Pujada Bay’s ‘beauty and cleanliness surprise foreign validators

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental — The two foreign validators for the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) Club were astounded at the beauty of the Pujada Bay here, as they conducted ground validation on the possible inclusion of the bay to the MBBW. MBBW founder and manager Bruno Bodard and MBBW treasurer Guy Ettiene …

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 …

‘Ursula’ left PH with P3.4-B damage

DAVAO CITY —The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday reported that Typhoon Ursula left the Philippine Area of Responsibility with PHP3,435,725,790 damage to agricultural crops and infrastructure. As of January 2, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said, their official record showed that hard hit regions like Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central …

DavOr’s Urban Greening and Landscaping Dev’t Program Piloted in Tarragona

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Provincial government of Davao Oriental has piloted the urban greening and landscaping development program in the municipality of Tarragona which costs P9.5 million. Such re-greening, according to Governor Nelson Dayanghirang is part of their campaign to push  for the tourism potentials of the province via-a-vis the  P9.5 million Municipal Park Project, aimed at beautifying the …

Red tide alert still up in Surigao Sur towns

BUTUAN CITY – The latest laboratory results by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) indicated the continued presence of paralytic shellfish poison in shellfishes collected from the Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur. In shellfish Bulletin No. 26 issued on Friday, BFAR said the presence of paralytic shellfish poison in samples collected is still …