Month: June 2014

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Supreme Court Says 3 Mining Firms Not Filipino-Owned

The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the decision to bar three mining firms from operating in the Philippines for violating the 60-40 ownership limit dictated by the law. The high tribunal’s Third Division ruled that Narra Nickel Mining and Development Corp., Tesoro Mining and Development Inc., and McArthur Mining Inc. were not Filipino corporations because...

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Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Law Passed

President Benigno Aquino III signed last June 20 a law requiring mobile service providers to send warnings of impending calamities to consumers free of charge. Republic Act No. 10639 or The “Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act” was enacted into law last week. The law gives mandate to mobile phone service providers to send out alerts...

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ARMM Gives Students Access to Digital Library

Doing research will now be easier for thousands of students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as the government provides Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS to a number of schools in the region, a report on the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) website said. STARBOOKS, dubbed as the...

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Napocor Asks ERC’s Nod for Power Rate Hike

The National Power Corporation (Napocor) recently filed a petition with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) that seeks to ramp up its power rates to recover P7.3 billion in costs. The rate hikes will affect consumers in the Small Power Utilities Group areas and nationwide power consumers under the universal charge for missionary electrification. In its...

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PH Urges UN Security Council to Address New Trends in Peacekeeping

The Philippines urged the United Nations Security Council to address emerging trends and issues in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, including pandemics and diseases, environmental impact and resource support issues, arguing strongly that the international community must be forward-looking and strategic in its approach. At the open debate on new trends in UN peacekeeping under...

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DBM: Disaster Mitigation to Get ‘Unprecedented’ Increase in 2015 Budget

Natural disaster mitigation will receive an “unprecedented” increase in funding in next year’s budget to facilitate measures to help the country cope with the effects of global warming, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad told Inquirer.net on Monday. Abad, however, refused to give further details. According to the report, the proposal for...

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ASIS Philippines’ 6th Monthly Chapter Meeting Set on June 25

  ASIS International – Philippines Chapter invites members and industry colleagues to attend its 6th Monthly Chapter Meeting and lecture series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. The event will be held at the Condotti Function Room of Best Western Plus Antel Hotel in Makati City. Assistant Regional Vice President Region 33 – ASIS...

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War

Some people today are beating the drums of war. But are we ready for war? Is the bullying by China enough to make us go to war? Despite our state weaknesses, we are a proud nation. I do understand it when my respectable colleagues argue that no self-respecting nation should take the blatant bullying even...

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10 Abu Sayyaf Members, 7 Soldiers Killed in Sulu Encounter

Ten Abu Sayaff rebels and seven soldiers, including a Marine officer, were killed in an encounter in Patikul, Sulu Thursday morning, the military reported. Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson said soldiers from the 2nd Marine Brigade encountered the Abu Sayyaf group under sub-leader Hairula Asbang at about 6:30 a.m. during patrol...

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Over 10,000 Families Affected by Maguindanao Floods —NDRRMC

The continuous rains and week-long flooding in several areas in Maguindanao province have affected more than 10,000 families, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday. In its June 19 update, the NDRRMC reported that 10,437 families had been affected by the flooding in six of the 12 affected towns as of...