Provincial

Promote NegOcc in Russia, envoy urges gov

Promote NegOcc in Russia, envoy urges gov

May 5, 2018, 4:30 pm

BACOLOD CITY -- Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev urged Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to promote Negros Occidental in travel and tourism trade shows in Russia. Khovaev, with his First Secretary Dmitry Larionov, met with the governor at the Provincial Capitol on Friday as part of his three-day visit… Read More

No campaign materials on trees: DENR

No campaign materials on trees: DENR

May 5, 2018, 4:25 pm

CEBU CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 (Central Visayas) has warned candidates in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections and their supporters not to tack or nail campaign materials on trees. The warning was issued Friday by DENR-7 Director Gilbert… Read More

ARMM campaign period ‘peaceful’ as cops nab 2 gun ban violators

ARMM campaign period ‘peaceful’ as cops nab 2 gun ban violators

May 5, 2018, 4:23 pm

PARANG, Maguindanao -- Two persons were arrested Friday for possession of high-powered guns in neighboring Sultan Kudarat town. Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares, police director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said the two suspects were arrested in connection with the prevailing… Read More

Army detonates IEDs in Maguindanao highway 

Army detonates IEDs in Maguindanao highway 

May 5, 2018, 4:03 pm

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao—Military bomb experts deactivated Saturday two powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by suspected local terrorists along this town’s national highway.Lt. Colonel Gerry Besana, spokesperson of the Army’s Task Force Joint Central, said the two… Read More

1 rebel killed, 3 soldiers hurt in Iloilo clashes

1 rebel killed, 3 soldiers hurt in Iloilo clashes

May 5, 2018, 3:53 pm

ILOILO CITY -- A rebel was killed and three soldiers were wounded in separate encounters between troops of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61st IB) and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Iloilo province on Saturday morning. The rebel was killed in the first encounter in… Read More

DA wants more farmers’ coops in Palawan’s remote areas

DA wants more farmers’ coops in Palawan’s remote areas

May 5, 2018, 3:49 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Farmers in the upland and interior villages of Palawan province should form themselves into associations or cooperatives to gain access to government loan and credit services. Department of Agriculture 4B (Mimaropa) Director Antonio Gerundio said in an interview… Read More

 PCIC turns over P977K insurance claims of farmers

PCIC turns over P977K insurance claims of farmers

May 5, 2018, 3:34 pm

MIAG-AO, Iloilo -- The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) on Friday turned over the PHP977,000 indemnity claims of 80 farmers from Miag-ao this province whose production has failed due to calamity. However, the funds did not go to directly to farmers but were released to the Rural Bank… Read More

Cebu City police to monitor campaign activities

Cebu City police to monitor campaign activities

May 5, 2018, 2:14 pm

CEBU CITY -- The start of the campaign period here Friday was generally peaceful except for an incident in Barangay Carreta where two rival parties crossed paths and reportedly exchanged heated words. Cebu City Police Director Senior Supt. Joel Doria said they will intensify their monitoring of… Read More

Nominations for 2018 most outstanding Bacolodnons now open

Nominations for 2018 most outstanding Bacolodnons now open

May 5, 2018, 2:12 pm

BACOLOD CITY -- The city government has launched this year’s edition of “Ang Banwahanon Awards”, a search for the most outstanding resident of Bacolod. The Banwahanon Awards Committee, chaired by George Zulueta, opened on Friday the acceptance of nominations for the recognition given only to… Read More

DA to strengthen farmers’ loan program

DA to strengthen farmers’ loan program

May 5, 2018, 1:06 pm

MIAG-AO, Iloilo -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will strengthen its loan program for farmers, taking inspiration from those who have already benefitted from the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) program. DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Friday they are planning to organize provincial loan… Read More

DepEd bares education challenges in Eastern Visayas

DepEd bares education challenges in Eastern Visayas

May 5, 2018, 10:52 am

PALO, Leyte -- Decreasing enrollment, malnourished learners, funding constraints, and classroom congestions are among the immediate concerns confronting the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Eastern Visayas region. The department’s field offices in six provinces and seven cities in the… Read More

Duterte promises to raise teachers’ salary

Duterte promises to raise teachers’ salary

May 5, 2018, 10:49 am

DAVAO CITY -- After soldiers and policemen, public school teachers will also get a salary increase once the economy improves, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Friday evening. "Remember, when the economy improves, you are next to get a salary increase -- but in increments since there are so many… Read More

Duterte on Time Mag cover: I am not a strongman

Duterte on Time Mag cover: I am not a strongman

May 5, 2018, 10:39 am

DAVAO CITY -- "I am not really a strongman.” This was the response of President Rodrigo R. Duterte on the latest issue of Time Magazine, which featured him alongside world leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan… Read More

NegOcc has most number of areas under poll watch list

NegOcc has most number of areas under poll watch list

May 5, 2018, 10:30 am

ILOILO CITY -- Negros Occidental has the most number of election watch list areas (EWAs) for the May 14 polls among the six provinces in Western Visayas.  In a press conference Friday, Senior Supt. Jesus Cambay Jr., Deputy Regional Director for Operations of Police Regional Office 6 (Western… Read More

Antique begins rehab for drug surrenderers

Antique begins rehab for drug surrenderers

May 5, 2018, 10:25 am

SAN JOSE De BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) for drug users in two municipalities in Antique province began Friday. The program was launched in Libertad and Sebaste towns on Thursday afternoon, said Cherryl Tacda, director of the Department of the Interior… Read More

CIDG nabs 4 men in Maguindanao for gun possession

CIDG nabs 4 men in Maguindanao for gun possession

May 5, 2018, 12:12 am

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao -- Four persons were arrested in Barangay Gang here on Thursday during an operation led by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the local police. Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares, police regional director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim… Read More

Paoay LGU receives two dragon boats from China

Paoay LGU receives two dragon boats from China

May 4, 2018, 10:24 pm

LAOAG CITY—Famous for its dragon boat festival, the Peoples Republic of China has donated at least two units of dragon boats to the local government unit of Paoay in Ilocos Norte in support of its growing water sports activities at the legendary Paoay lake here. Dragon boat race competition is… Read More

SSS orders 6 establishments to explain delinquencies

SSS orders 6 establishments to explain delinquencies

May 4, 2018, 10:20 pm

DAGUPAN CITY—The Social Security System (SSS) on Friday asked six delinquent employers here and in Calasiao town to show cause why they should not be penalized for violating the Social Security law. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Dooc and other SSS officials posted the "Show… Read More

Pangasinan offers socialized housing, resettlement site

Pangasinan offers socialized housing, resettlement site

May 4, 2018, 10:17 pm

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- More government employees, public school teachers and families residing in danger zones can soon avail of the housing projects being offered by the provincial government. Engr. Alvin Bigay, Provincial Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Officer, told the… Read More

Golden rice demo farm looms in Batac City

Golden rice demo farm looms in Batac City

May 4, 2018, 10:17 pm

LAOAG CITY—A demonstration farm of a genetically-modified golden rice is set to be established in Batac City anytime this year as an alternative solution to malnutrition in the country. While other farmers here remain skeptical about the reported danger it may pose to public health and… Read More