Good governance seal elates poor Eastern Samar town

TACLOBAN CITY – Receiving the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is motivating a poverty-stricken and rural town in Eastern Samar to improve its delivery of basic services.This is the first time the municipality of Arteche... Read More

Another village chief shot dead in Bulacan town

SAN ILDEFONSO, Bulacan -- Another village chief in this town was killed in an ambush by still unidentified riding in tandem suspects in Barangay Lapnit on Monday morning.Lt. Col. Voltaire Rivera, San Ildefonso police chief, identified the victim as Barangay Lapnit chair Rosteo Salao, 67, who was... Read More

DSWD-Bicol sends P12-M relief items to quake-hit areas

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol on Sunday shipped several truckloads of relief materials to the earthquake-hit areas in Mindanao.Jesseshan Marbella-Aycocho, DSWD-Bicol spokesperson, in an interview on Monday said the relief augmentation would be... Read More

Antique hopes to boost food security with guv back at RDC helm

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DICT to set up free Wi-Fi zone in NegOcc Capitol

BACOLOD CITY -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is preparing to set up a free Wi-Fi service within the provincial capitol building and lagoon here.DICT-Negros Occidental Romeo Tome said the first access point has already been installed inside the building, as of... Read More

2 drug suspects nabbed, P3.4-M shabu seized in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), backed by soldiers and policemen, have arrested two high-value target drug personalities in a buy-bust operation in this city, a PDEA official announced Monday.Lawyer Jacqueline de Guzman, PDEA acting regional director, identified the... Read More

Regular pay for village execs seen to perk up service delivery

CEBU CITY -- Giving regular salaries and benefits to barangay officials will empower them to perk up delivery of basic priority services down to the grassroots in the country’s 42,045 villages, the top presidential aide in the Visayas on Monday said.Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential... Read More

Disaster Command Center now operating in quake-hit Mindanao areas

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on Monday announced that its Central Command Center in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato is now in full operation.Situated at JCX Convention Center, the database will coordinate relief operations and gather data on the extent of damage brought... Read More

BRP-Conrado Yap arrives in Zambo for ‘show of flag’ mission

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is set to deploy its newest and most advanced Philippine Navy vessel to secure the Sulu sea against terrorism.The vessel, BRP-Conrado Yap, arrived here Monday in line with her “show of the flag mission” and will stay here until... Read More

PCOO exec asks village chiefs to seek info from gov’t portals

CEBU CITY – A ranking official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Monday encouraged barangay chairpersons to ask for information about programs, initiatives and services under the Duterte administration through the Freedom of Information (FOI) portal in the... Read More

Bacolod City hosts 200 delegates for int’l mask conference

BACOLOD CITY -- Some 200 delegates from 17 countries will gather in this city for the 7th IMACO International Conference on November 5 to 8.The Andong City, South Korea-based IMACO or the International Mask and Culture Organization works to preserve and promote the mask culture.Dawon... Read More

SoCot brings relief aid to quake-hit towns in N. Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato delivered initial relief supplies on Sunday to two municipalities in North Cotabato that were devastated by the recent series of powerful earthquakes.South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. personally turned over to the municipal... Read More

CPP-NPA losing mass base in Surigao Sur town

BUTUAN CITY -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), are now losing more mass base in San Agustin town, Surigao del Sur, a top Army official in the area said.In a statement on Sunday, the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn)... Read More

Classes remain suspended in quake-hit Kidapawan City

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Classes in all levels, both public and private, in this earthquake-hit city, remained suspended while assessment of school buildings continued Monday, City Mayor Joseph Evangelista said.The extended class suspension was aimed at giving structural engineers ample time to review,... Read More

W. Visayas LGUs asked to submit quake preparedness measures

ILOILO CITY -- In the wake of the strong earthquakes that rocked some parts of Mindanao in recent weeks, the Office of the Civil Defense in Western Visayas (OCD 6) renewed its call for local government units to submit their respective preparedness measures.Over the weekend, the OCD-6 released a... Read More

Bicol police steps up anti-drugs drive thru project 'READY'

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NegOr hog raisers seek gov't help amid ASF scare

DUMAGUETE CITY – Hog raisers in Negros Oriental are hoping to get a favorable answer from local authorities that will boost their “declining” livelihood amid the Asian swine fever (ASF) scare that has affected the pork and processed meat industry in the country.Cecil Hupa, a member... Read More

Reds ‘have lots of explaining to do’: Negros Island Army exec

BACOLOD CITY -- A top Philippine Army official in Negros Island assailed the leaders of militant groups for continuing to "deceive and tell lies" about the raids in the offices of their colleagues in this city last week.Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade based in... Read More

Eva’s Hotel: A landmark no more

COTABATO CITY -- The once luxurious Eva’s Hotel located in the heart of Kidapawan City, North Cotabato is up for demolition, with the local government putting the responsibility of undertaking it to its owners.This came about as Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista said the city government... Read More

Suspended guv extends aid to NoCot quake victims via friends

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Suspended North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco has organized a group of volunteers and partnered with several companies to extend help to quake victims in her province.Catamco told the Philippine News Agency that she conducted the relief operations in her private capacity.Catamco... Read More