DOT TOURISM Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat looks on as a tourism worker in Camiguin gets vaccinated against COVID-19 in preparation for the sector's reopening on Oct. 25. The island province in Northern Mindanao is an emerging diving site, home to ASEAN Heritage Park Mt. Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok mountain range, and is most known for its sweet Lanzones fruit. Almost 4,600 workers on the ...

LOANS that will help small enterprises make payroll for 13th month salaries will now be available only to micro enterprises due to lack of funds, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE). In a briefing Monday, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the eligibility cutoff is "those with a maximum of 10 workers" who are still struggling ...

THE SENATE finance committee expressed skepticism Monday over a request for an additional P7.8 billion by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), citing its low rate of fund utilization. TESDA currently has a P14.5-billion proposed budget for 2022 as endorsed by the budget department. "If you look at the disbursement rate of TESDA in its budget, you will ...

THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) has approved a P548.7-million project of Irradiation Solutions, Inc. (ISI) for an irradiation facility in Tanay, Rizal, serving the farm produce sector. The company qualified for incentives as a new operator of essential services under Republic Act No. 11534 or the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act and the 2020 Investment Priorities ...

THE PHILIPPINES needs to reform its consumer protection laws in order to offer better protections during the pandemic, according to an ASEAN panel studying individual countries' regulations. David Kintanar Rosario, a country expert on the ASEAN peer review team, said in a virtual briefing Monday that the pandemic fast-tracked the shift to a digital economy, where protections need to be ...

ALSONS POWER Group said its 14.5-megawatt (MW) Siguil hydroelectric power plant in Maasim, Sarangani is on track to begin commercial operations next year, noting that construction has proceeded on schedule. In a statement Monday, Alsons Power said that it is currently developing the P14.5-billion run-of-river project's power house which will contain the hydropower turbine, generator set, control room, and offices ...

The IATF adjusted the COVID-19 alert levels of certain areas such as that of the National Capital Region, where the alert level is now at 3. Through a resolution, the authorities relaxed quarantine restrictions over the coming days to provide more mobility to people in certain trades. According to the 2021 Asian Development Outlook update, the Philippine economy is recovering ...

"WE are relieved to have moved past San Miguel. But there's also the feeling of, you know, that we are still far from over, that the job is only half done," said TnT Tropang Giga coach Chot Reyes after they secured the last PBA Philippine Cup finals berth on Sunday. -- PBA IMAGES By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Senior Reporter ...

REPRESENTATIVES of teams seeing action in the one-day Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Invitational happening on Wednesday. -- CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 3X3 THE new season of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 kicks off on Wednesday at the Laus Events Center in San Fernando, Pampanga. A one-day invitational tournament, the event marks the return of the country's first professional 3x3 league after a year of ...

CAMERON Norrie (GBR) hits a shot as he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) in the men's final in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. -- REUTERS CAMERON Norrie battled back to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili (3-6, 6-4, 6-1) in the Indian Wells final on Sunday, becoming the first British man to win the Masters 1000 tournament. It appeared ...

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