P28.9-B fund to help LGUs build capacity for devolution

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the P28.9-billion Local Government Support Fund will be deployed for capacity-building projects ahead of the imminent devolution of National Government (NG) services. “We will formulate capacity-building training, and seminars for our LGUs (local government units) to help them — so that by the time we have full […]

PHL Justice dept to expedite local cases vs 4 Japanese sought for deportation by Japan    

THE PHILIPPINE Justice department has promised the Japanese government that it will expedite the deportation of four detained Japanese nationals who are suspected of masterminding a series of robberies in their home country.   Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla, at a press briefing streamed live on Facebook on Tuesday, said three of the suspects cannot […]

Marcos files bill scrapping iodization requirement for locally-made salt 

A BILL that will remove the iodization requirement for locally-produced salt has been filed at the Senate.  “Local salt producers will now be able to access assistance provided under the ASIN (An Act for Salt lodization Nationwide) Law without the requirement for iodization, giving the industry much needed technology transfer, capital, and support services,” Senator […]

Supermarket group proposes that gov’t help manufacturers source raw materials

A SUPERMARKET industry association proposed that the government aid manufacturers in sourcing raw materials from the Philippines as a means of keeping prices low. Steven T. Cua, Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association president, said government aid in local sourcing will help temper manufacturer price increases. “It would augur well for our economy if the (Department of […]

Measure creating LGU business permit officer position hurdles House panel

THE House committee on local government has approved a bill that proposes to create the position of business permit licensing officer, its chairman said. “By institutionalizing the position of the business permit and licensing officer (BPLO), we are also creating efficiency in local government in the delivery of frontline services, like the issuance of business […]

Tax Notes: BIR clarifies new revised VAT rules for REEs under Create Law

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 152-2022 to provide clarifications and guidelines on the implementation of certain provisions in Revenue Regulations (RR) 21-2021 and RMC 24-2022 and RMC 49-2022 regarding the revised value-added tax (VAT) rules for Registered Export Enterprises (REEs) under the Create Law. What is the VAT […]

Business groups see a better year, but challenges abound

By Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, Reporter LOCAL business groups are expecting a better year for their respective sectors despite the global economic challenges that may hinder the country’s growth prospects. Ebb Hinchliffe, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) executive director, told BusinessWorld via mobile phone interview that the overall sentiment in the group […]

Marcos orders continued suspension of e-sabong

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has issued Executive Order (EO) 9 directing the continued suspension of electronic sabong (e-sabong) operations nationwide, the Office of the Press Secretary said. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) defines e-sabong as “the online/remote or off-site wagering/betting on live cockfighting matches, events and/or activities streamed or broadcasted live from […]

Congressman seeks review of travel, transport allowance for local government workers

THE GOVERNMENT should update the travel and transportation allowance rates for civil servants in local governments, a move that could help boost the tourism sector, a senior legislator said. House Ways and Means Chair Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda called on the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Interior and Local […]

Samsung collaborates with top local CG production team to present immersive 3D programme Impossible Gifting Factory

HONG KONG, Dec 22, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Samsung, a worldwide leader in technological innovation, is generating a buzz of excitement in town this winter with a massive outdoor “immersive 3D” new photo hotspot for the holidays! After working with Japanese and Korean teams, Samsung is collaborating with local creative team DL […]

Doctors’ group raises alarm on possible job loss for 10K workers

A GROUP of doctors who previously served under the government’s rural deployment program raised concern on Tuesday over the potential job losses of more than 10,000 health workers if local governments cannot sustain the Department of Health’s (DoH)  human resource program. In a statement, Doctors to the Barrios Batch 28 said the government should ensure […]

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 […]