Lucban Pahiyas Feast
Dispatch for October 31 , 2013 ( Thursday) , 4 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 12 Weather Watch, 11 Regâ€™l. Watch , 1 OFW Watch, 1 PNOY Speech , 15 Online News , 11 Photonews
1. Weather Watch
24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued At:
5:00 a.m., 31 October 2013
5:00 a.m. today until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow
Predicted Mean Sea Level Pressure Analysis for 8 a.m., 31 October 2013
Predicted Mean Sea Level Wind Analysis for 8 a.m., 31 October 2013
Satellite Image for 4:30 a.m., 31 October 2013
Synopsis: At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm "VINTA" was estimated based on all available data at 390 km East of Tuguegarao City (17.7째N, 125.6째E) with maximum sustained winds of 105 kph and gustiness of up to 135 kph. It is forecast to move West at 26 kph. Forecast: Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Provinces, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra and Mt. Province will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas. The rest of Ilocos Region and Cordillera, the Provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija will have rains and gusty winds with moderate to rough seas. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Visayas and Mindanao 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 to northwest will prevail over the rest of Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northwest to southwest with slight to moderate seas.
2. Weather Watch
GALE WARNING GALE WARNING NO. 2 For: Strong to gale force winds associated with Tropical Storm "VINTA" Issued at 5:00 a.m. today, 31 October 2013 Strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon.
WIND FORCE (KPH)/(KNOTS)
WAVE HEIGHT S (meters )
The eastern seaboards
(52 - 68) / (28 -
Rough to very
of Southern Luzon (Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes, eastern coast of Albay, eastern coast of Sorsogon, and eastern coast of Quezon including Polillo Island)
with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves. The next update will be issued at 5:00 pm today.
3. Weather Watch
Hourly Updates on Typhoon "VINTA"
11:00 AM 31 October 2013
190 km east of Aparri, Cagayan
10:00 AM 31 October 2013
200 km east of Aparri, Cagayan
8:00 AM 31 October 2013
250 km east of Tuguegarao City or at 250 km east of Aparri, Cagayan
7:00 AM 31 October 2013
290 km east of Tuguegarao City
6:00 AM 31 October 2013
350 km east of Tuguegarao City
5:00 AM 31 October 2013
370 km east of Tuguegarao City
4:00 AM 31 October 2013
390 km east of Tuguegarao City
3:00 AM 31 October 2013
410 km east of Tuguegarao City
2:00 AM 31 October 2013
430 km east of Tuguegarao City
1:00 AM 31 October 2013
460 km east of Tuguegarao City
12:00 AM 31 October 2013
490 km east of Tuguegarao City
11:00 PM 30 October 2013
510 km east of Tuguegarao City
10:00 PM 30 October 2013
530 km east of Tuguegarao City
8:00 PM 30 October 2013
570 km east of Tuguegarao City
7:00 PM 30 October 2013
590 km east of Tuguegarao City
6:00 PM 30 October 2013
580 km east of Ilagan, Isabela at 610 km east of Tuguegarao City
5:00 PM 30 October 2013
590 km east of Ilagan, Isabela at 620 km east of Tuguegarao City
4:00 PM 30 October 2013
610 km east of Ilagan, Isabela at 645 km east of Tuguegarao City
3:00 PM 30 October 2013
610 km east of Ilagan, Isabela or at 650 km east of Tuguegarao City
2:00 PM 30 October 2013
640 km east of Casiguran, Aurora or at 680 km east of Ilagan, Isabela
1:00 PM 30 October 2013
660 km east of Casiguran, Aurora or at 680 km east of Ilagan, Isabela
12:00 PM 30 October 2013
670 km east of Casiguran, Aurora or at 700 km east of Ilagan, Isabela
11:00 AM 30 October 2013
690 km east of Casiguran, Aurora or at 720 km east of Ilagan, Isabela
10:00 AM 30 October 2013
700 km east of Casiguran, Aurora or at 740 km east of Ilagan, Isabela
9:00 AM 30 October 2013
710 km east of Casiguran, Aurora
8:00 AM 30 October 2013
600 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes 730 km east of Casiguran, Aurora
7:00 AM 30 October 2013
650 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes 820 km east of Casiguran, Aurora
6:00 AM 30 October 2013
650 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
5:00 AM 30 October 2013
670 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
4:00 AM 30 October 2013
690 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
1:00 AM 30 October 2013
710 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
12:00 AM 30 October 2013
725 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
11:00 PM 29 October 2013
750 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
10:00 PM 29 October 2013
750 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
7:00 PM 29 October 2013
790 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes
6:00 PM 29 October 2013
800 km east of Virac, Catanduanes
5:00 PM 29 October 2013
810 km east of Virac, Catanduanes
4:00 PM 29 October 2013
820 km east of Virac, Catanduanes
3:00 PM 29 October 2013
830 km east of Virac, Catanduanes
2:00 PM 29 October 2013
84 0 km east of Virac, Catanduanes
4. Weather Watch
Typhoon "VINTA" PAGASA Track as of 8 a.m., 31 October 2013
Satellite Picture at 9:30 a.m., 31 October 2013
Severe Weather Bulletin Number TEN Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon "VINTA" (KROSA) Issued at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, 31 October 2013 "VINTA" has intensified into a Typhoon and poses a real threat to Extreme Northern Luzon.
Location of Center: (as of 10:00 a.m.)
200 km East of Aparri, Cagayan
Maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph
Forecast to move West Northwest at 26 kph
Thursday afternoon: landfall over Northern Cagayan Friday morning: 240 km West of Laoag City and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) before noon
Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal
Signal No.3 (Winds of >100 to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours)
Cagayan Calayan Babuyan Group of Islands Apayao Ilocos Norte
Signal No. 2 (winds of >60 to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours)
Batanes Group of Islands Abra Kalinga Ilocos Sur Mt. Province Isabela
La Union Benguet Ifugao Nueva Vizcaya Quirino Aurora Pangasinan Nueva Ecija Tarlac
Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds may be expected in at least 36 hours)
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 Signals #3, #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Moreover, coastal areas under Public Storm Warning Signal#3 and #2 are alerted against possible storm surges. 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.
5. Weather Watch 21 minutes ago near Quezon City DZRH: Nararamdaman na ang mga pag-ulang dulot ng bagyong Vinta sa baybayin ng Northern Luzon. Ayon kay NDRRMC spokesman Balido, inalerto na nila ang mga PDRRMC sa Region 1 at 2 kabilang ang Central Luzon. Dahil dito ay binalaan na rin ng NDRRMC ang mga mangingisda na huwag ng pumalaot kasabay ng babala s mga residente kung saan may storm signal na mag-ingat sa pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa.
6. Weather Watch 52 minutes ago near Quezon City DZMM: Naghanda na ng family food pack ang DSWD para sa mahigit 40,000 pamilya bilang bahagi ng ginagawang paghahanda ng kagawaran sa magiging epekto ng bagyong Vinta sa bansa. Bahagi na rin ang pagtataas ng red alert ng NDRRMC at OCD sa mga naapektuhan ng bagyo.
7. Weather Watch 52 minutes ago near Quezon City DZBB: Tinitiyak ngayon ng NDRRMC na may sapat pa rin na pondo ang gobyerno kung sakaling manalasa ng husto ang bagyong Vinta. Ayon sa NDRRMC, may stand-by funds ang DSWD para ipang-ayuda sa mga posibleng maapektuhan ng bagyo habang inihanda na rin ang mga relief goods sa Regions 1, 2 at Cordillera na inaasahang tatamaan ng bagyo.
8. Weather Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City ANC: Typhoon Vinta is expected to make landfall in Northern Isabela around 3:00-4:00 this afternoon. The residents who lived near the rivers have been advised to stay on alert.
9. Weather Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City DZMM: Anim na domestic flights ang nagkansela ng biyage ngayong araw dahil sa bagyong Vinta. Ayon sa NAIA Media Affairs Division, kabilang ang dalawang biyahe ng Cebu Pacific na Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila. Nag-abiso na rin ng kanselasyon ang apat na biyahe ng AirPhil Express.
10. Weather Watch 6 hours ago near Quezon City PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong on DZMM: -Lalo pang lumakas ang bagyong Vinta habang papalapit sa Cagayan province. -Kaninang 4AM, huli itong namataan sa layong 390km silangan ng Tuguegarao City. -Taglay pa rin nito ang lakas ng hanging 105kph at pagbugsong aabot sa 135 kph. -Tinataya itong kikilos pakanluran sa bilis na 26kph. -Huwebes ng hapon inaasahang tatama ito sa Cagayan. -Biyernes naman ng hapon ay lalabas na ito ng PAR. -Signal No. 3 sa Cagayan at Apayao. -Signal No. 2 sa Calayan Group of Island, Babuyan Group of Island, Isabela, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra at Mt. Province. -Signal No. 1 sa La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Aurora at Batanes Group of Islands. -Inaalerto ang mga residente sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng babala ng bagyo sa posibleng flashfloods at landslides habang ang mga coastal areas na nasa Signal No. 2 ay binabalaan sa posibleng storm surge o paglaki ng alon. -Mapanganib maglayag sa northern at eastern seaboards ng Luzon.
