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Validity of Driver’s licenses and motorcycle registration are extended – LTO

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has once again extended the validity of driver’s licenses, conductor’s permits, and student permits, as well as the validity of motor vehicle registration in certain regions. Due to the quarantine restrictions brought by COVID-19 pandemic, the LTO extended the validity of driver’s licenses, conductor’s licenses, student-driver’s permit as well as …

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Duterte approves P5 trillion national budget for 2022

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday signed the P5.024-trillion national budget for 2022 into law. On Thursday, December 30, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the government’s budget for 2022 in a ceremony with lawmakers, providing a new stream of cash for managing the coronavirus outbreak and assisting areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai). “I want …

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Duterte signs law creating Department of Migrant Workers

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed bill creating a department devoted only to the issues of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Duterte signed the Department of Migrant Workers Act into law during a signing ceremony in Malacañang, establishing a completely new government agency committed to overseeing the affairs and defending the rights of millions of abroad Filipino …

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PH Gov’t gets missile-capable corvettes from Korea

The Department of National Defense signed a P28 billion contract with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) on Tuesday to purchase two missile-capable corvettes. Simultaneously, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated that contracts for 32 additional Black Hawk helicopters and six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) could be signed next month. Lorenzana and HHI representative Ka …

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TESDA, most trusted government agency – PUBLiCUS

According to an independent and non-commissioned survey, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is still one of the most trusted government agencies in the country. According to PUBLiCUS Asia’s 2021 PAHAYAG Fourth-Quarter Survey, TESDA was ranked second among the most trusted government agencies, with a trust rating of 46.1 percent, trailing only the …

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Duterte to sign bill creating OFW’s Department

On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign into law a proposed bill creating a government department – the Department of Migrant Affairs – dedicated to addressing the many needs of land and sea-based overseas Filipino workers. This was confirmed by Representative Raymond Mendoza of the TUCP Partylist, the bill’s principal …

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Duterte approves P10K service incentives for gov’t workers

Qualified government employees will receive a one-time service recognition incentive (SRI) of P10,000 under a new administrative order (AO) signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte this holiday season. AO No. 45, signed by Duterte on December 24, is consistent with the implementation of Joint Resolution 4, signed on June 17, 2009, which authorizes the grant …

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SEC flags Crypto Asset and three more luring investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has identified four unregistered entities that are enticing the public to participate in their respective investment programs despite the fact that they lack the necessary license to collect investments from the public. The SEC has issued four separate advisories warning the public about Crypto Asset, Clearway Energy, Inc., Shopee888, …

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Peso weakens against dollar ahead of lockdown levels

The Philippine Peso may fall against the dollar this week as a result of the government’s decision to relax lockdown levels in January. According to Bankers Association of the Philippines data, the local currency closed at P50.04 per dollar on Friday, up from P50.045 on Thursday. The peso rose two centavos week on week from …

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Philippine internet speed improves, says Ookla

According to the most recent Ookla data, the Philippines’ mobile internet speeds improved even more in November, with the country rising four places to 90th out of 138 countries. Its mobile internet median download speed increased to 18.68 megabits per second (Mbps) from 18.21 Mbps in October. The mobile upload speed increased from 5.39 Mbps …

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