Envi group to AITF: Ban firecrackers and fireworks in New Year festivities

DAVAO CITY  — An environmental group is calling on the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to ban the use of firecrackers and fireworks to greet the new year, to have a pollution-free celebration and physically-distanced but cherry celebration as the world faces the health crisis. In a letter sent to IATF-EID dated …

Duterte to provide Ombudsman list of solons getting kickbacks

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he would refer to the Office of the Ombudsman information he received about some members of the House of Representatives who allegedly received kickbacks from project contractors. In a recorded speech, Duterte bared that he received a list of lawmakers who were allegedly involved in corruption through …

ASF ‘contained effectively’ in NorMin: DA-10

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO-10) assured on Wednesday, November 18, that affected hog raisers in Iligan City will be compensated with their hogs to be culled because of the African Swine Fever (ASF). In a press briefing dubbed as Talakayan sa PIA, DA-RFO 10 Executive Director Carlene Collado, …

Palace warns mayors vs. coddling illegal loggers, miners

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday asked mayors to stop being involved in illegal logging and mining operations in their towns, warning that they will have blood in their hands if they pursue activities that have environmental consequences. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that there were cases wherein mayors …

BARMM hires 163 midwives in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY—Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Health has appointed 163 midwives under Midwife in Every Community in BARMM (MECBA) from 36 municipalities of Maguindanao on Nov. 19. OIC Health Minister Dr. Amirel Usman together with the appointee held a ceremonial signing last week. Usman who led the activity, emphasized the “importance of health workers in rendering …

Duterte asks free, open trade APEC region

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte Rodrigo on Friday had fellow member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to maintain free and fair trade to attain sustained economic recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  In his message during the 2020 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Duterte emphasized the role of APEC in …

Caraga residents warned against fake LTO page offering online assistance

DAVAO CITY —- Residents of Caraga region are warned against a Facebook page offering online assistance to their probable victims. ‘Land Transportation Online Assistant’ Facebook page is not in any way connected to their office. LTO-13 regional director Nordy Plaza in an interview with Philippine News Agency stated “I am warning the public on the …

Gov’t repatriates nearly 320K OFWs amid health crisis

MANILA – The government has sent home close to 320,000 returning overseas Filipino workers to their respective provinces, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Sunday. In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said 319,333 OFWs were transported to their respective provinces as of Nov. 21 after …