Army dares Karapatan to probe NPA’s rights violations

MALAYBALAY CITY — Officials of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) on Saturday renewed their condemnation of the atrocities of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), daring the leftist human rights group Karapatan to investigate the rebels’ violent acts. Brig. Gen. Edgardo de Leon, commander of the Army’s 403rd Brigade, challenged Karapatan to investigate the 2017 …

Envi group wants long-term solution on waste importation

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – With the entry of garbage shipments from other countries, environmental group Greenpeace Philippines has called on Congress to craft a law that would totally ban waste importation for good. Greenpeace Philippines issued the statement in light of the entry of tons of garbage from Canada, South Korea, Australia, and Hong Kong. …

Duterte inaugurates P550-M hybrid solar-diesel power plant in Romblon

TABLAS ISLAND, Romblon—President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated on Wednesday the P550-million Tumingad Solar Power Project, the country’s first and largest hybrid solar-diesel microgrid with battery facility. Speaking before the attendees of the inauguration rites, President Duterte said the commercial operation of the 7.5-MWp hybrid solar-diesel power plant will pave the way to a greener tomorrow for …

Tourist arrivals up in NoCot upland town

COTABATO CITY – The municipal tourism office of Arakan, North Cotabato, reported Tuesday that more than 42,600 local and foreign tourists have visited tourist destinations in the town since January this year. Arakan is an upland town in North Cotabato known for its waterfalls, strawberry farms, and mountain resorts. Arakan Mayor Rene Rubino said as of …

Kidapawan fruit festival highlights first IP mass wedding

DAVAO CITY — Kidapawan City is not just celebrating their Timpupo Festival with the bountiful fruit harvest, they highlighted the occasion by hosting the first tribal mass wedding which legalized the union of 44 couples who have been living together for years. On Saturday August 18, Mayor Joseph Evangelista sealed the union of 44 couples …

166 health workers deployed in Davao City villages

DAVAO CITY–The City Health Office (CHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) deployed 166 health professionals to several barangays in the city to further boost the delivery of health services. Monday’s deployment is composed of doctors, dentists and nurses under the national government’s Human Resource for Health (HRH) program with the aim of addressing the …

Gov’t to enforce waterway easement in Manila Bay

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will clear the banks of Manila Bay’s tributaries and “esteros” to facilitate the collection of garbage and to improve water quality. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said there is a need to remove structures encroaching on the easement so waste collectors can easily access and gather …

Rising dengue cases in NoCot prompts disaster body to push for the declaration of state of calamity

KIDAPAWAN CITY (August 14) — North Cotabato Nancy Catamco said dengue cases in the province has reached an ‘epidemic threshold” with 16 deaths recorded during the last seven months. With this, the the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the provincial board to declare state of calamity …

MGB wants re-routing in Lake Sebu landslide-prone areas, relocation for residents pushed

DAVAO CITY — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has asked the local government of Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato to reroute the roads frequently hit by landslide and relocate residents to avoid complications in the future. Based in the statement made by Ariel Acosta, MGB-12 supervising geologist as published by …