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DA, BCDA eye PH's first agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The 30-hectare project is targeted to begin construction in 2021

SITE INSPECTION. DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero, and BCDA Vice President Arrey Perez inspect the site of the planned agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City on July 1, 2020.  Photo from the Facebook page of DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero

Pandemic may push 50 million Africans into extreme poverty – AfDB

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The African Development Bank says Nigeria, the continent's most populous country, would see the greatest rise in poverty

People queue to collect food parcels distributed to cushion the effect of lockdown in the Ikorodu district of Lagos, on April 30, 2020. - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered a "phased and gradual easing" from next week of a lockdown covering Africa's biggest city, neighbouring Ogun state and the national capital Abuja (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Automated DSWD subsidy a problem in far-flung areas with no ATMs

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Only 1.3 million out of the targeted 13.5 million poor families have received the second tranche of the cash aid promised to them

STILL DELAYED. Residents line up at a Landbank branch in Quezon City on April 9, 2020 to withdraw their financial assistance from the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

4 MMDA personnel test positive for coronavirus

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will close its Makati City office for disinfection from July 9 to 12

LIVE: House hearing on DSWD's emergency subsidy program

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 pm

Deadlock? Gov't rejects revisions to NAIA rehab

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The NAIA Consortium says it can only move forward with the project 'under revised conditions' due to the coronavirus pandemic

NAIA REHAB. Passengers queue up outside as they wait for their flights out of the country at Manila's international airport on March 19, 2020, after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. AFP file photo

Mary Robinson to lead probe into African Development Bank chief

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Former Irish president Mary Robinson will lead a panel that will look into corruption allegations against African Development Bank chief Akinwumi Adesina

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

DSWD vows no more anomalies after LGUs removed from cash aid distribution

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista guarantees that since the DSWD will no longer transfer funds to local government units, local officials can no longer meddle with the cash aid

The Social Amelioration Program Monitoring Team composing of employees from the DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the Social Amelioration Cards (SAC) of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

'Culture of fear': Actors' group slams ABS-CBN shutdown, FDCP guidelines

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The newly-formed group Aktor criticizes the government for moves that seemingly want to stop artists from telling the Filipino story

Tourism faces minimum $1.2-trillion hit from virus – U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The world's tourism sector could lose $1.2 trillion due to the coronavirus pandemic – but that's not yet the worst-case scenario

HOLIDAY ISLAND. An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. Photo by Etienne Torbey/AFP

Palace says DTI or DepEd should issue film production guidelines – not FDCP

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque himself points out that the FDCP has no regulatory powers

‘Out of touch’: Entertainment industry groups oppose FDCP's latest guidelines for shoots

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Inter-Guild Alliance – a collective of various groups from the entertainment industry – says the FDCP 'needs to come to its senses'

DSWD cash aid might be subject to withdrawal fees

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The DSWD partners with more financial service providers to conduct payouts for the emergency subsidy program, but beneficiaries may have to pay a withdrawal fee of up to P50 to receive them

Residents of Quezon City line up at Landbank COA in Quezon City on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Almost 300,000 families have yet to receive April cash aid – Malacañang

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

This does not include the 5 million waitlisted families from across the country that were added to the program

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program distributed by DSWD at the Baseco Elementary School in Tondo, Manila on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

'Slippery slope': PH directors' guild rejects new FDCP guidelines for shoots

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The Directors' Guild of the Philippines Inc says they oppose 'any form of additional agency intrusion on productions'

DSWD says cash aid will continue after Bayanihan Act expires

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The emergency subsidy program was created in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which Malacañang says expires on June 25

Social Amelioration Program distribution in Cavite. - Residents of Barangay Pasong Camachile 1 in City of General Trias trooped at Barangay covered on Thursday, May 7, 2020 to received their Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of National Government thru the Department of Social Welfare Development. The locality has 44, 373 beneficiaries in 33 barangay. (Dennis Abrina)

EastWest Bank not for sale, says Filinvest

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:10 PM

EastWest Bank is rumored to be consolidating with another bank, as the coronavirus pandemic triggers bad loans. Filinvest, the bank's controlling stockholder, denies the speculations.

