Benguet peaceful with reduced crime rate

DOST assists 9 community-based projects in Mt. Province

Cebuano News: Dili tanang kabus nga senior citizens, may social pension

DILG calls on barangays to ensure functional anti – drug abuse council

11 tribes take center stage at 'Kalinaw Kultura' in Davao

DAVAO CITY – The "Kalinaw Kultura" (culture of peace) ended Friday with Davao Region's 11 tribes taking center stage during the two-day cultural festivities that featured dance performances, film showing, and a visit to the Kadayawan Village inside Magsaysay Park.

The "Kalinaw Kultura" in Davao was the last leg of a series …

BI arrests Turkish who assaulted traffic enforcer

MANILA — A Turkish national seen in a video that went viral on social media assaulting a traffic enforcer in Makati City last week was arrested on Friday by Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives for overstaying and undesirability.BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. said Yuksel Ibrahim, 24, is now held at the BI Detention Center i…

Filipinos honor 'Father of Philippine Revolution'

MANILA – Government officials led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Friday gathered around the monument of Gat Andres Bonifacio in Caloocan City as the Filipino nation celebrates his 155th birth anniversary.Unlike other great heroes of the country including Jose Rizal, Bonifacio is being remembered on his birthday, Nov. 30, rather than …

Pimentel’s group is legitimate PDP-Laban: Comelec

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has recognized the group of Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as the legitimate faction of the administration party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).In a five-page decision released Thursday, the poll body declared the senator’s organization as the authorized signatory for…

Record-low Angat Dam water level, possible return of El Nino seen

MANILA -- The water level at Metro Manila's main water source, Angat Dam, might dip to a new record-low level by yearend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its forecast.The weather bureau has warned metropolitans to conserve water, amid the possible return of drought-driving El Ni…

Local execs, PDEA ink deal for Lanao Norte drug rehab facility

Zambo Norte town execs, 11 others nabbed for election offenses

Lanao Moro leaders show support for BOL

Bong Go receives call from Ocampo explaining arrest

MANILA – Former Special Assistant to the President  Christopher ‘Bong’ Go said Friday he received a phone call from former Bayan Muna congressman Satur Ocampo after the latter was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly trafficking children.Go revealed this as the military and police filed kidnapping and human trafficking charges against Ocampo …

Iloilo solon withdraws re-election bid for 2019 polls

ILOILO CITY -- Iloilo 1st District Rep. Richard Garin is no longer seeking reelection to give way to his wife, former health secretary Janette Garin’s bid.Garin withdrew his certificate of candidacy (COC) Thursday afternoon, the last day of substitution set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).In an interview, Garin said his decision to withdr…

Narra flitches recovered in Nueva Vizcaya

SANTA FE, Nueva Vizcaya--Santa Fe Police Station and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recovered on Friday 62 abandoned narra flitches in Sitio Mankati, Villaflores Village in this municipality.Chief Insp. Carmelo B. Palos, town police chief, said the narra flitches were recovered by the police and personnel of the DENR Ca…

Various sectors in Bacolod City mark 155th Bonifacio Day

BACOLOD CITY -- Officials and representatives of various sectors joined the commemoration of the 155th birth anniversary of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio in rites held at the Bonifacio Park along Aguinaldo St. here Friday.Councilor Bartolome Orola, who spoke on behalf of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, urged Bacolodnons to remember the revolutionary…

Summit highlights coastal protection in Guimaras, Xiamen

NUEVA VALENCIA, Guimaras -- The success stories of the province of Guimaras and the City of Xiamen in China’s Fujian province in implementing the integrated coastal management (ICM) took center stage during the 2018 PEMSEA Network of Local Government (PNLG) forum here on Thursday.The forum gathered 150 participants from 50 member- local government…

Petron cuts LPG prices anew

MANILA -- Another big time rollback on prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will welcome consumers in December.On Friday, Petron Corp. announced that it will cut the prices of Gasul and Fiesta Gas by PHP6.50 per kilogram starting this weekend.“This is equivalent to a rollback of PHP70 per 11-kilogram household cylinder,” Petron said in a text m…

