(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 January, 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 220 km East of Kalayaan Islands (10.8°N, 116.1°E). Tail-end of Frontal System (Shear line) affecting the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to localized thunderstroms. Possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Presidential Anti-Red Tape Emergency Powers Signed into Law

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act 11517, or an act authorizing the President to expedite the processing and issuance of national and local permits, licenses and certifications in times of national emergency.

“This is such great news to start the year with,” said Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, sponsor and one of the principal authors of the law. “We’re in this strange time right now, where things are starting to look up with the vaccine and all, but we’re also still taking caution against this new strain of the virus from abroad. This law should help us efficiently navigate this strange time.”

“We’re still effectively in an emergency, and our government processes should really be streamlined, so our people can receive essential services in a timely manner—everything from medical necessities to telecommunications services, the government should be able to process quickly and efficiently. ”

“This is a partner law to our EODB,” explained Zubiri, author of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act. “If EODB mandates 3, 7, or 20 working days for processing depending on the application, this law should be able to whittle that down to an even shorter time, in response to the urgent demands in a national emergency.”

“I’m so glad that the President has signed this into law, and I’m really hopeful that this will be instrumental in advancing our COVID-19 recovery efforts.”