Philippine Authorities Highlight Cuba's Educational System

Philippine Education Minister Leonor Briones was paid a courtesy visit by Cuban Ambassador Ibete Fernandez, with whom she assessed the possibility of starting relations of collaboration in the educational field.

The Cuban diplomat told Prensa Latina that the minister repeated the intention to implement the best and more applicable practices of Cuba's educational system and, above all, to learn from the process to build values among students.

Briones recalled that last year, the general director of Education of the Philippines visited Cuba, and she thanked the ambassador for the welcome he was given.

The official expressed her admiration for the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and underlined that although his physical departure was a great loss for humankind, his legacy remains.

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Philippines- Death Toll From Cebu Floods Rises to Ten

The death toll from the flash floods in the province of Cebu in Philippines has risen to ten and many are injured today.

Heavy rains poured nonstop over the province of Cebu on Sunday and submerged homes in the municipality of Carmen.70 families were displaced and 10 thousand were evacuated. The municipality is the hardest hit area.

Houses were damaged, fields were flattened, and trees were uprooted in Brgy. In Carmen the river overflowed, following raging waters from the mountain. Some of the residents survived by climbing to trees.

The local government has been busy distributing relief goods among the flood victims and the rescue operations continue.

During the reany season from June to Nov. an average of 20 typhons hit the islands leaving behind many dead and displaced people.

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Cuban Delegation Meets Several Sectors of Philippine Society

Several sectors of the Philippine society are now interested in receiving first-hand information about Cuba, sources from the delegation attending the 8th Asia-Pacific Solidarity Meeting with the Caribbean country, said.

As part of the activities related to the event, scheduled in Manila next weekend, the Cuban representation talked with journalists, students and university professors, the sources told Prensa Latina.

During the exchange with the press, Alicia Corredera, vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), explained some details of the close meeting and the importance the event is for her country and whose previous edition was held in Hanoi in September 2015.

This is a space where the greatest number of representations of this kind of movement is concentrated and it is a significant opportunity to draw up effective strategies to support Cuba and share work experiences, she emphasized.

The event will be dedicated this time to the memory of Commander-in-Chief, Fidel Castro, for being the greatest architect of the solidarity with Cuba. Vital issues such as the need to lift the economic and commercial blockade the U.S. government has held against the island for more than 55 years and on which those present were interested in knowing more details, including the figure of the economic losses caused by that policy, will be reiterated during the debate, she said.

Journalist and writer, Marta Rojas, made a general outline of the health and education system in the Caribbean nation since the revolutionary triumph of January 1st, 1959, in which she stressed that 'Cuba will preserve these great social achievements at all cost.'

The program prior to the meeting to be held on April 8th and 9th, included a meeting with great prestige students and intellectuals at the Faculty of Communication of the University of the Philippines. It was focused on how to fight not to forget the history from the perspective of a writer.

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Philippine Minister Praises Cuban Health System

The Secretary of Health of the Philippines, Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, concludes today a visit to Cuba, after several exchanges and visits to health centers, during which she showed interest and praised the local system in this field.

The delegation of the Southeast Asian nation held a meeting with Dr. Roberto Morales, head of the Ministry of Public Health, and with other officials of that ministry, with whom Dr. Rusell-Ubial discussed issues of bilateral interest.

The Philippine official toured the Hermanos Ameijeiras Surgical Hospital with a delegation of a dozen experts of her nation and of the World Health Organization, where she told reporters that the Cuban medical cooperation is beneficial for many countries, active since 1960 in more than a hundred territories, and at the same time makes Cuba’s health system stronger.

She expressed the possibility that the Philippines can benefit from Cuban medical cooperation, from studying the universal system implemented on the island and the access to services in general.

The Philippine’s representatives received, in a policlinic of Havana, an explanation on the Family Doctor and Nurse Program.

The Philippine delegation also visited the Latin American Medical School, where it will know more about training programs and held a meeting with students, in addition to a tour by the Central Unit of Medical Cooperation, among other institutions.

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