1.8 tons of mishandled, undocumented meat seized in Cavite

‘Notorious carnapper’, cohort nabbed in Zambo Sur town

Dasma’s hospital offers drug testing service starting Dec. 3

DASMARIÑAS CITY, Cavite -- This city’s “Pagamutan ng Dasmariñas” will start operating its Drug Testing Center on Monday.In an advisory released Wednesday, the hospital said the drug testing service will be open to the public, including non-city residents, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday for a fee of PHP200 per drug test, “which is PHP50 lo…

Cebu police seizes P2-M shabu in separate ops

CEBU CITY -- More than PHP2-million worth of shabu was confiscated by police in two separate anti-drug operations in Cebu City.Senior Police Officer 1 Neil Lavezares of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Public Information Office said Friday the first drug-bust operation was carried out in Barangay Kamputhaw, where Patrick Talon Casicas, 29 and Be…

Issuance of stall permits suspended after Cebu market fire

CEBU CITY -- The government of Cebu City has suspended the issuance of stall permits and renewal of stall leases at the Carbon Public Market after the Unit 3 of the market complex was razed by fire Thursday afternoon.City Market administrator Winifredo Orcullo Jr. said Friday the Cebu City Market Authority has to temporarily suspend its operations…

NegOcc to start using 13 brand-new dump trucks

BACOLOD CITY -- Negros Occidental’s Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) is set to use the 13 brand-new dump trucks worth almost PHP85 million acquired by the provincial government in early November.Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. turned over the units to Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa after the blessing rites held at the PEO motorpool compound here Th…

DTI-Benguet assesses local MSMEs' biz plans

Chinese tops list of deported foreigners

MANILA — Chinese nationals topped the list of the most number of deported foreigners from 2016 to 2018, Bureau of Immigration (BI) records show.Based on data, a total of 1,510 Chinese nationals have been sent back to their country in the past two years. In 2016, 40 Chinese were deported; 1,248 in year 2017; and 222 from January to October this yea…

Central Luzon LGUs receive performance challenge fund

SUBIC, Zambales— A total of 43 local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon that successfully passed this year's Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) assessments received Thursday PHP162.3 million in subsidy from the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).The PCF is a grant or cash award given to e…

Dengue cases in Koronadal City down 38%

KORONADAL CITY -- Health personnel sustained the alert against the deadly dengue fever here even as the confirmed cases continued to decrease these past months.Dr. Jean Genevieve Aturdido, city health officer, said Friday their monitoring showed that dengue cases within the city’s 27 barangays reached a total of 504 as of the second week of Novemb…

Samar’s contribution to Russian history to be promoted

GUIUAN, Eastern Samar -- The Russian ambassador to the Philippines has vowed to help the local government unit of Guiuan and the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation in their campaign to let more people learn about Tubabao Island and the plight of “White Russians” who lived there, 69 years ago.Ambassador Igor Khovaev said Friday the campaign will …

Substitution deadline realigns 2019 bets in Nueva Ecija

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija -- It's a battle between two women in the first district of Nueva Ecija as incumbent Rep. Rosanna Vergara formalized her reelection bid on Thursday against Governor Czarina Umali who filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) last Monday.Vergara filed her COC  before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial o…

Domestic liquidity growth eases in October: BSP

MANILA -- Preliminary data show that domestic liquidity (M3) grew by 8.2 percent year-on-year to about P11.1 trillion in October 2018, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) disclosed in a statement on Thursday.This was slower than the 9.8-percent (revised) expansion in the previous month. On a month-on-month seasonally-adjusted basis,
M3 decreased…

Novaliches marks Bonifacio’s 155th birth anniversary

MANILA -- Residents of Novaliches in Quezon City joined the rest of the country in the celebration on Friday of the 155th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio, considered as the father of the 1896 revolution against the tyrannous Spanish rule in the Philippines.   The local celebration was held at the Bonifacio monument along Quirino Highway …

'Sulong' fora underscore private sector's role in growth

DAVAO CITY -- Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said spinning off the annual “Sulong Pilipinas” consultative conference into regional forums across the country underscores the importance given by the Duterte administration to the business sector in its pursuit of high and inclusive growth.Dominguez said in a statement on Friday the government…

Mariculture can increase milkfish production in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- A Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) expert said milkfish (bangus) production in Palawan is low despite the province having potential brackish water ponds that could help develop the industry.Dr. Evelyn Grace de Jesus-Ayson of SEAFDEC said Thursday that the low production of milkfish can actuall…

Expanded primary care benefits launched in Visayas regions

ILOILO CITY -- The expanded primary care benefits (ePCB) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. will allow more members to avail of preventive services, PhilHealth officials said here Thursday.Dr. Israel Francis Pargas, acting senior vice president for PhilHealth’s Health Finance Policy Sector, said the ePCB will cover more illnesses, disabiliti…

Tagalog News: Bagong sangay ng SSS, binuksan sa Pangasinan

LUNGSOD NG SAN CARLOS, Nobyembre 29 (PIA) – Para lalong mapaganda, mapabilis,at mapalawig ang mga serbisyo ng Social Security System (SSS), isang sangay nito ang binuksan kamakailan sa lungsod ng San Carlos upang matugunan ang tumataas na bilang ng mga miyembro ng SSS sa lalawigan ng Pangasinan.

Ang bagong tanggapan ng SSS-San Carlos City ay matat…

Pag-IBIG Fund calls for members’ savings upgrade

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) in Dagupan City reiterates its call to all its members to upgrade their monthly savings to get a chance to win up to P1 million in the fund’s “Dagdag-Ipon” Raffle Promo Part 3.Corina Joyce Balanon-Calaguin, supervising loans and credit officer of Pag-IBIG Fund Dagupan …

EMB-CAR holds environment-friendly Christmas tree-making contest

6 Cordillera studes are TOSP national finalists

PRRD to lead Bonifacio rites in Caloocan

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will lead tomorrow, Nov. 30, the 155th birth anniversary of Filipino revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio.The President will lead the flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies at 3:30 pm, at the Bonifacio National Monument, the center of this year’s commemorative program, along EDSA in C…

Hiligaynon News: 3 ka bulan nga 'closed season' sa Visayan Sea nagapadayon

SYUDAD SANG ROXAS, Capiz, Nob. 29 (PIA) – Naga-epekto na ang tatlo ka bulan nga “closed season” sa portion sang Visayan Sea kasunod sang seremonya nga ginpatigayon sang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) sadtong Nobyembre 15 sa Culasi Port diri sa syudad sang Roxas.Ang nasambit nga limitasyon ang para lamang sa pagpangisda sang bulaw…

Hiligaynon News: Luwas sa katalagaman nga pagamit sang LPG ginpahanumdom

SYUDAD SANG ROXAS, Capiz, Nob. 29 (PIA) – Ginapanugyan sang Department of Energy (DOE) nga nagakadapat baylohan tagsa ka tatlo ka tuig ang rubber hose nga ginagamit sa tangke sang LPG pakadto sa burner ukon lulutu-an agud nga malikaw sa aksidente sang sunog bangod sang nagasungaw nga hose sang tangke.Kalakip ini sa mga pahanumdom ni Engr. Evander …

DOE reminds Capiceños on safe use of LPG

SEC office to strengthen biz climate in BCD

BACOLOD CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- The recent launching of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extension office in Bacolod City is seen to boost the city’s business climate.

SEC chairperson Emilio Aquino, who led the inauguration, said they have seen the progress of Bacolod and Negros Occidental, “which is a good indicator of the development …

Nano technology offers hope for better cancer testing

LONDON -- Researchers have designed a new nano tool, which could become a new way of mining blood samples for information about cancer, according to a study released on Wednesday by The University of Manchester.Minimally-invasive blood tests have the potential to detect and monitor life-threatening diseases, such as cancer. But the markers release…

Comelec bars 2K multiple registrants in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disapproved the application of 2,000 people to register as voters in the 2019 mid-term polls after they were found to be multiple registrants.

Lawyer Stephen Roy Cañete, first district election officer, said Friday the multiple registrants were discovered through the Comelec's Automat…

CA asks NTC to comment on 3rd telco bidding

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to comment on a petition asking to stop the bidding and awarding for the country’s third telecommunications operator.In a two-page resolution of the CA Special 12th Division by Justice Ricardo Rosario dated last Nov. 16, the appellate court, however, p…

Experience motivates ‘Kulinarya’ 2018 winner, not the prize

GENERAL TRIAS, Cavite –A chef, teacher, foodie and photo hobbyist who describes himself as “an average” Caviteño guy Nicole G. Pimentel says the cash part of winning the "Kulninarya 2018" is “mere bonus and treasures more than experience."Pimentel bagged the top spot in the ‘Kulinarya Caviteña 2018’ cook-off challenge held at the Cu…

House to prioritize draft federal charter next week: Arroyo

MANILA – Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Friday the House of Representatives will concentrate on its draft federal charter next week.Arroyo said the chamber has already ensured the passage of President Rodrigo Duterte's priority bills, and the major revision of the Constitution is the last of the legislative agenda identified in the State…

Cops nab MILF man wanted for kidnapping in Maguindanao

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao – Police arrested on Thursday a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with a warrant of arrest for kidnapping carrying an unlicensed firearm.

Maoti Salik, a resident of Barangay Langeban, Kabuntalan, Maguindanao has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group or CIDG-Maguindanao fi…

Participatory budgeting easier under federal setup 

MANILA -- A member of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) that drafted the proposed Federal Constitution said federalism would allow greater citizen participation in the scrutiny and monitoring of the budgeting processes within their regions.In a federalism media forum held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall in San Juan City on Wednesday, …

S. Kudarat mayor substitutes grandpa’s candidacy for House seat

TACURONG CITY – A lady town mayor in Sultan Kudarat has substituted the candidacy of her grandfather, outgoing Sultan Kudarat Governor Pax Mangudadatu, for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Mayor Bai Rihan Mangudadatu Sakaluran of Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat is sure to capture the House seat representing Sultan Kudarat’s first district because s…

‘Contract killer’ slain in Zambo Norte shootout

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Police killed an alleged “contract killer” during a law enforcement operation in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Norte, a top police official announced Friday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, identified the alleged “gun-for-hire” as Ricky Limbaga, 44, of Pianon, Kalawit, …

Baguio village officials to enforce plastic-free ordinance

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has deputized 390 barangay officials from Baguio’s 128 barangays to help enforce the plastic-free ordinance.City Information Office chief Aileen Refuerzo said Friday Mayor Mauricio Domogan issued Administrative Order (AO) No. 171 series of 2018, deputizing three representatives from each of the 128 barangays -- th…

GenSan Malasakit Center to open in December

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Locals here and in neighboring areas will soon get access to affordable and quality medical care through the national government’s Malasakit Center program.

Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Thursday preparations are underway for the opening of a Malasakit Center here next month.

G…

Construction of Air Force base in Palawan to start in 2019

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The proposed Philippine Air Force (PAF) base in Balabac, southern Palawan, is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of 2019, a local government official said here Thursday afternoon.Atty. Teodoro Jose Matta, legal officer of the Palawan provincial government, said in an “Air Power Forum”  that the gro…

Rebel killed in Masbate clash with gov't troops

LEGAZPI CITY -- A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed on Friday morning in an encounter with government soldiers in a remote village in Aroroy, Masbate, a Philippine Army report said.The troops were on combat patrol when they chanced upon a seven-man NPA group in Barangay Cabasan at around 6:45 a.m., said 1LT Mishel Mitra, 903rd Bri…

NBB benefits 88% of PhilHealth members in West Visayas

ILOILO CITY -- The no balance billing (NBB) policy of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has benefitted 88 percent of its target recipients in Western Visayas (Region 6) when they got admitted to health facilities observing its implementation as of October.Data provided by PhilHealth’s Public Affairs Unit on Friday showed that 43 p…

PEMSEA member countries adopt ‘Iloilo Declaration’

ILOILO CITY -- The 11 countries bordering the seas in East Asia adopted the Iloilo Declaration titled “East Asian Region Moving as One to Secure Healthy Oceans, People and Economies” on Thursday.The signing of the declaration was the highlight of the 6th Ministerial Forum on the East Asian Seas Congress 2018, held in this city on November 27-30.Th…