House raises statutory rape age to 16

The House of Representatives yesterday approved on third and final reading a measure raising the age of statutory rape from the current 12 years old to 16 years old to protect young people from sexual exploitation and abuse. With 207


PH manufacturing sector nears stability in November

The country’s manufacturing sector was nearing stable conditions in November, IHS Markit Philippines Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey reported yesterday. Domestic manufacturing PMI last month improved to 49.9 from a 48.5 score in October. Indices above 50 show increased


Visa upon arrival rules tightened: BI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday that the rules on the implementation of the visa upon arrival (VUA) scheme had already been tightened early this year. “Admission is already itinerary-based, with a maximum stay of 30 days. VUAs may


Covid-19 recoveries near 400K

The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reported 44 new recoveries that pushed the overall tally of recovered cases from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) nationwide to 398,658. In its 4 p.m. case bulletin, the DOH said the figures represent a


4-day work week in PH courts starts

Courts throughout the country will implement a four-day workweek starting today, in compliance with a circular issued by Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Nov. 24. Under the guidelines, all courts would observe a 10-hour workday, from 7:30 a.m.


Gov’t borrowings up 214.45% in first 10 months

Government borrowings in the first 10 months of the year jumped by 214.45 percent year-on-year primarily due to requirements to address the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) data showed total borrowings, as of end-October this year,

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Add’l P5B sought for DAR mega farm project in 2021

Lawmakers at the House of Representatives yesterday sought to augment the funding of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for next year by an additional P5 billion to finance a mega farm project for farmer-beneficiaries.

City holds swab test orientation

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who heads the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Task Force, met online with barangay captains, barangay health emergency response teams, and Bacolod City Police Office station commanders for a continuing orientation on the process and flow of swab tests, a press release from City Hall said.

Solon seeks additional aid for city

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya has requested the secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for additional assistance for Bacolod City which has been placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from September 8 to 30.