.6-M Pinoys infected with filariasis – DOH

To eliminate lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, the Department of Health (DOH) is now conducting a month-long mass drug administration to some .6 million Filipinos infected with the disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the program would be imple…

Situation Report: Arroyo sees renewed spirit during Surigao visit, lauds RDCC’s effort to landslide victims

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sees renewed spirit as she visited Surigao City , Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007 and lauds effort of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) – Caraga Region in delivering assistance and relief operations to the seven landslide victims. Aft…

Father asks Arroyo to bring home OFW on Kuwait death row

MANILA, Philippines -- The father of domestic helper Marilou Ranario, who is on death row in Kuwait, pleaded Wednesday with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to do everything possible to save his daughter from execution with the final verdict on her appeal set for next week…

11 people killed in landslides, flash floods in Philippines

Manila - At least 11 people were killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by several days of heavy rains in the Philippines, officials said Tuesday. The National Disaster Coordinating Council said more than 3,000 people have been displaced by the rains brought by Tr…

(UPDATE) 5 killed in Surigao Norte mine cave-in

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines -- Five people were killed when a mining tunnel caved in Monday morning in the village of Magsaysay, Placer, Surigao del Norte, officials here said. Blance Gobenciong, director of the Office of Civil Defense in the Caraga Region, said search and resc…

Landslides kill 9 in Philippines as storm leaves

MANILA (Reuters) - Landslides caused by a tropical storm have killed nine people in the central and southern Philippines in the last two days, disaster and weather bureau officials said on Tuesday. The tropical storm, known as 23W, dumped heavy rain before moving out to se…

7 Surigao del Norte towns now under state of calamity

Seven towns in Surigao del Norte province were placed under state of calamity, after landslides triggered by heavy rains brought by tropical storm “Lando" killed seven people in the province. GMA’s Flash Report said the state of calamity was declared in the following to…

'Lando' floods, landslides kill 9, injure 5 - NDCC

Nine people were killed, five were injured and two others remain missing in landslides and flashfloods triggered by heavy rains brought by tropical storm “Lando," the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) on Tuesday said. In its latest update as of 12 noon, NDCC…

Migrante Hopes Philippines Appeal Not Too Late for OFW on Death Row

MANILA, Philippines — Following reports of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeking clemency for Marilou Ranario, the OFW on Kuwait’s death row, an alliance of groups composed of overseas Filipinos and their families say they hope the appeal is not too late. “Although the appeal shou…

Situation Report: Another landslide hit Surigao del Norte, killed 5 miners in Placer

Due to days of excessive rain, another landslide hit in the municipality of Placer , particularly in Barangay Magsaysay, a few minutes away from the town proper where the mining site of Manila Mining Corporation is located yesterday dawn, Nov. 19, 2007 and killed 5 miners. T…

52 Rotarians, spouses attend Rotary Academy

BUTUAN CITY (November 19) -- Fifty two Rotarians, including spouses, representing 11 Rotary Clubs from Zones 3B-1 and 3B-2 of District 3860 attended the Rotary Academy held at the Luciana Convention Center here on November 17, 2007 with the theme "One Dream... One Team…

Situation Report: Surigao City, several Surigao del Norte towns now flooded, 2 persons dead

Surigao City (November 19) -- Flooding brought about by continuous rains is now being experienced in Surigao City and in several other municipalities of Surigao del Norte and claimed 2 casualties in Surigao City due to landslide. The victims were identified as Tita Angob Sa…

RP seeks clemency for OFW on Kuwait death row

MANILA, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice President Noli de Castro and Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo have sought executive clemency for Filipino domestic helper Marilou Ranario as she appeals her death sentence in Kuwait. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwa…

3rd National Phil-Aus Alumni Association Assembly set in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (November 16) -- The 3rd National Philippine-Australian Alumni Association, Incorporated (PA3i) Assembly would be held on Nov. 22-23, 2007 at the Provincial Convention Center, this city. Carrying the theme "Linking PA3i Expertise to Community Development,&…

Estrada pardon draws positive reaction in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- In contrast to the largely negative reaction in the Visayas, the pardon given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to ousted president Joseph Estrada drew mostly favorable comment from politicians in Mindanao, including a visiting opposition senat…

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