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Kilusang Pagbabago rolls out housing program in DavOr's remote village

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental -- The Office of the President and the government's Kilusang Pagbabago (KP) movement rolled out on Sunday a housing and livelihood program for 300 beneficiaries in the remote village of Danao in this city.Led by the Office of the Participatory Governance, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), and the Davao Oriental chapter of the KP, the government held a site inspection and orientation for the families living in danger zones in the village.PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said the agencies are bringing the pro-poor program to the direct beneficiaries.She said the PCOO helps drum up the program aimed at cutting down the number of poor families that now stands at six million."We have the mandate of bringing down the programs of President Rodrigo Duterte to the grassroots," Badoy said.Saying the government is on track, she added: "The President is serious in bringing down the povert…

CDO quarry coop gets permit, supply deal from city gov't

DA, LGUs start crafting 'localized' food security plan

MANILA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be meeting with mayors nationwide starting October to find out how to secure food supply in each locality."We'll ask what the towns need," Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on the sidelines of a meeting with provincial governors in Metro Manila last week on the damages brought by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in mid-September.The upcoming food security meetings will be by clusters, Piñol said, covering Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.Irrigation, farm-to-market roads, and post-harvest facilities might be among what the towns need to produce food for their respective populations, he said.Piñol said attaining food security in the towns will have its effect on the national scale, amid ballooning Philippine population and climate change.According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food security exists "when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to s…

CJ De Castro reorganizes electoral tribunals

MANILA -- Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro has ordered a reorganization for Supreme Court Justices representatives on the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).The SET and HRET are mandated by the 1987 Constitution to rule on electoral protests of senatorial candidates and congressional candidates.In a one-page Special Order 2589, de Castro assigns the incumbent senior members of the High Court to represent them in the said electoral tribunals.Justice Antonio Carpio will be the chairperson for the SET, with Justices Lucas Bersamin and Estela Perlas-Bernabe as members.Justice Diosdado Peralta will be the chairperson for the HRET, while Justices Mariano del Castillo and Marvic Leonen are members."In the interest of the service, the regular members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) are hereby designated as follows, effective August 28, 2018," read the specia…

Megamouth, whale sharks resurface in Macajalar Bay

Tips to prevent rabies in dogs

MANILA -- Most dog owners in the country still lack proper knowledge about rabies. This is the observation of Rey del Napoles, program manager of Humane Society International-Philippines, when he visits one community after another to vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies. “Hindi po totoo ang pinaniniwalaan ng ilan nating kababayan na nakukuha ang rabies sa pagkain o sa hangin. (The belief of some of our countrymen is not true na that rabies is acquired through food or air.) We have to be clear also (that) dogs and cats are born with rabies, that is a common myth,” del Napoles told the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Adoracion Dare, resident of District 1 in Quezon City, told PNA that she once had a pet dog which acquired rabies. “Hindi ko sigurado kung saan nakuha ng aso namin iyon. Pinapalabas lang naman iyon para tumae tapos bumabalik din dito sa bahay (I’m not sure where our dog got it. We let it go out to poop then it comes back home),” she said. Dare added that she noticed that her do…

MisOr to host tourism nat'l confab, showcase cleanest coastline

Street-side artist brings color to Zamboanga

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ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Why does a man paint or sketch an artwork? Is it to grab and interpret either reality or fantasy and thus, rule over and suspend them? This is what probably happens to Bador Bandoy and the pedestrians who gather around him whenever he sketches fantastic figures and colors them at sidewalks in downtown Zamboanga City. Aside from being a daily scenario here, Bandoy said his art is his source of livelihood. He likes to move around -- one day he’s here, the next day he’s at a different “studio”. He would not qualify as master artist, as there is a kind of flatness and crudeness in his pieces, somewhat child-like in quality, which is probably why they are interestingly innocent, catchy, and dramatic. Using color pens and bond paper, he likes to paint imaginary mosques. He also paints humans displaying fantastic features, strange-looking, even mythic animals -- dragons, sphinxes -- even fishes, birds, and so forth. He always carries with him folios of his works, each piece wed…

