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Dispatch for December 4 , 2013 ( Wednesday ) , 4 PIA Calabarzon PR , 12 Weather Watch, 10 Reg’l. Watch , 3 OFW Watch, 1 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 19 Photonews

24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued At:

5:00 a.m., 04 December 2013

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


Predicted Mean Sea Level Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind Pressure Analysis for 8 a.m., 04 December Analysis for 8 a.m., 04 December 2013 2013

Satellite Image for 4:30 a.m., 04 December 2013

Synopsis: Tail-end of a cold front affecting Southern Luzon. Forecast: Bicol region and the province of Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will have cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north with slight to moderate seas.

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

GALE WARNING GALE WARNING NO. 34 For: Strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Northeast Monsoon. Issued at 5:00 a.m. today, 04 December 2013 Strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon.

SEABOARD

WEATHER

WIND FORCE (KPH)/(KNOTS)

SEA CONDITION

WAVE HEIGHTS (meters)

The seaboards of Northern Luzon (Batanes,Babuyan, Calayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Cagayan,

Cloudy skies with light rains

(52 - 63) / (28 - 34)

Rough to very rough

3.4 to 4.5


Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan ) The eastern seaboards of of Cloudy skies with Central and Southern Luzon light to moderate (Aurora, Eastern coast of rainshowers and Quezon, Polillo Island, Camarines thunderstorms Provinces and Catanduanes)

(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.

1. Weather Watch 14 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Nagsagawa ang Librarian Association of Batangas ng isang fun run drive marathon na tinawag na 'Takbook para sa Isang Milyong Libro' na naglalayong patuloy na makakalap ng pondo para mabigyan ng tulong ang mga public libraries na nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda.

2. Weather Watch 14 hours ago UAP member Architect Fernandez on ANC: Re: Filipino architects to design storm-ready homes in Visayas -We send people to these areas and they give us initial information. -The NHA and the UAP are teaming up in providing low-cost housing.

3. Weather Watch 15 hours ago #PIA6: Of the P1.5B damages in agriculture brought by super typhoon Yolanda to the region's agriculture, the palay sector incurred the biggest losses at P763,868,647.16 according to the report of the RDRRMC 6 as of December 2.


4. Weather Watch 15 hours ago PIA-NCR: MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that they will be asking for the help of the DOH to conduct stress management or debriefing among the rescuers and laborers who went to the areas devastated by supertyphoon Yolanda. The stress debriefing will help them cope with their traumatic experiences, Tolentino said. The debriefing will be conducted on Dec. 9 and will be done in batches. The MMDA deployed four search and rescue teams to various parts of Leyte and Samar after typhoon Yolanda. A 200-man MMDA contingent was also deployed to Tacloban to lead the road-clearing operations and assist relief organizations in rebuilding the devastated city.

5. Weather Watch 15 hours ago ANC BREAKING: Voting 213-6, House approves P14.6B supplemental budget for typhoon relief on third and final reading.

6. Weather Watch 15 hours ago PIA-NCR: The Philippines will be provided with financial assistance by the South Korean government to fund the country's priority projects and the rehabilitation of areas hardest hit by Typhoon Yolanda. NEDA Deputy Director-General Rolando Tungpalan said the government of South Korea is making available a $500-million credit line to the Philippines under the Economic Development Cooperation Fund for 2014-2017. South Korea is interested in infrastructure projects especially in agriculture, energy, and transportation which are all aligned with the priorities of the Philippine Development Plan and are opportunities for deepening Philippines-South Korea collaboration, Tungpalan said. The South Korean government has also expressed interest to fund disaster prevention and rehabilitation projects in light of damages brought by Yolanda.

7. Weather Watch 15 hours ago GMA: Ibinebenta ng ilang residente ng Hernani, Eastern Samar ang mga natatanggap nilang relief goods dahil sa dami nito. Nangyayari ito habang ang iba namang lugar sa Eastern Samar tulad ng bayan ng Llorente ay kakaunti ang nakakarating na tulong. Puspusan naman ang pagbabantay ngayon ng mga pulis kaugnay sa ibinebentang relief goods. Naibalik naman kagabi ang kuryente sa Borongan, Eastern Samar.


8. Weather Watch 15 hours ago GMA: Sinabi ni Urban Planner Jun Palafox na dapat nang ideklara bilang danger zone at hindi lang no build zone ang mga lugar na malalapit sa dagat na sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda para matakot na ang mga residente na magtayo ng mga bahay doon.

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/


9. Weather Watch 15 hours ago ABS-CBN: 4,492 classrooms ang sinira ng bagyong Yolanda sa Kabisayaan hindi pa kasama ang mga classroom na partially damage lang. Aminado ang DepEd na June 2014 pa bago makabalik sa normal ang mga nasiran mga eskwelahan.

10. Weather Watch 18 hours ago DZMM: Tiniyak ni Rep. Carlo Nograles na walang sapawang mangyayari sa pagitan ng mga leader ng departamentong in-charge sa rehabilitation efforts at kay dating sen. Ping Lacson na itinalaga bilang rehabilitation czar. Sinabi nito na mas magiging mabilis pa ang rehabilitation efforts dahil mayroon ng partikular na taong tututok sa pagbangon ng mga lugar na sinalanta ng kalamidad.

11. Weather Watch 18 hours ago DZMM: Nagbigay na rin ng tulong ang gobyerno ng Ukraine sa mga nabiktima ng bagyong Yolanda. Idineretso ng Cebu ang mga donasyon na kinabibilangan ng mahigit 15,000 blanket; 8,000 water purification filters, mga unan, disinfectant tablet at 21 electric generators.


12. Weather Watch 22 hours ago PHIVOLCS: Magnitude 3.7 quake felt 20km of Tagbilaran City, Bohol at 12:24pm. The said tremor is an aftershock from the magnitude 7.2 quake. Intensity 3 was felt in Maribojoc, Bohol while Intensity 2 was felt in Argao, Cebu and Tagbilran City, Bohol.

Weather Watch

December 4 , 2013 ( Wednesday ) CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON

PIA

Regional Watch

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as of 6:00-7:00 AM

Sunny Fair Weather Fair Weather Sunny Cloudy with Light Rainshowers


1. PIA Regional Watch 10 minutes ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Quezon 2nd District Engineering Office is seeking the release of P820-million fund for the construction of a by-pass road in Sariaya, Quezon. District Engineer Cely Flancia said the road is about 7 kilometers and would reduce 40% volume of traffic congestion along Maharlika Highway in Sariaya Town.

2. PIA Regional Watch 11 minutes ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Lucena is planning to tap concerned government agencies in Lucena City to eliminate cases on female prostitution. Lucena City councilor William Noche said government agencies may help those women who are engaged in prostitution by giving them alternative livelihood activities.

3. PIA Regional Watch 15 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isang trade fair at photo exhibit na matatagpuan sa grounds ng Batangas city Coliseum ang tampok sa pagdiriwang ng Ala Eh Festival sa lalawigan ng Batangas.Layon nitong maipakita ang mga iba't ibang produkto at magagandang lugar na maipagmamalaki ng lalawigan.

4. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Coconut scale insect pest control and management takes center stage as Scale Insect Comprehensive Action Program Task Force (SICAP Task Force) met with the Regional Development Council to discuss the present situation of the provinces of Laguna and Batangas with pest outbreak. The task force is a unified efforts of the Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Agriculture, UPLB and Crop Protection Association of the Philippines.


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5. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Pinulong ng mga kapulisan mula Agoncillo-PNP ang lahat ng mga bagong halal at incumbent na kapitan sa kanilang bayan. Layon nitong maiparating sa mga opisyal ang mga programa ng kapulisan upang mapanatili ang kapayapaan at kaayusan sa kanilang nasasakupan.

6. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Sumailalim sa pagsasanay ang ikalawang batch ng mga empleyado sa pamahalaang lunsod ng Batangas ukol sa personality development, English proficiency at customer service upang makapagbigay pa nang mas maayos na serbisyo sa mga Batangueno.

7. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: Patuloy na ipinatutupad ngayon ng tanggapan ng SSS, sangay ng lungsod ng Lucena ang 'alkansiya program' para sa mga miyembro ng SSS kagayang mga jeepney driver at iba pang miyembro. Sa pamamagitan ng mga box o alkansiya na inilagay sa tanggapan ng SSS ay maiipon ng mga miyembro ang kanilang kontribusyon sa pamamagitan ng paghuhulog ng P10 kada araw. Ang alkansiya ay bubuksan at ibabayad ng miyembro sa takdang araw ng pagbabayad ng kontribusyon.

8. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Inaprubahan ng Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Batangas ang pagtataas ng buwis ng lupa matapos ang masusing pag-aaral at anim na public hearings. Ang makakalap na pondo dito ay gagamitin sa mga proyektong pangkaunlaran kagaya ng pagpapagawa ng school buildings, health cards, scholarship grants at proyektong pang-agrikultura.

9. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: SM City Lucena is currently accepting applications for SM college scholarship program for school year 2014-2015. SM Public relation manager for south Luzon Lilibeth Azores said this program aimed to help poor but deserving students in the province to study in college/university with free tuition and other benefits.


10. PIA Regional Watch Yesterday PIA-IV-A/CAVITE: City of Bacoor officially welcomes the Christmas season with openning of 'Paskuhan sa Lungsod ng Bacoor' last December 1 at the Talaba junction (besides Shakeys restaurant. One of a kind products at factory prices, and fun games at the mini carnival until January 2014.

1. PIA OFW Watch 2 hours ago DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez on DZRH: Re: Donations & pledges from foreign aid for Yolanda victims -Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagtanggap namin (DFA) sa mga cash, non-cash donations, pledges mula sa foreign aid. -So far, mga $22B na ang total foreign aid pledges. Ang cash nito sa pledges is $12.6B. -Non-cash, equipment, relief goods etc. is about $17.4B. -Pero ang natatanggap pa lang ng gobyerno sa total cash pledges is about $12M, equivalent to P531M so maliit na percentage ang idinaan nila sa gobyerno at ito ay ipinarating na natin sa ibaâ€&#x;t-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno lalo na sa NDRRMC at DSWD. Re: Gulo sa Thailand -So far ligtas ang ating mga kababayan doon (Thailand) maging ang ating mga tao sa embassy. -Nagbigay tayo ng emergency numbers para ma-contact ang embahada. -Sa mga kababayan natin na gustong pumunta sa Thailand, advice lang natin na ipagpaliban muna. DFA spokesman Asec Raul Hernandez on DZIQ: -Sa mga Pilipino na gustong bumisita sa Thailand, ipagpaliban muna kung hindi naman mahalaga. -Ang mga Pinoy sa Thailand ay ligtas. -Ang ating ambassador at embahada sa Bangkok ay patuloy na nag-mo-monitor sa sitwasyon. -Pinapayuhan ang mga Pinoy na nasa Thailand na iwasan ang pagsama sa protesta.

2. PIA OFW Watch 2 hours ago DZRH Breaking: Isang Filipina ang arestado ng tauhan ng BOC sa NAIA matapos mahulihan ng liquid cocaine. Sumasailalim ngayon sa imbestigasyon ang naturang Pinay na galing ng Qatar.


