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Gatchalian: Interview | Boracay closure | Senate of the Philippines

April 5, 2018. (start of recording) Q: Ano po ang masasabi niyo tungkol sa total closure ng Boracay starting April 26 kung saan 36,000 jobs ang at risk at 56 billion ang mawawala? SEN WIN: Ang importante ngayon for DOLE to come out with a strategy na mabigyan ng temporary work ang 36,000 na employees,…… link: Gatchalian: Interview | Boracay closure | Senate of the Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerApr 6th, 2018

Viral posts on mountain flattened in Boracay false – DENR

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) disputed reports that a mountain in Boracay is being flattened during the island's 6-month closure. In an interview with Rappler on Wednesday, May 16, DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said that leveling activities in the area started even prior to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Philippines eyes limiting Boracay tourists after 6-month closure

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government said on Wednesday, April 11, that it is considering to limit the number of Boracay tourists once the world-famous beach reopens after 6 months.   "Yes," said Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in an interview on ANC's Headstart, when asked by anchor ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Trillanes to seek Senate probe into Boracay closure

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is set to file a resolution calling for a Senate investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to close Boracay Island. Trillanes said  in a press conference on Tuesday, April 10, that he would file the resolution on Wednesday, and refer it to the Senate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Senators against 60-day closure of Boracay

Senators will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to not implement the total closure of Boracay island, Senator Cynthia Villar said Sunday.   Instead, non-compliant establishments should be the only ones be closed and not those operating properly.   "Ang amin pong napagkasunduan ng mga senador ay irequest kay Presidente na huwag naman mag total closure. I-close na lang yung mga non-complaint at yung mga compliant ay pabayaan magpatuloy," Villar, head of the Senate environment committee, said in an interview with dzBb.   This, according to Villar, would encourage the non-compliant businesses to fully comply to environmental laws at the renowned tourist desti...Keep on reading: Senators against 60-day closure of Boracay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

‘Build, Build, Build’ not enough to decongest Metro Manila traffic – Enrile

  To address the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila and other cities in the Philippines, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile urged the government to decongest the nation's capital by giving tax incentives to create economic centers in other areas, citing that the current drive to increase transportation infrastructure under the 'Build, Build, Build' program would not be enough. "Dito sa Maynila, you need decongestion. You need to disperse the business activities to pull out the population out of the city," Enrile said in a radio interview, adding: "You have to give incentives. Differentiate the system of taxation in different parts of the country to pull ...Keep on reading: ‘Build, Build, Build’ not enough to decongest Metro Manila traffic – Enrile.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Enough for Diokno: No House probes, but open to Senate

MANILA, Philippines – He's had enough with the House of Representatives. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said he will no longer appear in budget probes initiated by the House. In an interview with  CNN Philippines' The Source  on Tuesday, January 15, Diokno pointed out that he has appeared in several briefings at the House ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Arroyo on medical marijuana: It works

  MANILA, Philippines - Speaker Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo on Tuesday vouched for the effectiveness of marijuana for medical purposes and admitted using a marijuana pain patch for her spinal condition when she is in a country that allows it. The Pampanga congresswoman is a co-author of HouseBillNo. 6517 which is at the period of amendments in the lower House. The Senate has no counterpart measure as of now. "I really believe in medical cannabis. As you know I have my problem here (cervical spine) and when I'm in a country that allows it, I put a pain patch but here in the Philippines, I cannot do it," Arroyo said in an interview during a consultation and medical mission ...Keep on reading: Arroyo on medical marijuana: It works.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Boracay reopening to lift 2019 outlook for tourism

THE OUTLOOK for tourist arrivals in 2019 is more positive now that the industry has put the Boracay closure behind it and as airlines add connections to the Philippines, industry officials said......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Duterte threatens closure of establishments polluting Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines – Just like in Boracay, President Rodrigo Duterte plans to close down establishments, particularly hotels, that allow waste to contaminate Manila Bay. "Do something about your waste there or else I will close it," said Duterte on Tuesday, January 8, during the Barangay Summit on Peace ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Sotto: It’s Ejercito’s call if he wants to probe legalized use of marijuana

