Philippine News

Tech-voc training a good investment: TESDA

MANILA — The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a good investment, since its graduates normally take little time to get their first jobs, an official of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said. It takes about six months to one year for TVET graduates to land a job, compared to three years …

Japan to sign 5 grant contracts for classroom const’n in PH

MANILA–Japan is set to provide the Philippines a new package of assistance amounting to USD477,444, or about PHP 23 million, for school building projects. The projects will be funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) implemented by the Embassy of Japan. Japanese Ambassador to Manila Koji Haneda is scheduled to sign …

More LGUs now into PPPs

MANILA — More local government units (LGUs) are now engaging in public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve their competitiveness and promote ease of doing business in their localities, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has noted. The DILG recognized on Friday select LGUs for what it considers exemplified efforts in implementing PPP projects, even …

Graft raps vs. Surigao City vice mayor, 5 others junked

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft cases filed against Surigao City Vice Mayor Alfonso Casurra and five others, on the alleged PHP723-million fertilizer fund scam, for too much delay. In a 15-page resolution promulgated on Nov. 27, 2017, the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division said it approved the quashal motion of Casurra after taking fault on …

DOTr, housing agencies agree to move 100K families along PNR

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has inked an agreement with concerned housing agencies on the relocation of around 100,000 informal settler families (ISFs) that will be affected by the construction of the North-South Railway Project (NSRP) next year. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and officials of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) signed the Memorandum of …

51 Army officers promoted

MANILA – A total of 51 newly-promoted Philippine Army generals donned their new star ranks in a short ceremony at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Friday. Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson said three officers were promoted to lieutenant general, seven to major general, and 41 to brigadier general. They were given …

Lorenzana wants to reactivate self-reliant defense program

MANILA — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday underscored the urgent need for the country to revive its Self-Reliant Defense Posture (SRDP) program, given the variety of security threats it is facing. “Considering the present threats to our sovereignty, such as terrorism and territorial disputes, it is about time to revive the SRDP program and highlight …

NE monsoon to bring rains over Metro Manila, parts of Luzon

MANILA — The northeast monsoon will cause isolated rains over Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, the state weather bureau said Saturday morning. The tail-end of a cold front is affecting the eastern part of central and southern Luzon, while the northeast monsoon affects the rest of Luzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and …

DOE pushes for 25% contingency power reserve to avoid outages

MANILA — The Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing for a 25-percent contingency reserve requirement for all power generating firms to sufficiently meet peak demands and avert outages due to power plant shutdowns and other causes. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the DOE is seeking that such reserve requirement is established, speaking at the Energy Investment …

BI to deport Korean fugitive

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is waiting for a team of Korean policemen to arrive in Manila soon to fetch and escort the fugitive on his return flight to Korea. This, as the bureau, is set to deport Kang Bum Su, 47, who is wanted by authorities in his country for alleged violent acts …

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