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Dispatch for August 5 , 2013 Monday , 5 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 11 Weather Watch, 3 Regional Watch , 1 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 2 Photonews
1. Weather Watch 17 minutes ago THUNDERSTORM ADVISORY No.11 #MPRSD 10:16 AM, 05 August 2013 Thunderstorm is affecting portions of #SurigaodelSur, #SurigaodelNorte, #AgusandelSur, #DavaoOrientaland nearby areas within 1-2 hours. Expect thunderstorm over #CompostellaValley within 1-2 hrs. All are advised to take precautionary measures against heavy rains, strong winds, lightning and
possible flashfloods. Keep monitoring for updates
2. Weather Watch 2 hours ago RAINFALL ADVISORY No. 2 #NCR_PRSD Issued at 8:20 AM, 05 August 2013 (Monday) Target Areas: portions of #NuevaEcija, #Pampanga, #Bataan, #Zambalesand #Bulacan Light to at times moderate to heavy rains is affecting portions of Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales and Bulacan and most likely to continue for the next 3 hours. People are advised to MONITOR the weather condition and for the next advisory. For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877.
3. Weather Watch 3 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines DZBB: Abot sa 100, 000 mga residente sa lungsod ng Cotabato ang apektado na ng pagbaha sa nasabing lugar. Ayon sa NDRRMC, may isang linggo ng lubog sa baha ang libu-libong mga residente sa lungsod ng Cotabato habang may ilang mga residente na pinili na lang na manatili sa kanilang bahay habang ang iba ay gumagamit ng bangka sa kanilang transportasyon. Nakikitang dahilan ng city gov’tsapagbahaangmgabaradongdaluyanngtubigkungbakithaloshindihumuhupaangbaha.
4. Weather Watch 3 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines ABS-CBN: Tatlo hanggang apat na bagyo ang inaasahang tatama sa bansa ngayong Agosto. Ayon kay PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada, itong buwan ang maituturing na peak ng pagpasok ng mga bagyo, pero hindi ibig sabihin na lahat ng ito'y dadaan sa lupa. Aniya, ang Habagat at ITCZ ang nagiging dahilan ng pamumuo ng sirkulasyon na kalauna'y nagiging bagyo. Tatawaging Kiko, Labuyo, Maring at Nando ang mga susunod na bagyo.
5. Weather Watch 3 hours ago near Quezon City, Philippines PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang on DZMM: -Posibleng maging ganap na bagyo sa susunod na 24-oras ang namataang LPA sa Palawan. -Sakaling maging bagyo, posibleng hindi na ito direktang makaapekto sa bansa dahil tinatahak nito ang West PHL Sea mula sa sentro nito ngayong nasa 140km timog kanluran ng Palawan. -Maaaring wala tayong itaas na public storm warning signal sakali, ngunit yung enhancement ng Southwest Monsoon ang ating aasahan. -Sakaling maging bagyo, tatawagin itong 'Kiko' at palalakasin ang Habagat na magpapaulan sa kanlurang bahagi ng bansa. -Dahil sa LPA, makakaasa ang mga taga-Metro Manila ng mahina hanggang katamtamang pag-ulan sa
buong araw. Gayundin sa Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol Region at Mindanao. -Makakaasa naman ang MIMAROPA at Visayas ng katamtaman hanggang sa kung minsa'y malakas na pag-ulan na maaaring magdulot ng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa.
6. Weather Watch 15 hours ago PAGASA: 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00PM SYNOPSIS: At 4:00 PM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 180 km West of Dumaguete City (9.1N, 121.5E). FORECAST: Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCCSKSARGEN, Autonomous Region Of Muslim Mindanao and Palawan will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, the rest of Visayas and Mindanao and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Southern Luzon and Visayas and coming from the southwest to southeast over Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.
7. Weather Watch 21 hours ago RAPPLER: A 6.0 magnitude quake shook Northern Japan at about 11:29 this morning. The quake's focus was on the Pacific off the Miyagi prefecture but there was no risk of tsunami.
8. Weather Watch 21 hours ago DZMM: Binaha ang ilang lugar sa Cebu City dahil sa patuloy na pag-ulan kagabi dulot ng LPA at ITCZ sa Mindanao.
9 . Weather Watch 21 hours ago PAGASA: At 8 a.m. today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was in the vicintiy of Mactan, Cebu (10.0째N, 123.9째E) and is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). These weather systems are expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms in Palawan, Visayas and regions of Zamboanga Peninsula Northern Mindanao, ARMM and SOCCSKSARGEN which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
10. Weather Watch 22 hours ago PAGASA Weather Forecaster Aldzar Aurelio on DZMM: -Ang LPA ay nasa bandang Mactan, Cebu kaninang alas-8:00 umaga kung saan nakapaloob sa ITCZ. -Makakaranas ng moderate to occasionally rains and thunderstorms sa Palawan, SOCSARGEN at iba pang bnahagi ng Mindanao. -Sa nalalabing bahagi ng Mindanao kasama ang Bicol region ay may light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. -Isolated thunderstorms ang mararanasan sa Metro Manila.
11. Weather Watch Yesterday GMA: A potential cyclone - a low-pressure area - neared Surigao City early Sunday, with state weather forecasters warning of possible flash floods and landslides in parts of Visayas and Mindanao. In its 5 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the LPA was estimated to be in the vicinity of Surigao City as of 4 a.m. But the LPA now has little chance of intensifying into a cyclone, PAGASA forecaster Joey Figuracion said in an interview on dzBB radio. Should the LPA become a cyclone while inside the Philippine area of responsibility, it will be locally codenamed Kiko.
August 5 , 2013 ( Monday )
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1. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Mahigit 500 katao ang nabiyayaan ng medical mission na ipinagkaloob ng Shell Phils. Inc. sa mga residente malapit sa kanilang planta. Ito ay taunang ginagawa ng kumpanya bilang bahagi ng corporate social responsibility
2. PIA Regional Watch Saturday via mobile PIA-4A/QUEZON: Pormal na ipinagkaloob ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Quezon ang may 200 pananim na rambutan at calamansi sa mga katutubo sa bayan ng Genaral Nakar, Quezon noong nakaraang Hulyo 31. Layunin ng programa na matulungan ang mga katutubo na magkaroon ng karadagang kita sa pamamagitan ng pag-aani ng rambutan at calamansi.
3. PIA Regional Watch Saturday via mobile PIA/4A/BATANGAS:Nagpaalala ang Provincial health office na dapat magpakunsulta kaagad kapag nakakita ng sintomas ng dengue upang maiwasan ang masamang epekto.
