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Newly Rehabilitated Pangasinan Health Center Unveiled

A new and improved rural health unit in Pangasinan was recently reopened, ready to deliver primary healthcare services more efficiently to patients including mothers and babies, children, senior citizens and persons with disability. Bugallon Rural Health Unit I and Birthing Facility, which recently underwent rehabilitation, was unveiled to the public in an event attended by local government officials.

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Focus on economic goals for Bangsamoro—DOF

Lawmakers should take into account the end goal of attaining economic self-sufficiency and sustainable development for the proposed Bangsamoro region to ensure fiscal autonomy and lasting peace in crafting the fundamental law creating this new autonomous political entity in Mindanao, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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APEC urged to use job data system

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies should use its labor market information system to help address unemployment and job mismatch in the region, a study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said.

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Chip makers seek government aid in production of ICs

Local electronic chip makers are seeking government help for investments in infrastructure particularly in support of the manufacture of integrated circuits under the new industry roadmap for the electronics sector.

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ALI boasts 21% growth

Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) generated a net income of P25.3 billion in 2017, a strong growth of 21 percent driven by its healthy topline and robust operations. Total revenues grew 14 percent to P142.3 billion, backed by substantial bookings and completion of its property development projects and expanding leasing business.

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Government use of digital system gets boost

A government delegation received insights from last week’s three-day learning workshop hosted by Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma in Hangzhou, China will help the Duterte administration understand how to optimize the use of technology to improve governance and prepare Filipinos for the future under a digital economy, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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PAL earns 4-Star rating from Skytrax

Philippine Airlines is the country’s first certified 4-star airline, joining 42 other 4-star carriers on the list of Skytrax, a London-based international air transport rating organization.

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Philippines has $26.3 trillion of untapped oil deposits

The Philippines is virtually “sitting on a mountain of gold,” with untapped hydrocarbon deposits estimated at US$26.3 trillion, mostly found in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, more than enough to free the country from the shackles of poverty.

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Government to tap Alibaba to lower remit costs

The government is considering tapping Chinese technology giant Alibaba’s fintech (financial technology) solutions through its related company Ant Financial to lower remittance costs for the Philippines’ over 10 million migrant workers and offer them other online-based banking and financial management services.

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Group blasts inflationary effect of tax reform law

With ordinary Filipinos slowly starting to feel the effects of the recently passed tax reform law, the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) criticized the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Act as “fundamentally anti-poor” and pushed instead for more taxes on the wealthy. “We know that consumption taxes are inherently regressive and will hurt the poor the most.

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