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A measure granting 50 percent discount and value-added tax exemption on the sale of goods and services to Filipino centenarians or those persons 100 years of age or above has been approved by an influential committee in the House of Representatives.

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The rehabilitation of Angat Dam is about to start after the Memorandum of Agreement as well as the contract between the two consultant companies regarding the Angat Dam and Dyke Safety Program have been signed recently.

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The proposed multi-billion-peso Manila-Clark Northrail project will be finished in 60 months or five years, well past the current six-year tenure of President Benigno S. Aquino III which began in mid-2010 and ends in June 2016.

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The opposition to open pit mining is not shared by countries in which it is the accepted method for extracting minerals. A review of mining literature showed that more than half of the operating mines in the world have adopted this method that Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) said is used in four mines operated by Xstrata Copper in other countries.

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Lanao del Norte Rep. Imelda Q. Dimaporo has asked the government to secure the conflict areas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following the encounter in Basilian recently where 19 soldiers were killed.

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A depressed youth committed suicide by jumping from a high 4th level area of a mall in this town, police said Friday.

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