DFA chief wants visa-on-arrival privilege for foreigners removed
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. recently recommended the removal of visa upon arrival privileges for foreigners. Locsin’s proposal came following the remarks of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. that the influx of undocumented foreigners to Manila pose a possible security threat to the country. “We need to put an end… (0 comment)

PH government lifts suspension of Lotto games
President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the suspension of Lotto operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Malacañang said on July 30, 2019. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte lifted the suspension as per advice of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. “As per the advice of Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, the suspension of Lotto operations… (0 comment)

New Manila International Airport in Bulacan construction to start this year
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently announced that the construction works for the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan will begin this year. The PHP735.6 billion project’s construction, operation, and maintenance are set to be awarded to San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMHC), after no other company challenged the original proponent during a bidding by… (0 comment)

Ban on deployment of OFWs to Libya stays — DFA
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on July 21, 2019, reminded Filipinos that the suspension of job recruitment to Libya is still in place following the ongoing conflict in the outskirts of Tripoli. “The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli is warning Filipino jobseekers against individuals and agencies in the Philippines and Libya who have been recruiting… (0 comment)

Tourists satisfied with Boracay rehab
The Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG) has drawn positive feedback from tourists since the world-famous Boracay Island reopened in October last year. “The tourists coming in are happy that Boracay is no longer a cesspool and the traffic congestion was addressed,” Natividad Bernardino, general manager of the BIARMG, said in a phone interview Thursday.… (0 comment)

CBCP bishop lauds PH government concern to protect OFWs
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) has lauded the efforts of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to attend to the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the CBCP-ECMI, on July 19, 2019, said that during its first three… (0 comment)

DPWH forms Earthquake Resiliency Office
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday, July 19, 2019, reported the creation of an office that will ensure the earthquake resilience of the country’s infrastructure. Public Works Secretary Mark Villar formed the DPWH Earthquake Resiliency Program Management Office (ER-PMO) through Department Order (DO) 75 dated July 10, which would serve as… (0 comment)

Aimed at preventing abusive recruiters from harming more Filipinos, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to establish a separate Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) by yearend. President Duterte said he wants the government to control and supervise the recruitment process of OFWs. “Government supervision and control (should be imposed) because what has happened and has been… (0 comment)

Pinoys urged to ensure ‘truly independent PH’
President Rodrigo Duterte in his Independent Day message on June 12, 2019 called on Filipinos to ensure that the dream of “a truly independent Philippines” is achieved within their lifetime. Pres. Duterte acknowledged how 121 years have passed since the country’s ancestors ended colonization and proclaimed its independence. “A hundred and twenty-one years passed since… (0 comment)