Emergency Operations Center activated for Mt. Kanlaon unrest

BACOLOD CITY — The provincial government of Negros Occidental activated its Emergency Operations Center to conduct round-the-clock monitoring of the activities of Mount Kanlaon which is undergoing moderate level of unrest since Wednesday. Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division, said the center is being manned 24 hours a day. … Read More

PH turns over ASEAN chairmanship to Singapore

MANILA —  President Rodrigo Duterte has officially turned over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday night. Duterte handed over the ceremonial gavel signifying the Philippines passing the baton to Singapore to lead ASEAN effective next year. “Your Excellency, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, I … Read More

PH eyed as investment hub for Americans

MANILA — The Philippines and the United States have committed to strengthen dialogues for innovation and sharing of best practices in technology to optimize the country’s position “as a preferred destination for American investments in the Asia-Pacific region”. “The two sides decided to further deepen the extensive US-Philippine economic relationship,” said a joint statement released … Read More

East Asian leaders leave Manila Wednesday

MANILA — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jaen-in have departed from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday. Abe and Moon were among the last world leaders that left Manila Wednesday as the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits concluded Tuesday evening. Both East Asian leaders … Read More

Broadband infra project launched to improve Internet speed

MANILA — The government is expected to have the capability to become the third major player in the local telco industry once its newly launched broadband infrastructure, which would help improve Internet speed and accessibility in the country, becomes operational by 2019. The project, dubbed Strategic Engagement and Collaboration to Undertake a Reliable and Efficient Government Internet … Read More

DOST to hold Nat’l Inventors Week in Isabela

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will celebrate this year’s National Inventors Week (NIW) in the province of Isabela, specifically in Cauayan City, on November 20-24. Director of the DOST office in the Cagayan Valley region, Sancho Mabborang, said the department, its Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), the Filipino … Read More

SK town exec, hubby nabbed in drug raid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Anti-drug operatives arrested an acting municipal treasurer in Sultan Kudarat province and her husband who were tagged as members of an emerging drug group in the area in an operation over the weekend in a subdivision here. Gil Cesario Castro, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 12 director, identified the suspects as … Read More

PH seen to remain fastest-growing economy in ASEAN-5

MANILA — The Philippines is expected to remain the fastest growing economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-5 (ASEAN) this year through 2022, supported by the government’s infrastructure push and robust domestic private spending. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ‘s (OECD) Economic Outlook report for Southeast Asia, China and India projected the Philippine gross … Read More