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Japan issues tsunami advisory for coastal areas

Japan issued a tsunami advisory for some coastal regions early Monday following a series of shallow earthquakes in the Izu islands in the Pacific Ocean but there were no immediate reports of damage from the minor waves generated, seismologists said. Tsunami waves of 60 centimeters (24 inches) hit Hachijojima island, 280 kilometers (170 miles) south of Tokyo, while ones of 40 cm and 20 cm were recorded in western Kochi prefecture and southern Miyazaki prefecture, respectively, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. No damage has been reported, the JMA said, but Tateyama city of Chiba, near Tokyo, urged residents in coastal areas to evacuate after the advisory. JMA official Toshihiro Shimoyama warned during a press conference that "it is dangerous in the sea and near the coast". "Please get out of the sea and stay away from the coast." Shimoyama said the JMA "haven't been able to pinpoint the cause" although it assumed a quake had generated the tsunami waves. The US Geological Survey, however, reported a series of shallow quakes in the Izu islands, with the strongest a 5.4 magnitude tremor recorded at 5:17 am (2117 GMT Sunday) around 551 kilometers south of Shimoda. The latest advisory comes after Japan observed a one-meter tsunami near the Izu islands after a magnitude 6.5 quake last week. The post Japan issues tsunami advisory for coastal areas appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneOct 9th, 2023

Small tsunamis reach areas along Japan s Pacific coast: JMA

TOKYO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Small tsunamis were observed in areas along Japan's Pacific coast early Sunday after earthquakes struck waters off a southern Philippine island late Saturday night, Japan's weather agency said. A 40-centimeter tsunami was observed on Hachijo Island in the Izu chain near Tokyo at 4:27 a.m. local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Coastal areas of Wakayama and Kochi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

Small tsunamis reach areas along Japan s Pacific coast: JMA

TOKYO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Small tsunamis were observed in areas along Japan's Pacific coast early Sunday after earthquakes struck waters off a southern Philippine island late Saturday night, Japan's weather agency said. A 40-centimeter tsunami was observed on Hachijo Island in the Izu chain near Tokyo at 4:27 a.m. local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Coastal areas of Wakayama and Kochi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2023

DENR: Manila Bay SC mandamus ruling is most important in reclamation projects

  Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga on Tuesday said the Supreme Court mandamus ruling on Manila Bay must be taken into account in all reclamation projects within the historic water body. Loyzaga also emphasized this during the recent Multistakeholder Experts Dialogue on Reclamation (July 17) organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. In her opening remarks, Loyzaga said the legal and regulatory context of reclamation activities “must also be paramount in consideration” aside from the environmental aspects. “The most important and relevant (legal and regulatory context) to the dialogue is the Manila Bay Mandamus Ruling,” Loyzaga said. The environment chief referenced the 2008 high court decision directing 13 government agencies led by the DENR to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay; and restore and maintain its waters to a level fit for commercial propagation of shellfish and milkfish, as well as for swimming, skin diving and other forms of recreation. Apart from DENR, other agencies with specific roles to play in implementing the order are the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Health, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Budget and Management, Philippine National Police Maritime Group, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and Philippine Ports Authority. The areas covered by the mandamus encompass local government units from Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan. Meanwhile, Loyzaga underscored the need to come up with cumulative impact assessments of all reclamation activities, “and not an evaluation of individual projects as they present themselves and stand singly and alone.” “Reclamation is an environmental issue that must be addressed from a lens that considers the intersectionality between ecological dynamics, socioeconomic and builds environments and the costs and benefits of these activities,” Loyzaga explained. “Reclamation decisions must consider interactions between land, air, and sea—and the multitude of environmental factors from physics and chemistry of water, biodiversity, and the demand for sources of food, power and water,” she added. At the same time, Loyzaga said the compounded risks due to hazards must also be factored into the cumulative impact assessments and resilience analytics. These hazards include liquefaction and tsunami from the movements in the Manila Trench; the West Valley Fault and other fault systems affecting the region; and the impacts of climate change such as rising sea surface temperatures, sea level rise, the projected increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones, extreme rainfall events, and exposure to storm surge and flooding. Loyzaga nonetheless said reclamation could serve a beneficial purpose, citing as successful examples much of the city of Rotterdam, new land for transportation infrastructure and urban expansion in Boston, and other reclamation projects across the globe. She also noted that areas of Intramuros, Luneta and the CCP Complex in the cities of Manila and Pasay are also reclaimed. “In each of these areas, however, the level of investment in terms of time, scientific knowledge, planning, evaluation and management was achieved through critical and extensive collaboration between the public and private sectors, and it was maintained through strong science-informed leadership and risk governance,” Loyzaga stressed. On the other hand, DENR Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones said reclamation drives economic activities and generates revenues for the government. "However, reclamation should not only be confined within the economic parameters, but also on the context of environmental protection and conservation, disaster risk and climate change mitigation that are science- and evidence-based," he added. The reclamation forum featured the sharing of global best practices on reclamation from technical experts from the United States, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, and processes and issues on reclamation in the Philippines from academicians, government officials and private sector representatives. It is a means for the DENR to look deeper and accelerate the review of both policy and practice of environmentally critical issues, such as reclamation. The post DENR: Manila Bay SC mandamus ruling is most important in reclamation projects appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2023

