SONA 2020

PRRD's modernization plan necessary: BFP-Western Visayas

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The plan to modernize and improve the firefighting capabilities in the country as mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte earned praises from the top official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Western Visayas.BFP regional director S/Supt. Jerry D. Candido,... Read More

Solon lauds PRRD’s priority bills, seeks Covid-19 plan

DAGUPAN CITY – Pangasinan’s 4th District Rep. Christopher de Venecia has lauded the inclusion of the passage of legislation for the economic stimulus package in the priority measures identified by President Rodrigo R. Duterte during his 5th State of the Nation Address, but he also sought... Read More

Financial relief, a big help to MSMEs

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Owners of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Antique have said any financial relief to be afforded them would be a big help when they slowly reopen amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.The entrepreneurs were reacting to President... Read More

Duterte still ‘neutral’ on ABS-CBN issue: Palace

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte remains “neutral” on the issue hounding the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corp. despite his latest tirades against the Lopezes, Malacañang said on Tuesday.In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque maintained that... Read More

Duterte's 5th SONA presents plans to fight Covid-19: Palace

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte presented his plans to ensure the country’s recovery from the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic when he delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang said on Tuesday.“Hindi po totoo iyan... Read More

Iloilo biz group welcomes financial relief

ILOILO CITY – The provision of financial relief to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid this coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic is a welcome development, according to an executive of a business group here on Tuesday.Lawyer Joebert Peñaflorida, chairperson of the... Read More

Cebu biz sector backs PRRD’s call for improved connectivity

CEBU CITY – While they recognize the efforts of telecommunication companies to improve connectivity, business leaders in Cebu have welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s stern call on the telecommunications industry to improve their service to their subscribers.The business sector here... Read More

DOST to implement SETUP 4.0 before yearend

MANILA– An enhanced version of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) will be implemented before yearend, an official said Tuesday.SETUP is DOST's program that aims to encourage and assist micro, small and medium enterprises... Read More

Leyte MSMEs applaud Duterte’s order to banks

TACLOBAN CITY – Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Leyte have welcomed the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend financial relief to help their sector cope with the pandemic.Gerry Ruiz, the owner of Calle Z Café in this city, said any form of financial assistance... Read More

Duterte’s 5th SONA draws mixed reactions from Senate members

MANILA – Several senators on Tuesday welcomed and expressed various views on President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) which he delivered Monday at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Duterte... Read More

DTI chief urges rental discounts for MSME lessees

MANILA – As President Rodrigo Duterte asked lessors of commercial spaces to come up with amenable arrangements with their tenants, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has cited ways to give rental discounts to micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) lessees amid the pandemic.In a radio interview... Read More

Telcos can talk to NTC: Palace

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday said executives of the country’s two major telecommunication companies can meet with the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) if they want to discuss in detail the plans to improve their services.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this... Read More

NegOcc guv backs PRRD’s push for passage of Bayanihan 2 bill

BACOLOD CITY – Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has backed the call of President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Congress to pass the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) bill.The proposed law, which includes the stimulus package to revive the country’s economy in the aftermath... Read More

AFP creating conditions to encourage more Reds to surrender

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it would create conditions that will convince communist terrorist group (CTG) members to voluntarily surrender and reintegrate themselves peacefully back to mainstream society."The AFP will be instrumental in creating... Read More

Palace spox rates Duterte SONA ‘9 out of 10’

MANILA – A day after delivering his fifth and penultimate State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte deserves a near perfect grade, Malacañang said on Tuesday.In a virtual presser, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was convinced that Duterte’s SONA... Read More

Salceda thanks PRRD for boosting legislative initiatives in SONA

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, House Ways and Means Committee chairman, thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for calling on lawmakers for the passage of his original bills during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.Salceda, in a statement said:... Read More

ARTA forms task force to monitor building of new telco towers

MANILA – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) formed a special task force to monitor and strictly enforce the compliance of agencies, particularly of local government units (LGUs), tasked to drastically streamline the permitting process for construction of additional telecommunication... Read More

Cebu biz leaders optimistic on PRRD’s plan for economic recovery

CEBU CITY – Business leaders here have expressed their optimism on the economic recovery plans announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) Monday.Steven Yu, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, said the issues concerning businesses... Read More

Pangasinenses laud PRRD stance on no F2F classes, telco remark

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – Residents of Pangasinan have lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement in his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) to not allow face-to-face (F2F) classes until the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine is made available and his warning to... Read More

Diplomatic means pursued to counter Chinese claims in SCS: PRRD

MANILA – Manila cannot afford to go to war against Beijing to forcefully retake the Philippine territory it occupied in the South China Sea.Thus, said President Rodrigo Duterte in his penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday."China is claiming it, we are claiming it. China has... Read More