Prompt, comprehensive benefits for PH troops assured under PBBM admin

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday directed concerned government agencies to ensure the effective implementation of the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) for the police and the military.Marcos gave the order during the “PBBM: Pagpupugay Para sa Mga Bayani ng... Read More

PBBM vows to continue defending PH territory, fisherfolk rights

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday pledged that his administration will continue to defend the Philippines’ maritime territory as well as the rights of Filipino fisherfolk.Marcos made the vow as he justified his recent order to remove the floating barriers installed by... Read More

DILG chief eyes mandatory peace education in all barangays

MANILA – Peace education efforts must be made mandatory in all villages nationwide and included in the criteria for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awards.Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. said he has started discussions with the... Read More

DOLE sees more regional wage boards to grant pay hike

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said it expects more regional wage boards to grant minimum pay hikes for private sector workers.“There is more. Because so far only six (wage boards) have finished (or granted wage increases) the National Capital Region,... Read More

Plans for durable, resilient evacuation centers tackled in NDRRMC meet

MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) tackled proposals on how to establish more durable and resilient evacuation centers during its third-quarter meeting in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Thursday night."One of the highlights of the discussion was the... Read More

Comelec: DQ vs. erring bets 'almost certain' before Oct. 30 BSKE

MANILA – Some erring candidates for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) may be disqualified even before the Oct. 30 polls, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief George Erwin Garcia said."Almost sure ako na may desisyon ang Comelec bago mag-Oct. 30... Ngayong araw din po... Read More

LPA likely to enter PAR, develop into tropical cyclone

MANILA – The low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) is expected to enter in the next 24 to 48 hours, a forecaster said Friday.Aldczar Aurelio of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA, last... Read More

Comelec, DND, AFP fortify partnership for peaceful BSKE

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to ensure a safe and peaceful Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) on Oct. 30."Nagpirmahan... Read More

Marcos prohibits collection of fees on vehicles transporting goods

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has prohibited local government units (LGUs) from collecting toll fees and charges on all motor vehicles transporting goods or merchandise.Under Executive Order (EO) 41 inked by Marcos on Sept. 25, all vehicles in charge of transporting goods no... Read More

PBBM: Whole-of-nation approach needed to curb illegal drugs

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stressed on Thursday the need for a whole-of-nation approach to ensure the country will be rid of the proliferation of illegal drugs through prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and law enforcement.“We must take a whole-of-nation approach to... Read More

DFA reaffirms commitment vs. marine pollution

MANILA – The Philippine government joined the world in celebrating the 2023 Maritime Day and reaffirmed its commitment to fighting marine pollution.“The Philippines proudly reaffirms its steadfast commitment to address marine pollution and foster a greener shipping industry. We recognize... Read More

PBBM carefully considering naming ‘regular’ DA chief: Bersamin

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is being careful in choosing the next secretary who will lead the Department of Agriculture (DA), Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin said Thursday.In an interview with journalist Anthony Taberna, Bersamin said Marcos is aware that he needs to appoint... Read More

PH ‘seriously studying’ possible filing of case vs. China: Bersamin

MANILA – The Philippines is “seriously” studying the case buildup against China, in the wake of its installation of floating barriers at Scarborough Shoal, also known as Bajo de Masinloc, Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin said Thursday.In an interview with journalist Anthony... Read More

P3.6B 'shabu' seized in Pampanga town

MANILA – Some 530 kilos of suspected shabu worth PHP3.6 billion have been seized from a warehouse in Mexico town in Pampanga, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla said on Thursday.Remulla said the shipment came from Thailand and has been mixed with other products such as pork rinds and... Read More

PBBM forms inter-agency panel to oversee preps for 2024 APMCDRR

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has created an inter-agency committee (IAC) tasked to oversee preparatory and organizing activities for the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) to be held in the country next year.Under Administrative Order (AO) 9... Read More

PBBM to underboard nurses: Join Clinical Care Associates Program

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday urged unregistered nurses to participate in the Clinical Care Associates (CCAs) Upskilling Program aimed at opening employment opportunities for them.This, as Marcos witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further... Read More

PBBM orders DFA, DMW to help Filipinos hit by Hawaii wildfires

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday directed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) to assist the Filipinos affected by the deadly wildfires that struck the island of Maui, Hawaii in August.“In the spirit of unity and... Read More

IMF team’s positive outlook on PH motivates House to work harder

MANILA – House of Representatives Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said Thursday the International Monetary Fund (IMF) team’s positive outlook on the Philippine economy motivates the House to “redouble” its efforts to pass priority measures to sustain the country’s... Read More

Senate panel blasts Socorro 'cult' for maltreating minors

MANILA – The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs slammed on Thursday the Socorro Bayanihan Services, Inc. (SBSI) over its alleged unpleasant treatment of the children of its members.During its probe, the panel chaired by Senator Ronald dela Rosa discovered that apart from the... Read More

CHED to assess PH universities' decline in global ranking

MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will look into the factors behind the decline of some Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs) in the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. This came after Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), University of the... Read More