Nueva Ecija townsfolks honor farmers in Patimyas Festival

QUEZON, Nueva Ecija –  Hundreds of children from 15 schools in this town have demonstrated the beauty and hardship of farming in an agriculture-inspired street dancing showdown at the municipal plaza squadron here Thursday.

Vice mayor Ma. Lourdes Lahom, organizer of this year’s Patimyas Festival, said participants include over 900 pupils and coaches, have honored farmers and other agriculture workers through their presentation — each not more than three and a half minutes. Read more about Nueva Ecija townsfolks honor farmers in Patimyas Festival

Second inspection in Boracay for APEC up

BORACAY Island, Malay, Aklan — The local government of Malay Aklan is in the thick of preparations for the anticipated arrival of a team coming from the conference management of the Association of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Malay Mayor John Yap said Friday that the local government together with the stakeholders involved will be meeting soon to discuss the preparation for the inspection. Read more about Second inspection in Boracay for APEC up

Caraga region braces for tropical storm ‘Basyang’

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY  —  Still reeling from the effects of tropical storm “Agaton” which whipped the region with so much rains and widespread flooding causing loss of lives, displacement of thousands of families and millions of damage to properties, infrastructure and agriculture, Caraga again is bracing for another weather disturbance named “Basyang”, which has just entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its severe weather bulletin No. 4 at 11:00 a.m. Friday, said public storm signal No. 2 has been raised over the Dinagat Island Province, Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Island, northern part of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte, which accordingly may experience winds of 61-100 kph in at least 24 hours. The rest of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur are still under public storm signal No. 1. Read more about Caraga region braces for tropical storm ‘Basyang’

Iloilo braces for total smoke-free city

ILOILO CITY  –  The Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) is steadfast in implementing its mandate of not allowing smoking in all public places including the non-operation of special smoking area in restaurants and bars.

“Definitely, we are making the city a smoke-free area and even tourists are not allowed to smoke here,” city councilor and ICAST chairman Joshua Alim said. Read more about Iloilo braces for total smoke-free city

Mayor calls on Filipino-Chinese to help her build New Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen Fernandez called on the local Filipino-Chinese community to help her build a new Dagupan as she paid tribute to the early Chinese migrants who came to Pangasinan when the boundaries of the province still extended up to the Ilocos.

Speaking during a program marking Chinese New Year at the city plaza Thursday night, Fernandez extolled the local Filipino-Chinese for their enduring hard work, austerity and sense of community participation which she said were their foundations for progressive and happy life. Read more about Mayor calls on Filipino-Chinese to help her build New Dagupan

Santiago City SP approves 2014 P1.24-B budget

SANTIAGO CITY, ISABELA – After failing to pass the 2014 proposed city budget last December, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP)of this city on Thursday has finally approved on third and final reading the P1.24 billion budget this year.

City vice mayor and presiding officer Marcelino Cabucana Jr. said the SP has approved the budget to effectively carry out the operations and implement programs, projects and activities for the welfare of the city. Read more about Santiago City SP approves 2014 P1.24-B budget

PCG operatives seize shells shipment in Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY -– Operatives of the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) have intercepted a shipment of some P100,000 worth of assorted prohibited shells aboard an inter-island vessel upon its arrival at the local wharf, a PCG official announced.

Zamboanga Coast Guard Station commander Lieutenant Junior Grade (Lt.JG) Jomark Angue said the shipment was intercepted around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday aboard M/V Magnolia Liliflora that came from Jolo, Sulu. Read more about PCG operatives seize shells shipment in Zambo port

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