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U.S. game makers conference postponed amid virus fears

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference says it will be held later this year

POSTPONED. Attendees walk by the Sony PlayStation booth at the 2019 GDC Game Developers Conference on March 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

ADB lending $3.3 billion to Philippines in 2020

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:10 PM

The Asian Development Bank says half of the amount will be used for the government's ambitious infrastructure push

'No impact' on fuel supply if 'onerous' Chevron land rental not renewed – DOE

Feb 23, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Energy plans to build an 'energy city' in place of Chevron's facilities on government land in San Pascual, Batangas

Background image from Chevron Philippines website

COA to DSWD: Pay Landbank's P82.72 million in unpaid 4Ps service fees

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:31 PM

COA adjusts the payout figure to Landbank to a lower amount compared to the original claim of P87.05 million and the amended claim of P92.27 million

LIST: Traffic schemes for Alabang, Balintawak starting February 14

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The traffic adjustments will give way to construction works for the Skyway extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects

MORE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. Heavy traffic along South Luzon Expressway Northbound due to construction of Skyway near Alabang on September 26, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MMDA recommends banning motorcycle taxis on national roads

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:11 PM

'Kung ang tricycle tatlo na ang gulong bawal sa national road, lalo na 'tong mga motorcycle taxi,' says MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia

NO NATIONAL ROADS? The MMDA eyes banning motorcycle taxi operations along national highways. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Task force on Cha-Cha scraps proposed Regional Development Authority

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The revision comes after lawmakers and local government units opposed the creation of the RDA

REVISED PROPOSAL. Lawmakers deliberate on proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution, which earlier included the creation of a Regional Development Authority and has since been removed. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

With threats to scrap VFA, Duterte gambles Philippines' security

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Duterte's latest outburst against the US isolates the country from its oldest ally and sows uncertainty against the threat of any Chinese aggression

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) personnel, who was conferred with the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kamagi at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on January 13, 2020. The President honored the PMC personnel who took part in the liberation of Marawi City from the terrorists. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Judy Ann Santos, Maja Salvador, Bea Alonzo among awardees in Film Ambassadors Night 2020

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The Film Development Council of the Philippines will recognize 64 industry members on February 9

DILG: Proposed regional dev't authority 'not a political unit'

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:08 PM

But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions

CHARTER CHANGE. Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chair Jonathan Malaya discusses before lawmaker their proposed changes to the Constitution on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NEDA Board approves MRT4, EDSA Greenways projects

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority Board approves 8 projects covering transportation, maritime safety, roads, and bridges, amounting to a total of P547.63 billion

APPROVED. NEDA Board approves two big-ticket transportation projects that would add another railway line from Quezon City to Rizal and covered elevated walkways aong EDSA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lawmakers spot possible conflicts in proposed regional dev't authority

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:02 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments says the appointment of the Regional Development Authority head chosen by the president could cause conflicts

POTENTIAL CONFLICT. The House committee on constitutional amendments chaired by Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez recommend changes to the proposed amendment to form a Regional Development Authority due to potential conflict. Rappler screenshot

DOF slams Chevron over 'onerous' rental of government land

Jan 21, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The Department of Finance says Chevron Philippines only pays P0.74 per sqm or just over P10 million a year to rent a 1.2-million-sqm land in San Pascual, Batangas

Taal Volcano's economic impact minimal so far, says NEDA

Jan 20, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority says foregone revenue due to the Taal Volcano eruption could reach almost P7 billion, but this would not make a dent in the overall economy

DSWD 'ready' if Taal Volcano eruption extends for months

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Emergency cash transfers and livelihood assistance are among the forms of aid that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would provide in the long term

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DSWD: Food enough in evacuation centers; focus now on hygiene kits, rehabilitation

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Anton Hernandez says it's past the crucial period, so those who want to help can do so in the rehabilitation of affected communities

REPACKING. Volunteers repack rice grains at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020, to be distributed to displaced families after the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Group urges public to donate usable clothes to evacuees

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'Let us treat the survivors with dignity,' says the Citizens' Disaster Response Center after photos of evacuees wearing donated school and work uniforms make the rounds on social media

DONATED CLOTHES. Survivors of Taal Volcano eruption flaunt the school uniforms and working attires from donated clothes received. Photos from Racheal Zuñiga Maestro, Judiel Balani, Harlem Dave Ganados and Philip Mangubat

DSWD to assist repatriated OFWs from Middle East

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women are now streaming back home, recounting their abuse and hardship-- but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Duterte appoints housing secretary, space agency chief

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:20 PM

HUDCC chief Eduardo del Rosario will head the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development while DOST's Joel Marciano Jr will lead the Philippine Space Agency

HOUSING SECRETARY. New Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario also serves as Marawi rehab czar. Screenshot from Rappler talk

Malaysian financier denies masterminding 1MDB graft scandal

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Low Taek Jho is charged in Malaysia and the US for allegedly playing a major role in the theft of billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

1MDB SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows a Malaysian woman walking past a billboard with the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange construction site in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

More security, safety measures for Traslacion

Jan 04, 2020 - 3:22 PM

The procession will go through Ayala Bridge instead of Jones Bridge this year

INCREASED SECURITY. A K9 unit roams the vicinity of the Plaza Miranda fronting the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong

Professionals and hobbyist game devs celebrated at GDAP's Game On 2019 Awards

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Here's a rundown of the winners in the local game development scene's 2019 Game On Awards!

Filipina chemist wins international metrology award

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The award is proof that the Philippines, while a developing country, is investing in metrology

INVESTING IN METROLOGY. Benilda Ebarvia wins the prestigious 2019 Developing Economies National Metrologies Institute Award. She is the first winner of the award from the Philippines. Photo from RRUDela Cruz/DOST

More gov't programs for special education students, mobile schools urged

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The Philippine Institute of Development Studies says lack of transportation, basic facilities, and infrastructure are major challenges in providing education to children with disabilities

Digital transformation for SMEs pushed

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:30 PM

‘This must be done, or else a company will be left behind,’ says Institute of Corporate Directors president Alfredo Pascual

Gov’t urged to promote creative industries for economic growth

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The state think tank says copyright-based industries should be promoted, particularly those with outputs that can be delivered through the internet

PH population growth slows, 2020 estimate 1M less than expected

Dec 27, 2019 - 10:14 PM

The Population Commission says this is indicative of family planning efforts 'yielding positive results'

HUNDRED MILLION. The 2015 Philippine population hits the 100-million mark. File photo by Rappler

Gov’t should provide ‘offsetting compensation’ to farmers – PIDS study

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:07 PM

“The analysis clearly points out the loss suffered by palay farmers. They have a point when they ask, ‘Why are we [going to] take a hit for the Filipino consumer?’ If the consumers really benefit, maybe they [rice farmers] can share in the benefit."

LOWER INCOME. In this file photo, a farmer in Pugo, La Union show off high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Caraga school focused on agriculture can help sustain Lumad communities

Dec 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The students from indigenous communities are, however, displaced by mining operations and military attacks

Photo courtesy by ALCADEV

Metro Manila number coding suspended December 23-January 2

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding during the holidays, with the suspension of the scheme longer for provincial buses

Hundreds of passengers bound for the provinces for Christmas vacation troop at the Bus Terminal along Edsa in Quezon City on Monday, December 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Philippine gov't finds stopping pangolin trade challenging

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Part 2: An environmental lawyer says not only is wildlife enforcement in the Philippines 'very limited to only a few people,' it is also not well-funded

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. This file photo shows a Palawan pangolin rolled up into a ball. File photo courtesy of Emerson Y. Sy/PCTAR

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Duterte's economic team proposes P4.64-trillion budget for 2021

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Universal health care, anti-poverty measures, climate change, and the peace process are among the government's priorities for 2021

Global slowdown spoils Duterte's 8% GDP growth dream

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team lowers the Philippines' growth target to the 6.5% to 7.5% range for 2020 to 2022

[ANALYSIS] Aetas and New Clark City: Trampling on human rights of our first peoples

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, let us remember that recognition begins at home and with our first peoples, the Aetas

Pasig River ferry service relaunched, free until January 31

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The ferry will run from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Escolta in Manila

RELAUNCHED. Commuters may now take the Pasig River ferry again, with two new boats provided by the Pasig city government. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

7-day eviction notice to Aetas ‘standard follow-up,’ says BCDA

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The BCDA says affected families were issued notices before, given assistance amounting to P300,000 per hectare, and relocation sites

Poverty in Philippines falls in 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:45 AM

With poverty incidence falling to 16.6% in 2018, the Philippine government says it is on track to meet its target of 14% by 2022

Even with BCDA repayment, New Clark Sports hub still a joint venture – OGCC

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The BCDA 'contributed the usufruct of its property to the joint venture agreement under the contract, thus, it is clearly not a Build-Operate-and-Transfer project,' says the OGCC

NEW CLARK SPORTS HUB. BCDA Chief Vince Dizon and OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega hold a joint press conference on December 2, 2019, on the joint venture agreement to build New Clark City. Rappler Screenshot

Huawei to shift research from hostile U.S. to Canada – founder

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The company is also planning to manufacture 5G equipment outside China and build factories in Europe 'to win more trust,' says Ren Zhengfei

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on August 2, 2019 people walk past a Huawei logo during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Fred Dufour/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

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak takes stand in 1MDB trial

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Najib went on trial in April over the controversy, in a case centering on the transfer of $10.1 million from a former 1MDB unit into his bank accounts. He denies any wrongdoing.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Ex-OGCC chief refutes 'go signal' for New Clark sports hub

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Rudolf Jurado says his contract review subjected the joint venture agreement on the New Clark sports facilities to 'a condition'

NEW CLARK SPORTS. Former OGCC chief Rudolf Jurado issues the contract review that flags the mode of contract for the at least P9.5 billion New Clark sports facilities. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

New Clark sports facilities not part of original proposal by MTD Berhad

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority asked the Malaysian firm to construct it, after the latter said it just wanted to build offices in New Clark City

OGCC chief downplays predecessor's New Clark City red flags

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:04 PM

OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega says the contract review issued by former chief Rudolf Jurado even 'gave the go signal' for the project to push through

[EDITORIAL] Ano ang gintong aral ng mga gintong medalya?

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Another gold that the SEA Games can bring – the cautionary tale of entrusting our national pride and coffers to power brokers and slick politicians

[PODCAST] New Clark City: May anomalya ba?

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Paano nga ba nakalusot ang kwestyonableng deal na pinangunahan ng Bases Conversion and Development Authority?

The Athletics Stadium at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on November 28, 2019, gets ready for the 30th Southeast Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

No more free P2P rides for SEA Games spectators on November 30

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Despite earlier commitments, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee will no longer be providing free rides to opening ceremony spectators

NO FREE RIDES. Spectators will no longer be offered free point-to-point buses to go to the Philippine Arena. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Only 110 P2P buses for 22,000 SEA Games spectators on Nov 30 – MMDA

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Around 16,500 spectators will have no dedicated transportation to and from the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony

INSUFFICIENT. An expected 22,000 spectators will have to find alternate modes of transport, since only 5,500 can be accommodated by designated P2P buses. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

How BCDA's multi-billion New Clark deal slipped through

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines

NEW CLARK SPORTS. The Aquatic Center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the site of the swimming competition for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler