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Grab-Uber deal can be ‘extremely detrimental’ to commuters – Ejercito

The merger of transport network companies (TNCs) Grab and Uber in Southeast Asia could lead to a monopoly that could be “extremely detrimental” to commuters. And this worried Senator JV Ejercito, who also noted on Thursday that such business consolidation will practically eliminate any form of competition since it would enable Grab to capture 80 percent of the market. Consequently, Ejercito said, this Grab-Uber deal would likely render riders pay higher fares and would diminish incentives to improve services. “I am worried that the deal will be extremely detrimental to commuters because the merger will create a monopoly in the ride-sharing sector which has become very popular as a means to address transportation shortage and problems in the Philippines,” Ejercito pointed out in a statement. Ejercito then welcomed the decision of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to investigate Grab’s acquisition of its rival, Uber. He cited similar moves by regulatory agencies in Malaysia and Singapore, and considered it a positive action by PCC to ensure commuter protection. “We need to protect our commuters by offering improvements—in terms of quantity and quality—in transportation instead of limiting their choices. I hope the PCC will prioritize public welfare over corporate interests,” Ejercito said. The Singapore-based Grab earlier announced its acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asia operations. Uber confirmed this and said that its service would only be accessible until April 8. All Uber...

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Sen. JV Ejercito On the Boracay Closure

In principle, I fully support the decision of the President to close Boracay for six months in order to allow the world famous tourist destination to recuperate from the environmental stress it has suffered over the years. I have stated in the past that we need to allow Boracay to breathe and at the same time allow us to rethink our policies in order to ensure the sustainability of tourism in that area. However, I hope President Duterte would reconsider the effectivity of the order. My proposal is to close Boracay this coming June which is considered as “off season”, in order to minimize the disruption to the bookings and reservations already made by tourists. I welcome the statement of the President that he would utilize the calamity fund to help workers affected by the closure. I urge the administration to provide alternative livelihood for those who will be temporarily displaced as a result of the temporary closure for 6 months. I also urge the DENR/DOT/DILG, which studied the proposal, to consider the immediate closure of those erring establishments. But those establishments which are compliant should be allowed to operate up until the 6 month closure order. Let us support this decision which in the long run will be beneficial not only to the residents of Boracay and the tourism industry but also our future...

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Ejercito urges regulation of electronic cigarettes

Saying it is only appropriate smokers are informed of the dangers of vaping, Senator Joseph Victor (JV) Ejercito has sought passage of a bill regulating the sale, distribution and use of electronic cigarettes, which he said, poses serious danger to adult consumers.     Ejercito, chair of the Senate committee on health and demography, said that most Filipinos are unaware of the dangerous effects of vaping.. Because of this, the government should put in place a mechanism controlling the use and distribution of e-cigarettes. “E-cigarettes have become an increasingly popular choice among smokers, either on the assumption that such products pose less risk to unconventional smoking-related diseases, or that such products are vehicles to quitting smoking altogether,” Ejercito said in the explanatory note of his proposed law, Senate Bill No. 1744 or the “E-Cigarette Regulation Act of 2018.” “However, they are not completely harm-free. These products still emit potentially harmful toxicants in the vapor if expressed at high levels. There needs to be a form of regulation for such products in order to protect the interest of public health,” Ejercito stressed. Ejercito said a study released by the US Public Health Service and the American Lung Association, show that the e-juice being used in vaping—which is commonly composed of propylene glycol, nicotine and flavorings—releases harmful emissions that are observed at high-levels in conventional cigarettes. Ejercito said the actual act...

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It was my privilege to be the guest of honor and keynote speaker in the 14th Commencement Exercises of Capiz State University. I stressed the important role of the parents in realizing the dreams of their children – we won’t have graduates without the hardwork and dedication of our parents. Almost equally relevant is the role of the school faculty and staff who resisted the lure of higher pay abroad and chose to stay in our country to hone future leaders. I also discussed with the Capizeño youth the present demand abroad for our human resources which is because Filipinos are disciplined, hardworking, highly-skilled and intelligent. Our Filipino youth is always a cut above the rest! Salamat gid kaayo Dr. Editha Alfon-University President, teachers, proud parents and graduates for the warm welcome! Mabuhay ang kabataang...

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Before my engagement as Guest of Honor in the Graduation Ceremony of Capiz State University, I had the chance to visit Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital. As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, I personally assess the present conditions of our health facilities all over the country as well as the patients. I am really saddened seeing them forced to stay in corridors and aisles due to overcrowding. This compels me to exert more efforts to address this problem by finding ways to upgrade the medical equipment and facilities. At the same time, I discussed to the staff and health workers about my proposed Universal Healthcare Bill as one of my advocacies which aims to make health care services accessible and affordable to everyone especially to the poor. Thank you Dr. Ed Arancillo, Medical Chief and all the hospital staff for the warm welcome and for touring me around your...

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