In fighting poverty, collaboration is necessary

DAVAO CITY — Often government programs and policies fail because government agencies and political leaders compete to earn recognition at the expense of their beneficiaries, says Davao del Norte Governor Edwin I. Jubahib. But not now — not in his province. Winning the fight against poverty and ending insurgency is a tough job for a local …

2.4M Filipino children susceptible to measles: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) said that 2.4 million Filipino children are vulnerable to contracting measles, thus the department is targeting to vaccinate them. “Kapag tiningnan po natin iyong ating datos, ang nakalagay po sa amin 2.4 million na mga bata na nagkukulang o vulnerable sila ngayon para magkaroon ng tigdas. So iyan po iyong …

16 BIFF warriors surrender to PH Army in Maguindanao

RADJAH BUAYAN, MAGUINDANAO — Sixteen (16) members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) under Karialan faction yielded to ‘balik-loob’ joint efforts of the local government unit of Datu Abdullah Sangki (DAS) town and the 33rd Infantry (MAKABAYAN) Battalion of the Philippine Army aimed at bringing in more rebel returnees into the government side on …

‘Balik-loob’ BIFF commanders thank PH Army, appeal for continued government aid

RADJAH BUAYAN, MAGUINDANAO — Living in extremely insecure conditions and an environment stricken with poverty and uncertainty, several commanders and troops of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have come to the fold, responding to government calls for giving up arms. In the past few years, hundreds of these Bangsamoro fighters had decided to put …

Long-dreamed tribal hall stands in Makilala town

DAVAO CITY –— The long-dreamed tribal hall for indigenous peoples of Makilala town is now a reality in Barangay Malasila in Makilala town, North Cotabato. Governor Nancy Catamco, whose bloodline roots from Bagobo Tribe, funded the P5-million for its construction during her last months as Congresswoman for the second district of the province. The town …

Pregnant NPA medic reunites with sons after 9 years

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte — A pregnant member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) has been reunited with her three sons nine years after she left them in the care of her family. “Apay”, 38, along with 18-year-old “Wena”–another pregnant colleague–surrendered to the Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion on May 16 after a civilian tipoff led …

Defiance in time of crisis

While national and local governments impose community quarantine measures to prevent massive spread of coronavirus in the country, laborers and ordinary citizens who literally find money and food on the streets struggle to survive.

Davao golfers raised P300k for COVID-19 frontliners’ PPE at SPMC

DAVAO CITY — The fund raising started in a viber chat on Tuesday  among golfers who talked about the need to augment personal protective equipment for  coronavirus frontliners at the Southern Philippine Medical Center. Soon after the chat, the online campaign started and in 24-hours, they raised P270,000. The Newsline has been included in the thread but …