House OKs BFP modernization bill on 2nd reading

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on second reading a measure seeking to strengthen and modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection. The lower chamber passed via voice voting House Bill 7406, otherwise known as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Modernization Act. The bill mandates the establishment and implementation of a Fire …

Expanded task force whole-of-gov’t approach vs. corruption: Go

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday said the recently created expanded inter-agency task force to address the systemic corruption in government agencies shows President Rodrigo Duterte’s firm commitment to deliver real change before his term ends through a holistic and whole-of-government approach in fighting corruption. This, he said, will not overlap with the functions …

Police, Military should take credit for country’s high score in Gallup report-Duterte

DAVAO CITY —The police and the military should be given credit for maintaining peace and order in the country after the Philippines scored high in the 2020 Global Law and Order report released recently, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday. Addressing the nation on government’s response on the coronavirus pandemic, Duterte said he was surprised …

Hundreds displaced by fighting in NoCot return home

MATALAM, North Cotabato – Some 200 villagers from the far-flung Barangay Arakan here returned home Monday after fleeing their homes following the sporadic encounters between government forces and the communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. Barangay Arakan chairman Harold Mantawil said the affected families are all residents of Sitio Valdevieso who temporarily took shelter at a …

Group heightens call to protect children vs. CPP-NPA recruitment

MANILA – An anti-communist group on Sunday appealed for increased protection of children against illegal recruitment activities made by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its allied organizations. Remy Rosadio, chair of the League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), made this call during the commencement of the National Children’s …

DepEd XI sets up mechanism to monitor attendance of learners

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Education regional office (DepEd-XI) is setting up a mechanism for community-based monitoring and learning help desk requiring class advisers to have a regular schedule of a compliance check of learners that will strategically and randomly monitor the attendance of learners. The establishment of the mechanism was the result of …

PNP general in Laguna chopper crash dies

MANILA – Maj. Gen. Jose Maria Ramos, one of the police generals among the passengers of the helicopter that crashed in Laguna last March, has passed away on Tuesday, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan confirmed Tuesday. Cascolan said Ramos, his “mistah” at the Philippine Military Academy’s (PMA) Sinagtala Class, died around 12:07 a.m. …

Lanao Norte drug bust nets 4 suspects, P6.8-M shabu

DAVAO CITY – Five suspected drug peddlers who sold P6.8 million of ‘shabu’ to government operatives are now detained at the regional office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Cagayan de Oro City after they were arrested in a buy-bust operation on Saturday, October 10. Emerson Rosales, PDEA 10 regional director in a report …

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 …