Volume 1, No. 94
Monday, August 8, 2011
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• Aquino pledges government support to help BPO industry grow further • Aquino welcomes Miami Heat coach to Malacañang • Aquino receives petition to stop trafficking of children and young people • Aquino says New Bohol Airport to provide better service to greater number of travelers • Malacañang says government’s contigency measures are always in place for typhoons
• Tagalog News: Paaralang modelo ng kagalingan sa Agsur umabot na sa 22 • Surigaonon News: Gov. Matugas pinasidunggang bisita atol sa joint induction, acquaintance program sa Taft Nat’l High School • Surigaonon News: Gob. Sol Matugas moatinder sa 13th Quarterly NEDA Conference ug League of Governors Meeting sa kaulohan • POLICE REPORTS Across the Region • PHOTO FOCUS
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NEWS ACROSS THE NATION FIT challenge and fun run. “We’re (now) spending a lot of time outside schools and unto the (basketball) courts trying to promote a healthy lifestyle, a lot of it through playing the game of
Aquino to keynote 110th PNP Anniversary
resident Benigno S. Aquino III will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker during the commemoration of the Philippine National Police’s 110th Police Service Anniversary that will be held at the PNP multi-purpose center in Camp Crame on Monday (August 8).
The government troops were in hot pursuit of the rebels who were allegedly behind the abduction of Lingig, Surigao del Sur Mayor Henry Dano Saturday morning. According to reports, the incident happened after the 75th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army conducted rescue operation for Lingig town mayor Dano and his two escorts who are also members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. However, officials of the AFP here
said that despite the setback government troops are determined to continue to pursue rescue operation for the victims being held captive allegedly by members of the Front Committee 20 of the New People’s Army. Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that the victims were brought to Davao Oriental. PNP-Caraga Regional Director Reynaldo Rafal said motive for the abduction is still unknown. Meanwhile, the region’s police
chief said local crisis management committee spearheaded by Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel has already been organized . The said committee is gathering information and awaiting communication from the abductors regarding demands for release of the town mayor and his escorts. (PIA-Caraga with reports from PNP-Caraga)
Aquino welcomes Miami Heat coach to Malacañang
resident Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed the head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra who called on him in Malacañang on Wednesday.
Joining the President in welcoming Spoelstra and other members of the Miami Heat staff were Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Presidential cousin Rafael Lopa, and Philippine Airlines Executive Vice President Viviene Tan. In an interview, Spoelstra said it was an honor to personally meet the President whom he briefed on the activities of the NBA FIT program, the league’s global comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical 2
activity and healthy living for children and families through programs and events. “We are here with the NBA FIT program and I’m here with the Miami Heat staff and we’re very involved in trying to promote our program here of fitness and teaching young Filipino kids about the importance of being physically fit, learning proper nutrition and making healthy choices,” Spoelstra said. “This is also a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the
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President,” he added. To show his appreciation, Spoelstra gave the President a white NBA FIT t-shirt which he signed: “To President Aquino, you inspire all of us to make a d i f f e r e n c e . ” Now on its third year, the NBA FIT program, which began its Philippine run last July 25, is now on its second week. The expanded physical program includes the following elements: NBA FIT clinics, development camps, celebrity NBA
basketball but not exclusively to basketball,” Spoelstra said. Born to Fe Celino, a Filipina from San Pablo, Laguna, the 35-year-old Spoelstra is an excollegiate
basketball player at the University of Portland, Oregon and a former professional basketball player/coach for Tus Herten, a team in the professional sports league of G e r m a n y .
Aquino receives petition to stop trafficking of children and young people
resident Benigno S. Aquino III received a non-profit organization’s petition for the government to do something concrete to finally end the trafficking of children and young people in ceremonies in Malacañang on Wednesday. The End Child Prostitution, Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) and partner The Body Shop presented the President with the one-page petition that calls for positive change and action in the fight against child trafficking. Backed by 473,489 signatures, the petition also calls to: 1) Develop community-based prevention programs for the most vulnerable children; 2) Raise awareness of trafficking in schools; 3) Improve law enforcement systems in order to combat crimes against children; and, 4) Build capacity service providers and the allocation of further resources for those organizations that provide recovery and reintegration services to child victims of trafficking for sexual purposes. In his speech keynoting the event, the President told the group that his government joins EPCAT’s advocacy to end child t r a f f i c k i n g . “This is why I am here today to take a stand with all of you who have vowed for zero tolerance against sex trafficking —and,
ultimately, against human trafficking. I was presented with more than 400,000 signatures from a wide range of sectors —from law enforcement to politics, from the academe to our senior citizens —all expressing their desire to have a Philippines and a world without human trafficking. I thank all of you for this commitment,” the President said. “And I likewise thank The Body Shop for their continued and earnest acts of corporate social responsibility, as well as the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes International for their unending crusade against the exploitation of children, he said.” “Allow me to tell you today that the Philippines stands behind your advocacies. We are, and we will continue to fully implement the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act to prevent human trafficking, and to provide protection and services to those already victimized,” the President a d d e d . He pointed out that
through his government’s faithful implementation of Republic Act No. 7610, otherwise known as the Special Protection Law against Child Abuse, “we have already convicted 32 human traffickers in the span of a year, and we have filed cases against many more after a number of raids and rescue o p e r a t i o n s . ” He noted that government efforts have not gone unnoticed as the United States “have removed us from the Tier 2 Watch list in the 2011 Trafficking-in-Persons r e p o r t . ” The President stressed however, that despite the great strides the government has taken to address child trafficking, more still needs to be done. He vowed to relentlessly pursue the complete eradication of child trafficking as well as those who participate in its business. “As long as our people can still be taken against their will to do work that they did not willfully choose, we will continue our fight against human trafficking,” the President said. “I assure all of you that we
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NEWS ACROSS THE NATION will not cease in our efforts—and that the Philippines will put in extra hours to make certain that we comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, so that we may rise to another tier,” the President e m p h a s i z e d . “But make no mistake about it: We are doing this not merely because we want to reap the
benefits of an international designation. We are doing this because human trafficking drowns the hopes of people all over the w o r l d . ” “Child sex trafficking endangers the future of our children—it diminishes their capacity to dream. We are doing this because it is the right thing to do; we are doing this so that we can
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better ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children and youth,” the President said. “And today, our confidence in what we are doing has grown even more with the knowledge that more than 400,000 people also strongly believe that this is the right thing to do,” he c o n c l u d e d .
Aquino says New Bohol Airport to provide better service to greater number of travelers
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – President Benigno S. Aquino III has directed various concerned national government agencies to revisit the proposed contract for the construction of the New Bohol Airport as he assured locals here that it will be of service soon considering the growing tourism industry of the province. During the project briefing on the new P8.4 billion airport to be erected in the Municipality of Panglao, the Chief Executive said that the project tops the agenda of his first visit here since he assumed the Presidency in June last year. The Chief Executive said that the government has allocated funds needed for the new infrastructure project. “The first meeting we had with Governor (Edgardo) Chatto had to deal with the airport, there is an outlay of one billion in the current General Appropriations Act and another one P1.2 billion in the 2012 General Appropriations Act… so that’s P2.2 billion of a projected P8.4 billion fund necessary for the creation of the Panglao airport,” the President s t r e s s e d . “There are already concerns or issues raised with the location, subsoil etc., our instructions are to examine both…we want to have 4
the airport servicing your community at the soonest possible time,” he added. President Aquino said that the government wants to make sure that the new airport will provide better service to a greater number of travelers in the area. Tourism Secretary Albert Lim who was also present during the briefing said that there is an expected 50 per cent increase of tourist influx in the region. He added that last year, a total of 334 thousand tourists visited the Central Visayas region. The New Bohol Airport will feature better communication and navigational facilities that will make it capable for night waiting operation. Apart from accommodating smaller aircrafts such as the Airbus 319 and the Airbus 320, its 2.5 kilometer runway can also service bigger airplanes like the Airbus 330. Foreign regional flights are also being considered to be available
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upon the completion of the project. A total of 2,291,802 hectares of land were already acquired covering four barangays in Panglao where the airport will be constructed. An additional 57.31 hectares are being negotiated for the new facility. Also in attendance during the meeting were other government agency heads that include Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III.
Malacañang says government’s contigency measures are always in place for typhoons
alacañang said cy measures are tinues to bring rains
Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Secretary Ramon Carandang said that the government has already prepositioned the relief goods in areas affected by the typhoon. “The usual contingency measures that we observe are always in place—the prepositioning of relief goods, the warnings to residents in affected areas,” Carandang said during a regular press briefing on Tuesday in Malacañang. Carandang said that the government continues to monitor the typhoon. “We’ll have to see how the weather develops. Ang mahirap kasi minsan, napapansin ninyo kung minsan kahit hindi siya nagsi-signal no. 2 or no. 3, nakakaranas ‘yung ibang lugar ng baha,” he stressed. “So I think what we’re seeing in the last two weeks is you cannot simply rely on signal no. 2
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the government’s contingenplace as Typhoon Kabayan conManila and other parts of Luzon.
or signal no. 3 before you determine whether you’re going to suspend classes. You’ll have to look at the situation on the ground and how people are being affected by it,” he added. Carandang also said that the government has decided to suspend the classes in college level and the work in government because of the heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Kabayan. “Well, right now, we know that the rain has inconvenienced a lot of people. But, at this point, we’re still monitoring. We have not monitored any major problems,” Carandang s a i d . Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. has declared the suspension of college classes and work in government in National Capital Region (NCR) on Tuesday from 1 p.m. onwards. Ochoa issued on Tuesday a memorandum circular number 17, declaring the suspension of classes
in college level and work in government in the NCR on Tuesday afternoon. “Upon the recommenddation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG ASA) and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by Typhoon Kabayan, work in government offices and classes in college level in the Nation Capital Region are hereby suspended today, 2 August 2011 from 1 p.m. onwards,” Ochoa said. “However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” the Executive Secretary a d d e d .
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