NEDA pushes reforms to help private, public companies to compete on equal terms


By Rose de la Cruz


The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is pushing for major reforms that would make state-owned companies to compete on equal terms with private firms to ensure consumer welfare and public interest.


NEDA OIC Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon said these reforms intend to boost market performance and correct the dual regulatory and proprietary functions of some state entities.


“If a state entity is an enterprise or operates as a business, then it must compete on equal terms with the private sector and must not have undue advantage. State support in the form of…

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More support comes the Navy’s way


By Rose de la Cruz


After getting recently two naval vessels from the Japanese government, which is said to be “just the beginning” the Philippine Navy got another support from the SM Foundation Inc. with the donation of a newly-refurbished out-patient department of its Naval Station Hospital in Fort San Felipe, Cavite City.


As Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told SMFI Executive Director Connie Angeles (for health and wellness) “I hope this is just the beginning of your support to us,” to which Angeles replied that SMFI would also take care of maintaining the facility provided the PN…

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AGRICULTURE is the backbone of the Philippine economy – and yet farmers still don’t get their fair share in the country’s economic growth.

In fact, workers in the agriculture sector accounts for more than a third of Filipinos living on or below the poverty line.

According to 2015 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the poverty incidence for farmers is at 34.3 percent and 34 percent for fishermen.

Fortunately, ensuring that the country’s farmers and fishermen get the much-needed assistance from the government is now on top of President Rodrigo Duterte’s agenda.


Funds for farmers

In fact,…


Quiboloy’s Church Issuing US Visa?

By Fernan J. Angeles


THE Federal Bureau of Investigation may have uncovered a dubious scheme that sees Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s religious sect into a lucrative business offering an express visa to the United States using their controversial church as conduit.

In a news article which appeared in a Manila-based major daily, the FBI was reported to be in the middle of an investigation on the local chapter of Quiboloy’s church, Kingdom of Jesus Christ, on what appears to be an in-house “immigration bureau”.

The news article specifically cited the FBI is intently looking for evidence that would pin down…

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Random drug test must begin with Barangay, SK people in drug list



By Rose de la Cruz


To weed out drug users and dependents among barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials and personnel, the Department of Interior and Local Government must initiate random drug testing to ensure that those elected to the post can’t do more harm to the community.


This was proposed by Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and assistant majority leader, as he asked the DILG to also invoke RA 9165 (or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) in doing such random testing.


RA 9165 authorizes the DILG to conduct random drug testing of current…

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