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Effect of Oriental Mindoro oil spill being seen in Barangay Casian, Palawan: PCG

Japan Disaster Relief team commits to help in oil spill response operations (Eagle News ) — The effect of the oil spill from the sinking of MT Princess Empress on February 28 is already being seen in Taytay, Palawan, the Philippine Coast Guard said. It said its personnel have begun cleaning operations in Barangay Casian, which is 159 nautical miles away from Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, where the tanker carrying 800,000 liters of oil sank. The […]

Palace announces latest appointments to several gov’t agencies, GOCCs

(Eagle News) — The Palace on Thursday, March 9, announced the latest appointments in several  government agencies and government-owned and -controlled corporations. The appointees and their respective agencies and GOCCs are the following: Department of Agriculture Genevieve E. Velicaria-Guevarra, Assistant Secretary Celso C. Olido, Director III Maria Melba B. Wee, Director III Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Ma. Lorina J. Rigor, Director IV Philippine Rubber Research Institute Cheryll L. Eusela, Executive Director III […]

6.2-magnitude quake strikes Davao de Oro

(Eagle News) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Davao de Oro on Tuesday, March 7. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake hit at 2:02 p.m. The epicenter was 13 kilometers northwest of Maragusan. The depth of focus was 34 kilometers. The following intensities and instrumental intensities were reported: Reported Intensities: Intensity V – Nabunturan, Davao de Or Intensity IV – City of Tagum, Davao del Norte Instrumental Intensities: Intensity V – Nabunturan, […]

PSA: Inflation slows down to 8.6 percent in February 2023

(Eagle News) — Headline inflation in the Philippines slowed down to 8.6 percent in February 2023. According to Philippine Statistics Authority data, this is slower than the 8.7 percent reported in January 2023. The PSA said of the 13 commodity groups, “transport was the sole driver of the downtrend of the overall inflation during the month..,” with a 9.0 percent inflation rate reported in February 2023 from 11.1 percent inflation in January 2023. The PSA […]

Amid transport strike, DOTr says PNR making more trips on Monday, March 6

(Eagle News) — The Philippine National Railways is making more trips on Monday, March 6, to accommodate commuters who may be affected on the first day of the transport strike. Undersecretary for Railways Cesar B. Chavez said the railway line will have 14 more, increasing its total to 60 from 46. “It will also add one trip from Tutuban Station and extend its trip departing at 8:46 p.m. from 7:46 p.m.,” he added. Meanwhile, he […]

MMDA suspends number-coding scheme for Monday

(Eagle News)–The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced the suspension of the expanded number coding scheme for Monday. The MMDA did not say whether the scheme would be suspended on the subsequent days. The transport strike is expected to end on March 12. “Nakahanda naman ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority para magbigay ng libreng sakay sa mga pasahero na posibleng ma-stranded ng isang linggong tigil pasada simula sa Lunes,” the MMDA said. It said it will […]

Parts of Caluya, Antique also affected by oil spill: PCG

(Eagle News) — The oil that spilled over to Mindoro waters after a motor tanker sank off Naujan on Feb. 28 has reached Antique, the Philippine Coast Guard said. The  PCG said oil was monitored on Saturday, March 4, in the following barangays in Caluya: 1) Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Tinogboc (1km) 2) Sitio Tambak, Brgy. Semirara (2km) 3) Liwagao Island, Brgy. Sibolo (2km) The Liwagao local government said more or less 600 residents or 150 […]

Northeast monsoon affecting Luzon: PAGASA

(Eagle News) — The northeast monsoon is affecting Luzon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Apayao, Aurora, Quezon, and Northern Samar, as a result, will have cloudy skies with rains. Flash floods or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rains are possible. Meanwhile, Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, and Western Visayas will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with light rains. Mindanao and […]

Fishing banned as Philippine oil spill spreads

Manila, Philippines (AFP) — Thousands of fishermen in the Philippines have been ordered to stay ashore as authorities struggled Friday to contain an oil spill from a sunken tanker that is threatening the region’s rich marine life and economy. The slick off Mindoro island, south of the capital Manila, stretched for 120 kilometres (75 miles) and was about nine kilometres offshore, said Ram Temena, disaster operations chief in the affected province of Mindoro Oriental. The […]

DOTr chief Bautista to LTFRB: Relax requirements for PUV modernization program

(Eagle News) — Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista has ordered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to relax the requirements for the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). The order was announced days after several transport groups announced a weeklong strike over the  formation of cooperatives under the PUVMP. Manibela and the United Transport Federation jeepney organizations had said their strike would start on March 6. Reports estimated the number of commuters to be affected […]

Bodies of three of four Cessna plane crash victims in Bicol retrieved

(Eagle News) — The bodies of three of the four victims of the Cessna plane crash in Albay, Bicol have been retrieved, a local official said on Thursday, March 2. Citing Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC), Camalig, Albay Mayor Carlos Baldo said responders carrying the last crash victim are also expected to arrive within the day. So far, he said the three bodies recovered were in Barangay Anoling. He said of these […]

OTS to file raps vs personnel involved in alleged extortion incident at NAIA 2

(Eagle News) — The Department of Transportation’s Office for Transport Security is set to file charges against its personnel involved in what it said was an extortion incident in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. According to the OTS, both administrative and criminal charges will be filed against the Terminal 2 personnel who figured in a social media video that showed a departing foreign national requesting for a return of the money  amounting to 20,000 yen […]