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Gov't construction body to evaluate private sector projects too

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine Domestic Construction Board is also looking to increase its pool of evaluators to cover more regions nationwide

Workers remove the debris from the collapsed balcony of the Emilio Aguinaldo College building in Manila caused by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake as they further inspect the structural integrity of the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gov't extends Iglesia ni Cristo private telecom franchise

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also signs laws granting franchises to Malindang Broadcasting Network Corporation and MORE Electric and Power Corporation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Want to work from home? Write well or do the math

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Jobs focused on the creation of websites and content rose in 2018, according to the latest report of Freelancer.com

Twitter patches Android bug that made private tweets public

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Twitter says the bug on Android disabled the protected tweet setting if certain conditions were met, such as changing the email address connected to your account

Duterte signs law on work-from-home arrangements

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The Telecommuting Act orders employers to ensure employees working remotely are entitled to overtime pay, leaves, and other benefits, just like employees working from traditional workplaces

Supreme Court affirms law that bans hospital deposits during emergencies

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The en banc votes unanimously to uphold the law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, partly to respect the wisdom of both Congress and the executive branch

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Japan electronics company Pioneer bought by Hong-Kong fund

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Pioneer, known for its audio equipment as well as car electronics systems, says Baring Private Equity Asia agreed on a 102-billion-yen ($904 million) plan to revive the struggling Tokyo-based company

Trump defends Ivanka's private emails as lawmakers launch probe

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

'Early on and for a little period of time, Ivanka did some emails. They weren't classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren't deleted like Hillary Clinton,' says Donald Trump

IVANKA'S EMAILS. In this file photo, Donald Trump (C) delivers remarks with his children (L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump on October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

Manila House club slammed for embarrassing Honasan's wife

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Because she came with her granddaughter's sandal-wearing babysitter, Jane Honasan was not even allowed to sit down in the members-only club, writes the senator's sister in a Facebook post

File photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Facebook to pull VPN app from App Store over data worry

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:29 AM

The app allows Facebook to gather information about how people use smartphones outside of their platform, potentially gleaning insights about rivals or internet trends

Onavo logo from Onavo App Store page


Private hospitals warn TRAIN 2 will jack up medical bills

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines also says cutting corporate tax incentives would lead to the closure of some hospitals

BILLS. The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. warns patients will shell out more for healthcare if tax perks will be cut. Rappler file photo

Competition body eyes early review of PPP projects

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission will work with the Public-Private Partnership Center to flag anti-competitive schemes at the early stages of a bidding process

AGREEMENT. Public-Private Partnership Executive Director Ferdinand Pecson and Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan sign a memorandum of agreement to work together on July 20, 2018. PCC Photo

Duterte leaves for private Malaysia trip

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will watch Manny Pacquiao's boxing match in Kuala Lumpur, and will also meet with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2018 Mindanao Island Cluster Conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 13, 2018.

This beer-and-food pairing experience in Pasig is not your usual inuman

Jun 02, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'Beer Appreciation 101' by Monkey Eagle Brewery and Privatus Private Dining shows the finer side of most Pinoys' go-to drink

CHEERS. Monkey Eagle Brewery serves various kinds of craft beer. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Pornhub launches VPNhub, its own virtual private network service

May 25, 2018 - 3:42 PM

A VPN encrypts the data sent and received by those connecting to it, allowing users to surf with further anonymity online

VPNHUB. Pornhub gets its own virtual private network service. Image from https://www.vpnhub.com/

At least 7 groups vie for 25-year deal to operate, maintain Clark airport

May 21, 2018 - 7:05 PM

With the auction for the operations and maintenance of the Clark International Airport about to start, several prospective bidders question some of the requirements

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

May 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible,' says an officer of Facebook

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Social media titan Facebook opened a new office in London on December 4, 2017, that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Jollibee to buy master franchise holder of Tim Ho Wan

May 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Jollibee Foods Corporation is acquiring the master franchise holder of the Michelin-star dim sum restaurant chain through a private equity fund investment

Candidate for barangay chairman, father shot dead in Samar

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Christopher Branzuela, who is vying for village chairman in Barangay Catabunan, and his father were ambushed in the Oquendo district in Calbayog City, police records show

House panel mulls declaring Boy Scouts of the Philippines as NGO

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:14 PM

A technical working group will consolidate 4 bills recognizing the Boy Scouts of the Philippines as an independent, voluntary, and autonomous organization

MEMORIAL. In this file photo, scouts commemorated in 2013 the 20 Boy Scouts and 4 scoutmasters who died in a plane crash in 1963. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Lone bidder qualifies for P84-million Baggao Water Supply Project

Mar 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The public-private partnership deal is seen to benefit 24 barangays in Baggao, Cagayan

Private colleges to gov’t: We need your help too

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:07 AM

'We believe that as the public university grows and develops, so must the government help the private sector to help and develop,' says Ateneo de Davao president Fr Joel Tabora, who also heads the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines

Economists upbeat about FDI prospects for 2018

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

While the country’s ranking as the top country to invest by media firm US News may be subjective, economists are nonetheless optimistic that last year’s strong foreign investment flows will continue this year

Chelsea Logistics submits P67-B bid to develop Davao, Bohol airports

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The unsolicited proposal seeks to upgrade and maintain both airports over a 30-year concession period

Public and private hospitals to put up dengue express lanes

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this is a 'confidence-building measure' to show parents that the health sector is prioritizing the needs of the kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DENGUE FAST LANES. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III signs the MOA along with the presidents of various hospital associations on March 6, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Megawide, Indian partner to compete with 'super consortium' for NAIA rehab

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

GMR-Megawide's proposal provides a lower project cost and shorter concession period compared to that of the NAIA Consortium, formed by 7 of the country's top conglomerates

HEAD TO HEAD. The public-private partnership (PPP) frontrunner on airport deals will be competing with the consortium of 7 of the country’s top conglomerates for the original proponent status of the NAIA rehab project. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Quiboloy temporarily detained in Hawaii

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Hawaii authorities find $350,000 in cash and rifle parts in a Philippines-bound private plane boarded by Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy and 5 others, a media report says

PRAYING FOR DUTERTE. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy says he will continue to pray for his good friend Rodrigo Duterte and the success of Duterte's administration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Licuanan proud of leveling opportunities in public, private education

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Many of the first batch of scholars in state universities and colleges graduated with honors. It shows that 'talent and intelligence is normally distributed, but opportunity is not,' former CHED Patricia Licuanan says.

