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3 PH firms tapped for Marawi debris clearing

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:14 PM

The government expects Marawi City's most affected area to be cleared of unexploded bombs by August this year, a critical step in beginning reconstruction

Took this heartbreaking video , photos while passing ground zero of Marawi. As you can see, the houses are crumbling, dilapidated, and filled with bullet holes. Imagine, the ground zero is composed of 24 baranggays. Mayor Majul Gandamra is doing all his best to help the idps. The mayor even offered their lots to be the venue for a temporary shelter. The question then is: for how long must this shelter last? Our thoughts and prayers for the IDPs. Photo by Ayunan G. Gunting-Al Hadj

DSWD assures beneficiaries increase in subsidies despite reenacted budget

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:18 PM

10 million households are scheduled to receive raises in cash subsidies to help them cope with the impact of the tax reform law

SUBSIDY. A senior citizen receives P2,400 from the government to help offset the impact of the tax reform law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Pernia worried about weak Philippine exports

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the government should support local businesses to make them globally competitive

P12.5 million in aid given to victims of Tropical Depression Usman in Bicol

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The region was among those hit badly by Usman, which triggered heavy rains that caused massive flooding and landslides

ASSISTANCE. Residents in Bicol affected by Tropical Depression Usman were given food and non-food items as part of assistance from the government. Photo courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

NEDA official faces probe over sexual harassment allegations

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:53 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority declines to name the official, but says it immediately launched an investigation even before a formal complaint was filed

DSWD continues Usman response, monitors Mindanao earthquake

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Food packs are distributed to passengers stranded at ports, while its office in Northern Mindanao remains on alert following the earthquake that struck Davao Oriental

How parents can help their young children develop healthy social skills

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Social development skills are just as important as cognitive skills when learning

SOCIAL SKILLS. At two to 3 years, children should be able to play alongside other children with the same toys. Photo from Shutterstock

NEDA: Japan still Philippines' top ODA provider

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Japan's loans and grants to the Philippines in the first 3 quarters of 2018 reached $5.98 billion or more than 40% of the total Official Development Assistance received by the Philippines during the period

INFRASTRUCTURE PUSH. The Philippines and Japan reaffirm their commitments to build roads and construct a subway system in Metro Manila. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA wants to 'diet' EDSA lanes, proposes slimmer roads

Dec 27, 2018 - 3:41 PM

MMDA proposes to narrow down EDSA lanes from the existing width of 3.4 meters to a slim 2.8 meters

EDSA TRAFFIC. Bumper to bumper traffic along EDSA at the height of monsoon rains on August 11, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOTr, San Miguel to finalize Bulacan Int'l Airport deal

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The Bulacan International Airport inches closer to construction, but will still have to go through several layers of scrutiny by government agencies

8 important developments in the smartphone world in 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:00 AM

We round up some of the biggest and most talked about headlines in smartphones this year

[Right of Way] Risky behavior: The problem with MMDA’s yellow bus lane policy

Dec 22, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Is it safe to cross two bus lanes in a short distance in order to make a right turn?

Higher fine for illegal parking effective January 7, says MMDA

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The start of the implementation has been moved from December 19 because the MMDA needs to fix its ticketing and collection system

STEEPER FINES. Motorists who illegally park will now face higher fines. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MMDA to fine illegally parked cars up to P4,000 a day by December 19

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The MMDA says violators may still be towed even after getting tickets for illegal parking

STEEPER FINES. Motorists who illegally park will now face higher fines. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DSWD to 'rescue' homeless kids, IPs begging in streets during holidays

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The DSWD says it is closely coordinating with local government units on the effort

DSWD seeks P2.7 billion for new Listahanan

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DSWD's Listahanan helps the government and other groups to focus poverty reduction efforts on those who need assistance most

TARGETED ASSISTANCE. The DSWD Listahanan is used for its 4Ps program to provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

NEDA asks gov’t to support exports as trade gap worsens

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The trade deficit widened by 62.9% in October 2018, says the Philippine Statistics Authority

Lumad kids 'rescued' in Talaingod back with parents – DSWD

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it has returned 12 of the 14 children in its custody to their parents after the Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 8 ordered it

FIRST NIGHT. Students and teachers pictured inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Malaysia financier faces new charges in 1MDB scandal

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low, faces new charges of laundering more than $1.0 billion, in a massive corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB

MORE CHARGES. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

To tame inflation, agriculture must improve – economic managers

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Economic managers urge the Department of Agriculture to invest in modern farming tools to improve farmer productivity

IMPROVEMENT. Economic managers call on the Department of Agriculture to implement programs to improve farmer productivity. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler


Bong Nebrija takes over as MMDA head of traffic

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:10 PM

MMDA appoints Bong Nebrija, who has a social media reputation of being a strict enforcer of the rules, as the new chief traffic inspector

TRAFFIC HEAD. Bong Nebrija is named the new head of MMDA Traffic. Photo from Bong Nebrija Facebook account

Lumad students 'rescued' in Talaingod to remain with DSWD

Nov 30, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Police say, because the group of Satur Ocampo and Party-list Representative France Castro could not show proof of the consent of the parents, they were, in effect, 'trafficking' the 14 Lumad minors

DSWD CUSTODY. STTICLC students and teachers inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Arroyo: Philippines can be 'friends' with both China, U.S.

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo tells United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim that she is 'very proud' of American investments in Clark

FRIENDS WITH CHINA, US. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attends the inauguration of the new BCDA office in Clark Global City, Pampanga on November 27, 2018. All photos from Arroyo's office

NHA chief designated HUDCC secretary-general

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Marcelino Escalada Jr takes over the functions of the HUDCC secretary-general while retaining his role as NHA general manager, says Malacañang

Marcelino Escalada Jr General Manager of NHA during the Committee hearing on Urban Development, Housing, and Resettlement at Senate on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Panelo: Did Robredo, Morales read PH-China oil deal before criticizing?

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'Disappointment comes to mind as expectations for their being trained in the law have not been reached,' says the President's spokesman

DEFENDING THE DEAL. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo insists Vice President Leni Robredo and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales must have only based on media reports their criticism of the PH-China deal. Malacañang file photo

DOCUMENT: Oil, gas development deal between Philippines, China

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The document states that the Philippines and China will come up with joint oil and gas exploration agreements in one year

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

CDO needs P26 billion, 350,000 hectares of land to house informal settlers

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

On record, Cagayan de Oro has 51,471 families of informal settlers

community work - residents of CdO NHA-Bayanihan Subdivision participates in applying limestones to their muddy main road. the residents here are victims of Sendong. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte fires HUDCC secretary-general Falconi Millar

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Millar, also an official of the Marawi rehabilitation task force, has been accused of corruption, says Malacañang

HUDCC Usec. Falconi Millar says the rehabilitation and reconstruction can be realized by the fourth quarter of 2021, and that residents can return before 2020.

PH-China deal on oil, gas dev't creates body to study joint exploration

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Up to the last minute, uncertainty clouded what kind of oil and gas deal would come out of Xi's state visit. The MOU appears to be a softer version of the framework earlier prepared.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) react after a joint press statement at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

PH, China sign deal on oil, gas development in West PH Sea

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Philippine and Chinese officials exchange 'memorandum of understanding on oil and gas development' during Xi Jinping's historic state visit

China's President Xi Jinping (centre L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (C) walk to their bilateral meeting after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Duterte fires 3 DSWD execs to give Bautista free hand in forming team

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the posts were vacated so that new Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista could select his own team

FORMER UNDERSECRETARIES. (L-R) Former DSWD undersecretaries Mae Fe Templa, Maria Turalde-Jarabe, Hope Hervilla leave their posts at the DSWD. Photos of Templa, Turalde-Jarabe from Facebook, Photo of Hervilla by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. commits P595M more for Mindanao development programs

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:48 PM

The funds will also be used to assist residents affected by the Marawi siege

PLEDGE. MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr and Acting USAID Mission Director Patrick Wesner display the signed extension of the Mindanao Peace and Development Assistance Agreement. Photo from US Embassy

LOOK: Mickey Mouse lights up Metro Manila stop lights

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Have you spotted these cute hidden Mickeys around the Metro yet?

Samsung folding phone with 'Infinity Flex Display' unveiled

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:08 AM

'The display is the foundation for the smartphone of tomorrow,' says senior vice president of mobile product marketing Justin Denison

All screenshots from Samsung



Samsung hints at foldable phones with folded logo

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The profile pictures of Samsung’s official social pages temporarily change to a folded version of the company logo

Screenshot from Samsung Facebook page


Economic team urges agriculture dept to solve food supply problems

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The government's economic team says the Department of Agriculture must improve farmers' productivity to bring food prices down

FOOD PRICES. The government's economic team urges the Agriculture Department to implement reforms. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL LIST: 37th National Book Awards winners

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle have announced 2017's best books published in the Philippines

Aung San Suu Kyi's party slapped down in by-elections

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:29 PM

While official tallies have not yet been released by the Union Election Commission, preliminary results show the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party has beaten Aung San Suu Kyi's party out on 3 seats

VOTE. Myanmar President Win Myint casts his ballot at a polling station in Yangon on November 3, 2018, a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party more than halfway through her time in office. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

DSWD to help cover funeral expenses for Natonin landslide victims

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also says over 400 people remain in evacuation centers in the aftermath of Typhoon Rosita (Yutu)

ASSESSMENT. Staff from DSWD Field Office in Cordillera Administrative Region are at the ground zero of the landslide incident in Natonin, Mountain Province to conduct interviews and assessments of the survivors and bereaved families of the victims. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

DENR issues ECC for La Union coal plant project

Nov 03, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The project faces opposition from residents and environmental groups in La Union

Over 100,000 affected by Typhoon Rosita

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Food packs, sleeping and hygiene kits, are provided to some 49,000 people in evacuation centers

EVACUEES. Residents of Benito Soliven town were forced to leave their houses as Typhoon Rosita neared the area on the afternoon of October 29, 2018. Photo from Isabela Public Information Office Facebook page.

Over 50,000 remain in evacuation centers due to Rosita

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The affected residents come from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Eastern Visayas

ASSISTANCE. Hot meals are given to residents in regions affected by Typhoon Rosita. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

4 dead as landslide buries DPWH office in Mountain Province

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:35 PM

About 30 evacuees as well as DPWH employees are in the building, and 4 persons are confirmed dead, says the mayor of Natonin town

LIST: Traffic rerouting schemes in Metro Manila cemeteries for Undas 2018

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Traffic rerouting schemes will take effect starting Thursday, November 1

UNDAS. Two young girls play on the top of apartment-type tombs inside the Manila North Cemetery on October 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#HackSociety 2018: What to expect

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(Updated) On Monday, October 29, at least 22 groups of students and young professionals will be in the Rappler newsroom for a two-day ideathon, where they will think, create, and make the first step in building their innovative ventures

Groups slam Uson for red-tagging Lumad rights organizations

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:42 AM

One of the supposed Lumad at Mocha Uson's 'protest' at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus is linked to a paramilitary group, say Lumad rights advocates

Duterte 'recycled' Lapeña to prevent shabu probe backlash – lawmakers

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Opposition lawmakers say President Duterte has given government positions to former military and police officers 'not suited for the jobs they are rewarded with'

ON TO TESDA. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena attends the September 27, 2018 House probe into the multi-billion pesos worth of missing shabu smuggled into the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA: No days off for traffic personnel during Undas 2018

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim says days off will not be allowed for traffic personnel from October 27 to November 3

UNDAS. Thousands are expected to visit cemeteries in Metro Manila on All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] To empower Asian clean energy ambitions, development banks must act now

Oct 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The inability to act today would mean irreparable damage to the lives of millions of Asians living in extremely climate-vulnerable regions

[OPINION] Why we need to make urban planning inclusive

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Making planning work means putting the people at the heart and center of what we all want to achieve. Plans without ownership are also plans that are useless.