BIR assistant commissioner dismissed from service; Manila treasurer suspended

A July 26, 2011 press release from the Department of Finance, Bureau of Internal Revenue: The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) has secured the dismissal of a top official of the BIR found with wealth disproportionate with his earnings as a public official. Similarly, the Manila city treasurer was also ordered suspended by the Ombudsman pending a probe of RIPS’s administrative complaint against her.

At posting, RIPS has filed a total of 86 cases against 126 public officials, 51 of whom were suspended, while 19 were already dismissed from service.

OFWs who are OWWA members may apply for reintegration loan assistance

A July 26, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment: Overseas Filipino workers who are members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), including former OFWs who were also OWWA members, are qualified to apply for enterprise loan under the OFW-Reintegration Program (OFW-RP). Interested eligible borrowers may proceed to the nearest OWWA-Regional Office and LBP branch, or contact the NRCO at Tel. No. 526-2633 / 526-2392.

Paaling fishermen victims in Negros Oriental to get DOLE assistance

A July 26, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment: Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced yesterday the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide a package of livelihood assistance valued at P914,000 to the 38 fishermen workers who have filed complaints against Master Fisherman Andrew Labao/Pesca Maharlika Marine Resources, Inc. to ensure they will not engage in paaling, a deep-sea compressor fishing similar to muro-ami where fishermen, using crude apparatus, usually of junk iron and steel materials, pound coral reefs to scare and drive the fish into a net laid out in the ocean floor.

Leonen: Peace talks should be coupled with dev’t efforts

A July 26, 2011 press release prepared by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: Government panel chair Marvic Leonen underscored that while the Aquino administration is resolved in reaching a negotiated political settlement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other rebel groups within its term, it is also bent on addressing the development needs of conflict areas.

The President’s Day: July 25, 2011

Today marks President Benigno S. Aquino III’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA). He started his day with a cabinet meeting in the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of Malacañan Palace. Afterward, he proceeded to the House of Representatives, Quezon City via helicopter, where upon the invitation of Congress he will deliver his second State […]