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Dispatch for October 18 , 2013 Friday , 4 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 12 Weather Watch, 10 Regâ€™l. Watch , 2 OFW Watch, 1 PNOY Speech , 17 Online News , 22 Photonews
1. Weather Watch
24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued At:
5:00 a.m., 18 October 2013
5:00 a.m. today until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow
Predicted Mean Sea Level Pressure Analysis for 8 a.m., 18 October 2013
Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind Analysis for 8 a.m., 18 October 2013
Satellite Image for 4:32 a.m., 18 October 2013
Synopsis: Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern Luzon. Forecast: Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley will experience scattered light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north with slight to moderate seas. (in Filipino)
2. Weather Watch
GALE WARNING GALE WARNING NO. 17 For: Strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Northeast Monsoon. Issued at 5:00 a.m. today, 18 October 2013 Strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon.
WIND FORCE (KPH)/(KN OTS)
SEA CONDITIO N
WAVE HEIGHTS (meters)
The northern seaboard of Northern Luzon (Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Northern coast of Cagayan, Northern coast of Ilocos Norte)
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains
(52 - 63) / (28 - 34)
Rough to very rough
3.4 to 4.5
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.
The next update will be issued at 5:00 p.m. today.
3. Weather Watch 3 hours ago ANC: The death toll from the deadly Visayas quake is now at 171. Around 375 persons were injured according to NDRRMC. 35 bridges, and 10 roads were also affected by the strong quake in Cebu, Bohol, and Negros Oriental.
4. Weather Watch 3 hours ago DZBB: Nakatakdang magsasagawa ngayon ng aerial inspection sa Bohol si DILG Sec. Mar Roxas upang makita ang mga lugar na kailangang-kailangan ng tulong ang mga residenteng matinding naapektuhan ng lindol.
5. Weather Watch 5 hours ago ABS-CBN: Ayon sa PAGASA, nagsisimula na ang Hanging Amihan kaya unti-unti nang lumalamig sa umaga. Sa Baguio City, bumagsak na sa 13.4째C ang temperatura roon as of 5:00am ngayong araw na siyang pinakamababang temperatura ngayong 'Ber' months. Samantala, may isang bagyo ang namataan sa labas ng PAR at posibleng pumasok sa teritoryo ng bansa sa mga susunod na araw kung saan ay tatawagin itong 'Urduja.'
6. Weather Watch 13 hours ago DZRH: Inihayag ni PHIVOLCS Dir. Renato Solidum na ang pagguho ng mga gusali sa tumamang 7.2 magnitude na lindol sa Bohol at Cebu ay posibleng naiwasan sana kung matitibay ang mga gusali at bahay na itinayo at nasa tamang construction mixture ang mga pundasyon. Aniya, mahalagang matibay ang mga pundasyon ng mga gusali malaki man o maliit at hindi lamang sa malalaking gusali, kundi kinakailangan din ang retrofitting sa mga residential house.
7. Weather Watch 14 hours ago
GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz: -Nakakaapekto sa Northern Luzon ang hanging Amihan. -Dahil naman sa pag-ihip ng Amihan ay asahan ang unti-unting paglamig ng panahon, lalo na sa madaling araw at umaga. -Sa Baguio City ay inaasahan ang minimum na 16 degree Celsius na temperatura bukas. -Sa datos ng Weather Central, asahan ang maaliwalas na panahon sa kanluran at hilgang bahagi ng Luzon. -Mababa naman ang tsansang umulan bukas mula umaga hanggang hapon sa Metro Manila. Pagdating ng gabi naman ay may posibilidad ng pag-ulan. -Mahihang pag-ulan naman ang inaasahan sa Visayas. -Mahinang pag-ulan at madalas na maulap na kalangitan naman ang inaasahan sa Mindanao. -Samantala, posibleng pumasok sa may northeastern boundary ng PAR sa Lunes ang typhoon na may international name na Francisco. Wala namang magiging epekto sa lagay ng panahon ng bansa ang nasabing bagyo at agad ding lalabas ng PAR.
8. Weather Watch 15 hours ago DZBB: Minamadali na ng MGB ang geohazard mapping ng mga lugar sa Cebu at Bohol na may mga sinkhole kasunod ng malakas na paglindol. Ayon kay DENR Sec. Ramon Paje, matagal nang may sinkhole sa Bohol, Cebu at maging sa Baguio City na pawang naghihintay na lamang ng trigger para tuluyang gumuho at makita ang butas sa lupa. Ang geohazard mapping ng sinkhole sa Bohol at Cebu ay inaasahang matatapos sa unang bahagi ng susunod na taon habang tapos na ang geohazard mapping ng sinkhole areas sa Baguio City.
9. Weather Watch 15 hours ago GTV: Ayon sa NDRRMC, nasa 676,065 pamilya ang apektado ng lindol sa Visayas. Samantala, ligtas naman ang mga tarsier sa Tarsier Conservation Center sa Bohol. Tinututukan naman ng DoT ang rehabilitasyon ng mga nasirang tourist spots sa Bohol at Cebu.
10. Weather Watch 17 hours ago DZMM: Kinumpirma ngayon ni Sec. Edwin Lacierda na gagamitin na din ang pondo mula sa kontrobersyal na DAP para sa mga biktima ng lindol sa Visayas region. Sinabi ni Lacierda na inaalam pa kung magkano ang ibubhos sa mga biktima ng lindol sapagkat prayoridad pa ngayon ang pagpapatibay ng mga inprastraktura na hindi masyadong naapektuhan ng lindol. Ipinapaubaya naman ng Palasyo sa SC kung idedeklarang iligal ang paggamit ng DAP.
11. Weather Watch shared Dost_pagasa's photo. 18 hours ago 15-20 feet sinkhole discovered in Pangangan island in Calape, Bohol. #earthquakePH
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12. Weather Watch
19 hours ago DZBB: Nanawagan ang Palasyo na huwag paniwalaan ang mga nagpapakalat ng text messages na nanghihingi raw ng donasyon ang Malaca帽ang para sa Bohol at Cebu. Ayon kay Sec. Edwin Lacierda, mas makabubuting kunin ang numero ng mga nagpapakalat ng nasabing text messages upang mapanagot sa maling ginagawa nila.
October 18 , 2013 ( Friday ) CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON
as of 6:00-7:00 AM
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1. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Binuksan kanina ang agricultural trade fair na bahagi ng Calacatchara Festival sa bayan ng Calaca. Ito ay taunang ginagawa upang itampok ang atchara at iba pang produkto ng naturang bayan na nagbibigay ng kabuhayan sa mga Calaqueno.
2. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Quezon announced to the members of Sariaya Municipal Gender and Development Council (MGADC) that conduct of training to women should focus on enterprises development. According to Cristina Avio, DTI specialist on trade and industry that after the training, the results of it should be employment for the participants and others to venture in business.
3. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The provincial government of Quezon and the Coca Cola Bottlers are scheduled to distribute 600,000 nutrijuice packs to public elementary school students in the province this month of October.This is part of the special feeding program designed to help alleviate malnutrition in Quezon province.
4. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The COMELEC-Quezon provincial office advised that there will be no extension in the deadline for filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for barangay chairman and barangay council members. Robert Lozano of Quezon COMELEC said that filing of COC ends at exactly 5pm today.
5. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/RIZAL: The Department of Trade and Industry 4A and Rizal offices recently awarded four dryer machines to local cooperators of Pililia, Rizal in line with the agency's thrust on shared service facility programs. The dryers aim to speed up raw material processing done by local entrepreneurs.
6. PIA Regional Watch Yesterday near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Laguna Field Agricultural Extension Services Office(FAES) and the municipal government of Siniloan inaugurated the Barangay Food Terminal in Brgy. Halayhayin, Siniloan, Laguna on October 4, 2013. BFT is a project of DA that makes quality food products.
7. PIA Regional Watch Yesterday near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The Sining Katutubo Dance Assembly (SIKADA), cultural dance group from Pagsanjan, got 3rd place at the recently concluded Cheonan World Dance Festival 2013 held in Cheonan City, South Korea. SIKADA was founded 11 years ago as a cultural awareness project to preserve and promote Filipino culture through music and dance.
8. PIA Regional Watch
Yesterday near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Thirty one (31) out-of-school youth and adults from Sitio Kapayapaan, Purok Asia II, Brgy. Canlubang, Calamba City underwent free basic computer training through the Education Revolution Mobile Computer School of the Provincial Government of Laguna.
9. PIA Regional Watch Yesterday near Quezon City PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Nagsagawa ang Municipal Health Office ng programang kilatis kutis kung saan bawat pasyente ay sinusuri upang malaman ang klase ng sakit sa balat ng mga ito.May 108 pasyente ang naserbisyuhan ng naturang programa.
10. PIA Regional Watch Yesterday near Quezon City PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Hinirang na Best Protected Area Management Board ang PAMB ng Taal Volcano Protected Landscape sa larangan ng law enforcement na iginawad ng Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau- DENR kamakailan.Layon nitong kilalanin ang ginagawang pangangalaga sa lawa ng Taal na malaki ang naibibigay na pakinabang sa mga Batangueno.
1. PIA OFW Watch 14 hours ago ABS-CBN: Bumisita si PNoy sa South Korea at nagbigay ng pagpupugay sa mga Filipino sa South Korea. Pinaabot naman ng mga Filipino sa South Korea na tutulong sila sa mga biktima ng lindol sa Visayas. Bukas ay makikipagpulong si PNoy sa mga Filipino businessmen sa S. Korea.
2. PIA OFW Watch 19 hours ago
DZBB: Arestado ang isang OFW matapos makuha sa kanyang pag-iingat ang iba't ibang uri ng baril sa bahay nito sa Taal, Batangas. Nabatid na hindi nakarehistro sa pangalan ng OFW ang mga baril kaya kailangan itong kumpiskahin.
3. PIA OFW Watch
1. Calabarzon RTIPC to hold 6th annual convention today; 500 delegates expected BY: JOSELITO M. GIRON Friday 18th of October 2013
LUCBAN, QUEZON, Oct. 18 (PIA) - The Calabarzon Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC)-IVA, Inc., will hold its 6th annual convention today at Batis Aramin Resort and Hotel in barangay Malupak, this town.
DOLE provincial director Edwin Hernandez, said the convention with the theme, “It’s More Fun to be Productive: Your Quezon Experience,” aims to bring together
some 400-500 delegates representing employers, trade unionists and workers, government officials, and other stakeholders who are partners in bringing about better labor-management relations toward higher labor productivity and greater enterprise competitiveness in the region.
“The Convention is an annual full-day activity of the council which serves as a venue for discussion of issues of mutual concern and for sharing of good practices in the realm of labor relations, labor standards, employment, and productivity,” Hernadez said.
Quezon Board Member Alona Obispo, convention chairperson said this Convention will promote the concerted efforts of RTIPC IV-A in infusing the national consciousness about the value of productivity towards national development.
“By framing our theme within the context of the “It’s more fun” slogan popularized by the Department of Tourism, we aim to impart the message that productivity is a soft concept that is easy – and fun – to mainstream into corporate and individual consciousness,” Obispo said.
She added that through the convention, they hope not only to gain fresh insights and new ideas on how productivity has transformed workers, managers, and enterprises as positive forces of national development, but also to inspire their members into productive workers.
“Since launching the council in 2007 at Los Baños, Laguna, the council has broadened its social dialogue to sustain cooperative labor-management relations, raise productivity, enhance competitiveness, and improve working conditions in our workplaces here in the region,” Obispo concluded (JMG, PIA-Quezon) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=691381974024#sthash.hv6FkRLt.dpuf
1. 2,000 coop members, celebrates Cooperative Month in Cavite BY: RUEL B. FRANCISCO Wednesday 16th of October 2013
TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Oct. 16 (PIA) --More than 2,000 cooperative members from the different cities and municipalities in the province flocked to the provincial gymnasium recently to join the 2013 Cavite cooperative month celebration. Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Region IV regional director Salvador V. Valeroso, in his message, cited CDA’s strategies that include membership expansion, increase in capital to generate employment, and livelihood trainings, among others. Gov. Jonvic Remulla emphasized the need to boost the cooperative movement not only in cities and municipalities but down to every barangay especially in light of the rapidly growing population in the province. The governor expressed gratitude to cooperative members’ attendance to the event and reiterated his support to cooperative development programs as a primary contributor to Cavite’s progress. Organized by the provincial government thru the Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO) in cooperation with CDA IV, this year’s theme “Cooperative Paves the Way for Inclusive Growth” puts emphasis on people’s active participation in the cooperative movement to achieve genuine progress. The celebration included trade fair and exhibit showcasing different Cavite products, a bloodletting activity which collected a total of 44 bags of blood, raffle draws, CO-OPlympics with various fun games and contests. The event also gave recognition to outstanding cooperatives in the province as well as the cooperative council with the most number of members present in uniform which was won by the City of Imus. There are 299 registered cooperatives in Cavite with total assets of P2.15 billion, P0.985 billion values of products sold, and employs 1,682 workers. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/PICAD)
1. Tagalog news: Tsunami early warning
system device, pinag-aaralang itayo sa mga coastal municipalities sa Batangas BY: MAMERTA P. DE CASTRO Friday 18th of October 2013
BATANGAS CITY, Oktubre 18 (PIA) --Balak itayo sa 13 coastal municipalities sa lalawigan ng Batangas ang Tsunami Early Warning System Device (TEWSD) na ipagkakaloob ng United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP). Ang balak na ito ay bahagi ng patuloy na paghahanda at pagpaplano ng pamahalaang panlalawigan sa pangunguna ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), sa anumang kalamidad na maaaring maranasan ng lalawigan sa mga darating na panahon. Sa pagpupulong kamakailan ng mga kinatawan mula sa Philvolcs, Advance Science Technology Institute (ASTI), United Nation World Food Programme (UN-WFP) at mga punong bayan ng mga coastal municipalities, partikular na tinalakay ang mga responsibilidad ng bawat isa sa paglalagay ng mga TEWSD. Sa naturang sistema, magkakaroon ng detection station sa karagatan na kakalap ng mga datos at impormasyong maitatala at awtomatikong ibabato sa mga computers o cellphone ng mga Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Officers (MDRRO). Sa pamamagitan ng makabagong teknolohiya, agad mapapatunog ang aparatong may mga speakers na maghuhudyat na kailangang lumikas ang mga mamamayan.
Sinabi ni Philvocs supervising science research specialist Angelito Lanuza, na ang lindol ay hindi katulad ng bagyo dahil hindi ito nalalaman kung kelan darating at malaki umano ang posibilidad ng tsunami sa karagatan sa Batangas lalo pa at ang Manila Trench ay nasa kabilang dako lang ng Lubang Island ng Mindoro. Kapag naitayo ang Tsunami Early Warning System, magiging kauna-unahang ang Batangas sa mga lalawigan ng Pilipinas na magkakaroon ng makabagong sistemang kaagad magbibigay alarma sa mga mamamayan ng lahat ng coastal municipalities sa panahon ng nasabing kalamidad.(Jhun Magnaye-PIO Capitol/PIA-Batangas)
2. Tagalog news: Gun ban, mahigpit na ipinatutupad ng PNP BY: MAMERTA P. DE CASTRO Friday 18th of October 2013
LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Oktubre 18 (PIA) --Patuloy ang mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng Batangas Police Provincial Office (BPPO) ng gun ban sa buong lalawigan ng Batangas.
Sinabi ni PSSupt. Omega Jireh Fidel, na ginagawa nila ang lahat upang maipatupad ng maayos ang batas kaugnay ng gun ban at mapanatili ang katahimikan sa lalawigan.
"Patuloy naming isinasagawa ang paglalagay ng mga checkpoints sa iba't-ibang bahagi ng lalawigan upang mapanatili ang kaayusan at katahimikan sa lalawigan," wika ni Fidel.
Sa tala ng BPPO, mula Setyembre 8 hanggang Oktubre 9 may 48 iba't-ibang armas ang nasa kanilang pangangalaga na mula sa mga kandidato na nag-turn in for safekeeping, operasyon sa checkpoints, Oplan Katok, search warrants at boluntaryong isinurender.
May 13 bayan sa lalawigan ang naitalang may mga nakumpiskang armas kabilang ang Tanauan, Alitagtag, Calaca, Calatagan, Cuenca, Lemery, Malvar, Rosario, San
Juan, San Jose, San Luis, San Pascual at Sto. Tomas.
Sa mga bayang ito may pinakamataas na tala ang bayan ng Calaca at Rosario na parehong may tig-tatlong kaso ng paglabag sa Comelec gun ban. (MPDC, PIABatangas) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681381885734#sthash.tQotwZjk.dpuf
NNC to conduct 1st regional BNS congress in Antipolo Thursday 17th of October 2013
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, October 17 (PIA) --The National Nutrition Council Calabarzon is set to hold the first Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars Congress themed "BNS 4A, Ikaw na, The Best Ka!" at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City this October 18. The congress aims to help recognize the importance of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in the implementation of nutrition programs nationwide, improve their skills, and address issues and concerns. It also aims to build camaraderie and boost the morale of Calabarzon BNS and to communicate the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF). NNC Calabarzon nutrition program coordinator Carina Santiago said about 4,000 barangay nutrition scholars from the five provinces and 17 cities in the region are expected to attend the event. Calabarzon LGU heads and representatives from national government agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), National Food Authority (NFA) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) are also attending.
Activities lined up include learning sessions involving the NGF, promotion of iron fortified rice and iodized salt, and best practices in proper breastfeeding guidelines. A mass oath-taking of BNS federation officers, an award for longest serving BNS and search for Ms BNS 2013 will highlight the event. NNC Calabarzon is organizing the event in cooperation of the Regional Nutrition Committee, Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars Inc. of Region IV-A, Regional Technical Working Group on Nutrition, Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers, and Communicators’ Network for Nutrition in Region IV-A. (GGPIA4A)
17 OCTOBER 2013.
Lakandula awardee Jasmine Lee considers award a challenge and a responsibilty to do even better Aquino leaves for Republic of Korea for a two-day state visit Government sets aside P12-M for President Aquino’s state visit to the Republic of Korea President Aquino urges Boholanons to help ensure safety of Bohol structures Aquino asks Boholanons to avoid panic buying Aquino vows to help Bohol rebuild damaged centuries-old churches Pulse Asia survey indicates strong support of majority for President Aquino's response to PDAF issue Palace: Restoration of churches damaged by earthquake needs foreign assistance President Aquino arrives in Seoul, South Korea Lakandula awardee Jasmine Lee considers award a challenge and a responsibilty to do even better
(SEOUL, South Korea) Proportional Representative Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee of South Korea‘s National Assembly, a recipient of the Order of Lakandula, considers the award as a challenge and a responsibility to do even better. Lee, 36 years old, is the first Philippine-born naturalized Korean to be elected as proportional representative to South Korea‘s National Assembly in 2012. President Benigno S. Aquino III will confer the Order of Lakandula with a rank of Officer on Lee as recognition for her achievement and her advocacies in promoting migrant women‘s rights and multiculturalism. The Order of Lakandula is one of the highest recognitions given by the President of the Republic of the Philippines. President Aquino, who is arriving here Thursday for a State Visit upon the invitation of President Park Geun-hye, will confer the award on Lee when meets the Filipino community living and working here in Seoul on Friday. During an interview with Radio-Television Malacanang here in Seoul, Lee said that being the first Filipino to be elected to the National Assembly is already a big responsibility for her. ―It‘s a big challenge for me already; it‘s a big responsibility for me already kasi nga whatever I do, it will actually be the
result of kung magkakaroon pa tayo ng pangalawa, pangatlo o pang-apat,‖ she said ―And when I heard that I‘ll be given the award, I thought, ‗Okay, this is another responsibility.‘ I‘m actually taking it as a challenge, as a responsibility given to me to be better, to do what I can do better,‖ she further said. Representative Lee said that she also considers the presidential award as a reminder of her roots. I‘m hoping na this is going to be a reminder for me to stay strong, to keep my feet on the ground,‖ she said. Lee, a mother of two, said that she started working as an advocate of multiculturalism here because of her kids, emphasizing that she wanted to make sure that this society will be a better society for them and for all of the children. Lee has received various awards in the past years including the 2012 Immigrants‘ Human Rights Award, 2012 CICI Korea Image Milestone Award and the 10th Future Women Leaders Award. PND (co) TOP Aquino leaves for Republic of Korea for a two-day state visit President Benigno S. Aquino III said that his two-day state visit to the Republic of Korea from October 17 to 18 will further boost the already extensive trade relations between the two countries. In his departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City on Thursday, the Chief Executive said the country's strong and productive partnership with the Republic of Korea would certainly benefit the country and the Filipino people as a whole. Aquino left on Thursday for Seoul to undertake a two-day state visit upon the invitation of President Park Geun-hye in a bid to enhance bilateral ties between two Asian countries. The Chief Executive departed at 8 a.m. on board a chartered Philippine Airlines Flight PR 001. "Kahapon po ay tumungo tayo sa Bohol at Cebu para tignan ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan, at may mga naiwan kaming miyembro ng gabinete para masigurado na mailagay sila, sa lalong madaling panahon, sa tamang kaayusan. Tayo naman po ay tutungo ngayon sa South Korea, upang asikasuhin naman ang kinabukasan habang inaasikaso natin ang kasalukuyan," the President said. "Alam po ng lahat na marami pong investors na galing sa Korea, layon po natin lalo pang dagdagan ang kanilang investments sa atin pong bansa. Palakasin rin sa larangan ng turismo, na siyang nagiging daan ng kabuhayan ng marami po nating mga kababayan, at ang muli po, ay lalong paigtingin pa ang ating ugnayan sa bansang South Korea sa pamamagitan ng marami pang agreements na ating inaasahan mapirmahan itong araw na ito," he said. The Department of Foreign Affairs said President Aquino and President Park will hold their first summit meeting to discuss bilateral issues particularly political, defense, economic, and development cooperation and to exchange views on regional and international challenges, among others. "Alam po natin na talagang matindi nga ang naging ugnayan na sa ilang dekada sa bansang South Korea, at lagi rin po nga natin na talagang tangkilikin ang kanilang pag-aasikaso sa atin dito sa pag-iimbita, at kauna-unahang State Visit sa panahon ng Presidente Park," President Aquino said. During the two-day visit, the President will also meet with the Korean business community to promote further trade and investment in the Philippines and interact with the Filipino community in Seoul. The Philippines and Republic of Korea established relations on March 3, 1949. During the Korean War in 1950, the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) joined the UN-led coalition in defending the freedom of the Korean people. Until today, both countries recognize this as the bedrock of Philippine-Korean relations. The two countries have developed dynamic economic relations with Korea now counting among the leading partners of the Philippines in trade, investments and development cooperation. Likewise, South Korea remains the country‘s top source of tourists, with the number Korean nationals who visited the country last year reaching more than a million or nearly a quarter of the total tourist arrivals to the Philippines. Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and other government officials sent off President Aquino to Republic of Korea. Joining the President to his trip to Republic of Korea are Senate President Franklin Drilon, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Presidential Management Staff Head Julia Abad, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., among others. Also in attendance were Police Director General Alan Purisima, Armed Forces of the Philippines Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Alan Luga, Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano, Army Chief Lieutenant General Noel Coballes, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado and members of the Cabinet. President Aquino and his delegation will return on Friday night (October 18). PND (js)
TOP Government sets aside P12-M for President Aquino’s state visit to the Republic of Korea The government has allocated some P12 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III‘s two-day state visit to the Republic of Korea, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Thursday. President Aquino left this morning for Seoul via a chartered flight, accompanied by Senate President Franklin Drilon, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Presidential Management Staff head Julia Andrea Abad and Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria. The budget covers, among others, transportation, accommodation, food and equipment requirements for the President and his 60-member official delegation during the visit on October 17 and 18. President Aquino‘s trip to Seoul is on the invitation of Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye. ―Our President is expected to tackle several issues with President Park. These concern not only South Korea and our country, but also the region, and cover matters related to politics, defense, labor, trade and development assistance,‖ Ochoa said. "The President will also meet with key Korean business groups as well as the Filipino community there.‖ According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), President Aquino will be the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. This is also the first time that the two Asian leaders will meet. While in Seoul, the DFA said President Aquino will witness the signing of at least one memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the defense ministries of the Philippines and Korea, which covers a wide-range of cooperation from visit exchanges of military personnel and experts to humanitarian assistance and international peacekeeping activities. The DFA also said that President Aquino will confer the Order of Lakandula on Representative Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee of the Korean National Assembly in recognition of her achievement and advocacies in promoting migrant women‘s rights and multiculturalism. Lee, who hails from Cavite and Davao City, is the first naturalized Korean to be elected to the National Assembly, the DFA added. PND (oes) TOP President Aquino urges Boholanons to help ensure safety of Bohol structures (TAGBILARAN CITY) President Benigno S. Aquino III asked the people of Bohol to contact their local officials if they notice defects in structures following a strong earthquake that hit the province. ―You can contact your LGU and have an assessment as to kung may duda kayo, kung may napansin kayong cracks. You lead our investigators, give them the clues,‖ the President said during a briefing with government agencies here in Bohol on Wednesday. If the people doubt the structural integrity of a building, they must inform the experts so the government could focus on the most critical structures. The President also asked the Department of Public Works and Highways to coordinate with the Provincial Engineering Office—the local engineering centers to make sure that all structures are checked. The newest Building Code was implemented in 2010, mandating for the ability for new buildings to withstand magnitude 7.2 earthquakes, he said. But the problem is the older buildings. There is a procedure called retrofitting to make them compliant on a performance basis with the Building Code and basically to ensure their safety, he stressed. PND (as) TOP Aquino asks Boholanons to avoid panic buying (TAGBILARAN CITY) President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed for calm particularly with regards to supply of food in Bohol warning people not to overreact saying there is enough supply of food in the province. ―Kung magtatakutan tayo dito, gagawa tayo ng problema sa sitwasyon na walang problema, magpapanic buying tayong bigla na nandiyan lang pala lahat ng supply,‖ the President said in a briefing with government agencies here on Wednesday.
Panicking may induce shortages because people may buy four or five times of their normal consumption. The public will lose control of the present situation if they panic, he said. It will not only disrupt the market but also the farming sector since it may affect the prices. ―Yung merkado, pati ang farming sector apektado rin sa fluctuation ng prices,‖ he said. The President also warned those who will seize the opportunity to overprice basic commodities, saying that once a state of calamity is declared, there will be price controls. ―You mark it up, you are in violation, and there will be sanctions. And I assure you we will be monitoring everybody‘s compliance with the said law,‖ the President said. The chief executive also said he wants government agencies to assure the people that there are sufficient funds available, enough items, goods, and materials for all of those who have evacuated. The President arrived in Bohol Wednesday morning to assess the quake devastation in the province. He also led the distribution of relief goods to affected families. PND (as) TOP Aquino vows to help Bohol rebuild damaged centuries-old churches (TAGBILARAN CITY) President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday that his administration is committed to assist the province of Bohol restore its old churches damaged by an earthquake this week. During a briefing with his Cabinet secretaries and other local government officials, the President said he already ordered a study about the possible assistance of the national government to restore damaged old churches in Bohol with historical value to the country. ―You can expect me to help in getting the private sector to help kung hindi puwede ang gobyerno as far as ‗yung historical churches are concerned—at least to get them back,‖ the President said. He said rebuilding damaged churches must be structurally compliant with the country‘s 2010 building code. Loboc Church and Baclayon Church, two of the oldest churches in the Philippines, were heavily damaged on Tuesday after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said it was distraught by the extent of damage to churches in Bohol by the October 15 quake. It said more engineering assessment has yet to be done to determine the severity of the damage to the churches. The Church of San Pedro in Loboc and Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon are both being conserved by the National Museum with the funding of NCCA. The NCCA and its affiliates like the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the National Museum, the National Archives Library, Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) are working together to assess the aftereffects of this week‘s earthquake in Bohol. Even before the October 15 quake, the NCCA spearheaded the conservation of 26 Spanish colonial-era churches in the country, especially those that were recognized as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum in 2001. It is in support of the state policy to preserve and protect important cultural properties and safeguard their intrinsic value. Those churches have outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and scientific value and are representative of the original church-building orders of Augustinians, Franciscans, Jesuits, Dominicans, and Augustinian Recollects, and all the major regions of the country. PND (as) TOP Pulse Asia survey indicates strong support of majority for President Aquino's response to PDAF issue Just over six out of ten Filipinos approve of the "response of President Aquino to the issue of the alleged anomalous use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)," a manifestation of public support for the Chief Executive's anti-corruption reforms and initiatives. This according to the latest Pulse Asia survey that shows majority support for the President's call to ―search for the truth, and to hold accountable those who are responsible.‖ The survey, conducted by Pulse Asia from September 14 to 27, says that 63 per cent approve of the President‘s
response to its alleged misuse, particularly his vow to prosecute individuals involved in the misuse of the PDAF. This sentiment is echoed by majorities in every geographic area (60% to 65%) and socio-economic grouping (63% to 68%). ―Despite efforts at misdirection, our people clearly discern President Aquino‘s determination to institute needed reform measures to ensure that public funds are properly used in the delivery of essential infrastructure and services," said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma. According to Pulse Asia Research‘s September 2013 Ulat ng Bayan Survey, 9 out of every 10 Filipinos (90%) are aware of the issues surrounding the PDAF or pork barrel. "Majority awareness levels are recorded across geographic areas (82% to 95%) and socioeconomic classes (84% to 98%). Awareness is more pronounced in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and the Visayas (91% to 95%) than in Mindanao (82%) and in the best-off Class ABC (98%) than in the poorest Class E (84%)," the survey showed. The alleged misuse of the PDAF of several members of Congress have dominated the news since September this year. At the center of the so-called pork barrel scam is businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who was reportedly responsible for funneling an estimated P10 billion sourced from the PDAF of several lawmakers to fake nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) allegedly under her control. On August 28, 2013, Napoles surrendered to President Aquino. She surrendered two weeks after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a warrant of arrest for her and her brother on charges of serious illegal detention of the principal whistleblower in the pork barrel scam, Benhur Luy. Napoles is currently under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Fort Sto. Domingo, Laguna. On August 29, 2013, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee began its inquiry into the matter while on September 10, 2013, the Supreme Court ordered the executive department to stop releasing the remaining PDAF of lawmakers for the current year. On September 16, 2013, the DOJ filed plunder, graft, bribery and malversation charges before the Ombudsman against former Senate President Enrile, Senators Estrada and Revilla, Napoles and 34 other individuals. PND (js) TOP Palace: Restoration of churches damaged by earthquake needs foreign assistance Malacanang said the country needs the assistance of international experts for the restoration of the old churches in Bohol and Cebu damaged by the October 15 earthquake. In a press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Bohol churches must be rebuilt since the province‘s economy relies on eco-tourism. ―One of the things which is remarkable about Bohol is that Bohol thrives on eco-tourism. And one of the civic prides in Bohol is the number of churches, old churches that have been set up during the Spanish era,‖ Lacierda said. ―What we need right now are restoration experts. If there is one assistance that we need, (they) are the restoration experts. Venice is one such capital where… If you remember, in the past, Venice was flooded. And so, there was a number of restoration works that was done in Venice.‖ ―And so, what we need in terms of assistance also from our international friends would be experts in restoring churches, restoring all these national treasures. These are already heritage sites, and that‘s what we are looking at,‖ he added. The Aquino administration wants to make sure that it could be able to restore the churches and the Department of Tourism is supportive of the initiative, the Palace official said. Asked what agency would be spearheading the restoration process, Lacierda said: ―We‘ll have to coordinate first. But as far as I know, Secretary of Tourism Mon Jimenez is one of the Cabinet secretaries who (is) actively involved in the restoration, primarily because it is in his jurisdiction. Eco-tourism is part of his mandate.‖ While in Bohol on Wednesday, President Benigno S. Aquino III said his government is committed to helping Bohol rehabilitate its churches damaged by the quake. Loboc Church and Baclayon Church, two of the oldest churches in the Philippines, were heavily damaged on Tuesday after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol. Prior to the quake that hit the province Tuesday, both churches are being conserved by the National Museum with the funding from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The NCCA spearheaded few years ago the conservation of 26 Spanish colonial-era churches in the country, especially those that were recognized as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum. PND (as) TOP
President Aquino arrives in Seoul, South Korea (SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino arrived at the Seoul Air Base here onboard a chartered Philippine Airlines PR 001 on the first day of his two-day State Visit upon the invitation of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye from October 17 to 18. The President, accompanied by a lean delegation namely Senate President Franklin Drilon, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Trade Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, Presidential Management Staff Head Julia Abad, touched down at the airport tarmac at exactly 12: 59 pm. On hand to meet the President at the airport were Philippine Embassy officials led by Philippine Ambassador to Korea Ambassador Luis Cruz, and Korean officials. The President started his visit by leading the wreath-laying rites at the Memorial Tower in honor of the dead heroes who fought during the Korean War in the Seoul National Cemetery. From the Seoul National Cemetery, the President proceeded to the Blue House for the official welcome ceremonies. This will be followed by the signing of the Guest Book and the Summit Talks between President Aquino and President Park. After the talks, The two leaders will also be witnessing the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation between the defense ministers of the two countrise and an MOU on sports cooperation between the Philippine Sports Commission and Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The first day of the visit will be capped by a State Dinner hosted by President Park. On the second day of his visit, President Aquino will likewise lead a wreath-laying ceremony and awarding of a certificate of recognition in honor of his father, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., at the Hall of Heroes, War Memorial of Korea. After that event, the President will speak before the Korean Business Community at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, to be followed by his business meetings. He will also be interviewed by CNN-Korea after his meetings with the Korean businessmen. President Aquino will also have a chance to meet the Filipino community here in Seoul and will confer on Proportional Representative Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee the Order of Lakandula during the event. After his interaction with the Filipinos, the President and his delegation will depart for Manila. PND (rda/co) TOP
ARCHIVE 2013 17 OKTUBRE 2013 Hamon at pananagutan pang lalo na pagbutihin ang paglilingkod, sabi ni Lakandula awardee Jasmine Lee ang natanggap na parangal Umalis na ang Pangulo para sa 2-araw na state visit sa Timog Korea P12-M ang inilaan ng gobyerno sa state visit ng Pangulo sa South Korea Hiniling ng Pangulong Aquino sa mga taga-Bohol na tumulong para tiyaking ligtas ang istraktura sa Bohol Ipinangako ni Aquino na tutulungan ang mga taga-Bohol na maitayong muli ang nasirang dantaon nang mga simbahan Nagpapahiwatig ng malaking suporta ng mayorya sa ginawa ng Pangulo sa isyu ng PDAF ang resulta ng 'Pulse Asia Survey' Kailangan ang tulong ng dayuhan para magawa ang nasirang mga simbahan Dumating na ang Pangulong Aquino sa Seoul, Timog Korea
Hamon at pananagutan pang lalo na pagbutihin ang paglilingkod, sabi ni Lakandula awardee Jasmine Lee ang natanggap na parangal (SEOUL, Timog Korea) Isang hamon at pananagutan na lalo pang pagbutihin ang paglilingkod na itinuturing ni Proportional Representative Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee ng Pambansang Asemblea ng Timog Korea ang gawad na Order of Lakandula na ipagkakaloob sa kanya ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kaugnay ng dalawang araw na State Visit dito Oktubre 17 at 18. Si Lee, 36 na taong gulang, ang kauna-unahang nahalal na proportional representative sa Pambansang Asemblea ng Timog Korea na isang naturalized Korean na sa Pilipinas isinilang. Igagawad ng Pangulong Aquino ang Order of Lakandula na ranggong Opisyal kay Lee bilang pagkilala sa kanyang mga nagawa at pagsusulong ng karapatan ng mga babaing migrante pati na multiculturalism. Ang Order of Lakandula ay pinakamataas na pagkilalang ipinagkakaloob ng Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas. Nakatakdang dumating dito ang Pangulong Aquino Huwebes para sa isang State Visit sa anyaya ng Pangulong Park Geun-hye, at igagawad niya kay Lee ang parangal sa idaraos na pakikipagpulong niya Biyernes sa mga Pilipino na naninirahan at naghahanap-buhay dito. Sa panayam ng Radio-Television Malacanang dito, sinabi ni Lee na ang pagiging kauna-unahang Pilipino na nahalal sa Pambansang Asemblea ng Korea ay napakalaki nang pananagutan para sa kanya. ―Napakalaki na itong hamon at pananagutan para sa akin. Kasi nga, ano man ang gawin ko, ang magiging resulta nito ay kung magkakaroon pa tayo ng pangalawa, pangatlo o pang-apat,‖ wika pa ni Kinatawan Lee. ―Kaya nang mabalitaan kong bibigyan ako ng gawad, naisip ko: 'Okay, narito ang isa pang responsiblidad.' Sa ganang akin, ito ay isang hamon bilang responsibilidad na ibinibigay sa akin para lalo ko pang pagbutihin kung ano ang aking magagawa,‖ dugtong ni Lee. Sinabi ni Kinatawan Lee na itinuturing niyang ang gawad ng Pangulo ay tagapagpagunita ng aking pinagmulan. Umaasa akong ito ay magiging tagapagpaalaala sa akin upang manatiling matatag at tiyaking nakalapat sa lupa ang aking mga paa,‖ pahayag pa ni Lee. Si Kinatawan Lee ay may dalawang anak at sinimulan niyang isulong ang multiculturalism dito dahil na rin sa kanyang mga supling, binibigyang diin niya na nais niyang matiyak na ang lipunang ito ay magiging higit na isang mabuting liipunan para sa kanila at para sa lahat ng bata. Marami nang natanggap na gawad si Lee sa nakalipas na mga taon, kabilang dito ang 2012 Immigrants‘ Human Rights Award, 2012 CICI Korea Image Milestone Awards at 10th Future Women Leaders Award. PND (co/zaf) TOP Umalis na ang Pangulo para sa 2-araw na state visit sa Timog Korea
Lalong magpapaganda ng malawakan nang kalakalan sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at Republika ng Timog Korea, ayon sa Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang dalawang araw na State Visit niya sa nasabing bansa Oktubre 17 at 18. Binigyang diin ng Pangulo sa talumpati bago umalis sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 sa Lungsod ng Pasay Huwebes na tiyak na makikinabang ang bansa at ang sambayanang Pilipino sa kabuuan sa pagdalaw niya sa Republika ng Korea na kaibigan ng Pilipinas. Huwebes ng umaga nang umalis ang Pangulo patungong Seoul para sa dalawang araw na State Visit sa anyaya ng Pangulong Park Geun-hye upang lalong mapag-ibayo ang ugnayan ng dalawang bansang Asyano. Ikawalo ng umaga nang umalis ang Pangulo sakay ng isang chartered Philippine Air Lines Flight PR 001. ―Kahapon po ay tumungo tayo sa Bohol at Cebu para tingnan ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan at may mga naiwan kaming kagawad ng Gabinete para masigurong mailagay sila sa tamang kaayusan sa lalong madaling panahon. Tayo naman po ay tutungo ngayon sa South Korea upang asikasuhin naman ang kinabukasan habang inaasikaso natin ang kasalukuyan,‖ sabi ng Pangulo sa talumpati bago siya umalis. ―Alam po nang lahat na marami pong investors na galing sa Korea. Layon po nating hihikayatin sila na dagdagan ang kanilang investments sa atin pong bansa. Palakasin rin sa larangan ng turismo, na siyang nagiging daan ng kabuhayan nang marami po nating mga kababayan, at muli po ay lalong paigtingin pa natin ang ating ugnayan sa bansang South Korea sa pamamagitan ng marami pang kasunduang ating inaasahang mapirmahan sa mga araw na ito,‖ anang Pangulo. Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Ugnayang Panlabas, tatalakayin sa unang pulong ng Pangulong Aquino at Pangulong Park lalo na ang mga isyu tungkol sa pulitika, ekonomya, tanggulan, kabuhayan at pagtutulungang pangkaunlaran at sa mga hamong kinakaharap ng purok at ng daigdig.
â€•Alam po natin na talagang matindi nga ang naging ugnayan na sa ilang dekada sa bansang South Korea. Lagi rin po nga natin talagang tangkilikin ang kanilang pag-aasikaso sa atin dito sa pag-iimbita at kauna-unahang State Visit sa panahon ni Presidente Park,â€– wika pa ng Pangulo. Sa dalawang araw na pagdalaw, makakausap ng Pangulo ang mga mangangalakal na Koreano upang isulong na lalo ang kalakalan at pamumuhunan sa Pilipinas. Makikipagkita rin ang Pangulo sa mga Pilipino na naninirahan at nagtatrabaho sa South Korea. Marso 3, 1949 nagsimula ang ugnayan ng Pilipinas at ng Republika ng Korea. Ang Pilipinas ay nagpadala ng Expeditionary Forces sa Korea, kasama ang koalisyon ng UN para ipaglaban ang kalayaan ng mamamayang Koreano nang sumiklab ang Digmaang Koreano noong Marso 3, 1949. Hanggang sa kasalukuyan, kinikilala ng dalawang bansa na ito ang panulukang bato ng matatag nilang pagkakaibigan. Masigla ang ugnayang pangkabuhayan ng dalawang bansa at ang Korea ay kabilang sa mga nangungunang kabalikat ng Pilipinas sa kalakalan, pamumuhunan at kaunlaran. Sa Korea galing ang mahigit na isang milyong turistang dumadalaw sa Pilipinas taun-taon. Ito ay 1/4 ng kabuuang turistang nagsasadya sa Pilipinas. Pinangunahan ng Pangalawang Pangulong Jejomar Binay ang mga pinuno ng pamahalaan na naghatid sa Pangulo papuntang Republika ng Korea. Kasama ng Pangulo sa pagtungo sa Timog Korea sina Pangulong Franklin Drilon ng Senado, Kalihim Jose Rene Almendras ng Gabinete, mga Kalihim Albert F. del Rosario ng Ugnayang Panlabas, Voltaire Gazmin ng Tanggulang Bansa, Cesar Purisima ng Pananalapi, Gregory Domingo ng Kalakal at Industriya, Carlos Jericho Petilla ng Enerhiya, Herminio Coloma, Jr. ng Presidential Communications Operations Office at Punong Julia Abad ng Presidential Management Staff. Kabilang sa mga naghatid sa Pangulo sina Direktor Heneral Alan Purisima ng Pambansang Pulisya, Ten. Heneral Alan Luga, Vice Chief of Staff ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano ng Hukbong Dagat, Ten. Heneral Noel Coballes , Puno ng Hukbong Katihan, Tagapamahalang Jose Angel Honrado ng Manila International Airport Authority at ang mga Kagawad ng Gabinete at iba pang pinuno ng pamahalaan. Nakatakdang bumalik ang Pangulong Aquino at ang delegasyon niya Biyernes ng gabi. PND(js/zaf) TOP P12-M ang inilaan ng gobyerno sa state visit ng Pangulo sa South Korea
Aabot sa P12 milyon ang inilaan ng pamahalaan sa dalawang araw na State Visit ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa Republika ng Timog Korea, alinsunod kay Kalihim Tagapaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. Huwebes. Umalis kaninang umaga ang Pangulong Aquino patungong Seoul sakay ng isang chartered flight kasama sina Pangulong Franklin Drilon ng Senado, mga Kalihim Albert Del Rosario ng Ugnayang Panlabas, Cesar Purisima ng Pananalapi, Gregory Domingo ng Kalakal at Industriya, Voltaire Gazmin ng Tanggulang Bansa, Carlos Jericho Petilla ng Enerhiya, Herminio Coloma, Jr. ng Presidential Communications Operations Office, Kalihim ng Gabinete Jose Rene Almendras, Punong Julia Abad ng Presidential Management Staff at Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria. Ang badyet na nakalaan ay gugol sa trasportasyon, akomodasyon, pagkain at mga kailangang kagamitan para sa Pangulo at sa 60 kasamang opisyal na delegasyon sa dalawang araw na State Visit Oktubre 17-18. Ang pagtungo ng Pangulong Aquino sa Seoul ay sa anyaya ng Pangulong Park Geun-hye ng Republika ng Korea. Sinabi ni Ochoa na inaasahang pakikipag-usapan ng Pangulong Aquino kay Pangulong Park ang mahahalagang isyu, hindi lamang tungkol sa Timog Korea at sa ating bansa, kundi pati sa rehiyon at ang mga kinalaman sa pulitika, tanggulan, paggawa,. kalakalan at tulong pangkaunlaran, bukod sa pakikipagpulong ng Pangulo sa mga negosyanteng Koreano, gayundin sa mga Pilipino na naninirahan at nagtatrabaho sa nasabing bansa. Sasaksihan din ng Pangulo ang paglagda sa isang Memorandum of Understanding sa pagitan ng mga ministro ng tanggulang pambansa ng Pilipinas at Korea tungkol sa malawak na pagtutulungan buhat sa pagdalaw ng mga tauhan ng militar at mga dalubhasa tungkol sa pagtulong sa sangkatauhan at pandaigdig na pangangalaga sa katahimikan. Sa pagkakataong ito, gagawaran ng Pangulong Aquino ng Order of Lakandula si Kinatawan Jasmine Bacunay-Lee ng Asemblea Nasyonal ng Korea bilang pagkilala sa mga nagawa nito at pakikipaglaban para sa karapatan ng mga babaing migrante at multiculturalism. Si Lee ay taga-Cavite at Lungsod ng Davao. Siya ang kauna-unahang naturalized Korean na nahalal sa Asemblea Nasyonal ng Korea. PND (oes/zaf) TOP Hiniling ng Pangulong Aquino sa mga taga-Bohol na tumulong para tiyaking ligtas ang istraktura sa Bohol
(LUNGSOD NG TAGBILARAN) Nanawagan ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa mamamayan ng Bohol na agad ipaalam sa kanilang mga pinunong bayan sakaling mapansin nilang may sira ang istraktura ng mga gusali sa kanilang lugar pagkaraan ng malakas na lindol na yumanig sa lalawigan. ―Ipaalam agad ninyo sa inyong LGU at patingnan kung may duda kayo o kung may mapansin kayong cracks. Ituro ninyo sa ating mga imbestigador,‖ wika pa ng Pangulo sa pulong ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan sa Bohol Miyerkoles. Binigyang diin ng Pangulo na kailangang ipaalam sa mga dalubhasa kung may makitang ano mang sira o lamat upang mapagtuunan agad ng pansin ng pamahalaan ang mga gusaling nasabi. Hiningi ng Pangulo sa Kagawaran ng Pagawaing Bayan at Pambansang Lansangan (DPWH) na makipag-ugnayan sa Provincial Engineering Office upang tiyaking lahat ng mga gusali o istraktura ay masuring mabuti dahil sa malakas na lindol at mga aftershocks na patuloy na nararamdaman sa mga pook na nilindol nang malakas. Ang pinakabagong Building Code ay noong 2010 ipinatupad na nagtatakdang dapat ang mga itatayong bagong gusali ay hindi masisira kung may lindol na 7.2 ang lakas, paalaala pa ng Pangulo. Idinugtong niyang ang problema ay ang mga lumang gusali. Sinabi ng Pangulo na may tuntuning tinatawag na retrofitting upang makaalinsunod sila sa Building Code na ang pakay ay matiyak ang kaligtasan nila. PND (as/zaf) TOP Ipinangako ni Aquino na tutulungan ang mga taga-Bohol na maitayong muli ang nasirang dantaon nang mga simbahan (LUNGSOD NG TAGBILARAN) Tiniyak ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III dito Miyerkoles na puspusang tutulong ang administrasyon niya sa lalawigan ng Bohol upang maayos ang mga lumang simbahan dito na winasak ng malakas na lindol Martes. Sa pulong ng mga kagawad ng Gabinete at mga lokal na pinuno na idinaos dito, sinabi ng Pangulo na iniutos na niya na pag-aralan kung paano makatutulong ang pamahalaang pambansa upang maibalik sa dati ang mga luma at makasaysayang mga simbahang ito sa Bohol. ―Makaaasa kayo na tutulong ako upang makasama natin ang pribadong sector kung hindi puwedeng ang gobyerno ang magpaayos ng inyong makasaysayang mga simbahan—upang maibalik natin sa dati,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulo. Ayon sa Pangulo, ang pag-aayos at pagtatayong muli ng mga nawasak na simbahan ay dapat maging structurally compliant o naaalinsunod sa mga itinakda ng 2010 Building Code ng ating bansa. Ang mga simbahan ng Loboc at Baclayon, dalawa sa pinakamatandang mga simbahan sa Pilipinas ay nawasak noong Martes matapos yanigin ng isang magnitude 7.2 na lindol na yumanig sa Bohol at iba pang lalawigan ng Kabisayaan. Sinabi ng Pambansang Komisyon sa Kalinangan at Sining (NCCA) na nagulumihanan sila sa napakalaking pinsala sa mga simbahan sa Bohol dahil sa napakalakas na lindol noong Oktubre 15. Idinugtong ng NCCA na kailangan pa ang engineering assessment para matiyak ang pinsala sa mga simbahang nasabi. Ang Simbahan ng San Pedro sa Loboc at Simbahan ng Mahal na Birheng Imakulada Concepcion sa Baclayon ay pinangangasiwaan ng Pambansang Museo na ang pondo ay galing sa NCCA. Katuwang ng NCCA ang Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Pambansang Komisyong Pang-kasaysayan ng Pilipinas (NHCP), Pambansang Museo, National Archives Library, Komisyon ng Wikang Pilipino sa pagtaya sa pinsalang ibinunga ng malakas na lindol sa Bohol noong Martes. Bago pa man naganap ang lindol noong Oktubre 15, nanguna na ang NCCA sa pangangalaga sa 26 na simbahang panahon pa ng Kastila nang itayo sa bansa, lalo na yaong mga kinilala nang National Cultural Treasures ng Pambansang Museo noong 2001. Ito ay suporta sa patakaran ng pamahalaan na pangalagaan at ingatan ang mahahalagang ari-ariang kultural. Ang mga simbahang ito ay may namumukod-tanging halagang pangkasaysayan, kalinangan, artistic and scientific value na katulad ng orihinal na mga simbahang ginawa ng mga Agustino, Pransiskano, Heswita, Dominikano, at Agustinian Recollects sa bansa. PND (as/zaf) TOP Nagpapahiwatig ng malaking suporta ng mayorya sa ginawa ng Pangulo sa isyu ng PDAF ang resulta ng 'Pulse Asia Survey' Anim sa sampung Pilipino ang kumatig sa ―ginawang hakbang ng Pangulong Aquino sa isyu ng umano ay katiwalian sa paggamit ng Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF),‖ sa pagpapakita ng suporta ng madla sa ginagawa ng Punong Tagapagpaganap na reporma laban sa katiwalian.
Ito ay alinsunod sa pinakahuling Pulse Asia Survey kung saan lumitaw na mayorya ang sumuporta sa panawagan ng Pangulo na ―tuklasin ang katotohanan at papanagutin ang mga responsable.‖ Ang survey na ginawa ng Pulse Asia Setyembre 14 hanggang 27, ay nagsaad na 63 porsiyento ang sang-ayon sa ginawang hakbang ng Pangulo sa umano ay misuse, lalo na ang pangako niyang uusigin ang mga taong sangkot sa hindi tamang paggamit ng PDAF. Ang damdaming ito ang isinigaw ng mayorya sa bawa‘t geographic area (60% - 65%) at socio-economic grouping (63% - 68%). Ayon sa Ulat ng Bayan Survey ng Pulse Asia Research noong Setyembre 2013, 9 sa bawa‘t 10 ng mga Pilipino (90%) ang nakababatid ng mga isyung may kinalaman sa PDAF o ―pork barrel‖ . ―Ang kaalaman ng mayorya ay natala sa buong geographic areas (82% hanggang 95%) at sa socioeconomic classes (84% hanggang 98%). Sa Metro Manila natala ang higit na kamalayan tungkol dito, sa ibang bahagi ng Luzon at Kabisayaan (91% hanggang 95%), kaysa sa Mindanao (82%) at sa best-off Class ABC (98%) kaysa sa pinakadukhang Class E (84%),‖ sabi pa ng survey. Ang umano ay hindi tamang paggamit ng PDAF ng ilang kagawad ng Kongreso ay naging laman ng mga balita mula Setyembre ng taong ito. Sentro ng balita ang tinatawag na pork barrel scam ng negosyanteng si Janet Lim-Napoles na sinasabing may kagagawan sa paglalagay ng P10 bilyong PDAF ng ilang mambabatas sa mga huwad na nongovernment organizations (NGOs) na umano ay siya ang may hawak. Noong Agosto 28, 2013 si Janet Napoles ay sumuko matapos na maglabas ang Kagawaran ng Katarungan ng kautusang dakpin siya at ang kanyang kapatid sa sakdal na serious illegal detention ng pangunahing ―whistleblower‖ na si Benhur Luy tungkol sa ―pork barrel scam.‖ Nakakulong na si Napoles sa Fort Sto. Domingo ng Pambansang Pulisya sa Laguna. Sinimulan na ng Blue Ribbon Committee ng Senado ang pagsisiyasat tungkol dito at naglabas ng utos ang Korte Suprema na huwag ilabas ang nalalabing PDAF ng mga mambabatas para sa taong kasalukuyan. PND (js/zaf) TOP Kailangan ang tulong ng dayuhan para magawa ang nasirang mga simbahan
Kakailanganin ng bansa ang tulong ng pandaigdig na mga dalubhasa sa restorasyon ng mga lumang simbahan sa Bohol at Cebu na winasak ng malakas na lindol noong Oktubre 15. Sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Huwebes, sinabi ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda na ang mga simbahan sa Bohol ay dapat itayong muli sapagka‘t ang ekonomya ng lalawigan ay nakasandig sa eco-tourism. ―Isa sa mga bagay na mahalaga sa Bohol ay sa eco-tourism nakasandig ang kabuhayan ng Bohol. Isa sa ipinagmamalaki ng Bohol ay ang mga lumang simbahan nito na noon pang panahon ng Kastila itinayo,‖ wika ni Lacierda. ―Ang kailangan natin ngayon ay ang mga dalubhasa sa restorasyon. Iyon ang tulong na kakailanganin natin. Ang Venice ay isa sa mga pook kung saan nang nakalipas na mga panahon ay binaha at napakaraming restoration works silang ginawa sa Venice,‖ sabi pa ni Lacierda. Nais ng administarasyong Aquino na matiyak na maibabalik nito sa dating ayos ang mga simbahan at ang Kagawaran ng Turismo ay sumusuporta sa bagay na ito, ayon kay Lacierda. Ipinaliwanag ni Lacierda na kailangang makipag-ugnayan muna sila tungkol sa restorasyon. Si Kalihim Mon Jimenez ng Turismo ang isa sa mga Kalihim ng Gabinete na puspusang kalahok sa restorasyong ito sapagka‘t nasa ilalim niya ang bagay na ito. Sinadya ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Bohol Miyerkoles upang makita ang mga pinsala ng lindol doon at nangako siyang tutulungang maipagawa ng lalawigan ang mga lumang simbahang iwinasak ng lindol. Ang mga Simbahan ng Loboc at Simbahan ng Baclayon ang dalawa sa pinakalumang simbahang winasak ng nasabing magnitude 7.2 na lindol sa Bohol. Ang dalawang simbahang ito ay nasa ilalim ng pangangalaga ng Pambansang Museo at ang pondo ay nanggagaling sa Pambansang Komisyon sa Kultura at Kalinangan (NCCA). Ilang taon na ang nakalilipas, pinangunahan ng NCCA ang pag-aayos ng 25 simbahang itinayo sa bansa noong panahon pa ng Kastila, lalo na ang mga kinikilala ng Pambansang Museo bilang mga Pambansang Yamang Pangkultura PND (as/zaf) TOP Dumating na ang Pangulong Aquino sa Seoul, Timog Korea
SEOUL, Timog Korea) Dumating na ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa Seoul Air Base dito sakay ng chartered Philippine Air Lines PR 001 sa unang araw ng kanyang dalawang araw na State Visit sa anyaya ng Pangulong Park Geun-Hye Oktubre 17-18. Kasama ng Pangulo ang delegasyong kabilang sina Pangulong Franklin Drilon ng Senado, mga Kalihim Albert del Rosario ng Ugnayang Panlabas, Cesar Purisima ng Pananalapi, Gregory Domingo ng Kalakal at Industriya, Voltaire Gazmin ng Tanggulang Bansa, Herminio Coloma, Jr. ng Presidential Communications Operations Office, Kalihim ng Gabinete Jose Rene Almendras at Punong Julia Abad ng Presidential Management Staff nang lumapag ang sinasakyan niyang eroplano sa tarmac ng paliparan ganap na ika-12:59 ng hapon. Sinalubong ang Pangulo sa paliparan ng mga pinuno ng Embahadang Pilipino sa pangunguna ni Embahador sa Korea Luis Cruz at mga pinuno ng Korea. Sinimulan ng Pangulo ang pagdalaw niya rito sa pag-aalay ng bulaklak sa Memorial Tower sa Seoul National Cemetery na alay sa karangalan ng mga bayaning nasawi sa pakikipaglaban noong Korean War. Buhat sa Seoul National Cemetery, tumuloy ang Pangulo sa Blue House para sa opisyal na seremonyang pagtanggap sa kanya. Sinundan ito ng paglagda sa Guest Book at Summit Talks sa pagitan ng Pangulong Aquino at Pangulong Park. Pagkatapos ng pag-uusap, ang dalawang lider ay sumaksi sa paglagda sa Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) tungkol sa tulungang pantanggulan sa pagitan ng dalawang ministro ng tanggulang bansa at isang MOU naman para sa pagtutulungan ukol sa palakasan (sports) ng Philippine Sports Commission at ng Ministri ng Kalinangan, Palakasan at Turismo ng Korea. Ang unang araw ng pagdalaw rito ng Pangulo ay tatampukan ng State Dinner na handog sa kanyang karangalan ni Pangulong Park. Sa ikalawang araw ng pagdalaw niya, ang Pangulong Aquino ay mag-aalay ng bulaklak at maggagawad ng katibayan ng pagkilala sa karangalan ng kanyang ama, Senador Benigno Aquino, Jr. sa Hall of Heroes, War Memorial ng Korea. Pagkatapos nito, magsasalita ang Pangulo sa harap ng Korean Business Community sa Grand Hyatt Hotel na susundan ng mga pulong nila ng mga negosyante. Kakapanayamin din siya ng CNN-Korea pagkatapos ng pulong nila ng mga negosyanteng Koreano. Magkakaroon ng pagkakataon ang Pangulong Aquino na makasalamuha ang mga Pilipino na naninirahan at nagtatrabaho dito sa Seoul at igagawad kay Proportional Representative Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee ang Order of Lakandula sa pagtitipong ito. Pagkaraan ng pakikipag-usap sa mga Pilipino rito, ang Pangulo at ang kanyang delegasyon ay babalik na sa Maynila. PND (rda/co/zaf) TOP
President Benigno S. Aquino IIII's Departure statement before his state visit to the Republic of Korea Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 2, Pasay City 17 Oct 2013
Maupo ho tayo. Magandang umaga ho. Vice President Jojo Binay; Senate President Frank Drilon; honorable members of the Cabinet present; General Manager Jose Angel Honrado; Police Director General Alan Purisima; Lieutenant General Alan Luga; Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano; Lieutenant General Noel Coballes; fellow workers in government; mga minamahal ko pong kababayan; Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Kahapon po ay tumungo tayo sa Bohol at Cebu para tignan ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan, at sa kasalukuyang, may mga naiwan kaming miyembro ng gabinete para masigurado mailagay sila, sa lalong madaling
panahon, sa tamang kaayusan. Tayo naman po ay tutungo ngayon sa South Korea, upang asikasuhin naman ang kinabukasan habang inaasikaso natin ang kasalukuyan. Alam po ng lahat na marami pong investors na galing sa Korea, layon po natin lalo pang dagdagan ang kanilang investments sa ating pong bansa. Palakasin rin sa larangan ng turismo, na siyang nagiging daan ng kabuhayan ng marami po nating mga kababayan, at ang muli po, ay lalong paigtingin pa ang ating ugnayan sa bansang South Korea sa pamamagitan ng marami pang agreements na ating inaasahan mapirmahan itong araw na ito. May mga nagtanong po kung dapat tayo tumuloy matapos ng nangyari na lindol sa Kabisayaan. Ang sagot po natin dito: Habang inaasikaso nga ho ang kasalukuyan, dapat naman ho siguro huwag natin pabayaan ang kinabukasan. Alam po natin na talagang matindi nga ang naging ugnayan na sa ilang dekada sa bansang South Korea, at lagi rin po nga natin na talagang tangkilikin ang kanilang pag-aasikaso sa atin dito sa pag-iimbita, at kauna-unahang State Visit sa panahon ng Presidente Park. Tayo po ay magbabalik bukas ng gabi, at inaasahan po natin na talagang maging matagumpay ito pong ating biyahe. Magandang araw po. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. [HOME]
ONLINE NEWS 17 OCTOBER 2013
GSIS opens Pasig Office CSC bares 2013 public service exemplars DSWD gives â€˜pabaonâ€™ packs to Zambo evacuees returning home Over hundred volunteers flocked DSWD to help Model OFW families in Region XI announced 12th National Convention on Statistics a huge success! Statement of Secretary of Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima on the resumption of US Government Operations and the Extension of US Borrowing Authority Four charged by BOC for PhP60 M ukay-ukay smuggling attempt In Cebu and Bohol, Baldoz orders assessment of health and safety in all workplaces Roxas assures enough supply of rice, other items in Bohol DOE to hold Consumer Forum in Mindanao DFA Cebu resumes full operations for passport, consular services Philippine Festival Barrio Fiesta 2013 successfully held in Yokohama, Japan DOTC concludes successful Philippine Transit App Challenge SSS opens relief package for earthquake-hit members in Central Visayas PDIC to continue processing claims of Rural Bank of La Trinidad (Benguet) depositors MMDA Chair petitions Comelec to regulate the use of major Metro thoroughfares for the barangay election period GSIS opens Pasig Office Source: http://www.gsis.gov.ph Beginning October 17, more than 107,000 Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) members and nearly 15,000 pensioners based in Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Marikina, and Rizal province need not make the trip to the GSIS Head Office in Pasay City to transact with the pension fund. GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara announced that the pension fund will open an extension office in Pasig City tomorrow "to make our services more accessible to our pensioners and active members in Pasig and surrounding areas." The Pasig office will serve a total of 107,838 active members. Of this number, 73 percent is accounted for by the personnel of the Department of Education.
The GSIS Extension Office will be housed in the upper ground floor of the JNCV Building in Pasig Boulevard corner Rosemary Lane, Pasig City. All types of GSIS claims and benefits covering retirement, loans, and life insurance, such as cash surrender value (amount to be paid to members when they are separated before the maturity of their life insurance policies), maturity, death, survivorship, and funeral will be accepted and processed in the Pasig office. The office has a pensioners' lounge to cater to the needs of pensioners, as well as an eCard enrolment and releasing center. A booth will also be available to accept remittances from covered local government units and national agencies, as well as three GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosks where members may electronically apply for loans, check their loan balances, request for tentative computations of their loan proceeds, and update their records. With the opening of the Pasig Extension Office, GSIS now has three offices in Metro Manila, along with the head office in Pasay City and the GSIS Quezon City Branch in Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City. The pension fund has 42 branch offices and 35 service desks deployed across the nation. Members and pensioners may call the GSIS Pasig Extension Office at (02) 859.0218. |TOP| CSC bares 2013 public service exemplars Source: http://excell.csc.gov.ph Three police officers, a governor, a mayor and a teacher lead this year‘s roster of Presidential Lingkod Bayan recipients who will be recognized in Malacañang on October 24, 2013. This year‘s individual awardees who will be feted for their outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, are: P/Chief Supt. Rogelio M. Damazo, P/Chief Supt. Louie T. Oppus and P/Senior Supt. Manuel R. Gaerlan of the Philippine National Police; Albay Governor Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda; Mayor Daisy A. Sayangda of Santol, La Union; Mr. Reynato P. Dubongco of the Philippine Coconut Authority, Northern Samar; Department Manager III Dennis S. Mas of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Regional Office No. 6, Iloilo City; Scientist I Roel R. Suralta of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija; and Teacher 1 Anabel P. Ungcad of the Department of Education, Sta. Cruz North District, Division of Davao del Sur. Winners in the Presidential Lingkod Bayan group category are: Bayawan Integrated Waste Management Team of the City Government of Bayawan, Negros Oriental; Olongapo City Disaster Risk-Reduction Management Office; Single Entry Approach Team of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Department of Labor and Employment; and Inclusive Finance Advocacy Staff of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. ―The annual Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees is a program which has been in place for more than 50 years, but its relevance is much more pronounced as no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III reiterated the need to find our lingkod bayani or servant heroes in government service,‖ said Chairman Francisco T. Duque III of the Civil Service Commission (CSC). The 13 Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardees were selected out of 97 qualified nominations received by the CSC for the category this year. For the Dangal ng Bayan award, 11 individuals were chosen out of the 47 qualified nominations received. They are: Jail Officer II Joey G. Abia of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Mandaluyong City; Chief Administrative Officer Pablo U. Amascual III of the Leyte Normal University, Tacloban City; Senior Fire Officer IV Simeon H. Ballon of the Tiwi Fire Station, Albay; Midwife II Ofelia E. Buenconsejo of the City Government of Antipolo, Rizal; Health Officer Evelyn D. Capuyan of the Municipal Government of Sagada, Mt. Province; Operations Officer VI Jimmicio S. Daoaten of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Bangued, Abra; State Auditor III Concepcion M. Guanzon of the Commission on Audit – Regional Office X, Cagayan de Oro City; Department Head I Expedizitas S. Lenares of the Municipal Government of Dalaguete, Cebu; Traffic Aide II Dionisia M. Liquido of the City Government of Antipolo, Rizal; Principal I Darwisa J. Sajili- Radah Hja of the Hji. Yunos Jumdain Elementary School, Department of Education-Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; and Senior Jail Officer II Richard C. Recososa of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – Regional Office XIII, Butuan City. The Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to any government official or employee who has exemplified the eight norms of conduct of public servants as mandated by Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. These are commitment to public interest, professionalism, justness and sincerity, political neutrality, responsiveness to the public, nationalism and patriotism, commitment to democracy, and simple living. Meanwhile, the CSC Pagasa individual awardees, also set to be recognized on October 24 are: City Mayor Linda P. Gonzalez of Ligao City, Albay; Laboratory Technician 1 Martina A. Nepomuceno of the Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines- Los Baños; Education Program Supervisor I Lynn Z. Padillo of the Department of Education Region V, Legazpi City; Dean Erlinda C. Relucio of the Bicol University-College of Industrial Technology, Albay; Mayor Jose M. Ricafrente Jr. of the Municipality of Rosario, Cavite; Director IV Marivel Sacendoncillo of the Local Government Academy, Department of the Interior and Local Government; and Administrative Aide 1 Kulafu A. Seballos of the City Government of Bayawan, Negros Oriental. For the group category, we have: ABRA
Renal Disease Control (REDCOP) Team of the Provincial Health Office, Bangued, Abra; Albay Public Safety & Emergency Management Office; Department of Trade and Industry-Kalinga Management Review Team, Tabuk, Kalinga; and Masaganang Bukas Team of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija. The CSC Pagasa Award is conferred to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contribution resulting from an idea or performance which directly benefits more than one department of the government. During his State of the Nation Address, President Aquino highlighted the administration‘s search for outstanding public servants, saying, ―Hindi sapat na yumuko sa loob ng cubicle; bahagi ng trabaho mo ay ang pagpigil sa mali. Nasa tama kayo, kaya‘t huwag po kayong magtago; padaliin ninyo ang pagnanais kong mahanap kayo; paaangatin ko kayo nang paaangatin upang ibandila ang inyong mabuting ehemplo, at mabago na ang maling kultura sa inyong mga naturang ahensya.‖ Awardees of both the Presidential Lingkod Bayan and CSC Pagasa will receive a gold-gilded medallion expertly crafted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, a plaque containing the citation and signatures of the President of the Republic of the Philippines and the Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission, respectively, and a cash prize. Dangal ng Bayan awardees will receive a trophy designed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva. They are also entitled to incentives such as directorships in government-owned or controlled corporations, local and foreign scholarship grants, and automatic promotion to the next higher position suitable to their qualification or commensurate salary. CSC holds an annual nationwide Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees in the bureaucracy under its Honor Awards Program (HAP). The Program serves as the core of the bureaucracy‘s employee incentives and rewards system. |TOP| DSWD gives ‘pabaon’ packs to Zambo evacuees returning home Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph After the military has declared some areas to be safe, a number of evacuees from the armed conflict between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction in Zamboanga City are now returning home. To ensure that those returning home will meet their daily food needs while starting anew, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will provide them with ‗pabaon‘ packs. To date, the DSWD has released ‗pabaon‘ packs to 930 families who have returned to their respective communities in Mampang, Talon-Talon, and Arena Blanco. The family-evacuees who returned home came from the following evacuation centers in Mampang – 602, Lunzuran-200, JFE Sports Complex – 77, Boalan – 46 and Guiwan – 5. Each ‗pabaon‘ pack contains 9 kilos of rice, 15 cans of sardines, 10 cans of corned beef, 20 pieces of noodles and 20 pieces of 3-in-1 coffee. Each pack is valued at P 933.00 and is estimated to be good for one week. The access cards of the returning evacuees are surrendered to the DSWD as soon as they receive their ‗pabaon‘. To date, 8,341 families or 40,511 persons are still housed in 27 evacuation centers around the city. Family packs are given to families in evacuation centers every two days. |TOP| Over hundred volunteers flocked DSWD to help Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Over a hundred volunteers flocked to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Field Office 7 in Cebu to help out in sorting, packing, handling and hauling relief goods for the victims of the earthquake Heidelin Demecillo, who is currently taking up her studies at the University of the Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), together with her classmates, helped in packing relief goods at the grounds of the regional office. ―We don‘t have classes today so we thought of volunteering and helping out however we can,‖ she said. ―We always welcome the help of the volunteers since they augment the disaster operations of the agency especially when most of our staff still also have to continue with their regular functions amid the disaster,‖ said Christine Escolano from the Capacity Building Unit of DSWD who is in-charge of the volunteers. Volunteers were asked to pack relief goods containing five assorted canned goods, three kilos of rice, 2-3 packs of noodles and 1 (4-litre) drinking water to be distributed to the earthquake victims in Bohol and Cebu. As of 2PM of October 16 there are a total of 8,269 affected families in the region. DSWD is targeting eighteen thousand (18,000) family packs to be readily available for distribution the soonest possible
time. Meanwhile, more than fifty (50) marine and nautical engineering students from the University of Cebu (UC) came to assist the Department. UC Executives also offered their bus to be used for the delivery of the goods to Pier 1 where a boat of the Philippine Coast Guard will take these goods to Bohol as soon as loading will be done tonight. For inquiries and updates on DSWD-7 disaster response efforts, the public may call the DSWD Emergency Hotline (032) 232-9507. |TOP| Model OFW families in Region XI announced Source: http://www.owwa.gov.ph The families of OFW Rodolfo Q. San Pedro and OFW Marie Ann P. Uy were announced winners of the regional search of model OFW families in Region XI. Awarding was held on October 13, 2013 at the Camelot Hall, Regency In, Villa Abrille Street, Davao City. San Pedro and Uy, winners of sea-based and land-based categories, bested seven other nominees for this year‘s search. Among the nominees for the land-based category were the families of Eliezer A. Abellana, Wilson V. Dejos, Carolina C. Ranis, Shields V. Rendon, and Marie Ann P. Uy. Sea-based model OFW family choices were Antonio E. Cermino, Rolando C. Mabala, Joselito E. Payac, and Rodolfo Q. San Pedro and family. The nominees were assessed and evaluated according to the following selection criteria: Wholesome OFW Family – 50%, Civic/Community Involvement of OFW and/or family members – 20%, Success in children‘s or family member/s‘ education – 20% , and Success in Managing Family Finances – 10%. The Regional Screening and Selection Committee was chaired by Mr. Eduardo E. Bellido, OIC-Director of OWWA RWO XI, together with the six (6) members of the panel of judges coming from private, government, non-government, sea based, land based, and religious sectors. San Pedro and Uy will represent the region for the MOFYA national awards on November 28, 2013 at the Plenary Hall of PICC along with 32 other regional awardees from all over the country. Aside from the major awards, two (2) special awardees shall be conferred: Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects and Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship. The regional winners will receive P20,000.00, trophies, phone kits and GLOBE Tipid Cards. The cash prize will be awarded during the Recognition Day for all regional awardees on November 27, 2013. On the other hand, the two (2) national winners will each receive P400,000.00 cash prize from GLOBE Telecommunications and additional P200,000.00 from the Bank of the Philippine Islands. Special awardees shall also receive prizes. |TOP| 12th National Convention on Statistics a huge success! Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph The 12th National Convention on Statistics (NCS) held on October 1-2, 2013 at the Edsa Shangri La Hotel in Mandaluyong City was a huge success with a record-breaking attendance of nearly a thousand two hundred (1,193) statisticians, policymakers and data stakeholders from various government agencies, academic institutions and private organizations, both at the international and local levels. The Convention is a triennial event organized by the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) and spearheaded by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). It is considered the biggest gathering of statisticians, data providers and users as well as other stakeholders of statistics. Since its inception in 1976, the Convention has provided an excellent venue for knowledge exchange and professional discussions on statistical developments, issues and challenges in the country. The 12th NCS was held in conjunction with the opening ceremonies of the 24th National Statistics Month (NSM) celebration with the theme, ―Statistics that Matter to Every Filipino,‖ highlighting the importance and relevance of data and statistics in the life of every Filipino. SIMEx Ribbon Cutting The opening program started with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 2013 Statistical Information Management Exhibition (SIMEx) led by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director General Arsenio M. Balisacan, NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon G. Albert, National Statistics Office (NSO) Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta, and UP Professor Emeritus Solita C. Monsod. 2013 SIMEx is a commercial exhibition on information management, dissemination and communication. Exhibitors included the statistical agencies in the PSS, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, Business World, Metrobank, Strategic Research and Development Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc., Geodata System Technologies Inc., and JNS Enterprises.
Opening Program NSCB Secretary General Albert, who chairs the 24th NSM and 12th NCS Steering Committee, formally opened the Convention with his welcome remarks. In his message, he underscored how the PSS continuously strive to be relevant to the Filipino people in these changing times. Meanwhile, Secretary Balisacan introduced the Convention‘s keynote speaker, the Honorable Senate President Franklin M. Drilon. In his speech, Senate President Drilon commended the NSCB and the entire PSS for providing decision makers with meaningful data and statistics that are necessary in the decision making process. He mentioned that his examination of recent official poverty statistics and other data led him to advocate better resources for the government‘s conditional cash transfer program. The Senate President also showed how the entire government, especially the legislative and executive branches, values the PSS and its services. Consequently, they enacted the Philippine Statistics Act of 2013 (Republic Act 10625) which was recently signed into law by the President. The said law consolidates major statistical agencies such as the NSCB, NSO, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) and Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) into the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). This new agency, according to the Senate President, will be strongly supported to ensure that official statistics produced will be relevant to decision makers and to all Filipinos. Plenary and simultaneous sessions, Student-Faculty Conference The two-day Convention featured three plenary sessions, 47 invited paper sessions, three contributed paper sessions and one special session which were all well-attended. In addition, there were also six poster sessions showcased in the Convention. The first plenary session was on Accelerating Inclusive Growth and Competitiveness through Statistics. It was organized and chaired by Professor Emeritus Monsod and featured presentations of National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines Chair Guillermo Luz and former Philippine Institute for Development Studies President Dr. Josef Yap. Mr. Johannes Jutting, Manager of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) Secretariat, was the discussant for this session. The second plenary session on Social Media and Statistics (big data, organic data and privacy) was organized by Dr. Corinne Grace Burgos of Globe Telecom. It featured presentations of Secretary General Albert, Mr. Jutting of PARIS21 and Ms. Jeanette Beltran of Globe Telecom. Meanwhile, the third plenary session on Managing Risks to Development (disaster and financial risk management, social protection, food security) was organized and chaired by Assistant Secretary Lila Shahani of the Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction Communications Group, with presentations from the BAS Director Romeo Recide, Albay Governor Jose Clemente Salceda, and Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards‘ (NOAH) Oscar Victor Lizardo. Various studies on statistics and other related fields were presented during the simultaneous paper sessions organized and sponsored by private and public organizations such as the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of National Defense, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Tourism, Department of Science and Technology, Information and Communications Technology Office, PARIS21, ABS-CBN, and Business World. In addition to the abovementioned sessions, an important part of the Convention was the 12th Student-Faculty Conference organized by the UP Los Baños Institute of Statistics, UP School of Statistics, and the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC). The Conference showcased various research papers of undergraduate and graduate students. |TOP| Statement of Secretary of Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima on the resumption of US Government Operations and the Extension of US Borrowing Authority Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph ―Today we learned that after a long impasse, the US Senate and Congress were able to reach an agreement to both fund their federal government operations until January 15th and extend borrowing authority, effectively raising the debt ceiling until February 7th. ―The measure passed by the US legislature is a positive development that buys time, however, I would like to emphasize the need for a more permanent solution, especially to the issue of its borrowing limit. ―If the US is to maintain its role as the printer of the global reserve currency, its leaders cannot view going to the brink of default as a viable political tool. So-called ‗governing by crisis‘, where the entire world‘s economy has to be held hostage to force a decision, cannot be allowed to become standard operating procedure in Washington. Because the world‘s economies are connected even as far away from the US as the Philippines, every standoff between America‘s ruling parties forces the rest of the world to watch with anxiety. The US should look seriously at a more permanent solution to shield the world economy and financial markets from its domestic political squabbles. |TOP| Four charged by BOC for PhP60 M ukay-ukay smuggling attempt
Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph The reinvigorated anti-smuggling program of the Bureau of Customs has yet caused another filing of smuggling charges against two (2) traders and two (2) customs brokers today (October 17, 2013) for attempting to smuggle PhP 60 Million worth of ―ukay-ukay‖ (used clothing), even as it sent the strong message that it will aggressively pursue smugglers, especially those illegally importing used clothing as it adversely affects the local garments industry. In pursuing the smuggling cases against Farold International owner Jessie Carlos A. Dionisio and his brokers Jeff Eyros B. Juta and Nikov Ashley Vista and Great Circles Trading owner Luisa Villa Pascual which was led by Commissioner Ruffy Biazon and newly appointed Deputy Commissioner for Revenue Collection and Monitoring Group (RCMG) Edita Tan at the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Commissioner said all respondents are being charged for violation of Sections 3601, in relation to Section 101 of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) as amended and R.A. 4653 banning the importation of used clothing for health safety reason and maintaining the nation‘s dignity. According to Biazon, Farold‘s shipment of seven forty-footer container vans of used clothing worth PhP 52.5 million arrived at the MICP in July 2013 and were misdeclared as tools, that of Great Circles Trading shipment of one fortyfooter container van of used clothing worth PhP 7.5 million arrived at the MICP in June this year. Great Circle‘s shipment was misdeclared as toys and merchandise. According to Biazon, under the BOC‘s new leadership team, its anti-smuggling campaign shall further be enhanced to raise revenues for the government and to protect the natio‘secnomy. ―I am warning all importers and traders, especially those involved in the importation of agricultural products, to desist from smuggling and for them pay the right duties for their importations as, sooner or later, we will confront you in the court of law.‖Biazon said, adding that ― We will never compromise the interest of our local industries and for that we will not allow illegal importation of used clothing.‖ The BOC is now in the process of its most aggressive reform program. In close coordination with Malacañang and the Department of Finance, the Bureau recently implemented its most wide-ranging personnel revamp ever. From the total replacement of its six (6) deputy commissioners down to examiners and appraisers, the on-going customs personnel shake-up has affected more than half of the BOC‘s personnel organization. Malacañang and the DOF expect the BOC‘s anti-smuggling campaign and revenue generation initiatives to rev up to a higher gear under its new leadership team. Today‘s filing of smuggling charges brings to 105, the total number of cases filed by the Bureau of Customs during Biazon‘s two years as Customs Chief. This also brings to 149, the total number of smuggling cases filed by the BOC at the DOJ during the administration of President Simeon Benigno Aquino III. |TOP| In Cebu and Bohol, Baldoz orders assessment of health and safety in all workplaces Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph After the 7.2 intensity quake In Cebu and Bohol, Baldoz orders assessment of health and safety in all workplaces Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday directed all members of the DOLE Regional Coordinating Council in Region 7, led by DOLE Regional Office No. 7 Director Chona Mantilla, to closely work together in the immediate conduct of an assessment of the safety and health of all workplaces in the region in the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that ravaged Cebu and Bohol. "Engage all our partners--the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, the Industry Tripartite Council in the industries, the employers and unions, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Network and safety practitoners--in the conduct of the assessment which aim to ensure that workplaces are safe and sound and healthy for our workers," Baldoz said in her directive. Baldoz also directed Regional Director Mantilla to already prime the DOLE's Quick Reaction Team (QRT) that will assess and evaluate the extent of the earthquake to firms and establishments in the region and provide DOLE‘s package of assistance to workers displaced by the quake, if there will be any. The QRT is a program designed to assist workers displaced by closures and retrenchments of companies due to various reasons, including natural calamities. Its responsibility is to deliver a package of assistance consisting of the following: (1) Profiling of displaced workers; (2) Employment guidance and counseling; (3) Facilitation of payment of separation pay; (4) Employment matching and referral for wage employment (using available facilities, such as the PhilJobnet and jobs fair; (5) Information on and certification for SSS loan availment; (6) Referral to other DOLE programs; and (7) Referral of qualified displaced workers to other government and non-government organizations for technical and financial assistance for livelihood or self-employment. The DOLE RCC member-offices are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Employees Compensation Commission, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, and the National Labor Relations Commission. Baldoz issued the order after Director Mantilla immediately reported after the quake that the extent of the damage wrought by the quake is still being assessed, saying that even the DOLE building's safety and integrity is a concern. "All DOLE employees are safe at the moment, but it will take civil engineers from the local government of Cebu and the Department of Public Works and Highways to evaluate and assess the safety and integrity of the DOLE building in Cebu before employees will be allowed to go back," she said. The 25-year old DOLE Regional Office building in Cebu showed cracked beams and walls and displaced electrical wiring. Mantilla said she has tasked all labor law compliance officers (LLCOs) to conduct the assessment of all work establishments in the region. "We are also in regular and close contact with our provincial office heads and division who are assisting and supervising in the rehabilitation of their
respective communities," said Mantilla who, as of press time, is meeting with the officials and members of the various Industry Tripartite Councils. |TOP| Roxas assures enough supply of rice, other items in Bohol Source: http://www.dilg.gov.ph Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday/October 16 assured residents of earthquakeravaged Bohol of enough supply of rice and other basic commodities and called on them to avoid panic-buying and hoarding. He further assured them that the government is exerting all efforts not just in relief operations but also in rebuilding lives, services and properties back to normalcy. In a press conference upon his arrival in the capital city of Tagbilaran, a day after a 7.2-magnitude temblor hit Bohol, Roxas said the National Food Authority has given assurances that there is a two-week rice inventory at the warehouse and enough supply of other basic food items. ―Tuloy tuloy lang po ang pasok ng supply dito. Huwag po tayong maniwala sa panic buying,‖ he said. The DILG Chief also called on commercial establishments to resume operations and avoid hoarding. ―Huwag po tayong mag-hoard dahil sapat naman ang supply ng mga pagkain, bigas, de lata, isda. Chi-neck din natin yung sa krudo, diesel, kerosese at gasolina. Marami din pong supply, maayos ang mga depot at hindi naapektuhan,‖ Roxas said. The DILG Secretary had earlier directed the Philippine National Police to mobilize all its personnel in Region VII to extend assistance to all local government units affected by the major earthquake that hit Bohol and wrought havoc in Cebu and a few other provinces in the Visayas Tuesday. Identified as the epicenter of the quake, Bohol was the worst-hit by the disaster that killed more than a hundred people and damaged houses and structures, including centuries-old churches. Roxas also revealed that a team of structural engineers has already arrived in the province to assess the damage to public buildings. ―Yan yung priority – public buildings, hospitals, yung mga government offices, yung mga pinupuntahan ng mga tao, evacuation centers, paaralan para masiguro natin yung kaligtasan ng mga gusaling ito. Tuloy tuloy naman ang trabaho dun sa mga tulay, sa mga kalye at iba pang imprastraktura,‖ he said. He revealed that three bridges in the province incurred extensive structural damage, making it doubly difficult to reach remote towns for relief operations. Despite this, he said that government help will surely reach those who are needing assistance. He hastened to add, however, that not one of Bohol‘s 37 towns has been isolated. Despite the disaster, Roxas has been assured by major airlines, including PAL and Cebu Pacific that there has been no cancellation of flights to the province. ―Tuloy tuloy pa rin po ang pagpasok ng mga turista sa kabila ng nangyari. In fact, inatasan na nang Pangulo ang Malacanang Communications Office na tumulong sa provincial Tourism Board Council para maparating sa lahat na tuloy tuloypa rin ang turismo dito at huwag magkansela ng bakasyon at okasyon na gaganapin dito sa Bohol,‖ he said. |TOP| DOE to hold Consumer Forum in Mindanao Source: http://www.doe.gov.ph (Taguig City) In its bid to empower the consumers and industry stakeholders, the Department of Energy-Mindanao Field Office (DOE-MFO) thru its Gender and Development (GAD) advocacy program shall spearhead the conduct of an energy forum on 18 October 2013 at Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. Dubbed as the ―Consumer Awareness Forum on Energy Conservation and Downstream Oil Industry‖, the activity shall highlight discussions on the various energy efficiency and conservation programs of the government and on the basic framework of the downstream oil industry, particularly the liquid petroleum products (LPP) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industries. As the energy sector‘s contribution in the celebration of the Consumer Month, the DOE-MFO has partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the City of Gingoog in the conduct of this forum to empower energy consumers with the basic knowledge and understanding of the different energy products and services including practical tips on its efficient and safe handling, transport, storage and utilization.
Likewise, the said activity was crafted towards enhancing the level of awareness of industry players and stakeholders regarding their roles and responsibilities and on the various energy laws and regulations governing the energy industry. Officials and representatives from the local government units, academe, business sector, consumer groups, and industry stakeholders, down to the barangay and household level are expected to participate in the forum. DOE-MFO Director Manuel Llaneza said that making the people more aware of energy efficiency and safety practices can indirectly affect their behavior and consumption pattern that may help address the current problems in the energy sector, specifically in Mindanao. |TOP| DFA Cebu resumes full operations for passport, consular services Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 17 October 2013 – The Department of Foreign Affairs‘ Regional Consular Office in Cebu (DFA Cebu) announced today that it has resumed full passport and consular services after receiving assurances from the Pacific Mall management in Mandaue City that the building is structurally sound even after last Tuesday's earthquake. The regional office also announced that it would conduct regular operations on October 20 (Sunday) to make up for the temporary suspension due to the earthquake. Bearing in mind the public safety, DFA Cebu with due diligence will manage the number of passport applicants entering the building. Services had actually resumed yesterday with releasing of passports and attending to emergency travel requests. The regional consular office also kept its communication lines with the public open through its 24/7 Hotline and the Department's social media accounts in Facebook and e-mail. |TOP| Philippine Festival Barrio Fiesta 2013 successfully held in Yokohama, Japan Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 16 October 2013 - Blessed with two days of good weather, the Philippine Festival Barrio Fiesta 2013 was successfully held at the famous Yamashita Park in Yokohama City from September 28 to 29. The event was organized by the Filipino community in Japan, with the co-sponsorship of the City of Yokohama and the support of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA). Around 100,000 visitors thronged to the Barrio Fiesta, which was held for the second year in a row in Yokohama, the sister city of Manila. It was intended to be a showcase of the best of Philippine culture, promoting friendship between Filipinos and Japanese and bringing together members of the Filipino community from different parts of Japan. The Festival‘s opening ceremony was graced by a number of dignitaries, led by former President and now-Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Deputy Mayor of Yokohama Nobuya Suzuki, MOFA Deputy Director General Kenji Kanasugi and Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez. Ambassadors and diplomats from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were also present. In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Lopez expressed appreciation to Mayor Estrada for coming all the way from Manila for the Barrio Fiesta. He thanked Mayor Fumiko Hayashi and the City of Yokohama for co-sponsoring the Barrio Fiesta and lauded the Filipino community for its able organization of the event. MOFA Deputy Director General Kanasugi delivered Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida‘s message which touched on the importance Japan places on diplomacy with ASEAN countries and Japan‘s ―four initiatives‖ vis-à-vis the Philippines, which include people-to-people exchanges. Mayor Hayashi‘s message was delivered by Deputy Mayor of Yokohama Suzuki. The Mayor‘s message highlighted the mutually beneficial cooperation between the Philippines and Yokohama in various fields. On his part, Mayor Estrada expressed great pleasure at being in Yokohama. He acknowledged all the officials present as well as the members of the Filipino community who worked hard to make the Barrio Fiesta happen. The Barrio Fiesta was declared officially open by Executive Committee Chairperson Jenavilla Shigemizu. The two days of the Barrio Fiesta provided visitors plenty of opportunities to appreciate Philippine music, dance, entertainment, games, fashion, food, products and services. The first day began with a parade featuring various Filipino groups in Japan. The stage program on both days saw exceptional performances by Japan-based Filipino talents and celebrities from the Philippines. Visitors particularly appreciated the cultural presentation segment of the program, which consisted of traditional dances and a fashion show of traditional and contemporary Philippine clothing.
The 64 booths featuring Philippine cuisine, products, services and tourism destinations were widely patronized by visitors. Many of the booths were decorated in the Philippine style. Games and activities for children were also available in the park grounds for free. The Barrio Fiesta 2013 truly brought home the message that ―It is more fun in the Philippines.‖ |TOP| DOTC concludes successful Philippine Transit App Challenge Source: http://www.dotc.gov.ph The Department of Transportation and Communication‘s (DOTC) Philippine Transit App Challenge, the first in Southeast Asia, was a resounding success, drawing participants from as far as Cebu for a three-month hack-at-home competition to develop an app that will ease commuting in the megacities of Cebu and Metro Manila. At the culminating event held last October 14 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center Auditorium in UP-Diliman, competition finalists got to demonstrate how their apps worked and the various benefits each offered. Secretary of Transportation Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya thanked the developers for sharing their talent in helping provide tools to the commuting public for navigating the two giant metros. ―I commend all of the participants to our App Challenge, especially the finalists who are here tonight, for spending the last three months being a part of the solution to one of our country‘s toughest problems,‖ he said. Trip Barker, a community-based trip planner for mass transit systems through which users can share real-time weather, traffic, and events with their community, won the Best App Award and P100,000.00 plus a nomination to the 2014 Mobile Premier Awards at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain next February. There were also three special award winners, each with a P50,000.00 prize. Sakay.ph, a web- and SMS-based app that gives commuters printable transit directions for jeepneys, buses, and trains in Metro Manila, took the Open Community Award. The Transport Award went to Transit.com.ph for its app that provides Cebu City commuters with route-planning tools as well as a route editor for city planners and contributors. Manila Train Guide, a trip-planning app for Metro Manila‘s railways, which highlights nearby places of interest, won the Inclusive Technology Award. Meanwhile, Rklamo, an app that provides a tipping mechanism via SMS for PUV drivers with good behavior was the Voter‘s Choice and received P30,000.00. The Philippine Transit App Challenge, which was launched by the DOTC alongside the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Cebu City Government in early July, netted 17 entries from which ten finalists were chosen. |TOP| SSS opens relief package for earthquake-hit members in Central Visayas Source: https://www.sss.gov.ph The Social Security System (SSS) has announced a calamity relief package for members and pensioners affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Central Visayas region yesterday, particularly the provinces of Bohol and Cebu that have been officially declared in a state of calamity. SSS Vice President and Officer-in-Charge for Lending and Asset Management Division May Catherine Ciriaco said that in an emergency meeting earlier today, the Social Security Commission approved a three-part SSS calamity relief package for the earthquake victims. The relief package includes early renewal of salary loans, relaxed loan terms for home repairs and advance release of three months' worth of pensions. ―Covered by the relief package are affected members and pensioners residing or employed at the declared calamity areas, which at present includes Cebu and Bohol provinces. Those in other areas affected by the earthquake, as declared or will be declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or ‗NDRRMC,‘ are also eligible for the calamity relief package,‖ Ciriaco said. The first component of the package is the Salary Loan Early Renewal Program or ―SLERP,‖ which will be open for application until November 29, 2013. The SLERP enables current borrowers to renew their loans ahead of the prescribed one-year period from start of loan payment under the regular Salary Loan guidelines. The SLERP for calamity-stricken members also allows borrowers who had earlier availed themselves of the SSS Loan
Penalty Condonation to renew their loan, despite the earlier imposition of sanction on loan renewal. The SSS will also waive the one-percent service fee under the SLERP program to enable members to get higher loan proceeds. Ciriaco said SSS pensioners for retirement, disability and survivorship residing in the declared calamity areas can apply for advance release of the three-month pensions by submitting an accomplished application form with a certification of their residence in the declared calamity area from their barangay. For partial disability pensioners with a fixed duration for their monthly pension, the SSS can advance the balance of up to three months of their disability pension. ―SLERP and advance release of pensions both aim to give affected members and pensioners immediate cash to help them recover from the disaster. The funds may be used for basic and urgent needs such as food, medicines and clothing,‖ she said. ―The covered members and pensioners can file their applications for SLERP and advance release of pensions on or before November 29. Given the earthquake's extensive damage to property, the SSS also relaxed its terms for the House Repair and Improvement Loan Program for members living in the declared calamity areas. The deadline of application will be one year after SSS' issuance of the corresponding circular to give members enough time to prepare the required documents. Under the calamity relief package, house repair borrowers can avail themselves of reduced annual interest rates of the SSS Direct House Repair and/or Improvement Loan Program, which will be fixed at six percent per annum instead of the existing nine percent interest rate. To qualify, members must be 60 years old or below and have at least 24 monthly contributions, at least three of which within the 12-month period immediately prior to the month of filing their application. The regular application fee, which is up to P3,000, will also be waived. Ciriaco advised members and pensioners in Cebu to transact at SSS Service Offices at Robinsons Malls in Mandaue, Cebu and Lapu-Lapu. The SSS Cebu Branch will undergo assessment of its structural stability by both government and private engineers in the aftermath of the earthquake. ―For the safety of members and pensioners, SSS has enlisted the assistance of public and private engineers to check the effects of the earthquake on our Cebu branch,‖ she said. ―The SSS has also approved a donation of P250,000 to the Philippine Red Cross – Cebu Chapter to further help in relief efforts at the affected areas.‖ |TOP| PDIC to continue processing claims of Rural Bank of La Trinidad (Benguet) depositors Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) announced that it will continue to receive and process deposit insurance claims from depositors of the closed Rural Bank of La Trinidad (Benguet), Inc. at the PDIC Claims Counter, 4th Floor, SSS Bldg., 6782 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City. Claims may also be filed through mail. The state deposit insurer has already concluded the onsite claims settlement operations for Rural Bank of La Trinidad last September 12, 2013. PDIC sent notices of payment amounting to P4.62 million involving 2,640 accounts with balances of P15,000 and below where the filing of claims is waived by PDIC. Meanwhile, PDIC paid 633 claims during the onsite claims settlement operations involving 550 accounts for a total amount of P55.81 million worth of deposits. As of September 12, 2013, PDIC has yet to receive deposit insurance claims for 575 accounts, or 47% out of 1,216 accounts that require the filing of claims. The total amount of deposits covered by these claims is P6.91 million. When filing deposit insurance claims, depositors are advised to personally present their duly accomplished Claim Form, original evidence of deposit, and two (2) original valid photo-bearing IDs with signature of the depositor. Depositors may also file their claims through mail and enclose the same set of document requirements. Depositors who are below 18 years old should submit either a photocopy of their Birth Certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or a duly certified copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar as an additional requirement. Claimants who are not the signatories in the bank records are required to submit an original copy of a notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA). In the case of a minor depositor, the SPA must be executed by the parent. The procedures and requirements for filing deposit insurance claims are posted in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. The Claim Form and format of the Special Power of Attorney may also be downloaded from the PDIC website. In accordance with the provisions of the PDIC Charter, the last day for filing deposit insurance claims in the closed Rural Bank of La Trinidad is on August 24, 2015. After the said date, PDIC, as Deposit Insurer, shall no longer accept any deposit insurance claim. For more information, depositors may contact the Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888PDIC (7342). |TOP|
MMDA Chair petitions Comelec to regulate the use of major Metro thoroughfares for the barangay election period Source: http://www.mmda.gov.ph To mitigate traffic congestion brought about by election-related activities, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to regulate the use of Metro Manila's major thoroughfares for political motorcades and caravans for the upcoming barangay elections on October 28. In its petition filed before the Comelec, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino pointed out that the conduct of several election campaigns, caravans, rallies and other similar election-related activities in major thoroughfares greatly affect the "already congested flow of traffic." "Our proposal is not intended to prohibit any election campaign activity but merely to regulate the use of major roads," Tolentino said. Through the petition, MMDA is asking for Comelec's authorization and deputization through a resolution, to assist the poll body in regulating the use of major thoroughfares in Metro Manila for campaign motorcades and caravans during the barangay election period. The major roads identified by the MMDA are EDSA, C-5, Quezon Avenue, Marcos Highway, Commonwealth Avenue, EspaÃ±a Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, President Quirino Avenue, Aurora Boulevard, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, MIA Road, Domestic Road, Andrews Avenue, South Super Highway, Taft Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Araneta Avenue, AH. Lacson Street, Rizal Avenue, Katipunan Avenue, and A. Bonifacio Avenue. According to the MMDA Chief, allowing motorcades and caravans along the major roads would unnecessarily affect the free flow of vehicular traffic and cause serious adverse effect on the economy as a whole. The campaign period for the barangay elections is scheduled from October 18 to 26. Last April, during the midterm election period, in response to a similar petition filed by Tolentino, Comelec has issued Resolution Number 9666 regulating the use of major thoroughfares within Metro Manila for campaigns, caravans, rallies, and other election-related activities. "I am optimistic that Comelec will again grant our request, as it is really necessary. Those election-related activities, if not regulated, will cripple the major roads of Metro Manila and cause inconvenience to the public," Tolentino said. |TOP|
18 OCTOBER 2013
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(SEOUL, South Korea) Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his Toast Remarks during the State Dinner hosted by Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye at the Banquet Hall, State Gues House of the Blue House on Thursday night (October 17) for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea. President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by:Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III and Republic of Korea President Park Geunhye offer a toast to the guests during the State Dinner at the Banquet Hall, State Guest House of the Blue House on Thursday night (October 17) for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea. President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Gil Nartea and Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) (SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III poses with Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye for a snap shot during the Signing of Agreements at the Audience Room of the Blue Room for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) (SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III and Republic of Korea President Park Geunhye witness as Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Export Import Bank of Korea chairman and president Yong Hwan Kim sign the Loan Agreement for the Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Low Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay Project during the Signing of Agreements at the Audience Room of the Blue Room for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) (SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III and Republic of Korea President Park Geunhye witness as Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Korea Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Yoo Jinryong sign the Memorandum of Understanding on Sports Cooperation during the Signing of Agreements at the Audience Room of the Blue Room for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III and Republic of Korea President Park Geunhye witness as Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Kwanjin sign the Memorandum of Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Defense during the Signing of Agreements at the Audience Room of the Blue Room for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges views with Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye during the Summit Talks at the Jiphyeon Room of the Blue House for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17, 2013). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. Korea is one of the Philippines’ major investment and trade partners. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) (SEOUL, South Korea) Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III is welcomed by Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye during the Summit Talks at the Jiphyeon Room of the Blue House for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
SEOUL, South Korea) Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye witnesses as Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III signs the Guest Book at the Lobby of the Blue House during his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau) (SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye, greets a welcoming group of Korean students waiving Philippine and South Korea flags during the Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Grand Garden in The Blue House for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to
undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye, inspects the Honor Guard during the Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Grand Garden in The Blue House for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau) (SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III offers an incense stick during the WreathLaying Ceremony at the Memorial Tower in Seoul National Cemetery, Hyeonchung-Ro, Dongjak-Gu, Seoul for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17, 2013). The Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-gu is the country’s only national cemetery established in 1956 by President Syngman Rhee. It is where war veterans, patriots, presidents, generals and other fallen heroes during the Korean independence movement, Korean War, and Vietnam War are buried. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III offers a wreath at the Memorial Tower in Seoul National Cemetery, Hyeonchung-Ro, Dongjak-Gu, Seoul during his State Visit to the Republic o Korea on Thursday (October 17). The Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-gu is the country’s only national cemetery established in 1956 by President Syngman Rhee. It is where war veterans, patriots, presidents, generals and other fallen heroes during the Korean independence movement, Korean War, and Vietnam War are buried. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) President Benigno S. Aquino III is welcomed by Seoul National Cemetery Superintendent Kim Hyung-ki upon arrival for the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery in Hyeonchung-Ro, Dongjak-Gu, Seoul during his State Visit to the Republic of Korea on Thursday (October 17). The Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-gu is the country’s only national cemetery established in 1956 by President Syngman Rhee. It is where war veterans, patriots, presidents generals and other fallen heroes during the Korean independence movement, Korean War, and Vietnam War are buried. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) (SEOUL, South Korea) Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, escorted by Korean 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yul, greets Korean and Philippine officials upon arrival at the Seoul Air Base in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea on Thursday (October 17) for his State Visit. President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Korean 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yul, passes through the Air Force Honor Guards during the arrival ceremony at the Seoul Air Base in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea on Thursday (October 17) for his State Visit. President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. The two leaders will hold their first summit meeting to discuss bilateral issues such as political dialogue, defense cooperation, trade and investments relations, official development assistance, consular and labor cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, among others (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
(SEOUL, South Korea) Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III emerges from the plane upon arrival at the Seoul Air Base in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea on Thursday (October 17) for his State Visit. President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in February this year. Korea is the 3rd largest economy in Asia and the 13th in the world in 2012. Korea is one of the Philippines’ major investment and trade partners, and currently the country’s top source of tourists. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Alan Luga, troops the line during the foyer honors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 on Thursday (October 17, 2013) before he embarks on a two-day State
Visit to the Republic of Korea. President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park Geun-Hye took office in February this year. Korea is one of the Philippines’ major investment and trade partners and currently the county's top source of tourists. (Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO)
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his departure statement during the send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Thursday (October 17) before he embarks on a two day State Visit to the Republic of Korea. President Aquino is the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park Geun-Hye took office in February this year. Korea is one of the Philippines’ major investment and trade partners and currently the county's top source of tourists. (Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III visits Cebu to assess the extent of damages in the quake ravaged province on Wednesday (October 16). Cebu was placed under a state of calamity following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Central Visayas. The quake's epicenter was tracked in the mountainous area of Bohol. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III visits Bohol to assess the extent of damages in the quake ravaged province. Bohol is the hardest hit province by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Central Visayas Tuesday. It is also the strongest tremor that hit the province in the last 400 years. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes relief goods to families affected by the earthquake at the Carlos Garcia Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City in Bohol during his visit on Wednesday (October 16) to assess the extent of damages in the quake ravaged province. Bohol is the hardest hit province by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Central Visayas Tuesday. It is also the strongest tremor that hit the province in the last 400 years. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
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