Comelec eyes automation of village, youth polls

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to automate the succeeding Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) after the Oct. 30, 2023 polls."There is no turning back for us anymore. Let us proceed with the automation. We can no longer proceed using the manual... Read More

DENR: PH gov't addressing water crisis amid climate change

MANILA –Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga has assured the United Nations that the Philippine government is proactively addressing the looming water crisis brought about by climate change.At the United Nations 2023 Water Conference held in... Read More

DND, AFP committed to preserving peace in Bangsamoro

MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are committed to keeping the peace in the Bangsamoro.DND chief Carlito Galvez Jr. made this commitment during the 9th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro... Read More

Rivera appointed acting BJMP chief

MANILA – Jail Chief Supt. Ruel Rivera assumed as acting chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Monday.Rivera, then deputy chief for administration, vowed to continue the programs of outgoing BJMP chief Jail Director Allan Iral, who is set to step down from the service... Read More

Fair weather seen across PH Tuesday

MANILA – Fair weather continues to prevail over most parts of the country, with isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms, the weather bureau said Tuesday. Batanes and Babuyan Islands will experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the shear line.In its 4 a.m.... Read More

PH, US troops in Salaknib 2023 join 'sling load' drills

MANILA – Philippine Army (PA) and US Army Pacific (USARPAC) troops conducted "sling load exercises" involving helicopters last March 27 as part of this year's "Salaknib" drills.In a statement Tuesday, PA spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said these maneuvers involving an assortment of... Read More

466 female NCR cops deployed as ‘customer relations officers’

MANILA – A total of 466 female police officers of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) were sent off on Tuesday and turned over to the quality service lane (QSL) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to serve as customer relations officers.In a statement, NCRPO director Maj.... Read More

PH Navy test-fires anti-ship missile decoys off Zambales

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Tuesday announced that it had test-fired its newly acquired "Bullfighter" chaff anti-missile decoys in Zambales waters last March 24.These defensive weaponry were fitted aboard the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) and BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151)."The 'Bullfighter' is... Read More

Close to 78K cops deployed for Lent, summer break - PNP

MANILA – Nearly 78,000 police officers across the country have been deployed to ensure safe travel for motorists and commuters during the Lenten season and the summer months, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said Monday.This is in line with the start of the holy... Read More

Teves asks House to lift 60-day suspension

MANILA – The legal counsel of Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. on Monday requested the House of Representatives to lift the 60-day suspension against him over his continued absence despite an expired travel authority.In a letter dated March 24 to the House Committee on Ethics... Read More

CSC reports biggest turnout in eligibility exams

MANILA – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) said a total of 381,735 individuals took the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) Professional and Subprofessional levels in 94 testing centers nationwide on Sunday.CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said the number comprised 94.56... Read More

DOH urged to prepare for disease outbreaks during El Niño

MANILA – A lawmaker on Monday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to beef up its contingencies to respond to diseases that typically occur during the hot season, such as cholera, chikungunya and Zika virus, warning that the coming El Niño season could be a “hotbed for... Read More

Marcos lauds PH ice hockey team’s 'outstanding' performance

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday praised the Philippine Men’s Ice Hockey Team for winning the gold medal in the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship Division IV in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.The national team beat IIHF World Championship... Read More

Ople to brief UN on PH migration governance

MANILA –Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan "Toots" Ople will be presenting the Philippine government's migration governance, programs, and services for Filipino migrant workers at the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members... Read More

PhilSA installs Starlink in 2 GIDAs

MANILA–The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) announced Monday that it has installed Starlink satellite internet in two geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs). Barangay Apad in Jomalig town, Quezon province, and Barangay Dikapanikian in Dingalan town, Aurora province, benefited... Read More

LTO gears up for safer roads during holy week, summer exodus

MANILA –The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be placed on heightened alert beginning March 31 until April 10 in preparation for the expected influx of travelers during the extended holy week break and the beginning of the summer vacation.In a statement on Monday, the LTO said... Read More

Evidence strong to pin down Degamo slay mastermind - DILG

MANILA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. on Monday said they now have a "strong evidence" to identify the mastermind behind the March 4 attack that resulted in the death of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and eight others."Just so, baka... Read More

PH saves 62.69 MW during 2023 Earth Hour

MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) reported Monday that the country saved 62.69 megawatts (MW) of energy from turning off the lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., or the Earth Hour, last March 25.The DOE said the event was a symbolic demonstration of unity aimed at reversing nature loss... Read More

NBI nabs 4 for peddling fraudulent GCash accounts

MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation - Cybercrime Division (NBI – CCD) announced on Monday the arrest of four suspects in separate operations in Quezon City and Manila for selling bogus accounts of the digital wallet GCash.The suspects who will be charged for violation of... Read More

DSWD lists nearly 20K for cash for work in oil spill-hit areas

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is finalizing the budgetary requirements to fund the extension of cash-for-work (CFW) program from 15 to 45 days in the areas affected by the oil spill in Oriental Mindoro province as directed by Secretary Rex Gatchalian.A total... Read More