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DOLE to exempt firms hiring PWDs from inspection for 1 year

DOLE to exempt firms hiring PWDs from inspection for 1 year

December 6, 2018, 9:13 am

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said private companies that will hire persons with disability (PWDs), comprising 10 percent of the total number of employees, will be exempted from labor law compliance inspection for one year. “The law mandates that employer or business… Read More

Easterlies to bring scattered rain showers Thursday

Easterlies to bring scattered rain showers Thursday

December 6, 2018, 9:04 am

MANILA—The easterlies continue to affect the country Thursday, bringing scattered rain showers in the Visayas and Mindanao. In its 4 a.m. forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that central and eastern Visayas, Caraga region,… Read More

134 groups make first part of 2019 ballot

134 groups make first part of 2019 ballot

December 6, 2018, 9:01 am

MANILA — A total of 134 out of 181 partylist groups comprised the first part of the list of organizations for the May 2019 polls after the electronic raffle conducted at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday in Manila. Topping the list is Bayan Muna, followed by Kabalikat ng… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thu. Dec. 6, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Thu. Dec. 6, 2018

December 6, 2018, 7:02 am

DAILY TRIBUNE -- Free of HR strain BUSINESS MIRROR – ‘High prices to bite even with lower Nov inflation’ INQUIRER – Lacson: P2.4-B pork for Arroyo’s district MANILA BULLETIN – Inflation slows down to 6% MANILA TIMES – Train 2 to drive firms out of PH MANILA STANDARD – ‘Du30… Read More

NAIA cops await passenger's formal complaint vs. ‘thief’

NAIA cops await passenger's formal complaint vs. ‘thief’

December 6, 2018, 6:26 am

MANILA -- Airport cops are still waiting for a passenger to file a formal complaint against a suspected thief, whom she said stole her bag at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last week. Airport police Senior Insp. Nemencio Bawalan told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday… Read More

IACAT hosts dialogue to bolster fight vs. human trafficking

IACAT hosts dialogue to bolster fight vs. human trafficking

December 6, 2018, 12:31 am

MANILA -- The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) will be hosting the 4th Manila International Dialogue on Thursday, which will provide a platform for continuing conversations to achieve a holistic and multidisciplinary cooperation in the fight against human trafficking in the… Read More

Traffic Crisis Act to improve traffic in PH

Traffic Crisis Act to improve traffic in PH

December 5, 2018, 9:49 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday welcomed the recent passage of the Traffic Crisis Act by the House of Representatives as this will help improve the traffic situation in the country. The Traffic Crisis Act will designate the DOTr Secretary as Traffic Chief who will… Read More

PRRD confers awards to outstanding OFWs, organizations

PRRD confers awards to outstanding OFWs, organizations

December 5, 2018, 9:40 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hailed the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as he conferred presidential awards to 25 outstanding OFWs and organizations and Model OFW Family of the Year award (MOFYA) to six families. “As appreciation for all your hardships, you have my… Read More

Senators differ on 2nd round of excise fuel tax hike

Senators differ on 2nd round of excise fuel tax hike

December 5, 2018, 9:38 pm

MANILA – Senators on Wednesday offered different reactions to President Rodrigo Duterte's approval of the implementation of the second round of increases in the excise taxes of petroleum products in 2019 upon the recommendation of his economic managers. Last Thursday, the economic managers took… Read More

UAE extends amnesty for illegal workers until Dec. 31

UAE extends amnesty for illegal workers until Dec. 31

December 5, 2018, 9:18 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) bared on Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended for the second time its amnesty program for undocumented workers in the Arab state. In a message to reporters, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said the… Read More

SC issues designations in Senate, House poll tribunals

SC issues designations in Senate, House poll tribunals

December 5, 2018, 8:46 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday announced the designation of chairpersons and members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET). The revision in Special Order No. 2626, dated Dec. 3 and signed by Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin,… Read More

PNP to crack down on cops soliciting for holiday season

PNP to crack down on cops soliciting for holiday season

December 5, 2018, 8:45 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will crack down on police personnel asking or soliciting donations for the Christmas season. Chief Supt. Jaime Santos of the PNP-Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) said he already issued a memorandum last November 5… Read More

PRRD assures safety, well-being of Filipino youth

PRRD assures safety, well-being of Filipino youth

December 5, 2018, 8:16 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday vowed to ensure the safety of the Filipino youth from threats to their safety and well-being amid his administration’s ongoing war on criminality and illegal drugs. Duterte made this promise during the awarding ceremony of the 2017 Presidential… Read More

PNP, AFP recommend 1-year ML extension in Mindanao: Albayalde

PNP, AFP recommend 1-year ML extension in Mindanao: Albayalde

December 5, 2018, 7:55 pm

MANILA -- Police and military officials have signed a document recommending to President Rodrigo Duterte a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, confirmed. “We have just signed a document together with the… Read More

No need for EO to rehabilitate Panglao, El Nido: Palace

No need for EO to rehabilitate Panglao, El Nido: Palace

December 5, 2018, 7:43 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet have decided not to issue an executive order (EO) to rehabilitate beaches in Panglao Island, Bohol and El Nido, Palawan, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this was decided during Tuesday night’s Cabinet… Read More

PUJ drivers, operators to get P20K fuel subsidy next year

PUJ drivers, operators to get P20K fuel subsidy next year

December 5, 2018, 7:07 pm

MANILA -- The government is set to provide fuel subsidies amounting to PHP20,000 to public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to mitigate the impact of higher fuel prices due to the imposition of excise taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, a… Read More

More than 20K rebel returnees, IPs, PWDs get TESDA training

More than 20K rebel returnees, IPs, PWDs get TESDA training

December 5, 2018, 7:03 pm

MANILA -- More than 20,000 rebel returnees, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities (PWDs), have received skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) since 2016, an official of the agency said on Wednesday. Elmer Talavera, Executive Director of… Read More

Palace releases appointment papers of 16 new prosecutors

Palace releases appointment papers of 16 new prosecutors

December 5, 2018, 6:24 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday released the appointment papers of 16 new prosecutors, including senior assistant state prosecutor Jinky Patagang Dedumo. President Rodrigo Duterte signed their appointment documents on December 3. Aside from Dedumo, other new prosecutors are Alona Aglay Luyun,… Read More

Realign Tulong Dunong 'pork' to augment Free Tuition Law

Realign Tulong Dunong 'pork' to augment Free Tuition Law

December 5, 2018, 6:04 pm

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday questioned the budget allotted for the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED’s) Tulong Dunong program and urged that it should be realigned instead to augment the budget for the free college education program. Lacson said the Tulong Dunong program… Read More

New Sulu-bound infantry division activated this month

New Sulu-bound infantry division activated this month

December 5, 2018, 5:57 pm

MANILA -- To fully neutralize Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists in Sulu, the military will formally activate a new infantry division sometime this month. "The unit shall be oriented, armed, and equipped to address the peculiarity of the enemy, weather, and terrain; as well as enemy techniques,… Read More