Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 04:57 p.m.
THE Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS) asked close to 18,000 individuals who signed up to become organ donors to inform their families about the decision.
In an interview, DOH–PhilNOS program manager Dr. Antonio Paraiso said the donors must tell their families that they opt to become “lifelines” for other people in need of organ transplant.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 04:51 p.m.
GOVERNORS, mayors and other local government officials in the country will soon learn how to integrate science in their disaster preparation and mitigation plans through a workshop to be conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said in a weekend press conference that the workshop, which begins on Monday until May 23, is in line with the agency’s project “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities.”
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.
A LAWMAKER from Metro Manila filed a measure seeking for the establishment of a local bikeway agency in every city and town across country to prepare plans, specifications and manage construction of bikeway projects on thoroughfares within their jurisdiction.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 04:15 p.m.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has returned to Manila early Saturday morning following his successful two-day state visit to Malaysia.
Aquino, along with his official delegation, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 around 2:47 a.m. onboard a chartered Philippine Airlines PR 001.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 04:08 p.m.
SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Saturday lamented that a number of her important bills, including the Anti-Signage of Public Works Bill and the Anti-Political Dynasty Bill, are still languishing in the Senate.
"I am disappointed. Without public clamor, these bills will never see the light of day. The committees to which these bills were referred are sitting on them," Santiago said.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 09:08 p.m.
IN ORDER to accommodate displaced residents during times of calamities, two party-list lawmakers recently filed a resolution seeking to construct permanent evacuation centers in various parts of the country.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.
A BILL was filed at the House of House of Representatives seeking to mandate the government to provide hazard pay for the court judges.
Albay Representative Edcel "Grex" Lagman Jr. said that House Bill 4024 provides that all duly appointed judges in the Regional Trial Court shall be granted a hazard pay during their incumbency in the amount equivalent to 25 percent of their basic monthly salary.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 03:53 p.m.
THE alleged architect of the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, Janet Lim-Napoles, is high-risk detainee with or without threat to her life, a police official said Thursday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Superintendent Theodore Sindac clarified in a press briefing the alleged "special treatment" given to Napoles when she was brought to the PNP General Hospital for medical check-up last Wednesday.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Friday warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in Hong Kong to closely follow the advisories of local health officials in order to avoid getting the H7N9 virus.
In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they are especially concerned over the safety of OFWs that are engaged in poultry work, or those who respond to avian influenza outbreaks.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 02:29 p.m.
TWO individuals who can further prove corruption of the lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) were personally grilled by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a lawyer said.
Levito Baligod said the new witnesses will complete the "chain of evidence" detailing the conspiracy among Janet Napoles, some legislators and the implementing agencies, which tapped the businesswoman's dubious non-government organizations (NGOs) as recipients of PDAF.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 07:28 p.m.
ADMINISTRATION allies in the House of Representatives are calling for the transfer of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to a regular jail to spare the government from unnecessary expenses.
Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga and Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas noted how Napoles was given "special treatment" by doctors at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 05:53 p.m.
THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is ready to be re-deployed in the disputed Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea if given orders by the higher authorities following a recent water cannon attack by Chinese Coast Guard on Filipino fishermen, an official said.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 05:00 p.m.
ANTI-MERCURY groups on Thursday called on dental institutions not to wait for 2016 any longer and instead move for the total and immediate phase-out of mercury-filled dental amalgams.
In a press conference, International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology Executive director Dr. Lilian Ebuen said there is a need to ban the use of dental amalgam sooner rather than later as provided by an earlier order by the Department of Health (DOH).
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 04:11 p.m.
SENATOR Francis Escudero believed that there is no need to create a special criminal court to hold daily trials on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, saying that the Supreme Court and the Sandiganbayan are capable enough to handle such cases.
Escudero said that while it is true that the Filipino people are waiting for the result of this trial, he also explained that running after and prosecuting those who steal from government coffers is part of the judiciary's regular work and the credibility and integrity of the Supreme Court has been tried and tested.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.
CATHOLIC priests will go to police stations nationwide to conduct counseling to remind policemen to support their family and avoid abandonment, an official said Thursday.
Alarmed by the increasing number of complaints on police officers who refuse to support their family, particularly their children, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima released a memorandum, which instructed PNP Chaplain Services to conduct one-on-one counseling to all policemen in the country.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 08:10 p.m.
