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PIDS study: Limiting foreign ownership in PH contractors’ industry is invalid, unconstitutional

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 
A study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) revealed that administrative issuances limiting foreign ownership in the Philippines’ contracting industry are unconstitutional and invalid.

 

The study by PIDS consultant Lai-Lynn A.B. Barcenas includes the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 4566, also known as the Contractors’ License Law and Resolution No. 605 issued by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board in 2011. Both include provisions limiting foreign ownership in the industry, hampering entry of potentially efficient players in the Philippine market.

 
“The imposition of foreign…

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Ways to separate criminals and law-abiding motorcycle riders

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

With crimes committed by motorcycle drivers with a rider, what police commonly call riding in tandem, Rep. Ciriaco Calalang of Kabayan partylist, enumerated six steps on how to distinguish and separate the good from the criminal bikers.

 

He said daily reports show that four persons are killed by the riding in tandem, based on police blotters.

 

As a member of the House Committees on Public Order & Safety and Transportation, he suggested the following steps:

 

1)          Create and deploy an online registry with mobile app containing the names and plate numbers…

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Law on class, work suspensions must be changed now

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

With storms now becoming more forceful and destructive, it’s time that the law governing class and work suspensions must be amended to be more proactive and prevent losses to lives and properties.

 

Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., Ang Edukasyon partylist, said the legal basis still most often cited as authority for suspension of classes and work is the 2012 executive order of then President Benigno Aquino III.

 

Executive Order 66, series of 2012 is limited only to public storm warning signals of the PAGASA and to giving local government chief executives…

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Philhealth vows to restore full benefits of senior citizens

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

State insurance, Philippine Health Insurance, has vowed to provide the full benefits of senior citizens following mounting complaints that it has not fulfilled its mandate under the senior citizen law and its charter, which led to the removal of its office in charge by President Duterte recently.

 

Rep. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay of Citizen Partylist said Philhealth will also provide for the raise in premiums of senior citizens from P3,120 to P5,000 to be shouldered by the government.

 

She said PhilHealth has pledged to resume coverage for all senior citizens as mandated…

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Power outages during storms are preventable

 

 By Rose de la Cruz

 

Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta, 1st Consumer Alliance for Rural Energy Inc. said power outages during storms can be prevented  by empowering electric cooperatives and those in the distribution and transmission to remove all potential hazards to power lines.

 

He narrated that Domeng, the first storm of the rainy or wet season, came and went but the monsoon rains remain. Even these monsoon rains alone can cause floods strong enough to wash away electricity poles and power transmission lines, especially those in the provinces. Some of these poles and power lines are on hills and…

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