• 200 modern jeepneys to hit Metro Manila roads next week
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    200 modern jeepneys to hit Metro Manila roads next week

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has launched Friday (July 20) 150 units more of modern public utility jeepney (PUJ). This number is an addition to the previously launched 50 PUJ units in line with the administration’s jeepney modernization program. The units indeed look

  • Bernal urges public to listen to the President’s SONA before criticizing
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    Bernal urges public to listen to the President’s SONA before criticizing

    Film and television director Joyce Bernal shares some of her plans in directing the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, a few days before the event on Monday (July 23). In preparation for the occasion, she requested for more lights to be placed inside the plenary hall

  • SUCs may opt to charge tuition if TRAIN is suspended – CHED
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    SUCs may opt to charge tuition if TRAIN is suspended – CHED

      PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) expressed concern over the clamor to suspend the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. CHED OIC Prospero De Vera III explained that the implementation of the Free Tuition Act was given an initial

  • Police nab 2 Japanese, 6 Filipino illegal recruiters in QC
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    Police nab 2 Japanese, 6 Filipino illegal recruiters in QC

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Two Japanese nationals and six Filipinos were arrested in Quezon City on Friday (July 20) for large-scale illegal recruitment. The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the suspects allegedly recruit applicants to Japan via

  • Floodwaters inundate roads in Pangasinan, 7 towns not passable
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    Floodwaters inundate roads in Pangasinan, 7 towns not passable

    PANGASINAN, Philippines – A total of 13 towns are currently submerged in floodwaters in the province of Pangasinan following days of non-stop rains. Residents endure a high level of flood water in the towns of Bani; Mangatarem; Alaminos City; Urdaneta City; Calasiao; Sta. Barbara; Labrador; Mabini; Lingayen

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    SONA 2018: Duterte signs new laws

    SONA 2018: Duterte signs new laws Legislations signed by President Rodrigo Duterte during his second year in office. R.A. 10928 or the Philippine Passport 10-Year Validity An act extending the validity of Philippine passports from 5 years to 10 years signed August 2, 2017. It is an amendment to Section

  • PSA ‘Serbilis’ to go offline on July 22
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    PSA ‘Serbilis’ to go offline on July 22

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) advises the public to lodge applications for copies of documents in the agency’s online service prior to the website’s “Serbilis” system downtime on Sunday (July 22). According to the agency’s advisory, the PSA “Serbilis” website will be

  • Suicide prompts mental health education to newly hired teachers in Leyte
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    Suicide prompts mental health education to newly hired teachers in Leyte

    LEYTE, Philippines –  Following the recent suicide of a rookie teacher in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division recommends equipping newly hired teachers with mental health education. According to DepEd-Leyte Assistant Division Superintendent Edgar Tenasas, this will prepare

  • UNTV surprises employees with unannounced earthquake and fire drill
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    UNTV surprises employees with unannounced earthquake and fire drill

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – UNTV shared its part in the government’s disaster awareness and preparedness campaign by holding its own unannounced earthquake and fire drill on Friday (July 20). As the siren sounded at exactly 9:00 a.m., employees immediately executed the “duck, cover and hold” method. Minutes

  • Monsoon rains submerge roads, houses in Urdaneta, Pangasinan
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    Monsoon rains submerge roads, houses in Urdaneta, Pangasinan

      PANGASINAN, Philippines – Residents in several parts of Urdaneta in Pangasinan are enduring waist-deep flood water as non-stop monsoon rains continue. Images sent by Kasangbahay Alnor Durante showed a river of murky water covering the road from Urdaneta to Mapandan and Manaoag. Monsoon rains are still

  • Radio announcer Joey Llana ambushed in Albay
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    Radio announcer Joey Llana ambushed in Albay

      ALBAY, Philippines – DWZR Zoom Radio announcer Joey Llana was ambushed at 4:45 a.m. on Friday (July 20). According to Police Regional Office 5 Director PCSupt. Arnel Escobal, Llana was shot by unidentified assailants while on board his car on his way out of their house garage at P5 Barangay Peñafrancia

  • QC suspends classes on July 23 for Duterte’s SONA
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    QC suspends classes on July 23 for Duterte’s SONA

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government declares class suspension on all levels in both public and private on Monday, July 23. In a message on Twitter on Thursday evening (July 19), the QC Public Affairs office said Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered the suspension to give way to the scheduled

