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UK jobless claims near 3 million on coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Economists argue that the full extent of the coronavirus will not be clear until Britain's jobs retention scheme ends, as furloughed workers are currently not in the unemployment statistics

UK PARLIAMENT. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK jobless claims surge by almost 70% on coronavirus

May 19, 2020 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) British unemployment claims surge by a record 856,000 to a total of 2.1 million people in April 2020

A deserted Westminster Bridge is pictured looking north around Monday lunch time, in central London, March 23, 2020, as governments scramble to defend their own economies against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in order to ward off a long-term global recession and future waves of infections. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Duterte signs EO establishing social benefits program for troops, police

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:23 PM

The program for soldiers and police wounded or killed in action includes financial, social welfare, health, shelter, and employment assistance

ON GUARD. Philippine Army soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How everyday technology is saving us

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:15 PM

This also adds opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs, including in Southeast Asia and around the world

Make establishments aware of athletes' discount law, says Agatha Wong

Dec 22, 2019 - 4:19 PM

‘Gets quite annoying to keep having to explain to managers that this kind of benefit actually exists You think I'm a liar?’ tweets wushu athlete Agatha Wong

FIGHT FOR HONOR. National wushu star Agatha Wong fights for awareness of the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DepEd grants P1,000 cash benefit on World Teachers' Day

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:26 PM

DepEd Order No. 26 says the benefit would be granted to all public school teachers who were in service as of September 30

Students of Rafael Palma Elementary School gives flowers and other gifts to appreciate their teachers during celebration of teacher's Day in Manila on 2 October 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Having sex in older age could make you happier and healthier – new research

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

New research seems to indicate that the less sex older people have, the more likely they are to experience mental and physical health problems

BENEFITS OF SEX. Older couples stand to gain helath benefits from sex. shutterstock/Roman Samborskyi

Why a glass of red wine is good for your gut

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:30 PM

A study adds to the growing body of evidence that red wine can, when drunk in moderation, have positive effects on health

Ben&Ben, Itchyworms, Bullet Dumas come together for Leyte

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Catch your favorite OPM artists at For The Love of Leyte, a music and arts festival on November 30 to December 1

What Duterte government’s P100M subsidies can do for PGH patients

Jul 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM

With quicker turnover of patients, funds for medical tests, and access to free medicine in a matter of days, the Philippine General Hospital can treat more indigents

Research Check: Does drinking coffee help you live longer?

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Like many previous studies, the JAMA Internal Medicine paper found people who drank coffee had a lower risk of dying of any cause – and specifically, of dying from heart disease and cancer – over the course of the study

GOOD NEWS. The study contains some good news for people who drink a lot of coffee. StudioByTheSea/Shutterstock

Senators hit 'dangerous' gov't practice of not filling posts for savings

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian say not spending the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for unfilled positions is a questionable practice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What you can do with fiber-powered broadband

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Sick of slow internet speeds? It’s time to upgrade!

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Retired general convicted again, gets 216 years for tax fraud

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Jose Ramiscal Jr is found to have falsified documents for the sale of General Santos City properties in order to pay lower taxes

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Law bars DOJ from taking custody of Janet Napoles – Sandiganbayan chief

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:49 PM

'BJMP is a secure facility, she's been there for quite some time, and we have not received a single report of threat,' says Presiding Justice Tang

WATCH: Get your brows done at Benefit Cosmetics' revamped flagship store

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:17 PM

This Benefit branch in Greenbelt just got bigger!

Sephora's on sale! Here are 7 things you can buy

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Time to grab some beauty booty!

Martires urges cases against court officials who delayed benefits

Jan 15, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The Sereno camp says the testimony is irrelevant to the complaint against the Chief Justice

Witness Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martirez attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017.Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), Lucas Bersamin (center)and Samuel Martirez (left) attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sereno impeachment: SC benefits committee sidelined 'Justice Midas'

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

House members gang up on Supreme Court personnel over a benefits committee that took away the powers of Court Administrator Midas Marquez

Supreme Court, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

7 Sephora buys for anyone who loves millennial pink

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Your world will be a rosy glow with these pink products

Marquez: Groups created by Sereno delayed benefits for judges, justices

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:03 PM

(UPDATED) Sereno's lawyer insists the creation of the working groups was intended to implement a consistent process

BELATED ACTION? Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez tells the House justice committee on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, that the committee created by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno approved the long pending applications for survivorship benefits after the matter was mentioned in the impeachment complaint against her. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Korean makeup to swear by

Sep 08, 2017 - 7:13 PM

BB cream the cushion compact setting spray — all of these now essential beauty staples are worth the hype

Why Indonesians have not taken advantage of ASEAN's work abroad opportunity

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:12 PM

Indonesians fear rather than embrace Mutual Recognition Agreements which allow professionals to work in other ASEAN countries – due to lack of public understanding of its benefits and socialization to the community

ROUND THE BEND. Two of Light Rail Manila's engineers ensuring LRT1's auxiliary inverter is ready for running. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Philippine Red Cross to hold benefit concert for Marawi

Aug 06, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The Rebuilding Life in Marawi concert is set for Thursday August 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena

FUNDRAISER. The Philippine Red Cross will hold a fundraising concert on August 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Musicians come together to raise funds for Marawi

