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Activities prelude to Quiapo Feast Day in January starts

MANILA–Some activities prelude to the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9, 2023 have stated.According to the organizers of the much-anticipated annual event, the "pagdalaw" or the visit of the image of the Black Jesus Christ to different cities has started so as to... Read More

Majority of Filipinos prefer cash gifts on Christmas

MANILA – Majority of Filipino Catholics prefer to receive cash gifts this Christmas, a Church-based survey revealed on Saturday.In Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) conducted from Nov. 1 to 30 by Church-run Radio Veritas, 1,200 respondents were asked what kind of gift they would prefer for... Read More

PNP concludes 8th National Advisory Group summit

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and its partners have successfully concluded the two-day 8th National Advisory Group Summit through a hybrid modality held Friday at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. The two-day summit, with this year’s theme... Read More

14K cops deployed around Metro Manila for Yuletide season

MANILA – Around 14,000 police officers have been deployed in Metro Manila to ensure a peaceful and orderly celebration of the Yuletide season, an official of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Friday.In a statement, NCRPO spokesperson, Lt. Col. Dexter Versola, said aside... Read More

Easterlies, shear line bring rain showers on Saturday

MANILA – Most parts of the country will have overcast skies with rain showers on Saturday, brought by the easterlies and the shear line.Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over the Eastern Visayas and Bicol regions, as well as Quezon, Aurora, and the... Read More

164 Reds surrender in Mimaropa since January

MANILA – A total of 164 members of the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) have surrendered to different police units in Mimaropa from January to December 1 this year, the regional police said Friday.“We are committed to sustaining the success of this... Read More

President grants Angping’s request for ‘personal time’

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has approved the request of Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary Maria Zenaida “Naida” Angping for “personal" time off, Malacañang announced on Friday.This was confirmed by Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, officer in... Read More

PH eTravel portal now working; replaces OneHealthPass website

MANILA – Travelers entering the Philippines may now access the new eTravel portal through etravel.gov.ph.The website replaces the old One Health Pass domain, which will no longer be accessible starting December 5. The eTravel platform will host the electronic version of the paper Arrival Card... Read More

PBBM to media: Promote news ‘worthy of appreciation, emulation’

MANILA – Acknowledging the media’s vital role in fostering unity and development, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has called on the members of the press to promote news stories that are “worthy of appreciation, emulation, and acknowledgment.”Marcos made the call when... Read More

Senator wants stronger sex education as HIV awareness wanes

MANILA– Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Friday pressed the need to strengthen the comprehensive sexuality education following reports of low youth awareness on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).Based on the 2021 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality... Read More

BFAR orders moratorium on crackdown vs. imported fish sellers

MANILA – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ordered Friday the moratorium on the crackdown of imported frozen fish in wet markets in the country.At a press briefing, the BFAR said it made the move following calls from legislators to review the regulation."The [Department of... Read More

DA to widen reach of Kadiwa sites as PBBM vows extension

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) assured Friday it is doubling efforts to increase the number of Kadiwa sites, as President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. vowed to extend its operation until March next year.At the Laging Handa public briefing, DA Assistant Secretary Kristine Evangelista... Read More

DOJ on ‘right track’ vs. trafficking

MANILA – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday said the Department of Justice is well-positioned to look into the alleged trafficking of Filipinos victimized to participate in cryptocurrency scams in Myanmar.“This is of course very welcome as we really have to address the problem of... Read More

DAR awards land title, CLOAs to 99 Batangas farmers

MANILA – At least 99 farmers in Batangas province are now legitimate landowners after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed their electronic land titles (e-titles) and certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) on Friday.Editha Dastas, 66, of Barangay Patugo, Balayan town,... Read More

Solon wants 20% discount on toll road prices for PWDs

MANILA – A lawmaker on Friday called for the immediate passage of a measure that would grant persons with disabilities (PWDs) a 20-percent fixed discount on toll fees of skyways and expressways.Quezon City Representative Marvin Rillo made the call on the eve of International Day of Persons... Read More

PNP to boost security for holiday season

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) would deploy plain-clothed officers in areas of convergence as part of intensified security operations for the Christmas season.In a radio interview on Friday, PNP spokesperson, Col. Jean Fajardo, said this is to ensure there will be no heightened... Read More

Poor families given ‘fair, unbiased’ assistance: PCUP

MANILA – Urban poor families are receiving “fair and unbiased” treatment from the government, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) said Friday.The PCUP's statement came in response to reports that it is favoring “professional squatters” who purportedly... Read More

Pag-IBIG fit, capable to support PBBM's flagship housing program

MANILA – The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) on Thursday assured that it is fully capable of supporting the Marcos administration’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program.In a Laging Handa briefing, Pag-IBIG Department Manager for Public Media Affairs Jack Jacinto said... Read More

Imee bucks Maharlika Wealth Fund

MANILA– Senator Imee Marcos on Friday expressed reluctance over the idea of putting up a sovereign wealth fund that would raise revenues for the government.While she has yet to scrutinize House Bill (HB) No. 6398, Marcos said the Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF) being pushed in the Lower House is... Read More

200K Christmas gift boxes so far distributed to Manileños

MANILA – The Manila city government on Friday announced that it has so far distributed some 200,000 Christmas food boxes to residents.“As of this morning, December 2, 2022, Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan, together with Vice Mayor John Marvin Yul Servo Nieto,... Read More