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Marcos committed to making Filipinos’ lives better: Palace

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is committed to making the lives of all Filipinos better in a post-pandemic economy, Malacañang said Tuesday.Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Press Secretary, made this remark following the release of a... Read More

DBM releases P5.2B cash aid for 9.8M poor households

MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has granted the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) around PHP5.2 billion to bankroll the distribution of PHP500 monthly cash aid to 9.8 million poor households.In a statement on Tuesday, the DBM said Budget... Read More

Fair, warm weather to continue across PH on Tuesday

MANILA – The country will continue to experience fair and warm weather on Tuesday due to the easterlies, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster, said that no weather disturbance was seen inside the... Read More

Most Pinoys believe PH on right track under PBBM admin

MANILA – Most Filipinos believe the country is headed in the right direction under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the latest survey results released by OCTA Research showed.Based on the 4th quarter of 2022 Tugon ng Masa survey of OCTA, 85 percent of Filipino adults... Read More

Bill amending PH fisheries code hurdles House panel

MANILA – The House Committee on Aquaculture and Fisheries on Monday approved House Bill 3380, seeking to establish fisherfolk resettlement areas by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the local government units (LGUs).The... Read More

Operator boosts beep card availability through online stores  

MANILA – Beep cards may now be purchased from several online stores as part of AF Payments, Inc.’s (AFPI) efforts to ease the shortage of cards in various train, bus and modern jeepney stations in the National Capital Region (NCR).In a statement on Monday, AFPI--the operator of Beep... Read More

Be reading champions, DepEd tells teachers, parents

MANILA – Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte on Monday emphasized the importance of reading that could help push the country’s learning recovery program as she led the celebration of National Reading Day.In a recorded video shared on Facebook livestream, Duterte read... Read More

Solon backs out of bid to decriminalize drug use

MANILA – Senator Ronald Dela Rosa said the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs which he chairs would likely discontinue the proceedings on Senate Bill No. 202 that seeks to decriminalize drug use.In an interview Monday,Dela Rosasaid he pushed for the measure hoping to decongest jails... Read More

Angara vows for inclusion of targeted 'ayuda' in 2023 budget

MANILA – Senator Sonny Angara is committed to push for the continued grant of "ayuda" (aid) to support the sectors still feeling the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.Amid the ongoing bicameral conference on the 2023 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), Angara said the Senate proposed targeted... Read More

Gov’t rightsizing bill hurdles House panel

MANILA – A House panel on Monday approved a proposal rightsizing the bureaucracy for a lean, efficient and responsive government workforce, which is a legislative priority of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as mentioned in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25.During a hearing,... Read More

Crackdown vs. unauthorized imported frozen fish not new: BFAR

MANILA– The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) clarified Monday that the crackdown on unauthorized imported frozen fish on wet markets is neither new nor late in implementation.In an interview with Radyo Pilipinas, BFAR spokesperson Nazario Briguera said the crackdown was part of... Read More

Romualdez proposes creation of sovereign wealth fund

MANILA – Speaker Martin Romualdez on Monday filed a bill seeking the creation of a sovereign wealth fund (SWFs) to maximize the profitability of investible government assets for the benefit of all Filipinos.House Bill No. 6398 proposes to establish the Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF), which would... Read More

House pushes for protecting women from discrimination at work

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on final reading a measure that would expand the prohibited acts of discrimination in the workplace against female employees.With 248 affirmative votes, the chamber approved House Bill 4479, which seeks to amend the Labor... Read More

NAIA intensifies security measures as surge of passengers seen

MANILA – Additional security measures will be implemented at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following the terminal transfer of some flights amid the expected influx of passengers this holiday season, an official disclosed Monday. Ma. O Aplasca, Office for Transportation Security... Read More

House OKs greater accountability for private employment agencies

MANILA – With 246 votes, the House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure seeking to impose greater responsibility and accountability on private employment agencies (PEAs) that hire and deploy domestic workers.House Bill HB No. 4477 amends Section 36 of... Read More

Imprescriptible period sought in filing VAWC cases

MANILA – Senator Imee Marcos is proposing to extend legal deadlines for filing cases of rape and other cases of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).The prescriptive period is between 10 and 20 years for various degrees of VAWC offenses, which include stalking, peering, entering a... Read More

NHA charter must be extended to fulfill admin housing plans

MANILA - Senator JV Ejercito sees no reason not to extend the National Housing Authority (NHA) charter that is set to expire by 2025.During a hearing on Monday by the Committee on Urban Planning, Housing, and Resettlement which Ejercito chairs, the NHA was recognized as the agency solely in charge... Read More

Inter-agency collab reinforces ‘Kadiwa ng Pasko’: DA

MANILA– Collaboration among various government agencies beefs up the “Kadiwa ng Pasko”, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday.In an interview with Radyo Pilipinas, DA Assistant Secretary Kristine Evangelista said the expansion of the Kadiwa ng Pasko schedules... Read More

Court orders Lazada to pay Makati P8.1-M in taxes

MANILA – The Court of Appeals (CTA) ordered online marketing and delivery firm Lazada to pay more than PHP8 million in local business taxes (LBT) to Makati City.The 22-page decision stated that Lazada E-Services Philippines Inc. must pay PHP8,167,694 in LBT for taxable years 2015... Read More

LTO summons 4 enforcers for alleged extortion in Bulacan

MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday has summoned four of its enforcers for alleged extortion caught in a video that went viral on social media.In a statement, the LTO said the four enforcers were from the Field Enforcement Division and were recorded trying to allegedly... Read More