PHOTOS: PHL’s Vessel Traffic Management System

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) inagurated the Philippine Coast Guard’s first Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS), which composed of VTMS Control Center and three Radar Stations strategically located at Headquarters Coast Guard District Central Visayas, Talisay, Bantalinao, and Interbridge to have full coverage of vessel movements and to prevent maritime traffic along Cebu-Mactan Channel in […]Read More

Defense chief to tell all frigate project updates in Senate

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will tell all about the PHP18 billion Frigate Acquisition Program (FAP) during next week’s hearing at the Senate. “Wait for the hearing na lang. (Just wait for the hearing.) It will be (answered all in the) public hearing,” he said in a message to the PNA Tuesday […]Read More

PHL preparing cancellation letter for 16 Bell helicopters

The Department of National Defense (DND) is now preparing the letter for the cancellation of the purchase of 16 Bell 412EPI combat utility helicopters (CUHs) worth PHP12 billion from Canada. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday he will sign the letter anytime this week. “The formal letter cancelling the contract is being prepared and I […]Read More

Huge manpower needed to start Bohol airport ops

The Bohol provincial government eyes a massive recruitment drive to fill up the manpower needs for the operation of the new Bohol Panglao Airport. Governor Edgar Chatto, in statement Saturday, said the manpower requirement should be satisfied before the airport opens in August. At present, the airport needs at least 190 aviation and customs officers […]Read More

DOF eyeing Alibaba’s financial technology for OFWs

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has broached the possibility of tapping Alibaba’s fintech (financial technology) solutions through its related company Ant Financial to lower remittance costs for the Philippines’ over 10 million migrant workers and offer them other online-based banking and financial management services. Dominguez said Ant Financial’s low-cost mobile payment technology that has helped […]Read More

PHL, Japan set for high-level meeting on infrastructure

Philippine and Japanese officials are set to meet in the island of Mactan in Cebu on Feb. 12 to discuss the progress in the Duterte administration’s flagship infrastructure projects that Japan has committed to help finance through soft loans. The meeting of the Philippines-Japan High-Level Committee on Infrastructure and Economic Cooperation is set at the […]Read More

Many suppliers can meet PH demand for helicopters – defense

There are more than enough suppliers to provide the Philippine requirement for combat utility helicopters (CUHs) should the country’s contract with Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC) fall through. “Are there other suppliers if the Canada deal will not push through? Yes, there are,” Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in […]Read More

Bell, CCC know 16 Bell 412 will be combat utility

An official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) are aware that the military will be using the 16 Bell 412 helicopters under contract as a “combat utility helicopter”. “The AFP deal for the acquisition of the Canadian Bell 412 as a combat utility helicopter is […]Read More

Military deploys 5th Scout Ranger Battalion to Sulu

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deployed a battalion of elite troops to defeat the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu. Deployed in Sulu is the Army’s 5th Scout Ranger Battalion, which was deployed in Marawi City at the height of the battle against the Daesh-inspired Maute Group just after the […]Read More

Palace welcomes Moody’s report on PH as standout ASEAN economy

Malacanang on Sunday, January 28, was elated on the latest report of Moody’s Investors Service that the Philippines is a standout among the ASEAN economies in 2018. “Moody’s cited increasing trade and domestic demand, stable credit conditions and improved execution of government spending,” Roque said during his press briefing held in the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. […]Read More