Duterte approves free irrigation law

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law Free Irrigation Service (FIS) Act which grants free irrigation to farmers owning not more than eight hectares of land.Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10969 on February 2 and copy of which was released to the Malacanang Press Corps on Friday... Read More

New military camp won't disrupt Marawi rehab: HUDCC chief

MANILA -- The construction of a new military camp in Marawi City will not impede government rehabilitation efforts, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary General Falconi Millar said Friday.Falconi made this assurance after Moro groups criticized the government’s... Read More

Martial law extension deterrent to ISIS recruitment: Marawi mayor

MANILA -- Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court's (SC) decision upholding martial law extension, saying it will prevent possible recruitment of new members of ISIS-inspired terrorist groups in Mindanao.“We believe it will help especially in addressing the... Read More

DFA confirming if body found in Kuwait freezer is missing Filipina

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine Embassy has sent a note verbale to the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs to confirm if the body found in a freezer in Kuwait is a Filipina.Raul Dado, executive director to the DFA-Office of Migrant Workers Affairs, said a team... Read More

DENR seeks new tech to boost LGUs' solid waste drive

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR) is seeking more technologies that will help local government units (LGUs)nationwide undertake solid waste management (SWM)."We'll be looking into new technologies for addressing the garbage problem," said DENR Undersecretary Jonas... Read More

Army to get 8K new troopers

MANILA -- To boost its national security and development role, the Philippine Army (PA) will be recruiting an additional 8,000 troopers for 2018.Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva made the pronouncement on Thursday, saying the number is 4,400 higher than the annual 3,600 quota recruited to... Read More

Bell, CCC 'aware' of plan to use helicopters in combat utility role

MANILA -- An official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) are aware that the military will be using the 16 Bell 412 choppers under contract as a "combat utility helicopter"."The AFP deal for the acquisition of the Canadian Bell... Read More

Rains over most parts of PH with LPA, NE monsoon: PAGASA

MANILA— Rains will prevail in most parts of the country Friday as the low pressure area (LPA) east of Surigao del Sur province and the northeast monsoon continue to affect the country, state weather agency said.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration... Read More

MECO confirms missing Filipina among dead in Taiwan quake

MANILA -- The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) on Thursday night confirmed that the missing Filipina from the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Hualien, Taiwan on Tuesday is found dead in the rubble of a building she was trapped in.In a television interview, Lito Banayo, MECO chairman... Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR – Piñol to cap rice prices as NFAC okays importsINQUIRER – Palace belittles EJK probe by Int’l CourtMANILA BULLETIN – Import more rice, orders DuterteMANILA TIMES – ICC begins probe into ‘war on drugs’MANILA STANDARD – ICC looks... Read More

K-12 work immersion program adequate: DepEd official

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said the agency maintained its stand that the number of hours in the work immersion program of K to 12 students was sufficient."While we respect the comment of the PCCI (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry) about the... Read More

Duterte needs more time to issue EO on endo

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte is asking for more time to sign an Executive Order to abolish labor contractualization or “endo”, Malacañang said Thursday.

“I was made to understand that he asked for more time to issue the Executive Order on endo,”... Read More

DA halts importation of birds, poultry from 3 countries

MANILA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily imposed an importation ban on birds and poultry products from certain places in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Russia due to various viral outbreaks.In three separate memorandums, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has halted... Read More

Gov't-to-gov't deal seen to speed up NFA rice arrival

MANILA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) could have more affordable rice available for sale to Filipinos beginning April if the agency gets the go-signal to and starts importing the staple grain this February through government-to-government (G2G) arrangement.This was according to NFA information... Read More

Cusi asks IAEA help in nuclear courses, trainings in PH schools

MANILA -- To ensure better participation among the youth, the Department of Energy (DOE) has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assist in nuclear courses and training in Philippine schools.Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi met with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amayo at the DOE office... Read More

Scattered rains to prevail over PH

MANILA -- Scattered rains will prevail over the country from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, according to an advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).In its latest weather bulletin, PAGASA said the Cagayan Valley Region, Cordillera... Read More

FilAms urged to unite on immigration issues

MANILA -- On his official trip to New York, Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez said Filipinos need to come together, particularly on important issues such as immigration in the United States. 

He said that based on his meetings early in his tenure with US senators and members of Congress,... Read More

PET sets VP poll recount on March 19

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is set to begin recount of votes on the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo in March.This was a month... Read More

Gov't must build more irrigation facilities

MANILA -- Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Thursday hailed President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Free Irrigation Law, saying it should "open the floodgates of an irrigation building spree” to enable the country to feed its growing number of people.Republic Act 10969, which was... Read More

Palace to Joma: 'If you want war, we’re ready to go to war'

MANILA-- “If you want war, we’re ready to go to war.”This was the statement made by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque a day after President Rodrigo R. Duterte blasted Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison for his remark that the... Read More