30th GPH-MILF exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur

August 13, 2012 11:35 pm· Comments Off on 30th GPH-MILF exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur 

Right photo shows Marvic Leonen (left), chair of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel, and Mohagher Iqbal, head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel, exchanging documents at the conclusion of the 30th exploratory talks held in Kuala Lumpur last week. At center is Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator. The two sides have committed to solve the Mindanao conflict peacefully. Among those shown in left photo are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. (PNA photos)

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Leptospirosis patients at San Lazaro Hospital

August 13, 2012 11:28 pm· Comments Off on Leptospirosis patients at San Lazaro Hospital 

Upper photos show leptospirosis patients confined at the San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) in Sta. Cruz, Manila, the referral center for infectious diseases. Examining one of the patients is Dr. Ferdinand de Guzman (right), SLH spokesman. Shown in the lower photo are some of the patients who are afflicted with different illnesses, seeking treatment at SLH on Monday (Aug. 13, 2012). SLH reports show that from Aug. 1 to 12, at least 50 leptospirosis cases were admitted at the hospital, much higher than the 37 in the whole month of July. Hospital officials expect a surge in leptospirosis cases following the more than two weeks of recent rains due to typhoon “Gener” and the southwest monsoon. (PNA photos by Gil S. Calinga)
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DFA officials during the budget hearing at the House of Representatives

August 13, 2012 11:26 pm· Comments Off on DFA officials during the budget hearing at the House of Representatives 

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario (3rd from left) answers queries from Occidental Mindoro Rep. Amelita Villarosa (right) of the House Appropriations Committee during the hearing on the DFA’s 2013 budget at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday (Aug. 13, 2012). With Del Rosario in left photo are DFA Undersecretary for Special and Ocean Concerns Jose S. Brillantes, Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis and Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Laura Q. Del Rosario. Also in right photo is Manila 3rd District Rep. Zenaida B. Angping, vice chairperson of the Committee. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)
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Groundbreaking of P17.3-M irrigation project in Barangay Pamacaun, Asuncion, Davao del Norte

August 13, 2012 11:23 pm· Comments Off on Groundbreaking of P17.3-M irrigation project in Barangay Pamacaun, Asuncion, Davao del Norte 

Davao del Norte First District Rep. Anthony del Rosario (3rd from right) leads the groundbreaking of the P17.3-million irrigation project in Barangay Pamacaun, Asuncion, Davao del Norte, together with Mayor Joseph Nilo Parenas, National Irrigation Administration Regional Manager Julius Maquiling, Division Manager Cornelio Bautista and other guests. (PNA photo courtesy of PIO-Davao del Norte)
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President Aquino inspects the ongoing repacking of relief goods at the DSWD Operations Center in Pasay

August 13, 2012 11:22 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino inspects the ongoing repacking of relief goods at the DSWD Operations Center in Pasay 

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the ongoing repacking of relief goods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Operations Center in Pasay City Sunday (Aug. 12, 2012). The President expressed gratitude to the volunteers working round-the-clock to speed up the delivery of the food packs to the families displaced by floods caused by heavy rains brought about by the southwest monsoon that hit the National Capital Region and nearby provinces last week. (Photos by Jay Morales/Malacanang Photo Bureau/PNA)
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President Aquino visits Kasiglahan Village in Rodriguez, Rizal

August 13, 2012 11:20 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino visits Kasiglahan Village in Rodriguez, Rizal 

President Benigno S. Aquino III visits Kasiglahan Village in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal Sunday (Aug. 12, 2012), where he spearheaded government efforts to bring relief assistance to residents affected by massive flooding last week. The President told the evacuees to remain hopeful since the government and the private sector continue to extend help to the 2,305 families affected by the floods in their village. (Photos by Jay Morales/Malacanang Photo Bureau/PNA)
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President Aquino leads the distribution of family packs to residents of Mabitac, Laguna

August 13, 2012 9:33 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino leads the distribution of family packs to residents of Mabitac, Laguna 

President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the distribution of family packs to residents of Mabitac, Laguna at the Mabitac National High School that serves as evacuation center for 192 families (more than 689 persons) living in eight flood-affected barangays in the town. In a brief message, President Aquino said that government agencies are ready to provide services to calamity victims at all times. (Photos by Jay Morales/Malacanang Photo Bureau/PNA)
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DFA defends order banning travel agencies from applying and securing passports for their clients

August 13, 2012 10:51 am· Comments Off on DFA defends order banning travel agencies from applying and securing passports for their clients 

By Michaela del Callar

MANILA, Aug. 12 -– The Department of Foreign Affairs has defended its decision to no longer accredit travel agencies to secure and apply for the passports of their clients, saying such a move is aimed at bringing equality among all passport applicants.

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Aquino acknowledges efforts of volunteers in helping flood victims

August 13, 2012 10:51 am· Comments Off on Aquino acknowledges efforts of volunteers in helping flood victims 

MANILA, Aug. 12 — President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed on Sunday his deepest gratitude to the groups of students and professionals who volunteered their time and industry by repacking and distributing family packs to families displaced by the recent floods.

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ALPA turns into tropical depression 'Helen' – PAGASA

August 13, 2012 10:51 am· Comments Off on ALPA turns into tropical depression 'Helen' – PAGASA 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Aug. 12 — The active low pressure area (ALPA) spotted east of Northern Luzon has developed into a tropical depression and was named "Helen", the 8th to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year, the state weather bureau said on Sunday.

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