Provincial

Pharmacies in Bicol now accept DSWD guarantee letters as payment

Pharmacies in Bicol now accept DSWD guarantee letters as payment

February 12, 2024, 9:00 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Different pharmacies in the Bicol region on Monday started to accept guarantee letters from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as payment for the purchase of medicines, a DSWD-5 official said. Jastine Joy Dichoso Escuro, DSWD-Bicol Assistance to Individuals in… Read More

Comelec's ‘Register Anywhere Program’ starts in 7 Bicol areas

Comelec's ‘Register Anywhere Program’ starts in 7 Bicol areas

February 12, 2024, 7:51 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Commission on Elections in Bicol (Comelec-5) started on Monday the implementation of the Register Anywhere Program (RAP), which allows more people to be enlisted as voters. Under the program, those who want to exercise their right to vote in future elections may register… Read More

C. Visayas workers, students urged to join Register Anywhere Program

C. Visayas workers, students urged to join Register Anywhere Program

February 12, 2024, 7:47 pm

CEBU CITY – Workers and students who want to register for next year’s midterm elections but cannot go home to register may soon get their registration through the Register Anywhere Program (RAP) in malls and schools, the Commission on Election (Comelec)-Central Visayas said Monday. Lawyer… Read More

C. Visayas ‘cyber cops’ to go after online scammers

C. Visayas ‘cyber cops’ to go after online scammers

February 12, 2024, 7:44 pm

CEBU CITY – Central Visayas police will produce officers proficient in cybercrime prevention as online scam cases continue to rise. Lt. General Gerard Ace Pelare, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said on Monday that they are eyeing to assign at least two “cyber cops” in… Read More

Ilocos Norte to receive treatment facility for medical waste

Ilocos Norte to receive treatment facility for medical waste

February 12, 2024, 7:34 pm

LAOAG CITY – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will donate an infectious waste treatment machine worth PHP20 million to Ilocos Norte, boosting the province’s efforts for a clean, green, and safer environment. Dr. Arlene Ragasa, officer-in-charge of the Governor Roque B. Ablan… Read More

PSA launches post-Covid recovery survey in NorMin

PSA launches post-Covid recovery survey in NorMin

February 12, 2024, 7:25 pm

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Philippine Statistics Agency (PSA) on Monday started here a survey on information technology and post-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the Northern Mindanao region.In a statement, PSA Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) officer-in-charge, Dr. Janith Aves, said the… Read More

Davao Region inflation rate drops to 4.4% in January

Davao Region inflation rate drops to 4.4% in January

February 12, 2024, 7:23 pm

DAVAO CITY – Davao Region’s year-on-year headline inflation slowed down to 4.4 percent in January this year from 5.3 percent in the previous month, the regional Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA-11) office said Monday.In a statement, PSA-11 said the region’s inflation was higher, at 9.4… Read More

Legazpi City now rabies-free

Legazpi City now rabies-free

February 12, 2024, 7:07 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – This capital city of Albay province is now considered rabies-free after gaining a 95-percent vaccination rate of the total population of its registered dogs. City Veterinary Office (CVO) chief Dr. Emmanuel Estipona, in an interview on Monday, said the city sustained its dog… Read More

Nat'l Task Force on WPS starts road show to fight disinformation

Nat'l Task Force on WPS starts road show to fight disinformation

February 12, 2024, 6:53 pm

SAN JUAN, La Union – The National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea (NTFWPS) started here on Monday the first of a series of national forums to educate Filipinos about their rights and interests in the West Philippine Sea.  National Security Council Assistant Director General Jonathan… Read More

Cops seize P4-M shabu in southern Negros sting op

Cops seize P4-M shabu in southern Negros sting op

February 12, 2024, 6:38 pm

BACOLOD CITY – A drug bust operation in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Monday morning yielded 600 grams of shabu worth PHP4.08 million and apprehended three suspects, all residents of Mindanao. The suspects Lykey “Mikel” Sania Vina, 38; Hamid Rahim Sanggacala, 19; and Cherry “Ayna”… Read More

