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Amusement tax for Filipino films waived for 3 years

Amusement tax for Filipino films waived for 3 years

February 29, 2024, 5:23 pm

MANILA – The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has waived the 10 percent amusement tax for the screenings of all local films in the National Capital Region (NCR) for the next three years to help support and promote the Filipino film industry. In a statement on Thursday, Metropolitan Manila Development… Read More

Contingency protocol saves PCSO 3-digit draw

Contingency protocol saves PCSO 3-digit draw

February 29, 2024, 4:59 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Thursday confirmed that a minor glitch occurred during its 3-digit game 2 PM draw on Feb. 27 after one of its draw machines failed to capture one of the winning balls. The 3-digit draw offers a top prize of PHP4,500 for each winning… Read More

PH acquiring tools to combat financial cybercrimes - CICC

PH acquiring tools to combat financial cybercrimes - CICC

February 29, 2024, 4:16 pm

MANILA – The government is in the process of acquiring tools to combat crimes on financial technology, the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) said on Thursday. “On the capacity of the Philippine government, we are acquiring tools that will be able to decouple, kasi… Read More

DA urges farmers to register with RSBSA to get aid faster

DA urges farmers to register with RSBSA to get aid faster

February 29, 2024, 4:16 pm Updated on February 29, 2024, 5:00 pm

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) urged Thursday farmers in the country to register with the government's registry system for a quicker reception of aid amid the El Niño phenomenon.  “Magparehistro sa ating RSBSA (Registry System for the Basic Sectors in Agriculture) dahil… Read More

NCRPO: Navotas court ruling highlights efforts to weed out rogue cops

NCRPO: Navotas court ruling highlights efforts to weed out rogue cops

February 29, 2024, 3:54 pm

MANILA – The ruling of a Navotas court convicting five of six dismissed police officers implicated in the death of 17-year-old Jerhome Jemboy Baltazar highlights stringent efforts to rid the police ranks of misfits and scalawags, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Thursday.… Read More

BuCor opens visitor's park, releases 706 PDLs

BuCor opens visitor's park, releases 706 PDLs

February 29, 2024, 3:53 pm

MANILA – Prison officials on Thursday announced the opening of a 5,000 square meter visitor’s park inside the Maximum Security Camp of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. led other BuCor officials in the… Read More

PH, Cuba explore tie-up on rural farming, technical skills education

PH, Cuba explore tie-up on rural farming, technical skills education

February 29, 2024, 3:44 pm

MANILA – The Philippines is exploring possible cooperation on rural farming and technical skills education with Cuba, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday. Last week, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Cuban Ministry of Education held their first meeting following the… Read More

Ejercito says enough safeguards provided in medical marijuana bill

Ejercito says enough safeguards provided in medical marijuana bill

February 29, 2024, 2:54 pm

MANILA – Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito on Thursday said there are sufficient safeguards provided in Senate Bill No. 2573, or the Cannabis Medicalization Act of the Philippines for him to sign the committee report on the proposed measure. The panel report was prepared and submitted jointly… Read More

TAYO Awards opens 21st search for accomplished Filipino youth groups

TAYO Awards opens 21st search for accomplished Filipino youth groups

February 29, 2024, 2:12 pm

MANILA – The Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation will open the 21st search for accomplished and proactive youth groups in the Philippines. The application period is ongoing until March 17 and is open to all interested youth organizations nationwide. The theme for this… Read More

CSC issues school assignments, reminders for March 3 examinees

CSC issues school assignments, reminders for March 3 examinees

February 29, 2024, 1:41 pm

MANILA – School assignments and important reminders for the examinees of the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) to be held on March 3, 2024 are now available online. “We urge the 361,699 individuals expected to take the CSE-PPT to check and familiarize themselves with… Read More

PBBM names new PCGG commissioner

PBBM names new PCGG commissioner

February 29, 2024, 12:06 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has appointed lawyer Rogelio Quevedo as commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), Malacañang announced Thursday.Quevedo’s appointment was announced by the Presidential Communications Office in a Facebook post.Before his… Read More

PCG recovers hacked Facebook page

PCG recovers hacked Facebook page

February 29, 2024, 11:44 am

MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) regained control of its hacked Facebook page early Thursday. In a statement, PCG spokesperson Rear Admiral Armando Balilo said three accounts were removed from having control of the PCG Facebook page —Fatima Hasan, Murat Kansu, and Vicky Bates.… Read More

6K troops to join PH Army's 1st 'combined arms drill'

6K troops to join PH Army's 1st 'combined arms drill'

February 29, 2024, 11:15 am

MANILA – Over 6,000 soldiers will join the Philippine Army (PA)'s first-ever "combined arms training exercise" (CATEX) "Katihan" this March which would highlight the service's shift from internal security to territorial defense operations. "The large-scale exercise will effectively test the… Read More

PBBM bullish on PH-Australia enhanced defense, trade, maritime ties

PBBM bullish on PH-Australia enhanced defense, trade, maritime ties

February 29, 2024, 10:55 am

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday expressed optimism that the Philippines and Australia will continue to elevate their relations by improving defense, economic, maritime, and technology cooperation. In his remarks delivered at the Prime Minister’s Office in Canberra,… Read More

DND eyes collab with S. Africa for PH's self-reliant defense program

DND eyes collab with S. Africa for PH's self-reliant defense program

February 29, 2024, 10:23 am

MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) is looking at a possible logistics and defense collaboration with South Africa to support the country's self-reliant defense posture (SRDP) initiative. DND Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. made this remark during his meeting with South African… Read More

PBBM: PH, Australia must defend ‘open, rules-based’ int’l order

PBBM: PH, Australia must defend ‘open, rules-based’ int’l order

February 29, 2024, 9:38 am

MANILA – The Philippines and Australia must stand united in addressing the pressing issues that threaten peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said on Thursday. “Our two countries have always understood that without the predictability and stability of our… Read More

Slim chance of tropical cyclone in PH early March

Slim chance of tropical cyclone in PH early March

February 29, 2024, 7:39 am

MANILA – There is a slim chance for a tropical cyclone to develop or enter the country in early March, a forecaster said Thursday. "Based on our analysis, there is still a slim chance for a tropical cyclone in the first few days of March," Benison Estareja of the Philippine Atmospheric,… Read More

PH envoy: WPS is region's real flashpoint

PH envoy: WPS is region's real flashpoint

February 28, 2024, 10:00 pm Updated on February 29, 2024, 10:00 am

MANILA – The real flashpoint in the region lies in the West Philippine Sea instead of Taiwan Strait where China’s response is expected to be “more calculated,” the Philippines’ envoy to the United States said Wednesday. Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez explained that the situation in the… Read More

DFA: PH maritime zones act to ‘harmonize’ domestic law with UNCLOS

DFA: PH maritime zones act to ‘harmonize’ domestic law with UNCLOS

February 28, 2024, 9:55 pm

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday welcomed the Senate approval of the Philippine Maritime Zones Bill on the third and final reading, saying it would harmonize the country’s law with the international treaty on the seas. “As one of the President's priority… Read More

Lawmakers see tangible benefits of PBBM's foreign trips

Lawmakers see tangible benefits of PBBM's foreign trips

February 28, 2024, 9:04 pm

MANILA – Lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Wednesday said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s foreign trips have already brought tangible benefits to the Philippine economy through the actualization of investment commitments. AnaKalusugan Party-list Rep. Ray Reyes said Marcos is… Read More