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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, July 23, 2012
Negros Oriental
ButtonDTI told to stop collection of ‘oppressive’ helmet fees
ButtonNinety-day suspension of PCG official cut short
SMEs urged to avail of DOST aid
PHL columnist shot in face

DTI told to stop collection
of ‘oppressive’ helmet fees


Negros Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Saleto Erames has asked the local Department of Trade and Industry to stop collecting what he called its “oppressive” processing fee of P100 each from motorcycle helmet owners, and P1.25 for the ICC sticker as proof that the headgear passed the agency’s standards.

Erames said the fees are illegal and have no legal basis as there is no law ordering such collection.

The DTI’s role is to deal with the importers, manufacturers and store suppliers of helmets and items related to public health and safety, it has no direct jurisdiction on matters like collecting fees from helmet owners, he added.

Ninety-day suspension
of PCG official cut short

The 90-day preventive suspension of Philippine Coast Guard Vice-Admiral Edmund Tan that started on July 11 has been suspended.

In a text message to the DAILY STAR, Tan said “The court resolved that my preventive suspension is suspended and held in abeyance pending the resolution of my MR (motion for reconsideration). Now we will work out for the dismissal of my case in the Sandiganbayan. God is good”.

He said that while the motion for reconsideration is under litigation, he will pursue his case with the Sandiganbayan for the dismissal of the case, that he earlier clarified is not for graft and corruption, but “an offshoot in the performance of our duty in promoting safety of life and property at sea”..

SMEs urged to
avail of DOST aid

The Department of Science and Technology is urging small and medium enterprises in Negros Oriental to take advantage of its funding assistance with zero interest, its press release said.

DOST executive manager for technical support services, Jesus Zamora, said that under the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program, SMEs, particularly those needing science and technology interventions, are encouraged to apply for financial aid for them to boost their productivity and competitiveness.

Zamora said DOST supports SMES as the focused market of the program since they comprise 90 percent of businesses in the Philippines, making them the backbone of the country’s economy, the press release said.

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