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Regional Updates (11/18/20)

Occidental Mindoro has acquired motorbikes customized with a first-aid kit that will be used by quick response teams of the provincial disaster management office.

Regional Updates (11/15/20)

PHILIPPINE security forces have had their hands full on emergency preparations and response operations in the past weeks as several strong typhoons have affected various regions in the northern part of the country.

Philippines moves up in sustainable trade index

THE PHILIPPINES outranked other emerging markets in Asia as it moved up one spot to 8th place in the Sustainable Trade Index 2020, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit bi-annual report commissioned by Hinrich Foundation.

ARTA taps private sector network to address red tape, LGU resistance...

THE ANTI-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) are putting their partnership into action by tapping the business...

Regional Updates (09/28/20)

THE RIGHT-HAND man of the local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf’s leader was arrested Sunday in Zamboanga City, the police reported.

Business group pushes for satellite access liberalization

THE BUSINESS sector is appealing to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to issue an order that will ease the licensing requirement on satellite access to speed up the delivery of internet services, especially outside major urban areas.

Warehouses, townships are bright spots in Davao property sector

DAVAO CITY — Storage facilities and residential spaces, especially those within mixed-use projects, are the property segments least affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Davao, according to consultancy firm Prime Philippines.

Validation starts for EU-backed network of 22 fish centers

SITE VISITS are under way for the proposed 22 fish centers across Mindanao, which will be connected to a common a digital platform that will serve as a direct link to the market.

Regional Updates (08/26/20)

Sulu governor opposes martial law, says economic development is what province needs SULU GOVERNOR Abdusakur M. Tan is opposed to a declaration of martial law...

Fruit growers sign logistics deal for major-city delivery

FRUIT GROWERS in Mindanao and a Davao City logistics firm have signed an agreement to bring fresh produce to Metro Manila and other major urban areas starting September.

Regional Updates (08/04/20)

Medical community offers to help DoH with contact tracing, telemedicine THE MEDICAL community has offered to help the Department of Health (DoH) in improving the...

Regional Updates (08/03/20)

Dingalan town to be developed as next ‘tuna capital’ THE TOWN of Dingalan in Aurora province is being eyed as the country’s next ‘tuna capital’...

Regional Updates (07/30/20)

MWSS directs Maynilad, Manila Water to extend grace period for bills THE METROPOLITAN Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Regulatory Office has ordered Maynilad Water Services,...

Regional Updates (07/22/20)

Police to track down cops, military involved in KAPA COPS, MILITARY and other government workers involved in the alleged investment scam of Kapa-Community Ministry International...

LGUs rise above the chaos — and strained relationship with gov’t

When the state of emergency was declared on March 8, the President’s proclamation cited the need for a “whole-of-government” response to the pandemic — a term first used in the Duterte administration’s strategy to end the communist armed movement, which had local governments as the lead envoys.

Bangsamoro project confronts threats, old and new, during the pandemic

JUDGING by the numbers, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has done well in responding to the coronavirus public health crisis.

Cacao farmers organize to directly sell to Puentespina, Kennemer

CACAO SMALLHOLDERS in Davao Oriental have organized to directly sell their produce to Kennemer Foods International, Inc. and Puentespina Farms, maker of the Malagos Chocolate brand.

Lapu-Lapu City mayor asks council to pass law for informant’s reward...

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard Q. Chan has asked the local council to pass a law that will allow “citizen’s arrest” against those not wearing...

Regional Updates (07/01/20)

MEMBERS OF the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who are part of families involved in a clan dispute have been warned against renewed violence after a peace pact was signed over the weekend.

Regional Updates (06/28/20)

A LAWMAKER is calling for the immediate passage of a bill that will establish a unified cashless collection system in tollroads, which has become more critical for minimizing physical contact as the coronavirus threat lingers.

Regional Updates (06/24/20)

QUARANTINE PASSES in Cebu City, which gives residents permit to go out and purchase essential items, have been suspended effective 10 p.m. Tuesday as local and national officials rush to contain the surge in coronavirus cases.