LICUANAN's LEGACY. Former chairperson Patricia Licuanan talks to Rappler about what she believes is her legacy in CHED. File by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

What is a VPN and how can it keep me secure online?

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:18 PM

A virtual private network or a VPN adds an extra layer of protection against malicious parties online


Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

TPLEX now extended to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The new 10.10-kilometer segment is expected to cut the Tarlac-Pozorrubio travel time from 2 hours and 30 minutes to just 45 minutes

Building projects through ODA not in conflict with PPPs – ADB

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:05 PM

While the Duterte administration favors official development assistance over public-private partnerships, the Asian Development Bank says PPPs 'will continue to be a way of doing business'

$60 billion a year needed to address ASEAN infrastructure gap – ADB

Nov 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

To fill the region's massive infrastructure gap, some businessmen recommend the public-private partnership (PPP) route

INFRA GAP. Citing an ADB study, ADB's Diwakar Gupta saya a 10% increase in energy distribution would mean 7% increase in exports; while a 10% increase in trasnportation leads to 2% increase in exports. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Alliance Global moves into infrastructure, proposes Skytrain

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Andrew Tan's new infrastructure subsidiary Infracorp Development announces its arrival with an unsolicited bid for a monorail project that would link Guadalupe, Makati to Bonifacio Global City

Residents pitch in to build state-of-the-art hospital

Oct 07, 2017 - 3:32 PM

In Nueva Vizcaya, Salubris Medical Center is seen as 'a hospital of the masses'

HEALTH AND WELLNESS. The main lobby of Salubris Medical Center in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Health workers assured of limited work hours, holiday pay

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:02 AM

A new order released by the Department of Labor and Employment emphasizes the benefits health workers are entitled to

LIMITED WORK HOURS. A new order released by the Department of Labor and Employment limits the work hours of health personnel. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Megawide's proposed East-West Railway to cost $1 billion

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The railway would be an elevated 9.4-kilometer train line from Diliman, Quezon City to Lerma, Manila

FIRST RAIL DEAL. Megawide will exercise its option to buy up to 60% of the equity of East-West Railway Project upon incorporation of special purpose vehicle. Photo courtesy of Megawide

PPP Center rebuilds pipeline with new focus: LGUs

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Public Private Partnership PPP Center of the Philippines promises to add more local government unit LGU projects to the pipeline

NEW FOCUS. Amid the shift of focus to official development assistance and local financing, the PPP Center is rebuilding its pipeline with a new role: helping local government units. Rappler file photo

Europe rights court backs employee fired over private messages

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The case revolves around messages sent by Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu over the Yahoo messaging platform which the software engineer was required to use to liaise with clients He is sacked after being found to have also chatted with his fiancee and brother on the system

Military claims Negros Island citizens offering P100,000 for arrest of rebels, terrorists

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Major General Jon Aying explains the citizens funding this are capable of paying up to P20 million or P100 000 for 200 rebels or terrorists

Megawide on track to hit income target despite slower revenues

Aug 11, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Megawide s net income for the 1st half of the year slowed down to P927 million from P985 36 million in the same period a year ago

PHAP plans to ask SC to stop anti-hospital deposit law

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros hits the looming petition saying Common sense and basic humanity dictate that lives are more important than profit

LOOMING TRO. The PHAP plans to halt the implementation of the newly signed law imposing tougher sanctions on hospitals demanding deposits before treating emergencies.

Apple removes some VPN services from Chinese app store

Jul 31, 2017 - 1:05 AM

Two major providers ExpressVPN and Star VPN slam the tech giant s decision

Cagayan State U to bar enrollees who test positive for drugs

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:07 PM

UPDATED The Commission on Human Rights says the lack of guidelines on the mandatory drug test may violate student s rights

GGG vs PPP

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

Similar to the past there are internal battles being fought as regards the right balance between state and market

Major railways, national transport policy get NEDA Board approval

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

For majority of the approved infrastructure projects the mode of financing is changed from public private partnership PPP to official development assistance ODA

11 DEALS. Some of the projects approved are major railways and an airport expansion deal. Photo by Malacanang

Megawide group proposes P208-billion Cebu airport expansion

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:45 AM

This would make the Cebu airport the only Philippine airport with two independent parallel runways seen to serve annual passenger capacities of up to 50 million

EXPANSION. The group also intends to rehabilitate the airport's existing runway and taxiways, build a 3rd terminal, add a full-length parallel taxiway, as well as construction of more rapid exit taxiways and runway holding positions. Image from GMR-Megawide official Facebook page

Bicolano soldier who died in Marawi clashes given hero's honors

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Army Private First Class Reymart E Carloto receives a posthumous hero s welcome accompanied by his family and fellow soldiers

HONOR. Army Private First Class Reymart E. Carloto is posthumously given honors by his fellow soldiers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bulk of Duterte's massive infra plan to be funded via local financing

May 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Only about P1 3 trillion or 18 will be accounted for through public private partnership projects

HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operation and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo