Youth commission urges Congress to push with SK elections this year

admin   •   August 16, 2017   •   5392


MANILA, Philippines —It has been years since the last elections of Sangguniang Kabataan was held.

Likewise, it has been a long time since there was a formal representation of youth in the barangay level.

Now that the barangay elections will likely to be postponed anew, the National Youth Commission (NYC) appeals to Congress to allow even with the SK elections alone.

“So we hope, if you do not want to hold the barangay elections, we understand it but we still hope that the SK elections will still push through. It’s been years. And if their fear of what happened in the past will occur again, no it won’t that’s why there is a reform. SK has been reformed. Please give SK a chance,” said NYC Chairperson Aiza Seguerra.

However, the local youth development offices will continue with their programs for the youth from provincial to the municipal level.

One of these programs is the barangay development on youth.

Whether SK elections will be postponed or not in October, NYC ensures there will be youth representations in the barangay level.

“Whatever happens, the National Youth Commission will make sure that there will be youth representation,” said Seguerra.

If Congress will approve the bill on the postponement, it will be the second postponement of the local polls under the Duterte administration.

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Duterte to join democracy summit hosted by US – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to participate in the “Summit for Democracy” to be hosted by the United States government this week, Malacañang said.

In a statement, the Office of the President said Duterte will join the summit set on December 9 to 10 “upon the invitation of US President Joe Biden.”

“President Biden has invited heads of state and government, other government leaders and voices from the business and nongovernment sectors to join the US in taking action to strengthen democracy,” the Palace said.

Malacañang said Duterte “has accepted” Biden’s invitation.

“President Duterte likewise welcomes the opportunity to share the Philippine democratic experience and commitment to democratic values and nation-building at the Summit for Democracy,” it added.

Biden will convene world leaders from government, the private sector, business and the civil society in the virtual summit. It will focus on challenges and opportunities facing democracies and will provide a platform for leaders to announce both individual and collective commitments, reforms, and initiatives to defend democracy and human rights at home and abroad, according to the US State Department.

The summit has three key themes: Defending against authoritarianism, addressing and fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.

The United States said the summit will offer an opportunity to listen, learn, and engage with a diverse range of actors whose support and commitment is critical for global democratic renewal.

Romeo Brawner Jr. named as new PH Army chief

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Major General Romeo Brawner Jr. as the new commanding general of the Philippine Army, Malacañang announced.

“The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has approved the designation of MGen Romeo S. Brawner Jr. as Commanding General of the Philippine Army,” the Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We wish General Brawner all the best in his new assignment,” it added.

Brawner is the current commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division.

He will take over the post from Lieutenant General Andres Centino, who is now the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Malacañang expressed confidence that Brawner “will continue the reform initiatives his predecessors pursued in order to transform the largest branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines into a more dynamic and more professional organization true to its mandate to serve our people and secure our nation.”

Brawner is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Makatao Class of 1989.

He also served as acting commandant of cades at the PMA, spokesperson of the Joint Task Force Marawi at the height of the campaign against Islamic State-linked militants who laid siege in Marawi City in 2017.

He also served as the commander of the 103rd Brigade in Mindanao and served as Army spokesperson.

Duterte signs order regulating prices of more drugs in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an order that would regulate the prices of more drugs and medicines being used to address the leading causes of morbidity in the country, Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 155 on Tuesday, December 7.

The order states that price regulation via maximum retail price (MRP) and/or maximum wholesale price (MW) will be imposed on 34 drug molecules and 71 drug formulas used in agents affecting bone metabolism, analgesics, anesthetics, anti-angina, antiarrhythmics, anti-asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease medicines, antibiotics, anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, antidiabetic drugs, antidiuretics, and antiemetics.

The EO also covers drug molecules and formulas utilized in anti-glaucoma, anti-hypercholesterolemia medicines, antihypertensive medicines, anti-neoplastic/anti-cancer medicines, antiparkinsons drugs, drugs for overactive bladders, growth hormone inhibitors, immunosuppressant drugs, iron chelating agents, and psoriasis, seborrhea and ichthyosis medicines.

The order required all manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, traders, and retailers to display their retail prices according to the MRP.

The EO specifies that the MRP, “preceded by the words ‘RETAIL PRICE NOT TO EXCEED,’ and ‘UNDER DRUG PRICE REGULATION,’ on a red strip, shall be clearly printed on the label of the immediate container of the drug and medicine and the minimum pack thereof offered for retail.”

The list of medicines and their corresponding prices shall be subject to the review of the Department of Health (DOH), in consultation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) six months from the effectivity of the EO, and every six months thereafter.

Violations of the EO shall be dealt with in accordance with RA No. 9502 or the Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008, and other related laws.

Pursuant to the said law, the Secretary of Health is directed to investigate alleged violations of the price cap, and impose administrative fines of not less than P50,000 nor more than P5,000,000.

“This (order) is part of efforts to improve access to affordable, quality medicines and reduce the health-related expenses of our countrymen, consistent with the goals of the Universal Health Care Act,” Nograles said.


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