Procurement rules made easier in fight vs. COVID-19 pandemic

In GPPB Resolution No. 03-2020 approved by the inter-agency body last March 9, 2020, all procuring entities from national agencies to local government units have been provided a guide in the conduct of these procurement projects through Negotiated Procurement (Emergency Cases).

Farmers, fishermen now allowed outside homes

They are among the agribusiness and agricultural workers are the latest inclusions to the list updated by the Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield on March 25, 2020.

PPA permission sought on stay of cargo crew in port

The acting chief executive sought PPA’s permission following a dialogue with local movers of essential goods procured from Metro Manila and its suburbs and delivered regularly to distributors on the island prior to the imposition of the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

Brgy. kagawad sued for fatal hacking of Virac man

According to the report of the Virac police authorities, a heated argument erupted between Donato Gracio Vargas, 63, a farmer, and village councilor Archie Tabo Araojo, 34, both residents of barangay Balite, at5 9:15 P.M. of March 24, 2020.

Virac resident nabbed in alcohol buy-bust

A self-employed resident of Virac was arrested Thursday afternoon after trying to sell overpriced ethyl alcohol to a policeman posing as a buyer.

DOLE, 2 congressmen to assist informal workers who lost jobs

Under the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfection/Sanitation Project” or TUPAD #BKBK, temporary jobs will be given to informal workers like drivers of tricycles, pedicabs and PUVs, construction workers, farmers, fishermen, parlor employees, stay-out domestic helpers and other self-employed workers.

Local execs, public warned against publishing unverified COVID-19 info

In Resolution No. 4 issued last March 26, 2020, the task force said that the warning is intended to alleviate public anxiety and impose uniformity in risk communication after it received reports that certain local executives publicized COVID-19 data or information which are unverified.


Last Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) put its foot down on efforts to reunite the stranded passengers and workers with their families.

NFA rice stock falls below 20,000 bags

The NFA Catanduanes provincial office told the Tribune late last week that out of the 11 municipalities, only the town of San Andres has yet to withdraw rice intended for their respective food distribution programs.

Burial in 12 hours even for those who died of common diseases

Unfathomable despair and sadness.

This is the common lament of families and relatives of those who died recently from common ailments as local health authorities are presuming the departed to have succumbed to the coronavirus and thus needs to be buried in 12 hours according to COVID-19 protocol.