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Nigeria says Chinese-built rail project 'delayed' by coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Most of the Chinese workers building a 150-kilometer railway line from Nigerian economic hub Lagos to the city of Ibadan have yet to return

Workers stand along a prototype rail line, to be constructed by China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), during the ground breaking for the construction of Lagos-Ibadan rail line project at the Ebute-Metta headquarters of the Nigerian Railway Corporation in Lagos on March 7, 2017. - Nigeria's acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed off on the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan double track railway line modernisation project to be executed by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC). The project, when completed, will open up direct transit from the coastal city of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, to Ibadan, in the heart of the south west. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

PH Navy wants harbor in Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:39 PM

None of the Navy's current harbors are deep enough for its new warships, and Hanjin shipyard has the right depth and an ideal location, says Navy chief Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo

IDEAL NAVAL BASE? The Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation-Philippines facility in Subic Freeport. File photo from the HHIC-Phil website

China favored? Malacañang 'open' to complaints on Sangley airport project

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Malacañang assumes the Sangley Point International Airport project is 'aboveboard,' unless it receives proof showing otherwise

COMPLAINTS. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo asks for proof on the supposedly questionable bidding process for the Sangley Airport project. Screenshot from RTVM

Cambodia building collapse death toll hits 36 as rescue called off

Jan 05, 2020 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) 23 survivors have been pulled out from the under-construction 7-storey hotel that crumbled to the ground in seaside Kep province

SEARCH. Rescue personnel work at the site where an under-construction building collapsed on January 3, in southern Cambodia's coastal Kep province on January 5, 2020. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Gov't treating Marawi residents ‘like we don't matter’ – civic group

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:31 PM

'We feel that we, the youth, are only being used for photo opportunities,' says a member of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch, citing a mismatch in government action and what residents need

Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch

3rd telco Dito Telecom aims for 30% market share

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Dennis Uy's Dito Telecommunity is gathering business partners to take on telco giants Globe and Smart, and attract their subscribers

Unacceptable to make Marawi residents wait until 2021 to return – civic leader

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Marawi civic leader Drieza Lininding reacts to rehabilitation czar Eduardo del Rosario saying that allowing ground zero residents to return soon would be 'chaotic'

a Maranao woman walks passed by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4,2019. (bobby lagsa/Rappler)

China pushes higher 'moral quality' for its citizens

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The texts urge citizens to avoid pornography and vulgarity online, and follow correct etiquette when raising the flag or singing the national anthem

6 companies eye $10-B Sangley Airport expansion project

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) Groundbreaking is set for January 15, 2020, and 'the first runway will be completed in 3 years,' says Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla

EXPANSION. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla named 5 major local companies and one Chinese company that have expressed interest in the expansion of Sangley Airport. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Is your Marawi property gone? Check this aerial video

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra says many residents have given consent to demolish their homes

NO CONSENT. Residents put up banners to oppose forced demolition of their homes. Photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Marawi reconstruction poised to begin – finally

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Two years after the liberation of Marawi, the National Housing Authority declares its clearing operations complete and gives departments and local government units the go-signal to award construction projects inside the battle area

ONGOING WORK. Demolition and debris clearing inside Marawi’s former battle area. All photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

6 companies eye construction of PNR Clark 2 segment

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:39 PM

The contract packages opened for bidding include the Clark International Airport station and the NSCR Clark depot

NEXT PHASE. After the start of construction of the Philippine National Railways Clark 1 project from Tutuban to Malolos, Phase 2 has been opened for bidding, drawing 5 foreign companies and one local company. Photo from DOTr

Hanjin seen to get new investor by end of 2019

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:57 AM

A consortium of private US equity firm Cerberus Capital Management and Australian shipbuilder Austal informs SBMA and Hanjin creditors of its intention to take over the beleaguered shipyard

Hieronymus Ukkel / Shutterstock.com HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2017: Shipping containers of the South Korean container transport company HANJIN that was declared bankrupt by South Korean courts on February 17, 2017

Filipinos don’t want to work for construction anymore

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Over 2 million jobs are up for grabs as the government pushes for more infrastructure problems. However, Filipinos no longer want to get down and dirty, and would rather work in hotels abroad.

