DSWD among the top-performing gov’t agencies: Pulse Asia

MANILA — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is among top-performing government agencies named in a recent study conducted by survey firm Pulse Asia. The results from the firm’s Ulat ng Bayan survey from December 3 to 8, 2019 showed that the agency received an 85 percent approval rating for its performance. DSWD spokesperson …

Police cadet dies during training in Davao City

DAVAO CITY –A police cadet died a day after he fainted in the middle of the Basic Internal Security Operation Course (BISOC) here, the Police Regional Office in Davao Region (PRO 11) reported on Friday. Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal, PRO-11 director, said Patrolman Angelo Tito, 24, died of sinus tachycardia secondary to severe dehydration on Friday …

Duterte had difficulty flying back to Manila due to Taal unrest

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived Manila on Monday morning after his plane initially had difficulty taking off after Taal Volcano’s eruption caused zero visibility in some areas in the south. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President “could not fly to Manila last (Sunday) night because visibility was — and could still be zero.” “PRRD …

Duterte asks authorities to aid in evacuation of residents near Taal

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte ordered authorities to undertake measures necessary to place the people within the perimeter of Taal Volcano out of the danger zone. This after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the Taal Volcano is spewing ash in a phreatic eruption on Sunday afternoon due to hydro-thermal activities. Phivolcs has …

Siargao lagoon temporarily closed for annual rehab

BUTUAN CITY — The Sugba Lagoon in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, one of Siargao Island’s most popular destinations, is temporarily closed to tourists and visitors starting Friday. The temporary closure of the lagoon, which is done annually, will last for a month or until February 10 this year. Del Carmen Vice Mayor Alfredo Corro II …

CAAP, 3 airlines to help repatriate Filipinos from Middle East

MANILA — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and airlines Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Air Asia have pledged their commitment to aid in the possible repatriation of Filipinos from countries in the Middle East affected by tension between the United States and Iran. “Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have agreed to accommodate free-of-charge …

BARMM takes over Grand Mosque management

COTABATO CITY — The national government has turned over the management of the country’s biggest and panoramic Grand Masjid of Brunei Sultan Bolkiah in this city to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Ministry of the Interior and Local Government secretary, said Thursday that Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) …

NPA should walk their talk for peace dialogues to resume: Galvez

MANILA — Before peace talks can resume, communist rebels should first walk their talk, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Monday as he condemned the recent attacks made by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) since December despite the ongoing truce. In a statement, Galvez denounced three separate attacks made by the NPA …

Gasoline prices to go down, diesel up today

MANILA — Oil companies have announced their first price adjustments for 2020 that will take effect at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7. In separate advisories, Seaoil, PTT Philippines and Flying V said price of their respective gasoline products will decline by PHP0.10 per liter, while price of diesel will increase by PHP0.40 per liter. Seaoil …