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Pag-IBIG needs GFIs support for Pambansang Pabahay Program

MANILA– Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD) Undersecretary Avelino Tolentino III said the PHP250 billion allocated by the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) will have a solid impact on the department’s implementation of the flagship Pambansang Pabahay... Read More

P1-B cash for work not ‘alms’ for PWDs: Tulfo

MANILA – The PHP1.08 billion cash-for-work fund allotted for persons with disabilities (PWDs) is not alms but fruits of their labor despite of their infirmities, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo said during a payout activity on Dec. 3.In a news release... Read More

Senators honor Filipina who gave world's first COVID-19 jab

MANILA - Senators Imee Marcos and Grace Poe on Wednesday highlighted the pride and honor brought by May Parsons, the Filipina nurse who received the George Cross Award in the United Kingdom for being the one to administer the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.Marcos, who sponsored Senate Resolution No.... Read More

SSS, GSIS ‘out’ as Maharlika Investment Fund contributors

MANILA – Speaker Martin G. Romualdez and other leaders of the House of Representatives on Wednesday decided to remove the Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) as contributors to the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF).Marikina City Rep. Stella... Read More

Uy, Lotilla, Solidum secure Commission on Appointments’ nod

MANILA – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the appointments of three more Cabinet officials.Department Secretaries Ivan John Uy of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Raphael Lotilla (Energy or DOE) and Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. (Science and Technology... Read More

USAID study proposes solutions to address PH cyber security risks

MANILA – A study funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday proposed several solutions meant to address gaps in the country's current cybersecurity, particularly the lack of workforce in its cybersecurity ecosystem.In a launch event at the Conrad... Read More

Free legal aid for uniformed personnel bill hurdles 2nd reading

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading the proposed Free Legal Assistance for Military and Uniformed Personnel Act.House Bill 6509 seeks to provide free legal assistance to officers and uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the... Read More

House pushes for green public procurement

MANILA – A measure establishing a green public procurement program for all branches of government has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.During Wednesday's plenary session, the chamber approved House Bill 6468, otherwise known as the Green Public Procurement (GPP) Act,... Read More

Marcos reiterates vow to use gov’t funds for benefit of Filipinos

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday reiterated his vow to spend government funds on programs and projects that will improve the lives of Filipinos.He made this promise during the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) presentation of banknotes bearing his signature and... Read More

Magnitude 5.3 quake ‘disrupts’ Solidum’s confirmation hearing

MANILA – Work at the Senate was temporarily suspended after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked many parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila at past 1 p.m. Wednesday.The quake occurred while the Commission on Appointments (CA) was deliberating the confirmation of Department of Science and... Read More

Reducing cybersecurity risks vital for digital economy: VP Sara

MANILA – Vice President Sara Duterte stressed Wednesday the value of reducing cybersecurity threats in the Philippines to boost its digital economy.Duterte made the statement during an event of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in partnership with the United... Read More

State prosecutors competent to handle Bantag’s case: DOJ official

MANILA– A senior official of the Department of Justice on Wednesday maintained that state prosecutors are competent to handle murder cases involving high-ranking government officials.DOJ Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Mico Clavano issued the statement during an interview with CNN... Read More

DBM, gov’t servicing banks ink deal on NCA digital release

MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and three authorized government servicing banks on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the online release of Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA).In a news release on Wednesday, DBM said the three authorized... Read More

House OKs Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers on 2nd reading

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure providing for the Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers to give due recognition to their invaluable services as front-liners in the delivery of healthcare at the grassroots level.During the plenary... Read More

Cardinal Advincula to officiate Fiesta Mass on Dec. 8

MANILA–Church officials in the country headed by Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula will lead the Fiesta Mass of the Immaculate Conception at the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception popularly known as the Manila Cathedral on Thursday morning.In a... Read More

4 bets file COCs for Cavite's 7th congressional district: Comelec

MANILA–Four candidates have filed their respective Certificates of Candidacies (COCs) in relation to the special elections for the 7th legislative district of Cavite, which will be held in February 2023, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Wednesday.In a statement, Comelec... Read More

2 foreigners arrested in Bulacan, Pasig face deportation: BI

MANILA–The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport two foreigners arrested in operations in Pasig and Bulacan last month for violation of immigration laws.BI intelligence division chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said Ghanian Benjamin Akomeah, 38, and American John Randall Wilson, 74, are... Read More

Solon wants to hike investments, productivity in agri sector

MANILA – A lawmaker on Wednesday said the government should focus its efforts to increase investments and productivity in the agricultural sector to preserve jobs, especially in rural communities.In a statement, House ways and means committee chair Joey Salceda said agricultural employment... Read More

DepEd thanks Filipinos after topping performing agencies' poll

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday thanked Filipinos after being recognized as the top performing government agency in the recent Octa Research Group Survey.In a statement, the DepEd said the confidence of the Filipino people in the department has fueled its... Read More

Zambo Sur gov't vows to sustain NTF-ELCAC projects

MANILA–The Zamboanga Del Sur provincial government on Wednesday said it is committed to sustain development programs of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) particularly its "Project Good Life".“As the governor, of course, it is my job to assess the... Read More