Pacquiao pays tribute to fallen journos in CDO

Sen. Manny Pacquiao paid tribute to journalists and other media workers who died in the line of duty before proceeding to his presidential campaign rally here over the weekend. Pacquiao, together with his wife, Jinkee, and other senatorial candidates in his slate offered wreaths at the Press Freedom Monument at the Misamis Oriental capitol grounds on Saturday. He was joined by members and officers of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc. (COPC). “Part of our freedom and democracy is having a freedom to express and to have a free…

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For the nth time, poll bets, public reminded on health protocols

With only a week left before the campaign period ends, candidates and supporters must not forget minimum public health standards (MPHS) until election day itself on May 9. The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Sunday reminded local government units (LGUs) and political parties it is up to them to observe the laws. “We are calling LGUs to strictly enforce the Comelec (Commission on Elections) Resolution 10732 that sets the guidelines on the conduct of campaign activities complying with health protocols set by IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force,” DILG…

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ITCZ, easterlies bring cloudy skies, rain showers Sunday

A low pressure area (LPA) formed about 315 kilometers southeast of Davao City embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting Mindanao, the weather bureau said Sunday. In its forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the ITCZ will cause cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in regions of Caraga, Davao, and Soccsksargen which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with…

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Thousands of job seekers flock to Labor Day fairs in Pampanga

_:Catherine Serrano, a graduate with a degree in business administration from one of the universities in this province, was among the early birds in the Labor Day job and business fairs held on Sunday at the Kingsborough International Convention Center here. Like many new graduates and other job applicants who trooped to the “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan” event, Serrano is looking forward to landing her first job. She admitted feeling the pressure on finding employment opportunities after being forced to stay at home due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.…

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Informal settlement very serious problem in PH: Duterte

Informal settlement remains a “very serious” problem in the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Sunday. “Nobody but nobody can solve it except the Filipino and ‘yung workers sa government nakatutok talaga (workers of government who are really focused on it),” Duterte said during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pampanga Provincial Hospital-Clark in San Fernando City, Pampanga. He reiterated his call to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to ensure that all idle government-owned lands are distributed to the needy before he steps down in June. “My orders to the…

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Business as usual for rice cake seller as economy slowly reopens

_:After two years since the pandemic hit, provincial buses have resumed trips from Manila to Pangasinan and vice versa and people — who do not have other means of transportation — can finally travel again. This, as the government continues to reopen the economy to allow more economic activities and aid people in the new normal. Aside from travelers and transport sector workers, small business owners like Carmelita Fernandez, 38, are also elated over this development. Fernandez cooks and sells tupig, a rice cake variant made from glutinous rice, coconut…

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Duterte winds down term, vows more opportunities for workers

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday vowed to continue giving Filipino workers “opportunities” needed to reach their full potential as the country celebrates Labor Day. “This administration, even if it is coming nearly to a close, shall remain committed to providing the people with the opportunities they need to realize their full potential,” Duterte said. Duterte lauded Filipino workers for being known worldwide for their “great passion, integrity and professionalism” they demonstrate in everything that they do. “These qualities have not only brought economic gains to our country, but have also…

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Duterte decision on fate of ‘e-sabong’ known Monday

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will decide on the fate of e-sabong (online cockfighting) operations by Monday. In a speech in San Fernando City, Pampanga during the inspection of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Hospital on Sunday, Duterte said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has finished drafting a recommendation on whether or not to suspend e-sabong operations. “There is a department, si DILG, I tasked it to make a serious study of the e-sabong. The recommendation is on my table now. So pagdating doon, babasahin ko…

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Food vendors welcome reopening of tourist spots in Pangasinan

Small business owners here are starting to pick up after two years of pandemic-induced losses, thanks to the reopening of tourist spots. Buko (coconut) juice vendor RJ Casaclang from this municipality recommenced his business in November 2021 when the province was lowered to Alert Level 2 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, allowing freer movement and more mass gatherings. He has been selling buko juice along the Lingayen Beach since 2015, earning a minimum of PHP300 during the weekdays and about PHP1,000 on weekends.…

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Ifugao town attains 80% vax rate, opens doors to foreign tourists

This town has achieved an 80-percent vaccination rate against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), thanks to the vaccine and people’s adherence to protocols, the mayor said on Sunday. Mayor Raldis Andrei Bulayungan, in a message during the “Gotad Ad Kiangan”, a gathering for thanksgiving after the lockdown, said they have a target of less than 10,000, or 80 percent of the eligible population. He said only this town, Lagawe, and Lamut, among the 11 Ifugao municipalities, have achieved herd immunity. “The people’s obedience to the elders and following the example…

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Ukrainian president, US House speaker meet in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday met US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the capital Kyiv, the presidency said. Zelenskyy thanked Pelosi and shared a video of her visit, which was not announced in advance. “I am grateful to you for this signal of strong support from the United States,” he said in a statement. He also awarded the Order of Princess Olga to Pelosi for her “significant personal contribution” to strengthen US-Ukraine cooperation and supporting “sovereign, independent and democratic” Ukraine. Pelosi confirmed the trip, saying that the…

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CSC honors gov’t workers on Labor Day

_:“The strength of our nation lies in its workforce, in the same way that the strength of the civil service lies in our 1.7 million civil servants.” This was stressed by Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karlo Nograles on Labor Day, as he saluted government workers and emphasized the value of protecting their interests. “Today, as we honor Filipino workers whose labors help lay the very foundation upon which our nation’s progress rests, let us not forget our public officials and employees who –day in and day out, in times…

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New law eases conversion of towns into cities

Local governments can now fully operationalize their functions by opening the doors to cityhood for qualified municipalities under Republic Act 11683, which amends Section 450 of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 and makes it easier for a municipality to apply to become a city. Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday said the law will allow the government to address the inequity in national resources and provide the effectual impact of being a city to a greater number of people. “We can now give our people better delivery…

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NCIP issues desist order vs. ancestral land occupants in Bukidnon

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has ordered a company occupying a portion of an ancestral domain in Quezon, Bukidnon to stop its operations on the disputed land. Allen Capuyan, NCIP chairperson, posted on Facebook on Saturday that a cease and desist order (CDO) has already been served to the Kianteg Development Corporation (KDC). Capuyan posted a copy of the CDO received by one of the Kianteg’s security personnel guarding the contested site. The CDO was served by the NCIP-10 team with Office on Empowerment and Human Rights Director…

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Senators hailed workers, call for wage increase

Senators on Sunday sent their praises to Filipino workers as the world celebrates Labor Day. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian urged everyone to remember the sacrifices of workers whom he called the bearers of the country’s development while Sen. Nancy Binay prays that workers will remain steadfast in serving the public as the Covid-19 pandemic persists. “Your tireless perseverance and sacrifice ensure the health, food, safety, and well-being of millions of Filipinos who depend on you,” Binay said in a statement. Gatchalian likewise vowed to pursue measures institutionalizing tax cuts for work-from-home…

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CPP-NPA exploits labor unions to agitate workers: ex-rebel

Former Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (Cpp-NPA) rebels who operated in Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley) admitted they aimed to agitate workers of big corporations and lure them into the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). Arman Blase, former spokesperson of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) in Southern Mindanao, said in a Labor Day press conference on Sunday organized by the local government of Davao de Oro that one of their first goals was to establish labor unions. “We will observe and ask what…

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24.8K out of 42K villages ‘drug-cleared’ as of March: PDEA

More than 24,000 villages across the country have been cleared of illegal drugs since the start of the Duterte administration’s crackdown on banned drugs in mid-2016. Based on the latest Real Numbers data released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) over the weekend, a total of 24,766 out of the 42,045 barangays have been declared drug-cleared, 6,575 were drug unaffected/drug-free, and 10,704 have yet to be cleared of illegal drugs as of March 2022. The drug-clear status follows the certification of members of the oversight committee on the Barangay…

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’Abaca capital’ declaration seen to boost Catanduanes tourism

Declaring Catanduanes as the abaca capital of the Philippines is a “very timely gift” for the people in the province as it celebrates the 6th Abaca Festival this month and as the country’s tourism industry gradually recovers from the pandemic, according to the Provincial Tourism Office. “Since we are gradually but surely restarting, (the) conservative forecast for the expected tourists: let’s just say 500 to 700 arrivals but with a long night stay, it will contribute more to the economy as this would imply more spending,” the province’s tourism officer…

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98% of fully vaxxed PNP personnel now with booster shots

The Philippine National Police (PNP) raised to 98.45 percent its booster vaccine rate as of Sunday. In its latest Covid-19 tracker, the PNP said 220,132 out of 223,588 fully vaccinated personnel already have the added protection against Covid-19. Overall, 99.60 percent of the 224,483-strong police force is already vaccinated. A total of 239 (0.11 percent) are waiting for their second shots while 656 personnel (0.29 percent) remained unvaccinated. Meanwhile, no new Covid-19 case was recorded Sunday, leaving the number of active infections to just one. The PNP Health Office data…

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Duterte Legacy caravan brings more services to C. Luzon

_:Various government services were brought closer to the people in Central Luzon through the simultaneous conduct of the Duterte Legacy caravan on Sunday. Thousands of individuals including farmers, fisherfolk as well as those belonging to various advocacy support groups, force multipliers, and former rebels participated in the caravan that was held in time for the celebration of the Labor Day. The Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3), together with other government agencies, led the conduct of the caravan by informing the public of the landmark programs of the Duterte administration, and…

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PDP-Laban Senate bets denounce vote-buying

Two senatorial candidates of President Rodrigo Duterte’s party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), have denounced vote-buying and vote-selling during campaign season, noting that Filipinos will be the biggest “losers” should these irregularities persist. In a press statement, PDP-Laban senatorial bets Rey Langit and Astra Pimentel called for intensified monitoring on the part of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and vigilance among voters. Pimentel, former executive director of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, said the Comelec should ensure the integrity of the 2022 polls. “Tutukan dapat ng Comelec ang…

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