PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO By Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson, Reporter THE SUGAR industry has been stifled by regulation and excessive protection, whose members were not pushed to improve productivity, a former agriculture official said. “I think we overprotected (and) over-regulated the sugar industry. And there were regulations that allowed them to just be comfortable without improving their efficiency and competitiveness,” ...

ART TUGADE FACEBOOK PAGE THE Transportation department said on Thursday that it is studying possible rail connections to two towns in Bulacan — Santa Maria and Norzagaray. Bulacan Rep. Salvador A. Pleyto asked the Department of Transportation (DoTr) during a House committee hearing on Thursday about the possibility of connecting the two towns to either the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) or the Metro Rail ...

DA.GOV.PH THE Department of Agriculture (DA) called the white onion shortage an “opportunity” to forge direct links between institutional buyers and growers. The DA said fastfood chains and restaurant owners have advised it of their volume and quality requirements to guide farmers’ planting activities. “A series of consultations and market linkage activities have resulted in the market entry of farmer ...

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it is planning to start releasing via online channels key notifications to agencies informing them of funding approval. The mechanism for release will be the DBM’s Action Document Releasing System (ADRS), whose services will be extended to notices of cash allocation (NCAs), notices of organization, staffing, and compensation action (NOSCA), and other ...

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said it has established an advisory panel which includes two retired Supreme Court justices to guide the department on legal issues it is likely to encounter, particularly regarding the endgame for the Malampaya gas project. “The DoE law and energy advisory panel (will ensure) that the recommendations to the President coming from the DoE are ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) will brief the Committee on Appropriations today, Aug. 26, on the macroeconomic assumptions underpinning the 2023 Budget, Speaker Martin G. Romualdez said in a statement. The P5.268-trillion budget is 4.9% higher than this year’s budget, and equivalent to 22.2% of gross domestic product. The House is considering the government’s spending ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ WALTER BOLLOZOS A FORMER Education assistant secretary has admitted to committing a mistake by signing as a witness to a hastily prepared agreement with a government procurement agency for the purchase of what turned out to be allegedly overpriced laptops. Senator Francis N. Tolentino, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, pointed out at a hearing on Tuesday ...

SOME families who evacuated on Aug. 23 to the People’s Gymnasium ng Gonzaga in Cagayan, one of the provinces most affected by storm Ma-On, locally named Florita. — DSWD-REGION II THREE people died due to the onslaught of severe tropical storm Ma-on, locally named Florita, the government reported on Thursday. Two people from northern Philippines, a 63-year-old man from Cagayan ...

BULATLAT FACEBOOK PAGE NEWS website Bulatlat.com on Thursday asked a Quezon City trial court to hold the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in contempt for leaving its website blocked despite being ordered to stop limiting access. In a six-page petition, Bulatlat said the country’s telecommunications regulator went against the trial court’s order to unblock the website. It added that the NTC’s ...

PEOPLE line up outside the Commission on Elections office in Quezon City on July 8 to register as voters for the supposed Dec. 2022 barangay and youth council elections. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN A SUBSTITUTE bill postponing the December 2022 village and youth council elections to 2023 has been approved by the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral ...