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Dispatch for September 19 , 2013 Thursday , 5 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 4 Weather Watch, 3 OFW Watch, 3 Reg’l. Watch 1 PNOY Speech , 14 Online News , 6 Photonews

1. Weather Watch 5 hours ago PAGASA Weather Bulletin No. 8 Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon"ODETTE (USAGI)" Issued at 5:00 a.m., Thursday, 19 September 2013 "ODETTE" has intensified further as it continuous to move closer towards Northern Luzon. Location of Center: (as of 4:00 a.m.) 630 km East of Tuguegarao City; Coordinates: 17.2°N, 128.5°E Strength: Maximum winds of 130 kph near the center and Gustiness of up to 160 kph


Movement: Forecast to move West at 13 kph Forecast Positions/Outlook: Friday morning: 370 km East of Aparri, Cagayan or at 400 km Southeast of Basco, Batanes Saturday morning: 100 km Southeast of Basco, Batanes Sunday morning: 200 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes or at 90 km Southwest of Taiwan Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds): Batanes Grp. of Is. Apayao Isabela Cagayan Calayan Babuyan Grp. of Island Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 - 20 mm per hour (heavy-intense) within the 500 km diameter of the Typhoon. "ODETTE" will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and over the provinces of Zambales and Bataan. Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against flashfloods and landslides. Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan and over the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon and of Visayas. 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 11 AM today.

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2. Weather Watch


15 hours ago TV Patrol weather reporter Kim Atienza: -Bahagyang lumakas si TS Odette at pinaiigting nito ang Habagat. -Huli itong namataan 770km east ng Tuguegarao City. -May lakas na 105kph, pagbugso na 135kph, kumikilos westward ng 7kph. -Inaasahang mananatili si Odette hanggang Linggo. -Sinuspende na rin ng PCG ang pagbiyahe ng mga barko sa Cagayan. -Asahan naman ang moderate rains bukas sa Metro Manila. Maulan din sa Visayas. -Asahan ang maulan at maulap na panahon sa Mindanao dahil sa Habagat. -Wala itong posibilidad na tumama sa lupa. May kalakihan naman ang radius ng bagyo.

3. Weather Watch 17 hours ago PAGASA forecaster Joey Figuracion on DZMM: -Mabagal ang pagkilos ng bagyong Odette at inaasahang hahatakin nito ang Southwest Monsoon. -Kaninang 4:00pm, si Odette ay nasa 770km east ng Tuguegarao City. -May lakas na 105kph, pagbugso na 135kph, kumikilos westward ng 7kph. -Dahil sa Southwest Monsoon ay inaasahan nating maghahatid ito ng pag-ulan sa Kamaynilaan. -Bukas ay asahan na natin ang medyo may kalakasan na pag-ulan sa Metro Manila.

For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 9271335 and 927-2877

4. Weather Watch 21 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-NCR: Metro Manila will have cloudy skies with to moderate rainshowers and thundertstorms as tropical storm "Odette" intensified over Cagayan early Wednesday. The storm is now packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 100 kph, according to PAGASA. The storm was last observed 790 kilometers east of Tugegarao City and was forecast to move westward. Heavy to intense rains are seen within its 350-kilometer radius. It will also continue to enhance the southwest monsoon which will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, according to PAGASA. For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877.


Weather Watch

September 19 , 2013 ( Thursday )

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Regional Watch

1. PIA Regional Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isang forum kaugnay ng Drug Abuse Resistance Education program ang isinasagawa ngayon sa mahigit 100 3rd year at 4th year students ng Balete National High School. Layon nitong maipaalam ang kahalagahan ng pag iwas sa droga.


2. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/RIZAL: Rizal cooperatives are set to undergo a two-day parliamentary procedure seminar with the Cooperative Development Authority - Rizal at the Tomas Claudio Memorial College, Morong, Rizal from September 20 to 21 in line with the agency's requisite trainings. According to CDA-Rizal , the regional office is set to participate in the said seminar to help equip co-ops with prior knowledge on handling legal matters & other issues.

3. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Dept. of Education (DepEd)-Quezon is still promoting campaign of their battlecry 'Bawat bata, Kinakalinga' in order to generate more enrollees in the primary and secondary levels. According to Walter Galarosa, social studies supervisor, this battlecry promotes caring to students to provide good education.

1. PIA OFW Watch 17 hours ago GMA News: Freed Saudi OFW Dondon Lanuza to arrive home Thursday, says VP Binay.

2. PIA OFW Watch DZBB: Handa ang OWWA na magbigay ng ayuda para sa papauwing OFW na si Dondon Lanuza. Ayon kay OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon, maaari nilang ialok kay Lanuza ang kanilang


reintegration program. Inaasahang darating sa bansa bukas ang nasabing OFW. Like 路 Reply 路 17 hours ago

3. PIA OFW Watch DZRH: Balik Pilipinas na si Dondon Lanuza na nahatulan ng bitay sa Saudi Arabia. Sinabi ni VP Binay na sumakay na ito ng eroplano pabalik ng Pilipinas matapos ang deportation proceeding sa Saudi Arabia. Inaasahang darating ito bukas ng hapon sa Pilipinas na 13 taong nakakulong sa Saudi Arabia dahil sa pagpatay sa isang Saudi national noong 2000. Like 路 Reply 路 17 hours ago

A. QUEZON 1. BFAR launches national program for municipal FishR in Calabarzon Wednesday 18th of September 2013

LUCENA CITY, Laguna, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) launched last Sept. 3 in this city, the national program for municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) in Calabarzon after launching in Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Davao. The program aims to fast-track, enhance and complete the municipal fishergolk registration nationwide as required under the Fisheries Code of 1998. Upon completion of the program, the Bureau would be able to come up with a national database that would be necessary in designing programs to aid the local municipalities for managing, regulating, conserving and protecting fishery resources and establishing a Comprehensive Fishery Information System. The Bureau will work hand in hand with the municipalities and cities in the five


provinces including NCR – to complete the registration in their respective areas using a simplified and standard form and FRS data management system. BFAR will also give technical assistance to coastal municipalities and cities in the said provinces to facilitate the registration process. BFAR expects the full cooperation of all the coastal and inland municipal mayors together with their municipal agricultural officers (MAOs), agricultural technicians for fisheries (ATFs) and municipal fisheries aquatic resource management (MFARMC) chairmen as well as all BFAR regional directors, provincial fishery officers, and some selected NGOs and NGAs. During the launching, bureau officers and Fish R focal persons met with the project implementers; the provincial fisheries officers, MAOs, and ATFs and trained them on the new Fisherfolk registration system, its mechanics of registration and the information education and communication (IEC) strategies that the implementers could adapt in their area of jurisdiction. These trainings will guide them in the actual registration, familiarization of the FRS database, formulation of communication plans and in the over-all implementation of the program. Calabarzon covers 5 provinces namely Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon. It includes the National Capital Region in terms of fisheries administration. There are 10 cities, 7 of which are coastal; 132 municipalities, 88 are coastal; and 4,008 barangays, 923 are coastal. Two major lakes in the country are found here, the Laguna de Bay in Laguna, and Taal lake in Batangas. In 2012, the region ranked 4th among other regions in terms of value of fisheries production with contribution of P22.87 billion. (BFAR4A/CPG, PIA4A)

