LPA, ITCZ to bring rains over Visayas, Mindanao until weekend

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 22 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday is keeping watch of low pressure area (LPA) already inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

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MRT-3 trains now run at same speed as those of LRT's

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Aug. 21 (PNA) — Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 trains began running on Thursday at the same speed rate as that of the Light Rail Transit’s at 40 kilometers per hour, as recommended by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

LRT-1 trains run on the Baclaran-Taft Ave.-Rizal Ave.-Monumento-EDSA-Roosevelt route, while those of LRT-2 operate on Recto Ave.-Legarda-Sta. Mesa-Aurora Blvd.-Santolan line.

To recall, the DOTC made the recommendation after one of the MRT-3 trains crashed against the barrier in the Taft Ave. station in Pasay City last week, injuring 38 passengers.

Before the accident and until Wednesday, the MRT-3 trains ran at 55 to 60 kph.

The accident was due to lapses on the part of the train drivers and control center personnel concerning operational and safety procedures, according to DOTC probe results.

Train drivers and control center personnel will be sanctioned, the DOTC said.

Despite longer waiting time for passengers who will have to wait for an additional 10 to 15 minutes for the turnaround of a train, DOTC said that this slower speed limit minimizes the strain on the MRT system.

MRT spokesperson Hernando Cabrera, in an interview with reporters, said that the management will always put safety of passengers over convenience first. (PNA)

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Volunteer group commits as partner of Coast Guard in community development

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 21 — The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) announced that it will do everything in its authority to become a more relevant and stable partner of the Coast Guard especially in community development missions.

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DSWD's SFP benefits 1,692,843 day care pupils nationwide

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Aug. 21 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Wednesday that a total of 1,692,843 day care pupils nationwide are benefitting from its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) as of July 2014.

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Coast Guard conducts blood-drive, coastal clean-up in Cavite

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 21 — In line with its community development efforts, the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) has conducted a blood-letting drive in Imus, Cavite.

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DILG provides safe drinking water in Agusan del Norte

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 21 — Resident in a remote barangay in Agusan del Norte will now enjoy clean source of water due to the projects provided by the national government, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said on Thursday.

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President Aquino leads commemoration of father Ninoy’s 31st death anniversary

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 21 — President Benigno S. Aquino III led on Thursday the commemoration of the 31st death anniversary of his father — the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

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Road repairs to continue this weekend in major roads in QC- MMDA

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 22 — Expect heavy traffic this weekend in some major portions of Quezon City.

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Schools seeking tuition fee hike must provide scholarship to poor students

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 22 — Educational institutions will be allowed to increase tuition and other school fees provided that they will allot free scholarships to poor but deserving students.

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Third batch of OFWs from Libya arrive in Manila

August 22, 2014 10:41 am· Leave a Comment 

MANILA, Aug. 22 — Another government-chartered plane carrying over 400 Filipino evacuees from besieged Libya arrived in Manila on Thursday night.

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