Two Marcos appointees quit after being bypassed

TWO APPOINTEES of Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. have resigned after lawmakers bypassed their nomination last week, according to the presidential palace. Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles resigned for health reasons, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Hubert Guevarra told reporters on Tuesday. Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Jose C. Calida, ex-President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s solicitor general, […]

Bills establishing tech-voc special schools approved by House panel

A JOINED House committee approved on Tuesday bills seeking to create so-called “Meister” schools, which are geared towards training graduates for the needs of industry with a heavy concentration of specialized technical-vocational (tech-voc) courses. House Bill (HB) 652 or the proposed Meister Schools Act, authored by Albay Rep. Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda, hopes to […]

Solon bats for P521-M additional budget to improve agri sector database system 

A LAWMAKER on Tuesday asked the House Committee on Appropriations to provide an additional P521 million to the Department of Agriculture’s 2023 budget for the upgrade of its database management system for a more efficient delivery of aid and services to farmers and fisherfolk.   “It is crucial that farmers and fisherfolk to register to the […]

Party-list files petition for higher pay for teachers, non-teaching personnel

A PARTY-LIST group representing the education sector on Tuesday filed a petition at the House of Representatives seeking to upgrade the salary rate of teachers and non-teaching personnel.   The petition, which was signed by around 57,000 teachers, was submitted to the House committee on Appropriations.    ACT-Teachers Party-list Rep. France L. Castro said the petition is […]

Amendments sought on bills protecting freelancers, workers in the informal sector

LABOR and employers groups as well as government agencies have sought amendments to bills seeking to protect freelancers and workers in the informal sector.   Among the provisions that were cited for clarification include the definition of freelancers with regards the more general informal sector workers, compensation rates provided under contracts, and social security benefits.    “We […]

PHL, UNIDO reaffirm commitment to sustainable industrial, economic development

THE PHILIPPINES and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed a joint declaration reaffirming their commitment to accelerating sustainable industrial and economic development, according to a statement released Monday by the Department of Foreign Affairs.   “The Philippines’ partnership with UNIDO has been transformative to the country’s development landscape and has been instrumental in […]

Solon presses gov’t to stop offshore gaming operations in PHL

A HOUSE representative on Tuesday said the administration should heed the call of lawmakers to terminate all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO), whether licensed or illegal, as the moral and social costs far outweigh economic benefits.    POGOs spawn various crimes, including kidnap for ransom, prostitution and human trafficking, murder, extortion, online scamming, illegal drugs, and […]

DTI seizes uncertified products in Bulacan, Cebu, Davao

UNCERTIFIED construction and automotive products worth about P17.24 million were recently confiscated in Bulacan, Cebu, and Davao, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on Tuesday.    In Cebu, the department seized 81,649 pieces of uncertified tires for automotive vehicles, G.I. steel pipes, deformed steel bars, and low carbon steel wires worth P14.78 million.  “Deformed […]