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Legislators call for more stimulus with private sector gun-shy on investment

LEGISLATORS said Thursday that more stimulus is needed to help the economy recover from the pandemic, adding that only the government is capable of providing this boost with the private sector still reluctant to invest.

Nationwide round-up (12/03/20)

SUPPORTERS and families of political prisoners have asked Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, who announced early this week his plan to retire early in March, to grant the “extraordinary legal remedy” for their release to help address congestion in jails amid the coronavirus pandemic.

PAREB pushes for active participation of brokers in flagging suspicious transactions

THE real estate industry is pushing for a more active participation in detecting suspicious transactions as the government moves to strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA).

Nationwide round-up (12/02/20)

A SENATOR on Wednesday asked the government-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for copies of the documents required and submitted for the P9.5-billion loan it released to MTD Berhad for the Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

Regional Updates (12/02/20)

THE German government will provide a grant that will protect the state-run Philippine General Hospital (PGH) from flooding by April 2021.

2021 budget passage targeted by next week

THE HOUSE of Representatives and the Senate on Tuesday assured the 2020 national budget will not be reenacted as both chambers target ratification of the P4.5-trillion spending plan for 2021 by next week.

Nationwide round-up (12/01/20)

CHIEF Justice Diosdado M. Peralta will be retiring on March 27, 2021, a year ahead of the mandatory retirement age, the Supreme Court (SC) confirmed on Tuesday.

Taiwan semiconductor firm seeking nearly 800 Filipino workers

A semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan has opened its hiring to nearly 800 qualified qualified Filipino workers, the Department of Labor and Employment said Friday. Silicon...

Boracay dev’t authority bill filed in Senate

A bill creating the Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA) has been filed in the Senate, with the stated intent of moving ahead with the...

Senators back physical classes amid pandemic

Three senators on Friday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to consider opening schools for face-to-face classes to improve learning amid a coronavirus pandemic. “Educators...

CREATE bill finally hurdles Senate

THE SENATE on Thursday approved on third and final reading a measure that will immediately lower the corporate income tax (CIT) to 25% from the current 30% rate as well as streamline fiscal incentives.

Senate approves P4.5-T budget for next year

THE SENATE on Thursday passed on final reading the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year, which lawmakers said would boost government response to the coronavirus pandemic.

House approves bill amending AMLA on 2nd reading

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday evening approved on second reading a measure strengthening the regulations against money laundering, which is key to helping the country avoid being gray-listed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Gov’t plans to build 6 dams along Cagayan river to control...

THE PUBLIC Works department plans to build six dams along the Cagayan river in northern Philippines to improve flood control, officials on Wednesday told a Senate committee investigating heavy floods that submerged many parts of Luzon island after it was hit by a typhoon this month.

Nationwide round-up (11/25/20)

THE US government, through the Joint US Military Assistance Group, turned over on November 25 a ScanEagle unmanned aerial system to the Philippine Navy.

China hits Trump adviser for creating ‘chaos’

THE CHINESE government on Monday accused US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien of inciting hostilities after his remarks on the South China Sea dispute and Chinese actions in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Nationwide round-up (11/24/20)

A SENATOR on Tuesday pushed for an inquiry into the operation of the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) amid allegations of some P33.4 billion in “parked” funds.

US government turns over $18M worth of missiles vs terrorists

THE UNITED States government on Monday turned over almost a billion pesos worth of precision-guided missiles and munitions to the Philippine military to help it fight terrorists linked to Islamic State in the country’s south.

Lawmaker seeks to double budget for power cooperatives

A SENATOR asked his fellow lawmakers on Monday to double the 2021 budget for the restoration of power facilities damaged by recent typhoons.

Half-a-trillion pesos given to lawmakers’ districts — senator

A SENATOR on Thursday flagged almost half-a-trillion pesos of congressional district funds under next year’s P4.5-trillion national budget.

Nationwide round-up (11/19/20)

THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Thursday launched a project that aims to speed up the distribution of individual land titles to 1.14 million agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Regional Updates (11/19/20)

A lawmaker on Thursday asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to go after people organizing bogus donation drives supposedly to assist victims of typhoons that recently pummeled many areas in Luzon.

US provides assistance for water security project

THE US government is supporting a P869-million project that will provide water security in Palawan, Negros Occidental and Sarangani.

Nationwide round-up (11/18/20)

A SENATOR on Wednesday pushed for the creation of an integrated water resource management agency that will oversee water-related operations to prevent a repeat of severe flooding such as those recently experienced in parts of Luzon.

MSME loan approvals only a fraction of funds allocated as Bayanihan...

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has so far extended P1.2 billion worth of loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, much less than the funds allocated, a senator said, citing data from the department.

Congress to probe dam operators after floods

LAWMAKERS on Tuesday sought an investigation of dam operations in Marikina and Cagayan Valley and logging activities in the Sierra Madre that supposedly caused heavy flooding when Typhoon Vamco hit Luzon last week, killing at least 73 people.

Russia can make vaccine by January

RUSSIA could start producing coronavirus vaccines for the Philippines as early as January, according to the Philippine ambassador there.

Senator backs NEDA view that OFW dep’t is secondary priority

THE AUTHOR of the Senate bill creating a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) expressed support for the position adopted by economic planners that creating the agency is low on the government’s priority list.

Gov’t urged to seek foreign aid after typhoons

A SENATOR on Sunday urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to seek help from the international community for victims of Typhoon Vamco, which killed at least 67 people and submerged many parts of Luzon island last week.

Bill amending land titling system filed in Senate

A BILL improving the land titling system to address the steady decline in title issuance in the past ten years has been filed in the Senate.

Typhoon Vamco kills at least 14 in Philippines

By Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporter and Angelica Y. Yang Typhoon Vamco killed at least 14 and hurt eight other people after submerging many parts of...

Senate bill seeks hazard pay for other workers

A bill that seeks to give workers in public hospitals hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic has been filed at the Senate. Senate Bill 1908...

US vows to keep close ties with Philippines

THE United States on Thursday said it would keep close ties with the Philippines after Manila extended the suspension of a military pact on the deployment of troops for war games.

Nationwide round-up (11/12/20)

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte called on fellow leaders in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to strengthen collaboration on health security and labor resiliency in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Senate approves FIST bill

THE SENATE on Tuesday approved a measure allowing financial institutions to offload bad loans to asset management companies in order to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances.

Philippines won’t end military deal with US just yet, defers termination...

THE PHILIPPINES won’t end a military pact with the US on the deployment of troops for war games just yet, after it extended the suspension of its termination for six more months, according to its top envoy.

Congress urged to realign budget for buildings

A SENATOR on Wednesday urged Congress to realign a portion of the P68-billion budget for multipurpose buildings next year after flagging 5,913 local infrastructure projects that were poorly built.

Nationwide round-up (11/10/20)

THE four typhoons that hit the country since late October has cost the country about P38 billion in output losses, but Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said on Tuesday this remains a “manageable” amount.

Senate committee adds vaccine, calamity funds to budget measure

THE Senate Finance Committee approved the chamber’s version of the P4.5-trillion 2021 budget bill with a hefty increase in vaccine funding, setting the stage for two weeks of deliberations with a target date of passage of Nov. 24.

Philippines to vaccinate 25M citizens next year

THE PHILIPPINES will try to order 50 million coronavirus vaccine units for 25 million Filipinos next year, according to its vaccine czar.

Brazil envoy served with complaint for ill treatment of aide

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has served a complaint to the Philippine envoy in Brazil who was recalled after mistreating her Filipino domestic helper, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. said on Monday.

Bill vs child marriage approved

The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to outlaw child marriages in the Philippines.

Nationwide round-up (11/09/20)

MAJOR Gen. Debold M. Sinas, who became controversial earlier this year for having a birthday party during the strict quarantine period, has been appointed  by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as head of the police force.

Stronger PHL-US ties seen under Biden presidency

THE PHILIPPINES will likely see stronger relations with the United States after Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was elected US president on Saturday.

Palace says Duterte to work with Biden based on respect

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is looking to improve ties with the United States under President-elect Joseph Biden, according to the presidential palace.