Category: ASEAN IN FOCUS

OPEC chief welcomes rebalancing of oil market

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — OPEC secretary general Mohammed Barkindo welcomed Thursday the rebalancing of the world oil market, hinting the cartel would likely renew its output-cutting deal next month. Barkindo made the comments at the annual Oil & Money conference in London, before the latest production meeting of the 14-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in early November. “There is no doubt that the market is rebalancing at an accelerating pace — […]

President Duterte acknowledges S. China Sea dispute remains a “challenge” Asean has to face

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday acknowledged that the South China sea row was one of the challenges the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was facing. Duterte, who spoke at the High Level Forum on [email protected], said however, that “we are not in a hurry.” “And as a matter of fact, what we did was really the correct step and to avoid confrontational talks with almost all of the parties concerned, just ask […]

Senior foreign officials of ASEAN meet in Manila to prepare for 31st ASEAN Summit in November

  (Eagle News) – Senior foreign affairs officials of the Philippines and of the other members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) recently gathered in Manila to discuss preparations for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings set this November. Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Enrique Manalo chaired the meetings, which will also consider the logistic preparations for the Summit. The ASEAN senior foreign officials gathered at the Philippine International Convention Center from […]

Manila Police to help in security measures for ASEAN Summit in November, says Mayor Estrada

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered the Manila Police District to lay down their security plans for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit that will be held in November. “Important issues will be discussed during this meeting of world leaders so we have to do our part in ensuring that there will be zero incidents during the conduct of Asean activities,” Estrada pointed out. The security measures […]

Asean officials convene in Pasay to prepare for November summit

(Eagle News) — High-ranking officials from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member-states are meeting in Pasay starting today to discuss preparations for the summit next month. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Enrique Manalo chairs the three-day Asean consultative meeting that aims to also serve as a venue for the proposed outcome of the documents that will be released during the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings to be discussed. The meeting will be held at […]

Two Australian Navy warships to visit Philippines

Two Royal Australian Navy  warships, the HMAS Adelaide (LO1) and the HMAS Darwin (FFG-04), will make a goodwill visit to the Philippines on October 10-15. Philippine Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said that the visit of the two vessels, which will arrive at Pier 15 of the Manila South Harbor at 9 AM on Tuesday, October 10 is part of the Australian Defense Force’s (ADF) joint task group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, The HMAS Adelaide, commanded […]

Duterte: Security problems in Mindanao affect country’s food security

(Eagle News) — The security problems in Mindanao are factors that affect the country’s agricultural production. This is according to President Rodrigo Duterte, who spoke in the opening ceremonies of Agrilink / Foodlink / Aqualink 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on Thursday night. “The problem is in Mindanao. Meron kasi tayong serious security problems, and for as long as there is trouble, we cannot initiate programs that would guarantee a good […]

Abella: Gov’t rescue of 17 more hostages, surrender of 8 terrorists in Marawi, a “positive development”

(Eagle News) — Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella hailed the government troops’ rescue of 17 more hostages from terrorists holed up in Marawi and the surrender of eight terrorists who turned over other hostages as a “positive development toward the liberation of Marawi from the hands of the terrorists.” He noted, however, that military operations, which are “focused and intense”—still “necessitate time (for the) rescue (of) remaining hostages, (in order to) bring to a decisive conclusion the […]

Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children

by Laura Mannering Agence France Presse HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Each Sunday, a choir of Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong gathers to sing songs that remind them of the children they left back home. Known as the “Unsung Heroes”, these initially shy performers now regularly take the stage around Hong Kong and feature in a new documentary about the lives of the city’s maids, known locally as “helpers”. The theme of maternal sacrifice […]

Rescuers race to save animals from Bali volcano

by Yulius Martoni Agence France Presse KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AFP) — Volunteers are risking their lives to save tens of thousands of animals left at the mercy of a rumbling volcano on the tourist island of Bali, making perilous trips into the red zone to relocate them. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, causing some 144,000 people to evacuate their homes over the past […]

ASEAN Energy Outlook for sustainable energy development launched in ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting

The Fifth Association of Southeast Asian Nations Energy Outlook,  a document on the long-term goal of achieving energy security and sustainable energy development of the ASEAN region, was launched in the ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting recently. Philippine Secretary of Energy, Alfonso G. Cusi said that the outlook–formed with the cooperation of the 10 ASEAN nations—-aims to address the long-term goals of the sustainable development in ASEAN’s future energy mix. “The outlook provides us with pathway to […]

PHL, humakot ng parangal sa ASEAN Energy Awards 2017

(Eagle News) — Humakot ng parangal ang Pilipinas sa katatapos na ASEAN Energy Awards night 2017 kaugnay pa rin ng isinasagawang 35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting ngayong linggo. Ginawaran ang walumpu’t-anim na kumpanya at mga indibidwal dahil sa kanilang kontribusyon sa larangan ng renewable energy, energy efficiency at conservation, at coal resource utilization at development. Iginawad ang mga award na ASEAN Coal Awards 2017; ASEAN best practices competition for Energy Management in Buildings and […]