North Cotabato prepares for Vaccine jab

DAVAO CITY — Preparations are underway in North Cotabato for the upcoming vaccination program. On Tuesday, February 23, health stakeholders met and discussed measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. health authorities together with the different line agencies such as the Education Department, Bureau of Fire Protection, religious sector, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and …

BOC seizes Php260M-worth of cigarettes and rice

DAVAO CITY — The Bureau of Customs Port of Limay and the composite team from Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), intercepted smuggled cigarettes in master cases bearing the “Mighty” and “Two Moon” cigarette brands and Premium Vietnam Rice loaded onto …

DILG intensifies vaccine information drive with LGUs, uniformed personnel

DAVAO CITY — Due to misconception and low acceptability among people, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched an intensified public information drive in partnership with local government units (LGUs) and the uniformed personnel, in order to generate demand and increase public confidence in the national vaccination program. DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan …

ASG’s firearms suppliers head killed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has suffered a set back in as far as acquisition of firearms and ammunition is concerned, a military official said. Col. Hernanie Songano, 4th Marine Brigade and Naval Task Group-Sulu commander, issued the statement after Wahid Sahid, the alleged leader of gunrunners who supply firearms to the …

Journalists must be prioritized in vaccination: Go

DAVAO CITY – Media practitioners should be considered part of the priority groups for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said Thursday. In an interview on the sidelines of the distribution of assistance to fisherfolk in the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), Go underscored the media’s role in informing the public …

Local solution needed in Covid-19response-Alvarez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The national government’s handling of the health crisis brought by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) should have been more effective had it been given to local governments who can implement their own initiatives based on the situation on the ground. This was the observation of Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, of the 1st District of …

Ex-NPA rebels tie knot in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Eight former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels officially tied the knot and exchanged their vows in a civil wedding ceremony in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, a military official said. Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing II, 97th Infantry Battalion (IB) commander, said the eight former NPA rebels, who surrendered to his command, have …

Alternative modes of validating senior citizen pensioners adopted

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, February 18, 2021, mandated pension-issuing agencies and their servicing banks and other financial institutions to adopt alternative modes of validation for senior citizen pensioners. At present, senior citizens make personal appearances or submit documents that require personal appearances before a notary public in order to have continuous access …

P400-M town hospital to rise in MisOr

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Local and national officials led the groundbreaking of the P400 million public hospital that will serve mostly residents of the eastern part of Misamis Oriental in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental, on February 18.. The Northeastern Misamis General Hospital is level two 100-bed capacity health care facility located in Barangay Looc, Villanueva, just …

President has sole power to craft foreign policy-Duterte

DAVAO CITY — Contrary to the claim of Senator Panfilo Lacson that the Senate has a hand in crafting foreign policy, President Rodrigo Duterte has fended off criticisms saying neither the vice president nor senators have function in deals such as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) arguing only the president has the sole power under …