DOST s program for small businesses called out for wasting millions

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) called out the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for inefficient implementation of its program for small businesses that has cost the agency P461 million so far. COA noted in a 2018 audit report that the DOST's  ........»»

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COA flags missing docs for Marawi cooperatives P64-million seed capital

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) found that only 2.3% or P1.516 million of the P65.73-million seed capital handled by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) for Marawi City-based cooperatives in 2018 had been fully documented. In an audit report, COA said CDA failed to submit disbursement vouchers (DVs) and ........»»

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Manila, Philippines – Napapanahon na para itatag ang ipinanukalang Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW). Iyan ay para epektibong pangasiwaan ang deployment at subaybayan ang employment conditions ng mga Filipino contract workers sa ibayong dagat. Mahigit 2.3 milyon ang OFWs sa limang kontinente, ayon sa 2018 report ng Philippine Statistics Authority. ‘Di nakapagtataka at kuntodo […] The post DEP’T OF OFW ITATAG NA! appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

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WATCH: Catriona Gray raises Philippine flag during Pacquiao-Thurman bout

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray served as the flag bearer during the boxing match......»»

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Central Visayas GRDP growth higher than national growth – Cobonpue

CEBU CITY, Philippines–Central Visayas remains among  the fastest growing regions in the country, said Regional Development Council (RDC) Chairperson Kenneth Cobonpue. “Today, Central Visayas is still one of the country’s fastest growing regional economies, with the region being the 4th highest in terms of gross regional domestic product (GRDP) in 2018 recorded at 7.6 percentage,” Cobonpue […] The post Central Visayas GRDP growth higher than national growth – Cobonpue appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand, Miss Universe Catriona Gray part of entourage

LAS VEGAS–The champ is in the building and so is the queen. Manny Pacquiao has made his way to the MGM Grand Garden Arena here along with his large entourage that included Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and wife Jinkee Pacquiao. Gray, the fourth Filipina to earn the title of Miss Universe, walked with Pacquiao […] The post Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand, Miss Universe Catriona Gray part of entourage appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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SWS: Mahirap dumami

DUMAMI ang bilang ng mga pamilya na nagsabi na sila ay mahirap, ayon sa Social Weather Station. Mula sa 38 porsyento (9.5 milyon) pamilya sa survey noong Marso, tumaas ito sa 45 porsyento (11.1 milyon) pamilya sa survey noong Hunyo 22-26. Ang pinakamataas na naitala sa ilalim ng Duterte government ay 52porsyento noong Setyembre 2018. […] The post SWS: Mahirap dumami appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 20th, 2019Related News

Yolanda dela Torre, the Singer

Let me now share an article and a poem I have written about her. The article was tweaked from the defunct Kapitbahay and reprinted in the Asian Journal – San Diego. The poem was dedicated to her during her birthday in April 2018......»»

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Agri chief insists rice tax law needs review

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Friday insisted that the Rice Tariffication Act needs to be reviewed. At the sidelines of 2018 Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) awarding of Most Outstanding…READ The post Agri chief insists rice tax law needs review appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Vetoed in past Congress, solons see Duterte enacting coco farmers trust fund soon

SONA 2018 RECALLED: Vetoed in past Congress, solons see Duterte enacting coco farmers trust fund soon GMA News Congress granted Duterte's wish but the Chief Executive vetoed the measure as Malaca.....»»

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DOTr ngadto sa LTFRB: ‘Hatchback’ gitugutan nga maka pamasahero

Gimanduan ni Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) nga ipatuman ang Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-005, nga nagtugot sa mga “hatchback unit” nga mo-operate isip public transport apan aduna kini mga kondisyon.The post DOTr ngadto sa LTFRB: ‘Hatchback’ gitugutan nga maka pamasahero appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

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Dengue cases up 17% in Cebu City; health department records 1,075 cases from January to July 2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines—A total of 1,075 dengue cases from January 2019 to July 2019 was recorded by the Cebu City Health Department, an increase of 17.3% or 156 cases from the same period in 2018.  Dr. Daisy Villa, Cebu City Health Officer, said there were 916 cases from January to July 2018.  Villa said the […] The post Dengue cases up 17% in Cebu City; health department records 1,075 cases from January to July 2019 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Gov’t workers decry ‘favoritism’ as Duterte fails to provide due wage increase, social services

