Integrated Program for the Empowerment of Indigenous Peoples

December 9, 2009 12:46 pm· Comments Off on Integrated Program for the Empowerment of Indigenous Peoples 

09donors001Corazon Urquico (standing, 6th from right), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) poverty portfolio manager, and Masli Quilaman (8th from left), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) executive director, pose with the recipients of the Small Grants Project awards Tuesday (Dec. 8, 2009) at RCBC Plaza in Makati City. The awarding ceremonies highlighted the round table discussion on Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan — A Planning Tool for the Empowerment of Indigenous Peoples. The recipients of the Small Grants Project awards are the: Motorboat/Disaster Preparedness Project of the Tribe Agta-Taboaguon, Buhi, Camarines Sur; Cassava Production, Tribe Subanen, Dumingag, Zambaonga Del; Rice Cooperative, Tribe Tingguias, Lacub, Abra; Abaca Production, Tribe Bagabo/Magabawa, Makilala, North Cotobato; Goat Dispersal, Tribe Aeta, Porac, Pampanga; and Organic Farming, Tribe Ifugao, Tinoc, Ifugao. (PNA photo by Jess Escaros Jr.)
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Ermita: Palace confident to justify imposition of ML in Maguindanao

December 9, 2009 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Ermita: Palace confident to justify imposition of ML in Maguindanao 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 9 –- Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita expressed on Wednesday that Malacanang can justify the issuance of Proclamation 1959 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to put Maguindanao under martial law following the brutal killing of 57 persons last November 23.

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Agricultural Technology Key in Reducing Environmental Impact; Protecting intellectual property rights essential to spur further innovation

December 9, 2009 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Agricultural Technology Key in Reducing Environmental Impact; Protecting intellectual property rights essential to spur further innovation 

SINGAPORE, Dec. 9 — The continued adoption of new plant technologies by Asia's farmers can help reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment and adapt to climate change.

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PLDT inks P7-B fixed rates notes facility agreement with 13 banks

December 9, 2009 12:28 pm· Comments Off on PLDT inks P7-B fixed rates notes facility agreement with 13 banks 

MANILA, Dec. 9 — The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, announced it has formally executed a P7.0 billion fixed rate notes facility agreement with 13 financial institutions.

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U.S. state of Michigan to offer A(H1N1) flu vaccinations to public next week

December 9, 2009 12:28 pm· Comments Off on U.S. state of Michigan to offer A(H1N1) flu vaccinations to public next week 

HOUSTON, Dec. 9 — The Michigan Department of Community Health said on Tuesday that restrictions limiting A(H1N1) flu vaccinations to high-risk groups would be lifted in all local health departments next Monday.

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Maryland to also vaccinate non-priority groups for swine flu

December 9, 2009 12:28 pm· Comments Off on Maryland to also vaccinate non-priority groups for swine flu 

HOUSTON, Dec. 9 — Maryland on Tuesday became the fifth U.S. state to start providing vaccines to non-priority groups as more A(H1N1) flu vaccines became available.

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(Obit) Veteran journalist Mike Baluyot writes 30

December 9, 2009 11:19 am· Comments Off on (Obit) Veteran journalist Mike Baluyot writes 30 

MANILA, Dec. 9 –- Veteran journalist Moises "Mike" Baluyot passed away early Wednesday morning, December 9, after a lingering illness. He was 69.

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Ampatuans will not be pardoned — DOJ

December 9, 2009 11:19 am· Comments Off on Ampatuans will not be pardoned — DOJ 

MANILA, Dec. 9 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday vehemently denied reports that a legal plot is in the offing to let the Ampatuans escape punishment for the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province last November 23.

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Communist rebels deserting movement in Catanduanes

December 9, 2009 11:19 am· Comments Off on Communist rebels deserting movement in Catanduanes 

By Mar S. Arguelles

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur — Members of the communist movement are one by one deserting the armed struggles after another leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) guerrilla’s in the island province of Catanduanes has surrendered to military authorities, a Philippine Army (PA) officer said to PNA Wednesday.

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Global economic recession affects Australia's trade recovery

December 9, 2009 11:19 am· Comments Off on Global economic recession affects Australia's trade recovery 

CANBERRA, Dec. 9 — Trade figures for October 2009 in Australia showed that the continuing global economic recession still affected the country's trade recovery, Trade Minister Simon Crean said on Wednesday.

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