11. Weather Watch 17 hours ago GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz: -Bukas ng gabi ay inaasahang magla-landfall sa Isabela-Cagayan area ang bagyong Vinta. Sa track ng Weather Central, posibleng sa Huwebes ng gabi hanggang madaling araw ng Biyernes ay tatawirin ng bagyo ang Northern Luzon. -Malalakas na pag-ulan ang inaasahan nating mararanasan sa Northern Luzon simula bukas hanggang Biyernes. -Sa Ilocos Region, mararanasan ang pag-ulan sa araw ng Biyernes. -Sa Central Luzon, hindi naman masyadong malalakas ang pag-ulan na mararanasan. -Sa Southern Luzon kasama na ang Metro Manila, mga mahinang pag-ulan ang mararanasan lalo na pagdating ng araw ng Undas. -Maaliwalas at bahagyang maulap na langit ang mararanasan sa malaking bahagi ng Visayas. -Mas magiging maulap hanggang sa may katatamang lakas ng ulan ang panahon sa Mindanao lalo na sa SOCCSKSARGEN at Zamboanga Peninsula.
12. Weather Watch 19 hours ago PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez (live presscon) on DZBB: Re: Update on TS 'Vinta' -Last spotted at 610 km East of Ilagan, Isabela or 645 km East of Tuguegarao City. -Maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. -Forecast to move West Northwest at 23 kph. -Signal No. 2: Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao. -Signal No. 1: Ilocos Norte, Mt. Province, Abra, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Batanes. -Inaasahang magla-landfall ang pinakasentro ng bagyong Vinta sa bandang Cagayan sa pagitan ng 5:00 hanggang 7:00 ng umaga bukas. -Tropical Storm Vinta expected to be out of PAR by Friday afternoon.
October 31 , 2013 ( Thursday ) CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON
as of 6:00-7:00 AM
: Sunny : Sunny : Partly Cloudy : Sunny : Cloudy
1. PIA Regional Watch 2 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Inaasahan ang pagdagsa ng mga biyahero mamayang hapon at gabi sa Batangas Port bagamat unti unti ng nagdaratingan ang ilang mga pasahero na pauwi ng probinsya tulad ng Mindoro at Romblon.Patuloy naman ang pag-antabay ng pamunuan ng pier upang masiguro ang kaligtasan ng mga biyahero.
2. PIA Regional Watch 4 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Nagbigay babala ang PNP sa publiko kaugnay ng mga bawal dalhin sa mga sementeryo ngayong Undas tulad ng nakalalasing na inumin,matatalim na mga bagay tulad ng kutsilyo at patalim gayundin ang mga sound system. .
3. PIA Regional Watch 5 hours ago PIA-4A/RIZAL: Isasagawa ang turnover ceremony at blessing ng bagong tayong multi-purpose center ng GMA Kapuso Foundation sa loob ng Angono Elementary School, San Isidro, Angono, Rizal. Ang naturang istruktura ay papangasiwaan at papangalagaan ng pamahalaang bayan ng Angono.
4. PIA Regional Watch 17 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Mas mahigpit ang ipinatutupad na seguridad sa Batangas Port upang siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng mga biyaherong dadaan dito.
5. PIA Regional Watch 20 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Quezon-Lucena Chapter is inviting the public to be a blood donor. PRC accepts blood donors everyday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at PRC office, Lucena City.
6. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago near Quezon City PIA IV-A/CAVITE: The BJMP Dasmarinas under the leadership of J/Supt. Belinda A. Ebora recently bagged the BJMP Hall of Fame award for being named as City Jail of the year for three consecutive years. Said award was based on the modern facility wherein, inmates were given an opportunity to become a responsible members of the community after they completed their jail sentence. Said award was given during the BJMP's 22nd anniversary.
7. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: "Rebels who returned to the fold of the law have been provided with planting materials such as palay in order to involve themselves in farming as their means of livelihood to begin with," reports Mr. Juanito Samson, Provl Agriculturist in today's LPOC meeting.
8. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/CAVITE: Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla cited the realization of the province's advocacy to provide the 4 gifts for children which includes the Local Development Plan for Children, Local Investment Plan for Children, Local Children's Code and State of the Children's Report. Revilla made the remarks during the recent celebration of Caviteno Kids Congress held at Gen. Trias Convention Center. This year's theme "Kahirapan ng Bata Ipaglaban."
9. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/CAVITE: Bacoor National High School main in Barangay Molino came out the best and won as champion of the recently concluded Dulaang Pangmamimili competition held at the Lyceum of the Phils. auditorium. Said competition of play is an innovative twist to educate and developed a strong consumer base particularly the youth and students.
10. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago near Quezon City
PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The Laguna Police Provincial Office reported in today's LPOC Meeting that there had been no election-related violent incidence in the province during the period September 28-October 28, 2013.
11. PIA Regional Watch 22 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/CAVITE: The First Cavite Industrial Estate (FCIE) successfully conducted their 4th Fun Run dubbed as "Takbo para sa Kalikasan and Marathon preparation 2013." Closed to 6,000 a runners joined the annual event of 6-kilometer run held inside the FCIE eco- industrial park located at Barangay Langkaan in Dasmarinas City. The event aimed to create public awareness on the importance of protecting the environment and promote healthy lifestyle.
1. PIA OFW Watch
19 hours ago DZBB: Hiniling ni VP Binay sa hari ng Saudi Arabia na muling mapalawig ang palugit para makapag-ayos ng papeles ang mga undocumented Filipino roon. Sa isang sulat, sinabi ni Binay na libu-libo pang undocumented Filipino ang hindi aabot sa Nov. 3 deadline.
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 yearâ€&#x;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 DTIâ€&#x;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 yearâ€&#x;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
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
30 OCTOBER 2013.
President Aquino, sisters visit graves of parents for All Saints' Day commemoration President Aquino orders all agencies to ensure safety and convenience of commuting public in forthcoming Undas on Friday, Saturday Aquino administration expresses elation over reports the Philippines is among top 10 improved economies in business regulation President Aquino resolute in battle against corruption President Aquino thanks people for standing by his side on DAP President Aquino, sisters visit graves of parents for All Saints' Day commemoration President Benigno S. Aquino III and his four sisters visited the graves of their parents on Wednesday, two days before the traditional All Saints' Day commemoration on November 1. The President and his sisters Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, Viel Dee and Kris Aquino attended a Holy Mass at the Manila Memorial Park (MMP) in Parañaque City, where their parents, former President Corazon Aquino and martyred opposition leader Benigno ―Ninoy‖ Aquino Jr., are buried. Wearing a yellow polo shirt, President Aquino arrived at MMP at 10:15 a.m. escorted by the Presidential Security Group. His sisters Ballsy, Pinky and Viel were accompanied by their respective spouses. Celebrity and TV host Kris, meanwhile, arrived last together with her two sons, Joshua and Bimby who were both wearing yellow shirts. Joshua, who is known to be close to the President, immediately approached his uncle and sat beside him.
The mass was officiated by Monsignor Daniel Tansip, the PSG Chaplain and Father Larry Tolentino of the Diocese of Parramatta Sydney, Australia. In his homily, Father Tolentino reflected that Filipinos should emulate the lives of Ninoy and Cory who "created and at the same time built a niche in the annals of Philippine history." "The Lord Jesus is once again inviting us to be able to present ourselves the call to holiness of which we ourselves, I believe, these two important people in this country have exemplified, if not all, perhaps 95 percent of those as what is mentioned in the beatitudes were given to us, expressed to us not only to their own families but to the society, to the Filipinos as well, as a whole," he said. He extolled how the late Senator sacrificed his own life to attain democracy and how the late first Filipino woman President played a significant role in bringing hope and in awakening the lives of the Filipino people. The President and his sisters, assisted by the officiating priests, blessed the tomb of their parents after the mass. President Aquino stayed for a while and had a brief chat with his sisters, with Kris in one moment apparently showing him the new commercial of her youngest son Bimby. The mausoleum of the late democracy icons was decorated with yellow flowers such as stargazer, Malaysian mums, carnations, chrysanthemums and orchids. It was closed to public viewing to give time for the Aquino family to hold a private mass. Before they left, the Aquinos went to a nearby mausoleum where their uncle and aunt were buried and offered a short prayer. PND (jb) TOP President Aquino orders all agencies to ensure safety and convenience of commuting public in forthcoming Undas on Friday, Saturday President Aquino has directed all pertinent agencies to ensure the safety and convenience of the commuting public in the coming Undas on Friday and Saturday. In a statement issued by the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, President Aquino, along with other Cabinet officials, will inspect terminals and other transport hubs as part of the operations. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has deployed additional units to help ease the flow of traffic, and the Philippine National Police remains on alert to ensure the security of transport hubs and cemeteries. The Department of Transportation and Communications has likewise launched OPLAN Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2013, a centralized plan to ensure access to convenient, affordable, reliable, efficient, safe, and secure transportation that started during the 2013 Barangay Elections, and will continue until the All Saints/All Souls Day holidays. As part of OPLAN Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2013, the Civil Aeronautics Board is also conducting monitoring activities and has installed help desks in all four NAIA terminals, along with Documentation and Ground Assistance Roving Teams to address passenger concerns and verify flight statuses. This is in tandem with CAAPâ€™s increased frequency of airworthiness inspections nationwide. Air passengers may text 0917-TEXNAIA (0917-8396242) for information on the status of flights. The riding public may also call the DOTC Action Center Hotline at (02)789-0-DOTC for their concerns. PND (js) TOP Aquino administration expresses elation over reports the Philippines is among top 10 improved economies in business regulation The Aquino administration expressed elation over reports that the Philippines is among the top 10 most improved economies in business regulation over the past year in the latest edition of the World Bank's Doing Business Survey. Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. issued the statement on Wednesday following reports that "the country is among the 10 best economies that has made inroads in making it easier to do business in the past year." According to the World Bank Group's "Doing Business" report released on Tuesday, the Philippines improved its ranking by 30 places following a series of reform measures implemented by the Aquino government. "Mainam na malaki ang pagtaas ng rating sa World Bank Doing Business Index. Ang susunod na target ay isa pang mataas na pagtalon tungo sa double digit rating (sa loob ng top 80). Kailangang pahusayin pa sa aspeto ng pagpapadali ng pagtatayo ng bagong negosyo," Coloma said.
