Dead whale

A backhoe pulls the dead Sperm whale to the shore in Samal Island, Davao del Norte on Saturday, December 17. Photo courtesy of Dean Ortiz

Hospitalization free for poor Pinoys in 2017- DOH chief

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao— Poor Filipinos need not worry the cost of hospitalization, as the Department of Health vowed free hospital and medicine bills, starting 2017. Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial Saturday, December 17, said “There’s no need to hold any card of PhilHealth, just prove to us you are a Filipino, you are entitled to …

PH now safe, crime rate significantly down

“The Philippines is now safer from theft, carnapping, robbery, physical injury, and rape.” This is the statement of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as the Philippine National Police (PNP) released figures showing index crime volume declined 25,673 to 55,391 in July-November 2016 period, from 81,064 a year ago. Citing the said PNP report, Andanar said …

ARMM remains last on list of HIV-infected regions in PH

Cotabato City (Dec. 14, 2016) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) remains at the bottom of the list among regions with cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This comes as the region’s prevalence rate on the disease and infection stayed still at less than one percent by …

Andanar: PH and Cambodia can learn from each other in Communications

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday, December 14, met with Cambodia’s Minister of Information Dr. Khieu Kanharith for a tour of the Cambodian Broadcasting Service in Phnom Penh. The two leaders had a hearty exchange of their experiences handling each government’s communication needs and challenges. “We are very optimistic that our bilateral communications relations …

$23-B infrastructure project up for BIMP-EAGA

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–The partnership among countries in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines – East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga) infrastructure project commitment now accounts to $23-billion. Of the total project, Mindanao is allotted a huge funding among other partners in the sub-national areas. Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro, Deputy Executive Director of Mindanao Development Authority …