SSS to rush release of checks for claims, loans

MANILA – The state-run private pension fund Social Security System (SSS) on Saturday announced that it will release all delayed checks for loans and claims to concerned members within one to two weeks.In a television interview, SSS Media Affairs head, Ma. Louisa Sebastian, said their check... Read More

TRAIN suspension up to Congress: Duterte

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday night said that he will leave it up to the Congress to amend, suspend, or modify the tax reform law amid the rise in prices of commodities and services.“Well, the law was enacted by Congress, I’ll leave it to Congress to decide whether... Read More

RIMPAC to make PH Navy more efficient, effective

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy’s (PN) participation in this year's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval drills in Hawaii will greatly enhance its operational capability, making it more efficient and effective in its mandated task."The PN’s participation in this undertaking is expected to... Read More

Duterte to meet with 3,000 Pinoys in SoKor

MYEONGDONG, South Korea-- A few hours after arriving here on board a commercial flight past 4 a.m., President Rodrigo R. Duterte will meet with more or less 3,000 Filipinos working and residing in Seoul, at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center at around 3 p.m. (Philippine time) Sunday.The... Read More

PAF allots P53.5-M for 'Huey' parts

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for suppliers of structural, hydraulic, rotor and flight control systems needed for the repair and maintenance of its one of UH-IH/D "Huey" combat utility helicopters.The budget for the project, according the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine... Read More

LPA, ITCZ to bring rains over most parts of PH Sunday

MANILA -- The low-pressure area (LPA) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring rains over most parts of the country, the state weather bureau said Sunday.The LPA, last spotted at 390 km. east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, will cause cloudy skies with scattered rain... Read More

Don’t meddle with PH affairs, Duterte tells UN rapporteur

MANILA -- United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego Garcia-Sayan should not interfere with Philippine affairs, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Saturday.Duterte made this remark in response to the UN rapporteur’s concerns on the President’s... Read More

Duterte wants PH-SoKor cooperation brought ‘to a whole new level’

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Saturday night he wants to bring the cooperation between the Philippines and South Korea to a whole new level, since there is much room for growth between the two countries across areas of mutual interests.“As a long-standing partner, the Republic of... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, June 3, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Is it time to impose SRPs on farm products?INQUIRER– China faces consequences for intimidation, US warnsMANILA BULLETIN– Why Pinoys are happyPHILIPPINE STAR– Calida, Hilbay say allowances legalMANILA STANDARD– P750 wage hike bill urgent, says solonMANILA... Read More

Retail food price increases in NCR ease up

MANILA -- Retail food price increases in the National Capital Region eased up in April, based on latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on May 31.The rise in the general retail price index (GRPI) for food in the NCR slowed down to 5.2 percent in April 2018 from 7.1 percent... Read More

DPWH chief confirms no plans to run for senator next year

MANILA — With less than a year before the May 2019 midterm polls, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said he has no plans in running for the Senate in the forthcoming elections.According to the DPWH chief, there are a lot of things that need to be accomplished... Read More

PH, China to explore more areas of cooperation during BCM: DFA

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said the Philippines and China are keen on exploring expanded areas of cooperation during the next bilateral consultative meeting (BCM) in the coming months.While Beijing and Manila try to resolve contentious issues, including the... Read More

DOE mulls oil reserve; to require oil firms to unbundle prices

MANILA -- The Department of Energy (DOE) said Saturday it is planning to establish an oil reserve in the country, and will also require oil firms to unbundle or itemize petroleum product prices. Among the areas being considered for the oil reserve storage are Subic, Phividec Complex, and Quezon.... Read More

Oil firms reverse pump prices after 3 weeks of surges

MANILA -- After three consecutive weeks of price surges, oil companies are as of now letting motorists heave a sigh of relief, as they announce a rollback in pump prices effective Sunday, June 3.The oil firms' announcements came Saturday, ahead of their usual Monday announcement of price... Read More

Agri czar pushes for solar irrigation to boost rice production

"We have land, but the issue is providing water there. So, we must thinkout of the box," Piñol said at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM)'s 67th-anniversary celebration in Metro Manila on Friday.Department of Agriculture data showed that of the 3.9 million hectares of rice farms... Read More

Community groups given irrigation, composting tools for crops

MANILA -- Several provincial community groups have received irrigation and composting equipment from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) aimed at boosting crop production."Take care of (these facilities) because these will help boost your livelihood," BSWM Water Resources Management... Read More

ASEAN, China to hold talks on South China Sea code in August

MANILA -- The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China are set to convene negotiations for the crafting of the code of conduct (COC) on the South China Sea in August, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announced Friday.Cayetano, however, admitted that all... Read More

China gave PH 'assurance' on Ayungin incident: Cayetano

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday China gave "assurance" to the Philippines regarding the latest "incident" in the disputed West Philippine Sea, which prompted the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against its giant neighbor.Last May... Read More

COA report on excessive honoraria, allowances baseless: OSG

MANILA -- The Office of the Solicitor General said Friday there is no basis for the Commission on Audit (COA) 2017 report that found Solicitor General Jose Calida and 15 other OSG lawyers as having received “excessive allowances and honoraria.”The 2017 COA audit of the OSG noted that its... Read More

Work-based training program for OSYs launched

MANILA -- To connect out-of-school youth (OSYs) with appropriate training and employment opportunities, the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched on Monday YouthWorksPH.YouthWorksPH is a five-year development project that... Read More