CPP-NPA slammed for death of Surigao Sur tribesman

BUTUAN CITY – The Manobo tribe in the Surigao del Sur town of San Miguel has condemned the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) for the death of a tribesman during a recent encounter in the area.Dexter Maca was killed in an armed encounter last Sept. 11 in... Read More

1st batch of small rice retailers get gov't subsidy in N. Ecija

CABANATUAN CITY – Some 139 small rice retailers on Tuesday received PHP15,000 each as subsidy for losses incurred due to price caps on regular and well-milled rice.In an interview, Dr. Richard Simangan, Department of Trade Industry (DTI) provincial director, said the recipients comprised the... Read More

1st 7 compliant rice retailers in Dagupan City get gov’t subsidy

DAGUPAN CITY – Seven rice retailers, among the first to comply with the price cap imposed on regular and well-milled rice, each received their PHP15,000 subsidy during the distribution at the city plaza on Wednesday.The grant was from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)... Read More

Armed clashes displace 70 IP families in Maguindanao Sur

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao Sur – Ongoing sporadic clashes between a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) group and Dawlah Islamiya (DI) local terrorists in Datu Hoffer town of this province have sent more than 70 families fleeing to safer areas.Ameer Jehad Ambolodto, Maguindanao del Sur... Read More

Maguindanao Sur village council bet slain in S. Kudarat ambush

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat – A candidate for the village council of Pandag, Maguindanao del Sur, was killed in an ambush Tuesday afternoon in President Quirino town of this province.In a report Wednesday, Maj. Davis Dulawan, President Quirino town police chief, said pursuit operations are... Read More

Iloilo City task force vows stricter smoking ban as school starts

ILOILO CITY – The Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) has vowed to tighten the implementation of its anti-smoking ordinance, especially with the opening of classes.In an interview on Tuesday, ICAST Executive Director Iñigo Garingalao expressed fears that more students might get... Read More

Negros Oriental LGUs to give P5 top-up to NFA palay buying price

DUMAGUETE CITY – Two local government units (LGUs) in Negros Oriental have committed to give a PHP5 a kilo top-up to the palay buying price of the National Food Authority (NFA), an agency official said on Tuesday.Benilda Fidel, NFA-Negros Oriental manager, said the cities of Tanjay and Canlaon... Read More

Cagayan de Oro, DHSUD hook up housing programs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The local government will streamline its housing projects with the national government's "Pambansang Pabahay Para Sa Pilipino" (4PH). In a statement on Tuesday, lawyer Sam Rollo, chief of the City Housing Urban Development Department, said negotiations are underway... Read More

CDO youth groups step up mental health awareness activities

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Youth groups in this city have stepped up in fostering mental health awareness through advocacies and trainings in line with World Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In a statement on Tuesday, the local government, through the Oro Youth Development Office (OYDO), said it... Read More

Calabarzon wage hike corrects cost of living disparities

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) regional office in Calabarzon (Region 4-A) on Tuesday clarified that Wage Order No. IVA-20, which mandates pay increases in varying amounts, seeks to address cost of living disparities across the five-province... Read More

No poll rivalry in 19 villages in Samar town

TACLOBAN CITY – Candidates running in 19 out of 20 villages in the remote town of Matuguinao in Samar are running unopposed in the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).Matuguinao Mayor Aran Boller said in a phone interview Tuesday that this is in response to his call to... Read More

Eastern Visayas bays retain red tide-free status

TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas has retained its red tide-free status in the past four weeks based on the latest bulletin issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).Laboratory testing shows that the region’s 16 bays and coastal waters with a history of red tide... Read More

6.4 magnitude quake jolts parts of northern Luzon

LAOAG CITY – A 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of northern Luzon on Tuesday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.Phivolcs said it traced the quake’s epicenter 26 kilometers northwest of Dalupiri Island in Calayan, Cagayan province.The... Read More

NPA loses 7 members, firearms in Caraga, NorMin

BUTUAN CITY – The communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions faced setbacks following armed encounters with state forces and the surrender of six insurgents, military officials said. “Two encounters were recorded on Monday, one in Tandag... Read More

Ilocos Norte hospital upgrades lab system

LAOAG CITY – Laboratory services at the Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital (GRBASMH) will soon get an upgrade with its planned construction of a three-story, PHP75-million clinical laboratory building."Worth almost PHP75 million, the laboratory building aims to improve the... Read More

3 more HIV treatment hubs to open in Cordillera this year

BAGUIO CITY – At least three more human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment areas are expected to open this year in the region to bring services closer to the public, amid the increasing number of cases, the Department of Health (DOH) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) said... Read More

C. Visayas police seizes P14-M ‘shabu’ in week-long operations

CEBU CITY – Over PHP14 million worth of suspected shabu were seized during the weeklong ng anti-criminality operations of the different police units in Central Visayas.PRO-7 chief, Brig. Gen. Anthony Aberin, said Tuesday that the regional police confiscated over two kilos of shabu with a... Read More

SRA gets P314-M farm machinery aid from Japan

BACOLOD CITY – The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has received various farm equipment worth PHP314 million from the Japanese government to boost the farm mechanization program of the sugar industry.Funded under Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid, the assistance package consists of 80... Read More

Negros Oriental health chief says no to TikTok during work hours

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) chief of Negros Oriental on Tuesday emphasized that medical workers in government hospitals are not allowed to engage in the short mobile video application TikTok or other similar online platforms while on duty.Dr. Liland Estacion told the... Read More

Negros Occidental drafts sentinel guidelines for hog repopulation

BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental provincial government is drafting guidelines for the implementation of sentinel protocol in preparation for swine repopulation after losing thousands of hogs to African swine fever (ASF), hog cholera and other animal diseases in the past few months.Since... Read More