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Mayor orders cave shutdown following deaths of ‘treasure hunters’

Mayor orders cave shutdown following deaths of ‘treasure hunters’

February 22, 2024, 9:37 am

DUMAGUETE CITY – Mayor Cezanne Fritz Diaz of Siaton, Negros Oriental ordered the sealing of a cave in the hinterland barangay of Apoloy and imposed a round-the-clock security following the deaths of two “treasure hunters” last week. Maj. Danilo Santillan, Siaton police chief, told the… Read More

Over P112-M infra projects to boost tourism in 5th class Cebu island

Over P112-M infra projects to boost tourism in 5th class Cebu island

February 22, 2024, 9:17 am

CEBU CITY – Over PHP112 million worth of infrastructure projects in the 5th-class island of Pilar will boost economic and tourism activity, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said Wednesday. The project is aligned with the aggressive efforts of the provincial government to bolster the tourist arrival… Read More

Warm weather, isolated rain showers to prevail across PH

Warm weather, isolated rain showers to prevail across PH

February 22, 2024, 8:45 am

MANILA – Most areas in the country will experience warm weather and isolated rain showers, the weather bureau said Thursday. "The easterlies will continue to cause warm weather over most of the country, and will also bring rains over parts of Mindanao," Benison Estareja of the Philippine… Read More

DOST offers labeling, packaging support for Antique micro-enterprises

DOST offers labeling, packaging support for Antique micro-enterprises

February 22, 2024, 8:29 am

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is targeting to assist 25 micro-entrepreneurs from this province with the labeling and packaging of products under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). “We have an ongoing identification of… Read More

700 reams of smuggled cigarettes seized in Northern Samar port

700 reams of smuggled cigarettes seized in Northern Samar port

February 22, 2024, 8:19 am

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) intercepted on Tuesday at least 700 reams of undocumented cigarettes at the Santa Clara port in Allen, Northern Samar. In an updated report sent to reporters Wednesday, the PCG said the personnel from the Coast Guard Intelligence Group and Coast… Read More

VP Sara honors heroism of rescue dog in Davao Oro landslide

VP Sara honors heroism of rescue dog in Davao Oro landslide

February 21, 2024, 9:27 pm

DAVAO CITY – Vice President Sara Z. Duterte recognized the heroism of rescue dog Appa on Wednesday here, along with other responders in the search and rescue operations in the Masara landslide incident early this month.Appa was instrumental in locating a three-year-old girl from the rubble of… Read More

P200-M rehab of Surigao City wharf starts

P200-M rehab of Surigao City wharf starts

February 21, 2024, 9:24 pm

BUTUAN CITY – A groundbreaking Wednesday signaled the start of the repair and rehabilitation of Surigao City's boulevard and wharf, which was severely damaged by Typhoon Odette in 2021. Surigao City Vice Mayor Alfonso Casurra and Regional Director Liza Mazo of the Office of Civil Defense in the… Read More

10K cupcakes highlight of 2024 Strawberry Fest

10K cupcakes highlight of 2024 Strawberry Fest

February 21, 2024, 9:19 pm

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Baking of some 10,000 strawberry cupcakes will be among the highlights of the three-week-long Strawberry Festival in March in this capital town known for its strawberry farms. Mayor Romeo Salda, in a press conference on Wednesday, said the cupcakes will have a simple… Read More

Bacolod City issues 35K family cards under flagship healthcare program

Bacolod City issues 35K family cards under flagship healthcare program

February 21, 2024, 9:06 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The city government here has issued membership cards to some 35,000 families who can avail of services under the Bacolod City Comprehensive Health Program (BacCHP), data on Wednesday showed. A flagship program of Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, the initiative seeks to boost… Read More

Weavers from conflict-free community in Negros thrive in new trade

Weavers from conflict-free community in Negros thrive in new trade

February 21, 2024, 9:03 pm

BACOLOD CITY – A remote farming community in central Negros, previously under armed conflict, is thriving under a new livelihood, weaving of "tikog" (reed grass) into various household and lifestyle items, which has become a hit among buyers in the past two years. With the assistance of the… Read More

Estrada bats for Senate approval of PBBM's amnesty grant to rebels

Estrada bats for Senate approval of PBBM's amnesty grant to rebels

February 21, 2024, 9:00 pm

MANILA – Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Wednesday recommended the Senate's concurrence to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s proclamations granting amnesty to rebels and insurgents to encourage them to give up their fight. On Nov. 22, 2023, Marcos signed Proclamation Nos. 403, 404 405, and 406… Read More

USCG to help build PH, others’ capacity vs. illegal sea activities

USCG to help build PH, others’ capacity vs. illegal sea activities

February 21, 2024, 8:59 pm

MANILA – The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is committed to helping the Philippines and other Indo-Pacific partners build capacity to counter "illegal activities" within their waters. In a telephone briefing on Wednesday, USCG Commandant Admiral Linda Fagan said the USCG’s sees its… Read More

TESDA distributes livelihood starter kits

TESDA distributes livelihood starter kits

February 21, 2024, 8:55 pm

LAOAG CITY – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) scholars in Ilocos Norte who will graduate from bread and pastry production training will receive their livelihood starter kits on Thursday. TESDA-Ilocos Norte provincial director Socorro Galanto, in a media interview on… Read More

Recto: G-24 states must double efforts for sustainable dev't goals

Recto: G-24 states must double efforts for sustainable dev't goals

February 21, 2024, 8:55 pm

MANILA – Finance Secretary Ralph Recto on Wednesday urged member states of the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four (G-24) to reclaim their lost momentum through heightened cooperation and scaled-up support from international financial institutions. In his opening remarks for the G-24… Read More

House to hold hearings on economic Cha-cha 3x weekly

House to hold hearings on economic Cha-cha 3x weekly

February 21, 2024, 8:49 pm

MANILA – Majority Leader Manuel Jose Dalipe said on Wednesday the House Committee of the Whole will hold hearings three times per week to "exhaustively" discuss Resolution of Both Houses 7 (RBH 7), which proposes economic amendments to the 1987 Constitution. In a press conference, Dalipe said… Read More

Liberalization of foreign investments in rice, corn sector sought

Liberalization of foreign investments in rice, corn sector sought

February 21, 2024, 8:48 pm

MANILA – Officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Board of Investments (BOI) and economists on Wednesday expressed support for the liberalization of foreign investments in the rice and corn industry to boost food production, increase farmers' income, and foster greater competition to… Read More

AFP chief leads awarding medals to NorMin, Caraga troopers

AFP chief leads awarding medals to NorMin, Caraga troopers

February 21, 2024, 8:33 pm

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. led Wednesday the awarding of medals to 26 Army troops in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions, including those who survived a recent encounter in Lanao del Norte.The 22 troops from various Infantry… Read More

KMC Savills sees increased demand for Pag-IBIG housing loans

KMC Savills sees increased demand for Pag-IBIG housing loans

February 21, 2024, 8:30 pm

MANILA – Real estate brokerage and consultancy firm KMC Savills said on Wednesday that most middle-market consumers now opt to avail of housing loans from Pag-IBIG Fund to finance their dream homes outside Metro Manila. "What we've seen is that because of the high interest rates, more and more… Read More

Angat, La Mesa water levels remain high

Angat, La Mesa water levels remain high

February 21, 2024, 8:27 pm

MANILA – Water levels in the two primary reservoirs supplying Metro Manila and surrounding areas remain safely above critical levels despite shortage concerns due to El Niño, according to the East Zone concessionaire. The statement came as a reaction to a Malacañang official's appeal for water… Read More

Antique LGUs urged to allot funds for processing blood requests

Antique LGUs urged to allot funds for processing blood requests

February 21, 2024, 8:14 pm

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is urging more local government units (LGUs) in Antique to allocate funds to process blood requests of their indigent constituents. “Although the blood is for free, PRC is charging PHP1,800 per bag for processing,” said Ma.… Read More