C. LAGUNA 1. Tagalog news: Iba't ibang parangal, iginawad sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Laguna By Alan C. Ortillano Friday 2nd of August 2013 STA. CRUZ, Laguna, Agosto 2 (PIA) -- Iba't ibang parangal ang iginawad sa Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Laguna na ginanap kamakailan sa lingguhang pagtataas ng watawat sa Panlalawigan Sentro ng Laguna, bayang ito. Tumanggap ang Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) ng plake ng pagkilala mula sa OXFAM, isang pandaigdigang organisasyon na tumutulong sa mga nagiging biktima ng mga kalamidad at sakuna hindi lamang sa Filipinas kundi maging sa ibang bansa. Ang pagkilalang ito ay ipinagkaloob dahil sa pagkilos at pagsuporta sa mga gawaing makatutulong upang makabawas sa panganib na dulot ng mga kalamidad, dahil sa pagsisiguro na ang mga gawaing pangkahandaan ay maisasakatuparan upang ang buhay ay mailigtas at mabawasan ang paghihirap sa oras ng kalamidad at sa pagsuporta sa mga pag-aaral na may kaugnayan sa paghahanda sa mga panganib ng nasabing tanggapan. Mula naman sa Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC Laguna), tumanggap si Laguna Gov. Jeorge E.R. Ejercito Estregan ng plake ng pagkilala sa pagiging Samaritano ng Dugo sa mga mahihirap na mamamayan ng lalawigan, isang gawain na naglalayong makapagpagaan ng paghihirap at makapagligtas ng buhay. Ang plake ay ipinagkaloob nila Gng. Cirila D. Jorvina, M.D., MPH (Chairman,
Blood Services Committee), G. Fred V. Capistrano (Vice Chairman, Committee on Awards), Gng. Rudelly C. Cabutin, R.N., MAN (Chapter Administrator), at G. Jaime B. Ching (Chairman, Board of Directors). Iginawad din ng Kagawaran ng Hanap-Buhay at Paggawa (DOLE) sa pakikiisa ng Federation of PESO Region IV-A ang plake ng pagkilala kay Gov. Ejercito Estregan dahil sa kanyang walang sawang pagsuporta sa mga proyekto at mga programa ng kagawaran, dahil din sa kanyang natatanging pamumuno bilang Punong Ehekutibo ng lalawigan ng Laguna kung kayaâ€™t naisasakatuparan ng Peso na makatugon sa hamon ng paglikha ng mga hanap-buhay sa mga industriya sa rehiyon ng Calabarzon. Ang plake ng pagkilala ay ipinagkaloob nina G. Alex V. Avila (Regional Director, DOLE IVA) at G. Ariel M. Mugol (President, Peso Federation of Region IV-A). Gayundin, ang Philippine Womenâ€™s University (Philippine School of Social Work) ay nagkaloob ng katulad na pagkilala dahil sa walang katulad na pagsuporta ng pamahalaang panlalawigan sa mga offcampus class sa bayan ng Santa Cruz, Laguna. Sa pamamagitan ng maaliwalas at maayos na kapaligiran ng PWU campus ay naging dahilan ito upang magkamit ang 100 porsyentong passing rate at makamit ang unang puwesto sa isinagawang Social Work Board Licensure 2013. Nagkaloob din ng pinansyal na tulong medical ang gobernador sa pamamagitan ng Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) sa may 57 benepisyaryo na aabot sa halagang P592,000, na naglalayong maibsan ang mga paghihirap ng mga kababayan natin na mayroong mga karamdaman. Pangunahing suliranin na tinutugunan ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ay ang mga pangangailangan sa pagpapadyalisis, pagpapaopera at mga mamahaling gamot na kinakailangan ng mga mamamyan na may malulubhang karamdaman. Dahil sa mapakaraming programa at proyektong masidhing ipinapatupad ng lalawigan ng Laguna, katulong ang ibat-ibang sangay ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Laguna ay patuloy itong na tumatanggap ng pagkilala mula sa iba't ibang sektor ng lipunan. (Edgard R. Flores//PIO-Laguna/ACO, PIA-Laguna)
2. Sec. Alcala, DA execs attend SEARCA adaptive leadership workshop By Carlo P. Gonzaga Friday 2nd of August 2013
LOS BANOS, Laguna, Aug 2 (PIA) --Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and 26 other executives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) participated in a one-day adaptive leadership workshop at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) based in the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) last July 30. SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. said the workshop aimed to strengthen the leadership capability of DA executives and maximize their adherence to the principles of transparency in the civil service. The workshop was designed by the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) under Dean Antonio Lavina. "In the light of transitory phases in political and leadership shifts in the country today and the important role of national agencies in nation-building such as the Department of Agriculture, the challenging issue of leadership and accountability in public service needs to be well addressed," the ASoG said. Saguiguit stressed that the workshop was crafted to hew closely to the reform agenda espoused by
the Aquino administration. "DA as the principal agency responsible for the development and growth of the agriculture and fisheries sector has a critical role in ensuring the implementation of reforms that result in the relief of the plight of the poor of the country. It therefore needs adaptive solutions to the myriad problems faced by the sector," the ASoG team added. The executive course on Greater than Leadership Module for the Executives under the Umbrella Capacity Development Program aims to provide top level and middle level executives and managers of the DA with the basic knowledge and skills, along with the mindset required to make them craft adaptive solutions to their reform initiatives. "The ASoG aims to assist the institution in achieving its mandate and in helping it address the emerging needs arising from the departmentâ€™s reform challenges and programs. The training included the introduction of the adaptive leadership approach to achieving organizational reforms including a discussion of public service ethics and accountability to enable the DA perform its role in alleviating the plight of the most disadvantaged group in the nationâ€™s development efforts," La Vina said. The one-day course aimed to enable the DA executives to: Understand adaptive leadership principles in initially thinking of reforms in the agriculture sector; learn new approaches and techniques by differentiating adaptive and technical problems; appreciate the concept of authority and power in addressing the current leadership challenges in the agriculture sector; know fundamentals of change and reform in the decision-making of leaders, and; develop a working knowledge on ethics and accountability in the public sector. The course involved a blend of adult learning methodologies which included lectures and discussions, workshops and practical exercises, and coaching. Other lecturers were Prof. Adelfo Briones, Prof. Edgar Valenzuela and Aurma Manlangit. (Leah Lyn D. Domingo, PR Specialist, SEARCA/PIA4A)
1. Tagalog news: Mga pagbabago sa GSIS, binigyang diin sa dayalogo By Mamerta P. De Castro Friday 2nd of August 2013
LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Agosto 2 (PIA) -- Binigyang diin ng kinatawan mula sa Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ang mga pagbabago na kanilang ipinatutupad upang mas lalong mapabuti ang kanilang serbisyo sa mga pensiyonado sa isang dayalogo na idinaos sa pagitan ng iba't ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan.
