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Palace lauds BOC for early detection of mixed plastic waste in Misamis Oriental

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Courtesy : Ecowaste Coalition Facebook page

Malacañang has lauded the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the early detection of mixed plastic waste in Misamis Oriental from Hong Kong.

READ: EcoWaste slams botched plastic waste shipment from Hong Kong

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a statement, also called on other government agencies “to continue exercising vigilance and hinder the entry of such shipments of garbage into our territorial jurisdiction at the first instance.”

The said mixed plastic waste that was discovered in Misamis Oriental had been declared as “assorted electronic accessories”.

The Palace also acknowledged BOC’s action to export the shipment back to its port of origin. It also reiterated its “firm position of the Republic of the Philippines that it will not allow its territory to be treated as a dumping ground for trash by any foreign country or entity,” the statement reads.

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P9-M worth of cocaine seized at NAIA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Courtesy: Bureau of Customs

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities seized an estimated P9 million worth of cocaine from an Indonesian national who arrived from Qatar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Wednesday.

Agents of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated the illegal drugs from the suspect who arrived from Doha aboard Qatar Airways at around 5 p.m.

The cocaine, weighing a total of 1.65 kilograms, was found hidden in a secret compartment of his suitcase.

PDEA said the suspect was held at the airport after random K-9 sweep and X-ray examination showed suspicious white powdery substance in the secret lining of his luggage.

Further chemical analysis confirmed that the substance brought by the passenger was cocaine.

The suspect is facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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Gov’t to issue guidelines on foreigners seeking jobs in PH

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Foreign employees working at the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT)

MANILA, Philippines – The government of President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to issue a new set of guidelines for foreign nationals intending to work in the Philippines, Malacañang said on Tuesday (June 11).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the issuance of new rules for foreign workers was discussed during their Cabinet meeting on Monday after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on the status of foreign employees in the country.

Panelo said the joint memorandum circular (JMC) will be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Justice, Bureau of Internal revenue, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Professional Regulation Commission, Bureau of Immigration and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

He said the issuance of the JMC is requested to harmonize policy guidelines for foreign nationals seeking jobs in the Philippines.

“Through this JMC, foreign nationals shall first secure an alien employment permit, a working visa, and a tax identification number before they can be permitted to work in the country,” the presidential spokesman said.

The top foreign nationals working in the country, according to Panelo, are Chinese, Japanese and Koreans. They are mostly working in administrative support, offshore gaming operations, and business process outsourcing.

The Palace official’s statement follows concerns raised by several lawmakers over the surge of Chinese workers in the Philippines who allegedly do not have legal work permits and have entered the country using tourist visas.

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Palace: Pilot testing of PH ID system to start in September

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The pilot testing of the national identification system will begin on September, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that during the Cabinet meeting on Monday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and National Statistician Dennis Mapa reported about the implementation of the Philippine ID system (PhilSys).

“There will be a pilot testing which will run from September to December 2019 to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide,” Panelo said in a statement.

“By the end of the President’s term in 2022, one hundred seven million Filipinos are targeted to be registered,” he added.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) earlier said the registration for the national ID system will be open to Filipinos and resident aliens aged five and above. Indigents, persons with disabilities and government workers will be the first to be registered.

READ: PSA assures national ID for 6M Filipinos

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act in August last year. The law, which covers Filipino citizens and foreign residents, seeks to harmonize, integrate and interconnect the redundant government-issued IDs by establishing a unified ID system.

The national ID will contain the cardholder’s PhilSys number and full name as well as facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address; biometric information, including fingerprints, iris scan, will also be in the card.

Information on marital status, mobile number and email address will be optional.

The PSA said that by 2022, around 100 million cards will be issued to Filipinos and resident aliens.

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