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PAL's Mabuhay Maritime to offer Kalibo-Boracay ferry service

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The ferry service seeks to provide seamless travel from the Kalibo International Airport to Boracay

MODERN FACILITIES. PAL's Mabuhay Maritime Express will soon offer Kalibo to Boracay ferry service. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Dyson to make electric cars in Singapore

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Dyson, founded and owned by Brexit-backing billionaire entrepreneur James Dyson, says the factory is scheduled for completion in 2020

DYSON'S CAR DREAMS. British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses with products during a photo session at a hotel in Paris on October 11, 2018. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP)

Cryptocurrency bitcoin marks 10 years

Oct 23, 2018 - 1:14 PM

It's been nearly 10 years since bitcoin first came on the scene. Here's what you need to know about its development.

BITCOIN. This file picture taken on February 28, 2014 shows a man talking on a mobile phone in a shop displaying a Bitcoin sign during the opening ceremony of the first bitcoin retail shop in Hong Kong. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

DOTr grants original proponent status to 2 firms for Davao, Kalibo airports upgrade

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation and Mega7 Construction Corporation are granted original proponent status for their unsolicited airport upgrade proposals

UPGRADE. Officials have granted firms the original proponent status for the upgrade of Davao and Kalibo International Airports. KIA photo from Kalibo Intl Airport FB page; DIA from Tonton Obmerga/Google Maps

Grab to train drivers as emergency first responders

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Grab drivers will no longer just get you to your destination. The company's plan is for them to become emergency first responders and aid in busting crime, too.

Poe to 3rd telco bidders: Don't delay selection process

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says companies vying to become the 3rd telecommunications player can complain before the courts, but must not be a cause of delay for the selection process

WATCH: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22

Philippines' first container RO-RO barge port to open November 2018

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza will be inaugurated on November 5, and will be integrated with other major Luzon port facilities

FIRST. Hailed as the first container barge terminal, the Cavite Gateway Terminal is set to be inaugurated in November 5. Photo from Department of Transportation

DPWH finally acquires right of way for NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 will 'hopefully be completed in time for the Christmas rush'

FINALLY COMPLETE. The Department of Public Works and Highways delivered the complete right-of-way acquisition for the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. Photo from DPWH Secretary Mark Villar's Facebook page

IN CHARTS: Philippine fish now more expensive, smaller – survey

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Filipinos are buying more expensive, smaller fish now compared to a decade ago, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations

PH signs deal with Israeli firm for oil exploration east of Palawan

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs a Petroleum Service Contract allowing Israeli company Ratio Petroleum Ltd to explore for oil and gas in a 416,000-hectare area east of Palawan

PHILIPPINE-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION: Officials of the Philippine government, the State of Israel and Israeli firm, Ratio Petroleum Ltd., come together for a photo after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed today (17 October) the Petroleum Service Contract of Area 4 (East Palawan) under the Fifth Philippine Energy Contracting Round.  (L-R) DOE Assistant Secretary Caron Aicitel E. Lascano, DOE Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos, DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., President Rodrigo R. Duterte, H.E. Rafael Harpaz, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr. Yigal Landau, owner and Member of the Board of Ratio Petroleum Ltd., Mr. Eitan Aizenberg, Chairman and Senior Vice President for Exploration and Production of Ratio and Petroleum Ltd., and Mr. Itay Raphael Tabibzada, CEO and President of Ratio Petroleum Ltd. Photo from DOE Public Affairs Office

NOW Corp blames DICT's Rio for drop in shares, eyes charges

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr fires back, saying that NOW Corporation's wound could have been self-inflicted

Philippines revs up flagging green energy engine

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:55 PM

A surge of new exploration efforts are underway in a nation that has some of the world's largest untapped sources of volcanic heat, but which relies on coal for half its electricity

Top UK audit firm to monitor Grab pricing, service quality

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Competition Commission chief Arsenio Balisacan says Smith & Williamson 'will serve as our eyes and ears on the ground'

COMPLIANCE. The Philippine Competition Commission selects Smith & Williamson to monitor Grab's compliance to pricing and service quality commitments.

3rd telco bidder sues NTC for 'money-making' requirements

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:40 PM

NOW Telecom says the National Telecommunications Commission is imposing on bidders multi-billion-peso fees that were not taken up in public hearings

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply

Dennis Uy's Chelsea Logistics unveils PH's biggest oil tanker

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The M/T Chelsea Providence is a 183.3-meter long medium-range oil tanker that can carry up to 54 million liters of petroleum

Goodbye bukbok? Gov’t to inspect imported rice before shipment to PH

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:15 PM

A Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority team will check rice shipments at the source, to ensure the quality of the imported grains to be sold to Filipino consumers

DICT on track to name 3rd telco player before Christmas

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology sets November 7 as the deadline for the selection of a new major telecommunications player

UK's Vodafone may enter PH as 3rd telco

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Budget Secretary Diokno announces that Vodafone wants to enter the Philippines 'in a big way,' though the company has yet to send an official expression of interest

3RD TELCO? Philippine government officials meet with the executives of Vodafone Group Services Ltd during their visit in the United Kingdom. Photo from DTI

Elon Musk to resign as chair of Tesla board but remain CEO

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Musk will also pay a $20-million fine as part of settlements stemming from his alleged securities fraud

AIMING HIGH. Elon Musk speaks about the '€œInterplanetary Transport System'€ which aims to reach Mars with the first human crew in history, during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