Sinabi ni Carina Constantino David, board of director ng GSIS, na ilan sa mga programang ito ay pagtataas ng minimum pension na P5,000 simula ngayong 2013 matapos ang pagpapatupad ng 1.5 porsiyento pagtaas sa old age at disability pension. Lahat naman ng tumatanggap ng mahigit sa P5,000 ngunit mas mababa sa P8,000 ay nabigyan ng karagdagang P200 sa kanilang buwanang pensyon. Bunsod nito may 57,000 pensioners na tumatanggap ng P5,000 at humigit kumulang na 43,000 pensioners naman ang nakatanggap ng dagdag na P200 kada buwan. Inalis na din ang requirement na kinakailangang personal na magsadya sa tanggapan ang iang pensioner para sa annual renewal of active status (ARAS). Layunin nitong mapadali para sa mga matatanda at maysakit na pensioner ang transaksyon. Upang mas mapabilis ang pag-alam ng estado ng pensioner, nakipag-ugnayan ang GSIS sa National statistics office (NSO) at Local Civil Registrar na magbigay ng ulat sa estado ng pensioner. Ang mga pensioner naman na nakatira sa abroad ay kinakailangang magrenew sa pamamagitan ng Skype. Isa pang hakbang ng tanggapan ay ang pagsasaayos ng survivorship benefit kung saan sa lumang survivorship policy ay hindi maaring tumanggap ng survivorship pension ang primary o secondary beneficiaries ng GSIS member kung ito ay may tabaho o pinagkikitaan. Gayundin ang mga benepisyaryo na may tinatanggap na pension mula sa ibang kumpanya. Sa bagong polisiya, lahat ng buhay na asawa at dependents ng GSIS member ay maaaring tumanggap ng pension kahit ito ay may trabaho o kita. Mahigit 6,000 surviving spouses na napatigil ang pension simula Agosto 2009 ang nakinabang sa bagong batas na ito. Ibinalik din ng GSIS ang computation ng actual date of retirement at hindi katulad dati na binabayaran ang pension isang buwan matapos ang pagtatapos ng serbisyo sa pamahalaan o kaya ay pagkatapos ng pagtatapos ng guaranteed period ng lump sum benefit ng miyembro. Ito ay ipinatupad at nagbigay ng coverage sa mga miyembro simula Setyembre 2009 kung saan may naitalang mahigit 34,000 pensioners na aktibo. (CPG/MPDC-PIA4B Batangas)
E. RIZAL 1. DepEd, BSP to award best financial education teachers Friday 2nd of August 2013 CAINTA, Rizal, Aug. 2 (PIA) --The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) have launched the national search for outstanding teachers who effectively teach students the value of savings and financial education. Called GURO ng PAG-ASA ( Gantimpala para sa Ulirang Pagtuturo ng Pag-iimpok at Araling Pansalapi), the search will reward teachers who exhibited exemplary dedication in teaching the habit of savings using teaching guides in Edukasyon sa Pagpakatao (EsP), Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) and Araling Panlipunan (AP). â€œWhile the search will officially start on October 2013 and culminate in January 2014, we want to
drum up public awareness at this point so that many people will realize the importance of financial literacy,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro. Based on DepEd Memo No. 117 series of 2013, the search is for public elementary school teachers handling any one of the learning areas in EsP, EPP and AP and have been using the teaching guides on financial education for at least one school year. Also eligible for nomination are teachers of these subjects who garnered a performance rating of at least ‘very satisfactory’ during the search period. Principals and/or school heads or the district supervisor can nominate. The criteria is composed of three parts. The first part is instructional competence and teaching effectiveness which has 75 points. The second part is professional and community involvement which is assigned 25 points. The third is ‘plus factor’ which should be focused on documentation of schoolbased sustainability program that promotes the value of saving, money management and entrepreneurship which earns additional 20 points. There will be 12 national finalists: 3 from Luzon (1 teacher of EsP, 1 teacher of EPP, 1 teacher of AP), 3 from Visayas, 3 from Mindanao and 3 from the National Capital Region. The top three national winners will receive P100, 000.00 each in cash prize, a medal and a complete set of computer with printer. The schools of the national winners will each receive a projector with screen. The rest of the national finalists will each receive P50, 000.00 and certificates of recognition. Their respective schools will be given a plaque of recognition for their support on propagating financial education in the school and in the community. A special prize of P10, 000.00 will be awarded to a student or to class who initiated sustained savings program that promote financial education and entrepreneurial activities in school or at home. (DepEd/PIA4A)
2. Training on commercial production of high-value crops, launched in Rizal By Gideon Gapayao Friday 2nd of August 2013 Tweet FacebookYahooEmailShareThis TANAY, Rizal, Aug 2 (PIA) -- A season-long training for farmers on the commercial production of highvalue crops, particularly, vegetables and short-term fruits, was launched recently at the University of Rizal System (URS), Tanay Campus. The project, a public and private partnership (PPP) between the Rizal provincial government, URS, the SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), and Harbest Agritech aims to support the food security and livelihood program of the provincial government. Dr. Reynaldo Bonita, provincial agriculturist, said the program aspires to help farmers by introducing new agricultural technologies they can use to improve the quality and marketability of their products particularly high valuable crops like vegetables and fruits. He added that participating farmers will undergo hands-on planting activities to give them a chance to integrate the learning they obtained in the seminar. Started last July 12 and ending on October 18 this year, the training is composed of 12 sessions tackling vegetable farming, seed farming, trellising, plant nutrition, water management, identifying common pests, diseases in vegetables, farming accounting principle, the use of green houses, and harvesting of vegetables.
The training will conclude in an organized Harvest Festival showcasing produce of farmerparticipants, games and market matching and graduation on October 18 at SM City Taytay. The Rizal provincial government under the leadership of Governor Ynares is committed in helping the farmers from Rizal by supporting PPP programs to further improve production by employing new agricultural technology. (Rizal PIO)
04 AUGUST 2013.
1. Government intensifying 'intelligence gathering, hardening of targets' amid reports of terror attacks 1. Government intensifying 'intelligence gathering, hardening of targets' amid reports of terror attacks
Malacanang said on Sunday that the government is intensifying its intelligence gathering efforts in order to address reported plans of international terrorist group al-Qaida to attack targets this month. The United States has issued alerts to its diplomatic posts around the world warning of an al-Qaida attack on Western interests any time soon. The alert expires on August 31. In a press briefing aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said efforts have also been centered at fortifying alleged targets of the terrorist group. ―We consulted the National Security Adviser and the NSA had advised us that we are already intensifying intelligence gathering, and we continue the hardening of targets which are the focus of these alerts such as the US Embassy,‖ Valte said. She said the government was concerned about the terror alert and has remained in constant communication with the NSA for further updates. ―Of course, we take into consideration the alert that has been issued and then, according to the National Security Adviser, we are intensifying our intelligence gathering to address the issues that were raised in the alert,‖ Valte said. PND (rck) TOP
03 AUGUST 2013.
1. Palace willing to work with Congress for equitable pork barrel spending 1. Palace willing to work with Congress for equitable pork barrel spending
The Palace said it is prepared to work with Congress for a more prudent spending of pork barrel funds of lawmakers. ―We are prepared to work with them. This is not the first time that we have encountered this particular situation. When the President assumed office, if you notice, the inclination has always been to limit the uses that would be available under the PDAF,‖ Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. ―And you can see by now that the limitations, the tact to limit has given—has produced some success. So we will continue to work with the members of the House on this.‖ Valte was reacting to questions whether the Palace is prepared to go to war with Congress just to straighten out how pork barrel funds are used. At the same time, there are also calls on lawmakers to comply with submission of their SALNs so that the public will know how much money they accumulate while in office. But Valte explained that technically, members of Congress are not obliged to submit their SALNs to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) but to the House of Representatives. ―Anybody who wants to get a copy of the SALN should be able to go to the House secretariat to ask for the SALN,‖ she said. Congressmen submitting SALNs to the BIR is not regular, given that Congress is a co-equal branch and the BIR is under the Executive branch, Valte explained. Malacanang made an assurance this week that the ongoing investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation into the alleged pork barrel scam will be impartial and objective. Valte said in an interview on Friday that the Palace wants to conclude the NBI investigation at the soonest possible time adding however that prosecuting and putting those guilty behind bars are beyond its control. PND (as) TOP
02 AGOSTO 2013 1. Parehas at walang kikilingan ang pagsisiyasat ng NBI sa 'pork barrel scam' 2. Pangungunahan ni Aquino ang pagsalubong sa bagong biling 'warship' o bapor-pandigma
1. Parehas at walang kikilingan ang pagsisiyasat ng NBI sa 'pork barrel scam'
Tiniyak ng Malacanang na walang kikilingan ang pagsisiyasat na ginagawa ng Pambansang Kawanihan ng Pagsisiyasat (NBI) sa umano ay ―pork barrel scam.‖ ―Walang kikilingan ang pagsisiyasat na ito. Kung sa hinaharap, may mga saksing lalabas at maghaharap ng apidabit o sinumpaang salaysay, tiyak na isasaalang-alang sila,‖ sabi ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Biyernes. Tugon ito ni Valte sa mga tanong kung ano ang gagawin sakaling may ibang mga saksing haharap at tutukuyin ang mga pangalan ng kapanalig nila sa administrasyon na sangkot sa sinasabing ―scam.‖ Sinabi ni Valte na nais nilang matapos sa madaling panahon ang pagsisiyasat ng NBI. Gayunman, ang pag-uusig at pagbibilanggo sa mapapatunayang nagkasala ay hindi saklaw ng kanilang kapangyarihan. ―Patuloy ang pagsisiyasat ng NBI, nguni‘t ang akala nang ilan, ang resolusyon ay hatol na. Ang talagang hatol—ay wala sa aming mga kamay,‖ dagdag ni Valte. Idinugtong ni Valte na hindi nila ibig magbigay ng takdang panahon, nguni‘t ang tiyak na tiyak, pangunahing pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng NBI ang pagsisiyasat na dapat tapusin.
