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Poor families to get P200 tax reform subsidy starting January

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:25 PM

A total of 10 million families would benefit from the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) scheme, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development

INFORMAL SECTOR. The tax reform initiative will hit vendors and small-scare independent traders the hardest. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

NAPC's Liza Maza says federalism alone won’t solve poverty

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:26 AM

'If we will not fix our policies and the mechanisms of addressing the issue of poverty, it will remain to be a big problem,' says National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza

REFORM AGENDA. The National Anti-Poverty Commission launches a proposal to reform the current Philippine anti-poverty policies. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Marawi rehab: The work ahead

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says it may take 4 years to completely rehabilitate the war-torn city

GHOST TOWN. A once busy street littered with war debris. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

$380-million ADB loan to finance 11 infra projects in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The loan will finance the construction of roads in the Zamboanga Peninsula and bridges in Tawi-Tawi

'Kwarta sa Basura' as source of livelihood for 4Ps beneficiaries

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Beneficiaries of 'Kwarta sa Basura' will upcycle waste materials, unwanted products, and other by-products into usable materials

EDUCATE. Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries listening attentively during the discussion of 'Kwarta sa Basura' project. Prhoto from DSWD

Duterte suspends logging operations in Zamboanga Peninsula

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) On orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, the DENR suspends the operations of Sodaco Agricultural Company and Sirawai Plywood and Lumber Corporation

Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Iloilo Representative Treñas over graft

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'It is part of the judicial process which should be respected. I will coordinate with the Office of the Speaker for its implementation,' says Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas

Photo from Treñas' website

Apple acquires Buddybuild, an app development service

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Buddybuild says it will be joining the Xcode engineering group of Apple, and will be ending Android app development on March 1

NDRRMC, other government agencies prepare for possible LPA before 2018

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:54 PM

If the said low pressure area will enter the Philippine area of responsibility before the year ends, it will be the 23rd tropical cyclone of 2017

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DSWD drive shows 'right and responsible way' to help homeless families

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:31 PM

#HelptheHomelessPH campaign seeks to make the public understand why homeless people stay in the streets and to redirect their perception about giving alms on the streets

raise public awareness on the real plight of homeless families

DSWD extends financial aid to families affected by Vinta

Dec 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

DSWD distributes cash aid to affected areas in the municipalities of Bacolod Kalawi, Madalum, Wato Balindong, and Tugaya in Lanao del Sur

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Vista Land projects high profit growth until 2020

Dec 27, 2017 - 2:08 PM

The listed property developer will aggressively launch new residential and commercial projects in the next 3 years

Davao fire, Dengvaxia, PH embassy in Israel | Midday wRap

Dec 27, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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'Heads must roll over Davao mall fire deaths' – labor groups

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network calls the incident a 'massacre of working people who strive hard to earn a living'

MALL FIRE. At least 36 call center employees were killed inside Davao City's NCCC Mall on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

60,000 in evacuation centers after Vinta onslaught

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:36 PM

The DSWD gives assurances that its personnel in affected areas are working round the clock, even on Christmas, to attend to needs of evacuees

A MOTHER cries as she was prevented to cross Ysalina Bridge which would lead her to her flooded home as Typhoon Vinta lashes Northern Mindanao on Friday, December 22,2017. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

The art of letting go: Truths about parenthood

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Holaina Tan, mother of 4-year-old Aki, shares her own journey as a parent and how it changed her life

Duterte vetoes parts of tax reform law

Dec 22, 2017 - 7:12 PM

The vetoes will help the first package of tax reforms expected to reach the target P90 billion in revenue in 2018, according to the Department of Finance

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the cabinet cluster meeting in Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CLSU gets P10-M grant for education of mega drug rehab patients

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija develops instructional modules for patients who want to complete their education or learn livelihood skills

MEGA DRUG REHAB. Starting 2018, the Commission on Higher Education will implement a project for drug dependents in the mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

Conglomerates form ‘Super Consortium’ to propose NAIA upgrade

Dec 21, 2017 - 3:37 PM

The Ayala, Aboitiz, Gokongwei, Gotianum, Metro Pacific and Andrew Tan groups will submit their unsolicited bid to the Department of Transportation

Employees on Duterte decision to fire DAP president: 'Best Christmas gift'

Dec 20, 2017 - 10:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's order removing Development Academy of the Philippines President Elba Cruz comes over a week after the employees complained to Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) - Laban Christmas ​​benefit ​dinner for Marawi City at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on December 13, 2017, calls on the PDP-Laban as well as other political parties to unite so that they could all work together to solve the country's problems. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte orders DAP president Elba Cruz to leave her post

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte terminates the service of the embattled Development Academy of the Philippines official, effective immediately

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

Tropical depression Urduja, Duterte on rogue cops, Legarda on DSWD | Evening wRap

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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DSWD, LGUs provide P2.09-M aid for Urduja victims

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided assistance to affected families in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas

DOUBLE TIME. Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD warehouse in Pasay City on December 18, intended for victims of the on-slaught of Tropical Depression Urduja. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

DOE targets restoring power in Biliran before Christmas

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Some 365,000 food packs are also on standby for those affected by Tropical Depression Urduja

Most business establishments in Tacloban City are forced to close as Tropical Storm Urduja left the city without electricity, Saturday, December 16. Urduja made landfall in Eastern Samar earlier in the afternoon, it is expected to exit the region by noon December 17.

Legarda open to DSWD post after term ends in 2019

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:20 PM

'Can I say, I am thinking about it?' says Senator Loren Legarda on talks she would be the next Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary

DSWD? Senator Loren Legarda says she is open to a DSWD post after her term ends in 2019. File photo from Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Who ‘killed’ Metro Manila?

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Force Filipino mayors to take a mandatory course on the basics of urban planning – an important task where they tend to show the utmost lack of understanding

DSWD: Over 220,000 affected due to Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:08 AM

(UPDATED) DSWD says it, together with local government units, has provided P718,995 worth of assistance to those affected by the typhoon

(With baby) Rochel Waniwan, 34, cradles her  3-month daughter as she spends her first storm in the Cogon evacuation center in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, as residents brace for Urduja’s landfall, Thursday night, December 14. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

Batangas taps Chinese firm to develop airport, seaport, railway

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas signs a memorandum of understanding Teamrise Group Company Limited in Hongkong

SIGNED. Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas (seated, left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with China real estate company Teamrise Group Co. Ltd in Hongkong for 6 major projects for the province of Batangas. He is joined by (standing, from left) Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Special Envoy of the President to China Fernando Borja, and Philippine Ports Authority representative Elmer Cadano.

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

ADB upgrades Philippine GDP growth forecast for 2017, 2018

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The outlook of the Asian Development Bank 'assumes that growth in the government's infrastructure program will accelerate'

PH underemployment rate drops to lowest in 10 years

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Underemployment refers to workers wanting to spend more hours at work to earn more

LABOR DAY. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang says Duterte 'sure' to probe DAP president

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:47 PM

'The President does not take issues of corruption sitting down,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Bill on job-skills mismatch hurdles final reading in Senate

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Senate Bill 1456 or the proposed Philippine Qualifications Framework Act aims to bring together labor market and education stakeholders to craft an integrated system that prevents job-skills mismatch

JOB FAIR. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Employees urge Duterte to fire Dev't Academy of the Philippines president

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The employees claim that Elba Cruz lacks the 'knowledge, temperament, and behavior' necessary to lead any government institution

RESIGN? Development Academy of the Philippines Personnel Association calls for the resignation of DAP President Elba Cruz. Photo from DAP Website

When kids don’t know they are victims of sexual abuse

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Kim* was 12 when her neighbor recruited her. By the time she was rescued, she was already 15.

ABUSE. Children as young as 12 years old fall victims to online sex trafficking. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

P1-B livelihood aid allotted for Marawi siege victims – DSWD

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The livelihood assistance may be availed of via the agency’s Sustainable Livelihood Program

MARAWI CRISIS. Displaced residents line up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal Hall, Lanao del Sur. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

TESDA provincial director shot in Negros Occidental

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Director Julius Sol Jamero is attacked in Talisay City, and is now in a hospital in Bacolod

TPLEX now extended to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The new 10.10-kilometer segment is expected to cut the Tarlac-Pozorrubio travel time from 2 hours and 30 minutes to just 45 minutes

MMDA official jokes about shooting 'negative' journalists

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:51 PM

MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia jokes that journalists who write unflattering reports about his agency should become targets of Oplan Tokhang

JOKER JOJO. MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia gives a press briefing. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Conglomerates in talks for 'super consortium' to upgrade NAIA

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Andrew Tan's Alliance Global and Lucio Tan's LT Group confirm there are talks with other business groups, though no formal agreements have been reached

MMDA to set 50 km/h speed limit for EDSA, C5, Commonwealth

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Also covered by the plan to reduce the speed limit are Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, and Marcos Highway

BUSY ROAD. EDSA is the most used thoroughfare in the Philippines, passing through 6 cities. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

MMDA eyes ban on driver-only cars from one EDSA lane

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The proposal could be tested as early as Monday, December 11

SORTING LANE. The MMDA will test the scheme as early as Monday, December 11. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD eyes lifting moratorium on 4Ps application before Christmas

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Once the moratorium is lifted, around 48,000 additional families may be accepted into the anti-poverty program

MORATORIUM. The Department of Social Welfare and Development eyes to lift the moratorium on accepting new 4Ps beneficiaries before Christmas.

Inflation slows to 3.3% in November amid lower food prices

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:25 PM

A slowdown is seen in November after 4 straight months of rising prices

Free tuition law's implementing rules completed

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:39 PM

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says one of the provisions of the IRR include maintaining SUCs' allocations for each student to ensure academic competency

EDUCATION LEADERS. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, and TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong hold a press conference on December 5. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Marawi evacuees who lost homes will get free housing units – HUDCC

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says there are companies pledging to give housing assistance to residents affected by the Marawi siege

PH lags in providing pension amid increasing life expectancy – ILO

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:57 AM

The International Labor Organization says that from 2000 to 2015, life expectancy in the Philippines grew by 5 years – the fastest increase observed since the 1960s

SOCIAL PROTECTION. The Philippines lags behind its Asian neighbors in providing adequate social pension for senior citizens.  Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler