MCPO exec to boarding house owners: Require renters to present IDs

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is encouraging owners of boarding houses, apartments, lodges, hotels, and similar establishments in Mandaue City to require renters to present an Identification Card or an ID. Police Lieutenant Colonel Franc Rudolf Oriol, MCPO deputy city director for operations and spokesperson, said that since the holiday […] The post MCPO exec to boarding house owners: Require renters to present IDs appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 22nd, 2022

House finally approves refiled SIM card registration bill

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives has approved on final reading the refiled measure that will require the registration of subscriber identity module (SIM) card ownership. During Monday’s session, 250 lawmakers voted in favor of passing House Bill No. 14 while six voted against it and one legislator abstained from voting. House Bill No. […] The post House finally approves refiled SIM card registration bill appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2022

Solon bats for more Muslim cemeteries in cities, municipalities

MANILA - A lawmaker is pushing for proper and accessible burial grounds for Muslim Filipinos to preserve the sanctity of Islamic belief and culture in honoring the deceased.Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman filed on Wednesday House Bill No. 3755, which seeks to require all local government units to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 18th, 2022

Leyte Rep. Romualdez, hinirang na ika-24 House Speaker

Manila, Philippines – Gaya ng inaasahan, si Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez ang hinirang na Speaker ng House of Representatives. Nasa 283 kongresista ang bumoto pabor sa liderato ni Romualdez, 22 ang hindi nagpartisipa, apat ang nag-abstain, habang nag-“no” naman si Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman. Nasa 309 mambabatas ang present sa pagbubukas ng 1st Regular Session […] The post Leyte Rep. Romualdez, hinirang na ika-24 House Speaker appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 25th, 2022

Go, Tolentino seek gov t subsidy for house renters

MANILA - Senators Francis Tolentino and Christopher Lawrence Go believe that every Filipino should be given access to decent housing, making rental housing subsidy bills they both filed their top priority in the 19th Congress.Tolentino said on Thursday that the bill he filed will help the go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 14th, 2022

PopCom exec retains post, set to present policies to new admin

MANILA - The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) will continue pursuing key policies on family planning and addressing poverty thresholds under Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, who has been reappointed Executive Director for another six years by the Marcos administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2022

Genome center exec: Delta community transmission present in Philippines

With the linkages of COVID-19 cases no longer traceable, the Philippine Genome Center confirmed yesterday that there is already community transmission of the highly contagious Delta variant in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

House exec: Fully vaccinated lang ang pwedeng dumalo sa SONA

MANILA, Philippines—Inanunsiyo ni House Secretary General Mark Llandro nitong Lunes na tanging fully vaccinated na indibidwal lamang ang maaaring dumalo sa huling State of the Nation (SONA) ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ngayong Hulyo 26. “As of now ang papayagan sa loob around mga 350 na tao… ang ginawa natin kasi, ‘yung mag-aattend ng physically sa […] The post House exec: Fully vaccinated lang ang pwedeng dumalo sa SONA appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

Lapu mayor wants negative RT-PCR results from travelers from Bohol, Negros

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Lapu-Lapu City mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is expected to issue an executive order (E.O.) on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, that will require those from the provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental, to present a negative result of the RT-PCR test before they may be allowed to enter the city. Chan said […] The post Lapu mayor wants negative RT-PCR results from travelers from Bohol, Negros appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2021

House urged to probe into police ‘profiling’ of lawyers of alleged communist rebels

Eight opposition lawmakers are urging the House of Representatives to investigate the Philippine National Police’s supposed profiling of lawyers of alleged communist rebels, which they said presents a “clear and present danger” to the legal profession......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 16th, 2021

Waiving of medCert, travel authority for travelers bound for MGCQ areas eyed – DILG exec

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Thursday, February 25, welcomed the plans of the national government to waive the need to present a medical certificate and travel authority in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Garcia, during the ceremonial opening of the Bamboo Forest in Medellin town in northern Cebu, said […] The post Waiving of medCert, travel authority for travelers bound for MGCQ areas eyed – DILG exec appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021

No need for ‘letter of acceptance’ for passengers bound for Cebu province

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu Provincial Government announced on Tuesday, February 2, that they will not require passengers arriving at Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) to present letters of coordination upon entry. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia told reporters in a press conference on Tuesday that the Capitol has never issued any formal directive, mandating passengers […] The post No need for ‘letter of acceptance’ for passengers bound for Cebu province appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2021

Approved bill penalizes throwers of stones, etc. on vehicles

 The House of Representatives moved on Tuesday night to penalize thrill seekers who have put lives of innocent motorists and passengers in serious danger by throwing hard objects onto moving and stationary vehicles. All 240 congressmen who were present in the virtual plenary session held Tuesday voted to pass House ........»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

LTFRB exec urges jeepney owners to support PUV modernization program

BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. 8 (PIA) - Officials of the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has urged jeepney operators in the province to support and comply with the PUV M.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 9th, 2020

The Boarding House: An online interactive play set in Manila 2030

A full online production entitled The Boarding House, alongside a specially designed interactive website, premieres on Nov. 5 to provide a quirky and innovative theater experience that pushes the potential of Philippine theater......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 1st, 2020

