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Thursday, February 12, 2009

January 13, 2009

The Alliance of Concerned Transport Operators (ACTO) expressed its readiness to implement a P0.50 reduction in basic fares on Feb. 14.  ACTO chief Efren de Luna said, with diesel prices now averaging with just P25-27 per liter, their members are willing to roll back fares.

Presyo sa bugas mobahar


Palace bares P7-B job program

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued an executive order ordering all government agencies to set aside 1.5 percent of their budget for maintenance and other operating expenses to fund a P7-billion job program.

Jobless Filipinos to plant trees

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is to pay 180,000 people to plant trees across the archipelago as part of efforts to ease the fallout from the global economic meltdown.  The contractual job offers would be in the so-called "green-collar" category such as "re-greening of logged-over uplands" and the "regeneration of mangrove areas."  Job-seekers would also be paid to clean up coastal areas, plant coconuts, while Manila would fund efforts to retrofit petrol-burning buses to run on liquefied petroleum gas and install solar panels and generate electricity that harnesses rivers in rural areas. 

Program for "homeless" teachers launched

The Department of Education (DepEd) has begun a housing program for public school teachers who do not own homes.

Remove documentary stamp tax on OFW 

Militant lawmakers pushed for the removal of the documentary stamp tax (DST) on all monetary remittances from Filipinos abroad to their families in the Philippines.

GSIS reminds pensioners to renew status

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is reminding its old-age and survivorship pensioners to renew their active status on their birth month to ensure the receipt of their pension.

Pastor: Kidnapping tinuod


De los Angeles sued, P187-M estafa case

Investors in the beleaguered Legacy Group of Companies filed a P187 million syndicated estafa case against Celso de los Angeles and his family.

Paule brought to Pasay City Jail 

Jaime Paule, the alleged MalacaƱang liaison in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam, arrived at the Pasay City Jail where he would be detained following his discharge from the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.

WB defends decision to keep report confi

Washington-based lender the World Bank on Thursday defended its decision to keep its report on alleged corruption in a roads project confidential.

Arroyo urged to sack DFA, DILG chiefs

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno should be sacked for the "shame brought to the country" by agreeing to detain convicted rapist Lance Corporal Daniel Smith with the US embassy.

Negros rebels own raid on Cojuangco farm

Communist rebels in Negros said on Thursday that the raid on a farm owned by businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, was part of their efforts to fight feudalism in the countryside.

Dozens injured in Indonesia quake

At least 42 people were injured and hundreds of homes and buildings damaged when a major earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sulawesi island near the Philippines early Thursday.

Pacquiao's training to differ for Hatton fight

Manny Pacquiao's celebrated trainer Freddie Roach said handling British slugger Ricky The Hitman Hatton would be a different business compared to the strategy they used against Oscar de la Hoya.

Briton trainer: Hatton stops Pacman in 6th 


Ms. Cebu organizers ikiha


Vi not keen on seeking nat'l post in 2010

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos had reiterated that running for national position in the 2010 elections is not her priority at this time.

Has Ruffa found a new love?


2 Pinoy students join elite math competition 

Two Filipino high school students have been invited to represent the Philippines in the elite 2009 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) this March.

Valentine 'drama' sa NAIA


Syrian nabbed for biting club dancer


Indian court is 466 years behind schedule

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