EU sets renewable energy goals in PH

European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen has expressed EU’s readiness to explore ways and opportunities to put energy efficiency as top priority in the next phase of cooperation regarding energy generation in the country.

He made the remarks during the 4th European Union (EU) – Philippines Energy Meeting, with the theme “Electricity for a Better Life”, followed by an observation that a total of nearly P6-billion of cooperation budget is still available for energy cooperation.

For his part, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said 89.6-percent of the country has been electrified, but the remaining areas, mostly in Mindanao, pose…

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Duterte visit will spur PH-China cooperation

HOPES are high that leaders of both the Philippines and China could find a middle ground as they explore ways on how to further improve bilateral ties and resolve some issues that affect their diplomatic relations.

That President Rodrigo Duterte personally went to mainland China spoke volumes on Manila’s desire to correct the country’s ties with China that was strained by a heated territorial dispute in South China Sea.

The President arrived in Beijing on Tuesday last week after a three-day state visit to Brunei, that also saw him and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah held talks on bilateral and international…

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PH receives multi-role vessel from Japan

The Government of Japan, through its Manila Embassy, has recently commissioned BRP “Tubbataha”, the first of the ten 40-meter multi-role response vessel (MRRV) that it intends to give to the Philippine government.

The event was attended by no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa.

BRP Tubbataha is the first of ten (10) multi-role response vessels financed and built by Japan for the maritime and safety capability improvement project for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The remaining nine (9) vessels will be delivered serially until 2018.

In his speech, President Duterte expressed his deepest appreciation for…

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Taiwan marks 105th National Day

THE TAIPEI Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines had recently conducted various cultural and educational activities to celebrate the 105th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The event was attended by over 1,000 guests and brought together many dignitaries from the Senate, House of Representatives, representatives of various government departments, political parties, media, academia, diplomatic corps, as well as local communities.

In the opening remarks, Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Representative of Taiwan to the Philippines, expressed his appreciation and thanks to all the guests for coming to join in the celebration.

Representative Lin highlighted that recently…

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Switzerland wants direct flights to PHL

WITH the lack of direct flights bridging Switzerland and the Philippines, the Swiss Embassy said there will be limited growth in two-way tourism between the two countries, which is absolutely true.

Deputy Head of Mission Raoul Imbach said despite their embassy noting a 20-percent increase in arrivals, the country remains a distant option for Swiss tourists.

“The Philippines is gaining. At the top is Thailand in Asia because, basically, they get very good deals for flights, they have direct flights. So it is just a matter of convenience. Also the price quality in Thailand is still better than here. Also,…

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