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DTI conducts special price monitoring in Davao groceries

DAVAO CITY — Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez conducted a special price monitoring yesterday in two groceries in this city, checking if suggested retail prices (SRPs) of goods have gone up. Mr. Lopez said he was surprised to find out that no cost movements were reported and that prices in […] The post DTI conducts special price monitoring in Davao groceries appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJan 12th, 2018

Monitoring committee created to check rice prices in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Sep) – The City Government of Davao has created a body tasked to monitor the movement of price of rice in the city amid reports of uncontrolled and unmonitored price increases of the staple food. City Mayor Sara Duterte signed Executive Order 23 creating the Rice Supply and Price Monitoring […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Show data to support BBL’s ‘awesome’ fiscal powers—Recto

Saying that the “law is in the details,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto yesterday pressed the government to submit “the economic fine print” that will underpin the proposed Bangsamoro government’s fiscal autonomy.In a request coursed through Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Recto sought “facts and figures that will bolster the financial feasibility” of the Bangsamoro self-ruled homeland.Recto said the submission of these will clarify ambiguities in the provisions in Bangsamoro Basic Law bill, and “hasten its passage in the Senate.””Like any bill, if you scratch the surface of a provision of the BBL, you will find the price tag underneath,” Recto said.Among the data Recto has requested are “national revenue collections in ARMM since its creation to the present, as well as budget utilization of ARMM, including relevant financial statements, from the time it was created.”Included in the request are “budget allocations and subsidies lodged in different national government agencies, earmarked and off-budget revenue sources.”“The purpose is to find out if past allocations to ARMM were at levels sufficient to meet the imperatives of growth, because if these are historically lacking, then we are properly informed not to commit the same mistakes with the future Bangasamoro government,” Recto said. In his letter to Zubiri, Recto also sought additional data on the formula used in computing and allocating the proposed Annual Block Grants, “funds which are to be automatically appropriated and released by the national government.” For 2019, the Block Grant is pegged at P72 billion. “What then is the revenue basis used in setting this amount?” Recto said.Recto likewise requested “elaboration” on the nature of the Special Development Fund, or SDF, which has been pegged at P100 billion for 20 years, P10 billion of which shall be given by the national government the year following the ratification of the BBL.“What is the basis for the SDF? What are examples of projects to be funded by this?” Recto said.He also asked for the “negative list of projects or programs” which cannot be funded by the block grant or by the SDF.Recto also requested for social and economic indicators at all levels of the present ARMM, and “programs that will result in better socio-economic numbers.”He said that BBL proponents in the executive branch should also submit a comparative matrix between Republic Act 6734 (ARMM Organic Act), Republic Act 9054 (Amended ARMM Organic Act), and the BBL.“A side-by-side tale of tapes, comparing past, current models, and the future one would help us create the best BBL which will encapsulate all our dreams and visions for a peaceful, progressive South,” Recto said.The senator reiterated his support “for a constitutionally-compliant, fiscally-responsible, grassroots-accepted organic law for the autonomous region.”Speaker: PDP to campaign vs poll bets against federalismSpeaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) will actively campaign against candidates for senator and other elective positions in the 2019 elections who are opposed to a federal system of government.Speaking before over 3,000 new members of the PDP at the Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center, Alvarez urged the people in the province to support the advocacy of President Duterte and the PDP for a shift to a federal system of government, which he said would open up the development potential of the provinces and the regions.“I have one request, please don’t vote for candidates, particularly for senator, who are opposing federalism,” Alvarez told the new PDP members composed practically of the entire local officials of the province led by Agusan Del Sur Gov. Edward Adolph Plaza, 2nd District rep. Evelyn Mellana and 1st District Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza.With the mass oath-taking, the province of Agusan del Sur became the newest addition to the PDP country.In interview with the local media after the event, Alvarez explained his call against anti-federalism candidates.Alvarez said the ruling party was pushing for federalism to ensure inclusive development, particularly of the poor and neglected areas of the country.Alvarez said it was also time to elevate the political maturity of the nation by focusing the campaign on issues instead of the old practice of politics based solely on popularity or personality.He dared the senatorial hopefuls for the 2019 elections to make a clear stand on the issue of federalism.Alvarez said that if a candidate was opposed to federalism then he was clearly against the interest of provinces and regions.Accompanying Alvarez in the event were Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Nograles and Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali, whom the Speaker said would be included in the senatorial slate of the administration party for the 2019 senatorial contest.Earlier, Alvarez said that among the benefits of federalism was that the regions or states would retain the lion’s share of the taxes, instead of having to make do with the meager share the central government was currently sending back to the provinces.He said it was crucial to achieve a shift to a federal system of government within the term of President Duterte, who was the only presidential candidate in the 2016 elections who pushed for a federal system of government.Kimberly Otaza, 26, municipal councilor of Loreto, Agusan Del Sur, who was among the new PDP members, said she fully embraces the idea of federalism.Another new PDP member, 45-year old Duric Gavino, a barangay kagawad of Brgy. Poblacion, Prosperidad town of the province, also expressed support for a shift to a new form of government.Gavino added that he was thankful that President Duterte and the PDP are pushing for a shift to a federal form of government.“So, we thank the President. We support federalism.” he stressed.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Trade chief assures TRAIN won’t cause drastic rise in prices

