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Washington Monument to reopen May 12 after quake repair

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The Washington Monument will reopen to the public on May 12, nearly three years after it was shut due to damage from a rare earthquake centered near the US capital. The 170-meter (555-foot) obelisk, a major tourist draw, was shuttered when engineers found...
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Sen. Bam: substandard steel products killed hundreds in Bohol, Cebu

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A senator blamed substandard steel products for the death of hundreds of people in the Magnitude 7.2 earthquake that devastated Bohol and Cebu last year. “Hundreds of lives were lost because of substandard and inferior steel products used in houses and other...
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Solon seeks protection, security and benefits of whistleblowers

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker from the Visayas has moved to ensure the protection, security and benefits for whistleblowers to bolster people’s efforts to rid the government of corruption. Rep. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing (6th District, Cebu) filed House Bill 2493, which establishes...
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45 dead, 8 missing in Mindanao due to LPA – NDRRMC

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday reported the number of deaths at 45 and 900,000 people affected in Mindanao by tropical depression “Agaton” which has now weakened into low pressure area (LPA). “Agaton”’s...
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‘Yolanda’ sparks worldwide financial/humanitarian aid

by Myrna Aquitania The worldwide outpouring of financial and humanitarian aid for victims of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ is amazingly overwhelming. Recent reports from a flash appeal by the United Nations stated that an “estimate of $301 million or 13 billion pesos would be needed for the...
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Yolanda death toll up to 5,670, damage at P34 billion

MANILA, Dec 2 (Mabuhay) – The death toll and estimated damage from super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) continued to soar, with the number of confirmed fatalities reaching 5,670 as of Monday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. In its 6 a.m....
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Cabinet presents ‘Yolanda’ rehab plan to Aquino

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The group in charge of the rehabilitation and rebuilding of areas severely hit by typhoon “Yolanda” presented to President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday a comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery plan. The President and his Cabinet secretaries met at...
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NDRRMC: Yolanda death toll up to 5,500

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The death toll from super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) climbed further to 5,500 as of Wednesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. In its 6 a.m. update, the NDRRMC also said 26,136 people were injured while 1,757 remain...
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Coconut farmers face ruin after Haiyan

By Martin Abbugao BURAWIN  (AFP) – The super typhoon that slammed through the central Philippines laid waste to a vast region of coconut farmland, eradicating in one fell swoop the livelihoods of tens of thousands of smallholders. “It’s all gone,” Glen Mendoza said, gesturing...
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Repair of damaged SCTEx section may take weeks

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – It may take at least weeks before repairs can be completed on a part of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) that was damaged Tuesday afternoon amid heavy rain and floods. Project manager Engineer Joshua Bingcang also said Wednesday they are waiting for...
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