Hinggil naman sa umano ay pagkasangkot ng ilang pinuno ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka, sinabi ni Valte na si Kalihim Proceso Alcala ng Pagsasaka ay naglunsad na ng pagsisiyasat tungkol sa mga paratang na may kinalaman sa paggamit ng NGOs at ng ―pork barrel‖ ng mga mambabatas at inaasahang malalaman na ang resulta nito sa isang linggo. ―Ang tungkulin ng NBI ay alamin ang katotohanan sa isyung ito. Tulad nang nasabi na, ang unang-unang dapat gawin ay tiyakin kung ano ang tunay na nangyari at sa pagsisiyasat ay may karampatang mga tuntuning sinusunod na ang pinanghahawakan ay ang mga dokumento,‖ paliwanag pa ni Valte tungkol sa umano ay namimili ng iimbestigahan at saksi ang NBI. Binigyang diin ni Valte na hindi mapipilit ng NBI ang mga saksi na magpahayag ng mga bagay tungkol sa ano mang bagay at pangyayaring hindi naman talagang naganap upang paboran lamang ang ilang tao. PND(as/zaf) TOP 2. Pangungunahan ni Aquino ang pagsalubong sa bagong biling 'warship' o bapor-pandigma
Pangungunahan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino II ang pagsalubong sa bagong biling Hamilton-class cutter buhat sa Estados Unidos sa seremonyang gaganapin sa Subic sa Martes, Agosto 6. Ang BRP Alcaraz na ikalawang bapor-pandigma buhat sa Estados Unidos ay dumating na sa bansa at inaasahang bukas dadaong sa Subic, sabi ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Biyernes. Kulang-kulang na isang buwang naglakbay ang BRP Alcaraz buhat sa San Diego, California pauwi sa Pilipinas at dumaan sa Hawaii at Guam, sabi pa ni Valte. Hulyo 6 ito umalis sa California at Biyernes ng Umaga (Agosto 2) nang dumaong sa Kasiguran, Aurora. Bukas, Sabado naman ito dadaong sa Subic. Tahasang itinugon ni Valte sa mga reporter na walang balak ang Pilipinas na pantayan ang lakas-militar ng Tsina nang bilhin ang BRP Alcaraz. Bahagi ng ginagawang modernisasyon ng Sandatahang Lakas ng bansa ang bagong bapor pandigmang ito. dugtong ni Valte. ―Inut-inot nating ginagawa ang mga hakbang tungo sa modernisasyon ng ating militar nang inaalagata rin ang iba pang dapat nating mga programa dahil sa limitasyon natin sa budget,‖ paliwanag ni Valte. ―Talagang inaayos ang mga bagay na ito. Unti-unti talaga. Hindi naman katulad ng gusto ng iba na biglaan nating gawin ang kaliwa at kanang pamimili. Kailangan nating maging maingat at maayos sa pagbili ng kailangan upang matugunan ang ating pangangailangan,‖ sabi niya. Ang bapor-pandigma ay isinunod sa pangalan ni Ramon Alcaraz ng Hukbong Dagat na buong giting na nakipaglaban na kasama ng kawal-Amerikano noong Ika-2 Digmaang Pandaigdig. Isinilang si Alcaraz noong Agosto 31, 1915 at kabilang sa Philippine Military Academy Class 1940. Noong Ika-2 Digmaang Pandaigdig ay bahagi siya ng off-shore patrol ng Hukbong Dagat sa tuwirang pamamahala ni Heneral Douglas MacArthur. Nagpamalas siya ng pambihirang husay at giting nang pabagsakin niya sa pamamagitan ng pagbartil ang tatlong eroplanong Hapones na mababa ang lipad sa may Bataan noong Enero 17, 1942. Nang matapos ang digmaan, bumalik si Alcaraz sa pagtatanod sa baybayin at tumulong sa modernisasyon ng Lakas Pandagat ng Pilipinas. Nang matapos ang serbisyo sa Navy nagtungo siya sa Estados Unidos at nakiisa sa mga kilusang nagtataguyod ng pagsusulong ng pagkakaroon ng pantay na karapatan at katarungan para sa mga Pilipinong beterano ng digmaan. Bagaman nanirahan sa Estados Unidos, hindi nalimot ni Alcaraz ang kanyang bansang sinilangan at minamahal. Hunyo 25, 2009 binawian ng buhay si Commodore Alcaraz sa Orange County, California. PND (as/zaf) TOP
President S. Aquino III's Speech during the Opening of "A Gift of Self" Exhibit Lobby Lounge, Manila Hotel 29 July 2013
Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat. Baka napansin ho n‘yo, tatlo sa kapatid ko may painting dito sa gitnang pader na ‗to, baka hinahanap n‘yo ‗yong sa
akin, simple lang naman po ang paliwanag diyan. Karamihan ho sa inyo nandito, palagay ko mayroon kayong mga pinahiram na mga painting na bigay sa inyo ng Nanay ko—buti pa kayo. [laughter] Tinanong ko pa kasi Nanay ko, sabi ko, ―Mom, favorite son mo ako, wala ka pang binibigay sa akin.‖ Sagot niya sa akin, ―Pulitiko ka, baka pamigay mo lang.‖ Ngayon, nalaman ko lang si Vice President mayroon din—pulitiko rin siya. Hanggang namatay ang Nanay ko, may pinahiram po siya sa aking mga paintings sa office sa Senate, and now in my office currently, naka-display doon. On-loan from the family siguro iyon. Kaya tatanungin ko baka mayroong note na iniwan ang Nanay ko na baka mayroong conditionality na when I retire from politics, I will be given a painting—miski a painting. Those of you with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing some personal time will attest to my love of books and music. Of course, now that very little of my time is my own, the piles of CDs and reading material that I must set aside for another day grow taller each time I look at them. For now—and for the next two years, eleven months, and two days—the thought of turning up the volume, and actually immersing myself in a book without worrying about things of national importance, must remain something to look forward to. I believe that what those books and CDs are to me, painting was to Mom—a president who, in light of the enormous challenges she faced, had to defer simpler pleasures for a later time. After all, she had to restore and nurture a democracy after more than a decade of tyranny. And there were also the coup attempts, the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and a very long El Niño, among others. She had to be a mother to the entire nation. In that trying time, prayer—which was already a constant in her life—became her greatest refuge. Given her presidency, and the amount of time she spent helping others, my sisters and I were glad to see Mom develop an interest in painting. Beginning in 1996, Mom worked with oils and acrylics under the guidance of Jeff Consumo to produce studies on her favorite subjects: women and flowers, all in bright colors. Looking back, I cannot think of an activity more appropriate for Mom—someone who wanted a quiet home life, who would have been content with being a wife and partner to Dad, and a mother to us. So, even if she could never fully withdraw from the public sphere, Mom took the opportunity to revert to quiet things on her own time. As my older sister Ballsy said in a speech two years ago: Painting was an extension of Mom‘s deep and abiding spirituality. And it was only natural for this to come to life in the canvases she filled with images of optimism and hope, expressions of her appreciation for the simplest, and yet the most beautiful things in life. In these ideals, Mom has always been consistent. She understood how freedom was such a fundamental requirement for human life, and so she fought for it and taught others to appreciate and care for it. She had every hope that the Philippines could rise above the dark days of Martial Law, and so she did all that she could to uplift the country, and to inspire others to do the same. Mom‘s paintings are a very small part of the legacy she left behind. It is a legacy we feel every day as we live and work in a society now free from the iron fist of the dictator and from a military and police force who existed to serve one man alone. Most people would think that my family would be daunted by all this; they will wonder if we are burdened by the pressure to live up to our name. Let me be clear: it is not a burden. It reminds us what each and every one of us is capable of. This is also why I keep Mom‘s painting of some flowers and a rosary in my office in Malacañang—an office once used ironically by Mr. Marcos himself. More than ensuring that Mom and Dad are always close by, that painting reminds me what my duties are as President and as a Filipino. Our parents were extraordinary people who did extraordinary things, but the lessons they taught us were very simple: live with honor and follow your conscience. Always make the most of opportunities to alleviate the suffering of your countrymen. And, perhaps the simplest lesson of all: have faith, in both God and the people. It was because of faith that Mom found the courage to stand up against the dictatorship. It was because of faith that she was able to keep putting other people before herself, to keep giving until the very end. Mom valued her privacy, but she was never a solitary or selfish person. Whether in prayer, in service, or in art, the thought of other people was never far from her mind. So, even when she found a hobby she could truly indulge in, she chose to instead give of herself just a little more. She held joint exhibits with friends, and sold some of her paintings to raise funds for her advocacies. And she also gave away many of her works to friends and colleagues—those of you here with us today, and may I add also relatives excluding yours truly. [laughter] I believe there is no more appropriate title for this exhibit than the one it bears: ―A Gift of Self‖. We would not be here if it were not for Mom‘s selflessness. This is more than just an art exhibit, and my family and I are humbled and honored by your presence here: by the way the entire nation continues to cherish Cory Aquino and her legacy. And it is our deepest hope that your love for Mom does not stop with gratitude—that you choose to live out her example every day, and do your part in building a better country. Thank you. Good evening. [HOME]
