Provincial

Antique rice farmers urged to shift to high-value crops

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Farmers in Antique province must prioritize high-value crops (HVC) such as onion and garlic to prevent shortage and normalize prices.Board Member Rony Molina passed a resolution during the provincial council session Monday amid a “wide disturbing news of... Read More

DSWD-7 raises concern on 4Ps beneficiaries’ cash card pawning

CEBU CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday said it will strengthen its partnership with local government units (LGUs) to address the reported incidents of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) cash card pawning.Jiah Sayson, DSWD-7’s 4Ps regional... Read More

DILG-Quezon launches interactive social media program

LUCENA CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Quezon province launched on Monday an online program dubbed "Bay-tu-ah", which is derived from a common expression in the northern part of the province which means "ano ba ito?" or "what is this"?According to Ashton... Read More

6 nabbed, P8-M shabu seized in C. Visayas drug sting

CEBU CITY – The police in Central Visayas has scored anew as six drug personalities and a most wanted person in the region were arrested in a series of operations that resulted in the confiscation of PHP8 million worth of suspected shabu.Brig. Gen. Jerry Bearis, Police Regional Office... Read More

Ilocos Norte’s organic veggie gardens help boost food security

LAOAG CITY –The province of Ilocos Norte is taking its “Gulayan sa Barangay” to the next level as each village attempts to produce its own organically-grown food.ABC president Elmer Faylogna on Monday said the establishment of a community garden in every barangay aims to promote... Read More

7-day anti-crime ops net 40 ‘most wanted’ in N. Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – At least 302 suspects were arrested while PHP1.6 million worth of illegal drugs were seized during the Police Regional Office–Northern Mindanao’s (PRO-10) first "One-time, big-time (OTBT)" weeklong operations for the year.Brig. Gen. Lawrence Coop, PRO-10... Read More

Northern Negros city unveils integrated digital info system

BACOLOD CITY – The City of Victorias in Negros Occidental province unveiled on Monday an integrated digital information system that would boost the delivery of local government services through technology.Dubbed the Sidlak Smart City DNA or Digital Network Assets Project, Mayor Javier Miguel... Read More

Iloilo City mayor wants intensified anti-drug campaign

ILOILO CITY –Mayor Jerry P. Treñas has given the new officer-in-charge of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) one week to settle in his new assignment that would focus on police visibility and intensifying the anti-drug campaign, especially in Barangay Bakhaw in Mandurriao district... Read More

S. Cotabato to improve operation of 'happy home' for ex-rebels

DAVAO CITY – The South Cotabato provincial government has expressed interest in how the Davao Oriental province runs its Happy Home, a halfway house for former communist rebels.In a statement Monday, Karen Lou Deloso, Davao Oriental’s provincial information officer, said delegates from... Read More

Pag-IBIG allots P1.5-B for Ilocos, CAR housing program

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan –The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) is allocating PHP1.5 billion for the housing program in the Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) from this year until 2028.In a forum hosted by the Philippine Information Agency Ilocos Region on Monday,... Read More

'One-time, big-time' ops net P3.5-M shabu in Zambo Peninsula

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Police Regional Office in Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) has seized some PHP3.5 million worth of illegal drugs during the week-long One-time, Big-time (OTBT) police operations in the region.The total 87 buy-bust operations, conducted from Jan. 23-29, resulted in the... Read More

Cops arrest octogenarian, 2 others in Lanao Sur anti-drug op

COTABATO CITY – Police authorities in Lanao del Sur arrested three wanted persons, including an 80-year-old man, during an anti-drug operation on Sunday in Lanao del Sur’s town of Tamparan.In a report Monday, Brig. Gen. John Guyguyon, Police Regional Office–Bangsamoro Autonomous... Read More

Bicol schools suspend Nat'l Achievement Test due to bad weather

LEGAZPI CITY – Schools in three provinces of the Bicol region have suspended the scheduled administration of the National Achievement Test for Grade 12 (NATG12) on Monday, according to the Department of Education in Region 5 (DepEd-5).In an interview, Mark Kevin Arroco, DepEd-5 project... Read More

C. Luzon cops’ weeklong ops net over P18-M illegal drugs

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – More than PHP18 million worth of illegal drugs were seized by authorities in weeklong operations in Central Luzon.In his report on Monday, Brig. Gen. Cesar Pasiwen, the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO3) chief, said 176 anti-illegal drug operations... Read More

Zamboanga City has fewer crimes in 2022: police

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The crime volume in this city is fewer by 670 in 2022 or 24 percent lower compared to the crimes registered the previous year.Col. Alexander Lorenzo, city police director, said Monday out of the total crime volume of 2,123 recorded last year, 740 incidents or 35 percent are... Read More

Comelec eyes up to 50K new voters in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY – Some 47,287 residents of Negros Occidental, including this capital city, have been registered as new voters, according to data of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here on Monday. The continuing registration for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) this... Read More

Cultural dances, landscaping tilt kick off Panagbenga on Feb. 1

BAGUIO CITY – Cultural performances, traditional market encounter and a landscaping competition are expected to delight visitors in this city during the opening of the 2023 Panagbenga Festival on Feb. 1.Evangeline Payno, chief of staff of the Executive Committee (ExeCom) of the Baguio Flower... Read More

Ex-DA chief to lead Papua New Guinea rice sufficiency program

DAVAO CITY – Former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced Monday that he will lead a team of Filipinos engaged to help the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government in its rice self-sufficiency program.“It took six years before this program could come this far, with the PNG... Read More

Bagtik medical mission in Siargao completes 567 surgeries

BUTUAN CITY – At least 567 successful surgical operations were conducted during the Jan. 26-29 Bagtik medical and surgical mission in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte province, an official said Monday.“We are thankful to all doctors and surgeons who dedicated their time and efforts in... Read More

Iloilo City eyes housing project for fire-displaced families

ILOILO CITY –The city government here is eyeing to provide housing to families that were displaced by a big fire in two barangays in Molo district here through the Pambansang Pabahay Para Sa Pilipino: Zero ISF Program for 2028 of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development... Read More