8 hurt, over 20 houses damaged as quake hits Bukidnon

ILIGAN CITY — The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Bukidnon province and felt in other parts of Mindanao Monday evening injured at least eight people and damaged several houses. The four injured persons were recorded in Kadingilan town, the earthquake’s epicenter, where at least 100 families were affected, according to local officials. On Tuesday morning, the …

Several Cotabato City employees tested positive for drug use

COTABATO CITY – Some city government employees here have tested positive for drug use after a recent mandatory drug test conducted by anti-narcotics personnel, an official said. One of the regular employees who tested positive went on absence without official leave and later arrested during drug buy-bust operation by the city police. At least 10 other …

Davao City’s ‘Santa’s Toy Factory’ to open next week

DAVAO CITY — The city government here is on the final stretch of preparations for the most anticipated 2019 Pasko Fiesta celebration, which is slated to open on Nov. 22 at the City Hall grounds. With a budget of about PHP22 million, the theme for this year’s event will be “Santa’s Toy Factory”. Gene Rose Tecson, …

NHA allocates P20-M for Zambo footbridge project

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The National Housing Authority (NHA) has allocated PHP20 million to build a concrete footbridge for those living in houses on stilts in one of the siege-affected barangays here. The recipient of the concrete footbridge project is Barangay Rio Hondo, one of the five most-affected barangays in the 2013 Zamboanga siege. Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, City …

8K cops to secure SEA Games venues in Metro Manila

MANILA — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will go on full alert on November 25, deploying around 8,000 police officers to secure local and foreign delegates of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), an official said on Friday. NCRPO acting director, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said they will deploy the police officers starting …

Duterte orders abolition of Pasig River rehab commission

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte, through Executive Order (EO) 93, has abolished the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC). In a letter dated November 12 and addressed to PRRC officer-in-charge Assistant Secretary Joan Lagunda, the President submitted a certified copy of EO 93, which formally orders the “disestablishment of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.” Under EO 93, …

‘Build, Build, Build’ beyond 75 key infra projects: DOTr

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday rejected Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon’s claim that the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program was a failure, citing numerous completed and ongoing infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration. In a phone interview, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran said the list presented …

3 hurt as multipurpose hall collapses in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Three persons were hurt when a PHP5.6-million multipurpose building collapsed in Barangay Bonbon here late Tuesday afternoon, officials said Wednesday (Nov. 6). Officials identified the injured victims as Arjel Gallan, 22; Ronnie Miñoza, 26; and Wilson Berja, 27, all construction workers from Salay town, Misamis Oriental. Lope Matildo, Bonbon village councilor …