MPTC says road works on NLEX, SCTEX halted until after ASEAN

Road works and repairs along the North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway will be suspended until after the ASEAN Summit.

Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. said the road expansions in Mabiga, Sta. Ines will have to be put off. MPTC President and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo E. Franco said this, among others, were delayed because of the ASEAN activities in Clark, Pampanga.

Franco said road works on NLEX and SCTEX were shutdown since October 27 so as not to disrupt the All Saint’s Day weekend with the influx of passengers heading for the provinces.

Since various ASEAN activities and meetings were…

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We’re ‘Rescuing’, Not Hiding, Street Dwellers

By Mico Agustin

There is no special retreat, or hiding of street dwellers in preparation of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in November 13-17 in Metro Manila.

Rather, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) called it “rescuing”, as part of its preparation in the upcoming summit.

In an interview recently, MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said the agency, in cooperation with the DSWD, has been rescuing youths in the street for the summit, claiming that they have been doing this even without any special occasion or event.

"Kahit po…

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Pay P1.8-M Storage, SC Tells Comelec

By Francisco Ricardo Garcia 

The Comelec must pay for the approximately P1.8 million for safekeeping the election materials and paraphernalia used in the May 2016 polls. 

The Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), issued this ruling after denying the Commission on Elections’ request for payment for at least 20 Philippine foreign posts, that commissioned warehouses to keep election materials and paraphernalia. The Comelec allegedly ordered the country’s diplomatic posts abroad not to return them to Manila (as yet).

The PET said Comelec reasoned out that the order was in compliance with the precautionary protection order (PPO)…

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Studes Can Go On Field Trip Again

Following the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) lifting of its educational tours and other off-campus activities in public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEI), the Department of Education (DepEd) has been urged to come up its new set of rules for field trips.

"We are hoping that the DepEd will come out with their (new) set (of) guidelines on how to manage school field trips such that we can resume the hosting of field trips to elementary and high school," said Mario Mamon, chairman and president of Enchanted Kingdom in an event recently.

In a CHED Memorandum Order signed by…

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OFW Bank Offers Cheaper Rates, Higher Interests

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) now have a venue for their investments with higher interest rates while there will be either lower fees or for free for their remittances.

As a tribute to Filipinos working abroad and their families here, the former Philippine Postal Bank was renamed Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB) to ease millions of OFWs’ financial burden with the bank’s efficient and low remittance service rates and profitable investment offers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured OFWs that as soon as the OFB got an approval from Land Bank President Alex Buenaventura, interest rates in loan packages would only be…

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