President reorganizes communications office 

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has signed an executive order reorganizing the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), which will have five undersecretaries and 15 assistant secretaries supporting the secretary.     In a statement on Monday, the PCO said Executive Order (EO) No. 16, signed on Feb. 13, is intended “to consolidate its communications activities and ensure efficient […]

DENR issues cease-and-desist order against miner Altai

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued a cease-and-desist order against the Altai Philippines Mining Corp. (APMC) following an alleged breach of environmental regulations at its nickel exploration site in Romblon. The joint order issued by the DENR office in the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region on Monday also suspends the […]

The sequence is up to you

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman, Reporter Television Review Kaleidoscope Netflix ON New Year’s Day Netflix dropped a new heist crime drama with a gimmick — the viewer makes their own choice of the order in which to watch the episodes. The intended finale is not necessarily the denouement. Created by Matchstick Men author Eric Garcia, […]

Minimum wage rates up in 5 regions 

THE MINIMUM daily wage rate in five regions — Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and Davao — increased starting this week, the second tranche of adjustments based on wage orders approved last year.   In the Cordillera Administrative Region, the minimum wage is P400 effective Jan. 1 for all sectors and provinces, including Baguio […]

Editorial: Recoding DepEd culture

Should teachers be role models or agitators of learning? Gauging from the terms of a recent order, the Department of Education (DepEd) aspires for the former. DepEd Order 49 seeks to create a culture of professionalism among its personnel in their delivery of basic education programs and services. As reported by Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo in […]

Teachers ‘concerned’ with new DepEd order

SOME public school teachers in Cebu expressed concern over a new order issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) that mandates its personnel, especially teachers, to practice professionalism. Antonia Lim, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Cebu chapter president, told SunStar Cebu that DepEd Order 49 series of 2022 could penalize public school teachers for reporting […]

News group asks QC court to hold telecom agency in contempt

NEWS website on Thursday asked a Quezon City trial court to hold the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in contempt for leaving its website blocked despite being ordered to stop limiting access. In a six-page petition, Bulatlat said the country’s telecommunications regulator went against the trial court’s order to unblock the website. It added that […]

Tell it to SunStar: Senate President Zubiri to SRA officials: Why import when there’s 127,000 MT unreleased sugar in bodegas?

Senate President Juan Miguel F. Zubiri availed on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 of the privilege hour to deliver a speech calling for an investigation into the Sugar Regulatory Administration’s (SRA) unauthorized release of Sugar Order No. 4, which set an import quota for 300,000 metric tons of sugar into the country.Sugar Order No. 4 was […]