DUs, ECs to decide on extension of disconnection policy

The Energy Regulatory Commission is leaving it up to distribution utilities and electric cooperatives if they will extend their no disconnection policy......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2021

Extension of ‘no power disconnection’ policy urged

The Energy Regulatory Commission and power distributors are being urged to extend the no disconnection policy for low-income households until the government lifts quarantine measures......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2021

NCAA Season 95: One more year for seniors in case of season cancellation

The NCAA is looking to extend the playing year of senior student-athletes of sporting events that will be directly affected by the possible cancellation of Season 95 due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco of season host Arellano University said on Saturday that in case the NCAA Policy Board heeded to their recommendation to cancel the season, those seniors on their last playing eligibility this year for pending and yet to commence sports will be given an extension.   “If it's your final year, and in the event that you didn’t get to play [if the season is cancelled], you still have one more year to play,” said Cayco on his interview in DZMM’s Fastbreak. But the official cleared that it will only be applicable to those playing in sports directly affected if the league decides to call off the season. Only those athletes of volleyball and football tournaments and the yet to start athletics, beach volleyball and cheerleading competitions will get the extension.   “Pero that is for those who have not completed their event,” he said. “Those who have completed given na. Like in basketball, taekwondo, swimming, yung mga yun tapos na eh. So tumakbo na ang playing year nila.” Cayco added that only those seniors who will meet the eligibility requirements including the age limit of 25-years old are allowed to play for another year. “You can still play but we still have to clarify about the age issue,” said Cayco. “If you are still within the playing [age] allowed, you can still play your final year.” The Policy Board has yet to decide whether to continue with the season or cancel it entirely. On Monday, the NCAA announced that all NCAA activities are suspended until further notice. This declaration came almost a month after the NCAA halted all sporting events last February 14.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

Cusi asks energy companies to be more considerate

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Thursday encourages energy players to be more considerate to consumers during the pandemic as he welcomed the move of Manila Electric Co. to extend its ‘no-disconnection’ policy for non-payment of bills from Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 26th, 2020

Meralco lauded for extending no disconnection policy

The Manila Electric Co. was commended by a leader of the House of Representatives yesterday for extending until January 2021 its no-disconnection policy to millions of its customers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2020

Meralco extends payment deadline

Power retailer Manila Electric Co. said over the weekend customers received a one-month disconnection reprieve as it extended the no-disconnection policy for non-payment of bills from Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2020

Meralco hailed for users& lsquo; reprieve

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Sunday welcomed the decision of Manila Electric Co. to extend its no-disconnection policy for the non-payment of electric bills until Jan. 31 next year......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Meralco to extend no-disconnection policy until end-January

This was confirmed in a letter dated December 14 and addressed to Velasco, where Meralco president Ray Espinosa told the former that after “careful evaluation and in consideration” of his request......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Meralco walang ‘disconnection’ hanggang Enero 31

Pinalawig pa ng Manila Electric Company (Meralco) ang kanilang "no disconnection policy" hanggang katapusan ng Enero 2021. The post Meralco walang ‘disconnection’ hanggang Enero 31 first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

No power disconnection policy extended

Low-usage power consumers can now heave a sigh of relief as distribution utilities have been ordered to extend the “no disconnection” policy until the end of the year......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Biden knocks Trump as rivals barnstorm heartland in election finale

