13.96M families receive SAP 2 aid — DSWD
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on October 12, 2020, said they have distributed the second tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP 2) to some 13,968,805 family beneficiaries in the country. The disbursed SAP 2 funds for these families amounted to PHP83.5 billion, according to the agency’s SAP monitoring data on October… (0 comment)

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)

Covid-free Boracay promises ‘safe’ tourism amid pandemic
Boracay is currently virus-free and local officials are going to make sure it is going to stay that way in order to revive tourism in the world-famous tourism destination, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on October 4, 2020. In a press briefing from Boracay, Roque encouraged local tourists to visit the beach island, adding that… (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)

Netizens raise eyebrows over FB purge on accounts, pages
Facebook’s recent move to suspend some 155 accounts and shut down several pages for violating its policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) was questioned by netizens, with some calling for a probe on the social media giant. Several netizens have appealed to Congress to launch an investigation and find out the “operational scheme” of Facebook… (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)

Majority of recipients satisfied with SAP implementation — study
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Tuesday that the majority of the beneficiaries of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP) were “satisfied” with the agency’s implementation of the project. “Ang pagtupad ng ahensya ng SAP para sa pamilyang may mababang kita na pinakaapektado ng community quarantine ay nakitang may positibong epekto… (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)

Gov’t gradually reopens domestic travel to revive tourism industry
The Philippine government has gradually reopened destinations for domestic travel with health and safety protocols in place as countries celebrate World Tourism Day, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on September 27, 2020. Romulo-Puyat said the “gradual revival of the industry will bring back jobs and livelihoods to the rural areas, where many tourism… (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)