POEA regains authority to license recruitment firms

MANILA — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has regained the authority to issue licenses to recruitment and placement agencies, over a year after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assumed the said responsibility. Through DOLE Administrative Order (AO) 443-2018, issued by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the licensing authority has been given back …

Coast guards rescue crewmen from burning cargo ship in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY–Coast Guard personnel and Maritime policemen rescued 16 crewmen from a burning cargo ship off here, an official said Wednesday. Lt. Commander Noriel Ramos, Zamboanga Coast Guard Station Commander, said rescued on Tuesday afternoon were the crew of M/V Buansa II that caught fire while anchored off Barangay Baliwasan. Ramos said the crew were …

Ifugao’s post-harvest ritual ‘Punnuk’ amazes tourists, DOT head

HUNGDUAN, Ifugao — “Punnuk”, a post-harvest  ritual of the Ifugaos continue to amaze tourists and even local visitors. The rite which has been practiced for decades, passed on from generation to generation, remain an attraction  especially with its unique activity called “guyyud”,  which means  pull. The Punnok ritual is performed among members of the  Ifugao  communities, …

Martires to prioritize speedy resolution of cases as new Ombudsman

MANILA — Outgoing Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires on Monday said he will prioritize looking into the cause of delays in the resolution of pending cases, as he takes over as the new Ombudsman. “My priorities will be the pending cases, the issue on inordinate delay which has been an issue that has been haunting …

Stakeholders move to protect thriving dolphins in Sarangani Bay

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Environment personnel and local stakeholders have stepped up their monitoring and enforcement activities in parts of Sarangani Bay to protect the thriving dolphin population and other fish species in the area. Kristopher Benzonan, technical staff of the Sarangani Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said Friday they have set regular …

Maritime police steps up patrol activities vs. wildlife traffickers

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY –– Maritime police authorities up in arms against  wildlife traffickers in southern Palawan, particularly along the coastal areas of the province. Police Supt. Greg Togonon, chief of the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (SOU-MG) in Palawan, said their increased vigilance against unscrupulous individuals who collect and attempt to transport wildlife species outside …

High demand for residential condo in Davao continues

DAVAO CITY — Martial law has not dampened the prospects for residential condominium market, a real estate consulting firm said noting the prevailing high occupancy rates. In a report on Tuesday dubbed “Davao City’s Property Market Highlights 2018 H1,” Prime Philippines chief executive officer Jet Yu said the implementation of martial law in Mindanao bears no …