'ISIS supporter' killed in Lanao Sur shootout

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A suspect tagged as the most wanted person in Lanao del Sur province was killed in a predawn shootout with policemen in Marawi City on Wednesday.The Area Police Command - Western Mindanao (APC-WM) said Mohammad Isah Alimondaya, an alleged supporter of the Islamic State for... Read More

Cebu transport sector braces for Holy Week rush

CEBU CITY – Transport authorities in Cebu have heightened ports and terminal security preparations in Central Visayas for the upcoming Holy Week.Citing the directives of Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) will activate Oplan Biyaheng Ayos:... Read More

Pangasinan PDRRMO readies for influx of Holy Week tourists

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) will be in full force next week in anticipation of the influx of tourists during the Holy Week.In an interview on Wednesday, PDRRMO operations head Vincent Chiu said a series of cluster... Read More

JICA eyes construction of second San Juanico Bridge

TACLOBAN CITY – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is considering the construction of the second San Juanico Bridge as one of the top priority projects in the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 8 (Eastern Visayas) said.DPWH-8 Regional Director Edgar... Read More

DA to rice farmers: Plant early, use heat-resistant crops

ILOILO CITY – Rice farmers in Western Visayas are advised to plant early or use heat-resistant crops as preparation for the El Niño phenomenon expected in the last quarter of 2023.In an interview on Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) officer in charge Regional Executive... Read More

DA, BAI officials sued over culling of pigs in Cebu

CEBU CITY – Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia formally filed complaints against five officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) over the culling of pigs in Carcar City due to the African swine fever (ASF) virus.In a seven-page complaint filed at the Office... Read More

Bishop vows to cooperate in probe vs. priest charged with rape

BACOLOD CITY – The Diocese of San Carlos in northern Negros has vowed to cooperate in the investigation against Fr. Conrado Mantac, a priest in Sagay City, who has been charged and arrested for allegedly raping a minor.As of Wednesday, Mantac, 62, is detained at Sagay City Police Station."I... Read More

DPWH plants 315K ‘replacement’ trees in E. Samar

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday began planting 315,100 trees to replace those trees cut to pave the way for the slope protection rockfall netting project in Eastern Samar.DPWH - Eastern Samar district engineering office chief Ma. Margarita Junia... Read More

DA urges farmers in W. Visayas to continue raising hogs amid ASF

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas has encouraged farmers, especially from areas free of African swine fever (ASF), to continue raising hogs given the demand for the high-value commodity.The provinces of Negros Occidental, Aklan and Antique remain free of ASF... Read More

8 guerilla fronts dismantled, 800 rebels 'neutralized'

MALAYBALAY CITY – In partnership with the Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC), the Army's 4th Infantry Division (4ID) said it has dismantled eight New People’s Army (NPA) guerilla fronts and "neutralized" more than 800 rebels operating in Northern Mindanao and... Read More

Pangasinan collabs with Miss World PH for local pageant

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The provincial government of Pangasinan has partnered with Miss World Philippines Organization for this year’s Limgas na Pangasinan, a province-wide beauty pageant, providing the winners with an opportunity to automatically compete at the national level.In an... Read More

NFA, Leyte town offer to buy palay at P21 per kilo

TACLOBAN CITY – Rice farmers in Tanauan, Leyte who will sell their palay (unhusked rice) to the National Food Authority (NFA) will get an additional PHP2 per kilogram on top of the agency’s current buying price of PHP19.The local government has set aside PHP2 million for the... Read More

5.1K CamSur residents get P18.3-M cash-for-work pay from DSWD

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol (DSWD-5) has distributed PHP18.3 million to 5,099 household beneficiaries of the cash-for-work (CFW) program under the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS)... Read More

5 ex-NPA couples tie the knot in Negros

DUMAGUETE CITY – Five former New People's Army (NPA) couples tied the knot during a mass wedding ceremony at the headquarters of the 94th Infantry Battalion (94IB) in Barangay Tambo, Ayungon town in Negros Oriental on Tuesday.The mass wedding, which was also participated by two other couples... Read More

Cebu City preps for dry spell; public warned vs. heat stroke

CEBU CITY – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)-Mactan Station on Wednesday said it observed a rising heat index in Cebu the past few days, advising the public against prolonged exposure under the scorching heat of the sun as it may cause... Read More

Antiqueños urged not to buy pork outside the province

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Provincial Veterinary (ProVet) office here has warned residents to be extra careful and solely patronize locally produced pork and pork by-products to help keep Antique safe from the African swine fever (ASF).ProVet Public Health Division chief Dr. Marco... Read More

Twins die, 26 others injured in Zambo highway accident

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Twin sisters died while 26 others, all workers of a canning factory, were injured when the company truck they were riding overturned along the national highway in this city early Wednesday, a police official said.Lt. Col. Paul Andrew Cortes, city police information officer,... Read More

BARMM distributes CLOAs to Maguindanao Sur ARBs

COTABATO CITY – At least 43 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao del Sur have become legitimate owners of the land they have been tilling for years, under the government’s agrarian reform program.This came after the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries,... Read More

Death toll in Maguindanao Sur ambush rises to 3

DATU HOFFER, Maguindanao del Sur – The death toll in the Maguindanao del Sur ambush here on Monday night rose to three as the father and sibling of the eight-month-old girl who earlier died also expired while undergoing treatment, police said Wednesday.Capt. Ramillo Serame, municipal police... Read More

NorMin major hotels, resorts fully booked for Holy Week

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) 10 (Northern Mindanao) disclosed Tuesday that most major hotels in the region are booked for the Lenten season.During a press briefing, DOT-10 Director Marie Elaine Unchuan said even resorts with accommodations are fully booked in the first... Read More