Baguio finds contact sports a gold mine, builds up grassroots athletes

Only 5 Bohol LGUS give SSS coverage to contractual workers

NBP gets 2 terabyte of internet download speed boost

GSIS grants scholarship to 400 members’ dependents

Cebuano News: Evacuation centers gidugangan, DSWD padayon ang suporta

CEBU CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA)--Human mihangyo si Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), nga mopatuman og striktong pagpabakwit sa mga residente nga anaa isa ka kilometro gikan sa danger zone, ang City Government sa Naga nag-abli og dugang evacuation centers.Gikan sa unang 6, nahimo na kining 11, segun pa sa lokal nga Department of Social Welfare and development (DSWD).Mao kini ang mga mosunod:  Enan Chiong Activity Center, Naga Central Elementary School, Naga National High School, Nalad Elementary School, Apo Cement Gym, Colon Elementary School, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Cepoc Elementary School, Langtad Elementary School, San Fernando Gym ug Cabungahan covered court.Ang Barangay Cabungahan gym mao ang pinaka bag-ong giablihang center gahapon, diin anaa sa dili moubos sa 30 ka pamilya o 148 ka indibidwal ang temporaryong gapuyo.Ang DSWD Field Office 7, isip nangulo sa koordinasyon ug pagdumala sa sitwasyon, nagpadayon sa pagpadala …

DENR mirekomendar pagkiha sa mga wala magkibo kabahin sa easement zones

Go launches Malasakit Center in Negros Oriental

DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA)--Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go Saturday launched the new Malasakit Center in Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, as a way of helping relieve the patients and their families medical financial problems. SAP Go said the health of the population is one of the top priorities of the Duterte administration.“When we get sick, we usually don’t know where to go for help. But now with the Malasakit Center, they will be taught what to do,” said Go.The Malasakit Center is the one-stop shop program of President Rodrigo Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services and give poor patients access to free medicines. In President Duterte’s 3rd state of the nation address, he said that Go has been “instrumental” in putting up Malasakit Centers in Visayas, and has been expanding the program nationwide.Under the program, patients are assisted in availing themselves of the services and financial assistance provided by the Philipp…

Multiple factors cause continuous oil price increase

CEBU CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA)--Prices of gasoline and diesel have been continuously increasing these past few weeks, but it is not because of what most of Filipinos think.The Department of Energy (DOE), in its statement recently detailed causes to give light to motorists and oil consumers, about the stuttering oil price chain.Based on DOE's Oil Monitoring report as of September 27, 2018, Dubai crude has increased week-on-week by around US$0.25 per barrel.Mean of Platts Singapore (MOPS) gasoline and diesel have also increased at US$0.39 per barrel and US$0.14 per barrel, respectively.According to the report, factors affecting the increase of crude oil prices include the deepening trade tension between the United States and China, which is expected to dent global crude demand.China is the world second largest oil consumer.The tight gasoline supply is also coupled with robust demand from other large consumers like Indonesia and the Persian Gulf to support the East of Suez gasoline market…

Cayetano assures UN of PH commitment to human rights

MANILA-- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday (Manila time) underscored anew the country's commitment to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights. In his speech at the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York, Cayetano said the Duterte administration is one with the UN in being "uncompromising on the issues of rule of law, just and equitable peace that leads to order, development and prosperity, and the protection of each and every human being’s rights." As a sovereign state, he said the Philippines is on track in saving the nation from becoming "a narco-state or state held hostage by the rich and powerful who ignore the plight of the poor, powerless and marginalized, or worse, both. He stressed that the administration's hunger for change, for peace, for law and order is "genuine." The country's campaign against illegal drugs and the deaths associated with it had repeatedly caught the international community's attention. In his …

Comprehensive flood control program in Central Luzon pushed

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija -- Central Luzon legislators and local officials on Friday have thrown their support to a PHP54-billion flood mitigation project which seeks to curb flooding in Pampanga and Bulacan. The meeting was presided by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, upon receiving information that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to bid the feasibility study for the program on October 11, which include the construction of the stalled Pampanga Delta Development Project (PDDP) 2. PDDP 2 was supposed to have been implemented as a sequel of the PDDP 1 during the administration of former President Fidel Ramos but faced strong opposition then by local Pampanga and Bulacan officials as well as local residents and non-government organizations. The meeting was held in the light of massive destruction to crops and infrastructures brought by flash floods due to Typhoon Ompong that inundated huge areas in the region. “Ang napag-usapan ngayon, plano ng Pampanga River p…

