2018

‘P332-billion flood-control funds included areas not at risk’

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By Jovee Marie de la Cruz, January 4 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/p332-billion-flood-control-funds-included-areas-not-at-risk/ Image Credit to Philippine Daily Inquirer BUDGET Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno has allocated a total of P332 billion for flood-control projects from 2017 to 2019, including several in areas not at high risk of flooding, a leader of the House of Representatives disclosed […]

2018

‘TRAIN caused surge in PHL sugar imports’

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By Cai Ordinario, January 4 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/train-caused-surge-in-phl-sugar-imports/ Image Credit to Business Mirror THE surge in the country’s purchases of imported sugar and sugar products was the “unintended consequence” of the government’s implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, according to a local economist. The latest data from the Philippine […]

2018

Immigration bureau vows to fast-track processing of departing Filipino workers

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By Recto Mercene, January 2 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/immigration-bureau-vows-to-fast-track-processing-of-departing-filipino-workers/ Image Credit to CNN Philippines BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina has instructed personnel at the departure areas to ensure that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) lining up for immigration processing are given utmost priority. Medina said he issued the directive in compliance […]

2018

Govt ramps up infra projects to unclog congested roads, ports

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By Lorenz S. Marasigan, January 2 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/govt-ramps-up-infra-projects-to-unclog-congested-roads-ports/ Image Credit to Business Mirror After all the merry-making, laughter, and gifts, comes the horrendous traffic—a chronic disease, which many a government has tried, but failed, to cure. Despite this stark reality—something that experts have previously said would be the norm in the coming years, […]

2018

Davao City marks 17th year of zero firecracker-related incident

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By Carmencita A. Carillo, January 2 2019; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/davao-city-marks-17th-year-of-zero-firecracker-related-incident/ Image Credit to Business World THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) city recorded zero firecracker-related incident during the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s eve celebrations, marking 17 years of the strict observance of the ban on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. “We thank the residents of […]

2018

DOF chief to BOC: Yield 30K bags of ‘undocumented’ rice to DSWD

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By Bianca Cuaresma, December 26 2018; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/dof-chief-to-boc-yield-30k-bags-of-undocumented-rice-to-dswd/ Image Credit to Philippine Daily Inquirer The Department of Finance (DOF) is pressing the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to turnover some 30,000 bags of suspected smuggled rice seized recently in Zamboanga to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, saying […]

2018

US agency flags NAIA security deficiencies

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By Denise A. Valdez, December 28 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/us-agency-flags-naia-security-deficiencies/ Image Credit to Business World THE UNITED STATES Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a travel advisory for the Philippines, citing insufficient security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). In the Dec. 26 travel advisory posted on its website, the DHS said “aviation security at […]

2018

Comelec: No official list of bets yet

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By Mayen Jaymalin, December 28 2018; Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/12/28/1880379/comelec-no-official-list-bets-yet Image Credit to Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to start the printing of 61 million ballots for the May 2019 elections by the third week of January. But as of yesterday, the Comelec has yet to come out with the […]

2018

Budget talks delaying passage of service incentive leave bill

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By Charmaine A. Tadalan, December 26 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/budget-talks-delaying-passage-of-service-incentive-leave-bill/ Image Credit to INTERAKSYON.com A BILL increasing worker’s service incentive leave (SIL) benefit to 10 days has been set aside for the moment while the Senate concludes budget deliberations, legislators from both chambers said. “We are already in the period of interpellation for the Service Incentive […]

2018

Senate approves bill extending TIEZA power to grant incentives

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By Camille A. Aguinaldo, December 26 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/senate-approves-bill-extending-tieza-power-to-grant-incentives/ Image Credit to Business World THE SENATE approved on third and final reading a bill extending the authority of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to grant incentives to tourism enterprises until Dec. 31, 2029. Senate Bill No. 1616 was approved with 17 affirmative […]