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Dispatch for August 13 , 2013 Tuesday , 2 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 7 Weather Watch, 1 OFW Watch , 1 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 10 Photonews

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1. Weather Watch 15 hours ago PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER PAGASA: August is one of the most popular times of the year to observe meteor showers. The famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed with its peak in the late evening and early morning hours of August 12 to 13, just one day after Full Moon. Its Zenithal Hourly Rate is 15 bright and swift-moving meteors. Meteors are easiest to see if there is no moonlight, light pollution at all and if the weather permits. Meteors in a shower appear to come from one area of the sky as shown in figures. The Perseids meteor showers radiate out from the constellation Perseus, which is located in the eastern horizon during August.


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2. Weather Watch 49 minutes ago THUNDERSTORM WATCH #NCR_PRSD Issued at 10:00 AM, 13 August 2013 Thunderstorm formation is more likely to develop over Metro Manila within 12 hours. All are advised to monitor for updates.

3. Weather Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City, Philippines DZBB: Iniulat ng NDRRMC na aabot sa P57,459,573 ang napinsala sa imprastruktura at agrikultura ng bagyong Labuyo sa Regions 2 at 3. Malaki ang halaga ng pinsala ng imprastruktura at agrikultura sa Region 3 na umabot sa P43,113,760 habang sa Region 2 ay aabot sa 14, 328, 823 ng halaga ng mga ari-arian ang nasira. Sinabi ni NDRRMC spokesperson Balido na hindi pa kasama sa datos na ito ang kabuuang halaga ng iba pang lugar sa bansa na naapektuhan ng bagyo at patuloy pa nilang inaantabayanan ang pagdating ng ulat mula sa kanilang regional offices.

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4. Weather Watch about an hour ago


PIA-NCR: Despite the exit of Typhoon Labuyo from the Philippine area of responsibility Monday night, moderate to heavy rains are expected over northwestern Luzon on Tuesday according to PAGASA. Moderate to strong winds from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coastal waters aling these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest with slight to moderate seas. Meanwhile, PAGASA said strong to gale-force winds associated with the southwest monsoon enhanced by Labuyo may affect the western seaboards of northern, Central and southern Luzon. For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877.

4. Weather Watch shared Dost_pagasa's photo. 3 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines ABS-CBN: Mabagal ngunit iilan na lamang ang mga sasakyan na na-stranded sa Brgy. Pandayan, Meycauyan, Bulacan. Nabalahaw ang maraming sasakyan doon dahil sa baha. Umabot naman hanggang sa Pandayan ang traffic dahil sa isang lane lamang ang nadadaanan sa gawi ng McArthur Highway doon. Isang bata rin ang nalunod doon dahil sa pagbaha kagabi.

5. Weather Watch 11 hours ago PAGASA: SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN No. 14 (FINAL) Tropical Cyclone Alert: Typhoon "‪#‪LabuyoPH‪" Issued at 10:30PM 12 August 2013 Typhoon‪“LABUYO”‪has‪intensified‪further‪as‪it‪moves‪away‪fro‪the‪country. Location‪of‪eye/center:‪At‪10:00‪PM‪today,‪the‪eye‪of‪Typhoon‪“LABUYO”‪was‪located‪based‪on‪all‪ available data at 290 km West of Laoag City or 350 km Northwest of Baguio City. (18.3°N, 117.5°E). Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph. Movement: Forecast to move West Northwest at 24 kph. Forecast‪Positions:‪Typhoon‪“LABUYO”‪is‪expected to be at 570 km Northwest of Baguio City or 510 km West of Laoag City by tomorrow morning or outside the PAR. •‪All‪Public‪Storm‪Warning‪Signals‪are‪now‪lifted. •‪Typhoon‪“Labuyo”‪will‪enhance‪the‪Southwest‪Monsoon‪which‪will‪bring‪moderate‪to‪occasionally heavy rains over the Western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. •‪Fishermen‪especially‪those‪using‪small‪seacrafts‪are‪advised‪not‪to‪venture‪out‪into‪the‪northern‪seaboard‪of‪ Northern Luzon, seaboards of Southern Luzon and western seaboard of Visayas due to big waves generated by‪Typhoon‪“Labuyo”. •‪With‪this‪development,‪this‪is‪the‪final‪bulletin‪on‪this‪weather‪disturbance.

6. Weather Watch 13 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines PAGASA hydrologist Elmer Caringal on DZBB: - As of 7:00pm, mayroon pa rin tayong dalawang nakabukas na dam. - Iyong Magat Dam na bandang Isabela, mayroon siyang three gates (na nakabukas). - Ito rin pong Binga Dam na bandang Benguet, mayroon siyang apat na gates na nakabukas pero maliit lang po ang gate opening. - Iyong San Roque Dam, mababa pa po ang present elevation niya so kayang-kaya pa niyang saluhin ang


lahat ng itatapong tubig ng Binga Dam. - Iyong Magat Dam po, medyo maliit lang po ang tubig na itinatapon. Dadaan po siya sa Cagayan River (ang tubig na galing sa Magat Dam).

7. Weather Watch 14 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines DZMM: Sa pinakahuling datos ng Provincial Social Welfare Office may kabuuang 3,053 families o 13,368 individuals‪ang‪naapektuhan‪ng‪bagyong‪Labuyo.‪Mahigit‪400‪dito‪ang‪nasa‪mga‪evacuation‪centers‪sa‪iba’tibang bayan ng Nueva Viscaya. 12 bayan naman sa probinsiya ang sinalanta ng bagyo kung saan nangunguna dito ang bayan ng Bambang na mayroong 13 barangays na apektado. Sa kasalukuyan ay totally close pa rin ang Ambuclao Baguio road dahil sa landslide. Na-restore na rin ang kuryente sa ilang mga bayan ng Nueva Viscaya.

Weather Watch

August 13 , 2013 ( Tuesday )

CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON

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as of 8 :00 AM

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Regional Watch


1. PIA OFW Watch Sunday At‪8:00‪AM‪today‪(11‪August‪2013),‪The‪center‪of‪Typhoon‪“‪#‪LabuyoPH‪”‪was‪located‪based‪on‪all‪ available data at 180 km of Northeast of Virac Catanduanes or 300 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.5°N, 126.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 Kph and Gustiness of 185 Kph. Forecast Movement: West Northwest at 19 Kph.

A. QUEZON

B. CAVITE 1. New enforcement board takes oath By Ruel B. Francisco Monday 12th of August 2013

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General Trias, Cavite, Aug 12 (PIA) -- New members of the town’s People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) took their oath of office before Mayor Ony Ferrer to formally perform their duties as protector of citizens against abusive police officers and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The six new PLEB members will hold their respective positions/assignments for the next two years. Aside from receiving complaints from residents, the PLEB can also impose punishment on police officers and members who abuse their authority. PLEB was established by virtue of Republic Act Nos. 6975 and 8551. In his short message, the mayor encouraged them to work hard and coordinate with the chief of police for the continuous peace and order in the community. The office of the mayor will also be accepting complaints from citizens. The new members of the town’s PLEB are: municipal Councilor Lamberto Carampot, Garry Grepo; President of the League of Barangay, Attorney Eufracio Fortuno, Attorney Fernando Viniegra IV, Atty. Francesca R. Custodio, Alex Fernando as Process Server and Robert Samartino. (RF/ PIA 4A, Cavite/General Trias PIO)

C. LAGUNA

D. BATANGAS

Tagalog news: P15-M halaga ng kagamitan sa pagsasaka, handog ng DA sa Batangas

Monday 12th of August 2013

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Agosto 12 (PIA) -- Higit sa P15 milyong mga kagamitan para sa pagsasaka at mga binhing pananim ang inihandog ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka (DA) sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Batangas kamakailan. Ito ay kinabibilangan ng isang 90HP four-wheel drive tractor, 300 supot ng vermicast fertilizer, 10 kg iba’t ibang buto ng gulay na pananim, 30 plastic drums, 10 rolyo ng HDPE pipes na tig-100 metro ang rolyo, at


30 pirasong laminated na trapal. Sinabi ni Gobernor Vilma Santos-Recto na tila nagkulang ang kanyang administrayon sa nakaraan sa usaping agkrikultura kung kaya’t sa natitirang tatlong taon ng kanyang huling termino ay pag-iibayuhin niya ang pagtulong at pagbibigay ng suporta sa pagsasaka sa lalawigan. Inihayag ni Santos-Recto na nais rin niyang masolusyunan ang suliranin ng bansa ukol sa agrikultura. Katulad ni Pangulong Aquino, handa ang punong lalawigan na maglaan ng mas malaking pondo upang matiyak ang pag-unlad ng agrikultura sa Batangas. Nangako rin si Santos-Recto na hihingi pa at mangangalap ng pondo sa tulong ng kanyang kabiyak na si Sen. Ralph Recto upang mas mabigyan pa ng tulong ang mga magsasakang Batangueno dahil sa paniniwala nito na higit na kailangan ng bansa ngayon ang agrikultura. (PIO-Batangas)

E. RIZAL

12 AUGUST 2013.

1. President Aquino cites Brother Industries for expanding business in the Philippines 2. President Aquino assures investors government continues to institute reforms to fuel the Philippines as a suitable investment haven 3. President Aquino commends Gilas Pilipinas silver medal finish at FIBA Asia Cup 4. President Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador 5. President Aquino gives go signal for Philippines to start negotiations with United States on policy of increased rotational presence through framework agreement 1. President Aquino cites Brother Industries for expanding business in the Philippines

