DOE gears for smart grid tech

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The Department of Energy (DOE) is gearing for smart grid market technology on power sector in the country to empower electricity consumers using the information communication technology gadgets. Smart grid refers to a class of technology people are using to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, using computer-based …

Duterte orders ‘mass arrest’ of NDF consultants out on bail

MANILA, Philippines –— President Rodrigo Duterte says he will  order the “mass arrest” of National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants, who were released temporarily, following the collapse of the peace talks with the communist rebels. “For those who are out temporarily, you just maybe zero in now, because any day, I will order for their mass …

Philippine government declares CPP-NPA a terrorist group

DAVAO CITY— Fed up and frustrated over series of violations while the peace talks was on going, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed component the New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) a terrorist organization. The declaration stemmed from the series of violations committed by the armed group wile the …

Palace urges transport groups to hold down strikes, talk to gov’t instead

MANILA, Philippines — Transport groups should find better method or ways to air grievance against government rather than protest through transport strikes. During the Tuesday, December 5, press briefing,  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said transport groups could reach out to the government through formal dialogues.   “Idaan po natin sa tamang proseso ‘yung mga hinihingi …

DepEd to monitor students vaccinated with Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines  — The Department of Education (DepEd) is closely monitoring students administered with anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, following reports that the world’s first-ever dengue vaccine poses risk to individuals with no prior dengue infection. In a statement, the DepEd stressed “As the health and safety of our learners are of principal importance, the [DepEd], in close …

Davao Oriental: Rising above the rubbles of Typhoon Pablo

CATEEL, Davao Oriental —The challenge brought about by Super Typhoon (international name Boopha) on December 4, 20012 has become the opportunity for the people of Davao Oriental to showcase the best of the Mandaya people. Truth is, the tourism industry became more vibrant and its people became stronger and closer to one another. Then Provincial …

Duterte brings Holywood’s Steven Seagal to Julu

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited government forces in Julu Friday with a special guests- Holywood Action Star Steven Seagal. Duterte visited the soldiers who were previously assigned in Marawi and Seagal, was Duterte’s special guest. Speaking before the soldies Seagal said “I know you guys put your life on the line …

Palace respects local talks with Reds-Roque

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Local peace initiatives Local government units (LGUs) could still push their peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) despite the existence of Proclamation No. 360. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during the Monday press briefing stressed  “We have local autonomy, so the peace talks can …

P23M worth of illegal drugs and expired medicines burned

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Authorities here destroyed A total  of P23.6 million worth of illegal drugs evidence and expired medicines were burned Monday afternoon at the Holcim plant. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI regional director Antono Rivera said destroying the confiscated drugs which have been submitted as court evidence in  regions XI and XII is …