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  • Aquino won’t extend term

    Presidential Aquino yesterday said he is not keen on extending his six-year term. But while he said that he is now actually looking forward to his last day in office in 2016, he made it clear that he will…

  • BOC donates seized laptops to DepEd

    BOC donates seized laptops to DepEd

    Almost 4,000 laptop computers were donated to the Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to “support the teaching and learning process.” The laptops were misdeclared as “computer parts” and were seized by the BOC…

  • Recto calls for 20% increase in gov’t salaries starting January

    Recto calls for 20% increase in gov’t salaries starting January

    Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto yesterday called for a 20 percent increase in the basic salary of 1.648 million government officials and employees starting January 1, 2015. Recto said the proposed across-the-board increase in the pay of…

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  • English-speaking Luy ends testimony at Bong’s bail hearings

    The Sandiganbayan’s First Division ended yesterday the testimony of “pork barrel” scam primary whistle blower Benhur Luy in connection with the on-going bail hearing of plunder respondent Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz, division…

  • Panel recommends on-site development for squatters

    With the country’s housing backlog estimated at five million units and still growing, members of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development wants government to strongly consider a global trend of providing informal settlers with onsite development instead…

  • Filipino teacher to receive Ramon Magsaysay award

    A 31-year-old Filipino public school teacher is set to receive this year’s Ramon Magsaysay award for emergent leadership for “his purposeful dedication in nurturing his students and their community.” Randy Halasan grew up in the city, so he said…

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  • Mindanao bids for world tree-planting record

    Cotabato City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be joining an attempt to set a world record of planting more than four million trees in the country’s south on September 26. ARMM Natural Resources Secretary Kahal…

  • Gov. Migz engages all vs. climate challenges

    Pili, Camarines Sur — Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte has made a call for a change in mindsets among his constituents to better protect the environment, mitigate the impact of natural disasters, and prepare a more efficient response to the…

  • 2 soldiers held as prisoners of war – NPA

    Cagayan De Oro City – The New People’s Army (NPA) claimed that the two soldiers now under their custody are prisoners of war (POWs). In a statement, Allan Juanito, spokesman of the NPA Regional Command in the North Central…

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  • Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Phoenix—The death of a firing-range instructor at the hands of a 9-year-old girl handling an Uzi submachine gun has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a…

  • Japan seeks to double budget for disputed islands patrol

    Tokyo, Japan—Japan’s coastguard is to ask for a doubling of its budget to boost patrols around islands that are the focus of a dispute with China, officials said Thursday. The agency will submit a request to the government for…

  • Mother of US journalist pleads for son’s release

    Beirut —The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of…

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  • PH birds caught between discovery, extinction

    PH birds caught between discovery, extinction

    The Philippines is blessed to have a diversity of birds — among the highest in the world, local environmental officials say with pride. But the country is unfortunate, too, to be touted by these same scientists as a “biodiversity…

  • Vegetable gardens invading Mt. Pulag; watershed destruction feared

    Vegetable gardens invading Mt. Pulag; watershed destruction feared

    Bokod, Benguet – Suddenly, vegetable gardens are on the slopes of Mount Pulag. Local government officials here have expressed fear on the possible destruction of the Naubanan watershed below Mt. Pulag here due to nonstop illegal logging and conversion…

  • P14B earmarked for LGUs’ 2015 climate change mitigation programs

    The national government has earmarked P14 billion for 2015 to help beef up various climate change mitigation campaigns and programs of local government units (LGUs). The amount was disclosed by Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Undersecretary Naderev Saño in an…

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  • Coping with technology

    Coping with technology

    “Google it. PM me please. I retweeted your post. LOL. The GIFs on your Tumblr are so funny! #Epic. My photos are automatically stored in the cloud. FTW. Wait, I’m embedding the video on my website. I think there’s…

  • The tablet

    The tablet

    Do you know that an ordinary tablet today has the capacity of two desktop computers (or even more) sold 10 years ago? That’s right, that’s how powerful gadgets are today (and cheaper too!). Computer tablets like the iPad, Google…

  • The game changers

    The game changers

    The traditional chalkboard is replaced with LCD projectors. Lesson visuals are prepared not on a Manila paper but on PowerPoint presentations or to make the slides more fun, teachers use Prezi, presenting it from their iPhones or iPads.  No…

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  • Editorial: Cooperation eases port problem

    The pileup of cargo at the Ports of Manila has eased considerably with the open-minded cooperation between government  agencies and the private sector replacing the confrontational relationship that caused the problem in the first place. For  a while, it…

  • Information: Promoting competitiveness of cities, municipalities

    Makati City, the country’s premier financial center, is the most competitive city, while Daet in Camarines Norte is the most competitive municipality in the Philippines, according to the 2014 Cities and Municipalities Index (CMCI) of the National Competitiveness Council…

  • The Mass

    The Mass is the only ritual that Catholics have to attend once a week in adoration of God. It has two main parts, the sacrifice and the instruction. The instruction begins the Mass till after the recitation of the…

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