Aboitiz asked to improve Iloilo airport via PPP

ILOILO CITY – The Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. is urged to consider the proposed expansion of the Iloilo International Airport in the municipality of Cabatuan as its area of investment under the public-private partnership (PPP).Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a media interview on... Read More

Senator pushes ‘inexpensive’ con-ass

CEBU CITY – Senator Robin Padilla on Thursday said the Philippine government could save as much as PHP28.5 billion if amending the 36-year-old 1987 Constitution would be through a constitutional assembly (con-ass).Padilla, chair of the Senate Committee on Charter Amendments and Revision of... Read More

NPA rebels' families urged to help in anti-insurgency drive

TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Borongan in Eastern Samar province and the Philippine Army urged families of rebels to help the government convince their relatives to abandon the communist ideology.Twenty three individuals from Borongan and other towns in Eastern Samar met with local... Read More

Carcar vendors eat pork to show it is safe

CEBU CITY – Vendors of "lechon" (roast pig) and "chicharon" (pork rind) in Carcar City on Thursday held a “food trip” to raise awareness that their products are safe to eat amid the detection of African swine fever (ASF) virus in three of its 15 barangays.Mayor Mario Patrick... Read More

4 armed group members surrender in Lanao del Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Four members of a potential private armed group (PPAG) have surrendered and turned in high-powered firearms to authorities in Lanao del Sur province, a police official said Thursday.Col. Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao, said the... Read More

Lanao Norte weavers urged to grow as PH major textile producers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Community weavers in Lanao del Norte province are encouraged to become major producers of Meranaw cultural textiles in the country.In a statement Thursday, Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo called on members of women livelihood organizations in the province to become... Read More

Pampanga farmers urged to switch to in demand, high-value crops

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday urged farmers in this province to cultivate market-driven crops in order to increase their income.In her dialogue with the program beneficiaries of Young Farmers Challenge and Enhanced KADIWA at the Pampanga State Agricultural... Read More

Nueva Ecija to have another onion cold storage facility

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Another onion cold storage facility that farmers could use to prolong the shelf life of their produce will be put up in Nueva Ecija province.Agriculture and local officials led on Thursday the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the facility that... Read More

PCG confirms oil spill from Mindoro has reached Palawan town

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) District in Palawan confirmed Thursday that the oil spill from MT Princess Empress that sank off the coast of Naujan town, Oriental Mindoro province last February has reached two barangays in the province's northern town of... Read More

Mindanao hawk-eagle rescued, freed in N. Cotabato

COTABATO CITY – A juvenile Pinker's hawk-eagle rescued by a farmer earlier this week in Magpet, North Cotabato had been freed back to the wild, an official said Thursday.Forester Rosie Camiguing, chief of the community Department of Environment and Natural Resources Protected and Wildlife Unit... Read More

Zamboanga City cops seize P2.5-M smuggled cigarettes

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities seized Thursday some PHP2.5 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in this southern port city, a police official said.Col. Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, said the smuggled cigarettes were seized around 11:50 a.m. in Barangay Tetuan... Read More

Zambo cops nab 4, seize PHP1.1-M shabu in anti-drug ops

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police arrested four drug suspects were arrested and seized over PHP1.1 million worth of illegal drugs in separate anti-drug operations in this southern port city, a top police official said Thursday.Col. Alexander Lorenzo, the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director,... Read More

Degamo laid to rest amid cries for justice

BACOLOD CITY – Almost two weeks after he was assassinated, Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo was laid to rest Thursday afternoon amid cries for justice from his family and thousands of constituents, at his hometown of Siaton.The day of his funeral was declared by Malacañang a special... Read More

ECC disburses P4M Covid-19 cash assistance in W. Visayas

ILOILO CITY – The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) has already released more or less PHP4 million as cash assistance to the employed sector in Western Visayas who got infected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from 2021 up to the present.Regional officer Stephen Barredo, in a... Read More

Group supports plan to ask for oil spill compensation

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – A group of environmentalists in Antique province is supporting the plan of the provincial government here to demand compensation from the owner of the sunken fuel tanker that caused the oil spill, damaging the livelihood and environment in the municipality of... Read More

NPA squad leader yields in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY – Less than a week after the arrest of two New People’s Army (NPA) hitmen in Cabadbaran City, a ranking rebel leader surrendered to police authorities in Agusan del Sur on Tuesday.Brig. Gen. Pablo Labra II, director of the Police Regional Office in the Caraga Region (PRO-13),... Read More

BFAR repopulates Tarlac inland waters with 65K fingerlings

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon (BFAR-3) released on Thursday some 65,000 fingerlings in the inland waters of San Clemente town, Tarlac province as part of its continuing efforts to revitalize the aquaculture industry.The... Read More

Mayon Volcano alert down to Level 1

LEGAZPI CITY – Mt. Mayon's abnormal activity has waned, prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to downgrade its status to Alert Level 1, signifying low level of unrest, from Level 2, moderate level of unrest.In its Thursday bulletin, Phivolcs said the alert... Read More

Marcos breaks ground for 20K housing units in Camarines Sur

NAGA CITY – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. led on Thursday the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of more than 20,000 housing units in Camarines Sur as part of the government’s Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino (4PH) Program.In his speech, Marcos said the projects are... Read More

More Ilocos Norte farmers to receive fuel subsidy

LAOAG CITY – Close to 1,000 farmers from different towns in Ilocos Norte province have started receiving a fuel subsidy from the government this week.On Thursday, an initial 320 farmers from Dingras and Marcos towns received PHP1,000 worth of fuel subsidy vouchers each which they can use at... Read More