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 …

Duterte to provide support for agri sector in Ilocos Norte

DAVAO CITY (September 18) — President Rodrigo  Duterte said the government will  prioritize its support to the agriculture sector hit by Typhoon ‘Ompong’ in Ilocos Norte. This will be done as the government  restores and repairs the  infrastructures and basic utilities  damaged by the typhoon. Duterte  gave  commitment when he visited Laoag City, last Sunday, …

Int’l, domestic flights cancelled due to ‘Ompong’

DAVAO CITY (September 15) — The Manila International Airport authority cancelled international and domestic flights on Friday due to Typhoon Ompong. This,  after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geographysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that Ty[hoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) gained strength and moving at 205 km per hour and with maximum sustained wind gustiness at …

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 …

No rice shortage-Duterte

DAVAO CITY (September 13) —  President Rodrigo  Duterte on Tuesday said, there is no rice shortage in the country. During his one-on-one interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Duterte said there is no rice shortage but manifested-the presence of manipulation. Without citing specifics, Duterte quipped,   “Yan nga ang sabi ko, ‘yung iba kino-control. …

Palace proposes measures to address food inflation

DAVAO CITY (September 12) —- The Palace is now doing immediate and medium-term measures to curb food inflation in the country. This, after consumers complained about the  high prices of agricultural products in the market. The prices of vegetables  soared during the last two weeks, even vegetable-producing regions felt the increase. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque …

Congress approves Mobile Number Portability Act

DAVAO CITY (September 10)—  The House of Representatives today approved on third and final reading a  measure allowing mobile phone users to retain their numbers even when switching network providers. All of the  216 lawmakers present in the session  voted  House Bill 7652, also known as  “Mobile Number Portability Act”. House Information and Communications Technology …

Duterte brings home USD143.6-M fresh investments from Israel and Jordan trips

DAVAO CITY (September 9) —President Rodrigo Duterte brought home  a total of USD143.57 million worth of fresh investments from his six-day official visit to Israel and Jordan, Malacañang said Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the visit successfully resulted to the signing of  USD82.9 million investments for the country out of the business meetings. The …

Fake cigarette distributors nabbed in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Police operatives arrested two alleged distributors of counterfeit cigarettes in separate operations over the weekend in the South Cotabato town of Polomolok. Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco, Police Regional Office-12 director said in a report released on Monday that suspects Fajad Gawagay Matumadi, 18, and Mano Mila Compas, 51, were nabbed during …