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Barbie Almalbis Kitchie Nadal Aia de Leon Sud Mayonnaise Sponge Cola Hale and many more will hold fundraising concerts for those affected by the conflict in Marawi City

JAM FOR PEACE. Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, and Aia de Leon are among the artists performing to raise funds for Marawi. Photo by Leanne Jazul/ Rappler

Duterte orders P10,000-increase in workers' funeral benefits

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Studies by the SSS and GSIS show the increase will not affect the stability of the State Insurance Fund

Retired army general convicted again for corruption

May 25, 2017 - 10:40 PM

In a separate corruption case Jose Ramiscal Jr is already convicted of malversation and the falsification of public documents

Sandiganbayan photo by: DARREN LANGIT

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May 09, 2017 - 8:43 PM

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Why you should care about ASEAN integration

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:15 AM

From working or studying abroad to traveling more overseas to having a better job these are ways the ASEAN integration can personally affect you

News Briefs: April 7, 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday April 7

Retired PAO lawyers win P139-M benefits claim

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The PAO retirees however will not be paid moral and exemplary damages

RETIREMENT PAY. Retired lawyers of the Public Attorney's Office win their P139 million benefits claim against the Department of Budget and Management.

News Briefs: February 17, 2017

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:46 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 17

Facebook extends bereavement, family sick leaves for employees

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The social network adopts family leaves recognizing a need for workers to take a leave to care for a family member

COO. Sheryl Sandberg speaks onstage during The 2017 Makers Conference Day 2 at Terranea Resort on February 7, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/AFP

Closing the gender gap in economic opportunities

Feb 02, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Filipinas are not just outnumbered by their male counterparts in the labor force; a bigger share of employed women in the country work in jobs lacking decent working conditions

Weekend exercise may be as good as daily workouts – study

Jan 10, 2017 - 2:51 AM

The study stops short of proving cause and effect because it is based on people who filled out health surveys in Britain and relies on their self reported exercise intensity and duration

EXERCISE. A family exercising in the Philippines. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

VAT-free shopping for PWDs starting Dec 23

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:31 PM

The new benefit is on top of the 20 discount PWDs are already entitled to under the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons

MORE DISCOUNTS. Persons with disabilities can enjoy VAT-free purchases starting Friday, December 23, 2016. Photo by George Moya/ Rappler

Here's how you can apply for a PWD ID

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Before they can avail of their benefits and privileges PWDs must first get an identification card from their local city or municipal social welfare offices

5 situations where cold coffee would come in handy

Nov 13, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Power through the day with Kopiko 78 a recharging and refreshing caffeinated drink

What telecommuting requires

Nov 10, 2016 - 7:20 PM

A work from anywhere setup is seen as a means to reduce traffic in metro areas But what will it require from the parties involved?

P18B in contributions not credited to SSS, GSIS, AFP-RSBS members

Nov 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Among the 6 state run pension funds and housing agencies the Social Security System SSS topped the list with P9 939 billion in so called undistributed collections

Removal of seniors' VAT exemptions 'counter-productive' – lawmakers

Sep 27, 2016 - 2:40 PM

In our culture we respect senior citizens So why would we remove the exemption granted to them? asks veteran politician and Northern Samar 1st District Representative Raul Daza

NO TO VAT REMOVAL. Northern Samar 1st District Representative Raul Daza (1st from left) and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (2nd from right) both oppose the removal of VAT exemptions on senior citizens. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Exercise may offset health risks of drinking – study

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:45 PM

While there are no firm conclusions researchers say the results provide an additional argument for the role of physical activity in promoting health

Duterte admin keeping seniors' 20% discount, most VAT exemptions

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:45 PM

But the VAT exemption granted to senior citizens when dining in restaurants will be lifted says the DOF because such discounts are usually availed of by affluent senior citizens

VAT ON SENIOR CITIZENS. The VAT exemption granted to seniors when dining in restaurants will be lifted. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Fashion show aims to raise funds for PGH patients

Aug 31, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Doctors and medical students will walk the runway wearing apparel by esteemed Filipino designers as they seek to help patients through Rx: A Work of HeART

Bill wants to add drug rehab in PhilHealth coverage

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Bulacan 4th District Representative Linabelle Villarica says the State must encourage more drug dependents to undergo treatment and rehabilitation at low cost health care centers

HELPING DRUG DEPENDENTS. Bulacan 4th District Representative Linabelle Villarica wants PhilHealth to expand its coverage. Photo of Villarica from her Facebook page

Hidilyn Diaz to get P5M, other benefits required by law

Aug 09, 2016 - 4:52 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao chairman of the Senate sports committee is set to conduct an inquiry into the government s failure to give incentives to winning athletes as mandated by law

SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz makes history as a silver medalist for the Philippines at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Lessons from my first car purchase

Apr 20, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Buying your first car is an important milestone and a great learning experience

Marcos wants barangay polls postponed

Mar 17, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr tells Cebu City s officials that he is also pushing for their retirement benefits

CEBUANO VOTE. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos woos Cebuano voters in Barangay Suba. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Xurpas acquires stake in Chinese HR firm

Mar 09, 2016 - 4:29 PM

The deal marks Xurpas’ entry into the lucrative Chinese market and allows its existing tech based HR benefits unit to broaden its scope to employees there