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February 19, 2018: *** In a newly-released listing by NEDA, 4 Bohol projects worth P229-B are included in the 75 listed-priority projects which include: P124.150-B Cebu-Bohol Link Bridge, the P96.280-B Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge, the P4.134-B Bohol Northeast Basin Multipurpose Project and P4.570-B project for additional facilities in the New Panglao Bohol Airport. ***NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia said DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu will personally come to Bohol to assess the present condition of the resorts in Panglao especially after reports surfaced in the coliform contamination especially along the Alona beach area. *** Boholano National Economic Development Sec. Ernesto Pernia relayed that Panglao is next target of President Duterte's marching orders to save the country's prime tourist destinations from further environmental destruction. *** The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has kicked off the study of the proposed long span bridges that would link Southern Leyte to Bohol and Surigao, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways here.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Aquino reports fruitful outcome of 22nd ASEAN Summit in Brunei 

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III said he has expressed his gratitude to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for agreeing to a stricter implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). 

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is the chair of the 22nd ASEAN Summit this year. 

In his arrival message at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II, the President said among the top agenda of the ASEAN leaders is the importance of stronger cooperation among ASEAN member countries in settling territorial disputes in the region. 

Aside from the DOC, the President said he pushed for the immediately crafting of a binding Code of Conduct of Parties with interest in the West Philippine Sea. 

Also, in the bilateral meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the President said the Vietnamese leader thanked him for the strengthening relations between the Philippines and Vietnam. 

Both countries have been cooperating in areas of maritime development and expansive trade, he said. It is in the interest of the two countries to seize the opportunities that will ensure greater tie ups and progress. 
The country’s economy and its tourism sector benefited in the positive dialogue that the country had with its counterparts during the 22nd ASEAN Summit, the President said. (PND)

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