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Megaworld hikes capital spending for Cavite project

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Megaworld Corporation increases its capital spending to P15 billion after announcing a 140-hectare township in General Trias City, Cavite

GREEN LEISURE. Megaworld, known for its lifestyle malls and eco-friendly designs, is fast-tracking their projects lined up for this year due to the demand. Photo by Megaworld

Boracay Inter-agency Task Force demolishes erring resort

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The resort was given 3 orders to voluntarily demolish its structure starting April 26, 2018 but these went unheeded, says the DENR

Caption: TAKEN DOWN. Despite being warned and given enough time to comply, the Boracay Inter-agency Taskforce still had to take down an erring establishment for violating shoreline easement. Photo by DENR

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Income tax return for employees

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Who are qualified for substituted filing? Find out from the Philippine Tax Whiz!

MWSS targets 99% water supply restoration by end of March

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Some of the last 11 barangays still suffering from water shortage are in high areas, making supply restoration there harder, says MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Quezon congressman Suarez wants Kanan, not Kaliwa Dam

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez says building two Kanan dams would 'entail no cost to the government,' unlike getting a loan from China for the Kaliwa Dam

KANAN DAM ADVOCATE. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China-funded Kaliwa Dam cheaper than Japanese firm's proposal – MWSS

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The government says the cost of the Kaliwa Dam project is $248 million, not $800 million as claimed by Japanese company Global Utility Development Corporation

Militant women's group Gabriela shouts water on March 15, 2019, during a protest outside the MWSS headquarters in Quezon City to condemn the recent water crises in Metro Manila caused by the operational adjustments conducted by the Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Agricultural damage from El Niño rises to P1.33 billion

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rice takes the biggest hit with production loss of P814.4 million, while production loss for corn is at P512.3 million

A farmer walks over the cracked soil of dried up rice field in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned of hotter days ahead due to El Nino. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Mall schedules for Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Here are the operating hours of malls during Holy Week

Price of palay down as gov't projects lower Q1 yield

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:20 PM

While the average farmgate price of palay is lower year-on-year, the prices of well-milled and regular milled rice are still higher from a year ago

Musuan Field - rice fields near Musuan Peak in Valencia Bukidnon. the Department of Agriculture has reported 8 million pesos losses in Rice farms in Bukidnon as a weak El Niño affects much of Northern Mindanao. the effect of the weather phenomena is expected to last until August this year. warmer ocean temperature results in way below average rainfall across the Philippines. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Equality at work leads to business growth, innovation – report

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The mindset to innovate in the workplace is similar among employees, regardless of age and gender, according to an Accenture report

EQUALITY. Innovation at work is high at firms where there is a culture of equality, a 2019 report of Accenture revealed. Image from Shutterstock

Manila Water slammed for Cardona plant delays, fees

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Cardona water treatment plant was supposed to begin operating in 2018 and could have prevented the shortage crisis. A senator also questions why consumers were charged for it as early as 2015.

Philippine nickel industry eyes roadmap to improve competitiveness

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

While the roadmap can help boost nickel production, the Philippine Nickel Industry Association says it has to go hand in hand with supporting policies

U.S. probing certification of Boeing 737 MAX

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The probe is focusing on the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System implicated in the Lion Air crash, which authorities say shared similarities with the latest accident

737 MAX. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 an Air China Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane is seen at Beijing Capital Airport. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Germany launches 5G auction amid row with U.S. over Huawei

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The German Federal Network Agency will start the auction in Mainz at 0900 GMT on March 19. The process will allocate 41 different frequency blocks.

LIVE: Senate probes Manila Water's supply shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Manila Water and government officials will face senators on Tuesday, March 19, at 10 am

Philippine economic team flies to China for infrastructure projects

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team will meet with Chinese counterparts to score new infrastructure deals

MWSS: Kaliwa Dam 'done deal,' no to other proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Ito ay gagawin na. Kung sinuman naghabol diyan, that is already water under the bridge,' says Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Administrator Reynaldo Velasco

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a press conference at the MWSS office in Quezon City, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

Lyft revs up for an IPO seeking to raise $2.4 billion

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Lyft's launch is the first of what is expected to be a wave of IPOs from venture-backed startups worth more than $1 billion, known in Silicon Valley as 'unicorns'

LYFT. The Lyft logo is displayed on a car on March 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Philippines secures $1.24 billion in investment pledges from Japan

Mar 18, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Japan, being one of the Philippines' strongest trade partners, would help generate 16,000 jobs if these investments push through

The Department of Trade and Industry as able to secure investments from Japanese firms during its business mission in Tokyo, Japan, last week. Photo grabbed from DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez's Facebook account

Japanese firm renews alternative Kaliwa water proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Japanese firm Global Utility Development Corporation is stepping back into the picture over 10 years after it first proposed the Kaliwa Intake Weir

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Budget surplus widens to P44.5 billion under reenacted budget

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Bureau of the Treasury says the contraction in government spending was due to delays in the implementation of new projects and salary adjustments

Big-time oil price hike set for March 19

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Gasoline prices will rise for the 6th straight week on Tuesday, March 19

LIST: Power interruptions due to Meralco maintenance in March 2019

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Here are the areas with scheduled power interruptions due to maintenance work of the Manila Electric Company

Electricity meters in Barangay Bagumbayan South in Navotas City on August 2, 2017

LTFRB again rejects Go-Jek entry into Philippine market

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reiterates that Go-Jek's local subsidiary does not meet the 60% Filipino ownership requirement

REJECTED. Philippine transport regulators reject Indonesian Go-Jek's entry in the country.

