Military, police units alerted for 'Agaton' relief efforts

MANILA -- Military and police units were alerted to help in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions in wake of the onslaught of tropical depression 'Agaton'.This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo in a message late Tuesday."In... Read More

JV on Gatchalian’s Twitter outburst: We are also human

MANILA -- Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Tuesday defended colleague and seatmate Senator Sherwin Gatchalian from netizens who criticized him for cursing at bashers on his official Twitter account.Gatchalian on New Year’s Day reportedly responded to some Twitter users with curses when they... Read More

'Agaton' slows down as it begins exit; storm warning signals lifted

MANILA — Storm warning signals were lifted as tropical depression "Agaton" slowed down slightly as it begins to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday.In its 5 a.m. update, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– Gov’t needs to spend P24T until 2030 to bridge infra gapINQUIRER– 3rd storm wreaks havoc in VisminPHILIPPINE STAR– Agaton kills 2 in CebuMALAYA - Duterte’s New Year Salvo: Sacking corrupt appointeeMANILA BULLETIN– 'Agaton' triggers floods,... Read More

Palace welcomes survey making PH world’s 3rd happiest country

MANILA -- Malacanang on Tuesday welcomed American polling firm Gallup International’s survey showing the Philippines as the third happiest country in the world.

“We Filipinos are known as a happy, resilient people. We even manage to smile amid difficulties. It is therefore not... Read More

SC: eSubpoena to be strictly implemented in all courts

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered lower courts nationwide to strictly implement the “eSubpoena System" that is set to go in full swing this year.This was bared by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez through Circular No. ‎244-2017 issued last Dec. 21, which ordered the lower... Read More

OFWs warned anew vs. recruiters offering fake jobs in Russia

MANILA -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipinos working in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East against illegal recruitment of household service workers (HSWs) in Russia.POEA officer-in-charge Undersecretary Bernard Olalia issued Advisory No. 17 cautioning... Read More

Military ops vs. NPA resumes with end of holiday truce

MANILA -- Military operations against New People's Army (NPA) are set to resume unless President Rodrigo Duterte orders otherwise.This was stressed by Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong when asked on whether government forces can go on the offensive with the... Read More

1st batch of Comelec staff moving out of ‘Palacio’ this month

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec), particularly its personnel department, is expected to be out of the Palacio del Gobernador (PDG) building this month.According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, just like what he stated earlier, the department will be the first to move out of the... Read More

Palace won't allow ERC paralyzation: Roque

MANILA -- Malacañang is not allowing the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to be paralyzed and assures the public the executive branch is studying all options to address the problem inside the agency.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance on Tuesday in response to ERC... Read More

Solon renews call to hold off new coins to avoid confusion

MANILA -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) should delay the issuance of new coins until April 2018, a senator said Tuesday noting that the new PHP5 coin resembles the old PHP5 coin and could cause confusion.Senator Nancy Binay urged the BSP to first launch an information campaign about the... Read More

TD 'Agaton' heads for Palawan for 6th landfall

MANILA -- Tropical depression “Agaton” continued to move west to Palawan on Tuesday afternoon (January 2) as it is expected to make its sixth landfall there, the state weather bureau said.In a bulletin issued 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical... Read More

PNP credits drop in New Year injuries to EO 28, public support

MANILA -- Public vigilance and President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order (EO) 28 played a key role in reducing firecracker casualties this year, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said Tuesday."I would also like to thank the public for your unwavering support... Read More

PH, 8 other countries to benefit from USD100-M UN emergency fund

MANILA -- The Philippines is among nine states to benefit from a United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) amounting to USD100 million or about PHP5 billion.This was announced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the first allocation round to neglected crises, during the... Read More

PH reforestation program sees steady growth in 2017

MANILA -- The government's Expanded National Greening Program saw growth in 2017.Data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed that seedling planting activities under the program covered 187,707 hectares nationwide.This raised the total greened area across the country... Read More

'Agaton'-affected families now at 301

MANILA -- A total of 301 families have been affected by inclement weather brought by Tropical Depression Agaton in Central Visayas and CARAGA, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its update Tuesday.The affected families, living in 10 barangays in both... Read More

DSWD: Continuous response to soften the blows of disasters, conflict

MANILA – It was a challenging year for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which had to provide non-stop assistance to Filipinos left vulnerable by disasters, both natural and man-made.“Very challenging ang 2017 para sa DSWD. We had a change of leadership in the... Read More

2 deliveries in 2018 to beef up Navy's capability

MANILA -- Two more platforms which will help boost the Philippine Navy (PN)'s capabilities to defend the country's vast maritime domains are expected to be delivered this 2018.This was bared by Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong when sought for an update on other deliverable items for the PN this... Read More

More than 2K passengers stranded due to ‘Agaton’

MANILA -- More than 2,000 passengers were stranded in various seaports across the country due to the onslaught of Tropical Depression “Agaton”.The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said in an advisory Tuesday that 2,308 passengers were stranded as travel of 34 sea vessels and 66 rolling... Read More

‘Agaton’ grounds several domestic flights

MANILA -- Several flights have been canceled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Tuesday due to the onslaught of Tropical Depression “Agaton”.The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights were canceled due to bad weather: 2P (Philippine... Read More