T’was yesterday : 1 Mayor, 3 top officials suspended and 1 convicted

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan and the Ombudsman issued three separate resolutions yesterday. 1. The Sandiganbayan has ordered the 90-day preventive suspension against Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. for delaying the implementation of the suspension order involving his  staff. The anti-graft court directed Montilla “to cease and desist from performing and/or …

Red tide alert up in 8 Eastern Visayas bays

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines  — Shellfish ban is still up in eight bays in Eastern Visayas as red tide toxins continue to plague some coastal waters of the region since mid-2017. These red tide-infested bays are Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda, Villareal; and Daram waters in Samar province; Leyte coastal waters and Carigara Bay in Leyte; and Matarinao Bay …

UPDATED! Tropical Depression Agaton

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Tropical Depression Agaton spared Caraga region, as it made a landfall in the Islands of Dinagat-Siargao at 1:am today, January 2. The Tropical Depression made five landfalls: Socorro, Surigao del Norte (1am, January 2); Claver,  Surigao del Sur (1:15am); Jagna, Bohol (4a,); Santander, Cebu (5am) and; Bais City, Negros Oriental and …

Tropical Depression Agaton threatens Eastern Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Strong winds and moderate rainshowers started to affect Davao areas as Tropical Depression Agaton is expected  to make a landfall evening of January 1 or dawn of January 2 in Caraga region. In its ‘Weather Advisory No. 2 issued 9:35 pm  Thunderstorm is affecting #NorthernSamar #Masbate and nearby areas, which may persist within 2 …

Mambukal Resort staff trained on volcanic eruption response

  BACOLOD CITY, Philippines  — As Mount Kanlaon remains in moderate level of unrest, the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) of Negros Occidental trained the management and staff of Mambukal Resort on volcanic eruption response. The Capitol-owned resort in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia is situated at the foot of the active volcano, and one of the …

Vinta aftermath: 6,614 families flee homes as flashflood hit Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Some  6,614 families or 31,375 individuals affected by flood here. There no heavy downpour in the city area but Davao rivers started to swell afternoon Friday as rain waters from the neighboring provinces cascaded   after  tropical storm Vinta made a landfall in Cateel, Davao Oriental. Davao was placed under storm signal …

Vinta aftermath: Hundreds of Davaoeños evacuated due to flashflood

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED)— Hundreds of families residing near riverbanks and low-lying areas evacuated as flooding hit their villages and rescue operations still ongoing. The City Government of Davao sent 911 rescuers along with police and Task Force Davao personnel, Red Cross and other civic groups to transfer the residents to a safer ground. As …