Universal Health Care Now Law in PH

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).

Filipina Scientist Named a Director of Austrian Atomic Energy Body

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).

Pinoy Entry Is Global Finalist in NASA Space App Challenge

GLOBAL FINALIST. Team iNON (It's Now or Never) is behind the ISDApp. Photo courtesy of Michael Lance Domagas (Source: Rappler)

GLOBAL FINALIST. Team iNON (It's Now or Never) is behind the ISDApp. Photo courtesy of Michael Lance Domagas (Source: Rappler)

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).

Rappler Chief Arrested on Cyber Libel Charge

Maria Ressa (Source: CNN Philippines)

Maria Ressa (Source: CNN Philippines)

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).

Alberta Gov't to Offer Filipino Language Classes in Schools by 2020

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced the provincial government will develop a K-12 Filipino language and culture program, to be ready for interested schools by 2020 (Calgary Sun).

Filipinos Spend Most Time Online Worldwide

A new report revealed that people in the Philippines spent more time on the internet than any other country in the world in 2018 (Asian Journal).

Cruise Industry to Hire 100,000 Workers, PH to Be Key Source

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.

Filipinos in NY: Lowest Poverty Rate, Largest Households

New York City’s Filipino population was the fourth largest Asian ethnic group in New York City, behind Chinese, Indians and Koreans as of three years ago (Inquirer.net).