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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 of events organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and other government stakeholders.

Similar events were earlier held in Iligan, Butuan, Zamboanga, and Koronadal.

PIA Director General Harold Clavite said the "Kalinaw Kultura" was crafted in 2017 with the aim of promoting Mindanaoan culture, showcasing local talents, and engaging the local tribal communities.

It also aims to correct some notions about Mindanao and raise awareness on the island's rich and diverse cultural heritag…

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 in Bicutan, Taguig, pending the deportation proceedings on him.The foreigner was released by the Makati Police after posting bail, but was arrested right after by BI’s intelligence agents for violations of immigration laws.“We immediately conducted an investigation on his status once we received information about the incident,” Manahan said in a statement.“We found out that he is already overstaying, and his blatant disregard for the law and disrespect for law enforcers show that he is an undesirable alien,” the BI official added.He noted that the BI's verifications revealed that Ibrahim was also engaging in gainful operations without a pr…

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 the date of his death, May 10, 1897.Bonifacio is considered the "Father of the Philippine Revolution" after he spearheaded the establishment of the secret revolutionary movement "Katipunan" to fight Spanish colonization in 1892.The Bonifacio-led Katipuneros inspired many  Filipinos and groups to launch a nationwide campaign to overthrow the colonizers.In 1895, Bonifacio emerged as the "Supremo" (Supreme Leader) of the Katipunan or Kataastaasang Kagalang-galangan Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan.The struggle for freedom, however, hit snag after the fight for supremacy inside the Katipunan created tension and faction…

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 the political party and not the group of Rogelio Garcia.“The Commission resolves to declare the Sworn Information Update Statement (SIUS) and List of Authorized Signatories filed by Aquilino Pimentel III as the legitimate and official Sworn Information Update Statement and List of Authorized Signatories of PDP-Laban for the May 13, 2019 elections,” read the Resolution approved by the Commission en banc.“In view of the foregoing, the Commission still maintains its recognition of the officers of (the) Pimentel group as PDP-Laban’s legitimate officers authorized to act for and in behalf of PDP-Laban,” it added.The Comelec’s ruling would finally…

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 Nino phenomenon, based on expected rainfall level in the dam in December.PAGASA hydrologist Richard Orendain said this week Angat Dam's water level by Dec. 31, 2018 might be at 191.50 meters."That's even below 203.30 meters, the lowest year-end water level of Angat during the 2005-2017 period and which occurred in 2010," Orendain noted.He added that the forecast is also below Angat's year-end 207.30-meter rule curve, which the government has set as water level guide for ensuring the dam has enough reserve for irrigation, power, and Metro Manila's water needs.Orendain, thus, advised users of Angat Dam water to start sav…

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 and ACT Teacher party-list Rep. France Castro.The former top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte said Ocampo  explained to him that they were on a rescue mission when their convoy was stopped at a military checkpoint in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.Go told Ocampo he would rather leave the matter to the Philippine National Police (PNP) due to conflicting versions of the incident from the police and Ocampo’s group.According to media reports, Ocampo’s group of 74 people on board five vans was apprehended transporting 12 minors from Sitio Igang in Barangay Palma Gil to Maco in Campostela Valley.The group included 12 teachers and 29 students of lumad …

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 withdraw is a “consensus of the family.”It can be recalled that three members of the Garin family filed their COCs for the same position during the Oct. 11-17 filing.Richard, seeking his last term as congressman, filed his COC on Oct. 11 while his wife, Janette, and his father, incumbent Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin, filed their COCs on October 17.Richard filed under the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party, his wife under the Nacionalista Party, and his father as an independent candidate.“We made a promise that in or before November, there should only be one Garin who will continue and my father first withdrew, then …

