Rice sufficiency amid coping and surviving Covid-19 in Banaybanay town

BANAYBANAY, DAVAO ORIENTAL — This town is just composed of over 13,000 households where the majority of its residents are into rice farming and has been known to produce ‘Banaybanay Rice”, the rice granary of Davao Oriental and among the producing towns of Southern Mindanao. But they too were not spared from the deadly coronavirus …

Family awaits remains of NPA rebel who died in Luzon

PUNTA, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte – Family members of Bertoldo Cabatcheto, Jr. or Junjun gathered for early morning chores on Saturday, December 28 in preparation for the arrival of his remains from Manila. Junjun’s remains were exhumed by government forces this month when a former rebel, who previously surrendered last November, revealed to authorities his shallow …

Army soldiers drop firearms to carry PWD who receive relief goods, wheelchair

MAKILALA, North Cotabato— On November 19, Army soldiers Cpl. Brian Ayo-on and Pfc Allan Raagas of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, dropped their firearms to carry Luwel Laguyo, a person with disability, who travelled about 24 kilometers from his village Guangan, to join his group in the town center and receive his …

Duterte to developed countries: Stop shipping garbage to Asian countries

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte wants developed Western countries to stop shipping their garbage marked as “recyclables” to developing Asian countries. The President said Monday that the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia are among those who become dumping grounds for hazardous shipments. “If we are talking about improving the ecology of the place, the environment, then …

Indian president to visit PH next week

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday confirmed that Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is slated to undertake a state visit to the Philippines from October 17 to 21 at the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte. “The state visit marks an important milestone in the Philippine-India bilateral relations as both countries commemorate the 70th …

Gov’t urged to pursue cases vs. ‘narco-politicians’ who won in polls

MANILA — In the aftermath of the just concluded elections, several lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Thursday called on the government to “seriously” pursue cases against winning politicians, who were included on President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “narco list,” especially if there are sufficient evidence against them. Representatives Robert Ace Barbers (Surigao del Norte), Alfredo …

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 …

Pablo year 5: housing and Aquino’s unfulfilled promise

MATI CITY, Philippines— It’s been five years,  when Super Typhoon Pablo (International name Bhopa) hit the Davao Oriental, but until now, the survivors struggle to stay a normal life in a house built from a broken promise. Pablo made landfall in Mindanao and was considered one of the worst typhoons to hit the island. The …