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Iloilo City extends lockdown to April 30, others keep open-ended policy

ILOILO City is extending its lockdown to April 30 following confirmed local transmission cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Mayor Jerry P. Treñas announced...

Bangsamoro region positions 8 COVID-19 test centers

EIGHT medical facilities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are being positioned as testing laboratories for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/02/20)

LAWMAKERS on Thursday hit the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for summoning Pasig City Mayor Victor Ma. Regis N. Sotto for alleged violation of lockdown rules against tricycle operations.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/01/20)

THE Kiangan Billeting Center inside the police national headquarters has been temporarily converted as a quarantine facility for officers who are considered patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Markets go mobile, mini

THE PASIG Mega Market, a centralized trading area of food and other basic provisions similar to what is typically found in every town around the country, was being readied Sunday night for more entry restrictions.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/26/20)

THE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the food resiliency protocol endorsed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for faster movement of major food commodities to Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

Local governments a step ahead with community quarantine declarations

SEVERAL LOCAL governments around the country — mostly major cities, provinces, and even some municipalities — have declared a community quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus that has infected 140 Filipinos as of March 15.

Bureau of Fisheries prepares new management strategy as sardine season starts...

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR) Zamboanga Peninsula regional office is preparing to implement the government’s new fisheries management strategy with the sardine fishing season opening March 1.

Indigenous communities assured of assistance with declaration of Dakeol Forest as...

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (IP) communities in Dakeol Forest have been assured of livelihood support as protective measures are put in place with the planned declaration of part of the woodland as critical habitat.

Monitoring station to be set up for Cagayan de Oro River...

A MONITORING station will be constructed at the Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facility in Bukidnon to improve data gathering and flood forecasting for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin.

Nationwide round-up

BANANA EXPORTS to China, the Philippines biggest market in the last two years, is normalizing after a month-long disruption due to the COVID-19 spread, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) said.

Mt. Province ramps up local road construction, boosts coffee sector

FOUR PROVINCIAL road projects with a combined P93.7 million budget were simultaneously launched Friday in Mt. Province under the Department of Interior and Local Government — Conditional Matching Grants to Provinces (DILG-CMGP).

Improved road to Siquijor tourism sites ready by end-Q1

SIQUIJOR’S Butterfly Sanctuary and Bandilaan Mountain View Park will soon be more accessible with the concrete road along Barangay Calunasan in the town of Maria.

City gov’t considers extended Baguio Blooms expo as main Panagbenga events...

THE BAGUIO City government is “inclined” to approve the proposed extension of the Baguio Blooms Exposition and Exhibition by another month in consideration of the impact of the novel coronavirus threat, Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said in a statement posted on Saturday.

DepEd suspends school field trips, big events in response to nCoV...

THE DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd) has ordered the suspension of all national and regional activities as well as field trips and other off-campus activities to minimize the risk of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) spread.

Bohol spurs farmers to keep ube industry alive with annual festival

BOHOL — popular for its chocolate hills, tarsier, beaches, and peanut kisses — is celebrating the Ubi Festival this week in honor of the province’s inconspicuous high-value crop, the yam.

1st batch of modern jeepneys in GenSan deployed; mayor assures transport...

GENERAL SANTOS City Mayor Ronnel C. River assured public utility drivers and operators of an inclusive modernization program following Tuesday’s turnover of the first batch of modern jeepneys that will be deployed in the city.

Local governments at the front lines of UHC implementation

FORTY-FIVE-year-old Melodina Hugo is the go-to person when family members and relatives, especially those from the remote Paquibato district, get seriously sick and need to be brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, the biggest government-owned hospital in Mindanao.

Hasten recovery plan to access P5B fund, Cotabato governor orders

COTABATO GOVERNOR Nancy A. Catamco has ordered local government units (LGUs) and the Provincial Rehabilitation Task Force to fast-track the completion of data on affected families and damages from the series of earthquakes last year to pave the way for the recovery program’s implementation.

It takes a village — and more — to raise disaster...

IN UNDER a minute of the earth’s shaking, the people of Balutakay, a coffee-farming village at the foot of Mt. Apo, saw their homes, warehouse, and processing center sustain severe damage.

Last Abu Sayyaf captive rescued

THE LAST captive of the kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group was rescued Wednesday in Sulu, the military reported.

Zamboanga City mayor says initial P300M fund ready for new airport...

AN INITIAL P300 million fund from the national government for the purchase of the land where the new Zamboanga City airport will be built is ready for release, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar announced Tuesday.

Help desk, livelihood program set in Iloilo and Lanao for OFWs...

LOCALIZED initiatives are being rolled out to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families amid tension in the Middle East.

Zamboanga mayor asks water district to reconsider rate hike proposal

ZAMBOANGA CITY Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar wants the water supply distributor to defer its proposed rate hike and first reassess its operations.

Gun ban, checkpoints still in effect in Lanao del Sur despite...

THE PROVINCIAL government of Lanao del Sur, which covers Marawi City, announced on Thursday that peace and security measures such as the ban on carrying firearms remains in place despite the end of the martial law declaration effective January 1.

2-week ceasefire announced as gov’t, communist group prepare to resume peace...

THE GOVERNMENT and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the lead communist group in the country, have announced a ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, and pave the way for the resumption of peace talks.

BTA committee on Marawi City to hold public hearings on rehabilitation

THE BANGSAMORO Transition Authority’s Special Committee on Marawi will hold a series of public hearings starting January to put together a report intended to help improve the slow implementation of the rehabilitation plan for the city that was devastated in 2017.

4 kidnap victims remain in Abu Sayyaf hands as Asian neighbors...

MARITIME AUTHORITIES from neighboring Asian countries are meeting in Manila on Dec. 18–19 to tackle security in the Sulu and Celebes Seas, where the Abu Sayyaf terror group is the biggest threat, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

A tribute to Gokongwei’s hometown and the sea

ROBINSONS Land Corp. (RLC) formally marked its venture into the luxury hotel sector with the recent launching of Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu, and it will be the first in a planned network of top-end accommodations.

Davao de Oro gets ‘yes’ vote

“WE ARE Davao de Oro” reads the new profile picture on the official social media page of what used to be Compostela Valley province.

New facilities ready at Lubi Plantation Resort

THE LUBI Plantation Resort, one of the joint ventures of Torre Lorenzo Development Corp. and Dusit International in Davao, has opened additional facilities as it officially received on Dec. 1 its Dusit Thani mark, the Thai hotel group’s high-end and full-service brand.

Lanao del Sur network calls for stricter gun control as it...

THE MILITARY’S Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) has been reporting on the continued turn over of loose firearms in Lanao del Sur province, with the latest on Nov. 18 involving 44 weapons, including two homemade Uzis and a sniper rifle.

Minimum daily pay in BARMM to increase with 1st wage order

MINIMUM WAGE rates in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are set to increase with the approval of the new regional government’s first wage order on Nov. 13.

6 years after typhoon Haiyan: Survivors highlight disaster preparedness, call for...

COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES will be held on Nov. 8 in Tacloban City, one of the areas hardest hit by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013, in remembrance of the more than 7,000 who died during one of strongest tropical cyclones in history.

Assistance programs for former MILF, MNLF combatants proposed before BTA

THREE RESOLUTIONS calling for emergency financial assistance and other development programs for former combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were proposed during the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s (BTA) 21st session last Friday.

How a ‘crazy’ man brought Dusit kind of luxury to Davao

TORRE LORENZO Development Corp. (TLDC) President and Chief Executive Officer Tomas P. Lorenzo likes to tell the story of how most everyone thought him “buang,” meaning crazy in Visayan, when he first started talking about developing top-end facilities in Davao City for business and leisure travelers.

TLDC-Dusit to build Princess hotel as its 4th Davao project

DAVAO CITY -- Torre Lorenzo Development Corp. (TLDC) and Dusit International are embarking on their fourth project in the Davao Region, a Dusit Princess hotel in the city.

Mindanao to export initial 5,000 MT of rice to Papua New...

AN INITIAL 5,000 metric tons (MT) of rice from Mindanao will be shipped to Papua New Guinea following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between farmers’ groups represented by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and PNG’s Central Province government.

Quirino celebrates Panagdadapun Festival

GETTING TO Quirino requires a long journey — either by plane from Manila to neighboring airports plus a one to three-hour drive, or an eight-hour land trip — but the province promises attractions that would make it worthwhile.

New trade patterns unfold as ‘rule-maker’ China rises

HONG KONG’S Maritime Museum gives a glimpse of China’s trading prowess in the centuries when seafaring was the order of the day, and how its rules back then controlled foreign merchants.

Less election-related shootings, but political clan wars still a major threat...

THREE DAYS after the May 13 midterm elections, troops under the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) seized firearms and other weapons in Talitay, Maguindanao in an operation intended to contain the escalation of conflict between the private armed groups (PAGs) of vice-mayoralty candidates Montasir Sabal and Suraida Ameril.

NHCP to seek calamity fund to restore heritage churches in Pampanga

THE NATIONAL Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on Thursday said it is preparing to ask for calamity fund assistance from the Office of the President for the restoration of at least five Churches that were damaged by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon last Monday.

TPMT cites Marawi City rehabilitation as one of crucial components in...

THE INDEPENDENT Third-Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) of the Bangsamoro peace process, in its 5th Public Report released on Tuesday, said the “immediate rehabilitation” of war-torn Marawi City is one of the crucial components in the region’s transition under the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Unifrutti secures P1-B loan from DBP for banana area expansion

UNIFRUTTI TROPICAL Philippines Inc., one of the country’s major banana growers and exporters, has signed a $19-million loan agreement with the Development Bank of...

At least 24 of 67 villages in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro...

UNOFFICIAL AND partial results released by the joint military-police-Commission on Elections (Comelec) monitoring office indicate a majority support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), but new areas joining the new region are limited.