Results of reopened SHS VP online application now out
PASIG CITY, May 18 -- Results of the recently reopened online application for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) are now out.
All applicants who completed and submitted their application between May 1 and 15 may check the results ahead of the scheduled release dates through the Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) at http://ovap.deped.gov.ph.
The qualified voucher recipients (QVRs) may likewise download their QVR Certificates from the OVAP website. The QVR certificates are to be submitted to the non-DepEd senior high school the QVR will enroll in. The voucher must be redeemed this coming school year 2017-2018. (DepEd)
President Duterte seeks robust, comprehensive, and mutually-beneficial partnership with Russia
DAVAO CITY, May 23 ─ President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, May 22 left for Russia, saying that his landmark visit will emphasize the Philippines’ independent foreign policy.
In his departure statement, the Chief Executive said the most anticipated visit highlights the independence of the Philippines’ foreign policy and the firm resolve to broaden the horizons of friendship and cooperation with other nations.
He further noted that Russia is a country that the Philippines must work with and that there are opportunities for cooperation that cannot be ignored.
“With its geogr...Read more
DOF study links infra, social investments to inclusive growth
MANILA, May 23 -- Quicker economic growth sets the stage for wider fiscal space through greater investments in infrastructure, conditional cash transfer (CCT) and micro-lending programs, which, in turn, accelerate poverty reduction and spell financial inclusion, according to a Department of Finance (DOF) study.
This study by the DOF—its first major research paper for the year and led by Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran—noted that higher remittances by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) also foster economic inclusion because many of these remitters’ beneficiaries in the country end up...Read more
GSIS allots P143 million in emergency loan in 2 Mindanao areas
PASAY CITY, May 23 -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is allocating P143 million in emergency loans for its active members and old-age pensioners in Jolo, Sulu and Concepcion, Misamis Occidental, which are affected by flashfloods and agricultural damages resulting from heavy rains.
The application deadline for Jolo is June 3 and for Concepcion, June 9.
A total of 5,051 active members who are working or residing in the calamity-declared areas, are not on leave of absence without pay, have no arrears in paying premium contributions, and have no unpaid loans for more than...Read more
Watch group finds school gardening tools laden with toxic lead
QUEZON CITY, May 23 -- An advocate for the prevention of childhood lead exposure alerted school authorities against the use of gardening tools that are coated with lead-containing paints.
The EcoWaste Coalition, a non-profit environmental and health group, aired the warning following the detection of high concentrations of lead, a potent neurotoxin, in eight of 20 samples of gardening tools.
The tools, which are commonly used in home, community and school gardening activities, were purchased for P20 to P65 each from general merchandise stores, hardware centers and sidewalk vendors in Mo...Read more