Lawmakers berate DSWD regional directors over delays in aid distribution

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells DSWD regional directors that not following the policies ordered by their superiors could be seen as 'insubordination'

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's emergency subsidy program distributed by DSWD on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lawmaker slams DSWD for distribution policies that caused crowds

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

MMDA gets boat donation for Pasig River service

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The ferry boat, donated by the RII Group of Companies, can carry 55 passengers per trip

FERRY BOAT. Reghis Romero of the RII Group of Companies donates a ferry boat to the Metro Manila Development Authority to help ease the vehicular traffic in Metro Manila. Photo from RII Group.

DSWD ready to shed light on cash aid delays in House probe

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The House is set to begin investigating the delays in the government's cash aid program on Monday, June 22

Emergency Cash Assistance returned General Trias Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina

Virus crisis torpedoes foreign investment – U.N.

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:20 PM

The United Nations expects a 40% drop in global foreign direct investment in 2020

A boat sails at sunset, against the backdrop of Burj Khalifa and high rise buildings, in the Emirati city of Dubai, on May 27, 2020. - The Emirati authorities eased some of the restrictions that were put in place in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, allowing some businesses to reopen. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)

Cayetano, House leaders seek probe into delays in DSWD subsidy program

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

The ranking lawmakers hit the Department of Social Welfare and Development for its failure to streamline the distribution process, forcing beneficiaries to wait for weeks

WAITING IN LINE. Residents of Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal, queue for the distribution of DSWD's emergency subsidy on May 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD suspends government internship program for 2020

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The government's internship program, which allows the youth to experience working in public service, is postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic

RELIEF. Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) ng Barangay Maybunga council members, together with youth volunteers, help give relief goods to residents in the barangay on May 26. File photo by Martin Louise Tungol

Business groups: Ressa verdict threatens Filipinos' rights, freedoms

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a big blow to press freedom especially given serious constitutional questions on whether the law is applicable at all. This would threaten our other rights and freedoms,' business groups say

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Ressa and co-accused Reynaldo Santo Jr, former Rappler researcher-writer, receives a guilty verdict. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

DSWD cash aid comes after Michelle Silvertino dies

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The family of the stranded worker, who died while waiting for a bus ride home to Bicol, receives P15,000 and educational and livelihood assistance

Virus cuts G20 GDP by record 3.4% in 1st quarter – OECD

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The steepest declines come in China, France, and Italy, which were among the first countries to impose drastic lockdowns against the coronavirus

This aerial photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows an empty street in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - China said on March 10 the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak Hubei would relax travel restrictions to allow healthy people to move within the hard-hit province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

DSWD begins 2nd tranche of cash aid with 4Ps beneficiaries

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The long-awaited cash aid for May begins on the second week of June

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Virus to slice at least 6% off world economy – OECD

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:45 PM

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says the global economy could shrink by as much as 7.6% if a second wave of contagion happens later in the year

CORONAVIRUS TESTING. Sample testing devices are checked on a production line as they are prepared to be included in testing kits for shipment at SD Biosensor near Cheongju, South Korea, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

ADB approves $500-million loan for conditional cash transfers

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Asian Development Bank's total lending to the Philippines reaches $2.6 billion so far in 2020, exceeding its record lending of $2.5 billion in 2019

This photo taken on March 18, 2020 shows a general view of a slum area along the river in Manila. - Asian nations have imposed increasingly heavy measures to fight the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Philippines has ordered half its population of some 110 million to stay home. (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-Philippines-poverty,FOCUS by Joshua Melvin and Ron Lopez

FALSE: DSWD 'gives P5,500 to every Facebook user'

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

MMDA postpones start of modified number coding scheme

Jun 07, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Due to limited public transportation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says the modified number coding scheme will not be implemented yet

EDSA. The MMDA postpones the implementation of its modified number coding scheme. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Cayetano warns gov't officials over 'inexcusable' Bayanihan law problems

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House 'will be having an accounting' of the problematic implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

SUBSIDY PROGRAM. A mother and her 7-month old son wait for the distribution of the government's emergency subsidy program on May 12, 2020 at Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P1.3-trillion economic stimulus vs coronavirus 'not fundable,' says NEDA

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Economic managers say the government can only afford P130 billion for spending programs. Lawmaker Stella Quimbo says that is 'a pitiful response to the biggest economic catastrophe since the World War.'

