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Republic Act No. 6713 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES, TO   UPHOLD THE TIME-HONORED PRINCIPLE OF PUBLIC OFFICE BEING A PUBLIC TRUST, GRANTING INCENTIVES AND REWARDS FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE, ENUMERATING PROHIBITED ACTS AND TRANSACTIONS AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR   VIOLATIONS THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Section 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees." Section 2. Declaration of Policies. - It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest. Section 3. Definition of Terms. - As used in this Act, the term: (a) "Go

PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, more donors bring aid to LSIs

PASIG CITY, June 30 (PIA) – More donors provide relief aid to locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who are currently taking shelter at the Philippine Army Wellness Center in Ft. Bonifacio, Taguig City. Last weekend, Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express together with the University of Sto. Tomas’ ROTC Alumni Organization (Golden Corps Cadet) and individuals Mr. Glenn Mark Lanozo and Mr. Martin Aguda Jr., and Army Reservists 1st Lt. Dexter Tiu and 1st Lt. Nelson Dy provided relief aid to LSIs. The various groups donated goods which include 500 pastry food packs, 360 rice and chicken food packs, 1,000 sachets of coffee, 500 bottles of drinking water, 200 pieces of surgical masks, 100 pieces of face shields, 1 box of face masks, 400 washable face masks, and other food items. Likewise, volunteers from Cebu Pacific’s Inflight Catering and Sales Team and the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team Philippines prepared meals and refreshments for the LSIs. The donations include nutritious meals, sna

LGU Naga, Archdiocese of Caceres cancel 2020 Peñafrancia festvity due to COVID-19

NAGA CITY, June 28 (PIA) – Mindful of the present state of the national public health emergency due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic requiring physical or social distancing and other measures to avoid infection and contamination, all activities for the annual Peñafrancia festivities have been cancelled this year. This in one of the decisions made and declared by this city government and the Archdiocese of Caceres in a joint press conference held Saturday, June 27 at the Basilica Minore here, as they enjoin devotees and pilgrims to just stay at home instead of coming to Naga. The Joint Press Conference of the Archdiocese of Caceres and the City Government of Naga on the 2020 Peñafrancia Festivities, June 27, 2020, Basilica Minore, Naga City.   (JRM-PIAV/Camarines Sur) A joint declaration was signed by Most Rev. Rolando Octavus J. Tria-Tirona, OCD, DD, Archbishop of Caceres and Hon. Nelson S. Legacion, City Mayor formally cancelling this year’s 138th Divino Rostro and 310th Our Lady

Roadworthy traditional jeepneys will be allowed to ply on metro roads

CALOOCAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) -- Traditional jeepneys will be allowed to return as long as they are road worthy, this was the assurance made by Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chair, Atty. Martin Delgra III on Monday. “We are finalizing the Memorandum Circular for the return of jeepneys on Wednesday,” Delgra said at the Laging Handa public briefing. “We would like to clarify that the jeepney as a mode of transportation will still continue to run on the street. What we are changing here under the modernization program is not only the (old unit) vehicle but the “boundary system”, that has been proven to be inefficient for so many years.” Delgra said. “By eliminating the boundary system, the jeepney drivers will earn more and will be able to serve better our commuters. Under the consolidated component of the modernization program, the drivers will be on salary basis and will have benefits,” he added. He said, the first component that is needed on the modernizat

Tagalog News: 5 lugar may moratorium sa pagpapauwi ng LSIs

MANILA, June 30 (PIA) -- Inanunsyo ni Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque sa virtual press briefing sa Malacañang  nung Lunes, Hunyo 29  ang mga lugar na may moratorium sa pagpapauwi ng locally stranded individuals (LSIs). Ayon kay Secretary Roque base sa pagpupulong ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ang mga sumusunod na lugar ang aprubado ng IATF na may moratorium sa pagpapauwi ng LSIs: ang buong Kanlurang Visayas (Region 6) ang buong Cebu Island, Mactan, Silangang Visayas (Region 8), at Caraga Administrative Region (CARAGA). Ayon kay Secretary Roque, nagkaroon ng moratorium sa mga lugar na ito dahil sa kakulangan na ng espasyo para sa mga pasilidad pangkwarantina sa mga rehiyong ito. “Wala na po silang lugar para mag-quarantine, lalo na po sa Caraga” ani Secretary Roque. Ang Cebu Island at Mactan naman ay may moratorium dahil ito ay nasa ilalim pa ng enhanced community quarantine. Idiniin ni Secretary Roque  na ang m

Bicolano OFWs receive financial assistance from DOLE

LEGAZPI CITY, June 26 (PIA)—At least 2,645 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Bicol have received their financial assistance worth P10,000 under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-AKAP for OFWs program. OWWA Bicol Information Officer Rowena Alzaga (PIA5 File Photo) The DOLE-AKAP for OFWs through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provides cash aid to the affected land-based and sea-based OFWs due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Rowena Alzaga, OWWA Bicol information officer, said there were a total of 3,290 approved applications under the DOLE-AKAP for OFWs in Bicol. However, the fund for the remaining 645 beneficiaries still awaits funding from DOLE. “We are asking for the understanding of OFWs who hasn’t receive a call yet since we need to ask for the additional budget from DOLE. It doesn’t mean that we are closing the program. We are just waiting for the budget to be downloaded,” she explained. She added that they will call immediate

Abra opens provincial isolation facility for COVID-19 patients 

TAYUM, Abra, June 30 (PIA) – The isolation facility at Brgy. Gaddani this town has formally opened and ready to serve CoViD-19 suspect and confirmed patients. Bishop Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, DD and Fr. Samuel Baruela blessed the facility and celebrated mass attended by Governor Maria Jocelyn Valera Bernos, staff and officials of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Department of Health Office (PDOHO) and some employees of the Capitol. The facility is built inside the vicinity of the Cellophil Resources Corporation in Gaddani. It has 40 isolation rooms for the positive patients of CoViD-19 and 76 isolation rooms for the suspect patients. It also has office for all the medical staff, nurse station and rooms for all the staff working at the facility. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Elmer Bersamin said the facility is equipped with internet connection through the help of Department on Information and Communications Technology.  This will allow patients t

DTI Albay urges online sellers to formalize, register business name

LEGAZPI CITY, June 25 (PIA) –The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Albay urges online sellers to formalize and register their business name not only for the business to have its own identity but also for the sellers and consumers to have safe transactions online. “We are encouraging our online sellers to register their business name (BN). That’s the first step in having a business. It must have a name,” said DTI-Albay Chief Trade Industry Development Specialist Noel Bunao. Bunao said online registration of business name is fast, easy and afforadable. “They can apply and register their business name online at They just need to fill-up the required data,” he said. BN registration is valid for five years from the date of registration. Payment can be made online via GCash, PayMaya, e-wallet and credit/debit card. Bunao said registration fee ranges from P200 – P2,000 depending on the territorial scope of the business. The fees are: PhP200 for barangay, PhP 500 f

Tagalog News: Gov. Riano, nais pansamantalang ihinto ang pagpapauwi sa mga LSI,ROF

Sa mensaheng pinadala ni Gov. Jose Riano kay Director Wilhelm Suyko, kasalukuyang Regional Director ng DILG-Mimaropa, at kasalukuyan ring chairman ng RITF, hiniling ng gobernador ang pansamantalang pagpapatigil ng paguwi ng LSIs at ROFs sa probinsya. (PIA-Romblon FILE PHOTO) ODIONGAN, Romblon, Hun. 29 (PIA) -- Sa pamamagitan ng isang sulat, humiling si Governor Jose Riano sa Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) na pansamantala munang ihinto ang pagpapauwi sa Romblon ng mga locally stranded individuals (LSIs) at Returning Overseas Filipino (ROFs). Sa mensahe na pinadala ni Governor Riano kay Director Wilhelm Suyko, kasalukuyang Regional Director ng Department of Interior and Local Government-Mimaropa, at kasalukuyan ring chairman ng RITF, sinabi ni Riano na dagsa na ang umuuwi na LSI at ROFs sa probinsya kaya nahihirapan na ang pagpapatupad ng health protocols sa mga isolation centers. Aniya, mismong ang mga alkalde ng 17 munisipyo sa lalawigan ang humiling sa kanya ng pansama

Cebuano News: 2 ka pantalan sa Bohol nahuman bisan sa hulga sa COVID-DOTr

HAPIT NA MAHUMAN. Gawas sa duha ka pantalan nga nahuman na sa DOTr ug PPA dinhi sa Bohol, mahimong sa sunod tuig, subhan na usab ang Pantalan sa Tubigon nga gipalapdan, gipun-an og back up area ug gihimo nga susamag dagway sa Pantalan sa Tagbilaran, aron wala nay turista nga masaag kon mosakay sa barko kay susamag dagway, sayon rang matiman-an, matud ni Engr James Gantalao, dihang iyang gipakita sa media ang kalambu-an niadtong milabay nga tuig. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol) CORTES, Bohol, June 30 (PIA) -- Duha sa 14 ka gikataho nga mga pantalan nga nahuman sa Department of Transportation (DOTr) ug sa Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) taliwala sa pagpakigbugno sa kagamhanan sa Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic , mga pantalan sa Bohol. Ang pagkahuman sa mga proyekto, matud pa sa DOTr, magdugang sa katakus ug kapasidad sa mga pantalan samtang ang nasud nangandam na sa pagpahibalik sa inter-island nga mga byahe sa mga pangpasaherohan nga mga barko, ug  ang pagtumod sa mga labing gikina

MAFAR-LDS receives face masks from Office of BTA Parliament Speaker

MARAWI CITY, June 30 -The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform in Lanao del Sur received 5,000 surgical face masks from the Office of the BTA Parliament Speaker, Atty. Ali Pangalian M. Balindong, Monday, June 29. The surgical face masks will be distributed to the employees and municipal staff of the said Ministry as they lead the programs and projects on agriculture and food security. "We have chosen MAFAR due to its active and significant role in the economic activities being the frontline in food security and agriculture programs of the province," said Amer Balindong, Chief Political Affairs Officer from the Office of Speaker Balindong. Engr. Mesug P. Unda, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II of MAFAR-LDS, expressed his gratitude to the Office of Speaker Balindong saying the masks will help in protecting MAFAR employees from the coronavirus. For his part, MAFAR Provincial Head Pangalian A. Balindong Jr. reminded the employees to keep wear

Tagalog News: USAPANG DIBDIBAN webinar isusulong ang Universal Health Care

Trece Martires City, Cavite Jun 30 (PIA) -- Sa pamamagitan ng ugnayan ng USAID's TB Platforms Project kasama ang Department of Health (DOH) at  ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA) muling aarangkada ang USAPANG DIBDIBAN na isusulong ang Universal Health Care (UHC) ngayong ika-1 ng Hulyo, 2020 2 - 5pm. Ang talakayan na ito ay magbibigay linaw kung makakatulong ang implementasyon ng UHC sa pagpapaigting ng TB at COVID-19 response. Makakasama sa gaganaping talakayan sina DOH Special Assistant and OIC-Director for Health Promotion and Communication Service, Dr. Beverly Ho, former DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial, former Senator at ang principal na may akda ng Universal Health Care Act Mr. JV Ejercito, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, at Quirino Governor Dakila Cua, Municipality of Magallanes, Cavite Mayor Jasmin Maligaya-Bautista, at iba pang gobernador at punong bayan na nagsusulong ng implementasyon ng Universal Health Care. Ang Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) sa

Legazpi City requires arriving passengers to stay in facility quarantine

All inbound passengers in Legazpi City, be it by public or private transport, are required to pass thru the Legazpi City Community Home Quarantine (LC-CHQ) upon arrival for profiling and screening test. (Photo by OCD5) LEGAZPI CITY, June 25 (PIA) – All arriving passengers in Legazpi City, be it by public or private transport, are now required to stay at the City Community Home Quarantine (LC-CHQ) upon arrival and while waiting for the Covid-19 swab test result. “Just to clarify, we have the same treatment for all passengers be it by plane, bus, private car or train. They undergo processing and rapid testing for the anti-bodies at the ICR,” Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said. All passengers, including locally stranded individuals (LSIs), returning OFWs (ROFs), OFWs  and authorized persons outside residence (APOR) undergo both rapid and swab testing at the LC-CHQ at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation (ICR). Releasing of result for rapid testing is 15 minutes and one to two days for swab

Cebuano News: P3K-P5k sa makasupak sa Ord 2020-007

CORTES, Bohol, June 30 (PIA) -- Swerte kadtong mga gahi’g ulo nga madakpan nga nakasupak sa curfew ug gimultahan lamang subay sa mga ordinansa sa lungsod o barangay. Kay kon ma swertehan nga ang makadakop, magbase sa Provincial ordinance No. 2020-007 , andama na daan ang P3,000 ngadto sa P5,000. Sa Section 9 sa nahisgutang Provincial Ordinance nga giulohanan og Ang Pagpalig-on sa mga Lakang-Pagpugong ug Paglikay sa pagkuyanap sa sakit nga COVID-19 ug uban pang manggawas nga sakit nga mananakod sa Bohol ug pagpahamtang sa mga silot alang sa mga makasupak niini, nagmandu nga ang si bisan kinsa nga makasupak sa mga gidili nga mga buluhaton pahamtangan sa multa nga magkantidad og P 3,000 ngadto sa P5,000 o pagpabilanggo nga dili molapas sa 6 ka buwan, o pagkabilanggo ug multa, segun sa kabubot-on sa korte. MGA GIDILI SA ORDINANSA . Kauban sa pagdili sa paggawas sa alas 9:00 sa gabii ngadto sa alas 5:00 sa buntag, ang Ordinansa sa Bohol magpahamtang usab sa silot ngadto sa mga estab

