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40-year PUV driver in NCR goes home to La Union via BP2

MANILA – The "Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa" (BP2) program on Tuesday facilitated the return to La Union province of a forty-year tricycle driver, who has been one of the first workers who bore the brunt of the coronavirus disease's (Covid-19) impact at its onset.Since the start of the pandemic, Metro Manila had to enforce massive …

Ilocos Norte holds 90-day feeding program for pregnant women

LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte government will be providing a fresh supply of carabao's milk, eggs, nutribun (Filipino bread), and locally-grown squash and carrots to 538 pregnant women in the province to help meet their nutritional needs.Selected beneficiaries, who are in the first trimester of pregnancy, on Tuesday joined the ceremonial launc…

Inflation falls for 3rd straight month in November

MANILA – The rate of increase in consumer prices dropped for three consecutive months in November, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Tuesday. Inflation rate settled at 4.2 percent last month from 4.6 percent in October. “The downtrend in the overall inflation was primarily brought about by the slowdown in the inflation for the heavi…

Sinulog off-limits to outsiders amid Omicron threat

CEBU CITY – The city government here is planning to hold the traditional Sinulog celebration in January next year without the participation of contingents from other provinces and welcome only vaccinated visitors amid the threat of the Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).Mayor Michael Rama said in a radio interview on Tuesday th…

Isko's offer proof of Duterte's many accomplishments: Palace

MANILA – The offer of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso to adopt President Rodrigo Duterte as his party's fourth bet for the Senate is proof of the latter’s many accomplishments, Malacañang said on Tuesday.Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made this remark after Domagoso said he believed Duterte …

QC gov't promotes historical spots through its 'Libreng Sakay'

MANILA – The Quezon City government has literally been hitting at least "two or more birds with one stone" through the "Libreng Sakay" (free ride) program which it launched a year ago on Tuesday.Aside from providing free bus rides to daily commuters along several major routes throughout the city, the city government under Mayor…

DTI Antique holds weekly monitoring of Noche Buena products

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Antique provincial office is holding weekly monitoring of Noche Buena products to make sure there will be enough supply this Christmas season.DTI Antique Trade and Industry Development Specialist Glen Fernando said in an interview Tuesday that more intensified monitoring …

BOI to help market Iloilo City as investment destination

ILOILO CITY – The Bureau of Investments (BOI) will be assisting Iloilo City to attract investors to boost its economic recovery amid the threat of the virus.The BOI's assistance to the city was formalized after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) held here on Monday.“This is significant because coming from pandemic, we need to bui…

Omicron spreading via community transmission in UK: official

LONDON – British Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament Monday that the Omicron coronavirus variant is now spreading in the UK through community transmission rather than solely via people who have traveled to Britain from abroad.He said there was now a total of 336 cases of Omicron in the country -- 261 in England, 71 in Scotland and four in…

PNP chief orders thorough probe into slay of Sarrat councilor

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos on Tuesday ordered local police to conduct a deeper investigation into the assassination of a Sarrat, Ilocos Norte town councilor.Initial reports said Sangguniang Bayan member Apolonio Medrano, 69, of Sarrat town was shot while he was about to board his vehicle on December 6 shor…

New DepEd bureau aims to improve ALS program

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) has established a new bureau that would oversee the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program.In a statement Tuesday, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said the newly established bureau would strengthen the program for out-of-school youth, serving as the focal office for implementing it.“This will strength…

DBP, Tuguegarao City sign loan pact for dev’t projects

MANILA – State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has granted a new PHP311.8-million term loan to the local government unit (LGU) of Tuguegarao City to bankroll public infrastructure and agriculture productivity enhancement projects in the area, a top official said. DBP president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Herbosa said the lo…

Mindanao leaders condemn attack on 2 Basilan mayors

DAVAO CITY/COTABATO CITY – Government officials in Mindanao, including Mayor Sara Z. Duterte and those from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, on Tuesday condemned the killing of Al-Barka Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid as they seek speedy justice for the attack.Lajid, together with Akbar town Mayor Alih Sali, and Sali's c…

Dawlah Islamiya bombmaker surrenders in NoCot

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A bombmaker of the terror group Dawlah Islamiya (DI) has surrendered to authorities in Carmen, North Cotabato, a top military official here said Tuesday.Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, said the DI member voluntarily yielded on Sunday with his rifle to Lt. Col. Rommel Mundala, 90th Infantry …

PSWDO holds meeting on VAWC via Google Meet

In connection with 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women with the theme: “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me”, the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the dynamic and innovative leadership of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by Dr. Eva Grageda, convened with the re…

Gov. Bichara leads Gift-giving to Indigent children of Cabangan and Salugan Camalig

Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara supports the significance of yuletide season in children. Hence, through the efforts of the Albay Provincial Agriculture Office (APAO) headed by PGDH Cheryll Rebeta the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) switched on the Christmas tree and decors displayed at the one-stop shop agri-complex of Albay Farmers’ Bounty Villa…

Rain showers expected across PH due to 3 weather systems

MANILA – Most areas in the country will experience rain showers caused by three weather systems, the weather bureau said on Tuesday.

In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a low pressure area (LPA) was last spotted 1,055 kilometers east of Mindanao.PAGASA weath…

Robin Padilla, 5 other reservists seeking elective posts relieved

MANILA – Six Philippine Army reservist-officers, including actor Capt. Robin Padilla, seeking elective posts in the 2022 elections have been relieved to ensure that the organization remains non-partisan.In a statement Monday, the Philippine Army's Reserve Command (Arescom) said Padilla, who is seeking a Senate seat, quit his post as head of th…

'No vax, no entry' policy affects local economy: Sara

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte is not keen on imposing a "no vaccination, no entry" policy in the city, saying this would severely affect the local economy.Duterte, however, said business establishments may impose such guidelines because they have a legal basis.“Here in Davao City, we do not have such policy because it will severely …

Duterte welcomes conduct of limited in-person classes

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said he is pleased with the successful conduct of pilot limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in 28 public schools in Metro Manila.Duterte said he is particularly glad that the return of students to campuses happened “gradually.”“I'm glad that they have thought of this just dahan-dahan lang, huwag m…

PRRD hopes to repeat success of 1st ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’

MANILA – With the success of the country’s first simultaneous vaccine drive against Covid-19 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, President Rodrigo R. Dutertr is hoping for the same result for its second round next week.In a pre-recorded public address aired Monday night, Duterte said the country was able to administer 10.2 million doses across the country dur…

We pray to God that Omicron won’t reach PH: Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he is praying that the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 will not reach the Philippines.In a pre-recorded public address aired Monday night, Duterte said he is happy that the Philippines is handling the pandemic better than other countries.“I am very happy na bumababa na talaga. Duma-dive na yung ano (I am …

Army recovers explosives, ammunition in Lanao Sur clash

MARAWI CITY - The military has recovered ammunition, explosives, and subversive documents after an encounter with armed men in the forested area of Maguing town in Lanao del Sur.Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo, Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, said in an interview Monday that troopers engaged an estimated 20 armed men in a 40-minute firef…

Over 38.1 million Filipinos now fully vaccinated vs. Covid-19

MANILA – The Philippines has administered a total of 91,777,433 doses of coronavirus vaccine nationwide, with 38,168,603 Filipinos are now fully protected against the risks of Covid-19 infection.As of Monday, data from the national Covid-19 vaccination dashboard showed 53,098,886 Filipinos have received their first dose and a total of 509,944 boos…

Troops seize NPA bunker, food cache in Leyte town

TACLOBAN CITY – Soldiers discovered on Saturday night a hillside bunker and a food cache of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the outskirts of Kananga, Leyte, indicating plans to launch attacks against government forces.The Philippine Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade said in a statement released on Monday that the bunker became the hiding place of the N…

Cebu drug stings net 3 drug suspects, P13.4-M shabu

CEBU CITY – Authorities arrested three drug personalities in two separate operations in Cebu province in the past 24 hours and seized from them a total of PHP13.4 million worth of illegal substance suspected to be shabu.Maj. William Homoc, chief of the Minglanilla Police Station, said they arrested on Sunday night 39-year-old Eric Bacaresas Lapeña…

PNP eyes 'low risk' tasks for unvaxxed cops

MANILA – Unvaccinated police officers will only be reassigned to perform other tasks to reduce their risk of getting infected with coronavirus, the country's top cop said on Monday."So gagawan namin ng paraan na (We will find a way where) they are still delivering their services but we will not allow them to be exposed. At the same time k…

‘Balik Probinsya’ facilitates homecoming of 13 more families

MANILA – The provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Iloilo are set to welcome back their residents through the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program.The 50 beneficiaries belonging to 13 families arrived on Monday at the BP2 depot along Agham Road in Quezon City to undergo dispatch proceedings for their Tuesday departure.Of the total, 15 in…

Women emerge as key of cooperation in sports: Asean

JAKARTA – Women in sports had emerged as one of the key areas of sports cooperation, according to Leader of the Asean Plus Japan Senior Officials Meeting on Sports (SOMS+Japan) Tomohiko Arai.“Under the Asean and Japan Cooperation, women in sports appear as one of the key areas of sports cooperation,” Tomohiko Arai, who is concurrently director of …

Basilan town mayor, driver killed in Zambo City shooting

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police authorities have launched an in-depth probe into a shooting incident that resulted in the death of two persons, including a Basilan town mayor, on Monday in this city.Another Basilan town mayor was wounded in the same incident that took place around 8:31 a.m. Monday at the seaside in Barangay Baliwasan, this city.Maj. Chest…
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