Photo #1

Inauguration of Balasan District Hospital

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. (2nd from right), together with Provincial Administrator Raul Banias (right) and hospital chief Dr. Eduardo Diaz (left), tours the newly inaugurated wards and facilities of Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, Iloilo on Wednesday (Dec.... [Read more...]

Photo #2

Balasan District Hospital inauguration

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. (left), assisted by hospital chief Dr. Eduardo Diaz (right), cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the new hospital building and facilities at Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, Iloilo on Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2014).... [Read more...]

Photo #3

Public hearing on the Philippine Children Medical Center

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV along with Senator Teofisto Guingona III (left photo), Chairperson Committee on Health and Demography/Women,Family Relations and Gender Equality, discuss with Department of Health Acting Secretary Janette Garin (right photo) the land occupied... [Read more...]

Photo #4

Vendors along Taft Ave. from EDSA to Baclaran

With the Christmas shopping rush, vendors occupy both sides of Taft Ave. along the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 route from Pasay Rotonda to Baclaran, Paranaque City on Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2014). (PNA photos by Gil S. Calinga)SCS/gsc  Read More →

Photo #5

Too many vehicles cause bumper-to-bumper traffic

Barely a week before Christmas Day, both commuters and motorists have to contend daily with bumper-to-bumper traffic as shown in these photos taken on Roxas Blvd. in Baclaran, Paranaque City (left) and Epifanio Delos Santos Ave. (EDSA) near Taft Ave. in Pasay City on Wednesday... [Read more...]

2013 Campaign Trail

Voters turn out in Cagayan de Oro 70-75%

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 13 – Volunteers expect a 70-75 percent voters turnout in this city although the Commission on Election (Comelec) has yet to release the official figure.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

(Election) Voting in some precincts in Bacolod extended

BACOLOD CITY, May 13 — Some clustered precincts in this city were forced to extend the voting period to accommodate hundreds of voters still queuing to cast their voters.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

(Election) PCOS tech dies of heart failure while doing job in Capiz

ILOILO CITY, May 13 — A teacher assigned to serve as a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine technician in Brgy. Dulangan, Pilar, Capiz died Monday due to an apparent heart failure while doing his duties.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm



National

Gov’t saved Php200-M in purchase of PCV-10 –Ona

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Dec. 17 (PNA) — On-leave Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona said the government saved more than PhP200 million in the purchase of Pneumococcal Conjugal Vaccine 10 or PCV-10, a type of vaccine against pneumonia.

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December 17, 2014 10:41 pm

Private sector proposes US$ 98-M rehab plan of MRT 3

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Stressing the need to address the safety of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), a group of private companies that own the MRT has proposed immediate complete rehabilitation plan amounting to US$ 98-million or roughly Php4.4 billion at no cost to government.

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December 17, 2014 10:41 pm

CCP pays tribute to National Artist Abdulmari Imao on Dec. 21

MANILA, Dec. 17 — The Cultural Center of the Philippines will pay tribute to National Artist for Visual Arts, Abdulmari Asia Imao, in a necrological ceremony on Dec. 21 (Sunday) at 9 a.m. at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

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December 17, 2014 10:41 pm



Foreign

Iran grieves for human tragedy perpetrated by terrorists in Peshawar

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 — Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Tuesday expressed grief at human tragedy perpetrated by terrorists in Peshawar where scores of innocent children perished in the tragedy.

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December 17, 2014 10:50 pm

Ukraine, EU agree to finalize visa liberalization by May 2015

KIEV, Dec. 17 — Ukraine and the European Union have agreed to finalize the implementation of an action plan for visa liberalization by an Eastern Partnership summit in Riga in May 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday after a meeting with Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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December 17, 2014 10:50 pm

Sanctions removal on Geneva table: Russian Deputy FM

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said that lifting of anti-Iran sanctions is an issue on the table of the ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

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December 17, 2014 10:50 pm



Sports & Entertainment

Western Visayas PASUC games open in Victorias City

BACOLOD CITY, Dec. 17 — The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) in Western Visayas opened today the Regional Sports Olympics in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

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December 17, 2014 11:01 pm

Russian Olympic chief rejects any impact of ruble slump on athletes' preparations

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 — Russia will carry out all of earlier set tasks concerning training and preparation of its athletes for various sports events despite an easy financial situation in the country caused by the ruble’s slump, Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), said on Wednesday.

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December 17, 2014 11:01 pm

FIFA required to investigate Club World Cup game played in Morocco

HOOFDDORP, Netherlands, Dec. 17 — World soccer governing body FIFA on Wednesday was required to investigate a Club World Cup game that had been played in Morocco.

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December 17, 2014 11:01 pm



Travel & Tourism

Albania, Brazil to lift visas for citizens

TIRANA, Dec. 17 — The Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday that visa regime between Albania and brazil has been lifted even for the ordinary passports of Albanian and Brazilian citizens.

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December 17, 2014 11:06 pm

China travel ban not yet lifted – DFA

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 17 –- The china travel ban has not yet been lifted since it was issued last Sept. 12, Department of Foreign Affairs Asst. Sec. Charles C. Jose said.

