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The Commission on Elections Comelec) on Tuesday reiterated that it will continue to prepare for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) set for May 14, unless a law postponing the polls is passed.
“Without a law postponing it, the BSKE2018 must continue to be considered a ‘go,’” the poll body official added.
Jimenez made the statement after the House of Representatives on Monday passed on the third and final reading the bill postponing the polls to October this year.
“While this move undoubtedly brings us one step closer to a third postponement of the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, the Comelec will continue with the work of preparing for polls,” Jimenez said.
The village and youth polls was originally scheduled on October 31, 2016. It was postponed to October 23, 2017 and then to May 14, 2018.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III earlier said the postponement of the barangay and SK elections has no chance of passing in the Senate.
Meanwhile, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting opposed the move to postpone anew the polls.
“The renewed congressional initiative after two postponements is fast becoming a habit and it is not good for our country that proclaims itself as ‘democratic and republican’ (Section 1, Article 1, The 1987 Constitution),” the church-based election watchdog group said in a statement. 


Various agencies under the Department of Transportation (DoTr) are on heightened alert for the expected influx of passengers traveling to the provinces during the Holy Week break.
This, as Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade directed all offices and agencies under the DoTr to ensure that motorists and passengers will have a secure, convenient and comfortable travel experience whether by land, sea or air from March 22 to April 5.
“It is important that passengers are comfortable and safe. We have expected that there will be a lot of people and the terminals will be busy, but our passengers should feel that we are taking care of them,” Tugade said in a statement.
Under DoTr’s Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2018, all attached agencies will implement 24/7 operations and provide real-time regular updates on the status of incidents.
All booths, counters and centers serving passengers must also be properly manned during all operating hours to lessen the queues.
A “no leave, no day-off” policy will also be implemented among airport personnel.
Public advisories such as safety tips, common types of violations at expressways, documentation requirements and safety and security regulations at airports, seaports and other transportation hubs will also be sent out to provide information to all travelers.
Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa 2018 tarpaulins and various information materials will be posted in public areas to inform travelers on safety and security precautions.
Websites and social media platforms are also to be updated in all matters concerning the Oplan for proper monitoring.
The DoTr Action Center hotline 7890 will also be available throughout the Holy Week. 


DoLE warns public against fake online recruitment

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:00 Published in Metro

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) yesterday warned the public against a bogus e-mail address using the name of the Philippine Embassy to lure Filipino looking for jobs in London.
Based on a report of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in London, the fake e-mail account identified as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. poses as the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom (UK) and recruits overseas workers for non-existent jobs.
The fraudulent scheme was exposed when a report reached the Philippine Trade & Investment Centre (PTIC) in the said country about the said fake email address which recruits workers and provides requirements for UK B1 Working Visa.
For its part, the PTIC clarified that the unscrupulous address is not the official e-mail of the Philippine Embassy in London nor affiliated with any Philippine government agency.
London Labor Attaché Reydeluz Conferido sought the assistance of other government agencies to track down the source of the email address and immediately file cases against those behind it to protect Filipino workers.
“We hope that we could mobilize the other government resources to track its source and bring to justice those who are so brazen in this illegal activity,” he said in a statement.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has repeatedly reminded Filipinos jobseekers who plan to work overseas to verify the license and permits of recruitment agencies and the legitimacy of the job orders.


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