The government’s recovery plan, dubbed as “Recharge PH”, would help Filipinos cope with the crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said on Saturday.

Recharge PH katapat! Palace responds to SWS survey showing 36% of Pinoys expect life to worsen

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The government’s recovery plan, dubbed as “Recharge PH”, would help Filipinos cope with the crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said on Saturday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after the Social Weather Stations (SWS), in its July 3 to 6 poll, revealed that 36 percent of adult Filipinos believe their quality of life would worsen in the next 12 months.

SWS found that only 26 percent of adult Filipinos are optimistic about life improvement, while 30 percent expect their life to stay the same in the next 12 months.

In a press statement, Roque said the poll results were already anticipated, given that the country is still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Roque, nevertheless, admitted the number of Filipinos who expect the life to get worse in the next 12 months is “certainly an issue that concerns the administration.“

“The Palace acknowledges that the Covid-19 pandemic and the quarantine restrictions have adversely affected the socioeconomic conditions of our people for the respondents of the survey to have this opinion,” he said.

Roque said Recharge PH would serve as a “whole-of-society” program that aims to help the country recover from the Covid-19 crisis.

“It is for this reason government economists have prepared a whole-of-society program in our recovery plan called Recharge PH to mitigate its impact,” he said.

Recharge PH, formulated by the National Economic and Development Authority, seeks to refocus, sharpen the design, and accelerate the implementation of programs under the 2020 General Appropriations Act to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and reboot the country’s economy.

Roque also noted that the so-called “Ingat Buhay para sa Hanapbuhay (Protect Life for Livelihood)” campaign would be launched to help individuals affected by the temporary shutdown of businesses due to the pandemic.

“Ingat bahay para sa hanapbuhay is our current direction with the gradual opening of industries,” he said.

He said the resumption of the government’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program would also contribute to the country’s fast recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We hope to revitalize the economy and stimulate growth for the betterment of the lives of our people,” Roque said. (PNA)

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Holiday na nagka-pasok pa! Netizens fume as Duterte declares Nov 2, Dec 24, Dec 31 2021 as working days

Netizens expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lessen the number of non-working days in 2021 in a bid to spur economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte on Friday (February 26) signed Proclamation No. 1107, which categorized three days that had been declared special holidays as special working days. These are Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

Writer @JerryGracio tweeted: “Hindi na special non-working holiday ang All Souls Day. Wala kasing kaluluwa si Duterte.”

Journalist @prinzmagtulis said: “Duterte government’s strategy to revive the economy: Ease monetary policy || Reject additional fiscal stimulus || Lessen holidays.”

Twitter user @Punongbayan_ asked: “Payag ka rito pero si Duterte, 365 days ang non-working holidays?”

Netizen @nicoquejano tweeted: “Okay. Sa mga nagsasabi na pumapasok naman talaga sila pag December 24 at December 31. Mga teh, Duterte just took away the holiday premium you get for working on a holiday! Suck on that, mga DDS. Puñeta.”

Twitter user @Nicocoleeta said: “Sana di na magkaroon ng masarap na ulam ever si Duterte at pamilya nya. pwede naman kasi tanggalin yung Nov. 30, Day of Valor, or Chinese New Year as holidays eh, pero nope yung mga holidays na in a way ‘need’ para macelebrate yung occassion with families.”

Markahan na kalendaryo! Here are the important dates for May 2022 elections

The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.

While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:

May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties

October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions

November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.

February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.

March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.

DOJ assures review of gov’t drug-related ops will continue

The government will continue to review anti-illegal drugs operations where deaths have occurred, Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Adrian Sugay assured on Friday (Feb. 26).

“What we have thus far is an initial report,” Sugay pointed out.

“And we intend to continue the review of cases involving anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred,” he assured.

“We intend to come out with further findings and recommendations,” he added.

Last Wednesday (Feb. 24) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reported there were irregularities in the police drug operations during the review conducted by the DOJ-led inter-agency panel.

“Any and all possible administrative/criminal liability against those involved in these anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred may be pursued depending on any further findings/recommendations,” Sugay also assured.



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