SC: 10,816 expected to take 2023 bar exams

(Eagle News) — Over 10,000 candidates are expected to take the 2023 bar exams. According to Supreme Court data, the 10,816 expected to take the bar exams are more than the 9183 who took them last year. Of the 10,816, 5,832 examinees will take the exam for the first time, while 4,984 will be taking it for at least the second time. According to the SC,  2,571 bar personnel are to be deployed nationwide to […]

MRT-3 to offer free rides to gov’t employees from Sept. 18-20

(Eagle News)–The Metro Rail Transit-3 will offer free rides to government employees from Sept. 18 to 20. According to the MRT-3 management, this was in celebration of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary. The free rides can be availed of throughout the MRT-3’s operating hours. Commuters only need to present a valid government ID to be given the free ride. “Ang handog naming libreng sakay ay simpleng pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga sakripisyo ng bawat […]

DBM releases P11.6 billion for performance-based bonuses of DepEd teaching personnel

(Eagle News) — The Department of Budget and Management has released P11.6 billion for the Fiscal Year 2021 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) of teaching personnel in various public elementary and secondary schools under the Department of Education. According to the Presidential Communications Office, records from the DBM showed that, as of  September 1, all 16 Regional Offices (ROs) of the Department have released the corresponding Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) and Notice of Cash Allocations (NCAs) […]

President Bongbong Marcos touts Maharlika Fund in 10th Asia Summit in Singapore

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos  invited businesses to invest in the Philippines in his speech during the 10th Asia Summit in Singapore, noting the ease of doing business in the country. According  to the Presidential Communications Office, during his speech, the first-ever made in the summit by a sitting Philippine President, the President also touted the Maharlika Investment Fund, which he said was the government’s way of tapping the country’s reserves for investments without increasing borrowings. […]

President Bongbong Marcos on EO 39: ‘Implementation, enforcement going as well as we can expect’

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos on Tuesday, Sept. 12, said the “implementation and enforcement” of the mandated price caps on rice are going well. “We just had a meeting about that this morning and, so far, the implementation and enforcement is going as well as we can expect,” the President said in a Presidential Communications Office statement. According to the PCO, during that sectoral meeting,  implementing agencies of Executive Order (EO) No. 39, which stipulates the […]

Following deadly earthquake, President Bongbong Marcos says PHL in solidarity with Morocco

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos said the Philippines stands in solidarity with Morocco after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on September 8 killed thousands of people. “We have faith in the strength and resilience of the Moroccan people to unite and rebuild in the face of such adversity,” he said. He said the Philippines was ready to offer support to Morocco for its quick recovery. Over 2,800 fatalities have so far been reported following the earthquake touted as […]

Philippine Nobel winner Maria Ressa acquitted of tax evasion

By Pam CASTRO Philippine Nobel laureate Maria Ressa was acquitted Tuesday of her final tax evasion charge, in the latest legal victory for the veteran journalist as she battles to stay out of prison. Ressa smiled as the judge delivered the verdict in the years-long case, an AFP journalist inside the courtroom said. The 59-year-old, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov in 2021, has been fighting multiple charges filed during […]

Gov’t to continue distribution of cash grants to rice retailers affected by price cap on Monday

Beneficiaries in parts of Metro Manila, Zamboanga del Sur to receive P15,000 each (Eagle News)–The government will continue providing cash grants to rice retailers in parts of Metro Manila and Zamboanga del Sur on Monday, Sept. 11. The Presidential Communications Office said, based on a report by the Department  of Social Welfare and Development, the cash grant of P15000 will be given to each of the 15 beneficiaries in Pateros, 161 in Navotas, 129 in […]

NTF-WPS welcomes ASEAN support for peaceful resolution of disputes over South China Sea

(Eagle News)–The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) has welcomed the ASEAN’s reiteration for peaceful dispute resolution over the South China Sea. In a statement issued by the Presidential Communications Office, National Security Council (NSC) Assistant Director General Jonathan Malaya said President Bongbong Marcos’ “successful engagement (with) our ASEAN partners strengthens our diplomatic efforts in advancing the nation’s interest and maintaining regional peace and security.” Malaya made the statement after  Indonesia President […]

PAGASA monitoring LPA off extreme Northern Luzon

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is monitoring a low pressure area off extreme Northern Luzon. PAGASA said the southwest monsoon is also affecting the western sections of Northern and Central Luzon. According to the weather bureau, Batanes and Babuyan Islands will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms as a result. Flashfloods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains are possible. Metro Manila and the rest […]

PHL, Australia sign MOU to strengthen National Soil Health Strategy

(Eagle News)–The Philippines and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday, Sept. 8, in a bid to further strengthen their national soil health strategy, the Presidential Communications Office said. According to the PCO, under the MOU between the Department of Science and Technology and the Australian Embassy, the two countries will carry out scientific and technological cooperation by identifying opportunities for collaborative research in soil and land management. They also agreed to support […]

Shellfish collected in nine areas positive for toxic red tide: BFAR

(Eagle News)–Shellfish collected in nine areas in the country have tested positive for toxic red tide beyond the regulatory limit, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said. According to BFAR, these were the nine areas: coastal waters of Altavas, Batan, and New Washington in Batan Bay, Aklan; Sapian Bay (Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; Mambuquiao and Camanci, Batan in Aklan); coastal waters of Panay in Capiz; coastal waters of Pilar in Capiz; coastal waters […]