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First order out of Malacañang under President Benigno S. Aquino III

Posted by akosistella on July 1, 2010



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Business and the military

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By Rafael Alunan III

The “militarization” of the bureaucracy, in my view, is a non-issue because their numbers are puny compared to the millions of bureaucrats in the national and local governments. Additionally, I would argue that if ex-soldiers had the attributes to lead, advise, endure long hours, handle tough situations, and maintain their equanimity, they should be given equal opportunities to land a civilian job.

While critics scan the surface that stop at the uniform, I prefer to search beneath their veneer. For example, working with the late-Gen. Gaudencio Tobias (ret.) at Tourism in the late 1980s and early ‘90s validated our judgment that proved beneficial to the country’s reputation. His disciplinarian ways and administrative skills helped preserve and maintain Camp John Hay after the US Air Force departed earlier than scheduled.

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RP may scrap sugar import plan

Posted by akosistella on March 5, 2010

THE GOVERNMENT may put on hold or cancel a plan to import 134,000 metric tons of sugar, as local prices stabilize with a drop in global prices, a senior Agriculture official said yesterday.

The imports were part of the 150,000 MT that the government was looking to import to rein in rising domestic prices.

The government auctioned import rights for 60,000 MT last week, but bidders only offered to import a total 16,000 MT.

The shipments would be the first sugar imports since 2006.

“The options would be to suspend or cancel the import plan. Why import if the prices have dropped locally?” said Rafael L. Coscolluela, head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

He said another option is for the government to amend the rules to make it more attractive for importers to buy sugar.

Mr. Coscolluela also said raw sugar output forecast for the current crop year to August may be reduced due to the impact of the dry spell brought by El Niño.

“We were expecting 2.18 million MT and towards the end of the milling season. It seems like El Niño has affected the standing crop to some extent — tonnage is lower,” Mr. Coscolluela said in a phone interview.

“We’re talking about a possible reduction in our crop estimate to 2.147 million MT.”

Mr. Coscolluela said El Niño, which leads to drier weather, will likely have a bigger impact on the next crop, with the initial raw sugar production estimate of 2.3 million MT for 2010-11 likely to be lower. — Reuters/BusinessWorld

Hahaha! Arthur Yap, secretary of importation, plan foiled! Good call Mr. Coscolluela. We know the truth. There is no sugar shortage. There was no need to import in the first place.

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Comelec releases guidelines for local absentee voting

Posted by akosistella on February 3, 2010

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday released the rules and regulations for the three-day local absentee voting in late April.

Covered by the local absentee voting, to be held from April 24 to 26, are government officials and employees as well as members of the military and police force who will be on election duty in places where they are not registered on May 10, election day.

In a resolution promulgated on Monday, the Comelec said that those who wish to avail of the privilege must file their application forms with the head of their office. Application forms may be reproduced or downloaded from the Comelec Web site.

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