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Dispatch for December 10 , 2013 ( Tuesday ) , 10 PIA Calabarzon PR , 6 Weather Watch, 6 Reg’l. Watch , 1 OFW Watch, 1 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 5 Photonews

1. Weather Watch 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued At:

5:00 a.m., 10 December 2013

Valid Beginning: 5:00 a.m. today until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow


Predicted Mean Sea Level Pressure Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind Analysis for 8 a.m., 10 December 2013 Analysis for 8 a.m., 10 December 2013

Satellite Image for 5:30 a.m., 10 December 2013

Synopsis: Diffused Tail-end of a cold front affecting Central Luzon. Trough of Low Pressure Area (LPA) affecting Eastern Mindanao. Forecast: The provinces of Aurora and Quezon and the region of Caraga will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The regions of Cagayan, Cordillera and Ilocos will be cloudy with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast with slight to moderate seas.

Tropical Cyclone Update As of today, there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

2. Weather Watch GALE WARNING GALE WARNING NO. 46 For: Strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Northeast Monsoon. Issued at 5:00 a.m. today, 10 December 2013 Strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon.


SEABOARD

WEATHER

WIND FORCE (KPH)/(KNOTS)

SEA CONDITION

WAVE HEIGHTS (meters)

The northern seaboard of Northern Luzon (Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, and the northern coast of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan)

Cloudy skies with light rains

(52 - 63) / (28 - 34)

Rough to very rough

3.4 to 4.5

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves. The next update will be issued at 5:00 p.m. today.

3. Weather Watch 4 hours ago 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00 AM 10 December 2013 SYNOPSIS: Diffused tail-end of a cold front affecting Central Luzon. Trough of Low Pressure Area (LPA) affecting Eastern Mindanao. FORECAST: The provinces of Aurora and Quezon and the region of Caraga will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The regions of Cagayan, Cordillera and Ilocos will be cloudy with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Luzon. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the East to Northeast with slight to moderate seas. Over METRO MANILA Maximum Temperature : 1:50 PM Yesterday --- 31.6ºC Minimum Temperature : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 23.1ºC Maximum Relative Humidity : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 99 % Minimum Relative Humidity : 2:00 PM Yesterday --- 64 % Sunrise Today : 6:10 AM Sunset Today : 5:27 PM Low Tide Today : 10:42 AM ...…....... 0.04 METER High Tide Today : 5:45 PM .……….... 0.55 METER Low Tide Today : 10:36 PM ...…........ 0.44 METER High Tide Tomorrow : 3:57 AM .………... 0.62 METER Moonrise Today : 12:15 PM Moonset Tomorrow : 12:43 PM Illumination Today : 54 %


For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 9271335 and 927-2877

4. Weather Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: As part of their charitable mission and civic action, the officers of Quezon coconut farmers and traders association headed by its chairman Rhocel Paraon recently donated P300,000.00 to victims of typhoon 'Yolanda' in Tacloban City through the Philippine Red Cross. Paraon said their association is also set to donate an initial 10,000 coconut seedlings from their nurseries to coconut farmers affected by the typhoon.

6. Philippines's photo. 19 hours ago DZBB: Matumal na lamang ang pagdating ng mga typhoon Yolanda survivor na sakay ng C-130 sa Villamor Airbase. Gayunman, hindi pa rin bumibitaw ang mga volunteer na gustong magbigay ng tulong sa mga nasalanta. Mula noong manalasa ang bagyong Yolanda ay umabot na sa 5,199 pamilya ang naasistehan ng DSWD sa Villamor Airbase.


6. Philippines's photo. 5 hours ago Mga hakbang sa paggawa ng ligtas na inuming tubig, ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan: #YolandaPH Basahin sa govph: http://www.gov.ph/crisis-response/paano-gumawa-ng-ligtas-na-inuming-tubig/


Weather Watch

December 10 , 2013 ( Tuesday ) CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON

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Sunny Sunny Fair Weather Sunny Fair Weather

Regional Watch

1. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: Pinasinayaan kamakailan ng Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) sa pangunguna ni Lt. Gen. Ronnie Ordoyo ang water reservoir project sa compound ng Camp Nakar, Lucena City. Naisakatuparan ang proyekto sa tulong ng Quezon Metropolitan Water District. Layunin nito na mabigyan ng wastong suplay ng tubig ang mga naninirahan sa kampo Nakar na pawang mga sundalo at pulis.


2. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago PIA-4A/CAVITE: The provincial government in cooperation with the SEED Center Phils., Inc. recently conducted a medical and dental mission in Barangay Maliksi I in Bacoor City. Said mission aimed to provide medical and health care services to under privilege individuals and families. More than 300 beneficiaries were given free check ups, dental and medical assistance by volunteer doctors from Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital.

3. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Coconut farmers from selected barangays in Siniloan, Laguna whose area were damaged by Typhoon Rosing and habagat recently received 50 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority. The distribution is part of PCA and DA's rehabilitation program.

4. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Farmers from selected barangays in Siniloan, Laguna whose area were damaged by Typhoon Rosing and habagat recently received 213 bags of certified-seeds of palay from the DA.

5. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Quezon will be conducting seminar on 'Doing business on free trade areas' on Dec. 12 at DTI office, Grand Central Terminal, Lucena City. The seminar aims to encourage the small business entrepreneurs to participate in the trade fair in order to have better promotion of their products.

6. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Muling paiigtingin ang ordinansa kaugnay ng paghihiwalay ng basura sa lungsod ng Lipa.Ito ay upang maayos at mapanatiling malinis ang kapaligiran at makatugon sa iniaatas ng Solid Waste Management Act.


1. PIA OFW Watch 22 hours ago DZBB: Itinaas na ng DFA sa alert level 3 ang sitwasyon sa Yemen kaugnay ng naganap na pagpapasabog sa compound ng Defense Ministry doon kung saan kasama sa mga nasawi ang pitong Pinoy.

A. QUEZON

DTI confiscates unlicensed fire extinguishers in Quezon 1.

Tuesday 10th of December 2013


LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Dec. 10 (PIA) --Fourteen cylinders of fire extinguishers worth P43,000 were confiscated from a manufacturer in this city during an on-thespot inspection conducted by a team of enforcers of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Calabarzon last November 13.

The establishment, previously a licensed manufacturer two years ago, did not respond to the notices of DTI to conduct annual quality system audit and product testing which is required for the renewal and continuous use of its PS Mark license.

This prompted the DTI to conduct the on-the-spot inspection and the discovery that the establishment was producing dry-chemical type of fire extinguishers at a time when its license is no longer valid which is a violation of the Product Standards Law (Republic Act 4109) and the DTIâ€&#x;s Department Administrative Order No. 02, Series of 2007 (DAO 02:2007).

DTI filed administrative cases against the establishment, later found out to be owned by a relative of the previous owner, and is now under adjudication.

If found guilty, the manufacturer will be penalized with a minimum fine of P35,000 and maximum of P300,000 plus the value of the confiscated products which are subject to destruction.

Prior to be sold in the market, fire extinguishers are required for mandatory certification – a rigid auditing of the manufacturing process and verifying product quality and performance required under the Philippine National Standards (PNS) certification scheme.

DTI continually monitor, implement and enforce relevant laws and regulations to prevent the proliferation of uncertified and considered unsafe products in the market to ensure the safety of consumers. (Charlie S. Dajao, DTI Calabarzon) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=631386627938#sthash.kZRhoLqH.dpuf


B. CAVITE

1. Calabarzon entrepreneurs to gear up for ASEAN integration Tuesday 10th of December 2013

TRECE MARTIREZ CITY, CAVITE, Dec. 10 (PIA) --The Calabarzon Regional Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (RMSMED) Council unanimously adopted a resolution to draft a regional MSME development plan to prepare MSMEs on the impact of the ASEAN economic integration, in a conference held at the Cavite provincial capitol last December 4.

Rene Tongson, alternate to the chairman of the RMSMED, indicated that the regional MSME Development Plan, a consolidation and harmonization of the plans that each provincial council has prepared, will be presented to the regional MSMED council for approval in March next year.

The implementation of the zero tariffs virtually on all products by 2015 is viewed as a threat that alarmed the MSME sector. Since there will be a free flow of goods and services, the MSME find it tough to compete with other ASEAN countries whose goods and services they expect would have the competitive advantage.

Speaking at the conference, Zenaida C. Maglaya, DTI undersecretary for regional operations said the departmentâ€&#x;s pillars of support for enterprise development and other programs and projects are all aimed at raising the competitiveness of entrepreneurs to be globally competitive.

She also said that various industry maps have already been made in preparation for the economic integration and advised entrepreneurs to carefully examine their respective sectors and organize a core team to assume a proactive role in planning and determine specific actions to take on.


“We just can‟t plan by the year, instead, we plan in synch with the world”, Maglaya added.

Regional Director Marilou Quinco-Toledo urged that both government and the business sector must collaborate to prepare MSMEs to be competitive in the ASEAN region and globally as well; strategize and look for areas of improvements to confront the threats of the ASEAN integration and be able to participate in the ASEAN supply chain.

“We shall work as one towards one direction for inclusive growth. Hindi na pwede ang kanya-kanya; kailangan, sama-sama”, Toledo urged.

The ASEAN economic community - made up of the economies of Brunei , Cambodia , Indonesia , Laos , Malaysia , Myanmar , Philippines , Singapore , Thailand , and Vietnam has an estimated consumer base of 600 million people. It is envisioned to be a single market and production base having an estimated gross domestic product of USD 1-trillion thus viewed as a highly competitive economic region to be fully integrated in the global economy. (Charlie S. Dajao, DTI Calabarzon) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=631386627846#sthash.tUHqC11l.dpuf

C. LAGUNA

1.

BSP launches ‘Money


Matters for Kids’ exhibit BY: ALAN C. ORTILLANO Sunday 1st of December 2013

LOS BANOS, Laguna, Dec. 1 (PIA) --The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched the „Money Matters for Kids (MMK)‟ exhibit at the Sunken Lobby of the Student Union Building, University of the Philippines, this municipality last November 26. According to the BSP, MMK is a key component of BSP‟s integrated economic and financial learning program designed to impart lessons in saving, spending and sharing to students 12 years old and younger in an interactive way. It also promote greater financial awareness and boost financial literacy, which is essential to sustainable economic growth. Assistant vice governor, Dr. Johhny Noe E. Ravalo of the BSP financial supervision research and consumer protection sub-sector led the launching of the exhibit along with UPLB Vice Chancellor Enrique L. Tolentino Jr. representing UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz and officials of the Department of Education. Grades 5 & 6 pupils of Lopez Elementary School from barangay Batong Malaki attended the event. In his message, Dr. Ravalo stressed to the pupils the importance of saving money for tomorrow at an early age. (ACO, PIA-Laguna) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=641385696408#sthash.Em5l4DxL.dpuf

2. NFA-Laguna launches rice retail store BY: ALAN C. ORTILLANO Sunday 1st of December 2013

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, Dec. 1 (PIA) –A rice retail outlet dubbed “Bigasan


Natin‟To” was launched recently by the National Food Authority (NFA)-Laguna in its compound located at barangay San Ignacio, this city. The retail outlet that sells quality and affordable NFA rice at P27/kilo will cater to the rice needs of barangay residents and even passing commuters. “The provision of quality and affordable rice is of much importance in every family and this is the reason why the NFA has conceived this project,” NFA-Laguna provincial manager Gondelina U. Alda said. “This is also our way of showing appreciation to the barangay where NFA office is located.” She added the project has long been thougth of as far back as July this year but only materialized recently. In her message, Laguna 3rd district representative Sol Aragones-Sampelo praised the initiative of NFA management in establishing the outlet in its own compound, saying “This is one way of bringing government services closer to our constituents.” Aside from Sampelo, NFA assistant regional director Alejo J. Tamayo, city and barangay officials, leaders of grain retailers associations and NFA employees graced the event. - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=641385696184#sthash.ynmlYrY5.dpuf

D. BATANGAS

1. 20 trainees graduate under DOST Grant-in-Aid Project BY: MAMERTA P. DE CASTRO Tuesday 10th of December 2013

BATANGAS CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) --Twenty trainees under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) grant-in-aid project completed the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool programming and operations program last December 2.

The program aims to address the "brain drain" of CNC machinist which has a negative impact in the metals and engineering industries in the country.


Unemployed participants were granted a P300 daily allowance to defray their cost of living while undergoing training.

DOST Calabarzon regional director Alexander Madrigal, said the program is expected to provide more opportunities to the graduates to land for better job employment and increase investments in the country.

On the other hand, Virgilio Lansuela, president of Metalworking Industries Association of the Phils., said the graduates have two options after completing the program, either they work for a company or put up their own business.

"I am encouraging everyone to dream high especially in aiming to put up their own business because there is a big demand for CNC machinists in the country nowadays," he added.

Juluis Bonquin, the topnotcher among the graduates expressed his gladness for being part of the program and expressed his gratitude to the trainers for their dedication in teaching the skills they need to know. (PIA-Batangas) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681386315384#sthash.Zx8Vztr9.dpuf

2. Tagalog news: Anti-drug abuse council, palalakasing muli sa lungsod ng Batangas Monday 9th of December 2013 New 0

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LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Dis. 9 (PIA) --Upang matugunan ang pagpuksa sa ipinagbabawal na gamot o droga na itinuturing na salot ng lipunan, muling binuo ng pamahalaang lungsod ang Batangas City Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

Bunsod nito, magdaraos ng symposium ang mga miyembro ng konseho sa mga ibatibang barangay national high schools upang mabigyan ng kaalaman ang mga estudyante sa epekto ng ipinagbabawal na gamot sa kalusugan at pamumuhay ng isang gumagamit nito.

Magkakaroon din ng kompetisyon para sa Logo, Slogan, at Poster Making contest


bilang bahagi ng Anti-Drug Abuse celebration na may temang “Make Health Your New High in Life Not Drugs!” Ang contest ay naglalayong linangin ang kakayahan ng mga kabataang Batangueño sa larangan ng sining.

Inilunsad din ng konseho ang “Oplan Simot” na naglalayong malinis ang lungsod sa mga drug addicts.

Kaugnay nito, inaasahan ng mga miyembro ng Batangas City Anti-drug Abuse Council ang pakikiisa ng mga opisyal ng lung - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681386046283#sthash.BmpAs5r3.dpuf

3. Tagalog news: Parenting congress, tampok sa pagdiriwang ng Huwarang Pamilyang Batangueno 2013 Monday 9th of December 2013

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Dis. 9 (PIA) --Bilang pagkilala sa katangian ng pamilyang Batangueno inihandog kamakailan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ang parenting congress para sa mga magulang sa kapitolyo at iba‟t-ibang bayan sa lalawigan sa isinagawang pagdiriwang ng pagpili ng Huwarang Pamilyang Batangueno 2013.

Tampok ang pamosong parenting counselors sa bansa na sina Maricel Laxa at asawa nitong si Anthony Pangilinan na nagbigay ng ilang mga parenting tip sa mga tatay at nanay na dumalo sa pagdiriwang ng araw para sa pamilya.

Tinalakay sa parent congress ang mga makabagong pagsubok na kinkaharap ng mga magulang di lamang sa bansa kundi ng buong mundo.

Ilan sa mga usaping ito ang isyu at pagpapa-alam tungkol sa mabilis na pag andar ng teknolohiya sa buhay ng mga magulang at mga anak tulad computers, cellphone at internet; mga makabagong pagsubok sa pamilyang Pilipino; Pagpupugay sa mga kakaibang kakayahan ng Pamilyang Pilipino; pagpapasunod at pangangaral ay


kailangan nagsisimula sa sarili; pagpapabuti ng relasyon ni nanay at ni tatay; tamang pagpapakita ng Parenting Love and Magic at higit sa lahat ang pagbabalanse ng Trabaho; Sarili at pamilya.

Layunin ng Parenting Congress na ibahagi sa iba pang may pamilya ang mga ilang makakatulong na kaalaman para sa pagbuo ng ideal family na siyang pinagdaanan ng mga pamilyang nahirang para sa taong ito.

Ang mga isyung ito ay napapanahon sapagkat sa pagpili ng Huwarang pamilyang Batangue単o, ang mga napiling pamilya ay dumaan ng sa mga nasabing isyu at mas mabigat pang hamon ng buhay bunsod ng kahirapan noong unang panahon kung saan sila ay nagsisimula pa lang itaguyod ang kanilang pamilya.

Dumaan ang mga ito sa masusing kraytirya ng mga board of directors ng Huwarang Pamilyang Batangeu単o Foundation Inc at siniguro na ang mga ito ay makadiyos, makapamilya at isa sa mga pangunahing iginagalang at inirerespeto ng kanilang pamayanan dulot ng kanilang pagtulong sa kanilang kapwa.

Ang mga napiling pamilya para sa taong ito ay nagsalaysay na kanilang mga makulay na karanasan sa buhay sa pinakamalungkot hanggang sa tinatawag nilang life changing opportunity na naging daan upang magtagumapay ang bawat miyembro ng pamilya mula kay Tatay , Nanay hanggan sa mga Anak na nagsulong sa kanila sa magandang buhay na tinatamasa sa ngayon,

Pinamunuan ni Governor Vilma Santos Recto ang pagbibigay parangal sa mga nanalo, kasabay ang pagbibigay pasasalamat at paghanga sa mga nagtagumpay na pamilya. Sinabi nito na patuloy silang maging isa sa mga inspirasyon ng bawat pamilya di lamang sa lalawigan kundi pati na rin sa buong Bansa.

Para sa 2013 hinirang ang pamilya ni G.at Gng. Leandro Ramos ng bayan ng Lobo, pumangalawa ang pamilya ni G. at Gng. Dominador Casao ng Batangas City at sinundan ito nina G.at Gng. Clemente Castor ng San Pascual habang nakasama sa mga finalist ang pamilya nina G. Ceferino Aguila ng Padre Garcia, G. at Gng, Pedro Suarez ng San Nicolas at Pamilya ni G. Fernando Dimayuga ng Tuy. (Edwin zabarte-PIO Batangas Province) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681386121854#sthash.MEKekxQb.dpuf


4. Tagalog news: Kampanya laban sa ipinagbabawal na droga, muling inilunsad Monday 9th of December 2013

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Dis. 9 (PIA) --Upang higit na mapalakas ang kampanya laban sa ipinagbabawal na gamot, muling inilunsad ng pamahalaang lungsod ang proyektong “Eradicate Drug Dependence thru Information and Education ( EDDIE) sa pamamagitan ng isang rally noong Nobyembre 28.

Pinangunahan ni Mayor Eduardo Dimacuha ang rally na nagsimula ang paglalakad sa Batangas provincial capitol at nagtapos sa Batangas sports coliseum kung saan isang programa ang idinaos.

Sinabi ni assistant regional director Raymond Lopez ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) na naging panauhin sa paglulunsad ng proyekto na makakatulong ng malaki ang proyekto sa demand reduction thrust ng PDEA.

“Sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon, maiiwasan ang malaking problemang ito ng lipunan na isang profitable business sa Calabarzon dahil sa port of Batangas na nagsisilbing transhipment point ng ilegal na droga,� sabi ni Lopez.

Ayon pa kay Lopez, hindi madali ang paglaban sa ilegal na droga kung kayat kailangang magtulungan ang lahat ng sektor at palakasin ang pundasyon ng isang pamilya upang mailigtas ang mga ito sa pagiging biktima.

Base sa ulat ng Philippine National Police (PNP)-Batangas City, may 97 positibong operasyon ang kanilang naisagawa mula Enero hanggang Oktubre ng taong ito. Sa nasabing operasyon, 57 ang nahuli sa drug pushing, 109 sa possession, siyam ang nakuhang paraphernalia at tatlo ang gumagamit. Umabot sa 86.47 gramo ang nakumpiskang shabu habang 1,089.68 gramo naman ang marijuana. May 98 kaso naman ang naisampa na sa korte.

Ang project EDDIE ay unang inilunsad ni Mayor Eddie B. Dimacuha noong1994.


(Angela Banuelos-PIO Batangas City) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681386048788#sthash.hf5j063q.dpuf

5.

Tagalog news: City DRRM office, nanguna sa fire/earthquake drill Monday 9th of December 2013

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Dis.9 (PIA) –Pinangunahan ng City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) ang fire/earthquake drill na idinaos kamakailan sa Divine Child Academy sa lungsod na ito bilang paghahanda sa kalamidad.

Sinabi ni Susan Dimaano, school registrar na mahalagang malaman nila ang mga dapat gawin kung sakalang magkaroon ng kalamidad tulad ng lindol lalo pa‟t mahigit sa 400 na estudyante ang pumapasok sa nasabing eskuwelahan.

“Mahalagang mapangalagaan ang kaligtasan ng mga mag-aaral gayundin ang mga empleyado ng eskuwelahan kung kaya‟t nararapat lamang ang ganitong drill,” sabi ni Dimaano.

Binigyang diin ni Dimaano na bukas ang pamunuan ng nasabing paaralan sa mga suhestyon na dapat gawin bilang paghahanda sa anumang kalamidad. Mahalaga din aniya na malaman ng mga estudyante ang kanilang gagawin at kung paano sila makakatulong sa mga magiging biktima.

Kaugnay nito, sinabi ng isang board of directors ng eskuwelahan na malaking bagay para sa kanila ang pagmamasid sa naturang drill lalo na sa mga estudyante na maaring makatulong sa mga rescue.

Ayon naman kay Julius Malantic, civil defense officer I ng CDRRMO na isa sa mga


evaluators, napapanahon ang fire/earthquake drill dahil sa mga kalamidad na tumama kamakailan lamang sa Visayas at Mindanao.

Bunga nito, nagpasalamat ang pamunuan ng naturang paaralan sa pamahalaang lungsod ng Batangas sa suportang ipinagkaloob upang makapagsagawa ng fire/earthquake drill sa pangunguna ng CDRRMO. (Liza delos Reyes-PIO Batangas City)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681386046358#sthash.LaZRfCpv.dpuf

E. RIZAL

1. DAR-Rizal conducts annual assessment for agrarian beneficiaries Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, December 3 (PIA)—Department of Agrarian Reform –Rizal


has recently conducted its yearly Agrarian Reform Community Level of Development Assessment (ALDA) in order to keep track of the progress of the provinceâ€&#x;s agrarian beneficiaries. The annual ALDA, held from November 14-29 this 2013, is usually conducted through a focus-group discussion format where local ARCs are assessed through the criteria of land tenure management, organizational maturity, economic and physical infrastructure of support services, farm productivity and income, basic social services and gender and development. Findings are rated from 1 to 5, where a rating of 1-2 indicates a need for improvement of an ARC, 3 indicates functionality and 4-5 high functionality. Higher ratings are indicate of a good development which translate to easier access to financial assistance from DAR. (GG-PIA4A) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2261386036728#sthash.bX8UVrAj.dpuf

10 DECEMBER 2013.

President Aquino, Japan Prime Minister Abe to witness signing of three exchanges of notes Regional, International issues to be discussed at ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit

President Aquino, Japan Prime Minister Abe to witness signing of three exchanges of notes President Benigno S. Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will witness the signing of three exchanges of notes that promise to boost the country‘s post-disaster and defense capabilities. The two leaders, who will meet in Japan this week for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit, are likely to discuss the matters during a working lunch meeting on Friday. "During the meeting, the two leaders will discuss cooperation on disaster management and reconstruction in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, economic concerns, maritime cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and the Mindanao peace process," Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez said at a briefing. He said the two leaders will also "exchange views on the prevailing regional issues of mutual concern."


During his stay in Japan, President Aquino and Prime Minister Abe will also witness the signing of the three Exchanges of Notes, Hernandez said. These include: • a post-disaster standby loan worth Y10 billion ($100 million) • a loan for multi-role response Vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard worth ¥18.732 billion ($187 million) • a revised route schedule for the Philippines-Japan Air Services Agreement. PND (jl) TOP Regional, International issues to be discussed at ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit (TOKYO, Japan) Key regional and international issues will be tackled at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit here later this week. President Aquino is set to join his fellow ASEAN heads of state in discussing issues ranging from political to security at the Akasaka State Guest House on Saturday. Also expected to be discussed are cooperation on economy and emerging socio-economic challenges, people-topeople and cultural challenges, and exchange of views on regional and international issues. They are expected as well to adopt a medium-to- long-term vision of ASEAN-Japan friendship. "With respect to the substantive aspect of the Commemorative Summit, the Leaders of ASEAN and Japan, while looking back on the accomplishment of the past 40 years, will primarily set the future direction of ASEAN-Japan relations, to cover politico-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues," Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said in Manila. Hernandez added two outcome documents are expected from the Summit, the first being the Vision Statement of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan; and the second being Joint Statement of the ASEAN-Japan Summit. The Vision Statement and its Implementation Plan will focus mainly on medium- and long–term cooperation between ASEAN and Japan, while the Joint Statement will address regional and international issues beyond dialogue partnership, he added. PND (jl) TOP

09 DECEMBER 2013.

1. People of Palo remember life‟s biggest lessons learned from „Yolanda‟ 2. President Aquino to receive honorary doctorate degree at Tokyo's Sophia University 3. President Aquino to promote PHL economic interests in meetings with Japanese business leaders in Tokyo visit 4. President Aquino to pursue closer Phl-Japan ties in Tokyo visit 5. DSWD to consider extending distribution of relief goods until next year 6. DSWD to look into allegations of missing relief goods from foreign donors 7. Meeting with Filipino community first on President Aquino's schedule in Japan 8. DSWD asks media’s help to warn ‘Yolanda’ victims against illegal recruiters 9. Filipino community to present Y1-million check for ‘Yolanda’ victims during meeting with President Aquino


10. President Aquino mulls to give subsidy to transport sector due to power rate adjustments 11. President Aquino lauds Department of Labor and Employment for helping displaced workers in the aftermath of typhoons and calamities 12. President Aquino says Department of Labor and Employment's conciliation and mediation averts strikes 13. 170 units of temporary shelters already under construction in Leyte and Samar—DPWH 14. President Aquino commends the Department of Labor and Employment for developing Labour Law Compliance System 15. Aquino sees faster negotiation with MILF 16. Govt chief negotiator: There’s enough mechanism to solve problems on the ground 17. President Aquino remains focus at empowering the poor to fight poverty 18. United Kingdom coordinates with Philippines and international aid agencies to ensure relief reaches typhoon victims

People of Palo remember life’s biggest lessons learned from ‘Yolanda’ (PALO, Leyte) The resilience of Filipinos and their strong devotion towards the Catholic faith were on display Sunday as those who survived the onslaught of super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) shared everything they remember during that fateful Friday of November 8, its aftermath, and how God helped them through those harrowing times. Fr. Sunny Quejada told a packed audience inside Palo Cathedral about his own ordeal upon learning that he had lost two members of his immediate family from the tragedy. He, however, said that blaming God for what happened never crossed his mind. The 33-year old priest took a few days of leave from his parish in Aurora and rushed home to his family as soon as he learned that his mother went missing following Yolanda‘s onslaught. When he arrived, he was surprised to find out that his elder sister was also missing. He immediately went to search for his beloved kin, gone as far as looking at and praying for the dead bodies he saw on the road one-by-one, and felt relieved when he did not find them there. Such relief, however, was just temporary as the remains of his mother showed up a few more days later. Fr. Quejada said he wished to see his mother alive but he already prepared himself for the worst and accepted her death. He, too, acknowledged the possibility that his sister did not survive even if her body has not yet been found. He took care of everything for her mother‘s burial, from buying the coffin to processing the papers, despite being overwhelmed with sadness. He even personally led the ceremonial rites during her interment. ―Some priests found it hard to lead a funeral mass for their loved ones because they get very emotional. But somehow I managed to hold one for my mother because I wanted to give her a proper burial,‖ Fr. Quejada said in Filipino while keeping his emotions in check. Fr. Quejada admitted he once had thought about asking some of his brothers why they let something bad happen to their mother and sister, but he quickly abandoned the idea, knowing that it must be more agonizing on their part as they were witnesses to Yolanda‘s devastation. Instead, Fr. Quejada prayed to the Lord and thanked Him for allowing them to experience this pain because it made them stronger as a family. With God on their side, he said he would rather look at his experiences with Yolanda on a positive note. Fr. Quejada already sent his remaining family members to Manila where they can start rebuilding their lives. He also plans to go back to his parish soon in preparation for the traditional Misa de Gallo. His testimony was just one of the many stories shared here in Palo as part of its cathedral‘s Days of Prayer and


Remembrance to mark the first month since super typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in Leyte and other places in the Visayas. Monsignor Bernie Pantin, parish priest of the Palo Cathedral, said this prayerful event was held to provide a communal experience of healing and closure as they take a rest from the frenzy of relief activities and spend a period of silence, pay respects to, and pray for the dearly departed, as well as offer sympathies to their families and friends. It was also meant to give thanks to God for the valuable gift of new life given to those who survived the typhoon, and to remember with gratitude and to pray for the countless generous persons, who continue to work together to help with the healing process and rehabilitation of the beautiful island of Leyte. A group of talented children who fortunately survived the tragedy performed two songs, "Yesterday‘s Dream" and "Pagibig Tulad ng Batis," during the said program that drew applause, cheers, and tears of joy from the adults who were watching from the pews. Archbishop John Du of the Archdiocese of Palo capped the program with a prayer before leading the Eucharistic celebration. PND (hdc) TOP President Aquino to receive honorary doctorate degree at Tokyo's Sophia University (TOKYO, Japan) President Benigno S. Aquino III is expected to receive an honorary doctoral law degree from Japan's Sophia University during his visit here this week. President Aquino is scheduled to visit the university on Friday morning, before meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Some 150 guests from government, business leaders, think tanks, the diplomatic corps and Filipino community members and Filipino students are expected to attend the event. Sophia University president Tadashi Takizawa is expected to deiver the opening remarks before formally awarding the Honorary Doctorate Degree to the President. President Aquino is expected to deliver a commemorative lecture after Chancellor Toshiaki Koso gives his congratulatory address. Following the event, the President and his delegation are expected to head for Prime Minister Abe's residence for a bilateral meeting and working lunch. The conferment of the degree is one of the activities of the President during his visit to Japan, for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit. Sophia University is a Jesuit educational institution and has exchange agreements with Jesuit universities including Ateneo de Manila University, President Aquino's alma mater. PND (jl) TOP President Aquino to promote PHL economic interests in meetings with Japanese business leaders in Tokyo visit (TOKYO, Japan) President Benigno S. Aquino III is expected to promote Philippine economic interests in Japan this week, through scheduled meetings with Japanese business groups and delegations during his visit here. President Aquino will lead a Philippine delegation to Tokyo to take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit here. On Friday, the President is scheduled to meet with the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) at the Meeting Room of the Keidanren Kaikan in Chiyoda-ku here. The President and members of the Philippine delegation are to meet 12 representatives of the Japan Business Federation led by Hiromasa Yonekura. The meeting is scheduled after a bilateral meeting and working lunch hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Also on Friday, the President is scheduled to receive a social call by Bank of Japan Governor and Mrs. Haruhiko Kuroda at the Main Building of the Imperial Hotel. On Saturday, President Aquino is scheduled to join fellow ASEAN heads of state at a lunch hosted by the Japan business community, including the Keidanren and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at the Japan Business Federation building.


Also on Saturday, the President and members of the Philippine delegation are to meet with officials of the Sumotomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Expected to represent the SMBC are chairman Teisuke Kitayama and deputy president Hiroshi Minoura. Meanwhile, the President is scheduled to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding for an 850-room retirement community in Cebu City. To sign the MOU are officials of the Cebu City government, Japanese real estate firm I-Land Co., and construction company Primary Structures. On Saturday evening, the President and the Philippine delegation will meet with officials of Nidec Sankyo Corporation led by chairman of the board Shigenobu Nagamori. PND (jl) TOP President Aquino to pursue closer Phl-Japan ties in Tokyo visit (TOKYO, Japan) President Benigno S. Aquino III will pursue closer ties between the Philippines and Japan during his visit here this week for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative summit. President Aquino and the Philippine delegation are to take part in several events aimed at bolstering various aspects of Philippine-Japan friendship. On Friday, the President is scheduled to receive an Honorary doctorate law degree from Sophia University. The President is then expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a bilateral meeting and a working lunch at the Prime Minister's official residence. He is then to meet with the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) at the Keidanren Kaikan) in the afternoon. The President will then join fellow ASEAN heads of state at tea hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Also on Friday, the President and the Philippine delegation will receive a courtesy call by the Japan Philippines Parliament Arians Friendship League (JPPFL) at the Imperial Hotel. Expected to lead the JPPFL delegation are Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki as advisor; chairman Kenji Kosaka; vice chairman Takeshi Maeda; chief secretary Yukio Ubukata; and secretary-general Taku Otsuka. Following this will be a social call by Bank of Japan Governor and Mrs. Haruhiko Kuroda. On Friday evening, the President will join ASEAN heads of state at a dinner to be hosted by Prime Minister Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the Prime Minister's official residence. On Saturday, the President will take part at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit at the Akasaka State Guest House, President Aquino may deliver a statement during the summit. The President and fellow ASEAN heads of state will then take part in a lunch hosted by the Japan business community, including the Keidanren and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. President Aquino will then join fellow ASEAN heads of state at the closing session of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit. Also on Saturday, the President will receive a courtesy call from former Japan International Cooperation Agency president Dr. Sadako Ogata, who is now advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and a special advisor to JICA President Akihiko Tanaka. He will then meet with a delegation from the Sumotomo Mitsui Banking Corp., and witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding for an 850-room retirement community in Cebu City. The President will likewise meet with representatives from Nidec Sankyo Corp. President Aquino will then join fellow ASEAN heads of state at a gala dinner to be hosted by Prime Minister and Madame Abe. He is expected to depart for Manila Saturday night and arrive in Manila early Sunday. PND (jl) TOP


DSWD to consider extending distribution of relief goods until next year (TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte) Distribution of relief goods especially to vulnerable sectors in calamity-stricken areas of Visayas may be extended until next year, the Department of Social Welfare of Development‘s (DSWD) regional office in Eastern Visayas announced. The DSWD previously said their relief distribution efforts would just be until the end of this year, but this could change depending on the agency‘s assessment of the situation, DSWD officer-in-charge for Eastern Visayas Nestor Ramos said. ―(As) per assessment of our department, the relief distributions will be up to December 30, but we will do another assessment of whether we would continue our relief distribution after December. But definitely, for the vulnerable (sectors), it will continue,‖ Ramos told members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) during a meeting here. The DSWD already plans to move into its cash-for-work program beginning January next year and has instructed local government units, through their Municipal Social Welfare Development offices, to prepare a project proposal as for the qualified beneficiaries of the said program. About P533,698,756 worth of family food packs were already distributed by the DSWD for Leyte and Samar provinces alone as of December 7 (Saturday). Cost of assistance for the relief distribution efforts of local government units amounted to P3,938,454. Meanwhile, the DSWD is launching this afternoon its ‗Feel Good‘ project to be attended by Secretary Corazon Soliman, in partnership with the Department of Education and private companies like HBC and the Reyes Haircutters. The project will serve as a morale booster to the typhoon survivors conceptualized by DSWD‘s partner groups from the private sector in Manila. Some 30 haircutters will be giving free haircut to teachers and volunteers in Palo and Holy Infant College in Tacloban. This will be followed shortly by an activity to decorate the ‗Tree of Hope‘. PND (hdc) TOP

DSWD to look into allegations of missing relief goods from foreign donors (TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte) The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will look into reported allegations of missing relief goods from international donors that have generated rage and concern over social media recently, its regional office here said on Monday. Fielding questions from the media, DSWD officer-in-charge for Eastern Visayas Nestor Ramos said they have not yet


received information regarding the matter but they will seek clarification from their workers on the ground to address this concern. ―The reality on the ground is there are NGOs (non-government organizations) directly distributing relief goods to LGUs (local government units)… (In) every municipality, we have already deployed (teams) to assess whether commodities are being received by our people in the villages,‖ Ramos said. British tabloid, the Daily Mail, published a report over the weekend quoting an expat source that emergency supplies delivered by military helicopters from the United Kingdom have turned up on the shelves of shops in Makati instead of its intended recipients in calamity-hit areas. Ramos said they will investigate this matter, as well as the alleged hoarding of imported relief goods from international organizations by corrupt local officials to be swapped with local ones hidden inside cadaver bags. ―Usually, when there are donations from the international organizations, we just make an inventory of it by box, but we are not opening that box. We immediately dispatch them to the different municipalities. We have a list of distribution plan as to who will be given priority. We do not repack (these relief goods) in our offices,‖ Ramos explained. Ramos also encouraged members of the media to visit their relief hubs to see for themselves whether the DSWD was indeed keeping these goods inside cadaver bags just to hide them from the public. He also addressed complaints raised by some volunteers who were displeased with DSWD‘s rotational policy in line with its food-for-work program. He said rotating the volunteers was necessary so they could give equal opportunity to everyone. ―We have to rotate our volunteers because they are being given family food packs. It‘s part of the food-for-work program. If they help in the repacking, we give them family food packs, so they can‘t stay as volunteers for a long period of time. We have to remember that there are also a lot of people like them, that‘s why we have to rotate our volunteers,‖ Ramos explained. PND (hdc) TOP

Meeting with Filipino community first on President Aquino's schedule in Japan (TOKYO, Japan) A meeting with the Filipino community in Japan will be the first item on President Benigno S. Aquino III's itinerary during his visit here this week. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, shortly after the President and the Philippine delegation are to arrive here from Manila. It comes ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit, which the President is to take part in. During Thursday's meeting scheduled at the Large Hall of the Arts Building of the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, the President is to be presented with a symbolic check for Y1 million for victims of super typhoon ―Yolanda‖ (Haiyan). He will also award the Presidential Medal of Merit to former National Historical Institute (now National Historical Commission of the Philippines) Chairman Ambeth Ocampo, before delivering his speech for the occasion. Meanwhile, Joyce Ogawa, chairperson of the Philippine Assistance Group representing the Kanto region and Jocelyn Yoshitomi, chairperson of the Philippine Community Coordinating Council representing the Kansai region, will deliver their respective remarks. Filipino artists will also perform songs from the President's inaugural concert. PND (jl) TOP


DSWD asks media’s help to warn ‘Yolanda’ victims against illegal recruiters (TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte) Victims of super typhoon ‗Yolanda‘, especially women and children here who are susceptible to trafficking, are being warned against illegal recruiters that are promising them jobs outside. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) issued this statement Monday and asked members of the media to advise citizens of Leyte to be more cautious when they are offered job opportunities outside their province. ―I-advocate natin huwag kayong papayag sa mga wrong information that there is job outside of Tacloban,‖ DSWD officer-in-charge for Eastern Visayas Nestor Ramos said. Ramos added that any information with respect to job opportunities can be easily verified with the Department of Labor and Employment. He also mentioned that the DSWD continues to work with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to address the issue on trafficking. They are also working with the Philippine Navy as regards to the unescorted minors who wanted to board their ships. ―If there are kids na walang magulang, hindi po ‗yan pinapasakay. ‗Yung mga bata na gustong sumakay pero walang nanay, kinukuha po namin, nilalagay po namin sa aming shelter,‖ Ramos said. PND (hdc) TOP Filipino community to present Y1-million check for ‘Yolanda’ victims during meeting with President Aquino (TOKYO, Japan) Filipinos here will present to President Benigno S. Aquino III this week a symbolic check for Y1 million (P426,007) for victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The presentation will be one of the highlights of the President's meeting with the Filipino community shortly after his arrival here on Thursday afternoon. Expected to present the check are Jenavila Shigemizu, chairperson of the Philippine Barrio Fiesta Executive Committee, and Olive Akatsu. Yolanda battered parts of the Visayas and Southern Luzon last Nov. 8, leaving behind nearly 6,000 dead and more than P35-billion in damage. The destruction it caused has prompted the international community to pitch in and help the survivors. President Aquino is to lead a Philippine delegation to Japan this week for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit. The delegation is scheduled to arrive on Thursday. PND (jl) TOP

President Aquino mulls to give subsidy to transport sector due to power rate adjustments President Benigno S. Aquino III announced on Monday that he is studying the option of providing subsidy to public transport sector in efforts to lessen the effects of the possible power rate adjustments. In an interview following his attendance to the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment which has for its theme "Walumpung Taong Pag-unlad, Walumpung Taong Paglilingkod" held at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center located at the corner of North Avenue and Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City, the Chief Executive issued the statement in the light of the plan of the Manila Electric Company to implement power rate adjustments. President Aquino said he issued a directive to Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Budget Secretary Florcencio Abad, among others of the possibility of tapping the Malampaya Funds to finance the program to cushion the effects of electricity power adjustments.


"Itong araw na ito inatasan ko si Secretaries Jericho Petilla, Cesar Purisima, pati ang Department of Justice, ang Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Executive Secretary and Secretary Florencio Abad na i-review kung paano ba magagamit—paano at puwede ba magamit ang Malampaya funds to cushion the impact," the President said. "So baka pumasok ang pagbibigay ng subsidy sa ating mga—, ulitin ko lang ha, baka muna dahil pinagaaral ko pa nga ang subsidy doon sa ating mga public transports, ano, during the period of up to, if I remember correctly, hanggang February, ano, para hindi na kailangang mag-rate increase. ...Meron tayong sinubukang ganyan noong rumagasa iyong presyo ng langis about two years ago, kung hindi ako nagkakamali so, that amongst other things," he said. The President expects the concerned Cabinet Secretaries to give him the result of the study and proposal to address the issue before he leave for Japan this week. PND (js) TOP

President Aquino lauds Department of Labor and Employment for helping displaced workers in the aftermath of typhoons and calamities President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded on Monday the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for facilitating employment services for the typhoon-displaced workers in the aftermath of typhoons and other calamities. In his speech during the 80th Founding Anniversary of the DOLE which has for its theme "Walumpung Taong Pagunlad, Walumpung Taong Paglilingkod" held at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center located at the corner of North Avenue and Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City, the Chief Executive said the DOLE is working hard to find all possible means in providing employment opportunities for the victims of calamities. "Iba po talaga ang DOLE. Noong nakaraang taon lang nang ipaabot ko sa inyo ang aking paghanga sa matatagumpay ninyong inisyatiba para sa ating manggagawa. Pinasalamatan ko rin kayo noon sa pagtulong ninyo sa mga kababayan nating sinalanta ng bagyong Pablo. Kung napakataas na ng antas ng serbisyong ipinakita ninyo noon, tinumbasan pa ninyo ito ng panibagong gilas ngayong taon," President Aquino said. "At ito nga po ang lalong nagpapatingkad sa pagdiriwang natin sa inyong ika-80 anibersaryo. Alam po ninyo sa sunudsunod na trahedyang dinaanan ng bansa ngayong taon, nariyan ang inyong ahensya bilang matibay na sandigan ng mga kababayan natin para sa kanilang muling pagbangon," he said. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Bureau of Local Employment, among others, to mobilize resources, partners, and allies and conduct overseas job fairs for workers in calamity-stricken provinces in Visayas region following the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda last November, the President said. "Isipin ninyo: 11 araw lang ang nakalipas matapos hagupitin ng bagyong Yolanda ang kalakhang Kabisayaan, pinangunahan ng DOLE ang pagkakaloob ng libu-libong emergency employment sa mga apektadong komunidad," the President said. "Si Secretary Linda nga po ang naging punong-abala sa koordinasyon ng mga ahensya sa paghahatid ng ayuda para sa mga biktima. Siya po ang inatasan nating mangasiwa sa typhoon Yolanda Information Assistance Center—ang ahensyang nakatoka para sa pagkalap at pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon ukol sa mga donasyon, volunteers, missing persons, at pagtukoy sa mga pangangailangan ng komunidad," he said. The President also expressed his gratitude to Baldoz and the officials and employees of the DOLE for immediately extending assistance to the victims of calamities. "Balita ko po, simple na lang din ang ginawa ninyong selebrasyon upang higit kayong makapaghatid ng tulong sa mga sinalanta nating kababayan. Hayaan ninyo pong ako na ang magpaabot sa inyo ng isang taos-pusong pasasalamat. Kapag po talaga masigasig, maaasahan, at sinsero ang ating mga ahensya sa pagtugon sa mga hamon, talagang


naiibsan ang bagabag at agam-agam natin sa panahon ng trahedya," he said. PND (js) TOP President Aquino says Department of Labor and Employment's conciliation and mediation averts strikes President Benigno S. Aquino III said the Department of Labor and Employment's National Conciliation and Mediation Board succeeded in averting strikes, paving the way for the government to achieve stable industrial peace climate in the country. In his speech during the 80th Founding Anniversary of the DOLE which has for its theme "Walumpung Taong Pagunlad, Walumpung Taong Paglilingkod" held at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center located at the corner of North Avenue and Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City, the Chief Executive said the DOLE's conciliation and mediation strategy is the best approach in settling work-related disputes. "Kapansin-pansin nga po ang maayos na relasyon ng ating mga manggagawa at mga kompanya. Isipin po ninyo: Buhat 2010, nananatiling mababa ang bilang ng mga strike ayon sa National Conciliation and Mediation Board. Sumasalamin ito sa tagumpay ng Single Entry Approach ng DOLE, kung saan dumadaan sa 30-day conciliationmediation ang nakahaing labor cases," the President said. "Ang maganda nga, sa 152 notices of strike and lockout ngayong taon, isa lang ang natuloy na welga. Ito raw po ang pinakamababa sa kasaysayan ng DOLE. Dahil sa naresolbang mga kaso sa pamamagitan ng SEnA mula Oktubre 2010 hanggang Setyembre 2013, napadali ang pagbabayad ng 2.4 billion pesos na monetary benefits para sa 82,578 manggagawa. Kaya naman di na po ako nagtatakang nakuha ng SEnA Team ang CSC Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award ngayong taon," President Aquino said. The DOLE continues to enhance its conciliation and mediation techniques in maintaining harmony in the workplace. It has trained labor and management representatives to become skilled and qualified conciliators-mediators in an effort to maintain industrial peace in the country. "Maipagmamalaki rin natin ang pagkakaroon ng stable industrial peace climate sa bansa. Dahil dito, mas nahihikayat natin ang mga investors para sa pagpapalawak o pagbubukas nila ng negosyo sa Pilipinas," the President said. PND (js) TOP

170 units of temporary shelters already under construction in Leyte and Samar—DPWH

(TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte) The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has proposed a total of 219 units of bunkhouses to be constructed in the provinces of Leyte and Samar, 170 units of which are already underway, DPWH regional coordinator Serafin Lago, Jr. reported on Monday. Lago added that clearing operations by the different engineering districts of the DPWH in Eastern Visayas are still ongoing with some areas already completed one hundred percent. Main highways here are almost cleared although the debris that comes from the inside streets kept returning. ―We collect this debris daily, but after collection the following day, another set of debris is piled up on the streets. We are still conducting debris collections daily and we are even scheduling it at night time,‖ Lago said during his meeting with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.


The DPWH has also already cleared the Burayan Creek, as well as the Tacloban City Astrodome, which served as an evacuation center for residents here during the height of super typhoon ‗Yolanda‘ last month. Roofing for the two buildings of the Leyte Sports Complex, which is being used as central command post for relief operations of various international aid organizations, as well as work stations for foreign, national, local media is almost completely repaired. Upon its acquisition of important materials such as coco lumber, the DPWH will start repairing six school buildings and one regional office building that were damaged during the typhoon. Lago said they might begin the work by next week as soon as the materials arrive. PND (hdc) TOP President Aquino commends the Department of Labor and Employment for developing Labour Law Compliance System President Benigno S. Aquino III commended the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for developing a new "Labour Law Compliance System" (LLCS) in ensuring decent and productive work. In his speech during the 80th Founding Anniversary of the DOLE which has for its theme "Walumpung Taong Pagunlad, Walumpung Taong Paglilingkod" held at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center located at the corner of North Avenue and Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City, the Chief Executive acknowledged the move of the DOLE to implement this year the new LLCS that aims at improving work conditions, fostering good employeremployee relations, and enhancing work productivity through voluntary compliance with labor standards. "Saludo rin tayo sa new labor law compliance and incentivizing system bilang tugon sa mga isyung nakapaloob sa labor contractualization. Sa tulong nito, sinisiguro nating napapangalagaan ang karapatan ng ating manggagawa; na ang mga kompanyang sakop ng Labor Code ay may tamang pasuweldo at benepisyo para sa kanilang mga empleyado," President Aquino said. "Nakapag-deploy na rin tayo ng Unified Registration System ng Batas Kasambahay. Sa pagtutulungan ng DOLE, Social Security System, PhilHealth, at Pag-IBIG, mas mabilis at simple na lang ang pagrehistro ng mga employer at kasambahay para sa kanilang mga benepisyo. 2.9 na milyong kasambahay po ang inaasahan nating makikinabang sa sistemang ito," he said. The DOLE earlier improved the processes of the LLCS by developing a software system that will establish a coordinated program relative to labor law enforcement. The President also lauded Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz for coming out with various initiatives to create more job opportunities for the Filipinos. "Pinalawak din natin ang serbisyo ng Phil-Job.Net para sa epektibong paglalatag ng oportunidad sa ating mga kababayan. Ang dating 40,000 na bakanteng trabahong nakapaskil dito noong 2010, umabot na sa 100,000 ang monthly average buhat noong 2012. Habang ang mga rehistradong establisyamento naman, tumaas din mula 2,000 noong 2010 hanggang maging 30,000 na ito sa kasalukuyan. "Sa pagtutulungan naman ng DOLE, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior and Local Government, at Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, pumaspas ang programa natin para palayain at protektahan ang nasa isandaang libong kabataan mula sa child labor. Sa kasalukuyan, bukod sa nagkaloob na tayo ng educational assistance sa humigit-kumulang 50,350 batang manggagawa, nabigyan din natin ng marangal na kabuhayan ang kanilang mga magulang," he said. PND (js) TOP Aquino sees faster negotiation with MILF President Benigno S. Aquino III said he expects the peace negotiations to speed up now that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberations Front signed the agreement on power-sharing annex. During his attendance to the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment in Quezon City Monday, the President said in an interview that although both sides signed the Framework Agreement last year, they have a huge task in hammering out the details of the annexes which will take time. Asked if the government and MILF negotiators remain on track in establishing Bangsamoro government by 2016, the President said: ―Lahat tayo gusto nating mas maaga mapirmahan ito pero hindi nga ganoon kadali, reason of itong timeframe.‖ ―Palagay ko ma-a-accelerate ang process para naman makaupo na sila by 2015, after the enactment of the enabling law.‖


The President said that after power-sharing, negotiators must iron out normalization, the last hurdle in the talks. ―Medyo hindi ganoon kasimple iyon dahil talagang dito lalabas iyong buong pagtitiwala o ide-demonstrate nito ang buong pagtitiwala ng lahat,‖ the President said. Normalization includes MILF fighters going back to folds of the law as well as safeguarding their weapons, he said noting that the issue is contentious since it involves complete trust to the Philippine government by the MILF. In a press briefing, government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said in a teleconference from Malaysia that they intend to meet in January to complete the annex on normalization as well as the addendum, which is the timeline. In the meantime however, the Transition Commission is going on with their meetings in the next few weeks. Ferrer also said that the committee on wealth-sharing has been working on the text for the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law following the signing of the wealth-sharing annex this year. Negotiators have to work double time given the previous delays, Ferrer said. She added however that they are still working on the same timeline which is to establish the Bangsamoro government and hold the first elections in 2016. Both panels target to sign the comprehensive agreement by January, she said. In October last year, the government and the MILF signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro aimed at ending decades-long conflict in Mindanao that resulted to a huge number of casualties and instability in the region. PND (as) TOP Govt chief negotiator: There’s enough mechanism to solve problems on the ground There are enough mechanisms on the ground to avoid hostilities while the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front thresh out the remaining annex of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by both sides last year, the government chief negotiator said on Monday. In the teleconference from Malaysia with Palace reporters, chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said that the government always keeps in touch with their counterparts whenever there are problems arising on the ground. One example is the attacks committed by the MILF in Lanao and Marawi City, she said. Ferrer said that as both parties craft a permanent peace pact in Mindanao there are stumbling blocks that may arise along the way. ―We have always said that the road ahead is going to be rough and these are the kinds of problems that we know we will be encountering along the way, but what is important is that we have the mechanisms to be able to address things … that we are able to extract the kind of accountability and discipline that is expected of everyone,‖ she said. For instance, during the incidents in Lanao and Marawi City, Ferrer said they held two executive sessions with their counterpart in the MILF. That set off the process of immediately contacting respective ceasefire committees, contacting the commanders that were involved in the incidents and making sure that the remedial steps are undertaken, she said. The process led to the immediate release of the police chief in Marawi City and in another incident the release of abducted civilians, Ferrer said. The government and the MILF recently signed the agreement on power-sharing annex and gear up to thresh out the normalization annex. Both sides target to sign the comprehensive agreement next year. PND (as) TOP


President Aquino remains focus at empowering the poor to fight poverty President Benigno S. Aquino III said the government remains focused at empowering the poor and the marginalized sector of the society to fight poverty. In an interview following his attendance to the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment which has for its theme "Walumpung Taong Pag-unlad, Walumpung Taong Paglilingkod" held at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center located at the corner of North Avenue and Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City, the Chief Executive said the government continues to work harder to alleviate poverty. The National Statistical Coordination Board reported that poverty incidence in the Philippines eased to 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 from 26.3 percent in 2009. The Board also said that among Filipino families, poverty incidence also declined to 19.7 percent last year from 20.5 percent in 2009. The President said the government continues to invest in people's capacity to participate meaningfully in the economy. "Pero ang bottom line, ‗pag sinabi naming ―inclusive growth,‖ di ba, the primary stimulus has always been the poverty level ... So kung may motivating force, it has to be that number, and that focus has to keep on diminishing kaya nga inclusive," he said. "How do you participate in economic growth? That‘s why you have all of these funding for Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, in Commission on Higher Education and Department of Education for that matter. That‘s why you have Conditional Cash Transfer now to be expanded to high school students. Iyong all and everything that we do is aimed at bringing our people beyond, di ba, to poverty threshold," the President stressed. The National Economic and Development Authority attributed the slight improvement in poverty incidence to the government's social programs such as the conditional cash transfer scheme. It also said that sustained high economic growth is needed to enable the Philippines to reduce poverty faster especially in rural areas. PND (js) TOP United Kingdom coordinates with Philippines and international aid agencies to ensure relief reaches typhoon victims The United Kingdom government is working closely with the Philippine government and international aid agencies to ensure that the needed humanitarian aid reach the victims of super typhoon ‗‗Yolanda‘‘ (international name Haiyan.), the British Embassy in Manila said. The British Embassy in Manila issued the statement following reports that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will look into reported allegations of missing relief goods from international donors that have generated rage and concern over social media recently, its regional office here said on Monday. ―We have no evidence of British aid being used for anything other than the relief effort, which is helping hundreds of thousands of Filipinos rebuild their lives,‖ the British Embassy said in a statement on their website. DSWD officer-in-charge for Eastern Visayas Nestor Ramos said they will seek clarification from their workers on the ground to address this concern after British tabloid "Daily Mail," published a report on December 7 quoting an expat source that emergency supplies delivered by military helicopters from the United Kingdom have reportedly turned up on the shelves of shops in Makati instead of its intended recipients in calamity-hit areas. ―Usually, when there are donations from the international organizations, we just make an inventory of it by box, but we are not opening that box. We immediately dispatch them to the different municipalities. We have a list of distribution plan as to who will be given priority. We do not repack (these relief goods) in our offices,‖ Ramos explained.


Ramos also encouraged members of media to visit their relief hubs to see for themselves whether the DSWD was indeed keeping these goods inside cadaver bags just to hide them from the public. He also addressed complaints raised by some volunteers who were displeased with DSWD‘s ―rotational policy‖ in line with its food-for-work program. He said rotating the volunteers was necessary so they could give equal opportunity to everyone. PND (hdc/js) TOP

09 DECEMBER 2013 Gagawaran ng ‘honorary doctorate degree’ ang Pangulong Aquino sa Sophia University ng Tokyo Pinakamahahalagang aral ng buhay ang natutuhan ng mga taga-palo sa bagyong ‘Yolanda’ Isusulong ng Pangulong Aquino ang kapakanan sa ekonomya ng Pilipinas sa pakikipagpulong niya sa mga negosyanteng Hapones pagpunta sa Tokyo Magandang samahan ng Pilipinas at Hapon ang isusulong ng Pangulo sa pagdalaw sa Tokyo Pag-aaralan ng DSWD kung itutuloy pa sa isang taon ang pamamahagi ng relief goods sa mga biktima ng Yolanda Aalamin ng DSWD ang pagkawala umano ng ‘relief goods’ na galing sa mga dayuhang ‘donors’ Pakikipag-usap sa mga Pilipino ang unang iskedyul ng Pangulo sa Hapon Hiningan ng tulong ng DSWD ang media na babalaan ang mga biktima ng Yolanda laban sa illegal recruiters Ipagkakaloob ng mga Pilipino sa Hapon ang tsekeng isang milyong yen sa Pangulong Aquino para sa mga biktima ng ‘Yolanda’ sa pulong dito Pinag-aaralan ng Pangulong Aquino ang ‘subsidy sa sektor ng transportasyon dahil sa ‘power rate adjustment’ Pinuri ng Pangulong Aquino ang DOLE sa maagap na pag-aayos ng gusot kaya naiwasan ang aklasan

Gagawaran ng ‘honorary doctorate degree’ ang Pangulong Aquino sa Sophia University ng Tokyo (TOKYO, Hapon) Gagawaran ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ng honorary doctoral law degree ng Sophia Univerwsity ng Tokyo pagdalaw niya rito ngayong linggong ito. Nakatakdang magtungo ang Pangulong Aquino sa nasabing pamantasan sa Biyernes ng umaga bago siya makipagpulong kay Punong Ministro Shinzo Abe ng Hapon. May 150 panauhing buhat sa pamahalaan, mga lider ng negosyo, think tanks, diplomatic corps at mga Pilipino ang inaasahang dadalo sa pagtitipong naturan. Si Tadashi Takizawa, pangulo ng Sophia University, ang magbibigay ng paunang pananalita bago igawad sa Pangulong Aquino ang Honorary Doctorate Degree. Inaasahang magtatalumpati ang Pangulong Aquino matapos ang talumpating pagbati sa kanya ni Chancellor Toshiaki Koso. Pagkatapos ng pagtitipon sa nasabing pamantasan, ang Pangulo at ang delegasyon niya ay tutuloy sa tahanan ni Punong Ministro Abe para sa bilateral meeting at working lunch nila. Ang paggagawad ng pandangal na titulo sa Pangulo ay isa sa mahalagang gawaing kaugnay ng pagdalaw niya sa Hapon kaugnay ng Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit.


Ang Sophia University ay istitusyong Heswita at may exchange agreements sa mga pamantasan ng Heswita, kabilang ang Ateneo de Manila University kung saan nagtapos ang Pangulong Aquino. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Pinakamahahalagang aral ng buhay ang natutuhan ng mga taga-palo sa bagyong ‘Yolanda’ (PALO, Leyte) Ang tatag ng Pilipino at lakas ng pananampalatayang Katoliko ang ipinamalas Linggo ng mga nakaligtas sa lupit ng bagyong ―Yolanda‖ nang isalaysay nila ang lahat ng natatandaan nilang mga naganap noong araw na iyon, Nobyembre 8, ang ibinunga nitong walang katulad na pinsala at kunhg paanong tinulungan sila ng Maykapal sa kahila-hilakbot na mga pangyayaring yaon. Isinalaysay ni Pari Sunny Quejada sa mga taong siksikan sa loob ng Katedral ng Palo ang pinagdaanang hirap ng kalooban nang malamang ‗nawawala‘ ang kanyang ina at nakatatandang kapatid na babae. Ni minsan ay hindi sumagi sa isip niyang sisihin ang Diyos sa nang- yari sa ina at kapatid. Agad nagpaalam ang 33 taong gulang na pari upang sumaglit sa Aurora kung saan naroon ang kanyang mga magulang Agad niyang hinanap ang ina at kapatid. Nilalapitan niya ang mga bangkay at ipinagdasal ang mga nakitang nakabulagta sa gilid ng mga lansangan upang alamin kung ina o kapatid niya ang sino man dito. Kahit paano, nakahinga siya nang maluwag dahil wala sa mga nakabulagtang mga bangkay ang hinahanap niya. Ayon kay Pari Quesada, sa ubod ng puso niya ay nais niyang maktiang buhay ang kanyang ina. Pagkalipas ng ilang araw, natagpuan na ang bangkay ng kanyang ina at inihanda na niya ang kanyang sarili sa katotohanang baka pati ang kapatid niya ay patay na rin. Sa gitna ng pagdadalamhati, siya ang nag-ayos sa paglilibing ng butihin niyang ina. Ibinili niya ito ng kabaong at inayos ang mga kasulatang kailangan sa gitna ng matinding kalungkutang nadarama niya. Siya pa rin ang nagmisa para sa kanyang ina. ―Mga mga paring nahihirapang magmisa para sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay dahil sa nadaramang lungkot. Subali‘t, sinikap kong ako ang magmisa para sa yumao kong ina bago siya ihatid sa huling hantungan,‖ madamdaming wika ni Pari Quejada sa Wikang Pilipino habang sa mukha niya ay bakas ang matinding pamimighati. Inamin ni Pari Quejada na sumagi sa isip niyang itanong sa kanyang mga kapatid na lalaki kung bakit pinabayaang masawi ang kanilang ina at kapatid, subali‖t hindi niya itinuloy agad ang balak na ito dahil alam niyang higit na mabigat ang pagdadalamhating pinagdaraanan ng mga ito sapagka‘t saksi sila sa walang katulad na lupit ni Yolanda. Sa halip, nanalangin at nagpasalamat si Pari Quejada sa Dakilang Lumikha dahil na nadama niya ang masaklap na karanasang ito na lalong nagpatibay ng buklob ng pamilya nila. Sa tulong ng Diyos, minarapat niyang inukulan niya ng positibong pananaw ang masaklap na karanasang ito sa bagyong Yolanda. Pinaluwas sa Maynila ni Pari Quejada ang kanyang mga kapatid at pamilya upang doon simulang muling ayusin ang kanilang mga buhay. Balak din niyang bumalik sa kanyang sariling parokya sa lalong madaling panahon upang mapaghandaan ang tradisyunal na Misa de Gallo o Simbang-Gabi. Ang salaysay ni Pari Quejada ay isa lamang sa mga kuwento rito sa Palo na naging bahagi ng Days of Prayer and Remembrance siang buwan matapos manalanta ang pinakamalakas na bagyong Yolanda sa Leyte at iba pang panig ng Kabisayaan at Timog Luzon. Sinabi ni Monsenyor Bernie Pantin, kura paroko ng Katedral ng Palo na ang pagtitipong ito ay ginanap upang marinig ang magkakatulad na karanasan ng paghihilom at pag-ahon sa masaklap na mga masaklap na karanasan upang alayan ng dalangin ang mga mahal sa buhay na nasawi, gayundin ang pakikiramay sa kanilang mga kaanak at kaibigang dumanas din ng walang katulad na kalupitan at pinsala ni Yolanda. Alay rin ang Araw ng Panalangin at Paggunita ng mapapalad na nakaligtas at nagkaroon ng panibagong pagkakataon sa buhay pagkatapos ng mapamuksang bagyong Yolanda upang magpasalamat sa Lumikha at ipagdasal ang napakaraming may mabuting kaloobang mga tao na patuloy na nagtutulung-tulong upang alalayan ang proseso ng


paghihilom at rehabilitasyon ng napakagandang Pulong Lalawigan ng Leyte. Sa pagkakataong ito, isang pangkat ng mga batang nakaligtas sa trahedya ang nagparinig ng mga awiting Yesterday‘s Dream at ―Pag-ibig Tulad ng Batis‖ na sinalubong ng masigabong palakpakan, pagbubunyi at patak ng mga luha ng kagalakan ng mga taong nasa Katedral. Si Arsobispo John Du ng Palo ang nag-alay ng panalangin bago sinimulan ang Banal na Misa. PND (hdc/zaf) TOP

Isusulong ng Pangulong Aquino ang kapakanan sa ekonomya ng Pilipinas sa pakikipagpulong niya sa mga negosyanteng Hapones pagpunta sa Tokyo (TOKYO, Hapon) Isusulong ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang kapakanan sa ekonomya ng Pilipinas sa nakatakdang pakikipagpulong niya sa mga grupo ng negosyanteng Hapones at mga delegasyon pagtungo niya rito. Pangungunahan ng Pangulong Aquino ang delegasyon ng Pilipinas sa Tokyo na lalahok sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit dito. Sa Biyernes nakatakdang makipagpulong ang Pangulong Aquino sa Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) sa Meeting Room ng Keidanren Kaikan sa Chiyodaku rito. Makikipagpulong ang Pangulo at ang delegasyong Pilipino sa 12 kinatawan ng Japan Business Federation sa pangunguna ni Hiromasa Yonekura. Gaganapin ang pulong na ito pagkatapos ng bilateral meeting at working lunch kay Punong Ministro Shinzo Abe. Sa Biyernes din, ang Pangulo ay nakatakdang sadyain nina Gobernador at Gng. Haruhiko Kuroda ng Bank of Japan sa Main Building ng Imperial Hotel. Sa Sabado, ang Pangulong Aquino at ang mga kapuwa puno ng bansang ASEAN ay dadalo sa tanghaliang hangod ng Japan business community, kabilang ang Keidanren at ang Japan chamber of Commerce and Industry sa gusali ng Japan Business Federation. Sabado rin gaganapin ang pakikipagpulong ng Pangulo at ng delegasyong Pilipino sa mga pinuno ng Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation na kakatawanin ni Teisuke Kitayama, tagapangulo at Hiroshi Minoura, pangalawang pangulo. Samantala, nakatakdang saksihan ng Pangulo ang paglagda sa memorandum of understanding para sa isang 850room retirement community sa Lungsod ng Cebu. Lalagda sa kasunduang ito ang mga pinuno ng pamahalaan ng Lungsod ng Cebu, ang 1-Land Co., real estate firm ng Hapon at ang Primary Structures na kompanya sa kostruksiyon. Gabi ng Sabado naman makikipagpulong ang Pangulong Aquino at ang delegasyon ng Pilipinas sa mga pinuno ng Nidec Sankyo Corporation sa pangunguna ng tagapangulo nito na si Shigenobu Nagamori. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Magandang samahan ng Pilipinas at Hapon ang isusulong ng Pangulo sa pagdalaw sa Tokyo (TOKYO, Hapon) Ibayong magandang pagsasamahan ng Pilipinas at ng Hapon ang isusulong ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III pagtungo niya rito para dumalo sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit. Lalahukan ng Pangulong Aquino at ng delegasyon ng Pilipinas ang mga pagtitipong naglalayong lalo pang gumanda ang ugnayan ng Pilipinas-Hapon sa iba-ibang larangan. Sa Biyernes nakatakdang tumanggap ang Pangulo ng honorary doctorate law degree mula sa Sophia University dito.


Pagkatapos, ang Pangulo at Punong Ministro Shinzo Abe ng Hapon ay magsasagawa ng bilateral meeting at working lunch sa opisyal na tahanan ng Punong Ministro. Susundan ito ng pakikipagpulong ng Pangulo sa Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) sa Keidanren Kaikan sa hapon. Makakasama rin ang Pangulong Aquino ng mga kapuwa puno ng ASEAN sa pagtitipong handog nina Emperadzor Akihito at Emperatris Michiko sa Palasyo ng Emperador sa Chiyoda, Tokyo. Sa Biyernes din, ang Pangulo at ang delegasyong Pilipino ay dadalawin ng Japan Philippines Parliament Asians Friendship League (JPPFL) sa Imperial Hotel. Ang delegasyon ng JPPFL ay pangungunahan ni Minister ng Katarungan Sadakazu Tanigaki, tagapayo; tagapangulong Kenji Kosaka; pangalawang tagapangulong Takeshi Maeda; punong kalihim Yukio Ubukata at pangkalahtang kalihim Taku Otsuka. Pagkatapos nito, pupunta naman sina Gobernador ng Banko ng Hapon at Gng. Haruhiko Kuroda para makapulong ang Pangulong Aquino. Sa Biyernes ng gabi, makakasama ng Pangulo ang mga puno ng ASEAN sa isang state dinner na handog ni Punong Ministro Abe at ng maybahay nito, Akie Abe, sa opisyal na tahanan ng Punong Ministro. Sa Sabado, dadalo ang Pangulo sa ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit sa Akasaka State Guest House kung saan inaasahang ilalahad ng Pangulong Aquino ang pahayag sa summit. PND (jl/zaf) TOP Pag-aaralan ng DSWD kung itutuloy pa sa isang taon ang pamamahagi ng relief goods sa mga biktima ng Yolanda (LUNGSOD NG TACLOBAN, Leyte) Malamang ipagpatuloy pa sa isang taon ang pamamahagi ng relief goods sa malubhang napinsala ng bagyong Yolanda sa Kabisayaan, ayon sa pampurok na tanggapan ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Kaunlaran sa Silangang Kabisayaan. Unang sinabi ng DSWD na ang pamamahagi ng tulong ay hanggang sa katapusan na lamang ng taong kasalukuyan, subali‘t maaaring mabago ito salig sa pagtaya ng kalagayan doon ni Nestor Ramos, officer-in-charge ng DSWD sa Silangang Kabisayaan. Sinabi ni Ramos sa mga kagawad ng Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) sa pulong dito na hanggang Disyembre 30 na lamang ang nakatakda nilang pamimigay ng tulong sa mga biktima ng bagyo, subali‘t magkakaroon pa ng pag-aaral upang alamin kung kailangang ituloy pa ang pamimigay ng tulong sa mga biktima ni Yolanda. Balak ng DSWD na simulan na ang cash-for-work program sapul sa darating na Enero at inatasan na nila ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng mga tanggapan ng Kagalingang Pambayan nila na ihanda ang isang panukalang proyekto para sa mga kuwalipikadong makasama sa programang ito. Umaabot na sa P533,698,756 ang halaga ng family food packs na naipamigay ng DSWD sa Leyte at Samar lamang hanggang Disyembre 7 (Sabado). Ang halaga naman ng tulong ng lokal na pamahalaan sa pamamahagi ng tulong ay umabot na sa P3,038,454. Samantala, ilulunsad ng DSWD ang proyektong Feel Good na dadaluhan ni Kalihim Corazon Soliman at ng mga kabalikat na Kagawaran ng Edukasyon at mga pribadong kompanya tulad ng HBC at Reyes Haircutters. Ang proyektong ito ang magpapalakas ng loob ng mga nakaligtas sa bagyo. Walang bayad na gugupitan ng may 30 manggugupit na galing sa Maynila ang mga guro at boluntaryo sa Palo at Holy Infant College sa Tacloban. Susundan ito ng pagpupuni sa Tree of Hope. PND (hdc/zaf) TOP


Aalamin ng DSWD ang pagkawala umano ng ‘relief goods’ na galing sa mga dayuhang ‘donors’ (LUNGSOD NG TACLOBAN, Leyte—Sisiyasatin ng Kagawaqran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Kaunlaran (DSWD) ang iniulat na umano ay kagkawala ng mga relief foods na ibinigay ng iba-ibang bansa sa daigdig na naging dahilan ng pagkabahala at pagkainis nang iba kamakailan. Tahasang sinabi ni Nestor Ramos, officer-in-charge ng DSWD sa Silangang Kabisayaan na wala silang natanggap na impormasyon tungkol sa bagay na ito, nguni‘t lilinawin nila ito sa mga tauhan nila upang lumiwanag ang lahat. ―Ang totoo, may mga NGOs (non-government organizations) na sila na ang namimigay ng tulong sa mga pamahalaang lokal sa bayan-bayan. Mayroon na kaming itinalagang mga tauhan para alamin kung ang mga tulong na ito ay nakarating sa ating mga kababayan,‖ sab ni Ramos tungkol sa bagay na ito. Ang Daily Mail, British tabloid ay naglathala ng balita noong nakaraang linggo na isang expat source na emergency supplies na inihatid dito ng mga helikopter ng militar ng United Kingdom ang umano ay nasa mga tindahan sa Makati sa halip na ipamigay sa mga biktima ni Yolanda. Binigyang diin ni Ramos na sisiyasatin nila ang bagay na ito, gayundin ang umano ay pagtatago ng mga tiwaling lokal na pinuno ng mga relief goods mula sa mga pandaigdig na samahan matapos palitan ng mga lokal na produktong nakatago umano sa mga cadaver bags. ―Kapag may donasyong galing sa pandaigdig na samahan, hindi namin binubuksan ang kahon, binibilang lamang ito. Agad itong ipinadadala sa iba-ibang munisipyo. May listahan kami ng distribution plan para malaman ang mga dapat unahin. Hindi na namin ito iniimpake pa sa aming mga opisina,‖ paliwanag ni Ramos. Hinimok ni Ramos ang media na magsadya sa kanilang relief hubs para makita nila kung totoo ang bintang na inilalagay ang mga ito sa cadaver bags para itago sa tao. Ipinaliwanag din ni Ramos na halinhinan ang mga boluntaryo sa DSWD dahil ito ay kaugnay ng food-for-work nang lahat ay magkaroon ng pagkakataong makapagtrabaho rito na ang kabayaran ay family food packs. PND (hdc/zaf) TOP

Pakikipag-usap sa mga Pilipino ang unang iskedyul ng Pangulo sa Hapon (TOKYO, Japan) Pakikipag-usap sa mga Pilipino sa Japan ang unang iskedyul ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III pagdalaw niya rito ngayong linggong ito. Huwebes ng hapon nakatakda ang pulong sa mga Pilipino pagdating na pagdating ng Pangulo at ng kanyang delegasyon buhat sa Maynila. Una pa ito kaysa sa pagdalo ng Pangulo sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative


Summit. Sa gaganaping pulong Huwebes sa Large Hall ng Arts Building ng National Olynpics Memorial Youth Center, iaabot sa Pangulong Aquino ang symbolic check na isang milyong yen para sa mga biktima ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda na sumalanta sa Silangang Kabisayaan at Timog Luzon noong nakaraang Nobyembre 8. Ipagkakaloob ng Pangulo sa pagkakataong ito ang Presidential Medal of Merit kay dating Tagapangulong Ambeth Ocampo ng National Historical Institute (National Historical Commission ngayon) bago siya magtalumpati. Samantala, si Joyce Ogawa, tagapangulo ng Philippine Assistance Group na kumakatawan sa rehiyon ng Kanyo at si Jocelyn Yoshitomi, tagapangulo ng Philippine Community Coordinating Council at kumakatawan sa Rehiyong Kansai, ay magbibitiw naman ng maiikling pananalita. Magpaparinig ng mga awitin ang mga mang-aawit na Pilipino na hango sa inaugural concert ng Pangulo.PND (jl/zaf) TOP Hiningan ng tulong ng DSWD ang media na babalaan ang mga biktima ng Yolanda laban sa illegal recruiters

(LUNGSOD NG TACLOBAN, Leyte) Binababalaan ang mga biktima ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda, lalo na ang mga babae at mga bata, laban sa mga illegal recruiters na nangangakong bibigyan sila ng maiinam na trabaho sa ibang pook. Hiniling pa ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Kaunlaran (DSWD) sa mga tauhan ng media na payuhan ang mga mamamayan ng Leyte na mag—ingat sa mga taong nag-aalok ng mga trabaho umano sa labas ng lalawigan nila. ―Payuhan natin silang huwag pumayag at lalong huwag maniwalang may maiinam na trabaho sa labas ng Tacloban,‖ sabi ni Nestor Ramos, DSWD officer-in-charge sa Silangang Kabisayaan. Sinabi ni Ramos na kapag may nag-aalok ng trabaho, maaaring magtanong agad sa Kagawaran ng Paggawa tungkol dito. Idinugtong niya na patuloy ang DSWD sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa Pambansang Pulisy6a (PNP) para masugpo ang ―trafficking‖ o panlilinlang sa mga babae at mga bata. Idinugtong ni Ramos na pati Hukbong Dagat ay tumulong na rin para sa mga batang nais sumakay sa mga bapor. ―Kung may mga batang walang magulang, hindi po pinasasakay. Ang mga batang gustong sumakay sa barko, pero hindi kasama ang nanay, kinukuha po namin at kinakalinga sa aming mga shelter,‖ pahayag pa ni Ramos. PND (hdc/zaf) TOP Ipagkakaloob ng mga Pilipino sa Hapon ang tsekeng isang milyong yen sa Pangulong Aquino para sa mga biktima ng ‘Yolanda’ sa pulong dito (TOKYO, Hapon) Ipagkakaloob ng mga Pilipino rito sa Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ngayong linggong ito ang symbolic check na halagang isang milyong yen (P426,007) para sa mga biktima ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda. Ang pag-aabot ng tseke ay isa sa mga tampok na bahagi ng pakikikpagpulong ng Pangulo sa mga Pilipino na naninirahan dito pagdating na pagdating niya rito sa Huwebes. Si Jenavila Shigemizu, tagapangulo ng Philippine Barrio Fiesta Executive Committee at si Oliva Akatsu ang mag-aabot ng tseke sa Pangulong Aquino. Malubhang pininsala ng bagyong Yolanda ang Silangang Kabisayaan at Timog Luzon noong Nobyembre 8 at nagiwan ng kulang-kulang na 6,000 patay at pinsalang mahigit na P35 bilyon. Dahil sa malubhang pinsalang iniwan ng bagyong Yolanda, maraming bansa sa daigdig ang agad kusang-loob na nagdala ng tulong sa Pilipinas. Pangungunahan ng Pangulong Aquino ang delegasyong Pilipino sa Hapon ngayong linggong ito para daluhan ang Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative Summit idaraos dito. Nakatakdang dumating ang delegasyon ng Pangulo rito sa Huwebes. PND (jl/zaf) TOP


Pinag-aaralan ng Pangulong Aquino ang ‘subsidy sa sektor ng transportasyon dahil sa ‘power rate adjustment’ Pinag-aaralan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang pagbibigay ng subsidy sa sektor ng trasportasyon upang mabawasan ang bigat ng posibleng power rate adjustment. Ito ang inihayag ng Pangulong Aquino matapos daluhan ang pagdiriwang ng Ika-80 Taon ng Pagkatatag ng Kagawaran ng Paggawa sa Ichikawa Hall ng Occupational Safety and Health Center sa Lungsod ng Quezon kaugnay ng panukalang pagtataas ng singil sa koryente ng Manila Electric Company. Inatasan ng Pangulo sina Kalihim Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr., mga Kalihim Carlos Jericho Petilla ng Enerhiya, Cesar Purisima ng Pananalapi, Florencio Abad ng Badyet, at iba pa upang pag-aralan kung ang Pondo ng Malampaya ay magagamit sa panukalang ito upang hindi mabigatan ang taong bayan kapag tumaas ang halaga ng koryente. ―Baka pumasok ang pagbibigay ng subsidy, uulitin ko lang ha, baka muna dahil iniutos kong pag-aralan pa nga ang subsidy sa ating mga pamasaherong sasakyan hanggang kung tamaang pagkatanda ko, sa Pebrero, para hindi na kailangang magtaas naman ng bayad sa pamasahe. Mayroon tayong sinubok na ganyan noong rumagasa ang pagtaas ng presyo ng langis may dalawang taon na ang nakararaan kung hindi po ako nagkakamali, iyan ang isa sa ginawa natin,‖ pagbibigay-diin ng Pangulo. Inaasahan ng Pangulo na ang kinauukulang mga Kagawad ng Gabinete ay magbibigay sa kanya ng resulta ng pagaaral at ng panukalang dapat gawin upang matugunan ang isyu bago siya umalis patungong Hapon sa linggong ityo. PND (js/zaf) TOP

Pinuri ng Pangulong Aquino ang DOLE sa maagap na pag-aayos ng gusot kaya naiwasan ang aklasan Ang maagap na pamamagitan upang maayos ang ano mang suliranin sa larangan ng paggawa ang dahilan kaya naiwasan ang mga aklasan na humawan ng landas tungo sa matatag na industrial peace climate sa bansa, sang-ayon sa Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III.


Sa talumpati sa ika-80 Taon ng Pagkatatag ng Kagawaran ng Paggawa na ginanap sa Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center sa Lungsod ng Quezon, binigyang diin ng Pangulo na ang ginawa ng DOLE na pag-aayos ng gusot sa pagitan ng paggawa at puhunan ay ang pinakamabisang paraan sa paglutas ng ano mang suliraning may kinalaman sa paggawa. ―Kapansin-pansin po ang maayos na relasyon ng ating mga manggagawa at mga kompanya. Isipin po ninyo: Buhat 2010, nanatiling mababa ang bilang ng mga welga ayon sa National Conciliation and Mediation Board. Sumasalamin ito sa tagumpay ng Single Entry Approach ng DOLE kung saan dumaraan sa 30 araw na conciliation-mediation ang nakahaing mga kaso ng paggawa,‖ dugtong ng Pangulo. ―Ang maganda nga, sa 152 notices of strike and lockout ngayong taon, isa lang ang natuloy na welga. Ito raw po ang pinakamababa sa kasaysayan ng DOLE. Dahil sa naresolbang mga kaso sa pamamagitan ng SEnA mula Oktubre 2010 hanggang Setyembre 2013, napadali ang pagbabayad ng P2.4 bilyon na monetary benefits para sa 82,578 manggagawa. Kaya naman, hindi na po ako nagtatakang nakuha ng SEnA Team ang Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award ngayong taong ito,‖ pagbibigay-diin pa ng Pangulo. Patuloy ang DOLE sa pagsisikap tungo sa pagkakasundo upang manatili ang kaayusan sa mga opisina o pook ng trabaho. May mga bihasang kinatawan ukol sa paggawa at pangasiwaan na hasang-haga sa pag-aayos ng suliranin nang mamayani ang kapayapaan sa larangan ng industriya sa bansa. ‖Maipagmamalaki natin ang pagkakaroon ng stable industrial peace climate sa bansa. Dahil dito, mas hinihikayat natin ang mga imhbestor para sa pagpapalawak o pagbubukas nila ng mga negosyo sa Pilipinas,‖ dugtong pa ng Pangulo. PND (js/zaf) TOP

President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech at the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSCH) North Ave cor. Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City 09 Dec 2013 Maraming salamat po. Maupo ho tayong lahat. Akala ko may opening remarks ka Linda eh. Hihinga lang sana ako nang kaunti pero… Secretary Linda Baldoz; Secretary Joel Villanueva; Secretary Sonny Coloma; Undersecretaries of the Department of Labor and Employment: Danny Cruz, Rebecca Chato, Ciriaco Lagunsad III; former secretaries present: Denny Laguesma, Nieves Confesor, Ruben Torres, Nitoy Roque; attached agencies; officials and staff of the Department of Labor and Employment; fellow workers in government; honored guests; mga minamahal ko pong mga kababayan:


Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Ginawa ninyo naman akong teacher. Noong binabasa ko po itong talumpati kaninang umaga, talagang napakahaba ng accomplishments n‘yo. Problema ng mga writer ko, hindi nila mailagay lahat ng accomplishments n‘yo dahil baka hindi na raw ho tayo matapos. [Applause] Mamaya, magme-meeting na naman kami, sasabihin ko, ―Alam n‘yo ‗pag may talumpati, kailangan may istorya tayong sinasabi para madaling maintindihan. Hindi puro ‗laundry list‘—ililista lang ‗yong accomplishments parang, ‗O ngayon‘ sa dulo.‖ Pero ang haba nga ho talaga. May simpatiya ako sa aking mga writer. Medyo mahirap talagang ilagay sa isang istorya ang napakahabang listahan ng, ulit, ng accomplishments po n‘yo. Iba po talaga ang DOLE. Noong nakaraang taon lang nang ipaabot ko sa inyo ang aking paghanga sa matatagumpay ninyong inisyatiba para sa ating manggagawa. Pinasalamatan ko rin kayo noon sa pagtulong ninyo sa mga kababayan nating sinalanta ng bagyong Pablo. Kung napakataas na ng antas ng serbisyong ipinakita ninyo noon, tinumbasan pa ninyo ito ng panibagong gilas ngayong taon. Kaya kung happy ako, palagay ko mamaya happy rin kayo lalo. Paliwanag naman natin kung bakit tayo dapat happy lahat. At ito nga po ang lalong nagpapatingkad sa pagdiriwang natin sa inyong ika-80 anibersaryo. Alam po n‘yo sa sunudsunod na trahedyang dinaanan ng bansa ngayong taon, nariyan ang inyong ahensya bilang matibay na sandigan ng mga kababayan natin para sa kanilang muling pagbangon. Isipin ninyo: 11 araw lang ang nakalipas matapos hagupitin ng bagyong Yolanda ang kalakhang Kabisayaan, pinangunahan ng DOLE ang pagkakaloob ng libu-libong emergency employment sa mga apektadong komunidad. Si Secretary Linda nga po ang naging punong-abala sa koordinasyon ng mga ahensya sa paghahatid ng ayuda para sa mga biktima. Siya po ang inatasan nating mangasiwa sa Typhoon Yolanda Information Assistance Center—ang ahensyang nakatoka para sa pagkalap at pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon ukol sa mga donasyon, volunteers, missing persons, at pagtukoy sa mga pangangailangan ng komunidad. Marahil marami sa inyong nagtataka, ―Bakit natoka kaya si Secretary Linda doon sa lahat na iyon?‖ Si Secretary Dinky ho, Secretary Voltz, Secretary Mar nakababad sa Kabisayaan noong mga panahong iyan. Si Secretary Purisima ng Finance biglang naging Repacking Czar. Nadamay pa si Joel Villanueva na buhok ho ngayon ay naging brown. Dati ho‘y black na black dahil maganda raw ho ang ―bakasyon‖ niya sa Cebu. Siya ho kasi naging Repacking Czar doon. Secretary Jun naman po ng DOTC naging Transportation Czar. At noong ang dami ngang lumalapit—nagbibigay ng donation either sa pera, in-kind, services, etc. Tumingin ako sa gabinete at naghanap ako ng volunteer. Eh nakita ko si Secretary Linda. Kako, ―Linda, baka naman kaya mong gawin ito para hindi na sa akin dadaan lahat?‖ At agad hong nagsabing, ―Yes sir.‖ At talaga naman hong naging mistulang sariling call center si Ka-Linda. Balita ko po, simple na lang din ang ginawa ninyong selebrasyon upang higit kayong makapaghatid ng tulong sa mga sinalanta nating kababayan. Hayaan ninyo pong ako na ang magpaabot sa inyo ng isang taos-pusong pasasalamat. Kapag po talaga masigasig, maaasahan, at sinsero ang ating mga ahensya sa pagtugon sa mga hamon, talagang naiibsan ang bagabag at agam-agam natin sa panahon ng trahedya. Siyempre, ang epektibong pagtugon sa kalamidad ay isa lang po sa mahabang listahan ng mga tagumpay ng DOLE sa nakalipas na taon. Maipagmamalaki rin natin ang pagkakaroon ng stable industrial peace climate sa bansa. Dahil dito, mas nahihikayat natin ang mga investors para sa pagpapalawak o pagbubukas nila ng negosyo sa Pilipinas. Kapansin-pansin nga po ang maayos na relasyon ng ating mga manggagawa at mga kompanya. Isipin po ninyo: Buhat 2010, nananatiling mababa ang bilang ng mga strike ayon sa National Conciliation and Mediation Board. Sumasalamin ito sa tagumpay ng Single Entry Approach o SEnA ng DOLE, kung saan dumadaan sa 30-day conciliation-mediation ang nakahaing labor cases. Ang maganda nga, sa 152 notices of strike and lockout ngayong taon, isa lang ang natuloy na welga. Ito raw po ang pinakamababa sa kasaysayan ng DOLE. Dahil sa naresolbang mga kaso sa pamamagitan ng SEnA mula Oktubre 2010 hanggang Setyembre 2013, napadali ang pagbabayad ng 2.4 billion pesos na monetary benefits para sa 82,578 manggagawa. Kaya naman di na po ako nagtatakang nakuha ng SEnA Team ang CSC Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award ngayong taon. Last year raw ho yata eh dalawa eh. This year isa. So next year, siguro ‗pag sinabi, ―Sir, nakalahati namin ulit‖ ibig sabihin 0.5. Medyo ―kalahati‖ ‗yong strike. Ano kaya ‗yong kalahati. Hindi ho katanggap-tanggap ‗yong 0.5 ha. Baka gawin n‘yong zero, hindi ho ako magagalit sa inyo. Saludo rin tayo sa new labor law compliance and incentivizing system bilang tugon sa mga isyung nakapaloob sa labor contractualization. Sa tulong nito, sinisiguro nating napapangalagaan ang karapatan ng ating manggagawa; na ang mga kompanyang sakop ng Labor Code ay may tamang pasuweldo at benepisyo para sa kanilang mga empleyado. Nakapag-deploy na rin tayo ng Unified Registration System ng Batas Kasambahay. Sa pagtutulungan ng DOLE, SSS, PhilHealth, at Pag-IBIG, mas mabilis at simple na lang ang pagrehistro ng mga employer at kasambahay para sa kanilang mga benepisyo. 2.9 na milyong kasambahay po ang inaasahan nating makikinabang sa sistemang ito. Pinalawak din natin ang serbisyo ng Phil-Job.Net para sa epektibong paglalatag ng oportunidad sa ating mga kababayan. Ang dating 40,000 na bakanteng trabahong nakapaskil dito noong 2010, umabot na sa 100,000 ang monthly average buhat noong 2012. Habang ang mga rehistradong establisyamento naman, tumaas din mula 2,000 noong 2010 hanggang maging 30,000 na ito sa kasalukuyan. Sa pagtutulungan naman ng DOLE, DepEd, DSWD, DOH, DA, DILG, at TESDA, pumaspas ang programa natin para


palayain at protektahan ang nasa isandaang libong kabataan mula sa child labor. Sa kasalukuyan, bukod sa nagkaloob na tayo ng educational assistance sa humigit-kumulang 50,350 batang manggagawa, nabigyan din natin ng marangal na kabuhayan ang kanilang mga magulang. Talaga naman pong nag-uumapaw ang tagumpay ng DOLE, at partial list lang po ang sinabi ko sa inyo. Di ko na iisaisahin pa ang iba dahil baka abutin po tayo rito ng Noche Buena. Nakakahiya naman kung papakainin pa n‘yO kami. [Laughter] Patunay lang ang lahat ng ito sa dedikasyon ng DOLE na paglingkuran ang ating mga Boss, ang sambayanang Pilipino. Pinapatunayan ninyong sa sumisiglang ekonomiya ng bansa, ang maiiwan na lang ay ang mga ayaw sumama. Bilang pinuno, ako naman po ay naniniwala: Marapat na bigyang pagkilala at parangal ang mga nagpakitang-gilas sa serbisyo. Kaya naman ikinagagalak kong ianunsyo sa inyo ang isinagad nating inaprubahan nating anniversary bonus na ten … Wala pa ho ‗yong amount. Eh ―ten‖ lang ho ang sinabi ko, puwede na ho ba ‗yong ―ten?‖ Ten thousand pesos para sa bawat empleyado ng DOLE. Nawa‘y magsilbi itong insentibo at lalo pang magbigay-lakas sa bawat isa sa atin tungo sa katuparan ng ating mithiin. Umaasa ako sa patuloy ninyong pakikiisa upang lampasan ng bayan ang bawat pagsubok. Sama-sama nating ihatid ang bansa tungo sa pangmatagalan at malawakang kaunlaran kung saan walang sinuman ang maiiwan. Alam po n‘yo, ang minungkahi talaga ni Secretary Linda 20 thousand. Ang authorized ho kasi three thousand maliban sa may exemption. ‗Yong exemption ako raw ho ang nagkakaloob niyan. Sabi ko, eh nabigay na ho natin sa iba eh hanggang ten thousand sa anniversary bonus. Mayroon pa nga akong ni-reject eh dahil bonus nila napaaga sa anniversary. Eh ‗yong nag-o-authorize ho sa atin tuwing anniversary at saka milestone anniversary. Definition po n‘on, every five years. Sa totoo lang ho, maganang-magana ang pagpirma ko nitong inyong anniversary bonus. Sa iba ho kasi medyo ang hirap sumayad ng fountain pen. Naalala ko ho ‗yong mga accomplishments nila medyo manipis eh. Pero dito nga ho, sa totoo lang, gusto kong gawing 20. Pero ‗pag ginawa ko hong 20. Sandali ho. Iba ho ‗yong gusto ko sa puwede eh. Ngayon nagpapaalala si Secretary Abad, saka siyempre ibang miyembro ng ating gabinete, bigay mo sa isa, kailangan ibigay mo sa lahat. Eh ‗yong lahat ho eh 1.6 million eh, tapos, ten thousand, baka mag-overtime sina Chair Grace Tan ng COA. Kaya pagpasensyahan na ninyo, baka dapat i-review natin iyan. ‗Pag talaga namang meritorious, makahanap ng panibagong rule. So, ‗pag tinitignan ko po ang DOLE—at ito po‘y sa pagtatapos—una pasalamatan ko ang ating dating Kalihim Benny Laguesma. Sa totoo lang po, siya ang inalok ko na maging Secretary of Labor. At that time, hindi ho siya puwede, inirekomenda sa atin si Rosalinda Baldoz. Hindi ko po siya kilala sa simula‘t sapul. Hindi ko ho siya nakatrabaho sa ano mang larangan. Si Danny pa yata nakatrabaho ko at one point in time. Pero sa totoo lang po—Benny, talagang napakagandan ng iyong advise. Wala akong masasabi kay Linda kundi paghanga. Sa lahat po ng pinagdaanan, talagang damang-dama hong kabalikat siya. Talaga hong, palagay ko, hulog sa akin ng langit si Linda, na puwede namang kaliwa‘t kanan ang bigay sa aking problema, bagkus kada may itatanong ako sa kanya, halos nauuna na ‗yong sagot bago ho sa tanong. Miski gaano kabigat na problema po, nandiyan siya, hindi ho nasa likuran ko, nasa tabi ko po, ‗pag minsan nasa harapan ko at handa hong harapin miski ano man. Talaga pong team player. Wala na tayong masasabi kung hindi, ―Linda, wala kang karapatang magbitiw sa serbisyo bago sa akin.‖ Ako po‘y bababa sa puwesto June 30, 2016, siguro puwede ka nang mahuli sa akin ng mga July 1. Pero sa totoo lang nga ho, hindi naman niya magagawa lahat kung hindi sa pagtutulungan, pagdadamayan, ng buong pamilya ng DOLE. Pasensya na nga po, ang pagtanaw ng estado ng pasasalamat ay naipapakita lang sa bonus—pasensya na, medyo kakarampot. Sana naging 12 thousand man lang—one thousand naman. Problema lang ho ay ‗yong batas na nagauthorize eh 1990-whatever pa ho, three thousand lang nakalagay doon. Sabi ko, ―Hanggang ganito lang ba?‖ Sabi, ―Puwede nating ilagay hanggang plus seven thousand.‖ ―O sige,‖ kako. ―Hanggang dito na lang ba talaga?‖ Pero iyon nga ho, ang sagad ho naipagkaloob natin sa iba para pareparehas naman, walang tampuhan, ay ten thousand. Pero pagbalik na pagbalik ko sa opisina, kailangan papa-review na po natin kay ES, sa Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, at saka Secretary of Budget na baka puwedeng rebisahin ‗yong batas na nag-o-authorize sa Pangulo sa pagdedeklara ng bonus. Palagay ko ho, maghahanap lang kami ng ibang paraan para ipakita kung anong pasasalamat ng estado. Ulitin ko po, kayo po‘y inaasahan ng sambayan. Palagay ko naman ho dapat masabi ng sambayanan, asahan ninyo sila. Magandang araw po. Maraming salamat sa inyo. [HOME]

ONLINE NEWS 09 DECEMBER 2013 PNoy orders early release of bonuses for gov't workers; Abad: Advanced release of PEI urgent in the wake of calamities


Statement on the 2012 Full-Year Poverty Statistics OWWA, PESO zamables builds stronger partnership for 2014 MB strengthens capital structure of foreign bank branches POEA shuts down 2 establishments for illegal recruitment Despite rise in the number of families, extreme poverty among families remains steady at 1.6 million in 2012—NSCB PH-Italy sign amendments in double taxation agreement Deficit-to-GDP ratio as of 3Q at 1.2%, way below 2.0% 2013 program Faster oil spill clean-up sought three months 'unacceptable' - Roxas Closing Statement of GPH Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on the 42nd GPH-MILF Formal Exploratory Talks Opening Statement of the DFA Spokesperson Pre-Departure Press Briefing for the Philippine media delegation ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit DOTC's P 1.72 billion AFCS project down to 3 bidders Ombudsman observes Anti-Corruption Day on Dec.9 The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation wins the Deposit Insurance Organization (DIO) of the Year Award for 2013 PDIC raises P9.53 million from public bidding of closed banks’ assets PNoy orders early release of bonuses for gov't workers; Abad: Advanced release of PEI urgent in the wake of calamities Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph Acting on instructions issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a total of P6.2 billion to support the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) for government employees, which was made available to government workers as early as the end of November. The PEI, which is normally distributed to public servants in December, was released a full month ahead of its regular release schedule to accommodate the urgent needs of government employees nationwide, particularly those stricken by a succession of severe calamities, including the more recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol and typhoon Yolanda. The Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI)—which is distributed to employees at P5,000 each—shall be granted across the board to all public officials and employees holding regular plantilla positions in departments/agencies, SUCs, and GOCCs. Uniformed/military personnel will likewise be supported by this release, as well as contractual and casual personnel who have rendered at least nine (9) months of service for 2013. ―President Aquino understands the urgent needs of those affected by typhoons and disasters, especially our government employees who‘ve worked tirelessly to help other Filipinos recover in the wake of so many calamities. Aside from the distribution of their year-end bonuses, we have also facilitated the advanced release of the PEI to government employees to help alleviate their plight and allow them to prepare for the larger expenses of the forthcoming holiday season,‖ DBM Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad said. The release of the incentives will benefit a total of 1,232,717 government employees. The full amount of the incentive will be received by employees still in service as of October 31, 2013. Previously, the PEI was granted only to employees who were in service as of December 31. ―Aside from the aid that the incentive brings, it also acknowledges the efforts made by our government employees to accomplish key goals and targets that the President set for our implementing agencies this year. Through the active contribution of their work in their respective agencies, many of our employees have indeed played a central role in fulfilling the Administration‘s commitments to the Filipino people,‖ Abad said. |TOP| Statement on the 2012 Full-Year Poverty Statistics Source: http://www.neda.gov.ph STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC PLANNING SEC. ARSENIO M. BALISACAN Press Conference on the 2012 Full-Year Poverty Statistics National Statistical Coordination Board, Makati City 09 December 2013 (Delivered by NEDA Assistant Director-General Rosemarie G. Edillon) Ladies and gentlemen, members of the media, good morning. Allow me to read to you this Statement on behalf of Secretary Balisacan. As the NSCB reported, poverty incidence slightly declined in 2012 to 25.2 percent of population from 26.3% percent and to 19.7 % from 20.5 percent among families in 2009. This is still a slow decline, but we will take it as indication of


accomplishment, or more accurately, a work in progress, in the fight against poverty. More importantly, we will take in all of the lessons derived from this recent profile and fine-tune our strategies accordingly. At the regional level, 13 out of 17 regions across the country experienced a reduction in poverty incidence in 2012 compared to 2009. The brightest spot is the region of CARAGA, dropping a remarkable 14.2 percentage points in poverty incidence among families. This marked improvement reflects the impact on poverty of CARAGA‘s robust growth of 10.6 percent in 2012, the second fastest gross regional domestic product growth among all regions, coming from an 8.5 percent growth in 2011. The increase in poverty incidence in the four regions – SOCCSKSARGEN (XII), the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Eastern Visayas (VIII) and NCR could be explained by the weak economic growth in these regions and/or the occurrence of major calamities. Poverty incidence in the ARMM increased by 6.3 percentage points than the figure in 2009. This could be partly explained by the weak growth in the region‘s output. ARMM‘s economy contracted by 0.3 percent in 2011 and grew by a meager 1.2 percent in 2012. Added to this is the high food inflation, averaging 7.1 percent over the 3-year period in the region. As we know, high food inflation disproportionately affects the poor who then needs to spend even higher just to meet their minimum food needs. This also explains the big jump in the incidence of the subsistence poor in the region, from 14.2 in 2009 to 25.1 percent in 2012. Output in Region VIII contracted by 6.2 percent in 2012 because of the temporary shutdown of PASAR early in the year. Hence, the almost 3 percentage points increase in poverty incidence in the region. On the other hand, Region XII‘s real GRDP grew by 8.1 percent in 2012. However, its December output may have been drastically reduced due to typhoon Pablo which affected parts of Mindanao. This would explain, for instance, the huge increase in poverty incidence in North Cotabato, of 21.5 percentage points. Even the slight uptick in poverty incidence in NCR could be due to the impact of Habagat last year. So, what do we make of all these? First, this profile supports the thesis that it will require no less than sustained high economic growth, as reflected by the case of CARAGA and some other provinces. Still, the growth impact on the poor can be enhanced by deliberate programs and policies to enable the poor to participate in the growth process. To address this, the government has been implementing programs and projects like the Pantawid Pamilya Program, the Community-Based Employment Program, and the Sustainable Livelihood Program, among others, to empower the most vulnerable sectors of our society. Second, we really need to consider regional and provincial disparities in poverty across the country. This is why we need to have more focused strategies based on geographical and spatial considerations. Deliberate strategies to promote growth outside NCR, through infrastructure development and investment in human capital provide a pathway towards equalizing development opportunities. Then, for provinces with high magnitude of poverty but low poverty incidence, it is important to promote higher growth to create more employment opportunities, and to improve human capital and introduce flexible work arrangements for the poor. As for areas with low magnitude of poverty but high poverty incidence, interventions in these areas should focus on providing social assistance programs that promote economic and physical mobility, while economic opportunities are being created. The logistics and distribution system also need to be improved in order to reduce the pressure on food prices. Third, and a very important consideration at this time, is the impact of natural disasters on poverty. These occurrences have the power to negate gains in economic growth and development. From 2010 to 2012, there were about eight typhoons that have brought tremendous damages and losses in terms infrastructure and economic activity. Disasters like these have profound effects on the local economies and recovery usually takes an even longer time. These also signal the need for an urgent and deliberate focus on disaster risk reduction and mitigation for these areas, coupled with social insurance protection and income diversification. In some areas, the calamities are actually man-made, like the Zamboanga siege in October of this year. Pursuing lasting peace should then be a major strategy around the conflict areas; still another type of disaster risk reduction. Indeed, poverty is a complex problem that needs a comprehensive, multi-pronged, multi-sectoral solution involving many stakeholders. It is a daunting challenge, to say the least, but this is one we are determined to meet head on. Finally, I would like to thank the Technical Committee on Poverty Statistics, the NSCB Technical Secretariat, the NSO, and the statistical community in general, for coming out with these important statistics. We hope to make use of these statistics and the researches that would come out of these to inform further our strategies to reduce poverty in our country. Salamat at mabuhay tayong lahat. |TOP| OWWA, PESO zamables builds stronger partnership for 2014 Source: http://www.owwa.gov.ph OWWA RWO3 in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Zambales conducted a Strategic Planning Workshop on 5 December 2013. 35 PESO Managers and Migrant Desk Officers attended the activity held at


the Zambales Capitol Conference Room, Iba, Zambales. The workshop was a whole day event aimed to identify the various programs, projects and activities that will be undertaken jointly by the RWO3, PESO and the different municipalities within the years 2014-2016 for the benefit of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families within the province. According to OWWA RWO3 Director Ma Lourdes V. Reyes, the partnership with the PESO of Zambales through the leadership of Vice Governor Ramon G. Lacbain II serves as bridge that will facilitate delivery of OWWA programs and services in the province, therefore drawing the Agency closer to its client OFWs. Through this leap, it is expected that a larger number of OFW and their families from the province will be catered and assisted by the RWO3. To date, OWWA has 3 graduates under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), 16 maintained scholars under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) and Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP), and 77 availees of the Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) and Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP). As well, there are 77 beneficiaries of the NRCO 10K Livelihood Assistance and 2 availees of the 2-Billion Reintegration Program. Palanginan OFC and Bangantalinga OFC are established family circles in the province of Zambales. A total of 153 OFW members of these organizations have undergone seminars and trainings under the OWWA RWO3. In 12 September 2013, OWWA RWO3 forged partnership with the LGUs of Zambales establishing 15 OFW Help Desks in each municipality of the province. |TOP| MB strengthens capital structure of foreign bank branches Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph The Monetary Board (MB) approved amendments to the capital framework of foreign bank branches (FBBs) operating in the Philippines. The amendments will align the capital structure of FBBs with the implementation of the Basel III Accord while further strengthening the capacity of FBBs to absorb risks from their operations in the Philippines. Under the new framework, the capital component of FBB that is classified as Tier 1 shall be predominantly composed of permanently assigned capital (PAC). The concept of PAC was initially introduced by law under Republic Act 7721 (An Act Liberalizing the Entry and Scope of Operations of Foreign Banks in the Philippines and for Other Purposes). On the other hand, FBB accounts which are booked under the ―Net Due To‖ account will now be re-classified as Tier 2 capital. These ―Net Due To‖ accounts typically reflect transactions between the FBB and its parent entity and include placements, investments and borrowings. ―Net Due To‖ accounts were previously categorized as Tier 1 capital under the older Basel II framework. The new policy is consistent with the intention of the reforms under Basel III to classify as Tier 2 the debt instruments that are deemed eligible as Basel III capital. The Philippine implementation of the Basel III framework that is set for the beginning of 2014 will also apply to FBBs since these branches operate locally under either a universal or commercial bank license. This means that FBBs must meet all the prescribed minimum ratios. These include a 6 percent Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio, a 7.5 percent Tier 1 ratio and a 2.5 percent capital conservation buffer which can only be met by CET1eligible instruments. For the FBBs, common equity is represented by PAC. With the recent amendment approved by the Monetary Board, FBBs which do not meet the prescribed minimum capital ratios on January 01, 2014 will be given a year or up to January 01, 2015 to comply. However, a capital build up plan must be submitted by these FBBs to the BSP by April 01, 2014. This capital build up plan does not only reflect how these FBBs intend to meet the new prudential thresholds but also the necessary approvals from their parent entity. Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr noted that ―this new initiative strengthens foreign bank branches in the Philippines because they will have their capital onshore when they take on onshore risks‖. He added that this is the ―prudent policy direction since it will reduce unwarranted reliance of foreign bank branches on their parent entity for capital support when operating domestically‖. |TOP| Despite rise in the number of families, extreme poverty among families remains steady at 1.6 million in 2012— NSCB Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph The Philippine Statistical System (PSS), through the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), releases its latest


report today on the 2012 full year official poverty statistics in the country. The NSCB report— using income data from the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in two visits last July 2012 and January 2013 – estimates poverty incidence or the proportion of poor families to the total number of families. The report also examines various monetary and non-monetary measures of poverty in the country. In a press briefing, NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon G. Albert reports that about one out of every five Pinoy families (19.7 percent) was poor in 2012. Compared with the MDG benchmark, the proportion of poor families has significantly gone down from the 29.7 percent estimated poverty incidence in 1991. The estimate for 2012 is slightly lower than the 2009 and 2006 poverty incidence figures, which were estimated at 20.5 and 21.0 percent, respectively, but these differences are not statistically significant. Although the proportion of poor families has been practically similar between 2006 and 2012, on account of the country‘s growing population, the estimated number of poor families has risen from 3.8 million in 2006 to 4.2 million in 2012. Food and poverty thresholds The NSCB report points out that in 2012, a Filipino family of five needed PhP 5,513 to meet basic food needs every month and Php 7,890 to stay above the poverty threshold (basic food and non-food needs) every month. These respective amounts represent the food and poverty thresholds, which increased by 12.4 percent from 2009 to 2012. Such increases can be attributed to inflation of about 4.1% on the average per year between 2009 and 2012. The food threshold is the minimum income required by a family to meet its basic food needs and satisfy the nutritional requirements set by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), while having individuals in the family remaining economically and socially productive. Put another way, the food threshold helps measure extreme poverty (also called subsistence poverty). The poverty threshold is a similar concept, but this incorporates costs of basic non-food needs, such as clothing, housing, transportation, health, and education expenses, among others, in addition to costs of basic food needs. Extreme Poverty among Filipino families Aside from poverty incidence, the NSCB also released statistics on extreme poverty among families—a crucial social indicator that guides policy makers in their efforts to improve the conditions of the poorest of the poor. According to the NSCB report, the subsistence incidence, which represents the proportion of Filipino families in extreme poverty, was estimated at 7.5 percent in 2012, which is almost the same in 2009 but the figure in 2012 is significantly lower than the 8.8 percent estimate in 2006. The NSCB notes that despite the rise in the number of families in the country between 2006 and 2012, the estimated number of extremely poor families has remarkably remained steady at around 1.6 million. Estimated cost of eradicating poverty The NSCB also releases other poverty-related statistics in the report, such as the income gap. This measures the amount of income required by the poor in order to get out of poverty, in relation to the poverty threshold itself. In 2012, on the average, incomes of poor families are short by 26.2 percent of the poverty threshold. This means that a poor family with five members needed a monthly additional income of PhP 2,067 to move out of poverty in 2012. In other words, using figures for the income gap and the poverty threshold, the NSCB estimates that if government were to provide a mere cash transfer to all poor households in terms of what they would require to cross the poverty line, a total of Php124 billion in 2012 would be required to eradicate poverty (exclusive of targeting costs). It may be noted that the budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), which provides support to poor households conditioned on these families sending their children to school and on pregnant women receiving pre and post-natal care, was Php 39.4 billion for the entirety of 2012. More timely and frequent release of poverty statistics This release of the latest official poverty statistics is a remarkable milestone for the country. The FIES, the basic data source for the poverty statistics, could be released as much as 18 months after the reference year, but the 2012 FIES full year results were released by the NSO much ahead of the usual schedule. In consequence, the 2012 full year poverty statistics is now made available to the public less than a year after the conduct of the FIES. Starting this year 2013, NSCB Secretary General Albert points out that upon the initiative of Director General Arsenio Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the monitoring of poverty will be more timely and frequent, especially since first semester data of the FIES are being examined. In addition, the 2013 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey, conducted by the NSO has made use of the FIES income module. In effect, the latter will allow the PSS to generate poverty statistics from the FIES and even the APIS. Albert says that the NSCB—together with partner institutions, such as the NSO, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), and the NEDA as well as the group of experts on poverty measurement comprising the NSCB Technical Committee on Poverty Statistics– continue to make the estimation and publication schedule of official poverty statistics more timely, while ensuring data quality and accuracy.


He hopes that, these initiatives on frequent and timely poverty statistics shall be sustained when the newly established Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), a single body which consolidates the Technical Staff of the NSCB, NSO, BAS, and Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (or BLES), becomes fully operational sometime next year. The consolidation of these statistical agencies comes as a result of the Philippine Statistics Act of 2013, signed into law by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III last 12 September 2013. These initiatives allow policymakers and poverty stakeholders alike (from both the public and private sectors) to work together in accelerating the reduction of poverty based on more relevant and more up to date snapshots of welfare and living conditions in the country. JOSE RAMON G. ALBERT Secretary General |TOP| PH-Italy sign amendments in double taxation agreement Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph Purisima urges Italy to remove PH from its blacklist of tax havens The Government of the Philippines, through the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, negotiated and concluded today the Protocol Amending the Convention between the Philippines and the Italian Republic for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes in Income and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion originally signed on December 5, 1980. Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima and Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno led the signing of the Double Taxation Agreement at the Department of Finance which seeks to remove the Philippines from its blacklist of tax haven countries of those which have privileged tax regimes for the purpose of attracting foreign investments in their territories. ―We welcome the signing of the Philippine-Italy Double Taxation Agreement as a positive step towards competitiveness and fairness in taxation between our countries. We hope that with this move, the Italian authorities would remove the Philippines from its blacklist of tax havens, for the benefit of Italians residing in the Philippines, and the Filipinos in Italy who comprise the fourth largest immigrant nationality,‖ Purisima said. In particular, the signing amended Article 25 of the Italy-Philippines DTA on the Exchange of Information, in accordance with the current tax treaty model of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations (UN), incorporating changes in the tax system of Italy. The Protocol will need to be subsequently ratified and concurred into by the respective authorities of both governments. |TOP| Deficit-to-GDP ratio as of 3Q at 1.2%, way below 2.0% 2013 program Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph BIR posts highest tax effort since 2000 As of September 2013, the National Government posted a Deficit-to-GDP ratio of 1.2%, way below the projected 2.0% for 2013. The budget deficit was P101.2 billion, P2.7 billion lower compared to the same period last year and well within the target of P144.5 billion for the first nine months of 2013. Revenue collections for the first nine months of 2013 reached P1.267 tn, a 13.2% increase from the comparable collections recorded in 2012. For the same period, tax effort for the National Government stood at 13.7%, a 0.6 percentage point (ppt) increase from the same period in 2012. Notably, the BIR tax effort rose to 10.8%, a 0.6 ppt increase from the same period last year. This is the highest BIR tax effort since 2000. BIR collections grew by 16.2% compared to the same period last year, much faster than the nominal GDP growth of 9.3%. Excise tax collections on alcohol and tobacco products, which increased 41.0% and 83.5%, respectively, largely contributed to the growth in BIR collections owing to the implementation of RA 10351 or the Sin Tax Reform Law this year. Actual disbursements amounted to P1.368 trillion, an 11.8% increase compared to the same period last year. Revenues grew faster than disbursements over the same period last year. |TOP| Faster oil spill clean-up sought three months 'unacceptable' - Roxas


Source: http://www.dilg.gov.ph Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today urged the private contractor hired for clean-up operations of the oil spill in Estancia, Iloilo, to work double-time in order to contain the impact areas and keep the environmental damage to a minimum. Roxas, at the same time, advised local officials in Estancia to coordinate with regional officials of national government agencies to plan the permanent evacuation and resettlement to safer ground of families displaced by the oil spill. ―The three-month deadline imposed by the private contractor is not acceptable. The clean up should be completed the soonest time possible,‖ Roxas said. Roxas, along with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, went to Estancia last Tuesday to look into the impact of the oil spill to affected communities and check the progress of the ongoing cleanup. Because of the risks associated with exposure to oil spill, the Department of Health (DOH) had recommended the immediate evacuation of 5,000 affected persons exposed to health risks from deadly fumes. At least 446 families, or 1,892 persons, have been evacuated from Barangay Botongon who are now staying in classrooms and tents at Northern Iloilo Polytechnic College-West Campus about 2 kilometers from the oil-spill site. The team of Gazmin, Roxas and Soliman were directed by Pres. Aquino early this week to check relief and recovery efforts in Western Visayas as the situation in Eastern Visayas starts to normalize. The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm) has contracted the Kuan Yu Global Technologies Inc. to siphon off the remaining oil from the tanker and to refloat the barge and tow it away. The work would cost P87 million. Until last Wednesday, however, the coasts of Estancia remain covered with oil. Roxas, the vice chair for disaster preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), expressed fear about the 1.2 million liters of bunker fuel oil that needs to be contained and immediately removed safely before it leaks out and cause further damage. Dismayed by slow-paced manual clean-up being done in Estancia‘s coastal barangays, Roxas wants the Napocor and local officials of Estancia to press the contractor to ―shape up or ship out‖. ―Kung kinakailangang magdagdag ng tao, magdagdag. Kung kinakailangan ng kagamitan, kumuha. If there‘s a will, there‘s a way. Kung hindi kaya ng kontraktor, siguro humanap ng kaya ang trabaho,‖ he said. He noted that the company hired to clean-up the oil spill evidently lack the manpower and equipment to do the job, resulting in its dismal performance. About 200,000 liters of bunker fuel oil were spilt at the height of Supertyphoon ―Yolanda‖ (International code name Haiayan) when the Napocor power barge was slammed on the coasts of Estancia, causing the massive oil spill last November 8 |TOP| Closing Statement of GPH Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on the 42nd GPH-MILF Formal Exploratory Talks Source: http://www.opapp.gov.ph Today the Annex on Powersharing is born. It has 4 major parts; 3,807 words; a set of principles of intergovernmental relations; a section that provides a level of detail on the structure of government of the future BMG; and three lists of powers, 9 reserved to Central Government, 14 concurrent or joint powers of the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government, and 58 exclusive or devolved powers to the Bangsamoro, not to mention 4 items relating to jurisdiction in a section on ―Other Matters‖. Such a laborious document as this Powersharing Annex is consistent with the fact that this Annex has many mothers and fathers. Certainly it was not a result of immaculate conception (which is celebrated today in the Catholic world). There are of course the negotiating panels and their principals and the constituents behind them. On the GPH side, one would trace its lineage to the President certainly and the different Cabinet secretaries in all the Cabinet clusters (security, justice and peace; good governance and anticorruption; economic development and finance; human development and poverty reduction; environment and climate change adaptation), including the Office of the Executive Secretary and the Office of the Presidential Counsel for Legal Concerns, and especially the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, down to their undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, heads of special offices, bureaus


and agencies; to the different CSOs that have kept watch with their respective advocacies. We have talked to and consulted with all of them. After the labor pains, we have heaved our big, collective sigh of relief. After all, we carried this draft in our wombs (although the men here do not exactly have this facility) for 16 months. It was a mere zygote when the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Powersharing was convened for the first time. This was in our 30th Round of Formal Exploratory Talks that was held in August 2012. The GPH Panel was then chaired by now Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, and I was then assigned the adviser of the TWG. Since then, TWG chairship moved from former panel member Upi Mayor Ramon Piang to Undersecretary Jose Luis Martin ―Chito‖ Gascon. TWG members have included OPAPP Usec Jose Lorena and Secrtary Mehol Sadain of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. All throughout the process, the only other surviving original member of the Panel (other than myself) under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, former secretary Senen Bacani, provided the anchor, supported by the next oldest member of this panel (in terms of length of time in this panel) Usec Yasmin Busran Lao. In between we have met with and even brought over consultants from the Departments of Transportation and Communication, National Defense, DILG, DOJ and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource. We were ably supported by our legal staff, Atty Armi Bayot from the Office of the Solicitor General and Atty Anna Tarhata Basman, and before that, by the former head of the legal team, Atty Johaira Wahab. Technical support was provided by our secretariat headed by Iona Jalijali. Aside from the parents, aunts and uncles, this rather difficult pregnancy was accompanied by its many godparents (ninong and ninang) – the third party to this process, Malaysian Facilitator Tengku Ghafar and the members of the ICG, all of whom contributed immensely at one point in time during the long wait for the birthing of the Annex. We thank them and especially the ICG members who survived this round – Emma Leslie of Conciliation Resources, Ali Saleem of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and Ahmet Doğan of the Government of Turkey, also the most handsome member of the ICG. Now this newborn baby will have to be introduced to the world. We expect that a good number out there would be eager to see it, scrutinize its different parts and get to know about it more. We of course tried our damnedest best to ensure that it will be a healthy baby, with all the parts in the right places, with the complete sets of toes and fingers, and not an unnecessary piece less or more. In all, it will represent all the good intentions, wise counsel, and difficult sacrifices all the parents had to make in order to bring a healthy baby in this world. In its genes, the shape of the future Bangsamoro political entity is encoded. But we know that all these will have to be translated into the Bangsamoro Basic Law – one that will put in place a strong, viable autonomous governance for the Bangsamoro in Mindanao, and connect with its siblings and cousins who came before and will come after. There remain many challenges ahead. We know that and we are ready for that even as we remain focused on the immediate task on hand, which is to finish once and for all the Annex on Normalization and an addendum on Bangsamoro Waters and put in place the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. These will be our new year‘s gift to each other. Thank you. |TOP| Opening Statement of the DFA Spokesperson Pre-Departure Press Briefing for the Philippine media delegation ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the press. I would like to brief you on the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit which will be held from December 12 to 14 in Tokyo, Japan which will be attended by the President. While the President and his delegation will arrive in Tokyo on December 12 for a number of bilateral (Philippine-Japan) events and meetings, activities related to the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit are actually scheduled on December 13 and 14. The ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit will be the culminating event to a full year of activities commemorating 40 years of ASEAN-Japan relations. Activities Related to the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit Allow me to outline for you the activities related to the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit: · On Friday, December 13, the President and other ASEAN Leaders (with their spouses) will attend an afternoon tea ceremony to be hosted by Their Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. This will not be the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, more of a meet-and-greet high tea that would last for only 30 minutes. · In the evening of the same day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Madame Akie Abe will host a dinner for the ASEAN Leaders and their spouses. · On Saturday, December 14, is the actual day of the Commemorative Summit. Session 1 will be held in the morning and will be devoted to substantive discussions among the Leaders of ASEAN and Japan. This will be followed by a


lunch to be hosted by the Nippon Keidanren (Japanese Business Federation). The Leaders will then reconvene after lunch for the Closing Session, for the consideration and formal adoption of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, including its annexed Implementation Plan. Finally, the day will be capped by a Gala Dinner in celebration of 40 years of ASEAN-Japan relations. With respect to the substantive aspect of the Commemorative Summit, the Leaders of ASEAN and Japan, while looking back on the accomplishment of the past 40 years, will primarily set the future (long-term) direction of ASEANJapan relations, to cover politico-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues. There will be two outcome documents from the Summit: (1) the Vision Statement of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan; and (2) the Joint Statement of the ASEAN-Japan Summit. The Vision Statement and its Implementation Plan will focus mainly on medium- to long-term cooperation between ASEAN and Japan, while the Joint Statement will address regional and international issues beyond the dialogue partnership. Meeting of President Aquino and Prime Minister Abe at the sidelines of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit At the sidelines of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in Tokyo, the President will also have a working lunch meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on December 13. During the meeting, the two leaders will discuss cooperation on disaster management and reconstruction in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, economic concerns, maritime cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and the Mindanao peace process. The two leaders will also exchange views on prevailing regional issues of mutual concern. The President and the Prime Minister will also witness the signing of three (3) Exchanges of Notes on: • a Post Disaster Stand-by Loan worth JP¥ 10 Billion (≈ US$ 100 Million); • a Loan for Multi-Role Response Vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard worth JP¥ 18.732 Billion (≈ US$ 187 Million); and • the revised route schedule for the Philippines-Japan Air Services Agreement At this point, I would be glad to answer your questions. Maraming Salamat at Magandang Hapon sa inyong lahat. |TOP| DOTC's P 1.72 billion AFCS project down to 3 bidders Source: http://www.dotc.gov.ph SM, Ayala-MPIC, and Comworks Consortia Qualify for Financial Evaluation Stage Three (3) of the five (5) bidders vying for the P 1.72 Billion Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) Project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) have passed the technical evaluation stage, and will proceed to the financial evaluation stage on Monday, 9 December 2013. ―We have been speeding up the process. At the rate we are going, we should be able to award the contract by January 2014,‖ said DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal. The SM Consortium, the AF Consortium of the Ayala and Metro Pacific groups, and the Comworks and Berjaya Consortium have all satisfied the technical requirements of the transport agency. Their financial proposals will be opened at 10:00am on Monday, after which the DOTC will conduct financial evaluation over the next couple of weeks in accordance with the Build-Operate-and-Transfer (BOT) Law. Meanwhile, the E-Trans Solutions Joint Venture and the Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink Consortium both failed to meet the bid requirements, having substantial deficiencies which did not demonstrate their ability to implement the project. In the case of E-Trans Solutions, its technical proposal did not describe the required Conditions for Use of the project, which would protect the card user‘s data privacy. It was also found to be incomplete, unclear, and did not show compliance with the project‘s scheme provider principles. Moreover, its business plan did not follow the projection computations contained in the draft Concession Agreement. As for Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink, its business plan was found to be incomplete and inconsistent. It did not contain the required project internal rate of return, making it impossible to evaluate the project‘s feasibility. In addition, the payment and revenue numbers it indicated in one section of the business plan contradicted the very same items contained in another section. It also pegged its post-tax equity return at -2.64%, which indicates that the proposal may not be selfsustaining. Since the disqualified groups failed to meet the project‘s technical requirements, their financial proposals will no longer be opened.


―We will carefully review the financial proposals of the 3 remaining groups only. At the end of the day, we must make sure that both government and the public will get the most advantageous terms possible,‖ added Sagcal. |TOP| Ombudsman observes Anti-Corruption Day on Dec.9 Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph The Office of the Ombudsman leads the celebration of Anti-Corruption Day on December 9. The OMB is scheduled to hold simultaneous activities on December 9 with the launching of the University Integrity Tour at the University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) and the holding of the 1st Barangay Integrity Forum in Mangaldan, Pangasinan. Both activities are part of the Integrity Caravan launched by the OMB during its 25th anniversary last May 12, 2012. The Caravan aims to communicate and engage the public and private sector on the various programs and projects of the Office to further build a broad-based strategic partnership of all anti-corruption stakeholders, composed of key government agencies, local government units (LGUs), private institutions, academic institutions, the business sector, development partners, people‘s organizations (POs), civil service organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the general public. The University Integrity Tour, which is designed to build the foundations of good governance and anti-corruption in the country‘s educational system, shall be launched at the UP-NCPAG from 9:00 – 12:00 noon. OMB and UP-Diliman officials as well as representatives from the UP-NCPAG Student Council and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are expected to attend the event. It is scheduled to be duplicated in other universities in Visayas and Mindanao next year. On the other hand, the series of Barangay Integrity Fora is aimed at educating barangay officials on ethical standards, good governance and public accountability. The 1st Barangay Integrity Forum, to be held in Mangaldan, Pangasinan, is expected to be attended by OMB and LGU officials. Similar activities are also scheduled to be held in Cebu and Davao. Recognizing that corruption is a serious crime that slows down economic growth and development, ―this year [the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime] UNODC and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals and impacts education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.‖ On October 31, 2003, the UN General Assembly adopted the United National Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), an international legal instrument against corruption, and designated December 9 as International AntiCorruption Day. President Benigno Aquino III through Proclamation No.506 dated November 16, 2012 declared December 9 as National Anti-Corruption Day. Republic Act No. 10589 (May 27, 2013) declares December of every year as ―Anti-Corruption Month.‖ |TOP| The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation wins the Deposit Insurance Organization (DIO) of the Year Award for 2013 Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI), an organization of 71 member deposit insurance organizations based in Basel Switzerland, announced that the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) has been selected as the ―Deposit Insurance Organization (DIO) of the Year‖for 2013. The announcement was made during the Twelfth IADI Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7 November 2013. Other organizations who won in the other categories include the Deposit Insurance Agency of Russian Federation for the ―Award for Achievement in Banking Resolutions and Payouts‖, Bank Guarantee Fund of Poland for the ―Award for Core Principles and International Participation‖ and Kazakhstan Deposit Insurance Fund for the ―Award for Deposit Insurance System Improvements.‖ The DIO of the Year Award for 2013 was presented to PDIC being the IADI member with significant achievements in all three categories. PDIC President Valentin A. Araneta said that he is humbled by the award which reflects the hard work and commitment of the Board, officers and staff of PDIC. According to Araneta, international recognition of the effectiveness of Philippine government institutions serve to inspire domestic and foreign confidence in the Philippine economy. The PDIC organization has adopted a slogan of ―Committed to Serve‖ aligned with the call of President Benigno S. Aquino, III to government institutions for service commitment and accountability to the public.


The PDIC has Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima as Board Chairman and BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. as Director. Their respective alternates are National Treasurer Rosalia V. De Leon and BSP Deputy Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. The other directors are Rogelio W. Manalo, Protacio T. Tacandong and Valentin A. Araneta who also serves as President and Vice Chairman. The PDIC has two Executive Vice Presidents, Ms. Imelda S. Singzon and Ms. Cristina Q. Orbeta handling the Examination and Resolution Sector and the Receivership and Liquidation Sector, respectively. Finance Secretary Purisima lauded the Board officers and staff of PDIC on the international recognition. He exhorted PDIC to sustain and continually improve its good governance standards and its oversight over the handling of bank deposits. He said that good governance of banks is the best measure of depositor protection. In its continuing efforts to comply with the Core Principles for Effective Deposit Insurance Systems and other international best practices, PDIC has subjected itself to assessments and is an active participant in IADI activities. In 2005, the IADI began conferring the DIO Award to a member in celebration of an important achievement and/or in recognition of the contribution that the Member has made to furtherance of IADI‘s goals. The first organization to receive the award was the Central Deposit Insurance Corporation of Taiwan. Since then, the conferment of the Award has been part of IADI‘s tradition and is among the highlights of its annual meetings. The previous awardees of the DIO Award are the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (2012), Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation (2011), Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan (2010), Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey (2009), U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (2008), Brazil‘s Fundo Garantidor de Créditos (2007) and the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (2006). |TOP| PDIC raises P9.53 million from public bidding of closed banks’ assets Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) was able to raise P9.53 million from the successful sale of 20 properties during its public bidding conducted on November 25, 2013 held at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlunsod in General Santos City. The properties sold were owned by closed banks that have been placed under receivership of the PDIC. Collectively, these had a minimum disposal price of P7.08 million and generated a premium amounting to P2.45 million. A total of 175 properties were bidded out on an ―as-is, where-is‖ basis by the PDIC in General Santos City, with combined minimum disposal price valued at P38.97 million. These consisted of commercial and residential lots located in various provinces of Mindanao. The recently-concluded bidding was the fifth to be conducted this year by the PDIC. The regular conduct of public biddings for closed banks‘ assets is in support of the PDIC‘s mandate as Receiver and Liquidator of closed banks. The initiative to expeditiously dispose non-financial assets is included in the PDIC‘s Roadmap to 2016. Proceeds from the public biddings involving properties of closed banks are automatically added to the funds held in trust for the closed banks and are used to settle claims of creditors and uninsured depositors. In accordance with the law, payment to these parties is subject to the rules on concurrence and preference of credits. Unsold properties during public biddings are made available through negotiated sale. Interested buyers are encouraged to visit the PDIC website at www.pdic.gov.ph and use the PDIC‘s Property Finder for information on available inventory of assets for sale. Prospective buyers may also call Mr. Ferdinand Beluan, Department Manager III of the Asset Management and Disposal Department II at (02) 841-4770 for inquiries on available assets. |TOP|


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President Benigno S. Aquino III greets Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) employees after gracing the 80th DOLE Founding Anniversary at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center in North Avenue corner Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City on Monday (December 09, 2013). The DOLE is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. Also in photo are Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Emmanuel Joel Villanueva. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center in North Avenue corner Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City on Monday (December 09). The DOLE is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. Also in photo are Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Anniversary Committee chairman DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, DOLE Undersecretary Rebecca Chato and Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. (Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center in North Avenue corner Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City on Monday (December 09). DOLE is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. In photo are Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center in North Avenue corner Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City on Monday (December 09). The DOLE is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. Also in photo are DOLE Undersecretary Rebecca Chato, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 80th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center in North Avenue corner Science Road, Diliman, Quezon City on Monday (December 09). The DOLE is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. Also in photo are DOLE Undersecretary Rebecca Chato, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., DOLE Undersecretary Danilo Cruz and Anniversary Committee chairman DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco


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