New DICT training center rises in old PNB building

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launched a new IT training center out of the old Philippine National Bank building last Feb. 17.

ARTA sets deadline for all gov’t agencies to act on pending applications

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has ordered all government agencies to act on all pending applications and automatically approve them if they come with complete requirements before March 7, to comply with the prescribed processing time for transactions under the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Act.

Couple acquitted of raps in 2013 Viga drug den raid

RTC Branch 42 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada acquitted both Santiago “Agoy” Valderrama III and Maria Amy Alcomendas of the crime of maintaining a drug den for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

PDRRMC okays P3-M funding for equipment, supplies vs. CoVid-19

The council headed by Acting Governor Shirley Abundo gave the go-signal for the charging of the amount to the local disaster fund after PHO II Dr. Hazel Palmes impressed upon the council members to act fast and to prepare the province in case the virus arrives on the island.


Excerpts from remarks delivered by the columnist Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, Carlos P. Romulo Hall in Makati City when he received the Golden Leaf Award for Excellence in the field of Art Advocacy in Media. LEAF stands for Live Entertainment, Arts & Festivals.

Philippine Red Cross, Virac LGU receive ambulances from PCSO

Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento Jr. and PRC Catanduanes chapter administrator Reymund Reginaldo personally received the ambulances last Feb. 21, 2020 from Angelo A. de Leon, Executive Assistant of PCSO Chairman Anselmo Simeon P. Pinili, at the PCSO Satellite Office in San Marcelino, Manila.

DILG bans tricycles from national highways, urges LGUs to create trike task force

As part of the road clearing operations being led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año has ordered local chief executives to strictly implement the ban on tricycles, pedicabs and motorized pedicabs on national highways and to create a tricycle task force that shall draw up a tricycle route plan in their areas.

Clearing of local roads begins as DILG sets April 30 deadline

In Virac, Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento Jr. has deployed a team of workers aided by a wheel loader to remove obstructions along municipal and barangay roads. Some barangays have joined in with their own efforts, dismantling flower boxes, uprooting shrubs and trees and relocating makeshift and permanent stores and other structures encroaching on the roads.

DILG to LGUs: Public gatherings may proceed so long as precautionary measures are in place

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the DILG, Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Tourism (DOT) jointly agreed to implement this new policy following the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Malacanang.

1,200 Barasnons benefit from free “Konsulta sa Barangay”

Since the project was launched on Nov. 16, 2019 in barangay Genitligan, 15 out of the municipality’s 29 barangays have already been visited by the medical team in the mayor’s effort to bring health services closer to the people and reach out to less-privileged people in need of basic medical care and treatment.