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Maharlika still flawed after pensions ruled out as funders

By Beatriz Marie D. Cruz THE proposed Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF) continues to be saddled with governance “red flags” even after the withdrawal from participation of chef funders the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS). Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III, co-founder and coordinator of the Action for Economic Reforms think tank, […]

Mayors see building up staff, irrigation as major hurdles to post-Mandanas devolution

By Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson, Reporter LOCAL government units (LGUs) face an uphill task in staffing up to implement devolution and taking charge of irrigation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Mandanas-Garcia ruling, mayors said. “We are supportive of devolution. It’s just that there are limitations on the part of the local government […]

PHL expecting healthcare technology transfer from Taiwan after MoU signing

By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, Reporter THE Philippine healthcare industry could benefit from technology transfer following the signing of an agreement between Taiwan’s Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (IBMI) and hospitals in the Asia-Pacific, a Philippine hospital industry official said. “Initially, it is more of establishing relationships between the hospitals and of course, the […]

RCEP seen signed by early 2023

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the Philippines could finally sign on to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement by early next year. Trade Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo told reporters on the sidelines of the recent National Export Congress 2022 in Pasay City that the DTI is hoping that the Senate […]

LGUs must step up crisis communication capacity

LOCAL government units (LGUs) must ramp up their crisis and risk communication efforts through digitalization and technology upgrades in order to make them better prepared against the pandemic and other emergencies, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). “Local governments have been at the forefront of the pandemic response since the COVID-19 crisis […]

Registered births, deaths continue to decline in first 8 months

REGISTERED births and deaths declined by 22.3% and 34.6% respectively from a year earlier in the eight months to August, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Thursday. Citing preliminary data from its Vital Statistics Report, the PSA said recorded births in the January-August period totaled 662,780, lower than the 852, 960 registered a year […]

UN: Philippines lacks trained staff vs child abuse

THE UNITED Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children on Thursday said the Philippines lacked trained officials at the village level to monitor reports of child sexual abuse. “I am concerned that local government politics negatively impacts the child protection structure due to regular changes of personnel,” Mama Fatima Singhateh, […]

Korean-funded Panguil Bay Bridge in Northern Mindanao more than halfway done 

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Thursday that the Korean-funded Panguil Bay Bridge, a sea crossing bridge project in Mindanao, is now 61% complete.   The P7.375-billion bridge project will connect Tangub City in Misamis Occidental to Tubod town in Lanao del Norte, both within the Northern Mindanao Region.    The department and […]

CIAC given oversight functions over privately-run Clark airport 

GOVERNMENT-OWNED Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) has secured oversight functions over the privately-run Clark International Airport, according to its officer-in-charge.   The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has tasked CIAC to exercise “regulatory supervision and oversight of activities occurring within the Clark Civil Aviation Complex, including Clark International Airport,” CIAC Officer-in-Charge Darwin L. Cunanan said in a […]

Political dynasties, parliament representation raised in consultations for Bangsamoro, election codes

ADDRESSING political dynasties and ensuring fair representation in parliament were among the issues raised as members of the Bangsamoro transitional government held consultations this week for the proposed regional laws on elections and local governance.    The latest round of discussions was held in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, where groups of Bangsamoro […]

P6.5B needed for proposed subsidy on informal workers’ social insurance contribution  

AROUND P6.5 billion in public funds will be needed annually to cover a proposed subsidy for the social insurance contribution of informal sector workers, according to the lawmaker who recommended the provision.    Rep. Arlene D. Brosas of women’s rights party-list Gabriela said the latest estimate is based on about 17 million Filipinos considered to be […]