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When reforms stop

“Suspicions remain, however, on the underlying purpose of the reallocations primarily on an election year. All of a sudden, uncertainty has been introduced in the process of approving the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for next year with both chambers of Congress not willing to make an assurance of its quick passage. What gives? is the […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneOct 9th, 2018

When reforms stop

“Suspicions remain, however, on the underlying purpose of the reallocations primarily on an election year. All of a sudden, uncertainty has been introduced in the process of approving the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for next year with both chambers of Congress not willing to make an assurance of its quick passage. What gives? is the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Boxer Ladon settles for silver after head butt ends bout

JAKARTA — No thanks to a head butt, Rogen Ladon will go home with a silver medal in men’s flyweight of boxing in the 18th Asian Games. Ladon was the last man standing for Team Philippines who had a shot at a fifth gold medal. But an ugly wound in his right eyebrow oozed with blood from that head butt by Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov, forcing the ring doctor to stop the fight. But even the boxing announcer was at a loss on how to declare Latipov the winner in the gold medal match that was stopped only 22 seconds into the second round. The games announcer at the JI Expo called it a Referee Stopped Contest-Second Round, but the verdict was decided by the judges’ scorecards which, except for the Indonesian, went the Uzbek’s way, 3-1. “It’s a big disappointment,” Ladon said after the medal ceremony that had a sullen Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas handing him his silver.  “It’s a major disappointment. Not only me, but the entire country aspired for the gold medal,” he added. Latipov received the gold medal tainted by allegations of cheating. Ladon ended up a wounded silver medalist —the left side of his forehead just above the eyebrow almost heavily bandaged to cover a wound that not only hurt his bid for a gold medal, but the entire Filipino nation’s heart. “He [Uzbek] was in the ropes and when he sprung back, he gave me the head butt,” said Ladon who believed he took the first round by connecting clearer scoring punches. Vargas, POC Chairman Abraham Tolentino and Alliance of Boxing Associations in the Philippines secretary general Ed Picson could only shrug their shoulders over the controversial loss absorbed by Ladon—the third after Nesthy Petecio in the preliminaries and Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial in the semifinals last Thursday. Picson said several federations also expressed dismay over the judging in the tournament. “There are several federations who felt that they were robbed as well,” said that Vargas “will make suggestions and try see to it that reforms are made in the boxing communities. “In the AIBA, there are no protests. The best we could do is to go to the congress,” he said. With the loss, the Philippines ended its campaign with four gold, two silver and 15 silver medals—a tally that was good for No.19 in the medal standings and far better than the lone BMX cycling gold Daniel Caluag won in Incheon in 2014. Ladon’s coaches—Ronald Chavez and Nolito Velasco—were wary of the cut before the final bout and had to scramble for any remedy. They got one—Dermabond, derma glue that closes wounds temporarily, thanks to a social media post by volleyball player Mika Reyes, whose Indonesian fan gave the adhesive for free. But the derma glue could not withstand a head butt by the Uzbek. Ladon’s wound, which was about an inch, opened prompting the referee to summon the match doctor, who eventually stopped the fight. With four gold medals—courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go—the Philippine delegation goes back home starting on Monday with a better haul than Incheon. But China remained as the most dominant in Asia with 273 medals—123 of them gold—followed by Japan with 70 golds and South Korea 45......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Duterte goes after miners

President Duterte has again warned the mining industry to stop operations that are harming the environment, adding that the sector was up for 'radical reforms.' 'I say this once agai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Doing Business Taskforce implements groundbreaking reforms in Starting A Business to gear up for the next round of  the Doing Business Report

The Department of Trade and Industry, as the chair of Doing Business Task Force, is pleased to highlight the reform initiatives undertaken to improve the ease of doing business and level up the Philippines’ global competitiveness ranking. Key reforms include Quezon City’s Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) which streamlines the process registration process into just three […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Thousands march in France against Macron reforms

PARIS, France – Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across France on Saturday, March 26, to protest against Emmanuel Macron's policies, but the president said nothing would stop his economic reforms.  The marches, which organizers labelled a "popular tide", were called by 60 unions, political parties and associations ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Finance urges House to approve Package 2

THE Finance department is urging the House of Representatives to pass tax reforms focused on lowering corporate taxes and modernizing fiscal incentives. “The success we have so far achieved for the first tax reform package is encouraging, but we cannot and should not stop the train from moving forward,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said [...] The post Finance urges House to approve Package 2 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Federalism: More power vs monopolies proposed

