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Roque: Palace has no opinion whatsoever on Mon Tulfo’s plan to distribute Sinopharm; We leave that to Ombudsman

Malacañang said it will leave it to the Ombudsman to look into the possible irregularities in the alleged application of Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo to become the local distributor of the Covid-19 vaccine of Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm.  Tulfo made the admission...

As DOLE clarifies nurses-for-vaccine ‘barter,’ UK envoy de-links deployment, vaccine issues

THE United Kingdom will not commit itself to the Department of Labor and Employment’s proposal for Filipino nurses and health care workers to be exempted from the 5,000 annual limit on deployment in exchange for getting an assured supply of Covid-19 vaccines, a...

DepEd: President makes final decision on education policies, postponement of face-to-face classes

The Department of Education (DepEd) in a statement on Wednesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte makes the final decisions on education policies, including the postponement of face-to-face classes. "We understand that the availability and roll out of vaccines in the country are critical factors...

Phishing fuels proliferation of profiteering practices in pandemic

ALL it takes is one click. Someone’s personal information, such as bank account and contact details, can be stolen with just one click on suspicious links and emails. These are then used by fraudsters to transact—buying items on e-commerce shops or transferring funds to personal...

BSP ramps up focus on digital money systems

BANGKO Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno announced on Wednesday that they have established a new sector tasked to manage the “interplay” of physical currency and digital money into the economy. The new sector will be called the Payments and Currency Management Sector...

PHL 2nd top source of digital workers–ILO

THE Philippines is the second biggest source of digital workers worldwide, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report. In its latest World Employment and Social Outlook study, the labor arm of the United Nations said the country came next to India in...

2020 foreign investment pledges down 71%–PSA

WITH the global economy nearly at a standstill last year, the country’s foreign investment pledges plunged 71.26 percent in 2020, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Based on the latest Approved Foreign Investments report, foreign investments declined to P112.123 billion in...

DOTr eyes annual gain of P170 billion from rail

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) expects to generate gains of roughly P170 billion per year after it completes the development of P1.7 trillion worth of railway projects through 2025. Transportation Undersecretary Timothy Batan said each railway project is expected to generate economic gains of...

COA: Recto top spender in 2019, Bong Go spent least

THE Commission on Audit listed the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto as the top spender among senators in COA’s 2019 report, with first-termer Christopher “Bong” Go as the least-spending senator in the 24-member chamber. COA findings showed Recto’s office spent P113.48...

Pinoys prodded to visit Guam despite hurdles

GUAM continues to be open to business and leisure travelers, and is hoping for an increase in arrivals from the Philippines. In a webinar on Wednesday, Philip Gejon, sales manager for the Guam Visitors Bureau-Philippines, said, “Guam hasn’t closed its doors . It remains...

Asean could be hot spot for next pandemic–ACB head

WITH 346 bat species, three species of pangolins, and over 2,000 migratory avian species, Southeast Asia could be a hot spot for the next pandemic, the Director of the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) warned. ACB Executive Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim made this remark...

4 senators want Leila to attend sessions, conduct hearings

AS she marks her fourth year in detention, four of Senator Leila de Lima’s colleagues have crossed party lines and moved to allow her to participate in plenary sessions and conduct committee hearings through teleconferencing or other forms of electronic communications. Senate President Pro...
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