        MANILA, Philippines---If Senator JV Ejercito was "enlightened," he would not indulge in conducting public hearings on legalizing marijuana for medical use considering it is almost campaign period, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Wednesday.   Sotto said it is up to Ejercito, who is the chair of Senate committee on Health and Demography, if he wants to conduct public hearings on the matter.   "It's up to him. Each chairman has his own priorities," Sotto told reporters in an interview.   "I'm sure if he's enlightened, he will not indulge in such, considering it's almost campaign period time," he added. &...Keep on reading: Sotto: It’s Ejercito’s call if he wants to probe legalized use of marijuana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

Enrile: I decided to run to help debate pressing issues affecting the Philippines

MANILA -- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has revealed that he decided to go on a fresh run for the Senate to debate pressing issues which, if not thought out properly, could spell irreversible disaster to the country.   "I am beyond being hurt by the prospect of losing or by the people's rejection," he recently said to a political insider. "What I really want to do is to debate not just the most pressing issues, but also those issues which if not properly resolved or thought out, could spell irreversible disaster for our country."   In a recent CNN Philippines interview, Enrile said that he decided to run again for the Senate "just a few days" before ...Keep on reading: Enrile: I decided to run to help debate pressing issues affecting the Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Gatchalian mulls probe on employability of K-12 graduates

    Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is eyeing the possibility of conducting a Senate inquiry on the employability of K-12 graduates, as he also called for the Department of Education (DepEd) to expedite its review of the curriculum.   Gatchalian on Tuesday noted an April Jobstreet Philippines survey which found that only 24 percent of local employers are willing to hire K-12 graduates.   Another survey conducted by the Philippine Business for Education has revealed that three out of five companies are open to hiring K-12 graduates, while only one out of five are ready to do so.   "We need to hear straight from the top Philippine employers kung ...Keep on reading: Gatchalian mulls probe on employability of K-12 graduates.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Duterte to Palawan hotels, resorts: Follow rules to avoid another Boracay

MANILA, Philippines – To avoid another Boracay, or the temporary closure of a tourist destination because of environmental problems, President Rodrigo Duterte urged hotels and other establishments in Palawan to just "follow the rules." Speaking at the Subaraw Festival in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, late Saturday, November 10, Duterte said he ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Sotto says Honasan to leave Senate for DICT

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III said in a radio interview on Saturday, November 3, that Senator Gregorio Honasan II may be leaving the Senate to head the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Sotto told radio DWIZ that the number of senators "may be reduced" to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

WATCH: Boracay closure hailed as example not only in Asia

AKLAN, Philippines – Top tourist hotspot Boracay finally opened its shores to the public, exactly 6 months after it was ordered closed for becoming a "cesspool." For officials, Boracay's reopening is just the start of stricter compliance with environmental laws. Its rehabilitation is even hailed as an example for the rest of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Innovation to Help Boost PH Economic Competitiveness

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is calling on the government to develop a culture of innovation to boost the country’s economic competitiveness. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, made the call after the World Economic Forum (WEF) issued its latest Global Competitiveness Report, which ranked the Philippines 56th out of 140 economies. While the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

WATCH: Back to zero? Businesses in debt as Boracay reopens

AKLAN, Philippines – On the eve of Boracay's much-awaited reopening, business owners are excited to see tourists once again. But challenges remain, as they assess when they will break even from the depth of debt they have incurred over the 6-month closure .  Aika Rey files this report. AIKA REY, REPORTING: Anim ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

‘Sustainable’ Boracay reopens

TOURISTS WELCOME ANEW Everyone, big and small, has sacrificed a lot during the six-month closure The Philippines reopens its crown jewel resort island Boracay to holidaymakers on Friday after a six-month clean-up aimed at repairing the damage inflicted by years of unrestrained mass tourism. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the island shuttered in April for a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

Boracay closure affected Christian Tio s Youth Olympics training

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines nearly lost its lone 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) silver medal with the closure of  Boracay as native kiteboarder Christian Tio  was not allowed to train in the island.  "I wasn’t allowed to train there so when I was in Boracay, I had nothing to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Businesses still confused over Boracay opening plans

MANILA, Philippines – Boracay businesses are still confused over the government's guidelines when top tourist spot Boracay Island reopens to the public. In a DZRH interview , Elena Brugger, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Boracay, said that many establishments are still unaware of the progress ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018