TANAUAN CITY, Batangas) President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Brother Industries Ltd. for expanding its business in the Philippines that spurred the growth of the manufacturing sector and created quality employment opportunities for the Filipino people. During the inauguration of the new factory of Brother Industries Philippines at the First Philippine Industrial Park in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday, the Chief Executive acknowledged the contribution of the Brother Industries Ltd. in helping the government in its efforts to improve the country's business climate. The President, who was assisted by officials of Brother Industries Japan and Brother Industries Philippines, led the unveiling of the marker and corporate logo during the ceremony. After the unveiling ceremony, the President toured the new manufacturing facility of the Brother Industries Philippines at the First Philippine Industrial Park. Joining the President are Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Philippine Economic Zone Authority


Director-General Dr. Lilia de Lima, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, Brother Industries, Ltd. President and Representative Director Toshikazu Koike, Brother Industries Ltd. Executive Officer Yuji Miwa, Brother Industries Philippines President Toshio Ito, among others. The President thanked the Brother Group for its increased confidence in his administration and assured the Japanese investors that his administration will continue to institute reforms to improve the business climate. "We sincerely believe in the strength and advantages that the Philippines and the Filipinos have, and we are very hopeful that we will be able to achieve our global vision together with other facilities of the Brother Group," Toshio Ito said in his welcome speech. Founded in 1908, Brother Industries Ltd. is a Japanese multinational electronics and electrical equipment company headquartered in Japan. Its products include printers, multifunction printers, sewing machines, large machine tools, label printers, typewriters, fax machines, and other computer-related electronics. The Brother Group delivers products and services to customers all over the world with 17 production sites and 51 sales offices operating in 44 countries and regions in the world. Brother Industries Philippines, Inc. located at the First Philippine Industrial Park, in Tanauan City, Batangas was established in March 2012 to meet the increasing demands in the printing business which is the Brother Group's core business. In April 2013, Factory 1 has started its commercial operation in the manufacture of ink cartridges of Brother's inkjet printer and All-in-Ones. Another product to be produced in the Philippines is the tape casette for label stationery. The commercial operations of the product is set to start in September, soon as the construction of the second factory of Brother Industries Philippines in Tanauan is expected to be completed. The factory will manufacture the inkjet printer main body and is projected to start commercial operation in February next year. The projected total investment of Brother Industries Philippines Inc. amounts to $114 million, one of the highest investments of the Brother Group. The Brother Industries Philippines Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, the total number of employees will rise to 3,500 by fiscal year 2015. Through the establishment of Brother Industries Philippines Inc., Brother Group will enhance and optimize production capabilities in a bid to increase its global market share. PND (js) TOP 2. President Aquino assures investors government continues to institute reforms to fuel the Philippines as a suitable investment haven

(TANAUAN CITY, Batangas) President Benigno S. Aquino III assured investors that this administration continues to institute reforms to fuel the Philippines as a suitable investment haven and one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. "Our reforms were planned to yield the maximum benefit for both the Filipino people and for those who wanted to partner with the Philippines," the Chief Executive said in his speech during the inauguration of the new factory of the Brother Industries Philippines at the First Philippine Industrial Park in Barangay Ulango here on Monday. The President said his government, likewise, remains committed to meet key challenges such as building sustained economic growth, mitigating business risks, and fostering environmental sustainability, in a bid to improve the country's business climate. "For example, weeding out corruption in government does not only assure a higher quality of public service; it removes unnecessary risks and threats to business for investors like you. Improving our national road network— including roads here in Batangas—and constructing and upgrading transport hubs facilitate ease of travel for all— from our countrymen, to travellers here in the Philippines for leisure or business," the President said. The President said the move of the Brother Group to put up a new manufacturing facility in the country will boost the country's manufacturing sector. "Today‘s inauguration is especially significant, in light of our government‘s desire to foster the complete revival of our manufacturing sector. There was a time when our neighboring countries were the favored destinations—when manufacturing in the country lagged, and the focus turned to service industries, such as Business Process Management," he said. "The good news is we have actually noticed an upswing in Philippine manufacturing in the past few years. I have witnessed this personally, visiting facilities that manufacture components for Airbus and Boeing airplanes, luxury goods, and electronics, as well as shipbuilding yards, to name a few. Recent numbers also reflect this: for the first quarter of 2013, manufacturing grew by 9.7 percent, making it one of the biggest contributors to economic growth," the President added. He thanked the Brother Group for expanding its business in the Philippines and assured the Japanese investor company that the government will always support its endeavours now and in the future. "Your decision to set up shop here assures us that we are doing the right thing, that the country is on the right


track—towards the resurgence of industry, the creation of more jobs, and a future of sustainable, broad-based growth," he said. The President also congratulated Brother Industries Ltd. for its accomplishments in its business operations not only in Japan but in many parts of the world. "Your achievements are not a product of chance; your success was borne of hard work, strategic decision-making, and a finely tuned sense for business. Your long history tells us that it was not luck that brought you here. No company would decide to invest 5.59 billion pesos, construct two different facilities, and eventually hire a 3,500strong workforce on a whim. For Brother Industries, the Philippines was the strategic choice," he said. PND (js) TOP 3. President Aquino commends Gilas Pilipinas silver medal finish at FIBA Asia Cup

President Benigno S. Aquino III personally commended the inspiring run showed by the country‘s men‘s basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, at the recently concluded 27th Federacion Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Asia Cup held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. At the conclusion of his speech at the inauguration rites of Brother Industries Philippines factory in Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday, President Aquino could not help but share his thoughts on last Sunday‘s championship game between the Philippines and Iran. The President extolled the gallant stand put up by the players of the Philippine national team despite their size disadvantage and being undermanned as they gave the towering Iranians a good fight until the dying seconds of the game. ―We won at least the silver position or the first runner up position. We are not yet blessed with the height necessary to become a dominant power in the world of basketball. We even lost our center due to an injury, and it was really encouraging, at least on my part, to view our countrymen not giving in to a sense of, perhaps, defeat by just accepting the fact that, ‗you know, these guys are above seven feet tall and they are really kind of difficult to beat,‘‖ the President said. President Aquino watched the game live at the Arena as Gilas Pilipinas fought tooth and nail to claim the top spot before eventually yielding the gold medal and championship crown to the dominant Iranian squad. The national team played without naturalized center, Marcus Douthit, who injured his knee during the Philippines‘ semifinal victory last Saturday against the Republic of Korea who eventually took the bronze medal after defeating Chinese Taipei. ―Up to the last few seconds, they never gave up. They showed the respect that was earned by their playing in previous games. They were not treated as an unworthy opponent by our opponents. So give the Filipino the right environment and you will be surprised at what he will deliver,‖ the President said further. The Philippines only lost by 14 points (85-71) to the undefeated Islamic Republic of Iran, reportedly known to have beaten its previous opponents by at least 30 points in the tournament. Regardless of the result, however, Gilas Pilipinas secured the country of a slot in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup that will be held in Spain—a feat which was last accomplished by the national team 40 years ago.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement that this victory is the culmination of years of hard work, belief, and perseverance from our players and their families, from our coaching staff, from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas led by Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, and, most of all, from the entire Filipino nation, who has always stood behind the national team through their struggles and triumphs. ―In unison, the nation urged our team forward, and with consummate puso, they laid everything on the line for flag and country. Gilas Pilipinas has shown the world that no one can outsize the heart of the Filipino. May their performance inspire every Filipino to relentlessly pursue excellence, no matter what field they find themselves in, so that, together, we may fulfill our shared aspiration of a Philippine nation greater than ever before,‖ Lacierda said. PND (hdc) TOP 4. President Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador

President Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross, Gold Distinction (Datu, Katangiang Ginto) on outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Nguyen Vu Tu in ceremonies held at Malacanang on Monday. The President conferred the prestigious award on the outgoing envoy in recognition of his exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines and for fostering, developing and strengthening ties between their country and the Philippines. The Order of Sikatuna is the national order of diplomatic merit of the Republic of the Philippines that is conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines.


The honor, which was created by Executive Order No. 571 signed by former President Elpidio Quirino on February 27, 1953, is also bestowed upon diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines. Accompanying Ambassador Nguyen was his First Secretary Tran Le Phuong. PND (rck) TOP 5. President Aquino gives go signal for Philippines to start negotiations with United States on policy of increased rotational presence through framework agreement

President Benigno S. Aquino III has already given his go-signal for the Philippines to start this week the negotiations with the United States to institutionalize the policy of increased rotational presence through a framework agreement, a Palace official said on Monday. "They have secured the permission from the President to start the negotiations, so obviously, they informed the President about these things," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday. Lacierda also announced the creation of a panel comprising of representatives from the Department of Justice, Department of National Defense and the Department of Foreign Affairs to handle the communications for increased rotational presence of American forces in the country. "They have already formed a panel which is comprised of the DOJ, the DND and the DFA; and they will be handling the communications with respect to the negotiations," Lacierda said. "We‘re not going to be involved with respect to the negotiations. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Carlos Sorreta has been designated as the spokesperson for the Philippine panel on the framework agreement for the increased rotational presence," Lacierda. Lacierda noted the need to come out with a framework agreement with the US to ensure that the increased rotational presence of American troops is within the parameters of the Constitution and Philippine laws. The negotiations will enable the Philippines and US to conduct activities such as bilateral exercises, including the prepositioning of equipment for disaster response and development of Philippine facilities, among others. "The focus of the increased rotational presence also will involve not only our credible defense position – minimum credible defense position – but also a shift to humanitarian and disaster response," he said. PND (js) TOP

12 AGOSTO 2013 1. Pinuri ng Pangulong Aquino ang Brother Industries sa pagpapalawak ng negosyo nila sa Pilipinas 2. Tiniyak ng Pangulong Aquino sa mga imbestor na itutuloy ng gobyerno ang mga reporma upang ang Pilipinas ay maging investment haven 3. Binati ng Pangulong Aquino ang Gilas Pilipinas sa pagkakamit ng medalyang pilak sa FIBA Asia Cup 4. Ginawaran ng Pangulong Aquino ng Order of Sikatuna ang paalis nang embahador ng Vietnam 5. Pinayagan ng Pangulong Aquino na simulan ng Pilipinas ang negosasyon sa Estados Unidos para sa isang framework agreement 1. Pinuri ng Pangulong Aquino ang Brother Industries sa pagpapalawak ng negosyo nila sa Pilipinas

(LUNGSOD NG TANAUAN, Batangas) Pinuri ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Brother Industries Ltd. sa pagpapalawak ng negosyo nila sa Pilipinas na nagpasigla ng manufacturing sector at paglikha ng mabubuting pagkakakitaan ng sambayanang Pilipino. Ang pagkilala ng Pangulo sa mahalagang nagawa ng Brother Industries Ltd. sa pagtulong sa hangarin ng pamahalaan


na mapabuti pa ang business climate sa bansa ay ginawa sa pasinaya ng bagong pagawaan ng nasabing kompanya sa First Philippines Industrial Park sa Barangay Ulano ng lungsod na ito Lunes. Katuwang ng Pangulo sa pag-aalis ng tabing ng pananda at corporate logo ng kompanya ang mga pinuno ng Brother Industries Japan at Brother Industries Philippines. Pagkatapos ng seremonya, inilibot ang Pangulo sa bagong pagawaan ng Brother Industries Philippines. Kasama ng Pangulo sa paglilibot sa kompanya sina Embahador Toshinao Urabe ng Hapon sa Pilipinas, Kalihim Gregory Domingo ng Kalakal at Industriya, Direktor Heneral Lilia de Lima ng Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Direktor Toshikazu Koike, pangulo at kinatawan ng Brother Industies Ltd., Yuji Miwa, Pinunong Tagapagpagamap at Toshio Ito, pangulo ng Brother Industries Philippines. Nagpasalamat din ang Pangulo sa Brother Group sa malaking pagtitiwala sa administrasyon niya at tiniyak sa mga imbestor na Hapones na ipagpapatuloy niya ang mga repormang tungo sa higit na mainam na pagnenegosyo sa bansa. ―Nananalig kami sa tatag at sa kakayahan ng Pilipinas at ng mga Pilipino at lubos ang aming pag-asa na makakamtan namin ang pandaigdig na layunin sa tulong na rin ng mga pasilidad ng Brother Group,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulong Aquino. Taong 1908 nang itatag ang Brother Industries Ltd. na kompanyang may kaugnayan sa mga kagamitang de koryente na may punong tanggapan sa Hapon. Ang mga produkto ay tinatangkilik sa lahat halos ng bansa sa buong daigdig at may pagawaan sa 17 pook at 51 sales offices sa 44 na bansa at rehiyon sa mundo. Kabuuang $114 milyon ang puhunan ng Brother Industries Philippines Inc na ngayon ay may pagawaan sa First Philippine Industrial Park sa Lungsod ng Tanauan na noong Marso 12, 2012 itinayo kung saan ang unang ginawa ay ang ink cartridges ng Inkjet printer at All-in-Ones, bukod pa sa tape casette para sa label stationary. Inaasahang sa Setyembre magsisimula ng operasyong komersiyal ang kompanya kapag nayari na ang ikalawang pagawaan nito sa Tanauan. Sa kasalukuyan 449 na ang kawani ng kompanya hanggang noong Hulyo 13 at inaasahang kapag nagsimula na nang puspusang operasyon, aabot sa 3,500 ang kabuuang magiging kawani nito. PND (js/zaf) TOP 2. Tiniyak ng Pangulong Aquino sa mga imbestor na itutuloy ng gobyerno ang mga reporma upang ang Pilipinas ay maging investment haven (LUNGSOD NG TANAUAN, Batangas) Ipagpapatuloy ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang mga repormang nasimulan na upang ang Pilipinas ay maging angkop na lagakan ng puhunan at isa sa pinakamabilis sumiglang ekonomya sa Timog Silangang Asya. ―Ang mga repormang ito ay iniangkop upang maging tunay na kapaki-pakinabang para sa sambayanang Pilipino at sa mga nagnanais makibalikat sa Pilipinas,‖ sabi ng Pangulo sa talumpati sa pasinaya ng bagong pagawaan ng Brother Industries Philippines sa First Philippine Industrial Park sa Baranggay Ulango dito Lunes. Sinabi ng Pangulo na patuloy ang matatag na paninindigan ng kanyang gobyerno sa pagharap sa mga pagsubok na tulad ng pagsisikap na mapanatili ang pagsulong ng ekonomya, mabawasan ang ano mang panganib sa larangan ng pagnenegosyo, at maaasahang kapaligiran upang mapabuti ng bansa ang pagnenegosyo rito. ―Ang pagsugpo sa katiwalian sa pamahalaan ay hindi lamang tumitiyak nang higit na mataas na uri ng palingkurang pambayan, kundi pinapawi pa nito ang mga hindi kailangang panganib sa negosyo para sa mga imbestor na katulad ninyo. Pag-aayos ng ating mga pambansang lansangan, kasama na ang mga lansangan dito sa Batangas, at pagtatayo ng mga pasilidad sa trasportasyon upang maging higit na maginhawa ang pagbibiyahe ng ating mga kababayan at mga panauhin dito sa Pilipinas maging namamasyal lamang o nagnenegosyo kaya,‖ dagdag pa ng Pangulo. Binigyang diin ng Pangulo na ang paglalagay ng bagong pagawaan dito ng Brother Group ay ibayong magpapasigla ng sektor ng manufacturing sa bansa. Tahasang sinabi ng Pangulo na ang pasinaya ng bagong pagawaan ay hudyat ng panibagong sigla ng manufacturing sector sa bansa sapagka‘t napipisil na ng mga negosyante na maglagay ng mga pabrika sa Pilipinas. ―Ang magandang balita ay nasasaksihan na natin ang pag-angat ng manufacturing sa Pilipinas sa nakaraang ilang taon. Personal kong nasaksihan at napuntahan ang mga pasilidad na gumagawa ng mga piyesa para sa mga aeroplanong Airbus at Boeing, luxury goods, electronics, gayundin ang mga pagawaan ng barko. Sa unang kuwarter ng 2013, lumago ng 9.7 porsiyento ang manufacturing kaya ngayon, isa na ito sa may pinakamalaking ambag sa larangan ng pag-unlad ng ekonomya,‖ dugtong pa ng Pangulo. Pinasalamatan ng Pangulo ang Brother Group sa pagpapalawak ng negosyo nila sa Pilipinas at tiniyak sa mga imbestor ng kompanyang Hapones ang suporta ng pamahalaan ngayon at maging sa hinaharap na panahon. ―Ang pasiya ninyong maglagay rito ng pagawaan ay nagpatunay sa amin na tama ang aming mga ginagawa, na ang aming bansa ay nasa tamang landas patungo sa pagbabagong sigla ng industriya, ang paglikha ng dagdag na hanapbuhay at isang hinaharap ng patuloy at malawakang pagsulong,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulo. Binati ng Pangulo ang Brother Industries Ltd. sa tagumpay nito sa larangan ng negosyo hindi lamang sa Hapon, kundi maging sa iba-ibang panig ng daigdig.


―Ang inyong mga nagawa ay hindi likha lamang ng pagkakataon. Ang inyong tagumpay ay bunga ng inyong pagsisikap, tamang pasiya at maayos na pagnenegosyo. Ang inyong mahabang karanasan ang katibayan na ito ay hindi bunga lamang ng suwerte ang pagtungo ninyo rito. Walang kompanyang magpapasiyang mamuhunan ng P5.59 bilyon, magtayo ng dalawang pasilidad at kumuha ng 3,500 masisipag na lakas-bisig na swerte lamang ang naging batayan. Mahalaga na napili ng Brother Industries ang Pilipinas na paglagakan ng puhunan,‖ sabi niya. PND (js/zaf) TOP 3. Binati ng Pangulong Aquino ang Gilas Pilipinas sa pagkakamit ng medalyang pilak sa FIBA Asia Cup

