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MMDA: Truck lane won’t ease C-5 traffic

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to brace for ‘birth pains’ as it implements today the one truck lane policy along C-5 Road. Traffic was relatively smooth during the scheme’s dry run last Saturday, although MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, said it not likely to be duplicated during weekdays. “We want to lower […]

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Domestic workers, recruiters eyeing better perks in Saudi

A growing number of Filipino household service workers (HSW) and recruitment agencies are keenly eyeing employment opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has agreed to comply with provisions of the Household Service Reform Package (HSRP). In a statement, recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani attributed the lower demand for HSWs in Qatar, Kuwait, Hong Kong […]

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JICA picks pilot areas for anti-disaster program

The Southern part of Metro Manila, along with Cavite and Laguna have been picked as pilot testing  areas  for the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Area Business Continuity Management (Area BCM) initiative, aimed at minimizing economic damages and losses to the region’s industrial areas due to natural calamities and disasters. “JICA recognizes the role of […]

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New LPA spotted off Mindanao

The low pressure area(LPA) that has been lingering in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) since last week started moving away from the country, even as a new one was spotted off Mindanao, the government weather bureau said on Sunday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the new LPA, which is […]

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BIR: Justices, judges included in tax probe

Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said yesterday Sandiganbayan justices and judges of the lower courts are included in  the agency’s tax investigation. The BIR chief disclosed this as she denied charges by critics that her judiciary lifestyle check was discriminatory, confining it only to the justices of the courts […]

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QC councilors want regular police patrol in 2 barangays

Quezon City (QC) councilors have asked the local police to roam and patrol the streets regularly as residents complained of increased drinking binges on the sidewalks where illegal drug transactions are sometimes made. Senior citizens in barangay Quirino 2-C in the third district and barangay Botocan in the fourth district have separately complained of such […]

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Use of abandoned container vans as dwellings for poor pushed

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto asked yesterday the national government to buy or simply seize abandoned container vans and “repurpose” them for public use or dwellings for the poor or victims of calamities. Recto made the proposal as an estimated 90,000 unclaimed or overstaying vans reported waiting in the yards of the port […]

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PH’s rivers under 3D imagery for hazard maps

The Philippine light ranging and detection (PHILIDAR) has been taking 3D imagery of 138 minor river systems nationwide for flood hazard maps. PHILIDAR I and II succeeded the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM-LIDAR), which had earlier mapped the 18 major river basins of the country, the data already crafted into 3D Maps […]

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P4.1-B supplemental funds ‘not pork’

“The P4.1 billion [is] not pork.” To “set the record straight” and to “dispel any doubts created in the minds of the general public “by accounts that fail to reflect statements in their entirety and in context,” Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan said the controversial P4.1 billion supplemental funds is not “pork.” […]

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3 extra days off for working parents mulled

Working parents need not to miss their children’s school events, activities and other academic milestones once a bill seeking to grant them three-day leave with pay is enacted into law. Bacolod City Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia said employed parents in government and private sector shall be entitled to a non-cumulative leave with pay for a […]

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