‘Reopening of mines dangerous’

The government’s move to reopen mine sites in the country at the height of the pandemic is dangerous and will pose more risks to mining communities......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarSep 28th, 2020

Chinese coal accident kills 18, traps 2

BEIJING: At least 18 people were killed and two more missing after an explosion Tuesday in a Chinese coal mine, state media reported, the latest disaster in the country's notoriously dangerous mines. A gas explosion ripped through the colliery in the nort.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 28th, 2016

Experts, advocates say terror law is dangerous, open to abuse

With the release of implementing rules and regulations, experts and concerned citizens see the potential of the law of being abused and used against those who simply want to express their opinion on issues affecting the country. The post Experts, advocates say terror law is dangerous, open to abuse appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated News12 hr. 32 min. ago

Ilocos Norte reopens tourism, other provinces to follow suit

LAOAG CITY, Oct 23 (PIA) - After Ilocos Norte welcomed Luzon tourists on Oct. 15, Ilocos Sur along with other provinces in the Ilocos Region eye reopening their tourism very soon.Ilocos Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Philex Mines conducts expanded COVID testing for its employees

TUBA, Benguet, Oct 23(PIA) -- More than 200 employees of a large scale mining company here have been swab tested for COVID-19 following recorded COVID-19 cases within the mining community.Ph.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Angkas, JoyRide nangako ng ‘safe ride’

Manila, Philippines – Nangako si Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca na bibigyan nila ng ‘safe ride’ ang kanilang mga mananakay sa kanilang pagbabalik operasyon. “Transportation is at the core of the reopening of the economy and it has always been the advocacy of Angkas to provide inclusive transportation safely to the public, especially at […] The post Angkas, JoyRide nangako ng ‘safe ride’ appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Worst over for the economy

For the country’s two leading economic managers, the worst seems over for the battered Philippine economy. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Bangko Sentral Governor Benjamin Diokno both agree the calibrated reopening of the economy is turning things around after earlier lockdowns that restricted the movement of the people......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Economic hopes, Wall St rally lift PH stocks

The stock market breached the 6,200 territory on Wednesday on hopes that the Philippines would continue reopening its economy and after taking cues from an enlivened Wall Street. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained 2.71 percent or 165.88 points to end at 6,278.59 while the broader All Shares climbed by 2.16 percent or […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Northrail spent P232 M for relocation without a single family relocated –COA

Some P232.89 million in government funds spent for the relocation program for informal settlers displaced as a result of the Northrail Project went down the drain with no actual relocation undertaken despite the huge expenditure. Worse, the five parcels of land tapped as relocation site have been assessed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as “vulnerable to natural hazards, hence, not considered appropriate as residential area,”  the Commission on Audit (COA) has reported. In the recently released  Expanded Audit of the Northrail Project initially implemented by the North Luzon Railways Corporation (Northrail), COA also disclosed that out of the disbursements totaling P505.35 million for additional right-of-way acquisition, P423.46 million in expenditures were found to be irregular. “Northrail spent around P232.89 million for the relocation program in a joint undertaking with the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) and Alto Projekt Asia Inc. (APAI) without actual relocation undertaken,” COA said. Auditors disclosed that  at least 10,000 families living in the PNR property and the right-of-way in Bulacan were to be relocated to give way to the Northrail project. To jumpstart the relocation of affected families Northrail entered into a memorandum of agreement with  the PGB which then received P10 million and 50 hectares of land in Norzagaray, Bulacan for the implementation of the project. ”While the PGB committed to complete the relocation on June 30, 2011, there was no actual relocation undertaken by PGB,” COA noted. By that time, Northrail already spent P232.89 million for the “purported relocation program without relocating a single family.” In the same special audit report, COA also flagged some P505.35 million expenditures for the right of way acquisition, noting that P423.46 million in disbursements were “found with deficiencies.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

California lays out strict conditions for theme park reopenings

California health officials on Tuesday set out strict conditions for the reopening of theme parks such as Disneyland that were forced to shut down because of the coronavirus crisis, with the new guidelines likely extending the closures for several more weeks......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020

