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Potable water system to serve 70,000 residents in Jolo

Sulu 1st District Representative Habib Tupay Loong said that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has committed to earmark P24-Million for the rehabilitation and improvement of potable water system of Jolo, this province of Sulu!

The budget allocation by the DPWH was made after the Local Water Utilities Administration Administrator Eduardo Santos briefed DPWH Sec. Rogelio S. Singson on the project.

The potable water system will be managed by the Jolo Mainland Water District.

Loong said that the water will be sourced from the centuries-old Kiram Spring, and the beneficiary residents will enjoy a clean supply of water. (Posted August 10, 2013)

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10 Million Seedlings for intensive greening program

About 6.9 million seedlings have been produced by 84 upland People's Organization (PO) in Zambales for planting and greening in various of Central Luzon as part of the National Greening Program (NGP of Pres. Aquino.

Another 2.7 million seedlings were supplied by the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR).

DENR Executive Director Maximo Dichoso said the seedling production forms part stof an alternative livelihood projects which benefitted upland farmers who produced the quality seeds.

The seeds made available are: 500,000, fruit trees; 2.5 million, forest trees; 3.3 million, fuelwood trees; 3.3 million, coffee saplings; 1.5 million, cacao saplings; 488,400, bamboo saplings, and 361,000, rattan saplings. (Posted July 28, 2013)


The Province of Pampanga has alloted P140 Million for its on-going infra projects, among which are: P34,5711,000, construction of school buildings; P13,375,000, covered courts; P10 million, barangay halls; P12,460,000, repair and concreting of roads and bridges; P26.5 million, improvement of Escolastica Romero District hospital, P44 million, other buildings and infrastructures.

The projects are the priority of Gov. Lilia Pineda, according to provincial engineer Noli Pangan. (Posted July 28, 2013)

P7 M allocated for San Pablo City hospital

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) has reported that the Department of Health (DOH) has allocated P7 million to the San Pablo City General Hospital to improve its medical facilities and services.

Through the DOH Facility Enhancement Program, P5 million will be allocated for infrastructure while P2 million will be for the purchse of diagnostic equipment, according to Dr. Restie de Guzman Magpantay, provincial coordinator of Center for Health and Development.

Dr. Magpantay also said that an additional P4 million will be provided for the San Pablo City Health Office and for the construction of health centers in Barangays Patria Village, Del Remedio, and Sta. Maria. (Posted November 27, 20

Watershed development set

MALAY, AKLAN - The development and rehabilitation of the Nabaoy River Watershed in Barangay Nabaoy this town will soon be undertaken with the signing recently of an agreement between the Department of Environment & Natural Resources and the Petron Foundation, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

DENR Regional Executive Director Julian Amador commended the Petron Foundation and the Local Government Unit of Malay for their cooperative efforts in supporting the DENR and in promoting collaborative efforts.

Malay Mayor John P. Yap and Regional Technical Director of EMB-DENR 6 Atty. Jonathan P. Bulos, among others witnessed the signing of the MOA.

The undertaking would cover watershed management, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation through the reforestation and rehabilitation of about 20 hectares of forestland. (Nardz Belen, posted October 9, 2012)

"Epal" campaign gaining  grounds

The campaign against politicians who use government-funded projects as vehicles for their own credits as if they were spending their own pesonal money is gaining grounds not only in Metro Manila but also in other cities.

In Quezon City, Mayor Herbert "Bistek" Bautista succumbbed to the campaign and immediately ordered the removal or erasure of his initial "HB" from all street pavements, city government structures or buildings, banners or what have you!

A number of civic leaders and even ordinary citizens said that it was not appropriate for the Mayor to have his name or initials painted or embedded in such structures.

"It's government money that was spent for those projects," the concerned citizens said. "It's the obligation of the Mayor to construct those structures for the benefit of the citizenry. He has no right to put his name or initials on them. That's self-serving," they added.

Imagine if every government official is doing that for all the projects they are tasked to implement, then the city will be a city of various billboards of different sizes and colors, each proclaiming the name of the implementor.

When that happens, the city may even perhaps becomes a favorite tourists' destination if it does not become a laughing stock! (Posted September 18, 2012) 

Zambo infra projects

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Philippine News Agency has reported that a P305-Million infrastructure projects here are expected to be finished before the end of this year.

City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo identified the projects as: 1. P175-Million integrated bus terminal  in Barangay Divisoria; 2. P130-Million bridge that will link mainland barangaysTictapul and Limaon and an 80-km road east of the city, among others. (Posted July 31, 2012)

Kalibugan, Subanon tribes receive scholarship grants

The Provincial Indigenous Coordinating Unit (PICU) of the province of Zamboanga del Norte has provided scholarship grants to Kalibugan and Subanon ribes as part of the Subanon Empowernment Program of Zamboanga del Norte Gov. Rolando E. Yebes.

PICU head Bai Cristina Andus said the scholarship grants cover technical and vocational courses, such as farm tractor and machinery operation/maintenance, automotive servicing, hito and tilapia culture, dress-making, and beauty care.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also provided the scholars free food, lodging and school supplies.

The project earned for the Gov. Yebes the Galing Pook Award in 2011. (Posted July 25, 2012) 


Sulu solon allots P21.2 M for livelihood projects

About 527,000 constituents will be benefitted with the release of P21.2 Million by Sulu 1st District Representative Habib Tupay Loong from his Priority Developmeny Fund (PDAF).

The amount, according to the Sulu lawmaker, will be utilized for the funding of various livelihood projects of his constituents. covering 212 barangays in the eight towns of the 1st district, namely, Hadji Panglima Tahil, Indanan, Jolo, Maimbung, Pangutaran, Parang, Patikul and Talipao.

Rep. Loong was quoted as saying that livelihood projects help free the district from insurgency. (Posted July 3, 2012)

Rich history effective as tourism attraction

ILOILO CITY - A rich history, if people are made aware of it, is an effective magnet for tourists, local or foreigners! And this is exactly what Iloilo City is doing - showcasing its rich socio-economic history!

Mario A. Lazarito of the Iloilo Tour Guides Cooperative said that "you have not been to Iloilo if you have not visited Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, ancestral houses, and tasted food and delicacies."

The Jaro Cathedral is unique, and the image of the Our Lady of Candles mounted before the Cathdral's facade was the only Marian icon in the Philippines blessed by Pope John Paul II and was also declared as a National Shrine!

"There's a great influx now of tourists to Iloilo City," Lazarito said. (Posted June 27, 2012)

Anti-plastic ordinance takes effect

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay - The anti-plastic ordinance signed by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda last February 21, 2011 took effect June 1, 2012, and it is the first anti-plastic ordinance ever passed by a provincial government in Albay!

The anti-plastic ordinance prohibits the use of plastic bags, polystyrenne and other synthetic fabrics used as packaging materials for goods sold by supermarkets, groceries, stores and other commercial establishments in Albay. (Posted June 5, 2012)

"Carless Day" set in Pasig City

PASIG CITY - Every Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 12 Noon, the F. Ortigas Jr Road in Ortigas Center, Barangay San Antonio this City will be off-limit to all motorized vehicles! Only non-motorized vehicles such as bicycles, skates, scooters and skateboards will be allowed.

The "Carless Day" is an initiative of Mayor Robert C. Eusebio to make the city a green city. It's a provision of City Ordinance No. 13 Series of 2011 promoting biking as a healthful and environment-friendly mode of transportation.

Mayor Eusebio distributed 100 mountain bikes  to city employees on a loan-basis program. The carless day began June 3, 2012! (Posted June 3, 2012) 


P50 M for Jolo Port rehabilitation

The improvement of the Jolo Port has been given a go-signal with the allocation of P50 Million by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)!

A feasibility study with a budget of P4.3 Million has also been granted, and the study may take no less tha six months.