B. CAVITE

C. LAGUNA

1. Tagalog news: Paaralang gusali, sewing machines, ipinagkaloob bilang suporta sa edukasyon BY: CARLO P. GONZAGA


Wednesday 18th of September 2013

LUNGSOD NG SAN PABLO, Laguna, Set. 18 (PIA) -- Isang paaralang-gusali na may dalawang kuwarto ang ipinatayo sa barangay San Marcos, smantalang 65 makinang panahi ang ipinamahagi sa mga pampublikong paaralan sa lungsod bilang suporta sa edukasyon. Sa barangay San Marcos, ang Tulay Foundation sa ilalim ng kanilang school project na "Operation Barrio Schools" ay nagpagawa ng two-room school building sa pakikipagugnayan sa Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FCCI) at San Pablo City FCCI. “Natatangi ang mga ganitong proyekto, sa kabila ng kahirapan ngayon, may mga pribadong organisasyon na hindi nagsasawa sa pagtulong upang mapataas pa ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa lungsod,” wika ni Mayor Loreto Amante sa turn-over ceremony ng nasabing proyekto. Bunga nito, lubos ang pasasalamat ng punonglungsod sa Tulay Foundation sa pamumuno ni Manuel Chua dahil sa kanfilang pagtugon sa kakulangan ng mga silid-aralan sa mga pampublikong paaralan. Samantala, nagkaloob ng 65 units ng makinang panahi ang pamahalaang lungsod sa Department of Education (DepEd), bilang pamahagi sa lahat ng elementary school na nasasakupan ng Division of San Pablo sa layuning mapasigla ang pagtuturo ng mga aralin sa „home economics‟. Ang pagkakaloob ng makinang panahi ay tugon sa kahilingan ni schools division superintendent Susan dL Oribiana dahil ang mga makinang panahi na ginagamit sa mga eskuwelahan ay sobrang luma na at karamihan ay hindi na magamit sa pagtuturo. (CPG, PIA4A at ulat mula sa CIO-San Pablo)

2. Calabarzon products to be featured at the National Handicrafts Fair Wednesday 18th of September 2013 CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- Products of at least 49 micro and small entrepreneurs from the Calabarzon will be on exhibit and for sale at the three-day handicraft fair from September 19 until 22 at the SM Megatrade Hall in Mandaluyong City. Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Bureau of Domestic Trade, the 'Sikat Pinoy' National Handicrafts Fair will showcase products of micro, small and medium enterprises from the country's 16 regions which include furniture and furnishings, houseware and home decor, fashion accessories, footwear, holiday décor and health and wellness products. Among the notable Calabarzon exhibitors-sellers are Chona's Embroidery and Tuy Arts and Designs of Batangas; Cornerstone Pottery and Abundant Handicrafts of Cavite; Ai-


She Footwear and Oryspa Spa Solutions of Laguna; Martha‟s Handicraft and Sa‟tin Craft of Quezon; CD Handicrafts and Abundant handicrafts of Rizal. The "Sikat Pinoy" branding for DTI-initiated national trade fairs has been retained after the successful 'Sikat Pinoy' National Food Fair held last month that generated around P15 million in revenues. DTI organizes local, regional and national trade fairs for the micro, small and medium enterprises to be exposed to wider markets such as corporate buyers and institutional merchandisers aside from shoppers in Metro Manila and from nearby areas. (Charlie S. Dajao/DTI-Calabarzon/PIA-Laguna).

3. Los Banos town celebrates 398th founding anniversary BY: ALAN C. ORTILLANO Wednesday 18th of September 2013

LOS BANOS, Laguna, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- The municipal government of Los Banos through the tourism office successfully launched the town‟s 398th founding anniversary celebration yesterday, with a parade participated in by the local government officials and employees, academe, teachers, students and NGOs. The event with the theme, “Isang Malinis na Kapaligiran, Disiplinadong Mamamayan, Matatag na Pinuno para sa Progresibong Bayan” is co-celebrated with the Banamos Festival that will run from September 17 to 22 with various activities lined up such as fun run, barangay night, beauty contest among others. Banamos Festival is a yearly activity that aims to further promote the town‟s tourism industry. “Banamos” is derived from the Spanish word “we bathe.” The town teems with hot spring waters and is believed to have curative effects. Los Banos dubbed as “Science and Nature City of the Philippines” is host to one of the most reputable universities and research institutions in the country, the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), respectively. (PIA-Laguna)

4. Tagalog news: DPWH road widening project sa Laguna, patuloy Wednesday 18th of September 2013 LOS BANOS, Laguna, Set. 18 (PIA) -- Patuloy ang isinasagawang road widening project ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd Laguna Engineering District


sa nasasakupan nitong mga lugar. Kabilang sa mga lugar na ito ang mga lungsod ng Cabuyao at Calamba, at mga bayan ng Los Banos at Bay. Ang proyekto ay alinsunod sa direktiba ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kay DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson sa hangaring malunasan ang pagsisikip na trapiko at para sa kaligtasan ng mga mamamayan. Bunga nito, puspusan ang pagtalima ni District Engineer Joel Limpengco sa nasabing kautusan bagamat may mga problema sa "right of way" ng mga may ari lupa na maaapektuhan ng road widening project. “Upang hindi maantala ang proyekto dahil sa problema sa right of way, ginawa naming sectional ang pagpapagawa. Ibig sabihin, inuunang gawin ang mga bahagi na walang problema sa right of way partikular sa Los Banos upang hindi maantala ang timetable ng DPWH,� sabi ni Limpengco. Tiniyak ni Limpengco na kabilang sa kanilang prayoridad ang mga bahaging nagkakaroon ng pagsisikip sa trapiko dahil sa kitid ng highway tulad sa barangay Bucal sa lungsod ng Calamba. Samantala, lubusang nagpapasalamat ang mga magulang at guro ng Lalakay Elementary School sa bayang ito dahil sa isinagawang road widening ay nilagyan ng angkop na sidewalk na tumitiyak sa kaligtasan ng mga mag-aaral laban sa sakuna sa kanilang pagpasok at paglabas mula sa paaralan. (CPG, PIA4A at ulat mula kay Nani Cortez) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=631379487304#sthash.0Y7dmwRX.dpuf