Bangladeshi's diary spotlights struggles of Singapore migrant workers

May 25, 2019 - 2:41 PM

In his award-winning book, 'Stranger to Myself: Diary of a Bangladeshi in Singapore', M.D. Sharif Uddin writes about the tough life of migrant construction workers who are invisible to many in the affluent city-state

This photograph taken on April 15, 2019 shows Bangladeshi migrant worker M.D. Sharif Uddin holding his book and diary in Singapore. Toiling for long hours for meagre salaries and living in crowded dormitories, migrant construction workers have helped build modern-day Singapore but remain all but invisible to many in the affluent city-state. Now an award-winning book by Uddin is shining a rare light on the lives of labourers who have come in their thousands from poorer parts of Asia in search of a better future. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

IXS to help boost Davao-based enterprises by providing affordable fiber internet

May 23, 2019 - 9:25 AM

The company announced this at the premiere trade show, PHILBEX

Gov't construction body to evaluate private sector projects too

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine Domestic Construction Board is also looking to increase its pool of evaluators to cover more regions nationwide

Workers remove the debris from the collapsed balcony of the Emilio Aguinaldo College building in Manila caused by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake as they further inspect the structural integrity of the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DTI tightens monitoring of construction materials

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry is expanding the areas covered by its monitoring activities to show it is 'serious' in its campaign against substandard materials

The Department of Trade and Industry intensified its monitoring and enforcement of construction materials following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Luzon. Photo from Department of Trade and Industry

LOOK: Parts of NLEX closed for Skyway Stage 3 construction starting February 9

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Here are alternate routes for cars and trucks going to the Port Area in Manila

REROUTING. NLEX Corporation official talks about the traffic rerouting scheme for the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Gov't to hold job fair for Hanjin workers in Subic

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government says at least 1,000 jobs will be available for workers who were displaced due to Hanjin's bankruptcy

Philippines-SKorea-Hanjin-shipping, by Mynardo Macaraig Workers labour at the mammoth shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, the local arm of South Korea's Hanjin group in Subic Bay northwest of Manila on March 13, 2009. The shipyard has been criticised for its poor working conditions which have led to 19 fatalities in just three years. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)

Robredo warns against Chinese takeover of Hanjin shipyard

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo favors a government takeover of the Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay so it can become a Philippine Navy base and boost security in the strategic area

WARNING VS CHINA. Vice President Leni Robredo is not supporting a Chinese firm's possible takeover of the debt-ridden Hanjin shipyard in Subic. File photo by OVP

Recto seeks Senate probe into DILG's China-funded CCTV project

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says there is 'mounting concern' that China may be using Huawei as a 'proxy' in intelligence operations

CONCERNS OVER SAFE PHILIPPINES PROJECT. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto raises serious concerns over the DILG's Safe Philippines project to be carried out with funding from China. Photo from the Facebook page of Senator Ralph Recto

3 PH firms tapped for Marawi debris clearing

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:14 PM

The government expects Marawi City's most affected area to be cleared of unexploded bombs by August this year, a critical step in beginning reconstruction

Took this heartbreaking video , photos while passing ground zero of Marawi. As you can see, the houses are crumbling, dilapidated, and filled with bullet holes. Imagine, the ground zero is composed of 24 baranggays. Mayor Majul Gandamra is doing all his best to help the idps. The mayor even offered their lots to be the venue for a temporary shelter. The question then is: for how long must this shelter last? Our thoughts and prayers for the IDPs. Photo by Ayunan G. Gunting-Al Hadj

Amid flood control controversy, Casiguran mayor distances self from Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Mayor Edwin Hamor refuses to respond to the latest allegation that Aremar Construction, which he founded, earned P81 million from dummies

NOT CLOSE TO DIOKNO? Casiguran, Sorsogon Mayor Edwin Hamor attends the House investigation on the alleged budget anomalies on January 15, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno in-laws' construction firm got P81M from dummies – Andaya

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the alleged scheme made Sorsogon prone to construction projects that are either incomplete or easily damaged

'INCOMPLETE'. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr claims a flood control project in Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon is 'waiting for the river to come.' All screenshots from Andaya's presentation

Labor group pushes for policy review after Hanjin bankruptcy

Jan 13, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corporation, which filed for bankruptcy, owes $400 million to local banks and another $900 million to South Korean lenders

House invites Diokno, relatives to flood control 'scam' probe

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:24 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says he is expecting 'full cooperation and full disclosure' from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, his daughter, and his in-laws

NOT ATTENDING? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has already been advised by President Rodrigo Duterte not to attend the House probe. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya tags Diokno in alleged flood scam 'conspiracy'

Jan 06, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies the 'imagined schemes' linked to him by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

CONSPIRACY? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr in a heated exchange with DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour at the House on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel to invite Diokno, in-laws to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr appeals to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and his in-laws to 'stop hiding the truth using technicalities and general denials'

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction in a hearing of the House rules committee on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno says Andaya’s claims based on ‘wrong numbers, not grounded on facts’

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies having a favored contractor, saying project implementation is 'not part of his job'

DENY. Embattled Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies allegations by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

House panel explores plunder, tax evasion charges vs Diokno's in-laws

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:30 PM

'Titingnan natin kung nagma-match ba ang tax payments nila sa mga income na pumapasok sa bank accounts nila,' says House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

HOUSE LEADER. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr holds a press conference on December 19, 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Contractor not aware Diokno’s in-laws behind partner firm – lawyer

