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[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.

Bautista says military experience 'advantage' in new DSWD post

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:05 PM

In his first official appearance as social welfare secretary, Bautista fends off criticism of 'growing militarization' in government

DSWD SECRETARY. Newly appointed DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista at the agency's forum on the Panatawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on Friday, October 19. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The United States, Israel and Australia are the only 3 countries to oppose the measure in the 193-nation assembly

UN. In this file photo, Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. File photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Government to cut projects over 2019 fuel tax hike suspension

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says non-infrastructure projects will be the first in line to be reviewed for postponement

Inflation up, GDP down: Economic managers revise PH outlook

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says they revised the economic outlook to reflect the 'very different world' we are living in now

Isko Moreno resigns from DSWD, eyes running for Manila mayor

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Francisco Domagoso, more known as Isko Moreno, has handed resignation

QUIT. Isko Moreno was named undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in May 2018. Rappler screenshot

Extracurricular activities help keep kids in school – expert

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Extracurricular activities give students more reasons to keep attending school beyond classes and tests, says an expert

ELEMENTARY. Majority of poor students are unable to graduate from basic education. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Drilon to Duterte: Rethink military general's appointment to DSWD

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says President Duterte may instead consider a civilian career official with extensive experience in social welfare for the job

FAST FACTS: Who is incoming DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista?

Oct 05, 2018 - 5:00 PM

From guarding the President to commanding the Philippine Army, retiring Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista continues to hold key positions in the Duterte administration

NEW DSWD SECRETARY. Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista was appointed as secretary of social welfare and development by President Duterte on Thursday, October 4. File photo by Rappler

Duterte says army chief Rolando Bautista will be DSWD secretary

Oct 04, 2018 - 9:26 PM

(UPDATED) But the President previously said he offered the post of National Food Authority administrator to Bautista

JAL1, 3 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Philippine Army (PA) Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista on the sidelines of the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

DSWD: Lowering criminal age of responsibility 'anti-poor'

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:35 PM

DSWD Secretary Viginia Orogo says this approach 'has never resulted in lower crime rates based on the Philippine experience, and other countries'

CHILDREN VS LAW. Most children who commit crimes come from poor and dysfunctional families.

Filipinos barely know if there are libraries near their homes

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Only 1 of 10 Filipinos aged 18 years and above borrows books from libraries, according to the 2017 National Book Development Board readership survey

LIBRARIES. Most Filipinos do not know if there are libraries near where the live. File photo from Wikipedia

Philippines joins countries in committing to end global TB epidemic by 2030

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III hopes to treat at least 2.5 million Filipinos with tuberculosis by 2020, but advocates say that the country's response to the disease is still lacking

END TB. Of 1.7 million recorded Tuberculosis deaths in 2017, 25,000 are Filipinos. Photo from Shutterstock

Kids vs adults: Who reads more books?

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

9 out of 10 Filipino kids spend over 13 hours per month reading 'non-school' books, says a National Book Development Board 2017 readership survey

LOVING READING. These children from Barangay San Jose in Donsol, Sorsogon developed the habit of reading books. Photo by Rhadyz Barcia/Rappler

Trade wars hint at 'deeper economic malaise' – U.N.

Sep 27, 2018 - 12:35 PM

The UN Conference on Trade and Development warns of 'economic storm clouds gathering,' with tepid growth being fueled by skyrocketing debt

ADB cuts Philippine growth forecast, expects inflation to hit harder

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Asian Development Bank says it revised its outlook due to the weak agriculture sector, high inflation, and continued global monetary tightening

Rappler Talk: Future-proofing young Filipinos through innovation, social enterprise

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Rappler sits down with UNDP's Andrew Parker and statistician Dr Jose Ramon Albert

P134.7 million in aid given to Typhoon Ompong survivors

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says it increased the Quick Response Fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

DAMAGE. A man examines his house when after it collapsed at the height of Typhoon Ompong's wrath. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Constant 'relearning,' non-routine abilities key to future job security – PIDS

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' report lays out the landscape of jobs in the Philippines as automation threatens to displace workers

ROBOT WAITER. In an example of possible automation in the food service industry, this little robotic waiter at ROBOT.HE restaurant in Shanghai wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, 'Enjoy your meal.' AFP Photo


Naga, Cebu, landslide: At least 897 families affected

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Affected families are staying in 5 evacuation centers as rescue and retrieval operations continue

RESCUE CONTINUES. The landslide in Naga City, Cebu last Thursday affects hundreds of families and buries dozens of residents. Photo by Jadee Borinaga

Most nations to miss U.N. target on chronic diseases – study

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Cancers, heart and blood-vessel disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease have combined to kill 12.5 million people aged 30 to 70 worldwide in 2016

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the realigned P51.792 billion would be itemized so it would not become a version of the illegal pork barrel

HIDDEN PORK BARREL? Lawmakers gather at the Batasang Pambansa's plenary hall on July 24, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines to become upper-middle income country by 2019 – Pernia

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippines is poised to join the ranks of upper-middle income countries China, Thailand, and Malaysia, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

GROWTH. Economic managers project the Philippines to join the upper-middle income band. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

GROWTH. Economic managers project the Philippines to join the upper-middle income band. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler


IN CHARTS: Effects of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Sep 15, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council and MMDA enforced new traffic policies regulating provincial buses and driver-only cars in EDSA. Are these working?