Pagbati at papuri ang iniukol ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa ipinakitang husay ng Gilas Pilipinas na koponan sa basketbol sa katatapos na 27th Federacion Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Asia Cup na ginanap sa Mall of Asia Arena sa Lungsod ng Pasay. Sa huling bahagi ng talumpati ng Pangulo sa pasinaya ng pagawaan ng Brother Industries Philippines sa Lungsod ng Tanauan Lunes, hindi niya nakaligtaang banggitin ang saloobin sa kampeonato noong Linggo na pinaglabanan ng Pilipinas at Iran. Pinuri ng Pangulo ang husay at kakayahan ng pambansang koponan ng Pilipinas sa kabila ng malaking agwat nila sa sukat ng kalaban na matatangkad na Iranian ay patuloy na ipinakita ng mga manlalarong Pilipino ang pakikipaglaban hanggang sa huling mga saglit ng paligsahan. ―Nagwagi naman tayo ng pilak o first runner up position. Kulang pa tayo sa tangkad na kailangan para mamayani sa larangan ng basketbol sa daigdig. Sinamang-palad pang nasaktan ang ating center talagang pambihira ang naramdaman ko nang makita ang ating mga kababayan na hindi sumusuko at sukat para ikatuwiran na lamang na ‗alam ninyo, ang mga taong iyon ay pitong talampakan ang taas kaya mahirap silang talunin'," sabi ng Pangulo. Nanood ang Pangulo sa Arena nang walang gulat na makipaglaban ang Gilas Pilipinas upang sikaping makuha ang medalyang ginto at ang korona ng kampeonato sa matatangkad na Iranians. Walang gulat na sumagupa ang pambansang koponan kahit ang naturalized center na si Marcus Douthit, na napinsala ang tuhod nang talunin ng Pilipinas noong Sabado ang koponan ng Republika ng Korea na siyang nakakuha ng medalyang tanso nang talunin ang Taipei. ―Hanggang sa mga huling saglit ng labanan, patuloy nilang sinikap matamo ang tagumpay. Ipinamalas nila ang husay na naging dahilan ng tagumpay nila sa nakaraang mga laro. Sila ay hindi ipinalagay ng mga katunggali natin bilang walang kuwentang kalaban. Kaya kapag ang Pilipino ay binigyan ng tamang pagkakataon, magugulat kayo sa kanyang kayang gawin,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulo. Ang Pilipinas ay nalamangan ng 14 na puntos (85-71) ng walang talong Islamic Republic of Iran na dati-rating tinatalo ng hindi bababa sa 30 puntos ang kalaban nila sa liga. Sa kabila ng nangyaring ito, ang Gilas Pilipinas ay tiyak nang kalahok sa 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup na gaganapin sa Espanya na isang pambihirang pagkakataon sapagka‘t nang huling makabilang ang pambansang koponan sa naturang paligsahan ay 40 taon na ang nakalilipas. Sinabi ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda sa isang pahayag na ang tagumpay na ito ay bunga ng walang katulad na pagsisikap, tiyaga at husay ng ating mga manlalaro at pagsubaybay ng kanilang mga magulang sa nakalipas na mga taon, buhat sa coaching staff, gayunhdin sa Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas sa pangunguna ni Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, at higit sa lahat, buhat sa sambayanang Pilipinho na matatag na nananalig at nagtataguyod sa pambansang koponan. ―Nagkakaisa ang bansa sa pagtataguyod sa ating koponan at taimtim sa kanilang mga puso na handa nilang ialay ang lahat alang-alang sa watawat at bansa. Ipinamalas ng Gilas Pilipinas sa buong daigdig na walang sino mang magkakaroon nang malaking puso kaysa sa Pilipino. Ang mga nagawa sana nila ay maging ispirasyon ng bawa‘t Pilipino upang walang pasubaling sikaping maging pinakamahusay sa ano mang larangang kanilang napili upang sa gayon, maisakatuparan natin ang bahaging dapat nating gampanan upang makapag-ambag sa katuparan ng pagkakaroon ng isang higit na dakilang bansang Pilipinas,‖ dugtong ni Lacierda.(PND (hdc/zaf) TOP 4. Ginawaran ng Pangulong Aquino ng Order of Sikatuna ang paalis nang embahador ng Vietnam

Ginawaran ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ng Order of Sikatuna na may ranggong Datu, Katangiang Ginto ang paalis nang Embahador Nguyen Vu Tu ng Vietnam sa Pilipinas sa seremonyang idinaos sa Malacanang Lunes. Ang binigyan ng Pangulo ng karangalan ay ang paalis nang Embahador ng Vietnam dahil sa pagkilala sa katangi-tangi at pambihirang paglilingkod nito sa Republika ng Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng pagpapayabong, paglinang at pagpapalakas ng ugnayan ng kanilang bansa at ng Pilipinas. Ang Order of Sikatuna ay pambansang gawad pandiplomata ng Republika ng Pilipinas sa mga taong nakapaglingkod nang malaki at kapaki-pakinabang sa Republika ng Pilipinas. Ang karangalang ito ay nilikha ng Kautusang Tagapagpaganap Blg. 571 na nilagdaan ng Pangulong Elpidio Quirino noong Pebrero 27, 1953 at iginagawad sa mga diplomata, mga pinuno at mamamayan ng ibang bansa na nagbigay ng katangi-tanging paglilingkod upang lalong mag-ibayo, malinang at lumakas ang ugnayan ng bansa nila at ng Pilipinas.


Kasama ni Embahador Nguyen nang tanggapin ang parangal sa Malacanang ang kanyang First Secretary Tran Le Phuong. PND (rck/zaf) TOP 5. Pinayagan ng Pangulong Aquino na simulan ng Pilipinas ang negosasyon sa Estados Unidos para sa isang framework agreement Pumayag na ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na simulan ng Pilipinas sa linggong ito ang pakikipag-usap sa Estados Unidos tungkol sa patakarang increased rotational presence sa pamamagitan ng isang framework agreement. ―Humingi na sila ng pahintulot sa Pangulo na pasimulan ang negosasyon kaya tiyak na naipabatid na nila sa Pangulo ang tungkol sa mga bagay na ito,‖ sabi ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Lunes. Inihayag ni Lacierda ang paglikha ng lupong bubuuin ng kinatawan ng Kagawaran ng Katarungan, Kagawaran ng Tanggulang Bansa at Kagawaran ng Ugnayang Panlabas upang siyang mangasiwa sa komunikasyong may kaugnayan sa karagdagang rotational presence ng mga kawal-Amerikano sa bansa. ―Bumuo na sila ng panel na bubuuin ng DOJ, DND at DFA. Sila ang mamamahala sa mga komunikasyong may kaugnayan sa negosasyon,‖ wika ni Lacierda. ―Hindi tayo kasali tungkol sa negosasyon. Si Assistant Secreetary Carlos Sorreta ng Ugnayang Panlabas ang itinalagang tagapagsalita ng Philippine panel tungkol sa framework agreement tungkol sa increased rotational presence,‖ dugtong pa ni Lacierda. Ayon kay Lacierda, kailangang magkaroon ng isang framework agreement sa Estados Unidos para matiyak na ang increased rotational presence ng mga kawal-Amerikano ay maaayon sa tadhanain ng Saligambatas at ng mga batas ng Pilipinas. Sa pamamagitan ng negosasyon, ang Pilipinas at Estados Unidos ay maaaring magsagawa ng bilateral exercises, kasama na ang tungkol sa pagtatalaga ng mga kagamitang para sa pagsaklolo sa panahon ng kalamidad at pag-aayos ng mga pasilidad ng Pilipinas una sa lahat, paliwanag pa ni Lacierda. ―Ang pagtutuunan ng karagdagang rotational presence ay may kinalaman hindi lamang sa ating kapani-paniwalang paninindigang pantanggulan—minimum credible defense position, kundi ang pagtutuon ng pansin sa gawaing para sa kapuwa tao at pagsaklolo sa mga biktima sa panahon ng mga kalamidad,‖ wika pa ni Lacierda. PND (js/zaf) TOP

President Beningo S. Aquino III's Speech at the Brother Industries, Inc. factory inauguration ceremony FPIP (First Philippine Industrial Park) Brgy. Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas 12 August 2013 Good morning. Please sit down. His Excellency Toshinao Urabe, Secretary Greg Domingo, Director-General Lilia de Lima; Mr. Toshikazu Koike; Mr. Toshio Ito; Mr. Yuji Miwa; Representative Sonny Collantes and other Local Government Officials present; officials and staff of Brother Industries Limited and Brother Industries Philippines Incorporated; fellow workers in government; honored guests; ladies and gentlemen: Good Morning. I have learned in the past three years that perhaps the title ―President‖ is a bit misleading, because it is not enough to account for all of my specific responsibilities. For example, I am also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Chairperson of the National Economic and Development Authority Board. And then there are also my unofficial titles, such as Salesman-in-Chief, and we may even add to that: Head Inaugurator, Groundbreaker, Ribbon-cutter, Disasterrelief worker, and like last night when I was encouraged to attend the basketball game, [laughter] either Chief-booster and Lucky Charm, and since we didn‘t win, perhaps now I am being blamed for our loss last night. [Laughter]


All jokes aside, this is a role I have come to enjoy. After all, events like this are signs of greater things to come—for both your company and our country. This is not just the inauguration of a factory for Brother Industries: this is the latest achievement for a worldwide operation spanning 44 countries and regions, and another indicator of confidence in the Filipino people. So, allow me to offer my sincerest congratulations and sincerest thanks to Brother Industries. Thank you again. [Applause] Today‘s inauguration is especially significant, in light of our government‘s desire to foster the complete revival of our manufacturing sector. There was a time when our neighboring countries were the favored destinations—when manufacturing in the country lagged, and the focus turned to service industries, such as Business Process Management. The good news is we have actually noticed an upswing in Philippine manufacturing in the past few years. I have witnessed this personally, visiting facilities that manufacture components for Airbus and Boeing airplanes, luxury goods, and electronics, as well as shipbuilding yards, to name but a few. Recent numbers also reflect this: for the first quarter of 2013, manufacturing grew by 9.7 percent, making it one of the biggest contributors to economic growth. And today, as yet another sign of this sector‘s resurgence, the Philippines is host to Brother Industries—a company with more than a hundred years of innovation and success under its belt. One does not have to be an expert in business to recognize the magnitude of your achievements. From a company that started out repairing sewing machines, Brother Industries grew to become a great influence in the field of electronic and printing technology. In truth, one does not have to be as old as the company, or even as old as me, and I don‘t think I‘m that old, to recognize how Brother helped to revolutionize writing and word processing by successfully transitioning from mechanical to electronic typewriters, and by launching the world‘s first high-speed dot matrix printer in 1971. Today, you boast a wide product portfolio: home and industrial sewing machines, printers, and other related components such as ink cartridges, which are what this facility is already making. Your achievements are not a product of chance; your success was borne of hard work, strategic decision-making, and a finely tuned sense for business. And of course, the ability to continuously innovate. Your long history tells us that it was not luck that brought you here. No company would decide to invest 5.59 billion pesos, construct two different facilities, and eventually hire a 3,500-strong workforce on just a whim. For Brother Industries, the Philippines was the strategic choice. This is what we have wanted all along: for our country to be the top choice of tourists and investors worldwide. Like you, we have gone about this strategically. Our reforms were planned to yield the maximum benefit for both the Filipino people and for those who wanted to partner with the Philippines. For example, weeding out corruption in government does not only assure a high quality of public service; it removes unnecessary risks and threats to businesses for investors like you. Improving our national road network—including roads here in Batangas—and constructing and upgrading transport hubs facilitate ease of travel for all—from our countrymen, to travelers here in the Philippines for leisure or business. Providing quality health, education, and social services does not just allow our people the chance to make the most of opportunities, they also assure investors of a healthy, skilled workforce and an empowered consumer base. Your decision to set up shop here assures us that we are doing the right thing, that the country is on the right track— towards the resurgence of industry, the creation of more jobs, and a future of sustainable, broad-based growth. We are happy that you have recognized the unique capabilities of the Filipino worker. With the opening of your facility here, you are giving them the chance to make use of their innate creativity and industry: to hone their skills, move up the value chain, and learn how to succeed in an ever-changing market—in much the same way that Brother Industries has evolved into a global giant in the past century. I can promise you that our government will always be at your side as a steadfast partner, whether now or in the future, in this facility, or in the others that you will hopefully build, or choose to build in the country in the next few years. Out of so many other choices, you have placed your bets on the Philippines, and I tell you today: we will meet your expectations, and through the hard work and creativity of our countrymen, we will hopefully surpass your expectations. Once again, congratulations on this new facility. And perhaps just a little reflection on last night‘s basketball game [laughter]: We won at least the silver position, or the first runner up position. We are not yet blessed with the height necessary to become a dominant power in the world of basketball. We even lost our center due to an injury, and it was really encouraging, at least on my part, to view our countrymen not giving in to a sense of, perhaps, defeat by just accepting the fact that these guys are above seven-feet tall and they‘re really, kind of, difficult to beat. But up to the last few seconds, they never gave up. They showed the respect that was earned by their playing in previous games. They were not treated as an unworthy opponent by our opponents. So, give the Filipino the right environment and you will be surprised at what he will deliver. Thank you, good day. [HOME]

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ECC to create extension unit in Region 2--Baldoz Deles urges biz leaders to support Bangsamoro BSP Hosts 2013 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for Stakeholders in General Santos City BSP Rediscount Rates for August 2013 NSCB kicks off preparations for the 5th National Statistics Month Media Awards


6. DBM backs PNP modernization with P2.86-B release; Abad: Funding to upgrade defense capabilities 7. DSWD braces for “Labuyo” 8. Why we should support the 4Ps 9. "Labuyo" affect roads and bridges in Cordilleras and Nueva Vizcaya 10. DepEd launches search for best SPED teachers and centers 11. Professionalization of BI a top priority - Mison 12. Statement of The Hon. ALBERT F. DEL ROSARlO at the Media Briefing to announce the start of negotiations on the PH (DND) - US (DoD) Framework Agreement on increased Rotational Presence 13. Philippine Embassy Leads ASEAN Day Celebration in Brasilia 14. DA-AMAS to participate in Agri trade, food fair in US 15. P399-B infra program in 2014 to hasten inclusive growth: NEDA to administer P400-M Feasibility Studies Fund

1. ECC to create extension unit in Region 2--Baldoz Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the Employees‘ Compensation Commission (ECC), a government agency attached to the DOLE, will set-up a Regional Extension Unit (REU) in Tuguegarao. "I have given the go signal for the set-up of the regional extension office in Tuguegarao to enable the ECC to extend its programs and services to all Cagayanons. Stella Zipagan-Banawis, Executive Director of the ECC, has informed me the ECC-REU in the region will set-up this year and will be housed at the DOLE Regional Office in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan," Baldoz announced. In a report to Secretary Baldoz, Banawis said the ECC will hire two personnel in the region to man the regional extension unit, and said she had already bared the news to the participantrepresentatives of various government agencies and private establishments during last week's advocacy forum conducted by the ECC and the DOLE regional office. ―The ECC personnel to be hired will conduct information dissemination on ECC programs and extend assistance to clients regarding their employees compensation claims,‖ Director Banawis reported. The ECC was created in 1 November 1974 by virtue of PD 442 or the Labor Code of the Philippines and became fully operational in 1 January 1975. Its main function is to provide a package of benefits to public and private sectors employees and their dependents in the event of work-connected contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability or death. |TOP| 2. Deles urges biz leaders to support Bangsamoro Source: http://www.opapp.gov.ph Davao City – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles on Friday called on business leaders in Mindanao to support the establishment of the Bangsamoro political entity by 2016, emphasizing that the influence of the business sector can help realize the envisioned region's goal of fiscal autonomy. "As the peace process is not the work of government alone, we call on you, the business leaders to journey with us, to be part of realizing the Bangsamoro‘s aim to become self-reliant politically and fiscally by investing in its industries,‖ Deles told delegates, who are mostly key business leaders across Mindanao, during the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference held in this city. ―We urge you to keep an open mind, take the initiative to read up, and understand the Annexes. We need your support in lobbying for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and convincing your colleagues in the private sector to regard Mindanao in a the shining light of its vast potentials,‖ she added. Deles was referring to the developments in the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Last July, both sides signed the Annex on Revenue Generation And Wealth Sharing which seeks to fiscally empower the envisioned Bangsamoro region that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Earlier, the parties signed the Annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities, leaving only two remaining annexes – power sharing and normalization – which together with the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), will complete the comprehensive peace agreement expected to be signed before the year-end. While the GPH and the MILF panels complete the remaining annexes, the Transition Commission is at work crafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which will pave the way for the entrenchment of the Bangsamoro. Once drafted, the Basic Law will be certified as urgent by the President, submitted to Congress for passage, and subjected to a plebiscite in covered areas. Deles said having a peace deal in Mindanao would unlock the economic potentials of the region, known to be rich with natural resources. ―With lasting peace in Mindanao, the country stands to benefit the most, even as our neighbors such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei with large Muslim populations, appreciate the stability that this will bring within our shared corridors,‖ she pointed out. ―A resource-rich region unencumbered by conflict will open doors of opportunities for enriching relations, and greater trade and investment, as well as tourism collaboration among adjacent states. Having said this, we are most grateful for their continuing moral and diplomatic support to the peace process,‖ she said. Deles explained that ―peace negotiation is not all talk. It is about political frameworks and building strong institutions for meaningful and responsive governance. It is about ending hostilities between the state and a segment of the population and opening up a process for the participation in the state and society of previously marginalized segments of the population,‖ she said.


―Political negotiation, in the long run, is certainly also about rational development: the integration of peace agenda into the plans of national, regional, and local government agencies; the transformation of erstwhile conflict areas towards peaceful, progressive and resilient communities,‖ she explained. Deles, along with President Benigno S. Aquino III and other cabinet officials, were invited to give talks in the annual business confab as business leaders in Mindanao are preparing the island for the expected integration of economies among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015. Deles said that aside from ―its economic benefits,‖ the ASEAN integration could also help the sharing of peacebuilding lessons and conflict prevention in the region. ―Just as we look at the experiences of post-conflict Aceh in Indonesia, we are already sharing lessons from our peace process with Myanmar and Thailand. With peace at hand, we can now focus our attention in narrowing development gaps in our communities and sustaining the stability in the region as what the ASEAN integration clearly emphasized,‖ she said. Deles admitted that there are a lot more to be done, however, the support of the public will make it easier for the ongoing talks with the MILF to achieve its main objective. ―There is no magic wand, no silver bullet that will instantly wipe out all the problems in Mindanao. But I‘d like to think that we are working on the right formula for peace. I believe we have a future that is vigorous with possibilities. It will not be a perfect one, but it will be better than what we had some three to four years ago.‖ ―We have a President who has vowed to put the peace process at the forefront of his agenda, a leader whose 'daang matuwid' continues to gain credit for fuelling and sustaining our record-breaking economic growth. We have a vast pool of dedicated public servants and peace partners, and we have you the business leaders, diplomats, and 'not so ordinary peace-loving citizens' to make Mindanao central hub of regionalization, if not globalization,‖ she added. |TOP| 3. BSP Hosts 2013 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for Stakeholders in General Santos City Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will host the 2013 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for stakeholders in SOCCSKSARGEN and ARMM that have provided exemplary support to its statistical undertakings, information needs and advocacy programs. With the theme ―Hand in Hand in Sustaining a Steadfast and Strong Economy,‖ the event will be held on 13 August 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the East Asia Royale Hotel, General Santos City. Monetary Board Member Armando L. Suratos will lead in honoring this year‘s awardees and stakeholders. The BSP will confer four awards—two for the Business Expectations Survey (BES), one for the Information Sources for the Report on Regional Economic Developments and one for the Clean Note Policy Campaign and Coin Recirculation Program, a new award category. The Outstanding Respondent among Large and Medium Firms and the Outstanding Respondent among Small Firms will be conferred to the BES awardees in SOCCSKSARGEN. They were selected from among the country‘s top corporations in the region that are respondents to the survey. Meanwhile, the Outstanding Partner for Report on Regional Economic Developments will be given to the government agency that provided the BSP with information support to have an effective scan of the environment in the region while the Outstanding Partner of BSP Cotabato Branch for the Clean Note Policy Campaign and Coin Recirculation Program will be given to a private, public and non-government organization, groups or individuals that supported BSP in promoting its advocacy on keeping our money clean and crisp as well as increasing public consciousness on the importance of using our coins for daily transactions. The event in General Santos City is the third of the series of the BSP‘s regional stakeholders‘ events following the awards ceremonies held in Regions VI and XI on 30 July and 6 August 2013, respectively. Similar activities will be conducted until October 2013 in six other areas outside the National Capital Region (AONCR) to honor stakeholders in various awards categories. Stakeholders of the BSP in the National Capital Region (NCR) were earlier recognized during the awards ceremony held last 16 July 2013 at the BSP Main Office. This event is expected to further strengthen the partnerships between the BSP and its stakeholders in information gathering and advocacy campaigns that will help the BSP carry out its mandate of maintaining price stability and promoting financial stability as well as ensuring an effective payments and settlements system in the country. |TOP| 4. BSP Rediscount Rates for August 2013 Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph The BSP announced today the rediscount rates applicable on loan availments by banking institutions for August 2013. For loans under the Peso Rediscount Facility, the BSP Peso Rediscount Rate is 3.50 percent p.a. for all maturities. This has been in effect since 29 October 2012 in line with the Monetary Board (M.B.) policy decision to reduce policy rates at its 25 October 2012 meeting. The M.B. decided to maintain the same during its last policy meeting on 25 July 2013. The Peso Rediscount Rate is based on the applicable BSP overnight reverse repurchase rate per Circular No. 679 dated 01 February 2010. Meanwhile, for loans under the Exporters Dollar and Yen Rediscount Facility (EDYRF), the rates for the month of August are as follows: Dollar 0.18673 percent p.a. Yen 0.11571 percent p.a.


