Palace emphasizes importance of total gun ban on election period 

MANILA, Jan. 11 -- A Palace official on Sunday underscored the importance of the total gun ban during the election period for the May 2016 national and local polls.The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) set the election period from January 10 to June 8, 2016.Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr. ... Read more

Del Rosario, Gazmin to attend PH-US ministerial meeting in Washington 

MANILA, Jan. 11 --  Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter tomorrow, January 12 in Washington for the second 2+2 Philippines-US Ministerial Meeting. Both partie... Read more

Gov't remains open to peace dialogue with CPP, NPA, NDF

MANILA, Jan. 11 -- Malacañang said on Sunday that the government remains committed to resolving any conflict in a peaceful manner.Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government is open to a dialogue with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People's Army (NPA) a... Read more

Applications for Gun Ban exemptions may be filed online

MANILA, Jan. 11 -- The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced Friday that applications for the issuance of Certificates of Authority to bear, carry or transport Firearms or deadly weapons in connection with the 2016 Elections may be accomplished and submitted online.Spokesman James Jimenez sai... Read more

DPWH resumes repair of Bonifacio Drive, widening of Anda Circle starting today 

MANILA, Jan. 11 -- The reconstruction and improvement of Bonifacio Drive and widening of Anda Circle in Port Area, Manila has resumed on today. Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) Regional Director Melvin B. Navarro said they waited for the grand celebration ... Read more

DOLE rescues 3 girls possibly being trafficked for Manila

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Jan. 10 -- Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz recently lauded the DOLE Provincial Office here for its vigilance that led to its rescue of three females, one of whom was a minor, believed to be illegally-recruited as household helpers and about... Read more

Consensus grows on need for peaceful resolution in South China Sea dispute

STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur, Jan. 10 -- China cannot ignore the growing call from the international community on the need to resolve the South China Sea issue by adhering to the rule of law, President Benigno S. Aquino III said Friday.Such call is in line with the Philippines' case filed at the int... Read more

Global Gender Gap:  PH remains top in Asia-Pacific region  

MANILA, Jan. 10 -- With the country’s major improvement seen in the economic participation and opportunity indicator, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz expressed elation over the 2015 Global Gender Gap Index Report showing that the Philippines has climbed two notches in ge... Read more

DTI to boost MSME trade thru e-commerce 

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 10 -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is promoting electronic commerce to make trading easier for the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).DTI Secretary Adrian Cristobal said the creation of e-commerce for MSMEs is “part of our broader ease-of-doin... Read more

First airport PPP Project "Best Transport Deal" in Asia Pacific

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 10 -- The Aquino administration’s first airport Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal Passenger Building, receives another international recognition from a reputable press institution. Thomson Reuters’ Project Finance ... Read more

Palace approves PHLPost new OIC

MANILA, Dec. 10 -- The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has a new Corporate Officer-in-Charge in the person of Director Joel Otarra of the PHLPost Board of Directors. Director Otarra replaces former Bulacan Governor Josie Dela Cruz as Postmaster General.Malacanang has approved Otarra’s des... Read more

Public consultation on the draft implementing rules of Fair Elections Act 

MANILA, Jan. 9 -- The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced that it will be conducting a public hearing and consultation on the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9006 otherwise known as the ‘Fair Elections Act’ in connection with the May 9, 2016 National an... Read more

Feature: ‘Urduja’ of seaweeds production inspires fellow beneficiaries

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 9 -- Urduja is a legendary Filipino heroine recognized for her strong leadership and deep passion for serving the people. Breaking the stereotype of women being weak and passive, Urduja was a leader who guided and defended her community. In the scenic coastal town of Taytay... Read more

Application for Local Absentee Voting now open

MANILA, Jan. 9 -- As stated in Executive Order No. 157, s. 1987, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has opened the option of absentee voting to government officials and employees, members of the media, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and members of the Philippine National Police... Read more

Private sector emulates DA’s farm mechanization program

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 9 -- The Department of Agriculture recently said the private sector is starting to see the benefits of farm mechanization program that the government has initiated and is beginning to “go with the program.” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the government has only gi... Read more