• 07 February 2016
MANILA, Feb. 7 -- Slower price adjustments in both food and non-food items pulled down inflation to 1.3 percent in January 2016 from 1.5 percent in the previous month, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).Inflation for the food subgroup slowed down as prices of fish, fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, and eggs became stable.“Good weather conditions at the onset of 2016 allowed prices of these food items to stabilize. This was an improvement from the previous month when Typhoon Nona pushed up prices due to hampered production, transport, and delivery of agricultural products in the affected areas,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel F. Esguerra.The January 2016 inflation of 1.3 percent was within the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas forecast of 0.8-1.6 percent for the period, and exactly the same as the median forecast of 1.3 percent. This also remained lower than the 2.4 percent inflation rate in January 2015.Inflation in non-food items also slowed down across all commodity groups, especially in transport.“Domestic prices of petrol – gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas, diesel, and gasoline – continued to go down. This was still due t ...Read more

DFA already working to repatriate remains of Filipinos killed in Iraq hotel fire 

 CENTRAL  07 February 2016
MANILA, Feb. 7 -- Malacanang is saddened by the deaths of 14 Filipinos in a hotel fire in Iraq's Kurdistan region saying it is working with Iraqi authorities to bring home the remains of those killed in the tragedy.In a radio interview on Saturday, Undersecretary Manuel Quezon of the Presidenti ...Read more

DepEd to establish new schools for indigenous peoples in Mindanao

 CENTRAL  07 February 2016
PASIG CITY, Feb. 7 -- Pursuing its commitment to provide culture-based education and help ensure lasting peace in Mindanao, the Department of Education (DepEd) will establish 5 new schools for Higaonon communities in Gingoog, Misamis Oriental. The new schools will be established in Barangays Kalip ...Read more
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