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DSWD ready to implement solo parents law after IRR approval

MANILA – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo on Monday said the agency is absolutely prepared to put into action the newly signed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act.Tulfo, however, said they need a few days... Read More

Big-time tax evaders, smugglers bring about low revenues

MANILA – Senator Raffy Tulfo on Monday advised the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to focus its attention on oil smugglers and big-time tax evaders to help the government generate revenues, instead of targeting low-income earners and small businesses.During the budget hearing conducted by the... Read More

Pasig village willing to share best DRRM practices to other LGUs

MANILA – Several mayors and municipal officials from Eastern Visayas visited Barangay San Antonio (BSA) in Pasig last Wednesday to learn from its disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) practices for them to emulate in their localities.BSA has been awarded the Galing Pook 2010 for... Read More

Diokno says POGO revenues ‘not worth the trouble’

MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) assured the Senate on Monday that it is strengthening security measures in areas occupied by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) but the Department of Finance maintained their continued stay is not worth it.Brig. Gen. Jonnel... Read More

NCSC eyes healthy, productive elderly as pillars in nation dev't

MANILA – As the nation celebrates Elderly Filipino Week, the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) on Monday cited its programs to help and support senior citizens lead a healthy and productive lives, while contributing to nation-building.“The Elderly Week celebration becomes a... Read More

NCIP, DOH address vaccine hesitancy in IP communities

MANILA – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) will join forces with the Department of Health to address vaccine hesitancy in IP communities.Pablito Gonzales of the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities (NCCC) said during Monday’s Laging Handa public briefing... Read More

Magnitude 5.1 quake jolts Surigao del Norte

MANILA – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted Surigao del Norte on Monday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. In a bulletin issued at 5:04 p.m., Phivolcs said the tectonic quake struck 29 kilometers northeast of the municipality of General Luna at... Read More

Court orders DPWH vehicle repair scam case to proceed

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan turned down a plea to junk 236 cases involving officials tagged in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) motor pool vehicle repair scam in 2001.The anti-graft court denied for lack of merit the motions filed by the accused and ordered that the... Read More

Metro Manila Subway construction to generate 18K jobs: DOTr

MANILA – The Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) is seen to create thousands of jobs during its construction and boost economic activity in nearby areas once finished, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista said Monday.During the groundbreaking of the MMSP’s Contract... Read More

Muslim solon slams mall event for disrespecting Islam holy site

MANILA – Lanao del Sur 1st District Rep. Zia Alonto Adiong on Monday condemned a recent mall event for seemingly disrespecting a sacred site for Muslims and called for “accountability measures” to prevent the incident from happening again.Adiong said the incident happened Sunday... Read More

NCRPO chief lauds arrest of dismissed cop, 2 other fugitives

MANILA – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo on Monday lauded police officers in the region for the arrest of a high-value drug suspect and two other fugitives, including a dismissed policeman.Based on the report by Southern Police District (SPD)... Read More

LTO summons truck driver for road crash in Quezon City

MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday summoned the truck driver involved in a multiple vehicle collision along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City last week.In a show cause order addressed to the truck driver, the Intelligence and Investigation Division (IID) of the LTO ordered... Read More

House bill seeking salary upgrade for teachers filed

MANILA – Quezon City 5th District Rep. Patrick Michael Vargas on Monday filed a bill seeking to upgrade the salary grade level of public school teachers in commemoration of World Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5.The proposed measure, House Bill (HB) No. 4070, aims to adjust the minimum salary... Read More

Globe connects 8 provinces via longest domestic subsea cable

MANILA – A total of eight provinces have been connected to the Globe fiber optic broadband network through the USD150 million Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN), the longest domestic subsea cable project in the country.In a statement on Monday, Globe said the cable system has... Read More

Tax court grants P9.6-M refund to mining firm

MANILA – The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has awarded a PHP9.6-million refund to a local mining firm, part of the original refund of PHP56.420 million sought for excess value-added taxes (VAT).The CTA en banc granted the petition filed by Philex Mining Corp. as it “has sufficiently proven... Read More

Solon seeks more perks for films vying in Oscars

MANILA – Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar has filed a resolution seeking more incentives for Filipino filmmakers to support the country’s quest for the coveted but elusive Oscars, which she said will put the Philippines on the map for world-class talents.In filing... Read More

Winners of Oct. 1 Grand Lotto draw start claiming prizes: PCSO

MANILA – Some of the 433 bettors who won the PHP236-million jackpot prize of the Grand Lotto 6/55 draw on Oct. 1 have started claiming their prizes at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) office in Mandaluyong City on Monday.In a Facebook post, the PCSO said some winners have... Read More

Agri damage from 'Karding' reaches P3.12 billion

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Monday that agricultural damage caused by Super Typhoon Karding in several regions in Luzon and Visayas has reached PHP3.12 billion.In its latest bulletin, the DA-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said "Karding" brought damage to... Read More

Quiapo Church launches logo, theme for 'Traslacion' 2023

MANILA – The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene popularly known as Quiapo Church has launched the official logo and theme of Traslacion 2023.The launch is the first step of the preparation in connection with the annual feast every Jan. 9 which draws millions of devotees from different parts... Read More

3.2K POGO workers sign up for police clearance: PNP

MANILA – A total of 3,198 workers in Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have applied for police clearance as authorities crack down on illegal activities linked to the industry, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.“As of Sept. 27 and 28, an additional 297 POGO... Read More