23 left-leaning group members in N. Ecija cut ties with CPP-NPA

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – At least 23 members of left-leaning organizations in Nueva Ecija have cut off ties with the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to support the continuing peace and development efforts of the government.Col. Richard V.... Read More

High-value suspect yields P6.8-M shabu in Naga drug sting

LEGAZPI CITY – Police arrested a "high-value individual" who yielded PHP6.8 million shabu in a buy-bust at Barangay Sabang in Naga City on Friday morning, a police report said.Lt. Col. Malu Calubaquib, Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO-5) spokesperson, identified the suspect as John Joseph... Read More

From drug addiction to recovery: the Northern Mindanao context

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The team from Barangay Lapasan was preparing for a "toktok hangyo" or "tokhang," (knock and plead) at past 7 a.m. on Wednesday, the first operation to be conducted in the village this year. The team, composed of police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)... Read More

Hundreds to join anti-drug run in NegOr capital

DUMAGUETE CITY – Hundreds of Negrenses from government agencies and offices and the civilian sector are expected to participate in the launching of Negros Oriental BIDA (Buhay Ingatan, Droga ay Ayawan) Run program on Saturday in this provincial capital.Provincial director Farah Gentuya of the... Read More

Protection for kin of victims, suspects in NegOr killings vowed

DUMAGUETE CITY – The commanding general of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) has vowed protection not just for victims and families of atrocities but for next-of-kin of suspected assailants in the Degamo assassination and other Negros Oriental killings.Major Gen. Marion... Read More

Festival showcases richness of Davao Sur town’s caves

MATANAO, Davao del Sur – To showcase this town’s natural resources, the local government opened the Cave Festival 2023 here Thursday.In an interview, Mayor Vincent Fernandez said the three-day festival, which runs until May 20, includes such activities as cave and photo exhibits, mural... Read More

BARMM solon bats for digitalization of front-line services

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A lawmaker of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has filed a bill proposing the full digitalization of all front-line services of the regional government.The bill, filed by BARMM parliament member Amir Mawallil, mandates the Bangsamoro Information and... Read More

More fishers in Bataan train to become Bantay Dagat volunteers

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Seventy more fisherfolk in Bataan province have joined efforts to help the local government units protect marine resources in their respective coastal waters as well as stop illegal fishing activities.Wilfredo Cruz, regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries... Read More

DepEd-Bicol presents learning recovery program to lawmakers

LEGAZPI CITY – Officials of the Department of Education in Bicol (DepEd-5) on Thursday met with members of the Second Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM II) for a consultative meeting on the implementation of the Learning Recovery Plan (LRP) at the Senate in Pasay City.In a statement... Read More

100 PWDs, solo parents in Pampanga capital get livelihood aid

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – At least 100 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and solo parents in this city will be given opportunities to have a sustainable source of livelihood.In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the city government here launched Wednesday a... Read More

Iloilo summit to address gap in learners' reading proficiency

ILOILO CITY – The provincial government here is gearing up to hold an education summit and come up with a reading program to address the “disheartening” status of the reading aptitude of Iloilo learners.Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias, one of the original mentors of an... Read More

2K W. Visayas schools shift to distance learning due to hot spell

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) has reported that 2,179 of the 4,048 public schools in Western Visayas have shifted to alternative delivery modes (ADM) of learning as a precautionary measure against the effects of hot weather.“Modular distance learning is allowed under... Read More

Antique Board wants classes to revert to old school calendar

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Provincial Board here is pushing for the Department of Education (DepEd) to revert to the old school calendar or before the pandemic to safeguard learners against the rising heat.Board Member Rony Molina, in an interview on Thursday, said that the rising... Read More

Antique farmers urged to produce more vegetables

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Farmers in Antique are encouraged to produce more vegetables and other agricultural products following their successful trade fair with over half a million pesos in sales.Antique Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) agri-business coordinator Betty... Read More

Cebu City deploys police augmentation force vs. street crimes

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City police have deployed a “reactionary support standby force” composed of cops from the administrative and support units of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas, the top police official here on Thursday said.Col. Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of the Cebu... Read More

Negrense youth urged to preserve, protect local heritage

BACOLOD CITY – Young people in Negros Occidental have been urged to preserve and protect their local heritage during the three-day Youth Forum on Heritage held at The Magikland in Silay City until Thursday in line with the observance of the National Heritage Month this May.The gathering was... Read More

BFAR-Bicol warns beachgoers vs. jellyfish sting

LEGAZPI CITY – TheBureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bicol (BFAR-5) has reminded the public to always check with local authorities or residents about any potential dangers before swimming or diving in unfamiliar waters, after the reported proliferation of “salabay” or box... Read More

Zambo City maintains Covid-19 mega isolation facility

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government here will continue to operate its PHP134 million mega isolation facility despite the declaration of the World Health Organization that coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is no longer a global health emergency. Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario, city disaster risk... Read More

Pig deaths in Negros Oriental town not ASF-related

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Oriental on Thursday announced that the dead pigs reported in Dauin town last week have tested negative for African swine fever (ASF).This was shown in laboratory results from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Central Office... Read More

NegOcc’s top rice-producing city braces for impacts of El Niño

BACOLOD CITY – Bago City, the top rice-producing local government unit in Negros Occidental and Western Visayas, has begun preparations to counter the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon that could cut farm yield.Known as the rice granary of the province for its vast rice... Read More