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ADB pledges $3M grant for Ondoy victims

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 09:29:00 09/30/2009

Filed Under: Relief & Aid Organisations, Ondoy, Disasters (general)

MANILA, Philippines–The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $3 million (about P150 million) in grant to support emergency relief efforts for victims of storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana), an official said.

ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda said the ADB assistance will be used to provide clean water, health services, medical supplies, and other essential emergency items to vulnerable families in need of assistance. Read the rest of this entry »


RP firms to spend more on data ‘quality’

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 19:58:00 09/29/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Software

MANILA, Philippines – Local firms are seen to spend more on improving the “quality” of business data to hurdle the effects of the global economic recession.

Having organized information aids in better decision-making, streamlining processes and meeting company targets more efficiently, said Deepak Ramanathan, Business Intelligence product Manager for SAS Asia Pacific. Read the rest of this entry »

DoH warns surprise checks for overpriced drugs

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:07:00 09/29/2009

Filed Under: Health, Pharmaceuticals

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DoH) will monitor pricing of medicines for anti-leptospirosis and water-borne diseases foreseen to be in demand in the wake of floods caused by tropical storm Ondoy, an official said Tuesday.

Dr. Yolanda Oliveros, DoH director of National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said the DoH will conduct surprise visits in drugstores and pharmacies, particularly those near the Philippine General Hospital, that are reported to have been selling medicines at higher than usual prices. Read the rest of this entry »

DoH warns against diseases in evacuation camps

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:53:00 09/29/2009

Filed Under: Health, Weather, Disasters (general), Medicines

MANILA, Philippines – Food- and water-borne diseases, respiratory infections, and injury are the top three illnesses plaguing the 207 evacuation centers visited by the Department of Health, an official disclosed Tuesday.

“Common illnesses that are expected to rise in crowded evacuation areas are food and water borne diseases that causes diarrhea, injury from accidental falls due to slippery, wet pavements, and respiratory infections that can be easily transmitted when a person coughs or sneezes. We are recommending health guidelines for evacuees and have distributed medications that can help boost their immune system to counter the diseases,” said Doctor Yolanda Oliveros, director of the DoH’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher’s licensure exam reset to Oct. 4—PRC

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 12:35:00 09/29/2009

Filed Under: Education

MANILA, Philippines – Due to heavy flooding caused by storm “Ondoy” over the weekend, the licensure exam for teachers was rescheduled to October 4 an official from the Professional Regulatory Board (PRC) said.

Lawyer Diosdado Lalusis, head of the PRC licensure office, told that the Licensure (board) Examination for Teachers (LET) originally set on September 27 was cancelled when Luzon was declared under a state of calamity as Ondoy’s floods submerged 80 percent of Metro Manila and over 90 percent of Rizal province. Read the rest of this entry »

Aquino defies Church, backs controversial bill

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:07:00 09/28/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Health

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said on Monday he remains firm in supporting the passage of House Bill 5043 or proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act even if it means the Catholic church and pro-life groups will not support his presidential bid for 2010.

Aquino said the bill can pave the way for parents’ education in taking responsibility for the growth of their children. The country’s population can balloon to more than 92 million, according to a forecast by the National Statistics Office. Read the rest of this entry »

How to help ‘Ondoy’ victims
First Posted 11:56:00 09/28/2009

Filed Under: Weather, Disasters (general)

(As a service to our readers, has culled a list of private and business groups and institutions accepting donations for victims of “Ondoy.” It has also placed links to interactive maps that will give information on disaster areas.—Ed.)

MANILA, Philippines – Below is a consolidated report of the interactive maps, private groups and business organizations where you can find information on how to help the victims of typhoon Ondoy, based on the sites of columnist Manuel Quezon III (, bloggers Frannywanny ( and Jane ( and Google map creators Serge Gregorio and Franklin Naval. Read the rest of this entry »


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