ONLINE NEWS AUGUST 3, 2013 1. DA debunks agri experts' claim, study shows Pinoy eating less rice 2. Statement of Finance Secretary Cesaar V. Purisima on the change of the Philippine Rating Outlook to “Positive” from “Stable” by R&I, Inc. 3. GSIS offers restructuring for housing loan borrowers 4. BI workers get performance bonuses 5. DBP recognized for water financing program 6. Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project Draws 11 Prospective Bidders 7. Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrants in DBP 'Behest Loan' case 8. VP Binay awards 11 new Aitech certified developers 9. VP Binay: Inclusive growth will happen if PHL expands manufacturing sector 10. PDIC advises borrowers of Rural Bank of San Fernando (Cebu) to pay their obligations 11. NSCB and HDN Release the 2009 Human Development Index and back estimates for 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006 12. UNTV enrolls 500 poor families to PhilHealth 13. TESDA gaining online audience 14. DOLE honors OFWs, supports BPI Search for Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children 15. "Money Matters for Kids" Exhibit to be Mounted at Gateway Mall
1. DA debunks agri experts' claim, study shows Pinoy eating less rice Source: https://www.da.ph
Contrary to claims by certain international agriculture experts, Filipinos are eating lesser quantities of rice in the past five years, and population growth rate from 1990 to 2010 is declining. Agriculture Undersecretary for Field Operations and concurrent National Rice Program Coordinator Dante S. Delima said these facts debunk recent claims that the country‘s population and rice consumption patterns pose threats to the government‘s rice self-sufficiency program. Citing the findings of the 2012 Survey of Food Demand for Agricultural Commodities in the Philippines (SFD) conducted by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Delima urged agriculture experts to update their data as these may be used for ―dangerous policy directions.‖ Recent reports attributed to studies made by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) cite population and consumption as hindrances to the viability of the government‘s Food Staples Sufficiency Program. However, the latest BAS survey pegs the annual per capita consumption of rice at 114.26 kilograms. For corn, it was 10.27 kilograms. From a reported high of about 128 kilograms per person in 2008, BAS data show a downward trend in rice consumption at 119.25 kilograms in 2009, 114.81 kg in 2010, 115.30 kg in 2011, and the latest at 114.26 in 2012. The study also showed that the annual per capita consumption of rice was highest among households belonging to Class AB at 123.60 kg, and it was least among Class E households at 109.90 kg. It also showed that households in the poorest group, or Class E were the biggest consumers of rice substitutes. Among the substitutes to rice in this sector, corn was the most popular (21.13 kg), followed by banana (12.30 kg), camote (5.28 kg), cassava (4.80 kg), and gabi (1.83 kg). Nationwide, 95.74 percent of households reported rice as their staple food, while only 4.13 percent cited corn, and 0.13 percent for other food like bread, cassava, and gabi. The present BAS survey negates a recent study by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) that showed that ―Filipinos have progressively consumed more rice in the last two decades.‖ The SEARCA study found that while rice consumption has declined in most other Asian countries, per capita
consumption in the Philippines rose to 13 percent, from 106 kg in 2000 to 119 kg in 2009. In terms of population, Delima noted that official figures from the National Statistics Office indicate a decline in population growth rate, from 2.34 percent for the period 1990 to 2000, to only 1.90 percent for 2000 to 2010. BAS, the statistical arm of the Department of Agriculture, conducted the SFD in four survey rounds in 2012. It is still to release the official survey results this month. |TOP| 2. Statement of Finance Secretary Cesaar V. Purisima on the change of the Philippine Rating Outlook to “Positive” from “Stable” by R&I, Inc. Source: https://www.dof.gov.ph ―It is with great pride that I learned today that Ratings and Investment Information, Inc., changed the Philippine Rating Outlook to ‗Positive‘ from ‗Stable‘ while affirming our investment grade rating of BBB-. The gains of good governance are again recognized by those who monitor world economies, with our tax collection reforms and our landmark sin tax reform law contributing greatly to the positive outlook. ―I commend R&I for noting not just the prudent fiscal management we have implemented under President Aquino, but the great strides we have taken towards lasting peace in Mindanao. With the recent signing of the wealth sharing annex to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, we have come closer to enshrining perpetual inclusive growth in law for all Filipinos. ―I thank R&I for this timely and balanced evaluation of the Philippines. |TOP| 3. GSIS offers restructuring for housing loan borrowers Source: https://www.gsis.gov.ph
Applicants entertained by appointment only The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will accept applications for its new housing loan restructuring program beginning August 1, 2013. Interested applicants in Metro Manila may call telephone numbers 479-3548, 479-3583 and 479-3587 to set an appointment. To contact GSIS provincial offices, call 847-4747. To avoid unnecessary waste of the member's valuable time and ensure they are properly attended to, GSIS will only entertain applicants who have previously set an appointment. GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara said the program is another initiative of the pension fund to help GSIS housing loan borrowers settle their arrears or update their housing accounts. PGM Vergara said the GSIS will condone all unpaid penalties and surcharges and grant extended payment terms for those qualified to restructure their accounts. Even those with current accounts will also benefit from the program, as their monthly amortization will be reduced through an extended payment term if they apply for restructuring. He added that foreclosable Real Estate Loan accounts and cancelled Deed of Conditional Sale (DCS) accounts that have not yet been sold are eligible under the program, saying that by restructuring, the auction of the property may be postponed and the foreclosure case or cancellation of the DCS account will be withdrawn. The program also grants incentives for accounts with arrears and the borrowers intend to pay in full. Those with arrearages of not more than six months will get 100% discount on unpaid interest, penalties and surcharges. Those accounts with arrearages of more than six months will get discounts based on their payment performance record. The program is open to: (1) borrowers whose accounts are current or up-to-date; (2) awardees of accounts with cancelled deeds of conditional sale but are not yet sold; (3) accounts under foreclosure proceedings; (4) buyers of rights; and (5) heirs of deceased borrowers who will be able to meet the eligibility criteria and documentary requirements. However, borrowers whose properties have been auctioned and who were already issued a certificate of sheriff sale can no longer avail of the program.
