Ilocos Norte records 5 rabies deaths so far this year

LAOAG CITY – Local and health officials in the province of Ilocos Norte have raised the alarm on the increasing rabies cases in the province, with five reported deaths so far this year.The fatalities, aged 35 to 75, were from the city of Batac and the towns of Nueva Era, Pinili, Sarrat and... Read More

Farthest town in Region 11 to venture in organic goat production

DAVAO CITY – To improve the livelihood of farmers in Davao Region’s farthest municipality, the Department of Agriculture regional office (DA-11) turned over six heads of native goats to the Balut Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (BATODA) in Sarangani, Davao Occidental... Read More

NIA employee, daughter survive Maguindanao ambush

DATU HOFFER, Maguindanao del Sur – An employee of the National Irrigation Administration and his daughter escaped unscathed from an ambush perpetrated by still unidentified gunmen in Barangay Labu-Labu here Monday.The initial police report said Ismael Gudal was driving his white sports utility... Read More

Series of DSWD-DILG trainings to hone barangay dev't facilitators

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government Academy (LGA), is honing trainers who will be responsible for rollout of the Participatory Barangay Development Planning... Read More

More volunteers eyed in C. Visayas to boost vax program

CEBU CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas has deployed about a hundred volunteers to drum up the national government’s free supplemental immunization program targeting 700,000 children in the region.Dr. Jaime Bernadas, regional director of DOH-7, said on Monday the... Read More

20 modern PUVs to boost tourism in Bohol's eastern corridor

CEBU CITY – More than 20 modern public utility vehicles will ply the Tagbilaran City to Loboc route, a welcome development for local visitors who want to visit places in Bohol’s tourism corridor, a transport official said on Monday.Eduardo Montealto Jr., regional director of the Land... Read More

Carlo Paalam brings pride anew to CDO, PH with SEAG boxing gold

MALITBOG, Bukidnon – Boxing's Olympic medalist Carlo Paalam has again proved his mettle by winning a gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), making his hometown Cagayan de Oro City, and the country proud.Paalam shared his gratitude Monday via livestream for all those who supported him... Read More

MinDA supports PBBM’s push for ‘nano’ businesses

DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has expressed its support to the call of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to advance “nano” businesses as emerging economic drivers in the subregion.In a statement Monday, MinDA chair and Philippine Signing Minister for Brunei... Read More

Greening program brings 6% more forest cover to Caraga: DENR-13

BUTUAN CITY – For the past 12 years, the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) has contributed six percent to the growth of forest covers in the Caraga Region.From 2011 to date, the NGP has covered some 186,000 hectares in reforestation in the region.“The six percent... Read More

BARMM starts administration of public transport franchises

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (BLTFRB) started Monday the administration of public transport franchises in the region.Minister Paisalin Tago of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) - Ministry of Transportation and... Read More

Borongan City eyes 1st smart city tag in E. Visayas

TACLOBAN CITY - Borongan City, the capital of Eastern Samar province, is eyeing to be recognized as the first smart city in Eastern Visayas region.This after the conduct of Smart City assessment and roadmap formulation by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in collaboration with Isabela... Read More

Biliran province to host international race event

TACLOBAN CITY – Biliran province will host the La Routa 2023 adventure race to be participated by 160 local and foreign competitors, the organizers announced on Monday.The event, in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) Eastern Visayas regional office, Biliran provincial government... Read More

3 key NPA leaders in Mindanao killed in clash

BUTUAN CITY — The communist New People’s Army (NPA) suffered a major blow following recent military operations that killed three key leaders of the rebel group in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur.Maj. Francisco Garello, chief of the Public Affairs Division of the 4th Infantry Brigade,... Read More

Oil spill-displaced fishermen to learn fiberglass boat-making

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – Fishermen displaced by a recent oil spill in this province will get the opportunity to learn a new skill vital to their line of work, thanks to the joint efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources... Read More

Zambo City earmarks P19.8-M for summer job of students

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government has allocated PHP19.8 million for this year’s implementation of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) during vacation.Uldarico Fabian, the City Social Welfare and Development Office assistant chief, said Friday that this... Read More

Over 1K displaced workers in Legazpi get emergency employment

LEGAZPI CITY – At least 1,100 workers displaced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic here have been provided with livelihood through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.TUPAD is a project of the national government through the Department of Labor... Read More

Phivolcs sets up first strong motion station in Zambo Peninsula

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has established its first strong motion station here in the Zamboanga Peninsula.Allan Rommel Labayog, the Phivolcs-Zamboanga science research analyst, said Friday the PHP1 million facility is equipped with the... Read More

87 ex-drug users finish reformation program in Pampanga

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Eighty-seven former drug users have completed their reformation program at the Balay Silangan Reformation Center in this city.Ricky Saul, head of the Angeles City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ACADAC), said on Friday the "graduates" underwent a 30-day rehabilitation program... Read More

Army, PNP intensify campaign vs e-sabong, drugs

DUMAGUETE CITY – The 302nd Brigade of the Philippine Army and the Police Regional Office 7 on Friday afternoon jointly vowed to step up measures against illegal drugs and illegal gambling, with focus on e-sabong.Col. Joey Escanillas, brigade commander, and PRO 7 Regional Director Brig. Gen.... Read More

CDO bats for whole-of-society approach on mental health crisis

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The local government said Friday it is pushing for a whole-of-society approach in addressing mental health issues and suicide prevention.In a statement, Mayor Rolando Uy said part of the plan is to establish "mental health corners" in villages and train teachers in public... Read More