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ROTC cadet catches student who jumped off 5th floor

DAGUPAN CITY -- A 20-year-old criminology student here and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet has saved the life of his fellow student who jumped off the ledge of a five-storey building of their school. Mart Stephen Navarro said the incident happened on a weekend while they were having training in their ROTC with fellow cadets and officers. “We were on a break after our morning formation, when I saw, along with other students who were at the school, the student who was about to jump off from the ledge of the five-storey building while his father was negotiating with her,” he said in an interview Friday. Navarro said he immediately called the attention of their platoon leader who promptly commanded the other ROTC cadets and officers to respond. “The officers made a formation in order to catch the student. The events were so sudden and she jumped off on the other side away from the rescuers, but near my location so I hurried to catch her as I was the nearest to where she might fa…

Iloilo gov’t boosts police capabilities

ILOILO CITY -- The Iloilo provincial government has shown its commitment to maintain the province’s peace and order as it turned over on Friday firearms to the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO).Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. handed over eight assault rifles and a sniper rifle with scope to IPPO director Col. Roland Vilela.In an interview Friday, Aaron Raymundo, General Services Office (GSO) head, said the firearms were procured with PHP1.3-million by the provincial government on 2018.“It took a long process for the procurement and the processing of licensing and registration. We also secured a clearance from the chief of the Philippine National Police,” he said.The turnover of firearms was the answer of the provincial government to the request of then IPPO director Col. Marlon Tayaba for assistance.Aside from the firearms, Raymundo said Tayaba also requested for information technology equipment.“Tayaba has requested for PHP2 million for the purchase of assault rifle and IT e…

Superbowl halftime show-like program to formally open SEA Games

MANILA — An extravagant opening ceremonies will formally begin the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday night.Tats Suzara, the chief operating officer of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), likens the opening rites to that of one of the most anticipated mini concerts in the United States."The concept here is like the halftime [show] of Superbowl. That is the intention here," Suzara said.To make sure the SEA Games opening program, which will take place at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan will go on smoothly, Phisgoc tapped Five Currents as the producer of the event.Five Currents made possible the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer and 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2015 European Games, and last year's Asian Games.Five Currents also won 14 Emmy Awards and 60 Telly Awards for its concert producing efforts.Lani Misalucha will begin the event with the singing of "Lupang Hinirang", the Philippine national anthem, while fellow The Clash jud…

21 rescued in Northern Samar sea mishap

TACLOBAN CITY – Twenty one sailors were rescued Friday afternoon after their ship loaded with sand ran aground off the coast of island town of Capul, Northern Samar.Initial report reaching the Philippine National Police regional office disclosed that sea vessel named M/V Poseidon traversing from Legazpi City in Albay to Tagbilaran City, Bohol ran aground after it encountered engine trouble upon reaching the San Bernardo Strait around 2:55 p.m.Due to rough seas, waves penetrated the boat’s panel board causing the vessel to run aground near the shoreline of San Luis village.Master Sgt. Lino Congzon, Capul municipal police station chief and Rogelio Borden of municipal disaster risk reduction and management officer led the rescue operations. All 21 passengers of the said boat were unharmed.San Bernardo Strait separates the Bicol Peninsula of Luzon Island from Samar Island. (PNA)
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Duterte to Filipinos: Emulate Andres Bonifacio’s ‘love for PH’

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday called on Filipinos to be inspired by revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio’ patriotism and selflessness.The Chief Executive made the call as he joined the entire nation in celebrating the 156th birth anniversary of Bonifacio who is branded as the “Father of the Philippine Revolution.”In his message, Duterte hailed Bonifacio’s “courage and selflessness” to make the Philippines an “independent and vibrant nation that advances ever forward to the future.”“Today is an auspicious occasion to reflect on Andres Bonifacio's legacy of awakening the Filipino consciousness to fight for our freedom and build an entire nation. The Father of the Philippine Revolution has taught us to embody patriotism and take a stand against our oppressors through the civic duties we fulfill as citizens of this great country,” he said.“I urge everyone to emulate his love for country in our endeavors as we bring to life the strong and progressive Philippines that he…

Hostage-taker killed in Surigao City

BUTUAN CITY – Police shot dead a hostage-taker here Friday morning after three hours of negotiation failed, saving the life of a 12-year-old boy.

