Philippine football team wins in Asia Pacific Special Olympics

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Dec. 30 (PIA) – The Philippine Specials Football Team bagged the gold in the recent Special Olympics 2013 in New Castle, Australia. The country’s delegates, composed of mentally challenged athletes, competed in the 11-player and five-player categories. Athletes in the 11-pla... Read more

Fewer injuries from firecracker blast in Ilocos

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Dec. 30 (PIA)– Injuries caused by firecracker blasts during the Christmas revelry in the Ilocos region dropped to 41 percent, the Center for Health Development in Ilocos said.                                                                     ... Read more

Laoag identifies firecracker zone

LAOAG CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA) – To ensure safety this Yuletide season, the Laoag city government has designated the northern approach of Gilbert Bridge and its adjacent street as the only firecracker zone here. Superintendent Jeffrey T. Gorospe, the Laoag City chief of police, said Friday that the se... Read more

Aquino administration to focus on the economy, poverty alleviation, fighting graft in 2014

MANILA, Dec. 29 --  The Aquino administration will focus on the economy, poverty alleviation and fighting graft and corruption in 2014, a Palace official said on Saturday. Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the continuing priority of the administration is attaining inclusive ... Read more

Palace appeals to public: Heed DOH warning on firecrackers

MANILA, Dec. 29 -- Malacañang on Saturday appealed to the public to heed the Department of Health's warnings against using firecrackers to welcome the New Year.Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte particularly appealed to parents to keep fireworks out of children's reach, lest th... Read more

NCDA, other agencies stage “Handog Pamasko sa mga Batang may Kapansanan”

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Dec. 27 (PIA) – Wishes of 85 children with disabilities in the province of Nueva Vizcaya will be granted as the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya staged the “Handog Pamasko sa mga Batang may Kapansanan”. The... Read more

PH-Myanmar agreement on visa exemption takes effect on Jan. 4, 2014

MANILA, Dec. 29 -- Beginning January 4, 2014, Filipino nationals holding ordinary passports may now enter Myanmar without a visa and stay there for up to 14 days. This is the date of effectivity of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the ... Read more

DENR hopes for more open, fair mining sector after issuance of executive order on EITI

QUEZON CITY, Dec. 29 --  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is hoping for a more transparent and fair mining sector following a presidential directive creating the Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI). “We expect extractive companies to be as... Read more

Maynilad receives GCG inventory ISO certification

QUEZON CITY, December 29 (PIA) – The West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Incorporated (Maynilad) was recently awarded the ISO 14064:2006 certification for the verification of its greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory or carbon footprint quantification and reporting initiative. Maynilad Pre... Read more

Outreach program on proper nutrition launched in Dagupan City

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council Region I (NNC-1) in cooperation with the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Pangasinan Chapter and Regional Organization on Nutrition Development Advocates (RONDA) have launched an outreach project dubbed “RONDA sa Barang... Read more

14 former rebels get P760k CLIP assistance

TABUK CITY, Kalinga,  Dec.  29 (PIA) – Fourteen former New Peoples’ Army (NPA) members have  taken the step to live a better life when they opted to lay down their arms to join the mainstream society.With their willing surrender to the folds of law, the government through the 501st Brigade, t... Read more

PRO-6 works for “Institutionalization”

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA) – The Police Regional Office-6 went into a two-day operational review to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030.PRO-6 Director Police Chief Supt. Josephus Angan said the activity is in preparation for the PNP’s 2014 application ... Read more

South Korean soldiers arrive to assist in rehabilitation, recovery operations in Leyte

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, December 29 (PIA) – Over 500 South Korean military engineers and doctors armed with equipment for recovery and medical mission arrived in Tacloban City on Saturday onboard two landing ship transports in order to assist in the rehabilitation and recovery operations in the prov... Read more

FDA gives tips to manage leftover foods

MANILA, December 29 (PIA) – As food leftovers are expected this holiday season, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives practical tips to manage leftovers and ensure that these (leftovers) do not become a source of food-borne illnesses. The FDA advises the public to make sure that the refrig... Read more

Doctors without borders provides free medical, humanitarian assistance to Yolanda victims

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, December 29 (PIA) -  The Medesins Sans Frontieres or Doctors Without Borders, an international organization, continues to provide free medical attention to the Yolanda victims in Eastern Visayas.In an interview with Sophie-Jane Madden, MSF London Press Officer who arrived in T... Read more