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Nationwide round-up (10/26/20)

THE HEALTH department supports the proposed appointment of a “vaccine czar” by Malacañang to lead the vaccination program for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Regional Updates (10/26/20)

TYPHOON QUINTA (international name: Molave), the 17th to enter the Philippine area and one of the strongest so far this year, left a trail of flooding and landslides in parts of mainland Luzon and neighboring islands in the south, but there were no immediate reports of casualties as preemptive evacuations were undertaken in high-risk areas.

House stimulus committee chair calls for ‘Bayanihan III’

A LEGISLATOR who chairs the House committee dealing with economic stimulus said the chamber should consider a new measure that would extend the effectivity of the current stimulus law, known as Bayanihan II, because of the slowness of its implementation.

Out-of-school youth to get free tech-voc training under OVP, USAID, PBED...

A PROGRAM that will provide free technical-vocational skills and employability training for at least 1,000 out-of-school youth in the country was launched Thursday.

Group calls for independent task force to probe DPWH anomalies

THE GOVERNMENT should consider allowing independent experts to investigate the alleged corruption within the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), an infrastructure think-tank said Thursday.

Nationwide round-up (10/25/20)

PHL gets vice-chair post in ILO government group THE PHILIPPINES has been elected as vice-chair for the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) sub-group on government, giving...

Legislator asks power regulators to extend no-disconnection policy to end of...

A SENIOR PARTY-LIST legislator asked power-industry regulators to implement an installment-payment policy on power bills until Jan. 31, instead of allowing power companies to disconnect customers  who have fallen behind on their payments.

DOT suspends issuance of retiree’s visa, orders review of PRA policies

The Department of Tourism (DoT) has ordered the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) to suspend the issuance of Special Retirement Residence Visas (SRRV) pending the...

Gov’t to pay its obligation to Philippine Red Cross – Roque

The government will pay its obligation to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for conducting coronavirus tests, Malacanang said Friday. Presidential Spokesman Harry L. Roque said...

Focus on ‘human rights aspects’ of same-sex civil union, Roman tells...

The country’s legislature, which is composed of a significant number of Catholics, should now abandon its conservative views on marriage as the head of...

IATF allows motorcycle taxis to resume operations amid pandemic

The government’s task force on pandemic response has allowed the operations of motorcycle taxis, as the country gradually re-opens its economy to bounce back...

Nationwide round-up (10/21/20)

MUNTINLUPA REPRESENTATIVE Rufino B. Biazon on Wednesday called on the House to fast-track the passage of a bill requiring internet service providers to deliver a minimum internet connection speed of 10 megabytes per second (Mbps).

Subsidize 13th month pay of small firms, Labor chief tells gov’t

THE GOVERNMENT should consider subsidizing the 13th month salary payments of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) worth about P3.5 billion using standby funds, according to the country’s Labor chief.

Nationwide round-up (10/20/20)

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte promised that the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will settle its over P900 million debt to the Philippine Red Cross for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests.

Duterte faulted for failing to disclose worth

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has yet to disclose his net worth despite his vow of transparency, according to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).

Nationwide round-up (10/19/20)

AUTHORITIES WILL now be able to quickly freeze the assets of individuals and entities designated by the government as terrorists, according to Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) Executive Director Mel Georgie B. Racela.

Housing backlog to ease with new law vs red tape

THE MEASURE granting the President the power to reduce red tape during emergencies such as the pandemic will help address the backlog in socialized housing, a legislator said.

Congress to expedite AMLA changes

CONGRESS is set to expedite the approval of a bill strengthening the anti-money laundering law, after President Rodrigo R. Duterte certified it as urgent.

COVID-19 infections nearing 360,000 as death tally hits 6,652

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,379 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 356,618.

VP renews call for quick rehabilitation of ravaged Marawi

VICE-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo on Sunday renewed calls to fast-track the rebuilding of Marawi City three years after it was liberated from homegrown terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS).

House OKs 2021 budget on final reading

Congressmen approved the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year on third and final reading in a special session on Friday after days of squabbling over the speakership.

House due to pass bill late Friday granting President power to...

The House of Representatives was due to pass on third and final reading late Friday a measure seeking to grant the President powers to...

