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Voters OK creation of 2 barangays  

Marawi City will have two new barangays......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 18th, 2023

Voters OK creation of 2 barangays  

Marawi City will have two new barangays......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2023

Creation of more Bangsamoro economic zones welcomed

Business groups and local executives support the planned setting up by the Bangsamoro government of additional economic zones in the autonomous region and in its 63 barangays in Cotabato province in Region 12......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2024

Marawi, BARMM plebiscites set

The Commission on Elections has scheduled plebiscites to ratify the creation of three barangays in Marawi, Lanao del Sur and eight towns in Cotabato......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2024

From the Newsrooms: Death and disorder mar barangay polls

NEWS CAPTURED the political violence that bloodied the first barangay elections in five years. Delayed twice by the pandemic, the vote for grassroots leaders was hotly contested around the country, and the participation of over 68 million registered voters was expected to be high. In the late afternoon of October 30, not one of the over 40,000 barangays declared its failure to conduct the polls.On the eve of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 9th, 2023

From the Newsrooms: Death and disorder mar barangay polls

NEWS CAPTURED the political violence that bloodied the first barangay elections in five years. Delayed twice by the pandemic, the vote for grassroots leaders was hotly contested around the country, and the participation of over 68 million registered voters was expected to be high. In the late afternoon of October 30, not one of the over 40,000 barangays declared its failure to conduct the polls.On the eve of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 8th, 2023

Observe poll laws, Abalos tells bets

Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos over the weekend said he was pleased that majority of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections bets at least in Tondo, Manila were opting to comply with poll rules. “We went around and found few violations. So I commend the city of Manila under Mayor Honey for the successful Comelec drive that ensured obedience to the poll regulations,” he said. Abalos issued the statement shortly after joining Comelec chairman George Garcia in conducting Oplan Baklas drive or the removal of illegally placed and oversized campaign materials, particularly those hanging from electric posts or wires in Barangay 128, Tondo, Manila. As per Comelec rules, all BSKE bets are required to place all their campaign materials especially tarpaulins in the common poster areas. This, as he also reiterated his call for BSKE candidates to observe and abide by all election laws, rules, and regulations to ensure the successful and orderly conduct of BSKE. “Read up on the laws. It lists all that has to be done including the use of e-payment platforms for vote-buying. Let us maintain the integrity of the election and give the voters the respect that they deserve,” he pointed out. He went on to explain that candidates who hold bingo games, distribute prices, conduct hakot system or mass transporting of voters before or during election day, and handing out cash are telltale signs of being engaged in vote buying. Meanwhile, the Quezon City Government on Saturday said it is all set for the 2023 BSKE to be held in 169 polling precincts. Mayor Joy Belmonte lauded the relevant government agencies and QC Government departments such as the City Treasurer’s Office for leaving no stone unturned to ensure that QCitizens in 142 barangays can safely exercise their right to vote. The post Observe poll laws, Abalos tells bets appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 28th, 2023

