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Dispatch for August 14 , 2013 Wednesday , 3 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 7 Weather Watch, 7 Regional Watch , 3 OFW Watch , 2 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 6 Photonews
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1. Weather Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City, Philippines NDRRMC spokesperson Major. Reynaldo Balido on ANC: -Latest count natin is 6 ang patay at 5 missing. -3,750 houses ang naapektuhan. 519 ang totally damaged at 3,000 plus naman yung partially damaged. -Ngayong 10:00 may presscon kami.
2. Weather Watch 3 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines ANC: DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman said over 40,662 families were affected after the onslaught of Typhoon Labuyo. More than 3,236 homes were partially damaged and 118 evacuation centers were opened and now it is down to only 62 as some residents returned to their homes. DSWD and LGU have so far spent P2.6M for affected families.
3. Weather Watch 4 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines GMA News TV: Ayon kay Aurora Gov. Gerrado Noveras, wala pa ring pasok ngayong araw sa lahat ng antas sa mga bayan ng Dilasag, Casiguran at Dingalan, pampublika at pampribado.
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4. Weather Watch 4 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines GMA: Inanunsyo ni VP Binay na maaari nang mag-file ng loan application ang PagIBIG Fund members na nasalanta ng bagyo. Nasa hanggang 80% ng savings fund ng isang miyembro ang puwede niyang i-claim bilang calamity loan basta nakasailalim ang kanilang lugar sa state of calamity. Puwedeng bayaran ito sa loob ng 24 months na may sa 5.94% na interes. 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. 15 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines
ABS-CBN: Lumabas na ng bansa ang bagyong Labuyo at ito ay huling namataan 630km west ng Laoag City at papunta na ng China. Bagama't nakalabas na ng bansa ay papalakasin pa rin nito ang Habagat na magpapaulan sa Western Luzon. Asahan ang pagganda ng panahon bukas sa Northern at Central Luzon, except sa western section dahil sa epekto ng Habagat. Asahan naman ang pag-ulan sa hapon at sa gabi sa Metro Manila. Magiging maaayos din ang panahon sa Visayas maliban sa western part dahil sa Habagat. Maayos naman ang panahon na aasahan sa Mindanao.
5. Weather Watch
16 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines DOST Asec. Mon Liboro on DZMM: Re: PAGASA - By 2014, mga dalawang Doppler na lamang po ang ipu-purchase ng PAGASA. - Ang buildup po natin ay tuluy-tuloy po iyan. Kung mapupunta kayo sa PAGASA, may mga bago tayong computer. - Sa sensors naman po sa ating mga ilog, nakapagkabit na tayo ng 525 sensors at mayroon pa tayong 400 sensors na ikakabit bago matapos ang taon. - Mayroon na po tayong na-acquire na super computer at parating po this year.
6. Weather Watch
17 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines 路 Edited DZMM: Ayon sa NDRRMC, mula sa dalawa ay umakyat na sa apat ang nasawi mula sa bagyong Labuyo. Naidagdag sa listahan ang dalawang lalaking nalunod sa Cebu. Anim naman ang idineklarang sugatan at tatlo rito ay taga-Baguio na nabagsakan ng puno at natabunan ng lupa pero nabuhay. 11 pa rin ang nawawala at pawang mga mangingisda. Nasira naman ang 2,099 na bahay habang 27 kalsada ang nasira rin sa CAR dahil sa bagyo. 13 tulay naman ang hindi pa rin madaanan sa Region 2 at Region 3.
7. Weather Watch
17 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines DZRH: Pinakilos na ng Malaca帽ang ang mga kaukulang ahensya ng pamahalaan upang ayudahan ang mga biktima ng bagyong Labuyo sa nasalantang mga lugar. Sinabi ni Usec. Valte na gusto ni PNoy na mutulungan ang libu-libong mga pamilya na naapektuhan ng bagyo para maibalik sa normal ang kanilang pamumuhay. Kaugnay nito ay naglaan ang DSWD ng mahigit P160-M para sa emergency relief operations kabilang na ang 51,567 na food packs, standby funds na halagang P27.45 -M at P120-M na food at non-food items. Samantala, nagdala si NDRRMC Usec. del Rosario ng 300 food packs para sa mga biktimang nasa mga isolated na bayan sa Aurora Province.
August 14 , 2013 ( Wednesday )
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1. PIA Regional Watch 26 minutes ago near Quezon City, Philippines PIA-4A/QUEZON: The office of the provincial veterinarian is conducting a seminar on artificial insemination for swine at Perez park, Lucena City. Participants in the seminar are agriculture students of Southern Luzon State University, Lucban, Quezon. This is also a part of the week-long celebration of Quezon day which aims to orient the said students on swine management.
2. PIA Regional Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City, Philippines PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Patuloy na isinusulong ng pamahalaang bayan ng San Juan ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan,pagtatanim ng mga punong kahoy,pagbibigay ng kaalaman sa epekto ng climate change at tamang pagtatapon ng basura gayundin ang maigting na pagtutol sa pagmimina sa kanilang bayan.
3. PIA Regional Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City, Philippines PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isang pagsasanay ukol sa paglalagay at operasyon ng VAW Desk ang isinasagawa ng DILG at PSWDO para sa ibat ibang munisipalidad sa lalawigan.Ito ay upang mas mapalakas ang pagpapatupad ng batas para sa proteksyon ng mga kababaihang dumadanas ng kaguluhan.
4. PIA Regional Watch 15 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Inilatag ng Tuy municipal police station ang kanilang localized anti-criminality plan. Layon nitong masawata ang lahat ng uri ng krimeng nagaganap gaya ng pagnanakaw at pandarambong sa mga komersyal at pinansyal na establisimyento sa lokalidad.
5. PIA Regional Watch 17 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Mahigpit na ipinatutupad ng DepEd-Batangas City ang pagbabawal sa pagtitinda ng junk food, soft drinks at juice products sa mga pampubliko at pribadong paaralan dito. Ito ay upang mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng mga kabataan na dapat ay kumukunsumo ng masusustansyang pagkain lamang.
6. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: May 39 na bayan sa Quezon ang nakikiisa ngayon sa 'Niyogyugan festival' sa Perez Park, Lucena City. May kanya-kanyang booth na estilong bahay-kubo na yari sa niyog na may tindang produktong agrikultura ang makikita. Ang mapipiling pinakamagandang booth ay tatanggap ng premyong salapi mula sa pamahalaang panlalawigan na gagamitin naman ng mga mananalong bayan sa proyektong pambayan.
7. PIA Regional Watch 20 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Nagbabala ang pamunuan ng Office of the City Agricultural Services sa mga nagtitinda ng botcha o double dead na karne na maaari silang maparusahan.Pinaalalahanan din ang publiko na mag-ingat at maging mapanuri upang hindi maging biktima.
1. PIA OFW Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City, Philippines DZMM: Kumilos na ang DFA para ayudahan ang 21 tripolanteng Pinoy na mahigit dalawang linggo nang stranded sa karagatan ng Malta. Ayon kay Asec. Raul Hernandez, pinuntahan na ng kinatawan ng embahada sa Rome ang nasabing barko. Binabanggit ni Hernandez na handa nang magpalikas ang mga Pinoy pero hinihiling nilang mabayaran muna sila ng kanilang sweldo at benepisyo ng may-ari ng barko.
2. PIA OFW Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City, Philippines GMA News: A Filipino was among at least 3 new cases of chikungunya fever in Taiwan last week. Taipei Times said the 3 recent patients also include a Taiwanese "who contracted the disease in the Philippines" and an Indonesian.
3. PIA OFW Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City, Philippines DZBB: Kinumpirma ng Pilipino Manpower Agencies Accredited to Taiwan, Inc. (Pilmat) na nangangailangan ng 3,000 OFW ang Taiwan. Ayon sa Pilmat, ang 3,000 job opportunities ay mula sa ibaâ€™t ibang electronic factories. Dagdag ng grupo, hindi kumuha ng mga factory ng ibang manggagawa sa ibang bansa bagkus inaantabayanan na maalis ang OFW ban sa Taiwan dahil naniniwala ang mga Taiwanese sa kakayahan ng mga Filipino.
A. QUEZON 1. Cases of child labor in Quezon decrease; many now in school By Joselito M. Giron
Tuesday 13th of August 2013
LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- Cases of child labor in the province has decreased because of the implementation of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC) by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Provincial Child Labor Committee (PCLC), averred Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Quezon provincial director Edwin Hernandez. Quezon is the only province in Calabarzon Region which has an organized PCLC that oversees and implements programs and projects for child laborers and parents of child laborers. “The province has a large turn-out of child laborers that enrolled in schools; because of the ‘Balik Eskwela’ project of the Department of Education, almost 2,200 child laborers are back in school,” Hernandez added. For the parents of child laborers, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) has implemented Parents Effectiveness Session (PES) to ensure parents know their responsibilities and duties in rearing their children. The DOLE has provided livelihood opportunities for the parents of child laborers so that they have a regular income for their daily needs. Hernandez urges support of other government agencies to focus the implementation of their livelihood projects to the parents of child laborers to uplift their living conditions. Recently, the DOLE 4-A has identified Mulanay, Quezon as pilot municipality for a child-labor free town in Calabarzon.(PIA 4A,Quezon)
1. Tagalog news: Publiko, binigyang babala laban sa mga nagtitinda ng 'botcha' By Mamerta P. De Castro Wednesday 14th of August 2013
LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Agosto 13 (PIA) -- Nagbigay babala sa publiko ang office of city veterinary and agricultural services (OCVAS) laban sa mga nagtitinda ng botcha o double dead na karne sa lungsod. Sinabi ni Dr. Estelita Lacsamana, officer-in-charge ng OCVAS, na mahigpit na sinisiguro ng kanilang tanggapan na binabantayan ng lungsod ng Batangas City compliance monitoring team (BCCMT) ang mga entry at exit points ng mga hayop upang walang makapasok na karneng botcha sa lungsod. Aniya, ang mga karneng itinitinda sa mga palengke ay masusing dumadaan sa inspeksyon ng Batangas meat inspection upang masiguro na ito ay sariwa at ligtas kainin. Kung may mga karneng walang tatak ng inspection team, ito ay hindi sa slaughterhouse kinatay kung kaya't ito ay kinukumpiska upang hindi maibenta sa mga tao. Nanawagan din ang opisyal sa publiko na makipagtulungan at maging mapagmasid upang madaling maireport sa kinauukulan kung may mga karneng botcha na ibinebenta sa lungsod na maaaring magdulot ng hindi maganda sa kalusugan ng mamimili. Mas mahigpit na ngayon ang batas para sa mga mahuhuling nagtitinda ng botcha o double dead na karne sa ilalim ng Republic Act No. 10536 o batas na inamyendahan sa Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines. Sa ilalim nito,ang sinumang magbebenta o magtatransport ng "hot meat" ay may kaparusahang hindi bababa sa anim na taon at isang araw o 12 taong pagkabilanggo. Itinuturing na "hot meat" ang mga karneng kinatay sa mga hindi rehistrado o accredited meat establishments at hindi din dumaan sa anumang inspeksyon. Kabilang din dito ang mga karneng mula sa ibang bansa na walang anumang kaukulang dokumento o illegal na ibinyahe. (Liza delos Reyes-PIO Batangas City/PIA4A Batangas)
2. Tagalog news: Aquino, pinangunahan ang inagurasyon ng Brother Industries By Mamerta P. De Castro Tuesday 13th of August 2013
TANAUAN, Batangas, Agosto 13 (PIA) -- Pinangunahan ni Pangulong Aquino ang inagurasyon ng bagong planta ng Brother Industries Phils. Inc. sa First Philippine Industrial Park, Barangay Ulango sa lungsod na ito. Isinagawa ng Pangulo ang unveiling ng marker at corporate logo ng Brother Industries kasama ang mga opisyal nito mula sa Japan at Brother Industries Phils.