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E. RIZAL


18 SEPTEMBER 2013.

1. Malacanang appeals to Filipinos to remain vigilant as probe into alleged misuse of priority development assistance fund moves forward 2. President Aquino cites Metropolitan and City Judges for enhancing electronic, environmental justice 3. Goverment committed to rebuilding Zamboanga City after standoff, Palace says 4. President Aquino declares September 27 as special non-working day in Lobo, Batangas in celebration of its 142nd Foundation Day 5. Malacanang assures no compromise deal will be given those implicated in alleged misuse of priority development assistance fund 1. Malacanang appeals to Filipinos to remain vigilant as probe into alleged misuse of priority development assistance fund moves forward

Malacanang appealed to Filipinos to remain vigilant and alert as the investigation into the alleged misuse of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of lawmakers gets underway. In a press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said it was the obligation of all Filipinos to see the probe into what is also known as the pork barrel scam to its ultimate end. ―Huwag nating kalimutan. Obligasyon ito ng ating taong bayan because we have an engaged citizenry, let us not forget that these things (pork barrel scam) have to be resolved,‖ Lacierda said. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales earlier said it would take her and her agency approximately a year to wrap up the review of the alleged anomalous disbursements of the PDAF after voluminous evidences were presented to her. Morales vowed to decide in ―a year or less‖ the plunder case against Janet Lim-Napoles and powerful senators and congressmen implicated in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. PND (rck) TOP 2. President Aquino cites Metropolitan and City Judges for enhancing electronic, environmental justice President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines (MeTCJAP) for its efforts to enhance electronic and environmental justice. "In keeping up with new paradigms regarding communication and environmentalism, it has become even more essential to transform our institutions into highly-efficient and economical systems that understand and adapt to the unique demands of our time," the Chief Executive said in his message to MeTCJAP on the occasion of its 15th National Convention and Seminar. The MeTJAP opened on Wednesday its 15th National Convention and Seminar in Roxas City. The seminar will end onSept. 20. "We live in a rapidly changing milieu, and are given greater access to knowledge in ways unimagined by previous generations; your role as arbiters in the modern era is to uphold the proper use of these newfound technologies. May this gathering enable you to enhance electronic and environmental justice as you incorporate their ideas and designs into your working knowledge of the law," the President said. "The path to lasting, equitable progress is actualized as our citizens carry on their tasks with integrity and accountability, values which are integral in restoring good governance, empowering the vulnerable sectors of society, and retaining the trust and confidence of our countrymen," he added. The President hopes for a productive and meaningful convention. PND (js) TOP


3. Goverment committed to rebuilding Zamboanga City after standoff, Palace says Malacanang assured on Wednesday that the government is committed to helping Zamboanga City residents in rebuilding their city, particularly those who lost their homes. The Aquino administration is ready to provide the victims of the Zamboanga City violence especially people whose homes were destroyed by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). ―Certainly, itong nangyari sa Zamboanga, in general, kailangan nila ng ating tulong, ng ating national government. At tayo ay handang tumulong sa kanila,‖ Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang. But the government can’t commit at this time on how people could rebuild their homes because assessment has to be done to determine the extent of the damage and the corresponding government support, he said. ―I don’t want to commit some agency na hindi ko pa masyadong klaro. But, in general, we have seen the damage caused to the people in Zamboanga City and the national government is prepared to help,‖ he said. People losing their homes to the MNLF attack is a real concern for the government, Lacierda said adding that government will certainly address that. On Tuesday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has enough disaster funds to sustain the immediate needs of the increasing number of evacuees affected by the standoff in Zamboanga City. The DSWD head office has released additional P16.5 million standby funds to DSWD-Region IX for purchase of relief goods. And since September 9, DSWD-Region IX has provided P25,501,555 as augmentation assistance to Zamboanga City. The assistance included packed meals, family food packs, hygiene kits, plastic mats, blankets and kitchen utensils. The DSWD said that as of noon Tuesday, total number of affected families is 16,533 families or some 82,106 individuals. PND (as) TOP 4. President Aquino declares September 27 as special non-working day in Lobo, Batangas in celebration of its 142nd Foundation Day President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared September 27, which falls on a Friday, as a special (non-working) day in the municipality of Lobo, in the province of Batangas, in celebration of its 142nd Foundation Day. The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 651 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on September 5 to give the people of Lobo the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies. Originally a logging settlement, Lobo was founded on September 27, 1871. PND (js) TOP 5. Malacanang assures no compromise deal will be given those implicated in alleged misuse of priority development assistance fund Malacanang assured on Wednesday that no compromise deal would be given those implicated in the ongoing investigation of the alleged misuse of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), a discretionary fund available to the members of Congress. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sought to allay fears that lawmakers, especially those aligned with the Administration, who will be found to have anything to do with the P10-billion pork barrel scam would not be prosecuted in exchange for information. Lacierda told a press briefing in Malacanang that once charges are filed meant that the case would be within the jurisdiction of the courts. ―I can guarantee you that there is no compromise because, once the charges are filed, it’s no longer with us. It is already with the Ombudsman, and the Ombudsman will have full discretion, as to what charges will be filed against any particular individual—both as a legislator and both as an official of all those NGOs (non-government organization),‖ Lacierda said. Charges of plunder have already been filed at the Office of the Ombudsman against alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles and powerful senators and congressmen implicated in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. PND (rck) TOP


18 SEPTEMBER 2013.

1. Patuloy na pagsubaybay ng madla sa usapin ng PDAF scam, hiniling ng Malacanang sa sambayanang Pilipino 2. Pinuri ng Pangulo ang samahan ng Metropolitan and City Judges sa pagsisikap na isulong ang electronic and environmental justice

3. Tutulungan ng gobyerno ang mga biktima ng kaguluhan sa Zamboanga 4. Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 27 sa Lobo, Batangas upang ipagdiwang ang ika-142 Anibersaryo nito

5. Walang sisinuhin ang malacanang sa mga masasangkot sa umano ay tiwaling paggamit ng PDAF

1. Patuloy na pagsubaybay ng madla sa usapin ng PDAF scam, hiniling ng Malacanang sa sambayanang Pilipino

Hiniling ng Malacanang sa mga Pilipino na manatiling nakatuon at nakasubaybay sa paglilitis sa umano ay hindi tamang paggamit ng Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) na ngayon ay nakaharap na sa Ombudsman. Sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Miyerkoles, sinabi ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda na sagutin ng lahat ng Pilipino na tiyaking malulutas ang usapin ng pork barrel scam at mapananagot ang mga gumamit nito sa tiwaling paraan. ―Huwag nating kalimutang obligasyon ito ng taong bayan. Dahil mulat na ang ating mga kababayan kaya naman huwag nating kalimutang ang mga bagay na ito (pork barrel scam) ay dapat matuldukan,‖ sabi pa ni Lacierda. Sinabi ni Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales na tinataya nilang baka abutin ng isang taon bago matapos ng kanyang tanggapan ang pagsusuri sa kahun-kahong mga katibayan at kasulatan umano na may kinalaman sa tiwaling paggugol ng PDAF. Iniharap ni Kalihim Leila de Lima ng Katarungan sa Ombudsman ang kaso, dala ang mahalagang katibayan hinggil sa umano ay mga kasong pandarambong laban kay Janet Lim-Napoles, gayundin sa tatlong senador at ilang kinatawan na dawit sa P10 bilyong pork barrel scam. Nangako si Morales na tatapusin nila ang pagsusuri sa isang tambak na katibayan at mga kasulatan sa ―humigit-kumulang sa isang taon.‖ PND (rck/zaf) TOP

