• By Tyrone Jasper C. Piad, January 26, 2022; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2022/01/26/bill-for-creation-of-economics-and-development-planning-department-clears-2nd-house-reading/ The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill (HB) 1062, which seeks to establish the Department of Economics and Development Planning (DEDP). The DEDP will effectively replace the current National Economic and Development Authority as it will have the latter’s rights, obligations, powers, functions, assets and personnel following the measure’s enactment. The bill seeks to “strengthen the culture of development planning in the country thereby ensuring that the programs and policies of the government are consistent, well-coordinated and integrated for the purpose of national development.” HB 1062 Read More…

  • By Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, January 26, 2022; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/historic-low-phl-slumps-in-anti-corruption-index/ The Philippines slumped to a historic low in a global corruption index released by Transparency International, which noted the “sharp” decline in freedom of expression under the Duterte administration that made it difficult for citizens to speak up against corrupt activities. Based on the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the Philippines dropped two spots to 117th place out of 180 countries and territories. Transparency International said in a statement the Philippines scored a “historic low” of 33 out of 100 in a scale that measures perceived levels of public Read More…

  • By Lawrence Agcaoili, January 26, 2022; The Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/business/2022/01/26/2156325/imf-cuts-gdp-growth-forecast-asean-5 Manila, Philippines — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slashed the economic growth forecast for member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as the global economy entered 2022 in a weaker position amid higher inflation and the spread of the Omicron COVID variant. In the latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF lowered the gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for ASEAN-5 to 5.6 percent from the original target of 5.8 percent in the October 2021 WEO. The ASEAN-5 is made up of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Read More…

  • By Tyrone Jasper C. Piad, January 24, 2022; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2022/01/24/biz-groups-push-psa-rcep-ratification/ Local and foreign business groups are pushing two economic measures—ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Public Service Act (PSA) amendments—before legislators go into election campaign recess. They said these will allow more investments and business activities that can aid recovery. The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC), in a statement, called on the Senate to finally ratify the Philippines’s membership in RCEP, one of the world’s biggest economic deals, to access more business opportunities. Over 70 agricultural sector groups, however, are seeking the opposite (story below, anchor), asking Read More…

  • By Jenina P. Ibañez, January 20, 2022; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/taxation-social-protection-gaps-in-online-gig-economy-flagged/ The fluid nature of online work has led to gaps in taxation and social protection, issues that have become more urgent with the increased adoption of remote work during the pandemic, a report from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) found. In the report “Exploring Policies and Initiatives for Online Workers in the Philippines,” PIDS Senior Research Fellow Ramonette B. Serafica and Research Analyst Queen Cel A. Oren found that the overlapping classification of online workers has affected their tax payments to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). “Even Read More…

  • By Jenina P. Ibañez, January 19, 2022; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/neda-urges-private-sector-to-increase-productivity-as-phl-pursues-high-income-status/ Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said the private sector should help increase productivity as the Philippines recovers from the effects of the pandemic and pursues high-income status. “(An) issue I want to bring up — which requires significant support from the private sector — is enhancing or increasing productivity,” he said at an event organized by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines on Tuesday. “In the next two years, the Philippines will likely enter the upper middle-income country status. That is a level of development that can Read More…

  • By Christia Marie Ramos, January 17, 2022; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1541493/senate-oks-bill-creating-the-metropolitan-davao-development-authority Manila, Philippines — The Senate approved on third and final reading a bill seeking the creation of the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA). With 23 affirmative votes, no negative votes and no abstentions, the upper chamber passed House Bill No. 8930, which seeks to create the MDDA. Senator Francis Tolentino, chairman of the Senate local government committee and sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said the MDDA’s establishment will “institutionalize the rapid urbanization” in the Davao region “through strategic and viable reforms directed primarily towards regional cooperation and Read More…

  • By Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, January 17, 2022; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/dti-phildev-launch-programs-to-support-startups/ The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and PhilDev Foundation recently launched two programs that seek to support the growth of startups in the country. On Jan. 12, the DTI and PhilDev introduced the Incubation, Development, and Entrepreneurial Assistance (IDEA) and Accelerating Development, Valuation, and Corporate Entrepreneurship (ADVanCE) programs to help local startups. According to the DTI, the two programs will provide customized support such as coaching, mentoring, training, and workshops to address issues faced by local startups. “Along with micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), startups are the Read More…

