The Manila Dream: what opportunities await Marawi ‘bakwits’ in Metro Manila?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) — In a small rented room in Al Saalam Compound in Quezon City, Zorayda Samporna and her husband use cardboards as their bed and their traveling bags for pillows. “This room is too small for my eleven children that’s why my husband and I have to sleep while sitting,” […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsJan 3rd, 2018

Job fair set tomorrow

MANILA, Philippines — Around 13,000 local and overseas jobs and business opportunities await jobseekers in tomorrow’s Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan fair organi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Poe: Traffic powers needed by Duterte but he’s sending mixed signals

The chair of the Senate public services committee on Friday expressed frustration at what she said was the lack of a clear direction on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic crisis from President Duterte who, in 2017, described the nation's capital as a dying city.   Sen. Grace Poe reiterated her appeal for the passage of a bill granting emergency powers to Mr. Duterte to solve the crisis.   In a presentation on Thursday, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) said the road gridlock was bleeding the Philippine economy to the tune of P3.5 billion in lost opportunities daily, up from P2.4 billion in 2012.   In December, Mr. Duterte distanced...Keep on reading: Poe: Traffic powers needed by Duterte but he’s sending mixed signals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

Mystical traditions inspire immigrant artist

  In June 1989, a group of artists had a show in San Francisco. But after a few days, one artist did not to return to the Philippines for the next 13 years. He left a promising career as a painter and sculptor in Manila to reach for the "American Dream."   The dream, however, was elusive. Despite the odds, Sal Floriano, known in the art world as "Sal Budhz," now 65, did not think of giving up. The art scene does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race and even age.   "I extended my stay to seek opportunities for me and my family. I know living in America is a good place for us," Budhz explains.   Beating the odds   Worki...Keep on reading: Mystical traditions inspire immigrant artist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

U.S. aid for Marawi rehab reaches more than P1B

MANILA, Philippines – The United States government is allocating an additional $6.6 million (P330 million) for the rehabilitation of Marawi city and surrounding areas affected by the war that ended last October .  The fund, which is given through the US Agency for International Development, will be used to provide livelihood trainings and opportunities ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

US pledges P330 million support for Marawi rehab efforts

The United States government has pledged an additional $6.6 million, or P330 million, in cash to the Philippines to supportthe recovery and rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City and its surrounding towns.   The US Embassy in Manila on Tuesday said the fund assistance, which was pooled through the US Agency forInternational Development (USAID), would provide opportunities for Marawi residents to enhance their job skills, to improvetheir livelihoods and stimulate the economy.   A pledge of $14.3 million was initially pooled by the US government in September as the violent clashes in Marawi were on-going.   The latest fund assistance has brought the tot...Keep on reading: US pledges P330 million support for Marawi rehab efforts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

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Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Vindication, martial law oppositors say of survey

Opposition lawmakers felt vindicated by the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showing 62 percent of Mindanao folk were against the extension of martial law. Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said "the results of the recent poll vindicate our stand that the 1-year extension of martial law is not necessary." The SWS' survey, held from Dec. 8 to 16, showed that 67 percent of respondents in Metro Manila, 63 percent in the rest of Luzon and 55 percent in the Visayas also opposed the move. The average for all four areas is 62 percent. "Majority of the Filipinos, even those from [the] Visayas and Mindanao, share the same sentiment and can see the fact that the war in Marawi Ci...Keep on reading: Vindication, martial law oppositors say of survey.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

Volunteers needed to pack relief goods–DSWD

The social welfare department on Saturday called for volunteers in Metro Manila to pack relief goods for thousands of families who would be spending Christmas in emergency shelters due to the Marawi City siege and Tropical Storms "Urduja" and "Vinta." As many as 500 people were needed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). At least 705 families, or 2,891 individuals, were in 31 evacuation centers in the Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, and Mimaropa region, after Urduja (international name: Kai-Tak) blew across the Visayas and destroyed more than 10,000 houses, accordin...Keep on reading: Volunteers needed to pack relief goods–DSWD.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

SWS: More Filipinos await better life, economy in 2018

  More Filipino adults now feel positive that their quality of life would improve within the next 12 months, the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.   In the Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey releasedon Wednesday, 47 percent of adults are "optimists" or those who expect their quality of life to improve, while 4 percent are pessimists or those who expect their quality of life to get worse.   The SWS survey was conducted from September 23-27, 2017 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide. The sample includes 600 in Balance Luzon, and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.   It has a samplin...Keep on reading: SWS: More Filipinos await better life, economy in 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

P1-B livelihood aid allotted for Marawi siege victims – DSWD

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has earmarked P1 billion to assist victims of the Marawi City crisis in their recovery through livelihood opportunities.  DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco said that the funds are under the agency’s Sustainable Livelihood ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

LTFRB, DOLE to provide work opportunities for Angkas drivers

With Angkas shuttering its operations in Metro Manila effective this Saturday, November 18, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has teamed up with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to provide livelihood opportunities for drivers who might find themselves without a job. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said that next month they would hold a dialogue with the drivers of the app-based transport service as well as habal-habal drivers to discuss transport issues with them. A job fair will also be hosted by the agency, in partnership with DOLE. Among the jobs to be offered are those in the delivery service, such as food and courier. Earlier thi...Keep on reading: LTFRB, DOLE to provide work opportunities for Angkas drivers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

FMIC urges Taiwan investors to explore opportunities in Phl

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Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Government urges businesses to join Marawi rebuilding

MANILA, Philippines -  Businesses should prepare for numerous investment opportunities that would open up as soon as Marawi City stages its big comeback, a t.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Joint statement on Marawi, martial law and internet freedom

In the name of counter-terrorism, the police, the military and the government have taken down mobile and internet access in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and other parts of the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

MPIC still interested in Indonesia, Malaysia tollway opportunities

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Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Gov’t speeds up spending on infra

Gov’t speeds up spending on infra Mary Grace Padin MANILA, Philippines - The government is aiming to accelerate infrastructure development this year through reforms in the procurement and implementation of projects, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said yesterday. In a statement, the DBM said the improved set of implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184 or the Procurement Law would help expedite the launch and completion of infrastructure programs in the pipeline. Reforms in the execution of projects, such as the introduction of geo-tagging for improved project monitoring and allowing non-stop construction work to hasten project completion, will also be implemented. “The bold reforms, the pipeline of projects, the hardworking and assertive administration, and the participative citizenry – these will make the dream of making the next six years the Golden Age of Infrastructure achievable,” Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said. The government has allocated a total of P847.2 billion for nationwide infrastructure projects this year, up 13.8 percent from a year ago. The amount also accounted for about 25 percent of this year’s budget. Under the General Appropriations Act approved by President Duterte last December, the bulk, or P349.1 billion of the infrastructure budget was allotted to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Agriculture, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and other government agencies and local government units. More than P125 billion was also granted to the Department of Education for the construction and repair of basic education facilities, primary school buildings and technical-vocational laboratories. According to the DBM, the biggest chunk of budget for road construction this year went to the road network services with P216.9 billion, 33.4 percent higher than the 2016 allocation. More than P31.1 billion was allocated for Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network project, which will provide highways and bridges across Mindanao to connect cities and provinces to ports and production areas. Other major road projects in 2017 include the P1.5 billion UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City and the P1.2 billion road widening project in the General Luis-Kaybiga-Polo-Novaliches Road, among others. The government has also allotted a total of P12.3 billion for the construction and maintenance of access roads to tourist destinations. The Department of Transportation (DOTr), for its part, will spearhead the construction of bus transport systems that are envisioned to provide efficient, comfortable and inexpensive transportation to commuters in Metro Manila and Cebu......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2017

ITCZ to Bring Rain Showers in Mindanao, E. Visayas

An intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In its 24-hour forecast, Pagasa said the ITCZ will bring moderate to at times heavy rains that may result in flooding or landslides. Metro Manila and the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News1 hr. 43 min. ago

This young man from Leyte danced his way to the Youth America Grand Prix

MANILA, Philippines – Like many young boys his age, Klievert Jon Mendoza once dreamed about joining the military. "I like and would love to serve the country," explained the now 19-year-old. Years later, it's a dream that would be fulfilled, albeit in a different way. Klievert is the first Filipino to compete in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News5 hr. 43 min. ago

Duterte pledges support for cops

  President Duterte on Thursday promised he would not let officers go to jail for doing their job but also warned rogue policemen they may have to deal with former Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa in the national penitentiary.   "Just do your job in accordance with the requirements of the law in destroying and perhaps killing the criminals. I will be there for you," he said in a speech after Dela Rosa handed over command of the PNP to Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde, who was promoted to director general.   "I will never, never allow any military man or police to go to jail unjustly for performing his duties. That you hav...Keep on reading: Duterte pledges support for cops.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News7 hr. 17 min. ago