House OKs 2021 budget on final reading

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza Congressmen approved the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year on third and final reading in a special session on Friday...

Gov’t online employment platform lists nearly 10,000 job openings

THOUSANDS OF JOB openings in both the private and public sectors are now available on the government’s job listings platform, the Labor department said Thursday.

Ousted Speaker not likely to join minority

TAGUIG Rep. Alan Peter S. Cayetano was unlikely to join the minority bloc after he was ousted as speaker, according to a partymate.

House legislators file counterpart bill granting President more powers to minimize...

HOUSE LEGISLATORS have filed their bill which would grant the President authorization to reduce red tape powers during national emergencies such as the current pandemic.

Congressmen want to double Robredo’s budget for next year

CONGRESSMEN on Wednesday sought to double the Office of the Vice President’s P679-million budget after it was given the lowest allocation in next year’s P4.5-trillion appropriations.

Nationwide round-up (10/14/20)

COA flags NTC’s purchase of 44 smartphones, mostly not used for service testing project STATE AUDITORS called out the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for its...

House leaders agree to fast-track budget approval after row

SPEAKER Lord Allan Q. Velasco and his predecessor Alan Peter S. Cayetano have agreed to work together to fast-track the passage of next year’s P4.5-trillion national budget after fighting over the position, according to the presidential palace.

Cayetano ousted as Speaker in rogue session

ALAN PETER S. CAYETANO was ousted as Speaker on Monday after a number of congressmen declared his post vacant at a session held outside the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers move to ensure budget passage

MEMBERS OF Congress, both in the Senate and House of Representatives, are taking steps to ensure the timely passage of the P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 after the speakership row threatened to delay its enactment.

COVID-19 cases close to 340,000

ANOTHER 2,502 new coronavirus infections were reported by the Department of Health (DoH) on Sunday, bringing the total to 339,341.

Nationwide round-up (10/11/20)

68% of Filipino girls, young women experience online harassment NEARLY SEVEN in 10 or 68% of girls and young women in the Philippines have experienced...

Budget delay seen to hurt recovery

A DELAY in the passage of the 2021 national budget will likely hobble the Philippine economy’s recovery, as a reenacted budget will prevent the release of much-needed funds for the pandemic response and infrastructure projects, economists said.

Term-sharing deal for Speaker should be enforced — lawmaker

DEPUTY Speaker Paolo S. Duterte on Thursday said Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco should assert the term-sharing deal with Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

Nationwide round-up (10/08/20)

Newly discovered ginger species named after FEU chair emeritus A NEW plant species of the ginger family, endemic to the provinces of Agusan del Sur...

Justice dep’t to prioritize drug cases

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo Guevarra is set to issue a memorandum directing prosecutors to prioritize illegal drug cases to meet the requirements under the law for the immediate destruction of seized narcotics.

Old budget bill good as re-enacted — senators

THE PHILIPPINE government will probably operate under a re-enacted budget again next year amid a leadership squabble at the House of Representatives, which will delay the expansion of some key services including the battle against a coronavirus pandemic, senators said.

House suspends sessions amid speakership squabble

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Tuesday approved next year’s P4.5-trillion national budget on second reading after Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano, who has rejected a term-sharing deal he agreed to last year, moved to terminate debates and sessions until Nov. 16.

Bataan lawmaker rejects plan to revive nuclear plant

THE Philippines should look at renewable energy sources instead of trying to revive the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, a lawmaker from the province said on Monday.

Nationwide round-up

INCREASED ECONOMIC activities will gradually be allowed as healthcare facilities expand, based on a new resolution from the national inter-agency task force handling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response.

Regional Updates (10/04/20)

DoTr suspends mandatory use of Beep cards for EDSA bus system THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) has suspended the mandatory use of electronic cards for...

Nationwide round-up

Bill filed for electronic voters registration HOUSE OF Representatives Majority Leader Anthony Peter D. Crisologo filed House Bill No. 7746, titled Electronic Voters Registration Act...

Speaker risks post being declared vacant

Allies of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco have threatened to declare the speakership vacant if Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano clings to the post...

PhilHealth officials face graft at Ombudsman

The National Bureau of Investigation (NB) on Friday filed corruption complaints against former Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) President Ricardo Morales and eight other...