DepEd launches Brigada Eskwela in Marawi

Cotabato City, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the Brigada Eskwela in Marawi City  where volunteers repaired, painted, and cleaned some of the schools that were damaged by the five-month fighting in the war-torn city. Education Secretary Leonor Briones and DepEd-ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) Secretary Dr. John Magno led the …

DOT eyes Davao as Muslim-friendly city

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The city government and the tourism industry players have strengthened partnership to transform Davao as premier destination for Muslims, especially that the Davao–Kuala Lumpur direct connection begins on December 21. Department of Tourism (DOT) 11 Director Roberto Alabado III said DoT, the city government, and other stakeholders have been working hard …

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law in Mindanao

 MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed with finality its decision declaring President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of martial law in Mindanao as constitutional. Theodore Te, spokesperson of the Supreme Court announced Tuesday, December 5,  that the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates. Voting 10-3-1, the SC dismissed the …

AFP to submit recommendation on Martial law next week

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The President has yet to decide on the fate of the Martial law declaration next week and the decision will be based on the recommendations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Saturday said they expect the AFP to submit their recommendation next week, after which …

ARMM to aggresively pursue socio-economic efforts

Cotabato City, Philippines —  The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will double its assistance to Marawi City to P930 million in 2018 from P450 million this year. Governor Mujiv Hataman said he is hopeful Marawi City will rise from current challenges as rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the city begin.  The lessons learned from …

DSWD provides aid to Ist batch of Marawi returnees

MARAWI CITY, Philippines — “I am proud to tell everyone here we completed the distributionof assistance to the 5,783 families who returned to Marawi,” this was the proud opening statement of Bai Zorahayda Taha, director of the  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XII. The members of the Task Force Bangon Marawi met …

Davao City gears up for Pasko Fiesta 2017

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Pasko Fiesta sa Davao this year, will feature three new things—a 40 feet Christmas tree, street food fiesta and the Kan-anan sa Tribo which aims to promote indigenous foods and add color to the celebration. Pasko Fiesta spokesperson Orly Escarilla bared that the innovation will make the Dabawenyos enjoy the celebration …

EastMinCom open to local peace talks

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The new leadership of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) has recognized the localized peace talks between the city government and the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Davao City. Newly-installed EastMinCom Commander Lt. Gen Benjamin Madrigal told Davao reporters he welcomes the initiative of Mayor Sara …