DENR cites gains in Manila Bay cleanup

Roy Cimatu—MARIANNEBERMUDEZ MANILA, Philippines — The waters of Manila Bay, world-famous for its sunset, have shown signs of improvement a year after the environment department and other government agencies launched a drive to clean up what has been called a “gigantic septic tank.” Officials touted Baseco Compound, a huge slum by the bay in Tondo, […]

China ramps up defenses vs new virus

A worker hoses down garbage bins outside the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Overnight, Wuhan authorities announced that the airport and train stations would be closed, and all public transportation suspended by 10 a.m. Friday. Unless they had a special reason, the government said, residents […]

Quake-hit Magsaysay town getting back on its feet

MAGSAYSAY, DAVAO DEL SUR — Three months after being hit by a series of powerful earthquakes, this town is slowly rising to its feet. Although its damaged seat of government has yet to be rehabilitated, Mayor Arthur Davin said Magsaysay has “regained the strength” to move forward from the devastation. ADVERTISEMENT Davin cited the quake-displaced […]

No nCoV case in Pasay, says mayor

MANILA, Philippines — Reacting to various posts on social media that the dreaded novel coronavirus (nCov) had reached the city, Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano quashed the rumor, dismissing it as “fake news.” A Facebook post which earlier went viral claimed that officials in Barangay 44 had gone around the area, announcing that a case of nCov, […]

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