Fast-track e-vehicle development bill, says PIDS

The passage of a bill on developing electric vehicles should be fast-tracked amid the sector’s potential for growth, especially as the country recovers from the pandemic in a green and sustainable manner, the state think tank said......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarMay 2nd, 2021

House leader eyes four-day session to fast track Bayanihan 3

With only nine sessions left for Congress to debate on pending measures before it adjourns sine die, House Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez proposed a four-day session instead of three to approve the P405.6-billion Bayanihan 3 bill. In a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Rodriguez told reporters that he agreed with the proposal of the Senate […] The post House leader eyes four-day session to fast track Bayanihan 3 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD fails to timely disburse the monetary aid that our government promised to them,” he said in his letter to Duterte dated Oct. 21. He laments that some of the senior citizens have perished before receiving a single centavo from the monetary aid due them. “This slow implementation and disbursement of the DSWD of critical monetary aid for our senior citizens clearly runs contrary to the directive of Your Excellency for the government to do whatever it takes to protect the welfare of our almost 10 million vulnerable senior citizens,” he said. “Thus, we humbly seek the assistance of Your Excellency in requesting that the DSWD fast-track the implementation and disbursement of the monetary aid for our senior citizens,” Ordanes said. During the House of Representatives’ plenary deliberations on the proposed P171-billion budget of the DSWD for 2021 last Oct. 13, it was relayed that some 1.404 million senior citizens have benefited from the national government’s SAP. In a virtual press briefing last week, over 2.9 million indigent senior citizens have received their social pension worth about P8.7 billion. The number is almost 83 percent of the 3.5 million indigent elderly targeted to receive the government stipend. During his 58th birth anniversary last Oct. 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the distribution of social pension worth P2.178 million to around 726 indigent senior citizens in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” provides that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly, or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance and compensation to support their basic needs. However, the DSWD said those senior citizens who are not included in the list, but are eligible, can still appeal to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), their local governments, and the nearest Field Office, which has jurisdiction over their areas, for assessment......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

New-look House leadership off to a good start, say solons

House members can’t help but notice a sense of synergy between Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Majority Leader Martin Romualdez in just their first few days of working together. Case in point, according to Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida Robes, and Ang Probinsyano Party-list Rep. Alfred delos Santos, were the two important bills that the House leadership was able to deliver without a hitch during the conduct of special sessions this past week. The Majority Bloc solons were referring to the passage on third and final reading of measures House Bill (HB) No.7727, or the P4.506-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB) of 2021; and HB No.7884, or the proposed Act authorizing the President to expedite the processing and issuance of national and local permits, licenses and certifications. “The performance of the new leadership during special session was very commendable. This is a very encouraging sign in our mission to approve the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” Barzaga said. “The Velasco-Romualdez leadership (is) off to a good start,” added the veteran congressman and former Dasmariñas mayor. For her part, Robes said she is “extremely delighted that the leadership impasse in the House of Representatives had been resolved peacefully and amicably by our two honorable leaders, Lord Alan Velasco and former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.” “I look forward to a renewed, more united and inclusive leadership at the House of Representatives led by Speaker Velasco with Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez. I believe that Speaker Velasco and Majority Leader Romualdez are both righteous and committed to steer the House of Representatives to new heights to become a more effective and responsive institution to serve the Filipino people especially in these trying times,” she stressed. On the other hand, Delos Santos believes that the new-look leadership of the Lower Chamber will continue to work beyond 2020 even as he praised his colleagues for passing next year’s budget bill. “We are very happy that it (GAB) already finished the third reading. Our goal is always to fast-track the process to help out fellow Filipinos. These are not normal times, and gusto po nating matugunan agad yung mga pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin (we want to quickly address the needs of our people),” Delos Santos said. “We want to assure government agencies (will have enough) resources for them to be able to function in the new normal,” he added. The passage of HB No.7884 or the Anti-Red Tape Bill followed soon after the chamber gave its final nod to the 2021 GAB. Both had been certified as urgent by President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

