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House leaders slam slow distribution of cash aid

Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero and House public accounts committee chairman Mike Defensor urged the Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Agriculture (DA) and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to speed up implementation of the government’s financial assistance programs for sectors affected by the enhanced community quarantine. MANILA, Philippines — House …

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Duterte to ask for additional budget to fight COVID-19

“We are confident that Congress will provide the necessary authority to the President,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday. MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is asking Congress for a supplemental budget after the finance department admitted that funds might be stretched thin in the fight against the coronavirus disease …

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DICT to lower spectrum user’s fee for telcos

Eliseo Rio Jr., undersecretary for operations, said the DICT will issue a department order to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for the lowering of the SUF for the provision of fixed internet to homes and offices by telcos. MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will …

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BuCor records two new COVID-19 cases in women’s prison

This undated photo shows the conduct of Oplan Galugad in the Correctional Institution of Women. The Bureau of Corrections on Tuesday reported 19 new COVID-19 cases in the facility, with 18 inmates and one personnel contracting the virus. MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections on Friday reported two new …

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PH joins Asean-US Special Foreign Ministers meet on Covid-19

ASEAN-US SPECIAL FOREIGN MINISTER’S MEETING. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. delivers his intervention at the Asean-US Special Foreign Minister’s Meeting on Covid-19, held via videoconference, on April 23, 2020. The meeting discussed harnessing the strategic partnership between Asean and the US to fight the pandemic and start …

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