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Comelec proclaims winners in senatorial race

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday proclaimed the top 12 in the 2019 senatorial race as the official winners in that contest.

FDA says vinegar using synthetic acetic acid liable for ‘mislabeling’

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will revoke the registration of vinegar makers found to have used synthetic acetic acid for “misdeclaration,” amid reports that some brands synthesized their ingredients rather than use natural materials like sugarcane.

Proclamation of senators, party-lists postponed as Comelec awaits votes from Washington

TUESDAY’S SUPPOSED proclamation of winners for senators and party-list groups was postponed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as canvassing of election returns (ER) was still ongoing.

Proclamations set today

WITH ONLY over a million votes left to canvass as of this reporting, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) scheduled today the proclamation of winners in the senatorial and party-list elections.

Top 10 senators may be proclaimed ahead of ‘crucial’ 11th-12th winners

THE PROCLAMATION of the top 10 senators in the May 13 elections may come ahead of the “crucial” 11th and 12th winners, but the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declined to commit to a specific date.

Work-life balance issues seen likely to trigger job searches

ONLINE JOB recruitment site Monster.com said that half of Filipino professionals cite as a reason for searching for new jobs the struggle in juggling their careers with their obligations as parents.

DoLE offers marketing platform for informal-sector businesses

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it has developed a new marketing platform for entrepreneurs from the informal sector seeking to promote their goods.

Fitch sees ‘continuity’ in midterm poll results

CREDIT-RATING agency Fitch, in a statement on Thursday, said it sees “policy continuity” in the remainder of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, following the midterm elections.

Comelec calls for filing of complaint over alleged pre-shaded ballots shown...

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should conduct an investigation into the reported pre-shading of ballots in Lanao del Sur during the 2019 midterm elections held last Monday.

Senate to look into glitch in midterm polls

THE Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation will hold an oversight hearing on June 4 to look into technical issues that hounded Monday’s midterm elections.

Canvassing of votes begins

THE National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) convened on Tuesday, canvassing the first few certificate of canvass (CoC) from the midterm elections held Monday.

Youth increasingly key to putting policy makers in place, but not...

ABOUT 61 million voters, with the youth forming a considerable segment of this electorate, are expected to vote in today’s mid-term elections, the outcome of which will influence policy making in the remaining three years of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

OFWs remittances increase markedly for Mother’s Day — WorldRemit

ONLINE MONEY transfer service WorldRemit said remittance activity from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) tends to increase in the run-up to Mother’s Day.

Comelec ready for midterm elections, cites technology, social media presence

IMPROVED technological advancements and stronger social media response have enabled Commission on Elections (Comelec) to improve preparations for this 2019 elections, its spokesman said when sought for comment.

Comelec assures it will be ready for the polls despite hitches

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that despite some mishaps surrounding the preparations in the days before the May 13 elections, it will be able to address them on time.

TUCP files wage petitions for three more regions

AFTER filing a petition earlier this week before the Central Visayas wage board for a P386 minimum wage increase, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has demanded more pay hikes in three different regions.

Pag-IBIG Fund books higher income in Q1

THE HOME Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) booked a higher net income in first quarter on improved loan demand and collections.

Cebu employers warn TUCP wage hike proposal is unsustainable

A VISAYAN employers’ association said a recent petition for increase in the minimum wage for Central Visayas is “not sustainable” and will hold back the region’s competitiveness.

Honoraria for teachers serving as election workers will be tax-exempt —...

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday that teachers working as poll workers during the May 13 elections will be exempt from paying taxes if they qualify under a certain income category and file an affidavit attesting to their exempt status under the law.

Task force vs vote buying launched

LESS THAN a week before the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched a task force intended to address the long-standing problem of vote buying.

Remulla faces raps over alleged vote buying

CAVITE GUBERNATORIAL candidate Juanito Victor “Jonvic” C. Remulla is facing election violation raps over an alleged vote buying incident.

Headline inflation rates in the Philippines (April, 2019)

A TOTAL of 247,830 police and military officers will be deployed nationwide to secure the midterm elections on May 13.

TUCP seeks P386 across-the-board Region 7 wage hike

A WEEK after filing its plea for a P710 across-the-board increase for Metro Manila’s private sector workers, the country’s biggest labor group filed a petition for a P386 increase for private sector employees in Central Visayas.

