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Regional Updates (02/25/21)

THE Civil Service Code for the Bangsamoro was approved Wednesday, one of the priority legislations crucial to the new region’s transition.

Regional Updates (02/24/21)

STORM Auring, the first typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, left one person dead, two others injured and four still missing as of Wednesday morning, the national disaster management agency reported.

Regional Updates (02/23/21)

JOINT government forces have arrested nine females with links to the Abu Sayyaf bandit and terror group in Sulu last week, some of whom were in possession of bomb components, the military reported on Tuesday.

Regional Updates (02/16/21)

A farm-fishery project will be developed within the national penitentiary’s 80-hectare reservation area as part of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) urban farming program.

Regional Updates (02/15/21)

MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. planted 13,000 tree saplings and mangrove propagules last year under its watershed management initiative that aims to prevent flooding and soil erosion.

Regional Updates (02/14/21)

PANGLAO is gearing up for its 2nd Panglao International Dive Fiesta on May 4-9, with health protocols and other procedures being firmed up to ensure the safety of participants, other guests, and the island’s residents.

Mindanao bats for P1.35-T allocation in 2022 budget

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) will push for a P1.35-trillion allocation in the 2022 national budget, representing 27% of the proposed P5-trillion spending plan, to realize major infrastructure and other projects.

Regional Updates (02/11/21)

Trucks and trailers will be banned from crossing the Nagtahan Flyover in Manila starting February 20 to avoid further damage and potential accidents on the structure that is already lined up for repair, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday. The agency said light vehicles can still use the bridge, based on the recommendation of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Regional Updates (02/08/21)

NLEX Corp. on Monday said it is aiming to complete the Candaba Viaduct upgrade by June

Regional Updates (02/07/21)

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook parts of Mindanao past noon Sunday, with epicenter in the town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur province.

Nationwide round-up (02/04/21)

THE cash assistance program for the tourism industry has been expanded a second time and now covers workers in support service enterprises that are registered with the local government.

Regional Updates (02/04/21)

THE ammonia leak at an ice plant in Navotas City on Wednesday killed two workers while 96 others, including residents of surrounding communities, were hospitalized, according to Mayor Tobias “Toby” M. Tiangco.

Regional Updates (02/03/21)

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) completed P11 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the Eastern Visayas Region last year, including roads, bridges, and flood-control structures.

Regional Updates (02/02/21)

THE three-month closed fishing season for roundscad, locally known as galunggong, in northeast Palawan has been lifted, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced Tuesday.

Regional Updates (02/01/21)

A child receives oral polio vaccine in Antique province on February 1, the start of the government’s month-long supplemental immunization program for measles-rubella and polio. The vaccination program, intended for children 0-59 months, is under the Department of Health (DoH) and implemented by the local government health units.

Digitalization, EAGA trade named Davao business chamber’s top priorities

DAVAO CITY’S business leaders are looking to regain the growth momentum lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with digitalization and stronger trade ties in the sub-regional grouping known as the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) among the priorities.

Regional Updates (01/28/21)

GOVERNMENT scientists said on Thursday that Mt. Pinatubo remains inactive despite the series of earthquakes recently recorded around the volcano, but at the same time stressed the need for communities to always be on alert for disaster warnings from authorities.

Regional Updates (01/27/21)

THE Baguio City government has ordered the hotel that served as a venue for a party where attendees breached health protocols to explain why it should not be penalized, but the event’s host has been told by the mayor, who was among the guests, “not to worry.”

Violent incidents in Bangsamoro continue to decline, but land ownership sparks...

VIOLENT incidents in the Bangsamoro continued to decline in 2019, the first year of the transition period under the new regional government, according to International Alert Philippines’ latest conflict report released Monday.

Gov’t to provide P1.2B to help boost bamboo industry of Mindanao

STATE-RUN Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has committed P1.2 billion to help jumpstart the Mindanao bamboo industry development program, which is intended to protect watersheds and provide livelihood to farmers and remote communities.

Regional Updates (01/24/21)

THE Bontoc local government has taken measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the mountain town, where 12 cases of the more contagious UK variant has been confirmed.

Regional Updates (01/21/21)

NEGROS Occidental province and the independent city of Bacolod have jointly started planning for reopening to tourists, along with possible recovery measures such as tax breaks to help industry players beat up by the coronavirus pandemic.

Regional Updates (01/20/21)

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade is counting on the new Bicol International Airport, which is now 72.2% complete, to help boost the economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Regional Updates (01/19/21)

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia met with the provincial board and mayors on January 15 to assure them that the province will not be left behind in the coronavirus vaccine distribution program.

Regional Updates (01/18/21)

THE Bangsamoro flag was hoisted for the first time alongside the Philippine flag on January 18 as the region kicked off its 2nd founding anniversary celebration — a symbolic ceremony for its tri-people that has been on a long journey for autonomy, peace, and development.

Nationwide round-up (01/17/21)

Over 410,00 overseas workers have returned home MORE than 410,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have returned to the country due to the global economic...

Regional Updates (01/14/21)

DREDGING operations in three heavily silted segments of the Cagayan River, which partly caused heavy flooding in Cagayan province last year, will start by the end of the month or early February, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Thursday.

Regional Updates (01/13/21)

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned consumers against eating shellfish harvested from Daram Island and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar, and Carigara Bay in Leyte after testing positive for red tide contamination.

Regional Updates (01/10/21)

SEVERAL cities outside the capital Metro Manila have announced signing or preparing for an agreement with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca Plc for the purchase of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines.

Regional Updates (12/28/20)

THOSE planning to go on leisure travel within the country can now apply for a subsidized RT-PCR test for the coronavirus at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), with the cash-out rate set at P750 per person.

Regional Updates (12/27/20)

THE ANNAFUNAN East Provincial Road in Cagayan, which suffered flooding in several areas in November due to continuous rains and a series of typhoons, was again flooded on Sunday.

DoT, DoLE call on tourism workers to avail of financial aid

TOURISM workers affected by the closure or scaled-down operations of establishments can now avail of financial help through the expanded aid program under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, the Department of Tourism (DoT) announced Monday.

Regional Updates (12/07/20)

MALACAÑANG Palace on Monday assured that justice will be served in the murder of Los Baños Mayor Cesar P. Perez despite his alleged links to the drug trade as tagged by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Regional Updates (12/06/20)

San Jose Del Monte now a ‘highly urbanized city’ THE city of San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan has been proclaimed as a highly urbanized...

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...