Manila government – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:28:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://apasl2019manila.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Manila government – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ 32 32 Minors vaccinated in Muntinlupa number 17,700 – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/minors-vaccinated-in-muntinlupa-number-17700-manila-bulletin/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 09:46:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/minors-vaccinated-in-muntinlupa-number-17700-manila-bulletin/ The city government of Muntinlupa vaccinated nearly 18,000 minors between the ages of 12 and 17 in almost a month. As of November 21, according to the Muntinlupa COVID-19 vaccination program (MunCoVac), a total of 17,773 minors have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination of a minor in Muntinlupa (Muntinlupa PIO) The […]]]>

The city government of Muntinlupa vaccinated nearly 18,000 minors between the ages of 12 and 17 in almost a month.

As of November 21, according to the Muntinlupa COVID-19 vaccination program (MunCoVac), a total of 17,773 minors have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination of a minor in Muntinlupa (Muntinlupa PIO)

The total is equivalent to 32 percent of Muntinlupa’s estimated total population of 55,391 minors belonging to the 12-17 age group. In addition, 547 minors received the second dose, making them fully vaccinated.

In total, the city government has already administered 18,320 vaccine injections to minors since it began immunizing the pediatric population on October 25.

As of November 21, 33,662 minors have registered with MunCoVac for vaccination, or 61% of the total population for this age group.

Of the total, 2,449 minors (7.3%) have comorbidities or are classified as pediatric category A3, while 31,213 (92.7%) are classified as “healthy children”.

Minors with comorbidities are only vaccinated at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa, managed by the city. For those who do not have one, they are vaccinated at SM Center Muntinlupa, Ayala Malls South Park, New Cupang Health Center, and Sucat Covered Field.

According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, the comorbidities eligible for pediatric A3 vaccination are medical complexity, genetic diseases, neurological diseases, metabolic / endocrine diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, HIV infection , tuberculosis, chronic respiratory diseases, kidney disorders, hepatobiliary diseases. and an immunocompromised state due to disease or treatment.

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for use in people 12 years of age and older.

As of November 21, Muntinlupa had 70 active cases of COVID-19 out of 27,585 confirmed cases, 26,937 recoveries and 578 deaths.


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Pasay City COVID-19 Patients Receive Food Packages – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/pasay-city-covid-19-patients-receive-food-packages-manila-bulletin/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 05:45:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/pasay-city-covid-19-patients-receive-food-packages-manila-bulletin/ New / Metro / Pasay City COVID-19 Patients Receive Food Packages Pasay City COVID-19 Patients Receive Food Packages The Pasay city government distributed food packages on Saturday, November 20 to 47 COVID-19 patients for their immediate recovery. Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said that each food package contains six kilograms of rice, 10 pieces of Energen drinks, […]]]>

Pasay City COVID-19 Patients Receive Food Packages

The Pasay city government distributed food packages on Saturday, November 20 to 47 COVID-19 patients for their immediate recovery.

Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said that each food package contains six kilograms of rice, 10 pieces of Energen drinks, ready-to-eat foods and vitamins.

Rubiano said the city government distributes food aid to COVID-19 patients on a weekly basis in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Municipal Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) said the 47 patients are already on the mend.

Citing the CESU report, the city’s mayor said that out of 201 barangays in the city, only 28 remain with active cases.

She said 23 barangays are still in localized enhanced community quarantine (LECQ).

The mayor told residents to follow basic sanitation protocols or the NDE habit (be sure to always wash your hands, a mask is a must and to implement physical distancing) to prevent the spread of the disease dreaded.


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Sweden to introduce COVID vaccination pass on December 1 – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/sweden-to-introduce-covid-vaccination-pass-on-december-1-manila-bulletin/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 22:20:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/sweden-to-introduce-covid-vaccination-pass-on-december-1-manila-bulletin/ Sweden will introduce a Covid-19 vaccination pass on December 1 for public indoor events of more than 100 people, as cases increase in much of Europe, the government said on Wednesday. With relatively low infection rates, Sweden on November 1 lifted the requirement for fully vaccinated people with symptoms to get tested for Covid, but […]]]>

Sweden will introduce a Covid-19 vaccination pass on December 1 for public indoor events of more than 100 people, as cases increase in much of Europe, the government said on Wednesday.

With relatively low infection rates, Sweden on November 1 lifted the requirement for fully vaccinated people with symptoms to get tested for Covid, but the government said it was now reversing that decision after criticism .

Health Minister Lena Hallengren said Sweden expected an increase in cases during the winter and was “not isolated from the rest of the world”.

The vaccination pass will be required for people over the age of 16 or 18 – the government has not yet decided – at events like concerts, theaters and sporting events, but not in restaurants and venues. bars.

Organizers who do not need the pass will be subject to other strict restrictions on crowd numbers and social distancing.

In the early stages of the pandemic, Sweden stood out by not introducing lockdowns and only recommending the use of face masks in certain situations where overcrowding was inevitable.

Rather, it relied on non-coercive recommendations, although some restrictions were introduced, including on the number of people allowed at public gatherings and restaurants, and earlier closing times for bars and restaurants.

It lifted all its restrictions at the end of September, as its vaccination program progressed and the number of cases was under control.

A total of 67% of Swedes are now fully vaccinated, rising to 82% of those over 16, according to the Public Health Agency.

The country currently has an incidence rate of 85.8 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, according to the World Health Organization – one of the lowest in Europe and far lower than its northern neighbors where cases are skyrocketing.


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Eleazar retires with high public confidence and approval ratings for PNP – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/eleazar-retires-with-high-public-confidence-and-approval-ratings-for-pnp-manila-bulletin/ https://apasl2019manila.org/eleazar-retires-with-high-public-confidence-and-approval-ratings-for-pnp-manila-bulletin/#respond Fri, 12 Nov 2021 08:54:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/eleazar-retires-with-high-public-confidence-and-approval-ratings-for-pnp-manila-bulletin/ Retired Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar has stepped down from service with a big jump in the Philippine National Police (PNP) trust and approval ratings. Starting with 25th in the approval rating ranking and 22nd in the trust rating in the survey conducted for all government agencies in May of this year, Eleazar said the […]]]>

Retired Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar has stepped down from service with a big jump in the Philippine National Police (PNP) trust and approval ratings.

Starting with 25th in the approval rating ranking and 22nd in the trust rating in the survey conducted for all government agencies in May of this year, Eleazar said the PNP is now 7th in the Ranking the Trust Score and 8th in the Approval Score based on the survey conducted last month by Publicus Asia.

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“Nag-umpisa tayo sa is a hamon na maibalik ang tiwala and respeto ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang kapulisan (we started with a great challenge to regain people’s trust and respect for their police). Today we claim the victory of this almost impossible task of doing it in just six months because from 25th in approval rating and 22nd in confidence rating before, we are now 7th in confidence rating and 8th in confidence rating. approval rating from all government agencies based on the survey conducted last month, ”Eleazar said in his speech.

Based on the PNP briefing on Eleazar’s speech, the Q1 2021 survey conducted in March found that the PNP ranked 25th for approval rating and 22nd for trust rating.

In a survey conducted in July, two months after Eleazar took over as PNP leader, the PNP’s ranking improved to 19th for approval rating and 18th for trust rating.

In last month’s survey, the PNP rose to 7th place for trust rating and 8th for approval rating.

“As I retire from service today after serving 38 years, I will carry fond memories with me of how, as your PNP leader over the past six months, the men and women of the Police Philippine Nationals believed in me and supported me with the primary goal of continually bringing back the integrity and dignity of the PNP, ”Eleazar said.

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In his opening speech, Eléazar insinuated that the length of service has nothing to do with the success of the implementation of reform programs.

He later explained that when he assumed the most senior position in the PNP, the main challenge was to regain the trust of the population amid the harsh and sustained criticism of the police organization.

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“The success of a victorious battle is not measured by the duration of the fights, it is measured by how each person on the ground is inspired to believe that the battle plan works to unite and achieve the victory the most. quickly possible, “he said.

“The biggest challenge I have faced in my more than three decades in the police force has been to implement drastic reforms nationwide in a short period of time – six months to be exact. That is why, since the first day of my election as the 26th Chief of the Philippine National Police, I have made sure that every day is a day of hard work, and that every day should be a day of police service ” , did he declare.

Review of the war on drugs

In addition to improving the image of the PNP, Eleazar said he was also praised for opening the War on Drugs documents at the Justice Department.

