• 26 August 2016
OSLO, NORWAY, Aug. 26 - Negotiators from the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) on August 25, gave the green light for an accelerated timetable for its Reciprocal Working Committee (RWC) and Reciprocal Working Groups (RWG) to complete work on the substantive agenda of the peace talks in less than a year. The accelerated timetable was agreed upon and submitted to the GRP and NDF panels by their respective working committee and groups, which held simultaneous discussions Tuesday (Oslo time) afternoon. "We commend the RWC and RWGs of both panels for working hand-in-hand and agreeing on a fixed timetable for the substantive agenda in record time," said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, concurrent chair of the goverment peace panel. "We, in the government panel, were surprised that the RWC and RWGs came up with agreements in so short a time. Discussions only lasted from nine minutes to 30 minutes. It was really morale-boosting for both panels," Bello said. As expected, the longest session was reserved for the discussion on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) which would eventually tackle the most contentious issu ...Read more

DILG develops handbook for building disaster resilient infrastructure

 CENTRAL  26 August 2016
PASIG CITY, Aug. 26 - Stepping up its efforts in disaster preparedness, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has come up with a handbook for designing and building safer public infrastructure and facilities amid the increasing impact of climate change. The technical handboo ...Read more

POEA’s online system to speed-up seafarers’ registration, Sec. Bello assures

 CENTRAL  26 August 2016
MANILA, Aug. 26 - Starting 15 September 2016, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will be implementing the online registration system for seafarers.   “This system improvement is in line with our objective to provide speedy and efficient service to our clientele, spec ...Read more