Government, rural banks to offer soft loans to cover 13th-month pay

THE government and rural banks will now be offering soft loans to distressed micro and small establishments to help them pay the 13th-month pay of their workers, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)…

Agencies may use Bayanihan 2 funds beyond December 19

GOVERNMENT agencies can still use the P165-billion fund under the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) even after the legislation expires by December. Malacañang made the assurance on Tuesday after some lawmakers proposed extending the effectivity of Bayanihan 2 beyond December 19, 2020. “I don’t think the spending [of…

Kiko touts coco oil for Covid, farmers’ uplift

Coconut farmers are seen to reap huge benefits amid findings that virgin coconut oil (VCO) could prevent or reduce infections from the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19), Sen. Francis Pangilinan predicted Tuesday. “The good news is that coco farmers’ poverty can be cured with VCO as Covid cure,’” the senator said, citing…

Rio Tuba community ‘upcycles’ for soil conditioners

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining (RTN) is the first in the mining industry to use the bioreactor technology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that converts biodegradable wastes into organic fertilizers and soil conditioners. RTN, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), adopts this innovative soil conditioning technology through…

Filipino workers and local products priority in government infrastructure projects, DPWH chief assures

IN response to clamor from lawmakers, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has promised to ensure that local products and Filipino workers will be given priority in government infrastructure projects. Villar issued his commitment during the DPWH’s budget hearing at the Senate recently following calls by…

Lawyers group says Anti-Terrorism Law’s IRR makes it worse

A LAWYERS’ group on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to immediately act on the 37 petitions filed before it seeking to declare as unconstitutional the Anti-Terrorism Law (ATL) following the issuance of its implementing rules and regulations. The Public Interest Law Center said with Republic Act 11479 or ATL’s IRR…