US President Biden mourns death of Philippine leader who brought China to court

US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has extended his sympathy over the passing of former Philippine President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, recognizing his efforts in promoting a “rules-based international order.”   Mr. Aquino, the country’s 15th President from 2010 to 2016, was a “valued friend and partner to the United States,” said Mr. Biden, who also served as US vice-president from 2009… Continue reading US President Biden mourns death of Philippine leader who brought China to court

Philippines, Germany see need to address internal migration in relation to climate change

The Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) agreed to the findings of a 2020 study funded by the German development organization GIZ that the Philippines needs to address the problem of internal migration, including in relation to the “slow-onset” impacts of climate change. The study, conducted by the United Nations University and the Ateneo… Continue reading Philippines, Germany see need to address internal migration in relation to climate change

A look back at the PNoy administration 

By Patricia B. Mirasol  The six-year term of former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III, who served from 2010 to 2016, was marked by economic growth and accusations of elitism.   “When you look at the strength of PNoy’s administration, you have to give him credit for putting good governance [at the forefront]. That was their campaign mantra,” said Victor Andres C. Manhit, founder and managing… Continue reading A look back at the PNoy administration 

Philippine deaths from coronavirus top 24,000

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter PHILIPPINE deaths from the coronavirus breached 24,000 on Thursday, as Health authorities reported 6,043 more infections to 1.38 million. The death toll rose by 108 to 24,036, while recoveries increased by 4,486 to 1.3 million, the Department of Health (DoH) said in a bulletin. There were 51,410 active cases,… Continue reading Philippine deaths from coronavirus top 24,000

Fisherfolk urge navy to drive away China ships in disputed sea

A GROUP of fishers on Thursday asked the Philippine government to send its navy to drive away Chinese vessels in the South China Sea within the country’s exclusive economic zone. “It is without a doubt that the vessels detected to be lingering in our territory are Chinese-owned,” Fernando L. Hicap, national chairman of Pambansang Lakas… Continue reading Fisherfolk urge navy to drive away China ships in disputed sea

TV viewing level in PHL down in Q1 — Nielsen

TELEVISION VIEWING level in the Philippines dropped to 13.5% in the first three months of 2021 from 17% in the same period a year ago, mainly due to the shutdown of ABS-CBN Corp.’s broadcast operations, a global measurement and analytics company said. At the start of the pandemic last year, “When ECQ (enhanced community quarantine… Continue reading TV viewing level in PHL down in Q1 — Nielsen

89 State colleges, universities to get P2B from Bayanihan II for shift to smart campuses 

THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHED) said it has allocated a total of P2 billion to 89 state-owned universities and colleges across the country under the Bayanihan II stimulus fund, to be used for the shift into smart campuses. As of Thursday, 19 schools out of the 89 have formally signed a memorandum of agreement… Continue reading 89 State colleges, universities to get P2B from Bayanihan II for shift to smart campuses 

8,000 seedlings up for grabs in 4 NCR cities on Arbor Day

THE FIELD offices of the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) in Metro Manila will open four community “PanTrees” to distribute free seedlings of fruit-bearing trees and vegetables in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day on June 25. DENR National Capital Region (NCR) Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan told BusinessWorld in phone call on Thursday… Continue reading 8,000 seedlings up for grabs in 4 NCR cities on Arbor Day

Call for probe on DepEd’s laptop procurement ‘premature and unfair’ — DBM 

THE PROCUREMENT Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) said the call of a lawmaker to investigate the procurement of 39,000 laptops for public school teachers is “premature and grossly unfair” because the bidding process is still ongoing.    “The bidding process is ongoing and no contract has been awarded. Thus, Rep. (Bernadette) Herrera-Dy’s call for a Congress probe is not… Continue reading Call for probe on DepEd’s laptop procurement ‘premature and unfair’ — DBM