Female cop, municipal dad caught gambling in Cebu

CEBU CITY -- A police officer and a municipal councilor were arrested for violating the Presidential directive prohibiting government officials and employees from frequenting gambling establishments and casinos.Police Officer 2 Cyrelle Bayate, assigned in the Pari-an Police Station, and Cordova... Read More

Calbayog City ready for regional sports meet

CALBAYOG CITY, Samar --The city government here is now on the last phase of preparation for the hosting of this year’s school-based Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) Meet.The region’s yearly athletic event will be on February 4 to 10, 2018. About 8,000 coaches,... Read More

3 major Dagupan infra projects set for completion in March

DAGUPAN CITY -- Three big infrastructure projects being built by the Dagupan City government since mid-2017 will be completed sometime in March this year, City Engineer Virginia Rosario said on Friday.These projects include the Special Program for the Arts building at the Dagupan City National High... Read More

Guv orders dismantling of ‘illegal' STL in Negros Oriental

DUMAGUETE CITY -- Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has ordered a stop to the Small Town Lottery (STL) in the province that he believes is operating illegally.Degamo issued the order after learning from the Senate inquiry that an STL franchise per se is legal but there are operations that are... Read More

Incentive program for Palawan coconut farmers pushed

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Coconut farmers in Palawan are invited to participate and earn a “one-time” maximum incentive of PHP28,600 by germinating and planting 715 palm nuts.Raul Aguilar, a senior agriculturist of the Coconut Development Authority (CDA), said the offer is part of... Read More

Suspected measles claims 11 lives in Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Suspected measles in Davao City has already claimed 11 lives as of January, the City Health Office (CHO) reported.Based on November 7 to January 23 report of the Department of Health (DoH) 1I Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, CHO chief Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said the diagnosis of... Read More

Soldier survives shooting in Zamboanga Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A soldier survived although wounded in a shooting incident in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Friday.Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the victim as Corporal Abdula Amada, who is assigned with the... Read More

PSC-Pacquiao boxing tourney kicks off in Sorsogon

SORSOGON CITY -- The much-awaited two-day Luzon Preliminary of the 2018 PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup opens Saturday at the Sorsogon National High School in Sorsogon City.More than 15 teams from different local government units in Luzon are seeing action in the two-day event sponsored by the... Read More

DOTr allots P221-M for Zamboanga airport upgrade

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has allocated PhP221 million to upgrade the runway and continue the rehabilitation of the passenger terminal building of the Zamboanga International Airport.This was announced Friday by first district Rep. Celso Lobregat during the state of... Read More

DOST offers green engineering technologies

LOS BAŇOS, Laguna -- The Department of Science and Technology – Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) is offering its science and technology (S&T) innovations and devices known as “green engineering technologies” to prospective business and industry sectors... Read More

Davao City scouts for economic zone sites

DAVAO CITY – The Davao City government is scouting for a property where it could establish a government-owned economic zone with direct access to port and airports.City Planning Chief Ivan Cortez admitted that land consolidation for an economic zone of at least 20 hectares is a big challenge... Read More

Eastern Visayas farmers launch camote-based products

TACLOBAN CITY -- Farmers in Leyte and Samar provinces launched on Friday various sweet potato-based food products in the bid to bring root crops by-products to supermarket.The Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City and Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture,... Read More

Cooperation eyed between cities of Iloilo and Sulawesi

ILOILO CITY -- A friendship or cooperation agreement is being considered between Iloilo City and an Indonesian city following the courtesy call of Minister Counsellor Trini Gunarti of the Social and Cultural Affairs of the Indonesian Embassy to Mayor Jose Espinosa III Friday.The two talked about... Read More

Mayon eruption impacts Albay business

LEGAZPI CITY -- The business sector in Albay has mixed reactions to the ongoing Mayon Volcano eruption, with some hotel executives saying it is affecting their bookings as a result of cancelled flights and events, while some say they enjoy brisk sales as people flock to places that offer a good view... Read More

Puerto Princesa to blacklist erring infra project contractors

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- A move has been raised in the Sangguniang Panlungsod here calling to blacklist contractors who shortchanged the city government due to their substandard projects.“It is necessary to provide measures that will bar erring contractors from participating in all... Read More

Total gun ban in Abra starting Feb. 1 for CARAA meet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A total gun ban and strict security will be enforced in the entire province of Abra from February 1 to 9 to ensure a peaceful and orderly hosting of the Cordillera Regional Athletic Association (CARAA) by the province this year.Abra Governor Jocelyn Bernos announced this... Read More

2 more NPA rebels yield in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Two more New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered on Thursday afternoon to government troops in an outskirt village in Malapatan town in Sarangani Province.Lt. Col. Marion Angcao commanding officer of the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion (IB), said Friday the... Read More

Ilocos Norte vet office reports first rabies case in 3 years

LAOAG CITY -- The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) has intensified the monitoring of stray dogs in Pagudpud town to control rabies.PVO chief Dr. Loida Valenzuela said Friday they were alerted of one Pagudpud patient found positive with rabies recently.According to Valenzuela, Ilocos Norte has been... Read More

P1.2-M for relocation of flood-hit families in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P1.2 million for the relocation to a safer area of some 35 families situated in a flood and landslide-prone community in Polomolok town.Milagros Rivera, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and... Read More

Organic farmers in South Cotabato get livelihood aid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato has enlisted 34 farmers as initial beneficiaries of its newly-launched livelihood assistance program on organic farming.Justina Navarrete, head of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said Friday they signed a memorandums of... Read More