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BACOLOD CITY: The newly-opened Negros First Organic Technology Center (NFOTEC) will train inmates of the Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) on organic agriculture starting this month. Japhet Masculino, head of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said a licensed instructor will conduct the trainings through the Farmers Field School scheme. The…

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd announced on Friday that the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will raise the premium contributions of its members starting January. “Magtataas tayo ng [We will raise PhilHealth’s] premium contribution, 0.25 percent, effective January 2018,” Duque said during the Clean Forum held at the Manila Hotel. The…

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TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte: Shellfish ban is still up in eight bays in Eastern Visayas as red tide toxins continue to plague some coastal waters of the region since mid-2017. These red tide-infested bays are Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda, Villareal and Daram waters in Samar province; Leyte coastal waters and Carigara Bay…

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DAVAO CITY: A special multi-agency task force investigating the December 23 fire that hit the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall here is ruling out arson, as strong evidence points to electrical short circuit as the cause of the blaze. Even if arson is a remote possibility, Senior Supt. Jerry…

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DAVAO CITY: A few minutes after welcoming the year 2018, at least 50 houses at Barangay Wilfredo Aquino in Agdao here were gutted down by fire. Initial investigation by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire that happened at the corner of Lakatan and Marang streets in Jereza Subdivision…

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BACOLOD CITY: Crime incidents in Western Visayas “significantly dropped” between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning this year, compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 6. Comparative statistics of the Western Visayas Police showed that during the 12-hour period from 5 p.m.…

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The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has recommended two areas in Iloilo City that would be identified as firecracker zones where selling of firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials would be allowed, city administrator Hernando Galvez. City Fire Marshall, Chief Insp. Bartolome Biliran recommended Circumferential road 1 corner Jocson Street, San Jose…

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. on Saturday said that its regional office for Northern Mindanao has signed landmark memorandum of agreements (MOAs) with six Cagayan de Oro City-based PhilHealth-accredited hospitals, for the implementation of the “No Hospital Deposit Policy” for PhilHealth members. The signing ceremony was held at the SEDA Hotel…

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CALAMBA CITY, Laguna: A teller of the Philippine National Bank (PNB) in Calamba Poblacion branch is facing charges for theft, qualified theft and forgery for allegedly withdrawing P42,000 from the account of a 71-year-old Social Security System (SSS) pensioner. Supt. Sancho Celedio, officer-in-charge of Calamba City Police Station, identified the…

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PAOAY, Ilocos Norte: The Catholic Church faithful in this town are mourning the death of Msgr. Manuel “Bong” Lamprea Jr., parish priest of the historic Saint Augustine Church here. Lamprea, 59, died of cardiac arrest on December 16. His body lies at Paoay Church. Father Danny Laeda, Parochial Vicar of…

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