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THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has recorded an increase in the February 2024 headline inflation, which clocked in at 3.4 percent.In a statement, the PSA said the February 2024 headline inflation, which is .6 percentage points higher than the 2.8 percent January 2024 inflation, was due to the higher year-on-year increase in the heavily-weighted food, non-alcoholic beverages and transport.The year-on-year increase in the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages was recorded at 4.6 percent in February from 3.5 percent in January, while that of transportation increased from .3 percent to 1.2 percent.Higher inflation was also recorded on housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels, as well as alcoholic beverages and tobacco.The PSA noted that food and non-alcoholic beverages contributed 1.8 percentage points in the total February 2024 headline inflation, .5 percentage points from restaurant and accommodation services, and .2 percentage points from housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels.The national food inflation stood at 4.8 percent, higher than the 3.3 percent in January 2024, due to the slower year-on-year decrease in vegetables, tubers, plantains, cooking bananas and pulses index at 11.0 percent. Meat and other parts of slaughtered land animals index recorded a 0.7 percent annual increment.Cereals and cereal products, which include rice, corn, flour, bread and other bakery products, pasta products, and other cereals, also contributed to the upward trend of food inflation in the country which registered a faster annual increment of 17.0 percent in February from 16.3 percent in the previous month.Lower inflation rates, on the other hand, were noted in the following indices:* Clothing and footwear -- 3.6 percent from 3.8 percent;* Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance -- 3.3 percent from 3.9 percent* Health -- 3.0 percent from 3.3 percent;* Information and communication -- 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent* Recreation, sport and culture -- 3.8 percent from 4.0 percent* Restaurants and accommodation services -- 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent* Personal care, and miscellaneous goods and services -- 3.8 percent from 4.0 percentThe following food groups also indicated lower annual growth rates:* Fish and other seafood -- 0.7 percent from 1.2 percent* Milk, other dairy products and eggs -- 3.5 percent from 5.6 percent;* Fruits and nuts -- 8.7 percent from 10.0 percent; and* Ready-made food and other food products not elsewhere classified -- 4.6 percent from 4.7 percentMeanwhile, in a statement, National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan assured that the government is intensifying its efforts to mitigate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, which is one of the factors seen to affect the increase of prices or goods and services at a certain period of time, and help keep the inflation rate within the government’s target.Balisacan noted rice as a top contributor to the month’s inflation, accounting for 2.1 percentage points, while the slight acceleration in meat inflation was attributed to price increases in pork and beef.“As we navigate the economic landscape, it is imperative that we remain vigilant and proactive in our approach to managing inflationary pressures. While we have seen some relief from certain inflation risks, we must not become complacent. The potential impact of a strong El Niño weather pattern on food prices is a significant concern for our community. Rising transportation costs, electricity rates, and volatile oil markets are putting pressure on household finances. Our team is actively formulating robust strategies with the concerned agencies in response to these challenges. We must be agile, adaptive, and forward-thinking,” he said.Balisacan said they are hopeful as international rice prices have started to ease, and local supply is expected to increase with the dry season harvest beginning this month through April. He said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is collaborating closely with the International Rice Research Institute to increase the country’s rice production.Meanwhile, the next phase of the vaccine test for African Swine Fever (ASF) is awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval.Once the ASF vaccine is proven efficacious, the government will roll out a vaccination campaign to help ensure adequate pork supply in the country. (TPM/SunStar Philippines) Is soccer big in the Philippines? Philippines THE Office of the Ombudsman has launched an investigation on the resort constructed within the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, a Unesco World Heritage Site and a declared protected area.In a radio interview on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, Ombudsman Samuel Martires said their investigators flew to Cebu and Bohol for the conduct of the probe."Kahapon ay nagsimula nang lumakad 'yung aming mga imbestigador. Isa ay pumunta sa opisina ng regional executive director sa Cebu, 'yung tatlo naman ay pumunta ng Bohol, pumunta sa bayan, at nagkakalap kami ng mga dokumento," Martires said.(Yesterday, our investigators started flying to Cebu and Bohol. One went to the regional executive director's office in Cebu, the other three went to Bohol, went to the town, and we gathered documents.)"Harinawa ngayong araw na ito ay maibigay sa amin ang listahan ng mga members ng PAMB (Protected Area Development and Management), 'yung mga taong nag-issue ng business permit at ng building permit," he added, referring to the Protected Area Management Board. (We expect that today, we will be given the list of PAMB (Protected Area Development and Management) members, those who issued business permits and building permits.)Martires said they are eyeing to immediately finish the case build-up after the Holy Week break in order for them to start with the preliminary investigation.Meanwhile, a resolution was filed at the House of Representatives seeking to investigate the construction and operation of the Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort.House Resolution (HR) 1652 was filed by ACT-CIS party-list Representatives Erwin Tulfo, Jocelyn Tulfo and Edvic Yap; Quezon City Second District Representative Ralph Wendel Tulfo; and Benguet Representative Eric Yap.It was noted in the resolution that the owner of the resort claimed that they were able to secure proper permits from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government.The lawmakers said the construction of the resort within the famed tourist destination “raises serious concerns on possible avenues for the circumvention of laws and issuances on building, business, and environmental permits, certifications, or licenses in the guise of tourism or economic development.”“Securing permits required by law, rules, and regulations is essential to validating the propriety of the location, business purpose, and environmental considerations of establishments and should be verified by appropriate government bodies with scrutiny and not through mere presumptions,” the resolution read.“There is an utmost need to ensure that Natural Monuments and Unesco World Heritage Sites of the Philippines are preserved, maintained, and protected at all times as against any and all private interests,” it added.The DENR earlier maintained that the Chocolate Hills is a protected area as declared on July 1, 1997 through Proclamation 1037 issued by then President Fidel V. 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One went to the regional executive director's office in Cebu, the other three went to Bohol, went to the town, and we gathered documents.)"Harinawa ngayong araw na ito ay maibigay sa amin ang listahan ng mga members ng PAMB (Protected Area Development and Management), 'yung mga taong nag-issue ng business permit at ng building permit," he added, referring to the Protected Area Management Board. (We expect that today, we will be given the list of PAMB (Protected Area Development and Management) members, those who issued business permits and building permits.)Martires said they are eyeing to immediately finish the case build-up after the Holy Week break in order for them to start with the preliminary investigation.Meanwhile, a resolution was filed at the House of Representatives seeking to investigate the construction and operation of the Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort.House Resolution (HR) 1652 was filed by ACT-CIS party-list Representatives Erwin Tulfo, Jocelyn Tulfo and Edvic Yap; Quezon City Second District Representative Ralph Wendel Tulfo; and Benguet Representative Eric Yap.It was noted in the resolution that the owner of the resort claimed that they were able to secure proper permits from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government.The lawmakers said the construction of the resort within the famed tourist destination “raises serious concerns on possible avenues for the circumvention of laws and issuances on building, business, and environmental permits, certifications, or licenses in the guise of tourism or economic development.”“Securing permits required by law, rules, and regulations is essential to validating the propriety of the location, business purpose, and environmental considerations of establishments and should be verified by appropriate government bodies with scrutiny and not through mere presumptions,” the resolution read.“There is an utmost need to ensure that Natural Monuments and Unesco World Heritage Sites of the Philippines are preserved, maintained, and protected at all times as against any and all private interests,” it added.The DENR earlier maintained that the Chocolate Hills is a protected area as declared on July 1, 1997 through Proclamation 1037 issued by then President Fidel V. Ramos. The law aims to preserve the Chocolate Hills as an iconic landscape and promote sustainable tourism while protecting the biodiversity and environmental integrity of the area.It said it was also designated as a National Geological Monument and a protected landscape, recognizing the unique geological formations and the importance of covering this natural wonder for future generations. (TPM/SunStar Philippines) Top 10 Casino in the Philippines AFTER the demolition of two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has announced plans to remove all the 10 remaining skywalks in the city.Over Cebu City Hall’s online program “Ingna’ng Mayor” on Thursday, March 14, 2024, Rama said the skywalks have not served their purpose and have instead become an interim drop-in center for some mendicants. He said the skywalks have become public comfort rooms, living rooms and living quarters.Rama said the skywalk in Barangay Day-as has one end connected to a sidewalk. 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But full technical and economic assessments should be done for each location,” Villarete said.He said underpasses might be preferable because they would not obstruct views and would not impede large vehicles traveling through the city. However, he acknowledged that they might be susceptible to flooding.Asked for the target completion date for the removal of all skywalks, Rama told SunStar Cebu in a follow-up phone interview Thursday not to worry about it, saying they had already removed at least two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd.Rama said he will meet with the Office of the Building Official, the City Engineering Office, and the City Planning and Development Office to discuss the matter.The two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd., one near Fuente Osmeña Circle and the other near Cebu Normal University, were removed last Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, respectively, as they were in the way of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) construction.The main slabs of the two skywalks were stored in the city’s engineering office junkyard in the South Road Properties, awaiting evaluation to determine their viability and structural integrity for potential repurposing.It cost over P9 million to build these two skywalks 30 years ago.Five affectedAlso on Thursday, Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, said they had identified at least five skywalks to be affected by the construction of the CBRT system.In the south district, these are the skywalks in Barangay Pardo in front of the Sto. 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On the timeline, Guardo said there is no specific time frame yet as the removal would align with the progress of the CBRT project.He said the removal of the skywalks will undergo the same process as that of the first two removed earlier, in which the Department of Transportation will request the Office of the Mayor and the City Council for the removal and recovery of the sidewalks.For the skywalks, clearance is also needed from the Commission on Audit since these are all government property, according to Guardo.When asked if they had already identified the owners of these skywalks, Guardo said all the skywalks were built using congressional funds, so they belonged to the respective districts that funded them.

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AFTER the demolition of two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has announced plans to remove all the 10 remaining skywalks in the city.Over Cebu City Hall’s online program “Ingna’ng Mayor” on Thursday, March 14, 2024, Rama said the skywalks have not served their purpose and have instead become an interim drop-in center for some mendicants. He said the skywalks have become public comfort rooms, living rooms and living quarters.Rama said the skywalk in Barangay Day-as has one end connected to a sidewalk. In Barangay Banilad, one side of the skywalk ends on a sidewalk, while the other end leads to a jeepney parking lot. Additionally, some skywalks have one end connected to a sidewalk and the other end leading to establishments.He also noted that the skywalk on Escario St. is obstructing the sidewalk.He said skywalks should not obstruct the sidewalk or the roads.He said as a result of these issues, people no longer use the skywalks.He explained that skywalks would only be effective if equipped with elevators and escalators, but he also emphasized that the city no longer requires such structures. AlternativesDuring the program, SunStar Cebu asked Rama what would replace the skywalks, particularly for the benefit of students. The mayor suggested that tunnels (underpasses or underground pedestrian crossings) would be more effective, allowing people to cross streets underground, similar to practices observed in other countries.He said there are no skywalks in Melbourne, Australia and other countries.Rama said when he was in Boston in the United States, he was told to expose the sky, not create obstructions, referring to skywalks as obstructions.He said an underground crossing for pedestrians already exists in Quiapo district in Manila.AssessmentIn a chat message on Thursday, urban planner and engineer Nigel Paul Villarete acknowledged the usefulness of both overpasses and underpasses, yet he urged the City to do a realistic assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of each structure.“Some (areas) may be served by skywalks better. Others might do well with underpasses. But full technical and economic assessments should be done for each location,” Villarete said.He said underpasses might be preferable because they would not obstruct views and would not impede large vehicles traveling through the city. However, he acknowledged that they might be susceptible to flooding.Asked for the target completion date for the removal of all skywalks, Rama told SunStar Cebu in a follow-up phone interview Thursday not to worry about it, saying they had already removed at least two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd.Rama said he will meet with the Office of the Building Official, the City Engineering Office, and the City Planning and Development Office to discuss the matter.The two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd., one near Fuente Osmeña Circle and the other near Cebu Normal University, were removed last Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, respectively, as they were in the way of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) construction.The main slabs of the two skywalks were stored in the city’s engineering office junkyard in the South Road Properties, awaiting evaluation to determine their viability and structural integrity for potential repurposing.It cost over P9 million to build these two skywalks 30 years ago.Five affectedAlso on Thursday, Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, said they had identified at least five skywalks to be affected by the construction of the CBRT system.In the south district, these are the skywalks in Barangay Pardo in front of the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish, the near the University of San Jose-Recoletos, and the one near Cebu Institute of Technology-University.In the north district, there are the skywalks in Barangay Kamputhaw (the one on Escario St.) and in Barangay Banilad.As for the five other skywalks in the city, two are situated downtown—one in Barangay Day-as going to Imus St., and another on Sanciangko St.There are also skywalks along V. Rama Ave., near Fuente Circle along Gen. Maxilom Ave., as well as near the Lahug Barangay Hall.Recover land Guardo added that, aside from removing the skywalks, they also need to recover at least three meters on each side to create an additional lane in the south.Guardo explained that the skywalks in the south also occupy the sidewalks, which they need to reclaim. On the timeline, Guardo said there is no specific time frame yet as the removal would align with the progress of the CBRT project.He said the removal of the skywalks will undergo the same process as that of the first two removed earlier, in which the Department of Transportation will request the Office of the Mayor and the City Council for the removal and recovery of the sidewalks.For the skywalks, clearance is also needed from the Commission on Audit since these are all government property, according to Guardo.When asked if they had already identified the owners of these skywalks, Guardo said all the skywalks were built using congressional funds, so they belonged to the respective districts that funded them. 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Meat and other parts of slaughtered land animals index recorded a 0.7 percent annual increment.Cereals and cereal products, which include rice, corn, flour, bread and other bakery products, pasta products, and other cereals, also contributed to the upward trend of food inflation in the country which registered a faster annual increment of 17.0 percent in February from 16.3 percent in the previous month.Lower inflation rates, on the other hand, were noted in the following indices:* Clothing and footwear -- 3.6 percent from 3.8 percent;* Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance -- 3.3 percent from 3.9 percent* Health -- 3.0 percent from 3.3 percent;* Information and communication -- 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent* Recreation, sport and culture -- 3.8 percent from 4.0 percent* Restaurants and accommodation services -- 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent* Personal care, and miscellaneous goods and services -- 3.8 percent from 4.0 percentThe following food groups also indicated lower annual growth rates:* Fish and other seafood -- 0.7 percent from 1.2 percent* Milk, other dairy products and eggs -- 3.5 percent from 5.6 percent;* Fruits and nuts -- 8.7 percent from 10.0 percent; and* Ready-made food and other food products not elsewhere classified -- 4.6 percent from 4.7 percentMeanwhile, in a statement, National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan assured that the government is intensifying its efforts to mitigate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, which is one of the factors seen to affect the increase of prices or goods and services at a certain period of time, and help keep the inflation rate within the government’s target.Balisacan noted rice as a top contributor to the month’s inflation, accounting for 2.1 percentage points, while the slight acceleration in meat inflation was attributed to price increases in pork and beef.“As we navigate the economic landscape, it is imperative that we remain vigilant and proactive in our approach to managing inflationary pressures. While we have seen some relief from certain inflation risks, we must not become complacent. The potential impact of a strong El Niño weather pattern on food prices is a significant concern for our community. Rising transportation costs, electricity rates, and volatile oil markets are putting pressure on household finances. Our team is actively formulating robust strategies with the concerned agencies in response to these challenges. We must be agile, adaptive, and forward-thinking,” he said.Balisacan said they are hopeful as international rice prices have started to ease, and local supply is expected to increase with the dry season harvest beginning this month through April. 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THE Office of the Ombudsman has launched an investigation on the resort constructed within the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, a Unesco World Heritage Site and a declared protected area.In a radio interview on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, Ombudsman Samuel Martires said their investigators flew to Cebu and Bohol for the conduct of the probe."Kahapon ay nagsimula nang lumakad 'yung aming mga imbestigador. Isa ay pumunta sa opisina ng regional executive director sa Cebu, 'yung tatlo naman ay pumunta ng Bohol, pumunta sa bayan, at nagkakalap kami ng mga dokumento," Martires said.(Yesterday, our investigators started flying to Cebu and Bohol. One went to the regional executive director's office in Cebu, the other three went to Bohol, went to the town, and we gathered documents.)"Harinawa ngayong araw na ito ay maibigay sa amin ang listahan ng mga members ng PAMB (Protected Area Development and Management), 'yung mga taong nag-issue ng business permit at ng building permit," he added, referring to the Protected Area Management Board. (We expect that today, we will be given the list of PAMB (Protected Area Development and Management) members, those who issued business permits and building permits.)Martires said they are eyeing to immediately finish the case build-up after the Holy Week break in order for them to start with the preliminary investigation.Meanwhile, a resolution was filed at the House of Representatives seeking to investigate the construction and operation of the Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort.House Resolution (HR) 1652 was filed by ACT-CIS party-list Representatives Erwin Tulfo, Jocelyn Tulfo and Edvic Yap; Quezon City Second District Representative Ralph Wendel Tulfo; and Benguet Representative Eric Yap.It was noted in the resolution that the owner of the resort claimed that they were able to secure proper permits from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government.The lawmakers said the construction of the resort within the famed tourist destination “raises serious concerns on possible avenues for the circumvention of laws and issuances on building, business, and environmental permits, certifications, or licenses in the guise of tourism or economic development.”“Securing permits required by law, rules, and regulations is essential to validating the propriety of the location, business purpose, and environmental considerations of establishments and should be verified by appropriate government bodies with scrutiny and not through mere presumptions,” the resolution read.“There is an utmost need to ensure that Natural Monuments and Unesco World Heritage Sites of the Philippines are preserved, maintained, and protected at all times as against any and all private interests,” it added.The DENR earlier maintained that the Chocolate Hills is a protected area as declared on July 1, 1997 through Proclamation 1037 issued by then President Fidel V. 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In Barangay Banilad, one side of the skywalk ends on a sidewalk, while the other end leads to a jeepney parking lot. Additionally, some skywalks have one end connected to a sidewalk and the other end leading to establishments.He also noted that the skywalk on Escario St. is obstructing the sidewalk.He said skywalks should not obstruct the sidewalk or the roads.He said as a result of these issues, people no longer use the skywalks.He explained that skywalks would only be effective if equipped with elevators and escalators, but he also emphasized that the city no longer requires such structures. AlternativesDuring the program, SunStar Cebu asked Rama what would replace the skywalks, particularly for the benefit of students. The mayor suggested that tunnels (underpasses or underground pedestrian crossings) would be more effective, allowing people to cross streets underground, similar to practices observed in other countries.He said there are no skywalks in Melbourne, Australia and other countries.Rama said when he was in Boston in the United States, he was told to expose the sky, not create obstructions, referring to skywalks as obstructions.He said an underground crossing for pedestrians already exists in Quiapo district in Manila.AssessmentIn a chat message on Thursday, urban planner and engineer Nigel Paul Villarete acknowledged the usefulness of both overpasses and underpasses, yet he urged the City to do a realistic assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of each structure.“Some (areas) may be served by skywalks better. Others might do well with underpasses. But full technical and economic assessments should be done for each location,” Villarete said.He said underpasses might be preferable because they would not obstruct views and would not impede large vehicles traveling through the city. However, he acknowledged that they might be susceptible to flooding.Asked for the target completion date for the removal of all skywalks, Rama told SunStar Cebu in a follow-up phone interview Thursday not to worry about it, saying they had already removed at least two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd.Rama said he will meet with the Office of the Building Official, the City Engineering Office, and the City Planning and Development Office to discuss the matter.The two skywalks along Osmeña Blvd., one near Fuente Osmeña Circle and the other near Cebu Normal University, were removed last Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, respectively, as they were in the way of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) construction.The main slabs of the two skywalks were stored in the city’s engineering office junkyard in the South Road Properties, awaiting evaluation to determine their viability and structural integrity for potential repurposing.It cost over P9 million to build these two skywalks 30 years ago.Five affectedAlso on Thursday, Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, said they had identified at least five skywalks to be affected by the construction of the CBRT system.In the south district, these are the skywalks in Barangay Pardo in front of the Sto. 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On the timeline, Guardo said there is no specific time frame yet as the removal would align with the progress of the CBRT project.He said the removal of the skywalks will undergo the same process as that of the first two removed earlier, in which the Department of Transportation will request the Office of the Mayor and the City Council for the removal and recovery of the sidewalks.For the skywalks, clearance is also needed from the Commission on Audit since these are all government property, according to Guardo.When asked if they had already identified the owners of these skywalks, Guardo said all the skywalks were built using congressional funds, so they belonged to the respective districts that funded them.

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