28 employees missing in the 14-hour Davao Mall fire

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — At least 28 people were reported  missing when fire of still unknown origin gutted one of the city’ prime mall, the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall at  the corner of Maa and MacArthur Highway here. Some reports however indicated, there are 23 persons missing. The exact number of missing persons …

Vinta aftermath: 6,614 families flee homes as flashflood hit Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Some  6,614 families or 31,375 individuals affected by flood here. There no heavy downpour in the city area but Davao rivers started to swell afternoon Friday as rain waters from the neighboring provinces cascaded   after  tropical storm Vinta made a landfall in Cateel, Davao Oriental. Davao was placed under storm signal …

Vinta aftermath: Hundreds of Davaoeños evacuated due to flashflood

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED)— Hundreds of families residing near riverbanks and low-lying areas evacuated as flooding hit their villages and rescue operations still ongoing. The City Government of Davao sent 911 rescuers along with police and Task Force Davao personnel, Red Cross and other civic groups to transfer the residents to a safer ground. As …

Vinta landfall: Lessons from Pablo make Davao Oriental folks conscious, safer

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The lessons of typhoon Pablo which hit their province on December 4,  2012,  placed Davao Oriental residents on a safer ground as tropical storm Vinta (Tembin) made a landfall in their area Friday dawn. The Provincial government of Davao Oriental listed some 3,379 families staying at the different evacuation centers as …

Residents evacuate as Tropical Storm Vinta hits Surigao Sur

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Hundreds of residents from coastal villages of Hinatuan and other low lying areas of  Surigao del Sur left their homes for safety as  Tropical Storm “Vinta” (Tembin) threaten the province and parts of Caraga region. This as the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) in a text blast at 10:30 …

Fallen “Daredevil” Scout Ranger gets Medal of Valor

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  He lived and died with his code “Daredevil” but his heroic act of dying to save his men is never forgotten. Yesterday, December 20, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte recognized his heorism-  his bereaved wife received the highest military honor-“the medal of valor”-the nation’s highest combat decoration. Army Captain Rommel Sandoval, …

Storm Vinta on Signal No. 1

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —-  The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-PAGASA weather station  as of 8:35 today: Heavy Rainfall Warning No. 1 #MIN_PRSD Weather System: Tropical Storm “Vinta” Issued at: 8:35AM, 21 December 2017 Yellow Warning Level: #SurigaodelSur, #SurigaodelNorte, #DavaoOriental, #CompostelaValley, #AgusandelNorte and #AgusandelSur. FLOODING is Possible. Flooding in low-lying areas especially along river channels.The public and the disaster risk reduction and management …

DFA to establish new consular offices in 2018

MANILA, Philippines  — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will establish moreconsular offices in addition to the total 27 regional consular and satellite offices nationwide in 2018. DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the establishment of new consular offices is aimed at helping more Filipinos process and secure by not necessarily moving far from their cities.”Filipino …