Bicycles, not cars, key to transport woes

COMMUTERS should be looking at bicycles instead of used cars amid the lack of public transportation. Agreeing to reports that used car sales are expected to rise sharply due to the COVID-19 pandemic, transport consultant Robert Siy said public transport capacity has been severely reduced because of the new seating capacity limits.

Drug-using cops

June 23, 2020
THE existence of drug-using officers and men in uniform is something that cannot be ignored by the top leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the rest of the Filipinos.

PhiIhealth crisis

June 22, 2020
As if  a multi-billion-peso financial crisis facing the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. is not enough, comes now a full-blown feud between its top management and Malacanang over how to resolve the problem.

Urgent legislation

June 22, 2020
A PROPOSED legislation now awaiting consideration in Congress aims to facilitate the country’s transition to “blended learning” in public secondary and elementary schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

PNP, PDEA partnership underscored as public told to use anti-drug hotlines

OFFICIALS yesterday credited the string of major anti-drug victories by the government to the enhanced partnership between the Philippine National Police headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency even as PDEA chair, Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva called anew on the public to use the PDEA hotlines in tipping off illegal drug activities in their neighborhood.

Raising funds during the time of COVID 19

EVEN during the time of COVID 19, BPI Capital Corporation, today’s leading investment bank in the Philippines, continues to ramp up its fund-raising for corporates as well as the government. Starting January 23 and all the way up to March 27, BPI Capital helped raise a total of P400 billion in Peso Bond and Corporate Notes, and US$ 1 billion in US Dollar Bond and US Dollar Hybrid Security. In these deals, BPI Capital acted either as Joint Lead Arranger and Sole Selling Agent, Joint Lead Issue Manager, Lead Arranger and Bookrunner, Joint co-Arranger, Joint Lead Underwriter and Bookrunner, or Joint Domestic Manager.

Financial embarrassment

June 21, 2020
“JCR holds that a downturn will be limited given the country’s strengthened economic base, resilient external position, and the government’s economic stimulus package totaling more than nine percent of GDP (gross domestic product). JCR also considers that the fiscal soundness will not be impaired because while the fiscal deficit may widen, the package at this time is justifiable and the government debt will remain comparatively subdued,” the JCRA was quoted as saying in a statement.

Bogus PWDs

June 21, 2020
THE government, through Congress, continues to craft pieces of legislation that stress its genuine concern over the welfare of persons with disability (PWDs) and other special social sectors.

Sleepless nights over SAP money

I’m saying this amid complaints that barangay officials should really not be totally blamed for the anomalous distribution of Social Amelioration Program or SAP cash aids worth P5,000 to P8,000 starting last April since they merely relied on the number of SAP forms provided them by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units.