Local shabu users: 1.67M

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night disclosed that 1.67 million — or two out of 100 Filipinos — are considered drug users. The Philippines has a population of 109,581,078 as of yesterday, according to, an online demographics site. Duterte added that based on the report of the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB), those who are […] The post Local shabu users: 1.67M appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Senate moves on Create dangerous

A local think tank has voiced opposition to the proposed insertion of a “grandfather rule” and splitting the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (Create) bill into two, calling the moves contrary to the measure’s aims and “dangerous.” In a statement on Friday, Action for Economic Reforms (AER) warned there were attempts in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Safety marshals to ensure physical distancing when beaches, resorts reopen

Find out the conditions contained in the guidelines released by the Department of Tourism (DOT) for the reopening of beaches, resorts and other tourist destinations in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Court rejects petition to revoke South Cotabato’s ban on open-pit mining

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 17 October) — Days after the revival of the Tampakan Forum, an umbrella organization opposing the controversial Tampakan copper-gold project pursued by Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), the group scored a victory after a local court here dismissed a petition by pro-mining groups to revoke the ban on open-pit mining which South […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Go urges BFP to push modernization efforts

Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go on Friday urged the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to continue its efforts to modernize and enhance its ranks by acquiring more fire trucks and equipment especially for the  remote areas in the country. Sen. Bong Go (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Go issued the statement after attending yesterday the ceremonial turnover at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City of the recently procured equipment of the BFP, including 84 units of 1,000 gallons capacity fire trucks, five units of aerial ladder, and three units of rescue trucks to be distributed by BFP to various local government units around the country.  “All over the country po ito ipapamahagi. Natutuwa po ako dahil ang gusto naman po natin ay mabigyan ng sapat na kagamitan laban sa sunog ang mga iba’t ibang lugar — hopefully sa lahat ng sulok po ng bansa ay handa po tayo,” Go said. (These will be distributed all over the country. I am happy because we want to give the appropriate fire-fighting equipment to different parts of the country.)    Go said there are many municipalities that have no financial capabilities to buy such an equipment. “Hopefully, patuloy pa ang pag-acquire nila ng mga panibagong equipment. Kinausap ko rin po si Dir. Embang na ikonsidera rin nila ‘yung mga maliliit na fire trucks na puwedeng pumasok sa mga liblib o masisikip na lugar kasi doon po madalas nagkakasunog,” Go said, referring to BFP Chief Jose Embang, Jr. (Hopefully, their acquisition of fire-fighting equipment will continue. I told Director Embang that BFP should consider buying small fire trucks that can enter narrow roads and congested areas where fires usually originate from.) Last February 11, 2020, Go joined President Duterte in witnessing the turnover of 74 fire trucks. The Senator also continues to provide aid to fire victims in different parts of the country.  “Mahirap po mawalan ng bahay at kagamitan dahil sa sunog at iba pang sakuna. Kaya po patuloy akong nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga biktima at nag-iiwan ng ngiti sa oras ng kanilang pagdadalamhati,” Go said. (It is hard to lose a house and personal belongings due to fires. That is why I continue to extend help to fire victims and give them a reason to smile during a time of grief.) “Bilang isang Senador at public servant, patuloy po akong magseserbisyo, lalo na sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan na apektado ng krisis tulad ng sunog. Kasabay nito ay pagsisikapan ko bilang mambabatas na mas palakasin pa ang ating fire prevention and protection measures,” he added. (As a senator and a public servant, I continue to be of service, particularly to victims of crises like fires. As a lawmaker, I continue to help to strengthen our fire prevention and protection measures.)     As vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Peace and Order and as a main advocate of fire protection modernization initiatives, one of Go’s priority bills is Senate Bill 204 which is now consolidated under Committee Report No. 111, otherwise known as BFP Modernization Act of 2020.  The measure is currently undergoing the period of interpellation in the Senate. The bill aims to ensure the hiring of more personnel, acquisition of modern fire equipment, and the conduct of training for firefighters of the BFP.  The bill will also empower local communities in preventing fire incidents by mandating the BFP to conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives in all local government units (LGUs), especially in vulnerable areas.  Go said President Duterte fully supports the modernization efforts of the BFP. “Ang sabi ng Pangulo, sabihin mo sa kanila huwag na nila ako unahin, ‘yung kagamitan ng mga sundalo at kapulisan at bumbero ang unahin natin,” he said. (The President said the equipment of soldiers, policemen, and firemen should come first.) During the event, Go expressed his and Duterte’s full support for the country’s fire personnel, citing the government’s recent effort to increase the salaries and promote the welfare of the military and uniformed personnel.  “Full support po kami sa inyo. Unang-una po, ‘yung pangako niya pagkaupo pa lang niya bilang Pangulo, tinupad niya agad ang pangako niya,” Go said, referring to the increase in salaries provided to uniformed personnel, including firefighters. (We give our full support to you. The President fulfills his promises when he took over the presidency in 2016.) Go also said that he supports the President’s position of arming BFP personnel so they can help in the fight against criminality.  “We are currently studying this added measure of arming firefighters. Nabanggit na rin ito ng Pangulo. Makakatulong din sila sa paglaban ng kriminalidad at para rin maproteksyunan ang kanilang mga sarili. Pati sa kampanya laban sa droga, makakatulong din sila,” Go said. (This was mentioned by the President. They can help fight criminality and also protect themselves. They can also help in containing the spread of dangerous drugs.)    In addition to fire trucks and other modern equipment, Go also said that he is coordinating with BFP officials, government finance managers, and concerned agencies on how to also provide additional ambulance units to the BFP.  He said that providing ambulances will make the BFP more responsive in fulfilling its mandate and will be useful, especially in times of national emergencies given that their personnel are well-trained frontliners.  “Kapag mayroon nang vaccine kontra COVID-19, pwede pong tumulong ang BFP para mabakunahan ang mga tao. Nagtutulungan po lahat ng ating uniformed personnel, mula military, pulis, bumbero, at iba pa para maprotektahan ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Go explained. (Our firemen can also help in the vaccination of our countrymen to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our uniformed personnel, from the military, policemen, firemen and others can help in protecting the interests of Filipinos.)  Go thanked officials for their efforts to modernize the BFP and for their continuing service, especially during the pandemic, specifically Department of the Interior and Local Government officials led by Secretary Eduardo Año and BFP officials led by Embang, Jr.  Go also acknowledged local officials and district representatives who were present, including Congressman Onyx Crisologo of the 1st District of Quezon City, Congresswoman Angel Amante-Matba of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte, Mayor Marcy Teodoro of Marikina City, and Mayor Judy Amante of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte and thanked them for their support to the national government in the bayanihan efforts to overcome the pandemic.  “Dahil mahirap ang panahon ngayon, we have to adjust to the new normal pero konting tiis lang po. Alam kong hirap po kayo. Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa, magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayong kapwa Pilipino,” he said, (Because times are hard, we have to adjust to the new normal. Please bear with us. I know you are suffering. I and President Go have not lost hope. We should help one another.).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Slow reopening

