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Teacher thanks PRRD for 'zero balance bill' for stepson's surgery

Teacher thanks PRRD for 'zero balance bill' for stepson's surgery

September 16, 2020, 1:04 pm

CEBU CITY – A public school teacher took to social media to thank President Rodrigo Duterte for the “zero balance billing policy” that saved her family from the huge payment for the surgery of her stepson who was injured in a road mishap. Cydtheresa Alivio Vito, a high school teacher of the… Read More

What's in street names? Say it and Nova probably has it

What's in street names? Say it and Nova probably has it

September 15, 2020, 3:17 pm

MANILA – Whenever the topic of conversation involves street names, whether of former Philippine presidents, Filipino heroes, foreign countries, Bible personages, kings, cars, cigarettes, birds, etc., say it and the former town of Novaliches, which was reduced to a barrio over a century ago, most… Read More

No spoilers: Finding ways to celebrate Christmas amid Covid-19

No spoilers: Finding ways to celebrate Christmas amid Covid-19

September 15, 2020, 10:21 am

MANILA – As movement restrictions were implemented due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis, the plans of many Filipinos to travel and enjoy precious moments and occasions with their families and loved ones have been called off. However, many Filipinos won't let the disease… Read More

Who are qualified for DSWD’s social protection programs?

Who are qualified for DSWD’s social protection programs?

September 14, 2020, 8:39 pm

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is currently updating its Listahanan or the master list of poor Filipino households that will serve as the agency’s basis of identification and selection of potential beneficiaries for various poverty alleviation and social… Read More

Rise in number of PH cities from 60 in 1987 to 146 in 2020 traced

Rise in number of PH cities from 60 in 1987 to 146 in 2020 traced

September 12, 2020, 2:01 pm

MANILA – When the present Constitution was promulgated in February 1987 during the term of then-president Corazon C. Aquino, there were only 60 chartered and highly-urbanized cities (HUC) or component cities in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metropolitan Manila and the country's 73… Read More

Sept as birth month of 3 former PH presidents

Sept as birth month of 3 former PH presidents

September 9, 2020, 1:10 pm

MANILA – Not many millennial Filipinos may be aware that of the 16 Philippine presidents from 1898 to the present, three were born in September and one of them died exactly on the birthday of his immediate predecessor. Yes, the September-born former presidents were Sergio S. Osmeña Sr.… Read More

Ex-4Ps beneficiary shares rice packs to indigent neighbors

Ex-4Ps beneficiary shares rice packs to indigent neighbors

September 8, 2020, 9:27 pm

MANILA – Having an empty stomach without any means to get food was a struggle this family in Agusan del Sur went through. Seeing their neighbors suffer the same ordeal at the time of the pandemic, a family beneficiary of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has exhausted… Read More

Family sells artwork to help son buy laptop for online classes

Family sells artwork to help son buy laptop for online classes

September 8, 2020, 4:09 pm

MANILA – How does one move on with their lives amid the pandemic and the challenges that go along with it? It's not easy, according to Jaramine Manalang, a solo parent of five. She said Christian Ribay, her eldest son, is doing portraits or artworks in exchange for some money to raise funds for… Read More

Seniority matters: The 'class' that ruled PNP

Seniority matters: The 'class' that ruled PNP

September 5, 2020, 3:03 pm

MANILA – As in the military, appointments to critical posts in the Philippine National Police (PNP) are primarily determined by competence and seniority.  This was proven true by the recent appointments of four top cops all belonging to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1986,… Read More

Samar student fights pandemic stress through leaf art

Samar student fights pandemic stress through leaf art

September 5, 2020, 10:08 am

TACLOBAN CITY – Poor and fatherless, a student from the sleepy town of Tarangnan, Samar has been fighting lockdown stress by making portraits that come alive on leaves.  Since he started the leaf art three weeks ago, Ryan Rio Legatub Managaysay, 21, has already earned PHP4,000, double his… Read More

Baking helps family survive Covid-19 lockdown

Baking helps family survive Covid-19 lockdown

September 1, 2020, 11:34 am

MANILA – When the going gets tough, the tough get going. For couple Myro and Jhoy Fernandez, baking helped them go through the tough times brought by the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Fortunately, the couple from Barangay Muzon in Malabon did not have to start from… Read More

Honoring past, present heroes on Nat’l Heroes’ Day

Honoring past, present heroes on Nat’l Heroes’ Day

August 31, 2020, 5:28 pm

MANILA – Filipinos on Monday commemorated the National Heroes' Day, honoring and remembering known and unknown heroes of the revolution who laid the foundation for the country's independence after centuries under foreign rule including Spain, the United States, and Japan. This day also… Read More

Learning in the new normal: From teacher to 'broadcaster'

Learning in the new normal: From teacher to 'broadcaster'

August 31, 2020, 11:17 am

MANILA – The impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic on everyone's daily life is beyond one can imagine. As the world continues to grapple with the health crisis, life must go on, and so is learning. In the front lines of blended learning amid the pandemic are heroes without… Read More

Nation marks birthdays of Magsaysay, Cardinal Sin Aug. 31

Nation marks birthdays of Magsaysay, Cardinal Sin Aug. 31

August 30, 2020, 8:34 pm

MANILA -- As the nation marks on Monday the 113th birthday of the late beloved President-statesman Ramon F. Magsaysay, the Filipino Catholics also observe the 92nd birth anniversary of the departed Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal L. Sin. Monday is an official holiday nationwide as it coincides… Read More

Teachers ready to explore Facebook use in education

Teachers ready to explore Facebook use in education

August 30, 2020, 12:33 pm

MANILA – The time has come for teachers and students to utilize Facebook and other free learning platforms for education, Mark Madrona, a senior high school teacher at Batasan Hills National High School in Quezon City, said. Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is forcing… Read More

Surviving Covid-19: A pandemic fighter's tale

Surviving Covid-19: A pandemic fighter's tale

August 29, 2020, 1:49 pm

MANILA – As a soldier for more than 34 years, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año had several experiences, in which he nearly died. However, in the course of his career which involved fighting terrorists and lawless elements, the former Armed Forces of… Read More

Better safe than sorry: Following health protocols is the key

Better safe than sorry: Following health protocols is the key

August 28, 2020, 9:00 am

MANILA – Aside from taking a toll on the public's health and the economy, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has greatly changed everybody's way of life. As movement is restricted to contain the disease, people are forced to stay indoors for months as there is still no cure or… Read More

Displaced worker uses cash aid to put up food stall

Displaced worker uses cash aid to put up food stall

August 27, 2020, 7:52 pm

MANILA – A 42-year-old welder from Barangay Valenzuela, Makati City used the cash assistance he received from the government to put up a street food stall to get through these trying times. Mario Lutang, one of many workers hard-hit by the pandemic, said he was laid off from his job after… Read More

Buwan ng Wika brings out creative style in Nueva Vizcayan school

Buwan ng Wika brings out creative style in Nueva Vizcayan school

August 27, 2020, 6:29 pm

MANILA – A private Catholic school has transformed this year's 'Buwan ng Wika' into a more creative observance by honoring Filipino culture, heritage, and identity through native languages, alongside promoting the use of face masks and face shields amid the pandemic. Saint Louis School, one of… Read More

Driver SAP recipient returns add'l cash aid

Driver SAP recipient returns add'l cash aid

August 27, 2020, 5:19 pm

MANILA – Through the five months of restricted mobility due to quarantine protocols, the country’s economy has plummeted and livelihoods were not spared by the impacts caused by the coronavirus disease pandemic. While some have found ways to generate income amid this public health crisis,… Read More