DFA passport services suspended on Jan. 22

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

MANILA, Jan. 18 — Passport services at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be suspended on January 22, Saturday, for systems maintenance, it was announced.

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PHL envoy warns against ‘sad’ consequences of defying deployment ban to Lebanon

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Jan. 18 — Filipinos who defied the Philippine government’s deployment ban to Lebanon composed mainly the group of hundreds of overseas workers (OFWs) jailed in that Middle Eastern country and repatriated in batches to Manila after serving their sentences.

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DSWD extends P10.1M worth of relief assistance to flood victims

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

MANILA, Jan. 19 – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman announced that the agency has extended P10.1 million worth of relief assistance to families displaced by flashfloods in Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and Caraga.

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Gov't, NDF agree to resume formal talks Feb. 15-21

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Jan. 19 — After being stalled for six years, the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) on Tuesday jointly announced in Oslo, Norway to resume formal peace talks on Feb. 15-21 to resolve the 42-year communist insurgency in the country.

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2 killed, 8 wounded in NPA landmine attack in Southern Philippines

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, Jan. 19 — Two government soldiers were killed while eight others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly planted by members of communist-New People’s Army (NPA) went off on Tuesday in Southern Philippines, military official reported Wednesday.

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Dinagyang job fair sets Jan. 20

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 19 – The city government, through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), will sponsor a job fair in time with the Dinagyang Festival season.

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ASEAN ministers to discuss rice emergency reserve plan in Indonesia in 2011

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

JAKARTA, Jan. 18 — Agriculture ministers from ASEAN member countries would meet in Indonesia this year to talks on a plan to establish rice emergency reserve facility to prevent the shortages of the commodity during crisis, Indonesian deputy minister said here Tuesday.

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China-ASEAN partnership needs to be stepped up: FM spokesman

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

BEIJING, Jan. 18 — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday that China-ASEAN partnership needs to be stepped up to further boost regional economic integration and inject strong vitality into the regional economic growth.

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35 militants surrender in northern Afghan province: Official

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Jan. 18 — Nearly three dozens of Taliban militants laid down arms and surrendered to government in Kunduz province, 250 km north of capital Kabul, on Tuesday, an official said.

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Magnitude-7.4 earthquake hits southwestern Pakistan

January 19, 2011 11:10 am· Comments Off 

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 — A magnitude-7.4 earthquake jolted southwestern Pakistan, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website on Tuesday.

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