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CHED forms group to help LGUs set up quarantine centers in state universities, colleges

Apr 10, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases instructs local government units to identify government facilities that could temporarily serve as isolation or quarantine facilities

EXPERT GROUP. The Commission on Higher Education taps experts to aid LGUs and SUCs in establishing quarantine centers. CHED file photo from the official website of UP Diliman

PSC to offer 7 more venues as quarantine facilities

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Aside from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, PSC offers its other venues within the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the Philsports Complex

MORE VENUES. The Philsports track oval is set to be used to help the DOH with its efforts to relieve the coronavirus in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SALN filing deadline moved to June 30

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The Civil Service Commission moves the deadline by 60 days, from the annual April 30 deadline, due to the coronavirus outbreak

Robredo welcomes Luna sacking, but surprised Duterte defended her

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo says President Rodrigo Duterte should not be tolerating individuals sowing division within government during the COVID-19 pandemic

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo inspects the first batch of protective gear her office distrubted to health workers on March 16, 202 File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

NPC: Gov't agencies must collect 'only necessary data' for relief operations

Apr 04, 2020 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) The National Privacy Commission says employers are not required to obtain consent from their employees when sharing data with the government for the relief program

RELIEF. Food aid is distributed to the residents of Navotas City. Photo from Navoteño AKO! Facebook page

PopCom urges parents to discuss sexuality with teens during quarantine

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Conversations with teens on sexuality may prevent early sexual encounters and teenage pregnancies, says the Commission on Population and Development

A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Instagram displayed on a tablet. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP)

U.N. predicts 'deep recession' in Latin America due to virus

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:25 AM

'We're faced with the largest fall in growth that the region has had,' says the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Farmers offer their products for sale in a market in downtown Ozumba, Mexico state, on April 3, 2020, during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP)

Duterte fires PACC Commissioner Luna for pushing probe vs Robredo

Apr 04, 2020 - 12:23 AM

'As of this moment, he's no longer connected with government,' the President says of PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna, who pushed for a probe into the Vice President's fundraising efforts to address the coronavirus outbreak

FIRED. President Rodrigo Duterte fires Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna (C). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

EU scraps import duties for medical equipment

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The European Union moves to make medical equipment more accessible as it battles the coronavirus pandemic

Medical workers wearing a face mask and overalls disinfect their gloves while performing drive-through swabbing tests for coronavirus on people arriving by car outside the polyclinic of Alessandria, Piedmont, on April 2, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

COA disallows P44-million Batangas State University land deal

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The Commission on Audit says the land acquisition deal was grossly overpriced

Cue the hair flip! Frontliner helper Robredo throws shade at PACC critic

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo didn't have to say much to clap back at her critic, PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna

HAIR FLIP QUEEN. A now-viral GIF on Twitter shows Vice President Leni Robredo flipping her hair. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

NBI urged to probe Robredo for helping frontliners, 'competing' with gov't

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission's Manuelito Luna says it is 'illegal' for Vice President Leni Robredo to aid frontliners during the coronavirus outbreak

COMPETITION? Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment  sets that will be delivered to another batch of hospitals on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

COA affirms disallowance of P4.54-M benefits for Tidcorp board's ex-officio members

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:03 AM

COA says Monetary Board member Peter Favila and former MB member Armando Suratos are not entitled to the allowances and benefits they got from 2005 to 2010 as ex-officio members of the Trade and Investment Development Corporation of the Philippines

Lack of PhilHealth rules on coronavirus expenses leaves patient’s family in limbo

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:10 PM

PhilHealth earlier announced a P30-billion budget to cover all expenses of coronavirus patients who are its members, confined in accredited hospitals. Banking on this assurance, the son of a COVID-19 patient checks if his father, who has a running bill of P1.4 million, is covered as well.

The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Government doctor gets P6,400 cash bonus 8 years after appraisal

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Dr. Ma. Theresa G. Vera finally gets her due after a petition process to receive her performance bonus

TES stipends now available to grantees in SUCs and LUCs amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:33 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) is an additional stipend given to students in SUCs/LUCs who are in the Listahanan 2.0 of the DSWD

iFlix, iWant taking steps to save bandwidth due to coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Streaming video service iFlix is capping its streaming temporarily, with no content being streamed in 4K. Meanwhile, iWant is reducing its streaming bitrate by 33%.

