Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The great apostasy

The great apostasy
The progressive change is contrary to the Duterte regime.


President Duterte closed a window (or door) to the possibility of progressive change.

Contrary to his statements that he does not control the Congress, especially the Commission on Appointments (CA), which has denied Judy Taguiwalo's secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the public knows the truth. Any regime in the country, has a strong influence on Congress, and the President uses this influence to push legislators to pass the bill and policy they want. The song says, just wondering what is wrong.

Taguiwalo unveils the leadership of the people from the Left: loyal to the people's service, without corruption, and talent and creativity to improve the service of the people. Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano, now secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, is still demonstrating and remains unconfirmed by the CA. As the head, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Sec. Liza Maza.

As part of Duterte's move towards Right and closer to US imperialism, he has gradually been deprived of the cabinet members who serve the most loyal people. In the meantime, just over a year ago, we have seen much of Duterte's turning back from brutal statements against US military presence in the country.


More than three months after the outbreak of Marawi City broke out, we saw the President's full acceptance of the US "military" - the imitation of imperialism in the massive and open crushing of the city, killing civilians and violating rights Moro citizens. We are so far at the time that Duterte was condemned to US crimes against the Moro during the Filipino-American war, as he himself administered the repetition of these crimes now.

We can say that the war and the insurgency are just an expansion or extension of the "terrorism" of Duterte's previously demonstrated fascist tendencies we have seen in his war-torn war. In the name of this war, called Oplang Tokhang, he commissioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) to use the whole force-even if it was illegal-to eliminate addicts and to drive illegal drugs.

Like his tactics for "terrorists", Duterte has been in the hands of iron and bloody destruction of social problems such as the spread of drugs and "terrorism" that can only be solved in response to the basic problems of Filipino society. And these problems, according to the national-democratic movement, are the rule of imperialism, the existence of bureaucrat capitalism (regardless of the government's business as a business or for official interest), and feudalism (monopoly control of some landlords In the country's major agricultural lands).


Perhaps, Duterte has come to realize that he can not really address these problems, especially since he has embraced the implementation of the neoliberal economic policies previously implemented by previous presidents. Through these policies, the intensification of imperialist control over the economy and politics continues in the country, while the rule of the few oligarchic members in the country continues. In the meantime, social services such as education, housing and medical services remain far away from the hands of the poorer people-because of the neoliberal view, it is not the right of citizens but products that can be enjoyed by a few.

That is why he only uses hand-iron to respond to the symptoms of the above-mentioned social problems. He has also abandoned the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), especially the promises of liberation to political prisoners. He intensifies the "all-out war" against the revolutionary movement that is bound by martial law in Mindanao. He even threatens to extend military rule across the country.

The fascist dictatorship is not the progressive change that is in the minds of the 16 million Filipinos in mind to vote for Duterte. Certainly, in the next few weeks and months, the number of its citizens will increase.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Basic SEO practices for newbies:




Basic SEO practices for newbies:
The thing to remember is that SEO isn't a magic bullet. It's important, but no one knows the exact algorithms the SEs use, and each one is different so all you can do is optimize the best you can. There happens to be a few things that you should just always do whenever you make a new website. Don't stress over every little thing, just make sure you are doing it, this should just become kind of automatic for you.

Make sure you fill in your meta tags with a good title, description, and the right keywords. I personally don't think the keywords meta-tag is nearly as important as everyone else on here does, but it gives me a way to organize my keywords list for me to reference. When you start having many different websites, it's good to include whatever notes to yourself you can. When you come back to work on an older site you might not remember everything you were thinking before. The meta tags help you remember your site info as much as it helps the SE figure it out. A good rule of thumb is that anything that won't hurt you for SEO and might help, you should use and use correctly. Definately use the title meta-tag, try to include keywords in the title. Definitely use the description meta-tag, google will normally use this for the summary it displays in the listing. It isn't used for indexing so write it for humans, this is what gets people to click on your link when they see it in the SERP. Don't use the same metatags for every page on your site. Take the time to make them be specific to each page.
Create good content. Make sure you have some decent content. Content is what the internet was invented for. If you have unique and quality content, then all the seo and backlinking you're doing is just to get the ball rolling. Give them what they want, show them where it is, and they'll start coming. If it's good enough then it'll eventually start building on its own naturally because people like what they found. That's the idea anyway. So whenever possible use the best page design and the best content possible. Avoid duplicate content between different pages on your site, the SE will most likely penalize your site for that.
Remember, your content isn't just something to get google to like your site, it is the whole point of your site. The content and how you structure it is what will make visitors do what you want when they get there. If it's crap they'll just leave, and 99% of them won't leave by clicking on your adsense or affilliate link, they'll just close the window or use the back button. (yes, of course if your doing blackhat stuff you can make the browser go where you want, but that's for a different discussion.)

Include your keywords. Structure your content correctly, make a few title headers in the content that include keywords (use header tags h1, h2, etc.), try to have a keyword density around 2% in your content, and maybe 4% for the whole page including the metatags, alt tags, anchors, etc.
Be sure that your .htaccess is set up correctly. Decide on which way you want your url to be and stick with it. If you decide to use www then always use it like that in your links, don't use both. I usually set up a 301 for all www requests to redirect to non-www urls. If you don't set that up then every single page on your site can appear to google as having at least one duplicate. If that's the only thing wrong on your site it isn't going to kill you, but it's so easy to fix. If you don't know how to set up a redirect in your .htaccess file then just do a search, there are many other threads explaining it. Check google if you can't find it here. Also, .htaccess only apples if your on an Apache server, Windows servers do it a little differently, if that applies to you then just search google to find out how to do it. If your consitent in your linking, then the only time the redirect will come into play is if you get natural backlinks that you have no control over. You should also specify which you prefer, www or not-www in google tools if you use it. (If you don't then you really should, I recommend you set yourself up an account for webmaster tools and analytics.)
Make a robots.txt file and I like to include a favicon because without them the robots will trigger file not found errors on your server. Be sure to configure your robots.txt correctly. Make a custom 404 page. If your site has more than just a couple of pages then also create a sitemap.xml file. It's not a bad idea to just create a sitemap anyway no matter what, it lets you define the structure of your site to the crawlers. Just search google if you don't know how to do any of that, it's very basic and you can find exact instructions within a minute when you do a search.
Other than that there isn't a lot more you can do for on-site SEO. When people ask about SEO they're always thinking of on-site SEO, but thats the easy and quick part. Just do it and get on with it.

Everything else is off-site SEO and involves building backlinks and promotion.
This is where you need to focus your efforts. This is where the magic bullet is, if there really is one.

Social Bookmarks, Directory Submissions, Profile Links, and Blog Comments are really the easiest place to start getting backlinks. It's not a bad idea to purchase these links from a service. They are easy to make, but to do it right they really need to be posted from many different accounts and ip adresses. A good idea when your starting is to do it yourself a little bit to see how it works, then purchase larger quantities from a service. You want to get a lot of links, but you don't want to over do it. Building to fast can look unnatural, just do some searches and read up on it a little more. How many and how fast is a judgement call you have to make. hold off on more complex linkbuilding until you have a little more experience. Linkwheels and other link structures can be very powerful, but can also hurt your site a lot if not done correctly.

Whenever possible include keyword anchors and title or alt tags on your backlinks. Don't always use the same anchors, vary it up a little, use 3 or 4 different keywords and even do a few with some non keyword anchors. You are trying to look as though a lot of different real people have taken a liking to your site, if it were natural then all links wouldn't be exactly the same, so you want to simulate that same type of randomness. Backlinking strategies are all about simulating the natural events that happen as a site grows in popularity. If you can do it successfully then the SE's will give you good position in the listings, and then hopefully what you are simulating can become reality. The point of all of it is to get traffic.
Change up your anchor text. The idea of backlinking is to simulate that masses of people are becoming interested in your site. It should have some amount of randomness to it in order to look natural. I've seen a few made up stats on what's best, but I think a good rule of thumb is maybe about 45% primary keywords, 35% secondary keywords, and about 15% random unrelated like Click Here, and then about 5% just the url. The exact percentage isn't dramatically important, it just needs to seem like the linking is natural.
Create relevant articles containing your keywords, include backlinks using keyword anchors, and submit to article directories. Article directories are mostly authority sites and your article becomes a relevant backlink to your site. Then create profiles and accounts on blogs, social networking sites, forums etc. Include a link to your website whenever you do that and each one of those become backlinks as well.
Thats the end of it. Well kinda.
Go back and watch your stats to see what keywords are getting the most traffic to your site, analyze the data a little bit and if you need to, remove or add keywords to your content and tags, and adjust the anchors your using in your backlinks.