The Jolo Port serves as gateway for economic development in the province of Sulu. (Posted November 29, 2011)

Iloilo City posts lowest crime rate in Western Visayas

The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) has reported that Iloilo City posted an 80% drop in crime rate during the 1st quarter of the year in Western Visayas, followed by Guimaras province with 73% drop in crime rate.

Next is Bacolod City with 39% decrease of lawlessness.

NEDA Knowledge Management Division Chief Estela Paredes said that the crime rate volume in Wesern Visayas was reduced by around 59% during the same period. (Posted November 29, 2011) 

Vigan wins "Most Child-Friendly" award

Pres. Aquino recently conferred to the historic city of Vigan the "Most Child-friendly City" during rites held in Malacanang. Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina led other Vigan City officials in receiving the awards.

The award was in recognition for the city's child-friendly projects such as the strengthening of the day-care educational centers in 33 barangays; Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center; Geographic Information Center; the Vigan Buridek Children's Museum, the Children's Theater of the Burgos Memorial School; Children's Hour of the Women anc Children's Desk of the Vigan Police Station, and the Council for the Protection of Children, among others. (Posted November 8, 2011).

 Seal of Good Housekeeping to Tarlac, 10 towns

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has conferred to the province of Tarlac and its 10 towns the "Seal Of Goodhousekeeping (SGH) for having "excelled in the areas of planning, budgeting, revenue mobilization, financial management and resource mobilization.

DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo conferred the "Seals" to Tarlac Gov. Victor Yap and the mayors of San Manuel, Ramos, Pura, Anao, Bamban, Camiling, Capas, Mayantoc, Moncada and Paniqui during rites held at the Clark Freeport, Pampanga.

DILG-Tarlac's Ria Ramos said "SGH honorees automatically vie for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) where winners receive P1 Million each from the national government. (Posted November 8, 2011)

DTI encourages mushroom production

The Department of Trade & Industry's Nueva Ecija Provincial Director Brigida Pili said mushroom producers in the province are beneficiaries of the DTI's One-Town-One Product Program, in this case, the growing of mushrooms.

Cooperatives are being tapped as the participants of the growing mushroom industry. Being planted or grown in the province are the "sisig" and "tempura" mushrooms. Director Pili said the mushroom industry has a great potential for the economic growth of the people! (Posted October 17, 2011)

Valenzuela, Koronadal become sister cities

Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian and Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel have signed a sisterhood pact "to devote unquantifiable concern and attention in promoting general welfare of their constituents."

The sisterhood pact provides for the creation of a partnership group composed of five members from each of the two cities to "promote and expand an effective mutually beneficial cooperation for the development of both cities as well as to foster meaningful technical exchange and cooperation for sustainable development, trade, investments, tourism, information technology, human development, as well as culture and the arts." (Posted October 17, 2011)


Poverty alleviation program benefits eight towns & one city

Surigao City - The Mindanao Rural Development Program-Adaptable Program Loan Phase 3 (MRDP) which implements a poverty alleviation program will benefit eight municipalities and one city, namely, Socorro, Del Carmen, Sison, Tubod, Gigaquit, Malimones, Placer, Bacuaz, Alegria (Surigao del Norte) and Surigao City.

Coordinated by the Department of Agriculture and funded by the World Bank, national and local government units, the MRDP seeks to improve rural incomes through various agricultural livelihood and infrastructure projects. (Posted September 5, 2011)  

P20-B Cebu International Port

The Cebu Ports Authority has proposed a P20-B offshore international port between the towns of Consalacion and Liloan in Northern Cebu.

The off-the-coast 60-hectare international container service terminal will be connectedinland by a bridge.

CPA General Manager Dennis Willamor said that the project will take three to five years to complete after it has been approved by concerned government agencies and finally by Pres. Noynoy Aquino. (Posted September 5, 2011)

Train rides for Penafrancia pilgrims

Pilgrims and visitors going to attend  the Our Lady of Penafrancia celebraton this month, September, in Naga City can now ride in the Bicol Express from Tutuban, Manila to Naga City.