Regional Updates (06/22/20)

Bohol holds ceremonial reopening of tourism in COVID-free Panglao; airport still closed A CEREMONIAL reopening of tourism establishments in Panglao was held June 22, but...

Regional Updates (06/16/20)

PRIVATE hospitals in Metro Cebu are increasing their bed allocation for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients as severe cases in the highly-urbanized area continue to swell.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/11/20)

CORONAVIRUS disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in the Eastern Visayas Region has shot up to 76 as of June 10 from 28 two weeks ago, most of whom are returning locally-stranded residents and overseas workers, and some beneficiaries of the government’s balik probinsya program.

Regional Updates (06/10/20)

DAVAO City-based food manufacturer Eng Seng Food Products has committed to expand in areas identified as pilot sites for the government’s Balik Probinsya program that aims to encourage people to return to their home provinces and boost development in the countryside.

#COVID-19 Regional updates (06/08/20)

Quarantine rules likely to be further eased by June 16 for some areas QUARANTINE rules are likely to be further eased in areas under the...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/07/20)

THE number coding scheme for vehicles in Metro Manila remains suspended on June 8, the Metropolitan Manila Authority (MMDA) announced Sunday.

Mindanao recovery must look beyond agricultural strength

TWO weeks into the more relaxed lockdown policy in the entire Mindanao, entrepreneurs of non-basic goods that have been allowed to resume operations have yet to see signs of business recovery.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/03/20)

NEGROS Occidental province has formally opened its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratory, located at the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/02/20)

SENATORS on Tuesday asked the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to provide clearer plans for the public after the easing of quarantine restrictions on June 1 left commuters in the capital in a crisis.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/01/20)

Dagupan revokes eased lockdown rules as 14 frontliners test positive for COVID-19 DAGUPAN CITY, the main economic center in Pangasinan, did not shift to relaxed...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/28/20)

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) assured that the SOCCSKSARGEN region — composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani, and General Santos City — has enough food supply amid the coronavirus pandemic.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/27/20)

BOHOL Governor Arthur C. Yap said Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the national coronavirus response program, has apologized for the sudden return of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to their hometowns without proper notification to local governments.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/26/20)

Cebu province taps 3 state-owned banks for P20B economic recovery fund THREE government-owned banks have agreed to create a common fund, initially set at P20...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/25/20)

LOCAL government units (LGU) around the country have been on the double setting up isolation facilities — tapping sports centers, unutilized housing projects, and other public and even private spaces — as residents start coming home after being stranded elsewhere in the country due to the lockdowns or returning from overseas work.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/20/20)

BI told to track down foreigner patients of illegal makeshift COVID-19 hospital inside Clark JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra directed the Bureau of Immigration to...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/19/20)

CEBU province is transitioning to the general community quarantine (GCQ) policy on Wednesday, with public transport expected to be back on the roads while restaurants and beaches will reopen with limitations.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said failure to provide transportation assistance to employees within areas still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) does not reflect well on companies.

WFH during the ECQ: Ateneo de Davao’s Mark “Macoy” Samante

FOR a unit involved in community engagement and advocacy, with disaster response and resilience among its main programs, working from home during a health emergency sounds rather contradictory.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/13/20)

WESTERN Visayas did not have a new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case reported on May 12 just as the region was declared among the areas with low transmission risk and can end lockdown measures by May 16.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/12/20)

FINEX welcomes EDSA single bus route system as 1st step to efficient transport service

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/04/20)

Cebu COVID-19 cases expected to keep increasing with targeted testing CORONAVIRUS disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Central Visayas region, which breached the 1,000 mark...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

LUZON SLMC starts convalescent plasma program for COVID-19 patients ST. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) has started transfusion therapy for convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus disease 2019...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/30/20)

SEVERAL local governments in Mindanao, where only Davao City has been declared as a high risk area for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), want to extend the strict quarantine measures being implemented despite a greenlight to ease restrictions by May 1.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/29/20)

BACOLOD officials have asked the national government to include the city in the list of areas under continued strict quarantine measures until May 15 due to the continued threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmissions.