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House panel approves use of Baybayin as country s official writing system

Filipinos may have to learn to write in and read Baybayin, a pre-Spanish script of the Philippines, after a House committee approved a bill designating it as the country’s official national writing system......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 23rd, 2018

House panel OKs bill making Baybayin the national writing system

Baybayin, an ancient script of the Philippines used before the Spanish colonial period, is now on its way to becoming the official national writing system of the Philippines with the approval of the proposed National Writing System Act (House Bill No. 1022) by the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture. The bill, which was authored by Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, will be scheduled for plenary debates and then for approval on second and final reading. The measure seeks to declare Baybayin as the national writing system, in a bid to generate greater awareness on the plight of Baybayin and to foster wider appreciation on its importance and beauty. "The importance o...Keep on reading: House panel OKs bill making Baybayin the national writing system.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

House panel OKs Baybayin as national writing system

House panel OKs Baybayin as national writing system.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

PHL plans open tender, June delivery for 250,000 tons rice

THE PHILIPPINES will buy 250,000 tons of rice via an open international tender and delivery will be in June, a top government official said, as the country seeks to boost thin state stockpiles and stabilize rising domestic prices. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., who chairs a government panel that approves rice imports, said there […] The post PHL plans open tender, June delivery for 250,000 tons rice appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

House panel approves Filipino Sign Language bill

THE House Committee on Social Services has approved a substitute measure seeking to declare the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of the Filipino deaf and the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf, and mandating its use in schools, broadcast media, and….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South – BBC News

South Korea says it has seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend. The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets. The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a &'8220;massive military response&'8221;. The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified. launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend. The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets. The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a &'8220;massive military response&'8221;. The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified. In the past two months it has conducted intercontinental ballistic missile tests, sending one over mainland Japan into the Pacific Ocean. It has also threatened to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam. The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting later on Monday to discuss its response. Ahead of that meeting, South Korea and Japan's leaders had agreed to push for a stronger UN resolution on North Korea, said a South Korean presidential palace spokesman. The Security Council last imposed sanctions in August, targeting North Korean exports. Chang Kyung-soo, a defence ministry official, told parliament: &'8220;We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.&'8221; The ministry also told parliament the US would seek to deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to seas off the peninsula. It also said there would be more live-fire drills this month, involving Taurus air-to-surface missiles mounted on F-15 jets. Monday's drills by the South simulated the targeting of the Punggye-ri nuclear site in Kilju County, where North Korea carried out its bomb test. &'8220;The training demonstrates the South Korean military's resolve to destroy not only the origin of provocation but also the enemy's leadership and supporting forces if they threaten the security of our people,&'8221; army spokesman Col Roh Jae-cheon is quoted as saying by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. South Korea and the US had also agreed &'8220;in principle&'8221; to revise current guidelines so that the South could double the maximum payload of its ballistic missiles, Yonhap also reported. On Sunday, seismologists started picking up readings of an earth tremor in the area where North Korea had conducted nuclear tests before The US Geological Survey put the tremor at 6.3 magnitude. North Korean state media later confirmed it was no earthquake, claiming it was in fact its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, detonating what it said was a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang then released pictures of leader Kim Jong-un with what state media said was a new type of hydrogen bomb. Officials in China, where the blast was felt as a tremor, said they were carrying out emergency radiation testing along the border with North Korea. &'160; Although experts have urged caution, Sunday's event appears to be the biggest and most successful nuclear test by North Korea to date &'' and the messaging is clear: North Korea wants to demonstrate it knows what makes a credible nuclear warhead. It's become a war of photographs, for a few hours at least. After Sunday's underground nuclear test in the North, the government in the South released images of its own missiles launched at dawn. It's the second time in a week that Seoul has responded with a test bombing run. That's in addition to the show of military might that was on display in its annual exercise with US forces at the end of last month. That enraged Pyongyang, as it does every year, and there are more missiles on the way. South Korea is expected to approve the deployment of the US missile defence system known as Thaad (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense) &'' an environmental impact report is the final hurdle. But that involves a fourth party. China has criticised the system, claiming it threatens its security. The nuclear test prompted an angry response from US President Donald Trump who denounced the test as &'8220;hostile&'8221; and &'8220;dangerous&'8221;, and called the North a &'8220;rogue nation&'8221;. He added that the US was considering stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea, which relies on China for about 90% of its foreign trade. US Defence Secretary James Mattis later told reporters that while the US would respond to any threat &'8220;with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming&'8221;, although they were &'8220;not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea&'8221;. A White House statement also said that Washington would defend itself and its allies &'8220;using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal&'8221;. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the test an &'8220;absurd strategic mistake&'8221; [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2017

Trump fires acting AG after she declines to defend travel ban – CNN News

President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for &'8220;refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,&'8221; the White House said. &'8220;(Yates) has betrayed the Department of Justice,&'8221; the White House statement said. Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the White House said, and was sworn in at 9 p.m. ET, per an administration official. A few hours later, Boente issued a statement rescinding Yates' order, instructing DOJ lawyers to &'8220;defend the lawful orders of our President.&'8221; Trump didn't call Yates to dismiss her, she was informed by hand-delivered letter, according to a different administration official. The dramatic move came soon after CNN reported Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees. The move set up a clash between the White House and Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and was set to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee for attorney general, if confirmed. &'8220;My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts,&'8221; she said in a letter. &'8220;In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.&'8221; Trump's executive order, signed Friday, bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program. Yates' decision came amid a flood of protests against the executive order nationwide and after four federal judges ruled against Trump's order, staying its impact on people who were detained at US airports over the weekend. Trump tweeted his response shortly after the news broke, saying Democrats have stymied Sessions' confirmation, enabling Yates. &'8220;The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G.,&'8221; he said. &'8220;At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,&'8221; Yates wrote. Yates' decision was always likely to be extremely short-lived as Sessions is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. White House policy director Stephen Miller, who helped craft the executive order, called Yates' decision &'8220;a further demonstration of how politicized our legal system has become.&'8221; &'8220;It's sad that our politics have become so politicized, that you have people refusing to enforce our laws,&'8221; Miller said Monday night on MSNBC. Miller also defended the executive order's legality, insisting that the Immigration and Nationality Act gives the President &'8220;the ability to exclude any class of would-be visitors or immigrants to our country based on our national security interests.&'8221; But the decision didn't face the same criticism from Rep. Pete Sessions, a top House Republican, who said Yates' decision was likely similar &'8220;to an evaluation that we made.&'8221; &'8220;And that was it did not appear to be specific in nature,&'8221; Sessions said referring to the executive order. &'8220;So it may be a matter of clarity it may be a matter of illegality to him, it may be a matter of several things. It did not look as complete and succinct as what I think I would've wanted.&'8221; Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, praised Yates for standing up &'8220;on principle.&'8221; &'8220;In all my years as a member of Congress, which now is 21, I've met so many very principled people who truly believe in the Constitution and doing what is right,&'8221; Cumming said. &'8220;There comes a time when people, no matter who may be their boss, they stand upon their principles, so at the end of the day they can look them selves in the mirror and say 'I synchronized my conduct with my conscience.' And Yates is such a person.&'8221; Currently, there are cases filed in at least five states including Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Washington and California that are challenging Trump's order. The decision effectively grounds the executive order for the next few days until Sessions is sworn in. &'8220;This will be moot. Then we will very much see the Trump Justice Department led by Jeff Sessions defend this executive order pretty vigorously. And then it will be up to the courts,&'8221; said Steve Vladeck, a CNN contributor and law professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN's Erin Burnett Monday the Justice Department decision reflects poorly on the Trump administration. &'8220;When you do something as important as this, it can't be a Twitter-type of activity,&'8221; Schumer said. &'8220;This has to be thoroughly vetted &' and it's a very bad omen for this presidency.&'8221; Activists who have led the fight against Trump's immigration ban lauded Yates' action Monday night. &'8220;We took to the court room, people took to the streets and now principled federal officials are drawing a hardline on this shameful and unconstitutional act by President Trump. This is what we rely on the Department of Justice for, to uphold the rule of law no matter how the political wind is blowing,&'8221; said Karen Tumlin, [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2017

National ID system infringes on right to privacy – solons

  Leftist lawmakers on Thursday again warned that the passage of the national identification system bill would pose threats to the country's security and infringe on people's privacy rights.   The House Makabayan bloc's warning came after the bicameral conference committee approved on Tuesday night the bill seeking to establish the Philippine Identification System.   The proposed measure seeks to integrate multiple government IDs by establishing a single national identification system, to be known as the Philippine Identification System, or PhilSys.   Malacaang welcomed the approval by the Senate and House of Representatives' bicameral confere...Keep on reading: National ID system infringes on right to privacy – solons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News2 hr. 54 min. ago

Lawmakers Weigh in on Bicam Approval of Nat’l ID Bill

Lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Wednesday weighed in on the approval of the proposed national identification (ID) card system by the bicameral conference committee. House Appropriations Committee chairman Karlo Nograles lauded the bill’s swift approval at the bicam level, noting that the national ID system could strengthen the country’s campaign against lawlessness including […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News21 hr. 7 min. ago

Bicam approves national ID

The bill implementing a national ID system is expected to be ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday after the two chambers have reconciled conflicting provisions in their respective versions of the landmark measure......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Lacson sees implementation of national ID system this year

    The national ID system may be implemented this year after the bill proposing it hurdled bicameral conference, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Wednesday. Lacson said the bicameral committee has agreed to adopt the Senate's version of the Philippine Identification System Act with minor amendments and suggestions from the House of Representatives. Once ratified by both chambers, the bill will pass into law by the end of June or even earlier as it was an enrolled bill, according to Lacson. "Kasi 'pag 'di pinirmahan in 30 days mag-lapse into law. So give or take by June end or before end of June, batas na 'yan," he said. The country's first national ID system ha...Keep on reading: Lacson sees implementation of national ID system this year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Romualdez hails malasakit act on education for PWDs, OSYs

LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez yesterday welcomed the approval on second reading of the “malasakit” (compassionate) “Alternative Learning System Act” that will boost accessibility to education of underserved sectors of the country such as out-of-school youths and persons with disabilities (PWDs).SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez said yesterday the House of Representatives….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

4 killed as old war bomb explodes near Egypt’s new capital

Four workers were killed on Monday when a bomb from a former war exploded at a construction site where Egypt is building its new capital, a security official said.   The ordnance had laid dormant from a previous war, said the official, who did not specify which war and spoke on condition of anonymity.   The country's new capital is under construction about 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of current capital Cairo.   Workers are building a new district to house a new presidential palace, parliament, 32 ministries, and foreign embassies. /kga...Keep on reading: 4 killed as old war bomb explodes near Egypt’s new capital.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Palace respects Ombudsman recommendation to file case vs Faeldon

        Malacaang respects the recommendation of an Ombudsman panel to indict former Bureau of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon in connection with the P6.4-billion shabu shipment that was smuggled into the country.       "The Palace respects the recent decision of the Ombudsman recommending the filing of charges against former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon et al.," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Wednesday.       The panel said Faeldon, who is now a deputy administrator at the Office of Civil Defense, was found liable for graft, usurpation of official...Keep on reading: Palace respects Ombudsman recommendation to file case vs Faeldon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Bill to empower Dole chief to set nat’l minimum wage

Kabayan party-list Representatives Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang have filed a bill that would impose a national daily minimum wage and empower the labor secretary to adjust the rates. House Bill No. 7527 would do away with the current system of giving the regional tripartite wages and productivity boards the right to fix different regional minimum wage rates. The bill would also provide for an initial uniform P600 wage for both agricultural and nonagricultural workers throughout the country, citing the "principle of equal pay for work of equal value." The rate would apply to regular, contractual or casual employees from the private sector. The bill seeks to repeal Article 99 ...Keep on reading: Bill to empower Dole chief to set nat’l minimum wage.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

The case against Baybayin as national writing system

Once the bill is passed into law, Baybayin as national writing system will be one big headache for public and private sectors. A list of possible consequences:.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

House panel approves bill seeking to boost tourism resilience

With the impending six-month closure of Boracay Island starting April 26, the House of Representatives approved at the committee level House Bill 6093, which seeks to create the Tourism Resiliency Certification Program (TRCP).   The bill's author, Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, chair of the House tourism committee, said in a statement that the TRCP is expected to identify risks to the local tourism industry and prescribe compliance measures for Registered Tourism Enterprises (RTEs) and Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs).   When Gomez filed the bill in August last year, Boracay's environmental problems have yet to hit the headlines.   She noted, however, t...Keep on reading: House panel approves bill seeking to boost tourism resilience.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

House panel approves Duterte-backed BBL version

While Muslim groups were holding a vigil, a joint committee of the House of Representatives approved yesterday the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that President Duterte wants to implement for a lasting peace in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

CBCP exec tells PNP chief to ‘study’ first as next prisons chief

Do your homework first, an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) advised the country's top cop over remarks that the latter made on the country's drug problem.   "I think it will be a lot better for [outgoing Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa] to have an in-depth study and analysis of the issues confronting the penal system before proposing a solution," said Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP's Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care.   Earlier, the tough-talking police chief said he would bring his fight against illegal drugs when he takes on his next assignment as director of the Burea...Keep on reading: CBCP exec tells PNP chief to ‘study’ first as next prisons chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

End of turncoats sought

A House leader has filed a proposed law seeking to put an end to the practice of political butterflies or turncoats to restore the integrity of the party system in the country. Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, who chairs the House committee on dangerous drugs, filed House Bill….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

House approves alternative learning system bill on second reading

THE House of Representatives, via viva voce voting, approved on second reading the bill that seeks to institutionalize the Alternative Learning Sysytem (ALS). House Bill 7392, or the Alternative Learning System Act, aims to provide alternative learning venues for out-of-school individuals, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples, among others. Students who successfully complete the ALS… link: House approves alternative learning system bill on second reading.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018