Underground River off limits to tour boats due to strong winds, waves

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- For the past four days, tour boats in the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) were unable to ferry passengers due to strong winds and waves, a park management officer said Tuesday.But tourists could still go inside the cave by hiking through the... Read More

U.S. Defense turns over modern 'coast watch’ building to Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- A state-of-the-art coast watch building facility intended to have nautical electronic eyes over the Philippines’ maritime territory were turned over by the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to Palawan on Tuesday.The building facility called... Read More

Automated health insurance claims eyed mid-2018

TACLOBAN CITY -- State-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is eyeing to automate transaction of all hospitals in Eastern Visayas by mid-2018 to improve operational efficiency in the processing and payment of claims.PhilHealth Regional Vice President Renato Limsiaco said... Read More

MMSU helps develop app for Ilocos kids

LAOAG CITY -- Selected students of the state-run Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City are helping to develop a literacy application designed for kids aged 4-9 years old.In partnership with Smart Communications Inc., students of Arts and Communication and Computer Science, as well as... Read More

Phivolcs considers lowering alert level of Mayon

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is considering lowering the alert level of Mayon volcano from 4 to 3 in the next few weeks if the volcano’s lower level of activity will continue.Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist in Bicol, said Monday... Read More

OFW Watch app launched in Davao

DAVAO CITY – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now have a platform to empower and protect them, after the unveiling of a mobile social networking technology called OFW Watch Mobile App.In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare... Read More

Woman hurt in N. Cotabato grenade attack

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato -- Police here have launched a massive manhunt against two men who tossed a hand grenade and injured a woman in the ensuing blast along the national highway on Sunday night.“We are pursuing a lead, hopefully it will result to the identification, arrest and prosecution... Read More

Driver of wayward truck that killed 4 surrenders

MAKILALA, North Cotabato – The driver of a wayward cargo truck that plowed to death four motorists on Feb. 2 along a highway here has surrendered to authorities Sunday to face the charges against him.“I have no plans of hiding or evade my responsibilities so I voluntarily... Read More

Abu Sayyaf attacks won't hamper dev't projects in ARMM

ZAMBOANGA CITY --3 Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has vowed to continue the implementation of infrastructure projects amid attacks by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) against workers undertaking the program.Hataman issued the statement after the members of the ASG... Read More

S. Cotabato town pushes calamity declaration due to market fire

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Officials of Surallah town in South Cotabato are pushing for the declaration of the area in state of calamity following a huge fire in its main public market over the weekend that left a damage of around P11.3 million.Surallah Mayor Antonio Bendita said Monday they recommended... Read More

SoCot gets P370-M under ‘Build, Build Build’ program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will implement around P370 million worth of priority road projects this year in parts of South Cotabato province.Jennifer Bretana, coordinator of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, said Monday these comprised 14... Read More

Sara Duterte to appear before Senate inquiry over hidden wealth if…

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will appear before a Senate investigation into the alleged violation of Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) only when there is a subpoena with contempt.“I respect the authority of the Senate as part of a legislative branch, so if there is subpoena I... Read More

Cavite town public schools get electric fans

AMADEO, Cavite –-Thousands of students in this town’s public schools have found relief from their humid classrooms, as the Cavite provincial government gave them electric fans.Representing Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla, Cavite Provincial Community Affairs chief Redel John B.... Read More

DOLE, Gen Trias to employ poor but deserving working students

GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite-- Starting this year's summer vacation, around 800 poor but deserving students are set to get temporary employment from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the local government of General Trias City under the Special Program for Employment of Students... Read More

‘Better, bigger’ 2018 Paraw Regatta fest vowed

ILOILO CITY -- The 2018 Paraw Regatta Festival, dubbed the “Oldest Sailing Event in Asia,” is expected to be better and bigger with Guimaras being part of this year’s event.Kicking off the festival in Guimaras on Monday was the opening of the Exhibit of Miniature Paraw and... Read More

30 Negrense youths undergo project development mentorship

BACOLOD CITY -- About 30 youth leaders in Negros Occidental were trained on project development mentorship during the Negrosanon Young Leaders Summit (NYLS) held at Buenos Aires Mountain Resort in Bago City.The five-day boot camp held until Sunday sought to address the prevailing social issues and... Read More

Most wanted person in Pamplona, NegOr arrested

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Negros Oriental Police has arrested the Most Wanted Person in Pamplona town on Monday afternoon.An initial police report disclosed that at around 2:30 p.m. Monday, a joint team of personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in the province, the... Read More

Chinese national drowns in Apo Island

DUMAGUETE CITY – A Chinese national died after he reportedly suffered a heart attack while snorkeling in Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental Monday afternoon.An initial sketchy report from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Dumaguete City identified the victim as Yan Gou Yun, 30 years, and a... Read More

2 access roads to New Clark City underway--DPWH

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon is now constructing two vital road projects that will give access to the New Clark City.DPWH Regional Director Antonio Molano, Jr. said the department is hastening works on the construction of the... Read More

Phivolcs: No 'big quake' expected in NegOr following tremors

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) main office on Monday stressed that contrary to a news report last week, the agency did not issue a warning for Negros Oriental that it will possibly experience a potential bigger earthquake following the... Read More