  • By Lorenz S. Marasigan, January 10, 2022; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2022/01/10/subway-project-25-completed-tugade/ The P357-billion Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) has reached 25.09-percent completion, according to Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade. The chief of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the MMSP’s overall progress rate is a substantial advancement from when it was first conceived “more than 40 years and six administrations” ago. “Now, the MMSP is already Neda [National Economic and Development Authority] Board-approved, already funded by the Japanese; its partial operability civil works, trains and electromechanical systems already contracted. Actual construction works by the design-build contractor for the partial operability section Read More…

  • By Azer Parrocha, December 30, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1164075 Manila – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday signed into law the PHP5.024 trillion national budget for 2022, which will be used for the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette. He signed the 2022 national budget in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace, which was witnessed by select members of the House of Representatives and Senate. Next year’s PHP5.024 trillion budget is significantly higher by 11.5 percent than this year’s PHP4.5 trillion national budget. According to the Read More…

  • By Arjay L. Balinbin, December 22, 2021; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/arta-construction-permit-process-streamlined-at-national-lgu-level/ Seven government agencies signed an agreement on Tuesday signifying their intent to reduce the steps and processing time for obtaining construction-related permits. “The new policy reduces the steps in securing construction-related permits from four to three steps and the processing time for simple transactions from five days to three days,” Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Deputy Director-General Ernesto V. Perez said during the virtual signing of the joint memorandum circular (JMC). The JMC also removes the notarization requirement for application forms. The memorandum circular covers all cities, municipalities and relevant National Read More…

  • By Business Mirror, December 20, 2021; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/12/20/phl-un-partners-endorse-roadmap-to-accelerate-implementation-of-human-rights-joint-program/ The Philippines-United Nations (UN) Joint Programme on human rights took its first major step on Monday at the Steering Committee meeting of government and civil society partners and participating UN agencies, where they agreed on a roadmap to implement Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 45/33, adopted on October 7, 2020, which outlined specific areas for capacity-building and technical cooperation for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. The steering committee meeting was participated in by Department of Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra, UN Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, and Read More…

  • By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, December 16, 2021; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/bill-amending-psa-gets-senate-nod/ The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a bill amending the Public Service Act (PSA) to allow 100% foreign ownership in telecommunications, airlines, domestic shipping, among others. Nineteen senators voted in favor of Senate Bill 2094, which seeks to amend the 85-year-old Commonwealth Act 146 or PSA, while three senators voted against the measure. Certified as urgent by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the bill is one of the key reforms expected to help boost the economy’s recovery from the pandemic. Under the approved version, the definition Read More…

  • By Philippine News Agency, December 15, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1162801 Manila – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has achieved its target of 50 million registrations for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in 2021 despite the challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. As of December 10, the PSA registered 50,014,382 Filipinos to the demographic and biometric data collection. In partnership with the PSA, the Land Bank of the Philippines has also processed 6,786,939 bank account applications through a colocation strategy in PhilSys registration centers. This milestone will help promote financial inclusion, improve the targeting of beneficiaries, Read More…

  • By Jel Santos, December 10, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/10/human-rights-institute-launched-by-chr-to-enhance-info-drive-education-research/ To fortify its mandate on human rights information, education and research, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Friday, Dec. 10, launched the Human Rights Institute (HRI) at its central offices in Quezon City during the observance of the International Human Rights Day. The launching was also witnessed by the ambassadors of New Zealand, Netherlands and Canada. CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia referred to the HRI as a “milestone” in strengthening the conduct of human rights education and promotion in the Philippines. The HRI “is a dream come true not only Read More…

  • By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat, December 9, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/09/ph-ease-of-doing-business-report-to-start-next-year/ The Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) targets to implement the Philippines Ease of Doing Business (EODB) and Efficient Government Service Delivery Reporting System before the end of the Duterte administration. “This will be operationalized before the term of this administration ends so that whoever will in the next administration it will be easier for them to just continue with all the initiatives that this administration has started,” declared ARTA Deputy Director-General Ernesto at the ARTA Ease of Doing Business Summit with the theme “Doing Business in Action: Pursuing Greater Efficiency Towards Read More…

  • By Jenina P. Ibañez, December 3, 2021; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/neda-seeks-law-to-prepare-phl-for-future-pandemics/ The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) wants a pandemic funding flexibility law that will help the government respond more quickly to public health crises. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said the proposed law would be similar to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act or Republic Act No. 10121, which was designed to protect the pop-ulation from natural disasters. The law provided for the creation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). “We have the NDRRMC law. This is for natural disasters. That Read More…

