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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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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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Duterte directs PH embassies worldwide to open on weekends

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

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SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all Philippine embassies across the globe to open on weekends to further assist Filipino workers and residents.

During the President’s meeting with the Filipino Community in Singapore, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the President has ordered DFA to check on the operating hours of Philippine Embassies to know if such system will be applicable.

The directive, according to Cayetano, aims to extend consular services to more Filipino workers overseas who usually take their days off on weekends.

Based on government data, there are 10 million overseas Filipino workers scattered in 170 countries in the world. Over one million of them reside or work in the Middle East. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Kuwait expels Philippine ambassador amid diplomatic row

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Philippine Embassy in Kuwait

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  has confirmed that the Kuwaiti government has expelled Ambassador Renato Villa and has given him a week to return to Manila.

The expulsion comes in the wake of Kuwait’s diplomatic protest after videos emerged showing the undercover rescue of distressed Filipino workers by embassy personnel.

In a statement sent to media, the DFA said it finds the action taken by Kuwait “deeply disturbing” especially after Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh assured DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano during their recent meeting that all is well despite the incident.

The Department added that it will seek an explanation from Ambassador Saleh first thing on Thursday.

Diplomatic tensions have been simmering between the two nations triggered by the murder of a Filipina domestic helper in the Arab country.— UNTV News & Rescue

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