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Friday, January 20, 2017
LONG before OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (OGPI) commenced full operation of its Didipio Mine three years ago, a series of social-development programs has been in existence, providing benefits to residents of the mining village. A memorandum of agreement was signed among the host village and 11 neighboring communities for the...
BAGAC, Bataan-—At least 55 old houses, one of which was constructed in 1744, are reconstructed at the resort here to highlight a prominent businessman’s love for the arts, culture and heritage of the country. Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar (The Philippine Houses of Acuzar) sits on a 400-hectare property facing...
CAMP NAKAR, Lucena City-—As he returns home to his own city as the top policeman in Quezon province, he has a mouthful to say in implementing and maintaining peace and order for the police chiefs in 39 towns and two cities in the province. “Always observe the code of ethical...
MASINLOC, Zambales—There is a 400-year-old legend here that recalls an epic battle between native Ayta tribesmen and Christian colonizers. The story is intertwined with the tale about how this town came to be in 1607. As the folklore goes, after the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi landed in this part...
IN a region where 90 percent of the population is made up of ethnic groups, a celebration of Indigenous Month in the Cordillera region is truly festive. After all, tribal cultures are known for their ornate fineries—their dances, music and arts. A highlight of the month’s celebration was the event to close...
By Elmer V. Recuerdo / Correspondent TACLOBAN CITY—She was restless that day, the eve of All Saints’ Day, when 70-year-old Clarita Cainong heard over the radio 200 crosses at the mass grave remains without the name of the dead. Carrying her 1-year-old grandchild, she went to the house of her son...
LUCENA CITY—Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Quezon tried, but failed, on November 7 to pass an ordinance certified as urgent by Gov. David Suarez authorizing him to negotiate on a P2-billion development loan with the Land Bank of the Philippines and other financial institutions to finance big-ticket...
MARIVELES, Bataan—The new head of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (Afab) has vowed to speed up the growth momentum of the special economic zone here and to further realize development potentials in what has been called the country’s fastest-growing free port. In unveiling the agency’s direction...
OVER 100 young non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders representing more than 75 groups across the Asean region will convene in Mactan, Cebu, for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (Ysseali) Generation: Go NGO! workshop from November 16 to 19 2016. US Ambassador to Asean Nina Hachigian will open the event on November...
DAVAO CITY—The Department of Agriculture (DA) would soon have its own laboratory complex to address the various concerns of farmers and fishermen, as the department is also poised to get the bulk of the $6-billion loan accessed from the China visit of President Duterte. Grace P. Gutierrez, senior science...
PORAC, Pampanga—Residents of this town raised P2.7 million in four months to fund the creation of a retablo (altar centerpiece) at the Santa Catalina de Alexandria Church, Parish Priest Fr. Roland Moraleja said in an interview last week. He said Porac is one of the oldest parishes in Pampanga, but...
By Elmer V. Recuerdo MARABUT, Samar—Preparing for the next disaster, in many communities, is looking for the sturdiest building nearby where people can evacuate to when the need arises. But in a fishing community in this southernmost town of Western Samar, the safest refuge is a cave bearing the name of...
IRONICALLY, it needed two devastating typhoons—Karen and Lawin—for people like us in the media to reach and cover Peñablanca, Cagayan, home of the famous Callao Caves located at the northern Sierra Madre mountain range. It was hardest-hit by Supertyphoon Lawin, since the powerful storm directly hit the riverside town...
PASTOLAN VILLAGE, Subic Bay Freeport—The ethnic cuisine of the Ayta tribe appears to be an ode to the mountain and the austere way of life that a wild environment engenders. Yams and grubs in the earth, crayfish and snails in the river, lizards and boars in the forest, and...
THE Department of Energy (DOE) said on Friday night restoration of damaged power facilities in Northern Luzon is under way as Typhoon Lawin left the country. “Restoration of power facilities is under way to bring back electricity service in the typhoon-hit areas in Northern Luzon. Public safety is the...
THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) on Saturday said the bodies of Capt. John Kaizan Estabillo and student pilot Paola Vianca Robles were recovered at 7:10 a.m. near a seaside resort in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The two took off from Vigan Airport at 3:24 pm on Friday onboard...
GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has found at least 60 commercial establishments here and other parts of the region to have been allegedly implementing illegal labor contractualization practices. Albert Gutib, DOLE-Region12 acting regional director, said on Monday the concerned establishments were subjected to...
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has installed 19 rainwater-collection systems in schools in Quirino province as a way of maximizing the use of rainwater for sanitation purposes. The rainwater-collection systems were installed in elementary and secondary schools in the municipalities of Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun, Maddela and Nagtipunan. According...
GENERAL SANTOS CITY—South Cotabato is pushing for T’boli town’s thriving jewelry-making ventures to become the province’s next flagship industry. Nencita Acain, Mines and Geosciences division chief of the Provincial Environment Management Office, said on Thursday the provincial government is helping open more jewelry-making projects in T’boli, as part of efforts...
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—OceanaGold Phlippines Inc. (OGPI) is expected to pay the provincial government more than P67 million in real property taxes (RPT) this week. Lawyer Voltaire Garcia, provincial legal officer, said the amount represents OGPI’s RPT payments for the year 2015 and 2016. The provincial government is also waiting for the...