Monday, June 30, 2008

[kgma] PGMA's 10 day working visit to US defended 6/30/08

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga – A ranking government official defended
today the 10-day working visit of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
saying the trip produced "results" and was far from the "useless
junket" yarn critics have hurled against the Chief Executive's latest
trip abroad.

Deputy Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said that the amount of pledges
and investments from investors in the United States proved that the
President's working visit was "very productive."

"In New York alone, she (the President) had seven business calls from
big companies. In fact, there is a potential of 15,700 additional jobs
that were committed by these companies – two of which are world
renowned fruit grower Libby's and electronics firm Texas Instruments,"
Fajardo said.

"And then there is this additional investment potential where the
country may earn up to US$ 560-million aside from the pledges from
Filipinos overseas of aid for the victims of typhoon "Frank,"" Fajardo
added.

She pointed out that the talks the President had with US government
officials specifically US President George W. Bush further
strengthened the already solid ties between the two countries as well
as hastened the passing of the long awaited Filipino Veterans Bill to law.

"So hindi useless ang trip ni Pangulo dahil marami siyang naging
accomplishement dito sa trip sa US," Fajardo said.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

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KGMA 6/21/08

Departure Statement of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on her visit
to the US
Saturday, June 21, 2008

Before we leave home tonight for the United States, we called a
meeting of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) this noon
wherein we issued the following instructions:

1. Put the whole Department of National Defense (DND) and the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) into a
relief-and-rescue standby mode.

2. We ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) into
a repair-and-rehabilitation footing so work on damaged infrastructure
can begin once the weather clears up.

3. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare
and Development (DSWD) shall forward-deploy resources to areas on
typhoon path. By law, Calamity Funds have been advanced to DND, DPWH
and DSWD, which means that the tools to provide care and comfort have
been pre-positioned in our first responders.

4. The Philippine Air Force (PAF), including the Presidential Airlift
Wing (PAW), are under orders to fly mercy missions, when the need arises.

5. Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has been ordered to ensure stable
rice supply in affected areas. If Typhoon 'Frank' will bring flood,
Art will respond by flooding these areas with rice. If they will
exploit the situation, hoarders will soon find themselves in hot
water, a certainty Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales will guarantee.

6. I have also instructed the Pink Brigade of the Metro Manila
Development Authority (MMDA) to rush to areas that might be damaged by
the storm. Army engineers, with their heavy equipment, will roll out
and join the 'bayanis' of Bayani Fernando in their mercy caravan.

7. We dropped by Villamor Air Base (VAB) and inspected the aircraft
and the airmen on standby. We designated VAB as operations center, a
springboard for help.

8. With or without the typhoon, but the latter would make it urgent,
the distribution of power subsidies will commence in areas the typhoon
will hit, in a manner that will not overburden government officials
attending to relief work.

The United States is the Philippines' strongest friend and ally.
Filipinos love America, its people and culture. We may be separated by
an ocean, but we are bound by a shared history and common values of
economic prosperity and a strong democracy. The relations between the
US and the Philippines are stable, strong and mature.

Our friendship goes well beyond simple diplomatic relations between
nations. Over four (4) million American citizens are of Filipino
heritage. Over 250,000 Americans live and work in the Philippines. We
are more than allies -- we are family.

During our West Coast visit, we will meet with our Fil-Am and OFW
community to discuss their needs and concerns. Not a day goes by that
our administration is not fighting for the interests of our OFWs
somewhere in the world.

In Washington, we will be meeting with President Bush and members of
his administration as well as political leaders of both parties in the
US Congress. We share many issues that are of global concern,
beginning with the price of food and fuel and food security. As such,
discussions will focus on food security, defense cooperation,
environmental protection and economic assistance.

On food security, the agreement between our two governments will lay
the groundwork for securing the following:

a) hastening phyto-sanitary protocols that will open the way for fresh
banana and mango exports from the Philippines to the US starting with
an initial shipment of $5 million, then $15 million, and growing in
the years to come;

b) biotechnology cooperation especially in the development of disease-
tolerant rice seeds varieties through a $1.5 million grant;

c) accelerated dairy development program which plans to infuse 10,000
dairy animals in the next five years worth $25 million;

d) increased rice supply purchase agreements through the Public Law
480 of at least $20 million and General Services Manager 102 Program
of at least $70 million;

e) a proposed surplus equipment program of $50 million, extension
service capacity building program of $25 million, and accelerated
livestock genetic resource improvement program of $25 million.

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[kgma] PGMA presides over joint Cabinet meeting via remote video conference

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presided this morning over a joint
Cabinet and National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) meeting via
remote video conference in order to be briefed on the status of
search, rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts being conducted to
help victims and repair infrastructure destroyed by typhoon "Frank"
that battered the Visayas and Luzon regions over the last two days.

The President, who is on a 10-day working visit to the United States
of America, "video-conferenced" with Cabinet and NDCC officials during
her meeting with the Filipino community in Fresno, California.

First to give an update on typhoon Frank's eventual exit from the
Philippine Area of Responsibility was Department of Science and
Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. who reported to
the President that there would be a "general improvement of weather
conditions especially in the Visayas and Mindanao" by today (Tuesday,
June 24) when Frank crosses over to the South China Sea.

Next was NDCC chairman M/Gen. Glenn Rabonza who told the President
that SAR (search and rescue) operations were still being conducted by
the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the vicinity where Sulpicio Lines'
M/V Princess of the Stars capsized off the waters of Sibuyan Island.

Rabonza added that SAR operations were also being conducted in the
province of Iloilo, one of the hardest hit provinces by typhoon
"Frank," leaving it submerged in chest-deep flood waters.

Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza told the President that
operations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit
(MRT) that were hampered due to the Metro-wide blackout would be fully
operational by today.

He added that "all airports and flights would be restored today" while
telecommunication facilities that were affected by Frank's strong
winds and rain are being worked on expeditiously.

Mendoza told the President that he had ordered the MARINA (Maritime
Industry Authority) to ground all vessels of Sulpicio Lines and to
check on the sea worthiness of all Sulpicio ships following the
sinking of MV Princess of the Stars yesterday (Monday, June 23). He
added that he will be meeting with the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI)
to investigate the incident where at least 700 persons are still
missing as of Sunday night.

He pointed out that aside from this, the BMI will review the
guidelines issued by PCG last June 2007, "especially on the saving of
vessels."

The PCG, represented by Vice Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, assured the
President that all was being done to "really scout the area for
survivors."

Tamayo said a total of five vessels composed of three Coast Guard
ships and two tug boats were scouring the waters off Sibuyan Island in
the province of Romblon for any possible survivors of the capsized M/V
Princess of the Stars.

He reported to the President that 28 survivors have already been
rescued, to which the President exclaimed, "Oh praise God!"

A representative of Sulpicio Lines, Edgardo Co, who was also present
during the meeting, told the President that the company would shoulder
all expenses of the victims of the sunken ship and their families.

Last to give an update was Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez who gave
the President a general view on the situation of victims from the
province of Iloilo.

Gonzalez, a former congressman of Iloilo, told the President that the
situation in the province was still "critical." He, however, assured
that "thousands of people in evacuation centers" have been dwindling
in number because of the number of evacuees already occupying known
evacuation centers.

"We lack evacuation centers actually because our schools were also
flooded," Gonzalez said.

He added that the affected local governments of Iloilo province talked
to the owners of several malls in the city to allow the evacuees to
temporarily occupy their top floors. Churches were also used as
evacuation centers.

Before adjourning, the President issued several directives that she
wants members of Congress, her Cabinet and the NDCC to carry out
immediately in connection with the destruction wrought by typhoon "Frank."

First, to prevent unscrupulous traders from jacking up prices of basic
goods, particularly rice, during calamities, President Arroyo said she
would ask members of the House of Representatives to file a bill
making rice hoarding and profiteering fall under the crime of economic
sabotage.

If enacted, the punishment for rice hoarding and profiteering could be
upgraded to life imprisonment.

Second, the President said she would ask members of Congress to file a
bill where the declaration of a State of Calamity will include
"imposing a maximum price of rice."

Third, the President assured the victims and families of typhoon
"Frank," especially those of the ill-fated M/V Princess of the Stars,
that the government will provide aid in addition to the aid that will
be extended by the owners of Sulpicio Lines.

Fourth, the President will assign an NDCC official to oversee and
ensure that Sulpicio Lines makes good its commitment to extend any and
all aid to the victims of their ship's sinking.

Fifth, for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to open disaster
relief accounts, websites and text numbers in their various consul
offices in the Middle East, Europe, America and Asia so that Filipinos
in these countries who may wish to help the victims of typhoon "Frank"
in any way will have a venue where to give their donations.

Sixth, for the National Computer Center (NCC) and the Philippine
Information Agency (PIA) to ensure that the NDCC's website remains
operational despite the high volume of internet traffic accessing the
site.

"Because yesterday, we were not able to get in touch with NDCC. Even
now, we are in Malacañang, we are still not able to get through," the
President said.

"So these are the things I'd like our NDCC members to do now," she added.

According to the national weather bureau, as of 2:00 a.m. today,
"Frank" was located by radar, satellite and surface data to be 200
kilometers west-northwest of Dagupan City (16.3°N 118.4°E), with
maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, and gustiness of
up to 150 kph. Typhoon Frank is forecast to move west-northwest at 17
kph towards the general direction of the South China Sea.

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RP typhoon Frank aftermath situation bothers PGMA as she starts her
U.S. Visit

SAN FRANCISCO – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today immediately
buckled down to work as she called and reconvened the National
Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) for her to be able to know
firsthand information on the latest developments on the damage wrought
by Typhoon "Frank" in Metro Manila and other provinces affected by the
super typhoon.

The Chief Executive -- who is visibly concerned about the situation in
the Philippines due to the super howler -- made this move shortly upon
her arrival at the Presidential Suite of the Fairmont Hotel here where
she is billeted.

The President, accompanied by First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo
and other members of her official delegation, arrived at the San
Francisco International Airport at exactly 7:20 p.m. (San Francisco
time) as she commenced the first leg of her 10-day, three state
working visit to the United States.

Upon the President's order, the NDCC immediately met at Camp Aguinaldo
in Quezon City, together with Cabinet members, as well as action
officers from concerned agencies.

Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said the President personally touched
base with the NDCC officials through a teleconference at her suite in
Fairmont Hotel in the presence of some Cabinet members led by Trade
and Industry Secretary Peter Favila, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya,
Rep. Monico Puentebella, and himself, among others.

He added that the NDCC officials and concerned agency representatives
gave the President "all the updates on the specific instructions she
gave when she called for the NDCC meeting yesterday before leaving for
the U.S."

Dureza pointed out that the specific instructions of the President is
to continue updating her on the developments of the super typhoon
"kasi may mga areas pa na problemado."

He cited that since Metro Manila is under typhoon Signal #3, the C-130
that could have carried life boats and other rescue materials was not
able to take off.

Dureza noted that the President's instruction "is to mount an
operation center, logistic center there in Cebu, nearer to the area
using the facilities that are available there in Cebu for the moment
until we can mount our flights from Villamor Airbase."

During the teleconference, Dureza said that President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo was so concerned about the reported Sulpicio vessel
that capsized.

According to him, the President pointedly asked the Coast Guard
representative whether there "were violations of notices issued to
vessels and for them to look closely on how they could undertake more
rescue operations now."

"The report given to her was that one of the survivors was fished out
quite far from the site where the (Sulpicio) vessel was supposed to
have capsized. So they have now indicated a new area where they would
start trying to make recovery operations with the coast guard."

The Department of Agriculture (DA) also reported to the President that
an initial 250,000 hectares were damaged by the super typhoon.

In this connection, Dureza said the President directed the DA to
undertake continuous and increased distribution of assistance to the
farmers for them to recover as soon as possible.

With the still bad condition of the power situation in the Visayas
particularly in Panay with only two percent been renergized , Dureza
said, the President instructed Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes to attend
to this immediately.

The Red Cross, through Senator Richard Gordon, reported that it is
already on the ground providing the necessary assistance.

Dureza also announced that the President will again hold another NDCC
meeting though teleconferencing tomorrow (June 22) at 4: a.m.
(Philippine time) to ensure that she will be able to continuously be
informed on the latest situation in the Philippines.

"She would like to do this before she takes off for Washington DC
tomorrow," he said.

Asked whether the President would be cutting short her trip to the
United States, Dureza said, "No, there's no talk about cutting short
her trip. That's why she would like to continuously be hands-on here,
kaya she's getting the NDCC action as if she's personally there in the
area."

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

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Lea Salonga singing:

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Philippine National Anthem

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Celine Dion and Josh Groban sing the Prayer

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Josh Groban Live You raise me up Superbowl NASA Tribute

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Madrigal Singers

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Sound of Music Lyrics

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Pilita Corrales

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[kgma] President Arroyo arriving in U.S. capital Monday for meeting with Bush

WASHINGTON – June 23 (via PLDT) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
is arriving here Monday from Fresno, Calif. to begin a five-day
working visit to the US capital for a series of meetings with top US
officials and business leaders.

The highlight of her 10-day visit to California, Washington and New
York is her one-one-one meeting with President George W. Bush.

Accompanied by First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo and a small group of
Cabinet officials and Filipino business leaders, the President arrived
in San Francisco, Calif. from Manila on a commercial flight Saturday
(Manila time).

The President has lined up a series of engagements, including meetings
with Filipino communities in the three cities in her itinerary,
Filipino World War II veterans and US business groups.

The Chief Executive will also discuss with US officials various
issues, notably US-Philippines relations, the environment, security,
human rights, and other global concerns.

Her meeting with President Bush will focus on outstanding global
issues of common concern to the two countries, notably terrorism, food
security, non-proliferation of nuclear arms and human rights.

She is expected to thank Bush for his support to Filipino World War II
veterans through the US Veterans Office in Manila and the Veterans
Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Filipino veterans are also looking forward to a favorable resolution
of the remaining issues relating to their longstanding claim for
benefits in World War II alongside the American forces in the Philippines.

Voting 96-1, the US Senate had approved the Veterans Benefits Bill
calling for additional benefits to Filipino WWII veterans.

The President will also meet with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates
for wide-ranging discussion of the US-Philippines security relations
and the Philippine defense reform program.

Another important engagement on the President's calendar is her
meeting with officials of the Washington-based Millennium Challenge
Corporation (MCC).

The MCC has granted the Philippines Compact Eligible status after the
country passed objective indicators in the areas of governing justly,
investing in its citizens, and encouraging economic freedom.

She will also meet with stakeholders of the Coral Triangle Initiative
(CTI) a multi-nation effort to push the CTI project spanning across
Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands
and Timor-Leste.

The CTI holds the richest concentration of iridescent corals, fish,
crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the world.

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[kgma] Rice, Filipino community top PGMA visit to Fresno, California 6/21/08

SAN FRANCISCO, California---Food security ,especially rice supply
concerns and a meeting with the Filipino community top President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's visit to this little known county in
California (at least for those back in the Philippines)compared to San
Francisco or Los Angeles.

The President is expected to visit Fresno, about a four hour- drive
from San Francisco on Sunday morning (California time), Monday evening
Philippine time, for the first leg of her 10-day working visit to the
United States.

She is expected to arrive in San Francisco at about 8p.m. Saturday at
the San Francisco International Airport.

The US visit theme, according to Ambassador and Presidential Assistant
for State and Foreign visits Marciano Paynor, is ''Lakbay Amerika sa
Diwa ng Demokrasya at sa Maunlad na Ekonomiya.''

Paynor said Fresno was supposed to be where the President and
Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain would meet but was moved
to Washington next week as ''he could not make it at the time we
agreed on initially and he requested that the meeting be transferred
to Washington. so, we are going Washington.''

Meantime, Paynor said the Filipino community in Fresno has been
alerted of the President's visit and that it happens to be on a Sunday
so the President would hear Mass with some 600 Filipino-Americans from
Fresno and nearby counties such as Stockton, Bakersfield, Modesto and
Merced.

The Mass would take place at the Fresno Convention Center.

Fresno, according to Paynor, is the ''center of what is known as the
central valley which is the rice and agricultural center of California.''

Fresno is also known to be the main producer of rice for the United
States and also for Japan, Paynor added.

''A significant portion of their produce is exported to Japan. And at
a time we are experiencing the spiralling cost of basic commodities
especially rice, what better place to tackle or at least to look at
the food security issue than Fresno,'' Paynor said.

Fresno is also an important place for the Filipinos as it is where the
first Filipino community in continental United States was established
way back in 1898.

''It was in Stockton then they moved to Fresno so, you can imagine in
a sense the importance of the place,'' he said.

There are only about 10,000 Filipino families in Fresno or about
30,000 Filipino-Americans.

The President would also visit the Regional Hospital of Fresno where
there are quite a number of Filipino doctors and nurses employed.

The President would also visit the University of California-San
Francisco Medical Research and Training Center which is headed by a
US-trained Filipino doctor, Dr. Dominic Dizon.

Paynor said the President may have a brief lunch with the Filipino
community and would proceed to Washington DC where she has a packed
schedule that included a meeting with US President George W. Bush that
would tackle a wide-range of issues that affect bilateral relations
between the two allies.

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leaves Saturday evening for a 10-day
visit to the United States to further strengthen the historic
Philippines-US relations.

The President, accompanied by First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo, will take
a commercial flight to San Francisco, California, the first stop of
her US visit.

Also with the presidential party are some Cabinet officials, lawmakers
and top Filipino business leaders.

The Chief Executive`s US engagements include meetings with Filipino
communities, Filipino World War II veterans and American business groups.

She will also hold a series of meetings on a wide range of issues
including the environment, security, human rights, and other global
concerns.

From San Francisco, the President will proceed to Fresno, California,
a four-hour drive from San Francisco, to hear mass and interact with
the Filipino community before proceeding to Washington D.C.

Meeting members of Filipino communities in the countries that she
visits is a standard feature of the President`s trips abroad in an
effort to keep them posted on developments back home and to encourage
them to invest in the country, as well as thank them for their
remittances that had helped improve the economy.

The President`s second stop is Washington D.C. where she will meet
with President George W. Bush at the Oval Office.

The White House meeting, the highlight of her US trip, will focus on
outstanding global issues of common concern to the two countries,
notably terrorism, food security, non-proliferation of nuclear arms
and human rights.

The President is expected to thank Bush for his support to Filipino
World War II veterans through the US Veterans Office in Manila and the
Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, and express her hope
for a favorable resolution of the remaining issues relating to
Filipino veterans.

The President will also personally thank the US Senate for its
historic 96-1 vote in favor of the Veterans Benefits Bill calling for
additional benefits to Filipino WWII veterans.

At the Pentagon, the President will discuss with US Defense Secretary
Robert Gates the Philippines` defense reform program.

The President will also take the opportunity to meet with the
Philippines-US Friendship Caucus, a group composed of members of the
US House of Representatives who have openly supported moves to
strengthen relations between the Philippines and the United States.

The President will also meet with officials of the Washington-based
the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Last March, the MCC granted the Philippines Compact Eligible status,
opening the door for the Philippines to avail itself of up to $700
million in grants to help boost the country`s economic growth.

The Philippines has gained compact eligible status after passing
objective indicators in the areas of governing justly, investing in
its citizens, and encouraging economic freedom.

Also in Washington, the President will meet with stakeholders of the
Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) a multi-nation effort to push the CTI
project spanning across Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea,
Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

The Triangle holds the richest concentration of iridescent corals,
fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the world.

The ASEAN-US Business Council (USBC) and the United States Chamber of
Commerce (USCC) will co-host a dinner in honor of the President in
Washington.

In New York, the last leg of her US trip, the President will be
meeting with a number of business leaders and investment groups,
including Libby`s Fruits, Target Sourcing, ROTEC Technology and APAC
Customer Services.

She will also host a reception for the permanent representatives to
the United Nations in connection with the candidature of Sen. Miriam
Defensor Santiago to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- House and Senate negotiators have yet to iron out differences over tougher lead standards and overhauling the U.S. agency overseeing product safety.

Negotiators were scheduled to meet this week to iron out the few remaining differences between the House and Senate consumer safety bills, The Hill reported. Sources said lawmakers were expected to vote on a conference report before the July 4 recess.

Both bills would overhaul the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which came under fire in 2007 when millions of toys from China were recalled because they had excessive levels of lead.

For example, the conference report was expected to adopt the House's threshold by setting new lead standards for products for children no more than 12 years old,. The new standard should be effective within a year, staff and members told the Washington publication.

"This has really been the year of the recall, and that has created the need to improve consumer protection and oversight," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., one of the lead negotiators on the bill.



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CPSC: Additional Incidents Prompt Re-Announcement of Recall of Gel Candles Due to Fire Hazard

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Note: This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall announced in February 2007.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Gel Candles

Units: About 1,700

Manufacturer: M & A Global Technologies Inc., doing business as Spa at Home, of Tallahassee, Fla.