Nilibot ng Pangulo ang planta kung saan kasama niya sina Kalihim Gregory Domingo ng Kagawaran ng Kalakalan at Industriya, Director General Lilia De Lima ng Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA),Toshinao Urabe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Phils.,Toshikazu Koike, Presidente ng Brother Industries Ltd. at Yuji Miwa, executive officer ng Brother Industries Ltd. Sa mensahe ni Toshikazu Koike, presidente ng Brother Industries Ltd., sinabi nito na nais niyang magpasalamat sa pamahalaan sa pagbibigay ng oportunidad na makapag-invest sa isang bansa na tulad ng Pilipinas. Aniya, pinili nila ang Pilipinas dahilan sa maayos na imprastraktura, mahusay na manggagawa, kaaya ayang benepisyo sa buwis, mataas na kapabilidad ng mga Pilipino na magsalita ng Ingles, at dagdag pa dito ang pagiging masayahin at masigasig sa trabaho. Sinabi naman ng Pangulong Aquino na malaking bagay ang pagkakatayo ng isang plantang tulad nito. Isa ito sa kasagutan sa kakulangan ng trabaho at isang patunay na lumalago ang ekonomiya ng bansa. Ayon pa sa Pangulo, sisiguruhin niya na ipagpapatuloy ng kanyang administrasyon ang pagpapatupad ng mga reporma upang mas mapaunlad ang pagnenegosyo sa bansa. Nagbitaw din ito ng pangako sa mga opisyal ng Brother Industries na hindi sila mabibigo sapagkat ang repormang ipinatutupad sa bansa ay para sa kapakinabangan ng mga Pilipino at ng mga investors na dumarating dito. Binigyang-diin pa nito na ang pagbubukas ng Brother Group ng bagong planta sa bansa ay magsusulong at magpapalakas ng manufacturing sector kung saan sa unang kwarter ng taon ay tumaas ito ng 9.7 porsiyento at itinuturing na isa sa pinakamalaking tagapagbahagi sa paglago sa ekonomiya. Ang Brother Industries Phils. Inc. ay itinayo noong Marso 2012 at nagsimula ang operasyon ng factory 1 nito noong Abril 2013 kung saan ginagawa ang ink cartridges ng Brother inkjet printers at all-in-ones. Isa pang produkto na nakatakdang isagawa dito ay ang tape cassette para sa label stationery na sisimulan ang operasyon sa Setyembre 2013. Kasabay din nito ang pagbubukas ng factory 2 na siyang gagawa ng inkjet printer main body na tinatayang sisimulan naman ang commercial operation sa Pebrero 2014. Sa kasalukuyan, may 449 manggagawa ang kumpanya at inaasahang tataas ito sa 3,500 sa taong 2015. (PIA, Batangas)
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President Aquino joins PNP in commemorating 112th Police Service Anniversary President Aquino announces budget for PNP modernization program to be released soon Government fund available to help typhoon victims, says Palace Govt opens additional evacuation centers to house displaced families in Mindanao
1. President Aquino joins PNP in commemorating 112th Police Service Anniversary
President Benigno S. Aquino III joined the officers and employees of the Philippine National Police in commemorating the 112th Police Service Anniversary that was held at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday. Joining the President were Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Police Director General Alan Purisima. The PNP celebrates the month of August as Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, which was organized in 1975, as forerunner organizations of the PNP. The President also led the awarding ceremonies to PNP individuals and units for outstanding achievements. The awardees are: Chief Superintendent Marcelo Garbo, Jr. (Regional Director, National Capital Region Police Office) for outstanding achievement in the field of Police Administration; Police Officer 2 Webster Liwag (Malolos City Police Office) for outstanding achievements in the field of Police Operations; Police Regional Office 9 for outstanding achievements in the campaign against terrorism, regional level; Highway Patrol Group for outstanding achievements in the campaign against organized crime; Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office for outstanding achievements in the campaign against organized crime, provincial level; Batangas Police Provincial Office for recording the most number of firearms accounted for during the May 2013 midterm elections; Ilocos Sur Regional Special Operations Task Goup (RSOTG) for recording the least number of violent incidents during the May 2013 midterm elections; and Lanao del Sur RSOTG for the most improved security preparations during the May 2013 midterm elections. In his speech, the President lauded the winners saying the country could use more people and units like them in order to improve the peace and order situation in the country and become inspirations for others to emulate. ―Sa lahat ng ating mga pinarangalan sa araw na ito, kasama na ang libo-libo nating pulis na tapat sa serbisyo: saludo ang sambayanang Pilipino sa inyo. Kayo ang patunay na hindi mauubusan ng mabubuting halimbawa ang ating unipormadong hanay. Maraming salamat sa pag-ambag sa tinatamasa nating pagbabago,‖ the President said. He added that because of their and the police forces‘ dedication to their sworn duties is proof enough for the government to support reforms and the upgrading of their capabilities such as providing firearms, personnel and housing. ―Ang serbisyong hatid ng mga tulad ninyo ang patuloy na nagtutulak sa ating pamahalaan upang mamuhunan sa ating kapulisan. Ngayong napipinto na nating makamit ang one-to-one police-to-pistol ratio bago matapos ang taon, mabubura na sa bokabularyo ng Pilipino ang terminong ―Pulis Patola.‖ Sa kasalukuyan, nasa 37,578 units na ng Glock 17 9mm pistol ang nai-deliver mula sa kabuuang 74,879 units para sa PNP. Bulto-bulto pang ihahatid ang natitirang baril sa mga darating na buwan, hanggang sa maisara na natin ang ating kakulangan sa larangang ito,‖ the President said. ―Bahagi naman ng ating PNP Operational Transformation Plan ang pagpapatatag sa puwersa ng ating unipormadong hanay. Sa naitala po kasing 146,085 nating pulis nitong Abril, nasa 30,000 ang may trabahong administratibo. Malayo po ito sa target nating magkaroon ng 1 is to 500 ratio para sa actual field personnel-to-population ratio. Ang ating solusyon: kumuha ng tatlumpung libong Non-Uniform Personnel sa susunod na dalawang taon. Ang resulta: Bukod sa malilikhang bagong trabaho, ay mas maraming pulis na imbes na humarap lamang sa computer o lamesa, ay haharap nang muli sa tao at tatanod sa kalsada,‖ he added. ―Kung umaasa po ang mamamayan sa mabuting serbisyo mula sa ating mga pulis, di po ba‘t makatarungan lamang na tutukan naman ng estado ang kanilang kapakanan? Tuloy-tuloy po ang mga inisyatiba nating pabahay: Naipamahagi na natin sa Phase I ang 21,800 housing units para sa unipormadong hanay; 10,900 dito ang naihandog natin sa mga
kasapi ng PNP. Sa Phase II naman, 26,050 units na ang ating natapos mula sa target na 31,200 ngayong taon, at ang pagkakaintindi ko itong buwan na ito, dapat matapos ang target na ‗yan; 14,040 naman sa makatatanggap nito ang mula sa hanay ng ating kapulisan. Sa tuwid na daan, hindi na maaaring maetsa-puwera ang kapulisan; habang pinapanatili ninyong mapayapa‘t ligtas ang ating lipunan, titiyakin din ng gobyerno na nasa mabuting kamay ang inyong pamilya‘t kinabukasan,‖ the President further said. PND (rck) TOP 2. President Aquino announces budget for PNP modernization program to be released soon
President Benigno S. Aquino III announced on Tuesday that additional tranches from the P9-billion additional budget that will be used for the Philippine National Police modernization program will be released soon in order for the upgrade of the country‘s police force may commence immediately. The President made the announcement in his speech keynoting the 112th Police Service Anniversary held at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. He said that additional budget, of which P2.86-billion had already been released over the weekend by the Department of Budget and Management under the 2013 PNP Capability Enhancement Program, will go to the purchase of equipment, such as firearms, radios and vehicles; the improvement of police offices and the hiring of more personnel to augment the PNP‘s visibility in order to deter crime. ―Kanina po ay binanggit ng ating hepe (Police Director General Alan Purisima) na mayroon kayo sa first tranche na twobillion pesos na pondong dagdag...na ang kabuuan po niyan ay mahigit nine billion,‖ the President said. He said that the additional budget, of which P2.86-billion had already been released over the weekend by the Department of Budget and Management under the 2013 PNP Capability Enhancement Program, will go to the purchase of equipment, such as additional firearms, radios and vehicles; the improvement of police offices and the hiring of more personnel to augment the PNP‘s visibility in order to deter crime. He underscored the importance of a strong police force as he called on all Filipinos to set aside differences and work together in helping the PNP become stronger and better. "Kaya po ngayong magkakasama tayo, ito ang hiling at hamon ko sa inyo: magtulungan tayo sa pag-aangat ng dangal at kalidad ng serbisyo ng PNP. Tuldukan na natin ang kalakaran ng pagkakanya-kanya. Panahon na ng pakikilahok upang iangat ang isa‘t isa. Kasama ninyo ako, at ang buong pambansang liderato sa pagtutulak ng pagbabago,‖ the President said. ―Maliwanag po ang hinaharap natin sa tuwid na daan: Katuwang ang hanay ng kapulisang pinatatag ng husay, disiplina, at dangal, abot-kamay na natin ang isang lipunang malaya sa agam-agam at pag-aalinlangan. Isang bansa nating ihakbang pasulong ang inaasam nating Pilipinas na bukal ng tagumpay at kaunlaran,‖ he added. PND (rck) TOP 3. Government fund available to help typhoon victims, says Palace
