Why was Duty Free Philippines’ contract extended to 2023?

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Despite extensive investigations by 22 lawmakers on the anomalies in procurement, public bidding and contracts of Duty Free Philippines Corp. (DFPC), its contract was extended from 2018 to 2023, which raised eyebrows from many in the know.

 

And since this could not be undone, lawmakers—Reps. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and Salvador Belaro, 1-Ang Edukasyon—have proposed that DFPC be either privatized or merged with the Department of Tourism or placed under the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, respectively.

 

DFPC was investigated under House Resolution 1742 filed by both partylist congressmen following…

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Bill requiring 1 to 3 nurses in public schools will create 52,156 nursing jobs

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon III, AANGAT Tayo partylist, has filed HB 7874 requiring the deployment of 1 to 3 nurses in all public schools, which in effect would create 52, 156 new nursing positions in the country.

 

In filing the bill, Abayon said a School Health and Safety Office would be created for all public schools, including State Universities and Colleges, nationwide. The SHSO shall be manned by qualified, licensed, and certified personnel.

 

There are 13,396 secondary schools (including 5,965 senior high schools), 38,648 elementary schools, and 112 SUCs.

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 Steps pushed to better implement the new mental health law

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Though recent weeks have seen international celebrities taking their own lives because of depression and mental health illnesses, not much is being reported locally because most of those who commit suicide are too insignificant to matter for majority of the people. Only when local showbiz personalities are involved would the papers or social media report it (the last being that of former Energy and Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes).

 

Republic Act 11036, or the New Mental Health Law, seeks to eradicate the shame and stigma of having mental health illness. Suicides, depression, missing…

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BOP deficit surges in May 2018

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The balance of payment deficit surged in May 2018 to $583 million from its level of $59 million in May 2017.

 

Outflows in May 2018 stemmed mainly from foreign exchange operations of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and payments made by the National Government (NG) for its maturing foreign exchange obligations.

 

These were partially offset, however, by net foreign currency deposits of the NG and income from the BSP's investments abroad during the month. For the period January-May 2018, the cumulative BOP position yielded a higher deficit of $2.08 billion…

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NEDA urges immediate passage of National Land Use Act

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The National Economic and Development Authority is asking for the immediate passage of the National Land Use Act (NaLUA) to resolve boundary conflicts among local government units.

 

About 71 percent or 1,163 out of the 1,634 cities and municipalities have been contesting the computation of their land area, according to the Land Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

 

“Correct and official land area computations are very important to LGUs because their internal revenue allotments are based on land area, population,…

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