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2 NoCot mayors hospitalized

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Two town mayors in North Cotabato have been rushed to separate hospitals Friday, with provincial medical authorities still to issue official findings on the two local executives’ conditions.Mayor Russel Abonado of M’lang, North Cotabato has been rushed to a hospital after complaining of severe back pains, fueling speculations he m…

Galvez pays tribute to front-liners on Independence Day

MANILA – National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., on Saturday commended all pandemic front-line workers, equating their courage and selflessness to Philippine heroes who had fought for the country’s freedom, as the country commemorated its 123rd Independence Day on Saturday."As we commemorate…

Gov’t launches convergence aid effort ‘AHON’ in Siargao

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte – National government agencies gathered here from June 9-11, 2021, to bring social services closer to the people, as part of the response to assist families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and provide updates for other local projects to aid communities here.The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO)…

PRRD urges Filipinos to stand up for common good

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte called on the Filipino people to emulate the nation's heroes by "devoting ourselves to the common good" as the country marked 123 years of independence on Saturday.The Chief Executive said in his message the challenges of the past year "tested our character as a nation.""Each of us ha…

Weightlifter is 11th PH bet to Tokyo Olympics

MANILA – The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced on Saturday that Elreen Ando has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, the 11th Filipino to make the quadrennial meet that was canceled last year due to the pandemic.Ando booked a spot through the continental quota given to the best weightlifters from each continent but who are outsid…

DILG’s Independence Day wish: Communist terrorism-free PH

MANILA – As the country commemorates its 123rd Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday with the theme “Kalayaan 2021: Diwa sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan,” Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo AƱo urged all Filipinos to rise against the threat of Communist terrorism amid the Covid-19 pande…

Nearly entire vaccine supply already distributed

MANILA – More than 98 percent of the country's vaccine supply has been distributed, with the few remaining doses serving as "buffer stocks", Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Saturday.The remaining supplies at DOH warehouses would serve as a buffer in case the initial batches downloaded to local…

GCQ with restrictions, 'effective' as NCR+ cases decline: DOH

MANILA – A Department of Health (DOH) official said Saturday the extension of general community quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions has been "effective" based on the continued decline in new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus areas.The national government extended on May 31 the GCQ with res…

Health workers, front-liners cited as 'modern-day heroes'

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – This city joined the nation’s celebration of the 123rd Independence Day on Saturday by highlighting the significant contribution of health workers and other front-liners considered as “modern-day heroes" in the fight against an unseen enemy.“Sila na walang kapagurang ginagampanan ang kanilang tungkulin araw-araw para …

Probe by Reds won't compensate for death of Absalon cousins

MANILA – No statement or "internal investigation" by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) will ever compensate for the two lives lost in the communist terrorists' unprovoked anti-personnel mine (APM) attack in Masbate City last June 6,  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday."No statemen…

Phivolcs cautions public vs. high SO2 emission in Taal

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) advised the public on Saturday to take the necessary precautions, as high levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission have been observed in the Taal Volcano in the past two days.

The public is urged to protect themselves but Phivolcs is not necessarily advising them to opt for …

Nearly 2.5M PhilSys registrants now have LandBank accounts

DAVAO CITY – The partnership between the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) in the implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) has paid off with 2,481,788 previously unbanked registrants now with accounts as of April 30.The LBP recently reported on its website that of the total, 850,87…

Bacolod volunteer doctor advocates 'Freedom Health' vs. Covid

BACOLOD CITY – A volunteer medical doctor in the city’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis since last year has urged Bacolodnons to exercise the “Freedom Health” to fight the pandemic.“As we enjoy today the freedom brought about by the sacrifices and efforts of our forefathers, let us also practice ‘Freedom Health’ in our d…

BARMM joins 123rd Independence Day celebration

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Saturday joined the country in its 123rd Independence Day celebration. In a statement, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Murad’ Ebrahim said as a people who struggled for self-determination, the Bangsamoro understands the historic implications of the celebration. “As we contin…

PH average new Covid-19 cases down by 3%: OCTA

MANILA – The Philippines' average number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases has decreased by 3 percent, according to OCTA Research on Saturday.The seven-day average went down to 6,430 on June 5-11 from 6,699 on May 26 to June 1.The reproduction number (R0) or the average number of secondary infections from a single case was at 1.…

300 families displaced in SoCot due to floods, landslides

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – More than 300 families were temporarily displaced on Friday night after flash floods and landslides again hit parts of South Cotabato province following hours of moderate to heavy rains.The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said several communities situated in low-lying areas and near major riv…

