DOTr: P18 million in fines imposed during intensified anti-colorum ops from Feb. 1 to 22

(Eagle News)–The Department of Transportation has imposed fines amounting to P18 million during its intensified anti-colorum operations from Feb. 1 to 22. The Department of Transportation said this translates to 50 unauthorized vehicles composed of vans, buses and other public utility vehicles being apprehended. A fine of P200,000 was imposed on colorum vans while P1 million was meted out on each colorum bus. According to the DOTr, it expects to uncover and sanction more illegal […]

PAGASA: Northeast monsoon affecting extreme Northern Luzon

Country also affected by easterlies (Eagle News)–The northeast monsoon is affecting extreme Northern Luzon. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the easterlies are also affecting the country. As a result, Bicol Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Flashfloods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains are possible. Cagayan Valley, Aurora, and Quezon, meanwhile, will have cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila, Ilocos […]

PBBM to travel to Australia as guest of gov’t; to address Parliament

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos is set to travel to Australia as a guest of the Australian government, the Palace said. The Presidential Communications Office said the President is also slated to address the Australian Parliament during his visit from Feb. 28-29. He is expected to discuss the vision for the Strategic Partnership between the Philippines and Australia signed last year. He will also have separate meetings with Australian senior officials where he is anticipated to […]

IRRI develops low GI, protein-enriched rice variety

Gov’t says rice variety to boost nutritional food value intake of Filipinos (Eagle News)–The International Rice Research Institute has developed a low glycemic index (GI), protein-enriched rice variety the government said will boost the nutritional food value intake of every Filipino. The Presidential Communications Office said this was revealed to President Bongbong Marcos during a recent courtesy call of officials of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and IRRI in Malacañang. The IRRI […]

Local drug manufacturers signed up to produce anti-TB, HIV meds: PSAC

(Eagle News)–Several local drug manufacturers have signed up to participate in the production of anti-tuberculosis and anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drugs, the government said on Friday, Feb. 23. According to the Presidential Communications Office, this was the revelation of the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) Health Sector Group during the 5th PSAC Health Sector Group meeting in Malacañang with President Bongbong Marcos the day before. Paolo Borromeo, the PSAC Healthcare Sector Lead, said in the […]

CAAP to create master plan for advancement of PHL aviation sector

(Eagle News)–The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines revealed plans to develop a master plan for the advancement of the Philippine aviation sector. According to the CAAP, for the initiative, it would conduct a review of the current state of civil aviation in the country, including its infrastructure, regulatory framework, operations, and national and regional policy. The CAAP said a benchmarking analysis will then be conducted in a bid to see how the Philippines fares […]

Cloudy skies, rain showers expected in parts of PHL: PAGASA

(Eagle News)–The easterlies are affecting the country. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, as a result, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Flashfloods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains are possible. Metro Manila and the rest of the country, PAGASA said, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. According to the […]

PBBM congratulates Indonesia’s Prabowo

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos on Thursday, Feb. 22, congratulated Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is expected to win his country’s presidential elections. According to the Presidential Communications Office, in a phone call with Indonesia’s presumptive leader, President Marcos also affirmed that the Philippines and Indonesia have a lot in common, noting their over 70 years of bilateral ties which were formally established on November 24, 1949. President Marcos said the Philippines is willing to […]

DMW unveils plan to file separate civil action over Jullebee Ranara killing

(Eagle News)–The Department of Migrant Workers has revealed plans to file a separate civil action against the camp of the Kuwaiti convicted of the murder of Overseas Filipino Worker Jullebee Ranara. Officer-in-charge Hans Leo Cacdac made the revelation after Kuwait’s Appeal Court upheld the guilty verdict and 16-year imprisonment previously meted out against the then-17-year-old son of Ranara’s employer by a lower court. Of the 16 years of imprisonment imposed on him, one year was […]

NAIA modernization to generate P900 billion in earnings for gov’t: DOTr

(Eagle News)–The public-private partnership for the modernization of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is expected to yield P900 billion in earnings for the national government. According to the Department of Transportation, the NAIA PPP, over the course of its 25-year agreement with the winning concessionaire SMC-SAP Consortium, the government will earn P36 billion annually, which can be redirected to other social and infrastructure programs. The DOTr said the government would secure a guarantee of P30 […]

14 more Filipinos from Gaza to arrive in PHL on Feb. 21

(Eagle News) — Fourteen more Filipinos have crossed from Gaza to Egypt through the Rafah border, the Philippine Embassy in Egypt said. According to the embassy, the Filipinos, who were accompanied by two Palestinian relatives, left on Feb. 17, and are expected to arrive in the Philippines on Feb. 21. The embassy said to date, 136 of the 137 Filipinos have been evacuated from Gaza to Egypt. It said this was through the joint efforts […]

Senate Approves PHP100 Daily Minimum Wage Increase for 4.2 Million Workers

The Senate has passed Senate Bill No. 2534, advocating a PHP100 daily minimum wage increase for around 4.2 million daily minimum wage earners nationwide. The bill, co-authored by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, and Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, received 20 affirmative votes in its third and final reading. Estrada emphasized the Senate’s responsiveness to citizens’ needs amid rising living costs. Although some senators were absent during the vote, the bill […]