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Finance Secretary, Carlos Dominguez III has underscored the need for state-run Social Security System (SSS) to "dramatically increase income" to lengthen its fund life and efficiently cater to its members. In a speech read by Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino II during SSS' 62nd anniversary celebration Thursday, Dominguez said authorities "need to institute better financial management and market engagement." "With the...
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is training Filipino tour guides, to further cater to the growing numbers of Chinese tourists in the Philippines, a ranking official bared. "We're already in the process of accepting applications for our Mandarin tour guide training. It's a month-long program where we actually train our tour guides in the Mandarin language," DOT-National Capital Region Director...
The Masungi Georeserve in Rizal province has won international recognition for its sustainable tourism practices at the annual World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Awards in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Thursday. The destination was recognized by the UN body as one of the top three privately led sustainable tourism projects among around 200 organizations that were nominated last year. "When we first started...
City Mayor Junard 'Ahong' Chan said the city government is ready to take a major role in commemorating the 500th year of the Victory of Mactan in 2021, with the formation of a local body to assist the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) for the lineup of activities. Chan said that he signed an executive order on Thursday forming the Mactan...
With more than 2 months before the country hosts the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday directed the inspection and maintenance of roads and structural assessment of venues that will be used during the regional sports event. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar issued the order as part of the preparation for the upcoming...
The Supreme Court (SC), upheld the validity of the candidacy of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado in the last mid-term elections. In a statement Thursday, the SC en banc, voting 8-6, granted Tallado's questioning his disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from the province's gubernatorial race in the May polls. Concurring with the decision penned by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin,...
Highlighting the need to provide proper health care for the growing number of senior citizens in the country, the leader of the Minority bloc at the House of Representatives on Thursday urged for the establishment of a national hospital that will cater to the elderly's health needs. “Filipinos are most vulnerable to health issues when they are very young and...
President Duterte is not setting aside the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) in favor of a joint oil and gas exploration with China, Malacañang said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador made this clarification after former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said there was no need for government to “ignore” the arbitral ruling to...
For President Rodrigo Duterte, the next Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief must have two qualifications in terms of his management style, Malacañang said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said although the President has yet to appoint a replacement for sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon, his qualifications for the next chief were simple. “You know, the President has only two qualifications – honesty...
A youth activist's mother seeking the return of her child, once and for all, stood her ground on Thursday saying it is Kabataan party-list group that is making fake stories, as she shared how her daughter, Lorevie, ended up with progressive youth group while she was still studying at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). Responding to a statement...
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