PPA, BOC resolve row on MICP, South Harbor

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have reached an agreement in the interpretation of proposed provisions of the draft Customs Administrative Order (CAO) regarding jurisdiction over container yards and facilitation of permits within the South Harbour and the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

The issue stemmed from several provisions in the draft CAO allowing BOC to establish temporary storage for overstaying and abandoned cargoes within container port terminals that are under the jurisdiction of the PPA.

“The PPA and BOC have discussed each others’ requirements and are working together to address the need of Customs…

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Free medicines for the poor pushed

By Maria Elyza Silva 

ONE of the tough and troubling situations that the poor has to endure is the deprivation of the right to obtain proper care and free medical treatment whenever they get sick.

In fact, one of the more popular sayings in the country ‘sa Pilipinas bawal ang magsakit’ although said in jest effectively summarizes the real and unfortunate situation of health care system in the country. 

Thus, in a bid to promote optimum health and well-being for every Filipino, Tarlac 2nd District Rep. Victor Yap has filed a bill seeking to provide free medicines for marginalized…

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LRT-1 eyes longer operating hours

DETERMINED to at least lessen the burden and better serve the riding public, the management of LRT-1 is looking at extending its operating hours to better serve their clients.

Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez said the longer working hours intend to increase the number of weekday trips, extend operating hours and shorten waiting periods for LRT-1 passengers. 

Daily trips on weekdays will increase by 8 percent from 512 to 554 daily trips from Baclaran to Roosevelt and vice versa upon the implementation of the new timetable.

Meanwhile, the existing schedule for weekends and holidays will remain unchanged.…

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FUND the FARMS, NOT ONLY ARMS (First of Two Parts)

Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte must have realized by now that the root cause of the MARAWI SEIGE is extreme poverty in the countryside especially Basilan where the Abu Sayaf started.  It is therefore now timely for Pres. DUTERTE to also declare a WAR ON POVERTY, not only drugs. 

Recently he encouraged the Armed Forces of the Philippines to re-invent the armed forces to prepare for a War on Terrorism. He promised them all the arms they needed to fight terrorism. They must however increase their intelligence network and “if necessary” they even have to disguise as farmers. 

This…

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TADECO eyeing expansion

Davao-based Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc (TADECO) is eyeing more areas for its Cavendish bananas in anticipation of its possible loss of 5,308 hectares which it currently leases from the Bureau of Correction and for which the lease agreement is now under legislative inquiry.

Anthony B. Sasin, chair of Anflo Management and Investment Corp. (Anflocor), which manages TADECO said the company is looking at purchasing around 2,000 hectares in Cateel, Davao Oriental.

The  move aims to help make up for the loss of land resources in case TADECO lets 5,308 hectares go, a subject of a Joint Venture Agreement with…

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