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...]
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...]
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...]
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 →
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...]
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Sports & Entertainment
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.
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.
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.
Travel & Tourism
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.
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.
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Dec. 17 — The Lapu-Lapu City government has opened another eco-tourism attraction in Olango Island off Mactan Island.
Health & Lifestyle
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.
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.
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.
By Mary Judaline F. Partlow
DUMAGUETE CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) – Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo Wednesday announced his 100 percent support to a People’s Initiative calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system.
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Dec 17 — At least 45 security guards of the provincial government here will be displaced by the proposed privatization scheme of its security force.
BUTUAN CITY, Dec 17 — Police here in the region is highlighting Christmas for children – especially needy children.
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.
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.
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.
COTABATO CITY, Dec. 17 — Agriculture officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) today launched the revitalized and more inclusive Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AFC) to capacitate farmers ahead of the establishment of the new political entity in the region.
By Emmanuel P. Solis
LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal turned over farm machinery to eight accredited irrigators and farmers associations on Wednesday at the newly constructed multi-purpose hall at the Motor Pool compound near the city airport.
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.
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).
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.
BEIJING, Dec. 14 — China on Saturday observed its first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims, and the commemorative service gained worldwide media attention.