OFW cluster in Duterte cabinet eyed

MANILA, Philippines —  Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano recommended the  addition of an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) cluster in the Cabinet to further improve service for Filipino migrants and their families. Cayetano said one of 2017’s highlight for DFA is assisting OFWs. And to continue this, he said creation of a Cabinet cluster on …

Ethics on Promoting Milk Substitutes

Reviving the breastfeeding culture in the is facing rough challenges owing to the aggressive advertising of processed milk products for infants. While there are medical factors that prevents women from breastfeeding such as being HIV positive, using certain drugs or having a baby with galactosemia (an inability to process a component of breastmilk), the most common reasons not …

Former Agusan Del Norte Mayor charged over unliquidated funds

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Remedios Agusan del Norte  Mayor Teresita Soliva of Remedios Romualdez, is facing charges before the Sandiganbayan for Malversation and 10 counts of Failure to liquidate P991,668.58 cash advances. Investigation disclosed that from April 2004 to May 2007, respondent received a total of P991,668.58 as cash advances for travel expenses, peace and …

P521-M worth of fake shoes, apparel seized in Pasay City

MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of boxes of fake apparel and shoes estimated to be worth PHP521.93 million were seized on Thursday by agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Pasay City. The operation conducted by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service and Enforcement (CIIS) and Security Service (ESS) uncovered the counterfeit goods such as Lee, …

150,000 mangrove propagules planted in Tanjay City  

DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines — Various local government and non-government entities have banded together to intensify efforts to reforest the mangrove area in Barangay San Isidro in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. As of latest count, at least 150,000 mangrove seedlings or propagules have been planted, with some having grown as high as six feet already. Planting …

DepEd launches Brigada Eskwela in Marawi

Cotabato City, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the Brigada Eskwela in Marawi City  where volunteers repaired, painted, and cleaned some of the schools that were damaged by the five-month fighting in the war-torn city. Education Secretary Leonor Briones and DepEd-ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) Secretary Dr. John Magno led the …

Ombudsman suspends Dapitan City treasurer

            MANILA, Philippines —Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has directed the Secretary of the Department of Finance to suspend Dapitan City Treasurer Medelyn Pacatang for one year without pay. Pacatang was ordered suspended after she was found guilty of two counts of Simple Misconduct, two counts of Violation of Reasonable Office …

Ombudsman suspends Dapitan City treasurer

MANILA, Philippines —Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has directed the Secretary of the Department of Finance to suspend Dapitan City Treasurer Medelyn Pacatang for one year without pay. Pacatang was ordered suspended after she was found guilty of two counts of Simple Misconduct, two counts of Violation of Reasonable Office Rules and Regulations, and Gross Insubordination. …

Ombudsman suspends Basilan vice-mayor for grave misconduct 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has found former Lamitan, Basilan Mayor (now Vice Mayor) Roderick Furigay, guilty of Grave Misconduct and was meted the penalty of six months suspension without pay. The members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairman Florence Herrera, Acting City Accountant Nilo Sotto, BAC members: Ignacio …

Ombudsman charged ex-Lanao del Sur Mayor for non-filing of SALNs

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Balabagan, Lanao del Sur Mayor Amer Sampiano faces charges before the Sandiganbayan for five counts of violating the ethical standards of government employees over his failure to file his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2008-2012. After the investigation, the Ombudsman resolution stated Sampiano violated Section 8 …