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Day: October 22, 2022

Estrella, City Savings Bank ink MOA for loan program to DAR staff

Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III and City Savings Bank, Inc. (CitiSavings) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lorenzo T. Ocampo have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will provide a loan program to employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) nationwide.   Estrella said the signing of the MOA marked a very significant event for DAR employees and expressed his gratitude to the CitySavings for understanding and exerting all efforts to partner with the agency in addressing their (employees) financial concerns.   “On behalf of the DAR, I would like to thank all of you for your

DFA now accepts ePhilID for passport applications

The Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of Consular Affairs announced that it would be accepting the ePhilID as an accredited government-issued valid ID for passport applications starting Oct. 21, 2022.   The public may visit to learn more about the digitized version of the PhilSys ID (National ID), the department said in a news release Friday.   To facilitate its use as a valid ID accepted for passport application, the public is advised that the details in the printed ePhilID must be clear, readable, and contain the same details as the presented documentary requirements during the passport application.

Duty Free, DTI launch ‘Special Bagsakan’ for OFWs

tate-owned Duty Free Philippines Corp. (DFPC), in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), recently launched the Fiesta Corner featuring DTI’s Bagsakan Program at the Duty Free Fiestamall store.   This joint venture aims to welcome “balikbayans” (returning Filipinos), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and foreign guests with an exciting array of special delicacies, handicrafts, and other native products from the country’s various regions.   “The Duty Free stores have been carrying local goods as part of our ‘reverse pasalubong’ program wherein Filipino travelers and foreign tourists are enticed to bring these products back to their countries of origin,

Obet to exit PH Saturday

Tropical Depression Obet began moving away from Batanes on Saturday and is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) within the day.   In its 5 a.m. tropical cyclone bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Obet was last estimated at 135 km. west of Basco, Batanes, and was moving westward at 15 kph.   It had maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center, gustiness of up to 55 kph, and a central pressure of 1006 hPa (Hecto Pascal).   By 2 p.m., PAGASA expects Obet to be 375 km. west of

Bataan, Converge pilot free internet for education program

The local government of Bataan and broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. has launched the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) program, which seeks to provide free fiber access to educational resources in 500 homes.   Bataan Governor Joet Garcia said the target of 500 homes is just a start, with the FTTH program eyeing to connect more than 100,000 homes in the province.   “Hindi lang estudyante ang mabibigyan ng koneksyon kundi pati ang mahigit na 6,000 faculty ay mabibigyan ng FTTH (Not only students will be provided with a connection but also more than 6,000 faculty members would be

‘Great interest’ in PH yields P172-M PHITEX sales

The ongoing Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2002 has generated a record-breaking PHP172.6 million in bookings, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Saturday.   The amount was based on the initial submission of negotiated sales of Philippine sellers physically present at the event from October 19 to 20, surpassing sales reports of pre-pandemic editions.   PHITEX logged sales of PHP94.8 million and PHP46 million in 2018 and 2019, respectively.   Staged in a hybrid format during the pandemic, sales leads from PHITEX 2020 and 2021 reached PHP43 million and PHP69 million, respectively.   “The impressive turnout of buyers and sellers, and

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