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National government to fully support Taal-affected LGUs

Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said President Duterte has instructed concerned government agencies to support the recovery efforts of local government units affected by Taal Volcano......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 19th, 2020

NGCP seeks gov& rsquo;t support in construction of power lines

Grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines asked for government support in the face of hurdles in constructing transmission projects affected by the quarantine restrictions imposed in several parts of the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated News4 hr. 11 min. ago

Agencies, LGUs provide aid to quarantine affected families in CL

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga, Sept.9 (PIA) -- National government agencies and local government units (LGUs) provided assistance to families in Central Luzon that were affected by the quarantine m.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

UAAP, NCAA fully support government efforts

Learning the lessons well, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletic Association have vowed to help the government’s Technical Working Group craft guidelines for the collegiate training resumption......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

PayMaya enables over 50 government agencies

Digital financial services provider PayMaya has enabled over 50 government agencies  to streamline their services and accept cashless payments online todate. From June 2019 to June 2020, the volume of transactions processed by PayMaya from partner government agencies surged 900 per cent. This shows the government efforts to encourage digital payments for fees and services by accepting debit, credit, and e-Wallet payments has paid off. “In the span of one year, government agencies have stepped up their efforts in digitalizing their processes,” according to Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya. Because of this, many agencies have been able to continue offering relevant services despite the current crisis, he added. To date, PayMaya has already inked partnerships with the Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or PAG-IBIG, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Science and Technology, the Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of the Treasury through the Bonds.ph platform, the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council, the Professional Regulation Commission, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), among  others.  As part of measures needed to be observed in the ‘new normal’, PayMaya intends to enable more government agencies, institutions, and  local government units to accept cashless payments and digital disbursements. Hence, PayMaya has launched its LGUs Embracing and Accelerating Digitalization (L.E.A.D.) program to help local governments offer digital transactions for constituents. The company likewise enabled digital disbursements for the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Pasig, and Quezon City, particularly in delivering financial aid to beneficiaries severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  SSS and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also tapped Paymaya  to distribute financial aid to beneficiaries of its Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) and Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Furthermore, it has powered the digital payment facilities of LGUs such as Valenzuela and Taguig. Through its app and wallet, PayMaya  provides millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner touchpoints nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Go assures assistance despite strict health protocols

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has continued to lend help to those in need of assistance while strictly observing proper health and safety protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (OFFICE OF SEN. BONG GO / MANILA BULLETIN) Go, through his office, distributed aid today to 26 families who were affected by the fire incident that ravaged properties and had one casualty in Astek Block 3 in San Joaquin, Pasig City. The chairman of the Senate health and demography committee said his staff provided immediate relief, such as food and financial assistance. The team also distributed face masks and medicines and gave away bicycles, specifically to fire victims.Go has earlier expressed his support for using bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation, especially at a time when public transportation is limited in many places in the country and at the same time promote a healthy lifestyle. “And, in fact, doon po sa mga nasunugan, tinatanong ko sila, hirap po sila… they’re having a hard time po sa transportation in going to their respective na trabaho po nila, so sabi ko, I encourage them to use bicycles. Minsan po namimigay po ako ng bisikleta sa kanila,’’he said.  (I asked the fire victims, [and they said] they’re having a hard time in going to their respective works. I encourage them to use bicycles. I provided  them with bicycles.) Government agencies also provided aid to the fire victims, particularly the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Local government officials were also present in each visit. “Walang tinitingnang oras o panahon ang pagtulong sa kapwa, lalong lalo na sa panahon ng pandemyang ito. Lagi kong sinasabi noon na kahit maging Senador man ako, kahit anong oras at pagkakataon, kapag kailangan ako ng aking mga kababayan, tutulong agad ako,’’Go said.  (We don’t look at time when it comes to helping our fellowmen, especially now during this pandemic. I have always said before that even if I become a senator. Anytime, if I am needed by my countrymen  I will help them.) Go had urged the national government to also provide proper face masks for the poor and to those who cannot afford. He also urged the government to enforce a stronger face mask-wearing policy in the country. Go also stressed that government must prioritize buying locally-made masks to save jobs, and provide it to those who cannot afford to buy their own masks to help save lives. The senator from Davao has also reiterated the need to pass the Senate Bill 204, or the Fire Protection Modernization Bill, to institutionalize the modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Go to government, LGUs: Prepare attractive trade, industry policies

Sen. Bong Go has urged the national and local governments to begin drawing up a stable and conducive policy environment that will entice stakeholders and investors to start businesses in the provinces to support the plan for the implementation of a “Balik Probinsya” program once the country overcomes the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

