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House OKs virology, vaccine institute bill on final reading

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a virology and vaccine research institute in the country, which is a legislative priority of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.During plenary session, a total of 216... Read More

Pork price hike unlikely on Christmas holiday: DA

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Monday an increase in the price of pork is less likely to happen during the Christmas holiday, considering its adequate supply.At a Laging Handa briefing, DA Deputy spokesperson Rex Estoperez said they are not expecting significant price... Read More

Consumer group seeks NBI help vs. online scammers

MANILA – A consumer group on Monday urged the National Bureau of Investigation to keep a tighter watch on online scammers who prey on year-end bonuses and incentives received by employees both from the public and private sectors.In a letter to National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director... Read More

Time to explore stronger ties between PH, Laos: Marcos

MANILA – The Philippines and Laos on Monday agreed to “explore” a stronger relationship in different areas, particularly agriculture and people-to-people exchange.This developed after President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. received the credentials of Lao Ambassador to the Philippines... Read More

Villar to farmers: Try composting, save money

MANILA – Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday urged farmers to practice composting amid the increasing cost of chemical fertilizers in the country.During the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) celebration of World Soil Day 2022 in Quezon City, Villar noted that fertilizer average price... Read More

China thanks PH for paying respects to ex-President Jiang Zemin

MANILA – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian on Monday thanked Philippine government officials for paying respect and mourning the passing of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.In a statement, Huang said Vice President Sara Duterte visited the Chinese Embassy and "recollected... Read More

Bantag appears at DOJ, wants prosecutors out of case

MANILA—Suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Director General Gerald Bantag appeared at the Department of Justice’s preliminary investigation on the murder cases of newsman Percival “Ka Percy Lapid” Mabasa and inmate Jun Villamor on Monday.Bantag, who was accompanied... Read More

Marcos wants more scholarships, cultural infra for artists

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. wants to provide artists with more scholarships and infrastructure to develop and support the country’s cultural and creative industries, Presidential Adviser for Creative Communications and filmmaker Paul Soriano said Monday.Soriano said it is... Read More

Arroyo defends proposed Maharlika Wealth Fund

MANILA – Former president and House Senior Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday defended the House measure proposing the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund, called Maharlika Wealth Fund, amid qualms raised by several sectors over the possible depletion of pension funds in the... Read More

eTravel system seen to ease arrival processes: BI

MANILA – Government agencies headed by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday launched an eTravel platform that would allow faster and easier processing of passengers arriving in the country.Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the new system will replace the arrival cards, which were... Read More

USAID, IBM to present report on PH cyber talent workforce

MANILA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with IBM, is set to present its assessment report on the current state of the Philippines' cyber workforce on Dec. 7.The report titled “National Cybersecurity Talent Workforce Assessment Report of the... Read More

Bicam restores DepEd's P150-M confidential fund

MANILA – The bicameral conference committee on Monday restored the controversial PHP150 million confidential fund of the Department of Education as well as the PHP10 billion funding for the government’s anti-communist task force.Senator Sonny Angara, who co-chairs the bicameral... Read More

PNP to intensify efforts vs. fugitive foreigners

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will beef up efforts to help the international police community in its campaign against fugitive foreigners who are hiding in the country.“The Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization), more than ever, has been... Read More

Voter sign-up period hinges on SC ruling on plea vs. BSKE reset

MANILA – An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said an extension of voter registration will depend on the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) on the petition questioning the postponement of the 2022 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSKE) polls.The resumption of voter... Read More

Ultra Lotto jackpot to hit P345-M for Dec. 6 draw

MANILA – The Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot prize is expected to soar to PHP345 million on its next draw on Tuesday night, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced Monday.In a statement, the state lottery agency said there was again no winner from Sunday's draw that yielded a... Read More

Labor group seeks P100 wage hike in NCR

MANILA – A labor group on Monday asked the wage board of the National Capital Region for a PHP100 salary hike for private sector workers, citing the existence of urgent and reasonable grounds.Kapatiran ng mga Unyon at Samahang Manggagawa (Kapatiran) chairperson Rey Almendras said their... Read More

Cops ordered to boost crackdown vs. 'guerrilla e-sabong' ops

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. on Monday ordered all police commanders to intensify the campaign against guerrilla operations of e-sabong (online cockfighting).Azurin’s order came following reports of illegal e-sabong sites that continue to... Read More

1,582 Zambo farmers await land ownership awards

MANILA – A total of 1,582 Zamboanga Peninsula farmers are soon to become landowners as the Department of Agrarian Reform is scheduled to award them certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) on Tuesday.In a statement issued on Monday, DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III will lead the... Read More

PNP logs 6% drop in focus crimes from July to November

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday reported a 6 percent drop in the number of focus crimes from July to November this year, compared to the same period last year.“Based from the DIDM (Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management) data, covering the period... Read More

DBM OKs release of over P2-B for indigent PhilHealth members

MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management on Monday announced that it has approved the release of more than PHP2 billion in funds to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) to cover the insurance premium subsidy for indigent members.In a press statement, DBM Secretary Amenah... Read More