Govt. saves P45 million from airfare discounts



By Rose de la Cruz


The government saved P45 million in airfare as of July 2018 because of the Government Fares Agreement, according to the Procurement Service.


These savings were generated from airline tickets purchased by government agencies enrolled in the program at a discount of 8% to 9% of the regular prices of participating airlines. This amount does not include un-quantified savings from additional benefits which enrolled agencies enjoy under the program such as free first rebooking fee, waived processing fee for domestic and international tickets and additional weight allowances. Agencies also enjoy airport lounge…

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2,000 new teaching positions for Alternative Learning System



By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Budget and Management has authorized the creation of 2,000 new Teacher 1 positions for the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education, which corresponds to Salary Grade 2 and equivalent to P20, 179 monthly gross salary.


This will address the shortage in teaching staff for ALS, a program of DepEd intended to help elementary and secondary school dropouts, and those who could not receive formal schooling (like prisoners). Through ALS, out-of-school youth and adults are given an opportunity to finish their primary or secondary education through an…

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1st half OFW remittances from the Middle East drops by 15%



By Rose de la Cruz


Cash remittances of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East in the first semester slipped by 15 percent to $601.856 million, which Rep. Henry Ong (Leyte, District 2) said this could indicate the OFW market in the oil-rich region to be reaching a “saturation point” for which OFW deployment shift is now necessary.


Ong, who is vice chair of the committee on banks and financial intermediaries of the House, said the second half remittances are expectedly stronger because of money transfer surge due to the Christmas season.


However, the…

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COA reports P18.65 B in unclaimed 4Ps cash grants in banks



By Rose de la Cruz


The 4Ps program (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program), which was allotted over P60 billion by the previous administration and in 2017 got a budget allocation of P78.68 billion intended for 4.4 million beneficiaries, has had an unclaimed and unliquidated balance of P18.654 billion as noted by the Commission on Audit.


Because of this, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Bagong Henerasyon partylist) is asking the Department of Social Welfare and Development to immediately remove from its roster of 4Ps beneficiaries those individuals who did not withdraw their 4Ps funds waiting for them…

Read more: COA reports P18.65 B in unclaimed 4Ps cash grants in banks

Hack wave in Instagram reported



By Rose de la Cruz


When using your Instagram be careful not to disclose so much details and share so many photos as hackers will have an easy time invading your account, as recent reports showed a shock wave being experienced in this social media tool.


Multiple Instagram users have been locked out of their accounts and claimed to be unable to re-establish their access.


According to the victims, once criminals have hijacked an account, they are changing the account's nick-name, profile picture, email, and phone number making it almost impossible to restore access.

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