Angara, Bam score Faeldon on OFWs boxes

SENATORS Bam Aquino and Sonny Angara have chided Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon over his alleged strict policies on balikbayan boxes being sent by migrant workers while allowing contrabands like illegal drugs pass unhampered in the agency’s so-called super green lane.

In separate statements, Senators Aquino and Angara have urged the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to give OFWs “breathing space” in processing their balikbayan boxes as a way of “doing justice to OFWs who remit billions of pesos every year."

The legislators were referring to the implementation of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA)…

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Legarda lauds creation of Resilience Institute

THE creation of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP-RI) is a leap forward in ensuring the Philippines’ preparedness against natural calamities, Sen. Lore Legarda said recently.

She commended UP for taking initiatives that will “significantly reduce the impacts of natural hazards by strengthening the country’s disaster resilience through advanced and collaborative disaster management programs.”

“I envision this to be a center for topnotch research on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction” she said. 

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“Not only will it be a primary source of climate information, it will also disseminate information and essential…

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20 years IP claim to ancestral lands approved

SEEKING to address the “non-implementation” of Republic Act 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997), Congress recently passed a bill proposing to extend the period in which indigenous peoples can secure their ancestral domains.

House Bill No. 5350, recently passed on third and final reading at the House of Representatives, extends for another 20 years the period by which cultural communities/indigenous peoples can secure the Certificate of Title to their ancestral lands.

Currently, IPs have until October of this year to avail themselves of their right to own their ancestral lands under Section 12 of RA 8731.

Under the current…

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Phl growth slows to 6.4% in Q1

WITH the effects of election spending now hardly being felt, the Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed down to 6.4 percent, from 6.9 percent for the same period in 2016 and 6.6 percent the quarter before that.

As this developed, the World Bank has downscaled its growth projections for the country this year to 6.8 percent. WB however retained its growth projection of 6.9 percent for 2018. 

 

Still Strong

The revised 2017 projection considers recent economic trends and compares with the 6.9 percent growth forecast in April, the multilateral lending institution…

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Aguirre draws flak over ‘reversed’ Espinosa ruling

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II may soon find himself in a Senate “hot seat.”

This after government prosecutors downgraded from murder to homicide  the charges against the principal suspects in the killing in November 2016  of former Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

The decision was in complete contrast with the findings of the Senate on his death being a premeditated act, even as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in its separate probe also declared that Espinosa’s killing by operatives of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group- Region 8 (CIDG-Region 8) was a rubout.

 

Denounced

But the reality of…

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