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Netizens’ single cry: driver-only car ban isn’t helping

Aug 15, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Singles feel the brunt of MMDA's bandaid solution to traffic congestion in EDSA during rush hour.

VIRAL: Woman refuses to surrender license to MMDA, gets cyberbullied

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Should altercations between private citizens and government officials be posted publicly on Facebook?

Senate calls for suspension of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(4th UPDATE) In a resolution, the Senate 'strongly' urges the MMDA to 'conduct public consultations' and provide 'real solutions to Metro Manila congestion'

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along Edsa in Quezon City on August 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing 4Ps

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:27 PM

House Bill No. 7773 would mandate the Department of Social Welfare and Development to implement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program until it covers 60% of all extremely poor households nationwide

HELPING THE POOR. Lawmakers want to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Who's supposed to be in charge during disasters?

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Several government agencies should be carrying out coordinated operations before, during, and after an emergency to reduce risks and immediately respond to victims' needs

EVACUEES. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MMDA eyes driver-only car ban on EDSA starting August 23

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:27 PM

A dry run will be implemented from August 15 to 22

HOV. During rush hours, the MMDA will only allow high-occupancy vehicles along EDSA. AFP file photo

LOOK: Disney's humanoid acrobat in action

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The autonomous robot can correct itself in air to land tricks flawlessly. It is being designed for use in Disney theme parks, and potentially, Disney movies in the future

FLYBOT. Disney's humanoid acrobat from their Stuntworks project flies through the air, catapulted by a big swing. Screenshot from Disney


Additional P12.5 M in aid given to monsoon victims

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Food packs, sleeping kits, and medicines are provided to some 14,082 displaced families in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Anti-middle class ang driver-only ban sa EDSA

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi naman tatamaan ang mayayaman na may family driver. Ang tatamaan ay ang middle class na walang driver at pinapang-hatid-sundo ang sasakyan

Gov't, NGOs give P105 million in aid to monsoon victims

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Evacuees receive assistance in the form of family food packs, sleeping mats, and medicines

EVACUEES. Families who evacuated to Malanday Elementary School in Marikina were provided with tents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MMDA urged to 'rethink' driver-only car rule on EDSA

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the government 'cannot always try its luck through trial-and-error' when solving traffic congestion

EDSA TRAFFIC. The MMDA is under fire for the new policy barring single-passenger cars from EDSA during rush hour. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Poppert Bernadas appointed to Film Development Council

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The singer and theater actor is now a member of the FDCP's Cinema Evaluation Board

BOARD MEMBER. Poppert Bernadas has been appointed to the Cinema Evaluation Board. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

By August 15, no more provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Provincial buses will not be allowed to ply EDSA on weekdays from 7 am to 10 am, and from 6 pm to 9 pm

BAN. Provincial buses banned from plying EDSA starting August 15. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Why single out singles, netizens ask MMDA

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Motorists take to social media in response to the MMDA's proposed ban on driver-only cars along EDSA

Joint development deal may be finalized before Xi visit – Roque

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to fly to the Philippines in late 2018, after he attends the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NEDA hits dismal Q2 agriculture output

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Look more closely into rice cartels and smuggling, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia urges the Department of Agriculture

Over 64,000 families return to Marawi – DSWD

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:24 PM

DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo says 64,364 families – from a total of 77,170 – have returned to Marawi City

SHELTER. Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Arroyo allies vow pork barrel won't return in 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro says Senator Panfilo Lacson's warning against the possible return of pork barrel is just 'speculative'

NO PORK? Allies of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the unconstitutional pork barrel will not return under her watch. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

HK firm's $1.5-B Nayong Pilipino resort to push through

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Landing International Development Limited says it is a valid leaseholder 'unless the lease contract is cancelled or nullified on legal grounds by the courts'

MMDA to ban driver-only cars on EDSA during rush hour

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) Metro Manila mayors have approved the proposal but have yet to set the implementation date

BANNED. Soon, vehicles carrying only the driver will be prohibited from traversing EDSA during rush hours. AFP File Photo

USAID stands by fraud claims vs NGO Visayan Forum

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'VFF intentionally engaged in conduct that constituted serious violations of the terms of its agreement,' says the United States Agency for International Development

CLOSED. USAID terminated its proposed disqualification case against Philippine non-governmental organization Visayan Forum due to lack of evidence.

2 PH start-up teams win global awards

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Philippine start-up teams Arooga Health and Phinix bag two of the five 2018 Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Innovative Awards in China

Final version of coco levy bill shatters farmers' hopes

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:48 PM

'Maaaring magtagal na naman ang aming paghihintay at pakikibaka bago makamit ng mga mahihirap at maliliit na magniniyog ang bunga ng coco levy,' says a national coalition of coconut farmers' movements

VILLAR LAUDS APPROVAL OF COCO LEVY BILL BY BICAM PANEL- Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the approval by the bicameral conference committee of the reconciled version of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act, "marks the end of the long and grueling journey of enacting a law which will make sure 3.5 million coconut farmers will greatly benefit from the P100-billion funds which are rightfully theirs." In photo are members of the bicam panel (standing) Rep. Cecilia Chavez, Sen.Francis Pangilinan, Rep. Celso Lobregat, Rep. Arthur Yap, Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria; (seated) Rep. Evelina Escudero, Villar, Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., and Rep. Sharon Garin. Also in photo are Department of Agriculture officials. Photo by the office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

Australia, UNDP, PhilDev launch mentorship for social enterprises

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:23 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The application period for the Innovation for Social Impact Accelerator Program ends on August 8, 2018

NEDA launches good governance website

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The Philippines' rankings in ease of doing business, economic freedom, and global competitiveness are just some of the data accessible on the website

Children’s council chief charged over P10M worth of ghost projects

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Mary Mitzi Cajayon Uy used as conduit an NGO previously linked to a pork barrel scam

CHARGED. Former Caloocan Representative Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is charged with graft, malversation of public funds, and malversation thru falsification of public documents over P10 million PDAF scam. Photo from CWC website

Expert says DepEd's ALS 'not fully effective'

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

World Bank education specialist Takiko Igarashi says the Alternative Learning System currently has low participation and passing rates

SATURDAY SCHOOL. An Alternative Learning System class is held in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Coal plant project in La Union sparks protests

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Residents are urging the La Union provincial government to pass an anti-coal ordinance to stop the construction of a 670-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Luna town

'PROTECT LA UNION'. Groups converge at the town plaza in San Fernando, La Union, in July 2018 to protest coal-fired power plant to be built in Luna. Screenshot from the video of Diane Mendoza Orpilla

HOAX: P6,000 'monthly' pension for senior citizens

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The Social Welfare Department has been providing a pension worth P500 a month – not P6,000 a month – to indigent senior citizens for years

Screenshot of a website claiming that senior citizens can avail of a P6,000 pension per month from the government

Lucio Co invited to invest in Bacolod port

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:16 PM

BREDCO president John Palanca Alonte says the company aims to bring the port to 'the next level' by making it a world-class facility with the help of a strategic investor

BACOLOD SEAPORT TERMINAL. The Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation had a soft opening of its new seaport terminal worth P360 million on July 25, 2018. Contributed photo

Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway up for NEDA panel approval

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:55 PM

If the proposed CTBEX is approved, the Department of Public Works and Highways says construction might start next year and be completed by 2022

PUBLIC WORKS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar talks to reporters after the awarding of original proponent status to MPTC South for the Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Pernia: 43 of 75 flagship infra projects done in 2 years

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Socioeconomic Secretary Ernesto Pernia says that's a 'good batting average'

INFRASTRUCTURE. This photo taken on April 11, 2018, shows workers on a construction site beside a highway with heavy traffic in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Over 13,800 Filipinos in Luzon evacuate due to monsoon

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units provide around P9.16 million in aid to affected residents

#MMShakeDrill 2018 still 'far from perfect' – MMDA officials

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The fourth #MMShakeDrill ends with an 85/100 rating from MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia and with many lessons learned for improvement

MMDA employees line up by quadrants outside the MMDA building. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

MMDA's #MMShakeDrill: How everything worked

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:10 PM

With such a herculean task of keeping the drill under wraps, how did the #MMShakeDrill fare in pulling off its grand surprise?

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Special Rescue Unit (BFP-SRU) search for mock victims while a nurse apply first aid to others inside the Manila City Hall as they participate in the Metro Manila Shake Drill on July 19, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila prepares for the ‘Big One’

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:19 PM

The MMDA's earthquake drill to prepare for 'The Big One' occurs at 1pm, one hour after a text blast is sent to get people ready for the exercise

Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during the National Disaster Resilience Month with the Theme " Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan" The shake drill was conducted in surprise to make it truthfully. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jolted netizens liken #MMShakeDrill phone alarm to 'The Purge' siren

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'Do not panic? Eh mas nagpanic pa ako doon sa alarm sound, muntik ko pa itapon phone ko,' says one irate netizen

JICA launches digital art contest on SDGs for college students

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Deadline for submission of entries is on September 17, 2018. Rappler is a media partner for the "Building An Inclusive Future" contest

MMDA, NTC to announce #MMShakeDrill via SMS alert

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:48 PM

MMDA says the annual earthquake drill, dubbed online as the #MMShakeDrill, will push through on the third week of June, rain or shine

The Pasay City government simulates disaster and response drill during the #MMShakeDrill on July 14, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How employers, schools can prepare students for work

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:14 AM

'It doesn’t matter how good you are in your own vacuum, what matters is how good you are in reference to your partner,' says Philippine Business for Education Executive Director Love Basillote

ALIGN. Philippine Business for Education Executive Director Love Basillote urges the government, employers, and the education sector to develop a national plan to ensure students are ready to enter the workforce. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Is Unesco World Heritage status for cultural sites killing the things it loves?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Achieving Unesco status is an internationally competitive process. Nations want this recognition because they can promote a place or practice as a unique cultural tourism attraction.

TOURIST MAGNET. Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016. Shutterstock

Date of #MMShakeDrill 2018 will not be announced – MMDA

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:49 AM

The exact date of this year's #MMShakeDrill would not be revealed to the public and responders ahead of time so everyone 'must be prepared at all times,' says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

#MMSHAKEDRILL. According to MMDA, the annual earthquake drill may happen any day within the third week of June. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Deadline extended: Nominations for the 37th National Book Awards

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:33 PM

PRESS RELEASE: All entries and required attachments must be submitted to the NBDB office on or before July 20, 2018 at 5 pm. Books mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if postmarked July 20, 2018.

GrabPlatform opens Grab to third-party app developers

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The suite of APIs known as GrabPlatform gives Grab’s partners access to the platform’s user base and services

MOVING FORWARD. Guillem Segarra, CEO of HappyFresh, Anthony Tan, Group CEO and Co-Founder of Grab, and Jerald Singh, Head of Product at Grab at a press event in Singapore on July 10. Photo by Kyle Chua

Provincial bus ban on EDSA moved to August 1

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) The ban is from 7 am to 10 am, and from 6 pm to 9 pm on weekdays, starting August 1

BAN. Provincial buses banned from plying EDSA starting August. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Activists slam arrest of 13 church, dev't workers in GenSan

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:32 PM

'These individuals were arrested with no weapon on them but their laptops, pens, and papers,' says Deacon Allan Khen Apus of Iglesia Filipina Independiente and convenor of Movement Against Tyranny-Northern Mindanao

DEFIANT. Development workers arrested in General Santos City. Photo courtesy of Karapatan Northern Mindanao Region

What you need to know: The people peeking into your Gmail

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Employees of 3rd-party app developers may have read your Gmail. Here's why you should care and what you can do.

Gov't now expects 2018 inflation to reach as high as 4.5%

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The government previously pegged inflation at just within 2% to 4%, but prices keep rising. Meanwhile, the deficit forecast is also raised to 'sustain the momentum of the Build, Build, Build program.'

How these millennials are fighting mental illness with art, Scripture

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Representing the Philippines, the team of Where There Is Hope will be highlighting their advocacy for mental health awareness at the United Nations Youth Assembly this coming August

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY