Luzon Newsbits for September 7,2013


TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite - The provincial government has cited the performance and accomplishments of Caviteño professional basketball player Ranidel Rozal de Ocampo, particularly his stellar role in the much-celebrated victory of Gilas Pilipinas team in the recent FIBA-Asia Championship game in Manila. The 31-year-old, 6'5" De Ocampo hails from Julugan, Tanza, a municipality in Cavite's sixth district. The three-time Philippine national basketball team member and an MVP (Most Valuable Player) awardee is known as a high-scoring forward, rebounder and defensive specialist. Governor Jonvic Remulla, Vice Governor Ramon Jolo Revilla III, the Sangguniang Panglalawigan members called De Ocampo a "pride of Cavite." De Ocampo was honored during the Monday flag-raising ceremony at the capitol ground here. (Anthony Giron)


SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union - The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region I, will hold its 2nd La Union Tourism Summit on Sept. 20, 2013 at Hotel Ariana, Barangay Paringao, Bauang, La Union. This is in line with the celebration of National Tourism Week and World Tourism Day this month of September. La Union Tourism Summit seeks to highlight the importance of tourism and its social, political, and economic values in the province. The summit aims to learn the current setting, trends, policies, and direction of La Union to keep pace with the fast-growing tourism industry. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)


LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) - Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda was reelected chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Bicol for a third term during the full council meeting yesterday morning at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) conference room in Barangay Rawis, this city. Salceda represents the government sector. Jose Medina Jr. and Benigno Elevado, civil society sector representatives, were elected co-chairs. The Albay governor and the other RDC officials will serve for a period of three years. The RDC is the highest policy-making body in the region and serves as the counterpart of the NEDA Board at the sub-national level.


CANDABA, Pampanga (PNA) - Some 4,093 indigent residents here yesterday received cash grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The beneficiaries were identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) carried out by the national government. The Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) and representatives from the DSWD regional office facilitated the distribution of the cash transfer to identified recipients.


BAGUIO CITY (PNA) - City councilors here yesterday planted 20 Benguet pine trees within the city hall grounds in order to help in the extensive reforestration of this mountain resort 250 km north of Manila which has been determined by authorities to further regain its prime tourism industry once more greeneries are established. City Councilor Fred Bagbagen, president of the Baguio chapter of the Philippines League of Councilors, said the tree seedlings planted were duly marked in order to require the planter to exert all efforts to care for the tree until it matures.


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  • PSE to sell Makati and Ortigas offices
    PSE to sell Makati and Ortigas offices

    Set to move to a unified headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in 2016, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has issued plans to sell their offices in Makati and Ortigas. PSE President Hans Sicat issued that PSE means to sell the offices, but that they may also opt to rent them out instead. …

  • ‘Inland areas could be exposed to tsunami-like waves’
    ‘Inland areas could be exposed to tsunami-like waves’

    While strong earthquakes cause tsunamis in coastal areas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned that inland areas could also be exposed to tsunami-like waves, or seiche, if located near or around bodies of water. In a recent earthquake awareness seminar in Muntinlupa, Phivolcs supervising science research specialist Joan Salcedo explained that a seiche is a large wave similar to a tsunami, triggered by strong ground shaking from an earthquake or volcanic …

  • China gives ‘gentle reminder’ to Phl, warns small nations
    China gives ‘gentle reminder’ to Phl, warns small nations

    China gave the Philippines a “gentle reminder” last Tuesday that Beijing will not bully small countries but warned these nations not to make trouble willfully and endlessly. “Here is a gentle reminder to the Philippines: China will not bully small countries, meanwhile, small countries shall not make trouble willfully and endlessly. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said that China would continue to build other civilian facilities on relevant maritime features in the disputed Spratly Islands …

  • Back-channel diplomacy pushed for Phl-China dispute
    Back-channel diplomacy pushed for Phl-China dispute

    The Philippines should consider backchannel diplomacy to prevent its territorial dispute with China from deteriorating further, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said yesterday. There are a lot of Filipino businessmen with businesses in China and they have friends and connections there. Let’s utilize that, ask them to talk to their friends on how we can resolve this matter peacefully,” Marcos said. …

  • Phl, Japan to deepen ties amid China sea claims
    Phl, Japan to deepen ties amid China sea claims

    Japan and the Philippines are set to bolster security ties when President Benigno Aquino visits Tokyo next week, the latest move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up cooperation with Southeast Asian nations facing China’s growing naval ambitions. The two sides will likely agree to start talks on a framework for the transfer of defense equipment and technology and to discuss a possible pact on the status of Japanese military personnel visiting the Philippines to facilitate joint training and …

  • Phl, Vietnam troops play soccer on disputed isle
    Phl, Vietnam troops play soccer on disputed isle

    Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on a South China Sea island yesterday in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway. Cooperation has blossomed between Hanoi and Manila since they shelved decades of enmity over their competing claims in the Spratly archipelago to try to counter China, whose creation of artificial islands in the region will allow it to project power deep into …

  • Noy swears in 50 newly appointed AFP officers
    Noy swears in 50 newly appointed AFP officers

    President Aquino administered yesterday the oath taking of 50 newly appointed generals and officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a simple ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang Palace. …

  • Taiwan’s peace call on claimants of disputed territories welcomed
    Taiwan’s peace call on claimants of disputed territories welcomed

    The US on Tuesday welcomed Taiwan’s call on all claimants to disputed shoals, reefs, rocks and islets in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea to exercise restraint, refrain from unilateral actions that could escalate tensions, as well as to respect international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. “With regard to the maritime claims and the claims to sovereignty over land features in the South China Sea, our position is that maritime claims must …


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