DOT honors icons of sustainable tourism in W. Visayas

ILOILO CITY – Four women entrepreneurs in Western Visayas were recognized during the first Icons of Sustainable Tourism Awards and Recognition (ISTaR) ceremony to mark the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) celebration of National Women’s Month in Region 6 on Monday.DOT Western Visayas... Read More

S. Cotabato town mayor offers P500-K reward on aide’s attackers

KORONADAL CITY – Mayor Bernie Palencia of Polomolok town in South Cotabato province on Monday offered PHP500,000 reward for anybody who can provide information on the whereabouts of the culprits behind the attack on his executive assistant on March 17.Palencia told reporters he could have been... Read More

CDO law students win Mindanao-wide debate championship

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A team of law students from the Liceo de Cagayan University (LDCU) won the championship in the Mindanao-wide debate competition over the weekend, making it the second school in the city to triumph in debating events within the month alone.Spencer Palen, leader of the... Read More

Victims of deadly 2022 Leyte landslide move to new shelters

TACLOBAN CITY – The 579 families displaced by a killer landslide in Baybay City last year have already moved from evacuation centers to their new relocation sites, the city government reported on Monday.Baybay City Mayor Jose Carlos Cari said the city council had immediately allocated funds to... Read More

Gov’t forces capture pregnant NPA fighter, provide medical aid

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao del Norte – Government forces have arrested a pregnant communist rebel in Palimbang town, Sultan Kudarat province, and provided the needed care for an expectant mother, an official reported Monday.Lt. Colonel John Paul Baldomar, the Army’s 37th Infantry... Read More

Army overruns NPA lair in Agusan Sur

BUTUAN CITY—Government troops from the Army's 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB) overran an encampment of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) over the weekend following a skirmish in the hinterlands of Barangay Lydia, La Paz, Agusan del Sur.The 20-minute encounter resulted in the recovery... Read More

14 more Super Health Centers to rise in E. Visayas this year

TACLOBAN CITY – To boost the government’s universal healthcare program and to decongest hospitals, the Department of Health is pushing for the completion of 14 more Super Health Centers in Eastern Visayas this year.DOH Eastern Visayas regional information officer Jelyn Lopez-Malibago on... Read More

8 Cebu villages ‘biofenced’ to keep garbage off waterways

CEBU CITY – The city government has introduced its biofence technology to eight mountain villages here, aimed at addressing the massive accumulation of garbage from neighboring municipalities’ coastal areas.The setting up of biofences in Agsungot, Binaliw, Pulangbato, Pit-os, San Jose,... Read More

Murder suspect, firefighter nabbed in Sulu, Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY – One of the most wanted persons in the country and a female firefighter were arrested in separate manhunt operations in Sulu and this city, police officials said Saturday.Brig. Gen. Neil Alinsañgan, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, said Singbi... Read More

S. Kudarat cops arrest wanted man, lady rebel

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat – A man wanted for illegal possession of firearms and explosives and a female communist rebel were separately arrested in Sultan Kudarat province, a police official said Saturday.Col. Christopher Bermudez, provincial police director, said in his report that operatives... Read More

Ilocos Norte LGU declares 'plastic-free holiday'

LAOAG CITY – The local government unit of Burgos town in the province of Ilocos Norte has declared every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as a "plastic-free holiday” in all residential, commercial, agricultural, and institutional establishments within the municipality.This means that the... Read More

Ex-NPA members, supporters in Aurora get financial aid

BALER, Aurora – Former members and supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Maria Aurora town, this province, have received government livelihood assistance aimed at making them productive members of society.Lt. Col. Julito Recto Jr., commander... Read More

3 DPWH projects to protect Aurora coastal villagers from flood

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of three flood mitigation projects in coastal communities of Aurora province that will protect residents during typhoon season.Engineer Roderick Andal, head of the DPWH-Aurora... Read More

Former S. Cotabato town councilor hurt in gun attack

KORONADAL CITY – Unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and seriously injured a former town councilor of Polomolok, South Cotabato, while he was on his way to the municipal hall Friday morning.Former councilor Rhyolite Agregado Balili, now personal secretary of Polomolok Mayor Bernie... Read More

Group lauds conviction of 5 human traffickers in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY – The advocacy group International Justice Mission (IJM) has lauded the conviction of five human traffickers by a local court in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.In a press statement on Friday, the IJM said five women who were accused of sexual abuse and exploitation of children to... Read More

Camiguin launches 'Isle be There' tourism campaign

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Camiguin provincial government rolled out Friday its "Isle be There" rebranding theme to welcome tourists with a fresh start from the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.Gov. Xavier Jesus Romualdo said the new tourism slogan is part of the provincial government's... Read More

Calapan city gov't on alert as oil spill reaches shores

CITY OF CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro – The city government here is now on alert after residents of Sitios (sub-villages) Villa Antonio and Proper in Barangay Navotas reported traces of an oil slick Thursday afternoon.In a phone interview on Friday, Dennis Escosora, head of the Calapan Disaster... Read More

2 ex-rebels surrender, turn over firearms in Nueva Ecija

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Two former members of the communist group have surrendered to authorities in Nueva Ecija province, a police official reported on Friday.In his report, Col. Richard V. Caballero, director of the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office, said the continuous call to... Read More

Negros Oriental cops' morale still up despite major revamp

DUMAGUETE CITY – Morale is still up among officials and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental province despite a major revamp after the March 4 killing of Governor Roel Degamo and eight others, an official said Friday.“There are no indications that our... Read More

Camarines Norte 'sari-sari' store owners get capital assistance

LEGAZPI CITY – Hundreds of sari-sari (sundry) store owners in Camarines Norte province on Friday received additional capital from two senators under the "Sari-Saring Pag-Asa" program.The cash aid from Senators Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano was granted through the Assistance to Individuals in... Read More