• 25 August 2016
OSLO, NORWAY, Aug. 25 - The peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) got off to a good start Tuesday morning (Oslo time), August 23, as negotiators from both parties agreed on three of five substantive issues, including a formal commitment to accelerate the process of forging a political settlement during term of President Rodrigo Duterte.   The negotiating panels only took four hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to settle minor conflicting positions on the three substantive issues during a marathon session that was punctuated on several instances by laughter and light banter.   The three major issues that were settled are the:   Affirmation of previously-signed agreements; Reconstitution of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) list; and Accelerated process for negotiations, including the timeline for the completion of the remaining substantive agenda for the talks: socio-economic reforms; political and economic reforms; and end of hostilities and disposition of forces, including the Joint Monitoring Committee.   "It was a frank and honest discussion among friends. ...Read more

DSWD, partner-agencies strengthen efforts to help recovering drug dependents

 CENTRAL  25 August 2016
QUEZON CITY, Aug. 25 - Amid efforts to reinforce programs and services for drug dependents, the Department of Social Welfare and Development spearheaded a multi-agency Training of Trainers (TOT) on the Implementation of Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Depende ...Read more

DILG to LGUs: Include disaster management, sectoral concerns in local plans

 CENTRAL  25 August 2016
PASIG CITY, Aug. 25 - Secretary Ismael “Mike” D. Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is enjoining local government units (LGUs) to integrate disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and other sectoral concerns in their respective local plans. In a directi ...Read more