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DENR-3 ramps up geohazard assessment to protect communities

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Region 3, through its Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) regional office, has strengthened its National Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program (NGAMP) to continuously identify areas in Central Luzon that are susceptible to geologic hazards and protect com…

Bulacan capitol suspends work due to flooding

MALOLOS CITY – Work in the Bulacan capitol here was suspended on Monday as parts of the province remain flooded due to rains spawned by the southwest monsoon over the weekend.High tide and the release of water from Ipo and Bustos dams aggravated the situation.Offices involved in the delivery of basic and health services, response to disasters and …

Peace and order improved under PRRD: Manila mayor

MANILA – The peace and order situation greatly improved under the Duterte administration, according to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday.In an interview during the groundbreaking ceremony for the modernization of the Manila Science High School along Taft Avenue, Domagoso said the fight against the illegal drug problem is felt…

Laoag kicks off mega vax drive for OFWs, seafarers

LAOAG CITY – A mega vaccination drive for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and seafarers were among the priority groups for vaccination on Monday held at the Divine Word College of Laoag (DWCL).With a total of 4,870 doses of single-shot Janssen vaccine allotted to Laoag residents from July 26 to 31, the city government assured there will be enough…

PSWDO hosts Meeting of Community and Family Sectors

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the dynamic and innovative governance of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) facilitated a meeting together with the Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of Albay that was held at the Farmers Auditorium, AFB Ville in Cabangan, Camali…

Solcom chief Parlade retires

MANILA – Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. on Sunday formally retired from the military after 38 years of service.Parlade was replaced by 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro in a joint change-of-command and retirement ceremony, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said in a stat…

Nesthy Petecio beats top seed boxer in Tokyo Olympics

MANILA – Nesthy Petecio pulled off possibly her biggest win so far in the Tokyo Olympics women's featherweight boxing event after eliminating top seed Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in their second round meeting on Wednesday at the Kokugikan Arena in the Japanese capital.Petecio surged ahead in Round 1 with her solid shots to Lin, which were en…

Margielyn Didal finishes 7th in women's skateboarding

MANILA – Margielyn Didal fought through an apparent injury and took the seventh spot at the end of the Tokyo Olympics women's street skateboarding event on Monday at the Ariake Skating Park.Didal hurt herself after failing to land her first trick, which somehow slowed her down the rest of the way.She would complete her second trick, but she ba…

45 families evacuate in Bataan as deep floods hit villages

SAMAL, Bataan – At least 45 families or more than 85 individuals were rescued as deep floods caused by intermittent moderate to heavy rains submerged two villages in the province on Sunday.A report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) on Monday showed Barangay San Juan here was inundated by five to six feet of…

Duterte never disregarded vow to end endo: Palace

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte never disregarded his campaign promise to end the practice of labor contractualization, Malacañang said on Monday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque echoed the statement made by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that Duterte is still determined to fulfill his promise of approving the security of tenure bill …

France beats Team USA 83-76 in Olympics basketball opener

ANKARA – Team USA, the US men's basketball team, kicked off their 2020 Olympics journey with a shocking 83-76 loss to France on Sunday.Evan Fournier led France with 28 points, while Rudy Gobert added 14 and Nando de Colo 13 in their Group A clash.Jrue Holiday played with 18 points for the US as Bam Adebayo scored 12, Damian Lillard 11, and Kev…

2 suspects nabbed, P680-K shabu seized in Bulacan

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan – Some PHP680,000 worth of shabu was seized from a convicted drug peddler and his cohort during a buy-bust at the parking lot of a convenience store in Barangay Muzon, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan Sunday night.In a statement on Monday, Col. Lawrence Cajipe, provincial director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, i…

Southern Negros villagers declare Reds as 'persona non grata'

BACOLOD CITY – At least 100 residents of Barangay Caliling, Cauayan town in southern Negros Occidental have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and its political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF), as "persona non grata" in a gathering held at the village gymnasium on Saturday.The participan…

Over 2K Region 8 cops vaccinated against Covid-19

TACLOBAN CITY – More than 2,000 policemen in Eastern Visayas have received vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional public information office reported on Monday.At the regional office here, some 396 personnel are now fully vaccinated.Some 1,685 policemen got the jab through the assista…

Tokyo Olympics: Carlo Paalam takes down Irish foe

MANILA – Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam opened his bid for the Tokyo Olympic gold on a good note after beating Irish opponent Brendan Irvine in the first phase of the men's flyweight event at the Kokugikan Arena in the Japanese capital on Monday.Paalam dominated Irvine in the first round, gaining the nod of all five judges.Irvine somehow got his …

