Editorial: Mocking the electoral process

Wanting “an end to the manipulation and mockery of the election process,” House Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City said on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, said he will file bills banning substitution of candidates and requiring incumbent officials to resign upon the filing of their certificates of candidacy for other position. On […]

COVID-19 situation in metro and 8 other regions better, says OCTA

CORONAVIRUS infections in the capital region and other key economic hubs have been decreasing, according to researchers from the country’s premier university. Cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and eight other provinces were on a “downward trend,” OCTA Research Group fellow Fredegusto P. David tweeted on Sunday. The so-called NCR Plus 8 is composed […]

OFW remittances keep economy afloat

OVERSEAS Filipino remittances continue to hold the Philippine economy intact despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a property consultant said. David Leechiu, chief executive officer and president of Leechiu Property Consultants, said there remains to be a strong inflow of remittances amid economic uncertainty. “Despite everyone’s predictions that it’s going to decline, it has not. Every time […]

Wenceslao: Race continues

It’s good that Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has expressed a willingness to listen to the officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF regarding the imposed protocols especially in the airport to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The governor knows we still are in a race considering the low number of vaccinated […]

Solon says proposed Metro Davao agency still to hurdle bicam with different House, Senate versions

DAVAO City Rep. Isidro T. Ungab said the creation of the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) will still take time as the approved versions in the two chambers of Congress have differences. Mr. Ungab said the proposed law will have to go through a bicameral conference committee to reconcile the varying provisions. The Senate committee […]

Tugade sees major progress in privatization of Bohol-Panglao

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said Tuesday he hopes to see significant progress in the privatization of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport and the Davao International Airport by June and July, respectively. “There are parties interested (in Bohol-Panglao airport) … There are discussions now regarding certain technical things,” Mr. Tugade said at an online forum organized […]

Davao Region plans bike circuits to help tourism revival as sector suffers 94% income drop in 2020

DAVAO Region’s tourism sector saw a 94% drop in revenues last year to P3.4 billion from P64.2 billion in 2019, according to data from the Department of Tourism (DoT). “That is how substantial the drop is in our tourism receipts,” Tourism Davao Regional Director Tanya-Rabat Tan said in Filipino during the One Davao virtual press […]

Bill declaring Davao ‘chocolate capital’ triggers scuffle over Philippine branding

By Maya M. Padillo, Correspondent with Marifi S. Jara, Mindanao Bureau Chief DAVAO CITY — Legislation declaring the Davao region the cacao and chocolate capital of the Philippines has provoked opposition from other cacao growing regions, who instead proposed more inclusive branding declaring the Philippines as the country of origin for exports. Val D. Turtur, […]

Nalzaro: The Lumad 19 and the legal fronts

We won’t be surprised why left-leaning organizations and the legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (NPA) showed concern and sympathy to the plight of the 19 indigenous children, or Lumad, who were recently rescued by authorities inside a university campus. These communist allied organizations are using the children to advance […]

Highest cases logged in 6 months

CEBU City’s daily Covid-19 cases made a return to the three-digit level Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, when 103 new cases were recorded, the highest daily new case count recorded in six months. This constitutes a 7.74 percent positivity rate out of the 1,304 individuals tested on Jan. 27. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC), however, emphasized […]