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NEDA TWG studying road congestion pricing

THE government is evaluating at technical working group (TWG) level a proposal for a peak hours congestion pricing system in key parts of Metro Manila, a Transportation department official said.

Taal Volcano agricultural damage exceeds P3 billion, led by fisheries

CROP DAMAGE due to Taal’s eruption was estimated at P3.17 billion a week after the volcano started emitting ash, with the fisheries sector accounting for more than half of the total, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
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BIR sets goals for regional offices; Makati told to collect P129.5B

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has released the collection targets for its various regional offices, led by its Makati operation, which has been set a goal of P129.51 billion.

Fuel marking volumes top two billion liters

THE total volume of fuel marked as of Jan. 18 has topped two billion liters, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said, citing a report from the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

Nov. GOCC subsidies grow 46%

STATE SUBSIDIES to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) grew 46.11% year-on-year to P11.815 billion in November, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said.


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Estate tax amnesty for non-resident Pinoys: Yay or nay?

Among all the internal revenue taxes imposed in the Philippines, estate tax is arguably one of the most neglected. It is not uncommon to see estate taxes remain unpaid for several years after the death of the decedent until the heirs see the need to transfer the inherited property. These properties then remain idle with their economic benefit unutilized.
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Congress to tackle priorities as sessions resume

THE Senate and House of Representatives will resume sessions on Monday after the holiday break, with both houses of Congress expected to prioritize the creation of several agencies including a Department of Disaster Resilience.

Duterte invited to US-Asean Summit

THE WHITE House has invited President Rodrigo R. Duterte to the upcoming United States-Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in March, the presidential palace said on Sunday.

33 Filipinos come home from Middle East

A TOTAL of 33 Filipino workers have been sent home from the Middle East, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said at the weekend, amid tensions between the US and Iran.

Public warned about further ashfalls

THE nation’s local volcanology agency asked the public to wear face masks as Taal Volcano in Batangas province continued to emit ash.

Congressman seeks probe of LRT-1 contract

A CONGRESSMAN will seek an investigation of an allegedly onerous concession agreement between the government and the Ayala and Pangilinan groups for the operation of the Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1).

Classes in Batangas will stay suspended while Taal alert level 4 in place

CLASSES IN all levels, both public and private schools, in Batangas province will remain suspended while the alert level 4 for Taal Volcano is in place, the governor announced Sunday.

Baguio prepares to demolish 100 structures in airport buffer zone

THE BAGUIO City government is preparing to demolish about 100 structures within the declared buffer zone of the Loakan Airport in line with its planned reopening for commercial operations.

Iloilo City launches ‘Traffic Discipline Zone’ to ease congestion

A TRAFFIC management campaign for the stricter implementation of road rules has been launched in Iloilo City to address the congestion in the growing urban area.

DA proposes agribusiness ventures to Davao de Oro IP community

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture-Davao (DA-11) office is encouraging an indigenous people (IP) community in an upland area of Compostela town to consider agricultural ventures with investors to maximize the potential income from their ancestral land.

GenSan tackles transport modernization with PUV sector

THE GENERAL Santos City government is holding a summit on Jan. 22 to tackle the transport modernization plan with representatives from the public utility vehicles (PUV) sector.

Nationwide round-up

THE HOUSE of Representatives plans to look into the implementation of the Department of Health’s polio vaccination program after more cases were reported last week.

Gin Kings deliver for another PBA title

FOR the 12th time in league history the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings are Philippine Basketball Association champions after annexing the Governor’s Cup title on Friday over the Meralco Bolts.

James, defense drive Lakers past Rockets

LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James produced his 31st double-double, Kyle Kuzma chipped in 23 points and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers turned a third-quarter defensive clinic into a 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Weightlifting champ Hidilyn Diaz meets MVP

SOUTHEAST Asian Games gold medalist and Olympic weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz made a courtesy call to PLDT-Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers. Diaz is a beneficiary of the MVP Sports Foundation, an organization under the MVP Group of Companies, that supports Filipino athletes as they train to bring honor to the Philippines in their respective sporting events.

Philippine tennis, softball seen to do better this year

COMING off from a successful run in 2019, sports patron, and head of Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) and Unified Tennis Philippines (UTP) Jean Henri Lhuillier sees an even stronger 2020 for Philippine softball and tennis.

Final curtain looms for Wozniacki at Melbourne

MELBOURNE -- While most of her rivals are looking for a strong showing at Melbourne Park to kickstart their seasons, a defeat for Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open will bring an end to 15 years of hitting a ball over a net for a living.

Meralco Bolts look to pick up the pieces after another finals loss

FAILED to notch a first-ever Philippine Basketball Association title for a third time, the Meralco Bolts admit it is tough to swallow, but that they are nonetheless bent on picking up the pieces, moving on and continuing with their championship quest.

McGregor makes fast work of Cerrone in UFC return

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Former two-division champion Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon with a stunning knockout of Donald Cerrone in under a minute at UFC 246 on Saturday in his first fight since losing a lightweight title bout to Khabib Nurmagomedov 15 months ago.

Part-time cager

For critics, it’s fair to categorize Kawhi Leonard as a part-time player. Thus far, he has suited up in 33 of the Clippers’ 43 matches -- which means he’s sidelined roughly once in every four outings. Save for a left knee contusion that had him decommissioned in November, the development is planned and in adherence to a strict load management program that has him sitting out of either game in back-to-back sets. And for all the second-guessing about the plan’s implications on public perception, there can be no disputing its effects to the bottom line.

Our dysfunctional bureaucracy as a binding constraint

It’s becoming ever more clear that our dysfunctional, weak, inefficient, and corrupt bureaucracy is a binding constraint to growth and development. It belongs up there together with our low agricultural productivity, labor rigidities, and monopolies in strategic industries as major constraints for the country to attain its true growth potential.

Italian woes

Last month, my wife and I treated ourselves to a trip to Italy to watch Placido Domingo at the La Scala Opera House in Milan. Accompanied by another couple, we looked forward to immersing ourselves in the city’s old world grandeur for which the Opera is an integral part.

Taal has lost her patience

The volcano might have been upset when the Augustinian friars first came in 1572 to establish a township on the shores of the lake in Batangas province. She erupted, most likely not in welcome, and blew her top in obvious agitation of disturbed peace and the intrusion into her sacred territory. “Ta-al” was what the natives called the volcano-island, “sin ta-as ng langit” (high as the sky) and queen in their primitive Nature-worship.

Dina Abad’s lasting legacy

We gather with a purpose that is close to our hearts: the launching of the Dina Abad Emerging Leaders Fellowship program, and our celebration of her enduring legacy. What a fitting present for her birthday, which is eight days from today.

Nation at a Glance — (01/19/20)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.