P350-M drug rehab center in Sarangani unveiled

GENERAL SANTOS CITY–The government of China and the Department of Health (DOH) unveiled on Monday the newly-completed P350 million Soccsksargen regional drug treatment and rehabilitation center in the Sarangani town of Alabel. Representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Manila formally turned over to DOH officials the three-hectare modern rehabilitation facility, which was completed nine months …

160k drug personalities arrested in Duterte’s war on drugs

DAVAO CITY (December 19) —More than 160,000 drug personalities have been arrested since the start of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs. The data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed since July 2016 to  November 30, 2018,  164,265 were arrested. PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon during the press conference of Real Numbers  …

War on drugs in Davao Region gains headway in 2018

DAVAO CITY – Law enforcement agencies led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 11 (PDEA-11) continue to amass victories in 2018 in its fight against the illegal drug menace. PDEA-11 Director Antonio Rivera said the government’s holistic anti-drug campaign has driven the prices of illegal drugs–in particular “shabu”–down as the supply dwindles. To …

Duterte to sign bill scrapping Road Board amid corruption allegations

DAVAO CITY (December 19)— President Rodrigo Duterte will surely sign the bill to scrap the graft-ridden  Road Board “as soon as” it is submitted to him, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson  Salvador Panelo said the President supports the abolition of the Road Board. A measure to abolish the Road Board has been approved by the …

Miss Universe eyed as SoCot ‘adopted daughter’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — A member of the South Cotabato Provincial Board is pushing for the declaration of newly-crowned 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray as the province’s “adopted daughter.” Board Member Dardanilo Dar, who is currently the acting provincial governor, said Tuesday the move aims to recognize Gray’s efforts to promote the province during the …

Palace stands by Diokno’s integrity and competence

DAVAO CITY (December 18) — Malacañang on Tuesday,reaffirmed its trust and confidence on Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno amid calls for his ouster due to alleged pork insertions in the 2019 national budget. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said in a press briefing that Secretary Diokno’s integrity and competence remain intact. …

Peace body in DavOr asks DepEd to cancel permit of lumad schools

MATI CITY (December 18) — The Provincial Peace and Order Council here passed a resolution asking the Department of Education to cancel the permits of Salugpongan schools operating in the province which have not complied with the DepEd’s K to 12 curriculum. The decision was made after the peace body evaluated the documents of the …

GenSan to probe selling of gov’t-owned land to informal settlers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The city government is pushing for a comprehensive investigation into the operations of alleged “squatting syndicates” in the area. Mary Ann Bacar, head of the City Housing and Land Management Office (CHLMO), said Monday they have asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the activities of some groups …

Integrating RH Rights and HIV protection

UNPROTECTED sex heightens the risk of unwanted pregnancy or acquiring sexually transmitted diseases.   The recent UP Population Institute survey on sexual practices of young people shows about 5.4 million engage in premarital sex without protection. Out of 1.4 million involved in casual sex, more than half a million young men have sex with men.   The …