NegOcc LGUs urged to activate drinking water monitoring bodies

BACOLOD CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here urged local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental to activate their local drinking water quality monitoring committees (LDWQMCs) following confirmed cases of cholera in at least three localities in the province.As of Monday, seven... Read More

P308-M agri projects in Benguet, Ifugao OK’d

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) has approved and endorsed four sub-projects that aim to further boost agriculture in the region. Dr. Cameron Odsey, regional director... Read More

Davao Oro vies for DOT award for best tourism practices

DAVAO CITY – Davao de Oro province will vie for the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines- Department of Tourism 2022 Pearl Awards (ATOP-DOT) for its best tourism practices on Oct. 27 in Tagaytay City.In a statement Monday, the provincial government said five of its entries made... Read More

Detained ASG leader gets another warrant for kidnapping

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities served a warrant of arrest against a mid-level leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) detained for kidnappings and bombings in Sulu, a police official said Monday.Col. John Francis Encinareal, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group–Zamboanga Peninsula... Read More

Davao City opens ‘Lamayan ng Bayan’ for poor Dabawenyos

DAVAO CITY – Poor residents in this city can now access the "Lamayan ng Bayan," the first funeral home to offer a free and accessible venue for those who cannot afford decent funeral services for their loved ones.This came after 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte's son Rodrigo Duterte II led the... Read More

C. Luzon remains PH top chicken producer in H1

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Central Luzon remained the top chicken-producing region in the country during the first half of the year, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.The region’s total chicken production from January to June 2022 was estimated at... Read More

DepEd conducts quick responses to C. Luzon typhoon-hit schools

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Education-Central Luzon (DepEd 3) is continuously conducting quick responses to schools hit by Super Typhoon Karding in the region.Albert Mantulac, regional disaster risk reduction and management (RDRRM) coordinator, said on Monday their... Read More

Tourist influx seen as Mati City resumes F2F festival

DAVAO CITY – The Davao Oriental capital of Mati City is optimistic to reach 500,000 target tourists for the year as it looks to open one of its major festivals via face-to-face (F2F) this month.In a press briefing here Monday, Ben Jason Tesiorna, Mati information officer, said the staging of... Read More

Ilocos Norte generates P4.4M from travel fair

LAOAG CITY – A three-day travel fair in Manila has generated almost PHP4.5 million in sales for Ilocos Norte, contributing to the province's efforts to bounce back from the slump caused by the coronavirus disease 2019.Gervy James Gumarit, Ilocos Norte government information officer, said the... Read More

17 Bagwis awardees featured in Consumer Welfare Month

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Antique will feature the Bagwis awardees as part of the activities for the Consumer Welfare Month.There are 17 Bagwis awardees in the province, DTI Antique Trade and Industry Development specialist Glen Fernando said... Read More

IP family named as ‘Natatanging Pamilya’ in W. Visayas

ILOILO CITY – An indigenous people (IP) family from the municipality of Calinog in Iloilo was hailed as the “Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino” for its efforts to help preserve the Panay Bukidnon culture.“The search for ‘Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino’ recognizes and... Read More

Degamo back as NegOr guv

DUMAGUETE CITY – A special board of canvassers proclaimed Roel Degamo as the duly-elected governor of Negros Oriental at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Manila on Monday after the votes of a nuisance candidate were transferred and counted in his favor.The proclamation... Read More

Power restoration in ‘Karding’-hit areas in N. Ecija continues

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Electric cooperatives (ECs) are continuously working to restore the electricity to areas affected by Super Typhoon Karding in this province.Several areas here are still experiencing power service interruptions following the onslaught of “Karding” last... Read More

P1.6-M illegal logs seized in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY – A Philippine Marines team barred the transport of PHP1.6 million worth of illegally cut forest products in Barira, Maguindanao, on Sunday night.Maj. Melchor Gonzaludo, Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT-5) head, said the operation that led to the recovery of 20,748 board... Read More

Bukidnon IP leader urges villagers to cut ties with NPA

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A leader of the indigenous peoples (IPs) in Bukidnon has urged other tribal communities to lead in severing ties with the communist rebels.In a statement by the Army's 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB) on Monday, Higaonon tribal leader Datu Cristoto Lailay Jr. said military... Read More

Security forces beefed up in Maguindanao town to defuse tension

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao – More security forces have been deployed here to reduce tension following the Sept. 30 killing of a former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) mayoral bet.“The fielding of more government forces in the town aims to prevent the possible escalation of... Read More

Dengue cases going down in NegOcc

BACOLOD CITY – Dengue cases have been gradually decreasing in Negros Occidental in the past weeks although total cases this year are still higher compared to those recorded in 2021, data from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) on Monday showed.As of September 24, which covers the year’s... Read More

Biliran gov't seeks clarification on power rate hike

TACLOBAN CITY – The provincial government of Biliran will hold a public dialogue with the Biliran Electric Cooperative (Bileco) to tackle the staggering increase in power rates in the province in September.Biliran Governor Gerard Roger Espina instructed the provincial board led by Vice... Read More

NPA member yields in Eastern Samar

TACLOBAN CITY – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the police in Eastern Samar on Sunday after years of fighting government forces in two Samar provinces.The 2nd Eastern Samar Police Mobile Force Company (2nd ESPMFC) identified the surrenderer as 'Regine', 28, of... Read More

PAGCOR extends cash aid to 5 fallen Bulacan rescuers’ kin

MANILA – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has extended financial assistance worth PHP100,000 to each of the families of the five rescue workers in Malolos, Bulacan who perished in the line of duty at the height of Super Typhoon Karding last week.PAGCOR provided the cash... Read More