Inter-agency task force to develop 'new Boracay'

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre says the envisioned development will feature bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, two-way streets for tourists and small vehicles, and an expanded road network for trucks

WHITE BEACH. Efforts are underway to rehabilitate the world-famous island resort. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Calida on Sereno, Carpio on Roque, 2018 Oscar winners | Evening wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 9:25 PM

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Malacañang thanks EU for drug rehab aid

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The European Union will modify the standard text of its future financial deals with the Philippines to avoid reiterating the condition on respect for human rights, which has angered Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Supreme Court flag ceremony, High inflation rate expected, EU fund for PH drug rehab program | Midday wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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EU to give P242M for DOH drug rehab program

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Stefano Manservisi, director-general for international cooperation at the EU Commission, says the amount would be released in the 'next days'

Photo from Camille Elemia/Rappler

DILG's Boracay plan: 6-month state of calamity, 2-month business shutdown

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:16 PM

DILG Officer-in-charge Eduardo Año says the declaration will 'hasten' the island's recovery from intense commercialization

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

DOTr to review P350-billion NAIA rehabilitation proposal

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Transportation expects to finish its evaluation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport proposal by top conglomerates in April

REHABILITATION. Passenger traffic to NAIA is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years and the existing runway configuration may be unable to accommodate the future flows. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Super consortium' formalizes P350-billion NAIA rehab proposal

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The consortium's members are Aboitiz InfraCapital, AC Infrastructure, Alliance Global, Asia's Emerging Dragon, Filinvest, JG Summit, and Metro Pacific

REHABILITATING NAIA. The consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports International Private Limited to provide technical support in the areas of master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

Marawi rehab: The work ahead

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says it may take 4 years to completely rehabilitate the war-torn city

GHOST TOWN. A once busy street littered with war debris. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. aid for Marawi rehab reaches more than P1B

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The additional P330 million will be used to provide livelihood trainings and opportunities for young people

LIFE IN AN EVACUATION CENTER. A Maranao child cuts open an icepop with a knife inside a dilapidated classroom that serves as their evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, neighbouring province of Marawi. The lack of water and sanitation facilities adds to their burden as they try to cope with life in crowded evacuation centers. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PANOORIN: Ano ang ginagawa ng Quiapo Church laban sa patayan?

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Ipinaliwanag ng Quiapo Church rector ang mga programa ng simbahan para sa drug rehabilitation at pagtulong sa mga pamilya ng EJK victims

NAZARENE FEAST. A replica of the image of the Black Nazarene is seen on top of a jeepney on January 7, 2018, in a replica procession ahead of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't turns over 500 houses to Marawi residents

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Officials also report on the ongoing efforts to bring back livelihood and jobs in Marawi City

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CLSU gets P10-M grant for education of mega drug rehab patients

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija develops instructional modules for patients who want to complete their education or learn livelihood skills

MEGA DRUG REHAB. Starting 2018, the Commission on Higher Education will implement a project for drug dependents in the mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

At Brigada Eskwela, Briones promises Marawi kids that schools will be fixed

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:45 PM

'We should never, never, never make children weep....Our duty and obligation, [as a] government in this world, is to make them happy now, is to give them all the opportunities for learning, whatever backgrounds we have,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The holidays turn somber for those whose loved ones died in extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs

P1-B livelihood aid allotted for Marawi siege victims – DSWD

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The livelihood assistance may be availed of via the agency’s Sustainable Livelihood Program

MARAWI CRISIS. Displaced residents line up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal Hall, Lanao del Sur. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PNP recommends to Duterte: One more year of martial law in Mindanao

Dec 07, 2017 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) The recommendation is based on two things: security and rehabilitation

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. PNP recommends one more year of martial law in Mindanao

Marawi evacuees who lost homes will get free housing units – HUDCC

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says there are companies pledging to give housing assistance to residents affected by the Marawi siege

Marawi rehab: 'Build communities resilient to threat of extremism'

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:45 PM

'Are they treating this simply as a matter of building, constructing infrastructure? I hope not,' says International Alert Philippines country manager Francisco Lara Jr

MARAWI CITY. This screenshot shows the battle area inside Marawi City. Screenshot from Rappler

From Yolanda to Marawi: What gov't must consider in rehabilitation

Nov 29, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Environmental planners discuss what went wrong in the post-Yolanda rehabilitation which can be avoided in the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City

DSWD gives 'homecoming packages' to Marawi families

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will listen to the families and work with them as they recover from the crisis

COMING HOME. Residents of Marawi City are coming home after the clash. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo urges police, military, Church to support drug rehab programs

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

'Sa inyo po kami huhugot ng pag-asa. Alam po namin na mas marami iyong matitino,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells police and military officers

DRUG REHAB ADVOCATE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech in front of 28 graduates of a drug rehabilitation program in Nueva Ecija. Photo from Robredo's Facebook page

Contraband seized from priest officiating mass in Bohol jail

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Father James Darunday claims the wife of an inmate tricked him into bringing in a plastic container of biscuits. Prohibited cigarettes and tobacco leaves were inside.

