2018

National ID system OK’d in bicameral level

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By Camille A. Aguinaldo and Charmaine A. Tadalan, May 23, 2018; Business World http://bworldonline.com/national-id-system-okd-in-bicameral-level/  THE proposed national identification (ID) system has hurdled the bicameral conference committee, lawmakers confirmed on Wednesday. “They agreed to adopt the Senate version with minor amendments,” Senator Panfilo M. Lacson told reporters. “Ngayon, maisasabatas na po ‘yung (Now, we have passed […]

2018

PH competitiveness ranking plunges

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By Mayvelin U. Caraballo, May 24, 2018; The Manila Times http://www.manilatimes.net/ph-competitiveness-ranking-plunges/400685/ THE Philippines dropped nine notches in a worldwide poll of business competitiveness released by Swiss business school IMD on Wednesday. In the 2018 IMD World Competitiveness Rankings, which covers 63 countries, the Philippines went down to the 50th spot from 41st in the 2017 […]

2018

Survey shows Filipinos’ ‘vote of confidence’ in Duterte

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By Christine O. Avendaño, May 26, 2018; Inquirer.net https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/994394/survey-shows-filipinos-vote-of-confidence-in-duterte Malacañang said the Social Weather Stations survey that many Filipinos expect improvement in the quality of their life in the next 12 months was a “vote of confidence” in President Rodrigo Duterte and his economic managers. “Our people are feeling the effects of a growing economy,” […]

2018

Lacson admits national ID not mandatory, may take five years to complete

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May 27, 2018; Politiko.com.ph http://politics.com.ph/lacson-admits-%E2%80%8Bnational-id-not-mandatory-may-take-five-years-to-complete/ Even if it becomes a law soon, Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Sunday said it will take time before a national identification (ID) system is realized. For one, the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) cards will not be compulsory to each and every Filipino and resident aliens, he said. “Optional ito pero […]

2018

Duterte fires Gov’t Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado

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By Pia Ranada, May 28, 2018; Rappler https://www.rappler.com/nation/203551-duterte-fires-rudolf-philip-jurado-office-government-corporate-counsel MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte announced he has fired Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado. “May I call the Government Corporate Counsel now? Are you in this [room]? Nandito ka? Kasi kung nandito ka, lumabas ka. (Are you here? Because if you are, get […]

2018

Gov’t vows to accelerate strategic reforms

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By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat, May 27, 2018; Manila Bulletin https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/05/27/govt-vows-to-accelerate-strategic-reforms/ Amid the country’s dismal performance in the recent 2018 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said strategic reforms shall be accelerated to leapfrog the competitiveness standing of the country. DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez 
noted the speed and efficiency of the […]

2018

‘Aggressive’ negative list under review

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By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, May 29, 2018, BusinessWorld http://bworldonline.com/aggressive-negative-list-under-review/ THE PROPOSED 11th Regular Foreign Investment Negative List, which will be more “aggressive” in opening up more economic sectors to foreign ownership or participation, is undergoing careful review to make sure it is legally sound, an economic planning official said in a recent interview. The […]

2018

NPC ready to deal with data breaches under nat’l ID system

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By Myla Iglesias, May 29, 2018, Malaya https://malaya.com.ph/business-news/business/npc-ready-deal-data-breaches-under-nat%E2%80%99l-id-system The National Privacy Commission (NPC) said it is ready to deal with possible personal data breaches with the implementation of the national identification (ID) card system. NPC supports the creation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) and the issuance to  all Filipinos of ID card, to be called […]

2018

Competitiveness decline ‘not backed up’ by data

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BY MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, TMT ON MAY 30, 2018, The Manila Times http://www.manilatimes.net/competitiveness-decline-not-backed-up-by-data/402401   THE Philippines’ decline in a global competitiveness ranking isn’t “backed up by actual data” but the listing should still prompt the government to work on improvements, a Finance department official said. “The apparent crash was resoundingly loud, setting off alarms,” Finance […]

2018

World Justice Project – Rule of Law Index 2017

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The World Justice Project (WJP) – Rule of Law Index provides original and impartial data on how the public experience the influence and authority of law within a nation or society. The Rule of Law performance of a country is determined through 44 subfactors and categorized in to eight main themes: Constraints on Government Powers: […]