Duterte appoints DavNor poll exec who rose from the rank as Comelec commissioner

DAVAO CITY – “I was and until now still in a state of disbelief” says Davao del Norte provincial election supervisor, lawyer Aimee Ferolino-Ampoloquio on Friday. The then rank-and-file employee of the Commission on Election in the first district of Davao City has been named by President Rodrigo Duterte as Commissioner of the Commission on …

Medical student who endures brain tumor now a doctor, brother too

DAVAO CITY — “This is God’s Grace,” says Gail Vergara Ontal, the mother of Dr. Merthyll  Gail  Ontal and Jayvee Ontal who passed the recent medical board examinations. The gift of life given to Merthyll “is really the greatest gift God gave us,” Mrs. Ontal told Newsline.ph. Merthyll underwent surgery right after passing Physical Therapy …

Tancontian places third in World Sambo tilt

DAVAO CITY —- Losing in the first round foiled her gold medal ambition. But Sydney Sy Tancontian of Pilipinas Sambo made sure she won’t go home empty-handed as she snared the bronze medal in one of the world’s biggest sambo competitions. The 20-year-old Dabawenya multi-athlete showed her grappling prowess against Spain’s Evadne Huecas to place …

CMU inks agreement with LGU Kibawe for its first extension class

Kibawe, Bukidnon — Central Mindanao University, through the College of Business and Management (CMU-CBM), signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kibawe on September 29 to launch the college’s first extension class in Kibawe, Bukidnon. Present in the MOA signing were Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derije, CMU President, who …

PNP-XI upgrades infirmary clinic to level 1 hospital for P275-M

DAVAO CITY — Finally, the PNP infirmary hospital clinic inside Camp Sgt Quintin M Merecido will be upgraded to a level 1 hospital with a 75-bed capacity. Police regional director Brigadier General Filmore Escobal told Newsline.ph that the national government has provided P75-million for its infrastructure development and another P200-million for hospital equipment. “From being …

Child-care principle applied in farming succeeds

Davao City — When the nursing profession was in demand, he was already a graduating student, wearing a scrub suit and has taken all the necessary preparation for his long-dreamt profession that of becoming nurse. But unlike others, his motivation of becoming a nurse was not easily swayed by global demands for Filipino nurses abroad, …

San Isidro DavNor folks receive TESDA scholarship

DAVAO CITY — Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Davao del Norte grants Scholarship Program to the people of the Municipality of San Isidro, Davao del Norte. TESDA offers 29 days training program in Organic Agriculture Production NC II and 34 days training program in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II. The Training …

School Blues, School Woes

DAVAO CITY  — The opening of the school year 2020-2021 in a new normal setting was a success but it also uncovered lapses that showed the Department of Education must rectify errors, especially for students enrolled under the modular distance learning. Secretary Leonora Briones said more than 23.6 million students have so far enrolled for School Year (SY) 2020-2021. The data …

11 Filipinos among Asia’s top 100 scientists

MANILA – Eleven Filipinos were included on the 2020 list of The Asian Scientist 100 magazine’s most outstanding researchers, which acknowledges the success of the region’s best and brightest. “I am proud. Eleven out of 100 among so many Asian countries is a sizable share. Two are heads of DOST (Department of Science and Technology) agencies …

NPC issues ‘Do’s, Don’ts’ for online classes

MANILA – The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Friday released a list of “do’s and don’ts” for online classes ahead of the opening of the school year 2020-2021 through blended learning in public schools next week. The guidelines, published in NPC Bulletin No. 16, aims to help students, parents, teachers, and schools at safeguarding sensitive personal …