PROHIBITED STUFF. Jail guards in Bohol seize packs of cigarettes and tobacco leaves hidden inside a plastic container carried by a priest. Photo courtesy of DYTR's Dave Charles Responte

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

Robredo visits Marawi, eyes livelihood programs for residents

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will continue to help Marawi, which was among the beneficiary cities even before the war began

Vice President Leni Robredo visited the main battle area of the siege of Marawi City, to see the extent of the damage brought by the clashes there, on Thursday, November 16, 2017.   VPLR underscored the need for unity and convergence in helping the city in its rehabilitation phase. The OVP, along with partners from the private sector are looking to assist in this regard thru the Angat Buhay Anti Poverty program.   She was accompanied by Mayor Majul Gandamra and BGen. Roseller Murillo, Commander of the 1st Infantry Division of the AFP. (Photo by OVP)

[OPINION] Marawi and imperial Manila

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Experts may have the noblest intention of helping Marawi. But without listening to its people – in particular the poor – they inflict technocratic violence.

China to donate P1.1 billion for Marawi rehabilitation

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The agreement for the provision of the grant is signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's official visit to the Philippines

Trump congratulates PH military for Marawi liberation

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump also vowed assistance in rehabilitating Marawi and in fighting remaining terrorists in the country

FACE TO FACE. US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

#PugadBaboy: Critiques Get You Fired

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Duterte 'offended' by Santiago's criticism of drug rehab approach

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:11 PM

'You do not go to the press and start to blabber,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about axed DDB chief Dionisio Santiago

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate moves resumption of session due to ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The Senate will resume plenary deliberations on the proposed 2018 General Appropriations Act on November 16 and 17

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

DBM: Palace approves additional P14.5-B disaster funds for Marawi rehab

Nov 08, 2017 - 2:48 PM

'As far as financing is concerned, there is no problem. But to manage expectations, this will not happen overnight,' budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Malacañang calls for unity, strength 4 years after Yolanda

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The government says it continues to learn lessons from the tragedy as it works to fast-track rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected areas

DDB chief Dionisio Santiago asked to resign

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The DDB chairman is asked to resign after his remarks criticizing the mega drug rehabilitation center funded by a Chinese tycoon

Marawi rehab tops Duque’s agenda in DOH

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Secretary Francisco Duque III returns to the Department of Health: 'I am quite joyous with the fact that I’m back to where I truly belong'

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte reorganizes body tasked with Marawi rehabilitation

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, former task force head, now shares the vice chair position with Public Works Secretary Mark Villar

PH to receive $366M dev’t loan from ADB, France

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The loan is intended for inclusive growth programs with target disbursement late this year or early next year, says the Department of Finance

Duterte assigns housing chief Del Rosario as Marawi rehab 'COO'

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:04 AM

The President explains that all Secretaries are to report to HUDCC chief Eduardo Del Rosario in matters concerning Marawi, including financing concerns, but the Defense Department remains the 'overall' entity for rehab

IN RUINS. A mosque inside the main battle area in Marawi, October 2017. Rappler file photo

Duterte to 'limit his mouth' in meeting with Japan's Emperor Akihito

Oct 29, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is off to Japan for an official visit

DIPLOMATIC. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will 'limit his mouth' when he meets Japanese Emperor Akihito for the first time. Malacañang photo

72 Marawi jail escapees still on the loose, says BJMP

Oct 29, 2017 - 7:02 AM

'We are urging them to surrender to the Philippine National Police or the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology for continuing detention,' BJMP spokesperson Senior Jail Inspector Xavier Solda says

MARAWI CITY JAIL. The city jail was the first casualty of the Marawi siege. Rappler file photo

Marawi foreign aid being sifted to ensure compliance with Duterte orders

Oct 27, 2017 - 2:24 PM

President Duterte's directive to accept only aid with no strings attached is a major consideration in choosing whether or not to accept an offer of assistance, says the Office of Civil Defense

Photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte on Mabilog, Roxas and Drilon, Pope Francis | Midday wRap

Oct 26, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs

POPE AND CARDINAL. Pope Francis (left) speaks with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) during the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on October 5, 2015. File photo by AFP

Families can return to Marawi starting October 29

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development calls for close coordination among the evacuees, barangays, and social welfare offices

HOMECOMING. Family displaced by the war in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Piolo Pascual, Joyce Bernal donate P1.5 million for Marawi rehabilitation

Oct 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Piolo and Joyce course their donation through Robin Padilla

Life begins returning to war-torn Marawi

Oct 24, 2017 - 4:42 PM

Gunfire greet returning residents as soldiers scour devastated neighborhoods for remaining militants

RETURNING HOME. A soldier (R) talks to a resident (2nd R) returning to inspect her home near the battle area of Mapandi in Marawi, October 24, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

FULL TEXT: 'After the war, let's not forget the toil that lies ahead'

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:51 PM

Read the full statement made by Marawi crisis spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong on Monday, October 23, after the military declares the end of combat operations

APOLOGY ACCEPTED. Marawi spokesman Zia Alonto Adiong says they understand why 'strong actions' are necessary in Marawi City

Rejection of EU grants not a setback for Marawi rehab – OCD

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:32 PM

The Philippine government is working with other international bodies to help finance the costly rehabilitation of the warn-torn city

Families of killed soldiers in Marawi to get free houses from NHA

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The new AFP-PNP Housing Program grants two housing units worth P450,000 to soldiers and police officers killed in action

HEROES. Soldiers who fought the battle against terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by JTF Marawi HEROES. Soldiers who fought the battle against terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by JTF Marawi