"Military and uniformed personnel enjoy their maximum salary increase since January of 2018, civilian personnel are still struggling for a substantial salary increase." The post Gov’t workers decry ‘favoritism’ as Duterte fails to provide due wage increase, social services appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

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Duterte s economic team sees stable inflation until his term ends

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team is confident that the  sky-high inflation  in 2018 will not happen again for the rest of his term, as the government ramps up reforms and external forces become favorable. In its 176th meeting on Thursday, July 18, the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) ........»»

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Naga Landslide Ground Zero Rehabilitated

On September 20, 2018, a vast number of lives were taken away by the devastating landslide in Sitio Sindulan, Barangay Tina-an in the City of Naga in Southern Cebu. Now nearly a year after the traumatic event, the Local Government of Naga City is on its 2nd phase of the rehabilitation of the said area. […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2019Related News

Cebu City fails to comply with envt’l requirement of Carbon, Pasil markets

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government may be paying up to P10,000 per day fine for failing to comply with environmental regulations in the Pasil and Carbon Public Market within the deadline on July 8. The Environment Management Bureau in Central Visayas (EMB-7) discovered in August 2018 that the city lacked discharge permit […] The post Cebu City fails to comply with envt’l requirement of Carbon, Pasil markets appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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COA calls out Coast Guard for billions worth of messy finances

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) proudly announced that it  acquired its largest and most modern ship  this week, but the agency has yet to fix its messy finances as state auditors again flagged it for inaccuracies amounting to billions of pesos in its 2018 financial records. Topping the the Commission on ........»»

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Team Lakay s Gina Iniong and Joshua Pacio: Two paths, one goal

