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The Philippines hosts an international meeting on the globally-recognized GS1 barcoding system today to protect consumers from fake or expired drugs and hopefully reduce deaths associated with mismedication or drug problems associated with certain flaws in the drug delivery system. The global meet will be attended by chief executives of…

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KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya: Citrus farmers in this upland town on Saturday expressed alarm over a deadly disease which has affected 2,000 hectares and may threaten more plantations. Farmers said that if the fruit disease called “huang long bin” is not contained the soonest possible time, it would affect thousands of…

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BAGUIO CITY: Cordillera Administrative Region’s economy grew by six percent last year with a Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of P227.92 billion. National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Regional Head Benjamin Navarro said the growth put Cordillera in 10th place among 17 regions and third among regions in terms of per…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A court in Davao Oriental has ordered the release of a former teacher who was allegedly seized by the military during a firefight with communist rebels in Cateel town. Kim Gargar, who was captured in October 2013 in the village of Aliwagwag, walked away from his prison cell…

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OLONGAPO CITY: To boost its campaign against leptospirosis, the local government is offering cash for rats after declaring August as Leptospirosis Prevention Month. A big rat is worth P10 and a small one P5. Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino said the local government wants to have a strong awareness campaign…

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BATANGAS: Three crew of a motor tugboat were rescued when their vessel sank off Mabini town on Saturday. Batangas Coastguard Deputy District Commander Gregorio Adel Jr. said M/T Gothong 5 was towing M/T Gothong 3 from Phoenix Oil Depot in Calaca, Batangas going to Maricaban to take shelter when strong…

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BAGUIO CITY: The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) in partnership with regional line agencies and persons with disability(PWDs) organizations is observing the White Cane Safety Week on Monday with a program and parade at the Baguio Convention Center. CSWDO officer Betty Fangasan said that pursuant to Republic Act…

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THE Quezon City General Hospital and the Philippine Band of Mercy (PBM) agreed to provide free treatment to poor children with cleft lip and palate. The PMB, through its accredited plastic surgeons and anesthesiologists, will oversee the surgical program dubbed as “Operation Bingot” and provide operative medicines and surgical supplies…

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THREE soldiers from Cavite made it to this year’s The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) awardees. TOPS is an annual search jointly undertaken by Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro that recognizes and pays tribute to the outstanding examples of gallantry, dedication, professionalism and integrity among members…

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CAIRO: A Hamas team arrived in Cairo on Sunday for talks with Egyptian mediators on a possible truce in Gaza, an airport official and state news agency MENA said. Israel has begun withdrawing some ground troops from the Gaza Strip and redeploying others but operations against Hamas would continue, an…

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