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Department of Foreign Affairs-29October2009-updates

Secretary Romulo hosts Dinner in Honor of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi

Posted: 29 Oct 2009 12:06 AM PDT

29 October 2009—Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo hosted a dinner in honor of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at the Bahay Pangarap in Malacañan Park on 28 October 2009 on the occasion of Minister Yang’s visit to the Philippines. At the dinner, Secretary Romulo and Minister Yang presented gifts to each other. (Photo by: Benjamin Remo, DFA-PISU)

Among those who attended the dinner hosted by Secretary Alberto G. Romulo (3rd from left) in honor of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (3rd from right) were (L-R) Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Cataumber Brady, Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita, Vice-President Noli de Castro, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao. (Photo by: Benjamin Remo, DFA-PISU)

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Chinese Foreign Minister Concludes Successful Two-Day visit

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 11:55 PM PDT

29 October 2009 – Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi concluded today a successful two-day visit to the Philippines upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo.

In the morning of 29 October 2009, Secretary Romulo and Minister Yang held a bilateral meeting at the Goldenberg Mansion. Together with respective senior officials, the two foreign ministers reviewed the whole range of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction at the progress of their relations.

Both ministers agreed to maintain the momentum and frequency of high-level visits, and enhance practical cooperation in various fields, including on trade, investments, infrastructure, cultural and education exchanges, defense, law enforcement, health, sports, anti-drug trafficking, and inter-foreign ministry cooperation.

Both ministers also exchanged proposals on strengthening future bilateral cooperation, and discussed activities to mark in 2010 the 35th anniversary of Philippines-China diplomatic ties.

Following the meeting, Minister Yang called on President Arroyo, during which he reaffirmed his commitment to enhance bilateral relations and regional and international cooperation.

He recounted to President Arroyo that he and his wife stayed overnight in Malacanang in 1978 when they were young foreign service officers acting as interpreters for Chinese Vice Premier Li Xiannian who was on a visit to Manila.

After the call, President Arroyo witnessed the signing by Secretary Romulo and Minister Yang of two landmark agreements that aim to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the countries – the “Philippines-China Joint Action Plan for Strategic Cooperation” (JAP) and the “Philippines-China Consular Agreement.”

The two agreements were initiated by Presidents Arroyo and Hu Jintao when the latter visited the Philippines in 2005. The signing marks the culmination of the sustained efforts of the Philippine and Chinese Foreign Ministries, under the guidance and direction of Secretary Romulo and Foreign Minister Yang.

The Joint Action Plan maps out the general strategic directions in bilateral cooperation in the next five years. Areas of cooperation under the Plan include: political; trade, investment, and finance; agriculture and fisheries; food safety; tourism; defense and security; law enforcement and judicial; consular; cultural, education, and media; science and technology; regional and multilateral cooperation; and sustainable development.

The Philippines-China Consular Agreement, meanwhile, is the first consular agreement that the Philippines has negotiated with another country. The Agreement addresses long-standing concerns of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in China with regard to the provision of assistance to nationals (ATN) services, such as notification of arrests and detention of Filipino nationals, repatriation and settlement of disputes.

After the conclusion of formal talks, Minister Yang was given a personal tour of the Malacanang Palace by President Arroyo. He later visited the historic Fort Santiago..

Upon arrival on 28 October, Minister Yang called on House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles. During the call, the two officials exchanged views on the state of bilateral cooperation, including the enhancement of party-to-party relations and parliamentary exchanges, economic cooperation in the wake of the financial crisis, and people-to-people exchanges.

Secretary Romulo also tendered a dinner in honor of the visiting Foreign Minister. The dinner was attended by Vice President Noli de Castro, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Liu Jianchao, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Cataumber Brady and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, among others. END

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RP election worker killed in Kabul Terrorist attack vs United Nations

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 10:37 PM PDT

29 October 2009 – A Filipina election volunteer was among five United Nations personnel killed in Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

On the basis of a report sent by Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hilario G. Davide, the Department of Foreign Affairs identified the slain Filipina as Jossie G. Esto, 40, an Electoral Outreach and Training Coordinator under the United Nations Volunteers Program.

Esto was killed when gunmen stormed the Bekhtar Guest House in Kabul’s Shar-e-Now District being used by UN and other international workers. The dawn attack, which left four other UN staff members dead, was later claimed by the Taliban.

Esto was a former school teacher who also worked as an electoral officer and civic education officer in the Philippines before serving as a UN volunteer in Liberia, Timor-Leste and Nepal. She was married with two children aged 14 and 11.

Esto is the fourth UN staff member from the Philippines to die in terrorist attacks targeting the world body. In 2003, Ranillo Buenaventura, a staff member of the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq was killed in the suicide car bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Last year, Gene Luna, a staff member of the World Food Program, was among the fatalities in the terrorist bombing of UN offices in Algiers, Algeria, while Perseveranda So, a staff member of the United Nations Children’s Fund, was among the victims in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel housing international workers in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Esto’s death came five years after Angelito Nayan, a Filipino UN volunteer assisting in the 2004 Afghan elections, was kidnapped in Kabul and held for three weeks by the Taliban before he was released..
Esto had been in Afghanistan for just over a year and was among several UN volunteers working with the United Nations Development Program/Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (UNDP/ELECT) Project, which is the primary vehicle through which the international community supports elections in Afghanistan.

UNDP/ELECT works closely with electoral bodies such as the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and provides project and program design and management, mobilization of donor funding, activity coordination, reporting and the channeling of funds for electoral support.

UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri expressed condolences on behalf of the organization’s 8,000 volunteers and staff to the families of Esto and Yah-Lydia Wonyene of Liberia, another UN Volunteer who was also killed in the attack.

“Jossie and Lydia dedicated their knowledge and experience as volunteers to support the people of Afghanistan,” Ms. Pansieri said. “As volunteers, they demonstrated a true commitment to the cause of peace and development and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.” END

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Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Kabul and the Death of Filipina U.N. Worker Jossie G. Esto

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 10:12 PM PDT

29 October 2009 – The Philippine Government condemns the terrorist attack perpetuated against United Nations personnel in Kabul yesterday (Oct 28) that claimed the life of Jossie G. Esto, a Filipina Electoral Outreach and Training Coordinator under the United Nations Volunteers Program, and those of four of her U.N. colleagues.

The Filipino nation joins her bereaved family and friends in mourning the loss of Ms. Esto, a wife and mother of two children and a dedicated worker for peace. Ms. Esto was an electoral and civic education officer in the Philippines before becoming a UN volunteer in Liberia, Timor-Leste and Nepal.

Ms. Esto is the fourth Filipino national killed in terrorist attacks against the United Nations in recent years.

The Philippines reaffirms its solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan in their nation-building efforts. It calls on the international community to likewise condemn this latest terrorist outrage and to band together to improve the protection of civilians, particularly U.N. personnel and aid workers who are vulnerable to danger in the course of their duties.

The Philippines remains a stalwart supporter of the United Nations as it strives to build peace, promote development and provide emergency and humanitarian assistance around the world. The country takes deep pride in all Filipinos serving in the United Nations as officials, peacekeepers, specialists, staff members and volunteers wherever they may be. END

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PCG San Francisco and Filam Groups Ship Disaster Relief goods to the Philippines

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 06:15 PM PDT

29 October 2009 – Continuing its disaster relief operations, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, together with Johnny Air Cargo and The Collage Collection, sends an initial batch of donations collected from the local Filipino American community in the Bay Area and surrounding cites. Photo shows Consul Alfonso A. Ver (Center) with Mr. Ronnie Ferrer, Mr. Hadji Banson, Mr. Ryan Bermudes, Mr. Domingo Nebres, Mr. Patrick Ledonio, Mr. Ramoncito Mendoza, and Mr. Rene Cornista shipping the boxes of relief goods at the Johnny Air Cargo Office in Daly City. END

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Donation in-kind for Philippine Typhoon Victims

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 06:10 PM PDT

29 October 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Congressman Joey Manahan (District 29) called on the Consul General to determine the volume of the donations for the victims of the recent typhoons for shipment to the Philippines through the LBC Foundation. In an earlier statement, Representative Manahan stated, “There is no doubt that the recovery and rehabilitation process will require great effort and will rely on our generosity and willingness to give. I am glad to be working with various youth and student leaders as well as with Consul General Cardenas to do our part for the flood relief effort.”

Donors, community civic leaders and volunteers from youth and student groups from the University of Hawaii, the Hawaii Pacific University and the Brigham Young University gathered donations and assisted in the packing of the boxes containing blankets and beddings, reusable shoes and clothing and canned goods. Some fifty one (51) boxes have been packed for shipment to the Philippines. The Philippine Consulate General accepted donations-in-kind on behalf of Rep. Manahan from 8 to 25 October 2009. END

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PCG Honolulu joined the Typhoon Relief fund drive ad hoc Committee for Sunday Mass and Telethon

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 06:00 PM PDT

29 October 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General Honolulu joined the Typhoon Relief Fund Drive Ad-Hoc Coordinating Committee, the Filipino Community Center, Filipino community organizations from Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, donors and volunteers for an “Appreciation and Final Push Event” on 25 October at the FilCom Center.

The three-week marathon fundraising campaign gathered an estimated cash donation of $120,000.00. All donations will go to Consuelo Foundation and various provincial Dioceses through CARITAS Manila.

Consulate officers and staff led by Consul General Leoncio R. Cardenas organized the Sunday Mass, assisted in the donation booth and participated in the KNDI Radio off-site telethon. As a donation site, the Consulate turned over $1,500.00 to FilCom Center President Germiniano Arre, Jr. and Ad-Hoc Committee Chairman Serafin Colmenares, Jr. END

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FALEO donates food items for Flood Victims

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 06:00 PM PDT

29 October 2009 – The Filipino American Law Enforcement Officers Association (FALEO), composed of police officers from the San Francisco Police Department, the Sheriff Department, and other law enforcement organizations in the Bay Area recently donated a number of food items for distribution to flood victims in the Philippines. Photo shows FALEO President, Sgt. William Escobar of the SFPD, handing over one of the donations to Deputy Consul General Wilfredo C. Santos at the Philippine Consulate General Disaster Relief Operations Drop-Off Area at the Philippine Center in San Francisco. Also in the photo are Consul Alfonso A. Ver, Police Liaison Officer Col. Edwin Erni, Philippine Center Business Manager Roberto de Lara, and East Bay Fil-Am community leaders Reggie Panganiban and Michael Borgonia. END

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Healthcare Insurance Coverage for Foreign Service Personnel

Posted: 28 Oct 2009 03:29 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: HEALTHCARE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FOREIGN SERVICE PERSONNEL

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.

Activities: Pre-bid Conference – 09 November 2009, 2:30pm

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Pakiusap namin sa mga mister

abroad ang unang maiisip na solusyon ng halos lahat na nandito na sa abroad. Kahit alam namin na buhay ang nakataya,sinikap pa rin naming makalabas for so many reasons.

Binalewala na namin ang sarili namin, our first priority ay ang family. Minsan kahit malas ang buhay dito, tinitiis na lang para may perang mapadala sa Pilipinas. Para naman sa katulad ko na may mga asawang naiwan, sana isipin n’yo rin na nagtitiis kami para sa ikabubuti ng ating pamilya. Pero ano ang nagiging kapalit noon?
Habang kami ay nagsisikap dito, kayong mga asawang lalaki ay nagpapasarap ng buhay, nambabae at halos ubusin na ang perang ipinapadala sa walang kuwentang bisyo. Sana mahiya naman kayo. Kmi na nga ang tumatayong padre-de-familia ‘yon pa ba ang isusukli ninyo?
All we are asking from you is to be a good husband. Is that too much to ask? Sana maawa naman kayo sa amin.
– Ivy
All we are asking from you is to be a good husband. Is that too much to ask? Sana maawa naman kayo sa amin. Alam n’yo ba na 24/7 ang trabaho namin dito? Kahit ‘di na namin kaya, kinakaya at tinitiis pa rin naming…at alam nyo ba kung bakit? because of you!
Kayo ang insperasyon namin kaya kahit anong hirap ay makaya namin dito. Iniisip kasi namin na we have to do this, or that para may maipadala na naman kami sa end of the month. Gusto kasi namin na kahit mamatay-matay na kami sa hirap dito basta mabigyan namin kayo ng magandang buhay.
So sinulat ko ito in behalf ng mga asawang nandito sa abroad na nagpapaka-martir dahil sa pamilya. Ika nga, everything we do, we do it for you… so please help us.

