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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New DTI chief bares 5 priority programs

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual has identified his priority areas as the new chief of the agency. During the turnover ceremony on Wednesday, which was only broadcast on Friday, Pascual cited that his priorities as new

Grow a garden, feed your soul

First of 2 Parts When I was a teenager, I had this prejudice against planting and gardening which I later realized I developed through growing plants badly. It was because no matter how much I tried, I just could not

Latest round of oil price hikes lowest in 3 weeks

Oil companies will implement another price increase effective this morning but increments will be lower than the previous weeks. In separate advisories, Caltex, Cleanfuel, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, and Shell announced they would increase diesel prices by P1.65 per liter and

NIR creation thru EO mulled

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The initial reestablishment of Negros Island Region maybe fast tracked through the issuance of an executive by the Office of the President, as recommended by the Department of Interior and Local Government, before its passage into

Former security guard now mayor

Mayor Joedith Gallego (right) with PCol. Leo Pamittan, NOCPPO director, and PLt. Col. Mark Anthony Darroca, who attended his investiture on June 30 at Silay City plaza covered court.* PNP photo

Whatever happens, trust God always

“Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. (Mt 8,26) These words of Christ, addressed to his apostles who were terrified when their boat