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Department of Foreign Affairs-updates

DFA Signs MOA with DPWH to Provide Immediate Assistance to “Ondoy” Victims in Pasig

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:04 AM PDT

PR-774-09, 30 September 2009 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) today signed a supplemental memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the release of DFA of the additional amount of PhP15M for Phase II of the Emergency Employment Program in Pasig City under the Arroyo Administration’s Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).

The additional amount is intended to provide immediate relief and assistance to the victims of last Saturday’s typhoon Ondoy in Pasig City.

This will bring to PhP30M the total amount funded by the DFA for emergency employment in Pasig City under CLEEP.

Last 12 December 2008, the DFA and DPWH executed a similar MOA where the DFA released PhP15M for Phase I of the Emergency Employment Program which has benefitted 1,000 out-of-school youths in Pasig City.

Undersecretary Esteban B. Conejos, Jr. signed on behalf of the DFA while Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo signed for the DPWH. Congressman Roman T. Romulo, who represents Pasig City in the House of Representatives, attended the signing ceremony.

This MOA stemmed from Memorandum Circular No. 168 dated 23 October 2008 directing all departments and national agencies of the Philippine government to draw up and prepare emergency work programs and mobilize all their remaining resources to finance pro-poor programs. The DFA was designated as steward of Pasig City.

The DFA shall immediately release the additional project funding to assist Pasig residents affected by the recent calamity. END

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China gives US$100,000 for Typhoon Ondoy Relief Assistance

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 01:16 AM PDT

PH-162-09, 30 September 2009—China turned over to the Philippine Government a cheque donation amounting to US $100,000 (about P4.7 million) on Wednesday as part of its humanitarian assistance for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao handed the cheque to Foreign Affairs Acting Secretary Franklin M. Ebdalin in a simple ceremony at the DFA. The cheque is in the name of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Chinese Embassy earlier donated US$10,000 to the Philippine National Red Cross. On 28 September 2009, at China’s National Day Reception, Chinese company Huawei Technologies Philippines also handed over to Vice President Noli de Castro a cheque to the DSWD, amounting to US $30,000.

Ebdalin on behalf of the Philippine Government, thanked the Ambassador for the disaster relief assistance. END (photo by Mark Santos, DFA-PISU)

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Tel Aviv PE Receives RP Advance Party to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 11:24 PM PDT

PH-161-09, 30 September 2009 – The 12 man advance party of the Philippine contingents to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) headed by Lt. Col. Leodevic Guinid arrived in Israel on 29 September to assume their assignment with the multinational peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights. Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Thaddeus T. Hamoy, Protocol Officers Rex Albania and Alvin L. Conchas III welcomed the party at the Ben Gurion International Airport and assisted them in the arrival formalities. They were also received by UNDOF officials who transported them to Camp Ziouani in the Golan Heights.

UNDOF has been operating in the Golan Heights, the buffer zone between Israel and Syria, for the past 35 years.

The first batch of Philippine battalion will be deployed in early October, composed of 161 personnel from different branches of the Philippine Armed Forces. The Filipino soldiers will replace a Polish battalion. The changeover ceremony will be held 22 October at Camp Ziouani (Israel Side). High ranking officials from the Philippine Government and the AFP are expected to attend the changeover ceremony. END

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NAM CAMERA

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 11:18 AM PDT

Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid:

The Department of Foreign Affairs – Bids and Awards Committee (DFA-BAC) is inviting interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the: NAM CAMERA.

Contact: BAC Secretariat, Office of Legal Affairs, 3rd Floor, DFA Bldg. 2330 Roxas Blvd. Pasay City, (tel nos. 834-4116 {Ms. Heidi Gardose} and fax. nos. 832-5359.

Addendum No. 1

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NAM OFFICE SUPPLIES

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 10:13 AM PDT

Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid:

The Department of Foreign Affairs – Bids and Awards Committee (DFA-BAC) is inviting interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the: NAM OFFICE SUPPLIES.

Contact: BAC Secretariat, Office of Legal Affairs, 3rd Floor, DFA Bldg. 2330 Roxas Blvd.. Pasay City, (tel nos. 834-4116 {Ms. Heidi Gardose} and fax. nos. 832-5359.. Addendum No. 1

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OCA OFFICE SUPPLIES

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:10 AM PDT

Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid:

The Department of Foreign Affairs – Bids and Awards Committee (DFA-BAC) is inviting interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the: OCA OFFICE SUPPLIES.

Contact: BAC Secretariat, Office of Legal Affairs, 3rd Floor, DFA Bldg. 2330 Roxas Blvd. Pasay City, (tel nos. 834-4116 {Ms. Heidi Gardose} and fax. nos. 832-5359. Addendum No. 1

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DFA OFFICE SUPPLIES

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:01 AM PDT

Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid:

The Department of Foreign Affairs – Bids and Awards Committee (DFA-BAC) is inviting interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the: DFA OFFICE SUPPLIES.

Contact: BAC Secretariat, Office of Legal Affairs, 3rd Floor, DFA Bldg. 2330 Roxas Blvd. Pasay City, (tel nos. 834-4116 {Ms. Heidi Gardose} and fax. nos. 832-5359. Addendum No. 1

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Governor Sally Lee – Sorsogon team visits Sarangani

Sorsogon team visits Sarangani
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee, who headed the delegation from her province, found the activity worthwhile for the purpose of learning on how the

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Department of Foreign Affairs – updates

DFA Expedites Processing of Assistance from International Community for Flood VictimsPosted: 29 Sep 2009 04:12 AM PDT

PR-773-09, 29 September 2009 – Upon the instructions of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued instructions to all Philippine embassies and consulates general to facilitate the immediate processing of donations and assistance from the international community, including overseas Filipino community groups for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. The donations will be coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

In response, Philippine embassies and consulate officials have mobilized community groups within their respective areas. In Riyadh, Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio P. Villamor called on the Filipino community to help drumbeat the noble task of gathering support from various sectors in the Kingdom for the benefit of Filipino victims within the next ten days.

Ambassador Villamor and embassy staff have pitched in their share while a donation box was placed in the Chancery for clients to drop in whatever amount they can spare.

“The opportunity to show our character as a helpful and resilient people is here and now, so let us focus on putting up a concerted effort to channel needed support with greater effectiveness and efficiency,” the Ambassador remarked. “Given the widespread media coverage on the plight of our countrymen who have suffered such a calamity, we hope we can also be joined in this undertaking by our Saudi friends and those from other expatriate communities.”

Earlier, the Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa encouraged the Filipino community in the United States to extend relief assistance to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy that brought havoc to Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces in Northern Luzon.

“I encourage members of the Filipino community in the United States to extend their support to the flood-stricken victims of Typhoon Ondoy. Let this moment be a time of giving, solidarity and oneness for our people and a chance to manifest the Filipinos’ resiliency in the face of calamity,” Ambassador Gaa said.

The DFA also welcomed the immediate response and generous assistance extended by the country’s partners in the international community.

In New York, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon conveyed to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo the assurance of assistance from the UN and the international community.

United Nations Undersecretary General John Holmes, who also heads the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), informed Secretary Romulo that OCHA personnel are assisting in relief operations in Manila and that additional personnel based in Bangkok are on their way to the Philippines to assess the situation and give recommendations on the kind of assistance that is required.

Undersecretary General Holmes said his agency is ready to coordinate international humanitarian assistance and is looking into the possibility of utilizing the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)—a humanitarian fund established by the UN to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.

Similarly, the United States, China, Japan, Singapore and Australia have extended humanitarian assistance.

Washington sent US$50,000 for the relief efforts, China pitched in US$10,000, while Singapore raised US$30,000 and a further US$20,000 in seed money to jumpstart a donations drive by the Singapore Red Cross.

An additional US$50,000 from the US Agency for International Development raised their total donation to US$100,000. US Navy personnel are assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines with search and rescue efforts in Cainta and Pasig.

China donated US$10,000 for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. “The damages caused by incessant rains and unexpected floods were heartbreaking. The Chinese Government and people were saddened by loss of lives and have deep sympathy with the Philippine Government and people,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao said in a statement. Ambassador Liu said the fund will be channeled to the Philippine National Red Cross.

The Japanese Government stated that it would send $220,000 worth of relief goods to the Philippines. In a letter to the Philippines, Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuyo Okada expressed his “heartfelt sympathy” for the loss of life and serious damage to infrastructure in Metro Manila and other regions.

Singapore will send humanitarian relief supplies worth US$30,000 to the Philippine and will also contribute US$20,000 as seed money to kickstart the Singapore Red Cross’ drive for donations for those affected by the disaster.

The Philippine Embassy in Canberra likewise reported to the DFA that Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Minister for International Development Assistance Bob McMullan committed A$1 million to support response and recovery activities. Australia’s contribution will help with relief operations, including emergency supplies of drinking water, clothing, hygiene kits and related essential items delivered through agencies on the ground, including the Philippine National Red Cross. It also stands ready to offer further assistance if additional needs are identified by the Philippine government.

The UN World Health Organization earlier announced a $42,000 relief fund.

The officers and staff of the Embassy of Canada in Manila raised funds among themselves and friends and donated US$50,000 for the victims of the tropical storm.

The DFA continues to mobilize Philippine embassies and consulates generals in the government’s relief operations for Filipinos affected by the calamity. END

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22 Filipino Crew Members of MV Irene Arrive HomePosted: 29 Sep 2009 02:26 AM PDTPH-160-09,29 September 2009 –22 Filipino crewmembers of M.V. Irene arrived 3:30 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board Gulf Airways flight GF 156.The crewmembers were welcomed by DFA Undersecretary Esteban B. Conejos Jr. and other DFA and OWWA officials. The crew suffered five months of captivity in the hands of Somali pirates.The DFA earlier conveyed its appreciation to the Government of The Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands Navy for escorting MV Irene to safety after its release by the pirates, and for providing immediate medical assistance to the crew.

The DFA likewise lauded the ship principal Chian Spirit Maritime Enterprises, Inc. and manning agency Bright Maritime Corp. for their full cooperation in the efforts to bring home the seafarers to their loved ones.

Upon arrival in Manila, the Filipino seamen were brought to a local hospital to ensure their physical and psychological well-being. END (photo by: Nilo Palaya, DFA-PISU)

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Recommended Hotels for Media Covering the 15th ASEAN SummitPosted: 29 Sep 2009 12:46 AM PDT29 September 2009- Thailand, as the incumbent ASEAN Chair, will host the 15th ASEAN Summit, during 21 – 25 October 2009 at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Cha-am, Phetchaburi in Thailand. In order to facilitate the attendance of media representatives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has coordinated with hotels in the vicinity of the meeting venue. Details are as follows:

Hotel
Availability(Rooms)
Rate(Baht/ Room/
Night)
Distance from the Sheraton(Normal Traffic)
ReservationCode
ReservationContact
1.) Tara Mantra Cha-am 225/99 Beach Road,Cha-am Bay,
Phetchaburi 76120
20
2,200.-
20 minutes
ASEAN Summit
Reservation -During 08.30-17.00 hrs.Contact Tel. +66 8 7529 6333
-During 17.00-08.30 hrs.
Contact Tel. +66 32 433999
2.) Springfield @ Sea Resort & Spa858 Jamnong-Bhumiwes
Road, Cha-am,
Phetchaburi
50
3,000.-
10 minutes
ASEAN Summit
Reservation Tel. +66 2 231 2244 thru 8Ext. 518
Mobile +66 8 1655 7321
Fax +66 2 231 2249
3.) Springfield Beach Resort825/5 Jamnong-
Bhumiwes Road,
Cha-am, Phetchaburi
76120
10
2,500.-
10 minutes
ASEAN Summit
Reservation Tel. +66 2 231 2244 thru 8Ext. 518
Mobile +66 8 1655 7321
Fax +66 2 231 2249
4.) Imperial Hua Hin 11/66 Liabwang Road,Hua Hin,
Prachuabkhirikhan
77110
Limited availability(first-come
first-serve basis)
2,500 – 3,200.-
15 minutes
ASEAN Summit
Reservation Tel. +66 32 520162 thru 6Fax +66 32 520477
Email: huahin@imperialhotels.com
achawadee@imperialhuahin.com
pallop@imperialhuahin.com
Hotel
Availability(Rooms)
Rate(Baht/ Room/
Night)
Distance from the Sheraton(Normal Traffic)
ReservationCode
ReservationContact
5.) Ban Chan Chay Resort 117/1-18 PhetchakasemRoad, Hua Hin,
Prachuabkhirikhan
77110
Limited availability(first-come
first-serve basis)
1,150 – 1,350.-(VAT excluded)
20 minutes
ASEAN Summit
Reservation Tel. +66 32 511461

Interested media can find more information at http://www.15thASEANSummit-th.org or directly contact the hotels for reservation. END

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DFA Continues Relief Efforts for Victims of Typhoon OndoyPosted: 29 Sep 2009 12:30 AM PDTPR-772-09, 29 September 2009 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has mobilized Philippine embassies and consulates generals as conduits for donations and other forms of assistance from overseas Filipino community groups and individuals.Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa encouraged the Filipino community in the United States to extend relief assistance to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy that brought havoc to Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces in Northern Luzon.“I encourage members of the Filipino community in the United States to extend their support to the flood-stricken victims of Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy. Let this moment be a time of giving, solidarity and oneness for our people and a chance to manifest the Filipinos’ resiliency in the face of calamity,” Ambassador Gaa said in a statement.Meanwhile, Philippine Consul General in Vancouver Ruth Morales Prado reported to the DFA that Filipino organizations in British Columbia such as Goldilocks, Manila Express and Multicultural Helping House Society have set-up drop-off points for donations and relief goods for the victims of the calamity.

In its second circular issued Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs informed embassies and consulates general that cash donations may be coursed through the National Disaster Coordinating Center (NDCC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), and the Catholic charity CARITAS. Community groups and individuals who remit funds directly to the accounts of the aforementioned action agencies are urged to notify their nearest embassy or consulate of said remittance.

Following are pertinent information on coursing donations for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy:

• National Disaster Coordinating Center (NDCC)

NDCC Donated Funds
Current Account (Philippine Peso) #0-00149-435-3
(Swift Code: DBPHPHMM Account #36002016)
Development Bank of the Philippines
Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Branch
Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Philippines

NDCC updates can be accessed via http://www.ndcc.gov.ph.

• Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Contact Persons: Imee Rose Castillo / Rey Martija
(632) 9318101 loc. 506-507 / 9517119

US Dollar Philippine Peso
DSWD Foreign Donations Account No. 3124-0055-81ZIP Address: TLBPPHMMXXXLBP Batasan BranchConstitution Hills, Quezon City DSWD Donation Account No.. 3122-1011-84LBP Batasan BranchConstitution Hills, Quezon City

• Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)
For donations to be acknowledged, please fax bank transaction slips to (632) 5255654 or 4040979 with donor’s name, address and contact numbers.

Guidelines for on-line donations may be accessed via http://www.redcross.org.ph.

US Dollar Philippine Peso
The Philippine National Red Cross Account No. 151-2-151-00218-2Swift Code: MBTC PH MMMetrobank Port Area BranchAnda Circle, Port Area, Manila The Philippine National Red Cross Account No. 151-3-041-63122-8-MBTCMetrobank Port Area BranchAnda Circle, Port Area, Manila
The Philippine National Red Cross Account No. 81140030-94Swift Code: BOPIPHMMBPI United Nations BranchErmita, Manila The Philippine National Red Cross Account No. 4991-0010-99BPI United Nations BranchErmita, Manila

Other queries and donations may be referred to the following agencies:

• NDCC (Relief Goods/Rehabilitation Equipment)

Maj. General Glenn J. Rabonza
NDCC Administrator
Attn: Engr. Florentino Sison
Deputy Chief, Operations Division
Tel. (632) 9125979, 9122665
Fax: (632) 9111873, 9111406, 9125668, 9120984

• Department of Health (Medicines and/or Medical and Humanitarian Missions)

Dr. Virginia Ala
Chief, Bureau of International Health Cooperation
Department of Health
Attn: Ms. Noni Balbino
Chief, Technical Division
Tel. (632) 7812843
Fax: (632) 7818843

• DSWD (Relief Goods)

DSWD Donation Drop Off Points
Pasay Area National Resource Operation Center Chapel Road, Pasay CityAttn: Mrs. Francia Fabian(632) 8528081 / 63918-9302356
Quezon City Area Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC)DSWD Central OfficeAttn: Rey Martiga or Imee Rose Castillo(632) 9517119 / 9517435or Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera63918-9345625
Manila Area DSWD-NCR San Rafael corner Legarda St.Quiapo, ManilaAttn: Director Delia Bawan(632) 7348622 / 7348642

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UN assures Manila of Assistance after Romulo conveys PGMA appealPosted: 28 Sep 2009 08:16 PM PDTPR-771-09, 29 September 2009—Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo met with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other officials of the United Nations on Monday (Tuesday morning in Manila) to convey President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s appeal for international humanitarian assistance in the wake of the massive devastation wreaked by tropical storm Ondoy over the weekend.Secretary Romulo met with Secretary General Ban and Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes at the UN Headquarters shortly after the President issued her appeal for international assistance through Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Jr., chair of the National Disaster Coordinating Council.“We are heartened by the assurances given by the Secretary General and the Undersecretary General that the United Nations will take positive action on our request for assistance,” said Secretary Romulo who was accompanied in the meeting by Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr., Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis and Ambassador Libran Cabactulan.Secretary Romulo said Secretary General Ban expressed his sympathy and condolences to the Philippine Government and to the families of the more than 250 people who perished in the floods that also displaced more than 500,000 people in Metro Manila and 25 other provinces.

In responding to Manila’s request for assistance, the Secretary General Ban said the United Nations is considering issuing a flash appeal for emergency assistance from both member states and non-government organizations.

In an earlier meeting with Secretary Romulo, Undersecretary General Holmes, who also heads the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), said his agency is ready to coordinate international humanitarian assistance and is looking into the possibility of utilizing the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)—a humanitarian fund established by the UN to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.

Undersecretary General Holmes informed Secretary Romulo that OCHA personnel are assisting in relief operations in Manila and that additional personnel based in Bangkok are on their way to the Philippines to assess the situation and give recommendations on the kind of assistance that is required. He also expressed concern over a weather disturbance approaching the country.

On the instructions of President Arroyo, Secretary Teodoro made initial coordination with the UN Resident Coordinator in Manila for assistance not only for the victims of Ondoy but also in anticipation of the possible severe effects of another weather disturbance that is approaching the country. He said the Philippines is in need of emergency supplies, generators, food and drinking water.

It could be recalled that the last time the United Nations coordinated international assistance for the Philippines was when typhoons Milenyo, Reming and Senyang devastated the Bicol Region in 2007. END

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Romulo urges UN member states: Let’s continue working together to find solutions to conflicts and crisesPosted: 28 Sep 2009 08:12 PM PDTPR-770-09, 29 September 2009 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo has urged Member States of the United Nations to continue working together to find meaningful solutions to the conflict and crises confronting the world today.“We stand on the cusp of history. It is in our hands, here in the United Nations, to shape these changes and trends so that we will leave to succeeding generations a lasting legacy of a world of greater justice, compassion, and well-being,” Secretary Romulo told the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.Speaking mostly in Spanish, Secretary Romulo said that although there are signs of global recovery, the international community could not afford to be complacent nor return to business as usual. “Our drive for enhancing global development has clearly slowed, while the challenges to peace remain starkly before us,” he said..In his statement, Secretary Romulo outlined five priority areas that the Philippines wants the United Nations to give focus to during the 64th Session of the General Assembly: nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation; the global financial crisis; interfaith and intercivilizational dialogue; migration; and climate change.“Nuclear weapons and their technology are a threat to international peace and security, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is our central mechanism to contain and eventually eliminate this threat,” Secretary Romulo said, adding that the May 2010 NPT Review Conference, to be presided over by the Philippines, provides the next opportunity for the world to act in a concerted manner.Saying the global financial and economic crisis is placing intolerable strain on the poorest of the poor, Secretary Romulo called on the international community to exert more efforts to manage the crisis by encouraging equitable recovery, fairer globalization and faster poverty alleviation.

“We cannot ignore the impact of the global crisis elsewhere in our interdependent world. The Philippines thus joins other nations in this General Assembly in calling for a united effort in the United Nations to act for the common good of all our peoples,” he pointed out.

”We reiterate our call on all countries to resist protectionism, in order to expand trade and investment flows, and on developed nations to maintain their ODA (official development assistance) commitments,” Secretary Romulo said.

“The voice of the developing world must now be fully heard in reforming international financial and development institutions in order to forge a more equitable and stable global economic system and thus avoid future crises.”

Secretary Romulo pointed out that among the groups most adversely affected by the crisis are global migrants who include the more than 8 million Filipinos overseas.

“The international community has a shared responsibility, to ensure their protection, taking into full account the special vulnerabilities of the gender and family dimensions of the issue,” he said, as he urged all nations to accede to the United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, and to avoid unfair restrictions and treatment of migrants.

Secretary Romulo said Member States must also carry forward the momentum brought about the Summit on Climate Change into the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the road to Copenhagen this December.

“The world expects nothing less from us,” he said as he reiterated the Philippine call for the concerned developed countries to present their firm greenhouse gas emission targets and to assist developing countries mitigate and adapt to worsening climate change by fulfilling their UNFCCC obligations to provide technological and financial support.

Secretary Romulo said the international community must also focus on the urgent need to reduce tension and conflict fueled by perceived differences in religion, faith and civilization. “If left unattended, such conflict can fester, causing greater tension and untold human suffering and violence, which extremists can exploit,” he said.

According to him, the urgency of this matter has prompted the Philippines and many partner nations and organizations to promote greater interfaith dialogue, within the United Nations system as well as on regional and national levels. “By building bridges of understanding, this global advocacy enhances peace and development,” he pointed out.

”The Philippines is deeply honored to assist and cooperate with all nations in the task of building a future where peace and prosperity reign unceasingly for the benefit of all mankind,” he said. END

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“ONJUKU: 400 Years of Friendship” Seminar in TokyoPosted: 28 Sep 2009 07:45 PM PDTPR-769-09, 29 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Philippines participated in the “Onjuku: 400 years of Friendship” Historical Seminar held on 24 September at the Instituto Cervantes and Espacio Mexicano in Tokyo.The Seminar commemorates the 4th centennial of the rescue of the crew and passengers of the galleon San Francisco, which was shipwrecked at the Japanese town of Onjuku, Chiba Prefecture, located 120 kilometers east of Tokyo. In 1609, the fishermen of Onjuku saved the lives of 317 out of the 373 San Francisco’s crew and passengers, including Don Rodrigo de Vivero, who was travelling from Manila to Acapulco after finishing his tenure as the Spanish Governor of the Philippines.The Seminar consisted of lectures and roundtable discussions by historians and researchers from the Philippines, Spain, Mexico and Japan on various aspects of the early relationships among the four countries. The Philippines was represented by Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo, Chairman of the National Historical Institute, and Father Jose M. Cruz, SJ of Ateneo de Manila University.Dr. Ocampo took part in the roundtable discussions on the “Current state of the research on the first relations between Spain, Mexico and the Philippines” and “History of relations of Japan with Spain, Mexico and the Philippines.” Father Cruz presented a lecture on “The vision of Rodrigo de Vivero y Velasco and the geographic relations.”Philippine Ambassador to Japan Domingo L. Siazon, Jr. joined the ambassadors of Spain and Mexico to Japan and the Director of the Instituto Cervantes Tokyo in gracing the occasion. ENDShareThis

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Philippine Embassy in Pretoria Hosts Sungka Festival for Filipino ChildrenPosted: 28 Sep 2009 07:30 PM PDTPR-768-09, 29 September 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to South Africa Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Philippine Embassy in Pretoria hosted a Sungka festival for Filipino children in Pretoria on 24 September 2009 at the Embassy grounds.The Sungka festival is in line with the Embassy’s Munting Paaralan series of activities for the year 2009, which aims to inculcate Philippine traditions, culture and values to Filipino children.The festival started with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. Cultural and Information Officer Helen R. Firme-Subido gave a short lecture and carefully explained the mechanics of Sungka to the children and taught them how to play with the help of volunteer assistant teachers from the Embassy and the Filipino community.The Sungka festival was actively participated in by 20 children. The matches were divided into two groups, separating the children aged 9 and below from the ones aged 10 and above. Top three players for the 9-and-below group were Ynesa Bethia S.M. Arbado (champion), Kyla Jeanine F. Subido (1st runner-up), and France Czyrel D. Maniago (2nd runner-up). Winners for the 10-and-above group were Gabriel Handloegten (champion), Mirielle April B. Wacal (1st runner-up), and Fiona Handloegten (2nd runner-up).

After the awarding of prizes, the children were treated to a merienda prepared by the Embassy. END

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Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 from Sorsogon

From rice to riches

Eduarda V. Ayo Owner and Manager E.V. Ayo Enterprises Farming has always been a male-dominated industry. That’s why the success story of woman farmer Eduarda V. Ayo is indeed very remarkable. Starting with a five-hectare rice farm in Capuy, Sorsogon in 1975, she was able to expand it to 150 hectares, most of which is devoted to seed production. This made her the largest palay seed grower in the Bicol Region as certified by the Bureau of Plant Industry. But the road to success was not all smooth. It took optimism and perseverance to strike gold from golden rice grains.

Upon graduation in 1975, Ms. Ayo decided to go full-time into farming. Knowing that she had to support her 11 younger siblings upon the death of their father, she took on the challenge of managing the family’s rice farm. This came as no surprise to the family since she had shown an innate interest in farming from an early age and was a keen observer of how their father ran the operation while he was still alive.

“My hands-on exposure started at an early age, assisting my father in drying palay seeds under the extreme heat of the sun. This and other farm activities, molded and refined by my father’s guidance and advice, got me started as an entrepreneur,” she recalls.

She expanded the family business and put up E.V. Ayo Ricemill. To augment the family income, she ventured into allied businesses to include rice, palay and copra trading, fertilizers and pesticides, palay seed growing and hog breeding. Seeing how diverse the business had become, she renamed it E.V. Ayo Enterprises.

By making sound business decisions, she now has 150 hectares of land; 50 hectares is owned by the family and the rest are being leased from other landowners in the adjoining barangays of Capuy. These are all devoted to the production of registered seeds.

However, a chief concern for Ms. Ayo is that Sorsogon is situated along the typhoon belt. Weather disturbances and natural calamities are common occurrences. But she never allows anything to go to waste. Whatever harvested seeds are not bought by her clients are turned into rice grains and sold. This practice is part of her natural optimism amidst business challenges.

In addition, people management proves to be a challenge for Ms. Ayo as she considers her employees the most important resource in business growth. “Managing my employees is the most challenging because I have to deal with them individually. Each has distinct personalities and characteristics. Being honest and sincere to them and listening to them keeps me in harmonious relationship with my employees,” she shares.

During harvest season, she employs a total of 3,000 farmers. On a regular basis, she has eight personnel in her rice mill and trading businesses. Ms. Ayo puts a premium on the welfare of her people. She sees to it that their salaries are given on time. She even extends financial assistance to those in dire need. Some of her loyal employees have been given free housing, water, and electricity.

 Mastering the technology behind seed production has earned Ms. Ayo the trust of the government; the Department of Agriculture markets and subsidizes the payment of her certified seeds. Such is her success that she now holds the prestige of being certified as the biggest accredited palay seed grower in Region V by the Bureau of Plant Industry. The accreditation is well-deserved because she is trained on the latest rice production technologies and improved production practices such as the use of balanced fertilization, which is a combination of commercial and organic fertilizer.

She also strongly advocates synchronous planting to prevent infestation and pest population buildup. Ms. Ayo’s plans for the company include the expansion of her hog farm in Batangas supervised by her only son, Aldin. Another 1,500 sow-level breeder in Sorsogon is in the works. She is also planning on starting an integrated farm which will breed goats, cows, and other poultry animals.

Ms. Ayo’s hard work inevitably earned her numerous accolades. She holds the record of being the certified highest producing seed grower in Bicol from 2006 to 2008 as awarded by the Department of Agriculture.

In recognition of her business acumen, she was a finalist in the 2008 Bicolano Businessman of the Year award for the province of Sorsogon, and a recipient of the SME Gabay at Patnubay Award for Landbank’s National Search for 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also the SME Kayamanan ng Pamayanan awardee, a special citation in recognition of exemplary individuals.

Ms. Ayo’s personal strength and knowledge of the business are vital to the company’s growth and progress through the years. She firmly believes in the value of hard work.

Her advice to fellow entrepreneurs: “Do not be afraid of failures and never dwell on them. Instead, consider failures as stepping stones to success. Also, manage your people by heart. They are the most important resources of your business. Establish a good personal relationship with them. Put yourself in their shoes and do hear what they say.”

In the same light, she encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to be strong and prepared. She imparts, “Study hard and persevere to reach your goal. It is really advantageous to have a related degree as compared to relying on experiences only. Engage in business that is familiar to you and within your resources.” In spite of her successful endeavors, Ms. Ayo remains very simple and modest. She could have opted to live in a mansion but chose to stay at her small house in Capuy, which also doubles as her office, and tend to her garden. That is Eduarda Ayo, the epitome of humility and success.

 Sponsors of Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 are SAP Philippines, William J. Shaw Foundation, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, and Universal Motors Corporation. The official airline is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, operating on behalf of the Air-France KLM Group in the Philippines. Media sponsors are BusinessWorld and the ABS-CBN News Channel. The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 will be announced on October 15, 2009 in an awards banquet at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines will represent the country in the World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2010. The Entrepreneur Of The Year is produced globally by Ernst & Young. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2009 has concluded its search for the country’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs. It is a program of the SGV Foundation, Inc. with the participation of the Department of Trade and Industry, Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Development Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Philippine Stock Exchange and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. In the following days,

 

source: BusinessWorld 

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Department of Foreign Affairs-updates

DFA issues Guidelines to Foreign Service Posts on Assistance from Overseas Filipino Communities for those affected by Typhoon ‘Ondoy’

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:00 AM PDT

PR-767-09, 28 September 2009 – In the wake of the trail of devastation left by Typhoon “Ondoy,” Philippine foreign service posts have received inquiries from Filipino community groups and individuals overseas on how they could extend assistance to their fellow Filipinos in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon who have been affected by the heavy torrential rains and widespread flood caused by the typhoon.

The Philippine Consulates General in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Dubai, in particular, have been contacted by their respective Filipino communities which have expressed willingness to give donations to the victims of the calamity and started to mobilize community members, in line with the spirit of pagtutulungan and bayanihan.

In response to their queries, the Department of Foreign Affairs issued on Sunday a circular to Philippine embassies and consulates general on the mechanics of processing of donations from foreign sources, per the guidelines of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), specifically Administrative Order No. 53, Series of 2003 (Omnibus Guidelines in the Management and Processing of Donations) (http://www.dswd.gov.ph/images/articles/AO53.pdf).

Donations in cash for the typhoon victims can be deposited to the DSWD’s bank account, the details of which may be found in the DSWD’s website http://www.dswd.gov.ph.

The DFA is closely coordinating with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and the DSWD on how assistance from Filipino communities overseas may be best harnessed to aid the flood victims. END

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Media Registration for the 15th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits Cha-Am Hua Hin, 21-25 October 2009

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 02:19 AM PDT

28 September 2009 – The Thai Foreign Ministry is inviting members of the foreign media who wish to cover the 15th ASEAN Summit and Related Summit which will be held at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin on 21-25 October 2009, to register online at http://www.15thaseansummit-th.org. The online media registration is open on 5-20 October 2009. The registration is as follows:

1. A media member submits a duly completed online media registration form with the following attachments (file sizes should not exceed 500 KB):

Passport-sized color photograph with at least 300 dpi resolution.

Valid Press Card issued by a media agency.

Letter of Assignment addressed to “The Media Secretariat of the 15th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits” and undersigned by Editor or an authorized representative for the media agency. Each agency should issue only one letter, including the names and positions of all media members who will actually represent the agency during the Summits.

