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Erich Romano Tumpalan, 12, moments after being treated at the East Avenue Medical Center after the kid picked up an unexploded “pla-pla” firecracker while celebrating the New Year at their place in Sandigan Bayan Park in Quezon City. The firecracker immediately exploded after being picked by Tumapaan. There were only 191 firecracker-related injuries with 7 cases of amputation and one stray bullet case were recorded by the Department of Health and the Philippine National Police during the celebration of the New Year in the Philippines resulting to a 77% drop in firecracker-related injuries vs 5-year average. (PHOTO/ ALVIN KASIBAN)

Firecracker injuries drop in Central Visayas

By Calvin Cordova CEBU CITY—The number of firecracker-related injuries in Central Visayas dropped last year and the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas is…

Farmers in Pangasinan tend their rice land for the second rice-cropping season. Some farmlands in the eastern part of the province may not be irrigated due to "below normal” water level of San Roque Dam reservoir. (Jojo Riñoza / MANILA BULLETIN)

Agri-company helps farmers

By Restituto Cayubit ALANG-ALANG, Leyte – The owners of an agribusiness company based in this town called on rice farmers to embrace modern methods to…

Since its October 26 reopening, tourists are gradually coming back to Boracay Island.  The government assures that policies will be improved to sustain the work to save the popular resort island from further environmental degradation.  (Tara Yap)

Boracay open but some islanders feel left out

By Tara Yap ILOILO CITY—Boracay in Aklan has reopened to tourists, but several workers and residents now worry about reclaiming the livelihood they lost when…


5 suspects fall for selling ‘pawikan’ stew

By Minerva BC Newman CEBU CITY – A joint entrapment operation conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Bureau of Investigation…