PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS A PROPOSED law that will extend the voter registration period, currently set to end Sept. 30, was approved unanimously Monday on third and final reading in both chambers of Congress. The Senate adopted the House of Representatives' version, which provides that the registration period will be extended by 30 days from effectivity into law. Majority Leader ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN HEALTHCARE WORKER organizations on Monday rejected the Health department's "singular allowance" proposal as it reduces current benefit packages and sets inaccurate categories in terms of risk exposure. Filipino Nurses United President Maristela P. Abenojar called the proposal a "divisive and unjust cost-cutting measure that reflects little regard to the selfless work and sacrifice exerted by ...

PHILSTAR THE SENATE finance committee vowed to increase the judicial branch's 2022 budget at the plenary level after court officials pointed out that next year's allocation is lower than this year's, which is unconstitutional. At the Senate committee hearing on Monday, Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez requested an increase of at least P7.47 billion for next year. Sandiganbayan Justice ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE MAKABAYAN BLOC, a group of progressive party-lists, have named their candidates for the 2022 national elections. The coalition said during its national convention on Monday that their platform would push for measures such as P10,000 cash aid per family, proposed anti-dynasty law, ending contractualization, junking the National Task Force to End Local Armed Communist Conflict, ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Monday said it is investigating the alleged expired face shields for healthcare workers supplied by a private company that was awarded more than P8 billion in contracts. "There is no (expiration date) placed (on the face shields), but I'm still having that investigated because of the revelation of the officer ...

A MAGNITUDE 5.7 earthquake struck Looc, Occidental Mindoro at around 1 a.m. Monday, with the tremor felt in parts of Luzon, including cities in the capital region Metro Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded the earthquake's depth at 64 kilometers. Phivolcs said aftershocks were expected and more than 20 were recorded as of Monday morning with ...

EIA.EMB.GOV.PH THE PROPOSED offshore mining project in Lingayen Gulf poses danger to nearby aquaculture and fisheries industries, according to food security advocacy group Tugon Kabuhayan. Norberto O. Chingcuanco, Tugon Kabuhayan co-convener, said the proposed project will affect the livelihood of fishers and aquaculture operators in Pangasinan. The group said Lingayen Gulf has around 3,000 cages for milkfish (bangus), and numerous ...

THE bankers' association said it supports measures that will allow greater mobility for fully vaccinated people to boost spending and help the economy rebound from the pandemic. "The Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) strongly supports efforts to grant greater mobility to fully vaccinated individuals," BAP President Jose Arnulfo A. Veloso said in a statement Monday. He said offering mobility ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN THE SENATE unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill that makes private schools eligible for a concessional tax rate to help them recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. Senate Bill No. 2407 amends Section 27(B) of the National Internal Revenue Code to make explicit the industry's eligibility for a temporary 1% ...

REUTERS THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launched Monday a redundant system designed to make the first phase of the government's National Broadband Program (NBP) more resilient. "Today, your Department of Information and Communications Technology launches the supplemental infrastructure or resiliency route for Phase 1 of the NBP as part of our ongoing efforts to future-proof the program," ...

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