Talking To MORO's & NPA Is A Diplomatic Tightrope
A combatant of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), the armed wing of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at Camp Salahuddin in Davao Oriental province, on the Philippines island of Mindanao. Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN
Engaging with Philippine armed groups
For Chris Rush, of the Swiss-based NGO Geneva Call, nuance is everything when engaging with armed groups. Although the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Maoist-inspired New People's Army (NPA) are both fighting insurrections on the same Philippines island of Mindanao, the choice of terminology is a tender issue when it comes to the use of such phrases as "armed non-state actors (ANSAs)".[More]
Pressure In Philippines To End Ban On Formula Milk Aid
A mother breastfeeds one of her twin babies at Jose Fabella Medical hospital in Manila, Philippines Photo Credit: © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
COMPOSTELA VALLEY, (IRIN)
Health authorities in the Philippines were vigilant in keeping out infant formula donations when...[More]
Free Classified Adverts Service
Balita Pinoy has set up a Free Classified Adverts system for the benefit of Filipinos both in the Philippines and those ten million or so OFW's living and workng abroad.
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PhP35,000 For A Philippine Passport
The most expensive passports in the world, if you're a Pinoy in Ireland it will cost you €650 to renew a passport
Filipinos in the Republic of Ireland are now faced with having to pay around €650 (Euros) or PhP35,252 to renew their Philippine passports. This staggering cost is a result of the embassy in Dublin having closed in tandem with the introduction of the new ePassport.
14,000 Philippine nationals are now faced with having to travel to London to renew their passports, which includes having to get a visa at the British embassy in Dublin costing €100, and hope that they can get the business completed in one day.
This problem is a direct result of the lack of foresight and advance planning by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila.
Philippines' Natural Disaster Risks Shift, Along With Experts
Only part of a school remains in the town of Andap, Compostela Valley, Davao, southern Philippines. The region's education infrastructure was badly impacted by Typhoon Bopha in December 2012 Photo credit: © Josh Estey/IRIN
As the storm season approaches, officials in...the Philippines are turning to seasoned storm emergency responders to help prepare communities that have historically been spared devastation but that now find themselves in harm's way.[More]
Imelda Marcos' "Ladyboy" Generals
Imelda Marcos liked dresses so much she got the Philippines' top generals to dress in drag
The U.S. ambassador to Manila in 1973 sent a cable to the US Pacific Command and the US State Department relating how the birthday party for dictator Ferdinand Marcos that year was topped off with the extraordinary sight of his [Marcos'] generals dressed in drag.[More]
Manny Villar & Estrada's Son Linked To Tax Haven Expose
5 Apr 2013
Manny Villar (left) & JV Ejercito linked to offshore accounts
By Roel Landingin and Karol Ilagan
After Imee Marcos was shown to be using secretive accounts in a tax haven, the former Senate President Senator Manny Villar and Congressman JV Ejercito, son of the deposed former President "Erap" Estrada, are two of the latest high profile Filipinos said to be using tax havens
Both businessmen-politicians own secret offshore corporations in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a privacy and tax haven where a global elite of wealthy people like to keep their money away from the prying eyes of the authorities.[More]
A Hard Drive, Imee Marcos & The British Virgin Islands
Imee Marcos has not disclosed hidden assets in the British Virgin Islands as required by Philippine law; she has not responded to requests for an interview in regard to data on a computer hard drive
A computer hard drive delivered to a group of investigative journalists is going to cause serious headaches for Imee Marcos, Governor of Ilocos Norte and many other of the wealthy people who have tried to hide money in the Caribbean tax haven of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cook Isands in the Pacific, Singapore and another seven secretive financial hidey-holes.[More]
OFW Money Boosts PHL's International Credit Rating
Remittance money into the Philippines from the country's 10 million overseas workers has provided the bedrock for an improvement in PHL's credit ratings.
The rating agency Fitch has just released a report (republished in full) on the Philippines which essentially says it [the Philippines] has now moved into the investable grade of countries area and that OFW remittances are the main reason.[More]
Philippines' Reproductive Health Law Here - Now What?
The law was signed, then blocked by the Supreme Court
(IRIN) - After a publicly contentious 14-year battle, legislators quietly signed the Philippines' first reproductive health law in late December. It was expected to take effect by the end of March, but on 21 March the Supreme Court halted its implementation, issuing a 120-day status quo ante to review court challenges.
"We were already expecting these petitions, but not the status quo ante which is equivalent to a TRO [temporary restraining order]," Edcel Lagman, a parliamentarian and one of the chief authors of the law, told IRIN, echoing activists' realization of just how difficult it will be to roll out reproductive health services.
Contraceptive Bill: Reaction To Supreme Court Ruling Swift & Furious
Philippine Contraceptive War: The Supreme Court has just ignored Congress and issued a 120 day ban on implementation of the Reproductive Health Bill
The reaction to the Philippine Supreme Court's 120 day ban on implementation of the Reproductive Health Bill has been swift and furious.[More]
UP Student Commits Suicide As She Could Not Pay For Tuition
The National Youth Commission extends its deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family of a first year student of BA Behavioral Science of the University of the Philippines Manila. It has been reported that she committed suicide Friday morning after filing her Leave of Absence (LOA) last Wednesday owing to her inability to pay her tuition on time.[More]
All Aboard: NYC Looking For Delegates To Youth Goodwill Ship!
The National Youth Commission (NYC) is inviting qualified Filipino youth, between 18 to 30 years old as of April 1, 2013, to apply to become one of the 28 participating youth to represent the Philippines in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP).
SSEAYP is an annual youth cultural exchange program between ASEAN member countries and Japan. Now on its 40th year, SSEAYP continues to promote friendship and goodwill among young people of Southeast Asia and Japan. The program is sponsored by the Government of Japan and is implemented in the Philippines by the National Youth Commission.[More]
Philippine Cities Tackle Climate Change
By Phuong Tran
DAVAO, (IRIN) - When asked what resilience means, the head of city planning for the Philippines' second largest city, Davao, said that for Filipinos it means how high floodwater reaches before they agree to be evacuated. "In our most recent flooding, that level was chest-high," said Roberto Alabado III, referring to flooding in mid-January that affected thousands of city dwellers, most in slum areas, who refused evacuation until they were chest-deep in floodwater.
"That's our limit," Alabado wryly noted.
Major Landslide In Mati, Davao Oriental Kills 3
As can be seen from this photo, the entire road has been blocked - a slide show of 34 unedited photos in the article. Photo credit: Sarx Lanos
A landslide in Oriental Davao has reportedly killed 3 people in a jeepney at Sitio Mayas, Barangay Tagabakid.[More]
Aid Agencies Claim PHL Politicians Hijacking Relief Goods
Allegations of aid politicization in Philippines ahead of elections
Baganga, Davao Oriental & Manila (IRIN)
Caridad Calungsod and her three children have been living in a makeshift shelter along the highway leading into Baganga, a coastal farming municipality in the southern Philippine province of Davao Oriental on Mindanao Island that was among the hardest hit by typhoon Bopha last December.
Like many others, her family's survival now largely depends on aid they say has been slow in coming, either due to poor logistics or what many allege has been the disorganized and politicized process of distribution.
Applications Now Open For The 2014 Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Recipient, Modesto Lopez Photo Credit: AusAID.
Applications are now open for Australia Awards Scholarships provided under the Australian Government overseas aid program for study in Australia in 2014.[More]
Lito Lapid's Wife Sentenced In US Court Over Illegal Cash
Marissa Tadeo Lapid and husband Senator Lito Lapid in a campaign photo, she has been convicted for smuggling $200,000 in cash from PHL into Las Vegas banks
LAS VEGAS - The wife of a sitting senator in the Philippines has been sentenced to five months of home confinement and 36 months' probation after pleading guilty to charges of bulk cash smuggling resulting from a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).[More]
Major New Initiative To Control Pedophiles Launched In Manila & London
The British embassy in Manila is at the heart of two major initiatives launched today designed to further put pressure on pedophiles targeting children in the Philippines and other countries
The two facets of this operation are an internet awareness training program to highlight the dangers of cyber-porn and more importantly, the launch of a criminal records certificate relating to any people who have resided in the UK. This is an extension of a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), now known as the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check launched in the UK several years ago specifically to make sure those having sex crime or violent histories are unable to work with children or vulnerable persons.[More]
Davao Still Struggling With The Effects Of Typhoon Pablo
"Building back worse" after Philippines typhoon
COMPOSTELA VALLEY/DAVAO ORIENTAL, (IRIN)
More than two months after Typhoon Bopha hit the eastern coast of Mindanao Province in the southern Philippines some 198,000 families are still trying to repair their homes, even in the midst of daily monsoon rains.[More]
Philippines Still Fails On Human Rights Issues
Philippines: A Year of Pluses, Minuses on Rights
Decrease in Killings, But Impunity for Abusers
The Philippine government adopted landmark human rights legislation in 2012, but failed to make significant progress in holding the security forces accountable for serious abuses,...[More]
Philippines Gets Priority Visa Service Extension For UK Travel
UK extends Priority Visa Service to business travelers and seafarers
All business visitors and seafarers, plus an enlarged group of general and family visitors are now eligible to use the priority visa service in the Philippines with an estimated turnaround...[More]
Breast Feeding Row Gathers Steam
A mother feeds her baby, Zambia, March 2007. Evidence suggests that, barring certain health issues, breast milk provides the optimal nutrition source for human infants. There is disagreement, however, among experts regarding the optimal duration of breastfeeding to realise...[More]
Brit Embassy In Manila Funding Anti-Torture Training For CopsPNP and DOJ begin first joint training vs human rights violations
Investigators from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ) are undergoing training this week to improve the prosecution of torture cases and strengthen...[More]
Victory For Domestic Workers, Batas Kasambahay Passed
After 18 years of relentless campaigns, the landmark legislation known as the Domestic Workers' Act or Republic Act 10361: An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers was passed by the Congress in the last months...[More]
Greenpeace Release Report On Renewable Energy Pros
Renewable energy is the key to economic progress, according to a Greenpeace report, released today. In "Green is Gold: How Renewable Energy can save us money and generate jobs," Greenpeace said that the Philippines will realize economic gains from massive...[More]
Fil-Brit Businesswoman Arrested In Visa Scam Investigation
Scores of Pinoys duped in entrepreneur visa fraud
Home Office's crack team of organized immigration crime investigators move in
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Members of a joint UK Borders Agency (UKBA) and police...[More]
E-Kiosk Project Boosted After Investors MeetingIPSTAR (Integral Process Starlight Technologies And Resources) Solutions Philippines Corporation (IPSTARSPC), a satellite services company, recently welcomed over a hundred foreign investors from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan during a three-day tour of its satellite and E-Kiosk project facilities held... [More]
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