Jollibee in London shows PH businesses can go global – envoy

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Philippine embassy says Jollibee, the first Philippine fast food chain to expand to the United Kingdom, is 'blazing the trail for other Philippine businesses'

JOLLIBEE LONDON. Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Manuel Lagdameo and Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III smile as Jollibee snaps a groufie at the first Jollibee store in London. Photo by Stacy Garcia

Workplace messaging startup Slack eyes 2019 IPO – report

Sep 29, 2018 - 12:30 AM

Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal says Slack is aiming for an initial public offering (IPO) in the first half of 2019 that would value the California startup at well above the $7.1 billion it reached in its most recent funding round

SLACK IPO? Social Network applications including Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Snapchat, Twitter, Skype, Viber , Teamsnap and Messenger, are on display on a smartphone on March 21, 2018 in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Lucio Tan to merge PNB, PNB Savings Bank

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The banks, once merged would have an asset base of P932.7 billion

Supreme Court orders fixed salaries for bus drivers, conductors

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The court upholds the DOLE order and LTFRB memorandum circular that seek to 'enhance the economic status of bus drivers and conductors, and to promote the general welfare of the riding public'

COMPENSATION. The Supreme Court greenlights having fixed salaries and additional pay for properly performing drivers and conductors. Buses image by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Department of Agriculture to invest P300 million in Bukidnon for vegetable production

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The investment aims to bring food supplies to the National Capital Region and stabilize food prices

HIGH-VALUE CROPS. Farm workers at the Dahilayan Agro Development Corporation pick strawberries Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Grab PH expands mobile wallet services to bills payment, purchases

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Grab is among 11 non-banks licensed to operate as electronic money issuers in the country

FULL SUITE. Users of Grab Philippines will soon experience its 'full suite' of mobile wallet services.

London to taste Jollibee's Chickenjoy starting October 20

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Jollibee will open its first London branch in the district of Earl's Court, a central hub of the Filipino community there

Dunkin' Donuts is dropping 'Donuts' from its name

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Of course, that's something Filipinos have long been doing

REBRAND. Goodbye 'donuts' – in their name, at least. Image from Shutterstock

Instead of more jobs, DOLE sees layoffs under Trabaho bill

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment warns that the industry and services sector would take a hit should the Trabaho bill push through

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge reopened, reconstruction reset

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Bowing to public clamor, the Department of Public Works and Highways reopens the 'Rockwell bridge'

REOPENED. The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge was reopened to the public on September 25, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

After Piñol slams rice imports, PH to import 1 million MT of rice in 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol previously said the Philippines would have a rice problem if the country relied on imports to meet demand for the staple

SiriusXM buys Pandora to step up streaming music wars

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The all-stock deal creates 'the world's largest audio entertainment company,' with some $7 billion in revenues, according to a statement from the two firms

Agricultural damage by Typhoon Ompong highest since Yolanda

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol plans to ask Congress for additional funds to rehabilitate Typhoon Ompong-hit areas

Singapore watchdog fines Grab, Uber $9.5M over merger

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore says the merger significantly reduced market competition and led to higher fares

P2/min travel charge back but Grab lowers surge pricing cap

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The new surge pricing cap is effective Friday, September 21

SURGE. Grab lowers its surge pricing cap. Rappler file photo

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Makati to be closed starting September 23

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The bridge will be replaced by one with 4 lanes, set to be completed in 2021

REPLACE. The Department of Public Works and Highways will replace Estella-Pantaleon bridge. Wikicommons photo by Judgefloro

DOTr seeks to restore 2019 funds for evening flights in regional airports

Sep 20, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Senator Loren Legarda vows to restore the Department of Transportation's proposed budget for the night-rating of regional airports

AIRPORTS. DOTr Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo explains to the Senate commitee on finance the need to night rate airports. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

Bus rapid transit system to push through in Cebu, Quezon Avenue

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Metro Manila might have a bus rapid transit system in 3 years, says Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon

PLAN. In the earlier plan, a bus station was set to be constructed near the Fuente Osmena Park for Cebu's first mass transport system, which was supposed to be operational in 2018. File photo by Rappler

DENR: Itogon landslide not caused by mining

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says tracking accountability over the incident was 'very unique,' as land that fell on the mining site was from private land

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ompong hit P14 billion

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The initial cost of damage is nearly double what Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol estimated would be 'worst-case scenario' losses of about P7.9 billion

NO HARVEST. La Paz rice fields turns into a lake after floods inundate fields. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong leaves at least P2.8 billion in agricultural damage

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The government says around 171,932 farmers have been affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

CRY ME A RIVER. Samuel Castro was just waiting for Monday. He has nothing to harvest now. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Salesforce boss Marc Benioff, wife buy Time magazine

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Benioffs will not be involved in operations or journalistic decisions, 'which will continue to be led by TIME's current executive leadership team,' a statement says

TIME. An AFP journalist reads a copy of Time Magazine with a front cover using a combination of pictures showing a crying child taken at the US Border Mexico and a picture of US President Donald Trump looking down, on June 22, 2018 in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Power, communications restoration underway in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says power providers and distributors are assessing the damage from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a look at the condition of airports in typhoon-hit areas

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Power lines affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 4:42 AM

Restoration of power lines is underway after the exit of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) from the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Rappler file photo

Typhoon Ompong: Free parking at SM, Ayala, Robinsons, Megaworld malls

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Overnight parking fees are waived for select malls as heavy rain and floods are possible due to Ompong (Mangkhut)

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Canceled flights due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of flights canceled due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)