PDEA seizes sports car, P340-K shabu in Naga City

LEGAZPI CITY -- Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized PHP340,000 worth of suspected shabu from an alleged drug peddler in a hotel in Naga City, Camarines Sur, a PDEA report said Sunday. The suspected drug peddler, who was identified as Felipe Sabdao alias Don, 32, of Barangay Salugan, Camalig, Albay, was nabbed in a buy-bust operation in Moraville Hotel in Barangay Mabolo, Naga City at around 3 p.m. Saturday, PDEA Bicol acting chief Christian Frivaldo. PDEA agents confiscated from the suspect two plastic packets containing 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with a street value of PHP340,000. A Chevrolet Camaro sports car owned by the suspect was also impounded, Frivaldo said. In an interview, Frivaldo said the latest drug seizure brings the worth of shabu seized from 13 high-value target drug personalities to PHP850,000, in just a week of drug operations in Camarines Sur. (PNA)
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Meralco blasts Al-Riyadi; enters FIBA Asia cup semis

MANILA -- Following Mono Vampire's loss against Alvark Tokyo, Meralco needed what seemed to be an improbable task of a rout of 11 points or more against defending International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Champions Cup champion Al-Riyadi. An even more unthinkable event happened. Meralco stunned Al-Riyadi, 96-63, in the final game of the group stages at the Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Saturday night. Once again engaging in a close start that saw Al-Riyadi take a 26-23 lead after the first quarter, Meralco came alive in the second quarter, limiting Al-Riyadi to just seven points to enter halftime ahead, 49-33. The walloping continued in the second half as Meralco overachieved in its needed winning margin to join Tokyo in the semis. Garvo Lanete and Diamond Stone each scored 20 points for Meralco, which will take on Petrochimi in the knock-out semifinals on Monday night. Bassel Bawji made 19 markers and six rebounds for Al-Riyadi, which has been relegated to the classifica…

TRABAHO bill sets P25-B for IT-BPO

MANILA -- The Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities or TRABAHO bill is allocating PHP25 billion for five years for the information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) sector to upscale the skills of its employees.Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo told reporters that the government will allocate PHP5 billion annually for five years for the IT-BPO industry once TRABAHO bill is enacted into law.“We direct this incentive to the source of competitiveness [of the industry], which is your people,” Rodolfo said.According to House Bill No. 8083, the PHP5-billion annual allocation for the IT-BPO sector “shall be solely used to pay for formal academic or training programs of accredited private or public schools and training centers”.Rodolfo added that this perk is somehow akin to the voucher system implemented before for the industry to give trainings to those who would like to work in the IT-BPO sector. But this tim…

9 Pinoys safe after Air Niugini flight crashes into sea

MANILA -- The nine Filipinos onboard Air Niugini Flight that crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia on Friday after missing the runway were safe and are on their way to Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Saturday.The agency is now providing assistance to the nine seafarers who were among the 47 passengers of Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 aircraft.All 46 passengers and crew were accounted for and one was reported missing.In a report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Consul General Marciano de Borja of the Philippine Consulate General in Agana said the Filipinos were on their way to the Philippines for a vacation when their plane landed on surrounding waters of an island in Micronesia as they attempted to land in Chuuk Island airport.As of posting, the Consulate General is coordinating with the airline for the recovery of their luggage.Air Niugini, which has been established in 1973, is the flag carrier of Papua New Guinea. (PNA)
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PH ready to assist Indonesia over deadly quake, tsunami

MANILA -- The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Saturday expressed readiness to respond and assist Indonesia after a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawasi, killing almost 400 on Friday.At the same time, the agency extended condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.“We grieve with our Indonesian brothers and sisters and stand hand in hand with them in praying for all of those who lost their lives in this tragedy,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said from New York, where he is attending the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong Wee said the magnitude 7.4 earthquake and tsunami struck the provincial capital of Palu and the neighboring city of Donggala.The Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) placed the initial death toll at 384 people with more than 500 injured. At least 29 are still missing.Wee said the only Filipino in the area -- a detainee serving…

Isolated rains over most parts of PH Sunday

MANILA -- Most parts of the country will experience isolated rain showers, the weather bureau reported Sunday.

Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over eastern Visayas due to the trough of a tropical storm (TS) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The TS with international name "Kong-rey" was eyed at 1,250 kilometers northeast of extreme northern Luzon, outside PAR.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, strong to gale force winds will blow over northern and eastern sections of northern and central Luzon. Coastal waters along these areas will be rough to very rough.

Moderate to strong winds will prevail over the eastern part of Visayas and Mindanao, where coastal areas will be moderate to rough.