Japan issues tsunami warnings after a series of very strong earthquakes on the Sea of Japan coast

Japan issues tsunami warnings after a series of very strong earthquakes on the Sea of Japan coast.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2024

Powerful earthquake rocks Japan, nearly 100,000 residents ordered to evacuate

TOKYO — A powerful earthquake struck central Japan on Monday, killing at least one person, destroying buildings, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and prompting residents in some coastal areas to flee to higher ground. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 triggered waves of about 1 metre along Japan’s west.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2024

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake jolts Japan, residents evacuate coast

(1st UPDATE) The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued tsunami warnings for the coastal prefectures of Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2024

Philippines Lifts Tsunami Alert After Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake

manila, Philippines - The Philippines lifted a tsunami alert early on Sunday as waves receded from a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck the south of the country, triggering coastal evacuations and some waves there and in Japan.There were no initial reports of casualties or serious damage from the quake in the Mindanao region, although some residents reported damage to buildings in the area, which is less popul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

Philippines Lifts Tsunami Alert After Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake

manila, Philippines - The Philippines lifted a tsunami alert early on Sunday as waves receded from a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck the south of the country, triggering coastal evacuations and some waves there and in Japan.There were no initial reports of casualties or serious damage from the quake in the Mindanao region, although some residents reported damage to buildings in the area, which is less popul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2023

Tsunami warning up; residents in coastal areas told to immediately evacuate

Tsunami warning up; residents in coastal areas told to immediately evacuate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2023

Tsunami warning lifted after Magnitude 7.4 quake strikes off Surigao del Sur

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Saturday evening canceled the tsunami warning it issued for all coastal communities in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental following the major quake that jolted several Mindanao areas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2023

Neda, Jica ink pact for Metro Davao s dev’t master plan

The National Economic Development Authority (Neda) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) have signed an agreement to develop a master plan for the development of Metropolitan Davao. The signing ceremony, attended by Neda Secretary Arsenio Balisacan and Jica Chief Representative Sakamoto Takema, marks the beginning of the Comprehensive and Sustainable Urban Development Master Plan for Metropolitan Davao. Vice President Sara Duterte expressed her gratitude to the government of Japan and Jica for their assistance in the development projects for Metropolitan Davao. The master plan aims to achieve sustainable and balanced urban planning and development in the region, covering various aspects such as agriculture, commerce, climate resilience, technology, education, transportation, and healthcare. The plan will be formulated by the TCP with the assistance of urban development experts from Japan. The master plan will serve as a roadmap for long-term work and will support the mobilization of resources and the delivery of key services in the region. The plan will ensure sustainable urban development in areas such as land use planning, agri-ecotourism, coastal resource management, and joint service delivery. Jica has been a partner in the development and peace process in Mindanao and will expand its cooperation with the new master plan project for Metropolitan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2023

Second release of Fukushima wastewater next week

Japan is releasing next week the second batch of treated wastewater from a crippled nuclear power plant. Fukushima nuclear power plant operator TEPCO said Thursday the second release to the Pacific Ocean will start on 5 October. “As was the case for the first discharge, we will continue to monitor the tritium levels. We will continue to inform the public in ways that are easy to understand based on scientific evidence,” TEPCO official Akira Ono told reporters Thursday. TEPCO says that the water has been filtered of all radioactive elements except tritium, which is within safe levels. That view is backed by the United Nations atomic agency. Some 1.34 million tons of wastewater  accumulated when the plant was disabled by a tsunami in 2011. Water was used to cool the reactor of the plant. The first release of wastewater from 24 August to 11 September, measuring 7,800 tons, angered China. Beijing banned all Japanese seafood imports despite assurance by Tokyo that the discharge poses no risk to marine food. China has accused Japan of using the ocean like a “sewer.” Ironically, Chinese boats are reportedly continuing to catch fish off Japan in the same areas that Japanese vessels operate. Rahm Emanuel, the United States ambassador to Japan, last week posted photos of what he said were Chinese fishing boats off Japan on 15 September. Russia, whose relations with Japan are also frosty, is reportedly considering following suit on a seafood ban. The Fukushima wastewater releases, which are expected to take decades to complete, aim to make space to eventually begin removing the highly dangerous radioactive fuel and rubble from the wrecked reactors. WITH AFP The post Second release of Fukushima wastewater next week appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 30th, 2023

Second round of Fukushima wastewater release to start next week

Japan will begin releasing a second batch of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant from next week, its operator has said, an exercise that angered China and others when it began in August. On 24 August, Japan began discharging into the Pacific some of the 1.34 million tons of wastewater that has collected since a tsunami crippled the facility in 2011. "The inspections following the first release have been completed... The (second) discharge will start on 5 October," TEPCO said on Thursday. China banned all Japanese seafood imports after the first release, which ended on September 11, despite Tokyo's insistence that the operation poses no risk. Russia, whose relations with Japan are also frosty, is reportedly considering following suit on a seafood ban. In the first phase around 7,800 tons of water were released into the Pacific out of a planned total of 1.34 million tons, equivalent to more than 500 Olympic swimming pools. TEPCO says that the water has been filtered of all radioactive elements except tritium, which is within safe levels. That view is backed by the UN atomic agency. China has accused Japan of using the ocean like a "sewer", accusations echoed at the United Nations last week by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of the Solomon Islands, who has developed close relations with Beijing. The release, which is expected to take decades to complete, is aimed at making space to eventually begin removing the highly dangerous radioactive fuel and rubble from the wrecked reactors. "As was the case for the first discharge, we will continue to monitor the tritium levels. We will continue to inform the public in ways that are easy to understand based on scientific evidence," TEPCO official Akira Ono told reporters Thursday. Despite China's ban on Japanese seafood imports, Chinese boats are reportedly continuing to catch fish off Japan in the same areas that Japanese vessels operate. Rahm Emanuel, the US ambassador to Japan, last week posted photos of what he said were Chinese fishing boats off Japan on 15 September. "They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Chinese vessels fishing off Japan's coast on September 15th, post China's seafood embargo from the same waters," Emanuel said on social media platform X. The post Second round of Fukushima wastewater release to start next week appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2023

PAGASA monitors 2 LPAs off Northern Samar, Pangasinan

The state weather bureau on Saturday said it is monitoring two low-pressure areas or LPAs inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, said the first LPA was last tracked over 530 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar. The second LPA was spotted 235 kilometers west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan. PAGASA hoisted rainfall advisory as southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ affects Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The weather system will particularly bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains in Antique, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental. The Yellow warning level was earlier raised over the Guimaras (Sibunag, San Lorenzo, Nueva Valencia, Jordan, Buenavista); Antique (Anini-Y, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, San Jose, Sibalom); Iloilo (San Joaquin, Miagao, Igbaras, Guimbal, Oton, Tigbauan, Pavia, Iloilo City, Leganes, Zarraga, Dumangas); Negros Occidental (Silay City, Talisay City, Bacolod City, Pulupandan, Bago City, Valladolid, San Enrique, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, Himamaylan City, Binalbagan, Kabankalan City, Ilog, Cauayan, Sipalay City, Candoni, Hinoba-An). With this weather condition, PAGASA warned flooding is possible in low-lying areas and rain-induced landslides must be expected in mountainous areas. PAGASA said Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, and Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. While Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. PAGASA said light to moderate winds and slight to moderate coastal waters are forecast for the whole country. The post PAGASA monitors 2 LPAs off Northern Samar, Pangasinan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2023

