Zambo City sports camp looking for next Hidilyn

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Preparations are underway for the summer camp “Learn to Play a Sports” of the city government.A number of Zamboangueños who won medals in national and international sports competitions were products of the program, including weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the... Read More

5 NPA rebels dead in central Negros encounters

BACOLOD CITY – Five fighters of the New People's Army (NPA) died in a series of clashes with troops of the Philippine Army's 62nd Infantry Battalion (62IB) in the hinterlands of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental Saturday morning.The bodies of the unidentified rebels, belonging to the NPA's... Read More

2 new HIV treatment hubs to open in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The government is opening two new treatment hubs in remote areas in this city that would offer free Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) testing.Clarissa Jose, regional coordinator of the Department of Health HIV - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) program, said Saturday... Read More

From drug addiction to recovery: the advent of 'Bida'

(Last of two-part series)CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Inside an office that also serves as a consultation room, a group of persons who used drugs (PWUDs) was having an afternoon session in hopes of opening up about their life.The session was led by John Gabriel Lasquites, the program and client coordinator... Read More

Palawan coco farmers train in agronomics amid calls for R&D

BROOKE’S POINT, Palawan – Advocates of coconut research and development (R&D) lauded government efforts into introducing agronomic cropping technology to farmers in this town, saying it puts the sector closer to realizing its untapped potentials.In an interview on Friday, Jesus... Read More

‘Illegal structures’ in Cebu tourism village to be demolished

CEBU CITY – Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has ordered the immediate demolition of all abandoned buildings and other structures within easement and foreshore zones in the canyoneering village of Matutinao in the southern town of Badian.The provincial capitol released on Friday Executive Order No.... Read More

Albay, CamSur farmers receive P135-M agri inputs from gov't

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Bicol (DA-5) distributed farm inputs worth PHP135 million to rice, high-value crops and poultry farmers from Albay and Camarines Sur this week.The mass distribution of agricultural inputs was funded under the Quick Response Fund (QRF) and regular... Read More

Coco processing center to benefit over 2K Guimaras farmers

ILOILO CITY – The over PHP16-million shared processing facilities for copra and refined bleached deodorized oil to be constructed inside the 10-hectare Guimaras agri-fishery industrial village in Barangay Sapal, Nueva Valencia town is expected to benefit more or less 2,000 coconut farmers in... Read More

Construction of new Pagudpud viaduct to start soon

LAOAG CITY – The construction of a more modern Patapat viaduct will soon start in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte as the bidding process has been scheduled for the end of the month.Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Sandro Marcos said (IN A STATEMENT?) on Friday that the Department of Public Works and... Read More

Laoag, China's Huangshan sign sisterhood deal

LAOAG CITY – Laoag City and the Huangshan Municipal People's Government of China are pushing for deeper cooperation with regular exchange and communication.On Friday, at least six representatives from Huangshan City led by Secretary General Yang Long signed a memorandum of understanding with... Read More

Iloilo City seeks to serve as venue for 2023 bar exams

ILOILO CITY – The local government here is hoping for the Supreme Court to consider establishing a local testing center (LTC) in Iloilo City for the 2023 bar examinations.Mayor Jerry P. Treñas wrote a letter addressed to Associate Justice Ramon Paul I. Hernando, the chief of the 2023... Read More

Zambo agriculture office readies measures for El Niño

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city agriculturist office has readied mitigating measures for the agriculture and fishery sector against the drought-induced El Niño phenomenon.This came as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration-Zamboanga office advised the... Read More

465 ex-rebels in Caraga get P39-M aid from ECLIP in ‘22

BUTUAN CITY – At least 465 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels received PHP39,079,957 in financial aid in 2022 through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).Based on the 2022 Annual Report by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the Caraga... Read More

500 out-of-school youth get USAID funds in savings, skills course

CEBU CITY – At least 500 out-of-school youth in this city and four other localities nationwide have received financial support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).The youth, organized in five cities, have saved a total of PHP620,000 since January 2021 as they underwent... Read More

Kadiwa stores in Antique now offer P20/kilo PBBM rice

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Vegetables, fruits and other commodities sold at lower prices, including President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (PBBM) rice sold at PHP20 per kilo, are available in 16 Kadiwa trading stores in Antique.Engr. Israel de Guzman, general manager of the Jubilee Agila... Read More

Mindanao emigrants predeparture services made easy

DAVAO CITY – Emigrants from Mindanao will have easier access to the frontline predeparture services of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) with the reopening of its extension office here on May 22.The CFO-Davao Office is now located at Unit 309, 3rd floor, Pink Walters Building, Quimpo... Read More

DepEd exec: Hybrid learning continues as summer heat persists

DUMAGUETE CITY – School principals have the discretion to decide the best learning mode for their learners during the summer months amid the hot and humid conditions, a key Department of Education (DepEd) official said on Friday.Dr. Salustiano Jimenez, DepEd 7 (Central Visayas) director, told... Read More

DSWD-12 pays 13K cash-for-work beneficiaries

COTABATO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Soccsksargen Region (DSWD-12) has distributed cash-for-work payments to 13,302 beneficiaries.The beneficiaries were from the towns of Magpet and Midsayap in North Cotabato province, and Banga in South Cotabato.The... Read More

BARMM police gets 200 new rifles, mobility assets

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has received new equipment and mobility assets from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the BARMM interior ministry office.Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, BARMM police director, turned over four patrol cars, 86 units of... Read More

BARMM OKs P1.77-B investments from Jan-May 2023

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Board of Investments (BBOI) has approved PHP1.77 billion worth of investments in the past five months, more than double during the same period last year.“From January to May 2023, BBOI has approved nine new projects worth P 1.77 billion investments,”... Read More