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Friday, March 24, 2017
DAVAO CITY—The implementing panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have extended the stay of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT), even as they welcomed a new facilitator in the implementation of the peace agreement in Moro-populated areas in Mindanao. The extended stay was contained in...
CLARK FREEPORT—A group of Turkish travel agents visited the Metro Clark area here, as well as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, on Monday for a familiarization tour hosted by Philippine travel operators and sponsored by Qatar Airways. The Philippine tour operators, led by Joebert Opulencia, president of Orientours Co. Ltd.;...
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-7 has requested its central office to allocate P54 million for the feasibility study of the Mandaue-Consolacion-Liloan Bypass Project. This was reported by the Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) during its full council meeting held recently in Cebu City. DPWH-7 has forwarded the...
A NETWORK of teachers, academics and researchers has warned the military to keep their operations away from indigenous peoples’ (IP) alternative schools, roughly two weeks before the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) head back to the peace table. In the aftermath of the fourth Mindanao-wide conference of the...
THE Central Visayas Regional Development Council, co-chaired by Cebu businessman Kenneth Cobonpue, is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways to conduct a feasibility study on the proposed Mactan road- network upgrade. This is to complement the proposed Cebu-­Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEx) set to start in July after the...
THE Davao del Norte Provincial Board’s ways and means committee, chaired by Board Member Alfredo de Veyra III, has come up with a “win-win solution” to have the Ecosystem Service Charge (ESC), a new revenue-seeking program, approved by sand-and-gravel operators on Wednesday. The executive department of the provincial government, through...
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga—About P200,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, was seized, and a target-listed drug personality was arrested on Tuesday by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Luzon (PDEA RO3)  in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Santo Rosario in this city. Juvenal B. Azurin, PDEA director...
AN environmental group on Monday reiterated its appeal for the cancellation of mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs), which straddle watersheds in the Ilocos region. Sherwin de Vera, regional coordinator of the Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos), said the Ilocos region suffers from dry spells and drought every year. ...
GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija—Filipino farmers, especially those growing hybrid rice, will be supported by the government, Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Operations Ariel T. Cayanan said on Friday during the annual grand harvest festival in Barangay Triala in this municipality. He was joined by Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, SL...
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here distributed about 4,146 land titles covering 317 hectares of public lands to landless farmers in Central Luzon in support of Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez’s social justice and equitable access to land resources, environment authorities...
MEMBERS of Kadamay picketed on Monday the front gates of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Quezon City to protest an eviction notice against the occupation of idle housing in Bulacan. Kadamay said they reject this notice as “another crime” the NHA has committed against the urban poor. “The only thing...
CONCEPCION, Tarlac—A P10-billion solar project that can supply electricity to 300,000 households is set to rise in Barangay Santa Rosa in this municipality. The 150-megawatt (MW) Concepcion Solar Farm of Solar Philippines aims to provide a cleaner alternative- energy source to the Filipino people and make the Philippines a leader...
TACLOBAN CITY—More than four years after Super typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) hit the Visayas provinces, recovery efforts continued for communities with the turnover of disaster-resilient infrastructure in Tacloban and Palo in Leyte, and in Balankayan, Hernani and Quinapondan in Eastern Samar for three days last week. The European...
SANTA BARBARA, Pangasinan—Bounties of the land and of water will be showcased in a five-day product exposition of farmers and fishermen here from March 28 to April 1, an event described by organizers as “a curtain-raiser for the colorful and meaningful Pistay Dayat, dubbed as Pangasinan’s mother of all...
DISASTER resiliency and sustainability were among the new indicators added to measure the local government units’ (LGU) performance in the economy, infrastructure and governance in the annual Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI). This was according to the Cebu Investment and Promotions Office (Cipo), the capitol’s investment arm. Just this year...
CLARK FREEPORT—An amendment of the Joint Management Agreement (JMA) among the Clark Development Corp. (CDC), the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and an Ayta tribe, signed on December 6, 2007, is now being considered by the affected parties. In a text message last Tuesday, the representative of the indigenous...
DAVAO CITY—This city marked its 80th charter day with a history parade predating to the early-1900s, when it was informally called “Little Tokyo” by migrant Japanese workers in abaca plantations. The city charter was inaugurated on March 1, 1937, by then-Secretary Elpidio Quirino, who later became President, although succeeding commemoration...
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed the petition of a writ of kalikasan and an environmental protection order against the operation of a gold mine in Aroroy, Masbate, after it found the allegations raised by an environmental group untrue. In a decision issued on March 8 and penned by...
THE National Housing Authority’s (NHA) plan to include the poor and homeless of Bulacan in its socialized-housing program will only put into motion the same problems for the poor and homeless under the Aquino administration, Kadamay said on Thursday. The urban-poor group said this move was meant to mislead the...
A LEADING official from Mindanao said trade and investments are highly needed to facilitate peace and order in conflicted areas like the southern part of the Philippines and its neighboring countries in the region. In a recent business forum during the second leg of the four-day Global Peace Convention 2017...