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QC’s Banawe to replicate Binondo’s Chinese New Year festivities

MANILA – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, together with the Filipino-Chinese community in the city is drumming up support for the city’s celebration of the Chinese New Year as an alternative to the annual celebrations in Manila’s Chinatown.QC Association of Filipino Chinese... Read More

Remulla issues new suspension order vs. Bantag

MANILA - Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla handed down a fresh suspension order against suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director-general Gerald Bantag, this time for allowing a television interview to a high-profile inmate in supposed violation of prison rules.In a Department Order No.... Read More

Senate recommendations will ‘definitely’ be considered: DepEd

MANILA – The recommendations of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will “definitely” be considered to make sure procurement process is efficient and transparent, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Thursday.This, as DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said they welcomed the Senate... Read More

PH eyes nearly 5M foreign tourists this year: DOT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) aims to attract 5 million foreign visitors this year.In a television interview on Thursday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco noted that about 2.6 million tourists visited the country last year."As far as 2023 is concerned, the target is to double that... Read More

CA upholds PhilHealth fine, suspension vs. hospital

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down Cardinal Santos Medical Center's motion questioning a fine of PHP10,000 and a three-month suspension by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on the hospital.In a resolution dated Jan. 11, 2023, the appellate court denied for lack of... Read More

Receiving communion on the tongue now allowed in Pangasinan

MANILA – The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has restored the giving of communion to the faithful through the tongue.In a circular containing "liturgical guidelines" issued on Thursday, Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the measure which was suspended for nearly three years due to the... Read More

Stolen, lost registered SIM cards can be remade: DICT

MANILA – Mobile users who lost or had their subscriber identity module (SIM) card stolen may request to have it reactivated in a new SIM card with their telecommunications (telecom) provider, an official of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said Thursday.In a... Read More

House eyes digitalization bills passage to boost Davos trip gains

MANILA – House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Thursday vowed to work with fellow lawmakers for the immediate passage of measures aimed at ramping up “digitalization” which President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. highlighted in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2023 in... Read More

Pag-IBIG home loan program benefits over 100K members

MANILA – A total of 105,212 Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund members were able to avail of its home loan program for the year 2022.In a press release issued on Thursday, Pag-IBIG announced that they have released a record-high PHP118 billion in home loans last year, which is... Read More

Gov’t earmarks P3B for rehab, modernization of 8 airports

MANILA – Around eight airports nationwide will receive funding under the 2023 national budget to undergo rehabilitation and improvement, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Thursday.In a statement, the DBM said the appropriation of funds was in line with the implementation of... Read More

Charge DepEd, PS-DBM execs over pricey laptops: Blue Ribbon

MANILA – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday recommended the filing of criminal and administrative cases against officials from both the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Budget and Management Procurement Service (PS-DBM) after a thorough investigation last year on... Read More

PH committed to peace amid SCS territorial disputes: PBBM

MANILA – The Philippines continues to show its commitment to peace, despite the still unresolved territorial disputes in the South China Sea (SCS), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said on Thursday (Manila time).Marcos issued the statement, even as he admitted that the SCS issue preyed on his... Read More

Seized sugar can be sold in Kadiwa stores once probe done: BOC

MANILA – An investigation is underway on the shipments of smuggled sugar seized in recent operations before these can be sold in Kadiwa stores, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said.“The Bureau of Customs, since last year, we have seized some agricultural products, particularly... Read More

Solon cites importance of social media as tool for education

MANILA -- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday underscored the importance of social media platforms in the continuous delivery of education in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.Speaking before the Pinoy Social Media Festival at the Lyceum of the Philippines in Intramuros, Manila, Gatchalian cited... Read More

Legarda cites value of PH-Italy ties amid formidable challenges

MANILA – Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda on Thursday emphasized the importance of the deepening relationship between Philippines and Italy as the two countries face the daunting challenges ahead with hope and anticipation.“The world is decisively changing, shaped by the... Read More

Foreign residents advised to pay reentry fees before departure

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday advised foreign residents in the country, especially Chinese nationals who are planning to spend the Lunar New Year holidays abroad, to process their reentry fees prior to departure.BI Port Operations Division chief Carlos Capulong said this... Read More

Dubai-based firm eyes setting up industrial park in Pampanga

MANILA – Dubai-based logistics firm DP World has expressed interest to establish an industrial park at Clarkfield in Pampanga province, Malacañang announced on Thursday.This developed after President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. met with the executives of DP World on the sidelines of the... Read More

Repairs on C5 Ortigas, Pasig Boulevard flyovers start Jan. 21

MANILA – The Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) on Thursday announced that the repair of the expansion joints of the inner lane of the C5 Ortigas and C5 Pasig Boulevard flyovers would begin on Saturday.In a Facebook post, the DPWH-NCR said the same... Read More

No damage at GenSan airport due to magnitude 7 quake

MANILA – The General Santos City Airport did not suffer any damage from Wednesday’s magnitude 7 earthquake that jolted Davao Occidental, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Thursday.CAAP General Santos manager Joel Gavina reported that normal operations continued... Read More

PBBM doing yeoman’s job in Davos to promote PH: Romualdez

MANILA – Speaker Martin Romualdez on Thursday said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is doing a yeoman’s job at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in attracting more investments to the Philippines to boost the momentum of growth and improve the lives of the Filipino... Read More