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Day: May 1, 2022

Duterte winds down term, vows more opportunities for workers

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday vowed to continue giving Filipino workers “opportunities” needed to reach their full potential as the country celebrates Labor Day. “This administration, even if it is coming nearly to a close, shall remain committed to providing the people with the opportunities they need to realize their full potential,” Duterte said. Duterte lauded Filipino workers for being known worldwide for their “great passion, integrity and professionalism” they demonstrate in everything that they do. “These qualities have not only brought economic gains to our country, but have also been a source of immense pride and encouragement among our

Duterte decision on fate of ‘e-sabong’ known Monday

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will decide on the fate of e-sabong (online cockfighting) operations by Monday. In a speech in San Fernando City, Pampanga during the inspection of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Hospital on Sunday, Duterte said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has finished drafting a recommendation on whether or not to suspend e-sabong operations. “There is a department, si DILG, I tasked it to make a serious study of the e-sabong. The recommendation is on my table now. So pagdating doon, babasahin ko and maybe by Monday, malaman natin kung ituloy natin o

Food vendors welcome reopening of tourist spots in Pangasinan

Small business owners here are starting to pick up after two years of pandemic-induced losses, thanks to the reopening of tourist spots. Buko (coconut) juice vendor RJ Casaclang from this municipality recommenced his business in November 2021 when the province was lowered to Alert Level 2 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, allowing freer movement and more mass gatherings. He has been selling buko juice along the Lingayen Beach since 2015, earning a minimum of PHP300 during the weekdays and about PHP1,000 on weekends. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the 28-year-old Casaclang

Ifugao town attains 80% vax rate, opens doors to foreign tourists

This town has achieved an 80-percent vaccination rate against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), thanks to the vaccine and people’s adherence to protocols, the mayor said on Sunday. Mayor Raldis Andrei Bulayungan, in a message during the “Gotad Ad Kiangan”, a gathering for thanksgiving after the lockdown, said they have a target of less than 10,000, or 80 percent of the eligible population. He said only this town, Lagawe, and Lamut, among the 11 Ifugao municipalities, have achieved herd immunity. “The people’s obedience to the elders and following the example of officials who have received the Covid-19 vaccines contributed to

Ukrainian president, US House speaker meet in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday met US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the capital Kyiv, the presidency said. Zelenskyy thanked Pelosi and shared a video of her visit, which was not announced in advance. “I am grateful to you for this signal of strong support from the United States,” he said in a statement. He also awarded the Order of Princess Olga to Pelosi for her “significant personal contribution” to strengthen US-Ukraine cooperation and supporting “sovereign, independent and democratic” Ukraine. Pelosi confirmed the trip, saying that the congressional delegation traveled to Kyiv “to send an unmistakable and

CSC honors gov’t workers on Labor Day

_:“The strength of our nation lies in its workforce, in the same way that the strength of the civil service lies in our 1.7 million civil servants.” This was stressed by Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karlo Nograles on Labor Day, as he saluted government workers and emphasized the value of protecting their interests. “Today, as we honor Filipino workers whose labors help lay the very foundation upon which our nation’s progress rests, let us not forget our public officials and employees who –day in and day out, in times of peace or in periods of crisis– keep the government

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