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Archive for November, 2006

Super typhoon “Reming” won’t harm “Generals,” says CDCC-GenSan

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

By Pops Gumana

General Santos City (30 November) — Despite the good weather and warm climate the “Generals” are experiencing here, classes in all levels are suspended since yesterday in several provinces of Luzon, and a number of passengers were stranded after a tropical storm “Reming” was upgraded into a typhoon and threatens to hit Metro Manila on Friday, according to reports from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).

In a statement, Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul of the PAG-ASA warned that “Reming” could further intensify into a super typhoon if it reaches 185 kph like “Milenyo,” and may even overshadow “Milenyo” which thumped the country few months ago and left at least 200 dead.

But unlike “Milenyo” which only packed winds of up to 175 kilometers per hour, he said “Reming” could go as high as 185 kph. As of late afternoon yesterday, “Reming” was already churning winds clocked at 190 kph and gusts of up to 225 kph.

Moreover, National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) deputy chairman Antonio Golez in a press briefing yesterday said, the NDCC “have already alerted all local government units (LGUs) and other agencies in charge of basic services.”

The early advisories of PAGASA, he said, prompted the NDCC to issue the warning to all regional offices of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), agencies like the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, in General Santos City, Action Officer Ephraim Beliran of the City Disaster Coordinating Council declared, “Gensan is not affected by the super typhoon “Reming,” so there is no reason for panic or worry.

Ironically, the CDCC is more worried of the “lack of rain,” and the tropical temperature in the City, which triggered several cases of grassfires that were responded by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

We have not received any advisory that our place would be affected by the super typhoon “Reming,” that’s why we are very lucky here. In fact, we are praying for rain here for the benefit of our farmers and to eliminate cases of grass fires,” he disclosed. (PIA-SarGen)


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Filipino billiards icon to visit San Fernando

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — World champ Efren ?Bata? Reyes is set to grace the flag raising ceremony at the San Fernando City Hall as special guest on Monday.

Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez, Vice Mayor Edwin Santiago, the City Council and the different department heads will lead a warm welcome for Bata, via the awarding of Resolution 2006-119 “Extending Meritorious Recognition and Commendation to Mr. Efren ‘Bata, The Magician’ Reyes, a full-blooded Kapampangan, for having been adjudged the World’s King of Billiards”.

Jaime Lazatin, co-sponsor of the resolution, will hand to Bata the framed copy of the resolution.


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LPG prices to go up by P1/kg

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

The LPG Marketers’ Association on Thursday announced that prices of liquefied petroleum gas will increase by P1 per kilogram effective midnight.

In a phone interview, LPGMA president Arnel Ty said the new round of price adjustment will be implemented due to higher contract prices in the world market.

Ty said the contract prices rose $28 per metric ton due to the increased demand for LPG from other countries in preparation for the winter season and Chinese new year. He said the adjustment in contract prices was equivalent to P1.50.

He said the manufacturers will absorb the P0.50-increase.


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Gov’t to allot more funds for agriculture, social programs

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered government agencies to spend more funds for agriculture and social services in order to expand her government’s targets for poverty alleviation.

Presidential chief of staff Michael Defensor said Arroyo allocated P1 billion a month for irrigation projects and farm-to-market roads in the North Luzon and Mindanao super regions to boost food production.

Defensor said the backyard vegetable farms will also be expanded well above the current 17,000 target.

He said Arroyo has raised the target for microfinance borrowers since the two million target for 2004 to 2010 had been exceeded. The current goal is three million.


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Execs attend workshop to develop human resources

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

THE City Government of Davao City has taken part in an Institution Profiling Workshop to identify areas in the city’s human resources pool that need to be developed.

The workshop, held in the city and sponsored and facilitated by the Philippine-Australian Human Resource Development, aims to better the capabilities of department heads and those in key positions in government, business and academic institutions.

City Administrator Wendel Avisado said that since Davao is eyed by the Australian government as a strategic partner in development, it is necessary to train employees of the city, equip, and capacitate them to run programs and projects especially those pertaining to business and governance. This is to ensure that the public gets the efficient service it deserves.


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CICC picked venue for summit opening Dec. 10

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

THE opening ceremony for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders’ summit on Dec. 10 will be held at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC).

Ambassador Marciano Paynor, head of the Philippine National Organizing Committee (NOC) for the Asean summit, made this announcement after the last joint meeting of the NOC and the Cebu Organizing Committee yesterday.

About 90 to 98 meetings will be held in Cebu from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13 but they are still finalizing the venues, the ambassador said.

The meetings will be scattered in five major locations: the CICC in Mandaue City, Waterfront Hotel and Casino and Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City.

More of the story… SUN.STAR CEBU!

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