Fresh NPA recruits face ‘all-out’ war – AFP general

Fresh New People’s Army (NPA) recruits in the Southern Tagalog region would be facing a baptism of fire from the military’s all-out war, a ranking military officer said Wednesday. Major Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division (ID), said they had received reports that the NPA had launched a massive recruitment campaign within their area of operation during the five months since the government declared a ceasefire. Parayno said the rebels needed to replenish their dwindling ranks in the region which comprises the provinces of Cavite, Laguna,…

Napocor awards Mindoro transmission line projects

The government corporation in charge of providing electricity in off-grid areas has awarded transmission line projects in Mindoro to DM Consunji, Inc. and SL Development Construction Corp. In a statement released on Friday, state-run National Power Corp. (Napocor) said it received the go signal from its board of directors, chaired by the Department of Finance, to award the projects to the winning bidders. DM Consunji will undertake the rehabilitation of the 69-kilovolt (kV) 44-kilometer (km) Calapan-Bansud transmission line, the expansion of the Bansud and San Jose Substations, and the construction…

GSIS allots P4.9-B loan for 12 areas hit by ‘Nina’ including Marinduque

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) allotted P4.9 billion in calamity loan for its active members and old-age pensioners affected by Typhoon Nina in the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Quezon and six areas in Oriental Mindoro. A total of 7,952 active members and 820 old-age pensioners in Calapan City and the towns of Naujan, Baco, San Teodoro, Pola and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro may avail of the loan until February 17. The 73,798 active members working or residing as well as the 12,305 old-age pensioners…

Gasan LGU in Marinduque misspends P4.5M development fund

The municipality of Gasan in Marinduque in 2015 spent P4.5 million of its development fund on projects which are not capital investment in nature, defeating the purpose of the fund, state auditors said. In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the implementation of various non-capital investment projects and activities amounting to P4,506,851.42 were charged to the development fund, “defeating the purpose for its establishment and depriving the public of vital socio-economic programs and projects.” The development fund, or 20 percent of the internal revenue allotment, should contribute…

PRDP subprojects to benefit Marinduque’s top commodity growers

MOGPOG, Marinduque – Coconut is a leading agricultural commodity in Marinduque and it is one of the top five high value commodities in the entire MIMAROPA Region. In 2014, the island province of Marinduque had an area of more than 35,000 hectares planted with coconuts. Development of the industry of the top commodities, being the core of agricultural production of the country, is one of the priorities of Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). Industry development is really necessary particularly in the case of Marinduque. Copra production is the province’s primary…