Application for loan restructuring will be accepted until 31 December 2013. No application fee is required for the program. |TOP| 4. BI workers get performance bonuses Source: https://www.immigration.gov.ph
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of the performance-based bonus of of close to 900 officilas and employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) which was rated last year as second best of the agencies attached to the Department of Justice (DOJ). BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison disclosed that the DBM authorized last July 22 the release of P9.476 million to cover payment of the bonuses for the bureau‘s rank and file. A worker who was rated outstanding will receive the maximum bonus of P25,000 while those who were graded very satisfactory and good get P13,500 and P7,000, respectively. Mison cited that this was achieved through the several reforms instituted by BI chief Ricardo David Jr. to improve the bureau‘s services. This led to BI being rated by DBM as second best performing agency under the DOJ for surpassing all of its operational targets in 2012. The bureau received high marks in the areas of enforcement, alien registration and travel control and passenger documentation. However, unlike in the past when the employees get equal incentive pay, their bonus may increase or decrease depending on their work performance. |TOP| 5. DBP recognized for water financing program Source: https://www.dbp.gov.ph
State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) received a certificate of merit for its program, the Philippine Water Revolving Fund (PWRF), during this year‘s Global Sustainable Finance Awards held recently in Karlsruhe, Germany.DBP‘s program was among the many projects from all over the world that were nominated. The PWRF mobilizes private capital and augments private resources for much-needed investments in water supply and sanitation projects in the Philippines. DBP is the fund administrator of the PWFRF, a joint undertaking of the governments of the Philippines, Japan and the United States. Funding support for the PWRF is through DBP‘s Environment Development Project (EDP) loan facility funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Global Sustainable Finance Awards honors financial institutions and organizations with significant contributions to the field of sustainable finance, provides recognition to financial institutions that have successfully embedded economic, social and environmental sustainability into their businesses and promotes the growth of green financial instruments and markets worldwide.The said awards program was organized by the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and the European Organization for Sustainable Development (EOSD). |TOP| 6. Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project Draws 11 Prospective Bidders Source: http://ppp.gov.ph
So far 11 firms have expressed interest in the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project, purchasing the prequalification documents for prospective bidders after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) issued out its invitation to prequalify and bid last July 22, 2013. As of July 26, the interested firms include San Miquel Corporation, Korea Expressway Corporation, Alloy MTD Philippines Inc., Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Limited, Megawide Engineering Excellence,
Leighton Contractors (Philippines), Inc., Makati Development Corporation, AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, EGIS Projects Developer of Infrastructure & Service, Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation, and Aboitizland, Inc. CALAX is the third project of the DPWH under the public-private partnership mode and has, so far, the biggest project cost at 35.42 billion pesos. It involves the financing, design and construction, operation and maintenance of the entire 4-lane, 47 km closed-system tolled expressway connecting CAVITEX and SLEX. The Project will start from the CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and end at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. The project will have interchanges in 9 locations, namely: Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor‘s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd., Technopark, and a Toll Barrier before SLEX. When constructed, the CALAX project will decongest traffic along the Cavite Laguna road network as it connects the existing CAVITEX and SLEX roads, reducing the travel time from Metro Manila to the CALA area and back. According to the project‘s invitation to pre-qualify and bid, the submission of pre-qualification documents is slated for September 23, 2013. The two-stage/two envelope system for the open solicitation of bids under the BuildOperate and Transfer (BOT) Law will be applied. Bidders will first be pre-qualified based on minimum legal, technical and financial requirements set by the DPWH. |TOP| 7. Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrants in DBP 'Behest Loan' case Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph
THE Sandiganbayan ordered the issuance of warrants of arrest in the two graft cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against former Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) officers and private individuals arising from DBP‘s grant of loans to Deltaventures Resources, Inc. (DVRI). In a six-page Resolution penned by Justice Jose Hernandez and concurred in by Justices Samuel Martires and Maria Cristina Cornejo, the Sandiganbayan Third Division ordered the arrest of former DBP officers Patricia Sto. Tomas, Alexander Magno, Ramon Durano IV, Floro Oliveros, Renato Velasco, Benedicto Ernesto Bitonio Jr., Arturo Baliton, Perla Soleta, Warren De Guzman, Teresita Tolentino, Marissa Cayetano, Nelson Macatlang, Rodolfo Cerezo, and DVRI President Josephine Manalo and Goldenmedia Corporation Treasurer Ma. Lourdes Torres. In denying the various motions filed by the accused, the Court found that ―probable cause exists for the issuance of warrants of arrest against all the accused-movants‖ after it ―personally, independently and judiciously examined and evaluated the resolution and order of the Office of the Ombudsman x x x [and the] records and evidence to support the same[.]‖ The Court also denied the request to subpoena the Chief Records Officer of the Office of the Ombudsman to submit a copy of the alleged original/reviewed resolution for being moot, after the request was withdrawn in open court. ―This Court does not find any need of additional supporting evidence solely for the purpose of determining probable cause,‖ the Court added. It also ruled that the other arguments raised are ―matters of defense which are appropriate in the trial proper.‖ The anti-graft court found no need to issue warrants of arrest against former DBP President and Vice-Chairman Reynaldo David and officers Franklin Velarde, Joseph Donato Pangilinan, Miguel Romero, Edgardo Garcia, Armando Samia, Rolando Geronimo, Jesus Guevarra II, Crescencia Bundoc, and businessman Roberto Ongpin since they have already posted bail. In resolving the complaint filed by DBP Chairman Jose Nuñez and DBP President and Chief Executive Officer Francisco Del Rosario, Jr., Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, by Resolution signed on September 25, 2012, found probable cause to indict them for violations of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act). The Ombudsman Resolution found that DBP extended two loan facilities in the amounts of P150 million and P510 million in April 2009 and November 2009, respectively, to DVRI, even though DVRI was undercapitalized; the values of the securities did not comply with the collateral-to-loan ratio prescribed by the Central Bank and DBP‘s own credit policy memoranda; there are indications that corporate layering was resorted to; and the proceeds of the second loan were used to purchase DBP-owned stocks in Philex Mining Corporation, although the private company was not licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a securities dealer, and with reported indicia of insider trading, all of which were orchestrated in a span of less than a year.##
The said Resolution was affirmed in an Order signed by Ombudsman Morales on January 8, 2013 that denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the accused, thereby proceeding with the filing of the criminal Informations in the Sandiganbayan. On the administrative aspect of the case, Ombudsman Morales, by Decision signed on November 21, 2012, ordered that Bitonio Jr., Magno, Velasco, Velarde, Garcia, Guevarra II, Bundoc, Baliton, Macatlang, Cayetano, Tolentino, Cerezo, and De Guzman be dismissed from the service, after having been found administratively liable for Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to Best Interest of the Service. |TOP| 8. VP Binay awards 11 new Aitech certified developers Source: http://www.ovp.gov.ph
