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Palace: Cha-cha not a priority during pandemic

first_imgMANILA – The Charter Change (Cha-cha) being pushed by over 1,400 mayors in the country is not among the priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte while the country is still in the middle of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Palace spokesperson said that he sympathized with the call of the mayors to institutionalize the ruling of the Supreme Court in 2018 to widen the base of local government units’ shares in the country’s taxes. Aside from empowering the local governments, the mayors have also called for the lifting of restrictions on foreign investment in industries that are presently limited to Filipinos. “Ang kailangan natin ngayon ay pagkain, hindi sayaw na Cha-cha,” Drilon said in an interview with DZBB. “Ako ay may tiwala sa ating kasamahan na makikita nila na hindi para sa kapakanan ng bayan ito. Haharangin ito sa Senado.”/PN Roque’s comment was in relation to a proposal submitted by municipal mayors to the Department of the Interior and Local Government to make constitutional reforms supposedly to empower local government units.center_img Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said yesterday that the passage of constitutional reforms has not crossed the mind of President Duterte with his focus on the national government’s COVID-19 response. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed readiness to block fresh attempts to push for Cha-cha as he knew that the real motive for the revival is to postpone the 2022 national and local elections and remove politicians’ term limit. “Linggo-linggo nakikipag-usap ang Presidente sa taumbayan pero hindi naman po lumulutang ang Cha-cha dito,” Roque said in a virtual press conference. “Nakatutok ang buong national government sa COVID-19.”last_img read more


Students, teachers urged to be ready for new term

first_imgEducation Minister Nicolette Henry is urging all students and teachers to be prepared for the reopening of schools and the new term which begins on Monday.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Henry expressed that it is important that students be focused and work hard to achieve their goals. She added that this is necessary as they seek to keep climbing the ladder of success in their effort to contribute greatly to the country’s humanEducation Minister, Nicolette Henryresource pool.“The message is consistent, you must ensure you maximise the time in school. The education system stands to provide support to whatever is needed,” Minister Henry said.She further encouraged students to grab all the opportunities available to them as there is now a better pathway in the school system when compared to the immediate the past.The Minister also acknowledged the importance of teachers and urged that they keep up the good work.In her brief visit, Minister Henry went to the St Joseph’s High, Richard Ishmael, Brickdam Secondary and the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School.The Minister explained the importance of her visits which she noted is to inspect the state of the school’s environs before the country’s young minds return for the new academic term.“There will be maintenance work to be done from time to time and schools are no exception. What I am looking at here is preparation for the opening. It’s is not the maintenance schedule for 2019,” Minister Henry said. She further explained that the maintenance schedule for 2019 is very long with provisions to execute several works drafted out by the Ministry of Education. The Minister will continue her visits to several other schools around the city over the weekend.last_img read more