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  …

Duterte invites Trump to Visit PH in 2017

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte invited US President-elect Donald Trump to come to the Philippines in 2017. The two leaders  had a “very engaging, animated” phone conversation Friday night, December2 at around 10:30pm, Philippine time. It was Duterte who made the phone call. During the talk Trump also invited Duterte to visit …

Landless, harassed, and facing death threats: Iloilo farmers seek urgent help from Ka Paeng

A group of farmers is urging Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano to intervene in a land conflict in Iloilo and stop the illegal conversion of an agricultural landholding in the province before the situation worsens into violence and death due to stiff landlord resistance. “We appeal to you Ka Paeng to immediately …

ARMM joins 18-day campaign to end violence against women

Cotabato City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), through its Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW), will conduct a series of activities and a forum promoting its advocacy drive to end violence against women (VAW). The VAW campaign is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 and is aimed at raising awareness …

2.5-hour travel  Bukidnon-Davao trip now  possible

Motorist travelling to Davao-Bukidnon route vice versa can now use the newly opened road via the   scenic view of Pantaron Range in San Fernando bukidnon. Last week personnel from Mindanao Development  Authority (MINDA) tried the exciting road   from Valencia, Bukidnon traversing the Valencia-Talaingod-Panabo Highway. Ses Desesto of Minda described the adventure as “very exciting… It …

Mega rehab opens today

AFTER declaring total war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurates today a 10,000 bed capacity Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center  (DATRC) inside  a military camp in Laur, Nueva Ecija Province. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial hopes “It will really help the victims of the illegal drug trade. The patients are actually victims of the illegal …