2015 Philippine Countdown: Biggest New Year countdown and musical extravaganza set in Ciudad de Victoria

(Eagle News Service) – Preparations are now underway for the biggest New Year countdown and musical extravaganza in the country at Ciudad de Victoria’s Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Organizers have already laid out the house rules for the Dec. 30-31 concert event which includes a drinking, smoking and gambling ban within the Ciudad de Victoria’s premises which is considered a no-smoking zone.   Safety preparations are also set for the 2015 Philippine Countdown with a […]

DOH calls for total firecracker ban

Acting Health Secretary Janet Garin is asking for the support of local governments for a total ban on firecrackers during the new year celebration. A total of 130 firecracker-related injuries have already been recorded.

12 LGUs in NCR now have fully-automated air quality monitoring stations

At least 12 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila now have their own fully-automated air quality monitoring stations (AQMS), while the remaining five will have theirs by January or February next year. This, as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) vows to double time to ensure that international air quality standards are met throughout the metropolis before President Benigno Aquino III steps down in 2016. DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said […]

DA to set up 153 automatic weather stations in agri production areas

(Eagle News Service) — The Department of Agriculture will set up 153 automatic weather stations in agricultural production areas to give weather advisories to food producers. This is part of the department’s move to incorporate climate change policies in its programs, plans and budget to meet the demands of the forthcoming weather changes.   Agriculture Secretary Proceseo Alcala said that this was in response to a directive from President Aquino and in line with the Climate […]

Paje urges more LGUs to ban firecrackers

(Eagle News Service) — Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has lauded the move by six cities and one town to ban the use of firecrackers during New Year celebrations and called on other local government units (LGUs) to follow suit, as he stressed that firecracker smoke poses health risks. He said the municipality of Pateros and the cities of Muntinlupa, Baguio, Olongapo, Davao, Kidapawan and Zamboanga are worth emulating for their effort to keep their […]

Malacanang okays peace talks with rebels

The Aquino administration yesterday welcomed the calls of the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front on the resumption of formal peace talks in January as CPP founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison said the rebel group is now finally open to negotiating an indefinite ceasefire. “The government has always believed that dialog provides the most viable opportunity for attaining peace,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said. Sison said the communist insurgents, after resisting government overtures for an […]

Houses burn down in Makati

An electrical short circuit is said to be the cause of five houses burning in Makati City, causing an estimated 500, 000 pesos in damage. No injuries have been reported.

Expect more firework victims

According to the Department of Health, more firework victims have been recorded since the holiday season started with 15 cases recorded in Metro Manila, 10 cases in Cagayan de Oro and 9 in Pangasinan. Most of the victims are of the age 10 or below.