  • By Philippine News Agency, December 2, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1161580 Manila – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accelerated the implementation of its digitalization reforms under the Duterte administration to further improve the ease of doing business in the country and spur the growth of domestic enterprises through initiatives that allow companies to register, file their reportorial requirements, and pay transaction fees online. In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, SEC chairman Emilio Aquino said among the commission’s latest digital transformation initiatives are the Electronic Simplified Processing of Application for Registration of Company (eSPARC) that was Read More…

  • By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, November 30, 2021; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/bill-extending-validity-of-2021-budget-funds-introduced-in-senate/ A bill extending the availability of the 2021 budget appropriations until the end of next year was filed in the Senate after the House approved a counterpart measure on third reading Monday. Senator Maria Imelda Josefa R. Marcos filed Senate Bill 2452, which amends Section 62 of the general provisions of Republic Act 11518 or the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of Fiscal Year 2021. The extension was intended to provide more time to implement projects and programs as the coronavirus pandemic has “drastically affected businesses and employment,” delaying planned Read More…

  • By Judy Quiros, November 29, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1161313 Davao City – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said out-of-school youths will greatly benefit from the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in order for them to have a chance to enroll again in the future or apply for scholarships. In a recent post, the PSA said there are about 7 million out-of-school youths in the country, majority of whom have no valid ID or documents. Now that the PhilSys is on full gear, they have a chance to avail of the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card or the national ID, which must Read More…

  • By Jovee Marie de la Cruz, November 29, 2021; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/11/29/house-approves-hike-in-lgu-share-in-ira-to-50/ The House of Representatives on Monday approved the bill increasing the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of the local government units from 40 percent to 50 percent. Voting 175 affirmative and 0 abstention, lawmakers approved on third and final reading HB 10296 to intensify local government participation in national development by increasing the share of local government units in national taxes. After the third reading approval, the lower chamber immediately transmitted the bill to the upper chamber for its own deliberations and approval. The bill seeks to increase Read More…

  • By Azer Parrocha, November 23, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1160613 Manila – Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has signed a memorandum order directing the submission of a Citizen’s Charter and compliance with the automation of business permitting and licensing system (PBLS). Memorandum Order (MO) No. 57, signed by Medialdea on Nov. 22, covers the executive departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the national government. “All covered entities which have not submitted their respective Citizen’s Charters since the enactment of RA No. 11032 are directed to submit the same with the corresponding Certificate of Compliance to the ARTA within 15 working days from Read More…

  • By Filane Mikee Cervantes, November 22, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1160538 Manila – The House of Representatives on Monday approved on second reading a proposal mandating all local government units (LGUs) to earmark at least 15 percent of their annual national tax allotment share for health services. Through voice voting, the chamber passed House Bill 10392, which seeks to amend Section 287 of the Local Government Code of 1991 to ensure the appropriation of at least 15 percent of the share of LGUs from all national taxes or revenues for health services. The bill provides that copies of the health Read More…

  • By Filane Mikee Cervantes, November 22, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1160530 Manila – The House of Representatives on Monday approved on second reading a proposal that would extend the availability of the 2021 national budget until December next year. The lower chamber approved through voice voting House Bill 10373, authored by ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap, that would amend Section 62 of the General Provisions of Republic Act 11518 or the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of Fiscal Year 2021. The proposed amendment would extend the availability of the 2021 appropriations until Dec. 31, 2022. Yap said the coronavirus pandemic Read More…

  • By Russell Louis C. Ku, November 22, 2021; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/house-approves-oda-reform-bill-on-3rd-reading/ The House of Representatives approved a bill on third reading Monday that would reform the process of receiving official development assistance (ODA), improving transparency in implementing ODA-backed projects. In a vote of 166-0 with no abstentions, legislators approved House Bill 10322 or the proposed ODA Effectiveness Act, which seeks to amend Republic Act 8182 or the Official Development Assistance Act of 1996. The bill allows the yield on recently-issued government bonds to serve as the discount rate benchmark when estimating the present value of debt service on grants, if Read More…

  • By Louella Desiderio, November 19, 2021; The Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/business/2021/11/19/2142235/dti-eyes-one-stop-shop-startups Manila, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) plans to set up a business one-stop shop (BOSS) to make the registration process easier for startups. “We will be establishing, in coordination with the Anti-Red Tape Authority, the Startup Business One Stop Shop (SBOSS), where end-to-end registration of startups can be facilitated,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said during the Slingshot Conference yesterday. He said the SBOSS would serve as a platform containing all information on the legal and regulatory processes involved, from opening, operating, to closing or exiting a Read More…

  • By Louise Maureen Simeon, November 14, 2021; The Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/11/14/2141144/government-readies-national-id-pinoys-abroad Manila, Philippines — Filipinos living and working abroad will soon be included in the national ID system as the government readies overseas registration. During the third Annual Media Forum of the Philippine Statistics Authority on Friday, PSA Assistant Secretary and deputy statistician Rosalinda Bautista said overseas registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is among the priorities for 2022. PSA will partner with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and registration in some select areas overseas will start after the May 2022 polls. “Our overseas Filipinos are important and Read More…

  • By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz, November 10, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/10/over-3-million-filipinos-receive-national-ids-psa/ The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has so far delivered 3.1 million Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards or national IDs nationwide, as of Oct. 31, 2021. PSA said it owes the successful delivery of the PhilID cards to the intensified Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Step 3 Registration operations, which involves the issuance of the unique PhilSys Number (PSN) and the PhilID card. Moreover, PSA, together with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), appealed for public patience as it intensifies efforts to process the registration of more Filipinos. Read More…

  • By ABS-CBN News, November 9, 2021; ABS-CBN News https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/11/09/21/bsp-says-national-id-valid-sufficient-proof-of-identity Manila – Financial institutions such as banks should recognize the new Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID or the national ID as sufficient proof of identity when opening bank accounts, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Tuesday. In a statement, the BSP said it has urged BSP Supervised Financial Institutions (BSFIs) to accept the PhilID in both physical and mobile formats as “sufficient proof of identity” without the need for another ID. The PhilSys system will offer both online and offline methods of identity authentication through the PhilID physical security features, QR Read More…

  • By The Philippine Star, November 7, 2021; The Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/11/07/2139632/house-prioritize-budget-bill-proposals-excise-tax Manila, Philippines — The House of Representatives will be prioritizing passage of the government’s P5.024-trillion 2022 national budget and proposals to cut fuel excise taxes when it resumes session on Monday, House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said Sunday. Velasco in a statement issued Sunday morning said the House will tackle proposals seeking to either suspend or cut the excise taxes on petroleum products amid rising cost in fuel prices during the resumption. “[The House] would like to be informed of how fuel prices have shot up so fast in Read More…

  • By Catherine Talavera, November 7, 2021; The Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/business/2021/11/07/2139470/da-creates-committee-get-rid-corruption Manila, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has officially launched its anti-corruption committee in line with its efforts to serve the public with integrity and accountability. “It is both our responsibility and duty to serve and to serve with integrity and accountability, free from any form of graft and corrupt practices that not only undermine the very institution we swore to protect and uphold but ultimately steers the people towards suffering and predicament. We must protect them from it at all cost,” Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Waldo Carpio Read More…

  • By Lade Jean Kabagani, October 31, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1158366 Manila – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has formed an Anti-Corruption Committee to ensure the integrity of services provided to the housing sector. In a statement on Sunday, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said the committee is part of the DHSUD’s commitment to provide sustainable projects for all. He said the committee will serve as a venue for checks and balances on policies, programs, and operations. “Ensuring full integrity among us, our backbone of honesty, while we cultivate service excellence,” he stated. Under Executive Order No. Read More…

  • By Kris Crismundo, October 29, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1158163 Manila – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has launched the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) manual to ensure that new policies being introduced by the government do not add undue regulatory burden to citizens. ARTA deputy director general Ernesto Perez said all proposed regulations of the executive department including national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), government instrumentalities, and all local government units (LGUs) that provide services for business- and non-business-related transactions shall undergo RIA. “Its ultimate objective is to examine the different policy options and identify the best Read More…

  • By Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, October 26, 2021; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/arta-simplifies-permit-process-for-laying-cable-wiring-poles-for-internet/ The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said it has simplified the permit process for laying cable and wiring poles for internet projects in order to expand broadband coverage. In a statement Tuesday, ARTA said Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1, signed by various partner agencies on Oct. 25, simplifies the requirements for underground fiber ducts, above-ground cables, and other facilities. “This is seen further expediting the rollout of telecommunication infrastructure and service projects, leading to faster internet connectivity,” ARTA said. Jeremiah B. Belgica, ARTA director general, said the JMC will Read More…

  • By Bernadette D. Nicolas, October 26, 2021; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/10/26/dof-orders-bir-to-create-unit-to-monitor-digital-transactions/ Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to set up a unit to track the selling of goods online as well as to coordinate with other countries to determine how to properly tax these digital transactions. Following his discussion with the BIR’s National Investigation Division, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said this will be done initially through a task force that will monitor the online selling of goods and services, which has surged amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Dominguez suggested that the BIR consult with their counterparts Read More…

  • By Charissa Luci-Atienza, October 5, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/10/05/convergence-dswd-inks-pact-with-partner-agencies-to-address-hunger-poverty/ Seeking to end hunger and poverty in the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with other government agencies for the implementation of three major convergence projects. DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista was among the signatories of the MOA for thee convergence projects under the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Program. These include the EPAHP Resettlement Support, Gatasang Kalabaw Pilot Project, and 4Ps Gulayan sa Pamayanan Project. The ceremonial signing was held on Sept. 28. “Indeed, convergence among national Read More…

  • By Tyrone Jasper C. Piad, October 4, 2021; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/10/04/dti-crafts-guidelines-for-online-merchants-asks-for-comments/ The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), along with other government agencies, is currently developing a joint administrative order (JAO) aimed at enhancing consumer confidence in e-commerce transactions. The Trade department has released the draft order recently, which is open for inputs and comments until October 15. The proposed guidelines seek to inform the online merchants and e-commerce platforms to adhere with the relevant laws, including the rules and regulation on the sale, distribution, production, importation, marketing, sale and transport of products. This is in addition to improving protection Read More…

  • By Louella Desiderio, October 3, 2021; The Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/business/2021/10/03/2131336/arta-rolls-out-app-government-complaints Manila, Philippines — The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has launched a mobile app to make it easier for citizens to lodge complaints concerning government agencies. ARTA director general Jeremiah Belgica said during the soft launch of the ARTA Citizens Service app the platform would serve as a tool to make it easier for citizens to bring their complaints against government agencies. ARTA deputy director general Eduardo Bringas said the ARTA Dashboard was also launched to help in handling the complaints received. To file complaints, he said individuals need to register Read More…

  • By Manila Bulletin, October 3, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/10/03/foi-bill-moves-forward-in-lower-house-twg-head-confident-of-passage/ The proposed Freedom of Information bill has started to move forward in the House of Representatives. A technical working group (TWG) created to make recommendations on the proposed measure met on Sept. 28 to approve the consolidated version of the bill. Headed by Kabayan Partylist Rep. Ron Salo, the TWG approved the bill that consolidated 19 pending legislative proposals. The consolidated version will be submitted to the Committee on Public Information, for final deliberation and approval. Although still unnumbered, the consolidated FOI bill will be known as “An Act Enabling the Read More…

  • By Lade Jean Kabagani, October 2, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1155418 Manila – The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is protected under stringent data privacy measures and security settings. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the lead implementing agency of the project, said in a statement on Saturday that it regularly conducts Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) for PhilSys’ design and processes. Through the PIA, done by an independent third party, all data privacy and security risks are identified. The PSA said “mitigation strategies, appropriate measures, and safeguards” are in place for personal data and identification of registrants of the Philippine Identification (PhilID) Read More…

  • By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz, October 1, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/10/01/psa-over-5m-philid-cards-up-for-delivery/ The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released more than 5 million Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards for delivery to successful registrants. As of Sept. 22, 5,024,018 cards have been turned over to the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) for delivery. PSA said 2 million cards have been already delivered to the recipients. “The PSA takes this milestone as another reason to be optimistic in achieving our goals for this year. Upon the establishment of PhilSys, the commitment has always been to provide every Filipino with easier and safer access to private and public Read More…

  • By Lee C. Chipongian, September 29, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/29/bsp-enhances-e-kyc-rules/ The central bank is updating and enhancing the rules on electronic know-your-customer (e-KYC) procedures to improve banks and non-banks’ customer identification with the national ID as an independent source of proving one’s identity in the customer due diligence (CDD). The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) proposed new e-KYC guidelines are currently being circulated to BSP-supervised financial institutions (BSFIs) for feedback and comments. The feedback due date is on October 12. One of the features of the draft circular, in conducting CDD, is to add on the required minimum information in Read More…

