US solon eyes legislation on US-ASEAN free trade

October 10, 2009 7:05 pm· Comments Off on US solon eyes legislation on US-ASEAN free trade 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 – A Republican Senator plans to introduce in the United States Senate next week legislation on free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between US and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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UN's Bangkok climate talks close without emission and funding commitments

October 10, 2009 7:05 pm· Comments Off on UN's Bangkok climate talks close without emission and funding commitments 

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BANGKOK, Oct. 10 – Two weeks of negotiating ‘readiness’ for the December United Nations World Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen ended Friday in the Thai capital with progress made on the “bricks and mortar” essentials of the Copenhagen agreed outcome but falling short of hoped-for clarity regarding what can be delivered actually for a workable international climate change deal.

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Expert bares four-point strategy to avert floodings of Metro Manila

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· Comments Off on Expert bares four-point strategy to avert floodings of Metro Manila 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Oct. 10 -– An internationally known architect and urban planner called on the government to prioritize a four-point strategy to avert a repeat of the deadly flooding of Metro Manila and adjoing provinces brought about by tropical storm Ondoy.

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Police identify killers of Surigao del Norte vice mayor

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· Comments Off on Police identify killers of Surigao del Norte vice mayor 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — One of the two suspects in the killing of Vice Mayor Nasario Gastardo of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte has been identified.

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Microfinance reaches 5M households

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· Comments Off on Microfinance reaches 5M households 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — In the aftermath of storm “Ondoy,” microfinance will play a key role in the rehabilitation of Metro Manila, which accounts for a third of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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PGMA distributes relief goods in 5 Laguna towns

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· Comments Off on PGMA distributes relief goods in 5 Laguna towns 

STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna, Oct. 10 — After inspecting the new houses of relocatees from Marikina City here, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo kicked off her five-town relief distribution in the province, which lasted until past 8 p.m. Friday.

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PGMA hails donors of typhoon victims

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· Comments Off on PGMA hails donors of typhoon victims 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hailed private donors, volunteers and the international community for their continued efforts to help calamity victims, especially those hit by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”

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PGMA taps Palace properties in Baguio, Ilocos as evacuation centers for “Pepeng” victims

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· Comments Off on PGMA taps Palace properties in Baguio, Ilocos as evacuation centers for “Pepeng” victims 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today opened Malacanang properties in Baguio City and Ilocos region as evacuation and monitoring centers of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) of Region 1.

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PGMA to sign Climate Change Act on Oct. 30

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· Comments Off on PGMA to sign Climate Change Act on Oct. 30 

MAHAYAG, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 10 — As unexplained volumes of rainwater continue to flood many parts of Luzon as a manifestation of climate change, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced she will be signing a landmark bill that will institutionalize government’s response to the onslaughts of climate change.

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(Update on typhoon damages) Ondoy, Pepeng damages to agriculture jump to P10B

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm· 1 Comment 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — Value of losses to agriculture and fisheries due to tropical storm 'Ondoy' and typhoon 'Pepeng' have reached P10.1 billion, according to the latest report from the Department of Agriculture Central Action Center (DACAC).

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