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and Chris Weeks, Director for Humanitarian Affairs, Deutsche Post DHL with the Deutsche Post DHL Disaster Response Team volunteers.[/caption] Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics services group, sent the first members of its Disaster Response Team (DRT) to the central Philippines in the wake of the devastation wrought by super-typhoon “Haiyan” (local name: Yolanda. They helped with on-the-ground airport logistics by setting up a warehouse to help sort relief goods.
The Loyola Meralco Sparks ended their two-year search for a coveted trophy as they endured the determined challenge of Pachanga Diliman, 3-2, to capture the United Football League (UFL) Cup crown Thursday night at the Emperador Stadium in McKinley Hill. Loyola shook off the early jolt provided by the opening goal of Pachanga’s Ariel Zerrudo as James Younghusband and Chad Gould scored in the latter part of the first half before Phil Younghusband added a third to give the Sparks the much-needed cushion. Zerrudo’s second goal kept Pachanga’s title bid alive but failed to capitalize on a throng of scoring chances in the final 20 minutes to hand Loyola a silverware that eluded the club since it was rebranded from its previous name Loyola Agila FC. “We finally got the monkey off our back, I guess it was time to finally tell our way,” said coach Vince Santos, who turned 39 on the day Loyola completed its title journey.
Top seed Johnny Arcilla outsmarted and overpowered Leander Lazaro, 6-4, 6-2, and moved onto threshold of winning his eighth title in the 32nd Philippine Columbian Association Open yesterday at the PCA clay courts. Banking on his vast experience, Arcilla controlled the match but needed one hour and 30 minutes to dispatch Lazaro and arrange a title duel with the dangerous Marc Reyes. Reyes advanced to the finals for the first time after ousting former champion Patrick John Tierro, 6-3, 6-3 Arcilla and Reyes dispute the title tomorrow afternoon. The veteran Davis Cupper holds a 3-2 edge over Reyes in their personal duel but he considers the Fil-Italian netter a tough customer because of his aggressiveness and never-say-die attitude.
[caption id="attachment_57532" align="alignright" width="300"] CONFERMENT – Francois Hollande (left), President of France confers the honorable award to Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia, in a ceremony held at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France.[/caption]Paris – The French government has conferred Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia with the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur award, signifying Fernandes’ outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. ...
Naypyitaw, Myamar — Former world champion Jessie Aligaga and Divine Wally, wushu’s top gold medal prospects, open the Philippines’ campaign in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games when they compete in their respective events today at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium here. For one, Aligaga is coming off a runner-up finish in the World Wushu Championships in Kuala Lumpur, losing only to a Chinese rival. Wushu Federation Philippines secretary general Julian Camacho is confident his athletes will do well in their events. Camacho is also confident that the Philippines will be able to surpass its two-gold showing in the last SEA Games in Indonesia two years ago.
Kidapawan City — Talks between the Philippine government and the Moro rebels in the South are gaining headway and the Bangsamoro have started to reap the ‘fruits’, said the chief government panel negotiator. Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, head of the GRP panel, said the Bangsamoro now have an expanded core territory, which is based on the consent of the people. Also, Ferrer said the Bangsamoro has already a ‘ministerial’ form of government with a unique structure. After series of formal talks, both panels have laid down a ‘non-imposing’ definition of the Bangsamoro identity, and the Moro people’s legitimate grievances acknowledged.
( Jim Guiao Punzalan)[/caption] Philippines-Taiwan relations have finally warmed up with both economies having forged a deal to enhance more trade and investments promotions and the establishment of the Taiwan Trade Center in Manila as bilateral trade is expected to reach $12 billion this year. Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo told reporters at the TCC opening on Wednesday in Makati that TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade) and the Philippines’ (CITEM) Center for International Trade Exposition, Missions) have signed a letter of intent during the recent Joint Economic Conference to promote bilateral trade and investments and identify projects.
Proclamation 1187 issued on December 7, 2006, declared every December of the year as “National Press Congress Month” and “Month of the Community Press in the Service of the Nation.” The celebration is led by the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI), in partnership with Philippine media companies and associations. An aggrupation of publications nationwide, PAPI commits to promote and defend Philippine press freedom and uphold the lofty ideals of journalism as public service, especially in the countryside. The celebration’s core event, the National Press Congress will be on January 21-24, 2014, to be highlighted by talks and seminars at the Boracay Island for the first two days and at the Aklan State University for the next two days. Topics for discussion include Philippine press freedom, press ethics, advertising and marketing trends, social media, role of community press, media in the digital age, media and tourism, branding, photo journalism, news agencies, modern information technology, online reporting/editing, youth engagement, revenue generation, support policies, and good governance.
TAX AMNESTYILOILO CITY (PNA) — The province of Iloilo will be offering tax amnesty for Ilonggo real property owners starting Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. Melba Sullivan, Iloilo provincial treasurer, said with the tax amnesty already approved by the Iloilo provincial board she hopes taxpayers who have deficiencies in their tax payments during previous years would avail themselves of this opportunity to clean up their records. She said taxpayers would no longer be required to pay the usually 2 percent monthly interest being compounded because of their delinquency in paying taxes. ...
To raise awareness of the importance of international civil aviation, secure international cooperation, uniformity in civil aviation, and the role that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) plays in international transport, International Civil Aviation Day is observed on December 7 annually. The ICAO is a United Nations body responsible for developing international standards for aviation safety. Working closely with other United Nations member organizations that include the World Meteorological Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the Universal Postal Union, the World Health Organization, and the International Maritime Organization, the ICAO promotes cordial relationships and understanding among the peoples of the world, as well as peace and progress based on a universal air transport structure that would function soundly and economically with equal opportunity to all.
Games Today(Ynares Sports Arena)2 p.m. ? TMS-Army vs Cagayan4 p.m. ? PLDT-MyDSL vs CignalBets are on heavyweights PLDT-MyDSL and TMS-Philippine Army to book a finals showdown when they tackle separate semifinal foes today in the women’s division of Philippine Super Liga (PSL) Volleyball Grand Prix at the Ynares Sports Arena.Unbeaten in the eliminations, the Speed Boosters test the strength of Cignal HD Spikers at 4 p.m. while the TMS-Army Lady Troopers clash with Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns at 2 p.m.Systema and PLDT-MyDSL will collide for the men’s crown. The finals are set next Saturday. ...
Davao City— The Department of Tourism (DOT) is ready to grant discount of up to 50 percent of the landing, takeoff and regulatory fees for airlines flying from Davao to the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area).“The development of secondary hubs for international flights is one of the strategies we are looking at under the National Tourism Development Plan in order to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the reduced fees is one way to attract the airlines,” DOT Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato, Jr. said. ...
PHILHEALTH PREMIUM CALAMBA CITY, Laguna — By January 2014, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will implement the new premium rate of P2,400 for individually-paying members whose monthly income is P25,000 and below, and P3,600 for professional members. For the self-employed and voluntary members, they can choose from three payment schemes, according to Dr. Edwin Orina, chief of the Delivery and Management Division, and Arturo Ardiente of Field Operations of the regional office here. (Chris Sanji) ‘GLOBAL PINOY’ LUCENA CITY, Quezon — Today, Filipinos working overseas and their families are getting a treat from SM City, here. In an event dubbed “Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy” today at the events center, SM public relations manager for Luzon 2 and 3 Lilibeth Azores said members of SM Global Pinoy and BDO Kabayan Savings Account holders can get a chance to win gifts and prizes to light up the season.
Raul Rafael Ingles, UP Professor Emeritus who passed away the other day, will be remembered for several things. A highly respected academic, he was chair of journalism faculty, writer (he wrote essays, short stories, poems, and columns in several national dailies and magazines), and administrator (acting secretary of the UP, board chair of the UP Press, communication chair of the Unesco National Commission). At the College of Mass Communication, a former student describes him as the “soft spoken advocate of soft news,” a “gentleman of the first order.” He also launched a compact disc (CD) production of his poetry, a pioneering venture which earned him two literary awards.
The government implements programs and projects to develop the local coffee industry. The sector is included in the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (NICCEP), funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). NICCEP develops and mobilizes pilot industry clusters nationwide and helps increase the contribution of selected priority industry clusters to the economy. Technology gaps along the coffee value chain are being addressed with DTI’s Shared Service Faculties (SSF) program.
Tacloban City — The Department of Health (DOH) has deployed more health teams this week to further check the water systems in Leyte after acute watery diarrhea afflicted 98 typhoon survivors. The health department expressed concern of possible diarrhea outbreaks if authorities fail to rectify the problem and if households fail to ensure the safety of their potable water supply. DOH Assistant Regional Director for Eastern Visayas Paula Paz Sydiongco said after a team from the central office completed their initial water system check, local teams were deployed in various towns to randomly check water quality.
BANTAYAN ISLAND, Cebu — Myanmar President Thein Sein said yesterday he believes the resiliency of Filipinos will make their recovery from the devastating typhoon faster and easier. Sein, along with other senior officials of Myanmar, conducted an aerial inspection of the typhoon-ravaged island of Bantayan, north of Cebu, yesterday morning to cap his three-day state visit to the Philippines. He said Myanmar suffered more devastation than the Philippines. He said he had planned to cancel his trip to the Philippines due to the calamity but later decided to let it go ahead as scheduled to show Myanmar’s solidarity with the Filipino nation.
One of the many wild ideas I contemplate with as a way to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP). As soon as I found out that Kenneth Cobonpue was launched as an ambassador for HFHP in Cebu, and that he was looking for a legacy of sorts to share with the organization – THAT was my eureka moment! I marveled at the idea and thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a shared vision, and work with a man I have revered for his dedication to his craft, his passion and superior talent. One thing led to the next, and the product of the HFHP Youth Council + KENNETH COBONPUE collaboration was born.
so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Then He summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, “Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Manila, Philippines - The execution of Saudi Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta is on hold while negotiation is going on for the possible reduction of the P45-million blood money sought by his victim’s family, according to Vice President Jejomar C. Binay. Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, said the family of Zapanta’s Sudanese victim has agreed to holding talks anew after initially refusing more negotiations when the deadline for submission of the blood money lapsed last Nov. 3. Binay said the Sudanese ambassador who has been helping the Philippine government in talking to the heirs of Zapanta’s victim has asked that the execution be put on hold while negotiations are still going on.