Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Duterte scolds LGUs for not helping telcos in improving Internet connectivity

President Rodrigo Duterte berated local government units (LGUs) once again for not immediately addressing red tape in the telecommunications sector that led to insufficient cell tower roll-outs and unsatisfactory Internet connection service in the...

DOT to gradually reopen tourism industry ‘consistent with the President’s direction’

In line with President Rodrigo Duterte's "marching orders" that any resumption of tourism activities should strictly comply with health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) on...

Pasig waives regulatory fees for private schools, extends scholarship program

The local government unit (LGU) of Pasig has approved City Ordinance 32, Series of 2020 which temporarily waives all regulatory fees owed by private educational institutions at primary, secondary, tertiary, and post-graduate levels. The...

Kalayaan LGU assigns Filipino names to reefs, sandbars in West Philippine Sea

The local government unit (LGU) of Kalayaan municipality in Palawan has assigned Filipino names to six sandbars and coral reefs as a move to assert the Philippines' rights over the West Philippine Sea (WPS)....

Cancer not a reason to delay telco permits, Duterte repeats threat vs LGUs

President Rodrigo Duterte said that there is no health reason to object approval cell tower permits, citing that he has been living near one facility for years. Duterte's statement came knowing that some local...

1,500 cell tower permits swiftly approved after Duterte’s warning — DILG

Local government units (LGUs) across the Philippines immediately approved more than 1,000 applications from telcos for cell towers after President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at the sluggish processing of permits. Out of the 1,930...

DITO’s Dennis Uy could have used his influence to urge Duterte to solve red...

Apart from citing COVID-19 lockdowns as a reason, DITO Telecommunity also complained about red tape, despite its owner Dennis Uy's closeness to President Rodrigo Duterte. "We are at the mercy of the local government...

Red tape vs telcos more apparent when PH shifted from SMS-heavy to Internet-savvy market...

Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that severe red tape imposed by local government units (LGUs) when dealing with telecommunications companies (telcos) became more apparent in 2012....

Gov’t must help telcos to provide efficient public services — Rio

Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that the ball is in fact in the hands of the government under President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the setting up of...

Name corrupt gov’t regulators who hamper services, Poe tells telcos

Senator Grace Poe urged telecommunications companies (telcos) to name government regulators who contribute to the delays and inefficiencies of their services, pointing out that the administration should not corner telcos for failing to improve. "We...

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Probe vs DOH still goes on — Ombudsman

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Five Department of Health (DOH) officials are now subject to a six-month preventive suspension for the alleged delay in the release of healthcare workers'...

Petition seeks removal of Duterte Youth Party-List from Congress

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Youth leaders and election lawyers are challenging a series of "unprecedented rule-bending" acts by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) that they describe as a...

Duterte orders DOJ chief to investigate alleged corruption ‘in the entire gov’t’

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President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the inter-agency task force led by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra to probe alleged corruption "in the...