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DISRUPTING MOBILITY

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ANGKAS, the app-based motorcycle taxi service, has become widely popular as an alternative transportation service provider in our country beset by traffic congestion. Through the app, commuters can book a motorcycle on demand. Its founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Angeline Tham, has remained steadfast and optimistic in their commitment to alleviate the traffic problem, especially with the continued cooperation...

ELECTRICITY RATE INCREASES THIS NOVEMBER

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WESM charges pushed up by power plant outages MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 7th November 2019 – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced today an upward adjustment of power rates, as the overall rate for a typical household consuming 200kWh increased to P9.5579 per kWh this November from last month’s P9.0862 per kWh. The adjustment of P0.4717 per kWh will mean an increase...

THE VICO EFFECT

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Photography by Jar Concengco Grooming by Pia Manglo As we traverse the streets of Pasig going to the city hall, this writer was expecting tarpaulins and banners bearing the name and handsome face of current city mayor Vico Sotto to turn up along the way. In the local political landscape, it’s a norm for those in position to assert their dominance...

IABC PH PROMOTES TRUTH, TRUST AND THE PUBLIC SERVANT

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During the recently concluded 2019 Year-End General Membership Meeting of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, held at the Palm Grove, Rockwell Club, the organization welcomed Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to discuss the topic of “Trust and the Public Servant.” During the meeting, EON Group also presented the latest data on the Philippine Trust Index, which...

AT LAST, YOU CAN NOW READ LEAGUE MAGAZINE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME YOU WANT!

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PASIG CITY, Philippines - LEAGUE: The Local Government Unit Magazine recently launched its digital copies with the goal of reaching a wider audience worldwide. This is in line with the publication’s advocacy of taking Filipinos into the "heart of local governance in the Philippines, showcasing the best of the country—its people and leaders—where they are, how they thrive, how...

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...

Reskilling the Filipino

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My mandate is for TESDA to reach out to all those who are marginalized and in need of skills training to better their livelihood. From former NPA rebels and insurgents, reformed drug pushers and users, repatriated OFWs, indigenous people, they all need to be provided a better way of living and opportunity. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)...

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...

FORCE OF NATURE

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IT’S GOOD THAT WE DON’T HAVE LARGE FACTORIES. BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE SUCH, WE PREVENT ANY PESTICIDES FROM GOING TO OUR SEAS, AND WE ALSO STRENGTHEN OUR ORGANIC FARMING.FARMING. In the border of Southern Leyte, where verdant mountains stand tall, a horizon of blue sky and still clouds hover above connecting these wonders into one picture. It’s as if...

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...

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