Joe Biden intensified his attacks Friday on President Donald Trump as they battled over the American Midwest, chasing every last vote with four days to go in a region that propelled the Republican to victory in 2016. RUS President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Rochester International Airport October 30, 2020 in Rochester, Minnesota. With Election Day only four days away, Trump is campaigning in Minnesota despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the state. In accordance with state orders, only 250 people will be able to attend the rally with Trump while thousands of others will gather outside the airport to watch on a large television screen. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP) Trump and Biden barnstormed three heartland states each — with a resurgent coronavirus passing the milestone of nine million cases as they hit the stump — highlighting their differences in a race overshadowed by the pandemic. Trump, heralded a “big day” of campaigning as he left the White House, then held a rally in Michigan before heading to Wisconsin and Minnesota, all states battling climbing numbers of virus cases. “We just want normal,” Trump told supporters — many of them unmasked — at an outdoor rally near Detroit as he pushed states to relax public health restrictions and resume daily life. He again bucked his own administration’s health experts as he downplayed the Covid-19 threat, saying “if you get it, you’re going to get better, and then you’re going to be immune.” Covid-19 has killed nearly 230,000 people in the US, which is experiencing surges in most states as the winter flu season looms. The outbreak has ravaged the economy, and while there have been signs of recovery, millions remain jobless. Biden was also stumping in Wisconsin and in Minnesota, where he sharpened his attacks on the president on everything from Trump seeking to dismantle Obama-era health care protections and keep his taxes secret to climate change and trade policy with China. “We can not afford four more years of Donald Trump,” the 77-year-old Democrat said at a socially distanced drive-in rally in St. Paul, Minnesota. “So honk your horn if you want America to lead again!” he said, embracing the awkward pandemic-era campaign trend of rallying supporters in their vehicles. “Honk your horn if you want to have civility again, and honk your horn if you want America to be united again!” Earlier in Iowa he attacker Trump over his handling of the pandemic. “Donald Trump has given up (and) waved the white flag,” Biden told a drive-in rally with more than 300 cars in Des Moines. – ‘Less divided’ – Trump flipped Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin from the Democrats to clinch his shock victory four years ago.  Now polls show Biden leading in all three, albeit narrowly in Iowa. It was Biden’s first visit to Iowa since his inauspicious campaign start in February, when he placed a dismal fourth in the opening Democratic nominating contest. So can Biden win over enough voters to prevail in the Hawkeye State? “I wouldn’t put money on it,” Iowa attorney Sara Riley, 61, said at Biden’s event, although she was more confident about him clinching the White House. “I think Americans, even Trump supporters, want to get to a place where the country is less divided,” Riley said. With voters concerned about the health hazards of crowded polling stations on November 3, a record 86 million have already cast early ballots by mail or in person. Even as the US hit a grim new high in daily Covid-19 infections Thursday, Trump has stuck to his guns, downplaying the dangers and branding Democrats as rampaging “socialists” intent on shuttering the country. And while Trump has touted the economic successes of his presidency, including positive GDP figures Thursday, US stocks closed out their worst week since March, highlighting concerns about a shaky recovery. – ‘Turn Texas blue?’ – After a campaign largely muted by the pandemic, Biden is on the offensive, pushing Trump onto the back foot in unexpected battlegrounds like Texas, a large, traditionally conservative bastion now rated a toss-up by multiple analysts. On Friday the state reported that a staggering nine million residents had already voted, surpassing its entire 2016 total. Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris visited Texas Friday in a bid to turn the state Democratic for the first time since president Jimmy Carter in 1976. “We have a chance to turn Texas blue,” the 96-year-old Carter said in a fundraising email. Biden winning there would be a dagger to Trump, but the president dismissed the notion, saying: “Texas, we’re doing very well.” Trump and Biden are focusing their greatest efforts on traditional battlegrounds that will decide the election — such as Florida, where both campaigned on Thursday. On Saturday Biden returns to the Midwest bringing with him perhaps his strongest surrogate: ex-president Barack Obama, making his first joint in-person campaign appearance of the year with his former VP. Motown music legend Stevie Wonder will join them, the Biden campaign said. Trump will spend the day campaigning in the critical state of Pennsylvania, where he narrowly trails Biden in polls. Biden will follow suit there both Sunday and Monday in a clear sign that his campaign sees the Keystone State as absolutely crucial to his victory......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

& lsquo;No-disconnection& rsquo; policy extended

Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday ordered distribution utilities to stop any disconnection on account of non-payment of bills until Dec. 31, 2020......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 30th, 2020

