Duterte swears in Romulo-Puyat as new Tourism Secretary

MANILA  (May 15) — President Rodrigo Duterte administered the oath of office to Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as the new Department of Tourism Secretary during a ceremony at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace on Monday, May 14. Puyat replaced Wanda Teo who recently resigned from her post. Prior to her appointment, Puyat has been an Undersecretary …

Pilot survives helicopter crash in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY (May 14) – A private helicopter crashed Monday morning   in the mountains of T’boli, South Cotabato, due to bad weather. Its pilot, Capt. Reynaldo Acosta, survived minor injuries. T’boli town Mayor Dibu Tuan confirmed the air crash which happened at about 9:45 a.m. in Sitio Upper Biangan, Barangay Basag, T’boli. Tuan said the …

How Wealthy is House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (Part 2)

DAVAO CITY (May 14) —- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admitted his properties in Siargao, Surigao del Norte and in Mati Davao Oriental, saying he reflected all these in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). However, he denied having a P500-million worth of properties in Siargao alone. Critics of Alvarez claimed, he has …

BALAI Filipino, the new face of NHA housing

Davao City, Philippines— The National Housing Authority (NHA) rebranded its housing projects to BALAI Filipino, dubbed as Building Adequate Liveable Affordable Inclusive  for Filipino communities since the Duterte administration. NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. in the recently concluded signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the housing of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) …

DTI introduces new bamboo furniture designs

LUCENA CITY, Quezon — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Quezon has embarked on extensive skills training under the bamboo research and development program for designers and furniture makers in Quezon Province in a bid to make bamboo an export-quality and competitive product. Grace Ledesma of DTI-Quezon told Philippine News Agency on Wednesday that their office …

PAL to lose 60% of Boracay-bound passengers

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —PAL to lose 60% of Boracay-bound passengers The country’s flag-carrier, Philippine Airlines, is set to lose 60 to 70 percent of the total passengers traveling to Boracay via its Caticlan and Kalibo routes. In a press conference on Thursday at the Marco Polo Hotel here, PAL president and Chief Operating Officer Jaime …

5 tuna firm execs face estafa raps

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed estafa raps against officials of a tuna processing company for allegedly duping their investors. In a 23-page resolution dated March 27 but was released to media on Thursday, facing charges for estafa are executives of Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., namely board of directors chairman George …

Philippines, Chinese companies sign multi-billion worth of projects

HAINAN, China–President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, April 10, witnessed the signing of agreements between the Philippines and several Chinese companies wanting to invest in the country. The business agreements have an estimated investment value of around $9 billion and could employ around 10,000 workers. “I thank everyone for joining the event. The Philippines welcome responsible …

Duterte arrives in China to attend Boao forum for Asia

HAINAN, China–President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at the Qionghai Boao Airport on Monday, April 9, aboard a chartered Philippine Airlines flight. The President’s plane touched down at the Qionghai Boao Airport at 5:55 pm. Upon arrival at the airport, the President was welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines …