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Over 3,000 COVID cases logged on Friday, highest since Oct. 16

THE health department reported on Friday 3,093 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily case rate in almost five months, and more cases of the...

Prisoners in priority list of vaccine recipients—DoH

PRISONERS, or formally referred to as persons deprived of liberty (PDLs), are included in the government’s priority groups for vaccination against coronavirus, the Health...

Solon wants probe on food delivery apps’ failure to give senior...

A LAWMAKER seeks to investigate the alleged non-compliance of food delivery app companies to providing a 20% discount to senior citizens. In a statement on...

PBEd signs pact creating industry skill councils to boost job prospects...

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) has signed an agreement with the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP), the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI), and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) which will create industry councils that will work to increase the employability of young people.

Nationwide round-up (03/04/21)

A House of Representatives panel has approved a proposed measure for the quarterly distribution of pension to indigent senior citizens instead of every six months.

Tribunal clarifies jurisprudence on wrongdoing

PUBLIC officials accused of wrongdoing can no longer hide behind jurisprudence that prevented their removal from office as long as they get reelected, according to the Supreme Court.

Nationwide round-up (03/03/21)

VEHICLE inspection center owners are proposing a revised private motor vehicle inspection program to President Rodrigo R. Duterte, as daily inspections have drastically declined from 100 to five.

House committee approves P10 plastic bag tax

A HOUSE committee approved Wednesday a bill that will impose a P10 excise tax on single-use plastic bags at the factory level or upon the arrival of imported bags.

House committee approves downstream natural gas bill

THE House energy committee has approved a bill that sets the regulatory framework for the shipment and distribution of imported natural gas.

Region’s working mothers report struggle to balance WFH, domestic responsibilities

WORKING MOTHERS across the region continue to face challenges adapting to the pandemic even as most workers overall grow more accustomed to remote work arrangements, professional networking site LinkedIn said.

Manila lifts deployment ban to UAE

THE PHILIPPINES will allow Filipinos to work as domestic helpers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting Mar. 31 after both agreed to boost protection for these workers, according to the Labor department.

Nationwide round-up (03/02/21)

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is expecting to book a P17-billion loss this year with the deferment of the contribution rate hike and higher expenses due to coronavirus-related programs and benefits.

Nationwide round-up (03/01/21)

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has until the end of this week to submit its report on the shootout between police officers and agents of the drug enforcement agency last Feb. 24, where three law enforcers and one informant died while several others were injured.

BIR promises to remove export cigarettes’ tax-stamp exemption

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it will withdraw the tax-stamp exemption of export cigarettes, after a legislator cited the potential for these products to enter the market as tax-free smuggled goods.

House panel approves bill lifting bank secrecy

THE HOUSE Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries approved a bill calling for the partial lifting of the Bank Secrecy Law, which will include a provision to protect financial institutions from cases or suits in connection with deposit examinations.

Nationwide round-up (02/28/21)

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has approved the destruction of seized drugs that were already inspected by designated authorities even before a case is filed.

Banks urged to hold off on hiking ATM fees, use excess...

BANKS SHOULD USE their excess capital to expand their services instead of increasing fees for cash machine services, a lawmakers said, after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas tweaked its rules on fees this month.

Diocesan radio station clears House second reading

THE House of Representatives approved on Wednesday the franchise renewal of Franciscan Broadcasting Corp. on second reading.

OFW group slams nurse deployment-for-vaccine proposition to UK, Germany

AN alliance of overseas Filipino  (OFWs) workers slammed recent statements by Labor officials offering to lift the cap on the deployment of healthcare workers to...

Nationwide round-up (02/24/21)

GOVERNMENT officials and workers involved in the inoculation of individuals who will experience adverse effects from the coronavirus vaccines will be exempt from liabilities under the proposed law that provides for an indemnity to affected patients.

Lawmaker asks DoH to fast-track cancer fund rules

A LAWMAKER urged the Department of Health (DoH) to fast-track the guidelines on how cancer patients can avail themselves of a P620-million government fund.

Nationwide round-up (02/23/21)

THE Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to expedite the procurement of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and set an indemnification fund.

Fuel marking program yields P193 billion in taxes

THE government’s fuel marking program generated P192.756 billion from duties and taxes on fuel products since it was launched in September 2019, data from the Department of Finance (DoF) showed on Monday.

Sinovac vaccine approved for emergency use

THE PHILIPPINE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, the third drug after vaccines from Pfizer, Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc.

Nationwide round-up (02/22/21)

THE fourth session of oral arguments on petitions against the anti-terrorism law scheduled on Tuesday has been moved to March as some of the Supreme Court justices “are on self-quarantine as a precaution against COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019),” the court announced on Monday.

Lawmakers start debates on Charter change

PHILIPPINE lawmakers will start debating in plenary on Monday proposed changes to economic provisions of a three-decade-old Constitution supposedly to attract foreign investment and help the economy recover amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Nationwide round-up (02/21/21)

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said the emergency P100 daily salary increase petitioned by some labor groups is unlikely to be granted by the wage board as businesses continue to suffer from the economic onslaught brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Metro Manila mayors want cinemas to reopen at 20-30% capacity

MAYORS in the capital Metro Manila will recommend a limit of 20% to 30% of seating capacity when cinemas are allowed to reopen by...

Pension agencies ordered to stop personal appearance requirement

THE national task force handling the coronavirus response has directed pension agencies to come up with new procedures that will no longer require pensioners...

Resumption of concerts, other live events still under review

THE easing of rules on live events such as concerts is under consideration, according to Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez. "We do not immediately...

SSS subsidy bill for PWDs hurdles House panel

A COMMITTEE at the House of Representatives approved on first reading a bill granting an initial 70% subsidy on the Social Security System (SSS) contributions of self-employed persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Education department gearing up for trial run of in-person classes 

THE INTER agency task force leading the country’s coronavirus pandemic response will discuss next week plans to hold a dry run for limited in-person classes, according to the presidential Palace.

Congressmen seek P500-M fund for vaccine harm or loss

CONGRESSMEN are considering creating a P500-million fund that will cover damage claims in case people get sick from coronavirus vaccine shots.

DA seeking to raise MAV for pork imports to 404,000 MT

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has proposed to Malacañang a drastic expansion in the volume of imported pork to 404,000 metric tons (MT), a measure intended to address rising food prices and quell a potential inflation crisis.

House claims support from 224 legislators in show of force for...

THE leadership of the House of Representatives is claiming support from 224 legislators for the proposed P420-billion stimulus package which will become the third Bayanihan law if passed.

Waiver of procurement rules for LGU vaccines clears House panel

THE tax provisions of a bill allowing local government units (LGUs) to bypass procurement rules in the emergency purchase of vaccines has cleared the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Tax breaks for freelancers approved by House committee

THE House Committee on Ways and Means said it approved the tax break clauses of a bill laying down the rights of freelance workers.

Labor group to seek P100 wage increase across the board

A LABOR group on Monday said it would seek a P100 wage increase across the board next week amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Nationwide round-up (02/14/21)

A SENATOR is seeking to exempt donated vaccines and other medical supplies used for the coronavirus response from donor’s tax.

ABS-CBN’s franchise can wait, says House Speaker

THE franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Corp. will have to wait until the next Congress as measures to address the pandemic will be the priority of lawmakers, House Speaker Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco said on Thursday, days after the President vowed to block the network’s operations.

Companies signal some willingness to hire in 2021

MORE THAN a third of companies participating in a study conducted by recruitment firm Michael Page Philippines said they are looking to hire more employees.

Cua files bill seeking to lift bank secrecy

A LAWMAKER is pushing amendments to the Bank Secrecy Law to lift certain provisions to prevent criminal activities by giving the regulator authority to look into bank accounts.

Transpacific’s franchise clears final reading

THE House of Representatives approved on final reading a bill extending the franchise of Transpacific Broadband Group International, Inc. for another 25 years.

Regional Updates (02/11/21)

Trucks and trailers will be banned from crossing the Nagtahan Flyover in Manila starting February 20 to avoid further damage and potential accidents on the structure that is already lined up for repair, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday. The agency said light vehicles can still use the bridge, based on the recommendation of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Bayanihan III backer disputes gov’t claim of limited resources

A PROPONENT of the third Bayanihan stimulus bill, Marikina Representative Stella Luz A. Quimbo, said the government has sufficient resources to implement another economic package, contrary to the Palace’s claims.