Continue building links. Remember you're trying to artificially create the appearance to the SE that your site is popular. When that happens naturally, people are always adding new links to your site. Since you are trying to look natural you have to do the same thing. Linkbuilding never stops completely.
OK, there you go. That's that basics of SEO. Everything else is about fine tuning, and has to be looked at for each individual situation.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The truth in free tuition




The youth have succeeded in gaining the P8.3 billion allocated last year's Duterte administration for student tuition in more than 100 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country.

A few months after the declaration, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the said Budget or Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST). It states that instead of free education for everyone, prioritize "poor but worthy students."

The same is the scene after the University of the Philippines (UP) -Diliman chancellor declared Dr. Michael Tan this month as long as there is no clear policy on the implementation of the free tuition policy, will not be able to collect tuition fees at UP Diliman in the upcoming first semester.

Subsequently, the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) think-tanked Facebook has infographic on the UniFAST's correctness and the "contravention" of free-of-charge tuition for all.

IBON Foundation, an independent research institute in the country, denied this. According to them, the PIDS is at the forefront and at the point of view.

"With the free tuition fee, education is social good (for the good of society). He is not a commodity, "said UG Naguit, education advocacy specialist of IBON, using PIDS on" user pay principle ", an approach that values ​​individual payment of the people. "The state has mandated the Constitution to give it to citizens."


But this is not so easy, the belief of PIDS. In their written policy paper, they find that a major factor in being "counterproductive" is that free tuition fees and taxes will be allocated for education improvement and exemption.

"The tax increase does not happen just and without spending," PIDS said. As a result, the infrastructure, agriculture, and other expenses will be reduced.

Ben Te, second secretary of the Kabataan Partylist, said that taxpayers need more than just being charged today and increasingly needing to reduce service to other sectors of society.

"Imagine how much our government is spending for bombing in Mindanao, Marawi. She gets funding. But the problem is, because our government wants it, [earns] the profits of the universities, so there is high tuition, "Te explained.

IBON also said the government should not service its services in various sectors, especially in addressing the needs of the poor.

"That's why there's such a thing (not studying), high school accessibility is too limited for low-income groups," JP pikquig, publications section head of IBON. In one IBON study, two in every three families live at P125 per day.

Despite these controversies, IBON and PIDS are united with free tuition to make it a true free education for the people. According to PIDS, there are no half of the cost to study the tuition. There is the cost of accommodation, fares, equipment and more.

Because of this, the PIDS believes that those who are able to fill the expenses apart from tuition will only benefit from free tuition.

But if PIDS sees it as a free tuition against the poor, it sees others as a preliminary step towards achieving free and quality education in the country.

"Regardless of what your economic bracket is, education is the right of every citizen. As the PIDS shows, education is the privilege (of them), which is a commodity that is priced, "concluded Naguit.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Release and Resistance

Release and Resistance
10 political prisoners have been released, thanks to the mass campaigns and peace talks. 
 

Apolonio Barado, a fisherman from Legazpi City, was sixteen years in jail. Despite a decade of endurance in the cell, Barado did not have any details about it, from supplying him to release.

"They arrested me because I was accused of being a New People's Army. For a long time, it was my hair, "Barado said. He added that the multiple murder case, a "bum," he said.

He told all this with other political prisoners released on the night of July 6. He and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Emeterio Antalan, as well as Ricardo Solangon, Joel Ramada, Jose Navarro, Generoso Rolida, Arnulfo Boates, Manolito Matricio, Joshua Ungsod, and Sonny Marbella of conditional presidential pardon.

"This is a good news for their families, friends and supporters who have seen how they were shut out and exploited because of the cases they did not," said Cristina Palabay, general secretary of the Right.

"We are detained because we have a fight, not in any (criminal case)," Barado said, in spite of the excitement of liberation, is still bitterly imprisoned.

Barado will never accept 16 years of non-return. We have the affliction in her eyes, and others released, every time they talk about it.

