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Top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi to visit PH

MANILA – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit the Philippines on July 5 and 6, upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique A. Manalo.According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Wang will be the first foreign counterpart to be... Read More

DOLE to review orders on job contracting

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is looking to review its orders specifically on job contracting or availment of contracting arrangements by private companies.“We will review the department issuances related to such work arrangements and we will try to make sure... Read More

Lawmaker wants to upskill Filipino students in English

MANILA – A lawmaker on Monday supported the plan of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for the government to upskill Filipino students in the English language as a way to further sharpen the competitive edge of professionals and other workers in the global market.In a... Read More

PSG mission goes beyond protecting 1st family: Marcos

MANILA – The Presidential Security Group (PSG) has another mandate aside from protecting the first family of the Philippines and foreign dignitaries, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Monday.During the change of command ceremony for outgoing PSG Commander, Brig.... Read More

VP Sara kind, gentle, caring to learners: Briones

MANILA – Former Secretary Leonor Briones assured Monday that the new Department of Education (DepEd) chief, Vice President (VP) Sara Duterte-Carpio, will take the helm of the sector with the right character fit for the learners' needs.In the thanksgiving and turnover ceremony, Briones... Read More

PBBM yet to name new DOH chief; IATF stays for now

MANILA – While President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has yet to name his Department of Health (DOH) Secretary, Malacañang on Monday said the government will maintain the status quo.Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles made this remark following questions on whether Marcos... Read More

House to introduce safeguards in bill on Bulacan airport ecozone

MANILA – A lawmaker on Monday assured President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. that the House of Representatives will introduce safeguards to address the fiscal and economic concerns regarding the measure creating the Bulacan airport ecozone.Albay Rep. Joey Salceda stressed the need to... Read More

Manila’s first female mayor vows to prioritize health care

MANILA – Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan will prioritize the health of Manila residents and will expand the programs of her predecessor, Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.At the inauguration of Manila’s 12th City Council on Monday, Lacuna-Pangan was also assured of support by Vice... Read More

Remulla vows cleanup at LRA, BuCor, Immigration

MANILA – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla said he is at his point in his public service career where all he wants to do is serve the country as best as he could.He met with DOJ workers for the first time on Monday and vowed to accomplish the... Read More

PSA adamant in completing inclusive PhilID system for Filipinos

MANILA – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has registered 74 percent out of its 92 million target for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).To date, the PSA said at least 68.3 million Filipinos have completed the registration process for the Philippine Identification (PhilID)... Read More

OCTA sees weak surge within July

MANILA – The country’s health care utilization rate is still at the lowest level despite the slight uptick in Covid-19 cases, OCTA Research fellow, Dr. Guido David, said on Monday.In a virtual public briefing, David said there is no threat yet in terms of medical services as the National... Read More

New DAR chief includes employees’ welfare in priorities

MANILA – Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III considers the agency his second home, thus his assurance that he will treat employees like family.He also vowed to be true to the mandate of DAR to provide social justice and give land to the landless, which were implemented... Read More

Marcos to support ecozone bill after ‘corrections’ made: Palace

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will fully support a measure establishing a special economic zone and freeport adjacent to the proposed airport city in Bulacan province once the Congress “corrects” provisions that pose substantial fiscal risks to the... Read More

VP Sara cites need to strengthen, improve PH education sector

MANILA – Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday said there's an urgent need to strengthen the education sector in the Philippines.In a virtual discussion with National Private Education Association, Duterte acknowledged the "strain on public schools" due to... Read More

PBBM to articulate ‘policy’ on calls for PH to rejoin ICC

MANILA – Malacañang is waiting for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to personally announce his take on opposition lawmakers’ calls to restore the Philippines’ membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC).“Those comments, as in any comment... Read More

Abalos to sustain gains in anti-drugs drive

MANILA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. vowed Monday to sustain the gains in the anti-illegal drugs campaign, saying he would even join in some of the operations.Abalos said the campaign would be continued but the Marcos... Read More

SC denies woman’s annulment suit vs. ‘bum’ husband

MANILA – The Supreme Court reiterated its exacting standards in nullifying a marriage and turned down a petition for annulment by a woman who claimed her spouse refused to work and sent her away when she got pregnant.In a 12-page decision published online Friday, the high court stressed that... Read More

‘That will be up to him’, Palace on possible PBBM media interview

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will grant journalists’ requests for interviews depending on the situation, Malacañang said Monday.Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Marcos may start taking questions from reporters when there is a... Read More

Senators start filing priority bills as 19th Congress opens

MANILA – The first round of filing of bills in the Senate started on Monday hours before the 19th Congress opened at noon.Senator Loren Legarda, based on the principle of seniority or length of service, was the first to file bills following the guidelines issued by Senate Secretary Myra Marie... Read More

Mt. Kanlaon restive anew; phreatic eruption possible

MANILA – Residents living near Mt. Kanlaon should avoid getting near the 4-kilometer permanent danger zone as the volcano shows increased activity with possible phreatic eruptions, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum, Jr. said Monday.At least... Read More