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DepEd recognizes 173 partner groups supporting learners, teachers

DepEd recognizes 173 partner groups supporting learners, teachers

February 20, 2024, 7:55 pm

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday recognized around 173 partner organizations for their support and intervention in the country’s basic education. In a speech during the Partners' Appreciation and Recognition ceremony at the GSIS Theater in Pasay City, Vice President and… Read More

House pushes granting of free licensure exam for indigents

House pushes granting of free licensure exam for indigents

February 20, 2024, 7:50 pm

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure seeking to provide free professional licensure and civil service eligibility examinations to qualified indigents. During the plenary session, the chamber passed via voice vote House Bill 9875, otherwise known… Read More

DSWD eyes 'LAWA at BINHI' project to combat El Niño effects

DSWD eyes 'LAWA at BINHI' project to combat El Niño effects

February 20, 2024, 7:46 pm

MANILA – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian on Tuesday said the agency is finalizing its partnership with national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and other private institutions for the launching of Project LAWA at BINHI. He said the… Read More

PBBM lauded for new laws ushering new era of quality education

PBBM lauded for new laws ushering new era of quality education

February 20, 2024, 7:42 pm

MANILA – Another lawmaker on Tuesday lauded President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for signing laws that would strengthen the charter and expand the course offerings in four state-run higher educational institutions. Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva was referring to Republic Act (RA) 11980 or… Read More

DOJ case disposition rate in 2023 rises to 89%

DOJ case disposition rate in 2023 rises to 89%

February 20, 2024, 7:06 pm

MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) saw a significant increase in its disposition of cases in the past year, Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento said Tuesday.  The rate of case disposition rose from 54.20 percent in 2019 to 89.20 percent in 2023, Malcontento said during the Planning… Read More

Basilan solon asks Napocor to condone power firm's P3.4-B debt

Basilan solon asks Napocor to condone power firm's P3.4-B debt

February 20, 2024, 6:58 pm

MANILA – Deputy Minority Leader and Basilan Lone District Rep. Mujiv Hataman on Tuesday asked the National Power Corporation (Napocor) to condone the whopping PHP3.4 billion debt of the Basilan Electric Cooperative (Baselco). Hataman made the request during the House Committee on Energy inquiry… Read More

PBBM: ICC issue is about jurisdiction, not evidence on drug war

PBBM: ICC issue is about jurisdiction, not evidence on drug war

February 20, 2024, 6:55 pm

MANILA – The issue concerning the International Criminal Court (ICC) revolves around its lack of jurisdiction over the Philippines, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Tuesday. The President stressed that the focus should not be on the evidence it has on the Duterte administration’s drug… Read More

More investments, upskilled Filipinos seen with economic reforms

More investments, upskilled Filipinos seen with economic reforms

February 20, 2024, 6:31 pm Updated on February 20, 2024, 7:00 pm

MANILA – The amendments to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution are vital in attracting more foreign investments and upskilling Filipino workforce, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Tuesday. “We just want to get those amendments incorporated into the Constitution to improve… Read More

BI to deport Chinese fugitive intercepted at NAIA

BI to deport Chinese fugitive intercepted at NAIA

February 20, 2024, 5:52 pm

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday reported the recent arrest of a Chinese fugitive wanted by authorities in Beijing. In a statement, Commissioner Norman Tansingco said 36-year-old Zhang Xianfa, was arrested at the immigration departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International… Read More

DOTr assures PH aviation’s sustained compliance with int'l standards

DOTr assures PH aviation’s sustained compliance with int'l standards

February 20, 2024, 5:51 pm

MANILA – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured the country’s continued compliance with international aviation standards towards better travel experience and cost-effective cargo transport. During the opening of the Philippine pavilion at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday,… Read More

PBBM: PH to file case if cyanide fishing in Scarborough proven true

PBBM: PH to file case if cyanide fishing in Scarborough proven true

February 20, 2024, 5:36 pm Updated on February 20, 2024, 5:41 pm

MANILA – The Philippines will file a case if there is substantial evidence of cyanide fishing in the Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday. “If we feel that there is enough grounds to do so, we will,” Marcos said in a media interview on the… Read More

Sole Filipino in Gaza appears safe – embassy

Sole Filipino in Gaza appears safe – embassy

February 20, 2024, 5:21 pm

MANILA – The remaining Filipino national in the besieged Gaza Strip, a 63-year-old nun, was reported safe amid the ongoing conflict between Israeli forces and the Hamas terrorists, the Philippine Embassy in Jordan said Tuesday. The nun from the Missionaries of Charity Sisters of Saint Teresa is… Read More

Advanced courses to hike PH gov't lawyers' knowledge of int'l law

Advanced courses to hike PH gov't lawyers' knowledge of int'l law

February 20, 2024, 5:20 pm

MANILA – Government legal practitioners joined the advanced courses organized by The Hague Academy of International Law (THAIL) which aim to deepen their understanding of international law. In a news release Tuesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the in-depth and all-encompassing… Read More

Senator asks OPAPRU to ensure MILF combatants' proper use of cash aid

Senator asks OPAPRU to ensure MILF combatants' proper use of cash aid

February 20, 2024, 5:20 pm

MANILA – Senator Raffy Tulfo has asked the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) to include in the decommissioning process the requirement for Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants to sign a document assuring that the PHP100,000 cash aid they… Read More

Iran releases 1 of 18 Filipinos aboard seized oil tanker, DFA says

Iran releases 1 of 18 Filipinos aboard seized oil tanker, DFA says

February 20, 2024, 5:15 pm

MANILA – One of the 18 Filipinos aboard the oil tanker ST Nikolas that was seized by Iranian authorities in January has been released, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Tuesday. DFA Undersecretary Eduardo Jose de Vega said the seafarer was freed Feb. 4. His fellow crew members… Read More

Taal Volcano unlikely to erupt despite increased gas emission

Taal Volcano unlikely to erupt despite increased gas emission

February 20, 2024, 5:10 pm

MANILA – Taal Volcano in Batangas province is unlikely to erupt despite the high volume of sulfur dioxide (S02) emission observed from its main crater, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Tuesday. Phivolcs recorded 14,211 tons of S02 emission from… Read More

Cebu archdiocese seeks return of historical church panels

Cebu archdiocese seeks return of historical church panels

February 20, 2024, 4:23 pm

MANILA – The Archdiocese of Cebu on Tuesday said it is coordinating with the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) for the return of 19th-century pulpit panels removed from a church in Boljoon, Cebu. In a statement, Archbishop Jose Palma said the four panels were removed without the… Read More

348K applications processed on 1st week of voter sign-up

348K applications processed on 1st week of voter sign-up

February 20, 2024, 3:51 pm

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday it has processed 348,349 applications in the first week of the resumption of voter registration for the 2025 midterm polls. Comelec chair George Garcia, in a message to reporters, said the applications were "received from Feb. 12 to… Read More

Biz community’s input crucial for graduates’ employability: VP Sara

Biz community’s input crucial for graduates’ employability: VP Sara

February 20, 2024, 3:43 pm

MANILA – Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte underscored Tuesday the significance of getting input from the business community to ensure the employability of Kinder to Grade 12 (K-12) graduates. In an ambush interview on the sidelines of the 13th Biennial National Convention of… Read More

PBBM wants 'right' system to protect cash aid from inflation

PBBM wants 'right' system to protect cash aid from inflation

February 20, 2024, 3:31 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to protect the value of cash aid from the effects of inflation. In a sectoral… Read More