Vinta aftermath: 6,614 families flee homes as flashflood hit Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Some  6,614 families or 31,375 individuals affected by flood here. There no heavy downpour in the city area but Davao rivers started to swell afternoon Friday as rain waters from the neighboring provinces cascaded   after  tropical storm Vinta made a landfall in Cateel, Davao Oriental. Davao was placed under storm signal …

PRRD leads commissioning of 2 ships to fight illegal fishing

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 21, led the commissioning of government ships BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy, which are expected to help strengthen the state’s ability to combat illegal fishing and immediately respond to disasters. “Our activities today are proof of the government’s resolve to empower and protect our country’s farmers …

Vinta landfall: Lessons from Pablo make Davao Oriental folks conscious, safer

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The lessons of typhoon Pablo which hit their province on December 4,  2012,  placed Davao Oriental residents on a safer ground as tropical storm Vinta (Tembin) made a landfall in their area Friday dawn. The Provincial government of Davao Oriental listed some 3,379 families staying at the different evacuation centers as …

Talomo-Puan bypass road opens today December 22

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Talomo-Puan bypass road will be opened to motorists starting 6:00 in the morning Today, December 22, 2017. The Talomo-Puan Bypass road alignment. The Talomo-Puan Bypass road alignment. Posted by DPWH Region XI on Monday, May 29, 2017 Dean Ortiz, spokesperson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XI …

Duterte orders DAP president to vacate post

  MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) President Elba Cruz to vacate her post as her term had already expired in June 2017. The order was given through a letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Monday. In the letter, Medialdea said that Cruz was appointed by …

Duterte visits areas hit by typhoon Urduja

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Monday December 18, conducted an  aerial survey on board a chopper in areas hardly hit by  Typhoon Urduja. Duterte immediately convened with some members of his cabinet and local government officials to discuss the extent of the typhoon’s damage as well as the response and relief efforts …

Duterte vows equal rights and protection for LGBT community

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Renewing his commitment to promote equal rights and protection among Filipinos,  President Rodrigo Duterte assured on Sunday that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), they will not suffer  discrimination, oppression and bigotry under his administration. “Let me just say thank you for the celebration and you have my guarantee that everybody, …

OFW cluster in Duterte cabinet eyed

MANILA, Philippines —  Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano recommended the  addition of an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) cluster in the Cabinet to further improve service for Filipino migrants and their families. Cayetano said one of 2017’s highlight for DFA is assisting OFWs. And to continue this, he said creation of a Cabinet cluster on …