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 January) – The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) will not significantly impact on the prices of basic commodities, Trade secretary Ramon M. Lopez said. Lopez led the price monitoring at supermarkets of Victoria Plaza and Gaisano Mall of Davao on Friday to see if TRAIN has any effect […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

ADB approves 2019 budget

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the 2019 administrative budget (net internal administrative expense budget) of $690.5 million. This represents a 2.7 percent increase over the 2018 administrative budget, consisting of 1.3 percent in price increase and 1.4 percent in volume growth. The volume growth is -0.1 percent if excluding the three special initiatives for […].....»»

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Globe Telecom legal team furnishes Taguig SPED classroom, conducts teacher training on cyber wellness

As part of Globe Telecom's employee volunteerism program, the company's Corporate and Legal Services Group has furnished a Special Education (SPED) classroom for EM's Signal Village Elementary School (ESVES) in Taguig City as well as held a teacher training workshop on cyber wellness. "We wanted to extend our assistance outside the walls of our office and serve our immediate local community which is Taguig. When we visited ESVES, we realized that while the school is well-supported by the local government, it can use a bit more help on SPED," said Froilan Castelo, Globe General Counsel. He added: "We also wanted to conduct the digital citizenship talks because we felt responsible ...Keep on reading: Globe Telecom legal team furnishes Taguig SPED classroom, conducts teacher training on cyber wellness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Ex-solons, teachers face raps

Former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo, ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro and 16 others were charged Thursday for allegedly holding minors during a solidarity mission in Davao del Norte. Authorities filed violation of Republic Act 7610 or the “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” before the Tagum City Prosecutor’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

News Briefs: Nov. 27, 2018

Fuel prices fall for 7th week   Crude oil exporters were likely to hold back production as world prices continued to fall amid a supply glut.   Local oil firms cut pump prices for the seventh straight week, leading to the biggest decline in diesel cost at P2.30 per liter and P1.10 per liter for gasoline.   Shell, Caltex, Seaoil, Total, PTT and Eastern Petroleum had announced the price cuts on Monday.   Monitoring by the Department of Energy showed the latest round of price decline brought diesel costs to a range of P38.72 to P43.59 per liter and gasoline to a range of P43.85 to P54.77 per liter. ---Ronnel W. Domingo   Serge Osmea ple...Keep on reading: News Briefs: Nov. 27, 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Cops, soldiers clash with suspected NPA rebels in Davao beach

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 26 November) – Joint police and Army operatives engaged suspected New People’s Army rebels in a firefight at around 1:30am Monday in Purok 10, Talomo Cemento, Talomo District, Davao City. The rebels belong to the NPA Special Partisan Unit and were staying at the now abandoned Victorio Beach Resort, Chief Supt. Marcelo […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Durian

Durian sells for P60 per kilo in this stall in Astorga, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. November 17, 2018. The price would go down to as low as P30 per kilo during the peak season. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Mets deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL

By Jake Seiner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. The AL prize also reflected a change in voters’ values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first Cy Young. Snell pitched just 180 2/3 innings, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. Over full seasons, Snell is the second starter to win the award with fewer than 200 innings after Clayton Kershaw logged 198 1/3 in 2014. “I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect,” deGrom said. “I feel like it’s just turning more into quality of work and what did you accomplish in those innings,” Snell said. “I think that’s just the way it’s going.” DeGrom easily beat out Washington’s Max Scherzer, who was seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall. DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Scherzer had the other first-place vote. In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke’s 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old right-hander went 10-9, eclipsing the low bar among starters of 13 victories set by the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 and matched by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in 2010. DeGrom allowed three runs or fewer in 29 consecutive starts to close the season, breaking Leslie “King” Cole’s 108-year-old record of 26 such outings. Yet the Mets were 11-18 in those games and 14-18 overall with deGrom on the mound. “My thought process was, ‘Hey, take the ball every fifth day and continue to try to put this team in position to win and control what you can control,’” deGrom said. Hernandez’s Cy Young victory signaled a major shift from voters, who once prioritized pitcher wins. The push toward advanced analytics made deGrom’s candidacy possible, and by September there was little debate deGrom was worthy, even as the Mets regularly wasted his dominance. “This was one of my goals,” deGrom said. “The team didn’t end up where we wanted to be this past season, but you kind of set personal goals, and I think being able to accomplish something that has been a dream of yours is just something special. To be a Cy Young Award winner, you’re in great company, and it truly is an honor.” Perhaps no pitcher had ever been such a hard-luck loser. New York averaged 3.5 runs in games started by deGrom, second only to Cole Hamels for worst support in the majors among qualified pitchers. During one stretch late in the season, the Mets totaled 10 runs over seven of deGrom’s outings, and four of those were driven in by the pitcher himself. DeGrom nearly produced more wins above replacement than actual wins — an unfortunate sabermetric feat that has only been accomplished once, when the Philadelphia Athletics’ Eddie Smith went 4-17 with 4.1 WAR in 1937. Baseball-Reference calculated deGrom for 9.6 WAR. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, he became the seventh rookie winner voted a Cy Young, joining fellow Mets Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden. R.A. Dickey was the only other Met to win a Cy Young. The Mets unveiled a deGrom bobblehead featuring the Cy Young Award shortly after deGrom was crowned. They will give away 25,000 prior to a home game April 7 against Scherzer’s Nationals. Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points to 13 first-place votes and 154 points for Verlander. Kluber had 71 points, followed by Boston’s Chris Sale and Houston’s Gerrit Cole. Snell had a 1.89 ERA, third best in the AL since the DH was introduced, trailing only Ron Guidry (1.74) in 1978 and Pedro Martinez (1.74) in 2000. The 25-year-old pitched had 33 1/3 fewer innings than Verlander, but his dominance was enough to sway the electorate. The lefty nicknamed Snellzilla wreaked havoc against the AL’s top lineups. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against the World Series champion Red Sox, and 2-0 in two starts each against the Astros and Indians. The Yankees roughed Snell up twice, but he got threw five scoreless innings in a victory Aug. 16. That came during a late-season run of nine consecutive wins for Snell, including a victory against every team in the AL East. He also made five starts against former Cy Young winners and went 3-0 with an 0.59 ERA. Snell was the first player 25-or-younger to win 21 games since Barry Zito in 2002. He was highly regarded as a minor leaguer for his electric arsenal, but subpar control led to struggles during his first two major league seasons. He was even demoted to Triple-A for a month in 2017. It all came together this year. Snell was a stalwart for a most unusual pitching staff, taking the ball every fifth day while manager Kevin Cash successfully experimented with reliever “openers” to start games in between. Snell led the Rays with 31 starts, and no other traditional starter had more than 17. After longtime franchise ace Chris Archer was traded to the Pirates on July 31, Snell went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA. “I felt with the opener, I had a bigger role on the team,” Snell said. Snell is the second Rays pitcher to win the award, following David Price in 2012. Scherzer went 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA and led the majors with 220 2/3 innings and 300 strikeouts. He was attempting to become the first player since Randy Johnson to win three consecutive Cy Youngs. He got the first-place vote of John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 seconds and 123 points. Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies was third with 86 points, followed by Colorado’s Kyle Freeland and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houston. This is his third second-place finish since winning the Cy Young and MVP in 2011 with Detroit. Kluber was attempting to win his second straight Cy Young and third overall. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Cora gets new deal from Red Sox through 2021 season

