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‘Per-stick cigarette buyers need to see warnings too’

New packs of cigarettes displaying pictorial health warnings are arranged on the counter by a shop attendant for photographers at a convenience store in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Tobacco companies on Tuesday largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic photo warnings on all cigarette packs being sold, marking another setback in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of men smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.  AP

What about smokers who buy their cigarettes by the stick? An antismoking group has urged local government units to pass ordinances in their respective areas requiring cigarette points of sale, including sari-sari stores, to put up graphic warning posters in an effort to deter smokers from buying that next stick.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino’s LP partymates among LGUs get lion’s share of DAP

Renato Reyes Jr. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Just like those in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the ruling Liberal Party members hogged the list of top recipients of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds among governors and mayors.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

COA blames patronage politics

Soldiers unload sacks of rice and other necessities at an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay, in anticipation of typhoon Rammasun on July 15, 2014. According to the Commission on Audit, in the DILG’s 2013 preparedness assessment report, “it was evident that coordination between and among LGUs, national government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector left much to be desired.”  AP

The Commission on Audit (COA) has blamed “patronage politics” for the government’s failure to provide protection and relief from disasters to poor Filipinos in the country’s high-risk zones.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Bill filed allowing gov’t agencies, LGUs to use savings

Deputy Majority Leader and Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo has scored the BIR for practically abolishing the Bank Secrecy Act through Memorandum Circular 9-2014 issued on Feb. 11, 2014, which requires corporate and individual taxpayers to declare the income earned on their bank deposits and other investments in their tax returns.  congress.gov.ph/

Another bill that may invite legal wrangling has been filed in the House of Representatives allowing national agencies and local government units to retain and make use of their savings for unprogrammed projects beyond the fiscal year instead of reverting such funds to the treasury.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

LGUs mobilized vs entry, spread of Ebola


Like the 2003 campaign against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), local governments are being mobilized as the first line of defense in preventing the entry and spread of Ebola in the Philippines, a Department of Health (DOH) official said here on Friday.

Posted: August 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »