Philippines Weekly News Round-Up (Aug 27-Sept 2, 2011)

2011-08-27 07:30 - 2011-09-02 19:30

Catholic-Muslim Teen Receives Zonta Award  |  DENR Investigates Illegal Logging In Lanao  |  Typhoon Mina Kills 33 And Counting  |  At Least 3 Cyclones To Hit Philippines This September


Catholic-Muslim Teen Receives Zonta Award

In Brief:

>       Arizza Ann Sahi Nocum, the 16-year-old administrator of the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (KRIS), is the first Filipina to win the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) for her work in building libraries and distributing books in areas known to be hotspots of rebels and terrorist groups.

>       The YWPA award is given to young women who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations.

>       Nocum, a Christian-Muslim, received US$3,000.00 from Zonta International.

>       She also received an additional US$1,000 for besting other finalists in the Zonta International District 17 which comprises of the Zonta clubs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

>       KRIS aims to fight poverty and conflict in the Philippines through education, and believes that war is the product many factors - religious extremism, poverty, illiteracy and hopelessness.

>       To date, KRIS has opened 5 libraries and has awarded 101 scholarships.

View complete article here.


DENR Investigates Illegal Logging In Lanao  

In Brief:

>       The Department Of Environment And Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines has stated its commitment to thoroughly investigate illegal logging operations in Lanao del Norte.

>       Traces show that the cut trees were huge timberlands in the area.

>       Unconfirmed sources say that most of the logs were delivered to the Findlay Millar Timber Company in Kolambugan town.  The company is allegedly owned by the most powerful family in the province.

View complete article here.


Typhoon Mina Kills 33 And Counting  

In Brief:

>       According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of September 2, 2011, 33 Filipinos are confirmed dead and 8 are missing.

>       Another 37 people suffered injuries.

>       Damage to crops and properties have reached P1.43 billion (about US$32,500.00).

>       6 bridges and 19 roads that were damaged by Typhoon Mina remain closed.

>       Typhoon Mina’s international name is Nanmadol.

View complete article here.


At Least 3 Cyclones To Hit Philippines This September

In Brief:

>      At least 3 strong cyclones are headed to the Philippines this September, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

>       Vulnerable areas are Central and Northern Luzon.

View complete article here.