Batangas Provincial Jail, nananatiling COVID-19 free

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Hunyo 30 (PIA)--Nananatiling COVID-19 free ang Batangas Provincial Jail na matatagpuan sa Barangay Cuta sa lungsod na ito. Ayon kay Atty. Genaro Cabral, Acting Provincial Jail Warden, lumabas noong Hunyo 22,2020 ang Polymerase Chain Reaction(PCR) swab test ng may 1,132 inmates ng Provincial Jail at lahat ito ay nagresulta ng negatibo. “Kahit ang mga Persons Deprived of Liberties (PDLs) ay prayoridad ng pamahalaang panlalawigan dahil ito ay kanilang pananagutan lalo na sa kanilang kalagayan na nasa kulungan kung saan mas mabilis kumalat ang COVID-19 sakaling magpositibo dahilan sa kakulangan ng social distancing at halos dikit-dikit ang mga tao dito,” ani Cabral. Dagdag pa ng opisyal, bago pa man ang pagsasailalim ng lalawigan sa Enhanced Community Quarantine ay nagsagawa na sila ng safety measures upang maiwasang makapasok ang virus at maingatan ang mga PDL’s. Ilan sa mga hakbang na ito ang pansamantalang pagbabawal sa mga dalaw, pagkakaroon ng guard shifting u

Provincial offices of DOST, PIA partner  for COVID-19 online confab

DAVAO DEL NORTE, JUNE 28 (PIA) - COVID-19 online Information Forum was clinched and done by  the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental field offices together with the Philippine Information Agency Information Center for the two provinces. Dubbed as “Makialam, Alamin COVID-19 Inforum”, the online confab generated the participation and support of Regional Director Alex Roldan of the Department of Interior  and Local Government (DILG) XI, the Department of Health (DOH) XI Regional Director Annabelle Yumang who sent  DOH Regional Information Officer Yazmin Avila,  and Regional Director Frances Mae Macapagat of the Philippine Information Agency XI. The online Inforum  was technically supported by DOST Davao del Norte field office  while PIA XI Davao del Norte information center generated participants through its network of  information officers who were members of  the Information Officers Network of Davao del Norte (ION Davao del Norte) and of the

Army recovers NPA cadaver, high-powered firearm in Iligan

ILIGAN CITY, June 29 - Troops of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 14 Division Reconnaissance Company recovered a cadaver in an intense firefight with elements of the New People's Army (NPA) on June 27 in Brgy Kalilangan, this city. The cadaver of the NPA member was left behind by his retreating comrades.  Also recovered was an AK47 assault rifle with seven magazines and ammunitions, several molotovs, and left booby traps to inflict casualties not only military personnel but also civilians and animals that will pass the area.  The NPA fatality was part of the group that attacked a CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) Patrol Base in Barangay Kalilangan on June 26, 2020 where two CAA members were seriously wounded.  Ltc Domingo Dulay Jr, commander of 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Bn) said with the information provided by the local residents, the troops were able to successfully conduct the pursuit operation following the harassment of the CAA Patrol Base.  The two-hour fire

Cebuano News: Senator Migz Zubiri mihatag ug mga PPE sa BPMC alang sa pakigbatok sa COVID-19

MALAYBALAY CITY, Hunyo 29 (PIA)—Personal nga gitunol ni Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri ug 3rd District Congressman Manuel “Manoy” Zubiri niadtong Miyerkules, Hunyo 26, ang mga Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ngadto sa Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC). Gidawat sa BPMC ang isa ka unit nga 'Portable Respirator', 2,000 kabuok nga 'disposable face mask', 500 ka piraso sa 'face shield', 15 ka karton nga 70% Ethyl Alcohol ug 60 ka set sa mga ‘clinical suit.’ Miingon si Senator Zubiri nga naka-desisyon sila ni Cong. Manoy Zubiri nga mag hatag ug dugang mga PPEs sa BPMC aron magamit sa mga doctors ug nurses nga maoy nag silbing frontliners sa pakigbatok niining sakit nga Coronavirus Disease 2019 kon COVID-19. Gi-klaro usab sa senador nga personal nga kwarta ang ilang gigamit sa pagpamalit niining mga PPE pinaagi sa tabang sa ilang mga pamilya ug higala. Gisiguro usab nila nga sa pipila ka adlaw mahatagan pud ang uban pang Public Hospital sa Manolo Fortich, M

Cebuano News: PRC: Licensure exams nga gitakda sa Hunyo-Agosto, sa sunod tuig na ipahigayon 

Nagpagawas og pahibalo ang PRC sa pag-oktaba sa mga licensure examinations nga gitakda unta gikan Hunyo hangtod Agosto ning tuig ngadto na sa sunod tuig agi og paglikay sa pagkuyanap sa COVID-19. (PRC) TAGBILARAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- Gipahibalo sa P rofessional Regulation Commission (PRC) ang pag-oktaba sa mga licensure examinations nga gitakda unta gikan Hunyo hangtod Agosto ning tuig. Sa public advisory nga gipagawas sa PRC, himuon na lamang ang mga pasulit sa sunod tuig. Kini matud pa aron makalikay na usab sa pagkuyanap sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Apil sa mga suspendidong licensure examinations ang environmental planners, guidance counselors, interior designers, landscape architects, mining engineers, nutritionist-dietitians, psychologist, psychometricians. Gawas pa kini sa board exam alang sa social workers, veterinarians, master plumbers, mechanical engineers and certified plant mechanics, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physical therap

Cebuano News: DTI naghatag sa SSF para sa mga kooperatiba sa Marawi

MARAWI CITY, Hunyo 29 (PIA) - Ang pagtaas sa kaso sa sakit nga coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa Marawi wala makapugong sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) nga magpadayon sa paghatag og Shared Service Facilities (SSF) sa mga kooperatiba sa lungsod sa Marawi ug probinsya sa Lanao del Sur. Si DTI Lanao del Norte provincial director Ruel B. Paclipan miingon nga ang probisyon sa SSF nagtumong aron matabangan sila nga makabalik sa ilang panginabuhi-an pagkahuman sa kagubot sa Marawi ug aron mapalambo ang pagka-produktibo sa mga kooperatiba sa ilang mga establisyemento ug negosyo. Gipadayag niya ang iyang pagpasalamat ngadto sa mga benepisyaryo sa SSF alang sa pagpaningkamot nila sa paggamit sa mga 'equipment' alang sa ilang kalambo-an. "Nagpasalamat kami sa mga kooperatiba, asosasyon, tungod kay andam sila nga mag-aplay sa mga giya ug mahimo namong mga 'cooperators'. Base sa monitoring report, ang SSF nakatabang kanila,” matud ni Paclipan. Si Kimal Salac

Cebuano News: BARMM nakadawat sa mga PPE gikan sa UNHCR aron mas mapalig-on ang pakigbatok sa COVID-19

MARAWI CITY, Hunyo 29 (PIA) — Libo-libo kon linibo ka mga Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ug pipila ka mga ‘tents’ ang gi-turn over sa United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) sa Bangsamoro Government kani-adtong Biyernes, Hunyo 26, sa opisina sa BARMM-READi sa Cotabato City. Mitambong sa seremonya si BARMM Chief Minister Ahod 'Al Haj Murad' Ebrahim ug gipirmahan ang mga dokumento nga ilang nadawat gikan kang Sapia Taulani, Senior Protection Associate sa UNHCR. "Kung kami lang, dili namo makaya ug sulbad ang atong gi-atubang karon nga mga hagit sa COVID-19 pandemic. Kinahanglan namo ang suporta sa mga komunidad nga nagdonar, nasyonal nga gobyerno, ug uban pang mga ahensya sa United Nation. Paspas kayo ang suporta nga gihatag kanato gikan sa atong international donors ug dali kaayo ang pagtubag nila sa among mga kinahanglanon. Ang ilang tukma nga aksyon nakatabang  og dako sa among mga inisyatibo sa pakigbatok  sa virus sa rehiyon,” miingon si Ebrahim. &

NAPOLCOM to lead 'virtual' observation of 26th National Crime Prevention Week  in September

Last year's kick off ceremony of the National Crime Prevention Week at the QC Memorial Circle. (Photo by JCP/PIA InfoComm) LUCENA CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is set to virtually observe the 26th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) on September 1-7, 2020. With the theme, “Komunidad ay Pangalagaan Nang Pandemya at Krimen ay Maiwasan,” all government agencies are enjoined to develop and implement projects and activities that focus on prevention as an approach to combating criminality. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the observance of the NCPW will be modified to comply with the government’s health and safety protocols like social distancing and avoidance of mass gatherings. The NCPW Interagency Technical Working Committee proposed to hold activities via Zoom, a teleconferencing application, which starts with a kick-off ceremony, video clip-making contest for uniformed personnel as they prevent crime amid pandemic, webinars, and dissemination

Bong Go extends help to JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 28 - Through the efforts of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and his office, medical equipment and supply donations were successfully turned over to JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) on Thursday, June 25 in Cagayan de Oro City. The office of Senator Go facilitated the turnover of a unit of ultrasound machine donated by Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc., as well as various donations from the private sector, such as 2,000 pieces of face masks, and ten pieces of thermal scanners to further equip JRBGH in its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “Today, we turnover these donations to your institution with the confidence that this will help you in diagnosing and treating your patients, no matter what their condition is,” the Senator stated in his speech delivered by a representative during the turnover ceremony. Medical equipment and supply donations were successfully turned over to JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) on Thursday, J

Cagayan celebrates 437th founding anniversary

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June 29 (PIA) - - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cagayanos are celebrating the 437th Aggao nac Cagayan through a flag raising program attended by very few officials and employees of the provincial government, a virtual thanks giving mass and an online film viewing, the simplest celebration ever. The ‘Aggao nac Cagayan’ is annual celebration of the province to commemorate its founding anniversary. This year's theme “Mappa Sigiran", an Ibanag term meaning "going north", is inspired by Governor Manuel Mamba's vision to reconnect the province to its neighboring developed countries in the north for possible economic opportunities. Mamba said the COVID-19 pandemic practically changed many usual things in the world but there are opportunities it offers to the province. "There are silver lining in every critical juncture of humanity. What we need to do is to unite and cooperate to fight the pandemic," he said. He added that his pro

15,210 MOPRECO members benefit in Pantawid Liwanag Program

 BONTOC, Mountain Province, June 29(PIA) – About 15,210 member-consumers of the Mountain Province Electric Cooperative (MOPRECO) benefited from the Pantawid Liwanag Program while the province was under enhanced community quarantine due to the novel corona virus 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. Engr. Arnold Polilin of MOPRECO said the Pantawid Liwanag Program was implemented for the billing month of April 2020 wherein residential member-consumer-owners who have consumed 10kwh and below for the month were not required to pay their bill. The Pantawid Liwanag Program is the response of rural electric cooperatives to government’s call to support its Bayanihan to Heal as One Act Program by subsidizing its marginalized member-consumers who are mostly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The implementation of this  program depends on the financial capability of each electric cooperative. MOPRECO  used the unutilized budget for programs and activities that were cancelled due to COVID-19 crisis for this

FOI can help in dismissing false information says PCOO official

  PCOO Asec. Kristian R. Ablan, FOI Program Director during the 8th Leading Forward Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Friday, June 26. QUEZON CITY, June 29  (PIA) -- Are you one of those overwhelmed by the sheer number of information about government that you received and having difficulty filtering the fake ones and not? The Freedom of Information can help you navigate through these information, an official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said as he urges Filipinos to use this platform to check if there is ‘over information’ or misinformation. “Years ago, our problem is lack of information. In today’s generation, with the overwhelming number of information that people now receive, it is now a challenge to navigate through them, and find out which ones are fake, which ones are not. That is where Freedom of Information comes in,” said Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan, Project Director of the Freedom of Information during the 8th Leadin

Cebuano News: Duha ka ‘holidays’ sa Bohol sa Hulyo

CORTES, Bohol, June 29 (PIA) -- Duha ka Special Non-Working Public Holidays ang gipaabut sa mga Bol-anon alang sa nagsingabot nga buwan sa Hulyo. Pagsugod pa lamang sa buwan sa Hulyo, Hulyo 1, gideklara sa Republic Act 8267 ang tanan adlaw sa Hulyo 1 nga Non-Working Special Public Holiday sa Tagbilaran City, sanglit kini mao man ang adlaw nga ang Tagbilaran gideklara nga mamahimong Chartered City. Ang Tagbilaran City, nahimo nga Chartered City niadtong Hulyo 1, 1966, mao nga karong tuiga, saulogon sa Tagbilaran ang ilang ika 54 nga pagka chartered city. Ang pagkahimo nga Chartered City sa Tagbilaran, dala sa Republic Act No. 4660, ug sukad niadtong balaoda, ang Tagbilaran giisip nga nga component city sa lalawigan sa Bohol. Sa Pilipinas, ang mga syudad nga may kaugalingong charter, minglahutay isip corporate ug administrative entities gigiyahan sa ilang kaugalingon nga gipanday nga balaod dugang pa sa gilagda sa Local Government Code of 1991. Ang Local Government Code mao

Lorenzana highlights need for 'enhanced measures' after terrorists neutralized in Parañaque

CALOOCAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has underscored the need to "enhance our measures" against terrorist threats following the neutralization of suspected terror group members in Parañaque City Friday past midnight. "I commend the elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police who conducted a successful law enforcement operation earlier today, 26 June 2020, that resulted in the neutralization of four terrorists. The presence of these terrorists in the NCR [National Capital Region] highlights the need for us to enhance our measures against those who intend to bring harm to our people," Lorenzana told the PIA-NCR in a statement. "A law such as the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 will give our law enforcers greater capacity to stop these terrorists and prevent them from wreaking havoc in our communities," the official added. In a report by the Philippine News Agency, four alleged members of the I

Bohol env't officials push for extension of agri free patents law 

CORTES, Bohol, June 29 (PIA) -- At a moment when the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is again set to launch a program that picks up where it left off in its free land titling program, if the law is not remedied countless Boholano farmers would miss their singular chance to security of tenure to the untitled farmlands they have tilled for years. This as Section 41 of the Public Land Act of the Philippines ruled that any native of the Philippine Islands who is not the owner of more than 24 hectares, and who since July 4, 1907, or prior thereto, has continuously occupied and cultivated, either by himself or through his predecessors in interest, a tract or tracts of agricultural public lands subject to disposition, shall be entitled to have a free patent issued to him for a tract or tracts of such land not to exceed 24 hectares. UNLESS EXTENDED ANEW. Bohol farmers cultivating alienable and disposable public lands could now lose their chance to be granted land ti

NCDA issues advisory for the observance of the National Disability and Prevention Week

QUEZON CITY, June 29 (PIA) --  The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) has issued an advisory  for the observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week  to all its stakeholders to ensure compliance to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on non-essential mass gatherings or community assemblies in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ. National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) OIC Mateo A. Lee Jr. in the advisory recommended the theme for this year’s observance to be “Together we demonstrate that the rights of children, women, and senior citizens with disabilities to have access to foods, medicines and assistive devices is important to us;  Prioritizing it during this COVID 19 pandemic.” This is pursuant to Article 28 of the UNCRPD,  where it outlines the rights of  persons with disabilities. NCDA specifically recommended to all NGOs, organizations of persons with

QC boosts capability vs COVID-19 with mobile community testing unit

CALOOCAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- The Quezon City government has unveiled its own mobile community testing unit, which will enable it to expand its testing capabilities as part of efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). During its launch, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the modified truck will help complement the city’s strategy of tracing, isolating and testing more residents from various communities. “With this mobile testing unit, our team can further its efforts in testing more people who need to be isolated immediately,” Belmonte said. Sponsored by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Quezon City (PCCI-QC), the mobile testing unit will be managed by the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) of the City Health Department. “We will use this mobile testing unit to test areas with high attack rate, high active cases, and also those areas that are under special concern lockdown,” said QC-ESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz. Barangay officials and oth

Task Force Balik-Loob gives updates on E-CLIP program for rebel returnees

Concurrent Task Force Balik-Loob Chair and Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reservist Affairs, Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu speaks with officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines's North Luzon Command during his visit to provide updates on the E-CLIP implementation in Luzon. (DND photo) CALOOCAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- The Department of National Defense (DND)-led Task Force Balik-Loob over the weekend presented updates on E-CLIP implementation during a visit to one of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' unified commands that combat terrorism and insurgency in the area. Concurrent Task Force Balik-Loob Chair and Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reservist Affairs, Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu led the contingent when the team visited the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) where he presented an update on the implementation of the E-CLIP within the NOLCOM's area of responsibility as well as issues and concerns raised by E-CLIP implementers i

Gov’t troops clash with NPAS in Bohol

ENDEARING THEMSELVES TO COMMUNITIES . 1Lt. Elma Grace Remonde-Arbulencia (right) talks to army troops prior to a Civil Military Operations as the Army continues to foster strong trust in communities to empower them to report sightings of armed men like what happened to NPAs in Bayawahan Sevilla. (PIA Bohol/47IB fotos)  CORTES, Bohol, June 28 (PIA) -- Foraging in the hinterland barangays near the borders of Bilar, Batuan, Balilihan and Catigbian where the thick forests of Loboc watershed provide protection and harbor  and pushed by hunger pangs and the easy life of extortion using their weapons to instill fear, an undetermined group tried the proven fear factor in Brgy. Bayawahan, Sevilla town on June 26, 2020 to a dismal failure. Having had enough of the fear, residents were not cowered in fear and found a way to slip out reports to internal security operators about the armed men forcefully asking for food and threatening those who refused to give in.   A report from the Philippin

Tagalog News: Bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa Los Baños, muling naitala 

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Hunyo 29 (PIA)-- Ilang linggo matapos ideklara ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Los Baños na COVID-free na ang kanilang bayan ay muli nakapagtala ng panibagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa lugar.   Mahigit dalawang linggo na ang nakalipas ng inanunsyo ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Los Baños sa mga mamamayan nito na COVID-free na ang naturang bayan ngunit dahil hindi pa natatapos ang laban kontra COVD-19, isa sa residente nito ang nagpositibo sa sakit.   Kinilala ang pasyente bilang si LB-C48, ongoing o active case, isang lalaki na edad 45 at mula sa Barangay Batong Malake.    Kasalukuyang nasa 48 na ang mga pasyenteng nagpositibo sa sakit mula sa bayan ng Los Baños, ang 43 ay idineklarang magaling na at naka-recover na samantalang ang 4 sa mga biktima ay pumanaw na dahil sa sakit.   Ang kasalukuyang tala ng lokal na pamahalaan ay may bilang na 15 sa suspect case at 55 naman ang probable case sa naturang lugar.    Upang mas maging malinaw, ilan sa klasispikasyon ng "suspec

MMDA receives additional ferry boat for its Pasig River Ferry Service 

PASIG CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has received an additional ferry boat over the weekend for its Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS). MMDA Chair Danilo Lim and Phileco Chair Reghis Romero II sign a deed of donation for the new ferry boat donation to beef up the Pasig River Ferry Service. (Photos courtesy of MMDA) MMDA Chair Danilo Lim signed a deed of donation with Reghis Romero II, chair of the Philippine Ecological Systems Corporation (Phileco), during the official turn-over of the new ferry boat at the Guadalupe Station in Makati City on Friday. Lim expressed his gratitude to Phileco for supporting the agency, citing that M/B Phileco, a 55-seater vessel, is a big help to provide alternative mode of transport to Metro Manila residents.  He added that PRFS is preparing to operate soon which will be compliant to the physical distancing policy and other health protocols to ensure that the service will be safe for passengers. “ Once ope

PH Army, Foodpanda deliver food aid to COVID-19 responders, frontliners

Photos courtesy of Philippine Army. PASIG CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army and mobile food delivery marketplace Foodpanda Philippines provided food assistance to a number of COVID-19 response teams and frontline workers in some parts of Metro Manila amid the pandemic.  According to Philippine Army Spokesperson Col. Ramon P. Zagala, the food packs preapred were distributed to street sweepers, garbage collectors, waste management teams, and local government units’ COVID-19 frontliners in Quezon City, Mandaluyong City, and Taguig City. Zagala also expressed his gratitude to the Foodpanda company for its kind donation. “ The Philippine Army is thankful to Foodpanda, as well as other groups who are actively  taking part in responding to the problems we face because of this pandemic ,” said Zagala. He added that the Philippine Army welcomes other private groups and individuals who may want to join in these activities.  Army personnel facilitated the hauling, repacking and

Bohol health authorities sound alarm on dengue

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 27 (PIA) -- Provincial Health authorities here have sounded the alarm on dengue as a total of 2,481 cases were recorded in Bohol in the first six months of this year. Cases recorded from January to June 13 are already at 37.83 percent higher over the data recorded in the same period last year, shared Bohol dengue campaign focal person Leonidas Saniel during the recent Kapihan sa PIA on dengue.  “Although we only have 13 deaths or .05 percent case fatality rate this year compared to the 17 death or .09 case fatality rate last year, the figure is very alarming,” Saniel said. Dengue, which is a kind of fever that can be caused by mosquito bites especially those from aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus, has been a persisent health issue that local government units face.  Those with dengue often manifest it by high and recurring high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, low back pain and possible skin rashes, health authori