Seniors get P266-M social pension cash aid in Caraga
A total of 113,176 indigent senior beneficiaries have already been provided with social pension as of September this year by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga (DSWD-13). Over PHP266 million has also been released to the same senior citizens within the period, DSWD-13 said, adding that the grant for poor senior citizens… (0 comment)

DFA welcomes home stranded seafarers from China
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed home 16 stranded Filipino seafarers and three land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from China, who arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September` 29, 2020. “Despite existing restrictions on the disembarkation of seafarers in China and the difficult conditions under which this special flight was mounted, the… (0 comment)

Duterte slams Facebook for shutting down advocacy pages
President Rodrigo Duterte scored social media giant Facebook on September 28, 2020, over its decision to take down accounts and pages advocating “something” that is good for the people. “Tell me, kung bakit hindi ko magamit para sa kapakanan ng taong bayan (Tell me, why I cannot use (Facebook) for the welfare of the people). If government… (0 comment)

Gov’t sets P1-billion college scholarship fund for 30K OFW children
More than 30,000 college students who are dependents of repatriated, displaced, and deceased overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are set to benefit from a P1-billion scholarship fund to be rolled out by the government this year. This was announced by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III after signing a memorandum of agreement on the provision of educational… (0 comment)

Military regrets shutdown of ‘Hands Off Our Children’ FB page
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed regret over Facebook’s decision to take down the page of “Hands Off Our Children”, whose advocacy is to prevent minors from being recruited into organizations espousing violent extremism. In a statement on September 24, 2020, AFP Chief-of-Staff, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, acknowledged that the page was instrumental… (0 comment)

Army wants FB clarification on officer’s taken down page
The Philippine Army (PA) said on September 24, 2020, it would coordinate with Facebook to know why it took down the personal FB page of one of its officers. PA spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala made this comment in a virtual press conference after Capt. Alexandre Cabales was identified by the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory (DFRLab)… (0 comment)

You have done nothing for Manila Bay — DENR to Akbayan
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on September 24, 2020, hit back at Akbayan after the group filed a motion urging the Supreme Court to cite the agency in contempt over the dumping of crushed dolomites along Manila Bay. “Our message is, nasaan kayo nang kasalukuyang puno ng basura ang Roxas Boulevard at… (0 comment)

Grants of 4Ps beneficiaries increase — DSWD
The monthly grants of beneficiaries covered by the government’s conditional cash transfer program has increased, a senior official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on September 23, 2020. The increase, according to DSWDField Office XII regional director Cezario Joel Espejo, already reflected in the grants of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)… (0 comment)

4K displaced OFWs in Eastern Visayas to get cash aid
Some 4,000 returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Eastern Visayas displaced by the health crisis will receive cash assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). These are part of the 6,153 total applications under the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), OWWA Eastern Visayas head Sergio… (0 comment)

Duterte signs P165.5-billion Bayanihan 2 law
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which provides for a PHP165.5-billion fund to finance the country’s response and recovery interventions intended to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed in a statement on September 11, 2020, that Duterte signed… (0 comment)