CA denies Marcopper Mining appeal not to pay taxes owed Marinduque

The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the motion filed by Marcopper Mining Corp. (Marcopper) asking the court to revisit its decision issued last year that affirmed the order of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Marinduque directing the mining firm to pay its realty-tax liabilities based on the 1993 Schedule of Market Values (SMV) as approved by the provincial government. In a four-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Romeo Barza, the CA’s Special Former Special First Division said it found no merit in the motion for reconsideration filed by…

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DAR opens Farm Business School in Marinduque

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the local government of Torrijos recently opened a Farm Business School (FBS) in Barangay Sibuyao, Torrijos to empower the farmers in this community. Senior Agrarian Reform Program Officer Estela Laylay, lead facilitator of the project, said FBS would run up to 25 sessions and in between the sessions will be field on-site application. FBS aims to teach the participants different farming methods, create market linkages and increase their capability in farm business management to boost their income. Aside from farmers, enrolees were composed…

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Gorio intensifies, to dump more rain

Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Visayas will continue to have rains Thursday as Tropical Depression Gorio intensified into a storm on Wednesday, according to the weather bureau. Strong intermittent rains brought by “Gorio” prompted officials to cancel classes in several cities in Metro Manila on Wednesday. Classes in all levels were cancelled in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon and Parañaque, while classes in pre-school to high school were called off in the cities of Quezon, Navotas and Valenzuela. The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, University of the East…

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QC grants Marinduque town P1.5M for market

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista lauded on Wednesday the 32-member City Council for having the compassion to help other local governments in need of help. The council approved a resolution authorizing Bautista to give Marinduque province P1.5 million in financial assistance to help rebuild the public market in Santa Cruz town, which was destroyed by Typhoon “Nina” in 2016. The cash-strapped municipality could not sustain the rehabilitation of the market due to the extensive damage brought about by the typhoon that hit the province last December. According to Bautista, the…

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Marinduque solon Velasco thankful to Duterte admin for airport fund

President Rodrigo Duterte has done much for the province of Marinduque, but this development reported by Congressman Lord Allan Jay Velasco on Facebook takes the cake. According to Velasco, the long-delayed construction of the local airport will finally start sometime this year following the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) allocation of Php15 million for the project. Read also: CAAP naglaan ng Php 15M para sa konstruksyon ng Marinduque Airport “Hindi kaila sa atin na ang hirap ng pagbiyahe patungo sa Marinduque ay napakalaking hadlang sa pag-unlad ng turismo at…

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Payahag ni Cong. Velasco hinggil sa elektrisidad sa Marinduque

Sa Facebook account ni Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Jay Velasco ay ipinahayag nito noong Hunyo 22 ang mga konkretong pagkilos na ginagawa ng kanyang opisina upang tuluyan ng masolusyunan ang problema ng kuryente sa probinsya. Narito ang kabuuan ng kanyang pahayag. “Noong nakaraang ika-13 ng Hunyo, nagtungo po ang inyong kinatawan sa National Power Corporation (Napocor) upang ilapit ang suliranin sa kuryente ng ating lalawigan. Malugod ko pong ibinabalita sa ating mga mahal na Marinduqueno na tayo ay agarang pinakinggan at pinagbigyan ng Napocor. Tinitiyak ni Napocor President Pio Benavidez…

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Marelco issues official statement on intermittent power interruption

On June 22, 2017 Marinduque Electric Cooperative (Marelco) published its official statement regarding the intermittent power interruption particularly at Feeder I (Bantad to Torrijos Area) through their official Facebook Page. The statement read as “Marelco duly understands the behavior and sentiments of our member-consumers everytime there is a power interruption in their respective areas. It is for this reason that, we would like to present our official statement regarding the intermittent power outages experienced in some areas, so that once and for all every member-consumer would realize why such things happened…

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Solons out to postpone barangay, youth polls

Lawmakers on Tuesday said Congress had ample time to pass a bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Oct. 23 this year. “We still have enough time to postpone the barangay and SK polls. We hope Malacañang will certify the bill as urgent to make this possible,” said Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers. Barbers is chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs and author of House Bill 5359 that seeks to postpone the elections. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said the House will give priority to…

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