In its "Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises," the World Bank said the Philippines was among nations that has implemented at least three reforms in doing business the multilateral lender monitors. The Philippines made it easier for businessmen to deal with construction permits, get credit and pay taxes, the report noted. According to the latest report, the Philippines now ranks 108th out of 189 nations, up 30 notches from the 138th spot in landed on last year. This is the biggest improvement for the Philippines in the annual survey's 12-year history. The country ranked 6th highest in the ASEAN, and brought the Philippines ahead of Indonesia, which was at 120th. The other nations who made it to the top 10 most improved economies are Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Kosovo, Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Macedonia and Guatemala. "The introduction of a fully operational online filing and payment system made tax compliance easier for companies," the World Bank said about the Philippines in a statement. It also noted the "simplified" occupancy clearances that eased construction permitting as well as new rules guaranteeing borrowers' access on their data in the Philippines' credit bureau. Singapore continued to be the most business-friendly economy in the world, followed by Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United States and Denmark. The report also noted that the pace of business regulatory reform continues to accelerate worldwide following the 2008 financial crisis. PND (js) TOP President Aquino resolute in battle against corruption President Benigno S. Aquino III said there will be not let-up in his drive against corruption and vowed to hold those who abused power and stole public money accountable. In his televised address to the nation Wednesday night, the President assailed those involved in the misuse of the Priority Develoment Assistance Fund (PDAF) for misinforming the people and turning the tables against his administration for going after them. ―This is what I say to them: If you think that this will stop me from going after you, if you think that you can divert the public’s attention, if you think you can get away with stealing from our countrymen—you have sorely underestimated me and the Filipino people,‖ the President said in his address. ―If there still remains some vestige of kindness in your hearts, I hope that you stop acting in self-interest and instead act to help your fellowmen.‖ Quoting from a speech prepared by his father, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., before he was assassinated in 1983, the President said "freedom should be defended by arms if attacked by arms, by truth when attacked by lies and by democratic faith when attacked by authoritarian dogma." The President said he laid out the truth about the state of the nation as ―falsehood and deception are threatening the Filipino’s right to a clean and honest government,‖ believing the truth stands as the people’s most powerful weapon. Following his address Wednesday night, the Chief Executive said he hopes the people will have a healthy public discourse about recent issues and arrive at an understanding and a resolve that aligns with the truth. ―My bosses, we have fought so many battles. And I am grateful that no matter how foul the slander and the sabotage, you never let go, you never gave up. Together we proved that there are no tyrants if there are no slaves,‖ he said. The President said that as long as he has the support of the people he would continue to stand for the collective principles with the Filipino public. ―I have no doubt that, whether or not I am in office, you, our Bosses, whose minds and hearts are in the right place, will continue and will finish the fight. This knowledge is the source of my strength and my courage,‖ he said. ―After all, is it not true that, not too long ago, the system in place was one where the Filipino people had grown tired of dreaming, of fighting back, of doing their part?‖ And as the country collectively forges positive and meaningful changes, the President said he is confident that the people will choose to be on the side of what is right, truthful and just. The President defended in his address the use of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), noting its importance to the economy, infrastructure development, technical training programs and the rehabilitation of war-ravaged
Zamboanga City. PND (as) TOP President Aquino thanks people for standing by his side on DAP President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed his gratitude to the Filipino people for their support in the face of confusion engineered by his detractors to divert the public's attention from the ongoing campaign of the administration to hold all officials and private individuals accountable for the misuse and abuse of the pork barrel funds. In a nationwide televised address Wednesday evening, President Aquino said there were forces behind the campaign to misinform the public and misdirect them from the real issue: stealing. ―My bosses, we have fought so many battles. And I am grateful that no matter how foul the slander and the sabotage, you never let go, you never gave up. Together we proved that there are no tyrants if there are no slaves,‖ President Aquino said. ―Now, those who have abused our trust want to cast us off the course towards the fulfillment of our collective aspirations. I do not believe that you will let this pass. And so long as you are with me, I will continue to stand for our principles,‖ he added. President Aquino lashed out at public officials entangled in the pork barrel scam who continue to sow confusion among the public in order to avoid responsibility after their misuse of public funds through the Priority Development Assistance Fund were uncovered by his administration. ―May I remind those who have forgotten: The real issue here is stealing. This is the topic they have constantly tried to avoid ever since their wrongdoing was exposed,‖ he said. ―Those who have been accused of stealing are those who are sowing confusion; they want to dismantle all that we have worked so hard to achieve on the straight path.‖ The Chief Executive also reiterated that the disbursement acceleration program (DAP), the process by which the government can spend savings and new and additional revenues to stir the economy, was legal and should not be mistaken as pork barrel. He said under this mechanism a number of key projects had been put in place including the Department of Science and Technology’s Project NOAH, the training-for-work scholarship program of the Technical Educational Skills Development Authority, the infrastructures built in Mindanao, as well as the benefits for the employees of the Department of Education. President Aquino also mentioned that DAP played an important role in our economic resurgence, citing a World Bank statement crediting such mechanism as primary contributor for the 1.3 percentage points to our GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2011. ―I have no doubt that, whether or not I am in office, you, our Bosses whose minds and hearts are in the right place, will continue and will finish the fight. This knowledge is the source of my strength and my courage. After all, is it not true that, not too long ago, the system in place was one where the Filipino people had grown tired of dreaming, of fighting back, of doing their part?‖ the President said. ―Today, there are so many of us who are collectively forging the positive and meaningful changes that are taking place in society. I have every confidence that you will more actively choose to be on the side of what is right, what is truthful, and what is just. This is why I am thankful today, because I know that we will continue our march on the straight path,‖ he concluded. PND (hdc) TOP
ARCHIVE 2013 30 OKTUBRE 2013 Dinalaw ng Pangulong Aquino, mga kapatid na babae ang puntod ng kanilang magulang kaugnay ng Araw ng mga Banal Ipinatitiyak ng Pangulong Aquino sa lahat ng ahensiya ng pamahalaan na ligtas at maginhawa ang biyahe ng madla kaugnay ng Araw ng mga Banal Ikinalugod ng administrasyong Aquino na kasama ang Pilipinas sa top 10 ng bumuting ekonomya sa sa larangan ng business regulation Dinalaw ng Pangulong Aquino, mga kapatid na babae ang puntod ng kanilang magulang kaugnay ng Araw ng mga Banal Dinalaw ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III at ng kanyang apat na kapatid na babae ang puntod ng kanilang mga magulang Miyerkoles, dalawang araw bago sumapit ang tradisyunal na Araw ng mga Banal Nobyembre 1. Ang Pangulo at mga kapatid na sina Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, Viel Dee at Kris Aquino ay dumalo sa misang idinaos sa harap ng puntod ng kanilang mga magulang na sina dating Pangulong Corazon C. Aquino at ang nagbuwis ng buhay na lider ng oposisyon Senador Benigno â€•Ninoyâ€– Aquino, Jr. sa Manila Memorial Park sa Lungsod ng Paranaque. Ika-10:15 ng umaga nang dumating ang Pangulong Aquino na nakadilaw na polo shirt upang dakuhan ang misa nina Monsenyor Daniel Tansip, Chaplain ng Presidential Security Group at ni Pari Larry Tolentino ng Diyosese ng Parramatta, Sydney, Australia. Kasama nina Ballsy, Pinky at Viel ang kanilang mga kabiyak ng puso. Ang mga supling niya na sina Joshua at Bimby naman ang kasama ng TV host na si Kris. Dilaw na shirt din ang suot nina Joshua at Bimby. Lumapit agad si Joshua at naupo sa tabi ng amain niyang Pangulo. Sapul sa kamusmusan ni Joshua ay malapit na malapit siya sa Pangulo.
Hiniling sa sermon ni Pari Tolentino sa sambayanang Pilipino na tularan ang mga buhay nina Ninoy at Cory na ―lumikha at nagtayo ng sariling pitak sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas.‖ ―Muli tayong inaanyayahan ng Panginoong Hesukristo na ialay ang ating mga sarili sa panawagang magpakabanal tayo, na sa aking paniwala ay sinasagisag ng dalawang mahalagang nilikhang ito sa ating bansa. Kung hindi man tayong lahat, marahil, 95 porsiyento man lamang ng mga tinukoy sa beatitudes na ipinagkaloob sa atin, inihandog hindi lamang sa kanilang mga pamilya, kundi pati sa lipunan, lalo na sa mga Pilipino, sa kabuuan,‖ sabi ni Pari Tolentino. Binigyang diin din ni Pari Tolentino kung paanong nagpakasakit ang yumaong Senador na nag-alay ng kanyang buhay alang-alang sa demokrasya at kung paano namang ang yumaong kauna-unahang babaing Pangulo ay gumanap ng napakahalagang papel sa paghahatid ng pag-asa at pagpukaw sa buhay ng sambayanang Pilipino. Pagkatapos ng misa, binasbasan ng Pangulo at mga kapatid niya, sa pangunguna ng mga paring nagmisa, ang puntod ng kanilang mga magulang pagkatapos ng misa. Nagtagal-tagal pa ang Pangulo sa harap ng puntod ng kanilang mga magulang at nakipag-usap sa kanyang mga kapatid. Waring ipinakita pa ni Kris sa Pangulo ang bagong komersiyal ng bunsong anak nitong si Bimby. Ang museleo ng dalawang sagisag ng demokrasya ay naliligid ng mga bulaklak na dilaw na gaya ng stargazer, Malaysian mums, carnation, chrysanthemums at orkidea. Ang misang ginanap ay pribado o ang mga dumalo lamang ay ang mag-anak na Aquino, ang kanilang mga kamaganakan at kaibigan. Bago lisanin ang Manila Memorial Park, ang mga Aquino ay nagsadya sa kalapit na Musuleo upang dalawin din at magukol ng panalangin sa puntod ng kanilang amain at ale na nakalibing doon. PND (jb/zaf) TOP Ipinatitiyak ng Pangulong Aquino sa lahat ng ahensiya ng pamahalaan na ligtas at maginhawa ang biyahe ng madla kaugnay ng Araw ng mga Banal Inatasan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang lahat ng kinauukulng ahensiya ng pamahalaan na tiyaking ligtas at maginhawa ang biyahe ng mga mamamasaherong mag-uuwian sa kani-kanilang mga lalawigan kaugnay ng Araw ng mga Banal (Biyernes) at Araw ng mga Kaluluwa (Sabado). Sa pahayag na buhat sa Tanggapan ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo, nabatid na ang Pangulong Aquino, kasama ang ilang kagawad ng Gabinete, ay mag-iispeksiyon sa mga terminal at iba pang transport hubs upang tiyaking walang kakaharaping problema ang madla na dagsaan sa pag-uwi sa kani-kanilang mga lalawigan. Inilunsad ng Kagawaran ng Trasportasyon at Komunikasyon ang OPLAN Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2013, upang matiyak na maginhawa, abot-kaya, maaasahan, mabisa, ligtas at panatag ang trasportasyong nagsimula sa Halalan sa Baranggay 2013, at magpapatuloy hanggang sa mga pista opisyal na Araw ng mga Banal at Araw ng mga Kaluluwa. Bahagi ng OPLAN Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2013 ang pagsasagawa ng Civil Aeronautics Board ng pagsubaybay at paglalagay ng help desks sa apat na terminal ng NAIA, na may Documentation and Ground Assistance Roving Teams upang tugunan ang lahat ng bagay na may kaugnayan sa mga pasahero at tukuyin ang kalagayan ng flight status. Ito ay sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa gagawing malimit na pagsusuri ng CAAP sa airworthiness ng mga eroplano sa buong bansa. Maaaring magpadala ng ―text‖ ang pasahero ng eroplano sa 0917-TEXNAIA (0917-8396242) ukol sa impormasyong may kinalaman sa status of flights, Maaari ring tumawag ang mga pasahero sa DOTC Action Center Hotline na (02)789-0DOTC ukol sa ano mang suliranin o mga nais malaman. PND (js/zaf) TOP Ikinalugod ng administrasyong Aquino na kasama ang Pilipinas sa top 10 ng bumuting ekonomya sa sa larangan ng business regulation Nalugod ang administrasyong Aquino sa mga ulat na ang Pilipinas ay kabilang sa top 10 most improved economies in business regulation sa pinakahuling edisyon ng Doing Business Survey ng World Bank. Ito ang pahayag ni Kalihim Herminio B. Coloma, Jr. ng Presidential Communications Operations Office Miyerkoles matapos lumabas ang ulat na ang bansa ay kabilang sa ―10 best economies na naging dahilan upang maging higit na mainam ang magnegosyo rito sa nakalipas na taon.‖ Alinsunod sa ulat na ―Doing Business‖ ng World Bank Group na inilabas Martes, tumaas ng 30 baitang ang ranggo ng Pilipinas matapos puspusang ipatupad ng gobyernong Aquino ang sunud-sunod na mga reporma. ―Mainam na malaki ang pagtaas ng rating sa World Bank Doing Business Index. Ang susunod na target ay isa pang mataas na pagtalon tungo sa double digit rating (sa loob ng top 80). Kailangang pahusayin pa sa aspeto ng pagpapadali ng pagtatayo ng bagong negosyo,‖ wika ni Coloma.
Sa ―Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises,‖ sinabi ng World Bank na ang Pilipinas ay kabilang sa mga bansang nakapagpatupad ng hindi bababa sa tatlong mga reporma sa pagnenegosyo ayon sa multilateral lender monitors. Binigyang diin sa report na nagawa ng Pilipinas na maging madali para sa mga mangangalakal na makakuha ng pahintulot sa kostruksiyon, makapangutang at pagbayad ng buwis. Salig sa pinakahuling report, ika-108 na ang ranggo ng Pilipinas sa 189 bansa. Tumaas ang bansa ng 30 ―notches‖ buhat sa 138 na kinalalagyan nito noong isang taon. Ito ang pinakamalaking pagbabago sa Pilipinas batay sa 12 taong kasaysayan ng taunang survey. Ang bansa ang naging pang-anim sa pinakamataas sa ASEAN at nauna pa ang Pilipinas kaysa sa Indonesia na nasa ika-120 puwesto. Ang iba pang bansang nakabilang sa Top 10 most improved economies ay Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Kosovo, Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Macedonia at Guatemala. ―Ang pagtatakda ng isang fully operational online filing and payment system kaya naging magaang gawin ang pagbabayad ng buwis,‖ sabi pa ng World Bank tungkol sa Pilipinas sa isang pahayag na inilabas. Sinabi rin nito na ang pinabilis na occupancy clearances ay naging magaan sa mga kostruksiyon ang pagkuha ng pahintulot, gayundin ang bagong mga tuntuning gumagarantiya sa borrowers access sa kanilang data sa credit bureau ng Pilipinas. Ang Singapore ang nanatiling ―most business-friendly economy‖ sa daigdig, kasunod ang Hong Kong, New Zealand, US at Denmark. Binanggit din sa report na ang sigla ng business regulatory reform ay patuloy ang pagbilis sa buong daigdig makaraan ang krisis pinansiyal noong 2008. PND (js/zaf) TOP
President Benigno S. Aquino III's Address to the Nation 30 Oct 2013 Malacañan Palace 30 Oct 2013 Mga minamahal kong kababayan, magandang gabi po. Nitong mga nakaraang buwan, lumitaw ang ilang mga paksang naging sentro ng pampublikong diskurso. Kabi-kabilang tinig po ang narinig natin, at baka po mayroon na sa ating nahihilo sa usaping Pork Barrel at DAP. Humihingi po ako ngayon ng kaunting oras upang liwanagin ang mga isyung ito. Nakikita na po siguro ninyo ang nangyayari ngayong bangayan. Sa isang panig, kayo at ang gobyernong binigyan ninyo ng mandato para sa pagbabago, na tatlong taon at limang buwan nang gumagawa ng reporma, naghahabol sa corrupt, at kumakalinga sa mahirap. Sa kabila naman ay ang mga tiwaling opisyal na diumano’y sangkot sa Pork Barrel Scam. Baka po may nakakalimot sa atin: Pagnanakaw ang tunay na ugat ng isyung ito. Iyan po ang usapang pilit nilang tinatabunan, matapos mabisto ang kanilang kalokohan. Napapailing na nga lang po ako, dahil ang una kong inasahan, papabulaanan nila ang mga akusasyon. Di po ba’t iyan ang natural na tugon ng kahit sinong akusado? Sa hinaba-haba ng mga kontra-paratang na ibinabato sa atin, ni minsan, hindi ko narinig ang katagang at statement na ―Hindi ako nagnakaw.‖ Sana nga po, alang-alang sa inyong mga nagtiwala at bumoto sa kanila, ay tinutupad ng mga opisyal na ito ang kanilang sinumpaang tungkulin. Sana nga po, may paliwanag kung paanong nangyaring ang mga benepisyaryo ng pekeng NGO na pinili nila, ay listahan lang pala ng mga board passer na hinugot lang mula sa diyaryo. Pero parang ang hirap na pong maniwala sa mga palusot, kung sa paulit-ulit nilang paggamit ng pare-parehong NGO, ni minsan ay hindi nila sinilip kung nakakaabot sa taumbayan ang perang inilaan nila para dito. Medyo mahirap o imposible na po talagang ipaliwanag ito. Sa sobrang hirap nga pong ipaliwanag, tila sinunod na lamang nila ang payo ng isang matandang pulitiko sa kanilang kampo: Kung hindi mo kayang ipaliwanag, palabuin mo na lang lahat; kung hindi mo kayang bumango, pabahuin mo na lang lahat; kung hindi mo kayang gumuwapo, papangitin mo na lang lahat. Narinig naman ninyo ang hirit nila: Pare-pareho lang naman daw kaming lahat. Ang tugon ko po diyan: Hindi tayo pareho. Hindi kami nagnakaw, at hindi kami magnanakaw; kami ang umuusig sa mga magnanakaw. Itinalaga po natin ang mga taong may paninindigang tuparin ang kanilang mga sinumpaang tungkulin. Di po ba’t ang itinalaga nating liderato ng Commission on Audit ang sumuyod sa mga dokumento, kaya’t natuklas ang mga pangaabuso sa PDAF? Di ba’t nakakaasa tayo ngayon sa patas at makatarungang imbestigasyon, dahil katuwang sa tuwid na daan ang Ombudsman na atin ding itinalaga? Linawin na rin po natin: Hindi pork barrel ang Disbursement Acceleration Program. Sa kabuuang DAP releases noong 2011 at 2012, siyam na porsyento po nito ang ginugol sa mga proyektong iminungkahi ng mambabatas. Hindi rin po pagnanakaw ang DAP. Ang pagnanakaw, ilegal; ang paggastos gamit ang DAP, malinaw na nakasaad sa Konstitusyon at sa iba pang mga batas. Pangalan lang ang DAP ng isang proseso ng paggastos sa perang natipid, at sa iba pang nalikom na kita ng inyong gobyerno. Saan po nanggaling ang perang ito? Nagmula ito sa pagtitigil natin sa kuntsabahan sa kontrata, tongpats, overpricing, at kickback. Nagmula ito sa maayos na paggugol ng budget. Nagmula ito mula sa dagdag na kita mula sa matinong koleksyon ng buwis. Nagmula ito sa tapat na pamamahala sa mga GOCC; halimbawa ang MWSS, na dating nababaon sa utang, pero ngayon, taun-taon nang nag-aabot ng dibidendo sa gobyerno. Savings, above-target na koleksyon, at mga bagong revenue ang resulta ng tamang pamamahala. At dahil sa DAP, naitutok ang pondo sa mga proyektong nasa loob rin naman ng budget at totoong may pakinabang sa atin. Paano gumagana ang mekanismong ito? Simple lang po. May mga ahensya, na sa iba’t ibang kadahilanan, hindi agad naipapatupad ang mga proyekto nila; mayroon namang masigasig at mabilis magpatupad ng mga proyekto. Kapag naantala ang pagpapatupad ng proyekto, natural, hindi rin ito gugugulan ng pondo. Hindi po natin hinahayaang matulog ang pondong ito: humanap tayo ng programang nakapila sa ilalim ng ahensyang mabilis magpatupad, at doon natin itinutok ang pondong natipid, pati na rin ang dagdag na perang kinita ng ating gobyerno. Mas mabilis at napaaga ang pagdating ng benepisyo sa mamamayan, at mas masinop at epektibo nating nagugol ang perang taun-taong nakalaan sa ilalim ng Pambansang Budget. Kayo nga po ang magsabi: Mali ba ito? Kailan ba naging masama ang paghahanap ng konstitusyonal na paraan para makapaglingkod ng mas epektibo sa taumbayan? Dahil po sa DAP, napondohan ang Project NOAH, na nagbibigay ng tama at agarang babala kung may sakuna. Dahil din sa DAP, sa ilalim ng Training-for-Work Scholarship Program ng TESDA, mayroong halos 150,000 na Pilipino ang napag-aral; di bababa sa 90,000 sa kanila ang may trabaho na ngayon. Nakinabang din po ang ating Air Force at kapulisan; nakapagpatayo tayo ng kalsada, classroom, at ospital sa Mindanao at sa iba pang bahagi ng bansa; naibalik ang benepisyo ng mga empleyado ng DepEd noong nabayaran ang kanilang GSIS premiums na matagal nang di nababayaran ng pamahalaan; at marami pang ibang programa at proyektong may tunay na pakinabang sa Pilipino. Malaki rin ang naitulong ng DAP sa nangyayaring pag-arangkada ng ating ekonomiya. Sabi pa nga ng World Bank, nagambag ang DAP ng 1.3 percentage points sa ating GDP growth noong ikaapat na quarter ng 2011. Ikumpara po natin: Hindi ba’t noong sila ang nasa poder, ―Sick Man of Asia‖ ang tawag sa atin? Ngayon, mamili na kayo sa mga bagong bansag sa
atin ng mundo: Asia’s fastest growing economy, Rising Tiger, Brightest Spark. Isama pa diyan ang nakuha nating investment grade status mula sa tatlong pinakatanyag na credit ratings agency. Ang pag-angat nito, at ang tinatamasang benepisyo ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na ng mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan–ito po ang bunga ng tamang paggastos, sa halip na pagnanakaw. Ang perang dating kino-corrupt, napakinabangan na ng taumbayan, lalo na ng mahihirap. Ipaliwanag na rin po natin itong President’s Social Fund. May mga pagkakataon po na kailangan ng agarang pondo para tumugon sa mga biglaang pangangailangan. Halimbawa: ang tulong para sa pamilya ng sundalo’t pulis na nasawi sa pagreresponde sa MNLF-Misuari Faction sa Zamboanga, gayundin sa paghahatid ng ayuda nang sumalanta ang bagyong Sendong. PSF po ang pinanggagalingan nito; kung wala nito, kung walang calamity o contingency funds, mananatili ang ating mga kababayang nagdurusa. Dahil noong araw, inabuso ang pondong ito, baka raw abusuhin namin ito ngayon–kahit walang paratang ng pagnanakaw o kamalian ng paggamit. Ang mungkahi ng ilan, tanggalin na lang. Tanong po: Makatuwiran po ba ito? Maganda po sana kung ganoong kasimple, pero paano po kung magkaroon ng sakuna? Buwenas na tayo kung may session sa Batasan; mahina po ang apat na buwan ng debate at pakikipagpalitan ng sulat sa Kongreso bago maaprubahan ang pondong puwedeng gugulin. Kung ikaw ang nasa Zamboanga City, at humihilab ang sikmura ng anak mong iyak nang iyak, matatanggap mo ba kung sabihin sa iyo ng iyong gobyernong, pasensyahan muna tayo? May pera naman po, at may sapat tayong mekanismo upang siguruhing mapupunta ito sa dapat kalagyan. Tama bang ipagkait ang kalinga sa ating mga kababayan? Uulitin ko po: Pagnanakaw ang isyu dito. Hindi ako nagnakaw. Pero ang mga diumano’y nagnakaw ay siyang nagpapasimuno ng kalituhan; gustong kaladkarin pababa ang lahat ng ating pinaghirapang maabot dito sa tuwid na daan. Tayo ang ninakawan, tayo ang niloko, tapos tayo pa ngayon ang pinagpapaliwanag. Tayo ang patuloy na naghahanap ng katotohanan, tayo ang nagbawas nang nagbawas sa mga mekanismong maaaring gamitin para abusuhin ang kapangyarihan―tapos, tayo pa ngayon ang pinaparatangang ―Pork Barrel King.‖ Ito po ang masasabi ko sa kanila: Kung sa tingin ninyo, titigil ako sa pag-usig; kung sa tingin ninyo, maililihis ninyo ang atensyon ng publiko; kung sa tingin ninyo, makakatakas kayo sa pagnanakaw; nagkakamali kayo ng tantya sa akin, at sa taumbayang Pilipino. Baka naman po may natitira pang kabaitan sa inyo. Sana po, gumawa na kayo ng kilos para naman sa kapwa ninyo, at hindi lang para sa sarili. Nang bumalik sa bansa ang aking ama noong ika-21 ng Agosto 1983, may nakahanda siyang talumpati. Hindi na ito narinig ng mga Pilipino dahil sa tarmac pa lang, pinaslang na siya. Sa talumpati, sinipi niya si Archibald MacLeish: ―How shall freedom be defended? By truth when it is attacked by lies.‖ Ngayong sinusubok ng mga kasinungalingan at panlilinlang ang karapatan ng mga Pilipinong magkaroon ng isang tapat na pamahalaan, tanging katotohanan lamang ang wastong sandata. Sa gabing ito, inilatag ko sa inyo ang tunay na konteksto ng mga nangyayari sa ating bayan. Mangyari po sanang sa darating na mga araw, pag-usapan ninyo ito sa kani-kaniyang mga pamilya, grupo, at komunidad, at doon bumuo ng sariling mga kaisipang nakatuntong sa katotohanan. Mga Boss, marami na tayong pinagdaanang laban. Nagpapasalamat ako dahil gaano man kasahol ang mga paninira at pagsasabotahe, hindi kayo bumitiw, hindi kayo sumuko, at pinatunayan nating walang maaapi kung walang magpapaapi. Ngayon, ang mga tila nagsamantala sa atin ang gustong idiskaril ang kurso natin tungo sa ating mga pangarap. Hindi ako naniniwalang papayag kayo dito. At habang nandiyan kayo, patuloy akong maninindigan. Panatag ang loob ko, nasa poder man ako o hindi, na kayo mismong mga Boss kong maayos ang kaisipan at nasa tamang lugar ang puso, ang magpapatuloy at magtatapos ng laban. Dito nagmumula ang aking lakas at katatagan ng loob. Di ba’t kailan lang, ang umiiral na siste ay isang taumbayang nagsawa nang mangarap, nagsawa nang pumalag, nagsawa nang makiambag? Ngayon, napakarami na nating sama-samang pumapanday ng positibo at makabuluhang pagbabago sa lipunan. Tiwala akong mas masigasig pa ninyong papanigan ang tama, ang makatotohanan, at ang makatarungan. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako, dahil alam kong tuloy na tuloy pa rin ang ating martsa sa tuwid na daan. Muli, isang magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat. [HOME]
ONLINE NEWS 30 OCTOBER 2013 PH welcomes first PAL charter flight from Russia Purisima meets with transferred Customs Officials National Government Records P18.6 Billion Budget Deficit in September DILG asks local execs to mobilize forces for Undas 2013 To serve well, DOLE officials and employees should be healthy and well--Baldoz Consumer Loans Sustain Rise as Non-Performing CLs Decline Philippine Ambassador, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry Discuss Trade and Investment Promotion
DSWD, LGUs work closely to help quake-hit Bohol DSWD constructs makeshift hospitals, shelters in quake-hit Bohol DPWH activates "Lakbay Alalay" for Undas 2013 DPWH Chief reiterates warning re - fraudulent fund raising scheme using his name DENR bats for garbage-free barangay polls, ‘Undas’ 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 PH welcomes first PAL charter flight from Russia Source: http://www.tourism.gov.ph From October 2013 to April 2014, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will run regular charter flights every twelve days connecting Vladivostok and the Russian Fareast region to the prime tourist destinations of the country. On 27 October 2013 at 0930H, PR 761 will touch down at the NAIA Terminal 2 carrying over a hundred Russian tourists raring to explore the tropical islands of the country. This marks the first time a Philippine carrier will fly the friendly Russian skies. "The fun in the Philippines can now be experienced by more tourists from Fareast Russia. The facilitation of charter programs from this region of Russia, which is only four and a half hours away from Manila, is one of our key strategies to catalyze growth. Russia is a priority opportunity market of the Department of Tourism (DOT) that is envisioned to contribute to the target of 10 million international visitors by 2016,‖ Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. said. The charter flight is a collaboration between the 60 offices around the region of the Primorsky Agency of Aviation Companies TM Biletur, the biggest travel company in the Far East region which has been in operation for the past 18 years. From September 2012 to April 2013, Biletur was able to sell 1,500 room nights in the Philippines to their clients. Bulk of the tourists for this maiden flight will be visiting Boracay, a trend destination for many Russian tourists. The partner ground handler for this program is Uniorient Travel, Inc. Visitor arrivals from Russia reached 28,270 in 2012, growing by 40% and becoming the fastest growing market for the Philippines out of Europe. Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, key cities in Fareast Russia, were ranked second and fourth biggest sources of arrivals from Russia, posting growth rates of 37% and 83%, respectively, from the previous year. For the first eight months of 2013, Russian arrivals reached 21,736 growing by 32.53% over the same period in 2012. ―The charter program is indicative of the steady interest that Russians have for our country. This may be attributed to our healthy relationships with travel trade counterparts in Russia, our consumer marketing efforts, as well as word-ofmouth marketing from the many satisfied visitors who have come back for either more or longer holiday and business trips. We enjoin our travel partners and hosts to sustain this interest through our unique brand of fun and service excellence,‖ the tourism chief added. |TOP| Purisima meets with transferred Customs Officials Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph Officials of the Department of Finance led by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima met with senior officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) who had been detailed to the Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO). The meeting clarified issues and concerns surrounding the implementation of Customs Personnel Order (CPO) No. B189-2013, detailing 27 Collectors of the BOC to the CPRO and apprised the officials on the directions for policy and legislative reforms that need to be undertaken at the BOC. ―I need you to do this. You are the best resource people to take on this job because of your long experience and institutional knowledge of the Bureau of Customs. These reforms are urgent,‖ said Purisima to the Customs officials. The Finance chief cited antiquated laws and policies as a major source of revenue leakage for the BOC. Data from the Finance Department showed that an estimated P200-Billion in revenues is lost to the Bureau of Customs because of loopholes in customs policies and procedures, as well as outdated laws. The Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, which is the primary law that enables and empowers the Bureau of Customs, has remained largely unchanged since 1957. ―We need data to set the baseline for customs collections. It is important that we do this now with all the rapid changes in the global trading environment. We need metrics and accurate information for analysis and identification of revenue loss areas so that we can plug the loopholes.‖ The meeting with the detailed BOC officials was held amidst cases pending before the courts. Eleven of the 27 officials detailed to CPRO filed a case before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) questioning the validity of CPO No. B-1892013, while the DOF and the BOC filed a Petition before the Supreme Court that seeks to bar the Manila RTC from acting on the bid of district collectors citing lack of jurisdiction as it is the Civil Service Commission (CSC) that has the sole jurisdiction on the promotion and transfer of government employees.
To date, at least twenty (20) of the twenty-seven (27) affected Customs officials have reported to the CPRO. Imelda Cruz, who held the rank of Collector V, tendered her irrevocable resignation last October 2; while Macabantug Mandangan and Juan Tan, who both hold the rank Collector V, both retired from the BOC with the former reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65 last October 25, and the latter availed of the government’s early retirement package last October 16. |TOP| National Government Records P18.6 Billion Budget Deficit in September Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph 30 October 2013 Manila, Philippines – The National Government incurred a P18.6 billion deficit in September, 43% or P14.2 billion lower compared to the same period last year. Year-to-date, overall fiscal shortfall amounted to P101.2 billion which is well within Government target of P144.5 billion for the first nine months of the year. Revenue Performance Revenue collections reached P127.3 billion in September, 20.9% or P22.0 billion higher compared to the same period in 2012. Collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BoC) were recorded at P86 billion and P25.7 billion, reflecting 21.1% and 10.9% year-on-year revenue growth, respectively. Revenue from other offices grew 21.3% from a year ago to P8.4 billion while Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) income rose 72.7% year-on-year to P7.2 billion. Total collections reached P1,266.6 billion for the first nine months of the year showing an 13% improvement over comparable collections last year. Actual collections for January to September were recorded at P898 billion for BIR and P224.6 billion for BOC, increasing 16% and 5%, respectively, on a year-on-year basis. BTr income totaled P68.1 billion and other offices contributed P75.9 billion. Total tax revenues amounted to P112.8 billion, representing 89% of total revenues while the remaining P14.5 billion came from non-tax collections. Expenditures Actual disbursements for September amounted to P145.9 billion, reflecting a 5.7% or P7.8 billion increase, year-onyear. Interest payments amounting to P29.2 billion accounted for 19% of total expenditures for the period. Total disbursements for January to September reached P1,367.8 billion, a 12% increase over the same period in 2012. Primary Surplus/ (Deficit) Netting out interest payments from expenditures, the National Government posted a primary surplus of P10.6 billion in September, bringing the January to September surplus to P156.9 billion. [Please see attached doc to view graphs] |TOP| DILG asks local execs to mobilize forces for Undas 2013 Source: http://www.dilg.gov.ph Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has directed the country’s city and town mayors to convene their Local Peace and Order Councils as soon as possible and adopt measures that will ensure safe and peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Roxas, at the same time, ordered the Philippine National Police to go on full alert in order to ensure the safe travel of passengers and motorists who will be visiting their dead during the two-day Undas holiday. In a Memorandum Circular dated October 25, 2013, the DILG chief instructed the mayors, all DILG regional directors and the governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to deploy law enforcers and barangay tanods in cemeteries and other public areas to ensure safe and peaceful observance of Undas 2013. ―The local chief executives should convene their Local Peace and Order Councils to formulate a contingency plan on peace and order and public safety during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day,‖ Roxas said. As part of the contingency plan, Roxas specifically cited the need to deploy law enforcers, barangay tanods and medical personnel in public and private cemeteries and memorial parks all over the country. ―They should see to it that cleanliness and orderliness in cemeteries and other public places before, during and after Undas 2013 shall be maintained,‖ he added. As to law enforcers led by the local Philippine National Police units and the barangay tanods, Roxas said they should provide assistance and intensify visibility to the travelling public and motorists and implement effective traffic
management. He said the country’s various ports, bus and other transport terminals must also be secured to ensure the safety and convenience of travellers. ―The local PNP units should also be on guard in critical areas within the city or municipality to prevent the entry and exit of lawless elements and to apprehend individuals violating rules to ensure the safe observance of Undas 2013,‖ Roxas said. ―It would also be better if they could set-up help desks with trained medics along local and national roads in their localities to provide assistance to the travelling public,‖ Roxas said. After the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the DILG chief said the local chief executives are expected to ensure efficient garbage collection and clean-up operations in cemeteries and other public places. |TOP| To serve well, DOLE officials and employees should be healthy and well--Baldoz Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Saying that good physical, mental, and emotional health will enable DOLE officials and employees to serve their clients in their best abilities, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended memberagencies of the DOLE Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) in Region 1 headed by Regional Director Grace Ursua for taking time off from their busy schedules to engage in wellness activities. The annual event, the 3rd DOLE- RCC Wellness Activity, was held last week at the grounds of the Technical Education and Skills Development AuthorityRegion 1 in San Fernando, La Union. Citing a report of Director Ursua, Baldoz said officials and employees of the member-agencies of the RCC, namely, DOLE Regional Office No. 1; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB); National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB); and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), enthusiastically participated in the one-day wellness activity. The one-day event kicked off with a ―Hataw‖ Dance Exercise choreographed by the TESDA and the Department of Health, where participants danced and grooved under the sun. Parlor games, facilitated by the NCMB and the OWWA, tested the strength and agility of the participants, and strengthened their spirit of sportsmanship. Healthy snacks followed after the activities. As part of the wellness program, a lecture on stress management was delivered by Dr. Francisco Valdez, MD, the head of the Ilocos Training and Medical Center (ITRMC). The lecture covered the causes of stress and the ways on how to overcome it. "The DOLE-RCC Wellness Activity is a valuable event. It was an opportunity for the participants to realize that a healthy body and a sound mind is important if we are to render quality services to our clients," said Ursua. |TOP| Consumer Loans Sustain Rise as Non-Performing CLs Decline Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph Consumer loans (CLs) by universal, commercial (U/KBs) and thrift banks (TBs) stood at Php 680.4 billion in June, an increase of 15.9 percent from the Php 587.0 billion registered a year earlier. Consumer lending also sustained its quarter-on-quarter growth as the June figure rose by more than 5 percent from the Php 647.1 billion posted in March. Residential real estate, auto, credit card and other CLs rose in June amid the upbeat consumer view of the property market and the opening of classes. While consumer lending continued to rise, the ratio of soured consumer loans to total CLs declined. Non-performing CLs represented 6.1 percent of CLs in June, a drop from the 6.7 percent recorded during the same month last year. Moreover, the banks continue to put in place adequate safety nets against consumer credit risks. In June, the U/KBs and TBs set aside loan loss reserves of 69.4 percent of their soured CLs. Non-performing consumer loans represent just one percent of the banks’ total loan portfolio during the period. As a percentage of total lending, consumer loans in the Philippines remain below the figures posted by the country’s peers in Southeast Asia. In June, the 16.6 percent CL exposure of the Philippines is markedly lower than Malaysia’s 56.9 percent, Indonesia’s 29.3 percent and Singapore’s 26.5 percent. As part of its goal of promoting financial stability, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) monitors consumer and other types of bank lending to ensure continued adherence to high credit standards. Financial stability is essential to the sustainable growth of the economy, which is a key objective of the BSP. |TOP| Philippine Ambassador, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry Discuss Trade and Investment Promotion
Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 30 October 2013 – Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin H. Tago met on October 27 Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Tawfiq. F. Al-Rabiah, at the Minister’s office in Riyadh to discuss Philippines-Saudi Arabia economic relations and promote bilateral trade and investments. After reviewing existing trade and commercial relations and noting the increase in total trade between the two countries, both Ambassador Tago and Minister Al-Rabiah agreed on the need to further enhance and diversify economic relations between the two countries. Philippine exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia increased by approximately 37 percent from US$ 62.60 million in 2011 to US$ 85.82 million in 2012, but the balance of trade remains in favor of Saudi Arabia due to the Philippines’ importing its energy requirements from the Kingdom. Ambassador Tago briefed Minister Al-Rabiah on the significant progress the Philippines has achieved, particularly in economic growth for 2012 and 2013 which was among the highest in East and Southeast Asia. He also noted the Philippines’ recent upgrades to investment rating from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. The Ambassador likewise extended an invitation to the Minister to visit the country and sought the latter’s assistance in promoting the Philippines as an investment destination for the Saudi private sector. Ambassador Tago stressed that the Philippines has recently extended its visa-free facility to Saudi nationals from 21 to 30 days to encourage more visitors and investors to come to the Philippines. Some of the Philippine export products promoted by the Ambassador were halal food (fresh and processed), fresh fruits and vegetables, furniture and wood based products, garments and textiles (medium to high end), construction materials, health and beauty care products, fashion accessories, leather goods, machineries and equipment, gifts and home décor. Ambassador Tago also invited the Kingdom to consider investing in various sectors in the Philippines, including in agriculture, construction, power and energy, tourism, mining and real estate. Noting that a Philippine business delegation will visit Saudi Arabia on from October 30 to November 7, Ambassador Tago invited the Minister to head a business mission to the Philippines, and to participate in Public-Private-Partnership projects. These comprise traditional infrastructure projects, such as power, transportation, and water sectors, and nontraditional infrastructure and development sectors, such as information and communications technology, health, and property development. Minister Al-Rabiah expressed support for the promotion of Philippine goods in the Kingdom and encouraged the Philippines to hold an exhibition of its diverse products. He also expressed their wish to expand their trade with Philippines to cover non-oil exports. Minister Al-Rabiah invited Philippine contracting companies to join the bidding process for construction projects in the Kingdom. Both officials reiterated their commitment to work together for the mutual benefit of both economies. |TOP| DSWD, LGUs work closely to help quake-hit Bohol Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph The devastation brought by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake which shook Central Visayas on October 15, showed the strong partnership and coordination of the national government and local government units in times of disasters. In the aftermath of the earthquake, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) readily assisted the affected local government units (LGUs), working round the clock to bring immediate relief to the shaken communities. The DSWD, in coordination with the LGUs, specifically the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO) of the affected towns closely monitored the situation, provided relief goods, and deployed stress debriefers and counselors for the grieving families. Grateful for the quick response In the municipality of Bilar, the LGU was quick in responding to the needs of the people in Barangay Bonifacio, which was hit hard by the tremor. DSWD was equally fast in identifying the different evacuation sites and providing relief goods to affected families. ―Nakahatag dayon ug relief ang ang munisipyo pagka hapon dayon ug padayun lang jud ang ayuda handtod karon (The municipality has provided us relief goods on the afternoon of the first day, and relief goods are continually coming in even now),‖ said Lorena Lasive, a resident of Barangay Bonifacio. Her family has been staying at the evacuation site in the barangay since the first day after the earthquake.
Gemma Sumampong, another survivor also expressed her gratitude to DSWD and their local officials. ―Dako pud kog pasalamat sa DSWD ug sa ubang mga tawo nga muanhi diri halos kada adlaw ug muhatag ug makaon mao ng nabuhi mi sa pito ka niaging adlaw (I am also thankful to DSWD and to our LGU who come here almost everyday and give us food to eat),‖ she narrated. DSWD also provided laminated plastic tents at the evacuation site in Barangay Bonifacio. Each tent can accommodate two to three families. Josefa Sinco, 74, was thankful to DSWD and LGUs for these. ―Nahurot na ang baligya nga laminated sacks sa merkado ug katong among ginagamit namo sa una kay dili na maayo labi na kung muulan (There were no available laminated sacks in the market and what we were using before were already tattered and would not protect us from the elements),‖ she explained. A total of 3,419 families or 17,098 individuals were affected in the town of Bilar, four died and eight were injured. As of October 29, DSWD recorded a total of 17,793 families staying in 371 evacuation centers in Bohol. While continuing its relief efforts, DSWD in partnership with the LGUs, local, and international humanitarian groups are now working on the rehabilitation and recovery efforts. |TOP| DSWD constructs makeshift hospitals, shelters in quake-hit Bohol Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with Habitat for Humanity, recently completed the construction of three makeshift hospital tents in Carmen, Loon, and Sagbayan, all in Bohol Province, to immediately address the medical needs of the families affected by the earthquake that hit the province. The hospital tents are manned by doctors from the district hospitals and municipal health officers. In addition, hospital tents are also being constructed in the towns of Tubigon, Sagbayan, Clarin, Calape, Buenavista, Inabanga, and Loon. ―Based on the extent of the damage, we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide shelter kits for families with partially destroyed houses, and construct shelters for families with totally damaged houses,‖ DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stated. ―The shelter kits are comprised of galvanized iron sheets for roofing, mesh wire, steel bars, and other materials for the repair of partially destroyed houses,‖ Secretary Soliman added. According to Vince Delector, Jr., Manager of the Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Operations Team of Habitat for Humanity, some 10,000 shelter kits will be provided while 2,000 core shelters will be built within the next two years. Delector announced that Habitat for Humanity will start the construction of permanent shelters in Barangay Mantacida in Catigbian, one of the hardest hit areas in Bohol. ―In building the houses, we will use bamboo and cement, encasing the shelters in a lightweight steel frame with a cement foundation,‖ Delector explained. Habitat for Humanity has been a long time partner of DSWD in building shelters for victims of disasters, such as Typhoon Sendong which hit Cagayan De Oro in 2011 and Typhoon Pablo which devastated Davao region and Compostela Valley in 2012. As of October 29, DSWD recorded a total of 17,793 families staying in 371 evacuation centers in Bohol. Based on DSWD’s latest validation report, the number of totally damaged houses in the province rose to 12,672. Evacuation centers in Cebu have already closed but 1,364 families or 6,806 individuals who are home-based or staying in their relatives’ or friends’ houses continue to receive food assistance from DSWD and local government units. |TOP| DPWH activates "Lakbay Alalay" for Undas 2013 Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph Field units of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Regional and District level activates the ―Lakbay Alalay‖ motorists assistance program of the Department for the upcoming commemoration of the ―Undas‖ 2013. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that he has directed DPWH Regional Directors and District Engineers nationwide to set-up this regular service program of the Department starting at 5:00 PM on October 30, 2013 until 12:00 noon of November 4, 2013. Composite team from the DPWH Regional and District Offices will be dispatched in strategic
locations along national highways for the expected influx of motorists going to both public and private cemeteries in the cities and provinces. The team composed of engineers, mechanics, equipment operators and other service crews will extend free roadside emergency repair assistance and help for travelers. Earlier, Singson reminded his men in the field to ensure that proper signage, warning and readable directional signs, along the national roads and all on-going projects are installed properly. ―All on-going road construction should have warning signs with deployed traffic aides/personnel to manage traffic and reduce inconvenience to public‖, added Singson. In Pangasinan, Region 1 OIC-Director Melanio C. Briosos reported that a traffic rerouting scheme or alternate route to avoid heavy traffic at the on-going rehabilitation along the Binalonan-Pozorubbio-Sison Section of Manila North Road has been implemented. The following alternative routes were identified by the DPWH Pangasinan 3rd District Engineering Office in coordination with the Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, and concerned Local Government Units to avoid traffic gridlock at the Tarlac-Pangasinan (Carmen) Boundary to Pangasinan-La Union (Sison): a) Carmen-Rosales-Sta. Maria-AsinganBinalonan Road (Magilas Trail); b) Binalonan-Laoac-Pozorrubio Road; c) Urdaneta-Manaoag-San Jacinto-San FabianDamortis Jct., La Union Road (for light vehicles only); and d) Binalonan-Laoac-Manaoag-San Jacinto-San FabianDamortis Jct., La Union (for light vehicles only). Motorists who opted to use Manila North Road are advised to brace for traffic bottlenecks and alternate one way traffic and warn against overtaking or counterflowing at chokepoints and on approaching stationary vehicles queues to prevent further traffic jams especially during peak hours from 7:00AM to 9:00AM and 4:00PM to 7:00PM As more people are expected to troop to cemeteries because of the long week-end holiday, DPWH Region 5 will dispatched 31 Motorists’ Assistance Centers along Bicol’s arterial roads: in Camarines Norte – a) Tabugon Section, K0248, Junction Andaya Highway; in Camarines Sur – a) DPWH Field Office, Gaongan, Sipocot, b) GAD Building, Pamplona (K0418+100), c) Concepcion Grande, Naga City (K0439+820) or in front of the Traffic Management Group (TMG) Headquarters, d) Sta. Teresita, Baao - in front of DPWH Camarines Sur 4th District Engineering Office (DEO), e) Lourdes Young, Nabua - in front of Nabua Cemetery, f) Caraycayon, Tigaon in front of DPWH Camarines Sur 3rd DEO; in Albay – a) Paulog, Ligao in front of DPWH 3rd DEO, b) Busay, Daraga (K0522+050), c) Basud, Sto. Domingo (K0540+005); and in Sorsogon – a) Dona Pepita Park, Brgy. Bucalbucalan, and San Pedro Multi-Purpose Brgy. Hall, Irosin (K0621+800). Assistance centers will also be set-up in the island provinces of Bicol Region: seven (7) in Catanduanes and twelve (12) in Masbate. |TOP| DPWH Chief reiterates warning re - fraudulent fund raising scheme using his name Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson repeats his previous calls or warnings to the public that he, nor his officers and staff, is not in way - whether on official or personal capacity - involved in any fund raising activity, and neither endorsing any individual, entity or group to solicit on his behalf. The warning is in view of the latest report that alleged members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Retired Veterans Association, Inc. are allegedly selling Thanksgiving Dinner Tickets, for a Ballroom Dancing and Christmas Gift Giving Activity (which is) to be held on December 28, 2013 at the Halls of Flags Veterans Centers in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City; which is worth P600 each. Per report, a certain person, impersonating Secretary Singson, is said to be calling the contractors, who are currently under contract in various DPWH projects, to personally push (these contractors) to buy the fund raising tickets. But, knowing that the DPWH is not involved in any fundraising, per previous advisory, the act to solicit was reported by the contractor to – both – DPWH and the Philippine National Police (PNP) which led to the arrest of an alleged culprit – one named Anita M. Marasigan, a 60-year old widow residing at Project 2, Quezon City, who was detained for swindling. Marasigan has presented to the police authorities an identification card showing her alleged affiliation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Retired Veterans Association, Inc. ―I am making this call again to the public, especially our current suppliers and contractors doing business with the agency, to not be deceived nor entertain any attempt of these unscrupulous individuals or groups to drag my name, or any of our officers and staff, in their fund raising project,‖ Singson said, and added, ― we should not be fooled, and – together – we put a stop to their illegal activities by reporting to us, or to the nearest police station.‖ The public, especially individuals or companies, who receive sponsorship tickets or deceptive letter solicitations should report immediately significant information about the solicitor/s misrepresenting themselves as connected with the DPWH organization thru e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Stakeholders Relations Service at telephone numbers (02) 302-9196; 304-3370; 304-3280; or 304-3279 or to the nearest Police Stations. ―These unscrupulous individuals are misleading the public. The DPWH contractors, consultants and suppliers should be made aware that any contribution or donation they made is not in any way connected to official DPWH activities,‖ Singson further said. |TOP| DENR bats for garbage-free barangay polls, ‘Undas’ Source: http://www.denr.gov.ph In anticipation of the barangay elections and "Undas," the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
has urged the public to keep schools and cemeteries garbage-free during the upcoming holidays. DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said that just like any other public holidays, the village polls scheduled on Oct. 28 and the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively, are expected to significantly increase waste generation. "Both occasions will undoubtedly have a festive atmosphere, with a lot of waste from campaign materials, food containers and the like," Paje said. "We remind Filipinos to be more creative with their needs and use materials that are reusable or recyclable so that we generate less solid waste," Paje said. The environment chief added: "The easiest thing to remember about reducing waste is to utilize reusable or recyclable materials or containers especially when packing food and drinks, and to take time to throw trash in bins coded to segregate them accordingly." An estimated 30,000 tons of garbage is generated in the country every day, with 8,000 tons produced in Metro Manila alone. The volume shoots up during public events. For the barangay polls, Paje called on governors and mayors to ensure that the candidates observe a litter-free election and oversee the cleanup operations in schools and other polling precincts immediately after the polls. He reminded that local government units have the "primary task" of enforcing the provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Under the law, a person caught littering could be fined from P300 to P1,000, or render community service. At the same time, Paje encouraged voters to "watch out for candidates who opt for an environment-friendly campaign and who will assist in cleanup activities afterwards, as these are good signs that they will make good on their duty to keep your community clean and green." He said immediate cleanup activities after the elections would prevent trash from clogging waterways and cause floods during rains. Paje also urged the candidates to revisit the joint memorandum circular issued by the DENR, Commission on Elections and the Department of the Interior and Local Government for the national and local elections held last May. The circular was issued to make sure that local officials, political parties, party-list organizations, candidates, and their supporters would adhere to the provisions of RA 9003 during the campaign period. As for the succeeding long weekend of Undas, where Filipinos are expected to troop to cemeteries to commemorate their departed loved ones, Paje gave the following tips to make the occasion garbage-free: • Abide by local ordinances regarding the use of plastic bags • Reduce wastage by bringing only a sufficient amount of food • Use fresh flowers and small potted plants • Lessen air pollution by ensuring that vehicles are well-maintained, observing carpooling, or using public transportation. |TOP|
|TOP| 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 ILOâ€™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|
30 OCTOBER 2013 President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers a televised address to the nation Wednesday evening regarding current issues hounding the government, held at the President Hall in Malacanang. (Photo By Gil Nartea/ Robert Viñas/ Malacanang Photo Bureau) President Benigno Simeon Aquino III meets with members of Metro Manila Council, composed of mayors of the Metro Manila at the Malacanan Palace Wednesday (October 30). The Council discussed development plans, projects and others concerns of each cities. (Photo By Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau / Exiquiel Supera/NIB- Malacanang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III and his four sisters visit the graves of their parents on Wednesday (October 30), two days before the traditional commemoration of All Saints' Day on November 1. The President and his sisters Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, Viel Dee, and Kris Aquino attend Holy Mass at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City, where their parents, former President Corazon Aquino and martyred opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., are buried. ( Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau/NIB ) President Benigno S. Aquino III and his four sisters, visit the graves of their parents on Wednesday (October 30), two days before the traditional commemoration of All Saints' Day on November 1. The President and his sisters Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, Viel Dee, and Kris Aquino attend Holy Mass at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City, where their parents, former President Corazon Aquino and martyred opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., are buried. Also in photo are Kris' two sons, Joshua and Bimby. ( Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau/NIB ) President Benigno S. Aquino III and his four sisters, visit the graves of their parents on Wednesday (October 30), two days before the traditional commemoration of All Saints Day on November 1. The President and his sisters Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, Viel Dee, and Kris Aquino attend Holy Mass at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City, where their parents, former President Corazon Aquino and martyred opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., are buried. Also in photo are Joseph Dee and Kris‟ two sons, Joshua and Bimby. ( Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau ) President Benigno S. Aquino III and his four sisters, visit the graves of their parents on Wednesday (October 30), two days before the traditional All Saints' Day commemoration on November 1. The President and his sisters Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, Viel Dee, and Kris Aquino attend Holy Mass at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City, where their parents, former President Corazon Aquino and martyred opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., are buried. ( Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau )
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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