Starting ‘em young

Three days from now, Filipinos will troop to the polling precincts once again to elect their Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials in what is supposed to be an integral component of the country’s democratic system. The elections, postponed many times before, allow for the representation and participation of local communities and the youth. However, these elections have not been without controversy, with allegations of vote buying and the distribution of illegal campaign materials tarnishing the democratic process. Held every three years, the Barangay and SK Elections, also known as BSKE, play a critical role in the Philippine political landscape. Barangays are the smallest administrative units in the country, serving as the frontline of government service delivery. The SK, on the other hand, specifically represents the youth, offering them an opportunity to engage in the political process from a young age. Barangay elections ensure that the grassroots communities are represented in local governance. Residents can choose leaders directly responsible for addressing their immediate concerns, such as public safety, health, and education. SK elections aim to involve the youth in decision-making processes. By participating in these elections, young people can gain valuable experience in leadership, advocacy, and community service, setting the stage for their future involvement in national politics. These elections serve as a training ground for democracy, allowing citizens to exercise their right to vote and make informed choices. The principles of accountability, transparency, and participation are nurtured at the community level. Barangay elections can be particularly empowering for marginalized groups, including women and indigenous communities, who have the opportunity to run for office and make their voices heard. However, despite the importance of the BSKE, they have been marred by allegations of vote buying and the distribution of illegal campaign materials. These practices raise concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and whether they indicate an early introduction to corrupt political practices. Vote buying, whereby candidates offer money, goods, or services in exchange for votes, is a long-standing issue in Philippine politics. While it is not exclusive to Barangay and SK elections, the fact that such allegations surface even in these local-level contests is troubling. It begs the question of whether young people are witnessing and, to some extent, participating in a system that normalizes the exchange of votes for material gain. One possible explanation for the prevalence of vote buying is the socio-economic conditions in many barangays. Poverty and inequality can create an environment where voters may be more susceptible to monetary incentives. This underscores the need for broader efforts to alleviate poverty and promote education and awareness about the value of their vote. Another issue is the widespread use of illegal campaign materials, such as posters, banners, and pamphlets that do not conform to electoral regulations. While this may seem like a relatively minor infraction, it contributes to a culture of disregard for the rule of law and electoral integrity. Starting young in politics should ideally involve nurturing values of ethics and civic responsibility. Instead, when young people are exposed to campaigns that flout the rules, it may inadvertently teach them that bending or breaking rules is an acceptable strategy to achieve political goals. This sends a damaging message about the importance of playing by the rules in a democracy. Addressing the issues of vote buying and illegal campaign materials in barangay and SK elections is crucial to preserving the democratic process and instilling positive values in young people. Schools and community organizations should conduct programs to educate young people about the significance of their vote, ethical campaigning, and the consequences of vote buying. Such programs can help instill a sense of civic responsibility. The Commission on Elections, on the other hand, should vigorously enforce campaign finance and election laws, penalizing candidates who engage in illegal practices. It is crucial, therefore, to address these issues by emphasizing education, enforcement of election laws, transparency, and community involvement. In doing so, these elections can better serve as platforms for shaping the future leaders of the nation who are committed to the principles of democracy, integrity, and ethical governance. The post Starting ‘em young appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023

Palawan PNP deploys over 1.3k cops for barangay, SK elections

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Police Provincial Office in Palawan has deployed over 1,300 cops and other uniformed personnel from the marines and the coast guard to secure the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on 30 October. The deployment ceremony was held on Thursday at the Police Provincial Office headquarters in Barangay Tiniguiban in Puerto Princesa City, led by provincial director Colonel Carlito Narag Jr. and Palawan Commission on Elections supervisor Atty. Percival Mendoza. Narag expects the 1,333 combined personnel from the 3rd Marine Brigade and the Coast Guard District Palawan to ensure the secure, honest and safe conduct of the BSKE 2023 in 433 barangays across 23 municipalities in Palawan. "The others who will be assigned in the distant islands [of Palawan] have already gone ahead. This number is enough already — we also borrowed additional 77 police personnel from the City PNP — so we can be assured that will be able to fully support the BSKE," Narag said. He said that as law enforcers, they are committed to performing their responsibilities in Palawan to ensure the safety of the voters and the 14,862 BSKE candidates across all towns of Palawan. "We're really hoping that this will be a fair, peaceful and honest election," he said. The Puerto Princesa City Police Office also deployed approximately 957 police personnel, combined with uniformed personnel from the marines and the coast guard to secure the BSKE in 66 barangays. City police director Colonel Ronie Bacuel and City Comelec officer Atty. Julius Cuevas led the deployment ceremony in Barangay San Pedro also on Thursday morning. Bacuel stated that "they will ensure the orderliness and peace during the conduct of the safe elections in the city." He assured that the entire police force in Puerto Princesa is prepared for any challenges that may arise on election day. The post Palawan PNP deploys over 1.3k cops for barangay, SK elections appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023

