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Daraga tops list of Richest Bicol towns of 2017

The town of Daraga in Albay province, has total assets of P1.029 billion making it to the top of the list among the richest municipal local government units (LGU) for 2017, besting 106 others in Bicol region, according to the Commission on Audit (COA). Daraga, aside from topping the list, […]

Naga is richest city in Bicol region

Naga City, Bicol’s financial, business, educational and religious capital now has a total net worth of over P4.675 billion, making it the richest local government unit (LGU) in the region, according to the Commission on Audit (COA). The City of Ligao, in Albay province, followed far second, with a total […]

DSWD will reduce 4P’s beneficiaries after loans from World Bank and ADB are gone

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is seen to continue supporting its 4P’s beneficiaries maybe beyond 2019. This information was confirmed Monday by the agency belying rumors that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is set to end in 2019. Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo clarified the misconception and pointed […]

PPP hybrid formula to fast track implementation of road projects in Luzon

The fiscal administration under President Rodrigo Duterte is boasting of its makeover of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program with the adoption of a “new” approach to fast-track the implementation of two road projects in Luzon. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that under the hybrid PPP formula, the government selects, […]

Senator Honasan, 9 others face graft raps for P29-M PDAF scam

Senator Gregorio Honasan II and nine others are seen to face graft charges for alleged involvement in the P29-1 million Priority Development Assistance (PDAF) scam. Ths was learned as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of charges against the senator for two counts of violation of the “Anti-Graft […]

VP Leni Robredo presents lean budget, 14.28 per cent lower than that of 2016

Vice-President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo leads the way for a lean budget for 2017 for the Office of the Vice President. The P428.618 million proposed 2017 budget for the OVP is 14.28 percent lower than its 2016 budget, Robredo said Wednesday. Robredo presented the 2017 budget proposal to the Senate […]

No blame game even as P4.8-B Bicol International Airport design is a mess

Without finger pointing and resorting to the blame game, the Bicol Regional Development Council almost owned the mess and error in the continuing implementation of the construction of the vaunted Bicol International Airport located in Barangay Alobo of Daraga town in the province of Albay. The project was originally seen […]

Last pillar for LRT line 2 extension to Antipolo nears completion

Construction of the last pillar for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 extension up until Masinag Junction in Barangay Masinag of Antipolo City is nearing completion. The extension that connects with the Santolan station in Pasig City to Masinag covers 3.9 kilometers of elevated guideway. After Santolan, two stations […]

This is GMA’s reaction on her newfound freedom courtesy of the SCOTP

Free at last! That could be one of the first liners former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may have said after the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) dismissed the case that stemmed from the alleged misuse of the P366-million confidential intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during […]

DOTC confirms approval of new fund for Bicol airport construction

Fund for the construction of the much delayed project of Bicol International Airport was already approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications. According to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, DOTC Secretary Abaya called him up last Friday that the P780-million fund for the project has already been awarded. The now […]

More indigent senior citizens getting P6K annual pension

More indigent senior citizens of the country are getting P6,000 yearly pension from the Philippine government as one of its poverty alleviation program is poised to add into coverage 443,332 new beneficiaries. Qualified to receive the P500 monthly dole out under the law are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, […]

PhilHealth official warns corporation needs more fund to avert collapse

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) needs a shot in the arm as it might have its last breath after 10 months since it is fast losing blood with its fund payout larger than its members’ monthly contributions and income. This was disclosed by PhilHealth board member Eddie Dorotan, who […]

P171-B south line of North South Railway Project has 5 bidders

Big money projects under the government’s Public Private Partnership program is a crowd drawer among investors. The P171-billion South Line of the North South Railway Project (NSRP) under the public-private partnership (PPP) program has attracted five firms already. Leading the pack of parties interested include Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Investments […]

Naga City rolls on real property tax collection online service

This is one good news for real propery owners in Naga City. The local government last January 14th opened an online service for payment of real property tax which definitely exempt people from the hazzle of physically going to payment centers just to pay the bill. The new facility augurs […]

Philippines hosting the 35th ASEAN Tourism forum for P169 million

The good news here is that the Philippine Department of Tourism is hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum from Jannuary 18th up to the 22nd of this year. The other half of the news is way different. After the government foot the bill of P10 billion APEC summit last November 2015, […]

These 4 Big road projects will add traffic congestion in Metro Manila

Study shows that for a mega-city comparable to Metro Manila, 25 percent of the total land area should be allotted for roads which should be 8,000 kilometers. But based on Metro Manila Development Authority’s records, the National Capital Region has only 5,000 kilometers of road network, way far from the […]

P336.8-M funding, contracts for three river irrigation systems signed

Three huge National Irrigation Administration projects worth P336,845,505.73 is underway for Ilocos Norte, Bukidnon and Davao Del Sur. The amount is earmarked to rehabilitate, improve irrigation systems and fund the construction of irrigators’ association support facilities. The finalized project contracts under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) […]

This is the #101 of billionaire, also poor provinces of the Philippines

Billionaire provinces. Of the 81 provinces of the Philippines, 12 earned a regular annual income for fiscal year 2014 of P2 billion and above. Bulacan led the pack among the 9 provinces of Luzon, Visayas (Cebu and Negros Occidental) and Mindanao (Bukidnon). Twenty eight provinces earned between P1-billion and P1.9-billion […]

Mactan-Cebu airport get award for best transport deal in Asia Pacific

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal Passenger Building project, has received an international recognition from a reputable press institution. Thomson Reuters’ Project Finance International (PFI) hailed the public-private parnership project that was awarded to GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium as the “2015 Best Transport Deal” in Asia-Pacific (APAC) last December […]

List: All 144 Philippine cities annual regular income for FY 2014

The Philippines has a total of 145 cities, either highly urbanized, independent or component as of December 2015. Of these local government units, 41 registered a regular annual income of P1 billion and above. In the lead pack include Quezon, Makati, Manila, Pasig and Davao. Fifty four cities registered an […]

73 Provinces to get road rehab funds for P6.5-B in 2016 GAA

The Philippine government has appropriated P6.5 billion in the 2016 General Appropriation Act (GAA) for the rehabilitation and upgrading of provincial roads in 73 provinces. The Department of Budget confirmed the allocation of funds is performance-based with the recipient provinces chosen on compliance with good governance standards. Dubbed KALSADA (Konkreto […]

List: 53 Bicol towns with FY2014 earning range from P50-M and P99.9-M

List: 53 median Bicol towns annual regular income for FY2014 range between P50M and P99-M. For fiscal year ending December 2014, of the 107 Bicol towns, 53 reported an annual regular income between P99.9-million and P50.04-million. The first six local government units which may soon breach the P100-M mark include […]

List: 34 Bicol towns breach P100-M annual regular income in FY2014

34 Bicol towns surpass the P100-Million annual regular income for 2014. For fiscal year ending December 2014, of the 107 Bicol towns, 34 breached the P100-million mark in their annual regular income. The first five local government units include the mining town of Aroroy (Masbate), Daraga (Albay), Labo (CamNorte), Daet […]

SSS allots P6-B 13th month December bonus for pensioners

The Social Security System (SSS) has earmarked a total of P6.34 billion for the 13th month pensions of over two million pensioners for retirement, disability and death which is scheduled for release to the pensioners’ bank accounts and via mail this December. System Vice President for Benefits Administration Division Agnes […]

House approves salary increase of 1.53 million state employees

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading on Wednesday the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) for 1.53 million state workers. The measure, House Bill No. 6268, provides the compensation package composed of a salary increase, a mid-year 14th month pay, and an enhanced performance-based bonus (PBB) system. […]

Senate-House Bicameral conference committee okays P3.002-trillion 2016 national budget

Bicameral conference committee okays proposed 2016 national budget. The proposed 2016 national budget on Wednesday was approved ahead of schedule by members of the bicameral conference committee. The consolidated report, which contains the details of next year’s P3.002-trillion budget, is expected to be ratified by both chambers on or before […]

PH Air Force receives 2 FA-50 jets from South Korea

CLARK AIR BASE, PAMPANGA, Nov. 28 — A deep-throated roar in the sky heralded the arrival of the country’s first two FA-50PHs and return of the supersonic capability of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Saturday morning. The two aircraft, with tail numbers OO1 and 002, landed at Clark Air Base, […]

P300.2-Tln budget passes 3rd and final reading by PH Senate

The Philippine Senate on Thursday night passed on third and final reading the proposed Php300.2- trillion national budget for 2016 with some major amendments including the Php10.78-billion augmentation to the Department of National Defense budget. Other amendments introduced in the Senate finance committee report included the restoration of the P500 […]

P-Noy’s COP21 Paris visit includes Italian side-trip

Malacanang on Thursday said President Benigno S. Aquino III will attend the 21st Conference of the Parties for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Nov. 30. The working visit will enable Aquino to further expand Philippine bilateral ties and cooperation with the Holy See, France, and […]

Ombudsman filing graft charges versus Albay congressman

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft and corruption charges against one-term Albay congressman Rino Lim for the anomalous utilization of his 2007 PDAF amounting to P27 million. Lim, together with five Technology Resource Center officials, Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (KMFI) representatives and Carmelita Barredo of […]

Cebu is richest province with P28.181-B equity in 2014

The Commission on Audit on its 2014 annual financial report has tagged Cebu the richest province of the country. Cebu has an equity of P28.181 billion. Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said he was glad about the province doing well in equity and assets based on the report. “Well, that […]

Pres. Aquino shows pomp and extravagance in APEC welcome dinner

Pres. Aquino shows pomp and extravagance in APEC welcome dinner What was once an indoor arena typically used in sporting events was transformed into a lush green wonderland on Wednesday night for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Welcome Dinner hosted by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III. The welcome dinner, […]

Why PH is spending P10- billion for the APEC meet

Malacanang on Friday defended the P10-billion budget for the hosting of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), by saying it is the country’s economy that will benefit most from the amount that the Philippines invested for the prestigious event. ”For the attendance alone, it is expected that more or […]

PH set to sign P89-B loan deal with Japan on North-South rail project

The Philippines is set to sign next month an P89-billion loan agreement with Japanese government to partially finance the North-South commuter rail project (NSCRP) meant to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila. “The loan agreement for the project will be signed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the […]

Voter’s ID not a voting requirement in May 2016 poll – Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that there are close to six million voter’s identification (ID) cards still unclaimed in its local offices all over the country. But the poll body was quick to say that voter’s ID is not a requirement in voting in the May 2016 polls. With […]

DBM says 96% of agency budgets already out

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported that government agency allotments continue to keep ahead of last year’s rates, with 96.4 percent of funds already released to departments and agencies as of September 30. Allotment releases to agencies over the first nine months of 2015 outpaced last year’s figures, […]

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Small Town Lottery Out, PCSO Loterya ng Bayan In

It seems there is no stopping the lottery numbers game in the country any time soon. For while the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) sealed the fate of small town lottery in the country, it is also introducing the PCSO Loterya ng Bayan (PLB). The game starts May.

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Acting Masbate governor stops government funded projects in Cawayan

CAWAYAN, Masbate, March 17 — The appointment of vice-governor Vince Home Revil as acting governor of Msbate province is disrupting government funded projects in this town. Revil allegedly withholds funding of projects alloted to the municpality which are already financed by the provincial government while detained Governor Rozalina Lanete was […]

New Albay Airport Benefits from PPP Initiative

The new airport in Daraga town of Albay, otherwise referred to as the southern Luzon international airport, is Bicol’s share in the PPP project being initiated by the PH government. Funding for its construction and completion will be sourced thru the new initiative.

Bicol Headline News with Ginger August 17, 2013 Edition

Rush Transcript: Cbanga360 News and Public Affairs’ Bicol Headline News with Ginger, August 17, 2013 edition. Lupi Camarines Sur was listed among the beneficiaries of the P900 million Malampaya fund, supposedly given to farmer-beneficiaries under the Department of Agrarian Reform. The fund is part of the alleged, P10 billion government […]

13 Bicol towns pass fiscal stability scorecard – DOF

13 Bicol towns pass fiscal stability scorecard – DOF Thirteen municipalities in Bicol garnered satisfactory ratings in financial accomplishments according to the Department of Finance tally for local government units of the country. These municipalities pulled a surprise by capturing either the “Good” or “Very Good” rating in the DOF’s […]

Why PH is spending P10- billion for the APEC meet

Malacanang on Friday defended the P10-billion budget for the hosting of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), by saying it is the country’s economy that will benefit most from the amount that the Philippines invested for the prestigious event. ”For the attendance alone, it is expected that more or […]

PPP: Less Gov’t Responsibility, More Public Debt

Through PPP projects, many crucial responsibilities of the government are being transferred to profit-oriented private corporations and banks, particularly the development and operation of core infrastructure such as roads and mass transportation network, power generation, and water supply and distribution, among others.

PH spends P11.6-M for P-Noy’s Singapore trip

MANILA, Nov. 18 — The government is set to spend P11.6 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s participation in The Economist’s World in 2015 conference in Singapore from November 18 to 19, 2014, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. President Aquino left this morning via a chartered flight to […]

P13.1-billion Southern Luzon Expressway extension project briefing held

TIAONG, Quezon, March 24 — The briefing on the P13.1-billion Southern Luzon Expressway-Toll Road 4 (SLEX-TR4) extension project was held here with President Benigno S. Aquino, III in attendance. The 58-kilometer project will link Sto. Tomas, Batangas all the way to Lucena, Quezon. The four-lane project, which was mandated under […]

Sorsogon highly dependent Bicol province on IRA share for fiscal year 2009

The short discussion here will delve on the “External Sources” of income by the provincial local governments. That is specifically referring to the LGU share in (1) Internal Revenue Allotment, (2) other shares from the National Tax collections, (3) inter-local transfer, (4) and extraordinary receipts, grants donations and aids. The […]

List: 34 Bicol towns breach P100-M annual regular income in FY2014

34 Bicol towns surpass the P100-Million annual regular income for 2014. For fiscal year ending December 2014, of the 107 Bicol towns, 34 breached the P100-million mark in their annual regular income. The first five local government units include the mining town of Aroroy (Masbate), Daraga (Albay), Labo (CamNorte), Daet […]

Bicolanos Join Million March, COA Tags 13 Congressmen in PDAF List

Bicol Headline News, August 26, 2013 Bicolanos join million march, COA tags 13 congressmen in PDAF list A unified group of concerned citizens composed of students, farmers, transport organizations and educators massed at the Penaranda Park of Legazpi city for a march rally which urged the scrapping of the controversial […]

Rich Towns, Poor Towns of RP

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PH government sets up website for monitoring foreign aid for Yolanda survivors

The government has launched a website that allows the public to monitor the status of foreign aid for relief operations in super typhoon Yolanda-hit areas. Department of Budget and Management Undersecretary and Chief Information Officer Richard Moya said the initiative, called Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH), may be accessed through […]

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DBM explains, justifies funding issues of proposed Bangsamoro entity

MANILA, March 16 — Speaking on the funding issues surrounding the proposed Bangsamoro region, Department of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said, “We must consider the prevailing conditions in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The region requires strong and consistent funding support to lift it out of poverty.” […]

13 Bicol towns pass fiscal stability scorecard – DOF

13 Bicol towns pass fiscal stability scorecard – DOF Thirteen municipalities in Bicol garnered satisfactory ratings in financial accomplishments according to the Department of Finance tally for local government units of the country. These municipalities pulled a surprise by capturing either the “Good” or “Very Good” rating in the DOF’s […]

Daraga Town Leads in Bicol 2003 Income

Positioned in rank #1 is Albay province’s premiere town of Daraga with annual income of P108,615,847. Daet, the capital town of Camarines Norte earned P79,165,000 and ranked 2nd. Another town of Camarines Norte, Labo, had annual earnings of P78,378,000 and ranked 3rd. Big town Libmanan of Camarines Sur with earnings of P71,331,958 was ranked 4rth.

LGU Libmanan Surpasses the P100M Earnings in 2007

For the fiscal year of 2007, the LGU of Libmanan was the first and only that surpassed the P100M earnings among the 35 municipalities, while capital town Pili had P87M. Rinconada’s Nabua made P73.2M and the third district town of Calabanga earned P72.6M.

Son of detained Senator Bong Revilla shoots self

MANILA, Mrch 1 – Detained Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. is expected to seek a pass to be with son who was reportedly shot and wounded by himself in accident yesterday. The family lawyer said the shooting was an accident. He clarified that Cavite vice governor Jose Lorenzo “Jolo” Bautista III […]

Camarines Norte Capital Town Desperately Obsessed of Becoming a City?

In a seemingly desperate but obsessed dream of guiding Daet into becoming a city, the local officials are into a frenzy of proposed redevelopment projects. According to mayor Tito Sarion, “… we are presently in the process of implementing large-scale facelift projects such as the P30-million local government center, P30-million […]

Government funds core housing for indigent victims of Typhoon Glenda

The government through the social welfare department is funding reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged residential units in identified barangays of San Jose town of Camarines Sur amounting to P6.7 million. The local municipal government in turn, will contribute a counterpart sum of P750,000 for the same endeavor. The targeted beneficiaries […]

Mayon: The mounting cost of keeping safe the evacuees

After the state volcanology institute Phivolcs raised alert level 3 pertaining to Mayon’s restiveness, the government starts piling millions of pesos in current and projected expenses beginning from the day residents were hauled from the affected areas to the evacuation sites in Albay. So now, governor Joey Salceda has announced […]