Stricter laws, supervision on organ donation

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Because of unethical practices and graft surrounding organ donation, which for some has led to human trafficking, the lower house has introduced House Bill 1414 to protect both the living and the dead organ donors from such eventualities.

 

Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and assistant majority leader, said that everyday hundreds of Filipinos are becoming afflicted with end-stage organ failure, with organ transplant as the only chance of survival. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute, in its website, states that kidney diseases, especially end-stage renal diseases, are the seventh leading causes of…

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Rising HIV cases among OFWs noted

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylist and assistant majority leader and a member of the foreign affairs, overseas workers affairs and 10 other committees of the lower house, noted a rapid spread among OFWs, millennials and men having sex with men (MSM) that has reached worrisome proportion.

 

Citing the latest data of the Department of Health, Salo said the number of recorded cases among OFWs in particular have risen from 92 cases in 2005 to 814 in 2017.

 

Counting from January 1984 to December 2017, 11 percent (5,453 cases) of all the…

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Govt. told to prepare procedures to effect ease of doing business

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

With the impending passage of the Ease of Doing Business law, local governments were asked to prepare for their plans and procedures on how to make the law work, ahead of its passage this year, if the country is to move forward to progress.

 

Rep. Henry C. Ong, 2nd District of Leyte, said they should not wait for the law to be signed by the President but come up with proposed measures to ensure that red tape is cut, if not removed completely, so that businesses and investors will find it easy…

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NEDA says hikes in commodity prices are not due to TRAIN but expectations

 

By Rose de la Cruz                

 

The National Economic and Development Authority said the hike in prices of food commodities is due jointly to the effects of recent calamities and the expectations (or psychological pressures) that TRAIN law (or the tax reform for inclusion and acceleration) would lead to price escalations.

 

In a press release, officials of NEDA, Department of Finance, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the leading economists attending the meeting of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Sen. Win Gatchalian, voiced a consensus that inflation in January was caused by several factors and the…

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Phl-Japan sign loan agreement for ARBP III

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The governments of Japan and the Philippines signed today the loan agreement covering Phase III of the Arterial Road Bypass Project in Bulacan.

 

The project is meant to alleviate the serious traffic congestion and improve transportation capacity and efficiency around Plaridel Area by onstructing a bypass road of Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway.

 

At the signing of the loan agreement, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia cited it as an important milestone for both the Philippine government’s public infrastructure development program, and in the bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and Japan.

 

The previous…

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