Ministry says possibly radioactive metal stolen from Fukushima

Construction workers stole and sold potentially radioactive scrap metal from near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Japanese environment ministry said on Thursday. The materials went missing from a museum being demolished in a special zone around four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the atomic plant in northeast Japan knocked out by a tsunami in 2011. Although people were allowed to return to the area in 2022 after intense decontamination work, radiation levels can still be above normal and it is surrounded by a no-go zone. Japan's environment ministry was informed of the theft by workers from a joint venture conducting the demolition work in late July and is "exchanging information with police", ministry official Kei Osada told AFP. Osada said the metal may have been used in the frame of the building, "which means that it's unlikely that these metals were exposed to high levels of radiation when the nuclear accident occurred". If radioactivity levels are high, metals from the area must go to an interim storage facility or be properly disposed of. If low, they can be re-used. However, the stolen scrap metals had not been measured for radiation levels, Osada said. The Mainichi Shimbun daily, citing unidentified sources, reported on Tuesday that the workers sold the scrap metal to companies outside the zone for about 900,000 yen ($6,000). It is unclear what volume of metal went missing, where it is now, or if it poses a health risk. The March 11, 2011, tsunami caused multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Numerous areas around the plant have been declared safe for residents to return after extensive decontamination work, with just 2.2 percent of the prefecture still covered by no-go orders. Japan began releasing into the Pacific Ocean last month more than a billion liters of wastewater that had been collected in and around 1,000 steel tanks at the site. Plant operator TEPCO says the water is safe, a view backed by the UN atomic watchdog, but China has accused Japan of treating the ocean like a "sewer". The post Ministry says possibly radioactive metal stolen from Fukushima appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 21st, 2023

US, Vietnam agree to deepen ties as China worries grow

US President Joe Biden hailed closer ties with Vietnam on Sunday as the two countries struck a deal to deepen cooperation, including on semiconductors, but said he was not aiming to contain China. The "comprehensive strategic partnership" with Hanoi is part of Washington's push to bolster its network of allies around Asia and the Pacific in the face of Beijing's rising influence. Biden accused Beijing of seeking to bend the international order to its will. "One of the things that is going on now is China is beginning to change some of the rules of the game, in terms of trade and other issues," Biden said. Sometimes to Beijing's chagrin, Washington has invested heavily in building alliances as part of its Indo-Pacific strategy, including the Quad security dialogue with India, Australia and Japan, and the AUKUS pact with Britain and Australia. Biden said he wanted establish clear ground rules for relations. "I don't want to contain China. I just want to make sure we have a relationship with China that is on the up and up, squared away, everybody knows what it's all about," he said. Biden flew in to Hanoi straight from a G20 summit that failed to agree to a phase-out of fossil fuels and highlighted deep divisions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The US president said he had met Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the G20 -- a meeting the White House had not announced -- and discussed "stability". Semiconductor deal  Global supply chain shocks and fears about US reliance on China for strategic resources have further driven the push to boost ties with the likes of Vietnam. The new partnership includes an agreement on semiconductors, with the United States committing to help Vietnam develop its capabilities and expand production. There is also a section on rare earth minerals, which used in the manufacture of high-tech devices such as smartphones and electric car batteries. Vietnam has the world's second-largest deposits of rare earths after China and US officials say it has a key role to play as it looks to diversify and strengthen its supply chains. Biden moved last month to restrict US investment in Chinese technology in sensitive areas including semiconductors, quantum computing and artificial intelligence. "This can be the beginning of even a greater era of cooperation," Biden said as he met Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party and the country's paramount leader. "Vietnam and the United States are critical partners at what I would argue is a very critical time." The deal puts the United States on a par with China -- as well as Russia, India and South Korea -- at the top level of the Vietnamese hierarchy of diplomatic relations. Trong thanked Biden for his contribution to improving US-Vietnamese ties and said his country would work hard to implement the new agreement. Although it is careful to be seen as not taking sides between the United States and China, Vietnam shares US concerns about its neighbour's growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea. However, The New York Times reported just ahead of Biden's visit that Vietnam was secretly arranging to buy arms from Russia in contravention of US sanctions. The report cited a Vietnamese finance ministry document that laid out plans to fund arms purchases from the Kremlin through a joint oil and gas project in Siberia. AFP has contacted the Vietnamese government for comment. US Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer told reporters that Washington acknowledged Vietnam's decades-long military relationship with Russia. But he said there was "increasing discomfort on the part of the Vietnamese with that relationship", and the new partnership would help Hanoi "diversify away from those partnerships" by allowing it to source from the United States and its allies. Human rights Biden said he had raised human rights in his meeting with Trong and pledged to "continue our candid dialogue in that regard". Vietnam has a dire rights record. Government critics face intimidation, harassment and imprisonment after unfair trials, and there are reports of police torture to extract confessions, Human Rights Watch says. While Biden has often criticised China's human rights record, he has largely stayed quiet on Vietnam and campaigners feared he may not raise the subject. On Monday Biden visit a Hanoi memorial to his friend John McCain, the former US senator shot down and held captive during the Vietnam War who in later years helped rebuild ties between the two countries. The post US, Vietnam agree to deepen ties as China worries grow appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 11th, 2023

DHSUD, UPAC create group to solve housing issues

A technical working group focused on solving housing issues has been created by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Urban Poor Action Committee (UPAC) to address shelter woes. The TWG, with member representatives from DHSUD, UPAC, National Housing Authority, and Social Housing Finance Corporation, aims to craft programs that will make public housing more accessible to the underserviced sectors. “The creation of this TWG was in response to the clamor of urban poor groups. It will primarily focus on issues that remain unresolved for decades now. I can see complexities on the concerns but by uniting and helping each other, we can find ways to appropriately address gaps in the sector,” said DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar in a statement Sunday. "Ito po ay nagpapatunay na ang Marcos administration at ang DHSUD ay nakikinig sa lahat ng stakeholders, at inuuna po natin ang mga kababayan nating mahihirap," he added. Members of urban poor groups consist of informal settler families, residents living near danger zones, especially in river banks and coastal areas, and beneficiaries of government housing programs. During its first meeting Thursday, led by Assistant Secretary Daryll Bryan Villanueva, the discussion has identified the functions of each group to move toward effectively resolving various housing resettlement concerns. The TWG also tackled UPAC’s People’s Plan which proposes a more participative and solution-based housing plan involving the beneficiaries from planning to program sustainability plans. “We also see challenges in the implementation of previously issued presidential proclamations and NHA housing projects. But with this TWG and our working relationship with involved agencies, we can tell that concrete solutions are underway,” assured Secretary Acuzar. Earlier this year, the housing czar engaged leaders and members of UPAC in an open dialogue to tackle concerns of different urban poor organizations and align their recommendations to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Housing (4PH) Program. UPAC which represents 205,000 families from various groups, headed by lead facilitator Alice Murphy, vowed to work closely with the government to properly implement any approved provisions under 4PH. The post DHSUD, UPAC create group to solve housing issues appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 10th, 2023

DHSUD, urban poor activate TWG to address shelter woes

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar on Sunday said the DSHUD and the Urban Poor Action Committee (UPAC) recently activated a technical working group (TWG) that will harmonize efforts in providing decent shelters to more Filipinos, particularly the underprivileged. “The creation of this TWG was in response to the clamor of urban poor groups. It will primarily focus on issues that remain unresolved for decades now. I can see complexities on the concerns but by uniting and helping each other, we can find ways to appropriately address gaps in the sector,” Acuzar said. The TWG, with member representatives from DHSUD, UPAC, National Housing Authority, and Social Housing Finance Corporation, aims to craft measures for immediate implementation of programs that will make public housing more accessible to the underserviced sectors, particularly the urban poor. "Ito po ay nagpapatunay na ang Marcos administration at ang DHSUD ay nakikinig sa lahat ng stakeholders, at inuuna po natin ang mga kababayan nating mahihirap," Acuzar explained. Members of urban poor groups consist of informal settler families, residents living near danger zones, especially in river banks and coastal areas, and beneficiaries of government housing programs. During its first meeting Thursday, led by Assistant Secretary Daryll Bryan Villanueva, the discussion identified the functions of each group to move toward effectively resolving various housing resettlement concerns. The TWG also tackled UPAC’s People’s Plan which proposes a more participative and solution-based housing plan involving the beneficiaries from planning to program sustainability plans. “We also see challenges on the implementation of previously issued presidential proclamations and NHA housing projects. But with this TWG and our working relationship with involved agencies, we can tell that concrete solutions are underway,” Acuzar said. Earlier this year, the housing czar engaged leaders and members of UPAC in an open dialogue to tackle concerns of different urban poor organizations and align their recommendations to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Housing (4PH) Program. UPAC, which represents 205,000 families from various groups headed by lead facilitator Alice Murphy, vowed to work closely with the government to properly implement any approved provisions under 4PH. The post DHSUD, urban poor activate TWG to address shelter woes appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2023

Phl, US & Japan leaders had ‘informal meeting’ at ASEAN

  JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan said that the leaders of the Philippines, Japan, and the United States have decided to work together to resolve and improve the status quo in the South China Sea. In a statement from Japan's foreign ministry released on Thursday, the three foreign leaders had an "informal meeting" at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2023 gala dinner on Wednesday night. For context, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez said on Tuesday that the United States, Japan, and the Philippines were supposed to have a trilateral meeting to discuss several areas of concern. But the White House said on Wednesday evening that Marcos and Harris had a separate bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Summits. "Prime Minister Kishida exchanged views with President Marcos and Vice President Harris on the current situation surrounding the South China Sea, and concurred with them to jointly tackle unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan said. "Prime Minister Kishida, President Marcos and Vice President Harris confirmed that the three countries would continue to promote the further strengthening of coordination among Japan, the U.S., and the Philippines in various ways," it added. *Australia on SCS issue* Meanwhile, Marcos Jr. thanked Australia for supporting the stance of the Philippines in the South China Sea. “I welcome Australia’s active engagement in maritime-related issues and concerns in the region,” Marcos said during his intervention at the 3rd ASEAN-Australia Summit here. “And we, the Philippines, thank Australia for expressing concern on the latest actions directed against the Philippines in the South China Sea. We join Australia on the call for peace, stability, and respect for the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS),” Marcos added. He also thanked Australia for supporting the Philippines’ hosting of the 12th ASEAN Maritime Forum and the 10th Expanded Maritime Forum held in Manila last December. Marcos expressed confidence that the bloc’s relations with Australia will deepen and further diversify to provide lasting positive gains for the present generation and beyond. The post Phl, US & Japan leaders had ‘informal meeting’ at ASEAN appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2023

ASEAN summit ‘productive’, biz meetings net $22M investment pledges: Marcos

JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said that the 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit demonstrated the commitment of countries in the region to regional cooperation and multilateralism. In his latest YouTube vlog on Thursday, Marcos said that the summit was a productive one, and that he was able to promote and highlight key interests of ASEAN. He said these interests include food and energy security, security, migrant workers protection, climate change, and digital transformation. "I was able to participate in 12-leaders level meetings, including with Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States and the United Nations," Marcos said. "In these meetings, I promoted and highlighted key interests of ASEAN, such as food and energy, security, migrant workers protection, climate change and digital transformation --- issues that are of strategic importance to the Philippines," he added. Marcos also said that he had a productive meeting with the President of the World Bank Group, where they discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in areas such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development. On the sidelines of the summit, Marcos met with top executives of select Indonesian companies who are looking at the Philippines to expand their presence further. He said that these meetings resulted in $22 million in investment commitments in areas crucial for the Philippines' economic recovery efforts, such as agriculture and the digital economy. Marcos also witnessed the signing of the Philippine-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which he said would strengthen the Philippines' bilateral trade and investment relations with South Korea. "The FTA will generate jobs and contribute to the Philippine value proposition as an ideal regional hub for smart, sustainable investment," Marcos said. Marcos reiterated that the Philippines will chair the ASEAN in 2026 instead of 2027. He said that the Philippines stepped up to this role to ensure the continuity of its progress towards a people-oriented, people-centered, inclusive, and resilient ASEAN community. He also thanked and congratulated Indonesian President Joko Widodo for "his very able stewardship" as chair of ASEAN this year and for making ASEAN as important as it ever has been. "I also thank them for the very warm hospitality of the Philippine delegation, And I look forward to able leadership of Lao PDR when they host the ASEAN in 2025," he said.   The post ASEAN summit ‘productive’, biz meetings net $22M investment pledges: Marcos appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2023