Provincial

DTI-Iloilo: Prices of basic, prime commodities ‘erratic’

DTI-Iloilo: Prices of basic, prime commodities ‘erratic’

July 9, 2018, 5:11 pm

ILOILO CITY -- If there is any trend in prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in Iloilo, then it could be “erratic,” an official of the Department of Trade and Industry-Iloilo said. DTI-Iloilo Director Diosdado Cadena Jr. said the price is always “affected by the demand and… Read More

Biliran seeks P1-B for flood control, river rechanneling

Biliran seeks P1-B for flood control, river rechanneling

July 9, 2018, 5:09 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – Biliran province is seeking a PHP1-billion fund to finance flood control and river rechannelling projects to ensure that there will be no repeat of similar destructions brought by typhoon “Urduja” late last year. The cost estimate is based on the assessment of the Department… Read More

Sarangani fast-tracks construction of P90-M legislative building

Sarangani fast-tracks construction of P90-M legislative building

July 9, 2018, 5:08 pm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of Sarangani is pushing for the completion before yearend of the initial phase of its PHP90-million legislative building. Shiela Mejia, project coordinator of the Office of the Vice Governor, said Monday the building’s first segment is now about… Read More

Lumad schools urged to secure required permits to operate

Lumad schools urged to secure required permits to operate

July 9, 2018, 5:05 pm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 urged operators of Lumad (indigenous peoples) schools in the region to secure proper permits so they could continue to operate. The agency issued the advisory in the wake of the continuing protests by non-government… Read More

NPAs in N. Cotabato threatened with 'purging': Army

NPAs in N. Cotabato threatened with 'purging': Army

July 9, 2018, 3:47 pm

COTABATO CITY -- The military in North Cotabato claimed on Monday that communist rebels operating in the Arakan Valley complex are willing to surrender and live normal lives but are being prevented by their leaders. Lt. Col. Elrick Paraso, commander of the Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion (IB),… Read More

AFP chief honors troops wounded in fight vs. BIFF

AFP chief honors troops wounded in fight vs. BIFF

July 9, 2018, 3:35 pm

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. honored soldiers wounded in action during the military campaign against the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao. Galvez, accompanied by Lt. Gen.… Read More

16 Sayyaf men surrender in Basilan, Sulu

16 Sayyaf men surrender in Basilan, Sulu

July 9, 2018, 3:31 pm

Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, Joint Task Force Sulu commander (left frame) and Col. Fernando Reyeg, Army's 104th Infantry Brigade commander (right frame) talk to the Abu Sayyaf bandits who surrendered on Saturday, July 7, in Sulu and Basilan provinces. (Photo courtesy: Westmincom PIO)ZAMBOANGA… Read More

DOLE to conduct compliance inspections on fishing vessels in GenSan

DOLE to conduct compliance inspections on fishing vessels in GenSan

July 9, 2018, 3:15 pm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to conduct another round of inspections on fishing companies and operators here to check on their compliance with labor standards. Sisinio Cano, DOLE-12 regional director, said Monday the initiative is in line with the… Read More

Diño to village execs: Solve drug woes or face sanctions

Diño to village execs: Solve drug woes or face sanctions

July 9, 2018, 2:39 pm

BACOLOD CITY -- A ranking official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned barangay officials who will fail to act against illegal drugs in their respective communities of possible sanctions. Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño issued the warning… Read More

Iloilo LGUs suspend classes due to bad weather

Iloilo LGUs suspend classes due to bad weather

July 9, 2018, 2:18 pm

ILOILO CITY -- Classes have been suspended in some local government units (LGUs) in Iloilo due to monsoon rains, which may be enhanced by typhoon “Gardo” which entered the Philippine area of responsibility Monday morning. Iloilo City Acting Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, in anticipation of the possible… Read More

Classes suspended in most parts of Central Luzon

Classes suspended in most parts of Central Luzon

July 9, 2018, 2:15 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- Classes in most parts of  Central Luzon were suspended on Monday as several areas in the region are expected to experience inclement weather brought about by the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon "Gardo". In the province of Bataan, classes in all levels, both… Read More

Army, PNP probe murder of Lanao del Sur town councilor

Army, PNP probe murder of Lanao del Sur town councilor

July 9, 2018, 12:06 pm

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- Police and military authorities have joined hands in hunting down five armed men, who shot dead a Lanao del Sur town councilor and injured four others over the weekend. Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the 6th Infantry Division has directed the 6th… Read More

500 Maguindanao farmers receive farm equipment from DA

500 Maguindanao farmers receive farm equipment from DA

July 9, 2018, 12:01 pm

BULUAN, Maguindanao -- An agriculture official in Region 12 vowed to equip farmers with the necessary equipment as government support for them to improve productivity and sustain rice sufficiency in the coming years. Engr. Milagros Casis, DA-12 regional director, made the assurance during the… Read More

Soldiers help repair Maguindanao homes damaged by conflict

Soldiers help repair Maguindanao homes damaged by conflict

July 9, 2018, 11:52 am

DATU PAGLAS, Maguindanao -- Troopers under the 33rd Infantry Battalion (IB), one of the military units pursuing Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao, have repaired over the weekend several houses destroyed during clashes here last week, an Army official… Read More

Meds for diabetes, other ailments common to elderly cheaper soon

Meds for diabetes, other ailments common to elderly cheaper soon

July 8, 2018, 6:11 pm

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Medicines for diabetes and other ailments common to the elderly will soon be exempted from the Value Added Tax (VAT) thus, will be cheaper, a Department of Finance (DOF) official assured locals of this upland region on Saturday. “By January 2019, VAT-free na po and mga… Read More

Affordable housing units open for Bataan workers

Affordable housing units open for Bataan workers

July 8, 2018, 5:22 pm

MARIVELES, Bataan -- Subdivision developer Fiesta Communities launched here on Saturday new model housing units with workers of the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) as its target customers. The housing units, some situated beside a brook, are located in barangay Balon Anito in this town where… Read More

DOLE to ease requirements for Boracay workers' financial aid

DOLE to ease requirements for Boracay workers' financial aid

July 8, 2018, 5:20 pm

BORACAY ISLAND -- Getting financial aid from the government will soon be easier for displaced formal sector workers of this island, the Department of Labor and Employment said Sunday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they will simplify the requirements needed for the Adjustment Measures… Read More

Cabanatuan diocese seeks justice for slain N. Ecija mayor

Cabanatuan diocese seeks justice for slain N. Ecija mayor

July 8, 2018, 5:19 pm

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija -- The Diocese of Cabanatuan on Sunday urged law enforcement agencies to bring justice to slain Gen. Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote through a fair and thorough investigation. "Panatilihin din nawa ng ating mga alagad ng batas ang kaayusan at seguridad ng ating mga… Read More

Top NPA leader falls in Davao Sur

Top NPA leader falls in Davao Sur

July 8, 2018, 5:18 pm

DAVAO CITY -- A top leader of the New People's Army was arrested in a joint operation of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police units in Purok 2-A, Sinayawan, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur on Saturday afternoon. Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 11, reported… Read More

60-day peace window with Joma still open: Duterte

60-day peace window with Joma still open: Duterte

July 8, 2018, 3:46 pm

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said the 60-day timeframe for peace talks between him and Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding Chairperson Jose Maria Sison remains open but the possible resumption of peace negotiations is still uncertain. “I don’t know for the… Read More