J. Estrada urges MECA to beef up relations with Taiwan

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on J. Estrada urges MECA to beef up relations with Taiwan 

MANILA, Aug 13 — Following Taiwan’s decision to lift sanctions against the Philippines following the death of a Taiwanese fisherman after an encounter with the Philippine Coast Guard last May, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has asked Philippine officials—particularly (MECO), in turn, to beef up its relations with Taiwan.

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Seoul mayor meets MMC, suggests investing in subway system

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on Seoul mayor meets MMC, suggests investing in subway system 

By Lloyd Caliwan

MANILA, Aug 13 (PNA) — To improve the transportation and also solve traffic woes in Metro Manila, the city government of Seoul under Mayor Won Soon Park Tuesday advised the Philippines to consider investing more on the subway system to help transfer bus commuters from outside of Metro Manila to various parts of the metropolis.

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PAGASA employees finally receive hazard pay

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on PAGASA employees finally receive hazard pay 

MANILA, Aug 13 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) employees have finally received their long-awaited share of longevity and hazard pay.

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1,300 children, adults in Escalante City benefit from feeding program

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on 1,300 children, adults in Escalante City benefit from feeding program 

ESCALANTE CITY, Negros Occidental, Aug. 13 — The 3rd Civil Military Operations Battalion, in partnership with Negros Occidental Provincial Government, LGU-Escalante, PNP-Escalante and 62nd Infantry Battalion conducted a series of feeding program in different barangays of this city.

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DOLE lead agency on implementation of MLC 2006

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on DOLE lead agency on implementation of MLC 2006 

MANILA, Aug. 13 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will be the lead agency tasked to monitor the country's compliance at the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator Maximo Mejia, Jr., said.

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RP, US cooperation leads to cybersex syndicate busting

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on RP, US cooperation leads to cybersex syndicate busting 

MANILA, Aug. 13 — Close coordination and sharing of information between agencies of the Philippines and the United States have led to the successful busting of a cybersex syndicate based in Central Luzon.

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Cayetano wants decisive statement on US mutual defense treaty

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on Cayetano wants decisive statement on US mutual defense treaty 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Aug. 13 (PNA) — The stronger presence of US military troops might suggest that the US government is serious in helping the Philippines under a mutual defense treaty, but Senator Alan Cayetano says it will only be assured if the US makes a decisive statement to commit to defending Philippine territory.

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DOE eyes Mindanao power crisis-like solution for Luzon

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on DOE eyes Mindanao power crisis-like solution for Luzon 

MANILA, Aug 13 — The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering solutions similar to those being implemented in Mindanao for the island of Luzon to thwart possible power deficit in 2016.

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'Labuyo' death toll climbs to 6 — NDRRMC

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on 'Labuyo' death toll climbs to 6 — NDRRMC 

MANILA, Aug. 14 – The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday announced that Typhoon "Labuyo's" death toll has climbed to six with damage to property placed at P816.504 million.

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Weather to improve in most parts of PHL — PAGASA

August 14, 2013 9:04 am· Comments Off on Weather to improve in most parts of PHL — PAGASA 

MANILA, Aug. 14 — The weather has started to improve in most parts of the country except in the western section of Luzon which will continue to experience cloudy skies with light rains due to southwest monsoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Wednesday.

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