Day 1 of campaign for Barangay and SK elections ‘successful and peaceful’ – CCPO

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The official start of the ten-day campaign for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in Cebu City was “peaceful and successful.” Police Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, deputy director for operations of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said they did not record any untoward incidents from the city’s 80 barangays on Thursday, October 19. She said there were gatherings of a huge crowd of supporters as the candidates and their followers became excited that they were finally able to start their campaign. “The first day of the ten-day campaign period was really very successful and peaceful. Although, as I’ve said, medyo naay mga barangay nga nabibo. Murag nabibo sila tungod sa paglaunch sa mga campaign strategy sa atong mga kanya-kanyang kandidato puhon sa BSKE 2023 karong October 30,” she said. Motorcades Rafter said that on Thursday, there were candidates who officially opened their campaign with a motorcade.  But, the conduct of motorcades did not have much effect on vehicular traffic since most of these were done on barangay roads. There were also those who started to already post their campaign materials. “Naa silay mga gibuhat nga mga aktibidades sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga barangay kung asa sila molunsad but it didn’t really affect in any way sa atong trapiko sa Sugbo,” she added. The campaign period is scheduled from October 19 to 28. Oplan Baklas Meanwhile, Rafter said they will also be coordinating with Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the dates for the implementation of “Oplan Baklas” here. CCPO will be joining “Oplan Baklas” to especially provide security. “Ang atong PNP, we are just on the security of the team nga mag-conduct og Oplen Baklas puhon,” she said. Police deployment On October 30, Rafter said a total of 947 uniformed police personnel will be deployed to secure the conduct of the BSKE in the 71 polling places here. “Out of the 1,221 nato nga mga personnel, uniformed personnel, there are 947 nga available for deployment,” she said. At least 80 of 947 personnel will be deployed to augment security parts of Cebu province. Rafter said that deployment will be based on the number of voters who are expected to crowd a particular voting area. “Naa tay standard nga number of personnel for each polling places. But we are also preparing because ang atong mad police places diri is dako kaayo og butante,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2023

BSKE: Selected voters from Pitogo, Pari-an to cast ballots in malls

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least two barangays in Cebu have been chosen as part of the Commission on Election – Central Visayas’ (Comelec-7) pilot program to conduct actual voting inside malls. Lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano, director of Comelec-7, confirmed on Wednesday, October 18, that the voting centers for the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE), for selected precincts in Barangays Pitogo in Consolacion and Pari-an in Cebu City, will be in malls. READ: Mall voting simulation set for August 19 – Comelec official BSKE: Designated malls for voting centers These will be at SM Consolacion and Robinsons Galleria in the North Reclamation Area (NRA), Cebu City. There will be five clustered precincts from Pitogo and five clustered precincts from Pari-an that will have the mall voting, Castillano said. “Only five precincts from each barangay considering the space constraint,” he added. READ: Comelec-7 to launch mall voting on Brgy and SK Elections 2023 Two simulations Comelec-7 has also conducted two simulations of the ‘mall voting’ during the first week of October to assess the feasibility of having malls as voting centers for the BSKE. According to Castillano, the Comelec decided to implement a pilot test on having malls as part of their goals to enhance voting experience. The Comelec-7 official cited the high turnout they observed when voter registrations were conducted in malls as the basis behind the decision. The Barangay and SK polls will be held this October 30. ALSO READ: Guarding the vote: Over 180,000 cops to be deployed for BSKE /dbs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2023

Senate to assess ‘economic viability’ of creating Negros Island Region

The Senate will soon discuss the “economic viability” of the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region, according to Senator Imee Marcos. In a media interview over the weekend, Marcos said tackling the proposed legislation should “always end up being an economic effort.” “If you’re going to set up a new area, it should be viable economically. Dapat sulit kasi maglalagay ka ng mga opisina. Mahal yan eh (It should be worth it because you will be setting up offices. That’s costly). It should be big enough,” Marcos said, noting that she does not have a position yet on the proposal and has not even “heard very much about the bill creating NIR in the Senate.” “There was the argument that it was not feasible economically. I don’t know what the revivalists have to say today. I think we have to visit it,” she added. In March, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 7355, creating the NIR, which shall be composed of the cities, municipalities, and barangays in Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and the island province of Siquijor. The Senate Committee on Local Government has also approved Senate Bill 1236, authored by Senator JV Ejercito, seeking to create the NIR in a aimed “to boost the efficiency of the delivery of government services and provide convenience for the region’s residents in line with the administration’s goal of rightsizing.” Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri earlier said the upper chamber will tackle the bill before it goes on a break in October. “We’re hoping to do the second reading before the end of September. At the very latest, it would be passed into law before Christmas. Our Christmas gift to the region, as long as it will not be vetoed,” he added. The post Senate to assess ‘economic viability’ of creating Negros Island Region appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2023

House panel orders Mamba detained

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, the principal subject of a joint investigation by two House panels, was cited in contempt yesterday for repeatedly failing to attend the hearings despite being summoned. The House Public Accounts and Electoral Committees carried out Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop’s motion to penalize Mamba with detention. “Since the governor of Cagayan was not able to obey the processes of these two committees, in the spirit of equitable provision of the law, may I move to cite the governor of Cagayan?” Acop said. The panel is looking into the alleged illegal use of government funds by Cagayan during the 2022 election campaign period. The province was accused of distributing cash and other assistance to registered voters and barangays. Lawmakers, during its probe on 7 August, cited in contempt five officials of  Cagayan province over their non-appearance in the investigation. While the panel issued a stern summons for the five, it, however, allowed 12 others, including Mamba to explain their absence to the committee. The post House panel orders Mamba detained appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

Cagayan province officials cited in contempt

Members of the House of Representatives public accounts and the suffrage and electoral reforms panel has cited in contempt five officials of the Cagayan province during the probe on the provincial government’s alleged illegal use of government funds during the 2022 election campaign period. This comes as provincial accountant Jeanna Garma, treasurer Mila Mallonga, budget officer Reynald Raul Ramirez, agriculturist Dr. Pearlita Mabasa and social welfare officer Helen Donato did not show up in the probe amid the subpoena issued to them during the 21 May hearing. On Monday’s joint hearing on House Resolutions 145 and 146, lawmakers blasted the officials not only on their non-appearance but also over their “flimsy excuses.” The resolutions, filed by Cagayan Representative Jojo Lara, seek to delve deeper into the alleged anomalies during the May 2022 polls in Cagayan, in which the provincial was accused of illegally spending its expenditures and distributing cash and other forms of assistance to registered voters and barangays. Public accounts chairperson Joseph Stephen Paduano, in his opening speech, revealed that a P320 million was distributed to voters of Cagayan in the guise of P1,000 Covid-19 assistance during the campaign period. During the hearing, public accounts chairperson Joseph Stephen Paduano told the panel that the provincial administrator sent a letter to the committee on 4 August requesting that the 17 officials from Cagayan, including Governor Manuel Mamba, and the five subpoenaed be excused citing the lack of funds for transportation as one of the reasons. According to the unnamed provincial administrator, the Cagayan province, which had been placed under a state of calamity due to the devastation of typhoon “Egay,” continues to operate under a “reenacted budget.” However, that did not sit well with several lawmakers, with Antipolo Representative Romeo Acop, who categorically thumbed down the claim of a limited fund that could not cover the travel expenses of the 17 officials who will spend at least four days in Metro Manila. “The first reason — which was the state of calamity — is correct. I don’t know if the second reason — the reenacted budget — is true. Only the vice governor can answer that. And for the third reason that their funds are said to be insufficient, I wouldn’t believe this, Mr. Chair. Because if they were able to disburse P320 million one week before the election, I do not see any reason why they cannot fund for this purpose, Mr. Chair,” Acop said. Cagayan Vice Governor Melvin Vargas, for his part, brushed off the notion that the reenacted budget was the reason from sending the officials. “It’s true. We are operating on a reenacted budget. But that doesn’t mean that it is stopped and we are limited. That’s why it’s called reenacted because the service is continuing. It’s not a reason to cite that we are limited to with travel because they have been doing that in a few years,” Vargas told the panel. Surigao del Norte Representative Ace Barbers, meanwhile, claimed that the officials of the provincial government were just making “flimsy excuses.” The post Cagayan province officials cited in contempt appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2023

