SWS survey shows “very strong” support on mandatory drug test for 10 years old above; DepEd and PNP against the proposal

DAVAO CITY (November 8)–  There was a positive response on the proposed mandatory drug tests in schools for students in the fourth grade level and above, results of the Social Weather Station (SWS) survey shows. This means, that among the respondents of the survey conducted on September, 51 % believe that children of about 10 years …

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Quevedo; appoints Bishop Lampon as successor

DAVAO CITY (November 8) — Pope Francis has finally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the archbishop of Cotabato and named Bishop Angelito Lampon of Jolo as his successor. The resignation and appointment were made public in Rome on Tuesday at noon (7:00pm local time). “After 20 years of service as Archbishop in Bangsamoro territory, …

OWWA e-card project to benefit 250,000 OFWs

DAVAO CITY (November 7)– The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has launched the first phase of its OFW e-card project which is expected to benefit an estimated 250,000 Balik Manggagawa OFWs. The e-card can be used for OWWA services such as welfare programs, scholarship applications, training programs, and other social benefits. OFWs who are active …

Mindanao LGUs seek consensus on Martial Law extension

DAVAO CITY (November 7)-  The local government units in Southern region of Mindanao are seeking the consensus from residents on the possible extension of martial law in Mindanao after December 31. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., said that most of the residents from the areas in Mindanao are …

Gov’t to pursue charges against officials involved in Dengvaxia case

DAVAO CITY (November 6)–  The government will pursue charges against individuals and officials involved in the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine case, as Malacanang vowed “forceful action” to bring justice to the families of children “whose deaths are reportedly caused by the said vaccine.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a statement said appropriate charges “will be lodged …

Duterte: Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism to raise awareness on constitutional reform

DAVAO CITY (November 6)–  The Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism has been formed to develop strategies to raise public awareness on federalism and constitutional reform. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the creation of the task force through Memorandum Circular No. 52, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on October 31 and released to the media on …

DepEd reiterates commitment to implement IPEd Program

DAVAO CITY (November 5)– Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones  has reiterated the Department’s commitment in continuing the implementation of the IPEd Program, which is anchored on the recognition of the right of IPs to basic education that is responsive to their context, respects their identities, and promotes their indigenous knowledge, competencies, and …

DOH cautions parents on use of e-cigarettes, vapes among minors

DAVAO CITY (November 5) — The Department of Health (DOH) has cautioned parents and guardians against the use of e-cigarettes and vapes especially among minors. On its advisory,  the Health department stressed, “These devices are not toys and they contain concomitant health and safety hazards which may lure teenagers to pick up the habit of smoking.” …

26 MisOcc former rebels undergo holistic reintegration intervention program, receive E-CLIP financial assistance

Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental (November 4)– The Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) Committee of the Province of Misamis Occidental has successfully conducted the Rapid Reintegration Program for 26 Former Rebels (FRs) enrolled under ECLIP on October 15-19, 2018. In a report provided by the Department of Interior and Local Government, at least 26 rebel …