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As part of its 75th Diamond Jubilee celebration, the Daughters of St. Paul, a congregation of religious women, aims to distribute 75,000 copies of the Holy Bible in poor communities by October this year. In a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines News post, Sister Evangelina Canag, former provincial superior of the congregation, said the project will enable “both the rich and the poor to relearn from the Bible to strengthen their faith. The Bible is badly needed by the people trapped in a collapsing morality especially the poor whose faith is being put to test by poverty engendered by social inequities and natural calamities,” Canag said. Dubbed “Biblia sa Bawat Pamilya,” the initiative aims to distribute copies of the Holy Bible in different dialects across the country “to promote a deeper understanding of the Scriptures,” said Sister Noemi Vinoya, Daughters of St. Paul provincial superior. (Christina I. Hermoso)


Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials and employees will be required to undergo psychological and personality tests for promotions. This is contained in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares and Civil Service Commissioner (CSC) Chairman Francisco Duque III. The MOA is aimed at enhancing the efficiency and capability of the more than 10,000 rank-and-file workers of the bureau. Henares requested the CSC to administer the examinations “to measure the behavioral tendencies and personality profile of its officials and employees who are qualified for promotions.”  However other revenue official said the examinations will not be the sole basis for determining the competence and ability of the men and women in the service. (Jun Ramirez)


The crucial role of young people in the community and the support they need to develop their potentials will be the focus of the celebration of World Population Day celebration on Friday, with the theme “Investing in Young People.” The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, came up with this year’s theme while noting that 1.8 billion young people aged 10 to 24 comprise a quarter of the world’s population. The UNFPA said that every year, more than 15 million girls between 15 to 19 years old give birth, about 3.2 million girls  between 15 to 19 years old have unsafe abortions, more than two million youths between 10 and 19 years old are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). UNFPA Philippines, together with the Commission on Population, lined up several activities for Friday at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 3 to commemorate World Population Day. (Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce)


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued its last call yesterday for workers interested to apply for 120 jobs in Taiwan.   The POEA said selected overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will be deployed under a government-to-government special hiring program with Taiwan to work for Nan Ya Plastics Corp. It said applicants should be from 20 to 50 years old, physically and mentally fit and with good eyesight, high school or college graduate of any 4-year course, proficient in oral and written English, willing to work overtime, have a valid passport valid for more than six months and Social Security System ID. “Qualified Applicants should register online at or www.eregister,” POEA said. Deadline for submission of requirements is July 10. (Samuel Medenilla)