Army, NPA clash in NoCot

COTABATO CITY -- Heavy firefight between soldiers and suspected rebelserupted Wednesday afternoon in a remote village in North Cotabato.Lt. Silver Belvis, speaking for the Army's 39th Infantry Battalion, said Thursday the operation lasted for more than an hour and resulted in the recovery of war... Read More

Biz groups asked to promote consumers’ rights

ILOILO CITY -- Several business establishments in the city and province of Iloilo on Wednesday underwent skills upgrading to improve awareness on consumer welfare.The seminar was conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).DTI-Iloilo Provincial Director Diosdado Cadena Jr., in an... Read More

Eastern Visayas starts 2019 budget review

PALO, Leyte -- With the aim of getting a bigger chunk of the budget pie, the Regional Development Council (RDC) asked national government agencies and state-run schools in Eastern Visayas to start drafting the proposed 2019 budget before the end of the month.The region’s highest policy-making... Read More

Army cites troops for honesty

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- The Army here rendered a snappy salute to two infantrymen for their honesty that brings honor to the organization.On Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, commander of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division based in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, cited Private... Read More

Security tightened in Cotabato

COTABATO CITY -- Amid security threats, government authorities have established five guarded boat docks to prevent criminals and jihadist from entering this city and avoid Marawi City-like siege.Cotabato City, which has a population of about 300,000 as of 2015 census, is traversed by various rivers... Read More

DPWH oversees construction of P22-M weightlifting center

ZAMBONGA CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the construction of the PhP22 million weightlifting center is now in full-swing in this city.Cholie Roble, DPWH district engineer, on Wednesday said they are closely coordinating with the private contractor to ensure the... Read More

678 cops in Region 9 promoted

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Six-hundred seventy-eight uniformed personnel under the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) were promoted to the next higher rank, completing the regular promotion program for this year.Of the total, 199 -- four officers and 195 non-commissioned officers -- belong to the National... Read More

NoCot mayor asks village officials to support campaign vs drugs

COTABATO CITY -- A town mayor in North Cotabato on Wednesday called on his village officials to seriously support the campaign against illegal drugs of President Duterte to save the future of the younger generation.Speaking to local officials, Makilala Mayor Rudy Caoagdan also reminded some... Read More

DOH: Registry needed for drug rehab graduates

TACLOBAN CITY -- In a bid to stop the recurrence of drug abuse, the Department of Health (DOH) will come up with a database of drug surrenderers who have completed rehabilitation.DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said they have been consulting with the World Health Organization and other... Read More

Police probe seizure of drug kits inside East Visayas jails

PALO, Leyte -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has launched an investigation into the recent recovery of illegal drugs paraphernalia and other contrabands during clearing operations inside jail facilities in Eastern Visayas.PNP Regional Director, Chief Supt. Gilberto Cruz said on Thursday they... Read More

454 policemen in Negros Island promoted

BACOLOD CITY-- A total of 454 police officers in the Negros Island Region (NIR) were promoted to the next higher rank in rites held at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. here Wednesday.Chief Superintendent Edmund Gonzales, acting director of Police Regional Office (PRO) - 18, who led the awarding rites,... Read More

7 Pangasinan hospitals to get P67.8-M facilities from DOH

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Governor Amado Espino III is set to sign next week a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Health (DOH) on the grant of Php67.8 million worth of facilities to seven hospitals operated by the provincial government.The provincial board led by Vice Governor Jose... Read More

LTO-Bayawan named 'Best Brigada Ahensya'

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) District Office in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental has been named one of the recipients of the regional “Best Brigada Ahensya” award.LTO-Bayawan District Office chief Alberta Janine F. Lawas said Wednesday she received a letter... Read More

1,657 newly-promoted Central Luzon cops take oath

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A total of 1,657 newly-promoted police personnel in Central Luzon took their oath at the Police Regional Office 3 parade grounds here on Wednesday.Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus, Regional Director of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), administered the oath-taking and mass... Read More

NegOcc grants P1-M for trade fair

BACOLOD CITY -- The Provincial Board of Negros Occidental approved Wednesday the granting of a PHP1-million assistance to the Association of Negros Producers for the staging of the 32nd Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City on Sept. 27- October 1.Fourth District Board... Read More

3 NegOcc towns get P6.1-M project funds

BACOLOD CITY -- The provincial government of Negros Occidental on Wednesday released a total of PHP6.1 million project funds to three municipalities.Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the turnover of checks to officials in a ceremony held at the Capitol.Pontevedra town received PHP5 million for... Read More

5 dead, 2 hurt in Batangas road mishap

NASUGBU, Batangas --Five persons were killed and two others were injuredin a vehicularaccident in Sitio Bayabasan, Barangay Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas, Tuesday afternoon.Police Senior Inspector Joel Bunquin Ilagan, Nasugbu deputy chief of pólice, said a Hyundai Starex van with plate number UOU... Read More

Classes in private schools suspended in Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered the suspension of classes Thursday in all private schools from K-12 to college level, due to the expected protest actions from various sectors."Since it is a national day of protest (September 21) and declared by the Office of the President as... Read More

SoCot seeks funding for P1-B road projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the inclusion of 10 more road projects worth P1.014 billion into the national government’s Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) program for next year.Vicente Ayongao, officer-in-charge of the Provincial... Read More

Police beef up border security due to clashes in Nueva Ecija

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The Pangasinan police has beefed up security in the border areas of eastern Pangasinan following a clash between elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People's Army (NPA) in Caranglan, Nueva Ecija.At least nine NPA rebels were reportedly killed in... Read More