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CSC to gov’t agencies: Adopt flexi work schemes to ease NCR traffic

CSC to gov’t agencies: Adopt flexi work schemes to ease NCR traffic

February 24, 2024, 9:02 am

MANILA – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is encouraging government agencies in Metro Manila to adopt the Policies on Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) in the Government in support of current initiatives to improve the traffic situation. “The National Capital Region (NCR) has the largest… Read More

PBBM to witness signing of new deals during Australia trip

PBBM to witness signing of new deals during Australia trip

February 24, 2024, 7:48 am

MANILA – The Philippines and Australia are set to ink new deals during President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s visit to Canberra on Feb. 28-29, Malacañang announced on Saturday. In a statement, the Palace said Marcos would visit Australia as a “guest of the Australian government.”… Read More

Easterlies to bring scattered rains over Bicol, parts of Visayas

Easterlies to bring scattered rains over Bicol, parts of Visayas

February 24, 2024, 6:34 am

MANILA – The easterlies will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar, the weather bureau said Saturday. Flash floods or landslides may occur in these areas due to moderate to at times heavy rains, the… Read More

PBBM seeks new partnerships for dev’t of PH dive sector

PBBM seeks new partnerships for dev’t of PH dive sector

February 23, 2024, 8:43 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday expressed hope that new investors will consider exploring opportunities in the Philippine dive industry. Marcos said he is optimistic that the fourth edition of the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) at the World Trade Center in Pasay… Read More

24 firms keen on producing anti-TB, HIV drugs: Palace

24 firms keen on producing anti-TB, HIV drugs: Palace

February 23, 2024, 8:10 pm

MANILA – Around 24 drug manufacturers have expressed readiness to produce anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs, while one pharmaceutical firm has expressed willingness to manufacture human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) medicines. This was reported to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. by the Private… Read More

PBBM's Kalinisan progam earns support from academe

PBBM's Kalinisan progam earns support from academe

February 23, 2024, 8:06 pm

MANILA – More than 500 volunteers from the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) organized a coastal cleanup at Baseco Beach in Port Area, Manila on Friday to join the Marcos administration's "Kalinisan sa Bagong Pilipinas (Cleanliness in the New Philippines)" program. In support of President… Read More

DSWD explores ties with USAID to upgrade Mindanao disaster response

DSWD explores ties with USAID to upgrade Mindanao disaster response

February 23, 2024, 7:39 pm

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has discussed possible collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) during a visit of officials at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City. Secretary Rex Gatchalian on Friday… Read More

PBBM eyes partnership with IRRI for nutritious food dev’t, production

PBBM eyes partnership with IRRI for nutritious food dev’t, production

February 23, 2024, 6:15 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday expressed openness to collaborating with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for the development and production of more nutritious agricultural products. This was after the IRRI, in a meeting with Marcos at Malacañan Palace in… Read More

House leader to Quiboloy: Obey subpoena, no one is above the law

House leader to Quiboloy: Obey subpoena, no one is above the law

February 23, 2024, 6:14 pm

MANILA – Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) founder and televangelist Apollo Quiboloy should heed the congressional subpoena and realize that no one is above the law. In a statement Friday, House Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Jr. urged Quiboloy to attend the March 12 hearing of the Committee… Read More

DOTr seeks bids for Laguindingan Airport modernization

DOTr seeks bids for Laguindingan Airport modernization

February 23, 2024, 6:01 pm

­MANILA – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has invited contractors from the private sector to submit their proposal for the development and modernization of the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental province. In a statement on Friday, the DOTr said the Laguindingan International… Read More

'Illegal recruiter' promising fruit picker jobs in Japan nabbed

'Illegal recruiter' promising fruit picker jobs in Japan nabbed

February 23, 2024, 5:49 pm

MANILA – Authorities on Friday arrested an alleged illegal recruiter promising "fruit picker" jobs in Japan in an entrapment at the compound of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) in Mandaluyong City. Members of the DMW-Migrant Workers Protection Bureau (MWPB) and the local police nabbed the… Read More

PH 1st in Asia to ratify ILO accord vs. workplace violence, harassment

PH 1st in Asia to ratify ILO accord vs. workplace violence, harassment

February 23, 2024, 5:29 pm

MANILA – The Philippines became the first country in Asia and the 38th in the world to ratify Convention No. 190 aimed at curbing violence and harassment in workplaces, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Friday. This came after Manila deposited the instrument of ratification of… Read More

PhilHealth hikes 'Z benefit' for breast cancer patients to P1.4M

PhilHealth hikes 'Z benefit' for breast cancer patients to P1.4M

February 23, 2024, 5:00 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has increased its “Z-benefit” package for breast cancer patients from PHP100,000 to PHP1.4 million. PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Ledesma Jr. said Friday the increase has been approved and is on top of… Read More

Indian tech firms keen on exploring opportunities in PH – envoy

Indian tech firms keen on exploring opportunities in PH – envoy

February 23, 2024, 4:51 pm

MANILA – More Indian information technology (IT) companies are eager to explore business opportunities and offer various technology solutions to the Philippines, Indian Ambassador to Manila Shambhu Kumaran said Friday. In a presser in Taguig City, Kumaran said the embassy would host a number of… Read More

Filipino seafarers get protection under expanded HRA in Gulf of Aden

Filipino seafarers get protection under expanded HRA in Gulf of Aden

February 23, 2024, 4:41 pm

MANILA – The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) has lauded the expansion of the scope of “high-risk areas” (HRAs) to the entire Gulf of Aden as it would provide better protection for seafarers, including Filipinos. In a statement on Friday, DMW officer-in-charge Undersecretary Hans Leo… Read More

Comelec eyes start of poll automation deal negotiations by next week

Comelec eyes start of poll automation deal negotiations by next week

February 23, 2024, 4:29 pm

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to start negotiations next week with South Korean firm Miru Systems Co. Ltd. (Miru) on the PHP18 billion contract for its 2025 poll automation project. In an interview on Friday, Comelec chairperson George Erwin Garcia said Miru has… Read More

DND chief: PH needs to reaffirm alliances to uphold UNCLOS

DND chief: PH needs to reaffirm alliances to uphold UNCLOS

February 23, 2024, 4:27 pm

MANILA – Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. stressed the need for the Philippines to reaffirm its alliances with like-minded nations if it wants to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) amid security challenges in the region. Teodoro made this remark during the… Read More

Foreign investment in HEIs can have big impact on human capital dev't

Foreign investment in HEIs can have big impact on human capital dev't

February 23, 2024, 4:06 pm

MANILA – Removing the foreign investment restrictions on higher educational institutions (HEIs) in the 1987 Constitution can have a big impact on human capital development, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said. Gatchalian made the statement in response to statements downplaying that the proposal… Read More

PhilHealth’s contribution hike still under review: Palace

PhilHealth’s contribution hike still under review: Palace

February 23, 2024, 3:55 pm

MANILA – The implementation of the increase in the premium contributions of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is still under review, Malacañang said Friday.In a statement, Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. wants to make sure that any… Read More

PBBM sees need for more collab to develop PH creative, design sectors

PBBM sees need for more collab to develop PH creative, design sectors

February 23, 2024, 3:53 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday emphasized the importance of forging more tie-ups with local and international partners to strengthen the Philippine creative and design industries.Marcos made the call during the launch of the “Art X Design” exhibition at the National… Read More