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Central Luzon crime rate down by 5.9%

Central Luzon crime rate down by 5.9%

February 25, 2024, 12:52 pm

MANILA – Crimes in the Central Luzon Region have dropped by 5.9 percent within a one-year period, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 reported on Sunday. In a statement, PRO3 Director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. said 37,754 crimes were recorded from Feb. 22, 2023 to Feb. 21, 2024. The total is… Read More

'Amihan', easterlies to bring light to heavy rains across PH

'Amihan', easterlies to bring light to heavy rains across PH

February 25, 2024, 9:31 am

MANILA – "Amihan" or the northeast monsoon will bring light rains to the northern part of the country while the easterlies will prevail in other parts of the archipelago, bringing moderate to heavy rains. In its 4 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services… Read More

Diocese of Pasig pushes for beatification of ‘Ka Luring’

Diocese of Pasig pushes for beatification of ‘Ka Luring’

February 24, 2024, 6:35 pm

MANILA – The Diocese of Pasig has launched the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of catechist Laureana “Ka Luring” Franco. In a Circular, Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara appealed to the Catholic faithful to participate and provide information to her cause. “The Diocese of Pasig is… Read More

NKTI in talks with Congress, DOH to amend organ donation law, policies

NKTI in talks with Congress, DOH to amend organ donation law, policies

February 24, 2024, 3:34 pm

MANILA – The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) is holding consultations with Congress and the Department of Health (DOH) regarding possible amendments to Republic Act (RA) 7170 or the Organ Donation Act and other related policies. In a weekly news forum in Quezon City on Saturday,… Read More

Japan welcomes PH efforts to improve investment, business climate

Japan welcomes PH efforts to improve investment, business climate

February 24, 2024, 2:10 pm

MANILA – Japan welcomed the Philippines’ ongoing efforts to improve its investment and business environment. During the Japan National Day reception in Taguig on Friday night, outgoing Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa expressed optimism that this would further convince Japanese firms to… Read More

Application for farm internship in Taiwan to open in June

Application for farm internship in Taiwan to open in June

February 24, 2024, 12:28 pm

MANILA – Taiwan’s internship program for young Filipino farmers will open application for another batch in June, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila announced Saturday. TECO said the applications received from the previous Filipino Young Farmer Internship Program in Taiwan… Read More

PH calls for peace in Ukraine 2 yrs. after Russian invasion

PH calls for peace in Ukraine 2 yrs. after Russian invasion

February 24, 2024, 10:51 am

MANILA – The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), has called for peace in Ukraine as Russia’s aggression against the country entered its second year. “Today marks the second year of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Philippines underscores the need for a… Read More

CSC to gov’t agencies: Adopt flexi work schemes to ease NCR traffic

CSC to gov’t agencies: Adopt flexi work schemes to ease NCR traffic

February 24, 2024, 9:02 am

MANILA – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is encouraging government agencies in Metro Manila to adopt the Policies on Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) in the Government in support of current initiatives to improve the traffic situation. “The National Capital Region (NCR) has the largest… Read More

PBBM to witness signing of new deals during Australia trip

PBBM to witness signing of new deals during Australia trip

February 24, 2024, 7:48 am

MANILA – The Philippines and Australia are set to ink new deals during President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s visit to Canberra on Feb. 28-29, Malacañang announced on Saturday. In a statement, the Palace said Marcos would visit Australia as a “guest of the Australian government.”… Read More

Easterlies to bring scattered rains over Bicol, parts of Visayas

Easterlies to bring scattered rains over Bicol, parts of Visayas

February 24, 2024, 6:34 am

MANILA – The easterlies will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar, the weather bureau said Saturday. Flash floods or landslides may occur in these areas due to moderate to at times heavy rains, the… Read More

PBBM seeks new partnerships for dev’t of PH dive sector

PBBM seeks new partnerships for dev’t of PH dive sector

February 23, 2024, 8:43 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday expressed hope that new investors will consider exploring opportunities in the Philippine dive industry. Marcos said he is optimistic that the fourth edition of the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) at the World Trade Center in Pasay… Read More

24 firms keen on producing anti-TB, HIV drugs: Palace

24 firms keen on producing anti-TB, HIV drugs: Palace

February 23, 2024, 8:10 pm

MANILA – Around 24 drug manufacturers have expressed readiness to produce anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs, while one pharmaceutical firm has expressed willingness to manufacture human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) medicines. This was reported to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. by the Private… Read More

PBBM's Kalinisan progam earns support from academe

PBBM's Kalinisan progam earns support from academe

February 23, 2024, 8:06 pm

MANILA – More than 500 volunteers from the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) organized a coastal cleanup at Baseco Beach in Port Area, Manila on Friday to join the Marcos administration's "Kalinisan sa Bagong Pilipinas (Cleanliness in the New Philippines)" program. In support of President… Read More

DSWD explores ties with USAID to upgrade Mindanao disaster response

DSWD explores ties with USAID to upgrade Mindanao disaster response

February 23, 2024, 7:39 pm

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has discussed possible collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) during a visit of officials at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City. Secretary Rex Gatchalian on Friday… Read More

PBBM eyes partnership with IRRI for nutritious food dev’t, production

PBBM eyes partnership with IRRI for nutritious food dev’t, production

February 23, 2024, 6:15 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday expressed openness to collaborating with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for the development and production of more nutritious agricultural products. This was after the IRRI, in a meeting with Marcos at Malacañan Palace in… Read More

House leader to Quiboloy: Obey subpoena, no one is above the law

House leader to Quiboloy: Obey subpoena, no one is above the law

February 23, 2024, 6:14 pm

MANILA – Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) founder and televangelist Apollo Quiboloy should heed the congressional subpoena and realize that no one is above the law. In a statement Friday, House Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Jr. urged Quiboloy to attend the March 12 hearing of the Committee… Read More

DOTr seeks bids for Laguindingan Airport modernization

DOTr seeks bids for Laguindingan Airport modernization

February 23, 2024, 6:01 pm

­MANILA – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has invited contractors from the private sector to submit their proposal for the development and modernization of the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental province. In a statement on Friday, the DOTr said the Laguindingan International… Read More

'Illegal recruiter' promising fruit picker jobs in Japan nabbed

'Illegal recruiter' promising fruit picker jobs in Japan nabbed

February 23, 2024, 5:49 pm

MANILA – Authorities on Friday arrested an alleged illegal recruiter promising "fruit picker" jobs in Japan in an entrapment at the compound of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) in Mandaluyong City. Members of the DMW-Migrant Workers Protection Bureau (MWPB) and the local police nabbed the… Read More

PH 1st in Asia to ratify ILO accord vs. workplace violence, harassment

PH 1st in Asia to ratify ILO accord vs. workplace violence, harassment

February 23, 2024, 5:29 pm

MANILA – The Philippines became the first country in Asia and the 38th in the world to ratify Convention No. 190 aimed at curbing violence and harassment in workplaces, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Friday. This came after Manila deposited the instrument of ratification of… Read More

PhilHealth hikes 'Z benefit' for breast cancer patients to P1.4M

PhilHealth hikes 'Z benefit' for breast cancer patients to P1.4M

February 23, 2024, 5:00 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has increased its “Z-benefit” package for breast cancer patients from PHP100,000 to PHP1.4 million. PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Ledesma Jr. said Friday the increase has been approved and is on top of… Read More