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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mindanao Railway Project Of President Duterte To Start Construction Next Year

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The implementation of the 2,000-kilometer Mindanao Railway project, which costs about US$9 billion, will start next year, said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday, April 19.

In a press conference in Zamboanga City, Alvarez told the press that the Congress is working for the provision of the funding in the General Appropriation Act to be used for the acquisition of the properties for the project.

The Speaker said the first phase of infrastructure implementation will start next year.

The first phase will run from Davao del Sur to Davao del Norte, the second phase will be from Davao del Norte to Butuan City, the third phase from Butuan to Cagayan de Oro, and the fourth phase from Cagayan de Oro to Iligan and Zamboanga peninsula.

According to Alvarez, the loop from Cagayan de Oro passing Cotabato to Davao will complete the rail system in Mindanao.

Late last month, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) reported that the feasibility study of the Mindanao Railway Project has been completed and will be presented to the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) by the third quarter this year.

According to NEDA, Malaysia, Japan and China are interested to build the railway system.

Mindanao railway system, an iconic project for Mindanao that will connect major cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos and Davao, is one of the four major railway systems which President Rodrigo Duterte promised to build.

The other three lines are Manila-Nueva Vizcaya, Manila-Sorsogon and Manila-Batangas.


Source: Philstar

President Duterte Grants P20,000 Financial Aid To Victims Of Nueva Ecija Road Accident

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has provided financial assistance to victims of a deadly road mishap in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija that killed 35 people and injured 44 others, a transportation official said Saturday, April 22.

Aileen Lizada, Spokesperson of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), said President Duterte gave P20,000 each for the families of victims who died when the Leomarick Trans bus fell into a 100-foot deep ravine in Barangay Capintalan, Carranglan town last Tuesday.

Lizada said that passengers who sustained injuries would receive P10,000 each.

She said the financial assistance would be distributed by LTFRB Chairperson Martin Delgra III.

Delgra, in a separate text message, said he is now on his way to the hospital in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, where some passengers were rushed after the road incident.

“Will supervise release of insurance benefits to the victims, dead and injured, 2 p.m. today at Bayombong,” he said.

President Duterte was initially scheduled to go to Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on Thursday but had been cancelled. 

He instead conducted a security briefing with transport officials regarding the incident.

Reports said the ill-fated bus was carrying more than 70 passengers while its capacity is only at 50 to 55 passengers.

Source: Sunstar PH

Saturday, April 22, 2017

DPWH Starts Construction Of P300 Million New Bacolod Economic Highway Road Project

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The construction of the P300-million, three-kilometer initial portion of the New Bacolod Economic Highway (BEH) road project started Friday, April 21.

Leah Jamero, Assistant District Engineer of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bacolod City Engineering District, said the project involves a four-lane road from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug. 

“We are looking forward to an additional funding,” Jamero said.

Spanning three kilometers from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug, the road project is part of the 21-kilometer BEH amounting to P4.8-billion.

Jamero said the three kilometers will traverse private lands going to Barangay Cabug, where 75 percent of the land owners have agreed with the DPWH to start the construction within their properties.

The groundbreaking rites for road project, which is also part of the first phase of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road II, was led by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in February this year.

The civil works contract of P164.799 million was awarded to International Builders Corp.

The project is expected to be completed by May 20, 2018.

The 21-kilometer BEH will cover areas across Barangays Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, and Bata.

Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya said Secretary Villar has committed that the DPWH will finish the entire BEH project in three years.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the road project will change the infrastructure “complexion” of Bacolod.

He added that once the 21-kilometer highway is fully developed, the city will organize the Bacolod Marathon like those being held in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Tokyo.

“We will also have a Bacolod Marathon in the future. For sure, hundreds or even thousands of visitors, will come here,” Leonardia said.


Source: Philippine News Agency

President Duterte Administration’s Goal Is To “Build, Build, Build” For The Filipino People

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There’s no stopping the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte thrust to build on the country’s economic gains for the sake of Filipino people.

In a forum launched on what economic managers called “Dutertenomics,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said a key factor to this economic agenda is the proposed comprehensive tax reform bill.

He described this as a “key link in the grand effort to break out from the cycle of low growth and build a dynamic and inclusive economy.”

With Dutertenomics anchored on the concept of “build, build and build,” Secretary Dominguez said additional revenue from the tax reform measure will finance key infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.

Secretary Dominguez said the state of the country’s infrastructure remains below regional standards.

According to the National Economic and Development Authority, the government currently spends 5.4 percent of its GDP on infrastructure.

“For an archipelagic country, poor infrastructure is debilitating. It raises the costs of transporting goods between islands. That is the reason our food price regime is high. Our congested roads and ports discouraged investors who need to operate on just-on-time deliveries. Our high power costs and unstable supply discouraged investments in manufacturing,” he said.

Secretary Dominguez also noted strides in improving the country’s credit-worthiness – an indication of investor-confidence on the economy.

“We are now actively seeking investments not only to rebuild our depleted manufacturing sector but also to capitalize our agriculture to make it more efficient,” he said.

“Our program of infrastructure build-up will entail trillions in economic investments. We need to undertake these investments for the sake of the next generation of Filipinos or else they will remain in the same poverty trap that we found ourselves in,” he added.

The Finance Secretary said as millions of Filipinos are added to the work force, the country “must invest in them and make them globally competitive. We must prepare the economy to provide meaningful jobs for them or else risk building an alienated and discontented generation.”

According to the latest Labor Force Survey from the Philippine Statistics Office, as of January 2017, the employment rate is at 93.4 percent, underemployment is at 16.3 percent, and unemployment is at 6.6 percent.

Secretary Dominguez said revenues from taxes are essential to fund an infrastructure project, that’s why it is crucial for Congress to pass the comprehensive tax reform package.

“The tax reform package will support investments in our human capital, upgrading the educational system and providing quality health care. It is a pro-active and pro-poor measure that supports the expansionary fiscal posture of the present administration,” he said.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue, the country’s largest revenue generating body, has set a collection target of P1 trillion for 2017.

From the 2017 budget, P860.7 billion is earmarked for infrastructure.

Secretary Dominguez said the tax reform bill is a key economic strategy of the administration.

He also closed his speech by saying, “All the favorable factors are present. It is time now for a breakout.”

Furthermore, Transport Secretary Art Tugade said they were serious in in their effort to push the country’s financial state forward.

Despite having mentioned their goals and plans several times before, Secretary Tugade said they are repeating it “to make themselves accountable.”

Source: CNPH

PCSO Lotto Results For Saturday, April 22, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Saturday, April 22, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  6-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  04/22/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  6-0-1-7-1-3
JACKPOT PRIZE:  360,998.32
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  04/22/2017
MORNING 11AM:  5-1-5
WINNER(S):  828
AFTERNOON 4PM:  7-1-3
WINNER(S):  890
EVENING 9PM:  6-0-1
WINNER(S):  1126
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  04/22/2017
MORNING 11AM:  14-08
WINNER(S):  241
AFTERNOON 4PM:  16-11
WINNER(S):  136
EVENING 9PM:  04-30
WINNER(S):  692
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Grand Lotto 6/55
DRAW DATE:  04/22/2017
COMBINATION:  34-42-08-15-23-20
CURRENT JACKPOT:  137,209,344.00
WINNER(S):  1
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  National Lotto 6/42
DRAW DATE:  04/22/2017
COMBINATION:  41-10-04-20-28-02
CURRENT JACKPOT:  9,898,988.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

PCSO Lotto Results For Friday, April 21, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Friday, April 21, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  4-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  04/21/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  5-4-0-2
JACKPOT PRIZE:  14,397.00
WINNER(S):  60
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  04/21/2017
MORNING 11AM:  0-4-3
WINNER(S):  584
AFTERNOON 4PM:  0-7-6
WINNER(S):  265
EVENING 9PM:  2-8-2
WINNER(S):  487
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  04/21/2017
MORNING 11AM:  27-25
WINNER(S):  96
AFTERNOON 4PM:  12-15
WINNER(S):  245
EVENING 9PM:  26-28
WINNER(S):  454
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Ultra Lotto 6/58
DRAW DATE:  04/21/2017
COMBINATION:  24-23-34-02-29-32
CURRENT JACKPOT:  50,000,000.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  Mega Lotto 6/45
DRAW DATE:  04/21/2017
COMBINATION:  16-20-08-23-15-04
CURRENT JACKPOT:  66,423,196.00
WINNER(S):  1
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

DENR Sec. Gina Lopez To Work With NPA To Establish Ecologocal, Economic, Education Zone In Mining Sites

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday, April 20, said she will work with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Agusan province to establish an Ecological, Economic and Educational (E3) zone in communities around mining sites.

“I already asked the President if I can work with the NPA. We can’t market the place if there’s fighting... We might have a situation where miners work with the NPA,” Secretary Lopez said during the Asia CEO forum at Manila Marriott Hotel.

“They just really want to get people out of poverty. They’re really not bad people. The reason that they’re fighting is because they’re not happy with the government,” she added.

Secretary Lopez said they are working on an area development plan for the entire Agusan province.

The Cabinet official noted the concept is to get the NPA and local governments to stop fighting in order for the economy to grow.

“Because I wanna do Agusan... But whatever you do there, if there’s NPA there, you cannot lift up the economy. So they agreed not to fight. And then we lift up the whole area,” Secretary Lopez said.

“We’ll work together… We’re doing an area development plan for the entire Agusan, where they (NPAs) are. And they will give inputs to that area development plan... Then together we can sit with the government, with the NPA, and then we put in the money,” she added.

Source: Manila Bulletin

547 Towns To Get P8.15 Billion Financial Aid From National Gov’t Under Pres. Duterte

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Five hundred forty seven towns will get financial assistance totaling to P8.15 billion from the national government under President Rodrigo Duterte through the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program.

The said municipalities are among the first batch of recipients that complied with the requirements for release after getting the Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) mark from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

They had also complied with both assessment and adoption of measures on Public Financial Management (PFM) as prescribed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The program, which covers 1,373 local government units (LGUs) in the country, has a budget allocation of P19.43-billion as provided under Republic Act No. 10924.

Included in the projects are programs on water systems, evacuation facilities, small water impounding systems, sanitation facilities and local access roads.

Source: Manila Bulletin

P16 Increase In Daily Minimum Wage In Central Luzon Working In Private Sector Starts This May 01

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Starting May 1, 2017, the minimum wage for workers in the private sector and other employees in Central Luzon will increase by P16.

On Wednesday, April 19, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board 3 (RTWPB3) issued Wage Order No. RBIII-20 that provides a P16 increase in daily minimum wage for Central Luzon’s private sector effective May 1, 2017.

“The Board deemed it best to increase the minimum wage at a reasonable and equitable level in light of the regional poverty threshold level vis-à-vis average wage, along the need to promote performance-based incentive schemes under the Two-Tiered Wage System,” the RTWPB3 order stated.

As such, new minimum wage for the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales will be:

* P380 for Non-Agriculture establishments with total assets of P30 million or more;

* P373 for Non-Agriculture establishments with total assets of less than P30 million;

* P350 for Agriculture Plantation;

* P334 for Agriculture Non-Plantation;

* P369 for Retail/Service with 16 or more workers; and

* P355 for Retail/Service with less than 16 workers.

Likewise, new minimum wage for the province of Aurora will be:

* P329 for Non-Agriculture;

* P314 for Agriculture Plantation;

* P302 for Agriculture Non-Plantation; and

* P264 for Retail/Service with less than 16 workers.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Abu Sayyaf Leader Reportedly Dead In Ongoing Gunfight Between Gov’t Troops And ASG Members In Clarin, Bohol

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Another clash between the government troops and suspected remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) transpired with one dead on Saturday, April 22, in Clarin town, Bohol.

Bohol Provincial Police Office Director Felipe Natividad confirmed that the Abu Sayyaf leader Joselito Melloria was killed in the gunfight.

Clarin is a town next to Inabanga town located at 11.5 kilometers.

Clarin Police Station Chief Fernando Peroramas, in an interview with SunStar Cebu, said the residents in the area were advised to stay in their homes.

“There was no time to evacuate. They were advised to hide,” Peroramas said.

The gunfight started around 12 noon, Saturday, in Sitio Lagising, Barangay Bacane, Clarin town, Bohol with the Clarin Police Station conducting a blocking force in the area.

Troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Special Weapons and Tactic, Provincial Intelligence Branch Bohol, Military Intelligence Group and the local police are still in the area.

On April 11, a police officer and three soldiers died while five terrorists were killed during the clash in Inabanga, Bohol. 

A day after, the body of the Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Maumar Askali, alias Abu Rami, was retrieved.

Source: Sunstar PH

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