Episode 2 of 28 | October 21, 2020 | 50m


    Episode 2 of 28 | October 21, 2020 | 50m


    "Headstart" speaks with Sen. Risa Hontiveros on the Bureau of Immigration’s visa-upon-arrival (VUA) policy that allows millions of Chinese nationals to enter the Philippines with ease for a fee mostly to work in the POGO industry. She stresses on the estimated P40 billion in kickbacks from VUA racket and the so-called ‘pastillas’ immigration bribery scheme. Rep. Hontiveros also mentions people allegedly involved in the VUA scheme, which she adds is also being used to traffic women into the country, and briefly touches on the proposed 2021 national budget. Later, Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho talks about the DOH’s national immunization campaign and the country’s vaccine confidence in relation to possible measles outbreak and amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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    Karen Davila

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