Virus transmission and positivity rates have slowed down, as even the OCTA Research fellows have noted......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

One-seat-apart rule enforced

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday ordered all transportation sectors to implement the “one-seat apart” rule to increase public transport capacity to support the reopening of the economy......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

MGB-7 warns public of landslides, flash floods during La Niña

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas (MGB-7) warned the public of possible landslides and flash floods during the La Niña season. In a statement, MGB 7 Director Armando Malicse urged local government unit (LGU) officials to initiate preparedness measures for potential flood and landslide in areas determined to have […] The post MGB-7 warns public of landslides, flash floods during La Niña appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Securing healthcare data amid COVID-19

Amid the current pandemic, there has been an increase in cyberattacks targeting hospitals and healthcare facilities as cybercriminals attempt to take advantage of the global health crisis to steal data or spread dangerous malware.  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Cabinet OKs easing of transport restrictions

President Duterte and his Cabinet have approved the implementation of the one-seat apart rule in public transportation as the government moves toward the reopening of the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: Remembering the “Dangerous Memory” of Fr. Nery Lito Satur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 October) — It was October 14, twenty-nine years ago, when we heard over radio station dxDM-AM Malaybalay the shocking news about the violent death of Fr. Nery Lito Satur. After this sad announcement, the song The Impossible Dream was solemnly played, which powerfully captured our collective emotion at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020