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Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018

BUSINESS MIRROR - Business of warPHILIPPINE STAR - Indonesia tsunami, quake kill hundredsINQUIRER - Quake, Tsunami kill hundreds in IndonesiaMANILA BULLETIN - A great time to flyMANILA TIMES - Hundreds killed in Indonesia quakeMANILA STANDARD - Oil firms to inflate prices by P1.4/Liter
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New PH maritime routes seen to boost economic opportunities

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DAVAO CITY — Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday urged seafarers to explore new routes in order to open more opportunities for the country's marine industry.“Hinihimok ko po kayo na pag-aralan ang pagbubukas ng mga bagong ruta para sa ating mga barko upang mas mapabilis ang paggalaw at pagpapadala ng kargamento (I encourage all of you to study the possibility of opening new routes for our ships to speed up the freight delivery),” Go said in his speech during the Mindanao Maritime Industry Forum held here today.“Isang posibilidad rin ang pag-sasaayos ng mga proseso para mas mapaikli ang oras ng paglalakbay kapag sasakay ng barko ang ating mga kababayan at kargamento papunta sa ibang isla at kahit sa ibang bansa (One of the possibilities is the improvement of the process to shorten the sea travel time of fellowmen or freight deliveries to another island or country),” he added.Go said improvements on maritime routes will result in our n…

Cebu landslide retrieval operations hoped to end Sunday

CEBU CITY -- Disaster responders dug up five disfigured body parts from the landslide site in the City of Naga on Saturday and are hoping to accomplish their mission by Sunday.Garry Cabotaje, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) spokesperson, said there are now only 11 missing persons as of 2 p.m. and search and retrieval operations will continue until all of them have been accounted for.Cabotaje said the number of missing persons could possibly be lower than 11 as there are nine body parts still unidentified.If these body parts could be established as belonging to nine different missing persons, then the search and retrieval operations would be over soon, he said.Cabotaje said the dismembered body parts could not be included yet in the death count, which stands at 72, pending the disaster victim identification (DVI) by the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7).Fifty-three bodies and 23 body parts have been brought to the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Cebu City, whe…

NHA turns over P10-M to Itogon; residents asked to follow CDO

UCAB, ITOGON, Benguet-- The National Housing Authority (NHA) turned over Saturday a PHP10-million cheque to the local government of Itogon as its emergency assistance to victims of “Ompong”NHA general manager Jun Escalada handed the cheque to Mayor Victorio Palangdan in the presence of residents, mostly senior citizens.“The president came to see for himself what is happening on the ground. I was ordered, to see the areas devastated and the extend of damage to know how we can give immediate assistance,” Escalada told residents., adding that , “Its about time we also intervene and assist Itogon. This is the humble, simple lang na (only) assistance from the Office of the President.”He said that from the assistance, Palangdan would identify the qualified beneficiaries for the repair of their homes.The money will be used to buy nails, sand and gravel, cement, steel, everything and the mayor will liquidate the amount to the NHA.Escalada assured that the “NHA will fully support the residents…

Army’s 2ID soldiers spearhead 'bike for peace'

CAMP GEN. MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal – The Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division (2ID) kicked off on Saturday morning its “October Peace 2018,” highlighting a 40-kilometer ‘bike for peace’ race from Baras, Rizal to this camp.The “Bike for Peace” carried the theme “Nagkakaisang kasundaluhan at mamayan tungo sa layuning mapayapa at masaganang Timog Katagalugan” (united soldiers and the citizenry towards a peaceful and prosperous Southern Luzon).Col. Marceliano V. Teofilo, Chief of Staff of the 2ID, led the bike run starting 6:30 a.m. from the Headquarters 80th Infantry Battalion in Baras, Rizal to the finish line in this camp.Around 157 bikers composed of officers, enlisted personnel, dependents, civilian employees, retired soldiers and other civilian guest bike riders joined the race.Major General Rhoderick M. Parayno, 2ID Commander, led the awarding of plaques to the winners especially the Banana Bikers, who won the 1st place in the team category.Parayno also than…

PVet holds quiz bee to promote anti-rabies campaign

for vetting RMA-929/11PVet holds quiz bee to promote anti-rabies campaignLAOAG CITY—In time for the rabies awareness month, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVet) hosted a quiz bee at the Provincial Auditorium on Saturday.Participated by more than 200 pupils from the various primary schools of the province, the One Health Quiz Show was one of the highlights of Ilocos Norte’s intensified drive towards promoting a rabies-free province.Focusing on children who are highly vulnerable to dog bite, the quiz bee enables the children to become more aware of what to do in case they are bitten by a dog and to further encourage responsible dog ownership.Running for for six years now, Valenzuela said the activity is a joint undertaking of the PVet in cooperation with the Provincial Health Office and the Department of Education.Pupils of the  Shamrock Elementary School was the overall champion with a take home prize of PHP7,000 followed by Buttong Elementary School with PHP4,900 cash reward and A.…

