Negrenses take ‘save acacia trees’ campaign to cyberspace

BACOLOD CITY — Concerned Negrenses are taking to the cyberspace the fight to save more than a hundred decades-old acacia trees on the roadside of Barangay Abuanan in Bago City, Negros Occidental. An online petition has been launched on change.org and a Facebook page was set up to protest the cutting of the trees for …

Zambo school inaugurates P21-M full mission bridge simulator

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) on Friday inaugurated its newly-acquired PHP21-million full mission bridge simulator equipment. Dr. Nelson Cabral, ZCSPC president told the Philippine News Agency the equipment was acquired from Kansas, United States of America, and is the first in Mindanao. Cabral said the full mission bridge simulator has 270 degrees …

CDO mulls ‘lockdown’ policy in future disaster response ops

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The repeated occurrence of flooding in the city’s main roads has prompted the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to consider a “lockdown” policy for the safety of people stranded in flooded areas. CDRRMO chief Verner Monsanto presented this proposal during a post-evaluation briefing on July 11, following waist-deep flooding …

Jeepney operators, drivers to receive P5,000 lump sum fuel subsidy

MANILA — Public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers will get their Pantawid Pasada cards starting July 17. This, as transportation officials have decided to provide a lump sum subsidy of PHP5,000 to 179,852 legitimate PUJ franchise holders for this year. The government decided to do away with providing a subsidy of PHP833 over a six-month …

Davao City coastal village to host P300-M wastewater treatment project

DAVAO CITY–A coastal village here will be the site of the PHP300-million Sanitation Embankment Project (SEP) by the Department of Science and Technology in Region 11 (DOST-11). Barangay 76-A in Bucana was chosen primarily because of its location in a coastal area and for its proximity to the Davao River. DOST-11 Regional Director Anthony Sales …

Duterte signs law banning all forms of hazing

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday signed a law banning all forms of hazing and imposes graver penalties against those who participate in it or try to conceal it. Duterte signed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 (RA 11053), which prohibits all forms of hazing in fraternities, sororities, and organizations in schools, including citizens’ …

Manila Symphony Jr. Orchestra wins 1st place in Vienna fest

MANILA — The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) bested over 30 youth orchestras from 14 different countries to claim the top spot in Austria’s most prestigious youth music festival. The young orchestra won first place at the 12th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. The …

ConCom heeds Duterte’s suggestion to bar him from reelection

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte, with his irrevocable decision, will be barred from running for President under the proposed Federal Constitution, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to draft a new charter, said on Tuesday. After the ratification of the proposed Federal Constitution, Duterte shall also call for election of a transition President and Vice …

60-day peace window with Joma still open: Duterte

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said the 60-day timeframe for peace talks between him and Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding Chairperson Jose Maria Sison remains open but the possible resumption of peace negotiations is still uncertain. “I don’t know for the next step,” Duterte said, emphasizing the agreed agreements to …