Phl Navy Welcomes Royal Australian Navy in Zamboanga

Zamboanga City, Philippines — The Philippine Navy welcomes the visit of the Royal Australian Navy Vessels – Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Larrakia and Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Maitland and delegates on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Zamboanga City Port. The Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, Naval Forces Western Mindanao, Rear Adm. Rene …

8 Davao cops get ‘Medalya ng Kagalingan’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The eight members of the Police Regional Office (PRO 11) Explosive Ordnance Division were awarded with Medalya ng Kagalingan on Monday for their support during the government’s campaign against the Maute terrorists in Marawi City. Chief Insp. Andrea Dela Cerna, spokesperson for PRO 11, identified the awardees as SPO3 Yolindo Singson, …

‘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 …

Returning Marawi residents hope to rebuild lives after the siege

Marawi City, Philippines —— After five  months of conflict, residents are now starting to return to their homes here , bringing with them hope and resolve to overcome ordeals. Abpisa Barese, 63,  resident of Basak, Malulut whose family escaped the battle on the third day of the Marawi  crisis said it will take time for …

Duque to prioritize rebuilding of Marawi’s health infra

MANILA, Philippines —Newly-appointed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department will give priority to the rebuilding of health infrastructure damaged during the five-month siege of Marawi City. “Ang priority program natin ngayon (Our priority program at present) is to help rebuild Marawi City,” Duque said when asked about his priorities during an interview Friday, a day after …

Indonesia holds food fest to raise donations for Marawi



MANILA, Philippines —  As the Jakarta and Manila maintain “good” bilateral ties, the Embassy of Indonesia in the Philippines on Friday held the “One Day Exquisite Indonesian Food Festival 2017” to promote their local cuisine and at the same time raise revenues to be donated to internally displaced persons (IDP) in Marawi City. “We would …

MinDA chief underscores construction players’ role in rebuilding Marawi

PARAñAQUE CITY, Philippines —-Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto urges the construction industry players of the country to be the government’s partners in the reconstruction of the city. In a speech delivered during the recently concluded ASEAN + 6 Construction Forum, Alonto said that one of the agency’s priorities for the long-term development …

PH chairs 14th BIMP-EAGA tourism meet in Malaysia

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippines through the Department of Tourism (DOT) chairs the 14th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster Meeting on 23-27 October 2017 in the Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia. “We are now on our second year of Chairmanship of the Cluster and the meeting will provide us an …