PDEA nabs ex-cop, seizes P7.4-M shabu in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY – Anti-narcotics operatives arrested a former police officer and seized some PHP7.4 million worth of shabu following a buy-bust in this city on Wednesday night.Jocelyn Mary, speaking for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao... Read More

BSKE candidates, voters urged to shun drug personalities

ILOILO CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is calling on Ilonggo electorate to shun drug personalities this coming Oct. 30 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE)."For candidates, they should not accept contributions from drug personalities. Barangay (officials) are members... Read More

School enrollment drops in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY – Basic education enrollment in public and private schools in this city and the rest of Negros Occidental decreased by 5 to 16 percent for school year 2023-2024, a comparative report of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday showed.The data were based on the quick count... Read More

DSWD-10, stakeholders renew feeding program for BARMM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao (DSWD-10) and partner development organizations have renewed their commitment to fighting malnutrition in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).During Wednesday's inter-agency... Read More

NorMin cops join rice price ceiling awareness drive

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) joined Wednesday the information dissemination drive on the new directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on the rice price ceiling.Brig. Gen. Lawrence Coop, the PRO-10 director, said all police personnel in... Read More

Negros Oriental to get new facility with 60 dialysis machines

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Gov. Manuel Sagarbarria will lead Thursday the groundbreaking for the PHP100 million two-story building to house the province’s new dialysis center with 60 new dialysis machines to cater to more patients suffering from kidney disease.In a press briefing... Read More

OPAPRU beefs up local peace engagement program for ex-rebels

DAVAO CITY – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) is firming its engagement with local communities through the Transformation Program (TP) to better address the needs of former rebels (FRs).Lawyer Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña, the OPAPRU... Read More

Over 5K indigent seniors receive pensions in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY – More than 5,000 indigent senior citizens from six towns and one city in Albay province have received their pensions from the provincial government covering April to June this year.In an interview on Wednesday, Christina Llanto, Albay Provincial Social Welfare and Development... Read More

DTI-Albay urges LGUs to activate price coordinating council

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Albay is urging local government units (LGUs) to activate their local price coordinating councils in the implementation of the rice price ceiling mandated under Executive Order (EO) 39.In an interview on Wednesday, DTI-Albay... Read More

Ex-child offenders earn diplomas via Alternative Learning System

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The provincial government announced that 16 former wayward youths housed at the Bahay Pag-Asa Youth Center (BPYC) here have completed their secondary and elementary education.Provincial information officer Christian Jay Cojamco on Wednesday said under the supervision... Read More

C. Luzon rice farmers: Price caps good for farmers, consumers

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Rice farmers in Central Luzon are in favor of the government’s move mandating price ceilings on rice.Jojo Paguinto, a farmer from Candaba town, this province, said the decision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to enforce the rice price cap would... Read More

Sports academy to rise in Ilocos Norte thru PAGCOR aid

LAOAG CITY – The provincial board has unanimously approved a resolution for PHP100 million financial assistance for the construction of the Ilocos Norte Sports Institute and Research (INSPIRE) building in this city.In an interview on Wednesday, Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc said Provincial... Read More

Typhoon, 'habagat' leave P387-K damage to agriculture in La Union

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – La Union province has recorded PHP387,136 in estimated damage to agriculture as of Sept. 6 due to weather disturbances that enhanced the southwest monsoon and brought heavy rains, according to the La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office... Read More

Lung, heart diseases top killers in Antique

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Respiratory and heart diseases are among the top 10 leading causes of death in all age groups in Antique, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) said in a report.In 2022, there were 582 mortality cases due to pneumonia while there are 325 cases due to... Read More

PH, Indon Navy to hold maritime drills in Cebu, Negros waters

CEBU CITY – The coast off Cebu and Negros islands will be the venue for the weeklong bilateral maritime training exercises between the Philippine and Indonesian Navies.Lt. Bernabe Jay Zambale Jr., public affairs officer of the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen), said Wednesday they will host the... Read More

Surigao Norte coop gets P20-M rice mill facility

BUTUAN CITY—The Taganito Mining Corporation Nickel Asia Corporation (TMC-NAC) handed over Wednesday a PHP20-million rice mill complex facility to the Claver Red Mountain Cooperative (CREMACO) in Claver town, Surigao del Norte province.The rice mill complex in the town’s Barangay Daywan... Read More

Dengue cases in Negros Oriental down by 41%

DUMAGUETE CITY – Dengue cases in Negros Oriental dropped by 41 percent from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2, compared to the same period last year.Provincial Health Office chief, Dr. Liland Estacion, attributed the low dengue cases to increased public awareness as the Department of Health (DOH) intensified... Read More

Coast Guard officer drowns in La Union rescue ops

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel drowned during a search and rescue operations in Tubao town, La Union on Tuesday.PCG Civil Relations Group North Western Luzon Commander ENS Ivhanne Rillon, in a phone interview on Wednesday, identified the personnel as Petty... Read More

Ilocos Norte to grant P5K to distressed MSMEs

LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte government on Wednesday said it will be coming out with a business stimulus package for micro-enterprises suffering from financial distress due to economic challenges, natural disasters, and other unforeseen events.Elma Gabriel, head of the local government's... Read More

Baguio eyes 30 parking buildings with 22K more slots

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is eyeing to erect at least 30 parking buildings capable of accommodating a maximum of 22,000 parking slots to address the growing parking needs of this summer capital.Gaby Keith, city assistant information office chief, said these proposed slots would be an... Read More