NHA to unveil the P720-million AFP/PNP model Condo in March

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The National Housing Authority will unviel the model condominium building intended for the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine national Police (AFP/PNP) in March. Marcelino P. Escalada, NHA General Manager said the agency allocated P720-million for the construction of the sixteen low rise condominium buildings to …

Palace welcomes higher PH ranking in world’s most powerful passports

MANILA, Philippines — Palace welcomes higher PH ranking in world’s  Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the country’s climb in the latest Henley and Partners Passport Index, which ranks all of the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The Philippines rose three notches higher to 72nd place in 2018 …

NHA 2018 and beyond : Building comfortable and liveable homes, rebuilding trust

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The failure of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in the last decades to build an “acceptable homes” for its beneficiaries is now the strength of the agency. General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. admitted “I am a witness to those failures and my heart bleeds because I am leading the agency which …

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 …

Duterte targets corrupt local officials

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants corrupt local government officials out. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in the Tuesday press briefing at the Palace said the President would expand his “cleansing of the bureaucracy” to local officials. In 2017, Duterte fired ten top officials of his administration over corruption issues. (duterte-fires-10-top-officials-in-2017/) Last week he …

PDEA probes Taiwanese vessel over P125-M cocaine

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating the circumstances involving a Taiwanese vessel  discovered carrying  24 kilograms of cocaine in Sorsogon worth an estimated P125 million on January 3. Authorities suspect the illegal drugs came from a foreign cargo vessel marked Jin Ming, which made an emergency docking last Tuesday, January 2, …

DFA starts issuing passports with 10-year validity

MANILA, Philippines  — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday announced that issuance of passports with 10-year validity starts January 3. “Since January 1 and 2 were holidays, passport applications made starting today, January 3, shall be 10-year valid, provided the applicant is not a minor,” said Director Geronimo Suliguin, officer in charge for DFA-Office …

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 …