Nationwide Firecracker Ban not yet up for this year

admin   •   November 24, 2016   •   3579

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) of the Philippine National Police conducting investigation on the explosion site, a firecracker factory, in the town of Santa Maria, Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines, 23 November 2016. (Kenji Hasegawa / Photoville International)

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) of the Philippine National Police conducting investigation on the explosion site, a firecracker factory, in the town of Santa Maria, Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines, 23 November 2016. (Kenji Hasegawa / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Citing lack of material time for its imposition as reason, President Rodrigo Duterte points out that a nationwide firecracker ban will not be imposed for this year.

He says it is already too late to impose such measure since those in the firecracker industry have already purchased their  materials.

President Duterte said, “Everybody has invested na it would not be fair. The least that I can say or i do is just to issue a warning that it’s very, very dangerous.”

However, the president is still inclined to implement the ban in the coming years.

He has implemented a total ban on firecrakers during his incumbency as mayor of Davao City and wants to replicate it to the whole nation.

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According to the chief executive it is part of his sworn duty to ensure the safety of the public and the use of firecrackers has been causing injuries and deaths in previous years.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, “But that decision should not go beyond April, May, because it might be too late again. But I would like congress to act on it first and if they do not want it I will see if I can do it by executive order.”

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Meanwhile, the president stresses that the owner of the firecracker manufacturing factory in Sta. Maria, Bulacan that exploded the other day causing the death of a woman and her 2 kids should be punished under existing laws.

“They have to face charges for negligence. In the realm of law it’s called torque and damages. There’s no malice in their but there is negligence in handling the explosives inside the factory. It’s always the liability of negligence,” President Rodrigo Duterte added.

(Victor Cosares / UNTV News and Rescue)

Duterte pitches for gross taxation to address corruption in gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the use of gross taxation system over net tax collection in a bid to eliminate corruption in the government.

Duterte floated the idea on Thursday, saying the adoption of gross taxation system would significantly reduce corruption, starting in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The president previously made mention of this proposal during a media interview in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“Pag gross, wala na. ‘Yang mga examiner, wala nang trabaho ‘yan. Dito ka sa neto eh kasi may mga ano, bayaran, exemption ganun,” he said.

“Kung sinsero talaga kayo and you are on my side to stop corruption, if media would really help government and the Filipino people, all you have to do — tayong lahat, we agitate Congress, gross na tayo,” he added.

The president, however, did not elaborate on how the suggestion will be implemented.

Gross income tax is a tax assessed against the money somebody earns and is applicable to income from a job, as well as to funds that are set aside in an estate or trust.

While net taxes, are levied on production less subsidies received. It also paid to the government less transfer payments.

Net taxes are a simple version of a checkbook balance for governments as they measure the inflows and outflows of the state’s tax activities.

Duterte said that the need for examiners will be eliminated if the computation system of corporate taxes will be changed.

“I guarantee you, ‘pag pumunta tayo ng gross, wala ng examiner, wala ng deduction then they do not haggle for anything. ‘Pag nandiyan na ‘yung resibo, ‘yan na ‘yun,” he said.

The chief executive said this form of tax is already being used in foreign countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

In response to Duterte’s suggestion, the Department of Finance (DOF) said it will look into shifting to gross taxation.

Aside from adopting new system of taxation, the president earlier suggested the removal of brokers in the Bureau of Customs to curb corruption.

Duterte monitoring 100 more Customs execs linked to corruption

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is monitoring 100 more Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials allegedly involved in corruption within the agency.

In a speech during the launching of Bataan government center and Business in Balanga town on Thursday, Duterte said he received a list of 164 BOC executives purportedly engaging in corrupt practices.

The president then quoted a former Customs’ employee who said that removing these officials would rid the agency of corruption.

“At itong Customs, I was given a list of 164. They have been there already for 38 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years,” he said.

“Sabi nung taong ma-acquit sana, an ex-employee of — sa Customs, ‘itong mga tao na ito, ‘Mayor, kung matanggal mo ito, mawawala ang corruption sa gobyerno,’” he added.

“In the meantime that I am investigating the 64, I think they were already suspended by the Ombudsman, I’m still trying to look for these 100 idiots, these sons of a b****,” the president further stated.

Sixty-four of these officials have already been placed on floating status in July and are facing administrative and criminal charges for unlawful activities.

READ: Duterte orders freezing of several Customs officials, employees

Duterte earlier suggested the removal of brokers and examiners at the Customs bureau to significantly reduce corruption in the agency.

He also suggested that instead of brokers, the BOC may be allowed to accredit or designate individuals or companies to arrange their shipment.

READ: Duterte wants brokers, examiners removed from PH Customs

Following Duterte’s proposal, BOC executives met on Wednesday (Sept.11) but have yet to release any information on their discussion on a new system seeking to eliminate the use of brokers in the processing of shipments in the port area. RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte orders adoption of cash-based budgeting system

Robie de Guzman   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the adoption of a cash-based budgeting system beginning this year in a bid to improve the fiscal planning of government agencies.

Under Executive Order No. 91, which was signed on Sept. 9 and made public on Sept. 12, Duterte directed government agencies to shift to a new system from the current obligation budgeting system.

“There is a need to improve the fiscal planning of government agencies through the implementation of an operational cash budget and by setting deadlines for obligation of funds and execution of projects during the fiscal year, in order to speed up the implementation of programs and to promptly deliver goods and services to our people,” Duterte said.

The order states that all authorized appropriations can only be used until the end of each fiscal year while payments for obligations incurred shall be made three months after the end of the validity of appropriations.

Any unreleased appropriations and unobligated allotments as well as unpaid obligations at the end of the year should be returned to the National Treasury and will not be available for expenditure, except by subsequent legislative enactment.

Financial subsidies appropriated to local government units, meanwhile, will be reverted to the National Treasury after the end of the succeeding fiscal year.

Moreover, projects with an implementation period exceeding 12 months shall require a multi-year contractual authority (MYCA) from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) before their procurement, the order said.

The MYCA may also be issued for single-year procurement projects, or those with an implementation period of 12 months or less that are either research or scientific in nature.

The contractual authority shall cover the full project cost and will be the basis of the approved budget for the contract.

The government had long been operating on obligations-based budget which allowed agencies to spend funds even after the year ends.

The DBM previously attempted to shift to a cash-based budget for 2019 but this was thumbed down by Congress.

Duterte, however, insisted the new system believing that this will help ensure the speedy implementation of programs and delivery of services to the public.

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