Cristina Chi
Cristina Chi

Cristina Chi has been a reporter for Philstar.com since January 2023. She covers education, the House of Representatives and human rights.  

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Public school classes for school year 2023-2024 set on August 29
by Cristina Chi - August 3, 2023 - 3:31pm
Classes in all public schools will start August 29 this school year 2023 to 2024, the Department of Education has announced.
House approves bill giving economic value to country’s natural assets 
by Cristina Chi - August 3, 2023 - 11:51am
Once created, the PENCAS framework is set to provide the government with a full list of the officially designated statistics on the depletion, degradation and restoration of the environment.
Pilot reading program taps college students to tutor Grade 1 non-readers
by Cristina Chi - August 2, 2023 - 3:46pm
The government has launched a pilot reading program that will pay college students from low-income families to tutor Grade 1 students struggling to read.
NYC flagged over hefty event expenses, P1.2 million worth of unused hotel reservations
by Cristina Chi - August 2, 2023 - 1:51pm
The Commission on Audit has flagged the National Youth Commission for its exorbitant spending on training and travel activities, noting that the commission had paid for unused hotel rooms amounting to around P1.2...
House panel OKs bill penalizing use of corporal punishment against children
by Cristina Chi - August 1, 2023 - 6:11pm
The House panel on the welfare of children has approved a bill banning the use of corporal punishment to discipline children — a measure that lawmakers and child rights advocates hope would deter incidents...
Gov’t’s partisan use of Anti-Terror Act to go after suspended lawmaker scored
by Cristina Chi - August 1, 2023 - 5:18pm
The lawyer of Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. (Negros Oriental, Third District) has condemned the government’s designation of the suspended congressman as a terrorist, accusing them of “weaponizing” a controversial...
Senate panel eyes making all frat members, founders punishable for hazing-related deaths
by Cristina Chi - August 1, 2023 - 11:28am
A Senate panel is pushing to amend the country's anti-hazing law to hold entire fraternities accountable for deaths resulting from their initiation rites.
House panel: 10 years of basic education still aligns with global standards
by Cristina Chi - July 31, 2023 - 4:46pm
Rep. Roman Romulo said that the proposed K+10+2 bill will not affect the country’s global competitiveness in education as several countries, like Japan and Australia, implement only nine or ten years of mandatory...
Comelec should ensure transparent, ‘fully auditable’ 2025 midterm elections — NAMFREL
by Cristina Chi - July 31, 2023 - 12:28pm
With preparations underway to fully automate the 2025 midterm elections, poll watchdog the National Movement for Free Elections has called on the Commission on Elections to publicize every step of the upcoming election...
No new prisoners to enter Bilibid — Remulla
by Cristina Chi - July 28, 2023 - 4:07pm
The Department of Justice will be suspending the entry of new inmates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City due to recent outbreaks of violence at the facility.
Safety certificate of capsized boat off Binangonan suspended
by Cristina Chi - July 28, 2023 - 12:34pm
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has suspended the safety certificate of a vessel that capsized off Binangonan, Rizal and left 26 people dead.
'Egay' leaves 13 dead, 500,000 affected — NDRRMC
by Cristina Chi - July 28, 2023 - 11:31am
Typhoon Egay left at least 13 people dead and 500,000 others affected before exiting country, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Friday.
House probe sought after missing inmate’s body found in Bilibid septic tank
by Cristina Chi - July 26, 2023 - 5:06pm
Lawmakers on Wednesday called on the House of Representatives to launch an investigation into the recent discovery of human remains inside a septic tank at the New Bilibid Prison.
Fewer Filipino children engaged in hazardous work in 2022 – PSA data
by Cristina Chi - July 26, 2023 - 3:05pm
The number of child laborers in the country has decreased to around 800,000 in 2022, down from 900,000 in the previous year, based on estimates by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
House reso to probe ‘indiscriminate’ aerial bombings filed
by Cristina Chi - July 26, 2023 - 12:40pm
House Resolution 1135 seeks to investigate the effect of the military’s supposed “indiscriminate aerial bombings, shelling, and strafing” and how this poses a threat to children’s mental and...
Marcos trumpets Maharlika but skips mention of gov’t’s zero surplus funds — economist
by Cristina Chi - July 25, 2023 - 6:21pm
“The existence of idle funds in (Government Financial Institutions) is a myth created to justify the diversion of bank funds to (the Maharlika Investment Corporation).  If there are indeed idle surplus...
Marcos asked: Where's mention of gov’t debt, low-quality jobs in SONA?
by Cristina Chi - July 25, 2023 - 11:36am
President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. assured Filipinos that the country is on track to attaining economic growth on Monday but remained tightlipped on ordinary Filipinos’ concerns about the quality of...
Romualdez boasts 'united' House for 2nd regular session of 19th Congress
by Cristina Chi - July 24, 2023 - 11:48am
In a speech embellished with familiar calls for political unity and collaboration, House Speaker Martin Romualdez opened the second session of the 19th Congress vowing to swiftly pass the Marcos administration’s...
Oriental Mindoro lifts fishing ban in all towns
by Cristina Chi - July 21, 2023 - 11:56am
Fishers can now resume their fishing activities in all parts of Oriental Mindoro, Gov. Humerlito "Bonz" Dolor said on Thursday, five months after MT Princess Empress sank and leaked oil into the sea.
Teachers press DBM for accountability after failure to blacklist overpriced laptop supplier
by Cristina Chi - July 20, 2023 - 5:15pm
A nationwide group of teachers has scored the Department of Budget and Management over its failure to blacklist the supplier of laptops for public school teachers that were found to be pricey and outdated in 20...
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