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'Seminars are great morale boosters but fail to create lasting change. Participants are likely to remember how lackluster the speaker was, how many punchlines he delivered, or how picturesque the venue was, but not the goals of the program.'
'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'
'Without having to go through the process of competitive public bidding, the dangers of corruption, overpricing, and counterfeit goods will just be a door knock away'
'How the Duterte regime has managed to sell this deceitful rhetoric of discipline – this belief that our plight as Filipinos is primarily caused by our disobedience to authority – is worth mulling over'
Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected
'There is a reason why Philippine law assigns the main responsibility for disaster response to local governments'
President Rodrigo Duterte says the move will be his last resort if the government runs out of money to pay off loans and fund programs to respond to the coronavirus outbreak
The Sandiganbayan finds the former provincial budget officer guilty of facilitating the payment of a P14-million procurement from a nonexistent pharmacy
The Philippines' 2019 GDP growth is likely to be revised upward, given the higher-than-expected government spending in December
Workers with at least 4 months of 'satisfactory performance' and whose contracts remain in effect may receive as much as P3,000
President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Salary Standardization Law will see salary schedules of government workers increased in 4 tranches starting 2020 until 2023
(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials
PRESS RELEASE: The deadline of nomination is on March 31, 2020
(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would also require government offices to grant employees a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to fast-track a measure that would raise the salary of public school teachers by 20% to 30%
Under Senate Bill 1219, the highest increases ranging from 20% to 30% will be given to government employees, usually teachers, under Salary Grade 10 to 15
'The focus has really been more on accountability. But has this greater focus on accountability achieved its purpose?' says audit chairman Michael Aguinaldo
Senate Bill No. 643, which proposes to grant additional pay to all government employees who work beyond regular hours, is approved on final reading
President Rodrigo Duterte wants to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act to erase the requirement that projects must go to the lowest qualified bidder
Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.
If there is Pantawid Pasada program for jeepney drivers, reelectionist senator Grace Poe says there should also be 'Pantawid Pambangka' program
The Chief Executive orders the review after telling Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida to 'study' the Maynilad arbitration case against the government
Simply removing term limits at this point will secure the political foothold of many already fat political dynasties
Executive Order No. 77 also prohibits officials from going on trips sponsored by suppliers and contractors that their agencies deal with
The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's designation as government peace panel chair ends more than a year after the formal scrapping of peace talks with the Left
'With this measure, the long overdue compensation hike that our public servants have been looking forward to can finally be granted,' the DBM says
For the sake of policy continuity, it would be best for the DBM to be led by a technocrat and not a politician
(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo refuses to state Malacañang's position on the issue of honesty among elected officials, claiming it might be seen as campaigning for or against some candidates
Sa bawat kaso, sa bawat panggigipit, higit na nagiging malinaw kung bakit ginagawa ang mga ito
Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.
'There will be a salary increase. It is not just a possibility,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno
The announcement follows the one suspending government work on January 2, 2019
The Palace says the suspension would give government employees 'full opportunity to celebrate...with their families and loved ones'
High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.
The provision in the 1973 Constitution that prohibits government officials from practicing their profession or participating in businesses was even strengthened in the 1987 Constitution
Starting January 1, 2019, the salaries of contract of service and job order workers will be equivalent to what others in comparable positions in government are getting, says the DBM
Bulk of infrastructure and capital outlay disbursement in August goes to public works and military communication equipment
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says non-infrastructure projects will be the first in line to be reviewed for postponement
The prohibitions are not absolute.... The consistent trend of the Supreme Court is to uphold free speech and expression over any form of election regulation.
In a privilege speech, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Solicitor General Jose Calida's security agency has acquired at least P358.3 million in government contracts since 2016
Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'
PRESS RELEASE: The Government Job Fair will be held September 26-27, 2018 at SM City North EDSA Skydome, Quezon City
On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period
The Department of Transportation earlier asked to be exempt from renewing the services of its contractual employees
'We maintain our projection that underspending will be eliminated under our watch,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno
The total cost of the fine has yet to be determined
Bragging about resiliency is not bad at all, but netizens challenge Filipinos to push the government to come up with long-term fixes to flooding
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says those who need subsidy exceed the 10 million projected under the budget department
Despite lower fiscal deficit, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says that disbursements for the half of the year surpassed programmed expenditure