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Dispatch for October 11 , 2013 Friday , 2 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 11 Weather Watch, 3 OFW Watch, 11 Reg’l. Watch , 1 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 15 Photonews

1. Weather Watch

24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued At:

5:00 a.m., 11 October 2013

Valid Beginning:

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


Predicted Mean Sea Level Pressure Analysis for 8 a.m., 11 October 2013

Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind Analysis for 8 a.m., 11 October 2013

Satellite Image for 4:32 a.m., 11 October 2013

Synopsis: At 4:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon "SANTI" was located based on all available data at 340 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.4째N, 125.1째E) with maximum winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move west at 15 kph. Forecast: Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Northern Quezon including Polilio Islands and Central Luzon will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas. Metro Manila, rest of CALABARZON, Marinduque, Lubang Islands, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Southern Cagayan, Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines provinces will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas. The rest of Luzon and Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the rest of the country and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. (in Filipino)

2. Weather Watch 59 minutes ago Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon on DZRH Re: Preparation for Santi -Nakahanda lahat ng water search and rescue units natin. -Palaging nakaalerto lahat ng chapters, ang operations center namin mino-monitor ang takbo niyan. -Abalang abala tayo sa Olongapo at Zambales dahil sa leptospirosis, about 401 cases, siyam na ang patay. -Sabi nila naghahanda rin sila doon, nakahanda na ang water search ang rescue. -Sa Aurora, palagi naman sanay na sanay na yang mga iyan at laging humahampas diyan ang bagyo. Kung relief goods ang pag-uusapan nakahanda yan pero ang importante sa amin at ay yung ma-prevent yung mga masasaktan at mga mababaha kaya lahat ng aming 143 units ay nakahanda na yan. -As usual kapag may bagyo, yung announcement, tinitignan namin gaano kataas ang tides at kung gaano kalakas ang ulan at talagang pinaghahandaan na yan. -Magre-rescue ka kapag hindi umalis ang tao, sa evacuation center nakahanda na siyempre ang hot meals, titignan kung may sakit ang mga bata, senior citizen then kapag natapos ang bagyo hindi lang ang relief. -Yung pinakanasalanta talaga ang inaasinta namin. -Bumaha kasi sa malaking area (in Olongapo), tumagal ng kaunti ang tubig at yung mga tao ay natamaan dahil tumaas ang tubig, ngayon lang nangyari yang leptospirosis na ganyang katindi. -Nakaalerto na lahat ng chapters na tatamaan.


3. Weather Watch 54 minutes ago GMA News TV: Kanselado na ang MNL-Virac-MNL na biyahe ng Cebu Pacific dahil sa masamang lagay ng panahon.

4. Weather Watch about an hour ago PAGASA hydrologist Elmer Caringal on GMA News TV -Sa ngayon tumataas pa ang level ng tubig sa Bustos dam pero mahina pa gaano ang pag-ulan sa ngayon. - As of 8am ang level ng tubig sa Angat dam ay 202.95 meter (spilling level 210 meter), San Roque dam 274.17 meters (spilling level 280 meters), Pantabangan dam 204.31 meters (spilling level 216 meters) Magat dam 189.22 meters (spilling level 193 meters) -May bukas na gates sa Binga at Ambuklao. -Malaking possibility na maapektuhan nitong ulan ng bagyong Santi mamayang gabi hanggang bukas ang Magat, San Roque at Pantabangan dam.

5. Weather Watch 2 hours ago PAGASA Update on Status of Dams, as of 6:00 a.m., 11 October 2013

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6. Weather Watch 3 hours ago PIA-4A/RIZAl: Antipolo City suspended classes in the pre-school level ONLY in both public and private schools. -Antipolo PIO 3 hours ago PIA-4A/RIZAL: Classes are suspended in the pre-school level in Rizal province in both public and private schools. Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto also declared suspension in the elementary level. --Antipolo PIO

7. Weather Watch 3 hours ago near Quezon City Emergency numbers: BFP (NCR) 117, (02) 729-5166, (02) 410-6319 DOTC 7890 or (02) 726-6255 DPWH (02) 304-3713, (02) 304-3904 DSWD (632) 931-8101 to 07, loc. 426 or 425 MMDA 882-0860 (Metrobase) NDRRMC 911-5061 to 64 PAGASA (02) 4338526 PCG (02) 5278481, (02) 5273877, 09177243682, 0917-PCG-DOTC Philippine Red Cross 143, (02) 527-0000, (02) 527-8385 to 95 PNP 117 or TXT PNP to 2920

8. Weather Watch 4 hours ago GMA: Mahigpit na nakabantay ang pamunuan ng Bustos Dam dahil sa epekto ng bagyong Santi. Nanganganib umano na bumigay ang 6 na rubber gates sa dam dahil sa kalumaan kaya nakatutok sila upang matiyak na hindi lalagpas sa spilling level ang tubig doon.

9. Weather Watch 4 hours ago GMA: Otomatikong suspendido ang klase sa pre-school at daycare sa mga lugar na nakataas ang Signal No. 1 dahil sa bagyong Santi, kabilang ang Metro Manila.


10. Weather Watch 4 hours ago GMA weather forecaster Nathaniel Cruz: -Lumakas pa at isa ng typhoon ang bagyong Santi habang kumikilos patungo sa Aurora-Isabela area. -Huli itong namataan sa layong 340km silangan ng Baler, Aurora. -Nakataas na ang Signal no. 3 sa Aurora habang Signal No. 2 naman sa Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Northern Quezon, Polilio Island, Pampanga at Bulacan. -Signal No. 1 naman sa Southern Cagayan, Kalinga, Abra, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Bataan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Lubang Is., Quezon, Marinduque, CamSur, CamNorte, Albay at Catanduanes. -Taglay nito ang lakas ng hangin na 120kph at pagbugso na 150kph. Kumikilos ito pa-kanluran sa bilis na 15kph. - Naglabas ang PAGASA ng gale warning sa eastern seaboard ng Northern Luzon at Visayas. Ayon naman sa pagtaya ng Weather Central, sa Martes pa inaasahang lalabas ng bansa ang bagyo.

11. Weather Watch shared Dost_pagasa's photo. 4 hours ago Severe Weather Bulletin Number Eight Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon “#SantiPH” (5AM 11 October 2013) “SANTI” has intensified into a Typhoon as it continues to move towards Aurora-Isabela area. ...See More

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Weather Watch

October 11 , 2013 ( Friday ) CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON

PIA

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as of 6:00-7:00 AM

Cloudy Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers

Mostly Cloudy

Regional Watch

1. PIA Regional Watch 22 minutes ago near Quezon City PIA-4A: The Chairman, RDRRMC-4A and OCD regional director Vicente Tomazar called an emergency meeting of the response committee and the Calabarzon PDRRMO today (Oct. 11/13) at the OCD-4A conference room to discuss preparedness measures/activities of member agencies and PDRRMCs. Its Operation center activated and disseminated weathers advisories to all concerned LDRRMOs. 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The COMELEC Quezon provincial office will be attending the security command conference at Camp Vicente Lim, Canlubang, Laguna. tomorrow. The conference which will be attended


also by other government agencies such as the PNP and other agencies in the region is in line with the holding of peaceful, honest and orderly barangay elections on October 28.

2. PIA Regional Watch 33 minutes ago near Quezon City PIA-4A: Sea travel were cancelled by Lucena port management due to TS Santi and as of 5:00am 170 persons and 13 rolling cargoes are stranded due to cancellation of sea travel.

3. PIA Regional Watch 34 minutes ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: DRRMO Valentin Quidote Jr. has already instructed all MDRRMOs to stand by on alert as the province is under signal no.1. 35 minutes ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The PDRRMO will disperse today 10 rescue boats in coastal areas in the four districts of the province in preparation to any eventuality that Typhoon Santi may bring about. 35 minutes ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: As per coordination with Mr. Roel del Rosario, PDRMO action officer, his office is continuously monitoring situations in every municipality in light of Typhoon Santi putting Laguna under signal no.1.

4. PIA Regional Watch 15 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isinagawa ng Department of Energy ang isang multi-sectoral advocacy campaign on downstream oil industry sa lungsod ng Batangas. Layon nitong maipaunawa sa mga kunsumidores ang kahalagahan ng mga ginagawang hakbang ng naturang tanggapan kaugnay ng usaping petrolyo at krudo.

5. PIA Regional Watch 17 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: Quezon Gov. David Suarez urged the municipal mayors in the province to conduct community-based monitoring and management system (CBMMS) inorder to determine the economic situation in their respective areas. Suarez also said that if all municipalities have CBMMS the economic growth of the province will contribute the national economic productivity.

6. PIA Regional Watch


18 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/CAVITE: The provincial government joins the nation in observing the 50th Fish Conservation Week from October 13-19. This year's theme is " Pangisdaang Pinagyaman Ngayon; Henerasyong Sagana sa Panghabang Panahon." This annual observance aimed at increasing awareness on the importance of protecting and conserving the fisheries and aquatic resources as per Presidential Proclamation No. 176 s. 1963.

7. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/CAVITE: The DENR-CALABARZON Region in its MoA with the city government of Bacoor and Saint Dominic College of Asia identified the mangrove rehabilitation project area is in Barangay Sineguelasan. DENR will assist in the preparation of 3-year development plan indicating the details of the said project in the said identified barangay in Bacoor.

8. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The COMELEC-Quezon provincial office is currently preparing/ sending continous papers to municipal/city election officers in the province.This will be used for printing of registered voters in preparation for barangay elections on October 28.

9. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: DOLE region 4A will be holding a regional tripartite industrial peace council 6th convention at Batis Aramin, Lucban, Quezon on October 18. Expected to attend in the convention are labor and management sectors in the region. Issues relating to labor and management are among the topics to be discussed . DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz and Quezon gov. David Suarez are also scheduled to attend in this convention

10. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/RIZAL: Several residents of Jalajala, Rizal are undergoing mango wine making through the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology Rizal Provincial Science and Technology Center. The training from October 9 to 11 will equip locals to process the town's excess mangoes into wine in order to generate income.


11. PIA Regional Watch 23 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Users' Forum on BSP-Produced Statistics is now being conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas at ADEM Event Center in Santa Cruz, Laguna. The forum, as part of BSP's celebration of National Statisticts Month this October, covers topic on monetary, banking, financial and external sector statistics, expectations surveys and balance of payment.

1. PIA OFW Watch 20 hours ago INQUIRER: DFA confirms 41-year old Filipino died of severe asthma complications at tent city in Jeddah.

2. PIA OFW Watch October 3 near Quezon City ABS-CBN: Ayon sa pinaka-latest na ulat ng NSO, dumarami na ang bilang ng mga Pinay na pinipiling maging OFW. Ayon dito, 48% sa 2.2 million OFWs ay mga babae.

3. PIA OFW Watch October 3 near Quezon City GMA: Magpapatupad ng dagdag na umento sa sahod ang pamahalaan ng Hong Kong para sa foreign domestic helpers at food allowance para sa mga ito. Ito ang impormasyon na ipinarating ni Labor Attache to Hong Kong Manuel Roldan kay DoLE Acting Secretary Danilo Cruz, kung saan ang minimum allowable wage ng domestic helper ay dinagdagan ng 90 Hong Kong dollars o katumbas ng P495 kada buwan. Samantala, sa food allowance naman ay nadagdagan din ng 45 Hong Kong dollars o halos P250.


A. QUEZON

1. NSO-Quezon launches 2012 Input-Output Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (IOSPBI) Wednesday 9th of October 2013

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Oct. 9 (PIA) – The National Statistics Office (NSO)Quezon launched recently the 2012 Input-Output Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (IOSPBI) in a stakeholders forum held in this city. Provincial statistics officer Airene Pucyutan said the IOSPBI is a nationwide survey of establishments confined to the formal sector of the economy engaged in economic activities under the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification. “The IOSPBI aims to provide a comprehensive set of statistical information required in the compilation of the 2012 Input-Output (I-O) Table of the Philippines, Pucyutan said. The 2012 I-O Table of the Philippines, according to Pucyutan, is a comprehensive, detailed and consistent presentation of the flow of goods and services in an economy for a specified period of time. “The table provides a basis for analysis of the inter-industry uses of goods and services,” Pucyutan said. The information will be collected using six types of 2012 IOSPBI questionnaire specifically designed based on the economic activity of the sample establishment. These are: Form 1 for agriculture, forestry and fishing; Form 2 for mining and quarrying; Form 3 for manufacturing; Form 4 for electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities; Form 5 for construction; and Form 6 for business and services. About 90 business establishments in the province will be the samples for IOSPBI. Pucyutan encouraged the sample establishments to cooperate by answering the


questionnaires 10 days after receiving the IOSPBI form. (PIA-Quezon)

B. CAVITE

1. Bacoor LGU takes a spot in NCC-NDC competitive index ranking BY: RUEL B. FRANCISCO Thursday 10th of October 2013

CITY OF BACOOR, Cavite, Oct. 10 (PIA) – The city government of Bacoor grabbed a decent spot on the latest Top 20 official survey result conducted by the National Competitiveness Committee-National Development Council (NCC-NDC) on competitive index ranking for the year 2012. The city government grabbed the 17th rank for the most number of cell sites and among the fastest in terms of processing of business permits for new registrants. Add to this are the 14, 13 and 11 spots for the highest percentage of households with internet connection, fastest in terms of processing of construction permits and renewal of business permits and for having the most number of automated teller machines. City Information Office head Khei Sanchez said the city government positioned itself among the best in the rank by keeping the 9th spot for the largest capitalization and number of business establishments which renewed their permits, included also in the list, being on the 8th spot, is the highest percentage of household with landline connection, all for the year 2012. Mayor Strike Revilla upon learning the official results conducted by the NCC-NDC urges the city government employees to strive harder on improving their craft on delivering services for the city government and to keep them at bay over other LGU's and further increase their competitive rankings in the years to come. The NCC-NDC composed of various government agencies such as NEDA, DTI, DILG, DOST, DOTC, DPWH, DENR, CHED, among others, recently released the official survey result on competitive index ranking for the year 2012. (Ruel


Francisco, PIA-Cavite/Bacoor CIO)

C. LAGUNA

D. BATANGAS

E. RIZAL

10 OCTOBER 2013.

1. Aquino says Philippines strong enough to handle impact of US financial troubles 2. Aquino, Prime Minister Abe discuss digital TV system shift during bilateral meeting 3. President Aquino says ASEAN must continue helping Myanmar turn to a democracy 4. US supports quick conclusion of talks on Code of Conduct in the West Philippine Sea—President Aquino says 5. President Aquino says people at the grassroots level understand the value of DAP


6. Over 1,000 NHA houses ready for homeless policemen in Zamboanga, President Aquino says 7. Aquino says Department of Labor and Employment ready to assist OFWs under threat of ban by a Hong Kong political party 8. Rule of law must prevail for peaceful, prosperous Asian region, says Aquino 9. Philippines emerge as stongest performer among East and Southeast Asian neigbors in terms of export growth, Palace official says 10. ASEAN leaders agree on Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on the ASEAN Community’s Post 2015 Vision 11. US Secretary of State to visit the Philippines before the end of the year instead 12. ASEAN renews commitment for regional, global peace 1. Aquino says Philippines strong enough to handle impact of US financial troubles

(BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) A potential US financial meltdown is unlikely and in case it happens, the Philippines is prepared to handle it, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday. ―There are these several steps that have been done by both the economic cluster and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and they can explain the technical... the technical aspects of how we are cushioning the effects,‖ the President during an interview by the Philippine media at the Philippine Embassy here Wednesday. ―The world‘s biggest economy turns belly up, how can you actually protect yourself? But I don‘t think that will happen,‖ he added. The President said even US Secretary of State John Kerry said that this is just an excess of politics in the US and every American politician knows the consequences of a prolonged government shut down and a default. For his part, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said the default is something that is unthinkable, but nevertheless, the Philippine government is preparing for any eventuality by making sure that the country is in a flexible position such as in its liquidity position. ―Everyone‘s affected, as the President said. But the good thing about the Philippines is that our OFWs are all over the world not just in the US,‖ Secretary Purisima noted. ―Our BPO industry becomes stronger when times become difficult because of the need to become more competitive and more efficient, and then tourism is increasingly becoming an important consideration,‖ he added. The credit risk of the country has also improved as a result of recent investment rating upgrades, Purisima said. ―In fact, when we did the auction the other day, we borrowed at a lower cost than the US for the first time. This is an anomaly but it was—we borrowed for 90 days at one basis point; the US borrows at two basis points,‖ he added. President Aquino also said that in times of turmoil, investors try to find safe harbor, and bringing their money to the Philippines is better because of the country‘s more stable financial environment. PND (as) TOP 2. Aquino, Prime Minister Abe discuss digital TV system shift during bilateral meeting (BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) The Philippines may prefer using the Japanese standard when the country shifts to digital terrestrial television (DTV), said President Benigno S. Aquino III who talked with his Japanese counterpart here during a bilateral meeting on Wednesday. In an interview with the Philippine media at the Philippine Embassy here Wednesday night, the President said he told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the government study on the planned transition to another TV standard. The technical working group has completed their assessment, and the stakeholders proposed that the Philippines adopt the Japanese system, the President said. ―May last step na gagawin ang NTC which is to hold a hearing among the stakeholders who were actually the proponents. So parang we are migrating to the Japanese digital standards—that‘s one thing we discussed,‖ he said. To finalize the process, the President said the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will call for a final hearing among the stakeholders. This will be the last bureaucratic step necessary for the transition, he added. The reason why Philippine industry experts prefer the Japanese standard is its ability for an emergency broadcast during emergencies, he said.


―We are told that it was used during the Fukushima incident. Yung Shinkansen bullet trains managed to stop x number of seconds on a minute prior to the earthquake hitting, (and) saved lives; ‗yung ability to turn on television sets to broadcast this warning maski na naka-off,‖ the President explained. On the other hand, the proponents of the European system said they could also come up with the same system with similar capability. But what makes it advantageous for the Japanese system is that Japan is frequently visited by disasters like the Philippines and it has used the system on those occasions, the President noted. ―The European continent is not visited by the disasters that Japan and we are visited with. So they might be able to meet that need, whereas Japan has demonstrated that they are actually meeting this particular facility of service,‖ the President noted. A few months ago, the NTC endorsed to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) the adoption of the Japanese standard — Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial or ISDB-T standard — instead of Europe‘s Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial 2 or DVB-T2 for the Philippines‘ migration to digital terrestrial TV by 2015. The NTC was supposed to issue the implementing rules and regulations for digital TV in July 2010 but was delayed following an order from the President for a review. As early as 2010, the agency issued an order adopting ISDB-T as the standard. PND (as) TOP 3. President Aquino says ASEAN must continue helping Myanmar turn to a democracy (BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: Myanmar has benefited a lot when it opened up to the rest of the world and fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations must help it democratize further, President Benigno S. Aquino III said. Interviewed by the Philippine press Wednesday night at the Philippine Embassy here, the President said there are still many challenges that lie ahead of Myanmar domestically especially on politics. The President said President Thein Sein has to contend with those who are less liberal than him adding that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi also has to deal with those who are more zealots than her. ―But if they don‘t talk to each other, then they‘re left to a confrontational relationship, and they will persist in what has been persisting for the longest time,‖ the President said. But the good thing is both leaders are beginning to work together, which is good for the country. ―They‘re beginning to cooperate actually, in a sense, cooperating where they can cooperate. So I think we really, ‗yung ‗us‘, should help them get to the point na it is worthwhile that you stop the confrontation and then to start in cooperating,‖ he said. The President said he also believes Myanmar, which will chair the next ASEAN Summit, could handle the chairmanship well. As to the closeness of Myanmar to China, especially now that it is expected to host the next summit, the President said he thinks Myanmar will be impartial in handling issues such as the South China Sea. The Philippines‘s interest is also protected because under ASEAN, everything must be agreed based on consensus, he said. Brunei, the current ASEAN host will turn over today the chairmanship to Myanmar at the closing ceremonies of the 23rd ASEAN Summit here. PND (as) TOP 4. US supports quick conclusion of talks on Code of Conduct in the West Philippine Sea—President Aquino says (BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: The Philippines and United States share the same view on the necessity for the immediate crafting of a legally binding Code of Conduct (COC) to avoid tensions in the contested area in the West Philippines Sea, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday. ―Ang iminungkahi ni Secretary Kerry basically is papaspasin natin ‗yung proseso na to get that code of conduct and the absence of which, syempre adds to the sense of uncertainty which is not a factor that would enhance… stability and prosperity for all parties concerned,‖ the President said in an interview with the Philippine media at the Philippine Embassy here.


There is nothing wrong with the proposal of US Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately adopt a COC to prevent tensions, which if the parties opt to shelve may add to uncertainties, the Chief Executive noted. Claimant countries tried to come up with a COC a decade ago but was able to produce only the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in 2002, he said. ―So does it benefit anybody to delay the process again for another decade, two decades, three decades? Is there a possibility na ‗yung sa uncertainty, hindi mo alam ang rules, how do you actually operationalize the principles embodied in the DOC, which is supposedly what the COC will do,‖ the President continued. To avoid the gray areas, claimants must agree on certain rules and guidelines that will include everyone‘s obligations, rights, and the way each party would behave with regards to specific claims. The good thing this time is that everybody is interested in reviving the talks on the COC, the President said. Unlike before, China today is showing strong willingness to work with other claimants on a mutually agreed COC, he added. Among the claimants to the territory include China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. PND (as) TOP 5. President Aquino says people at the grassroots level understand the value of DAP (BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Darussalam) President Benigno S. Aquino III wants more people to look at the upside of the government‘s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), especially its benefits to those who are at the grassroots level. In an informal chat with members of the Philippine media delegation who are covering his participation in the 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit here, President Aquino enumerated some of the benefits the DAP mechanism has given to underprivileged Filipinos. ―Pumunta tayo sa probinsya, you name the province—preferably Tagalog-speaking, ...punta tayo sa palengke; punta tayo (sa) isang barangay doon; kayo mamili ng probinsya‘t barangay, ...ibigay ko lang ang araw para ma-schedule natin—magtanong tayo: kailangan ba niyo dito o hindi?‖ President Aquino told reporters, late Wednesday night, at the Philippine Embassy here. ―And I think, baka mahina ‗yung nine out of 10 will say: ‗Aba, kung hindi dahil diyan hindi kami nagkaroon nitong footpath papunta sa poblacion; hindi kami nagkaroon nitong kalsada; hindi kami nagkaroon ng ganyang eskwela,‘‖ he added. The President issued these statements in response to lingering questions over the DAP mechanism employed by his administration since 2011, weeks after the issue on the alleged pork barrel fund misuse by some lawmakers elicited public outrage. Protesters are urging the President to completely abolish the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of legislators as well as the DAP machinery of the executive branch owing to various allegations of corruption leveled against some public officials. The President said he is aware of the criticisms being thrown at them by different sectors but he didn‘t hear anyone making suggestions as to what the government should do about the thousands of scholars and ailing people who need to have access on these public funds. ―I‘m just trying to be fair. And I think there‘s a resource that can be gotten when you have people who are involved in local politics who would know the actual people who are in need, the actual sitios who are in need, their voices also have to be heard naman. We are Filipinos regardless of where we came from—an urban center or in the most rural areas—we are entitled to the same services,‖ the President explained. The President stressed that he doesn‘t want to argue with people who are protesting against the DAP but he would like them to consider the situation of the poor who are benefiting from this mechanism. He also reiterated that the DAP has legal and constitutional bases, citing provisions stipulated under Executive Order 292 of the Administrative Code of 1987, which recognized the legislative powers of the executive at the time, and the several General Appropriations Acts passed by Congress under his administration. Moreover, the President said he already gave his commitment to hold accountable anyone who may be found to have misused these public funds provided that the evidence gathered supports these accusations. ―Ulitin ko lang, ‗yung nagkamali, hindi ba, nag-commit na ako e: naipon natin ang ebidensya, kakasuhan natin lahat, pasensyahan na lang,‖ he said. PND (hdc)


TOP 6. Over 1,000 NHA houses ready for homeless policemen in Zamboanga, President Aquino says (BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Darussalam) Over 1,000 housing units are ready to be distributed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to some members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who lost their homes during the recent Zamboanga crisis, President Benigno S. Aquino III said. The President mentioned this in passing during his meeting with members of the Philippine media delegation at the Philippine Embassy here late Wednesday evening at the end of his discussion about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the government. ―Sabi ng NHA there‘s over a thousand houses ready for occupancy in Zamboanga City for the PNP under that program,‖ the President said, referring to the funds provided for by the DAP, which helped the housing agency build the units. The Chief Executive added that, if necessary, eligible beneficiaries from the PNP can already apply to avail of these housing units so they can move to their new homes right away. ―We are just vetting na hindi kasama sa victims ‗yung mga PNP na unang beneficiaries nito, at maninigurado na rin kami na pwedeng i-swap ‗yung parating na bahay dito sa program na ito para matirhan at mabawasan ‗yung 10,000 houses na shortage ng mga pamilyang over 100,000,‖ the President added. PND (hdc) TOP 7. Aquino says Department of Labor and Employment ready to assist OFWs under threat of ban by a Hong Kong political party (BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Darussalam) President Benigno S. Aquino III said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is ready to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are reportedly facing another threat of a ban issued by a Hong Kong political party that was irritated by the scars of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis. ―Kung ano ang kilos nila doon sa ating mga workers, syempre may kalayaan silang desisyunan kung ano ang gusto nila sa lipunan nila. At kung tayo naman ay magkakaroon ng—ang mabalik ang mga trabahador natin doon, e palagay ko naman nakahanda rin ang DOLE,‖ the President told reporters in an interview Wednesday night here. Old wounds created by the 2010 Manila hostage-taking incident recently seemed fresh again after some Hong Kong journalists who rudely demanded an apology from President Aquino at the sidelines of the just concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders‘ Summit held in Bali, Indonesia incurred disciplinary actions from the organizers of the said event. The President said he already spoke with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chunying about it during their brief encounter at the APEC Summit and repeatedly explained to him the reasons behind the Philippines‘ refusal to issue a public apology on behalf of a deranged individual who killed eight of their citizens three years ago. ―Ang posisyon natin merong isang tao na, shall we say, at that point in time (was) mentally unstable that did this act practically on a solitary basis. May allegation na kasabwat niya ‗yung kapatid niya pero, at this point in time, dinadaan pa sa korte ‗yon. So paano tayo aamin ng kasalanan na hindi atin?‖ the President said. ―Kung aakuin namin lahat ng kasalanan, lahat ng penalties amin, hindi ba parang hindi yata kaalinsunod doon sa nangyaring sitwasyon? So pinilit kong ipaliwanag sa kanya ‗yon. Sana maita-transmit niya ‗yan sa kanilang mga kababayan,‖ he added. The Philippine government had frequently extended its sincere condolences as well as given necessary assistance to the families of the victims of the said Manila hostage crisis. The Aquino administration also took measures like increasing the number of tourist police units in the city to prevent the same unfortunate incident from happening again. PND (hdc) TOP 8. Rule of law must prevail for peaceful, prosperous Asian region, says Aquino (BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: Countries in East Asia must adhere to the rule of law to maximize opportunities for growth and development and attain a more stable and secure Asian region, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Thursday. "Let us bear in mind that the law is an expression of our collective need to be bound by duties and obligations. Equal application of the law strengthens the ties that bind us," President Aquino said in a message during the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) here in Brunei.


There will be order in a community of nations if there is predictability in everyone‘s behavior among states, the President said stressing that order leads to stability, and stability leads to peace and over all prosperity. "This is the very motivation behind the Philippines' decision to pursue a two-track complementary approach to disputes in the sea known by many names, an approach that is both peaceful and rule-based," the President said. He pointed out that to manage tensions, the Philippines advocates the conclusion of talks on a legally-binding Code of Conduct as soon as possible. And to resolve maritime disputes, it pursuits international arbitration. ―The Philippines views arbitration as an internationally recognized form of peaceful settlement of maritime disputes. In addition to clarifying entitlements and the corresponding obligations, arbitration promotes the rule of law and redounds to the benefit of all parties," he explained. The East Asia Summit is composed of the 10 ASEAN member states as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Korea, Russia, and the United States. PND (as) TOP 9. Philippines emerge as stongest performer among East and Southeast Asian neigbors in terms of export growth, Palace official says The Philippines emerged as the strongest performer among its East and Southeast Asia neighbors in terms of export growth in August 2013, a Palace official said. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda announced during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday that the country exported a total of US $4.6 billion worth of merchandise in August 2013, 20.2 percent higher than the US$ 3.8 billion shipped out in the same month in 2012. "Manufactured and mineral products mainly buoyed export performance in August 2013. The exports of manufactured goods rose by 8.7 percent in August 2013 to US$3.7 billion from US$3.4 billion in August 2012," he said. Lacierda said higher exports of total agro-based and forest products also contributed to the robust export in 2013. According to Lacierda, Japan was the Philippine's top export market in August 2013. Data showed that Japan accounted for 25 percent of the country‘s total export receipts. He said the United States of America was the second largest export destination of Philippine products with a 12.6 percent share, and the other major markets of Philippine exports in August 2013 were the People‘s Republic of China, 10.5 percent; Singapore, 8.5 percent; and Hong Kong, 7.6 percent. Following the Philippines as top export performer are Vietnam that recorded an annual increase of 15.5 percent; the Republic of Korea with 7.7 percent annual gain; and the People‘s Republic of China with 7.2 percent annual increase. PND (js) TOP 10. ASEAN leaders agree on Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on the ASEAN Community’s Post 2015 Vision BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: President Benigno S. Aquino III joined other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in affirming the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on the ASEAN Community‘s Post 2015 Vision tied on people-oriented, people-centered and rules-based approach. The President and his ASEAN counterparts also agreed to commit themselves to the development of the ASEAN Community‘s post-2015 vision. To realize this, the leaders tasked the ASEAN Community Councils to expedite their work on developing the ASEAN Community‘s post-2015 vision. The councils must recognize the importance of promoting coherence and consistency in efforts to develop this vision, and build upon the achievements recorded in the implementation of the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community from 2009-2015. They also requested the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) to further develop the central elements of the ASEAN Community‘s post-2015 vision for endorsement by the ASEAN Summit in 2014. The leaders also requested the ACC to establish a working group at the level of senior officials of the three pillars to oversee the overall process of developing this post-2015 vision by the 27th ASEAN Summit, with progress reports submitted to the 24th, 25th and 26th ASEAN Summits. They expressed their continued commitment and involvement in the process of developing the post-2015 vision for the ASEAN Community. Towards the conclusion of the 23rd ASEAN Summit, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the principles


enshrined in the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok, 1967), the Declaration on the Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (Kuala Lumpur, 1971), the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation in Southeast Asia (Bali, 1976), the Declaration of ASEAN Concord (Bali, 1976), the Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (Bangkok, 1995), the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali, 2003) and the ASEAN Charter (Singapore, 2007). They also mentioned the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community (2009-2015) which envisage the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015 and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity which would complement ASEAN integration. The ASEAN leaders also said they remain committed to the Bali Declaration on the ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations (Bali Concord III) and its Plan of Action (2012-2017) that brings the ASEAN common platform on global issues by 2022. PND (as) TOP 11. US Secretary of State to visit the Philippines before the end of the year instead (BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Darrussalam) Malacañang may expect United States Secretary of State John Kerry at a later date instead as he was advised to postpone his trip to the Philippines due to an approaching storm in the country. Kerry personally expressed his regrets on this sudden change of plans on their part to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, who kindly accepted his decision, during a press conference here Thursday afternoon. ―I‘ve just had a communication with President Aquino and the Foreign Minister and we have agreed for a decision that we have made because of the judgment of our pilots and the airlines that, with the approaching typhoon, we are going to postpone the trip that I was going to make to the Philippines,‖ Kerry said. Kerry is scheduled to be in Manila on Friday until Saturday on behalf of US President Barack Obama who was also forced to defer his visit to the Philippines and other Southeast Asian states owing to the federal shutdown in their country. ―We regret the postponement of Secretary Kerry‘s visit to Manila and this is due to the possibility, increasing possibility now, that there is a major typhoon that may be entering Philippine responsibility. Nonetheless, we are looking forward to the visit of Secretary Kerry. He has promised the President that he will be coming before the end of the year, so we‘ll see him then,‖ Del Rosario said for his part. Kerry said he is ‗absolutely committed‘ to returning to Southeast Asia and push through with his planned visit to Manila as he wished for the safety and well-being of the Filipinos amid heavy rains over the next few days. ―We wish the people of the Philippines safety and their well-being is our concern over the course of the next days. But I‘m very appreciative to the Foreign Minister for his understanding,‖ Kerry said. PND (hdc) TOP 12. ASEAN renews commitment for regional, global peace (BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations reaffirmed their commitment in maintaining peace, stability, and maritime security in the region in accordance with previously agreed principles, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei said in a statement at the conclusion of the 23rd ASEAN Summit here. This principle includes the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), ASEAN‘s Six-Point Principles on the South China Sea, and the Joint Statement of the 15th ASEAN-China Summit on the 10th Anniversary of the DOC. Bolkiah, the chair of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, said each member state remains committed to the DOC to ensure the resolution of disputes by peaceful means in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea without resorting to the threat or use of force, while exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities. Every member state will push for the effective implementation of the DOC in its entirety, including the mutually agreed joint cooperative activities and projects in accordance with the Guidelines for the Implementation of the DOC. The 10-country regional grouping also welcomed the formal consultations between ASEAN and China on the COC following the 6th ASEAN-China Senior Officials Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC and the 9th ASEAN-China Joint Working Group on the Implementation of the DOC held in Suzhou, China on September 14 to 15, 2013. ―The COC will serve to enhance peace, stability and prosperity in the region. We also looked forward to developing the ideas of establishing hotlines of communication to further enhance trust, confidence and to respond to emergency situations at sea and cooperate in the area of search and rescue for vessels in distress at sea as part of an 'early harvest' package of the COC,‖ Bolkiah said in the statement.


With regards to other international issues, Bolkiah said ASEAN stressed the need to maintain peace, security and stability in the Korean Peninsula, as well as encouraging peaceful dialogue to create a positive atmosphere for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. At the same time, the ASEAN expressed its support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people for an independent state of Palestine and a two-state solution where both countries and peoples can live side by side in peace. ASEAN also shares the concerns of the international community on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, stressing the importance of ensuring the safety and security of civilians, including personnel involved in international peace operations. The regional block underscored the importance of resolving the crisis in a peaceful manner and supported all efforts, particularly by the United Nations. On the economic front, Bolkiah said the ASEAN supports the outcomes of the G20 Summit held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 5 to 6, 2013 and appreciated the opportunity to share ASEAN‘s views on current issues affecting the global economy. The group also congratulated Indonesia for the successful outcomes of the 21st APEC Economic Leaders‘ Meeting held in Bali, Indonesia on October 7-8, 2013. In the end, ASEAN supports initiatives ensuring the growth of the global economy through fair global trade. ―In this regard, we reaffirmed our commitment towards a successful outcome at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, which will include trade facilitation, some elements of agriculture and a set of development issues that would be a stepping stone towards seeking to successfully conclude the Doha Development Agenda Round and providing renewed confidence in the multilateral trading system,‖ Bolkiah said. President Benigno S. Aquino III joined fellow ASEAN leaders during the 23rd ASEAN Summit here as well as other dialogue partners. The President left for Manila at 6:35 p.m. on board a Philippine Airlines flight Thursday. PND (as) TOP

ARCHIVE 2013 10 OKTUBRE 2013 1. Sapat ang tatag ng Pilipinas, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino upang tugunan ang bunga ng problema sa pananalapi ng Estados Unidos 2. Nag-usap sina Aquino at Punong Ministro Abe tungkol sa 'Digital TV System' na Hapones 3. Mungkahi ng Pangulong Aquino na ituloy ng ASEAN ang tulong para maging ganap na demokrasya ang Myanmar 4. Suportado ng Estados Unidos ang pagtatapos ng usapan sa Code of Conduct sa West Philippine Sea, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino 5. Nauunawaan ng karaniwang tao ang halaga ng DAP—Pangulong Aquino 6. Nakahanda na ang mahigit na 1,000 pabahay para sa mga pulis na nawalan ng mga bahay sa Zamboanga, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino 7. Dapat mamayani ang batas tungo sa mapayapa, masaganang rehiyong Asya, wika ng Pangulo 8. Pilipinas ang lumitaw na 'best performer' sa pag-unlad ng export sa mga bansa ng Silangan at Timog Silangang Asya, ayon kay Lacierda 9. Nagkaisa ang mga lider ng ASEAN sa Bandar Seri Begawan declaration tungkol sa post 2015 vision na ASEAN community 1. Sapat ang tatag ng Pilipinas, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino upang tugunan ang bunga ng problema sa pananalapi ng Estados Unidos (BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) Nakahanda ang Pilipinas na harapin sakaling mangyari, bagaman malayong maganap ang financial meltdown ng Estados Unidos, ayon sa Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III Miyerkoles.


―Marami nang ginawang mga hakbang ang economic cluster at ang Bangjko Sentral ng Pilipinas at maipapaliwanag nila ang aspetong teknikal kung paano natin mapagagaan ang epekto nito,‖ pahayag ng Pangulo sa panayam ng media ng Pilipinas sa Embahadag Pilipino rito Miyerkoles. ―Kung ang pinakamalaking ekonomya ng daigdig ay bumaligtad, paano mo talagang mapangangalagaan ang sarili mo? Nguni‘t naniniwala akong hindi mangyayari iyan,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulong Aquino. Sinabi ng Pangulo na kahit si Secretary of State John Kerry ng Estados Unidos ay nagpahayag na ito ay may kaugnayan lamang sa pulitika sa Amerika at alam ng bawa‘t pulitikong Amerikano kung ano ang magiging bunga ng napakatagal na shut down ng pamahalaan at ng isang default.. Maging si Kalihim Cesar Purisima ng Pananalapi ay nagpahayag na malayong maganap ang isang default. Gayunman, ang pamahalaang Pilipino ay naghahanda sa ano mang maaaring mangyari sa pamamagitan ng pagtiyak na ang bansa natin ay maayos ang kalagayan tulad ng liquidity position nito. ―Balana ay apektado nito, sabi ng Pangulo. Nguni‘t ang isang mainam na bagay para sa Pilipinas ay ang pangyayaring nasa lahat ng bansa sa daigdig ang ating OFWs, hindi sa Estados Unidos lamang,‖ dagdag ni Kalihim Purisima. ―Higit na lumalakas ang industriya natin ng BPO sa panahon ng kahirapan sapagka‘t kailangang lalo nating pagbutihin at husayin ito, gayundin ang turismo na nag-iibayo ang sigla,‖ wika pa ni Purisima. ―Bumuti rin ang credit risk ng bansa dahil sa katatapos na pag-aangat ng ating investment rating,‖ dugtong pa ni Purisima. Binigyang diin ng Pangulong Aquino na sa panahon ng ligalig, sinisikap ng mga imbestor na humanap ng ligtas na paglalagakan nila kaya sa Pilipinas nila minamarapat dalhin ang kanilang pera sapagka‘t higit na matatag ang kalagayan ng pananalapi sa bansa. PND (as/zaf) TOP 2. Nag-usap sina Aquino at Punong Ministro Abe tungkol sa 'Digital TV System' na Hapones

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) Maaaring marapatin ng Pilipinas na gamitin ang pamantayang Hapones kapag lumipat ang bansa sa digital terrestrial television (DTV), sabi ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III matapos silang magpulong ni Punong Ministro Shinzo Abe ng Hapon dito Miyerkoles. Sa panayam sa Philippine media na ginanap sa Embahada ng Pilipinas dito Miyerkoles ng gabi, sinabi ng Pangulo na ipinabatid niya kay Punong Ministro Abe ang ginawang pag-aaral ng pamahalaan sa balak na paglipat sa ibang TV standard. ―Natapos na ng technical working group ang pagtaya nila at iminungkahi ng stakeholders na gamitin ang sistemang Hapones,‖ sabi ng Pangulo. ―May huling hakbang na gagawin ang National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). Ito ay pagdaraos ng pagdinig sa mga stakeholders na siyang mga proponents. Kaya ito ay parang lilipat tayo sa Japanese digital standards na isa sa aming pinag-usapan,‖ wika ng Pangulo. Idinugtong ng Pangulo na tatawag ng pangwakas na pagdinig ang National Telecommunications Commission sa mga stakeholders, ayon sa Pangulo, ito ang huling bureaucratic step na kailangan sa transisyon. Ang dahilan kung bakit nais ng mga dalubhasa ng Philippine industry na Japanese standard ang gamitin ay dahil sa kakayahan nitong magsagawa ng emergency broadcast sa panahon ng kagipitan. ―Ipinaalam sa amin na ito ang ginamit sa Fukushima incident. Nagawa ng Shinkansen bullet trains na huminto sa loob ng ilang segundo bago lumindol kaya maraming buhay ang nailigtas. Ang kakayahang buksan ang mga telebisyon para ibrodkas ang babala kahit nakasara ito,‖ paliwanag ng Pangulo. Sa kabilang dako, ang tagapagtaguyod ng European system naman ay nagsabing maaari silang maglagay ng katulad na sistemang may katulad ding kakayahan. Subali‘t kaya nakalalamang ang sistemang Hapones ay dahil ang Hapon, katulad ng Pilipinas ay madalas ding salantain ng kalamidad at ang sistemang ito ang ginagamit nilang lagi sa mga sandali ng kagipitan, wika pa ng Pangulo. ―Ang kontinente ng Europa ay hindi dumaranas ng mga kalamidad na tulad ng nangyayari sa Hapon at sa atin. Kaya maaaring matugunan nila ang pangangailangan, datapuwa‘t ang Hapon ay nagpamalas kung ano ang kanilang tunay na karanasan kung paano tutugunan ang ganitong uring pangyayari,‖ dugtong pa ng Pangulo. Ilang buwan na ang nakararaan, iminungkahi ng NTC sa Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya (DOST) na gamitin ang pamantayang Hapones —ang Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting- Terrestial o ISDB-T standard—sa halip ng Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestial 2 o DVBT2 ng Europa para makalipat ang Pilipinas sa digital terrestrial TV sa taong 2015. Noon sanang Hulyo 2010 ilalabas ng NTC ang mga tuntunin at patakarang ipatutupad para sa digital TV, subali‘t hindi ito itinuloy dahil sa utos ng Pangulo na pag-aralan itong muli.


Noon pang 2010, naglabas na ang ahensiya ng utos na gamitin ang ISDB-T bilang pamantayan. PND (as/zaf) TOP 3. Mungkahi ng Pangulong Aquino na ituloy ng ASEAN ang tulong para maging ganap na demokrasya ang Myanmar BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) Malaki ang naging pakinabang ng Myanmar nang makisalamuha sa daigdig kaya dapat silang tulungan ng kapuwa kasapi sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations upang lalo pang maging demokratiko, sabi ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. Sa panayam sa mga mamamahayag ng Pilipinas na idinaos sa Embahadang Pilipino rito Miyerkoles ng gabi, sinabi ng Pangulo na marami pang mga pagsubok na haharapin ang Myanmar, lalo sa larangan ng pulitika. Ayon sa Pangulo, ang Pangulong Thein Sein ay kailangang makiisa sa mga hindi higit na liberal kaysa sa kanya at idinugtong na maging ang lider ng oposisyon na si Aung San Suu Kyi ay tinanggap na makiisa sa mga higit na mahigpit. ―Nguni‘t kung hindi sila mag-uusap, malamang na lalong lumaki ang away at hindi malayong mamayani ang matagal nang nagaganap doon,‖ dugtong ng Pangulo. Sinabi ng Pangulo na sa kabutihang palad, ang dalawang lider ay nagsimula nang magtulong sa mga dapat gawin na makabubuti para sa bansa. ―Nagsimula na silang magtulungan. Ito ay pagtutulungan sa mga bagay na maaari nilang pagtulungan. Kaya palagay ko, dapat natin silang tulungan at mahalagang ipaalam sa kanila na tigilan na ang komprontasyon at magsimula nang magtulungan,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulo. Naniniwala rin ang Pangulo na may kakayahan na gampanan ng Myanmar ang tungkulin bilang tagapangulo ng susunod na ASEAN Summit. Ang pagiging malapit ng Myanmar sa Tsina, lalo pa nga ngayong punung-abala sila sa susunod na summit, sinabi ng Pangulo na palagay niya, walang kikilingan ang Myanmar sa paghawak sa mga isyung tulad ng South China Sea. Idinugtong ng Pangulo na ang kapakanan ng Pilipinas ay napapangalagaan sapagka‘t sa ilalim ng ASEAN ang lahat ng bagay ay dapat pagkaisahan sa pamamagitan ng consensus. Isasalin ng Brunei ang pagka-tagapangulo ng ASEAN ngayong araw na ito sa Myanmar sa seremonya ng pagtatapos ng ―23rd ASEAN Summit‖ na idinaraos dito. PND (as/zaf) TOP 4. Suportado ng Estados Unidos ang pagtatapos ng usapan sa Code of Conduct sa West Philippine Sea, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino BRUNEI DARRUSALAM) Magkatulad ng pananaw ang Pilipinas at ang Estados Unidos na mahalagang balangkasin agad ang isang susunding legal na Code of Conduct (COC) upang maiwasan na ang tensiyon sa pinag-aagawang pook sa West Philippine Sea, sabi ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III Miyerkoles. ―Ang iminungkahi ni Kalihim John Kerry ay bilisan natin ang proseso upang magawa ang Code of Conduct na nasabi dahil habang wala nito, siyempre, nararagdagan ang kawalang katiyakang isang bagay na hindi nakabubuti sa kapanatagan at kasaganaan ng lahat ng mga kinauukulan,‖ wika ng Pangulo sa panayam ng mga mamamahayag buhat sa Pilipinas na ginanap sa Embahadang Pilipino rito. ―Walang masama sa mungkahi ni US Secretary of State John Kerry na madaliin ang pagpapatibay sa Code of Conduct para maiwasan ang tensiyon, na kapag minarapat ilagay sa isang tabi ng mga kinauukulan ay malamang makapagdagdag pa ng kawalang katiyakan,‖ pahayag ng Pangulong Aquino. ―Ang mga naghahabol na bansa ay isang dekada na ang nakalilipas na nagtangkang bumuo ng COC, nguni‘t ang nagawa lamang ay ang Declaration of the Conduct of Parties sa South China Sea (DOC) noong 2002,‖ sabi ng Pangulo. ―Kaya nga, may nakikinabang bang sino man para muling balamin ang proseso sa loob ng isa pang dekada uli, dalawang dekada, tatlong dekada? Maaari ba na ang kawalang katiyakan, hindi mo alam ang tuntunin. Paano mo mapaiiral ang mga prinsipyong nakalagay sa DOC na siya umanong gagawin ng COC?‖ Paliwanag pa ng Pangulo. Binigyang diin ng Pangulo na para maiwasan ang malabong mga bagay, dapat magkasundo ang mga naghahabol sa mga tuntunin at gabay na kasama pati ang pananagutan, karapatan at mga dapat maging asal na dapat gawin sa bawa‘t tiyakang pag-angkin. ―Ang mainam na pangyayari ngayon ay lumilitaw na lahat ay interesadong buhayin ang pag-uusap tungkol sa COC,‖


dagdag ng Pangulo. Taliwas sa dati, ang Tsina ngayon ay nagpapamalas ng kahandaang makiisa sa iba pang naghahabol sa pook na ito tungkol sa pagkakasunduang COC, ayon pa sa Pangulo. Sa mga bansang naghahabol sa teritoryo ay kabilang ang Tsina, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia at ang Pilipinas. PND (as/zaf) TOP 5. Nauunawaan ng karaniwang tao ang halaga ng DAP—Pangulong Aquino

