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300 Cotabato City residents receive cash-for-work fees

Up to 300 marginalized residents in three barangays in Cotabato City each received P3,610 as a cash-for-work grant from two government agencies helping address poverty and underdevelopment in far-flung areas.

Beneficiaries, among them Jessica Bayona of Barangay Rosary Heights 7, Hassna Hadjinor of Barangay Tamontaka Mother, and Bugcot Oting of Kalanganan 2, on Wednesday confirmed having received the grants from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged, Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor.

Sen. Angara is Education Secretary

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has named Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara as the next Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) made the announcement in a social media post Tuesday.

Angara will replace Vice President Sara Duterte, who resigned as DepEd chief on June 19.

The PCO noted Angara’s “extensive legislative history” and his role in significant educational reforms.

NCRPO: 22K cops to secure Marcos' 3rd SONA

MANILA – More than 22,000 cops and force multipliers would be deployed to secure the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on July 22, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Monday.

In a statement, NCRPO chief and Task Force SONA commander Maj. Gen. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. said the number includes 17,971 officers from Metro Manila, 1,879 from police regional offices, including Central Luzon and Calabarzon, and 2,771 from other government agencies.

Marcos needs 'more time' to choose next DepEd chief

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Saturday said he needs more time before appointing a new Department of Education (DepEd) secretary to take over Vice President Sara Duterte.

"It turns out it's harder than I thought because we absolutely have to get it right. So, I'm giving myself more time," Marcos said in an interview in Makati City.

Marcos said the new DepEd chief should be able to manage the large bureaucracy and handle the complicated work.

Marcos accepts Sara's resignation as DepEd secretary

MANILA – Vice President Sara Duterte stepped down as education secretary and vice chairperson of the government’s anti-communist task force, Malacañang announced on Wednesday.

According to Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Cheloy Garafil, Duterte went to Malacañang at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday to tender her resignation as Member of the Cabinet, Secretary of the Department of Education and Vice Chairperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Japan approves $5.5M grant for birth registration in BARMM

MANILA – The Japanese government has approved USD5.5 million (PHP323.19) in grant to improve the access to birth registration of Sama Bajaus and other marginalized populations in the Bangsamoro region.

In a ceremony in Pasay on Tuesday, Japanese Ambassador Endo Kazuya and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Philippines Head Maria Ermina Valdeavilla-Gallardo signed the exchange of notes for the 30-month initiative.

Marcos signs law granting more allowance to public school teachers

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has signed into law a measure authorizing an increase in the annual teaching allowance of public school teachers.

Marcos approved Republic Act No. 11997 or the “Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act” during a ceremonial signing in Malacañang Monday afternoon.

The new law sets an initial teaching allowance of PHP5,000 per teacher for School Year (SY) 2024-2025, followed by PHP10,000 for SY 2025-2026 and every year thereafter.

Application for August 2024 Career Service Exam open till June 13

MANILA – Individuals wanting to take the Aug. 11, 2024 Career Service Examination - Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for both Professional and Subprofessional Levels may apply until June 13.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles said there will be more than 90 testing centers in 16 regions nationwide to accommodate individuals interested in obtaining eligibility for first and second level positions in the civil service.

GSIS offers emergency loan to members affected by rabies, El Niño

MANILA – Around 77,000 members and pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) from 13 areas in the country affected by rabies and the El Niño can now apply for emergency loans.

In a news release on Tuesday, the GSIS said a total of PHP1.7 billion was allocated for the initiative.

Qualified applicants include members who are residing or working in Buenavista, Marinduque, where rising rabies cases have been reported.

Farmers’ daughter tops PMA Class 2024; 6 other female cadets in top 10

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City — Jeneth Elumba, the daughter of rice farmers and village officials from Surigao del Norte, topped the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2024.

The PMA also announced on Friday that seven female cadets of Bagong Sinag Class 2024 are in the top 10.

Elumba, who will join the Philippine Army, dedicated her achievement to her father.

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