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Dispatch for October 30 , 2013 ( Wednesday) , 4 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 7 Weather Watch, 5 Reg’l. Watch , 8 OFW Watch, 1 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 5 Photonews

1. Weather Watch

24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued At:

5:00 a.m., 30 October 2013

Valid Beginning:

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


Predicted Mean Sea Level Pressure Analysis for 8 a.m., 30 October 2013

Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind Analysis for 8 a.m., 30 October 2013

Satellite Image for 4:30 a.m., 30 October 2013

Synopsis: At 4:00 am today, the center of Tropical Storm "VINTA" was estimated based on all available data at 690 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (15.9째N, 131.2째E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move West at 19 kph. Forecast: The provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora will have rains and gusty winds with rough to very rough seas. Quezon Province, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and rest of Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over the rest of Northern and Central Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast to Northwest with slight to moderate seas.

2. Weather Watch

Tropical Storm "VINTA" PAGASA Track as of 8 a.m., 30 October 2013

Satellite Picture at 9:30 a.m., 30 October 2013


Weather Bulletin Number SIX Tropical Cyclone Warning: Tropical Storm "VINTA" (KROSA) Issued at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, 30 October 2013 "VINTA" has slightly intensified as it continues to move west towards the Isabela-Cagayan area.

Location of Center: (as of 10:00 a.m.)

700 km East of Casiguran, Aurora or at 740 km East of Ilagan, Isabela

Coordinates:

16.5째N, 129.4째E

Strength:

Maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph

Movement:

Forecast to move West at 22 kph

Forecast Positions/Outlook:

Thursday morning: 280 km East of Ilagan, Isabela Friday morning: 100 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur Friday evening: Outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Saturday morning: 610 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur

Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal

PSWS #

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds may be expected

Luzon

Visayas

Mindanao

Cagayan Calayan Group of Island

None

None


in at least 36 hours)

Babuyan Group of Island Apayao Kalinga Mt. Province Benguet Ifugao Isabela Aurora Nueva Vizcaya Quirino Nueva Ecija

Estimated rainfall amount is from 5.0 - 15.0 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 500 km diameter of the Tropical Storm. Areas under Public Storm Warning Signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon. The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today.

3. Weather Watch 4 hours ago DZMM: Niyanig ng magnitude 5.2 na lindol ang Davao del Sur pasado 11:00 kagabi. Ayon sa PHIVOLCS, naitala ang sentro ng lindol sa layong 188km timog-silangan ng bayan ng Sarangani. Tectonic ang origin ng lindol at may lalim na 105km. Hindi naman naramdaman ang pagyanig. Wala ring inaasahang pinsala o aftershocks.

4. Weather Watch 13 hours ago DZBB: Iniulat ng NFA na nananatiling matatag ang presyo ng bigas sa mga lugar na sinalanta ng malakas na lindol. Base sa monitoring ng NFA, sa Bohol umano ay hindi nagbago ang presyo ng bigas. Nananatili umano sa P41/kilo ang presyo ng regular milled rice habang P42/kilo ang well milled rice. Base sa imbentaryo ng NFA sa lalawigan ay nasa 52,182 sako pa ng bigas mayroon doon na sasapat sa pangangailangan ng lalawigan. Maayos rin umano ang suplay ng bigas sa Cebu.


5. Weather Watch 4 hours ago PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza on DZMM: -Lumakas pa ang Bagyong Vinta at isa nang tropical storm habang patuloy na nagbabanta sa Hilagang Luzon. -Taglay nito ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 65kph at may pagbugsong aabot sa 80kph. -Nakataas ang Signal No. 1 sa Cagayan, Isabela at Aurora, kung saan makararanas ng malakas na pag-ulan na may pagbugso ng hangin. -Patuloy itong kumukilos pa-kanluran sa bilis na 19kph. -Unti-unti itong lalapit sa Luzon kung saan Biyernes ay inaasahang nasa Casiguran, Aurora na ito. -Huli itong namataan sa layong 690km silangan hilagang-silangan ng Virac, Catanduanes. -Inaasahang magla-landfall ito sa Isabela, tutumbukin ang mga lalawigan sa Northern Luzon patungong Ilocos region. -Inaasahang hihina na ito sa pagtama sa kabundukan at pagsalubong nito sa Amihan o northeast monsoon. -Posibleng pagdating sa West PHL Sea, hihina na ito at malulusaw.

6. Weather Watch 14 hours ago DZMM: Nagpadala ng karagdagang relief goods ang DSWD para sa mga biktima ng lindol sa lalawigan ng Bohol sa pamamagitan ng barko ng Phil.Navy at pribadong forwarding services. Sa kabuuan umaabot na sa P37.75M ang tulong na naipamahagi sa mga biktima ng lindol sa central Visayas mula sa DSWD, LGUs at NGOs.

7. Weather Watch 17 hours ago

PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The local government of Nagcarlan town and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office have been conducting a continuing training on disaster preparedness in the event of flooding, fire, earthquake, volcanic eruption, and disaster-related activities.


Weather Watch

October 30 , 2013 ( Wednesday ) CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON

PIA

as of 6:00-7:00 AM

: Sunny : Sunny : Fair Weather : Fair Weather : Fair Weather

Regional Watch

1. PIA Regional Watch 17 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Patuloy ang seguridad na ibinibigay ng Batangas Port sa lahat ng biyahero at turista na dumadaan sa pantalan ng Batangas upang siguruhin na ligtas ang lahat ng bibiyahe habang papalapit ang Undas.

2. PIA Regional Watch 20 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: Sa kabuoang bilang na1,242 barangay sa lalawigan ng Quezon, umabot na 1,201 barangay ang nakapag proklama na ng mga nanalong kandidato sakatatapos na barangay election. Ayon sa panlalawigang tanggapan ng COMELEC, wala pa namang nangyayaring kaguluhan sa lalawigan kaugnay sa pagsasagawa ng barangay election.

3. PIA Regional Watch


23 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Ayon sa assessment ng PNP generally peaceful ang naging pagdaraos ng barangay election sa buong lalawigan ng Batangas.

4. PIA Regional Watch 23 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: More than 100 4Ps beneficiaries of Sariaya, Quezon are now claiming their cash assistance for education and health through ATM withdrawal at QCRB, Sariaya branch, Sariaya, Quezon. 4Ps is one of the programs of the DSWD which aims to help poorest families by giving them cash assistance for health and education.

5. PIA Regional Watch Yesterday near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: More than 100 4Ps beneficiaries of Sariaya, Quezon are now claiming their cash assistance for education and health through ATM withdrawal at QCRB, Sariaya branch, Sariaya, Quezon. 4Ps is one of the programs of the DSWD which aims to help poorest families by giving them cash assistance for health and education.

1. PIA OFW Watch 14 hours ago

DZBB: Nanganganib na madakip at pagbayarin ng kabi-kabilang multa ang may 1,500 undocumented OFW sa Saudi Arabia. Ito ay dahill nakabitin pa ang kanilang aplikasyon para sa exit visa at pagsasaayos ng kanilang dokumento. Magtatapos naman sa November 3 ang palugit na binigay ng Saudi government para sa pag-aayos ng mga undocumented worker doon. Ayon kay DFA Spokesman Hernandez, nagtungo na doon ang senior official ng DFA kasama ang DSWD para makipag-ugnayan sa kapakanan ng mga undocumented Filipino doon.

2. PIA OFW Watch


15 hours ago GMA: Patay ang isang Pilipina habang sugatan ang kanyang dalawang anak at asawa matapos silang araruhin habang namamasyal sa Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. Ang nasawing Pilipina ay isang pediatrician mula sa Imus, Cavite. Nasa mahigit 35 ang naapektuhan sa insidente na hinihinalang suicide, ayon sa mga awtoridad. Ang DFA naman ay nakikipag-ugnayan na sa mga opisyal sa China para maibalik sa bansa ang mga biktima. Maging ang Philippine Medical Association sa pangyayari.

3. PIA OFW Watch 16 hours ago DZBB: Nag-deploy ang US-PCG sa Gulf of Mexico ng dalawang cutter, dalawang helicopter at mga supply vessel para hanapin ang isang Pilipinong trabahador na nahulog mula sa pinagtatrabahuan nitong oil rig. Ayon sa DFA, sinabi ng US-PCG na puspusan ang gagawin nilang paghahanap sa 38-anyos na Pilipinong welder. Hindi muna pinangalanan ng DFA ang Pilipino subalit ayon sa Twitter ng Philippine Embassy sa Washington DC na ito ay si Peter George Boses.

4. PIA OFW Watch 16 hours ago

Dr. Leo Olarte of PMA on ANC: Re: PMA urges PHL gov't to help Filipino victims in Beijing car crash -Kami ay nananawagan sa gobyerno at kay Pangulong Aquino na tulungan ang pamilya ni Dr. Bunye na nasa ospital ang tatlong anak. -Sana ang bangkay ng kanyang asawa ay mapadala rito sa Pilipinas at sana sila ay mabigyan ng hustisya.

5. PIA OFW Watch 17 hours ago

DZBB: Inihahanda na ng DFA ang repatriation ng labi ng Pilipinang kabilang sa nabundol ng isang SUV habang namamasyal sa Tiananmen Square sa China kahapon pati na ang pagpapauwi sa sugatang asawa at anak nito. Ayon kay DFA Spokesman Hernandez, nakikipag-ugnayan na ang Philippine Embassy sa Beijing sa Public Security Bureau doon at inaasikaso na ang arrangement para sa pag-uwi ng pamilya.

6. PIA OFW Watch 18 hours ago

DFA Asec. Raul Hernandez on ANC: Re: Pinoy worker missing after falling off from oil rig in Gulf of Mexico -Search and rescue operations are conducted and we are hoping we can find our kababayan there. -Our embassy in Washington and Consulate in Chicago are coordinating with authorities there to make sure that our workers are safe there.

7. 18 hours ago


DFA Asec. Raul Hernandez on ANC: Re: Pinay killed, 3 others killed in Tiananmen Square car crash -This morning, representatives from Beijing visited the three Filipinos injured from the car crash. They are now confined in the hospital. -Unfortunately, the mother died from the car crash. We don't know yet the nature of mother's injuries causing her death. -We expect that they (Chinese government) would facilitate the immediate repatriation of the victims. -We are still coordinating with Chinese authorities.

8. PIA OFW Watch 20 hours ago near Quezon City DZMM: Kinilala na ang Pinay na namatay matapos araruhin ng isang jeep ang mga pedestrian sa Tiananmen Square sa Beijing, China. Sinabi ni Dr. Leo Olarte, pangulo ng PMA, na nagbabakasyon lamang ang pamilya ni Dr. Nelson Bunye, dating pangulo ng Cavite Medical Society, kasama ang kanyang asawang si Dra. Lina Bunye at tatlong anak nang masagasaan ng jeep na sumabog pa. Dead-on-arrival si Dra. Lina habang ginagamot pa ang ibang malubhang nasugatan. Apat na iba pang dayuhan ang nasawi sa nasabing aksidente.

A. QUEZON

B. CAVITE

C. LAGUNA


1. Nagcarlan private high school wins Laguna consumer play contest Friday 25th of October 2013

VICTORIA, Laguna, Oct. 25 (PIA) --Rizal Standard Academy (RSA) in Nagcarlan outscored sole rival and host Pedro Guevarra Memorial National High School (PGMNHS) in Sta. Cruz and emerged as champion in the Dulaang Pangmamimili held October 10 at the PGMNHS in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

RSA also hit a grandslam by winning all other awards: Best Female Performer (Shayneriane S. Rivera),Best Male Performer (Ralph Harvey A. Coronado), Best Script-RSA (Jonathan Urriza), Best Director(Jonathan Urriza), Best Teacher Coach (Jonathan Urriza), and Best in Costume Design.

RSA, along with the winning schools of the provincial level competitions of Batangas, Cavite , Quezon and Rizal, will vie for the ‘Dulaang Pangmamimili Regional Championship’ to be held on November 21 at the SM City in Batangas City .

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional director Marilou Quinco-Toledo, said the Dulaan Pangmamimili is a competition of plays that highlight consumerism, and is DTI’s banner activity in the celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month in Calabarzon.

DTI Laguna Provincial Director Susan R. Palo said that the Consumer Welfare Month is celebrated to promote the welfare and protection of the Filipino consumers pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1098 signed in 1997.

This year’s theme concerns about the quality, efficacy, safety and transparency of health products.(Charlie S. Dajao/DTI Calabarzon | Christian Ted Tungohan/DTI Laguna/PIA-Laguna). - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=641382669359#sthash.5SaTWVgt.dpuf


2. DTI to hold seminar on product standards in Sta. Rosa Friday 25th of October 2013

VICTORIA, Laguna, Oct. 25 (PIA) --The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will hold a seminar on product standards on November 15 at the SM City Supermall in Sta. Rosa City .

Provincial director Susan Palo of DTI-Laguna, said the seminar aims to inform and educate wholesalers and retailers particularly those dealing with construction materials, electrical wiring devices, and other hardware on the quality and safety requirements of the Philippine National Standards (PNS).

Being informed and knowledgeable, business establishments will be less prone to violations to of Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 02:2007 which could lead to the filing of administrative charges and meting of penalties to offenders.

Regional Director Marilou Quinco-Toledo said the seminar is part of DTI’s campaign to patronize only those products that are certified to have complied with the quality and safety requirements of the PNS in the occasion of the celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month every month of October to promote the welfare and protection of the Filipino consumers.

Products that are certified are either marked with the PS (Philippine Standards) or the Import Commodity Clearance stickers on the packaging or on the products themselves.

This year’s theme concerns about the quality, efficacy, safety and transparency of health products. (Charlie S. Dajao/DTI Calabarzon/ Christian Ted Tungohan, DTILaguna/PIA-Laguna). - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=641382667711#sthash.Q6E91xnb.dpuf


D. BATANGAS

1. Tagalog news: Barangay elections, mapayapang idinaos sa lalawigan ng Batangas BY: MAMERTA P. DE CASTRO Tuesday 29th of October 2013

LUNGOSD BATANGAS CITY, Okt. 29 (PIA) --Naging mapayapa at maayos saan mang bahagi sa lalawigan ng Batangas ang idinaos na halalan ng barangay kahapon, Oktubre 28.

Sa pahayag ng Philippine National Police (PNP), bagama't hindi maiwasan ang ilang mga problema tulad ng talamak at hayagang pamimigay ng mga tarheta ng mga kandidato kahit tapos na ang kampanyahan at maging ang pagkakaroon ng mga flying voters, maituturing pa ding matagumpay ang idinaos na halalan.

Naging mahigpit din ang pagpapatupad ng PNP ng Comelec checkpoint kung saan may ilang mga paglabag din sa gun ban at liquor ban ang nahuli at nakasuhan.

Sinabi ni PNP provincial director PSSupt. Omega Jireh Fidel na lahat ng paraan ay ipinatupad ng PNP upang walang anumang kaguluhan ang mamayani sa panahon ng halalang pambarangay.

Pinaigting din ang police visibility sa lahat ng polling precincts at gayundin sa mga matataong lugar.

Bukod pa sa halalan, naghahanda din ang PNP sa OPlan Undas 2013 kung saan dadagsa sa mga pampubliko at pribadong sementeryo ang lahat upang gunitain ang Undas. (PIA Batangas)


- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681383024080#sthash.VbM3Kchw.dpuf

2. Tagalog news: DOE, nagdaos ng multisectoral advocacy campaign BY: MAMERTA P. DE CASTRO Friday 25th of October 2013

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Okt. 25 (PIA) --Nagsagawa ng briefing kaugnay ng mga liquid petroleum products (LPP) at liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) ang Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) ng Department of Energy (DOE) na ginanap kamakailan sa Days Hotel sa lungsod na ito.

Sinabi ni OIMB director Zenaida Monzada, na binuo ang mutli-sectoral campaign upang ma-ipaalam sa publiko ang mga ginagawa at inisyatibo ng kanilang tanggapan kaugnay sa mga usapin dito.

"Una itong isinagawa sa Palawan at naisagawa na rin sa siyam pang lalawigan noong 2012," wika ni Monzada

Isa sa layon ng kampanyang ito ang maipaalam sa publiko na ang DOE ay walang kakayahang magbigay o magtakda ng halaga ng krudo o langis sapagkat ito ay itinatakda ng Energy Regulatory Board (ERB).

Tinalakay din dito ang LPG cylinder industry kung saan ibinigay ang mga dapat gawin upang malaman kung maayos pa o hindi na ang kalagayan ng mga tangke ng LPG. Gayundin ang mga dapat gawin upang siguruhin na ang ginagamit na LPG ay ligtas at tama ang timbang.

Binigyang diin ni Alex H. Rayos ng retail market monitoring and special concerns division ng DOE na walang sinumang kumpanya ang binigyan ng DOE ng karapatang magbenta ng mga gamit na sinasabing makakatulong upang makatipid sa LPG.


Ang advocacy campaign ay nilahukan ng iba't-ibang stakeholders kabilang ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Governmen (DILG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), mga lokal na pamahalaan sa lalawigan, retailers at dealers ng LPG at iba pang produktong petrolyo.

Nagsagawa din ng actual calibration sa isang gasolinahan upang ipaliwanag sa mga stakeholders ang mga dapat tingnan kapag nagsasalin ng gasolina at upang alamin kung walang paglabag na ginagawa ang mga gasolinahang ito. (PIA-Batangas) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681382702588#sthash.GWr9X33M.dpuf

E. RIZAL


29 OCTOBER 2013.

Malacanang says People's Initiative is not the only option to safeguard public funds President Aquino provides necessary assistance for 75-year-old Tarlac voter National Food Authority Administrator Orlan Calayag's appointment is subject of review, Palace says Aquino: Vocational education contributes to national growth Malacanang says People's Initiative is not the only option to safeguard public funds The Aquino government expressed belief that there are available options other than the people's initiative that will safeguard the integrity of public funds, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" B. Coloma Jr. said on Tuesday. "We share common ground with advocates of reform towards greater transparency and accountability in the use of public funds. However, while we recognize that people‘s initiative is a valid exercise of citizen‘s democratic rights under the 1987 Constitution, we believe that it is not the only available option at this time and all other options need to be considered thoroughly as this will have far-reaching implications on our people," Coloma said the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday. Coloma issued the statement in response to the proposal of retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund, the Disbursement Acceleration Program and to check the abuses of Congress through people's initiative. "A people‘s initiative presupposes that the Legislative and the Executive branches of government are unwilling to enact and implement laws that will prevent the misuse of public funds. We believe there are sufficient avenues for legislative reform and that Congress is prepared to enact laws to institutionalize these reforms," Coloma said. "The administration is supportive of legislative reforms and is prepared to adopt appropriate measures that will safeguard the integrity of public funds. The Supreme Court decision on pending issues provides an opportunity for bringing greater clarity on the separation of powers provision in the Constitution. Such clarity will strengthen the system of checks and balances and thus foster good governance," he said. Coloma reiterated that the government shares the public‘s view on the need to put a stop to the abuse of PDAF use. "Sa panig po ng ating pamahalaan, puspusan ang pagsusumikap na magkaroon ng reporma at pagbabago, sapagkat ang pinakamahalagang plataporma po ng ating administrasyon ay ang pagtahak sa matuwid na daan o ang promotion of good governance," he said. PND (js) TOP President Aquino provides necessary assistance for 75-year-old Tarlac voter President Benigno Aquino III has fulfilled his promise to give medical assistance to an ailing 75-year-old man he met when he voted in Tarlac for the barangay elections last Monday. In a press briefing Tuesday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said Domingo Simon, who has gall bladder ailment, has been given necessary medical treatment at a hospital in Tarlac. ―Mr. Domingo Simon is currently at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital where he is being given necessary medical attention,‖ Coloma said in Filipino. He said the Presidential Management Staff has coordinated with the Social Security System to know what additional assistance can be provided Domingo Simon. The Palace official added that Simon could seek further medical assistance from public hospitals in Metro Manila if necessary. President Aquino met Simon when he voted for the barangay elections in his home province of Tarlac last Monday. Simon voted in the same precinct where the President and his sisters Ballsy and Pinky also cast their votes. The President promised to help Simon with his medical needs and with his pension as the old man complained of having


difficulty in claiming it. PND (jb) TOP National Food Authority Administrator Orlan Calayag's appointment is subject of review, Palace says The appointment of National Food Authority Administrator Orlan A. Calayag is now subject of review following allegations that he is an American citizen, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" B. Coloma Jr. said on Tuesday. "There is an ongoing review and verification process to address other issues pertinent to this appointment,‖ Coloma said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang. Coloma also clarified that Calayag will only serve the unexpired term of his predecessor Angelito T. Banayo who resigned to run for congressman of the 1st district of Agusan del Norte in the 2013 midterm elections. Citing the transmittal dated January 17, 2013 from the Office of the Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Coloma said Calayag's term of office was until June 30, 2013. "There was no antedating of his appointment. The text of the appointment only refers to the original term of office of Mr. Banayo, who Mr. Calayag was appointed to replace. This means his appointment covers only the unexpired term of Banayo, beginning from the date of appointment, 17 January to June 2013," he said. "He was reappointed on 12 July 2013. All of these are in accordance with R.A. 10149 or the Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC) Governance Act of 2011," he said. "There are hundreds of appointments being made that go to the Office of the President, and each one of those appointments goes through a vetting and screening process. So that is what was done in this case and in all other appointments," he said. Prior to his appointment at the NFA, Calayag was Executive Director of the Progressive Community and Ecological Services Organization, a non-government organization helping farmers, fisherfolks, the youth, women, and other sectors in the areas of livelihood, job generation, and environmental protection. PND (js) TOP Aquino: Vocational education contributes to national growth President Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the importance of vocational education to national development during his attendance to the 2nd National Technical Vocational Education and Training Congress in SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, on Tuesday. In his message, the President said recent data suggests a bright future for the country particularly in its economy. For instance, the President said that by 2015, the Philippines will have what experts said to be a demographic sweet spot, in which a large part of the population will be at working age. And in 2019, the country will enter a middle income sweet spot, the President said. In this scenario, once the economy is steered well, the GDP will have a per capita of $6,000. ―Ang ibig pong sabihin ng mga ito, dadami ang mga maari magtrabaho at lalaki ang kita ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino,‖ the President said. ―Maakit ang mga negosyante, aangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng karaniwang mamamayan, at magpapatuloy ang siklo ng malawakang kaunlaran. May isang pagaaral na ngang nagsasabi, na pagdating ng 2030—sana abutin ko pa ‗yan— apat sa bawat limang Pilipino na ang mapupunta sa tinaguriang middle class,‖ he added. This is the reason why the government continues to focus on strengthening the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), he said, encouraging those enrolled in vocational courses to continue honing their skills. In the next half of his administration, he said his government will continue to pursue the mandate given by the people. ―Sa nalalabing dalawang taon at walong buwan, ng ating pamamahala, patuloy nating isasabuhay at tutuparin ang mandatong kaloob ng ating mga Boss. Todo-kayod nating iaahon sa kahirapan ang ating mga kababayan, aakayin silang tumindig, at bibigyang lakas na magpundar ng magandang hinaharap. Abot-kamay na natin ang ating kolektibong mithiin, huwag po tayong bibitiw sa ating pagkakapit-bisig,‖ the President said. TESDA‘s Training for Work Scholarship Program, which started in 2010 to September 2013 posted 547,554 graduates. Previous data from the Department of Budget and Management said that only 28.5 percent of TESDA graduates were able to find jobs.


But in 2012, TESDA‘s figures show that 62.4 percent of TESDA graduates were able to find employment. And for those engaged in IT, TESDA reported a 70.9 percent employment rate among TESDA graduates. For those who graduated in electronics and semiconductor programs, TESDA reported that 85 percent of the graduates were able to find jobs. To achieve its mandate, TESDA is working with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the private sector. Joining the President during Tuesday‘s event were Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva. PND (as) TOP

29 OKTUBRE 2013 Hindi People’s Initiative lamang ang paraan para pangalagaan ang salapi ng bayan—Malacanang Pinagkalooban ng tulong ng Pangulong Aquino ang 75 taong-gulang na botante sa Tarlac Nirerebisa ang pagkatalagang administrador kay Orlan Calayag sa National Food Authority, sabi ng Malacanang Nakatutulong sa pambansang kaunlaran ang Vocational Education—Aquino Hindi People’s Initiative lamang ang paraan para pangalagaan ang salapi ng bayan—Malacanang


Naniniwala ang Malacanang na maraming iba pang magagamit na paraan maliban sa people‘s initiative upang pangalagaan ang pondo ng bayan, sang-ayon kay Kalihim Herminio ―Sonny‖ B. Coloma, Jr. ng Presidential Communications Operations Office Martes. ―Kaisa kami ng saloobin ng mga nagsusulong ng reporma tungo sa ibayong hayagan at pananagutan sa paggamit ng salapi ng bayan. Gayunman, bagaman kinikilala naming ang people‘s initiative ay isang angkop na paggamit ng demokratikong karapatan ng mamamayan sa ilalim ng Kostitusyon ng 1987, naniniwala kami na hindi ito lamang ang paraang magagamit sa panahong ito at dapat lamang masusing isaalang-alang ang iba pang mga paraan sapagka‘t ito ay magkakaroon ng malalim na implikasyon sa ating mga kababayan,‖ pahayag ni Coloma. Inilabas ni Coloma ang pahayag na ito bilang tugon sa mungkahi ng retiradong Punong Mahistrado Reynato Puno na tanggalin na ang Priority Development Assistance Fund, at Disbursement Acceleration Program at suriin ang mga pagmamalabis ng Kongreso sa pamamagitan ng people‘s initiative. ―Ang people‘s initiative ay nagpapahiwatig na ang mga sangay na Tagapagbatas at Tagapagpaganap ng pamahalaan ay tutol na magsagawa at magpatupad ng mga batas na magiging daan upang maiwasan ang pagwawaldas ng salapi ng bayan. Naniniwala kaming may mga sapat na paraan ukol sa reporma ng lehislatiba at ang Kongreso naman ay nakahandang magpatibay ng mga batas na nagtatadhana ng mga repormang ito,‖ dugtong ni Coloma. ―Walang pasnbali ang pagkatig ng administrasyon sa mga repormang lehislatiba at naka-handang ipatupad ang kaukulang angkop na mga hakbang na mangangalaga sa dangal ng salapi ng bayan. Ang nakabimbing pasiya ng Kataastaasang Hukuman sa nakabimbing mga isyu ay nagbubukas ng pagkakataon upang lalo pang lumiwanag ang pagkakahiwalay ng kapangyarihang itinakda ng Saligambatas. Ang pagliwanag na ito ang lalong magpapalakas ng tuntunin ng checks and balances na hahantong sa ibayong mabuting pamamahala,‖ dugtong pa ni Coloma. Inulit ni Coloma na ang pamahalaan ay kaisang diwa ng madla sa paniniwalang kailangang tigilan ang pagmamalabis sa paggamit ng PDAF. ―Sa panig po ng ating pamahalaan, puspusan ang pagsusumikap na magkaroon ng reporma at pagbabago, sapagka‘t ang pinakamahalagang plataporma po ng ating administrasyon ay ang pagtahak sa matuwid na daan o ang pagsusulong ng mabuting pamamahala,‖ pagbibigay-diin pa ng Kalihim. PND (js/zaf) TOP Pinagkalooban ng tulong ng Pangulong Aquino ang 75 taong-gulang na botante sa Tarlac

Tinupad ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang kanyang pangakong tutulungang makapag-pagamot ang may karamdamang 75 taong gulang na matandang lalaking nakasabay niyang bumoto sa halalan ng baranggay noong Lunes. Sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Martes, sinabi ni Kalihim Herminio ―Sonny‖ Coloma, Jr. ng Presidential Communications Operations Office na si Domingo Simon na may karamdaman sa gall bladder ay binigyan ng karampatang lunas sa isang ospital sa Tarlak. ―Kasalukuyang nasa Panlalawigang Pagamutan ng Tarlac si G. Domingo Simon kung saan siya ginagamot,‖ wika ni Coloma. Ayon kay Coloma, nakipag-ugnayan na ang Presidential Management Staff sa Social Security System upang alamin kung ano pang karagdagang tulong ang maibibigay kay Domingo Simon. Kung kailangan, dugtong pa ni Coloma, si Simon ay maaaring magpatingin sa alinmang paga-mutang pambayan sa Metro Manila. Nakilala ng Pangulong Aquino si Simon nang bumoto siya sa halalan ng batanggay sa kanyang lalawigan sa Tarlac noong Lunes. Nagkataon na si Simon ay bumoto sa presinto kung saan naroon din ang Pangulo at ang mga kapatid nitong sina Ballsy at Pinky. Nangako ang Pangulo na tutulungang magpagamot si Simon dahil idinaing ng matanda na nahihirapan siya sa mga pangangailangan niya sa kanyang sakit at pati na sa pagkuha ng pensiyon niya. PND (jb/zaf) TOP Nirerebisa ang pagkatalagang administrador kay Orlan Calayag sa National Food Authority, sabi ng Malacanang

Nirerebisang kasalukuyan ang pagkatalaga kay Orlan A. Calayag bilang administrador ng National Food Authority dahil sa mga paratang na siya ay isang mamamayang Amerikano, sabi ni Kalihim Herminio ―Sonny‖ B. Coloma, Jr. Martes. ―Kasalukuyan nang sinusuri at inaalam ang mahahalagang isyu sa pagkatalaga sa kanya sa tungkulin,‖ wika ni Coloma sa pulong-balitaan sa Malakanyang. Niliwanag din ni Coloma na si Calayag ay manunuparan lamang sa unexpired term o nalalabi pang temino ng pinalitan niyang si Angelito T. Banayo na nagbitiw sa tungkulin upang kumandidatong kinatawan ng Unang purok ng Agusan del Norte sa halalan ngayong 2013.


Binanggit ni Coloma ang liham na may petsang Enero 17, 2013 mula sa Tanggapan ni Kalihim Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. kung saan nakasaad na hanggang Hunyo 30, 2013 lamang ang panunungkulan ni Calayag. ―Walang antedating sa pagtatalaga sa kanya. Ang nilalaman ng appointment ay ukol sa orihinal na termino ni G. Banayo at ipinalit sa kanya si Calayag. Ang ibig sabihin nito, ang temino niya ay para lamang sa hindi natapos na termino ni Banayo mula sa panahon ng pagtatalaga sa kanya na 17 Enero hanggang Hunyo 2013,‖ paliwanag ni Coloma. ―Muli siyang itinalaga noong 12 Hulyo 2013. Lahat nang ito ay naaayon sa Batas ng Republika Blg. 10149 o GovernmentOwned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC) Governance Act ng 2011,‖ dugtong ng Kalihim. ―Daan-daan ang appointments na dumaraan sa Tanggapan ng Pangulo at bawa‘t isa ay masusi at puspusang sinusuri. Ganito ang ginagawa sa kasong ito at sa iba pang appointments,‖ sabi pa ni Coloma. Bago natalaga sa NFA, si Calayag ang Executive Director ng Progressive Community and Ecological Services Organization, isang non-government organization na tumutulong sa mga magsasaka, mangingisda, kabataan, kababaihan at iba pang sektor sa larangan ng hanap-buhay, paglikha ng trabaho at pangangalaga sa kapaligiran. PND (js/zaf) TOP Nakatutulong sa pambansang kaunlaran ang Vocational Education—Aquino

Ang halaga ng kaalamang panghanap-buhay sa pambansang kaunlaran ang binigyang diin ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa pagdalo niya sa 2nd National Technical Vocational Education and Training Congress sa SMX Convention Center sa Lungsod ng Pasay Martes. Sa kanyang talumpati, binanggit ng Pangulo ang kaukulang data na nagsasabing maaliwalas ang kinabukasan ng bansa, lalo na sa larangan ng ekonomya. Sinabi ng Pangulo na pagdating ng 2015, ang Pilipinas ay magkakaroon ng mga dalubhasang sinasabing isang demographic sweet spot na ang malaking bahagi ng popul;asyon ay tutuntong na sa working age. At sa 2019, papasok na ang bansa sa middle income sweet spot, sabi ng Pangulo, na ang magiging kahulugan, sa sandaling lumakas na mabuti ang ekonomya, ang GDP ay magkakaroon ng per capita na $6,000. ―Ang ibig pong sabihin ng mga ito, darami ang maaaring magtrabaho at lalaki ang kita ng bawa‘t pamilyang Pilipino,‖ paliwanag ng Pangulo. ―Maaakit ang mga negosyante, aangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng karaniwang mamamayan at magpapatuloy ang siklo ng malawakang kaunlaran. May isang pag-aaral na ngang nagsasabi na pagdating ng 2030—sana abutin ko pa iyan— apat sa bawa‘t limang Pilipino na ang mapupunta sa tinaguriang middle class,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulo. Binigyang diin ng Pangulo na ito ang dahilan kaya patuloy ang pagtutuon ng pansin ng kanyang pamahalaan sa pagpapalakas ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) upang mahimok ang higit na marami na mag-aral sa mga kursong panghanap-buhay at puspusang hinangin ang kanilang kakayahan. Sa susunod na kalahating yugto ng administrasyon niya, sinabi ng Pangulo na ipagpapatuloy ng kanyang pamahalaan ang pagsusulong ng mandatong ipinagkaloob ng taong bayan. ―Sa nalalabing dalawang taon at walong buwan ng ating pamamahala, patuloy nating isasa-buhay at tutuparin ang mandatong kaloob ng ating mga Boss. Todo-kayod nating iaahon sa kahirapan ang ating mga kababayan, aakayin silang tumindig at bibigyang lakas na mag-pundar ng magandang hinaharap. Abot-kamay na natin ang ating kolek6ibong mithiin. Huwag na po tayong bibitiw sa ating pagkakapit-bisig,‖ pahayag pa ng Pangulo. Umabot sa 547,554 ang nakatapos sa Training for Work Scholarship Program ng TESDA na sinimulan noong Setyembre 2013 Sa mga dating data ng Kagawaran ng Badyet ay nakalagay na 28.5 porsiyento lamang ng mga nagtapos sa TESDA ang nakakuha ng mga trabaho. Subali‘t ngayong 2013, lumitaw na 62.4 porsiyento ng mga nagtapos sa TESDA ang napasok sa trabaho. Sa mga nag-aral ng IT, ayon sa TESDA, 70.9 porsyento ang nagkatrabaho. Umabot naman sa 85 porsiyento ang nagkatrabaho sa mga nakatapos ng electronics and semiconductor programs, ayon sa TESDA. Para maisagawa ang mandato ng TESDA, nakikipag-ugnayan sila sa Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Hanapbuhay (DOLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) at sa pribadong sektor. Kasama ng Pangulo sa pagdalo sa pagtitipong ito Martes sina Kalihim Proceso Alcala ng Pagsasaka, Kalihim Herminio Coloma, Jr. ng Presidential Communciations Operations Office, Kalihim Rosalinda Baldoz ng Paggawa at Hanapbuhay, at Direktor Heneral Joel Villanueva ng TESDA. PND (as/zaf)


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President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech at the 2nd National Technical Vocational Educational and Training Congress SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City 29 Oct 2013 Maraming salamat po. Maupo tayong lahat. Secretary Joel Villanueva; Secretary Linda Baldoz; Secretary Procy Alcala; Secretary Sonny Coloma; Congresswoman Emy Calixto-Rubiano; Mayor Tony Calixto; board members, officials, and staff of the Technical Educational Skills Authority; officials of the Technical Vocational Schools Associations of the Philippines; officials and representatives of Tech-Voc institutions; fellow workers in government; honored guests; mga minamahal ko pong kababayan: Ulit, magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. Kanina sinabi ni Joel na pangalawa pa lang nating yata itong Tech-Voc congress. Noong araw, kanya-kanyang kayod, kanya-kanyang direksyon, at ang dasal: magkita kayo somehow, somewhere, sometime. Sa kanta ho maganda iyon, pero sa pagpaplano ho parang ang hirap magtagpo-tagpo. Kung ‗di tayo mag-uusap, hindi tayo magkikita. Pangangailangan ng isa, kayang tugunan ng kabila, pero hindi naman ng kabilang tutugon na pangangailangang ganoon—paano nga magkakaroon ng solusyon? Kaya talaga naman pong ikinagagalak ko na nandito ako kung saan napakarami n‘yong naguusap, nagtutulungan, nagdadamayan sa ikakaasnenso po ng ating inang bayan. Maraming salamat po sa inyo. [Applause] Gaya po ng ating panata: Sa tuwid na daan, walang maiiwan. Iyan po ang transpormasyong tinatamasa na natin ngayon: Ang pag-angat na pakikinabangan ng nakakarami, at hindi lamang ng iilan. Ito ang magbubunsod ng siklo ng patuloy na pag-unlad at pagbabayanihan.


Sagisag po ang pagtitipong ito ng ating kolektibong pagkilos, at ang patuloy nating pagsulong tungo sa ating mga adhikain. Sa pangunguna nga po ng maabilidad at maaasahang Kalihim Joel Villanueva, kinikilala natin ang malaking ambag ng technical vocational education and training sa pagpapaarangkada ng ekonomiya at pagpapabuti sa kabuhayan ng ating mamamayan. Kaya naman, sa lahat ng bumubuo at nakikibahagi sa pagpupulong na ito, salamat sa pakikiisa ninyong maglatag ng oportunidad upang tuluyan na ngang ihatid ang bansa sa malawakang pag-asenso. Wala naman po sigurong tututol: Dapat nating sagarin ang mga pagkakataon para sa lahat, lalo na para sa mga mas nangangailangan. Pagkaupo pa lang natin sa puwesto, agad nating tinukoy ang job-skills mismatch bilang ugat ng kakulangan ng pagkakataon. Ngayon, sa pagtutulungan ng DepEd, DOLE, CHED, at TESDA, tinitiyak na nating ang mga bakanteng trabaho ay pupunan ng mga graduate nating may sapat na talino at pagsasanay. Naisabatas naman po ang K to 12 Basic Education Program upang itaas ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa bansa. Sa dagdag na dalawang taon sa basic education, naglalatag tayo ng mas malawak na pagkakataon upang linangin at paunlarin ng kabataan ang kanilang kakayahan. Alam naman po nating hindi tayo puwedeng makapalag sa pandaigdigang merkado, kung mananatili ang status quo, kung saan isinisiksik ang kaalamang puwedeng matutuhan sa paaralan sa loob ng napakalimitadong panahon. Nariyan din po ang TESDA na sa bawat rehiyon, probinsya o distrito, naglilingkod at nagbubukas ng pagkakataon sa ating mga mamamayan. Ang programa nilang Training for Work Scholarship Program, mula Hulyo 2010 hanggang Setyembre 2013, nakapagpa-graduate na ng 547,554 na mag-aaral. Baka naman puwede nating palakpakan natin po ang TESDA at si Joel. [Applause] Tignan nga rin po natin ang pagbabago na naabot natin: Ayon sa datos ng Department of Budget and Management, 28.5 percent lang ng mga napagtapos ng TESDA ang nakahanap ng trabaho noong 2006 hanggang 2008. Di naman n‘yo siguro mamasamain sa akin kung papaaral ko rin sa COA kung tama kaya ‗yung ang numerong ‗yon. [Laughter] Pero ito ang tiyak: Ikumpara po natin nito naman pong 2012, batay sa pag-aaral ng TESDA, umabot na sa 62.4 percent ang mga graduate ng TESDA ay nakahanap ng trabaho. [Applause] General average po ‗yan, kaya lang pinapaalala ko rin kay Joel noong nag-aaral tayo, 75 ang passing mark. [Laughter] General average po, pangkalahatan po ‗yan. Kung sisilipin naman ang mga nasa industriya ng IT-BPM, 70.9 percent ang employment rate ng TESDA graduates. Sa electronics and semiconductor program naman, umabot sa 85 percent ng mga nagtapos ang nagkatrabaho. Again, maraming salamat po sa TESDA, [applause] at siyempre, ng lahat ng kaugnayan niya tulad ng DOLE, CHED, at syempre private sector, ang ating mga institutions na tumutulong mag-training sa ating mga kababayan. [Applause] Ang buod po ng lahat ng ito: Dahil sa mas maayos na pamamalakad, at dahil sa mas masinsing pagtutok sa pangangailangan ng ating mamamayan, may pinipitas na ngayong pagkakataon ang ating mga kababayan. Dito po tayo talagang pinapahanga ng mahusay na pamumuno ulit ni Secretary Joel. Balita ko pa, pati si Secretary Joel, nakatanggap na rin ng National Certificate Level III sa Food and Beverage Servicing. [Applause] Siguro naman, sa natitira kong dalawang taon at apat na buwan po yata, puwede natin siyang mabisita sa opisina at buong giliw niya tayong ipaghain ng masasarap na pagkain. Nagpapasalamat na ako maski wala po ‗yong imbitasyon. Nagpapasalamat din po tayo sa pakikiisa ng iba‘t ibang industriya at institusyon para palakasin pa ang ating technical vocational programs. Sa pamamagitan ng dual training at apprenticeship, nakakapagsanay tayo ng mga manggagawa na akma sa pangangailangan ng mga industriya. Narinig na rin po siguro ninyo ang magandang balita tungkol sa ating ekonomiya: pumalo ng 7.6 percent ang GDP growth natin ngayong first half ng 2012, isa sa pinakamataas sa Asya po ito. Kaliwa‘t kanan ang papuri nakukuha ng ating ekonomiya, at ang totoo po, nakikita natin ang lalo nitong paglago sa susunod na taon. Pagpasok po kase ng 2015, mayroon tayong tinatawag na demographic sweet spot na ating pong tatamaan. Papasok sa working age ang bulto ng ating mga mamamayan. Ulitin ko lang po iyon: pagdating ng 2015, ang nakakarami ng ating mamamayan ay nasa working age na po. Pagdating naman po ng 2019, mayroon naman tayong papasukin tinatawag na middle income sweet spot. Papalo raw po, kung talagang paghuhusayan natin, ng $6,000 per capita ang atin pong GDP. Iyon po ang tinatawag ng mga ekonomistang inflection point kung saan bumubulusok ang buong ekonomiya—2019 po iyan. Kung mapapaaga, hindi po ako kokontra doon. Ang ibig pong sabihin ng mga ito, dadami ang mga maari magtrabaho at lalaki ang kita ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino. Maakit ang mga negosyante, aangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng karaniwang mamamayan, at magpapatuloy ang siklo ng malawakang kaunlaran. May isang pagaaral na ngang nagsasabi, na pagdating ng 2030—sana abutin ko pa ‗yan—apat sa bawat limang Pilipino na ang mapupunta sa tinaguriang middle class. Iyan po ang maaabot natin kung magpapatuloy tayo sa kursong atin pong tinatahak ngayon. Kaya nga po patuloy ang pagpapalakas natin sa TESDA. Itinatanim natin ang kaalaman at kakayahan ngayon upang masagad ang mga pagkakataong aanihin natin sa kinabukasan. Ang panawagan ko nga po sa ating mga kababayan: Lubusin natin ang mga nagbukas at paparating pang oportunidad. Sa patuloy na pag-angat ng ekonomiya, ang maiiwan na lamang po ay ang ayaw sumama. [Di ho natin maalis iyon. Mayroon ho talagang… Bahala na ang Diyos sa kanila. Malinaw po: Isinusulong natin ang paglagong tumutumbas sa pag-angat ng kabuhayan ng mga Pilipino. Mapa-karpintero man, electrician, mananahi, o mekaniko, masusi nating sinasanay upang bigyan kayo ng kompiyansang makipagsabayan sa anumang larangan, sa loob man o labas ng ating bayan. Sa nalalabing dalawang taon at walong buwan, ng ating pamamahala, patuloy nating isasabuhay at tutuparin ang


mandatong kaloob ng ating mga Boss. Todo-kayod nating iaahon sa kahirapan ang ating mga kababayan, aakayin silang tumindig, at bibigyang lakas na magpundar ng magandang hinaharap. Abot-kamay na natin ang ating kolektibong mithiin, huwag po tayong bibitiw sa ating pagkakapit-bisig. Bago po ako magtapos, ulit-ulitin ko lang po: Sabi nga ho may awa ang Diyos pero nasa tao ang gawa. Iyon po ang pinipilit natin ngayon, gawin natin ‗yung tama para naman tayo‘y may aanihin na mas tama sa mga darating na panahon. Sa inyo pong pagtutulungan, talagang natatamasa na natin ang mga biyaya ng mga repormang kayo rin ang gumawa ng pagkakataon para mangyari. At ang tanong ko nalang ho dito: Ngayon na paangat tayo nang paangat, ngayon pa ba tayo maliligaw? Siguro naman ho, tama dapat ang direksyon, iisa lang: Tungo sa lalong pagbibigay ng oportunidad sa ating mga kababayan Magandang araw. Maraming salamat po. [HOME]

ONLINE NEWS 29 OCTOBER 2013 DBM kicks off new features on PDAF website Gov't springs to post-quake aid with P3.5-B in funds DOLE expands package of productivity programs At the Southern Tagalog RTIPC Convention, Baldoz said competitiveness must not be built around low wages Investment goods top imports in August 2013 UN calls for nomination for the 2014 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) ASEAN, Japan Prepare for Commemorative Summit Schedule of registration for new Respiratory Therapists set November 14-15, 2013 (2013 Resolution Nos. 11-14) October 2013 Customs Broker Licensure Examination results released in two (2) working days PDIC to sell 690 closed banks’ properties at 8th Housing Fair PDIC to bid out assets worth P90-M on November 19 DSWD sends add’l goods to Bohol US turns over 6,000 hygiene kits for quake victims TESDA trains future events guru POEA cancels recruiter’s license for contract substitution DBM kicks off new features on PDAF website Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph In its continuing drive to implement budget innovation and reforms, the Department of Budget and Management has introduced new features on the electronic Transparency and Accountability Initiative for Lump Sum Funds (e-TAILS) website (http://pdaf.dbm.gov.ph), installing a feedback mechanism to monitor and report on the spending of Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) allocated to lawmakers. Launched in 2011, e-TAILS keeps track of use of PDAF by showing information on the breakdown of releases to legislators, where and when the funds were released, the projects that a legislator endorsed for PDAF support, as well as the project beneficiaries. The new features allow citizens to download the yearly report of PDAF releases, post comments and upload photos or videos as feedback on PDAF-funded projects, as well as find key information on how PDAF works. ―The rationale behind the e-TAILS website is to make sure that information on PDAF releases and the projects they support are presented in an accurate and user-friendly platform, so that the public can gain quick access to PDAF information and give feedback on the projects endorsed by legislators. With its new features, the eTAILS website strengthens the DBM‘s commitment to increase citizen awareness and engagement, specifically with respect to PDAF use and management,‖ DBM Undersecretary and Chief Information Officer Richard Moya said. ―Although the new features are already up and running, we‘re continually improving the site post-launch so it better responds to the needs of those who visit it,‖ he added. According to Moya, citizens can now click on a specific project and post a comment using their Facebook account, or post a photo or video to show the implementation status and result of ;PDAF-supportec projects. The homepage also leads site visitors to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PDAF, besides featuring a step-by-step guide in navigating the new features on the website. ―We‘re keeping pace with an audience that uses the internet as their main information resource. More important, however, is the fact that we‘re also giving concerned citizens an interactive online venue where they can give honest


feedback on PDAF projects,‖ Budget Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad said. ―Altogether, e-TAILS has been improved to empower the Filipino people by giving them easier access to information. This is also a very well-timed development, given the growing clamor for better transparency and accountability in government, a call that the Aquino administration is responding to by creating spaces for dialogue and public participation in the budget process,‖ he added. |TOP| Gov't springs to post-quake aid with P3.5-B in funds Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph/ In the wake of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked several parts of Visayas and Mindanao, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad gave reassurance that the Aquino administration is prepared to provide quick relief to quake-stricken areas, adding that P1 billion from the 2013 Calamity and Contingency funds are ready to support the aid requirements of all affected families and communities. Abad added that approximately P2.3 billion in Quick Response Funds (QRFs) under various implementing agencies can also be mobilized to provide immediate assistance and support to all displaced and affected families. QRFs under the Office of Civil Defense and Office of the Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND) amount to P554 million and P326 million, respectively, while the departments of Education and Agriculture have respective QRFs amounting to P455 million and P196 million. Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has roughly P200 million remaining in its QRF. DBM records also show that QRFs under the Department of Public Works and Highways—including those under Continuing Appropriations—amount to roughly P600 million. ―We are completely attuned to the urgent plight of families and communities in areas damaged by the quake. The Administration is already tapping the proper fund sources to provide quick and sufficient assistance to those affected by this disaster. Besides the Contingency and Calamity funds that can be used for this purpose, QRFs under agencies will likewise allow us begin rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts at the soonest possible time,‖ Abad said. The Budget chief also reported that a request has been sent to President Benigno S. Aquino III to draw additional calamity funds from government savings. ―We have identified sources in our savings to efficiently augment both our Calamity and Contingent funds to provide additional support as needed. This request will still require the President‘s approval. As far as funding the relief and rehabilitation operations in Bohol and Cebu is concerned, we shouldn‘t meet any problems, as the government is fully prepared to deliver swift relief assistance wherever it‘s needed,‖ Abad added. Abad said that the Contingency and Calamity funds—with remaining balances of P824 million and P176 million, respectively—are designed to implement urgent projects and services to support relief and rehabilitation efforts to communities and areas affected by natural calamities, disasters, or humanitarian emergencies, among others. QRFs, on the other hand, are standby allocations that represent pre-disaster funds to immediately provide assistance to disaster-stricken areas. These are built-in appropriations in the budgets of implementing agencies, namely, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of National Defense (DND), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). |TOP| DOLE expands package of productivity programs Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last week bared that the DOLE, through the National Wages and Productivity Commission, has effectively expanded its package of productivity programs consistent with the strategy to further strengthen DOLE capacity to assist firms towards the road to productivity. In her keynote address at the awarding ceremonies of the 2013 Productivity Olympics at the Century Park Hotel in Manila--where the DOLE and the NWPC recognized micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the agribusiness, industry, and services sectors for their best productivity improvement practices--Baldoz announced she had instructed the NWPC and its Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) to upgrade and expand the package of productivity programs so that more MSMEs could avail of these. "This is in relation to the strengthened implementation of DOLE's wage policy reform, which advocates for a tighter link between pay and productivity," she said, emphasizing that what makes the DOLE's strategy more unique from the rest "is that all our productivity advocacy and capacity building interventions are offered free to the MSMEs.


She said that in 2010, the DOLE had first consolidated all training programs, and developed and deployed improved modules on quality and productivity technologies to strengthen productivity advocacy. "We have also expanded coverage of the value-driven ISTIV Productivity Awareness Program to include constructive and cooperative worker and employer relations modules from ILO‘s Succeeding in Business Program. The module is now called ISTIV Plus," she said. I-S-T-I-V stands for Industrious, Systematic, Time-conscious, Innovative, and Strong Value for work. Baldoz also said the Service Quality for Hotels and Restaurants Industry Program towards zero-error in attending to customers' needs now also covers the tourism value chain, which includes airports/ports; gift shops; transport service; tourist guides; and local police. Preliminary demonstration of this enhanced module was done in Dapitan and Dipolog Cities, and Boracay Island. "We are currently expanding our partnership agreement on Service Quality with the Department of Tourism to cover the value chain of the tourism industry. In recognition of providing quality service as a strategy to attract more tourists, the DOT has adopted a modified accreditation system, which requires tourist service providers, such as hotels, restaurants, and resorts to demonstrate quality service in order to secure DOT accreditation. The DOT has institutionalized this arrangement," Baldoz explained. Other reforms the DOLE is implementing: (1) Expansion of the training approach from the enterprise to the value chain to ensure a more holistic and seamless approach to training and to create a viral effect on the other industries in the chain. This is relative to the implementation of the 2nd tier or productivity-based incentive scheme. (2) Launching of the DOLE's green productivity program dubbed, Green ME (My Enterprise) Program, a strategy to enhance productivity performance and environmental sustainability. (3) Provision of a productivity perspective in the development of training modules relative to the shift in new labor standards enforcement framework towards voluntary compliance. The newly-recruited 372 labor law compliance officers-who have been trained to advise, assist and guide enterprises towards voluntary compliance and, eventually, continuous improvement, growth, and competitiveness--will implement the new labor law compliance system using a mix of developmental and regulatory approaches to benefit MSMEs. (4) Convergence of labor management cooperation schemes (NCMB) and productivity improvement programs (NWPC) to tighten the link between the promotion of LMC and capacity-building on productivity. "MSMEs interested to avail of the new Integrated Productivity Program, or the ladderized approach, to productivity must undergo the foundational courses of Productivity 101 on basic productivity concepts and measurements, values awareness, and the 5S of good housekeeping. These are requirements for the more advanced productivity training programs," Baldoz further elaborated. Finally, she said the RTWPBs have been tasked to monitor post-implementation of productivity improvement programs as part of their strategy to tap potential Productivity Olympics nominees. "With our expanded menu of productivity improvement programs, I hope many more MSMEs will embark on their own productivity journey for the country to attain competitiveness, progress, and inclusive growth," she said. |TOP| At the Southern Tagalog RTIPC Convention, Baldoz said competitiveness must not be built around low wages Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last week told over 300 delegates composed of the DOLE's tripartite partners and members of the National Wages and Productivity Commission's Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards attending the 6th Regional Tripartite Industry Peace Council of the Calabarzon Region at the Batis Aramin, Lucban, Quezon, that the Philippines's competitive advantage lies in competitive industries sustained through improved technology, productivity, and quality. "I will not tire in repeating that our competitive advantage must be built not around low wages, but around clusters of competitive industries whose high earnings and must be sustained through improved technology, productivity, and product or service quality that improves workers' standards of living," Baldoz said in her convention speech. "I am happy to note that our tripartite partners in Region IV-A stand committed to this and to the ―regional brand‖ of being the country's ―productivity champion‖ not only in the implementation of the ―twotiered wage fixing system‖, but more so in spreading the productivity movement through the regional Productivity Olympics," Baldoz. The occasion was also the awarding of the regional winners in the 2013 Productivity Olympics. Baldoz said what the country needs at this stage in its effort to transform the lives of Filipinos is to elevate the quality of tripartism and social dialogue and to enhance national productivity. "We need to seriously embrace productivity as an instrument to attain inclusive growth through decent and productive work; to grow our economy without anyone being left behind and all enjoying the fruits of progress, including those who are in the margins of society," she said. The labor and employment chief explained that the business perspective of ensuring good return on investment is a given and that no one would go into business just to lose money, or without a perspective of expanding and getting more and more productive and competitive. "But a critical balance has to be maintained, as business growth should not be done at the expense of workers' rights and benefits," she emphatically said. This is why we are working on reforms that will respond


to the need of business to remain competitive because it is only by being competitive that they can create more jobs and enhance the quality of jobs," she said. "The two-tiered wage system and our productivity improvement schemes, which you support, will ensure the attainment of this critical balance," she added. Under this reform track, Baldoz said that no wage order shall allow exemption from minimum wage coverage and that productivity and performance-based pay shall be an integral part of any wage order that the regional wage boards shall issue for the next three years. She also said that for the next three years, the DOLE shall develop a corps of productivity champions to implement sustained productivity improvement programs to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to become "growth" businesses producing quality products, creating market niches, and generating productive and decent jobs. "We are almost done with our one-year program to train DOLE personnel, together with employers and workers of MSMEs to develop Philippine Productivity Professionals. The training was organized by the NWPC and funded by Singapore's Temasek Foundation, at the Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore‘s premier technical-vocational education and training institution. The second phase of the program is being developed by the NWPC for implementation in 2014. Baldoz said the challenge is to popularize productivity schemes and to make it easy to understand for more buy-ins from both workers and employers. "Productivity is the way to move out of the minimum wage trap that characterizes our workers‘ compensation schemes for so long–-working for 10 or more years on a minimum wage pay, or just a little bit more-– without unnecessarily draining the company‘s resources," Baldoz said finally. |TOP| Investment goods top imports in August 2013 Source: http://www.neda.gov.ph MANILA—Merchandise imports grew by 6.9 percent in August 2013 from the same period last year, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). ―For this period, 44.7 percent of the country‘s inward shipments from the top ten import sources can be classified as ―investment goods‖ or goods with productive uses,‖ said NEDA officer-in-charge (OIC) and Deputy Director General Emmanuel F. Esguerra. ―This shows buoyant economic activity for the second half of the year the NEDA official added. In terms of value, imports increased to US$5.5 billion in August 2013 from US$5.2 billion in the same period in 2012. ―Spending for imported mineral fuels and lubricants (26.5%), capital goods (11.0%), and consumer goods (2.3%) mainly backed the growth in imports for the period,‖ Esguerra said. The growth in imported mineral fuels and lubricants was due to higher spending for petroleum crude (54.3%) and other mineral fuels and lubricants (0.4%). ―Volume expansion of imported petroleum crude (50.9%) and other mineral fuels and lubricants (5.4%) led to high values for these products even as the price of crude in the international market declined,‖ said Esguerra. Meanwhile, the growth of imported capital goods was mainly supported by year-on-year gains in payments for aircraft, ships and boats (778.9%) and power generating and specialized machines (23.2%). ―This was largely due to the delivery of Philippine Airlines‘ brand-new Airbus A321-200 as part of its comprehensive fleet renewal program,‖ he said. Esguerra added that overall, the robust purchases of capital goods during the period may be accounted for by the continuing positive outlook of businesses in the third quarter of 2013 ―This outlook can be seen specifically in the number of firms with intentions to expand operations in the current and the next quarter of the year, which has remained at favorable levels,‖ he said. Meanwhile, total trade-in-goods deficit narrowed to US$5.6 billion in January to August 2013 from US$5.7 billion in the comparable period in 2012. But the total value of merchandise imports decreased slightly by 0.9 percent from US$41.0 billion in the same period last year to US$40.6 billion. In terms of imports source, the People‘s Republic of China was the top market for the fourth consecutive period since May 2013, with 13.1 percent share in the total value of inward shipments. USA was the second top source of imported goods in August 2013, recording a 9.5 percent share of imports followed by Taiwan (8.6%), Japan (8.3%), and Saudi Arabia (8.2%). Esguerra, who is Deputy Director-General for Planning and Policy, is OIC of NEDA from October 22 to 27, 2013, while Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan is on official business abroad. |TOP| UN calls for nomination for the 2014 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 29 October 2013 – The Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York reiterates the call of the United Nations (UN) for nominations for the 2014 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA).


Through an annual competition, UNPSA promotes the role of professionalism and visibility of public service. With an ongoing thrust to actively promote, recognize and learn from world-wide public organizations who have improved the quality of life of citizens through innovative practices, UNPSA encourages exemplary public service and recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on a competent civil service. UNPSA, the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service, started accepting nominations last 18 September. It will continue to accept nominations until 18 December 2013. The 2014 UNPSA Awards will be bestowed in four (4) categories: (1) improving the delivery of public services; (2) fostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative mechanisms: (3) promoting whole-of-government approaches in information age; and (4) promoting gender sensitive public service delivery. For submission rules, the online application form and for more information about the UNPSA application process, please visit www.unpan.org/applyunpsa2014. |TOP| ASEAN, Japan Prepare for Commemorative Summit Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 25 October 2013 – Senior officials from ASEAN Member States and Japan met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the 28th ASEAN-Japan Forum. Senior officials discussed preparations for the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit to be held in Tokyo, Japan on 14 December 2013 to celebrate 40 years of ASEAN-Japan relations. They also reviewed the progress of ASEAN-Japan cooperation in the political-security, economic, and socio-cultural fields, and exchanged views on regional and international issues. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan P. Garcia was lead speaker on human rights and democracy, as well as on economic cooperation, which he described as two crucial pillars upon which an even stronger ASEAN-Japan partnership could be built. Undersecretary Garcia also emphasized the importance of enhancing cooperation on maritime security, peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, the rule of law, and good governance. Both sides agreed that ASEAN and Japan play an important role, not only in the regional context, but also in the larger, global perspective as long-term partners for peace and prosperity. Officials looked forward to the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in December as a milestone to further enhance mutually beneficial and comprehensive relations. |TOP| Schedule of registration for new Respiratory Therapists set November 14-15, 2013 (2013 Resolution Nos. 11-14) Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph Manila, October 29, 2013 – The Professional Regulation Commission announces the schedule of the initial registration for those who have qualified to be registered without examination pursuant to Section 19, Article III of R.A. 10024 known as the "Philippine Respiratory Act of 2009" and Board of Respiratory Therapy Resolution Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 14 series of 2013, approved by the Commission.. Registrants are advised to download the Oath Forms HERE and to bring their duly accomplished Oath Forms on November 14-15, 2013 at the PRC-Registration Division. The certificates of registration and professional identification cards will be distributed during the oath-taking ceremonies. Click here to view the list of approved applicants for registration without examination (Resolution No. 11) Click here to view the list of approved applicants for registration without examination (Resolution No. 12) Click here to view the list of approved applicants for registration without examination (Resolution No. 13) Click here to view the list of approved applicants for registration without examination (Resolution No. 14) |TOP|


October 2013 Customs Broker Licensure Examination results released in two (2) working days Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 533 out of 1,278 passed the Customs Broker Licensure Examination given by the Board for Customs Brokers in Manila, Cebu and Davao this October 2013. The members of the Board for Customs Brokers who gave the licensure examination are Atty. Ferdinand A. Nague, Chairman; Felipe A. Bartolome and Silverio F. Montalbo, Members. The results were released in two (2) working days after the last day of examination. Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be on November 7 and 8, 2013. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 1 piece passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2013-2016. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals. The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER. |TOP| PDIC to sell 690 closed banks’ properties at 8th Housing Fair Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) has 690 properties up for negotiated sale at the 8th Housing Fair organized by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) on October 25 to 27, 2013 at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. The properties are owned by various closed banks and are located nationwide, including key cities and municipalities of the National Capital Region. The PDIC said that it is selling the assets on cash and installment basis at discounted interest rates of up to 20% of the minimum disposal price on cash basis, and up to 10% of the minimum disposal price on installment basis. Inquiries on the assets for sale may be addressed to Mr. Ferdinand M. Beluan who will head the PDIC exhibit booth at the SM Megatrade Hall. Information on the properties for sale may be accessed through the Property Finder in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. The participation in housing fairs is in line with the PDIC‘s strategic direction to expeditiously dispose non-financial assets, as outlined in its medium-term Roadmap to 2016. As Liquidator of closed banks, PDIC disposes assets acquired from closed banks to benefit the uninsured depositors and creditors by way of helping enhance recovery of their deposits and investments. |TOP| PDIC to bid out assets worth P90-M on November 19 Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) is set to sell via public bidding on November 19, 2013 152 real properties and six bank premises with an aggregate minimum disposal value of P90 million on an ―as-is, where-is‖ basis. The public bidding will be held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) – Legaspi Branch located in Barangay 18, Rizal Street, Cabagñan, Legaspi City, Albay. Opening of bids will start at 2:00 p.m. Up for bidding are closed banks‘ assets consisting of commercial and residential lots. The properties are located in the various cities and provinces of the Bicol Region including Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon. Under the ―as-is, where-is basis‖ bidding, prospective buyers are advised to physically inspect the properties they are interested to buy, assess and verify the land titles and other documents, and determine unpaid taxes, fees or expenses before submitting their bids. The PDIC will receive sealed bids only from direct buyers at the bidding venue on November 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No extension will be given for the submission of bids. Bidders are likewise advised to come at least one hour prior to opening of bids for the registration. The PDIC reserves the right to limit the number of attendees/witnesses to the bidding venue. In addition, bids shall be accepted from Filipino citizens only, or from corporations or associations which are at least 60%-owned by Filipino citizens.


All bids must be accompanied by a bond or deposit equivalent to at least 10% of the submitted bid either in Cash or Manager‘s or Cashier‘s Check issued by a commercial bank. The winning bidder is required to pay the balance of the bid price not later than November 28, 2013. Bid documents such as Bid Forms, Conditions of Bid, and acceptable formats for the Special Power of Attorney and Secretary‘s Certificate may be downloaded from the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. The list of property descriptions, vicinity maps and lot plans are also available at the PDIC website. For further information, interested bidders may contact Atty. Josette Sonia H. Marcilla or Mr. Dominador V. Rodulfo, Jr. of the Asset Management and Disposal Department I at telephone numbers, (02) 841-4750 or (02) 841-4754. The conduct of public biddings is in line with the PDIC‘s strategic direction to expeditiously dispose non-financial assets, as outlined in its medium-term Roadmap to 2016. As Liquidator of closed banks, PDIC disposes assets acquired from closed banks to benefit the uninsured depositors and creditors by way of helping enhance recovery of their deposits and investments. |TOP| DSWD sends add’l goods to Bohol Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will send to Bohol today some 24,000 family food packs, 1,000 water jugs with potable water, 217 shelter box tents, and nine boxes of shelter box tools worth P17.8 million via the Philippine Navy Ship. Likewise, through the partnership with Air21, some 6,000 family food packs were loaded to 2GO Forwarding Services for shipment anytime today to Tagbilaran City. To date, the total assistance given to quake victims in Central Visayas has already reached P37.75 million coming from the combined resources of the DSWD with P24.82 million, local government units with P2.97 million, and nongovernment organizations with P9.95 million. DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that repacking of relief goods at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City is on-going to meet the target of 50,000 food packs. Secretary Soliman said that a total of 40,170 food packs have already been repacked by volunteers as of 12 noon today. She thanked the 1,011 volunteers who went to NROC from October 23 until today to help repack goods. They were provided food by 7-Eleven through a continuing partnership between the convenience store chain and the Department. As of 12 noon today, 303 evacuation centers are still open in Bohol and Cebu. Bohol has 280 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 18,387 families or 94,624 persons. Cebu has 23 evacuation centers serving 923 families or 5,009 persons. Some 50,372 families or 255,201 persons who continue to stay in home-based sites are also provided with relief assistance |TOP| US turns over 6,000 hygiene kits for quake victims Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Tagbilaran City, Bohol – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the provincial government of Bohol recently received assistance for earthquake-stricken areas in the province in the form of 6,000 units of hygiene kits from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) during the turnover ceremony held at the People‘s Mansion. At the said turnover were USAID Mission Director Gloria Steele, USAID Regional Adviser Ben Hemingway, Gov. Ed Chatto, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona, and DSWD Director for Social Marketing Cezario Joel Espejo. Each hygiene kit contains five pieces of toothbrushes, a 75-ml tube of toothpaste, a 120-ml bottle of shampoo, three 90-g bath soaps, three 400-g laundry soaps, 20 pieces of sanitary napkins, 2 combs, and a nail cutter. In his message, Gov. Chatto thanked Dir. Steele and the USAID family who are always part of Bohol‘s development since the time they set foot on the Boholano soil years ago. ―I am so happy USAID is here with us in good times and in bad times,‖ Gov. Chatto said.Moreover, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman expressed her gratitude to USAID and other international humanitarian aid partners for helping


the country cope with the devastating effects of the earthquake.‖USAID has always been our partner in providing assistance to victims of disasters,‖ she said. She added that DSWD is closely coordinating with the local government units and other partner organizations to continue to provide quick responses to the affected families that need food and non-food relief assistance. Through the World Food Programme, USAID has also been providing logistical assistance to DSWD. Two US military water purification units were also transported to Bohol and are now being operated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) engineers to produce fresh drinking water for the families in the earthquake-hit towns. Over the past five years, the United States, through USAID, has provided a total of P3.4 billion in humanitarian assistance to help the Philippines prepare for and respond to the disasters that hit the country. |TOP| TESDA trains future events guru Source: http://www.tesda.gov.ph Education-related events need not be tedious and can be spiced up with the proper management of the activities and the environment. Selected executives and staff of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) recently went through a training program designed to make them learn the tricks of the trade. ST. CARES (Sectoral Technical Education and Skills Development Capability and Resources Enhancement) for Event Managers: A Capability-building Program on Events Management gathered 30 participants composed of directors, specialists and officers to make them better organizers and handlers of TESDA events. Soon, the participants in the training program are also expected to undergo competency assessment and receive the certification in Events Management NC III to make them certified events managers. Towards the performance of its mandated functions, TESDA organizes inter-agency and multisectoral fora, congresses and conferences to solicit views and recommendations in the formulation or for the improvement of TVET policies and programs, said Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general. The agency also hosts foreign delegations and conducts study tours and training programs for other countries, particularly for ASEAN member countries. ESDA staff not only manages the administrative and technical aspects of the preparation, but also the actual conduct of events. "TESDA events have high impact, they could spell the difference between lackluster and successful programs. There is no room for error in this task," Villanueva said. With the training, the TESDA chief said that simple and even bland events can be turned into spectacular gatherings that could boost the image of TESDA and TVET in the country and abroad. "The training gave our executives and staff the opportunity to participate in an innovative training experience and gain knowledge and skills that they could apply to their jobs," he added. Topics such as planning and developing event proposals; budget preparation; developing industry knowledge; developing an event programme; selecting the venue; protocol and etiquette; and managing contractors were part of the training program. The training output will be tested when TESDA organizes the 2nd National Technical Vocational Education Congress scheduled next week in Manila. The national congress, which is expected to gather education specialists, heads of TVET institutions, policy makers, industry executives and representatives from international organizations, will focus on improving TVET towards the administration's vision of inclusive growth. |TOP| POEA cancels recruiter’s license for contract substitution Source: http://www.poea.gov.ph Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac recently ordered the cancellation of the license of Allskills Manpower Services Inc. for substituting POEA-approved employment contracts with contracts grossly disadvantageous to the workers it deployed to Saudi Arabia.


In separate letter-complaints of seven (7) OFWs forwarded by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh to Administrator Cacdac, the workers alleged that Allskills Manpower issued them two contracts: one was used for processing of their exit clearance at the POEA; and the other one handed to them by the employer upon their arrival in Saudi Arabia. Cacdac said the second contract contained terms and conditions inferior to the first contract. In the original contract, the complainants were supposed to be employed either as nurse or midwife in different hospitals but they ended up working in a dental clinic as clinic nurse or dental technician as indicated in the second contract. He said the workers have signed up for hospitals like Qasseem National Hospital, Mayiez Medical Center, Medical 2000 Polyclinic, Al Fereh Hospital, and Al Ahmadi Hospital but were sent instead to a common employer, Onaiza Dental Clinic owned by a certain Dr. Sulaiman Hammad Al-Atiya. The effectivity of the employment contract was to commence upon the workers‘ arrival in the KSA but was changed to ―after passing the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties Exam‖. Items in the first contract such as salary, transportation allowance, food allowance, and lodging were either reduced or totally omitted in the new contract. ―Obviously, there is misrepresentation not only to the complainants but also to the Administration when the agency deployed the workers to an employer and position different from that indicated in the employment contracts submitted to the POEA,‖ Cacdac said. Allskills Manpower was also found to have collected excessive placement fees from the workers and have not issued receipts corresponding to the amounts paid. In his order cancelling the license of Allskills Manpower, Cacdac said the agency was liable for six (6) counts violation of Section 2b (Charging excessive placement fees) and seven (7) counts violation of Section 2d (non-issuance of receipt), 2e (misrepresentation) and 2i (contract substitution), Rule I, Part VI of the 2002 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers. Cacdac also ordered the agency and its surety agency to refund to the complainants the excess amounts collected from them. |TOP|

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29 OCTOBER 2013 President Benigno Aquino III graces the 2nd National Technical Vocational Education and Training Congress held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City (October 29). Also in photo are TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva and Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. (Photo by:Benhur Arcayan/ Malacanang Photo Bureau) President Benigno Aquino III exchange pleasantries with TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva during 2nd National Technical Vocational Education and Training Congress held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City (October 29). (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacanang Photo Bureau) President Benigno Aquino III delivers his message at the 2nd National Technical Vocational Education and Training Congress held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City (October 29). (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Benhur Arcayan/ Malacanang Photo Bureau)


President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with David Thodey and Andy Penn, CEO and Chief Financial Officer of Telstra Corporation Limited respectively during the courtesy call at Malacanan Palace Tuesday (October 29). Telstra Corporation Limited is a telecommunications company based in Australia that is expected to increase investment in the Philippines. (Photo By Lauro Montillano / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III casts his ballot for the 2013 Barangay Elections at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School in Barangay San Miguel, Tarlac City on Monday (October 28). (Photos by Ryan Lim / Benhur Arcayan / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau)

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Dispatch for october 30 , 2013 ( wednesday) , 4 pia calabarzon prs , 7 weather watch,