Vinta aftermath: 6,614 families flee homes as flashflood hit Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Some  6,614 families or 31,375 individuals affected by flood here. There no heavy downpour in the city area but Davao rivers started to swell afternoon Friday as rain waters from the neighboring provinces cascaded   after  tropical storm Vinta made a landfall in Cateel, Davao Oriental. Davao was placed under storm signal …

Dominguez to BIR: Make tax-paying more convenient

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to make the process of paying taxes more convenient as he lauded the agency for pursuing reforms that have improved its revenue collections by almost 12 percent thus far this year. At the same time, Dominguez said he …

Duterte vetoes 5 items in 1st tax reform package

MANILA, Philippines —  Five items in the first package of tax reform were vetoed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte after noting that if implemented these provisions will be detrimental to the government and would violate existing laws. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, in a briefing Friday, said Malacanang will release the copy of the Veto …

Vinta aftermath: Hundreds of Davaoeños evacuated due to flashflood

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED)— Hundreds of families residing near riverbanks and low-lying areas evacuated as flooding hit their villages and rescue operations still ongoing. The City Government of Davao sent 911 rescuers along with police and Task Force Davao personnel, Red Cross and other civic groups to transfer the residents to a safer ground. As …

P6-M PCSO Christmas party ‘insensitive’: Gatchalian

MANILA, Philippines — “Insensitive.” This was how Senator Sherwin Gatchalian described the Christmas party of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which reportedly cost PHP 6 million. “I believe staging this party in a luxurious five-star hotel and extravagantly spending PHP6 million is an ostentatious display of insensitivity on the part of PCSO,” Gatchalian said in …

PAL cancels flights due to ‘Vinta’

MANILA , Philippines — Philippine Airlines (PAL) has suspended several flights as tropical storm “Vinta” lashes the Mindanao region. In its advisory Thursday afternoon, PAL said that the following flights scheduled on Friday, December 22 are cancelled: PR 2397-2398 Cebu – Surigao – Cebu PR 2929-2930 Cebu – Camiguin – Cebu PR 2893-2894 Cebu – Ozamiz …

PRRD leads commissioning of 2 ships to fight illegal fishing

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 21, led the commissioning of government ships BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy, which are expected to help strengthen the state’s ability to combat illegal fishing and immediately respond to disasters. “Our activities today are proof of the government’s resolve to empower and protect our country’s farmers …

Vinta landfall: Lessons from Pablo make Davao Oriental folks conscious, safer

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The lessons of typhoon Pablo which hit their province on December 4,  2012,  placed Davao Oriental residents on a safer ground as tropical storm Vinta (Tembin) made a landfall in their area Friday dawn. The Provincial government of Davao Oriental listed some 3,379 families staying at the different evacuation centers as …

Talomo-Puan bypass road opens today December 22

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Talomo-Puan bypass road will be opened to motorists starting 6:00 in the morning Today, December 22, 2017. The Talomo-Puan Bypass road alignment. The Talomo-Puan Bypass road alignment. Posted by DPWH Region XI on Monday, May 29, 2017 Dean Ortiz, spokesperson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XI …