Lifting of e-scooter ban, suspension of provision in Ordinance 801 sought

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Sugbo Skooteros, the community of electronic scooter users in Cebu City, has met with the Bike Lane Adhoc Committee and the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) today, October 1, 2020, to jumpstart the discussions on the regulation of this modern mode of transportation. According to Lawyer Gerry Carillo, chairperson of […] The post Lifting of e-scooter ban, suspension of provision in Ordinance 801 sought appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 1st, 2020

CCTO: e-scooter ban stays until ordinance’s provision suspended

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) said that they would have to wait for the suspension of  Article 4 Section 7 of Ordinance 801 before they could totally lift the ban on electronic scooters or e-scooters in the city. The provision of the ordinance states that coasters, roller skaters, and toy […] The post CCTO: e-scooter ban stays until ordinance’s provision suspended appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Strict time frame for basic permits pushed

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said Saturday the issuance by government agencies of basic permits must have a strict time frame. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Gatchalian, former chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, issued the statement during a radio interview on the acceptance by the Senate and House of Representatives bicameral conference committee of a provision in the proposed Bayanihan 2 law that sought a three-year suspension on the issuance of different permits for cell towers of telecommunication companies (telcos).  ’’Ang sinusuportahan natin ay mabilis, ‘yung moratorium kung puwedeng tanggalin ibang permit, ‘wag na dumaan sa Sangguniang Panlungsod, tanggalin narin ang permit sa barangay kung dadaan ka naman ay mayor bakit sa barangay captain pa,’’ he said. (I support a fast release of permits, the moratorium should eliminate other permits. Such permits must not go through Sangguniang Panglungsod. Also eliminate permits from the barangays if they also pass through the office of the mayor) Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon sought the suspension proposal after telcos had complained that permits sought for the installation of their cell towers from local government units (LGUs) and some government agencies take as long as eight months. Drilon said there are about 29 to 35 documentary requirements and permits before single cell tower could be built in a subdivision, barangay, or town. These complex requirements remain ‘’the biggest stumbling block for more reliable and faster Internet  and telco services in the country,’’ he added. President Duterte had earlier warned telcos to accelerate the improvement of their services by the end of the year or face harsh government action......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

MGB recommends lifting quarry suspension around Mayon

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has recommended the lifting of the suspension order against 91 quarry operators around Mayon Volcano in Albay......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 4th, 2020

Longer extension of VFA sought

After voicing appreciation for Manila’s suspension of its termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has requested for a longer suspension of at least a year, to allow further negotiations for a more acceptable security arrangement......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Palay prices dip to P11/kg in some areas