Army says over 200 E. Visayas villages now NPA-free

TACLOBAN CITY – At least 213 villages in Eastern Visayas have been cleared of New People’s Army (NPA) influence from 2019 to mid-2021, covering the first two years of employing the “whole-of-nation” approach in wiping out the communist terrorist group.Of the 213 villages, 94 are in Samar province, 45 in Eastern Samar, 41 in Leyte, 29 in Northern S…

Baguio warns public against using fake vaccination cards

BAGUIO CITY – Persons who use fake coronavirus vaccination cards to avoid undergoing testing or to avail of benefits face charges of falsification of documents, the city government warned.Aileen Refuerzo, chief of the city's Public Information Office on Monday said the city government is ready to file charges against persons who will use unaut…

6 children, 12 others rescued from distressed boat in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY – About 18 persons, including four crew, aboard a motorboat in distress have been rescued at the Sulu Sea amid the inclement weather.Col. Hernanie Songano, Joint Task Group-Sulu and 4th Marine Brigade (4MBde) commander, said 12 adults and six children were rescued late Saturday in between Bakungan Island, Patikul and Tambanan Island…

Congress used to open every 4th Monday of January instead of July

MANILA – Filipinos who were born during the 1972-1981 martial law years and after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution may be interested to know that the Philippine Congress used to open on the fourth Monday of January, instead of July like at present.This was because the 1935 Constitution, in its Section 9, Article VI (Legislative Department), c…

Observe health protocols or disperse, SONA protesters told

MANILA – Protesters during President Rodrigo Duterte's ultimate State Of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday afternoon are told to observe health protocols as failure to do is enough reason to stop the rally."Ang guideline ko ay susunod sila sa health protocols kasi pagka hindi 'yan masunod, isang ground 'yan para pa-stop natin ang g…

House opens 3rd regular session of 18th Congress

MANILA – The House of Representatives opened the third regular session of the 18th Congress on Monday morning, hours ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA).Deputy Speaker and 1PACMAN Rep. Michael Romero presided over the hybrid session at 10 a.m.In his opening speech, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco …

8K Tawi-Tawi residents get single-shot J&J vax

COTABATO CITY – Some 8,000 residents of Tawi-Tawi have so far been inoculated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine.Dr. Bashary Latiph, of the Ministry of Health - Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM), said the national government has earlier allotted 30,000 doses of the single-dose vaccine fo…

Habagat continues to affect PH; 'Super Typhoon Maria' false

MANILA – The southwest monsoon (habagat) will continue to dampen most parts of the country Monday.Meno Mendoza, a weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) also debunked posts circulating online and shared on social media about "Super Typhoon Maria"."That is untru…

Gov't all set for Duterte's final SONA

MANILA – Health and safety protocols are all set for the holding of President Rodrigo Duterte's sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said strict protocols will be observed to ensure that it will not endanger the health of guests at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City amid the Covid-19 p…

PNP lauds PH, UN joint program on human rights promotion

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday welcomed the recently signed accord between the Philippines and the United Nations on the promotion of human rights.Last week, the Department of Justice and the Department of Foreign Affairs inked a three-year pact with the UN, which aims to protect human rights in the Philippines.The deal is…

Fund for creation of Bacolod hospital in 2022 nat’l budget: solon

BACOLOD CITY – The fund for the establishment of the Bacolod City General Hospital has been included by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the 2022 National Expenditure Program.This was confirmed by Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya in a statement on Sunday after he was informed by the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the developm…

Cebuano workers benefit from P25.8-M aid from DOLE

CEBU CITY – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III led the distribution of wages and financial assistance amounting to PHP25.8 million to thousands of workers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in southern Cebu on Friday and Saturday.A statement on Sunday said Bello and the DOLE team headed to the town of Balamba…

'Fabian', monsoon rains boost Pantabangan Dam's water reserve

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Rains brought by Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon in the last few days have boosted the water reserve of Pantabangam Dam in this province.Engineer Rosalinda Bote, department manager of the National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-UPRIIS), said in an interview o…

Red Cross vax program continues despite rains

MANILA – Torrential rain and flooding will not stop the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) from vaccinating as many people as it can.Even at the height of the combined rainfall caused by Typhoon Fabian and habagat (southwest monsoon), PRC's Bakuna Centers continue to go full speed with its vaccination program."Hindi tayo titigil (We will not stop…

Public urged to cooperate on reimposition of longer curfew in NCR

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, on Sunday called for public cooperation on the reimposition of longer curfew hours in the National Capital Region (NCR) amid the threat of the more contagious Covid-19 Delta variant.“Hindi na bago ang pagkakaroon ng mas mahabang curfew hours sa Metro Manila kaya inaasahan nat…
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