Leyte's quake-hit villages get water filters

ORMOC CITY, Leyte -- Five villages severely affected by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake here last July received water filtration systems on Wednesday through Landbank's Gawad Katubigan program.Landbank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) head Julienne Picato said they want to help victims... Read More

DENR-ARMM taps private firms to resolve land boundary conflict

COTABATO CITY -- As a major solution to family feuds that have disrupted for decades the peace and order of Maguindanao, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DENR-ARMM) tapped on Wednesday private surveyors to set boundaries on disputed lands.Many... Read More

Zamboanga City workers receive P25-K CNA incentive

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Each of the 2,000 city government employees will receive PhP25,000 Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentive this year.City Budget Officer Ferdinando Alvarez on Wednesday said local government employees — regulars, casuals and contractuals including department heads... Read More

Disgruntled NPA supply officer surrenders

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- A discontented member of communist New People’s Army (NPA) operating in the hinterlands of North Cotabato yielded to military authorities, claiming the group was tainted with corruption, a military spokesperson said Wednesday.Danny Lauda Andip, also known as "Berni",... Read More

Tight security for Ati-atihan fest assured

KALIBO, Aklan -- Concerned that the recent Marawi terrorism and threat from New People’s Army may spill over during the Ati-atihan Festival here, event organizers are stepping up their security plans.The Kalibo Sto.Nino Ati-atihan Festival Incorporated (KASAFI) on Thursday emphasized security... Read More

 Leyte school cited for disaster preparedness, response

TACLOBAN CITY -- A public school in a remote village in Jaro, Leyte won third place in the 2017 Gawad Kalasag Award conferred by the National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday at Crowne Plaza Manila.The recipient under the rural school category is the five-year... Read More

More PCG floating assets to arrive in Dumaguete next year

DUMAGUETE CITY – Additional floating assets will arrive for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) station in Dumaguete City, the provincial capital of Negros Oriental, by next year.Coast Guard Dumaguete station commander Lt. Junior Grade Donna Liza Ramacho confirmed Wednesday that more weapons and... Read More

Life of a “bakwit” grad from MSU-Marawi City

BAY, Laguna – Life of a “bakwit” (evacuee) from the Mindanao State University (MSU) in its Marawi City campus at the height of the scourge of the five-month war was really “devastating” but there are still “treasured” recollections according to an MSU... Read More

Federalism pushed in Ilocos Sur summit

NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur – The advantages of a federal form of government, which gives more power to the provinces through the so-called bottoms-up decision-making and no-nonsense leadership, were highlighted in a federalism summit held at the open court of this town’s municipal hall on... Read More

150,000 mangrove propagules planted in Tanjay City  

DUMAGUETE CITY – Various local government and non-government entities have banded together to intensify efforts to reforest the mangrove area in Barangay San Isidro in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.As of latest count, at least 150,000 mangrove seedlings or propagules have been planted, with... Read More

'Let’s glamorize farming,' a Cavite farmer’s wish

MARAGONDON, Cavite -Terra Verde Ecofarm and Resort started as a ‘prescription’ to his brother’s medical condition 11 years ago, but its owner has gone beyond that by “glamorizing” it.Terra Verde Ecofarm and Resort owner Eric Atanacio saidon Thursdaythat he had the farm... Read More

Firearms recovered from Reds in Masbate clash

CAMP NAKAR, Lucena City – Assorted high-powered firearms were recovered after agunfight between government troops and seven mebers of New People’s Army (NPA) in Purok 7, Barangay Banase in Baleno, Masbate province on Dec. 8.According to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Luzon... Read More

Benguet capital town recognizes 5 child-friendly villages

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- In recognition of their continued work to promote the rights of children to survival, development, protection and participation, five villages here were recognized as the town’s most Child-Friendly Barangays.The awardees are: Barangays Ambiong, first place; Alno,... Read More

Dagupan school is Region 1's most sustainable, eco-friendly

DAGUPAN CITY – The Malued Elementary School in Dagupan was declared as Ilocos champion in the regional stage of the 2017 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly School, elementary category.The school received the award from Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1 Director Maria... Read More

Solon wants Sanofi, DOH held liable for vaccine mess

GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija -- A Nueva Ecija legislator has assailed Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, for its alleged continuous effort to conceal the drug's real condition and ill-effect to patients.Rep. Estrellita Suansing wants Sanofi punished for the... Read More

Dev't council crafts 5-year traffic plan for CALABARZON

IMUS CITY, Cavite – The Regional Development Council (RDC)-CALABARZON has crafted afive-year traffic management plan to address the worsening traffic situation in the region’s urban centers.The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in CALABARZON, in its reporton Thursday,said... Read More

Guimaras Investment Code to attract more business

ILOILO CITY -- Tax incentives await those willing to open or expand their businesses in Guimaras following the enactment of its Investment Code.“With the enactment of our 2017 Investment Code, we really encourage investors to come and visit Guimaras because we have package for incoming... Read More

BSP rolls out KRN at GenSan library

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has partnered with the city government for the expansion in the area of its innovative Knowledge Resource Network (KRN).BSP and the local government formally signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday morning for the rollout... Read More

DTI opens 4th Negosyo Center in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday opened another Negosyo Center in this city to further address the needs of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).The Negosyo Center, which is the fourth, is situated in Barangay Curuan, located 50 kilometers east of... Read More

Fugitive pusher nabbed at GenSan airport

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Anti-drug operatives arrested a fugitive drug pusher in an operation at the city airport here on Tuesday afternoon.Valente Cariño, acting head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 12, said they arrested suspect Felixberto Perbillo VI alias... Read More