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DENR, PRIVATE SECTOR TO PROTECT PH BIODIVERSITY

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Antonia Loyzaga underscored the importance of private sector collaboration in measures to protect and restore biodiversity during the COP15 biodiversity summit in Montreal, Canada. Loyzaga, who was designated by President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. as his representative and Head of the Philippine delegation to the 15th Conference […]

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SERVICE INCENTIVE LEAVE BILL HURDLES 2ND READING

A measure seeking to increase the yearly service incentive leave (SIL) of employees in the private sector from five to 10 days hurdled second reading approval at the House of Representatives. During the plenary session, the chamber passed through voice voting House Bill 988, which seeks to amend the Labor Code of the Philippines. The […]

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ANGARA BACKS LGU PROJECTS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR

Senator Sonny Angara aired his full backing to the call of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for local government units (LGUs) to work with the private sector in the development of projects that will serve their respective constituencies. As Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Angara said public-private partnerships (PPPs) are the way to go at […]

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PANGILINAN: GET PRIVATE SECTOR INTO ‘SAGIP SAKA’

Senator Kiko Pangilinan has filed a bill seeking to give greater incentives to private businesses participating in his landmark Sagip Saka Act. “Padadaluyin nito ang kailangang-kailangang kapital papunta sa agrikultura. Para itong PPP o public-private partnership for agriculture – dahil pinakamalalim ang bulsa ng pribadong sektor, kailangan ang tulong nila para mabigyan ng sapat na […]

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DA, PRIVATE SECTOR TO PRODUCE SWINE BREEDERS

In its continuing efforts to revive the country’s hog industry gravely affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF), the Duterte administration through the Department of Agriculture (DA) is partnering with the private sector to produce needed swine breeders to jumpstart and sustain the government’s hog repopulation program. Agriculture Secretary William Dar recently led the groundbreaking […]

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PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT IN AGRI DEV’T URGED

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said the government should pool enough investment in the agriculture sector in order for the private sector to be inspired and follow suit. According to the former food security secretary, the deepest pockets in the economy are the private sector, and the Philippine government should leverage on this for the agriculture […]

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ALLOW PRIVATE SECTOR TO BUY VACCINES — ZUBIRI

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri filed Senate Resolution No. 858 calling for an inquiry into delays in multi-party agreements (MPAs) between the national government and entities looking to procure COVID-19 vaccines, particularly local government units and the private sector. Zubiri, principal author of Republic Act No. 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, […]

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GIVE PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS COVID LEAVE – DE LIMA

Senator Leila de Lima has filed a measure mandating paid leaves in the private sector during a state of calamity on account of an infectious disease, such as the COVID-19 virus. De Lima filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 2307 providing for a five-day paid epidemic leave benefit to any private sector employee, regardless of employment […]

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TAP LGUS TO SPEED UP VAX ROLLOUT – PANGILINAN

Following the government’s announcement of new quarantine rules, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said the private sector and the local government units (LGUs) should be given a bigger role in COVID-19 response especially when it comes to vaccination. Pangilinan stressed that the government’s vaccination efforts are inadequate and slow, and that the government needs to speed up […]

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ZUBIRI LAUDS OK OF PRIVATE SECTOR VAX PURCHASE

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri has expressed his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that the private sector will now be allowed to buy COVID-19 vaccines at will. “I laud the decision of the President to allow the private sector to import and buy vaccines at will, as this will be able to assist […]