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De-kalidad na edukasyon hatid ng Lions Club sa Juban, Sorsogon

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Bugso ng kagustuhang matulungan ang pamahalaan sa pagsusulong nito ng de-kalidad na uri ng edukasyon sa bansa, pinasinayaan noong Huwebes, June 17, ang NOAH Multi-purpose building sa Catanusan Elementary School sa Juban, Sorsogon, na naipatayo sa pamamagitan ng The Lions Club of Bulan, Sorsogon, Philippines sa pangunguna ni Charlene Diamante at Lions Club Voerde/Niederrhein, Germany sa pangunguna naman ni Peter Koslowsky sa pakikipagtulungan ng Department of Education at lokal na pamahalaan ng Juban.

Matapos ang banal na misa ay agad na nagkaroon ng maikling programa na kinapalooban ng turn-over of deed of donation kay Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Dimaano na siyang tumayo bilang donee.

Nagsagawa din ng medical mission ang Lions Club Bulan at Voerde chapter, DepEd at LGU health personnel, private doctors at mga dentista kasama na rin ang mga barangay health officials kung saan umabot din sa daang mga residente ang nabiyayaan ng iba’t-ibang mga medical services.

Sa pamamagitan ng mag-asawang Dr. Peter Koslowsky at Dr. Marlene Ruth Hermo-Koslowsky, nagsanib sa pag-abot ng tulong ang Lions Club Bulan at Lions Club Voerde upang makapagpatayo noong 2003 ng karagdagang school building sa Brgy. Catanusan, na sa kasamaang palad ay nasira ng nagdaang malakas na bagyo at pagbaha.

Kung kaya’t noong ika-labingwalo ng Nobyembre 2009, matapos mapirmahan ang Award of Agreement ay sinimulan agad ang pag-aayos at pagtatayo ng bagong school complex sa Catanusan Elementary School kasama na rin ang pagkuha ng mga karagdagang guro. At noong Huwebes nga ay pinasinayaan na ito

Ayon kay Dr. peter Koslowsky, ang buong school complex ay nilagyan din ng library, furnitures, playing ground, pader na panlaban sa baha at malinis na tubig para magamit ng mga mag-aaral at guro.

Dagdag pa niya na hindi magtatagal ay magkakaroon na rin ng computer class dito at makapagpapatayo rin sila ng medical first aid station na magbibigay serbisyo hindi lamang sa Catanusan kundi maging sa mga kalapit-barangay nito.

Naghayag din ng katuwaan si Koslowsky matapos na malamang tumaas ng dalawangdaan-pitumpo ang mga mag-aaral na nag-enrol ngayon sa nasabing paaralan.

Aniya, sa patuloy nilang pagtutulungan, nakatitiyak sila ng magandang bukas para sa mga mag-aaral hindi lamang sa Brgy. Catanusan kundi sa mga kalapit na lugar nito.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Albay Oncology Center Approved by DOH

Albay Oncology Center Approved by DOH June 19, 2010 HON. JOEY S. SALCEDA Provincial Governor Albay SUBJECT: Update on Albay’s Proposed BRTTH Oncology Center Project Dear Governor Salceda: It is almost three months since I took over the opportunity of working on this project from my peers.  I must admit that this is really a difficult task, which requires patience along the way. Five weeks ago, we went to the DOH to solicit information from them re government’s program on putting up c … Read More

via The Green Economist

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Livelihood program ng PNP Sorsogon patuloy

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Patuloy ang Sorsogon Provincial Police Office sa pamumuno ni PNP Provincial Director PSSupt Heriberto Olitoquit sa pagbibigay ng kasanayang pangkabuhayan sa mga kapulisan sa buong lalawigan ng Sorsogon.

Kamakailan lamang ay matagumpay na naisagawa ng SPPO ang Mushroom Culturing Seminar kung saan personal na lumahok din si Olitoquit at ang kanyang mga tauhan.

Kasama sa naging mga aktibidad ay ang educational exposure sa isang mushroom organization sa Brgy. Buhatan, dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon, upang higit na maunawaan ng mga kalahok ang mahahalagang detalye sa mushroom culturing.

