Fuel woes of motorists similar to that of Filipino farmers

Fuel woes of motorists similar to that of Filipino farmers
(Interaksyon) As motorists cry over continued fuel price hikes, Filipino farmers face the same predicament.

Oil companies on Monday announced that they would implement another set of price increases for petroleum products effective Tuesday, June 21. This marks the third consecutive week of fuel price hikes.

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Seaoil Philippines Inc. informed consumers that they would raise the price per liter of gasoline by P0.80, diesel by P3.10, and kerosene by P1.70.

Roberto Umali, a 64-year-old farmer based in Nueva Ecija, is affected by the hike. Diesel, the primary mover of his irrigation machine, costs more than his family’s daily food expenses.

The farmer said a gallon of diesel would cost him P500, usually lasting only a day. His farmland needs to be supplied with a great amount of water every day to maintain moisture, mainly because it hasn’t been raining in their area for the past several days… Read More

VP Sara highlights complex problems facing Filipino children in her inaugural speech

VP Sara highlights complex problems facing Filipino children in her inaugural speech
(Manila Bulletin) In her speech delivered during her inauguration as the country’s 15th Vice President at the San Pedro Square here, Duterte acknowledged that the children are faced with a complex future filled with conflict and uncertainties.

She said some of these challenges include the winding cycle of poverty, the trauma of broken families, the life-long baggage because of irresponsible and bad parenting, the abandonment issues due to an absentee parent, the anguish of gender confusion and discrimination, the destruction brought about by drugs, and the lure of easy money in criminality.

Duterte also mentioned among the pressing issues involving the minors such as the increasing cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases among minors, and the failure to identify and speak up against different kinds of abuses, the life altering effects of teenage pregnancy, the detrimental effects of illiteracy, the emotional injury of bullying, unstable mental wellness, recruitment to support terrorism, and misinformation in the internet.

Duterte said the parents have a duty to teach their children the “values of integrity, discipline, respect, and compassion for others,” emphasizing that a strong, loving, happy family sets down all the basic foundations essential in the development and growth of a child.

She said that education begins at home and that the Filipino families should not allow their children’s future to be squandered… Read More

Duterte’s Daughter Takes Oath as Philippine Vice President

Duterte's Daughter Takes Oath as Philippine Vice President
(Voice Of America) MANILA —
Sara Duterte, the daughter of the outgoing populist president of the Philippines, took her oath Sunday as vice president following a landslide electoral victory she clinched despite her father’s human rights record that saw thousands of drug suspects gunned down.

The inauguration in their southern hometown of Davao, where she’s the outgoing mayor, comes two weeks before she assumes office on June 30 as specified in the Philippine Constitution. President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Duterte’s running mate, will take his oath in Manila on June 30.

“I’m not the best or the most intelligent person in the Philippines and the world but nobody can beat the toughness of my heart as a Filipino,” Duterte, who wore a green traditional gown, said in a speech after she took her oath before a Supreme Court associate justice, her hand resting on a Bible held by her mother.

“The voice of 32.2 million Filipinos was loud and clear – with the message to serve our motherland,” Duterte said, referring to the votes she got, to an applause from thousands of supporters.

Fondly called by supporters as “Inday Sara,” the mother of three called for national unity and devotion to God and asked Filipinos to emulate the patriotism of the country’s national hero Jose Rizal. She cited longstanding social ills facing Filipino children, including poverty, broken families, illegal drugs, bullying and online misinformation and asked parents to ingrain in them the values of integrity, discipline, respect for others and compassion.

President Rodrigo Duterte, 77, led the VIPs in the heavily.. Read More

Cloud Campus Jeepney Roadshow Promotes WFH

Cloud Campus Jeepney Roadshow Promotes WFH
(Daily Tribune) Outsourced customer and citizen experience management and advanced related services company Teleperformance Philippines (TP) is bringing the TP Cloud Campus Jeepney on a roadshow across Luzon to promote work-at-home career opportunities through its Cloud Campus solution.

Cloud Campus Jeepney is Teleperformance’s innovative approach to job recruitment where TP brings work-at-home jobs to the provinces, tapping the Philippines’ vast countryside talent pool.

The Cloud Campus Jeepney has been touring key locations in Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. The Jeepney will continue its roadshow in Urdaneta, Pangasinan from 18 to 20 June. Its next stop is Tarlac from 24 to 25 June before heading to its last stop in the north in Pampanga from 28 to 30 June. It will be making its previous Luzon stop in Batangas from 6 to 8 July.

The TP Cloud Campus Jeepney motorcade was recently held around Laoag and San Nicolas, where TP launched their first Cloud Campus hub in Ilocos Norte. As the company’s 23rd business site, TP Cloud Campus Ilocos Norte will open more jobs for residents of the Ilocos region, allowing them to “work wherever they live and live wherever they love.” This site also hopes to contribute to the province’s capacity building and economic growth… Read More

US backs Philippines’ call vs. aggressive Chinese acts in West Philippine Sea

US backs Philippines' call vs. aggressive Chinese acts in West Philippine Sea
(GMA News) The United States has backed the Philippines’ series of protests against provocative Chinese actions in the West Philippine Sea, where China blocked Filipino resupply missions and sent 200 of its militia vessels to swarm a reef within the country’s waters.

“We share the Philippines’ concerns regarding the PRC’s provocative actions interfering with Philippine sovereign rights within the Philippine exclusive economic zone near Second Thomas Shoal and massing vessels near Whitsun Reef,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on June 17. PRC stands for People’s Republic of China.

“The United States supports the Philippines in calling on the PRC to end its provocative actions and to respect international law in the South China Sea.”

Last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs accused China of illegal fishing and preventing Philippine vessels on a resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) by using fishing nets and buoys.

A Philippine Naval vessel – the BRP Sierra Madre – has been grounded at Ayungin Shoal since 1999. The ship manned by more than a dozen Marines and sailors has become a symbol of Philippine sovereignty in the offshore territory. It is 105.77 nautical miles from the nearest Philippine province of Palawan and constitutes part of the country’s 200-nautical mile continental shelf as provided under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea… Read More

Philippines former military chief to return as Defense Minister under Marcos Administration

Philippines former military chief to return as Defense Minister under Marcos Administration
(The Epoch Times) The Philippines’ newly-elected president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has selected a retired general and former military chief to serve as the next defense minister, press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said on June 17.

Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Jose Faustino would serve as senior undersecretary and officer-in-charge of the National Defense Department in an interim arrangement, according to local reports.

Cruz-Angeles said that Faustino would assume the role of defense secretary on Nov. 13, based on a rule prohibiting military officers from taking up ministerial positions for a year after retirement.

“Faustino’s situation was similar to current Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano’s case, whom President Duterte designated as officer-in-charge but later assumed the secretary position once the appointment ban lapsed,” she said.

Before he was appointed AFP chief of staff, Faustino served as the commander of the Joint Task Force Mindanao and the commanding general of the Philippine Army.

Cruz-Angeles described him as a “well-respected Mindanao veteran who has served under the special forces, infantry, and intelligence posts.”

Incumbent Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that he was confident with Faustino’s capability to lead the defense department and that he looks forward to working with him in the transition period until June 30, the Philippine News Agency reported.

“I am confident that with his years of dedicated service as a military officer, general Faustino will continue the Department’s momentum in our internal security and external defense operations, as well as the modernization of the armed forces and the entire defense organization,” he said.

The new defense minister is expected to strike a balance between the United States, a treaty ally of the Philippines, and China, which has been growing its military presence in the disputed South China Sea.

Beijing claims much of the South China Sea as its own under its so-called “nine-dash line.” The Hague Tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines in 2016. However, it has had little to no impact on the Chinese regime’s behavior, with Beijing repeatedly intruding into Manila’s territorial zones.

Faustino was the 10th military chief to serve under outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, leading the 143,000-strong military for four months last year.

Relations between the United States and its former Asian colony have been complicated under Duterte, who has criticized U.S. foreign policy and sought closer ties with China since coming to power in 2016.

Marcos, the son and namesake of the former Filipino dictator, also named former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile as his presidential legal counsel and outgoing Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra as his solicitor general… Read More

Aboitiz turns over rehabilitated Boracay wetland park to DENR and Boracay LGU

Aboitiz turns over rehabilitated Boracay wetland park to DENR and Boracay LGU
(Journal Online) The Aboitiz Group handed over the rehabilitated Wetland No. 4 now known as the Balabag Wetland Park to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during a turnover ceremony held on June 16, 2022. As a testament to the Group’s commitment to the preservation of biodiversity and environmental protection in the Boracay islands, the one-hectare lagoon area in Barangay Balabag has been transformed into a linear urban park in partnership with key national government agencies led by the DENR Region VI, the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

The event was attended by DENR Acting Sec. Jim Sampulna, Former DENR Sec. Roy A. Cimatu, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista, DENR USec. Ernesto Adobo Jr., EMB Exec. Director Natividad Y. Bernardino, DILG USec Epimaco Densing III, DOJ ASec Margaret Castillo – Padilla, TIEZA COO Mark Lapid, Dir. Martin Jose V. Despi from the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG) and various representatives from project partners.

Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer Sabin M. Aboitiz emphasized how central partnerships such as this are to the Aboitiz Group’s Transformation journey. “The Aboitiz Group’s contribution to Boracay’s rehabilitation is part of our commitment to co-create safe, empowered, and sustainable communities. As sustainability is a major part of our Great Transformation into the Philippines’ first techglomerate, we will continue to do our part to uplift and bring focus to environmentally and socially impactful initiatives for all our stakeholders. We are proud to have partnered with DENR, BMB, DPWH, TIEZA, DOT, and the LGU of Boracay to build the Balabag Wetland Park, a space that we hope continues to promote education for the community on the protection, conservation, enhancement, and rehabilitation of Boracay’s natural ecosystems,” said the Aboitiz chief.. Read More

ELEVENTH HOUR: Can nuclear energy lower electricity costs in the Philippines?

ELEVENTH HOUR: Can nuclear energy lower electricity costs in the Philippines?
(Manila Bulletin) There has been a lot of talks happening on nuclear energy because of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s executive order to include it in our energy mix and President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s campaign promise to install at least one nuclear power plant and to consider the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

Both the outgoing and incoming administrations seem to be keen on nuclear energy, but these questions remain: “Can it really lower electricity costs in the country and is it really worth investing our resources into given the falling costs of renewable energy?”

Why electricity rates in the Philippines are high—at around P9.00 per kilowatt-hour (second highest in Southeast Asia, next to Singapore)—is that we heavily import fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, for energy use. Almost 80 percent of our country’s power generation is sourced from fossil fuels, while the rest is from renewables, such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass.

Nuclear energy is not seen to lower electricity costs in the Philippines precisely because we would still have to import uranium or plutonium as nuclear fuel. As in the case of fossil fuels, price volatilities and foreign exchange in the global market will likely be passed on and shouldered by the consumers due to automatic fuel pass-through provisions in power purchase agreements… Read More