Next admin urged to ramp up tourist safety measures

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by Azer N. Parrocha, Philippine News Agency | Friday, 17 June 2016

With hopes that the next administration would raise efforts to ensure the safety and security of foreign tourists in the Philippines, a travel group has urged President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to play by his strengths.

“We have to start from what the new Duterte government has in its tract record of peace and order in Davao City,” Edwin Villanueva, public relations officer of travel agency group S8 Exhibition Inc. (SEI) said in an interview in Makati.

He mentioned how Duterte’s leadership has made Davao into one of the world’s safest...

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President Aquino praises young engineers for helping build the country

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by Philippine News Agency | Friday, 17 June 2016

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday encouraged young engineers who have undergone the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) training program not to lose focus on what they are doing so they could help their countrymen.

The President told graduates of the DPWH’s Cadet Engineering Program (CEP) in Malacañang that it is heartwarming to see the youth take an active role in nation building.

“The point I am really just trying to raise is: It’s really heartwarming to see the youth really taking an active role in building this country and...

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Youth party hails success of exploratory talks in Oslo

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by Cielito M. Reganit, Philippine News Agency | Friday, 17 June 2016

The Kabataan Partylist hailed on Thursday the successful conclusion of the two-day preliminary talks between representatives of the incoming Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Oslo, Norway and said that the speedy agreement of both sides to accelerate the peace negotiations is a good way to jump-start the stalled peace process.

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said the youth are also expressing high hopes for the outcome of the formal peace negotiation slated to begin on the third week of July, also in Oslo.

“The youth...

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DILG to hold basic orientation training for first-time govs, mayors

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by Philippine News Agency | Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will conduct a basic orientation training program for total of 559 first-time governors and city and municipal mayors.

Outgoing Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said the ‘Basic Orientation: The First 100 Days’ is part of the long-running Newly-elected Officials (NEO) Program of the DILG through its training arm, the Local Government Academy (LGA) which is a term-based, comprehensive Capacity Development Program for local governments.

Sarmiento said the activity, which will be held throughout June and July 2016, is the Department’s first...

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