P24-B earmarked for salary hike of govt. employees


By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Budget and Management has set aside P24 billion for the salary increases of 1.2 million state employees under the third tranche of the salary standardization law (SSL), or Executive Order 201 of 2016, which grants a compensation adjustment to be given in four tranches.


The third tranche will be implemented starting January 2018 and will effectively increase the compensation package of all civilian workers in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches; Constitutional Commissions and Offices; and state universities and colleges (SUCs).


Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) covered by the…

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Chavez resigns from DoTr

Chavez resigns from DoTr

By Rose de la Cruz


Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavvez of the Department of Transportation stated his reason for resigning irrevocably as delicadeza because of the numerous and frequent (almost daily) glitches of the Metro Rail Transit 3.


But beyond the surface are a thousand other reasons why Chavez has opted to keep a low profile and now resigned from his post. He has repeatedly refused interviews by this paper and many others, in deference to his boss, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade. And this perhaps could indicate that there were “loose ends from within…

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Koko says strong LGUs key to federalism success

SENATE President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III believes that strong and capable local government units are keys to the success in the proposed federal form of government.

Pimentel issued the statement as he congratulated all local government units that received the Department of the Interior and Local Government's (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance for 2017. 

The number of this year’s recipient LGUs rose to 448, which is significantly higher than the 306 awardees last year.

"The increase in the number of awardees is a good sign, as we prepare for the shift to federalism. Strong and capable LGUs mean…

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A tearful Walk of Fame at Eastwood in honor of Isabel Granada


By Boy Villasanta 

A freewheeling yet emotional part of the ceremony was that bestowing a posthumous honor to Isabel Granada as part of the celebration of the 2017 Walk of Fame induction at the Eastwood City in Libis in Quezon City early last night. 

Isabel’s mother Mommy Guapa, Isabel Castro Villarama in real life, and husband Arnel Cowley couldn’t hold back their tears when Granada’s star was unveiled in the Walk of Fame promenade. It should’ve been Isabel who received the award instead of them, the mom exclaimed. The actress died of aneurysm last October in Doha, Qatar.


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Bill filed mandating insurance cover for rail commuters


By Rose de la Cruz


In filing House Bill 6680 yesterday, Rep. Neil Abayon of AAngat Tayo partylist and assistant minority leader wants an insurance cover for all rail commuters in view of the frequent accidents involving the train systems of the country.


He said it would be “unwise use of public funds” for the Department of Transportation to keep drawing from its discretionary funds to pay for the hospitalization and recovery expenses of accident victims, the most recent of which involved a woman breadwinner who collapsed at the MRT but was hit by the train causing…

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