Bong Go provides support to flood victims in Davao City

  In an effort to bolster the country's disaster preparedness and response capabilities, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has been advocating for two crucial bills in the Senate that he earlier filed: Senate Bill No. (SBN) 188, which seeks to establish the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), and SBN 193, mandating the establishment of mandatory evacuation centers nationwide. On Saturday, July 29, Go led two relief operations for thousands of flood victims in Barangays Lasang and Bunawan in Davao City. In his speech, Go said that the government should remain proactive in its approach in dealing with disaster-related situations, considering that the country is highly vulnerable to natural calamities. SBN 188 proposes the creation of the DDR, an independent government agency dedicated to strengthening the nation's resilience against the impacts of natural and human-induced disasters. The DDR aims to consolidate disaster-related functions and resources from different agencies under a single, unified body. By streamlining disaster response efforts, the department can facilitate quicker and more efficient aid delivery to affected communities during times of crisis. “Importante po ito sa akin. Unang-una, halimbawa dito po sa Barangay Lasang, binaha sila. Di ba ang barangay po ang nakikipag-coordinate kaagad with the LGUs. Ito pong barangay level na pagbaha, how about ‘yung mga national level, o municipal level o city level, o province-wide na pagbaha… maayos na koordinasyon ang kailangan,” he said. “Bago dumating ang bagyo, balita pa lang sa PAGASA, coordination kaagad ng Department of Disaster Resilience, kung mayroon tayong isang departamentong nakatutok para sa mga disaster related… bago dumating ang bagyo, coordination with LGUs. Ilikas ang mga kababayan natin sa ligtas na lugar, dalahin sa mga evacuation center. Preposition of goods by the DSWD,” Go added. “Kailangan koordinasyon kaagad ng departamento na i-involve kaagad ang mga ibang departamento na kasamahan niya. DSWD preposition of goods, mga Coast Guard, Navy para ilikas agad ang mga kababayan natin sa ligtas na lugar at maayos na evacuation center, sa Department of Health para malinis ang evacuation center, sanitation para ligtas ang mga kababayan natin. At pag-alis ng bagyo, hindi lang puro task force, dapat isang departamento na pwedeng mag-coordinate hanggang makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay ang lugar na tinamaan ng bagyo. Restoration of normalcy kaagad at rehabilitation effort,” he said. The Office of Civil Defense has recently voiced its support for the establishment of the DDR, emphasizing the importance of such institution in improving operations in managing and responding to future crises. "Things can be better if there will be an independent authority or department, but it’s not that simple – tanggap po namin iyon… We leave it to Congress and we leave it to the Palace, to Malacañang. Meanwhile, kami naman, we are doing our best given the limitations, makakaasa po kayo," OCD Administrator Ariel Nepomuceno said in a past interview. Alongside the establishment of DDR, Go champions SBN 193, which calls for the creation of mandatory evacuation centers across the Philippines. These evacuation centers are designed to be equipped with necessary facilities to provide temporary shelter and essential services to evacuees during disasters. The senator noted that these evacuation centers will be strategically placed in areas less prone to hazards, ensuring the safety and well-being of evacuees during disasters. Furthermore, the centers will be equipped with essential amenities such as food, clean water, medical services, sanitation facilities, and temporary sleeping quarters. Go cited that the Philippines, located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and the typhoon belt, is no stranger to the destructive forces of nature. “Yearly, the country faces the threat of typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and other hazards. These disasters not only result in loss of lives and livelihoods but also impede economic progress and development,” shared Go. To minimize the devastating impact of disasters, Go underscored that comprehensive disaster resilience measures are imperative. The senator is confident that by supporting these priority bills, the Senate and the Filipino people can collectively work towards a safer, more resilient nation, where communities can recover swiftly and thrive even in the face of adversity. “Ang lugar natin nasa Pacific Ring of Fire tayo. Prone tayo sa mga bagyo, prone tayo sa pagputok ng bulkan, prone tayo sa sunog, ‘di ba? So dapat po ay magkaroon na tayo ng isang maayos na departamento, Department of Disaster Resilience at Mandatory Evacuation Center sa mga syudad, munisipyo, at probinsya para hindi magamit ang mga eskwelahan tuwing may mga sunog, baha. Nagagamit po ang eskwelahan, naantala ang pag-aaral ng mga bata dahil ginagamit po as evacuation center,” he said. Together with Councilors Dante Apostol, Marissa Abella, Diosdado Mahipus, and Al Ryan Alejandre, Go provided grocery packs, masks, vitamins, and snacks to 4,399 flood victims. The senator also extended shoes, mobile phones, bicycles, watches, and balls for basketball and volleyball to select recipients. Meanwhile, Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health, urged those who have health issues to seek assistance from the Malasakit Center at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City. The Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which Go principally authored and sponsored, brings together various government agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DHOH), the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), under one roof to provide a convenient process for availing medical assistance particularly for poor and indigent patients in public hospitals. There are now 158 Malasakit Centers nationwide which have assisted more than seven million Filipinos, according to DOH data. In SPMC alone, the Malasakit Center there has assisted more than 200,000 patients. On the same day, Go attended the ribbon-cutting of the multipurpose building in Brgy. Lasang and road concretion with drainage canal construction in Brgy. Bunawan, two infrastructure projects he supported the funding of as vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance. He likewise supported the acquisition of multi-purpose vehicles for the community, construction of various multipurpose buildings and local roads, rehabilitation of water systems, drainage systems and flood control structures in different barangays throughout the city, the construction of a 300-bed capacity infectious diseases building for SPMC and the acquisition of ambulances, among others. ### The post Bong Go provides support to flood victims in Davao City appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2023

DENR accelerates water security initiatives

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Thursday said it will ramp up efforts to improve the country’s water supply situation, amidst lingering shortage concerns over the El Niño climate pattern and growing population demand. Aside from working with other government agencies and the private sector to identify potential sources of surface water for over 1,400 barangays at higher risk of dry spells, the DENR’s newly-created Water Resources Management Office (WRMO) is set to release an Integrated Water Resources Management Plan that will account for all water resources in the country and set directions on optimizing the use of existing supply through impoundment, treatment, and recycling. “The solution to our problems starts with fixing the disconnected and fragmented management of water by more than a dozen agencies of government,” Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga said, noting that aside from the DENR, several other government agencies and other entities are involved in managing water resources for a variety of uses such as power generation, irrigation, and household distribution. These agencies include the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, the Local Water Utilities Administration, over 500 water districts, the Laguna Lake Development Authority, and the National Water Resources Board. Aside from these, there are thousands of private water providers primarily servicing residential communities nationwide. “There are long-standing institutional issues which we now have a strong chance of solving and this unlocks some of the barriers in managing water. It also opens the possibility of coordinating projects between agencies to enter with more efficient programs like the construction of multi-use dams and reservoirs,” she added. On top of the creation of the WRMO, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said in his State of the Nation Address that his administration will give a "special focus" on improving water security, with efforts that should be "cohesive, centralized, and systematic." Around P14.6 Billion has been allocated in the 2023 national budget for water supply projects. Further, a portion of the P276 Billion flood control budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways will be repurposed for initiatives such as offline storage to address multiple needs for irrigation, power generation, industry, and domestic uses. The WRMO is a transitory body pending the creation of the Department of Water Resource Management which is covered by several bills pending before both houses of Congress, including House Bill 2880, authored by AGRI Party-list Representative Wilbert Lee, Senate Bill 1021 filed by Senator Jinggoy Estrada, and Senate Bill 102, filed by Senator Grace Poe. Meanwhile, the National Economic and Development Authority submitted the revised draft executive version of the bill to the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office. The bill was referred to the Senate Committees on Public Services; Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation; and Finance. The post DENR accelerates water security initiatives appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2023

