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our “Peace negotiations should continue of the Republic of the Philippines) and The resumption of peace talks

” even if both sides have not yet ceased the NDFP (National Democratic Front would “forge substantive agreements administration of the Anti-Subversion
s of armed hostilities. That is precisely of the Philippines),” with the drafting that will resolve the root causes of the Law outlawing the party. The rebels

cy why peace talks must proceed be- of the Comprehensive Agreement on nearly five-decade old armed conflict,” have continued to push for the talks de-
cause the two sides are at war. The no Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) it added. spite this setback. — M.N.R.
EDITORs marifi s. jara,dela
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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018

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our #nationataglance Tropical storm caloy approaches, but ‘less likely’ to make landfall
A TROPICAL depression spotted 1,740 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as of
Sunday morning is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm, which will be named Caloy when
it enters the Philippine area. However, weather bureau PAGASA said Caloy is “less likely” to make
nd landfall in any part of the country. “This weather disturbance is less likely to make landfall on any
part of the country due to its recurving track,” PAGASA said in its bulletin yesterday. The storm is
e projected to be 910 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar by morning of March 27, Tuesday.

of the
eir Poe calls for better PNR maintenance after
derailment incident Traffic interagency to meet mar. 26
SENATOR GRACE Poe-Llamanzares, chair of the for anti-colorum plan
guing committee on public services, urged the Department MEMBERS OF the government’s Inter-
be of Transportation (DoTr) to enforce a “strict inspec- Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) will
erio tion and maintenance” of the Philippine National meet Monday, March 26, to plan for
Railways (PNR) trains following a derailment last the implementation of the nationwide
Saturday. “The derailment of the PNR train from its crackdown on colorum public utility
to NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION: QUEZON CITY MICHAEL VARCAS/PHILIPPINE STAR station in Paco, Manila should serve as a wake-up vehicles (PUVs). — arjay L. Balinbin
call on its safety management and enforcement,”
Palm sunday she said in a statement Sunday. Ms. Llamanzares said
catholic devotees wave their fronds as a minister gives the blessing with holy the incidents of train derailments were “simply unac- Barangay, sk elections
water at the st. Peter Parish-shrine of Leaders in commonwealth, Quezon ceptable,” noting that the DoTr was given a budget to proceed, says alvarez
city on march 25, Palm sunday, marking the start of Holy Week in the mainly allocation in 2018 for maintenance and that the gov- HOUSE SPEAKER Pantaleon D. Alvarez
said catholic Philippines. ernment has lined up various railway infrastructure said the barangay and Sangguniang Ka-
ties projects. “Let’s have a public bataan (SK) elections will push through
rela- transportation system that will as scheduled on May 14 even as the
bring the people to their desti- House of Representatives passed on third
itical nation and back to their homes reading last March 19 a measure for post-
hibit CALABARZON: BATANGAS unscathed,” she said. — camille ponement. — minde Nyl R. dela cruz
a. aguinaldo
of Bisikleta Iglesia
cycling enthusiasts join the 5th Bisikleta Iglesia, which made stops in Pimentel bares his PDP-Laban
seven churches in Batangas province on march 24, ahead of the Holy senatorial list
Week observance in the mainly catholic Philippines. The activity’s SENATE PRESIDENT Aquilino L. Pimen-
” he title is a play on the traditional Visita Iglesia, wherein filipino tel III on Sunday revealed his own list of
catholics go to seven churches on maundy Thursday or Good friday, senatorial candidates under the ruling
ban both national holidays. The Department of Tourism (DoT) has Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas
ee launched a campaign promoting “faith tourism.” ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2019
e rela- midterm elections, which included the

he five reelectionist senators belonging to

ously. the Senate majority bloc. — camille a.
BI deploys additional officers for
vent Holy Week travelers
the THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has
deployed 58 additional immigration of-
ded ficers to airports nationwide “to ensure
on? that adequate manpower is available to
on to serve the traveling public before, during
and after the Holy Week,” the agency
uc- said in a statement issued last week. —
son- Dane angelo m. Enerio

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DTI-9 urges LGUs to move business
ose C. licensing to Negosyo centers
pac- THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry-
it Zamboanga Peninsula office (DTI-9) has
d. urged local government units (LGUs) to fREsHLy HaRVEsTED sugarcane in Negros
- move their respective business licensing Occidental
eadily offices to the Negosyo Centers to further
ers, ease the business process for micro, small, WESTERN VISAYAS: NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
y, it’s and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs). THE PEOPLE’s PaRk located in the downtown area is one of Davao Representative Benitez calls for return to
Having the local permit processing will city’s open spaces. P2-B sugar sector development budget
g “make our facility a one-stop shop for our NEGROS OCCIDENTAL 3rd District Representa-
e is MSMEs,” said DTI Regional Director Sitti DAVAO: DAVAO CITY tive Alfredo B. Benitez is now lobbying for the
nd. Amina M. Jain in a statement issued last Environmental group pushes for drafting restoration of the sugarcane industry devel-
urists week in time for the opening of two new of forest Land Use Plan in Davao city opment budget to P2 billion this year, which
bout centers located in the municipalities of ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP Integrated Development Interventions, Inc. was reduced by the Department of Budget
Gutalac and Polanco in Zamboanga del (IDIS) has called for the immediate drafting of a Forest Land Use Plan and Management to P1 billion this year due
ents Norte. “By that, we mean not just DTI, but in Davao City to protect watersheds and have a sustainable water to underspending by the Sugar Regulatory
also our concerned partner agencies like supply in this rapidly urbanizing city. “It is very important because it Administration (SRA). The P2-billion budget
ent DoST (Department of Science and Technol- is the forest that make sure that we are ecologically balanced… If we is specified under Republic Act 10659 or the
ogy), TESDA (Technical Education and Skills are to maintain our claim that Davao is a livable city, it should be in- Sugar Cane Industry Development Act. Mr.
ming Development Authority), DoLE (Depart- cluded in the whole development direction and management plan of Benitez has defended the SRA, saying the
ment of Labor and Employment), and even Davao,” IDIS Executive Director Chinkie P. Golle told media in a forum agency’s capacity to fast-track spending and
ncy BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), they can last week. Ms. Golle said while the city’s zoning map identifies forest the implementation of projects has been
conduct their trainings and briefings here,” areas and there are reforestation activities, there is no comprehensive hampered by the bureaucratic process in fund
a Ms. Jain said. — albert f. arcilla plan “on how to manage and how to reforest.” — maya m. Padillo allocation. — The Freeman
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