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Koko proposes a self-executing anti-dynasty proviso in Constitution

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said the anti-dynasty provision should be made self-executing in the proposed new Constitution in order to democratize political power. This is just one of several political reforms the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban), wanted to introduce in the proposed ...

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Oro dads to hold public consuls on e-cigarettes

By LITO RULONA Correspondent The 18th City Council’s Committee on Health Sanitation and Health Insurance will be conducting public consultations on the impact of electronic cigarettes on the health of young people in the city. Committee chairman and City Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane said there are recommendations to regulate if ...

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Local government dept calls for ‘responsible reporting’

By Nitz Arancon Correspondent THE Department of Interior and Local Government City Director Jean Docallos said the community plays a vital role in the proper implementation of martial law, especially the local news media. In a press conference yesterday, Docallos said the media outfits are not barred from reporting news ...

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Health committee defers approval of smoking ban

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent THE Committee on Health, headed by Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane, has deferred the approval of the proposed ordinance to ban all cigarettes and vaping in the city. This after committee member Councilor George Goking cautioned Gaane that a total ban might introduce more harm than good. ...

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XU director tackles local dev’t planning

Governance and Leadership Institute director Dr. Dixon Yasay of Xavier University served as one of the resource persons at the recently-concluded Development Legislative Enhancement Course attended by more than 150 local legislators from all over the country. Yasay facilitated the learning exercises on local development planning and fundamentals of local ...

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50,000 indigents to get health care insurance

By LITO RULONA Correspondent SOME 50,000 indigents in the city could now avail a PhilHealth program that will cover the costs of hospitalization and medicine, the chief of the newly formed City Hall’s Health Insurance Office (CHIO) announced. Dr. William Bernardo, CHIO newly-appointed department head said they assured the initial ...

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Balikatan strengthens defense partnership

After 12 training days in the Philippine summer heat, thousands of service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military finished this year’s rigorous Balikatan training exercise and now stand more prepared to respond to terror threats and natural disasters in the region. Philippine and U.S. forces ...

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XU: LGU is key to dev’t

In her welcome remarks at the 3rd Local Legislative Enhancement Course conducted by the Governance and Leadership Institute (GLI) of Xavier University, Engr. Gail dela Rita, assistant to XU’s vice-president for social development, emphasized to the participants that “local government is the key to development.” Dela Rita shared that in ...

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