PH, Japan ink space cooperation pact

MANILA – The Philippine and Japanese governments are eyeing to enhance their partnership in space science and space exploration with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) on Saturday.In a virtual conference, Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) Director General Joel Joseph Marciano Jr. signed the agreement with Japan Aerospace Exploration A…

PCC to establish regional offices in Cebu, Davao

MANILA – The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will expand its office this year by putting up investigation hubs in Cebu and Davao.
In a virtual forum Friday, PCC chairman Arsenio Balisacan said these new regional offices would strengthen the agency’s institutional capacity in its competition policy enforcement and advocacy.“In particular, w…

10K vacancies at stake in Soccsksargen virtual job fair

KORONADAL CITY – More than 10,000 local job vacancies will be available to job seekers from parts of Region 12 (Soccsksargen) in the 2021 Independence Day virtual regional job fair on Saturday.Raymundo Agravante, director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12, said in an advisory on Friday at least 27 employers in the region have enl…

Monsoon trough to bring rains Saturday

MANILA – The monsoon trough will bring some rains across the country on Saturday.In its 4 a.m. daily weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in the Visayas; the regions of Bicol, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Davao, …

Manila completes Covid-19 field hospital in 52 days

MANILA – The Manila city government has completed the construction of its Mega Covid-19 Field Hospital in Rizal Park in 52 days, ahead of its vowed 60-day deadline.
Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Friday personally thanked the construction workers, laborers, and contractors who made the project a reality.The city governm…

Azkals maul Guam to solidify hold of 3rd place

MANILA – The Philippine Azkals inched closer to securing a place in the third round of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers with a 3-0 win over Guam in the match that was part of the second round of the joint AFC Asian Cup and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Friday night.A far cry from their 0-2 loss to Chin…

100K doses of newly-arrived Sputnik V vax for NCR+8: Galvez

MANILA – The 100,000 doses of the government-procured Sputnik V vaccine that arrived Friday night will be allocated to the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus 8 and some cities in the country, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., said.“Because of sensitivity ng ating (of the) cold chain require…

Soldiers unearth APMs in Agusan del Sur

BUTUAN CITY – The Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion (67IB) found three anti-personnel mines (APMs) in Trento, Agusan del Sur.In a statement Friday, the 67IB said the APMs were recovered in Sitio Cogonon, Barangay Salvacion on Wednesday afternoon with the assistance of civilians.“The APMs were planted by New People’s Army insurgents belonging to the w…

P20-B Cebu town reclamation project gets PRA nod

CEBU CITY – The Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) has finally approved the PHP20-billion Ming-Mori reclamation project in the southern town of Minglanilla in Cebu. The development of the 100-hectare Minglanilla Techno-Business Park marked a strategic milestone on Friday with the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the local governmen…

Cops eye work-related motive in Cotabato village chief's slay

COTABATO CITY – Police authorities are looking at the possibility that the murder of a village chairperson here on Thursday is related to his work.Major Rustom Pastolero, city police station 2 chief, said this is based on their initial investigation on the death of chairperson Danny Matabalao Darping of Barangay Kalanganan 1.“The perpetrators migh…

E. Visayas seeks tighter community quarantine status

TACLOBAN CITY – The regional inter-agency task force on emerging infectious diseases (RIATF) is pushing for a stricter community quarantine status in Eastern Visayas due to a spike of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.In a resolution approved on June 9, the regional task force recommended to the national IATF to place the region from …

Over 4K vacancies up on Kalayaan job fair in W. Visayas

ILOILO CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Western Visayas is calling on job seekers to check the 4,478 vacancies available during the virtual job fair, one of the events lined up in celebration of the 123rd Independence Day on June 12, 2021."We are inviting all job seekers to join our virtual job fair and webinars. The se…

P80-M dev't project in Capiz town to serve 10K

ILOILO CITY – About 10,000 residents of the four upland barangays of Cuartero town in Capiz stand to benefit from the PHP80 million worth of projects funded under the Local Government Support Fund-Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-BDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).In a phone interview Fri…

1.9K Pangasinenses avail of scholarship for PUV drivers, kin

DAGUPAN CITY – Some 1,900 Pangasinenses availed of a scholarship for public utility vehicles (PUV) drivers and their family members under the “Tsuper Iskolar” program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).“Maganda po itong program na ito dahil marami po akong natutunan. Dati
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