manila)

Under DBM-NCR Coverage

President Commo. Richard U. Ritual

PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY MAIN CAMPUS (Marawi)

Mindanao State University (General Santos Campus)

Mindanao State University (Maguindanao)Mindanao State University (Naawan)

Mindanao State University (Sulu)

Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology

Mindanao State University – Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR)

President Aurelio Labanen Jr.

ABRA STATE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

APAYAO STATE COLLEGE

BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY

IFUGAO STATE UNIVERSITY

KALINGA-APAYAO STATE COLLEGE

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE

REGION 1 – ILOCOS

President Benjamin P. Sapitula

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

Region II – Cagayan Valley

President Aleth M. Mamauag

BATANES STATE COLLEGE

CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY

ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY

NUEVA VIZCAYA STATE UNIVERSITY

QUIRINO STATE COLLEGE

Region III – Central Luzon

President Eusebio V. Angara

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 AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

RAMON MAGSAYSAY TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

TARLAC COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

TARLAC STATE UNIVERSITY

Region IV-A – CALABARZON

President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo

BATANGAS STATE UNIVERSITY

CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY

LAGUNA STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE

SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF RIZAL SYSTEM

REGION IV-B – MIMAROPA

President Romulo H. Malvar

MARINDUQUE STATE COLLEGE

MINDORO STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO NATIONAL COLLEGE

PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY

ROMBLON STATE UNIVERSITY

WESTERN PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY

Region V – Bicol

President Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya

BICOL UNIVERSITY

CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE

CAMARINES SUR POLYTECHNIC COLLEGES

CENTRAL BICOL STATE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE

CATANDUANES STATE COLLEGES

DR. EMILIO B. ESPINOSA SR. MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

PARTIDO STATE UNIVERSITY

SORSOGON STATE COLLEGE

Region VI – Western Visayas

President Danilo E. Abayon

AKLAN STATE UNIVERSITY

CAPIZ STATE UNIVERSITY

CARLOS HILADO MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE

GUIMARAS STATE COLLEGE

ILOILO STATE COLLEGE OF FISHERIES

NEGROS STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

NORTHERN ILOILO POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE

NORTHERN NEGROS STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF ANTIQUE

WESTERN VISAYAS COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Region VII – Central Visayas

President Marcelo T. Lopez

CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY

CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY

SIQUIJOR STATE COLLEGE

Region VIII – Eastern Visayas

President Reynaldo A. Lombrio

EASTERN SAMAR STATE COLLEGE

EASTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY

LEYTE NORMAL UNIVERSITY

NAVAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

NORTHWEST SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY

PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY

SOUTHERN LEYTE STATE UNIVERSITY

VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN PHILIPPINES

Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula

President Hji. Nasser A. Salain

BASILAN STATE COLLEGE

JOSEFINA H. CERILLES STATE COLLEGE

JOSE RIZAL MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE

SULU STATE COLLEGE

TAWI-TAWI REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY

ZAMBOANGA CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE

ZAMBOANGA STATE COLLEGE OF MARINE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

Region X- Northern Mindanao

President Victor M. Barroso

BUKIDNON STATE COLLEGE

CAMIGUIN POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE

CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY

MINDANAO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

MISAMIS ORIENTAL STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

NORTHWESTERN MINDANAO STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Region XI – Davao Region

President Jonathan A. Bayogan

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 SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES

Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN

Officer-In-Charge Bashier D. Salic

ADIONG MEMORIAL POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE

COTABATO CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE

COTABATO FOUNDATION COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

SULTAN KUDARAT STATE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO

Region XIII – CARAGA

President Doroteo E. Jacquias

AGUSAN DEL SUR STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

CARAGA STATE UNIVERSITY

SURIGAO DEL SUR STATE UNIVERSITY

SURIGAO STATE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

The P8-B budget may only covered the tuition fee, but not the other miscellaneous expenses like laboratory fees.

The additional budget for CHED was part of the P3.35-T proposed budget for 2017. It only needed the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and he’s expected to sign it after his trips abroad.
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We are constantly flooded with news now more than ever. And unless you live under a rock, it would take you a jiffy to peek at your newsfeed and you'll see a stream of various memes, links, and infographics.

The information superhighways are all sprinkled with a hodge-podge of news and political statuses; which of course, is not totally a bad thing. And with this torrent of information in the social media, there's not enough time to digest and evaluate these pieces of "news".
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Our typical journalism class will tell us that media delivers the message, which in turn, impacts on how the rest of the people see the world. Together with the visuals, help the masses form their own opinion. It's the all too-important media; widely considered as the fourth estate of any government next to the judiciary, legislative, and the executive.

The beloved Philippine Islands has one of the freest press in the world; no doubt about that. And like any other country, its media has its own spin doctors  that aim to twist public perception. This is actually the case for most governments. However, for this new administration though, it seems that most of the things we read and see in the news are not siding with the admin - which is not a bad thing in itself.
  
However, being too aggressive by aiming towards the septegenarian's jugular is not healthy, either. It may sound tad negative but the mainstream media (MSM) should be a bit more fairly. A juxtaposition of headlines from all the major news networks would reveal how these news outfits present the news.

A brief disclaimer here first: I have the highest regard to the journalistic profession. I am a dotcom writer and contributor to mainstream news websites here. I have no axe to grind, I'm just simply presenting my views on how I think the news is being treated these days, which, in all honesty, saddens me. Most of us cannot differentiate what is real from not; the truth from the lie.
 
Apparently, media can both be sanctimonious and prurient. And while it is a given that one of its main job is to challenge government - it also has the moral duty of presenting not just the bad but also, the good news.

This current admin's honeymoon period has just been concluded and it is marred with controversy - and a lot of significant achievements, too. Far from perfect but as to the aspect of governance, it's pretty decent. This includes the 911 emergency response, the recently-signed 8888 corruption hotline, the OFW's one-stop shop for requirements, the Freedom of Information Bill, and more; which does not even get the media mileage it deserves.

Good news like these have to be told to the public but instead, we are bombarded with news which focus on the president's cursing, the alleged drug deaths and the likes. I'm not saying that the human rights issue should be swept under the rug, but unless it is proven in court that these are state-sponsored killings why are we so quick to conclude that this non-oligarchic president is at the helm? What is worse is when our journos here give these so-called facts to the international press without keeping in mind the basics of gatekeeping.

Pinoy journos and locals alike, have the duty to share to foreigners the nuances of our culture and language. But then again, since some newspeople like sound bites and click baits - those that titillates the senses - are what these foreign media pick. Case in point: the "son of a whore" issue towards Obama. If you're a true-blue Pinoy, you'll be able to distinguish PI as an expletive and not as a personal attack. The locals should do a better job of letting foreign understand context and put things into the right perspective.

I frequently talk to foreigners and one drawback of our Chief Executive's international coverage is that they now have a distorted sense of view on our country. They even thought that the government is pulling off a "genocide" of some sort. Just because that is what is seemingly and singly reported from our islands. Wasn't even surprised that France's Liberation insultingly calls President Duterte, "The Serial Killer President". Luring people to their dailies is but one of the frailties of corporate mass media driven by profit. Saddening but true.

Another thing that makes information dissemination more interesting in the Philippines is the proliferation of fake news. You'll be surprised on how abundant like mushrooms these fake "news" sites are. Chances are, you have seen a Facebook friend share one to your newsfeed. And I honestly find this hilarious.

Yet, people fall for these click-happy antics by politically-motivated netizens. Whether it's a twist on words; invented news stories; or made-up headlines - a lot of our less-researched friends fall prey. And since the masses don't have the luxury to verify these links, they hence take this, at face value.

Unprecented: A French newspaper calls a Chief Executive, "serial killer".
Clearly, blame is not, and should not only be put on the people who bring the news; people's gullibility is also another culprit. In a recent interview by graduating FEU Communications majors to me last week in Manila, I mentioned to them that a responsible reader's job is to take a magnifying lens and compare the headlines in order to have a clearer picture of an issue. It is the reader's job to put the pieces together.

Now, let's talk about the "vilified" Mocha Uson Blog. A dancer from the girl group, Mocha Girls, Margaux Uson set her sex advice aside and paved the way for her open support to the then-Mayor Duterte since the start of this year. What made her blog intriguing is that her Facebook engagements rake in huge numbers even larger than that of Rappler or Inquirer combined. Because of this, most from the "intelligentsia" take a swipe at her. An Ateneo de Manila lampoon magazine ridiculed her with the publication, "Mochang Tanga Blog"; a Change.org petition was created to suspend her blog.
 
From the viewpoint of a blogger; her tiny space in the cyberspace is a clear manifestation that people are looking for other avenues for information aside from MSM. While I don't agree with some of her posts; as well as from the unverified links that she shares; she must not be singled out and be restraint on her freedom to express herself. She even often reminds everyone on her articles and videos that she is not a journalist. I give her props for not hiding behind anonymity and on her frankness. I'd be more supportive of her though, if she shares trustworthy sources in her posts; well, that's just me.
 

Our current state of info dissemination in the social media is sure rife with problems. Now we become a melting pot of propaganda from left and right; we became more divisive than ever. Truth is the anti-thesis of lies. Our information highways could be the very same roads we use to correct others. In this country, it will be our duty to raise critical thinking; no matter how impossible it may seem for now.
A picture of a beaming young Filipina with Jack Ma and President Obama in a conference graced the dailies exactly about a year ago here in the Philippines. That lady was Aisah Mijeno, a young Filipina scientist who invented an ingenious lamp that works simply by adding two tablespoons of salt on a glass of water. This portable lamp called SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting), made light accessible to thousands of families in the far-flung areas of the country.
 
L-R: Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, US President Barack Obama, and Filipina scientist Aisa Mijeno.
What that image showed was not just a "Filipino Pride" moment, but a moment of significant importance for the growing trend in the Philippines: social enterprises.

In a nutshell, it is a revenue-generating business which aims to reinvest its profits in cultural, humanitarian, and environmental causes. Simply put, the social entrepreneurs use the money that you pay them for social good.

Especially at the turn of the twentieth century, more and more community enterprises were put up here by young entrepreneurs with impressive leapfrog technologies and innovations. One of these is the "Bambike Revolution Cycles", which are locally-made bicycles with the main chassis built from sturdy bamboo. It has a two-prong approach for community betterment: 1) it provides employment to the people of Tarlac who makes those bikes; and 2) they set up a bike tour for the tourists to enjoy famous Manila landmarks by pedaling their way using the bamboo bikes. I have experienced it myself and those bikes look stylishly great, too.
Bambike workers assembling the bicycle body in Tarlac. 
In the provinces, SE continues to have big leaps forward. A community enterprise that I have recently discovered on Facebook was the Taclob bags. It was made by the survivors of the strongest typhoon in the country, Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan). As a response to the growing need for a source of livelihood, the Taclob project improved the survivors' well-being by allowing them to make bags from discarded materials - which also helps in the reduction of solid waste in Tacloban City.

These are just but a handful of the dynamic social entrepreneurship trend in the Philippines today. Not just geared towards the financial rewards, these community enterprises give proactive contribution in resolving Philippine issues.
The "Compassion" bag, one of the bestselling bags of the Taclob project. 
However, while SE leaves lasting impact to our society, the need to regulate and protect these initiatives arises. A piece of legislation was introduced by Representative Erin TaƱada in the Congress four years ago. It was entitled “Magna Carta for Social Enterprises of 2012" but sad to say, it did not gain any traction. With this new administration of Pres. Duterte, however, I see a ray of hope for he seemed to favor pro-poor policies. A legislative measure would raise awareness and governmental support which would further encourage innovative community initiatives all over the archipelago.

It is undeniable that the Philippines could see social enterprise starting to have more and more impact in the coming years. I am hopeful that these community enterprises could be utilized as a  tool for the country's poverty reduction programs.  Who knows, we might have more Aisa Mijenos in the future that could work out creative and innovative ideas for social good - with the less fortunate ones as its primary stakeholders.




Photo Credits:

Aisa Mijeno with the SALt lamp, https://i.ytimg.com/vi/HuXeCIQYIso/maxresdefault.jpg. Accessed 11        October 2016.

Bambike Webiste. Tarlac Workers, http://bambike.com/bambuilders. Accessed 10 October 2016.


Taclob Facebook Page. Compassion Bag. https://www.facebook.com/taclob.ph/photos/. Accessed 10 October 2016.