Local Newsbriefs (Vol. 7, No. 8)

DBM awaits for agencies’ budget plans for 2017

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has instructed all departments, bureaus, offices, agencies and operating units (OUs) of the national government, to start submitting their annual budget execution plans for the 2017. 

Commissions and offices under the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and other recipients of budgetary support such as government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) and local government units (LGUs) are also included in the Circular Letter No. 2016-9 dated October 27, 2016. 

The agencies are required to prepare and submit to the DBM…

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CHED’s diploma-less education proposal sparks debates

DEBATES on whether to secure college diploma or obtain vocational certificates from technical schools like TESDA among tertiary students have sparked following the recent pronouncements of the Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan.

In her recent speech, Licuanan floated the idea of changing the present mindset of people wanting the college diploma when “maybe it is better for them to go to TESDA to take vocational courses”.

The chairperson said students should start considering taking vocational courses with the full implementation of the K to 12 program.

She made the statement at the recent Education Summit, where about 500…

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Efficacy of dengue vaccine explained

AMIDST charges that the dengue vaccine-- first launched in November 2015 for public schools—use Filipino children as ‘guinea pigs’ in field trials, Sanofi Pasteur said by contrast the Philippines is one of the late adapters of this technology which is aimed at public disease prevention programs elsewhere in the world.

Senator Dick Gordon earlier wanted the vaccines recalled by the Department of Health saying that public schoolchildren should not be used as guinea pigs in such public health trials.

In a press conference, Dr. Alain Bouckenooghe, associate VP and regional head of clinical R & D of Sanofi Pasteur said…

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DTI hands P655-M capital to Yolanda victims

Three years have passed since super typhoon Yolanda devastated Eastern Visayas, but disturbing reports about victims not receiving appropriate assistance from the government continue to linger.

It’s welcome news, therefore, that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has continued, in the past months, to uplift Yolanda-affected areas by providing assistance on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the area. 

In a statement, DTI announced that it has contributed a total amount of Php 655,524,638 in Yolanda rehabilitation, benefitting a total of 43,573 individuals. 

Based on the summary of accomplishments provided by DTI Region 8, a total…

Read more: DTI hands P655-M capital to Yolanda victims

Duterte’s continued subservience to alien powers scored

STRESSING that President Duterte could just be playing the game of musical chairs, militant group Sanlakas has expressed doubts on his moves to break from the clutches of United States and instead sit on the lap of China describing it as ‘ a mere change from one imperialist power to another’.

In a press statement, Lawyer Aaron Pedrosa, Sanlakas Secretary-General instead called for a truly independent foreign policy that is free from the dictations and subservience to any foreign imperialist powers.

"Ours must be an independent foreign policy that does not merely take sides between two opposing hegemonies, but stands…

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