Premyo Bonds, 56 Flagship Projects Finished By 2022, And Other Money News

“Premyo” Bond launching in time for coming Christmas Season – BoT

Mark your calendars! The Bureau of Treasury (BoT) is inviting those who want to earn up to P1M in cash to invest their well-earned money their much awaited “premyo” bonds starting on Monday, November 25, 2019.

Last Wednesday (November 20) the BoT released an advisory about the launch of their “premyo” bonds. These bonds aim to provide individual associations, cooperatives, and investors with a chance to invest and take part in government securities with just a P500 investment. Not only that but investors an also get a chance to win cash prizes.

The event launch will be at Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), one of the coordinators of the said bond sale along with the BDO Unibank, China Bank, First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC), Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank), and Philippine National Bank (PNB).

The Land Bank of the Philippines will be the responsible party for the sale of the bonds online, while the other five banks will be the ones making the debt paper available for over-the-counter transactions.

To give the ticket holders the chance to bring home up to P1M and other prizes during quarterly raffles, a total of at least P3 billion “premyo” bonds will be sold in multiples of P500.

The “premyo” bonds sale has already been approved by Department of Finance (DoF) Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez, who also greenlighted the launch of the event.

The event proper will last longer than the usual for retail treasury bonds (RTBs) which is two weeks, as this is one of the Treasury Department’s pitch of gift ideas for the coming Christmas season.

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56 out of the 100 Flagship Projects under the government’s infrastructure program await completion by 2022

According to a preliminary copy of the revised list sent by Albay Representative Jose Maria Clemente “Joey” S. Salceda, 56 projects out of the 100 infrastructure programs of the government are forecasted to be completed in three years.

The document, which was sent last Friday, November 15, 2019, showed that more than half of the projects under the revised list target completion by 2022.

P8-billion worth Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) Road Transport Information Technology Infrastructure Project’s first phase is set to be complete by the end of this year.

There are also 12 projects on track to be completed by next year (2020), and these are:

  1.  Agus 3 Hydroelectric Power Project
  2. Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project
  3. Bonifacio Global City- Ortigas Center Link Road Project
  4. Cagayan de Oro Coastal Road
  5. Clark International Airport Expansion Project Phase 1
  6. Laguindingan Airport
  7. Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 East Extension
  8. Luzon Bypass Infrastructure Project
  9. Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project
  10. Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line 1 (Quezon Ave)
  11. National Government Data Center
  12. Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project

16 projects are also on track and targeted for completion by 2021 and these are:

  1. Automated Fare Collection Clearing House
  2. Boracay Circumferential Road
  3. Chico River Pump Irrigation Project
  4. China Grant Bridges (Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge)
  5. Cebu BRT
  6. LRT 6 Cavite Line A
  7. Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project
  8. Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7
  9. MRT 3 Rehabilitation Project
  10. New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport
  11. North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway Connector Road
  12. Pasacao-Balatan Tourism Coastal Highway
  13. Reconstruction and Development Plan for Greater Marawi (JICA grant)
  14. Surallah-T’Boli-San Jose Road, South Cotabato
  15. Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange
  16. Unified Grand Central Station

And to complete the 56 projects, here are another 27 projects for completion by 2022. These include:

  1. Arterial Road ByPass Project Phase III (Plaridel Bypass)
  2. Bicol (New Legaspi International Airport)
  3. Camarines Sur Expressway
  4. C-5 Southlink
  5. Davao City Bypass Construction Project
  6. Davao City Coastal Road Project, including Bucana bridge
  7. EDSA Greenways
  8. Fort Bonifacio-Makati Sky Train
  9. Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Measures in the Low-Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay
  10. Kalibo International Airport
  11. LRT 1 Cavite Extension
  12. Marawi Rehabilitation (China Grant), including bridge, bypass, the Grand Padian market and sports complex
  13. Metro Cebu Expressway
  14. Metro Manila Priority Bridges for Seismic Improvement Project
  15. Mindanao Rail Project Phase 1
  16. MRT 10 (C-5)
  17. MRT 11
  18. New Cebu International Container Port
  19. New Clark City Phase 1, involving the National Government Administrative Center Phase 1 and the Filinvest Mixed Use Industrial Development Phase 1 site development
  20. North South Commuter Railway
  21. Panguil Bay Bridge
  22. Philippine Identification System
  23. Sangley Airport
  24. Sindangan-Bayog- Lakewood Road in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte
  25. SLEX Toll Road 4
  26. Southeast Metro Manila Expressway
  27. Subic-Clark Railway

As current President Rodrigo Duterte will be stepping down from office by June 30, 2022, the remaining 44 projects will be completed beyond his term.

The funding of the projects will be divided into three groups. 49 projects amounting to P2.31T will be supported by foreign-aided loans (ODA), 29 projects worth P1.77T will undergo public-private partnerships (PPP), and the remaining 22 projects totaling to P167.95B will be under the financing of the government through the national budget.

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New lender looking to joining the virtual banking race in the Philippines — BSP

According to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier, a new lender is eyeing joining the virtual banking sector in the country, but the central bank is still yet to disclose its identity.

“There’s one right now na (that is) currently engaging the BSP but I cannot disclose the name,” as per BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier.

“The lender is also looking to offer retail banking, just like the two virtual banks currently operating in the country, CIMB Bank and ING Bank N.V.,” she added.

BSP Managing Director for the Financial Technology Subsector Vicente T. De Villa III also mentioned that the they are currently on the process of reviewing the rules on online banking.

“It’s in the open banking space. Right now, we are reviewing our regulations. Maybe too early at this point but it is something we’re definitely exploring. Cause in this day and age, digital banking…innovations are moving forward,” he said.

He even explained the main difference between virtual banks and e-money issuers.

“[With] a banking license, you are able to take funds from the public and use it for lending, which are two different things. On their [e-money issuers] own end, they are using their own funds to be able to expand and provide credit…,” he added.

At present, the Philippines formally recognizes two virtual banking players which are Dutch lender ING and Malaysian financial giant CIMB Bank.

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Contractual Workers excluded from getting shares of service charge

A law meant to equally distribute an entire company’s earnings from service fees excludes contractual workers.

According to Philippine Hotel Owners Association Inc. (PHOAI) President Arthur Lopez, the stakeholders from the government’s labor and management department reached an agreement reflecting the implementing rules and regulations of the service charge law but ending up leaving out contractual workers from receiving their part on the company’s collected tips.

There was a proposal from this year’s Arangkada Forum to include contractual workers under the coverage of the law, but hotel management group swayed their decision during the negotiations.

The service charge law basically aims to give employees in the hospitality sector their entire share on the company’s earnings from the service charge given by the customers.

At present, the 85-15 ratio is practiced. 85% of the total service charges goes to the workers, and the remaining 15% will kept by the management.

As per Mr. Lopez, even without the law, workers under the hospitality sector were still getting a lot because on top of their monthly compensation, regular workers get as much as P18,000 to P30,000 a month from tips and service charges given by customers. Such amount will depend on different factors such as the number of hotel rooms they are handling.

PHOAI which represents 250 hotels stands firm in their decision not to include contractual workers from the mix. For them, counting them in would only mean lesser take home pay for regular workers.

There are more than two million workers under the hotel industry and around 10%-15% are contractual who only work for special occasions such as debuts and weddings. This does not include those workers under the food and beverages service sector.