Year-ender 2021

CHED boosts vax rate in HEIs for expanded classes in 2022

MANILA – Getting more students, teaching and non-teaching personnel fully vaccinated against the coronavirus is one of the key factors to the expansion of limited in-person classes in higher education institution (HEIs) nationwide.Armed with this goal, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)... Read More

Infra projects pump up prime Iloilo City's economy

ILOILO CITY – The construction of various infrastructure facilities in this regional hub of Western Visayas (Region 6) has highlighted the accomplishments of the administration of this highly urbanized city (HUC) amid the threat and uncertainties due to the health crisis.The big projects... Read More

School year unlike any other: A return to F2F classes

MANILA – After missing out on face-to-face classes and meeting new friends for more than a year due to the pandemic, learners once again get to cherish the joys of going to school.In November, students in areas identified low risk for the coronavirus started to return to limited face-to-face... Read More

BARMM keeps high hopes amid pandemic

COTABATO CITY – Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are keeping their hopesup to weather all difficulties brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.This came about as BARMM officials said they are doing everything they can to help... Read More

Nearly 20K Caraga farmers grow inbred rice seeds in 2021

BUTUAN CITY – A total of 19,615 farmers from the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur devoted their farms to certified inbred rice production in 2021.The three provinces are the coverage areas in the Caraga region for the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund... Read More

TESDA upskills more graduates for ‘post-pandemic’ workforce

MANILA – Despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, more people have benefited from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority's (TESDA) scholarship and upskilling programs in 2021 compared to the previous year."With regard to our provision of... Read More

House ‘shepherds’ PH to emerge stronger from pandemic

MANILA – The House of Representatives has carried the duty of crafting policies to shepherd the Philippines towards recovery from the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said the House's legislative work has been vital to the country's pandemic response, considering that its... Read More

DENR, partners ‘defy’ Covid-19 pandemic for nature’s sake

MANILA – Despite the lingering coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) this year undertook measures for better managing and conserving the country's environment and natural resources (ENR) while gaining along the way international... Read More

YEAR ENDER: Checking in on Duterte’s last full year in office

MANILA – During his last full year at Malacañan Palace, President Rodrigo R. Duterte may have prioritized the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response, but did not let up in his administration’s fight against corruption and illegal drugs as well as... Read More

SC improves further in 2021 with 110% clearance rate

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) disposed of a record number of cases this year -- more than the new cases filed -- for a clearance rate of 110 percent, according to data provided by the Office of the Clerk of Court En Banc and the Divisions Clerk on Tuesday.There were 3,603 new cases and one... Read More

2021: Renewed hope towards 'steady' tourism recovery

MANILA – The annual tourism revenue in 2020 is no doubt higher than the receipts generated this year since tourists were still able to enter the country from January to mid-March last year before the lockdown was imposed.But if you compare the figures from April to September of both years... Read More

PNP ends 2021 with greater transparency, enhanced capability

MANILA – The year 2021 marked a milestone for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in upholding transparency and accountability, as well as enhancing its capability through acquiring new assets which are vital in performing its mandate to serve and protect.Among these key measures is the... Read More

4.7M displaced workers benefit from aid programs: DOLE

MANILA – As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic took a toll on economies and greatly displaced many industries and workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has achieved significant accomplishments in assisting local and overseas workers in coping with the challenges... Read More

PH Navy upgrades capability despite pandemic

MANILA – While the country continues to pick up from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippine Navy (PN) managed to continue with significant upgrades that will further enhance its capability to protect the country's waters.This year, the country got its second missile frigate,... Read More

Central Luzon on road to recovery from Covid-19 woes

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The year 2021 saw Region 3 (Central Luzon) on the recovery path amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).Despite the continuous challenges brought by the health crisis, the regional economy is starting to bounce back following the... Read More

Ilocos Norte’s ‘new normal’ attractions: Saving grace amid Covid

LAOAG CITY – The province of Ilocos Norte keeps on innovating outdoor sites as tourism stakeholders find ways to bounce back in the "new normal" amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.As 2021 ends, the Department of Tourism (DOT) along with the 21 towns and two cities of Ilocos... Read More

Pangasinan tourism, economy bouncing back amid pandemic

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – Tourism and economy in the province of Pangasinan, as well as its people, generally are bouncing back amid the continuous battle against the pandemic.“Compared to last Christmas that was full of sadness because of the pandemic, this year, we can already feel the... Read More

Hotels see 2022 as 'good recovery' year

MANILA – Hotels are seeing 2022 as a "good recovery" year after observing a rise in the confidence level to travel among Filipinos."[E]ven if we continue to stay at alert level two, 2022 should really be a good recovery year, not quite the pre-pandemic days but definitely much much better than... Read More