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Solusyon sa problema ng unemployment sa bansa, tinalakay sa ika-12 Development Policy Research Month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014

Ang makahanap ng solusyon sa problemang tinatawag na “jobless growth” sa bansa ang layunin ng inilunsad na 12th Development Research Month ng Philippines Institute of Development Studies o PIDS (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Inilunsad nitong Huwebes ng Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) ang ika-12 Development Policy Research Month o DPRM.

Batay sa Presidential Proclamation No. 247 of 2002, mandato ng PIDS na magsagawa ng DPRM tuwing buwan ng Setyembre bawat taon.

Tema ng DPRM ngayong taon ang “Addressing the Jobs Challenge Toward Inclusive Growth”.

Pag-uusapan ng mga policymaker, development researcher, at labor leaders kung paano malulunasan ang lumalalang jobless growth, unemployment at underemployment gayong patuloy naman sa paglago ang ekonomiya ng bansa.

Ayon kay Dr. Gilberto Llanto, presidente ng PIDS, napapanahon ang pagsasagawa ng DPRM dahil sa isinusulong na inclusive growth agenda ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

“This year, the PIDS is highlighting a very important issue… Job creation is a critical issue. It is high time that we take a look at the constraints and make use of the country’s abundant labor resources.”

Kabilang sa mga panelist sa naturang pagtitipon sina deputy Director-General Dr. Emmanuel F. Esguerra ng NEDA, Assistant Secretary Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), PIDS President Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto, Dr. Aniceto C. Orbeta, Jr., senior research fellow ng PIDS.

Ayon kay Dr. Orbeta, kailangang amyendahan ang ilang polisiya sa labor protection dahil hindi ito nakatutulong sa mga manggagawa partikular ang minimum wage law.

Sinabi rin ni Orbeta na nagmungkahi na rin sila ng labor reforms at job expansion and development initiative for poverty alleviation.

Sa press conference, ipinrisinta ni DTI Assistant Secretary Rafelita Aldaba ang road map para sa pagpapalakas ng manufacturing industry sa tulong ng structural transformation upang makalikha ng maraming trabaho.

Dumalo sa paglulunsad ang mga kinatawan ng media at mga miyembro ng steering committee ng DPRM mula sa PIDS, Presidential Management Staff, NEDA, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Institute for Labor Studies (ILS), at Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (Gerry Alcantara / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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DTI allays fears over impact of TRAIN law on goods and services

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez

MANILA, Philippines — In an interview with the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the country’s new taxation system will only have minimal impact on the prices of basic commodities.

Lopez explained that the government will not impose an excise tax on basic commodities.

The DTI secretary presented a data showing an increase of not more than 50 centavos in prices of products.

Based on DTI’s estimates, the tax reform law will cause a four-centavo increase in the prices of sardines, three-centavos in prices of powdered milk, 3-centavos in instant noodles, 14-centavos in loaf bread, six-cents in prices of pandesal, four-centavos in laundry soaps, and 7-centavos in canned goods.

According to Sec. Lopez, the amount of excise tax on petroleum products may rise but its impact on basic commodities will not be huge.

Petroleum is just five percent of the transport cost of products.

The DTI official also noted the government can immediately enforce the TRAIN law although it has no implementing rules and regulations yet.

“There is the law, and the schedule of tax rate is clear as well as its implementation. So, based on our understanding, we can immediately implement it,” said Lopez.

The agency also vowed to monitor the movement of prices in the market to prevent any collusion between manufacturers and retailers.

Those proven to have unfairly increased prices of basic commodities will face charges of profiteering.

Violators will face an imprisonment of 5 years up to 15 years, and fines of P5,000 to P2-million.

Secretary Lopez is confident that the TRAIN law will spur competition among manufacturers and retailers.

“There is a self-correcting mechanism for that. If all of them imposed higher prices, I’m sure, I will bet my salary on this, a competitor will enter and will offer lower prices” he said.

DTI’s website has a list of products with suggested retail prices that the public can compare with market prices.

The agency said it is conducting a nationwide monitoring to prevent anyone from abusing the implementation of the TRAIN law.

The public may report anyone who will violate the suggested retail price of basic commodities to DTI hotline number 751-3330  — Mon Jocson| UNTV News & Rescue


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Pres. Duterte accepts resignation of CHED chair Licuanan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018


Licuanan resigned from CHED chairmanship

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang neither confirmed nor denied that it is Chairperson Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) whom President Rodrigo Duterte was referring to as the government official he will fire because of corruption.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that the president has already accepted Licuanan’s resignation.

Roque added that the chief executive has also been made aware of the allegations against the CHED official.

“I wish to announce that the president has received the resignation of CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and that it will be accepted by the president,” said Roque.

Roque did not add any other details anymore of other government officials that the president will remove from post.

In her resignation statement, Licuanan said she had received a call from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea during the weekend and asked her to resign.

Although her term will already be ending in July 2018, she said she decided to step down from office ahead of time.

She added that it is obvious that there are people in CHED who wanted her out of the commission and hurled baseless and false accusations including her travel abroad.

Malacañang, on the other hand, chose not to comment on the issue.

“No information, I only announced that she resigned, resignation is always a voluntary act,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, the former chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts And Culture, Senator Bam Aquino lamented Licuanan’s resignation

He said Licuanan’s dedication had done well to improve access to quality education.

Aquino also called on Malacañang to appoint an immediate replacement with the same ability as that of the former chief, to implement reforms. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte signs law prohibiting issuance of gift checks with expiration

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 29th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10962, the law prohibiting the issuance of gift checks with an expiration date.

It is now illegal to issue or impose expiry dates on a gift check’s stored-value, credit or balance.

However, gift checks that are issued for the purpose of loyalty, rewards or promotional programs as determined by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), as well as coupons and vouchers to avail discounts for any good or service, are not covered by this law.

Meanwhile, merchants can refuse to honor gift checks if these are mutilated or damaged.

Those who will violate the provisions of this law shall be subject to a fine not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million.

The DTI is responsible for implementing this act 15 days after its publication in newspapers of general circulation. — UNTV News & Rescue

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