Lakay. It is the Ilocano word for old man.   But when you go up to Baguio, it has an altogether different meaning. You cannot miss that word when you drive down Benguet road, on a nifty sign attached to a normal-looking office building: Team Lakay.   The home of the best Philippine mixed martial arts team in history. Almost all of the big names local fight fans have come to cheer and love as our modern-day heroes trace their roots to the relatively small, packed training room down Benguet road, where mats are soaked with the sweat of the fighters.   Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Honorio Banario, Rey Docyogen, Roldan Sangcha-an, and Mark Eddiva are all hallowed names in the annals of Philippine mixed martial arts, disciples of Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, who established, and groomed Team Lakay to the fearsome fighting factory that it is today.   While all the names above have ensconced themselves on pedestals, Team Lakay’s pipeline includes two more who have been fighting for recognition in recent fights: lone female fighter Gina Iniong, and ONE’s current Strawweight lynchpin and youngest champion, Joshua Pacio.   Both fighters may have started their professional fighting careers for different reasons, but Iniong and Pacio still have a lot to offer and prove for mixed martial arts in the country and in the international stage, such as being prominent fighters in the prestigious cage of ONE Championship.   CHANCE OF A LIFETIME   Gina, the first female Filipino mixed martial artist to fight and win abroad, started boxing back in high school as part of her after-school activities. When she was about to graduate, she actively sought scholarships in order to finish her education. One such opportunity presented itself in the form of an athletic scholarship, concentrating on the martial art of Wushu, which has a huge following in her hometown of Baguio City, with the University of the Cordilleras having a team of its own.   “Our former boxing coach, who was a former student of Coach Mark (Sangiao), approached me one day, telling me to join the upcoming wushu competition then for the college scholarship. So I joined it, and took a chance,” Iniong shared, recounting how she got into the world of combat sports as a young lady.   However, it was too good to be true, as she had to hurdle quite a huge problem if she wants that scholarship: a fight record. Sangiao told the young Iniong it would be difficult to get her a scholarship if she does not have a record to show in active combat in Wushu.   “I was lucky because there was a Wushu National Games here in Manila and we immediately went down and made our way there. Thankfully, I got the gold after the competition, and that paved the way for my scholarship,” said Iniong.   From there, the “Conviction” was born. After competing in numerous Wushu tournaments, Iniong finally caught the eye of Sangiao, who decided to take her under his wings and train her to be his female version inside the MMA cage.   After debuting in the Universal Reality Combat Championship in 2010, Iniong hasn’t looked back in the 12 bouts she has figured in, compiling a professional record of 8-4.  As the lone female representative of the most-successful mixed martial arts team in the Philippines, she has displayed that trademark fearsome striking prowess of fighters coming from the Lakay camp.   When asked about the fact that she is one of the only five Filipinas making the country proud inside the ONE cage, the 29-year old’s face lit up, in disbelief, in honor, in humility, for she cannot believe it herself.   “I’m very proud, and humbled, of the fact that I am the lone female fighter representing Team Lakay in ONE Championship. Many very skilled female fighters dream of being part of ONE Championship, and fight under Team Lakay, yet I am the one that Coach Mark has seen with the most potential to carry the flag inside the cage,” she said.   However, what drives Gina to fight, and it has been a well-known fact, is her mother, diagnosed with a stage 5 chronic kidney disease. In her fight against Jihin Radzuan last February, Iniong dedicated the fight to her mother, who to this day, is scared of seeing her daughter mix it up in the ring.   “To this day, she hasn’t watched me fight live, not even on TV because she is quite the nervous person, and she would only watch if she knew I won, during replays. She is very unlike my dad, who has fully supported my life as an athlete, after being a boxer himself in his younger days,” she shared.   CHALLENGE ACCEPTED   Joshua “The Passion” Pacio never intended to make mixed martial arts fighting a career growing up. The 23-year old fighter deemed it impossible back then, to reach a stage as huge as ONE Championship, due to the excellence of the fighters that he used to watch with his uncle through videos.   Add to the fact that Pacio was overweight. Obese, specifically. It made it all the more difficult for the kid to follow his dream and passion to be a fighter.   It all changed when his uncle started training him in Muay Thai, the art of the eight limbs that originated from Thailand, and considered one of the deadliest forms of combat striking. It started out as training just for fitness, but as if seeing a tiny ray of light in a dark tunnel, Pacio wanted more.   “At first, it was only for fitness, with my uncle training me, and watching videos of various MMA fights, which really inspired me to push myself harder. I really wanted to test myself, compete with the best, and it all seemed impossible when I was out of shape. My uncle really pushed me starting with Muay Thai. I started competing a few months after that, but I suffered defeat after defeat in amateur competitions. I questioned myself why I still trained afterwards. But at the same time, that’s when I realized that this is really my passion, that even if I lost my last fight,” shared the ONE Championship Strawweight king, who has not looked back since then.   “The goal for me has ever been to prove to myself that I have improved in skills, and be the best fighter I can be,” Pacio added.   He made his ONE debut three years ago, finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of professional mixed martial arts, facing a more experienced Filipino fighter in Robin Catalan at the age of 20, one of the youngest to enter ONE’s cage.   “Before I got to represent Team Lakay in ONE Championship, the roster spot was actually up for grabs. Fighters of the team figured in a Team Lakay Championship, a grand-prix style tournament within the team, for the ONE Championship contract. I fought twice victoriously in one night to get it. Two weeks later, with a ONE Championship event in Manila, that’s when I found out I am making my professional debut,” said an astounded Pacio.   Everything about the man they call “The Passion” has been hard earned. He finally tasted gold last 2018 when he decisioned the famed Yoshitaka Naito, a Japanese ground and wrestling master that forced Pacio to tap via a rear-naked choke when they first met. Facing, and losing to Naito, according to Pacio, was a revelation that he has to improve his overall skills, especially his ground game in order to play with the big boys of the cage.   Striking will definitely get you somewhere, as is with Pacio’s base as a martial artist, but one has to have more tricks up his sleeve when they aspire for the pinnacle of the competition. Joshua came back with a vengeance in 2018 to show “Nobita” that “The Passion” is no longer the young kid who will be submitted easily.   However, 2019 did not start of great for Pacio and Team Lakay, after he lost the belt in January to Naito’s contemporary in Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta in a questionable split decision. But that did not deter the young man, who has made it his personal goal to continue improving and treat each loss as a lesson, in ONE Championship’s “Roots of Honor” fight card, where he faced Saruta once more.   This time, in front of a racous Filipino crowd inside the Mall of Asia Arena, Pacio did not let the judges’ cards decide as he detonated a right knee to the side of Saruta’s head late in the fourth round to reclaim his throne. The dreaded Team Lakay striking power knocked the lights out from the Japanese fighter as Baguio’s young lion let out a furious roar to celebrate his redemption.   TWO PATHS, ONE GOAL   One did it for education, the other for health. Nowadays, however, MMA means more to Iniong and Pacio than just a stepping stone to something else. It is their passion, their advocacy, their bread and butter.   They continue to grind each day, waiting for another opportunity to show what they got and get the win, not just for personal glory, but also for the country and their family.   Inspired by her ailing mother, the “Conviction” promises to keep her current winning streak up despite being up against a formidable foe in her next match. After tasting defeat from Brazilian Istela Nunes, Iniong bounced back with a split decision over Radzuan last February to get herself back on track. Right now, Gina has one thing in mind with their goal: chase that ONE Women’s Atomweight division title, currently held by Angela Lee, and become the Philippines’ very first female ONE world champion.   However, Iniong acknowledges that the path towards the gold may not be easy, as she is currently eyeing a rematch with Japanese tormentor Mei Yamaguchi, the number one-ranked Atomweight fighter whom she has fought with twice, in order to settle who the rightful challenger to Lee’s belt is.   “Everyone has gotten belts. My big brothers in the team have tasted championship. I felt jealous because I do not have a belt, and lost my fight that would have given me a title shot. This time, I will make sure that I will do my best to secure a title fight,” rued Iniong in a previous interview with ONE Championship prior to fighting Radzuan.   While Iniong wants hit paydirt, it’s all about keeping the belt on his waist for Pacio, the reigning ONE Strawweight champion. His most probable foe is his nemesis Yoshitaka Naito who he does not have a problem with facing for the third time.   “I really want to prove I am the champion, and if it’s by facing him (Naito), so be it. I also want to prove that I have greatly improved as well from the last time we fought,” he shared.   While Iniong and Pacio await their next fighting assignment, their teammates are in the thick of training for the upcoming “Dawn of Heroes” megafight card happening on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena. It features Team Lakay members, led by Edward “Landslide” Folayang, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, and Danny “The King” Kingad, who will face the best of the world as represented by Eddie Alvarez, Reece McLaren, and Yuya Wakamatsu.   The entire country will be cheering on them as the whole world watches. And maybe somehow, somewhere there will be new blood encouraged and inspired by them to take on the challenge of continuing the legacy of the nation’s best fighting team alongside Iniong and Pacio.   After all, Sangiao did not establish Team Lakay just to be some Bagiuo-based fitness gym down Benguet road. He made Team Lakay to provide a home, a family, for young Filipinos who have the heart to fight for their dream, their family, and the country.     Watch “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, to be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD with livestreaming on iWant for all the Pinoy fight fans to see. For more stories and news one ONE Championship, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2019Related News

Capitol failed to properly account cash donations for disaster funds — COA

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Capitol has failed to account in detail the donations and utilization of funds for disaster risk reduction and management in 2018. State auditors have noted in their Annual Audit Report for 2018 that the provincial government was unable to “prepare and maintain the required records and reports on cash donations […] The post Capitol failed to properly account cash donations for disaster funds — COA appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 17th, 2019Related News

Maria Laroco nagkuwento ng karanasan sa ‘X-Factor UK’

Guess what? Nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang Abante na maka-panayam ang Filipino representative sa “X-Factor 2018 UK” na si Maria Giedie Maureen Laroco.The post Maria Laroco nagkuwento ng karanasan sa ‘X-Factor UK’ appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

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