Almost 248,000 cops, soldiers to be deployed for May 13 polls

A TOTAL of 247,830 police and military officers will be deployed nationwide to secure the midterm elections on May 13. The Philippine National Police (PNP)...

Rising wages said eroding Asia’s competitiveness

RISING minimum wages across Northeast and Southeast Asia will “gradually” erode the competitiveness of economies in these regions, Fitch Solutions Group Ltd said in a May 3 note e-mailed to journalists on Monday.

Nationwide round-up

Comelec: Broken seals of ballot boxes ‘accidental’ THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) assured the public on Monday that the broken seals on some boxes containing...

Moises Padilla town placed under Comelec control

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has placed the municipality of Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental under its control due to “political violence,” citing the recent killing of two town councilors seeking reelection.

Hospital for OFWs to cost over P500M

THE FIRST hospital for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will cost more than half a billion pesos and is targeted to open by 2020 in Pampanga, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

Saudi Arabia remains top destination for OFWs

AN ESTIMATED 2.3 million Filipinos worked abroad in the middle two quarters of 2018, with Saudi Arabia still the top destination for these workers, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

OWWA, TESDA agree to provide skills training for OFWs

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said it will tie up with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to provide skills training and technological education for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Gov’t tightens foreign worker controls

THE GOVERNMENT on Wednesday tightened rules on permits for foreigners to work in the country, amid reports of thousands of such nationals illegally hired in the gaming industry and even in construction who could be depriving the state of more than P30 billion in income tax each year.

Unions push for passage of bill banning ‘endo’ before Congress adjourns

LABOR LEADERS renewed their call to legislators and lawmakers to finally pass the Security of Tenure (SoT) Bill before the Congress adjourns late next month.

Comelec to announce majority, minority parties this week

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) will announce the names of the dominant majority and minority parties for the May 13 elections this week, according to Comelec Spokesperson James B. Jimenez.

TUCP set to file wage hike pleas outside NCR

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Monday filed a fresh petition for an across-the-board wage increase for Metro Manila’s private sector workers amounting to P710, and said it was preparing a similar application for Central Visayas.

TUCP claims wage hike needed to meet gov’t nutrition norms

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) cited “nutritional deficiency” among workers as the reason for its petition to hike the Metro Manila minimum wage by P710, citing government data for recommended levels of nutrition.

TUCP eyes fresh Metro Manila wage hike

THE COUNTRY’s biggest labor group plans to ask for an additional raise for Metro Manila’s private sector minimum wage earners, a little more than five months since the last increase took effect, citing “rising costs of food and services” that have rendered the current floor pay “insufficient,” according to an announcement to media on Sunday.

Election watchdog to conduct random manual audit for May 13 elections

ELECTION TRANSPARENCY watchdog Mata Sa Balota Movement will conduct random manual audit (RMA) in more than half of the 85,000 clustered precincts nationwide after the May 13 elections.

Most preparations for elections already in place: Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has said that most of the preparations are in place for the 2019 National and Local Elections (NLE) which will be held in less than three weeks.

DoH targets a malaria-free PHL by 2030

THE Department of Health (DoH) aims to lower the incidence of malaria by 90% by 2022, with the aim of declaring the country malaria-free by 2030.

Hunger rate declines in three months to March — SWS

THE NUMBER of Filipino families experiencing “involuntary hunger” declined in March 2019 from late last year as measured by the Social Weather Survey, according to a report issued by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) polling organization Wednesday.

NAMFREL to launch election data site for better transparency in May...

THE NATIONAL Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) announced on Thursday it will be running a Website aimed at expanding transparency during the midterm elections on May 13.

Libya OFW medical workers may be redeployed

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is preparing to redeploy to other countries Filipino medical workers trapped in conflict-affected areas of Libya in case there is an order to evacuate them.

Labor Day job ‘caravan’ to offer 200,000 jobs

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will make available about 200,000 job openings during its Labor Day employment caravan.

Cebu Pacific cabin crew establish new union

CEBU Pacific Air Inc. is gearing up for upcoming negotiations with its new cabin crew union, Juan Wing Regular Cabin Crews of the Philippines, after the union was formally established last week.

5 arrested in Catanduanes for gun ban violation

FIVE CIVILIANS were arrested in Catanduanes for violating the gun ban, which is in effect in line with the May midterm elections.