OWWA to set up help desks for Cordillera OFWs

BAGUIO CITY -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Monday with officials of the Baguio City government and Benguet province for the setting up of migrant workers’ help desks in the Cordillera region.During the MOA signing, OWWA... Read More

Governance reforms get boost in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city government’s efforts to improve its operations and governance systems received a major boost after it passed four of the seven assessment areas for local government units last year.The local government has received a recognition from the Department of the... Read More

Village councilor, 2 others nabbed for drugs, arms possession

COTABATO CITY -- Lawmen arrested Monday a village councilor here and two other cohorts for illegal possesion of drugs, explosives and firearms, police said Tuesday.In a report, the Criminal investigation and Detection Group – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-ARMM) identified the... Read More

Chinese bizmen pour in P4-B investments in Cotabato

Chinese bizmen pour in P4-B investments in CotabatoCOTABATO CITY – Chinese investors are set to pour in some PhP4-billion worth of investments in this city this year with the inclusion of a modern airport, seaport, and sports complex among major infrastructure projects.On Monday, the five-man... Read More

Suspected drug pusher nabbed in Dumaguete

DUMAGUETE CITY – Police have arrested a suspected drug pusher during an anti-illegal drugs operation here as the Philippine National Police (PNP) resumed its role in the war against illegal drugs.An initial police report identified the suspect as Ian Ray Nuibo Banatanto, 26 years old, a... Read More

PRRD names new OIC for NoCot controversial state college

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday named an officer-in-charge to take care of the daily operation of a state-run college in Arakan, North Cotabato, recently rocked by illegal drugs and loose firearms’ controversy.Upon the recommendation of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel... Read More

NegOr temblors not tectonic

DUMAGUETE CITY -- The head of the Physics Department of Silliman University in Dumaguete City strongly believes that the ongoing earthquake events in Valencia, Negros Oriental are not tectonic but rather caused by volcanic activity.This is contrary to the repeated statements of state-run Philippine... Read More

Davao City gives P500K financial aid to Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Davao city government gave financial assistance to its counterpart here that was saddled with the responsibility of providing for the needs of thousands of residents still housed at various evacuation centers amid Mt. Mayon’s activity.Emmanuel Jaldon, head of the Davao City... Read More

IP leaders seek justice for slain leader, son

DAVAO CITY – At least 200 leaders of Indigenous People (IP) from different barangays of Talaingod, Davao del Norte will stage a rally Wednesday at JBL Gym at the town center to seek justice for the death of a tribal leader and his son on February 4. ]Capt. Edson Abello, the Civil-Military... Read More

SoCot to enlist 763 students for SPES

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato is targeting to enlist a total of 763 students for the implementation of this year's Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).Merlyn Esteban, coordinator of the South Cotabato Public Employment Service Office (PESO),... Read More

Zamboanguenos urged to donate blood

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Zamboanga City Blood Council (ZCBC) has embarked on information campaign to encourage the public, especially the barangays, to regularly donate blood.Maria Christine Lim, ZCBC program coordinator, on Tuesday said this came about as only 33 out of the 98 barangays were regularly... Read More

Chinese shipbuilder to put up 2 more plants in MisOr

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Ansteel, the Chinese shipbuilding giant which earlier expressed interest to put up a steelmaking plant in Misamis Oriental, will construct two more large factories here–a cement processing plant and a shipyard.Ma. Teresa Alegrio, regional governor for the Philippine... Read More

Senate asked to declare Davao as cacao, choco capital

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the Senate to declare the city as Cacao and Chocolate Capital of the Philippines.During the suspended rules on Tuesday's regular session, the city council approved the resolution requesting Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chair of... Read More

Elite Army battalion deployed in Sulu vs Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deployed a battalion of elite troops to defeat the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu.Deployed in Sulu is the Army’s 5th Scout Ranger Battalion, which was deployed in Marawi City at the height of the battle against the... Read More

Iloilo seniors, PWDs get wheelchairs

ILOILO CITY -- A total of 290 senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the province of Iloilo received their customized wheelchairs and mobility devices courtesy of the Latter Day Saints Charities (LDSC) on Tuesday.In a media interview, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office... Read More

Mayor urges DPWH to speed up Baguio road projects

BAGUIO CITY –- Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan reiterated on Tuesday his request to the Department of Public works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) to finish the agency's ongoing road projects in the city. That is to avoid inconvenience to the public... Read More

Ex-NPA rebels off to Manila to dine with Duterte

DAVAO CITY – The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) sent off the first batch of the 683 former New People’s Army (NPA) Tuesday morning to dine with President Rodrigo Duterte.This was a promise of the President last month to meet the surrenderers in Malacañang. The dinner with... Read More

Tourists told to book early in time for Panagbenga

BAGUIO CITY -- The Hotels and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) is encouraging tourists to make early hotel bookings in time for the two grand parades of the famous Baguio Flower Festival, also known as Panagbenga.HRAB spokesperson Andrew Pinero said early booking would prevent the... Read More

App eyed vs fake news

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) is exploring possibilities of developing a Philippine-based application that can be utilized to help fast check "fake news"."Primarily yun ang ating dapat gawin na bago magshare kailangan meron tayong magamit na tool na tutulungan tayo kung... Read More

Gov't pushes more 'open, transparent' LGUs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The national government has sought for the mainstreaming of open and participatory governance initiatives among local government units (LGUs) as it moves to ensure better transparency and accountability.Speaking at the second leg of the Open Government and Participatory... Read More