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ELECTRICITY RATE SLIGHTLY INCREASES THIS OCTOBER

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 8TH October 2019 – The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) announced today a slight upward adjustment of power rates, as overall electricity rates for a typical household consuming 200 kWh increased to P9.0862 per kWh this October from last month’s P9.0414 per kWh. The upward adjustment of P0.0448 per kWh will mean an increase of around P9 in...

4 MILLION FILIPINOS APPLY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION

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More than four (4) million Filipinos have turned up for the two-month voter registration conducted by the Commission on Elections. Latest data from the Election and Barangay Affairs Department (EBAD) show that a total of 4,097,003 applications were received nationwide from August 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. Applications from Regular registrants or those aged 18 years and above reached 3,082,396,...

DOE PROPOSES FREE CHARGING STATIONS FOR E-VEHICLES

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed the opening of government-sponsored charging stations for electric vehicles to encourage drivers to consider shifting to e-vehicles. “Based on our studies, other jurisdictions were able to jumpstart that with government taking a more proactive role in having and offering free charging facilities, at least at the onset,” said DOE Director Patrick...

TRAFFIC SOLUTION? USE BUSES, GO ON ‘ROAD DIET’

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MANILA, Philippines - The Roads and Traffic Expo PH⁠ 2019 opened last Tuesday, October 1, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, aiming to provide a holistic solution to the country’s traffic problem. Hundreds of exhibitors, government officials, road experts, and prime movers in the transportation industry joined the expo organized by Terrapinn. The first ever event dedicated to...

FPI LAUDS SIGNING OF NEW PSAS ADDITIONAL CAPACITY TO BRING DOWN GENERATION CHARGE

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The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) recently lauded the successful Power Supply Agreements (PSA) signing for contracts to supply Meralco 1,200 MW and 500 MW of capacity effective December 26, 2019. FPI Chairman Jesus L. Arranza praised the signing of the additional contract capacity, saying “FPI welcomes the news of this much-needed additional power, to meet the growing demand of...

DUTERTE OPEN TO EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF MANDANAS DECISION

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City mayors expressed their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte following the latter’s announcement that he is exploring options for local governments to immediately avail their share of the national revenue as ruled by the Supreme Court in the petition filed by Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas. The president was the guest of honor at the 69th National Executive Board Meeting...

DIGOS CITY MOVES TO PREVENT ROAD ACCIDENTS

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Citing the need to prevent road accidents, Digos City Mayor Josef Cagas has moved to purchase more traffic lights for installation in accident-prone areas. The local chief executive asked the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) to release funds for a traffic signaling system. The proposal aims to install traffic lights at the intersections of roads in Barangay...

MERALCO BIDDING FOR CONTRACT CAPACITY OF 1,200 MW CUTS DOWN GENERATION CHARGE

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Meralco announced on September 9, 2019 the successful bidding for the contract capacity of 1,200 MW (NET), to supply Meralco effective December 26, 2019 for a term of 10 years. This was done in accordance with the Department of Energy (DOE) Circular requiring Distribution Utilities to procure power through Competitive Selection Process (CSP). The CSP was administered  by the...

MUNTINLUPA CONSIDERS ONE-WAY TRAFFIC SCHEME

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MANILA, Philippines – To address the traffic congestion in the city, the local government of Muntinlupa City is eyeing implementing a one-way traffic scheme. With the ongoing construction of the Skyway Extension, both lanes of the South Luzon Expressway experience heavy traffic. According to Rep. Ruffy Biazon, motorists take Muntinlupa’s main road which is putting the city “under threat of...

NORTHERN SAMAR TOWN INTENSIFIES CHILD PROTECTION EFFORTS

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Northern Samar’s capital town, Catarman, is intensifying efforts to protect children through carefully crafted child-friendly policies and ordinances. Up for approval in November, coinciding with the National Children’s Month celebration, is an ordinance enacting the Local Code for Children. The draft ordinance includes nine articles highlighting the rights of the children under existing laws. Also provided for are the implementation of...

VOTER REGISTRATION TO END IN TWO DAYS

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The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reminds the public that the ongoing registration of voters will end in two days – on September 30, 2019. “Tomorrow is the last Saturday of voter registration while the last day is on a Monday, so an influx of registrants is to be expected. The COMELEC has anticipated this, and we are confident that our...

P250-M SET ASIDE FOR DOH ANTI-POLIO DRIVE

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MANILA, Philippines – House Deputy Majority Leader Bernadette Herrera-Dy confirmed that the House of Representatives is setting aside Php250 million to aid the anti-polio drive of the Department of Health (DOH). “I’m happy na magkakaroon ng additional Php250 million na augmentation na ni-release kanina ni Appropriations Chair Rep. Ungab. Mahalaga ‘yun para sa atin,” Herrera-Dy said in a press conference. On...

SANGLEY AIRPORT OPERATIONAL BY OCTOBER – DOTR

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MANILA, Philippines – Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that the construction of Sangley Airport in Cavite will be finished by October of this year. “Matatapos po ‘yung construction by end of October, I want it operational October na rin,” Tugade said in CNN Philippines’ The Source. Tugade confirmed that the Sangley Airport runway is 100 percent finished while the passenger...

SOLON PUSHES FOR CREATION OF METRO TRAFFIC BODY

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With no solution to Metro Manila traffic woes in sight, a lawmaker has filed a resolution calling for the creation of an inter-agency council that would spearhead efforts to solve the problem. The House Committee on Transportation approved House Resolution 353, seeking to establish a Traffic Crisis Inter-Agency Management Council. Committee chair Samar Rep. Edgar Sarmiento noted the consistent findings...

SENATE APPROVES ON SECOND READING BILL MOVING SK, BRGY. ELECTIONS TO 2022

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Aspiring barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials may have to wait longer, as the Senate has approved on second reading a bill seeking the postponement of elections scheduled for next year. Senate Bill No. 1043 which seeks to move the May 2020 polls to December 2022, was given the nod by Senators on Sept. 25, Tuesday. The proposed measure also...

MARIKINA PRAISED AS THE ‘GOLD STANDARD’ IN ROAD CLEARING BY DILG USEC

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MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya praised the City of Marikina as the “gold standard” in road clearing. “Sa tingin ko, Marikina is really the gold standard here because they’ve been doing it for a long time,” Malaya said on ANC’s Headstart. The undersecretary noted that the city has been reclaiming public roads since...

2020 BRGY POLLS FUNDS TO BE REDIRECTED TO DA, DEPED INSTEAD

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MANILA, Philippines – With the postponement of the 2020 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay polls one of the priority bills to be passed by the 18th Congress, lawmakers are planning to redirect poll funds to other government departments. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Php5 billion budget for the 2020 elections will now be allocated to other government...

ANTIQUEÑOS URGED TO BUY ONLY PORK FROM PROVINCE

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With the threat posed by African swine fever (ASF), the provincial government of Antique has called on their folks to patronize only pork sourced from the province. The provincial government cautioned the public not to buy pork and pork products from Luzon, which could be contaminated with ASF. In a press conference on Sept. 23, Monday, Antique Governor Rhodora J....

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