Prices of fuel, LPG up anew

Oil companies have announced that they are implementing price increases on fuel products and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) this week. Starting today, Chevron, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, and Shell will raise diesel prices by P0.85 per liter, and


DOLE submits wage subsidy proposal

The Department of Labor and Employment has already submitted to the Department of Budget and Management the proposal to provide wage subsidy for workers and establishments that have been affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique


P5B in loans released to MSMEs

The Land Bank of the Philippines has approved loans totaling P6.95 billion for 227 borrowers composed mostly of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives that are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the I-Rescue lending program, Land Bank


SEC online payment portal now available

Paying registration and other transaction fees in the Securities and Exchange Commission is now faster, more convenient, and secure with the launch of the corporate securities regulator’s online payment system today. The newly developed SEC payment portal is a web-based


Supplemental permit guidelines for telco towers up

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will issue a supplemental Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) next month to end the confusion experienced by local government units on the issuance of “permits, licenses, and certificates for the construction of shared passive telecommunications tower


Go Lokal! launches work-from-home collection

Go Lokal!, a concept store initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry, launched its work-from-home collection, called Silid (room), yesterday. “The Silid Collection’s overall tone of positivity creates an enduring balance between work and rest, transforming the home into


Tacloban records 1st ASF case

A team from the Tacloban City Veterinary Office will complete the checking of all pigs within the 500-meter radius yesterday after the city logged the first African swine fever (ASF) case. City veterinarian Eunice Alcantara said the nine hogs in


MOA for ram pump project in Calatrava inked

A tripartite memorandum of agreement for a ram pump project was signed among officers of the Punao Small Coconut Farmers Agriculture Cooperative, San Carlos Bioenergy Inc., and the Minapasuk Farmers Association during the latter’s Pasalamat 2021 in Sitio Crossing Kawayan,


DA 6 on guard vs. rice grain bug infestation

The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas is on guard against the rice grain bug (RGB) infestation sighted in 548 hectares of rice areas in Antique that resulted in the decline in palay production yield and quality. Formerly tagged as


Fisherfolk get P200K in cash aid

San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo turned over checks, worth P200,000, to two fisherfolk organizations in the city Wednesday. Aida Gando, president of the Buluangan Fisherfolk Vendors Association, and Elena Damandaman of the Caimito Marginal Fisherfolk Association, received the checks

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3 holidays in 2021 scrapped to boost economic productivity

Malacañang defended yesterday the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to change three special holidays into special working days this year. Duterte signed Proclamation 1107, declaring November 2 – Tuesday – All Souls’ Day, December 24 – Friday – Christmas Eve,

Policeman shot dead in Calatrava

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A 37-year-old policeman was shot and killed by still unidentified gunmen Saturday night in Hacienda Caridad, Brgy. Patun-an, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. The victim was identified by P/Maj. Roberto Indiape, Calatrava police chief, as P/SSgt. John Daniel

Negative swab test still required for Boracay tourists

Tourists visiting Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan are still required to show negative results of their swab tests, Malay Mayor Flolibar Bautista said yesterday. Travelers are asked to meet the requirements of the local government unit even with the new

Bird-watching safe despite AI virus threat

Local government units with wetlands where migratory birds flock can continue promoting bird-watching even with the reported poultry-to-human transmission of the H5N8 avian influenza (AI) virus strain in Russia. There is a slim chance for migratory birds to bring H5N8

6,270 doses of Sinovac expected to arrive today

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Some 6,270 doses of China-made Sinovac Coronavirus 2019 vaccines are expected to arrive in Bacolod City today which Emergency Operations Center executive Director Em Ang said is intended for the health workers. Ang, who is

Royals are different

“And they lived happily ever after”. Isn’t that the way stories about royal couples usually end? Even Cinderella who was a bedraggled orphan  ended up with whom she supposedly lived with happily ever after. And we, as children bemused by