The body crafting proposed charter amendments would vote on a proposal to form a constitutional body with the sole power under a federal system of government to stop monopolies and cartels and ensure fair trade competition.   The 22 members of the consultative committee, headed by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, will vote on the proposals next week.   Consultative committee member Arthur Aguilar, who heads the subcomittee on economic reforms, said the new Charter would need stronger provisions against "inefficient market structures that restrain fair competition."   The 1987 Constitution, he said, has only one section devoted to monopolies and fair tra...Keep on reading: Federalism: More power vs monopolies proposed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

PH officials off to Kuwait to seek better OFWs protection

Philippine officials are headed to Kuwait on Thursday to seek better protection for migrant workers after a diplomatic row over the alleged mistreatment of Filipinos in the Gulf state.   Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello told reporters on Wednesday that one of his deputies would lead the delegation, and that the officials would also stop in Saudia Arabia and Qatar to urge reforms.   Philippine officials are expected to primarily demand during the visit that Filipino workers be allowed to keep their cellphones and passports, which can be confiscated by employers.   The Kuwait trip comes after President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a total deployment ban o...Keep on reading: PH officials off to Kuwait to seek better OFWs protection.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

New regulations prevent gov’t execs from writing their own checks

by ELIJAH JOSEPH C. TUBAYAN When former President Benigno S. C. Aquino III got elected in June 2010, he vowed to get rid of corruption and institute good governance reforms. Three months into his term, he signed an Executive Order (EO) to stop government-owned and -controlled  corporations (GOCC) officials from receiving excessive bonuses — a […] The post New regulations prevent gov’t execs from writing their own checks appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Chief Justice: Were lies made to stop reforms?

Chief Justice: Were lies made to stop reforms?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Duterte ‘sincere’ in feelers to NPA

President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent overtures to the communist New People’s Army (NPA) such as offering homes and livelihood to every rebel who reforms, showed that he was “sincere” in bringing lasting peace to the country, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Lorenzana on Friday said the NPA should stop its illegal activities and “return to… link: Duterte ‘sincere’ in feelers to NPA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 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

Comment on Partial closure of Skyway, SLEx scheduled due to C5 South Link construction by Expect Heavy Traffic with these Road Closures – 8List.ph

[…] out of the country? Better take note of Skyway’s recent traffic scheme announcement. The stop-and-go traffic scheme will be implemented starting September 29 up until November 22. This is to give way to the on-going […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News2 hr. 49 min. ago

New mine revenue sharing bags final House OK, tax amnesty hurdles committee

THE HOUSE of Representatives approved three more tax reforms on separate levels as lawmakers resumed their regular session on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News9 hr. 49 min. ago

Duque vows more reforms to bring down drug prices

Duque vows more reforms to bring down drug prices.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Trump’s triumph

From the very start, President Donald Trump’s message has revolved around immigration reforms, proposing sweeping changes aimed at curbing the entry of illegals to the United States......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Security tight for 2nd day of Bar Exams 2018; stop-and-go traffic scheme on

Security remained tight around the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday for the second day of the 2018 Bar Examinations. Source link link: Security tight for 2nd day of Bar Exams 2018; stop-and-go traffic scheme on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Social media seen spewing fake news again

BAGUIO CITY --- Despite efforts to rid social media of fake news, next year's elections may not be spared from manufactured events and information, according to a group seeking to stop the proliferation of fake data online.   The 2016 elections were flooded with 22 million fake Facebook accounts, said Tiffany Jungco, program officer of the coalition Fact Check Philippines (FCP), which conducted a day-long seminar and workshop at University of the Cordilleras here on Thursday.   Facebook has been criticized for providing fake news with a platform.   It has since taken down 13 million accounts for spreading false information. But 19 million fake accounts re...Keep on reading: Social media seen spewing fake news again.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series of abuse scandals this year that have been stunning in their magnitude and number. Bishops have several reforms under consideration to craft a stronger response to the scandals, but some Catholic activists are demanding further steps, including releasing the names of all clergy accused of abuse and giving a greater voice to abuse victims. One coalition of concerned Cath...Keep on reading: Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Stop PRC training scam, Duterte urged

Two lawmakers urged President Duterte to stop the continuing professional training program of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), which they said has become a scam......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018