CSC probes NCCA exec for alleged fake eligibility

DAVAO CITY — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is investigating National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) executive director Rico Pableo Jr. for allegedly presenting fake eligibility documents , which led to his appointment. This developed as President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly appointed Al Ryan Alejandre, a former Davao City Councilor to replace Pableo. Pableo …

1st court trial via video conference launched in Davao

DAVAO CITY — A Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch here conducted the first case hearing via a Video Conference involving high risk and high profile inmates from Maa City Jail. RTC Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio presided the hearings for the arraignment of Leonilo Gonzales alias Banakon, who is charged of attempted murder and the …

Kavurunan festival showcases diverse culture of North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY — The indigenous peoples from the 17 municipalities of North Cotabato showcased their colourful culture and history during the recently concluded Kavunuran Festival 2019, held at the provincial capitol grounds in Barangay Amas. “Kavurunan” is an Aromen-Menuvu term for gathering of people from different communities. About 500 delegates from the Aromanen-Menuvu, Libunganen, Obo …

CAAP puts up gender-neutral toilets in airports

DAVAO CITY  — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has initially opened 15 gender-neutral toilets of the country’s 42 commercial airports. A gender-neutral public toilets, are also called gender-inclusive, gender neutral and mixed-sex or all-gender toilets. It means a public toilet that are not separated by gender or sex. In a statement posted …

500 breastfeeding moms gather to celebrate their month

DAVAO CITY — Hundreds of breastfeeding mothers here gathered at the Almendras Gym to celebrate the Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  Among the proud participants was Ara Casas-Tumuran, who used to be a television reported, now, a newspaper columnist who advocates breastfeeding and healthy lifestyle for mother and child. Tumuran’s daughter Yana is a picture of a …

Virgin Mary’s birth declared special working holiday

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared September 8 of every year as a special working holiday in the country to commemorate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Catholic Church celebrates the Virgin Mary’s birth on September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as …