2019

Dumagat leader laments alleged lack of tribe consent for Kaliwa dam: ‘Binabraso nila kami’

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By Robert Vergara, March 21 2019; CNN Philippines http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/3/21/agta-dumagat-leader-laments-alleged-lack-of-proper-consent-for-kaliwa-dam-construction.html?fbclid=IwAR1XICiu-uK0KLkSMppq3cmSCvc7vvmZBHXDHIuqbopZ9Upo04zmrgMkR1I Image Credit to CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — A Dumagat tribe leader on Thursday cried foul over the alleged lack of proper consent for the construction of the China-funded Kaliwa dam in Quezon province. Marcelino Tena, president of Samahan ng mga katutubong Agta/Dumagat, lamented that […]

2019

Increase in export data gaps to be resolved by TradeNet

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By Rea Cu, March 20 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/03/20/increase-in-export-data-gaps-to-be-resolved-by-tradenet/?fbclid=IwAR1fhFLYjEbISgNFz-X_EVIQ5dej_g-MTNP11RN1GVMPfQWv_-p9xknNuOk Image Credit to Business Mirror THE TradeNet platform is seen to address the rise in export and import data discrepancies, which reached 30 percent in 2018 coming from only 24.8 percent in 2016, the Department of Finance (DOF) has said. Based on an economic bulletin of […]

2019

‘Stronger antitrust law needed before opening up PHL economy’

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By Elijah Felice Rosales, March 21 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/03/21/stronger-antitrust-law-needed-before-opening-up-phl-economy/?fbclid=IwAR1dzqAravkLY6IsRKZdGztxSN2NoeBnr9ybtaSEg-S7Kq5ZbxrZDT2tkVU Image Credit to Business Mirror Removing the constitutional restriction on foreign ownership sans a strong regulatory framework on competition and law enforcement could be “disastrous” to the economy, senatorial aspirants from the minority bloc have argued. Human-rights lawyer and law dean Jose Manuel “Chel” I. Diokno […]

2019

DOF to offer tax amnesty on delinquencies by April

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By Rea Cu, March 22 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/03/22/dof-to-offer-tax-amnesty-on-delinquencies-by-april/ Image Credit to Business Mirror THE Department of Finance (DOF) plans to implement by April this year the tax amnesty on delinquencies provision under Republic Act (RA) 11213, or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019. “You can implement it [the law] once the IRR [implementing rules and […]

2019

Comelec ban on public works starts next week

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By Samuel P. Medenilla, March 22 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/03/22/comelec-ban-on-public-works-starts-next-week/ Image Credit to Philippine Star Starting next week, all public works and social welfare projects will be temporarily suspended by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as part of its preparations for the midterm polls on May 13. In a resolution, the Comelec en banc said […]

2019

Diokno keeps waters calm, RRR unchanged

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By Bianca Cuaresma, March 22 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/03/22/diokno-keeps-waters-calm-rrr-unchanged/ Image Credit to Manila Bulletin Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno announced that the Monetary Board has kept all monetary-policy rates unchanged and retained the level of the banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) on Thursday’s meeting as inflation pressures eased further in recent […]

2019

PopCom introduces no-scalpel vasectomy for men in uniform

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By Sheila Crisostomo, March 22 2019; Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/22/1903642/popcom-introduces-no-scalpel-vasectomy-men-uniform Image Credit to Philippine Star TABACO CITY  , Philippines  —    To increase male involvement in family planning, the Commission on Population (PopCom) will introduce no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) among men in uniform, particularly the police and military. PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III said they have been […]

2019

PH improves ranking but still among lowest in world rule of law index

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By ABS-CBN News, March 2 2019 https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/02/19/ph-improves-ranking-but-still-among-lowest-in-world-rule-of-law-index Image Credit to ABS-CBN News MANILA – The Philippines improved its ranking but remains to be among the lowest in a global index on the rule of law, placing 90th out of 126 in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2019. This year’s ranking was […]

2019

Duterte signs law making GenSan a separate legislative district

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By Darryl John Esguerra, March 20 2019; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1097818/duterte-signs-law-making-gensan-a-separate-legislative-district Image Credit to SunStar MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure creating the lone congressional district of General Santos City in the province of South Cotabato. Duterte signed on March 11 Republic Act 11243, or An Act Reapportioning the First […]

2019

PH is 3rd happiest nation in Southeast Asia, 69th in the world

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By Manila Bulletin, March 21 2019 https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/03/21/ph-is-3rd-happiest-nation-in-southeast-asia-69th-in-the-world Image Credit to Manila Bulletin This year’s publication also looked at how countries have performed in the happiness rankings since 2005. The UN noted that the Philippines was among the top 20 gainers in the index since 2005 alongside Pakistan, 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, five […]