About 4,000 MIASCOR employees agonize over contract cancellation

Davao City, Philippines — About 4,000 workers will be displaced in the next 60 days as the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) terminated it’s contract with the ground service provider MIASCOR Groundhandling Corporation Friday January 19, 2018. MIAA Airport General manager Ed Monreal in a letter to MIASCOR president Fidel Hernan Reyes asked the company …

Sanofi refunds gov’t with P1.16-B for unused Dengvaxia

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III disclosed on Friday that the drug manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur has already made a refund of more than Php1 billion for unused Dengvaxia vaccines. Duque, in a press conference here after the Provincial Dengue Summit, said Sanofi on Thursday paid the government some PHP1.16 billion out …

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III suspends the deployment of  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait following the death of seven Filipino workers in the Middle East. “The suspension took effect after I signed it today” says the Labor Secretary  Friday night, January 19, 2010. Bello signed the   Administrative Order 25-2018  affecting …

Duterte orders termination of MIASCOR contract after OFW lost his “pasalubong”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte ordered airport and transport officials to clear the airport of theft victimizing passengers especially returning Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). In a meeting with airport and transport officials in Malacañang Duterte Thursday afternoon, Duterte emphasized “Itong nangyari kahapon (This what happened yesterday), I would  demand that there will be …

Duterte appoints a bemedalled police general as PCSO chair

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed retired police general from Davao to chair the government-run Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Duterte signed the appointment of Anselmo Simeon P. Pinili last January 15. Pinili will serve the remaining term of resigned PCSO chair Jorge Corpuz who was appointed in July 2017. Corpuz resigned last …

NTC XI wants 30 colorum radio stations to sign off

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For operating without the necessary government permit, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) XI wants 30 unlicensed or colorum  radio stations in the Davao region to sign off. Among those recommended for closure is a radio station in Davao Oriental reportedly owned by a Congressman. “They operate without the required permit,” says …

Duterte plans to ban sending OFWs to Kuwait due to sexual abuse cases

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine government is planning to talk with the government of Kuwait about the  increasing sexual abuses involving Overseas Filipino Workers. During the launching of the OFW Bank Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018, Duterte shared his apprehensions on the increasing number of sexual abuses involving Filipino workers. Duterte said “My advise …

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 …

Go ready to quit if proven he mediates in the P15.7-billion Navy procurement

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The almost speechless Special Assistant of  President Rodrigo Duterte broke his silence as he  has been dragged in the P15.7-billion Philippine Navy procurement controversy. Secretary Christopher Lawrence  ‘Bong’ Go  said he is willing to quit from service if proven that he facilitated or meddled  in the P15.7-billion  frigate program of the Philippine …