Biliran under state of calamity due to ‘Urduja’

TACLOBAN CITY-- The Biliran government has placed the province under a state of calamity after Tropical Storm Urduja destroyed bridges and caused landslides.“We have been hit by strong typhoons in the past such as super-typhoon Yolanda, but ‘Urduja’ is the most damaging... Read More

Classes suspended in Puerto Princesa due to 'Urduja'

In northern Palawan, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) chief Cruzalde Ablaña, said four families have been evacuated so far, in Barangay Buenavista, Coron town in the Calamianes Islands Group that has been placed under Tropical Storm Signal 1.“The sun has... Read More

Duterte vows protection of LGBT community from discrimination

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte assured on Sunday that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community would not suffer from discrimination, oppression and bigotry under his administration.Duterte gave his assurance as he graced the 7th LGBT Davao’s Year-end Gathering at... Read More

'Urduja' leaves at least 27 dead in Biliran

TACLOBAN CITY -- Tropical Storm Urduja left at least 27 people while 24 others were reported missing due to landslides and flooding in several areas in Biliran province.Initial reports on Sunday showed that 16 of the fatalities were from Caibiran, a municipality surrounded by rivers.Lolita Rosel,... Read More

Police steps up ‘Ligtas Kapaskohan’ monitoring

DAVAO CITY -- As Christmas Day is just around the corner, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 has stepped up monitoring against the sale and use of firecrackers, indiscriminate use of firearms in Davao Region with close to 3,000 police personnel deployed for Yuletide season.As of Sunday, Davao... Read More

‘Urduja’ displaces nearly 500 families in Panay

ILOILO CITY -- A total of 496 families have been displaced in Panay island as tropical storm ‘Urduja’ battered the region over the weekend.In a press conference Sunday afternoon, Jose Roberto Nuñez, chairman of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management 6 (RDRRMC-6) said... Read More

Beached whale rescued, herded back to sea in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- A 15-foot whale was eventually pulled back into the sea Saturday afternoon after a team of environment, maritime, and coast guard authorities spent several hours to rescue it in Honda Bay here.The large whale, suspected to be either a Bryde’s or Omura’s,... Read More

Army camps in ComVal, DavOr cited as ‘gulayan’ achievers

DAVAO CITY -- Three military camps in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental joined this year's awardees of Gulayan Achievers by the Department of Agriculture-High Value Crops Development Program (DA-HVCDP).This year's big winners in Gulayan sa Kampo (GSK) are the 71st Infantry... Read More

Davao City eyes 170K visitors this Christmas

DAVAO CITY -- The number of tourist arrivals in Davao City could hit about 170,000 to celebrate Christmas or 10,000 more compared with last year.Even without firecrackers or display of pyrotechnics, the city has become a destination for domestic tourism because of its month-long Pasko Fiesta.Davao... Read More

Davao pugs advance to PSC-Pacquiao Cup quarterfinals

DAVAO CITY -- All boxers from Davao City advanced to the quarterfinals of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup Mindanao Leg that opened Saturday at the Robinsons Place in General Santos City.“Puro kasi sila nag bye after the draw of lots today" (All of them bid... Read More

Pampanga's giant lanterns light up sky

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- Giant and brightly-colored lanterns lit up the evening sky as this year's 'Ligligan ng Parul' took center stage Saturday at the Robinsons Starmills here.Thousands of local and foreign tourists flocked here to witness the annual festival that gave the city the... Read More

Army bares new NPA threat in Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The Philippine Army (PA) has admitted there are threats posed by a new group of New People’s Army (NPA)in Pangasinan, however, this makes the military more determined to end insurgency in the province.Colonel Henry A. Robinson. Jr., commanding officer of the 702nd... Read More

Ex-Cam Sur mayor fined P2K for unethical conduct

MANILA -- Former Garchitorena, Camarines Sur Mayor Jesus Rico Sarmiento was imposed a PHP2,000 fine after pleading guilty before the anti-graft court for violating the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”The probe showed that from January to October... Read More

Region 1 cops told to enhance service

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Chief Supt. Romulo E. Sapitula, newly designated police regional director of the Ilocos region, has called on all police personnel in Pangasinan to enhance their service to the people.Sapitula spoke before rank and file members of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office when... Read More

Arrest of W.Visayas’ most wanted to improve peace and order

ILOILO CITY-- The arrest of the most wanted person in Western Visayas would greatly contribute to the improvement of peace and order in the region, said the top police official in Iloilo on Saturday.Sr. Supt. Marlon Tayaba, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), presented Antonio... Read More

Boat trips in Iloilo canceled, over 400 passengers stranded

ILOILO -- While operations at the Iloilo International Airport remain normal despite the inclement weather, several boat trips were canceled and more than 400 sea passengers here were stranded Saturday morning, as the entire Western Visayas was placed under storm signal no. 1.The state weather... Read More

SSS vows continuous crackdown vs erring employers

DAVAO CITY -- The Social Security System (SSS) vowed to run after employers who failed to remit contributions of their employees.The move is aimed at boosting the funds of the SSS.Under SSS regulations, negligent firms will face closure and their officials will be imprisoned. SSS recently launched... Read More

Davao police nets biggest haul in Oplan Bulabog

DAVAO CITY – The continuing simultaneous anti-criminality operation under Oplan Bulabog resulted in the biggest haul months since the Martial Law implementation last May with the arrest of 18 wanted persons with various criminal cases.The joint Anti-Criminality and Terrorism Operations or the... Read More

N. Samar under state of calamity due to ‘Urduja’

TACLOBAN CITY -- The provincial government of Northern Samar has placed the entire province under a state of calamity Thursday night as heavy rains dumped by Tropical Storm Urduja flooded several villages.Provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer Rei Josiah Echano said flooding has... Read More

3 fishers missing, thousands flee homes due to ‘Urduja’

TACLOBAN CITY – Three fishermen from Eastern Samar province have been reported missing while thousands fled their homes as Tropical Storm Urduja continues to batter Eastern Visayas region Saturday.In a report from the Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council, the three... Read More