Metro Manila mayors recommend extended GCQ in NCR until end of 2020

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) the extension of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of the year. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA is composed of 17 mayors in the NCR.  “All our mayors agreed to recommend to the IATF to extend GCQ until December 31. It is easy to adjust gradually while under GCQ,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia  disclosed during a virtual press conference Monday, October 19.  “Mas mahirap na i-Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ na 100 percent tsaka mo babawasan, magkakaroon ng resistance iyan, mahirap i-control. Unlike GCQ tayo tapos gradually tayo nag-a-adjust ng mga capacity. This is the better move para tumakbo ang ekonomiya natin (It is hard to place NCR 100 percent under MGCQ.  Then if  you decrease the quarantine level, there will be resistance.  That’s hard to control. Unlike when we are still under GCQ and we gradually adjust the capacity. This move is better to help our economy),” Garcia explained. NCR is currently under GCQ until the end of October. The MMC also suggested that curfew in Metro Manila be shortened from the current 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Garcia said this is also the recommendation of the economic team in order to boost the economy which was badly affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “This is for our economy, for our establishments to earn more. More people are expected to dine at restaurants due to the change in the curfew hours,” he said. “All the mayors agreed to this. Of course, health protocols must be strictly observed at such establishments,” Garcia added. The mayors likewise agreed to allow persons aged 18 to 65 outside their homes.. “Our mayors pointed out that individuals aged 18 are the ones who are allowed to work, therefore, they are not out of their houses for leisure. Those below the said age are more prone to go out their houses just for leisure,” Garcia explained. Garcia said there is still nothing definite about the traditional “Simbang Gabi.” “There are recommendations to adjust the curfew during the start of ‘Simbang Gabi’ to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. But, this is not yet final. It is too early to talk about this. We will release a guideline by the end of November,” he said. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Consumer group backs & lsquo;no-disconnection& rsquo; rules issued by ERC

Consumers led by the Power for People Coalition on Wednesday expressed support to the declaration of the Energy Regulatory Commission extending the “no-disconnection” policy for non-paying customers until the end of the year......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

NCAA looking at fewer sporting events for Season 96

With the fate of Season 96 still up in the air because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NCAA braces for the possibility of holding fewer sporting events in its calendar. Season 95 Management Committee (ManComm) chairman Peter Cayco said that because of the effects of the pandemic, which put Luzon and other parts of the country under community quarantine since March, some member schools might not be able to field teams in other non-mandatory sporting events. Member schools may opt to take a ‘leave of absence’ in those events except for mandatory sports basketball, swimming, volleyball and track and field. “’Yung mandatory na apat ‘yun muna,” said Cayco. “Ngayon ang rekomendasyon naman ni Fr. Vic (Calvo) ‘yung wala dun sa apat na events at mayroong mga schools na gustong lumaro na makaka-more than four teams sila eh ‘di tuloy.” Under the NCAA rules, a sporting event can only be held if there are at least four participating schools. The ManComm is also submitting a proposal to the Policy Board to push the opening of Season 96 to 2021 in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force directive of suspending all sporting events until the end of the year. Aside from the delayed opening, the committee is also recommending an extension for senior student-athletes affected by the cancellation of Season 95.   Affected second semester sports were volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading while completed events were basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

