US official thanks DND for supporting Philippine gov’t’s decision to suspend VFA

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday expressed appreciation for the support the Department of National Defense (DND) gave the Philippine government in its decision to suspend the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. Esper and...

Coronavirus survivor Iza Calzado donates plasma for patients

MANILA, June 13 (Mabuhay) — Actress Iza Calzado, one of the first local high-profile cases of coronavirus, shared that she has donated blood in the hope of helping other patients recover. On Instagram, Calzado shared a photo of her holding the bag of blood she had donated...

NCR remains under GCQ; Cebu City back to ECQ

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay)–  President Rodrigo Duterte has retained the general community quarantine (GCQ) classification in Metro Manila and reverted Cebu City to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until June 30. In a televised meeting late Monday night, Health Secretary...

Gov’t should intensify reintegration programs for OFWs – Villanueva

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — The government must “further intensify” and expand the implementation of reintegration programs for overseas Filipino workers who find themselves back in the country due to COVID-19, Senator Joel Villanueva said Sunday. In a statement, Villanueva...

DTI supports legislation to boost e-commerce law in PH

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in commemoration of the 20th year of Republic Act 8792 or the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000, has committed to implement policies to strengthen and grow e-commerce in the country while supporting...

Pinoys urged to have ‘courage, hope, optimism’ amid health crisis

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called on his fellow Filipinos to live with “courage, hope, and optimism” even as the country continues its battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Duterte made the call in a taped...

‘Filipinos will not cower to China,’ Hontiveros says on Independence Day

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday said Filipinos will not cower to China amid what she said were Beijing’s continued incursions in the West Philippine Sea. In an online rally she led on Independence Day, Hontiveros reiterated her earlier...

BIR memo aimed at getting online sellers to register — DOF

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — The controversial move of the Bureau of Internal Revenue requiring those into digital transactions to register and declare past transactions is not meant to squeeze money out of online sellers’ incomes, the Department of Finance said Friday. DOF...

ADB approves $500-M loan for Philippine 4Ps program

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay)– Japan-led multilateral lender Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved another loan for the Philippines, this time $500 million to expand the conditional cash transfer program. In a statement on Wednesday, the ADB said the approved loan will...

US Embassy cancels visa services through July 3; resumption indefinite

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay)– The US Embassy in the Philippines on Thursday announced that it is cancelling all immigrant and non-immigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 3 due to the community quarantine implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country....