Inclusion of reps for OFWs, education sector recommended for bill on employment recovery plan 

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS proposed the inclusion of representatives from overseas Filipino workers (OFW) groups and the education sector in a planned interagency body for the country’s employment recovery plan following the coronavirus pandemic.  Migrant Workers Secretary Susan V. Ople, in an economic affairs hearing at the Senate on Tuesday, said Senate Bill 129 should include representation […]

Police chief tells jail boss to answer allegations in court, not in media

A SUSPENDED prison chief should face allegations of his involvement in the murder of a local broadcaster in court instead of answering them in media interviews, the national police chief said on Monday.   “We base the charges against the suspects on the evidence, circumstances and statements given by the witnesses,” national police chief Rodolfo S. […]

Opposition told to learn from US midterm results

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter THE PHILIPPINE opposition should temper right-wing populism that enabled Rodrigo R. Duterte’s rise to power by promising voters enough social protection amid economic challenges, political analysts said on Sunday, as US Democrats retained control of the Senate in this year’s midterm elections. The preparations of opposition forces for the […]

Conservation NGO calls for crackdown on illegal fishing, suspension of fish imports

THE government needs to crack down on illegal fishing in municipal waters and reduce fish imports if it expects fisherfolk and marine resources to thrive, a conservation group said. “We are already feeling the pinch of a global food crisis, including decreasing national fish stock. The country’s aquaculture and marine resources should be prioritized as […]

Priority access to government land proposed for aquaculture as industry calls for limits on seafood imports

By Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson, Reporter THE fisheries industry has proposed that the government expand tenure for public land used in aquaculture, and called for limits on fish imports that compete with domestic products. “I think the government should further support the increase of production of the fisheries sector by enacting support policies that […]