In fact, Barado had a heart attack in September. She was brought to the Philippine Heart Center, and with the help of outside co-workers, she was able to cure her.

Not only did Barado have a critical illness in prison. The NDFP and the NDFP have also been calling for the release of political prisoners who are seriously ill.

"In the 2nd round of the peace talks, the Philippine government panel released a release of more than 200 inmates, including over 100 who should be released from basic humanitarian status because of the elderly, women with disabilities, , And that's really something very long ago, "said Rafael Baylosis, NDFP consultant. "The third round came, no [still] released."

Like Barado, in the premises that Rolida sold his tuberculosis. In 2003, Rolida was sentenced to death and was sentenced to death in 2005. Her health began to be released.

"Of course, within the building of the prison, because of the many death sentences, many people, you sleep in cement, you have a cardboard," said Rolida.

Rolida's tuberculosis was still critical in 2012, so he was confined to the New Bilibid Prison hospital for four months.

Rolida was just one of the many political prisoners who had been in prison. Last year, Bernabe Ocasla, a political prisoner, died after suffering a heart attack for the third time.

"The elderly, those with illness, and long time in jail, there are so many leftovers that can be released," Rolida added.

Even so, even with the release, they still carry the aim of resuming the fight for the release of another political prisoner. No more than half of the now-released 400 political prisoners have been released, and even Rolida and Barado are still unable to calm down because of the conditional pardon.

According to Manolito Matricio, the farmer, who is now liberated he has the opportunity to join Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano of the Department of Agrarian Reform in the development of genuine agrarian reform.


Employees of BPO in Baguio

Employees of BPO in Baguio 
have been illegally opposed to Sitel employees in Baguio City: They are threatened with the abandonment and are denied rights.



Despite the statements of the Duterte administration that the economy is growing and workers are employed, more than 1,000 employees of a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in Baguio City are at risk of being eliminated.

The waiver authorizes more than 1,000 Sitel. The waiver page is Lateral policy Back to Zero; No Work, No Pay.

The employees of the BPO BPO company are appealing. The company says, they have reduced their client overseas. "(But) it is surprising that in the middle of the regular holidays they will be re-entering the new applicant," said Vicente Toca III, spokesperson for Sitel Philippines Association of Rank and File (Spark) Workers, who has been working for Sitel for almost five years.

Spark also complained of the harassment of the mansion to those who were reluctant to confine. On June 24, Toca was called by vice-president and senior director of Sitel to be forced to check with whom and where Toca obtained the information regarding the countdown. Meanwhile, Paolo Mendez, Spark leader and member of the BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN), have experienced violent interrogation by Sitel officials.

Toca is challenging Sitel to issue an official document overrun with the number of misleading employees.
Situation

According to the BIEN, the BPO companies have been in decay with its employees for a long time.

"We recognize the scheme that they sign a waiver that will be the floating status of the employee with a lateral policy back to zero; No work, no pay. [Here], they have no job of 15 days or more, "Toca said. It is against the Labor Code which states that while workers are floating, they must be paid.

There is no direct written contract with employees about their outcome when their client leaves; It is not clear whether they are regular or not.

Actually, Sitel returns formerly regular from floating status as a new employee. That means, from P12,000 they will be paid only P10,000.

Last week, Spark picked in front of Sitel to protest maneuvers irregularities.

BIEN's Mylene Cabalona emphasized that they strongly opposed Sitel's fair play against the Spark leaders and members, even the lesser rights of combatants.


For hope and rise | Concert & performed for victims of martial law in Mindanao


As Marawi clashes continue, the evacuation center continues to worsen the situation and increase the atmosphere of fear in the area. As a result, the Alliance of Peace Advocates in the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Save Our Schools-UPD saw the need to deliver aid to victims and evacuees.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28, 2009: MARIN and Mindanao helpers, musicians, poets, and testimonies of some of Mindanao's most beloved musicians, as well as participants of the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission (NIHM).






Participants in NIHM are unable to attend and participate. However, the message of their sent report is clear.

"It is not surprising that almost all interviewees expressed objection to martial law. Elders who are still worried about Marcos's military law are linked to the massacre, harassment, and involvement of civilians in trouble, "they said.

On that same night the Karapatan group announced the retirement of some of their leaders without a warrant of arrest today.