After submission, the media member will automatically receive an Acknowledge Letter through the email indicated in the registration form.

2. The Accreditation Letter will be sent to the same e-mail address as soon as the registration has been processed and approved. The Accreditation Letter contains Media ID of four-digit numbers. (P-XXXX).

3. The media member collects a Media Press and Media Kit at the Media Centre, located at @BLACK, Lobby Level, the Sheraton Hua Hin, during 21 October 2009 between 14:00-19:00 hrs and 22-24 October 2009 between 08:00-19:00 hrs. To collect the Media Pass, the media must present the Accreditation Letter with valid Press Card.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes media members to note the following:

• Visiting media members must ensure that their passports remain valid for no less than 6 months upon their entry into Thailand.

• Visiting media members who need a visa for travel to Thailand must present the Accreditation Letter to any Royal Thai Embassy / Consulate-General in their respective countries for issuance of type M-visa (Single Entry) in addition to documents normally required for visa issuance.

• The Media Secretariat does NOT accept any online registration or postal registration beyond the deadline of 20 October 2009.

• The Media Secretariat does NOT recommend onsite registration at the Media Centre, only available during 22-24 October between 08:00-19:00 hrs. Document verification at the Media Centre requires at least 6 hours before accreditation can be granted. Additionally, as only a limited number of Media Kits will be available, priority will be given to those media representatives who have registered online. END

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22 Filipino Seamen On Board MV Irene to Return Home

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:30 AM PDT

PR-766-09, 28 September 2009 – 22 Filipino seamen onboard the M.V. Irene will return home after five months of captivity in the hands of Somali pirates. Bright Maritime Corp., the manning agency of the newly released vessel, informed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that the 22 Filipino seamen will arrive on Tuesday, 29 September at 3:30 in the afternoon on a flight from the Middle East.

After the vessel’s release, the Royal Netherlands Navy ship “Evertsen” escorted MV Irene to safety and provided a medical doctor who examined the crew. The doctor ascertained that all 22 crew members are well.

The crew was also debriefed by a team of specialists, according to the principal, Chian Spirit Maritime.

The DFA conveys its appreciation to the Government of The Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands Navy for escorting MV Irene to safety and for providing medical assistance to the crew.

The DFA also expresses its gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her unfaltering support towards the resolution of this case and repatriation of the seafarers.

Furthermore, the DFA thanks and commends the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi that continuously monitored the local situation to ensure the safety of the seafarers on board, the Philippine Embassy in Manama that coordinated with the Combined Maritime Task Force 151 which is headquartered in Bahrain; the Philippine Embassy in Athens that coordinated with the principal to ensure that positive steps are taken towards the resolution of a crisis; and the Philippine Embassy in Muscat that monitored the arrival of the crew and provided consular assistance.

Finally, the DFA lauds the full cooperation of the Chian Spirit Maritime Enterprises, Inc. and Bright Maritime Corp. which did not waver coordinating with the Department to bring home these seafarers to their loved ones.

Upon arrival, the Filipino seamen will be brought to a local hospital to ensure their physical and psychological well-being. END

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RP urges International Community to Sustain Momentum towards Nuclear Disarmament

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 10:55 PM PDT

PR-765-09, 28 September 2009 – The Philippines today called on the international community as it threw its full support to an unprecedented United Nations Security Council resolution that called on all Member States to unite and work for a nuclear-weapons-free world.

“We must sustain the momentum by working together and renewing our efforts to make our world a safer place for us and the succeeding generations”, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo said at the end of a historic Security Council summit that was presided over by United States President Obama.

The summit, which took place four years after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presided over a similar summit, was only the fifth such high-level meeting in the history of the United Nations and the first such meeting of the Security Council that touched on the issue of disarmament and non-proliferation.

Thirteen other world leaders, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, participated in Thursday’s summit which was attended by Secretary Romulo and Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

“The Philippines is one with the rest of the world in efforts to achieve disarmament and non-proliferation,” Secretary Romulo said after the meeting that unanimously adopted Resolution 1887 that called on Member States to renew efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote disarmament and reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism.

“This move by the Security Council, under the presidency of the United States, gives a much-needed boost to our collective desire to see a world safe from nuclear weapons,” Secretary Romulo said of the resolution that also called on Member States to, among others, accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); to refrain from conducting nuclear test explosions; and to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said the adoption of the resolution and other recent developments, including President Obama’s declared commitment to help achieve a world without nuclear weapons, have set positive tone to the NPT Review Conference that the Philippines will steer next year.

The Philippines Mission said these developments would allow Philippine Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, the 2010 NPT Review Conference president, to effectively lead negotiations that would push the stalled international disarmament and nonproliferation agenda forward.

President Obama said the Security Council resolution reflects the nuclear agenda he outlined in a speech he delivered in Prague where he called for the reduction of US and Russian nuclear arsenals, the adoption of the treaty banning all nuclear tests and the establishments of an international fuel bank to better safeguard nuclear material.

“The historic resolution we just adopted enshrines our shared commitment to a goal of a world without nuclear weapons and it brings Security Council agreement on a broad framework for action to reduce nuclear dangers as we work toward that goal”, President Obama said after the vote by the 15 member body. END

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International Cooperation for Peace and Progress by H.E. Dr. Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines at the General Debate 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 25 September 2009

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 10:18 PM PDT

PR-764-09, Mr. President,

Allow me to warmly congratulate you on your well-deserved election as the head of this 64th session of the UN General Assembly. Please count on the full cooperation of the Philippines as you discharge the duties of your high office.

We are gathered here today, in this parliament of the nations, to find meaningful solutions to conflict and crisis confronting our world today. Though there are signs of global recovery, now is neither the time for complacency nor for a return to business as usual. Our drive for enhancing global development has clearly slowed, while the challenges to peace remain starkly before us.

Through globalization, we have witnessed unprecedented material progress and record poverty alleviation. Yet the poorest 40 percent of the world population still live on less than $2 a day. Nor have we resolved the climate change and food crises that oppress hundreds of millions of human beings.

Much of global development has been the fruits of labor, including the labor of migrant workers. Yet despite their contributions to the global economy, too many migrants remain exposed to exploitation and abuse.

Moreover, the peace dividend from the end of the Cold War never materialized, even as we continue to confront nuclear proliferation and violent conflict. The shortage of aid resources, and faltering trade and investment, are generating a global development emergency. Many nations will not attain the MDGs on target. Development gains are being tragically lost.

Our march of progress must not stall. Not on our watch. Not while we have the will, the vision and the means to build a better world, inspired by a shared commitment to justice, equity, non-discrimination, progress and peace.

And we should do so by focusing on five great challenges of our time:

First: Promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation;

Second: Managing the global crisis to encourage equitable recovery, fairer globalization and faster poverty alleviation;

Third: Protecting and promoting the rights of migrants who continue to contribute to global development and the well-being of our societies;

Fourth: Taking urgent measures to effectively address the adverse effects of climate change without further delay; and

Fifth: Reducing conflict and deepening mutual understanding and respect through greater interfaith and inter-civilizational dialogue.

DISARMAMENT AND NON-PROLIFERATION

Mr. President,

Nuclear weapons and their technology are a threat to international peace and security, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is our central mechanism to contain and eventually eliminate this threat. The May 2010 NPT Review Conference, over which the Philippines will preside, provides the next opportunity for all of us to act on this in a concerted manner.

We can be encouraged by certain recent development on this front. We have had the constructive atmosphere of the preparatory committee meetings to the Review Conference.

President Obama has announced that he will lead the US to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), another key pillar of the global disarmament and NPT system.

In addition, the United States and Russia are making headway under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) to reduce their deployed nuclear warheads and delivery systems beyond its pending expiry this December.

The South-East Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) and other regional nuclear free zones continue to reinforce the NPT system as well.

These positive developments inspire the Philippines, in steering the review conference, to conduct negotiations and consultations in an open and transparent manner.

In this spirit, we reiterate our call for the few remaining countries that have not yet done so to accede to both the CTBT and the NPT in order to give greater hope for lasting peace and security for our world.

GLOBAL CRISIS, RECOVERY AND A NEW GLOBALIZATION

Mr. President,

The global financial and economic crisis is placing intolerable strain on the poorest of the poor undermining years of effort to attain internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs, and to combat ill-heath and hunger.
The crisis has been accompanied by increases in unemployment, with concomitant declining incomes and demand. The ILO estimates that unemployment could rise by 50 million during 2009, taking the global unemployment rate to above 7 per cent.

The Philippines and many other nations are implementing stimulus packages, accelerated employment generation programs and enhanced social safety nets. In the Philippines we strengthened our banking sector and fiscal position through tough reforms, which blunted the full force of the global crisis. The Philippines is one of the few economies that continue to have positive GDP growth.

However, we cannot ignore the impact of the global crisis elsewhere in our interdependent world. The Philippines thus joins other nations in this General Assembly in calling for a united effort in the United Nations to act for the common good of all our peoples.

The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, held in this very hall last June, presented UN Member States with lines of action that we must take now to stimulate the global economy, improve regulation and monitoring, and reform processes and institutions to prevent any recurrence of this crisis.

We see the Global Jobs Pact that the International Labor Organization (ILO) put forward, and which was endorsed by the ECOSOC last July, as another important step to recover from this crisis.

We reiterate our call on all countries to resist protectionism, in order to expand trade and investment flows, and on developed nations to maintain their ODA commitments.

Furthermore, the voice of the developing world must now be fully heard in reforming international financial and development institutions so that we can forge a more equitable and stable global economic system to avoid future crises.

MIGRANT WORKERS AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING

Mr. President,

Global migrants are among the groups most adversely affected by the crisis. The international community, therefore, has a shared responsibility, to ensure their protection, taking into full account the special vulnerabilities of the gender and family dimensions of the issue.

The Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which the Philippines was privileged to chair, reinforced this important message by focusing on the human face of migration, and on the human rights and empowerment of migrants.

In this regard, we also urge all nations to accede to the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, and to avoid unfair restrictions and treatment of migrants.

MITIGATING AND ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Mr.. President,

We must carry the momentum of the Summit on Climate Change here in New York forward into the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the road to Copenhagen this December. The world expects nothing less from us.

The Philippines, therefore, calls on the concerned developed countries to present their firm post-Kyoto greenhouse gas emission targets, taking into account the ideal levels suggested by the scientific community. They must also assist developing countries mitigate and adapt to worsening climate change by fulfilling their UNFCCC obligations to provide technological and financial support. As a coordinator of the G-77 in the talks, the Philippines will continue to work with all parties to help ensure a positive outcome in Copenhagen.

The Philippines is doing its part to advance this vital global agenda. We have recently enacted a landmark law promoting the development and use of renewable energy resources, especially biofuels.

Earlier this month, the Philippines also hosted the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia. The Manila Declaration on Green Industry in Asia and Framework of Action adopted by that Conference promoted the integration of sustainable development into industrial development processes for the transition to resource-efficient and low-carbon industries. We hope that elements of the Manila Declaration will provide inputs for Copenhagen as well.

GREATER INTERFAITH AND INTERCIVILIZATIONAL DIALOGUE

Mr. President,

The international community must also focus on the urgent need to reduce tension and conflict fueled by perceived differences in religion, faith and civilization. If left unattended, such conflict can fester, causing greater tension and untold human suffering and violence, which extremists can exploit

The urgency of this matter has prompted the Philippines and many partner nations and organizations to promote greater interfaith dialogue, within the United Nations system as well as on regional and national levels. By building bridges of understanding, this global advocacy enhances peace and development.

The Philippines has tabled annually a UN resolution calling for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, which the UN General Assembly has always adopted unanimously. We initiated in the UN the Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace, composed of countries from all regions of the world.

In 2006, we also launched a global Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace, headquartered in New York, made up of 54 governments, 15 UN agencies and 110 religious NGOs at the UN.

To reinforce this effort, the Philippines will host the first Special Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace and Development in Manila this December. We are pleased to invite all UN and NAM members and other interested nations as observer to this important and seminal meeting.

UN PEACEKEEPING

The spirit of multilateralism and prudent realism demands that we support UN peacekeeping efforts. In crises and emergencies around the world, we must collectively do more to alleviate suffering and to help nations and communities secure self-sustaining peace.

The Philippines will continue to be active in UN peacekeeping. Indeed, the Philippines has become one of the largest contributors of individual police officers to UN peacekeeping operations. We have more than 600 peacekeepers serving with distinction around the world. Next month, we will send a battalion in support of the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights.

Mr. President,

We stand on the cusp of history. It is in our hands, here in the United Nations, to shape these changes and trends so that we will leave to succeeding generations a lasting legacy of a world of greater justice, compassion, and well-being.

The Philippines is deeply honored to assist and cooperate with all nations in the task of building a future where peace and prosperity reign unceasingly for the benefit of all mankind.

Thank you.

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RP wants Developed Countries to Undertake Early and Deep Cuts in Greenhouse Gases

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 10:15 PM PDT

PR-763-09, 28 September 2009 – Underscoring their responsibility in addressing the effects of climate change, the Philippines reiterated its call for the United States and other developed countries to immediately take drastic measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo made this call following the Summit on Climate Change convened by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on September 22 at the UN Headquarters here and participated in by world leaders led by US President Barack Obama.

In a statement issued at the end of what is considered to be the largest gathering of world leaders to address the issue of climate change, Secretary Romulo appealed to the developed countries for more cuts, saying they are responsible for the vast bulk of past and current greenhouse gas emissions and are “primarily accountable to addressing the effects of climate change.”

“We actively call on developed countries to cut deep and cut early. We also wish to stress that the time frame for such cuts is crucial,” Secretary Romulo said his statement.

“Deep cuts should be put into effect within the first 10 years after the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol ending in 2012,” he said, adding that deep and early cuts in greenhouse gas emissions would curtail the destructive effects of climate change such as prolonged droughts, floods and heat waves.

Secretary Romulo, at the same time, called on developed countries for a financial commitment for the adaptation, technology transfer and capacity building of developing countries. He said that financing for adaptation measures is specifically important for the Philippines as it is ranked number one in the disaster risk index for typhoons.

“Together with our call for deep and early cuts, we are negotiating towards a Copenhagen decision that will take into account the economic and social development as the first overriding priorities of developing countries such as the Philippines. Our right to sustainable development is clear in the Convention,” Secretary Romulo said.

Aside from President Obama, the other heads of state who participated in the Summit on Climate Change included China’s President Hu Jintao and France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy. The summit sought to mobilize the political will and generate the momentum needed to reach an ambitious agreement at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December. END

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Mid-Autumn comes to Xiamen

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 09:15 PM PDT

PR-762-09, 28 September 2009 – About 130 Filipinos living in Xiamen and in neighboring cities joined the officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General and their families in the afternoon of 20 September 2009 at the Consulate General’s grounds to celebrate the annual Mid-Autumn Festival with a Dice Game or Bo Bing, a tradition that originated in and is unique to Xiamen.

Organized by the Filipino Association in Xiamen (FAX), in cooperation with the Consulate General, the event also served as an occasion to celebrate the 11th Founding Anniversary of the Association and the election of a new batch of FAX officers who will serve for the next two years.

Speaking to the community, Consul General Raul S. Hernandez lauded the outgoing FAX officers for bringing together Filipinos through various annual activities such as the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. The Consul General promised the Consulate General’s continued support to the Association which he considers as one of its significant partners in promoting Philippine interest in Xiamen.

Outgoing FAX president, Mr. Ramil Collera for his part thanked the Consulate General’s active involvement in their endeavors, especially during his term. He further encouraged the incoming FAX offi cers to continue cooperating with the Consulate General.

Over merienda, the nomination and election for the new set of 15 FAX officers started. This was followed by the Dice Game which is considered by the Xiamenese as the highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

The half-day event concluded with a raffle draw of prizes pooled together by the Consulate General, FAX and some Xiamen-based Filipino entrepreneurs. END.

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China-Philippine Chamber of Commerce to expand into Fujian

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 09:00 PM PDT

PR-761-09, 28 September 2009 – As part of its untiring efforts to broaden Philippines-China economic relations and promote Philippine interests in Southeastern China, the Philippine Consulate General co-hosted a dinner-meeting with Filipino businessmen, in cooperation with Mr. Joseph Lim, Chairman of the China-Philippines Chamber of Commerce (CPCC) on 18 September at the Marco Polo Hotel Xiamen.

In attendance were Filipinos and Filipino-Chinese businessmen and top executives of Chinese and Filipino-Chinese owned companies within Fujian province. These include the Lucio Tan group of companies (Eton Properties Xiamen Ltd., Allied Bank and Philippine Airlines), Robinson’s Land, Sanyi Steel Co. Ltd., Zhangzhou Xinyan Environmental Protection Products Co. Ltd., Gotesco Real Estate Development Co. Ltd., and many others. The dinner-meeting was also graced by Mr. Lin Shuxi, President of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Xiamen Sub-branch.

The purpose of the event was to introduce the Chamber to local Filipino and Filipino-Chinese businessmen and recruit Fujian-based members. The CPCC, which has offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, is planning to open a chapter in Xiamen as part of its efforts to expand its membership and influence. Guangzhou-based Philippine Trade Attaché, Mr. Emmanuel W. Ang flew in to help promote the Chamber in this part of China.

During the event, Consul General Raul S. Hernandez welcomed the attendees and thanked the Filipino-Chinese businessmen for giving their time for the event and for showing their solidarity as Filipinos in China. Noting that many Filipino-Chinese trace their roots to Fujian and have come back to invest in this Chinese province, Consul General Hernandez added that the Chamber should be able to have strong membership here.

For his part, Mr. Lin of the CCPIT also made brief remarks on the economic relations between the Philippines and Xiamen and wished the Chamber much success.

The Consulate is extending all possible support to CPCC, especially since it is the only such bilateral Chamber accredited and recognized by the Chinese government. It was organized in 25 January 2005, as proposed by Dr. Thomas G. Aquino, Senior Undersecretary of Department of Trade and Industry, with a view to further promote bilateral trade and investment ties between R. P. China and the Philippines. The CPCC is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and its registration was permitted by the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs. As the exclusive Philippine Chamber in China, the CPCC is officially authorized by Chinese government to engage trade and investment activities all over China, at national and local levels. END.

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RP Embassy in Amman Repatriates 56 Filipinos from Jordan

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 08:55 PM PDT

PR-760-09, 28 September 2009- The Philippine Embassy in Amman reported that it repatriated 56 Filipinos from Jordan last September 26 who departed on eight different flights. The 56 Filipinos later boarded three separate flights from their transit points for the final homeward leg to Manila. The first of the three groups arrived in Manila last 27 September with Embassy Welfare officer Carmelita R. Mag-uyon. The repatriation was initiated under instructions from Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque and funded through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

The repatriates came from the Nadara Administrative Detention Centre after a crackdown by Jordanian authorities against foreigners without legitimate residency status. Another group of runaway household service workers are expected to be repatriated within the next few weeks once their individual cases are resolved by the embassy’s unified Case Management Team (CMT) which is composed of ATN officers and labor officials from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

Ambassador Julius D. Torres expressed satisfaction with the way the CMT quickly demonstrated its mettle less than a fortnight after a highly productive team building workshop. The CMT was able to secure exit clearances for the repatriates despite the short lead time it had and even as government offices in Jordan were closed for the Eid holidays.

The fast-tracking significantly reduce the number of distressed OFWs at the Filipino Workers’ Resource Center (FWRC).

“Our intention is that by year’s end, we would be able to restore the focus of the FWRC as a training center to enhance the skills of OFWs in Jordan,” explained Amb. Torres.

Ambassador Torres also expressed hope that the close cooperation between the Embassy and the Jordanian government on labor issues would serve to strengthen bilateral labor cooperation between the two countries. He highlighted the need for a new memorandum of agreement to be signed since the last bilateral agreement on labor never entered into force.

“If a memorandum of agreement is signed before the end of the year, this would help ensure that regulations are put in place to better protect Filipino household service workers already in Jordan and prevent instances of trafficking by illegal recruiters. It would also allow the Philippines to open up other sectors for Filipino workers,” Ambassador Torres said. END

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Philippine Retirement Authority Conducts Marketing Tour in Europe

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 08:50 PM PDT

PR-759-09, 28 September 2009 – The European Promotional Campaign of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) kicks off to The Netherlands on September 20 with the arrival of Chairperson Edgar B. Aglipay, PRA Servicing Center Head Philip John B. Moreno, IRemit Regional Head Ryan S. Tongson, and Attorney Emmeline Y. Aglipay.

With the slogans of “Smile at Life…in the Philippines” and “Live in style…live in the Philippines”, PRA aims to promote the Philippines as the preferred retirement destination in Southeast Asia.

The PRA European Campaign will cover seven (7) countries from September 20 to October 9, namely The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France, and United Kingdom.

PRA Chairman Aglipay gave a briefing to the Embassy staff in the morning of September 22 at the Chancery in The Hague on the coverage of the comprehensive retirement program.

PRA has identified three (3) essential needs of retirees: housing, healthcare, and lifestyle services. These needs have been addressed by PRA’s retirement program.

The PRA in coordination with Philippine Retirement Incorporated (PRI) has also developed standards of accreditation in terms of safety, comfort and satisfaction of retirees which are up to international standards.

In the afternoon of September 22, the PRA delegation together with Ambassador Luna and members of the Embassy staff went to the Philippine Trade and Investments Office in Rotterdam where a briefing for Dutch businessmen was organized by Trade Attache Alma F. Argayoso. Dutch government officials, businessmen and Filipino organization representatives attended the briefing. END

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Bicol authorities remain resolute over shellfish ban

9 rebels killed in Sorsogon, Albay clashes
Philippine Information Agency
by MA Loterte/BA Recebido Legazpi City (25 September) — Nine suspected members of the New People’s Army were killed in two separate encounters in Sorsogon
Bicol authorities remain resolute over shellfish ban
Philippine Information Agency
by BA Recebido Sorsogon Province (25 September) — Local authorities here remain steadfast in reminding the locals to stop gathering, transporting and

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10 NPA rebels killed in Bicol clashes

10 NPA rebels killed in Bicol clashes
Philippine Star
Lipason and Mabanate in Pilar, Sorsogon. “At around 7:30 this morning, elements of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion and the 903rd Brigade encountered more or

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Dpartment of Foreign Affairs-Updates

President Arroyo Arrives with 120 Distressed OFWs from Saudi Arabia

Posted: 24 Sep 2009 03:46 AM PDT

PR-754-09, 24 September 2009 – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrived today from her trips to Turkey, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, bringing with her 120 distressed Filipino workers from Riyadh.

The OFWs, which are all women, were repatriated following strong representations made by the President with Saudi government authorities.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Esteban Conejos, Jr. welcomed the President and her party at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

While in Riyadh, President Arroyo instructed Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque to expedite the processing of the exit papers of said OFWs so “they can have relief and be brought home as soon as possible.”

She also instructed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to finalize the arrangements for their repatriation.

President Arroyo has also ordered the facilitation of the exit papers of the remaining stranded Filipino workers who previously stayed under the Kandara bridge in Jeddah.

To date, 97 have already been repatriated by the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah.

The Philippine Government has extended its gratitude to the Saudi government for the immediate processing of the exit papers of the Filipinos. END

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RP Embassy in Bangkok Celebrates International Day of Democracy

Posted: 24 Sep 2009 03:31 AM PDT

PH-159-09,(left photo) Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Antonio V. Rodriguez (middle) speaks before the Filipino community during the commemoration of International Day of Democracy on 18 September 2009 at the Chancery. To his right is Consul General Edgar B. Badajos who briefed the community on consular and other issues, and to his left is ATN Officer Roberto R. Reyes. (right photo) Filipino priest, Father John Tamayo, SDB, announces the Search for the Exemplary Overseas Filipino Worker in Thailand. The winner will be announced on September 27, Feast Day of San Lorenzo Ruiz, and receive a gold-capped statute of the patron saint of OFWs.

(right photo) Mr. Elmer Ursolino, Vice President of the Organization of Filipino Educators in the South of Thailand (OFEST), Pattani, appeals to the Filipino community for donations of second-hand school supplies for the newly-found organization’s education-related projects. (left photo) Some members of the Filipino community who attended the “Day of Democracy” Townhall meeting at the Chancery on 18 September 2009.

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Filipino Student Wins ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Contest

Posted: 24 Sep 2009 01:49 AM PDT

PR-753-09, 24 September 2009 – Filipino student Jophel Ybiosa of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines won the first place honor in the photography category of the 2009 ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition. Ybiosa’s winning entries entitled “Giants” feature the Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal.

At the awarding ceremony held in Seoul on September 23, Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Luis T. Cruz lauded Mr. Ybiosa for its creativity and excellence in photography and further encouraged the student to continue with his involvement in various ASEAN awareness programs.

University of the Philippines student MM Yu was also awarded the honor of “Special Guest Artist” in recognition of her outstanding entries.

The contest, which carries the theme “Cultural Diversity and Harmony,” was divided in two categories namely, video/multimedia and photography, and was participated in by over 350 ASEAN and Korean university and graduate students. Winning entries and other selected works will be displayed at the Seoul Art Space from September 23 to October 10.

The ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition was organized by the ASEAN-Korea Center, in cooperation with the 10 ASEAN embassies in Seoul.

ASEAN-Korea Centre is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN and Korea. END

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RP Embassy in Kuala Lumpur Hosts Iftar Dinner

Posted: 24 Sep 2009 01:39 AM PDT

PR-752-09, 24 September 2009 – In observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur hosted an iftar/buka puasa (or the evening meal when Muslims break their fast) at the Chancery on September 17.

Together with Embassy officers and staff, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Victoriano M. Lecaros welcomed guests from the Royal Malaysian Police, Immigration Office, and Filipino Muslim students from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Aside from the food prepared by the caterer, the Embassy’s long-time locally-hired driver/messenger Ahmad Bin Buyong brought a beef rendang to add a Malaysian feel to the iftar.

The hosting of the iftar is part of the Embassy’s cultural diplomacy efforts to foster camaraderie between the Muslim and non-Muslim personnel of the Embassy, as well as with the Embassy’s Malaysian contacts during this important Muslim event.

Malaysia celebrated the Hari Raya Idul Fitri, which marks the end of the Holy Month, on September 20-21. END

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Philippines Opens Honorary Consulate General in Recife, Brazil

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 11:55 PM PDT

PR-751-09, 24 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that, on 18 September 2009, the Philippines opened an Honorary Consulate General in the State of Pernambuco with Mr. Sergio Kano as Philippine Consul General, ad honorem. Based in Recife, the Consulate General will cover the states of Pernambuco, Ceara and Bahia in northeastern Brazil.

Mr. Kano is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Tecon Suape, a container terminal in Suape, which is a subsidiary of the Philippines´ International Container Terminal Services Inc. In such capacity, he has had direct dealings with the Philippines. Mr. Kano is looking at his first Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) task with the arrival last week of 18 Filipino workers at the Suape Shipyard.

The official opening was attended by government officials, including federal Senator Marco Maciel, Ambassador Isnard Penha Brasil, head of the Regional Office of the Ministry of External Relations in the Northeast; other state and municipal officials; members of the consular corps in Recife; and businessmen.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Teresita Barsana said that the opening of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Recife was a concrete step in the commitment of the Presidents of Brazil and the Philippines during the state visit of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Brazil last June, to strengthen relations between the two countries. The inauguration by President Arroyo of the expanded container terminal of Tecon Suape during her visit was a manifestation of the continuing interest of the Philippines to further develop its relations especially with the state of Pernambuco and an appreciation of the important role Pernambuco plays in the development of Brazil.

The Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Recife, under the supervision of the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia, is expected to promote cooperative endeavors and look after the welfare of Filipino nationals within the consular jurisdiction, among others.

The Philippine Honorary Consulate General is located at Rua Ribeiro de Brito 830-A, Salas 1805/1806 Empresarial Iberbras, Boa Viagem, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. END

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Lea Salonga performs at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 10:30 PM PDT

PR-750-09, 24 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Lea Salonga made her return performance to Bangkok a resounding success in a show entitled, “The Magic of Disney and Broadway musicals” on 12 September 2009 at the Queen Sirikit Convention in Bangkok, Thailand. The concert was organized by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation, in cooperation with B.. Grimm and Co., Credit Suisse and the Philippine Embassy.

Ms. Salonga’s repertoire ranged from songs of famous Disney movies to hits from Broadway musicals, including Miss Saigon. Although she was confined in the hospital the night before due to respiratory illness, the 38-year old Filipina superstar still captivated her audience with her voice and stage presence.

The much-applauded concert was also a tribute to the big number of Filipinos who came over to support her. Also seen among the audiences were members of the Diplomatic Corps and the Thai cabinet, musical artists, film stars, and other host government officials.

The concert was an impressive follow-up to her performance last year in the Bangkok leg of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella event, which included a swing of Asian cities.

Mrs. Janette Rodriguez presented a bouquet of flowers to the Broadway star, who was hailed by Ambassador Antonio V. Rodriguez as “the Philippines’ greatest contribution in the field of musical theater.” END

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Pilar,Sorsogon – DBP-MLC links Bicol Region through moving bridges

DBP-MLC links Bicol Region through moving bridges
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Among the Bicol linkages that the DMLC has identified and prioritized for the RoRo missionary routes are: Pilar, Sorsogon to Aroroy, Masbate with a distance

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CHIZ: NO ONE HAS MONOPOLY ON GOOD INTENTIONS / NOYNOY READY TO DEBATE

CHIZ: NO ONE HAS MONOPOLY ON GOOD INTENTIONS / NOYNOY READY TO DEBATE

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 (STAR) By Christina Mendez – Sen. Francis Escudero, a potential standard bearer of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said yesterday nobody has “a monopoly on good intentions for our country” as the rival Liberal Party (LP) fielded its top candidates on the platform of good governance and change.

“Nobody can say we are good and all the rest are not good enough. The next government should be inclusive not exclusive,” he said.

“It should embrace every Filipino and exert every effort to tear down the walls of division that have kept our nation from moving forward to greater heights,” he added.

Escudero also said that with the LP’s announcement of Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Manuel Roxas II as its candidates for president and vice president in 2010, opposition unity “now appears impossible.”

“The LP has declared it would push its own candidates without consulting beforehand with any of the other opposition groups,” he said. “It was a decision made among, and between, members of the LP.”

But he also said, “I respect and accept the decision of the Liberal Party in fielding its own candidates for the 2010 elections.”

The NPC has yet to decide who between Escudero and Sen. Loren Legarda will be its standard bearer for next year’s elections.

Legarda has expressed hope that the upcoming elections would be a friendly competition among the candidates.

At the Club Filipino yesterday, Roxas formally accepted Aquino’s offer to be his vice presidential candidate in the 2010 elections.

Liberal rift

A breakaway faction of the LP represented by Environment Secretary Lito Atienza said there is no need for its members to reapply with LP since their “expulsion” is still being questioned before the Supreme Court.

Eli Quinto, secretary general of Atienza’s LP wing and founder of Kabataang Liberal ng Pilipinas (KALIPI), said “the small group of former Senator Franklin Drilon within the LP” must be enlightened and made to correct “the lies they have been believing and peddling to the public.”

“Let me just remind you that the expulsion of LP leaders made by your minuscule faction on the eve of our supposed election on Nov. 27, 2007 is still being questioned before the SC,” Quinto said, apparently referring to Drilon and “his gang who have formed the habit of misrepresenting the party to pursue their personal, and not the Liberals’ interests.”

“There is no need for anybody to reapply for LP membership. We are confident that the SC will declare the expulsion done by Drilon’s gang illegal,” he said.

“The LP is not Drilon and his gang. They only represent a mere small group within the party who continuously avoid holding a democratic election to evade an inevitable defeat,” he pointed out.

According to Quinto, the majority of LP is “still solidly” under the leadership of Atienza, who, he claimed, just brought Drilon into the party.

