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TESDA-Aboitiz 2018 grads get immediate employment

TESDA-Aboitiz 2018 grads get immediate employment

January 9, 2019, 7:03 pm

MANILA -- Most of the 2018 graduates who are beneficiaries of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Aboitiz scholarship program were immediately employed, the firm said on Wednesday. In 2016, Aboitiz signed partnership with TESDA, and provided PHP1 million grant for the… Read More

Group's call to abolish wage boards up to Congress: Palace

Group's call to abolish wage boards up to Congress: Palace

January 9, 2019, 6:50 pm

MANILA – It is up to Congress to discuss any move to abolish all regional wage boards, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this comment after the labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) urged President Rodrigo Duterte to abolish all wage… Read More

MMDA clears ‘Traslacion’ routes

MMDA clears ‘Traslacion’ routes

January 9, 2019, 6:20 pm

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday cleared obstructions along the routes of the "Traslacion" of the Black Nazarene. “As of the moment, we have seven tow trucks that are clearing garbage and other obstructions in routes where the Black Nazarene has passed… Read More

TESDA to establish institutional arrangements with industries

TESDA to establish institutional arrangements with industries

January 9, 2019, 6:20 pm

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is currently working to establish institutional agreements with industry boards (IBs) or industry associations (IAs), an executive told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday. Chief TESDA Specialist Floramel Joy… Read More

Reelectionist senators welcome latest poll results

Reelectionist senators welcome latest poll results

January 9, 2019, 5:25 pm

MANILA -- Three reelectionist senators on Wednesday welcomed the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey for the May election, saying their standings in the polls served as an inspiration for them to do better. Senator Grace Poe, who once again topped the most recent senatorial survey conducted on… Read More

Sandiganbayan acquits Davao Sur town execs of graft

Sandiganbayan acquits Davao Sur town execs of graft

January 9, 2019, 5:22 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has acquitted of graft the three former town officials in Davao del Sur who were convicted in August last year for allowing the sale of firecrackers which resulted in a fire that razed a public market in 2010. The anti-graft court's Seventh Division, in a 16-page… Read More

CA stresses evidence custody rules in drug raps

CA stresses evidence custody rules in drug raps

January 9, 2019, 5:21 pm

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) stressed the need for law enforcement officials to implement rules in securing the chain of custody of evidence in drug cases. In a 20-page decision dated Dec. 20, 2018 and released to the media Wednesday, the CA's ninth division set aside the June 2017 decision… Read More

CPP-NPA will never get control of PH: Duterte

CPP-NPA will never get control of PH: Duterte

January 9, 2019, 5:17 pm

MANILA - The Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) will never hold control over the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Tuesday. In a speech at the National Capital Region (NCR) Barangay Summit on Peace and Order in Pasay City, Duterte assured the public of… Read More

Duterte signs HIV-AIDS law

Duterte signs HIV-AIDS law

January 9, 2019, 5:09 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act into law five days before Christmas, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President signed the law on Dec. 20, 2018 but only made the confirmation on Wednesday (Jan.… Read More

Black Nazarene procession reaches Concepcion Aguila

Black Nazarene procession reaches Concepcion Aguila

January 9, 2019, 4:46 pm

MANILA -- The "Traslación" or annual religious procession of the feast of Black Nazarene is now at Concepcion Aguila Street with an estimated 20,000 devotees in the lead pack, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Wednesday. As of 3 p.m., the main body of the Black Nazarene is… Read More

Palace declares non-working holidays in 3 cities

Palace declares non-working holidays in 3 cities

January 9, 2019, 4:33 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang has declared January 10, 12, and 15, 2019 as non-working holidays in the cities of Koronadal in South Cotabato, Valencia in Bukidnon, and San Pablo in Laguna to celebrate different occasions. Under Proclamation No. 642, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea by… Read More

PRRD just chiding COA not to derail gov’t projects: Palace

PRRD just chiding COA not to derail gov’t projects: Palace

January 9, 2019, 4:29 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday reiterated that President Rodrigo R. Duterte was only asserting his stand that the Commission on Audit (COA) should avoid derailing government projects after the Chief Executive’s joke about kidnapping and torturing the agency’s personnel. Presidential… Read More

PH Navy also securing 'Traslacion'

PH Navy also securing 'Traslacion'

January 9, 2019, 2:20 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) has deployed personnel and assets to help secure this year's "Traslacion" of the Black Nazarene, its spokesperson said Wednesday. "Affirmative. Aside from floating riverine assets, the PN also (deployed) air, special operations and marines to augment the Joint… Read More

Año directs PNP to impose ban on cops drinking in public

Año directs PNP to impose ban on cops drinking in public

January 9, 2019, 2:10 pm

MANILA -- Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive Tuesday, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to issue the necessary administrative circular to ensure that cops conduct themselves professionally… Read More

Black Nazarene procession crosses Jones Bridge

Black Nazarene procession crosses Jones Bridge

January 9, 2019, 2:07 pm

MANILA -- The annual procession of the image of the Black Nazarene has reached Jones Bridge in Manila before noon on Wednesday, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said. NCRPO chief, Director Guillermo Eleazar said as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the andas (carriage) of the Black Nazarene is… Read More

QC Council hailed as best local body in NCR

QC Council hailed as best local body in NCR

January 9, 2019, 1:43 pm

MANILA -- For crafting effective ordinances and resolutions, the Quezon City Council has been recognized as the most outstanding local legislative body by the Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR) for the third time. The recognition, dubbed as the… Read More

Organizers expect ‘faster’ Traslacion this year

Organizers expect ‘faster’ Traslacion this year

January 9, 2019, 12:14 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene said he sees this year’s Traslacion moving “faster” compared to previous years. According to Fr. Danichi Hui, parochial vicar, the faster finish of the procession is credited to the new initiatives they introduced such as… Read More

No gov't contracts involving public funds reach my table: PRRD

No gov't contracts involving public funds reach my table: PRRD

January 9, 2019, 11:35 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte said no government contracts or transactions involving public funds reach his table in Malacañang, stressing that he does not intervene in projects and funding of government agencies. In a speech at the National Capital Region (NCR) Barangay Summit on Peace… Read More

DBM to tap 3rd party to study wage hike options for 2020-2022

DBM to tap 3rd party to study wage hike options for 2020-2022

January 9, 2019, 11:34 am

MANILA -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is set to hire a third party that will study wage increase of government workers for 2020 until 2022. “There will be (a wage increase), not (just) a possibility. But how much (the increase will be) is not yet determined,” Budget Secretary… Read More

BRP Gregorio del Pilar to be 'available' by yearend

BRP Gregorio del Pilar to be 'available' by yearend

January 9, 2019, 11:02 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15), which ran aground off Hasa-Hasa Shoal last August, is expected to be available for operations before the end of 2019. This was confirmed by Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, PN flag-officer-in-command, during a chance… Read More