regions in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on regions in the Philippines


Northern Mindanao unemployment hits 15-year high in April

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:37 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the number of jobless people in Northern Mindanao rose to 236,000 in April 2020 – more than double the number of unemployed workers in April 2019 – due to the coronavirus pandemic

CAGAYAN DE ORO DISINFECTION. A city government worker does disinfection rounds in a barangay in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

NCRPO restricts Rappler coverage after story on Sinas birthday party

May 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Rappler condemns the move as an attack on press freedom, the right to free speech, and the public's right to know

Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:48 PM

'Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation,' says Central Luzon police chief Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia

NO TO MILITANT LABOR. Police and economic zone offiicals – led by PNP chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia, PEZA Director Charito Plaza, and Secretary Carlito Galvez at  the launch of JIPCO at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

Rookie cop dies of heatstroke after training in Davao City

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Police Regional Office 11 chief Brigadier General Filmore Escobal says Patrolman Angelo Tito and 4 other rookie cops fainted during training. Tito died a day later, while 3 are still in the hospital.

ROOKIE COP. Patrolman Angelo Tito, 24, dies a day after fainting during police training. Photo from the Facebook page of Jeal Angelo Tito

Get to know Metro Manila's new police chief Debold Sinas

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas is coming in from Cebu City to take charge of the National Capital Region Police Office. Learn more about him.

NEW CHIEF. Metro Manila's new police chief is coming straight from Cebu City, where he's been for the past year serving as the Central Visayas' regional director. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

Central Visayas top cop Debold Sinas is next Metro Manila police chief

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Incumbent National Capital Region Police Office chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar is set to become the Philippine National Police's chief of the Directorial Staff

GOING NORTH. Brigadier General Debold Sinas is set to lead the National Capital Region Police Office. Photo from Police Regional Office 7.

NCRPO chief Eleazar might want to check on this police district director

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:00 PM

This police district director has required the thousands of cops in his jurisdiction to pay P100 each for the renovation of toilets in his headquarters

IN CHARTS: Rich Philippine regions get richer, poor ones barely improve

May 30, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The gap between rich and poor regions widens even more. To address this, the National Economic and Development Authority calls for higher spending on infrastructure and social services.

9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

IN CHARTS: This is how bad August 2018 inflation is in regions

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Which region had the highest inflation? Where did vegetable prices spike the most? Here's a look.

Con-Com draft gives president all powers to prevent secession of regions

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The draft constitution 'allows the president to assume all the necessary powers of government – executive, legislative, and judiciary – to prevent the breakup' of the federated republic, says Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How Duterte's charter change committee proposes to fund regions

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Estate tax and donor's tax will be collected by the regions and not by the national government. An equalization fund will help lagging regions catch up with more prosperous ones.

Consultative Committee delineates powers of federal gov't, regions

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

In the Consultative Committee's draft federal constitution, there will be 18 regions to be led by a regional governor elected by their regional legislative assembly

NCRPO launches hotline for reports on erring cops, crimes

Jun 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The National Capital Region Police Office assures the public of prompt response to reports and complaints made through its official hotline

NCRPO HOTLINES. TOp col Director General Osar Albayalde (2nd, left) and NCPRO director Cief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar at the launch of the Team-NCRPO official hotlines on June 29, 2018. Photo from NCRPO

Bangsamoro region ‘lesser than ARMM’ feared

May 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

The real battle for the powers of the new Bangsamoro region will take place during the bicameral conference committee hearings, when the Senate and the House reconcile their versions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 29, 2018. Sourced photo

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Duterte’s Con-Com eyes 17 regions, plus NCR, in planning federalism shift

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The setup will 'provide better perspective on how to merge regions later on or how to strengthen existing regions,' says subcommittee vice chairman Edmund Tayao

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Harvard design students to help in Manila urban planning

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The students will present their findings in September 2018 on redesigning the Baseco Compound, the Manila Port Area, the Pasig River edges, and Intramuros

DEAN. Mohsen Mostafavi speaks to reporters before the Manila: Future Habitations forum at the Ayuntamiento de Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Metro Manila minimum wage earners to get P21 more starting October 5

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Non-agricultural workers will now receive P512 per day while agriculture and service workers will get P475 per day

Davaoeños to export lapu-lapu to Xiamen

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Once the fish fry sent here from China have become fully-grown and have reproduced, they will be exported back to Xiamen, where the market price of the said commodity hovers at around P3,000 per kilo

A CATCH. Importers from Xiamen are preparing to ship 100,000 grouper fry from the fishermen in Davao. Rappler file photo

Espinosa case: Why were Marcos and team moved to CIDG 8?

Nov 27, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Who ordered the transfer of Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his men en masse to CIDG Region 8?

CIDG 8. Superintendent Marvin Marcos looks on as Kerwin Espinosa accuses him of asking for P3 million during the 2016 elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Malcolm Cook on Duterte's int'l debut

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:28 PM

Rappler talks to security analyst Malcolm Cook about President Duterte s international debut

LOOK: La Trinidad houses turn into gigantic, colorful mural

Jun 26, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A huge colorful mural is painted on houses on the hillside community of Stonehill Botiwtiw and Sadjap STOBOSA in Barangay Balili La Trinidad Benguet

Filipinas fall to Thailand in AFC U-14 title match

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:51 PM

The Philippines takes silver at the Asian Football Confederation Under 14 Girls Regional Championship a repeat of their best finish in 2014

SECOND PLACE. The Philippines, seen during their preliminary 2-2 draw against Thailand, fell to the Thais 0-1 in the final. Photo from AFC website

Girl Power: Philippines to face Thailand in AFC U-14 title match

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The Philippines makes it to the Asian Football Confederation Under 14 Girls Regional Championship match after drubbing Myanmar 5 1

TITLE SHOWDOWN. The Philippines, seen during their preliminary 2-2 draw against Thailand, will meet Thailan once again in the final. Photo from AFC website

Davao gov't websites defaced by Pinoy Hackers group

May 06, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Calling themselves Pinoy Hackers the group tells people not to allow their votes to amount to nothing

PINOY HACKERS. Site defacements occur a few days ahead of the Philippine elections. Screen shot of

PH, US agree on EDCA implementation in Palawan, 4 other places

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:11 AM

The Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan has been the site of maritime exercises with the militaries of the US Japan and Australia

In this file photo, military troops from the Philippines and United States hold up their respective national flags during opening rites of the Philippines-US Balikatan Exercise in Quezon City on April 20, 2015. Ritchie Tongo/EPA

#AnimatED: Philippines v China

Jul 06, 2015 - 9:00 AM

This week’s hearings in the UN Arbitral Tribunal a battle for the rule of law deserve every Filipino’s attention and support

Cordillerans pool funds to help families of 14 SAF heroes

Feb 10, 2015 - 11:30 AM

A group led by the Cordillera Administrative Region’s top real estate builder and leaders of various churches have jumpstarted an initiative to help the bereaved families

FUND DRIVE. Fr Andy Cosalan Jr and Bishop Joel Padchao complete requirements for the BPI account where Cordillerans can deposit donations for the families of the 14 fallen SAF members from the region. (Photo from the Facebook account of Atty Alexander Bangsoy)

Ester maintains strength, expected out of PAR by Wednesday

Jun 10, 2014 - 6:34 PM

Only the Batanes Group of Islands remain under public storm signal no 1

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 6 pm, June 10. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits Davao Oriental

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED The quake was recorded as a magnitude 5 7 tremor the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Phivolcs said

Government forces capture big NPA camp in Cordillera

Aug 31, 2013 - 5:46 PM

Joint police and military forces find medical kits subversive documents and improvised explosive devices in the rebel camp

CAPTURED. Military forces inspect the area that served as the kitchen in the camp. Photo from Police Regional Office-Cordillera

Anti-drug agency can now directly apply for search warrants

Jul 05, 2013 - 1:08 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency does not have to course its applications through prosecutors They can go to the Manila and Quezon City RTCs

Gun accident kills Enrile relative

Nov 11, 2012 - 5:23 PM

Jean Marie Boh Ponce accidentally shot himself Friday November 9 as he prepared a caliber 40 handgun for his personal protection

South China Sea represents 'a new Persian Gulf'?

Apr 16, 2012 - 9:53 AM

The growing rivalry between China and the US in Asia provides a strategic context that complicates the regional situation

Chito Sta. Romana.