Year after Marawi Siege, Families Search for Missing Relatives

In this picture shows the main battle area in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 8, 2018. (Jeoffrey Maitem/Mindanao Post)

MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES, May 23 — Hashima Mohammed Salim recently convened a meeting of members of her clan who lost relatives after militants allied to the Islamic State (IS) laid siege to the southern Philippine city of Marawi a year ago. They had to make a decision – and quick – because what little money […]

Dela Vega takes over Western Command

Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, PHILIPPINES, May 23 —  Army Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega took over as the commander of Zamboanga–based Western Mindanao Command, which controls the areas known bailiwicks of pro islamic State Abu Sayyaf. Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, Task Force Central spokesman, said Dela Vega, outgoing commander of 6th Division in Maguinanao, officially assumed his new position […]

DSWD 12 releases cash cards of Pantawid Pamilya clients in Marawi City

In this picture taken May 6, 2018 shows the ark of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.

MARAWI CITY —  The Department of Social Welfare and Development 12 released Saturday, May 19, the cash cards of beneficiaries covered by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in this Islamic City. Zorahayda T. Taha, DSWD 12 regional director, said Monday based on the information relayed to her by Raida Bantog, financial analyst II, around 568 were […]

DOLE and DSWD join forces for this year’s upcoming job fair

Sultan Kudarat State University graduates in the town of Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat.

KORONADAL CITY, April 24 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) called on Tuesday all senior high school and college graduate job hunters in Central Mindanao to lock themselves in for a two-day job fair next month in General Santos City. Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, DSWD-12 regional director, said the Department of Labor […]

Street sweeper’s son finishes college degree with highest honor in Sultan Kudarat

Sultan Kudarat State University graduates in the town of Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat.

  LUTAYAN, SULTAN KUDARAT — The town’s gymnasium swirled with black- and-green graduation gowns. Everything were all set. But for the son of a street sweeper, 21-year-old Raymart Cabading, the loud music of their graduation march played inside the gym only shows the end of the tunnel for his sufferings. Despite being poor, Cabading, did […]

Residents surrender more loose guns in Maguindanao

Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao—Mayor Zamzamin I. Ampatuan of Rajah Buayan declared that his town is peaceful and this Balik Baril Program is symbolic of the culmination of their local peace process. Twenty Five(25) loose firearms were turn over today at  the Rajah Buayan municipal gymnasium, Twenty Two (22) of those were high powered firearms such as […]

DSWD to build healing center in Marawi

DSWD officer-in-charge Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco distributes relief assistance to retruning residents of Marawi City. (Photo by JBM)

KORONADAL CITY, March 5 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development will construct a healing center for people still struggling to recover after last year’s five month armed confrontation in the Islamic City of Marawi. Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, DSWD 12 regional director, announced Monday during the flag ceremony the building, Marawi DSWD Healing […]

Police says over 7,000 loose firearms in Maguindanao

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DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao — March 5 –Government security forces said Sunday more than 7,000 unlicensed firearms, excluding those from the Moro islamic Liberation Front, are in the hands of people that shouldn’t have guns in Maguindanao. Army Captain Arvin John Encinas, military’s 6th Division spokesman, said the figures was based based on the records provided to […]

President Duterte inaugurates another housing project for Marawi war victims

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the unveiling of the Bahay Pag-Asa Phase 2 Housing Marker at Brgy. Mipaga in Marawi City on February 28, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MARAWI CITY, March 1 — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the inauguration of a shelter project for people affected by last year’s fighting between government security forces and armed groups in this city. Bai Zorahayda T. Haha, DSWD 12 regional director, said Thursday the President, in his visit in the village of Mipaga on February […]

WHO raises alarm over high level of antibiotic resistance worldwide

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MANILA, February 4 — The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed alarm over the high levels of antibiotic resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections found in high- and low-income countries. In a statement, director of WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Secretariat, Dr. Marc Sprenger, disclosed that their new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) showed […]

South Cotabato posts P21.6-M in mining, quarry revenues

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 4 — The provincial government of South Cotabato surpassed its revenue target from mining and quarry taxes last year, reaching an “all-time high” of P21.6 million. Nencita Acain, mines and geosciences division chief of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), said Friday the total collections in 2017 increased by nearly P3 […]

Sulu town mayor, barangay leaders surrender guns, ammunition

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, February 4  — A Sulu town mayor and his barangay captains on Friday surrendered high-powered firearms in response to the campaign against unlicensed firearms in the province. Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said the weapons were surrendered to his command at about 1 p.m. Friday by Mayor Anton Burahan […]

Abu Sayyaf Kills 4 Civilians in Attacks: Philippine Military

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Abu Sayyaf militants killed four civilians, including two government workers, in separate attacks this week in the southern Philippines, where the military has intensified operations, officials said Friday. An undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members ambushed a private vehicle in Patikul, a town on Jolo island, killing two people and injuring four others […]

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