  • NTC slashes interconnection rates on text messages, voice calls
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    NTC slashes interconnection rates on text messages, voice calls

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) effectively reduced interconnection rates on text messages and voice calls. According to NTC Memorandum 05-07-2018 dated July 19, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom are ordered to lower interconnection charges for short messaging

  • Malacañang: Duterte opposes proposal to postpone 2019 polls
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    Malacañang: Duterte opposes proposal to postpone 2019 polls

        MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will not support any motion seeking to defer the upcoming elections, according to Malacañang. In a press briefing earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said that the chief executive is cold towards the bid to cancel the national elections

  • BI launches “e-gates” for faceless transactions at NAIA
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    BI launches “e-gates” for faceless transactions at NAIA

      PASAY CITY, the Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday (July 19) started the four-day random testing on actual passengers of its Electronic Gate System (E-Gate) project at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. This aims to fine-tune the program and the machines

  • Sotto: No need to railroad federalism efforts after Bangsamoro Organic Law approval
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    Sotto: No need to railroad federalism efforts after Bangsamoro Organic Law approval

          MANILA, Philippines — The proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law hurdles the scrutiny of the bicameral conference committee following the reconciliation of all its sensitive and contentious provisions on Wednesday (July 18). And with the expected enactment of the proposal, Senate President Vicente Sotto

  • DOJ retracts 2017 findings, orders filing of charges vs. Kerwin Espinosa et. al.
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    DOJ retracts 2017 findings, orders filing of charges vs. Kerwin Espinosa et. al.

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the filing of drug charges against self-confessed drug supplier Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Wu Tuan Yan a.k.a Peter Co and four others In its resolution issued Thursday (July 19), the DOJ panel of prosecutors “found sufficient

  • Comelec to hold special registration for PWD on July 20
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    Comelec to hold special registration for PWD on July 20

        MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold special offsite registration for persons with disability (PWD) in Region 1 on Friday (July 20). The registration will be set up in covered courts in the municipalities of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte from 8:00 a.m. to

  • Bicam okays Bangsamoro Organic Law
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    Bicam okays Bangsamoro Organic Law

    PASAY CITY, Philippines – The 28-member of the bicameral conference committee approved on Wednesday night (July 18) the reconciled version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was renamed, Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). This was after the bicameral panel concluded its debates on the most contentious

  • #MMShakeDrill pushes through despite rains
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    #MMShakeDrill pushes through despite rains

      MANILA, Philippines – Government and private agencies, as well as schools around Metro Manila, joined the fourth annual metro-wide earthquake drill organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday (July 19). Dubbed online as the #MMShakeDrill, the simulation was prompted by a

  • DOH warns of upsurge in dengue, leptospirosis infections amid nonstop rains
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    DOH warns of upsurge in dengue, leptospirosis infections amid nonstop rains

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) sees spike in the number of dengue and leptospirosis cases following the series of downpours that caused flooding in some areas.  According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, reported leptospirosis cases have reached 623 from January 1 to July

  • Disaster authorities urge public to pay serious attention on PAGASA rainfall warnings
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    Disaster authorities urge public to pay serious attention on PAGASA rainfall warnings

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Disaster authorities are calling on the public to pay close attention to warnings and advisories that are being sent through text messages. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), these messages are part of their precautionary measures

  • TD ‘Inday’ enhances monsoon rains, affecting Northern Luzon
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    TD ‘Inday’ enhances monsoon rains, affecting Northern Luzon

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The southwest monsoon is expected to bring heavy rains in most parts of northern Luzon. Flash flood and landslides are expected In Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bataan, Zambales, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands. Meanwhile, scattered rain showers will

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    Authorities found body of missing boy swallowed by Tullahan River

        CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines – Authorities found the body of 11-year-old Jan Darwin Vargas who was reported missing after he accidentally fell off into the raging waters of Tullahan River. A garbage merchant found Jan Darwin’s body at a creek in the boundary of Barangay 164 and Barangay 163 at Plastican

  • Public to get more help from PNP’s disaster response unit amid inclement weather
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    Public to get more help from PNP’s disaster response unit amid inclement weather

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has activated its disaster response unit to augment emergency response force in flood-affected areas due to the inclement weather brought about by tropical cyclone “Inday” and the southwest monsoon. Residents in low-lying areas may expect