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) is currently assessing affected areas in northern Luzon which was devastated by Typhoon Labuyo, the Palace said Tuesday saying that there is available fund to help the victims. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has P160-million standby fund to help the affected communities. This standby fund covers the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, Region 5, and Region 8, Valte said. The DSWD has readied the fund for augmentation for any type of disaster in those regions in addition to the money available at the local level, she said. As an initial response, DSWD-CAR has prepositioned 5,163 family packs, 200 sacks of food and non-food items at the DSWD Baguio City field office. In some areas, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has been working with other agencies in road clearing particularly in Baguio City, Valte said. ―They are now working on clearing as well as restoring power to some of the affected areas,‖ she said. As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Valte said the NDRRMC reported stranded passengers because the government‘s ―no sail policy‖ has not been lifted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to avoid sea mishaps. The government already has the initial estimated cost of damages in some of the areas but it is yet to receive the final report because other affected regions are yet to submit their reports. Currently, agencies are concentrating on search and rescue efforts, she added. Valte said that authorities are working to find fishermen who ventured out to sea two weeks before government issued the warning about the incoming typhoon. PND (as)
TOP 4. Govt opens additional evacuation centers to house displaced families in Mindanao
Malacanang said it is prepared to provide temporary shelter to families displaced by ongoing fighting in Mindanao after the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) clashed with government security forces. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government opened four evacuation centers in the area for the families that have been displaced by the fighting. But because of the increasing number of people affected by the hostilities, she said the government set up additional evacuation centers bringing the total number to 13. The 13 evacuation centers, located in Pikit, North Cotabato, now house some 1,197 families or 5,985 persons, she said. The Palace official pegged the total number of displaced families to 2,122 or 10,610 persons. Half of the initial 2,122 have sought refuge to friends and relatives, she said. With regards to the bombing in Cagayan de Oro City a few weeks ago, Valte said authorities were able to identify the attackers and charges have been filed against them. PND (as) TOP
13 AGOSTO 2013 1. Nakiisa ang Pangulong Aquino sa pagdiriwang ng ika-112 Anibersaryo ng PNP 2. Ilalabas na ang budget para sa modernisasyon ng PNP—Pangulong Aquino 3. May nakalaang pondo ang gobyerno para tulungan ang sinalanta ng bagyo 4. Nagdagdag ng evacuation centers ang gobyerno para matuluyan ng mga pamilya sa Mindanao
1. Nakiisa ang Pangulong Aquino sa pagdiriwang ng ika-112 Anibersaryo ng PNP
Nakiisa ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa mga pinuno at tauhan ng Pulisyang Pambansa sa pagdiriwang ng 112th Police Service Anniversary na idinaos sa PNP Multi-Purpose Center sa Kampo Crame, Lungsod ng Quezon Martes. Kasama ng Pangulo sa pagdiriwang sina Kalihim Manuel Roxas II ng Inteyor at Lokal na Pamahalaan at Direktor Heneral Alan Purisima ng Pulisyang Pambansa. Ipinagdiriwang ng Pulisyang Pambansa ang buwan ng Agosto bilang Police Service Anniversary bilang paggunita sa magkasanib na anibersaryo ng pagkatatag ng Insular Constabulary noong 1901 at ng Integrated National Police noong 1975 na siyang pinagmulan ng ngayon ay Pulisyang Pambansa (PNP). Pinangunahan ng Pangulo ang paggagawad ng karangalan sa mga tauhan at yunit ng PNP dahil sa namumukodtangi nilang pagtupad sa tungkulin. Ang mga tumanggap ng parangal ay sina Chief Superintendent Marcelo Garbo, Jr. (Direktor ng Rehiyon, National Capital Region Police Office)—para sa namumukod-tanging nagawa sa larangan ng Police Administration; Police Officer 2 Webster Liwag (Pulisya ng Lungsod ng Malolos)—sa namumukod-tanging nagawa sa larangan ng Police Operations; Police Regional Office 9—sa pambihirang nagawa sa kampanya laban sa terorismo sa hanay na panrehiyon; Highway Patrol Group sa namumukod-tanging nagawa sa kampanya laban sa organisadong kriminal;
Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office—sa namumukod-tanging kampanya laban sa organisadong kriminal—hanay panlalawigan; Batangas Police Provincial Office—sa pinakamaraming nasamsam na sandata noong halalan ng Mayo 2013; at Lanao del Sur Regional Special OperationsTask Force Group dahil sa ginawang pinakamahusay na paghahanda sa seguridad noong halalan ng Mayo 2013. PND (rck/zaf) TOP 2. Ilalabas na ang budget para sa modernisasyon ng PNP—Pangulong Aquino
Ilalabas na ang bahagi ng P9 bilyong karagdagang badyet na gagamitin sa programa sa modernisasyon ng Pambansang Pulisya (PNP) upang lalong magampanang mabuti ng mga alagad ng batas ang kanilang tungkulin, sabi ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. Ang pahayag ay ginawa ng Pangulo sa talumpati sa 112th Police Service Anniversary na idinaos sa PNP MultiPurpose Center sa Kampo Crame, Lungsod ng Quezon Martes. Sinabi ng Pangulo na inilabas na ng Kagawaran ng Budget ang karagdagang P2.86 bilyon para sa 2013 PNP Capability Enhancement Program na gagamiting pambili ng mga kagamitang tulad ng sandata, mga radyo at mga sasakyan, gayundin sa pag-aayos ng mga tanggapan ng pulisya at pagkuha ng karagdagang mga tauhang magiging daan para dumami ang mga pulis na magpapatrulya para masawata ang krimen. ―Kanina po ay binanggit ng ating hepe, Direktor Heneral Alan Purisima, na mayroon kayong karagdagang P2 bilyong mula sa first tranche. Ang kabuuan po niyan ay mahigit na siyam na bilyong piso,‖ dagdag pa ng Pangulo. Binigyang diin ng Pangulo ang halaga ng malakas na pulisya kaalinsabay ng panawagan sa lahat ng Pilipino na ilagay sa isang tabi ang ano mang hindi pagkakaunawaan at sama-samang tulungan ang PNP upang maging higit itong malakas at mabuti ang paglilingkod. ―Kaya po ngayong magkakasama tayo, ito ang hiling at hamon ko sa inyo: magtulungan tayo sa pag-aangat ng dangal at kalidad ng serbisyo ng PNP. Tuldukan na natin ang kalakaran ng pagkakanya-kanya. Panahon na ng pakikilahok upang iangat ang isa‘t isa. Kasama ninyo ako at ang buong pambansang liderato sa pagtutulak ng pagbabago,‖ mariing wika ng Pangulo. ―Maliwanag po ang hinaharap natin sa tuwid na daan: Katuwang ang hanay ng kapulisang pinatatag ng husay, disiplina at dangal, abot-kamay na natin ang isang lipunang malaya sa agam-agam at pag-aalinlangan. Isang bansa nating ihakbang nang pasulong ang inaasam nating Pilipinas na bukal ng tagumpay at kaunlaran,‖ dugtong pa ng Pangulo. PND (rck/zaf) TOP 3. May nakalaang pondo ang gobyerno para tulungan ang sinalanta ng bagyo
Tinataya na ng National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) ang pinsalang nilikha ng Bagyong Labuyo sa Hilagang Luzon at may P160 milyong pondong magagamit ang Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Kaunlaran (DSWD) para tulungan ang mga biktimang sinalanta ng bagyo. Tiniyak ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Martes na ang pondong ito ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan ay magagamit para sa Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), mga Rehiyon 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, Rahiyon 5 at Rehiyon 8. Ipinaliwanag ni Valte na inilaan ng DSWD ang nasabing pondo para maging pandagdag na gugulin sa ano mang uri ng kalamidad sa mga rehiyong naturan, bukod pa sa salaping nasa lokal na lebel. Maagap nang naglagay ang DSWD-CAR ng 5,163 family packs, 200 sakong pagkain at non-food items sa tanggapan ng DSWD sa Lungsod ng Baguio. Idinagdag pa ni Valte na sa ilang pook, katuwang pa ang Lakas na Sandatahan ng Pilipinas at iba-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan sa pag-aalis ng mga nabuwal na mga punong humambalang sa mga lansangan, lalo na sa Lungsod ng Baguio. ―Inaalis na nilang kasalukuyan ang nangabuwal na mga punungkahoy, gayundin ang pagbabalik ng koryente sa ilang pook,‖ dugtong ni Valte. Ayon kay Valte, hanggang ika-11:00 ng umaga ng Martes, iniulat ng NDRRMC na marami ang mga pasaherong nasa mga daungan sapagka‘t ipinagbawal ng pamahalaan ang paglalayag dahil sa malakas na hangin at malalaking alon na dala ng bagyong Labuyo. Hindi pa pinapayagan ng Tanod-Baybayin ng Pilipinas (PCG) ang paglalayag ng mga bapor at iba pang uri ng sasakyang dagat para na rin sa kaligtasan ng mga pasahero. Sinabi ni Valte na may pauna nang pagtaya ang pamahalaan sa pinsalang iniwan ng bagyo sa ilang pook, subali‘t hinihintay pa nila ang report ng ibang rehiyong hindi pa nakapagpapadala nito habang patuloy naman ang pagtutuon ng pansin ng mga ahensiya sa pagsaklolo. Idinagdag ni Valte na sinisikap ng mga maykapangyarihan na makita ang mga mangingisda na pumalaot sa karagatan dalawang linggo bago lumabas ang babala tungkol sa malakas na bagyong paparating. PND (as/zaf) TOP
4. Nagdagdag ng evacuation centers ang gobyerno para matuluyan ng mga pamilya sa Mindanao
Nakahanda ang Malacanang na bigyan ng pansamantalang tutuluyan ang mga pamilyang nag-alisan sa kanilang mga bahay dahil sa nagaganap na labanan sa Mindanao matapos na sagupain ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) ang mga kawal ng pamahalaan. Apat na evacuation centers, sabi ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte ang binuksan ng pamahalaan sa naturang pook upang may matuluyan ang mga pamilyang nagsi-alis sa kanilang mga bahay. Idinugtong ni Valte na dahil sa paraming bilang ng taong apektado ng mga kaguluhan, nagdagdag pa ang pamahalaan ng evacuation centers para umabot sa 13 ang bilang nito. ―Sa 13 evacuation centers sa bayan ng Pikit, Hilagang Cotabato, may 1,197 pamilya o 5,985 katao na ang nakatuloy,‖ pahayag pa ni Valte. Alinsunod kay Valte, ang kabuuang bilang ng mga pamilyang lumisan sa kanilang mga bahay sa takot malagay sa panganib ang buhay nila ay 2,122 pamilya o kabuuang 10,610 katao. Kalahati ng unang 2,122 naman ang nakituloy sa mga kaibigan at kamag-anakan,‖ paliwanag ni Valte. Tungkol sa pambobomba sa Lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro ilang linggo na ang nakalilipas, sinabi ni Valte na natukoy na ang mga sumalakay at naipagharap na sila ng mga kaukulang sakdal sa hukuman. PND (as/zaf) TOP
President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech during the Dinner Celebration for Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan) Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañang 13 August 2013
Thank you. Please sit down. Senate President Franklin Drilon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps, Secretary Ging Deles, Secretary Mehol Sadain, other Cabinet members present, Honorable members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Honorable members of the Judiciary, fellow workers in government, honoured guests, mga minamahal ko pong kababayan: Magandanga gabi po sa inyong lahat. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam. By fasting from dawn to sunset for one lunar month, my Muslim brothers and sisters, you do not simply observe a ritual of belief; you reaffirm the truths revealed through the Holy Quran. Through prayer, sacrifice, and penitence, you choose to bind yourselves with the greater community of believers of the justice and benevolence of the Almighty God. As people of the Book, we are all commanded by faith to help the poor and protect the defenseless, and to strive to make this world a haven for the oppressed. These are the shared imperatives of every Filipino; these shed light on the narratives of faith that bind us, and allow us to pursue a common vision as one Filipino nation. And tonight, we gather to give thanks to the Almighty God for the gifts He has bestowed upon us as a people. This gathering also reminds us that far greater things are achieved when we work hand-in-hand, and that it is by living the virtuous life, in solidarity, that we ensure stability and harmony in our communities, and, ultimately, in our country. This is precisely the path our administration has taken ever since we assumed office: by doing what is right and just, we have regained the trust and confidence of our people, and have enabled them to live dignified lives. Tonight, we share fellowship in that spirit of trust and dignity. The Framework Agreement that we forged with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front stands today as a testament to the meaningful change that can be borne of true partnership and a willingness to sacrifice. Now, our goal of a peaceful and prosperous Mindanao has come into view. We still have some steps to go, as we work to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law by 2014. For this reason: let us
continue to find in our hearts the trust and goodwill necessary for the fulfillment of our dreams of peace, bearing in mind not the interest of the few, but the betterment of the majority. I ask you to do even more to attain our shared goals. Just as we are committed to do the right and to work together to advance the common good, there are those who are committed to perpetuating the conditions that led to the misery of many, and enriched a powerful few. Therefore all of us, who are people of goodwill, must overcome every obstacle they place in our path. Every effort they make to disrupt the peace process should be met by our superior effort. In this manner, we will ensure that, just as we are in the right, our just cause will prevail. Our commitment to positive change will therefore determine the outcome of our endeavors. Just as you have all fasted and fulfilled one of the great obligations of your faith, it is my hope that every Filipino will find in your example the kindness, humility, and devotion to sacrifice, which are fundamental to establishing lasting peace in our country. And as we tread the straight path to progress and peace, it is our prayer that the Almighty God will continue to guide us, giving our nation the fortitude and determination to overcome the challenges set before us, so that we, as one people, may fulfill our collective aspirations. Thank you. Assalamu Alaikum! [HOME]
President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech at the 112th Police Service Anniversary PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City 13 August 2013 Magandang umaga pong muli sa inyong lahat. Nito lamang pong nakaraang SONA, kinilala at sinaluduhan natin sa harap ng sambayanan ang ilan sa magigiting na miyembro ng ating kapulisan. Tumatak sa Pilipino ang mga pangalang PO3 Edlyn Arbo, PO3 Felipe Moncatar, at PO2 Dondon Sultan, dahil sa ipinamalas nilang tapang, katapatan, at dedikasyon sa serbisyo. Hindi man nila hinangad ang pagkilala, ipinakita natin ang halaga at bunga ng pagsusumikap at laging pagpanig sa tama. Ang mga tulad nilang lingkod-bayan ang kumatawan sa tumataas na kumpiyansaâ€˜t pag-asa ng pamahalaan at ng sambayanan sa hanay ng ating kapulisan. Sa umaga pong ito, nagtitipon tayo upang ipagbunyi ang dakilang serbisyo ng ating mga pulis sa bandila at sa Pilipino: ang pagpapanatili ng kaayusan at kapayapaan sa lipunan, at ang pagsisiguro sa kaligtasan ng ating mamamayan. Kasabay nito, muli nating iniaangat mula sa hanay na ito ang mga natatanging hukbo at indibidwal, na naging bukal ng inspirasyon at huwarang serbisyo sa kanilang kapwa Pilipino. Sa kampanya kontra-terorismo, tunay pong kahanga-hanga ang ipinamalas na kakayahan at kahandaan sa serbisyo ng Police Regional Office 9 mula Zamboanga City. Sa isang engkwentro, natugis ng kanilang grupo ang limang miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf, kasabay ng pagligtas sa na-kidnap na Chinese national na si Yuan Kai Lin. At hindi lamang po nila naisalba ang buhay ng biktima; nasabat din nila ang ilang armas, kagamitan, at dokumento mula sa grupong ito. Marahil, narinig na rin ninyo ang makasaysayang tagumpay ng Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG) ng Lanao del Sur nitong eleksyon. Masaklap nga po na dahil sa talamak na dayaan at kapabayaan, para bang tanggap na ng ilan ang failure of elections sa Lanao del Sur kada halalan. Nawakasan na po na natin ito. Dahil sa masinsing pagtutok sa seguridad ng RSOTG, kasama na ang pakikiisa ng taumbayan, naging malinis at mapayapa ang unang pagsabay ng pambansa sa rehiyonal na halalan sa ARMM. Saludo din po tayo sa ipinakitang gilas at integridad ni PO2 Webster Odulio Liwag, mula sa Malolos City Police Station. Bahagi siya ng grupong nagbigay-daan sa pag-aresto kay Ryan Dominguez ng Dominguez Carnapping Group noong Mayo ng 2012. Kasabay ng operasyon, nakumpiska rin nila ang ilang baril at granada, shabu, at tatlong kotseng na-carnap. Hindi rin sila nadaan sa suholâ€”tahasan nilang tinanggihan ang tatlong milyong piso na sinubok ipalit sa pagpapalaya sa mga suspek. Para sa mga pulis na katulad ni PO2 Liwag, talagang hindi matutumbasan ng kinang ng salapi ang dangal ng nakakabit na tsapa sa kanilang dibdib. Idadagdag ko na rin po ang magandang balitang iniulat sa atin: Nitong Linggo lang, sa isang operasyon, nasabat ng ating Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force sa Subic ang nasa 432 na kilo ng shabu, na nagkakahalaga ng mahigit-kumulang dalawang bilyong piso. Naaresto din po ang ilang sangkot. Isa na naman po itong halimbawa sa epektibong pagpapatupad ng batas, at sa masusing pakikipagtulungan ng ating kapulisan sa mga ahensiya ng ating pamahalaan. Sa lahat ng ating mga pinarangalan sa araw na ito, kasama na ang libo-libo nating pulis na tapat sa serbisyo: saludo ang sambayanang Pilipino sa inyo. Kayo ang patunay na hindi mauubusan ng mabubuting halimbawa ang ating unipormadong hanay. Maraming salamat sa pag-ambag sa tinatamasa nating pagbabago.
