PH now safe, crime rate significantly down

“The Philippines is now safer from theft, carnapping, robbery, physical injury, and rape.” This is the statement of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as the Philippine National Police (PNP) released figures showing index crime volume declined 25,673 to 55,391 in July-November 2016 period, from 81,064 a year ago. Citing the said PNP report, Andanar said …

ARMM remains last on list of HIV-infected regions in PH

Cotabato City (Dec. 14, 2016) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) remains at the bottom of the list among regions with cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This comes as the region’s prevalence rate on the disease and infection stayed still at less than one percent by …

Andanar: PH and Cambodia can learn from each other in Communications

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday, December 14, met with Cambodia’s Minister of Information Dr. Khieu Kanharith for a tour of the Cambodian Broadcasting Service in Phnom Penh. The two leaders had a hearty exchange of their experiences handling each government’s communication needs and challenges. “We are very optimistic that our bilateral communications relations …

$23-B infrastructure project up for BIMP-EAGA

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–The partnership among countries in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines – East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga) infrastructure project commitment now accounts to $23-billion. Of the total project, Mindanao is allotted a huge funding among other partners in the sub-national areas. Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro, Deputy Executive Director of Mindanao Development Authority …

P1.19-B DAVAO-Samal bridge study at work

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–The feasibility study for the long-dreamed P1.19-billion Samal Bridge now at work. The ground work is expected to kick off by 2019. The pre-feasibility study, was undertaken by Katahira and Engineers International, a Japan-based civil engineering consultancy firm. As it is now, tourist and residents need to pay P20 for ten minute ferry …

No state-sponsored killings-Senate report

MANILA, Philippines–There is no proof that there were state-sponsored killings in the Philippines, this is the conclusion of the joint committee report which earlier conducted committee hearings on the alleged Extra Judicial Killings. The report also said the committees did not find sufficient evidence that Davao Death Squad exist. The eleven senators who signed the …

Health Mayor Sara optimistic Davao rehab center will help win war on drugs

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte was thankful for the new drug rehabilitation center which will be built in Barangay Malagos starting next year. The P200 million 224-bed facility is expected to be completed before 2017 ends. It will offer services not only to drug dependents from Davao City but also to those who are …

Luzon to Mindanao bridge link understudy – Diokno

MANILA – The national government is studying possibility of building a bridge linking Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is asking the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to study the the possibility of building the bridge to link the three islands. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier made public his plan to link the islands …

OFWs will not pay terminal fee by March 2017

PHILIPPINES – Starting march 2017, returning  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose tickets were purchased abroad  will no longer have to pay terminal fees. Ed Monreal, General manager of Manila International Airport Authority  on Monday, November 29, that airlines have “agreed in principle” to automatically relieved OFW’s from paying terminal fees. As it is now, every  …