Over 137,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) Thousands remain in evacuation centers

Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

DSWD sends response teams to regions for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

These teams will help manage evacuation centers in areas most affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

OMPONG PREPARATIONS. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region taps police to help deliver 1,000 family food packs. Photo from DSWD Region 2

What gov't has done so far to prepare for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council activates clusters responsible for ensuring crucial assistance is provided to typhoon-hit areas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the disaster preparedeness briefing of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad inside the Operations Room of the NDRRMC Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018 as the country braces for the onslaught of Typhoon 'Ompong.' Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DSWD on red alert for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 13, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development prepositions food and other supplies for families who would be affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from DSWD

JICA extends deadline for digital art contest on SDGs for college students

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Deadline for submission of entries has been extended until September 30, 2018. Rappler is a media partner for the 'Building An Inclusive Future' contest.

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

#HackSociety 2018: Build Tomorrow

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

How can we build the future through accountable innovation? How can we design scalable solutions and achieve impact without 'breaking things'?

Pernia denies manipulating August 2018 inflation data

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:20 PM

There are rumors that the August 2018 inflation rate was at 6.6% and not 6.4%

Health advocates urge gov't to increase tobacco tax

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:19 PM

'If we do not implement [higher] tax at this time, by the time President Duterte steps down, we will actually have one million new smokers,' says Dr Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

TOBACCO CONTROL. Health advocates present ways government can continue to strengthen tobacco control in the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DSWD giving P245,000 in aid to victims of Sultan Kudarat blasts

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says P177,000 was given to those affected by the first blast, while P68,000 will be given to those affected by the second blast

FATAL. Scene at the blast site in Isulan town, Sultan Kudarat, on August 29, 2018. Background Photo by AFP

After resigning over MRT3 mess, Cesar Chavez back in Duterte gov't

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The former transportation undersecretary for railways has been appointed as a board member of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority

'Inequality to worsen if Bangsamoro literacy, infrastructure not improved'

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy's Amina Rasul Bernardo calls on the government to prioritize illiteracy and the lack of infrastructure in Mindanao

GAP. Literacy and infrastructure woes need to be addressed to make sure Filipinos in Mindanao will not be left behind.

DSWD announces new hotline

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:53 PM

All messages sent to the Department of Social Welfare and Development's old text hotlines will no longer be received

Vo Thi Hoang Yen: Opening doors for Vietnam's PWDs

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen, a survivor of childhood polio, wants employers to see what persons with disabilities can do if given the opportunity

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Construction company driver kills engineer, self

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:08 PM

33-year-old dump truck driver Reden Garcia shoots 27-year-old site engineer Joylin Liyaban and injures another driver, Cleto Macklinic, with a gunshot to the left arm

Is China worsening the developing world's environmental crisis?

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:30 PM

China does not push its partners to strengthen environmental protections. For this reason, trading intensively with China is especially likely to generate high levels of pollution in developing countries.

NEDA pitches roadmap for federalism shift

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The National Economic Development Authority proposes that the shift to federalism should be carried out in 5 phases spanning 15 years

PITCH. NEDA proposes a phased, 15-year plan to shift to a federal form of government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate probe sought into Nayong Pilipino casino deal

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Senator Francis Escudero asks the Senate blue ribbon committee to probe the alleged questionable $1.5-billion casino deal

DRAMATIC GROUNDBREAKING. The scale model of NayonLanding, the Filipino-inspired casino resort to be built on Nayong Pilipino Foundation land is showcased during the project's groundbreaking ceremony. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Did Duterte have his facts right on Nayong Pilipino deal?

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:44 PM

President Duterte is angry over the draft contract on the NayonLanding casino resort. Was he aware of final contract details when he moved to scrap the project?

The scale model of Nayon Landing, the $ 1.5 billion Filipino-inspired integrated leisure and entertainment resort at the Entertainment City in Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[Right of Way] Will MMDA's driver-only car ban on EDSA work?

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin and friends Debbie Rodrigo and Dayo Montalbo drive along EDSA and talk about the controversial ban. What is this new scheme all about, and will it work?

Gov’t to launch national ID by December

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Select residents of the National Capital Region, Calabarzon and Cordillera Administrative Region will be the first to get their hands on the national ID

PILOT. National Statistician Liza Grace Bersales says they plan to launch the national ID system by December. Photo from NEDA


Buses will be exempted from number coding if...

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:33 PM

All buses – city or provincial – will be exempted from the number coding scheme if participation in the driver-only car ban reaches at least 50%

TRAFFIC. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along EDSA during the off-High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) scheme hours. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

COA hits Tesda for giving P15M to ghost scholars

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) State auditors say the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority failed to verify the identities of 580 scholars supposedly enrolled at the AMA Computer College’s Manila campus and the Technivoc Institute Corporation