Ang serbisyong hatid ng mga tulad ninyo ang patuloy na nagtutulak sa ating pamahalaan upang mamuhunan sa ating kapulisan. Ngayong napipinto na nating makamit ang one-to-one police-to-pistol ratio bago matapos ang taon, mabubura na sa bokabularyo ng Pilipino ang terminong ―Pulis Patola.‖ Sa kasalukuyan, nasa 37,578 units na ng Glock 17 9mm pistol ang nai-deliver mula sa kabuuang 74,879 units para sa PNP. Bulto-bulto pang ihahatid ang natitirang baril sa mga darating na buwan, hanggang sa maisara na natin ang ating kakulangan sa larangang ito. Bahagi naman ng ating PNP Operational Transformation Plan ang pagpapatatag sa puwersa ng ating unipormadong hanay. Sa naitala po kasing 146,085 nating pulis nitong Abril, nasa 30,000 ang may trabahong administratibo. Malayo po ito sa target nating magkaroon ng 1 is to 500 ratio para sa actual field personnel-to-population ratio. Ang ating solusyon: kumuha ng tatlumpung libong Non-Uniform Personnel sa susunod na dalawang taon. Ang resulta: Bukod sa malilikhang bagong trabaho, ay mas maraming pulis na imbes na humarap lamang sa kompyuter o lamesa, ay haharap nang muli sa tao at tatanod sa kalsada. Kung umaasa po ang mamamayan sa mabuting serbisyo mula sa ating mga pulis, di po ba‘t makatarungan lamang na tutukan naman ng estado ang kanilang kapakanan? Tuloy-tuloy po ang mga inisyatiba nating pabahay: Naipamahagi na natin sa Phase I ang 21,800 housing units para sa unipormadong hanay; 10,900 dito ang naihandog natin sa mga kasapi ng PNP. Sa Phase II naman, 26,050 units na ang ating natapos mula sa target na 31,200 ngayong taon, at ang pagkakaintindi ko itong buwan na ito, dapat matapos ang target na ‗yan; 14,040 naman sa makakatanggap nito ang mula sa hanay ng ating kapulisan. Sa tuwid na daan, hindi na maaaring maetsa-puwera ang kapulisan; habang pinapanatili ninyong mapayapa‘t ligtas ang ating lipunan, titiyakin din ng gobyernong nasa mabuting kamay ang inyong pamilya‘t kinabukasan. Talaga naman po: Hindi natin hinahayaang madiskaril ang mga inisyatibang ipinunla ni Jesse Robredo; at walang ibang nagdidilig nito kundi ang dedikasyon ni DILG Secretary Mar Roxas para tutukan ang kapakanan at pangangailangan ng kapulisan. Kahit gaano karami po ang iniaatas natin sa kanya, alam kong kapag kay Mar ako bumaling, siguradong may mabuting resulta. Iyan po ang ating mabuting kalihim: Hindi reklamo o negatibismo, kundi palaging may solusyon sa mga problemang ipinapatong natin sa kanyang mesa. [Applause] Kaya nga po siya na rin ang nagiging punong abala sa masigasig nating kampanya upang linisin ang hanay ng kapulisan. Sigurado po akong kinakabahan na ngayon ang mga pilit dumudungis sa dangal ng pulis—silang mga imbes na maging alagad ng batas, ay tila nagiging kampon pa ng dahas. Mulat po tayo sa katotohanang mayroon pa ring mga skalawag na kailangang purgahin mula sa inyong hanay. Hindi ko nga po maiwasang isipin: Bakit nga ba nagsusulputan itong mga kasong mismong mga pulis pa ang sangkot? Tuloy, ang kagagawan lang ng ilan, para bang pinagbabayaran ng buong institusyon. Kaya po ngayong magkakasama tayo, ito ang hiling at hamon ko sa inyo: magtulungan tayo sa pag-aangat ng dangal at kalidad ng serbisyo ng PNP. Tuldukan na natin ang kalakaran ng pagkakanya-kanya. Panahon na ng pakikilahok upang iangat ang isa‘t isa. Kasama ninyo ako, at ang buong pambansang liderato sa pagtutulak ng pagbabago. Isipin po natin: Hindi ba‘t kung ang bawat isa, nilalampasan ang inaasahang serbisyo ng taumbayan, magagawa natin ang paglilingkod nang mas ganap at mas tama? Ang pagpapatupad ng batas nang mariin at patas; ang pagaalalay sa serbisyo ng higit na sigasig at oras; ang pagkapit sa sinumpaang tungkulin sa bawat sandali ng katungkulan—kung ang lahat ay sama-sama sa paghakbang, pihadong malayo ang mararating, hindi lang ng hukbo ng kapulisan, kundi ng buong bayan. Maliwanag po ang hinaharap natin sa tuwid na daan: Katuwang ang hanay ng kapulisang pinatatag ng husay, disiplina, at dangal, abot-kamay na natin ang isang lipunang malaya sa agam-agam at pag-aalinlangan. Isang bansa nating ihakbang pasulong ang inaasam nating Pilipinas na bukal ng tagumpay at kaunlaran. Mabuhay po ang hanay ng ating kapulisan. Bago po ako magtapos: Kanina po ay binanggit ng ating hepe na mayroon kayo sa first tranche na two-billion pesos na pondong dagdag. Sabi ko, ―Mar, parang maliit yata ang two billion. Ang tanda kong na-approve eh hindi ganoon.‖ Tapos, pinaalala po sa akin—first tranche lang po iyon dahil ang kabuuan po niyan ay mahigit nine billion. [Applause] Iyong shortcut po, saan pupunta ‗yan—sa move, suit, and communicate, o ‗yong pag-increase ng inyong abilidad. Kakalingain kayo ng estado. Madali mangampanya para dagdag ang pagkalinga kung talaga namang tuwang-tuwa sa inyo ang lipunan. Iisa lang po ang susi para magtagumpay tayo sa ating hinaharap na mga suliranin at problema. Kung kasangga natin ang taongbayan, wala pong tatalo sa atin. Kaya po, pag-isipan natin kada araw na tayo ay lalabas sa ating tahanan, magtatrabaho: para sa taumbayan ito, kasama ang taumbayan, at sila nga ang susi ng ating tagumpay. Magandang araw po. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. [HOME]
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DAR Conducts Internal Probe On Malampaya Fund, Vows Full Cooperation With COA DAR launches 2 projects in Zamboanga del Norte PH hosts Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services VP Binay: Calamity loan available to PAG-IBIG members affected by typhoon Labuyo Relocation of informal settler families right on course - VP Binay DFA Organizes Familiarization Tour for Chinese Media Professionals DFA Spearheads International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Month Celebrations Govt allots P170-M to renovate old PNP stations nationwide In Bauang, La Union, DOLE releases P430-K in livelihood assistance to 48 farmers and 21 female vendors under bottom up budgeting approach 10. Lean Startup method shortens startup biz way to success 11. DOTC, LRTA Assure Safety of LRT-1 Passengers 12. Deles urges biz leaders to support Bangsamoro 13. DOJ prosecutor indicted for mulcting PAL employees 14. Monetary Board approves the Enhanced Information Technology Risk Management Framework for BSP-Supervised Institutions 15. BSP Honors its Stakeholders in General Santos City
1. DAR Conducts Internal Probe On Malampaya Fund, Vows Full Cooperation With COA Source: http://www.dar.gov.ph DAR Secretary Virgilio De Los Reyes disclosed yesterday that an internal investigation was already started as early as last year by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on the P900-million Malampaya Fund disbursement. He further said that the initial findings of that investigation were contained in a report submitted by the DAR‘s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to the Commission on Audit (COA) as part of the ongoing investigation on the matter. "For several months now, the DAR has been furnishing the COA with reports and documents related to the investigation on the Malampaya fund disbursements involving our Department in 2009,‖ Delos Reyes said. ―Among those submitted to the COA was the report of our Internal Affairs Service, which conducted a preliminary investigation on the Malampaya controversy,‖ the DAR chief added. He also said that the DAR will continue to cooperate with and fully support the investigation being conducted by the COA or any other government agency on this controversy. Delos Reyes said his office had directed the IAS to conduct an investigation on the Malampaya Fund disbursement as early as November 13, 2012, after receiving reports that some of the supposed beneficiaries of the projects denied having received any financial assistance or projects from the Department. Documents submitted by the COA to the DAR showed that a total of P900 million was disbursed to the Department in 2009. The COA documents indicated that in Region I alone, a total of P300-million was released supposedly to ―cover funding requirement for support services to Agrarian Reform Communities to help them recover from the losses/damages brought about by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.‖ The Fund was released through Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) which were allegedly tapped by local government units (LGUs) to distribute ―Farm Initiative Production Kits‖ to farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries in their respective localities. The biggest chunk of the Malampaya Fund released in Region I went to Pangasinan, which supposedly received P180 million for Urdaneta City and the towns of Rosales, Natividad, Mapandan, Mangaldan, San Nicolas, Umingan, Balungao, Alcala, Sual, San Quintin Sta. Maria, San Manuel, Tayug, San Jacinto, Asingan and Binmaley. Other municipalities that also supposedly received P10 million each include Banna, Pagudpud, Bacarra, Paoay, Pasuquin, Solsona, Vintar, Sinait, Marcos and San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte; Bagulin and Tubao in La Union, and Pulilan in Bulacan. The DAR got wind of possible anomalies in the fund disbursement after the COA, which constituted a team to audit the utilization of the Malampaya Funds on October 12, 2011, discovered that two former town mayors of Ifugao and Kalinga did not receive the agricultural kits supposedly distributed in their areas. The former mayors—Ramon Tinawi of Hingyon, Ifugao, and now Kalinga Vice Gov. Allen Jesse Mangaoang of Balbalan— wrote the COA auditors, copy furnished the DAR Secretary, denying any knowledge of the project. They both claimed that their signatures were forged in the documents used for the project.
De Los Reyes reiterated that the DAR will complete its separate investigation, and continue to fully cooperate with the COA, on any and all Malampaya Fund disbursements. |TOP| 2. DAR launches 2 projects in Zamboanga del Norte Source: http://www.dar.gov.ph DIPOLOG CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 6, 2013) � The Department of Agrarian Reform in Western Mindanao has led the groundbreaking ceremony of a P12-million farm-to-market road in the town of Tampilisan and the DAR-CDA (Cooperative Development Authority) Partnership Program on Strengthening and Capacity Building of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperatives in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte province. Governor Roberto Uy praised the project, saying it would hasten the delivery of agricultural products and at the same time uplift the living standards of farmers. �Ako malaumon nga atong mapadangat ang kalamboan ngadto sa tibuok probinsiya pinaagi sa atong mga proyekto alang sa mga Katawhan,� Uy said during the ceremony. Tampilisan Mayor Angeles Carloto II also praised DAR for the project. DAR officials said the 2.5-kilometer farm-to-market cost about P12.1 million under the Agrarian Reform Community Project II (ARCP2). Provincial agrarian reform officer Moh. Dassan Adju said DAR would continue its development efforts for the welfare of the agrarian reform beneficiaries. �We never stopped to push the development of our agrarian reform communities,� he said. He said DAR accelerates the delivery of support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries and other farmers through the implementation of foreign- assisted projects, one of which is the ARCP2. Under the DAR�s Agrarian Reform Communities Development Framework, these FAPs provide a package of interventions designed to ensure the productivity of awarded lands, increase household incomes and enhance the socio-economic status of Agrarian Reform Community residents. It covers gender and development as well as participation of the indigenous people. The ARCP2 is funded by the Asian Development Bank and its long-term development goal is to reduce poverty in about 152 ARC clusters located in southern Philippines. Specifically, it aims to contribute to sustained improvements in the incomes of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and non-ARBs and in the quality of life in the ARC. The ARCP2 is designed to provide development investment in the different components namely - the communitydriven development as a lead component to mobilize the community, strengthen the organizational processes, improve governance and build stronger platform for sustainability. Agriculture and Enterprise development to increase productivity and profitability of income generating activities, develop and improve markets and market linkages, and promote agribusiness. On the other hand, the rural infrastructure component is an enabler to improved production, cropping intensity, cost effectiveness and access to services, and enhanced ARC connectivity to promote agribusiness. Cooperarative Adju said they also launched the DAR-CDA (Cooperative Development Authority) Partnership Program on Strengthening and Capacity Building of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperatives in Dipolog City. Under this program, the DAR had provided the necessary financial and technical assistance to the ARB cooperatives to enable them to effectively address the purposes and objectives of the cooperatives. The program also intended to provide 14 mandatory trainings that each cooperative must undergo as part of its continuing capacity building and cooperative professionalism process. To date, nine ARBOs consisting of nine cooperatives and two farmers or peoples organizations are being assisted in the ARCs and Agrarian Reform Areas (ARAs) in Zamboanga del Norte. From the nine assisted cooperatives in the ARCs and ARAs, nine cooperatives were re-registered with the CDA. To ensure that the prescribed training curricula for cooperatives, DAR Zamboanga del Norte had prioritized the nine cooperatives managing locally and foreign assisted projects to undergo the four mandatory trainings and as of this writing, the said trainings had already been undertaken. The training had focused on the development of competencies of the cooperative based on the provisions of the new cooperative code. It can be noted that although the cooperatives are managing their project with installed policies, system and procedures, the provision of these training programs will ensure that all officers of the cooperative have fundamental knowledge and understanding of cooperative programs, practices and legal underpinnings for an efficient and sustainable management of their business services as well as projects provided by the DAR. The activity aims to sustain the cooperative�s operations and services to their members, and to enable them to engage in more sustainable, competitive and profitable business operations. Moreover, it also wants to gain insights on how to address the issues and concerns affecting the cooperatives in relation to the requirements of the CDA. Adju stressed that it is a must to continually educate the ARBs in order to empower them and to help them alleviate their lives from poverty which is the primary concern of the program.
SOURCE: The Regional Newspaper: MINDANAO EXAMINER Link: http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20130808090823 |TOP| 3. PH hosts Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph The Philippines, through the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), will host the 12th Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services from August 14 to 16, 2013 at the Manila Hotel. The international event will focus on the theme ―Post Adoption Services: The Way Forward.‖ Post adoption services include measures to assist adopted children preserve their cultural links with their country of origin, and assist adoptive parents to recognize the value and importance of such links for the child‘s future development. DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman who will deliver her keynote address on the opening day (August 14) explained that the event is a bi-annual consultation of local and international adoption specialists which aims to discuss issues and concerns affecting children placed for adoption around the world. ―The multi-country collaborative consultation is envisioned to ensure a most substantial and timely sharing of trends and practices in inter-country adoption,‖ Secretary Soliman said. The meeting will bring together representatives of Central Authorities of Andorra, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and our partner foreign adoption agencies from USA, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Local participants are social workers from child caring institutions, court social workers and judges from Regional Trial Courts as well as adoptive families. Secretary Soliman emphasized that ―adoption is not a single event, but a life-long process.‖ The Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption requires States to undertake a range of other general functions such as the provision of counseling or post adoption reports, preservation of information, child‘s right to information, and access to records, data protection and post adoption services. According to ICAB, the Philippine Inter-Country Adoption has been in existence way back in the 60‘s under the auspices of the DSWD. Over the years, an increasing number of Filipino adoptees have been returning to the Philippines for Motherland tours and for search and reunion with their birthparents. The first Motherland Tour of Filipino adoptees to Manila was in 1987. The group was composed of four boys and one girl, 18-22 years old, who were placed for adoption in the USA through Holt International Children`s Services. Three came from Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) in Quezon City, one from Hospicio de San Jose and another from Home of Joy. They left for the USA to join their respective adoptive parents at a very young age. One of the boys was re-united with his grandfather in Baguio, the other adoptees had ―unknown‖ backgrounds, hence were only able to meet their social workers and caregivers. Since 1986, approximately 600 adoptees visited the Philippines for Motherland tour, search and reunion. Every year, there is an increasing number of children, teen-ager, and young adults coming back to see their previous agencies, caregivers, foster parents and to experience first-hand the Filipino culture or do a search and eventually a reunion meeting with their birthmother/family. Just recently, four adoptive families and six adoptees with ages ranging from 11-19 years old had a successful Motherland Tour in the Philippines. One adoptee, Francis, 19 years old, shared that the Motherland Tour helped him learn more about where he came from and that the trip was his chance to meet his birthmother. He shared that the ―Philippines is a beautiful country full of pride and color and warmth. The people I have met, stories I have heard, and the places I have seen made me proud to have come from this country‖. ―Three adult adoptees who will be speaking/presenting in the Global Consultation desire to not just visit and see their motherland but intend to search and reunite with their birthparents,‖ Secretary Soliman concluded. |TOP| 4. VP Binay: Calamity loan available to PAG-IBIG members affected by typhoon Labuyo Source: http://www.ovp.gov.ph Vice President Jejomar Binay announced today that members of the Home Development Mutual (Pag-IBIG) Fund who were affected by typhoon Labuyo may file their calamity loans with the Pag-IBIG‘s various Branch offices. Binay, who is also the Pag-IBIG Chairman, said Pag-IBIG members residing in areas declared under a state of calamity are entitled to a calamity loan equivalent to 80% of their savings in the Fund. The loan is payable over a period of 24 months at an interest rate of 5.95% per annum. Members availing of the calamity loan also have the option to defer their first payment up to three months from the release of the loan and pay their first monthly amortization on the fourth month. ―By giving them the choice to defer the payment, we can help ease the burdens of our kababayans living in typhoonprone areas and those hit by other natural calamities,‖ Binay said. ―This is the Fund‘s way of showing continuing concern for its members, and its way of helping out its members during their times of need,‖ he added. Binay said members who were affected by the recent typhoon only need to submit their Application for Calamity Loan
together with two valid IDs at any of its branches. The application forms may be downloaded from the Pag-IBIG website or requested at the branches. ―Siguraduhin lamang po natin na ang address na nakasulat sa mga dala nating ID ay yung mga lugar na nakapagdeklara na ng state of calamity,‖ Binay added. Meanwhile, Pag-IBIG President Darlene Marie Berberabe said once declarations of a state of calamity are made by the appropriate local government offices and as soon as weather permits, Pag-IBIG will also be deploying mobile offices in affected areas to receive members‘ applications for calamity loans. Berberabe added that Pag-IBIG will accept applications for calamity loan up to 90 days from the time the area is declared under state of calamity. In June, Pag-IBIG disbursed P34.2 million to over 3,000 members in North Cotabato after an earthquake severely damaged the province. More recently, Pag-IBIG‘s Cotabato Branch and extension office has been accepting and processing some 200 applications of members affected by flash floods in Cotabato City and parts of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. |TOP| 5. Relocation of informal settler families right on course - VP Binay Source: http://www.ovp.gov.ph The government relocation plan for illegal settler families (ISFs) living along identified danger zones is right on course, with some 34,000 families already assisted since the project began in 2011, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said Friday. ―Since the start of the term of President Aquino, the National the National Housing Authority (NHA) has already assisted 34,050 households,‖ Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said. The Vice President said that for the first half of 2013 alone, the National Housing Authority (NHA) had already assisted 13,251 families living in danger or flood-prone areas, with 20,750 more families projected to be assisted by the end of the year. Binay said the plan to relocate all ISFs living in danger zones in five years is a ―special project‖ of the government, which was given its own P50-billion budget by President Benigno S. Aquino. ―P10 billion per year. Siguro mga 20,000 units ‘yun. So, in five years mga 100,000. ‘Yun ang bilang sa ngayon doon sa mga kababayan nating nakatira sa danger zones,‖ the housing czar said. ―Pero more than that, meron pa naman kami [ng ibang projects]. Meron pa ring sarili rin niyang budget ‘yung pabahay para doon sa mga kapulisan, para doon sa mga militar. Of course, nandoon pa rin ‘yung pabahay na pinagagawa ng pamahalaan para doon sa mga nasasalanta dahil sa mga kalamidad,‖ he added. The relocation program for ISFs living along Metro Manila waterways began on Monday, with the initial batch of 80 ISFs living along the San Juan River relocated to San Jose Heights in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, one of the government‘s resettlement sites under the ISF Housing Program. Binay announced recently that 4,800 housing units are now ready for occupancy in the NHA‘s resettlement sites in Trece Martirez in Cavite and in San Jose del Monte, Bocaue, Norzagaray and Pandi in Bulacan. According to the housing czar, the resettlement sites are equipped with basic utilities and facilities such as water and electricity, health center and a school, among others. Under President Aquino‘s directive, the government launched in 2011 a five-year P50 billion housing program for ISFs living in danger areas in Metro Manila, particularly along waterways. Based on data provided by NHA, Metro Manila has 104,219 ISFs living in danger areas and about 60,130 of them occupy major waterways. |TOP| 6. DFA Organizes Familiarization Tour for Chinese Media Professionals Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 13 August 2013 – Eighteen (18) Chinese media professionals are visiting the Philippines from August 13 to 17 to join the ―Chinese Media Familiarization Tour‖ organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) under the ambit of the Philippines-China Years of Friendly Exchanges (YFE). The Chinese participants were invited by the DFA through its Foreign Service Posts in mainland China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Macau SAR. Majority of the participants represent the print media while the others are from TV. Highlights of the five-day event include a ―Forum on the Evolving Role of Media in Philippine and Chinese Societies,‖ a briefing on Philippine politics and foreign policy, a visit in Bahay Tsinoy, an interview with a Cabinet Secretary and a tour of Bohol. The Familiarization Tour aims to develop mutual appreciation among Filipino and Chinese media professionals of their
roles in their respective societies; foster mutual understanding of each country‘s political, economic and social conditions; and facilitate networking among Filipino and Chinese media professionals. The YFE is a joint initiative by the Philippines and China to encourage more people-to-people exchanges in order to strengthen understanding and mutual trust between them. |TOP| 7. DFA Spearheads International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Month Celebrations Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 13 August 2013 – With the theme ―Pagrespeto sa IHL: Susi sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran‖, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in coordination with the Department of National Defense (DND), formally opened the month-long commemoration of IHL with the presentation of the commemorative International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) photo exhibit at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini on August 12. The one-week exhibit is a moving compilation of 40 historic and contemporary images of the ICRC in the field, celebrating its 150 years of service to humanity. The exhibition spans from the Spanish-American War of 1898, to the two World Wars of the twentieth century, and through the recent conflicts in areas including the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria. During the opening ceremony, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Laura Q. Del Rosario highlighted the DFA‘s efforts to bolster the cause of humanitarianism through the revival the IHL National Committee, together with its partners in government and civil society. ―This is significant in the midst of the situation that the government faces in the southern Philippines and other affected areas. Upholding international humanitarian law by all sectors will not only benefit persons not involved in armed conflict but is intended to result in eventual cessation of hostilities and to discourage war. Indeed, respect for IHL was clearly an important key to peace and development, a norm and value shared by both the Philippine Government and the MILF, leading to the recent breakthrough in our peace process through the Bangsamoro Framework. It is also of the highest relevance for the sake of our Overseas Filipinos, as our brothers and sisters abroad who are in conflict areas need the protection that respect for IHL affords,‖ Undersecretary Del Rosario added. Col. Rhoderick M. Parayno, Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines‘ (AFP‘s) Human Rights Office, also informed the guests during the program of the successful holding of IHL Fun Run/Bike-Riding/Blood-Letting Activity last 10 August at Camp Aguinaldo which also formed part of the IHL Month celebrations and participated in by representatives of the DFA and the Foreign Service Institute (FSI). ―The participants increased remarkably based on last year‘s figures. We had about 550 runners this year, about 80 bikers, and more or less 200 blood donors. At this rate, we have to improve more our preparations for the coming years. Apparently, our awareness campaign is gaining ground,‖ Col. Parayno reported. Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Member of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Board of Governors; Mr. Pascal Mauchle, ICRC Country Head of Delegation; Chief S/Insp. Augusto Marquez of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office; and Undersecretary Severo Catura of the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) on behalf of Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa also delivered messages during the event. Other agencies and organizations which graced the ceremony included the DND, Department of Justice, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Commission on Human Rights, the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) and the Geneva Academy for IHL and Human Rights. Aside from the Fun Run/Bike-Riding/Blood-Letting Activity and the Exhibit, the DFA, in coordination with FSI, will also be hosting a two-day training on IHL on 29-30 August 2013 at the Bulwagang Blas F. Ople. Day 1 of the training will tackle the topic ―Introduction to IHL‖, while Day 2 will discuss ―Developments and Challenges of IHL Implementation in the Philippines.‖ Executive Order (E.O.) 134 mandates the DFA and DND to co-chair an ad-hoc committee to formulate and implement the annual celebration of IHL month, in collaboration with the ICRC, PRC and other concerned NGOs and people‘s organizations in the country. The E.O. also officially declares August 12, 1999 and every 12th day of August thereafter as IHL Day to raise people‘s consciousness and promote greater awareness of the principles of IHL. Assistant Secretary for United Nations and other International Organizations (UNIO) Jesus R.S. Domingo serves as the Chair of the IHL Month for 2013. |TOP| 8. Govt allots P170-M to renovate old PNP stations nationwide Source: http://www.dilg.gov.ph Manila, Philippines Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Aug. 2 said the government has allocated some P170 million for the renovation and rehabilitation of some 1,700 old or dilapidated police stations nationwide to give lawmen dignity in their place of work. Called ―Oplan Dignity,‖ the renovation program would cover around 1,700 police stations for a minimum of P100,000 each, Roxas said. The country‘s police chiefs will be given a ‗menu‖ of the things or items they wanted to repair or renovate at their stations. ―Bibigyan sila ng menu kung saan nila gagamitin ang pondo. Halimbawa kung aayusin nila ang bubong, P650 per square meters ang cost, kasama ang GI sheet, insulation at support,‖ Roxas said after addressing the 15th anniversary celebration of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) held at the PNP Headquarters at Camp Crame.
―Kung aayusin nila ang toilet, halimbawa, P1,030 ang isang unit ng kasilyas. Itong P100,000 na ito ay ipagkakaloob sa bawat police station ng sa ganoon ay magiging maayos yung kanyang pinagtratrabahuhan… ng sa ganoon ay makaexpect tayo ng maayos na serbisyo,‖ he said. Roxas said he expects that the repair on the police stations would enhance public acceptance and perception of the office and the personnel manning it. ―The objective is to bring dignity back to the PNP officers‘ place of work. Para na rin mapanumbalik ang pagtingin ng taumbayan sa mga pulis natin,‖ he said. ―Mahirap pag walang pahingahan, walang bentilisayon at walang bubong (ang mga PNP stations). Hilamos lang ito, hindi buong structure. Eto ay para magkaroon ng dignidad ang kanilang place of work. The minimum amount will be P100,000 depende sa laki,‖ he explained. The priority police stations subject to repairs would be those which have dilapidated or worn out roofing, toilets, lightings, and paint. Every police station will be covered by a program of work . Asked if P100,000 per station would suffice, the DILG chief said the amount is the minimum and that the bigger stations would be allotted more funds. During the VACC anniversary program, Roxas exhorted the officers and men of the volunteers‘ group led by Dante Jimenez to continue their good work, saying he admires their tenacity for pursuing their advocacy for 15 years without government funding and support. ―I fully support the VACC in its anti-crime and corruption campaign. Mahalaga para sa PNP at DILG ang partnership with your group at sana‘y maging mas matibay pa ang ating samahan,‖ he said. ― Magtulungan tayo sa pag-pulis sa kapulisan……at tulungan rin natin na magpulis ang pulis sa kapaligiran,‖ he added. |TOP| 9. In Bauang, La Union, DOLE releases P430-K in livelihood assistance to 48 farmers and 21 female vendors under bottom up budgeting approach Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Regional Director Grace Ursua of the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office No. 1 yesterday reported to Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the regional office has released P430,000 in livelihood assistance to 48 farmers who are in goat breeding and to 21 female ambulant vendors in Bauang, La Union under the government's bottom up budgeting approach. "We have turned over the DOLE livelihood assistance to the recipients through to Bauang Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin de Guzman, who was very grateful to the DOLE on behalf of his constituents," Ursua said in her report. Ursua awarded the two checks to Mayor de Guzman in a simple ceremony held recently in the municipal hall which was also an occasion to pilot test the government‘s bottom-up approach in planning and budgeting in line with the anti-poverty thrust of the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. Of the total amount, P120,000 will be used for the goat breeding and production project of four farmer associations in four Bauang barangays, namely, Sta. Monica, Casilagan, Upper San Agustin, and Cabalangayan. "Initially, 48 farmers will benefit from the assistance, but we envision to eventually cover 359 farmers," said Ursua. The balance of the amount, or P310,000, will be for the Negosyo sa Kariton project intended for 21 female ambulant vendors from 17 Bauang barangays. ―This is the first bottom-up project of the DOLE in Region 1 and consider it a major step towards attaining a poverty-free Bauang,‖ Ursua explained. Bauang is among the 300 pilot areas in the 609 "focus" cities and municipalities nationwide under the bottom-up approach in planning and budgeting which aims to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for their development needs. These focus cities and municipalities have the largest poor population size based on the 2003 City and Municipality Level Poverty Estimates of the National Statistical Coordination Board. Other pilot areas in the region are Agoo, Aringay, Bagulin, Bangar, City of San Fernando, Luna, Naguilian, Rosario and Tubao. Secretary Baldoz said the bottom-up approach allows more participation of both local and national governments in planning and budgeting through the involvement of grassroots organizations and communities. "It is a strategy to attain the Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty from 26.5 percent in 2009 to 16.6 percent in 2015," Baldoz said. ―Poverty is still a reality in most parts of the country, and the government is bent on reducing it by ensuring that our people as beneficiaries are part of the whole planning process," she added. Baldoz commended Director Ursua and the DOLE-La Union Field Office led by its provincial head, Fiorello Surell for seeing through the implementation of the project. She also congratulated the Municipality of Bauang under the leadership of Mayor de Guzman for their strong support to the anti-poverty thrust of the government. "Putting an end to this problem starts with recognizing its existence,‖ she said Expressing his appreciation over the DOLE assistance, Mayor de Guzman pledged the local government‘s continuing commitment to the anti-poverty drive and all other programs of the government. "I urge the beneficiaries of this DOLE assistance to properly manage their livelihood and share the responsibility in fulfilling the objectives of the project. Fighting povertyincludes living a simple life and living within one‘s financial limits," de Guzman said. Under the bottom-up planning and budgeting approach, participating agencies, such as the DOLE, are mandated to earmark, or set aside, at least 10 percent of the budgets of programs and projects included in the Human Resource Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster‘s menu of programs to fund the project proposals of "focus" cities and municipalities. ―Through the bottom-up approach, we are giving concerned sectors the chance to provide their inputs to policies and decisions that are going to affect them.‖ Ursua said. |TOP| 10. Lean Startup method shortens startup biz way to success Source: http://www.dost.gov.ph ―Build your own business empire and change the world,‖ Arup Maity, director of information and research at the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), exhorted the audience in his presentation on the Lean Startup Methodology during the ―Startup Forum‖ held recently in one of the track sessions staged for the Department of Science and Technology‘s (DOST) Expo Science 2013 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
The Lean Startup Methodology is different from traditional business startup plans as it seeks to increase value producing practices during product development phase and shun wasteful ones such as sourcing for outside funding and developing elaborate business plans. Through this methodology, startups can shorten their product development cycles and achieve greater success. This new methodology is one of the most anticipated business methodologies in Silicon Valley. It was also one of the most transformative topics discussed during the forum which gave an overview of starting a business via online media. How does it work? The methodology requires customer feedback during product development which is integral to the lean startup process. This step ensures that the business owner does not invest time designing features or services that consumers do not want. Likewise, it pushes web-based or tech-related startups away from the ideology of their dot-com era predecessors in order to achieve cost-effective production by building a minimal product and gauging customer feedback. For example, a startup owner should not engage in a six-month marketing campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Instead, it should dedicate a small budget to two-week experiments in which he will pick possible branding images and develop different ads using these images. Within two weeks, experiment results should be looked into in order to determine which ads send the most traffic to the site and which result to actual sales. Once a technopreneur gathers this information, he can move into the third lean-startup stage, which is agile development or the process of gradually improving a product or service in response to customer feedback. In this stage, the technopreneur will undertake re-testing involving the branding images used in the ads with positive outcomes. By doing this, he can adjust, refocus and find the marketing channels and messages that work best for their brand. The Lean Startup Methodology was originally developed in 2008 by Eric Ries with high-tech companies in mind. It has since been expanded to apply to any individual, team, or company looking to introduce new products or services into the market. Ries' bestselling book, The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses played a large part in the popularity of the lean start-up concept in Silicon Valley. ―Startup Forum‖ was part of the activities for Expo Science 2013 or the National Science and Technology Week organized by the Information and Communication Technology Office of DOST. With the theme ―Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines,‖ Expo Science 2013 ran from July 23-27, 2013 and showcased the different DOST-developed top-flight technologies and projects that provide solutions to pressing national issues including industry competitiveness and employment. |TOP| 11. DOTC, LRTA Assure Safety of LRT-1 Passengers Source: http://www.dotc.gov.ph Manila, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) are assuring the public of the continuing safety of the LRT-1 System, as the DOTC seeks to solve an impasse in the implementation of the P 269-Million LRT-1 Rehabilitation (Rail Replacement) Project which was awarded in November of last year. The DOTC will meet tomorrow (13 August 2013) with the winning contractor for the Project, OMMC-KORAIL-Erin Marty-Jorgman Joint Venture, to ensure that the latter fulfills its contractual obligations to government. According to the transport agency, the Joint Venture was supposed to begin actual replacement works by May 2013. Instead, the DOTC received a letter from the Joint Venture, claiming that it would not be able to meet the project schedule since it could not obtain sufficient financing from lenders. After an exchange of correspondences, the DOTC wrote the Joint Venture on 9 July 2013 to clarify that there was no impediment on the part of government preventing the Joint Venture from complying with the contract. The letter also stressed that the Joint Venture‘s failure to satisfy its obligations are grounds for liquidated damages and blacklisting, in accordance with the Uniform Guidelines for Blacklisting. Meanwhile, the LRTA guarantees the safety of the LRT-1 System, despite the present condition of its tracks, which has suffered from ageing and overutilization. According to LRTA Administrator Honorito Chaneco, the rails are not expected to reach the critical stage of deterioration until another 3-4 years. The LRTA is constantly and stringently monitoring and applying all means to prevent the tracks from further deterioration, and is already implementing several measures for this purpose, such as reducing train speed and imposing a passenger limit per platform. The bidding out of the Project, which was deliberately done by the DOTC and the LRTA early enough in order to ensure that passenger safety would not be compromised, will cover the replacement of about 23 kilometers of rail tracks and is expected to be completed within 20 months. It was awarded in November 2012, but was initially stalled due to certain procedural issues raised by the Commission on Audit (COA). The audit issues have since been resolved. |TOP|
12. 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| 13. DOJ prosecutor indicted for mulcting PAL employees Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales today ordered the filing of criminal charges against a senior prosecutor of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who was caught attempting to extort P2.5 million from members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) in an entrapment operation last August 8, 2013.
In an eight-page Resolution signed today, Ombudsman Morales found probable cause to indict Assistant State Prosecutor III Diosdado Bernales Solidum, Jr. for Direct Bribery (Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code) and for violation of Section 7(d) in relation to Section 11 of Republic Act (RA) No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees). Records show that Solidum initially demanded the amount of P10,000 from each PALEA member/respondent or an equivalent of P2.5 million which was later reduced to a sum of P1.2 million payable in installment, in exchange for the dismissal of the charges filed against the PALEA members. The PALEA members appealed a Pasay City Prosecutors Office resolution finding probable cause to criminally charge 241 members of PALEA for violation of the Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008 arising from their work stoppage in September 2011, which appeal via a Petition for Review filed with the DOJ was assigned to Solidum for resolution. Complainant Gerardo Rivera, PALEA president, claimed that Solidum asked for a July 29, 2013 meeting in Quezon City where Solidum intimated that reversing a prosecutor‘s resolution would entail costs, to which Rivera replied that the matter was already in the judicial dispute resolution where it will be hopefully resolved in their favor. Rivera narrated that Solidum reminded that ―dalawang beses na kayo natalo‖ and assured him that he can reverse the decision at the earlier stated amount. Rivera then reported the matter to the Secretary of Justice who, in turn, directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to act on it. In the evening of August 8, 2013, NBI conducted an entrapment operation at the vicinity of Spring Deer Restaurant along Timog Avenue in Quezon City, which led to Solidum‘s arrest where he was caught in the act of receiving the envelope containing the marked money. The Resolution held that ―as Assistant State Prosecutor of the [DOJ], respondent [Solidum] is duty bound to decide or resolve all cases assigned to him based on merits.‖ ―All the elements of the offense charged are present‖ and ―respondent…is a public officer discharging his official functions,‖ it added.## The two Informations were filed with the Sandiganbayan at noon today. |TOP| 14. Monetary Board approves the Enhanced Information Technology Risk Management Framework for BSPSupervised Institutions Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph The Monetary Board, in its Resolution No. 1286 dated 1 August 2013, has approved the issuance of the enhanced Information Technology Risk Management (ITRM) framework which updates existing IT-related guidelines under Sections X176 and X705 of the Manual of Regulations for Banks (MORB). It shall cover not only all types of banks but also non-bank financial institutions, electronic money issuers and other non-bank entities which, under existing BSP rules and regulations and special laws, are subject to BSP supervision and/or regulation. Consistent with international standards and best practices, the enhanced ITRM framework is expected to strengthen management of risks, security of operations and governance on IT-related activities, as well as reinforce regulations on consumer protection on electronic products and service by tackling the growing number of new and sophisticated technological threats. Some of the salient features of the enhanced framework include: (1) adoption of well-structured IT governance model and processes that ensure alignment of IT strategic plan with the institution‘s business strategy, IT value delivery and effective IT risk management implementation; (2) maintenance of risk identification and assessment process to continuously evaluate IT environment and potential changes; and (3) establishment of overall IT risk mitigation strategy covering the areas of: a) information security; b) project management, acquisition and change management; c) IT operations; d) IT outsourcing/vendor management program; and e) electronic products and services. To strengthen electronic retail payment network and protect against ATM and credit card fraud (i.e. skimming and cloning), the said regulation requires BSP-supervised institutions (BSIs) to adopt end-to-end Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) for the whole ATM network by 1 January 2015 and shift from magnetic stripe technology to more secure EMV chip-enabled cards by 1 January 2017. A written and Board-approved EMV migration plan shall be submitted to the BSP within six (6) months from the date of the said circular. Nevertheless, prior to the deadlines mentioned, BSIs are expected to employ practical measures provided to mitigate exposure from skimming attacks. Seeing the inclination of banks, particularly rural and thrift banks, to use cloud computing technology to leap frog their financial services, the enhanced framework also provides direction on the adoption of cloud computing in the financial service industry. Finally, recognizing that no single framework may be considered as ―one-size-fits-all,‖ guidelines have been provided to classify BSIs as to having ―simple‖ or ―complex‖ IT risk profile. Thus, the level of adopting relevant provisions of the framework may be made proportionate to their IT risk profile. The enhanced ITRM framework will take effect fifteen (15) calendar days after publication of the appropriate Circular in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines. |TOP| 15. BSP Honors its Stakeholders in General Santos City Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph
Monetary Board Member Armando L. Suratos led the awards ceremony for BSP stakeholders in SOCCSKSARGEN and ARMM during the annual appreciation lunch at the East Asia Royale Hotel, General Santos City on 13 August 2013. South Cotabato Integrated Port Services, Inc. (SCIPSI) was chosen as the Outstanding Respondent among Large and Medium Firms for the Business Expectations Survey (BES) in SOCCSKSARGEN. The company provided cargohandling services at Makar Wharf since 1975. Mr. Gabriel D. Muñasque is currently the General Manager of SCIPSI. Meanwhile, TNP Agricultural Development Corporation was recognized as the Outstanding Respondent among Small Firms in the region. Established in 1988, the company is engaged in processing of raw and natural rubber. Mr. Benito Tan is the President of the company. Awarded the Outstanding Partner for the Report on Regional Economic Developments was the National Statistical Coordination Board Regional Division XII (NSCB-RD XII). Led by its Unit Head Ms. Herlita G. Caraan, the NSCB-RD XII started in 1990 as part of the Regional Statistical System Development Project (RSSDP) of the NSCB. The RSSDP operations in Region XII ended in 1991 but the project activities were institutionalized with the creation of the NSCB Regional Unit in Region XII (now called the NSCB-RD XII). The Outstanding Partner of BSP Cotabato Branch for the Clean Note Policy Campaign and Coin Recirculation Program is given to Notre Dame University College of Business Accountancy. The President of the said university is Rev. Fr. Eduardo G. Tanudtanud, OMI. This annual event is one way by which the BSP gives recognition to BES respondents as well as to public and private institutions that have provided exemplary support to the BSP‘s various statistical initiatives, information requirements and advocacy programs. The stakeholders‘ award in General Santos City, which the BSP has been holding since 2010, is the third among the regional events for this year. Similar occasions will be held in other areas outside the National Capital Region (NCR) from August to October 2013. The stakeholders‘ award in NCR was held last 16 July 2013 at the BSP Main Office. |TOP|
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President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 112th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday (August 13). With the theme: “Serbisyong Makatotohanan: Handog ng Pulisya sa ating Pamayanan," the Philippine National Police celebrates Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 112th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday (August 13). With the theme: “Serbisyong Makatotohanan: Handog ng Pulisya sa ating Pamayanan," the Philippine National Police celebrates Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 112th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday (August 13). With the theme: “Serbisyong Makatotohanan: Handog ng Pulisya sa ating Pamayanan," he Philippine National Police celebrates Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima, presents the Plaque of Recognition for outstanding achievements in the campaign against organized crime, provincial level to Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office during the awarding ceremony in the 112th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday (August 13). With the theme: “Serbisyong Makatotohanan: Handog ng Pulisya sa ating Pamayanan”. The Philippine National Police (PNP) celebrates Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, presents the Plaque of Recognition for outstanding achievement in the field of Police Administration to NCRPO Regional Director PCSupt. Marcelo Garbo, Jr., during the awarding ceremony in the 112th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP MultiPurpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday (August 13). Garbo was cited for introducing policing innovation initiatives during his tour of duty in PRO7, primarily, by developing individual capabilities of personnel through 45 unit training programs, as well as the establishment of 40 Tourist Assistance Centers throughout the region. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 112th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday (August 13). With the theme: “Serbisyong Makatotohanan: Handog ng Pulisya sa ating Pamayanan," the Philippine National Police celebrates Police Service Anniversary in commemoration of the joint founding anniversaries of the Insular Constabulary established in 1901 and the Integrated National Police, organized in 1975, both forerunner organizations of the PNP. Also in photo are PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
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