Bacoor City safe for plebiscite, says PNP

The Philippine National Police on Wednesday said that the city of Bacoor in the province of Cavite is assessed to be peaceful for the looming plebiscite on 29 July 2023. Bacoor deputy police chief P/Maj. Renalyn Lim said during the joint security command conference held Tuesday that the city is under Category Green Areas of Concern, which means the place is generally peaceful and orderly. Though the evaluation of Lim of the area is safe, they will still deploy support units and forces at the borders of the city during the plebiscite period. “The PNP personnel of the station will not be complacent and will provide airtight security and assistance,” Lim said. The Plebesito Para sa Bacooreño 2023 is a proposal to merge 44 barangays into 18 and rename five barangays. Bacoor is home to 114,416 voters and has 223 clustered precincts. According to Commission on Elections chairman Erwin Garcia, the conduct of the plebiscite in the area will be shouldered by the local government of Bacoor since they are the ones who requested it. He added that P30 million is the total amount for the conduct of the plebiscite which will be used for polling precincts personnel, ballots, allowances or honoraria, paraphernalia and other expenses. The 22 polling precincts was already inspected and as per the assessment of the police there are no threat, no criminal groups monitored but authorities said there is no room for complacency during the plebiscite. Garcia also stressed the importance of voter’s education and encouraged the active participation from the public to ensure the success and integrity of the plebiscite. Meantime, Bacoor Mayor Strike B. Revilla expressed his gratitude to all the participants and emphasized the commitment of the local government to holding a fair and successful plebiscite. He also highlighted the importance of the plebiscite for the city’s future and the need for unity and cooperation among all stakeholders. with CARL REYES The post Bacoor City safe for plebiscite, says PNP appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 5th, 2023

Barangay execs oppose creation of new BARMM towns

Leaders in an old, historic town in Maguindanao del Sur are opposing efforts of the Bangsamoro parliament to create two new local government units that would cover — and merge — several barangays......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2023

Makati activates task force against El Niño

Makati Mayor Abby Binay has announced the creation of a dedicated El Niño and Southern Oscillation Task Force that will work to mitigate the effects of the weather phenomenon in the city. "Makati is taking proactive action to mitigate the risks and impacts of extreme weather conditions on our citizens. As early as now, we will implement contingency measures to ensure the continuity of basic services and guarantee enough food and essential supplies for Makatizens," Binay said. Task Force ENSO is composed of key departments in the city government and power and water utility providers who will analyze and assess the city’s readiness and response to the El Niño Southern Oscillation phenomenon and its effects. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the probability of an El Niño occurrence from June to September has risen from 55 percent to 80 percent. According to Binay, Task Force ENSO will be headed by the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to oversee risk-mitigating strategies and ensure the unhampered delivery of health, food and sanitation services. The task force's mandate is to monitor the ENSO phenomenon and develop measures for the city's readiness regarding water supply, power outages, food availability, emergency healthcare services and infrastructure protection against flooding and landslides. Binay also asked power and water concessionaires servicing Makati to develop concrete and implementable contingency measures to ensure power and water supply during the period of heightened risk. For its part, Meralco has assured the city of uninterrupted power supply in key government offices, hospitals and, as much as possible, the financial district. The power company said it will implement rotational brownouts in residential areas and have already coordinated with establishments with backup power generators. On the other hand, water concessionaires assured Makatizens of continued water supply by ensuring that their reservoirs are well-supplied and that their water treatment plants will continue to operate without disruption. Maynilad and Manila Water have tapped deep well reserves to augment supply in case of shortage. They will activate additional water treatment facilities, explore alternative water sources and add more water tankers to deliver water to various barangays during scheduled service interruptions. More importantly, Binay said the task force will implement a multi-sectoral awareness campaign to educate Makatizens on weather advisories and create a culture of preparedness amid climate change. "This is an example of climate situations we should be prepared for. By conserving resources, being mindful of our environmental footprint and following the advisories and guidelines issued by Task Force ENSO, Makati and its stakeholders can effectively mitigate the effects of El Niño and its threats," the mayor concluded. The post Makati activates task force against El Niño appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 28th, 2023

