Davao bizmen welcome sisterhood pact with Kaua’i

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The business sector in Davao City welcomed the sisterhood agreement signed between Davao and the County of Kaua’i, Hawaii, which they described as a strong indicator that the city is safe, secure and attractive place for investments. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) president Arturo Milan hinted at opportunities …

Fire hits South Cotabato public market, P10-M damage reported

South Cotabato, Mindanao — Fire of still unknown origin gutted the old public market building of Surallah, along Surallah-Marbel Highway, Saturday dawn, February 3, 2018. The fire which lasted for three hours  razed to the ground stalls and goods which accounts to P10-million damage. Firefighters from nearby towns came to save the establishments nearby as …

Duterte, Modi agree to expand trade, security cooperation

MANILA, Philippines–President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Move have agreed to expand bilateral ties on trade and security cooperation. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the two leaders met for more than one hour right after President Duterte arrived in New Delhi Wednesday night to attend the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day …

Increase in Gasoline, diesel, kerosene prices tomorrow

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Motorists are rushing to fill up their tanks as oil companies implement price hike tomorrow, January 23. The  oil players cited the increase  in the international petroleum market prompted them to implement an increase. Gasoline pump prices will go up by 35 centavos per liter, while diesel and kerosene will be …

Palace junks MIASCOR’s appeal

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Malacañang junked MIASCOR’s  appeal  for reconsideration on the cancellation of their contract with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement Sunday said “there is nothing to appeal” saying the “government has no existing contract with MIASCOR Ground handling Corporation.” On Friday, January 19, MIAA General …

About 4,000 MIASCOR employees agonize over contract cancellation

Davao City, Philippines — About 4,000 workers will be displaced in the next 60 days as the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) terminated it’s contract with the ground service provider MIASCOR Groundhandling Corporation Friday January 19, 2018. MIAA Airport General manager Ed Monreal in a letter to MIASCOR president Fidel Hernan Reyes asked the company …

Good conduct certificate soon to be mandatory for migrant workers in UAE

DUBAI, UAE — The United Arabs Emirates (UAE) government will soon require a mandatory ‘certificate of good conduct’ from all migrant workers in order to obtain a work visa in the country. Effective February 4, the certificate, which is in accordance to a decision of the Council of Ministers No. (1/8) of 2017, should be …

Duterte plans to ban sending OFWs to Kuwait due to sexual abuse cases

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Philippine government is planning to talk with the government of Kuwait about the  increasing sexual abuses involving Overseas Filipino Workers. During the launching of the OFW Bank Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018, Duterte shared his apprehensions on the increasing number of sexual abuses involving Filipino workers. Duterte said “My advise …

Immigration deports 1,508 illegal aliens in 2017

MANILA, Philippines  — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported 1,508 foreigners in 2017 for violating Philippine immigration laws. This figure is much higher than the 400 foreigners expelled from the country in 2016, according to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. He said the foreigners were deported based on summary deportation orders issued against them by …