BFAR eyes more ‘galunggong’ imports

MANILA –– The government is mulling to import more “galunggong” or round scad fish, given the prevailing lean fishing season and the upcoming no-catching season for the Filipinos’ staple fish, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Monday. “We’re looking into the demand for ‘galunggong’ nationwide,” BFAR national director Eduardo Gongona said on …

Fox asks BI to overturn denial of missionary visa extension

MANILA — Australian nun Patricia Anne Fox on Monday asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to reverse its decision rejecting her request for the renewal of her missionary. In a six-page motion for reconsideration,  Fox’ camp argued  argued that contrary to the ruling of the BI, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) it has entered into …

Davao City sends humanitarian aid to typhoon victims

DAVAO CITY — Davao City has once again showed its readiness to help areas devastated by calamities as the city government on Monday pooled resources for 10,000 food packs for the victims of Typhoon Ompong. “Davao City and the Dabawenyos are always willing and ready to help other provinces in times of calamities,” Mayor Sara …

‘Ompong’-affected families now at 63.7K

MANILA — Typhoon Ompong has so far affected 63,769 families or 250,036 persons residing in 1,403 barangays in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera regions and the National Capital Region (NCR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its 6 a.m. update on Sunday. Of the figure, 34,169 families …

Davao City traffic body nets 100K violators in a year

DAVAO CITY – The City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) here has recorded over 100,000 traffic violators as the implementation of the Traffic Citation Tickets turns one year on Thursday, September 13. Of the 107,531 violators, 66,714 were drivers and 40,817 were jaywalkers, said CTTMO Chief Dionisio Abude. Abude said that of the 66,714 …

Health emergency teams ready for Ompong

MANILA — Health emergency response teams are on standby and ready for deployment in preparation for typhoon “Ompong,” the Department of Health (DOH) said in its report to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Thursday. DOH said it also issued health advisories and prepositioned assorted medicines in the provinces or regions that will …

20 inmates at S. Cotabato jail positive of drug use 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Security measures have been tightened at the South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center in Koronadal City after 20 of its inmates yielded positive of drug use in surprise tests. Juan Lanzaderas, provincial jail warden, said Thursday such results were based on the random drug tests conducted last week on 65 of the …

Airlines cancel Sept. 14-15 flights in northern Luzon

MANILA — Local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Thursday that they will cancel flights to and from northern Luzon scheduled on Sept. 14-15 due to Typhoon Ompong. Another carrier, AirSwift, will cancel flights between Manila and Basco, Batanes, scheduled on Sept. 14 and 16. Weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical …

Police on the lookout for foreign terrorists: PRO-11

DAVAO CITY –- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-11 is on the lookout for foreigners who are possibly tied with local terrorists in Mindanao. PRO-11 spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz said they “have names” of foreigners who are in Mindanao and possibly having alliance with terrorists but she begged off from revealing their number. Driz said …