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Regional Updates (03/04/21)

THE alert warning for Mt. Pinatubo, located in the central Luzon area, was raised on Thursday to level 1 from 0 due to continued seismic activities, but no “imminent eruption is foreseen,” according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Regional Updates (03/02/21)

PROVINCES and cities in the Western Visayas Region are keeping strict travel protocols, including the mandatory quarantine period for returning residents, despite the reduced requirements contained in a Feb. 26 resolution issued by the national task force on coronavirus.

Regional Updates (03/01/21)

THE latest shellfish bulletin from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) includes Murcielagos Bay and Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental, and Taguines Lagoon in Camiguin among the areas positive for red tide contamination.

Regional Updates (02/28/21)

THE PROVINCES of Negros Oriental and Siquijor are gearing up to reopen for domestic visitors nationwide, joining their two neighbors, Cebu and Bohol, in the Central Visayas Region that have already resumed tourism activities.

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 (02/21/21)

PARTS of the southern island of Mindanao were flooded Sunday after tropical storm Auring, with designated international name Dujuan, dumped rains as it moves slowly in a northwest direction.

Regional Updates (02/18/21)

TROPICAL depression Auring has intensified into a tropical storm category as of Thursday morning as it continues to move northwestward over the Philippine Sea, weather bureau PAGASA reported.

Regional Updates (02/17/21)

CONSTRUCTION of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) bridges will be passed on to the next administration, Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said on Wednesday following a meeting with the government’s adviser for flagship projects.

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 (02/14/21)

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.

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 (02/10/21)

SOLONS called on the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to hold expressway operators similarly liable under a “3-strike” policy that will be imposed on road users who pass through tollroads without sufficient load on their radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers.

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.

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.

Regional Updates (01/31/21)

THE town of Cordova in Cebu’s Mactan Island now has a mangrove propagation center that also features a view deck for bird watching.

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.”

Regional Updates (01/26/21)

THE LOCAL government of Valenzuela City holds its first simulation on January 26 of the vaccination process that is targeted for implementation by the second half of the year.

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.

Regional Updates (01/17/21)

A PHILIPPINE Eagle was rescued last week in the hinterlands of Maitum, Sarangani after a resident found it trapped in thorny rattan vines while on a hunt. It was the third eagle rescued in the area over the last four years, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Soccsksargen (DENR-12) regional office. The eagle has been turned over the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City for documentation and rehabilitation. The bird was found near Mt. Busa, a declared key biodiversity.

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 (01/11/21)

CITY mayors are set to meet with national officials online on January 12 to discuss the procurement of vaccines as several local government units (LGUs), mostly cities and some provinces, have already signed contracts with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca Plc.

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 (01/06/21)

TWO river control projects to protect two low-lying villages in Cagayan de Oro City from flooding, with a combined cost of P120 million, have been completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Regional Updates (01/05/21)

THE QUEZON City government urged taxpayers and business owners to tap the available electronic service systems for convenience and minimize health risks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Regional Updates (01/04/21)

PROSECUTORS have been directed to immediately file the resolution finding probable cause to charge nine policemen for murder and planting of evidence over the killing of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu in June last year.

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.

Regional Updates (12/22/20)

Plebiscite for Palawan’s division into 3 provinces set on March 13 THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) announced that the plebiscite that will determine the division...

Regional Updates (12/20/20)

MODERATE to heavy rains are still expected in the regions of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera as well as parts of Quezon and Aurora provinces on Monday after tropical depression Vicky exits the country late Sunday, according to state weather agency PAGASA.

Regional Updates (12/17/20)

MACTAN-CEBU International Airport Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Steve Y. Dicdican has been ordered suspended for six months for allegedly violating the Anti-Dummy Law.

Regional Updates (12/16/20)

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lifted the red tide warning for Inner Malampaya Sound in Palawan, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar and San Pedro Bay in Western Samar.

Regional Updates (12/15/20)

THE PROVINCE of Isabela will revert to a general community quarantine (GCQ) from a more lax lockdown until year-end after it reported a fresh surge in coronavirus cases.

Regional Updates (12/14/20)

THE MAYOR of Valenzuela City on Monday asked NLEX Corp. to make up its mind about his proposal to keep barriers up at its toll plazas to ease traffic congestion.

Regional Updates (12/13/20)

THE NUMBER coding scheme will remain suspended in the capital region during the holiday season amid a coronavirus pandemic, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).