Opportunity cost

While the Senate bides its time on the Maharlika Investment Fund or MIF Bill, the immense opportunity for the economy is being missed. In the several roadshows that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his economic team held abroad, the investment vehicle proved to be highly anticipated until the investors are told that the law creating the MIF remains mired in deliberations in Congress. Then the inquiry either stops or shifts to another topic. Investors are not philanthropists and they will grab the first chance to maximize profit or they look elsewhere. Had there been a law, the inflow of capital would have been immediate since global funds are focusing on the region to grow their money as most parts of the world remain clouded by slow economic momentum. Southeast Asia is considered the engine of growth in the post-pandemic global economy and the Philippines has the fastest growth rate in the region. Add to the equation the easing investment processes of which the MIF should have been part and the enthusiasm of the President to invite businesses into the country. National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon, at the latest Senate public hearing on the MIF, said if the fund with an initial P150 billion to P200 billion capital, were invested, it would have a 10-year average return of 6.51 percent. The seed capital would not even be a worry since the investment vehicle concept would have bigger sovereign or investment funds joining the projects where the MIF would place its bet. De Leon said the expected return would be higher than the inflation forecast of two to four percent. The reason for the dissenters such as the Makabayan House bloc to throw all the roadblocks to stop the MIF is that it will prove President Marcos right that the fund will fuel stronger economic growth and thus marginalize the opposition similar to what had happened to the yellow cabal during the previous term. The discredited opponents of former President Rodrigo Duterte had to shift their political color to pink hoping that this will change their political fortune to no avail. To the opportunists, the victory of the current administration and the people who voted them into power would mean their eventual extinction. The Supreme Court exposed the efforts of the detractors to stop the MIF at all cost after it junked the Makabayan bloc petition to stop President Marcos from giving priority to the bill and the House to take back the MIF measure that it transmitted to the Senate. President Marcos said that the bill is in the process of being perfected. The High Tribunal similarly explained the subject is not ripe for adjudication since the law has yet to be passed. The members of the radical elements in Congress, however, do not share the breadth of the logic of either the President or the Supreme Court as it continued to insist that MIF is unconstitutional while it remains a proposal. Unfortunately, some of the senators are in league with the obstructionists and are also doing their best to frustrate the creation of the MIF. When the election period comes around it would be best for voters to repudiate the self-serving hindrance to the nation’s progress. The post Opportunity cost appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 14th, 2023

Pasay eases job-matching

The local government of Pasay City on Wednesday is eyeing for more job opportunities for Pasayenos through the relaunch of the “Barangay Labor Desk” which seeks to ease up the process of job matching and linking between jobseekers and establishments. Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano explained that they aim to create a database of prevailing skill sets of residents per barangay to provide a shorter and more direct job application process. In this case, between the jobseekers and applicants are the said barangay-level labor desks where 201 barangays will gather information about the skills and educational backgrounds of residents, which will then be processed by the Public Employment Service Office for job matching. Initially conceived prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rubiano said that the initiative will be particularly beneficial to the business and labor force that have been battered hard during pandemic, citing a 4.2 percent unemployment rate based on their community-based monitoring system. “Now that our economy has been gradually recovering from the pandemic, we have relaunched this program so that we could have a database of the specific skill sets of our kababayans per barangay, so that when we coordinate with establishments and companies, we could be able to recommend citizens of Pasay City as (prospect hires),” said the lady mayor. Rubiano also said that skills development will be provided to residents with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and that businesses will be provided with starter kits to jump start their respective businesses. Pasay City Lone District Representative Antonino Calixto was also present during the launch to express his support in aiding jobs creation in the city. During an interview, Calixto said that he’s open to legislative proposals for a minimum wage hike which is currently pending before the Congress. “In my opinion, this needs to be carefully studied so that all of our lawmakers will be united in the minimum wage hike. If the wages need to be added, we should add more. We should also look into our budget,” Calixto said. After the relaunching, the Pasay LGU also distributed nearly P19,000 worth of financial assistance were given to more than 6,000 barangay officials in the city. The post Pasay eases job-matching appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 10th, 2023