Solon wants more funds for tourism-related infrastructure 

A LAWMAKER on Monday said the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) 2023 budget should include funds for capital outlays.   “I would like to manifest my support to increase the budget of the (DoT) and to include appropriations for capital expenditures,” Cebu Rep. Vincent Franco D. Frasco said during plenary.    Mr. Frasco, husband of Tourism Secretary Ma. […]

Agrarian reform beneficiaries to get aid in accessing markets

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it is planning to strengthen the links between agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and their markets, particularly for those growing rice, corn, coconut, and livestock. In a statement, the DAR said it also plans to digitize its land database. “It’s about time that we further strengthen market linkage for […]

House members declare support for raising DoT budget

LEGISLATORS preparing the 2023 budget said the Department of Tourism (DoT), which will receive 30% more funding under the spending plan proposed by the Executive branch, is still inadequately funded relative to the economic benefits generated by the industry it regulates. “As revenue and job-generating department, adequate budgetary support must be accorded to the Department […]

Little justification for COVID aid — DoF 

CORONAVIRUS financial aid is less of a priority for the Marcos administration as it wants to divert its limited funds to other existing social protection programs, the government’s Finance chief said on Monday.  “The Philippine economy has recovered from the unprecedented pandemic,” Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno told reporters in a Viber message. “It is […]

Task force to use anti-money laundering mechanisms to fight online exploitation of kids 

JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla on Tuesday said an inter-agency task force would employ the country’s anti-money laundering mechanisms to restrict transactions related to online exploitation of children. Mr. Remulla told a live-streamed press conference that he would ask telecommunications companies to implement filters that would block these malicious websites and payments.   “Law enforcement […]