6 female cadets land in top 10 of PNPA Class ’22

Six graduating female cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class of 2022 have landed in the top 10. PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos welcomed on Monday the top 10 graduating cadets of the PNPA Alab-Kalis (Alagad ng Batas na Kakalinga sa Sinilangang Bayan) Class of 2022 at Camp Crame in Quezon City. A total of 226 cadets — consisting of 198 male and 28 female — are set to graduate this April 21. Carlos said the PNPA is the primary source of commissioned officers of the PNP, with…

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DOST’s improved early warning system among PRRD’s legacies

Malacañang on Tuesday touted improvements in the early warning system of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as among the legacies under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a Palace briefing, acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said more monitoring systems used for typhoons and floods have been installed or established since the start of Duterte’s term in 2016. Citing data from the DOST, Andanar said the agency now has a total of 17 doppler radar stations as of June 2021. In June 2016, the DOST only had 10…

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DICT streamlines process for tower, satellite, delivery firms

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Tuesday announced changes to the registration, accreditation, and monitoring of tower, satellite, and delivery companies to streamline and remove “red tape.” In a statement, DICT Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Caintic said the changes were made through the DICT Department Circular (DC) No. 001, series of 2022 signed last Friday. “This would achieve the instructions of president Duterte to remove red tape and unnecessary steps, costs, and procedures in governmental dealings, as well as conform to Republic Act No 11032 or the Ease…

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Landslide buries family in Leyte; university prexy’s son missing

Retrieval operations are ongoing for a family of five buried in a landslide in Baybay City, Leyte while the son of a university president has been missing since Sunday as weather disturbance “Agaton”, which now weakened into a tropical depression, battered several areas in Eastern Visayas. Rescuers resumed the retrieval at the landslide site around 5 a.m. on Monday after it stopped Sunday night due to poor visibility and heavy rains brought by “Agaton”, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said in its update sent to reporters Monday. The landslide occurred…

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TESDA, Angkas launch Basic Motorcycle Driving program

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas on Wednesday launched a basic motorcycle driving program designed to professionalize motorcycle training in the country. Jointly designed and developed by TESDA and Angkas, the five-day course will subject motorcycle riders to formal training inside a 400-square-meter facility inside TESDA, including an actual demonstration. The program will also include pre-ride activities, monitoring, and maintenance of motorcycle performance. “I’ve seen the importance of training, of education, especially in this business. Because of the lack of institutionalized training, there…

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Roque to push for nuke energy, natural gas

UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque supports nuclear energy to meet the country’s growing energy demand but is against reviving the Bataan nuclear power plant (BNPP) since it would put the people and the environment at risk. The former presidential spokesman also said he would propose measures prioritizing liquified natural gas (LNG) as a cleaner alternative to coal and maximizing renewables to ensure the country’s energy security. Roque, who hails from the Bataan province, cautioned the government to rethink the BNPP’s revival. He said the plant was built next to two…

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DOST to hire research fellows to boost R&D capacity in Ilocos

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced Friday the opening of new positions to boost its research and development (R&D) programs and projects in the Ilocos Region. DOST Ilocos regional director Armando Ganal said in an interview that 36 science and technology fellow positions are available for immediate hiring. “They will be will be assigned in the different R&D institutes and councils of the department,” he said, adding that successful applicants will participate in the conceptualization, policy and funding development, monitoring, and evaluation of various R&D programs and projects.…

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DepEd teachers in NegOr seek poll safety reassurance

Officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) in Negros Oriental on Friday raised concerns to authorities over their safety and security during the conduct of the May 9 national and local elections. Their concerns were addressed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the 6th Provincial Joint Security Control Center (JPSCC) meeting at the Marian Priests’ Center in this capital. Negros Oriental provincial schools superintendent Dr. Senen Paulin said one of their main concerns is the safety…

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Training on human fraternity for peace pushed for BARMM educators

