Congress approves HB 6705 to create Department of Disaster Resilience

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (August 1) – Camiguin Island province representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo said that after a marathon deliberation, Congress has already approved House Bill 6075 that will create the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR). Romualdo who chaired the Committee on Government Reorganization said that HB 6075 was filed by Albay Congressman Joey Saceda …

Sultan Kudarat Town Councilor Survives BIFF Grenade Attack

LAMBAYONG, Sultan Kudarat (July 31) — A town councilor and his cousin survived a grenade attack here on Saturday morning but two persons were slightly injured, police said. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales said the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion is now helping the police in Sultan Kudarat to hunt down two men who hurled grenades at …

Laak, Compostela Valley to Open More Caves for Eco-Tourism

LAAK, Compostela Valley (July 31) — The Municipal Government will open the the town’s caves to tourists and spelunkers to accommodate tourists who want to experience nature’s wonders. Laak Municipal Mayor Antonio Libuangan said the town has more than a hundred caves which the tourist could explore.  He is planning to open the caving festival to the …

PH to Uphold Freedom of Religion

MANILA (July 30) — Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella reiterated the country’s commitment to uphold the right to freedom of religion, as it is enshrined in the Constitution and reflected in the country’s laws, policies and standards. In a Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom,  an international meeting hosted by the US Department of State in Washington, …

Seized Marijuana signifies victory against illegal drugs: Gov. Dayanghirang

TARRAGONA, DAVAO ORIENTAL (July 28)– Authorities set ablaze bundles of seized marijuana plants during a ceremonial burning on Thursday, July 26 to mark the success of marijuana eradication operation in the villages of Tomoaong and Tubaon in Tarrgona town. Operatives confiscated a total of 22,500 fully-grown marijuana stalks with an estimated value of P3.7 million …

DA to embark on farmers’ training program

DAVAO CITY (July 27)- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will embark on a nationwide vegetable farmers’ training program.  The participants will be provided with technical support on agricultural technology, inputs and other post-training assistance such as farm tools and farm equipment. In a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), Agriculture Secretary Manny …

Cancer advocacy group hails Duterte’s call for UHC passage

MANILA — A cancer prevention advocacy group on Tuesday lauded President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call to Congress to prioritize the passage of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill. “It shows that the President is true to his word in fulfilling his campaign promises,” New Vois Association of the Philippines president, Emer Rojas, said in an …

Making Things Count

IN his third State of the Nations Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raised an important pronouncement regarding the protection of the environment and the policy of the government to prohibit open pit mining.   “Do not destroy the environment or compromise our resources. Repair what you have mismanaged. Try to change management radically because this …

Tuloy ang Laban

Davao City— Filipinos are curious on the reasons of the Oblation as one of the symbols of the University of the Philippines. UP students, alumni, professors, staff and even the Filipino sculptor Guillermo Tolentino have different notions about Oble.   As a fresh graduate who journeyed the in and outs of UP, my perception of …