EU to disburse 3.8-M euros for DOH projects

MANILA -- A high-level European Union (EU) official on Friday bared a total of 3.8 million euros will be disbursed for its ongoing health program in the Philippines, which includes a component on drug rehabilitation.In an interview with reporters, Stefano Marservisi, director general of the European... Read More

NBI nabs 3 for illegal logging in Agusan del Norte

MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday said operatives of the Bureau’s Environmental Crime Division (EnCD) arrested three persons for illegal logging operations and seized timber and equipment worth PHP10 million in Agusan del Norte.EnCD chief Eric Nuque said the... Read More

DENR personnel in Boracay mess face scrutiny

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will exact full accountability from its personnel tasked to protect Boracay Island.DENR Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia said the department would probe such personnel to see if they either failed to carry out their task or conspired... Read More

Palace not surprised Pinoys place 'neutral' trust on China

MANILA – A survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS) showing a neutral trust rating given by Filipinos to China came as no surprise, a Malacanang official said on Friday.“That does not come as a surprise. It is because we only started our close relationship with People’s Republic... Read More

EU agrees to modify future financial agreements with PH

MANILA – The European Union (EU) is ready to modify provisions of future financial agreements with the Philippine government to accommodate the concerns of the Duterte administration which had earlier rejected its assistance for allegedly meddling with the country's internal... Read More

Palace leaves fate of barangay polls to Congress

MANILA – Whether the barangay elections will push through as scheduled on May 14 is now in the hands of Congress, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.“Well, it’s now up to the decision of Congress although the President has spoken yesterday Davao that he prefers to... Read More

Team formed to probe LGU execs linked to Boracay crisis

MANILA-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has created a 12-person special investigating team to probe and file cases against government personnel and private individuals who would be found accountable for the environmental crisis in Boracay Island.The move is in line with... Read More

Protect Boracay workers amid proposed closure – Angara

MANILA -- Senator Sonny Angara has called on government to ensure that employment assistance will be provided to workers that would be affected should the planned closure of Boracay businesses pushes through.The Department of Interior and Local Government has recently announced that it would propose... Read More

PH seeks enhanced economic ties with Kazakhstan

MANILA – As the Philippines pursues enhanced economic partnerships with non-traditional partners, Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said it is high time for the country to develop commercial relationships with untapped markets, such as Kazakhstan.

“The Philippines drastically... Read More

PRRD serious about pro-women policies: Roque

MANILA – Despite criticisms over his remarks on women, President Rodrigo Duterte remains committed to push policies that protect and advance women's rights, Malacanang said Friday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance in a press conference in Paniqui, Tarlac in line with... Read More

BFP bares activities for Fire Prevention Month

MANILA-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lined up activities for the nation's observance of the "Fire Prevention Month" this March.Among them is "Berong Bombero sa Paaralan", a nationwide education campaign in all elementary schools advocating fire safety awareness... Read More

America is replicating PH ‘Tokhang’ operations: PRRD

MANILA – The perennial problem of illegal drugs is finally hitting America and the US government seems to be replicating the Philippines’ “Tokhang” (Tuktok-Hangyo) anti-Illegal drug operations.In his speech at the opening ceremony of the Philippine National Police and Armed... Read More

MMDA clears illegal structures along major waterway in Manila

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday cleared illegal structures along a major waterway in Manila to mitigate flooding in the city.Personnel of the MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (FCSMO) demolished a portion of a residence and concrete pavement... Read More

Federalism 101: Things we need to know

MANILA – The push for a shift to a federal form of government has been gaining steam as a possible solution to the nation's longstanding problems.President Rodrigo Duterte, who had a stunning electoral victory, championed federalism, envisioning it as the key to bring "lasting peace, progress,... Read More

BI to deport Chinese fugitive wanted for economic crimes

MANILA -- A Chinese fugitive wanted by authorities in Beijing for economic crimes will soon be deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Jiang Yabo, 36, was arrested on Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by operatives from the... Read More

Dureza bats for community-based rehab for peace-building

MANILA — Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza has urged the military to use a “community-based approach” in peace-building.“Fire the gun only when it is necessary. But keep it quiet when there is a way to peacefully engage them,” Dureza said in his... Read More

Alleged Demafelis recruiter not yet off the hook: CIDG

MANILA -- The alleged recruiter of Joanna Demafelis, the domestic helper who ended up dead in Kuwait, is not yet off the hook, the chief of the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said Friday.In a Radyo Pilipinas report Friday, CIDG head, Director Roel Obusan, said they... Read More

PH Railway Institute to ensure efficient railway system

MANILA -- A railway institute will soon be established to train and certify individuals interested to engage in the development of the railway system in the country.This, as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed a memorandum of agreement with various academic institutions in creating the... Read More

AFP vows to sustain gender programs

MANILA -- As the country celebrates National Women's Month, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has expressed its commitment to sustain its various gender and development programs."The AFP will sustain gender and development programs that put the principle of participatory decision-making,... Read More

5,324 barangays drug-free: PDEA

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has reported that 5,324 out of 42,036 or 12.6 percent barangays in the country have been cleared of drugs in line with the government’s ongoing anti-narcotics campaign.PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the report covers the period... Read More