Cancer advocacy group hails Duterte’s call for UHC passage

MANILA — A cancer prevention advocacy group on Tuesday lauded President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call to Congress to prioritize the passage of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill. “It shows that the President is true to his word in fulfilling his campaign promises,” New Vois Association of the Philippines president, Emer Rojas, said in an …

PTFoMS forms task force to investigate broadcaster’s death

BAGUIO CITY — The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) executive director and Communications Undersecretary Joel Egco said a special investigation task group, dubbed “Task Force Llana”, has been formed, less than six hours after the reported killing of Blocktime broadcaster Joey Llana in the morning of Friday, July 20. Egco in an interview …

Benguet residents complain of hospital waste dumping near river

TUBA, Benguet –– Officials and residents of Barangay Taloy Sur in this town are up in arms against the dumping of hospital wastes on a private lot near a river. A contractor of a  medical facility in Baguio City reportedly dumped the hospital waste. The  river flows through residential areas, particularly sitios Diyang, Pi-ig, Shumshang, …

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’ …