Other priority concerns on Go’s legislative agenda are programs for agriculture, housing for the poor, education, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW and improved benefits for senior citizens.
A HOUSE leader yesterday expressed strong belief President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte would not veto the entire 2019 P3.757-trillion national budget considering that the leadership of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo backed the priority projects and anti-corruption campaign of the Chief Executive under the national expenditure program (NEP).
Prospero De Vera, Commission on Higher Education ( CHEd) Chairman, said in a memorandum dated April 5, 2019, issued to CHEd Regional Office Directors, Officers-in-Charge, Heads of SUCs and LUCs, De Vera officially announced that SUCs and LUCs are enjoined to shift their academic calendars “to begin in August of every year” starting this coming academic year.
THE Sandiganbayan Seventh Division has sentenced to 42 to 70 years imprisonment two former ranking officials of the Department of Finance (DoF) who were found guilty of seven counts of graft charges that stemmed from the fraudulent issuance of tax credit certificates to a bus firm in 1997 and 1998.
Aside from Paulino, ordered arrested were Aquilino Yorac Cortez, Jr.; Elena Calma Dabu; Benjamin Gregorio Cajudo II; Eduardo Guerrero Guerrero; Noel Yabut Atienza; Alruela Mauro Bundang-Ortiz; Edna Alviz Elane; Emerito Linus Dolantre Bacay; Randy Dela Cruz Sionzon; Egmidio Manzano Gonzales, Jr.; Tony-Kar Balde III; Cristiflor Buduhan; Anna Marin Florentina Sison; Mamerto B. Malabute; and Joy Fernandez Cahilig.
“LET’S encourage government offices to gradually ban the use of plastics and do regular cleanup activities,” former MMDA Chair and administration Senate bet Francis Tolentino proposed yesterday as he called for a “serious and concerted effort to encourage a culture that cares for the environment.”
According to Lt Col. Alexander Arbolado, commander of 4th Infantry Battalion, Barera surrendered to government troops on August 10, 2018 and decided to live a normal life. He is also one of the 43 former rebels who received benefits from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).
PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has reminded the Cordillera Police Regional Office to be always on a high state of alert to repel New People’s Army offensive in the region which he said is being done by the rebels to paint an image that they are still a force to reckon with.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said they “concur with the Chinese official’s statement that the dispute can be best threshed out through peaceful negotiation and consultation between the two countries just as it will strengthen the Philippines-China relationship towards a solid partnership beneficial to Filipino and Chinese communities, the arbitral ruling however has already been rendered and we remain steadfast in maintaining our claims with respect to our territory and exclusive economic zones pursuant not only to the said arbitral judgment based on accepted principles of public international law but consistent with the directives of our Constitution and the aspirations of the Filipino people.”
Each of the three new provinces will have a provincial governor, vice governor, Sangguniang Panlalawigan secretary and members, provincial treasurer, assessor, accountant, budget officer, planning and development coordinator, engineer, health officer, administrator, legal officer, agriculturist, social welfare and development officer, veterinarian, and general services officer.
“The solution is not in tax increases. The solution is in improving tax collection. Ang dapat mapunta sa bayan, dapat ibigay sa bayan, tataas naman nang kusa ang pondo ng lungsod basta tama at maayos ang pangongolekta. Magkakaroon tayo ng pagtaas sa revenue. I assure you that there will be no tax increase in my time. Not in my term,” Belmonte said.
Andaya said they specifically appeal for the restoration of the items taken out of the 2019 GAB by the Senate including Department of Transportation - P5 billion for right-of-way projects; Department of Public Works and Highways - P 11.033 billion for right-of-way projects; Foreign Assisted Projects under DPWH - P2.5 billion; Tehnical Education and Skills Development Authority - P3 billion for scholarship of rebel returnees, out-of-school youths and rehabilitating drug dependents enrolled under the Universal Access to Tertiary Education: Department of Environment and Natural Resources - P2.254 billion for National Greening Program; Department of Foreign Affairs - P7.5 billion budget for SEA Games taken out, but P5 billion transferred to Philippine Sports Commission and P2.5 billion nowhere to be found; Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund - P13.4 billion and the Pension and Gratuity Fund - P39 billion.