PSC cancels all sports activities, takes belt-tightening measures

The Philippine Sports Commission announced the cancellation of all sports activities until December 2020 and will implement several belt-tightening measures to ensure that it can keep its commitment to continue to support the members of the national team. PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez and other top officials held a virtual meeting on Wednesday and discussed the ways and means they could meet outstanding commitments of the agency. The decision came following the consecutive directives of the Department of Budget Management (DBM) on projects that will be discontinued (National Budget Circular 580) and the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases on prohibited activities even beyond the Enhanced Community Quarantine amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Consequently, the board also decided to finally withdraw further financial support to the twice-postponed 10th ASEAN Paragames. The PSC shall, however, honor its previous commitments with the APG organizing committee to cover initial operations expenses. “We heed the call of the national government to cut expenses as we reroute majority of our resources to fighting the pandemic, but we also stand by our commitment to keep supporting members of the national team,” explained Ramirez. Ramirez also announced that there is a status quo on allowance releases for national athletes and coaches, and thanked the PAGCOR for its steady remittances to the agency.  With the present lockdown however, PAGCOR’s income has been greatly affected, and shall probably impact its remittances to PSC subsequently.  “We continue to study projections and proposals and the board is ready to take necessary actions should they be needed,” said the sports chief.  Commissioners Celia Kiram, Ramon Fernandez, Arnold Agustin and Charles Maxey joined Ramirez along with Executive Director Merly Ibay, Deputy Executive Directors Dennis Rivera and Atty. Guillermo Iroy, as well as Chief of Staff Marc Velasco.  As a way to help the fight against the contagion, PSC also opened several of its sports stadiums and arenas as quarantine facilities. The Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Rizal Memorial Coliseum inside the Rizal Momorial Sports Complex now serve as quarantine facilities as well as the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2020

PHI team fencer Esteban leads drive to help COVID-19 frontliners

National athlete Maxine Esteban continues to serve the country even off the fencing piste. Esteban is doing her part to help the medical frontliners and communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Ateneo de Manila University sophomore together with her sisters, launched a fundraising drive named "A Small Thing Goes A Long Way." "Well, at first I wanted to make my break productive. I really thought of how I can do my part as a Filipino citizen and as a national athlete to help out our frontliners," shared the 19-year-old member of the PHI Team Foil squad that won bronze during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. "I feel like the youth has to actively participate and take part in helping the government find ways to reach out to the medical frontliners and the affected communities,” she added. Definitely, even the smallest of donations ended up being big in her drive. In just one week, Esteban has raised PHP 339,000.70 and has gathered 50 pieces of COVID-19 Uratex pillows and 92 bottles of alcohol. Esteban could not help but be overwhelmed by the continuous support her drive has received. "I was really surprised because I saw Ate Hidilyn [Diaz] raise funds also that is why I started one as well. I think she reached almost one-hundred thousand pesos. So I was surprised when I saw my friends donating a lot and some people I don't even know," expressed Esteban, UAAP Season 81's Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Beneficiaries of Esteban’s fundraiser includes UST Hospital, UERM Memorial Hospital, and National Children's Hospital, to go along with affected communities in San Juan City. The pillows, on the other hand, will go to families in San Juan and UERM. Esteban's fundraising activity will go on until April 26, 2020. Here are the ways one can add to Esteban's drive: Bank Bank: BDO Wilson Street Account number: 6580077300 Account name: Maxine Isabel Esteban   G-Cash number Cellular number: 0917 5284329  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

Go to LGUs: Solve issues on SAP distribution

Sen. Bong Go has called on concerned national government agencies and local government units to work together to resolve issues on conflicting lists of beneficiaries and improve the system of distributing the government’s social amelioration program among Filipinos most affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

DBP offers assistance to businesses, LGUs amid quarantine

Businesses and local government units (LGUs) affected by the enhanced community quarantine can tap the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for their financing needs. In a statement on Friday, DBP President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Herbosa said the state-owned bank’s Rehabilitation Support Program on Severe Events (DBP Response) could extend financing support for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

LGUs urged to localize FOI

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) - - The national government through the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) encouraged local chief executives to support the good governance initiati.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

LGUs urged to localize FOI

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) - - The national government through the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) encouraged local chief executives to support the good governance initiati.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

Taal-affected LGUs urged to resume classes

A non-government organization has called on local government units affected by the continuing unrest of Taal Volcano to facilitate the immediate resumption of classes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

Makati Council offers P17M to assist sister LGUs hit by Typhoon ‘Tisoy’

THE Makati City Council has approved recently the appropriation of P17 million as financial assistance to sister cities, municipalities and provinces affected by Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name: “Kammuri”). “This financial aid from Makati aims to support the efforts of concerned local government units to recover from the calamity and rebuild their communities,” said Makati Mayor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 28th, 2020

‘Use P707 billion unutilized funds for Taal victims’

The government still has P707 billion of unutilized funds from the 2019 national budget which can be used to help thousands of families affected by Taal Volcano’s phreatic explosion, Sen. Sonny Angara said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2020

LGUs to give millions worth of aid to Taal-hit areas

A number of local government units have pledged to provide millions worth of cash to the areas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2020