3. PIA OFW Watch 19 hours ago GTV: Pinag-iingat ang mga Filipino sa Hong Kong dahil sa banta ng A(H7N9).

A. QUEZON

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B. CAVITE

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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. Tagalog news: P12.5M gusaling pampaaralan, pinasinayaan; 1,100 armchairs ipinagkaloob sa mga iba’t ibang paaralan BY: MAMERTA P. DE CASTRO Monday 2nd of December 2013

LUNGSOD NG TANAUAN, Batangas, Dis. 2 (PIA) --Pinasinayaan ang dalawang palapag na gusaling pampaaralan na nagkakahalaga ng P12.5 milyon sa Balele elementary school sa lungsod na ito kamakailan. Sinabi ni Mayor Thony Halili na ang naturang proyekto ay bahagi ng Tangible Heartfelt Opportunities to Nurture the Youth (THONY) program na layong makatulong upang maitaas ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa lungsod at maibigay ang mga pangangailangan ng mga kabataan sa usapin ng pag-aaral. “Sa bagong gusali, mas magiging maaliwalas at maayos ang pagpasok ng mga magaaral,” wika ni Halili. Kasabay ng inagurasyon ang pagkakaloob ng may 1,100 armchairs sa mga sumusunod


na paaralan sa lungsod: Balele elementary school, 370 armchairs; Tanauan City high school, 240; Hanopol Oriental elementary school, 100; Bernardo Lirio national high school, 200; at Bernardo Lirio central school, 200. Ang mga upuan ay tinanggap ng iba't-ibang opisyal ng mga nabanggit na paaralan at inaasahang magbibigay ito ng ginhawa sa mga mag-aaral upang mas lalong mapagtuunan ng pansin ang kanilang pag-aaral. Hangad ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Tanauan na matugunan ang mga programang nais isulong ng administrasyong Aquino partikular ang edukasyon na isa sa prayoridad upang tuluyang malabanan ang kahirapan sa bansa. (PIA Batangas) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681385956000#sthash.Iqa2MHGs.dpuf

2. Tagalog news: Daan daang substandards na Christmas lights, kinumpiska ng DTI BY: MAMERTA P. DE CASTRO Sunday 1st of December 2013

LUNGSOD NG TANAUAN, Dis. 1 (PIA) –Daan-daang pirasong sub-standards na Christmas lights ang kinumpiska kamakailan ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Batangas mula sa dalawang malalaking tindahan sa lungsod na ito at sa Lipa. Sinabi ni Ranulfo Guce, hepe ng business regulation and consumer division ng DTIBatangas na sa tuwing darating ang "ber" months ay nagsasagawa ang kanilang tanggapan ng monitoring sa mga panindang dekorasyon sa Pasko lalo na ang Christmas lights na isa sa kanilang binibigyang pansin lalo at malaki ang kinalaman nito sa kaligtasan at seguridad. Ang mga produktong sinamsam ng DTI ay walang Import Commodity Clerance (ICC) sticker at walang anomang impormasyon ukol sa pangalan, address o trademark ng importer o distributor ng produkto. “Isinusulong namin ang paggamit ng mga Christmas lights na pasado sa safety test at iwasan ang mga sub-standards na produkto na karaniwang nagiging sanhi ng sunog o sakuna,� sabi ni Guce. Sinabi ni Guce na palagi din nilang binibigyang pansin sa kanilang mga information dissemination activities ang pagpapa-alala sa publiko na dapat ay maging matalinong mamimili at iwasan ang pagbili ng mura ngunit madaling masirang mga produkto.


Kaugnay nito, nagbigay babala naman si DTI-Batangas provincial director Ruel Gonzales na maging mapanuri ang mga mamimili lalo na at dapat isaalang-alang ang kaligtasan. "Mas mainam bumili ng mga produktong medyo mahal kaysa mura na malalagay naman sa peligro ang buhay at pati ang pamilya ninyo," sabi ni Gonzales. Base sa tala ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), karamihan sa mga sunog na nangyayari kapag panahon ng Kapaskuhan ay mula sa mga sub-standard na Christmas lights lalo na at napabayaang nakasaksak ng matagal. (MPDC, PIA-Batangas) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681384842450#sthash.ZWL5KQwB.dpuf

E. RIZAL

1. DTI issues price ‘freeze on basic commodities’ in Rizal Wednesday 27th of November 2013

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Nov. 27 (PIA) --In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, DTI imposes a nationwide price freeze for basic necessities consequent to Presidential Proclamation No. 682 and the Price Act (Republic Act No. 7581). DTI enjoins all establishments to comply with the specified prices per province and reminds retailers that non-compliance entails a penalty of imprisonment of not less than five years nor more than 15 years; or a fine of not less than P5,000 nor more than P2million. In Rizal, prices of canned sardines (155g) ranges from P12.50 to P13.80; powdered filled milk (150g, Bear Brand, Alaska, and Birch Tree brands) from P45.00 to P72.50 (Nido Fortified Full Cream); instant coffee refill packs, P16.75 ~ P19.95 for 25-gram packs, and P33.5~P39.50 for 50-gram packs; detergent bar/laundry soap (420grams) from P18.05 to P20.50; and loaf bread from P46.00 to P50.00 for 400g, and P49.50~P62.00 for 600g. Rizal‟s price freeze values were determined on the prevailing prices of commodities before Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the country and will be effective from November 11, 2013 to January 9, 2014.


The Price Act (RA 7581) defines that prices of basic necessities in areas under state of calamity are controlled, or on a „freeze‟, for 60 days. Consumers are advised to carefully check the weight and price tag of products before purchase. For inquiries and/or complaints, visit DTI Rizal Provincial Office or contact telephones +632.695-1711; +632.470-8824; and +632.570-4178; email: dti_rizal@yahoo.com, or call the National Price Control Council Secretariat, DTIBureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP) at +632.751.3233. (Charlie S. Dajao, DTI Calabarzon/PIA-Rizal) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2261385606651#sthash.hnpqviWV.dpuf

03 DECEMBER 2013.

1. UNICEF promotes breastfeeding for infants in evacuation centers 2. 5M galvanized sheets eyed to be distributed in Eastern Visayas 3. President Aquino declares December 10 as special non-working day in Meycauayan, Bulacan in celebration of 'Araw ng Lungsod ng Meycauayan' 4. Despite recent major woes, President Aquino lauds Filipinos for ‘never-say-die’ spirit 5. President Aquino wants NAIA-1 refurbishing, other key infrastructures in place before stepping down in 2016 6. President Aquino: Lacson's no-nonsense approach to speed up recovery from ‘Yolanda’ 7. President Aquino: Inclusive growth remains administration’s mantra 8. President Aquino: "Para sa Bayan" mantra keeps me going 9. President Aquino praying for critics' enlightenment 10. President Aquino to discuss bilateral cooperation and regional issues with Myanmar President Thein Sein 11. Aquino wishes for an end to major disasters, natural or manmade, this Christmas

UNICEF promotes breastfeeding for infants in evacuation centers (TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte) The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has urged nursing mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding for infants currently housed in evacuation centers here following the devastation wrought by super typhoon "Yolanda" in the Eastern Visayas region. UNICEF spokesperson Kate Donovan said mothers in crowded evacuation centers hardly have access to clean, potable water therefore it would be safer if they rely solely on breastfeeding than preparing formula milk. "The babies should be breastfed exclusively until six months," Donovan said. She stressed that breast milk gives infants complete nutrition, promotes good health and dramatically reduces their vulnerability to diseases like diarrhea, which is common in the aftermath of a calamity. She said the UNICEF is already coordinating with the government regarding the plan to launch a campaign


encouraging lactating mothers in Metro Manila to donate breastmilk for babies in typhoon-hit areas in Eastern Visayas. She added that UNICEF is also working on re-establishing cold chain, which was damaged during the typhoon. Aside from breastfeeding, UNICEF also encouraged evacuees to religiously practice hand-washing to avoid an outbreak of diseases. "It's the best vaccination anybody can take against disease. Just in the critical moments, before eating, hand wash with soap and we really sending message out to the population," Donovan said. UNICEF has so far vaccinated at least 9,000 children against measles and polio. Typhoon survivors were also given vitamin A and other health supplement. Donovan has urged mothers to get their children immunized to strengthen their immune system. "Some 200,000 people died during the tsunami of 2004 in Indonesia's Aceh region. In the post period, not a single child died from a disease. So it can be done," she said. PND (jb) TOP

5M galvanized sheets eyed to be distributed in Eastern Visayas (TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte) The government along with the private sector is targeting to distribute some five million pieces of galvanized iron (GI) sheets to families affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" in Eastern Visayas. Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto said the government will be providing shelter kits to families with damaged houses as part of the rehabilitation efforts in the region. Each shelter kit will contain a kilogram of standard and umbrella nails, with groups of families sharing saws and hammers. The GI sheets will be distributed depending on the "actual assessment" being done by the social workers, municipal engineer, and municipal and provincial welfare officers on the ground. The government will provide a maximum of 24 pieces of GI sheets to families whose houses were totally damaged while private donors will give a maximum of 20 iron sheets. As of Monday, the government already distributed 2,335 pieces of galvanized roofs to two barangays in Guiuan, Eastern Samar and some 3,000 pieces to Barangay San Isidro, Tanauan. The first batch of GI sheets distributed came from private donors facilitated by Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, said Loreto. He said they are expecting more GI sheets to be provided by both government and private sectors. Social Welfare assistant secretary Vilma Cheche Cabrera said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) also committed to provide 75,000 GI sheets to be distributed in areas ravaged by the typhoon. PND (jb) TOP

President Aquino declares December 10 as special non-working day in Meycauayan, Bulacan in celebration of 'Araw ng Lungsod ng Meycauayan' President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared December 10, which falls on a Tuesday, as a special (non-working) day


in the city of Meycauayan in the province of Bulacan in celebration ―Araw ng Lungsod ng Meycauayan.‖ The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 686 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on November 18 to give the people of Meycauayan the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies. Meycauayan became a component city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9356 issued on October 2, 2006. The law was subsequently ratified through a plebiscite conducted on December 10, 2006. It became the province's third city, joining San Jose del Monte and Malolos. PND (js) TOP

Despite recent major woes, President Aquino lauds Filipinos for ‘never-say-die’ spirit Despite recent major woes that hit the country in past months, President Benigno S. Aquino III said Tuesday he is thankful for - and heartened by - the never-say-die spirit of Filipinos in coping with such tragedies. In his speech at the Christmas gathering of the Bulung-Pulungan forum in Pasay City, the President said he is heartened by the spirit shown by those affected by September's failed siege in Zamboanga City, October's magnitude 7.2 quake in Bohol and super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Eastern Visayas. "Mabigat po ang taong ito pero mabigat rin ho itong sunod-sunod na sakunang umabot sa atin gawa ng kalikasan o gawa ng tao. Pero palagay ko po, isa lang ang mapapagmalaki natin: Hindi tayo dumaing at hindi mangunguna ang gobyerno n‘yo na sabihing 'panahon nang sumuko.' Palagay ko itong gobyernong itinatag ng taumbayan, lalo na mga taumbayan mismo ay nagpapakita ng kaganapan ng paglaban, ay dapat naman pong tumugon at sumuporta dito sa paglaban na ito (This year has been a very challenging one due to the disasters we faced, both natural and manmade. But we can take pride in that the people and the government never surrendered. This is a government that draws strength from the people)," he said. In September, followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari tried to occupy parts of Zamboanga City by taking hostages but government forces eventually repelled them. On Oct. 15, a magnitude 7.2 quake jolted Central Visayas and devastated Bohol province. Last November, Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated Visayas and Southern Luzon, leaving more than 5,500 dead. But President Aquino said that when he revisited Bohol recently, he was awed to see the people remaining resilient and getting back on their feet. "May brownout pa rin sila na six hours a day, pero, maski may kahirapan, talagang palaban na palaban (Bohol still experiences brownouts of six hours a day but the people continue to cope)," he said. The President also said he is thankful to security forces, including the police and military, for defending Zamboanga City from rogue Misuari followers. He said the government's troops fearlessly repelled the attackers even if they knew their armored vehicles could be vulnerable to powerful weapons like recoilless rifles. "At ang ginawa po nila ay talagang lumantad, pinagtanggol ang hindi man lang kakilala, ‗di man nila kamag-anakan, ‗di man nila kaibigan, dahil ‗yon po ang tungkulin nila at hindi nagkulang, at nakita naman po ninyo ang resulta. Kakaunti ang nawala sa ating hanay, at ‗yung hostages po ay na-rescue, at marami pong tayo naaresto dito sa mga salaring ito (Despite the odds, they defended people they do not personally know or who are not related to them. They managed to rescue the hostages and repel the attackers)," he said. Also, President Aquino lauded the Air Force for flying over areas affected by Yolanda despite warnings that flying conditions may not have been safe and for making Tacloban Airport operational so flights bearing relief can come in. Meanwhile, the President lauded members of his Cabinet for being on the ground and on the frontlines. He likewise lauded the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration for its accurate prediction of the weather, so government can preposition personnel and resources. Also, the President thanked the international community for helping those affected by the typhoon. "Napakaraming pong apektado nitong trahedyang ito, pero ngayon pa lang ho, masasabi ko na sa inyo, tila may liwanag na kung paano natin ibabangon muli. Hindi sa kagustuhan lang, ngunit, sa talagang may plano at may kakayahan, at mayroon tayong resources na inipon o tangan na, para nga ho maibalik ang ating mga kababayan, hindi lang sa dati, pero kung pupuwede, mas maganda pa kaysa dati (So many had been affected by this tragedy. But now I can say there is light at the end of the tunnel. We have the plan and we have the resources to help our people recover and be better than they were before)," he said. PND (jl)


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President Aquino wants NAIA-1 refurbishing, other key infrastructures in place before stepping down in 2016 President Benigno S. Aquino III wants the refurbishing of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to be completed and work on key infrastructure projects to start by the time he steps down from office in 2016. Speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Bulung Pulungan forum in Pasay City, the President said this is aside from seeing the people get involved in matters affecting the nation instead of being apathetic. "In terms of concrete manifestations of the same, perhaps NAIA Terminal 1 I think the refurbishing will be finished by that time," he said when asked what he would like to see the day before he steps down from the presidency on June 30, 2016. He also said he wants to see the connection of the North and South Luzon Expressways, as well as the Tarlac to La Union Expressway (TPLEX). The President added he wanted to see as well the substantial completion of work on airports such as those in Panglao and Mactan. He added he also wanted to see at least the start of work on the light rail transit systems. But President Aquino said what is still most important to him is seeing the can-do attitude of Filipinos. "These are important by and of themselves, but I think, more importantly is I really want an expression—to see the expression on the faces of our people the ‗can do‘ attitude, that nothing is beyond our grasp and our reach, and that is what I am hoping to see, hopefully, not just the day before I leave, but more importantly after I leave, that it continues and become stronger," he said. PND (jl) TOP

President Aquino: Lacson's nononsense approach to speed up recovery from ‘Yolanda’ President Benigno S. Aquino III said Tuesday his appointment of former Sen. Panfilo Lacson to head rehabilitation efforts after super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) will speed up the recovery process. Speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Bulung-Pulungan forum in Pasay City, the President said Lacson strikes him as a no-nonsense person who can focus on the rehabilitation process. "Now, having Ping Lacson at the center wherein he‘s a no-nonsense guy, focused solely on Yolanda‘s rehabilitation will undoubtedly achieve the targets sooner," he said. Besides, he said the other members of his Cabinet also have their daily duties to attend to. Also, the President reiterated the government's efforts toward ensuring transparency in harnessing international aid to help those affected by Yolanda recover. Yolanda had blown through the Visayas and Southern Luzon last November, leaving behind at least 5,500 dead. Meanwhile, the President maintained he does not let himself get affected by survey approval ratings, saying he thinks more of what is right for the people. "At the end of the day, the only criteria I have is: Did I do right? And sometimes the right decision may be unpopular. Sometimes ... conversely the wrong decision is immensely popular," he said.


