Duterte to award 7 wounded soldiers in Iloilo visit

ILOILO CITY -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will bestow the Lapu-Lapu Presidential Awards to seven soldiers, wounded in action (WIA), when he visits the Camp Adriano Fernandez in Dingle, Iloilo on Thursday.The soldiers, members of the 61st Infantry Division of the Philippine Army were victims of... Read More

Month-long anti-human trafficking drive set in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--The paralegal group Balaod Mindanaw will hold a month-long anti-human trafficking drive next month in this city.Kicking off the campaign will be a photo exhibit at Centrio Mall from March 6 to 7 and an advocacy concert at Limketkai Atrium the day after on March 8, said Balaod... Read More

PDEA to set up provincial offices to intensify anti-drugs drive

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to establish provincial offices to intensify government campaign against illegal drugs in the country.PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, who visited PDEA 11 office on Tuesday, said in a press briefing that the establishment of... Read More

Cayetano cites communicators role in gov’t transition

DAVAO CITY – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday cited the vital role of the communication and information officers in bridging traditional ways to the digital age of the government’s transition with the campaign of the Duterte administration to rid corruption,... Read More

Solon seeks regularization of local health workers, watchmen

DAGUPAN CITY -- Pangasinan (4th District) Rep. Christopher de Venecia has filed a bill in Congress seeking to make barangay health workers (BHWs) as well as barangay tanod (watchmen) regular workers of their respective villages.De Venecia said on Tuesday this would give due recognition to these... Read More

Ilonggo teacher finalist in global award brings honor to Pinoys

ILOILO CITY -- An Ilonggo teacher besting 30,000 applicants from 173 countries to land as one of the 10 finalists for an international award brings honor not only to Western Visayas but to all Filipinos.The inclusion of 39-year-old Dr. Jesus Insilada as a top contender for the Varkey Foundation... Read More

Iloilo prov’l board condemns killing of Joanna Demafelis

ILOILO CITY -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Iloilo on Tuesday afternoon urged for a speedy resolution of the case of Joanna Daniel Demafelis who was found dead inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.During the SP regular session, the council passed its first resolution... Read More

Greenpeace ship sails to Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY --The Greenpeace ship dubbed “Rainbow Warrior” will visit this city for the first time as part of the Philippine tour, Greenpeace Southeast Asia announced on Tuesday.The ship will arrive at the city port on February 28 and will stay until March 5.“The Rainbow... Read More

Duterte to visit wake of Demafelis on Thursday

ILOILO CITY -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to visit the wake of Joanna Daniela Demafelis in Sara, Iloilo on Thursday.The Chief Executive will be met in Barangay Ferraris by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac... Read More

Chinese group cited for contribution to Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY -- The city government on Tuesday underscored the significant contributions of the Chinese community to Iloilo in terms of bringing business and progress.Speaking during the Chinese New Year celebration here Tuesday night, Mayor Jose Espinosa expressed his gratitude to the group for... Read More

'Pick and pay' lettuce: From farm to table  

LAOAG CITY -- Romaine Organics, a certified organic farming company in Batac City, is opening its farm to the public once again for another first in the region - the “Pick and Pay” promo.Under the offer, customers are allowed to go around the farm, pick locally-grown lettuce themselves,... Read More

Feb. 23 classes suspended in Tuguegarao for CAVRAA

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- The city chief executive here has signed Executive Order (EO) No. 9 declaring the suspension of classes in schools and universities in all levels on Friday, in view of the 2018 Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA) meet opening ceremonies.Mayor Jefferson P. Soriano... Read More

NHCP to lead 149th birth anniversary of Baldomero Aguinaldo in Kawit

KAWIT, Cavite – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will hold a gathering of local government and church officials, as well as descendants and representatives from the local education, police and Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) to mark the 149th birth... Read More

PRRD meets 241 NPA surrenderers

DAVAO CITY -- The 241 former New People’s Army (NPA) members have traveled to Manila to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte later Wednesday, February 21, in Malacañang.Composed of eight women and 203 men, the former rebels left Davao Tuesday via two Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft... Read More

P67-B released for Yolanda rehab since 2013

TACLOBAN CITY -- The central government has already released PHP67.1 billion funds for the rehabilitation of areas in Eastern Visayas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda from 2013 to 2017, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regional office here confirmed.DBM Regional Director Imelda Laceras... Read More

SSS allows GSIS members to continue as paying members

DAVAO CITY – The state-run Social Security System (SSS) is paving the way for former members to continue paying voluntary contributions even if they are already covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).This developed after an SSS official saw the long queue of government... Read More

P140-M needed to rehabilitate Mangsee Island

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Rehabilitating Mangsee Island and 13 other barangays in Balabac town that were devastated by Typhoon Vinta, requires nearly PHP140 million.The amount needed was the result of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted in the town following the... Read More

Leyte army again calls on Reds to surrender, avail of aid

ORMOC CITY, Leyte -- A top Army official in Leyte province has called on the New People’s Army (NPA) to abandon communism and avail of government assistance meant for rebel returnees.Brig. Gen. Francisco F. Mendoza Jr., commander of the Philippine Army’s 802nd Brigade based here, said... Read More

7 NPA rebels, 44 supporters surrender in Masbate

LEGAZPI CITY -- Seven New People's Army (NPA) rebels and 44 supporters of the communist movement operating in Masbate province have surrendered to military authorities in Milagros town in Masbate, a report from the Philippine Army 9th Infantry Division (9ID) said Wednesday.The surrenderers were... Read More

Village exec killed in Bulacan buy-bust operation

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- A barangay kagawad (village councilor) was killed in a buy-bust operation in Santo Cristo, Barangay Mabolo in this city early Wednesday morning.Supt. Heryl L. Bruno, city police chief, identified the suspect as Henry Biñas alias Kosa, an active barangay councilor... Read More