SM Supermalls extends aid, assistance to Taal volcano victims

SM Supermalls, SM Cares, SM Foundation Inc., and Philippine National Red Cross extend urgent relief support and assistance to affected communities via the Oplan Tulong Express.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

Government eyes measures to limit impact of Taal eruption on economy

The government is doing the necessary response measures amid the Taal Volcano eruption, as the affected regions of the National Capital Region, Southern Luzon and Central Luzon account for significant shares in the gross domestic product, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Monday......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Pres. Duterte awards Team PHI the Order of Lapu-Lapu

President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu to the Philippine athletes who brought honor to the country in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday during the incentives awarding at the Rizal Hall of the Malacanang Palace. Aside from the generous cash incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission and the President, Team Philipines also received the distinguished honor for winning the overall championship in the biennial meet for the second time since 2005. Duterte welcomed almost 600 SEA Games medalists led by Team Philippines Chef de Mission and PSC Chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez. Also in attendance were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino, Philippine SEAG Organizing Committee Chairman and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Commissioners Celia Kiram, Arnold Agustin and Charles Maxey along with the presidents and secretary generals of the different national sports associations. By law, a gold medal fetches P300,000. Silver medal winners will receive P150,000 while bronze medal reward is P60,000.  A total of P79 million were given away as incentives for athletes. In his speech, Ramirez recognized the role of government in the success of the national team on its SEAG campaign saying “we are lucky to have a President who support us fully and has a big heart for our athletes.” During Duterte’s term, the national athletes were given nutrition support, higher allowances, refurbished facilities, new equipment and more opportunities for training and exposures.  “When we came in, the athletes received on P5000 meal allowance.  Now on top of that they also get P25,000 worth of nutrition support monthly,” said Ramirez, adding that these investments on the national team paid handsomely by the landslide win of Team Philippines in the SEAG and “hopefully an Olympic gold soon.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 18th, 2019

Venues to serve Philippine sports beyond SEA Games -- Ramirez

While the economic hubs of Clark and Subic will serve as the main venues for the 30th Southeast Asian Games starting 30 November, Metro Manila will have a fair share of the hosting chores. The historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum, site of many grand sporting battles in the past, will be restored to its old, majestic glory that will treat participants from the 11 SEA Games countries to a feel of the old Philippines, but with all the amenities that the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is introducing to the site for the first time. Fund infusion from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) is making this possible, said PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who is also the Chief of Mission of Team Philippines in the SEA Games. “All government agencies are on the same track to making the SEA Games a successful hosting as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Ramirez said. “The PSC is making sure our guests and the athletes will see the best side of the Philippines when they start to visit our venues. We have the various agencies providing us with support, from the Military and the Police, to the Department of Tourism (DoT), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), the whole of the president's Cabinet through Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea, almost all government offices with stake in the project are being utilized by the President.” No major repairs have been done to the three major government-owned venues since the country last hosted the SEA Games in 2005, when the Filipino athletes won the overall championship for the first and last time. “The recent tripartite agreement among the officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) and the PSC also moved forward the preparations,” Ramirez said. “POC President (Abraham) Bambol Tolentino has also galvanized all national sports associations (NSA) into one direction.” The Pagcor, through Chairperson Andrea Domingo, was among the first to provide support to the Games by helping fund the refurbishing of the Philsports Arena in Pasig, and the Rizal Memorial and Ninoy Aquino Stadia in Manila, according to Ramirez. Ramirez, however, said the Rizal Memorial Stadium will not just undergo repairs. He disclosed that the venue built in 1934 and has hosted the Asian Games in 1954 and the SEA Games on three occassions, will be restored to its original look. “The PSC was mandated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to preserve the Rizal Memorial Coliseum to its original form. And we are happy with that because this will be the first time that the Filipinos and our foreign guests will see the venue like it was in the 1930s.” But the coliseum will now be fitted with new seats to follow international standards. It will also become fully airconditioned for the first time in its long history. “The canopy will be removed,” according to Ramirez. “It turned out that it was not there when it hosted the Asian Games before. The color will be the same as it was during the golden era of Art Deco construction that was the design of its architect Juan M. Arellano.” The venue will also be fitted with a new flooring. The PSC, Ramirez said, is now receiving inquiries from the country's top collegiate leagues for their schedules next year. “We are looking at the long term. We do not want these government-owned venues to become idle after the SEA Games. We are confident of bringing back the collegiate leagues to where they used to play before the new private coliseums attracted them out of our venues,” Ramirez said. Refurbishing of the Rizal football field will also start next month. New seats will also be installed at the grandstand as required by the International Football Federation (FIFA). Badminton, speed and figure skating, bowling, billiards, taekwondo, weightlifting, men's football, squash, tennis and soft tennis, gymnastics, kickboxing, boxing, basketball, ice hockey, fencing, karatedo, wushu, indoor volleyball, cycling 3x3 basketball and Esports will be held in different venues in Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City and San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019