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December 17, 2014 11:06 pm

DA releases Php70M for agri-development projects in Bicol

By Danny O. Calleja

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) – The regional office for Bicol of the Department of Agriculture (DA) bade year 2014 goodbye with the recent release of some Php62 million in funds for agricultural development projects of 30 local government units (LGUs) in the region.

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December 17, 2014 11:06 pm



Health & Lifestyle

Kenya to send 300 medical workers to Ebola-hit countries

NAIROBI, Dec. 17 — Kenya's ministry of health will deploy the first batch of medical workers to Ebola hit West African countries on January 5, 2015, a senior health official said Wednesday.

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December 17, 2014 11:04 pm

DOH launches anti-firecracker campaign in time for Yuletide season

By Bobby Q. Labalan

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) — As the Yuletide season revelries draw near, health officials in the region are preparing for the possible influx of firecracker victims and have launched a renewed campaign against the use of pyrotechnics, especially those that are outlawed by the government.

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December 17, 2014 11:04 pm

Food safety remains priority in age of organic food — UN expert

ROME, Dec. 17 — Even in an age when the consumption of organic food is booming, strict global food safety standards are needed to protect the consumers, a leading expert at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

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December 17, 2014 11:04 pm



Provincial

Kidapawan to allot bigger funds for young scholars

By Noel Y. Punzalan and Edwin O. fernandez

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Convinced that education helps alleviate poverty, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista said on Wednesday the local government will appropriate PhP6.4 million for tuition fees of thousands of pre-school and elementary pupils and high school students in the city's public schools.

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December 17, 2014 10:46 pm

Bacolod City reiterates opposition to death penalty in ‘Cities for Life’ rites

BACOLOD CITY, Dec. 17 — The Cities for Life second anniversary was marked by the City of Bacolod led by Mayor Monico Puentevella to reiterate the city’s strong opposition against death penalty.

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December 17, 2014 10:46 pm

DOH-CHD6 gears up for APEC

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 17 — The Department of Health-Center for Health Development 6 (DOH-CHD 6) is preparing for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) meetings to be held in Western Visayas.

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December 17, 2014 10:46 pm



Business

Japan to look at financial, oil market situation over anti-Russian sanctions lift

TOKYO, Dec. 17 — Japan will consider financial and oil market situation over cancelation of anti-Russian sanctions, Japan Cabinet Secretary-General Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Wednesday.

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December 17, 2014 10:57 pm

Cypriot parliament approves 2015 budget by slender majority

NICOSIA, Dec. 17 — The Cypriot parliament on Tuesday passed by a slender majority the 2015 budget which the government hopes will lead the economy to a modest growth after a four-year recession.

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December 17, 2014 10:57 pm

European court case on Yukos ungrounded, but Russia must submit: Moscow

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 –– Russia will have to submit to the court ruling by the European Court for Human Rights in regard to the Yukos oil company, Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said Wednesday.

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December 17, 2014 10:57 pm



Agri-Business

Russia may start importing poultry from Iran: trade official

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 — Russia intends to start importing poultry from Iran and increase the import of fish and shrimp from the country, Russian trade representative in Iran Andrei Lugansky told RIA Novosti in an interview.

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December 17, 2014 10:53 pm

‘Ruby’ leaves slight damage to coco industry in Eastern Visayas

PALO, Leyte, Dec. 17 –- Damages incurred by the coconut industry from typhoon Ruby is only minimal, but government will provide immediate interventions to ensure recovery, an official of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said.

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December 17, 2014 10:53 pm

Palawan ventures into cacao farming

MANILA, Dec. 17 — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently signed the Cacao Production and Purchase Agreement with Kennemer Foods International, Inc (KFI) involving 54 hectares of idle lands in Apurawan, Aborlan, Palawan to help agrarian reform beneficiaries’ (ARBs) need for sustainable farming and high-income enterprises.

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December 17, 2014 10:53 pm



Features

Catanduanes heads for peace and development as Army neutralizes local NPA

By Danny O. Calleja

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) –- For the Bicol island-province of Catanduanes, year 2015 will mark the resumption of its quest for inclusive development, taking advantage of the restored atmosphere of peace and tranquility disturbed for over two decades by insurgency brought in by the New People’s Army (NPA).

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December 17, 2014 10:50 pm

Christmas Feature: Pangasinan province owns world's longest Christmas carol

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 17 — The province of Pangasinan owns what is considered today as the world's longest Christmas carol comprising of 40 stanzas with each stanza consisting of six short lines, written in the Pangasinan dialect.

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December 17, 2014 10:50 pm

Feature: DOH cites role of adults in preventing the use of deadly firecrackers among children

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Dec. 14 (PNA) — With the 2014 year-end revelry barely two weeks away, the Department of Health (DOH) has cited the important role that parents and adult family members play when it comes to the prevention of children from using deadly firecrackers and other dangerous noisemakers which can cause severe destruction to lives, properties and even the future of the children themselves.

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December 15, 2014 1:12 pm



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