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  • Visayas Newsbits for March 5, 2015 MB - 5 hours ago

    P500-M AKLAN IRRIGATION SYSTEMKalibo, Aklan (PNA) – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has committed to build a P500-million irrigation system here in three years. Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco told local media that NIA Administrator Florencio Padernal was here recently to inaugurate the project. NIA wants to fast-track construction of the irrigation facility so that it could be fully operational in three years. “We consider the irrigation as an Aklanon dream. We expect a big increase in our agricultural production input once it’s materialized,” said Haresco. ... More »

  • Light at the end of the tunnel for the PNR MB - 5 hours ago

    While the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) have long overtaken their Philippine National Railway (PNR) counterparts as the preferred mass rail system in Metro Manila, the government is now forced to review these popular modes of transport due to the many physical and operational issues they are experiencing. It is becoming more and more difficult to travel around Manila. Like in most first-world megalopolis, the Philippines should fast-track the development of its rail-based mass transit system," says Ferdinand Inacay, president of Miescorrail, a subsidiary of electric distributor Meralco. Miescorrail formed a special purpose company with Desco Inc., an energy sector servicing firm, whose joint venture won the initial R150-million service contract to overhaul the engines of PNR’s locomotives, more popularly known as the “Bicol Express.” Ironically, the famed route to Southern Luzon is no longer the premier service that the PNR is known for. More »

  • Marina lists schools with recognized merchant marine programs MB - 5 hours ago

    While the fate of Filipino seafarers remain hanging in the balance due to the ongoing audit of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has identified schools with recognized merchant marine programs in a bid to guide students on where to enroll to obtain quality education. In an unprecedented move, Marina issued last month a list of maritime higher education institutions (HEIs) with recognized programs for Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation programs. According to Marina Administrator Maximo Mejia, only 23 out of 90 schools across the country were accredited for their Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering program for school year 2015-2016 as well as 23 out of 90 schools nationwide for their Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation program. Mejia urged students and their parents to refer to the list before enrolling, since enrollment in HEIs with recognized programs will now be a prerequisite for the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certification. More »

  • AFP, PNP assure collaboration against BIFF, other outlaw groups MB - 5 hours ago

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have assured the public Tuesday (March 3) that they are collaborating with each other, assuring a pro-active stance against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and other groups committing atrocities in Northern Mindanao.Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano convened the Peace and Order Coordinative Council (POCC) Tuesday, at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol Compound, here, in the light of the volatile situation in Mindanao. ... More »

  • 14 schools in Western Visayas propose hike in tuition fees MB - 5 hours ago

    A total of 14 colleges and universities in Western Visayas are proposing to increase tuition and other miscellaneous fees for school year 2015-2016. Dr. Rex Casiple, Western Visayas Assistant Regional Director of Commission on Higher Education (CHED-6) said the most number of educational institutions batting for a hike in tuition fees is in Iloilo City with seven. Four colleges and universities are proposing the same in Negros Occidental province and its capital city, Bacolod, and one each in Aklan, Antique and Capiz provinces. Casiple said the administration of these 14 educational institutions have communicated with the CHED regarding their proposed increase in tuition fees. More »

  • Samsung Heavy to build world’s biggest boxship for Mitsui O.S.K. MB - 5 hours ago

    Samsung Heavy Industries Co. will build the world’s largest ships yet – as long as four soccer fields – to haul toys, sneakers and other consumer goods. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., Japan’s second-biggest shipping company, will pay $619.6 million for four vessels that each can carry 20,100 20-foot containers, Seoul-based Samsung Heavy said in an e-mailed statement today. The new ships from Samsung Heavy, the world’s third-largest shipbuilder, will be 400 meters (437 yards) long and 58.8 meters wide and will have equipment to help reduce fuel consumption, Samsung Heavy said. A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, the world’s biggest container shipping company, said last week it will order new ships for the first time in four years. More »

  • P716-million Talisay fish port eyed as RORO port MB - 5 hours ago

    Years after the P716-million fish port in Talisay City was built but never used for its intended purpose, city officials now would want to convert the facility into a roll-on-roll-off (Roro) port. This move requires the Talisay city government to secure the approval of the Cebu Port Authority (CPA), although Talisay Mayor Johnny De los Reyes has already apparently signed a contract with private RORO vessel operator Asian Marine Transport Corp. for the latter’s development of the fish port into a RORO port. Initially, the agreement signing between the mayor and Asian Marine Transport President Paul Rodriguez hit a snag when the former was late for the signing, causing an irate Rodriguez to walk out of the event while ripping a P9.6 million check representing an amount which would bind the city to an agreement with his firm. More »

  • Container shipping lines start restoring service levels MB - 5 hours ago

    Container shipping lines have begun the slow work of repairing their networks as U.S. West Coast congestion difficulties ease, according to the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA). TSA noted that post-Lunar New Year cargo demand will resume after the week-long Asia holidays and continue to pick up pace. Restoring service levels and further ramping up to meet sustained and rising demand will, in turn, entail significant operational costs, carriers are forecasting. Member of TSA are expecting that overall freight revenues must rise to levels that will address higher long-term rail, truck, equipment management and cargo handling costs, as a ‘new normal’ in shore-side and inland operations grows out of recent congestion difficulties and the new long-shore labor agreement. More »

