Advancements toward open data legislation

Institutionalization through legislation has always been one of the key goals of Open Data Philippines. From the beginning, the Open Data Task Force has worked toward making openness and transparency the norm for government processes. We are therefore pleased to announce two important updates on this front.

DPWH undertakes immediate clearing on Typhoon Luis affected infrastructure

To immediately attend to repair and improvement of calamity damaged infrastructure, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, through Department Order 96 dated September 11, 2014 directed the immediate submission by the Regional Directors and District Engineers factual ground validation of damages to DPWH projects for request for funding.

The KEDRN displays a model of the loft inside its factory center in Calaanan, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City.

NGO builds lofts in DSWD core shelters for Sendong survivors

Kagayan Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN), a non-government organization (NGO) in Cagayan de Oro City, built lofts for free as an added feature to the core shelter units constructed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for survivors of Typhoon Sendong.


DOLE’s POLO in Lebanon repatriates 29 distressed OFWs

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Lebanon, headed by Labor Attache Bulyok Nilong, has facilitated the repatriation of 29 women overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Beirut as part of the repatriation program by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for distressed OFWs.

Situation report on Typhoon Luis on September 15, 2014 (5:00 a.m.)

From the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Typhoon Luis is now over the West Philippine Sea and continues to move away from the country. The center of the typhoon (as of 4:00 a.m.) was located 100 km west northwest of Laoag City, 18.4°N, 119.7°E. Its movement is forecast to move west northwest at […]


DOF approves new tax stamps on cigarettes

In a move to combat the smuggling of tobacco products, the Department of Finance has approved the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s proposed revenue regulation mandating the affixture of internal revenue stamps on imported and locally manufactured cigarettes. The revised regulation also prescribes the use of the Internal Revenue Stamp System (IRSIS) for the ordering distribution, and monitoring of cigarettes.


Situation report on typhoon Luis on September 14, 2014 (6:00 p.m.)

Typhoon Luis was forcasted to move West-Northwest at 22 kph. It has maintained its strength and approaches the boundary of Cagayan-Isabela. Later this evening it is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela. By Monday morning, it would be 288 km West of Laoag City; and then by Tuesday morning, it would be 860 km West-Northwest of Laoag City, already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility

PAGASA report on typhoon Luis (5:00 p.m.)

At 4:00 p.m. today, typhoon “Luis” was estimated to be 115 km East of Tuguegarao City (17.5ºN, 122.8ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forcasted to move West-Northwest at 22 kph.