Is Manny turning into Floyd?

By: Efren N. Padilla

ONE OF my daughter’s friends at Caltech just texted her about Manny’s alleged opposition to gay marriage comment in a recent interview with the National Conservative Examiner.  I think her friend was more surprised than dumfounded by the news.

BIR collection in Capiz reaches P227M

ROXAS City – The government has earned P227.16 million in taxes in Capiz in four months’ time.

Records from the Revenue District Office 72 disclosed that from January to April this year collection is higher by more than P47.54 million or 26.47 percent bigger than the same period last year, which was P179.61 million.

For April this year alone, the revenue collection was noted at more than P70.50 million, which is higher by more than P2.76 million or 4.08 percent than its target for the month.

The collection for the April 2012 was likewise higher by P13.08 million or 22.79 percent than 2011.

Bidding for Power Barges 101-104 fails

SECTOR Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation on Wednesday, 16 May 2012, declared the bidding for Power Barge Nos. 101-104 a failure after only one of the seven qualified bidders submitted an offer for the assets.

Only ACTA Power, a joint venture between the power companies of Ayala Corporation’s AC Energy Holdings and PHINMA’s Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation, submitted the required bidding documents prior to the expiration of the bid submission deadline at 12 noon.

PSALM, in accordance with its bidding procedures, declares a failure of bidding when less than two bidders participate in the exercise.

Roving Diskwento Caravan Program to benefit consumers

THE DTI’s nationwide Roving Diskwento Caravan Program will benefit consumers as prices of basic and prime commodities including school supplies are sold at a discounte of not less than 10% based on the product’s suggested retail price (SRP).

The Roving Diskwento Caravan is conducted in an accessible, secured and preferably covered place taking into consideration the volume of people passing through it like town plaza or municipal hall.

The DTI coordinates with the local government units and some government agencies like BIR, SSS, Philhealth, TESDA, AFP and the PNP to provide free health and wellness services like back massage, hand massage, haircut, manicure and pedicure or information campaign on their programs and services that can help our constituents especially in the countryside.  Distribution of free seedlings from the Bureau of Plant Industry/Forestry is also done to benefit more people. These side activities make the caravan more meaningful and festive.

PH papayas, pineapples also impounded in China

AFTER holding huge shipments of Philippine banana in their ports recently, Chinese authorities have also started impounding Philippine papayas and pineapples, an official said on Wednesday.

Clarito Barron, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry, said some 43 crates of papayas and pineapples worth around $1 million were held at Chinese ports last May 2 after being found infested with “mealybugs” during a random inspection.

Barron explained a mealybug is a cosmopolitan pest which can also be found in China and other parts of the world.

He said after the discovery of the supposed pests, Chinese authorities decided to conduct a total inspection of the fruits. He expects the impounded fruits will already be rotten by the time Chinese authorities finish inspecting them.

The official also said he is puzzled that Chinese authorities are suddenly claiming that the fruits were fraught with bugs when their counterparts in Japan and Korea are not reporting of a similar infestation.