Community Whispers by Ray Junia
Community Whispers


Nov 29, 2022, 12:22 AM
Ray L. Junia

Ray L. Junia


Media Workers Act, is long overdue in coming. Soon to become a law, its weight on the industry is enough to kill community newspapers.

Realities on the ground will lead to the law being honored in breach. Otherwise, this law means death to many publications.

Newspapers had been carrying the obituary. Now, they will be in the obits.


Inflation expected to accelerate further, economists forecast it is to stay above the four percent level.

Authorities and experts claim inflation is a little above 5 percent.

Wives, though, have another story to tell.

“Before the pandemic, my P5,000 would feed my family for 1 week,” the wife would say. “Today, that’s good for four days,” she adds.

Only experts believe that five percent inflation. Not the ordinary Filipino.


The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), launched Buhay Ingatan, Droga Ayawan (BIDA), an anti-drug campaign focused on cutting drug supply and rehab of drug users.

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Local Government Units (LGU) join forces with the DILG.

A multi-billion industry that does not pay taxes, the government is in for another big challenge that it is most likely to fail.


A solon moves to put in place measures that will protect marine wild life in islands in the West Philippine Sea while hoping it will spark cooperation by and among claimant states in that area of the west Philippines.

And for this spark, some P10 million will be set aside by the government every year.

Another solon is pushing for unified collection in toll fees in all of the country’s toll roads.

Unified toll collection is now on its final stages of study for implementation initiated by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) of the Department of Transportation (DoTr).

Ordered by former Sec. Art Tugade, the TRB had been on this for years now. Tugade would have wanted this enforced before the end of term of the Duterte administration. But technical problems have slowed down its implementation.

Yes, it will improve movement of vehicles in our toll roads if interoperability is perfected. Or it will cause slow down, clog toll plazas caused by machines unable to read RFIDs.


Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and his team at the Caritas International get replaced a year before the Filipino cardinal ends his term at the Caritas.

Why the rush has bred too many speculations not kind to our very own cardinal in the Vatican City.

But one thing is sure, Cardinal Tagle has more time now on his very important task in overseeing evangelization in the Catholic faith.


Finance Secretary Diokno was quoted to have said the agriculture front in our country is a dying industry.

He could not be more correct, a situation too alarming not to get its proper attention from President Marcos, Jr.

To breathe back life to food production, immediate steps are on rehabilitation of our soil dying from unabated use of chemical fertilizer.

But Marcos, Jr., approves purchase by the government of billions of pesos worth of Urea, the most favored chemical fertilizer.


Joke for the week. What three little words does a woman want to hear?

“Buy you that.”

Popular in sharing session of largess from government commission,

“yung kay Edi?”

Who is Edi?

“Eh di ako!”

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