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Darussalam) Ibig ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na higit na marami pang mamamayan ang makaalam ng tungkol sa Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), lalo na ang pakinabang na napapala ng mga karaniwan at maralitang mamamayan. Inisa-isa ng Pangulong Aquino ang ilan sa mga pakinabang na napapala sa DAP ng kapus-palad na Pilipino sa harap ng mga kinatawan ng media ng Pilipinas na kasama niya sa 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit na idinaraos dito. ―Pumunta tayo sa probinsiya. Tukuyin ninyo kung aling probinsiya. Kung maaari ay ang nag-sasalita ng Tagalog. Pumunta tayo sa palengke, punta tayo sa isang baranggay doon. Kayo ang mamili ng probinsiya at baranggay. Ibigay ko lamang ang araw para maiiskedyul natin. Magtanong kayo. Kailangan ba ninyo ng DAP rito o hindi?‖ Sabi ng Pangulong Aquino sa mga reporter maghahating-gabi na ng Miyerkoles sa Embahadang Pilipino rito. ―Palagay ko, baka mahina ang siyam sa sampu ang magsasabing: ―Aba, kung hindi dahil diyan, hindi kami nagkakaroon ng landas na ito papunta sa poblasyon; hindi kami nagkaroon nitong kalsada; hindi kami nagkaroon ng ganyang eskuwelahan,‖ dugtong ng Pangulo. Sinabi ito ng Pangulo bilang tugon sa walang katapusang tanong tungkol sa mekanismo ng DAP na ginamit ng administrasyon sapul noong 2011, maraming linggo na matapos mabalita ang isyu na ang pondo ng ―pork barrel‖ ay ginagamit umano ng ilang mambabatas sa hindi tamang paraan na ikinagalit ng madla. Hinihingi sa Pangulo ng mga nagpoprotesta na alisin na ang kontrobersiyal na Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAP)‖ ng mga mambabatas, gayundin ang DAP na gamit ng sangay ehekutibo dahil umano sa iba-ibang paratang na katiwaliang ipinupukol sa ilang pinunong bayan. Ayon sa Pangulo, alam niya ang tuligsang ipinupukol ng iba-ibang sektor, subali‘t wala siyang naririnig ni isa man na nagmumungkahi kung ano ang dapat gawin ng pamahalaan sa libu-libong iskolar at mga taong may sakit na natutulungan ng mga pondong ito ng bayan. ―Ibig ko lamang lumagay sa gitna. Palagay ko ay may makukuha tayo kung mayroon tayong taong sangkot sa lokal na pulitika na nakakikilala kung sinu-sinong talaga ang mga taong nangangailangan, kung saang sityo ang dapat tulungan na ang mga tinig ay dapat naman nating pakinggan din. Tayo ay mga Pilipino saan mang pook tayo nagmula—sa pusod ng kalungsuran o sa pinakailang na nayon—may karapatan tayong mabigyan ng magkakatulad na serbisyo,‖ paliwanag ng Pangulo. Tahasang sinabi ng Pangulo na ayaw niyang makipagtalo sa mga taong nagpoprotesta laban sa DAP, subali‘t ibig niyang pag-aralan ng mga ito ang kalagayan ng mga dukhang nakikinabang sa mekanismong ito. Inulit din ng Pangulo na ang DAP ay may legal at saligang naaayon sa Kostitusyon. Tinukoy niya ang nakasaad sa Kautusang Tagapagpaganap 2292 ng Administratrative Code ng 1987 na kumikilala sa kapangyarihang lehislatibo ng tagapagpaganap sa panahong yaon, at sa ilang General Appropriations Act na napagtibay ng Kongreso sa ilalim ng kanyang administrasyon. Bukod dito, sinabi ng Pangulo na nangako na siyang papananagutin ang sino mang malapatang ginamit nang hindi tama ang salapi ng bayan kung may mga sapat na katibayang ihaharap para patunayan ang mga paratang na nasabi. ―Uulitin ko lang, ang mga nagkamali, kung naipon na ang ebidensiya, kakasuhang lahat. Pasensiyahan na lang,‖ sabi ng Pangulo. PND (hdc/zaf) TOP 6. Nakahanda na ang mahigit na 1,000 pabahay para sa mga pulis na nawalan ng mga bahay sa Zamboanga, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Darussalam) Mahigit nang 1,000 bahay ang nakahanda upang ibigay ng National Housng Authority (NHA) sa ilang tauhan ng Pambansang Pulisya (PNP) na nawalan ng kanilang mga bahay sa katatapos na krisis sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga, ayon sa Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. Nabanggit ito ng Pangulo nang makipagpanayam siya sa mga kinatawan ng media ng Pilipinas sa Embahadang Pilipino rito, maghahating-gabi ng Miyerkoles, pagkatapos na talakayin niya ang tungkol sa Disbursement Acceleration


Program (DAP) ng pamahalaan. ―Sabi ng NHA, mahigit na isang libong bahay ang nakahanda na para malipatan ng mga tauhan ng Pambansang Pulisya sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga sa ilalim ng programang nasabi, ― wika ng Pangulo na ang tinutukoy ay ang mga pondong galing sa DAP na ginamit sa pagpapatayo ng mga pabahay ng naulit na ahensiya. Idinagdag ng Punong Tagapagpaganap na kung kailangan, ang mga tauhan ng PNP na may karapatang makakuha ng bahay na ito ay maaaring magharap na ng aplikasyon upang makalipat na sila agad sa kanilang bagong bahay sa madaling panahon. Sinabi ng Pangulo na ang mga tauhan ng PNP ay kabilang sa unang benepisyaryo at titiyakin nilang sa mga bahay pang gagawin sa ilalim ng programang ito ay maipamamahagi upang mabawasan na ang 10,000 kakulangang bahay ng mga pamilyang umaabot sa mahigit na 100,000. PND (hdc/zaf) TOP 7. Dapat mamayani ang batas tungo sa mapayapa, masaganang rehiyong Asya, wika ng Pangulo

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) Dapat umalinsunod ang mga bansa ng Silangang Asya sa mga batas upang lubos na magkaroon ng pagkakataon sa pagsulong at kaunlaran at matamo ang isang higit na matatag at ligtas na rehiyong Asyano, wika ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. ―Lagi nating tandaan na ang batas ay isang pagpapahayag ng ating sama-samang panganga-ilangang mabigkis ng ating mga tungkulin at sagutin. Ang pantay na pagpapairal ng batas ang magpapalakas ng pagsasamahang bigkis ng ating pagsasama,‖ sabi ng Pangulo. Magkakaroon ng kaayusan sa kalipunan ng mga bansa kung batid ang ugali ng bawa‘t isa,‖ sabi ng Pangulo at binigyang diin na ang kaayusan ay humahantong sa kapanatagan at ang kapanatagan naman ay nagbubunga ng kapayapaan at laganap na kasaganaan. ―Ito ang tunay na pakay na nasa likuran ng pasiya ng Pilipinas na magsulong ng two-track complementary approach sa mga sigalot sa karagatang kilala sa iba-ibang pangalan, isang hakbang na kapuwa mapayapa at naaayon sa batas,‖ dugtong ng Pangulo. Binigyang diin ng Pangulo na upang mabawasan ang tensiyon, isinusulong ng Pilipinas ang pagtapos sa pag-uusap tungkol sa legally-binding Code of Conduct sa lalong madaling panahon. Upang malutas ang maritime disputes, susundin ang pandaigdig na arbitration. ―Itinuturing ng Pilipinas ang arbitration bilang kinikilalang pandaigdig na uri ng mapayapang paglutas ng sigalot sa maritime. Bukod sa pagbibigay-liwanag sa entitlements at ang karampatang pananagutan, ang arbitration ay nagsusulong ng pamamayani ng batas at nagiging kapaki-pakinabang sa lahat,‖ paliwanag ng Pangulong Aquino. Ang East Asia Summit ay binubuo ng sampung kasaping bansa ng ASEAN, gayundin ng Awstralya, Tsina, India, Hapon, New Zealand, Republika ng Timog Korea, Rusya at Estados Unidos. PND (as/zaf) TOP 8. Pilipinas ang lumitaw na 'best performer' sa pag-unlad ng export sa mga bansa ng Silangan at Timog Silangang Asya, ayon kay Lacierda Ang Pilipinas ang kinilalang strongest performer sa mga magkakapit-bansa sa Silangan at Timog Silangang Asya sa larangan ng pagsulong ng ―exports‖ noong Agosto 2013, salig sa pahayag ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang. Sinabi ni Lacierda na ang kabuuang iniluwas na paninda ng bansa ay $4.6 bilyon ang halaga para sa Agosto 2013 na 20.2 porsiyento ang taas kaysa sa US$3.8 bilyong nailuwas sa katulad ding buwan noong 2012. ―Ang mga produkto ng mga pabrika at buhat sa pagmimina ang pangunahin ang pagtaas noong Agosto 2013. Ang iniluwas namang manufactured goods ay tumaas ng 8.7 porsiyento noong Agosto 2013 sa halagang US$3.7 bilyon buhat sa US$3.4 bilyon noong Agosto 2012,‖ wika ni Lacierda. Binanggit din ni Lacierda ang higit na mataas na kabuuang nailuwas na mga produktong agro-based at buhat sa kagubatan na nagpalaki ng iniluwas ngayong 2013. Ayon kay Lacierda, ang Hapon ang pangunahing pinagluluwasan ng mga produkto ng Pilipinas noong Agosto 2013. Salig sa mga data, kabuuang 25 porsiyento ang kabuuang iniluwas na produkto ng Pilipinas ay sa Hapon dinala. Idinugtong ni Lacierda na ang Estados Unidos ng Amerika naman ang pangalawa sa pinakamalakas umangkat ng mga produkto ng Pilipinas na ang kabuuan ay 12.6 porsiyento. Ang iba pang pangunahing merkado ng produktong Pilipino noong Agosto 2013 ay ang People‘s Republic of China—10.5 porsiyento, Singapore—8.5 porsiyento, at Hong Kong—7.6 porsiyento.


Kasunod ng Pilipinas bilang top export performer ang Vietnam na may kabuuang taunang dagdag na 15.5 porsiyento; Republika ng Korea—7.7 porsiyento ang itinaas sa isang taon; at ang People‘s Republic of China na 7.2 porsiyento naman ang naging taunang pagtaas. PND (js/zaf) TOP 9. Nagkaisa ang mga lider ng ASEAN sa Bandar Seri Begawan declaration tungkol sa post 2015 vision na ASEAN community BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) Nakiisa ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa iba pang lider ng Association ng Southeast Asian Nations sa pagpapatibay sa Deklarasyon ng Bandar Seri Begawan tungkol sa ASEAN Community‘s Post 2015 Vision na bumigkis sa people-oriented, people-centered at nakasalig sa mga tuntunin. Nagkasundo ang Pangulo at ang mga lider ng ASEAN na ialay ang kanilang sarili sa paglinang ng ASEAN Community‘s Post 2015 Vision. Upang maisakatuparan ito, inatasan ng mga lider ang ASEAN Community Councils na bilisan ang pagpapaunlad sa ASEAN Community Post 2015. Kikilalanin ng mga sanggunian ang halaga ng pagsusulong ng ugnayan at samasamang pagsisikap para maisakatuparan ang vision o hangarin, at mailangkap sa mga nagawa na ang pagsasakatuparan ng Roadmap para sa isang Komunidad ng ASEAN mula sa 2009-2015. Hiningi rin nila sa ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) na linangin pang lalo ang mga sangkap ng ASEAN Community‘s Post 2015 vision para isulong ng ASEAN Summit sa 2014. Pinalilikha rin ng mga lider ang ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) ng isang working group ng senior officials ng tatlong haliging mangangasiwa sa pangkalahatang proseso ng paglinang sa Post 2015 vision para sa ASEAN Community. Sa pagtatapos ng 23rd ASEAN Summit ay inulit ng mga lider ang panata nilang idambana ang mga patakaran sa ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok, 1967); Deklarasyon ng Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (Kuala Lumpur, 1971), Treaty of Amity and Cooperation sa Timog Silangang Asya (Bali, 1976), Declaration on ASEAN Concord (Bali, 1976), Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (Bangkok, 1995), Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali, 2003), at ASEAN Charter (Singapore, 2007). Binanggit din nila ang Roadmap for an ASEAN Community (2009-2015) na naglalayong itatag ang ASEAN Community sa 2015 at ang Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity na siyang magiging kaagapay ng ASEAN Integration. Inulit din ng mga lider ng ASEAN na mananatili silang matapat sa Bali Declaration on the ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations‖ (Bali Concord III) at ang Plan of Action (2012-2017) na maghahatid sa ASEAN Common Platform sa mga isyung pandaigdig pagsapit ng 2022. PND (as/zaf) TOP

