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No regrets but only gratitude for ‘Balik Probinsya’

MANILA – A father who decided to bring his whole family back to the province for a fresh start has nothing but praises and gratitude to the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2)” program of the Duterte administration.Aquino Daguio, 55, said he could no longer bear seeing his... Read More

DENR launches real-time, online envi monitoring system

MANILA– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched an environmental data center equipped with real-time updates to sustain proper air, water, and solid waste management across the country.The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has not only secured... Read More

BP2 beneficiaries urge next admin to continue program

MANILA – Beneficiaries of the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP) program are hoping more will have the courage to leave Metro Manila behind and improve their lives through the national government program.Michael Angelo Tel and his pregnant partner, Angeline Calibat, went back... Read More

Locally developed food safety app, website to be introduced soon

MANILA – A locally developed android app will soon help food businesses ensure their products are clean, unexpired, and safe to consume, while a website will guide the public on some of the government's food safety programs. Developed by a startup software company, the Food Safety... Read More

‘98, ‘22 general elections had 10 presidential candidates each

MANILA – Did you know that of the six general elections held so far in the Philippines under the 1987 Constitution, there were two times when 10 candidates aspired for the top elective post?The first time was in the May 11, 1998 polls where the presidency was contested by then Vice President... Read More

IP rescuer on path to recovery after saving kin from fire

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Thrust into a situation that required more than courage, Norberto Dogia had to summon all the basics of volunteer rescue work he has accumulated for one critical task: save his family members inside a burning house.Dogia, 22, a senior student of Bachelor of Science in... Read More

Catholics mark 105th anniversary of Fatima Apparition

MANILA–A parish priest has appealed to pray the rosary to end the global pandemic coronavirus-19 (Covid-19), and for peace to reign in the world.This was the appeal made by Fr. Carlos Reyes, parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong City, on the 105th anniversary of the famous... Read More

Teachers’ dedication, passion seen in May 9 polls

MANILA– Just before Filipinos elected their new set of leaders on Monday, 25-year-old teacher Bea Joy Arcenio spent her night bracing for a long, uncertain yet exciting day in her life.It was one of the historic “first” in her career as an educator, she thought, purposely posing a... Read More

Early birds struggle to beat voting 'threshold'

QUEZON CITY – On previous occasions, those who tend to vote early on Election Day have been getting a smoother flow in casting their votes.This year's polls are a different one.With a lot of factors that kicked in, at least some of the "early birds" found themselves having to endure long lines... Read More

Food stall owners earn while voting in polls

AGUILAR, Pangasinan – Taking advantage of the volume of people during the local and national elections, some people made a living while waiting for their turn to cast their votes on Monday.Mila dela Cruz, 43, married, said she put up a snacks stand along the pathway leading to the Buer-Bayaoas... Read More

Elderly, PWDs unfazed by health conditions to cast votes

MANILA – No matter what their age and health conditions are, elderly citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) were among the early voters at Claro M. Recto High School in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday.Most of them wanted to avoid overcrowding by mid-morning or near closing time.Accompanied by... Read More

Pandemic adds extra layers of protection on election day

MANILA – Election day on Monday will be unlike any other polling exercise as the world is still under a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Aside from making sure the electoral exercise will proceed without any hitch, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is also burdened with the... Read More

IP achiever returns home to serve community in Bukidnon

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As a member of the Umayamnon indigenous peoples (IP) in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, Zacara P. Lastimado believes it is her calling to be one of the voices in her community.Lastimado, 22, finished this year her Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Social Studies degree at... Read More

Pangasinense siblings top board exams

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Velasco siblings in this capital town of Pangasinan proved that being raised by a single parent is not a hindrance to pursuing academic success and even topping their respective board examinations.Twenty-two year-old Franz Fernand Velasco, the youngest among the... Read More

Marawi residents mark Eid at Grand Mosque, first time after siege

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Marawi City's landmark, the Jameo Mindanao Al-Islamie Islamic Center or commonly called the Grand Mosque, is what defined the community for it to be known as the country's "Islamic City."During the 2017 siege perpetrated by extremists, the Grand Mosque was one of the... Read More

Transport competition: Get to know more other TNVS players

MANILA – Ride-hailing, considered one of the more convenient forms of public transportation services, has been made even more convenient with the approval of multiple transport network companies (TNC) in recent months.While a big chunk of ride-hailing services is currently operated by Grab... Read More

Business as usual for rice cake seller as economy slowly reopens

MANGATAREM, Pangasinan – After two years since the pandemic hit, provincial buses have resumed trips from Manila to Pangasinan and vice versa and people -- who do not have other means of transportation -- can finally travel again.This, as the government continues to reopen the economy to allow... Read More

Dagupan’s Bangus Festival is back

DAGUPAN CITY – Amid scorching heat, a crowd whose excitement could not be hidden behind the masks were all going in the direction of the city’s central business district and on Saturday noon which was closed to vehicular traffic for the occasion.Then the familiar beat of drums to the... Read More

Ex-NPA leaders get new lease in life as gov’t soldiers

DAVAO CITY – As former enemies of the state, serving in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was the last thing Daniel Castillo and Gelejurain l Alce Nguho had in mind. But fate has other plans.From being communist New People’s Army (NPA) officers, these surrenderers are now... Read More

2nd booster shot welcome relief for most

MANILA – The national government rollout of the second booster shot against the coronavirus virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) received positive feedback, mostly from citizens who are itching to get out of the pandemic.On Tuesday, local government units of Manila, Pateros, San Juan, and Pasig began... Read More