The train has airconditioned coaches and an airconditioned dining room.

Operated by the Philippine National Railways (PNR), the Bicol Express has resumed operations it was suspended last month due to Typhoon Juaning which adversely affected some of the train's rail tracks.

PNR Operations Manager Estelito Nierva said the repair of the tracks and the construction of the steel bridge in Barangay Malaguico in Sioucot town have solved the problem. (Posted September 6, 2011)

Mandaluyong receives nutrition award

Mandaluyong City - Mayor Benhur Abalos led city and barangay officials, particularly City Nutrition Officer Menchie Abalos, in receiving the "Green Banner Award" during ceremonies held recently by the Nutrition Council.

The award is in recognition for the city's successful nutrition programs through its City Nutrition Committee which is taking the lead in providing the best health care for the City's constituents. (Posted August 21, 2011) 

Develop Negros towns into "salad bowls"

Bacolod City - Negros Occidental town of Don Salvador Benedicto and Negros Oriental Canlaon City, through the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, will be developed into "salad bowls" to supply the vegetable needs of restaurants particularly Korean restaurants that have been established in the various cities of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

The DA Secretary Proceso Alacala said his department has already provided the two local government units light and heavy farm tools, aside from the construction of an irrigation system by the National Irrigation Administraion.(Posted August 21, 2010)    

Davao-Clark Airport links

Davao City - As a result of the "Davao Investment Conference held here recently, and the presentation of the "Marketing the Davao International Airport," Davao City and the Clark International Airport may soon form an "airport sisterhood, with the latter helping development the Davao City International Airport.

Davao City planning and development head Roberto Alabado III and Clark International Airport Corporation President and CEO Victor Jose T. Luciano will pursue the "airport sisterhood" that will boost commerce and trtansportation between the two airports. (Posted August 21, 2011)  

Bohol - environment learning area

An Eco-Governance Project successfully carried out by the Bohol provincial government, earned for the province the recognition as the "Learning Destination for Good Environmental Governance" from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) which funded the project.

Bohol Gov. Edgar Chato received the award in behalf of the several towns which participated in and benefitted from the eco-governance project! (Posted July 31, 2011)  

e-Jeeps serves Iloilo City

e-Jeeps, or electrical passenger jeepneys, are now the preferred transportation vehicles for the people here.

The e-jeeps started operation last March, and up to July 1 this year, it has already served 20,000 passengers. Engineer Johnny Daniel, chief of the city's motor pool division, said that the e-Jeeps have already made 2,801 trips, and about 2,000 pupils ride in the electrical jeeps every week.

Makati City has also been deploying e-Passenger Jeepneys, and are even airconditioned (LQB -Posted July 20, 2011)

BING Health Program Benefits Thousands

BACOLOD CITY - The Bacolod Initiative Nurturing Good Health (BING Health) program has already benefited thousands of city residents.

The BING Health program is under the initiative of City Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia and Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus A. Sayson.

The free medical services include Fasting Blood sugar (FBS), Electrocardiograph (ECG), urinalysis, hematocrete consultation, and eye-screening with free medicines. (Posted June 20, 2011) 


20 US patrol boats for the Visayas 

OF the 43 fiberglass patrol boats acquired by the Philippine government as part of the US Food for Peace Act, 20 will be used in the Central Visayas for the enforcement of coastal and marine resources law.

Seven of the 20-footer P1.7 Million fiberglass patrol boats will be assigned to Cebu and Bohol, five for Negros Oriental, and one for Siquijor.

Bohol towns that will directly be served by the seven patrol boats are Inabanga, Clarin, Tubigon, Calape, Leon, Anda and Mabini.

Region 7 Bureau of Fisheries & Acquatic Resources Director Andres Bohos said that the patrol boats, equipt with Global Positioning System (GPS), radio and other accessories, will enhance coastal law enforcement and boost protection of coastal resources.

He said the boats were secured under the Public Law Project and in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture and of the Republic of the Philippines. (Posted June 8, 2011)



SURIGAO del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas and Surigao del Norte Representative Francisco T. Matugas (1st District) and with other provincial officials, have spearheaded the planning and construction of a P500 Million "nautical highway" that will connect the various islands within the province's environs.

The nautical highway will involve the construction of a roro port in Barangay Jayanggabon, Claver with an estimated cost of P250 million, and another complimentary P100 - P150 Million roro port in Barangay Dona Helene.

The "nautical highway" will definitely enhance tourism aside from spurring socio-economic developments! (Posted May 25, 2011)


WITH the use of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), the municipality of Teresa, Rizal has succeeded in undertaking waste management within the municipality!

Rodrigo E. Cabrera, general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, has commended the muncipality's successful waste management program, stressing that "it succeeded where others failed."

Teresa Mayor Rodel de la Cruz said he was elated of the commendation and added that it would spur his constituents to engage more in proper waste management.

Teresa was earlier chosen as a pilot project of the Laguna de Bay Institutional Strengthening and Community Participation Project (LISCOP).

The MRF  produces 150 hollowblocks and footpaths per day from non-biodegrable materials that are chipped into small pieces and mixed with cement and sand. (Posted May 27, 2011)


Beginning in May, a mobile clinic, or a clinic on wheels, will serve the underprivileged residents of Quezon City. They no longer need to spend for their transportation in going to the city's major clinics and hospitals..

The state-of-the-art clinic is a donation from China. It is airconditioned, with computerized medical facilities. Mayor Herbert Bautista said that a Chinese representative will come over to demonstrate the operation of the clinic on wheels.

It was through the efforts of then Mayor Sonny Belmonte, now Speaker of the House, that the donation was requested from China. Quezon City is one of the eight recioients of the clinic on wheels. (Posted April 18, 2011)

Las Pinas City - Building Inspections, Earthquake Drills ordered

LAS PINAS CITY - Mayor Vergel Aguilar has instructed the city's engineering office to conduct inspection of all factories,business establishments, public as well as private schools,  hospitals, and any high-rise building  to determine their structural strenght in order not to compromise the safety and lives of the people in case an earthquake of high magnitude occurs.

"We cnnot compromise the safety and lives of our people." Mayor Aguilar said. "I urge all our business owners and school officials to be resonsible and do their share in disaster risk reduction." The inspection will also determine the compliance of all building owners with the national building code.

Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Intitute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) has earlier called on all local government executives to update their own alert and evacuation systems in the event of a high magnitutde earquake and high waves slamming their shores.

Mayor Aguilar has also ordered schools and business establishments to conduct fire drills. (Posted April 5, 2011)

Dumaguete, Valencia top tax collections 

With the use of the I-Tax system technology of the German Technical Cooperation, Dumaguete City and Valencia of Negros Oriental have topped tax collection in the province.

Provincial treasurer Danny Mendez said that other local government units (LGUs) making good in their tax collections are Bacong, Sibulan and Manguyod.

Bayawan and Gulgulngan cities made the poorest tax collections in 2010. (Posted March 30, 2011)


The Global Services, a media platform, has ranked Cebu City as 98th among the top 100 outsourcing cities worldwide.

The Philippine News Agency (PNA) hasquoted the Global Services as saying that "the 2010 Top 100 Outsourcing Cities list os not only a reflection of the current competitivenss and stature of cities in the global outsourcing landscape but provides insight to the future potential of locations in

  addressing emerging trends and demands in services globalization."

The PNA has also reported that Global Services has also ranked as third among 10 Top Aspiring Cities, which has potentials to improve as global outsourcing cities in the near future.

The cities of Manila and Cebu have also been ranked third and ninth respectively by the Global Services among the Top Aspiring Cities. (Posted December 14, 2010))



TAGUIG CITY Mayor Lani Mercado has launched the training of all barangay tanod on basic police works in the city's 38 barangays so that they can become effective partners of the police in crime surveillance, securing peace and order and also on crime investigation.

Mayor Cayetano stressed that the training of the tanods will assure the citizenry of a more peaceful city. (Posted January 25, 2011)


An earlier report of the Department of Health  (DOH)said that there was an increasing prevalence of HIV in the country. HIV cases has increased to three a day!

Mayor Abalos said that youth, from 18 to 25 years old are more vulnerable to HIV. IN 2010, the city's health officer, Dr. Camarines Pecos, said that of the 206 individuals examined for HIV, two were found positive!

In 2007, five were found positive of HIV among 289 individuals examined, and one of them died of the disease in 2009! (Posted January 11, 2011)

Spanish church now a national historical site

SIBONGA, Cebu - The National Heritage  Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has declared the Spanish-era church here, Our Lady of Pilar Church, a national heritage.

Made of coral rocks and bricks, the construction of the church began in 1868 and finished in 1881 under the supervision of Fr. Juan Alonzo. Historian Ambeth Ocampo of the NHCP has turned over a historical marker here for the church.

"The marker is a reminder that the church is part of the country's registry of national historical site," said Ocampo.

Dr. Noel Ponce, president of the Sibungan Historical Commission, said that the lives of the Sibunganos were molded by the church, and it is but proper that we give her appropriate restoration. (Posted December 7, 2010)

Lim bans joint male-female restrooms 

Manila has taken the first move to ban joint restrooms for both men and women in restaurants.

If you have entered one, it makes you uneasy! Imagine you (male) are in and a woman is waiting outside to use the comfort room or the other way around! Yuk!

Manila City Administrator Jay Marzan has recommended to Mayor Fred Lim that restaurant owners must provide two separate comfort rooms for men and women!

And all other local government executives must implement the same measure within their respctive jurisdictions. (Posted Nov. 9, 2010) 


Manila to become smut-free

The Manila City Council has finally come to its senses and finally passed a draft resolution supporting the anti-smut campaign of Mayor Fred Lim! The mayor, known for his toughness

 in dealing with criminals, said the city must be made free of phornos.Most of the smut , such as phorno CDs are openly displayed for sale at the Quiapo and Sta. Cruz areas (PostedAugust 9.2010)

City government to develop "pink sand" beach

Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat said the city government will take over management of Sta. Cruz island, 15 minutes by banca from the city port. The islet is known for its "pink sand."

The city government will develop

 Sta. Cruz island as a tourism destination.

The management of the pink sand island will be transferred to the city government from the Philippine Tourism Authority as soon as its management papers have been processed. (Posted August 10, 2010)


Marikina City has resumed its award-winning environmental program, "Eco Savers."

The program, began in 2001, won in 2007 the Gawad Kalinga Award. It is participated by elementary and high schools students segregated wastes like recycable and non-recycable to a station where they are weighed and the students given points.

The students exchange the accumulated points for food or school supplies.

About 180,000 students from 17 Marikina City schools are participating in the "Eco Savers" program.

Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman said: "The Eco Savers program is an integral part of the environment awareness program of the city" and which promotes social and environmental responsibility among the people. (Posted August 3, 2010)


Garbage bins for effective waste management

The Caloocan City government has begun distributing garbage bins in strategic areas in the city to foster people participation in waste management.

Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri said that the people must learn to recycle garbage, and even earn cash from it.

Earlier, "coded" garbage bins were distributed to the 188 barangays to serve as model for the people in garbage managment. (Posted August 3, 2010) 

San Fernando City receives twin awards

La Union's San Fernando City was the recipient recently of two awards from the Asian Institue of Management. The first award is for being "most honest and transparent in its dealings (services)", and the second is "best in documentation."

City Mayor Pablo Ortega said of the awards:

"These awards show our commitment to serving our constituents and our visitors. We have a team of public servants with a vision of transparent, responsible and accountable governance." (Posted August 9, 2010)