President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, welcomed the newly appointed Ambassadors to the Philippines of South Korea, Tanzania, and Serbia and received their credentials at the Malacañang Palace. His Excellency Han Dong-Man, who previously served as South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Director-General for International Economic Affairs, is the new envoy...
Retired defense chiefs from Southeast Asia paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. “I’d like to welcome you all. It’s an honor to be in the midst of people who have a strong knowledge of what is the condition of our world today,” the President told the Pinnacle...
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) allotted PHP172.72 million to boost the research and development (R&D) capabilities of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country, the agency said. The budget is allocated for the first year of implementation of the program called RD Lead, which will be implemented as...
Expected revenues from excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is seen to contribute some PHP52.03 billion to government coffers this 2018. Department of Finance (DOF) data showed that based on the medium-term revenue program, excise tax from sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) is the fourth largest revenue contributor among excise taxes in the...
Former Bureau of Customs (BOC) head and retired Marine Captain Nicanor E. Faeldon formally took his oath as Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Deputy Administrator for Operations. The ceremonies took place at the Office of the Secretary of National Defense, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Faeldon's oath of service was...
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) should submit its report on latest developments regarding the jeepney modernization program to avoid “confusion,” a senator said. Senator Grace Poe reminded the DOTr to enlighten the public on the latest developments regarding the jeepney modernization program amid its planned roll out this year. Poe, chair...
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered the review of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decision revoking the certificate of incorporation of online news website Rappler for violating foreign ownership restrictions on mass media. "I have directed my legal staff to study the legal issues of this case," Aguirre told...
A magnitude-4 earthquake of tectonic origin was recorded Tuesday afternoon at around 3:04 p.m. in Biliran province in the Visayas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has reported. Phivolcs said it was not expecting any damage or aftershocks. However, Intensity 4 was felt in Kawayan and Naval towns...
Malacanang Palace described as “a step in the right direction” the decision of pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur to refund some PHP1.4 billion worth of unused Dengvaxia vaccine. “We welcome that refund but the position of the DOH (Department of Health) is for a full refund. Now, nonetheless, we view this...
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be using the more than 59 million official ballots and other accountable and non-accountable forms which were printed for last year, for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) on May 14, 2018. According to Comelec Resolution No. 10248, the 59,578,346 officials ballots, which...