Palay prices continued to go down, even dipping to as low as P11 per kilogram (/kg) as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season with a series of strong typhoons. Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the average farm-gate price of palay continued its downward movement, falling by 4.1 percent to P15.79/kg from the price level of P16.47/kg in the previous week. Year-on-year, the price increased by 0.2 percent from its average price of P15.76/kg in the same week of the previous year. Unfortunately, prices went down to as low as P11/kg in areas like Surigao del Sur and Cavite, which means some farmers were forced to sell their produce at a loss. In other areas like Agusan del Sur and Bulacan, farmers barely made money, with palay sold at exactly or just slightly above P12/kg. In the Philippines, the average production cost of rice farmers stood around P12.72/kg, which is higher or nearly double than what rice farmers in Vietnam and Thailand spend to produce the staple. This means that if prices fell below that amount, farmers would receive earnings that are lower than what they spent for. Some said that with the current production cost, the breakeven farmgate price of fresh harvest should be around P14.50/kg.  Meanwhile, highest palay prices were recorded in areas like Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Rizal, and Palawan wherein the commodity were sold at P18/kg to P21/kg, the same PSA data showed. Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said that in the next few weeks, as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season, palay prices will definitely go down further. This, as palay, when damaged by storms, could yield to poor quality rice, which, among other reasons like the continuous entry of imported rice, could result in traders deciding not to buy at all.  “Rainy weather is also to blame since traders have to discount for grain deterioration due to lack of drying facilities,” he said. A data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed that as of October 29, Typhoon Quinta already destroyed 79,239 metric tons (MT) of palay worth P1.13 billion within 62,880 hectares of farms. Then there’s the threat of Typhoon Rolly, which is expected to make landfall in Quezon and Aurora provinces on Saturday (October 31) and become a super typhoon. Montemayor also thinks that the continuous decline in palay prices is already “not surprising” since government intervention is doing very little for farmers. According to him, the National Food Authority’s (NFA) palay procurement has had minimal impact despite pronouncements of DA, while the planned suspension of  sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances (SPS-ICs) on rice “came in too late, as in last year, to influence farmgate prices.” “Too little too late [actions] again by the DA,” Montemayor said. “At this time, [DA can do] very little. Damage was already done and most farmers have already harvested. Some typhoon-affected farmers (like those in Occidental Mindoro and Isabela) are asking NFA to buy storm-damaged palay but I doubt if they will do that since the agency itself doesn’t have dryers,” he added. Montemayor was particularly referring to Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s previous order for NFA to intensify its palay procurement in order to address decline in palay prices.  To recall, NFA, whose sole mandate now is to secure the government’s buffer stock, buys palay at P19/kg and is given P7 billion every year to do this. Also, more than a week ago, Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the senate agriculture committee, asked the DA to stop issuing SPS-ICs to rice importers during harvest time, which would probably take effect after the next planting season. Business Bulletin sought the reaction of DA Spokesperson Noel Reyes regarding the decline in palay prices, but he is yet to respond......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Pacquiao seeks probe of Rice Tarrification Law, RCEF

Boxing icon and Sen. Manny Pacquiao has sought a Senate inquiry into the implementation of the Rice Tarrification Law, particularly the utilization of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). Senator Manny Pacquiao(EPA/JOSEPH VIDAL / PRIB / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) In a resolution, Pacquiao said the purpose of Republic Act (RA) 11203, also known as the Rice Tariffication Law, is to ensure food security and to make the country’s agriculture sector viable, efficient, and globally competitive. President Duterte signed RA 11203 on Feb. 14, 2019. ‘’But after more than a year of its implementation, we have yet to fully account for the utilization of the RCEF,’’ Pacquiao stressed. Pacquiao said that before the implementation of RA 11203, the farm gate price of palay averaged P21.39 per kilo but when imported rice started flooding the market, it instantly dropped to P17.88 per kilo. Recent accounts from farmers disclosed that in Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Sorsogon, Tarlac, and Laguna, the farm gate price is P7 up to P10 per kilo. Pacquiao said RA 11203 has provided the framework for the establishment of the RCEF which was set up to improve rice farmers’ competitiveness and income amid liberalization of the Philippine rice trade policy that lifted quantitative restrictions on rice imports and replaced it with tariffs, among others. The RCEF or the Rice Fund has a P10-billion annual appropriation for the next six years which will be drawn from taxes generated from rice import tariffs. The Department of Finance (DoF) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) which are the lead agencies responsible for the collection of the import tariffs must account for the volume of rice imports since the lifting of the quantitative restriction on rice imports, the amount of tariffs collected, and the amount allocated to the RCEF, Pacquiao pointed out. The Department of Agriculture (DA) which is primarily tasked to manage the RCEF must provide a complete and detailed report on the disbursement and the utilization of the fund which was supposed to cushion the impact of rice import liberalization to the Filipino farmers, he added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Duterte urged to allow seniors up to 70 to go out

Alarmed that three out of 10 Filipino elderly suffer from depression, Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes has appealed to President Duterte to include senior citizens up to 70-years-old in the list of persons who can go out. The lawmaker sought the expansion of the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits as provided by Resolution No. 79-2020 issued by Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). Under the IATF resolution, those aged 15 to 65 are allowed to go out. “Mr. President, I respectfully recommend that the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits provided by IATF Resolution No. 79-2020 be expanded to include senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old, instead of the proposed age of up to 65-years-old,” Ordanes said in a letter to President Duterte dated Oct. 21. “It is this representative’s humble opinion that expanding the coverage of IATF Resolution No. 79 to include senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old will help alleviate the social and economic difficulties that our 2.5 million senior citizens face due to COVID-19,” he explained. He expressed hope that his request be granted by Duterte by December. Ordanes noted that studies show that there is minimal risk in expanding the coverage of the IATF resolution, given the global decline of case fatality rates among the elderly. There is a minimal difference between the Infection Fatality Rates of those within the age of 65 and those within the age of 70, he said. “If the coverage of the resolution is expanded, 2.5 million of our senior citizens will be lifted out of depression which three out of 10 of our elderly suffer from today, as they will be allowed to engage again in social activities and be taken out of social isolation,” Ordanes said. He said by expanding the coverage of the IATF resolution, the government is economically empowering the elderly up to 70 years , as they are allowed to participate again in economic activities. “Mr. President, an expansion of the coverage of the IATF Resolution No. 79-2020 will pose minute differences from the overall risk that our senior citizen population is facing due to COVID-19. Comparatively, once the coverage is expanded, 2.5 million of our senior citizens will enjoy economic and social upliftment in their lives and welfare,” he said. “Thus, I respectfully ask for your consideration in increasing the exemptions to stay-at-home restrictions imposed on senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Mandatory helmets for e-bikers and e-scooter users pushed in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Council is reviewing an ordinance that would make it mandatory for electronic bikers and electronic scooter users to wear helmets when traversing the streets. Councilor Jerry Guardo, the proponent of the ordinance, said the increasing number of incidents involving e-bikes and e-scooters on the street had “compromised” public […] The post Mandatory helmets for e-bikers and e-scooter users pushed in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

PSE denies Pepsi request to withdraw trading suspension

The Philippine Stock Exchange said Thursday it rejected the lifting of trading suspension on soft drinks maker Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. to facilitate its delisting......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Duterte approves lifting of oil exploration ban in West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Department of Energy to lift the suspension of petroleum activities and the resumption of exploration in the West Philippine Sea, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said Thursday night......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Duterte okays lifting of oil exploration moratorium in WPS-Cusi

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the DOE to lift the suspension of petroleum activities and the resumption of petroleum exploration in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). “I thank the President for approving the DOE recommendation. We need to explore so we may address the country’s […] The post Duterte okays lifting of oil exploration moratorium in WPS-Cusi appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the Philippines, a bible thumper insults our intelligence

