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PH gov't seeks public feedback as it prepares for 'new normal' due to virus

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:25 PM

A technical working group is conducting online surveys on the effects of the coronavirus on various sectors, as well as an online public consultation on preparing for the 'new normal'

PopCom urges parents to discuss sexuality with teens during quarantine

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Conversations with teens on sexuality may prevent early sexual encounters and teenage pregnancies, says the Commission on Population and Development

A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Instagram displayed on a tablet. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP)

DSWD begins release of emergency subsidies to 4Ps beneficiaries

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:50 PM

4Ps beneficiaries will receive emergency subsidies on top of their regular cash grants and rice allowances, for a maximum of P8,000 a month for two months

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ADB warns global cost of virus could top $4 trillion

Apr 03, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The Asian Development Bank says this may even be an underestimate, since the severity of the coronavirus pandemic remains uncertain

This aerial photo taken on April 2, 2020 shows people visiting a night market in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

DSWD: P100-billion subsidy ready for distribution to 18 million poor families

Apr 02, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says the Department of Social Welfare and Development has 'full control and supervision' of the emergency subsidy program funds

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Here's how freelance entertainment workers can apply for FDCP's DEAR Action program

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The program is the FDCP's assistance to workers in the audio-visual sector who have suddenly found themselves unemployed due to a catastrophe

Liza Diño. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

COA affirms disallowance of P4.54-M benefits for Tidcorp board's ex-officio members

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:03 AM

COA says Monetary Board member Peter Favila and former MB member Armando Suratos are not entitled to the allowances and benefits they got from 2005 to 2010 as ex-officio members of the Trade and Investment Development Corporation of the Philippines

TRACKER: DSWD assistance during coronavirus crisis

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:48 PM

DSWD's main responsibility under the Bayanihan to Heal as One act is to expedite the distribution of food assistance to the most affected residents

U.N. urges $2.5 trillion in pandemic aid to developing nations

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:42 AM

A UN report notes that the two-thirds of the global population who live in developing countries (excluding China) face 'unprecedented economic damage' from the crisis

PROTECTION. Children wearing face masks sell masks to motorists amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Banda Aceh on March 27, 2020. File photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Provinces must learn from Metro Manila's virus experience, says NEDA

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority says food supply chain problems, health personnel walking to work, and inadequate facilities can be avoided by planning better

About 75% of cities, towns in Philippines lack health workers

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM

A study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies suggests policy actions to address the uneven distribution of healthcare workers

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Pandemic will cut global investment flows more than feared – U.N.

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'It is now evident that pandemic mitigation efforts and lockdowns around the world will have devastating effects on all economies,' say United Nations economists

This aerial photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows an empty street in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - China said on March 10 the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak Hubei would relax travel restrictions to allow healthy people to move within the hard-hit province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

NEDA urges manufacturers to switch to products for coronavirus fight

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:25 PM

For instance, perfume companies can shift to alcohol production, textile companies can make face masks, and advertising agencies can do information campaigns

IMF, World Bank call for suspending debt payments by poorest nations

Mar 26, 2020 - 12:20 AM

'It is imperative at this moment to provide a global sense of relief for developing countries,' say the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in a joint statement

(FILES) This file aerial photo shows a view of the houses in the neighborhood of Fort National in Port-au-Prince, on December 13, 2018. - The International Monetary Fund and World Bank on March 25, 2020 called for governments to put a hold on debt payments from the world's poorest nations so they can battle the coronavirus pandemic. "The World Bank Group and the IMF believe it is imperative at this moment to provide a global sense of relief for developing countries as well as a strong signal to financial markets," the Washington-based development lenders said in a joint statement. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

[OPINION] A crisis for all

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'At all costs, we need to avoid the ethical dilemma of choosing whose life to save or care for'

NEDA pushes for 'widespread' coronavirus testing, outlines strategy

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'The key to a successful medical response is widespread testing,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Gov't, businesses told: Set aside growth targets, focus on public health

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Economists from the Ateneo de Manila University urge the Philippines' top 30 companies to donate at least P1 billion each to combat the coronavirus

OECD chief calls for new Marshall Plan against pandemic

Mar 23, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Angel Gurria says governments' coordination to fight the coronavirus pandemic should exceed the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe after World War II

A municipal worker uses a sprayer while disinfecting the popular Medina neighbourhood of Dakar on March 22, 2020. - The Senegalese government wanted to be firm on Saturday in the fight against the new coronavirus, ruling out "all tolerance" in the face of violators of established rules, including the ban on assemblies, in a country which has reached nearly 60 confirmed cases. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

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Mar 16, 2020 - 8:57 PM

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DSWD suspends activities of some safety net programs to prevent coronavirus spread

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Activities that require social contact in programs such as the 4Ps, unconditional cash transfer, emergency shelter assistance, and sustainable livelihood program are suspended from March 15 to April 14

ADB Manila headquarters closed for coronavirus disinfection

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The Asian Development Bank says operations will continue, but employees will be working from home starting Thursday, March 12

Coronavirus crisis could cost world up to $2 trillion – U.N.

Mar 10, 2020 - 3:30 AM

Loss of consumer and investor confidence, a slowdown of global demand, swelling debt, and widespread market anxiety are just some of the issues clouding the global economic horizon

This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows two staff members crossing an empty road as they deliver vegetables to a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - The death toll in China from the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic rose to 2,236 on February 21 after 118 more people died, most of them in the hard-hit epicentre province of Hubei, the government said. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Coronavirus outbreak will slash global investment flows – U.N.

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:30 PM

United Nations economists warn that regardless of how quickly the coronavirus outbreak lasts, it would significantly drag down global foreign direct investments

INVESTMENTS. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says the Philippines got higher foreign direct investments in February 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Coronavirus seen to make Philippines miss 2020 GDP growth target

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon says the Philippines' gross domestic product growth may fall within the 5.5% to 6.5% range in 2020

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Shoppers wear surgical mask in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City where the prayer room of the patient positive of coronavirus is a regular visitor. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ex-National Book Development Board official convicted of graft

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the former official renewed a security agency's contract without public bidding in 2002

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[OPINION | Dash of SAS] What happened to the NEDA sexual harassment case?

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The results of NEDA's investigation of a ranking official have been with the Office of the President for more than a year. Why is President Duterte taking this long to decide on what to do?

Asia-Pacific economies seen to face $211-billion hit from coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:30 PM

S&P Global Ratings expects the Asia-Pacific region to grow 4% in 2020, which would be the worst performance since a contraction in 2008 caused by the global financial crisis

Pedestrians, wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walk down an elevated walkway in Bangkok on March 4, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

[OPINION] In solidarity with our queer sisters

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'The more I learned about the experiences of other LGBTQ folks like me, the more I recognized that we were still different from each other'

Malaysia anti-graft chief who investigated 1MDB quits

Mar 06, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Latheefa Koya, a leading human rights activist who had been head of the anti-corruption commission since June, insists she was not pressured

RESIGNATIONS. The 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo is seen on a billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange under-development site in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

9 in 10 of all people hold bias against women

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:36 AM

One of the report's most chilling findings: 28% of people believe it is okay for a man to beat his wife

HARD WORK. Jesmina Saguran and other Palawan indigenous women are busy building vertical support for the crawling yam vines. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Chinese virus-related slump to slash $50 billion in global exports – U.N.

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:55 AM

United Nations economists say manufacturing disruptions in China are 'expected to have repercussions elsewhere through regional and global value chains'

MANUFACTURING. Workers produce desks at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, 2019. File photo by AFP

OECD warns of severe economic hit from virus outbreak

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'Output contractions in China are being felt around the world,' says the 36-member OECD, also warning that the novel coronavirus 'would weaken prospects considerably' if it is prolonged

People wait in line to buy face masks from a department store in Seoul on February 28, 2020. - K-pop megastars BTS on February 28 cancelled four concerts they were due to hold in Seoul in April, their agency said, as the coronavirus outbreak spreads in South Korea. The country has so far confirmed more than 2,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, by far the largest national total outside China, the origin of the disease. (Photo by - / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

MMDA extends free ferry ride until March 31

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is also eyeing 3 more ferry stations in Manila, Makati, and Pasig

FERRY SERVICE. The metro Manila Development Authority launches new 150 seater ferry boats with a speed of 24 knots at Guadalupe station in Makati on January 10, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

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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

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

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

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