Imee pushes for VAT suspension to rein in on inflation



By Rose de la Cruz


First, she proposed the suspension of the value added tax. And now Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos is telling the administration how the national government can make up for revenue loss from the value added tax (VAT) suspension she has proposed.


"A combination of 10 percent improvement in income tax collection and other measures can generate P362 billion. That would replace the VAT that would be missed," Gov. Marcos said.


She added that although the substitute combo she suggests will take some effort, she pointed out that "it can be…

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P18.9-B for BJMP in 2019 proposed budget


By Rose de la Cruz


The budget for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology has been raised to P18.9 billion from its current cash-based equivalent of only P14.5 billion.


This would address the pressing and disturbing issues of high congestion rates of jails nationwide, said Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.


The BJMP reported that the congestion rate in existing jails in the country has hit almost 600 percent in April 2018. The city jails, for instance, suffer from a 701 percent congestion rate, which may lead to several more problems, among them the spread…

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Industry captains grace 1st Sustainability Summit



By Rose de la Cruz


Captains of big business took off from their busy schedules last Monday to attend the 1st Sustainability and Global Reporting Initiative summit hosted by SM Investment Corp. at the Conrad Hotel, MOA grounds.


Words like triple bottomline—people, profit and planet—and the quadruple bottomline for sustainable business of profits, carbon reduction, community benefits and employee fulfillment—reverberated in the halls of the hotel as speaker after speaker spoke on the importance not just of keeping the business afloat but ensuring that people and planet are safe and productive enough for future generations.

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DBM allots P5.1B for IT improvements



By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Budget and Management is allotting P5.1 billion in 2019 to improve government’s connectivity and interoperability through information technology improvements.


This was revealed by Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno as he assured the public that the Duterte Administration is moving quickly and in step with the private sector in harnessing IT advancements to bring government social programs to 67 million online Filipinos.


“The proposed P5.1- billion budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will include some P1.5 billion for free internet Wi-Fi access…

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Tugade virtually clears NAIA man in Bertiz incident

AFTER being silent for the past days, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has decided to weigh in on the ugly incident involving partylist Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III and a security officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In a statement, Tugade reminded government officials that having an access pass to airports in the Philippines does not exempt them from observing security protocols. 

“Protocols are set to safeguard security and order in our transportation hubs. All of us must follow and respect protocols" he said

NAIA is one of the agencies under the direct supervision of Tugade and his…

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