2. Pinuri ng Pangulo ang samahan ng Metropolitan and City Judges sa pagsisikap na isulong ang electronic and environmental justice

Pinuri ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines (MeTCJAP) sa pagsisikap nitong mapagibayo ang electronic and environmental justice. ―Pag-alinsunod sa simulain ng komunikasyon at malasakit sa kapaligiran kaya naging higit na mahalaga ang pagbabago sa ating mga istitusyon upang maging higit na mabisa at matipid ang pamamaraang nauunawaan at angkop sa pambihirang hinihingi ng ating panahon,‖ wika ng Pangulo sa kanyang mensahe sa MeTCJAP sa idinaraos nilang 15th National Convention and Seminar sa Lungsod ng Roxas na magtatapos Setyembre 20.


Binigyang diin ng Pangulo na sa mabilis na pagbabago sa ating paligid ay nagkakaroon tayo nang higit na pagkakataong tuklasin ang kaalamang sa nakalipas na saling-lahi ay pangarap pa lamang. ―Mahalaga ang ginagampanan ninyo sa makabagong panahong ito upang ibantayog ang wastong paggamit ng mga bagong tuklas na kaalamang ito. Harinawang ang pagtitipong ito ay maging daan para lalong mag-ibayo ang electronic and environmental justice sa inyong paglalakip ng mga ideya at desenyo sa inyong malawak na kaalaman sa batas,‖ sabi ng Pangulo. ―Ang landas tungo sa laganap na kasaganaan ay magkakaroon ng katuparan sa marangal at may pananagutang pagtupad ng ating mga kababayan ng kanilang mga saguting makibalikat para manumbalik ang mabuting pamamahala, pagbibigay-kapangyarihan sa kapus-palad na sektor ng ating lipunan at pananatili ng tiwala ng ating mga kababayan,‖ dugtong ng Pangulo. Kaalinsabay nito, sinabi ng Pangulo na inaasahan niyang magiging mabunga at tunay na kapaki-pakinabang ang kumbensiyon ng mga hukom. PND (js/zaf) TOP

3. Tutulungan ng gobyerno ang mga biktima ng kaguluhan sa Zamboanga

Tutulungan ng administrasyong Aquino ang mga biktima ng kaguluhan sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga, lalo na ang mga taong ang bahay ay nawasak o sinunog ng Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Ito ang tiniyak ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Miyerkoles nang sabihin niyang tutulong ang pamahalaan sa pagbabagong tatag ng lungsod dahil sa labanang naganap nang pasukin ng mga tauhan ng MNLF ang lungsod. ―Itong nangyari sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga sa kabuuan ay kailangan ng ating tulong—tulong ng pambansang pamahalaan. Handa tayong tulungan sila,‖ tahasang sabi ni Lacierda. Idinugtong niya na sa panahong ito, kailangan pang tayahin kung ano ang dapat gawin para matiyak ang laki ng pinsala at ang karampatang itutulong ng pamahalaan. ―Ayoko namang ipangako ang ilang ahensiya na hindi ko pa masyadong klaro. Sa kabuuan, nakita namin ang laki ng pinsalang nagawa sa mga mamamayan ng Lungsod ng Zamboanga at handa ang pamahalaang pambansa na tumulong,‖ dagdag ni Lacierda. Binigyang diin ni Lacierda na ang mga taong nawalan ng tahanan dahil sa pagsalakay ng MNLF ay aalagatain ng pamahalaan at tiyak na gagawin ang lahat para makatulong. Sinabi ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Kuunlaran (DSWD) na may sapat silang pondo upang patuloy na tugunan ang mga pangunahing kailangan ng palaking bilang ng mga lumilikas na taong apektado ng ligalig sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga. Ang punong tanggapan ng DSWD ay naglabas ng karagdagang P16.5 milyong panlaang pondo para sa DSWDRehiyon IX para ipambili ng mga pangunahing kailangan ng mga lumikas na tao. Sapul noong Setyembre 9, ang DSWD-Rehiyon 9 ay nakapagbigay na ng P25.501,555 bilang karagdagang tulong sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga. Ang tulong na ito ay kinabibilangan ng packed meals, family food packs, hygiene kits, banig, mga kumot at kagamitan sa kusina. Ayon sa DSWD, hanggang noong katanghalian ng Martes, umaabot na sa 16,633 pamilya o halos 82,106 katao ang nabigyan nila ng tulong. PND (as/zaf) TOP

4. Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 27 sa Lobo, Batangas upang ipagdiwang ang ika-142 Anibersaryo nito


Idineklara ng Panguloong Benigno S. Aquino III na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 27, natapat sa araw ng Biyernes, sa bayan ng Lobo lalawigan ng Batangas dahil sa pagsapit ng ika-142 Araw ng Pagkatatag ng nasabing bayan. Ang deklarasyon ay ginawa ng Pangulo sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 651 na nilagdaan ni Kalihim Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Setyembre 5 upang magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang mga mamamayan ng Lobo na makapagdiwang at madaluhan ang mga seremonya at palatuntunang nakatakdang gawin sa naturang araw. Ang bayan ng Lobo ay natatag noong Setyembre 27, 1971. Ito ay isang pook na ang pangunahing hanapbuhay ay pagtotroso. PND (js/zaf) TOP

5. Walang sisinuhin ang malacanang sa mga masasangkot sa umano ay tiwaling paggamit ng PDAF

Tiniyak ng Malacanang na walang ―compromise deal‖ sa sino mang masasangkot sa kasalukuyang sinisiyasat na umano ay katiwalian sa paggamit ng Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) na pondong nakalaan sa mga kagawad ng Kongreso. Pinawi ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda ang pangambang baka may mga mambabatas, lalo na ang mga kapanalig ng Administrasyon, na matuklasang may kinalaman sa P10-bilyong pork barrel scam, ang hindi mausig kapalit ng impormasyong ibibigay. Tahasang sinabi ni Lacierda na sa sandaling maiharap ang kaso, ang usapin ay mapapailalim na sa kapangyarihan ng mga hukuman. ―Tinitiyak ko sa inyo na walang compromise deal sapagka’t sa sandaling maiharap ang sakdal laban kanino man, labas na kami rito. Ito ay saklaw na ng kapangyarihan ng Ombudsman. Ang Ombudsman na ang magkakaroon nang lubos na kapangyarihan dito…kung ano ang ihaharap na kaso laban kanino mang tao—maging mambabatas o kahit ang opisyal ng mga NGOs (non-government organizations),‖ dugtong ni Lacierda. NaihArap na ang sakdal na pandarambong (plunder) sa Tanggapan ng Ombudsman laban sa umano ay reyna ng pork barrel scam na si Janet Lim-Napoles at ilang mga senador at kinatawan na idinawit sa umano ay P10 bilyong pork barrel scam. PND (rck/zaf) TOP

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GSIS resumes payment of EC survivorship benefit P578-M release to add more classrooms Solo parent of eight never gives up to challenges Prison official Shot dead BIR shutters three food establishments in Quezon City New Lines of Philippine coconut products launched by UK brands Phl Consulate General showcases tourism at 22nd Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture


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Mison: Cellphone ban to boost BI workers' efficiency More OFWs from Syria and Egypt arrive in Manila Si Raegan, dating batang manggagawa, excited maglaro ng football—Baldoz Person with disability sees hope after completing cash for training program BSP honors its stakeholders in Tagaytay City DPWH Region IX assists Zambo evacuees DTI summons importers for unclaimed ICC certificates

1. GSIS resumes payment of EC survivorship benefit Source: http://www.gsis.gov.ph State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) today announced that it will start paying the suspended survivorship pension of qualified Employees' Compensation (EC) pensioners and dependents, after the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), resolved to lift the suspension of its payment beyond the five-year guaranteed period. Under the Employees' Compensation program implemented by ECC, the grant of EC survivorship pension, mandated under Presidential Decree 626, is among the benefits given to employees who died from work-connected accident, disease, or disability. It will be recalled that in 2006, the previous GSIS administration suspended the payment of the pension after the five-year guaranteed period. GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara said qualified EC survivors whose pension has been stopped as of August 2012 and those who should be receiving their pension beginning August 2012, will benefit from the ECC resolution. In letters sent recently to EC survivorship pensioners, GSIS requires surviving legitimate spouses (of deceased EC pensioners) to submit a certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR) issued by the National Statistics Office, stressing that the ECC board resolution disqualifies them from the benefit if they remarried. All qualified EC survivorship pensioners will also be asked later to enroll for eCard, through which their monthly pension will be credited, after the GSIS has created their pension records. When submitting document to the nearest GSIS office, pensioners are further advised to bring two valid government-issued identification cards and a copy of the letter from the GSIS for easy reference. Under PD 626, EC contributions are paid solely by employers in case of work-related contingencies incurred by their employees, such as accident, disease, disability, or death. Employees do not contribute to the Employees Compensation Insurance Fund. The GSIS and the Social Security System are the implementing agencies and fund managers of the EC Insurance Fund for the public and private  sectors, respectively. Questions on the EC survivorship pension may be directed to the GSIS Contact Center at 847-4747. Qualified EC pensioners may also send an email to ECC Mail. |TOP| 2. P578-M release to add more classrooms Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P578 million for the construction and completion of classrooms nationwide, in line with the Aquino Administration’s goal to close the nationwide classroom gap this year. The funding—released to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and chargeable against the budget for Basic Education Facilities FY 2013—will support the construction of more classrooms across the country, especially in areas experiencing acute classroom shortage. ―Even as the 2014 budget is already being deliberated in Congress, the DBM continues to implement the current year’s budget so that the timely and efficient delivery of social services isn’t compromised. ―This latest release underscores President Aquino’s commitment to ensure that our public schools have enough well-built classrooms for our students. The Administration continues to work to stay on-track in providing key educational facilities, especially in hard-to-reach and far-flung areas where the classroom shortage has gone unaddressed for too long,‖ DBM Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad said.


Students in Region III will benefit the most from the P578 million release with a P171 million allocation. This is followed by Regions VII and XII with allotments of P95 million and P52 million, respectively. In addition, P47 million has been allocated for the students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that would help provide for much-needed classrooms in the region. REGION AMOUNT CAR P 37,891, 000 RO I 31,103,100 RO III 171,253,100 RO IV-B 25,469,000 RO V 15,159,100 RO VI 22,799,400 RO VII 95,158,000 RO VIII 4,182,000 RO X 18,252,000 RO XI 16,466,000 RO XII 52,250,745 NCR 41,000,000 ARMM 47,146,000 TOTAL P 578,129, 445 |TOP| 3. Solo parent of eight never gives up to challenges Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Edna Bayubay, 55, a solo parent with eight children goes to every wake in her village in La Paz, Abra. Aside from giving her usual condolences to the aggrieved family, Edna, would also waste no time to offer her best sellers balut, nuts, and corns to the people in the wake. ―Ang pagbebenta ko po ng pagkain sa lamay ay nakatulong din sa akin kahit papaano para matugunan ko ang pangangailangan namin ng aking mga anak,‖ (Selling food at wakes helped me meet my family’s daily needs), Edna related. Edna, indeed, showed admirable strength and courage by doing every menial job she knows to sustain the needs of her eight children despite being a solo parent. Edna’s first husband died due to sickness leaving her with two children. She remarried thinking she would have someone to help her raise her children. Unfortunately, her relationship with her second husband, Rafael, turned sour. Edna left Rafael, taking with her their six children and the two children from her previous marriage. Today, Edna need not go from one wake to another or take menial jobs anymore just to earn a living because she now attends to her sari-sari store. She set up the sari-sari store after receiving in February 2013 a P2,000 capital assistance from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). ―Ginamit ko yung P2,000 para madagdagan ang tinda ko. Ngayon nga may tindahan na ako at hindi na sa kalsada nagtitinda,‖ (I used the P2,000 to expand my goods. Now, I already have a store and no longer sell on the road.), Edna said. The SLP is a community-based capacity building program to improve the beneficiaries’ socio-economic status. It has two tracks, the Micro-Enterprise Development track and the Employment Facilitation track. Micro-Enterprise beneficiaries are given a non-interest loan to a maximum of P10,000 payable within one to two years. Those who choose the Employment Facilitation track are referred to DSWD partners in both public and private sectors for job opportunities. DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the Department has a P1.2 billion fund for 2013 ready to be loaned out to micro-entrepreneurs. From January 2013 to August 2013, the DSWD released P425,281,174.00 capital assistance to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries like Edna. Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader Aside from tending her sari-sari store, Edna is also busy as a parent leader of another DSWD program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the conditional cash transfer program.


Edna, who became a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary in 2008, is one of those who will be graduating from the program this year. She was chosen as a parent leader in their community because of her kindness, determination, hard work, and patience. ―Pinili namin siya dahil siya ay masipag, mabait at aktibo sa mga gawain dito sa aming barangay,‖ (We chose her to be our parent leader because she is kind, hardworking, and active.), says Manang Mareng, one of the 24 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in her group. As a parent leader, Edna conducts house-to-house visit to interact with her fellow beneficiaries. She reminds them to continue attending the family development sessions (FDS) and to imbibe the learnings in their daily lives. The FDS is a regular gathering of parent-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. It consists of three modules, namely: Paglalatag ng Pundasyon ng Programang Pantawid Pamilya, Paghahanda at Pangangalaga ng Pamilyang Pilipino, and Partisipasyon ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Gawaing Pang Komunidad. Topics discussed during FDS include effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, and home management. Edna often shares to her fellow beneficiaries that she owes the positive changes in her life through the FDS. She added that these lessons would be her guide especially that she will be graduating from the program this year. As of July 24, 2013, Edna’s family is among the 3,924,157 household-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in La Paz, one of the 14 set 1 municipalities in Abra which implemented the program in 2008. Community volunteer Edna’s involvement in her community does not stop with her being a parent leader. She also actively participates in the activities of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). Kalahi-CIDSS started in La Paz in 2012. It uses the community-driven development approach that empowers ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively. Being part of the volunteers’ team, Edna said that she became enlightened with the real situation of her community. She related her experience as a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer where she helped in validating the total number of households in their area. She also participated in coming up with a community map and in analyzing the needs of their barangay. Never give up Edna summarizes her life’s struggles by adhering to her guiding principle, ―Never give up,‖ which reminds her about her experiences in the different wakes that she attended just to earn some money. ―Mahirap magpalaki ng walong anak lalo pa at mag-isa lang ako. Kahit anong paraan gagawin mo,‖ (It is very hard to raise eight children especially that I’m the only one working. That is why I’m doing all kinds of work.), Edna narrated. Edna reiterated that selling food during wakes helped her a lot in providing the school needs of her children. Her second to the last child, Juliet, graduated from high school in March while her youngest, Angela, is an incoming junior high school. Dignity regained Edna, however, was quick to point out that she regained her dignity with the opportunity given by the SLP, Pantawid Pamilya, and Kalahi-CIDSS of the DSWD. ―Hindi na ako nagtitinda sa lamay,‖ (I don’t anymore sell during wakes), she said. Likewise, SLP, Pantawid Pamilya, and Kalahi-CIDSS did not only improve her family’s economic situation but, more importantly, these programs have taught Edna to recognize her strength as a woman and mother. By not giving up to the challenges, Edna is, indeed, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary strength of character. |TOP| 4. Prison official Shot dead Source: http://www.doj.gov.ph Muntinlupa City - A Penal Superintendent of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) was shot five (5) times in front of his quarters at Vicar, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Reservation in Muntinlupa City, at around 8:45 this morning.


Initial investigation disclosed that Prison Superintendent (PS) III FRANCISCO B. ABUNALES, 62 years old, was onboard his service vehicle, when two (2) unidentified men riding a motorcycle in tandem approached and fired five (5) shots hitting him in different parts of his body. According to the report of PSSupt. Roque dela Vega, Chief of Muntinlupa City PNP, who had taken over the investigation, PSIII Abunales was declared dead by his attending physician at the Muntinlupa Medical Center at around 9:38 am. PSIII Abunales was formerly the head of Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, but was suspended due to the fatal shooting incident of a maximum security prisoner, Roland Ho. He, along with several prison officers of said penal farm, were relieved of their duties. PSIII Abunales was, at the time of his death, detailed at the NBP, pending investigation into the death of inmate Ho. Investigation report on the said Sablayan case reveals that inmate Ho, without authorization and without the benefit of an escort guard, left his confinement area and was shot to death at Sablayan town proper on 14 June 2013. The Department of Justice (DOJ) handled the investigation of the administrative charges against PSIII Abunales and thirteen (13) others to avoid white wash. Last week, the DOJ ordered the respondents, including PSIII Abunales, to answer the charges filed against them. |TOP| 5. BIR shutters three food establishments in Quezon City Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph BANAWE, Quezon City – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) shuttered three (3) food establishments in Banawe, Quezon City last 13 September 2013 for failure to declare their correct taxable sales and pay deficiency valueadded taxes (VAT), in violation of the Tax Code. The three (3) restaurants operate under the trade name King’s Chef and separately registered as RMB Royal Master Bee, Inc., HMB Healthy Master Bee, Inc., and KMB King’s Master Bee, Inc. Marites Ang is the President and Chairman of RMB while Michael Leslie Ang is the President and Chairman of both HMB and KMB. The King’s Chefs operations were the subjects of separate tax investigations and Tax Compliance Verification Drives pursuant to Mission Order Nos. 00095936 to 38. During the 15-day sales monitoring operations, issuance of official receipts and X-reading of sales and / or inventories generated from the companies’ Special Purpose Machines were documented. Records of investigation showed that the computed annual sales per surveillance operations as compared with the sales per VAT declaration of the subject taxpayers with the BIR disclosed substantial underdeclaration of taxable sales by more than 30%. Combined deficiency VAT liability of RMB, HMB and KMB was computed at P20.28 million for taxable years 2011, 2012 and 2013 (first 2 quarters). The closures were effected after the subject taxpayers failed to comply with the requirements specified in the 48hour Notice and the 5-day VAT Compliance Notice and were implemented through Closure Orders signed by BIR Deputy Commissioner for the Operations Group Nelson M. Aspe. Special Investigation Division Chief Atty. Elmer F. Carolino said that he recommended the closure of the said establishments after they failed to settle their combined VAT liabilities. The recommendation was concurred by Revenue Region No. 7, Quezon City Regional Director Jonas DP. Amora, Chairperson of the Regional Review Board. The closures were made pursuant to the Oplan Kandado program of the BIR under the current leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares. |TOP| 6. New Lines of Philippine coconut products launched by UK brands Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 18 September 2013 - One of the largest importers and manufacturers of coconut products sourced from the Philippines introduced a wide new range of organic and fair trade product lines at a British retail giant’s flagship store in central London last September 12. TIANA Fair Trade Organics, a market leader and award winner in the health food sector, broadened its range of Philippines-sourced goods available in the United Kingdom (UK) with the introduction of five new products at Holland & Barrett, Europe's leading retailer of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements. The product launch, organized in cooperation with the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC)-UK, was led by Philippine Ambassador Enrique Manalo, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ponciano


