by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, 9 November 2018 01:01 PM
ASEAN Leaders during the Opening Ceremony of the 32nd Summit in Singapore. From left to right: Tun Musa Hitam (Malaysia), U Win Myint (Myanmar), Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Philippines), Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Vietnam), Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore), Prayut Chan-o-cha (Thailand), Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei), Samdech Hun Sen (Cambodia), Joko Widodo (Indonesia), Thongloun Sisoulith (Laos) (Photo credit: ASEAN2018 Organising Committee)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to depart for Singapore to attend the 33rd Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit from November 13 to 15.
He will be joining other ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners in the said event.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) revealed some of the agenda that the ASEAN leaders are expected to address such as infrastructure development, economic integration, issues regarding the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, as well as transnational and transboundary issues including terrorism, violent extremism and illicit drugs among others.
The heads of states will also hold the second summit on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) although leaders are not expected to conclude the negotiations on the matter in the summit.
RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement among the ten ASEAN member countries.
“We were hoping that the RCEP would be concluded by the time of the Summit but it seems that we’ll have to wait a little bit longer. During the Summit, the leaders would express their commitment to conclude the negotiations because this is very important for the region, especially in view of the rising trade developments, tensions, unilateral actions, and we expect the leaders to call for the expeditious conclusion of the RCEP,” said DFA Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Juniver Mahilum-West.
Meanwhile, it is highly expected that the leaders will discuss matters regarding the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines is in charge of the coordinatorship on ASEAN-China Dialogue Partnership this year until 2021.
“And we are quite sure that the South China Sea, as I’ve mentioned before, would be one of those regional developments that would be taken up in the Summit. As to the detail of the discussions, I cannot say but for sure there’s going to be discussion on the South China Sea,” the Assistant Secretary said.
Leaders are expected to release outcome documents after the summits.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump will not attend the November summit. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will attend on his behalf. Reports said Trump will travel to Paris to attend the 100th commemoration of Armistice that ended World War I.
Nevertheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be in attendance at the Summit.
The DFA said that about four to five leaders have requested an audience with President Duterte on the sidelines of the event. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:33 PM
President Rodrigo Duterte denies the involvement of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia in illegal drugs.
A video was posted on the president’s Facebook page, where he reiterated his support for Leonardia and his candidacy.
He also called out former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella to stop splicing videos just to discredit Leonardia.
“But I want to tell mga taga Bacolod, wala akong sinabi about diyan. But kung tanuning ninyo kung sino para sa akin, I do not want a guy na making a fraud sa lahat ng sinasabi ko, (I did not say anything about the matter. But if you are going to ask me, I do not want a guy making a fraud out of everything I say.)” the president said.—Aileen Cerrudo
Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.
Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.
“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.
There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.
Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:23 PM
President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed the law abolishing the controversial Road Board.
The Republic Act 11239 was enacted on March 8, according to the document released by Malacañang on Tuesday (March 19).
The newly-signed law abolishes the Road Board which previously managed the road user’s tax or Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) for repair and maintenance of roads.
Under the measure, the monies collected from the MVUC will now be remitted to the National Treasury Bureau under a special account in the General Fund.
The law states that the collected fund “should be earmarked solely for the construction, upgrading, repair and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage to be included in the yearly General Appropriations Act.”
A Congressional Oversight Committee will also be established to monitor the implementation of this act and the use of special funds.
The committee shall be composed of five members each from the Lower House and Senate to be appointed by the Speaker of the House and Senate President, respectively.
The panel must have one member each from the minority groups and will be jointly chaired by a designated member of the House of Representatives and a Senator.
The law stated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall, as needed, absorb the employees of the abolished Road Board Secretariat, without diminution of their salaries and other benefits.
Employees who are separated from the service as a result of the abolition of the Road Board and its secretariat shall receive separation benefits provided that those who are qualified to retire under existing laws shall be allowed to retire and receive retirement benefits to which they may be entitled under applicable laws, rules and regulations.
The law also mandates the transfer of Road Board rights, records, assets and liabilities to the DPWH, including the unexpended appropriations or allocations.
The Secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) shall craft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within 30 days from the effectivity of this act.
President Rodrigo Duterte has been pushing for the abolition of the Road Board, calling the agency a “milking cow” of corrupt government officials.
In 2018, the Commission on Audit flagged Road Board’s billions of pesos worth of unobligated projects and millions of pesos of excessive costs and overpayment. – Robie de Guzman
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