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Prepare public for strong quake – Angara

A massive earthquake disaster preparedness program is now a must in the wake of the warning issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (Phivolcs) that the West Valley Fault is now ripe for a destructive earthquake as strong as 7.2 magnitude. Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara stressed this yesterday as he called on […]

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Palace uncertain on support for PWDs’ VAT exemption

The government is still undecided whether or not to support a bill giving additional incentive to persons with disabilities (PWDs) by exempting them from payment of 12 percent value-added tax (VAT). Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the legislative proposal initiated by Senator Ralph Recto would still undergo thorough study by the Department […]

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Church leaders gracing marriage encounter congress

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas will address nearly a thousand delegates, faith-based group representatives, academicians, social scientists, and concerned citizens during the second Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines (MEFP) national congress on July 25 at the Century […]

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Angat Dam’s water level continues to drop

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday that Angat Dam inched closer to the 180-meter critical level. In yesterday’s update, Angat Dam’s water level plunged further to 180.95 meters from last Thursday’s 181.22 meters. The dam, which supplies more than 90 percent of Metro Manila’s water needs, has a normal level […]

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Makati commends business sector

The Makati City government has commended the collaborative efforts of business sector to help save lives and lessen damages in the event of a strong earthquake in the metropolis. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the local government recently shared its initiatives on disaster response to the participants of the Earthquake Resilience Conference: Collaboration and […]

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DSWD warns public of new modus

The public was warned by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) against unscrupulous groups conducting “bogus” survey enumerators and extorting money from families in exchange for a promised inclusion in the list of beneficiaries of the agency’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP). Reports from the DSWD Field Office 4-A revealed that groups pretending to […]

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Phivolcs recommends community-based preparations vs earthquake

  The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) urged local government units (LGUs) on Thursday to conduct community-level preparations for an anticipated 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila. “Earthquake drills should be conducted in the community first,” Phivolcs geologist Jeffrey Perez said during a press briefing at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bldg. in […]

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Pacquiao still richest congressman

Not counting his estimated $100-million earnings from the recent Las Vegas bout with American champion Floyd Mayweather, Filipino boxing pride and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao maintained the distinction as the richest congressman in the country for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2014 statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) released by the House […]

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Manila Zoo renovation underway by July

The planned billion-peso renovation of the ageing Manila Zoo is set to kick off in July after a local developer won the bid to turn the city’s recreational spot into a world-class destination, officials reported. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said Metropolitan Zoo Incorporated won the bid against a Singaporean company for the year-long renovation of […]

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Bill banning hazing endorsed for House OK

A bill seeking to prohibit hazing and to regulate all other forms of initiation rites of fraternities, sororities, and other organizations has been endorsed for plenary approval in the House of Representatives. Under House Bill 5760, known as the Anti-Hazing Act, participating officers and members of the fraternity, sorority, or organization involved in hazing will […]

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