Hazard: The candles can have excessive flame height, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: M & A Global Technologies has received four additional reports of higher than normal flames and flames coming in contact with nearby combustibles resulting in minor fires, smoke and soot damage. The company has also received one additional report of burn injuries to a consumer's hand.

Description: This recall involves Everlasting Jelly candles. Models include Champagne Glass with Heart, Model #502; Large Oval Bowl with Sand & Shells, Model #109-XL; Tumbler with Sand & Shells, Model #101-S; Round Shape with Curly Top and Red Roses, Model #506; Round Shape with Penguins, Model #604; Tumbler with Blue Roses & Leaves, Model #805-11; and Round Shape with Two Butterflies, Model #806-8. The candles were sold in clear glass containers of various sizes with a smaller glass of gel in the middle of the candle.

Sold at: Spa at Home stores and Spaathome.com nationwide from October 2003 through December2003 and October 2005 through December 2005 for between $9 and $50.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and contact M & A Global Technologies for instructions on returning the product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact M & A Global Technologies at (866) 224-8811 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.spaathome.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08287.html


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Your Health: Anti-Bacterial Agents Linked to Human and Environmental Health Risks

Rallie McAllister, M.D., M.P.H.
Americans are dead serious about the war on germs. These days, you can find germ-killing chemicals in just about every consumer product imaginable, from toothpaste to children's toys.

We slather antibacterial soaps, lotions and deodorants on our bodies. We spray antibacterial cleansers on our bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances. We suds our clothes with antibacterial laundry detergents.

It may seem like the responsible thing to do, but the overuse of antibacterial products is proving to be more harmful than helpful. After a thorough investigation, an Food and Drug Administration advisory committee concluded that using antibacterial products doesn't provide any health benefits, nor does it reduce the risk of illness any more than washing up with plain soap and water.

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The presence of triclosan and other antimicrobial agents is believed to contribute to the destruction of fragile aquatic ecosystems. In the presence of ultraviolet light from the sun, triclosan is converted to dioxin, a chemical linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

PGMA reports on the Agrarian Reform

Farmers need not worry as the government land acquisition and
distribution schedule under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program
(CARP) will not expire on June 15 but in December yet, Department of
Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Nasser Pangandaman clarified today.

Pangandaman made the clarification during a press briefing in
Malacanang this afternoon.

He explained that the land acquisition and distribution component of
CARP was extended up to December 2008 when Republic Act No. 6657, or
the 1988 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), was amended in 1998.

Last night, Congress failed to pass House Bill 4077, which seek to
extend the life of the CARP.

Pangandaman said that it is the position of both Congress and DAR that
the land acquisition and distribution component of CARP remains
effective until Dec. 2008.

He said that the House of Representatives even passed a resolution
last night expressing its commitment to pass HB 4077 when it resumes
sessions in July.

“They decided to come up with a resolution last night habang
tinatalakay itong panukalang batas na ito dahil ang kanilang tingin ay
magtatapos pa sa December this year, so mayroon pa silang panahon para
matalakay iyong mga proposed amendments. Therefore, instead of passing
the bill last night ang ginawa nila nagpasa sila ng resolution saying
that they will further deliberate on the proposed amendments as they
will need more time to study this,” he said.

Pangandaman said that CARP needs to be extended for at least another
five years to give DAR enough time for the acquisition and
distribution of the remaining 1.8 million hectares under the program.

Under his watch, DAR distributed an average of 130,000 hectares
annually, Pangandaman said.

Of the total of 9.1 million hectares targeted for distribution under
the program, some 7.1 million hectares have already been distributed,
he said.

Of the remaining two million hectares, Pangandaman said, 1.8 million
hectares are private agricultural lands to be acquired and distributed
by DAR, while the remaining 200,000 hectares of public lands will be
distributed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Last year, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo certified as urgent the
extension of CARP as part of the government’s programs to expand the
economic opportunities of farmers nationwide.

NOTE: MS. PINEDA TAUGHT US TAXATION AND LAND REFORM IN HER CLASS AT THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

[kgma] PGMA leads 110th Independence Day rites at Rizal Park

MANILA (PNA) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on Thursday
morning, led the 110th Philippine Independence Day celebration at
Rizal Park in Manila, bringing with her government services to the
people such as jobs fair, housing loan assistance, and free medical
services, among others.

The President arrived at the Rizal Park shortly before 7 a.m., which
signaled the start of a simultaneous flag-raising activities across
the country.

She also unveiled the marker where the Philippine flag was hoisted
24/7 "come rain or shine,"

On the other hand, Vice President Noli de Castro led the celebrations
at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, the site of the first
proclamation of Philippine independence.

A housing fair by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating
Council (HUDCC) was also being held there.

Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila, along with Senate President
Manuel Villar Jr., attended the flag-raising ceremony at the
Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan City.

Favila would also treat some 200 school children for breakfast and
lunch as well as tour them at the Science Discovery Center at the Mall
of Asia in Pasay City.

Presidential Legislative and Liaison Office Secretary Jake Lagonera
together with House Speaker Prospero Nograles attended the
flag-raising ceremony at Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan.

He also led a medical/dental mission and milk and food-feeding program
with Congressional spouses at the Center Food Processing Area, and
attend the inauguration of a school building in Bulacan.

Meanwhile, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)
Secretary Leandro Mendoza along with Chief Justice Reynato Puno
attended Independence Day rites at the Katipunan Monument in Caloocan.

The DOTC chief also led the groundbreaking ceremony for the closing of
the MRT-LRT loop.

He also announced that commuters can avail of free rides at all LRTs
and MRTs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro led the flag-raising ceremony at
the Mauseleo de los Veteranos dela Revolucion at the Manila North
Cemetery, the resting place of revolutionaries.

He would also go to the Smokey Mountain and oversee a massive cleaning
drive, cleaning and repainting of classrooms, and offer free haircut
to male residents, courtesy of soldiers.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap raised the flag in San Isidro, Nueva
Ecija.

He also led a multi-town caravan under the FIELDS program.

The DA is also inviting farmers to visit any of their regional offices
to learn the various technology transfer programs in agriculture or
avail of free seedlings.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral, on the
other hand, went to the Pugadlawin in Project 8, Quezon City where she
distributed conditional cash transfer cards and school supplies for
150 schoolchildren in Payatas.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane was in Candon,
Ilocos Sur and visited the Isabelo Abaya Monument in commemoration of
the Cry of Candon of 1898.

He would also oversee the hiring of 10 each of the poorest of the poor
from 42 barangays (villages) for road maintenance jobs under the
Oyster program.

Secretary Silvestro Bello of the Office of the Presidential Adviser
for New Government Centers went to Santiago, Isabela and awarded
scholarships to children of farmers and fishermen, among others.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, on the other hand, raised the flag
at the Marcella Agoncillo historical landmark in Taal, Batangas.

He would also distribute some 300 bicycles for the Bike to School Program.

Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye led the
flag-raising at the provincial capitol of Mindoro in Calapan.

He would also award winners of an essay writing contest organized by
his office.

National Historical Institute (NHI) Chair Ambet Ocampo said the
President decided to forego with the usual fanfare like the "parade of
floats" during the celebrations to give, instead, direct service to
the poor.

With the theme “Republic Service Tungo sa Ganap na Kalayaan at
Kaunlaran," this year’s celebrations also coincided with the launching
of the Sentro K3, which stands for "Kaisahan, Kagalingan at Kalayaan
ng Bayan."

The Sentro K3 showcased a jobs fair, exhibits by various government
agencies, product display by different regions of the country, sports
and cultural events, and medical assistance held at the park's Plaza
San Lorenzo Ruiz.

It is also a "one stop shop" of services where people can avail of
services offered by participating government agencies in terms of
jobs, housing, health, and investments.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Chief Cerge Remonde earlier said
the President "has ordered us to go down to the people and reach the
masses and help improve the delivery of basic services, especially on
our programs to mitigate hunger and poverty."

He said these Cabinet officials will go to areas "with historical
significance" to deliver government services such as free medical and
dental care, job placements, micro-financing, housing, and livelihood
opportunities, among others, to the masses."

Remonde said the objective in this year's celebration was to "bring
the government closer to the people."

For the first time since President Arroyo came to power in 2001, he
said the government will skip its usual Independence Day rites "to
focus on providing services to the people."

A special fireworks display will cap the night celebration of
Independence Day.

And as she has done in past Independence Day rites, the President will
give a reception for the diplomatic corps in Malacanang will hold for
the first time since 1981 a rigodon de honor.

Around 20 couples will participate in the rigodon and will include
representatives of the Cabinet, legislature, military, local
governments, and the cultural sector.

Among those dancing the rigodon will be Favila, who is paired with
United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney; former Sen. Vicente Sotto and
Mons Romulo-Tantoco; Secretary Yap and Lani Mercado, wife of Sen.
Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.; and former AFP chief of staff Generoso Senga
and Rep. Rachel Arenas.

- By Lilybeth G. Ison (PNA)

__._,_.___

[kgma] PGMA leads 110th Independence Day rites at Rizal Park

MANILA (PNA) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on Thursday
morning, led the 110th Philippine Independence Day celebration at
Rizal Park in Manila, bringing with her government services to the
people such as jobs fair, housing loan assistance, and free medical
services, among others.

The President arrived at the Rizal Park shortly before 7 a.m., which
signaled the start of a simultaneous flag-raising activities across
the country.

She also unveiled the marker where the Philippine flag was hoisted
24/7 "come rain or shine,"

On the other hand, Vice President Noli de Castro led the celebrations
at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, the site of the first
proclamation of Philippine independence.

A housing fair by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating
Council (HUDCC) was also being held there.

Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila, along with Senate President
Manuel Villar Jr., attended the flag-raising ceremony at the
Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan City.

Favila would also treat some 200 school children for breakfast and
lunch as well as tour them at the Science Discovery Center at the Mall
of Asia in Pasay City.

Presidential Legislative and Liaison Office Secretary Jake Lagonera
together with House Speaker Prospero Nograles attended the
flag-raising ceremony at Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan.

He also led a medical/dental mission and milk and food-feeding program
with Congressional spouses at the Center Food Processing Area, and
attend the inauguration of a school building in Bulacan.

Meanwhile, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)
Secretary Leandro Mendoza along with Chief Justice Reynato Puno
attended Independence Day rites at the Katipunan Monument in Caloocan.

The DOTC chief also led the groundbreaking ceremony for the closing of
the MRT-LRT loop.

He also announced that commuters can avail of free rides at all LRTs
and MRTs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro led the flag-raising ceremony at
the Mauseleo de los Veteranos dela Revolucion at the Manila North
Cemetery, the resting place of revolutionaries.

He would also go to the Smokey Mountain and oversee a massive cleaning
drive, cleaning and repainting of classrooms, and offer free haircut
to male residents, courtesy of soldiers.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap raised the flag in San Isidro, Nueva
Ecija.

He also led a multi-town caravan under the FIELDS program.

The DA is also inviting farmers to visit any of their regional offices
to learn the various technology transfer programs in agriculture or
avail of free seedlings.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral, on the
other hand, went to the Pugadlawin in Project 8, Quezon City where she
distributed conditional cash transfer cards and school supplies for
150 schoolchildren in Payatas.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane was in Candon,
Ilocos Sur and visited the Isabelo Abaya Monument in commemoration of
the Cry of Candon of 1898.

He would also oversee the hiring of 10 each of the poorest of the poor
from 42 barangays (villages) for road maintenance jobs under the
Oyster program.

Secretary Silvestro Bello of the Office of the Presidential Adviser
for New Government Centers went to Santiago, Isabela and awarded
scholarships to children of farmers and fishermen, among others.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, on the other hand, raised the flag
at the Marcella Agoncillo historical landmark in Taal, Batangas.

He would also distribute some 300 bicycles for the Bike to School Program.

Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye led the
flag-raising at the provincial capitol of Mindoro in Calapan.

He would also award winners of an essay writing contest organized by
his office.

National Historical Institute (NHI) Chair Ambet Ocampo said the
President decided to forego with the usual fanfare like the "parade of
floats" during the celebrations to give, instead, direct service to
the poor.

With the theme “Republic Service Tungo sa Ganap na Kalayaan at
Kaunlaran," this year’s celebrations also coincided with the launching
of the Sentro K3, which stands for "Kaisahan, Kagalingan at Kalayaan
ng Bayan."

The Sentro K3 showcased a jobs fair, exhibits by various government
agencies, product display by different regions of the country, sports
and cultural events, and medical assistance held at the park's Plaza
San Lorenzo Ruiz.

It is also a "one stop shop" of services where people can avail of
services offered by participating government agencies in terms of
jobs, housing, health, and investments.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Chief Cerge Remonde earlier said
the President "has ordered us to go down to the people and reach the
masses and help improve the delivery of basic services, especially on
our programs to mitigate hunger and poverty."

He said these Cabinet officials will go to areas "with historical
significance" to deliver government services such as free medical and
dental care, job placements, micro-financing, housing, and livelihood
opportunities, among others, to the masses."

Remonde said the objective in this year's celebration was to "bring
the government closer to the people."

For the first time since President Arroyo came to power in 2001, he
said the government will skip its usual Independence Day rites "to
focus on providing services to the people."

A special fireworks display will cap the night celebration of
Independence Day.

And as she has done in past Independence Day rites, the President will
give a reception for the diplomatic corps in Malacanang will hold for
the first time since 1981 a rigodon de honor.

Around 20 couples will participate in the rigodon and will include
representatives of the Cabinet, legislature, military, local
governments, and the cultural sector.

Among those dancing the rigodon will be Favila, who is paired with
United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney; former Sen. Vicente Sotto and
Mons Romulo-Tantoco; Secretary Yap and Lani Mercado, wife of Sen.
Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.; and former AFP chief of staff Generoso Senga
and Rep. Rachel Arenas.

- By Lilybeth G. Ison (PNA)

__._,_.___

[kgma] VAT-funded programs bring benefits to the poor

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the Cabinet to immediately
roll-out programs to be financed by P4 billion proceeds from the value
added tax (VAT), during the meeting of the NEDA Cabinet Group with the
National Food and Energy Council and the National Price Coordinating
Council held yesterday at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral is to
completely implement within the month the Katas ng VAT â€" Pantawid
Koryente Project, a one-time cash subsidy of P500 to be for households
consuming no more than 100kWh a month. An estimated 4 million (4M)
beneficiaries will benefit from the program nationwide.

In the Meralco franchise area encompassing Regions 3 and 4-A and Metro
Manila, beneficiaries are trooping to hundreds of Land Bank branches
to get the cash assistance. In addition, DSWD and Land Bank personnel,
including Sec. Cabral, will go to poor areas to distribute cash. On
June 12, she will give coupons to Payatas residents, along with cash
assistance cards in celebration of the 110th Independence Day.

Commission on Higher Education Secretary Romulo Neri reported on CHED
scholarship and student loans programs, now augmented by P1 billion
from oil VAT. Sec. Neri counted 8,300 scholarship grants amounting to
P500 million, under the Scholarship Grant for Intelligent Pupils
(SaGIP), for poor students in four- or five-year courses.

Of the half-billion in grants, P300 million is for agricultural
courses such as Fisheries, Agri-Business, Forestry, Environment and
Veterinary Medicine. The remaining P200 million goes to other priority
courses such as Math, Science, Engineering, Education and Maritime.
Each grantee gets P15,000 annually.

Secretary Neri said another P500 million will reactivate the Student
Assistance Fund for Education for a Strong Republic (SAFE 4 SR), with
62,500 new slots for tuition loans nationwide. A needy student in his
third, fourth or fifth year can borrow as much as P8,000 per semester
interest-free, administered by participating colleges and universities.

The remaining P1 billion of the P4 billion VAT funds will be lent out
for the conversion of jeepney engines from diesel to cheaper LPG, and
the replacement of incandescent bulbs with more economical compact
fluorescent lighting, for electricity savings of as much as 85%.

__._,_.___

IAEA Bulletin on Sichuan Earthquake and Radioactive Source

http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/News/2008/chinaquake.html

Press Feature
In Quake´s Aftermath, Chinese Sift Through Rubble for Radioactivity
IAEA Training, Equipment Help China to Recover Radioactive Sources

Vienna, 12 June 2008 -- In the wake of the strongest and deadliest earthquake to ravage China in decades, the task of searching through wreckage for victims and property proved an onerous one. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake of 12 May devastated China´s mountainous Sichuan Province, killing an estimated 69,000 people and causing extensive property damage.

Among the many dangerous materials buried in the rubble lay a hidden enemy - stray radioactive sources that could complicate relief efforts or cause contamination. So when the Sichuan earthquake struck, Chinese authorities sprang into action. Utilizing IAEA training and donated equipment, Chinese emergency teams were deployed to the affected area for recovery efforts.

Under an IAEA Technical Cooperation Project launched in early 2007, staff from Chinese national authorities was trained on how to search for "lost" sources, and to then control and dispose of them safely. Now, those teams used radiation detection equipment to pinpoint the location of 50 sources and safely recover all of them, according to China´s National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA).

Full Story: In Quake´s Aftermath, Chinese Sift Through Rubble for Radioactivity

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Chili dogs, chocolate ice cream, and cherry cola. Summer brings a lot of tempting treats. But unfortunately, many of these warm weather foods can leave your belly more than a little upset—especially if you're prone to heartburn.

Check out the list below for the 25 most common heartburn-causing foods of the season, why they're problematic for heartburn sufferers, and some alternative foods that will allow you to participate in the festivities without going hungry.

1. Beef kabobs
Beef can be greasy and high in fat.
Kabobs made with chicken, fish and/or veggies

2. Corn on the cob with butter
Butter is a known heartburn trigger.
Summer's sweet corn is plenty flavorful. Try it boiled or grilled, without the butter.

3. Chili dogs
Chili is spicy and tomato-based, while hot dogs can be high in fat.
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If dairy foods cause distress for you, try fruit-flavored gelatin as a sweet dessert.

5. French fries
Greasy and high in fat
Try baked potatoes in the oven or on the grill. If you must have fries, make your own, but bake them instead of frying.

6. Fried chicken
Greasy and high in fat
Try skinless chicken breasts that are baked or grilled.

7. Funnel cakes
Deep fried and high in fat

8. Grilled onions
Onions are common triggers for digestive distress.

9. Grilled peppers
Sweet or hot, peppers can cause heartburn.

10. Hamburger
Greasy and high in fat
Opt for a lean chicken, turkey or veggie burger.

11. Hot dogs and sausages
Some sausages can be spicy while both meats are high in fat.
Try a veggie dog or a lean turkey or beef hot dog, but watch out for those heartburn-triggering toppings!

12. Hot salsa
Both spicy and tomato-based (acidic)
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Top 25 Summer Heartburn Triggers
Don't Get Burned by These Summer Favorites
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If tomatoes don't bother you but spices do, go for mild salsa. If you want a dip for your chips without the spice or the tomato, try mashed avocado.

13. Ice cream
This dairy food can cause issues for many people and can be high in fat. Steer clear especially of mint and chocolate flavors, which can both trigger symptoms.
Sorbet is dairy-free, fruity and sweet!

14. Iced coffee
Coffee and the caffeine it contains can trigger heartburn.
Try iced tea instead, which contains far less caffeine.

15. Ketchup and mustard
Ketchup is tomato-based (a heartburn trigger) while mustard contains another trigger—vinegar.
Get creative with your sandwich toppers. Try hummus, fresh herbs, low-fat mayo or a favorite low-fat salad dressing.

16. Lemon meringue pie
Citrus fruits can cause heartburn.

17. Lemonade
Made with an acidic citrus fruit
Try apple juice or chilled water with just a touch of lemon.

18. Pickles
Made with vinegar, a common trigger
Try sweet relish instead.
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Top 25 Summer Heartburn Triggers
Don't Get Burned by These Summer Favorites
-- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator
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19. Pineapple
An acidic food
Try mango or papaya, which can aid digestion.

20. Potato chips with ranch dip
Both can be high in fat, while many dips are dairy-based

21. Root beer floats
Root beer is carbonated while ice cream is a common trigger (due to dairy and fat content).

22. Salad dressing
Many can be high in fat and contain herbs and spices (like garlic) that are triggers.
Go for low-fat salad dressings that are light on garlic and spices.

23. Sauerkraut
Not for people sensitive to vinegar

24. Tomatoes
An acidic food and common trigger

25. Watermelon
An acidic fruit that can cause digestive distress
Fresh summer fruits abound. Just avoid acidic and citrus ones.

While the foods listed above are common heartburn culprits, others can eat some (or all) of them without problems. Keeping a heartburn journal can help you narrow down your unique list of triggers, just as eating smaller meals dining more slowly can also help. Here's to cool summer fare that doesn't leave you feeling burned!
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