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COA flags missing docs for Marawi cooperatives' P64-million seed capital

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'The non-submission of the necessary documentation cast doubt on the propriety and validity of the transactions,' says the Commission on Audit

Labor officer is DSWD's 'outstanding partner' in Catanduanes livelihood program

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Labor officer Russel Ulysses Nieves says addressing poverty is a collaborative effort and cannot be done by one government agency alone

AWARDEE. DOLE Catanduanes officer-in-charge Russel Ulysses Nieves during the awarding ceremony. Photo courtesy of DOLE Bicol

Duterte's economic team sees stable inflation until his term ends

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Economic managers project inflation to settle between 2.7% and 3.5% in 2019, far from the rates experienced last year

ADB again lowers Philippine economic growth forecast for 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The Asian Development Bank projects Philippine GDP to grow by 6.2% in 2019, lower than its previous projection of 6.4%

Cost of Mindanao Railway Phase 1 jumps by 130% to P82.9 billion

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:50 AM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia previously told reporters that the project would be funded by China, but there is no deal yet

#MMShakeDrill 2019 set for early hours of July 27

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:16 PM

The annual earthquake drill will start as early as 4 am 'when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep' to test the response capabilities and preparedness of local government units and the private sector

COVER. Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during National Disaster Resilience Month. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Task force seizes 3 used sports cars being smuggled from Clark Freeport

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Task Force Aguila confiscates two other old vehicles earlier – a Ford F-150 XLT pick-up truck and a 1970 model Nissan Datsun car – allegedly brought to Angeles City and City of San Fernando from Clark Freeport Zone for restoration

SMUGGLING ATTEMPT. This is one of the two Ford Corvette Stingray sports cars seized by Task Force Aguila at Clark Freeport Zone on July 9, 2019. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Philippines, ADB sign $1.3-B loan deal for Malolos-Clark Railway

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Malolos-Clark Railway is seen to cut travel time from Manila to the Clark International Airport to less than an hour

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Megaworld to launch P2P bus transport hub at Iloilo Business Park

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The P2P bus transport hub at the Iloilo Business Park will have two terminals. Here's what travelers can expect.

LAUNCHING SOON. Megaworld will be bringing in the first premium point-to-point bus services in Western Visayas within the year. Photo from Megaworld

38th National Book Awards opens nominations

Jul 08, 2019 - 1:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE: All National Book Development Board (NBDB)-registered publishers and self-published authors are welcome to submit their nominations. Books in Filipino or English published in 2018 are eligible for the award

Philippines a slowly ageing society – PIDS study

Jul 06, 2019 - 5:15 PM

According to a study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, the country is on its way to becoming an ageing society. What does this mean for Filipinos?

SLOWLY AGEING. A recent study has shown that the Philippines is on its way to becoming an ageing society.

How a La Union town transforms drug surrenderers into productive citizens

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:44 PM

In La Union, a town helps former drug dependents to renew their lives and become microentrepreneurs after rehabilitation

PCC approves Meralco-Marubeni, BCDA joint venture

Jul 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says the deal will not cause any substantial lessening of competition in the retail electricity supply market

POWER DISTRIBUTOR. The Philippine Competition Commission clears the joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the Meralco-Marubeni consortium to distribute electricity to New Clark City locators. Photo from New Clark City website

DSWD assures fishermen of sunken boat 'continuous assistance'

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will continue to assist the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver until 'they have fully recovered from the incident and are able to live normal lives'

ASSISTANCE GIVEN. The DSWD assures the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver it will provide assistance to them and their families until they can fish again. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Alliance Global sets P410-billion capex for 2020 to 2024

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Alliance Global's property arm Megaworld Corporation receives the lion's share of the budget set for 2020 to 2024

FUTURE-PROOFING. AGI's 5-year program wants to increase the use of innovation and digital transformation in all of its businesses. Logo from Alliance Global

Diverse voices: Meet some of the LGBTQ+ folks in games development

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:30 AM

In celebration of PRIDE month, meet some LGBTQ+ Philippine game developers who take pride not just in their work, but in themselves

LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION. Title card by Justine Lawrence Gonzales, Genderfluid Game Artist at Secret6

Century Properties sets P30 billion capex until 2021 amid expansion plans

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:26 PM

After its foray into the affordable housing sector, Century Properties Group gears up to also provide housing to the young workforce

Duterte inclined to appoint Piñol as Mindanao Dev't Authority chief

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte accepts Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol's resignation and says he can better serve in Mindanao where he can help the new Bangsamoro government

SUGAR DEMANDS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol enumerates the recommendations sugar industry stakeholders to the government following NEDA's proposal to deregulate sugar imports. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Megaworld subsidiary eyes P1.4-B income from rentals, hotels in 2019

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Amid its expected doubling of income for 2019, Global-Estate Resorts says it wants to contribute to the Philippines' tourism sector

MORE INCOME. The launching of more projects in 2019 is expected to double GERI's income.

Duterte vetoes 7 bills in first 3 years in office

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Among the vetoed bills are the twin measures that would have fulfilled President Duterte's campaign promise to coconut farmers

SC orders MMDA to answer petitions vs EDSA provincial bus ban

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The High Court consolidates 3 petitions against the EDSA provincial bus ban

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

Everyone can make games

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Interested in making games as a a hobby or to learn new skills? Gwen Foster of the International Game Developers Association's Manila chapter in the Philippines shares some tips and advice on getting started.

ADB not yet ready to quit coal

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:13 PM

At the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao says it could not rule out funding coal power as there is 'no other option' for some countries in Asia

Pag-IBIG 'illegally' increased salaries in 2018 by P248 million – COA

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Auditors want a refund of the excess salaries

Philippines to fast-track costlier projects ahead of income status upgrade

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Once the Philippines achieves upper middle income status, the government will no longer be eligible for Japan's Special Terms for Economic Partnership funding

LOANS. The Philippines will no longer be eligible for special loan funding terms with Japan once it upgrades to upper middle income status. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Megaworld plans more developments in Visayas, Mindanao

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:50 PM

With only 6 townships in the Visayas and 1 in Mindanao, Megaworld says it wants to increase its presence outside Luzon

MMDA to ask Duterte hazard pay for traffic enforcers

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:23 PM

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim tells traffic enforcers that he will write to President Rodrigo Duterte about the matter

HAZARD PAY NEEDED. A recent study showed that MMDA traffic enforcer's blood contains lead due to their nature of work. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MMDA eyes driver-only car ban along EDSA again

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says the driver-only car ban will be proposed to the Metro Manila Council again in July this year

BACK AT IT AGAIN? An MMDA enforcer gives instruction to a 'driver-violator' during the dry run of the high-occupancy vehicle traffic scheme in 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Viral photos of vendors selling Chinese flags in Luneta a ‘set-up’

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Vendors interviewed by the National Parks Development Committee claim a man offered them P100 to act as if they are selling Chinese flags 3 days before the Philippines' observance of Independence Day

DSWD chief sets conditions for accepting Erwin Tulfo’s apology

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Erwin Tulfo will have to place media advertisements announcing his apology, and should donate to 19 organizations identified by DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista

DSWD CHIEF. Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista addresses the DSWD Pamana Peace Conferece in November 2018. Photo from DSWD

Filipinos don’t want to work for construction anymore

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Over 2 million jobs are up for grabs as the government pushes for more infrastructure problems. However, Filipinos no longer want to get down and dirty, and would rather work in hotels abroad.

DM Wenceslao's MidPark Towers gains P4.3 billion in pre-selling

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:35 PM

More units will be open for purchase in June

Midpark exterior: STRATEGICALLY LOCATED. D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Incorporated's highlights the closeness of its second condominium project to various transportation networks. Photo from DMWAI

Are you an engineer for social good?

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Be the next Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence awardee and get a chance to promote your social development projects

Weak El Niño caused inflation uptick in May 2019 – NEDA

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'The country needs to have a more robust solution to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather conditions and climate change,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Developers sue Apple over app store fees

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California, claims Apple cornered the market with its iOS App Store, collecting a 30% commission on all app sales and in-app purchases

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COA flags unbuilt temporary shelters in Ormoc after July 2017 earthquake

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The process of constructing the temporary shelters is so slow that the permanent housing units are expected to be completed first

CATASTROPHE. A resident is shocked after the magnitude-6.5 earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. File photo by Gelo Litonjua

Expert says provincial bus ban to worsen Metro traffic congestion

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Transport economist Jedd Ugay says that if MMDA wants to reduce traffic congestion, the effect of the provincial bus ban is the 'total opposite'

CLOSURE. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to close provincial bus terminals along EDSA in June. File photos by Ben Nabong and Joel Liporada/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Is the Kaliwa Dam actually viable?

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Make no mistake: while affected communities stand to lose most from the dam’s development, water consumers and taxpayers will also shoulder the long-term risks and burdens of the Kaliwa project

Lawmakers berate MMDA over lack of data, absence of general manager

May 30, 2019 - 2:02 PM

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia arrives an hour after congressmen reprimanded other MMDA officials who attended a hearing on road safety issues

Provincial bus terminals not to be closed on June 1

May 29, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority stands firm on its policy closing provincial bus terminals along EDSA, pending the Supreme Court decision on petitions filed against it

CLOSURE. Provincial bus terminals along EDSA faces an impending closure. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sagip Saka Act for farmers, fisherfolk signed into law

May 27, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Aside from other perks, the new law requires the government to provide capital to agriculture and fisheries graduates to help them pursue enterprises related to their course

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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