Vice President and housing czar Jejomar C. Binay Wednesday accredited 11 proponents of green and innovative technology after passing evaluation by the Accreditation of Indigenous Technologies for Housing (AITECH). The accreditation of the developers qualifies them for developmental housing loans with the government‘s financing institutions, including Pag-IBIG Fund‘s end-user financing extended to home buyers. The technologies may also be utilized in government housing projects subject to bidding processes. So far, 31 accredited technologies have valid accreditation. Six of these are currently being used in the National Housing Authority‘s (NHA) Low-Rise Building projects. "The continued accreditation of Filipino developers shows that there is no lack of indigenous technology that we can use in constructing sturdy homes with lower cost materials," Binay said. The housing czar has been urging the use of environment-friendly and cost-effective technologies for urban development. ―To those who shall answer this call, you can be assured that we will support developers who provide or use such solutions; and we will continue to educate communities on how these innovations are critical if we wish to secure a sustainable future," Binay said during a convention of the United Architects of the Philippines in April. The AITECH is a committee tasked to evaluate and accredit various innovative technologies/systems for housing. It also acts as a review and approving body for applications for accreditation of innovative technologies appropriate for housing. The AITECH is composed of representatives from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the key shelter agencies, the University of the Philippines-Bureau of Research and Standards (UPBRS), Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCIEERDDOST), Department of Public Works and Highways- Bureau of Research and Standards (DPWH-BRS), and Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (BPS-DTI). The newly-accredited technologies include Onduline Roofing, Acasys Eco Homes System, Alufix and Mammut Formworks, Eco-Key Fireproof Panel Board, Plastered Precast Panels, JC Wall Slab System, Smart Masonry Building System, Precast Prestressed "C-Joist", Weida Polystor (Water StorageTank), Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Roofing, and Panelflex Building System. The NHA plans to construct a building inside the NHA compound showcasing and promoting indigenous materials and green technologies accredited by AITECH. It has approved the allocation of P24 million for the construction of the AITECH Center. The Center is expected to be completed by 2014. |TOP| 9. VP Binay: Inclusive growth will happen if PHL expands manufacturing sector Source: http://www.ovp.gov.ph
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay Wednesday night said the country can achieve inclusive growth only if it is able to expand the manufacturing sector. ―Inclusive growth will only happen if we are able to rebuild and re-surge our manufacturing sector; and that will only happen if we build the infrastructures required by a 21st century economy, for electricity and transport, first
and foremost,‖ he said during the induction of officers of the Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (FCGCCI). ―[I]nvestments in those physical infrastructures will only be viable if the factories they will power and the goods they will transport will have the rest of the world for their market,‖ he added. The Vice President said he was glad that discussions in the past months have revolved around inclusive growth, as these have brought consensus on the issue. He also noted that it would take a strong political will from government leaders and the help of the Filipino people to ensure that the effect of the country‘s economic gains will be felt by all. ―[I]t will take the strongest political will that we as a nation can muster to make inclusive growth happen – not just the President and his cabinet, not just our senators and representatives, not just our judiciary, but we, the sovereign people, who have made a pledge in our Constitution to build a just and humane society,‖ he said. Binay then challenged the members of the FCCCI to think on how the Philippines can be positioned as a manufacturing hub in the global supply chain. ―[W]hat will it take to pursue the positioning we decide on? What government policies, and what laws? What industrial strategies? What investment regime? And, more importantly, what costs will it entail? And what markets out there can we enter with what products we can manufacture with great efficiencies, in order to recover those costs with returns that are attractive to investors, both private and public,‖ he asked. Likening the country to a ship, Binay further said that in a market economy like the Philippines, the government works best as captain and crew, while business works best as navigator, as the country sails towards inclusive growth. |TOP| 10. PDIC advises borrowers of Rural Bank of San Fernando (Cebu) to pay their obligations Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph
The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), the Receiver of the closed Rural Bank of San Fernando (Cebu), reminded borrowers of the bank to continue to pay their loans and transact only with authorized PDIC representatives. In a statement, PDIC advised borrowers of the Rural Bank of San Fernando to pay their loans and other obligations directly at any Philippine National Bank (PNB) Branch under account name, PDIC FAO BURL – RURAL BANK OF SAN FERNANDO (CEBU), INC. with Reference Number 373-0949-00013. The Receiver cautioned borrowers that it has discontinued the engagement of the bank‘s collectors. PDIC has not engaged any person to collect the loans of the bank. To ensure proper recording of payments made by borrowers, it further advised borrowers to keep copies of the PNB Deposit/Payment Slips. The Receiver emphasized that only payments with validated PNB Deposit/Payment Slips shall be considered valid payments. The Monetary Board (MB) placed the Rural Bank of San Fernando under the receivership of the PDIC by virtue of MB Resolution No. 1087 dated July 4, 2013. As Receiver, PDIC took over the bank on July 5, 2013. Upon takeover, all bank records are gathered, verified and validated. Rural Bank of San Fernando is a single-unit bank located in San Fernando, Cebu. According to the latest Bank Information Sheet (BIS) as of December 31, 2010 filed by the Rural Bank of San Fernando with the PDIC, the bank is majority-owned by Milagros A. Villasor (34.72%), Guillermo A. Villasor, Jr. (8.37%), Edwin A. Villasor (7.34%), John Robert A. Villasor (7.15%), Patrick A. Villasor (6.99%), Catalina T. Cuenco (6.87%), and Josefina T. Cuenco (6.26%). Its Chairman and President is Milagros A. Villasor. Borrowers of the bank may also communicate with the PDIC – Loans Management Department I at (02) 841-4982 or 841-4760. Queries may also be sent through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. |TOP| 11. NSCB and HDN Release the 2009 Human Development Index and back estimates for 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006 Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph
The Human Development Network (HDN), with support from the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) and assistance from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) launched the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR), with the theme Geography and Human Development, last 29 July 2013 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. Highlights of the Report/presentations as well as messages during the launching may be accessed on the NSCB website through the following link: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/references.asp The 2012/2013 Report contains the latest 2009 Human Development Index (HDI), preliminary estimates of which were initially released by the HDN and NSCB in December 2012. The Statistical Annex of the Report also presents back estimates of the HDI for 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006 using the updated methodology for trend analysis. The Report can be accessed on the HDN website through the following link: http://hdn.org.ph/20122013philippine-human-development-report/. The 1997-2009 HDI Tables are also available at the NSCB website with URL: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/DataCharts.asp. - See more at: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/default.asp#sthash.2DyJELqC.dpuf The Human Development Network (HDN), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and assistance from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) launched the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR), with the theme Geography and Human Development, last 29 July 2013 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. Highlights of the Report/presentations as well as messages during the launching may be accessed on the NSCB website through the following link: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/references.asp The 2012/2013 Report contains the latest 2009 Human Development Index (HDI), preliminary estimates of which were initially released by the HDN and NSCB in December 2012. The Statistical Annex of the Report also presents back estimates of the HDI for 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006 using the updated methodology for trend analysis. The Report can be accessed on the HDN website through the following link: http://hdn.org.ph/20122013-philippine-human-development-report/. The 1997-2009 HDI Tables are also available at the NSCB website with URL: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/DataCharts.asp. - See more at: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/default.asp#sthash.2DyJELqC.dpuf The Human Development Network (HDN), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and assistance from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) launched the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR), with the theme Geography and Human Development, last 29 July 2013 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. Highlights of the Report/presentations as well as messages during the launching may be accessed on the NSCB website through the following link: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/references.asp The 2012/2013 Report contains the latest 2009 Human Development Index (HDI), preliminary estimates of which were initially released by the HDN and NSCB in December 2012. The Statistical Annex of the Report also presents back estimates of the HDI for 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006 using the updated methodology for trend analysis. The Report can be accessed on the HDN website through the following link: http://hdn.org.ph/20122013-philippine-human-development-report/. The 1997-2009 HDI Tables are also available at the NSCB website with URL: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/DataCharts.asp. - See more at: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/default.asp#sthash.2DyJELqC.dpuf The Human Development Network (HDN), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and assistance from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) launched the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR), with the theme Geography and Human Development, last 29 July 2013 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. Highlights of the Report/presentations as well as messages during the launching may be accessed on the NSCB website through the following link: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/references.asp The 2012/2013 Report contains the latest 2009 Human Development Index (HDI), preliminary estimates of which were initially released by the HDN and NSCB in December 2012. The Statistical Annex of the Report also presents back estimates of the HDI for 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006 using the updated methodology for trend analysis. The Report can be accessed on the HDN website through the following link: http://hdn.org.ph/20122013-philippine-human-development-report/. The 1997-2009 HDI Tables are also available at the NSCB website with URL: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/hdi/DataCharts.asp. |TOP| 12. UNTV enrolls 500 poor families to PhilHealth