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 Cagayan Valley product monitoring station based in Barangay Calilitan in Aritao, town.The narra flitches were loaded in a black-colored Mitsubishi Pajero with plate number XRJ 888 and gray Toyota Prado with plate number XDR 749 , which were abandoned along a road.Palos said the flitches were brought to the DENR Cagayan Valley monitoring station checkpoint in Barangay Calitlitan, for investigation and proper disposition.“Illegal loggers defeat the purpose of the greening efforts of the government, Hence, strict implementation of Oplan Kalikasan must be observed so that violators will suffer the penalty,” Palos said. (PNA)
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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 heroes who fought for freedom, especially against Spanish colonizers.Part of the morning program was the laying of wreath at the Bonifacio monument and a tableau-presentation by pupils of the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School.The program was also attended by teachers, policemen, barangay officials, and members of civic groups.Bonifacio Day, held in honor of the founder and the Supremo of the Katipunan, became a holiday by virtue of Act No. 2946 passed by the Philippine legislature. The holiday was instituted in 1921.Nove,mber 30 is among the regular holidays under Proclamation No. 555, series of 2018 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte.On F…

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 governments across East Asia, forming as one of the triannual East Asia Seas (EAS) Congress organized by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).“Guimaras has been able to show positive changes in governance mechanism and also in the environmental indicator where we were able to show some improvements in the aerial extent of coral reef that are in protected status,” said PEMSEA Representative Nancy Bernas in a press conference.She added that the integrated coastal management (ICM) programs of Guimaras are aligned with the global goals, as reflected in the…

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 message.The oil firm will also slash the price of its AutoLPG by PHP3.50 per liter.This month, Petron cut prices of household LPG products by PHP7.50 per kilogram. (PNA)
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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 lower that the rate in most drug testing facilities.”The hospital was established to provide quality health care to city folks, particularly those who seek free or affordable hospitalization and health care.Giving priority to city residents, its list of services and facilities include ambulance and patient transport services, animal bite and treatment center, blood bank, emergency services, all available 24/7.It also includes cardio (ECG and 2D Echo) and respiratory unit, dental, dietary, hemodialysis, and medical records, which are set on certain schedules, with some excluding Sunday operations.It also offers outpatient check-up services (fami…

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 Benny Jane Talon, 37, were arrested past 10 p.m. Thursday by elements of the CPPO Drug Enforcement Unit headed by Chief Insp. Chuck Barandog III.Recovered from Casicas and Talon were 110 grams of suspected shabu, which has an estimated value of PHP1.33 million, Lavezares said.In another operation, he said that three drug personalities were apprehended in Barangay Mambaling past midnight Friday.The suspects were identified as Marivic Gonzalve Deguitos, 29; Aljay Cantillas Lahaylahay, 27; and Rosemarie Delfin Batongbacal, 25.The subject of the operation was Deguitos, in whose house, Lahaylahay and Batongbacal were caught having a pot session.Seiz…

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 because its office inside Unit 3 was also burned.Orcullo said they are now conducting an inventory of documents vital to their operations and are checking if some of them could still be salvaged.He said they are also looking for a place to temporarily relocate the Cebu City Market Authority office and will announce the resumption of their operations sometime next week.Aside from the Market Authority office, the Cebu City Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, Enhancement (PROBE) office was also gutted.Cebu City Fire Marshall, Chief Insp. Noel Nelson Ababon, said the fire started at about 3:15 p.m. when an electric wire connected to …

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 Thursday.Marañon told the drivers and other assigned personnel to be responsible in using the new pieces of equipment.The dump trucks will be used for various engineering and construction projects.Mapa said the province has purchased nine six-wheeler trucks worth PHP6.38 million each and three 10-wheeler trucks amounting to PHP8.188 million each.The province has also acquired a PHP2.98-million dump truck to be used for the garbage collection project at the Provincial Capitol. (PNA)
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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 year.BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the figures would show that no special treatment is being given to Chinese nationals found to have violated the law.“Deporting illegal aliens is BI's mandate, no ‘favoritism,’ and not giving ‘special treatment’ to anyone. Whatever the nationality is, if the alien blatantly disregards Immigration laws, it is our duty to send them out,” Sandoval said.South Korean nationals, who are the number one visitors in the country during the said period, only placed second on the list, with a total of 216 deported -- 59 in 2016, 115 in 2017, and 42 so far this year.Also included on the list of deported foreign nati…

