MinDA chief underscores construction players’ role in rebuilding Marawi

PARAñAQUE CITY, Philippines —-Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto urges the construction industry players of the country to be the government’s partners in the reconstruction of the city. In a speech delivered during the recently concluded ASEAN + 6 Construction Forum, Alonto said that one of the agency’s priorities for the long-term development …

Gardenia bakery expanding food business

  MANILA, Philippines — Gardenia Bakeries Philippines is expanding its product portfolio with the introduction of the Gardenia Malaysia’s Delicia chocolate spread. In a statement Tuesday, Gardenia Philippines President Simplicio Umali Jr. said the company’s introduction of Delicia spreads in the local market is its initial step to expand to other food business. “We are gradually …

PH chairs 14th BIMP-EAGA tourism meet in Malaysia

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippines through the Department of Tourism (DOT) chairs the 14th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster Meeting on 23-27 October 2017 in the Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia. “We are now on our second year of Chairmanship of the Cluster and the meeting will provide us an …

Prelates urge faithful: Remain vigilant vs terrorism

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Catholic Church officials called on the faithful to remain vigilant despite the government’s declaration that Marawi City is free from terrorists. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Laity (CBCP-ECL) Chairman Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the fight against the extremists are not only with the Maute group but other groups …

Military operations in Marawi ends-Lorenzana

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) — MARAWI is  free from terrorist now, after 154 days of battle. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana the end “of all combat operations in Marawi City,” the announcement means termination of all military operations in the area which is now under the government control. The Marawi siege started morning of May 23 …

Malacañang press briefing room relaunched

MANILA, Philippines — Old facade finally over. This best describes the relaunching of the  over century old Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR)  at the New Executive Building. The office under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on October 12, 2017 as it underwent renovation recently. No less than President Rodrigo Duterte led the opening of …

73rd Leyte Gulf Landing honors surviving WW II heroes

PALO, Leyte, Philippines — The courage and bravery of Filipino war veterans, who fought for peace and freedom during the Second World War, were brought to the fore in the 73rd Leyte Gulf Landing Commemoration on Friday October 20, 2017 at the MacArthur Shrine and National Park here. In his anniversary message,Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico …

Duterte vows to cleanse PH of corrupt, tax evaders

MANILA, Philippines  — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed zero tolerance for corrupt public officials and tax-evading businessmen who are shortchanging the Filipino public. The President said this as he graced the concluding ceremony of the 43rd Philippine Business Conference (PBC) and Exposition of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Thursday, October 19  at the …

Surigao town cited for marine protection, conservation

SURIGAO del Sur, Philippines — Fisherfolk of this coastal town of Cortes, Surigao del Sur have been guarding their rich marine sanctuaries and fishing grounds with utmost dedication. No wonder this once virtually unknown town gained national prominence when it received a national award for sustainable coastal management competition, besting other finalists in the country. …