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SSS releases P25.2 billion for pensions

            The Social Security System (SSS), through Development Bank of the Philippines, has already released its December pension and 13th month bonus amounting to P23.1 billion to Philippine Electronic Fund Transfer System and Operations Network (PESONet) participating banks and other


Investing in fisheries

          The World Bank will extend a $220 million loan to the Philippines next year to enhance the country’s marine resource management by controlling the harvest in some of its fishing grounds while also supporting livelihoods.           The Fisheries and


PNP to tighten watch during holiday season

            The Philippine National Police will strictly implement minimum health protocols in public places and other areas of convergence for the holiday season, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).             PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi


Rice sector to get biggest chunk of DA’s budget

            The rice sector will remain the priority of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) modernization and industrialization programs next year.             This, after the Senate voted 22-0 to approve the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 on successive second


Tyson prepares for Roy Jones Jr bout

            Boxing great Mike Tyson says he has learned to protect that “kid always in me” as he prepares to return to the ring for an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday.             The 54-year-old former world heavyweight


ASEAN club competition moved to 2022

            Southeast Asian football officials have delayed the launch of a new flagship regional club competition until 2022, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) said on Thursday, with the prospect of a congested calendar next year prompting the decision.             The


PH identifies 5 sectors for investments

            The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) formally launched its new international marketing campaign “Make It Happen in the Philippines”, highlighting five key investment priority sectors.             It is a unified, country-wide, and multi-sector investment campaign that aims to


Texts to 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center for free

            Subscribers of both Smart and Sun networks can now submit their complaints or grievances to the government for free by texting the Citizens’ Complaint Center (CCC) at 8888.             In a statement Thursday, PLDT, together with its mobile subsidiary


41 ARBs receive land titles, installed in south Negros

            Some 41 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received land titles and were installed in two separate landholdings in the southern part of Negros Occidental this week.             The distribution and installation rites were facilitated by the Department of Agrarian Reform-Negros


Peso ends sideways, PSEi slips

            The peso again ended the trade to its over four-year high against the US dollar but the main stocks index slipped for the fourth consecutive day partly due to Morgan Stanley Capital International (MCSI) rebalancing.             The local currency

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No Negros, Iloilo border closure: guv

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental will not close its borders with Iloilo but Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that they will require negative RT-PCR results from travelers, “with no exception”. “Borders cannot be closed because of trade,” Lacson

‘Diaz not required to declare gifts’

Weightlifter and Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz need not declare in her income tax return all the gifts she received after winning in the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. “The Bureau of Internal Revenue has resolved it. They are

Pacquiao, 2 others court UNegA support

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN United Negros Alliance secretary general Salvador Escalante Jr. said yesterday they received “feelers” from the groups of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, and even boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who are courting their

Travel ban to India, 9 nations extended

The Philippines has extended the travel ban on travelers from India and nine other countries until August 15 to prevent the further spread of the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019, Malacañang said yesterday. President Rodrigo Duterte,

The Fifth Loaf

Today’s gospel narrative continues that of last Sunday’s wherein Jesus is met by a vast crowd as he and his disciples reach the other side of the lake. Mark comments that Jesus’ heart is moved with pity at the sight,