DOH to drugstores: Give discount on diabetes, hypertension meds

MANILA — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday called on drugstores and pharmaceutical companies to sell diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension medications at a discounted price. This, after the Department of Finance announced that such medicines will be exempted from value-added tax starting Jan. 1, 2019. This in line with the implementation of Section …

75 deaths due to ‘Usman’ still being validated: NDRRMC

DAVAO CITY (January 1) — The National Disaster Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is still verifying reports that floods and landslides, triggered by inclement weather caused by Tropical Depression Usman, have so far caused the death of 75 persons in Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas. Verification is being conducted by the Management of …

CDO’s ‘Hapsay Kable’ trims 238-km dead wires, cables in 2018

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (January 1)  — A total of 238 kilometers of dead wires and cables were untangled and cleaned up by the city’s Task Force “Hapsay Kable (cables in order)” throughout the year of 2018 or an additional of 104 more kilometers since its last report in June. According to Teodoro Buenavista Jr., …

Private sector workers must get double pay on Jan. 1: DOLE

MANILA (December 31)- Private sector workers reporting for work on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, New Year’s Day, will receive at least double of their salary for the day, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reminds employers to observe the proper payment of wages for employees for the …

Authorities declares “lockdown” in Cotabato; blast claims lives of two, wounded 27 others

DAVAO CITY (December 31)–  Authorities have declared Cotabato City under “lockdown” when an improvised explosive device (IED) claimed the lives of two people and wounded 27 others in a Monday afternoon explosion in front of South Seas Mall in Cotabato City. Initial reports  indicated that the IED exploded at 2:15 p.m in front of South …

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Davao Region; no casualties reported

DAVAO CITY (December 29)– A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Davao region at 12:15 today with the epicenter at Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. Other coastal municipalities of the province such Boston, Bangaga, Cateel, Manay, Taragona have been alerted. Ednar Dayanghirang, chief of staff of the provincial governor’s office and incident commander of Davao Oriental told …

Duterte appoints former Air Force Chief to head PCA

DAVAO CITY  (December 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, December 21, announced the appointment of retired Philippine Air Force Chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. to head the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), as Congress crafts law for the return of the multi-billion Coco Levy Fund to Filipino coconut farmers. In his speech during …