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USDA says nearly $840M in aid paid to farmers to date

WASHINGTON -- US Department of Agriculture has paid out nearly $840 million to farmers to date as part of a promised $12 billion aid program rolled out by President Donald Trump last July to offset losses from the imposition of tariffs on American exports......»»

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Computer literacy of public servants

So, I enter a government office. As usual, the line was very long......»»

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What’s worse?

What’s worse: when government agencies or LGUs under spend or when they try their hardest to spend all the money allocated to them so the Department of Budget and Congress does not penalize them by reducing their allocations?.....»»

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12 dead in Vietnam floods, landslides

HANOI --- Flash floods and landslides killed at least 12 people in central Vietnam, officials said Sunday, as hundreds of troops were dispatched to clean up destroyed villages and washed out roads. Heavy rains pounded the central Khanh Hoa province over the past few days as tropical depression Toraji blew in from the South China Sea, triggering landslides that wiped out houses and destroyed a small reservoir. At least a dozen people have been killed so far while a search was ongoing for several others, an official from the provincial disaster office told AFP, refusing to be named. "We have mobilized hundreds of army troops to help people restore lives and clean up damaged ...Keep on reading: 12 dead in Vietnam floods, landslides.....»»

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26th National Children’s Month Kick-Off

In the observance of the 26th National Children’s Month (NCM), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 7 conducted the Awareness and Advocacy Walk as a kick-off activity for this month-long celebration which started from Plaza Sugbu to Cebu Capitol Grounds on Saturday, Nov.10, 2018. The NCM is pursuant to the Republic Act […].....»»

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DOJ denies harassment in P108 million tax raps vs Rappler

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has stood firm in its indictment of Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) and its top executives for alleged evasion of taxes worth P108.4 million......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News6 hr. 41 min. ago Related News

After criticism, no more balloon releasing in next Mimaropa Festival

PALAWAN, Philippines – After receiving flak from a zero waste advocacy group, Department of Tourism (DOT) regional officials vowed there would be no more balloon releasing activity in next year's Mimaropa Festival. DOT Mimaropa Regional Director Maria Luisa Diploma said the concern raised by EcoWaste Coalition will be part of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News8 hr. 15 min. ago Related News

Korean won t replace Filipino subject, says DepEd

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified on Sunday, November 18, that the Korean language is intended as an elective and will not replace the Filipino subject in the basic education curriculum.  In a statement, DepEd said Filipino "remains to be among the core subjects in basic education while ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News8 hr. 15 min. ago Related News

Benguet schools need relocation, rehabilitation

Officials of the Department of Education-Benguet said that two public schools in Itogon town need urgent relocation while 36 others need immediate rehabilitation work after Typhoon Ompong ravaged Luzon in September......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: News12 hr. 27 min. ago Related News

DPWH chief tells gov’t engineers to learn from Natonin tragedy

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar appealed to government engineers gathered at the 14th National Conference of district engineers to implement measures that would ensure structural integrity and safety to prevent tragedies like the Natonin incident......»»

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DPWH engineer suspended for alleged extortion

Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said, Lorna Ricardo, a district engineer assigned in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) who was caught on camera allegedly asking for "grease money" from a contractor for a 100 million peso road project in Ifugao is now on preventive suspension......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: News12 hr. 27 min. ago Related News

2  killed in Quezon road accidents

LUCENA CITY -- Two pedestrians died after they were hit by vehicles while crossing the roads in two separate accidents in Quezon province on Saturday, police said Sunday. Report from Quezon police office said Godofredo Gonzales, 50, was crossing the by-pass road in Barangay Lumingon in Tiaong town when a still unidentified vehicle bumped him around 9:30 p.m. The suspect sped off and left Gonzales who sustained serious head and body injuries. He died on the spot. In Padre Burgos town, a 60-year old fisherman, Joshue Caisip, was hit by a speeding motorcycle while crossing the Bondoc Peninsula Highway in Barangay Sipa on Saturday morning. The victim also died on the spot from fa...Keep on reading: 2  killed in Quezon road accidents.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 18 hr. 1 min. ago Related News

After ‘nap-gate,’ Duterte skips APEC summit dinner

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea--- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte passed on a gala dinner at a regional summit in Papua New Guinea, days after skipping key meetingsin another gathering of world leaders for a "power nap." Duterte, who has a well-known disdain for stiff diplomatic gatherings, was a no-show Saturday night, sending his trade minister instead to pose with heads of state donning bright yellow and red Papua New Guinean shirts. His office had initially announced that the mercurial leader was cutting short his trip to Port Moresby even before the main meetings began but on Sunday he did show up at the convention centre. "This after I loudly and naggingly insisted he...Keep on reading: After ‘nap-gate,’ Duterte skips APEC summit dinner.....»»

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Stealth crackdown: Chinese censorship extends to Twitter

BEIJING, China--- Despite being blocked in China, Twitter and other overseas social media sites have long been used freely by activists and government critics to address subjects that are censored on domestic forums -- until now. As Beijing presses a campaign to throttle any remaining voices that stray from the Communist Party narrative, it is extending its reach to foreign sites outside of its "Great Firewall" of internet censorship. People in China can use virtual private network (VPN) software to circumvent Beijing's controls and access blocked foreign sites. But fearful that the platforms could be used to coordinate political activity, the authorities have launched a ste...Keep on reading: Stealth crackdown: Chinese censorship extends to Twitter.....»»

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Cops called on Chinese envoys as APEC summit tensions boil over

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea -- The police were called when Chinese officials attempted to "barge" into the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled over. The Chinese delegates "tried to barge in" to Rimbink Pato's Port Moresby office Saturday, in an eleventh-hour bid to influence a summit draft communique, but were denied entry, three sources with knowledge of the situation told AFP. "Police were posted outside the minister's office after they tried to barge in," one source privy to summit negotiations told AFP, requesting anonymity. The diplomatic incident came with tensions already high at a summit of Asian-Pacific...Keep on reading: Cops called on Chinese envoys as APEC summit tensions boil over.....»»

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Monetary Board Adjusts Average Inflation Forecasts

Average inflation forecasts for 2018-20 were raised after the Monetary Board (MB) took stock of more recent economic developments both here and abroad. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) made this announcement alongside the additional raising of its key rates by an additional 25 basis points. In a briefing Thursday, BSP Department of Economic Research […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: News18 hr. 27 min. ago Related News

Construction of P750-B spans starts next year

Because of the country’s archipelagic character, it is imperative for government’s economic and public works planners to consider the importance of interconnectivity when undertaking any project. This developed as Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Emil Sadain announced over the weekend that the pre-feasibility studies on the two proposed bridges that would link […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News19 hr. 14 min. ago Related News

PT& T, Sear Telecom recall appeal

The process to declare Mislatel Consortium as the third telco player can now proceed after the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) and the Singson-led Sear Telecom recalled their appeal for their disqualifications before the National Telecommunications Communications (NTC). In a radio interview, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News19 hr. 14 min. ago Related News

Martial law needed because anti-terror law outdated – Año

MANILA, Philippines – If the Philippines had a tougher anti-terror law, martial law would not even be needed in Mindanao, said Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año . "Martial law should be the last resort, but...kaya nga (that's why) we are asking for the amendment of the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News20 hr. 27 min. ago Related News

DOLE to crack down on illegal aliens in casinos

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will create a task force that will lead a crackdown on illegal aliens working in casinos and other gaming facilities in the country, an official said Friday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News21 hr. 41 min. ago Related News