Villar, Cusi richest gov’t secretaries

Inquirer.net 05/26/2018

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi are the richest cabinet secretaries in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to their recently released Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth. In a Radyo…

Gov’t uses AI to address AI threat, save BPO jobs

Inquirer.net 05/24/2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) battling artificial intelligence may sound like a science-fiction movie, but for the Philippine government, it is a way to save thousands of Filipinos from being jobless. It is known that several information technology and…

14 gov’t employees tested positive of drug use

Jessa Mae O. Sotto 05/24/2018

14 government employees tested positive during a surprise drug testing conducted by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) this month. CPADAO Head Carmen Remedios Durano – Meca said the surprise drug testing was conducted at the…

Govt, private firms also burdened by fuel price increases

Jose Santino S. Bunachita, Morexette Marie B. Erram and Jessa Mae O. Sotto 05/23/2018

THE government and private businesses are also going to bear the brunt of the series of oil price hikes implemented by petroleum companies. Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President Stanley Go said several business processes…

DOF says gov’t can’t suspend fuel excise taxes under Train

Inquirer.net 05/23/2018

Contrary to earlier pronouncements that the government can suspend fuel excise taxes when global oil prices reach $80 a barrel, the Department of Finance clarified Wednesday that the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act only…

CHEd, Cebu City to aid gov’t scholars in private schools

Futch Anthony Inso and Rosalie O. Abatayo 05/22/2018

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) plans to give financial assistance to certain private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that accept government scholars who are covered by Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education…

Masbate Gov’t insist they own La Manok island

Rosalie O. Abatayo 05/22/2018

The municipal council of Esperanza town in Masbate passed a resolution urging Daanbantayan and the Cebu provincial government to stop claiming jurisdiction over La Manok islet. Esperanza Vice Mayor Ramon Diamos said they will continue to assert…

Mandaue City gov’t to file case vs 4 persons for selling timberland

Norman Mendoza 05/21/2018

Lawyer Allan James Sayson, Mandaue Assistant City Legal officer, warned the public not to purchase parcels of lot at the timberland area near the 6.5-hectare relocation site in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City. This declaration came after the…

Gov’t to open more Malasakit Centers in the Visayas

Rosalie O. Abatayo 05/20/2018

THE Malasakit Center located at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) has already serviced at least 13,000 individuals and spent about P50 million in government funds since it started operation in February 2018. Despite this, many…

Gov’t-built sewerage system near shoreline disturbs Cimatu

Inquirer.net 05/19/2018

BORACAY MESS Boracay Island, Aklan — Even while commercial establishments are being directed to demolish structures encroaching on the 30-meter beach setback on Boracay Island, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu was surprised to find a government-built sewerage system…

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