NEA plans investment guide for electric cooperatives

THE National Electrification Administration (NEA) is looking at issuing a policy that will serve as an investment guide for electric cooperatives (ECs), a recent memorandum posted on its website said.  The memo, signed by NEA Administrator Edgardo R. Masongsong, said the agency’s board of administrators decided to come up with the proposed policy identifying investment ventures […]

Peso sinks ahead of BSP decision

THE PESO retreated further versus the greenback on Wednesday due to foreign selling at the stock market and cautiousness ahead of the central bank’s policy review. The local unit closed at P48.805 a dollar on Wednesday, shedding 10.5 centavos from its P48.70 finish on Tuesday, data from the Bankers Association of the Philippines showed. The […]

Cebuano doctors back IATF arrival policies

A GROUP of Cebuano doctors has expressed full support for the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) policy for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) mandating a 10-day facility-based quarantine followed by four-day home quarantine and swabbing on the seventh day from arrival. On the other hand, seafarers’ groups have appealed to the IATF […]

Program delivery at local government unit level seen as key to addressing undernutrition

IMPLEMENTATION of nutrition policy needs to be improved to address undernutrition among Filipino children, a Zuellig Family Foundation official said. “We are not lacking in good nutrition laws. We are also not lacking in assessment reports,” he said. “Our challenge really is implementation,” Zuellig Family Foundation Chairman Ernesto D. Garilao said at the launch of […]

Nalzaro: IATF should face Gwen head-on

Did Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia violate the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) policy on arriving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs)? Why won’t IATF officials and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), which has direct control and supervision over local officials, face Gwen […]

Swab-upon-arrival rule in Cebu receives support

MEMBERS of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and local chief executives of Cebu and Mandaue cities on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, expressed support for the so-called One-Island policy to swab returning Filipinos upon arrival. However, Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7) spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche […]

AVIA appoints Celeste Campbell-Pitt as its new Chief Policy Officer for the region

SINGAPORE, Apr 30, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has appointed a new Chief Policy Officer to be based in its Singapore office, a first for the role. Celeste Campbell-Pitt joins AVIA on Monday 3rd May, initially joining Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros, who will be retiring after […]

A Challenge for Australia: Can the deep-rooted racial discrimination be eradicated?

SYDNEY, Mar 26, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – On November 19, 2020, the Australian Department of Defense issued a report that officially recognized the killing of 39 civilians by Australian elite forces in Afghanistan. The 300-page report caused an uproar in the international arena. Killing civilians was named “blooding” by Australian military by […]

#ContinuumBlockLegs – March Continuum Blockchain Legislation Summit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Mar 16, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – Continuum Market and Kristina Bruhahn present #ContinuumBlockLegs March Blockchain Legislation Summit, the global virtual summit monthly meeting series with upcoming dates kicking off Friday, March 19th, aims to foster U.S. State & Federal Bipartisanship and Global Cross-Border policy discussions and consensus to create […]

Indonesia draft law seeks to increase gov’t influence in central bank policy

INDONESIA is pursuing another attempt at increasing government influence in the decision making and operations of its central bank, as well as expanding its ability to fund public debt, according to a draft legislation to be discussed in parliament. A proposed omnibus financial sector reform bill would require Bank Indonesia to take into account the […]

BSP unlikely to raise rates soon

BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday said policy makers are not inclined to tighten monetary policy yet as they see the uptick in inflation as “temporary,” with pressures coming from the supply side. “Notwithstanding the impact of supply-side factors on the inflation path, we are not inclined to tighten monetary […]

Senate recommends cancellation of ‘half-baked’ privatized vehicle inspection policy

THE SENATE public services committee has recommended the repeal of the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) order delegating motor vehicle inspection system to private operators. Under Committee Report No. 184, the panel chaired by Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares said the order is “half-baked” and will have to go through the legislative process. “The policy of ensuring only […]