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Duterte directs PH embassies worldwide to open on weekends

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

Philippine Embassy

SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all Philippine embassies across the globe to open on weekends to further assist Filipino workers and residents.

During the President’s meeting with the Filipino Community in Singapore, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the President has ordered DFA to check on the operating hours of Philippine Embassies to know if such system will be applicable.

The directive, according to Cayetano, aims to extend consular services to more Filipino workers overseas who usually take their days off on weekends.

Based on government data, there are 10 million overseas Filipino workers scattered in 170 countries in the world. Over one million of them reside or work in the Middle East. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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QC suspends classes on July 23 for Duterte’s SONA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

SONA file photo. PCOO.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government declares class suspension on all levels in both public and private on Monday, July 23.

In a message on Twitter on Thursday evening (July 19), the QC Public Affairs office said Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered the suspension to give way to the scheduled State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Palace counters Pernia: Federalism won’t harm PH economy

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang reiterated that the shift to a federalism government would not have any adverse effect on the economy. This is after the country’s top economist cautioned that federalism could affect government finances.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the palace has already clarified the matter with socioeconomic planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

“The shift to federalism, we reiterate, would have no adverse effect on the Philippine economy. Our budget would remain the same, as identified national projects would be devolved and transferred to the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of local government units. These projects include maintenance of barangay roads and bridges, water supply services, barangay health centers and daycare centers, solid waste disposal system of municipalities, among others,” he said.

Roque added that “The role of the national government would be to continue to implement Build, Build, Build projects and would hence be concentrated on policymaking.”

During a media interview, Pernia said that federalism could disrupt the administration’s infrastructure projects and the country’s fiscal situation.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to endorse to Congress the draft federal charter during his state of the nation address (SONA) on July 23. – Rosalie Coz / UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte appoints Antonio Kho as Comelec Commissioner

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Justice Undersecretary Antonio Kho as a new commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This was confirmed by Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday (July 13)

Kho, who is a bar topnotcher from San Beda College of Law and President Duterte’s fraternity brother, now completes the seven-man commission. – UNTV News and Rescue

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