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A new ferry system for the Pasig river

A new ferry system for the Pasig river

We have long had some ferry boats providing transportation up and down the Pasig River, but this system seems to have been neglected and now virtually abandoned.

Civil servants will receive higher clothing allowance this year amounting to P6,000 from the previous P5,000, Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno announced yesterday.

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The recent pronouncement of Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson about the presence of “pork barrel” in the 2017 national budget is alarming particularly because the Supreme Court has already ruled against such system.

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When President Benigno Aquino III in January, 2016, vetoed the P2,000 pension hike of Social Security System (SSS) retirees because of its “dire financial consequences,” then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte joined in castigating his action which, it seemed, showed how callous the administration was, that it would refuse what Congress had already approved – an increase in the pensions of old retired workers some of whom were getting as little as P2,500 a month.

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President Duterte is looking for a “win-win solution” to resolve the impasse over the proposed pension increase for Social Security System members.

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The signing of the Republic Act 10924 or the General Appropriations Act for 2017, the first of the Duterte administration and so far the biggest annual budget assembled, at the Rizal Hall was witnessed by government officials, lawmakers, and business leaders.

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