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Saving Manila Bay

During my brief visits in Manila (having taken up residence in Gingoog City, Mis. Or. for sometime now), I saw the amazing transformation of the filthy Manila Bay shoreline into something clean and trash-free, its water seemingly swimmable and fresh-looking......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 30th, 2019

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Saving Manila Bay

Rotary District 3810, led by District Governor Odie Tarriela, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources supporting the activities, programs and projects of the department for the next 10 years......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

Saving the MSMEs

SPEAKING OUT                                                                         Government figures place  about 27 million Filipinos as out of work, and this is umbilically tied to the fragile state of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect their operations. When the Enhanced Community Quarantine was first implemented ... The post Saving the MSMEs appeared first on Manila Bulletin......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020

‘Saving the economy or saving lives: an unnecessary choice’

Currently, Metro Manila’s healthcare capacity in terms of testing, tracing, and isolation is operating at what FASSSTER have noted is 19% capacity......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

‘Saving the economy or saving lives: an unnecessary choice’

With the decision made in the very early morning of 18 August to revert to the General Community Quarantine in Metro Manila, we are again seeing social media light up with polarized views on whether we should prioritize the health of citizens or the health of the economy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

‘Saving the economy or saving lives: an unnecessary choice’

With the decision made in the very early morning of 18 August to revert to the General Community Quarantine in Metro Manila, we are again seeing social media light up with polarized views on whether we should prioritize the health of citizens or the health of the economy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

Google, Gmail crashes reported worldwide

MANILA, Philippines — Various users of Google, its e-mailing application Gmail and other services connected to the tech giant reported crashes and bugs on Thursday (Philippine time). Several netizens on social media sites reported being unable to use various Gmail functions, including placing and saving attachments on e-mails, while uploading and creation of files in […] The post Google, Gmail crashes reported worldwide appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

Let next administration worry about death penalty –Atienza

An independent House member thinks it is better to just let the next administration tackle the sensitive topic that is the reimposition of death penalty. Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “The government should concentrate on saving lives and quelling the coronavirus pandemic now and allow the next administration to worry about the proposal to bring back the death penalty,” BUHAY Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza said in a statement Sunday. “We’re now in the middle of a public health disaster that has already demolished the livelihood and jobs of millions of Filipinos,” stressed Atienza, a former three-term mayor of Manila. In his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) before a joint session of Congress last July 24, President Duterte called on legislators to revive capital punishment on certain crimes under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002. Atienza made his call even as the thousands of daily new infections from the incurable disease threaten to overwhelm the country’s health care system. The pro-life solon described the pursuit of death penalty as an “exercise in futility” given the current circumstances. “First of all, Congress realistically lacks the time to work on the death penalty. Second, in less than 22 months, we will be electing a new president and a new Congress, so we might as well let the next administration worry about the highly divisive proposal,” Atienza said. “Third, even assuming Congress reinstates the death penalty tomorrow, the President still won’t see any judicial executions being carried out for the remainder of his term,” he said. Duterte will finish his six-year term in 2022. The last time Congress passed a law reimposing capital punishment in 1993, the first death verdict was not carried out until 1999, or until six years later, due to legal challenges and mandatory reviews, Atienza pointed out. A death penalty bill was actually passed by the House on third and final reading during the previous 17th Congress. However, the measure faced a roadblock in the Senate and was not taken up......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Russia Thanks PH for Saving Sick Captain Amid Covid-19 Threat

The Russian Embassy in Manila thanked the Philippine government for helping a Russian captain who was ill, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) scare. In a Facebook post Thursday night, the Russian Embassy said Capt. Alexander Solodyannikov of the tanker “Asphalt Transporter” reportedly suffered “an attack of an unknown respiratory syndrome.” It added that the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 11th, 2020

Russia thanks PH for saving captain

The Russian Embassy in Manila thanked the Philippine government for helping a Russian captain who was ill, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) scare. In a Facebook post Thursday night, the Russian Embassy said Capt. Alexander Solodyannikov of the tanker “Asphalt Transporter” reportedly suffered “an attack of an unknown respiratory syndrome.” It added that the […] The post Russia thanks PH for saving captain appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 10th, 2020

'SetThemFree | Groups support campaign to release prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

“This is a time for saving lives through much-needed grace and ingenuity. An undeniable threat of catastrophe hovers over jails, filled far beyond capacity in the Philippines. Decongesting facilities will help secure the lives of detainees and jail personnel.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Following the recent call of United Nations High… The post #SetThemFree | Groups support campaign to release prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 1st, 2020

Netflix slightly reduces video quality in Philippines to lessen load on networks

MANILA, Philippines – Netflix on Wednesday, March 25, said it was slightly reducing video quality in the Philippines, following an order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to alleviate the expected rise in data traffic during the lockdown.  Netflix first began making data-saving changes in Europe after official government requests amid ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

MPBL: Clutch Lastimosa averts Manila semis meltdown

  MANILA, Philippines – Clutch genes run in the veins of Carlo Lastimosa, saving second seed Manila-Frontrow from a disastrous meltdown against third-ranked Makati-Super Crunch in the Maharlika Pilpinas Basketball League (MPBL) semifinals. Lastimosa's late-game exploits allowed the Stars to grab the series opener in the best-of-three North semifinals ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020

Saving the OFWs: Airlift under way

An eight-member government team left Saturday night for Wuhan, China to assist in repatriating Filipinos from the epicenter of the 2019-ncoronavirus, leaving the Department of Health thus far in failing to secure a quarantine site for them north of Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2020

Saving the day for commuters

Good thing reason prevailed after all the hullaballoo about eliminating the motorcycle taxi services on Metro Manila streets......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Vico Sotto slams trolls after saving P9M in cost of Pasig’s giveaway calendars

MANILA, Philippines – Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto hit back at online trolls who said he bloated the cost of printing copies of the city’s official calendar, when in fact he was able to cut it down to less than half the approved price. The contract to print Pasig’s ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2020

5 fatal obstacles in Robredo’s target of a deathless drug war

MANILA, Philippines – For Vice President Leni Robredo, the decision to accept President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer of a leadership position in his popular but bloody “drug war” hinged on one thing: saving a life, even just one . “A lot of people were worried that this offer was not sincere, that it is a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2019

Half a million Filipinos save money to celebrate PH’s first ever GCash World Savings Day

MANILA, Philippines – While others were busy trick or treating last October 31, another event was being celebrated by Filipinos who admit that in terms of financial stability, they were in need of saving – the first ever World Savings Day in the Philippines. World Savings Day ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2019

Dokumentaryo sa Tamaraw conservation inilunsad ng DENR

Manila, Philippines – Para maprotektahan inilunsad ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang isang dokumentaryo para sa Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) na layuning maipakalat ang kaalaman tungkol dito at makakalap ng pondo sa tinuturing na “critically endangered animal” na matatagpuan lamang sa isla ng Mindoro. Ang “Suwag o Suko: Saving the Tamaraw from Extinction” […] The post Dokumentaryo sa Tamaraw conservation inilunsad ng DENR appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

GCash’s 'LetsSaveTogether campaign urges Filipinos to kickstart their saving habit

MANILA, Philippines – “This is way bigger than any of us within this room. Today is about a movement –a bold ambition with a humble mission – to change the saving behavior of Filipino people.” With these words, GCash Assistant Vice President for Financial Services Kim Seng opened ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019