FUNDING. Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Under-fire African Development Bank boss facing new graft probe

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Akinwumi Adesina, who is seeking reelection as president of the African Development Bank, now faces an independent inquiry

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

[ANALYSIS] 2 4Ps mothers speak up on the coronavirus and their communities

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Social media is fraught with comments and criticisms on the special attention going to 4Ps beneficiaries. The degrading stereotype of the lazy poor still flourishes, more dangerous than ever...'

[OPINION] Why the emergency subsidy program affects PWDs the hardest

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:34 PM

'News reports [indicate] how PWDs suffered from their attempt to avail of the subsidy benefit, such as lining up despite excruciating pain for the entire day'

'Doing nothing is more fatal': Bike group defends improvised lanes after MMDA takedown

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Advocates call for the continued protection of vulnerable road users, even if it means facing charges from MMDA

DSWD eyes distribution of cash aid for 2nd tranche this week

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:09 PM

After failing to give out the cash aid in May, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista says the DSWD has already prepared the guidelines on the distribution of the second tranche of the financial subsidy

CASH AID. File photo of Cavite residents waiting for the distribution of cash aid. Photo by Dennis Abrina

As May ends, DSWD unable to release cash aid for 2nd tranche

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The DSWD calls on local governments to submit liquidation reports so it can complete validation

Residents of Barangay Labas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna receive their financial assistance under the government's Emergency Subsidy Program during the last day of payout on May 7, 2020. According to Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano, the May 7 deadline for the SAP payout might be extended as local officials in some areas faced problems that prevented them from giving cash assistance to beneficiaries. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

African Development Bank says 'no decision' yet on demands for probe

May 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Niale Kaba, the chair of the African Development Bank board, counters what she says was 'false' information

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

African Development Bank chief hits back over graft accusations

May 27, 2020 - 11:15 PM

'I maintain my innocence with regard to trumped-up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honor and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank,' says Akinwumi Adesina

BANK CHIEF. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina gives a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 13, 2019. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Buses and jeeps banned, modified coding for cars, in pitched Metro Manila GCQ

May 27, 2020 - 2:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council suggests allowing taxis and TNVS, and letting private cars go out on coding day on the condition there are at least two passengers. These are still up for approval.

MOBILITY. Early morning traffic along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City build up with mostly private vehicles as people starts reporting for work on May 18 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 bus changes from North to South NCR under planned single route system

May 27, 2020 - 1:58 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says this will ease traffic and will address concerns over reduced public transportation capacity during the pandemic

EDSA. An electronic billboard along EDSA flashes inspirational messages amid the pandemic and telling commuters to travel only for essential needs as NCR starts on MECQ on May 16, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Duterte's infrastructure push gets $400-million boost from ADB loan

May 26, 2020 - 4:20 PM

This new loan brings the Asian Development Bank's total lending to the Philippines to $2.1 billion so far in 2020

PH movie producers slam FDCP over work resumption guidelines

May 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The PMPPA says film industry health and safety protocols — which follow government standards – don't need IATF approval anymore

U.S. urges probe into alleged ethics breach by African Development Bank

May 25, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) A letter shows United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed 'deep reservations' about the outcome of an internal inquiry clearing African Development Bank chief Akinwumi Adesina

LENDER. The African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo from AfDB website

LOOK: MMDA's dry run of EDSA bike lane in light of quarantine

May 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The pilot segment of the bike lane is set up in EDSA northbound from White Plains to Boni Serrano

EDSA BIKE LANE. Bicycle riders traverse the newly-created MMDA Bike Lane at the northbound lane of EDSA on May 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

5M more households to get 2nd tranche of coronavirus cash aid – Malacañang memo

May 23, 2020 - 6:10 PM

A majority of these additional households will be residents of areas under ECQ

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

TESDA eyes resumption of classes by June

May 21, 2020 - 9:11 PM

If this plan is approved by the COVID-19 inter-agency task force, TESDA will implement part-online, part-face-to-face vocational classes

CLASSES. TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapena says they will propose resumption of vocational classes by June. File photo by Darren Langir/Rappler