DTI welcomes revised UN guidelines for consumer protection

MAKATI CITY, Jan. 8 -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) welcomes the new United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection as an opportunity to put consumers at the heart of business and development.DTI Officer-in-Charge for Secretary and DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary... Read more

Gov't could activate emergency mechanism in Saudi-Iran tension escalates—Palace 

MANILA, Jan. 8 -- The government will activate an existing mechanism if ever the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalates, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Thursday.Coloma noted that the government has standard policies and procedures in countries where there are large con... Read more

Art to Feed the Heart, 2016 is the year of grown-up coloring books

MANDALUYONG, Jan. 7 -- Coloring books for grown-ups was an unexpected hit in 2015, and it looks like they are here to stay. Yes, 2016 is the year of the adult coloring book and OMF Literature published its own offering. “Grown-up coloring activities are very therapeutic for the stressed and tired... Read more

Stakeholders very satisfied with BOI performance, social research survey says

MAKATI CITY, Jan. 7 -- Registered companies, prospective investors, and industry players are generally satisfied with the performance of the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), according to the Stakeholders’ Engagement Survey conducted by Novo Trends PH, an independent social research survey c... Read more

Palace welcomes increase in PNoy’s trust, approval ratings

MANILA, Jan. 7 -- Malacañang has expressed elation over the results of Pulse Asia’s 2015 Ulat ng Bayan Survey showing an increase in President Benigno S. Aquino III’s trust and approval ratings."We note the latest 2015 Ulat ng Bayan Survey of Pulse Asia, which shows an increase in President Aqu... Read more

Palace: Food poverty survey result shows effective gov’t anti-poverty program

MANILA, Jan. 7 -- Malacañang welcomed the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on self-rated poverty and self-rated food poverty which showed a decrease in the number of poor Filipino families, saying the government anti-poverty program is gaining ground.“We acknowledge the... Read more

5,307 families to benefit from housing projects 

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 7 -- This year, 5,307 fishing households in Iloilo will benefit from the Community-Based Shelter and Livelihood (CBSL) Program as a result of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations Human Settlement Program and National Housing Authority (NHA) rece... Read more

COMELEC-PNP conducts security and contingency planning workshop for safe 2016

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 7 -- A two-day top level conference, from January 6 to 7, 2016, is ongoing among officials of the Philippine National Police to draw up security measures to ensure secure and fair 2016 elections (SAFE 2016).The COMELEC-PNP Security and Contingency Planning Workshop formally opened... Read more

DTI alerts businesses against individuals posing as new Secretary

MAKATI CITY, Jan. 7 -- The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) received calls today from a certain individual posing as the new DTI Secretary, Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr., and was demanding for confidential client information and subsequently soliciting financ... Read more

GSIS allots P1.6-B in emergency loan to members, pensioners in Oriental Mindoro, Albay, and Sorsogon

PASAY CITY, Jan. 6 --  The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has earmarked P1.6 billion in emergency loan to members and pensioners in Oriental Mindoro, Albay, and Sorsogon. GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara said a total of 49,049 members and 9,315 pensioners will be el... Read more

DepEd, private partners completed 1st PPP school project

PASIG CITY, Jan. 6 -- The Department of Education (DepEd) and its private partners have completed the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) Phase I. Last December 04, 2015, the 9, 296 classrooms were already constructed and delivered in three (3) regions: Region ... Read more

Full-year inflation for 2015 settles at 1.4% 

MAKATI CITY, Jan. 6 -- Upward price movements in food and energy pushed inflation to 1.5 percent in December 2015 from 1.1 percent in the previous month, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). This brought the full-year inflation to 1.4 percent, below the government’s... Read more

Infrastructure projects underway to decongest traffic in Metro Manila  

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 6 -- The government is implementing infrastructure projects to ease traffic in Metro Manila, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Tuesday. Implementation of the infrastructure projects is in line with the Roadmap for Transport Infrastructu... Read more

DA to launch agri program to transform MILF camps into peaceful communities

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao, Jan. 6 -- Current and former agriculture secretaries will turn over initial agricultural equipment and materials to the farmers of six previously acknowledged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps in Maguindanao and Lanao provinces today. Agriculture Secretary Pro... Read more

More Taiwan companies using direct hiring system of OFWs

MANILA, Jan. 6 -- The Philippine labor representative offices in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan are set to conduct in the first quarter this year marketing missions in the country to entice more Taiwan companies to use the special hiring program for Taiwan (SHPT) under the International ... Read more