Flashfloods hit Davao City, hundreds stranded eve of New year

DAVAO CITY — Traffic was monstrous as hundreds of motorists were stranded while the majority went back to their route when floodwaters from the hinterlands of Toril District here flowed up to the Davao -Cotabato national Highway, particularly at the Task Force Davao Checkpoint about 9:00 pm December 30. The city has been experiencing sporadic …

Duterte-Carpio creates TF to draft rules on program for kids at risk

DAVAO CITY — City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has recently created a technical working group (TWG) tasked to draft the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of City Ordinance No. 0729-19, also known as “An Ordinance Establishing a Transformative Program for Children at Risk”. Duterte signed Executive Order (E.O.) 67 on December 17, 2020, which detailed the …

6 wild boar hunters abducted: 2 killed, 2 missing, 2 survived

ILIGAN CITY — Six wild boar hunters were abducted by alleged members of the Dawlah Islamiyah along the boundaries of the Madalum and Munay town both in the hinterlands of Lanao del Sur. Two of them were killed, two survived and two are still missing. Police Major Joly Sabtal, Madalum police chief said, killed were …

Envi group urges LGUs to ban firecrackers, pyrotechnic devices

DAVAO CITY — In a bid to prevent accidental injuries, environmental pollution and COVID-19 transmission during the New Year revelry, the EcoWaste Coalition today urged local government units (LGUs) to enact and enforce ordinances banning the use of firecrackers, fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices. “With the safety of their constituents and the environment in mind, …

Quake victims receive housing units from NHA-XI

DAVAO CITY – This Christmas season is a lot merrier for the 117 families whose houses were damaged during the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in 2019. The National Housing Authority – Region XI (NHA-XI) awarded the earthquake victims in Barangay Tacul, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur with the Certificates of Ownership and the keys of their respective …

Cimatu wants tree-cutting activities in Cotabato monitored

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on Sunday called for intensified monitoring of tree-cutting activities in the same area where authorities recently discovered a small-scale illegal mining operation in Magpet town, Cotabato province. “We cannot allow people to further destroy our forests especially when we know that flooding is among its direct consequences,” Cimatu said in …

Philippine Eagle family discovered in DavOr forest

DAVAO CITY — A family of the critically-endangered Philippine Eagle was discovered in the forest town of Lupon town in Davao Oriental last week. Eden Jhan Licayan, a photographer of the provincial government, and his team visited the forest area of Lupon during the four-day assessment on December 7-10, for some potential tourist sites but …

Envi group to AITF: Ban firecrackers and fireworks in New Year festivities

DAVAO CITY  — An environmental group is calling on the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to ban the use of firecrackers and fireworks to greet the new year, to have a pollution-free celebration and physically-distanced but cherry celebration as the world faces the health crisis. In a letter sent to IATF-EID dated …