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Weekend road repairs in Taguig, QC bared

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Metro

Six road lanes in the cities of Quezon and Taguig will be repaired this weekend by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH National Capital Region (NCR) Director Melvin Navarro said they will continue their reblocking activities in these cities starting 11 p.m. Friday.
Repair works to be undertaken in Quezon City include the northbound lanes of Quirino Highway from Pagkabuhay Road to Kingspoint, inner lane; Congressional Avenue from San Beda Road to Visayas Avenue, 1st lane; Edsa fronting Shell Gas Station to Oliveros Street, 4th lane, and A. Bonifacio Avenue, from Del Monte Street going to Mauban Street, outerlane.
Also included is the southbound direction of A. Bonifacio Avenue crossing Sgt. Rivera, inner lane and Visayas Avenue, in front of Presidential Communications Operations Office, outerlane.
In Taguig, the southbound direction of C5-Road from K00015+000 to K0014+(370) will also undergo road repair works.
Navarro assured the public the road lanes will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday.
Motorists are advised to use possible alternate routes due to traffic slowdown in the affected areas. 

PCSO earns P3.81 billion, up 102% in Jan.-Feb. 2018

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Nation

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) yesterday said the expanded Small Town Lottery (STL) has posted P3.81 billion sales for the months of January and February this year or a 102.66 percent increase from the same period in 2017.
Last January, STL posted P1.87 billion sales, a 103.96 percent increase as compared with its P916.5 million sales in January 2017.
In February, STL posted P1.94 billion sales or a 101.43 percent increase as compared with its P966,298,117 in February 2017.
“Our STL continues to raise more funds to President Duterte’s free medicines and financial assistance to medical patients in the country amid the vilification campaign being waged in the media by vested-interest individuals to destroy the lottery game in particular and PCSO in general,” PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said in a statement.
Keno similarly rose by 16.91 percent in two months from P807.2 million to P943.7 million; Instant Sweepstakes Ticket earned P611.4 million in two months, a 100 percent increase from the same months last year; while no sweepstakes draw for two months this year.
As previously reported, Lotto (6/42, 6/45, 6/49, 6/55, 6/58) and other digits (4-Digit, 6-Digit, 3-Digit, and EZ2) increased at 2.81 percent in January and February as compared with its sales in the same months last year.
All in all, sales of lotto, digit, Keno, STL, and instant sweepstakes ticket went up by 37.32 percent.
“We are happy because the people are continuously patronizing our gaming products despite the newly imposed tax on lottery prizes. For now, we can only propose for the amendment of PCSO charter to exempt lottery winnings from 20 percent tax,” said Balutan.
If the amount of the winnings is about P10,000, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law requires 20-percent tax on all lottery games of PCSO.
Winnings on the lottery games such as lotto, keno, STL, and sweepstakes are affected by the said law.
“Wala na tayong magawa, batas na ‘yan. Iniisip ko nga before baka ma-dissuade ang betting public na hindi na tumaya, pero tignan n’yo naman ang sales natin. Ang katwiran ng ating mga mambabatas, windfall ‘yan. Kung nanalo ka ng P100 million ibigay mo na sa gobyerno ‘yung P20 million na tax na mapupunta din naman sa charity at serbisyong medical ng PCSO, masaya ka pa rin (We cannot do anything about it because it is now a law. The problem is simply it may dissuade the betting public but the sales has increase, the explanation of lawmakers is windfall. If you win P100 million and you give P20 million to the government, you can still be happy),” Balutan said.
Balutan earlier said that from P500 million, the monthly tax collections from lottery winnings are expected to reach P1 billion due to the Train law.
The Train, which was signed into law by President Duterte last December 19, was the first package of the government’s proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, seen to generate additional revenue to fund the country’s investment requirements. 

DSWD lauds US for rice aid to 9K families in Marawi

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Nation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD) has thanked the US government for its food assistance of 50 kilos of rice for four months to be given to the 9,000 families in Marawi affected by the recent armed conflict.
DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco said the rice donation came from the US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines.
Leyco said the rice assistance will complement the existing cash and food assistance already being provided by the Philippine government.
He added that WFP will use the Listahanan and the Disaster Assistance Family Access card as basis for determining the families who will receive the assistance.
“This will greatly help Task Force Bangon Marawi,” he said as he recognized that such initiative will help address the food insecurity that usually threatens disasters victims like the displaced families.
“On behalf of the people of the Marawi and the rest of the Filipino people, we thank the WFP and the USAID for their generosity and continued assistance to our efforts to rebuild lives in Marawi,” said Leyco during the turn over of the rice donation held in Taguig warehouse of the WFP Philippines on Wednesday.
The ceremony was also attended by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim; Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, spokesman of Task Force Bangon Marawi; and WFP country director Stephen Gluning. 


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