Power restored in 465 Ilocos villages

LAOAG CITY—Electricity has been restored in 465 villages in Ilocos Norte, or about 95 percent of the 557 total number, after Super Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) hit the province two weeks ago, Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) reported Friday.Felino Herbert Agdigos, general manager of Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC), said in a press briefing that the cooperatives' linemen were working overtime to fully restore electricity in the province.For more than two weeks now, some areas of the province, particularly in remote areas with toppled electric posts have no power.These include some sitios and villages in the municipalities of Batac, Badoc, Pinili, Currimao and Nueva Era, according to Agdigos.At the height of Typhoon Ompong, fierce winds smashed Ilocos Norte, especially on the early morning of Sept. 15. The INEC management decided to shut down power to secure consumers from further damage to life and property.Efforts to fully restore power in the entire province continu…

Fishermen obey closed season in Visayan Sea: BFAR-6

ILOILO CITY -- Fishermen are observing the three-month closed season in the Visayan Sea leading to the 20 percent jump in the production of sardines, herrings and mackerels, reported the regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Western Visayas (BFAR-6) on Friday.Remia Aparri, in her presentation during the 10th Visayas Sea Governors Summit at the Sheridan Boutique Resort in Oton, Iloilo, noted the reduction of detection of fishing vessels in the Visayan Sea during the closed season, every November 15 until February 15.The three-month closed season was established through Fisheries Administrative Order 167-3, mainly to conserve sardines, herrings and mackerels in the Visayan Sea. It particularly prohibits the catching, killing, selling or possession of the said fish species.“The awareness for compliance that they (fishermen) should not fish during closed season is the reason why there is a reduction,” she said in a follow up interview.There is around 349 co…

Parents should be liable for erring minors: DSWD-10 exec

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--Parents of minors who are in conflict with the law should be held liable for their children's crimes.

This was the suggestion of Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) in Region 10 Director Nestor Ramos, who suggested that child delinquency emanates from parental irresponsibility.

"There are delinquent parents, but not delinquent children, " Ramos said.

Ramos cited the role of parents or guardians in educating children and instilling in them values acceptable to the society.

The DSWD-10 official said cases involving children must be referred immediately to DSWD--in particular the agency's Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), an inter-agency group that includes DSWD as well as government and non-government agencies that monitors children in conflict with the law (CILC).

In Northern Mindanao Region, there are five "Bahay Pag-asa" houses that admit CICLs to help them with values formation and other medical and ps…

Suspects nabbed, ‘shabu’ seized in northern Negros sweep

BACOLOD CITY -- Eight suspects were arrested while PHP648,000 worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) were seized in separate operations in the northern cities of San Carlos and Silay in Negros Occidental on Friday night.In San Carlos, Vincent Emmanuel Bacurnay, 31, was collared in a buy-bust, where he sold a sachet of the prohibited substance to an agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), who posed as a buyer.The joint operation conducted by the San Carlos City Police Station and PDEA-Western Visayas around 6:20 p.m. at Ylagan Extension, Barangay 6 also led to the confiscation of 14 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated value of PHP168,000.Six others present during the raid were also arrested. They were identified as Joselito Lumbrion, 42; Rodolfo Mansueto Jr., 35; Romeo Barba, 43; Romel Mangasang, 49; Arthur Lorezo, 41; and Bryan Bocateja, 34.All seven suspects are on the list of drug personalities of the San Carlos Police.In Silay, Paul Dyson Conlu, 22, was arre…

Pet blessing to open festivities in homage to St. Francis of Assisi

GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite – The Roman Catholic Church clergy here has called on pet owners and pet lovers for the annual pet animal blessing dubbed “Paialahay – Pabinyagan ng Alagang Hayop” starting 7 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 30) at the City Plaza as homage to St. Francis of Assisi as the acclaimed patron saint lover of the animals.Rev. Father Oliver Genuino, parish priest of St. Francis of Assisi Church, said the “pet baptism” serves as prelude for the City Fiesta celebration slated Oct. 4 in reverence to the city’s patron saint."Hinihikayat ko po ang lahat ng may mga alagang hayop dito sa ating lungsod na tayo ay magsama-sama at dalhin ang kani-kanilang mga alagang hayop para mabendisyunan ng 'Banal na Tubig' sa pagdiriwang ng Kapistahan ni Tata Kiko (I am inviting all pet owners in the city to join us and bring their pets for the blessing of the “Holy Water” in celebration of the Feast of “Tata Kiko”)," Fr. Genuino said in an interview.The prelate said the consecrat…

Zamboanga City jail sets Banana Festival

ZAMBOANGA CITY--The Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) is conducting the Banana Festival as part of its activity, in line with the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Celebration.

The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival kicks off on October 1, the highlight of which is the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar on October 12.

Jail Officer 3 Rey Laurence Comprendio, ZCRC information officer, on Saturday said the Banana Festival will be held on October 10 to showcase the different banana species grown in this city.

Comprendio said the festival is an initiative of Chief Insp. Nathaniel Aljas, ZCRC warden, who conceptualized the activity upon learning that banana is abundant in this city.

He said the festival will feature exhibits of handicraft made by the inmates themselves, such as slippers, bags, and lanterns.  

He said the PDLs will have their own version of street dance competition inside the ZCRC compound, and cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners.

“The activities are (designed) to l…

22 supermarket, convenience store branches in NegOcc to sell NFA rice

BACOLOD CITY -- A total of 22 branches of two supermarkets and a convenience store in Negros Occidental will soon sell the PHP27 per kilogram rice from the National Food Authority (NFA).NFA-Negros Occidental provincial manager Frisco Canoy said these stores are included on the list of supermarkets and other commercial establishments covered by the memorandum of agreement.Last September 19, the NFA, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association (PAGASA) signed an agreement that will allow participating supermarkets to obtain NFA rice retailing license and sell the commodity within the mandated consumer price.To get a license as retailers, supermarkets have to comply with the requirements like rice bag and price tag, among others.Under the agreement, consumers may buy up to two packs or four kilograms of NFA rice in participating establishments.“The project may expand to other supermarkets provided there is an agreement with the NFA …

DTI Consumer Welfare Month kicks off with fun run

ZAMBOANGA CITY--The Department of Trade and Industry in Region 9 (DTI-9) said all is set for the 3rd Consumer Fun Run, which will be held simultaneously on Sunday, Sept. 30, in all provinces.

Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI-9 director, said the activity reflects the agency’s commitment to strengthen public’s awareness of their rights and interests, as well as responsibilities as consumers.

The fun run will serve as the kick-off activity of the Consumer Welfare Month observed every October.

“It is critical to have empowered consumers so as to help them protect themselves from any business malpractice and become active participants in advocating for consumer protection," Jain said.

"Injecting fun in learning makes it all the more effective, thus, we have institutionalized the Consumer Fun Run as the kick-off activity of the Consumer Welfare month,” she added.

She said the activity is the agency's "way of partnering with the Zamboanga City government with the Consumer Run be…

Cotabato councilor asks NBI to probe ‘car scam’

COTABATO CITY – A city councilor here is asking the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate an alleged “rent-a-car” scam that has victimized some 300 car owners here and nearby provinces.

In a resolution filed Friday, Councilor Bruce Matabalao called on the NBI to look into the alleged car rental scam that has reportedly victimized locals, including police and military officers.

Among the alleged victims, Matabalao said, were prominent families who allowed their cars to be rented by the woman-broker involved in the scheme.

“I decided to let the NBI do the investigation since they have competence and expertise to do the job,” Matabalao said, as she called on the public to be vigilant in joining the bandwagon of dubious investments such as car rentals.

Matabalao said when the “return of investment” is too good to be true, then more likely the business is a scam.

The councilor said the victims will have the rent-a-car scheme broker named once cases are filed against her.

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Another drug surrenderer shot dead in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY -- A drug surrenderer was killed by four unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects in Sooc village, Arevalo, Iloilo City on Friday night.The victim, Bengie Abacajin, 41, of Barangay Sto. Niño Norte, Arevalo, succumbed to three gunshot wounds in his body, said Insp. Benjie Ballejera, Arevalo Police chief. Ballejera said the victim was riding his tricycle when his assailants, on board two motorcycles, shot him at about 6:45 p.m. Recovered from the crime scene were four empty shells of a .45-caliber pistol.The victim was brought to the Western Visayas Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians.Ballejera said Abacajin surrendered during the “Oplan Tokhang” in 2016 because he was on their list of drug users and completed his rehabilitation last June.Police cannot determine if drugs were the motive behind the killing as Abacajin no longer engaged in illegal drug activities.Meanwhile, Ballejera confirmed that the victim was the former caretaker of the r…