PCSO allots 3.5K more relief packs for Cagayan

MANILA – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has allotted a total of 3,500 relief packs for typhoon victims in Cagayan province. Radyo ng Pilipinas-Tuguegarao reporter Vivian de Guzman said she has been informed by PCSO Cagayan Branch Manager Heherson Pambid that half of the relief packs were distributed in the towns of Baguey and Baggao on …

House OKs BFP modernization bill on 2nd reading

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on second reading a measure seeking to strengthen and modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection. The lower chamber passed via voice voting House Bill 7406, otherwise known as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Modernization Act. The bill mandates the establishment and implementation of a Fire …

Duterte condoles with Bahrain on PM Khalifa’s passing

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has sent his condolences to Bahrain and members of its royal family following the death of Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.  “The Philippines joins Bahrain and the international community in mourning the demise of His Royal Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of …

GenSan extends MGCQ status until year-end

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The city government has extended until year-end the ban on non-essential travels and other movement restrictions for residents and local travelers as it continues to grapple with the increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) local transmission. In an executive order (EO) released over the weekend, Mayor Ronnel Rivera sustained the implementation …

Expanded task force whole-of-gov’t approach vs. corruption: Go

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday said the recently created expanded inter-agency task force to address the systemic corruption in government agencies shows President Rodrigo Duterte’s firm commitment to deliver real change before his term ends through a holistic and whole-of-government approach in fighting corruption. This, he said, will not overlap with the functions …

8.5K quarantine violators nabbed in Caraga Region

BUTUAN CITY – More than 8,500 violators of quarantine protocols in the Caraga Region have been arrested from Sept. 17 to Oct. 31 this year, the Police Regional Office-13 (PRO-13) reported Wednesday. “Of the 8,578 apprehended, 724 violated the existing curfew hours implemented in their localities, 3,807 for disobedience to a person or agent in authority, …

Hundreds displaced by fighting in NoCot return home

MATALAM, North Cotabato – Some 200 villagers from the far-flung Barangay Arakan here returned home Monday after fleeing their homes following the sporadic encounters between government forces and the communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. Barangay Arakan chairman Harold Mantawil said the affected families are all residents of Sitio Valdevieso who temporarily took shelter at a …

‘Rolly’ may affect close to 32M persons: NDRRMC

MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday said from 19.8 million to 31.9 million people are expected to be exposed to Typhoon Rolly. “Based on the current projected track of Super Typhoon ‘Rolly’, an estimated population of 19.8 million are exposed to the typhoon within the 60-kilometer diameter and 31.9 …

Group heightens call to protect children vs. CPP-NPA recruitment

MANILA – An anti-communist group on Sunday appealed for increased protection of children against illegal recruitment activities made by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its allied organizations. Remy Rosadio, chair of the League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), made this call during the commencement of the National Children’s …