Community Whispers by Ray Junia
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LPG prices up by P123/tank as ‘price guardian’ Pascual gets CA’s nod

Feb 7, 2023, 12:18 AM
Ray L. Junia

Ray L. Junia


Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual gets the nod of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA).

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri describes Pascual as “guardian of prices of basic goods.”

While Zubiri was naming Pascual the country’s protector of consumers from killer price increases of basic commodities, the cost of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), increased by P123.00

Household’s 11-kg cylinder gas tank now costs over P1,000 from its January cost P995.00.

My kapitbahay is complaining, “it’s getting more expensive to cook.”

My other kapitbahay groans, “wala nang maluto. Wala din pangluto.”


So the jeepney modernization program is on shaky grounds. The association of jeepney drivers and owners are complaining.

Drivers end the day with zero income, worse, negative income. And the association says, cost to the owners and drivers in operating a unit is burdened by the unit amortization and high cost of fuel.

And the unit amortization is for 7 years.

Now we see the potential of another major transport crisis, when these jeepneys are unable to operate.

But Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista and his boys say they have a solution including alternative job programs.

My kapitbahay says “Ok lang wala nang sasakyan to go to work. Wala din namang work. And wala din naman pamasahe.”


Believe it or not.

The Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) now under review in the Senate includes appetizers like exemptions from local and national taxes, free from coverage of the governance commission for government owned and controlled corporations (GCG), and worse, from the government reform and procurement reform law and salary standardization.

Something smells here. If this MIF passes the Senate, what would that make of our lawmakers? Your guess is as good as mine.

Paktay tayo diyan.


Alarming number of suicides in our public schools. Solution, hire more guidance counselors and pay them well.

Senate says it’s listening to the Department of Education report on alarming increase in number of suicides, 404 students committed suicides and 2,147 attempted to end their lives.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri commits to help push for more funds to cover the cost of more guidance counselors.

My kapitbahay says, the educational system, stress in the learning methods, should be looked into, on top of hiring more counselors.

Nakita pa ng kapitbahay ko yan.


Joke of the week. Mom:

“Nak! Ka bobo gud nimo sa Math.”


“Mas bobo ang Math Ma!. Iyang problema akong pasubaron.”

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