DA, QC roll out first farm outlet in Payatas

MANILA -- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is proposing a tie-up between the agriculture department and the Quezon City (QC) government in establishing marketplaces called TienDA outlets in the city, where farmers candirectly sell their produce to consumers at lower... Read More

Sen. Aquino to telcos : Address 'disappearing' prepaid loads

MANILA – Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV on Monday called on telecommunications companies (telcos) to immediately institute clear-cut policies to solve the problem of unwarranted deductions on prepaid mobile loads as subscribers have complained of disappearing load or "nakaw load."In an... Read More

1.8-M 4Ps recipients to get Unconditional Cash Transfer grants

MANILA --Around 1.8 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries under the national government’s Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program began receiving cash grants amounting to PHP2,400 for the year 2018 on Monday.Recipients' ATM withdrawal of cash grants was witnessed by... Read More

Senate ratifies free trade accord with EFTA states

MANILA – The Senate on Monday unanimously ratified the Philippines' Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States, paving the way for improved market access for Philippine goods and services into Europe.The FTA with the EFTA states -- the Switzerland... Read More

PH oil firms raise pump prices Tuesday

MANILA -- Another rise in pump prices will take effect on Tuesday, March 6. at 6 a.m., local oil firms announced on Monday.They said the adjustment reflects the movement of prices in the international petroleum market.Jetti, TOTAL, Phoenix, and PTT Philippines will increase prices of diesel by... Read More

45 repatriated OFWs from Kuwait arrive in PH Monday

MANILA -- Forty-five repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have availed of the amnesty program from Kuwait arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday.They were on board Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 669.The Philippine government is continuously working on... Read More

Gov’t satellite network to boost anti-terrorism campaign: Andanar

MANILA -- The government satellite network (GSN), which would allow the transmission of government videos, photos, and data to even remote parts of the country, is seen to boost the government’s anti-terrorism campaign, a Malacanang official said.Presidential Communications Operations Office... Read More

Remit employees’ contributions, SSS tells erring employers

MANILA -- The Social Security System (SSS) is serious about pursuing delinquent employers who fail to pay their employees' contributions.

This, after a ricemill owner was sentenced to a jail term of six years and a day by a Regional Trial Court in Cauayan, Isabela.

Eliza Manalata, owner of... Read More

Ex-Romblon town mayor, 5 others acquitted of graft

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has acquitted former Looc, Romblon Mayor Juliet Ngo-Fiel and five other officials of graft charges over a PHP9-million irrigation project in 2007.In a 33-page decision dated Feb. 23, 2018, the Sandigabayan First Division ruled that Fiel was acting in good faith when the... Read More

Senate oks expanded mother, child health care bill

MANILA -- As the nation celebrates National Women’s Month, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a proposed measure expanding the country's nutrition and health programs for mothers and children during the child's first 1,000 days of life.Under Senate Bill 1537, or the... Read More

LTFRB resumes processing TNVS units' applications

MANILA -- Around 300 applicants were processed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as it resumes accepting applications for transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) units Monday.This as the Board is set to meet and discuss with transportation network companies... Read More

Quo warranto petition vs. Sereno ‘unprecedented’: Palace

MANILA -- The ‘quo warranto’ petition filed before the Supreme Court (SC) against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was unprecedented, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday.“Well, let’s just say, this is unprecedented,” Roque said when asked by the media... Read More

House panel to submit report on Sereno impeachment by March 21

MANILA -- The House of Representatives' justice committee is set to submit its report on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to the plenary by March 21, its committee chairman said on Monday.In an interview, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali said his... Read More

PCSO opens STL bidding in CamSur, Bohol

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is now accepting applications for prospective bidders of Small Town Lottery (STL) for the provinces of Camarines Sur and Bohol, despite suspending acceptance of new applications elsewhere in the country, PCSO General Manager Alexander... Read More

Party-list groups have until April 30 to register: Comelec

MANILA -- New and existing party-list organizations may file their manifestation to participate in the 2019 midterm elections until April 30, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.Meanwhile, the poll body said that the submission of the list of nominees of party-lists will coincide with... Read More

SC ops normal despite Sereno on indefinite leave: Carpio

MANILA -- Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Monday said the Supreme Court is normally functioning despite the indefinite leave of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.With this, Carpio explained why he and his 12 colleagues came up with a consensus on an en banc session last February 27... Read More

DILG eyes 'phase-by-phase' rehab, not total shutdown of Boracay

MANILA -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge-Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday his department's recommendation for a 60-day "total shutdown" of top tourism spot Boracay Island is only an option.Such possibility, he said, was thought of to pave way for... Read More

Palace thanks EU for drug rehab aid

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday thanked the European Union (EU) for its 3.8 million Euro aid to fund the drug rehabilitation centers in the country“We thank the European Union likewise for offering 3.8 million Euros aid to fund the drug rehabilitation centers in the country,”... Read More

MMDA suspends personnel involved in mauling of coconut vendor

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) suspended three members of its Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG) after they were caught on video beating up a coconut vendor last Friday.In a memorandum signed by MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the three personnel primarily involved... Read More

Joint exploration in WPS not new: Palace

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday stressed there is nothing new about joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), saying other countries, including China and Vietnam, have joint ventures in the disputed area.In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque showed to the... Read More