BSP introduces 'Paleng-QR' to Benguet farmers

BAGUIO CITY – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday said it is exerting efforts to give farmers in Benguet easier and safer access to digital financial services through its "Paleng-QR" program.Noel Neil Malimban, BSP north Luzon regional director, said in an interview they are in... Read More

Comelec ‘woos’ more registrants with mall listup in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in this city started its off-site voters’ registration at a mall on Thursday which will run until Jan. 31 to accommodate more number of registrants.In an interview, Comelec Dagupan election supervisor Michael Frank Sarmiento also said... Read More

Checkpoints up, gun ban on as poll period starts in Cavite

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) officially declared on Thursday the start of the campaign period for the Feb. 25 special election in the 7th district of this province.At exactly 12:01 a.m. Comelec checkpoints were put up in strategic locations, including the... Read More

‘Persons of interest’ tagged in village councilor’s slay try

DUMAGUETE CITY – Police investigators have identified “persons of interest” in the shooting and wounding of a barangay kagawad (councilor) and his companion in Minaba, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.Initial investigation showed that around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, armed men shot Artemio... Read More

Nearly 350K PhilSys IDs distributed in Nueva Ecija

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has released almost 350,000 Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID cards to registrants in this province.Elizabeth Rayo, the chief statistical specialist of PSA-Nueva Ecija, said on Thursday a total of 348,782 ID... Read More

Flood-hit villagers get help from group of Mindoreños

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – A group of Metro Manila-based Mindoreños on Wednesday launched a relief operation in Naujan, this province after the town was declared under a state of calamity due to floods caused by the northeast monsoon and the shear line.The Association of... Read More

City tourism bats for more domestic Iloilo flights

ILOILO CITY –The City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO) here is looking forward to the resumption of domestic flights going to and from the Iloilo International Airport and the proposed reopening of international flights.“We know that a lot are interested to travel coming here and... Read More

NegOcc cacao farm pushes for dev't of Criollo beans

BACOLOD CITY – A large-scale cacao farm in Negros Occidental is pushing for the development of Criollo, the most sought-after variety because of its superior aroma, flavor and taste, to bring Negrense chocolate to the global market.Among those planting the variety is the Lopez family's CY and... Read More

Iloilo cops seize P918-K worth of 'shabu', arrest 32

ILOILO CITY – Policemen apprehended 32 drug suspects and seized 19 sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of PHP918,000 after a buy-bust operation in a drug den in Barangay Bakhaw in this city’s Mandurriao district Wednesday night.“The efforts of our operatives... Read More

DAR set to cover more lands for individual titles in north Negros

BACOLOD CITY – The Department of Agrarian (DAR) Negros Occidental-I here has stepped up efforts to provide individual titles to farmer-beneficiaries in the northern part of the province under the Project SPLIT or Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling to improve land tenure... Read More

P3.1-M fund turned over for locos Norte town healthcare program

LAOAG CITY – Piddig municipality in Ilocos Norte has turned over PHP3.1 million to the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac City as a trust fund for patients under the town's Cares program.Now in its 9th year, the "Piddig Cares 24-7" program was created to ensure the... Read More

86% of Ilocos establishments compliant with labor laws: DOLE

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Department of Labor and Employment in the Ilocos Region (DOLE-1) reported that 2,173 or 86.71 percent of the 2,506 establishments in the area are compliant with the general labor standards.In an interview on Thursday, DOLE-1 information officer Justin Marbella said... Read More

Council to focus on 39 drug-affected barangays in Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY – The Police Regional Office - Cordillera (PROCor) has expressed confidence that the remaining barangays in the region affected by illegal drugs would soon be declared drug-free with more government agency intervention and collaboration.“Marami tayong ginagawa and this time,... Read More

Classes suspended as NorMin braces for new LPA

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Local government units (LGUs) in the Northern Mindanao Region are bracing for the impact of yet another low pressure area (LPA) monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday.In Lagonglong, Misamis... Read More

Village chief, 4 others killed in Zambo Norte ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A village chief and four others were killed and two more were injured in an ambush in Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Thursday.An initial report of Sirawai Municipal Police Station said the village chairperson, Ali Manangca, along with four others were killed in an... Read More

Zambo cops seize P12M worth of smuggled onions

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities have seized a shipment of 24,000 kilos of smuggled onions with an estimated worth of PHP12 million off this city, a top police official said Thursday.Lt. Col. Reynald Ariño, 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Force “Seaborne” Company (2ZCMFC) commander,... Read More

P10.9M allotted for new TUPAD beneficiaries in Camiguin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday allotted PHP10.9 million for the new batch of cash-for-work beneficiaries in Camiguin province.Jovelyn Perez, DOLE-Camiguin focal person, said the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers... Read More

15.7K water birds sighted in Soccsksargen

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Soccsksargen Region (DENR-12) said Thursday it has sighted over 15,700 water birds in fowl sanctuaries across the region.DENR-12 data showed that 6,171 water birds were sighted in Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat... Read More

Ex-NPA couple gets P100-K cash aid in Agusan Norte

BUTUAN CITY – A New People’s Army (NPA) couple who surrendered to troopers of the Army’s 29th Infantry Battalion (IB) on New Year's Day has received a PHP100,000 cash aid from the Agusan del Norte provincial government, a military official said Thursday.In a statement, Lt. Col.... Read More

DavNor to declare state of calamity after P50-M flood damage

DAVAO CITY—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte is set to pass a resolution during its regular session on Jan. 30, declaring the province under a state of calamity.This came after the PHP50.3 million damage incurred in agriculture and infrastructure due to the widespread flooding in... Read More