PhilHealth no longer requires OFWs to pay premiums before getting employment certificate

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is no longer requiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to pay their premium contributions as a requirement to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC). PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales made...

Business tycoon Danding Cojuangco Jr passes away at 85

MANILA, June 17 (Mabuhay) — Business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. has passed away. Cojuangco’s death was announced by San Miguel Corporation, of which he was chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement on Wednesday. “San Miguel...

Spanish man in Dasma Village incident ‘perpetually banned’ from entering Philippines — PH Bureau of Immigration

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay) — The Spanish citizen who figured in an altercation with a police officer in a posh Makati subdivision last April is now “perpetually banned” from entering the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Tuesday. Javier Salvador...

‘A minus’ credit rating affirmation of PH’s economic strength

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday welcomed Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd.’s (JCR) decision to upgrade its rating on the Philippines from BBB+ to A- with “stable” outlook amid fears of global economic downturn due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)...

Customs seizes P2.7M in dollar bills hidden inside magazines from HK

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) –Customs authorities have seized P2.7 million worth of US dollar bills inserted in pages of various magazines declared as “Chinese Cook Book Recipes” which entered the country last month. In a statement on Sunday, the Bureau of Customs...

PHL, Japan sign P75-B loan deals for infra projects in Davao City, Cebu

MANILA, (Mabuhay)– The Philippines and Japan on Tuesday signed two loan agreements worth a combined P75.5 billion or about ¥154 billion yen for two big-ticket infrastructure projects in the Visayas and Mindanao under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build,...

Coronavirus causing COVID-19 is not weakening, San Lazaro Hospital doctor says

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — An official of the San Lazaro Hospital on Sunday belied claims that the coronavirus causing COVID-19 is losing its potency. San Lazaro Hospital’s Adult Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Section chair Dr. Rontgene Solante added that the...

Payout for second tranche of Social Amelioration Program to start on June 17 — DILG

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay)– The distribution of cash assistance under the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program will start on Wednesday, June 17, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Tuesday. In a public briefing, DILG Undersecretary...

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...