By Chito Junia

EVERY TIME a leadership change happens at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the “no tara” policy is always among the first batch of orders issued by the new commissioner. And yet, the bureau continues to fail in meeting its collection targets. But what is “tara” and how damaging could this practice be, that this BOC stigma puts the bureau as among the most corrupt agencies of the government. 

“Tara” is a fixed amount of money pegged by some corrupt customs officials on certain inbound container vans loaded with imported goods to facilitate its fast and trouble-free…


Common good, rule of law must guide social media

By Rose de la Cruz

Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Bagong Henerasyon Partylist and chairman of the Committee on Public Information, said that the common good and rule of law must be the guide in both mainstream and social media/bloggers. 

In a statement, Herrera-Dy said the new ecosystem of media has emerged and all creatures, great or small, interact and are influenced by each other and the environments they happen to live in.

To keep matters organized and as sane as possible, the people must be guided by the common good and rule of law, the beacons of light when darkness and confusion set…

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Visayas to have higher growth than national GDP

By Rose de la Cruz


Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the expected average growth rate in the Visayas region would be higher than the national target for GDP (gross domestic product) for 2017-2022. 

Speaking in Cebu for the American Chamber of Commerce-Visayas chapter at Radisson Blu Hotel, Pernia said the region’s growth is expected to be between 7.7 and 8.3 percent. 

 “Currently, Central Visayas has four main growth drivers—travel and tourism, IT-BPM, manufacturing, and construction. We also want to harness the potential of other industries in order to spur economic growth in the region,”…

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Slow infra pace prompts WB to cut growth forecast for PHL

The “slower than expected” pace of infrastructure projects in the country this year prompted the World Bank to reduce anew its growth forecast at 6.6 percent. 

The Washington-based multilateral lender said the delay in the anticipated push of government’s planned infrastructure program has contributed to the moderation of fixed capital formation growth, softening the growth prospects this year, said World Bank in its Asia Pacific Update of October 2017. 

This is the third forecast made by WB for the country: the first was 6.9 percent, then scaled down to 6.8 percent and then now to 6.6 percent…

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By the OpinYon Reportorial Team

DISGUSTED and betrayed.

This is how several non-government organizations (NGOs) advocating for the welfare and protection of Filipino migrant workers felt over plans by Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac to hand-over the conduct of pre-departure orientation seminars (PDOS) for all departing OFWs exclusively to a favored group.

Poe Gratela spokesman of NGO Movement to Enhance PDOS (Movement Enhance) said Cacdac’s plan to authorize only placement agencies under the banner of Coalition of Licensed Agencies for Domestic and Service Workers (CLADS) “if true is highly questionable and anomalous”.


Conveniently Forgotten

He noted that…


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