APPCU 2022: The 10 Laureates Worthy of Accolade

After the successful launch of the Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding last year (APPCU), the Association for the Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China have announced the Ten Laureates of the APPCU this year. The award pays special tribute to Filipinos who have made outstanding efforts to strengthen friendly ties and promote mutual understanding …

African leaders commit to tackle cybercrime, enhance digital safety

Nag-organisa ang UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) ng two-day summit para sa mga African heads of state para mapag-usapan ang kalagayan ng cybersecurity sa rehiyon. Base sa mga statement, ang mga pangunahing napag-usapan dito ang mga polisiyang pwedeng ipatupad para maalagaan ang cybersecurity ng iilang African governments. Ayon sa presidente ng Togo, kinailangan ito para mapangalagaan ang digital ecosystem …

Duterte picks PDP-Laban faction exec as acting Cabinet Secretary

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Melvin Matibag, a member of PDP-Laban, as his acting Cabinet Secretary. Matibag would be replacing Karlo Nograles, who took oath as the new Civil Service Commission chairman this week. He was sworn in before Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea early this Wednesday. In a statement, Matibag said he was “truly grateful” for the “trust and confidence.” …

War in Ukraine: World Bank approves $723m financial package

Inaprubahan ng World Bank ang mga loan at grants na may total na halaga na $723 million para suportahan ang Ukraine laban sa Russia. Dinagdag ng banko na gumagawa rin sila ng isa pang package para sa mga susunod na buwan na may halaga na $3 billion. Nangako rin ang banko na tutulong ito sa mga bansang kumupkop ng mga …

WHO: COVID cases, deaths continue to fall globally

Patuloy ang pagbaba ng bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa mundo kung saan nagtala ng 16% na pagbaba noong nakaaang linggo. Ito ang nagmarka ng pagbaba sa loob ng isang buwan. Base sa datos ng WHO, nagkaroon ng halos 10 milyon na kaso at bandang 60,000 na pumanaw sa buong mundo. Aniya ng ahensya na sa Western Pacific lang nakakita ng …

Presidents of 8 EU states call for immediate talks on Ukrainian membership

The presidents of eight central and eastern European nations called on the European Union to immediately grant Ukraine a EU candidate country status and open membership talks according to an open letter published early this week. Among the countries involved in the request are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia. In the letter, …

Hong Kong chief executive election postponed to May due to COVID-19

The election of chief executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or HKSAR will be postponed to May 8 due to the current COVID-19 situation, Carrie Lam, chief executive of HKSAR said. The date for electing the city’s new leader was originally scheduled for March 27. Meanwhile, the nomination period will also be put off to April 3-16. It will …

Major housing projects not done yet by June 30 – execs

Major housing projects may not be completed by the time President Rodrigo Duterte steps down from office and this includes the rehabilitation of Marawi City. The National Housing Authority (NHA) was unable to meet the target that was posed by Duterte in June of 2021. As of now, the progress in the Marawi rehabilitation program remains at 85%, this was …

Gov’t eyes transition to ‘new normal’ in March

As coronavirus infections continue to ease and more people are getting vaccinated, the government is now hoping to move on from the pandemic starting in March. Presidential Adviser on COVID-19, Vince Dizon said that the government is aiming to begin implementing the “new normal” next month but said the move out of the pandemic would depend highly on the government’s …