National

DA to continue to aid farmers as agri damage climbs to over P357M

DA to continue to aid farmers as agri damage climbs to over P357M

February 26, 2024, 12:31 pm Updated on February 26, 2024, 2:46 pm

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set for another rollout of aid to farmers as the country’s agriculture suffered PHP357.38 million worth of damage and losses due to the strong and mature El Niño. According to its latest bulletin released on Sunday, the DA said 7,668 farmers are… Read More

Estrada ready to adopt House version of minimum wage hike bill

Estrada ready to adopt House version of minimum wage hike bill

February 26, 2024, 12:27 pm Updated on February 26, 2024, 2:48 pm

MANILA – Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who sponsored the Senate version of the bill seeking a PHP100 minimum wage hike in the private sector, said Monday that he is looking forward to adopting the House of Representatives' version of the measure. This came after the announcement of House Majority… Read More

Angara: Tatak Pinoy Act to complement PH Dev't Plan

Angara: Tatak Pinoy Act to complement PH Dev't Plan

February 26, 2024, 12:07 pm Updated on February 26, 2024, 7:45 pm

MANILA – Senator Sonny Angara on Monday welcomed the signing into law of the Tatak Pinoy Act as it will complement the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028. In a statement, Angara said the law is a "giant leap" for the Philippines towards its goal of becoming an industrialized country.… Read More

PBBM signs measures for senior citizens, Filipino products' rights

PBBM signs measures for senior citizens, Filipino products' rights

February 26, 2024, 12:06 pm Updated on February 26, 2024, 7:46 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday signed into law Republic Act (RA) 11981, or the Tatak Pinoy (Proudly Filipino) Act, and RA 11982, granting benefits to octogenarians and nonagenarians. "Today, it's my honor to sign into law two bills which not only honor two key sectors of… Read More

No significant sightings from PAF maritime patrol over N. Luzon waters

No significant sightings from PAF maritime patrol over N. Luzon waters

February 26, 2024, 12:04 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Monday announced that maritime patrol over the Northern Luzon seaboard on Feb. 24 did not result in any significant sighting or activities. "Executing the mission with a C-295 aircraft, the PAF covered key areas, including Itbayat, Sabtang, and Babuyan… Read More

AFP neutralizes 10 Reds, 3 DI-MG terrorists in weeklong ops

AFP neutralizes 10 Reds, 3 DI-MG terrorists in weeklong ops

February 26, 2024, 11:19 am Updated on February 26, 2024, 12:58 pm

MANILA – Government troops have neutralized 13 communist insurgents and terrorists in operations in the Visayas and Mindanao from Feb. 18 to 24, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Sunday night. In a statement, AFP chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. said soldiers managed to neutralize 10 New… Read More

'Amihan' to bring light rain showers across Luzon

'Amihan' to bring light rain showers across Luzon

February 26, 2024, 8:37 am

MANILA – The northeast monsoon or "amihan" affecting Luzon will bring light rains across the island, the weather bureau said Monday. Cagayan Valley, Aurora, and Quezon will experience light rains, while the rest of Luzom will have isolated light rains. The rest of the country will experience… Read More

Community gardens under Marcos admin up to 27K from 2K

Community gardens under Marcos admin up to 27K from 2K

February 26, 2024, 8:37 am

MANILA -- More community gardens under the Gulayan sa Barangay Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have been put up during the Marcos administration, increasing to 27,000 from 2,000. This was in line with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s directive in his… Read More

PBBM: Rice price hike is a global issue

PBBM: Rice price hike is a global issue

February 25, 2024, 9:29 pm Updated on February 26, 2024, 11:36 am

MANILA – The issue of the prices of rice is not in the Philippines alone but in the whole of Asia. President Ferdinand R. Marcos made the statement in response to a question from a letter sent to the Office of the President through Bahay Ugnayan, asking if “BBM” stands for “Bigas Biglang… Read More

Marcos government steps up efforts vs terrorist groups

Marcos government steps up efforts vs terrorist groups

February 25, 2024, 8:42 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Sunday vowed to strengthen the government campaign against terrorist groups. The President made the statement after six soldiers were killed in clashes with the Islamic State-linked Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group (DI-MG) group in a remote village in… Read More

Bill to compel installation of rain collection systems

Bill to compel installation of rain collection systems

February 25, 2024, 5:34 pm

MANILA – Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers on Sunday called for the approval of a bill he filed more than a year ago seeking mandatory installation of rainwater collection systems (RCS) in new residential and commercial buildings, particularly in urban or densely-populated areas.   … Read More

Marikina readies water harvesting facilities, deep wells for El Niño

Marikina readies water harvesting facilities, deep wells for El Niño

February 25, 2024, 3:06 pm

MANILA – The local government of Marikina said it has sufficient water supply to mitigate the effects of El Niño. Harvesting facilities in public schools are set up to store water and there are six deep well systems which are connected to the Manila Water in case of reduced allocation or… Read More

Central Luzon crime rate down by 5.9%

Central Luzon crime rate down by 5.9%

February 25, 2024, 12:52 pm

MANILA – Crimes in the Central Luzon Region have dropped by 5.9 percent within a one-year period, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 reported on Sunday. In a statement, PRO3 Director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. said 37,754 crimes were recorded from Feb. 22, 2023 to Feb. 21, 2024. The total is… Read More

'Amihan', easterlies to bring light to heavy rains across PH

'Amihan', easterlies to bring light to heavy rains across PH

February 25, 2024, 9:31 am

MANILA – "Amihan" or the northeast monsoon will bring light rains to the northern part of the country while the easterlies will prevail in other parts of the archipelago, bringing moderate to heavy rains. In its 4 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services… Read More

Diocese of Pasig pushes for beatification of ‘Ka Luring’

Diocese of Pasig pushes for beatification of ‘Ka Luring’

February 24, 2024, 6:35 pm

MANILA – The Diocese of Pasig has launched the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of catechist Laureana “Ka Luring” Franco. In a Circular, Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara appealed to the Catholic faithful to participate and provide information to her cause. “The Diocese of Pasig is… Read More

NKTI in talks with Congress, DOH to amend organ donation law, policies

NKTI in talks with Congress, DOH to amend organ donation law, policies

February 24, 2024, 3:34 pm

MANILA – The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) is holding consultations with Congress and the Department of Health (DOH) regarding possible amendments to Republic Act (RA) 7170 or the Organ Donation Act and other related policies. In a weekly news forum in Quezon City on Saturday,… Read More

Japan welcomes PH efforts to improve investment, business climate

Japan welcomes PH efforts to improve investment, business climate

February 24, 2024, 2:10 pm

MANILA – Japan welcomed the Philippines’ ongoing efforts to improve its investment and business environment. During the Japan National Day reception in Taguig on Friday night, outgoing Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa expressed optimism that this would further convince Japanese firms to… Read More

Application for farm internship in Taiwan to open in June

Application for farm internship in Taiwan to open in June

February 24, 2024, 12:28 pm

MANILA – Taiwan’s internship program for young Filipino farmers will open application for another batch in June, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila announced Saturday. TECO said the applications received from the previous Filipino Young Farmer Internship Program in Taiwan… Read More

PH calls for peace in Ukraine 2 yrs. after Russian invasion

PH calls for peace in Ukraine 2 yrs. after Russian invasion

February 24, 2024, 10:51 am

MANILA – The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), has called for peace in Ukraine as Russia’s aggression against the country entered its second year. “Today marks the second year of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Philippines underscores the need for a… Read More

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