I-ACT apprehends 244 road unworthy PUVs

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) apprehended 244 public utility vehicles (PUVs) during the first day of the full implementation of the ‘Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok’ campaign to flag down road unworthy public transport in compliance with the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) last Wednesday. The council said in a statement Thursday that it …

Congress to ensure free tuition only for deserving students

MANILA, Philippines  — The House of Representatives will ensure ensure that state funds allocated for the government’s free college tuition program would be used only on deserving students and not wasted on malingerers and recidivist absentees or ‘bulakbol’ students. House Appropriations Committee Chair Karlo Nograles said state and local colleges and universities should not become “Iskul …

Cocaine shipment found in Sorsogon not from Taiwan: TECO

MANILA, Philippines  — The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) on Monday denied that the reported cocaine shipment found drifting in Sorsogon the previous Wednesday had come from Taiwan. The PHP120-million worth of cocaine packed into a container was believed to be from Jin Ming No. 16, a cargo ship that made a distress call to …

80K devotees join Black Nazarene procession

MANILA, Philippines  — An estimated 80,000 devotees joined teh 2018  procession of the replicas of the Black Nazarene took place in Quiapo, Manila Sunday afternoon. Devotees gathered in front of the St. John the Baptist Church in Quiapo. Manila Police District spokesperson Supt. Erwin Margarejo estimated the crowd to reach 80,000. Margarejo said the procession route …

Ati-Atihan fest pays tribute to Mindanao

KALIBO, Aklan- The 2018 Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival version pays tribute to Mindanao and its people, its organizers here said on Friday. Albert Menez, chairman of the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation Incorporated (KASAFI), said in a press conference that colorful flags similar to the colors of Mindanao are being installed in the major thoroughfares …

Dan Isleta is new Army chief of staff

MANILA, Philippines — Brig. Gen. Danilo “Chad” D. Isleta was appointed as Philippine Army (PA) chief of staff during change of command ceremonies in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Thursday morning. He replaced Major Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, who was appointed head of the Tarlac-based Mechanized Infantry Division. Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson said the ceremony …

Promoting Filipino language via spellchecker app, atbp.

MANILA — Finetuning a Filipino spellchecker app, an exhibit of artifacts showing the evolution of the Filipino language, and refining initial translations of the Philippine Constitution in the past and present.  These were the most significant endeavors of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino to promote the Philippines’ national language in 2017. “It’s our mandate to promote …

OFWs warned anew vs. recruiters offering fake jobs in Russia

MANILA, Philippines  — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipinos working in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East against illegal recruitment of household service workers (HSWs) in Russia. POEA officer-in-charge Undersecretary Bernard Olalia issued Advisory No. 17 cautioning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the said nations and region since the number of cases of …