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Department of Foreign Affairs-15October2009 Updates

RP Participates in High-Level Aviation and Climate Change Meet

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:33 AM PDT

PR-860-09, 15 October 2009 – The Philippines participated in the High-Level Meeting on International Aviation and Climate Change held in Montreal last October 7-9.

Led by Minister and Consul General of the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa Joseph Gerard B. Angeles, the Philippine Delegation ensured that the Philippines will be cooperating in the most effective manner possible with the process leading to a successful new climate agreement – one that builds upon the strengths of those involved and that targets an environmentally-sustainable response as its legacy to future generations.

All eyes in the climate-change community were turned to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as it agreed on its inputs to the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

ICAO’s inputs focused on how international aviation emissions should be treated in the new agreement.

Participating States agreed to work through ICAO to achieve a global annual average fuel efficiency improvement of two percent over the medium term until 2020. They also agreed to keep working towards medium and long-term goals, including exploring the feasibility of goals of more ambition such as carbon-neutral growth and emissions reductions.

Such fuel efficiency improvements, or other aspirational emission reduction goals, would not attribute specific obligations to individual States. The different circumstances, respective capabilities and contribution of developing and developed States to the concentration of aviation Greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere will determine how each State may contribute to achieving the global aspirational goals. END



Secretary Romulo and UNESCO DG Matsuura Sign Joint Communiqué on 1ST RP-UNESCO Country Programming Document

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:23 AM PDT

PR-859-09, 15 October 2009 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura signed a Joint Communiqué announcing the first RP-UNESCO Country Programming Document (PH-CPD).

The PH-UCPD, which will serve as the framework of cooperation between the Philippines and UNESCO, identifies specific programmes and projects in the fields of education, science, culture and communication which they will jointly focus on from 2009 to 2011.

The Secretary was accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Rora Navarro-Tolentino, Secretary-General Preciosa Soliven of the UNESCO Philippine National Commission, Presidential Adviser on Education Dr. Mona Valisno and Ms. Josefina Ricafort, Committee Secretary of the House of Representative’s Committee of Basic Education and Culture.

Following his meeting with the DG Matsuura, Secretary Romulo delivered the Philippine Policy Statement at the General Conference, calling on UNESCO to provide leadership in its areas of expertise and a “strong partnership” with member states that is responsive to their urgent needs.

He also thanked the international community for its support and assistance for the victims of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng and, in the light of these natural disasters, underscored the need for concerted global action on climate change.

Secretary Romulo also met with Director-General elect Mme. Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, who will assume office in November. Secretary Romulo pledged the support of the Philippines to Mme. Bokova, the first woman Director General of UNESCO.

The Philippines is a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board, its governing body, until 2011. END



Financial Donations from the International Community at US$103.31 Million

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:01 AM PDT

PR-858-09, 15 October 2009 – International donors continue to pour in much-needed financial assistance for the victims of typhoon Ondoy with total donations amounting to US$103.31 million (or approximately P4.80 billion) as of today.

A significant portion of the financial contribution came from international organizations with US$76.03 million (or P3.53 billion). These include contributions in cash or in kind from the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, among others.

Donations from the Philippines’s bilateral and multilateral/regional partners follow with US$21.70 million (or P1 billion) and US$3.64 million (or P169.53 million), respectively.

Philippine bilateral partners who donated in cash or in kind are Australia, Singapore, the United States, Japan, China, Canada, Italy, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Bahrain, Sweden, Brazil, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom and Great Britain, the Czech Republic, among others.

Other sources and their contributions are:

Total NGOs US$1.06 million (or P49.3 million)
Filipino communities US$395,659 (or P18.4 million)
Individual donations US$22,569 (or P1.05 million)
DFA personnel at Posts US$18,114 (or P842,301)
Private individuals US$22,569 (or P1.05 million)
Others US$434,343 (or P20.2 million)

The National Disaster Coordinating Council, Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Philippine National Red Cross and other agencies are authorized to receive the donations or pledges. Donations without corresponding monetary value are not included. END



Mexican Fifth Grade Student Donates Personal Savings to Typhoon Victims

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 12:49 AM PDT

PR-857-09, 15 October 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to Mexico Alejandro M. Ortigas III reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that fifth grade student Alejandro Luna Flores called on him on October 9, 2009 to express sympathy for the victims of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng and to hand-over a donation of $410 Mexican Pesos (approximately P2,451 Philippine Pesos) for Filipino children who are victims of the calamities.

The young Alejandro, who was accompanied by his parents who are both lawyers, and his 6-month old brother, took the amount straight from his “alkansiya” (money box).

Alejandro developed an interest about the Philippines during a summer class and since then, started collecting items about the Philippines, including two-peso Philippine bills.

In his letter to Ambassador Ortigas, Alejandro said he likes reading the history of the Philippines, and one of his favorite tourist destinations in the country is Chocolate Hills in Bohol.

Ambassador Ortigas said that he intends to ask a friend in a chocolate and cookies business to match hundred times the donation of Alejandro, so it can benefit more Filipino children.

Alejandro presented the Philippine Embassy a rooster art work in blown glass, a product of the State of Hidalgo, which his father said symbolizes the cockfighting influence of the Philippines to Mexico. In turn, Ambassador Ortigas gave Alejandro a Philippine table flag and other mementos.

The young boy said he hopes to visit the Philippines someday. END



Cuban Church Prays for RP Typhoon Victims

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 12:20 AM PDT

PR-856-09, 15 October 2009- Havana’s International Christian Church (ICC) worship service on Sunday, 11 October 2009, offered prayers for the victims of typhoons Ketsana (Ondoy) and Parma (Pepeng) in the Philippines and other disasters elsewhere in the world.

In his message to the ICC congregation, Philippine Ambassador MacArthur F. Corsino said that every calamity bears a challenge and a lesson to turn to God and grow in spirit. “It is in times of greatest fear, pain and suffering that we realize our nothingness and turn to God,” he said.

Prayers were also offered for victims of the earthquake in Indonesia, the tsunamis in the Samoan and Tonga Islands and flood victims in other parts of Asia.

The ICC was co-founded 19 years ago by Flor Toledo-Juarez, a Filipino-Cuban married to the ICC’s supervising minister, Rev. Rodolfo Juarez. It is attended by diplomats, other expatriates and English-speaking Cubans. END



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Sorsogon – Nag-aso Burning Lake at Bacon-Manito forest reservation

Bicol, Central Visayas forge tourism partnership

Written by Danny O. Calleja / Correspondent

THURSDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2009 21:02

LEGAZPI CITY—The Bicol region and Central Visayas have complementing tourist attractions that, when promoted together, will give tourists more options to stay. It is thus to the mutual benefit of the two regions that the forging of a mutual tourism promotion drive is now in the works.

And with the recent opening by Cebu Pacific of direct flights between here and Cebu, the mutual tourism promotion initiative has become more necessary to boost each region’s tourism industry, Maria Ong-Ravanilla, the Department of Tourism regional director for Bicol, said here over the weekend.

Ravanilla said these direct flights three times a week make tourists from Cebu only an hour’s flight away from Bicol’s ecotourism and world-class sporting destinations.

Among Bicol’s more modern attractions is the Camarines Sur Water Sports Complex, located within the capitol compound of Camarines Sur. It played host to the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines, an international triathlon competition that drew over 2,000 tourists last month. It also serves as a regular venue of the yearly international cable wakeboard competition.

Another is the Gota Village Resort in coastal Caramoan, Camarines Sur, which was the chosen venue for two consecutive years of the Koh Lanta, the French franchise of the reality show series Survivor, now being aired by Europe’s major broadcast channel TF1 to an audience of over 12 million worldwide, Ravanilla said.

There are also five places in Bicol identified as key ecotourism sites of the Philippines: the Mayon Volcano in Albay; Mount Isarog in Camarines Sur; the whale shark interaction site and firefly watching in Donsol; the Bulusan Lake in Bulusan; and the Prieto Diaz bird-watching mangrove cove, all in Sorsogon.

Mayon Volcano, the world’s most perfect cone, is one of the 17 protected areas in the Bicol region. It is endowed with diverse natural resources, which is beneficial to students and other environment enthusiasts in the conduct of research and ecotourism activities. There is an ongoing Mayon Volcano Natural Park Eco-tourism Project being conducted for an integrated ecotourism activity in the area, Ravanilla said.

Bulusan Lake is a favorite destination for nature lovers because of its surrounding forests that boast of exotic flora and fauna. It lies 2,084 feet upon the slope of the still-active Mount Bulusan, which is also famous among mountain climbers.

The Prieto Diaz bird-watching site is a vast mangrove-reforestation area located at a wide cove along the western coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It is now a protected sanctuary of flocks of various species of birds.

Sorsogon also has several natural-spring resorts of both cold and hot waters in Irosin town, while the Nag-aso Burning Lake within the vast Bacon-Manito forest reservation recently developed by the Philippine National Oil Co. down its geothermal energy field is another must-visit wonder of nature, Ravanilla said.

In Camarines Sur the Consocep Mountain Resort, nestled on the shoulders of Mount Isarog at an elevation of 1,800 feet above sea level, is another ecotoursim destination in Camarines Sur. It features cool mountain air made more refreshing by the presence of two big waterfalls, Tumaguiti and Bulalacao.

In Masbate the protected manta-ray sanctuary at the Ticao Pass is also a big contributor to the region’s impressive ecotourism performance, while the province’s yearly International Rodeo Festival has been a sporting event attracting both foreign and local enthusiasts.

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The Top Ten Dumbest Things You’ve Ever Heard Anyone Say

An Eat Bulaga contestant was asked by Joey and Vic: “Ano sa Tagalog ang grasshopper?”
Contestant: “Ahmm. . .Huling Hapunan?”

It was an ex-PBB housemate (1st batch) who said this: “Big Brother, ginagawa po nila ako
laughing stuff!”

In Wowowee, the question was: “Kung ang ‘sigaw’ ay ‘shout’ sa Inggles, ano naman sa
Tagalog ang ‘whisper’?” The contestant answered: “Napkin!”

While watchng the news yesterday about a kid killed by a bulldozer, our maid commented:
“Kaya ayoko mag-alaga ng aso eh!”

My friend and I were walking up the stairs of our schools new bldg. She said out of
nowhere: “Imagine mo kung di ginawa ‘tong bldg, umaakyat tayo sa hangin?”

My cousin at a DRIVE-THRU: “Miss, puwedeng take out?”

Nadia Montenegro promoting her movie: “Please watch ‘The Life Story of Julie Vega’,
opening na po on the twenty-twoth of November.”

In a burger joint I heard a man say: “Miss, isa ngang ‘amusing’ aloha at saka ‘kidney’
meal.” Server: “Dine in po ba or to go?” The man answered: “Ayoko ng sago!”

I was making cookies at home when I ran out of cookie sheets, so I called our maid and
said: “Manang bili ka nga ng cookie sheet.” And she replied: “Ano po, solo o litro?”
(coke is it)

My friend said: “Ang galing ‘no, yung Ash Wednesday last year , Miyerkules din pumatak!”

A non-Christian vendor selling a Last Supper painting:”Ma’am bili po kayo ng frame,
maganda po ito, ‘Hesus and Company.'”

While watching “Apollo 13”, after she heard the line: “Houston, we have a problem.” My
ex-girlfriend asked: “Sino si Houston?”

My aunt was going to the US for the 1st time. She told us: “Nagpapabili ang tita niyo ng
‘autistic’ guitar. Saan ba nakakabili nun?”

We were marketing for an org event, when one of my orgmates wanted to clear the
definition of the types ofsponsors (Major, Minor, Patron, etc.) So sheasked her grandma:
“Lola, anong mas mataas sa Patron?” Her lola replied: “Patron? Eh di Shell!”

Also in a gameshow. Host: “Ano sa Tagalog ang ‘teeth’?” Contestant: “Utong!”

I once heard an emcee say: “Let’s give her a warm of applause!”

One classmate in highschool said, “Ang cute naman ng sintas mo, luminou!” I corrected
him and said, “luminous!”Then he replied, “Oo nga pala, plural!”

Barker ng bus: Ah Cubao, Cubao, Cubao, Cubao, Cubao, Cubao, Cubao, Cubao, Cubao,
Cubao!!!” Pasahero: “Boss, Cubao?”

Sa isang gameshow, tinanong ng host: “Anong ‘P’ ang Tagalog ng ‘storey’ o ‘floor’ ng
building?” Contestan: “PIP PLOR!”

An officemate of ours told us a story about driving alone in her car: “Alam niyo, pag
nag-iisa ako, feeling ko’wala akongkasama'”

I had a customer on the line who had a password on his account. I asked for the password
but he forgot. I gave him a clue: “It’s a 4-digit number.” He answered, “Uhm ‘ROCKY’?”

I overheard a lady place an order at Starbucks: “One cup of chino please.”

An officemate once asked: “Saan sa Quezon City ang Mandaluyong?”

I had a meeting with a friend and I noticed that both of us were wearing stripes. He
suddenly blurted out: “Uy, stripes din! It’s the color of the day!”

My sister said of our neighbor who was our arch enemy: “Mamatay na sana kapitbahay
natin!” I told her not to say that, coz it might bounce back to us. Then she said, “Ah
ganun ba yun? In that case, mamatay na sana tayo!”

When I saw that I got a missed call, I said, “Hey, Igot a missed call!” My friend said,
“Anong sabi?”

>From the gameshow “The Weakest Link”. Host Edu Manzano asked: “Anong ‘T’ ang ibinibigay
ng konduktor pag nagbayad ka ng pamasahe sa bus?” Ian Veneracion answered: “TUKLI!”

We were reviewing for an exam and we were already dead tired. A classmate said, “Hala,
brownout!” Pagtingin namin, nakapikit pala siya.

A call center agent told a foreign customerregarding the changing of the due date ofher
credit card: “Ma’am, I already changed your monthly period.”

A home economics teacher asked us: “How do you make wet floor and tow duff?”

Translation: “How do you make wheat flour and tough dough”.

During a shower party for my friend, the married women were giving tips on the do’s &
dont’s of sexual intercourse, when the bride asked: “Hindi ba kasama yung betlog sa

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Sorsogon-Coast Guard Bicol launches “Basura Mo, Sagip Buhay Ko

Coast Guard Bicol launches “Basura Mo, Sagip Buhay Ko”
Philippine Information Agency
Sorsogon City (14 October) — The Coast Guard District Bicol (CGDBCL), as part of its continuing commitment to prevent maritime incidents and save lives,

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Heavy rains trigger floods in Albay and Sorsogon

Heavy rains trigger floods in Albay and Sorsogon
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
Flash floods also affected the Gubat-Prieto Diaz road and Gogon-San Isidro Sorsogon road in Sorsogon City. Except for the Padang road in this city which was

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Lahar flows down from Mayon

‘Lahar’ flows down Mayon
Manila Times
was closely monitoring heavy rains that also started pouring Tuesday night in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon.

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