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Josie Esto – Pinay UN volunteer killed in Taliban attack

By Rodney J. Jaleco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

WASHINGTON D.C. – A Filipino election volunteer was among five United Nations personnel killed in Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said.
Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hilario Davide identified the slain Filipina as Josie Esto, 40, an Electoral Outreach and Training Coordinator under the UN Volunteers Program.
Esto was killed when Taliban gunmen stormed the Bekhtar Guest House in Kabul’s Shar-e-Now District being used by UN and other international workers.
The dawn attack, which left four other UN staff members dead, was later claimed by the Taliban.
Davide said Esto was a former school teacher who also worked as an electoral officer and civic education officer in the Philippines before serving as a UN volunteer in Liberia, Timor-Leste and Nepal.
She was married with two children aged 14 and 11.
Esto is the 4th Filipino UN staff member to die in terrorist attacks.
In 2003, Ranillo Buenaventura, a staff member of the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, was killed in the suicide car bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
Last year, Gene Luna, a staff member of the World Food Program, was among the fatalities in the terrorist bombing of UN offices in Algiers, Algeria.
Perseveranda So, a staff member of the United Nations Children’s Fund, died in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel housing international workers in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Esto’s death came five years after Angelito Nayan, who is now posted with the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., was kidnapped in Kabul while working as a UN volunteer assisting the 2004 Afghan elections.
Nayan was held for three weeks by the Taliban before he was released.
Davide said Esto had been in Afghanistan for just over a year and was among several UN volunteers working with the United Nations Development Program/Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (UNDP-ELECT) Project, which is the primary vehicle through which the international community supports elections in Afghanistan.
He explained that the UNDP-ELECT works closely with electoral bodies such as the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and provides project and program design and management, mobilization of donor funding, activity coordination, reporting and the channelling of funds for electoral support.
as of 10/29/2009 10:35 AM

WASHINGTON D.C. – A Filipino election volunteer was among five United Nations personnel killed in Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said.

Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hilario Davide identified the slain Filipina as Josie Esto, 40, an Electoral Outreach and Training Coordinator under the UN Volunteers Program.

Esto was killed when Taliban gunmen stormed the Bekhtar Guest House in Kabul’s Shar-e-Now District being used by UN and other international workers.

The dawn attack, which left four other UN staff members dead, was later claimed by the Taliban.

Davide said Esto was a former school teacher who also worked as an electoral officer and civic education officer in the Philippines before serving as a UN volunteer in Liberia, Timor-Leste and Nepal.

She was married with two children aged 14 and 11.

Esto is the 4th Filipino UN staff member to die in terrorist attacks.

In 2003, Ranillo Buenaventura, a staff member of the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, was killed in the suicide car bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Last year, Gene Luna, a staff member of the World Food Program, was among the fatalities in the terrorist bombing of UN offices in Algiers, Algeria.

Perseveranda So, a staff member of the United Nations Children’s Fund, died in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel housing international workers in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Esto’s death came five years after Angelito Nayan, who is now posted with the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., was kidnapped in Kabul while working as a UN volunteer assisting the 2004 Afghan elections.

Nayan was held for three weeks by the Taliban before he was released.
Davide said Esto had been in Afghanistan for just over a year and was among several UN volunteers working with the United Nations Development Program/Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (UNDP-ELECT) Project, which is the primary vehicle through which the international community supports elections in Afghanistan.
He explained that the UNDP-ELECT works closely with electoral bodies such as the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and provides project and program design and management, mobilization of donor funding, activity coordination, reporting and the channelling of funds for electoral support.
as of 10/29/2009 10:35 AM

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Lakas plays coy but NP open to Chiz

Lakas plays coy but NP open to Chiz
Inquirer.net
The official said the negotiations were being coursed through Escudero’s father, Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero, and House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora.
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Storm to hit RP late Friday

Storm to hit RP late Friday
Philippine Star
Cruz, Laguna; Batangas City, Batangas; and Lucena City, Quezon for Region 4-A ; Daet, Camarines Norte; Naga City, Camarines Sur; Sorsogon, Sorsogon;
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Escudero quits Cojuangco party, silent on presidential plan

BusinessWorld Online

Escudero quits Cojuangco party, silent on presidential plan
BusinessWorld Online
SENATOR FRANCIS JosephChiz” G. Escudero yesterday quit the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), a move that surprised party mates and dumped a
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Whale shark flounders, dies in Manila Bay

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Whale shark flounders, dies in Manila Bay
Malaya – Manila,Philippines
The DENR said large groups of whale sharks can be usually found in the waters of Donsol, a fishing town in Sorsogon province particularly during November to

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The correct way of preparing the authentic BICOL EXPRESS

Here’s  correct way of preparing the authentic ” BICOL EXPRESS”. So, if you want to make Bicol express where everyone will enjoy, you may follow the recipe shared by Rogerelauria below. Maray na aldaw po saindo gabos!

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YOUTH’S PARTICIPATION IN 2010

By Cristyl Mae B. Senajon
INQUIRER.NET

STATISTICS show that 54 percent of the total voting population comes from youth bloc. Of the 2.6 million new voters, 80 percent are youth.

These statistical data show just how fundamental the role of the youth will be in shaping and determining the outcomes of the highly anticipated 2010 National and Local elections. If tapped well, these young Filipinos may well elect and put into power a whole new breed of leaders who lead the country on the fence of accountability, transparency and integrity, thereby creating a government that is more effective and more responsive to the needs and welfare of its constituents.

If this is going to be the scenario, and I’m keeping faith this will be, no more migrant Filipino workers will ever need to leave their families behind in search of greener pasture beyond borders, no more kids will be left to labor in the streets to feed their families; they will be sent to school to learn to read and write, no more families will go famished; no more Filipinos will die without being seen by a healthcare professional and above all, no more Filipinos will choose to be indifferent because they will now hold accountable their leaders for their statements and actions.

These changes though will come about only, if and only when young people, for the most part, choose to exercise their democratic rights by getting into the process of registering names on the 2010 voter’s list and exercising right to suffrage come election period.

The more crucial part however in relation to electoral processes, lies in being able to create and provide every means and ways for young voters especially first-timers to learn and be educated about the candidates—their platform of governance, track record on prior public undertakings, stance on pertinent issues and everything else that speaks of their person and character. After all, ineffective governance and unethical leadership don’t sit well with us, anymore.

Apart from these, youth claim their stake through other election-related engagements. Several youth-led organized groups are actively promoting initiatives in line with that of voter’s education in the country such as Youth Vote Philippines and Young Public Servants whose thrust is to get the unconverted vote into registering before 31 October and provide the voter-to-be such indispensable information as candidate’s comprehensive profiles, Millennium Development Goals as the checklist for candidates, and polls, among others to making an informed decision come 2010.

Ateneo School of Government’s Generation Change composed of student leaders from the Ateneo de Manila University is also making dent on the future stakeholders of the country through educating the youth groups of the 3rd District of Quezon City with their shared views and insights on voting for the right leaders in our government.

A number of youth, in the same breath, have chosen not to quibble but lay wager on the presidential candidate they feel strongly for and passionate about this up and coming election. There is PiNoy Power and YoNoy! for Sen. Noynoy Aquino, Kabataang Nasyonalista for Sen. Manny Villar, and pool of youth volunteers for National Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro and former President Joseph Estrada, respectively.

These youth-led campaigns prove the fact that the youth are in no way letting this chance pass up, the chance to do something through voting the right candidate therefore altering possibilities for a better future in this country.



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Ang alamat kung bakit sinungaling ang mga lalaki..

Karpintero itong si Pedro at isang araw eh gumagawa siya ng isang bahay sa tabi ng ilog. Sa lakas ng pagmamartilyo niya eh nalaglag ang martilyo niya sa ilog. Umiyak siya at lumitaw yung guardian angel niya, “Tutulungan kita, Pedro” Sabay lundag sa ilog. Lumabas ito na me hawak na gold hammer, “Ito ba ang martilyo mo?”.. “Hindi po.” Lundag uli ang anghel at lumitaw na me silver hammer, “Ito ba?” “Hindi po.” Lundag uli sa ilog ang anghel at lumitaw na me ordinary hammer, “Ito ba?” ” Opo!” Natuwa ang anghel. “Dahil honest ka, bukod sa martilyo mo, sa ‘yo na rin ang gold and silver hammer!”

Makaraan ang ilang araw, naglalakad si Pedro sa ilog at kasama ang misis niya. Eh sa katangahan, nalaglag si misis sa ilog. Iyak si Pedro. Litaw si guardian angel. “Tutulungan kita.” Sabay lundag sa ilog at ng lumitaw eh kasama si Diana Zubiri. “Ito ba ang misis mo?” Sagot si Pedro, “Opo!” Nagalit si anghel, “Sinungaling ka. Akala ko pa naman eh mabait ka.” Nag-reason-out si Pedro, “Sorry po, angel… kasi kapag sinabi kong ‘Hindi’, eh lulundag ka uli sa tubig at paglitaw mo eh kasama mo si Katrina Halili. At kapag sinabi ko uli na hindi siya ang asawa ko, eh lulundag ka uli at ang tunay na misis ko na ang kasama mo. At dahil sa kabaitan ko, eh ibibigay mo din sa akin sina Diana at Katrina. Mahirap lang po ako at hindi ko kaya ang me tatlong asawa, kaya ‘Yes’ na lang ang sinagot ko nung una.”

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Sorsogon-Climate change: A way of life for Sorsogon fishers

Climate change: A way of life for Sorsogon fishers
Business Mirror
SORSOGON CITY—The words “climate change” are something people in coastal barangays of this city do not simply read or hear about in the news every day.
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Never give up, Never Backdown, Never lose faith – Face the GIANT

Its a great movie with inspirational message that made me think of my point of view as well. Am i facing that GIANT right now?

When your back is AGAINST the WALL…

When it seems there is NO WAY OUT….

You have to face your fears…..FACE THE GIANTS

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Escudero resigns from Nationalist People’s Coalition

Escudero resigns from Nationalist People’s Coalition
Inquirer.net
No big personalities, except for the senator’s father, Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero, were present when he made the announcement.
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How To Fail Successfully

Let’s face it: At one point or another, you’re going to fail in some way at your job. It could be something major such as missing a deadline, or something as minor as being five minutes late to work. No matter the magnitude, it’s going to happen. Once you accept that, the real question becomes how you fail, i.e. how you handle it.

There are two ways you can handle failure: You can either crash and burn or you can glide to safety. Obviously, the second path is the road you want to take. To do this, you need to keep three things in mind when you fail:

Don’t panic: As a basic rule of thumb, panicking will never help you in any situation. When you panic, you’re more than likely going to make whatever happened worse because you’re not thinking clearly. For instance, if you are late to work and you start panicking, you could make yourself even more late. This could happen if you do something drastic like try a “shortcut” that ends up being a wrong turn, costing you time. Always stay calm and think logically about what you are doing. This is the only way to minimize your problems.

Have a “Get Well” plan: The only thing worse than failing at something is to not have a plan on how to fix it. This plan is sometimes referred to as a Get Well Plan in the corporate world. It can be likened to the set of steps a doctor takes to make a patient better. For example, if you know you are going to miss a deadline, come up with a plan to make up for it. This should be a detailed plan with specific steps to put your project back on track. Even seasoned professionals will miss a deadline now and then, it’s how you fix that problem that will stand out in people’s minds.

Don’t play the “Blame Game”:
When confronted with failure, many people feel like they’re backed into a corner, especially at work. This causes them to lash out and start trying to pin the reason for the failure on anyone else but themselves. This is commonly referred to as playing the Blame Game. While it may be true that you are not the only reason something went wrong, you don’t want to attack other people. For instance, saying that you didn’t get something done because “John is stupid” is far less effective than saying, “The pre-requisite designs were not completed on time, so that pushed back the code deadline.” In this way, you are explaining that you were not the only one at fault but not personally attacking anyone, you’re just stating facts. If you just state the facts, there’s not much room to argue.

