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

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

Gov t asks public to manage expectations for Boracay reopening

MANILA, Philippines – Top officials of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force asked the public to "manage expectations" once the island reopens to tourists  on October 26. In an interview with CNN Philippines on Monday, October 15, Tourism Secretary Benadette Romulo Puyat said the public needs to understand that the rehabilitation process ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Joma’s crystal ball: Opposition to pull upset in midterm polls

LUCENA CITY---As the 2019 elections draw near, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison has expressed bold optimism that the still fragmented political opposition could score a substantial victory against administration candidates.   "We can expect that the Duterte regime will lose heavily in the Senate," he said in an online interview.   Sison said there would be fewer pro-Duterte members of the House of Representatives too.   The mainstream political opposition has yet to finalize a lineup, though.   Survey says otherwise   Based on early survey results, aspirants known as allies of President ...Keep on reading: Joma’s crystal ball: Opposition to pull upset in midterm polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

IN CHARTS: Boracay is bursting at the seams

MANILA, Philippines – In many ways, the famed Boracay Island has exceeded its capacity, which led to its temporary closure . Officials have repeatedly said in the past that these excesses have included population, infrastructure, and waste which contributed to environmental degradation. Because of this, President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

What to expect when Boracay reopens on October 26

MANILA, Philippines – World-famous Boracay Island will be open to tourists once again on October 26, after being closed for 6 months due to rehabilitation work. President Rodrigo Duterte verbally ordered the island's closure, saying Boracay has become a "cesspool." (READ:  INSIDE STORY: How Duterte decided on Boracay closure ) Before its formal opening, a dry run for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Drilon to Duterte: Rethink military general s appointment to DSWD

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider the appointment of Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary. Drilon made the call in an interview with DZBB on Sunday, Octber 7, when asked to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Famous Thai Phi Phi Island beach does a Boracay

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The glittering Thai bay immortalized in the movie "The Beach" will be closed indefinitely to allow it to recover from the impact of hordes of tourists, an official said Wednesday, as a temporary ban on visitors expired. Maya Bay, ringed by cliffs on Ko Phi Phi Ley island, will be shut down as the world-famous Boracay Island in the Philippines prepares to reopen after a six-month closure to give way to rehabilitation. Maya Bay was made famous when it featured in the 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It was initially shut for four months in June due to beach erosion and pollution as the white-sand paradise sagged under pressure from thousands of day-tr...Keep on reading: Famous Thai Phi Phi Island beach does a Boracay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Trillanes arrest shows ‘attempt to silence dissent’ – Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo believes the government is attempting to silence critics after staunch opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was arrested on Tuesday, September 25.  Robredo made the statement in an interview with  reporters at the Senate, where she defend her office’s proposed budget for 2019, when  ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

Interview of Senator Win Gatchalian on The Source with Cherie Mercado (CNN Philippines)

September 13, 2018. Q: How would you assess our situation now? Currently, the peso is dipping again. SEN WIN: Correct. If there is one solution that the President should really work on, it is the supply of rice. I think everyone agrees, even the economic managers, that there is now an aberration in the supply… link: Interview of Senator Win Gatchalian on The Source with Cherie Mercado (CNN Philippines).....»»

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Gatchalian on ‘bukbok’ rice: Hold those responsible accountable

        Just hold those responsible accountable.   SenatorSherwin Gatchalian made this call on Thursday in response to the offer made by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol' to eat rice infested with "bukbok" (weevils) just to prove it is still safe to eat.   "Serve me that bukbok rice, I will eat it," Piol said in a television interview on Tuesday.   READ: Piol willing to eat rice with 'bukbok'   But Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, said Piol "missed the point."   "I can understand why Secretary Piol would be so adamant in trying to prove that the 300,000 sacks of rice in...Keep on reading: Gatchalian on ‘bukbok’ rice: Hold those responsible accountable.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

Senators hit Tugade s absence during NAIA runway mess

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senators questioned Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade for not being physically present during the closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway, which led to flight delays and cancellations that left thousands of passengers stranded. During the Senate public services committee hearing on the Xiamen Air mishap ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

LIVE: Senate hearing on the NAIA runway accident

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing on August 29, 2018, at 9:30 AM MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on public services conducts a probe into the  temporary closure  of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway, which led to the paralysis of the country's main gateway on Wednesday, August 28. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

LIVE: Senate hearing on Boracay shutdown

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate’s committee on Environment and Natural Resources on Monday, August 20, conducts a probe on the Boracay shutdown that happened on April 26. Watch the hearing here. –»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Senate panel to probe NAIA runway mishap

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on public services is set to conduct a probe into the temporary closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway, which led to the paralysis of the country's main gateway. ( LOOK: Thousands stranded due to NAIA runway closure ) Senator Grace Poe, committee chairperson, is set to file ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Senators slam agencies over high inflation

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers questioned several government agencies over their supposed lack of urgency in addressing the needs of the poor amid the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law  this year. During the 3rd public hearing on the matter, Senate economic affairs committee chairman Sherwin Gatchalian ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018