Koko pushes for disaster preparedness agency

FULLY aware of the severe damage that natural calamities bring to the country, Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel is open to the idea of creating a separate Department of Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency, to address year-long disaster management concerns.

"The name of course can be modified, but the important aspect here is preparedness at the highest executive level. We need a full-time and dedicated bureaucracy for disaster management" Pimentel said.


Nationwide drills

This developed as he called on the NDRRMC to hold more nationwide drills, apart from the quarterly exercises, to better prepare the citizenry during emergency situations.

"Let's assess…

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Newsbriefs for October 8-14, 2018

Gov’t loses P43 billion a year to tax evaders 

The Department of Finance reported that the government is losing at least P43 billion a year from unscrupulous businessmen who are exploiting the country’s corporate income tax (CIT) system and transfer-pricing schemes.

Finance Undersecretary Karl Frederick Chua said that many of these companies belong to the list of the country’s top 1,000 corporations.

He added the erring firms are taking advantage of government incentives and abuse the practice of transfer pricing to avoid paying the correct amount of taxes.

Transfer-pricing abuse is explained as the corporate practice of shifting profits from…

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Pulilan is losing its farms to subdivisions, industrial estates


By Rose de la Cruz


In this still-vastly agricultural municipality of Bulacan, Pulilan has been losing its touch for farming with many former rice fields being converted into subdivisions and industrial estates, as a result of the brisk outward expansion of mega Manila to the suburbs to resolve its overcrowding problems due to uncontrolled migration of people to the premier metropolis.


Sadly, farmers are becoming office workers (particularly in call centers and industrial zones) and traders with just a few of the former tillers sticking to planting, a now hugely-unpopular livelihood.


There’s hope


But there…

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By Rose de la Cruz


In judging the performances of local government units, the Department of Interior and Local Government and peers from health and budget must include the implementation of no smoking and tobacco control laws and policies in their jurisdictions.


Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist said considering the high adverse impact of smoking on the health of our citizens, the DILG, DOH, and DBM ought to grade LGUs on how effectively they are able to implement no smoking and tobacco control laws and policies in their jurisdictions.


“Smoking impacts on life expectancy and the health of the youth, mothers, children, and seniors. The high cost on health of smoking is the reason the government imposes sin taxes on tobacco and tobacco products,” Salo, a former DOH consultant, said.


In addition to the administrative, criminal and other penalties on tobacco control, Salo suggested that the metrics on tobacco control should be among the criteria for the incentive awards the DILG, DOH, and DBM give to model LGUs.


He said he wants administrative sanctions against LGU officials who fail to implement the laws and regulations on tobacco control.


Read more: Include tobacco control measures in judging LGUs’ scorecard

P4.59-B of Marawi Rehab Funds released



By Rose de la Cruz


A total of P4.59 billion of the P10  billion allocated for the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction program of Marawi City has been released and another P2.29 billion are forthcoming, said the Department of Budget and Management.


In a press release, the DBM said P2.29 Billion has been released to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to support the implementation of programs/projects/activities (P/P/As), in line with the Marawi City Rehabilitation and Recovery.


The amount is chargeable against the Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP) under…

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