Vera Files


PWD-accessible tourism soon possible

By JAKE SORIANO THE “Visit the Philippines” 2015 campaign is well underway and those involved in the program are working to..

May 25, 2015
Companies told not to hire PWDs to boost image

Companies told not to hire PWDs to boost image

By JAKE SORIANO THE head of the country’s disability council has this to say to companies that hire PWDs as part of their corporate..

April 17, 2015

PWD achiever among first graduates under cash transfer program

A PERSON with disability (PWD) is among the first batch of high school graduates who are beneficiaries of the government’s..

April 16, 2015

Stricter tobacco control needed in PH despite decline in use

By JAKE SORIANO DESPITE a drop in the number of smokers, the Philippines still needs to adopt “more drastic measures” to further reduce..

April 14, 2015

Santa Clarita, California to welcome Filipino Special Olympic athletes

Text and photos by ARTHA KIRA PAREDES LOS ANGELES, California—Before participating in the nine-day 2015 Special Olympics World Summer..

March 19, 2015

PWD rights in post-2015 UN agenda backed

  THE National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) says it fully supports the international call to firmly include the human rights..

March 11, 2015

LA-bound ‘special’ Olympians seek help for airfares

By JAKE SORIANO THEY make the country proud but pay a high price, literally. The 36 athletes from the Philippines who will compete at the..

March 6, 2015

DOH halts order affecting blind massage therapists

THE Department of Health (DOH) has suspended the implementation of a blanket licensing requirement for all massage therapists in the..

February 18, 2015
Early enrollment for children with disabilities underway

Early enrollment for children with disabilities underway

OUT of school children and youth, including those with disabilities, can as early as now enroll for the upcoming school year (2015-2016),..

February 3, 2015

Thousands don ‘angel wings’ for autism cause

Text and photos by JAKE SORIANO THE message of the estimated 12,000 “angels with wings” dancing to the beat of Taylor Swift’s pop hit..

January 28, 2015
About Us

Founded in March 2008, VERA Files is published by veteran Filipino journalists taking a deeper look into current Philippine issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”
  • The Right to Vote: Filipinos with Disabilities and the 2013 Elections
  • Silenced: Extrajudicial Killings and Torture in the Philippines
  • Democracy at Gunpoint: Election-Related Violence in the Philippines
  • Local edge: Decent work–Stories from the grassroots
  • Bittersweet Stories of Farm Workers in the Philippines
  • Reporting on Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal and reproductive health (A primer for journalists)


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