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BI to deport 19 Russian women for lack of work visas

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport 19 Russian women who were arrested on Wednesday at a Pampanga nightclub for working without the required employment visas. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners were caught in flagrante or in the act of working as guest relations officers (GROs) inside the Club Angel …

BPO tops active job vacancies at PhilJobNet: DOLE

MANILA — The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry remains at the top spot in terms of number of employment opportunities. This was according to the PhilJobNet, the internet-based job and applicant matching portal of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Of the 6,120 active job vacancies posted for the week, a total of 1,029 …

Public hearings on 2018 BSKE in Mindanao begin Jan. 22

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hold three public hearings in Mindanao starting next week to find out the views of the people in the region whether or not they want to push through with the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE). “A public hearing is exactly that …

Faithful urged to pray ‘Oratio Imperata’ amid Mayon unrest

MANILA — The Diocese of Legazpi on Tuesday has urged the faithful to pray the ‘Oratio Imperata’ for the deliverance from calamity amid the looming violent eruption of the Mayon Volcano. Fr. Rex Paul Arjona, Diocese of Legazpi social action director said the spiritual intervention of the people was important at this moment. With this, …

Ballots printed in 2017 to be used in 2018 BSKE: Comelec

MANILA— The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be using the more than 59 million official ballots and other accountable and non-accountable forms which were printed for last year, for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) on May 14, 2018. According to Comelec Resolution No. 10248, the 59,578,346 officials ballots, which were supposed to be used …

Pray for bishops, CBCP head urges faithful

MANILA — Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Romulo Valles urged Filipino faithful to offer prayers for their prelates who will be holding their 116th Plenary Assembly next week. The Davao Archbishop said the bishops need prayers as they prepare to attend the biannual gathering that will be held in Cebu City …

OFWs, kin warned vs. OWWA benefits scam

MANILA— The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Tuesday cautioned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families to be wary of scammers pretending to be connected with the agency. OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac issued the warning after receiving reports of unscrupulous individuals offering services to unsuspecting victims and that they could help them process OWWA …

PH most attacked country in cyberspace in SE Asia: IT experts

MANILA — Digital technology experts said the Philippines is the most attacked country in cyberspace in Southeast Asia and the 10th in the entire globe. They said Filipinos are, however, “quite not prepared” for cybersecurity threats, as the country ranks 37th out of 193 countries in the recent global security index report on cybersecurity preparedness. …

DPWH reopens Biliran’s Caraycaray Bridge to light vehicles

MANILA —The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has re-opened to light vehicles the typhoon-damaged Caraycaray Bridge along Biliran-Naval Circumferential Road in the province of Biliran after inplementing backfiling and embankment works that serve as temporary passage for the public. In a statement, DPWH Biliran District Engineering Office Assistant District Engineer Alfredo Bollido said …

187 sex offenders barred from entering PH in 2017

MANILA — A total of 187 registered sex offenders (RSOs) or foreigners convicted of sex crimes in their home countries were barred from entering the country last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday. In his report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division chief Marc Red Mariñas reported that the …