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YouthWorks PH bridges youth skills from school to work

May 25, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'The project is all about enhancing the skills of the youth to be employed,' says Philippine Business for Education Chair Ramon del Rosario

OECD cuts global growth forecast as U.S.-China tensions rise

May 21, 2019 - 10:00 PM

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria says there is 'an urgent need' for Washington and Beijing to bury their differences

Angel Gurria, General Secretary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), gestures as he presents the OECD Economic Outlook at the OECD headquarters in Paris on May 21, 2019. - Global trade tensions and political uncertainty are weighing on the world's economy, the OECD warned on May 21, 2019, cutting its global growth forecast for this year to 3.3 percent, down from the 3.5 percent it predicted in November. (Photo by ERIC PIERMONT / AFP)

The cold will inherit the Earth

May 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It is not 'wealthy country warming' that is happening, but global warming. We all live in a planet that has been warming.

Mindanao Development Authority chief Alonto dies at 73

May 10, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Alonto was the first Muslim to head the Mindanao Development Authority

MINDA HEAD. File photo of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairman and secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto. Photo from Wikipedia

Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

MMDA lifts number coding for provincial buses on May 10, 14

May 07, 2019 - 10:52 PM

MMDA says this is for commuters who will travel to and from provinces to cast their votes on election day

BUSES. This file photo shows MMDA traffic enforcers in front of buses along EDSA. File photo by Joel Liporada

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

MMDA suspends provincial bus ban dry run

May 06, 2019 - 6:01 PM

But provincial buses are still not allowed to load and unload passengers along EDSA

SUSPENDED. MMDA temporarily suspends dry run of MMDA Regulation No. 2, which revoked the business permits of provincial bus terminals along EDSA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC: Release P747-M retirement perks of ex-DBP employees

May 05, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Supreme Court grants a petition questioning the Commission on Audit's notice of disallowance on the Development Bank of the Philippines' retirement program

Image from Wikicommons

PIDS to DepEd: Review teachers' workload to improve quality of education

May 03, 2019 - 8:29 PM

A study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies warns actual teaching hours have been 'increasingly sidelined' by the heavy workload teachers had to deal with

TEACHER QUALITY. A study from the Philippine Institute of Development studies urges the education department to review workload of teachers in order or improve teaching in public schools. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Department of Agriculture eyes more high-value coconut products

May 02, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he wants coconut farmers to go beyond copra. It remains unclear, however, when the coco levy fund will be released.

RAIN OR SHINE. Coconut farmers – young and old, men and women – brave the elements during their 71-day march to Malacañang Palace in 2014. File Photo by Rappler

South Sudan adversaries meet in bid to save peace deal

May 02, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Representatives of South Sudan's rival parties gather in Addis Ababa for a meeting called by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development

SOUTH SUDAN. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Istanbul police open probes over vote 'irregularities'

May 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

More than 100 election officials have been summoned as part of the inquiries across 3 districts in Turkey's biggest city, according to state news agency Anadolu

ISTANBUL ELECTION. Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu cheer after Turkish election officials officially confirmed his win as Istanbul mayor on April 17, 2019 as they wait outside Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality hall for Imamoglu's arrival for a handover ceremony. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Lack of tenure, proper gear take toll on Mindoro's tamaraw rangers

May 01, 2019 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) These rangers have devoted their lives to protecting the tamaraws despite lack of tenure, lack of proper tools and gear, and the dangers that come with the job

PROTECTION. Tamaraws are not only endemic in the Philippines but also critically endangered. Photo from D'Aboville Foundation

Marcos Bridge eastbound side closed for repairs starting May 4

May 01, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The closure of the eastbound side of the Marcos Bridge in Marikina City will last for 4 months

CLOSURE. The eastbound side of the Marcos Bridge in Marikina City will be closed for 4 months, starting May 4, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

What to expect at Facebook’s F8 2019 developer conference

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Here are some of what we’re expecting to happen at this year’s F8 conference

DEV CONFERENCE. Screenshot from Facebook F8 website


Why free play is important for your baby's motor development

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Here’s how you can make sure your child’s active time goes unhindered

Rappler Talk: Measuring poverty, shaping policy with NEDA's Edillon

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Rappler sits down with Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon to discuss how the government measures poverty and crafts policy using data


MMDA lifts number coding for PUVs on April 23

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority suspends number coding for public utility vehicles on Tuesday, April 23, to help commuters in case railways were damaged in the Luzon earthquake

STRANDED. Passengers ride a provincial bus along EDSA, after being stranded due to the closure of railway lines. Photo from MMDA

Filinvest expands portfolio to logistics, industrial parks

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Filinvest Land's first logistics and industrial park, which will be located in New Clark City, will begin construction in 2019 and is expected to be operational by 2020

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Century Properties secures funding for affordable housing projects

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The company initially planned to get only P2 billion in funding but was met with 'significant interest,' raising P3 billion

Metro Manila number coding suspended April 17-22

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding beginning Holy Wednesday, April 17, until Easter Monday, April 22

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Women's unpaid work worth trillions of pesos – PIDS study

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The monetary value of the time women spend on housework can make up about 20% of the country's gross domestic product, PIDS senior research fellow Michael Abrigo says

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Youthworks PH now accepting techvoc trainees from CDO

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:59 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Following Cagayan de Oro, YouthWorks PH will also hold a series of recruitment activities in Metro Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga, Iloilo, General Santos, and Davao

Photo from Shutterstock

DSWD opens government internship program for 1,360 youth

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Under the program, interns will have to render 30 working days of service which will start on April 15 and end on May 29, 2019

File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

MMDA regulation revokes EDSA bus terminals permits

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:26 PM

But Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento 'strongly urges' traffic agencies to suspend the implementation of the new bus terminal scheme in a recently filed resolution

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic along Edsa near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Clark Development Corporation apologizes to PNP chief Albayalde, son

Apr 05, 2019 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) The CDC issues a public apology over what it called a 'misunderstanding' between the top cop's son and members of the state corporation's public safety division

CLARK FREEPORT. The entrance to the Clark Freeport Zone which is managed by the Clark Development Corporation. Photo from the Facebook page of Clark Development Corporaton

Philippine economy may be one of few winners in 2019 regional slowdown

Apr 03, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Asian Development Bank trims its 2019 growth prospects for the Philippines, but expects it to be among the few countries which may beat their 2018 figures


Next in line: Sugar import liberalization

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:04 AM

After the government manages to speedily pass the Rice Tariffication law, will the same be said for sugar?

Loads of sugarcane cut in the latter part of the harvesting season are hauled by trucks closer to the opening of the milling facility of First Farmers Holdings Corp. in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Cleaner rivers, estuaries seen within 2019 – Cimatu

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:10 PM

To ensure that the waters stay garbage-free, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says they will review contracts between local government units and solid waste collectors

CLEAN-UP DRIVE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu inspects a clogged up waterway in Barangay Tumana, Marikina City with Environment and Natural Resources Chief-of-Staff Rodolfo Garcia. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler.

El Niño to have minimal effects on inflation – NEDA

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla says planting and harvesting may be delayed, but there would be no major impact on rice production

A farmer walks over the cracked soil of dried up rice field in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned of hotter days ahead due to El Nino. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hard work, idealism, and a little help: Game jamming in 48 hours

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Is it possible to create a fully playable game within 48 hours? With a healthy serving of hard work, idealism, and some help, it can be done!

GAME JAMMERS. Video game developers right after 48 hours of making games. Photo contributed by GUILD

Japan signs P41-M assistance to 5 local government projects

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) The projects will benefit communities in Aurora, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao

SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT. The Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, says the grants should help improve the living conditions of vulnerable sectors. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Japan-Press

More real estate development outside Metro Manila seen in 2019

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Colliers International says Cavite and Pampanga can further be boosted as business hubs

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Why Mowelfund is venturing into real estate development

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The organization says the partnership with VConsunji Inc will be able to help in sustaining the funds it will need to help their members from the entertainment industry

What to expect at the 2019 Game Developers Conference

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

With rumors of announcements for new consoles and services, gamers may want to tune into the conference this year

GDC. A general view of the Game Developers Conference is seen in San Francisco, California on March 03, 2015. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Japanese firm renews alternative Kaliwa water proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Japanese firm Global Utility Development Corporation is stepping back into the picture over 10 years after it first proposed the Kaliwa Intake Weir

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-Oriental Mindoro governor's firm ordered to return P321-M land

Mar 17, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Court of Appeals says RGV Development Corporation should return a 150-hectare property in Nasugbu, Batangas, after the Group Developers Incorporated rescinded their contract

DEAL REVOKED. The Group Developers, Inc. turns back on its deal with Rodolfo Valencia's company after the latter allegedly failed to follow their agreement with regards to the land's purchase. Photo from rodolfogvalencia.com

New films to debut on Friday instead of Wednesday

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:18 PM

FDCP Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra talks about the change in a Facebook post

LIZA DIÑO. The chair of the Film Development Council of the Philippines announces upcoming changes in the local film industry. Photo courtesy of FDCP

Megaworld, BCDA team up to create new district in Fort Bonifacio

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Envisioned to be the 'administrative capital of the country,' the 160-hectare Bonifacio Capital District is expected to host the new offices of government agencies

Google teases alleged game-streaming service as dev conference looms

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A recent patent for a game controller hints that Google is also expected to unveil a device to go with the service

Screenshot from Google


NEDA warns reenacted budget to really hurt economy

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia warns economic growth can go as low as 4.2% to 4.9% under a full-year reenacted budget

SLOWDOWN. NEDA warns of slow economic growth under a reenacted budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Estrella Service Road in Makati partially closed starting March 23

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The partial closure of the Estrella Service Road will last up to two years, until the expected completion of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in 2021

Rappler Talk: NEDA's Mercedita Sombilla on rice tariffication

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Rappler talks to Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla to discuss how the government will implement the new rice tariffication law

Facebook sues 2 app developers for data-stealing browser add-ons

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The lawsuit against Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov says they hatched a scheme affecting some 63,000 Facebook users' browsers

Turkey tumbles into recession as polls loom

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The flagging economy coupled with a currency crisis last year are sensitive issues for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party before the vote on March 31

TURKEY. Skyscrapers are pictured at the financial and business district Maslak on August 15, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Journalists urged not to aid trial by publicity over narco list

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:54 PM

‘Government, media can’t play fast, loose with due process and rule of law,’ says the statement of journalists and media organizations on list of alleged ‘narco politicians’

OECD cuts global growth forecast over trade, Brexit uncertainty

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development lowers its forecast to 3.3% for this year, down from the 3.5% it predicted in November

FORECAST. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development cuts its global growth forecast for this year to 3.3%. Image via Shutterstock