LTFRB: Decision on bus fare hike expected next week

LTFRB: Decision on bus fare hike expected next week
(CNN Philippines) Metro Manila — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is expected to come up with a decision next week on calls to increase bus fares, pending the position paper to be released by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Aug. 17.

In a briefing on Thursday, LTFRB chairperson Cheloy Garafil said upon NEDA’s submission on Wednesday, “the case will be deemed submitted for resolution” already, thus no hearing will be conducted.

“We recognize that there’s really–yung gas prices ay talagang tumaas na since the last fare increase sa buses. But we also recognize na magkakaroon talaga ito ng impact sa ating mga pasahero that’s why we’re very, very careful,” she said.

City bus operators have been appealing for a ₱4 to ₱7 fare hike, and increments beyond the first five kilometers.

While drivers and operators hope the hike will be granted amid rising fuel prices, commuters’ protection groups urged authorities not to increase fares by over ₱2.

The last time bus fares went up was in 2018.. Read More

The first MG dealership to feature a unique MG ‘Carffé’ coffee shop

The first MG dealership to feature a unique MG ‘Carffé’ coffee shop
(Manila Bulletin) The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) – MG Philippines – MG Mall of Asia (MG MOA) is the latest dealership to join MG Philippines’ continuously expanding nationwide dealership network, bringing the total number of MG dealerships up to 42. MG MOA is strategically located within the SM Central Business Park in Pasay City: a bustling, mixed-use, commercial and lifestyle locale. SM Mall of Asia is also ranked among the largest shopping malls in the world; it attracts a plethora of visitors who now also have a chance to see the latest MG vehicles up close and personal at the new MG MOA dealership.

The lifestyle-themed MG MOA facility offers a two-car display floor and is located along Marina Way —one of the major arteries within the SM Mall of Asia complex. MG MOA operates under Philadelphia Business Initiatives, Inc. (PBII.)

One unique facet of MG MOA is that it features an MG “Carffé” which is a play on the words “car” and “café.” MG MOA, aside from showcasing the latest MG vehicles, also makes designer coffee brews available for purchase. Clients can choose to enter MG MOA with the intent to buy and enjoy a cup of coffee and, while doing so, can choose to take a tour around the display floor to learn more about the latest MG cars and offers. The MG Carffé has likewise been adopted in many global MG markets including Europe, greater Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and South America. The MG Carffé located at MG MOA is the first of its kind in the Philippines, while other local MG dealerships begin to ramp-up with MG Carffé’s of their own… Read More

Covid-19 booster vaccination ‘encouraged, not mandatory’

Covid-19 booster vaccination 'encouraged, not mandatory'
(SunStar) THE Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office clarified on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, that students who will take part in the upcoming resumption of face-to-face classes are not required to get Covid-19 primary series vaccines nor booster shots.

DepEd Spokesperson Michael Poa made the pronouncement following the call of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in his weekend vlog for students to get vaccinated to ensure their protection amid the conduct of in-person classes.

“Of course we are one with the President in encouraging everyone to get either vaccinated or get their booster shots if they haven’t received their booster,” he said in a mix of Tagalog and English in a press conference.

“However, as we all know, the government’s vaccination program is not mandatory in nature. It is still voluntary,” he added.

Poa said learners, teachers and non-teaching staff, either vaccinated or not or with or without booster shots, will be allowed to take part in face-to-face classes… Read More

Marcos denies approving plan to import 300,000 T sugar

Marcos denies approving plan to import 300,000 T sugar
(Interaksyon) “He (Marcos) is the chairman of the Sugar Regulatory Board and denied this in no uncertain terms,” Trixie Cruz-Angeles said in a statement, after the regulator issued a notice of approval of the purchase plan.

The notice was posted on the Sugar Regulatory Administration’s (SRA) website on Wednesday afternoon but was later taken down.

The plan that was initially announced was to purchase both raw and refined sugar, with the SRA notice saying cargoes must arrive no later than Nov. 30.

Raw sugar output in the crop year ending Aug. 31 is expected at 1.8 million tonnes, 16% lower than the production from the previous season, resulting in a substantial inventory decline, the SRA said.

