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Gov’t intensifies anti-rabies campaign to achieve a rabies-free PHL by 2020

MANILA – The government is intensifying its campaign against rabies, as it targets to declare the country free from the deadly disease by 2020. Dr. Emelinda Lopez, head of the Animal Health and Welfare Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry, said the country was working towards the elimination of rabies, an infectious disease that …

Filipinos’ optimism hits new record highs – SWS

MANILA – Filipinos’ optimism about the quality of their lives and the economy reached new record highs during the second quarter of 2016, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said. The SWS survey conducted from June 24-25 showed that 49 percent of Filipino adults nationwide were expecting an improvement in their quality of life in the …

PHL stocks breach 8,100-mark

MANILA – The local stock barometer breached the 8,100-mark for the first time this year on Thursday on the back of positive market sentiment towards the new administration and second-quarter corporate earnings. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) advanced 50.33 points or 0.63 percent to 8,102.30, another record high finish for 2016. “It’s still …

President Duterte, US Secretary Kerry set to meet next week

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet United States Secretary of State John Kerry later this month to strengthen their countries’ ties anew. The Presidential Communications Office said the President, Kerry and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. will meet on July 26 to 27 in Manila. US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark …

President Duterte to skip Asia-Europe summit

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will skip the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Mongolia to be held from July 15 to 16. “The President wishes to stay close to his countrymen in the first few months of his presidency,” said Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar. President Duterte is just on his second …

President Aquino offers assistance to Duterte; asks Filipinos to help address PHL problems

MANILA – President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday he congratulated his successor, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, and offered his assistance during the transition period and even beyond his term. In a media interview, President Aquino said his phone conversation with Duterte on Thursday was “pleasant.” “We had a conversation, perhaps a short conversation, about …

Rockwell Land forays into affordable housing

MANILA – Lopez-owned property developer Rockwell Land Corp. has acquired a 37-hectare property in Lipa, Batangas as it forays into an affordable housing segment. Divino Villanueva, Vice President for Affordable Housing, said the company would start construction of its first horizontal housing project next year, catering the mid-market and affordable segments. Villanueva expects to complete …

Palace: Transition committee starts submitting reports to Duterte admin

MANILA – Malacañang on Monday said the Presidential Transition Committee has started submitting transition reports of all government departments and agencies under the Executive Branch to the next administration. “Inumpisahan na ‘yung pagbigay sa Transition Committee ng Duterte administration ‘yung mga ulat na nakumpleto na at nabuo na at patuloy pa rin naman itong prosesong …

President Aquino cites armed forces’ modernization feat under his term

MANILA – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday underscored his administration’s efforts to bolster the capabilities of the armed forces, particularly its modernization support. During the ceremony for the commissioning of the Philippine Navy’s strategic sealift vessel, President Aquino said the government has released Php60.14 billion for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) …

Palace downplays allegations public funds spent on campaign

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday downplayed accusations that the Aquino government spent public money on presidential campaign and would leave the incoming administration with limited resources for its priority programs. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. stressed that these allegations were “untrue and without factual basis.” “The Aquino administration has always adhered …

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