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House Speaker calls for resignation of LTO Chief due to car plates backlog

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got very upset after Land Transportation Office Chief Edgar Galvante failed to attend the House Committee hearing earlier Wednesday.

During the hearing, various issues such as fast tracking the process on motor vehicle registration and car plates backlogs were tackled.

It was said that Asec. Galvante was not able to attend the hearing because he was in the hospital for medical treatment.

House Speaker Alvarez would have wanted to ask the LTO Chief about the status of almost 6 million backlogs on vehicle plates.

The agency was able to send a representative from the Chief Operations Division, but the official failed to give a clear answer to the House Speaker’s questions.

This got Alvarez really angry to the point of calling for Galvante to resign from his post for his slow action to address the problem of car plates backlog, despite of being 1-year in office.

“What are you doing there? If you cannot do your job you resign! You tell Asec. Galvante if you cannot do your job tender his resignation.  Hindi kaya. Mahigit isang taon na kayo dyan wala pa rin kayong plaka (You can’t handle it. You’ve been there for more than a year yet there are still no car plates),” Alvarez said.

Based on the statement released by the LTO Wednesday afternoon, the agency said that they have already issued the notice of award to the winning bidder, Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and J.H. Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GMBH & Co. KG Joint Venture for the production of the almost 6 million backlog on car plates amounting to more than P900-million.

The House leader also questioned the alleged slow process of imported motor vehicle registration, due to various requirements, such as the permit from the PNP-HPH Traffic Management Group and a clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which he said are unnecessary.

“Katarantaduhan yang mga requirements (Those requirements are foolish). Pinahihirapan niyo taumbayan (You’re burdening the people),” Alvarez said.

The UNTV News Team tried to get a reaction from Asec. Galvante, but it was reported that he was confined to a hospital since Tuesday afternoon. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Aguirre open to run in 2019 Senatorial elections

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

“If you ask me, I think Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre should be in the line up of senatorial candidates of PDP-Laban in 2019. I will support the candidacy of Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre,” House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said in what seems to be an endorsement for the justice secretary as a possible administration candidate in the 2019 senatorial elections.

Alvarez was the guest speaker at the 81st anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Monday.

The House Speaker said he will convince President Rodrigo Duterte to include Aguirre in their senatorial line-up.

“I will highly recommend the inclusion of Sec. Vit Aguirre in the administration’s ticket,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said Aguirre would be a big help to the President to fast track the passage of bills in the Senate.

He laments that of 110 bills they transmitted to the Upper House, only 10 had become laws.

Aguirre is open to run for the Senate but said it will depend on President Duterte.

As PDP-Laban Chairman, President Duterte will have the final say on who will be running for the Senate in 2019.

“What will be, will be. Que sera, sera. If the situation demands it, but definitely much will depend on what will be the opinion of the President. We will obey the command of the President,” Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II said.

Last Friday, Alvarez announced that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Communications Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson are among the administration’s senatorial bets.

“I really believe that Mocha would be a very good candidate. For me, she is qualified. I think she has a genuine heart for the Filipino people,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez, however, clarified the list is temporary and the party is yet to decide on it. – Roderick Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Environmental groups seek to ensure waste shipment will be returned to Canada

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Environmental groups are not satisfied with the promise of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action in bringing its garbage that was shipped to the Philippines  back to Canada .

According to Ban Toxics Organization, they will monitor the steps Canadian and Filipino authorities will take, noting the tons of garbage should be returned to its origin.

“Not just because he said those words, it’s already okay for us. We should see the ship sailing back to Canada. We are just requesting for the proper mechanism,” Ban Toxics organization program coordinator, Anna Kapunan said.

The garbage has been in waters off Subic for four years now.

The environment group said the health of the residents of Subic is becoming more at risk.

“In terms of human health, they can have problems with their a respiratory system or digestive system when their food or air has been contaminated, the environment can also be contaminated. The dirt from the garbage will leak on the sea and marine animals might accidentally eat it,” Kapunan said.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau initially said there are only 26 of the 55 containers remain in the country from the initial shipment.

Those behind the shipment is now facing complaints for violating the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the1995 Basel Convention on the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and disposal the consignee Chronic Plastics Inc.

“We have filed and the criminal case is ongoing so I cannot really share much of what will happen but there is already a court order to return it to the Canada,” DERN-EMB Chief of Hazardous Waste Management Section Geri-Geronimo Sañez said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Residents call on DENR to stop mining operations in Homonhon and Manicani Islands

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Several residents of two villages in Guiuan, Eastern Samar have asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) not to renew the permit of Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HTC) for its alleged violation of some mining guidelines.

The residents said the contract of HTC already expired last October 27th. This prompted them to ask the DENR to stop the company’s mining of nickel ore in the islands of Homonhon and Manicani.

They claimed parts of the mountainous island have become denuded, and that the mining activities there also affect the sea.

“We want Secretary Cimatu to know the sacrifice and agony of the entire community. The mining contract of the Hinatuan Mining Corporation is about to expire. It has been mining there for 25 years now. And the residents have been having bad experiencing in the island because of their mining activities,” Phil. Movement for Climate Justice Visayas coordinator, Larry Pascua said.

Meanwhile, the DENR agreed to have a dialogue with the residents to discuss their concerns.

However, the agency explained it could not immediately respond to the complaint of the residents as it still needs to undergo proper process.

“We will just only be elevating the information, because the very authority who will approve the MPSA is the secretary,” DENR 8 Assistant Regional Director Carlito Tuballe said.

The residents are hoping the Duterte Administration will act on their concerns especially since the mining activities in their community have already affected their livelihood. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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