Virus alert raised in Philippine capital

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter  President Rodrigo R. Duterte on New Year’s Eve raised the alert in Manila, the capital and nearby cities to Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15 amid rising coronavirus infections.  The stricter lockdown was imposed after an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases in the past days, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles told a televised news briefing, […]

Key legislator calls for voiding of Malampaya deals, citing faulty process

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian said Wednesday that the Department of Energy (DoE) must void its approval of the Chevron Malampaya LLC’s transfer of its 45% stake in the Malampaya gas project to Udenna group subsidiary UC Malampaya (Pte Ltd.), calling the approval process defective. Mr. Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Energy, said the […]

Transport workers allocated P10 billion for service contracts

FUNDING for the program to support transport workers via a service contracting program was raised to P10 billion from P6 billion in the Senate’s version of the 2022 Budget, though doubts were expressed on whether the Transportation department would be able to disburse the full amount. Under the service contracting program, drivers and operators of public […]

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Holds Launch Ceremony in Shimonoseki for Second MRRV for the Philippines Department of Transportation

TOKYO, Nov 18, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, held a launch ceremony today (November 18th) for the second of two large multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) being built to order for the Department of Transportation in the Republic of the Philippines. The […]

Gov’t breaks ground on Manila subway’s Camp Aguinaldo Station

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and the Department of National Defense on Thursday broke ground on the Metro Manila Subway Project’s Camp Aguinaldo Station. Pre-construction works prior to the main construction of the Camp Aguinaldo Station include the “replication works of affected living quarters and medical gas storage, and rehabilitation of [a] warehouse,” the Transportation department […]

Expropriation on the table to meet Mindanao Railway launch target

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) said Thursday that its October 2022 target to achieve partial operations for the China-funded Mindanao Railway Project is still “achievable” despite delays posed by right-of-way (ROW) acquisition, adding that expropriation of land remains an option to expedite the process. In response to a BusinessWorld […]

Timely labor market update up in Dole’s career info website

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has urged students and jobseekers to take advantage of its online database, for career guidance. In a press release, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the labor department aims to supplement the employment recovery efforts of the government under the National Employment Recovery Strategy by providing accurate […]

DTI backs bigger role for small businesses in new trade deal with Australia, New Zealand

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) expressed support for the inclusion of small businesses in an ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand free trade deal upgrade in recent virtual discussions by trade ministers. The DTI said representatives in the ASEAN dialogue partner consultations on Sept. 13-15 discussed the possible completion of negotiations for the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free […]

FDI-friendly policy review underway for agriculture

A REVIEW of policy is ongoing to make agriculture more attractive to foreign direct investment (FDI), with a view to supporting the sector’s modernization, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.  Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said during a virtual 9th Session of the Economic Fora organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government […]

Group charter scheme eyed for East Asian tourists

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism has identified South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan as potential partner countries for specialized tour groups once international travel resumes. “(We’re) looking at possibilities for maybe specialized charters that will bring various tour groups straight into destinations that are already prepared to welcome the tourists eventually,” Tourism Assistant Secretary Verna C. Buensuceso […]

DoE sets up anti-corruption panel

THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) has created a coordinating committee to oversee policy on curbing corruption in the energy sector. In an order dated Sept. 7 and posted last week, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, established the Energy Anti-Corruption Coordinating Committee (Energy-ACCC), which will suggest revisions to current anti-graft measures, and promote training, education and […]