House panel okays absolute divorce bill

MANILA, Philippines  — The House committee on population and family relations on Wednesday approved a consolidated measure institutionalizing absolute divorce in the Philippines. Isabela Rep. Lourdes Aggabao’s motion was unanimously approved by the committee members. The substitute bill aims to ensure that the proceedings for the grant of absolute divorce shall be affordable, efficient and inexpensive, …

DepEd says Senior High School grads ready for work

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) here assured the public that graduates of the Senior High School (SHS) are “equipped to face the world of work.” Dr.Lea Belleza, information officer of DepEd Western Visayas, said Tuesday that there are three reasons the Senior High School education system was introduced. She explained that those …

Duterte hands-off on Cha-cha provisions: Puno

MANILA, Philippines  — Aside from the need to give more attention to the problems in Mindanao, President Rodrigo R. Duterte did not insinuate any provision to the proposal to amend or revise the 1987 Constitution. This was the assurance given by Reynato Puno, chairperson of the consultative committee (Con-com) to revise the 1987 Constitution after its …

Alvarez eyes OK of marriage dissolution bill in March

  MANILA, Philippines  — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday he expects the House of Representatives to pass the bill on dissolution of marriage before Congress goes into a Lenten break on March 23. “Ang commitment ko diyan, magbi-break kami nitong March, ano, so kailangang maipasa iyan on third reading bago kami mag-break,” Alvarez said in …

Mayor offers free houses for IP rebels who surrender

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — A town mayor is offering new homes for members of the New People’s Army who wish to surrender. Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat Municipal Mayor Randy Ecija Jr. invites fighters of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New people’s Army (CPP)NPA) to lay down their arms, go back to the mainstream …

Duterte signs EO, empowers NHA to expedite Marawi rehab

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  In an effort to fast track the rehabilitation and construction of houses for the internally displaced persons in  Marawi City, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has  signed Executive Order (EO) No. 49 on Monday, February 6, 2018. The  EO  49  is specific  “Exempting the National Housing Authority from the National Economic and Development …

Duterte appoints 18 men, 1 woman to review the 1987 Constitution

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- President Rodrigo Duterte appointed 19 of the 25 members of the Consultative Committee in preparation for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution. The committee is chaired by former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno. Here’s the complete list of the 19 members: Reynato Puno -former Supreme Court Chief Justice Aquilino “Nene” …