Jaafar ‘100% satisfied’ with BiCam handling of BBL concerns

DAVAO CITY (July 18) — Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar expressed  “100 percent satisfied” at how the Bicameral Conference (BiCam) resolved the issues on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during a caucus held Tuesday. In a press statement issued by the Office of the President on Peace Process, Jaafar was quoted saying  “Nagpapasalamat kami …

Duterte-Mahathir reaffirm PH-Malaysia ties

DAVAO CITY (July 17) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia Monday,  where the two leaders renewed and reaffirmed the long-standing friendship between the two Southeast Asian nations. Malacañang said President Duterte is “grateful” to the Malaysian leader’s invitation to visit Kuala Lumpur and meet with him for the …

Random tests done to verify prevalence of drug use, not users: DepEd

DAVAO CITY (July 16) — It is still too early to conclude the effectiveness of the random-sampling  drug test  survey  among  high school and college students, said  Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones. Briones was reacting to the statement issued by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director Aaron Aquino, that the Education department’s scheme …

Zambo school inaugurates P21-M full mission bridge simulator

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) on Friday inaugurated its newly-acquired PHP21-million full mission bridge simulator equipment. Dr. Nelson Cabral, ZCSPC president told the Philippine News Agency the equipment was acquired from Kansas, United States of America, and is the first in Mindanao. Cabral said the full mission bridge simulator has 270 degrees …

Dureza asks AFP to return unspent P192.5M PAMANA fund

DAVAO CITY (July 15) — Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to return P192.5 million that had been released in 2012 for road projects in Maguindanao under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) program but have remained unimplemented. Dureza discovered during the July 10, with AFP …

CDO Mayor leads groundbreaking of 45 classrooms, HS building

Cagayan de Oro City (July 11)-   Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar “Oca” Moreno led the groundbreaking ceremony and time capsule laying of a four storey building and 45 classrooms at PN. Roa National Highschool, Calaanan, Brgy Canitoan here. The 63 million pesos worth of project will serve as a new secondary home of Senior students in PN.Roa …

Palace: President Duterte to serve until 2022 only

DAVAO CITY (July 11) —- Even under the new Constitution being drafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) formed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the President’s term will only be until 2022, the Palace reiterated Monday. In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said the ConCom is set to submit its final draft …

Camiguin solon wants probe on ailing electric coop

CAMIGUIN ISLAND  (July 10) – Congress Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo is seeking a congressional hearing on Camiguin Electric Cooperative (Camelco), the island’s electric provider. Romualdo said that the financial health of the cooperative is no longer viable under the leadership of General Manager Adriano Ebcas. On October 2017, Romualdo filed House Resolution No. 1385 directing …