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

Army official: NPA rebels tagged as ‘roving bandits’

TACLOBAN CITY – The remnants of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Samar Island now are classified as roving bandits with no single village official supporting their ideology, an Army official said Wednesday.Maj. Gen. Camilo Ligayo, commander of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry... Read More

Soccsksargen, BARMM rice traders support EO 39

COTABATO CITY – Rice traders in the Soccsksargen (Region 12) and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said they fully support Executive Order (EO) No. 39, which sets a price ceiling on regular and well-milled rice in the country.In this city, several rice traders at the... Read More

13 N. Cotabato village chiefs yield 27 loose firearms

COTABATO CITY – Thirteen village officials from two towns in North Cotabato surrendered Tuesday afternoon 27 assorted firearms in support of the government’s “Balik-Baril” program.In a report Wednesday, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division said Brig. Gen. Donald Gumiran,... Read More

P3.4-M ‘shabu’ seized in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY – Anti-narcotics agents arrested Tuesday night an alleged "big-time" drug peddler and seized PHP3.4 million worth of suspected shabu in this city.Director Christian Frivaldo of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM)... Read More

Monitoring, profiling of rice retailers underway in Zambales

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday started the conduct of monitoring and profiling of rice retailers in Zambales.Together with the officials and personnel of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Municipal Agriculture... Read More

Profiling for subsidy up as rice price cap takes effect

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Negros Oriental have started the profiling of rice retailers who may qualify for government subsidy, as the mandated price cap of the staple food took effect on Tuesday.In a press briefing,... Read More

Tabaco City, NGO partner to improve health programs

LEGAZPI CITY – Tabaco City and the Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare Inc. (PNGOC) have partnered to enhance the capacity of the local government unit (LGU) in formulating and updating communication plans, programs, and strategies in health services."Naririto kami,... Read More

Local rice price monitoring task force pushed in Cebu City

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City Council on Tuesday asked Mayor Michael Rama to create a rice price monitoring task force that will localize the order of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to put a price cap on rice in the market.Lawyer Rey Gealon, chair of the committee on laws of the local... Read More

PNP Region 8 chief calls for stronger crime prevention approach

TACLOBAN CITY – The active involvement of the community and addressing the root causes of criminality remain vital factors in crime prevention, the top officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office in Eastern Visayas said.PNP regional director Brig. Gen. Vincent Calanoga said... Read More

10K enrolled in Antique child development centers

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Around 10,000 children, ages two to four years old, are enrolled in 668 Child Development Centers in Antique, which aim to nurture social-emotional skills.Child development workers (CDWs) who are trained in handling children manage the centers, according to... Read More

Visayas police: Knives, gun replica included in Comelec gun ban

ILOILO CITY – The Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO6) warned the public anew about the existing Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban implemented in line with the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).PRO6 spokesperson Maj. Grace Borio said from the start of... Read More

Fire razes 30 homes in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY – A fire of still-unknown origin hit a village here Tuesday afternoon, gutting 30 houses made of semi-concrete and light materials.A resident was slightly injured while salvaging valuables from his burning house during the two-hour fire along Governor Gutierrez Avenue in Barangay... Read More

Borongan City banks on kayak race to draw more tourists

TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Borongan in Eastern Samar is organizing a series of kayak races to attract water sports lovers from different parts of the country.Rupert Ambil, city information officer and sports and events chairman, said the local government is maximizing the benefits... Read More

P26.9-M aid released to ex-rebels in E. Visayas in 5 years

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has released PHP26.92 million worth of assistance to 514 former rebels in Eastern Visayas in the past five years as part of its Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP).During a forum at the... Read More