Some 71 Bangsamoro teachers have completed the month-long peace conversations, capability enhancement sessions, and education workshops to effectively communicate the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and its peripheral areas. In a social media post on Friday afternoon, the Office of the Presidential Adviser of Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) said the recently concluded training was part of its efforts to promote the document to educators from different learning institutions such as madaris (Islamic schools) and Catholic…

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Technology assures Leyte lettuce growers of good harvest

A group of farmers here is reaping the benefits of modern farming using an intelligent green box, ensuring quality harvest of high-value crops regardless of the season. Through indoor farming, the 32-member La Granja Farmers and Agriventures Association has been harvesting at least 180 kilograms of fresh lettuce weekly for the requirement of high-end restaurants in this city and some parts of Samar. “We are assured of continuous supply whatever comes. I am giving our buyers safe, clean, and nutritious food. This is a very good technology,” said Martina Reyna,…

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Big IT-BPM firms in Iloilo ready to work on-site

Big information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) firms in Iloilo are ready to work on-site starting April. Iloilo Federation for Information Technology (IFIT) executive director Joeven Tansi said two to three weeks ago, some firms have already started to pull out logistics for those in work-from-home (WFH) arrangements and return them tentatively on-site. “We have more or less 10 huge firms with around 13,000 workforce. So far that I know of they are complying,” he said in an interview Monday. There are around 97 BPM firms located in Iloilo. Other firms…

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121 ex-MILF rebels now equip with skills to start normal lives

More former Moro rebels who were decommissioned are now skilled to earn decent income after getting their national competency certificate Wednesday from Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) education ministry. In a statement, Minister Mohaqher Iqbal of the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education’s Technical Education and Skills Development (MBHTE-TESD), said the former rebels are now earning a decent income to provide their families basic needs. The 121 former combatants belonged to the first batch of decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who are added to the roster…

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Over 4K Cebuanos get scholarship for skills training

More than 4,000 Cebuanos can now start their free training with the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) after receiving their certificates of scholarship from the Cebu provincial government. Through a PHP100-million budget, the local government launched the “Sugbo Kahanas” program which will help Cebuanos and the economy recover from the damaging effects of the pandemic and Typhoon Odette. Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Monday led the ceremonial distribution of scholarship grants to 55 Cebuano beneficiaries who represent the 4,329 qualified TESDA scholars of the Capitol’s Sugbo Kahanas program. “This program .…

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DOST bats for use of e-sensors in large, gov’t buildings

An official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday urged large buildings and government buildings to use cloud-based monitors and electronic sensors (e-sensors) to monitor their energy consumption. “These are tools that would enable large buildings and government buildings to track their energy consumption and figure out the aspects where they waste energy,” DOST Undersecretary Rowena Guevara said in a public briefing. Amid the rising oil prices, Guevera said the first line of defense is minimizing energy consumption. “If we do not understand how we consume energy,…

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Israel offers tech, support to boost PH agri

Israel is keen to partner with the Philippines in boosting more profitable agriculture in the country through capacity-building efforts and the introduction of Israeli technology. In a media roundtable on March 10, Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss said the embassy is open to facilitating partnerships between Israeli and Filipino stakeholders not only to introduce their innovation but also to share best practices that would be relevant to the local agriculture setting. “The Israeli government is willing and is interested to partner with the Philippines. Whilst we have very…

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BBM-Sara tandem includes Honasan in senatorial slate

Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gringo Honasan has been named as the 11th member of the senatorial slate of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. In a statement Friday, the camp of Marcos announced that it has adopted the veteran legislator to be part of its senatorial lineup for the May 2022 polls. “We are pleased that he is now part of our senatorial slate. We believe that Sen. Gringo will accomplish a lot in the Senate,…

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Israel to bring in smart technology to boost PH dairy sector

The Philippines and Israel are partnering to further boost the country’s dairy sector. In a signing ceremony on March 2, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar and Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss signed a joint declaration that would jumpstart technical and economic partnerships between Filipino stakeholders and Israeli agri-food industry players. “We aim to introduce smart and precision agriculture while using Israeli technology adjusted to local conditions to address the local challenges. Signing the joint declaration is a strong signal that MASHAV, Israel’s agency for development cooperation,…

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Measures to attract investors for NorMin local start-ups begin

The Department of Science and Technology – Northern Mindanao (DOST-10) is drawing up measures to attract more investors for local start-ups. In an interview Wednesday, DOST-10 Director Alfonso Alamban said having investors or venture capitalists directly supporting budding entrepreneurs in the region is one of the “weak spots” that they intend to address as part of its Regional Inclusive Innovation Centers (RIICs). “Start-ups or technology-based businesses are usually developed by students and professors in universities, and they reached out for possible investors that could help them materialize their ventures,” he…

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Environmental issues need women participation: DOST

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is hoping more women would take part in all levels of climate change development planning, as well as in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). Secretary Fortunato de la Peña on Tuesday cited a recent survey on 130 countries that showed that with higher female government representation, there are more international environmental treaties likely to be implemented. “Studies demonstrate that gender equality and women empowerment are central to economic development as well as environmental sustainability. For example, there is evidence that women play…

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6 PH schools get P12-M grant to boost women’s access to justice

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday awarded six Philippine universities PHP12.1 million worth of grants that would put access to justice for women and girls at the center of their respective clinical legal education programs. The grant, signed with representatives from Western Visayas State University, Adamson University, University of San Carlos, University of the Visayas, Father Saturnino Urios University, and St. Louis University, is under EU’s Governance in Justice (GOJUST) program, which aims to support the Philippine government’s efforts to improve access to justice for all. “Ensuring women and girls…

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Over 7K learners back to campuses in Tacloban

Over 7,000 students returned to schools in this city on Tuesday for face-to-face classes since the pandemic broke out two years ago. Department of Education Tacloban schools division information officer Nilo Eder said the first day of limited in-person learning has been successful as the weather in the city improves. “We are very happy to see children coming back to campuses today. Teachers, parents, and learners have been excited for this return of in person classes after nearly two years of modular learning due to movement restrictions,” Eder told the…

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PH, US troops build schools ahead of ‘Balikatan’

Filipino and American soldiers started the construction of buildings in four schools in Luzon as part of this year’s “Balikatan” exercises. In a statement Tuesday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Jorry Baclor, said groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Monday at Masi Elementary School in Rizal, Cagayan; Taggat Sur Elementary School and Pinas Elementary School, both in Claveria, Cagayan; and San Francisco Elementary School in Alicia, Isabela. “The activity is undertaken by engineering units and personnel from both the AFP and US Armed Forces to…

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DOE seeks EO to suspend duty on coal imports

The Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking the issuance of an executive order (EO) to suspend import duty on coal outsourced from countries outside the Asean-India Free Trade Agreement (AIFTA). DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi made the statement amid the skyrocketing global oil prices that can also affect power rates in the coming months. “For coal, the tariff –the 7 percent tariff– on coal importation from non AIFTA, there is 7 percent duty. It is being suspended. We are asking for issuance of an EO from the President to suspend it,”…

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Fire at Ukraine’s nuclear power plant hasn’t affected equipment

A fire at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant “has not affected essential equipment,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said early Friday, citing local sources. The announcement by the UN’s nuclear watchdog came shortly after Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Twitter that a fire had broken out at the plant while Russian troops were attacking. “Russian army is firing from all sides upon Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Fire has already broke out,” said Dmytro Kuleba, adding, “If it blows up, it will be 10 times…

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Iloilo City eyes technical institute as TESDA-assessment center

The Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC) Molo campus is looking forward to becoming an assessment center of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). Molo campus administrator Maria Mathilde Treñas said on Thursday the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) is expected to tackle during its regular session on March 8 their request to open TIIC as an assessment center for 21 qualifications or training courses. “We are ready because we have competent instructors. We have complied with the facilities and we pass with flying colors every time TESDA conducts a…

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Duterte approves inclusion of nuclear power in PH energy mix

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Executive Order (EO) 164 that now includes the potential of nuclear power in the country’s energy mix. Released on Thursday, EO 164 was signed by the Chief Executive last February 28. “This policy is the start of the national nuclear power program,” said Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Gerardo Erguiza Jr. in a press conference. Under the new policy, it stated that the country “shall ensure the peaceful use of nuclear technology anchored on critical tenets of public safety, national security, energy self-sufficiency, and environmental…

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DOE assures ample oil supply amid Russia-Ukraine war

MANILA – Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Wednesday assured the public on the sufficiency of the country’s oil supply amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Cusi, however, cautioned against the inevitability of domestic price spikes, reflecting upward global market movements. “We are not lacking in supply given that we source our crude oil requirements primarily from the Middle East, and finished products from Asia-Pacific. However, the impact of the Ukraine crisis on international oil markets does have a direct effect on our prices,” Cusi said at the virtual…

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Palace set to issue policy on nuclear power soon: DOE exec

MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) expects the Office of the President to release an executive order (EO) on the possible use of nuclear power for the country’s energy security. “We heard from the Office of the President that the policy is going to be approved soon. It’s an executive order,” DOE Undersecretary Gerardo Erguiza Jr. told reporters in a press conference Wednesday. In 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed EO 116 that created the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee (NEP-IAC) composed of 17 agencies studying the potential of nuclear…

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Roque to push for environmental education in primary level

UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque would push for environmental education for students from kindergarten to grade school to develop a sense of responsibility towards the environment. Roque said students must be well-informed about key environmental issues facing the world so they can develop critical and creative thinking. He vowed to reintroduce House Bill No. 5984, which he first filed when he was a member of the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to include environmental education in the curriculum for the primary education department. Under the bill, the Department of…

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Tech execs want clear innovation programs from poll bets

A clear program on innovation and technology is needed from those running for office to sustain the gains on digitalization that have been achieved to date, a convenor of Digital Pilipinas said. With the looming change in administration in the Philippines, Amor Maclang, co-founder of GeiserMaclang and a trustee of World Fintech Festival said they will ask, through a technology and innovation forum, those running for elective office for their stance on digitalization. “So even if we cannot trigger them to incorporate technology and innovation agenda at the get-go, we…

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44K DepEd personnel in Ilocos Region now fully vaxxed

Some 44,027 teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) Ilocos Region have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of February 21. In a virtual press conference on Tuesday, DepEd Ilocos Region medical officer Dr. Romarie Castillo said of the total number, 25,596 are teaching personnel while 18,431 are non-teaching personnel. “We are now at 92 percent in the vaccination of the teaching and non-teaching personnel out of the total 58,122 eligible population,” she added. Castillo said some 2,864 personnel have registered and are waiting…

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’School on Wheels’ ready to roll in Ilocos remote communities

A “School on Wheels” equipped with laptops, printers, and internet connection will soon be traveling around remote areas in the province of Ilocos Norte to reach out to students under the current distance learning program of the Department of Education. Donated by the first Gen-owned Energy Development Corporation (EDC), Ilocos Norte’s first mobile school is reportedly worth PHP 1.9 million. EDC is the country’s largest renewable energy producer that owns a 680-hectare wind farm in Burgos town in this province. Senior education program specialist and acting information officer Valerie Talamayan…

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Leni tops Catholic schools’ poll survey

Vice President Leni Robredo is the top pick for the presidency based on the results of a recent survey by an organization of Catholic educational institutions in the country. In a statement Tuesday, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) said Robredo got 1,624 or 52.57 percent out of a total of 3,089 responses from students, school heads and administrators, non-teaching personnel, alumni, and other staff with the corresponding age groups of 18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, and 56 and older. The CEAP poll survey was conducted from January 24…

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77 schools in Ilocos Region start expanded limited F2F classes

Some 77 public schools in the Ilocos Region have joined the expanded limited face-to-face (F2F) classes starting February 21. In a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Department of Education (DepEd) Ilocos regional office planning officer Pedro Jose Cudal said the schools are in addition to the 20 that piloted the limited F2F in the region in November 2021. Of the total number, 32 schools are in Ilocos Norte, 39 in Pangasinan, and six in Ilocos Sur, he said. “Some have already expanded their grade level coverage as before, the pilot…

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VSATs help ensure connectivity in Siargao, Dinagat Islands

As two more Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) were installed on Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, the residents are now assured of connectivity after the devastation of Typhoon Odette in December last year. The Department of Information and Communications Technology-Caraga (DICT-13) has reported the installation of two more VSATs in the towns of San Isidro and Burgos on February 19 and 20, respectively. DICT-13 OIC Regional Director Leo Ugto told the Philippine News Agency that VSATs are built temporarily to restore lifeline communications on the island until the internet…

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Pangasinan State University eyes F2F classes in 2nd quarter

The nine campuses of the Pangasinan State University (PSU) are now 70 percent prepared for the implementation of limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in the second quarter of this year. In an interview on Friday, PSU president Dr. Dexter Buted said the policies and guidelines for the limited F2F classes are all set but they are still in the process of purchasing the materials and equipment needed. “The budget for the limited F2F is at least PHP20 million to buy television sets, lapels, air purifiers, additional ventilation, health equipment materials, dividers,…

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New tech to improve Cebu City’s link with 80 villages

The city government here will use an “11G” point-to-point microwave network in linking Cebu City Hall’s communication system with its 80 barangays, the chair of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) on Thursday said. Lawyer Gerardo Carillo, CCDRRMC chair, said in a statement the plan will strengthen the capability of the city government to connect with the barangays in the event of disasters or emergencies using the latest technology. Carillo cited the challenges in communicating with the village officials immediately after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette…

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Upskill teachers to improve quality of education: Isko Moreno

Presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso wants to upskill teachers, a way to help them improve teaching techniques in a tech-savvy generation and stay relevant in classrooms. Domagoso led other city officials in breaking ground Thursday the Ramon Magsaysay High School (RMHS) in Sampaloc. At the event, he said aside from improving school facilities in the city, he hoped to help teachers develop and master their skills, improving the quality of education in the country. “Someday, hindi lang natin pagbubutihin at ibibigay ‘yung magandang pasilidad para sa mga…

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Leyte schools ready for F2F classes resumption

The Department of Education (DepEd) said schools in Leyte are ready for the start of expanded face-to-face learning once the alert level for Covid-19 is downgraded. DepEd Leyte schools division superintendent Manuel Albaño said 18 public and private schools out of the 1,342 campuses in the province are given the go-signal to hold face-to-face classes. “With the declaration of the inter-agency task force placing the entire province under alert level 3 until February 14, this (face-to-face classes) is temporarily suspended and we have to wait until it is lifted,” Albaño…

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Davao Oro gov’t builds classrooms in former NPA-infiltrated area

The provincial government of Davao de Oro has started the construction of a single-story, two-classroom building in a remote village in Monkayo town. In a statement Tuesday, the provincial government said the initial target to finish and turn over the school building with complete facilities in Sitio Tagbawi, Barangay Rizal is on March 4. The sitio is once known as a haven of communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. In 2017, the sitio withdrew from supporting the communist NPA and became one of the pilot communities to benefit from the…

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TESDA to add 2 farming-related courses; urges farmers to enroll

Secretary Isidro Lapeña is urging farmers to avail of the free training in two courses added this year by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) tailored for the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP). In an interview with the Philippine News Agency on Tuesday, Lapeña said TESDA has been offering six courses under the RESP, while Pest and Nutrient Management, as well as Digital Agricultural Course, will soon be offered. “Based on the baseline survey (TESDA) conducted in 2020, these are the areas that contribute to the farmers’ yield…

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Senate gives nod to CHED-NegOcc prov’l office in Bacolod City

The Senate has approved the proposed legislation for the establishment of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) provincial office in Negros Occidental to be situated in this capital city. Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya, principal author of House Bill (HB) 4958, said on Tuesday having a local office would greatly help in bringing the agency’s services closer to Bacolodnons and Negrosanons. “Over the years, young people, students and teachers have to travel to Iloilo just to go to the CHED regional office,” he added. Gasataya thanked Senator Joel Villanueva, chairman…

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Firm offers Oriental Mindoro town uninterrupted power supply

An energy solutions firm is planning to pilot a project that could provide communities in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro with an uninterrupted source of power using state-of-the-art technologies and clean energy. Bongabong Mayor Elegio Malaluan met with DM-X Technologies Inc. chair and chief executive officer Deodato Reloj Jr. on Friday at the latter’s warehouse in Clark, Pampanga and discussed the possible partnership. DM-X’s core is offering a distributed power generation system (DPGS) that generates primary power as opposed to simply being a standby power generator. The firm is also engaged in…

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Traffic near UST, FEU, DLSU rerouted for Bar exams

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced temporary road closures in the vicinity of three universities in the city of Manila during the 2020/21 Bar examinations on Feb. 4 and 6. In a traffic advisory on Monday, the MMDA said several roads near the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Far Eastern University (FEU), and the De La Salle University (DLSU) would be closed and parking within the vicinity of the exam venues is prohibited. “The actual time of closing and opening of affected roads will be based on the…

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’Schools of living tradition’ to be set up for Baguio’s youth

The city council here has approved on third and final reading an ordinance seeking to provide an avenue for students in all public and private learning institutions to study the cultural practices of indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Jordan Habbiling, city council information officer, in a press release on Monday, said the ordinance authored by Councilor Arthur Allad-iw aims to re-inculcate the indigenous cultural heritage in students of the different schools here by allowing the young people to learn the history, chants, dances, and way of life…

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France opens 2 scholarship programs for Filipinos

The French Embassy in Manila is now accepting applications for two government scholarship programs for Academic Year 2022-2023. The first program, called “PhilFrance Scholarships”, targets highly-qualified candidates who have demonstrated strong academic and leadership qualities in their scholarly and professional activities. Awardees may pursue a master’s degree taught in French higher education institutions, either public or private, in all academic disciplines. They will be granted the status of boursier du gouvernement français (French government scholar) and will be given a tuition subsidy, one round-trip ticket from Manila to France, an…

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W. Visayas schools urged to prepare for F2F classes expansion

Schools should take as opportunity the suspension of the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in Western Visayas region to prepare for the expansion now that there are no learners in classrooms. Department of Education Western Visayas (DepEd-6) information officer Hernani Escullar Jr. said in an interview Tuesday that there is a plan to expand in-person classes. “Currently we are on our pilot implementation so next is the expansion phase. We are now preparing for the expansion phase but as to when we don’t know given that the situation is fluid…

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Reviving PH traditional writing systems to deepen patriotism

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure promoting, protecting, and conserving the country’s indigenous and traditional writing systems. The chamber passed through voice vote House Bill 10657, or the proposed “Philippine Indigenous and Traditional Writing Systems Act”, which is primarily authored by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. The bill aims to promote patriotism among the citizenry by inculcating, propagating, and conserving the cultural heritage and treasures of the country. It would require the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to include writing…

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Enough power supply for May polls: DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has assured the public that there will be enough power supply during the May 9 elections. In a press briefing Tuesday, DOE director Mario Marasigan said the outlook hinges on the start of the original commercial operation of GNPower Dinginin 2, which has a maximum capacity of 668 megawatts (MW). “We can show you that there are no potential yellow alerts or red alerts for the entire year,” Marasigan said. However, considering the forced outages in the past years, the red alert could happen in…

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