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Road user’s tax hike pushed

Ben O. de Vera - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/26/2020

The motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC)—whose proposed higher rate has been pending approval in the Senate—is needed to build and maintain more roads in the Philippines, the state-run think tank National Tax Research Center (NTRC) said. Since…

3-month extension of Duterte’s special powers sought

DJ Yap - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A House leader is seeking a three-month extension of the special powers granted to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the coronavirus pandemic under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Cagayan de Oro Rep.…

Excise tax on ‘junk food’ pushed

Ben O. de Vera - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/25/2020

To keep Filipinos healthy while raising more revenues for the government, the state-run think tank National Tax Research Center (NTRC) is pushing to slap an excise tax on junk food. “Overconsumption of junk foods causes harm to…

BSP: Postpandemic PH out to win firms exiting China

Daxim Lucas - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/25/2020

The Philippines can end up a major winner in the postpandemic environment if public and private sector policymakers can undertake a unified effort to attract firms that are moving production facilities out of China as a result…

PH Navy’s 1st missile-capable warship enters active service

Jeannette Andrade, Julie M. Aurelio - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy’s first missile-capable frigate will be officially christened and put in active service as BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) on the national hero’s birthday on June 19. According to Navy public affairs office…

De Lima slams Chinese-only COVID-19 treatment facilities

Bong Lozada - INQUIRER.net 05/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Leila De Lima minced no words in criticizing newly discovered underground hospitals and pharmacies catering to only Chinese patients that had been operating in the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a dispatch from Camp…

Gov’t to give cash aid to 5 million more families

Leila B. Salaverria - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has directed the government body leading the new coronavirus disease response to include five million households in the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program, which provides cash assistance to low-income families to…

Reopening schools in August opposed

Melvin Gascon - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — An administration lawmaker on Saturday opposed the plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) to reopen classes in school on Aug. 24, despite the uncertainty in government efforts to contain the spread of the…

DTI eyes reopening of salons, barbershops

Leila B. Salaverria - Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will study how barbershops and salons can carry out their services amid the health crisis over the new coronavirus to determine if they would be allowed to…

SWS: Number of hungry families doubled to 4.2M

Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/23/2020

The number of Filipino families who were hungry due to lack of food almost doubled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a special Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey, conducted through mobile phone…

Duterte fires Office of Civil Defense official – Palace

Krissy Aguilar 05/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte had fired an official of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) due to lack of trust and confidence, Malacañang said Friday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque identified the official as OCD…

Palace contradicts DOH: Philippines still in first wave of COVID-19 infections

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 05/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines —  The Philippines is still in the first wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Malacañang said Thursday, refuting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s declaration that the country is now facing the second wave of the…

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