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

Gov’t to strengthen health services to serve more Filipinos through Malasakit Centers: Bong Go

DAVAO CITY, September 24, 2018 — Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go today launched the ninth Malasakit Center at the Southern Philippines Medical Center here in the city. Go said he aims to enhance and strengthen government health services in order to serve more Filipinos in need by establishing more Malasakit […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News6 hr. 46 min. ago

30 Teams in 30 Days: Jazz on upswing after postseason run

By Shaun Powell, What offseason? That's a question many fans ask as the flurry of trades, free agent news and player movement seems to never stop during the summer. Since the Golden State Warriors claimed their third title in four years back on June 8 (June 9, PHL time), NBA teams have undergone a massive number of changes as they prepare for the season ahead. With the opening of training camps just around the corner,'s Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- from the team with the worst regular-season record in 2017-18 to the team with the best regular-season record -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's Team: Utah Jazz 2017-18 Record: 48-34, lost in Western Conference semifinals to Houston Rockets Who's new: Grayson Allen (Draft) Who's gone: Jonas Jerebko, David Stockton The lowdown: Left woozy by the summer departure of free agent and franchise star Gordon Hayward, the Jazz gave the ball to a rookie and pulled a surprise by nearly winning 50 games and bouncing Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs. Their season was made more remarkable considering center Rudy Gobert played only 56 games because of knee issues. But Donovan Mitchell (20.5 points per game) was an unexpected savior and far better than anyone imagined. He won over his teammates and coach Quin Snyder quickly, then earned respect around the league for taking charge and also bailing out Utah in a number of close games, both rare for a rookie. Mitchell finished as the Kia Rookie of the Year runner-up. Snyder made good use of the rotation and found functional roles for most and the Jazz used Mitchell and defense to flourish. By the playoffs, Mitchell was arguably the best player on a floor that featured former Kia MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George, and the Jazz entered the offseason feeling confident about the future. In 2016, the young Portland Trail Blazers made the playoffs, stunning the LA Clippers in the first round before giving the Golden State Warriors a feisty series in the semis. Encouraged by the bounce and swagger showed by an emerging club, the Blazers handed out contract extensions and … they haven’t done anything special since. In hindsight, every one of those extensions looks like a mistake. The lesson: Fool’s gold can sometimes, um, fool you. Are the Jazz headed down that path? The situations aren’t exactly the same, yet similar to a degree. Instead of going outside to make a few cosmetic changes to the rotation, Utah was mostly content to keep free agents Dante Exum and Derrick Favors, giving each contracts that were somewhat generous in a soft market that worked against most players. Exum signed for three years and a reported $33 million, or roughly the going rate for a backup point guard. But Exum’s run in Utah has been interrupted by injury and, even when healthy, his play was inconsistent. He perhaps earned the benefit of the doubt in the playoffs when he stepped in for an injured Ricky Rubio and had moments of solid play. Evidently, the Jazz feel Exum’s better days are just ahead. He’s only 23 and after investing so much time in him, Utah wasn’t ready to cut him loose. He brings great size (6-foot-6), is energetic, and point guard isn’t a Jazz strength. If nothing else, Exum gives Utah a sense of security. Favors is richer after signing a reported two-year, $36 million extension as no other team was willing to beat that price for him. The last two seasons weren’t exactly robust for Favors, who battled through injuries, sporadic play and found himself benched because of mismatches in today’s stretch-happy NBA. Favors has worked to develop more of a 3-point shot, but his lack of perimeter shooting was exploited by Houston in the playoffs. But as the case with Exum, the Jazz have years of player-development invested in Favors. As Utah’s longest-tenured player, Favors is a solid defender next to Gobert and the Jazz outscored their opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions with the two bigs on the floor together. And even though he’s seemingly been around Utah forever, Favors is just 27 years old. The decisions by the Jazz to maintain the status quo isn’t unusual with this franchise, which has long prided itself on stability and player development. Strangely enough, Mitchell claims to love life in the Wasatch Mountains -- something to remember when and if he ever reaches free agency (unlikely, since the Jazz will surely break the bank for him). Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey moved up to take Mitchell in the 2017 Draft and has a knack for finding talent in places where few others search. He has had a solid track record in the Draft and with the 21st pick took Allen. A year ago, the Duke shooter considered entering the draft, but got mild feedback from NBA types. Allen brings 3-point range to a team that ranked 13th in 3-pointers made and attempted last season. Unless he makes an impact right away, Allen will be in the back end of a rotation that showcases Joe Ingles for distance shooting. The trick for Utah is to match or surpass last season’s effort while catching no one by surprise this time. And the Jazz must do that with virtually the same cast as before. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

‘Senator hiding behind immunity’

Accused by Sen. Antonio Trillanes of cornering huge government contracts in Davao City for his family, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go said yesterday the former Navy officer was hiding behind parliamentary immunity to shield himself from counter-charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Rody ‘ready to fly’ to typhoon-hit areas

I have dispatched everybody there including the Cabinet members who come from the provinces where it is expected to hit. Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday assured the public President Rodrigo Duterte is “ready to fly” to areas that may be affected by typhoon “Ompong,” saying the President is monitoring the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

House move to urge PRRD to resume talks with Reds hailed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – House Resolution 1803 adopted by the House Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity on September 12 calling on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to resume the stalled peace talks between government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is a positive move. NDFP negotiating panel […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

What are some of 2018’s hottest budget phones so far?

The latest flagships from tech giants generally don't go unnoticed, with billboards teasing the newest features in big cities all over the world so passersby are well informed. However, it's harder to keep up with all the new budget-friendly smartphones from manufacturers such as Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. Here is a look at a few of the more talked-about models. Honor Play, with a price of $362 (P19,500), is a good choice for a budget gaming phone, featuring the same processor as in the Huawei P20 (Huawei Kirin 970) for boosted performance. Furthermore the brand's special GPU Turbo supposedly uses 30 percent less power while providing 60 percent more efficiency. Encased in a m...Keep on reading: What are some of 2018’s hottest budget phones so far?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Inflation 2018: A look at the very, very, very expensive red chili

Consumers got alarmed for the alleged price hike of red chili peppers or siling labuyo from around P150 per kilo in February to about P1,000 per kilo in previous weeks, sparking price comparisons between public markets and groceries in Metro Manila. Such reports circulated on social media over the weekend, and later anxiety on possible […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Comelec substitution rule, PCIJ report on Bong Go, Trillanes cases | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Comelec relaxes rules for substitution of candidates in 2019. A report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism says a firm owned by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go’s father, Desiderio, is among the top contractors for government infrastructure projects in the Davao region. The Justice Department says it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Go ready for Senate probe

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go yesterday asked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to start “as soon as possible” the Senate hearing on the alleged “billions of pesos” worth of projects that his family’s firms bagged in Davao City. “Kahit bukas agad pwede akong sumalang sa Senado, para naman… Source link link: Go ready for Senate probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Top Davao gov t infra contractor owned by Bong Go kin – PCIJ

MANILA, Philippines – Among the top contractors for government infrastructure projects in the Davao region is a firm owned by Desiderio Go, the father of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go. According to a recent report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, CLTG Builders is among the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

DTI alerts BOC on used cars in Davao

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has cautioned the Bureau of Customs (BOC) about the entry of used trucks and special purpose vehicles at the Port of Davao and the release to consignees even without complying fully with requirements......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Rice prices jump to new highs in 4th week of August

MANILA, Philippines – As poor Filipinos struggled to keep up with elevated prices of fish, meat, and vegetables , prices of rice accelerated further to new highs in August. According to the latest price monitoring report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) , the average retail price of regular milled rice rose to P43.86 per ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

DTI alerts BOC on used cars in Davao

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has cautioned the Bureau of Customs (BOC) about the entry of used trucks and special purpose vehicles at the Port of Davao and the release to consignees even without complying fully with requirements. Source link link: DTI alerts BOC on used cars in Davao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

2.7M sacks of rice to be delivered to Zambo, ARMM provinces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The government will set aside a total of 2.7 million sacks of rice to Zamboanga Peninsula and the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) amid the reported rice shortages and price increases in basic commodities. A joint statement of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Koko, Sara, Go in PDP-Laban Senate slate

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III topped the senatorial slate picks of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go statistically tied for second place......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Koko, Sara, Go in PDP-Laban Senate slate

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III topped the senatorial slate picks of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go statistically tied for second place. Source link link: Koko, Sara, Go in PDP-Laban Senate slate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Koko, Sara, Go PDP’s top 3 bets for senate

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III topped the senatorial slate of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go statistically tied in second place. The top 3 bets came out in a survey conducted among 184 party members composed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018