Monday, November 7, 2011 - 07:16 p.m.
A BILL filed by Senator Manuel Villar Jr. will create a National Seafarers' Administration to protect the rights and welfare of Filipino seamen if passed.
The proposed National Seafarer's Administration will replace the National Seamen Board, which was abolished in 1982 after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration was created.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 07:05 p.m.
MANILA (Updated, 6:54 p.m.) – Three South Korean miners who were reported missing three weeks ago were kidnapped by still unidentified group in Lanao del Sur, police said Monday.
National police spokesman Agrimero Cruz said the victims were on a mission to inspect a mining site in the remote area of Lanao del Sur.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 06:54 p.m.
SENATOR Francis Pangilinan on Monday called for more cold storage facilities to lessen produce wastage and keep food prices down.
He called for cold storage facilities for vegetable farms in Benguet, Davao, and Bukidnon, as well as for line fishermen along the Bicol peninsula. He added North and South Cotabato will also need cold storage for fruits.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 06:38 p.m.
SAN CARLOS CITY, Pangasinan -- An unidentified gunman shot dead a village official in Payapa village here, Saturday evening.
Delfin Poquiz, an official of Payapa village, and his live-in partner were walking home from a wake when the suspect shot Poquiz.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 06:29 p.m.
THE Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas will implement a filariasis mass drug administration (MDA) for the whole month of November.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 06:28 p.m.
A NUTRITION official said the Limasawa town in Southern Leyte province got the highest Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) in this year’s recognition rites of the National Nutrition Council last October 25.
National Nutrition Council (NNC) regional coordinator Carina Santiago said only Limasawa and Maasin City, both in Southern Leyte, were nutrition awardees from the Eastern Visayas.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 06:27 p.m.
VILLAGE and municipal officials in Capoocan town, Leyte sought the help of the Provincial Government to contain a number of suspected typhoid fever cases in their town.
The concern over a typhoid fever outbreak was among those presented to Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla as he made his latest round of the “Icot-Icot ha Barangay” program in three barangays in the town.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 06:15 p.m.
A HOUSE leader on Monday said the passage of the highly-divisive reproductive health (RH) bill "remains an uphill battle" despite the measure’s inclusion in the priority bills set by the Aquino administration.
Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II stressed that despite being a priority measure, the RH bill may not be enacted since some of his co-leaders, including Deputy Speaker and Cebu Representative Pablo Garcia, are against its legislation.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 05:36 p.m.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will announce his choice of the new Philippine Army chief on Tuesday, a Malacañang official said Monday.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda refused to confirm reports that Aquino already picked Major General Emmanuel Bautista to replace retiring Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 05:20 p.m.
ACCESS to high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, and increasing ownership of smartphones have pushed Filipinos to spend more time on the Internet than traditional media such as television, a new study released by global media research firm Nielsen showed.
The inaugural Nielsen Southeast Asia Digital Consumer Report, which examined the digital media habits and attitudes of Southeast Asian consumers, revealed that Filipino digital consumers were the second heaviest Internet users in the region, averaging 21.5 hours online per week.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 03:34 p.m.
THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) recently spearheaded an inter-agency consultative meeting to discuss ways to increase safety and reduce check-in times of passengers at airports.
This is line with the government’s aim of doubling tourist arrivals within the next three years as it expects 3.6 million tourists by the end of 2011.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 03:28 p.m.
THE Philippines' public school teachers may soon avail of scholarships under the National Network of Normal Schools (3Ns).
The Senate Committee on Finance has approved the proposal by Senator Edgardo Angara to give elementary and secondary-school teachers financial support for training and workshops.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 03:14 p.m.
INSTEAD of seeking medical treatment abroad, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can choose to stay at home to treat her hypoparathyroidism but using a different method.
Arroyo's condition can be treated using a non-surgical procedure called a radio isotope scan, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) Board of Governor for Manila Dr. Leo Olarte said on Monday.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:56 a.m.
LANAO DEL SUR (Updated 11:30 a.m.) -- Eight people were killed while six others were wounded in an encounter between warring families here last week, the military said.
Colonel Danel Lucero, chief of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, said the clan war was between the families of Asgar Sangcopan and Apollo Alim against Arimao Azum in Barangay Malalis, Sultan Dumalondong town.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 08:33 a.m.
MANILA (3rd update, 12:48 p.m.) -- A Filipina beauty from Muntinlupa City once again placed the country in the winning circle of the world's most prestigious beauty and brains competition.
Gwendoline Ruais, 21, of Muntinlupa City was named the first runner-up in the Miss World 2011 pageant held at Earls Court in London, Sunday.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:55 a.m.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said people should emulate the lives of the five Negrenses who were recognized for their exemplary works during the 113th Cinco de Noviembre celebration.
The awarding ceremony held at the Capitol last Saturday was dubbed “Pasidungog sa mga Manggad kag Bugal sang Negros Occidental.”
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:43 a.m.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. renewed his call for all rebels to go back to the folds of the government during the 113th Cinco de Noviembre celebration.
"I am asking our brothers in the mountains to come down and work with us. Join us in our fight against another bigger enemy, which is poverty. Let us work hard. You cannot live peacefully in the mountains. Let us work hard together so that nobody will go hungry," Marañon appealed to the rebels in his speech.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:37 a.m.
NEGROS Occidental sixth district Representative Mercedes Alvarez said the peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Bongcayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) should be concluded.
"The RPA-ABB has been cooperating with the government and that the peace agreement has been going on for so long already," Alvarez said.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:35 a.m.
IN ITS bid to put a conclusion to the unresolved problems of transport terminals in Bacolod City in favor of small transport operators and the greater commuters, the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) will file today, Monday, its request for a Joint Congressional and Senate hearing.
Undoc chairman Rommel Santillan, in an interview with Sun.Star over the weekend, said the hearing will be “an opportunity for all the aggrieved transport groups to present their sentiments and demands to the legislators.”
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:34 a.m.
BACOLOD City Council secretary Nilo Alejandrino will file Tuesday a motion for reconsideration before the Office of Vice Mayor Thaddeus Sayson after the denial of his petition for inhibition relative to the administrative case filed against him by Councilor Caesar Distrito.
He said that he is taking an option of filing an injunction before the Regional Trial Court because he believes that the vice mayor erred in his order.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:33 a.m.
BACOLOD City Councilor El Cid Familiaran filed a resolution requesting Bacolod Interior and Local Government director Eliseo Orendez, in coordination with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, to conduct first-aid training on emergency and disaster response for barangay tanods and barangay health workers in Bacolod City.
The resolution said the health condition of the people in the barangays and emergency situations, including the constant threat of disaster to communities and barangays, call for a creative and proactive response from the appropriate offices in the city.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:32 a.m.
AFTER the recent meeting of taxi operators with Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Director Senior Superintendent Ricardo De la Paz to address the rampant hold-up incidents victimizing taxi drivers in the city, another taxi driver was held up by his unidentified passenger Saturday morning at Hacienda Carmen, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City.
Station 5 commander Police Inspector Niel Exaltado identified the victim as Eduardo Zamora, 46, driver of Ju Taxi, and resident of Purok Providence, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:26 a.m.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is now waiting for the issuance of preventive suspension against Police Officer 1 Reagan Paul Javier, pending the hearing of his administrative complaint for grave misconduct in Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:24 a.m.
THREE alleged jai alai bet collectors were arrested in separate operations by operatives of Regional Special Operations Group, Stations 1 and 8 in Bacolod City Saturday.
The suspects were Pricellano Nardo, 59, of Purok Villa Lourdes, Barangay Pahanocoy; Rolando Lorezo, 48, of Gonzaga Extension, Barangay 25; and Oscar Dela, 40, of Purok Sta. Antonia, Barangay Tangub, all in Bacolod City.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 01:12 a.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The father of the valley is studying the possibility of filing a case against ALCEL construction citing the inconveniences and loss of productivity of his constituents because of the firm’s asphalting project.
The asphalting project along Km. 3 started last September but was disturbed by the three typhoons, which hit the locality. The typhoons damaged the asphalt initially laid by the contractor.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 01:11 a.m.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows the trick on how small-and medium-scale entrepreneurs exploit the benefits and opportunities in Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA).
DBFTA is a business education program being conducted by the DTI with support from the Tariff Commission, Bureau of Customs, and private sector business organizations.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 01:10 a.m.
SAGADA, Mountain Province - A rural health midwife from this municipality was awarded the most outstanding midwife in the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) 6th Country Programme sites in the Philippines.
This is in line with the celebration of the Annual Convention of Midwives at Naga City last October 21.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 01:09 a.m.
DESPITE increased efforts to convince exporters to do business in countries where the Philippines currently has free trade agreements, many are still not taking the bait.
This prompted the Department of Trade and Industry, together with the Bureau of Customs, to take a more proactive approach in convening exporters, explaining to them the advantages of engaging trade with China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asian countries.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 01:09 a.m.
THE Ayala Land Technohub at Camp John Hay was formally opened and blessed last October 27, 2011.
Gracing the occasion were Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) president Antonino Aquino, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova, Esq., John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) president and CEO Jamie Eloise Manzano-Agbayani, M.D., and Camp John Hay Development Corporation EVP and COO Alfredo Yniguez III.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 01:07 a.m.
TWO government agencies rejected calls for lowering the age of criminal liability stressing children in conflict with the law (CICLS) are only victims of circumstances.
Departments of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Justice (DOJ) officials said lowering the age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to nine is not an option they are eyeing as of the moment.