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DOLE urged to follow Labor Code in hiring foreigners

DOLE urged to follow Labor Code in hiring foreigners

November 28, 2018, 6:53 pm

MANILA -- A labor group on Wednesday urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to observe the Labor Code in providing alien employment permit (AEP) for foreign workers. The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) noted that the rule on hiring foreign workers under Article 40 of the Labor Code… Read More

PNP chief lauds QC cops for peace, order status

PNP chief lauds QC cops for peace, order status

November 28, 2018, 6:05 pm

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday lauded the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), headed by District Director, Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel, for maintaining peace and order in a highly populated city in Metro Manila. “It is certainly… Read More

PNP to purchase body cams next year

PNP to purchase body cams next year

November 28, 2018, 6:02 pm

MANILA -- The acquisition of body cameras to be used by police officers in anti-crime and drug operations is set next year, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday. Albayalde said they are still in the process of bidding so that means the purchase… Read More

Substitute bets have until Nov. 29 to file COCs: Comelec

Substitute bets have until Nov. 29 to file COCs: Comelec

November 28, 2018, 5:49 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said candidates who are still unsure of running in the May 2019 mid-term polls have until Thursday to back out and field a substitute. “The deadline for the substitution of an official candidate of a political party, who withdrew,… Read More

PEZA to launch more 'green' zones in PH

PEZA to launch more 'green' zones in PH

November 28, 2018, 5:30 pm

BAGUIO CITY -- After launching its "Revolution Smoke-Free" mantra in the City of Pines this week, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is bent on introducing more green economic sites across the country. “PEZA is really committed to introduce more environment-friendly industries to… Read More

2 new Nat'l Commission on Muslim Filipinos execs named

2 new Nat'l Commission on Muslim Filipinos execs named

November 28, 2018, 5:30 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed two new commissioners to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). Duterte signed the appointment papers of new NCMF commissioners Samad Sarip Pangandaman and Abubakar Mangelen on Monday (Nov. 26) and were released to the media on… Read More

Federalism cost won't exceed P30-B

Federalism cost won't exceed P30-B

November 28, 2018, 4:59 pm

MANILA -- A political analyst on Wednesday said the shift to a federal system of government would not exceed PHP30 billion, allaying fears that the shift might be too costly. In a federalism media forum held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall in San Juan City, Prof. Edmund Tayao, a member… Read More

Palace welcomes confirmation of Locsin as DFA chief

Palace welcomes confirmation of Locsin as DFA chief

November 28, 2018, 4:53 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the confirmation of Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. as Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary. “The Palace welcomes the confirmation by the Commission on Appointments of Mr. Teodoro Locsin Jr.'s appointment as Secretary at the Department of… Read More

DOH lauds bicam approval of UHC bill

DOH lauds bicam approval of UHC bill

November 28, 2018, 4:51 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday commended the bicameral conference committee’s approval of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill that seeks to provide affordable health care for all Filipinos. The bicameral committee is composed of lawmakers from both the Senate and the… Read More

PH eyes opening embassy in Colombia

PH eyes opening embassy in Colombia

November 28, 2018, 4:49 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine government has "expressed willingness" to open an embassy in Colombia as the two states start to explore ways to strengthen bilateral ties. Manila and Bogotá last Friday held the 4th bilateral consultation mechanism (BCM) meeting headed by Department of Foreign Affairs… Read More

Dureza shows professionalism in resigning: Lorenzana

Dureza shows professionalism in resigning: Lorenzana

November 28, 2018, 4:39 pm

MANILA -- Former Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza displayed professionalism when he resigned and apologized for the alleged corruption committed by his two subordinates, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday. "He is a friend from way back in the mid '80s. We worked beautifully… Read More

Christmas break moved to give learners more time with family

Christmas break moved to give learners more time with family

November 28, 2018, 2:32 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has set an earlier Christmas break this year, moving it from December 22 to December 15. Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued on Wednesday DepEd Order Number 49 Series of 2018, which states that the start of the Christmas break for school year… Read More

DND to scrutinize PRRD plan to form anti-SPARU unit

DND to scrutinize PRRD plan to form anti-SPARU unit

November 28, 2018, 2:06 pm

MANILA --- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said they will study and look very closely on President Rodrigo Duterte's proposal to form a unit that will go after the communist rebels' "Special Partisan Unit" or (SPARU). "We will study it very closely. Who… Read More

 CA confirms Locsin as DFA chief

CA confirms Locsin as DFA chief

November 28, 2018, 1:50 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointment of Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. as Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary. President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Locsin as the country's top diplomat in October, after former DFA secretary… Read More

Approve death penalty bill, solon to Senate

Approve death penalty bill, solon to Senate

November 28, 2018, 1:40 pm

MANILA -- The chairman of the House of Representatives’ dangerous drugs committee on Wednesday appealed to the Senate for the passage of the death penalty bill amid the smuggling of billions of pesos worth of shabu into the country. Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers made the call during the… Read More

Dureza’s resignation shows ‘value of delicadeza’: Palace

Dureza’s resignation shows ‘value of delicadeza’: Palace

November 28, 2018, 12:17 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday commended former Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza for resigning and apologizing for allegations of corruption committed by two of his subordinates, who have been sacked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. “We commend the former Presidential Adviser on the… Read More

Arroyo cites importance of PH friendship with China, US

Arroyo cites importance of PH friendship with China, US

November 28, 2018, 12:05 pm

MANILA -- Former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sees no conflict with the Philippines pursuing friendly relations with both the United States and China, stressing the importance of fostering friendship with the two superpowers. Arroyo made the statement in her keynote speech at… Read More

Bersamin leads Gusi Peace laureates

Bersamin leads Gusi Peace laureates

November 28, 2018, 10:45 am

MANILA -- Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin is among the awardees of the Gusi Peace Prize International Awards, which will be held Wednesday (Nov. 28) night at the Philippine International Convention Center. The 69-year old magistrate will be joining 18 laureates from… Read More

 Isolated rain showers over Luzon Wednesday

Isolated rain showers over Luzon Wednesday

November 28, 2018, 9:37 am

MANILA — Isolated light rain showers would prevail in Luzon due to the northeast monsoon (amihan) on Wednesday. In its 4 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central… Read More

'Wildcat' choppers to give PH Navy anti-submarine capability

'Wildcat' choppers to give PH Navy anti-submarine capability

November 28, 2018, 9:36 am

MANILA -- The military's first anti-submarine helicopter, the AugustaWestland AW-159 "Wildcat" that has the capability to detect and engage underwater threats, is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2019. Philippine Navy Spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said the aerial platform is a "big… Read More