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Firm reports successful field testing of poll machines

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:45:00 01/27/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines— An official from the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) technology partner Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) announced Wednesday the successful field testing of the automation system to be used for the May elections in selected sites nationwide.

Smartmatic-TIM spokesman Gene Gregorio said the field tests were conducted between 7a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, in 10 polling precincts and nine canvassing centers in Benguet, Cebu, South Cotabato, Pateros, Taguig and Naga City. Read the rest of this entry »


Hunting, land conversion woes threaten bird sanctuary

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:13:00 01/21/2010

Filed Under: Animals

CANDABA, Pampanga, Philippines—Thousands of migratory birds flock to Candaba swamps in Pampanga every year to seek shelter and breeding grounds. But the prevalence of hunting and massive land conversion has led to the continuous decline in the number of feathered visitors in the area.

Members of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources counted 13,160 freshwater birds on January 17 as part of the annual Asian Waterbird Census. Read the rest of this entry »

6 more partylist groups accredited for May—Comelec

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:10:00 01/19/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) accredited on Tuesday six more partylist groups for the elections in May, bringing the total of competing sectors to 150, a spokesman for the poll body said.

These are the Alliance for Rural and Agrarian Reconstruction (Araro); Alyansa ng Lumad Mindanao Inc (Alumad); LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA); Alyansa ng OFW Party; National Coalition on Indigenous People’s Action (ANG NCIP); and Bagong Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Sektor ng Transportasyon (Bangon Transport), said James Jimenez, adding that the groups represented indigenous peoples, transport and agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

No extra days for overseas voting enlistment
By Anna Valmero First Posted 13:46:00 01/19/2010 Filed Under: Overseas Employment, Migration, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—There will be no extra days for overseas voting enlistment, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday denied the petition of a Filipino-American group to allow a 28-day extension for the registration of overseas absentee voters, an official said Tuesday.

Comelec Commissioner Armando Velasco, chairman of the committee on overseas absentee voting (OAV), told that the seven-member Comelec en banc denied “for lack of time” the petition filed last week by Maritess Saliuentes Bloom and lawyer Loida Nicolas Lewis of the National Federation of Filipino-Americans Association (NaFFAA). Read the rest of this entry »

List of 144 partylists accredited for May polls
First Posted 14:28:00 01/15/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Politics

1. 1-AANI
2. 1-Aangat Pilipino (1-AK)
3. 1ST Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy (1-CARE)
4. 1-Ako Babaing Astig Aasenso (1-ABAA)
5. 1Guardians Nationalist of the Philippines
6. 1st Kabalikat ng Bayan Ginhawang Sangkatauhan (1st KABAGIS)
7. A Blessed Federation of Farmers and Fishermen International inc. (A BLESSED)
8. Aangat Tayo (AT)
9. Abakada Guro (ABAKADA)
10. Abang Lingkod Read the rest of this entry »

144 party list groups included in May polls

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:55:00 01/15/2010

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 144 party list groups have been accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to join the national elections in May, the poll body announced on Friday.

A total of 306 party list groups applied for accreditation from November 20 to December 1 last year. Read the rest of this entry »

WB, Land Bank ink €2.437 carbon credit deal

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:26:00 01/14/2010

Filed Under: Climate Change, Environmental Issues, Global Warming

MANILA, Philippines—The World Bank signed Thursday an agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines to purchase carbon credits for a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and livestock farms in the country.

The total value of the emission reduction purchase agreement (ERPA) is 2.437 million euro over a three-year period starting this year, with Land Bank as the project’s implementing body, said its president and chief executive Gilda E. Pico. Read the rest of this entry »


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