COVID-19 testing lab opens in Las Pinas

A laboratory for the processing of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests has been opened in Las Piñas City. The COVID-19 testing facility is located in the Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (LPGH-STC) and is equipped with GeneXpert and real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines to process specimens collected from suspected and probable COVID-19 patients. Senator Cynthia Villar welcomed the development and expressed hope that similar facilities would be set up and accredited in other areas in the Philippines. “DOH-operated hospitals should have their own testing centers, I hope the Department of Health (DOH) could fast-track their application because we really need to improve our testing and tracing capacity and the accuracy of reporting of cases in this fight against COVID-19,” Villar said in a statement. Villar said the establishment of the testing laboratory will improve the country’s testing capacity and recovery rate. She said the RT-PCR machines have already passed the assessment of experts, as well the laboratory personnel who passed the proficiency exam and were found to be competent to handle the GeneXpert technology. Next week, the personnel will undergo proficiency exam in using the RT-PCR testing machine. She acknowledged that the Las Piñas facility needs to go through a multi-stage process of laboratory assessment. Earlier, the Villar family donated the equipment to the hospital to be able operate its own COVID-9 testing center, such as a donated a laboratory freezer, biological refrigerator, autoclave sterilizer and passbox. They also provided assistance in ensuring that the renovation or retrofitting of the area assigned as a Covid testing laboratory will conform to the standards approved by the DOH and World Health Organization. The RT-PCR machine, meanwhile, was donated by San Miguel Foundation to LPGH-STC and will start to operate next week......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

DSWD-12 taps money issuer for SAP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 July) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 has tapped the services of a financial technology firm to fast-track the ongoing distribution of cash assistance to waitlisted beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-12 director, said Thursday they have started […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 31st, 2020

Activism hits BTS fandom

Fast track this to the current Duterte regime and the Filipino artists, in the mainstream or alternative circles, continue to fight for causes, even at the risk of being red-tagged and branded a “terrorist”. They have lent their names and influence and, whenever necessary, appeared in media or in crowds to fight for democracy and justice, very recently against the so-called Anti-Terrorism Bill which could be worse than martial law. In a way they have become idols of resistance, raising the awareness of their fans and encouraging them to fight for their own rights as citizens. The post Activism hits BTS fandom appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

Fast-track vaccines to provinces – Duterte

President Duterte has ordered government agencies to fast-track the deployment of vaccines to the provinces as the number of COVID-19 infections in Mindanao continues to rise......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2021

NTF urged: Fast-track standard quarantine protocols for returning OFWs

"Please make it sooner, not later. Mind the economy for a change," a senator tweeted......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2021

Watchdog urges realignment of telco laws with digital pivot

A new regulatory regime to promote the development of a nationwide digital infrastructure to meet surging demand for fast and reliable internet connectivity should be taken up by lawmakers, telco watchdog Telecom Tower Watch said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

Senate panel OKs Metro Davao Development Authority bill

The Senate committee on local government has approved a bill seeking the creation of the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority in a bid to spur economic growth and hasten the delivery of services in the area......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

PLDT Enterprise Supports Project Balik Buhay for Vaccine Rollout in Visayas

PLDT Enterprise, the B2B arm of the largest integrated telecommunications company in the Philippines PLDT, has teamed up with Project Balik Buhay (PBB) of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) to help fast-track the rollout of COVID vaccination programs in the Visayas, particularly in Cebu. Together with the Department of Health – Region 7 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

PCCI wants Congress to fast-track changes to Bank Secrecy Law

The country’s largest business group yesterday called on lawmakers to prioritize the passage of amendments to the Bank Secrecy Law to prevent the flow of illegal money through the financial system......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2021

MMDA buckles up for rainy season

With the rainy season fast approaching, personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have been working non-stop to ensure all pumping stations of the agency are working and in good condition. Engineer Baltazar Melgar, head of the MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office, said they were tasked by MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos to […] The post MMDA buckles up for rainy season appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 31st, 2021

EDITORIAL - Unanimous dismissal

After the fast-track ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice through a mere quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, people thought the same fate awaited Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

OFW repatriation from COVID-19 hit countries assured

President Duterte has vowed to fast-track the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers in pandemic-hit countries who want to come home......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

Senate bill vs. online child abuse draws international support

Rights groups, an international development organization and the Australian government on Thursday collectively urged both chambers of Congress to immediately pass a bill that would strengthen protections against online sexual abuse and the exploitation of children. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

Duterte wants swift resolve of land rows in Negros

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to fast-track the resolution of land disputes in Negros Oriental in a bid to end killings and communist insurgency in the province, Malacañang said Tuesday. Duterte issued the directive to state officials during his meeting on Monday with members of the regional peace and order council as he […] The post Duterte wants swift resolve of land rows in Negros appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Government, private sector agree to fast-track vaccine rollout

The government and the private sector are working to further accelerate the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and resolve logistical challenges, Sen. Bong Go said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Senator urges government to further accelerate vaccination

To ensure the efficient rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Sen. Bong Go reiterated his appeal for agencies to fast-track its distribution in the country as the government prepares to vaccinate a wider population......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

DICT tells UNDP: Return our money

We have also requested UNDP for the return of the funds so that DICT can fast track and continue the implementation of the 2018 Pipol Konek Project as part of the DICT’s overall Free WiFi Program. The post DICT tells UNDP: Return our money appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021