Philippines: Marawi Evacuees Are Safe But Endure Misery at Camps


MARAWI CITY — Humanitarian agencies have warned of a deepening crisis at evacuation camps for thousands of people uprooted by months of fighting in Marawi, with nearly all shut out from immediate job prospects and disabled ones appearing to have been neglected. BenarNews reporters visited some of these camps on the outskirts of the besieged […]

Spaniard Among 2 Suspects Arrested in Philippines with Alleged IS Ties

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COTABATO, January 26 — Philippine security forces said Wednesday they had captured a Spanish supporter of Islamic State-linked militants and the widow of a Filipino leader of last year’s siege in southern Marawi city through separate arrests. The Philippine military said it arrested a man identified as Spaniard Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, earlier in the […]

DSWD 12 conducts dialogue with social workers to strengthen delivery of services


GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 26 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conducted a consultation Friday among key social worker officers as part of efforts to strengthen the agency’s delivery of services in the region. Jackiya Lao, DSWD assistant regional director for administration, said in her opening remarks at East Asia Royal Hotel here the […]

Suspension for CCT conditionality’s for Marawi residents extended until December 2018

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

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 4 — Residents of Marawi City covered by the country’s conditional cash transfer program who were displaced last year in the five-month war need not to worry about losing their monthly stipend from the state for failing to fulfill conditions set by the program. Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, regional director of Department […]

DOST sees big support from Duterte admin

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

MANILA , Dec. 11– The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) sees huge support from the administration because apart from budget increase, President Rodrigo Duterte supports the “Balik Scientists” program. “(Among Duterte’s) priority bill is to have a Balik Scientist law,” Reynaldo Ebora, acting executive director of the DOST-attached agency Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic […]

PH, Spain partner for sustainable tourism in Intramuros


MANILA — The Spanish government in collaboration with the Philippines revealed efforts to integrate the human resources in Intramuros to make activities within the so-called walled city more sustainable and attractive to tourists. “In Spain, a country of tourism, we have almost 50 sites that are declared world heritage by the UNESCO, we know that in […]

CCT beneficiaries in Central Mindanao optimistic subsidy increase under new tax bill

In this picture shows residents covered by conditional cash transfer in Palembang, Sultan Kudarat. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 11 — Beneficiaries of the country’s pro-poor program Conditional Cash Transfer welcomed Monday the government’s plan to increase their monthly subsidy as the Senate recently approved the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion bill. Saina Kulan, a parent leader in Lake Sebu South Cotabato province, said the additional subsidy being push by […]

Special edition Yoga 920 laptop available in PH this December


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


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


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 […]

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