Lower House restores CHR’s budget with a condition

admin   •   September 21, 2017   •   3536

Commission on Human Rights (CHR)

MANILA, Philippines —The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should also investigate the crimes committed by drug addicts, such as rape, murder, and other heinous crimes.

This was the condition the Lower House laid down for CHR to comply after the Lower House agreed to restore the agency’s budget.

Once approved, CHR will receive 508 million pesos for next year, with a slight cut from the original 623 million pesos.

According to House Committee on Appropriations chairman Cong. Karlo Nograles, CHR chairperson Gascon personally has agreed with the said condition.

“He also committed na itong investigation na gagawin ng human rights will not only be limited to state actors military, police but we will also include victims of those crimes committed by drug addicts,” said Nograles.

Nograles added that they intentionally reduced the budget of the CHR to see if the agency will adhere to the agreement.

“We are challenging the CHR to step it up to show us that they are worthy of the support of Congress and let’s talk about raising your budget in 2019 after we see the results,” said the chairman.

The House also restored the original budget of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

Meanwhile, Nograles said they were able to complete the P40-billion  budget to fund the free higher education program.

Nograles explained the said amount was a consolidation of the slashed amount from various agencies including the slight cut from CHR’s original budget proposal. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

House members push for a bigger budget for DOST in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

The first Philippine-made train developed by DOST that takes the PNR Tutuban-Alabang route. | Photo courtesy of DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute

Members of the House of Representatives are pushing for a bigger budget for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2020.

The DOST’s budget proposal is P20.18 billion, which is P79.85 million lower than its 2019 allocation of P20.26 billion.

However, 2nd District Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. pushed to increase the DOST budget by at least P5 billion for all the provinces across the country.

During the budget briefing of the House Committee on Appropriations, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the efforts of the department has raised the country’s rank by 19 spots in the Global Innovation Index this year.

The DOST Secretary also added that several initiatives of the department has helped address the concerns of the Filipinos. These include the Anti-Dengue Program, the Malnutrition Reduction Program, the creation of Hybrid Electric Trainsets, and others.

Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago also expressed hope for the DOST’s budget augmentation.

“I really lament that you have very meager budget…Science and technology should be our top priority,” Elago said.—AAC 

ERC orders Meralco to refund P1.08-B to customers

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ordered the refund of P1.08 billion to its customers following miscalculations in the net settlement surplus (NSS) allocations from June 2018 to May 2019.

In an order released on August 1, the ERC asked the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) to make the necessary adjustments to the NSS allocations.

Meralco clarified, however, that they function only as power distributor from the supply they get from the spot market operated by PEMC and that they do not collect excess charges.

Aside from this, the ERC also ordered the PEMC to refund the P321.36 million to consumers covered by other distribution utilities, electric cooperatives and their customers.

The ERC expects the PEMC to immediately effect the refund not later than the July 2019 billing period.

ERC: SC decision might result in the cessation of power supply

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2019

Courtesy : Pixabay

The Supreme Court’s decision to deny the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) motion for reconsideration might result in the cessation of power supply.

The ERC has filed a motion for reconsideration of SC’s ruling to void over 90 power supply agreements (PSA) that did not undergo bidding.

“The High Court’s decision will result to the possible immediate termination of 99 affected PSA contracts which will result in the cessation of power supply to 52 Distribution Utilities (DUs) that are serving 13 million electricity consumers,” according to their statement.

There might also be a possible surge in power bills due to the said decision, the ERC added.

However, the ERC also said they will comply with the directive of the Supreme Court.

“We only need to seek guidance through a motion for clarification on how to implement their decision particularly on the rates and the continued supply of electricity to the affected public utilities,” according to ERC chairperson and CEO, Agnes VST Devanadera.—AAC

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