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DENR-Bicol seeks expansion of protected forest reserve in Catanduanes

By Danny O. Calleja LEGAZPI CITY, May 24 (PNA) -– Unknown to many, Catanduanes, the smallest Bicol province sitting on a 182,300-hectare landmass measured as the 12th largest Philippine island,…

Batangas Sea, most diverse spot in the planet: expert says

By Robert Maico MABINI, Batangas, May 24 (PNA) — Dr. Chris Meyer, marine biologist and Smithsonian scientist, together with Dr. Rusty Brainard, Coral Reef Ecosystem Division, US National Oceanographic and…

Quirino town bans smoking in public places

DIFFUN, Quirino, May 24 (PNA) — The municipal government of Diffun in Quirino province has enacted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places and conveyances here. Diffun Mayor Marlo Guillermo…

Ireland passes historic legislation legalizing Gay marriage

MOSCOW, May 24 (PNA/Sputnik) — The heavily Catholic nation of Ireland has become the first country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. Ireland is a…

MILF: Private sector vows to pour Php16-B investments in Muslim Mindanao

By Edwin O. Fernandez COTABATO CITY, May 23 (PNA) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Saturday said that the country’s private sectors will invest in Muslim Mindanao badly…

Expert says trade liberalization must consider needs of business community

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, May 23 (PNA) — Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies negotiating for the Free Trade Area in the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) must get the design right for…

Philippines urges APEC to expand trade, investment to reduce poverty

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, May 23 (PNA) — The Philippines has called on other member economies from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to further expand trade and investment which is crucial…

U.N. disarmament talks flop over nuke-free zone plan for Middle East

NEW YORK, May 23 (PNA/Kyodo) — A four-week UN review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended Friday without adopting a consensus document, with negotiators failing to narrow differences over…

Biden blasts China for unilateral actions in S. China Sea

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, May 23 (PNA/Kyodo) — Vice President Joe Biden criticized China on Friday for unilaterally claiming disputed islands in the South China Sea through such means as pushing ahead…

Obama signs bill allowing Congress to review Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, May 23 (PNA/Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill that gives Congress the right to review a potential deal on Iran’s nuclear program….

U.S. Senate approves fast-track trade legislation

WASHINGTON, May 23 (PNA/Xinhua) — The U.S. Senate voted Friday to approve the so-called fast-track trade legislation that is key to concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a top priority…

Master Development Plan of Baguio Centennial Park up for discussion

BAGUIO CITY, May 23 (PNA) — The Baguio City Council in will finally discuss the proposed Master Development Plan (MDP) for the Baguio Centennial and Botanical Park (BCBP), formerly known…

Dagupan mayor hails approval of revised CLUP

DAGUPAN CITY, May 23 (PNA) — Mayor Belen Fernandez hailed the approval of the revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Dagupan by the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) of…

DTI Cebu monitors prices, safety of school materials as classes opening nears

CEBU CITY, May 23 (PNA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cebu office is monitoring various establishments in the province for prices and safety of school materials in…

Info drive on drug use, abuse prevention needed, says DepEd

By Villamor Visaya Jr. REINA MERCEDES, Isabela, May 23 (PNA) — Education Department Undersecretary Alberto Jesus Muyot on Friday appealed to school officials and other stakeholders to actively work for…