Manila Water: Services back to normal by May

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Manila Water CEO Ferdinand dela Cruz says they have restored water supply to 80% of the East Zone, or around one million customers

LIVE: House investigates Manila Water's supply crisis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The House of Representatives looks into the worst water crisis that struck the capital in recent history

Lawmakers call for refund after Manila Water shortage

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:55 PM

But the company is unable to give a definite answer on this proposal

Fed to hold fire on interest rates as world economy slows

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Economists also expect the United States Federal Reserve to once again lower the number of rate hikes projected in 2019

U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE. Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2018. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Germany's two top banks launch merger talks to create national 'champion'

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:45 PM

German bank Commerzbank says it 'agreed today to start discussions with an open outcome on a potential merger' with Deutsche Bank

MERGER? Germany's top lenders, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, plan to launch formal exploratory talks toward a possible merger, national media reported on March 17, 2019, following months of preliminary negotiations. AFP File photo

Manila Water’s supply crisis: What we know so far

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The House and Senate are set to launch separate probes into the water crisis. Rappler explains the facts and lists other questions that still need answers.

We need a Department of Water – Pernia

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:33 PM

'We don't have a Department of Water that would centralize all activities having to do with water resource, distribution, and supply so we don't get into this kind of crisis,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

NO WATER. Containers are being sold fast in the markets due to the water shortage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DENR: 'No shortcuts' in ECC application for Kaliwa Dam

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The DENR says the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has not completed the requirements for its environmental compliance certificate application for the project

Militant women's group Gabriela shouts water on March 15, 2019, during a protest outside the MWSS headquarters in Quezon City to condemn the recent water crises in Metro Manila caused by the operational adjustments conducted by the Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS: Duterte given wrong advice on Manila Water mess

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Some praise President Rodrigo Duterte for his order to address the water crisis. MWSS, however, says he is ill-advised.

WATER CRISIS. Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, fetch potable water from a water hydrant. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DENR to open previously shut deep wells amid water crisis

Mar 15, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Given the hazards these deep wells may pose, Antiporda said that these will only be open up to October

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MWSS: Water bypass was never closed

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:29 PM

MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty explains that the high demand is still the main reason for the water supply shortage

PROTEST. Millitant groups storm the gates of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, demanding a solution to the water crisis in Metro Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trump expects China trade war decision within 4 weeks

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The US president says: 'We are doing very well with China talks... We are getting what we have to get'

NUCLEAR TREATY. n this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Manila Water: Discoloration 'normal' during shortage

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Manila Water says the yellowish water coming out of faucets is not toxic and is safe to use

Manila Water sends 'conspiracy theories' down the drain

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Manila Water communications manager Dittie Galang says the company will never 'compromise the level of service' it gives to customers

Chinese firms 'hands off' Hanjin takeover – Board of Investments

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:40 PM

The remaining workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines are still in limbo

TAKEOVER? It is still uncertain whether foreign firms will takeover Hanjin. AFP file photo

Domino effect: Water crisis causing more trash, hurting businesses

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:55 PM

More plastic spoons and paper plates, limited drinks, disrupted operations. Manila Water's supply woes are causing environmental and economic impact.

Megaworld, BCDA team up to create new district in Fort Bonifacio

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Envisioned to be the 'administrative capital of the country,' the 160-hectare Bonifacio Capital District is expected to host the new offices of government agencies

Rice inventory up in February 2019 from a year ago

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Rice stocks grow by 19.24% in February 2019 compared to the same month in 2018

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS on water shortage: It's our fault

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'It's the fault of the government because it is the responsibility of the government to source all this water,' says MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty

U.S. grounds Boeing 737 MAX as black boxes flown to France for analysis

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ethiopian Airlines says the black box flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed have been flown to Paris for analysis

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet approaches the Toronto Pearson International Airport for a landing on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. U.S. President Donald Trump announced today that all 737 MAX 8 jets would be suspended from use following the recent crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Several other countries, including Canada, China, and Australia have announced that they would also be grounding the jets. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP  Cole Burston / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

UK slashes 2019 economic growth forecast – budget

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The UK economy is forecast to grow by 1.2% in 2019, sharply down on the government's prediction of 1.6% in October 2018

UK ECONOMY British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street in London, November 23, 2016. File photo by Ben Stanstall/AFP

UAE regrets inclusion in EU tax blacklist

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:02 PM

'This inclusion was made despite the UAE's close cooperation with the EU on this issue and ongoing efforts to fulfil all the EU's requirements,' an official statement says

UAE. A general view of cranes at a construction site with the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa (background) in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 11, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Ayala Corp posts single-digit net income growth in 2018

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Ayala Land, Globe Telecom, and AC Energy boost parent company Ayala Corporation's net income to P31.8 billion, up by 5% in 2018

LIST: Manila Water service interruption schedule starting March 14, 15

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Water interruptions will last 6 to 21 hours daily, 'until the rainy season sets in'

Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, 2019, fetch potable water at a water hydrant in the barangay after experiencing low water pressure or no water supply caused by the operational adjustments to address the continuous decline of La Mesa Dam water level. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific back to profit after two years in red

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Cathay has been overhauling its business after posting its first losses for 8 years in 2016

BACK TO PROFIT. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP