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Talk of the Town / Fiesta Month
« on: May 03, 2015, 02:14:03 AM »
Happy Fiesta Month to all Boholanos:)

Help & Support / Deep Well Works
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:56:50 PM »
kinsa kaha nakahibawo ug any deep well companies diri sa bohol nga mohimo ug deep well sa tubig, kauban na ang motor ug installation. daghang salamat:-)

sa mga may bading na kamag-anak dito, basahin ninyo eto:

MANILA, Philippines - At least 69 Filipinos who were arrested in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last June 12 for wearing women’s clothing at a private party have been released.

Vice Consul Roussel Reyes told GMANews.TV on Wednesday that 69, not 72 as earlier reported, were arrested in an Independence Day “gay pageant" at a private villa. They were released after three days.

Reyes said arresting officers, who were tipped off by someone who complained of the noise from the villa, saw the Filipinos wearing wigs and women’s clothes. Some were locked in embrace with their foreign boyfriends, the officers said.

The embassy official expressed concern that none of the Filipinos who were arrested have sought the help of the embassy as of Wednesday.

“They are already blacklisted by Immigration. They can’t leave the Kingdom now that their case has been forwarded to the court," he said in a phone interview.

Reyes has contacted the Saudi authorities to find out the hearing date of the 69 Filipinos so the embassy can coordinate directly with them.

Open display of homosexual behavior is strictly prohibited under Saudi Arabia’s Sharia’h law. In extreme cases, such as when the government feels that homosexuals are challenging state authority, the maximum punishment for the act is public execution.

Normally, however, the authorities impose other punishments such as fines, imprisonment, and whipping. Individuals caught wearing even just one article of women’s clothing could face three to six months imprisonment, and suffer between 50 and 100 lashes with a rattan stick.

Reyes said nearly 50 other Filipinos have been arrested and jailed in the past for similar offenses.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief said Friday the impact of swine flu on the regional economy had so far been limited, but the bank was ready to provide necessary aid without delay.

"There are some effects on tourism, but we have not seen any grave situations," ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda told a symposium in Tokyo when he was asked about the impact of the virus on the Asian economy.

"But we are strictly monitoring what could be expected to happen when the influenza spreads," Kuroda said.

"During the outbreak of bird flu, we provided several hundred million dollars for ASEAN countries, and we are ready to provide similar assistance immediately, when necessary."

The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on Thursday, with the virus affecting nearly 29,000 people in 74 countries -- including several Asia-Pacific countries. The region's worst-affected countries are Australia and Japan.

Kuroda told the symposium he remained optimistic about the prospects for the Asian economy.

"I'm watching the Asian economy optimistically," Kuroda said, reiterating the bank's forecast that Asia's developing economies would grow 3.4 percent this year and 6.0 percent next year

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced its first case of the deadly A(H1N1) virus: a Filipina nurse.

Health Minister Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said the nurse didn't show any symptoms at the Riyadh airport when she arrived last Friday from a vacation in the Philippines, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The Filipina only developed symptoms three days later and was tested as part of a routine check at the clinic she works at.

A second test confirmed the virus on Wednesday morning. The health ministry did not provide the woman's name or give other details.

Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ed Malaya told GMANews.TV that the Philippine post in Riyadh has been alerted to care for the Filipina nurse.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs has instructed the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to look into the case and facilitate the extension of medical care," Malaya told GMANews.TV Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he received the news about the Filipina but cannot confirm if she indeed is the first A(H1N1) case in the Philippines.

Last week, Japan's Health Ministry reported that a Filipino-Japanese boy and his sister who recently visited the Philippines, tested positive for the A(H1N1) virus. [See: Japan case of A(H1N1) came from RP]

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has 22 confirmed cases of the deadly flu. The latest case is an exchange student from the De La Salle University. [See: DOH: DLSU student tested positive for A(H1N1)]

The Philippine Embassy in Britain has earlier warned that Filipino health care workers abroad are the most vulnerable to the dreaded A(H1N1) or swine flu virus. As of Wednesday, the World Health Organization recorded 339 cases of A(H1N1) in Britain.

Most of the 200,000 Filipinos in the United Kingdom are employed as nurses.

“The Embassy noted that the nurses and caregivers are among the most vulnerable to possible infection as they are exposed to the virus and their resistance levels may not be strong because of long work hours. They need to take care of themselves as they take care of others," Ambassador Edgardo B. Espiritu said.

Since the A(H1N1) broke out in the Philippines, embassies and consulates abroad have adopted a proactive stance to protect Filipinos from the virus. [See: RP posts adopting proactive measures vs A-H1N1]

This includes going door-to-door or organizing text drives to heighten the awareness of Filipinos against the disease. - Joseph Holandes Ubalde, GMANews.TV

CANNES - Brillante Mendoza of the Philippines on Sunday picked up the best director prize at the Cannes film festival for his dark movie "Kinatay."

"Kinatay" (meaning "massacre") notably features corrupt cops hacking a prostitute to pieces with blunt kitchen knives.

Mendoza, at Cannes for the second year running, again split the critics, drawing both hisses and applause for "Kinatay".

Last year's "Serbis" was set in a Manila porn-theatre with long close-ups of festering boils and overflowing toilets, as well as the poverty and distress on the streets.

Still determined to portray the social reality around him, Mendoza in "Kinatay" traces 24 hours in the day of a trainee policeman, happily beginning with his wedding in the morning to close with the young man's first outing at night with a band of corrupt colleagues.

To his surprise, fear and anguish, they pick up a prostitute accused of betrayal and wind up torturing, raping, killing and hacking her before disposing of the body parts across Manila.

"This is not just entertainment, these kinds of stories are real," Mendoza said at Cannes.

Last year was the first time since 1984 the Philippines had a film competing for the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d'Or.

Jokes and Humor / Gitika Ko Beh
« on: May 11, 2009, 06:27:43 PM »
Bunso: Inay, tingnan no po ang drawing ko oh.
Inay: Wow! Ang galing namang magdrawing ng monkey ng bunso ko.
Bunso: Inay, kayo po iyan!
anak: 'tay!ung etits ng klasmeyt ko parang champoy.
tatay: HAHAHA!bakit anak?maliit?
anak: hinde po,maalat! :D
first day ng school:

titser: "good morning, childs"
smart boy: "sir, children po, hindi childs!"
titser: "ay, oo nga pala, past tense!"
Girl: doc, pacheck-up po
Doc: sige hubad ka ng panty at bra tapos higa ka
Girl: hindi po ako, itong lola ko po
Doc: sige lola, hinga na lang po ng malalim
two patients are taking sperm count,,
the nurse mastubates patient 1 and sucks patient 2

patient 1: bakit blow job yung sa patient 2 , sakin hand job lang..

nurse: cash kasi ang bayad ng patient 2, eh ikaw..PHILHEALTH!!!
misis: lasing ka na naman!

mister: hindi ako lasing, naka inom lang... Nagkayayaan lang kami ng mga ka opisina ko....

Paranormal expert: Who in this room have experience having sex with a ghost?...any one?
Paranormal:You?!!U've experience it?What is the feeling having sex with a ghost o multo?
Guy:Ay,Sorry!!!kala ko GOAT'S!!!Hehehehe!
Mom: baby, you're good in math. Now I'm going to ask you a question.
Baby: sure mom
Mom: if your daddy gives you 3 apples and I give you 4 apples, what's your answer?
Baby: thank you po!!!
Sa Simbahan...
Pari: Ang kayamanan at pera, maiiwan natin pag tayo ay namatay! Walang pera sa langit!

Bata: Narinig mo yun inay? Nasa langit na pala tayo!


Tatay: Anak, gumising ka na at kakain na tayo. Hinanda ko anag paborito mong ulam.

Anak: Talaga itay?

Tatay: Oo. Hulaan mo, clue, my chop ito sa dulo.

Anak: Aha! Porkchop tay! Paborito ko yun e!

Tatay: Ketchop anak.. sige kain ka na.
BF: Sinapak ko yung nakasalubong ko, sabihin ba naman na mukha akong magsasaka kapag katabi kita?
GF: Huwag ka na magalit, marangal naman ang magsasaka. Bakit ba nya yun sinabi?
 BF: Kasi, mukha ka raw kalabaw!
GF: Asan ba yun at papatayin ko!!!
'Naglalakad ang mag-ama, nakakita ng eroplano

ANAK: Tay ! Krus! Ang laking krus!

