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41 more PNP operatives get 'TECHNO COP' badge

MANILA –The Philippine National Police (PNP) Information Technology Management Service (ITMS) awarded Technology Computer Oriented Personnel (TECHNO COP) Badge to 41 personnel at Camp Crame, Quezon City.PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Lt. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia presented the TECHNO COP... Read More

Marcos reminds LGUs to be prudent in use of gov’t funds

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday reminded local government units (LGUs) to be more prudent in the use of government funds and assets, citing the scarcity of resources and limited fiscal space.“We have to be very careful [on] how we deploy what resources that we... Read More

Manila City to inspect buildings following 5.3 quake

MANILA–The Manila City government will be inspecting structures including the Manila City Hall building on Arroceros, following a 5.3 earthquake that jolted Camarines Norte and parts of Meytro Manila on Wednesday afternoon.Lawyer Princess Abante, chief of the city’s Public Information... Read More

GSIS backs Maharlika fund, sees it as opportunity

MANILA - Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Arnulfo "Wick" Veloso said Wednesday that the proposed measure to establish a sovereign wealth fund is an opportunity for government financial institutions like GSIS and Social Security System to improve the benefits... Read More

Cops nab 3 PDEA operatives, cohort; seize P9.1-M shabu

MANILA –Police seized some PHP9.1 million worth of shabu in buy-busts and arrested an official of the Phillipine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), together with two agents and a driver in Taguig City, National Capital Regin Police Office (NCRPO) chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo said... Read More

Gov’t boosts earthquake preparedness in Metro Manila

MANILA – The national government continues to carry out initiatives to protect public buildings against earthquakes in Metro Manila while strengthening emergency preparedness and response, an official said Wednesday.Robert Borje, Climate Change Commission (CCC) vice chairperson and executive... Read More

PH hosts ASEAN maritime cooperation fora  

MANILA – The Philippines hosted two Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) fora centered on regional peace, maritime cooperation and combatting illegal and unregulated fishing.The 12th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF) was held back-to-back with the 10th Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum, which... Read More

BOC-Subic port seizes P20-M worth of smuggled agri products

MANILA–The Bureau of Customs-Port of Subic (BOC-POS), in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), intercepted container shipments of agricultural products believed to be smuggled, estimated to be worth PHP20 million.District Collector Maritess Martin issued Alert Orders on Dec. 1... Read More

Consumers urged to check water pipes vs. contamination

MANILA – The Manila Water Company on Wednesday reminded its more than 7.4 million customers to regularly check the condition of their water connection after the meter to ensure that there is no contamination within their internal reticulation system.In a statement, Manila Water stressed that a... Read More

2 Japanese jet fighters in PH for goodwill visit

MANILA–Two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) McDonnell Douglas F-15 "Eagle" jet fighters landed at Clark Air Base, Pampanga last Dec. 6 as part of the goodwill visit aimed at strengthening the long-standing ties and capabilities of two services.In a statement Wednesday, Philippine Air... Read More

Christmas party contribution, gifts ‘strictly voluntary’: DepEd

MANILA – All Christmas party contributions or exchange gifts must be “strictly voluntary” for learners and teachers in schools, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).Vice President Sara Duterte, who signed Department Order (DO) 52, said no one should be forced to pay any... Read More

Magnitude 5.3 quake jolts Camarines Norte

MANILA – A magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolted Camarines Norte Wednesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The tectonic quake struck 19 km. northeast of Tinaga Island at 1:05 p.m. It was 1 km. deep. Intensity II was felt in Quezon City. Phivolcs... Read More

Army reservists hailed for nation building, disaster response

MANILA–The Philippine Army (PA) has hailed its reservists for their role and dedication in nation building and disaster response efforts.“They risk their lives to save the lives of others,” said Army chief, Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., in a statement forwarded Tuesday night as the... Read More

Fair weather, isolated rain showers across PH Wednesday

MANILA – Most parts of the country will continue to experience fair weather and isolated rain showers, the weather bureau said Wednesday.Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over Cagayan due to the shear line affecting northern Luzon.Flash floods or landslides are possible due... Read More

Biz leader thanks NSA Carlos for ending practice of red-tagging

MANILA – A business leader expressed gratitude to National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos for ending the practice of red-tagging in government.Carlos also serves as vice chair of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).Ed Chua, chairman of the Business for... Read More

2K expected to attend last day of Urban Poor Solidarity Week

MANILA – Around 2,000 urban poor representatives are expected to attend the culminating event of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP)’s Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW) at the City College of Mandaluyong in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday.PCUP chairperson and chief... Read More

House internet transactions bill hurdles 2nd reading

MANILA – An electronic commerce (e-commerce) bureau will soon be created to protect consumers and merchants engaged in internet transactions as the bill proposing such hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.During Tuesday's plenary session, the chamber passed via voice vote... Read More

DepEd to monitor probe on fighting incident in Makati school

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) said Tuesday it will monitor the progress of the ongoing investigation on an alleged “fighting incident” among Grade 9 learners at the Colegio San Agustin in Makati City.In a Viber message, DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said the... Read More

Marcos orders PSA to speed up printing of digital nat’l IDs

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday directed the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to ensure the prompt printing of electronic Philippine IDs (ePhilIDs), the digital version of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID."Let us print out as much as we can and then... Read More

PH economy on track despite ‘out of control’ inflation: Marcos

MANILA – The Philippine economy continues to recover from the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic even after the country’s inflation rate accelerated to 8 percent in November, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Tuesday.In a speech during the 11th Arangkada Philippines Forum in... Read More