LANDBANK loan approvals for high-value crop growers top P17B 

BW FILE PHOTO THE Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) said it has approved P17.4 billion in loans so far this year for producers of high-value crops. “LANDBANK aims to promote the diversification of crop yields of our farmers alongside…

Hoarded white onion, sugar to be released to markets

PHILSTAR AGRICULTURAL GOODS such as sugar and white onion that have been seized from hoarders will likely be distributed to markets, an agriculture official said. “We see from our investigations that there is a lot of sugar in Quezon City,…

Legislator asks Migrant Workers dep’t to screen OFW employers

PHILIPPINE STAR/ EDD GUMBAN THE Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) needs to screen foreign employers before deploying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), to minimize the possibility of these OFWs being abused at their workplaces, Senator Rafael T. Tulfo said on Wednesday.…

House members declare support for raising DoT budget

Tourists flock to surfing spots in Baler, Aurora during summer. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS LEGISLATORS preparing the 2023 budget said the Department of Tourism (DoT), which will receive 30% more funding under the spending plan proposed by the Executive…

MAP cites infra precedents for EDSA busway privatization

PNA PHOTO BY JESS M. ESCAROS JR. By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter THE Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), an advocate of privatizing the bus system servicing Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) as well as urban railways, said the…

DBM: ‘Unprogrammed’ DoTr budget supported by loans

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it can adequately account for all items in the National Expenditure Program (NEP), rejecting claims by a legislator that vague proposals in the NEP suggest that the government is planning to spend…

CHED bucks private teacher scholarships

COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION FACEBOOK PAGE THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday said it supports a bill that seeks to expand government financial assistance to private schools, with conditions.   The commission supports House Bills 928 and 1723 but…

Fuel fund relief should be sustainable — PNOC 

A JEEPNEY driver waits at a gasoline station in Pasay City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ KRIZ JOHN ROSALES THE PHILIPPINE National Oil Co. (PNOC) on Wednesday asked senators to include a clause in the 2023 General Appropriations Act (GAA) that will…

Court rejects plea to suspend ‘pork’ case

PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO THE PHILIPPINES’ anti-graft court has rejected a plea by a businesswoman accused of funneling millions of pesos of congressional funds into fictitious projects to suspend her arraignment.  In a 29-page resolution on Aug. 30, the Sandiganbayan Sixth…

Senator seeks probe of school sex crimes

STUDENTS of Lakan Dula High School in Manila register on July 26 for the new school year that will start on Aug. 22. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ EDD GUMBAN A SENATOR has filed a resolution seeking to investigate the proliferation of…

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