NCAA ManComm to propose opening of Season 96 to 2021

With the country’s current situation amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NCAA Management Committee is proposing to push back the opening of Season 96 to next year. “What's on the table now that we want the Policy Board to approve is we move Season 96 to 2021,” said Season 95 ManComm chairman Peter Cayco of Arellano University. Initially, the committee planned to move the opening of Season 96, which will be hosted by Letran, from July to November.   However, Cayco pointed out that they have to comply with the directives of the Inter-Agency Task Force including the suspension of sporting events until the end of the year. The ManComm official also added that with Luzon put under an enhanced community quarantine since March, it will take time for student-athletes to get back into competitive shape and for teams to prepare for the season. “Right now, we are following the directives of the IATF. Nagsabi na sila na there will be no sports activities until the end of the year,” said Cayco. “Number two, if for example January 1, puwede na sports activities, ‘yung atleta natin puro wala sa kondisyon ‘yan,” he added. “Of course, alam naman natin na iba ‘yung practice shape sa game shape. Siguro it would take at least three months to get them back in shape. That would be March already. Then, Holy Week na on April. So we are looking at May or June.” Part of the committee’s proposal is to hold friendly games among member schools to aid in their preparations. “We would host 'friendlies'. Meaning pre-season games na parang FilOil among NCAA schools,” said Cayco. But all will still be up to the Policy Board to decide. “Pina-finalize na namin tapos i-approve muna ng ManCom. Kasi in principle approved na ng ManCom kaya lang kailangan mong i-formalize muna into a resolution. Tapos forward namin sa Policy Board. Kung ma-approve 'yun na,” said Cayco. The NCAA announced the cancellation of Season 95 last March 19 because of the pandemic. Affected second semester sports were volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading. Completed events for Season 95 were first sem sporting events basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

NCAA ManComm recommends extension for senior student-athletes

The NCAA Management Committee will propose to the Policy Board the extension of playing eligibility for senior student-athletes. Taking into consideration the unexpected cancellation of Season 95 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the possible delay of Season 96 opening to 2021, the committee is looking to make some adjustments for affected senior athletes. The ManComm is recommending to raise the age limit for seniors in Season 96 and allowing those affected by the scrapping of Season 95 to take a second course to be eligible to play for another year.    “We are also proposing that we adjust our eligibility for the athletes whose tournaments were postponed or yung hindi natapos. Ni-rerequest namin sa Policy Board to give them another year of eligibility,” said Season 95 ManComm head Peter Cayco of Arellano University. Cayco cleared that the proposal is only for those seniors whose sporting events were cut short or cancelled entirely. Affected second semester sports because of the cancellation were volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading. Completed events for Season 95 were first sem sporting events basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball. “Ang adjustments nu’ng sa academics papayagan lang natin ‘yan doon sa mga atleta na ‘yung di natapos ang tournament o ‘di talagang nagawa ang tournament,” said Cayco. Under the current NCAA rule, student-athletes who have finished their studies are not allowed to take graduate course or a second degree to extend their playing year. “Sa academics, di natin pinapayagan sa NCAA ang second course. Let’s say naka-graduate siya, for this season alone, ang rekomendasyon namin is payagan nating mag-enroll ng second course para lang makalaro,” said Cayco. With the ManComm pushing the opening of Season 96, which will be hosted by Letran, to May or June next year, Cayco said that they are looking to raise the age limit for seniors to 26. “Ang papasok naman sa kanila ay yung age factor,” he said. “Let’s say last playing year mo na because of age ngayong taon na ito eh naurong. Ang suggestion namin ay bigyan natin ng one more playing year.” “Gawin nating 26 sila just for the next season,” Cayco added. “Di siya precedent, gagawin lang natin kasi di naman kasalanan ni atleta na aa-cancel ang season nila.” This proposal, according to Cayco, will just be an adjustment for Season 96. But when the situation ‘normalizes’, they will revert back to the league’s old rules.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

MLB allows each team to decide its ticket refund policy

MLB allows each team to decide its ticket refund policy.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2020

Senate to draft rules on teleconference sessions

Despite the extension of the lockdown or enhanced community quarantine until May 15, the Senate will resume session on May 4 to discuss amending rules to allow lawmakers to conduct teleconference-type sessions to abide with the social distancing policy of the government amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

BSP: Current policy can accommodate ECQ extension

BSP: Current policy can accommodate ECQ extension.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Govt eyes 15-day lockdown extension

The government is studying the possibility of extending the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) by 15 days to sustain its gains from its efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country, a Cabinet official said on Saturday. Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the national policy […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 5th, 2020