At nito lamang nakaraang linggo ay naging mabunga din ang isinagawang vermi composting production seminar kung saan tinuruan ang mga kalahok ng kahalagahan ng bulate sa paggawa ng organic fertilizer.

Sa pamamagitan ng vermi composting production mas nagiging masustansya ang lupa para sa mga pananim at nakakaiwas ito sa epekto ng patuloy na pagbabago at pagsama ng panahon.

Ayon kay Olitoquit, maliban sa partisipasyon ng mga tga-SPPO ay nilahukan din ang nasabing mga livelihood seminars ng mga kapulisan mula sa iba’t-ibang mga police stations sa lalawigan, mga kasapi ng media at ng Sorsogon Islamic Guidance Association, isang religious fellowship group dito.

Ang dalawang magkasunod na seminar ay ang ikaapat at ikalimang serye ng mga pagsasanay na isinasagawa ng SPPO sa ilalim ng kanilang Livelihood Program na tinagurian nilang Pagkakakitaang Kabuhayan: “Benepisyo Ko, Benepisyo Mo”.

Ayon kay Olitoquit paraan ito ng mga kapulisan bilang suporta na rin sa Environmental Friendly Livelihood Program na ipinatutupad ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Arroyo.

Layon nitong ganyakin ang mga kapulisan at ang pamilya nito sa larangan ng pagtitipid at pagpasok sa mga profitable activities upang mapataas pa ang antas ng kanilang pamumuhay.

Matatandaang sumailalim na rin ang mga kapulisan dito sa pagsasanay sa pagluto ng mga minatamis na pili, pagsasanay ukol sa container gardening at sa pag-aalaga at pagpapa-itlog ng pugo.

Naging tagapagturo dito ang mga livelihood skilled trainors mula sa City Agriculture Office.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

City BFP nanawagan sa publiko na huwag harangan ang mga fire hydrants

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Walang sinuman ang nakakaalam kung kailan magaganap ang insidente ng sunog kung kaya’t nararapat lamang na pag-ibayuhin ng sinuman ang pag-iingat at pagiging responsable nang sa gayon ay maiwasan ang pagkakasira ng mga ari-arian at pagkawala ng buhay.

Ito ang naging pahayag ni Bureau of Fire Protection Sorsogon City Fire Marshal Renato Marcial kasabay ng panawagan nila sa publiko na huwag harangan ang mga fire hydrants na nakalagay sa mga istratehikong lugar dito sa lungsod dahilan sa dito sila kumukuha ng tubig sa panahong nagkakaroon ng sunog.

Sinabi ni Marcial na base sa resulta ng isinagawa nilang fire safety inspection kamakailan, nadiskubre nilang ilang mga fire hydrants ang hindi na makita dahilan sa naharangan na ito ng mga sidewalk vendors, mga nakaparadang traysikel o di kaya’y mga basura at basurahan.

Kaugnay nito, inatasan niya ang kanyang mga tauhan na maglagay ng malalaking warning signs sa tabi ng mga fire hydrants partikular yaong nakalagay sa kahabaan ng Rizal at Magsaysay St.

Malinaw na nakasaad sa warning signs na ang pagharang sa mga fire hydrants ay paglabag sa Section 11.00.1D ng Republic Act 9514 o ang newly amended Fire Code of the Philippines.

Alinsunod sa batas na ito, ang sinumang haharang o magiging dahilan upang maharangan ang akses sa mga fire hydrants ay papatawan ng kaukulang penalidad na nagkakahalaga ng Php12,500 hanggang Php25,000.

Kaugnay nito, sinabi ni Marcial na hinihingi nila ang kooperasyon at suporta ng publiko sa pagpapatupad ng nasabing batas at mangyaring ireport sa tanggapan ng BFP ang sinumang kakikitaan ng paglabag nito.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Task Force La Niña, bubuuin

Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Bilang paghahanda sa pagdating ng La Niña sa bansa, nagpatawag ng pulong ngayong araw si Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee sa mga kasapi ng Provincial Disaster and Coordinating Council (PDCC) upang buuin ang Sorsogon Task Force La Niña.

Matatandaang una nang nilagdaan ni Lee ang Executive Order No. 2 series of 2010, na bubuo sa Task Force La Niña ng lalawigan bilang bahagi ng aktibidad pangkahandaan ng PDCC.

Ang Task Force La Niña ang siyang magrerekomenda, susubaybay at magpapatupad ng mga kaukulang hakbang upang hindi lumala ang epektong dadalhin nito.

Sinabi ni Lee na bago pa man niya nilagdaan ang nasabing EO ay naging aktibo na ang Provincial Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration at ang Sorsogon Provincial Public Safety Disaster Management Office (SPPSDMO) dito sa paggawa ng proposal at plan of action na mahalaga upang mapigilan ang negatibong epektong maaaring idulot ng La Niña sa lalawigan.

Ayon naman kay SPPSDM Officer Jose Lopez, may ugnayan na rin sa pagitan ng provincial LGU at National Irrigation Administration para sa mga kaukulang paghahanda sa mga irrigation canals at drainage systems sa mga pangunahing lugar palayan at flood-prone areas dito.

“Ilang mga rekomendasyon na rin ang natanggap ng SPPSDMO mula sa mga kinauukulang ahensya at tanggapan dito na mahalaga sa pagbibigay proteksyon sa mga naapektuhang sektor sakaling may dumarating na kalamidad,” pahayag ni Lopez.

Samantala, inaasahan namang magbubunga ng positibong resulta ang isasagawang pulong mamaya.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Filipino domestic workers: the struggle for justice and survival

By Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

(Increase in trafficking and abuse demands stronger labor protection’)

Maria (not her real name) was limping when she arrived at the airport of Manila from Saudi Arabia. She is one of the 80 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who was repatriated in August 2009 by the
Philippine government from the Middle East. All of them were women who worked as domestic helpers and fell victim to various kinds of abuses from their employer or the agency that recruited them.

Maria’s leg was fractured after her employer’s son pushed her from the stairs for not following his order. She also said she was made to sleep under the stairs and fed only once a day. But the worst part was when her male employer raped her. “He was touching me, kissing me and forced me to have sex with him. I couldn’t fight back” she said.

Her troubles started when she was illegally recruited by an agency in Riyadh last year. She was promised a salary of 400 dollars a month, but ended up getting paid only half of this. She was also forced to work long hours for multiple tasks. “We were treated like animals, we barely got enough sleep” Maria said.

The Visayan Forum Foundation (VFFI) is a non-government organization that promotes the welfare of OFWs. According to VFFI President Cecilia Flores Oebanda, there has been a 20% increase in the incidence of persons trafficked for domestic work: from 539 in 2008 to 697 in 2009. “If we talk about human trafficking, we have to think that it comes in many forms, like forced labour, organ donor trafficking, child trafficking but what alarms us most now is that this year there is an increase in forced labour among domestic workers” she said.

“Many of our domestic workers were promised good salaries but when they arrive at their destination, they only receive half, which means there is contract substitution. Many of them are fooled, the employer confiscates their documents, passports, and they are not allowed to go out. Most of the time they are locked up in the house and they really experience different kinds of abuse” Oebanda added.

In 2003 the Philippines enacted the Republic Act (RA) 9208, also known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. The law foresees measures aimed at preventing the trafficking of persons including the rehabilitation and integration of the trafficked individuals. Trafficking means recruiting, transporting, transfering and receiving people across national borders by means of threat, coercion, abduction and deception for exploitative aims such as prostitution, forced labour and the removal or sale of organs.

The International Labour Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, has called the attention of the Philippines on forced labor. The ILO’s Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations has made a direct request to the Philippine government to provide information on the application of RA 9208 in practice, such as the information on the prevention and protection measures, including copies of reports, studies and inquiries, as well as available statistics.

To coordinate and monitor the anti-trafficking law, the government created an Inter-Agency Council which has already submitted its report to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). “The report will be submitted to the ILO”, said DOLE Director Jay Julian.

Senior State Prosecutor Deana Perez said there have been 16 convictions since 2005. From 577 anti-trafficking cases that were filed in court since the law was created in 2003, only 242 cases are now pending trial while the rest are dismissed, archived or acquitted. “Many of the cases were dismissed after the victim had decided to settle, because they had been offered money or because they had gone back to work abroad instead of waiting on their cases. It ‘s really sad but it’s a matter of economic necessity. Between justice and survival, they choose survival,” said Perez.

In the Philippines there is also an Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) that holds orientation seminars in partnership with local government units as an effective preventive measure against illegal recruitment. “Human trafficking starts with illegal recruitment, people don’t get trafficked if they are not recruited illegally,” said POEA deputy administrator Hans Cacdac.

During the seminar, trained personnel educate the public on the good and bad aspects of overseas employment, the risks involved and the types of vulnerable jobs and cases encountered by OFWs in these jobs. “We advise them to be careful especially if the job being offered is dirty, dangerous and demeaning like domestic work abroad. They have to check if the recruiter is legal and licensed with the POEA. Likewise the employer abroad should also be registered” said Cacdac.

Domestic work has been a long-standing concern of the ILO. In 1948, it adopted a resolution concerning the conditions of employment of domestic workers. In 1965, it adopted a resolution calling for normative action in the area, and in 1970, the first survey ever published on the status of domestic workers worldwide. In March 2008, the ILO Governing Body agreed to place an item on decent work for domestic workers on the agenda of the 99th session of the International Labour Conference in 2010 with a view to a double discussion procedure to the setting of labour standards.

The ILO supports the Philippine Campaign on Decent Work for Domestic Helpers, which aims to craft a unified position to the Conference, and to continuously lobby for the passage of the domestic workers national law.

Part of the 10-point agenda on decent work for Filipino domestic workers is the immediate passage of the Batas Kasambahay bill, a law with the aim of uplifting and giving decency to the standards that will protect domestic workers’ labour rights. “Kasambahay” means “part of the household” in Filipino and this is how domestic workers are called. The job is not professionalized and workers are often, if not always, underpaid. With a minimum wage of 8,000 pesos a month, maids get only from 2,000 to 3,000 pesos, about 42 to 63 USD. The employers claim that they already provide for workers ‘ food and lodging. Also, maids do not have government insurance cards nor health cards, as required in regular jobs. Most of them also have to multitask. They cook, do the laundry, clean the house and take care of the kids. They also do not have a regular 8-hour working schedule but are on-call any time of the day. There is no minimum age requirement and many of the maids are minors who usually come from rural areas. Instead of going to school, they work as maids and send a bulk of their wages to their families. Maids come cheap and even members of the lower middle class can employ them. If they are lucky enough to work for a good employer, they are treated as part of the family. Some maids or their children are even sent to school by the employer. Sometimes the employer also shoulders their medical expenses or other emergency needs. But the master-servant relationship still exists. Some choose to stay because at least they have food and shelter there.

And yet, overseas domestic workers contribute much to the country ‘s economy. Official statistics show that the total remittances of unskilled labourers in 2008 amounted to 19.8 billion pesos (about 430 million USD) and nearly 80% came from working women.

According to Oebanda, while domestic workers are the Philippines biggest export, the local market is still their biggest employer. Based on the VFFI’s data, there are more than 1 million Filipino domestic workers deployed all over the world and 1.7 million working inside the Philippines. She says the Philippines needs to clean up it’s own backyard if it wants other countries to address the situation of Filipino domestic workers. The VFFI, however, is hopeful once international standards are set, countries like the Philippines will be pressured to comply.

In the meantime, people like Maria, continue to suffer the consequences of human trafficking and forced labor. She said she would never go back to working overseas, “I left with hopes of giving my children a better future, but I came back with nothing. Worse, I have lost my dignity and self-respect. I will carry this for the rest of my life.” Maria hopes that the millions of other OFWs won’t have to go through what she went through.


via: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/06/22/10/filipino-domestic-workers-struggle-justice-and-survival

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Family planning via videoke eyed

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MANILA, Philippines – Citing a study that Filipinos are naturally shy to talk about sex and other things considered taboo, the Department of Health (DOH) is preparing an interactive information campaign to educate the public about family planning.

“We are looking at non-traditional materials like interactive comics, text messaging and videoke to be able to communicate to couples and teach them about family planning,” said Nilo Yacat, media and communication adviser of HealthPro, a joint program of the DOH and USAID.

Yacat said the survey they conducted among Filipino couples showed that music is one way of encouraging Filipinos to talk about sex and family planning. “Based on our survey, most Filipinos are interested to use contraceptives, however, they are too shy to discuss with other people, even health providers,” Yacat said. “But we have also found out that through music and other communication medium we would be able to let them talk about things which are considered taboo like sex and family planning.”

Production on the family planning videos will start soon. The repertoire will include the songs “Let’s Wait a While” by Janet Jackson and “Mama” of Spice Girls. The videos would be distributed to married couples by September. The videos will be first used in the mobile health caravan that will be going around different barangays nationwide.

Yesterday, the DOH also launched a new communication strategy to encourage more Filipino couples to practice family planning. Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said the DOH would be using pre-tested materials to promote contraceptive use among men and women. “This time the DOH is no longer focusing on the different methods of contraceptives, but on the benefits of practicing family planning,” she said. Cabral said the country’s population growth is declining because more women are undergoing abortion.

“The number of Filipino women resorting to abortion rose to as high as 800,000 annually because of the unmet need for family planning,” she said. She expressed confidence that the new family planning campaign would enable Filipino couples to make intelligent choices in family planning. “The DOH is not imposing, we are just giving Filipino couples the information they need to make intelligent and right decisions,” she said.

By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star)

Via: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/06/22/10/‘rp-sailors-unsung-heroes-industry’

Filed under: Department of Health,

RP sailors unsung heroes of industry

By VG Cabuag, Business Mirror

MANILA, Philippines – Without Filipino merchant seamen in most of the world’s commercial shipping, what will become of world trade?

There is no clear answer but a hint may be gleaned from the remarks of International Maritime Organization (IMO) secretary-general Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, who on Monday called Filipino sailors the “unsung heroes” of the industry that carries most of the world trade in goods.

At the opening of the conference to amend some of the provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), Mitropoulos said the international community should pay tribute to the Filipino seafarers.

“Here we are, first and foremost, to recognize the contribution of the Philippines to shipping and the international seaborne trade and pay our due tribute. [We] also like to pay due tribute to Filipino seafarers, past and present, wherever in the world they may be at this very moment, facing the elements, unsung heroes of an unsung industry,” he said at the opening.

Hundreds of maritime stakeholders are in the country for the conference, the first time that such a meeting is being held outside of London, where the IMO headquarters is located. Their decisions will affect seafarers working on all types of oceangoing vessels.

Filipino seamen, according to the latest figures from the Department of Labor and Employment, account for more than 25 percent of 1.5 million mariners worldwide, the single biggest nationality bloc.

Mitropoulos said this conference is the first ever to deal with the “human element” of seafaring, after many cases of violations of the human rights of crews as global trade expanded over the decades.

Delegates will discuss, among others, the harmonization of hours of rest to match those of the requirements of the 2006 International Labor Organization Maritime Labor Convention in order to reduce fatigue and ensure fitness for duty.
There will be discussions on the revision of maritime security standards, dangers of piracy and armed robbery on ships, prevention of alcohol and drug abuse onboard, leadership and teamwork training, marine environmental awareness training and innovative training methodologies, including e-learning.

As a result of the surge in piracy, the IMO has declared 2011 as “Piracy: orchestrating the response” as its world maritime theme. At the moment, there are 65 Filipinos from four ships still held hostage by Somali pirates.

“This, unfortunately, is the fate of the sea, as the Philippines, a maritime nation of a thousand islands, knows only too well,” said Mitropoulos.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in his message read to the delegates, also hailed the Philippines for hosting this year’s maritime event and hopes that many of the country’s youth will join this “most fulfilling profession….With about 90 percent of the world trade being transported by shipping, it is only fair that accolades and praise be placed upon this vital segment.”

‘RP sailors unsung heroes of industry’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features.

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Appointments for passport applicants 2 months away

By Veronica Uy/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) If a passport applicant goes online today to set an appointment for when he can go to the new consular office to apply, he will get a September schedule.

The recruitment sector calls this situation “totally unacceptable” and “deplorable” for overseas Filipino workers who cannot afford the delay in the processing of their travel documents. Most go home only for a couple of weeks, renewing their passports, work permits, visas, and other papers during their short stay.

In a news release, recruitment leader Jackson Gan, vice president for marketing of the Federated Association of Manpower Exporters (FAME), said OFWs “have to be at their jobsites at the agreed time and any delays in their arrivals are hurting their chances in earning income for their families.”

Passport processing time, he said, “has gone from 20 working days to 40 working days or two months as the backlog continues to pile up at the supposedly state-of-the-passport facility where over half a billion pesos lent by the DBP was spent by the DFA in the latest information and communication technology.”

The delay has spawned fixers who charge P5,000 for three-day processing, Gan said.

He said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo may be too “busy trying to keep his job with the incoming administration” that he has not paid attention to this problem.

Gan warned that long delays in passport processing will cost some OFWs their jobs.

When asked to comment on the complaints, Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor Ledda of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) said he has already added more shifts, even during lunch time, to address the problem but there are just too many applicants for the electronic passport.

Ledda said he has already increased his office’s capacity from 2,500 per day in March to 3,500 now, but it is still not enough.

“The number of applicants has been increasing since March and we’ve been trying to adjust to the surge since,” he said.

To further reduce the waiting time, OCA said it is planning to open its offices every Saturday starting next month.

OCA is also planning to open more Regional Consular Offices (RCOs) nationwide. The ePassport is already available in 19 RCOs.

With these measures, OCA is expecting to bring down the waiting time for appointments to between three weeks and one month.

In a news release issued later in the day, OCA said the non-appearance of those who scheduled an appointment exacerbated the situation. It said 40 percent of individuals who have set appointments do not show up on the designated dates. In any case, it said OCA still keeps these slots since these were not cancelled by the applicants.

OCA thus urged the public to appear on their appointed dates. “They may also cancel their appointments if they will not be able to show up so that these could be allocated for other applicants,” it suggested.

OCA also attributed the two-month waiting time for appointments to the peak summer season and the huge demand for the Philippine ePassport. It expects the 3,500 daily applicants to go down by July.

To address the problem of OFWs who have to leave immediately as specified in their contracts, Ledda said a satellite office has been set up at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Ortigas. It opened today and can handle 200 walk-in applicants a day.

He said an OFW without any appointment can simply walk in and have his passport renewed or processed. “For as long as he has the complete documents, we will be able to process his passport immediately,” he said.

However, this satellite office might not be able to handle more than its 200daily capacity.

“In excess of 200 applicants, applicants will be provided on-the-spot appointment for the succeeding days,” Ledda said.

Those who may apply at the satellite office include seafarers and sea-based workers and members of their families, land-based Balik-Manggagawa (visiting or returning OFWs and their families), and DFA-accredited manning and recruitment agencies.

At the same time, the DFA said a number of Philippine foreign service posts are also now issuing the ePassport so Filipino workers or migrants need not come home to have their passports renewed. These include Agana, Brunei Darussalam, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Osaka, Ottawa, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington DC. Other posts are expected to issue the ePassport in due course.

By Veronica Uy
INQUIRER.net


Via: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20100621-276808/Appointments-for-passport-applicants-2-months-away

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Phivolcs warns tourists flocking to Mayon of sudden blasts (via The Green Economist)

Phivolcs warns tourists flocking to Mayon of sudden blasts by Rey M. Nasol for Philippine Daily Inquirer LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) office here has warned tourists who have canceled their trips to restive Taal Volcano in Batangas and proceeded instead to Mayon Volcano here that the near-perfect cone-shaped volcano is still dangerous with threatening rockfalls and sudden small explosions. Resident volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta told the P … Read More

via The Green Economist

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