He recalled that the latest LP split began in 2005 when Drilon, then LP president, “used and dragged the party’s name in joining moves to topple the present government without consulting the Liberals which blatantly violated the LP constitution. ”

He said Atienza, then party chairman and Manila mayor, together with the LP majority, immediately denied the “machinated treachery” and bared the truth on the “foiled tyrannical plan of Drilon’s gang.”

Since then, Quinto said, “Drilon and his gang had been misinforming the people and distorting the issues by insisting authority over the LP to justify their violation of the party Constitution. ”

Earlier, Atienza said an SC ruling only indicated that Drilon, being the holdover party president, must call for a national convention to hold an election in accordance with the LP’s Salonga Constitution.

However, instead of following the SC ruling, Atienza said Drilon and his group expelled him and other LP stalwarts on the eve of the supposed election, thus “crowning” Roxas as the next party president.

“The only way to solve the problems in the LP and ensure victory is to have party leaders elected through an open national convention,” Quinto reiterated.

“From there, we can then choose the party’s standard bearer. This is the most democratic process that must be followed according to the LP’s basic principles,” he said.

“Up to now, this has not been followed, effecting a weaker chance for the LP to win the presidency due to a disunited party,” he added.

Over the weekend, LP spokesman Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada said Atienza has to reapply for party membership if he wants to run for Manila mayor under the LP.

Tañada said the party considered Atienza resigned as a member when he and other supporters tried to wrest the party’s leadership from then LP president Franklin Drilon.

“He has to apply for membership again, and the party will study it,” he said in reaction to Atienza’s statement that he still considers himself a party member.

Atienza was unavailable for comment.

Endorsements

Meanwhile, Antipolo Auxiliary Bishop Francisco de Leon voiced support for the Aquino-Roxas tandem, citing their good family backgrounds.

“These men came from good families and we know their parents to be good politicians, whose names are not tainted by any corruption, especially Senator Aquino who does not want to ruin the reputation of his mother and the legacy left behind by his father,” said De Leon in an interview over the Church-run Radio Veritas.

“We know that our country would be safe from irregularities and I also know that he (Senator Noynoy Aquino) would do his best to lead the country.”

“What is clear is that the country needs leaders with good and clean track records so they could attract investors, unlike other politicians nowadays,” he added.

But he stressed that in order to get the nod of the Catholic Church as an institution, Aquino has to withdraw his support for the Reproductive Health Bill and that he should promote the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“He should side with the poor, just like the Church sides with poor,” he added.

For his part, CBCP treasurer and Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said, “What is more important to me is the true intentions of Senator Aquino and Senator Roxas. They should make sure that they would serve as good examples of change. They should change society by being loyal and transparent to the Filipino people.” – With Aurea Calica, Evelyn Macairan, Katherine Andraneda

Palace to Noynoy: Face off with Gibo By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) Updated September 22, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang called yesterday on Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. and Sen. Benigno Aquino III to face off in a debate to show their mettle to the voters.

Gabriel Claudio, presidential adviser on political affairs, said the debate would help voters decide whether the Lakas-Kampi- CMD and Liberal Party presidential aspirants have the courage, spirit and strength of character to govern the nation.

“With Noynoy and Gibo among the main protagonists in the presidential polls next year, the country will have a real chance to participate in an election based not on showbiz, popularity and logistics but on issues and principles,” he said.

Claudio, who is also Lakas-Kampi- CMD secretary general, said other aspirants must also take part in the debates to allow voters to evaluate their worth on the basis of their ability to inspire, lead and educate.

As a result, the voters would hear the stand of aspirant on various issues and help them decide who would best serve their interests, he added.

Claudio said aspirants who refuse to participate in the debates would give the impression that they lack substance or are unable to articulate their views.

“Issues about the economy, accountable governance, foreign policy, peace and unity and national security, among other substantive issues, have to be exhaustively and unabashedly debated,” he said.

“This will be consistent with the common advocacy for clean, honest, credible and issues-driven elections.”

Meanwhile, deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez welcomed yesterday the tandem of Aquino and Sen. Manuel Roxas II for next year’s presidential elections.

Alvarez proposes ‘unscripted’ questions

Palawan Rep. Antonio Alvarez suggested an unscripted question-and- answer format among candidates that would allow the public to know more about the candidates’ program for the country.

“If there is fighting in Mindanao, shouldn’t candidates be talking about how to end this war instead of how to fix their wardrobe?” he asked.

The proposed debates are like the presidential primaries in the United States, Alvarez said.

Over the weekend, Teodoro said there would be no mudslinging between him and his cousin Aquino during the election campaign.

He said politics and the election campaign would not destroy his good friendship and blood relations with Aquino.

The two presidential aspirants are both Cojuangcos on their mothers’ side.

Teodoro is a nephew of billionaire businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., estranged cousin of the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, Noynoy’s mother.

Teodoro admitted that their families belonged to the opposite sides of the political fence.

“But that was before. Noynoy and I, though we are cousins, didn’t know each other much. But we became close friends when we were elected to the House of Representatives, ” he said.

The two are both former three-term Tarlac congressmen.

Teodoro to push Cha-cha

Teodoro intends to push for Charter change (Cha-cha) through a constitutional convention (con-con) if he is elected president.

In an interview over the weekend, Teodoro, Lakas-Kampi standard-bearer, told The STAR that he would like to keep the presidential system but with a unicameral Congress.

“There is too much check-and-balance and gridlock in a two-chamber Congress. There is no synergy,” he said.

Responding to questions, he said his envisioned one-chamber legislature would be composed of members elected from congressional districts, much like the present House of Representatives.

He said if incumbent members of the Senate would like to sit in the unicameral Congress, they would have to run in the districts.

Teodoro, a former three-term Tarlac congressman, revealed that if he is elected president, he would immediately propose to the incoming Congress the convening of a con-con to rewrite the Constitution.

He said he prefers a con-con because there would be less suspicion of self-interest on the part of its members than if the body to revise the Charter would be Congress itself sitting as a constituent assembly (con-ass).

“A con-con would be a capital investment for the country’s future,” he said.

Asked what other constitutional changes he is advocating, the defense chief said he would lift the restriction on foreign ownership of land..

“We should allow foreigners to own lands for commercial, industrial and tourism development purposes,” he said.

“They should also be allowed to own residential lands, but I would like to have a threshold amount, say P20 million, so that low-cost housing would be protected.”

Teodoro’s proposal on foreign ownership of land is much like Speaker Prospero Nograles’ Resolution 737, which seeks to amend Sections 2 and 3 of Article Xll of the Constitution to lift the foreign ownership restriction.

The House committee on constitutional amendments had endorsed plenary approval of the Nograles-proposed amendments, but these were overtaken by the much faster Resolution 1109, which proposes to convene “members of Congress” as a con-ass to propose Charter revisions.

Before Congress ended its second regular session in June, the House approved Resolution 1109 in plenary and sat on the Nograles-recommende d amendments.

According to some lawmakers, marching orders for the adoption of the con-ass resolution came from President Arroyo, who gave them to Nograles and other allies after she declared the merger of Lakas and Kampi at the Manila Hotel on May 28.

One source told reporters that the President wanted the Senate bypassed on Cha-cha.

Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte, former president of Kampi (Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino), is the author of Resolution 1109. But it was Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and presidential son Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo who led the solicitation of House members’ signatures on the resolution.

Romualdez is one of President Arroyo’s favorite companions in her travels abroad. According to Palace officials, he paid $20,000 for the controversial New York City dinner Mrs. Arroyo and her entourage enjoyed during her last visit to the United States.

Nograles and his colleagues are no longer talking about Resolutions 737 and 1109.

The Cha-cha campaign in the House is now dead, according to many lawmakers.

Aspirants urged to bare plans on population

Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone has urged all presidential aspirants to bare their plans on how to handle the country’s population growth, as well as their position on the Reproductive Health Bill.

Speaking at a recent forum, Evardone urged reproductive health advocates to invite all the presidential aspirants for a reproductive health debate..

The next president must have an aggressive program on reproductive health to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates, he added.

Eastern Samar is one of the provinces with high maternal and neonatal deaths, according to United Nations agencies.

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. has called on presidential aspirants to make “their positions (on the reproductive health issue) very clear.”

House Bill 5043, The Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood, and Population Development Bill, makes artificial contraceptives more accessible to the public through health programs and calls for sex education in schools.

“Access to contraceptives will make a difference, ” said Australian Agency for International Development minister counselor Titon Mitra. – With Jess Diaz, Helen Flores

Noynoy ready to debate with Gibo By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) Updated September 23, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Benigno Aquino III is ready to engage other presidential aspirants in a debate, including his cousin, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr.

Meanhile, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile warned Aquino against supporters who were the same people behind the ouster of President Joseph Estrada and a plot to overthrow the Arroyo administration.

Aquino said he would like to join the presidential debates proposed by presidential political adviser Gabriel Claudio so the elections would focus on issues rather than personalities.

“I’m okay with that,” Aquino said.

Aquino said it would also be good to have a debate with Claudio, even if he is not running for office.

“We will come to that,” he said.

“But maybe it’s better if we will do that after the filing (of certificates of candidacy) so we would not have to debate with those who would not really be in the scene.”

Speaking in defense of Estrada against the allegations of Sen. Panfilo Lacson at the Senate, Enrile said he could see the same people who were involved in Edsa 2 that toppled Estrada in 2001 in the inner circle of Aquino.

“Today, I see these same faces parading themselves as leaders and supporters of the candidacy of my dear colleague (Aquino),” he said.

Enrile said these were the same people who asked Estrada to support them when they wanted to oust President Arroyo.

“Evidently, they have no more use for Erap,” he said.

The leaders of the so-called civil society also asked him for help in their protest actions against the Aquino administration, Enrile said.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said he would like to watch Aquino and Teodoro engage in debate.

“We will know all these things once debates are held in time,” he said.

“We want major news networks and print (media) to come out with a nationwide debate so we will find out the best among the candidates who deserve our votes.”

Aquino supporters

Supporters are shelling out change for the presidential candidacy of Aquino.

Residents of Lupang Pangako in Payatas, Quezon City each gave a P1 coin for Aquino, who they believe will bring about the change they have always wanted.

Ed Roces, Noynoy Aquino for President Movement spokesman, said it was the local leaders in Payatas who approached their group about their intention of supporting Aquino’s presidential bid.

“They said they would support by giving money and we were so touched,” he said.

Speaking at the launch of the “Piso at Puso sa Pagbabago,” Roces said around 200 residents dropped a P1 coin into cans that would be delivered to Aquino’s residence on Times Street in Quezon City on Nov. 27.

“These people are sharing money for the campaign instead of the other way around. This is a revolution of the masses,” he said.

“This is the real change, very unusual thing.”

Roces said the residents of Payatas are investing in Aquino.

“That’s a different thing because the peso here is very significant, ” he said.

They would be replicating the movement in other areas of the country, particularly in President Arroyo’s bailiwick in Pampanga, Roces said. – With Reinir Padua

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Department of Foreign Affairs-updates

RP-US MDT and VFA Remain Vital to National Interest

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 03:53 AM PDT

PR-749-09, 23 September 2009—The DFA firmly believes that the RP-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and the VFA remain important, useful and relevant, not only for Philippine national interest but also for regional peace, security and prosperity.

Benefits from the VFA have been substantial, most especially in the following areas:

• Modernization of the AFP. Ongoing assistance in this area remains critical considering that as a percentage of GDP, Philippine military expenditure is second to the lowest in Southeast Asia. The VFA permits the AFP to access new defense technologies, systems, equipment, best practices, and information that can be adapted to Philippine requirements. From 1999-2009, U.S. military and defense assistance amounted to US$429 million or on average PhP2 billion annually.

• Counter-terrorism and other non-traditional security threats. The Philippines has made positive contributions to global counter-terrorism efforts. The capture and neutralization of Abu Sayyaf Group leaders and members have been due in part to cooperation with the U.S.

• Civil-military and humanitarian action. The VFA directly benefits the Filipino people through civic and humanitarian projects involving medical services and the building of infrastructure, such as schools, wells, roads and bridges, in remote, conflict-affected and poor areas in the country. Disaster relief and other forms of assistance have also been extended by U.S. troops. Local communities have come out in support of the VFA.

• Paradigm for durable peace in Mindanao. U.S. support strengthens the Philippines strategy of using soft and hard power to build long-term peace and development in Mindanao.

The Philippines’ relationship with the United States in general, and its defense and security cooperation in particular, constitute a strategic partnership that is long-standing and mutually beneficial. With no other country does the Philippines have such deep and diversified ties.

Being the oldest democracy in Asia, the Philippines is proud of its independence and of the political and economic progress the country has achieved. As with anything hard-fought, the Department of Foreign Affairs is ever mindful that continued vigilance is required to protect the sovereignty, the freedom and the democracy we now enjoy.

The Department of Foreign Affairs respects the views of the Senate and will consider the comments and concerns they have expressed on the Visiting Forces
Agreement.

It is in response to the concerns raised that the Presidential Commission on the VFA (VFACOM), which is co-chaired by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense, will initiate a review of the VFA.

The VFACOM shall present in due time appropriate recommendations based on the results of the review. END

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UNDOF Commander Gen. Wolfgang Jilke calls on RP Embassy in Tel Aviv

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 03:11 AM PDT

PH-158-09,23 September 2009 – The Commander of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Major General Wolfgang Jilke, called on Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia with other Embassy officials to discuss the preparations for the ongoing changeover of the Polish to Philippine peacekeeping contingent in the Golan Heights on October 22.

General Jilke personally delivered invitations to the ceremony to the embassy officials and Armed Forces of the Philippines. The ceremony will be held at Camp Ziouani on the Israeli side.

During the call, he stressed his policy of openness and transparency under his command of the UNDOF. He added that member nations are welcome to visit their respective forces at any time. He said that maintaining this policy adds up to the morale of the contingent in the Golan Heights.

The UNDOF was established through UN Security Council Resolution 350 (1974) and has served in the Golan Heights, the contentious border between Israel and Syria. END

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Statement of Secretary Alberto G. Romulo

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 01:02 AM PDT

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RP Embassy in Manama commemorates International Day of Democracy

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 10:45 PM PDT

PH-157-09,23 September 2009 – Pursuant to Proclamation 1620 and in support of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 62/7, the Philippine Embassy in Manama and members of the Filipino community commemorated the International Day of Democracy on September 15.

Representatives from the academe, religious organizations, youth and professional groups attended the event and shared their view on the topic “Ano ang Kahulugan at Kahalagahan ng Demokrasya Para sa Akin.” A choral rendition by Philippine Embassy personnel was also held during the program.

Ambassador Ma. Corazon Yap-Bahjin to Manama headed the celebration. END

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Consul General Cardenas opens Trade and Investment Workshop in Honolulu

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 10:18 PM PDT

PH-156-09, 23 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Consul General Leoncio R. Cardenas delivered the keynote address on “Doing Business in the Philippines,” a workshop organized by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii on 19 September 2009.

Panelists at the workshop included Harold nd Rochele Macarthur on consultancy, Greg Yamanaka on renewable resources and ethanol production, Nelda Zulueta on outsourcing and Archie Gomez, DTI Trade Representative – LA on Philippine Trade and Investment. Honolulu County and City Mayor Muffi Hannemann delivered the closing remarks.

The workshop is geared to prepare and encourage participation to the 21st Trade Mission to the Philippines scheduled to be held from 6 to 21 November 2009.

The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii has been conducting successful trade missions to the Philippines since 1989 and promoting two-way trade and investment between the Philippines and the State of Hawaii. END

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Philippine Bridges Featured in Singapore Stamps

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 06:15 PM PDT

PR-748-09, 23 September 2009 – The Singapore Postal Office, in collaboration with the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost), launched four limited edition postal stamps in Singapore this month which featured Philippine bridges.

The commemorative stamps were launched in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and Singapore.

The bridge theme for the commemorative stamps was chosen because the bridges connects both countries symbolically, and is a popular theme amongst stamp collectors.

The Singapore Philatelic Museum worked closely with Philpost in implementing the project, which took almost a year to complete.

One of the two bridges featured is the Bamban Bridge in Pampanga, which links Mabalacat to Tarlac. Destroyed by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991, the Bamban Bridge was rebuilt in 1998 and is one of the longest bridges in the world.

The second bridge featured is the Marcelo Fernan Bridge in Cebu City which connects Cebu and Mactan Islands. Opened in 1991, the bridge is named after the late Chief Justice and Senator Marcelo Fernan.

Two other stamps featuring Singapore bridges complete the commemorative issue. They depict the Henderson Waves Bridge and the Cavenagh Bridge.

The commemorative stamps can be ordered at SingPost’s online shopping portal vPost, at http://shop.vpost.com.sg.

The Singapore Philatec Museum is also preparing for a Philippine-themed stamp exhibit in October titled “Bayanihan: Spirit of the Philippines.” END

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DFA warns OFWs Against Text Scams in Austria

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 06:00 PM PDT

PR-747-09, 23 September 2009 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is warning the Filipino public against a text scam circulating in Austria and other countries.

The DFA discourages overseas Filipino workers from responding to messages claiming they had won a large amount of money in an electronic lottery or raffle.

The DFA learned that those who responded to the message were asked to transmit money as a requirement prior to receiving their so-called prizes. The money will be used supposedly to pay for taxes or remittance charges, or as donation.

The Philippine Embassy in Vienna reported that these scammers use public institutions such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), as well as the names of known public officials like the BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr. and Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Sixto Esquivias, in order to lure unsuspecting victims.

A lady victim narrated to the Philippine Embassy how she had paid a fee of €4,000 (P 258,809.00) for the release of her prize, which was supposed to be settled through a remittance center (Western Union) to certain “Jerry Rivas Vidal” which turned out to be a fictitious identity. The scammers even asked for an additional P38,900 as donation as soon as the transfer has been made.

The DFA strongly advises Filipinos to be cautious of these malicious schemes and to not respond to such text messages to avoid becoming victims of these scams.

These scams are reported to the National Bureau of Investigation and National Telecommunication Commission for Investigation. END

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Peace Day Celebration in Chicago

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 05:45 PM PDT

PR-746-09, 23 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in participated in the 31st Anniversary of Peace Day Celebration at the Daley Center Plaza on September 18.

Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Richard Daley proclaimed September 7-21 Peace Days in the State of Illinois and in the City of Chicago honoring the original Peace Day as well as the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Peace Day has been observed annually since 7 September 1978. Its purpose is to bring focus and energy to aspects of peace building.

Cultural Officer Berth D. Salvador joined the members of the Chicago Consular Corps in special World Peace Flag Ceremony and the Call to Peace with each nation’s flag presented on stage while the prayer for peace is said for that country. Each flag-bearer carried one of the flags of the U.N. member countries. The Earth Flag concluded the ceremony to symbolize the unity of all humanity.

Every year, Peace Day has included One Minute of Silence for World Peace as well as musical performances. The Peace School, a non-profit organization, organizes the annual event in cooperation with the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events. END

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Call of Spanish Candidate for Ms. Earth 2009 on Philippine Ambassador Ugarte

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

PR-745-09, 23 September 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to Spain Ana I. de Sequera-Ugarte reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Ms. Alejandra Echevarría Pedrajas, the Spanish candidate for Ms. Earth 2009, paid a courtesy call on her at the Philippine Embassy in Madrid and at the same time applied for a Philippine visa.

Ms. Echevarría, a native of Jaen, Spain, will travel to the Philippines and participate in the 9th edition of the Ms. Earth beauty pageant which is scheduled to be held on November 22 at the Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center.

Said pageant is produced by Carousel Productions Inc. and was first launched in 2001 with the objective of becoming a beauty event whose raison d’etre is to have its candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.

Apart from a strong emphasis on environmental protection programs, Miss Earth also aims to showcase and promote various tourist destinations. Every year, 80 to 90 candidates from all over the world compete in said pageant. The winner of Miss Earth will serve as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns worldwide. END

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BFP Sorsogon City intensifies strict fire code compliance

BFP Sorsogon City intensifies strict fire code compliance
Philippine Information Agency
by FO1 C Banico Sorsogon City (23 September) — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Sorsogon City is undaunted by some resistance particularly the business

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RP Embassy in Abuja celebrates Eid Al-Fitr

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:42 AM PDT

PH-155-09, 22 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Abuja celebrated Eid Al-Fitr last 20 September. Guests included members of the Filipino community, Nigerian business people, and the officers and staff of the ASEAN Embassies in Abuja, including the Ambassadors of Thailand and Malaysia and the Charge d’Affaires of Vietnam and Indonesia.

Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Alex V. Lamadrid welcomed the guests on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. This is the first time that the ASEAN Embassies in Nigeria attended the Eid Al-Fitr celebration in the Philippine Embassy.

Post’s muslim staff Mr. Said Bacolod led the invocation and Alimoden Emam read the Qur’an.

A film on the life of the Prophet Muhammad was also shown during the program. END

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St. Petersburg hosts first Philippine Studies Conference

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:20 AM PDT

PR-744-09, 22 September 2009 – A Philippine studies conference was held for the first time ever in St. Petersburg, the former imperial capital and now the cultural capital of Russia, one of the leading countries specializing in the field, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“Pilipinas Muna! (The Philippines is a Priority!)” was held on September 14-15 at the conference hall of Pavilion 6 in LENEXPO, organized by the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the cooperation of the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in St. Petersburg.

In the opening ceremonies, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Victor G. Garcia III praised the organizers, led by conference chair Dr. Maria V. Stanyukovich, chair of Kunstkamera’s Department of Australia, Oceania and Indonesia, for putting Russia on the map “firmly as one of the poles of research on the Philippines.”

Honorary Consul General Sergey Alexeev remarked on St. Petersburg’s links to the Philippines, noting how the trading ships that eventually made its way to the Far East were built and licensed by the Russian Imperial Court in the former capital. Kunstkamera Director Professor Yury K. Chistov remarked about the new academic milestone achieved by the holding of the conference.

Moscow-based historian and political scientist Victor Sumsky emphasized that the conference took in an impressive range of disciplines represented in Philippine studies: linguistics, literature, folklore, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, geology, visual and graphic arts, performance arts and naval engineering.

The two-day conference, which was also attended by three professors from the University of the Philippines – Drs. Crisanta Flores of the Filipino Department, Jima Umala and Wystan de la Peña of the Center of International Studies – attracted the early support of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her visit for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June.

During that visit, President Arroyo took keen interest in early historical references about the Philippines and Russia, such as the Latin translation of Italian chronicler Antonio Pigafetta’s account of Ferdinand Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world in 1522, a copy of which reached Russia and was translated in Russian presumably between 1525 and 1530.

A copy of the translated manuscript was believed to have been among the documents in the Saltykov-Shchedrin State Library in St. Petersburg. The collection from that library became part of the core of what eventually became the Lenin Library or now the Russian State Library.

Apart from UP and Kunstkamera, the institutions represented in the conference were: St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU), Moscow Lomonosov State University (MSU), St. Petersburg Institute of History, Institute of World Economics and International Relations, Russian State Humanitarian University, Northwest Academy of Public Administration and State Russian Museum.

The conference, which is the second ever of its kind in Russia, was dedicated to the 80th birthday of Dr. Gennadiy Evgenyevich Rachkov, a specialist in Tagalog linguistics and the founder of Tagalog Department in SPbSU’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

A side exhibition featuring the oil paintings of Mme. Concepcion G. Garcia and Papo de Asis as well as photos from Philippine daily life taken by Russian photographers Alexandra Romanova and Alexey Stoyda and loaned from the collection of Gennady Grustsya, head of exhibition organizers Golden Dolphin, was opened by Ambassador Garcia, Honorary Consul General Alexeev, Director Chistov and Dr. Elena G. Tsaryova, curator at the Kunstkamera.

The two paintings of Mrs. Garcia entitled “Tres Marias” and “The Making of the First Philippine Flag” were also praised by the conference participants.

Dr. de la Peña said he was impressed with the extent and seriousness of the research presented by the Russian academicians. In particular, he cited papers on the accusativity and ergativity in the Tagalog language, the study of Ilocano Lam-ang epic, the population of the Philippines and the evolution of human groups inhabiting the Pacific and on Francisco Balagtas.

At the end of the conference, Dr. Stanyukovich drew up by acclamation a resolution for the organizers and participants to organize a follow-up conference, possibly in Manila, and to publish the papers and proceedings in both English and Russian.

With the MSU and SPbSU offering undergraduate and post-graduate studies on the Philippines, Russia is one of the leading countries in advancing Philippine studies in Europe if not the world.. Other leading countries are the United States, Australia and Japan. In Europe, Russia and Netherlands lead in scholarships, followed by Spain, Great Britain and Germany.

Russia’s contribution to Philippine studies was acknowledged during President Arroyo’s visit to Moscow in June, where she conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit to Rizalist Dr. Igor Podberezksy for his pioneering work of translating eight volumes of Philippine literature into Russian and penning eight monographs and more than 100 articles on the Philippines in a 55-year career.

The first ever academic conference on the Philippines was held in Moscow in the early 1990s. Organized by the Nusantara Society in Moscow, the one-day “The Philippines in the Malay World” conference gathered specialists from MSU, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Institute of World Economics and International Relations and the Pushkin Institute of World Literature. END

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Lloyd’s opens Davao Gulf Lay-Up Facility to International Shippers

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 12:04 AM PDT

PR-743-09, 22 September 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London Antonio M. Lagdameo reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Lloyd’s Joint War Committee (JWC) has decided to delist Davao Gulf from its areas with perceived enhanced risk.

The September 14 decision will make anchorage areas in Davao Gulf – particularly Malalag and Bunawan Bays, Pujada Bay and Mayo Bay – a more attractive option for international shipping companies which intend to lay-up their idle vessels at the facilities opened by the Philippine Government for this purpose.

Ambassador Lagdameo, who is concurrently the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the International Maritime Organization, welcomed the JWC decision, and said; “London is considered as the maritime capital of the world. The decision taken by the Joint War Committee a few days ago validates the satisfactory efforts undertaken by Philippine government agencies to make Mindanao a stable and peaceful place for international shipping companies to do business.”

Last May, MARINA Administrator Maria Elena Bautista led a delegation of officials from the Philippine Embassy in London and the Philippine Coast Guard to meet with officials of Aegis Defence Services (Aegis), the external security consultant of JWC, to formally brief them on the peace and order situation in Davao Gulf. Administrator Bautista highlighted the peaceful environment in Davao Gulf which is supportive of attracting international shipping companies to lay-up their idle merchant vessels in the area.

A team from Aegis was then invited to the Philippines in mid-August to inspect the measures undertaken by the national and local government agencies to eliminate or minimize any security risk to international merchant vessels that would be availing of the lay-up facilities in Davao Gulf. It was this team that briefed the JWC on the situation prevailing in the Davao Gulf Area.

The JWC is composed of underwriting representatives from both the Lloyd’s and company markets of the International Underwriting Association. It represents the interest of those writing war and related risks within the London market and meets quarterly. END

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RP Embassy in Seoul leads ASEAN Campus Tour

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:43 PM PDT

PR-742-09, 22 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Seoul in cooperation with the ASEAN-Korea Center led the first leg of the ASEAN School Tour Program at the Cheongduk Elementary School, Seoul on September 5.

The group accommodated 180 Korean elementary students. Participants had a taste of Philippine culture through the demonstration of festival costumes, photos of famous Philippine tourist spots, crafts, textiles and other cultural items.

Volunteers from the Pilipino Iskolars sa Korea (PIKO) conducted a briefing to the students. Selected students were also entertained by the basic dance steps of the “Tinikling”.

Other ASEAN member countries also showcased their country’s cultural items and other informational materials in their respective booths.

The ASEAN Campus Tour will be brought to nine other elementary schools around Seoul until November 7. It is being organized by the ASEAN-Korea Center and 10 other embassies of the ASEAN member countries in Seoul to raise awareness and understanding on ASEAN member nations and to promote ASEAN culture among the students in Korea.

Ambassador Luis T. Cruz and Secretary-General Young Jai Cho of the ASEAN-Korea Center headed the campus tour. END

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San Diego Padres’ Filipino Heritage Night

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 08:05 PM PDT

PH-154-09, 22 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the San Diego Padres hosted a Filipino Heritage Night at the Petco Park in San Diego, California last September 15.

Photo shows Manny Pacquiao (center) being presented a Proclamation from the City of Chula Vista honoring him for his outstanding achievements. With Pacquiao are (from left) Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon; Shirley Grasser Horton, California Legislator (2002-2008); and Jeffrey Moorad, San Diego Padres CEO.

During the event, five individuals were also honored for their outstanding contributions to the Filipino-American community namely, Retired Assemblywoman Shirley Horton, Judge Lillian Lim, Captain Cesar Solis, Dr. Barbara Yorobe, and Lucy Gonzales. END

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San Francisco Giants’ Filipino Heritage Night

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 08:00 PM PDT

PH-153-09, 22 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco attended the Giants Filipino Heritage Night at the AT&T Ball Park in San Francisco last September 16. Newly-crowned International Boxing Association (IBA) Super Bantamweight champion Anna “The Hurricane” Julaton also attended the event.

Photo shows Deputy Consul General Wilfredo C. Santos with Ms. Anna Julaton, together with Trade Commissioner Josephine Romero, Mr. Anthony Cornista of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, and Mr. Al Perez of the Bay Area Filipino American community. END

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RP Embassy in Mexico celebrates National Migrant Day

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:50 PM PDT

PH-152-09, 22 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Mexico participated in the celebration of the National Migrants Day at the Basilica de Guadalupe on September 6.

The Pastoral Care of Human Mobility (PCHM) of the Mexican Roman Catholic Church and the Scalabrini Fathers and Sisters coordinated the mass and the cultural show that were participated in by a number of countries represented in Mexico City, Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Pedro C. Santizo said.

Minister and Consul Lilybeth R.. Deapera, Sister Leticia Gutierrez Guadarrama of PCHM, and the representative of President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, were the principal readers in the mass.

Members of the Filipino community in Mexico City participated in the event.

Other members of the diplomatic corps in Mexico like Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Colombia and Panama also attended the commemoration. END

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Filipino Architect Selected as Finalist in Guggenheim Art Shelter Competition

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:31 PM PDT

PR-741-09, 22 September 2009 – Filipino architect Gonzalo “Jun” Raymundo, Jr. was selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the prestigious Guggenheim Art Shelter Competition, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Guggenheim Art Shelter Competition is an exhibition contest sponsored by the Guggenheim Museum and Google SketchUp. It is open to both amateur and professional designers who are challenged to come up with various 3D designs inspired from different shelters in any part of the world using Google SketchUp and Google Earth.

Submissions were received from nearly 600 contestants in 68 countries around the world. Ten finalists were then drawn from this pool of contestants for the People’s Prize Award, which will be chosen through an online public voting.

Mr. Raymundo, based in Quezon City, Philippines, is leading the voting polls.

In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa said Mr. Raymundo has exhibited exceptional skill in design and architecture. “Truly, his work best reflects ingenuity, workmanship and culture that the Filipino people can be proud of. I encourage members of the Filipino community to extend their support to Mr. Raymundo by casting their votes for his meritorious piece of art,” he said.

Mr. Raymundo’s work entitled, “A Bamboo Shelter in a Garbage Dump City,” is a bamboo design shelter built on a concrete base situated at a garbage dump in the Philippines. The bamboo wall represents a strong sense camaraderie or “bayanihan” to signify that “where there is unity there is strength.” His work collectively symbolizes “sustainability and hope.”

The voting period will run until 10 October 2009. A link to the voting page can be accessed at: http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/education/sackler-center/design-it-shelter/vote-for-shelters. END

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Local Officials Welcome Coal Mining in Gubat, Sorsogon

Local Officials Welcome Coal Mining in Gubat, Sorsogon
Voxbikol.com – GUBAT, Sorsogon, Sept. 17 (PNA) — The Department of Energy (DoE) has recently awarded a coal operating contract (COC) to a private firm that offered a

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Sorsogon first eco-house project

‘Green’ home to rise in Bulusan
Charles E. Buban
Philippine Daily Inquirer

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MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Australian Edith Gapas-Dome neither drives a hybrid car nor shops exclusively at natural food and beauty stores. And she doesn’t lose sleep worrying about climate change.

But she is showing the way on how to go green in the house that is taking shape in her hometown of Bulusan, Sorsogon.

Her planned house would make that passionate environmentalist Al Gore proud.

To name a few of the house’s earth-friendly features, the roof will be made of PVC instead of the usual corrugated GI sheets, the concrete walls will have polystyrene (styrofoam) in the middle, and the rooms will be decked out with nontoxic paint.

Even the appliances that will be bought are rated to use less electricity, and the bathroom and kitchen fixtures that will be installed are designed to use less water.

First in RP

“My husband and I weren’t planning to go green when we decided to build some sort of a retirement house in Bulusan. But when our architect described the benefits—lower electricity and water bills, better indoor-air quality, plus the fact that we will not be spending a lot of money—we agreed that it would be worth it,” Dome said.

Dome will be the first in the Philippines to benefit from the LuzViMinda Eco-House project that ModernA launched a few months ago.

ModernA is a small but dedicated group of architects that promotes energy-efficient and environmentally sound housing designs for middle-income Filipino home buyers.

Its first project is LuzViMinda Eco-House, which will build relatively inexpensive houses with a low adverse impact on the environment.

“It’s not easy to buy or build an affordable eco-house here in the Philippines. A lot of home buyers here think that green architecture has a price premium and that it’s only for people who can afford it,” explained architect James Jao, who conceived and co-founded ModernA.

“The need for eco-friendly house designs is becoming increasingly urgent. Sadly, this issue has to take a back seat here in the Philippines, where a lot of Filipinos are homeless or living in substandard housing,” he lamented.

Blueprint

But Jao, who completed a bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Santo Tomas and a master’s degree in city design and social science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, believes that the LuzViMinda Eco-House project will prove that a middle-income Filipino family can afford to enjoy sustainable living.

To drive home this point, Jao’s team built a mock eco-house and displayed it during the recent Manila Construction Show 2008 held at the SMX Convention Center in the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

According to Jao, the 121-square-meter house (with a 33-square-meter garage and a 20-square-meter loft) serves as a blueprint of Dome’s future house—25 percent more energy-efficient, cheaper to build, and, best of all, constructed in accordance with the strict and world-renowned building regulation standards of the United Kingdom.

“While [the mockup] costs over P1.5 million to build, the price of the actual house is expected to be much lower,” Jao said. “But on the other hand, even at P1.5 million, Dome will no longer have to spend so much on energy and water bills and be able to enjoy a healthy environment with her family.”

Dome said part of the agreement with ModernA was to open her eco-house to the public on certain days for viewing.

Said Jao: “The objective is to gain more support and to prove to more Filipino home buyers that they don’t need to spend much to acquire an environment-friendly house.”

He added that another eco-house was being planned in Cebu.

Green strategies

The way Jao explained it, a LuzViMinda Eco-House utilizes forward-thinking green strategies that promote energy efficiency, conservation and quality of life while taking advantage of the economic benefits of green architecture to keep living costs down.

For example, the PVC roof can reflect 90 percent of the sun’s heat, keeping the house’s interior cool even during the summer months.

The concrete walls with styrofoam filling are not only lightweight and thinner than the hollow-blocks-and-cement combination but are also more durable and provide a more effective barrier to external heat and noise.

Jao is adding a filtration system to allow the use of rainwater for cleaning or watering plants.

Local materials

For lighting, a solar panel will be installed, as well as energy-saving lamps positioned throughout the house. This setup, Jao said, could provide monthly savings of P1,200 on electricity.

All the materials used in the mockup and in the house being built in Bulusan are available locally, Jao said.

Green guide

He said his group spent some time researching “to determine each of the materials’ eco-friendliness” because unlike Europe and the United States, the Philippines had no “green guide” to provide “product recommendations and their relative environmental impacts.”

For a green guide, Jao consulted England’s Code for Sustainable Homes but made some revisions to make it appropriate for the Philippines.

The code works by awarding new homes a star rating from one to six, based on their performance against nine sustainability standards—energy and carbon dioxide emissions, water, materials, surface water runoff, waste, pollution, health and well-being, management, and ecology.

On top of everything else, the LuzViMinda Eco-House project is very flexible in terms of design and materials, Jao said.

“In fact, if the national or local government will provide tax-support incentives, for example—the construction price could go much lower that even mass housing developers may be able to afford it.” 

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Bulan Sorsogon-Participates in International Coastal Cleanup Day

In Support of the International Coastal Clean-up Day, People from Bulan Sorsogon accept the challenge and picked-up trash along the beaches of Bulan on September 19.  This is a great show of volunteerism!

In Support of the International Coastal Clean-up Day, People from Bulan Sorsogon accept the challenge and picked-up trash along the beaches of Bulan on September 19.  This is a great show of volunteerism!

http://www.gmanews.tv/video/48048/rp-participates-in-international-coastal-cleanup-day

 
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Public hearings on coal mining canceled

Public hearings on coal mining canceled
Business Mirror – Philippines
The others are in Batan Island of Rapu-Rapu, Albay; Cataingan, Masbate; and Gubat, Bacon and Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon. The DOE had already issued a COC to a

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CHIZ-LOREN STILL A TEAM TO BEAT IN 2010, SAYS NPC SPOKESMAN

CHIZ-LOREN STILL A TEAM TO BEAT IN 2010, SAYS NPC SPOKESMAN
Philippine Headline News
MANILA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 (STAR) By Delon Porcalla – Amid high survey ratings by opposition rivals, Senators FrancisChizEscudero and Loren Legarda are

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Department of Foreign Affairs – Updates

RP Consulate General requests Probe on OFW’s Death at Jeddah Deportation Center

Posted: 20 Sep 2009 01:00 AM PDT

PR-740-09, 20 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah requested the Saudi authorities to investigate the death of a Filipino at the Jeddah Deportation Center.

Philippine Consul General Ezzedin H. Tago reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that the Consulate sent a formal communication asking for a probe on the death of Edward Cuano last August 16 while under custody at the deportation center.

Mr. Cuano was apprehended by Saudi police authorities on August 8 for violation of immigration laws and was brought to the deportation center for investigation. He allegedly suffered chest pains and died on August 16.

The DFA has informed Mr. Cuano’s family of his demise and continues to update them on developments.

The Consulate continues to make representations with Saudi authorities on the matter. END

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Department of Foreign Affairs Co-Sponsors Forum on RP-India Bilateral Ties

Posted: 18 Sep 2009 06:00 PM PDT

19 September 2009 – As part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Philippines-India bilateral relations, the Department, in cooperation with the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Embassy of India, will organize a Forum-Conference on Philippines-India bilateral relations. Entitled “Bridging the Distance: Philippines and India Relations in the 21st Century”. The forum will be held on 23 September 2009, at the NISMED building, U.P. campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

Experts on India led by former Senator Leticia R. Shahani, Sr. Ashok Lahiri, a member of the Board of the Asian Development Bank, U.P. Asian Center Dean Aileen SP. Baviera, Defense Undersecretary Antonio Santos, retired Philippine ambassadors to India, and others, will deliver insightful papers, presentations and reactions on the current state of the Philippines-India bilateral ties and prospects, challenges and opportunities for the future.

Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Franklin M. Ebdalin has been invited to open the Forum and outline the current state of the Philippines-India bilateral relations.

The Philippines established diplomatic relations with India on 16 November 1949, with the opening of the Philippine Legation in New Delhi, headed by the late Ambassador and later Secretary of Foreign Affairs Narciso Ramos. The Philippines-India Treaty of Friendship, signed 11 July 1952 in Manila provides that “there shall be perpetual peace and everlasting amity between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of India and their peoples.”

Other events are being held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Philippines-India relations. The Forum hopes to highlight the “bridges” between the Philippines and India. These are found in IT-enabled business process outsourcing, trade and investments, cooperation in various fields such as defense, agriculture, science and technology, and in people-to-people exchanges, including greater awareness and understanding between the two countries. END

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Francis “Chiz” Escudero tops UP mock election

Chiz‘ tops UP mock election
Inquirer.net
FrancisChizEscudero would be the new president, at least at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the result of a mock election conducted
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Department of Foreign Affairs – Updates

Reports from Philippine Embassies and Consulates (As of 17 September 2009)

Posted: 17 Sep 2009 03:33 AM PDT

PHILIPPINE POST UPDATES ON INLFUENZA A(H1N1) VIRUS
Ottawa PE
  • Canadian Chief Health Public Officer announced that Canada will likely not have an A(H1N1) flu vaccine available for distribution until early November.
  • Cumulative accounted deaths in Canada related to A(H1N1) is 72. Post will continue to monitor and report developments.
Prague PE
  • The total number of A(H1N1) reported cases are 277.
  • To date, Post has not received any report of Filipino contracting the flu.
Macau PCG
  • Post reported that the total number of A(H1N1) cases in Macau had risen to 1,352. No reported Filipino was infected by the virus.
  • The Macau SAR government ordered one million A(H1N1) vaccines. The first shipment is due to arrive in November.
Oslo PE
  • Post reported first A(H1N1) death in Norway.
  • There are a total of 1,155 cases of A(H1N1) in the country.
  • No reported Filipino was infected by the virus.
Vientiane PE
  • Post reported that Laos recorded 245 cases of A(H1N1) with two fatalities as of 31 August.
Beirut PE
  • The Ministry of Health of Lebanon announced that there are now 792 A(H1N1) cases confirmed with two deaths.
  • Post has not received any report of Filipinos being infected by the virus.
Washington PE
  • Post reported the preparations being made by the US government in anticipation of the second surge or wave of the A(H1N1) virus during the fall and winter seasons.
  • The Federal Government has allocated nearly US$2 billion to secure vaccines which will be available by mid-October.
Abu Dhabi PE
  • Post reported 4th death case in UAE related to A(H1N1) virus.
  • Post continues to monitor cases that might involve Filipino nationals particularly, those in Philippine schools.
Berne PE
  • Post continues to monitor A(H1N1) cases under its jurisdiction.
  • No reported case of Filipino being infected by the virus.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off the Renovation Project of the Philippine Chancery in Brussels

Posted: 17 Sep 2009 02:44 AM PDT

17 September 2009 – Ambassador Cristina G. Ortega, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Communities, led the groundbreaking ceremony held on 7 September 2009 at the Philippine Chancery in Avenue Moliere, Brussels.

This event was held to officially turn-over the Chancery key to the contractor that will undertake the renovation project.

The renovation project was awarded to SPRL Enterprise General Le Loup on 28 August 2009 by the Bids and Awards Committee of the Embassy headed by Minister and Consul Roy B. Ecraela.

“I am quite pleased that we have now realized our dream of having a Philippine property at the very heart of Europe. Now is the most opportune time to undertake the necessary renovation of the building so as to further beautify the premises and optimize its functionality”, Ambassador Ortega remarked. END

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Cebu Governor Leads Trade Mission to Israel

Posted: 17 Sep 2009 02:36 AM PDT

17 September 2009 – Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led a trade mission to Israel on September 2-7.

The trade mission, comprising members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), promoted and enhanced trade cooperation between the Philippines and Israel.

During her visit, Governor Garcia met with officials of the Foreign Ministry and the Municipality of Rishon Lezion and discussed common interests particularly in advancing RP-Israel trade relations.

As a result of the visit, both parties agreed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by and between the Cebu Province and Rishon Lezion on September 6.

A total of 20 top business persons engaged in various sectors such as food, hardware, ICT, real estate and gift items, accompanied Governor Garcia.

Mrs. Emily Benedicto-Chioson, also the Honorary Consul of Israel in the Philippines, and Mr. Samuel Chioson, president of CCCI, facilitated and contributed much to the success of the visit and the trade mission whose member-delegates.

The MOU specifically aims to create conditions for promotion of trade and developing business between the two parties.

The following areas were identified in the MOU as areas where cooperation can be enhanced: economic contacts; tourism industry; technical information; trade fairs/exhibition; economic, educational, cultural and sports activities; healthcare and social facilities, and environmental protection.

The signing of the agreement was facilitated by Ambassador Itzak Oren, the Director of Foreign Relations of the Municipality of Rishon Lezion. The members of the CCCI were also present during the event and witnessed the signing ceremonies.

The Governor also paid tribute to the Holocaust Memorial Park, also in Rishon Lezion, through a wreath-laying ceremony. She visited the site of the Philippines-Israel Friendship Monument, commonly known as the Open Doors Monument, which was inaugurated in June 2009 by Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano.

Governor Garcia attended the opening session of the roundtable discussion between the CCCI and Israeli companies and businessmen.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce jointly organized the event held at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv.

Later in the evening, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Petronila P. Garcia hosted a dinner in honor of the Cebu Governor, her entourage and the trade mission delegates of CCCI. Among those present were Israeli businessmen, Mr. Chaim Choshen of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Oren of Rishon Lezion, and close friends. END

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RP Embassy in London Clarifies Reported Crackdown on Foreigners in UK

Posted: 17 Sep 2009 12:59 AM PDT

PR-734-09, 17 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in London reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Filipinos in the United Kingdom are generally law-abiding and have generally not been affected nor been the subject of arrest and detention in the ongoing drive by UK immigration authorities

The target of the campaign involves nationals without appropriate work permits or other documentation, from Eastern European countries outside of the European Union, as well as those from Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2007, the Embassy has proposed to the United Kingdom Home Office the conduct of regular and official consultations on immigration concerns involving Filipinos in the UK.

The UK Border Agency launched a Points-Based Migration system in February 2008 to ensure that only those with the right skills or the right contribution can come to the United Kingdom to work or study. END

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RP Embassy in Kuala Lumpur conducts Security Clinic for Personnel

Posted: 17 Sep 2009 12:57 AM PDT

17 September 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that it is currently holding a clinic on security-related matters for its personnel. (Inset) Defense Attaché Col. Jet Velarmino (left) and Second Secretary Theodore I. Libardo (right) were the first speakers. Sr. Supt. Bernardo Diaz of the Philippine National Police will also speak in the coming days. END

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Consul General Cardenas Calls on Governor Linda Lingle

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 09:58 PM PDT

PR-733-09, 17 September 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Consul General Leoncio R. Cardenas paid a courtesy call on Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle at the State Capitol on September 14 where they had cordial discussions on issues concerning Philippine-Hawaii relations. They also discussed the Philippines’ participation in Governor Lingle’s priority programs, including the FIRST in Hawaii Robotics Competition held in March 2009 aimed at developing skills on high-robotics technology and the 6th International Women’s Leadership Conference on September 22.

The Philippine Team, composed of 20 third-year high school students from the Philippine Science High School, garnered the “Rookie All Star Award” at the robotics competition. Senator Loren Legarda, a leading advocate on conservation and a well-respected Woman Leader, will attend the 6th IWLC.

Consul General Cardenas expressed his appreciation to Govenor Lingle’s sincere offer of assistance to be of help to the Philippine Consulate and the Filipino Community in Hawaii. END

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Totoo bang ang mga manok na pinatay sa Jollibee ay masasaya kaya sila tinawag na chicken joy?

Padalang jokes ng ating mga igan!

Para sa mga tanong nyo…eto na ang ilang kasagutan…

Tama ka sa iyong paglapit sa akin ukol sa iyong mga katanungan….datapwat hindi ako nakakasiguro salahat ng aking sagot, susubukan kong bigyang liwanag ang lahat ng iyong katanungan…

Ang aking kaibigan ay mayroon lang mga ilang katanungan na matagal nang bumabagabag sa kanyang araw-araw na pamumuhay. Maaaring ang iba rito ay alam na rin ito ngunit walang makapagbigay ng akmang kasagutan o pagpapaliwanag. Ito ay ang mga sumusunod:

1. Ang squidballs ba ay bayag ng pusit?
Ang squidballs ay hindi bayag ng pusit ngunit bayag ni Tiya Pusit.

2. Pwede bang uminom ng softdrink kapag coffee break?
Pwedeng uminom ng softdrink kung coffebreak ngunit kailangan itong lagyan ng asukal at kopimeyt. Kopimeyt dapat at huwag gatas. (milk in my cereal, kopimeyt in my pepsi. sounds good to me!)

