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USAID, PH biz group launch P1.7-B project for youth

USAID, PH biz group launch P1.7-B project for youth

June 1, 2018, 8:13 pm

MANILA -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) on Friday launched YouthWorks PH, a five-year PHP1.7 billion workforce development project which aims to connect out-of-school youth with training and employment opportunities.… Read More

 Raising wages is good for workers, economy: Solon

Raising wages is good for workers, economy: Solon

June 1, 2018, 8:06 pm

MANILA -- A legislator on Friday defended the proposal to increase the national minimum wage to PHP750, saying it is "good for the working people and for the economy as whole". Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said the nationwide wage hike would spur more production and create jobs. Zarate… Read More

PH-Japan social security accord to take effect in August

PH-Japan social security accord to take effect in August

June 1, 2018, 8:04 pm

MANILA-- Philippines and Japan have officially exchanged diplomatic notes on the completion of their respective constitutional requirements for the effectivity of their social security agreement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Friday. The “Agreement between the Republic of the… Read More

2 religious events to unfold in Manila

2 religious events to unfold in Manila

June 1, 2018, 8:02 pm

MANILA -- Two religious events will unfold at the Sta. Cruz Church in Manila on Sunday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) announced on Friday. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead the faithful in the declaration of the Sta. Cruz Church as the Archdiocesan Shrine of… Read More

Embassy caps heritage month, promotes PH culture

Embassy caps heritage month, promotes PH culture

June 1, 2018, 7:59 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine embassy in Washington capped the Philippine National Heritage Month by showcasing the country's culture in top destinations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The embassy conducted the promotion in line with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at an event organized by… Read More

UN rapporteur ‘misinformed’ on Sereno ouster: Roque

UN rapporteur ‘misinformed’ on Sereno ouster: Roque

June 1, 2018, 7:59 pm

MANILA – Malacañang on Friday said United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego Garcia-Sayan has been misinformed when he reportedly said judicial independence in the Philippines is under threat. “We find it unfortunate that Mr. Diego Garcia-Sayan has… Read More

DOLE to hold job, business fairs on June 12

DOLE to hold job, business fairs on June 12

June 1, 2018, 7:34 pm

MANILA -- Employment opportunities will be available for jobseekers in 19 Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job and business fairs in 14 regions across the country on June 12, Independence Day, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Friday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III… Read More

MMDA to adopt intelligent transport system

MMDA to adopt intelligent transport system

June 1, 2018, 7:23 pm

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing to adopt the intelligent transport system (ITS) being used by South Korea to effectively address the traffic situation in Metro Manila. The technology will ensure the integration of local government units (LGUs) to formulate… Read More

PhilHealth mum on alleged P10.6-B fund diversion issue

PhilHealth mum on alleged P10.6-B fund diversion issue

June 1, 2018, 7:15 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Friday announced that it will stop issuing any further statement to the media regarding recent issues related to the premium contributions of senior citizens. “Based on the directive of the PhilHealth Board of Directors, we have… Read More

 DFA inks deal with mall giants for 4 new consular offices

DFA inks deal with mall giants for 4 new consular offices

June 1, 2018, 6:55 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has entered into partnership agreements with SM Prime Holdings and the Gaisano Group for a rent-free hosting of four more consular offices. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano thanked the two for expanding their… Read More

PNP chief keen on acquiring police bodycams

PNP chief keen on acquiring police bodycams

June 1, 2018, 6:52 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is keen on pushing for the inclusion of body cameras as standard equipment during operations. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said aside from actually acquiring the equipment, a protocol is to be set on publicly disclosing footage from… Read More

PNP announces top brass revamp

PNP announces top brass revamp

June 1, 2018, 5:37 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Friday that there will be a reorganization of its top brass prompted by the recent retirement of police generals. PNP Spokesperson, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, said the reshuffle by the organization's oversight committee was also due to the… Read More

PDEA unveils PH’s premier drug forensic lab

PDEA unveils PH’s premier drug forensic lab

June 1, 2018, 5:35 pm

MANILA -- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino on Friday led the inauguration of its new Laboratory Service building, touted as the premier drug forensic center in the country, located at the PDEA national headquarters in Quezon City. Aquino said the three-storey… Read More

PH, S. Korea to ink 4 deals during Duterte’s Seoul visit: DFA

PH, S. Korea to ink 4 deals during Duterte’s Seoul visit: DFA

June 1, 2018, 5:14 pm

MANILA – Four agreements will be signed by the Philippines and South Korea during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s official visit to the host country on June 3- 5, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Friday. In a pre-departure press briefing at Malacañang, DFA Undersecretary for… Read More

PRRD sets ‘911’ as PH emergency hotline number

PRRD sets ‘911’ as PH emergency hotline number

June 1, 2018, 5:10 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order institutionalizing the Emergency 911 Hotline as the nationwide emergency answering point, replacing Patrol 117 to conform to international standards. Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 56 nearly two years after he directed the… Read More

Only few non-food items remain at OCD warehouse

Only few non-food items remain at OCD warehouse

June 1, 2018, 4:56 pm

MANILA -- Only a few non-food items (NFIs) found at the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) remain undistributed during past major disasters, its administrator Ricardo Jalad said Friday. "The NFIs at the OCD warehouse found at the end of 2017 were part of the remaining items distributed during the past… Read More

PNP chief eyes review of rookie cops' neuro screening

PNP chief eyes review of rookie cops' neuro screening

June 1, 2018, 4:55 pm

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde said authorities are considering a review of the screening process for would-be policemen, including their psychological fitness, to do police work. This, following an incident involving Police Officer 1 Edgardo Villamil… Read More

3 Bukidnon NIA execs sacked over P9.44-M fertilizer scam

3 Bukidnon NIA execs sacked over P9.44-M fertilizer scam

June 1, 2018, 3:28 pm

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from service of three officials of the National Irrigation Authority’s (NIA) Bukidnon Provincial Irrigation Office for their alleged involvement in irregularities in the procurement of more than PHP9-million worth of fertilizers in… Read More

 Go advances PRRD's 3-point campaign closer to Malolos locals

Go advances PRRD's 3-point campaign closer to Malolos locals

June 1, 2018, 3:17 pm

Photo by the Office of the President.MANILA -- Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Thursday advanced the Duterte administration's three-point campaign against drugs, criminality and corruption in Malolos, Bulacan. Speaking before residents of Malolos, in an event… Read More

 4 CamSur execs suspended for 90 days over travel junket

4 CamSur execs suspended for 90 days over travel junket

June 1, 2018, 2:00 pm

MANILA -- For their alleged involvement in a travel junket to Thailand 10 years ago, the Sandiganbayan has ordered the 90-day suspension of four officials of Camarines Sur province. The anti-graft court slapped the 90-day suspension against former San Jose, Camarines Sur mayor and now provincial… Read More