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

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

Lapu-Lapu City opens another eco-tourism attraction

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Dec. 17 — The Lapu-Lapu City government has opened another eco-tourism attraction in Olango Island off Mactan Island.

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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

Prov'l Governor throws full support to People’s Initiative for scrapping of pork funds

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.

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December 17, 2014 10:46 pm

Privatization to displace 45 security men in Nueva Vizcaya

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.

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December 17, 2014 10:46 pm

Police highlights Christmas for children

BUTUAN CITY, Dec 17 — Police here in the region is highlighting Christmas for children – especially needy children.

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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

ARMM agri-fishery council revitalized, vows more services ahead of Bangsamoro government

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.

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December 17, 2014 10:53 pm

Mayor Rosal turns over farm machinery to 8 farmers’ groups

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.

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December 17, 2014 10:53 pm

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



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

China's state memorial service for Nanjing Massacre victims gains global media attention

BEIJING, Dec. 14 — China on Saturday observed its first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims, and the commemorative service gained worldwide media attention.

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December 15, 2014 1:12 pm



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