HOUSE lawmakers on Wednesday junked the proposal of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that will require candidates to post a bond before they will be allowed to run for public office.
During the hearing of House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, Abakada party-list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz reminded Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez that the agency's proposal purportedly to discourage nuisance candidates might deprive any qualified voter of his constitutional right to be voted.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.
MILITANT lawmakers on Monday urged President Benigno Aquino III to deploy security forces in a disputed shoal in the West Philippine Sea after the reported water cannon attack of China on Filipino fishermen.
Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate said that they have already filed a House resolution seeking to investigate the recent activities allegedly undertaken by Chinese forces in various areas, which falls under the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 05:19 p.m.
SENATE Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano is pushing for daily trials to be held on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam through the designation of special criminal courts by the Supreme Court.
"Isang pwedeng maging legacy ng ating Supreme Court ngayon ay ang pagsasagawa ng continuous trial nang mapabilis ang hearing ng lahat ng ito pag nakarating ito sa korte (Our Supreme Court can leave a legacy of a speedy trial of the pork scam by conducting a continuous or daily trial when this reaches the courts)," Cayetano said.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.
SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said the chamber's leadership expressed its support of a bill that will legally compel telephone companies to disseminate early warnings of disasters, at no added cost to the consumer or the government.
The Senate committee on public services chaired by Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. favorably endorsed House Bill (HB) 353 with some amendments introduced by the Senate President.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.
THE Sinaloa drug group's plan to operate in the country may have been scrapped after its leader's arrest last February 23 in a beach resort in Mexico, a police official said Tuesday.
Chief Inspector Roque Merdeguia, Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF) Legal department head, said the Mexican drug cartel will find it hard to make a move and operate in the country since its leader, El Chapo Guzman, was arrested by authorities last Saturday.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 08:33 p.m.
MEMBERS of the House opposition on Tuesday dared the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to publish a full report on all the releases of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 08:16 p.m.
THE Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) can play a vital role in pursuing or rejecting amendments to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution, a party member said Tuesday.
Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian said that the NPC currently has 54 members in the House of Representatives, making it the second biggest political group after the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 07:54 p.m.
SENATOR Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Tuesday called for the resignation of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, as he scored the Cabinet official's ineffectiveness in performing his job.
"If I were him, I would rather resign the soonest time to save my face and the Aquino administration. It would be better for him to be an adviser of the President rather than forcing himself in his present position," Revilla said.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 05:26 p.m.
SOME House members believed the controversial Freedom of Information (FOI) bill will be passed into law before the year ends after Malacañang submitted its own version with contents similar to what it had pushed during the previous 15th Congress.
House committee on public information chairman and Misamis Occidental Representative Jorge Almonte said that the recent move from the Palace will help fast track the work of the technical working group (TWG) to consolidate the 24 bills, including Malacañang's version.
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.
THE contract for the development of the country's railway ticketing system was awarded to a private firm for the sake of those who approved it and not for the government or public's sake, consumer group said Monday.
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 08:22 p.m.
AT LEAST 20 schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) are studying the possibility to operate on a four-day school week in the upcoming academic year due to the anticipated heavy traffic during the construction of various infrastructure projects of the government.
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 07:14 p.m.
THE Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday said the days of the "out-of-line" or colorum public utility buses (PUBs) and vehicles (PUVs) are already numbered as the agency is set to impose stricter penalties to the would be violators.
During the hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila Development on Monday, LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said that the proposed upgraded penalties were already submitted for the approval of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.
SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Monday said the chamber is not going beyond their limits amid a reported warning issued by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the use of its oversight funds.
The COA also reportedly told senators to comply with time details of expenses on personnel services, maintenance and other operating expenses, capital outlays under the P3.344-billion Senate budget for this year.
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 05:09 p.m.
A TOTAL of 482 fire incidents have been recorded in Metro Manila in the first two months of this year, fire official said Sunday.
Chief Superintendent Santiago Laguna, Bureau of Fire Protection
(BFP) National Capital Region director, urged the public to take necessary precautions to avoid setting of fires especially on the hottest month of each year, March.
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 03:03 p.m.
A LAWMAKER recently filed a bill seeking to grant retirement pay for barangay officials after they finish their term limit.
Negros Occidental Representative Mercedes Alvarez said that House Bill 3763 entitles all barangay officials to a lump sum retirement pay equivalent to a one-year honorarium but in no case shall exceed P100,000, to be taken from the barangay retirement fund.