Palay, corn production may decline in Q2: PSA

MANILA — Palay and corn production in the second quarter of the current year may decline based on standing crops, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Palay production for April-June 2019 may decrease to 3.86 million metric tons (MT), or lower by 5.6 percent from its previous year’s level of 4.09 million …

Army Special Forces train ‘Descendants of the Sun’ actors

MANILA — Actors who will play roles in the local remake of South Korean drama series ‘Descendants of the Sun’ underwent two-day training by the members of the Philippine Army’s Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) (SFRA) at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on Monday. In a statement Friday, Army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the unit SFRA …

GenSan all set for 5th Blaan Day celebration

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The local government will showcase anew the rich culture and traditions of the Blaan tribe, the city’s first inhabitants, during the 5th Blaan Day celebration on July 22. City Councilor Lucio Cawayan, the city council’s Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR), said Friday the three-day event will include cultural activities such as the …

Rehab for ComVal’s Naboc river underway

DAVAO CITY–Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu led on Tuesday the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the rehabilitation of Naboc River in Monkayo town, Compostela Valley province. A major part of the MOA is the desilting and quarrying of the 24-kilometer stretch river, Cimatu said, as he acknowledged …

Davao City expects 250k tourists in Kadayawan

DAVAO CITY – The Davao City Tourism and Operations Office (CTOO) is expecting around 250,000 tourists for the upcoming Kadayawan festival in August. In a press conference here Thursday, City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson assured the city can accommodate tourists as it has enough hotels, inns, and transient houses. “This year’s Kadayawan is different from the …

DND calls for vigilance anew after Sulu bomb attack

MANILA — The Department of National Defense (DND) on Sunday called on the public for continued vigilance following the bomb attack at the tactical command post of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu, which killed around eight people, including three soldiers, and wounded 22 others last June 28. “The DND calls …

MBLT-3 troops bid farewell to Mindanaoans

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) bade goodbye to Thursday after almost three years of service in the province of Sulu. The MBLT-3 troopers sailed to their new destination aboard BRP-Davao del Sur following a send-off ceremony around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the local port. Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, Western Mindanao Command …