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Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

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

Full Boracay rehab by December 2019, says DOT chief

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Tourism officials have asked airlines to reduce flights to Caticlan and Kalibo in Aklan, since Boracay can only accommodate a limited number of tourists per day

BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says Boracay rehabilitation will be completed next year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

They outnumber tourists! Over 15,000 workers to be booted out of Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says workers should live in mainland Aklan to decongest the world-famous island Boracay

Implement 'Build, Build, Build' with political will like Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We need to keep this pace to build up momentum. The government needs to be ready and we need to address the challenges of each infrastructure project,' says Ramoncito Fernandez, Management Association of the Philippines president

CONTINUITY. Ramoncito Fernandez, MAP President and Maynilad Water CEO, highlights at the Arangkada forum the need for continuity of projects in government when dealing with the private sector. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Unlike DOH programs with lower funds, drug rehab gets boost

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Funds for the DOH's drug rehabilitation program nearly doubles in its proposed 2019 budget, while other programs ensuring the allocation of health centers and health workers are clipped

PNP invites tourists: Come to Boracay, you are safe here

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:50 PM

After 6 months of rehabilitation, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has scheduled a soft opening on October 16 to October 25 for local tourists

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Local gov't to ban single-use plastics when Boracay reopens

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Sa mga bisita sa Boracay, magdala na kayo ng sariling straw dahil bawal ang single-use plastic. Bawal na rin ang plastic bags at styrofoams sa isla,' says Sangguniang Bayan member Maylynn Aguirre Graf

BANNED. Single-use plastics will now be banned in Boracay Island. File photo of Boracay by Angie de Silva/Rappler

One-stop shop for Boracay businesses gets 2-week extension

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The one-stop shop will now be open until September 7 instead of the initial August 25 deadline

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler


No more parties on the beach when Boracay reopens

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM

A dry run is also scheduled from October 15 to 25, with local tourists from Aklan to be prioritized

SOFT OPENING. Local tourists will be the first to get a sneak peek of a cleaner Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


LOOK: Boracay to open with war zone-like roads?

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'The island definitely looks like a war zone with muddy and empty roads. We hardly see contractors on the main road,' says Boracay Foundation, Inc.

MUDDY. Boracay residents question the optimism of government officials that the island will be ready for opening on October 26. Photos by Bong Arban and Jack Jarilla. Photo from Boracay Foundation, Inc.


Villar furious over messy Boracay rehabilitation

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate environment and natural resources committee chair Cynthia Villar lashes out at DILG and DENR officials for the dismal and unmet targets after almost 6 months of the island's closure

INFURIATED. Senator Cynthia Villar asks resource persons regarding the present status of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva


Bacolod breaks ground on first-ever drug rehab center

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The first drug rehabilitation center of Bacolod will also cater to drug dependents from other localities

Gov't anti-drug campaign 'balanced, well-coordinated,' says Duque

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Health chief Francisco Duque III bases his assessment on the increased number of rehabilitation centers and drug users treated under the Duterte administration

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III at a Senate hearing on the department's Barangay Health Stations project in July 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipino-Chinese 'friendship dome' to rise in Marawi

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:10 PM

11 Filipino-Chinese groups provide funds for the multipurpose building, a replica of which was presented to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the replica of the Marawi Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome from Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Domingo Yap II during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Joining the President are Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

How compassionate pragmatism can help drug users

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky: 'We don’t have to dismantle our traditional treatments but extending our reach enables us to engage people in the early stage'

How Legazpi City fights drugs through its health office

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The city government holds the community-based rehabilitation program in an air-conditioned venue and provides food for participants to show them that they matter

LEGAZPI CITY HALL. The facade of Legazpi City Hall. Photo from RioHondo at English Wikipedia

Duterte opens Chinese-donated Bukidnon drug rehab center

Aug 03, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The P500-million facility is donated by Friends of the Philippines, a group of Chinese businessmen led by Jose Kho, associated with a company behind planned massive reclamation in Manila Bay

Boracay traffic rerouting begins August 2

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:01 PM

The Cagban-Laketown (wetland) stretch will be closed to traffic to give way to the widening of the 5.2-kilometer road portions by the Department of Public Works and Highways

Photo from Boracay PNP

[OPINION] A different Marawi encounter

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:48 AM

I cried during the tour. The spiritual atmosphere was just so heavy. War is truly ugly and painful. It brings no good thing.

A moment of levity during Go Share's 3-day visit. Photo by Rolan Garcia

JM de Guzman graduates from drug rehabilitation program

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:13 PM

This comes after actor JM de Guzman went on a hiatus for two years due to a drug addiction relapse

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

‘Slow’ demolition of illegal Boracay structures

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

In the wetlands, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported 5.29% accomplishment in demolishing 29 of 548 illegal structures 3 months into Boracay's rehabilitation

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Aklan electric cooperative is 10% done with Boracay rehab operations

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The rehabilitation work of the Aklan Electric Cooperative in the franchise area of Boracay is mainly dependent on DPWH budget allocations, according to Engineer Joel Martinez, Assistant General Manager for engineering

BORACAY REHAB. Background file photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Boracay rehab challenges: Treating sewage, relocating illegal settlers

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says Boracay is still on target for an October 26 re-opening

BORACAY REHAB. Left photo by DENROfficial SCIS. Center photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Right photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte eyes committee to identify 'rightful owners' of Boracay lands

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says a committee tasked with examining land titles would make this 'fair to everybody'

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay no longer a cesspool – Cimatu

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the island can be reopened by October 26, as planned

Marawi rehab 'on track' despite search for new developer

Jul 03, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi spokesperson Kristoffer Purisima says the government is looking for 'the most qualified and competent developer' for the Marawi rehabilitation project

RUINS. A resident stands amongst the rubbles of her destroyed house, as she tries to salvage belongings during a visit to the main battle area in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

How government has allocated funds for Marawi rehabilitation

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

About P5.1 billion was released in 2017 while about P54.1 million has been released in 2018. Most of the funds have been for relief; reconstruction projects remain few.

CASH RELEASED. Over P5 billion has been released to provide relief for Marawi residents but gaps in addressing the basic needs of remain. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler, Ted Aljibe/AFP, Shutterstock

Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium disqualified due to fund shortage

Jun 27, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Negotiations will commence with another Chinese group – Power Construction Corporation of China or PowerChina

Marawi profs slam government’s skewed rehab priority

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Professors of Mindanao State University question the government's move to prioritize the construction of a military garrison over attending to the needs of evacuees

DSWD apologizes for spoiled relief goods in Boracay

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says the contamination happened during the handling and hauling of relief goods, adding that it 'must not happen again'

FACT CHECK: No bodies of '51 dead foreigners' retrieved from Boracay

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The video in the blog post is a news report on the Boracay clean-up operations following the closure of the world-famous tourist destination

Thumbnail image used by blog posts that say 51 bodies of dead foreigners were found in Boracay

Diokno concerned with 'short' Swiss challenge period for Marawi rehab

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:30 PM

During the June 11 Cabinet meeting, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno questions the 3-week period for other developers to challenge the proposal of the China-led Bangon Marawi Consortium

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a short pause during the 26th Cabinet Meeting to accommodate his daughter Veronica who dropped by at the Malacañan Palace to visit her father on June 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Local DPWH officials await authority to implement Boracay road rehab project

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The road widening is a top priority project of the Boracay inter-agency task force

DSWD releases P27M in aid for Boracay residents, workers

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also begins its cash-for-work program for nearly 1,800 individuals who lost their livelihood due to Boracay's 6-month rehabilitation

TOURIST SPOT. Boracay is undergoing rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered its 6-month closure. File photo by Adrian Portugal

State of calamity declaration sought for mainland Boracay

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The municipal council of Malay, Aklan, wants more concrete basis to consider the proposal of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Liga ng mga Barangay

JOBLESS. Boatmen are among the Boracay residents who have lost their livelihood after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the tourist destination for 6 months. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

For residents, uncertainty looms over Boracay relocation plan

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Some residents protest the rumored plan to relocate them outside the top tourist island

FORESTLAND. The Cayetano family lives in a make-shift compound in a government-proclaimed forestland. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: Businesses 'dead' in Boracay

Jun 03, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Business owners can only hope that the island would be reopened sooner than originally scheduled

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

DSWD distributes P19.8-M livelihood assistance to Boracay beneficiaries

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 PM

First batch of support from social welfare agency helps over 1,300 Boracay residents and workers

ASSISTANCE. File of the early days of the closure of Boracay when DSWD gives transportation allowances to residents. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

P1.36-B budget needed to rehabilitate Boracay

May 31, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Task Force Boracay says the amount covers everything – from ensuring sanitation to decongesting the island

DEMOLITION. Some establishments demolish the facade of their stores to comply with the government's rehabilitation plan. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Rain barrels ease water woes in Marawi relocation site

May 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is stepping in to provide a permanent solution to water problems in Marawi City's temporary shelters

Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo taken by Bobby Lagsa on May 22, 2018

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, May 21-27, 2018

May 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

Remember the Marawi evacuees who tied the knot? They're pregnant!

May 26, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Jomar Saumay and wife Norinsha are among 40 Marawi families who continue to live in tents in Pantar town a year after the siege. They are making plans to find a better home after the baby comes out in June.

PREGNANT! Marawi tent dwellers Jomar Saumay and wife Norinsha are 8 months pregnant and expecting in June. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Group of mostly Duterte allies will pick Marawi contractor – PCIJ

May 26, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Majority of the selection committee members lack experience 'in evaluating public contracts on technical and financial merits,' says a PCIJ report

Displaced Maranaos in Marawi find healing in gardening

May 26, 2018 - 11:07 AM

'This is like tending to a newborn child,' says Nor-Aine Tantuas, one of the internally displaced persons living in Marawi City's Sagonsongan relocation site

HEALING IN GARDENING. Wafah Tantuas pourS water into the chili plants that she tends to with her mother Nor-Aine. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'Longing': Images of Marawi evacuees

May 26, 2018 - 8:07 AM

An International Committee of the Red Cross delegate visits the Saguiaran evacuation center and the Sagonsongan transitional site, and captures in photographs the longing for family and home of those displaced by the conflict

DSWD awards P1B Marawi contracts to suppliers with limited capacity

May 25, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Since the awarding of contracts, however, Tacurong Fitmart, Ororama Supercenter, and Ace Centerpoint have yet to complete the delivery of relief goods, according to a PCIJ report

RUINS. Residents allowed to visit their destroyed houses at the main battle area carry salvageable belongings they collected as they pas a destroyed building in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljbe/AFP