President Benigno S. Aquino III's Statement at the APEC CEO Summit: ―Why inclusive growth matters‖ Bali International Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia 06 Oct 2013 Inclusive growth has become an increasingly attractive development paradigm for the modern global economy. Across the globe, aided by information flowing at broadband speed, the poor, the marginalized, the disenfranchised, have organized themselves and clamored for change—sometimes toppling regimes, or at the very least forcing those in power to take a closer look at the way our respective milieus have previously distributed wealth and opportunities. Their message: While high rates of economic growth and increased trade and investment remain necessary, these are no longer the sole measure of success for a progressive society. The challenge for governments has deepened: When in the past we gravitated towards metrics that reflect merely the wealth collectively amassed by an economy, more and more the task of governments has become ensuring that this wealth is not concentrated in the hands of the few, but rather that it is equitably utilized to raise levels of human development. In this manner, we engender a situation wherein the broader base of society can benefit from opportunities opening up through economic growth. Without these factors, a nation may perhaps experience periods of cyclical growth; any progress, however, will be


prone to disruption. Because so long as a society has reason to clamor for change—whether due to a pervading sense of inequality, injustice, unfairness, or lack of opportunity—it will find ways to do so. This, perhaps, offers some insight into the question posed to us today: ―Why does inclusive growth matter?‖ First: Inclusiveness matters because it ensures the stability of societies, and consequently, the sustainability of growth. The equation for sustainability is also integral to a second, perhaps, more important aspect. On top of fostering stability, social inclusiveness also empowers citizens to become bona fide economic actors that can productively contribute to nation building. It allows them to buy into the system, from which they can reap benefits. Perhaps a few examples arising from my country and our ongoing strategy can help concretize this idea. For the past three years, we have increasingly focused our national budget on social services, such as education, health, and poverty alleviation. Our flagship conditional cash transfer program now benefits close to four million families, and we have further expanded this so it may cover families with a child in high school. The condition of this conditional cash transfer program for the family is to keep your child in school. A recent research conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, there is a forty percent increase in income for those who finished high school versus those who were elementary graduates. Furthermore, we seek to educate students even from far-flung and even nomadic communities through our Alternative Learning Systems, wherein our public school teachers are embedded in these communities to provide basic education services. Add to this, we are well on our way to closing resource gaps in terms of classrooms, even as we have already eliminated backlogs for textbooks and armchairs in our public education system. This, on top of a recent law expanding our basic education cycle from ten to twelve years, which we foresee will increase the competitiveness of our graduates in the global arena. I also signed into law two bills that have languished in Congress for many years, not least because of intense lobbying from entrenched interests: The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, which mandates access to information on family planning, and the Sin Tax Reform Act, which earmarks increased revenue from tobacco and alcohol into health services. This will certainly accelerate our Universal Health Care agenda, which we continue to aggressively pursue. These are direct government interventions that we are pursuing as a proactive way of encouraging the equitable distribution of wealth—part of a concerted plan to ensure that all sectors take part in economic growth and partake in prosperity that it brings. Our task: To ensure that our people have the wherewithal to utilize, and indeed maximize, the opportunities opening up with newfound revitalization of our economy. In the Philippines, where urban development and industrialization have historically happened in pockets even as the greater segment of the poor remain in rural areas, we have also exerted much effort in empowering sectors that will have the greatest impact as regards inclusiveness, namely, agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure. We have continued to pour funds into agriculture—streamlining the supply chain and providing much-needed support for our farmers. When in the past our leaders have imported more rice than we needed, and at exorbitant prices, today because of good and prudent governance the Philippines is well on its way to achieving rice self-sufficiency. You have also perhaps heard of our flagship campaign for our tourism industry. I invite you all to witness for yourself that, indeed, ―It‘s more fun in the Philippines.‖ You will see that the entire population is living out this slogan with pride, bolstering both foreign and domestic tourist arrivals towards unprecedented highs. Our infrastructure agenda has likewise been a boon to both the agriculture and tourism sectors. Farm-to-market roads have begun to make previously isolated areas in the hinterlands accessible. A convergent strategy among national agencies has provided a framework for the construction and repair of airports, roads, and other necessary infrastructure; once completed, this will connect different hubs in the country in the most impactful way possible. On top of creating jobs through construction, these new infrastructure projects build an environment that is highly conducive to investments, all of which, coupled with our efforts in education, health, and poverty alleviation, spur a virtuous cycle of growth, empowerment, and equitable prosperity. In all cases, the integrity of public finances and resources from which government intervention is sourced must be protected. The Philippines has had an unfortunate history of corruption and non-transparent governance that had stunted the influx of opportunities and stifled the government‘s ability to execute anti-poverty strategies. In the last three years, significant gains have been achieved in weeding out corrupt officials, instituting more open governance, and participative at that, and eliminating leakages in the system. In many ways, however, this task will continue to be a challenge in the years to come. I believe that such challenges need not only a whole-of-government, but rather a whole-of-society approach. We have already impressed our commitment onto partners in the legislature, the judiciary, and the subnational or local governments; they now realize that the people will settle for nothing less than honest, accountable, service-oriented governance—and that we in the Executive are squarely on the side of the people. The private sector and international business community likewise have important roles to play in making economic growth more inclusive. On top of responsible practices, businesses must also actively engage with their community base, exploring new pathways to create opportunity and benefit for all. Practices that sacrifice long-term sustainability for short-term gain—through an untenable extractive approach to resources, or through creating tension between industries and communities—must be revisited and changed. In sum, the question of inclusiveness is one that strikes at the very essence of growth. Do we define growth as the mere amassing of wealth, the mere swelling of the gross national product, regardless of who benefits? Or do we decide and abide by the principle that the strength of nations lies in the people—that the fair and just way forward,


indeed the only way forward, is for government to ensure that the system allows for equitability, where every citizen, regardless of status of birth or personal network, or circumstances, is allowed the opportunity to shape his destiny through his own ability and hard work? This is the crossroads that every economy—indeed, the entire global economy as a collective—has come to face, and I am confident that, collectively too, as humanity always has, we will rise to this challenge. Thank you. [HOME]

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150,000 take Career Service written exams on Oct. 13 CSC to conduct special Career Service exams for gov’t employees affected by rationalization program BSP rediscount rates for October 2013 and availments as of September 2013 Rebellion and other charges filed against Misuari, Malik and other commanders and members of the MNLF CSC confers citizen's satisfaction center seal of excellence to OWWA RWO 1 DSWD bags MY World Outreach Award for Asia-Pacific and Oceania Human spiders no more: DSWD project offers safety to school kids in an island barangay DOLE signs new MOU with Saskatchewan BIR raps daughter of PDAF scam brains Janet Napoles with tax evasion Government, civil society and business sector link arms for Transparency in extractive industries DOLE upgrades labor agreement with Saskatchewan Policy Forum discusses child poverty and disparity reduction GPH, MILF stress need for just, acceptable solutions to the Bangsamoro problem Exports surge in August 2013, PHL strongest performer among its East and Southeast Asian neighbors 5 GSIS branch offices get excellent rating in 2013 anti-red tape survey President Aquino calls for adherence to rule of law to ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea Phl Consulate General in Dubai September Visa issuance Up 49%, highest in 3Q of 2013 German fugitive nabbed in Bohol LANDBANK holds summit series for LGUs DA to honor top corn-producing provinces, towns, farm technicians PRC extends the deadline for the filing of applications for the October 29-30, 2013 Licensure Examination for Respiratory Therapists in Zamboanga City 22. PhilHealth supports campaign against breast cancer 23. PhilHealth liberalizes eligibility rules on availment

1. 150,000 take Career Service written exams on Oct. 13 Source: http://www.csc.gov.ph The Civil Service Commission (CSC) advises the 153,387 registered examinees who will take the Career Service written examination on Sunday, October 13 to begin checking their school and room assignments via the Online Notice of School Assignment which can be accessed at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph. They are reminded to print said notice of school assignment and bring it, together with a valid I.D. card as these are required to be presented for verification on the day of the exam. Moreover, the CSC also encourages examinees to conduct ocular visit of their school testing site a day or two before the actual examination to familiarize themselves. The CSC reminds examinees of the ―No ID, No Exam‖ rule and that they should come in proper attire. The CSC disclosed that the examination will be administered in 143 testing sites across the country with 86% taking the Professional level with the rest taking the Subprofessional level. Southern Tagalog posted the biggest number of examinees at 24,233, grabbing 15.80% of the total number of registered examinees covering both Professional and SubProfessional levels. The National Capital Region (NCR) came in second with 17,628 examinees or 11.49% of the total examinees. Central Luzon (Region III) and Western Visayas (Region VI) also posted large number of examinees at 13,194 and 11,509 comprising 8.60% and 7.50% of the total


examinees, respectively. The CSC reported, though, that the figure excludes 5,889 examinees scheduled supposedly to take the examinations in Zamboanga City but which has been postponed to Nov. 10 due to the still unstable situation there. The same goes for 1,575 examinees in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and Lamitan City. Meanwhile, the CSC will be accepting applications until Oct. 11 for a special Career Service Professional and SubProfessional written examinations to be conducted nationwide on November 10, 2013. The November 10 examinations are open only to affected employees of national government agencies that have approved rationalization plan. This is to give them the chance to obtain civil service eligibility and, consequently, be considered for employment under the rationalized structure of the agencies. Affected employees may also include casual and contractual staff as well as those under job order and contract of service. Applications may be filed at any CSC Regional or Field Office. The career service examination is a general ability test designed to measure an individual's preparedness to enter government service. A three-hour test, the Career Service Professional examination covers 150 questions in English and Filipino on the following subject areas: vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning. The 2.5-hour SubProfessional examination, on the other hand, covers 145 questions also on the same subject areas except analogy and logic which are replaced by spelling and clerical operations. Additional 10 minutes is given to examinees of both the Professional and SubProfessional levels to answer Examinee Descriptive Questionnaire which is not scored but reference purposes only. Questions for both examination levels include general information on the Philippine Constitution, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713), peace and human rights issues and concepts, and environment management and protection. Passing rate is 80. Passing the Professional level will result in the conferment of corresponding Career Service Professional eligibility, one of basic requirements for permanent appointment to second level (technical) positions in the government, explained the CSC ERPO. Conversely, the Career Service SubProfessional eligibility which results from passing the SubProfessional exam shall be appropriate for first level (clerical) government positions. The CSC stressed, though, that both eligibilities shall not apply to positions involving practice of profession that require an appropriate license, and those positions covered by special laws. |TOP| 2. CSC to conduct special Career Service exams for gov’t employees affected by rationalization program Source: http://www.csc.gov.ph Applications for the November 10 special Career Service written examination for both Professional and SubProfessional levels will only be accepted until October 11, 2013. This was announced by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) adding that the Nov. 10 special examinations are open only to affected employees of national government agencies that have approved rationalization plan. This is to give these employees the chance to obtain civil service eligibility and, consequently, be considered for employment under the rationalized structure of the agencies. Affected employees may also include casual and contractual staff as well as those under job order and contract of service. Applications may be filed at any CSC Regional or Field Office. For application requirements and directory of CSC regional and field offices, visit the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph or call the Examination, Recruitment, and Placement Office at (02) 931-8163; 931-7939 loc. 712. |TOP| 3. BSP rediscount rates for October 2013 and availments as of September 2013 Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph The BSP announced today the rediscount rates applicable on loan availments by banking institutions for October 2013 and availments as of September 2013. For loans under the Peso Rediscount Facility, the BSP Peso Rediscount Rate is 3.50 percent p.a. for all maturities. This has been in effect since 29 October 2012 in line with the Monetary Board (M.B.) policy decision to reduce policy rates at its 25 October 2012 meeting. The M.B. decided to maintain the same during its last policy meeting on 12 September 2013. The Peso Rediscount Rate is based on the applicable BSP overnight reverse repurchase rate per Circular No. 679 dated 01 February 2010. Meanwhile, for loans under the Exporters Dollar and Yen Rediscount Facility (EDYRF), the rates for the month of


October are as follows: Dollar 0.17885 percent p.a. Yen 0.11500 percent p.a. The EDYRF rediscount rates are based on the respective 1-month London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as of 30 September 2013. Under the Peso Rediscount Facility, total availments of commercial, thrift and rural banks amounted to P17,320 million for the period 01 January to 30 September 2013, 47.1 percent lower than the P32,761 million total in the same period last year. Of the availments for the period, 82.1 percent went to commercial credits, 3.2 percent to agricultural and industrial credits, and 14.7 percent to other credits consisting of CAPEX (7.3 percent), other services (6.6 percent), permanent working capital (0.7 percent) and housing (0.1 percent). Under the EDYRF, aggregate dollar availments of eight commercial banks and a thrift bank for the period 01 January to 30 September 2013 amounted to US$95.0 million and benefitted 30 exporters. This represents a 29.2 percent decrease in availments compared to the US$134.1 million grants for the same period last year. On the other hand, there was no Yen-denominated availment under the EDYRF for the period 01 January to 30 September 2013. |TOP| 4. Rebellion and other charges filed against Misuari, Malik and other commanders and members of the MNLF Source: http://www.doj.gov.ph A Panel of Prosecutors from the Office of the City Prosecutor of Zamboanga filed three (3) Informations charging Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder NURULAJI P. MISUARI, a.k.a. Nur Misuari, and three (3) other individuals who are still at large, including MNLF Commander USTADZ HABIER MALIK, in connection with the Zamboanga City siege last September 2013. Misuari, and sixty (60) others, who are alleged to be responsible for the attack (allegedly led by Malik, BAS ARKI, ASSAMIN HUSSIN and several other commanders of the MNLF), which lasted about three weeks and resulted in several casualties and extensive damage within the said City, particularly in barangays Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyagan, Talon-Talon and Mampang, among others, were specifically charged with: (a) Rebellion (penalized under Article 134 of the Revised Penal Code); (b) violation of Section 4(b), subsections (1) and (3), in relation to Section 7, second paragraph of Republic Act No. 9851 (otherwise known as "The Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity"); and (c) violation of Section 4(c), subsections (1), (7) and (20), in relation to Section 7, second paragraph of the same law. The charge of Rebellion arises from their acts, while being heavily armed with high caliber weapons, of attempting to hoist the MNLF flag in front of the Zamboanga City Hall to signify their declaration of independence from, and for the purpose of removing from the allegiance to the Philippine government or its laws, part of its national territory, i.e., Zamboanga City, and actually rising publicly and taking up arms to attain the said purpose by attacking members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), as well as innocent civilians, and by committing "acts of murder, pillage, disorder, looting, arson and destruction of private and public properties." Another information, for violation of subsections (1) and (3) of Section 4(b) of R.A. 9851 charges them of violating provisions of four (4) Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 by: (a) committing acts of violence against the lives and persons of the residents who did not take active part in the armed hostilities; and (b) taking non-combatant civilians as hostages, while engaged in armed combat with government forces, and which resulted in the death of more or less twelve (12) individuals, serious injuries to more or less seventy-five (75) innocent civilians, and damage and prejudice to the victims. Finally, the third information, for violation of subsections (1), (7) and (20) of Section 4(c) of R.A. 9851 charges them of committing "serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in armed conflict, within the established framework of international law" by: (a) intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population who had taken no active part in the hostilities by forcibly opening houses and other dwelling, and attacking occupants thereof, further taking about 300 as hostages; (b) utilizing the presence of civilians to render certain points and areas immune from military operations, such as by employing them as human shields at the forefronts of the armed conflict, thereby thwarting any offensive and counter-offensive actions from AFP-PNP forces; and (c) attacking undefended dwellings or buildings, which are not military objectives, and deliberately burning such structures, resulting in conflagration of more or less 9,732 houses and buildings, both public and private, and causing damage in an estimated amount of more than P200 Million. As to the charge for Rebellion, no bail is recommended for the leaders, while a bail of P200,000.00 each is recommended for the accused followers. However, under the charges for violations of the aforementioned provisions of R.A. 9851, no bail is recommended for all accused. The Informations were filed last Monday, 7 October 2013, and Warrants for the arrest of MISUARI and three (3) other individuals who are still at large, including Malik, are expected to be issued soon by the RTC-Zamboanga. The other 57 accused are now under detention at the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City.


|TOP| 5. CSC confers citizen's satisfaction center seal of excellence to OWWA RWO 1 Source: http://www.owwa.gov.ph The Civil Service Commission Region I (CSC ROI) bestowed the Citizen‘s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)-RWO I for obtaining a numerical final rating of 90.54 for its effective implementation of the over-all components of the CSC‘s Overall Client Satisfaction. The awarding was held on September 18, 2013 at the Hotel Ariana and Restaurant, Bauang, La Union during the CSC 2013 Regional Recognition and Awards Rites and was part of the 113th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service. (L-R) Acting Director III of CSC RO1-Dir. Hedy Jose B. Lardizabal; OWWO III of OWWA RWOI- Mr. Emmanuel Santiago C. Diaz; OWWO IV/Chief of Programs and Services Division of OWWA RWOI - Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin; Director IV of the CSC Office for Strategy Management - Dir. Victoria F. Esber; Acting Director IV of CSC RO1 – Dir. Nelson G. Sarmiento and; Administrative Officer V of OWWA RWOI- Mr. Ronaldo A. De Vera during the awarding of the CSC Seal of Excellence at the Hotel Ariana on September 11, 2013 According to OWWA RWO-I‘s Anti-Red Tape Report Card, the CSC lauded the fact that the regional office was able to satisfy the requirements of frontline service, service quality, physical setup/layout, basic facilities, respondent-client satisfaction, and full compliance with the provisions of ARTA although the office has just transferred to a new location and is still in the process of settling. Majority of the respondents during the survey were very satisfied with their whole experience of transacting business with the OWWA RWOI staff. |TOP| 6. DSWD bags MY World Outreach Award for Asia-Pacific and Oceania Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Another distinction was bestowed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in recognition of the Department‘s outstanding efforts in the promotion of MY World by letting the ―voices‖ of the ―poorest of the poor‖ Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries be heard. MY World is a global survey conducted by the United Nations asking the respondents to choose their priorities for a better world. The results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. The Philippine government is implementing the Conditional Cash Transfer Program dubbed Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It provides educational and health cash grants of as much as P1,400 to a family with three qualified children. The DSWD helped the United Nations conduct their surveys during Family Development Sessions (FDS) with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hence, allowing their concerns and desires be heard. In accepting the MY World Outreach Award for Asia-Pacific and Oceania, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stated, ―We are accepting this award on behalf of the Filipinos with great honor and pride. The Philippines distinguishes itself as a nation with empowered and involved citizens.‖ ―As a democratic country, we really believe that recognizing the voice and the power of the people in the issues and priorities of the country is one way of empowering them,‖ Secretary Soliman added. Secretary Soliman further explained, ―This is also in line with our main vision of inclusive growth and development, where no one is left behind in our concerted goal of moving forward. ― National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan accepted the award In behalf of DSWD during the MY World Partner Recognition Awards Ceremony held in New York last month. ### - See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/10/dswd-bags-my-world-outreach-award-for-asia-pacific-andoceania/#sthash.diyefEHr.dpuf Another distinction was bestowed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in recognition of the Department’s outstanding efforts in the promotion of MY World by letting the ―voices‖ of the ―poorest of the poor‖ Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries be heard. MY World is a global survey conducted by the United Nations asking the respondents to choose their priorities for a better world. The results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. The Philippine government is implementing the Conditional Cash Transfer Program dubbed Pantawid


Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It provides educational and health cash grants of as much as P1,400 to a family with three qualified children. The DSWD helped the United Nations conduct their surveys during Family Development Sessions (FDS) with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hence, allowing their concerns and desires be heard. In accepting the MY World Outreach Award for Asia-Pacific and Oceania, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stated, ―We are accepting this award on behalf of the Filipinos with great honor and pride. The Philippines distinguishes itself as a nation with empowered and involved citizens.‖ ―As a democratic country, we really believe that recognizing the voice and the power of the people in the issues and priorities of the country is one way of empowering them,‖ Secretary Soliman added. Secretary Soliman further explained, ―This is also in line with our main vision of inclusive growth and development, where no one is left behind in our concerted goal of moving forward. ― National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan accepted the award In behalf of DSWD during the MY World Partner Recognition Awards Ceremony held in New York last month. ### - See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/10/dswd-bags-my-world-outreach-award-for-asia-pacific-andoceania/#sthash.diyefEHr.dpuf Another distinction was bestowed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in recognition of the Department’s outstanding efforts in the promotion of MY World by letting the ―voices‖ of the ―poorest of the poor‖ Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries be heard. MY World is a global survey conducted by the United Nations asking the respondents to choose their priorities for a better world. The results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. The Philippine government is implementing the Conditional Cash Transfer Program dubbed Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It provides educational and health cash grants of as much as P1,400 to a family with three qualified children. The DSWD helped the United Nations conduct their surveys during Family Development Sessions (FDS) with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hence, allowing their concerns and desires be heard. In accepting the MY World Outreach Award for Asia-Pacific and Oceania, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stated, ―We are accepting this award on behalf of the Filipinos with great honor and pride. The Philippines distinguishes itself as a nation with empowered and involved citizens.‖ ―As a democratic country, we really believe that recognizing the voice and the power of the people in the issues and priorities of the country is one way of empowering them,‖ Secretary Soliman added. Secretary Soliman further explained, ―This is also in line with our main vision of inclusive growth and development, where no one is left behind in our concerted goal of moving forward. ― National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan accepted the award In behalf of DSWD during the MY World Partner Recognition Awards Ceremony held in New York last month. |TOP| 7. Human spiders no more: DSWD project offers safety to school kids in an island barangay Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Going to school used to be an ordeal for the students residing in the island barangay of Macatunao in Concepcion, Iloilo. They had to negotiate the 3.6-kilometer stretch of stonewall clinging to the rough and spiky seawall to get to and from their school. Their mode of travel had become so infamous that the children have earned the moniker ―Gagamba Kids (Spider Kids).‖ Today, the students can travel safely to and from their barangay and school because the dangerous path they used to traverse now has a footbridge. What once was a danger zone has now become a tourist attraction, and the children need not be like spiders anymore. The transformation of the community is partly due to the intervention of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the core poverty reduction programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Through the cooperation of the residents, the local government unit, and Kalahi-CIDSS, the community now enjoys a barangay foot trail with footbridge.


Danger zone Aside from the safety risks that the area posed to travelers, it also mounted problems to Barangay Macatunao. Three hundred children in the barangay are partner beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya), the flagship poverty alleviation program of the national government, implemented through the DSWD. While their situations may be different, all of them hope for the same thing: to be able to finish their education, get their diplomas, find jobs, and have better quality of lives for themselves and families. Unfortunately, the difficulty in getting to and from the school presented a challenge to the families for several years. School children from Sitio Balabago had to climb a steep hill, creep across the nature-sculptured rocks, or brave the raging waters to reach Bagotao Primary School and Tambaliza National High School. To avoid getting wet, they had to crawl on the rock wall for 360 meters until they reach the shoreline in Barangay Macatunao, hence they became known as ―gagamba kids‖ in the village. Fortunato Arlos Jr., 72 years old, recalled, in his younger days, how he would take that path in the morning and in the afternoon to get to Tambaliza Elementary School. In times when they got home late from school, they were forced to climb the mountain just to avoid the danger zone, which gets even more treacherous during high tide. He went on to share that he almost had a fatal accident while traversing the area while on his way to Fernando Arlos Elementary School in Barangay Tambaliza. ―Mga libro kag balonan ko basa, gakabit-kabit ako sa bato, maayo lang wala ako nabatian (My books and lunch box were drenched in water, I was clinging on the stone. I was lucky I did not break a bone),‖ he narrated. The problem of traveling from one part of the barangay to another has existed for so long that almost all who grew up in the village earned the dubious distinction of being a ―gagamba kid‖ at some point in their lives. The story of Vivian and the villagers Like everyone else in the village, Vivian Dolor says she was once a ―spider girl‖ in her teenage years. She and her friends would cling to the cliff wall just to get to Bagotao Primary School. It was her routine until she completed her elementary education. Vivian, now 42, described how the edges of the stones near the site of the foot bridge were very sharp. ―Makita mo sa iban nga lugar may mga bata man pero diri pinasahi. Kon tapakan mo mabiak imo dapa-dapa kon wala ka tsinelas. Delikado pa kay may sakaon sa bukid. May madalum man nga portion nga kon high tide mas madalum (There are stones in other areas, but ours is different. You will get cuts if you step on these without wearing your slippers. It is also dangerous because you needed to climb the mountain. There is also a deep part, which gets even deeper during high tide),‖ she narrated. After finishing elementary and high school, Vivian went on to take a vocational course at the Computer College of the Visayas in Iloilo City. She subsequently worked as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hongkong to help her siblings and parents. She later returned to Concepcion to stay for good, establishing a family in the process. Vivian became involved in KALAHI-CIDSS in 2010 when she thought of helping the community by volunteering in the Project. She was eventually chosen by the community to become the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chair, the head of community volunteers in Kalahi-CIDSS. Vivian vividly recalled the events that happened on October 14, 2010, when she and Ramie Padecio, another volunteer, went to the town for the two-day Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF), one of the activities in KALAHI-CIDSS wherein residents in the municipality voted for which of the barangays‘ proposed community projects will receive funding from the Project. The typhoons that raged then did not stop them from going to the town to try to get their proposed foot path and bridge, which was identified by Barangay Macatunao as their priority community project. Before the MIBF, Vivian and Ramie almost lost hope that they would be able to get their proposed foot path and bridge when they found out they needed to have photos of the site, as they did not have the money to get these printed. Vivian recalled being told that their chance of getting their proposed community project prioritized might fail if they did not have the pictures with them. Determined to solve the problem, Vivian took off her wedding ring and pawned it. She used the P500.00 to develop photos and prepare other materials for their barangay‘s presentation. Ramie, a school teacher at the Tambaliza National High School, gave the presentation in behalf of their barangay. Apparently, their sacrifices and efforts paid off when the proposed foot trail and bridge project amounting to P1.58 million was voted as one of the projects to receive funding from Kalahi-CIDSS. Other villagers like Fortunato, recalling his near-fatal accident when he was once a ―gagamba kid‖ and the daily sight he witnessed from his window of children clinging to the seawall to get to school encouraged him to donate 200 meters of his property for the foot trail. Fortunato stated, ―Nga-a indi ka abi mag donar kay nakita mo nga mabudlay ang pag-agi. Kita mo gakalumos mga


kabataan nga gatabok pakadto sa eskwelahan kay ang alagyan sang mga bata kundi pati man mga tigulang? (Why wouldn‘t you help, when you can see that the path is very difficult, and you know children risk of drowning every time they pass the shoreline to go to school?).‖ Other villagers also contributed portion of their daily wages as part of their village‘s local counterpart contribution for their sub-project. Residents of Macatunao would never forget how the government hugely transformed their lives. They were so thankful to the government and to the community‘s combined efforts for they were finally able to get their foot path and bridge. Young and old folks alike are now able to pass through the area any time of the day, be it high tide or low tide. Project, volunteers recognized The sub-project was first featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 30, 2011, highlighting the story of the ―spider kids‖ and the personal sacrifices of Vivian. The story was then picked up by Rated K, which featured Vivian‘s selflessness on its March 4, 2012 episode ―Singsing for Schooling.‖ Rated K was supposed to redeem the wedding ring as a surprise for Vivian during her interview in Manila. Since the television staff could not redeem the wedding ring without the receipt, the help of Mayor Milliard Villanueva was sought. Familiar with Vivian‘s selfless deeds, the pawnshop returned the wedding ring without any monetary consideration. After more than a year, Vivian was able to get back her wedding ring through the program. The ―Singsing for Schooling‖ episode subsequently caught the attention of Rotary International 3790 (RI 3790) in Angeles, Pampanga. They invited Vivian to their District Assembly so she can share her inspiring story. A cash gift was given to Vivian by RI 3790, which also shouldered her transportation expenses and provided an allowance to her husband and her son while she was away. The Rotary International also donated flying discs for the village children of Barangay Macatunao. Added opportunities Although the construction of the foot bridge was identified by the villagers for utilitarian purposes so they can travel easily from Sitio Bagotao to Sitio Balabago and vice versa, the residents were pleased that it brought other benefits to their community, including the making of the former danger zone a tourist attraction. Though the local government unit has yet to account for all the visitors in the island, the residents themselves attest that tourists recognized the tourism potential of the area. The panoramic scenery of shifting emerald waters and nature-sculptured rocks regularly draw tourists. The main attraction of the area, however is the lumpatan. In Hiligaynon, ―lumpatan‖ means a place where to jump. In this instance, the lumpatan, which is located at the end portion of the foot bridge, is used as dive-off point for those who want to try cliff jumping. A distance away from the lumpatan is a drawing of two turtles etched on the stone-wall, previously not appreciated by travelers going from Sitio Balabago to Sitio Bagotao, since they were more concerned about getting safely to their destination instead of sightseeing. The construction of the foot bridge allowed visitors to appreciate this, as well as other attractions, including sculptured rocks, which resemble the mouth of a lion, and boulders that look like a log with tables. The construction of the footbridge through KALAHI-CIDSS also opened opportunities for villagers to start small businesses. Due to the influx of tourists, some of the residents now earn extra income by selling native delicacies to the visitors and fellow villagers. The spirit of bayanihan and volunteerism is alive and well in Barangay Macatunao. They are now reaping the fruits of their hard work and perseverance. |TOP| 8. DOLE signs new MOU with Saskatchewan Source: http://www.poea.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday hailed the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with Saskatchewan as it will open up more job prospects and provide better protection for Filipinos in the Canadian province. Secretary Baldoz signed on 7 October 2013 the MOU with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall to enhance the provisions of the previous labor agreement between both jurisdictions. The PH-Saskatchewan MOU, which was first signed in 2006, is a trailblazer on the orderly recruitment and deployment of Filipino workers to qualified employers in the Province. ―It was the first of a ‗new generation‘ of agreements that incorporated human resource development concerns into consideration and paved the way for the signing of three (3) other MOUs in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, British


Columbia, and Alberta,‖ she said. Baldoz said the updated MOU aligns with recent policy developments in both countries. In the Philippines, Republic Act 10022 amended the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act and provided for stronger protective mechanisms in the deployment of workers. The Saskatchewan government meanwhile has recently enacted two (2) important legislations that govern the employment, recruitment and immigration of foreign workers to their province: (1) ―The Saskatchewan Employment Act‖ and (2) ―The Foreign Workers Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA)‖. The Employment Act provides for employment standards, including a prohibition on the charging of fees by employment agencies to job seekers, occupational health and safety measures, labor relations, among others. The FWRISA covers provisions on the licensing of foreign workers‘ recruiters, registration of employers of foreign nationals, prohibited practices, sharing of information, and inspection, investigation and enforcement. The MOU seeks to implement streamlined, efficient and ethical recruitment practices in human resource between the Philippines and Saskatchewan. Among the shared priorities for cooperation are: (1) exploring arrangements for skills upgrading, skills gap training and mutual recognition of qualifications of professional and trade workers (2) streamlining of recruitment processes ; (3) examining mechanisms of monitoring Filipino workers recruited in third countries and receive protection under Saskatchewan and Philippine legislation; (4) establishing transparent access of Filipino workers to justice systems; ; (5) supporting integration, reintegration and human resource development programs, among others; and (6) sharing of information. Under the streamlined recruitment process, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office shall accredit the employer/licensed employment agency in Saskatchewan who will recruit workers in the Philippines, without further verification, on the basis of the registration system of employers to be undertaken by Saskatchewan authorities, under the FWRISA. The employer shall cover the costs relating to recruitment of the Filipino worker. The employer and the registered recruitment agencies in the Philippines were prohibited from charging directly or indirectly, any payment from the applicant. To date, the Philippines i s one of the largest sources of immigrants and temporary workers for Canada because of their skills, fluency in English and laudable work ethics.

As of the end of 2012, there were about 19,283 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed to Canada, 32% ( 6,132) of whom were new hires while 68% (13,151) were re-hires. The 2012 figure is a 23.2% increase over the 2011 deployment level. This may indicate that Canada as a work destination for the global Filipino workers is worth coming back to. |TOP| 9. BIR raps daughter of PDAF scam brains Janet Napoles with tax evasion Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against JEANE CATHERINE LIM NAPOLES(NAPOLES) for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax and deliberate failure to file return and pay tax for taxable years 2011 and 2012 pursuant to Sections 51 (A)(1)(a) and 74 in relation to Section 254 and Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code). NAPOLES is a registered taxpayer of BIR Revenue District Office No. 43-A, East Pasig City with address at No. 635 San Isidro Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Information gathered during investigation disclosed that NAPOLES was able to acquire and register in her name real properties during the taxable years 2011 and 2012. Among those properties is a residential house located in Los Angeles, California, USA and a farm lot in Bayambang, Pangasinan. NAPOLES acquired in 2011 a condominium unit in Los Angeles, California worth P54.73 million. She also had a 1/9 share in a Bayambang, Pangasinan property purchased in 2012 equivalent to P1.49 million. BIR records, however, showed that NAPOLES did not file any Income Tax Return (ITR) for taxable years 20011 and 2012; nor were there any records of returns filed that will prove that gifts, bequests or devices were given to her. Using the Expenditure Method of Investigation, the unreported income of NAPOLES was established by a comparison made between the amount of money she spent in buying the aforementioned properties and her unreported income. The Expenditure Method of tax investigation is based on the theory that if the subject taxpayer‘s expenditures during a given year exceed his reported income, and the source of the funds used to make the expenditures is unexplained, such expenditures represent unreported income.


Thus, the difference between the aggregate yearly expenditure of NAPOLES for taxable years 2011 and 2012 and total amount of unreported income for the same years constituted a substantial under-declaration of more than thirty percent (30%), and such unreported income is considered as prima facie evidence of her fraudulent scheme to defeat payment of taxes. The total income tax liability of NAPOLES was computed at P32.06 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, broken down into: P31.38 million in 2011 and P0.68 million in 2012. The case against JEANE CATHERINE LIM NAPOLES is the 191st filed under the RATE program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares. |TOP| 10. Government, civil society and business sector link arms for Transparency in extractive industries Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph On September 26-27, 2013, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) International Secretariat and the World Bank, with technical support from the Revenue Watch Institute, held the Conference on the Adoption of the 2013 EITI Standard at the Crowne Plaza, Manila. Participated in by representatives from the government, civil society organizations, and the mining, oil and gas industries, the two-day event aimed to increase stakeholders’ understanding of the 2013 EITI Standard and help them define objectives for EITI Philippines. ‖The Conference was seen to manifest the Philippines’ momentum in achieving global affirmation of its resolve to instill integrity and responsibility in the country’s extractive industries,‖ said Finance Undersecretary Jeremias N. Paul, Jr., who opened the program. For the part of civil society, Professor Maria Aurora Teresita W. Tabada noted: ―The government’s decision to sign on to the EITI has given rise to a special time in the nation’s history that will create an environment to empower communities to have access to reliable information.‖ On the other hand, speaking on behalf of the industry, Mr. Gerard H. Brimo, President and CEO of Nickel Asia Corporation, pointed to the opportunity that the Initiative presents to open a space for industry and civil society groups to dialogue constructively and reach a common understanding of issues related to promoting responsible mining in the Philippines. The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global coalition of governments, companies and civil society working together to ensure transparency around countries oil, gas and mineral resources. It is overseen by a multi-stakeholder process involving government, civil society and industry representatives. This process is governed by rules set by the EITI Board in Oslo, Norway and supported by the World Bank through technical and financial assistance to implementing countries. Changes to the rules that govern the Initiative this year came with the approval of the 2013 EITI Standard which expanded the scope of reporting requirements for candidate countries. The Philippines became an EITI candidate country in May 2013. |TOP| 11. DOLE upgrades labor agreement with Saskatchewan Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday hailed the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Philippines and Saskatchewan enhancing the provisions of the previous labor agreement with the purpose of opening up more job prospects and providing better protection for Filipinos in the Canadian province. The Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Cooperation in Human Resource Deployment and Development, which was signed last 07 October 2013 in Fairmont Hotel in Makati City by DOLE Acting Secretary Danilo P. Cruz and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, seeks to implement streamlined, efficient and ethical recruitment practices in human resource between the Philippines and Saskatchewan. Among the shared priorities for cooperation are: (1) exploring arrangements for skills upgrading, skills gap training and mutual recognition of qualifications of professional and trade workers (2) streamlining of recruitment processes ; (3) examining mechanisms of monitoring Filipino workers recruited in third countries and receive protection under Saskatchewan and Philippine legislation; (4) establishing transparent access of Filipino workers to justice systems; (5)supporting integration, reintegration and human resource development programs, among others; and (6) sharing of information. The signing was witnessed by Philippine Consul General in Toronto, Canada Junever Mahilum-West, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Deputy Administrator Amuerfina Reyes, Canadian Ambassador Christopher Thornely, and Bourgault Industries Human Resource Manager Bill Granville.


Under the streamlined recruitment process, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office shall accredit the employer/licensed employment agency in Saskatchewan who will recruit workers in the Philippines, without further verification, on the basis of the registration system of employers to be undertaken by Saskatchewan authorities, under the FWRISA. The employer shall cover the costs relating to recruitment of the Filipino worker. The employer and the registered recruitment agencies in the Philippines were prohibited from charging directly or indirectly, any payment from the applicant. Baldoz said the PH-Saskatchewan MOU, which was first signed in 2006, is a trailblazer on the orderly recruitment and deployment of Filipino workers to qualified employers in the Province saying that it was the first of a ‗new generation‘ of agreements that incorporated human resource development concerns into consideration and paved the way for the signing of three (3) other MOUs in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, British Columbia, and Alberta. Baldoz said the updated MOU aligns with recent policy developments in both countries. In the Philippines, Republic Act 10022 amended the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act and provided for stronger protective mechanisms in the deployment of workers. The Saskatchewan government meanwhile has recently enacted two (2) important legislations that govern the employment, recruitment and immigration of foreign workers to their province: (1) ―The Saskatchewan Employment Act‖ and (2) ―The Foreign Workers Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA)‖. The Employment Act provides for employment standards, including a prohibition on the charging of fees by employment agencies to job seekers, occupational health and safety measures, labor relations, among others. The FWRISA covers provisions on the licensing of foreign workers‘ recruiters, registration of employers of foreign nationals, prohibited practices, sharing of information, and inspection, investigation and enforcement. To date, the Philippines is one of the largest sources of immigrants and temporary workers for Canada because of their skills, fluency in English and laudable work ethics. As of the end of 2012, there were about 19,283 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed to Canada, 32% ( 6,132) of whom were new hires while 68% (13,151) were re-hires. The 2012 figure is a 23.2% increase over the 2011 deployment level. This may indicate that Canada as a work destination for the global Filipino workers is worth coming back to. |TOP| 12. Policy Forum discusses child poverty and disparity reduction Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph In celebration of the 21st National Children Month in October with the theme ―Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban‖, a policy forum entitled ―Poverty and Disparity Reduction Begins with Children‖ will be held on 14 October 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Avenue corner Asian Development Bank Avenue, Quezon City. The policy forum which is a collaborative partnership of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), and the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) has the following objectives: Present the latest international evidence on the importance of childhood for poverty and disparity reduction; Present the updated child poverty situation in the Philippines; Discuss current child centered poverty reduction programs and existing enabling environments that promote the welfare of children; and Recognize remaining bottlenecks, policy gaps and what more can be committed towards child-focused poverty and disparity reduction process. During the forum, Mr. Tomoo Hozumi, Country Representative of UNICEF will present a paper on International Evidence on the Importance of Childhood for Poverty and Disparity Reduction while Dr. Celia M. Reyes of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will discuss Child Poverty in the Philippines. Invited to provide reactions to these presentations are Monsignor Antonio E. Labiao, Jr., Vicar General for Pastoral, Diocese of Novaliches and Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza, Executive Director, AIM Policy Center. NSCB Assistant Secretary General Lina V. Castro will serve as the moderator during the paper presentations. Invited to deliver an inspirational message is CWC Chairperson and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman. To welcome the participants through a message is Ms. Brenda S. Vigo, Executive Director of the CWC while NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon G. Albert will deliver the closing remarks. |TOP| 13. GPH, MILF stress need for just, acceptable solutions to the Bangsamoro problem Source: http://www.opapp.gov.ph


Kuala Lumpur – Sharing the same resolve to complete the annex on power sharing in this round of talks, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stressed the need to ensure just and acceptable solutions to address the decades-old conflict in Mindanao. During the parties‘ opening ceremonies for the 41st formal exploratory talks in this Malaysian capital, GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer reiterated the importance of due diligence in coming up with viable solutions to the Bangsamoro problem. ―Indeed, if it has taken us a long while to put down words and phrases in the Annexes, it is because we want to guarantee the integrity of the outcome,‖ she said. ―We need to ensure the justness of the solutions we are adopting for one and all, so that with the faith of our fellow Filipinos, this agreement will live and let live the hopes for less strife, good governance, harmony, cooperation and a better life among the Bangsamoro and the whole country.‖ On the same note, Iqbal underscored that the agreement that will be forged by both sides should be ―acceptable to our people and will lead to solving to Bangsamoro question.‖ ―Short of this, our efforts would be in vain,‖ he added. Power-sharing deal Coronel-Ferrer remarked on the possible ―closure of at least one of the two remaining Annexes,‖ which are on normalization and power sharing. MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, in his opening statement, proposed to ―finish the two remaining annexes especially on power sharing.‖ These two annexes, together with the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed in October 2012, and the Annexes on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities, and Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing, will form part of the Comprehensive Agreement which the GPH and the MILF panels aim to sign within the year. Ceasefire Coronel-Ferrer said that in contrast to the recent violent incidents involving lawless elements on the ground, the ceasefire between the GPH and the MILF "is a good reason for all those concerned about peace in Mindanao.... to pursue this process between the GPH and the MILF." "So that this temporary ceasefire becomes permanent, and in becoming permanent, the other, better things become possible," she added. The panel chair also stressed the need to address public‘s impatience and doubts which have been driven by the ―rise in violence perpetrated by those who want this process to fail.‖ ―We, the negotiating partners present here and the friends of this process in the room, will need to steadfastly work together to foil the many what ifs. We carry a great burden borne out of equally great expectations,‖ she said. ―We know that it will require a lot of hard work, the appropriate strategies, the effective mechanisms and collaborative approaches, at the soonest possible time." Inclusive peace Iqbal said that the gains of the GPH-MILF peace process will benefit the entire Bangsamoro and the country as well. ―The fruit of this current endeavor will redound to everybody, including MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front),‖ he stated. ―This is the reason that we have appealed to our brothers in MNLF to support the MILF, or at least not stand on the way, and give us chance to succeed.‖ Joining the panel of observers in the talks is Congressman Rodolfo Biazon and members of the International Contact Group. Presidential Adviser Teresita Quintos Deles, Cong. Teddy Broner Baguilat, Jr., and other members of the Cabinet and Congress are expected to arrive later this week. - See more at: http://www.opapp.gov.ph/milf/news/gph-milf-stress-need-just-acceptable-solutions-bangsamoroproblem#sthash.XanNHJPf.dpuf Kuala Lumpur – Sharing the same resolve to complete the annex on power sharing in this round of talks, the


Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stressed the need to ensure just and acceptable solutions to address the decades-old conflict in Mindanao. During the parties’ opening ceremonies for the 41st formal exploratory talks in this Malaysian capital, GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer reiterated the importance of due diligence in coming up with viable solutions to the Bangsamoro problem. ―Indeed, if it has taken us a long while to put down words and phrases in the Annexes, it is because we want to guarantee the integrity of the outcome,‖ she said. ―We need to ensure the justness of the solutions we are adopting for one and all, so that with the faith of our fellow Filipinos, this agreement will live and let live the hopes for less strife, good governance, harmony, cooperation and a better life among the Bangsamoro and the whole country.‖ On the same note, Iqbal underscored that the agreement that will be forged by both sides should be ―acceptable to our people and will lead to solving to Bangsamoro question.‖ ―Short of this, our efforts would be in vain,‖ he added. Power-sharing deal Coronel-Ferrer remarked on the possible ―closure of at least one of the two remaining Annexes,‖ which are on normalization and power sharing. MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, in his opening statement, proposed to ―finish the two remaining annexes especially on power sharing.‖ These two annexes, together with the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed in October 2012, and the Annexes on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities, and Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing, will form part of the Comprehensive Agreement which the GPH and the MILF panels aim to sign within the year. Ceasefire Coronel-Ferrer said that in contrast to the recent violent incidents involving lawless elements on the ground, the ceasefire between the GPH and the MILF "is a good reason for all those concerned about peace in Mindanao.... to pursue this process between the GPH and the MILF." "So that this temporary ceasefire becomes permanent, and in becoming permanent, the other, better things become possible," she added. The panel chair also stressed the need to address public’s impatience and doubts which have been driven by the ―rise in violence perpetrated by those who want this process to fail.‖ ―We, the negotiating partners present here and the friends of this process in the room, will need to steadfastly work together to foil the many what ifs. We carry a great burden borne out of equally great expectations,‖ she said. ―We know that it will require a lot of hard work, the appropriate strategies, the effective mechanisms and collaborative approaches, at the soonest possible time." Inclusive peace Iqbal said that the gains of the GPH-MILF peace process will benefit the entire Bangsamoro and the country as well. ―The fruit of this current endeavor will redound to everybody, including MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front),‖ he stated. ―This is the reason that we have appealed to our brothers in MNLF to support the MILF, or at least not stand on the way, and give us chance to succeed.‖ Joining the panel of observers in the talks is Congressman Rodolfo Biazon and members of the International Contact Group. Presidential Adviser Teresita Quintos Deles, Cong. Teddy Broner Baguilat, Jr., and other members of the Cabinet and Congress are expected to arrive later this week. |TOP| 14. Exports surge in August 2013, PHL strongest performer among its East and Southeast Asian neighbors Source: http://www.neda.gov.ph MANILA – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said merchandise exports grew for the third consecutive month this year, outperforming selected countries in Asia in terms of export growth in August 2013.


This statement came after the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported that merchandise exports grew by 20.2 percent in August 2013 to $4.6 billion, from $3.8 billion a year ago. NEDA officer-in-charge (OIC) and Deputy Director-General Rolando G. Tungpalan said this growth was supported by brisk overseas sales in all major commodity groups. ―We are now reaping the benefits of our efforts to diversify the country‘s exports base as seen in the increasing revenues from agro-based, forest, mineral and petroleum products. This, when combined with strong performance of manufactured goods, will bring our exports industry to full recovery and sustained growth,‖ he said. Manufactured goods, which contracted in July, posted a turnaround last month as it rose 8.7 percent to $3.7 billion in August 2013. Hike in exports of garments, wood manufactures, chemicals, and machinery and transport equipment offset the slight decrease in electronic exports during the period. Robust growth in mineral products (183.2%), total agro-based products (83.8%), petroleum (115,374.8%) and forest products (86.5%) also contributed to the strong export performance in August. ―With this growth, the Philippines was the strongest performer among its East and Southeast Asian neighbors in terms of export growth in August 2013,‖ Tungpalan said. Following the Philippines as top export performer, Viet Nam recorded an annual increase of 15.5 percent. Most tradeoriented economies in the East and Southeast Asian region showed positive export performance in August 2013, except for Japan and Indonesia. Japan remained as the top exports destination of the Philippines in July 2013, accounting for 25 percent of the country‘s total export receipts. This was followed by the US (12.6%), China (10.5%), Singapore (8.5), and Hong Kong (7.6%). For the first eight months of 2013, Philippine export earnings decreased marginally by 0.8 percent to $35.0 billion from $35.3 billion in the same period in 2012. Tungpalan, who is Deputy Director-General for Investment Programming, is OIC of NEDA while Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan is on official business abroad. |TOP| 15. 5 GSIS branch offices get excellent rating in 2013 anti-red tape survey Source: http://www.gsis.gov.ph Five branch offices of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) have recently been rated "Excellent" for exemplary service and for complying with the provisions of Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA). The Civil Service Commission (CSC), the bureaucracy's personnel agency conducting ARTA survey among government offices, has conferred on the GSIS Bacolod Branch Office the CSC's Seal of Excellence last 13 September 2013 for obtaining a 91.57 ARTA rating. It is the first GSIS office to receive the award. As the CSC continues conducting the survey, four other GSIS branch offices have rebounded from "failed" ratings in 2012 and earned "excellent" scores to date: Bohol (93.28%), Bulacan (93.01%), Laguna (93.21%), and Masbate (90.34%). From a final grade average of 63% for 13 branches surveyed in 2012, the current average for the same branch offices is 89.70%. These include Palawan (89.35%), Tuguegarao (89.28%), Batangas (89.12%), and Lucena (89.11%). The ARTA passing grade is set at 70%, with no grade falling below 70% in any of the five core areas - conformance with ARTA provisions, frontline service, service quality, physical working condition, and overall (client) satisfaction. "Receiving those ratings is a welcome indication that the reforms toward service breakthroughs that we initiated in 2012 and started implementing in 2013 are paying off," GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara said. He added that the ARTA ratings only affirm, among others, that "pursuing improved service and benefits for our members and pensioners remains, as it should, the pension fund's overarching goal." In a related development, Vergara said that the Commission on Audit recently released its unqualified opinion on the financial position of GSIS as of December 31, 2012. "This is the second time in a row that GSIS has received an unqualified opinion." An unqualified opinion means that COA believes that the financial statements of GSIS are sound and are presented fairly "in all material respects". He said that 2012 was a "banner year for the pension fund" with total comprehensive income reaching Php93.2 billion, from Php73.2 billion in 2011 and Php63.9 billion in 2010.


In addition, payment of claims for retirement, pension, disability and funeral benefits increased by 23% from Php51.7 billion in 2011 to Php63.6 billion in 2012. GSIS also granted Php37.9 billion in various loans which benefited 1,583,887 borrowers. |TOP| 16. President Aquino calls for adherence to rule of law to ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 10 October 2013 - President Benigno S. Aquino III today emphasized that rules and norms anchored on international law are fundamental in promoting trust and confidence among nations, and in ensuring stability and peace in the international community. ―At the core of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership is the belief that our actions should adhere to the rule of law,‖ President Aquino said at the 16th ASEAN-China Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. President Aquino said that the Philippines has taken a two-track complementary approach to disputes in that sea with many names that is both peaceful and rules-based. ―First, to manage tensions, we are advocating an expeditious conclusion of the ASEAN-China Code of Conduct. Second, to resolve disputes, we are pursuing arbitration for the clarification of maritime entitlements. Both tracks are legally-binding and anchored on international law,‖ the President explained. The President said that there is a collective problem in the sea known by many names: territories in a sea which is west of the Philippines, east of Vietnam, north of Malaysia, south of China are claimed in whole, or in part, by all. ―These claims have led to tensions, and these have created problems between us,‖ the President stressed. However, ―a problem can be turned into an opportunity if we have the will to act now and not pass on the burden to succeeding generations.‖ Noting that the first official consultations between ASEAN and China on the Code of Conduct were held last month in Suzhou, China, the President stressed that the early conclusion of a legally-binding Code of Conduct is necessary to foster peace, positive engagement and stability in the region. ―As we look towards finalizing the COC, we urge all parties to observe implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the sea known by many names in all its aspects,‖ the President said. |TOP| 17. Phl Consulate General in Dubai September Visa issuance Up 49%, highest in 3Q of 2013 Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 10 October 2013 - The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Northern Emirates notes that its visa issuance for September 2013 is highest in 2013 and is 4th highest monthly issuance since January 2011. September 2013 issuance is 49% higher year on year and 25% higher than August 2013 issuance. The Consulate continues to streamline its services in support of the Philippine Government‘s drive to increase the number of tourists visiting the country. Last October 01, the Consulate started releasing visa applications through courier service. This move not only lessened the hassle of being present at the Consulate General to file an application and receive the visa, it also effectively made the applicants more aware of the status of their visa applications and the delivery through a tracking service provided by the courier. Moreover, the visa section was also transferred to a bigger location to accommodate more applicants. The Consulate is studying more ways to improve this service so more people would get to experience why it‘s more fun in the Philippines. |TOP| 18. German fugitive nabbed in Bohol Source: http://www.immigration.gov.ph The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested in Bohol a high-profile German fugitive wanted for a string of fraud of cases in his country. BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison said 59-year-old Martin Otto Albert Kistner was arrested by the Bureau‘s intelligence operatives at a beach resort in Bgy. Pulangyuta, Dimiao, Bohol last Oct. 7.


Mison said the fugitive arrived in the country on June 10, 2012 as a tourist using his brother‘s passport to flee Germany. ―He will thus be deported for being an undocumented and undesirable alien,‖ Mison said, adding that two German federal policemen will escort Kistner back to his homeland. Atty. Jose Carlitos Licas, BI Acting Intelligence Chief, disclosed that a warrant for Kistner‘s arrest was issued by the Public Attorney‘s Office in Regensburg, Germany on July 11, 2012. Kistner allegedly committed his crimes in 2007 when he was Managing Director of a company called TwentySecond Gmbh based in Amberg, Germany. He is now detained at the BI Detention Center in Bicutan, Taguig. Prosecutors alleged that Kistner defrauded a victim of P1.1 million euros after the latter was enticed to give the loan in return for worthless shares of stock as collateral. The German was also accused of fraudulently disposing his company‘s assets by lending 1.025 million euros to another company without any collateral and secured only by a promissory note. The loan was credited to the borrower‘s account from which 950,000 euros were immediately withdrawn and transferred overseas. |TOP| 19. LANDBANK holds summit series for LGUs Source: http://www.landbank.com LANDBANK is conducting a series of summit meetings for local government units across the country, as part of its commitment to contribute to the growth and development of local economies by financing infrastructure projects, livelihood programs and other income generating projects that will help boost local employment and economic progress. This kicked off with a forum held last July at Casino Español de Cebu in Cebu City attended by more than 400 local officials from the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. This was followed by similar forums in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Baguio City; Clark, Pampanga; and Tuguegarao City, bringing together more than 2,000 local chief executives, treasurers, and other officials of the cities and municipalities from Region I and Western Cordillera Administrative Region, Region II and Eastern CAR, Region III, to the province of Palawan. ―We recognize that promoting the rural economy and sustainable development as a whole is a tall order even for organizations like LANDBANK. This is why we turn to our development partners like LGUs, which are at the forefront of delivering basic services in the rural areas,‖ said LANDBANK President and CEO Gilda E. Pico. The forum likewise provides updates on regulations, processes, requirements, and policy guidelines in securing the Net Borrowing Capacity Certification of LGUs, requirements in securing the Monetary Board opinion, and guidelines on the seal of good housekeeping through resource speakers from the Department of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance (DOF-BLGF), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Several other forums lined up within October and November are slated to be held in General Santos City, CaviteBatangas, Davao, Antipolo, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Dipolog, Butuan, and Tacloban. (Photo shows LGU Heads from the Provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor participate in the LANDBANK LGU Summit. Also present were resource speakers from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Department of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.) |TOP| 20. DA to honor top corn-producing provinces, towns, farm technicians Source: http://www.da.gov.ph Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala will honor outstanding corn-producing provinces, municipalities and cities along with outstanding corn coordinators and agricultural extension workers during the first-ever National Quality Corn Achievers Award on October 23, 2013 in Tagaytay City. A total of P28.9 million (M) worth of grants and cash prizes will be awarded to five provinces, each receiving P3 M worth of project grant; 24 municipalities and cities, each receiving P500, 000 worth of project grant; five provincial coordinators, each receiving P20,000 cash; 24 municipal/city corn coordinators, P15,000 cash; and 71 agricultural extension workers, P10, 000 cash. All winners will also receive a plaque and a medal. The top five provinces include Pangasinan, Isabela, Occidental Mindoro, Misamis Oriental, and Agusan del Norte. They were chosen both on quantity and quality of corn grains their farmers produced collectively last year.


―The Corn Quality Award aims to recognize local government units and their respective agriculture officers and extension workers in the continued development of the country's corn industry,‖ said Secretary Alcala. From 2000 to 2011, the country's production of yellow and white corn grew positively by an average annual rate of 3.85%. Yellow corn accounts for about 50% of livestock feeds, while white corn is a food staple and alternative to rice, consumed by at least 14 million Filipinos nationwide. The awarding ceremony highlights the 9th Philippine National Corn Congress, which will run from October 22-25, 2013, in Tagaytay City. Aside from Secretary Alcala, other guests during the Congress are US Embassy Manila Agricultural Counselor Philip Shull, Congress Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mark Llandro Mendoza, DA Assistant Secretary and National Corn Program Coordinator Edilberto de Luna, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Tagaytay City Mayor Agnes Tolentino, and thousands of corn farmers and corn industry stakeholders. The Congress will feature technology demonstration, exhibits of corn and other agri products, and technical sessions on yellow and white corn road map, soil management, livestock industry update, farm mechanization, and germplasm technology improvement. |TOP| 21. PRC extends the deadline for the filing of applications for the October 29-30, 2013 Licensure Examination for Respiratory Therapists in Zamboanga City Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph Manila, October 8, 2013 -- The Professional Regulation Commission today announced that the deadline for the filing of applications for the October 29 – 30, 2013 Licensure Examination for Respiratory Therapists in Zamboanga City has been extended to October 18, 2013. Applicants who have earlier submitted their applications with incomplete documents are required to submit on or before October 23, 2013. The failure of the prospective examinees to secure the necessary documentary requirements due to the prevailing hostile conditions in Zamboanga City has prompted the Professional Regulation Commission and the Professional Regulatory Board of Respiratory Therapy to extend the deadline for the filing of the applications for the said licensure examination. |TOP| 22. PhilHealth supports campaign against breast cancer Source: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph IN celebration of the Cancer Prevention Month this October, PhilHealth is supporting the growing awareness campaign against breast cancer ―Pink Positive‖ by the ICANSERVE Foundation. Dr. Francis Vicente Lopez, a member of the PhilHealth Board of Directors representing the Self-employed Sector and a well known oncologist was invited to give a lecture on breast cancer during the recent Pink Positive Wellness Forum held at the Filinvest Tent, Muntinlupa City. According to Dr. Lopez, one of today‘s leading causes of mortality among women is breast cancer which if detected at an early stage is still curable. He also discussed the importance of being an active PhilHealth member and the benefits that a cancer patient can avail for the treatment of the disease. Under its Z Benefit Package, PhilHealth is providing P100,000.00 for the treatment of breast cancer (stage 0 to IIIA). Members who will avail this package shall secure a preauthorization from PhilHealth which will give contracted hospitals the information that the member has passed the eligibility and minimum clinical selection criteria. As a sponsor of Pink Positive campaign, PhilHealth has been provided with a pledge wall wherein employees can write their messages of hope to those battling breast cancer and to honor those who have passed away due to the disease. Said pledge wall was launched recently by no less than Pink Positive volunteers Lani Eusebio and Pamsy Tioseco of the ICANSERVE Foundation and are both breast cancer survivors themselves. The pledge wall is currently displayed at the 17th floor lobby of the PhilHealth Head Office in Pasig City for everyone to see. |TOP| 23. PhilHealth liberalizes eligibility rules on availment Source: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph WITH the effectivity of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla announced that PhilHealth members will now be able to avail of their health care benefits due to the liberalization of eligibility rules governing benefit availment.


The IRR took effect Sunday, October 6, being the 15th day after its publication last September 21. "PhilHealth’s informal sector members and their qualified dependents, popularly known as Individually Paying members, shall now be required three (3) months instead of nine (9) months contributions to avail of certain benefits" Padilla said, adding that such is part of efforts to make PhilHealth benefits easier to access by all Filipinos. "For informal sector members who lack three (3) months of qualifying contributions, they will still be eligible to benefits if they pay the whole year of their premium contributions" the PhilHealth Chief pointed out. Padilla also exhorted all their accredited hospitals to observe the new eligibility rules so that members fully benefit from the program. PhilHealth is a government owned and controlled corporation mandated to effectively and efficiently implement the National Health Insurance Program. Members needing further details are requested to call the PhilHealth Action Center at (02) 441-7442. |TOP|

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BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges views with Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a Bilateral Meeting at the Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan on Thursday (October 10), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Philippines date back since July 12, 1976 and from then on, the two countries have established good relations in the areas of politics, economics, trade investments, agriculture, security and defense among others. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM) President Benigno S. Aquino III greets Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during a Bilateral Meeting at the Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan on Thursday (October 10), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Philippines date back since July 12, 1976 and from then on, the two countries have established good relations in the areas of politics, economics, trade investments, agriculture, security and defense among others. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III participates in the 8th East Asia Summit at the Musyawarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Thursday (October 10), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East


Asia. With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III reviews his documents during the 8th East Asia Summit at the Musyawarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Thursday (October 10, 2013), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia. With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III links arms with United States Secretary of State John Kerry, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye, Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, People's Republic of China Premier Li Keqiang, Brunei Darussalam His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’zzaddin Waddaulah, Republic of the Union of Myanmar President Thein Sein, Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Kingdom of Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techno Hun Sen, Republic of India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Republic of Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Lao People’s Democratic Republic Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysia Prime Minister The Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak and Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, for the official photo during the 8th East Asia Summit at the Musyawarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Thursday (October 10), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia. With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III links arms with United States Secretary of State John Kerry, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye, Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and People's Republic of China Premier Li Keqiang, for the official photo during the 8th East Asia Summit at the Musyawarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Thursday (October 10), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia. With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)


BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III, along with United States Secretary of State John Kerry, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye, Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, People's Republic of China Premier Li Keqiang, Brunei Darussalam His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’zzaddin Waddaulah, Republic of the Union of Myanmar President Thein Sein, Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Kingdom of Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techno Hun Sen, Republic of India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Republic of Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Lao People’s Democratic Republic Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysia Prime Minister The Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak and Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, group together for the official photo during the 8th East Asia Summit at the Musyawarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Thursday (October 10), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia. With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III shares a light moment with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during the official photo for the 8th East Asia Summit at the Musyawarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Thursday (October 10), at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia. With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. In photo is United States Secretary of State John Kerry. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III meets with members of Philippine Media delegation covering the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the Brunei Philippine Embassy in Brunei Simpang 336, Diplomatic Enclave, Jalan Kebangsaan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday night (October 09). (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III poses with fellow leaders for a group photo opportunity during the Gala Dinner for the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the Plenary Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday night (October 09, 2013). With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of the Commonwealth of Australia during the Gala Dinner for the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the Plenary Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday night (October 09). With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of


having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III is welcomed by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’zzaddin of Brunei Darussalam upon arrival for the Gala Dinner during the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the Plenary Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday night (October 09). With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to United States Secretary of State John Kerry during the 1st ASEAN – U.S. Summit at the Muzakarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday (October 09) at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The ASEAN-U.S. Leaders Meeting symbolizes the increasing level of engagement and regional cooperation between the ASEAN member states and the U.S. The ASEAN-US dialogue relations have been progressing well since its establishment in 1977. In addition to the exchange of views on political and security matters in the early stages of the dialogue relations, both sides gave priority to cooperation in commodities, market and capital access, transfer of technology, development of energy resources, and shipping and food security. With the theme: “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau) BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III links arms with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Brunei Darussalam His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’zzaddin Waddaulah, for a group photo souvenir during the 1stASEAN – U.S. Summit at the Muzakarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday (October 09) at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. The ASEAN-U.S. Leaders Meeting symbolizes the increasing level of engagement and regional cooperation between the ASEAN member states and the U.S. The ASEAN-US dialogue relations have been progressing well since its establishment in 1977. In addition to the exchange of views on political and security matters in the early stages of the dialogue relations, both sides gave priority to cooperation in commodities, market and capital access, transfer of technology, development of energy resources, and shipping and food security. With theme: “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III meets with Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during thier billateral meeting held at the Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday (October 09) at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. With the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”, the Summit will discuss ways to consolidate these gains to meet the 2015 target of having an economically integrated, politically cohesive and socially responsible ASEAN Community and to ensure ASEAN's place in the global


community of nations by 2015 and beyond. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Robert Vinas/ Malaca単ang Photo Bureau)

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