LTFRB reminds PUV drivers on student fare discount

DAVAO CITY (June 4)  — Drivers beware! The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminded public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers to grant students a 20-percent fare discount as classes start today. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said students are entitled to discounts even during weekends and holidays. In a message to reporters,  Lizada emphasized …

Aquino, 46 others to attend Dengvaxia probe today

DAVAO CITY (June 4) — Former president Benigno Aquino III, two former Cabinet officials, and several former and incumbent officials of the Department of Health (DOH) are expected to appear  today, June 4,  before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the preliminary investigation on the complaint filed by two anti-crime advocacy groups over the controversial …

Banana growers hope Duterte’s Korea visit results in lower tariff

DAVAO CITY — The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has expressed hope that President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to South Korea would result in reduced tariff for the export of Cavendish bananas. PBGEA members were elated when they were invited to join the team of the President, through Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, PBGEA executive …

Oil firms rollback pump prices after 3 weeks of increases

MANILA — After three consecutive weeks of price increases, oil companies  announce a rollback in pump prices effective today, Sunday, June 3. The oil firms’ announcements came Saturday, ahead of their usual Monday announcement of price changes. Phoenix Petroleum even went ahead on Friday, reducing its gasoline prices by PHP1.40 per liter and diesel by …

Dairy firm denies engaging in labor-only contracting

MANILA — Dairy company, Magnolia, Inc., said Wednesday it was one of the companies identified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in a list of firms engaged or believed to be engaged in labor-only contracting. In a statement, Magnolia said the 2,248 affected employees in the department’s list, are not their workers but are …

Mindanao micro enterprises bag award for innovative food products

DAVAO CITY (May 30) — Four micro enterprises from Mindanao were recently recognized for their emerging and innovative food products during the International Food Exhibit Philippines held last week at the World Trade Center, Pasay City Baker’s Field Enterprises of Zamboanga City won the Katha Award for Biscuits, Breads, and Pastries Category for its flavored …

Malacañang takes note of PH’s world competitiveness ranking

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday said the government is already addressing the issues which the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) used to rank the Philippines as 50th among 63 countries in terms of global competitiveness. “We take note of the results of the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings 2018 citing that the Philippines ranked 50th …

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 …