The hostage-taker, Michael Belarma Puerto Gallera, boarded the Surigao Transport Corporation Bus while it was parking at a bus stop and immediately snatched the victim, the Surigao City Police Office (SCPO) said in a report Saturday.

Gallera, 40, was armed with a kitchen knife and a screw diver, then took the boy hostage, police said.

“We negotiated for three hours but nothing happened. I suspect might be suffering from mental disorder because we cannot understand what he was demanding. He was often changing what it was he wanted,” said Lt. Col. Christian L. Rafols II, SCPO chief.

Rafols said the police even met the perpetrator's demand for a gun at the height of the negotiation.

“We provided him with a handgun. Of course, the gun was unserviceable because we removed its firing pin,” Rafols said.

He said they initially planned to subdue …

PH athletes' heroism hailed on Bonifacio Day

MANILA ---As the nation commemorates the 156th birth anniversary of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio, the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) on Saturday enjoined all Filipinos to pay tribute to the country's modern-day heroes: our national athletes.The Opening Ceremony of the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games will be held on tonight, November 30, which coincided with the annual commemoration of Bonifacio Day."Today, we celebrate the birth of one of our greatest national heroes, Gat Andres Bonifacio, who was known for his courage and love for the Philippines. Coincidentally, we also celebrate the heroic feats of our Filipino athletes who continue to raise the country's flag through sports," Phisgoc chairman and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.As the committee tasked to take the lead in organizing the biggest SEA games, Phisgoc called for unity among all Filipinos to show support for the athletes who will represent the P…

Sorsogon town imposes ban on plastic use

MAGALLANES,Sorsogon--- The municipal government here will soon start cracking the whip on business establishments and individuals who would defy the ban on the use of plastics based on the local ordinance passed 10 years ago.The local government has stepped up its campaign on non-biodegradables as it struggles with the rising volume of plastic wastes.Mayor Augusto Manuel Ragragio in a meeting at the municipal hall said the sale and use of “sando bags” will be strictly prohibited as embodied in Municipal Ordinance No. 05-2009 which prohibits the use of plastic wrappers, plastic bags and Styrofoam.Ragragio on Friday told the attendees composed mainly of business owners and barangay officials that they would start strict implementation of the ordinance by January especially on the sale of plastic bags which are widely used in the market, groceries and stores."Styrofoam and other plastic materials which are being used as food containers would also be banned especially in caterings an…

Guv suspends classes next week as 'Tisoy' nears PH

SORSOGON CITY -- Sorsogon Gov. Francis "Chiz" Escudero III has declared the suspension of classes in all levels in the province Monday and Tuesday next week as a preemptive measure against the possible effects of Typhoon "Tisoy".Though the formal declaration has yet to be issued, Escudero said the decision was reached after meeting the members of the Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councll (SPDRRMC) on Friday as the province gears up for the incoming weather disturbance that was forecast to hit the Bicol Region.The governor will also issue a directive for the forced evacuation of residents in hazard areas.Escudero said they are now moving to pre-position food supplies and medicines to ensure that these are located in areas where they would be needed.He also directed all municipal disaster managers to check their respective evacuation centers and make certain that these are all prepared for evacuees.He expects reports on this in the coming…

PCG, Mactan airport lead sea rescue drill in Cebu

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Central Visayas has shown its readiness to interoperate with responders from other government agencies in a sea crash response simulation activity Friday.The joint efforts of the PCG, Mactan Cebu International Airport, Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime, Naval Forces Central (Navforcen), Philippine Red Cross, Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation(Eruf), and the Lapu-lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office showed their inter-agency collaboration in responding to a passenger plane sea crash incident.Lt. Junior Grade Michael Encina, spokesperson of PCG-Central Visayas, said the Sea Crash Rescue Exercise (SeaCrEx) off the coast of Magellan Bay in Barangay Ibo here was the first-ever joint exercise in the country.During the drill, an aircraft loaded with 126 passengers and crew simulated a compromised landing situation upon approaching the runway of MCIA due to engine malfunction, forcing the pilot to perform a se…

Duterte insists right to order vaping ban

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday justified his imposition of total ban on vaping nationwide, saying he is merely wielding his power to protect the public from health risks.Duterte, in an interview with CNN Philippines, said he had to order the prohibition against vaping devices simply because these are “another form of cigarettes” that also contain nicotine and other potentially toxic substances that may have harmful effects on the public’s health.The Chief Executive also said he just adopted the ban order against electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) that has been implemented by other countries like Australia and Singapore.“So sa batas natin ngayon (in our existing law), you cannot smoke cigarette because there is nicotine dito (here), correct? So ang kinatatakutan natin diyan nicotine (So we are afraid of nicotine). Here comes vaping... that is substitute for nicotine. Nilalagyan ng nicotine iyan para bumuga ka rin (It also has nicotine). You still contaminate,” he said.“…

China’s co-ownership of PH power grid purely business: PRRD

MANILA — Filipinos should not be alarmed over China’s co-ownership of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), a private consortium that manages and operates the Philippines’ power grid, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday.In an interview with CNN Philippines, the President said China merely intends to earn money and has no intention to control the Philippines' power transmission infrastructure."My answer to that is very simple. It's a business so why would China cut it (power grid)?" he said."Ang China tumulong lang. Nagmagandang loob kasi gusto rin niyang may kakampi sila kasi puro kakampi ng Amerikano. (China just helped us. It acted in good faith because it wants to improve ties with other nations since most of them are Americans's allies). So they are trying to help everybody," Duterte added.China’s State Grid Corp. controls 40 percent of the NGCP, which supervises the management and operation of the country’s power transmission line…

DILG conducts Constitutional Reform roadshow in La Union

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NAGUILIAN, La Union, Nov. 29 (PIA) –  The Department of the Interior and Local Government in the Ilocos (DILG-1) took its last leg of the Constitutional Reform (CoRe) regional roadshow in Naguilian, La Union on November 21-22.Activities during the roadshow include a townhall meeting attended by representatives of the local government units, provincial government and national government agencies; civil society organizations' consultation meeting; and convention rally attended by more than 1,000 stakeholders from the different sectors.  The DILG-La Union also conducted a CoRe Talk attended by more than 500 students from the Naguilian National High School, as part of the roadshow.Vigan City Local Government Operations Officer Andres Vendiola, Jr. explains the proposed amendments under the Constitutional Reform being advocated by the DILG before 500 students from Naguilian, La Union. (Photo: RMN/PIA-1)Among the four pillars of the CoRe as discussed by Prof. Eric Daniel de Torres of th…

More PH-SoKor student-faculty exchanges seen: DOST chief

MANILA --- Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña is expecting more expanded scholarship programs and research collaborations between the Philippines and Republic of Korea particularly in the field of e-learning with the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).As discussed during the recently concluded 2019 Asean-ROK Commemorative Summit on November 26, the Republic of Korea has pledged to support the implementation of the Asean ICT Masterplan 2020 (AIM 2020) with emerging technologies such as 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to enhance Asean’s response to the digital transformation.South Korea has committed to help transform Asean into a digital-driven economy and prepare our peoples for the newest technological developments in emerging industry sector including 5G technology, AI, banking and finance, and e-Commerce.It also aims to increase people-to-people exchanges to 15 million by 2020 and has initiated to facilitate more people exch…

Former Rebels pledge allegiance to Gov’t

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PAGADIAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – Eighteeen former rebels (FRs) have returned to the folds of the law as they turned-over their firearms and took oath of allegiance to the government.

The 53rd IB, Philippine Army presented the surrenderees before Usec Rene Glen O. Paje, DSWD Undersectary and Chairman of Regional Task Force-End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) during the ground breaking ceremony of the Halfway House for FRs, held recently in Guipos town, Zamboanga del Sur.

The former Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels committed to support the present administration in its fight against local terrorist groups and their activities like child recruitment and training.“Para dili na maka pangilad sa katawhan labi na sa kabatan–unan ug katibuk-an mang-uuma (to put a stop in deceiving the people specially the youth and the farmers),” said one rebel returnee.Another former rebel also committed to help convince their comrades who are still with the move…

Duterte gives POGOs '3 days' to settle tax liabilities

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday imposed a deadline for delinquent Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to settle their tax liabilities."I'm giving you at least three days. That's good enough, fair enough. Do you think it's fair, three days? What do you think as a Filipino? Three days would be a kind of parang (perhaps) a good grace period for them," Duterte said in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines.He warned that those who would snub his order will face sanctions."They are now ordered to register sa BIR at kumuha ng tag number. Now, I'm telling them, POGOs -- hindi lang ito Chinese but Filipino, Filipino-Chinese -- you better settle that utang (They are now ordered to register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and get a tag number. Now, I'm telling them, POGOs – these are not only Chinese but also Filipino, Filipino-Chinese -- you better settle those tax liabilities)," Duterte added.The Department of Finance (DO…

PH cited as world's leading dive destination

MANILA -- The Philippines has won its first diving destination award, besting eight dive powerhouses at the 2019 World Travel Awards (WTA).During the WTA Grand Final Gala Ceremony held recently in Oman, the Philippines surfaced as the 2019 World’s Leading Dive Destination, prevailing over eight other places nominated under the same category -- Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Mexico, and the four-time and previous title holder Maldives.Palawan’s prestigious Amanpulo Resort also emerged victorious as the World’s Leading Dive Resort at the gala event.“Dubbed by marine experts and scientists as the heart of marine biodiversity in the world, our country is home to the highest concentration of coral reef life and astounding variety of marine species. This latest recognition is a validation that the Philippines is truly a premier dive destination,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-…

PRRD: I can still do my job despite health woes

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday allayed concerns over his health condition, saying that the public need not worry as he could still perform his duties as the country’s highest elected official.While he acknowledged that he has various health issues, the 74-year-old President maintained that there is no need for him to release a medical bulletin on his health.“I’m 74 years old. Huwag mo akong tanungin if I am in the pink of health. I am not. Meron akong mga ano sa katawan (I have certain ailments),” Duterte said in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines. “For purposes of performing my functions as president, I am all right.”His latest assurance came after his recent admission that his age has been taking a toll on his health.Duterte previously said he is suffering from muscle spasms, chronic back pains, and migraines.He also said he has myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that weakens skeletal muscles responsible for breathing and moving …

Sara will not seek presidency: Duterte

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio, will not seek the highest public office in the country.The President made the remarks as he reiterated that he would not allow his daughter to follow in his footsteps for fear that she would only be bombarded with criticisms, should she become his successor in 2022.“I told her, ‘No, do not run.’ She will not run kasi sabi ko maawa ako sa 'yo (because I’d just pity her). Ano nang gawin mo? Karaming isipin nitong mga u***, akala kasi nila bright sila (What will you do? These fools who think they are bright would have a lot to say) and they (will) come up with all sorts of scenarios,” he said in a one-on-one interview with CNN Philippines.“Ako ayaw ko. Ibang tao na lang, kasi bababuyin niyo lang anak ko (I don’t like that. Just look for another person because they would just assail my daughter),” he added.Duterte has repeatedly discouraged Sara from seeking the presidency, w…

Northeast monsoon to bring rains over Luzon Saturday

MANILA -- The northeast monsoon affecting Luzon will bring rains over most parts of the island, the weather bureau said Saturday.The Cordillera and Cagayan Valley regions and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have scattered rains while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon (except Palawan) will experience isolated rains, added the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).Palawan and the rest of the archipelago will have isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms.Strong winds will blow over northern Luzon and the eastern section of central and southern Luzon. Coastal waters along these areas will be rough.Elsewhere, winds will be moderate to strong with moderate to rough seas.Meanwhile, Typhoon Kammuri was last tracked at 1,315 km. east of southern Luzon."Kammuri" was moving westward at 20 kph, PAGASA said. (PNA)
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PRRD hopes for swift passage of 2020 budget

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday urged the bicameral conference committee to hasten the passage of the proposed PHP4.1 trillion national budget for 2020.Duterte made the call as he wanted the proposed General Appropriations Act to be signed into law by December.“Ito ngayon (Now), we’re waiting. Wala pa eh (It is not yet with me). So we hope to pass the law, hopefully, (by) December,” he said in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines. “Kung maaari, Congress, paki naman (If possible, Congress, swiftly approve it).”The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved the budget bill on third and final reading. The House of Representatives, meanwhile, passed its version of the annual spending plan on September 20.The two chambers of Congress convened in a bicameral conference committee on Friday to thresh out differences in their respective versions of the proposed 2020 budget spending.The President expressed hope that lawmakers would avoid a repeat of the delay in enacting n…

Malditas enter SEAG semis; Azkals stay alive in playoff hunt

BIÑAN, Laguna -- The Philippine football teams struck twice on Malaysia on Friday night to bolster their respective Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) agenda.The Malditas barged into the semifinals of the women's football event after drubbing the Malaysian lady footballers, 5-0, at the Biñan Football Stadium here.The Azkals, on the other hand, edged the Malaysian men's squad, 1-0, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila to stay in the hunt for a spot in the men's football semis.Sarina Bolden's hat trick, all in the first half, catapulted the Malditas to the Final Four, while Shai del Campo and Eva Madarang each netted a goal to add more damage to the Malaysian women's team.The Malditas' semifinal opponent will be determined after the Myanmar-Malaysia and the Vietnam-Thailand matches on Monday.Meanwhile, Stephan Schrock scored a 72nd-minute goal literally from the right corner that made the difference in the Azkals-Malaysia match in Manila.It was the first time the Ph…

PWDs tell gov’t: No PWD ramps, no ‘good governance’ seal

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 30 (PIA) – A national association of persons with disabilities (PWDs) is calling for a stricter audit on PWD accessibility features of buildings and structures, since accordingly, many local government units (LGUs) passed the audit despite non-compliance to PWD-friendly buildings and facilities.The Pambansang Koalisyon ng May Kapansanan sa Pagbabago (PKKP), during its general assembly held November 23 expressed dismay over the awarding of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) to some LGUs, said Miriam Llanos, PKKP regional president. Llanos said many LGUs seem to have passed the accessibility audit despite having no PWD-accessible buildings and offices.“I am not a wheelchair user, but I strongly advocate that all government buildings must already be wheelchair accessible,” Llanos said.“It’s very painful for PWDs to see LGUs happily displaying their awards as SGLG passers, but in reality they are still non-compliant to Batasang Pambansa 344 and violators of the U…

Another IED found, disarmed in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Government forces continue to discover improvised explosive devices (IEDs) believed to have been set to detonate by Islamic State (IS)-linked radicals amid an ongoing intensified military operation in the province.

Only this week, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division has stepped up its operation against the IS-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Dawlah Islamiyah Terror Group.

At past 6 p.m. Thursday, government troops discovered and disarmed an IED in Barangay Lower Tambunan II, Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

“The device was wrapped in a yellow sack placed inside a dilapidated box,” said Major Gen. Diosdado Carreon, Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander and Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) chief.

He added that the IED was found by a concerned civilian who quickly reported to the matter to the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion 9IB) in the area.

The man who was not identified in the report said he was suspicious of the item left unattended at the roadsi…

PCSO welcomes PACC probe vs. 'corrupt' officials

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday welcomed the result of the probe conducted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) against its officials allegedly involved in corruption.“The PCSO management welcomes the initiative of the PACC to investigate the alleged involvement of PCSO officials on corruption issues. PCSO upholds transparency in conducting the operations of the Agency,” PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma told reporters when sought for a comment.Garma said the officials of PCSO believe that the result of the investigation will not only clear their names but will also prove the integrity of the agency in providing exciting games to the gaming public and offering responsive and efficient financial and medical assistance to its mandated beneficiaries.“Despite the corruption issues beleaguering the Office, the officials remain steadfast in their commitment to serve the PCSO and the public with integrity and transparency,” said Ga…

Contractors told to complete UCRIS rehab by Feb 1, 2020

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CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Contractors of  the remaining rehabilitation of the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (UCRIS) are given up to February 1, 2020 to complete the 15 project- packages  contracted to them.

In a forum held Tuesday at the Kalinga Provincial Irrigation Management Office (KaPIMO) , Division Manager Engr. Ronilio Cervantes urged contractors to comply with the required working calendar days in order for farmers to farm within the cropping cycle when the irrigation system resumes operation.It can be recalled that water cut-off for UCRIS was scheduled from November 15, 2019 to January 31, 2020 to pave way for the remaining rehabilitation of the main diversion and lateral canals.

Engr. Ferdinand Indammog, also of KaPIMO, said close supervision and monitoring will be conducted to ensure that contractors are on track on the scope of work.“Contractors will be warned on every delay. Violators of contract will be blacklisted and cannot bid anymore on UCRIS pro…

PH, Vietnam Navy officials hold talks

MANILA -- Ranking officials of the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Vietnam People's Navy (VPN) conducted the 6th Staff-to-Staff Talks (STST) at VPN headquarters in Hai Phong City last November 26.In a statement sent to reporters late Thursday, PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, said STST aims to boost ties between the two ASEAN navies."The STST is aimed at further strengthening the ties between the two partner navies by serving as an avenue to initiate high-level delegation exchange visits, ship port calls, people interaction and exchanges, and other naval bilateral activities," she said.The event was co-chaired by PN Chief-of-Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Rey T. Dela Cruz, opposite Senior Captain Hoàng Quang Hà, the VPN Deputy Chief-of-Staff.Aside from Dela Cruz, other PN delegates to the event include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Operations (N-3), Captain Joe Anthony Orbe, together with Col. Arlino Sendaydiego, Philippine Defense Attach…

Diwata backs Baguio's urban renewal efforts 

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BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 29(PIA) –The  all-women in mining group Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. with the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) partnered with the city government of Baguio in  planting  more than 500 bougainvillea plants in support of the urban renewal efforts of the City.

Diwata Chairperson Delia Domingo-Albert with City Tourism Officer Alec Mapalo, Arlene Magalong, wife of Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and some of  councilors led the ceremonial planting of the bougainvillea plants at Burnham Park as part of the  66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment (ANSMEC) Conference here. They were joined by Zonta Club of Baguio, Baguio Chrysanthemum Lions Club, Rotary Club of Baguio and the Pine Cone Movement.DIWATA is a non-government organization advocating the responsible development of the Philippines’ wealth in resources, principally, extractive industries such as mining, oil and gas, quarrying, and other mineral resources from the earth fo…

Suspected Reds harass health workers in Agusan Norte

BUTUAN CITY – Two health workers of Kicharao town in Agusan del Norte were fired upon while on their way to hold oral polio vaccination on Wednesday in a mountain village known to be frequented by the communist New People’s Army (NPA), police said.

A report from Kitcharao Municipal Police Station said Ingrid Ramos Archinue, the head nurse of the municipal health office in the area, together with Jenifer Morales Veterbo, a midwife was on board a vehicle when fired upon by the suspected NPA members.

The incident happened in the barangay road of Kalipayan, Sitio Zapanta in Kitcharao town, the report added.

Archinue and Veterbo were in the area for the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign of the Department of Health in the Caraga Region (DOH-13).

Both health workers were not hurt during the attack, although the police said the front windshield at driver’s side of the vehicle was damaged.

DOH-13 director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. on Thursday said the OPV vaccination in Kitcharao town will contin…

Army’s ‘Hunters’ foil terrorist’s plan to spread atrocities

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CAMP MONTECLARO, Miagao, Iloilo, Nov. 29 —The Army’s 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion foiled the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army terrorist’s plan to conduct atrocities in the Tubungan, Iloilo.Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, Commanding Officer of the 61IB, said the troops responded to a report about the presence of armed CPP-NPA terrorists in Barangay Igtuble, Tubungan, Iloilo that resulted in an encounter in the area at about 6:15 in the evening of November 26, 2019.“When members of the 61IB reached the area, the armed engagement immediately transpired between the troops and around 10 communist-terrorists, who are believed to be members of Sibat 1, Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay under MoncinoTacaisan alias Dana,” said Batara.He said firefight lasted for about 10 minutes, and the enemy scampered towards different directions.He added “No one was hurt on the government side. The enemy suffered injuries based on the traces of bloodstains seen on their…

Red Cross 'Volunteer Run 5' set on Dec 8

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PRC volunteer rescuers attend to a victim of disaster in Bayombong, NV. PRC will conduct Million Volunteers Run 5 on December  8. (Photo from PRC NV Chapter FB Post)BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. 28 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is set to conduct the 'Volunteer Run 5' on Dec. 8 to increase awareness on disaster and emergency response volunteerism.Randy Blanco, PRC chapter administrator said the 'Volunteer Run 5'  also seeks to draw funds to boost their relief and capability resources.“Proceeds of the MVR will also be used to strengthen our response and relief capability by acquiring more ambulances, rescue trucks, fire trucks, water tankers and other emergency response vehicles,” he said.MVR is a nationwide humanitarian run that aims to build the capacity of PRC chapters to capacitate the communities so that they can be resilient  during disasters and emergencies.Blanco added that a successful MVR will  help everyone prepared  for disasters through their offer…

Duterte bats for ‘safe, empowering, child-friendly’ environment

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday advocated for a “safe, empowering, and child-friendly environment" in the country, in a bid to ensure that Filipino youth will continue enjoying their rights.Duterte made the statement when he presented the 2018 presidential awards for child-friendly municipalities and cities at the Palace’s Rizal Hall.“Through your continuing partnership and collaboration with our local government units, you have created an environment where we can achieve full realization of our vision for the Filipino children,” the President said in his speech.“I hope that [this] gathering will encourage all stakeholders to further strengthen our ties and build new alliances as we work together in creating a safe, empowering, and child-friendly environment where children can fully enjoy their rights,” he added.Cagayan de Oro City bagged the presidential award for child-friendly highly-urbanized city, while Naga City won the presidential award for child-friendly i…

Comelec summons Cardema over 'misrepresentation'

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday has subpoenaed former Duterte Youth first nominee Ronald Gian Carlo Cardema to personally submit his counter-affidavit on the case filed against him for material misrepresentation.In a subpoena, the poll body through its Law Department ordered the former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman to answer the case filed against him for supposed violation of Section 74 of the Omnibus Election Code (OEC) and to appear before the said office on December 13.“Under and by virtue of authority and power vested in the Commission on Elections by Section 52 (d), Omnibus Election Code (Batas Pambansa Blg. 881), you are hereby notified that a complaint has been filed against you for alleged violation Section 74 of the Omnibus Election Code...” said the subpoena dated November 27.“Accordingly, you are hereby directed to submit your subscribed Counter-Affidavit and other supporting documents of affidavit or witness/es as the case may be, an…

Cordillera on blue alert for typhoon 'Kammuri'

BAGUIO CITY -- The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) has placed the whole region on blue alert status as typhoon “Kammuri” approaches the country.Memorandum 89-2019 of the CDRRMC ordered the activation of all local DRRM councils and committees and to be on a 24-hour alert status with personnel ready to respond to emergency situationsThe memorandum said based on the advisory of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Kammuri is heading towards east of Virac, Catanduanes.It is expected to have a strength that can tear down trees and maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 150 kph.In the Cordillera Administrative Region and northern Luzon, occasional to frequent heavy rains is expected due to the interaction of the typhoon with the tail-end of the cold front.Local disaster councils are advised to identify response operation requirements, monitor water level of rivers and i…

Dumaguete officials to learn best practices in China

DUMAGUETE CITY – Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and other city officials are currently in China to learn best practices such as on environmental protection, upgrade the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system here to full range capacity, and meet with Chinese government officials.City Public Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo confirmed they departed on Wednesday as previously announced by the mayor.Remollo said early this week that he wanted some additional features for the CCTV system, such as facial recognition of visitors as soon as they set foot in Dumaguete through the ports and the airport.Another aspect of enhancement is in the matter of night vision capabilities of the CCTV cameras and to explore the possibility of penetrating heavily-tinted cars as well as helmets with dark visors.Demecillo, who is part of the mayor’s entourage, said the visit is sanctioned by the Chinese government.“To learn and be exposed to the latest and full range of intelligent security solutions avai…

China allays fears over State Grid's co-ownership of NGCP

MANILA -- The Chinese government has dismissed fears over State Grid Corporation of China's (SGCC) co-ownership of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)."To my knowledge, the State Grid Corporation of China took part in the Transco project as a cooperation partner, providing safe, efficient and high-quality electricity services. The project is now operated, managed and maintained by the Philippine side, with the Chinese partner offering necessary technical support upon request," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a briefing Wednesday."The allegation of China's control over the Philippines' power grid or threat to the country's national security is completely groundless. Besides, the Chinese business also actively fulfills its social responsibilities. The 'Brighten Up' project that brings electricity to remote areas in the Philippines has been applauded by local authorities and people," he added.After …

Duterte promises ‘sustainable’ work, livelihood for OFWs in PH

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed to meet the needs of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by creating more work and livelihood opportunities for them in the country.

The President made the vow, as he acknowledged the OFW’s significant contributions to the country, as well as their ultimate sacrifices for their families.

“Let me assure you that in return, we, in government, will continue to ensure that your efforts to uplift the lives of your families shall not be put in vain,” he said during the ceremonial conferment of the 2019 Model OFW Family of the Year (MOFYA).

“The government’s ultimate goal [for] OFWs is to [provide] them sustainable work and livelihood opportunities in our country. So someday, somehow, this will remain as one of the top priorities of my government,” Duterte added.

Duterte led the awarding of the 2019 MOFYA at Malacañan’s Heroes Hall on Thursday night.

Spearheaded by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the MOFYA acknowledges the sac…

Monsoon rains in Luzon, 'Kammuri' expected over the weekend

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Track of typhoon Kammuri (Courtesy of PAGASA)MANILA -- "Kammuri" has intensified into a typhoon as it slows down while moving towards the country. In its latest tropical cyclone advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the northeast monsoon is also affecting northern and central Luzon. Kammuri is forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between Saturday evening and Sunday morning and will be named "Tisoy", the 20th Philippine tropical cyclone for 2019.

PAGASA said tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 may be raised over the eastern portion of Bicol Region-Eastern Visayas area on Sunday. Kammuri's outer rainbands may bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas on Monday.

At 4 a.m. Friday, Kammuri is at 1,350 kilometers east of southern Luzon with maximum sustained winds at 130 kilometers per hour, gustiness of up to 160 kph, and moving west at…

6 winning LGUs in Digital Governance Awards 2019 get China trip

MANILA – The six winning local government units in the Digital Governance Awards (DGA) 2019 were awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Huawei’s headquarters in China for an international learning program on digital governance.“This year, Huawei Philippines is proud to give six top-winning LGUs the international learning program for digital governance, or the i-LEAP for digital governance award,” said Karrie Buenafe, head of Huawei Philippines corporate communications, during the event held on Tuesday.Buenafe named five LGUs that were given the award — the province of Aklan for winning the “Best in eGOV Digital Finance Empowerment” (G2P) category, the City of Makati for winning the “Best in eGOV Customer Empowerment” (G2C) category, the City of Cauayan, Isabela for winning the “Best in eGOV Government Inter-Operability Empowerment” (G2G) award, the City of Baguio for winning the “Best in eGOV Systems for Global Competitiveness” (G2W) category, and the Municipality of Mina, Iloilo for wi…

Bayombong eyes 25 trikes for brgys

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Bayombong Mayor Ralph Lantion has personally purchased 25 trikes for the barangays of the municipality to boost their peace and order campaign activities and to serve elderlies and disabled persons needing free rides. The project is part of his BOOM Byaombong local governance agenda.# Photo from LGU Bayombong FB PostBAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. 29 (PIA) – Mayor Ralph Lantion here said transport trikes will be distributed to the 25 barangays in this town to boost their capabilities.He said the 25 units of diesel – powered and 11-seater trikes will be given to the baragays to boost their capabilities during disaster relief and rescue operations and mobilization for their barangay affairs.Two units of the trikes were recently delivered to the local government unit which was witnessed by Lantion and other municipal officials and employees.“This is expected to be distributed soon to our barangays who will also cater to our elderlie and disabled persons needing free rides,” he said.The tr…

AMLC, IACAT working on leads in Aussie bank's child porn links

MANILA -- Local government agencies are working with their foreign counterparts amid reports that Australian bank Westpac is being investigated by Australian authorities for failure to spot customers using its international money transfer service for transactions with child pornographers, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday."The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) is coordinating with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and has been coordinating with its Australian counterpart AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre) to investigate further," Guevarra said in a statement.He added that the case will be referred to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) once sufficient evidence is gathered."AMLC has been coordinating directly with its counterpart Austrac (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre). It seems that in an entrapment operation last October, it was found out that an Australian national was involv…