Duterte signs first oil exploration deal

DAVAO CITY (October 19) —President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed the first-ever petroleum service contract under his administration, which would pave the way for the conduct of more oil exploration activities in the country. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo in a Palace press briefing  Thursday confirmed that the President attended on Wednesday the Ceremonial Signing …

Close to 800K Pinoys affected by Facebook data breach

MANILA — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has ordered Facebook to provide notifications to more than 700,000 Filipino users, whose personal information were affected by a data breach last September. In its order Thursday, the privacy watchdog said the social media firm must provide identity theft insurance for affected Filipino data subjects or establish a …

Family planning bolsters economic, social success: UN

MANILA (October 18)– Effective family planning is key to a country’s economic and social development, an official of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said Wednesday. “Economic progress will arise if couples have the power to choose having fewer children,” UNFPA Country Representative Iori Kato said in a press briefing in Pasay City. Citing the State …

Teddy Locsin takes oath as new DFA chief

MANILA (October 18) — New Foreign Affairs Secretary  Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr. has taken his oath as new Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) before President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday afternoon. Locsin’s oath-taking came after Malacañang released his appointment paper. Locsin replaced Alan Peter Cayetano who stepped down to run for Taguig City …

92,000 migratory birds documented in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 16)– Around 92,000 migratory raptors flocked and took temporary refuge for at least three weeks in the last two months at an emerging sanctuary in the coastal municipality of Glan, Sarangani province. Cornelio Ramirez Jr., executive director of the Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), said Monday the raptors were spotted …

CDO wins ICT award for PWD online enlistment system

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–This city placed second in a national competition among local governments that have already integrated Information Communication Technology (ICT) in government services. The “eGov Awards” recognized the city’s innovative “Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Online ID Registration” system, said Jong Pamisa, PWD online ID registration head, who received the award on October 12 …

Islamic scholars commend BOL passage, vow support

DAVAO CITY  (October 14)— The Islamic scholars from all over the country vowed to support the Bangsamoro Organic Law  (BOL),  as it commend the government for standing by its commitment in the quest for peace in Mindanao. In a statement,  the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP), a national network of Ulama and Ulama organizations …

UNHRC seat win means PH respects and protects human rights-Cayetano

DAVAO CITY (October 14) — The recent victory of the Philippines in winning another three-year term in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) means the international community is convinced that country respects and protects human rights. Outgoing Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a statement Saturday said,   “Our successful bid to keep our seat …

Despite opposition, Philippines wins seat at UN Human Rights Council

DAVAO CITY (October 13) — We Won! shouted the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in New York, Friday, October 12. The Department of Foreign Affairs in a press statement said “The Philippines won its bid to keep its seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council during elections held in New …

Duterte sends aid to earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia

BALI, Indonesia — President Rodrigo  Duterte has extended assistance to the areas hit by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami last month in Indonesia. Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong Tan Wee confirmed this during an interview with the media at Patra Hotel here on Wednesday, October 10. “As of today, I learned that our C-130 plane …