  • By Christine Cudis, September 27, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1154757 Manila – The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) will be used to identify and verify beneficiaries of assistance programs, such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on Monday the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the pilot test of PhilSys in social welfare programs. Over the next three years, there will also be a gradual integration of PhilSys API (Application Programming Interface)-enabled services into all DSWD programs. PhilSys Read More…

  • By Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco, September 27, 2021; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/09/27/deped-doh-craft-rules-for-pilot-face-to-face-classes/ THE Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday identified mechanisms to ensure safety of participating learners, teaching and non-teaching staff, and their families in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in select low-risk areas. At the virtual signing and press briefing on the DepEd-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) for the Pilot Implementation of Face-to-Face Learning Modality, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said DepEd has been “proactive” in planning for safe return to schools. “The operational guideline for the pilot run of face-to-face classes is a Read More…

  • By The Manila Times, September 27, 2021; The Manila Times https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/09/27/public-square/deped-cso-seal-partnership-for-open-government-partnership/1816171 THE Department of Education (DepEd) recently sealed an agreement with the Civil Society Organization (CSO) education cluster in adopting an open participatory monitoring and evaluation platform to reaffirm its commitment under the Open Government Partnership for the 5th National Action Plan (NAP) 2019-2022. “This partnership agreement defines our responsibilities and our commitments to the Open Government Partnership 5th National Action Plan. The delivery of education services is more meaningful and effective and relevant if there is shared responsibility among the various stakeholders,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones shared. DBM Read More…

  • By Argyll Cyrus Geducos, September 26, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/26/arta-to-launch-new-digital-platforms-for-publics-complaints/ As the public continues to shift to more accessible digital channels, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is set to launch two digital platforms aimed at boosting the agency’s capacity in complaints handling. In a statement, ARTA Director-General Jeremiah Belgica said the two new platforms called the ARTA Dashboard and the ARTA Citizen Services Mobile Application will give ARTA more of a national presence online. The ARTA Dashboard will provide a glimpse of the agency’s operations and will serve as a mechanism to monitor the progress of priority activities. Meanwhile, the Read More…

  • By Gabriela Baron, September 25, 2021; Manila Bulletin https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/25/pcw-inks-deal-with-private-organizations-to-help-empower-wmes/ The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the project holder of Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Project signed Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) with four private organizations that will complement government efforts in making the business environment responsive to women micro-entrepreneurs (WMEs). PCW partnered with Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development (Bayan Academy), Empowering Communities with Hope Opportunities through Sustainable Initiatives (ECHOSi Foundation), National Confederation of Cooperatives in the Philippines (NATCCO), and the Socio-Economic Development Program Multipurpose Cooperative (SEDP-MPC) in facilitating the sustainability and competitiveness of WMEs in the food, Read More…

  • By Jenina P. Ibañez, September 21, 2021; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/twg-to-make-recommendations-for-localized-doing-business-report/ A technical working group led by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will make recommendations on a localized Ease of Doing Business report in November. The World Bank group last week announced that it would halt its flagship global Doing Business report after irregularities regarding data changes in the 2018 and 2020 versions, prompting ARTA to announce that it would look into doing a local index. The Work Bank report assessed countries’ competitiveness by measuring regulations that enhance and constrain business activity. Countries with fewer regulations will have a higher ranking Read More…

  • By Bruce Rodriguez, September 20, 2021; ABS-CBN News https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/09/20/21/arta-launches-online-resources-for-startups Manila – The Philippines’ Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) launched Monday the first phase of an online platform where the public and government agencies can access all regulations related to opening a business. ARTA deputy Director General, Undersecretary Ernesto Perez said the launching of the Philippine Business Regulations Information System (PBRIS) and the Anti-Red Tape Electronic Management Information System (ARTEMIS) would help ensure the dissemination and public access to information on regulatory management. “This will allow both the transacting public and a government agency a platform wherein one who intends, for instance, Read More…

  • By Philippine News Agency, September 16, 2021; Philippine News Agency https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1153731?fbclid=IwAR2aRZhfi_Z38csJvmyL79-9p3GunvQFDGFau80EgsaxEJ6rDRLqpr1v9I4 Manila – Establishing effective water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector institutions and strengthening the regulatory environment are needed to address the future increase in water consumption and address gaps in sanitation services, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. In a speech during the virtual launch of the Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan (PSWSSMP) Thursday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua underscored that integrated interventions from the local and national government, and stakeholders are crucial to achieve the goal of providing universal access to safe and Read More…