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Day: November 4, 2022

BOC-Davao exceeds October target by P67.5-M

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Port of Davao has exceeded its October 2022 revenue collection target by PHP67.6 million, an official said Friday.   Erastus Sandino Austria, BOC-Davao district collector, said the agency managed to collect PHP3.38 billion in revenue, which is 1.9 percent higher than its target of PHP3.31 billion, posting a surplus of PHP65.7 million.   Austria noted that the figure is also 19 percent higher than the PHP2.83 billion collection in October 2021.   He said the achievement was made possible through the strengthened collaboration and dialogues between its employees and stakeholders.   “I commend the

NoKor fires 3 short-range ballistic missiles toward East Sea

North Korea has fired three more short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea Thursday night, the South Korean military said, about an hour after Pyongyang slammed Seoul and Washington’s decision to extend joint air drills as a “very dangerous and wrong choice.”   The missiles were launched from Koksan County in North Hwanghae Province at around 9:35 p.m., according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).   Earlier in the day, the North fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and two short-range ballistic missiles.   The late night missile launch came less than an hour after Pak Jong-chon, secretary

Removal of fixtures, shifting eyed to decongest classrooms

The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Cordillera region is coming up with measures to address overcrowding in public school classrooms.   Dr. Estela Cariño, DepEd-Cordillera director, said these include shifting, splitting of classrooms, and removal of some pieces of furniture and fixtures.   “Ang inikot muna namin (We first went to) Baguio City. They have three – Rizal (National High School), Roxas (National High School), and Kias (National High School and Elementary School),” Cariño said in an interview on the sidelines of the 3rd Cordillera Gender and Development Focal Point System Assembly here Thursday.   At the Roxas National

Solon wants November declared as Buy Pinoy Month to boost MSMEs

To encourage the public to support Filipino entrepreneurs and help them recover amid the pandemic, Deputy Speaker and Las Pinas Representative Camille Villar has filed a measure seeking to proclaim November as Buy Pinoy, Build Pinoy Month.   In filing House Bill 5682, Villar noted that optimized importation and exportation through the Internet and other technologies have made it more difficult to discern which products are locally-made, leading to limited patronization from our own citizens.   “As we transition to economic recovery and revival, stronger support for local enterprises is crucial now more than ever. Assistance and support in the

Stiffer sanctions sought vs. gov’t execs in agri smuggling

Amid the continuing proliferation of large-scale agricultural smuggling in the country, AGRI Party-list Rep. Wilbert Lee on Friday urged the enactment of a bill seeking to impose stricter penalties on public officials or employees involved in this crime.   In pushing for the passage of House Bill 5742, Lee underscored the need to punish not only the illegal importers but also “public officials or employees who tolerate, protect or take part” in agricultural smuggling, hoarding, and other market abuses.   “The agriculture sector will not progress, and issues relating to it will not be solved, if the supposed protectors and

DTI reports high demand for basic goods in W. Visayas

While prices of basic commodities have so far remained stable, the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday reported an increase in demand in Western Visayas, one of the hardest-hit regions by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng.   In a statement, DTI Region 6 OIC Regional Director Ermelinda Pollentes said the demand was significantly high in the province of Antique since many private organizations and local government units mobilized their respective groups to conduct relief operations.   “Though BNPC (basic necessities and prime commodities) prices are stable, the demand has significantly increased especially in the Province of Antique due to bulk

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