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Pinoy survivor sa lumubog na cargo ship sa Vietnam, dinala na sa Philippine Embassy

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Google Maps: Vung Tau City, Vietnam

MANILA, Philippines – Dinala na sa Philippine Embassy sa Vung Tau City sa Vietnam ang nag-iisang survivor sa lumubog na cargo ship na Bulk Jupiter.

Ayon sa state-run Vietnam news agency, si Angelito Capindo Rojas, chef ng barko ay nasa maayos na kalagayan.

Sa huling ulat ng maritime rescue forces mula sa Ba Ria-Vung Tau, dalawa pa lamang ang kanilang nare-recover na bangkay at 16 pa ang nawawala.

Ang dalawang bangkay ay dadalhin din sa Philippine Embassy ngayong araw.

Nabatid na ang Bahamas nationality ship na may 19 crew ay lumubog 150 nautical miles sa Vung Tau southeastern coast noong January 2, lulan ang iron ores mula Malaysia na dadalhin sa China. (UNTV News)

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More OFWs in Kuwait register for 2019 polls

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait register for the overseas absentee voting program.


KUWAIT – The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is pleased to announce that it has surpassed its target of overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration by almost 50 percent.

The Embassy said there are more or less 260,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait. To date, they already have registered more than 42,000 overseas voters.

 Actually, ang target natin mula noong December 2016 hanggang 2018 ay 28,834. From that date up to the present, ang registered na is 42,596 so na-reach na natin ang target natin,” said Charge d’ Affair, a.i. Mohd. Noordin P.N. Lomondot.

In 2016, around 49,000 OFWs in Kuwait voted in the presidential elections. Lomondot is confident that the voter’s turn out in the 2019 midterm polls will be higher among OFWs in the Gulf State.

The Embassy is continuously encouraging Filipinos in Kuwait who were not able to vote in the past two consecutive elections to reactivate their registration to be able to join the elections next year.

The last day of the overseas registration is on September 30, 2018.

Overseas registration hits 1.6 million mark – DFA

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs- Overseas Voting Secretariat is confident that before the deadline, the agency will be able to register around 1.9 million potential overseas voters in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.

As of May 2018, the agency has registered more than 1.6 million Filipino voters in different countries, already surpassing the previous record of 1.376 million absentee voters for to the 2016 Presidential Elections. – Sonny Delos Reyes / Marje Pelayo

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OFWs in Vietnam have differing opinions on Duterte admin’s take on West PHL Sea issue

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: West Philippine Sea, a marine wealth of the Philippines


VIETNAM – It’s been two years since President Rodrigo Duterte visited Vietnam and met with the Filipino community there.

Like the Philippines, Vietnam is also one of the claimant countries in the disputed territories in the South China Sea, however, Filipino migrant workers in Vietnam have different views and opinions on the issue.

Under the Duterte administration, the Chief Executive shelved temporarily the maritime dispute and instead, developed a better relationship with China for economic inclination.

The government of Vietnam took a different route.

On May 2018, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam formally pressed on China its withdrawal of military equipment and military activities on the disputed area in the South China Sea.

Some OFWs in Vietnam agree with the steps that the Duterte administration has taken — others do not.

Filipino migrant worker Dale Orocio believes that, “Dapat din talaga kung talagang atin yun, ilalaban talaga yun (We should fight for it if it is really ours).”

While OFW Mae Laolao said, “Hindi ko masasabi na pakikipagmabutihan sa China, I wouldn’t call it that, pero para sa akin siguro mas okay yung ganoon. Kasi lahat tayo the nations around the border of South China Sea, ano tayo eh, nagde-depend din tayo dun sa dagat na yun. So, siguro mas titingnan ko na lang siya as shared stewardship kumbaga.”

(It’s not that we’re cozying  up to China,  I wouldn’t call it that.  But I think it’s better that way because all the nations around the border of South China Sea depend on that sea. So, maybe it’s more of shared stewardship.

Another lady OFW said, “Para sa akin lang naman po no, kung talagang atin po talaga yung lugar na yun, wala naman po sigurong masama kung iki-claim natin sya. Para sa atin yun eh. Ang Pilipinas ay para sa Pilipinas.”

(For me, if that [disputed teritory] is ours, there’s nothing wrong if we claim it because it’s ours. The Philippines is for the Philippines.)

Meanwhile, Vietnam Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam expects China to maintain the peace and order in the East Sea. The installation of missles in the Spratlys is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignity.

According to the Philippine consulate, there are 3,400 Filipinos residing  in Vietnam are eager to hear the President Duterte’s third SONA. — RJ Timoteo / UNTV News & Rescue.

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Philippines to import P6.7-B worth of rice from Thailand and Vietnam

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2018




MANILA, Philippines – Re-bidding for the country’s importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice ended early on Friday.

The bid prices of Thailand and Vietnam were lower than the reference price of the NFA so both were accepted.

But it should be noted that the reference prices of the National Food Authority (NFA) have increased by more than $45 per metric tons.

The Philippine government will be spending P6.7 billion for the 5 million sacks of rice. Initial delivery is expected at the end of May.

However, according to the president of the Central Luzon Farmers’ Cooperative, Simeon Sioson, the bid prices are too high and importation should have been done last year.

“Kapag alam ng supplier na kailangang-kailangan natin meron silang karapatan at prerogative nila na itaas yung presyo ng gusto nila,” Sioson said.

NFA spokesperson Rex Estoperez said, the agency had wanted to import rice in the last quarter of 2017 but the NFA council did not approve it.

He added that the government could have saved billions of pesos because the price then was much lower.

“Yun yung sinasabi natin yung complexity of NFA operation. Decision should always be on time,” Estoperez said.

The NFA expressed intention to open the government to government mode of procurement to other countries like India, Pakistan and Myanmar so they can have more choices and healthier competition among bidders.

But this request for them to be able to participate is still pending with office of our department of foreign affairs,” NFA Deputy Administrator Judy Carol Dansal.

The agency is set to import another 5 million sacks of rice for their 15-day buffer stock.

But President Rodrigo Duterte wants to increase the stock to last 60 days. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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