Quake victims who returned home are again back to evac camps

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato — Residents who earlier returned home after seeking shelter to a safer ground following several strong earthquakes in October are again back to the evacuation centers as magnitude-6.9 earthquake jolted last Sunday. Psalmer Bernalte, city disaster risk reduction and management council action officer, said about 30 families were told to leave …

Islamic body issues ruling on BARMM family planning program

COTABATO CITY– Health programs for the Bangsamoro region are now in accordance with the teachings of Islam after an Islamic religious body issued “fatwa” (Islamic rulings) on reproductive health and family planning, including the expanded program on immunization.  The “fatwa” were issued by the Regional Darul Ifta (RDI), highest Islamic religious policy- makers, and, the …

Kidapawan Mayor scraps employees Christmas parties

KIDAPAWAN CITY — – Mayor Joseph Evangelista scrapped the planned Christmas parties during the yuletide season, saying they cannot afford to be happy while the city residents are trying to rise from damages brought about by series of earthquakes. Last week, Evangelista issued Memorandum No. 3717 directing all department heads to forego all scheduled Christmas …

Disaster officials reprimand “showy” adventurists in quake hit town

KIDAPAWAN CITY – For being showy in the midst of tragedy, three teenagers were summoned by disaster officials and reprimanded for setting foot in high risk areas of Makilala, North Cotabato. Vice Gov. Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva, head of Incident Management Team of North Cotabato provincial disaster risk reduction and management council was assisted by local police …

BREAKING! Hail storm hits Makilala, evacuation tents collapse

MAKILALA, North Cotabato —- A hail storm hit this quake devastated town following sudden heavy downpour with strong winds late Monday afternoon, November 11. The strong winds blew some of the tents built in evacuation centers for families affected the series of earthquakes. North Cotabato Vice Gov. Shirlyn Macasarte said the affected evacuation centers are …

BIFF member allegedly pushing drugs arrested in Cotabato City hospital

COTABATO CITY — A leader of the Islamic State (IS)–linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), who allegedly moonlights as a big-time drug peddler was arrested by police and anti-narcotic agents on Wednesday, September 4, while confined at Cotabato Regional and Medical Center. Juvenal Azurin, director for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region …

Shabu, contrabands found inside NoCot jail

KIDAPAWAN CITY — Police and anti-narcotics operatives seized improvised weapons and illegal drugs during the implementation of an early surprise inspection Thursday at the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City. Col. Maximo Layugan, North Cotabato police director, said police personnel, members of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and jail guards conducted the joint “Oplan Galugad” …