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 …

Prelates urge faithful: Remain vigilant vs terrorism

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Catholic Church officials called on the faithful to remain vigilant despite the government’s declaration that Marawi City is free from terrorists. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Laity (CBCP-ECL) Chairman Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the fight against the extremists are not only with the Maute group but other groups …

Surigao town cited for marine protection, conservation

SURIGAO del Sur, Philippines — Fisherfolk of this coastal town of Cortes, Surigao del Sur have been guarding their rich marine sanctuaries and fishing grounds with utmost dedication. No wonder this once virtually unknown town gained national prominence when it received a national award for sustainable coastal management competition, besting other finalists in the country. …

Zamboanga City declared under the state of calamity

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The City Council of Zamboanga approved the request of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco to declare  Zamboanga City under a state of calamity due to the widespread destruction brought about by Typhoon Paolo to its agriculture and infrastructure.   Climaco wrote  a letter …

Hapilon, Maute killed in Marawi

MANILA — Malacañan confirmed Monday the death of two terrorist leaders, Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, during a military operation meant to retake the last remaining Daesh-Maute stronghold in Marawi. In the same operation, 17 civilian hostages held hostage by the terror group were rescued. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said operating units in Marawi have …