Abra quake was less destructive but a complex seismic event
Fallen nave roof and stripped midsection of a church bell tower in Tayum, Abra. —PHOTO BY MARIO AURELIO

Abra quake was less destructive but a complex seismic event

A magnitude-7 earthquake has long been associated with a nightmarish aftermath: massive devastation and hundreds of deaths. But more than two weeks after one such temblor jolted Abra province and its vicinity last July 27, disaster response officials reported only 11 fatalities so far and a little over P2 billion in damage to infrastructure and agriculture.  It was fortunately much...

Hurdling missteps in face-to-face learning
Medical students wearing face masks and personal protective equipment attend their limited face-to-face class at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. -- CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Hurdling missteps in face-to-face learning

After two years of holding classes remotely and online, some universities in Metro Manila will open the academic year 2022-23 on Aug. 15 and gradually return to in-person and onsite learning. Once again, a reimagination of “class,” “class activities, and “learning” is needed. When classes were abruptly halted in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 emergency, schools were forced to...

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