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Senate bill filed to reform, strengthen PH coast guard

Senate bill filed to reform, strengthen PH coast guard

May 16, 2024, 11:16 am

MANILA – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has filed a bill seeking to reform and reorganize the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to build its capacities amid the continuing aggression of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). Gatchalian said he filed Senate Bill (SB) 2650, seeking to repeal… Read More

House OKs 3 bills enhancing benefits for seniors, PWDs

House OKs 3 bills enhancing benefits for seniors, PWDs

May 16, 2024, 11:13 am

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading three measures seeking to expand the benefits of senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs). During the plenary session, the chamber approved through voice voting House Bills (HB) 10312, 10313, and 10314, all… Read More

DBM OKs release of P87M to uplift tobacco industry

DBM OKs release of P87M to uplift tobacco industry

May 16, 2024, 10:13 am

MANILA – The Department of Budget Management and Development (DBM) has approved the release of PHP87.632 million to the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) in line with the administration’s push to bolster support for the tobacco industry. Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman approved the… Read More

AFP eyes heightened defense, security ties with Sweden

AFP eyes heightened defense, security ties with Sweden

May 16, 2024, 10:12 am

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is looking to have more partnerships with Sweden in terms of defense and security. This came following the courtesy call of Brig. Gen. Olle Hultgren, Military Adviser of the Department for Armament and Industry of Sweden's Ministry of Defense,… Read More

DOLE vows to assist Sofitel employees affected by shutdown

DOLE vows to assist Sofitel employees affected by shutdown

May 16, 2024, 9:17 am

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment on Wednesday said the agency is ready to assist around 500 employees of Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City who will be affected by its closure on July 1. Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said the agency has standby programs that could help those… Read More

CHR gives more access to vulnerable sector via complaint portal

CHR gives more access to vulnerable sector via complaint portal

May 16, 2024, 9:11 am

MANILA – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has introduced its online complaint portal, dubbed as the CHR Management Information System Monitoring Outlet (CHR-MISMO). In a news release Wednesday, the CHR said the portal is part of its mission to connect with clients particularly the most… Read More

Austria to hire more skilled Filipino workers to meet labor demand

Austria to hire more skilled Filipino workers to meet labor demand

May 16, 2024, 9:05 am

MANILA – The Department of Migrant Workers said that Austria is hiring more Filipino skilled workers to meet its labor demand across all industries and contribute to the growth of its economy. On Wednesday, the DMW and the Republic of Austria reaffirmed their long-standing friendship and mutual… Read More

40 areas face dangerous heat index Thursday

40 areas face dangerous heat index Thursday

May 16, 2024, 7:25 am

MANILA – The weather bureau on Thursday warned of dangerous heat index levels in 40 areas across the country, with the highest at 46°C expected in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Pili, Camarines Sur; and Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. The following areas are forecast to have a heat index ranging from… Read More

BPI to sell P29/kg rice, cheaper goods at Manila Kadiwa site May 16-17

BPI to sell P29/kg rice, cheaper goods at Manila Kadiwa site May 16-17

May 16, 2024, 5:26 am

MANILA – The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) said Wednesday it will offer PHP29 per kilogram of rice alongside cheaper fish and vegetables on May 16 to 17 at the Kadiwa stall in the BPI Multipurpose Hall in San Andres, Malate in support of local farmers and consumers. In an advisory, the BPI said… Read More

Japanese ambassador pays courtesy call on PCO chief Garafil

Japanese ambassador pays courtesy call on PCO chief Garafil

May 16, 2024, 4:56 am

MANILA – Japanese Ambassador Endo Kazuya on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil. In a news release, Kazuya expressed his appreciation for Garafil's contribution to the deepening of Japan-Philippines relations and his… Read More

PH, UAE cap 1st round of FTA nego; latter targets conclusion in 2024

PH, UAE cap 1st round of FTA nego; latter targets conclusion in 2024

May 16, 2024, 4:53 am

MANILA – The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capped the first round of negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), with the former targeting to conclude the talks by the end of 2024. The discussions were held in Dubai from May 6 to 8, with Trade… Read More

Absolute divorce bill hurdles 2nd reading in House

Absolute divorce bill hurdles 2nd reading in House

May 16, 2024, 4:49 am

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill reinstituting absolute divorce in the country. It passed through voice voting House Bill (HB) 9349, or the proposed Absolute Divorce Act. The bill stipulates the grounds for absolute divorce, which include… Read More

LGUs told to update disaster plans, hazard maps amid looming La Niña

LGUs told to update disaster plans, hazard maps amid looming La Niña

May 15, 2024, 11:07 pm

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday urged local government units (LGUs) to update their disaster action plans and hazard maps to mitigate the effects of the looming La Niña phenomenon. In a Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon briefing, DILG Undersecretary Marlo… Read More

Regulating social media content needs ‘very delicate balancing act’

Regulating social media content needs ‘very delicate balancing act’

May 15, 2024, 10:50 pm

MANILA – For members of the House of Representatives, regulating social media content demands a “very delicate” balance between oversight and the preservation of freedom of expression. “This is not a new request,” Davao Oriental 2nd District Representative Cheeno Miguel Almario said in a… Read More

PNP ups cybersecurity measures after logistics data system 'breach'

PNP ups cybersecurity measures after logistics data system 'breach'

May 15, 2024, 10:12 pm

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday ordered all police units to strengthen cybersecurity measures to protect its online systems from various threats. "The PNP chief (Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil) has given a directive not only to the Directorate for Logistics but for all… Read More

Padilla files bill amending RTL, NFA Charter

Padilla files bill amending RTL, NFA Charter

May 15, 2024, 9:36 pm

MANILA – Senator Robinhood Padilla on Wednesday filed a bill seeking to amend Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) by enhancing the powers of the National Food Authority (NFA) in managing the country's rice supply chain to stabilize the price and supply of rice and provide… Read More

DSWD eyes adoption, alternative child care programs in facilities

DSWD eyes adoption, alternative child care programs in facilities

May 15, 2024, 9:00 pm

MANILA – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian has urged all residential-based facilities catering to children nationwide to include adoption and alternative care programs and services to their menu of agendas. “We are asking you to diversify and add to… Read More

Comelec: No substitution of bets allowed after COC filing deadline

Comelec: No substitution of bets allowed after COC filing deadline

May 15, 2024, 8:10 pm

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will no longer allow substitution of candidates beyond the deadline of the filing period of certificate of candidacy (COC) for those running in the May 2025 midterm elections.  In an interview Wednesday, Comelec chairperson George Erwin Garcia said… Read More

NEDA Board OKs P30.5-B school building resiliency project

NEDA Board OKs P30.5-B school building resiliency project

May 15, 2024, 8:07 pm

MANILA – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, which is chaired by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., has approved the PHP30.56-billion project to rebuild and reconstruct calamity-hit school facilities outside Metro Manila. The Department of Education’s (DepEd)… Read More

Bill strengthening Animal Welfare Act starts rolling in Senate

Bill strengthening Animal Welfare Act starts rolling in Senate

May 15, 2024, 6:08 pm

MANILA – The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform on Wednesday began discussions on Senate Bill (SB) 2458, which seeks to address animal welfare issues, including overpopulation, rabies incidence, and insufficient animal welfare programs, amending for the purpose Republic… Read More