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Dispatch for October 2 , 2013 Wednesday , 3 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 2 Weather Watch, 1 OFW Watch, 8 Reg’l. Watch , 1 PNOY Speech , 16 Online News , 5 Photonews
1. Weather Watch 4 hours ago near Quezon City PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00AM 02 October 2013 SYNOPSIS: At 4:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm “QUEDAN” was estimated based on all available data at 880 KM East of Tuguegarao City (17.4ºN,131.1ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the
center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It forecast to move North at 17 kph. FORECAST: Quezon Province, Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the west to southwest will prevail over the eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. Over METRO MANILA Maximum Temperature : 1:00 PM Yesterday --- 31.0ºC Minimum Temperature : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 25.0ºC Maximum Relative Humidity : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 94 % Minimum Relative Humidity : 1:00 PM Yesterday --- 74 % High Tide Today : 7:45 AM …..…… 0.90 Meter Low Tide Today : 3:13 PM ..……... 0.16 Meter High Tide Today : 9:30 PM …..…… 0.59 Meter Low Tide Tomorrow : 2:09 AM ..……... 0.39 Meter Sunrise Today : 5:45 AM Sunset Today : 5:45 PM Moonset Today : 3:43 PM Moonrise Tomorrow : 3:58 AM Illumination Tomorrow: 5 % For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877 4 hours ago near Quezon City PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00AM 02 October 2013 SYNOPSIS: At 4:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm “QUEDAN” was estimated based on all available data at 880 KM East of Tuguegarao City (17.4ºN,131.1ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It forecast to move North at 17 kph. FORECAST: Quezon Province, Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the west to southwest will prevail over the eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. Over METRO MANILA Maximum Temperature : 1:00 PM Yesterday --- 31.0ºC Minimum Temperature : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 25.0ºC Maximum Relative Humidity : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 94 %
Minimum Relative Humidity : 1:00 PM Yesterday --- 74 % High Tide Today : 7:45 AM …..…… 0.90 Meter Low Tide Today : 3:13 PM ..……... 0.16 Meter High Tide Today : 9:30 PM …..…… 0.59 Meter Low Tide Tomorrow : 2:09 AM ..……... 0.39 Meter Sunrise Today : 5:45 AM Sunset Today : 5:45 PM Moonset Today : 3:43 PM Moonrise Tomorrow : 3:58 AM Illumination Tomorrow: 5 % For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877 4 hours ago near Quezon City PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00AM 02 October 2013 SYNOPSIS: At 4:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm “QUEDAN” was estimated based on all available data at 880 KM East of Tuguegarao City (17.4ºN,131.1ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It forecast to move North at 17 kph. FORECAST: Quezon Province, Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the west to southwest will prevail over the eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. Over METRO MANILA Maximum Temperature : 1:00 PM Yesterday --- 31.0ºC Minimum Temperature : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 25.0ºC Maximum Relative Humidity : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 94 % Minimum Relative Humidity : 1:00 PM Yesterday --- 74 % High Tide Today : 7:45 AM …..…… 0.90 Meter Low Tide Today : 3:13 PM ..……... 0.16 Meter High Tide Today : 9:30 PM …..…… 0.59 Meter Low Tide Tomorrow : 2:09 AM ..……... 0.39 Meter Sunrise Today : 5:45 AM Sunset Today : 5:45 PM Moonset Today : 3:43 PM Moonrise Tomorrow : 3:58 AM Illumination Tomorrow: 5 % For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers
927-1335 and 927-2877
2. Weather Watch 13 hours ago GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz: -Lalo pang lumakas ang bagyong Quedan na naging isang tropical storm. Huli itong namataan sa layong 700 km East ng Virac, Catanduanes. -Sa Sabado ay posibleng lumabas ang bagyo ng PAR. -Dahil malayo sa kalupaan, wala pa ring epekto sa panahon ng bansa ang bagyong Quedan. -Sa taya ng PAGASA, makakaranas ng mahina hanggang katamtamang pag-ulan ang MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas at Mindanao.
October 2 , 2013 ( Wednesday )
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1. PIA Regional Watch 46 minutes ago near Quezon City PIA-4/LAGUNA: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has granted machinery and equipment to 11 community-based farmers and women's group in Calabarzon under the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project, a component of DTI's industry cluster development approach.
2. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: Malaki ang maitutulong ng automated weather station na ipinagkaloob ng Therma Luzon Inc. sa bayan ng Atimonan kamakailan. Ayon kay Mayor Jose Mendoza , ang nasabing kagamitan ay magbibigay ng impormasyon ukol sa lagay ng panahon sa mga mamamayan partikular sa mga mangingisda.
3. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Binigyang pansin ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) ang pagpapahusay ng produksyon ng gatas mula sa kalabaw. Ang inisyatibo ay kaugnay ng pagnanais ng bansa na mapababa ang importasyon ng gatas.
4. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The COMELEC-Quezon provincial office strictly implements gun ban in the province until November 17. Roberto Lozano of COMELEC-Quezon said this is pursuant to COMELEC resolution no. 9715 which aims to have a peaceful and orderly barangay and SK elections on October 28, 2013.
5. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Federation of Parents-Teachers Association of the City Schools Division of Tayabas will
conduct 1st City of Tayabas PTA Federation Summit on Oct. 4 at Tayabas East Central School, Tayabas City. The summit aims to acquaint participants to relevant DepEd's policies, programs that are significant to the PTA's vision.
6. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: A total of 2,700 seedlings were planted on September 27, 2013 in Brgy. Paowin, Cavinti, Laguna as part of the efforts of the Provincial Government of Laguna to protect and rehabilitate the environment.
7. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The 'Save Mount Banahaw Movement' urged the local government officials to stop quarrying operation at Mt. Banahaw in Sariaya, Quezon. Hobart Dator, president of Save Mt. Banahaw Movement said that activities like quarrying, treasure hunting and logging should be banned in the mountain to preserve the natural feature of the area.
8. PIA Regional Watch 23 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The Sining Katutubo Dance Assembly (SIKADA), the official cultural dance troupe of the municipality of Pagsanjan and of the Province of Laguna will be the sole representative of the country to the 2013 Cheonan World Dance Festival in Cheonan City, South Korea on October 1 - 6,2013.
1. Tagalog news: Pangatlong automated weather station, ipinagkaloob sa lalawigan ng Quezon BY: RUEL M. ORINDAY Tuesday 1st of October 2013
LUNGSOD NG LUCENA, Quezon, Okt. 1 (PIA) --Pormal na ipinagkaloob ng Therma Luzon Inc. sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Quezon ang ikatlong automated weather station (AWS) noong Set 24 sa turn-over ceremony na ginanap sa tanggapan ng punong lalawigan. Ang AWS ay tinanggap ni Quezon Gov. David C. Suarez na lumagda rin sa kasunduan kasama ang mga kinatawan ng Therma Luzon Inc., Aboitiz Power at Weather Philippines Foundation bilang bahagi ng seremonya. Sinabi ni provincial administrator Rommel Edano na maituturing na makasaysayan ang naturang aktibidad sapagkat ito ay nagpapakita ng pagtutulungan ng pribado at pampublikong tanggapan para sa kapakanan ng mga mamamayan. "Napakapalad ng Quezon dahil isa ito sa napagkalooban ng naturang programa. Malaking tulong ang naturang kagamitan para higit pang mapaghandaan ang anumang kalamidad dulot ng lagay ng panahon," wika ni Edano. Ayon naman kay Benjamin Cariaso, Jr., president at chief operating officer ng Therma Luzon Inc., ang naturang automated weather station ay ipinagkaloob bilang pagtupad sa pangako nila kay Governor Suarez. Sinabi naman ni Celso Caballero III, general manager ng Weather Philippines Foundation na pasimulang tulong pa lang nila ito sa pamahalaang panlalawigan para sa kanilang disaster risk reduction. Kasunod aniya nito ay ang pagsasagawa ng mga pagsasanay para sa tamang paggamit ng AWS.
Target ng Weather Philippines Foundation na makapaglagay ng 1,000 automated weather station sa buong bansa hanggang sa katapusan ng taong 2013 upang makatulong sa disaster preparedness ng ibaâ€™t ibang lugar. Sa pamamagitan ng naturang kagamitan ay malalaman ang mga impormasyon tungkol sa localized weather, solar radiation, lakas at galaw ng hangin, temperature, humidity at lakas at dami ng ulan sa isang lugar na maaaring makita sa website na www.weather.com.ph. Nagpasalamat naman si Mayor Jose Mendoza ng Atimonan dahil ang kanilang bayan ilalagay ang AWS. "Malaking tulong ito hindi lamang sa aming bayan kundi pati na rin sa mga bayang nasa baybay-dagat tulad ng Perez, Alabat, Quezon, at Mauban kung saan pangunahing hanapbuhay ay pangingisda. Sa pamamagitan ng AWS, malalaman ang magiging panahon at maiiwasan ang anumang maaaring sakuna," sabi ni Mendoza. Ang ipinagkaloob na AWS na ilalagay sa bayan ng Atimonan ay pangatlo na sa lalawigan ng Quezon kung saan ang naunang dalawa ay matatagpuan sa lungsod ng Lucena. (RMO/PIA- Quezon/ Quezon PIO)
1. Rizal Province, launches program to help address environmental issues BY: GIDEON GAPAYAO Tuesday 1st of October 2013
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, October 1 (PIA) –The Rizal provincial government and the 14 local government units launched the Ynares Eco System (YES) to Green Program to help address environmental issues in the province such as deforestation, waste management and clogged waterways among a few. Rizal Governor Nini Ynares and the local chief executives of the province’s 13 municipalities and lone city spearheaded the unveiling of the flagship program at the Ynares center last Sep. 26. The program consists of three components: greening the environment, cleaning the environment and recycling. Prior to the launching, the provincial, city and municipal LGUs held various cleaning drives, waterway de-clogging, tree planting and recycling activities. Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) general manager and presidential adviser for environmental protection Secretary Nereus Acosta, Department of the Local and Interior Government Calabarzon regional director Josefina Castilla-Go representing DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional technical director Manuel Escasora representing DENR Secretary Ramon Paje served as guests-of-honor at the said activity. Secretary Acosta recognized the provincial government’s efforts to combat climate change and noted in his speech that President Aquino has identified Laguna Lake which is adjacent to Rizal province as a special focal concern due to flood prone areas. “It is sad to think that it (Laguna Lake) is like a basin (palanggana) that would overflow and when the sea level rises along Manila Bay it is also where the water goes.” Sec. Acosta added that the environmental situation in Laguna Lake is a national concern due to its impact to the National Capital Region and Calabarzon which produces around 60 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product and 25 percent of the country’s population. “Flooding or climate change does not respect provincial, local or political
boundaries,” said Acosta Other attendees include provincial directors and representatives from national government agencies, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, barangay officials, academic institutions and non-government organizations. The launching of the YES to Green program was held in line with the fourth commemoration of Typhoon Ondoy and the Save Sierra Madre Day. (GG-PIA4A)
2. New tourism tag line unveiled at 1st Antipolo Tourism Fair BY: GIDEON GAPAYAO Tuesday 1st of October 2013
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, October 1 (PIA) —Antipolo City has been repackaged as the City on the Mountain in line with the recently held Antipolo Tourism Fair at SM City Masinag last September 24. The first tourism fair themed “Rediscover Antipolo: City on the Mountain” organized by the city government aims to promote Antipolo as an ideal tourist destination due to its cool climate with some similarity to Baguio or Tagaytay despite its close proximity to Manila. Antipolo City Culture, Arts and Tourism officer-in-charge Marino Bacani noted during the launch that the city began to be recognized as a tourist spot due to its pilgrimage site, the Antipolo Cathedral. "Pilgrims traditionally patronize cashew nuts and locally-made suman which contribute to the livelihood of locals," Bacani said. Also present during the launch were Antipolo City First Lady Andrea BautistaYnares representing Antipolo City Mayor Jun Ynares III, Department of Trade and Industry – Rizal Provincial Director Mercy Parreno, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Provincial Director Velma Salazar, city councillors and barangay officials. The Tourism Fair was held from the September 23 to 30 and featured several local restaurants, resorts and events venues. (GG-PIA4A)
01 OCTOBER 2013.
President Aquino declares October 28 as special non-working day for Sychronized Barangay Elections Malacanang appeals to Filipinos to take time to review facts about the Disbursement Acceleration Palace shares public perception on peace deal with MILF President Aquino declares October 28 as special non-working day for Sychronized Barangay Elections
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared October 28, which falls on a Monday, as a special (non-working) holiday throughout the country for the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections, a Palace official said. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced during the regular press briefing in Malacanang Palace on Tuesday that the Chief Executive issued Proclamation No. 656 on September 25. President Aquino noted that it is important to give the people the fullest opportunity to participate in the said elections and exercise their right to vote. "Wala pa ang bill on postponement that‘s why, it says ―Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections‖....I would refer you to the special pay rules issued by the Department of Labor (and Employment) on pay rules for special non-working holidays," Valte said. The President earlier directed the law enforcement agencies and other concerned agencies to coordinate and cooperate with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on October 28. The directive was issued by virtue of Memorandum Order (MO) No. 56 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on July 23. The Comelec, through its Resolution No. 9731 (s. 2013), resolved to request the concurrence of the President in the deputation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police (PNP), and other law enforcement agencies, in connection with Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. "Pursuant to Section 2 (4), Article IX-C of the Constitution, the COMELEC is empowered to deputize, with the concurrence of the President, law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the Government, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines, for the exclusive purpose of ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections," the MO read. The Chief Executive concurred with COMELEC Resolution No. 9731, deputizing AFP, PNP and other law enforcement agencies, to assist COMELEC in ensuring the free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible conduct of October elections. PND (js) TOP Malacanang appeals to Filipinos to take time to review facts about the Disbursement Acceleration Malacanang appealed to Filipinos to take time to review the facts on the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP), which it said had been in operation since 2011. In a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the DAP, a program that identifies fast-moving government projects that could be accorded additional funding from savings, was used to fast track disbursements and push economic growth in light of the global slowdown and the onslaught of recent calamities. ―Perhaps, at this point, it would be good to point out that while some are attempting to paint DAP with the same brush
as they have done with PDAF, it‘s good to just go through the information that we have already released on this, since the inception of the DAP in 2011,‖ Valte said. She added the idea that the initial tranche of P72.11-billion of the DAP approved in 2011 went entirely to lawmakers is a misconception. ―That is a misconception because I can tell you now that a very big percentage of the fund was actually coursed through the implementing agencies themselves; meaning, agencies in the executive,‖ Valte said. PND (rck) TOP Palace shares public perception on peace deal with MILF Malacanang shared the public‘s optimism over the perception that the government could seal a peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to end four decades of conflict in Mindanao. A recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey conducted from June 28 to 30 nationwide said 70 percent of the 1,200 respondents showed optimism that a peace deal with the MILF can be achieved. The 70 percent who showed optimism over a peace deal included 28 percent who were ―very hopeful‖ and 42 percent who were "somewhat hopeful." The figures are a lower than the survey results recorded last March, when 79 percent of the respondents were hopeful that the peace deal with the MILF can be completed (41 percent "very hopeful" and 38 percent "somewhat hopeful"). But Malacanang is still hopeful, saying at least majority of Filipinos believe a peace deal is possible although the survey found the people‘s declining optimism about the peace agreement happening within the Aquino administration. Valte said negotiators from both sides have just concluded their discussions in Malaysia and will reconvene to continue working on the remaining annexes of the peace agreement. Also, the SWS survey found that the number of Filipinos who think that the peace deal will be forged within the term of President Benigno S. Aquino III decreased from 49 percent last March to 35 percent in June. The survey also said that among the four major areas polled, Mindanao showed the most optimism on a peace deal with 34 percent ―very hopeful‖ respondents, followed by Visayas (30 percent), Metro Manila (27 percent) and Balance Luzon (24 percent). PND (as) TOP
01 OKTUBRE 2013 Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Oktubre 28 kaugnay ng idaraos na halalan ng mga pinuno ng Baranggay Hiniling ng Malacanang sa mga Pilipino na suriin muna ang mga batayan tungkol sa Disbursement Acceleration Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Oktubre 28 kaugnay ng idaraos na halalan ng mga pinuno ng Baranggay Idineklara ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Oktubre 28, natapat sa araw ng Lunes, bilang special (non-working ) holiday o pista opisyal sa buong bansa kaugnay ng nakatakdang idaos na halalan ng mga pinuno ng Baranggay. Inihayag ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte na nilagdaan ng Pangulo ang Proklamasyon Blg. 656 noong Setyembre 25 upang bigyan ng lahat ng pagkakataon ang taong bayan na gamitin ang kanilang karapatang bumoto ng mga pinuno ng baranggay nila.
―Wala pa ang panukalang batas ukol sa pagpapaliiban ng halalan ng mga pinuno ng Sanggu-niang Kabataan. Tungkol naman sa mga tuntunin sa pasahod ng mga papasok sa opisina at pagawaan sa Oktubre 28 ay ang Kagawaran ng Paggawa ang bahala,‖ paliwanag ni Valte. Una rito, inatasan na ng Pangulo ang mga ahensiyang tagapagpatupad ng batas at iba pang mga tanggapan na makipagtulungan sa Komisyon sa Halalan upang matiyak na ang idaraos na halalan ng Baranggay ay malaya, maayos, matapat, mapayapa at kapani-paniwala. Ang atas ay ginawa sa pamamagitan ng Memorandum Order Blg. 56 na nilagdaan ni Kalihim Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Hulyo 23. Sa pamamagitan ng Kapasiyahan Blg. 9731 ay hiniling ng Comelec na sang-ayunan ng Pangulo ang deputation ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, Pambansang Pulisya at iba pang ahensiyang tagapagpatupad ng batas kaugnay ng idaraos na halalan ng baranggay. Alinsunod sa Seksiyon 2 (4) Artikulo IX-C ng Kostitusyon, may kapangyarihan ang Comelec sa deputization, sa pagsang-ayon ng Pangulo, ng mga ahensiyang tagapagpatupad ng batas at angmga sangay ng Pamahalaan, kabilang ang Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, tungo sa layu-ning matiyak ang malaya, maayos, matapat, mapayapa at kapani-paniwalang halalan. Sinang-ayunan ng Pangulong Aquino ang Resolusyon Blg. 9731 ng Comelec na nagtalaga sa AFP, PNP at iba pang ahensiyang tagapagpatupad ng batas na tulungan ang Comelec upang matiyak ang malaya, maayos, matapat, mapayapa at kapani-paniwalang halalan sa Oktubre. PND (js/zaf) TOP Hiniling ng Malacanang sa mga Pilipino na suriin muna ang mga batayan tungkol sa Disbursement Acceleration Nanawagan ang Malacanang sa mga Pilipino na paglaanan ng panahon ang pagsusuri sa mga saligang ukol sa Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP) na ginagamit mula noong 2011. Sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Martes, niliwanag ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte na ang DAP ay isang programang tumutukoy ng mabilis na pagtapos sa mga proyekto ng pamahalaan na maaaring paglaanan ng dagdag na pondo buhat sa mga natipid na salapi. Kaya ginamit ito para mabilis na ilabas ang pondo at nang maisulong ang kaunlaran ng ekonomya sa liwanag ng global slowdown at sa mga kalamidad na nagkasunud-sunod. ―Sa panahong ito marahil, makabubuting linawin natin na habang may nagtatangkang pasamain ang DAP tulad nang ginawa nila sa PDAF, mainam marahil na suriin na lamang ang mga impormasyong nailabas na namin tungkol dito, sapul nang simulan ang DAP noong 2011,‖ wika pa ni Valte. Idinugtong ni Valte na ang initial tranche (unang halagang inilabas) na umaabot sa P72.11 bilyon ng DAP na pinagtibay noong 2011 na inaakalang napuntang lahat sa mga mambabatas ay hindi totoo. ―Mali ang palagay na ito sapagka‘t masasabi ko sa inyo ngayon na malaking bahagi ng pondo ang pinadaan sa mga tagapagpatupad na mga ahensiya na nasa ilalim ng ehekutibo,‖ dugtong ni Valte. PND (rck/zaf) TOP
President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech at the Launch of Globe‟s Southeast Asia-Japan Submarine Cable System Globe Tower, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City , 27 Sept. 2013 Information is one of the lifelines of human civilization. Its availability dictates our capacity to efficiently grow our businesses and economies, to plug into a globalized world, and to deliver the right services to the people who need it most. It has always been so incredibly vital that I am told that during the Spanish-American War, Commodore George Dewey cut the Hong Kong-Manila telegraph cable to deny the Spanish communications with the outside world.
Through the years, the channels through which information is disseminated and exchanged have obviously evolved—from the invention and development of devices like the television and the mobile phone, to the early days of the World Wide Web, and eventually to now, an era in which information travels at fiber-optic speeds. It follows that the value of timely information has likewise increased exponentially. Many of us can attest to this. More and more these past few years, haven‘t the most vital pieces of news and information we have received been coursed through a text message, or a cellphone call, or perhaps even a tweet? Our connectivity to one another has never been more essential or more immediate; and it is but natural to think: The more vital our information network becomes, the more costly it is when we are deprived access to it. We can no longer afford a repeat of what happened in 2006, when two earthquakes off the coast of Taiwan compromised connectivity in many parts of Asia. It revealed some very concerning vulnerabilities in our region‘s information infrastructure. We wondered: Was it really that easy to stifle communications here? Without doubt, it raised red flags amongst investors as well. It prompted them to ask: Are significant parts of this region‘s economy one damaged cable away from crumbling? The downtime was already costly then, especially with a BPO industry growing at a very rapid pace; now that we have become a world leader in the industry—and considering the increased level at which various sectors rely on information technology—imagine how much more devastating such large-scale downtimes could be. This is why we are gathered here. Today, we are witnessing Asia take one giant step towards progress. This Southeast Asia-Japan Submarine Cable System—a four hundred million dollar collaboration between major companies from all over Asia and the world—is no small feat. It will span at least 8,900 kilometers underwater, and could extend up to 9,700 kilometers. This will strengthen our region‘s connectivity with other cable systems. In short, we are reinforcing our network to further protect our connections. This also means that we can expect more reliable text messaging and voice services, as well as higher-speed Internet links between the countries involved. This bodes well for the industries here that are banking on improved communications capacities. It reinforces our position as leaders in the BPO industry; and it becomes another selling point for growing fields such as medical transcription, engineering services, and animation, amongst others. Media will likewise have an easier time reaching more viewers on the Internet; above that, perhaps we can also expect more of our citizens to participate in public discourse through social media sites like Twitter or Facebook. This also greatly enhances government‘s capabilities to serve our people. For example, this cable broadens access to government services such as Project NOAH—or the National Operational Assessment of Hazards—which allows anyone with an Internet connection to see data on the volume of rainfall in flood-affected areas in the country, and thus gets them out of harms way sooner rather than later. Improved access to the internet also means more of our people will receive timely updates from government agencies such as PAGASA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the Official Gazette—updates that could make all the difference especially during times of calamity. The benefits of this project extend even to our personal lives. After all, many of us here have friends who must have first shared the news of their engagement by uploading a photo on Facebook—at least for the generations after us [laughter]. Many of us have corresponded through email with childhood classmates we had previously lost contact with. And many of us have corresponded with a relative working in a faraway country, trying to make life better for their loved ones back home. What this cable promises us goes beyond infrastructure; it promises to make the Philippines—a country with 10 million overseas workers—a country even more closely knit than before. For all this, I extend my gratitude and congratulations to Globe. Hand in hand with your ongoing Network Modernization Program, I am extremely confident that you will improve your services even more. It makes me optimistic that, soon enough, other telecommunications companies will follow suit and help provide the nation seamless and reliable connectivity. Globe‘s work, from its inception, has been embodied by a single, profound phrase: Making great things possible. With this collaboration, I can say that, truly, you are living up to your brand. I am hopeful that you can continue working to make the latest technological innovations available to our country, and expanding the realm of what is possible for the Filipinos of today, and the generations that will come after. Thank you and good evening. [HOME]
ONLINE NEWS 01 OCTOBER 2013 1. Broad coalition needed to deal with enormous jobs challenge 2. FCDU loans increase by US$58 million in the second quarter of 2013 3. Bank lending expands further in August 4. In Zamboanga City, DOLE intensifies gainful employment through education and livelihood assistance, despite a crisis 5. PHL, Bahrain seek ways to further strengthen Bilateral Relations; Bahrain extends invitation to PHL to Key Regional Meetings
6. Alagwa (Breakaway) bags Two Awards at the 3rd Guam International Film Festival 7. Abad: P47-M released to Joker charged against DAP 8. GSIS opens emergency loan to members in Lamitan and Zamboanga 9. BI detains 3 black sand miners 10. DAR begins distribution Of titles to Hacienda Luisita farmworkers 11. Gov't holds public hearing, backs up onion industry 12. SB Secretary convicted of falsification of public documents 13. PDIC advises borrowers of Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte) to pay their obligations 14. TESDA arms execs, staff with fresh courses 15. PhilHealth holds maternal and child health advocacy 16. DTI discloses 20 companies trading uncertified products 1. Broad coalition needed to deal with enormous jobs challenge Source: http://www.pids.gov.ph THE PHILIPPINES needs to create 14.6 million jobs in the next four years, and the way to do this is by keeping the country on a sustained path of economic growth. This will be possible through a broad reform coalition that will work to make growth inclusive and support policies that will generate more and better jobs. This was stressed by experts from the World Bank and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) as they dialogued with stakeholders in the labor and business sectors as well as the academe last Sept. 13. People want to earn a living, they dont want handouts, said Axel von Trotsenburg, World Bank vice-president for East Asia and Pacific Region, as he opened the Dialogue on Creating More and Better Jobs at One Global Place in Bonifacio Global City. The forum was organized by World Bank Philippines and PIDS as part of the activities for the 11th Development Policy Research Month. Job creation is a real concern as it has a direct link to poverty, and considering that four billion people around the world live on less than USD4.00 a day, he said. Karl Kendrick Chua, World Bank senior country economist, said transforming the Philippine economy to yield more and better jobs would be the challenge for everyone. More and better jobs should be created for 10 million Filipinos who were either unemployed or underemployed as of 2012, said Chua as he presented highlights of a draft report titled Philippine Development Report (PDR): Creating More and Better Jobs, which provides an in-depth discussion of the countrys jobs challenge. With an estimated 1.15 million Filipinos entering the labor force every year in the next four years, a total of 14.6 million jobs would be needed, he said. The problem is that the Philippine economy has failed to undergo a structural transformation, and its inability to produce a massive number of jobs is due to a long history of policy distortions. Chua pointed to the countrys historically weak economic growth record, which, at an average of just 4.1 percent in the last three decades, was considerably slower than the average 6.5 percent of its more dynamic East Asian peers over the same period. Moreover, the share of manufacturing to gross domestic product has stagnated at around 25 percent since the 1960s, while other countries steadily increased theirs before moving on to growth driven by high-skill services. PIDS Vice-President Rafaelita Aldaba called for a comprehensive industry roadmap that will link all sectors, including agriculture and services. We need to improve the competitiveness of industries, she said, adding that effective government policies and complementary actions such as competitive exchange rates would also be needed. Structural transformation would require rebuilding capacity, a shift to high value-added activities, and deeper participation in regional production networks. Needed reforms include secure property ownership; fair competition; more investments in health, education, and infrastructure; and simple business regulations to decrease the cost of doing business in the Philippines. Businesses need to embrace the principle of a level playing field and recognize freedom of association, while labor needs to recognize valid flexible contracts and reduce calls for minimum wage hike as food prices fall to facilitate job creation, Chua said. A broad coalition would be needed to tackle these issues, the World Bank economist said. Instead of tackling policy reforms one by one, the government, business, and labor, with the support of civil society, need to work together to come up with a package of reforms in creating more and better jobs in the Philippines, Chua said. |TOP| 2.FCDU loans increase by US$58 million in the second quarter of 2013 Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced today that as of end-June 2013, outstanding FCDU loans stood at US$9.71 billion, marginally up by US$58 million (or 0.6 percent) from the end-March 2013 level of US$9.65 billion. While loan disbursements increased by 50.5 percent due to the sustained positive business outlook, loan repayments similarly increased, but at a higher rate (83.2 percent), resulting in net loan disbursements of only US$65 million.
The maturity profile of outstanding FCDU loans was as follows: medium- to long-term (MLT) loans [or those payable over a term of more than one (1) year] represented 62.3 percent of total, while short-term (ST) accounts [or those with original maturities of up to one (1) year] comprised the 37.7 percent balance. Loans to resident borrowers (mainly the private sector) represented 81.8 percent (US$7.9 billion) of the total portfolio, with the following sectors/industries as major beneficiaries: public utility firms (23.0 percent); merchandise and service exporters (12.1 percent); and producers/manufacturers, including oil companies (17.3 percent). Gross disbursements during the quarter increased to US$8.1 billion from the previous quarter‘s US$5.4 billion. The bulk of loan releases (90.6 percent) had short-term maturities, which were largely (65.8 percent) for working capital requirements. FCDU deposit liabilities increased by US$111 million (or 0.4 percent) to reach US$25.6 billion from US$25.5 billion in March 2013. The bulk of the deposits (97.7 percent) continued to be held by residents. |TOP| 3. Bank lending expands further in August Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph Outstanding loans of commercial banks, net of reverse repurchase (RRP) placements with the BSP, grew by 14.2 percent in August, up from the 12.3 percent growth registered in July. Similarly, the growth of bank lending inclusive of RRPs in the same month expanded at a faster rate of 13.0 percent from 11.7 percent in the previous month. On a month-on-month seasonally-adjusted basis, commercial bank lending in August increased by 1.8 percent for loans net of RRPs and by 1.0 percent for loans inclusive of RRPs. Loans for production activities—which comprised more than four-fifths of banks‘ aggregate loan portfolio—increased by 13.1 percent in August from 11.0 percent in July. The expansion in production loans was driven primarily by increased lending to the following sectors: real estate, renting, and business services (which grew by 21.9 percent); wholesale and retail trade (14.3 percent); electricity, gas and water (21.2 percent); manufacturing (10.1 percent); and construction (58.0 percent). Meanwhile, lending to agriculture, hunting, and forestry continued to decline in August (by 10.5 percent). The growth in consumer loans eased slightly to 11.5 percent from 12.3 percent in the previous month, with the slowdown of credit across all types of household loans, namely credit card receivables, automotive loans and other household loans (which include personal loans and salary loans). The sustained expansion in bank lending, particularly to productive sectors, is expected to support the growth momentum of the economy. Going forward, the BSP will continue to closely monitor credit and liquidity conditions to ensure that the monetary environment remains consistent with its price and financial stability objectives. |TOP| 4. In Zamboanga City, DOLE intensifies gainful employment through education and livelihood assistance, despite a crisis Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Acting Labor and Employment Secretary Danilo Cruz yesterday called for the further strengthening of DOLE‘s programs and services in addressing the issues of poverty alleviation and job generation at the local levelthrough the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). Cruz sounded the call as he lauded the efforts of DOLE Regional Office No. 9 which, amidst the distress brought by the Zamboanga City crisis, has paid on time theP1,463,200 salaries of 825 SPES student-beneficiaries. In a report, DOLE Regional Office No. 9 Director Sisinio Cano said the regional office, in a simple ceremony held on 14 September at the Convention Center of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte, paid P396,000 and P1,066,800, respectively to 300 SPES grantees of the Provincial Government Office and 525 grantees of Dipolog City. The amount represented the 40 percent counterpart salary from the DOLE for the SPES. Director Cano personally handed the checks to the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte, through Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager RestieKyamko,and to Dipolog Mayor Evelyn Uy and PESO Manager Flora Atimosa. ―The SPES is an opportunity to enhance the employability of the youth, who will eventually be the next generation of the country‘s workforce. More than giving the students gainful experience while earning some cash they can use when they go back to school, the SPES seeks to achieve a long-term result of increased employability of beneficiaries,‖ Cruz said, adding: ―With the reinforced implementation of SPES in the regions, we are confident that the lives of thousands of Filipino students who have no means, but have the ability, to pursue college education, will improve.‖ On this note, Acting Secretary Cruz expressed gratitude to the DOLE‘s private sector partners and local government units saying their supportensures the success of the SPES and enables the government to maximize the use and benefit of limited funds. Director Cano also reported that the regional office has awarded the I-Café Computer Services Project of Ave Maria College Associate of Computer and Information Technology (AMC-ACIT) Alumni Association in Liloy, Zamboanga del Nortea P373,400 livelihood assistance grant, under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, which consists of 10 computers and 1 photocopier. ―During its one-month dry-run operation, the I-Café earned a net income of P2,412.56 for its internet business and
P4,914.56 for its photocopying services. The association was also able to employ a shop-supervisor, who receives an honorarium of P3,000 per month,‖ said Cano. The DILP is one of the DOLE‘s program enrolled under the government‘s Community-Based Employment Program (CBEP) which aims to generate sustainable local enterprises towards increased self-employment and productivity across the regions. ―With DILP, we now move forward to boosting sustainable employment creation and productivity in the regions,‖ Cruz finally said. |TOP| 5. PHL, Bahrain seek ways to further strengthen Bilateral Relations; Bahrain extends invitation to PHL to Key Regional Meetings Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 1 October 2013 – The Philippines and the Kingdom of Bahrain are seeking more avenues for greater collaboration and cooperation in bilateral and multilateral settings, particularly in regional and inter-regional organizations. During a meeting held at the sidelines of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on September 29, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain both stressed the ―valuable relations‖ between the Philippines and Bahrain and the need to ―further deepen and broaden relations in bilateral and multilateral settings.‖ At the meeting, Minister Al-Khalifa extended the invitation to Secretary del Rosario to the 12th Asian Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting and the ASEAN-Gulf Cooperation Council Ministerial Meeting, both of which will be held in Manama in November. The two meetings were described as ―important in moving forward the shared interests of the Philippines and Bahrain in trade and investment, economic and developmental cooperation and tourism. The 12th Asian Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting in Manama will consider a draft declaration on promoting ―Intra-Asian Tourism.‖ The ASEAN-Gulf Cooperation Council Ministerial Meeting will discuss ways of moving relations between the two regions to a ―higher level‖ in such areas as trade and investment. |TOP| 6. Alagwa (Breakaway) bags Two Awards at the 3rd Guam International Film Festival Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 30 September 2013 - The Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam congratulated Filipino Director Ian Lorenos, who recently bagged two major awards for his film Alagwa (Breakaway) at the 3rd Guam International Film Festival which was held from September 24 to 29 at the Tango Theaters in Agana, Guam. Lorenos' film won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, besting nominated films from the United Kingdom and South Korea. The lead actor for the film, Mr. Jericho Rosales, also won the Achievement in Acting award. Alagwa, which was chosen as the Festival's Closing Night film, has been recognized in several other international competitions. It was awarded Best Narrative (Feature) at the Third World Independent Film Festival, while its actors also won recognition at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the First ASEAN International Film Festival. The GIFF is the first and only annual US Film Festival in the Western Pacific. Its mission is to "foster the growth of cultural understanding through the art of filmmaking" (www.guamfilmfestival.org). While its core centers on films in the Asia Pacific region, it also features international films from submissions worldwide. This year's participants included films from Japan, China, Korea, Austria, France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 2000 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or du court métrage (Short Film Palme d'Or) winner Raymond Red, who is the first ever Filipino to have received the coveted award, was also featured as Master Class panelist by the GIFF. Director Red showcased his movie Himpapawid (Manila Skies) and a few of his short films, including Anino (Shadow), which won him the Palme d'Or. |TOP| 7. Abad: P47-M released to Joker charged against DAP Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph Budget and Management Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad today clarified that the P47 million released to projects endorsed by Sen. Joker Arroyo‘s in February this year were not amendments made to the 2013 General Appropriations Act (GAA), but was instead charged against the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), as the Department of Budget and Management earlier reported.
The Budget chief made the statement in the wake of news reports quoting Sen. Arroyo as saying that the P47 million released to projects identified by his office were 2013 GAA amendments. ―Sen. Arroyo was correct in saying that these funds were not sourced from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), as he never made use of his PDAF allocations. However, the P47 million that the DBM released for projects endorsed by Sen. Arroyo‘s office was charged from DAP,‖ Abad said. In a February 4, 2013 letter to Sen. Franklin M. Drilon, then-Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Sen. Arroyo‘s Chief-of-Staff, Delfin F. Espiritu, Jr., requested P47 million to support funding requirements for infrastructure and medical assistance activities across the country. (Please see request details below.) PARTICULARS LOCATION AMOUNT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS Construction of a two-storey, Zeferino Arroyo Memorial High School P 10,000,000.00 eight-classroom building (San Agustin, Iriga City) Construction of a two-storey, Baao Community College (Baao, 10,000,000.00 eight-classroom building Camarines Sur) Construction of a two-storey, Eusebia Paz Arroyo Memorial National eight-classroom building High School (Buluang, Baao, Camarines 10,000,000.00 Sur Sub-Total, Infrastructure 30,000,000.00 SOFT PROJECTS Financial Assistance for the Indigent Patients Financial Assistance for the Indigent Patients Financial Assistance for the Indigent Patients Financial Assistance for the Indigent Patients Financial Assistance for the Indigent Patients Sub-Total, Soft Projects TOTAL
National Kidney and Transplant Institute
Lung Center of the Philippines
Philippine Heart Center
Philippine General Hospital
Bicol Medical Center, Naga City
3,000,000.00 17,000,000.00 P 47,000,000.00
Sen. Arroyo‘s letter requested that these funds be supported through amendments to the previous year‘s budget. Abad said, however, that these amendments were not accommodated by Congress during the 2013 budget deliberations, so that the projects requested by Sen. Arroyo were instead endorsed to the Executive for funding. “The amendments introduced by Sen. Arroyo to the 2013 GAA were not approved by Congress. Furthermore, the Aquino administration has discouraged Congressional Insertions during budget deliberations, as these insertions or amendments can cut into much-needed funding for other priority programs. “In the case of Sen. Arroyo, however, we noted that the projects identified by his office were properly aligned with President Aquino‟s thrust of providing quality education and health services for the country‟s underprivileged. We thus accommodated his request by charging the fund source for these projects against DAP,” Abad said. He also stated that the release of funds to projects identified by Sen. Arroyo were not connected in any way to the Corona impeachment. “We want to emphasize as well that this fund release has absolutely no connection with the impeachment and conviction of then-Chief Justice Renato Corona. The same is true for other DAP releases that supported various projects identified by Senators from late 2012 to early 2013: these funds were not „bribes‟ or „incentives‟ for them to convict Corona. Instead, they were part and parcel of the Administration‟s Disbursement Acceleration Plan, which, as we‟ve repeatedly emphasized, was designed to fast-track disbursements to support the expansion of the country‟s economy,” Abad said. Abad further clarified that DAP releases also accounted for crucial budgetary support for several other fastmoving socio-economic projects that helped buoy the economy from 2011 to 2012, including various infrastructure projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways, electrification programs under the Department of Energy, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) for school building construction under the Department of Education. “We want to counter the impression that DAP was misused to serve the Administration‟s interests, particularly with respect to the impeachment and ouster of the former Chief Justice. This is not true. The Senators made fund requests for projects that their respective offices identified, and when these requests were amply justified and supported by the proper documentary requirements, we released the funds to the implementing agencies that the Senators themselves identified,” Abad said.
|TOP| 8. GSIS opens emergency loan to members in Lamitan and Zamboanga Source: http://www.gsis.gov.ph The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced the opening of emergency loan (EL) window to more than 14,000 GSIS members working or residing in the cities of Lamitan and Zamboanga, which were declared under a state of calamity due to the present crisis. GSIS members may apply for the loan from 28 September 2013 until 27 October 2013 in any GSIS branch office or through the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk using their GSIS eCard or their unified multipurpose identification (UMID)-compliant eCard. Eligible members may borrow up to Php20,000, payable in 36 equal monthly instalments at six percent interest rate. Renewal of loan may be made upon payment of at least 12 monthly amortizations but not earlier than the anniversary date of the previous loan. Members can avail of the loan if they are not on leave of absence without pay; have no pending criminal or administrative charges; have no arrears in the payment of mandatory monthly contributions; and have no loans that are declared in default. The GSIS has allocated a budget of Php101,040,000.00 for the Emergency Loan program in Lamitan and Zamboanga cities. For more information on the program, members may visit the nearest GSIS branch office or call the GSIS hotline at 028474747. |TOP| 9. BI detains 3 black sand miners Source: http://immigration.gov.ph The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has detained three Chinese nationals who were among the aliens caught engaged in illegal black sand mining in Ilocos Sur last month. BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison disclosed that the three foreigners were arrested by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Sept. 15 when they attempted to leave for Hongkong. Cheng Jianping, Yang Qingnan and Lin Shisheng were about to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Hongkong when they were intercepted by members of the bureauâ€˜s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU). Mison said the passengers were stopped at the airport due to a watchlist order that was issued against them by the BI Board of Commissioners. The watchlist order stemmed from a deportation case that was filed against the Chinese for being undesirable aliens. Atty. Jose Carlitos Licas, BI acting intelligence chief, said the three were among the 16 Chinese nationals charged with immigration law violations by the BI for engaging in black sand mining. Licas said the aliens were charged with undesirability after a composite team of agents from the National Bureau of Investigation, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and BI raided the aliensâ€˜ workplace in Bgy. Nagtupacan, San Vicente, Ilocos Sur last Aug. 3. Members of the raiding team reportedly caught the aliens in the act of installing extraction p0umps and dredging equipment along the shorelines where large stockpiles of black sand were also found. Charges of violating the Philippine Mining Act were later filed against the aliens before the Department of Justice. |TOP| 10. DAR begins distribution Of titles to Hacienda Luisita farmworkers Source: http://www.dar.gov.ph The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) started yesterday distributing certified true copies of the titles over the land awarded to the farmworker-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita. Almost 600 farmworker-beneficiaries (FWBs) in Barangay Pando were awarded their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs), the land title given to agrarian reform beneficiaries in a short ceremony in the barangay covered court of Brgy. Pando. DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said that the entire distribution process will take three weeks because of the
number of FWBs who will be awarded lots. He added that these FWBs are those who have already fulfilled the requirements for their CLOAs to be registered in the Register of Deeds of the province. ―Even if we have started to distribute the CLOAs, we are still processing the CLOAs of those who have just recently sworn and filed their Applications to Purchase and Farmers Undertaking (APFUs) which is required of every beneficiary,‖ de los Reyes said, ―Our field facilitators have been working with these FWBs who have just recently come forward to claim their lot allocations in order to expedite the process.‖ The CLOAs of some 5,800 of the 6,212 beneficiaries have already been registered with the Register of Deeds; more are expected to be registered as beneficiaries come forward to claim their Lot Allocation Certificates and sign their APFUs. Under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, agrarian reform beneficiaries will have to pay for their CARPawarded land within a period of 30 years. But De los Reyes said that the amount that beneficiaries will pay is affordable. He clarified that amortization payment is NOT PhP 70,000 per year. ―Actually the total amount that the beneficiaries will pay for their land over a period of 30 years will be more or less PhP75,000.00―, De los Reyes said. ―For the first three years, Hacienda Luisita beneficiaries will pay only PhP 730 per year or about PhP61.00 per month. For the 4th and 5th year, they will pay more or less PhP 1,410.00 per year or PhP 118.00 per month. And from the 6th to the 30th year, they will pay more or less PhP 2,770 per year or PhP 230.00 per month‖, he added. What comes next is the setting of the boundaries for the farm lot of each beneficiary by putting monuments or boundary stones (muhon) as soon as the land has been cleared of standing crop. He explained that as of this moment, monumenting could not be as yet because many of the fields are still planted with sugarcane and it would be impossible to set the ‗muhons‘. He said that they will be able to do this once harvesting commences within the next few weeks. De los Reyes assured the beneficiaries of the Department‘s support in their transition to being owner-cultivators. DAR gave the following schedule for the next CLOA distribution: October 1 - Motrico; October 2 –Lourdes; October 8 – Parang; October 9 – Mabilog; October 10 – Bantog; October 15 – Cutcut; October 16 – Asturias; October 17 – Balete; andOctober 18 – Mapalacsiao. |TOP| 11. Gov't holds public hearing, backs up onion industry Source: http://www.da.gov.ph The government will pursue sturdier policies on the importation and distribution of onions and garlic to protect the interests of Filipino farmers and that they earn reasonable incomes and profit from raising the spice crops. This was the joint commitment made by Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, and Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, during a public hearing in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, September 26, 2013. The hearing, attended by hundreds of onion farmers, traders, and other industry stakeholders seeks to gather information to aid the Senate Agriculture and Food Committee on crafting needed legislative policies and measures to protect and develop the country's onion and garlic sectors. Among the issues raised during the hearing was the monopoly in the distribution of import permits to a few preferred organizations of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). BPI Assistant Director Henry Carpiso denied the allegations, stressing that the Bureau has been consistently implementing a strict policy on the issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearance for onion, as well as garlic. Aside from accrediting importers and exporters of plants and plant by-products, the policy aims to prevent the entry and spread of foreign pests and diseases, and at the same time enable local farm products to comply with international phytosanitary and quarantine requirements. Carpiso said the BPI has doubled the number of accredited firms since 2002, from 47 to 101, and the agency has last issued import permits for red onions on October 19, 2012, and for yellow onions, on August 10, 2012. To address the problem, Senator Villar recommended that a 60-40 percent sharing among growers and traders be adopted to ensure that no one will be left behind. ―Ayaw po natin na may maiiwan, we want to be fair to everyone,‖ she said. She also encouraged irate parties to file formal complaints against groups that have been controlling the onion trade. "We don‘t want hearsays, so we urge you to submit tangible evidences so we can legally look on these issues,‖ Senator Villar noted.
To be fair among all parties and avoid the palakasan system, Secretary Alcala suggested that the BPI raffle names of accredited groups in the presence of their representatives to determine who will import. ―This time lahat kayo malakas,‖ he assured everyone. According to BPI data and survey, current stocks of red onions is estimated at 29 million bags or 73,013 metric tons, which is sufficient until March 2014, while inventory of yellow onions is at 169 metric tons. Senator Villar and Secretary Alcala have committed to remain responsive on the plight of small farmers to ensure that they are ably protected and earn decent incomes for their families and children. (Oda Rodriguez, DA Information Service) |TOP| 12. SB Secretary convicted of falsification of public documents Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph The Office of the Ombudsman successfully secured the conviction of a Secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of the Municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental for falsification of public documents committed in 2006. In a 24-page Decision promulgated on September 26, 2013, the First Division of the Sandiganbayan pronounced Hermolando Caytuna guilty of falsification of a public document, under Art. 171 (2) of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and sentenced him to serve an indeterminate penaly of six months and one day of prision correccional as minimum, to six years and one day of prision mayor, as maximum, with all the necessary penalties thereto, and to pay a fine of P5,000. The criminal case proceeded against Caytuna, Mayor Sulpicio Uyguangco, former Vice-Mayor Marlene Limbaco, and Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Members Oscar Tabamo, Martha Faye Uyguangco, and Victricio Cabana, for allegedly falsifying documents to make it appear that the SB-Medina passed an Ordinance approving the 2006 annual budget of the said municipality. The case against Sulpicio Uyguangco was dismissed, however, on account of his death on 25 February 2010 while the other respondents were acquitted for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The Decision narrated that the SB passed on January 09, 2006 an ordinance for the 2006 annual budget of the municipality but Mayor Uyguangco vetoed certain items in the budget. After the SB failed to muster the required 2/3 vote to override the said veto, the veto was upheld and a motion was made to refer the annual budget to the Committee on Appropriations. However, another ordinance was forwarded to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Misamis Oriental for approval with an attached document titled ―Excerpts from the Minutes Discussed during the Regular Session of the Municipal Council of the Medina, Misamis Oriental Held on March 27, 2006,‖ which indicated that Ordinance No. 478-2006 was passed by the SB. Hence, the SP issued a Resolution approving the annual budget of the Municipality of Medina purportedly embodied in Ordinance No. 478-2006. Subsequently, the SB petitioned the SP to recall the latter‘s resolution which approved the allegedly spurious SB ordinance. The anti-graft court stated that since Exhibit ―E‖ is an excerpt from the minutes of the SB-Medina regular session held on March 27, 2006, ―it should have been lifted or extracted from the minutes of the March 27, 2006 session of SBMedina, specifically Exhibit ‗F‘. Yet, a scrutiny of Exhibit ‗F‘ would reveal that no portion of said minutes makes reference to any 2006 budget being passed or approved.‖ It said ―the existence of Caytuna‘s criminal intent is presumed from the commission of the unlawful act of falsifying a public document. Accused Caytuna was not able to present rebuttal evidence to overturn this presumption.‖ |TOP| 13. PDIC advises borrowers of Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte) to pay their obligations Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), the Receiver of the closed Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte), reminded borrowers of the bank to continue to pay their loans and transact only with authorized PDIC representatives. In a statement, PDIC advised borrowers of the Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas to pay their loans and other obligations directly at any Philippine National Bank (PNB) Branch under account name, PDIC FAO BURL – RURAL BANK OF STO. TOMAS with Reference Number 373-0949-00013. The Receiver cautioned borrowers that it has discontinued the engagement of the bank‘s collectors. PDIC has not engaged any person to collect the loans of the bank. To ensure
proper recording of payments made by borrowers, it further advised borrowers to keep copies of the PNB Deposit/Payment Slips. The Receiver emphasized that only payments with validated PNB Deposit/Payment Slips shall be considered valid payments. The Monetary Board (MB) placed the Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas under the receivership of the PDIC by virtue of MB Resolution No. 1469 dated September 13, 2013. As Receiver, PDIC took over the bank on September 16, 2013. Upon takeover, all bank records are gathered, verified and validated. Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas is a three-unit bank with Head Office located along R. Magsaysay Ave., Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte. Its two branches are in Asuncion and Braulio Dujali, both in Davao del Norte. According to the latest Bank Information Sheet (BIS) as of June 30, 2013 filed by the Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas with the PDIC, the bank is majorityowned by the Estate of Mariano S. Solis, Sr. (22.6%), Rosele R. Solis (17.9%), Oscar L. Lacuesta (7.8%), Ma. Lourdes S. Pineda (6.7%), Debin Uraya (4.1%), Abundio T. Merced (3.9%) and Marsman Estate Plantation (3.8%). Its President and Chairman is Rosele R. Solis. Borrowers of the bank may also communicate with the PDICâ€“Loans Management Department III at (02) 841-4663 or 841-4975. Queries may also be sent through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. |TOP| 14. TESDA arms execs, staff with fresh courses Source: http://www.tesda.gov.ph With an eye toward improving implementation of technical vocational programs, executives, staff and trainers of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) underwent specialized capability build-up training to enhance their technical skills and prepare them for tougher tasks ahead. The training dealt with teaching them to create quality training plan for TESDA's apprenticeship program, and sharpening their coordination and networking skills, particularly of Industrial Coordinators (ICs) who are tasked to promote and monitor the implementation of the Dual Training System (DTS). DTS is a training modality, which combines theoretical and practical training. It is called dual training because learning takes place alternately in two venues: the school or training center, and the company or workshop. From September 9 to 12, a total of 40 TESDA directors and staff from all over the country learned the ropes of developing a training plan for the apprenticeship program, which they would later cascade to the other staff in the various regional and provincial offices. The training aimed to equip the participants with skills in the analysis and identification of skills for specific qualifications; and determine learning outcomes and assessment criteria for a more effective delivery of the apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program had undergone reforms since 1996 when its implementation was transferred to TESDA. As part of these reforms, the agency deemed it better for enterprises applying for program registration to submit a training plan. With the training plan, both the trainers and the trainees are properly guided on the lesson's content and delivery to ensure quality training. "We are also coming up with incentive package that aims to develop their capability in conducting training for their prospective and existing workers," Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general, said. "Enterprises are the best venues for training, particularly for complex skills that require high investment for equipment and facilities. This is the reason why we are encouraging companies to partner with TESDA and participate in our apprenticeship program," he added. The Basic Dual Training Industrial Coordination course, on the other hand, which was conducted from September 16 to 19, focused on honing the skills of coordinators, who will advocate and monitoring the implementation of the DTS. "The DTS is one of the preferred training modalities of TESDA. But participation of technical-vocational institutions and establishments was low," Villanueva said. He said the training aimed to create a pool of ICs, who will play a key role in conducting multiplier trainings and who will link with the establishments and technical-vocational institutes (TVIs) and draw them in the program. "The DTS is far more in-depth than internship and far more structured. In an actual company setting, skills learned in classroom are further reinforced and developed. Trainees become candidates for employment, and employers get a glimpse of the work of their future employees," Villanueva added. Through apprenticeship and the DTS, the TESDA chief is optimistic that more and more enterprises will invest in techvoc and take a major role in developing the skills of their own workforce.
|TOP| 15. PhilHealth holds maternal and child health advocacy Source: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) conducted an advocacy activity for rural health units in Negros Oriental and Siquijor, encouraging these facilities to support national effort towards improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. Participants from 19 local government units in Negros Oriental and from all six Siquijor towns attended the activity in Dumaguete City, together with representatives from the Barangay Health Workers Federation and some nongovernment organizations. PhilHealth hopes to encourage facility assisted births among members, so it aims to engage all rural health units to participate as Maternity and Newborn Care provider. "Pregnancy is a risk, therefore, delivery should be in a facility," said Dr. Maria Socorro Enterra, Maternal and Child Health/Center for Health Development (Central Visayas) Medical Specialist, one of the resource persons during the activity. Once a rural health unit participates as Maternity and Newborn Care provider, members or their qualified dependents giving birth in the facility can avail of an P8,000 and a P1,750 PhilHealth coverage for mother and child, respectively. The Maternity Care package covers pregnancy care from pre- to postnatal. The prenatal care component amounting to P1,500, is payable to the member upon presentation of receipts for prenatal services. The Newborn Care package covers newborn screening and hearing tests, as well as essential newborn care (including among others, Vitamin K administration, BCG vaccination and first dose of Hepatitis B immunization). PhilHealth applies the No Balance Billing policy in all accredited lying-in clinics. So when members avail of these two benefit packages, no other amount will be charged for the normal delivery and the newborn care. This is especially beneficial to poor constituents enrolled under the Sponsored Program, which includes those identified in the National Household Targeting for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and, consequently, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program beneficiaries. Rural health units largely serve poor constituents. If it participates as Maternity and Newborn Care provider, it will receive reimbursement from PhilHealth for pregnancy care services rendered to poor patients because they are no longer charity cases but paying individuals. They have PhilHealth coverage through local and national government sponsorship of their premium contribution. "Whether we like it or not, manganak man gihapon ng mga tawhana (these people are going to have babies). Nganong di na man lamang nato serbisyohan (Why don‘t we just serve them) and get some reimbursement out of it," said Bindoy Mayor Valente Yap, an accountant and advocate for the National Health Insurance Program. The rural health unit of Bindoy sets an example for other local governments in the Negros Oriental and Siquijor area in providing financial risk protection for the poor. Bindoy has strengthened the capability of its rural health unit so that it is able to provide PhilHealth‘s outpatient diagnostic and preventive care package (Primary Care Benefit 1), the TB-DOTS package for tuberculosis treatment, the Maternity Care package for normal deliveries, and the Newborn Care package for newborn screening and other essential newborn care. As resource person during the advocacy activity, Mayor Yap shared that since 2002, when Bindoy got on board with PhilHealth‘s Sponsored Program, the local government has paid about P14.28 million for the premium contribution of poor constituents. However, they have received back about P15.28 million in capitation payment from PhilHealth for the services provided by its rural health unit. Aside from that, PhilHealth has paid about P34.91 million for the hospitalization claims of Bindoy sponsored members. "My point of presenting this is to show to you nga kun wala pa ning programaha (without this program), kining (these) hospital claims—dili gyud na kalikayan, magdaot man gyud ning tawo, ma-ospital man na (it cannot be avoided, people get sick, they get hospitalized)—og wala ning programaha, asa man kuhaa ng 34.9 million (without this program, where will that 34.9 million be coming from)? Gikan sa bulsa sa mga pobre natong mga kaigsoonan. This will be taken from the pocket of our poor families who can‘t afford to pay the bills. So they‘ll be forced to sell their carabao, mortgage their land, and other sources of money," Mayor Yap explained. The mayor also shared that, as of 2012, Bindoy has received a total of P1.29 million from PhilHealth as reimbursement for Maternity Care services it provided to members. PhilHealth plans to conduct a similar dialog in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol to bring all local governments in the region on board in this effort towards improving maternal health and reducing child mortality, two of the country‘s Millenium Development Goals (MDG).
|TOP| 16. DTI discloses 20 companies trading uncertified products Source: https://www.sss.gov.ph The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) lists 20 establishments from the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 3-Central Luzon found selling uncertified products. Twenty traders of products under mandatory certification currently have pending administrative charges for selling their products without the required Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks. DTI-Consumer Welfare and Business Regulations Group (CWBRG) Officer-in-Charge, Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba states, ―This is not only a warning to our consumers but also to manufacturers, importers, and retailers who fail to act in accordance with this law.‖ ―We also would like to assure the public that the agency is constantly on the lookout for market lawbreakers though strengthened monitoring and enforcement activities all over the country. Product safety has always been and will always be a priority of the DTI,‖ Atty. Dimagiba adds. Based on separate consumer reports, the DTI conducted on-the-spot inspections in the areas of NCR, Region III and Region IVA (CALABARZON). The DTI found various traders from NCR and Region III selling products that did not undergo the Product Certification Scheme of the DTI‘s Bureau of Product Standards (BPS). Among the uncertified products found were motorcycle helmets, LPG cylinders, flat glass, galvanized iron and black iron pipes, and, equal leg angle steel bars. Below is the list of traders that the DTI charged with administrative cases: COMPANY NAME
1 Double E Trading
Administrative Case No. 201111
For Docketing with DTI-NCR
2 RNW Pacific Pipes Corporation Quezon City
Galvanized iron and black iron pipe
Admin Case No. FC13-036
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
Admin Case No. FC13-037
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
4 Michael de Leon, Quezon City
Admin Case No. FC13-040
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
5 Metro North Gas Corporation Valenzuela City
Admin Case No. FC13-041
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
6 Endroned Gaz Dealer, Caloocan City
Admin Case No. FC13-042
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
7 Alexson Industrial Gas Dealer, Navotas City
Admin Case No. FC13-043
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
8 Velasquez Store, Malabon City
Admin case No. FC13-044
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
9 RA Hardware, Caloocan City
Equal leg angle steel bar
Admin case No. FC13-047
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 Litex Glass, Alum. & Gen Merchandise Quezon 0 City
Admin case No. FC13-053
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 Purple’s Aluminium and Glass Services and 1 Supply Quezon City
Admin case No. FC13-054
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 Familia Lina Glass and Aluminium Services 2 Quezon City
Admin case No. FC13-056
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 Diamond Aluminium and Glass Supply Quezon 3 City
Admin case No. FC13-057
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
Royal Coco Marketing and Canberra Ent. Quezon City
1 Manalo Glass and Aluminium Supply Quezon 4 City
Admin case No. FC13-058
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 RVVâ€™s Marketing Quezon City 5
Admin case No. FC13-059
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 Lady GasGas Merchandising Quezon City 6
Admin case No. FC13-060
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 DGMM Enterprise Quezon City 7
Admin case No. FC13-065
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
1 SCTEX Iron & Steel Corporation, Provincial 8 Road, Brgy. Balingcanaway Tarlac City
Equal leg angle steel bar
Admin Case No. FC13-066
Pending Adjudication before DTI-NCR.
PCA Steel Trading, A&J Rosegold Compound, 1 Circumferential Road Cutcut Angeles City, 9 Pampanga
Equal leg angle steel bar
Admin. Case No. 111-12
Pending Adjudication before DTI-Pampanga
2 Unitop General Merchandise Inc. and Double E 0 Trading Manila
OLA Reference No. 2011-21
The DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) Product Certification Scheme requires the manufacturers and importers of products which include building and construction materials, chemical products, electrical and electronic home appliances, and consumer products to apply for the PS license and ICC certificate before distributing their products to the market. In order to be issued the PS license and ICC certificate, their products must first pass the Philippine National Standard (PNS) requirements relevant to their products. Once certified, the products must be PS or ICC marked prior to distribution for sale. Manufacturers, importers and retailers found not complying with the scheme will be filed administrative charges for violation of the DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2:2007, Republic Act (RA) 7394, otherwise known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines and RA 4109 or the Standards Law. If found guilty, the owners/operators of erring establishments will be imposed with monetary fine up to P300,000 and cancellation of any DTI-issued permit or license. For the complete list of products under mandatory certification, visit www.bps.dti.gov.ph. Consumers may report establishments that sell critical products without the PS or ICC mark or with a questionable PS or ICC mark to DTI Direct 751.3330. |TOP|
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President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Globe Southeast AsiaJapan (SJC) Submarine Cable System launching ceremony at The Globe Tower, 7th Avenue corner 32nd Street in Taguig City on Friday (September 27). With the theme:
“Explore the World on a String”. Among the main beneficiaries of the Globe-SJC interconnection will be the local business process outsourcing and the outsourcing-off shore sectors, currently regarded as the “sunshine industries” in the country. (Photo by: Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III heads the Globe Southeast Asia-Japan (SJC) Submarine Cable System launching ceremony at The Globe Tower, 7th Avenue corner 32nd Street in Taguig City on Friday (September 27). With the President during the ceremony are DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo; Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala; Gil Genio head of Globe Business; Yukido Oda, President of KDDI from Japan; Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President of Carrier Services/Singtel; and Song Dai of Brunei International Gateway. One of the main beneficiaries of the Globe-SJC interconnection will be the local business process outsourcing and the outsourcing-off shore sectors, currently regarded as the “sunshine industries” in the country. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau/Rudolfo Manabat/NIB) Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. (center) poses with Charmaine Canillas, chairperson of the 20th National PR Congress (left) and Yoly C. Crisano, president, Public Relations Society of the Philippines, after receiving his plaque of appreciation as keynote speaker during the 2013 National PR Congress held at the Paradise Garden Resort Hotel in Boracay Island from September 27-28, 2013. (PIA6 Aklan) Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio B. Coloma delivers the Keynote Address during the 2013 National PR Congress on September 27 at the Paradise Garden Resort Hotel in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. (PIA6 Aklan) Assistant Secretary Celso Santiago Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office shares a light moment with former Senator Aquilino Pimental during the First Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines at the University of Makati, Thursday (September 26). (Photo by Exequiel Supera)
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