UN body urges PH to pass SOGIESC bill

Dexter Cabalza 06/03/2024

MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of Pride Month this June, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) urged Congress to pass the antidiscrimination bill, seen as a crucial step toward a more inclusive Philippines “For the United Nations Population…

1st vape-related death in PH recorded; DOH, PGH raise warning

Dexter Cabalza 05/31/2024

As the first vape-related death was recored in the country, doctors and health advocates are calling on parents and the government to save the youth from the dangers of electronic cigarettes. They also noted that more and…

Comelec releases 2025 elections schedule

Dexter Cabalza 05/31/2024

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday released the 2025 elections schedule of activities, procedures and regulations for the midterm elections on May 12, 2025, when Filipinos elect a new set of lawmakers in Congress, as well…

‘Sweaty’ at Naia: Cooling towers under repair

Dexter Cabalza 04/29/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Two of the cooling towers of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 in Pasay City have stopped working, leaving passengers and airport personnel “sweaty” since Saturday, as one of them put it, while…

Vapes to contain graphic health warnings

Dexter Cabalza 04/26/2024

Starting next month, all electronic cigarettes and vapes sold in stores and online in the Philippines will have graphic health warnings (GHWs) on their packaging. This is to discourage Filipinos, especially young people, from using these harmful…

Why mental health is crucial in treating TB

Dexter Cabalza 03/18/2024

At 24, Eloisa Zepeda Teng began her career as an architect. In 2006, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). During her six-month treatment, she lost her sight. Her doctor said she had multidrug-resistant TB. Teng struggled with…

Seniors can get discount on OTC drugs without prescription, FDA says

Dexter Cabalza 03/01/2024

Senior citizens can get their 20 percent discount on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, and food supplements without needing a prescription from their doctors, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This clarification was issued in FDA…

Marcos mulls pause on PhilHealth premium rate hike

Dexter Cabalza, Julie Aurelio 02/24/2024

Malacañang clarified on Friday that President Marcos is still reviewing whether to suspend the five-percent increase in premium rates of PhilHealth that started on January 1. According to Presidential Communications Office Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil, the President is…

Comelec grants P18-billion election contract to Korean-led consortium

Dexter Cabalza 02/23/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved a nearly P18 billion contract to lease an automated election system for the 2025 midterm polls to a joint venture led by the controversial South Korean company Miru…

PhilHealth pays P257M to healthcare providers as boost to ‘Konsulta’ program

Dexter Cabalza 02/19/2024

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has disbursed over P257 million as the initial payment to primary care provider networks (PCPNs) to support the nationwide rollout of its outpatient benefits package, known as Konsulta or Konsultasyong Sulit…

Marcos calls for ‘Bagong Pilipinas’ and efficient service in governance brand kick-off rally

Dexter Cabalza, Melvin Gascon, Russel Loreto 01/29/2024

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Sunday urged all government workers to work towards a “Bagong Pilipinas” (New Philippines) and deliver “responsive, efficient” service during the kick-off rally for his governance brand at Quirino Grandstand in…

Labor groups rally against Charter change, call for wage hike instead

Dexter Cabalza 01/22/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Labor groups are joining the opposition against Charter change (Cha-cha), with one group urging lawmakers to prioritize passing a law for a P150 wage hike for private sector workers. The Federation of Free Workers (FFW)…

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