BARMM rehab center opens in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local officials in the Maguindanao town of Sultan Kudarat opened Friday the Balay Silangan Reformation and Treatment Center for Drug Law Offenders that will serve the entire Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Mayor Shameem Mastura of Sultan Kudarat and PDEA-BARMM deputy regional director Marlon …

Japan signs new P41.8-M grassroots projects in PH

MANILA— The Japanese embassy in Manila on Friday has signed five new grassroots projects worth PHP41.78 million, which are focused on improving education, health, and agriculture across the country. The projects, under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), will be implemented by the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. and the municipalities of Matanog …

NDF consultant, companion arrested in Cavite raid

DAVAO CITY (March 22) — Government operatives on Wednesday night arrested National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant and his companion in a raid in Gen. Bautista St., Poblacion II-A in Imus, Cavite. Arrested were Renante Gamara, NDFP peace consultant for the National Capital Region and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat were presented in a …

Bukidnon retailer adopts solar-powered rooftops

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Homegrown NVM Mall in Valencia City, Bukidnon, will become the first shopping center in the province to have a solar energy system installed on its rooftop. In a public disclosure Tuesday, NVM said the installation of its 100-kilowatt solar-power rooftop is slated for completion in June 2019 and full commissioning and …

Vigan zoo visitors to soon see new animals from S. Africa

LAOAG CITY — Visiting Vigan in Ilocos Sur is never complete without going to the Baluarte Zoo, a free-admission zoological park located in Salindeg village, and owned by former governor Luis “Chavit” Singson. This summer, more tourists are expected to visit the zoo with the arrival of more animals such as giraffes and antelopes from South Africa. As …

Nearly 1K families flee as TD ‘Chedeng’ hits Davao Region

DAVAO CITY –- Tropical depression “Chedeng” has forced almost 1,000 families or over 4,000 individuals from 19 barangays in Davao Region to evacuate to safer places on Monday evening. “Chedeng” also damaged the Nasipit Bridge in Barangay Central, Tarragona, Davao Oriental which remains not passable to all types of vehicles due to scouring, making the bridge …

SC reinstates raps vs. Parojinog over anomalous building contract

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) reinstated the graft case against embattled Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez in connection with irregularities in the contract for the renovation of the city’s multi-purpose building 10 years ago. In a decision penned by Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta dated February 11 and released Monday, the SC …

Teacher, 3 others nabbed in Zambo Sur anti-drug ops

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — A public school teacher and three others were arrested in an anti-drug operation in the town of Dumalinao, this province, police said Saturday. The Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Police Office identified the arrested public school teacher as Ryan Gabunilas Cabilao–listed as a high-value target (HVT) — and his three alleged …

Japan needs 60K caregivers: POEA

MANILA — Some 60,000 caregivers are needed in Japan, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). POEA administrator Bernard Olalia said private recruitment agencies will be processing the employment of qualified foreign workers under the new specialized skilled worker visa of Japan starting April 1. He added the new visa will have two classifications: one …