NV farmers seek more marketing areas

2 Abu Sayyaf ‘bandits’ surrender in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits surrendered amid the intensified military offensives in the Sulu towns of Panamao and Patikul, officials said Thursday.

Col. Gerry Besana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer, identified the ASG surrenderers as Jum-Amri Sali alias Pujong, 27, and a certain Abu Sibih.

Sali s…

Another child dies from suspected measles in Sarangani

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- The Department of Health in Region 12 (DOH-12) or Soccsksargen said another child died of suspected measles on Wednesday in Sarangani, raising the death toll to three since January this year.

Jenny Ventura Panizales, DOH-12 focal person for measles eradication, said a nine-month-old child died from suspected measles in Glan, Sara…

1,000 NV villagers to get jobs

DOH set to launch Japanese encephalitis vaccine in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) office in Region 1 (Ilocos) will soon launch an immunization program that will address the possible spread of the deadly Japanese encephalitis among children.  John Lee Gacusan, senior health program officer of DOH-1, said the Japanese encephalitis vaccine will be part of the National Immunization Prog…

BOC-Cebu staff poised to go back to old Customs house

CEBU CITY — Personnel of the Bureau of Customs - Port of Cebu will be transferred back to the old Customs house now known as the “Malacañang sa Sugbo” in Pier 1, a BOC official here said on Thursday.BOC-Cebu Collector Elvira Cruz said Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero is determined to repossess the old building which used to be the custom…

LTFRB-7 reminds PUJ operators to claim 2018 fuel subsidy

CEBU CITY — Public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators in the region are being reminded about their unclaimed fuel subsidy cards last year.Edgardo Montealto, regional director of the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Region 7 (Central Visayas), said operators should claim the Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP) cards so they c…

Batangas-EAC, Metropac-San Beda score routs in D-League

MANILA -- Batangas-EAC and Metropac-San Beda repulsed their respective foes in blowout fashion in the PBA D-League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Thursday.Batangas-EAC took out weary McDavid, 79-57, while Metropac-San Beda blasted Wang's, 94-70.In the first game, Batangas-EAC started on a 12-0 run and quickly deposed McDavid, whose cor…

Zambo cops nab med rep for drugs, illegal firearms

DOH lauds 'Expanded Maternity Leave' Act passage

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday commended the passage of Republic Act 11210 or the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Act.In a statement, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the enactment of the bill is timely for the celebration of the Women's Health Month.The EML Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Fe…

DepEd to parents: Monitor kids' digital activities

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is urging parents to be more mindful and attentive to the digital activities of their children.In a statement, the DepEd on Thursday made the call in response to the “Momo challenge” and other online challenges that reportedly lead to self-harm and suicide among the youth.The agency also reiterated its…

Archer, swimmer shine in Batang Pinoy Visayas leg

ILOILO CITY -- Archer Naina Dominique Tagle won all her seven events while swimmer Guillermo Clive Clemente fished out his fifth gold to share the limelight in the ongoing Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy (PYG-BP) Visayas qualifying leg here. Representing Dumaguete City, Tagle ruled the girls’ cub (12-13) Olympic round event on Thursday to clin…

Cebu City schools warned vs collecting graduation fees

CEBU CITY – City Councilor Joy Augustus Young on Thursday advised all public schools not to collect graduation contributions from parents of graduating elementary and junior high school students in the city.Young, who sits as deputy mayor for education, made his appeal to public school officials after receiving reports that some parents have been …

DSWD opens internship program for Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here is now accepting applications for its Government Internship Program (GIP) in Bicol.DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia, in an interview on Thursday, said there are 80 available slots for the GIP, which is one of the components of the Kabataan 2000 program o…

Kim, Trump make more meaningful progress at second summit: SoKor

SEOUL -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump made more meaningful progress in their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Thursday."It is regrettable that President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un were unable to reach …

New PH genomics lab to promote human genomes research

MANILA -- Disease outbreaks can now be controlled with precision and in less time.The Commission on Higher Education - Philippine California Advanced Research Institutes (CHED-PCARI) said the Shared Genomics Core Laboratory (SGCL) at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City would help local researchers identify known and unknown p…

IPs benefit from P11-B mega-dam construction

ILOILO CITY -- The Panay-Bukidnons of Calinog, Iloilo began reaping the benefits of the implementation of the PHP11.2-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose River Phase (JRMP) II.The ceremonial groundbreaking and capsule-laying of the project organized by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) was done on Wednesday to formally signal the start of…

Bulacan, BFP to conduct fire safety activities

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- The provincial government of Bulacan, through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), will hold various fire safety and prevention activities in line with its observance of Fire Prevention Month this March.Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado on Thursday said the PDRRMO conducts these activi…

DOLE releases P13.45-M for SPES beneficiaries in Pampanga

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here has released some PHP13.45 million for the implementation of this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in Pampanga.The amount represents the 40-percent government’s share for the salary of the SPES student-beneficiaries.The r…

TESDA eyes stricter in scholarship allotment rules

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be stricter in giving scholarship slots to technical-vocational institutions (TVIs), an executive said Thursday.In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), TESDA-NCR Director Conrado Bares said this is due to the new guidelines or the 2019 Omnibus Guidelines…

Parents, teachers urged to monitor kids’ online activities

ILOILO CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) here has advised parents and teachers to closely monitor online activities of children, following the viral “Momo Challenge” that allegedly encourages children to commit violent actions.Lawyer Fevi Fanco, Education Program Supervisor of DepEd-Iloilo, said the exposure of children to online violenc…

Duterte wants gentleman’s agreement with Misuari

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants a gentleman’s agreement with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said on Thursday.Medialdea made this clarification after Duterte earlier expressed interest in crafting a new deal for the MNLF but did not give further details.“Sabi …

8 Pinoys vie for Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards new categories

MANILA -- Viacom, Inc. on Thursday announced the eight Filipinos nominated in the two new categories (Favorite Pinoy Internet Star and Favorite Trending Pinoy) of this year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards recognizes the kids' favorites in music, television, and movies.Actresses Julia Barretto, …

New Friendship Bridge to open soon in Pampanga

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – The new Friendship Bridge along the Friendship Circumferential Road West here will soon be opened to motorists, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office here.The PHP130-million infrastructure project in Barangay Anunas, this city was completed last January 15.DPWH Regional Director Ro…

DOH reiterates full support to anti-illegal drugs drive

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reiterated its full support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.This after Dr. Vanjoe de Guzman, an employee of DOH Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCHD), was arrested, along with six others, in a buy bust operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Mandaluyong C…

DAR eyes to resolve 80% of agrarian law cases in Region 6 by June

ILOILO CITY -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Western Visayas eyes (DAR-6) to resolve 80 percent of the Agrarian Law Implementation cases by June 2019.Western Visayas was the first region in the country to accept the challenge of DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones to achieve a zero backlog of resolutions to cases related to agrarian ju…

Close to 4K Cordillera kids vaccinated vs. Japanese encephalitis

BAGUIO CITY-- A total of 3,837 children aged nine to 59 months have received vaccines that will protect them from the side effects of Japanese encephalitis (JE), an official of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) said on Thursday.Geeny Austria, RESU nurse at the Department of Health (DOH) Cordillera, told Philippine News Agency …

Gov't launches newspaper vs. fake news

MANILA -- Staying true to their commitment of transparency and good governance, the Duterte administration launched on Thursday Balita Central, a newspaper dedicated to disseminating updates and development of government projects and programs.Through the Presidential Communications Operations Office's (PCOO) Bureau of Communication Services (B…

Foreign investment pledges hit P179-B in 2018

MANILA -- Approved foreign investment (FI) commitments surged 69.3 percent to PHP179 billion in 2018 from PHP105.7 billion the previous year, as the country’s strong economic fundamentals continued to attract investors from beyond Philippine shores.The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday reported that total approved foreign investmen…

Japan's Saruta to defend ONE strawweight title

MANILA -- Yosuke Saruta will make his first title defense of the ONE strawweight title against the fighter whom he snatched the belt from.As ordered by ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Saruta will once again take on Joshua Pacio at ONE: Roots of Honor at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on April 12.Saruta and Pacio first faced off at ONE: Eternal Gl…

PRRD approves reso extending human rights victims’ fund

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved a Congress joint resolution extending the validity of the fund intended for victims of human rights violations.Signed by Duterte on Feb. 22 and released to the media on Thursday, Joint Resolution 04 extended the “maintenance, availability, and release of the funds" until the end of 2019.The reso…

Compostela Valley town gets P11M from mining firm for tribal hall 

Solar panels to light up far-flung Antique villages

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- Solar panels will soon light up houses situated in far-flung barangays of Antique.The Department of Energy (DOE) will be partnering with the Antique provincial government and the Antique Electric Company (Anteco) for the solar home system project that stands to benefit 2,009 households from 48 barangays situated …

Peso posts new high; PSEi down on negative corporate reports

MANILA -- Optimism that the ongoing US-China trade negotiations would bear fruit boosted the Philippine peso on Thursday but the main equities index fell due to uninspiring developments in the corporate front.The peso ended the day at 51.7 to the dollar, better than its 51.91 close a day ago and is the strongest since finishing the trade at 51.675…

PNA marks 46th anniversary on March 1

MANILA, Feb. 28 (PNA)—The Philippine News Agency or PNA was inaugurated in Malacanang on March 1, 1973 as the official news agency of the government of the Philippines by then Information Minister Francisco S. Tatad.It replaced the country’s first privately-owned Philippine News Service or PNS, which was established at the National Press of the Ph…

PRRD vetoes bill banning corporal punishment for children

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed a bill banning corporate punishment for children stressing that he does not share “overly sweeping condemnation” of this practice.Duterte vetoed consolidated bills Senate Bill 1477 and House Bill No. 8238 on Feb. 23 but a copy of the veto message was released on Thursday (Feb. 28).The consolidated …

Massive measles vaccination drive conducted in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday conducted a massive measles vaccination campaign in various schools and local communities of the province, particularly among athletes participating in the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) meet. “Our priority, for now, are the athletes as we have also installed measles fast lanes in all D…

More news tie-up deals mark PNA's 46th year

MANILA -- There’s no stopping the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) from expanding its reach both here and abroad.As the government’s newswire service marks its 46th anniversary on March 1, more deals were signed with its foreign counterparts as part of its efforts to promote news cooperation and exchange.One of the most recent is a memorandu…

Task force starts removing illegal campaign ads

MANILA -- Personnel of various government agencies comprising "Task Force Baklas" started on Thursday removing illegal campaign materials in different parts of Metro Manila.On the first day of operations, some 300 personnel from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Philippine National Police (PNP), Metropolitan Manila Development Autho…

33IB chief cites achievements as he bids farewell

PRESIDENT QUIRINO, Sultan Kudarat -- The commander of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion (33IB) said he considers the surrender of some 200 communist guerillas as one of his top achievements.

Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc made the statement Wednesday as he handed over the reign of the 33IB to Lt. Col. Elmer Boongaling.

Cabunoc, who will be reassigned to…

NoCot farmer nabbed for illegal firearms possession

COTABATO CITY -- Cops arrested a farmer for possession of two illegal firearms in Aleosan, North Cotabato early Wednesday.

Senior Insp. Arvin John Cambang, Aleosan police chief, identified the arrested suspect as Eduardo Gonzales, 53, of Sitio Sampaguita, Barangay Katalicanan, Aleosan.

Armed with a search warrant issued by a regional court in Kaba…

Trike groups asked to observe discipline on flyover closure

MANILA -- Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday asked the Tricycle Operators and Drivers' Associations (TODAs) in the areas affected by the Tandang Sora flyover closure to cooperate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) amid the clearing operations along the designated alternative routes.Last Tuesday, the MMDA sta…

Expert recommends stricter NGP quality control

MANILA -- An expert sees the need to further tighten quality control for the National Greening Program (NGP), the government's biggest reforestation bid so far."We must use quality planting materials (QPMs) suitable for sites where these will be planted," NGP consultant and former Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) dir…

PhilHealth disburses P6.7-B for claims in Ilocos region

DAGUPAN CITY -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) 1 (Ilocos) disbursed PHP6.7 billion in claims for medical reimbursement of its member beneficiaries in the entire region in 2018. Dr. Maricar Arzadon, PhilHealth-1 health care delivery management division chief, said that of the total amount, 33 percent or PHP2.2 billion were claime…