SORSOGON UNITED

When we unite, We make our life better

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

ShareThis

pi

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)

ShareThis

pi
pi

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

ShareThis

pi

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

ShareThis

pi

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

ShareThis

pi

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

ShareThis

pi
pi

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

ShareThis

pi

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

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

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

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

ShareThis

pi

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)

ShareThis

pi

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

ShareThis

pi

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

ShareThis

pi
pi

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

ShareThis

pi
pi

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

ShareThis

pi

“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

pi

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

ShareThis

pi

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Twitter Updates

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 924 other followers

RSS OUR DAILY BREAD

  • Unity
    In 1722 a small group of Moravian Christians, who lived in what is now the Czech Republic, found refuge from persecution on the estate of a generous German count. Within four years more than 300 people came. But instead of an ideal community for persecuted refugees, the settlement became filled with discord. Different perspectives on Christianity brought div […]

RSS DAILY INSPIRATION QUOTES

  • Inspirational Thoughts and More
    If you are looking for inspiration or you have some to share, you will find something on the Inspirational Thoughts and More page to meet your needs.

RSS DAILY VERSE

  • Matthew 16:24
    Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."

SHARE THIS BLOG!

Bookmark and Share

Archives

Categories

RSS BICOLTODAY.COM

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

UPCOMING EVENTS

RSS The Green Economist

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS PINOY OFW

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

FIND OUT MORE! EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF SORSOGON!!

 

Calendar

September 2009
M T W T F S S
« Aug   Oct »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930  

eRADIO-SORSOGON

pbndzmssorsogon.blogspot.com  

RSS THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • Lehman Brothers declares bankruptcy
    On September 15, 2008, the venerable Wall Street brokerage firm Lehman Brothers seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the largest victim of the subprime mortgage crisis that would devastate financial markets and contribute to the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. ...
  • The Four Seasons earn their first #1 hit with “Sherry”
    Frankie Valli (born Francis Casteluccio) had been hard at work trying to become a star for the better part of a decade before the Four Seasons achieved their breakthrough. They had come together as a group in several stages over the previous four years, changing their name in 1961 from the Four ...

PESO EXCHANGE RATES TODAY

OFW-ONLINE SERVICES

poea.gov.ph
 

ARE YOU LOOKING for a JOB?

jobsdb.com
 
jobsdb.com
 
jobstreet.com

nrco.dole.gov.ph   poea.gov.ph         phil-job.net  

   
    sorsogonunited.wordpress.com    
sorsogonunited.wordpress.com   sorsogonunited.wordpress.com
   

Proud to be pinoy

Bicol Blog Community

SORSOGONUNITED VISITORS

  • 196,361 Hits

FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Free counters!

SORSOGONUNITED FRIENDS

del.icio.us

Top Rated

%d bloggers like this: