DAR CLOA distribution slated for 3,286 NoCot farmers

COTABATO CITY – A total of 3,286 farmer-beneficiaries in two agricultural towns in North Cotabato will receive next week their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). DAR Secretary John Castriciones, representing President Rodrigo Duterte, will lead the distribution of 4,463 hectares of reservation areas under the University of Southern …

22.6M learners enrolled for incoming school year: DepEd

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday reported that 22,663,065 learners have enrolled in public and private schools nationwide for the academic year 2020-2021. Data from the department shows as of August 5, about 21,163,276 learners have enrolled in public schools and 1,465,574 in private schools. Region 4-A (Calabarzon) logged the highest number of …

Fines await motorcycle back riding violators starting Aug. 1

MANILA – The Joint Task Force (JTF) Covid Shield said there will be no more extension for the installation of protective barriers on motorcycles as police officers were directed to apprehended and fine violators beginning Saturday (August 1). “For more than three weeks, we were just warning and advising the violators to comply until July 31. …

Netizens, priests slam display of placards at Mass

MANILA – Church officials and netizens on Thursday expressed disapproval over the flashing of protest placards inside a church in Quiapo while mass is ongoing. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino, dean of San Beda Graduate School of Law and also a priest, said in a post that “these people should be arrested”. “The Mass and the Church are …

Duterte appoints LGen. Gapay as next AFP chief

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lieutenant General Gilbert Italia Gapay as the next Armed Forces Chief of Staff. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement confirmed the appointment of Gapay as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines effective August 3, 2020. In statement Roque said, “We expect …

Cyber-libel cases increase during COVID-19 -NBI

DAVAO CITY — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has noticed the significant increase in the number of cyber-libel cases filed before their office during the past months as coronavirus-19 hit the world. In a press statement, The NBI stated that Cyber-libel complaints filed before the Office of the Cyber Crime Division, NBI Cyber Crime …

DepEd sticks to August 24 class opening, but RA 11480 allows Duterte to set any date

DAVAO CITY — Education Secretary Leonor Briones stuck to the August 24 date as the official opening for School Year 2020-2021 will start on August 24 despite the new law allowing the President to set the date beyond schedule. In a briefing on Tuesday with President Rodrigo Duterte, Briones said all the department’s preparations were …

Media not allowed inside Batasan during SONA

MANILA – No members of the media will be allowed inside the premises of Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City during President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 27). In an advisory sent to reporters, the House of Representatives said only members of the Presidential Broadcast Staff-Radio Television Malacañang (PBS-RTVM) will …

PNP suggests online protest for rallyists on SONA

MANILA — Instead of gathering to hold protest actions, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa on Monday called on protesters to hold their gathering online. Gamboa said online protests on President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27 would accede to the health protocols being implemented with a guideline prohibiting …