3. Pwede bang gamitin ang a.m. radio pag gabi na?
Maari lamang gamitin ang a.m. radio kapag gabi kung ang iyong pakikinggan ay f.m.

4. Ang fire exit ba ay labasan ng apoy?
Ang fire exit ay ginagamit lamang bilang labasan ng apoy kapag may sunog. Ito ang kanilang daan upang sila’y makatakas o ang tinatawag na “fire escape”.

5. Ang uod ba pag namatay ay inuuod din?
Ang tao kapag namatay ay hindi tinatao. Malamang ang uod ay hindi rin inuuod. Kung ang tao ay inuuod kapag nalaguatan ng hininga, siguro ang uod kapag namatay ay tinatao.

6. Totoo bang ang mga manok na pinatay sa Jollibee ay masasaya kaya sila tinawag na chicken joy?
Ang mga manok na pinatay sa Jollibee ay masaya kung kaya’t sila’y tinawag na chicken joy. Ngunit hindi kinakailangang sa jolibee patayin ang manok upang maging ito ay maging masaya…ang mga manok ay nagiging masaya kapag sila ay may kasama sa buhay. Kapag ito ay nag-iisa lamang, ito ay hindi chicken joy kundi…mcchicken singles. (Ang pinakamasayang manok sa lahat ay iyong 6 pc. chicken mcnuggets o tinatawag na “orgy” sa inggles)

7. Mayroon bang kahit isang langgam na mahilig sa maalat?
Alam na ba ninyo iyong patawa na “itlog maalat”? Nakagat ako minsan ng langgam…….

8. Kung ang 7-11 store ay bukas 24 hrs a day , 7 days a week , at 365 days a year. Bakit may lock pa ang pinto nila? Bakit? Bakit?
Dalawa ang dahilan. Una, may coffee break (tingnan ang katanungan bilang 2 hinggil sa maaaring inumin kapag coffe break) din naman ang mga nagtatrabaho sa 7-11. Pangalawa, mayroon tayong tinatawag na leap year.

9. Bakit di mataas ang highway?
Dahil kung mataas ang highway, walang paglalagyan ng skyway.

10. Ba’t alang lumilipad na sasakyan sa flyover?
Hindi lang natin nakikita ang mga nagliliparang sasakyan sapagkat hindi tayo tumutingala kapag tayo ay nasa flyover. Ang pagsalin ng dayuhang salita na flyover sa katutubong wika ay “fly”-lipad, “over”-sa ibabaw. Ibig sabihin nito na ang mga kotse ay hindi lumilipad sa flyover ngunit sa ibabaw ng flyover. Ngayon kung titingala ka naman kapag ikaw ay nasa flyover ang tangi mong makikita ay ang kisame ng iyong sasakyan. Alam kong wala sa inyong mayroong sasakyan na Miata, Boxster, Kompressor, Z3, Z8 at kung ano-ano pang kotseng pangmayaman kaya’t huwag na kayong magpumilit mamilosopo…ako lang ang may karapatan. Kung idadahilan niyo naman na mayroon kayong sunroof, hanapin ninyo ang inyong tinatawag na “sense of humor”. Namamatay ng maaga ang palaging seryoso.

Sana ay nasagot ko ang iyong mga tanong at kung mayroon pang ibang bagay na bumabagabag sa iyong isipan huwag kang mag-alinlangang magpadala sa akin ng e-mail.

At lagi rin natin sana tandaan ang dayuhang salawikain na “ask a dumb question and you’ll get a dumb answer.”

maraming salamat

walang anuman.

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Floro Dery- Extraordinary artist from Gubat Sorsogon

Floro Dery, is an extraordinary artist  from Gubat, Sorsogon. He master the arts of painting & comics illustration and now a full time animators in different animation shows in the US of A.  Some of his projects : Pirates of Dark Water, Wildfire, The Transformers:  The Movie (animation), The King and I, The Little Mermaid, The Swan Princess, Spider Man. This man is truly a pinoy world class. Tunay na maipagmamalaki ng pilipinas..Uragon talaga!!

Further info:

Some of his masterpiece:

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Sorsogon renews partnership with NGCP

Sorsogon renews partnership with NGCP
Philippine Information Agency
by BA Recebido Sorsogon Province (15 September) — The provincial government here renewed its support to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)

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Irosin – Paray Festival 2009 updates

Start:     Sep 25, ’09 06:00a
Location:     Irosin, Sorsogon
OPEN CATEGORY (15K)
Entry Fee: 150
Prizes:
Champion P 5000
1st Runner-up P 3000
2nd Runner Up P 2000
Finisher 4th to 13th Place P300
Route: Centro-Gulang Gulang-Valley View-Centro
LOCAL CATEGORY (10K)
Entry Fee: 100
Prizes: Champion P 3000
1st Runner-up P 2000
2nd Runner Up P 1000
Finisher 4th to 13th Place P300
Route: Centro-Gulang Gulang-CenStart:     Sep 25, ’09 06:00a
Location:     Irosin, Sorsogon
OPEN CATEGORY (15K)
Entry Fee: 150
Prizes:
Champion P 5000
1st Runner-up P 3000
2nd Runner Up P 2000
Finisher 4th to 13th Place P300
Route: Centro-Gulang Gulang-Valley View-Centro
LOCAL CATEGORY (10K)
Entry Fee: 100
Prizes: Champion P 3000
1st Runner-up P 2000
2nd Runner Up P 1000
Finisher 4tto 13th Place P300

Updates for the Irosin-Paray festival Sports Event 2009!

Marathon Paray Festival 2009 Sports Event

Start: Sep 25, ’09 06:00a

Location: Irosin, Sorsogon

OPEN CATEGORY (15K)

Entry Fee: 150

Prizes:

Champion P 5000

1st Runner-up P 3000

2nd Runner Up P 2000

Finisher 4th to 13th Place P300

Route: Centro-Gulang Gulang-Valley View-Centro

LOCAL CATEGORY (10K)

Entry Fee: 100

Prizes: Champion P 3000

1st Runner-up P 2000

2nd Runner Up P 1000

Finisher 4th to 13th Place P300

Route: Centro-Gulang Gulang-Centro

Mountain Bike Race Paray Festival-Open

Start: Sep 26, ’09 12:00p

Location: Irosin, Sorsogon

OPEN CATEGORY

September 26, Saturday, 12 noon

Entry Fee: 150


Prizes:

Champion P 7000

1st Runner-up P 5000

2nd Runner Up P 3000

Finisher 4th to 13th Place P300


Route: Centro-Gabao-Batang-Trese-Centro-Mapaso-Centro-Bagsangan-Monbon-Gabao-Batang-Trese-Centro-Bagsangan-Monbon-Gabao-Batang-Centro (88.5 km)

Mountain Bike Race Paray Festival-Local

Start: Sep 27, ’09 06:00a

Location: Irosin, Sorsogon

LOCAL CATEGORY

September 27, Sunday, 6 AM

Entry Fee: 100


Prizes:

Champion P 3000

1st Runner-up P 2000

2nd Runner Up P 1000

Finisher 4th to 13th Place P300


Route: Centro-Gabao-Batang-Trese-Centro-Mapaso-Centro-Bagsangan-Monbon-Gabao-Batang-Centro (60 km)

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President’s office budget OK’d in 5 minutes

President’s office budget OK’d in 5 minutes
Inquirer.net
Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero followed this with a motion to approve the budget, which was agreed by the committee. The budget of the Office of

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Bicol Rising

Bicol rising
Inquirer.net
the pristine beaches in Camarines Sur, and the wonderful and gentle butanding (whale shark) in Sorsogon, it is often put in the spotlight when disasters

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Creating people-centered jobs and communities

Creating people-centered jobs and communities
Inquirer.net
In Pilar, Sorsogon, the Provincial Alliance of NGOs and POs for Development (Pangopod) helps establish water systems in response to basic needs of residents
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Department of Foreign Affairs

President Arroyo to Visit London and Saudi Arabia

Posted: 12 Sep 2009 12:29 AM PDT

PR-711-09, 12 September 2009 – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will visit the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia next week to further promote the Philippines as an attractive investment destination, to look after the welfare of Filipino overseas workers and strengthen bilateral relations with the two countries.

The President was invited by London-based newsmagazine The Economist to deliver a keynote address in The Emerging Markets Summit to be held on September 17-18 in London.

She will join five other heads of government who have confirmed participation in the Summit namely Thailand, Ukraine, Tunisia, Turkey, and Rwanda, which are all emerging economies.

The theme of the high-level conference, which is sponsored by one of the world’s highly influential and leading newsmagazine, is “Globalization Redefined by Emerging Markets.” Over 300 business leaders and investors from all over the world are expected to participate in this prestigious forum which will give the President the opportunity to share the Philippines’ view on Asia’s leadership in the global economic recovery and to promote the Philippines as a highly attractive investment destination.

The President is expected to highlight the resiliency and continued growth of the Philippine economy which reported a positive 1.5 percent economic growth in the second quarter of 2009, three times the median of 0.5 percent expected growth, amidst the current global economic downturn.

President Arroyo will also meet key business leaders to further increase trade and investments into the country.

On the occasion of the President’s visit, two bilateral agreements will be signed which will intensify legal cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and British First Secretary of State Lord Mandelson will sign the RP-UK Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and the RP-UK Extradition Treaty. President Arroyo will witness the signing of these two landmark agreements.

Given the presence of about 200,000 Filipinos in the United Kingdom, 70 percent of which are in the Greater London area, President Arroyo will meet with members of the Filipino community and encourage them to further contribute to the continued economic resiliency of the country.

From London, President Arroyo will proceed to and will visit Saudi Arabia on September 21-23, upon the invitation of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

The President will grace the official inauguration of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Rabigh, Saudi Arabia on September 23. The inauguration is highly significant as it will coincide with the celebration of the Saudi National Day and the Eid El-Fitr, marking the end of Holy Month of Ramadan.

President Arroyo will take up and discuss with King Abdullah the further strengthening of bilateral relations, including closer economic cooperation, as well as the Philippines’ bid for observer status in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the welfare of the biggest concentration of Filipino workers in the Middle East.

Pardons for those in jail are often granted during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

President Arroyo will also meet with the Saudi Minister of Agriculture to discuss bilateral agricultural projects. She will also meet the members of the Saudi business community to discuss investments proposals to the Philippines.

The President and her lean delegation will return to Manila from Saudi Arabia. END

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Embassy Hosts ‘Fashion Walk’ with Patis TesoroPosted: 11 Sep 2009 02:43 AM PDT

PR-710-09, 11 September 2009 — The Philippine Embassy in South Africa hosted a mini-fashion show entitled ‘Fashion Walk with Ms. Patis Tesoro,’ featuring creations by renowned Filipino couturier Maria Beatriz ‘Patis’ Tesoro.

The show was held at the ‘Bahay Pilipino’ Official Residence last September 4.

Philippine Ambassador to South Africa Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. said Ms. Tesoro was in South Africa after returning from Swaziland where she explored cultural links with the Southern Africa kingdom.

The Ambassador and Ms. Tesoro had an audience with H. M. King Mswati III and were presented to the Queen Mother at a public meeting in Siteki.

The Embassy invited members of the diplomatic community in Pretoria, media practitioners, notable South Africans, and members of the Filipino community to attend the fashion show.

The show’s guest of honor was His Royal Highness Prince Lonkhokhela Dlamini of Swaziland, brother to His Majesty King Mswati III, and Chair of the National Council of Arts and Culture of Swaziland.

Ambassador Reyes introduced the designer to the audience, speaking of the importance of her visit to South Africa and Swaziland, and her intentions of being a consultant on reviving some arts and crafts in Swaziland.

Ms. Tesoro then explained the evolution of her own work, explaining how, for example, piña fabric used to be so rare since fewer people had been making it, but it had now become more common since Filipinos saw the value of the fabric in the culture. She has also since become an environmental advocate, striving to protect forests from encroaching over-exploitation.

The show featured her collection of Filipiniana-based costumes modelled by teenagers from Pretoria and members of the Filipino community. The audience applauded each piece as they came onto the fashion walkway.

A cocktail of Filipino delicacies followed the fashion show. END

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Secretary Romulo Attends 187th Anniversary of the Independence of BrazilPosted: 11 Sep 2009 02:29 AM PDT

11 September 2009—Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo offers a toast to Ambassador Alcides Gastao Recides Prates (2nd R), on the occasion of the 187th Anniversary of the Independence of the Federative Republic of Brazil held on 7 September at the Mandarin Hotel, Makati City.

The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Eminence Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams of the Holy See (1st R) and other diplomats and guests joined Secretary Romulo in congratulating Brazil on its National Day. (Photo by Benjamin Remo, DFA-PISU)

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SSC inhouse review interfaces research, extension

SSC inhouse review interfaces research, extension
Philippine Information Agency
by BA Recebido Sorsogon City (11 September) — Sorsogon State College (SSC) Research and Development Services and Extension Services held recently its
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JB Line – Bicol Express, simbolo kan mga bikolnon

Guiromdom pa nindo? Iyo ini ang original na bicol express-JB line ang simbolo kan mga bikolnon-sorsoganon. Kaogmang balikan ta ang mga memories sa BUS na ini. Ang mga driver kaini dating mga piloto siguro? ta kun mina padalagan kan mga bus ninda garu dai tatao mag-minor..ka-kaskas baya 🙂 exciting na maray lalo na sa mga kurbada ay sus…magdara ka na ki pangakod ta basi mahulog ka ! Pero ang BUS na ini ang  nagdara sa mga dating estudyante na yaraon na ngonian sa iba-ibang nasyon. Kagayon kun igwa sana kutang mga INVESTORS para maibalik ang PANGARAN kan BICOL EXPRESS.

The original bicol express

The original bicol express

Mga kababayan ko, kung igwa po kamong storya manungod sa JB line..pa post sana digdi. Dios Mabalos!!

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Emerging honeybee industry plagued by pests, diseases

Emerging honeybee industry plagued by pests, diseases
Business Mirror
The researchers also reported that A. dorsata colonies abound in Matnog, Sorsogon, while Melipona sp was found only in Guinobatan, Albay, and Goa,

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Chiz’ turns down team-up with Villar

Chiz‘ turns down team-up with Villar
Manila Times
FrancisChizEscudero has rejected the idea of being the running mate of Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., citing Villar’s involvement in the alleged double
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Erap won’t give way to Noynoy
ABS CBN News
Estrada said he still cannot see the other opposition presidential aspirants, particularly Senators Manny Villar and FrancisChizEscudero, giving way to
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Estrada told: Don’t run, just play kingmaker
Inquirer.net
FrancisChizEscudero (18 percent). Vice President Noli de Castro got 15 percent; Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, 9 percent; and Sen. Loren Legarda, 7 percent
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Chiz, Bicol’s best hope to have a president

Chiz, Bicol’s best hope to have a president
Manila Times – Manila,Philippines
FrancisChizEscudero who is the likely choice of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) as its standard bearer in the 2010 election. Sen.

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Trans-Asia keen on hydropower deals

Trans-Asia keen on hydropower deals
Business Mirror – Philippines
Apart from the IPP contracts, Viray said they are also likely to join in the bid for the 150-MW Bacon-Manito geothermal plant in Sorsogon.

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Pimentel sees tough fight for LP

Pimentel sees tough fight for LP
Manila Bulletin – Manila,Philippines
Former President Joseph Estrada had said he would run for the presidency if FrancisChizEscudero, of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and a

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Erap, Bro. Eddie unshaken by Noynoy’s presidential bid

Erap, Bro. Eddie unshaken by Noynoy’s presidential bid
GMA news.tv – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
Noynoy ang kandidato at aatras sila (Manuel Villar Jr. and Francis JosephChizEscudero), ay bakit hindi naman ako aatras? (If they would unite behind Sen

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UNDP gives 3 Bicol provinces $2-M calamity fund

UNDP gives 3 Bicol provinces $2-M calamity fund
Business Mirror – Philippines
In Sorsogon, the DOTC had also appropriated, under its ports-development program, for this year P150 million for the improvement of the Castilla all-weather

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