"But I really have to stick with doing what I believe is right. Our people, I believe, are fair judges," he said. PND (jl) TOP

President Aquino: Inclusive growth remains adminitration’s mantra Achieving inclusive growth by enabling Filipinos to take a more active role in improving their lot remains a mantra for President Benigno S. Aquino III's administration. The President stressed this Tuesday at the Christmas gathering of the Bulung-Pulungan forum in Pasay City. "Our mantra is inclusive growth and that‘s why we are striving. Number one, we don‘t subscribe to the trickle-down theory. We are trying to find all interventions where people can participate in the economic growth of our country," he said. He said the government is doing this with massive investments in education, including the K to 12 basic education scheme, as well as higher education. The President also said they are hoping Congress will support a bid to expand the Conditional Cash Transfer program where assistance can extend up to high school. President Aquino also cited a study by the Philippine Institute for Developmental Studies that indicated a 40-percent premium on income, or an ability to generate income for a high school graduate over that of a grade school graduate. As for farmers affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the President said the government will encourage these farmers to inter-crop various crops such as coffee, cacao, and corn. "So if I want to be remembered for anything, (it would be that) we enabled people to really participate in the economic growth of this country, and it is exhibited by having this attitude of ‗can do‘, and nothing is impossible, and nothing is beyond our reach," he said. PND (jl) TOP

President Aquino: "Para sa Bayan" mantra keeps me going President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday said the mantra "Para sa Bayan (for the country)" is what keeps him going even on so-called bad days. The President, speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Bulung-Pulungan forum in Pasay City, said this keeps him from backing out of the challenges facing him. "May mantra rin ako e. Pag iyong talagang ayaw mo nang bumangon, lalo na bago ipasok iyong dyaryo na naghahanap ka ng good news, parang ang mantra namin—at saka parang marami ring nag-adopt yata— 'para sa bayan (I have my mantra on days that I really could use some good news. And many people appear to have adopted this mantra, For the country),'" he said. He said backing out of the challenges facing him would be tantamount to letting himself be defeated by the challenges facing the presidency. Even the Presidential Security Group is aware of such a mantra as they have to be prepared to sleep on an open field or be out of town indefinitely, he said. Some even have to think ahead should they be excluded from flights returning to Manila, he said. Yet, he said the mantra of doing something for the country keeps them going.


"Bottom line, everything we do affects so many people, and there is no time like the present, preferably, to have done things in the past already. Dahil nga, at the end of the day, para sa bayan lahat ito and the bayan has faces (At the end of the day, all of this is for the nation and the nation has so many faces). There are people that are directly affected by our acts and by our missions," he said. PND (jl) TOP

President Aquino praying for critics' enlightenment President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday said he prays for the enlightenment of some of his critics who he said try to put him down. Speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Bulung-Pulungan forum in Pasay City, the President asked his critics if their barbs against him have helped. "So I‘ve prayed for them also. And I mean that not in jest, I really have prayed for enlightenment for a lot of these people. The message simply was what you put down affects the lives of people. And are you confident that what you put down helped them?" he said. The President also said he is satisfied with most of his Cabinet members. Meanwhile, the President indicated he would still have run for the presidency in 2010, given all the burdens that come with the position. He said his late parents, former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino, had said that "if they could have done something and they chose not to, then they would not have been able to live with themselves." "Gusto kong masabi, pinilit kong gawin lahat ng magagawa ko, at kung may resultang maganda, maraming salamat; at kung hindi naman, ay para bang at least hindi ako sumuko at hindi ako umatras (I would rather have said I did all I could. If there are good results, then thank you very much. If not, at least I could say I did not surrender)," he said. PND (jl) TOP

President Aquino to discuss bilateral cooperation and regional issues with Myanmar President Thein Sein President Benigno S. Aquino III and Myanmar President Thein Sein will meet on Thursday to discuss bilateral cooperation and regional issues, and ways to further enhance the partnership between the Philippines and Myanmar in Malacanang Palace. The Myanmar President will arrive on Wednesday for a three-day state visit to Manila, upon the invitation of President Aquino. The visiting head of state will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. President Thein Sein will first go to Rizal Park on Thursday for the wreath-laying rites at the foot of the monument of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, before proceeding to Malacanang Palace. The two leaders will meet to discuss issues of mutual concern, particularly in the areas of trade and investment, agriculture, energy, cultural exchanges and information cooperation, among others.


They will also discuss regional issues, including Myanmar‘s historic chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2014. The two leaders will also attend the signing of agreements such as a Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and Myanmar on Information Cooperation, a bilateral agreement on visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports and a Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry and another on renewable energy. President Aquino will host a state luncheon in honor of the visiting head of state at the Aguinaldo Room of Malacanang Palace. The Myanmar President will then visit the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna at 5 p.m. Thursday. The state visit is President Thein Sein‘s first visit to the Philippines since his assumption to office in 2011. The last time a head of state from Myanmar visited the Philippines was in 2005 when Prime Minister Soe Win visited Manila. President Aquino and President Thein Sein had their first bilateral meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on June 07, 2013, when the Chief Executive attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia hosted by Myanmar. It will be the Philippines turn to host the said forum in 2015. Myanmar donated seven (7) tons of relief goods and US$100,000 to the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The Philippines and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in 1956 and will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their relations in 2016. PND (js) TOP

Aquino wishes for an end to major disasters, natural or manmade, this Christmas For Christmas, President Benigno S. Aquino III wishes for an end to major disasters, natural or manmade that struck the country in the past few months. ―Sana matapos na iyong libro ng problema natin itong taon na ito,‖ President Aquino said Tuesday when asked about his Christmas wish during the 27th Bulong-Pulungan Christmas Party held in Pasay City. The Philippines has faced various natural and manmade challenges in the last few months, including the Zamboanga City siege in September, the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Central Visayas last October, and super typhoon Yolanda that left more than 5,000 dead in Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon last month. During the Bulong-Pulungan gathering, President Aquino also expressed hopes that the Filipino people can maintain their optimism as more opportunities await them in 2014. ―At, ‗yun nga, next year, ‗di ba, parang especially at the start of the New Year, one says there are so many opportunities that are coming, and I really hope that our people maintain the optimism in the current and the ‗can do‘ attitude that is already being nurtured at this point in time,‖ he said. ―So the wish really centers on, hopefully, that there be no more challenges of this magnitude this year,‖ the President further said. PND (co) TOP

03 DECEMBER 2013 Pagpapasuso sa mga sanggol, isinulong ng UNICEF sa evacuation centers 5 milyong pirasong yero ang ipamimigay sa Silangang Kabisayaan Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino ang Disyembre 10 na pista opisyal sa meycauyan, bulakan dahil sa araw ng lungsod ng meycauyan Kinilala ng Pangulong Aquino ang ‘never-say-die’ spirit ng mga Pilipino Ibig ng Pangulong Aquino na maayos at tapos na ang NAIA-1 at mga imprastraktura bago siya bumaba sa tungkulin sa 2016


Ang pagtatalaga niya kay Lacson, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino ay tiyak na magpapabilis ng pagbabangon sa pinsala ng ‘Yolanda’ Laganap na kaunlaran ang nananatiling pakay ng Pangulong Aquino Simulaing ‘para sa bayan’ ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa Pangulong Aquino Ipinagdarasal ng Pangulong Aquino na maliwanagan ang mga kritiko niya Pangulong Aquino at Pangulong Thein Sein ng Myanmar mag-uusap sa pagtutulungan at mga pampurok na isyu

Pagpapasuso sa mga sanggol, isinulong ng UNICEF sa evacuation centers (LUNGSOD NG TACLOBAN, Leyte) Hinimok ng United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) ang mga ina ng mga sanggol na pasusuhin ang kanilang mga supling na nakatuloy ngayon sa mga evacuation centers matapos malubhang salantain ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda ang Rehiyon ng Silangang Kabisayaan. Sa harap ng napakaraming inang nakatuloy sa evacuation centers dito, binigyan diin ni Kate Donovan, tagapagsalita ng UNICEF, na nahihirapan silang makakuha ng malinis na tubig kaya magiging higit na ligtas ang kanilang mga sanggol kung pasususuhin ang mga ito kaysa umasa sa formula milk. ―Dapat sa ina lamang sumuso ang sanggol mula sa pagsilang hanggang sumapit siya sa anim na buwang gulang,‖ wika ni Donovan. Ipinaliwanag ni Donovan na ang gatas lamang ng ina ang nagbibigay ng kompletong nutrisyon sa sanggol upang tunay silang maging malusog at mabawasan ang panganib na magkaroon ng sakit na tulad ng diarrhea na karaniwang nananalot pagkaraan ng kalamidad. Sinabi ni Donovan na nakikipag-ugnayan na ang UNICEF sa pamahalaan tungkol sa balak na paglulunsad ng kampanyang himukin ang mga inang may sanggol na maliliit sa Metro Manila na magbigay ng gatas nila para ipasuso sa mga sanggol sa mga pook sa Silangang Kabisayaan na malubhang sinalanta ng bagyo. Idinagdag niya na sinisikap ng UNICEF maayos ang cold chain na winasak ng bagyo. Bukod sa pagpapasuso sa kanilang mga sanggol, hinikayat din ng UNICEF ang mga lumikas na huwag kaliligtaan ang paghuhugas ng kamay upang hindi lumaganap ang ano mang sakit. ―Ito ang pinakamainam na gawin nang lahat laban sa sakit. Bago kumain, gumamit ng sabon sa paghuhugas ng kamay. Ito ang nais naming paratingin sa lahat,‖ wika ni Donovan. Umaabot na sa 9,000 bata ang nabakunahan ng UNICEF laban sa polyo at tigdas. Nabigyan din ng bitamina A at iba pang pampalakas ng katawan ang mga nakaligtas sa bagyo. Hiningi ni Donovan sa mga ina na sikaping mapabakunahan ang mga anak nila upang lumakas ang katawan nila laban sa karamdaman. ―May 200,000 katao ang nasawi sa tsunami sa Rehiyong Aceh ng Indonesya noong 2004. Nang mapawi ang tsunami, ni isang bata ay hindi namatay dahil sa ano mang sakit. Kaya ito ay magagawa kung susundin ang paying pabakunahan ang mga bata ,‖ dugtong ni Donovan. PND (jb/zaf) TOP

5 milyong pirasong yero ang ipamimigay sa Silangang Kabisayaan (LUNGSOD NG TACLOBAN, Leyte) Sa pakikipagtulungan ng pribadong sektor, nais ng pamahalaan na makapagbigay ng may limang milyong pirasong yero (GI sheets) sa mga pamilyang ang mga tahanan ay iwinasak ng napakalakas na bagyong ―Yolanda‖ sa Silangang Kabisayaan. Sinabi ni Bise Gobernador Carlo Loreto na bibigyan ng pamahalaan ng shelter kits ang mga pamilyang nawalan ng tahanan bilang bahagi ng pagsisikap na rehabilitasyon ng rehiyon. Bawa‘t shelter kit ay mayroong isang kilo ng pakong standard at umbrella kung tawagin samantalang maghihiraman naman ang mga pamilya ng lagari at martiilyo. Ang pamimigay ng yero ay batay sa aktuwal na pagtaya na ginawa ng mga social workers, inhinyero ng bayan at mga pinunong munisipal at panlalawigan na nasa pook na pagtatayuan ng mga bahay. Ang ibibigay ng pamahalaan ay 24 na pirasong yero sa mga pamilyang nawasak ang bahay, samantalang 20 pirasong iron sheets naman ang ibibigay ng pribadong grupo.


Hanggang noong Lunes, nakapamigay ang pamahalaan ng 2,335 pirasong yero sa dalawang baranggay ng Guiuan, Silangang Samar at may 3,000 piraso naman sa Baranggay San Isidro, Tanawan. Ang unang ipinamigay na mga yero ay galing sa mga pribadong tao na kinausap ni Kalihim Jericho Petilla, ayon kay Loreto. Idinugtong ni Petilla na inaasahan nilang marami yero ang ibibigay ng pamahalaan at ng mga pribadong tao o kompanya man. Ayon kay Katulong na Kalihim Vilma Cheche Cabrera ng Kagalingang Panlipunan, nangako rin ang Kagawaran ng Pagawaing Bayan at Pambansang Lansangan (DPWH) na magbibigay ng 75,000 pirasong yero o GI sheets para sa mga pook na malubhang sinalanta ng bagyo. PND (jb/zaf) TOP

Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino ang Disyembre 10 na pista opisyal sa meycauyan, bulakan dahil sa araw ng lungsod ng meycauyan Idineklara ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Disyembre 10, na natapat sa araw ng Martes, bilang pista opisyal sa Lungsod ng Meycauyan, lalawigan ng Bulacan upang ipagdiwang ang ―Araw ng Lungsod ng Meycauyan. Inilagda ng Pangulo sng deklarasyon sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 686 na nilagdaan ni Kalihim Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Nobyembre 18 upang magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang mga mamamayan ng Meycauyan na maipagdiwang nang angkop at madaluhan ang mga seremonyang kaugnay ng ―Araw ng Lungsod ng Meycauyan.‖ Ang Meycauyan ay naging isang lungsod sa pamamagitan ng Batas ng Republika Blg. 9356 na pinagtibay noong Oktubre 2, 2006. Napagtibay ang nasabing batas ng mga mamamayan ng Meycauyan sa plebisitong idinaos noong Disyembre 10, 2006. Pangatlong lungsod sa Bulacan ang Meycauyan. Ang dalawa pang lungsod ay ang Malolos at ang San Jose del Monte. PND (js/zaf) TOP

Kinilala ng Pangulong Aquino ang ‘never-say-die’ spirit ng mga Pilipino Sa kabila ng mga salaghating sumalanta sa bansa sa nakalipas na mga buwan, sinagi ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III Martes na taos-puso ang pasasalamat niya at ikinalugod niya ang ipinakitang tatag ng kalooban at kaisipang hindi pagsuko ng mga Pilipino sa pagharap sa mga suliranin at trahedya ng buhay. Sa talumpati sa Pamaskong pagtitipong Bulung-Pulungan sa Lungsod ng Pasay, sinabi ng Pangulo na ikinagalak niya ang tatag ng paninindigang ipinakita ng mga apektado ng bigong pagsalakay sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga, ang 7.2 lakas ng lindol na yumanig sa Bohol at ang napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda na nagwasak sa Silangang Kabisayaan. ―Mabigat po ang taong ito. Pero mabigat rin po itong sunud-sunod na sakunang umabot sa atin na gawa ng Kalikasan o gawa ng tao. Pero palagay ko po, isa lang ang maipagmamalaki natin. Hindi tayo dumaing at hindi mangunguna ang gobyerno ninyo na sabihing ‗panahon nang sumuko.‘ Palagay ko, itong gobyernong itinatag ng taong bayan, lalo na nang taong bayan mismo ang nagpakita ng kaganapan sa paglaban, ay dapat naman pong tumugon at sumuporta sa paglabang ito,‖ wika ng Pangulo. Noong Setyembre, tinangkang sakupin ng mga tagasunod ng Moro National Liberation Front sa pamumuno ng tagapagtatag nitong si chairman Nur Misuari ang ilang bahagi ng Lungsod ng Zamboanga sa pamamagitan ng pambibihag ng mga tao, subali‘t buong tatag na nanindigan ang mga kawal ng pamahalaan hanggang malupig sila. Oktubre 15, lindol na 7.2 ang lakas naman ang yumanig sa Gitnang Kabisayaan at nagwasak sa lalawigan ng Bohol.


Unang linggo naman ng Nobyembre nang walang habas na salantain ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda ang Silangang Kabisayaan at ang Timog Luzon na nag-iwan ng mahigit na 5,500 kataong patay. Sinabi ng Pangulo na nang dalawin niya kamakailan ang Bohol, humanga siya sa tatag at lakas ng loob ng mga tao at sa pagsisikap ng mga ito na makabangon mula sa guho ng bagyo. ―May brownout pa rin sila anim na oras isang araw. Kahit may kahirapan, talagang palabang-palaban sila,‖ wika ng Pangulo. Nagpasalamat din ang Pangulo sa mga pulis at militar buong tatag na pagtatanggol ng mga ito sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga laban sa grupo ng mga tagasunod ni Misuari. Walang takot na sinagkaan ng mga kawal ng pamahalaan ang mga sumalakay kahit alam nilang ang mga armoured vehicles ay maaari ring wasakin ng malalakas na sandatang tulad ng recoilless rifles. ―At ang ginawa po nila ay talagang lumantad, ipinagtanggol ang hindi man lamang kakilala, hindi nila kamag-anakan at ni hindi kaibigan dahil iyon po ang tungkulin nila at hindi nagkulang at nakita po naman ninyo ang naging resulta. Kakaunti ang nawala sa ating hanay at ang mga bihag ay nailigtas at marami po tayong naaresto sa mga salaring ito,‖ dagdag ng Pangulo Pinuri rin ng Pangulo ang Lakas na Panghimpapawid sa paglipad sa mga pook na apektado ng Yolanda sa kabila ng mga babalang baka hindi pa ligtas lumipad doon at ginawa nilang pagsisikap na mabuksan uli para magamit ang Paliparan ng Tacloban. Pinahalagahan din ng Pangulo ang mga kagawad ng Gabinete niya sa pananatili sa mga pook na sinalanta ng bagyo at paggawa ng mga hakbang para tulungan ang mga biktima. Hindi rin nakaligtaang purihin ng Pangulo ang Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astro-nomical Services Administration sa tamang pagtaya sa lagay ng panahon kaya nagawa ng pamahalaan ang pagtatalaga ng mga tauhan at pagpapadala ng kagamitan at tulong. Pinasalamatan din ng Pangulo ang pandaigdig na komunidad sa maagap na pagtulong sa mga naging biktima ng bagyong Yolanda. ―Napakarami pong apektado ng trahedyang ito. Pero ngayon pa lamang po, masasasabi ko na sa inyo na tila may liwanag na kung paano natin ibabangong muli ang mga nawasak na pook. Hindi sa kagustuhan lamang, nguni‘t sa talagang may plano at may kakayahan, at mayroon tayong mailalaang halagang inipon o tangan na, kung pupuwede mas maganda pa kaysa dati,‖ pagbibigay-diin pa ng Pangulo. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Ibig ng Pangulong Aquino na maayos at tapos na ang NAIA-1 at mga imprastraktura bago siya bumaba sa tungkulin sa 2016 Ibig ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na tapos na ang pag-aayos sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at napasimulan na ang mahahalagang proyektong imprastraktura pagbaba niya sa tungkulin sa 2016.


Sa pagsasalita sa Pamaskong pagtitipon ng Bulung-Pulungan forum sa Lungsod ng Pasay, binigyang diin ng Pangulo na bukod dito, nais din niyang makita ang sambayanan na nakikiisa sa mga bagay na apektado ang bansa sa halip na nagwawalang bahala. ― Ang ibig ko sana, ang pag-aayos sa NAIA Terminal 1 ay tapos na sa panahong iyon,‖ sagot ng Pangulo nang tanungin kung ano ang nais niyang makita bago siya bumaba sa pagka-pangulo sa Hunyo 30, 2016. Idinugtong ng Pangulo na ibig din niyang magkadugtong na ang North and South Luzon Expressways, gayundin ang Tarlac hanggang La Union Expressway. Bukod dito, hangad din ng Pangulong Aquino na makitang nasimulan nang gawin ang light rail transit systems. Idinagdag ng Pangulong Aquino na ang pinakamahalaga pa rin sa kanya ay maging ugaling Pilipino ang pananalig na kaya niyang gawin ang mahahalagang bagay. ―Ang mga ito ang mahalaga subali‘t palagay ko, ang pinakamahalagang nais kong masaksihan ay nakabakas sa mukha ng ating mga kababayan ang pananalig na ‗kaya namin ito,‘ at walang ano mang hindi natin kayang abutin. Iyon ang inaasam kong masaksihan, na sana naman, hindi sa araw bago ako bumaba sa tungkulin, kundi higit sa lahat ang halaga, matapos na ako ay makaalis na, ito pa rin ang magiging paninindigang patuloy na panghahawakan at magiibayo ang lakas nito sa paglipas ng panahon,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulong Aquino. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Ang pagtatalaga niya kay Lacson, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino ay tiyak na magpapabilis ng pagbabangon sa pinsala ng ‘Yolanda’ Magpapabilis ng pagbabagong tatag na gagawin ang pagkatalaga kay dating Senador Panfilo Lacson upang pangunahan ang pagsisikap na makapagbagong tatag mula sa mga guhong iniwan ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda. Ito ang binigyang diin ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa Pamaskong pagtitipon ng Bulung-Pulungan forum sa Lungsod ng Pasay tungkol sa paghirang niya kay Lacson. Sinabi ng Pangulo na kilala niya si Lacson bilang nononsense person na makapagtutuon ng panahon at pansin sa gagawing rehabilitasyon ng mga pook na nasalanta. ―Ngayong si Ping Lacson ang nasa gitna nito at siya naman ay no-nonsense guy, tiyak na mapagtutuunan ng panahon ang rehabilitasyon ng winasak ng Yolanda kaya walang alinlangang matatapos agad ito,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulo. Bukod dito, sinabi ng Pangulo na ang mga kagawad ng Gabinete ay may kanya-kanyang mga gawain at tungkuling ginagampanan araw-araw. Inulit din ng Pangulo ang pagsisikap ng pamahalaan na maging lantaran at walang itatago sa paggamit ng mga tulong na buhat sa iba-ibang bansa para makabangon ang mga biktima ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda. Malawak na pinsala ang iniwan ng Yolanda nang sagasain ang Kabisayaan at Timog Luzon noong unang linggo ng Nobyembre at nag-iwan ng humigit-kumulang na 5,500 patay. Samantala, nanindigan ang Pangulo na hindi niya pinababayaang maapektuhan siya ng resulta ng mga approval ratings at ang higit niyang pinagtutuunan ng pansin ay kung ano ang makabubuti para sa taong bayan. ―Sa totoo lang, ang tanging pamantayan ko ay: Tama ba ang aking ginawa? At may pagkakataong ang tamang pasiya ay hindi popular. Kung magkaminsan pa nga, ang maling pasiya ay siya pang pinakapopular,‖ paliwanag ng Pangulo. ―Subali‘t, dapat akong manindigan sa ginagawa kong sa palagay ko ay tama. Naniniwala naman ako na ang mga kababayan natin ay patas na mga hukom,‖ wika pa ng Pangulo. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Laganap na kaunlaran ang nananatiling pakay ng Pangulong Aquino Ang pagkakaroon ng malaganap na kaunlarang magiging daan upang ang mga Pilipino ay magkaroon nang higit na masigasig na papel na gagampanan upang sikaping bumuti ang kanilang kalagayan sa buhay ang nananatiling sandigan ng administrasyon ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. Sa Pamaskong pagtitipon Martes ng Bulung-Pulungan forum sa Lungsod ng Pasay ay ito ang binigyang diin ng Pangulong Aquino.


―Ang pakay natin ay ang malawakang pag-unlad at ito ang dahilan kaya tayo nagsisikap nang husto. Una, hindi tayo naniniwala sa pautik-utik na teoriya. Sinisikap nating makita ang lahat ng maiinam na paraan upang makalahok ang mga kababayan natin sa pagpapaunlad ng kabuhayan ng ating bansa,‖ sabi ng Pangulo. Idinugtong niya na ginagawa ito ng pamahalaan sa paglalaan ng malaking halaga sa edukasyon, kabilang ang K to 12 basic education scheme, gayundin sa pag-aaral sa pamantasan at mga kolehiyo. Sinabi ng Pangulo na inaasahan din nilang susuportahan ng Kongreso ang panukalang batas para palawakin pa ang programang Conditional Cash Transfer upang paabutin ito sa mga mag-aaral sa mataas na paaralan. Binanggit ng Pangulong Aquino ang pag-aaral na ginawa ng Philippine Institute for Developmental Studies na nagsaad na 40-porsiyento premium sa kita o sa kakayahang magkaroon ng kita para sa isang nagtapos sa mataas na paaralan kaysa sa isang tapos lamang sa mababang paaralan. Tungkol naman sa mga magsasakang apektado ng napakalakas na bagyong Yolanda, sinabi ng Pangulo na hihimukin ng gobyerno ang mga magsasakang ito na magtanim ng ibang halaman na tulad ng kape, kakaw at mais. ―Kaya kung mayroon akong nais maiwang alaala tungkol sa akin, iyon ay walang iba kundi ang napakilos natin ang taong bayan upang totohanang makibalikat sa pagsisikap na mapaunlad ang ekonomya ng bansang ito at maipamamalas ito sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaroon ng kaisipang ―kaya kong gawin ito‖ at walang imposible at walang ano mang bagay na hindi natin kayang abutin,‖dugtong ng Pangulo. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Simulaing ‘para sa bayan’ ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa Pangulong Aquino Ang simulaing ―Para sa Bayan‖ ang nagbibigay-lakas sa Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kahit sa mga sandaling tila hindi kainaman ang nangyayari at maging ang pakiramdam niya. Ito ang tugon ng Pangulo nang tanungin siya sa Pamaskong pagtitipon ng Bulung-Pulungan sa Lungsod ng Pasay Martes at idinagdag na ito rin ang dahilan kaya hindi siya umuurong sa nakakaharap na mga hamon at pagsubok. ―May ‗mantra‘ rin ako. Pag talagang ayaw mo nang bumangon, lalo nabago ipasok ang diyaryo na naghahanap ka ng magandang balita, parang ang ‗mantra‘ namin—at saka parang marami ring gumagaya ng para sa bayan,‖ sagot ng Pangulo. Idinugtong niya na ang pagtalikod na harapin ang mga pagsubok at suliranin ay katumbas ng pagpayag na talunin siya ng mga hamong kinakaharap ng panguluhan. ―Maging ang Presidential Security Group ay nakababatid ng bagay na ito kaya dapat silang maging handang matulog sa gitna ng kabukiran o sa malayong bayan nang hindi alam kung kailan babalik,‖ sabi ng Pangulo. Ang iba ay dapat ding maging handa, sabi ng Pangulo na baka sila maiwan ng biyahe pagbalik sa Maynila. ―Gayunman, ang mantra sa paggawa ng isang bagay para sa bayan ang siya pa ring nagpapa-sigla sa kanila,‖ pahayag pa ng Pangulo. ―Kasi nga, lahat ng gawin namin ay nakaaapekto sa maraming tao at walang panahong kagaya ng kasalukuyan, naka noong nakalipas, mayroon. Dahil nga, ang hahantungan nitong lahat ay para sa bayan at ang bayan ay nagtataglay ng maraming mukha at maraming taong apektado ng mga hakbang at misyon namin,‖ wika pa ng Pangulong Aquino. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Ipinagdarasal ng Pangulong Aquino na maliwanagan ang


mga kritiko niya Ipinagdarasal ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na maliwanagan ang mga kritikong nagtatangkang ibagsak at siraan siya. Sinabi ng Pangulo sa Pamaskong Pagtitipon ng Bulung-Pulungan sa Lungsod ng Pasay ang bagay na ito nang itanong kung ang mga tuligsa sa kanya ay nakatutulong. ―Ipinagdarasal ko rin sila. Totohanan ito, hindi biro. Talaga kong ipinagdarasal na maliwanagan ang mga taong ito. Ang paninira ay nakaaapekto sa buhay ng mga sinisiraang tao. At naniniwala ka bang ang paninira ay nakatutulong sa kanila?‖ sagot ng Pangulo. Nagpahayag din ng kasiyahan ang Pangulo sa marami niyang kagawad ng Gabinete. Ipinahiwatig ng Pangulo na kakandidato pa rin siya noong 2010 sa kabila ng mga mabibigat na pasaning kaakibat ng katungkulang ito. Binanggit niya ang sinabi ng mga magulang niya, naging Senador Benigno Aquino, Jr. at naging Pangulong Corazon Aquino ―kung mayroon silang magagawa nguni‘t minabuti nilang huwag gawin, hindi matatahimik ang buhay nila.‖ ―Gusto kong masabi, pinilit kong gawing lahat ang magagawa ko at kung may resultang maganda, maraming salamat. At kung hindi naman, para bang kahit paano, hindi ako sumuko at hindi ako umurong,‖ wika pa ng Pangulo. PND (jl/zaf) TOP

Pangulong Aquino at Pangulong Thein Sein ng Myanmar mag-uusap sa pagtutulungan at mga pampurok na isyu Pag-uusapan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III at ng panauhing Pangulong Thein Sein ng Myanmar sa Huwebes ang mga bagay ukol sa pagtutulungan at mga pampurok na isyu at ang mga paraan upang lalong bumuti ang samahan ng Pilipinas at Myanmar. Nakatakdang dumating Miyerkoles para sa tatlong araw na state visit sa Maynila ang Pangulong Thein sa anyaya ng Pangulong Aquino ganap na ika-3:20 ng hapon sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal III. Pupunta muna ang Pangulong Thein sa Rizal Park Huwebes para mag-alay ng bulaklak sa bantayog ni Dr. Jose Rizal bago tumuloy sa Malacanang. Pag-uusapan ng dalawang lider ang isyu sa kalakalan, pamumuhunan , pagsasaka, enerhiya, palitang kultural at pagtutulungan sa impormasyon, gayundin ang pampurok na isyu, kabilang ang makasaysayang pagiging pangulo ng Myanmar sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) para sa taong 2014. Sasaksihan din ng dalawang lider ang paglagda sa Memorandum of Understanding ng Pilipinas at Myanmar sa Information Cooperation, kasunduan sa hindi na pagkuha ng visa sa ordinaryong pasaporte, at Memorandum of Agreement ng Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry at isa pa tungkol sa renewable energy. Hahandugan ng state luncheon ng Pangulong Aquino ang panauhing Puno ng Bansa sa Aguinaldo Room ng Malacanang. Pagkatapos ay pupunta ang Pangulo ng Myanmar sa International Rice Research Institute sa Los Banos, Laguna dakong ika-5:00 ng hapon. Ito ang unang pagdalaw sa Pilipinas ng PangulongThein. Taong 2005 nang dumalaw sa Pilipinas ang noon ay Punong Ministro Soe Win ng Myanmar. Nagbigay ang Myanmar ng pitong toneladang relief goods at US$100,000 para sa mga biktima ng bagyong Yolanda. Nagsimula ang ugnayang diplomata ng Pilipinas at Myanmar noong 1956. Ipagdiriwang sa 2016 ang ika-60 taon ng ugnayan ng dalawang bansa. PND (js/zaf) TOP


President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech at the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party Sunset Pavillion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex Roxas Blvd., Pasay City 03 Dec 2013

Maraming salamat po. Maupo po tayong lahat at magandang tanghali po. Secretary Sonny Coloma; Senator Cynthia Villar; Miss Deedee Sytangco; Ms. Julie Yap Daza, Awardees of the 27th annual Bulong-Pulungan, namely Secretary Leila de Lima, Secretary Mario Montejo, Commissioner Kim Henares, GSIS President and General Manager Bernie Vergara, PAGCOR Chair Bong Naguiat, Gawad Kalinga Chair Tony Meloto, Dr. Jerome Paler, Solicitor General Francis Jardaleza, MIAA General Manager and Chair [...], members of Bulong Pulungan, fellow workers in government, honored guests, mga minamahal ko pong kababayan. Magandang tanghali pong muli. Pang-apat na po nating paghaharap ito sa Bulong-Pulungan, at kaninang umaga po, noong binabasa ko ang talumpati, sabi ko parang hindi yata sulit to sa Bulong-Pulungan. Parang kulang. Talagang pleasure naman hong humarap sa inyo. You get to meet professional and responsible journalists who do not have an agenda. [Applause] Pero dahil nga ho doon, dapat naman eh kailangan angkop ang sasabihin natin sa inyo ngayon. Siyempre, napakahirap po, paano ba tayo mag-iisip ng panibago na newsworthy pa, every year, at saka more or less on schedule regardless of the situation—and that is happening and that is the challenge before me. If some of you might have noticed, I was scribbling on a pad earlier, this is the replacement of the speech—and I apologize to my writers. Today, we are not in sync. [Laughter]


Siguro, the main theme actually today is ―thank yous,‖ and why ―thank yous?‖ Napakaraming adversity, the speech actually starts out with Zamboanga, Bohol, and it didn‘t even mention Santi, tapos mayroon naman tayong Yolanda. And by the way, napansin ho ba n‘yo na every year we have a major one: Sendong, then Pablo, then Yolanda. Isang araw napagisip ako: bakit kaya nag-i-ispell ng ―SPY‖ itong tatlong ‗to… mahirap nang dikitan ‗yong ―SPY.‖ Sana huwag naman maging ―SPYING,‖ hanggang ―SPY‖ na lang tayo. Anyway, let me start out with Bohol: Dumating tayo sa Bohol, na pangatlong bisita ko na ho ‗yata itong last, at palagay ko alam naman n‘yo na noong isang beses nga ho, noong maraming nag-aalala dahil dito sa aftershocks kung mas malalap pa talaga ang mangyayari, and nagdesisyon tayo makitulog sa kanila at mapadama sa kanila ang sinasabi nating mga scientists, eh tapos na ang pinakamalaking parte nitong trahedyang ‗to, at nakidamay tayo sa kanila. Noong panahon na iyon, daming mga simbahang talagang gumuho, mga munisipyo na hindi na magamit, kuryente na talagang parang ang hirap isipin kung paano maibabalik. Siyempre, mga taong, ang laki ng panukso para dumapa na lang at sumuko. Kaya naman itong pagbalik ko sa Bohol, nakalipas isang linggo lang, talagang bilib na bilib ako na hindi lang sila yumuko at hindi sila dumapa, bagkus, talagang nakatindig na at pinag-iisipan ang kinabukasan—tila walang nangyari sa pananaw ng napakaraming mga kausap natin. Katapat namin ang dalawang tulay, temporary bridge pa nga, pero talagang doon eh, parang damang-dama ko na kung paano palaban talaga ang mga taga-Bohol, at maski na matindi pa ang mga pangangailangan nila. Alam naman po n‘yo na ang kuryente nila ay dumadaan sa Leyte. Nadamay pa ang geothermal plant sa Leyte. May brownout pa rin sila na six hours a day, pero, maski may kahirapan, talagang palaban na palaban. Doon po ako napag-isip. Tila kadalasan ay nakakalimutan, lalo na ‗pag nagbabasa tayo ng mga dyaryo, nakikinig ng radyo, nanonood ng TV, talagang siguro ganoon ho talaga ang kalakaran na patuloy pa rin ang tinatawag na ―negativism sells.‖ ‗Pag hindi tayo naghanap ng—o kung hindi tayo gumawa ng kontrobersya o isyu, ay parang boring ang ating media. Problema ho doon, nakakalimutan naman natin ‗yung mga tao na talaga namang may ginawa para ibsan ang kahirapan o pagdadalamhati ng ating mga kababayan, at ito ho siguro ang pagkakataong, at palagay ko ito ang angkop na panahon, para naman magpasalamat. At, ako na ang magpapasalamat sa ngalan ng bansa sa lahat nitong mga taong marami nga ang tinatawag na ―nameless‖ pero bigay nang bigay nang bigay ng lahat ng kanilang mabibigay para lang mabawasan lang nga ang pinagdadaanan ng ating mga kababayan. Umpisa muna ako sa hanay ng ating mga kasundaluhan at kapulisan. Kung titignan natin ang Zamboanga, ilan ho sa‘tin ang may alam ho kaya na ‗yung mga kalaban, na itong rogue na elements sa pangunguna ni Nur Misuari, may mga mabigat na armas tulad ng 90RR na tinatawag na 90 millimeter recoilless rifle. Mayroon tayong mga sundalong nakasakay sa B150 at Simba. Itong sasakyan pong ‗to ay hindi designed para maging ligtas ‗pag ganoon kalalakas ang armas na ginagamit sa kanila. Pero wala ho tayong nakita, ni isa, sa ating mga crew nitong armored vehicles na nagsabing, ―Teka muna, puwede bang umiwas muna? Hindi naman ako protektado nito.‖ At ang ginawa po nila ay talagang lumantad, pinagtanggol ang hindi man lang kakilala, ‗di man nila kamaganakan, ‗di man nila kaibigan, dahil ‗yon po ang tungkulin nila at hindi nagkulang, at nakita naman po n‘yo ang resulta. Kakaunti ang nawala sa‘ting hanay, at ‗yung hostages po ay na-rescue, at marami pong tayo naaresto dito sa mga salaring ito. Sama ko na rin po ang mga kawani ng Air Force. Ilan ho kaya sa atin ang may alam na pagkatapos dumaan ni Yolanda, sinasabi nga ho ng PAGASA, medyo peligroso pa hong lumipad. Pero, na-determine ng ating Air Force na nandoon na raw sa ―acceptable parameters‖ at agaran, noong pagdaan ni Yolanda, eh may mga dumating na mga helicopters lulan ang mga kawani ng ating Sandatahang Lakas para buksan ang Tacloban Airport na siyang naging dahilan para mapadala kaagad ang isang C130 sa sususunod na araw lamang para magkaroon na tayo ng komunikasyon at nandoon na nga ‗yon ang umpisa ng istrakturang akala natin ay magdadagdag lang ‗yon pala‘y papalit o hahalinhin doon sa mga nakaupo. Isama ko na rin ho ang Gabinete. Siguro ho, ‗pag tinitignan natin sila, ‗pag ako po‘y pinupuri sa ano mang bagay, sinasabi ko, ―Hindi ko naman nagawa itong mag-isa.‖ Bigyang-tukoy ko lang ho si Volts, si Mar, at saka si Dinky. Silang tatlo ho medyo masyadong madalas nagsasama sa mga araw na ‗to. Minsan ho‘y nagsasabi na sila, ―Baka naman dapat ‗wag na tayong magsama at parating marami tayong hinaharap na sakuna.‖ Pero sa totoo lang po, ‗pag sinasabing may gobyerno tayong kumakalinga sa ating kapwa, hindi ho kumakalinga sa loob ng kanilang silid na naka-aircondition at tahimik. Sila po ay nandoon sa tinatawag na frontlines: sa Zamboanga, sa Bohol, sa Leyte. Nakakapagod ho. Napakararaming mas magaling sa inyong nagki-criticize. Almusal, tanghalian, hapunan, kung minsan pati midnight snack kini-criticize ka, pero habang kaya po nila—at talaga namang pinipilit kayanin anumang pagsubok— eh palagay kong wala hong magsasabing sa parehas na pananaw, kung nagkulang ba itong tatlong kawani nating ito, isama ko na rin si Mario at lahat na rin po ng buong Gabinete. Isipin po n‘yo noong nag-umpisa po tayo dito sa trabahong ito, tinuturo tayo ng PAGASA sa maling lugar kung saan dadaan ang bagyo. Maghahanda ang gobyerno sa maling lugar. Pero sa pangunguna po si Secretary Montejo, at sa ambag ng talino at talento ng napakarami niyang kawani, eh talagang tinukoy kung saan ang pinakamapanganib at talaga naman pong ako‘y nakakasigurong maramirami tayong buhay na nailigtas lalo na po doon sa mga nakinig. Gusto ko rin pong pasalamatan lahat ng mga komunidad sa buong mundo ng mga Pilipino na talaga namang agarang dumamay. Kahapon po‘y anim na mga bagong Ambassador ang ating tinanggap at ang kanilang binabalita, halos lahat po sila, katulad sa Canada, mayroon ho raw tayong 750,000 na mga kababayang nandoon, sila mismo nag-ambag-ambagan para sa tulong kay Yolanda at nagtulak sa kanilang gobyerno na dumamay at talaga naman pong damang-dama natin ang pagdamay ng napakaraming bansa sa buong mundo sampu ng ating mga komunidad sa labas ng bansa. Talaga hong sa mga pagsubok na ganito, di‘ ho natin maiiwasan, lalo na sa umpisa, na may mga taong, dahil nawalan ng lahat ng kanila ari-arian namatayan pa, ay talagang para bang natutukso na sumuko. Paliwanag nga ho ng DSWD kung minsan nga raw po lalo na sa umpisang umpisa, ‗pag naubos nang lahat sa ‗yo, ‗yung pakiramdam mo na parang


sa english po ay ―insecurity‖ o kawalan ng kakayahan rin na para ayusin ang iyong buhay o iyong kinabukasan ay talagang sagad sagaran. Kaya natural po, mayroon pong tinatawag nga hong—pagdating ng relief, talaga nga ho ‗yong iba talagang kailangan makatangan nang sobra-sobra dahil ‗yon na lang ang panangga nila doon sa pagduda sa anong hinaharap nila sa kinabukasan. At ‗pag dumating na ho na humupa ang kanilang tensyon, eh talaga naman pong nakakapunta sa muling pagbangon ng kanilang pag-asa at sa paglaban. Mabigat po ang ginawa. Mabigat po ang taong ito pero mabigat rin ho ‗tong sunod-sunod na sakunang umabot sa atin gawa ng kalikasan o gawa ng tao. Pero palagay ko po, isa lang ang mapapagmalaki natin: Hindi tayo dumarating at hindi mangunguna ang gobyerno n‘yo na sabihing ―panahon nang sumuko.‖ Palagay ko itong gobyernong itinatag ng taumbayan, lalo na mga taumbayan mismo ay nagpapakita ng kaganapan ng paglaban, ay dapat naman pong tumugon at sumuporta dito sa paglaban na ‗to. Napakaraming pong apektado itong trahedyang ‗to, pero ngayon pa lang ho, masasabi ko na sa inyo, tila may liwanag na kung paano natin ibabangon muli. Hindi sa kagustuhan lang, ngunit, sa talagang may plano at may kakayahan, at mayroon tayong resources na iniipon o tangan na, para nga ho maibalik ang ating mga kababayan, hindi lang sa dati, pero kung pupuwede, mas maganda pa kay sa dati [Applause]. Palagay ko po, iiksian ko ho talaga ang talumpating ito, hindi dahil sa wala na akong masasabi. Actually, ang kaba ko ho‘y baka sumobra nang sumobra ang sasabihin ko para mag-thank you, nakatingin pa naman sa akin si Kim at si Leila. Sama ko na rin ho ‗yong thank you nila. Pero noong, may isang international event, nakalimutan ko kung ano specifically, pero inimbita tayo dahil nga ho doon sa ating gender issues, at ano raw ba nagawa natin sa bansang ‗to. At kadalasan binibiro ko: Sabi ko baka pagdating ng sampung taon mula ngayon, hindi na ho women empowerment ang paksa natin. Baka ang paksa na raw po natin ay men‘s emancipation. [Laughter] Dahil sa atin ho sa Pilipinas ‗pag ikaw ay nagkamali, magkita kayo ni Leila, ni Kim, ni Conchita Carpio-Morales, ni Grace Pulido-Tan, at marami pang iba. So, mga kababayan, siguro sa dulo po isa nalang talaga ang mensahe ko, alam kong marami tanong na mabibigat nitong araw na ‗to, kaya iiwan ko na ‗yung oras para sa mga tanong na iyon, pero ngayon ho gusto ko lang talaga ideklara sa buong sambayanan, talagang malaking karangalan na mamuno sa sambayanan tulad ng Pilipino na talaga naman po maski pagsubok ay agarang bumabalik at lumalaban. Magandang tanghali po. [HOME]

ONLINE NEWS 03 DECEMBER 2013 IC pushes for immediate and swift release of insurance claims Agarang Proseso Program launched PDIC sold assets for P72.07-M at Housing Fair of HUDCC DOTC to expedite bidding for improved P65-B LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project Ukraine gov’t, int’l medical group among latest foreign donors Moving on after ‘Yolanda’ DFA Spokesperson Explains Philippine Foreign Policy to Palawan Students P3.38-B to buttress relocation for Metro ISFs' Abad: Funding to relocate ISFS out of danger zones DA, FAO unite for typhoon victims PHL to host biggest food show in ASEAN, gets full D.A. backing DILG info officers attend new media seminar DepEd officials, union members sign joint resolution DOE to conduct workshop for biofuels database in East Asia At the DOLE’s Legal Service, 100 percent free legal assistance continues to be the norm---Baldoz OWWA RWO-6 holds Psychological First Aid Training for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors PhilHealth Tacloban and Ormoc offices now open to serve; issues policy on fortuitous events IC pushes for immediate and swift release of insurance claims Agarang Proseso Program launched Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph Right after super typhoon ―Yolanda‖ left the country greatly devastated, the Insurance Commission, together with industry stakeholders, immediately approved and implemented the program, ―Agarang Proseso, Benepisyo ay Sigurado‖ to address the victims‘ urgent need of any relief available. With the joint efforts of all industry stakeholders, Agarang Proseso established on-site Claims Action Centers (CAC), namely: CLIMBS General Life and Insurance Cooperative CAC in Tacloban City, CLIMBS CAC in Ormoc City and


CLIMBS CAC in Cebu City. Another CAC will be set up by CLIMBS in Tacloban City which will be operational on December 8, 2013. The IC was invited to participate and observe how Microinsurance providers process payments after catastrophic events. Meanwhile, the traditional non-life insurance providers have committed to deploy their personnel to strategic areas in the Visayas in the first week of December 2013 to further expedite the processing and release of the insurance proceeds to the covered victims. A Claims Action Center in Tacloban City Hall is expected to be launched on 13 December 2013. Immediately after the launch of the ―Agarang Proseso‖ program, Microinsurance providers have already released substantial amounts of claims for covered fisherfolks, farmers, vendors and members of the marginalized sector in Tacloban, Ormoc, Samar Southern Leyte and Biliran and in other affected areas in the Visayas: § Php83,641,400.00 – for non-life claims § Php811,000.00 – for death claims § Php680,000.00 – for relief assistance Through its efforts, an active industry player facilitated the release of insurance claims of at least 8,000 insurance policyholders amounting to Php60,000,000.00. Microinsurance providers have additionally approved PhP110,000,000.00 for release to more than 19,000 beneficiaries and claimants in the affected area. This amount is expected to be released in the first week of December 2013. In furtherance of its mandate and to provide an even much faster relief to ―Yolanda‖ victims, the Insurance Commission pushes further for a quicker insurance claims processing. The Insurance Commission has called upon the industry players to process and release payments to the affected insuring public without the necessity of an actual claim filed before them. Moreover, the Insurance Commission is seriously entertaining the possibility of requiring insurance providers to release insurance proceeds to covered ―Yolanda‖ victims without relying mainly on traditional documentary proofs and notices of loss. Extensive discussions on ―satellite imaging‖ and ―crisis mapping‖ as basis for the payment of property insurance proceeds, in lieu of the traditional and actual documentary proof and professional adjustment, have already been made. If implemented, the processing and release of property insurance claims would be even quicker and more expeditious. Agarang Proseso program is a collective effort and undertaking of the Insurance Commission and all industry stakeholders. Ongoing coordination with the industry stakeholders is being made to ensure proper and prompt actions of all concerned. The affected policyholders, planholders, beneficiaries and other concerned persons are advised to visit the Insurance Commission‘s website at www.insurance.gov.ph for updates and other announcements the Commission may issue from time to time. |TOP| PDIC sold assets for P72.07-M at Housing Fair of HUDCC Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation accepted offers to buy four properties resulting to a sale amounting to P72.07 million during the recently-concluded 8 th Housing Fair organized by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and held at the SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City last October 25 to 27, 2013. The assets included three residential properties located in the cities of Antipolo, Bacolod and Tacloban; and a commercial property measuring 2,011 sqm. situated along Taft Avenue in Pasay City. Three of the sold properties were owned by closed banks under PDIC liquidation. The Pasay City property is a PDIC-owned asset. The Corporation‘s Real and Other Properties Acquired (ROPA) Disposal Committee approved the offers to buy last October 29, 2013 on installment basis up to seven years, at 6% interest rate. PDIC offered up to 20% discount from the minimum disposal price for offers to buy in cash and 10% discount for installment purchases. The PDIC reported that a total of 67 potential buyers registered during the three-day Housing Fair. The PDIC offers for sale properties through public biddings, negotiated sale, and housing fairs. Interested buyers are invited to access and use the PDIC‘s Property Finder located in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph to access information on the various properties and assets being offered for negotiated sale. The participation in housing fairs, along with the regular conduct of public biddings and the provision of the Property Finder, is in line with the PDIC‘s strategic direction to expeditiously dispose non-financial assets, as outlined in its medium-term Roadmap to 2016. As Liquidator of closed banks, PDIC disposes assets acquired from closed banks to benefit the uninsured depositors and creditors by way of helping enhance recovery of their deposits and investments.


|TOP| DOTC to expedite bidding for improved P65-B LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project Source: http://www.dotc.gov.ph Contrary to recent reports of delays in the re-tender of the country‘s largest railway Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is expediting the bidding process for the improved P 65 Billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension (LRT-1 Cavex) Project. ―The only delay was in the schedule of the NEDA Board meeting. Otherwise, we are still following the same 4- to 6month timeline from obtaining approval to set the bid submission deadline,‖ said DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal. ―In fact, we are expediting it. We will adopt the single-stage bidding process, and we will set the bid submission date in the earlier part of Q2 2014,‖ Sagcal added. The single-stage bidding process means that interested groups will submit their qualification documents simultaneously with their technical and financial proposals, instead of having a separate pre-qualification phase. This will do away with the two-stage process, effectively cutting the entire period by around two (2) months. After the original bid for this project failed last August, the transport agency improved certain economic terms in the concession, which required NEDA Board approval. These involve government absorbing the obligation to pay real property taxes (RPT), ensuring the integrity of the facility‘s structure for a two (2)-year period, permitting a five-percent (5%) fare increase upon completion of the project, and allowing the submission of negative bids. The said improvements were approved last November 21. The LRT-1 Cavex project retains the major components of the original scope of works, namely the operation and maintenance of the entire LRT-1 system for a 32-year concession period, and the construction of an 11.7-kilometer southward extension from the Baclaran station to Bacoor, Cavite. It entails the construction of eight (8) new stations, plus two (2) future stations, in Parañaque City, Las Piñas City, and the province of Cavite, opening up more convenient, efficient, and faster access to education and employment opportunities in Metro Manila to a total of around four (4) million people who live in the area. Pursuant to the Build-Operate-and Transfer (BOT) Law, the DOTC will publish its invitation to bid for the improved LRT1 Cavex project for three (3) consecutive weeks during this month of December, beginning tomorrow. |TOP| Ukraine gov’t, int’l medical group among latest foreign donors Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Mactan City, Cebu – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has received over the weekend the donation of Ukraine government for Typhoon Yolanda victims. These include 15,390 blankets; 8,338 water purification filters; 6,144 tins of stewed beef; 3,456 disinfectant tablets; 500 mattresses; 500 pillows; and, 21 electric generators with lighting equipment and cable network. Butrymovych Mychailo Konstyantynovych, Deputy Director of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, flew via an Ilyushin II-76 cargo aircraft from Kiev to Mactan Air Base in the city to personally bring the relief items. Likewise, the International Medical Corps (IMC) has given US$28,470- worth of medical supplies consisting of water purification tablets, water bags, and other medical items. ―Part of the donations were provided by our partners such as the MAP International, Heart to Heart International, and AmeriCares,‖ Marin Tomas, Global Logistics Manager of IMC, said. Tomas added that IMC is also purchasing medicines locally to supplement those that they brought in. The group has also sent medical teams to Tacloban City and Tanauan in Leyte, Guiuan in Eastern Samar, and Roxas City in Capiz as well as to evacuation centers in Cebu to attend to victims needing medical help. ―This is in partnership with Medical Teams International, Stanford University and Harvard University,‖ he continued. |TOP|


Moving on after ‘Yolanda’ Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Almost a month after Supertyphoon Yolanda battered the Visayas, affected families are finding ways to achieve normalcy in their lives. While recovery and rehabilitation efforts are being planned out, many chose to leave, temporarily or even permanently, their battered hometowns hoping to start life anew. Others opted to stay and manage to live with what is left of their belongings. Starting anew in Cebu City Reo and Mechie Cagabhion are among those who left Tacloban City for Cebu via a C-130 of the Philippine Airforce. ―We came here just wanting to escape the scenes of death and devastation in Tacloban City and to start again,‖ the couple stated. Despite their traumatic experience, the Cagabhions are grateful that they are all alive and together. They are now staying in an evacuation center in Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. The couple and fellow survivors expressed their gratitude to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VII, the Local City Social Welfare and Development Office (LCSWDO) of Cebu, and the Barangay Council of Tinago headed by Chairman Joel Garganera. ―They are all very accommodating, going out of their way to provide for our basic needs and making us feel comfortable at the evacuation center,‖ the couple said. They feel like they must have been right about their decision to move to Cebu City because Reo found a new job here. Reo, who used to work as an optical technician in an optical shop in Tacloban City was hired by its Cebu branch. His employer looked for and recommended him to the manager of the Cebu branch. He started to work last November 27. Cherry, 9, the eldest of Reo and Menchie, said she still wanted to go back to Tacloban as she is eager to attend school again. The couple, however, has decided to stay in Cebu for some more months just to make sure that their children have recovered from their trauma. Hopeful in Tacloban City Unlike the Cagabhion family, the Del Monte family, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, chose to remain in Tacloban City. Flora, the mother, expressed that they are used to being poor. Thus, they are sure to survive even if ‗Yolanda‘ has taken so much from the little things they have. The Del Monte couple has seven children, but their third child drowned during the typhoon. ―Kakayanin namin ito. Malaking maitutulong ng aming cash grant mula sa Pantawid Pamilya para makapagsimula ulit (We will survive. Our cash grants from Pantawid Pamilya will be a big help for us to start again),‖ Flora said with much hopefulness in her voice. In fact, she said, her husband Nilo, has started to look for materials to reconstruct their house. They are grateful to everyone who has offered help especially to DSWD from whom they received their first relief goods that included rice and water. ―If not for DSWD, we would have starved,‖ she expressed. Gemarie, 12, one of her daughters, while washing their clothes, shared how she and her two other younger siblings enjoyed the play therapy session conducted by the DSWD staff at the Leyte National High School where they evacuated. She remarked, ―The other children said they also lost their houses but we had fun playing and drawing.‖ On the other hand, 10-year old Kim Joseph Umlang, also a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from Bgry. 36, Sabang, Tacloban City, and the other children at the evacuation center at Kapangian Central School gamely joined the play therapy session conducted by social workers. The children, whose innocence, optimism, and high spirits have not been dampened by ‗Yolanda,‘ even asked for school supplies so they could go back to school and do writing, reading, and drawing again.


|TOP| DFA Spokesperson Explains Philippine Foreign Policy to Palawan Students Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 30 November 2013 – As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs‘ (DFA‘s) efforts to give the public a better understanding of its functions, DFA Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Raul S. Hernandez delivered a lecture on Philippine foreign policy before 160 students of Palawan State University (PSU) and other schools in Puerto Princesa. The lecture was held on November 29 on PSU‘s Puerto Princesa campus. The Spokesperson explained the various functions and initiatives under the three pillars of Philippine foreign policy, such as passport and assistance-to-nationals services, economic diplomacy initiatives and the arbitration case based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), among others. Living in a province with a long coastline facing the West Philippine Sea, the students and faculty members paid particular attention to the first pillar, the protection of our national security. Spokesperson Hernandez assured them that the Government is doing its best to preserve our country‘s territorial integrity and the resources that rightfully belong to the Filipino people. He underscored the country‘s adherence to the peaceful settlement of disputes and the rule of law as demonstrated by the case filed against China, which he described as an ―open, friendly and durable approach‖ to dispute settlement. ―Sa mata ng international law, pantay-pantay tayo (In the eyes of international law, we are all equal). Even in our relationship with other countries we are guided by the principle of daang matuwid,‖ he remarked. The Spokesperson also encouraged the students to take part in the DFA‘s pursuit of our national interest by joining the Foreign Service and ―to strive for and live by the principles of excellence, integrity and patriotism.‖ The lecture was attended by Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, PSU President, Dr. Jeter Sespeñe, PSU Vice President, Dr. Lorna C. Gelito, Dean Gabilyn G. Orilla of PSU‘s College of Arts and Humanities, Social Science professor Jose Homo, DFA Public Information Services Unit Principal Assistants Sharon Johnnette Agduma and Alvin Malasig, and DFA Puerto Princesa Officer-in-Charge Liza Jane Estalilla. This is the fifth in a series of lectures on Philippine foreign policy conducted by the DFA in a provincial city this year after Baguio, Cebu, Dumaguete and Marawi. |TOP| P3.38-B to buttress relocation for Metro ISFs' Abad: Funding to relocate ISFS out of danger zones Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph As the prospect of heavy rainfall and torrential storms continues to prevail until the end of the year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the release of P3.38 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the continued implementation of the Housing Program for Informal Settler Families (ISFs) Residing in Danger Areas in Metro Manila. The fund release will cover the deficit and cash requirement for the construction and completion of off-city housing projects for the months of September to October. This includes the development of a total of 3,086 housing lots and construction of various housing units. ―The Aquino Administration still prioritizes the implementation of housing projects and the relocation of ISFs from predetermined danger areas , especially because we continue to experience the effects of the rainy season and the risks associated with storms and weather disturbances. The fund release to the NHA will allow the Administration to address the perennial flooding in several problematic areas in Metro Manila, by relocating ISFs to safer areas,‖ DBM Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad said. ―At the end of the day, the primary goal is to prevent the potential loss of property and lives caused by flooding, primarily through the provision of safe housing alternatives to our informal settlers,‖ he added. The P3.38 cash funding, sourced from FY 2011 savings, was transferred to the NHA from the Bureau of Treasury (BTr), where the cash component of the total P10 billion allocation for the housing program is parked. As of August this year, the NHA has successfully disbursed P3.82 million that the DBM had previously released to it to develop a total of 12,941 off-city lots, of which 12,291 housing units have been constructed. More important, a total of 6,511 family beneficiaries have been relocated from danger areas in Metro Manila to various off-city relocation sites. Funding for the relocation program also supported land acquisition and development, as well as provision of community facilities. The completion of the whole Housing Program in 2014 would give way to the complete construction of 24,851 new housing units.


|TOP| DA, FAO unite for typhoon victims Source: http://www.da.gov.ph Agriculture Undersecretary and National Rice Program Coordinator Dante S. Delima (right) and Food and Agriculture (FAO) resident representative ad interim Rodrigue Vinet (left) jointly announce on December 2, 2013 that the DA and FAO are set to provide rehabilitation and recovery strategies as soon as total damages incurred by Visayas areas due the havoc of Supertyphoon Yolanda in November is validated. Once the correct and confirmed data and figures are gathered, the two agencies will strengthen agricultural livelihood and provide technical advise and assistance with longterm benefits. ―This new normal, calls for new interventions and strategies,‖ Delima said. |TOP| PHL to host biggest food show in ASEAN, gets full D.A. backing Source: http://www.da.gov.ph The Department of Agriculture has expressed its full support to the staging in the Philippines in June 2014 of what could be Southeast Asia‘s largest food exhibition. It is an opportunity for the country‘s food, agriculture and agribusiness industries to pitch their export products to the world. ―SIAL or Salon International de l'Agroalimentaire (SIAL) is coming to Asia next year via SIAL ASEAN, and DA is proud to support and take part in it,‖ said OIC-Asst. Sec. for Marketing and concurrent Agriculture Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) director Leandro Gazmin. He made the announcement on Friday‘s Stakeholders‘ Appreciation Night organized by AMAS to honor key collaborative partners from the country‘s agribusiness sector at the Philippine Army Officers‘ Club in McKinley Hill in Taguig City. Assistance from DA will be in form of sponsorship, Director Gazmin said in an interview after the program. Filipino farmers and fishers – who provide the raw materials for the exporters and processors – stand to benefit from the trade and networking activities that will take place throughout the duration of the four-day affair.Holding it in the Philippines offers a chance for more local participation among local exporters, processors and other agribusiness players, who could take the opportunity to showcase a wider array of their best products and services – all at lesser logistical costs. SIAL ASEAN expects 800 exhibitors – half of whom are international – and 15,000 visitors, the official website reports. Focused on the theme"Best-Kept Secret for Food Business in Asia," the SIAL ASEAN will be held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila on Roxas Boulevard on 11-14 June 2014, in conjunction with the Manila Food and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX) of MAFBEX Events Management, which will be conducted in a separate venue inside the WTC complex. It also coincides with SIAL‘s 50th anniversary. Established in 1964 in Paris, SIAL is responsible for the organization of other trade events such as SIAL China, SIAL Middle East, SIAL Brazil, and SIAL Canada. The Philippine hosting of SIAL ASEAN was sealed through a memorandum of understanding between French events organizer Comexposium and MAFBEX Events Management in October this year in Makati. ―For a country that derives a significant part of its export earnings from agricultural commodities, SIAL ASEAN is a vote of confidence about the potential and prevailing dynamism of Philippine agriculture,‖ said DA Secretary Alcala in a separate interview. Data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics showed agricultural exports – led by coconut oil, fresh bananas, tuna and pineapple – accounted for nearly 10% (9.62%) of the country‘s total exports in 2012. For the first six months of this year, export revenues from agricultural products reached $3.22 billion, accounting for 12.6 percent of total outbound shipments valued at $25.6 billion. During that period, the country successfully slashed its agricultural trade deficit by 70 percent as compared to the same period in 2012, as exports soar while imports dropped. BAS data revealed that farm and fishery exports from January to June expanded by 30.7 percent, while imports fell by 6.27%, to $3.65 billion. The government, under its Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, has identified investments in food and agriculture as a major imperative as it works to achieve food security, raise quality of life in rural areas, and sustain economic prosperity. |TOP| DILG info officers attend new media seminar Source: http://www.dilg.gov.ph With the objective of developing the capabilities of DILG Central Office Information Officers coming from the Public Affairs and Communication Service (PACS), as well as the designated DILG Regional Information Officers (RIOs) from the 17 regions, a ―Seminar-Workshop on New Media for Effective Communication and Networking Among DILG Central


and Regional Information Officers‖ was held last October 15 – 18, 2013 at Royal Hotel in Angeles City, Pampanga. The activity further enhanced the competence of the Information Officers (IOs) and designated RIOs in communicating and advocating the Department‘s programs, projects and activities (PPAs) through the use of new media using the internet, and to establish media presence being the most recent technological expansion of mass communications. In her welcome message, Regional Director Florida M. Dijan of DILG Region III stressed the importance of information particularly in communicating the department‘s PPAs down to the line. Resource speakers in the seminar-workshop were Ms. Theresa Gozum and Mr. Alex Villafania who discussed topics such as Digital Landscape 101; New Media Campaign and Analytics; Writing for the Web; and Setting-up and Management of Social Media. There were also workshops on the following: Media Campaign and Strategy with ―Media plan utilizing new media campaign in alignment with the ATL (Above the Line or Traditional) initiatives as the Output; Content Management (Photo and Video Stories) with Social Media Accounts and Article on the Social Media Account as the Output; Infographics (What, Why, How to and Tools) with Infographics as the Output; and Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) Editing with a 1-minute AVP Draft as the Output. Aside from the discussions and presentations, the participants were also briefed on DILG Priority Thrusts and Directions for 2014 by Director Frank Cruz of the DILG Planning Service, who gave a bird‘s eye view of the 2014 Annual Operations Plan and Budget (AOPB) in his presentation. This was followed by an orientation on the functions of the PACS which used to be the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) prior to the rationalization on the DILG Central Office. The roles of the RIOs as part of the information and communication team of the Department were also discussed by PACS. |TOP| DepEd officials, union members sign joint resolution Source: http://www.deped.gov.ph PASIG CITY – Following several months of negotiations, the Department of Education (DepEd) Management and the DepEd National Employees‘ Union (DepEd-NEU) signed the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) on November 29. The main signatories were DepEd Sec. Br. Armin A. Luistro for the the Management side, and Atty. Domingo B. Alidon for DepEd-NEU. Also present during the ceremonial signing were Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Alberto T. Muyot, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Development Jesus R. Mateo, DepEd-NCR Assistant Regional Director Rizalino T. Rosales, Administrative Service Director Robert M. Agustin, and members of the DepEd Union Panel. The NEU is duly-accredited as the sole and exclusive collective negotiating agent of all non-academic rank-and-file employees of DepEd. Through the CNA signing, the Department affirms its commitment to promote employee welfare, and support to the right of employees to self-organization. The CNA highlights the rights to union recognition, employee economic benefits, and welfare programs among others. This agreement is the first of its kind to be signed in the entire history of DepEd. DepEd Sec. Br. Armin Luistro reminded the attendees of the purpose of the CNA: "Maaari na ang ating lalagdaan ngayon ay isang dokumento lamang... ngunit higit pa sa pakikipaglaban para sa ating mga karapatan ay ang tunay at mas maigting na tanong: ano ba ang epekto nito sa mga bata na ating pinangangalagaan? At the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves: ito ba ay nakakatulong sa kabataan at sa kalidad ng edukasyon?" Atty. Alidon extends his earnest gratitude to the two Panels for finally finding the middle ground between DepEd-NEU and the Management. ―Rest assured, we will follow the CNA; because, at the end of the day, we serve and we follow the real reason why we established public sector unionism: towards quality public service. Higit sa lahat, ang unyon ay para sa bata.‖ Under Executive Order No. 180, the CNA must be posted in at least two conspicuous places in the principal address of the agency and its regional offices seven days before ratification. It must be ratified by the majority of the rank-and-file employees in the negotiating unit, and registered with the Civil Service Commission – Personnel Relations Office thirty (30) calendar days from its execution. |TOP| DOE to conduct workshop for biofuels database in East Asia Source: http://www.doe.gov.ph The Department of Energy (DOE), with the support of Japan‘s New Energy Foundation (NEF), will host a workshop promoting the utilization of a biofuel database in the East Asia region. The 6th Asia Biomass Energy Workshop, one of the activities under the Biofuels Database Project in East Asian Countries will be held from December 4 to 6 at the Seda Hotel, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. The event will serve as an avenue for member-countries involved in making the database for exchanging technical information, experiences and best practices on the use and promotion of biomass energy (biofuels, biogas, etc.).


In 2009, the Biofuels Database Project established the East Asia Biofuels Cooperation Website (http://www.asiabiomass.jp/biofuelDB/). The project is one of the activities identified under the Japan Cooperation Initiative for Clean Energy and Sustainable Growth and part of the Energy Biofuels for Transport and Other Purposes work stream of the East Asia Summit Energy Cooperation Task Force (EAS-ECTF) in its goal to promote the preparation and collection of biofuels information in each EAS member-country. The East Asia Biofuels Cooperation Website contains the basic energy information, biofuels policy, biofuels and feedstock supply potential, present status of utilization, markets and future outlook of member-countries, among others. The online database also provides information on the good practices on biofuel utilization and to share the knowledge of successful case histories in each country. To date, thirteen countries have shared their database reports in the said website, namely; Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Philippines is the lead country for the project with support from NEF that established the website. |TOP| At the DOLE’s Legal Service, 100 percent free legal assistance continues to be the norm---Baldoz Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph The Legal Service of the Department of Labor and Employment, through its Legal Research and Assistance Division (LRAD), yesterday said that its Public Assistance and Complaints Unit, or PACU, has assisted a total of 284, or 100 percent, of its walk-in clients for the period of 29 October to 25 November 2013. In a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, DOLE Legal Service OIC-Director Atty. Sherilyn G. Malonzo, said that this record continues to demonstrate the PACU‘s commitment of delivering fast, efficient and up-to-date services to the public. Out of the 284 walk-in clients assisted by PACU, twenty (20) of whom were assisted for the period of 29 to 31 October 2013. While the two hundred two hundred sixty-four (264) walk-in clients were assisted for the period of 04 to 25 November 2013 as follows: one hundred eighty-eight (188) of whom were provided with free legal advice; thirty-eight (38) were assisted and referred to the NLRC‘s Regional Arbitration Branch; eight (8) were assisted and referred to the DOLE-Regional Offices; twenty (20) were assisted and referred to the NCMB for filing of SEnA Request for Assistance; and the remaining ten (10) were assisted and referred to other offices (i.e., PAO, etc). LRAD also reported to OIC-Director Malonzo that for the period of 29 October to 26 November 2013, a total of five hundred sixty-nine (569) or 100% of its On-Line Legal Queries were promptly answered, while a total of fifty-four (54) or 100% phone-in queries were instantly provided with free legal advice by its assigned lawyers. The PACU is located at the Ground Floor of the DOLE Executive Building, San Jose St., Intramuros, Manila and is open from 8AM to 5PM, Mondays to Fridays. On the other hand, the DOLE‘s Legal Query is accessible 24/7 via its website, www.dole.gov.ph, while the DOLE Legal Service phone-in query can be reached at DOLE‘s trunk line number 527-3000 local 607, Mondays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM. |TOP| OWWA RWO-6 holds Psychological First Aid Training for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors Source: http://www.owwa.gov.ph The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office 6 (OWWA RWO-6), in partnership with UGAT Foundation, conducted stress debriefing exercises and coping mechanism measures to distraught survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in the region. The activity entitled, Psychological First Aid Training for Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, was held on Nov. 27, 2013 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel. UGAT Foundation facilitators led by Fr. Roberto Carampatan spearheaded the event participated in by 103 affected family members of seafarers from the municipalities of Calinog, Passi, Estancia, Carles, San Dioniso, Concepcion, Barrotac Viejo, as well families from Aklan, Antique, and Capiz, participated in the event. In venting out their feelings, insights, thoughts and deepest emotions after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, the feeling of helplessness stood out as the common issue raised by most participants. Another sentiment was the need for financial assistance and livelihood to help them rebuild their lives. Proper handling of children who were traumatized by the storm surge experience was also brought up by the participants. The activity ended with the processing session where the participants were taught coping mechanisms and strategies, among them the need for deep breathing. They were also given available networks for linkages and assistance.


The active participation of manning agencies like Marlow Navigation, Magsaysay Maritime Inc., Dohle Philman Manning Agency, and NYK Fil Ship Management, as well as the OFW Family Circles from Passi and Calinog greatly contributed to the success of the activity. |TOP| PhilHealth Tacloban and Ormoc offices now open to serve; issues policy on fortuitous events Source: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph In just two weeks after Typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in Eastern Visayas, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) announced that its local health insurance offices in the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc are now up and running to serve the health insurance needs of members and non-members alike. PhilHealth fulfilled its promise to open the two leading offices Monday, November 25, after suffering from heavy damage from strong winds and storm surges. "We are back in operation in these two major cities for the benefit of our members and partners, thanks to our resilient and dedicated team in Region VIII" PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla said. PhilHealth earlier assured the public that at least seven of their local health insurance offices and service desks in Southern Leyte, Samar and Biliran are still up and running despite the severe damage and very unusual situation that their employees are in. "These offices can perform membership registration and verification concerns (without online inquiry due to power outage) and receiving of benefit claims and premium contributions, except for the service desks" Padilla said, adding that members and partners can contact their Yolanda Action Center at (02) 441-7425 to 26 for PhilHealth‘s disaster recovery, rehabilitation and support efforts in the area. The PhilHealth Chief also said that to institutionalize their response during fortuitous events of such magnitude, PhilHealth has issued a policy that will serve as their template of response to ensure continuing health care benefits during such "acts of God". In its Circular 34, s-2013 dated November 15, 2013, PhilHealth will pay claims of members and non-members and accredited and non-accredited hospitals and professionals during such events. "We will even extend filing period for claims to 120 days from date of discharge, make exemptions to the less than 24hour confinement rule, and even reimbursement for destroyed claims" Padilla stressed. The Circular also allows for extension of deadline of premium payments and/or existing coverage as prescribed by PhilHealth, among other. |TOP|

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President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 27th annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). The Bulong Pulungan media forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)


President Benigno S. Aquino III is received by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, co-founders Julie Yap-Daza and Joanne Ramirez and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., upon arrival for the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan Press Forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Courage and Integrity to Commission on Audit chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan Jr.during the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). The Bulong Pulungan Press Forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading journalists. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Corporate Governance Government Service Insurance System president and general manager Robert Vergara during the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). The Bulong Pulungan media forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Courage and Integrity to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima during the 27thAnnual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan Press Forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang hoto Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Courage and Integrity to Gawad Kalinga Volunteer Dr. Jerome Rodriguez Baler during the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan media forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Courage and Integrity to Antonio Meloto during the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan media forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading journalists. (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Corporate Social Responsibility to Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) chairman and chief executive officer Cristino Naguiat, Jr. during the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan media forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. (Photo by: Ryan Lim/ Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)


President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Corporate Social Responsibility to BIR Commissioner Kim Henares during the 27thAnnual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan media forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading journalists. (Photo by: Ryan LIm / Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, presents the Exemplar Award for Corporate Social Responsibility to DOST Secretary Mario Montejo during the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). The Bulong Pulungan Press Forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. (Photo by: Ryan LIm/ Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the 27th annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). The Bulong Pulungan Press Forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading lifestyle journalists. Also in photo is moderator Deedee Siytangco of Manila Bulletin. (Photo by: Ryan Lim /Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions directed to him during the open forum at the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan media forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s lifestyle leading journalists. (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the Outstanding Exemplar Award from Bulong Pulungan media forum co-founder and moderator Deedee Siytangco, co-founders Julie YapDaza, and Joanne Ramirez, and Domini Torrevillas, among others during the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03). Bulong Pulungan Press Forum started 27 years ago on the onset of People Power by the country‟s leading journalists. Also in photo is PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma. (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of Ambassador Philip S, Goldberg of United States of America to the Philippines during the presentation of credentials at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (December 02). (Photo by MARCELINO PASCUA) President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of Ambassador Neil Reeder of the Republic of Canada to the Philippines during the presentation of credentials at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (December 02). (Photo by MARCELINO PASCUA) President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of Ambassador Truong Trieu Doung of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Philippines during the presentation of credentials at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (December 02). (Photo by MARCELINO PASCUA) President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of Ambassador U Ye MyInt Aung of the Republic Union of Myanmar to the Philippines during the presentation of credentials at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (December 02). (Photo by MARCELINO PASCUA)


President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of Ambassador Ronald Van Remoortele of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Philippines during the presentation of credentials at the Music Room of the Malaca単an Palace on Monday (December 02). (Photo by MARCELINO PASCUA) President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of Ambassador Josef Muellner of the Republic of Austria to the Philippines during the presentation of credentials at the Music Room of the Malaca単an Palace on Monday (December 02). (Photo by MARCELINO PASCUA)

Thank You and God Bless !!!!


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