Philippine Navy contingent departs for a regional maritime security collaboration in Thailand

UNTV News   •   November 9, 2017   •   6343

A Philippine Navy contingent began to sail to Thailand, Wednesday, to participate in the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations Multilateral Naval Exercise (AMNEX) to be held in Thailand from the 13th to 22nd of November.

“This is very historical. We are involving our naval reservists, the rescue recon group, as part of the contingent,” Fleet-Marine Ready Force commander, Commodore Albert Mogol said.

The AM-NEX 2017 will be held simultaneously with the 50th ASEAN founding anniversary and the 11th ASEAN Navy Chief’s Meeting.

Commodore Albert Mogol is part of the Philippine Navy Contingent.

Mogol believes the naval exercises will greatly help in further improving the relationship of the Philippines with its Southeast Asian neighbors.

“Through naval diplomacy, we can do more to ease the tension within the region and have cooperation among our ASEAN neighbors,” Mogol said.

Aside from the 10 ASEAN countries, also participating in the naval drill are other non-Southeast Asian nations such as Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka and the United States.

By joining AMNEX, the Philippine Navy aims to expand its ties with its counterparts for possible humanitarian assistance and disasater response operations.

Margarita Paredes, who lives in the province of Cavite, escorted her grandchild earlier who is among the students chosen to participate in the naval drill.

Margarita said she feels happy and sad with the travel of her 23-yr old grand daughter.

“She should take care of herself, especially her health. And I pray she returns to us in good shape,” Paredes said.

The Philippine Navy contingent is expected to dock in Thailand on the 13th of November and is expected to return home on the 28th of the same month. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

Thailand’s Pattaya plans to reopen to tourists, no quarantine requirements

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — One of Thailand’s favorite vacation hotspots is planning to reopen to tourists in the last quarter of the year, without requiring visitors to undergo mandatory quarantine.

In a Facebook post by the National News Bureau of Thailand, Pattaya Mayor Sontaya Kunplome said the decision is part of the “Pattaya, Move on” project

It is also working on having more COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate at least 70% of local residents.

The mayor said foreign tourists who have received two vaccine doses will be allowed to enter Pattaya without the need to quarantine for 14 days.

However, they must stay in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts for seven days before traveling elsewhere in the province.

He added that only tourists from countries considered low risk of COVID-19 infection declared by the Public Health Ministry will be allowed.

They must receive vaccines and endorsed by their countries by no longer than one year before travel to Pattaya.

The mayor said the project will be implemented under standard operating procedures for international arrivals which include COVID-19 testing and guidelines for sealed routes.

Proposals for the reopening of the province to tourists will be presented to the Public Health Ministry and then endorsed next month to Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration for approval.

More than 3,000 people flee to Thailand after Myanmar’s army air strikes villages

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2021

More than 3,000 people in Myanmar have crossed to Thailand to take refuge after the Burma Army launched air strikes on Myanmar’s southeastern Karen state.

According to Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), the military launched night-time airstrikes on Day Bu No Village, Lu Thaw Township, Mu Traw District on March 27, killing three civilians and injuring seven others.

The KWO, an indigenous women’s organization, has condemned the said attacks and expressed fear as more attacks will soon be launched on other villages.

“Many villagers are now hiding in terror in the jungle, and more than 3,000 have crossed to Thailand to take refuge,” the KWO said.

The organization also calls for call for a UN Security Council resolution to prevent further mass atrocities.

“Burma’s security forces must be held accountable for their crimes. Diplomats and governments must stop giving legitimacy to this murderous regime. It’s clear the Burma Army leaders are not capable of change nor are they open to any dialogue to stop the violence,” the organization said.

Schools across Thailand reopen after coronavirus cases slow down

UNTV News   •   July 1, 2020

Schools across Thailand re-opened on Wednesday (July 1) with coronavirus prevention measures in place, following months of closure.

Nearly 5,000 students returned to Sam Khok school, about 50 km north of Bangkok, wearing face masks and receiving face shields and temperature checks from the school.

“Once students arrive at school, teachers hand face masks to them because it’s mandatory to wear them. We (school) are also providing face shields for students’ project presentations or for eating,” said principal Chuchart Thiengtham.

He added that students were told to stay in home quarantine for 15 days before school re-started as an extra precaution.

The school has also turned old ballot boxes into classroom partitions to enforce social distancing between students.

“I feel safe, but annoyed at the same time because partition blocked my view,” said 17-year-old student, Soponwich Thianthong.

Thailand on Wednesday marked 37 days without a case of local transmission. The coronavirus has killed 58 people among its 3,173 infections.

The country has extended an emergency decree until the end of July in a bid to avoid the risk of a second wave of the coronavirus, although it is also set to ease more restrictions on Wednesday, including reopening bars and allowing some foreigners into the country. (Reuters)

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