The EDYRF rediscount rates are based on the respective London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as of 31 July 2013. Under the Peso Rediscount Facility, total availments of commercial, thrift and rural banks amounted to P15,908 million for the period 01 January to 31 July 2013, 37.1 percent lower than the P25,295 million total in the same period last year. Of the availments for the period, 82.3 percent went to commercial credits, 2.8 percent to agricultural and industrial credits, and 14.9 percent to other credits consisting of CAPEX (7.5 percent), other services (6.7 percent), permanent working capital (0.6 percent) and housing (0.1 percent). Under the EDYRF, aggregate dollar availments of seven commercial banks and a thrift bank for the period 01 January to 31 July 2013 amounted to US$84.0 million and benefitted 29 exporters. This represents a 24.0 percent decrease in availments compared to the US$110.5 million grants for the same period last year. On the other hand, there was no Yen-denominated availment under the EDYRF for the period 01 January to 31 July 2013. |TOP| 5. NSCB kicks off preparations for the 5th National Statistics Month Media Awards Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) kicks off preparations for the 5th National Statistics Month (NSM) Media Awards. The Award recognizes the invaluable role of media practitioners and media organizations in promoting, popularizing, and disseminating statistical information. It is given to practitioners from broadcast, print, and online media organizations. Started in 1989, the NSM is an annual celebration every October that aims to promote and instill public awareness and appreciation of the importance of statistics in various facets of life. In 2008, the NSM Media Awards was conceived and has since become one of the highlights of the NSM celebration. On its 24th year, the NSM carries the theme ―Statistics that Matter to Every Filipino,‖ highlighting the importance of data and statistical information in the day-to-day activities of every Filipino. Unlike in previous years where journalists and media organizations were nominated for the Awards, this year‘s screening process for the 5th NSM Media Awards will be conducted by the 24th NSM Secretariat and will be based on the media monitoring of major statistical agencies, namely the NSCB, the National Statistics Office, the Bureau of Employment and Labor Statistics, and the Bureau of Agriculture Statistics. A board of judges composed of esteemed personalities will then be convened to determine this year‘s awardees. In previous years, the board of judges included UP economist Solita Collas-Monsod, former NSCB Secretary-General Romulo Virola, and former BSP Monetary Board member Vicente Valdepeñas, among others. Details of this year‘s panel will be released as soon as finalized. As in previous years, the award will be based on the following criteria: Frequency/number of articles/reports. The frequency/number of articles will be based on the list of articles/reports from the monitoring of news releases by statistical agencies published/aired in newspapers/online/broadcast media. The news articles/reports should have been released during the contest period from November 2012 to July 2013 (35%). Quality (accuracy and timeliness). The statistics cited in the article or report should be based on reliable sources and the substance of the article or report should have significance and relevance to the needs of the country and the Filipino people. The report or article can include both qualitative and quantitative analysis using statistics (35%). Effectiveness of the style/approach/form of articles/reports. News articles/reports which make use of statistics should be user friendly and easily understood by the public. The articles/reports should also positively motivate readers in deeply understanding the use and importance of statistics in improving people‘s lives through informed decisions (30%). Shortlisted nominees will be notified by the 24th NSM Secretariat in September. The Awarding Ceremonies for the 5th NSM Media Awards will be held on October 1, 2013 during the joint 24th NSM and 12th National Convention on Statistics (NCS) Opening Ceremonies at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. A plaque and cash award will be given to awardees for the following categories: a) TV, b) Radio and c) print/online. For more information, you may contact the NSM Secretariat through Mr. Precious Jose E. Baroy and Ms. Eunice N. Tambasen with telephone numbered 8908456 and email addresses pje.baroy@nscb.gov.ph and en.tambasen@nscb.gov.ph, respectively. You may visit the 5th NSM Media Awards website at: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/nsm/MediaAwards. |TOP| 6. DBM backs PNP modernization with P2.86-B release; Abad: Funding to upgrade defense capabilities Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P2.86 billion to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) Operational Transformation Plan for FY 2013, aimed at enhancing the capability of the country‘s police force and improving crime prevention and security nationwide. Budget Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad reported that the release will cover the repair and maintenance of police supplies and the procurement of mission-essential equipment for mobility, firepower, communication, and investigation.


―Ensuring sustained and inclusive development will also depend on the government‘s ability to facilitate peace and order in the country. We still have a lot of work to do toward bringing greater security to our communities, especially in areas where crime and violence are a systemic problem. This latest release will support and better capacitate our police force, allowing us to safeguard our people and make our crime prevention efforts more strategic and efficient,‖ Abad said. Of the total amount, P2.5 billion will support the procurement of 1,000 patrol jeeps, 13,597 long firearms, and 4,997 mobile radios. It will also fund the improvement of the Firearms Identification System (FIS), which was designed to enhance police investigative capabilities on firearms-related cases. In addition, P344 million will cover minor repairs and the repainting of 810 of the most dilapidated police stations, as well as fund the procurement of M4 magazines and kits for PNP maneuver units. The budget chief also noted that an allocation worth P655 million is also set to be released for the creation of positions and hiring of 7,439 Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUPs), who will be assigned to regional offices to accomplish mostly administrative work. ―By increasing the number of staff in our regional offices, our policemen won‘t have to preoccupy themselves with administrative matters. Instead, they can focus on mobilizing their forces more effectively so they can respond more quickly to emergencies and improve their visibility in their assigned areas,‖ Abad added. |TOP| 7. DSWD braces for “Labuyo” Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman directed all DSWD regional offices along the path of typhoon Labuyo to be ready to assist local government units in relief distribution and management of evacuation centers in typhoon-affected areas. Secretary Soliman said that the DSWD has pre-positioned relief emergency resources to all affected regions amounting to P160.35M consisting of P27.45 M standby funds; 51,567 family food packs worth P12.84M, other food items and non-food items worth P43.15 M and P76.90 million, respectively. Secretary Soliman added that all identified evacuation centers in areas along the path of typhoon ―Labuyo‖ are ready for forced evacuation or whenever evacuation is necessary. In Region III where ―Labuyo‖ made a landfall in Casiguran, Aurora early this morning, the DSWD regional office prepared 3,197 family food packs and P3 million standby funds for augmentation to disaster affected families in the province. As of August 12, 10 am, 94 families with 416 persons from Aurora province sought temporary shelter in 16 evacuation centers. Initial report by the DSWD in the region said that 78 houses in Aurora province were damaged of which five were totally damaged while 73 were partially destroyed. In Region V, the DSWD regional office reported that evacuation centers in Pioduran, Albay have already closed with the evacuees returning to their places of origin. The 3, 485 persons who were stranded in various ports were provided hot meals by the Catanduanes local government unit. To date, the strandees have proceeded to their respective destinations as sea vessels have been allowed to sail. Further, the DSWD Region V continues to preposition family food packs for families living in coastal areas. Food packs are also readied for distribution to LGU of Matnog in case there will be strandees. Secretary Soliman assured that all members of the Social Welfare and Development teams in concerned regions have been alerted to continue to coordinate with local government units for significant reports, technical assistance, and augmentation support. |TOP| 8. Why we should support the 4Ps Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph At a recent forum on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (or 4Ps) held at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, experts from different government agencies and academic institutions discussed the rationale and the feasibility of extending and expanding the program. Under the management of Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD), the 4Ps is widely known to be the lynchpin of the government‘s anti-poverty efforts. One of its key interventions is the provision of small cash transfers to mothers, as long as they commit to investing in their children, such as by ensuring their children go to school, as well as get deworming, vaccination and regular health check-ups to name a few other aspects of the program. 4Ps operates in 79 provinces covering 1484 municipalities and 143 key cities in all 17 regions nationwide. As of June 2013, the program covered almost 4 million households. The planned extension of the 4Ps program will include an additional 2 million children to the current 8.5 million in the program. A special emphasis will be placed on providing additional support to children from poor families who would like to go to high school. Yet, even as the budget for 4Ps is set to increase, some people seem impatient about its pay-off, which most assume will be immediate—such as reducing the number of poor and hungry people in the country. Several opposition politicians have even resorted to calling the government program a ―dole-out‖. And some question the size of the allocations dedicated to the 4Ps. Their typical argument is that there are better alternative uses for these funds.


At that forum, I argued otherwise—noting that the 4Ps program is and continues to be a good investment. Here‘s why. Ending poverty First, the 4Ps is NOT the only program in the anti-poverty strategy of the government, yet it‘s quite possibly the most important component. The reason is that this program attacks one of the root causes of poverty—weak education, health and other human development characteristics that disadvantage a poor person. No amount of job creation will employ and lift out of poverty millions of under-skilled and unhealthy citizens. No business would get into such an enterprise, and no government can sustain economic growth and job creation on such a weak foundation. Therefore, human capital build-up is, first and foremost, the key ingredient in the strategy. What is often poorly understood about the 4Ps program is that it‘s less focused on adults, and more focused on the next generation. The economic pay-off from these investments, therefore, will take some years to fully manifest—in the form of more educated and healthy citizens and more productive workers. If we are serious about poverty reduction (and dare I say, poverty eradication), investing in children is where we should really begin. Otherwise, a never ending stream of people with weak education and health will add to the ranks of the poor. Of course, human capital is not enough. Access to the other factors of production and growth will also need to dramatically improve for the vast majority of the population—such as through microfinance and lending to SMEs (improving access to capital); and true agrarian reform (access to land). Preparing for the country‘s youth bulge According to the United Nations, our country is expected to reach its peak number of young people by around 20402050, roughly 25-30 years from today (see Figure 1). This means the brunt of our future labor force is comprised of infants already being born today—and their future capabilities depend heavily on the policy choices we make. 4Ps can help ensure that the majority of our young people do not fall through the cracks. For every 1.8 to 2 million children born every year in the Philippines, at least about one-third (or up to six hundred thousand) are born to poor families according to some estimates. Because of 4Ps, children will grow up to be educated, healthy, and productive members of Philippine society, contributing to the country‘s economic competitiveness in the longer term. Therefore, the 4Ps is not merely a matter of charity for poor children as far as the country is concerned—our long run economic growth depends in large part on how successfully we equip our future citizens and workers to compete. Nevertheless, the 4Ps prepares future workers; but it does not in itself create jobs. It is imperative that more jobs are created and more entrepreneurship encouraged in order to spur economic development that is inclusive for the vast majority of the youth. Fueling economic and political transformation Improved human capital will definitely be useful for improving wages and productivity—but it could also help sustain ―matuwid na daan‖. This is possible if a strong social protection system underpinned by 4Ps truly ―emancipates‖ over 4 million poor families from patronage politics. Patronage has become a way of life for many of our citizens, because the conditions of poverty force our people to seek help. And before 4Ps, poor families typically only had the local political patron as their main option. Table 1 provides a tongue-in-cheek outline of the major differences between professionally managed and evidence-based social protection vs. patronage politics.

As I noted in another Rappler article on reforming pork barrel politics, politicians are not the only ones addicted to pork— poor families actively seek the support of politicians, and they will continue to do so unless a proper social protection system is able to help poor and low income families mitigate risks and empower them in a systematic, fair, and evidence-based manner. The 4Ps contains key accountabilities in helping the poor to break free from the poverty trap—it is targeted at the poorest households (and not merely political allies); the cash support is less than what is necessary to be technically non-poor but enough to matter for child investments (so it is specifically designed to mitigate the risk of dependency); and beneficiaries (typically the cash is given to mothers) are required to deliver on conditions that are linked to investing in children (and not merely conditioned on voting for the patron). On top of all this, the 4Ps is among only a small number of government programs that are actually evaluated for their impact. In fact, the impact evaluation evidence suggests that the design of the 4Ps seems to successfully mitigate any possible dependency effects—poor families actually further increase child investments, over and above the cash transfer itself. These are all good reasons to continue to expand and improve the program. Killing this program will bring us back to the previous status quo: no evaluation; poorly targeted; riddled with leakages (so that non poor people also benefit, and far less reaches the poor); and likely to be dominated by patronage politics. The author is Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian Institute of Management and Executive Director of the AIM Policy Center. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the institution. Questions and comments could be addressed to policycenter@aim.edu. – Rappler.com Reprinted from www. rappler.com


|TOP| 9. "Labuyo" affect roads and bridges in Cordilleras and Nueva Vizcaya Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph The combined Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 2 District Engineering Offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) immediately dispatched their Disaster Response Team to affected roads and bridges to monitor and provide immediate response action in their respective area of jurisdiction as heavy rainfall and gusty winds induced by Typhoon Labuyo (international codename Utor) that made a landfall over Casiguran, Aurora early this morning (August 12, 2013) affected parts of Northern Luzon. Per monitoring report as of 12:00noon of August 12, 2013 to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson by the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance, three (3) road sections - two (2) in CAR, specifically Clavelia-Calanasan Road (km 872+550, Rabaw Section) in Apayao Second and Sinipsip-Bakun Road (km 217+500, Ay-ay Section) in Benguet Second; and one (1) in Nueva Vizacaya, namely Daang Maharlika along Solano-Diadi Section (km. 275-jm 308) – were closed to traffic due to landslide (in CAR) and fallen tress (in Region II) due to heavy rains. Clearing of slides are presently ongoing in the Cirera-Calamasan Road (K0672+550) in Apayao while the DPWH Baguio City District Engineering Office has dispatched a team to undertake declogging and placing of warning signs for the flooded but passable Leonard Wood Bridge in Baguio City. The road to Baguio thru Marcos Highway particularly at the Barangay Bayacsan, Tuba, Benguet section is one (1) lane passable to traffic while Kennon Road is passable but using this road– considering the weather condition – is considered a high risk. Meanwhile, Romblon District Engineer Napoleon Famadico reported that the Sijeron Bridge along San Agustin-Sta. Maria Road, Barangay Hinugasan, San Agustin, Romblon which was closed to traffic last week after being affected by the continuous heavy rains induced by typhoon ―Kiko‖ is now open to vehicular traffic. |TOP| 10. DepEd launches search for best SPED teachers and centers Source: http://www.deped.gov.ph PASIG CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) is launching the Search for 2013 Outstanding Special Education (SPED) Teachers and Outstanding SPED Centers to recognize educators who provide the best educational services to children with special learning needs. Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said the search is open to all SPED teachers of children with hearing and visual impairments, learning and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and children with giftedness and talents. It is also open to teachers handling regular classes, but at the same time rendered dedicated and excellent service in educating children with special needs. ―Teaching while taking care of children with special needs is no easy task. That is why our SPED teachers deserve special recognition for their diligence and enthusiasm, to further boost their morale and motivate them more to perform their tasks as second parents to our special kids in the best way they can,‖ Luistro said. Screening for the division level starts this August, while regional screening will be on September, and the finals for the national level will be on October. The winners, who will receive plaques of appreciation and cash gifts, will be awarded during the National Conference on Special Education in November. Based on DepEd Memo No. 128 series of 2013, the criteria in selecting outstanding SPED teachers are instructional competence and teaching effectiveness, totaling to 90 points. Personal qualities and character carry 10 points. The criteria in selecting the best SPED center are ―highly motivated learners who are high performers‖ (40%), linkages with other stakeholders (9%), accessible classrooms and functionality (9%), proactive management (12%) and competent, committed and dynamic staff (30%). The search is open to all recognized SPED Centers which have been in operation in the past five years. For further information and inquiries, contact the Special Education Division at (02) 631-9993. |TOP| 11. Professionalization of BI a top priority - Mison Source: http://immigration.gov.ph The officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said today that eradicating graft and professionalizing the agency‘s work force will remain a top priority under his watch. In a statement, Immigration OIC Siegfred Mison said President Aquino‘s criticism of the BI in his SONA is a big challenge that he and the bureau‘s rank and file would work hard to meet. Mison exhorted BI employees to rise up to the challenge, adding that he intends to pursue more vigorously the tasks of professionalizing the BI rank and file and instituting reforms to transform the agency‘s image. Mison was designated OIC by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima after former BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. resigned last month. He was BI associate commissioner before being named OIC. ―We shall continue to retrain and reorient our personnel through a values formation program that we have been implementing since 2011,‖ he said. Mison disclosed that in the last two years a total of 392 new immigration officers were already hired and deployed to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports nationwide. He said that after passing rigid written and oral exams, the new employees also underwent a three-week training program before being assigned to their posts.


―For the first time in our history, political connections did not influence our bureau‘s hiring and promotion system,‖ said Mison, who chaired the BI Selection and Promotions board. He pointed out that many of the recruits are ordinary people and were picked based on their qualifications and not due to the backing of powerful people. Mison also stressed that efforts are being done to purge the BI of corrupt and inefficient employees and that since January alone 22 employees were already dismissed from the service and 12 others were suspended for various offenses. He added that more than a hundred other BI employees have been administratively charged and are undergoing formal investigation by the Bureau‘s Board of Discipline which he also chaired. |TOP| 12. Statement of The Hon. ALBERT F. DEL ROSARlO at the Media Briefing to announce the start of negotiations on the PH (DND) - US (DoD) Framework Agreement on increased Rotational Presence Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, 12 August 2013 Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, members of the Philippine Negotiating Panel, fellow workers in government, our dear friends in media, good-morning. It is a distinct honor to be with you here today. I would like to thank Secretary Gazmin for bringing us together and hosting all of us. Please let me tell you that it will always be a privilege for the DFA to work with the DND and AFP. I say this as, at the frontlines of ensuring the security of our people and the territorial integrity of our nation. It lies in the essential partnership between diplomacy and defense. If we are to secure our people and our nation, we would need to strengthen both diplomacy and defense. Some time ago, we developed a policy and arrived at an understanding with the United States, our treaty ally, on increased rotational presence. This week, diplomacy and defense will once again intersect to secure our nation. This week will mark the start of our negotiations with the United States to institutionalize this policy of increased rotational presence through a framework agreement. For Philippine diplomacy, this raises our already deep and historic strategic relations with a key partner to even greater heights. By highlighting our treaty commitments under our Mutual Defense Treaty and the Visiting Forces Agreement, we serve to keep our region stable and secure. Through increased rotational presence, we can moreover expect: · That modernization can begin even before we are able to purchase the necessary defense systems; · That deterrence can be enhanced even before modernization; · That maritime security and maritime domain awareness will be given a boost even before we have ships and aircraft that we need; · That even before we have the advanced hardware we wish for, we will know how to operate and maintain them; and, equally important, · That our ability to provide our people and the region with timely and responsive humanitarian and disaster relief will be vastly improved. Our Philippine negotiators have been given parameters that require them to ensure that our Constitution and laws are fully respected. They have been tasked to ensure that Philippine interests are preserved and promoted. They have also been tasked to keep your goodselves, our public and Congress informed. Last week, Secretary Gazmin and l formally advised Congress of these negotiations. We committed to brief them after every round of negotiations. The Philippine Panel will also brief media after every round and make themselves available for media queries. Ladies and Gentlemen: Transparency is extremely important in these negotiations. Our people need to know that our laws are observed and our interests are protected at all times. Our region would also need to know that we are steadfastly for peace; but that we stand ready to tap every resource, to call on every alliance, to do what is necessary in order to defend what is ours, to secure our nation and to keep our people safe. Thank you for your kind attention. |TOP| 13. Philippine Embassy Leads ASEAN Day Celebration in Brasilia


Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 12 August 2013 - The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia hosted the celebration of the 46th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Brasilia (ACB) in a simple ceremony held on August 08 at the Philippine Embassy. The event, which was the first in Brasilia since the formal recognition of the ACB by the ASEAN Secretariat in February 2013, was attended by the Ambassadors and Heads of Missions of the seven (7) ASEAN Member-States accredited in Brasilia. Aside from the Philippines, the ASEAN countries represented in Brazil are Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Also present during the occasion were members of the diplomatic corps, particularly the Ambassadors and representatives of the ASEAN Dialogue Partners, local media, members of the academe and the Filipino community. In her speech, Philippine Ambassador Eva G. Betita underscored the importance of ASEAN to the Philippines and echoed the pronouncement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario that "the Philippines is committed to continue to nurture, intensify and sustain its meaningful participation in ASEAN." |TOP| 14. DA-AMAS to participate in Agri trade, food fair in US Source: http://www.da.gov.ph The Department of Agriculture through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) — in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center — will participate in the ―3rdOutbound Business Mission,‖ also called ‗Barkadahan 2013,‘ aimed at promoting various ‗Pinoy‘ products among US Filipino and Asian, American nationals. Representatives from the DA, led by Assistant Secretary Allan Umali, and 19 companies, mostly members of the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PhilFoodex), will join Barkadan 2013 to promote their respective products. DA-AMAS Director Leandro Gazmin said the road show is composed of a three-leg agri festival, business matching and food fair, at San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, from August 10 to 18, 2013: 20th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival - August 10-11, 2013 Yebra Buena Gardens, San Francisco, California Business Matching - August 14, 2013 Pacific Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Los Angeles, California Barkadahan Food Fair - August 17-18, 2013 Seafood City Supermarket, Chula Vista, San Diego, California A wide range of globally-competitive ‗Pinoy‘ food products will be exhibited during the three events, Gazmin said. These include calamansi juice, chocolates, champorado, malungay tea, noodles, pastries, snack food, coconut products (VCO, coco sugar, coco jam, coco vinegar and coco wine), frozen native delicacies, biscuits, cookies, polvoron, pastillas, coffee, herbal food supplements, dried/processed fish, and other marine products will be on sale at the Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival in San Francisco. At the business matching leg in Los Angeles, on August 14, 2013, dozens of US food importers and distributors are expected to attend, who will have the opportunity to link directly with the representatives of PhilFoodex companies and forge marketing agreements. The Barkadahan Food Fair in San Diego, on August 17-18, features promotion, sales and sampling of various Pinoy aquaculture and marine products at Seafood City Supermarket. Now on its third episode, ‗Barkadahan‘ is an initiative of a group of experienced and novice exporting food companies from the Philippines to promote their respective products in the US, and take a foothold in the huge market, composed of Fil-Americans, Asian-Americans, and other US nationals and foreign tourists. This is the first time that the DA-AMAS is partnering with 'Barkadahan' by providing financial counterpart and support in organizing the agri trade and food fairs, and related marketing events. |TOP| 15. P399-B infra program in 2014 to hasten inclusive growth: NEDA to administer P400-M Feasibility Studies Fund Source: http://www.neda.gov.ph MANILA—The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the government is stepping up its efforts to remove constraints to inclusive development by allocating PhP399 billion for public infrastructure projects in 2014. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan noted that this amount is 35-percent more than the PhP295 billion appropriated this year for infrastructure development. ―The dramatic surge in infrastructure spending next year will lower the cost of transporting goods and people, support agricultural productivity, reduce risks from disasters, and generate economic investments and employment. The proposed projects will ultimately benefit the poor and vulnerable sectors,‖ said Balisacan. Balisacan said most of these projects will support the government‘s Transport Infrastructure Development Program, which is a PhP180-billion convergence initiative led by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and supported by the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Agriculture (DA), Science and Technology


(DOST), and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). ―The overall allocation of PhP399 billion is about three percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) target for 2014. By 2016, planned infrastructure spending will amount to about PhP820 billion, or approximately five percent of GDP,‖ said Balisacan, who is also NEDA Director-General. As the government prepares to meet the greater demand for sound and economically viable projects in the coming years, Balisacan said the proposed 2014 national budget earmarked a PhP400-million special purpose fund for the preparation of feasibility studies on infrastructure. ―Because of the urgency to implement infrastructure projects, we need to speed up the project cycle without sacrificing quality. We want the government to have the flexibility to initiate the preparation of feasibility studies, so we can accelerate project implementation,‖ said Balisacan. He added, ―With this fund, we need not depend on donor-driven feasibility studies. We can ultimately find the cheapest source of financing that best serves the interest of the Philippine government.‖ Balisacan cited the 2012 Official Development Assistance (ODA) Portfolio Review Report, which identified start-up delays and high cost overruns as among key issues in implementing ODA-funded projects. NEDA submitted the Report to Congress in June this year. ―The PhP400 million feasibility studies fund can actually save the government money,‖ Balisacan said. The NEDA official, however, said the special purpose fund is intended only for projects listed in the government‘s Public Investment Program (PIP) and excludes those for public-private partnership (PPP) implementation, as stated in the special provisions of the proposed 2014 budget. ―Since the NEDA will administer the fund, we will be limiting it to high-priority projects that we think will have the most impact on inclusive growth and development. We will soon submit a list to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance,‖ Balisacan said. Last week, the Development Budget Coordination Committee—an interagency committee under the NEDA Board—held a briefing on the proposed 2014 national budget to the House Committee on Appropriations. Balisacan attended the meeting, together with DBCC Chair and DBM Secretary Florencio Abad, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., and other officials. |TOP|

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President Benigno S. Aquino III confers the Order of Sikatuna with a rank of Grand Cross, Gold Distinction (Datu, Katangiang Ginto) on outgoing Socialist Republic of Vietnam Ambassador to the Philippines Nguyen Vu Tu during the farewell call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (August 12). The Order of Sikatuna is the national order of diplomatic merit of the Republic of the Philippines. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Rolando Mailo / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO)


President Benigno S. Aquino III, along with Brother Industries, Japan president Toshikazu Koike, tours and inspects the facilities of the Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. factory during the inauguration ceremony at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. In photo is Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo. (Photo by: Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO). President Benigno S. Aquino III shares a light moment with Japan Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Toshinao Urabe during the inauguration of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. In photo are Brother Industries, Japan president Toshikazu Koike, Brother Industries, Philippines president Toshio Ito and Brother Industries executive officer Yuji Miwa. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo during the inauguration of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Brother Industries, Japan president Toshikazu Koike, Japan Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Toshinao Urabe, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Dr. Lilia de Lima, unveils the marker and corporate logo during the inauguration of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III, along with Brother Industries, Japan president Toshikazu Koike, tours and inspects the facilities of the Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. factory during the inauguration ceremony at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III, along with Brother Industries, Japan president Toshikazu Koike and Brother Industries, Philippines president Toshio Ito, tours and inspects the facilities of the Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. factory during the inauguration ceremony at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the


highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. In photo is Japan Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Toshinao Urabe. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III tours and inspects the facilities of the Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. factory during the inauguration ceremony at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the inauguration of the Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. at Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by 2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III greets the employees of the Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. upon arrival for the inauguration ceremony of the business outfit at the Lot 1-B-2, Phase 1B, First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Barangay Ulango, Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday (August 12). The projected total investment of Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. amounts to US$114million, one of the highest investments of Brother Group in its entire network. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. currently employs 449 individuals as of July 2013. With the first and second factories in full operation, number of the total employees will rise to 3,500 by FY2015. This number is expected to double in the coming years. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau).

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