A memorandum of understanding was recently signed between the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation to begin filing cases against 154 cops accused of abuses in waging the war on drugs.

The DOJ is set to review all drug war documents involving more than 6,000 deaths in anti-drug operations since July 2016.

“It is a bitter pill to swallow but decisions must be made because what is at stake here is the integrity and dignity of the Philippine National Police in pursuing their mandate to serve and protect the people. Filipino, ”Eleazar said.

“This is not the first time that we have encountered this kind of serious challenge for the organization. But like all challenges we’ve faced in the past, I’m confident we’ll come out stronger after this. It will not deter us and, in fact, will further motivate us to continually prove that we are a reliable, trustworthy and professional police organization, ”he added.

Body worn cameras

Eleazar was also credited with initiating full transparency and accountability in the conduct of the war on drugs by facilitating the distribution of nearly 3,000 body cameras to police units across the country.

But before the cameras were used, he initiated coordination with the Supreme Court to come up with a guideline on their use to spare police officers from legal issues involving privacy, as well as other technical details that may be required. used for unwanted matters which would be brought down by the police.

Coordination protocol

One of Eleazar’s most notable accomplishments was when he initiated the drafting of the memorandum of understanding with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) following the deadly disagreement between Quezon City police and officers. PDEA in February of this year.

The agreement was signed in July and was hailed by PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva as the first time that the PNP and PDEA have proposed a coordination protocol after 20 years of working together on operations of fight against illegal drugs.

Multi-billion shabu

In September of this year, the coordination protocol was put to the test and yielded positive results, as a joint PNP and PDEA operation resulted in the confiscation of over 6 billion shabu pesos in just two days of operations in Zambales, Bataan and Cavite.

The operation in Zambales resulted in the death of the main contact of an international drug union in the country while the operation in Cavite resulted in the death of the main distributor of shabu in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces and in Mindanao .

Fall in crime

Within months of assuming the top PNP position, the nation’s recorded crime rate has fallen 64% over the past five years. The crimes listed include murder, manslaughter, rape, physical injury, theft, robbery and carp.

Eleazar said the PNP was able to reduce it further to 68% last month.

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All praise

During the change of command on Friday, November 12, Home Secretary Eduardo Año, who presided over the rotation ceremony, praised Eleazar for working hard and achieving positive results in just six months of his period of service as PNP chief.

For his part, the new leader of the PNP, Lieutenant-General Dionardo Carlos, also praised the achievements of his predecessor.


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Can the MTRCB Really Censor Netflix? – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/can-the-mtrcb-really-censor-netflix-manila-bulletin/ https://apasl2019manila.org/can-the-mtrcb-really-censor-netflix-manila-bulletin/#respond Wed, 10 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/can-the-mtrcb-really-censor-netflix-manila-bulletin/ Netflix MTRCB Censorship Following a complaint by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) regarding scenes showing a map of China’s “nine-dash line” in two episodes of Pine Gap (an Australian online show / series airing on Netflix), the debate over whether the Philippine censorship council […]]]>
Netflix MTRCB Censorship

Following a complaint by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) regarding scenes showing a map of China’s “nine-dash line” in two episodes of Pine Gap (an Australian online show / series airing on Netflix), the debate over whether the Philippine censorship council can impose its power on online streaming platforms has resurfaced.

Short answer: No! The MTRCB has no power over online streaming platforms like Netflix, Vivamax, iFlix, etc. It is not part of the MTRCB Charter to oversee content disseminated online.

Acting as a quasi-judicial government agency reporting to the office of the President, the MTRCB is responsible for the review and classification of television programs, films and advertising material.

Just a background, it was in 1985 when former President Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 1986 creating the MTRCB. According to article 3 of this law, the powers and functions of the MTRCB were defined as (article 3.b.):

“To screen, review and review all films as defined herein, television programs, including advertising media such as advertisements, trailers and still images, whether such films and advertising media are intended for theatrical or non-theatrical distribution, television broadcast or viewing, imported or produced in the Philippines, and in the latter case, whether intended for local viewing or export; “

The law is very clear, since the commercial internet (or the web) did not yet exist in the Philippines when PD 1986 was enacted, the MTRCB has no legal authority over online platforms. There is a need for a (new) law to be passed for the MTRCB to govern what Netflix and other streaming platforms can offer Filipino viewers.