RJ Nieto We have been made too aware of the speakership catfight in the House of Representatives. On one side is Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who, last year, agreed to a term sharing deal that entails his voluntary resignation this month. On the other side, the PDP-Laban Lord Allan Velasco, head of the House’s biggest political party. If Cayetano just complied with the term-sharing agreement that he himself insisted on having, then the nation could have moved on and returned its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the erstwhile flourishing Philippine economy. But that was not the case: after getting a taste of his lucrative position for 15 months, Cayetano didn’t want to let go. In mid-September, Cayetano said he should remain as the speaker as he claims to enjoy majority support. Days later, his camp even went a step further when Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte accused Velasco of planning to delay the passage of the crucial 2021 National Budget. President Rodrigo Duterte, acting as head of the Kilusang Pagbabago Coalition, mediated the rift when he called for a meeting with Cayetano and Velasco. There are various versions of what happened during the meeting, but what’s clear is that both sides agreed to a vote on the speakership on October 14th. At this point, minus the speakership drama, pretty much everything else in the House, especially the 2021 budget deliberations, was going quite smoothly . At this point, the Cayetano-Velasco catfight was still a purely political skirmish. But things took a turn for the worse during the October 7 House session. While the budget debates were still ongoing, Cayetano abruptly declared the end of debates. He then moved to suspend House sessions until mid-November, effectively cancelling the October 14th vote for speaker. Cayetano’s move squarely violated Section 16(5), Article VI, of the Constitution, which forbids the House from adjourning for more than three days without the Senate’s nod. The term he used — “suspension” — is just semantic acrobatics for adjournment. Cayetano’s move effectively delayed the transmission to the Senate of the budget’s House version from October 14 to mid-November at the earliest. For the sake of holding onto power, he escalated the purely political skirmish into a full-blown national crisis. If Cayetano and his allies did not want a speakership change because his replacement will just delay the budget, then why did he delay the budget himself? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a New Normal, and we need a national budget that takes this New Normal into account. However, the speaker’s latest political stunt risks the reenactment of the previous national budget, a budget that was written before COVID-19 ravaged us. How can the nation address the rampaging pandemic without a national budget that recognizes COVID-19 as a national disaster? We need more IT infrastructure funding as more Filipinos engage in e-commerce and as schools shift to online learning. We need more healthcare funding as Filipinos continue to get infected with this virus. We need more fiscal support for ailing businesses as thousands have gone bankrupt after the economy ground to a halt. But all of these may not happen because of what Cayetano did. He can bicker with anyone as much as he wants, but he should not sacrifice the welfare of this nation for the sake of his ambitions. Cayetano loves to quote the Bible every chance he gets, but it appears that the Bible he reads excludes all the verses that mention greed. I know for a fact that politicians want power. Running for office, after all, is inherently a quest to gain power. But power is sought not for power’s sake. Power is just a means to towards an end, and that end should be public welfare. Too bad for us earthlings, Cayetano may not share the same view of power. And even if he does, his notion of power is a warped, twisted version that serves his aspirations more than those of the Filipino people. And despite what he’s done, he has the gall to insult our intelligence by claiming that he has the nation’s best interests in mind. If there’s anything we can learn from Cayetano, that would be new and more creative ways to cringe. Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest stunt suggests that while Alan Peter Cayetano may still love this country, Alan Peter Cayetano happens to love Alan Peter Cayetano more. For comments and reactions, please email or visit»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Suspension of PhilHealth IRM fund release sought

Suspension of PhilHealth IRM fund release sought.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Bike, scooter riders in Baguio: Wear safety gears or else…

BAGUIO CITY – Soon, all bicyclists and electric scooter enthusiasts in the city will be required to use helmets, wear safety reflectorized vests and install safety reflectors on front and rear lights on their bicycles or scooters or face penalties. Members of the Baguio City Council are now deliberating on a proposed ordinance that would […] The post Bike, scooter riders in Baguio: Wear safety gears or else… appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020

Lawmaker seeks suspension of emission tests

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has sought the suspension of the smoke emission testing for motor vehicle registration required by the Land Transportation Office......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2020

Duterte warns risk of non-essential travel after lifting suspension

QUEZON CITY, JULY 9, (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday early morning advised the public to follow the health and safety guidelines for non-essential travel following its suspensio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

Protection of artists amid Anti-Terror bill sought

PBA Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles on Monday asked Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to include in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism bill a provision that will ensure that the measure will not be used against artists. In a letter dated 22 June addressed to Medialdea, the chairperson of the Anti-Terrorism Council, Nograles […] The post Protection of artists amid Anti-Terror bill sought appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

World Roundup: China lifts ban on US carriers

China on Thursday said foreign airlines blocked from operating in the country over virus fears would be allowed to resume limited flights, lifting a de facto ban on US carriers, a day after Washington ordered the suspension of all Chinese travel into and out of the US......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

Duterte asks US for 6-month suspension of VFA abrogation

(UPDATED as of 10:30 PM) President Rodrigo Duterte has sought a six-month suspension of the termination process of the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020

Film Industry future ‘bleak’ — Direk Meily

As the country continues to face the widespread suspension of production shoots and the consequent financial stress placed on film workers due to the COVID-19 quarantine measures, the Filipino film industry is practically paralyzed, its future seemingly bleak. Daily Tribune, for this reason, sought out one of our country’s well-known directors to share his views […] The post Film Industry future ‘bleak’ — Direk Meily appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 27th, 2020