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EDUCATION SECRETARY Leonor M. Briones has ordered the resumption of classes on Feb. 3 in areas affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption, following Sunday’s lowering of the alert level on the restive volcano.
PRIVATE SECTOR minimum wage workers in Region XII, also known as Soccsksargen, were granted an increase in wages nearly two years since their last wage hike.
THE Palace has said that the process of abolishing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States of America has begun, this after President Rodrigo R. Duterte called on the US to address a senate ally’s cancelled visa.
A NON-PROFIT organization Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) is calling on its member companies and other private sector entities to continue contributing aid to areas affected by the Taal volcano eruption, especially as help is not currently distributed evenly to all evacuation centers.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has given formal approval to initiate a review of an agreement to develop land owned by the University of the Philippines (UP), his spokesman said, adding to the list of allegedly one-sided deals entered into by past governments that has called into doubt the viability of long-term agreements undertaken by some of the country’s biggest firms.
NURSES are vital for the successful implementation of universal health care (UHC). The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the importance of investing in nurses to execute UHC properly. It’s a respected profession that has earned a reputation for also being largely overlooked, to the extent that many practitioners need to move overseas to earn a living.
TWO road projects are expected to relieve Metro Manila’s main circumferential road, known as EDSA, of at least 20% of its vehicle load this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
CONSTRUCTION OF the Kaliwa Dam, intended to serve as a medium-term water source for Metro Manila, may not start this year as the project has yet to comply with all requirements such as the consent from affected indigenous people communities, and defending the environmental clearance certificate (ECC), according to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s (MWSS) top official.
AYALA LAND, Inc. (ALI) said it is open for a probe of its contract with the University of the Philippines (UP) for the UP-Ayala Land Technohub project following allegations of underpayment by Malacañang.
A CHINESE boy traveling to Cebu City in central Philippines tested positive for coronavirus, days after Japan and Thailand confirmed their first case of infection from a new strain that originated in Wuhan, China, the Philippine Health department said on Tuesday.
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday called on Congress to allocate more money to build evacuation centers in disaster-prone areas.
THE Department of Health (DoH) has ordered a price freeze on 218 medicines as well as other medical goods in Batangas province, following widespread panic-buying of N95 masks, which are rated for filtering out volcanic dust.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “murderous war on drugs” remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday.
MORE policemen will be deployed in Batangas province to maintain order, as some residents reportedly tried to return to their houses to save their livestock amid Taal Volcano’s continued restlessness, the country’s local government chief said on Tuesday.
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has taken back his request for Congress to call for a special session to discuss the Middle East crisis in view of the de-escalating tension between the United States and Iran, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo.
THE Philippines and China are working together to combat Chinese nationals involved in illegal offshore gaming operations in the country, the head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) said, after President Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his assurance that Beijing is not meddling in local law enforcement.
ASH from Taal Volcano in Batangas province covered large parts of Southern Luzon and cities near the capital on Monday, forcing financial markets to suspend trading and the Manila airport to close.
BUSINESS SECTOR leader Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis Jr., president of the Employers Confederation of the Philippine (ECOP), said parking space owners should be made liable for security breaches in vehicles after a lawmaker announced she will hold a probe on car break-ins.
THE country’s three major airlines — Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Philippines AirAsia — have committed to help the government in the repatriation of Filipinos working and living in the countries in the Middle East that are affected by the Iran-United States conflict.
THE Palace on Friday warned the US government to keep from meddling with the Philippines’ justice system, adding that American lawmakers passing of a resolution barring certain Filipino officials involved in Senator Leila M. De Lima’s detention from entering the USA and freezing their assets is a form of “bullying.”
THE Department of Justice (DoJ) issued an order directing the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the death of three people who were found charred inside a burning car in Quezon Province. One of the bodies is believed to be that of former Batangas 2nd District Representative Edgar Mendoza.
THE Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is ordering shipping companies with Philippine-flagged ships to prepare to assist in the repatriation of Filipino workers from the Middle East if the need arises.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law the latest round of the Salary Standardization Law, which is expected to upgrade the pay of 1.4 million civil servants.
JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra urged Metro Manila water concessionaires not to “play hardball” after President Rodrigo R. Duterte offered the service providers new agreements under threat of nationalization and possible plunder and fraud charges.
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it expects improved spending performance from the government on 2020 budget items, due to the cash-based budgeting system currently in force.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday vowed to prosecute officials responsible for onerous provisions in the government’s contracts with water utilities.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is offering new contracts to Metro Manila’s two water concessionaires, but warned the government will take over water distribution services and pursue charges against Manila Water Co., Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. should they reject the new terms and conditions.