• 03 March 2015
MANILA, March 3 -- The Office of the Cabinet Secretary has announced that the Port of Manila has already been decongested as of February.“We are pleased to report that operations at the port of Manila have been completely normalized and congestion has been resolved,” the office said in a statement read by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda during a press briefing in Malacañang on Monday.The office noted that this is the result of the combined efforts of the Cabinet Cluster on Port Decongestion, the Technical Working Group of various agencies, and the cooperation of the private sector.“Over the past three weeks, the ships with berthing schedules were accommodated accordingly. For ships that arrived unscheduled, they were able to dock within 24 to 60 hours from arrival. Since November 2014, more cargos have been moved at a faster rate than prior to the congestion. By February 2015, the benefits of a fully decongested port is in place,” it said.According to the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, from a high of 105 percent utilization rate during the height of the truck ban in May 2014, to the present 79 percent to 84 percent utilization rates, the International Container ...Read more

Palace still hopeful Bangsamoro Basic Law will be passed during President Aquino’s term

 CENTRAL  03 March 2015
MANILA, March 3 --  While acknowledging the delay in the timetable of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the Palace still remains hopeful that it will be passed during the term of President Benigno S. Aquino III.“We (administration) do not see ourselves looking at the BBL being passed by the next ...Read more

Malta's Prince arrives in Manila for seven-day visit

 CENTRAL  03 March 2015
MANILA, March 3 -- The Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing arrived in Manila on Sunday night for a seven-day official visit to the Philippines.“Ang pagbisita ng kanyang Most Eminent Highness Festing ay inaasahang ibayong makapagpapatibay ng relasyong dip ...Read more