Robinsons Land, Shang Properties tie up for P10 billion BGC project

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The two firms will form a 50-50 joint venture to develop a property situated at McKinley Parkway corner 5th Avenue and 21st Drive in Bonifacio Global City that is planned to include residential condominiums and retail outlets

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

PCC approves deal to build gov't admin center at New Clark City

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:55 PM

The proposed P121.8-billion National Government Administrative Center at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac will house an extension office for the Philippine president, plus major administrative offices and satellite offices of agencies

After 17 years, construction of Senate building moves forward

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Senate has agreed to pay a maximum of P90,000 per square meter for a 18,320-square meter lot in Fort Bonifacio

PASAY TO TAGUIG. The Senate transfer to its 'new, iconic' building in Taguig moves forward. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Fire out at Manila Pavilion after 25 hours

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The death toll from the blaze stands at 5, with 24 others injured

FIRE OUT. The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tabaco LGU holds free 'hilot' training for Albay evacuees

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Successful trainees will receive a certificate, as it is part of the livelihood programs of the local government unit

HILOT TRAINING. The city government of Tabaco holds a hilot (massage) training for evacuees at Tabaco National High School (TNHS) and Bantayan National High School (BNHS). Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Helen Clark on leadership and global change

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa talks to Clark about leadership and empowerment, as well as how her views of the world have changed

PH, Japan sign P51-B loan deal for phase 1 of Metro Manila Subway

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Under Phase 1, 30 kilometers of underground railway with 14 stations will be built from Mindanao Avenue to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Ombudsman Morales: Janet Napoles' witness protection won't affect cases

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the development will not affect the multiple counts of plunder and graft Janet Lim Napoles is facing before the Sandiganbayan

PDAF SCAM CASES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is against the bid to place alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under the Witness Protection Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P50 billion earmarked for Ortigas East property development

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Ortigas & Company will redevelop Frontera Verde into a mixed-use estate called Ortigas East, with an office tower and mall first to rise by 2025

Photo from Ortigas and Company

NEDA committee approves Mindanao flood control infra, Metro Manila bridges

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:55 PM

These projects, which will be elevated to the NEDA Board for confirmation, are estimated to cost a total of P66.57 billion

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

Photo from PIDS website

Infra projects to help PH achieve 7% growth in 2018 – DOF

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:56 PM

During the country’s annual briefing with the Asian Development Bank, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says, 'Mindanao today is at the front and center of the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program'

Duterte appoints Honeylet's cousin as HUDCC deputy secretary general

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Melissa Avanceña Aradanas returns to the Duterte administration 3 months after she was sacked along with other officials of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Fire hits UP Diliman Shopping Center

Mar 08, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(4th UPDATE) UP Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Dalisay Jr says the fire that hit a canteen spread throughout the shopping center's main building. The Bureau of Fire Protection declares fire out over an hour later.

Firemen try to put off the fire at the UP Diliman Shopping Center in Quezon City on March 8, 2018.. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CA affirms Masbate's Lanete barred from public office

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Court of Appeals rules on the condonation doctrine that Rizalina Seachon Lanete invoked – the same doctrine being cited by Cebu's Gwendolyn Garcia in a separate case

Masbate governor and former representative Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members after she voluntarily surrendered at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on February 20. Lanete is facing graft and plunder charges in her alleged involement in the multimillion pork barrel scam. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH economic managers hail ranking by U.S. firm, vow more reforms

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'Our efforts to create a more business- and investor-friendly environment are gaining traction,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, after an American firm ranked the Philippines as the best country to invest in

With rising inflation, NEDA calls for measures to help the poor

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the government 'must pay closer attention to the poor,' as inflation hits a new 3-year high

Coconut vendor in viral video arrested for murder

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) An arrest warrant issued for Romnick Relos way back in 2008 is found

ARRESTED. MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim talks to Romnick Relos who just arrived at the MMDA office. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MMDA to netizens: Sidewalk clearing part of our job

