Marcos wants ‘strategy’ to address brain drain

Luisa Cabato 02/09/2024

MANILA, Philippines — In response to the persistent issue of brain drain in the country, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged the development of a strategy aimed at persuading graduates to remain in the Philippines and contribute…

PAL stops elderly Fil-Am with COPD from flying sans oxygen tank

Luisa Cabato 01/27/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines  stopped an elderly Filipino-American woman from flying back to the United States due to her medical condition, a US media report said. Jovita Domingo, 86, was not allowed to board…

PUV drivers, operators told to take advantage of consolidation deadline extension

Luisa Cabato 01/24/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators are encouraged to “take advantage” of the three-month extension to the consolidation deadline granted by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. This extension allows them to form or…

PUV consolidation deadline gets another 3 months extension

Luisa Cabato 01/24/2024

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has extended the deadline for the consolidation of public utility vehicles (PUV) to April 30, 2024. “President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has approved Transport Secretary Jaime J. Bautista’s recommendation, granting an…

DepEd urged: Let SY 2024-2025 return to old school calendar

Luisa Cabato 01/20/2024

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) should revert School Year 2024-2025 to the old school calendar, a House legislator said Saturday. Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the return to a June-March school…

Restricting minors’ access to vape pushed

Luisa Cabato 01/16/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Teodoro “Ted” Herbosa on Tuesday called for stricter enforcement of regulations to prevent minors from accessing tobacco products, especially vape. Herbosa cited that while minors are not legally allowed to purchase such…

PhilHealth members’ contribution rises to 5% in 2024

Luisa Cabato 01/12/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) members will see a premium contribution hike from four to five percent this year. The increase is in line with the Universal Health Care (UHC) law, according to PhilHealth…

Pagasa: Adverse weather conditions expected today due to amihan, easterlies

Luisa Cabato 01/05/2024

  MANILA, Philippines — Most areas in the Philippines are expected to experience adverse weather conditions on Friday due to three weather systems, as reported by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). The northeast…

Priest in Baguio among stray bullet victims on New Year’s Day

Luisa Cabato 01/03/2024

MANILA, Philippines — An elderly priest from Baguio City was wounded after being hit by a stray bullet during the New Year’s Day celebration, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Wednesday. The 60-year-old…

Firecracker-related injuries: Boy loses all 5 fingers to ‘Dart Bomb’

Luisa Cabato 12/31/2023

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) logged eight new cases of firecracker-related injuries (FWRI) on Sunday, including a four-year-old boy who lost all five fingers on his right hand due to firecracker “Dart Bomb.” The…

Most parts of PH to experience rain on New Year’s eve — Pagasa

Luisa Cabato 12/31/2023

MANILA, Philippines — The northeast monsoon and easterlies are forecast to bring rain in most parts of the country on the last day of 2023, Pagasa said on Sunday. According to Pagasa, Batanes and Babuyan Islands will…

Pagasa sees typhoon-free New Year, no potential storms for start of 2024

Luisa Cabato 12/30/2023

MANILA, Philippines —The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) predicts a typhoon-free New Year’s Eve and the initial days of 2024, as no potential typhoon-forming low-pressure area is currently being monitored. State weather specialist Daniel…

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