DOLE, DOT expand coverage of aid for tourism workers

The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Tourism have expanded the coverage of the beneficiaries in the tourism sector displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. In a joint advisory issued yesterday relative to the implementation of


PLDT-Smart heeds call to improve services

The country’s largest integrated telco PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. are heeding the government’s call to elevate the telecommunications industry and deliver world-class services. “We support the call of the President to improve our services, and we


DOH reports 273 new recoveries

A total of 273 individuals have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), as of yesterday, the Department of Health (DOH), said. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said this brings the country’s total recoveries to 409,329 or 91.6


PSEi slips, peso flat

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed yesterday but the peso managed to stay strong and ended sideways against the US dollar. The main equities index lost 1.40 percent, or 101.01 points, to 7,102.66 points. All Shares declined by 0.77


Newly hired nurses now allowed to leave PH

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has officially lifted the temporary ban on the deployment of newly-hired nurses. In Governing Board Resolution (GBR) No. 17 dated Dec. 7 and released yesterday, the agency allowed newly hired nurses, nursing aides, and


Palace hopes Congress will submit budget

Malacañang yesterday expressed hope that they would receive the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 from Congress within the week. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte would need to review the proposed budget to see if there are


New round of price hike takes effect

Oil firms will increase their prices effective this morning. In separate advisories, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, Seaoil, and Shell said they will hike gasoline prices by P0.25 per liter and P0.40 per liter on diesel. Seaoil and Shell will also raise

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The struggle to be immaculate

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated annually on December 8, reminds us of that most wonderful truth of our faith that we all are actually meant to be immaculate, that is, sinless, completely holy

Yuletide truce not likely – Arevalo

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 3rd Infantry Divison has yet to receive orders from its higher headquarters if the yuletide truce will be observed or not during this Christmas season, its commander, Maj. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, yesterday said. Most

Charity requires toughness

When Christ talked about the lost sheep and how the good shepherd would do everything to find it (cfr. Mt 18,12-14), he must be telling us that we should be tough in our love and care for one another, such

NegOcc now at minimal risk classification for COVID

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The COVID-19 situation in Negros Occidental continues to improve as the Department of Health – Western Visayas Center for Health and Development reported yesterday that Negros Occidental is now under minimal risk case classification. Highly-urbanized Bacolod

God’s providence

If there’s anything we can learn from that beautiful gospel episode of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (cfr. Mt 15,29-37), it surely is that God will always provide for our needs and limitations. He will, in fact, do

1st batch of polymer banknotes expected April ‘22

The first batch of Philippine peso banknotes will arrive in the country by April next year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said in a briefing yesterday. Diokno said the BSP and the Reserve Bank of Australia and