DOLE, DOT expand coverage of aid for tourism workers

The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Tourism have expanded the coverage of the beneficiaries in the tourism sector displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. In a joint advisory issued yesterday relative to the implementation of


PLDT-Smart heeds call to improve services

The country’s largest integrated telco PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. are heeding the government’s call to elevate the telecommunications industry and deliver world-class services. “We support the call of the President to improve our services, and we


DOH reports 273 new recoveries

A total of 273 individuals have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), as of yesterday, the Department of Health (DOH), said. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said this brings the country’s total recoveries to 409,329 or 91.6


PSEi slips, peso flat

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed yesterday but the peso managed to stay strong and ended sideways against the US dollar. The main equities index lost 1.40 percent, or 101.01 points, to 7,102.66 points. All Shares declined by 0.77


Newly hired nurses now allowed to leave PH

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has officially lifted the temporary ban on the deployment of newly-hired nurses. In Governing Board Resolution (GBR) No. 17 dated Dec. 7 and released yesterday, the agency allowed newly hired nurses, nursing aides, and


Palace hopes Congress will submit budget

Malacañang yesterday expressed hope that they would receive the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 from Congress within the week. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte would need to review the proposed budget to see if there are


New round of price hike takes effect

Oil firms will increase their prices effective this morning. In separate advisories, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, Seaoil, and Shell said they will hike gasoline prices by P0.25 per liter and P0.40 per liter on diesel. Seaoil and Shell will also raise

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Junk case over P1.7B loan, Bacolod officials ask court

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Several officials of the Bacolod City government are seeking the dismissal of the amended civil complaint over the P1.7 billion loan they contracted with the Development Bank of the Philippines to fund various projects. City

Tourist arrivals down 85%

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Tourist arrivals in Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City, dropped 85 percent last year than that of 2019 due to the ongoing pandemic. In 2019, there were 858,995 tourists who stayed in various accommodation facilities in

‘Avail of DOT cash assistance’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson ordered Provincial Tourism Officer Jennylind Cordero yesterday to start accepting applicants for the P5,000 financial assistance from the Department of Tourism for displaced workers in the tourism industry. Lacson said that, of

88K online businesses register

The Department of Trade and Industry has registered record-high numbers in business name registration in 2020, driven by new registration from online entrepreneurs, the trade chief said yesterday. At the virtual launch of “DiskarTech Ipon Galing”, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez

City open to proposals for tourism industry

The city government of Bacolod is open to any proposal that can help the local tourism industry recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said during the Tourism Stakeholders’ Meeting, organized by the Department of Tourism,

Online job fair in Feb

Job opportunities await aspiring migrant workers at an online job fair to be held next month, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced Saturday. POEA chief Bernard Olalia said they had initial talks with 10 local recruitment agencies for the