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Siargao Island gets greener

Siargao island in Surigao del Norte has been known for its pristine white beaches, marine life, rich mangrove forests, and world-class surfing spots. With tourist arrivals expected to hit around half a million in 2019, the island’s leaders have started the path to sustainability. In 2018, the municipality of Pilar ...

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CSOs calls for improved global climate strategies

The Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNetPhils) and the Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI), two major civil society networks in the Philippines urge the government to rethink its strategy on how to move the climate talks towards concrete action. This after the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. ...

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Palace urged to spend funds for Marawi city

DAVAO City — Recent report of unspent funds for Marawi City has resurrected the anger and frustration of victims, not only of the Marawi City fighting in 2017, but also of the other victims of calamities where billions of funds have been reported coming in from donor nations and private ...

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Tatay Eslao’s story

Despite his age, he is optimistic that he would be of help to the community – in ways that he can. Estanislao “Eslao” Singgo, 78, of Purok 1, Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte was once a farmer in Gingoog City. However, alcohol dependency forced him to return home to ...

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Old problems hound Davao city public schools

DAVAO City — Another school year has started this week, but public schools are expected to struggle with same “age-old woes.” The Davao City National High School (DCNHS), for example, reported a good turnout of parents’ participation in the Brigada Eskwela, a pre-opening activity to repair and prepare the school ...

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Lumad women empowered via community-driven development

Barangay Palacpacan is an isolated barangay of the Municipality of San Fernando, Bukidnon. The road is difficult to access especially during the rainy season. Most of the residents of the barangay are people of the Matigsalug Tribe. Like the other tribes in Bukidnon, most of the lumads are given less ...

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Solons welcome passage of Teacher Protection bill on second reading

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and France Castro welcomed the approval on 2nd reading HB 9065 or the Teacher Protection Act. This bill, principally authored by both solons, stressed the need for the institutionalization of measures governing student discipline and mechanisms for classroom management to ease the burden of public ...

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Hope springs eternal in Butig for surrenders

BUTIG, Lanao del Sur — This is where everything started. The Maute brothers, the main perpetrators of the Marawi siege, were natives of this remote agricultural municipality. These are the very same grounds where the ISIS flag was first hoisted and the scene of the initial gun battles between the ...

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Tuhog

DSWD empowers communities through assistance, livelihood, volunteerism The Municipality of Pangantucan in the Province of Bukidnon is home to vast natural resources in the region. However, poverty is still among the recurring concerns of the communities. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provides services and programs for these ...

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ICRC alarmed as Maranaos still homeless

By Erwin M. Mascariñas Correspondent . “The wounds that do not bleed are the wounds that become scars. And these are the most painful because they will always leave something to look at.” The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in the Philippines has expressed concern as 100,000 ...

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