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:20 PM

'When we're talking about policy, we're very firm.... Mali ang magtinda sa kalsada,' says MMDA OIC General Manager Jojo Garcia, after a viral video of a vendor being caught and mauled sparked outrage

DRUG TEST. MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and OIC GM Jojo Garcia show to the media the sealed envelope containing the results of the drug test of enforcers and coconut vendor Romnick Relos on March 6, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Philippine inflation hits new 3-year high at 4.5% in February

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Higher prices of food and drinks, among others, drive the cost of living up, with inflation at its fastest rate since August 2014

1.8M 4Ps beneficiaries receive P2,400 each to offset effects of tax reform

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Under the DSWD's unconditional cash transfer program, a beneficiary receives P200 per month in 2018. The subsidy will increase in the next two years.

CASH GRANT. 4Ps beneficiaries receive as much as P2,400 on March 5, 2018 as part of DSWD's program to offset the effects of the tax reform law. Photo courtesy of DSWD

MMDA suspends enforcers who assaulted coconut vendor

Mar 05, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We condemn and we don't tolerate this kind of action from our employees, whatever the reason,' says MMDA OIC General Manager Jojo Garcia

SUSPENDED. MMDA OIC General Manager Jojo Garcia says enforcers who assaulted the coconut vendor is suspended started Monday, March 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MinDA seeks P1.35-T budget for Mindanao for 2019-2022

Mar 02, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Four of the top 5 poorest regions in the Philippines are in Mindanao

BONGAO COASTLINE. Tawi-Tawi's capital, Bongao, will be part of the Mindanao Development Corridor which includes a project for the province's freeport and economic zone. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler

Philippines, Japan sign P4-billion loan deal for Bulacan road

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The loan will go towards expanding the Plaridel Bypass Road from two lanes to a 4-lane carriageway national road

DSWD, other agencies send one of largest food assistance to Albay

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Thirty-six trucks of food packs is expected to reach Mayon evacuees on Wednesday, February 28

Young Maranao advocate says empathy key to promoting peace, dev't

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:52 AM

After leaving his hometown to study in Cebu, 21-year-old peace advocate Jamil Faisal Adiong says he realized the potential of Mindanao to prosper if only peace reigns in the region

[OPINION] Is agrarian reform a dying issue?

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:32 PM

As of June 2016, almost 600,000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. Landowners stall the land acquisition and distribution process through various methods.

AGRARIAN REFORM. As of June 2016, almost 600 000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Regalado Highway in Quezon City to be partially closed for 5 hours

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

A portion of the highway will be closed beginning 11 pm on Monday, February 26, until 4 am on Tuesday, February 27, due to construction of the MRT7

ROAD CONGESTION. Construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT7) brings heavy traffic. Rappler file photo

Saggy diapers can affect your baby's development – study

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:10 PM

A survey by Rappler reveals that most parents don't know their choice of diaper can hinder their child's mobility

Parts of EDSA closed on February 25 People Power Anniversary

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The MMDA says the northbound section of EDSA from Ortigas Avenue to Boni Serrano Avenue will be partially closed from 12 am to 6 am on Sunday, February 25

EDSA. Protesters gather at People Power Monument and encourage motorists join their noise barrage on November 18, 2016. Rappler File Photo

NEDA seeks to strengthen trade ties with U.S.

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Philippine Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says there is a need to explore more free trade agreements with the United States to foster investment opportunities

Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant vs Floirendo over Tadeco deal

Feb 21, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(4TH UPDATE) 'The hasty filing of graft charges against me before the Sandiganbayan and the subsequent issuance of the warrant of a clear sign of the existence of abuse of power and arrogance on the part of the Speaker,' says Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

NEW APPOINTEE. Acting Assistant Ombudsman for Luzon Bayani Jacinto is appointed to the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines' hosting of ADB meeting 'more frugal' in 2018 than in 2012

Feb 20, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The Philippine government earmarks less than P90 million for the hosting of the Asian Development Bank annual meeting in 2018, lower than the P200 million it spent in 2012

Manila Water expands into Thailand

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Ayala-led water distributor takes an 18.72% stake in Thailand's East Water which holds concession contracts to operate in 11 locations

Floirendo says arrest warrant out for him over Tadeco controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Floirendo says the announcement of a warrant by the camp of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows 'malicious intent' to smear his reputation

FACING ARREST. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr on March 27, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacanang

DOTr to review P350-billion NAIA rehabilitation proposal

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Transportation expects to finish its evaluation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport proposal by top conglomerates in April

REHABILITATION. Passenger traffic to NAIA is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years and the existing runway configuration may be unable to accommodate the future flows. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rappler journalist is Asia Foundation Development Fellow

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Southeast Asia correspondent Natashya Gutierrez is one of 12 who are chosen for the '2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future' program

DPWH gets help from Hong Kong-based Arup for infra deals

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The consulting contract is the first of 3 consulting packages expected under the $100-million Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility approved by the Asian Development Bank in October 2017

'Super consortium' formalizes P350-billion NAIA rehab proposal

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The consortium's members are Aboitiz InfraCapital, AC Infrastructure, Alliance Global, Asia's Emerging Dragon, Filinvest, JG Summit, and Metro Pacific

REHABILITATING NAIA. The consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports International Private Limited to provide technical support in the areas of master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

DSWD: Low supply of NFA rice will not affect Mayon relief ops

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Should there be shortage of National Food Authority stocks, the DSWD says it will consider purchasing commercial rice, subject to regular procurement rules

DECAMPMENT. Philippine Air Force airman carries a child as soldiers assist the decampment of Mayon evacuees outside the 8-km extended danger zone. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Duterte appoints Jose Arturo Garcia as MMDA OIC general manager

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Jose Arturo Garcia Jr takes the responsibilities of Thomas Orbos, who stays on as transportation undersecretary

PH foreign trade up 9.9% in 2017

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Total imports and exports exceed government targets for the year, posting 10.2 % and 9.5 % growth rates, respectively, while the trade deficit hit a record $4.02 billion in December 2017

C5 South Link project to cause heavy traffic in Parañaque late 2018

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Around 45,000 vehicles are expected to benefit from the 7.7-kilometer C5 South Link project, decongesting EDSA when it starts commercial operations in 2019

DECONGESTION. Arlette Capistrano of the Metro Pacific Tollways said that the C5 South Link Expressway is expected to decongest 45,000 vehicles regularly playing the service road that goes to C5. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Ata leaders warn NPA of tribal war

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Datu Roel Arthur Ali, chairman of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development (STCPD), says Lumad leaders are clamoring for a pangayaw – a local term for tribal war, after the death of Datu Banandjao Mampaundag and his son

DATU ROEL ALI. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Roel Ali and Mindanao IP Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Joel Unad at the Indigenous Peoples Leaders' Summit in Davao City. Malacañang file photo

Thinking of adopting a child? Here's how

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Close to 6,500 Filipino children are in need of a permanent home

ADOPTION. Parents thinking of adopting in the Philippines may do so under Republic Act No. 8552 and 8043. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

For struggling professionals, CPD is expensive and not realistic

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The seminars and trainings under the Continuing Professional Development are costly and are not accessible to busy professionals

Changing careers: hard work and passion pays off

Feb 07, 2018 - 5:40 PM

How an HR Analyst became the country's first Filipina 5-star Hotel GM

MMDA, Metro Manila LGUs to send aid for Mayon evacuees in Albay

Feb 07, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Each Metro Manila local government unit will contribute at least P500,000 to a common fund for the evacuees. Emergency response personnel are also set for deployment.

EVACUATION. Some families and individuals affected by the Mayon volcano eruption were evacuated in Bical High School in Sto. Domingo, Albay. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Inflation hits 3-year high of 4% in January

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The government attributes the increase partly to the tax reform law, which took effect in January