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(News Feature)Add’l gov’t reforms, sources of investments needed to cushion volatility on PHL vis-à-vis- ECB stimulus program

By Joann Santiago MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — Is the recently-announced quantitative easing (QE) program of the European Central Bank (ECB) a positive for the Philippines or otherwise? In an…

Road improvement helps spur economic development in IP communities

ADAMS, Ilocos Norte, Jan. 27 (PNA) — Residents here used to travel for more than an hour on rough road going up and down, traversing river boulders overlooking deep ravines…

Kidapawan City to sign sisterhood pact with Vietnamese city

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PNA) — Mayor Joseph Evangelista will sign a sisterhood agreement with the Vinh Yen City of Ving Phuc Province of Vietnam, the city mayor’s office announced…

2 dead as bomb explodes in Pikit, North Cotabato

By Noel Y. Punzalan COTABATO CITY, Jan. 27 — An explosion rocked the town proper of Pikit, North Cotabato, around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, killing two persons. P/Insp. Sindatuk Karim, Pikit…

2015 Bar exams to be held on Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29

MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — The Supreme Court (SC) approved on Tuesday to move the 2015 Bar examinations from October to November 2015 following the Philippine Association of Law Schools’…

Senior House member supports resolution honoring Pasadas who died in a freak accident during Pope Francis’ visit in Tacloban

MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — House independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez pushed on Tuesday for a congressional resolution honoring youth volunteer Ms. Kristel Mae Padasas who…

Pull-out of support to BBL jeopardizes Mindanao, PHL’s future –-Deles

By Joann Santiago MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles said on Tuesday some lawmakers’ withdrawal of support to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic…

Palace official cautions lawmakers who withdraw support to BBL to consider long-term impact of their decision

By Joann Santiago MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — A Malacanang executive on Tuesday said lawmakers who have decided to back out from supporting the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should…

President Aquino signs Book of Condolences for late Saudi King Abdullah

MANILA, Jan 27 (PNA) — President Aquino signed the Book of Condolences for the late Saudi King Abdullah at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Makati City Tuesday afternoon. The…

DBM: 78% of 2015 budget already released to agencies

MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — The 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA) amounting to Php2.606 trillion has kicked into effect, with 78 percent or Php2.037 trillion of the national budget comprehensively…

Chevron Philippines Inc., Petron to hike gas prices by Php0.30/liter, cuts diesel prices by Php0.10/liter Tuesday

MANILA, Jan. 26 (PNA) — Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI) and Petron Corporation will hike gas prices by Php0.30 centavos per liter and will cut diesel prices by Php0.10 centavos per…

Cement industry sales up in 2014

MANILA, Jan 27 (PNA) — Sales of the cement industry for full-year of 2014 has increased by 9.6 percent year-on-year, said Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) President Ernesto…

City dads to tackle CDO Comprehensive Land Use Plan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 26 (PNA) — The city’s nine -year Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) would be one of the issues to be raised during the city council’s…

(Obit) Cebuano freedom fighter Jose Ribomapil ‘Dodong’ Holganza Sr., 79

CEBU CITY, Jan. 26 (PNA) — One of the Cebuano freedom fighters who struggled against the dictatorship during the martial regime passed away Sunday at a hospital in Cebu City…

Bishop Cortes urges faithful: Pray for success of 51st International Eucharistic Congress in 2016

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 26 (PNA) –- The Most Rev. Julito B. Cortes, bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete, has exhorted the Catholic faithful to pray for the success of the…