Brokers slam ATI's ‘faulty’ booking system

By Chito L. Junia

CUSTOMS brokers doing at business Asian Terminals, Inc. have scored what they described as error prone booking system more popularly known as Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS).

One of the brokers who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals complained that he has lost money over “unexplained and mysterious reasons” while trying to facilitate a booking for their cargo vehicle.

He claimed that he allegedly lost an earlier deposit for TABS without getting a clear explanation from ATI why and how it happened. 

The broker alleged that when he was trying to get a booking schedule…

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The tax reform paradox

AT FIRST glance, the idea of reducing individual and corporate tax rates to 25 percent, especially for those earning P1 million or less in a year, seems to be pro-poor as the wage earners are now considered the most taxed sector of the economy.

But with government raising the consumption tax (value added tax) and excise tax on petroleum products and sugar-based products as well as sin taxes , these measures would again weigh more heavily on the targeted sector--the marginal wage earners.

There seems to be a complete disconnect and paradox in the way economic planners are working out…

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DA moves to make onion industry stronger

ONION farmers in the Philippines, long at the mercy of big smuggling cartels, may soon find more markets for their produce thanks to the Department of Agriculture’s efforts to make the onion industry in the Philippines more competitive.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has announced a series of measures to strengthen and protect the local onion growing industry.

Among the steps include a commitment to provide government financing for a marketing agreement between local onion farmers and big supermarket and restaurant chains and a series of steps to improve the local farmers’ competitiveness.

In a meeting with officials of the National…

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RUPA’s statement on DOTR’s defense of Tugade
OUST TUGADE. RUPA Convenor Ray Junia (2nd from left) is joined by RUPA Vice President Atty. Ramon Cuyco (extreme left), Bishop Nilo Tayag of Rebolusyong Duterte (3rd from left) and Nick Elman of Union of Filipino Workers (extreme right) as they announced the formation of Oust Tugade Movement during a recent press briefing. (Photo: ART TORRES)

We at Road Users Protection Advocates (RUPA), take exemption to the allegations of DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications Cherrie Mercado, that our group was formed only for the purpose of besmirching the reputation of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Let me remind Ms. Mercado and the…

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Bleeding Ports

By Chito Junia

PORTS are crucial for the country's integration into the global economy. It is in fact, the gateway for industrial growth that provides the nation's vital trade link with the world market and connection between the sea and land transport.

In the Philippines, the bulk of imported agricultural, food and finished products that go to the local markets, and the amount of imported raw materials that feed the factories of the country's manufacturing industry pass through the Port of Manila (POM) and the Manila International Container Port (MICP), the country's two major ports.

Operated by private port operators…

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