President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Universal Health Care Bill which seeks to give all Filipinos health care coverage and benefits. Under the law, Filipinos will be automatically enrolled in the proposed National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) either as direct contributor or indirect contributor (Inquirer.net).
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A Filipina scientist, Dr. Jane Gerardo-Abaya , was appointed as one of the directors of the Austria-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an international center for cooperation in the nuclear field (Inquirer).
An application made by a team of Filipino innovators was nominated as a global finalist at the Galactic Impact in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge, the biggest hackathon in the world (Rappler).
Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country's president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with "cyber libel" charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees (CNN).
The international cruise industry will need some additional 100,000 new employees over the next three years, according to Daniela Fahr, CEO of Connect, Germany’s largest recruitment agency for cruise ships, reports Inquirer.net.