THE Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) has inked an agreement with the Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to “jointly implement” the provision of “necessary” technical assistance to select local government units (LGUs) in compliance with the law on ease of doing business.
The DILG, ARTA, DICT and MAP signed last Friday the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly boost the ease of doing business in select LGUs in compliance with Republic Act No. 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.”
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte—Early childbearing is seen to become more prevalent anew in the Philippines, as it breeds an alarming new trend post-pandemic, when restrictive health protocols on social or physical distancing is no longer in effect, following the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippine government’s declaration of the end of Covid-19 being a health emergency here and abroad.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go lauded the recent approval of Republic Act No. 11958 which amends Republic Act No. 6948 to rationalize the disability pension provided to military veterans, thereby recognizing and honoring their dedicated service to the nation. Go served as co-author of the measure.
ON August 9, 2023 we commemorate the 29th International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The date was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly to mark the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. There are at least 110 indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICC/IP) in the Philippines. Individually, they number anywhere between 14 and 17 million. Geographically, they are predominantly located in Mindanao (61 percent) and Northern Luzon (33 percent). While they represent a sizeable chunk of the population, IPs continue to be among the most disadvantaged groups in the country.
There is virtually no livelihood and employment aspect that Covid-19 has not disrupted, and our poor countrymen were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Millions of minimum wage earners and contract workers that lost their jobs became poorer because of the long lockdowns. Thanks to the decision of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to lift restrictions earlier than expected, the people got their livelihood back. But, just as they are starting to recoup their income losses, some wise lawmakers are trying to find a new way to push poor Filipinos deeper into poverty.
Bills proposing adjustments in workers’ wage rates that are currently pending before the Senate Committee on Labor will not be put on the back burner, even as the regional wage board in Metro Manila has already granted a P40 increase in daily minimum wage in the region, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada vowed on Friday.
Lawmakers have filed a resolution to look over the impact on national palay yields and farmers’ incomes of the over four-decade heavy dependence by farmers on imported synthetic or petroleum-based fertilizers, amid a fresh government push for balanced fertilization or the combined use of both chemical and organic inputs in farming.