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Gov eyes provincial hospital in Clark

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CLARK FREEPORT ZONE– Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, in a recent meeting with Clark locators, is eyeing the construction of a Provincial Hospital inside the Freeport.

“This is the start of the collaboration between Clark, the Provincial Government, and the Mabalacat City Local Government Unit,” she added.

She bared this in a recent meeting dubbed “Linking of CFZ Locators and Pampanga Public Employment Service Office” held at the conference room of the Royce Hotel and Casino.

According to the governor, health is one of the main problems of the workers in Pampanga.

Aside from the transportation expenses, it is hard for employees to attend to their health needs because of lack of finances, Pineda said.

The governor said workers tend to resign from their jobs because of this problem.

“I already talked with Mabalacat City Mayor Cris Garbo for this project. He can allot a budget for this from the P800 million income of the City from Clark,” she said.

Pineda also cited the efforts of Clark Development Corporation president Noel Manankil in donating a 2,000-square meter lot for the hospital.

“Job opportunities are already here. We just have to work hand-in-hand to help our fellow Kapampangans. If there are available jobs, Kapampangans must be the priority,” she furthered.

Meanwhile, the Governor recognized the contribution of Clark locators in the booming economy of Pampanga. She then thanked them for helping Pampanga to become one of the progressive provinces in the country.

“We need them [locators] for the betterment of the province,” she said.

Moreover, the governor said that in the hospital, just like other provincial hospitals, there would be an implementation of “no balance billing,” and the conduct of regular medical missions and provision of medicines without taxes. (PR)

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Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone

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MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed.

Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College who posted the ship’s position on Twitter.

Professor Jay Batongbacal, Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and Jess Floren of the Karagatan Patrol confirmed the ship’s presence in the country’s EEZ.

The survey ship Zhangjian was tracked making grid-like, back-and-forth movements in the Philippine Sea for days, a movement the experts suggest was indicative of scientific exploration.

The grid-like maneuvers, however, took place just outside the Philippines’ EEZ, which is not violative of Philippine maritime rights ABS-CBN News reports.

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New low pressure area enters PAR

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MANILA—A new low-pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The weather disturbance was spotted 975 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar and is moving in a northwest direction, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.

The LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will bring rains over the eastern part of the country, he added.

The LPA’s trough or extension will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, will bring isolated rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Source: ABS-CBN News)

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Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland

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Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering an attempt to buy Greenland for strategic reasons, though he said the idea is “not No1 on the burner”.

The US president’s interest, reported earlier this week, was greeted internationally with widespread hilarity but with indignation in Greenland and Denmark.

The government of the semi-autonomous Danish territory insisted it was not for sale. The Danish prime minister called any discussion of a sale “absurd”.

Nonetheless, on Sunday White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow first confirmed the story in an interview, before Trump spoke to reporters as he left New Jersey to return from vacation to Washington.

Saying the “concept came up” and he was “looking at it”, the man who runs a notoriously leaky White House also questioned how the idea found its way to the press.

Trump sought to tie the idea of a US purchase of the world’s largest island – not including the continent of Australia – to his own area of professional expertise, saying it would be “essentially a large real estate deal”.

“Denmark essentially owns it,” he said. “We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that.”

(Via The Guardian)

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