Month: July 2012

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Relief operations ongoing for families affected by storm Gener

According to the website of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the agency has prepared around P2.10 million standby funds and relief goods worth P4.72 million for those affected by Typhoon Gener. DSWD Region 2 has prepared 750 food packs and 500 packs of  relief clothing for families, and set up 65 evacuation...

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Tropical storm Gener moves North

In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Astronomical and Geophysical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Tropical Storm “Gener” was seen at 330 kilometers East Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan, with maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph. It has been forecasted to move at...

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HIV/AIDS cases in PH increase

Statistics from the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) showed that there has been a constant increase in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases for the first six months of 2012. In January, 212 new HIV Absero-positive cases were confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory (SACCL), which were reported to...

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Storm may hit the country this weekend

The low pressure area (LPA) located east of Mindanao has continued to intensify and may become a tropical depression come Friday afternoon, according to state weather forecasters on Thursday (July 26). The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on its 5 p.m. update on Thursday that the LPA was estimated at 470...

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PNP says SONA generally peaceful

As President Benigno Aquino III delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 23), a mass protest was staged by various militant groups which clashed with the Philippine National Police (PNP) along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. The militant groups numbered at an estimate of 5,380 participants were composed of members...

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CIDG-AFCCD arrests telecom hackers

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crime Division (AFCCD) announced last Sunday, July 22, that it has arrested two individuals for allegedly hacking the International Gateway Facilities (IGF) of SMART Communications. CIDG Police Director Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. identified the suspects as Korean national Hak Mo Kim, alias Sam Kim, and...

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Kua succumbs at 49; suspects surrender

Former Philippine Star reporter and Philippine Tourism official Nixon Kua died at 10:35 p.m. yesterday, while the four suspects who shot him and his brother Allyson surrendered to the police, various news sources have reported. The suspects have been identified as Noel Garcia, John Rey Cruz, Michael Molino, and Darwin Samiano, according to Laguna police...

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Dengue swells, EV-71 scares

The Department of Health (DOH) pressed on Wednesday (July 18) for dengue express lanes in both private and public hospitals in the country, amid rising cases of dengue. In a dzBB interview, Dr. Eric Tayag, DOH assistant secretary and spokesperson, said establishing these lanes can help bring about speedy treatment of dengue –stricken patients. Dengue...

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Beware the Bully: A Mom’s Take on Bullying in School

In September of last year, I found myself crying over the death of Mitchell Wilson, an 11-year-old boy from Canada who took his own life following episodes of being bullied. I remember picking up this story from a blog I religiously follow. Being a new mom, stories of kids’ death bring the usually stoic me...

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Chinese fishing fleet arrives in Spratlys; Navy on standby for deployment

A big fleet of Chinese fishing vessels arrived on July 15 at the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea amid rising tensions between neighboring countries Philippines and China. Said fleet, which left the Chinese province of Hainan on July 12, is composed of 30 fishing vessels. The largest fleet ever launched from the province...