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Palace approves two more months of no disconnection for poor power consumers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte expressed his support for a plan floated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to extend the “no-disconnection policy” for poor electricity consumers by two more months, a Cabinet official said. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles added in an online briefing Thursday that the President backs the extension of so-called “lifeline […]

NREB confirms higher quota for contracted RE power

THE National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) confirmed Thursday that it recommended an increase the minimum level of electricity contracted from renewable energy (RE) developers to 2.5% from the current 1%. “Yes. NREB has made that recommendation to the DoE (Department of Energy) as part of our proposed 2021-2040 NREP (National Renewable Energy Program),” NREB Chairperson […]

IP regulator calls for stronger protections to drive innovation

THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said legislators preparing the Intellectual Property Code must increase protections for IP in order to provide a favorable environment for innovation, including the development of startups. In a hearing at the House of Representatives Thursday, IPOPHL Director-General Rowel S. Barba asked legislators to “create an enabling environment […]

Release rate for small business assistance loans less than 20% by end of 2020

LOANS released under the government’s assistance program for small businesses have topped P2 billion to date, or under 20% of the program’s funding. The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Small Business Corp. (SB Corp.) was allocated P10 billion for lending to micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises under Republic Act No. 11494, the second stimulus […]

DoE working on backup power for key vaccine sites

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said late Tuesday evening that two of its units are working on providing backup power for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine storage and administration facilities. In a statement distributed on Viber, Undersecretary and spokesman Felix B. Fuentebella said the department’s Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB) and the Task Force […]

Magat Dam now required to provide 24-hour warning before releasing water, NIA says

THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said Wednesday that it revised the operating procedures for Magat Dam in Ifugao and Isabela provinces, requiring its administrators to provide 24-hour warning before releasing water as a precaution against future flooding, after large parts of the Cagayan Valley were left under water in the wake of Typhoon Ulysses (international […]

DENR signals impending ban on plastic straws, coffee stirrers

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday signaled a possible ban on plastic straws and coffee stirrers by putting them on a list of so-called non-environmentally acceptable products and packaging (NEAP) products. In a statement Wednesday, the DENR said that the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) approved a resolution classifying the […]

Tax impact of COVID-19 on nonresidents stranded in US

Undeniably, COVID-19 has taken its toll across the globe, regardless of a person’s economic standing. Governments implemented inbound and outbound travel restrictions with varying stringency to curb the spre ad of the virus. As with any other country, the US was confronted with stranded foreign nationals, whose residency status, which is generally affected by their […]