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Comelec execs unfazed by quit calls over bribery claims

Comelec execs unfazed by quit calls over bribery claims

July 18, 2024, 10:10 am

MANILA – Top officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they will not resign or take a leave over allegations of local and foreign bank accounts supposedly owned by an official. In a press conference at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila on Wednesday, chairperson George… Read More

Rain showers to continue across PH Thursday

Rain showers to continue across PH Thursday

July 18, 2024, 8:38 am

MANILA – Almost all areas in the country will experience rains due to a low pressure area (LPA) and the southwest monsoon, the weather bureau said on Thursday. "The LPA, last tracked in the vicinity of Catbalogan City, Samar, has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone," Philippine… Read More

OWWA urges OFWs’ dependents to avail of scholarship programs

OWWA urges OFWs’ dependents to avail of scholarship programs

July 17, 2024, 11:21 pm

MANILA – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has urged children and dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to start preparing their documents as the online application for its scholarship program will soon start. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the OWWA announced that the… Read More

Pimentel hopes total ban of POGO included in SONA

Pimentel hopes total ban of POGO included in SONA

July 17, 2024, 11:17 pm

MANILA – Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Wednesday said he is hoping that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. will announce the total ban of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) in his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22. Pimentel said ban of POGOs… Read More

DSWD chief cites whole-of-gov’t approach in speedy disaster response

DSWD chief cites whole-of-gov’t approach in speedy disaster response

July 17, 2024, 9:09 pm

MANILA – Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rex Gatchalian on Wednesday highlighted the importance of the whole-of-government approach in the speedy delivery of relief goods and services to disaster-affected families across the country. Gatchalian said the local government… Read More

‘Hapag Katutubo’ to help IPs boost agricultural productivity

‘Hapag Katutubo’ to help IPs boost agricultural productivity

July 17, 2024, 9:03 pm

MANILA – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has intensified efforts to help indigenous peoples and their communities to become more sufficient through “Hapag Katutubo” (indigenous table) Project. In a news release on Wednesday, NCIP Chairperson Bo-i Jennifer Pia Sibug-las… Read More

Solidum: Well-being of Filipinos ‘top priority’ in S&T sector

Solidum: Well-being of Filipinos ‘top priority’ in S&T sector

July 17, 2024, 8:54 pm

MANILA – Promotion of well-being is among the top priorities of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the Marcos administration, Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. said Wednesday. The DOST programs, he said, are anchored on strategic pillars supporting the President's agenda,… Read More

DOTr, JICA sign accord to boost road transport projects

DOTr, JICA sign accord to boost road transport projects

July 17, 2024, 8:50 pm

MANILA – The Japanese government renewed its support to the country’s big-ticket road transport projects through a new accord signed with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday. The agreement, meant to enhance the quality and efficiency of the country’s road transport systems,… Read More

SolGen asks SC to junk Quiboloy plea vs. Senate arrest order

SolGen asks SC to junk Quiboloy plea vs. Senate arrest order

July 17, 2024, 7:36 pm

MANILA – State lawyers have formally asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed by fugitive religious leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy questioning the contempt, arrest, and detention order issued against him by the Senate. In a 45-page comment dated July 8, the Senate, through the… Read More

DOJ urges ‘whole-of-nation’ approach vs. human trafficking

DOJ urges ‘whole-of-nation’ approach vs. human trafficking

July 17, 2024, 7:26 pm

MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has vowed to remain relentless against human traffickers as it intensifies the campaign against those who exploit children, women, elderly and other vulnerable persons forced to be victimized because of poverty. “Ang human trafficking hindi lang ito… Read More

Both 'Alice Guo, Guo Hua Ping' on immigration lookout bulletin

Both 'Alice Guo, Guo Hua Ping' on immigration lookout bulletin

July 17, 2024, 7:26 pm

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday assured the public the names Alice Guo and Guo Hua Ping were both included in their Immigration Lookout Bulletin (ILBO). BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval gave this statement amid reports that suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo might have… Read More

Cruise visa waiver to boost post-pandemic tourism – BI

Cruise visa waiver to boost post-pandemic tourism – BI

July 17, 2024, 7:23 pm

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday said the newly launched Cruise Visa Waiver program will attract more cruise tourists to the Philippines as it simplifies the visa process for passengers on cruise ships. According to Commissioner Norman Tansingco, the initiative is to enhance… Read More

SC affirms COA disallowances on Bulacan water district execs, workers

SC affirms COA disallowances on Bulacan water district execs, workers

July 17, 2024, 7:03 pm

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the ruling of the Commission on Audit (COA) disallowing the grant of bonuses and financial assistance to officials and workers of a local water district. The San Rafael Water District (SRWD), through its general manager Numeriano Castañeda Jr., had… Read More

Inclusion of DOLE, DBM in Cabinet cluster on education pushed

Inclusion of DOLE, DBM in Cabinet cluster on education pushed

July 17, 2024, 6:52 pm

MANILA – Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday pushed for the inclusion of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the proposed creation of a new Cabinet Cluster focused on education. Cayetano, co-chairperson of the Second… Read More

DA warns unscrupulous traders over possible chicken price manipulation

DA warns unscrupulous traders over possible chicken price manipulation

July 17, 2024, 6:35 pm

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday warned unscrupulous traders who may be behind a possible price manipulation in a public market in Metro Manila. This came after the price per kilogram of chicken surged to PHP250 in Muñoz market, higher than the PHP200 to PHP210… Read More

Filipinos urged to learn CPR

Filipinos urged to learn CPR

July 17, 2024, 5:14 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday called on Filipinos to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to become first responders in times of emergency where every second counts. In a media forum coinciding with the National CPR Day, DOH spokesperson Albert Domingo said CPR… Read More

PNP internal cleansing program nets 6.2K erring cops under PBBM

PNP internal cleansing program nets 6.2K erring cops under PBBM

July 17, 2024, 4:47 pm

MANILA – Over 6,200 police officers have been charged for various offenses ranging from conduct unbecoming of a law enforcer to grave misconduct as a result of an intensified internal cleansing program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) under President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. PNP Internal… Read More

10-20% hike in egg prices possible as school opening nears

10-20% hike in egg prices possible as school opening nears

July 17, 2024, 4:41 pm

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday that the prices of eggs may increase by 10 to 20 percent as the school opening nears. According to the DA-Bantay Presyo (price watch), the price range of medium egg in Metro Manila is set from PHP5.50 to PHP9. “Pagdating ng… Read More

PBBM finalizing SONA speech

PBBM finalizing SONA speech

July 17, 2024, 4:40 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is preparing for his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week, according to the Presidential Communications Office (PCO). Marcos is on top of finalizing his speech, the PCO said Wednesday, adding that he does not have any… Read More

DA: Jan-June meat imports hit 640M kg amid ASF, avian flu, El Niño

DA: Jan-June meat imports hit 640M kg amid ASF, avian flu, El Niño

July 17, 2024, 4:36 pm

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday reported that the country has imported more than 600 million kilograms of meat in the first half of the year due to the effects of African swine fever (ASF), avian flu, and the El Niño phenomenon. “The grand total is 647 million… Read More