Author: RJ Sausa

RJ Sausa has been working in Thailand as an educator for ten years now. Currently, he is a freelance writer and educational consultant.

PSA: Philippines’ Poverty Incidence drops significantly

In a report released today, April 10 by the Philippine Statistics Authority, poverty incidence dropped to 16.1 percent in the first half of 2018 from 22.2 percent in the same period in 2015. This means that the government is on track with its goal of lifting at least 1 million Filipinos out of the poverty.… Read more »

COMELEC urges OFWs to start voting this Saturday, April 13

The Commission on Election reminded the Overseas Filipino Workers around the world to exercise their rights to vote starting this coming Saturday, April 13. There are 1,822,173 registered absentee voters from different countries outside the Philippines. Of this, 1,779,140 are landbased while 43,033 are seafarers. OFWs may vote for 12 senators and 1 partylist group.

Transportation Department launches app to monitor realtime traffic during Songkran

Thailand’s Department of Transportation announced on their website yesterday, April 9 the launch of traffic maps that updates on real time which would prove very useful in monitoring the traffic during the Songkran break. Just scan the QR codes below: There are five different maps: (1) combined all four maps, (2)north, (3)northeast, (4)east, and (5)south.… Read more »

DepEd: Three minor planets named after Pinoy young scientists

Deped bragged on its Facebook page the fete of three Filipino students who won the major prize in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). “Their team won the Second Place Award in the “Energy: Physical” category of the 2018 Intel ISEF for their work in the design and development of Solar-Tracking Arduino-Rooted… Read more »

Giant Vacuum Cleaner clears Chiangmai Smog

In a Facebook post by Chiangmai One, photos of giant green vacuum cleaner deployed along the streets in Chiangmai to clear the city of the smog problem. The 500,000 THB giant purifier is expected to reduce dust particles by half. According the website of the advertiser, “The Jet Venturi Scrubber utilizes a liquid motivated ejector… Read more »

TAT announces the continuation of the “Thailand Travel Shield” project

2019 marks the fifth anniversary of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Thailand Travel Shield project. Established in 2014, the project aims at providing online travel insurance for foreign tourists. According to TAT, “Travelers planning a trip to Thailand can continue to buy the Thailand Travel Shield’s insurance coverage online at Available in English and… Read more »

400,000 passengers expected at Thai airports for Songkran

Department of Airports Director General Ampawan Wannako 404,773 passengers to flock 25 airports around Thailand for the Songkran holidays on April 11-17. That is an estimated of 57,000 plus passengers a day. Domestic flights projections this year is at 365,891 up from last year’s 347,423 while an estimated of 38,882 international passengers are expected to… Read more »

Aranyaprathet – Poi Pet railway to reopen this month

The Aranyaprathet – Poi Pet railway ceased to operate in 1965. 54 years later, it is set to reopen on April 22, 2019. Earlier, Transportation Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith headed a team in an inspection of the the facilities in Ban Khlong Luek Border Crossing Temporary Railway Station in the Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo ahead… Read more »

Electric train projects to Chiang Mai, Pangnga, Phuket and Korat gets Royal Approval

The Royal Thai Government Gazette announced HM King Rama X’s approval of the Sky Train Act 2562 (2019) directing the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand to immediately proceed with electric train projects in the provinces of Chiang Mai, Pangnga, Phuket and Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat). Source: Photo by Thairath

DFA raises ALERT level 3 in Libya

VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION ENCOURAGED AMONG FILIPINO WORKERS POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT BAN TO BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY DFA BULLETIN The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today raised Alert Level III in Libya and urged Filipinos in Tripoli and nearby areas to consider getting themselves and their dependents repatriated to avoid getting caught in the middle of ongoing clashes between… Read more »