Comelec moves suspension of voter registration to April 30

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:39 PM

'The suspension encompasses voter registration conducted in all Comelec offices in cities and municipalities, as well as all satellite registration activities,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

ELECTIONS. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

13 Filipino students repatriated from coronavirus-hit countries arrive in PH

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:29 AM

The Filipino students are repatriated from Japan, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom

Students wearing mask walk along Padre Faura Street in Manila on March 9, 2020. The Manila Local Government has suspended classes in Manila to make way for the cleansing and disinfection of schools to prevent the spread of covid-19 virus. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Netflix slightly reduces video quality in Philippines to lessen load on networks

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Users will still get the resolution they paid for but may see a slight decrease in video quality

NETFLIX. The Netflix logo is pictured on September 15, 2014 in Paris. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Students of top 4 PH schools urge CHED to suspend online classes

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'While we understand the need for learning to continue, the different circumstances of students across universities are not ideal and conducive for such,' the student governments of ADMU, UP Diliman, DLSU Manila, and UST say in their petition to the Commission on Higher Education

SUSPEND ONLINE CLASSES. Students from UP, ADMU, DLSU, and UST submit a petition to CHED to suspend online classes. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DepEd, CHED approval needed before using schools for quarantine

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:14 PM

'That cannot be automatic. It needs the permission,' says Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

QUARANTINE AREAS? The San Juan Local Government disinfects the San Juan National High School to control the spread of the coronavirus on March 9, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Qantas probed over allegedly using crisis to try to sink rival

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Virgin Australia claims Qantas engaged in anti-competitive behavior by 'trying to send a message that Virgin was in trouble and would not survive' the coronavirus crisis

QANTAS. Planes of the Australian carrier parked at the Melbourne Airport. Photo from Shutterstock

CHR reminds gov't: Human rights not suspended in fight vs coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights should be 'at the center of government efforts' against the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines

Motorists queue at a quarantine checkpoint at Batasan-San Mateo Road as police checks on IDs of pedestrians crossing the Metro Manila and Rizal border on March 16, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

CHED relaxes rules for adjustment of academic calendars

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:38 PM

'Hindi na po nila kailangan ng permission ng commission, ang nirerequire natin sa kanila ay i-inform ang commission in writing para alam namin kung paano sila tutulungan,' says CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera

CORONAVIRUS. Health workers from the local government disinfect the classrooms and hallways of the Pasay City University as the classes were suspended for two days to give way for school disinfection as part of the city's precautionary measure against the spread of the Coronavorus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 9, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CHED asks private universities to delay tuition payments

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera III also asks schools to stagger payments in the months following the lockdown to help students cope

DELAY PAYMENT. In this file photo, visitors outside the Supreme Court in Manila are required to wear face mask before entering the premises of the building as precautionary measure against COVID-19. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PH in race to trace Filipinos at Malaysian gathering linked to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:37 PM

At least one attendee from Lanao Del Sur tests positive for coronavirus and is seeking treatment in a hospital in Cotabato City

PRECAUTIONS. The prayer room in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City where patient positive of coronavirus is a regular visitor. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/ RAPPLER

Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and 6 para-sports continue to be billeted in the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

EU limits medical equipment exports in virus fight

Mar 15, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'This is the right thing to do because we need that equipment for our health care system,' says European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

FIELD HOSPITAL. A man receives assistance in the a pre-triage medical tent in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

PH athletes evacuate dorms as PSC restricts facility access

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission orders national athletes to go home as it places sports facilities on restricted access amid the coronavirus pandemic

'RESTRICTED ACCESS'. The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one of the two facilities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHED urges schools to prepare for possible coronavirus ‘community-level transmission’

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:42 PM

CHED chairman Prospero de Vera III says schools should have protocols in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus within the campus in coordination with the Department of Health

Health workers from the local government disinfect the classrooms and hallways of the Pasay City University as the classes were suspended for two days to give way for school disinfection as part of the city's precautionary measure against the spread of the Coronavorus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 9, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PRC cancels scheduled licensure examinations for March and April 2020

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:23 PM

The Professional Regulation Commission cancels one qualifying assessment and 7 board examinations to further ensure the safety of examinees and employees of the organization

P400-B uncollected power charges show 'dead end' in energy laws

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Lawmakers want to collect debts now, as government lawyers stand firm on proper procedures on compromise agreements

POWER CHARGES. Officials of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) arrive early to the House of Representatives hearing on March 11, 2020, on the P400 billion worth of uncollected power charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

NTC will allow ABS-CBN to operate beyond May 4 unless courts intervene

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:16 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission says the provisional authority that will be granted to ABS-CBN will be valid until the end of the 18th Congress

