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Local, global experts plan for future PH, Earth

Wed, 2014-03-26 10:27
Amid a changing climate, the future of the Philippines and the Earth took center stage yesterday as global and Filipino scientists and other experts gathered at Historic Landmark Manila Hotel for an international conference. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through one of its 20 attached agencies, organized the two-day event in light of super - typhoon that hit the Philippines in ...

Obama OKs tax-deductible Haiyan aid

Wed, 2014-03-26 08:28
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines thanked the United States on Wednesday, March 26, after US President Barack Obama legalized tax-deductible donations for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors. Through the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, American taxpayers can “continue making tax-deductible donations to typhoon victims in the Philippines until April 15,” the ...

IMF raises Philippine growth forecast to 6.5 percent

Wed, 2014-03-26 07:43
MANILA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised Wednesday its 2014 economic growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.5 percent, up from its January projection of 6.3 percent, with typhoon reconstruction expected to boost the...

Obama signs Yolanda tax relief law

Wed, 2014-03-26 07:27
United States President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) a bipartisan bill that provides expedited tax relief for Americans making charitable donations in support of typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) recovery efforts in the Philippines. The bill, initially co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson and three other congressmen, allows taxpayers to claim a […]

IMF raises Philippine growth forecast to 6.5 pct

Wed, 2014-03-26 05:51
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday raised its 2014 economic growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.5 percent, up from its January projection of 6.3 percent, with typhoon reconstruction expected to boost the economy.

Prince Charles arranges mass vaccination for typhoon victims

Wed, 2014-03-26 02:27
Five million doses of measles and rubella vaccine will be delivered to the Philippines, following a donation organized by Britain's Prince Charles.

After Haiyan, Philippines expands crop insurance

Wed, 2014-03-26 02:17
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, rice fields are flooded following Typhoon Haiyan, in Hernani, eastern Samar, central Philippines.

After Haiyan, Philippines expands crop insurance

Wed, 2014-03-26 01:01
CALAMBA, Philippines (AP) — The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has added urgency to finding a solution to a longstanding problem: less than 10 percent of farmers have crop insurance, and while its advantages are widely understood, few can afford it.        

Philippines jabs for growth after Yolanda knockout

Wed, 2014-03-26 00:52
MANILA – Like its boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who was shockingly knocked out by an opponent but found redemption in his next fight, the Philippines should bounce back in 2014 after a deadly blow by typhoon “Yolanda” last year.

Philippines tries to expand insurance coverage for farmers as natural calamities take toll

Wed, 2014-03-26 00:38
The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has added urgency to finding a solution to a longstanding problem: less than 10 percent of farmers have crop insurance, and while its advantages are widely understood, few can afford it.

Obama legalizes tax-deductible donations to ‘Yolanda’ victims

Tue, 2014-03-25 21:50
MANILA, Philippines - United States President Barack Obama signed Wednesday a law that would allow American taxpayers to claim deductions for donations they made to support rehabilitation efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan). The Philippine Embassy in the US said in a statement that Obama signed the Philippine Charitable Giving Assistance Act to allow ...

German minister arrives Wednesday for 3-day visit

Tue, 2014-03-25 17:20
MANILA, Philippines—Germany’s Minister of State Maria Boehmer will arrive Wednesday for a three-day official visit, her first to Asia after her appointment last December.   Boehmer will hold talks with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. She will also monitor the status of German humanitarian aid for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, and witness the signing of the comprehensive peace ...

Fitch Affirms Philippines at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable

Tue, 2014-03-25 01:06
HONG KONG, March 25 Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Philippines' Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings at 'BBB-' and 'BBB' respectively. The Outlooks are Stable. The issue ratings ...

Australia pledges additional funds for typhoon rehab efforts in Philippines

Mon, 2014-03-24 23:18
Australia on Tuesday pledged an additional 403 million pesos (Australian$ 10 million or US$8        

Spanish top diplomat visits Tacloban

Mon, 2014-03-24 21:20
MANILA, Philippines - The foreign affairs minister of Spain on Tuesday visited typhoon-stricken Tacloban City to check on the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the Visayas. The Department of Foreign Affairs said that Spain is one of the biggest donors to the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in areas hard hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Spanish Foreign Minister Jose ...

Bill giving incentive for PH relief donations passes US House

Mon, 2014-03-24 17:55
WASHINGTON, DC – A bill to spur contributions to Typhoon “Haiyan” relief in the Philippines passed the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.-15) today announced today, Mar. 24.   The Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, H.R. 3771, a bipartisan bill, is co-led by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Joe Heck (R-Nevada), and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).   The version of H.R ...

Gariguez: Enlist in the housing program

Mon, 2014-03-24 15:08
MANILA, Philippines—Got nothing to do this summer? Help build homes for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.   Officials of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday encouraged the youth to spend their summer break doing worthwhile activities like participating in the rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas instead of going to malls.   “There are many ways for the young ...

Economic Update

Mon, 2014-03-24 13:18
While two major natural disasters took their toll on the Philippines’ tourism industry during the latter part of 2013, strong overall demand from both the domestic and international markets helped the industry edge close to double-digit growth for the full year.

Weather extremes 'consistent' with man-made climate change: UN

Mon, 2014-03-24 06:15
The Philippines' devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia are among recent weather extremes consistent with man-made climate change, the UN's weather agency said Monday. "Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change," Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meterological Organization (WMO), said as he ...

'Yolanda', droughts consistent with climate change: UN

Mon, 2014-03-24 06:02
GENEVA - The Philippines' devastating Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) and drought in Australia were among recent weather extremes consistent with man-made climate change, the UN's weather agency said Monday.
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