Flood-hit families in Butuan swell to over 6K

Flood-hit families in Butuan swell to over 6K

February 12, 2024, 6:33 pm

BUTUAN CITY – The number of flood victims here has ballooned to 6,212 families or 22,818 persons in 23 barangays, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) said Monday.  Of the affected families, CSWDO said 5,910 families or 21,910 persons have been served with food aid, especially… Read More

Davao Oro landslide death toll reaches 55

Davao Oro landslide death toll reaches 55

February 12, 2024, 6:05 pm

DAVAO CITY – At least 55 bodies were so far retrieved from the ground zero where the massive landslide occurred on Feb. 6 in Barangay Masara in Maco, Davao de Oro.“The Management of the Dead and the Missing Cluster are validating the tally of the missing individuals and the unidentified… Read More

1st Pasidayaw fest celebrates Aurora's culture, bountiful harvests

1st Pasidayaw fest celebrates Aurora's culture, bountiful harvests

February 12, 2024, 5:45 pm

BALER, Aurora – The provincial government of Aurora launched its 1st Pasidayaw Festival at the Capitol Grounds in Barangay Suklayin here on Monday. Aurora Provincial Tourism Chief Ana Riza Mendoza said the weeklong festival is a celebration of culture, heritage and faith of the people, sharing… Read More

Kidapawan City marks 1M trees planted in 2 years

Kidapawan City marks 1M trees planted in 2 years

February 12, 2024, 5:38 pm

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato – Mayor Jose Paolo Evangelista, together with other local officials here on Monday, planted the one millionth tree seedling as the highlight of the city's 26th charter anniversary from Feb. 7-12.The city government’s million tree campaign, dubbed Canopy ’25… Read More

DENR warns vs. poaching of endangered agarwood species

DENR warns vs. poaching of endangered agarwood species

February 12, 2024, 5:14 pm

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has warned the public against poaching the threatened agarwood tree, commonly known as Lapnisan, considered the highest-valued forest product in the world because of its distinctive fragrance. "We, at the DENR, environment… Read More

Bacolod City hikes wage of job order workers

Bacolod City hikes wage of job order workers

February 12, 2024, 5:00 pm

BACOLOD CITY – More than 3,800 job order (JO) workers of this city government started receiving higher wages in January this year. The current rate is PHP480 daily or PHP10,560 for 22 days per month, from the previous PHP450 per day or PHP9,900 monthly. In a press conference on Monday, Mayor… Read More

Ordinance to protect cultural properties in Antique

Ordinance to protect cultural properties in Antique

February 12, 2024, 4:58 pm

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – A proposed ordinance aimed to protect and conserve cultural properties, historical landmarks, monuments and shrines in Antique passed the scrutiny of the provincial board on Monday. “The Province of Antique, known for its rich cultural and historical heritage… Read More

Dry months to boost mango production in Guimaras

Dry months to boost mango production in Guimaras

February 12, 2024, 4:17 pm

ILOILO CITY – Guimaras expects an increase in the production of mangoes, its main products, due to the prolonged dry months. Provincial Office for Agricultural Services (POAS) head Alvin Nava said mango production could reach 21,000 metric tons (MT), higher than last year’s 17,000 MT.… Read More

Bacolod City's MassKara Festival poised for more global exposure

Bacolod City's MassKara Festival poised for more global exposure

February 12, 2024, 4:02 pm

BACOLOD CITY – This city is eyeing more global exposure to promote the annual festivity every October, following the successful stint of the MassKara Festival dancers in the 2024 Cathay International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong over the weekend. Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said… Read More

BARMM to build 34 more health facilities in region

BARMM to build 34 more health facilities in region

February 12, 2024, 4:00 pm

COTABATO CITY – Health officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) signed contracts with at least 30 contractors to construct various health facilities worth PHP431.7 million in the region on Monday.Dr. Rizaldy Piang, BARMM health minister, said contracts cover the… Read More