Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal with weightlifting

By Rhea Mogul, CNN Updated 0656 GMT (1456 HKT) July 27, 2021   Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz reacts while competing in the women’s 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (CNN)Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history Monday becoming the first athlete from the Philippines to win gold at the Olympics. The 30-year-old set an Olympic record, […]

DOT reiterates call for safe travel amid stricter quarantine measure

– Saturday, July 24, 2021 The Department of Tourism (DOT) reiterated its call for safe personal travels as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) placed Metro Manila and other areas under a stricter quarantine measure to prevent local transmission of the Delta Variant of COVID-19. Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat […]

DOT reminds hotels, resorts that room sharing for quarantined families is allowed

– Thursday, July 22, 2021 The Department of Tourism (DOT) on 21 July (Wednesday) reminded accredited Accommodation Establishments operating as Quarantine Hotels to allow room sharing for certain individuals belonging in the same household traveling together, especially families with minors. “We have received reports that some DOT-Accredited Accommodation Establishments operating as Quarantine Hotels have been […]

Delivery riders protected by labor law, contract – DOLE

News Release Department of Labor and Employment July 27, 2021 Delivery riders protected by labor law, contract – DOLE Riders in food delivery and courier activities are covered by either the Labor Code of the Philippines or the contract or agreement with the digital platform company, depending on the existence of an employer-employee relationship. The […]

Bello set to take on ILO challenge

News Release Department of Labor and Employment July 18, 2021 Bello set to take on ILO challenge Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday said he is set to take on the challenge of heading a group representing both the powerful and the small governments of the world in the International Labor Organization. “I think […]

DOLE region 2 proud of Bello

News Release Department of Labor and Employment July 17, 2021 DOLE region 2 proud of Bello The regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in region 2 is proud of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III who was recently named the ‘Natatanging Cagayano Award’ for the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano 2021. The ‘Natatanging […]

BOI promotes plant-based foods, gears up local researchers and start-ups for the Big Idea Food Competition

The Board of Investments (BOI), the Philippines’ lead industry promotion agency, recently (06 July 2021) conducted an online information session on the upcoming Big Idea Food Competition (BIFC) 2022 Asia Edition to raise awareness on the potentials of plant-based foods.   The said session is a tie-up with Big Idea Ventures (BIV), the Department of Science […]

Purchasing Managers’ Index breaches 50-point mark, DTI-BOI sees strong second quarter recovery

DTI-BOI reported that the calibrated reopening of the economy has been resulting in improvement in the unemployment rate reported by NEDA at 7.7% in May, from 8.7% in April 2021; and the manufacturing index which climbed to 50.8 in June 2021, from 49.9 in May.   Just last week it was reported that exports performed remarkably, posting […]

Filipino-Chinese groups donate P100M to fight COVID-19

Filipino-Chinese groups donate P100M to fight COVID-19

The Filipino Chinese community on March 12 announced donation of P100 Million Pesos worth of medical supplies for the Department of Health (DOH) to support the COVID-19 or novel coronavirus prevention campaign of the Philippines. The 11 major Filipino Chinese business, civic and cultural organizations—led by Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, […]

SOURCE PRODUCTS FROM MSMES, INCLUDE THEM IN THE VALUE CHAIN: SEC. LOPEZ TELLS FILIPINO-CHINESE BUSINESSES PASAY

 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez called on Filipino-Chinese business owners and conglomerates to support micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by purchasing their materials and input requirements locally. “We urge our Filipino-Chinese businesses to partner with us in creating more opportunities for our countrymen. Source your raw materials and products from […]

SGMA AT FFCCCII CONVENTION

Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday received a warm welcome from the officers and members of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII). Speaker Arroyo delivered the keynote speech for the 32nd Biennial Convention of the FFCCCII which was held at the Manila Hotel Tent. She thanked […]

Opening Ceremony of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauded the Filipino-Chinese community for their contribution towards nation building during the Opening Ceremony of the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. In his message, President Duterte recognized the FFCCCII as an important partner […]

Over 400K workers regularized in 2018

MANILA — Over 400,000 contractual workers have been given permanent employment as part of the anti-“endo” campaign of the government, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Wednesday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that from January to December 3, a total of 411,449 private sector employees were regularized by their employers. “I know […]

Wage hike for NCR workers takes effect Nov 22

MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday announced that the PHP25 increase in the minimum wage for workers in Metro Manila will take effect on November 22. In a press briefing, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the latest salary increase of National Capital Region (NCR) employees will be effective 15 days […]

DOLE defends presence of thousands of Chinese workers

The growing presence of thousands of Chinese workers in the Philippines has become a cause of concern for some Filipinos, even as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) defended issuing half of all Alien Employment permits (AEPs) to these Chinese nationals. According to a Tuesday report on GMA News TV program “State of the […]

Acting DICT chief may stay till June

Eliseo Rio Jr. may remain as the acting chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) at least through June. A source with knowledge on the matter told The Manila Times Rio, a retired military general, might keep his position “until end of June” or longer, as President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to […]

Economy grows 6.1% in 4Q 2018; 6.2% in 2018

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) posted a 6.1 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2018, resulting in the 6.2 percent full-year growth for 2018. The main drivers of growth for the quarter were Construction; Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household Goods; and Other Services. Among the major economic sectors during the fourth quarter of 2018, […]

Malacañang backs BIR call to register offshore gaming operators

MANILA — Malacañang on Monday backed the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) decision to require foreign and Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogo) to register with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) before their licenses to operate can be renewed. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described this development as a “good measure” since it also aims to […]

BIR misses 2018 revenue target

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) fell short of its P2.043-trillion revenue target for 2018, collecting only P1.961 trillion in taxes last year, BIR Assistant Commissioner for Collection Services Alfredo Misajon reported to the House Committee on Ways and Means Tuesday. The BIR official said the collection shortfall reached P82.04 billion or 4.01 percent as […]

PH finishes 19th in Asian Games

JAKARTA – The Philippines pulled off an unexpected four-gold medal harvest in the 18th Asian Games that came to a close on Sunday — but the improved performance was still lacking in almost all departments. The gold medals in weightlifting, golf and skateboarding placed Team Philippines at No. 19 among 37 of the 45-nation Games that […]

Catriona Gray named Miss Universe 2018

MANILA – Catriona Gray became the fourth Filipina to be crowned Miss Universe after she won the prestigious beauty pageant in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. Gray redeemed herself from her runner-up finish in the 2016 Miss World by living up to the hype of her being the heavy favorite to win it all, as she prevailed […]