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 eligible LGUs to support the high-impact local development projects identified as a priority by the local government.DILG Regional Director Julie Daquioag led the awarding of the PCF incentive in ceremonies at the Subic Bay Travelers' Hotel here.In her message, she urged the local chief executives of the PCF recipients and awardees to sustain their efforts towards attaining a more transparent, accountable, responsive and participative governance.“I am also encouraging other LGUs to strive for better performance in order for them to qualify in the SGLG assessments next year,” Daquioag said.The four provinces in the region that were SGLG awa…

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 November.Aturdido said the figure was down by about 38 percent when compared to the 785 cases recorded during the same period last year.The official said they recorded two fatalities this year, one each in Barangays San Roque and Sto. Nino, due to complications caused by the disease, which was down from the three cases in 2017.Barangay General Paulino Santos posted the most number of cases with 71, followed by Sta. Cruz with 51 and Zone III-Poblacion with 44.Aturdido attributed the decrease in dengue cases to the heightened awareness among residents regarding the mosquito-borne disease.She, however, advised residents to remain vigilant against the …

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 help, not only in strengthening the ties between the two countries but will also pave the way for more Russian tourists to visit, especially Tubabao Island.About 6,000 “White Russian” refugees from China stayed on Tubabao Island in 1949, a former American base during World War II.The refugees were called “White Russians” as they opposed communism. The group, which started in Russia, also organized the Russian immigrants in China to leave, when the Communists came into power.In their appeal to the international community, only the Philippines - through the administration of then-President Elpidio Quirino - replied to their request. The offer w…

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 office at around 4:45 p.m. on the last day for substitution of candidates, after withdrawing her bid for mayor of this city.Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara substituted for his wife as he slid down to the vice mayoralty post with his daughter, Myca Elizabeth, as running mate for mayor.Last Nov. 23, former Gov. Aurelio Umali filed his COC for governor of Nueva Ecija as substitute candidate for his elder brother, Gil Raymond Umali.Gov. Umali, on the other hand, substituted for former Bongabon town Mayor Luisito Ronquilio. (PNA)
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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 by 0.1 percent.Demand for credit remained the principal driver of money supply growth. Domestic claims grew by 15.2 percent in October, faster than the 14.8-percent (revised) growth in September 2018 due mainly to the sustained growth in credit to the private sector.Loans for production activities continued to be driven by lending to key sectors such as financial and insurance activities; wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; real estate activities; manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam and airconditioning supply; and construction.Meanwhile, the growth in loans for household consumption slowed down, owing to …

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 at Novaliches Poblacion under the joint auspices of the descendants of Bonifacio, Novaliches Proper Barangay Council, and officers and members of the different Knights of Columbus assemblies and councils in Novaliches District.  Among the features of the celebration were floral offerings and reading of the “Kartilya” or Decalogue of the KKK (Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Supreme and Venerable Society of the Children of the Nation) by Ms. Patricia P. Bonifacio, a descendant of the Great Plebeian.Those who sent flowers included Quezon City 5th District Rep. Alfred Vargas, Councilor Jose Visaya, and Barangay N…

'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 has doubled its efforts this year to connect with the private sector by involving small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), which represent “a crucial component in our economy,” given that they account for 99 percent of business entities and employ the bulk of the country’s workforce.To also step up such efforts, regional workshops, now dubbed the “Sulong Pilipinas-Philippine Development Forum (PDF)”, were held in Cebu City last Nov. 9, in San Fernando City in La Union on Nov. 14, and at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga on November 26.“We believe consultations between government and the private sector should be an ongoing affair,” Domin…

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 actually be helped by mariculture.Mariculture is a branch of aquaculture that cultivates fish and other products for food in the open sea, which the province can try in the farming of “bangus”.“Maraming areas na brackish water ponds na puwedeng either i-develop or redevelop para ma-improve ‘yong production ng bangus (There are many brackish water ponds that can either be developed and redeveloped for the production of bangus),” Ayson said.She said fish cages can be set up in coves to increase the production of “bangus” and build for it a solid industry.
One of the advantages of the cage culture, she added, is its “stocking density” that can be achie…

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, disabilities, and maintenance medicines of members.It includes the coverage for those who have diabetes and hypertension, he told stakeholders from three Visayas regions who gathered in this city for the launch of the ePCB.The PCB started as a primary care benefit offering free consultation, diagnostics and medicines made available in rural health units (RHUs) and primary care providers made available only to indigents, sponsored citizens, overseas Filipino workers and teachers of the Department of Education (DepEd), said Janimhe Cam, PhilHealth 6 (Western Visayas) head of the Regional Public Affairs Unit.With the expansion, it now covers members in th…

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 matatagpuan sa ikalawang palapag ng San Carlos Town Center Mall.