The three points above boil down to the following premise: Approach the situation calmly and logically, have a detailed way to fix whatever went wrong, and take responsibility when it’s your fault (and when it’s not your fault, stick to the facts, and don’t get personal).

Remember: Being able to fail successfully is just as important as actually succeeding.

Article Author: Kevin Augustine

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Department of Foreign Affairs-27October2007-updates

APEC I.T. Center Coordinates Rescue and Relief Operations for Ondoy Flood Victims

Posted: 27 Oct 2009 01:29 AM PDT

27 October 2009 – “We are ALIVE! Thanks to ADOC!”

Thus declared Mr. Rodelio “Butch” S. Ablir, as he revealed that an APEC Digital Opportunity E-Learning Center established in Navotas to train poor and marginalized children and young adults transformed itself into an operations and nerve center for rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of massive flooding brought about by typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in the Manila Metropolitan area recently.

Mr. Ablir is the Executive Director of the Zone One Tondo Organization (ZOTO) which operates the APEC E-Learning Center in Navotas. His disclosure came during the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) 2.0 Week Forum in Taipei on October 6-7. Participants in the forum welcomed the added utility and value of the ADOC facility in Navotas, with ZOTO as the Philippine NGO partner.

With the typhoon at its peak, and the scale of the disaster becoming more apparent in the areas situated near the ADOC premises, ZOTO mobilized its volunteers and trainees to map areas requiring rescue and assistance, coordinated the sorting and packing of relief goods, and utilized its facilities as a temporary evacuation shelter.

The ADOC is an APEC initiative that seeks to address the digital divide that hinders women, children, the poor and marginalized, as well as the disabled, from utilizing opportunities presented by digital technology, for a better life.

ZOTO is a non-government organization operating in 28 areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Their areas of operation are defined as demolition, resettlement or relocation sites.

ZOTO launched an ADOC-based computer literacy project in 2008 to provide access to quality computer education for the out-of-school youth, with the view of providing them skills that would enhance the likelihood of their gainful livelihood or employment.

Over 500 young people and children in Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas cities have benefited from the ZOTO ADOC project. The ADOC Center was constructed with the assistance of the Swiss government, with equipment donated by the ADOC Secretariat of Chinese Taipei.

Mr. Ablir was with other forum participants from Manila: National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) Executive Director and Attorney Mateo Acuin Lee, Jr.; Philippine APEC National Secretariat and DFA-OUIER Special Assistant Eric Gerardo E. Tamayo; Mr. Adonis Untalan of the Philippine National School for the Blind; Mr. Josephus Reynes, Special Needs School Instructor of the DepEd Cebu City School System; the Rev. Antonio D. Llanes, Jr., President of the Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV); Ms. Lourdes B. Borgonia and Mr. Deterson Omas, ATRIEV Instructors; Ms. Charito Co of the Grace Christian Academy; and Ms. Mabel Gaerlan of the Philippine Resources for the Blind Foundation in Cebu City.

Mr. Ablir expressed gratitude to their benefactors for facilitating the establishment of the ADOC in their area. END

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RP Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s presents credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Posted: 27 Oct 2009 12:04 AM PDT

27 October 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s Antonio M. Lagdameo presented his Letters of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last October 13.

The Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Mr. Charles Gray arrived at the Philippine Embassy in London to escort the Ambassador and his spouse, Mrs. Linda Floirendo-Lagdameo, to Buckingham Palace for the official ceremony.

Four Embassy officials accompanied the Ambassador. The official party proceeded through the streets of London towards the Palace in two State Landaus provided by the Royal Mews.

Following the ceremony held in the Palace’s 1844 room, Ambassador and Mrs. Lagdameo were escorted back to the Embassy by Mrs. Alison MacMillan, Assistant Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and Deputy Director of the Protocol Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

A well-attended reception was subsequently held at the Haymarket Hotel next to the Embassy. END

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RP Reelected to UN Economic and Social Body

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 11:57 PM PDT

27 October 2009 – The Philippines was reelected to another two-year term in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc), garnering the biggest number of votes among18 countries that won seats in the 54-member body, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York announced on October 26.

In his report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hilario G. Davide, Jr. said the Philippines received 185 votes to allow it to continue serving in the body until 2012 when its two-year term ends on December 31.

“The Philippines was eagerly supported by countries and reelected to a second two-year term because Member States value the contributions of the Philippines and its diplomats in the Ecosoc,” Ambassador Davide said. He credited the election to the country’s active participation and substantive contributions to the policy work of the body on issues under its purview since 2007.

The Ecosoc, which is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.

It is responsible for promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Ecosoc has the power to make or initiate studies and reports on these issues. It also has the power to assist the preparations and organization of major international conferences in the economic and social and related fields and to facilitate a coordinated follow-up to these conferences. With its broad mandate the Council’s purview extends to over 70 percent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system.

“The Philippines will strive once more to be worthy of the trust and confidence the Member States have reposed in the country by participating actively, working constructively, and exerting every effort to make a positive contribution to the crucial work of the Ecosoc,” Ambassador Davide said.

The Philippines, which also topped the elections for the 2007-2009 term in 2006, garnered a total of 185 votes out of a total number of 188 Member States of the UN present and voting. The three other votes were abstentions.

Also elected in today’s elections were Bangladesh, Mongolia, and Iraq representing Asia; Belgium, Canada, Italy, and the United States for Western Europe and Other States; Slovakia and Ukraine for Eastern Europe; Argentina, Bahamas, and Chile for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Comoros, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, and Zambia for Africa. END

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RP Embassy in Pretoria Hosts Adobo-Cooking Demonstration

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 11:54 PM PDT

27 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in South Africa hosted an Adobo-Cooking Demonstration for Filipino children in Pretoria at the Embassy grounds last October 18.

The Adobo-Cooking demonstration is the third of the Embassy’s Munting Paaralan series of activities for the year 2009. Aside from being the most popular Filipino dish, it was pointed out that adobo is also the most practical dish to teach children as it requires only a handful of ingredients, is easy to cook, and has a long shelf-life.

The cooking demonstration was attended by 18 Filipino children. The program started with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, followed by a short lecture on Philippine cuisine. Each of the children was given the chance to take part in the cooking process. After Ambassador Reyes was invited to sample the dish with steamed rice, the cooked chicken adobo was served to the children for lunch. END

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Unified Threat Management (UTM) Appliance

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 09:04 PM 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: Unified Threat Management Appliance

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.

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Sorsogon: Chiz Escudero on the spotlight

Profiles: Chiz Escudero on the spotlight
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Now the father of two-year-old twins and Sorsogon City, the senator bares his plans to assume the most difficult role of fathering the nation come 2010.
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A touching story of an old father, son and a sparrow

A touching story of an old father, son and a sparrow. It reminds us how our parents have showed their love, patience and sacrifices they gave to us when we we’re still young. Now is the time to cherish and return back all the love our parents showered us.

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Sorsogon Gov. Sally Lee said she doesn’t know Teodoro personally but the secretary has s ent several assistance and tangible programs to her province through the DND

Defense chief to step down in two weeks
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RP Re-Elected to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Governing Body

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 07:45 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James’ Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Philippines was reelected as member of the 1992 Fund Executive Committee at elections held in London last October 15.

Ambassador Lagdameo, who is concurrently the Philippine Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization, noted that the Philippines will be occupying its seat in the Executive Committee for one year.

The Executive Committee is an organ of the International Oil Pollution Compensation 1992 Fund which is tasked to review oil-spill incidents around the world where the 1992 Fund is liable to compensate the victims.

Among the incidents being reviewed by the Executive Committee involves the sinking of Solar I off the coast of Guimaras Island in November 2006. A total of UK£10.74 million have been paid to claimants by the 1992 Fund in this incident, with the assessment of the expenses incurred by the Philippine Coast Guard in responding to the incident remaining as the only outstanding claim.

In the same meeting in London, Minister Francisco Noel Fernandez III of the Philippine Embassy in London was elected as Vice Chairman of the 1992 Fund Executive Committee. He succeeded Patrick Tso Chi-hung of Hong Kong, China who decided not to seek re-election. Sweden’s Daniel Kjellgren was re-elected as the Executive Committee’s Chairman. Kjellgren and Fernandez will serve as the Executive Committee’s Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, for one year.

The IOPC Funds is an inter-governmental body composed of three independent and separate organizations namely: the 1992 Fund, the Supplementary Fund, and the 1971 Fund. It provides compensation for oil pollution damage caused by spills from persistent oil carried by tankers.

The organization is supported by a Secretariat based in London and is manned by international civil servants. Contributions to the Funds come from levies collected from companies which receive oil after sea transport, normally oil companies. END

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APEC I.T. and Call Center Run by the Visually-Impaired Opens in RP

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 07:25 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – The first call center in the Philippines manned by visually-impaired persons formally opened its doors on October 20 at the Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV) offices along E. Rodriguez, Quezon City.

The call center is also believed to be the first and the only one of its kind operating in a developing economy in the world.

The Center is made possible under the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Initiative, and is expected to be fully operational by November 2009.

It is supported by the ADOC Secretariat, the Institute for Information Industry (III), Chunghwa Telecom, Acer Computer Corporation, and Tamkang University – all based in Chinese Taipei – as well as the Communication and Information Technology (CICT), the Philippine APEC National Secretariat/DFA-OUIER, the Department of Education (DepEd), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP), the Philippine National School for the Blind and the City Government of Quezon City in the Philippines.

The facility is equipped with special and customized outbound call center software and refreshable Braille display input output devices that will enable its agents to assist clients by reading prescribed responses in Braille.

Blind agents are assisted by a screen reader which translates displayed text to speech, while partially blind agents make use of screen magnification software. The technology would enable visually impaired agents to become as efficient and effective as sighted call center agents.

The opening of the center was led by Chairman Peter Leslie Wallace of the ATRIEV Foundation and Philippine Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative Donald C.T. Lee. A message from Dr. Stan Shih, Chairman of the ADOC Secretariat and founder of the Acer Group, was also read during the opening ceremonies.

On hand to witness the opening were various national and city government, as well as private partners of ATRIEV. Mr. Wallace acknowledged the significant efforts being made to provide visually impaired persons the opportunity for sustained employment, while Representative Lee noted the continuing work needed to enhance access to digital technology digital for many marginalized people in APEC.

Together with the opening of the call center, the 10th APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) was also inaugurated at the ATRIEV Offices. ADOC No. 10 shall design and provide training courses for visually-impaired persons in the use of computers. The Center is the beneficiary of computer equipment donated by the ADOC Secretariat.

The unique Call Center and ADOC facility was also launched ahead in Taipei on October 6, during the ADOC 2.0 Week. National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) Executive Director and Attorney Mateo Acuin Lee Jr. and Philippine APEC National Secretariat and DFA-OUIER Special Assistant Eric Gerardo E. Tamayo joined the Filipino trainees during the forum.

Those who underwent the special training course for the visually impaired in Taipei were Mr. Adonis Untalan of the Philippine National School for the Blind, Mr. Josephus Reynes, Special Needs School Instructor of the DepEd Cebu City School System, the Rev. Antonio D. Llanes Jr., ATRIEV President, Ms. Lourdes B. Borgonia ATRIEV Instructor and blind webmaster, Mr. Deterson Omas, ATRIEV Instructor, software programmer and blind athlete, Ms.. Charito Co of the Grace Christian Academy, and Ms. Mabel Gaerlan of the Philippine Resources for the Blind Foundation in Cebu. END

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Germany Provides One Million Euros for ICRC Humanitarian Aid Measures in RP

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 07:18 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – Germany’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch, announced on October 21 that the Federal Government of Germany will donate the amount of €1,000,000 (approximately 70 million Pesos) to support the humanitarian efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Philippines.

The German contribution to the ICRC will be used to support the victims of the conflict in Mindanao, including those seeking shelter in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and those who are sick or wounded as a result of the conflicts occurring in the region.

The fund will be utilized from the present time to the end of this year. END

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Showcase of Philippine-made Products in Los Angeles

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 01:07 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – Philippine Consul General to Los Angeles Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a two-day Philippine product promotional event was held on October 17-18 at the Eagle Rock Plaza to promote Philippine-made products in Southern California. A Business-to-Business (B2B) event was also held with the purchasing officer of Seafood City.

