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Contingency in place for Pinoys amid Israel tensions: DFA

MANILA – No Filipino has been reported to be among the casualties in the escalating exchange of airstrikes and rocket fires between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Wednesday. In a statement, the agency assured that the Philippine government has contingency plans in …

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More financing options available for MSMEs

BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno MANILA – Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) continue gaining access to credit partly through the establishment of credit surety funds (CSFs), as at least 15 additional CSFs are expected to register until end-2021. In a virtual briefing Wednesday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin …

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Time to ‘move on’ from alleged red-tagging issues: Egco

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Joel Egco (File photo) MANILA – The government’s anti-insurgency task force has more “important” and “urgent” priorities rather than picking fights with lawmakers, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Joel Egco said on Wednesday. Egco, who was recently designated as spokesperson for “Mass Media …

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Bill on use of electric vehicles hurdles House panels

(PNA file photo) MANILA – A joint panel of the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure providing a national energy policy and regulatory framework for the use and development of electric vehicles and their development as an industry. The House Committee on Energy, in a joint meeting with …

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Vehicle sales up amid pandemic

MANILA – Vehicle sales from January to April this year increased by 36.3 percent to 88,155 units from 64,675 units in the same period in 2020, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association reported Tuesday. Both passenger car and commercial vehicle segments grew …

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PCG rescues 10 from overloaded banca off Cebu waters

RESCUED. Passengers of a sinking fishing banca being rescued in waters off Camotes, Cebu on Monday (May 10, 2021). The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday (May 11, 2021) said nine passengers and the boat’s captain were rescued during search and rescue efforts of the PCG Station Camotes. (Photo courtesy …

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Popcom links family planning to poverty reduction in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The Commission on Population and Development in Region 10 (Popcom 10) said the government’s intensified family planning (FP) services for women and couples have helped reduce the number of poor families in some Northern Mindanao provinces. In a statement Tuesday, Popcom-10 cited data from the Philippine Statistic …

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Cops provide potable water to Pangasinan villages

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Police Regional Office in Ilocos Region (PRO-1) is set to turn over potable water sources to two villages in two towns in Pangasinan under the Patubig ng Pulis project. In an interview Tuesday, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) information officer Maj. Arturo Melchor II said the …

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