OPERATE. ABS-CBN artists, radio, and TV reporters participate the 10th week of Friday protests calling for its continued operations.  File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Injap Sia's MerryMart IPO gets SEC nod

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Injap Sia aims to roll out 1,200 MerryMart branches nationwide, with P120 billion in systemwide sales revenue, over a 12-year period

CA confirms army reservist Colonel Sara Duterte

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:56 PM

The Commission on Appointments also confirms 21 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines led by Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo

CONFIRMED. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and senior AFP officials post for a photo at the Senate session hall. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

EU to stop 'ghost flights' in coronavirus fightback

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:45 AM

As passenger numbers drop, many airlines are forced to fly empty planes to ensure they do not lose their slots. The European Commission says this should not be the case.

A general view shows a deserted terminal at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. - Millions of people in northern Italy were in lockdown as officials struggled to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

March 15 civil service exams suspended due to coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:20 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Civil Service Commission suspends the conduct of the March 15 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test until further notice

Cayetano: ‘Congress is not here to comfort ABS-CBN’

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano seems to be getting fed up the House being told what to do on the renewal of ABS-CBN's soon-to-expire franchise

FRANCHISE ISSUE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center) holds a press conference with House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez (L) and House committee on legislative franchises chair Franz Alvarez (R) on March 10, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NTC 'most likely' to grant ABS-CBN provisional authority to operate

Mar 10, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission says its commitment to issue the temporary permit to operate is guided by legal guidance from the Department of Justice

FRANCHISE HEARING. The House committee on legislative franchises vote on the ground rules they'll follow for their hearings on the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise on March 10, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-PCGG chief Camilo Sabio ordered arrested to serve 6-10-year sentence

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Sabio was convicted in 2019 of graft for trying to influence his brother, a CA justice, to favor a friend. He appealed his conviction but is denied.

CONVICTED AGAIN. A file photo of former PCGG Chair Camilo Sabio when he was convicted of two counts of graft on June 22, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Comelec suspends voter registration due to coronavirus threat

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The poll body says the suspension will start on March 10 and will remain in place until March 31

AVOID CROWDS. People line up at the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila to register as voters.  File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

COA clears past intel spending of Valenzuela, Pasay

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Commission on Audit lifts the notices of disallowance against Valenzuela City over intel funds spent in 2007 and 2008, and against Pasay City over intel funds spent in 2012

LGBTQ+ partners can be beneficiaries of life insurance policy– IC

Mar 07, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The Insurance Commission says insurance companies cannot refuse the designation of non-relatives as beneficiary unless they break certain qualifications stated under the Civil Code

CA defers twin appointments of PH ambassador to Thailand

Mar 04, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The Commission on Appointments confirms the ad interim appointment of Philippine Air Force commander Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, along with 4 other generals and 24 foreign affairs officials

DEFFERED. The confirmation of Philippine ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Millicent Cruz-Paredes has been derailed at the Commission on Appointments (CA) on March 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate: ABS-CBN should continue operations pending franchise renewal

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate approves a resolution expressing its sense on the continued operations of ABS-CBN beyond franchise expiry on May 4

CONTINUE OPERATIONS. Hundreds of fans marched along Mother Ignacia and Sgt Esguerra Streets in Quezon City during the Kapanilya Fandom to support ABS CBN and the renewal of its broadcasting franchise. Carrying photos and streamers of their favorite artists and talents, they cheered and danced in a festive rally on March 1, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House to finally start hearing ABS-CBN franchise renewal on March 10

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says ABS-CBN executives will not be invited yet, as the hearing on March 10 will focus on the National Telecommunications Commission

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Election watchdog urges Comelec: Probe Duterte's 2016 campaign expenses

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Election watchdog Kontra Daya points out that the Duterte team's expenditures declared to the poll body don't match what was actually paid to ABS-CBN for ads

2016 CAMPAIGN. Then-presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte at a campaign event in the run up to the 2016 presidential elections. File photo by Rappler

China cuts IPO red tape as new securities law takes effect

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Initial public offerings no longer need prior approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission

FINANCIAL DISTRICT. This file photo of the  skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong, Shanghai was taken on March 25, 2017. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Cayetano: Duterte deferring to Congress means ABS-CBN likely to get NTC permit

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also insists it would 'do more harm than good' to ABS-CBN if the House would squeeze in a hearing on its franchise renewal before Congress takes a break in March

FRANCHISE WOES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano talks about the fate of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal in the House on February 27, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler