Philippine Economy Grows More than 6%

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan has said that the Philippines is no longer the "sick man of Asia." The Philippines posted 6.1 % economic growth in 2014, the fastest growth rate in the area, after China. Balisacan, the country’s chief economist and Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said: "Overall, the [...]

Eastern Samar Rumbled by 5.7 Earthquake

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has confirmed that a 5.7 earthquake struck off Eastern Samar at 9:29 p.m. today. There are no immediate reports of persons being injured by the quake. The epicenter is thought to have been about 100 kilometers northeast of Mercedes town, Eastern Visayas province. Phivolcs commented that the [...]

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has addressed the government of the Philippines peace panel today regarding the encounter between police Special Action Force (SAF) troopers and fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which took place January 25. The senator posed the question: "Who broke the ceasefire agreement?" On Friday, President Benigno Aquino III delivered [...]

The Philippines is now the official holder of the largest woman symbol formation, according to the Guinness World Records (GWR). During the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) 40th founding anniversary on January 7 at Kalayaan Hall in Malacañan, Manila, PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa broke the good news before the agency’s former chairpersons, commissioners, employees [...]

Greenpeace Philippines, together with the Honorable Senator Grace Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, presented a photo exhibit at the Philippine Senate entitled Pagbangon: Stories of Survival. The 21-piece photo exhibit aimed to highlight the devastation caused by climate change, a grim reality that the Philippines now faces. “Climate change [...]

Children’s Hunger Fund has announced the launch of two new Mercy Networks in the Philippines which will distribute Food Pak boxes to needy families. A Children’s Hunger Fund Mercy Network is a collection of indigenous churches and NGOs who are trained to receive the food and other aid and then hand it out to families within [...]

President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines has made a statement extending his sympathy to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The president said: "The administration joins the international community in extending our deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones in the bombing of the Boston Marathon,” deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said [...]