economy, education | 07/25/2010 1:34 AM
An Aquino administration will partner with the private sector in building infrastructure for urban and rural agriculture and renewal energy initiatives, and in applying appropriate technologies for sustainable development. It will invest in people to keep sectors competitive and healthy.
May 9, 2013: The Department of Agriculture (DA) facilitated the trial export of Mindanao-produced organic black rice to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The organic black rice was produced by the Don Bosco Multi-purpose Cooperative, the pioneer organization in bios dynamics technology farming in Mindanao and is also the biggest supplier of organic rice in the country. Furthermore, Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alacala said that the rice shipment is an achievement for the Philippine rice farmers since it has almost been fdecades since the Philippines exported rice products. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/05/09/mindanao-exports-organic-rice-to-the-middle-east-market/ )
April 17, 2013: Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) Utilities Inc. signed a 28-year lease of contract with the government-owned and controlled corporation Phividec Industrial Authority to put up a 405-megawatt power plant in Misamis Oriental. “In other words, we are not just increasing Mindanao’s maximum capacity. Beyond that, we are reinforcing their entire energy supply with more reliable and stable sources. We are making their energy infrastructure much more competitive. We should also not forget that in constructing these power plants, Filinvest will be injecting 29-30 billion pesos into Mindanao’s economy, while giving jobs to two thousand workers in the process” said President Benigno Aquino III in his speech for the contract signing. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/17/speech-of-president-aquino-at-the-ceremonia... )
April 10, 2013: In the Pacific Energy Summit held April 2-4, Department of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla stressed the importance of renewable energy (RE) in achieving the Energy Reform Agenda’s thrust on energy security, optimal energy pricing, and sustainable energy system. “There should be sharing among nations in strengthening RE knowledge and technologies in terms of research, development and demonstration activities towards technology innovation and standards interoperability, capacity building through knowledge sharing, policy advice and technology transfer, and windows for financing and long term investments, among many others,” Petilla said in his speech. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/10/doe-chief-strengthens-ties-with-trans-pacific-countries-for-renewable-energy-development/ )
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Economy, Tourism | 07/25/2010 1:35 AM
Through strict enforcement of existing environmental laws like the Clean Air, Water, and Solid Waste Acts, coupled with sound mechanisms to ensure compliance, an Aquino administration believes that the Philippines can become more climate-change adaptive.
April 28, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is throwing its full support to an initiative of the Office of the Ombudsman to monitor the compliance of local government units with the ecological solid waste management law. “The DENR commits to lend its technical expertise to the Office of the Ombudsman in monitoring LGUs’ compliance with the law, and cooperate with other government agencies and environmental groups to ensure the success of the program,” Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon J.P. Paje said as he congratulated Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on the successful launch of the “Solid Waste Management Compliance Program” on Earth Day, April 22. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/28/denr-backs-ombudsman-project-to-monitor-lgus-on-solid-waste-compliance/ )
April 16, 2013: The Philippines is getting €3.5 million (roughly P189 million) in grants from the European Union (EU) under its SWITCH-Asia Programme to fund projects aimed at promoting cleaner and more energy efficient industrial production in one of Asia’s rapidly transforming economies. According to Gerochi, the program serves as “an opportunity to reverse the trend of economic development at the cost of the environment through better practices in production and consumption, especially by shifting to producing goods and offering services in an environmentally sustainable manner and patronizing those with less adverse environmental impact.” (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/16/phl-gets-e3-5m-from-eus-switch-asia-program/ )
October 10, 2012: Administrative Order 2012-07-A, handed down by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources dated October 8, 2012 formalizes amendments to the original implementing rules and finally puts in place President Aquino’s EO 79, the new mining policy signed on July 26, 2012, based on a review conducted by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council. (Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/10/09/12/amended-mining-policy-rules-signed-denr-chief)
June 25, 2012: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gained another 40 new partners for its “Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program,” a multi-sectoral partnership aimed at restoring the environmental quality of creeks and rivers in the country. (Continue Reading)
July 9, 2012: Executive Order 79 outlined the Aquino government's mining policy. Basically, the EO intends to increase the revenue of government from mining, intends to improve environmental standards and tries to put consistency in national and local laws pertaining to mining. The EO also establishes the Mineral Industry Coordinating Council," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said.
March 28, 2012: Based on EMB records, most stations showed readings that exceed the PM-10 annual guideline value of 60 microgram per normal cubic meter as provided for in the Philippine Clean Air Act. These are the stations at NPO-EDSA (74 ug/Ncm), Marikina (66 ug/Ncm), Pasay-Taft (130 ug/Ncm), Valenzuela-Radyo ng Bayan (64 ug/Ncm), and Caloocan-Partisol (168 ug/Ncm). (Continue Reading)
January 4, 2012: In support of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s commitment to ensuring productive and safe urban communities, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has recently released a total of P680 million for various flood control, solid waste management and other urban renewal projects of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). (Continue Reading)
December 10, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] formally launched its Environmental Compliance Assistance Center [ECAC] at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City on Friday (December 9). The ECAC was created to assist local government units [LGU] on technical concerns and compliance to environmental laws. (Continue Reading)
November 30, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has padlocked on Friday (Nov. 25) six mineral processing plants operating with expired permits issued by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) of Camarines Norte. (Continue Reading)
October 22, 2011: Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje vowed to further enhance the country’s air quality management program in the wake of a report that air pollution remains one of the three major health issues confronting the nation. (Continue Reading)
August 15, 2011: Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje vowed to strengthen its partnership with local government units and civic society in an effort generate greater public compliance with Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 to address environmental problems in Metro Manila. (Continue Reading)
June 28, 2011: The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was to start apprehending and penalizing violators of the anti-smoking campaign on July 1, Friday. (Continue Reading)
June 25, 2012: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gained another 40 new partners for its “Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program,” a multisectoral partnership aimed at restoring the environmental quality of creeks and rivers in the country. (Continue Reading)
June 3, 2011: Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje forged a memorandum of agreement with 11 Metro Manila local government units for the establishment of appropriate ecological solid waste management systems for homeowners associations of subdivisions and condominiums. (Continue Reading)
May 18, 2011: Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said local chief executives could face administrative sanctions if they would fail to abide by the provisions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, particularly on the prohibition of operating open dumpsites. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was set to provide P1-million fund assistance to local government units to level up solid waste management compliance in Metro Manila. (Continue Reading)
April 20, 2011: A vision of Filipinos jumping into clean rivers may actually be in sight as the government reported headways in cleaning up major waterways. (Continue Reading)
February 17, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will go after local government units (LGUs) who refuse to comply with Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. (Continue Reading)
December 4, 2010: Sans vehicle registrations and licenses to operate, motorized pedicabs or kuligligs continue to ply Metro Manila's streets, prompting the City of Manila to ban these vehicles from the Metro's main thoroughfares. (Continue Reading)
September 26, 2010: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with other government agencies, local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila and non-government organizations (NGOs) to rid EDSA of smoke-belching vehicles. (Continue Reading)
September 16, 2010: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has intensified the fight against air pollution in Metro Manila, and it is focusing its sights on the main culprit: motor vehicles. (Continue Reading)
Economy | 07/29/2010 5:06 PM
Aquino, in his State of the Nation Address on July 26, asked Congress’s support for an Anti-Trust Law that would guard against monopolies.
" Ayon po sa Saligang Batas, tungkulin ng estado ang siguruhing walang lamangan sa merkado. Bawal ang monopolya, bawal ang mga cartel na sasakal sa kumpetisyon. Kailangan po natin ng isang Anti-Trust Law na magbibigay-buhay sa mga prinsipyong ito. Ito ang magbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga small- at medium-scale enterprises na makilahok at tumulong sa paglago ng ating ekonomiya."
March 15, 2013: House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is confident that Congress will eventually approve the proposed anti-trust bill. He said the legislature “strongly supports initiatives enhancing national policies promoting fair and full competition in all commercial economic activities.” Under the bill, a Philippine Fair Competition Commission would be established to ensure that businesses do not abuse their “dominant position” and do not resort to noncompetitive and unfair arrangements and practices. (Continue reading)
Economy | 07/29/2010 5:54 PM
Among his measures to shore up government revenues is to go after tax evaders.
Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Lito Alvarez have vowed to run after tax cheats and smugglers as part of their marching orders from President Benigno Aquino III.
“Sa pangunguna nina Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares at Customs Commissioner Lito Alvarez, bawat linggo po ay may bago tayong kasong isinasampa kontra sa mga smuggler at sa mga hindi nagbabayad ng tamang buwis.”
Promise 93: No new taxes
March 18, 2013: The Department of Finance and Bureau of Internal Revenue have set their eyes on self-employed individuals, such as lawyers and doctors, in the agencies' latest campaign against tax evaders.
February 28, 2013: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has issued guidelines on proper expenses deductions and booking of income to improve compliance among taxpayers and discourage tax evasion. BIR has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 89-2012 and RMC No. 16-2013, which provide guidelines on the tax implications of deposits/advances and the recording of out-of-pocket expenses.
February 26, 2013: The Department of Finance said their campaigns, the Run after Tax Evaders (RATE) program and the Run after the smugglers (RATS) initiative, are warnings to smugglers and tax evaders. “Daang Matuwid means a level playing field for all. By aggressively pursuing these cases, we want to tell smugglers and tax evaders they must play fair if they want to do business in the Philippines,” Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima said.
A telecommunications trader was charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax, deliberate failure to file income and value-added tax returns (ITR), and failure to register as VAT taxpayer. (Continue reading)
DOJ to sue Romulo Neri over taxes
Nakatakdang kasuhan ng tax evasion ng Department of Justice si dating SSS president Romulo Neri. Agad namang nilinaw ng Malacañang na hindi ginigipit ng gobyerno ang mga dating opisyal at kaalyado ng administrasyon ni dating Pangulong Gloria Arroyo. (Continue reading)
BIR looking into SALNs of 10 lawmakers
Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said her agency has requested the House of Representatives for the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth of 10 congressmen to see if they are properly paying their taxes. (Continue reading)
BIR's Q1 collection up, attributes it to name-and-shame campaign
The BIR has surpassed its 1st quarter collection target of P197.04 billion. BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said the agency has collected P199.55 billion from January to March 2011. The BIR attributed it to its Run After Tax Evaders campaign, among others. (Continue reading)
President Aquino calls for aggressive tax efforts
President Benigno S. Aquino III directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to step up its tax collection efforts and raise the revenue level to at least 15 percent (as ratio to the national gross domestic product) to support vital programs and projects of his administration. The Chief Executive said he is confident that a 15 percent tax effort ratio from the present 13 percent can be achieved as such has happened before.(Continue reading)
July 29, 2010: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has slapped charges against officials of a construction firm who have been accused of failing to supply accurate information on their income tax return and to pay taxes amounting to nearly P69 million. This is the second tax evasion case filed by the country's main revenue agency in line with the Aquino government's promise to crack down on cheats and smugglers to raise revenues and trim the budget deficit. (Continue reading)
July 15, 2010: The Aquino government filed its first tax evasion case on Thursday to launch its campaign to shore up shaky revenues and cut the budget deficit by cracking down on corruption and enforcing tax collection laws. Finance officials went to the justice department to file tax evasion charges against pawnshop owner William Villarica, who they said paid only P25,600 in income tax between 1998 and 2009, but was able to buy a P26 million Lamborghini sports car. (Continue reading)
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Others | 07/20/2012 12:19 AM
Aquino, in his speech at the National Transportation Conference in May 2012, cited the implementation of the single ticketing system in Metro Manila, saying the MMDA-helmed project has eliminated inconveniences among motorists given penalties for traffic violations.
“Pinaigting natin ang implementasyon ng single ticketing system na inyo pong mungkahi. ‘Di po ba’t sa sistemang ito, hindi na magiging hilong-talilong ang ating mga motorista sa paiba-ibang multa na ipinapataw sa kanila sa Metro Manila.”
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Economy | 07/20/2012 12:25 AM
During the Convention of National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. and Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. in April 2012, Aquino said the government continues to take strides towards ensuring the quality and safety of meat sold in markets.
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Health, Economy | 07/20/2012 12:28 AM
During the Convention of National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. and Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. in April 2012, Aquino said the Department of Agriculture, through the National Meat Inspection Service, will put up several triple-A abattoirs or slaughterhouse, and service poultry dressing plants in the country.
“Magtatayo po tayo ng National Meat Inspection Service na may two triple-A (AAA) service abattoir or slaughterhouse ngayon taon sa Timog Luzon. Sa susunod pong taon, magbubukas po tayo ng isa pang triple A service slaughterhouse sa Mindanao at isang triple A service poultry dressing plant sa Luzon, maliban pa sa isa pang triple A service slaughterhouse sa Visayas sa 2014.”
May 06, 2013: The Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. supported the Department of Agriculture’s Administrative Order No. 9 which “aims to protect the entire meat industry and address the problem of technical smuggling and fly-by-night importers.” The organization said, “AO No. 9 provides for a minimum capital requirement of P5 million for meat importers. This aims to legitimize the system because there were undercapitalized fly-by-night meat importers in the past who were allowed to operate prior to this new order." (Source: http://nmis.gov.ph/index.php/press-releases/169-2013-news-articles/may-2013-news/540-may-06-2013-no-increase-in-meat-prices)
May 2, 2013: The National Meat Inspection Service joined forces with the Department of Agriculture in the issuance of the Administrative Order 9 which prescribed additional guidelines in accrediting meat importers to promote food safety by “eliminating illegal and fly-by-night meat importers.” According to Dir. Minda S. Manantan, NMIS executive director, the DA-NMIS aims to cleanse and update the list of all accredited meat establishments; hence the compliant and duly accredited ones will not be negatively affected. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/05/02/da-nmis-weeds-out-illegal-meat-importers/)
Economy | 07/20/2012 12:47 AM
In his speech at the 8th National Agriculture Conference in November 2011, President Aquino said at least 2% of the Department of Agriculture’s annual budget will be allocated for the roll-out of the National Organic Agriculture Program.
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Jobs | 07/20/2012 12:53 AM
In his speech at the 10th Congress of the International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye in November 2011, President Aquino proclaimed a target employment of an additional 11,500 nurses and 1,000 midwives as part of the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which aims to ensure availability of healthcare professionals especially in far-flung areas.
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Economy | 07/20/2012 12:56 AM
President Aquino, in his speech at the Gawad Saka awards in December 2011, said the Farm-to-Plate or Farm-to-Fork (FTF) strategy has been implemented; it will help the country’s agricultural produce to be freshly harvested, packaged and processed to reach households in a timely manner.
“I will draw the farm-to-plate strategy, where we could accelerate and enhance the system to deliver the service from the farm and fisheries to table of our people.”
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