Congress approves national ID system

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Friday approved on final reading a measure seeking to create a national identification (ID) system that will streamline, integrate and simplify public and private transactions in the country. The approval of House Bill 6221  was supported by the 142 Representatives, seven voted in the negative with one abstention. …

Lapeña scraps Customs command center

MANILA,  Philippines — Newly assumed Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña  scrapped the bureau’s command center but empowers district collectors to issue alert. On August August 31, Lapeña signed  Memorandum Order No. 14-2017 reverting the deputy commissioners of the Intelligence Group, Enforcement Group, and all district collectors nationwide the authority to issue alert orders. In scrapping the …

Negros Councilor fined P10,000,pleads guilty to sexual harassment charge

MANILA, Philippines — For sexually harassing an employee and pleaded guilty before the court, a former councilor  was fined P10,000 by the Sandiganbayan. Carlo Villavicencio, a former member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental pleaded guilty  for sexually harassing a technical assistant in August to December 2005. The complainant said Villavicencio took advantage …

Swapping toys to bring smiles to Marawi kids

MANILA, Philippines —  Toy collectors, hobbyists and enthusiasts from all over the country gathered under one roof to share their passion for collectible toys in the First National Swap Meet: For Collectors, By Collectors at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premiere in Taguig City. The event, organized by the Philippine Toy Groups Association (PTGA) …