Special edition Yoga 920 laptop available in PH this December

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MANILA, Dec. 1 — Only less than 100 units of Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 laptop from Lenovo will be available in the Philippine market this December. Thus, the company encourages the public to pre-order at select SM Appliance Centers. This laptop can be availed for PHP 139,995, and can be pre-ordered at SM Appliance […]

Frustrated ground fighters of Philippines Muslim rebels engaged in peace talks with government join Islamic State group

Filipino Muslim rebels belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front stand along the road in Sultan Kudarat town in the southern Philippines, November 26, 2017.

MAGUINDANAO, Dec. 1 — Fighters of the country’s largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, have joined the Islamic State militants in the region as they were frustrated in the delayed passage of a law that will give them full autonomy in Mindanao. Mohaqher Iqbal, chief negotiator of the MILF, said Thursday based on […]

Reporter’s Notebook: What I Saw in Cox’s Bazar

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Usually it takes an hour to travel from the port city of Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf, the southernmost town in Bangladesh, on a road that runs along the sea. But these days, buses plying Marine Drive take at least four hours to reach Teknaf. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have flooded the roadside spaces. […]

Three students under DSWD’s ESGPPA among top 10 in LET passers for teachers

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 1 —Three students covered by Department of Social Welfare and Development’s  Expanded Student’s Grant-in-Aid Program (ESGPPA) landed in top 10 in the September 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers  for teachers. DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha identified Friday the scholars that were able to make in the top 10 […]

Ban on Open-Pit Mining Stays

A view of the nearest community near Tampakan in South Cotabato.

MANILA, Nov. 28 — The Philippines will not reverse its ban on open-pit mining, despite a vote from an inter-agency panel and moves by a new environment secretary that sided with industry interests, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman said Monday. The Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) had voted to lift the ban, which was imposed months […]

Duterte Vows to Push for Muslim Autonomy Law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prays along with Moro Islamic Liberation Front Leaders led by Ibrahim Murad as he attend Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 the rebels assembly in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao. President Duterte promsid the rebel group to ask lawmakers to have a special session to discuss and pass a law that will give them full autonomy in Mindanao.

MAGUINDANAO, Nov. 28 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised Monday to ask Congress to convene a special session for passage of a long-delayed law that would correct what he called “historical injustice” and give Muslims full autonomy in the restive south. Duterte made the remarks in a speech before a gathering of thousands of ex-rebels belonging […]

Update on continuing DSWD assistance to Marawi

DSWD workers and volunteers unload sacks of rice intended for residents affected by conflict in MarawiÊCity.

MARAWI CITY, Nov. 28 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues its operations to provide assistance to Filipinos affected by the war in Marawi as efforts for the early recovery phase have begun. For the last two to three weeks, residents forced to evacuate when the war erupted have been returning to […]

DSWD completes aid to 1st batch of Marawi returnees

A family shared their first lunch after five months inside the house they  abandoned in Basak Malutlut, a village where the fighting first erupted in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

MARAWI CITY, Nov. 25 — At least 5,783 returning families in this ruined city were provided assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. “We have nine barangays that were part of the first batch to be served. Some 5,783 families have already been given aid,” DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha […]

DSWD removes unwanted beneficiaries in Central Mindanao

CCT beneficiaries are seen during the registration in Palembang, Sultan Kudarat, November 2011.

COTABATO CITY, Nov. 25 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) delisted over 2,000 beneficiaries from the flagship anti-povety program as part of efforts to strengthen the program implementation in Central Mindanao. Zorahayda T. Taha, region director of DSWD 12, said around 2,135 households from the region’s total 231, 137 beneficiaries were  removed […]

Philippines Cancels Peace Talks with Communist Rebels

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DAVAO CITY — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called off peace talks with communist rebels ahead of their likely inclusion on a terrorist watch list, the government’s chief peace adviser said. The Duterte administration’s decision to end talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines […]

Soldiers now guarding vital installations in Marawi as President Duterte declares Martial law in Mindanao

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COTABATO CITY, May 24 —Government security forces are now deployed in several state’s vital installations in Marawi City as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared a 60-day military rule all over Mindanao following violence involving Maute terror group and Abu Sayaff. Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, spokesperson for the military’s 1st Division, also reported late Tuesday that […]

DSWD 12 opens search for Huwarang Pamilya 2017

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KORONADAL CITY, May 23 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Mindanao announced Tuesday that they will conduct a search for the Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya. DSWD- 12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said the search aims to recognize the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who demonstrate positive Filipino values. […]

MNLF demands release of 11 men captured by soldiers as Maute in Lanao del Sur

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COTABATO CITY, May 23 — The eleven armed men captured by government troops earlier in separate raids in Lanao del Sur  were not Maute militant group followers of Moro National Liberation Front  chairman Nur Misuari. Ustadz Murshi Ibrahim, MNLF Secretary General, demanded Saturday the immediate release of their men Who were arrested during a raid […]

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