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CLASSES, GOV’T WORK SHORTENED FOR FAMILY WEEK

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MANILA, Philippines – Government offices, universities, and public schools shortened work and classes today in observance of National Family Week. This year’s celebration, which starts today, September 23 and will last until September 29, is the 27th National Family Week since its inception on September 28, 1992. Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60, issued by President Fidel Ramos, the annual celebration...

NEW CLASSROOMS TO RISE IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY

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The provincial government of Compostela Valley has begun the construction of 11 classrooms as a response to the shortage of educational facilities. The project is part of the provincial government’s “Bayanihan para sa Paaralan” which aims to benefit students in five barangays previously served by the Salugpungan Ta”Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center Inc. (STICLCI). These are Panansalan and Sitio Side...

CUSTOMS SEIZE BOTTLED MARIJUANA AT NAIA

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MANILA, Philippines - Six bottles of liquid marijuana were confiscated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). The package supposedly contained bottles with "plant extract." Upon inspection, however, customs agents discovered that the bottles contained Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or the psychoactive compound in cannabis or marijuana. BOC-NAIA announced that the package was sent from Romania by...

PALACE, UNICEF CALL ON LGUS FOR POLIO VACCINATION DRIVE

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Malacañang, together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called on local government units (LGUs) to help counter the reemergence of polio in the country. This developed as new cases of polio were recorded in the country, 19 years after it was declared polio-free. UNICEF called on LGUs, public servants, religious leaders, even celebrities to take part in...

GIVE ME LIBERTY

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The numbers speak for themselves: almost 1200 protest-related arrests and roughly 2,300 tear gas canisters and 500 rubber bullets fired. The tension continues to escalate in one of the most bustling economic and financial hubs in Asia—Hong Kong. To understand the protests, it is important to study its history, which goes beyond the past few months. This agreement gave birth...

18TH CONGRESS TO PRIORITIZE APPROVAL OF 4 PET BILLS

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MANILA, Philippines – Congress leaders aim for “immediate approval” of four initial priority bills at the start of the 18th Congress. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said both the House of Representatives and the Senate want to prioritize the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers, postponement of the May 2020 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections, implementation of...

21 SAN JUAN BRGYS TO GET FREE WIFI

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MANILA, Philippines – San Juan City is set to become the first LGU to take part in the “Free Wifi for All” program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). On September 23, Mayor Francis Zamora will sign a memorandum of agreement with DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan. “We will already have WiFi zones in the city before the end...

EXTENDED MRT-3 OPERATIONS CONSIDERED TO EASE TRAFFIC

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MANILA, Philippines – Extended operating hours of MRT-3? MRT operators reveal on Thursday that transport authorities are considering the extension in November and December to help lighten traffic in EDSA. “One consideration. Pinag-aaralan namin ang extension ng oras, baka kakailanganin (We are looking into extending operating hours, if needed),” MRT-3 Director Michael Capati shared in a press conference. Capati added that...

MERALCO RATES DOWN FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT MONTH

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MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) announced today the fifth consecutive month of lower power rates, as overall electricity rates for a typical household consuming 200kWh decreased to P9.0414 per kWh this September from last month’s P9.5674 per kWh. The downward adjustment of P0.5260 per kWh will mean a decrease of around P105 in the typical household’s...

MERALCO BIDDING FOR CONTRACT CAPACITY OF 500 MW CUTS DOWN GENERATION CHARGE

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MANILA, Philippines – Meralco announced on September 11, 2019 the successful conduct of another bidding, for a contract to supply Meralco 500 MW of mid-merit capacity effective December 26, 2019 for a term of 5 years. This was done in accordance with the Department of Energy (DOE) Circular requiring Distribution Utilities to procure power through Competitive Selection Process (CSP)....

Bacolod Mayor Bing Leonardia is the New LCP National President

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Philippine city mayors elected Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia as the National President of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) at the 68th General Assembly of the organization held at Edsa Shangri- La on July 19, 2019. A Deputy Secretary-General of the previous LCP administration, Leonardia shared his primary agenda as the new head of the official association...

TRASH TALK

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Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 is a landmark law in the field of environmental protection. It was signed into law on January 26, 2001, and its implementing rules and regulations were adopted on December 20, 2001. The law provides for a comprehensive approach to solid waste management. This covers the generation, storage,...

PHP735-B NEW MANILA INT’L AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION TO START BY YEAR-END

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MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and the Department of Transportation have inked a deal to build the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan. SMC President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ramon Ang announced that construction of the new international airport will begin by the end of this year. Ang and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the concession agreement earlier...

WASTE MANAGEMENT TILT FOR ILOILO LGUS LAUNCHED

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Over half a million pesos is up for grabs as Iloilo launches this year’s search for outstanding local government units (LGUs) in the field of ecological and sustainable waste management. Dubbed “E+3S,” the competition is part of the Iloilo Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office’s (PENRO) efforts to inspire LGUs to comply with the provisions of Republic Act 9003 or...

DOJ, DILG RELEASE REVISED GCTA IRR

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have signed and released the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. Under the revised IRR, certain persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) will automatically be disqualified from earning any time allowances. PDLs...

DEFENSE AGAINST DENGUE

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Our barangay conducts mosquito fogging and misting in schools, public markets, etc. Recently, we focused on checking and cleaning plant pots and other open containers with stagnant water where mosquitos may stay and reproduce. We also conduct regular cleanup drives in the creek between Ateneo Housing and Dela Costa Subdivision to prevent dengue cases in the area. SK Chairman Jasper Albert...

Collaborations & Preparations

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MMDA, GOV’T AGENCIES SOUND THE ALARM FOR THE ‘BIG ONE’ Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) together with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and more government agencies conducted the Metro Manila Shake Drill on July 27. The agencies gathered together at the MMDA headquarters...

PINOYS DETAINED IN IRAN TO GET AID FROM PH EMBASSY

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MANILA, Philippines – Twelve Filipinos held in Iran after their vessel was caught in the Persian Gulf on Saturday will receive assistance from the Philippine Embassy in Tehran. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured help on Sunday, stating that "The Embassy is seeking further updates on the seafarers' condition, and stands ready to provide assistance when needed.” The Department said...

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