Of course, that’s unless the government (or the president) can find an existing law and cover this legislature to change the duties and functions of the MTRCB. But I highly doubt that will happen anytime soon, especially when many of our lawmakers are already busy preparing their respective election campaigns.

In other words, can the MTRCB filter, review and review all content posted online? With Netflix alone, imagine how many hours of work it will take them to “reclassify” all the shows and movies the platform already has. And we’re not even talking about video content from other SVOD (Subscription Video-On-Demand) and YouTube players.

But what really happened? If the MTRCB has no legal authority over Netflix, why did the online streaming platform remove the episodes containing the “offensive” content after receiving the complaint? My take on this is that Netflix (based in California, US) just doesn’t want to create enemies, especially government entities from countries where they have large audiences.

This is not the first time that Netflix has given in to the demands of a government just to appease them. Personally, I think the DFA and MTRCB have simply overreacted by asking a streaming platform to remove something that is a work of fiction.


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Congress gets back to work and pledges to ratify budget https://apasl2019manila.org/congress-gets-back-to-work-and-pledges-to-ratify-budget/ https://apasl2019manila.org/congress-gets-back-to-work-and-pledges-to-ratify-budget/#respond Sun, 07 Nov 2021 16:35:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/congress-gets-back-to-work-and-pledges-to-ratify-budget/ Congress resumes today to prioritize the ratification of the national budget of 5.024 billion pesos for 2022. “Our commitment is to ensure that the budget bill, which aims to put the Philippines back on the way of a full recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, reaches the office of President (Rodrigo) Duterte before the end of […]]]>

Congress resumes today to prioritize the ratification of the national budget of 5.024 billion pesos for 2022. “Our commitment is to ensure that the budget bill, which aims to put the Philippines back on the way of a full recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, reaches the office of President (Rodrigo) Duterte before the end of the year, ”said President Allan Lord Velasco. He said the Senate has also pledged not to have a replenished budget for 2022. “We are pleased that the Senate is on the same wavelength as the House when it comes to the national budget,” a- he declared. On September 30, the House of Representatives adopted on third and final reading the budget bill of 5.024 billion pesos for 2022 and forwarded the bill to the Senate on October 25. “As soon as the Senate is finished with its own version of the budget, the House will select the contingent on the bicameral conference committee to help reconcile the two versions,” said the Speaker of the House. Velasco said Congress would also pass the proposals to suspend or reduce excise taxes on petroleum products. Congress would like to know why the prices of petroleum products have continued to rise in just a few weeks, he said. “As we prepare for a wider reopening of businesses, we must ensure that our economic recovery is not hampered by unwanted disruptions, such as the unhindered sharp rise in the cost of fuel,” he said. . Meanwhile, he said the online pass system will be implemented as part of health and safety protocols starting today. All House personnel must present the QR code generated by the system before being allowed to enter the premises of the House. Senate Speaker Vicente Sotto III said on Sunday he could call a caucus today or Tuesday with the 2021 national budget on the agenda as Congress resumes today.

“Maybe we’ll call a caucus on Monday or Tuesday as there are only a few weeks left for us to thoroughly clarify the budget timeline,” Sotto said in an interview with dwIZ radio. He said budget hearings will take place Monday through Thursday. They can also have them on Friday if needed. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said they are working to include the Special Risk Allowance (SRA) and other important health interventions to ensure the country’s preparedness next year in case of a new strain like the Delta variant. Also on Sunday, some lawmakers called on government agencies to improve spending and delivery of services and projects. “The time is up for the ‘funds for subsequent release’ and for all those programs and projects that should have been spent in the past months and for the remaining seven weeks of 2021, as Filipinos are now seeking the funds and demanding results, “said Bagong Henerasyon party list representative Bernadette Herrera. Iligan City representative Frederick Siao said with” the gradual reopening of the economy in November and December – barring a resurgence of COVID – Government agencies now have the opportunity to do much better than they have done in the past 10 months “when under stricter quarantine conditions.” If they have to work in three shifts to cover a 24/7 cycle, they should do it to get the job done right, on time, without delay, “he added. Siao said instead of reporting funds not yet spent as e savings or return them to the national treasury, these should be spent on the projects, programs and services originally planned. “They shouldn’t be released later at this point because there are none after the next nine weeks ahead of us,” he said.

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The Senate orders the arrest of a former DBM executive https://apasl2019manila.org/the-senate-orders-the-arrest-of-a-former-dbm-executive/ https://apasl2019manila.org/the-senate-orders-the-arrest-of-a-former-dbm-executive/#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2021 16:40:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/the-senate-orders-the-arrest-of-a-former-dbm-executive/ For failing to attend Senate hearings four times over multibillion-peso COVID funds used to purchase medical supplies, the Upper House on Friday issued an arrest warrant for former Under-Budget Secretary Christopher Lloyd Lao. Lao was then the officer in charge of the purchasing department of DBM (PS-DBM) when the government purchased allegedly overpriced PPE, face […]]]>

For failing to attend Senate hearings four times over multibillion-peso COVID funds used to purchase medical supplies, the Upper House on Friday issued an arrest warrant for former Under-Budget Secretary Christopher Lloyd Lao. Lao was then the officer in charge of the purchasing department of DBM (PS-DBM) when the government purchased allegedly overpriced PPE, face shields and face masks in 2020. The one-page order signed by the President of the Senate Vicente Sotto III and Senator Richard Gordon, Chairman of the Commission on Public Officials Liability and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) ordered the arrest of Lao for his refusal to attend the hearings of 5, 19, 28 and November 4, 2021. Senator Francis Pangilinan asked the Blue Ribbon committee to cite Lao for contempt and to be arrested. This was seconded by Senator Risa Hontiveros. The order also tasked the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms with making the arrest.

Gordon noted that since Lao was no longer a government official, he was not covered by President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order that prohibited Cabinet officials and employees from attending Senate hearings. order against Lao even though he was not in Metro Manila. “If we get it (stop order), we will just prepare the paperwork, and even if it is out of town, we will serve and execute the stop order,” Samonte said. In previous Senate panel hearings, Lao said he returned to Davao City after stepping down from his post at DBM. The Senate is investigating the transfer of 42 billion pesos of COVID-19 funds from the Ministry of Health to PS-DBM during the Laos era.

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No emerging threats of second-round effects – Diokno – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/no-emerging-threats-of-second-round-effects-diokno-manila-bulletin/ https://apasl2019manila.org/no-emerging-threats-of-second-round-effects-diokno-manila-bulletin/#respond Thu, 04 Nov 2021 10:08:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/no-emerging-threats-of-second-round-effects-diokno-manila-bulletin/ Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said no evidence of second-round pressures was visible on the country’s high inflation despite rising food and oil prices. BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno Part of the reason, Diokno reiterated, was that the economy had not yet fully recovered and price pressures were still coming from […]]]>

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said no evidence of second-round pressures was visible on the country’s high inflation despite rising food and oil prices.

BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno

Part of the reason, Diokno reiterated, was that the economy had not yet fully recovered and price pressures were still coming from supply side shocks.

Diokno also continues to expect the rate of inflation, which the BSP says could reach a peak of 5.3% or a low of 4.5% for the month of October from 4.8%. in September, will start to decelerate this month or in December. The government will announce October inflation on Friday, November 5.

“There is no clear sign of emerging side effects on freight rates or wages. Part of the reason for this is that inflationary pressures over the past year mainly come from a limited set of components of the CPI (consumer price index) and are mainly due to factors on the side. of the offer, ”Diokno said during an online press briefing.

“Another possible reason is that the economy is still in the early stages of recovery and has spare capacity which also mitigates second-round effects,” he added.

BSP chief executive Zeno Ronald R. Abenoja, also head of the economic research department, said that although international oil prices remain high, they expect a decline in the short to medium term, based on futures price.

“Oil supply can also adjust as demand increases from advanced and emerging economies that open up,” Abenoja said.

He added that BSP “still sees inflation falling by the end of the year until next year” and that the Monetary Board “will assess the situation in about two weeks and announce the results of the latest assessment. “.

The Monetary Council will hold its next monetary policy meeting on November 18, its penultimate policy meeting for 2021.

At Thursday’s press conference, Diokno said the government’s non-monetary measures to dampen domestic supply had been effective in easing inflationary pressures.

He explained that demand-driven inflation tends to be more persistent and likely to have larger second-round effects, calling for a firmer policy response. “On the other hand, supply side shocks tend to be best addressed by timely non-monetary policy interventions to ease domestic supply constraints, as these factors tend to be transient,” he said. he declared.

Diokno noted that the prices of fruit, fish and pork have fallen in recent months. “With the continued implementation of non-monetary measures on the supply side, the BSP expects continued price pressures to dissipate further in the coming months,” he said.

The recent rise in inflation has been attributed mainly to higher prices for a limited number of items in the CPI basket due to supply side pressures which are considered transient in nature.

These supply shocks include the impact of adverse weather conditions on the prices of some agricultural food products, rising prices of imported crude oil and the ongoing African swine fever epidemic in the country.

“Responding to higher inflation requires a clear understanding of the reasons behind inflationary pressures. Demand-driven inflation often requires a firmer monetary policy response. On the other hand, higher inflation caused by rising production costs or supply side constraints requires direct non-monetary interventions that help alleviate these supply constraints, ”Diokno said.

Despite high inflation due to transient factors, the CPI is expected to ease towards the midpoint of the BSP’s two-4% target in 2022 and 2023. The BSP forecasts average inflation of 4.4% for 2021 and 3.3% in 2022.


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Major methane deal at climate summit – minus China – Manila bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/major-methane-deal-at-climate-summit-minus-china-manila-bulletin/ https://apasl2019manila.org/major-methane-deal-at-climate-summit-minus-china-manila-bulletin/#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2021 23:05:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/major-methane-deal-at-climate-summit-minus-china-manila-bulletin/ GLASGOW, UK – Countries on Tuesday made a historic pledge to cut methane emissions this decade, with US President Joe Biden blaming the Chinese leader for ignoring the COP26 climate summit. The Amazon is the scene of one of the most intense deforestation on the planet (AFP / CARL DE SOUZA) Nearly 100 countries have […]]]>

GLASGOW, UK – Countries on Tuesday made a historic pledge to cut methane emissions this decade, with US President Joe Biden blaming the Chinese leader for ignoring the COP26 climate summit.

The Amazon is the scene of one of the most intense deforestation on the planet (AFP / CARL DE SOUZA)

Nearly 100 countries have joined a U.S. and European Union initiative to cut emissions of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – by at least 30% this decade, with China among notable absentees.

The initiative, which experts say could have a powerful short-term impact on global warming, follows an announcement earlier Tuesday at the Glasgow summit in which more than 100 countries agreed to end deforestation by 2030.

“One of the most important things we can do by 2030, to keep 1.5 ° C within reach, is to reduce our methane emissions as soon as possible,” Biden said, referring to the central objective of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

He called the pledge, covering half of global methane emissions, a “game-changing pledge.”

However, he criticized the decision of Chinese President Xi Jinping – whose economy is the world’s largest emitter – not to attend the summit that launched the 13-day climate talks.

“Frankly, it was a big mistake for China not to show up. The rest of the world looked at China and said, “What value do they bring? Biden told reporters.

“It’s just a gigantic problem and they are gone. How do you do that and claim you can have any leadership? Biden said.

The same goes for Russian President Vladimir Putin, he added.

Heads of state and government have gathered in Glasgow for the two-day summit that Britain hopes to boost ambitious climate action in negotiations that follow.

Organizers say the outcome in Glasgow will be crucial for the continued viability of the Paris Agreement temperature targets.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he was “cautiously optimistic” about the progress made in Glasgow so far.

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Decades of climate commitments have been anchored in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Yet methane (CH4) is more than 80 times more powerful than CO2, and its sources, such as surface coal mines, gas leaks, and livestock, have received relatively little attention until here.

The International Energy Agency estimates that the fossil fuel industry emitted 120 million tonnes of methane in 2020, and much of it can be easily avoided.

A UN report released earlier this year showed that “available targeted methane measures” could reduce CH4 levels by 45% by 2030.

This would reduce the projected warming by 0.3 ° C, prevent a quarter of a million deaths from air pollution and increase global crop yields by 26 million tonnes, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has calculated. ).

UNEP also says greenhouse gas emissions in general must drop 45% by 2030 to keep 1.5 ° C within reach.

“Methane is a greenhouse gas strongly associated with the fossil fuel industry … evaporating from coal mines, oil and gas extraction and pipelines,” said Kat Kramer, head of the Christian Aid climate policy.

“Methane is just another reason the fossil fuel industry has to stop. ”

However, the main issuers China, India, Russia and Australia have not signed the pledge.

WWF climate expert Vanessa Perez-Cirera said she would like to see “all signatories to the Paris Agreement sign up.”

– Access problems –

Earlier on Tuesday, countries pledged multibillion dollars to end deforestation by 2030.

But the pledge was met with skepticism by environmental groups, and although details are scarce, it appeared to largely resemble an earlier pledge.

The UK government said the plan to mobilize around $ 20 billion in public and private funding has been endorsed by more than 100 leaders representing more than 85 percent of the Earth’s forests, including the Amazon rainforest.

The summit’s pact to “stop and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030” includes promises to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples and to recognize “their role as stewards of the forest”.

While Johnson called the commitment “unprecedented,” a United Nations climate rally in New York in 2014 issued a similar declaration to end deforestation by 2030.

An assessment carried out earlier this year found that virtually no government was on track to meet its responsibilities.

“Signing the declaration is the easy part,” UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Twitter.

“It is essential that it is implemented now for people and the planet.”

Meanwhile, chaotic scenes continued around the COP26 venue on Tuesday, with attendees lining up around the block awaiting security checks.

In the early afternoon, UN organizers sent an alert SMS asking people to stay away from the place “to ensure compliance with Covid-19 measures”.

Accessibility issues in the locked city center were highlighted as the Israeli energy minister, who uses a wheelchair, was unable to enter the site on Monday.

The white list for COP26 remains intimidating, with pressure on leaders to pledge to accelerate decarbonization and deliver billions to countries already facing the fallout from climate change.


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Philippines orders Netflix to remove spy drama episodes showing China’s illegal 9-dash line https://apasl2019manila.org/philippines-orders-netflix-to-remove-spy-drama-episodes-showing-chinas-illegal-9-dash-line/ https://apasl2019manila.org/philippines-orders-netflix-to-remove-spy-drama-episodes-showing-chinas-illegal-9-dash-line/#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2021 00:22:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/philippines-orders-netflix-to-remove-spy-drama-episodes-showing-chinas-illegal-9-dash-line/ Patricia Lourdes Viray – Philstar.com November 2, 2021 | 8:22 MANILA, Philippines – Netflix has released two episodes of an Australian political drama after a complaint filed by the Philippine government over its description of China’s illegal claims in the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea. On Monday evening, the […]]]>
Patricia Lourdes Viray – Philstar.com

November 2, 2021 | 8:22

MANILA, Philippines – Netflix has released two episodes of an Australian political drama after a complaint filed by the Philippine government over its description of China’s illegal claims in the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea.

On Monday evening, the Foreign Office confirmed that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) had decided to remove episodes of “Pine Gap” in its September 28 decision.

“After careful consideration, the Council has decided that certain episodes of ‘Pine Gap’ are not suitable for public display,” the DFA said in a statement.

Following the ruling, the MTRCB ordered Netflix to immediately remove the relevant episodes.

The move came after a DFA complaint as the Australian series shows a nine-dash map of China’s claim to the South China Sea and violates Philippine sovereignty.

This request was invalidated by the arbitration award of July 2016 which ruled in favor of Manila, which Beijing continues to ignore.

As of Tuesday morning, two episodes of Pine Gap are no longer available in the Philippines.

On its video streaming platform, Netflix said the episodes had been “deleted at the request of the government.”

Citing the MTRCB ruling, the DFA stressed that the Australian show’s portrayal of China’s illegal nine-dash line was “no accident as it was consciously designed and calculated to specifically convey a message that China’s nine-dash line legitimately exists. “

“Such a portrayal is a clever attempt to perpetuate and commemorate in the consciousness of the present generation of viewers and generations to come the illegal nine-dash line,” the DFA said, quoting the MTRCB.

The MTRCB also denounced China’s “unconventional approach” to gaining the upper hand over the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea issue using this medium.

Earlier this year, Netflix also cut the entire series in Vietnam for the same issue.

According to a Reuters report in July, the Hanoi Broadcasting and Electronic Information Authority declared that Netflix’s violations “angered and hurt the feelings of all the Vietnamese people.”



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