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Akelco restores 85% electricity in Aklan, northern Antique 3 weeks after Ursula

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Aklan Electric Cooperative says it has restored power in 122,194 households and establishments in the province

BAYANIHAN. Photo by Aklan Electric Cooperative

5 Batangas towns without electricity due to Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Sta Teresita, Talisay and Laurel towns are without power

POWER SUPPLY. A file photo of the First Gen power plant in Batangas. Facebook account of First Gen Corporation

Power restoration in Ursula-hit Aklan eyed on January 25

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The Aklan Electric Cooperative says its initial target was to restore power by February 9

POWER RESTORATION. As of January 8, the Aklan Electric Cooperative says it incurred an initial damage of P94.858 million in the franchise area. File photo from Akelco

'Super coop' to provide water supply to underserved areas in Cagayan de Oro

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The creation of the Mindanao Cooperatives Water Service Federation is in line with efforts to address vital issues affecting Cagayan de Oro City's growing population

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Napocor to help resolve Camotes Islands' power woes

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The problems in power distribution are due to outdated facilities in the islands off mainland Cebu

Duterte appoints Misuari economic envoy to Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The government and Misuari's Moro National Liberation Front agree to implement remaining items from the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, after the former rebel leader complained of being left out of the Bangsamoro peace process

NUR MISUARI. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari prior to their meeting at the Malacanan Palace on July 9, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cagayan de Oro rolls out modern PUV fleet December 15

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A local transport cooperative will operate 15 modern coasters under the government's Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program

Modern Public Utility Vehicle - The new face of a modern PUV will start to serve commuters in Cagayan de Oro Cty on December 15, 2019 from Barangay Bugo to Igpit, Opol in Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Qatar emir skips summit but warm words point to thaw with Saudi

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:48 PM

In a sign of the changing mood, the Doha delegation receives a warm welcome in Riyadh, with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the Qatari prime minister exchanging smiles and pleasantries

THAW? Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, is seen waiting for a family picture during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

China outclasses West in key education survey

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The survey showed students in the 4 Chinese regions of Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang – as well as Singapore – topped the rankings, ahead of their Western counterparts in reading, mathematics and science

HIGH PERFORMING. File photo of high school students in Beijing, China. Shutterstock.com

Travel to Japan for free: Join JICA for video blogging contest for PH youth

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The video blogging contest is open to Filipinos aged 18 to 24 years old

Kapa-like investment group in Mindanao faces syndicated estafa complaint

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation files a syndicated estafa complaint – a non-bailable offense – against 39 individuals associated with the ALAMCCO credit cooperative

INVESTMENT SCAM. A complaint for syndicated estafa is lodged before the Department of Justice against Mindanao-based investment group Alabel-Maasim Credit Cooperative or ALAMCCO. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Anger at Netanyahu's West Bank annexation pledge

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The preelection promise draws immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Serbia's Divac inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

Sep 07, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'To me basketball was always about love,' says Vlade Divac, the first player born and trained outside the United States to play more than 1,000 games in the NBA

ICON. Former Lakers star Vlade Divac  credits NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson as mentors. Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images/AFP

APEC party-list congressman briefly held at NAIA over bomb joke

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Cracking bomb jokes inside the airport is prohibited by law, punishable by prison time of up to 5 years or a maximum fine of P40,000

BOMB JOKER. APEC Representative Sergio Dagooc is not detained because of congressional immunity. Photo from APEC's website

JICA opens vlog contest to young Filipinos, will send winner to Japan

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:08 PM

The participants are encouraged to tell their stories using a video blog on the question: How does Japan and JICA impact my life?

COA flags missing docs for Marawi cooperatives' P64-million seed capital

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'The non-submission of the necessary documentation cast doubt on the propriety and validity of the transactions,' says the Commission on Audit

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

No end in sight to 'unrelenting' power outages in Palawan

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Palawan Electric Cooperative says it has already solved its undersupply problem. Now it's grappling with another challenge: trees that obstruct their distribution lines.

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Boracay boat coop braces for modernization

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority urges all boat operators plying the Caticlan-Boarcay and Tabon-Boracay routes to phase out wooden-hauled vessels

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Her son, Anderson Cooper, delivers a eulogy on-air

'EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.' Gloria Vanderbilt speaks during SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' With Gloria Vanderbilt at SiriusXM Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. She died on June 17, 2019. Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk end 4-year relationship – report

Jun 07, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The couple started dating in 2015

Best Actor nominee for "A Star is Born" Bradley Cooper (L) and his wife Russian model Irina Shayk arrive for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

Mecca summit supports Palestinians, backs Saudis in Iran standoff

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting called for a 'boycott' of countries that have opened diplomatic missions in Jerusalem

This handout photo taken and released by the Saudi Royal Palace shows King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the opening session of a summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in the early hours of June 1, 2019. The OIC meeting is the third and final summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, aimed at galvanising support among Arab and Islamic nations against arch-rival Iran, which has close ties with Turkey. Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Riyadh rallies allies against Tehran at Mecca summits

May 31, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Tehran expresses disappointment that Riyadh plans to level the same 'baseless accusations' at a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

ON IRAN. This handout photo taken and released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on May 31, 2019 shows Arab leaders and officials attending an Arab League summit meeting at al-Safa Royal Palace in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. AFP PHOTO / JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE / YOUSEF ALLAN

Saudi king calls on Gulf states to tackle Iran's 'criminal' acts

May 31, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Saudi Arabia, a staunch US ally, is hosting leaders from across the Arab and Muslim world for emergency Gulf and Arab summits and a meeting of heads of state from Islamic nations

This handout photo taken and released by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 31, 2019 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz addressing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held at al-Safa Royal Palace in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.  BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

May 19, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The Saudi Press Agency says King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30

HIS HIGHNESS. File photo of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaking during a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/POOL/AFP

Iran wants 'good' relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE

May 02, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country hopes to improve relations with its regional archrival

RIVALS. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. Photo by  Adem Altan/AFP

Muslim nations call for measures vs Islamophobia after New Zealand attack

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Violence driven by Islamophobia requires 'genuine, comprehensive and systematic measures to address this affliction,' ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation say in a statement

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Power coop's financial woes may plunge Camiguin into darkness – congressman

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Camiguin Congressman Xavier Jesus Romualdo says the Power Sharing Agreement of Camiguin Electric Cooperative with one of its power suppliers is 'over-contracted'

POWER COOP WOES. Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo presides a hearing on the financial viability of Camiguin Electric Cooperative at the Camiguin convention center on March 19, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DA eyes better agriculture growth through South Korea's support

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Amid fears that rice imports may hurt local production, the Department of Agriculture plans further collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in Bulacan on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in preparation for planting rice. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the rice tariffication bill on February 15, 2019. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: CNN's Anderson Cooper called Mar and Korina a 'corrupt couple'

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Anderson Cooper himself denies on Twitter calling the couple 'corrupt'

36 transport cooperatives newly-accredited for PUV modernization program

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructs the Office of Transportation Cooperatives to fast-track the approval of accreditation applications for the program

Background photo from DOTr website

WTO talks launch in rare win for global order

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The announcement by roughly half of the 164-member World Trade Organization is a rare win for international cooperation

AT DAVOS. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom, Cathay Capital Private Equity Founder and President Cai Mingpo, Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing, moderator Paula J. Dobriansky, UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney and World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo attends a session during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 24, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Japan-funded projects for signing in Q1 2019

Jan 16, 2019 - 4:35 PM

More flood control and road projects are set to be funded by Japan this year

Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron among Directors Guild nominees

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:16 PM

"These directors demonstrated an exceptional command of the medium, creating excellence for the screen," the Directors Guild Awards president said

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Jan 04, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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'A Star Is Born' leads pack for Golden Globes

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The musical romance starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper is this year's Golden Globe favorite for top honors

Qatar says Gulf alliance needs replacing

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Gulf Cooperation Council 'has been undermined by the crisis' between the emirate and its neighbors, says Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

DOHA FORUM. Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani speaks at the opening session of the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on December 15, 2018. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted summit with Gulf rivals

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Qatar is represented by its minister of state for foreign affairs, Sultan al-Muraikhi

File photo by AFP

Sotto vows probe into Batangas Electric Cooperative funds

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Batangueño consumers launch the Power Watch Movement, seeking a congressional investigation into the alleged mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative

CONSUMERS’ MANIFESTO. Power Watch Movement convenor Paquito Lirio presents Senate President Vicente Sotto III with a copy of the manifesto asking for a congressional investigation into the mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative on November 29, 2018. Joining the launch of the movement were (from left) professor Benjamin Carandang, ERC Director Sharon Montañer, former congressman Nikki Briones, Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog Dennis Hernandez, Batangas Forum vice president Mannie Barradas, businessman Francis Laurel, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas Investment Council chairperson Joey Leviste, and Padre Garcia Mayor Michael Rivera. Photo by Tina Ganzon Ozaeta/Rappler

Cruising for a bruising: What we learned from the APEC summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

During the 26th APEC Summit, leaders fail to agree on a formal written declaration, but plenty of fireworks were seen on the sidelines

WORLD LEADERS. Leaders pose for a photo with other leaders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries prior to the start of the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with APEC leaders at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Cops called as Chinese delegates at APEC 'try to barge in'

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Sources say the Chinese delegates tried to enter the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister in a bid to influence a summit draft communique

SUMMIT. Leaders hold a session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility – IMF

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund urges Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to expand reforms

Foreign troops pour into Papua New Guinea capital for APEC meet

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:19 AM

About 4,000 military personnel, around half of them foreign, will work with hundreds of police to patrol Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum from Saturday, attracting representatives from 21 nations

APEC PREPS. This photo taken on November 4, 2018 shows the Australian warship HMAS Adelaide moored off APEC Haus in Port Moresby ahead of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 17. Photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

Duterte eyes entry of 'big players' to end Palawan blackouts

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'I'll give you about towards the end of the year. You have to upgrade your source of energy kasi 'pag hindi, hanap ako ng may pera talaga. 'Yung China nangangati kamay niyan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Puerto Princesa City

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

PH, Russia finalize military cooperation activities for 2019

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The 2019 activities include cooperation and security consultations between Philippine and Russian defense officials, and reciprocal visits of delegations and observers for military training activities

PORT CALL. Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag makes a port call in Manila on April 20, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Philippines, Japan sign P18-billion MRT3 rehab loan deal

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) With this agreement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the government would finally be able to address the 'problem that is the MRT3'

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, on behalf of the Philippines, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka, on behalf of Japan, signed Thursday the 38.1-billion yen loan agreement for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 System Rehabilitation Project, which aims to improve the safety, reliability and level of service of the 16.9-kilometer light rail system with 13 stations spanning across EDSA. Also in attendance during the loan signing ceremony were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada and Department of Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan. Photo courtesy of Dept of Finance

Boracay boat operator to charge double the previous fare

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

From the previous fare of P25, boat riders will pay P50 to the sole operator of the Caticlan to Boracay route when the world-class beach resort reopens

Boat fare Boracay up by 50 percent. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

JICA opens agri-business, tourism training in Okinawa for young Filipinos

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The course will run from February 7-23, 2019 and application is open until October 31, 2018

U.S. coast battered by wind, rain as Hurricane Florence closes in

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Reports say coastal streets in North Carolina are flooded and winds have bent trees to the ground as the storm prepares to make landfall at some point on Friday, September 14

FLORENCE. Rain begins to fall as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence make landfall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 13, 2018. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Scott Cooper's long and winding road to the Azkals

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The new national team coach takes a circuitous route to the Philippines

NEW CHALLENGE. Scott Cooper is challenged to lead the Philippine Azkals. Photo by by Bob Guerrero