Calabarzon ready to respond to medical emergency due to vog

MANILA– The Department of Health in Region 4-A (DOH-Calabarzon) has declared “code white alert” from Sept. 21 to 24 due to Taal Volcano's persistent sulfur dioxide emissions.Code white alert status refers to the readiness of the hospital workforce to respond to emergency... Read More

MMDA mourns passing of ex-chair, 'disciplinarian' Bayani Fernando

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) mourns the death of its former chair, Bayani Fernando who died Friday at a hospital in Quezon City at age 77.In a statement, the MMDA said it is "deeply saddened and shocked" about the news of Fernando's passing.Fernando served as... Read More

Cop involved in Rizal teen’s slay recommended for dismissal

MANILA – The Philippine National Police’s Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has recommended the dismissal of the police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old John Francis Ompad in Rodriguez, Rizal last month.IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo, in a statement Friday,... Read More

PH, Canadian frigates hold 'joint sail' in West PH Sea

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna and the Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341) conducted a bilateral sail activity in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said in a belated report Friday.In a statement, AFP public... Read More

OPAPRU: P7-B budget for 2024 to uplift lives of conflict-hit Filipinos

MANILA – Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Friday the increase in the agency's budget for next year would enable them to carry out the Marcos administration's peace agenda and uplift the lives of Filipinos affected... Read More

Solon to LBP: Fast track release of fuel subsidies

MANILA–Senator Sonny Angara on Friday urged the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to hasten the downloading of funds for the distribution of the government's fuel subsidy for qualified beneficiaries.Angara said now that the Commission on Elections has officially exempted the distribution of... Read More

Marcos: Gov't strictly monitoring illegal importation of agri products

MANILA — President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday pledged that his administration would continue the strict monitoring of illegal importation of agricultural products in the country.Marcos gave the assurance during the distribution of around 1,200 sacks of seized rice to the identified... Read More

Smog not vog blankets Metro Manila: DENR

MANILA – The volcanic smog (vog) forming over Taal Volcano is unrelated to the smog blanketing Metro Manila, which is primarily attributed to emissions from heavy vehicular traffic, especially during rush hour, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Environmental... Read More

PBBM: Unilever’s new personal care factory to generate over 5K jobs

MANILA – More than 5,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities await Filipinos following the inauguration of Unilever Philippines' new Beauty & Well-being and Personal Care (BWPC) factory in the City of General Trias, Cavite, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Friday.In a... Read More

ITCZ to bring rains over most of PH

MANILA – Most parts of the country will experience rains due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, the weather bureau said Friday.Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are forecast over Mimaropa, the Bicol Region, the Visayas and... Read More

Crime vs. tourist is ‘crime against PH’ – DOT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed its disappointment over the incident involving erring airport personnel caught on camera swallowing USD300 bills allegedly stolen from a Chinese passenger departing Manila.In a statement Thursday night, the DOT said “any crime... Read More

DFA backs OSG in exploring legal options on WPS coral reef destruction

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has expressed its readiness to support the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) as it explores legal options over the damage to corals and seabed in Rozul Reef and Escoda Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra... Read More

Palace suspends gov’t work on Sept. 25 for National Family Week

MANILA – Malacañang has issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 32 suspending work in government offices under the executive branch from 3 p.m. onwards on Monday (Sept. 25), in line with the observance of the 31st National Family Week.Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on Thursday signed MC 32,... Read More

Comelec assures BSKE safety nets amid spending ban exemptions

MANILA – Safeguards are in place amid the grant of exemptions to some of the administration's social services spending as Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections draw near, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) executive said Thursday. During the Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon program, Comelec... Read More

Senator calls for promotion of DOST technology innovations

MANILA - Senator Francis Tolentino on Thursday said fully utilizing the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) innovations on water technology could address the country's water woes.Tolentino cited as examples the study conducted by the National Research Council of the Philippines, which is... Read More

NCSC welcomes proposal to hire senior citizens

MANILA – The National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) on Thursday welcomed the filing of a bill mandating the public and private sectors to hire senior citizens.In an interview with PTV’s Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon program, NCSC chairperson Franklin Quijano said the filing of the... Read More

Economic team to present ‘better’ options to address high rice prices

MANILA – The economic team of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is expected to present “better” options to address the increase in the prices of rice in the local markets, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said Thursday.In a Palace briefing, Balisacan said... Read More

Tulfo blasts 3 gov't agencies over poor coverage of kasambahay

MANILA–Senator Raffy Tulfo on Thursday lamented the low compliance of the Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) for the coverage of kasambahay or domestic workers.Tulfo, vice chairperson of the Senate... Read More

Over 63K drivers, operators get gov’t fuel subsidy

MANILA –Over 63,000 drivers and operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs) have received the government’s fuel subsidy during the first two days of its distribution, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Thursday.In a statement, the LTFRB said... Read More

NEDA backs proposal to ban POGOs

MANILA – Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan on Thursday expressed support for the proposed total ban on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country.This was after the Senate Ways and Means... Read More