Comelec withdraws decision to buy Bib vests

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) agrees not to use funds for the purchasing of Bib vests intended for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) as their uniform this coming election.

The decision was made after receiving criticism from majority of the people, including the other commissioners on the budget allocated for the vests. As an alternative, the poll body advises BEIs to wear teacher’s uniforms and ID for the election process.


Inflation slightly increases from 0.9% in February to 1.1% in March

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said that inflation remains low as it slightly increased from 0.9 percent in February to 1.1 percent in March.

As reported by Philippine Star, the increases in the price of meat, fish, milk, cheese and eggs caused the inflation in food items to 1.6 percent this month from 1.5 last month.

The prices remain lower compared to the previous year despite the El Niño phenomenon, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra mentioned.

NEDA is “closely monitoring price movements and factors that affect commodity prices,” says NEDA director-general Esguerra.

Meanwhile, cutbacks in production and exploration of international energy firms pushed the price increase for gasoline (5.03 percent), liquefied petroleum gas (0.58 percent), diesel (8.6 percent) and kerosene (7.06 percent), the article read on Philippine Star.

It also reported that Esguerra warned that the rise of higher food prices remains despite the El Niño entering its weakening stage. The rice supply and importation should be monitored to avoid supply disruptions.

The report added that the government should also prepare for La Niña which may bring higher-than-normal volume of rainfall in the country in the latter half of the year, as per Esguerra.


Kim Wong pledges P450 million return to AMLC

Casino junket operator Kim Wong promises to return P450 million to the Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in one month period.

According to Kim Wong, who spoke under an oath, he needs time to collect the money that was allegedly given to him by Gao Shuhua.


Apple Inc. goes green

Apple Inc. announced support movements towards environmental conservation.

According to the company, they will replace their iconic apple store plastic drawstring bags with medium and large sized bags made of 80% recycled materials starting on April 15.


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