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr believes the statement of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading's lawyer, but he says the owner will still be liable for the anomalous contracts

NOT AWARE. Lawyer Rafael Madrid is the legal counsel of the owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andaya seeks AMLC help in probe of firms linked to Diokno's in-laws

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Aremar Construction uses at least 8 dummy contractors, including C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, to bag government projects in Sorsogon, claims House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BANK RECORDS SOUGHT. Consolacion Leoncio, owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, sits beside her lawyer during the House hearing on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno's in-laws behind firm that bagged big gov't projects – Andaya

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:54 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya claims there is a 'clear case of conflict of interest' as Aremar Construction's biggest stockholder and incorporator are in-laws of the budget chief

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel summons contractor, DPWH officials to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The owner of CT Leoncio Construction and several public works officials in Bicol Region are among those summoned to a House rules committee hearing on Thursday, January 3

SUBPOENAS ISSUED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the rules committee has summoned personalities for a probe into alleged anomalies in infrastructure projects in Sorsogon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators sound alarm over China-funded DILG surveillance project

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto cites security risks in the 12,000-camera Safe Philippines Project of the DILG in partnership with a China Telecom affiliate and Huawei

Police Director General Oscar Albyalde during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on October 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Contractor that cornered projects nationwide has ties with Duterte gov’t – Andaya

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading – whose owner the House will subpoena – allegedly has links with incumbent Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte

TIED TO CONTRACTOR? President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members pray before the start of their meeting on September 14, 2018. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

Concrete plant defies Lipa mayor's closure order

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Residents of Barangay of Calamias in Lipa City, Batangas, appeal to higher authorities to look into the continued operations of RY Saligvera Builders Construction and Supply Company

WRONG PLACE? The batching plant of RY Saligvera Builders is in a residential area in Lipa City, Batangas, prompting residents to air health and environmental concerns. Contributed photo

Construction company driver kills engineer, self

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:08 PM

33-year-old dump truck driver Reden Garcia shoots 27-year-old site engineer Joylin Liyaban and injures another driver, Cleto Macklinic, with a gunshot to the left arm

Makati police sue lawyers for ‘constructive possession’ of drugs

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Constructive possession is defined as having dominion or control of a place where the drugs are found. The lawyers are newly hired by an owner of the bar.

2 workers dead, 2 injured in Binondo construction mishap

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Four workers fall from the 4th floor of Sun Joy Tower 3 in Binondo, Manila, after their platform collapses

Contractor cites lack of DOH, DepEd coordination in Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:20 PM

A JBros Construction Corporation executive tells a Senate panel that a barangay health station the company built in a public elementary school in Lipa, Batangas, was demolished to give way to a gym

DEMOLISHED. JBros Construction Director Julieanne Jorge Photo said the company documented a completed health station demolished in Lipa, Batangas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium disqualified due to fund shortage

Jun 27, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Negotiations will commence with another Chinese group – Power Construction Corporation of China or PowerChina

DOH uncovers billion peso irregularity in Barangay Health Station project – Duque

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the P8.1 billion project did not have validated sites before it started construction in 2016. So far, this has cost the Deparment of Health P1.2 billion.

IRREGULAR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said findings from a task force created to look into the Barangay Health Station Project found 'multi-billion' irregularities. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Malacañang: Blacklisted Chinese firms deserve second chance

May 24, 2018 - 1:25 PM

This time, there will be 'no collusion' between the Chinese firms and local companies, says Marawi rehabilitation task force chief Eduardo del Rosario

No construction of buildings in Boracay during rehab

May 17, 2018 - 8:50 AM

For 6 months, the Boracay inter-agency task force will strictly enforce the moratorium of construction of new tourism facilities and business enterprises, as well as the expansion of amenities and establishments.

BORACAY. This file photo shows one of the shops in Boracay Island. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

China firms in Marawi rehab once blacklisted by World Bank

May 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

These two Chinese firms are now part of the Bangon Marawi Consortium, a group of Chinese and Filipino companies tapped to rebuild areas hit by the Marawi siege

BLACKLIST. China State Construction Engineering Corporation and China Geo Engineering Corporation were sanctioned by the World Bank's anti-corruption unit in 2009.

Salceda says PH may import skilled workers from China and Burma

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Joey Salceda says the Philippines is short of 3.9 million skilled workers to support Build Build Build

IMPORT LABOR. Social Good Summit 2016 at the Green Sun in Makati City on September 24, 2016.

DOJ turns over to NBI report on Davao Mall Christmas eve fire

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:44 PM

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says NBI will evaluate and recommend the 'appropriate action'

Photo by SAP Bong Go

Building collapse kills 10 in central India

Apr 01, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Local media reports say the collapse took place after a car drove into the building's front portion

ANOTHER COLLAPSE. India is infamous for its deadly building collapses that usually claim the lives of many people