Congress convenes joint session to discuss proposed ML extension

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Both chambers of the Philippine Congress on Saturday officially convened in a special joint session to deliberate and vote on President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend the period of martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year.

The session started at about 9 a.m. and was attended by at least 14 senators and 242 congressmen.

Both chambers moved to adopt their respective resolutions on Duterte’s request.

The session was later suspended for three minutes after Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman requested for time to review the new rules in relation to how the voting should take place.

Some senators...

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Seniors, PWDs get 20% discount on domestic flights booked online

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Senior citizens and Persons with Disability (PWD) may soon avail of a 20 percent discount when booking a domestic flight online.

The Department of Transportation - Civil Aeronautics Board (DOTr-CAB) approved Thursday, July 13, a resolution requiring local airlines to give a 20 percent discount on tickets purchased via the carrier's website or a mobile application. Prior to this, the discount was only applied to face to face transactions.

Under the resolution, senior citizens, PWDs, or their representatives must input the passenger’s details including date of birth and ID number indicated in the Senior Citizen or PWD card.

CAB directed airlines...

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NEA, ADB Bolster Renewable Energy Initiatives

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is keen on collaborating with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the electric cooperatives (ECs) under its charge to develop additional micro grid facilities and distributed energy resources (DER) in the country.

NEA Head Executive Assistant Atty. Vicar Loureen Lofranco issued this statement following a three-day workshop on the subject sponsored by the ADB in its headquarters in Mandaluyong City last week.

Lofranco said ADB Senior Technical Advisor on Energy Dr. Yongping Zhai expressed interest to continue working with the NEA in promoting clean and renewable energy (RE) in the Philippines by helping out on...

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Duterte admin's first year investment milestone

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with (from left) Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, Social Welfare Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Health Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle during a simple turnover of the PHP15-million check donated by the Chinese government at the Music Room in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. The check is intended for the rehabilitation of Marawi City. (Presidential Photo)President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with (from left) Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, Social Welfare Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Health Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle during a simple turnover of the PHP15-million check donated by the Chinese government at the Music Room in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. The check is intended for the rehabilitation of Marawi City. (Presidential Photo)

The strong commitment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to promote inclusive economic growth in the country is yielding positive results, a Cabinet official said on Tuesday.

Speaking before members of the media during a press briefing at Malacañan Palace, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez enumerated some of his agency's achievements as part of the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) briefings, spearheaded by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

Highlighting several milestones in the first year of the Duterte administration, Lopez cited that the number of business companies and organizations coming into the country rose by five percent to 273 from 261 during...

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