CDO capable of paying P2.7-B dev't loan: exec

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The city government is capable of paying off its PHP2.7 billion loan worth of development projects, an official said Friday. In a statement, City Budget Officer Roxanne Mae Ravidas said the local government is well within its debt service ceiling to fund the city... Read More

PH mining industry now safer: stakeholders 

BAGUIO CITY – An executive of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on Friday said the mining industry is now safer due to additional policies to improve the sector.“The industry is very safe. It is the most highly regulated industry in terms of safety, health, community development and... Read More

25 rebels in Negros Oriental surrender

DUMAGUETE CITY – Twenty-five members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Oriental surrendered to military authorities and turned over firearms and ammunition.In a press release, Lt. Col. Israel Galorio, public information officer of the Visayas Command (VisCom), said the... Read More

64 CAFGU volunteers trained to support Negros anti-insurgency ops

BACOLOD CITY – Sixty-four volunteers completed the six-week Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary (CAA) basic military training to support the anti-insurgency operations of the Philippine Army in Negros Island.The civilian volunteers assigned to the patrol bases of... Read More

Notice of violations issued vs. 11 establishments in Negros, Siquijor

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry in Region - Central Visayas (DTI-7) has issued notices of violations against 11 establishments in Negros Oriental and Siquijor for violation of product standards.Jade Krystle Bato, DTI-Negros Oriental planning coordinator and public... Read More

PCG-Palawan suspends water rescue course after trainee drowns

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan —The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended all Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training exercises here following the death of a trainee.PCG commandant Admiral Ronnie Gavan on Friday said he has ordered the suspension of all ongoing WASAR training pending an... Read More

Lanao Sur, Sulu drug busts net PHP3.6-M shabu

COTABATO CITY – Authorities arrested six suspected drug dealers and seized PHP3.6 million worth of “shabu” during separate anti-drug operations in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Sulu on Thursday afternoon.In a report released Friday, Director Christian Frivaldo of the... Read More

C. Visayas transport groups not joining next week’s strike

CEBU CITY – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Central Visayas assured the public on Friday that the planned three-day transport strike that will begin Nov. 20 would not get any support from local groups.Eduardo Montealto Jr., LTFRB regional director, issued the statement... Read More

300 new recruits join Bicol police force

LEGAZPI CITY– Strive for excellency, always choose right over easy, never stop learning.Brig. Gen. Westrimundo Obinque, Police Regional Office5(Bicol) director, gave these pieces of advice to 300 new recruits, who took their oaths at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola here on Friday.“There will be... Read More

Ex-rebels in Samar receive PHP2.93M cash aid

TACLOBAN CITY - The provincial government of Samar distributed on Friday PHP2.93 million in cash assistance to former rebels under its Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) package.During the event at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan City,... Read More

Iloilo swine sufficiency dips to 33.12% due to ASF

ILOILO CITY – Iloilo has to import pork free from African swine fever (ASF) to address the demand of consumers in the province as the swine sufficiency went down to 33.12 percent, records of the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office showed.“In terms of swine inventory, we are almost... Read More

Ilonggos hail 125th anniversary of hoisting of PH flag outside Luzon

ILOILO CITY – Ilonggos on Friday gathered in the municipality of Santa Barbara in Iloilo to commemorate the first hoisting of the Philippine flag outside Luzon held 125 years ago.The “Cry of Santa Barbara” held on Nov. 17, 1898, also marked the formal inauguration of the... Read More

13 Moro, NPA rebels yield in S. Cotabato, Maguindanao

KORONADAL CITY – At least 10 Moro extremists and three communist rebels separately yielded to authorities in the provinces of Maguindanao del Sur and South Cotabato on Thursday afternoon, military officials said.“We are glad you came to realize that it is better to live with your family... Read More

Organizers buck claims of non-payment of Buglasan Fest subsidies

DUMAGUETE CITY – Organizers of the Negros Oriental provincial government’s premiere festival said Thursday they have already released the funds intended to subsidize one of the activities held in October.In a statement, Buglasan Festival 2023 director Glynda Descuatan said they were... Read More

Viscom cites 50 soldiers for gallantry, peace initiatives in Negros

CEBU CITY – The Visayas Command (Viscom) awarded medals to 50 soldiers in recognition of their peace initiatives and combat accomplishments in Negros Island, a military official said Thursday.Viscom commander Lt. Gen. Benedict Arevalo personally pinned the civil-military operations (CMO)... Read More

Pursuit on for killers of Maguindanao Sur head teacher

TACURONG CITY – Police in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, have launched a manhunt against two men who ambushed and killed a school head teacher in Maguindanao Sur while he was driving home Wednesday afternoon.Major Jethro Doligas, Lambayong town police chief, said Hermielex A. Kapusan, head teacher... Read More

Agusan solon seeks 5-year term for barangay, SK officials

BUTUAN CITY – Agusan del Norte 2nd District Rep. Dale Corvera has filed a bill seeking to change the term of office of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials from three to five years.“The three-year term for barangay and SK officials is not enough to fully render services... Read More

NFA partners with Sipalay City to buy palay at P26/kg

BACOLOD CITY – The National Food Authority (NFA) in Negros Occidental has partnered with the City of Sipalay to buy palay (unhusked rice) from rice farmers in the southern Negros city for PHP26 per kilogram (kg).In a memorandum of agreement (MOA), the city government committed to adding a... Read More

32 Siargao groups get P14.2-M livelihood grants from DSWD

BUTUAN CITY – At least 32 local associations in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte received financial grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 13 (DSWD-13) during a turnover in Dapa town on Thursday.The grants, amounting to PHP14.2 million, were released through... Read More

Measures up to protect public from hazardous hospital waste

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Negros Oriental provincial government is taking precautionary measures that would ensure the safety and protection of the people from hospital waste dumped at a vacant lot in this capital city, a health official said Thursday.Dr. Liland Estacion, PHO chief, told the... Read More