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BPO firms step up hiring of Filipino nurses

By Sammy F. Martin MANILA, Aug. 1 (PNA) — Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms have stepped up their recruitment of Filipino nurses, following the US Supreme Court verdict upholding Obamacare,…

Bill mandates airlines to refund cancelled flight

MANILA, Aug. 1 (PNA) — Rep. Evelina G. Escudero (1st District Sorsogon) pushes for a bill mandating airline companies to refund in full the tickets of passengers who canceled their…

Comelec SBAC 2 declares second round of public bidding a failure

By Ferdinand G. Patinio MANILA, Aug. (PNA) — The Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) 2 of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday declared the second round of bidding…

Bicol economy slows down in 2014

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 1 (PNA) — The Bicol Region’s economy posted the biggest slowdown or deceleration nationwide last year at 4.2 percent from 8.1 percent in 2013 or a decline…

Cordillera GRDP slides down but is still positive

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 1 (PNA) — The 5.4 percent growth rate of the Cordillera Region in 2013 slid down 3.2 percent in 2014 but is still positive in terms of…

Comelec commissioner hits Congress, DBM over funding woes

SORSOGON CITY, Aug. 1 (PNA) — A top-ranking official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has blamed Congress and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the administrative woes…

1 dies, another wounded in possible drug-related case

URDANETA CITY, Aug. 1 (PNA)–One person was killed and another wounded when criminals riding in tandem on a motorcycle struck in broad daylight along the busy Mac Arthur Highway in…

Phil. Army’s 7ID cites units, individuals

FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija, Aug. 1 (PNA) — The Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division (7ID) recognized several units and individuals for their respective exemplary performance, highlighting its 27th anniversary…

EMB to impose fines vs Sorsogon buko juice company

SORSOGON CITY, Aug. 1 (PNA) — More troubles are coming the way of a buko juice company in Sorsogon City in the next few days as the Environmental Management Bureau…

Greenpeace defends Bicol’s top cop on illegal fishing payola issue

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 1 (PNA) — A top official of the Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines has defended Chief Supt. Victor Deona’s integrity after the controversial issue on illegal fishing payola in…

Intel officer critically wounded in Masbate ambush

CAMP GEN. SIMEON A. OLA, Legazpi City, Aug. 1 (PNA) — An intelligence officer of the San Pascual Municipal Police Station was critically wounded in an ambush staged by New…

POPCOM-2 throws a birthday bash for six 100 millionth babies in Region 2

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Aug 1 (PNA) — The Commission on Population Regional Office 2 (POPCOM-02) on Saturday led the celebration of the first birthday of six 100 millionth babies representing the…

DSWD: More than 17,000 new homes turned over to ‘Pablo’ family-survivors

MANILA, Aug. 1 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Saturday that a total of 17,420 permanent housing units have already been turned over to families…

Lawmaker proposes mandatory CPR training for K-12 high school students

MANILA, Aug. 1 (PNA) — A lawmaker has proposed the mandatory inclusion of basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training for K-12 high school students to actively involve the youth in saving…

DOLE’s EC benefits enhancements on high gear under P-Noy administration

MANILA, Aug 1 (PNA) — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, on Saturday commended the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) for its commitment in developing and implementing existing policies to strengthen…