"People are getting tagged as terrorists. It is similar to the stories of our grandparents during the Marcos martial law, "said Cristina Palabay ng Karapatan.

According to the NIHM report, in addition to the threat of arrest and the explosive sound of bombs, residents also fear the threat of rape to citizens.

The participants of the gathering feel the disrespect of human rights abuses that spread in Marawi and Mindanao. They have been instrumental in the accompaniment of music and in some of the versatile verses through poetry. Groups such as KM64 and REDS Arts Group have declared their objection to martial law, bombardment and ammunition, and the oppression of fellow citizens.

The proceeds of the gathering will be used to launch a second mission.



Facts on the new tax system | The tax reform of the Duterte administration will only impair the poor

The Senate is expected to climb the first phase of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program House Bill No. 5636 or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) after the deliberation of the Chamber.

Under the program are plans to remove VAT exemptions other than senior citizens and persons with disabilities. It also includes adding tax for petroleum products, sugar beverages and even the car industry.

The Department of Finance (DOF) program has led the support of the vast sector of "high income earners" to cause the proposal to pass 246 members of the Chamber.

But according to the Ibon Foundation, research institutes, there are five (5) features of the Train that the DOF proposes.








1. The poor will only make tax reform more difficult.

The DOF said the reform will reduce the tax burden of taxpayers' burdens. Conversely, tax reform will further aggravate the people's hardship. This will have an impact on 13.7 million families or more than 60 million poorest. If government gets more than P737 annually from each family earning P5,214 a month next year up to P2,088 from 2.3 million families with a monthly income of P19,269.

Instead of reducing the government's taxes, the price of basic commodities will increase.


2. Rich people will be rich in tax reform.

New taxation will include additional 9.1 million households with 40 million Filipinos including the richest families in the country.

The 2.3 million families with a monthly income of P24,355 will have an additional P4,187 annually. The next 2.3 million families with a monthly income of P32,295 will have an additional P8,012. There will be additional P16,954 in the 2.3 million families earning P47,131 a month. An additional P43,540 will be available for 2.3 million families with a monthly income of P111,380. They had net gains due to the increase in their take home pay from lower personal income taxes.

For corporate executives it would mean an additional P91,027 that earns P280,309 (or P3.4-M per year). For a chief executive of a company that earns P598,132 a month, additional P130,267 will be available.

The tax reform program of the Duterte administration will do nothing for the continued accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few. The more it affects the situation.
3. TRAIN tax is permanent but its social protection is temporary.

The only reason the DOF provides is that the poor on the Train will benefit from it because it has social protection. In earlier proposals, there is a cash transfer of P300 per month for the 50 percent poorest or 10 million Filipino families in the country to ease the rise in prices and Pantawid Pasada cash card for public transport to ease the impact of Increasing oil excise tax especially on diesel.

The Train Bill, which is passed by the House, is also very serious in the alleged social protection. On 59 pages, there is no one page mentioning "social benefits program" and "granting fuel vouchers to qualified transport franchise holders." Clearly provided, these will only last for three years. That is, they are short-lived.


4. The DOF seems to blackmail the poor because it fears taxing the rich.

There is a concrete record and a strong reason why the poor taxpayers should not apply to the poor. If tax increases the wealthy population of 1.5 percent of the population can reach P91-B to be generated. But the reform of the taxation of billionaires and millionaires remained unchanged. It is reported that there are approximately 690 Filipinos with a total value of P1.4-B. These include the richest oligarchs that have been spotted with P3.8-Trillion.

The DOF also has the right to have adverse effects on the lives of the poor as in the absence of classrooms, teachers, rural health units, barangay health stations, provincial hospitals, roads, bridges, and irrigation, but the poor should not be looked for Of them but of the rich.
5. Train destroys the tax system to make it even more anti-poor and favorable to the rich.

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion is the system behind the mask. Reforms focused on a more profitable system are diverted. Those who are hard on the reforms are first lifted.

It only shows the sort of classification in Filipino society and the implementation of neoliberalism which benefits the few. However, the ruling classes must fear it. Because it will only revive the contradiction in society and bring more tension between the types in which real reform begins.

The proposal is scheduled to go up to the Senate and the target day it will be in July at the sessions of the high council session.