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Former 'kaingineros' rejuvenate cacao trees as new market emerges

DUMAGUETE CITY – Hopes are running high for former “kaingineros” or slash-and-burn farmers in Valencia, Negros Oriental, who have shifted to planting cacao trees and are now rejuvenating them as they are reassured of a new market that has emerged.Organized into the Puhagan Farmers... Read More

Manila Bay’s dolomite beach ‘impresses’ Independence Day visitors

MANILA – After three and a half years, the familiar stretch of the Manila Bay, which used to be infamous for its foul smell and garbage-filled shore, is now gradually finding its way back to its former glory.Through the joint effort of various government agencies, the Manila Bay dolomite beach... Read More

Gov’t must intensify steering ‘safe spaces’ awareness: expert

MANILA – Unwelcomed words and actions showing malice toward women, whether familiar or strange, remain a challenge in the country despite the existence of laws meant to protect women.In this reality, the administration, through the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), has been doubling... Read More

Single mom takes leap of faith with ‘Balik Probinsya’ program

MANILA – Angelie Montibano was in her early 20s and out of college when she left Negros Oriental province with dreams of a successful life in the Big City.She luckily found employment at once as a timekeeper in a construction company.Later on, she got pregnant and raised her daughter,... Read More

Young NorMin farmers keen on Taiwan agri techniques

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Young farmers chosen for an overseas internship are optimistic they can put to good use the farming techniques after they train in Taiwan in September this year.Randy Donque, a native of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon, said he wants to help the agriculture sector in his... Read More

MMC: Novaliches’ pioneer tertiary school marks 75th anniversary

MANILA – The Metro Manila College (MMC), the pioneer tertiary educational institution in Novaliches, Quezon City and Caloocan City, is highlighting the celebration of its 75th anniversary this year with the presentation of awards to its alumni "with outstanding achievements and services to... Read More

PRRD to join presidential retirees on June 30

MANILA–When President Rodrigo R. Duterte turns over the reins of government to president-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on June 30, he will cease to be the No. 1 citizen of the Philippines but will become a member of the distinguished association of government retirees.This is the... Read More

Duterte Legacy: Braving disasters thru climate change resilience

MANILA– Extreme weather conditions hitting countries in the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world are not solely headline-worthy scenarios with oftentimes horrifying death tolls, these also highlight the need for a quick global response that is best mastered in a whole-of-government... Read More

Young breadwinner holds on to BP2 promises

MANILA – Armed with a full belief that the government will fulfill its promises, a family of three took the risk of going back to their home province despite uncertainties about what the future holds for them.At 23, Leah May Taganile has taken on the full responsibility of looking after the... Read More

Ex-drug dependents in CDO find new lease on life in dragon boat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Being the first implementer of the Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) in this city, Barangay Carmen has discovered innovative interventions to support former drug dependents.Sunny Rae Cahayag, a barangay council member who oversees the CBRP, said the village's... Read More

BP2 beneficiaries dream of better lives for their kids

MANILA – As they leave their struggles in Metro Manila behind, “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2)” Program beneficiaries are looking forward to making the most out of the incentives they receive from the government.In several Facebook posts, the beneficiaries’ hopes are... Read More

PH to teach space tech to other nations

MANILA – Japanese and British people have taught Filipino engineers about space technology. Now Filipinos will share their learnings to other nations. The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) has just launched the Space Infrastructure, Know-How, and Applications Acceleration through Promotion and... Read More

Consider continued innovation in TESDA: Lapeña to next admin

MANILA -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro Lapeña on Wednesday said he hopes the next administration would consider a continued innovation in the agency. "There are improvements and innovations in TESDA that we have started pursuing. These may be... Read More

No regrets but only gratitude for ‘Balik Probinsya’

MANILA – A father who decided to bring his whole family back to the province for a fresh start has nothing but praises and gratitude to the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2)” program of the Duterte administration.Aquino Daguio, 55, said he could no longer bear seeing his... Read More

DENR launches real-time, online envi monitoring system

MANILA– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched an environmental data center equipped with real-time updates to sustain proper air, water, and solid waste management across the country.The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has not only secured... Read More

BP2 beneficiaries urge next admin to continue program

MANILA – Beneficiaries of the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP) program are hoping more will have the courage to leave Metro Manila behind and improve their lives through the national government program.Michael Angelo Tel and his pregnant partner, Angeline Calibat, went back... Read More

Locally developed food safety app, website to be introduced soon

MANILA – A locally developed android app will soon help food businesses ensure their products are clean, unexpired, and safe to consume, while a website will guide the public on some of the government's food safety programs. Developed by a startup software company, the Food Safety... Read More

‘98, ‘22 general elections had 10 presidential candidates each

MANILA – Did you know that of the six general elections held so far in the Philippines under the 1987 Constitution, there were two times when 10 candidates aspired for the top elective post?The first time was in the May 11, 1998 polls where the presidency was contested by then Vice President... Read More

IP rescuer on path to recovery after saving kin from fire

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Thrust into a situation that required more than courage, Norberto Dogia had to summon all the basics of volunteer rescue work he has accumulated for one critical task: save his family members inside a burning house.Dogia, 22, a senior student of Bachelor of Science in... Read More

Catholics mark 105th anniversary of Fatima Apparition

MANILA–A parish priest has appealed to pray the rosary to end the global pandemic coronavirus-19 (Covid-19), and for peace to reign in the world.This was the appeal made by Fr. Carlos Reyes, parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong City, on the 105th anniversary of the famous... Read More