Twelve drug offenders complete ‘Balay Silangan’ community rehabilitation anew

KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte-– A total of twelve surrendered drug offenders who successfully completed a three-month community rehabilitation program through the local government unit’s ‘Balay Silangan’ were showcased and presented to municipal mayor Rommel Arnado, local officials and employees in today’s Flag Raising Ceremony in the municipality of Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte.  The graduates …

Several Cotabato City employees tested positive for drug use

COTABATO CITY – Some city government employees here have tested positive for drug use after a recent mandatory drug test conducted by anti-narcotics personnel, an official said. One of the regular employees who tested positive went on absence without official leave and later arrested during drug buy-bust operation by the city police. At least 10 other …

Tribal leaders declare Reds persona non grata

DAVAO CITY — TEN influential tribal leaders from the Ata-Manobo tribes of Talaingod, Davao del Norte and three IP Mandatory Representatives from Santo Tomas town signed a document, declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), their allied organizations, other terrorist groups and their supporters as persona non-grata. The signing …

Kidapawan Mayor scraps employees Christmas parties

KIDAPAWAN CITY — – Mayor Joseph Evangelista scrapped the planned Christmas parties during the yuletide season, saying they cannot afford to be happy while the city residents are trying to rise from damages brought about by series of earthquakes. Last week, Evangelista issued Memorandum No. 3717 directing all department heads to forego all scheduled Christmas …

NHA allocates P20-M for Zambo footbridge project

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The National Housing Authority (NHA) has allocated PHP20 million to build a concrete footbridge for those living in houses on stilts in one of the siege-affected barangays here. The recipient of the concrete footbridge project is Barangay Rio Hondo, one of the five most-affected barangays in the 2013 Zamboanga siege. Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, City …

Taxi services now available in Butuan City

DAVAO CITY—Here’s the good news to Caraga and Butuan commuters! Starting Saturday, November 16, commuters can now avail taxi services in Butuan City and the rest of Caraga region. The operations of taxicab followed after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (TFRB) Caraga Regional Office granted the Balangay Transport Services Cooperative (BALTRANSCO), the provisional …

DavNor hosts ELCAC operation center

TAGUM CITY  – The provincial government of Davao del Norte is now the host for the ELCAC operation center of the region. Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) said  that the establishment of the  Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) is an important facet in the full …

BARMM to fast-track enactment of regional budget

Cotabato City— The Bangsamoro Government will fast-track the finalization and passage of the 2020 regional budget to avoid disruption in government operation.   BARMM Spokesperson Naguib Sinarimbo said “the urgency of that is if we fail to make appointments and comply with the publication requirements of the positions within December, we will have a situation …

BARMM chief minister Ebrahim reshuffles Cabinet

Cotabato City —A revamp in the Cabinet of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim officially took effect Monday, November 11. Ebrahim initially made the announcement of minor changes in the setup of regional Cabinet officials in a meeting on November 4, 2019. In a cabinet meeting on Monday, Ebrahim said former Environment Minister Abdulraof Macacua will …

Police probes ambush of Lanao del Sur Mayor

ILIGAN CITY —– The Special Investigation Task Group created to probe behind the ambush of Masiu, Lanao del Sur Mayor Nasser Pangandaman is now working to determine the motive behind the incident. The convoy of Pangandaman Jr. was ambushed by still unidentified armed men, around 10:00 am Sunday, November 10, in Barangay Gata, Buadipuso Buntong town. …