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  • Sandigan to proceed with trial of Olongapo mayor, vice mayor
    by Elizabeth Marcelo on April 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The Sandiganbayan has found sufficient ground to proceed with the trial of Mayor Rolen Paulino and Vice Mayor Aquilino Cortez Jr. of Olongapo in connection with the graft charges filed against them over the alleged anomalous award of a contract for the lease and development of the Olongapo City Civic Center. […]

  • PNP chief slams ‘childish’ mayor
    by Emmanuel Tupas on April 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde yesterday criticized a mayor in Metro Manila for withdrawing support from the local police in retaliation for not being informed about the designation of a new city police chief. […]

  • Ex-DA chief tagged in garlic cartel posts bail
    by Elizabeth Marcelo on April 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Former Department of Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala yesterday posted a bail bond of P30,000 in a graft case for allegedly conspiring to monopolize the importation and supply of garlic in the market in 2014. […]

  • CA upholds prison term for celebrity doctor
    by Edu Punay on April 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld with finality the conviction and seven-year prison term of celebrity dermatologist Joel Mendez over his failure to remit to the Social Security System (SSS) more than P1.8 million in monthly contributions of his employees. […]

  • SyCip son, others deny estafa claim
    by Edu Punay on April 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Executives of tuna canning firm Alliance Select Foods International Inc. have posted bail before the Makati regional trial court over an estafa case. […]

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  • 600 guests to witness CHED-9 Research Exhibit in May
    on April 22, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    ZAMBOANGA CITY,   April  23(PIA)  — An estimated crowd of 600 is expected to witness the opening of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-IX’s Research Exhibit set on May 3, 2019 at the KCC Mall de Zamboanga. The event serves as the highlight activity for the Commission’s 25th Founding Anniversary celebration which will run from April 23 to May 17. “The Commission has also enjoined State Universities and colleges and select Private Higher Education Institutions to showcase their research projects, its utilization and commercialization as well as higher education services,” said Joseph Lou Sta Teresa, Education Program Specialist II, CHED 9. “There will be an estimated 300 guests and stakeholders who will participate during the opening ceremony and another 300 participants and spectators will be coming in by batch every two hours,”  he added. Sta. Teresa said the activity will kick off with a motorcade around the city  on the same date, May 3. Higher education institutions were also enjoined to observe the celebration by hanging tarpaulins in their respective institutions and conducting events, activities and other initiatives anchored on the theme “Celebrating 25 years towards Access, Equity, and Global Excellence in Higher Education.” Sta Teresa said as a way of recognizing the importance of CHED in the county’s education system, government line agencies in the region are also encouraged to support the event by displaying  for 25 days the CHED 25th Founding Anniversary tarpaulin in their offices.(ALT-JPA/PIA9)) […]

  • Zambo, Isabela City ‘ideal’ places for kids
    on April 22, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 22(PIA) — The cities of Zamboanga and Isabela, Basilan have been found to be “ideal” for children after an audit done by an inter-agency committee led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The functionality audit for the Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC) done on April 10-11 in Zamboanga City and Isabela City respectively found out that both cities’ performance with regard to programs, services and interventions for children fall on the upper percentile, reaching the highest rating. Hadji Jaber Jamani, DILG focal person for this assessment , said the team of assessors found all requirements pertaining to the functionality of the LCPCs in both cities are in order. “In fact, the local councils we have assessed have in place several programs and local innovations for the benefit of children especially when it comes to their development, education and participation, among other aspects,” Jamani explained. Jamani added LGUs must see to it that children’s rights and welfare are met, and the best way to track their progress is through a thorough assessment of their plans vis-à-vis their accomplishments. Some of the requirements to have a functional council include regular meetings of the council members, allotment of funds for children’s programs and services, and reports to verify that children’s funds are well-utilized. Innovations that have not been planned, but are implemented nonetheless are encouraged. For the two cities, local social welfare offices presented their accomplishments for the year with the necessary documentary requirements as required by the audit team. Dr. Marcelina Carpizo, Western Mindanao State University’s (WMSU) assessment team representative,  said the only difficulty she encountered during the audit was that some documents are in disarray. She urges the local councils to be more organized during the next audit cycles and have a more improved filing system. This year’s assessment team was composed of the DILG, WMSU, Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).  (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City) […]

  • Private worker from CDO bags Pag-IBIG Fund raffle promo prize
    on April 22, 2019 at 9:23 am

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 16 (PIA) — A private employee of the Philippine Spring Water Resources, Inc. (PSWRI) recently bagged the P250,000 cash prize from Pag-IBIG Fund’s Dagdag Ipon Raffle Promo Year 3. Ma. Victoria Lagumbay, 29, of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, said she has never been fortunate in raffle promos. When she heard from her colleagues that she won one of the major prizes of Pag-IBIG Fund’s raffle promo, she did not believe them at first. “It was on January 25, 2019 when the raffle was held and it was the same day my mother celebrated her birthday.  I was on field that day when my colleagues, who were watching the draw live on Facebook, called me up to say I won P250,000,” Lagumbay narrated. Though hesitant, Lagumbay went to Pag-IBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Central Members Services Office to verify her winning and with the immediate response from the said branch, the winner was able to get her check in just a few days. “The Fund was very accommodating and quick in processing my prize that is why for a busy person like me who travels places for work, I really find them helpful.” Lagumbay has been a member of Pag-IBIG Fund since 2011 and when her company informed her that they will upgrade her savings to P800 per month proportionate to her monthly income, she complied and responded to Pag-IBIG Fund’s email invitation for the Dagdag Ipon Raffle Promo. Caught by surprise, Lagumbay said she still could not believe her luck but will definitely allot some for Pag-IBIG fund’s Modified Pag-IBIG II (MP2) program – solely a savings scheme, designed to provide Pag-IBIG I members with another savings option that would grant them with a yield higher than those given under the Pag-IBIG I membership program. Lagumbay is the lucky winner of the raffle promo’s second quarter draw. Members with at least P600 savings per month and have joined the raffle promo period from July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 will have the chance to win P1 million during the grand draw on May 1, 2019. (RTP/PIA10) […]

  • PCA distributes 400 cattle heads to Bohol cocofarmers
    on April 22, 2019 at 9:00 am

    TAGBILARAN CITY, April 12 (PIA)–The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in Bohol recently distributed some 400 heads of cattle to Bohol coconut farmers. According to PCA-Bohol Information Officer Jose Allan Cajilog, the project is under the Livestock Integration Component of the KAANIB Enterprise Development Project (KEDP). Aside from this, PCA has also distributed some 41 heads of cattle and 21 heads of carabao under the same project in the previous years. “Today, the previously distributed livestock have doubled in number which consequently provided increased income to our Boholano coconut farmers,” Cajilog said. The 400 heads of cattle were distributed to 17 community-based organizations in different KEDP sites in Bohol. Adlawan MPC in Adlawan, Valencia town received 21 heads; Catmonan MPC in Catmonan Calape -11; Untaga MPC in Untaga, Alicia – 30; Buenavista MPC in Buenavista, Carmen – 23; Choco Hills SCFO in Buenos Aires, Carmen – 8; Baang MPC in Baang Catigbian – 30; Cogon MPC in Cogon, Balilihan – 40; Tanday MPC in Tanday Corella – 32; Poblacion 2 SCFO in Poblacion 2, Sikatuna – 26. DICPMPC in Taongon, Can-andam, Dimiao – 28; Cabog MPC in Cabog, Clarin – 20; Katarungan MPC in Katarungan, Ubay – 32; Libertad MPC in Libertad, Tubigon – 30; Zamora Farmer’s Association in  Zamora, Bilar – 26; Cogon Norte SCFO in Cogon Norte, Loon – 10; Candungao Coco Farmers Association in  Purok 5, Candungo, San Isidro – 24; and Behind the Clouds in Batuan – 9. The KEDP is designed to promote institutionalized coconut-based enterprise through an integrated resource service convergence approach to increase farm productivity and incomes of the small coconut farming communities. The project showcases coconut-based enterprise in organized clusters of coconut farms in selected areas owned and or operated by the coconut farmers. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol) &nbs […]

  • Cebuano News: 400 ka mga baka, gipanghatag sa PCA sa mga mag-uuma’g lubi sa Bohol
    on April 22, 2019 at 8:56 am

    TAGBILARAN CITY, April 12 (PIA)–Ang Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) nihatag og 400 ka mga baka ning bag-o lang sa mga mag-uuma og lubi sa lalawigan sa Bohol. Matud pa ni PCA Agriculturist ug Information Officer Jose Allan Cajilog, kining proyekto ubos sa Livestock Integration Component sa KAANIB Enterprise Development Project (KEDP). Gawas pa niini, ang PCA nakahatag na usab og 41 ka mga baka ug 21 ka mga kabaw ubos sa mao lang gihapong proyekto sa mga niaging tuig. Karon, gi-doble pa ang gidaghanon sa mga gipanghatag nga kahayopan kun itandi sa ning-aging mga tuig nga nakatabang sa pagsaka sa kita sa mga Bol-anong mag-uuma og lubi, matud pa ni Cajilog. Ang 400 ka mga baka gipangapud-apod sa 17 ka community-based organization sa nagkalain-laing KEDP sites sa Bohol. Ang Adlawan MPC sa Adlawan, lungsod sa Valencia nakadawat og 21 ka mga baka; Catmonan MPC sa Catmonan Calape -11; Untaga MPC sa Untaga, Alicia – 30; Buenavista MPC sa Buenavista, Carmen – 23; Choco Hills SCFO sa Buenos Aires, Carmen – 8; Baang MPC sa Baang Catigbian – 30; Cogon MPC sa Cogon, Balilihan – 40; Tanday MPC sa  Tanday Corella – 32; Poblacion 2 SCFO sa Poblacion 2, Sikatuna – 26. DICPMPC sa Taongon, Can-andam, Dimiao – 28; Cabog MPC sa Cabog, Clarin – 20; Katarungan MPC sa Katarungan, Ubay – 32; Libertad MPC sa Libertad, Tubigon – 30; Zamora Farmer’s Association sa Zamora, Bilar – 26; Cogon Norte SCFO sa Cogon Norte, Loon – 10; Candungao Coco Farmers Association sa Purok 5, Candungo, San Isidro – 24; ug  Behind the Clouds sa Batuan – 9. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol) […]