Retail sugar prices have climbed due to limited local supply, adding pressure on inflation that soared to a near four-year high in July, dampening consumer spending in the second quarter.

In June the SRA said the supply situation had worsened, citing crop damage from a typhoon back in December, unfavorable weather and legal issues that had hampered previously-approved sugar importation.

The Philippines is not a regular sugar importer, but when necessary it usually buys from Thailand, the world’s second-largest exporter after Brazil… Read More

Group seeks closure of Dolomite Beach

Group seeks closure of Dolomite Beach
(The Manila Times) FISHERS’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday urged Environment Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga to order the permanent closure of the controversial Dolomite Beach in Manila after the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) blamed the pumping stations attached to the synthetic white beach as the main cause of flooding in some parts of Manila amid the heavy rains.

“This is all the more reason to demand the immediate shutdown of this ill-conceived project. Not only did it cost us hundreds of millions, but the dolomite beach has proven to be environmentally unfeasible and a disaster,” Pamalakaya National Chairman Fernando Hicap said.

He called on the new leadership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to heed their call and probe its previous officials who were behind the project.

“DENR Secretary Yulo-Loyzaga should acknowledge that the dolomite beach is a farce and an ultimate failure. She should totally scrap this project and instead focus on actual restoration of marine biodiversity of Manila Bay,” he added.

Hicap added that Yulo-Loyzaga should focus on the rehabilitation of Manila Bay instead of an aesthetic makeover like the beach nourishment project… Read More

Users in Philippines may still do Facebook live selling —Meta

Users in Philippines may still do Facebook live selling —Meta
(GMA News) Users in the Philippines may still do live selling through Facebook, social media giant Meta has said.

Meta, the operator of Facebook, made the clarification after it announced that it will remove the live shopping feature on Facebook starting on October 1.

The company said the “Live Shopping” tool was not made available in the Philippines and was only available in select countries.

With this, Meta shared that users in the Philippines can continue to do live selling using Facebook Live… Read More

Alfred Vargas recalls last conversation with Cherie Gil: “She was such a lady who knew how to converse.”

Alfred Vargas recalls last conversation with Cherie Gil:
(Pep) Itinuturing ni Alfred Vargas na malaking karangalan ang sinabi noon ni Cherie Gil na itinuturing siya ng veteran actress bilang isa sa mga paborito nitong kapareha.

Tandang-tanda pa ni Alfred na December 16, 2019 nang i-post ni Cherie sa Instagram ang litrato nila.

Ang nilagay na caption ni Cherie: “Happy to reunite with one of my favorite leading men and friend.”

Nagkatrabaho sila sa Kaputol, ang award-winning movie na pinagbidahan nina Cherie at Alfred. Si Alfred din ang producer ng pelikula.

“Hindi ko in-expect ang Instagram post niya noon. Naturally, isa talaga siyang kaibigan na masarap kasama at kakuwentuhan.

“World premiere yun ng Kaputol when she posted it. It made me very happy to be called one of her favorite leading men,” ang pahayag ni Alfred sa (Philippine Entertainment Portal) nang balikan niya ang kuwento ng pagsisimula ng pagiging magkaibigan nila ni Cherie… Read More

DOF: Doubled seniors pension to cost gov’t ₱50B, won’t happen in 2022

DOF: Doubled seniors pension to cost gov't ₱50B, won't happen in 2022
(CNN Philippines) Metro Manila — Poor senior citizens won’t be getting doubled pensions anytime soon as funding for it is not part of this year’s spending program, the Department of Finance said Monday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines’ One on One: The President’s Men and Women, DOF chief Benjamin Diokno said the law increasing the amount indigent seniors receive from ₱500 to ₱1,000 will cost the government around ₱50 billion

“Sen. Joel [Villanueva] is right: they don’t know where we will get that kind of money. In that case, we will still go through the process of really clearing up the list of who should be entitled to this. The data is not very clean. We have to go through that process,” Diokno explained.

“That will be addressed by the budget in future years, not this year because certainly that is not in the budget for this year,” added the economic official… Read More