Inflation exceeds govt. targets in April


By Rose de la Cruz

 While average inflation already exceeded the government’s target as of April 2018, the surge is seen as temporary and would normalize towards the end of the year, according to the National Economic and Development Authority.


The Philippines Statistics Authority reported that headline inflation accelerated to 4.5 percent in April 2018, higher than the 4.3 percent recorded in the preceding month and the 3.2 percent in April 2017.


This brings the year-to-date average to 4.1 percent, slightly above the full-year target of 2 to 4 percent. Nevertheless, the inflation outturn…

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Scientists cite weak local governance that led to deterioration of Boracay



By Rose de la Cruz


In the recent science policy forum on environmental degradation of Boracay, scientists zeroed in on weak local governance and lack of enforcement of environmental conservation laws as the principal causes for its deterioration and eventual temporary closure.


Dr. Ma. Lourdes San Diego-Mcglone, of the UP Marine Science Institute, identified several environmental issues in Boracay Island, such as coastal erosion, improper coastal infrastructure development, high rate of population increase, water quality degradation, green tides, loss of coastal habitats and the local government’s insufficient knowledge on how to address the issues.



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 King of ‘Balagtasan’ also has links to showbiz



By Boy Villasanta


May 26, 2018 marks the 86th death anniversary of Jose Corazon de Jesus, also known as Huseng Batute, which will be observed by the whole nation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines showcasing the “Pagbabalik-Tanaw sa Hari ng Balagtasan.”


            Aside from being the King of Balagtasan, a literary type of verbal exchange of ideas in rhymed verses on a given topic presided by a lakandula for male or a lakambini for female—sort of referee or mediator—De Jesus was also a very popular columnist in a pre-war Filipino broadsheet, Taliba where he came out with his acerbic…

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37.8% of 2018 budget is for social services, DBM tells IMF-WB


By Rose de la Cruz


Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno addressed the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group spring meeting in Washington D.C. last April and stressed that 37.8 percent of the national budget of the Duterte administration is for public services.


Joining him at the IMF-WBG meeting were were Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, Minister Jose Victor Chan- Gonzaga, Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran, National Economic and Development Authority Undersecretary Rolando Tungpalan, NEDA Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro, DOF Assistant Seretary Maria Edita Tan, DBM Assistant Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, and Climate Change Commission Commissioner Rachel Herrera.


Some of…

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DBM includes Air Asia in its official air service providers



By Rose de la Cruz


To ensure the optimum use of taxpayers’ money, the Department of Budget and Management has signed a memorandum of agreement with Philippines Air Asia as the third official air service provider for the whole of government.


The agreement was signed on May 2 with Philippine Air Asia’s Jose Leandro Ramos, chief finance officer; Capt. Dexter Comendador, president/CEO; DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, DBM- procurement service Bingle Gutierrez and Philippine Air Asia Chief Commercial Officer Gilberto Simpao


Earlier today, the DBM formalized its partnership with Philippines Air Asia, Inc., for the Government…

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