Construction works are expected to pick up during the dry season. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS By Beatrice M. Laforga, Reporter STATE SPENDING on infrastructure climbed 41.1% year on year to P87.7 billion in March as the government completed more public works projects, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported. Latest DBM data released on Thursday showed that infrastructure ...

Bicycle commuters cross the EDSA-Aurora intersection in Quezon City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter ENZO C. PAYOT, a 32-year-old casino dealer from near the Philippine capital, started biking seven kilometers to work in October after getting infected with the coronavirus. “After getting the virus, I was traumatized and avoided the jeepney,” he said ...

Over 540,000 displaced overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated since the pandemic began, according to the Labor department. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ EDD GUMBAN By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter MORE THAN three-fourths of repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are struggling to find new jobs, a study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) showed. IOM Philippines Head of Programs Troy ...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed an executive order (EO) creating a trade facilitation committee that aims to streamline customs processes. Executive Order No. 136 creates a Philippine Trade Facilitation Committee to “streamline and improve customs procedures and facilitate the implementation of rational, efficient, and simple customs rules.” The order, signed on May 18, was made to comply with the country’s ...

EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG LOS ANGELES — Joey would have opened a sandwich shop, Monica would be trying to outdo other moms at bake sales, and Rachel would have started her own clothing line. That’s what the stars of Friends imagine their characters would be doing 17 years after the hit comedy series came to an end in 2004. Ahead of a one-off ...

SHELL PETROLEUM N.V. has forged an agreement with Udenna Corp. subsidiary Malampaya Energy XP Pte Ltd. for the sale of its 100% shareholding in Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEx). Shell said in a statement Thursday that the base consideration of the sale is at $380 million, with additional payments of up to $80 million between 2022 to 2024 contingent on ...

“Wo ai ni,” “Saranghae,” “Mahal Kita,” are some of the many translations of “I love you.” In the course of five months, on-demand video streaming service iQiyi Philippines translates love through Asian romance stories for its Filipino viewers. After its successful thriller and crime drama collection called “Lights On,” iQiyi Philippines focuses on Asian romance dramas and films with its ...

ALSONS Consolidated Resources, Inc. is in the process of completing the development phase of two new hydropower plant projects, the company said on Thursday, as it stepped up its entry into renewable energy with an expected capacity of 78.5 megawatts (MW). The Mindanao power generator will be adding seven more run-of-river hydroelectric power plants to its portfolio after announcing its ...

LOS ANGELES — Know your Gryffindors from your Dementors? Who was the Half-Blood Prince and what can you buy at Ollivanders? Fans of Harry Potter can test their knowledge of the books and films in a new TV quiz competition series being launched by WarnerMedia to air later this year as part of 20th anniversary celebrations of the first film ...

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it supports a bill creating an unemployment insurance program for displaced workers. At a House hearing Wednesday, Labor Undersecretary Ana C. Dione said the department supports the unnumbered substitute bill that will establish a National Unemployment Insurance Program. However, she added that requirements for workers to qualify for unemployment insurance should be less stringent. ...