NoCot guv-elect vows to finish M’lang airport

COTABATO CITY – Incoming North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco said Thursday the completion and operation of the mothballed Central Mindanao Airport (CMA) in M’lang, North Cotabato will be one of her priorities. Catamco, an outgoing member of House of Representatives representing North Cotabato’s first district, won in last month’s election against Mayor Roger Taliño of Carmen, …

Duterte ‘working on’ salary hike for teachers

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte is “working on” a promised salary hike for teachers, Malacañang said on Monday, assuring educators that economic managers are already looking for sources of funding. “The President is working on that. And hopefully that can be responded to. Our economic managers are doing everything to see how things can be done,” …

Duterte certifies mandatory ROTC bill as urgent

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill mandating Grades 11 and 12 in public and private schools to undergo mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Monday confirmed to reporters in a text message that Duterte has indeed certified the ROTC bill as urgent just four days before …

First day of classes in Region 12 peaceful, orderly: PNP-12

COTABATO CITY — The first day of classes in public and private schools in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) on Monday has been peaceful and orderly with policemen managing the traffic and providing ample security to students and teachers. In a report, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 said there were no reported untoward incidents in all schools …

Japan business matching to lead to partnerships, sales of $10-M

TOKYO — More partnerships and more than USD10 million-worth of potential sales are expected with the successful holding of investment forum and business matching sessions on the second day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Japan. The Philippine Business Forum and Business Matching events were organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the …

Government forces foil NPA attack in Bukidnon

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Law enforcers and military forces foiled an attack, which was carried out by a group of armed individuals believed to be communist fighters, in a Bukidnon town Tuesday evening, police said Wednesday. Col. Surki Sereñas, Police Regional Office-10 (PRO-10) spokesperson, said the Manolo Fortich municipal police station was tipped off by …

CHED lauds SC ruling excluding Filipino, Panitikan in college

MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday lauded the Supreme Court (SC) decision, which denied the motion for reconsideration filed by critics against the exclusion of Filipino and Panitikan in the general education curriculum of all higher education institutions. In a statement, CHED chair J. Prospero De Vera III said the SC decision …

PRRD’s 2019 Japan trip nets PHP288-B in business deals

MANILA — At least PHP288.804 billion worth of business agreements and letters of intent were signed between the Philippines and Japan on the sidelines of President Rodrigo Duterte’s working visit to Japan. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday said the 26 signed agreements show Japanese business leaders’ confidence in the Philippines as an “investor haven.” “These …