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Pampanga town launches automated business permit system

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MACABEBE, Pampanga — An improved and more efficient processing of business permits await the people of this town as the municipal government on Monday launched its e-Business Permit and Licensing System (e-BPLS).

The e-BPLS is a system developed and managed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to aid the local government units (LGUs) in the processing, implementation and monitoring of its business permitting and licensing.

This is also given for free to interested and qualified LGUs.

Myrvi A. Fabia, provincial director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), commended the municipal government for this feat as Macabebe is the first LGU in Pampanga to avail of and implement the e-BPLS provided by the DICT.

She cited how this would help the LGU in promoting economic development and in improving delivery of services to the people.

“Through e-BPLS, the processing of business permits and licensing system would speed up,” Fabia said.

The DILG official also urged other LGUs to go for automation to ease doing business at the local level in order to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to streamline frontline services and the licensing and permit system in the entire government bureaucracy.

“It is directive of the President to make government services fast and efficient. I hope other LGUs will follow suit,” she added.

Other key LGU functionaries and agency representatives from DICT and DTI were also present to signify their commitment in making all the LGUs in the province fully-automated. (PNA)

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Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone

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MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed.

Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College who posted the ship’s position on Twitter.

Professor Jay Batongbacal, Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and Jess Floren of the Karagatan Patrol confirmed the ship’s presence in the country’s EEZ.

The survey ship Zhangjian was tracked making grid-like, back-and-forth movements in the Philippine Sea for days, a movement the experts suggest was indicative of scientific exploration.

The grid-like maneuvers, however, took place just outside the Philippines’ EEZ, which is not violative of Philippine maritime rights ABS-CBN News reports.

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New low pressure area enters PAR

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MANILA—A new low-pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The weather disturbance was spotted 975 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar and is moving in a northwest direction, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.

The LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will bring rains over the eastern part of the country, he added.

The LPA’s trough or extension will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, will bring isolated rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Source: ABS-CBN News)

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Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland

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Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering an attempt to buy Greenland for strategic reasons, though he said the idea is “not No1 on the burner”.

The US president’s interest, reported earlier this week, was greeted internationally with widespread hilarity but with indignation in Greenland and Denmark.

The government of the semi-autonomous Danish territory insisted it was not for sale. The Danish prime minister called any discussion of a sale “absurd”.

Nonetheless, on Sunday White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow first confirmed the story in an interview, before Trump spoke to reporters as he left New Jersey to return from vacation to Washington.

Saying the “concept came up” and he was “looking at it”, the man who runs a notoriously leaky White House also questioned how the idea found its way to the press.

Trump sought to tie the idea of a US purchase of the world’s largest island – not including the continent of Australia – to his own area of professional expertise, saying it would be “essentially a large real estate deal”.

“Denmark essentially owns it,” he said. “We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that.”

(Via The Guardian)

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