Somali officials to visit Manila; anti-piracy cooperation on agenda

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on Somali officials to visit Manila; anti-piracy cooperation on agenda 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Dec. 19 — Somali Deputy Prime Minister Abdurahman Aden Ibrahim Ibbi heads a high-level delegation due to officially visit the Philippines on December 21 to 23, the result of an invitation by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she met a few African Union leaders in Tripoli last August.

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Romulo reiterates RP commitment to 'Compact' grant process in meeting with MCC CEO

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on Romulo reiterates RP commitment to 'Compact' grant process in meeting with MCC CEO 

MANILA, Dec. 19 — With the recent reselection of the Philippines by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as eligible for “Compact” grants of up to US$ 500 million for 2010, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo has hied off to Washington to formally express “profound appreciation” to MCC Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yohannes.

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PNP orders summary dismissal proceedings vs. seven Maguindanao police officers

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on PNP orders summary dismissal proceedings vs. seven Maguindanao police officers 

MANILA, December 19 — The Philippine National Police (PNP) high command ordered summary dismissal proceedings against seven police officers for serious neglect of duty in connection with their actions before, during and after the massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan town last November 23.

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(Metro News) Residents, motorists urge QC authorities to open access roads in Novaliches

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on (Metro News) Residents, motorists urge QC authorities to open access roads in Novaliches 

MANILA, Dec. 19 -– Residents and motorists on Saturday asked Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte to call on private subdivision developers and homeowners association leaders to open access roads in key areas of Novaliches to avoid traffic congestion in the area.

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Migration and climate change intertwined, says UN-linked migration body

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on Migration and climate change intertwined, says UN-linked migration body 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Dec. 19 — As tributes were paid Friday to international migrants worldwide at the same time that the climate change conference in Denmark was ending, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) injected relevance to the twin issues by calling for “greater efforts beyond Copenhagen to tackle the complex issue of environmental and climate-induced migration.”

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(Metro News) QC gov’t asks mart owners to use recycled paper bags

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on (Metro News) QC gov’t asks mart owners to use recycled paper bags 

MANILA, Dec. 19 — The Quezon City government has asked the city’s supermarket owners to stuff their groceries in carton boxes and paper bags made from biodegradable materials instead of plastic bags to help decrease the huge volume of garbage expected this Yuletide season.

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Chinese premier meets Obama over climate change

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on Chinese premier meets Obama over climate change 

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 19 — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met here with U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss climate change.

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Family beneficiaries of DSWD's 4Ps reach million mark — Cabral

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on Family beneficiaries of DSWD's 4Ps reach million mark — Cabral 

MANILA, Dec, 19 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced that the number of family beneficiaries of its “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) has now reached the one-million mark.

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A(H1N1) pandemic death toll exceeds 10,000, says WHO

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm· Comments Off on A(H1N1) pandemic death toll exceeds 10,000, says WHO 

GENEVA, Dec. 19 — The death toll of A(H1N1) influenza continues to increase worldwide, reaching at least 10,582 by Dec. 13, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a latest update on Friday.

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14 Filipino crewmen of Greek-owned grains ship released by Somali pirates

December 19, 2009 11:21 am· Comments Off on 14 Filipino crewmen of Greek-owned grains ship released by Somali pirates 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Dec. 19 — Somali pirates released on Friday morning (Manila time) the Greek-owned grains ship, “M/V Delvina,” along with 14 Filipino crew members aboard, it was reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

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