Zamboanga DENR officials relieved from posts

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— The regional director and the provincial environmental officer of Zamboanga peninsula were relieved form posts for being negligent in their tasks which resulted to the denudation of the forest and displacement of indigenous peoples in the area. This after President Rodrigo Duterte Monday, January 8, ordered the closure of Dacon Group of …

Duterte orders closure of Dacon and Sirawai plywood operations in Zamboanga Peninsula

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — After watching the video about the havoc brought about by typhoons Vinta and Urduja in the  Zamboanga Peninsula, an angry  President Rodrigo Duterte  ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to immediately close  two logging concessions in the area. The stop order was issued by DENR Regional Director Felix …

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 …