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Archive for April, 2006

World War II in The Philippines April 30, 1945

Posted by Editor on 30th April 2006

LUZON – In U.S. Sixth Army’s XI Corps area, 6th and 38th Divs complete exchange of sectors and 38th Div takes control of RCT 145, 37TH Div, on Mt. Pacawagan. 152d Inf, 38th Div, is directed to prepare to attack Woodpecker Ridge. XIV Corps overcomes organized resistance in Malepunyo Mt area, but pockets remain to be mopped up.

S PHILIPPINES – In U.S. Eighth Army’s X Corps area, 19th Inf of 24th Div advances on Mindanao to within 4 miles of Davao, seizing Daliao airstrip and Talomo; 21st Inf, 31st Div, though hampered by rear-guard opposition and demolitions, makes substantial progress up Sayre Highway. On Negros, 1st Bn is ordered to move to Malabo and attack, in order to ease pressure on 2d Bn, 164th Inf, on heights near Palimpinon.

Compilation done by Mary H. Williams of the Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, Washington D.C. in 1960

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World War II in The Philippines April 29, 1945

Posted by Editor on 29th April 2006

LUZON – In U.S. Sixth Army’s XIV Corps area, RCT 158, leaving 3d Bn to mop up stragglers in Camalig area, starts northwards. 1st Bn advances along Route I to Pauili R while 2d Bn, reinf by AT Co, moves along Route 27. 511th Inf A/B Div, takes its objective, Hill 2610 at Mt. Malepunyo hill mass, and Hill 2480, assigned objective of 188th Inf moving down from N.

S PHILIPPINES – In U.S. Eighth Army’s X Corps area, forward elements of 19th Inf, 24th div, push through Coronon and Astorga on Mindanao to positions near Darong airfield. Co K, 34th Inf, arrives in Guma area, NW of Digos, to contain bypassed pocket. On Sayre Highway, 3d Bn of 124th Inf, 31st Div, attacks through 2d Bn, reducing Japanese roadblock and gaining 7,000 yards although (Japanese) has destroyed bridges. On Bohol, 3d Bn (less Co I) of 164th Inf leaves for Cebu. Guerillas, assisted by Co I, are responsible for completing mop up. Japanese casualties total 104 killed and 16 captured for American losses of 7 killed and 14 wounded. On Negros, 2d Bn, 164th Inf, meets heavy fire as it continues to clear heights near Palimpinon.

Compilation done by Mary H. Williams of the Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, Washington D.C. in 1960

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Treñas calls for austerity anew

Posted by Michille on 28th April 2006

Tre̱as calls for austerity anew РSun.Star Iloilo!

WHILE Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla assured City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas that they would do something with the problem on the source on power, the mayor suggested that power saving would be of much help while there is no clear solution to the alleged power problem.

He pointed out two reasons why there is a need to conserve energy in the city. The one he cited was the high cost of fuel and two, the estimated power shortage.

The mayor said he will have a meeting with the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) among other departments about the conservation of energy very soon. He added that they have distributed manuals on how to conserve energy.

“I strongly support the implementation of day light savings,” said Treñas.

While on the implementation of a four-day work week, which had reportedly made some agencies save electricity, Treñas said it experience made them know it’s not effective unless, offices will be closed completely during Fridays.

But he said “you can’t completely close some offices like the Treasurer’s Office and the Health Centers.”

Meanwhile, Treñas said he has been trying to contact the secretary since Wednesday to Thursday but he failed to reach Lotilla

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Autonomous region halal industry gets Malaysian support

Posted by Michille on 28th April 2006

Autonomous region halal industry gets Malaysian support – Sun.Star General Santos!

THE Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) recently got a shot in the arm with Malaysia pledging to develop the local halal industry to increase the region’s chances of penetrating the food market of Islamic countries.

Armm Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, who made a recent visit to the State of Malacca, revealed this development last week.

“The region will be receiving technical assistance in coming up with a halal certifying scheme from Jakim, Malaysia’s halal certification body,” he said.

Ampatuan added that the Malaysian certification body is recognized among Muslim countries.

Early this week, Armm officials conducted an inter-agency halal industry development conference in Cotabato City to evaluate production aspect that need to be addressed in order to establish a viable halal industry in the region.

Ampatuan said the international and domestic halal markets remain attractive and potential sources of huge revenue for those engaged in the agriculture sector.

Jamil Hamsa Olermo, member and former chairman of the Muslim Business Forum, stressed that there are at least 1.48 billion Muslim consumers around the world they could bank on.

Halal is considered a quality control system by itself that puts emphasis on critical control points involving hygienic and disease-free preparation of foods.

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170 licensed nurses needed in Jeddah

Posted by Michille on 28th April 2006

170 licensed nurses needed in Jeddah – Sun.Star Davao!

A RECRUITMENT agency is looking for 170 licensed nurses to be sent to Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Philippine Association of Service Exporter, Inc. president Vic Fernandez said the 170 licensed nurses, male or female will work as staff nurses at the King Abdulaziz University Hospital at Jeddah.

“If nurses from Davao will work abroad, the city will be earning a lot and this will generate a lot of economic activities for the city,” Fernandez said during the I-speak press conference Thursday.

Fernandez said employment duration will be for two years with 48 hours per week working hours and a monthly salary of Saudi Rial 2,550.

According to him, assured applicants that their operation is legal and that they hold a Philippine Overseas Employment Agency and Department of Labor and Employment license to export manpower to other countries.

“We have a signed memorandum of agreement with the Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Governance to fight against illegal recruiters and a memorandum of agreement with the National Bureau of Investigation to fight against human trafficking,” he said.

Fernandez said interested applicants can go to the Royal Mandaya Hotel on April 29 until May 2 for testing, interview and selections.

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Makati judge enters not guilty plea for 4 GIs

Posted by Michille on 28th April 2006

Makati judge enters not guilty plea for 4 GIs – ABS-CBN News!

A Makati regional trial court (RTC) judge on Friday entered a not guilty plea for the four US servicemen accused of raping a Filipina last November.

Makati RTC Judge Benjamin Pozon entered the plea for Daniel Smith, Keith Silkwood, Dominic Duplantis and Chad Carpentier after they refused to enter any statement.

The lawyers of the accused said their clients refused to enter any plea because the rape complainant failed to show up at the arraignment.

Earlier Pozon junked a justice department motion to reduce charges against three of the four US servicemen.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez earlier recommended the downgrading of rape charges against Silkwood, Duplantis and Carpentier from principal to accessories in the case.

Pozon, however, said he could not allow the downgrading of the charges against the three marines “on the basis of the evidence not yet presented” to the court.

He added that the motion “not only asks for the disregard of the requirements of due process but also tends to erode the court’s independence.”

Gonzalez said he will not contest Pozon’s decision. “I don’t want to be accused of lawyering again for the defense,” he said, adding that he respects the court’s independence.

The alleged rape happened in Subic on Nov. 1, 2005 after the US marines took part in joint US-Philippine military exercises in the former US naval base.

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