SoCot eyes another seal of good governance award

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Despite previous setbacks, the provincial government of South Cotabato has remained optimistic in getting another Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award this year.South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said Wednesday the province's chances for the award have improved... Read More

Pre-feasibility for Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge done this year

ILOILO CITY-- The pre-feasibility study for the construction of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge is expected to be completed by end of the year, said the Western Visayas director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) on Tuesday.Ro-Ann Bacal said they met with members of the CCCC... Read More

SoCot steps up animal disease prevention program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Veterinary personnel in South Cotabato have expanded their animal disease monitoring and prevention program as it moves to maintain the province free from possible outbreaks. Dr. Flora Bigot, acting head of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET), said Wednesday they have... Read More

GenSan airport terminal expansion done in 2 years

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Development works have shifted to high gear for the P434 million expansion and rehabilitation of the city international airport’s passenger terminal building to meet its targeted completion in two years.Engr. Ginalyn Cachuela, manager of the Soccsksargen Area Development... Read More

10 Dagupan students on exchange visit to California

DAGUPAN CITY – Ten students from public and private schools here are leaving for the United States on September 14 for a two-week goodwill visit to Milpitas City, Dagupan’s sister city in California.The students will be accompanied by Mayor Belen Fernandez together with City Councilor... Read More

National Meat Inspection Service wants poultry plant closed

DUMAGUETE CITY - The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in Region 7 has recommended for the closure of a poultry dressing plant in the municipality of Sibulan in Negros Oriental for alleged failure to comply with all the government requirements for operation.The JLT poultry dressing plant owned... Read More

Upgrading of South Leyte's alternative road underway

MAASIN CITY -- Shorter and smoother travel from Malitbog town to this city is expected in the near future with the upgrading of the Lonoy -Tigbawan- Santa Cruz, Malitbog Road in Southern Leyte now underway.The Department of Public Works and Highways-Southern Leyte district engineering office... Read More

P170.3-M farm-to-market road to benefit 5,000 Batac households

LAOAG CITY — At least eight villages composed of more than 5,000 households will benefit from the ongoing rehabilitation of a farm-to-market road in Rayuray village, Batac City.Worth PhP170.3 million and funded by World Bank in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Ilocos Norte... Read More

ISO certification proof of commitment to environment: EDC exec

DUMAGUETE CITY – A ranking official of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the country’s geothermal power leader, has said that the company’s ISO Certification is just proof that they are committed to the protection and preservation of the environment."We are proud to receive... Read More

Drug tests for teachers continue

CEBU CITY -- The random drug testing for public school teachers and non-teaching personnel continued Tuesday at the Alaska-Mambaling Elementary School here.About 70 teachers and five non-teaching staff, including a security guard and two carpenters, of the said school voluntarily submitted... Read More

Davao mayor rallies SP to support 3 projects

DAVAO CITY -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has urged city councilors to support three future projects that need the City Council legislation.Ìn her State of the City Address (SOCA) Tuesday, the city mayor is pushing for an ordinance to shift from high-pressure sodium light to the new... Read More

5 Maute men killed in fresh fighting in Marawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Five members of the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Maute group were killed in a clash early Tuesday in Marawi City, a top military official said.Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Joint Task Force Marawi commander, said the firefight happened at around 1:19... Read More

Coop council bucks lifting of tax exemption

DUMAGUETE CITY --The Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) is among those invited to attend a Senate hearing in connection with their opposition to the proposed lifting of tax exemptions among cooperatives all over the country.
PCDC Chair, Dr. Profetiza Lim, along with Cooperative... Read More

Mishandling of patients in town hospital being probed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of Sarangani has launched an investigation into the alleged improper handling of patients by its personnel assigned at the municipal hospital in Malungon town.Sarangani Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon said Tuesday he specifically ordered the Provincial... Read More

Raps filed vs kidnappers of vice mayor’s son

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Criminal charges have been filed against two suspects tagged as among the six gunmen behind the kidnapping of a town mayor’s son in Zamboanga del Norte, a top police official said Tuesday.Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, identified the... Read More

Davao mayor cites gains of Byaheng DO30

DAVAO CITY – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday reported the accomplishments of “Byaheng DO30”, a three-year initiative of 30 doable and meaningful projects since her assumption to office last year.Dressed in City Hall uniform, the mayor delivered her state of the city... Read More

Village official shot dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The police have launched a manhunt operation against the gunman behind the killing of a barangay councilman in the province of Basilan, an official disclosed Tuesday.Supt. Jerome Afuyog, Isabela City police chief, identified the subject of the manhunt operation as Ben Apas, of... Read More

12 arrested in anti-drug operations

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Operatives of the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) arrested 12 people and seized illegal drugs in separate anti-drug operations, a top police official said Tuesday.Chief Supt. Billy Betran, PRO-9 director, said the arrest came as the anti-drug campaign continues without let-up in... Read More

PNP-12 clears SoCot mayor in drug raid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-12 has cleared the mayor of Tampakan town in South Cotabato of any legal liability following the raid at his home on Monday morning that yielded several high-powered firearms.Supt. Romeo Galgo Jr., PRO-12 public information officer, said... Read More

Ilocos Norte residents urged to stay alert

LAOAG CITY—Residents here are advised to take necessary precautions as two weather disturbances are near Region 1.Engr. Pedro Agcaoili, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said Tuesday all departments under the Ilocos Norte government are well-prepared in... Read More