Year-ender 2021

Antique's 'sacadas' get 'long-coveted' dream

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The year 2021 saw about 4,203 active sugar plantation migrant workers or "sacadas" from this province enrolled in the Social Security System (SSS).Randy Ardeño, in charge of the Sacada Desk of the Antique Provincial Planning and Development Office... Read More

More than 2K NPA rebels, allies yield in Leyte in 2021

TACLOBAN CITY – More than 2,000 members and staunch supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered in Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran provinces in 2021, stalling the rebel group’s attempt to recruit new members in these provinces.The majority of the surrenderers were... Read More

Cebuanos’ faith in Sto. Niño prevails amid Covid-19, ‘Odette’

CEBU CITY – Typhoon Odette may have destroyed the gains in terms of economy and well-being of the Cebuanos amid the ongoing fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), but their deep devotion to the Sto. Niño and their tenacity to face all forms of adversities have motivated... Read More

NegOr rises above Covid-19, 'Odette' challenges with 2021 gains

DUMAGUETE CITY – Despite the uncertainties that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic brought to Negros Oriental and the devastation of Typhoon Odette that battered the province towards the end of the year, the provincial government has proven its resilience by rising above these... Read More

Big winners of 2021 in PH sports

MANILA – If there is a discussion on which year should be considered the best in Philippine sports, 2021 should at least be in the conversation.This past year gave a lot of good news to sports fans locally amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.This year-ender will tackle some... Read More

2021 deadliest year as 4,404 migrants died trying to reach Spain

OVIEDO, Spain – More than 4,400 migrants perished while trying to reach Spain in 2021, making it the deadliest year on record, according to a report released on Monday.The total number of victims – 4,404 – is up 103 percent from 2020, Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras said in its... Read More

‘2021 proved mankind’s resilience yet again’: Diokno

MANILA – 2021 will be remembered not only because of the pandemic but another year of record-low interest rate -- a measure eyed to help lift the economy while ensuring financial inclusion and digitalization of financial transactions.To date, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) key... Read More

PRRD will step down with at least 95% of Marawi rehab done

MANILA –Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) will see to it that at least 95 percent of Marawi City’s recovery projects from the 2017 siege will be completed by June.TFBM chief and housing czar Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said former displaced families residing within the most affected... Read More

Championing Pinoys’ interest abroad amid another pandemic year

MANILA – The pandemic did not stop the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) from advancing the rights and welfare of Filipino workers abroad with its strengthened campaign against kafala in 2021 and the continued repatriation of distressed nationals back home.Looking back at DFA's key moments... Read More

Manila, QC exceed population protection goals in 2021

MANILA – The Quezon City and Manila City governments will continueexpanding their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination programs even if they have exceeded their goals for population protection in 2021.As of New Year’s Eve, QC has already administered 4,304,040 doses that... Read More

NorMin 2021: From viruses, storms to peace and order, global fame

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Some would consider 2021 to be an unfortunate extension of 2020 as the country continued to fight off the coronavirus disease 2019. But not everything in 2021 was bad news for Northern Mindanao as the year also saw milestones in peace and order in the region, and homegrown... Read More

Bacolod City marks victories in 2021 but remains cautious

BACOLOD CITY – Still battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic after almost two years, this city remains cautious but finds reason to celebrate the year 2021 with some victories leading towards the health and economic recovery of Bacolodnons.Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the past... Read More

Giant leap in ICT infra makes people more connected in 2021

MANILA – The Philippines, including some of the remotest parts of the country, are now more connected through giant leaps in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), its partners in the... Read More

2021 a year of recovery from pandemic: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) described 2021 as the year of recovery from the prevailing pandemic, learning from lessons in 2020 when the country and the entire world were caught unprepared in dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).It is also the year Filipinos saw hope... Read More

NegOcc surmounts trials brought by health crisis, disasters

BACOLOD CITY – The year 2021 is another challenging period for Negros Occidental since it started and ended with natural disasters that left the Negrenses reeling while grappling with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.But with the tests also came the triumphs... Read More

Food security: DA contribution to pandemic recovery

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) had its share of challenges in 2021, including calamity-related damage and the African swine fever (ASF), but it remained focused on projects that will strengthen food security levels and improve the quality of agricultural produce.Secretary William... Read More

Army fortifies Sulu community defense vs. Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The year 2021 caught sight of the Philippine Army, through the three-year-old 11th Infantry Division (ID), strengthening the community defense against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in the province of Sulu.The community defense build-up started with the activation of the... Read More

Bringing back businesses, jobs in the ‘new normal’

MANILA – With nearly two years of facing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, both public and private sectors have put forward various initiatives to restart businesses and recover jobs.Since the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020, the pandemic still has lingering impacts on... Read More

Improved transport infra bridges Filipinos during pandemic

MANILA – Public transportation in the country is now nearing pre-new normal levels, nearly two years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) continuing its tight-rope walk between sufficient public transportation capacity and health protocols.With... Read More

PH boosts action for climate, community resilience

MANILA – The government further enhanced its efforts this year to build climate resilience among communities nationwide and address climate change to better protect the environment, lives and property.In April, the government finally submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on... Read More