BFP, PCG wrap up search, retrieval of boat wreckage in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The search and retrieval operations on the wreckage of the ill-fated M/V Lady Mary Joy 3 in the waters off Baluk-Baluk Island, Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan, ended Saturday, an official said.The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Basilan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and... Read More

Digitalization eyed to solve decongestion at Matnog port

SORSOGON CITY – To address the traffic congestion due to increased vehicular queueing in the port of Matnog in Sorsogon, the Anti-Red tape Authority (ARTA), the provincial government of Sorsogon and the local government unit (LGU) initiated a pledge of commitment through a Joint Memorandum... Read More

Antipolo marks 25th year of cityhood

ANTIPOLO CITY – The city government of Antipolo on Saturday marked its 25th year of cityhood with an elaborate float parade, among other celebratory events.The parade featured floats representing the city’s 16 villages and also drew the participation of notable business establishments... Read More

Abu Sayyaf bandit nabbed in Zambo manhunt op

ZAMBOANGA CITY – An Abu Sayyaf involved in the 2017 kidnapping of a son of a town mayor in Zamboanga del Norte was arrested on Friday, a top military official said.Rear Admiral Donn Anthony Miraflor, Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander, said on Saturday Salip Yusop Habibulla was... Read More

BARMM builds P25-M town hall to better serve Turtle islands

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MILG-BARMM) is building a PHP25 million modern town hall to better serve the residents of the remote municipality of Turtle Islands, Tawi-Tawi.Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo,... Read More

Manobo clan leaders declare mining exec persona non grata

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A group of the Manobo tribe, through a resolution, has declared the former president of Philsaga Mining Corp. (PMC) persona non-grata in their ancestral land, where the PMC operates, in Agusan del Sur.The clan leaders of the Manobo tribe belonging to the Rodrigo Clan –... Read More

DOT eyes cultural, pilgrimage tours in NegOr

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 (Central Visayas) has begun its assessment and inspection of various destinations in Negros Oriental as they prepare to develop packages on culinary, pilgrimage, and faith-based tours in the province.Riza Marie Macaibay, DOT-7 Senior Tourism... Read More

Local officials warned not to sell certificate of indigency

LAOAG CITY – Senior Deputy Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte First District Representative Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos warned village officials in the province against collect any payment from the issuance of a certificate of indigency.The presidential son issued the warning... Read More

Ilocos Norte residents warned vs. rising temp

LAOAG CITY – Residents in the sunshine city of Laoag are bracing for this year's hottest day so far with the heat index forecast to hit around 44 to 48 degrees Celsius this week.To avoid diseases such as heat stroke, skin diseases, and other common health problems associated with the dry... Read More

Pangasinan sets color-coded warning flags in beaches

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has set color-coded warning flags at beaches here and asked the other local government units to follow through.The red flag means an area is under high hazard due to high waves and swimming... Read More

2 BARMM lawmakers seek probe into Basilan ferry fire

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) lawmakers filed a joint resolution Friday seeking an inquiry into the March 29 M/V Lady Mary Joy 3 ferry fire off Basilan province.BARMM parliament member Amir Mawallil and Deputy Speaker Laisa Masuhud Alamia authored... Read More

PRO-12 gets new P6.7-M building, 13 new patrol cars

KORONADAL CITY – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 (Soccsksargen) is expected to perk up its operations with the opening of its PHP6.7 million multi-purpose building and the arrival of 13 new police cars on Thursday afternoon.“This new building facility and a fleet of police cars will... Read More

3 NPA leaders killed in separate military ops in Agusan Sur

BUTUAN CITY – Communist rebels operating in the Caraga Region lost three of its key leaders during a series of military operations by the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) on March 27 to 30.The military operations were conducted to protect the communities in the region from the... Read More

Surigao Sur farmers’ groups get P81.9-M farm equipment

BUTUAN CITY – Thirty-seven accredited rice-based farmers’ cooperatives and associations in Surigao del Sur province have received PHP81.96 million worth of farm equipment from the Department of Agriculture in the Caraga Region (DA-13).In a statement Friday, the DA-13 said the farm... Read More

66 NPA rebels surrender in Zambo Sur, Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Sixty-six New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces as they withdrew their support from the communist group, a top police official said Friday.Brig. Gen. Neil Alinsañgan, director of Police Regional... Read More

NegOcc cop dead, 2 colleagues injured in restobar brawl

BACOLOD CITY – A policeman was killed while his two colleagues were injured after they were stabbed while trying to pacify a commotion outside a drinking joint in Murcia, Negros Occidental early Friday morning.Two civilians also died while another was wounded during the incident that happened... Read More

Search for missing chopper in Palawan on hold

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The search for the missing “Yellow Bee” Alouette helicopter of the Philippine Adventist Mission Aviation Services (PAMAS) is on hold while authorities wait for the arrival of new underwater equipment.Coast Guard District (CGD)-Palawan chief Capt.... Read More

New P50-M road to boost eco-tourism in CamSur town

LEGAZPI CITY – The newly completed PHP50 million road project in Ocampo, Camarines Sur by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) early this month is seen to bolster the tourism industry in the town.On Friday, Camarines Sur 3rd District Engr. Romeo D. Doloiras said the 2.1-kilometer... Read More

Ilocos Sur coffee growers get boost from shared service facility

LAOAG CITY – Another shared service facility for coffee processing has been opened in San Elias village in Sigay, Ilocos Norte, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).With help from the Sigay local government, the DTI's PHP670,000 facility was turned over for use of the San... Read More

4 Cebu reclamation projects to boost local economy

CEBU CITY – Four major reclamation projects in Cebu province are expected to boost its position as a strategic location for trade and industry in Central Visayas, the provincial capitol said on Friday.Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the organizations that are now undertaking reclamation... Read More