Palace directs NEDA board, member agencies to ease foreign restrictions

​MANILA, Philippines —  Malacañang directed the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board and its member agencies to “exert utmost efforts” in easing or lifting restrictions on the government’s investment activities that have limited foreign participation. In a bid to raise the Philippines’ level of competitiveness, the Palace on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 issued Memorandum …

Duterte appoints Abas as Comelec chair

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Sheriff Abas as the new chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Abas will replace former Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista who was impeached by the House of Representatives  following domestic controversies and financial issues with estranged wife Patricia. Abas, a commissioner at the Comelec under Bautista’s chairmanship. …

DSWD provides aid to Ist batch of Marawi returnees

MARAWI CITY, Philippines — “I am proud to tell everyone here we completed the distributionof assistance to the 5,783 families who returned to Marawi,” this was the proud opening statement of Bai Zorahayda Taha, director of the  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XII. The members of the Task Force Bangon Marawi met …

Ex DepEd Pagadian officials facing probe over P6M Belgian fund

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of malversation and  Informations for Malversation and anti-graft cases against former officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Pagadian City. Facing charges are Jesus Nieves and Marilou Tolosa, former officials of the Department of Education Regional Office IX in Pagadian City. …

Ombudsman Mindanao has a new home after 29 years of renting

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — After 29 years of renting, the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao has finally found at the corner of Libra and Earth streets in GSIS Heights Subdivision. The Ombudsman Mindanao Office stands stands on a 2,798 square meter behind the Government  Service Insurance System (GSIS) compound along MacArthur Highway, Matina, this …

Abella now Usec at DFA

MANILA, Philippines – Former Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella is now Undersecretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Abella’s appointment letter, dated October 27, was made public Thursday, November 23.   The announcement of Abella’s departure from Malacañang was so quick as it was announced when lawyer Harry Roque was named  the new presidential spokesperson. …

Roque is concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights. This was disclosed by Roque himself on Wednesday, although Malacañang has yet to release his appointment papers. “Further, being appointed recently as Presidential Adviser on Human Rights concurrent with my being the Presidential Spokesperson, …

Report erring contractors, NHA says

MARAWI CITY, Philippines — The National Housing Authority (NHA) has encouraged the public to come forward and report erring housing contractors to enable the agency to investigate complaints and put questionable contractors on hold. NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada Jr. said discrepancy in the implementation of housing projects can be avoided with a more …