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title. The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season. The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022. In his rookie season as a major league manager, Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons. He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday. “We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in search of new direction for the club when he fired former manager John Farrell after back-to-back Al Division Series losses in 2016 and 2017. After the historic regular season, Cora then steered Boston past the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs before downing the Dodgers in the World Series. “For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field,” Cora said in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.” During Boston’s run Cora got the best out his young talent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts. They shined in player-centric approach in which Cora encouraged an aggressive hitting mentality, lots of hit-and-runs and active running of the bases. Cora also the most out of his pitching staff, which included clutch performances in the postseason by Chris Sale and David Price. Neither pitcher had logged a playoff victory as a starter prior to this season. Price had a tough time acclimating to Boston’s rugged sports environment during his first two seasons of the seven-year, $217 million deal he signed in 2015. He’s found a groove late in the season, pitching the clinching Game 5 of the ALCS to help the Red Sox advance. “Just his demeanor. It doesn’t change,” Price said last month. “I know it’s easy to not change when your team wins 108 games in the regular season. But he hasn’t changed one bit.” A member of the Red Sox’s 2007 World Series title team as a player, Cora was the bench coach on Houston’s 2017 championship team. He learned from manager A.J. Hinch that being close to players would be beneficial. “Talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said in describing his managerial philosophy. “Doing that, you’re going to get the best out of them. People may think that crossing that line is not helpful, but I see it the other way around, and I lived it.” Cora became the first manager from Puerto to guide a team to a championship. It came more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated island, prompting Cora during initial contract negotiations last October to ask the Red Sox to help his people with relief efforts. Ownership responded by sending a chartered plane full of supplies. Days after winning the World Series, they again obliged Cora’s request to take the trophy to his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

ULAP endorses Bong Go as senator

Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong Go’ was endorsed by the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) in the upcoming senatorial race. ULAP issued a resolution last 8 November signed by its Secretary General, Davao City Councilor Danny Dayanghirang and ULAP National President and Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Environmentalists urge Sara to sign ordinance to protect Shrine Hills

After the City council of Davao amended the 2013 Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, environmental group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) now urge the City Mayor’s office to sign the amended ordinance and implement it with tight monitoring......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Duterte names ex-Davao City administrator as OIC special assistant

Duterte names ex-Davao City administrator as OIC special assistant.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Former Davao City administrator named OIC of Bong Go office

MANILA, Philippines - A former administrator of Davao City has been put in charge of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP) after presidential aide Bong Go resigned to run for senator.Melchor Quitain, also an undersecretary under the Office of the President, was designated ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Why online shopping is booming in the Philippines

A study on social media conversations on shopping during the Christmas season has revealed Filipinos’ growing interest in online shopping in recent years. Social media monitoring and intelligence firm Meltwater found in a recent study that the Philippines provided 30 percent of the social media buzz on online shopping in the Christmas season and special […] The post Why online shopping is booming in the Philippines appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Apple AirPods 2 receive Bluetooth certification

Apple didn't release a second-generation pair of AirPods at its 2018 events, but don't worry, there's a light at the end of the tunnel: a new model of the earphones just received Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certification, as spotted byMy Smart Price. Fans of AirPods everywhere have been waiting for the release of the next generation of AirPods and the wireless charging case that Apple announced over a year ago. With their recent Bluetooth SIG certification, the earbuds are one step closer to being released. My Smart Price noticed an Apple AirPod listing under the model numbers A2031 and A2032 on the Bluetooth SIG certification website, confirming that the d...Keep on reading: Apple AirPods 2 receive Bluetooth certification.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

No airfare price cuts for Dabawenyos

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) -- There is no guarantee for the reduction of airfare rates for Dabawenyos after airline lawyers refused to give their commitment to lower the fare rate from Manila to Dav.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

No airfare price cuts for Dabawenyos

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) -- There is no guarantee for the reduction of airfare rates for Dabawenyos after airline lawyers refused to give their commitment to lower the fare rate from Manila to Dav.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Dureza named Special Envoy to EU; Tulfo to China

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 October) – President Rodrigo Duterte has named Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza Special Envoy to the European Union and columnist Ramon Tulfo as Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy to the People’s Republic of China. Their appointments were signed on October 23 but released only on October 25. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018