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Day: November 9, 2022

Iloilo City to go digital on biz process transactions

Starting in 2023, the city government here will adopt the new electronic Business Process Licensing System (eBPLS) to make business transactions faster, more convenient, and more transparent.   Iloilo City Local Economic Development and Investment Promotion Officer Velma Jane Lao, in an interview on Wednesday, said digital transactions were requested by clients for better accessibility without commuting and face-to-face interaction, and for more transparent and efficient dealings.   “We will have an end-to-end business process licensing, which means it will be done online from application up to the payment and release (of permit),” she said.   Lao said now, only

Pentagon official admits aid to Ukraine depletes US arsenals

The US administration admits that its military aid to Ukraine depletes Western arsenals and creates additional pressure on their defense industries, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl told the Washington-based Defense Writers Group, where TASS is a participant.   When asked to comment on the long-term consequences of the US military aid to Kiev, the official said: “There’s no question that it has put pressure on our own stockpiles, it has put pressure on our defense industrial base. That’s been true of our allies.”   “I will say, [US Defense] Secretary [Lloyd] Austin has been laser focused

BOC intercepts cigarettes, ‘kush’ shipments in Davao, Pampanga

Authorities led by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted shipments of contraband and narcotics worth over PHP7 million in recent separate operations in Davao and Pampanga.   In a statement Wednesday, the bureau reported the apprehension of two suspects who yielded 4,250 reams of smuggled cigarettes and a Hyundai Porter Freezer van with a combined value of PHP3 million on Oct. 31.   The items were seized at a checkpoint manned by the local police and the Philippine Army – Task Force Davao at Sirawan, Toril, Davao City.   BOC Davao District Collector lawyer Erastus Sandino Austria issued a warrant

Ilocos Norte power rates drop in November

Households in Ilocos Norte can expect lower electricity bills this month, after power rates dropped more than PHP2 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in November.   In a statement, the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) said the overall electricity rate in the province dropped by PHP2.3860 per kilowatt to PHP15.5106 in November from PHP17.8966 in October following a collaboration between the cooperative and the provincial government to lower electricity rates here.   “For a household consuming 100 kWh for example, the reduction is equivalent to a decrease of more than PHP200 in their total electricity bill,” INEC spokesperson Noel Andres said on

DOJ: ‘Cinderella Man’ triggered Bantag to order Lapid slay

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla on Wednesday said the “Cinderella Man” story could have possibly pushed suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag to order the assassination of broadcast commentator Percival “Ka Percy Lapid” Mabasa.   Remulla made this revelation on the sidelines of the 86th anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) celebration as he gave details on how Lapid’s story has purportedly upset Bantag.   He said Mabasa came to Bantag’s property in Laguna, and documented it for the former’s “Cinderella Man” story.   Remulla said Bantag was so upset after learning that Lapid

Over 200 new cops take oath in Central Luzon

At least 219 new police recruits took their oath as members of the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3) at the parade ground here on Wednesday.   PRO-3 regional chief, Brig. Gen. Cesar Pasiwen, administered the oath of office to the recruits following their presentation by Gen. Jerry Bearis, Deputy Regional Director for Administration.   The new police personnel underwent a stringent screening process, after which they were all given the rank of Patrolman.   “You are physically and psychologically fit and are qualified to become police officer. You are also here because of the sacrifice and support of your parents

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