DFP employees turn the table, file graft raps vs Belgica

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica has been slapped with a complaint for graft and several administrative charges before the Office of the Ombudsman by nine employees of Duty Free Philippines (DFP). Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica Alexander Sablan, Ernesto Mangalindan, Romeo Silva Jr., Eric Oracion, Rizalino Santos, Nilo Duarte, Joaquin Vibal, Francis Daco, and Carlito Ardales want Belgica to be held liable for violations of  Section 3(b), (e), (f), and (k) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Grave Misconduct, Conduct Prejudicial to the Service, and Gross Inexcusable Negligence. The DFP employees said they were “very frustrated and disappointed” in Belgica for taking on their case of “smuggling” against DFPC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Vicente Pelagio Angala. They said in the complaint that they sought Belgica’s help after listening to his program with DZRH called “Ireklamo Mo Kay Greco.” They then went to his house in San Miguel Avenue near Malacañang and sought help regarding allegations of anomalies and corruption within DFP. He listened to their concerns and introduced his father, Gregor Belgica, and his lawyer sibling, Atty. Jeremia Belgica. The Belgica clan assured the DFP employees that they have their support, and they said they were lucky because they do not have to pay for any legal fees. However, when they filed the plunder complaint before the Ombudsman on March 16, 2017, with the help of the firm of Belgica’s brother – Belgica Aranas ALim Dela Cruz and Association – they had to pay P1,000 per page or a total of P130,000. Things went downhill when Belgica contacted Angala and set up a meeting with them. During the meeting, they were made to sign a “waiver” which they did not get to read and they were also kept in the dark. In the end, Belgica made recommendations to President Duterte against officials of DFP. However, they said the recommendations did not really include the names of those involved, but just mentioned that charges be filed against “public officials.” The money which they used to pay the Ombudsman was also returned. “Ginamit niya ang aming kaso para magkaroon ng koneksyon sa mga malalaking negosyante sa Duty Free upang gamitin niya sa kanyang pansariling interest. (He used our case to connect with big business owners in Duty Free so that he could use it for his own personal gain),” the complaint read. Contacted by the Manila Bulletin for his side, Belgica said he is ready to defend himself and provide answers “anywhere and anytime.” He added that the complaint that he asked for money is a “fabricated story,” and he said that he had been very generous to the DFP employees. The fact that the group has besmirched his reputation, Belgica said he is going to file counter-charges and “pray hard that they all go to jail.” Belgica likewise made some accusations of his own: “This group is being sponsored by the same people who also filed a case against me on the entrapment operations and anti-corruption initiatives that we have been doing. This group has been trying to rally more people to fabricate cases and allegations in order to undermine the anti-corruption initiatives of the administration.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Mandatory appointment of PENRO pushed

Recognizing that illegal logging activities remain rampant in some provinces, Siquijor Rep. Jake Vincent Villa has filed a bill seeking the mandatory appointment of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO). He filed House Bill No. 7382 to amend the Local Government Code by making mandatory instead of optional the appointment of PENRO. Villa sought to specifically amend Section 463 under Chapter 2, Title 4, Book 3 of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, to ensure that there will be an official tasked to safeguard and promote environmental protection in the provinces. “As time passes, changes to the environment in all provinces become readily apparent. From once a land of flora and fauna turned concrete jungle of buildings and infrastructures. As changes occur, in particular, climate change transformation of some of our forests lands into virtual savannas aggravated by illegal logging activities have scalped off the precious cover that in the past has served as protection against rampaging rain water during the typhoon season,” Villa said.  “The government should be enjoined to protect and preserve our precious forest reserves to avoid destructive flooding,” Villa said.  “It is also for the same reasons that the government should designate an official who should be responsible for ensuring that the lands in every province are protected from wanton and illegal cutting of logs and that in areas where reforestation is needed, the same shall be undertaken to avoid destructive flooding in the future,” he added.  HB 7382 also seeks to amend Article 115 (b) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA No. 7160 by including PENRO in the list of appointive provincial officials. At present, there are only 13 mandatory appointive provincial officials – Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, provincial treasurer, provincial accountant, provincial budget officer, provincial planning and development coordinator, provincial engineer, provincial health officer, provincial administrator, provincial legal officer, provincial agriculturist; provincial social welfare and development officer, provincial veterinarian, and provincial general services officer......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 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

Pinalayas na frontliner may libreng tsibog, pa-hotel

Bibigyan ng gobyerno ng matutuluyan at pagkain ang mga health worker frontliners na nakakaranas ng diskriminasyon sa kanilang inuupahang tirahan o boarding house lalo na ang mga nagtatrabaho sa mga ospital na nangangasiwa ng COVID cases. The post Pinalayas na frontliner may libreng tsibog, pa-hotel first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

House panel OKs bill requiring printing of map, EEZ and Sabah on PH passports

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs has approved a bill which will require the printing of the Philippine map, including its 200-mile exclusive economic zone and Sabah on passports.    According to Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, author of House Bill 6399, the panel approved the substitute bill to seven House Bills which seek to […] The post House panel OKs bill requiring printing of map, EEZ and Sabah on PH passports appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 21st, 2020

Pandemic Gives Break to eCommerce

Even though malls have opened in almost all cities and towns in the Philippines, the effect of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is still present. Mall and other retail owners can still feel the pressure on their back since their establishments are still suffering loss due to the pandemic. Whether their place is now on […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020