TATAY(Binatukan ang anak): Nakita mo ng krus eh! Lumuhod tayo!'

 Sa Math Class...

Teacher: Banong, kung meron akong 1 piraso ng karne at hinati ko ito, ilang
piraso na?
Banong: 2 po mam!
Teacher: At kung hinati ko pa pareho?
Banong: 4 na piraso po!
Teacher: Hinati ko ulit.
Banong: 8 piraso po.
Teacher: Hinati ko pa.
Banong: 16 po mam.
Teacher: Hinati ko pa?
Banong: 32 piraso na po!
Teacher: Kung hinati ko ulit?
Banong: 64 po! (nakangiti)
Teacher: At hinati ko pa? 2 beses ko pang hinati?
Banong: Ay susmaryosep mam! GINILING na po! GINILING!!!
Sa Bakery...

Pulubi: Palimos po ng cake.
Ale: Aba, sosyal ka ah! Namalimos ka lang, gusto mo pang cake.. eto pandesal!
Pulubi: Duh! Ate?! Bday ko kaya today?!?
ANAK: Tay mag-ingat kayo sa DANKTRAK!.
TATAY: ano ung danktrak?
ANAK: Yunn pong trak na 10 ang gulong na karga buhangin?
TATAY: Tanga inde danktrak un...TEN MILLER!!!

Nanay: Ang lakas mo kumain pero di ka mautusan. Ang kapal mo!
Anak: Kapag yung baboy natin malakas kumain, natutuwa ka. Sino ba talaga ang anak mo, ako o ung baboy? Umayos ka nay! Wag ganun!

JUDGE: Ano ba talaga nangyari?
ERAP: ? (di nagsasalita)
JUDGE: Sumagot ka sa tanong.
ERAP: Naman eh!!! Kala ko ba hearing lang to??? Bakit may speaking?
TEACHER: Anong similarity nina Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Ninoy
at Apolinario Mabini?

STUDENT: Ma'am, pagkaka-alam ko po, silang lahat ay pinanganak ng



ERAP: Soli ko tong nabili kong DVD.

FPJ: Anong problema?

ERAP: Walang picture, tsaka sound. Sayang. Suspense thriller pa yata
Tsk, tsk...

FPJ: Anong title?

ERAP: 'The Lens Cleaner'
pare1: Pare, nakipag break gf ko sakin. Pinadala pa picture nila ng bagong bf nya habang nasa motel sila.

pare2: Ha? ano ginawa mo?

pare1: Ayun! pinadala ko sa tatay niya! gulpi sya pre! gulpi!
tatay : anak bakla k b?!
anak: opo!!!
*sabay lubog ng mukha ng anak sa harina...
anak: geisha na poh!!
*nagalit ang tatay sabay inilubogang mukha ng anak sa balde puno ng tubig
anak: dyesebel na poh!!!
*nagalit lalo ang tatay kaya pinasoniya ito ng plantsa hanggangsiya'y mangitim
anak:.......ako na po si.......
all the single ladies!!!
all the single ladies!!! wahahahahaaha!!

General Topic / Happy Mother's Day
« on: May 09, 2009, 04:06:03 PM »
To all mothers in TB, have a great Mothers Day

LGU Philippines / Fiesta Schedules in BOHOL
« on: April 30, 2009, 02:40:07 PM »
Fiesta schedules around Bohol.

Alburquerque, May 4 (Santa Monica)
Alicia, July 26 (Saint Joachim)
Anda, Movable (Holy Infant)
Antequera, Last Saturday of October (Virgin of the Holy Rosary)
Baclayon, December 8 (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)
Balilihan, July 16 (Virgin of Carmel)
Batuan, July 25 (Saint James)
Bien Unido, Movable (Holy Child Jesus)
Bilar, May 15 (Saint Isidore the Farmer)
Buenavista, October 7 (Santo Rosario)
Calape, May 10 (Saint Vincent Ferrer)
Candijay, May 19 (Saint Joseph)
Carmen, January 17 (Saint Anthony de Abbot)
Catigbi-an (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)
Clarin, September 29 (Saint Michael the Archangel)
Corella, April 17 (Nuestra Senora del Villar)
Cortes, January 16 (Santo Nino)
Dagohoy, February 11 (Our Lady of Lourdes)
Danao, December 30 (Holy Family)
Dauis, August 15 (Our Lady of Assumption)
Dimiao, September 10 (Saint Nicolas de Tolentino)
Duero, December 8 (Immaculate Conception)
Garcia-Hernandez, June 24 (Saint John the Baptist)
Getafe, Last Saturday of January (Holy Infant Jesus)
Guindulman, September 8 (Our Lady of Consolation)
Inabanga, June 30 (Saint Paul the Apostle)
Jagna, September 29 (Saint Michael the Archangel)
Lila, October 7 (Holy Rosary)
Loay, Movable (Santissima Trinidad)
Loboc, June 29 (Saint Peter the Apostle)
Loon, September 8 (Our Lady of Light)
Mabini, May 4 (Santa Monica)
Maribojoc, May 3 (Saint Vincent Ferrer)
Panglao, August 28 (Saint Augustine)
Pilar, Third Sunday of October (Virgin del Pilar)
Pres. Garcia, January 16 (Holy Child Jesus)
Sagbayan, May 4/August 28 (Saint Augustine)
San Isidro, May 29 (Saint Isidore the Farmer)
San Miguel, May 8 (Saint Michael the Archangel)
Sevilla, December 12 (Virgin of Guadalupe)
Sierra Bullones, December 8 (Immaculate Conception)
Sikatuna, June 13 (Saint Anthony de Padua)
Tagbilaran City, May 1 (Saint Joseph the Worker)
Talibon, Last Saturday of May (Holy Trinity)
Trinidad, May 15 (San Isidro Labrador)
Tubigon, May 15 (San Isidro Labrador)
Ubay, January 29 (Holy Child Jesus)
Valencia, January 16 (Senor Santo Nino)

LGU Philippines / Cesar Montano wants to run as Bohol Governor
« on: April 25, 2009, 04:01:13 AM »
Sa pakikipag-usap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment portal) kay Cesar Montano, tinanong namin siya kung papasukin niya uli ang pulitika at tatakbong gobernador sa lalawigan ng Bohol. Matatandaang tumakbo si Cesar sa senatorial race noong 2007, ngunit hindi siya pinalad na manalo.

"May intention," pag-amin ni Cesar. "If I run, local position na, I prefer local position. Pero sa ngayon, busy ako sa Panaghoy Children's Foundation. Tumutulong kaming magpaaral ng mga batang gustong mag-aral at marami kaming scholar. Ang gustong tumulong, log on to"

Kailan siya magde-decide sa pagtakbo?

"I heard November 30 ang deadline at proclamation. I have several months to decide. Wala pa rin naman akong party, to be quite honest."

May mga paninira na bang lumalabas tungkol sa kanya?

"Meron na rin at natutuwa ako dahil ibig sabihin, may threat silang nararamdaman sa akin. Kung wala silang nararamdamang ganun, sasabihin nilang huwag pansinin si Cesar."

Kung muli siyang tatakbo, hindi ba mapapagod sa pangangampanya ang misis niyang si Sunshine Cruz?

"She's very, very excited," sabi ni Cesar. "Gusto niya ang Bohol, gusto niya ang beach kahit hindi siya umiitim at namumula lang. Kapag nakakakita nga siya ng trash, siya mismo ang pumupulot."

Alam ni Cesar na iiwan niya pansamantala ang showbiz 'pag nag-decide siyang tumakbong gobernador at ready na raw siya at ang kanyang pamilya. Iiwan niya ang paghu-host ng The Singing Bee at stop lahat ang showbiz activities niya dahil ipinagbabawal ito ng Commission on Elections (Comelec).

"I am ready for that, pero may mga questions lang na dapat pag-usapan," sabi ng aktor. "Hindi problema ang school para sa mga bata dahil maraming good schools sa Bohol. Open din si Sunshine to stay in Bohol at tuwang-tuwa siya dahil walang stress, walang traffic, at masarap ang buhay dun, masarap mag-bike."

What is ur preferred tourist destination this summer season? and why?

Travel and Tours / RP Most Popular Destination in Asia
« on: April 18, 2009, 05:17:58 PM »
The Philippines has been named the most popular destination in Asia at this year's World Travel Fair (WTF) in Shanghai, China.

After a public vote and an evaluation process by professional jurors from the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration and VNU Exhibitions Europe, the Philippines received the highest citation conferred during the WTF, the outbound travel industry's leading source fair in Asia.

Tourism Secretary Ace Durano attributed the win to the country's competitive tour pricing, the remarkable progress of the transportation sector, and the Filipino's friendliness and hospitality to visitors.
"The Philippines is one of the fastest growing destinations in China’s outbound travel industry, recording a 74-percent month-on-month growth rate in visa issuances for February of this year.  We are also the nearest tropical beach country for the Chinese, as Manila is only 2 hours away from Guangzhou, while Cebu is only 3 hours away from Shanghai," he said in a statement.

The WTF receives thousands of travel buyers worldwide, who come to hold exchanges with more than 500 exhibitors in 62 countries. This year, the fair was held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

"The Chinese travelers rank our country’s beaches and heritage sites high, as proven by the various recognitions they have awarded to our tourist spots," Durano said.

For his part, Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions Eduardo Jarque Jr. said the country has always gathered positive feedback from Asian tourists.

"The Philippines has managed to secure, among others, the Best Leisure Destination in the last year’s WTF for Boracay, the Top 10 Island Getaways for Chinese Summer Travel for Bohol, and the only Asian entry in the list of premier destinations in the acclaimed World Traveller Magazine," he said.

Jarque added that the Philippines belonged to the top 10 most searched destinations of Shanghai online users in Baidu, the biggest search engine in China.

The Philippines posted a 58.5-percent growth last year in terms of visa issuances for travel to the Philippines from Eastern China plus Sichuan and Chongqing.

For the first three months of 2009, the country's growth rate stood at 20 percent, making the Philippines one of the fastest-growing outbound destinations for Chinese tourists.

Engr. Russel had passed Civil Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Civil Engineering in Al-Khobar and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last March 2009.

Engr. Russel garnered the rating of 80.10 %.  University of Bohol got the overall performance rating of 50% among other performing schools.

Engineer Russel, Congrats.[/b]

Talk of the Town / SSS to Launch Unified ID by Sept-Oct this Year
« on: April 18, 2009, 02:23:03 AM »
The Social Security System (SSS) is expected to launch its unified multi-purpose identification card by September or October this year.

The card was created to merge the ID systems of various government agencies such as the SSS, the National Statistics Office, the Government Service Insurance System, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). It will provide cost-saving benefits to the government and remove the burden associated with having numerous cards for different agencies.

Encrypted in the card will be information such as the individual's SSS number, tax identification number, PhilHealth number, voter's number, and all other information relevant to agencies of the government.

If everything pushes through as planned, the new ID can be used by voters in the upcoming 2010 national elections.

However, SSS President Romulo Neri made it clear that the unified card is not a national ID. "This is not a national ID, you need legislation for that. This is more of a convenient service card."

When questioned over the need of such a costly upgrade in a time of global economic uncertainty, SSS President Romulo Neri replied: "The idea is also to save money. At present, each agency spends about P200 per card. The more agencies, the more you must pay. A unified card will cut the cost considerably."

"We have a crisis every year. If we use that as an excuse, we'll never get anything done," he added

MANILA, Philippines - Trina Arteche Etong, the wife of news anchor Ted Failon has passed away, about 20 minutes after doctors tried to revive her, radio dzMM's vice president for Manila division Peter Musngi reported Thursday night.

The 45-year-old Etong sustained wound in the head in a shooting incident that is being investigated by police.

Etong was brought to the New Era General Hospital in Quezon City at about 11 a.m., Wednesday. She stayed at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and died there minutes before 9 p.m., Thursday.

Failon and Etong's relatives were seen crying while two doctors and four nurses were trying to revive Trinidad whose blood pressure had continued dropping minutes before she died.

New Era's Dr. Adonis Gascon, a neurosurgeon, said Etong was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m.

“The immediate cause of death is penetrating cranial missile injury and then disseminated intravascular coagulation, and subsequent multi-organ failure," Gascon told radio dzBB.

A separate radio report said Failon and Etong's relatives broke into tears after learning about Trinidad's death. An ABS-CBN report also said that the younger daughter of Failon have yet to learn about Etong's death.

Musngi described the mood inside the ICU when the doctors declared Trinidad’s death.

“Andito si Ted at ang kanyang anak na si Kaye [older daughter]. Hindi tumitigil ang pag-iyak ni Ted. So far napakalungkot ng pangyayari dito sa ICU [Ted and daughter Kaye were here. Ted could not stop crying. So far, there is a very sad mood here at the ICU]," Musngi said.

“After mga 20 minutes na pagpupumilit ng mga doctor at iba pang medical staff na i-revive si Trina ay tinigilan na nila. Tinaggal na ang mga intravenous device [After 20 minutes of trying to revive Trina, the doctors and the medical staff gave up. The intravenous devices had already been taken out of her]," he added

Technology / Next Version of Microsoft Office Coming in 2010
« on: April 16, 2009, 02:25:50 AM »
SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp.'s next version of its Office desktop programs will reach consumers next year, though not likely in conjunction with the Windows 7 operating system.

Microsoft is set to announce Wednesday that Office 2010 will be finished and ready to send to manufacturers in the first half of next year.

From there, it can take six weeks to four months or more for the programs to reach PC users, said Chris Capossela, a senior vice president in the Microsoft group that makes Office. The timing will differ for big businesses and individual consumers, and for people who buy packaged software versus those who download it.

Some industry watchers had expected a new version of Office this year, but Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer extinguished that rumor at a meeting with analysts in February.

Capossela declined to be more specific about a launch date. Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, is scheduled to reach consumers by the end of January 2010.

Office 2010 — previously known by the code name "Office 14" — will include slimmed-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that let people create and edit documents in a Web browser. Consumers will have access to a free, ad-supported version, and Capossela said the company is still hammering out what to charge businesses that want a version without ads.

Microsoft plans to let hundreds of thousands of people test a technical preview of the new Office portfolio starting in the third quarter of 2009, Capossela said. The company did not say whether average PC users will have a chance to test a more polished beta version.

Microsoft also said a new version of its Exchange e-mail server will be available for purchase in the second half of 2009. When paired with the next version of Microsoft's Outlook e-mail program, Exchange 2010 aims to prevent e-mail faux pas and would warn people against trying to "reply all" to a huge distribution list. Microsoft said it can also be tweaked to stop people from sending e-mail outside the organization, helping businesses cut down on unnecessary e-mail and prevent leaks.

A beta version of Exchange 2010 was to be made available on Wednesday. - AP

Mabini - Bohol / Coastal Law Enforcement Council 3 (CLEC-3) Lays Down
« on: April 16, 2009, 02:02:44 AM »
In a conference that the municipality of Jagna hosted recently, the 11 towns composing the third district cluster of the Coastal Law Enforcement Council (CLEC) tackled the top five accomplishments in the list.

Officials of the 11 towns, environment officers, the police force, and sea patrol teams composing CLEC-3 converged for the half-day activity on April at the Capt. Goyo Casenas hall.

Mayor Exuperio Lloren led municipal officials in welcoming visitor as he expressed appreciation that the body preferred to hold the activity in his town.

First, the council got an assurance that the patrol boats strategically posted in Jagna and in Mabini are presently in good condition and are dependable.

On the other hand, representatives from the municipality of Mabini showed their official record that indicated high level of marine-related cases that the local government attend to.

In Candijay town, the municipal executive faces internal problem with coastal barangays in addition to the problem on seaweeds sector in the town, as reported Vice-Mayor Arlene Caadlawon.

From time to time, CLECs assess the impact of their program on coastal management and other mandates.
CLEC-3 covers the towns of Candijay, Mabini, Anda, Guindulman, Duero, Jagna, Garcia-Hernandez, Valencia, Dimiao, Lila and Loay.

CLEC-3 chairperson, Mabini Mayor Stephen Rances, and vice-chair, Candijay Vice-Mayor Ann Piquero, worked for the big attendance at the conference.

Bohol Environmental Management Office (BEMO) coordinator Narding Valejos helped facilitate the activity.

Jagna Sangguniang Bayan Members Pacheco Ll. Rances, chair, and Senen Lloren, co-chair, of the SB Committee on Agriculture and Environment also helped coordinate the conference.

At the clinching part of the conference, Rances announced that Mabini will host the next meeting of CLEC-3 in July.

World Daily News / Thai Protesters Force Asian Summit Cancellation
« on: April 12, 2009, 01:05:08 AM »
PATTAYA, Thailand - A summit of Asian leaders in Thailand was canceled on Saturday after hundreds of anti-government protesters breached security and swarmed into the media center at the hotel venue.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Pattaya, a beach resort about 150 kms (90 miles) south of the capital Bangkok and the venue for the East Asia Summit.

"The task for me and the government now is to provide security for the leaders to travel back home safely," Abhisit said in a brief televised address.

With protesters still roaming around the sprawling summit venue, about half of the leaders were evacuated by helicopter to a nearby military airbase.

The summit fiasco is a huge embarrassment for Abhisit's government, which came to power in December through parliamentary defections the opposition says were engineered by the military.

The weekend's events will also raise questions about how enduring his government can be. Four prime ministers over the last 15 months have failed to resolve Thailand's deep political rifts between the royalist, military and business elite, and a rural majority loyal to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

On Saturday, hundreds of red-shirted Thaksin supporters broke through lines of soldiers and invaded the media center adjacent to the summit venue, the Royal Cliff hotel, blowing whistles, waving flags and shouting "Abhisit Out."

Red shirts vs blue shirts

Troops tried to stop them, but "red shirts" and soldiers came hurtling through a huge picture window at the media center in a furious scrum. Soldiers then bolted down the road to protect the hotel where Asian leaders were to hold a lunch.

After rampaging about the media center, the "red shirts" -- including a 90-year-old woman in a wheelchair -- were soon huddled with reporters in impromptu news conferences around the vast conference center. They denounced Abhisit's government as "anti-poor."

Thaksin, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid jail on a corruption conviction, is thought to be bankrolling the "red shirts."

The billionaire was ousted in a 2006 coup, but his reconstituted party regained power after elections, sparking months of protests last year by "yellow shirts" who closed airports in Bangkok and took a huge toll on the economy.

ASEAN leaders were to sign an investment agreement with China, but that was scrapped after the protesters kept Chinese Premier Wen Jiaboa from reaching the Royal Cliff Hotel.

The "red shirts" had intended to protest peacefully but became infuriated when a group of blue-shirted pro-government vigilantes arrived on the scene.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he deeply regretted the summit's cancellation.

"I hope for an early restoration of normalcy in Thailand and for the settlement of differences through dialogue and peaceful means," he said in a statement.

The East Asia Summit brings together the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand for discussions about trade, economic issues and regional security.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam

The $16.43 billion that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sent home last year placed the country in the fourth spot in the world's top recipients of remittances, the World Bank said.

The top three are India ($45 billion), China ($34 billion), and Mexico ($26 billion).

Landing in fifth place is Poland with $11 billion, followed by Nigeria ($10 billion), Egypt ($9.5 billion), Romania ($9 billion), Bangladesh ($9 million), and Pakistan ($7 billion).

Even with a projected drop of 5 to 8 percent for developing countries this year, the World Bank said remittances will remain resilient as well-established migrant workers are unlikely to leave their host countries even with the ongoing crisis.

Instead of going home, these workers are more likely to reduce the amount of money they send, the World Bank said.

The World Bank is expecting remittances to developing countries to fall to $290 billion this year from last year's high of $305 billion as the global economic crisis continues to take its toll on employment, particularly in host countries such as the United States.

In the Philippines, the multilateral lender is expecting a 4-percent drop in remittances for 2009. This will have a huge impact on the country as many families are highly dependent on remittance inflows.

Analysts watch the pace of Philippines' remittance growth as indicator of consumer spending, the fate of the peso, and other hints of upcoming economic data.

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