Agri output slightly up in 2019

MANILA–The Philippine agriculture sector grew by 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing full-year growth to 0.7 percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday. The full-year growth figure, which is slightly faster than the 0.6 percent growth rate posted in 2018, falls short of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) target of … Read More

Cavite solon wants to probe gov’t response to Taal eruption

MANILA – Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. is calling for a congressional inquiry to look into the response of different government agencies to the recent Taal Volcano eruption. Barzaga filed House Resolution No. 643, dated Jan. 13, which directs the appropriate committee to investigate reported lack of information drive regarding the hazards of Taal’s volcanic activity … Read More

House inquiry into sex dens for POGO workers sought

MANILA – A resolution seeking a congressional inquiry on the proliferation of prostitution rings catering to Philippine Gaming Offshore Operators (POGO) workers has been filed at the House of Representatives. Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas filed Thursday House Resolution No. 604, following reports that authorities have busted prostitution rings in Metro Manila exclusively catering to Chinese workers … Read More

Apply full force of the law vs. Maynilad, Manila Water: solon

MANILA — A party-list lawmaker on Friday said the 18th Congress and the Duterte administration would apply the full force of criminal, civil, and administrative laws against water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad. Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera made the statement following the two companies’ warnings of raising water rates in case the government revokes … Read More

House panel okays proposed constitutional amendments

MANILA — The House of Representatives’ Committee on Constitutional Amendments has approved a resolution seeking to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution. Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, committee chairman, said the panel approved the proposed Charter amendments in an executive meeting held on Wednesday. Under the still unnumbered resolution, the term of senators, congressmen, … Read More