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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is an autonomous, nongovernmental humanitarian organization that was founded with the objective of providing a sustained and effective humanitarian and social welfare service to protect human life and health. Established in 1947 as an independent movement, it was initially involved only in the provision of blood and short-term palliatives as well as participation in disaster-related activities. Through the years, however, the organization has also focused on a wider array of humanitarian services, most especially in providing emergency medical services, in coordination with the Philippine government.

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"What is a SALN? If SALN is a public document, why hasn’t President Rodrigo Duterte released or made available his SALN to the public? What is its significance?" - Bianca


Hi, Bianca! The Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) is a declaration of assets and liabilities of a public official or employee, of his or her spouse, and of his or her unmarried children (under 18 years old who still live in their parent’s households). The submission of SALN is required by law under the Republic Act No. 6713, known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.” The Ombudsman or authorized representatives may attain documents that may show assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests, and financial connections from all appropriate government agencies. All public officials—yes, all—are required to file a SALN within 30 days after assumption of office; on or before April 30 of every year thereafter; and within 30 days after separation from the service. SALNs must be accessible for copying by 10 days after it has been filed. Why is this important? The declaration of SALN aims to promote transparency in the civil service and to establish a deterrent against government officials who want to enrich themselves through unlawful means, particularly in the form of bribes, kickbacks, grease money or other forms of corruption. The media and several anti-corruption groups have repeated asked for a copy of the president's SALN. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that interested parties may write a formal communication to the Office of the Ombudsman to get a copy. The Ombudsman, however, maintained that the release would be limited only to requests from the declarant himself or herself and from government officers conducting investigations. President Rodrigo Duterte last released publicly his SALN in 2017. - Mindy

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Tight Times is a children's book authored by Jean Lee Patindol and illustrated by Sergio Bumatay III. It was published by the Adarna House. It is a book about a typical Filipino dealing with difficult times. It inspires people to never lose hope even during times when they have less food to eat, less things to use or less places to go. It teaches the value of family and making most out of what is at hand.

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  • September 19, 1829Joaquin Pardo de Tavera y Gomez was born in San Roque, Cavite. His father Julian Pardo de Tavera was originally from Toledo, Spain and was descended from a distinguished family that included a cardinal inquisitor and the Marques de Magahon. His mother was Juana Maria Gomez, also of Spanish descent. Joaquin was a reformist, liberal-minded lawyer and an early supporter of the Filipino cause in the 19th century. He is known primarily for his involvement in the events that lead to the Cavite Mutiny in 1872 and for unjustly being exile to the Marianas Islands for his beliefs.
  • September 19, 1862 – The Spanish colonial Royal Commissary is created to conduct extensive survey of conditions in the Philippines, particularly with regards to problems concerning local civil administration.
  • September 19, 1896 – Filipino mason and revolutionary Antonio San Agustin Salazar confessed that he knows Andres Bonifacio, the founder and leader of the Katipunan. He said that he was supposedly present during Bonifacio's initiation into the Masonic lodge “Taliba.”
  • September 19, 1900 – The Philippine Commission adopted a system of civil service wherein government service appointments are based on competitive test results.
  • September 19, 1947 - Emmet O'Neal arrived in Manila to assume the post of United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Philippines.
  • September 19, 2014Francisco Feliciano, National Artist for Music in 2014, died at the age of 73 because of cancer.

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Arturo Tolentino was a Filipino politician who became the Senate President and was briefly the Vice President of the country. He was born in Manila from relatively poor parents and earned his way through hard work and his notable scholarly powers and skills as a politician.

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