Agusan Norte, UNDP ink MOU on disaster response programs

BUTUAN CITY – Agusan del Norte’s provincial government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Thursday to build institutional and community resilience programs and services in the province.The MOU signing, held in this city, was led... Read More

P120-M coco processing plant in MisOr to generate 500 jobs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – At least 500 jobs are expected to be generated by the anticipated construction of a PHP120 million coconut processing plant in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental province.In a statement on Thursday, Provincial Board Member Erik Khu said the First Integrated Community... Read More

44 ex-NPA rebels in Davao City turned over to security sector

DAVAO CITY – The Peace 911 has turned over 44 former members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Paquibato district to the security sector during its recent 5th-anniversary celebration in Barangay Paquibato Proper here.In a statement Thursday, Maj. Gen. Jose Eriel Niembra, the... Read More

3 Cebu gov’t-run hospitals cited as ‘hall of famers’

CEBU CITY – Three provincial government-run hospitals here have been cited as “Hall of Famers” for consistently showcasing significant improvement in serving the Cebuano people.Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, head of the Cebu provincial hospital monitoring program’s evaluation team,... Read More

Army, DavNor gov’t extend financial aid to IP farmers

DAVAO CITY – Davao del Norte’s provincial government and the Army’s 60th Infantry Battalion (60IB) have turned over more than PHP100,000 in financial assistance to an Indigenous People’s (IP) farmer’s association in San Isidro town, a military official said Thursday.Lt.... Read More

2 cold storage depots to be built to cut post-harvest losses

LAOAG CITY–At least two cold storage facilities meant to reduce post-harvest losses due to spoilage will be set up in this city and in nearby Sarrat town to benefit tomato growers and fishery associations here.Engineer Ma. Teresa Bacnat, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Agriculture Office,... Read More

774 E. Visayas schools cancel in-person classes due to heat

TACLOBAN CITY – At least 774 public elementary and secondary schools in Eastern Visayas have suspended face-to-face classes this week and shifted to different learning modalities due to extreme heat, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported.These learning mode changes are affecting 115,262... Read More

Portion of iconic Leyte Park Hotel to reopen for fiesta

TACLOBAN CITY – The city government here will reopen a portion of the abandoned Leyte Park Hotel complex for fiesta activities, Mayor Alfred Romualdez said on Thursday.While waiting for the master plan for the full development of the 6.1-hectare complex, Romualdez said the city government has... Read More

4 new coops in Sorsogon get livelihood seed fund

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol (DSWD-5), through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), has awarded seed capital funds to four new eligible cooperatives in Sorsogon province.In a phone interview on Wednesday, Ram Joseph Zaragoza, DSWD-Bicol project... Read More

DPWH urged to hasten repair of Ungka Flyover in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been urged to expedite the funding and implementation of engineering solutions for the PHP680 million Ungka Flyover in Pavia, Iloilo to ensure its serviceability.A geotechnical investigation was conducted by the DPWH... Read More

2 NegOcc cities launch digital payment of taxes, gov't fees

BACOLOD CITY – The cities of Bacolod and Victorias in Negros Occidental have partnered with mobile payment solutions firm G-Xchange, Inc. for the digital payment of taxes and government fees through the GCash platform.Both cities are the first among the local government units (LGUs) in Western... Read More

NPA rebel with murder case nabbed in Parañaque

LEGAZPI CITY – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) facing murder charge was nabbed during a manhunt operation conducted by operatives of the Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO5) in Parañaque City on Tuesday, a police report said.In an interview on Wednesday, Lt. Col. Malu... Read More

Compensation for Marawi IDPs to be fast-tracked

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The anticipated payment for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City due to the 2017 siege is going to be accelerated with the imminent release of guidelines governing the Marawi Siege Compensation Act, an official said Wednesday.In a public hearing, Marawi... Read More

DOLE helps groom graduating HS, college students for employment

BOAC, Marinduque – A total of 340 graduating high school and college students in this capital town have just completed a Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) seminar aimed at imparting practical know-how about the workplace environment.In an interview on Wednesday, Naomi Lyn Abellana,... Read More

IP youths complete digital literacy training in Agusan Norte town

BUTUAN CITY – Twenty out-of-school youths (OSYs) belonging to the Higaonon indigenous community in Las Nieves town, Agusan del Norte have completed their 15-day Digital Literacy Training (DLT) through the Mobile Computer Literacy (MCL) an interview on Wednesday, Michael Mandahinog... Read More

Caraga logs 128 Covid-19 recoveries in 1st half of May

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) 13 (Caraga) has logged 128 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) recoveries from May 1 to 16.With the number, the total cumulative recoveries in the region stood at 61,184 since Covid-19 was officially declared to have entered the country in March... Read More

4 arrested, P1.9-M smuggled cigarettes seized in Zambo Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police operatives have arrested four suspects and seized PHP1.9 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in separate anti-smuggling operations in Zamboanga del Sur, an official said Wednesday.Brig. Gen. Neil Alinsañgan, Police Regional Office (PRO) 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula)... Read More

Over 377K kids in Ilocos get measles, rubella, polio jabs

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan–The Department of Health Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) has administered measles-rubella and polio vaccines to some 377,778 children in the region as of May 17 or 61 percent of the targeted 607,365.“We still have two more weeks to... Read More

Suicide awareness intensified in Davao schools

DAVAO CITY – The city government has partnered with the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) and the Department of Education (DepEd) to raise awareness of suicide as it intensified its campaign in Davao schools.In a television interview Wednesday, PMHA chapter executive manager Teofilo... Read More

PBBM to grace Pagudpud wind farm inauguration on May 19

LAOAG CITY–President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is set to grace the inauguration of the 160-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, particularly located in the neighboring barangays of Balaoi and Caunayan on Friday.Irene Maranan, vice president and head of the Corporate Communications and... Read More