Proposed mandatory drug test for artists seen as discriminatory 

A LAWMAKER’S call to have artists undergo drug test before being signed up for a project is discriminatory, entertainment industry members said.

Public school teachers to get P1,000 special day benefit 

THE PHILIPPINE government allocated P925 million for distribution on World Teachers’ Day on October 5, with each beneficiary to get P1,000, a congressman said on Monday. 

Youth party-list condemns NYC chair over ‘shameless’ act 

A YOUTH party-list on Monday condemned National Youth Commission (NYC) Chair Ronald Gian L. Cardema for gatecrashing a forum attended by their representative. 

Analysts: Political instability may hound Marcos

PHILIPPINE President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. would probably struggle to deter potential political instabilities during his six-year term, analysts said at the weekend, citing his weak political party and pressure from his allies. 

No relief for drug war victims despite functioning justice system, says lawyer

VICTIMS of the Philippine government’s war on drugs have yet to get justice despite the state’s claim that it has a functioning justice system, according to a human rights lawyer.

Pimentel flags P544-billion lump-sum funds under DPWH budget

A SENATOR has flagged P544 billion under the Department of Public Works and Highway’s (DPWH) proposed 2023 budget, which are categorized as lump-sum funds, meaning there is no information on what specific projects these will be spent for.

Budget experts support realignment of OVP, DepEd confidential funds

BUDGET experts support a senator’s earlier pitch for the re-alignment of so-called “confidential funds” of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) at P500 million and the Department of Education (DepEd) at P150 million under the proposed 2023 National Expenditure Program.

Over 46,000 still displaced after Super Typhoon Karding

MORE than 46,000 Filipinos in northern Philippines were still displaced a week after Super Typhoon Noru, locally named Karding, hit the country, according to government data as of Sunday.

SC affirms dismissal of plea to junk graft charges vs ex-PAGCOR exec

THE Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the dismissal of a motion to junk graft charges against a former chairman of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) for supposedly allowing the disbursement of movie tickets worth P26.7 million in 2008.

Postponement of village-level election a political maneuver that threatens democracy — analysts

THE PROPOSED postponement of elections for community-level leaders and youth council representatives will be used by the current administration to further political agendas, political analysts said on Saturday.

LANDBANK to launch agricultural hub in Oriental Mindoro

STATE-OWNED Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) will launch an agricultural-hub in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro to provide more farmers and fishers with easier access to financial assistance.

Housing dep’t breaks ground for low-cost projects in 3 Western Visayas cities

THE DEPARTMENT of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) on Friday broke ground for housing projects in three cities in Western Visayas, a region in central Philippines.
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