DENR eyes training more partners vs illegal logging

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on DENR eyes training more partners vs illegal logging 

MANILA, April 17 — Government will further improve its bid to end illegal logging in the country.

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Soliman: Unkempt hub shown by TV network does not belong to DSWD; video footage misleading

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on Soliman: Unkempt hub shown by TV network does not belong to DSWD; video footage misleading 

MANILA, April 17 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Wednesday that a television network's video footage that showed the "Yolanda" relief hub in Tacloban City and segued to snapshots of scattered and unkempt relief goods is misleading.

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Solon wants to decongest jails by lowering community service punishment for those sentenced to 6 months or less

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on Solon wants to decongest jails by lowering community service punishment for those sentenced to 6 months or less 

By Sammy F. Martin

MANILA, April 17 (PNA) — To decongest the country’s cramped jails, a Metro Manila lawmaker has filed a measure that will impose community service instead of imprisonment to respondents whose sentence is not more than six months.

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BOC scraps Customs Declaration Forms for inbound passengers

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on BOC scraps Customs Declaration Forms for inbound passengers 

MANILA, April 17 — Arriving passengers on international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) are no longer required to fill-up the Customs Declaration Form if they carry only goods that are duty-free.

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Heavy traffic continues on EDSA due to massive road reblocking –MMDA

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on Heavy traffic continues on EDSA due to massive road reblocking –MMDA 

MANILA, April 17 – There were traffic snarls in several portions of Epifanio Delos Santos Ave. (EDSA) on Maundy Thursday due to massive road reblocking activities, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

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84,166 seagoing departures recorded for Maundy Thursday

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on 84,166 seagoing departures recorded for Maundy Thursday 

MANILA, April 17 — With Holy Week observance now in full swing, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said some 84, 166 seagoing passengers have departed from the country's domestic ports this Maundy Thursday.

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Army's 87th Infantry Battalion hands over Philippine Hawk Eagle to DENR

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on Army's 87th Infantry Battalion hands over Philippine Hawk Eagle to DENR 

MANILA, April 17 — In line with its ecological preservation missions, the Calbiga town-based 87th Infantry Battalion on Thursday formally handed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Samar Philippine Hawk Eagle it had rescued shortly after the onslaught of Supertyphoon "Yolanda" last Nov. 8.

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National Council on Disability Affairs supports bill seeking VAT exemption for disabled persons

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on National Council on Disability Affairs supports bill seeking VAT exemption for disabled persons 

MANILA, April 17 — The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) has expressed support for the enactment into law of a congressional proposal to exempt persons with disability (PWDs) from the value-added tax (VAT), as it debunked claims by critics that the proposal would result in revenue loss of the government and be susceptible to abuse.

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Meralco reminded that it owes customers Php 1.5B in refunds;more than a decade after SC ruling vs. overcharges

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on Meralco reminded that it owes customers Php 1.5B in refunds;more than a decade after SC ruling vs. overcharges 

MANILA, April 17 — The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) should return first to its customers an estimated Php 1.5 billion in refunds, more than a decade after the Supreme Court ordered the company to return previous overcharges, House Deputy Minority Leader Arnel Ty said Thursday.

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Fair weather prevails until Easter Sunday

April 18, 2014 9:00 am· Comments Off on Fair weather prevails until Easter Sunday 

MANILA, April 18 — Pilgrims and vacationers will continue to experience good weather until Easter Sunday as the state weather agency said Friday only the easterlies remain to be the dominant weather system affecting the country in the next two days.

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