Farmers, workers give Palace proposed solution to sugar problem in PH

Farmers and workers in the sugar industry have proposed solutions to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to address shortages and price increases of the commodity. On Wednesday night, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri shared that he led a delegation of stakeholders, including sugar workers, farmers, and millers, to meet with Marcos…

11,000 Metro Manila PUVs back by Monday

Some 11,000 buses, jeepneys and UV Express vehicles (UVEs) are expected back in the streets of Metro Manila and its outskirts on Monday, plying 133 “non-Edsa” routes that avoid the capital’s busiest avenue, in time for the return of in-person classes after a two-year pandemic break. The Land Transportation Franchising…

NIA welcomes former DENR exec as its full-fledged administrator

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) welcomed its new full-fledged chief, Benny Antiporda, after the Board of Directors elected him on Thursday. Antiporda, formerly an undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), was earlier appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to head the NIA in an acting capacity.

Bongbong Marcos: SRA revamp up; ‘let’s import’ sugar if needed

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Wednesday he would reorganize the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) following the fiasco caused by the unauthorized approval of an order to import 300,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar. Speaking to reporters at an event for the government’s vaccination program in Manila, the president said…

No final decision yet on proposed deferment of barangay, SK polls – Comelec

The postponement of the 2022 barangay and Sangunniang Kabataan (SK) Elections is not yet final, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman George Garcia said on Thursday. The House of Representatives committee on suffrage and electoral reforms earlier approved a motion postponing the elections scheduled in December 2022. Garcia, however, pointed out…

Villanueva pushes for WFH set up with tax perks for ecozone firms

Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva has filed a bill seeking to allow employees in ecozones and freeports to work from home (WFH) while maintaining the tax and fiscal incentives given to their companies. Senate Bill No. 135 or the “Work-from-Home in Ecozones” bill amends the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives…

August 19 a special non-working holiday in Quezon City

The Quezon City government announced on Thursday that August 19 will be a special non-working holiday to commemorate the 144th birthday of the city’s namesake, the late former president Manuel L. Quezon. “Alinsunod sa Republic Act No. 6741 idineklarang Special Non-Working Holiday ang August 19, 2022, Biyernes sa Quezon City,…

Parts of Ninoy Aquino Ave. closed from Aug. 19 – 22 for construction of new LRT-1 station

Portions of Ninoy Aquino Avenue will be closed to traffic from August 19 to August 22, due to the construction of the Ninoy Aquino Station of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Thursday. According to the DOTr advisory, both southbound and northbound lanes…

DOT trains Virgin Island vendors after overpricing mess

Following the reported overpricing issue in the tourist area, the Department of Tourism Office in Central Visayas has conducted training for food vendors and service providers in Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol, to foster a “service excellence culture” in the island. The training, dubbed the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence,…