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Export growth of PH up by 15.7 per cent – NEDA

PASIG CITY, Nov 13 — Philippine merchandise exports grew by 15.7 percent in September 2014, topping trade-oriented economies in East and Southeast Asia since June, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The Philippines outperformed China (15.3%), Vietnam (14.4%), Republic of Korea (6.9%), Taiwan (4.7%), Indonesia (3.9%), Thailand […]

DFA receives additional fund for OFW repatriation program

MANILA, Nov 12 — The Philippine government is issuing additional allotment of P50 million to the Department of Foreign Affairs for its overseas Filipino repatriation program. Fund being released by the Department of Budget and Management to the Department of Foreign Affairs will augment DFA’s P100-million emergency fund to help […]

AI: Despite Anti-Torture Act Philippines has poor probes into cases

Amnesty International, in a report Monday, said that Philippine authorities have not convicted any perpetrators of torture since passing the country’s Anti-Torture Act on November 10, 2009, and have thus failed to address the problem of torture in detention facilities throughout the country. “Philippine authorities are failing to tackle torture […]

Human rights victims’ claims application ends Nov. 10, 2014

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 10 — The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) has clarified all possible claimants application has until 12:00 midnight of November 10, 2014 to file their paperworks in its main office at ISSI, UP Diliman, and including all regional desks. The assurance of Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez […]

Albay decamps 34,151 Mayon evacuees

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 6 — Albay governor Jose Salceda finally gave the green light for 9,841 families or 34,151 people within seven to eight-kilometer-radius danger zone to decamp. The directive was issued Tuesday afternoon during the cluster meeting of disaster officials presided by regional officer Raffy Alejandro for disaster risk […]

Who’s afraid of majestic Mayon Volcano?

The long wait continues for that dreaded explosion of the beautiful, majestic Mayon volcano for 50 days or so now since Phivolcs raised Alert Level 3. The evacuees are holed in less comfortable camping situation of their lives, on dole outs from the government and private sectors of relief food, […]

ALECO members search for missing P300 million fund

LEGAZPI CITY — In the quest for a final disclosure on the fate of the missing P300 million electric cooperative fund, member-consumers are knocking at the turf of former ALECO board chairman and Albay Catholic Bishop Joel Baylon. Concerned member-consumers of Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco) are seeking an explanation from […]

Bali trip of President Aquino cost government P7.1 million

MANILA, Oct. 10 — The Philippine government is spending around P7.1 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s presence in the 7th Bali Democracy Forum from October 9 to 10 in Indonesia, according to Malacanang. The amount covers expenses for transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of the president […]

Ombudsman indicts Masbate governor Lañete for P112-M PDAF scam

The Ombudsman has found probable cause to criminally charge a former member of the House of Representatives representing a district of Masbate province before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, in connection with the alleged misuse of the pork barrel funds. Current Masbate governor and former congressional district representative Rizalina L. Seachon-Lañete […]

Mayon disaster tourism has positive side

Even with the impending eruption of Mayon volcano, there are tell tale signs that disaster tourism has positive economic benefits to the province of Albay and Legazpi city. The national government thru its various national agencies are pouring millions of pesos as ready funds to finance expenditures and purchases of […]

Not game changer: Environment agency intercepts illegal logs

Over the week, 75,000 board feet of alleged illegal logs from Partido area of the province of Camarines Sur were reported to be intercepted by the task force of the Bicol office of the environment and natural resources department. It was the second apprehension this year in the areas around […]

Bicol NIA has new regional chief effective September

NAGA CITY -– The Bicol regional office, here, of the National Irrigation Administration has a new chief, part of the reorganization instituted by the current board of directors. Engineer Vicente Vicmudo was named the new regional manager replacing engineer William Ragodon, who has been reassigned to Region 4A or the […]

WB extends P22.4-B fund for PH infra projects

The Philippines will receive a hefty financial package from the World Bank amounting to US$508 million (P22.4 billion) earmarked for infrastructure, business and livelihood assistance, which can help over two million farmers and fishermen secure a higher income in the next six years. More than 70 percent of the fund […]

CamSur spearheads climate change advocacy campaign

PILI, Camarines Sur — The province of Camarines Sur kicks-off the regional climate change advocacy campaign in Bicol on August 26th at the convention center within the capitol complex. Gov. Miguel Villafuerte will keynote the event while Pili municipal mayor Alexis San Luis and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture […]

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