NHA Contractors Barred from Housing Projects

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The National Housing Authority (NHA) barred almost all of its 20 contractors who were awarded contracts to undertake the Yolanda Housing projects. Marcelino P. Escalada, General manager of the NHA said “show cause” order was sent last month and most, if not all, failed to legally explain why they can still …

‘Maranao-speaking’ psychologists needed in Marawi

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Healing the wounds after the five-month  Marawi siege takes time and it needs special skills to communicate with the returning Internally Displaces Persons (IDPs) as they are mostly Maranao-speaking. Language, according to Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan, is one of the challenges they are facing and the …

Duterte creates eight new barangays in Davao region

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed  new law creating three barangays here and another five in Tagum City. The Republic Act 10953  creates three new barangays namely: Barrio Pampanga, Alfonso Angliongso Sr. and Vicente Hizon Sr. Ralph Abella, Barangay Captain of Vicente Hizon Sr. was happy upon learning that finally, his village is …

Technology paves new way towards correct Filipino

MANILA – Is it ‘imahe’ or ‘imahen?’ ‘Dyaryo’ or ‘diyaryo?’ Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is developing a software that aims to help address misspelling of words in Filipino, the country’s national language. Targeted for launching in 2018, KWF’s first spellchecker software will operate much like Microsoft Word’s own by alerting people about wrong spelling …

Duterte to resolve insurgency problem peacefully-Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte want to put an end to the end to the insurgency problem of the country peacefully. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana even called on the fighters of  the  New People’s Army (NPA) fighters to lay down their arms and live normally in the meanstream society. This developed as  undetermined number …

Infra projects on the rise with Japan’s $9-B pledge-Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Filipinos should expect more infrastructure projects out of the $9 billion pledge from the Japanese government. The pouring of fund is part of the success of  President Rodrigo Duterte second visit to Japan. With the fresh fund, Duterte’s  Build, Build Build program thrives. The support form the Japanese government does not …

DFA resets passport appointments for ASEAN Summit

 MANILA, Philippines —  In light of the upcoming ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) rescheduled passport appointment dated November 13 to 15 for accommodation at any date until Nov. 29, 2017. This in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 332 declaring November 13 to 15 as special non-working days for the …

Navy needs more urban warfare training

MANILA, Philippines — An official of the Philippine Navy sees the need for Navy force units, especially those involved in ground assault missions, to get more training and exposure in urban warfare. In an interview, Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado said subsequent debriefings after the liberation of Marawi City indicated there is a …

Japan, a true friend-Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte considers Japan, a true friend. Duterte who left for Japan, in his pre-departure statement at the Davao International Airport  Sunday night, October 20, 2017 said the earlier scheduled  visit to Japan was called off due to the Marawi crisis. In his  scheduled meeting with His Majesty,  Japanese …