N. Cotabato execs ask for Army augmentation

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Amid rising atrocities committed by communist New Peoples’ Army (NPA) in North Cotabato, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has asked the Philippine Army for augmentation force in the province’s second district.In a resolution, the PPOC, chaired by Governor... Read More

'Aquaman' conquers Bohol seas

PANGLAO, Bohol – Lawyer and environmental advocate Ingemar "Pinoy Aquaman" Macarine endured the strong current on Sunday (November 12) to complete his swim from Pamilacan Island to Panglao Island in this province.A long distance swimmer in his early 40s, Macarine admitted almost giving up as... Read More

Davao police officer shot dead by NPA rebels

DAVAO CITY – A member of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) assigned at the Intelligence Section of the Tugbok Police Station was shot dead by two suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who asked for a free ride Monday morning in Barangay Valencia, Tugbok District, this... Read More

1 dead, 2 wounded in S. Cotabato shooting

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Police have launched a deeper investigation into an altercation between a group of soldiers and civilians outside a bar in Polomolok town in South Cotabato early Sunday that left a person dead and two others injured.Sr. Supt. Franklin Alvero, South Cotabato police director,... Read More

Diocese of Dumaguete creates Commission on Climate Change

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Diocese of Dumaguete has created a Commission on Climate Change to be actively involved in the protection and conservation of the environment.This is one of the new commissions created by the Diocese of Dumaguete as part of its roadmap in the next five to 10 years, which... Read More

Bulacan eyes 8th economic zone

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- The province of Bulacan is planning to establish an economic zone in an effort to further attain progress and development.Provincial Planning and Development Officer Arlene Pascual, in a orientation meeting with some officials from Philippine Economic Zone Authority... Read More

8 Abu Sayyaf men surrender in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Eight members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have surrendered to military authorities on the island province of Sulu, the military reported Monday.Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said the group surrendered at around 7:35 a.m. Saturday to the... Read More

City launches 'Smoke-Free Baguio' campaign

BAGUIO CITY -- City officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday led the launching of "Smoke-Free Baguio” — a massive campaign encouraging residents to shy away from cigarette smoking.Domogan said the city government is serious in its campaign against smoking and mustering public... Read More

Cebu town farm-to-market road begins construction

CEBU CITY -- Transporting of farm products will soon be convenient for farmers in San Remegio, Cebu as the Cebu provincial government has started works on the 2.7-kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) project in the said northern town recently.Oscar Pineda, of the Cebu Provincial Public Information... Read More

DOLE gives P3-M livelihood grants to Oas residents

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office in Bicolhas given a total of PHP3 million worth of livelihood assistance to 168 beneficiaries in Oas town in Albay.Rovelinda Dela Rosa, DOLE-Bicol regional director, on Monday said, “Yes, we are going down to the... Read More

City in NegOcc sets full enforcement of smoking ban

BACOLOD CITY -- Bago City in Negros Occidental will fully enforce its Comprehensive Smoke-Free Ordinance with stricter penalties next week, Mayor Nicholas Yulo said Monday.“Our ordinance is just a reflection of the national law. In Bago City, we have not received any opposition from business... Read More

Drug prevention program in west Visayas schools starts next week

ILOILO CITY -- A drug-prevention program will start in selected Western Visayas schools next week following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between concerned government agencies and non-government organizations on Monday.Dubbed Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, it aims... Read More

Baguio medical practitioners to get acupuncture training in China

BAGUIO CITY -- City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday said he has been able to negotiate with officials of Hangzhou in China an exchange program wherein Baguio’s medical practitioners would be sent to China to learn the latest techniques on acupuncture that will be adopted by the health and... Read More

Wage hike for househelp in W. Visayas approved

BACOLOD CITY -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Western Visayas has approved a “substantial” increase in the monthly wage of domestic workers or "kasambahays" in the region, including Negros Occidental.This was confirmed by Wennie Sancho, labor... Read More

Iloilo City asks USAID support on traffic, drainage concerns

ILOILO CITY – The city government here has asked the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for a study on the traffic situation and the comprehensive drainage plan in Iloilo City.Mayor Jose Espinosa III on Monday said that he raised said concerns before the... Read More

Controversial Cebu environment official axed

CEBU CITY -- The controversial head of the Cebu Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) has been relieved from his post.Governor Hilario Davide III, who earlier defended the said Baltazar Tribulano, said Monday that he has issued a memorandum ordering the latter’s relief as... Read More

2 gun smugglers intercepted in Cebu port

CEBU CITY -- Elements of the Cebu City Port Police arrested two suspected gun smugglers Sunday night at Pier 1, this city.Arrested in possession of 21 guns of different calibers were Eulidiano Galanse, 43, of Danao City and his 40-year-old sister Richel Puno of Barangay Talamban, Cebu City, who were... Read More

Antique SP okays P4.19-M for Binirayan fest 2017

SAN JOSE De BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Antique unanimously approved the requested PHP4.190 million budget for the month-long Binirayan Festival 2017 in December.Antique Board Member Errol Santillan moved for the approval that was seconded by other board members present... Read More

Batangas boosts livelihood program for women

BATANGAS CITY -- The provincial government of Batangas has intensified its knowledge and capacity building and training program for women to help the sector sustain its livelihood and small businesses.Jenelyn A. Aguilera, Batangas public information office chief, said on Monday the Provincial Social... Read More

ASEAN Coast Guard Forum set in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY --- Preparations are ongoing for the holding of the ASEAN Coast Guard Forum, a two-day meeting to be held on November 21-22 this year at the Misibis Bay Resort in Bacacay town in Albay, an official of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Bicol said Monday.The... Read More