The UNTV, "Your Public Service Channel", will enroll an initial 500 poor families with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for a six-month period under its Sponsored Program. Beneficiary families will come from UNTV‘s partner communities in different regions of the country. "On behalf of our President Mr. Daniel Razon and the whole UNTV family, we would like to thank PhilHealth for this partnership. This is one of our President's ideas on how to extend more help to poor families who need medical interventions" UNTV‘s Vice President for Administration Mr. Gerardo A. Panghulan said. For his part, PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander A. Padilla said that "we are honored to sign up with UNTV who has been a good partner for the past several years, and thanks to Ka Daniel also. It‘s really an honor and privilege to partner with UNTV in this endeavor, for which I know, will continue for many more years." |TOP| 13. TESDA gaining online audience Source: http://www.tesda.gov.ph
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been consistently drawing traffic into its website from among the youth in search of training and jobs. Web analytics data for http://www.tesda.gov.ph/ showed that from January to June this year, the website has generated a total of 3,392,278 page views, including more than half a million, or 509,011 unique visitors. On the average, each visitor to the site visits at least four pages (4.41 average pages per visit), the data added. Visitors to the site came from 203 countries or territories, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Qatar, Japan, Hong Kong and United Kingdom. "What's interesting about this data is how pervasive TESDA has become, not only among those seeking scholarships in our various offices but in the internet as well," Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general, said. Villanueva said TESDA's traffic was astounding, adding that its online presence has helped people needing information on technical vocational education and training. TESDA came online in 1998 and has since undergone evolution to be more interesting to its online audience. In the website, one can find useful data and information such as the latest news releases, the Director General's activities as well as the other officials, registry of certified workers, accredited assessment centers, information on scholarships and courses, current programs, invitation to bid, job market, list of officials, directory of offices and other relevant TVET information. It also has downloadable information and files such as training regulations, competency-based learning materials, and list of registered programs. There are also important links that can be found in the site such as the TESDA Online Program, TESDA corporate email as hosted by Google Apps, and links to other government agencies. Among TESDA's online clients are employers, students, trainees and workers, schools and training institutions. |TOP| 14. DOLE honors OFWs, supports BPI Search for Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday called on OFW children, who exhibitexceptional abilities in academics, business, and sports, as well as leadership qualities in their communities, to join the Bank of the Philippine Island‘s (BPI) Search for 10 Outstanding Expat Pinoy, and give their parents the much-needed motivation and validation for their hard work overseas. ―Expat Pinoys, in a more popular moniker, are truly deserving of their titles as modern day heroes for their tremendous contribution in nation-building. They live up to the endearing characteristics of Filipinos, bringing
honor to our country throughdiligence and resourcefulness they demonstrate at work,‖ Baldoz said. ―The Department is one with the BPI in their search to reward exceptional children, who despite being away from their parents have managed to acquire exemplary achievements,‖ she added. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) officials sit as the judges in the competition for the last five years. First introduced in 2007, BPI‘s Search for Ten Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children reflects the bank‘s commitment to continuously support and recognize the efforts and sacrifices of Expat Pinoys and their children as they go beyond borders for their families. The Search will have 10 winning students in four categories: seven students for the Ibang Klaseng Talino Award; and one each for the Ibang Klaseng Community Leader Award, Ibang Klaseng Entrepreneur Award, and Ibang Klaseng Artist/Athlete Award. The Search is open to children of overseas Filipinos with current work contracts abroad; college students not more than 21 years old; presently enrolled in a 4-year course; and with no failing grade. To join, nominees must submit an essay on the topic, ―Overseas migration has it gains and pains. As a daughter/son of an OFW, how can you help optimize the economic gains of your parent‘s employment overseas and minimize the social risks that your family faces due to distance and years of separation?‖ The essay may be written in Filipino or English, must be typewritten, double-spaced, and must contain at least a minimum of 800 words and not more than 1,200 words—to be submitted to the Program Secretariat on or before 30 August 2013. ―To be declared a winner in the search will be a remarkable achievement considering the high standards set by the Board of Judges.Surely, the caliber of the winners is something future OFW children who will vie for the search will emulate and try to achieve, if not surpass,‖ Baldoz said. Toward this end, the labor and employment chief reiterated that such support to this endeavor is in-line with President Benigno S. Aquino III‘s thrust to strengthen the welfare and protection of the country‘s modern day heroes. Each awardee, who will be announced in October, will receive a cash prize of P50,000 to be credited in a BPInoy Savings Account. (For complete details on these criteria, documentary requirements, and other pertinent queries or feedbacks, please feel free tocall 750-6210 or 501-5090.) |TOP| 15. "Money Matters for Kids" Exhibit to be Mounted at Gateway Mall Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), in cooperation with Araneta Center, Inc., will launch the Money Matters for Kids (MMK) Exhibit on August 2 at the Activity Area, Level 1 of Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City. Officers from the BSP, the Araneta Group and the Department Education will lead the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the exhibit, which is a fun and interactive way for students 12 years old and younger to learn the concepts of money, saving, spending, and sharing. The MMK Exhibit is a component of the BSP‘s integrated Economic and Financial Learning Program. The exhibit is spearheaded by the BSP‘s Financial Consumer Affairs Group which has adopted ―Financial Education: Building Block for a Stronger Economy‖ as a theme for its financial advocacy initiatives. The MMK Exhibit features a make-believe bank where children can play the roles of bank managers and tellers; and a mock-up Automated Teller Machine (ATM) that teaches kids how to use ATM cards and enter personal identification numbers. This enables the kids to learn about bank accounts, deposits, and withdrawals. There is also a grocery shop which teaches kids how to budget and to differentiate between needs and wants. This is where the children can use ultraviolet light to know the security features of peso bills and to distinguish between genuine and fake banknotes. The MMK Exhibit will run from August 2 - 17 and will be open to the public during mall hours from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Designed to catch the fancy of schoolchildren, the exhibit will also be mounted in different cities and municipalities across the country. This will enable the BSP to cover more ground in teaching the citizenry to become disciplined savers, conscious spenders, and smart consumers at an early age. |TOP|
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Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., assisted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., presents the 2012 Gawad CES Award to DTI Kalinga provincial director Grace Baluyan in a ceremony at the Heroes Hall of the Malaca単an Palace on Wednesday (July 31, 2013). The Gawad CES is a presidential award that recognizes members in the Career Executive Service (CES) for exemplary performance and significant contributions, particularly in the areas of innovation, information and communication technology, social services, administrative reforms and public policy. Given annually, Gawad CES aims to encourage among members of the CES community consistent performance and honor in public service. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., assisted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, presents the 2012 Gawad CES Award to DSWD Undersecretary Alicia Bala in a ceremony at the Heroes Hall of the Malaca単an Palace on Wednesday (July 31, 2013). The Gawad CES is a presidential award that recognizes members in the Career Executive Service (CES) for exemplary performance and significant contributions, particularly in the areas of innovation, information and communication technology, social services, administrative reforms and public policy. Given annually, Gawad CES aims to encourage among members of the CES community consistent performance and honor in public service. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau)
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