295 babies baptized in two-day Davao Norte “Binyagan ng Bayan”

May 21, 2009 2:45 am· Comments Off on 295 babies baptized in two-day Davao Norte “Binyagan ng Bayan” 

By Charlie V. Monforte

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, May 20 – A total of 295 babies were baptized in the two-day “Binyagan ng Bayan” (mass christening) in the municipalities of New Corella and Kapalong, sponsored by the provincial government of this province on May 14 and 15, respectively.

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RP ranks 90th in human development survey

May 21, 2009 2:44 am· Comments Off on RP ranks 90th in human development survey 

MANILA, May 20 — The Philippines ranked 90th out of 177 countries in the human development survey, the United Nation Development Progrmme (UNDP) report said.

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DOH reports two news cases in Cebu being observed for suspected A(H1N1)

May 21, 2009 2:44 am· Comments Off on DOH reports two news cases in Cebu being observed for suspected A(H1N1) 

By Francis Jay M. Bilowan

MANILA, May 20 – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday identified two new cases under observation (CUOs) in Cebu for alleged symptoms of Influenza A(H1N1).

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UN panel eyes 45% emissions cut for developed nations by 2020

May 21, 2009 2:43 am· Comments Off on UN panel eyes 45% emissions cut for developed nations by 2020 

TOKYO, May 20 — Developed countries as a group should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels to lead the fight against climate change, according to a negotiating text released Wednesday by the chair of a UN climate change panel.

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PGMA opens Sitel’s 4th BPO office in Metro Manila

May 21, 2009 2:43 am· Comments Off on PGMA opens Sitel’s 4th BPO office in Metro Manila 

MANILA, May 20 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo formally opened this afternoon Sitel Philippines’ newest business processes outsourcing (BPO) office located at the One Julia Vargas (OJV) building in Pasig City, bringing to four the number of Sitel’s locations in the country.

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DENR-ARMM, Upi town sign MOA on forest stewardship

May 21, 2009 2:42 am· Comments Off on DENR-ARMM, Upi town sign MOA on forest stewardship 

COTABATO CITY, May 20 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DENR)-ARMM and the local government of Upi, Maguindanao have inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) and co-management of the forest lands in the municipality.

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Palace assures no whitewash in 2007 RP-US Balikatan fund mess probe

May 21, 2009 2:41 am· Comments Off on Palace assures no whitewash in 2007 RP-US Balikatan fund mess probe 

By Joel C. Atencio

MANILA, May 20 – Malacañang today assured Filipinos that there will be no whitewash in the ongoing investigation of the 2007 RP-US Balikatan fund scam.

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General Santos health officials train and prepare against AH1N1

May 21, 2009 2:41 am· Comments Off on General Santos health officials train and prepare against AH1N1 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 20 – Public health practitioners here and from nearby Sarangani and South Cotabato provinces underwent a training seminar that will help boost their ability in dealing with the dreaded AH1N1 virus.

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Russian-Egyptian summit in Cairo tops agenda of Moscow talks

May 21, 2009 2:40 am· Comments Off on Russian-Egyptian summit in Cairo tops agenda of Moscow talks 

MOSCOW, May 20 — Russian and Egyptian foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov and Ahmed Aboul Gheit are discussing the upcoming summit in Cairo in late June.

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RP more resilient to withstand the crisis than other nations –survey

May 21, 2009 2:40 am· Comments Off on RP more resilient to withstand the crisis than other nations –survey 

By Leslie D. Venzon

MANILA, May 20 — The Philippines ranked high in terms of resilience against the global financial crisis compared to other nations on the back of its robust economic forecast for this year, according to an international competitiveness survey.

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