On 19 October, a press briefing was held at the Conference Room of the Consulate General to drum up support for the export programs being undertaken by the Philippine Consulate General and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Los Angeles. END

Another B2B event was held on 20-21 October with executives and purchasing officers of other US-based importers with Philippine exporters at the Redondo Beach Function Room of the Radisson LA Westside Hotel in Culver City.

The main objective of the North Philippine Trade Mission is to create awareness among participants on the policies, regulations, business challenges and existing business opportunities in the US market, both for ethnic and mainstream markets, and to generate sales for participating companies whose products are ready to enter the US market.

The program is organized in cooperation with the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA); Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC), DTI North Philippines, Philippine Exporters Confederation (PHILEXPORT), Atlas Shippers International Corp., and Seafood City.

The exporters which participated in the events and their respective products include: ADDS Enterprise (dry roasted cashew nuts and greaseless peanut); Amanda’s Marine Products (sautéed shrimp paste, smoked fish and dried fish); Anjo Farms (milkfish in various preparations); Arjan’s Vegetarian Foods (vegan products); Bonsure Evergreen Intl., Corp. (tuna floss); Carlo’s Bamboo Craft & Furnishing (bamboo-based products); Cormel Foods (sugarcane vinegar, sugarcane wine and fruit wine); Pervil Corporation (cosmetics); and the San Fernando LGU (lantern). END

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RP Film “ASTIG” Receives Special Mention Citation at Filmfest

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 01:00 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – Filipino filmmaker GB Sampedro’s “Astig” (“Squalor”) received a Special Mention citation at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea, the Philippine Embassy in Seoul reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The film competed with 11 others in the New Currents Section. Written by Jerry Gracio, “Astig” was cited for “its boldness in form and narration and for its courage to approach without concession the hard life of young Filipinos confronted to struggle to survive in an unequal society.”

“We are thrilled to have brought honor to our country from the PIFF,” supervising producer Noel Ferrer said on October 16. “I’m particularly happy that we were able to highlight the best of indie and mainstream cinema and got recognized for it.”

“Astig,” an episodic tale of four young men whose stories parallel and contrast with the landmarks and various images of Manila, won for Sampedro the Best Director award at the 5th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in July. It has been invited to the Asiatica Filmmediale in Rome, Italy, to be held next month.

“Sampedro approaches the sexual commerce as a means to survive. His images are harsh, poignant and set the relationships between money and sex and the exploitation of women. Very inventive, ‘Squalor’ is a politically correct film,” PIFF New Currents jury, chaired by French filmmaker Jean Jacques Beneix, said.

Twenty Filipino films were screened at the PIFF in the Retrospective section, six in exhibition and two in competition. The Philippines is the festival’s “country of honor” this year..

The awards ceremony, held at the Pusan IFF Pavilion, began promptly at 6 p.m. (Manila time) and was attended by an estimated 10,000 people.

The Iraqi-Kurdish drama “Kick Off,” by Shawkat Amin Korki, shared the New Currents Award with the South Korean film “I’m In Trouble,” by So Sang-min. The award, given to first-time and second-time film directors, also came with a cash prize of $30,000.

“Kick Off,” a story of a group people living in an illegal multi-ethnic settlement that tries to stage a friendly soccer match under obstacle-strewn conditions, also bagged the festival’s Best Movie honor in a separate award handed by the International Federation of Film Critics.

For the first time this year, the PIFF handed over a Flash Forward Award to debuting director Zaida Bergoth of Finland for the family drama “Last Cowboy Standing.” The award also came with a $20,000 cash prize.

The Sonje Award for Short Films went to Kim Jae-won’s “Somewhere Unreached” (Korea) and Basil Vassili Mironer’s “Rare Fish” (Singapore, Indonesia); the PIFF Mecenat Award for Documentaries to Kwon Woo-jung’s “Earth’s Woman” (Korea) and Saba Dewan’s “The Other Song” (India); the NETPAC Award to Park Chan-ok’s “Paju” (Korea); and the KNN Movie Award to Jiang Wenli’s “Lan” (China).

Last year, two Filipino films won awards in their respective categories at the same prestigious fest. Milo Tolentino won the Sonje award for his short film “Andong.” Chris Martinez’s “100,” which stars Mylene Dizon and has Eugene Domingo in the supporting role, won the KNN Movie (audience choice) award. All three Pusan winning films were Cinemalaya entries funded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines. END

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6TH Annual Economic Development Conference

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 12:55 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a gala dinner was held for the Mabuhay Alliance 6th Annual Economic Development Conference on 17 October at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California.

The participants to the Conference benefitted from the workshops on foreclosure prevention, micro-business technical assistance, financial literacy and supplier diversity as these will help minorities, including Filipino-Americans, to recover from the global economic crisis.

Left Photo: Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon (left) with Ms. Faith Bautista, CEO & President, Mabuhay Alliance.

Right Photo (left to right): Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon poses with Assembly member Ted Lieu, who represents the 53rd Assembly District of California; and, Mr. Robert Gnaizda, founder of Greenlining Institute and a Mabuhay Alliance honoree for his service and support of the Filipino-American community. END

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RP Embassy in Riyadh as ASEAN Volleyball Tournament Champ Anew

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 12:41 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh hosted the 2009 ASEAN Missions’ Volleyball Tournament and bagged the game’s Championship trophy for the second year in a row. The Embassy is now only one win shy from taking home the ASEAN Missions’ perpetual trophy for the volleyball tournament, which it aims to hopefully secure next year.

The tournament was held last October 22 at the Liwasang Bonifacio Multi-purpose court of the Embassy. It is one of the sports activity among the many competitions organized yearly by the members of the ASEAN Riyadh Sports and Social Committee (ARSSC), representing ASEAN missions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia namely, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The volleyball tournament commenced promptly at 9 a.m. after a brief program and photo session of the ASEAN diplomatic corps and their respective families, players and supporters. The ceremonial toss led by the ASEAN Chiefs of Mission marked the start of the games.

There were five participating teams – Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and MMS which stands for Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore. The MMS team was formed due to lack of available players from the three Embassies. Their participation gathered praises from the audience because it manifests the ASEAN spirit of solidarity and cooperation.

The tournament used a single round robin system, where each team battled with all other teams. The last game which ended at 6 p.m. almost created a triple tie. However, the Philippine Embassy team survived the hard work displayed by the Thais to emerge with a spotless record and ultimately defend its championship title.

The Embassy of Brunei Darussalam secured the first runner-up position while the Royal Thai Embassy placed second runner-up. Special awards were also given and distributed as follows:

Most Valuable Player – Mr. Dimaporo Mustary (Philippines)
Mr. Azral Izwan Mazlan (MMS)
Mr. PG HJ Irman (Brunei)
Mr. Abdulqadir Abdussalam (Indonesia)
Mr. Affan Maseng (Thailand)

Best Female Player - Ms. Aniline Punzalan (Philippines)
Best ball spiker - Mr. Christian San Diego (Philippines)
Best ball stopper - Mr. Uldarico C. Malicse, Jr. (Philippines)
Best ball tosser - Mr. Ibrahim Akhbar (Brunei)
Best ball server - Mr. Prasert Suwandee (Thailand)

Sportsmanship Award - Mr. Htein Lein Aung (Myanmar)
Mr. Komarya (Indonesia)

The victory of the Philippine Embassy team was attributed to the collective effort of its energetic players composed of Attaches Uldarico C. Malicse, Jr. (who also served as Coach), Aniline Punzalan and Lucman Gayampal; and Messrs Serge Borgueta, Acas M. Bayabao, Jr., Dimaporo D. Mustary, Nasrodin Usudan, Christian V. San Diego and Rene Soqueño.

They fought with high morale inspired by the support and financial assistance they received from the Embassy family that sponsored their colorful uniforms.

The officiating and orderly conduct of the games was handled professionally and efficiently by teachers Arnel Monellon, Belen L. Cleto, Rosario E. Makalintal and Edwardo T. Teja from the International Philippine School in Riyadh.

At the sidelines, the presence of the medical team headed by Dr. Jose Tomas V. Octavio, together with Nurses Elisa T. Serrano and Edna Notario-Torricampo, gave the players the sense of safety and protection.

Filipino hospitality once again thrived during the affair. Guests were entertained not only by the fun and excitement brought about by the games, but were also indulged with samplings of Filipino cuisine.

The ever dependable Philippine Embassy ladies and wives of Embassy & Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) personnel cooked and served them with Filipino styled arrozcaldo (congee) coupled with fried tofu (soy) during breakfast. Guests were also treated to oven fresh banana cakes personally baked and donated by Mrs. Faidah Amal B. Haris of the POLO. Native dishes that suit the palate of the ASEAN family like tom yang and corn soups, beef caldereta, mixed vegetables with coconut milk, bicol express, chicken teriyaki, calamares, gulaman, among others were catered at lunch time, courtesy of PINOY Supermarket.

After the closing ceremony, everyone enjoyed simple afternoon snacks of pansit (noodles) provided gratuitously by R & R Catering Services. In addition, the participants were supplied with free refreshing drinks the whole day donated by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Bin Zoma International and Trading Development Co. Ltd./ Safa Water.

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio P. Villamor and Consul Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr. during their opening and closing remarks, respectively thanked the Heads of Mission and the members of their staff and families for gracing the event, the ARSSC for organizing the tournament, the generous sponsors and the hardworking Embassy and POLO personnel. Consul Israel also congratulated the winners of the competition and everyone for boosting once again the true ASEAN spirit and camaraderie.

The ASEAN Missions responded by conveying their praises and good wishes to the Philippine Embassy family. END

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6TH Annual “Pagpapahalaga sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya” Health Fair in Los Angeles

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 12:28 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – The 6th Annual Pagpapahalaga sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya Health Fair was formally opened last October 21 at the Community Hall of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, California.

The event was undertaken by Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. (APHCV) to deliver free health screening services to the Filipino Community. The health fair ran for three days.

Services extended include blood pressure, glucose screenings and BMI screening; osteoporosis scanning; oral health counseling; bone marrow registration; and pre-screening for eligibility for public health care programs, among others.

Left Photo: Deputy Consul General Daniel R. Espiritu welcomes the participants to the opening of the health fair. Right Photo: Ms. Marilyn John (left), Pilipino Outreach Worker of the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. (APHCV) explains procedures to participants prior to the glucose screening, one of the services provided by APHCV during the health fair. END

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Spanish Humanitarian Assistance to the Philippines

Posted: 26 Oct 2009 12:10 AM PDT

26 October 2009 – The Spanish Government sent two chartered planes loaded with emergency kits and materials, mainly shelter materials and family assistance kits such as two water purification plants, food, blankets, toiletries and kitchen kits, water containers, and tents for beleaguered victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. The planeloads arrived on October 03 and October 14, respectively. END

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Mayor Villaraigosa Hosts the Los Angeles Consular Corps

Posted: 25 Oct 2009 10:09 PM PDT

26 October 2009 – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa hosted a reception for the members of the Los Angeles Consular Corps at the Getty House, the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles, last October 13.

Left photo shows Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa (center) with Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon (left) and Deputy Consul General Daniel R. Espiritu (right).

Right photo shows Mayor Villaraigosa with Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon with the other members of the Los Angeles Consular Corps. END

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Bicol dengue cases down by 19% in 2009

Bicol dengue cases down by 19% in 2009
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Last year, Camarines Sur had 381, Albay 108, Sorsogon 78, Masbate 64, Camarines Norte 31, and Catanduanes 28. Aquino underscored the decline of dengue cases
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YOU ONLY HAVE TWO OPTIONS! A WORTH OF SACRIFICE..(A STORY ABOUT A BRIDGEMASTER & HIS SON)

Shared by a friend from Facebook.  This short video clip  will show us  the story of  “Bridge master & his Son”.  and it  will bring you in a heartbreaking scene wherein you only have two options.  If you are in this situation?…which option will you choose?  watch it and say something!

Dios mabalos saindo gabos!!!

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International NGO helps Sorsogon, rural areas plan for disaster

International NGO helps Sorsogon, rural areas plan for disaster
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PRIMRR program coordinator Jose Lopez said using three flood-prone barangays as pilot areas—barangay Banuang Gurang in Donsol, barangay Cogon in Irosin,

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Magdalo endorses Escudero’s 2010 presidential candidacy

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Magdalo endorses Escudero’s 2010 presidential candidacy
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Oil price surge next year, Escudero warns

Oil price surge next year, Escudero warns
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The senator from Sorsogon called on his colleagues in the Senate to prioritize the action on proposal to amend or repeal the oil deregulation law when it
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Trade fair showcases Bicol’s agri-based products

Trade fair showcases Bicol’s agri-based products
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and pili-based food items, among others. Bicol is composed of the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate.

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MANILA, Philippines – The best of Bicol products and tourist hotspots are showcased anew in the OK Bikol-Gayon Bikol, the annual trade and tourism fair of the Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry Region V, which will runs until today at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall 2.

According to DOT V Regional Director Maria Ravanilla, the fair is promoting market linkages with the players in the travel industry, trade buyers and investors to further boost Bicol’s tourism, trade and investment potentials.

She said the region is highlighting its best travel destinations and festivals, as well as native products under the DTI’s “One Town, One Product (OTOP)” program.

On display are Bicol’s signature products such as exquisite native furniture, abaca decors and accessories, gold jewelry, pottery, chili- and pili-based food items, among others.

Bicol is composed of the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate.

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Loren: Team-up with Chiz not yet sealed | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

Loren: Team-up with Chiz not yet sealed | ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Department of Foreign Affairs-24October2009-updates

GRP Postpones SNAMMM—DFA

Posted: 23 Oct 2009 08:22 PM PDT

We believe all hands must be on deck in the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the lives and communities of our countrymen. Therefore, all must focus their efforts and resources on this major and substantial task.

Providing relief and assistance to the thousands of victims is the priority in the short term. In the long term, more needs to be done to rebuild the lives and bring reconstruction and rehabilitation to the communities ravaged by Ketsana (Ondoy) and Parma (Pepeng).

While we remain committed to the cause of peace through interfaith dialogue, our priority now should be the immediate and long term needs of our people.

We have, therefore, consulted our friends and partners in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), through Egypt which is the Chair of the NAM Coordinating Bureau in New York, who have chosen the Philippines to host the Special NAM Ministerial Meeting (SNAMMM) on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace and Development this December in Manila.

We are confident our partners and friends, who have been helping us in our hour of distress brought about by the calamities, will understand our decision to move the holding of the SNAMMM to an appropriate date next year. END

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Philippines Leads Asian Ambassadors at Asia-Pacific Week

Posted: 23 Oct 2009 06:00 PM PDT

24 October 2009 – The Philippines, as Chair of the 22-member group of Asian Ambassadors based in Berlin, spoke on behalf of the region on the topic, “Europe and Asia – Together out of the Crises”.

The event, which was organized by the German-Asian Business Circle (Deutsch-Asiatischer Wirtschaftskreis e.V.) as a business event of the 2009 Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) Berlin, was held at the Berlin Town Hall on last October 14.

About 200 German businessmen, researchers, diplomatic officials and university students attended the event. The other resource persons were Prof. Dr. Eberhard Sandscheiner of the German Council on Foreign Relations – the research arm of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Günther Hardock, Managing Director of LIEBHERR-Werk, a major German construction company; and Mr. Rudolf Weiler, managing director of Digisound-Electronik. Mr. Michael Lorenz of Lorenz and Partners (Bangkok) moderated the discussion.

As the only representative from an Asian government, Philippine Ambassador to Germany Delia Domingo-Albert focused on how the ASEAN region was coping with the global economic crisis. She highlighted the lessons learned from the 1997 financial crises, and cited the actions taken by ASEAN together with its three regional partners – China, Japan and Korea – such as the Chiang Mai Initiative, the Asian Bond Markets Initiative and the Asian Currency Unit.

She cited the relative peace and stability of the region for the past 40 years of ASEAN’s existence, as well as the efforts at regional integration which will build a common market and seamless production base by 2015 as reasons for ASEAN as an attractive partner for Europe.

Moreover, ASEAN’s experience and institutional support makes it a natural base for larger regional groupings such as the ASEAN Plus Six (China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand), which encompasses Asia’s three largest economies.

Ambassador Albert highlighted the growing close cooperation among Asian countries which has enabled them to face the economic crisis. She praised the private sector for its renewed confidence especially in the Philippine economy, which hopes to grow by 4.9 percent in 2010, and for its initiatives to spur growth and contribute positively towards bringing the end of the crisis in sight. END

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Third Spanish-Iberoamerica Conference on Social Responsibilities of Companies

Posted: 23 Oct 2009 05:45 PM PDT

24 October 2009 – Charge d’Affaires, a.i. of the Philippine Embassy in Mexico Pedro C. Santizo participated in the two-day conference entitled III Conferencia España-Iberoamérica sobre Responsibilidad Social de las Empresas (Third Spanish-Iberoamerica Conference on the Social Responsibilities of Companies) that was held at Hotel Camino Real, Mexico City last October 20-21.

The abovementioned conference was aimed to promote the adoption of responsible business practices of Iberoamérica.

This year, its theme is “La Responsibilidad Social de las Empresas en España y México: Enfoques ante la crisis” (The Social Responsibilities of Companies in Spain and Mexico: Approaches to the Crises). The event was organized by the Fundación Carolina and the Fundación Euroamérica, in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in Mexico.

Economists, entrepreneurs and experts were invited to discuss the theme with about 300 participants from various companies, institutions and organizations, including members of the diplomatic corps.

Accompanied by the Embassy´s trade assistant, Charge d’Affaires Santizo also attended the reception for the participants and other invited guests at the Spanish Ambassador´s residence on the evening of October 20. END

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Sorsogon-Bicol stockpiles rice for typhoon months

Bicol stockpiles rice for typhoon months
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Albay has a stock position of 650382 bags that can last up to 123 days; Camarines Sur with 227351 good for 44 days; Sorsogon, 99931 for 67 days;
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Songs of Hope Charity Concert held in Beijing for Typhoon Victims

Posted: 23 Oct 2009 03:42 AM PDT

23 October 2009 – When there are songs, there is hope. Hope brought about by an outpouring of support from Beijing-based Filipino artists and musicians, who staged a three-hour concert to raise funds for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Cataumber Brady said that the Philippine Embassy in Beijing arranged the “Songs of Hope: Joining Hands for the Typhoon Victims in the Philippines” charity event on October 18 at Salsa Caribe music lounge in Beijing in partnership with the Filipino community.

“The aftermath of the devastating typhoons and floods has prompted us to organize the charity concert,” Ambassador Brady said, adding that the charity concert raised almost 60,000 renminbi (US$8,888). The proceeds will be donated to Gawad Kalinga and Caritas for their rehabilitation and reconstruction projects for the typhoon victims.

“We would like to thank the Chinese people, our friends in the international community in Beijing, and the Filipino community for their generosity in lending a hand for the typhoon victims in the Philippines,” Ambassador Brady said.

The Embassy organized the concert, which was attended by almost 500 people, in cooperation with the Couples for Christ Beijing and the Pinoy Overseas Photographers in Beijing, who donated some of their best photos of China for the charity event. Four Beijing-based Filipino bands and a husband-and-wife dancing team performed during the concert for free.

Before the performance, the audience stood in silent tribute to the victims of the typhoons.

Meanwhile, Filipino children, along with their foreign friends, sold their old toys, books and DVDs at an international fun and food fair held at Beijing’s South Cathedral on October 18 and raised 3,304 renminbi (US$485), which they added to the pool of donations raised that evening.

“I commend these children for this simple but wonderful gesture,” Ambassador Brady said. “Their donation will certainly go a long way for the typhoon victims.” END

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Malaysian King confers Military Award on AFP Chief General Victor Ibrado

Posted: 23 Oct 2009 03:37 AM PDT

23 October 2009 – His Majesty Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Sl-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Bilah Shah, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) XIII of Malaysia, conferred the Order of Gallantry and Military Service Award, or the Darjah Panglima Gagah Angakatan Tentera (Knight Grand Commander – Honorary), on General Victor Ibrado, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), in ceremonies held at Istana Negara (National Palace) in Kuala Lumpur last October 21.

The award is one of the more prestigious decorations of the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces and is given to the highest ranking officers of the Malaysian Army and the Chiefs of the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Air Force. The award is also given to foreign generals, admirals and air mashalls.

The award is in recognition of General Ibrado’s meritorious service and contribution in promoting defense cooperation between the Philippines and Malaysia. In 2008, the Malaysian King also conferred the same award on General Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr.

Founded by King Abu Bakar Ri’syst ud-din Shah al-Mustain on 16 September 1983, the award is given in recognition of acts of heroism or exceptional services in the armed forces in five classes (1) Panglima Gagah (PGAT) or Knight Grand Commander; (2) Panglima Setia (PSAT) or Knight Commander; (3) Pahlawan (PAT) or Commander; (4) Ksatriya (KAT) or Officer; and (5) Bentara (BAT) or member. END

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Ambassador Buensuceso Presents Credentials to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; Meets with Business Leaders and Filipino Community in Copenhagen

Posted: 23 Oct 2009 12:22 AM PDT

23 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso presented her credentials to Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at the historic Fredensborg Castle in Copenhagen on October 16.

Prior to presenting her credentials to the Queen, Ambassador Buensuceso was welcomed at the Royal Waiting Room of the Fredensbord Railway Station by Baron Iuel-Brockdorff, Master of the Royal Hunt, and taken to the Queen’s palace by a state coach accompanied by a horse-mounted royal cavalry. Together with the Lord Chamberlain, she reviewed the Royal Guards and the Hussars Regiment before proceeding to her audience with Queen Margrethe II.

During her audience, Ambassador Buensuceso discussed with the Queen the burgeoning economic relations between their two countries. Queen Margrethe II expressed her sympathies for the victims of the twin typhoons and sent her best wishes to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The presentation was followed by a vin d’honneur attended by more than 200 guests consisting of members of the diplomatic corps, business leaders and travel/tour operators and leaders of the Filipino community in Denmark.

While in Copenhagen, Ambassador Buensuceso also met with business leaders, government officials, and the officers and members of the Filipino community in Denmark to discuss issues of interest to the Philippines.

Among the many issues of bilateral concern, the matter on au pairs going to Denmark was given top priority, with the Danish Ministry of Refugees, Immigration and Integration pledging to study and respond to Ambassador Buensuceso’s proposals on the matter.

Ambassador Buensuceso also met with officials from the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group of Companies, one of the biggest, most respected names in the world in the area of container shipping and logistics, energy exploration and production, ship-building, retail and manufacturing.

In the course of their discussions, A.P. Moller-Maersk Director for Recruitment Leif Nielsen informed Ambassador Buensuceso that their company is extremely satisfied with the proficiency, skill and discipline of Filipino seafarers and that despite the global economic crisis, crewing of Filipino seamen has not slackened.

The company is poised to replace their Danish captains (around 100 in the immediate term), with Filipino skippers. They also plan to relocate their logistical operations in Singapore in 2010 making it easier for our workers to find employment and are planning to relocate their training centers for their worldwide logistics requirements in Manila.

Accompanied by two of Oslo PE’s consular staff, Ms. Annie Caraig and Ms. Rita Tan, Ambassador Buensuceso conducted a consular outreach at the St Anne’s church in Copenhagen during which they were able to issue 437 passports, 38 reports of marriage and births and answered various queries from their nationals residing in Denmark.

On Saturday and Sunday, 17 and 18 October, respectively, the Ambassador met with leaders of various Filipino organizations in Denmark to listen to their problems and suggestions and to plan future projects of the community. The leaders updated her on the various relief efforts being undertaken by their groups to help the victims of Ondoy and Pepeng. END

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Association of Spouses of Malaysian Cabinet Members Donates to Typhoon Victims

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 11:58 PM PDT

23 October 2009—Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor (right), wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and President of the Badan Amal dan Kebajikan Tenaga Isteri-isteri (BAKTI) or the Welfare Body of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers, and Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Vic Lecaros (left) walk through a virtual maze of boxes filled with food items and household linen from corporate and individual donors in Malaysia for victims of calamities in the Philippines and Indonesia, and of the conflict in Palestine.

Also in the photo are BAKTI members Datuk Noorhayati Kamaluddin (left) and Datin Masnah Muhamat (right), wife of Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim, former Foreign Minister and now Minister of Information, Communications, Culture and Arts.

The relief goods will soon be flown to the recipient countries aboard Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130 heavy-lift transports. END

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RP Flag Flies Proudly Over Golan as Poland ends 35-Year Peacekeeping Presence

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 11:45 PM PDT

23 October 2009 – The Philippine flag was raised for the first time over the Golan Heights yesterday as Manila formally established its peacekeeping presence in this part of the Middle East, taking over from Poland which concluded its 35-year involvement with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

In ceremonies held in New York on October 22, Poland lowered its national colors while the Philippines raised its own to signal the formal assumption by the 1st Philippine Battalion of peacekeeping responsibilities in the southern sector of a United Nations-controlled zone that has kept Israeli and Syrian forces apart since the end of the Arab-Israeli War in 1974.

Lt. Col. Mariusz Jurek, commander of the Polish Battalion, also handed over to Lt. Col. Milfredo Melegrito, commanding officer of the Philippine Battalion, the symbolic key to Camp Ziouani in the ceremonies that were presided over by UNDOF Force Commander Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Jilke and attended by UNDOF officials as well as members of the diplomatic corps and representatives from Israel.

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said there will be a total of 336 Filipino troops in the Golan Heights by the end of the month when Poland completes its withdrawal from UNDOF, which it has been a part of since it was established in 1974.

The Philippine Contingent will form part of the 1,023-strong UNDOF peacekeeping force that also includes troops from Austria, Canada, Croatia, India and Japan who have been tasked by the Security Council to maintain the ceasefire and supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces and the so-called Areas of Separation and Limitation between the two parties.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Petronila Garcia, who represented Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. in the ceremonies, said that the deployment to the Golan Heights is the biggest and most challenging peacekeeping operation for Manila in almost a decade and is in line with the country’s obligations as a charter member of the United Nations.

“We also see our presence here in the Golan as our own little way of contributing to peace in the region,” Ambassador Garcia said. “As a friend to both Israel and Syria, it would be to the interest of the Philippines that peace reigns in all of the Middle East where many of our countrymen are based.”

Ambassador Garcia said that in making its decision to accept the UN invitation to deploy an infantry battalion to the Golan, Manila also took into account the fact that in the 35 years of UNDOF’s existence, the ceasefire and disengagement between Israel and Syria has been observed and not a single serious incident has shattered the peace in the area.

“For this, we are thankful not only for the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by UN peacekeepers but also for the excellent cooperation exhibited by both Israel and Syria,” she told her audience who included Maj. Gen. Carlos Holgaza, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; First Secretary Elmer Cato, Peacekeeping Officer of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York; Col. Gregory Cayetano, Commanding Officer of the AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center, and officers of the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Ambassador Garcia also paid tribute to Poland, saying that “the success story that is UNDOF would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of men and women of the various Polish contingents that have been at the forefront of the UN peacekeeping effort here during the past 35 years.”

“Poland’s contributions to the cause of peace will never be forgotten and the Philippine Contingent can be expected to continue and build on the good work Warsaw has started here in the Golan,” the lady envoy said. “Although the Philippines is a small country with limited means, it takes its responsibility in United Nations peacekeeping very seriously.”

“Like Poland, the Philippines is proud of its strong peacekeeping tradition that dates back to the 1960s when the Philippines first sent an Air Force squadron to support UN operations in the Congo,” she said, adding that Filipino peacekeepers have since served in Afghanistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Cote d’ Ivoire, Darfur, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Kashmir, Kosovo, Nepal, Sudan and Timor Leste.

When the rest of the Philippine Battalion arrives at the end of the month, Philippine presence in the Golan Heights will bring to almost 1,000 the total number of military and police personnel serving in United Nations peacekeeping missions. END

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U.S. Agri chief, American Businessmen Visiting Manila for Trade and Investment Mission

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 11:18 PM PDT

23 October 2009 – Secretary Tom Vilsack of the United States’ Department of Agriculture (USDA) is arriving in Manila this weekend with top executives of 20 U.S. agribusiness companies for a four-day mission geared to further strengthen trade and investment ties between the two countries in the areas of fisheries, biofuel, livestock, poultry and dairy production.

Highlighting the Philippine trip of the U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission are separate meetings of this top-level delegation with President Arroyo and Cabinet executives, led by Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, along with officials of almost 200 local companies and of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Secretary Yap said the itinerary of the Vilsack-led mission includes a business forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City ; agricultural briefings, laboratory tours and a palay-harvesting activity at the IRRI headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna; a milk and biscuit distribution in a public elementary school as well as a tour of a private flour mill.

According to the USDA, this mission’s goal is “to promote trade and investment, particularly in the fisheries, biofuels, processed goods, beverages, meat and poultry, dairy products, agricultural machineries and equipment sectors.”

“Participating U.S. companies will have the opportunity to form partnerships and joint ventures with Philippine companies,” the USDA added in a report.

Manila-Washington trade in agricultural products went up by 23.22 percent to $971,676,804 last year from $787,931,812 in 2007 (based on BAS data).

The agribusiness companies represented in the U.S. mission are: Agri-Ima GIS Technology; American Trading Services, LLC; Cargill, Inc.; EcoVative Resources; Garuda International; Hima International; Intervision Foods; Kraft Foods; Land O’Lakes; Novick Industries Ltd.; The Alan Group; US Fed Group; Valmont Industries, Inc.; and Verdant Ocean, Inc.

On Sunday, Vilsack’s group will go to IRRI with US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney along with Secretary Yap and other Department of Agriculture (DA) officials among them Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano; Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat; Assistant Secretary Preceles Manzo; Director Ronilo Beronio of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice); and Marriz Agbon, president of the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation (PADCC).

The IRRI activities include presentations by Secretary Yap on the global rice stockpile station; by IRRI director-general Dr. Robert Ziegler on the institute’s agenda and goals; by Beronio on PhilRice activities; and by Gil Villancio, who is project leader of the Integrated R and D program on Jatropha curcas for biodiesel.

These presentations will be followed by tours of IRRI’s International Rice Genebank, GAMMA Laboratory and plant growth facilities, and capped by a palay -harvesting participated in by Ambassador Kenney, Secretary Vilsack, Dr. Zeigler, Dir Beronio and Secretary Yap.

Vilsack’s group and Ambassador Kenney will go to Malacañang on Monday, October 26, to meet with President Arroyo, Trade Secretary Peter Favila, Secretary Yap, and other DA officials. They will then proceed to the Shangri-La Hotel for the business forum. END

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Sotero Lee Education Fund Established

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 11:13 PM PDT

23 October 2009 – Filipino-Chinese Businessman Sotero Lee turned over a ceremonial check in the amount of RMBY2 million to the Xiamen Education Foundation as the first tranche of the recently established Sotero Lee Education Fund.

The total fund will eventually reach RMBY10 million to be held in trust by the Xiamen Education Foundation.

In attendance during the simple ceremony held at the Xiamen Millennium Harbour View Hotel was Consul General Raul S. Hernandez and other representatives of Philcongen Xiamen, as well as local Xiamen officials, including the Chairman of the Xiamen Municipal People’s Political Consultative Conference Chen Xiumao, Vice Mayor of Xiamen City Zhan Cangzhou, and Chairman of the Xiamen Education Foundation Wang Rong.

Filipino-Chinese businessman Sotero Lee hands over a ceremonial check in the amount of RMBY2 million to Xiamen Education Fund Chairman Mr. Wang Rong.

Mr. Lee recently set up the Sotero Lee Education Fund that will handover a total of RMBY10 million to the Xiamen Education Foundation to be held in trust.

The Foundation will be able to use 20 percent of the trust fund’s interest earnings for its project that will benefit the Xiamen education sector. The other 80 percent of the fund’s profits will be managed by a group of nine people who will decide on which education-related projects would be benefited by the fund in various areas in southern Fujian including Quanzhou, Shishi and Mr. Lee’s hometown of Jinjiang. END

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OPEC Fund Approves US$30 Million Loan for Maintenance of 10 National Roads in RP

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 08:55 PM PDT

23 October 2009 – the Philippine Embassy in Vienna reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) approved last week a US$30-million loan for the Road Sector Institutional Development and Investment Program in the Philippines.

The overall objective of the program is to preserve and maintain 356 kilometers of 10 national roads located in the west coast of central Luzon, southwestern Visayas, and northern coast of Mindanao.

The program supports the Philippine Government’s efforts to rehabilitate and upgrade the country’s main transport corridor, which would then provide access to markets especially in isolated regions to alleviate poverty, enhance peace and order through transport and trade, strengthen national unity and promote tourism.

The program’s components include civil works, capacity development and program implementation support, for implementation in three years.

OFID is co-financing the program with the Asian Development Bank as the lead financing agency.

OFID is an intergovernmental development finance institution that seeks to promote cooperation between the member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other developing countries. It does this by mainly providing financial resources to assist the latter group of countries in their economic and social development. END

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ASEAN Human Rights Commission Launched, President Arroyo Appoints Ambassador Rosario Manalo to Represent RP

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 08:08 PM PDT

23 October 2009 – Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched today the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) at the 15th ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand.

A major initiative of the Philippines, the AICHR is the first regional human rights body in the Asia-Pacific.

The Philippines is a strong advocate of the establishment of a credible and effective regional mechanism on human rights. It consistently pushed for its creation to promote and protect the human rights of the peoples of ASEAN in the (1) Eminent Persons Group (EPG) which made recommendations for the ASEAN Charter; (2) the High Level Task Force (HLTF) which drafted the ASEAN Charter; and (3) the High Level Panel (HLP) on an ASEAN Human Rights Body which drafted the body’s terms of reference.

The Philippines also successfully negotiated a compromise which led to the adoption of the present name of the body, i.e., the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.

As a leading democracy in the region, the Philippines is especially invested in the establishment and progressive development of a credible and effective regional body dealing with human rights protection and promotion. It therefore views the AICHR’s launch as the most significant highlight of this year’s summit.

To represent the Philippines in the AICHR, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has appointed Ambassador Rosario G. Manalo. Ambassador Manalo assisted former President Fidel V. Ramos in the EPG, as well as led the Philippine delegation in the HLTF and HLP. END

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You can let go now daddy

This short video clips showed us the significance of our Parents “TATAY” in our lives.
while I was watching this video and all I can say is that be thankful if your parents we’re still alive. Coz, we still have time to show them that we really care & be able to serve them.

I would like to express my appreciation to the person who prepared this one. Thanks a lot for the reminder……GODBLESS!!

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Sorsogon – Kasanggayahan 2009 Fireworks & historico-cultural parade(SNHS Dance Troupe)

Kasanggayahan 2009 – amazing fireworks display & historico-cultural parade(SNHS Dance Troupe) ….watch it!

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Use P12-B calamity fund for storm victims – Chiz Escudero

Use P12-B calamity fund for storm victims – Chiz
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Francis JosephChiz” G. Escudero yesterday urged Malacañang to immediately use the additional P12-billion calamity fund authorized by Congress to help
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Sorsogon town seeks geoscienctists in identifying safe relocation site

Sorsogon town seeks geoscienctists in identifying safe relocation site

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm

By Danny O. Calleja

MAGALLANES, Sorsogon, Oct. 22 – Local government officials here are seeking help from government geoscientists and hazard mapping experts in identifying a safer place in the locality for the resettlement of 189 families spared by a killer landslide that hit a hilly coastal village in the municipality last May.

Relocation of these families from Barangay Hobo has been recommended by the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC) and approved by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) following a visit made by defense secretary and NDCC chairman Gilberto Teodoro at the village after the tragedy.

Records of the MDCC headed by town Mayor Abelardo Arambulo showed that 13 persons from nine families were killed when a huge portion of the hill towering over the village collapsed into its residential site at the height of typhoon Dante last May 3.

The entire barangay site, where the elementary school campus, barangay hall, day care center, multi-purpose pavement and chapel were located, was also buried under the rubbles, the MDCC report said.

The 189 surviving families composed of almost 1,000 persons for fear of more landslides during typhoons or rainy days have agreed to abandon their barangay and be relocated to safer grounds within the municipality, it said.

Arambulo said during the May visit here, Teodoro pledged to allocate P68 million from the calamity fund of the NDCC for the acquisition of the resettlement site, construction of core shelter units, livelihood assistance and other requirements for the relocatees to start with in their new community.

While the municipal government is awaiting the release of the fund, scouting for a resettlement site that would fit to the needs of the relocatees like safety and livelihood opportunities, already being made available are the basic necessities such as water and electricity.

Vice-Mayor Manuel Ragrario said the municipal legislative council, which he heads, is coming out with an urgent resolution officially seeking the help of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in identifying the relocation site.

MGB’s earlier hazard mapping had identified several areas in the municipality that are considered high-risk to floods and landslides, but Ragrario said they wanted the MGB and Phivolcs experts to determine which of the potential relocation sites being considered by the local government is less exposed to disaster.

Most of the residential and farming areas at the lowland of the municipality, bounded by the Sorsogon Bay at the north, Ticao Pass at the northwest and high mountains at the remaining portions, are often times submerged by flood waters during heavy rains because of the overflowing of rivers emanating from the mountains.

Most parts of the 19-kilometer concrete road winding across a hilly and mountainous terrain that link the municipality with the national highway down to the rest of Sorsogon province are most of the times rendered impassable due to soil erosions during heavy rains.

At least 15 of the municipality’s 34 barangays are considered prone to floods and landslides. Ragrario said some residents in these areas are also being eyed for permanent resettlement to safer grounds with the help of the provincial and national governments.

Arambulo said, the resettlement option is an urgent measure but the local government is not capable of doing it alone because of financial constraint.

“We are only a fifth class municipality that deeply rely on our internal revenue allotment from the national government that is why we cannot afford the resettlement of our constituents from disaster risk areas all by our self,” he said.

Since their request for financial assistance for the relocation was already turned down by the provincial government, the mayor said “we are left with no other option but rely on the resources of the national government particularly the NDCC.”

Mabuti na lamang, may pangakong pondo si Sec. Teodoro para sa paglilipat nitong aming mga residenteng nanganganib sa sakuna sa mga lugar ng pagguho ng lupa (The fund promised by Sec. Teodoro is our saving grace for the relocation of our residents at landslide high-risk areas), he added. (PNA)

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Norway Government, Filipino Community in Scandinavia Rush Aid to Victims of Ondoy and Pepeng

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 02:17 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to Norway, Denmark and Iceland Elizabeth P. Buensuceso informed the Department of Foreign Affairs that the government of Norway is sending 20 million Norwegian kroner (around US$3.4 Million) assistance to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy which ravaged the country last September 26.

The amount will be shared with Indonesia which also suffered from a devastating earthquake in the southern coast of Java. The money will be administered through the United Nations system and various NGOs now providing help to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who are trying to rebuild lives wrecked by the super typhoon.

Meanwhile, various Filipino organizations, the Roman Catholic and other Christian churches and private organizations in Norway, Denmark and Iceland, rallied to the cry for help from their poor countrymen who were ravaged by the storm and the floods.

Ambassador Buensuceso exhorted her countrymen in these Scandinavian countries to extend whatever assistance they could give, using their own channels of conveyance as well as those in the Embassy’s website, to deliver financial and other kinds of assistance.

In Norway, total amount collected so far reached 328,443.50NOK (or US$57,556.00) coming from various groups such as the Catholic Diocese of Oslo, the SHFC-San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapter in Stavanger, the Living Word Bible Center, the Jesus is Lord Group, and the Filipino Christian Center.

More fund-raising activities are planned in the immediate future. The Filipino Working Group has decided that all proceeds of the Pasko ng Bayan will be donated to the victims. The Bayanihan sa Bayan ni Juan Concert, sponsored by the Filipino Association in Norway (FAN) will be held on November 1, Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway. The Oslo Musik Akademi will also conduct a concert on October 25 to be held at the Røyken Kirke at Hurum Kommune.

The Filipino community in Denmark has also responded in monetary form and in kind. A total of US$33,460..00 had been collected and sent through ABS-CBN, GMA 7, 700 Club Asia and other channels. Groups such as the DK Working Group, Pinay Exclusive Denmark, Filipino Christian Church-Denmark, Copenhagen Christian Church and Babaylan-Denmark had either as a unit, or as separate entities, participate in this effort.

Although few in number, the Filipino community in Iceland also sent $1,451.18 to CFC-FFL.

Ambassador Buensuceso expressed her deep gratitude to the quick response and outpouring of sympathy for the victims extended by the Norwegian government and the members of the Filipino community. She said that these acts of kindness will be remembered as a memorial by God. END

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UNICEF Executive Director Veneman Calls on Consul General Paynor Following Her Recent Trip to RP After Typhoon “Ondoy”

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 01:35 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann A. Veneman called on Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. to inform the latter of her recent trip to Manila where she personally assessed the damage and witnessed the relief operations that were being conducted in the aftermath of Ondoy.

She also reported on the formal launch of the UN Flash Appeal for Ondoy victims and the forthcoming visit of UN Undersecretary General John Holmes. Executive Director Veneman also met President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to discuss the rebuilding and recovery efforts and emergency needs that UNICEF can provide.

Veneman said that the UNICEF was the first UN agency to respond to Ondoy, adding that “the Philippines has been a long-time country of involvement for UNICEF.”

Consul General Paynor thanked the Executive Director for the UN’s assistance to the Philippines and noted Veneman’s positive remarks on the efforts of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). Veneman assured the UN’s continued support to the on-going relief and recovery operations stressing that “the government deserves a lot of credit in bringing in the UN in a proper way.” END

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RP Consulate General in San Francisco Conducts Second ‘Consular on Wheels’ to Reno for 2009

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 01:28 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco successfully conducted its second consular outreach mission to Reno, Northern Nevada for 2009 in partnership with the Filipino American Alliance of Nevada (FAAN).

Led by Deputy Consul General Wilfredo C. Santos, the “Consulate on Wheels” team to Reno was composed of Ms. Vicky Mendez, Ms. Erlinda Sesante, Mr. Ramoncito Mendoza, Ms. Glenda Manalastas, Ms. Catherine Perez, Mr. Ramon Lopez, and Mr. John Jiao. It was the 15th outreach mission organized by the Post for 2009.

The outreach activity in Northern Nevada was held at the Gimikan Restaurant at 1255 Stardust St. in Reno. FAAN officers and members, led by President Thelma Frias, assisted the consular team during the outreach activity.

“We sincerely thank the Filipino American community of Northern Nevada for inviting us to bring our services to Reno for the second time this year,” Deputy Consul General Wilfredo C. Santos said.

“This only shows that we have a large and growing community of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the state of Nevada who still maintain close ties to the Philippines,” he added.

A total of 235 services were rendered by the consulate team in Reno. These include the processing of applications for dual citizenship (50), renewal of passports and issuance of travel documents (72), legalization of documents (56), and other services (57). END

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RP Consulate General in San Francisco Visits Fil-Ams in Denver, Colorado

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 01:17 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco successfully conducted its annual consular outreach mission to Denver, Colorado in coordination with the Filipino American Community of Colorado (FACC) and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region V.

It is the second time this year the Philippine Consulate visited the State of Colorado preceded by the consular outreach mission to Colorado Springs held last June.

The “Consulate on Wings” team to Denver was headed by Deputy Consul General Wilfredo C. Santos and composed of Ms.. Cristy Yap, Ms. Helen Comullo, Mr. Cesar Cruz, and Mr. John Jiao.

The outreach activity in Denver was held at the FACC Bahay Kubo Filipino Cultural Center in Edgewater, Colorado which is owned and operated by the oldest Filipino American community organization in the state..

“The success of our consular outreach mission to Denver is due largely to the close collaboration between the local Fil-Am community and the consulate. We all worked to bring the quality consular services offered at the Consulate in San Francisco right here in Denver as we do in all the Northwestern US States we visit under our jurisdiction,” said Deputy Consul General Santos.

“Our kababayans in Denver and surrounding cities applied for renewal of their expired Philippine passports, authentication of legal documents and application for dual citizenship. We are pleased that we were able to provide our complete line of services to our Kababayans in this part of the United States,” he added.

The overwhelming response and participation of the Fil-Am’s in Colorado and nearby areas represents the growing Filipino community all over the United States. Through its mandate and responsive programs, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco has stepped up its Consular Outreach Missions to the different cities within its jurisdiction to conduct and offer consular services, such as renewal of Philippine passports, legalization of documents, processing of applications for dual citizenship, and conducting the oath-taking ceremony for new dual citizens.

While in Denver, the Consulate team attended the annual Filipiniana Night organized by NaFFAA – Region 5 held at the Four Points Sheraton on October 17. The event was also a fund-raiser for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines.

Deputy Consul General Wilfredo Santos, who administered the oath of allegiance to new dual citizens, provided an update of the ongoing relief operations and the need to continue with providing assistance and donations to affected regions in the Philippines.

“In the spirit of generosity and ‘pakikisama’ or concern for our motherland and our countrymen, I strongly encourage all of you to continue to help and contribute all you can to the ongoing relief efforts which are urgently needed in our country and the many families ravaged by the twin typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng,” he said.

A total of 202 services were rendered by the Consulate team in Denver. These include the processing of applications for dual citizenship (36), renewal of passports and issuance of travel documents (66), legalization of documents (42), and other services (58). END

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President Arroyo to Attend Asean Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand; Summit to Enhance ASEAN Connectivity and Empower ASEAN Peoples

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 01:05 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will attend the 15th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits to be held in Cha-am Hua Hin, Thailand on October 23-25.

The President will be joined by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and Trade Secretary Peter Favila.

The theme “Enhancing Connectivity, Empowerment of Peoples” stemmed from Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s vision of ASEAN as a “Community of Action” that is able to act timely and decisively to address threats and challenges; ASEAN as a “Community of Connectivity” where peoples, goods, and investments can travel freely within the region; and ASEAN as a “Community of Peoples” where people have equitable access to human development opportunities.

President Arroyo will push for the Philippines’ priority interests in the Summit which include enhancing regional cooperation on disaster risk reduction under the ASEAN Agreement on the Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) in light of the recent calamities that hit the region. The Philippines will also support ASEAN’s common position on climate change.

Moreover, the Philippines will welcome the results of the Ministerial meetings for the expeditious launching and operationalization of the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization (CMIM) in order to restore market confidence in ASEAN and boost regional efforts to address the global crisis. It will also call for support of the call for ASEAN-led consultations among other regional groups in Asia and Asia Pacific in a coordinate response to the global economic and financial crisis.

President Arroyo will also solicit support from ASEAN and its dialogue partners for the success of the Philippine Presidency of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York in May 2010.

Among the highlights of the 15th ASEAN Summit is the inauguration of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the first regional mechanism in Asia established to promote and protect human rights.

There will also be an informal meeting between ASEAN Leaders and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, ASEAN Youths, and ASEAN Civil Society as well as a working lunch between the Leaders and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.

Summit discussions will focus on the Annual Report of the ASEAN Secretary-General and thematic concerns on ASEAN connectivity, the global economic and financial crisis, disaster management, and human rights.

The Related Summits include the 12th ASEAN-China Summit, 7th ASEAN-India Summit, 12th ASEAN-Japan Summit, 12th ASEAN-ROK Summit, 12th ASEAN Plus Three Summit and the 4th East Asia Summit.

The ASEAN Leaders will review ASEAN Plus One and ASEAN Plus Three cooperation as well as exchange views on regional and international issues.

They will also adopt the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on the inauguration of the AICHR, the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on Strengthening Cooperation on Education to Achieve an ASEAN Caring and Sharing Community, and an ASEAN Declaration on Climate Change.

They will also issue a Statement on ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation on Food Security and Bio-Energy Development and the Statement on East Asia Summit Disaster Management.

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers are expected to sign the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of ASEAN and a Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing the ASEAN-China Centre.

Meanwhile, ASEAN economic ministers will be signing two MOUs between ASEAN and China. One will be on cooperation in intellectual property while the other is on strengthening cooperation in standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment. END

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World-Class Filipino Painter Captures Luxembourg Through His Artworks

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 12:51 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Brussels, in coordination with the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consul General and the Ernst & Young in Luxembourg, held the vernissage of the month-long painting exhibit dubbed as “Luxembourg: A Cultural Heritage” at the Ernst & Young Gallery in Munsbach, Luxembourg last October 6.

Minister and Consul Roy B. Ecraela, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, and Mr. Alain Kinsch, Philippine Honorary Consul General in Luxembourg, were the guests of honor during the opening ceremony. Both officials expressed enthusiasm in promoting the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Luxembourg beyond the political and economic relations of the two countries.

Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor, a multi-talented world-class Filipino artist, through this recent exhibit, attempts to convey the beauty of the modern and medieval culture of Luxembourg, as can be clearly discerned from his 24 pieces of artwork.

His recent sojourn in Luxembourg has inspired him to depict in his paintings that country’s natural landscape which he describes as elemental, mysterious, pure and sublime over time.

“I am no good at anything but painting and writing my travel diary in a prolific brush. Showcasing the wealth, diversity and common characteristics of European cultures, I hope that we Asians will learn more about the diversity and vitality and the characteristics of Luxembourg’s cultural life,” Mr. Baldemor remarked.

Mr. Baldemor is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, writer and book illustrator. He is also a UNICEF artist, with his paintings chosen to be featured in UNICEF’s greeting cards and consistently sold all over the world for the past 18 years. Another personal achievement of his is the presence of his paintings in the United Nations Headquarters in New York and a big painting in the lobby of the United Nations in Vienna.

Mr. Baldemor has held numerous one-man exhibits in museums and galleries in the Philippines and abroad including Amsterdam, Ankara, Basel, Beijing, Bergen, Bern, Bratislava, Budapest, Brussels, Cairo, Cascais, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Helsinki, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Madrid, Mainz, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Riga, Seoul, Stockholm, Santiago, Singapore, Teheran, Tallinn, Tokyo, Uppsala, Vienna, Vilnius, Wassenaar and Warsaw.

He received 24 local and international awards and grants and has been chosen artist-in-residence in Singapore, Japan, Israel, Chile, Portugal, Estonia and Switzerland.

The exhibit will be open to the public at the Ernst & Young Gallery in Munsbach until 30 October 2009.. END

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RP-MCC MOU BRINGS PHILIPPINES ONE STEP CLOSER TO MCC COMPACT GRANT

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 12:12 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – In a major step that brings the Philippines closer to concluding a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact Agreement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa and MCC Acting Vice President for Compact Development Darius Teter signed a key Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last October 16.

Ambassador Gaa expressed his appreciation over the progress so far achieved by Philippines as further steps are currently undertaken towards Compact funding eligibility.

He emphasized the Philippine Government’s commitment to promote economic growth through a Compact proposal aimed at benefiting the poorest of the poor in the Philippines while addressing issues involving tax evasion and corruption.

During the Compact signing, Mr. Teter said that “in every way, the Philippines has been a model (MCC) partner.”

The MOU involves a $5.5 million contribution to be provided by the MCC for “beneficiary analyses, engineering designs, and environmental and social impact assessments,” which will allow the Philippines to conduct studies on investments and cost estimates of projects that will best benefit the marginalized.

Information derived from these will be submitted accordingly to the Board of Directors of MCC for Compact funding consideration and would help facilitate Philippine efforts to finalize its proposal for an MCC compact.

The MCC is an independent U.S. aid agency aimed at reducing global poverty through the establishment of partnerships with developing countries worldwide that are committed to good governance, economic freedom and investment in citizenry by offering monetary grants to fund projects focused on achieving sustainable economic growth. END

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RP Mission in Vienna Joins in the Observance of the UN-SPIDER’s International Day for Disaster Preparedness

Posted: 22 Oct 2009 12:02 AM PDT

22 October 2009 – The Philippine Mission in Vienna joined the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)/UN SPIDER’s in celebrating the “International Day for Disaster Reduction” through a program held at the Vienna International Center last October 14.

Mr. Niklas Hedman, Officer-in-Charge of UNOOSA and Chief, Committee Services and Research Section, gave the opening remarks explaining the significance of the event in pursuance of UNOOSA’s mission to ensure that all countries have access to, and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle.

After a short briefing by the Philippine Embassy on the actual situation in the Philippines, Mr. Michael Leitgab, Associate Expert of the UN-SPIDER, Office for Outer Space Affairs, made a presentation on the UN Platform for Spaced-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (SPIDER) and then proceeded to discuss the UN-SPIDER’s SpaceAid Framework in response to the Philippine disasters.

Earlier, during the recent onslaught of typhoons Ketsana and Parma, the UN-SPIDER and UNOOSA immediately made a special effort to consolidate satellite data on typhoon Ondoy and its impact including post-disaster imagery to support the response effort in the Philippines.

A 24/7 SpaceAid on-duty officer was activated.. In addition, UN SPIDER facilitated and requested the activation of International Mechanisms, tasked certain satellites, contacted additional satellite providers for collections to share with the Philippines, contacted and acquired sources of funding for non-free satellite imagery, and then compiled, uploaded and shared all of this satellite information gathered with the Philippines and other users.

Mr. Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon, Programme Officer for the UN-SPIDER from UNOOSA, gave the closing remarks, thanking Philippine Ambassador to Austria Linglingay F. Lacanlale for the Philippine Embassy’s joint effort with UNOOSA in making the celebration of the International Day of Disaster Preparedness a success. END

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Filipinos in Brunei Darussalam Donate Funds for “Child Watch: Bantay Bata”

Posted: 21 Oct 2009 11:54 PM PDT

22 October 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Ambassador Alexander B. Yano personally turned over a total of Brunei $700 to the “Bantay-Bata” (Child Watch) Foundation last October 2.

The fund came from voluntary contributions by Filipinos residing and working in Brunei Darussalam.

The fund donation was received by Ms. Martha P. Corporal, Resource Mobilization assistant of said Foundation.

“The Foundation is so thankful for the generosity and kindness of our fellow Filipinos in Brunei Darussalam,” Ms Corporal said. “The amount will go a long way in helping our unfortunate children,” she added.

Bantay Bata is a child welfare program that not only rescues and rehabilitates sick and abused children, but also provides shelter, therapy, and quality home care for rescued children until they can be reunited with their families or referred to proper child-caring agencies..

The “Bantay-Bata” coin bank has been set up in the Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam for generous individuals who can give donations for the needy and distressed Filipino children in the Philippines.

Each coin bank contribution is valuable and has provided a lifeline for “Bantay-Bata” all these years to sustain the benificiary children even under times of national economic crisis. Such assistance for distressed children comes in the form of education, legal assistance, medical and health services, adoption, and foster care.

For more information on how you can make a difference in the lives of distressed Filipino Children, please visit http://www.bantaybata163.org or e-mail bb163reports@abs-cbn.com. END

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to Visit the Philippines

Posted: 21 Oct 2009 10:51 PM PDT

22 October 2009 – At the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi of the People’s Republic of China will travel to the Philippines for an official visit on October 28-29.

The visit will be an opportunity for the two countries to review its bilateral relations and discuss ways of enhancing economic and trade cooperation.

Secretary Romulo and Foreign Minister Yang will also discuss and plan the activities for the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Philippines-China diplomatic relations in 2010.

The visit of Foreign Minister Yang is one of several high-level visits for the year. Recent high-level visits of Chinese officials to the Philippines include Mr. Zhang Gaoli, Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China and Tianjin CPC Party Secretary in September; and Mr. Lui Qi, Member of the Politburo and Beijing CPC Party Secretary in July. END

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Storm-hit Pinoys lured into non-existent jobs abroad – Pinoy Abroad – GMANews.TV – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News

Storm-hit Pinoys lured into non-existent jobs abroad – Pinoy Abroad – GMANews.TV – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News.

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Secretary Romulo Leads Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Libingan ng mga Bayani

Posted: 21 Oct 2009 03:37 AM PDT

PH-188-09, 21 October 2009 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo led the wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of General Carlos P. Romulo at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City today.

Joining Secretary Romulo at the ceremony were UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Dr. Jacqueline Badcock, officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the UN, and members of the diplomatic corps.

The wreath-laying ceremony is part of the activities to celebrate the United Nations Week and pays to tribute to the late General Carlos P. Romulo, a former Secretary-General of the UN, who embodied the commitment of the Philippine nation to the ideals and aspirations of the UN. (Photo by: Benjamin Remo, DFA-PISU) END

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RP Embassy in Riyadh Warns Against Unauthorized Individuals and Groups Soliciting Donations for Typhoon Victims

Posted: 21 Oct 2009 02:03 AM PDT

21 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that it has learned of several Filipino individuals and groups in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that are soliciting financial assistance from companies and establishments for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

These individuals and groups are allegedly claiming that the Philippine Embassy has authorized them to collect donations for our countrymen.

The Embassy has not authorized any individual or group in Saudi Arabia to undertake solicitations for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines.

The Embassy said individuals or establishments interested in lending their support and assistance to typhoon victims may contact the Embassy through the following numbers: (01) 4823559, 4801918, 4824254, 4823615, 4821577, 4820507 and 4821802; send a fax at (01) 4883945; or e-mail at filembry@sbm.net.sa. END

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Ambassador Gaa Lauds Hawaii Filcom for their Generosity to Aid Typhoon Victims

Posted: 21 Oct 2009 01:48 AM PDT

21 October 2009 – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy Gaa expressed his appreciation to the Filipino Community in Hawaii for their continuing spirit to come to the aid of the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos affected by the recent typhoons, as shown by the boxes of donations that were dropped-off at the Philippine Consulate General for shipment to Manila.

Ambassador Gaa met the officers and members of the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii (PCCCH) who were having their weekly meeting at the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu.

In his brief remarks, he lauded the Filipino organizations’ role as dependable partners of the Philippine Embassies and Consulates in carrying out advocacies and civic work in their respective communities.

Ambassador Gaa is on an official visit to Hawaii for the Change of Command Ceremony at the US Pacific Command as the Special Representative of Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo. END

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RP Consulate Joins Major Travel Expo and Street Fair in New York City

Posted: 20 Oct 2009 10:32 PM PDT

21 October 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General and the Philippine Department of Tourism in New York recently participated in two major tourism events in New York City – the 2009 Adventures in Travel Expo held on October 10-11 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center and the 92nd Street Y Festival 2009 held on October 18 at Lexington Avenue (from 79th to 94th Streets).

At the 2009 Adventures in Travel Expo, the Philippines put up four booths showcasing the various tourist attractions and diving destinations in the Philippines. Three tour operators joined the Philippine booths including the Marco Vincent Resort, which offers travel and diving packages in Puerto Galera, Mindoro.

One of the expo’s highlights was the 30-minute Philippine Seminar on October 10 where Tourism Director Emma Ruth Yulo-Kitiyakara made a pitch for attending guests to travel to the Philippines and experience the exciting Philippine Adventure.

Joining the 92nd Street Y Festival 2009 for the first time, the Philippine booth delighted the crowd as two members of the Philippine Chamber Rondalla of New Jersey Inc., Mr. Nephtali De Jesus and Mr. Nathaniel Soliven, serenaded visitors with live traditional Philippine music using their bandurria and guitar.

The Philippines was the only country booth that offered live musical performance at the event. The Philippine booth also showcased the many tourism destinations in the country and displayed various Philippine dry goods, books, national dress, native jewelries, handicrafts and tourism promotional materials. END

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Sorsogon-Spotted deer’ fawned over in Bicol

‘Spotted deer’ fawned over in Bicol
ABS CBN News
The fawn is the only one among its herd at the Bacman Geothermal Production Field in Sorsogon that showed spots on its fur. It was also born in Sorsogon,
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Sorsogon-BFAR hoists shellfish ban in still unsafe waters

BFAR hoists shellfish ban in still unsafe waters
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
that shellfish collected at Sorsogon Bay and Juag Lagoon in Matnog, Sorsogon remain positive of the red tide toxin or unsafe for human consumption.

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Sorsogon-Gubat bags 2009 Crown Award in nutrition

Gubat bags 2009 Crown Award in nutrition
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
by BA Recebido Gubat, Sorsogon (21 October) — The municipal government here has notched this year’s Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner for Nutrition

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Sorsogon-Bicol joins celebration of “Linggo ng Nakatatandang Pilipino

Bicol joins celebration of “Linggo ng Nakatatandang Pilipino”
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
Meanwhile, Tapispisan has awarded the Certificate of Accreditation to the Office of Senior Citizen’s Affair (OSCA) of Irosin, Sorsogon, through Mayor Lilia

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