Ayon kay Catalina Basbas, branch manager ng SSS-San Carlos City, handog ng kanyang sangay sa mga miyembro ng SSS sa ikatlong distrito ng Pangasinan ang kaparehas na mga serbisyo at transaksyon na hatid ng iba pang mga sangay ng SSS sa lalawigan.

Maaaring kumuha sa SSS-San Carlos City ng SS number, employer ID number, at certificate of registration.

Tumatanggap din ito ng kontribusyon at bayad sa loan, data capture services, nag-iisyu rin ito ng Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) Card, at tumatanggap ng benefit at loan applications.

Ani Basbas, ang mga miyembro ng SSS mula sa…

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 Branch, called on all the members of Pag-IBIG Fund Dagupan Branch to upgrade their monthly savings to at least P600 a month and join the raffle promo that will end on March 31, 2019.“The raffle promo is open to all qualified Pag-IBIG Fund members, both local and overseas Filipinos, with a remittance of upgraded Pag-IBIG I savings amounting to at least P600 per month covering the period of June 2018 onwards,” Calaguin said.She noted that to qualify, the transaction dates of monthly member savings shall be from July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.“Members who paid the required monthly savings of at least P600 may join the raffle by simply by logging…

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

6 Cordillera studes are TOSP national finalists

PRRD to lead Bonifacio rites in Caloocan

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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 Caloocan City.Other historical sites commemorating the event are the Bonifacio Trial House, Maragondon, Cavite; Bonifacio Memorial Shrine, beside Manila City Hall; Bonifacio Monument, Balintawak (Cloverleaf), Quezon City; Bonifacio Monument, Tutuban Center, Manila; and the Bonifacio Monument, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.Upon his arrival, Duterte will be assisted by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairman Rene R. Escalante; NHCP Acting Executive Director Ludovico D. Badoy; AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr.; First District of Caloocan Congressman Gale Gonzalo Malapitan; Second District of Caloocan Con…

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, guma-a, tabagak, tuloy kag balantyong kon sa diin ang magalapas nga mga mangingisda ang may nagakaigo nga penalidad base sa ginasaad sang Fisheries Administrative Oder No. 167 – 3 nga amo ang nagamandu sang pagdumili sa pagpangisda sang nasambit nga mga isda humalin Nobyembre 15 tubtob Pebrero 15, 2019.Ginpahayag ni Remia A. Aparri nga direktor sang BFAR – 6 nga malab-ot ang handum nga maproteksyonan kag madumalahan sang maayo ang Visayan Sea agud maka-prodyuser sang madamo pa gid nga mga isda indi lamang sa karon nga katawhan kondi sa masunod nga henerasyon kon ang tanan magabuylog sa kampanya.Ang implementasyon sang FAO 167-3 ang nagatuyo…

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 Diola sang DOE – Visayas Field Office nga nakabase sa Cebu sa ginpatigayon nga barangay forum diri sa Roxas City nga gintambongan sang masobra isa ka gatos nga Capiznon nagikan sa nagkalainlain nga sektor sa probinsya.Gindugang pa ni Engr. Diola nga nagakadapat nagatindog plastar sang tangke sang LPG agud nga ang valve sini ara sa ibabaw agud indi matunaw ang gasket sa sulod sang valve kag ang hose nga ginaagyan sang gas pakadto sa burner.Nahibaluan nga ang “liquid” nga porma sang LPG amo ang makapasamad sa mga gasket sang valve kag goma nga hose apang ang “vapor” nga porma sang LPG ang indi madali nga makasamad sa gasket kag hose nga naga-an…

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 of the city and the potential of people who are considering to put up a business.”

The SEC is mandated to supervise all corporations, partnerships or associations that are grantees of primary franchises and/or a license or permit issued by the government.

There are a total of 10,000 registrations in Negros that include 7,000 from Bacolod, according to Aquino.The establishment of SEC in Bacolod was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 10785, penned by then Congressman and current Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

“We have a fast-growing economy and all the big players are here,” Mayor Leonardia expressed.

The city mayor, who considered the…

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 released into the bloodstream as a response to a disease are often difficult to detect because they are too small and too few in number.The study, led by researchers from The University of Manchester, showed that small molecules, specifically proteins, stick to the nanoparticles while in the blood circulation of cancer patients. Collecting the nanoparticles from the blood can then allow the analysis of the sticky molecules, some of which are released from the growing cancer."We want to amplify cancer signals in the blood that would otherwise be buried among all this other 'molecular noise,'" said study author Prof Kostas Kostarelos…

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 Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

AFIS is a biometric identification methodology that uses digital imaging technology to obtain, store, and analyze fingerprint data.

Cañete said AFIS aims to ensure that a registered voter will only vote once. He added that the disqualified voters were found to be registered in nearby areas in the region.

He said the AFIS result came after the registration of new voters from July 2 to September 29.

Meanwhile, Cañete said the number of registered voters in this city’s two districts has increased by 31,281 to 467,535 from the previous 436,254.

He said the number of registered voters in the first distr…

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, put off issuing the restraining order sought by the parties. The ruling was concurred by CA Justices Eduardo Peralta and Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla."Without necessarily giving due course to the instant petition for certiorari, the National Telecommunications Commission is directed to file its comment/opposition on the petition and on petitioner's prayer for injunctive relief, within 10 days from notice," the CA ruled.The petitioner may file a reply within five days from receipt of the comment.Now Telecom had sought to stop the bidding process scheduled by the government last Nov. 7 for the country’s third telco player. Mislatel Co…

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 Culinary Laboratory of Lyceum of the Philippines (LPU) here on Wednesday.“Sumali ako kasi, (ksi) I’ve been competing my whole life, hindi para sa parangal kungdi para sa experience,” (I joined, and I’ve been competing my whole life, not for the title but for the experience,” quips Pimentel when asked for his reaction after bagging the first prize.Joining competition is also Pimentel’s way to further challenge himself, and keep his passion for food, “it is my first love,” thus he always give his 100% best in all that he do.He garnered the highest weighted average after summing up the scores for each of the competitors’ entries, from appetizer, m…

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 of the Nation Address (SONA).The Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 15 has already reached the plenary at the lower chamber and is currently at the period of interpellation."It's the last of President Duterte's SONA agenda. Everything else has already passed. So, I guess, we'll be concentrating on that next week," Arroyo said in an interview in Porac, Pampanga."Of course, we know that there will still be many steps. But the thing is, we will bring it as far as we can bring it, in the hope that the next Congress can continue the work," she added.RBH 15, principally authored by Arroyo, seeks to propose revision…

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 field office, according to Chief Inspector Sabri Lakibul, Datu Odin Sinsuat (DOS) town police chief.

Lakibul said Salik, 53, paid a visit to a relative now detained at Datu Odin Sinsuat lock-up cell Thursday. A jail guard identified as PO2 Shahid Kasim, however, noticed that the suspect had a pistol tucked on his waist.

When checked, police recovered from Salik an MILF identification document and an unlicensed .45-caliber pistol with ammunition.

Lakibul said when checked further with the CIDG, the police found out that Salik has a standing warrant of arrest issued by RTC-Branch 13 Judge Bansawan Ibrahim for kidnapping charges.

Police records sh…

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, ConCom member Susan Ordinario said citizens would have better access to financial information and how public funds would be used in the regional budgets under a federal setup.Ordinario said since the citizens are familiar with the people, territory, and issues, it would be easier for them to check accountability and monitor the actions of government.She noted that ghost infrastructure projects and other government irregularities can easily be detected."Ang graft and corruption, mas mabilis na niyo na makikita. Kilalang-kilala niyo na kung ano ang nandyan sa region. If meron dyan nag-propose in the regional budget ng isang malaking projec…

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 she is running unopposed in next year’s elections.

On Thursday--the last day for withdrawal, transfer, and substitution those who filed certificates of candidacy for various positions--the 28-year old Sakaluran replaced the candidacy of her grandfather, outgoing Gov. Pax Mangudadatu of Sultan Kudarat.

Gov. Pax Mangudadatu has reportedly opted to retire from politics. His son, incumbent Rep. Suharto Mangudadatu, has filed his gubernatorial candidacy earlier on.

“I just filed my candidacy for representative of the 1st District of Sultan Kudarat province with my Daddy, Governor Sultan Pax S. Magudadatu,” the mayor posted in her Facebook page.

“Wi…

‘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, Zamboanga del Norte.

Licup said Limbaga was killed in a shootout with the police when the latter served an arrest warrant against him in Barangay Banigan, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

Limbaga was rushed to the Liloy Integrated Health District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by Dr. Joseph Lim, the attending physician.

Licup said the police team recovered a caliber .45 pistol with ammunition and an empty shell at the shootout scene.

Police said Limbaga was involved in the killing of Nilo Dahili, barangay councilor of Lumogom, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte last Oct. 2, and the shooting of lawyer Rogelio Dumdum i…

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 -- the barangay captain, barangay kagawad assigned on health and sanitation and ecological and environment committee, and his kagawad alternate -- to implement Ordinance No. 35-17, or the Plastic and Styrofoam-Free Baguio City Ordinance.“The AO named the group as the ‘Plastic Carry/Shopping Bags and Styrofoam-Free Baguio Task Force or Task Force Anti-Plastic’,” Refuerzo said.They will join members of the task force, led by the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), and the General Services Office (GSO), City Treasury Office, the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), the business permit and licensing, public order and safety division, an…

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.

Go said the facility will mainly assist indigent residents in getting proper medical care through the convergence of various government agencies.

The Malasakit Center, a “personal advocacy” of Go, is a “one-stop-shop” where indigent patients can seek financial assistance from various government agencies.

These comprise the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., Philippine Health Insurance Corp., and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

“They (government agencies) will all contribute and process the release of the assistance in just one day,” he said in a public forum dub…

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 groundwork for the new 300-hectare air base can start as land clearing is almost complete. The forum was held at the provincial capitol here. The first-ever forum was led by the PAF’s Tactical Operations Wing West (TOWW) to inform the public about how Palawan’s security and safety is maintained using the country’s air assets.Matta said the area, being unblocked in the site in Barangay Catagupan, mainland Balabac, is for the base’s three-kilometer runway and four-kilometer“At the moment we are already conducting ground-clearing. The target is that by first quarter of 2019, the area should have been cleared of obstructions and secured,” Matta said…

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 Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer.In a phone interview, Mitra said a 10-minute firefight took place, during which a rebel was killed and left behind by his companions.After the brief gun battle, the soldiers were able to recover from the scene a .45-caliber pistol and a claymore mine.Mitra said no casualty was reported among the government troops.The body of the slain rebel was brought to the Aroroy police station for identification and documentation. (PNA)
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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 percent or 3,161,962 of the 95 percent member coverage of the state health insurance agency in Western Visayas are indigents.The region has a population of 7.7 million and PhilHealth already covers 7.426 million.Moreover, 9 percent or 669,319 are senior citizens; 2 percent or 168,957 are sponsored; and 3 percent or 215,095 are lifetime members.The NBB is open to indigent, senior and lifetime members, sponsored and “kasambahay” (domestic helpers). It can be availed of in health institutions, particularly in government facilities.“NBB implementation is a challenge really for PhilHealth. But it is not merely PhilHealth that has the mandate but it…

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.The 11 ministers, who adopted the declaration, represented Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, and the Philippines - all members of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA).In a press conference, Aimee Gonzales, executive director of PEMSEA, presented the declaration as a “key component of PEMSEA that provides policy direction and commitments for improving and strengthening the implementation of the SDS-SEA (Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia).”The three-page declaration shows the commitment of the ministers to achieve …