  • Mayor to take up sugarmen’s tax problems with BIR chief MB - 5 hours ago

    – Mayor Monico O. Puentevella yesterday said he intends to meet with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares today to discuss the tax problems of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) here, particularly their issue with BIR’s implementation of Revenue Regulation 11-2014 (RR 11-2014) which imposes a one percent creditable withholding tax on the release of sugar. The ARBs particularly lament the holding of their sugar by sugar mills for lack of authority from the BIR, pending their payment of said creditable withholding tax on raw sugar. “I will try to talk to her and maybe invite her to come to Bacolod. If there is something common between me and Commissioner Henares, it is the love for sports. More »

  • Another BIFF camp falls into gov’t hands MB - 5 hours ago

    Camp Siongco, Maguindanao  – As the government’s massive law enforcement against lawless armed group in Maguindanao entered its fifth day, another encampment of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was captured by soldiers in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, the military here said Wednesday.It was the second BIFF camp captured in three days by Joint Task Force Central, a composite Army, Marines and PNP forces hunting down the BIFF and terrorist individuals in Maguindanao.Capt. ... More »

  • Army experts defuse IED in N. Cotabato MB - 5 hours ago

    Kidapawan City – Army ordnance experts defused on Tuesday an improvised explosive device (IED) planted near the national road in Kabacan, a town in North Cotabato that lost a number of casualties in past bomb attacks.Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Sixth Infantry Division, said that, at 11:40 a.m., a civilian reported sighting a suspected IED near a hardware store at Barangay Kayaga in Kabacan town, prompting immediate response from a team of ordnance experts from the Army’s Seventh Infantry Battalion. ... More »

  • Courageous Maggie, we salute you MB - 5 hours ago

    March being “Women’s Month” let us salute Maggie de la Riva who once took up the cudgels for  all Filipinas. The day before, three of the four men (one of them committed suicide in prison) who abducted and  raped Maggie de la Riva, the rising young actress of my generation, were executed by electric chair.  The Filipino nation thanked  two courageous women – Maggie for upholding women’s rights through a harrowing trial  and Regional Trial Court Judge Lourdes San Diego for unflinchingly imposing the death penalty on the accused. In the late evening of  26 June 1967, Maggie was abducted at the gate of her home, brought to the Swanky Hotel in Pasay where she was beaten, threatened with acid, and raped by the four accused. 335 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, and sentenced each of them to death by electric chair. More »

  • P10B needed for Yolanda rehab in Aklan MB - 5 hours ago

    At least P10 billion is needed by Aklan for its full rehabilitation from damages it suffered after having been blasted by super-typhoon Yolanda in November, 2013. Retired Chief Superintendent Clarence Guinto, Director of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery in Aklan (OPARR-Aklan), said that 60 percent of the proposed amount is for housing projects for Yolanda victims. Guinto recalled that when Aklan suffered devastation from the flash flood brought about by typhoon Frank in June 2008, the province did not get any funding from the national government. “This time,” stressed, Guinto, “it is only proper that Aklan be given sufficient allocation because the damage wrought by Yolanda is nothing compared to other calamities that hit the province in the past.” For his part, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores expressed confidence that the province will get a substantial amount from the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) of the Aquino administration. More »

  • Ex-Federer coach to help Lankans vs PH MB - 5 hours ago

    A former coach of Swiss superstar Roger Federer has been tapped in the hope of guiding Sri Lanka to a win over the Philippine Davis Cup team in the first round tie of their Asia Oceania Zone Group II which starts tomorrow at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City. “We’re expecting a hard fight, so we have to be on our toes,” said Villanueva, also the Philippine Tennis Association vice president. More »

  • Mindanao Newsbits for March 5, 2015 MB - 5 hours ago

    ALL SET FOR PALARODavao City – Security for the upcoming 2015 Palarong Pambansa is already in place as Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario recently reiterated his declaration of trust on the security forces that will ensure the safety and orderliness of the upcoming event in the province. “I am certain that nothing can beat the great pre-emptive potential of our formidable security front consisting of the armed forces, the police and the vigilant community,” said Del Rosario. ... More »

  • Sy moves up, Villar enters Forbes list of billionaires
    Sy moves up, Villar enters Forbes list of billionaires

    Eleven Filipinos are included in Forbes’ 2015 list of richest people in the world. Filipino-Chinese tycoon Henry Sy Sr. continues to be the wealthiest man in the Philippines. The 90-year-old SM supermalls, banking and property tycoon ranked 73rd among the world’s richest with an increased net worth of $14.2 billion from $11.4 billion last year. Sy’s net worth was attributed to the continued growth of his SM Investments Corp. and his more recent venture, the City of Dreams Manila resort and …

  • Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit
    Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit

    Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla wept and embraced his father as he apologized for the “accidental” shooting incident in their Ayala Alabang residence, the family’s spokesman said yesterday. Lawyer Raymund Fortun came out of the private room at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City to speak to reporters, who were barred from entering the hospital compound during the visit of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. …

  • Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies
    Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens. …

  • Mystery Woman Buried Near Richard III
    Mystery Woman Buried Near Richard III

    Archaeologists found a lead coffin buried in the ruins of an English medieval church, just feet from the grave of British King Richard III. When they opened the tomb, they expected to find the skeleton of a knight or a friar. She was interred sometime in the late 13th or 14th century, before Richard was hastily buried at the monastery known as Grey Friars in Leicester, England. In fact, Richard III is the only man archaeologists have examined from the site so far. "We were naturally …

  • RPatz ‘gives girlfriend promise ring’
    RPatz ‘gives girlfriend promise ring’

    Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs are both wearing commitment rings, according to reports. …

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