Manalo Jr. and PTIC-UK Director Kristine Umali, together with TIANA Directors Tanya and John Harris and Holland & Barrett’s Senior Manager Mohamed Akasha. The new health products introduced by TIANA were Organic Coconut Water canned within three hours of opening of fresh young coconuts, an Organic Exquisite Omega 3 Spreadable that can serve as a butter substitute, AntiAgeing and Anti-Drying Moisturizers, and an Intensive Hydration Treatment for hair. In addition to sourcing its raw materials from the Philippines, TIANA’s Fair Trade Project has been benefitting coconut farmers and local communities since 2009. In his message, Ambassador Manalo stated that the coconut products deliver on social responsibility, as well as on quality and taste. ―The Philippines, the UK and the rest of the world are therefore all looking forward to these new organic product lines.‖ he said. |TOP| 7. Phl Consulate General showcases tourism at 22nd Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 18 September 2013 - The Philippine Consulate General participated in the 22nd Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) held at Point Fermin Park, San Pedro, California from September 07 to 08. The 22nd FPAC is organized by the Filipino-American Arts and Culture (Fil-Am Arts) and is considered Southern California’s largest and longest-running Filipino cultural celebration and exhibit featuring Philippine visual and performing arts, books, culture, Filipino-American heritage and organizations. The FPAC annually engages 400 volunteers and over 100 community organizations to present about 500 artists to an audience of 20,000 with a global reach of 9.7 million impressions worldwide. FPAC’s theme for 2013 is ―Pagugnay, Paglago, at Pagbabago‖ celebrating interconnectedness, prosperity, and renewal and highlighting achievements that move the Filipino community forward. |TOP| 8. Mison: Cellphone ban to boost BI workers' efficiency Source: http://immigration.gov.ph The Bureau of Immigration (BI) clarified that its policy banning immigration officers at the airports from using their cellular phones while on duty is primarily aimed at improving the efficiency of the bureau’s personnel and not just to prevent corruption. BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison said that while the ban on cellular phones would help deter corruption, ―it will more importantly induce immigration officers to devote undivided attention to their job as gatekeepers of the country.‖ Mison stressed that the bureau remains focused on its ―BI CARES‖ program at the airport, which requires all airport immigration personnel to extend first-rate, honest and efficient service to the traveling public. ―BI-CARES,‖ which stands for ―Courtesy, Accountability, Responsibility, Efficiency, and Service,‖ was launched two years ago to address complaints by passengers who were barred from leaving on suspicion of being human trafficking victims. ―We have given strict instructions to our immigration officers to be always courteous and professional in dealing with passengers,‖ Mison said, adding that there is no place in the BI for employees who are arrogant and rude towards the public they serve. Ma. Angelica Pedro, BI spokesperson, explained that due to the prohibition on cellular phones immigration officers in the airports’ arrival and departure counters will no longer be interrupted or distracted by unnecessary calls or text messages while on duty. Pedro likened the job of immigration officers to soldiers and policemen whose duty require their full commitment and dedication. He, however, reiterated that emergency calls and text messages may be permitted via the official cellular phones issued to immigration supervisors. Earlier, Mison issued a directive that before reporting for duty at their counters the immigration officers should first deposit their cellular phones in their respective pigeonhole lockers. This will prevent them from receiving or answering calls and text messages that will disturb them or divert their attention at work.


|TOP| 9. More OFWs from Syria and Egypt arrive in Manila Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that more Filipinos from the conflicttorn countries of Syria and Jordan arrived in Manila last week as a result of the ongoing repatriation efforts of the Philippine government in the said countries. ―We are relieved that they were able to safely return to the country,‖ Baldoz said. Twenty-three (23) overseas Filipino workers from Syria made it home last 05 September onboard Gulf Air Flight No. GF 154 while 95 more came on 06 September via Qatar Airways Flight No. QR 646 and Etihad Airlines Flight No. EY 428. Meanwhile, 14 adults and 8 children arrived in the country from Egypt last 06 September onboard Singapore Airlines Flight Nos. SQ912 and 11 more came in last 09 September via Singapore Airlines Flight No. GF154 composed of 8 adults and 3 children. The number brings up the OFW repatriates from Syria to 1,368 while those who came from Egypt rose to 49. ―The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration provided airport assistance, temporary shelter, and transportation to their respective hometowns,‖ the labor and employment chief explained. ―Once they are ready to start their lives anew here in the country, they can take advantage of the package of livelihood assistance being offered by the National Reintegration Center for OFWs, under its P2-Billion Reintegration Program. Or they can also go to the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in their municipalities if they are interested to work and be employed in one of the local establishments in their areas,‖ Baldoz stated while adding that they can also search for jobs online via www.phil-job.net, the government’s online job portal. |TOP| 10. Si Raegan, dating batang manggagawa, excited maglaro ng football—Baldoz Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Sa Martes, ika-17 ng Setyembre, maglalaro na si Raegan ng football. Si Raegan, 13 taong gulang at isang dating batang manggagawa, ay excited na sa pagdating Martes. Makikita na niya si James at Phil Younghusband, ang magkapatid na sumikat sa galling ng paglalro ng football. Sa murang edad na 7, natuto na si Raegan na magbanat ng buto upang makatulong sa kaniyang mga magulang. Alas singko pa lamang ng umaga, laman na siya ng tambakan ng basura sa isang barangay sa bayan ng Taguig. Dito siya namumulot ng mga bakal at iba pang mapapakinabangang bagay na maari pang pagkakitaan. Bago mag alas-sais ng umaga, handa na siya at ang kaniyang tatlong mga kapatid sa pagpasok sa kanilang paaralan. Halos kalahati ng buhay ni Raegan ay nagugol niya sa tambakan. Dito, natuto siyang lumaban, at paminsanminsan ay nagpapakita ng magaspang na asal upang hindi siya malamangan. Nagbago ang takbo ng buhay ni Raegan, mula nang siya ay sumali sa Child Protection Clinic on Wheels Program. Ang programang ito ng Laura Vicuña Foundation, na isa sa masigasig na katuwang ng DOLE sa Nationa Program Against Child Labor, ay naglalyong mapanatili sa eskuwelahan ang mga batang manggagawa sa pamamagitan ng pagtustos sa kanilang pangangailangan sa araw-araw nilang pag-aaral. Mula nang sumailalim siya sa programa ng Laura Vicuña Foundation, natuto na si Raegan na makihalubilo sa kapwa niya mga bata at gumalang sa karapatan ng iba. Mas pinahahalagahan na niya ang kaniyang pag-aaral, gamit ang kagamitang pang-eskwelahan na kaniyang natatanggap bawat buwan mula sa Laura Vicuña Foundation. Nagkaroon nang mas malalim na kahuligan ang kaniyang buhay. Magayon, si Raegan ay nasa unang taon na sa highschool. Buo ang loob at patuloy na nagsisikap at nangangarap upang maging isang matapat na pulis at tunay na lingkod ng bayan. Maglalaro na siya ng football. ―Isa si Raegan sa 250 dating batang manggagawa na tuturuan ng football ng magkapatid na Phil at James Younghusband sa Lakas-Sipa Para sa Batang Malaya, isang football clinic para sa mga batang manggagawa,‖ ani Baldoz, na dadalo sa naturang aktibidad. Dadalo rin sina Ambassador Goldberg ng Estados Unidos at ILO Manila Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson. Ang Lakas-Sipa Para sa Batang Malaya ay bahago ng programa ng pamahalaan na masugpo ang talamak na problema sa child labor. |TOP| 11. Person with disability sees hope after completing cash for training program Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph


Arnel Baldos, 38, of San Miguel, Leyte, a person with slight mental and physical disabilities, need not have to queue the long lines of people trying their luck in lottery, which he does everyday, to have a better life. This time, he will chart a new chapter in his life not relying on luck but his sheer determination and hard work. Arnel is now a certified TV repairman after undergoing the Cash for Training Program (C4TP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the local government of Leyte. The C4TP provides training and financial assistance to qualified needy youth. Though Arnel is no longer a youth, his delayed mental and physical make-up qualified him for the program. ―Masaya po ako at kahit na ako ay may kapansanan ay kinuha pa rin ako ng DSWD at TESDA para maging isa sa kanilang benepisyaryo (I am thankful to DSWD and TESDA for including me as beneficiary of their C4TP despite my disabilities),‖Arnel said. For Arnel, this is his ticket to move his family out of poverty. Breaking the barrier ―Nagsimula lang po akong makalakad noong ako ay sampung taong gulang na. Gumamit po ng ―Binisaya‖ (herbal plant) ang aking mga magulang para imasahe ang aking mga paa dahil wala naman kaming pera para magpadoktor. Salamat sa Diyos at tumalab naman ang halaman, ako’y nakalakad, pero paika-ika dahil ang aking mga paa ay baluktot.‖ (I was ten years old when I started to walk. My parents had to massage my legs using ―Binisaya‖ (herbal plant) because we had no money to seek medical treatment. Thank God it worked and I was able to walk though with a slight limp). ―His slightly delayed mental development is manifested when you talk to him about different topics. His ideas are not that of a 38-year old man but of a 20-year old youth,‖ DSWD Region VIII Information Officer Vina Aquino said. Poverty hindered Arnel to pursue his college education. His father is a small rice farmer and his mother, a housewife. The Baldos couple had six children, and Arnel is the youngest. Arnel said he would try his luck in the ―Swertres‖ lottery hoping good fortune would knock at their door one day. In 2009, with the DSWD’s strong advocacy of the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities, the Department tapped him to participate in activities to promote the welfare of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Arnel then became the president of the Municipal Federation of Persons with Disabilities in his locality, for a term of three years. Arnel became an active advocate of PWD issues. He encouraged PWDs to join the association and be able to benefit from certain privileges like discounts in medicine, groceries and other services. Long wait is over The turning point in Arnel’s life, however, came in just this year through the DSWD-TESDA- Leyte LGU joint project. Arnel together with 311 other needy youth from Region VIII completed this September a two-month Consumer Electronic Servicing course under the C4TP. After the course, Arnel and his co-trainees will have to undergo a two– month on-the-job training (OJT). After the OJT, they will then decide if they opt to undertake self-employment or to be accessed to job opportunities. This early, Arnel has chosen to go into self-employment. ―Gusto ko pong magtayo ng sarili kong maliit na TV repair shop sa aming bayan (I will put up my own little TV repair shop in our town),‖ he said. Under the C4TP, Arnel also received a financial assistance of P20,000.00. The P20,000.00 financial assistance covers the training cost of Arnel’s course amounting to P6,000.00, with an assessment fee of Php 500.00. Since he plans to go into business later, part of his money will be deducted for the purchase of a tool kit costing P6,200. The balance of P7,300 is his allowance for the duration of the course and OJT. During the Culmination Rites of the two-month vocational course at the TESDA office in Region VIII, Arnel was among the speakers who shared his thoughts on the new skills he acquired. In fact, he was one of the outstanding trainees of the C4TP. ―Gagamitin ko po itong natutunan ko dito sa kursong ibingay sa akin. Malaki po ang pag-asa ko ngayon na maibangon ang aking pamilya sa kahirapan (I will apply the skills I learned from this training. I have high hopes that I can provide a better life for my family),‖ Arnel shared. Local Social Welfare Officer Annabelle Agner commended Arnel and the other trainees for their enthusiasm to complete the program. ―I can feel that the convergence of the DSWD, TESDA, and the local government is working,‖ Agner said. For her, part Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said, ―this is the right direction


that our young people should take. They should use their time in productive endeavors. The DSWD will continue to tie-up with other government agencies and the private sector to develop similar projects for needy individuals.‖ Secretary Soliman also recognized Arnel for his determination to overcome his limitations as a PWD saying that ―Arnel has proven that one can indeed break the barrier of any handicap and may succeed in life.‖ |TOP| 12. BSP honors its stakeholders in Tagaytay City Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph Monetary Board Member Armando L. Suratos led the awards ceremony for stakeholders of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in Region IV during the annual appreciation lunch at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites, Tagaytay City on 17 September 2013. Toyota Batangas City, Inc. was chosen as the Outstanding Respondent among Large and Medium Firms for the Business Expectations Survey (BES) in Region IV. The company is a dealer of cars and was established in 1997. Mr. Francis C. Laurel is the President of the company. Meanwhile, Tann Philippines, Inc. was recognized as the Outstanding Respondent among Small Firms in the region. Founded in 2002, the company is engaged in the manufacturing of tipping paper, self-adhesive tear tape, printed inner-liners and soft packaging material. Mr. Oliver Anthony Carsi-Cruz is the Managing Director of the company. Awarded the Outstanding Partner for the Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS) was Furukawa Electric Autoparts Philippines, Inc. Established in 1997, the company is engaged in the manufacturing of plastic injection line, Flat Flexible Cable (FFC) welding line and the assembly of Steering Roll Connector (SRC) for automobile air bag system. Mr. Atsushi Fujisaki is the President of the company. This annual event is one way by which the BSP gives recognition to BES respondents as well as to public and private institutions that have provided exemplary support to the BSP’s various statistical initiatives, information requirements and advocacy programs. The stakeholders’ awards in Tagaytay City which the BSP has been holding since 2005, is the sixth in a series of nine regional events for this year. Similar occasions will be held in other areas outside the National Capital Region (NCR) from September to October 2013. The stakeholders’ award in NCR was held last 16 July 2013 at the BSP Main Office. |TOP| 13. DPWH Region IX assists Zambo evacuees Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through the Regional Office 9 based in Tetuan, Zamboanga City, was among the government agencies to respond in providing mobility, food, temporary shelter and relief assistance to affected residents including family members of its own employees at the onset of armed conflict involving a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and government military forces in Zamboanga City. DPWH Region IX Director Jorge U. Sebastian Jr. reported that about 238 displaced individuals are being accommodated /assisted by the DPWH Region 9 Office and Zamboanga City District Engineering Office which is between five (5) and seven (7) kilometers from the location of the on-going armed conflict. ―This is in line with Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s order to be readily available in providing assistance whenever needed‖ said Sebastian. DPWH since September 9, 2013 has started to provide free meals and relief goods for the evacuees at the Regional Office while those staying at the Zamboanga City District Engineering Office at Divisoria, Zamboanga City were given food assistance in the first three (3) days until the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) took over in the distribution of government’s relief aid for those staying at the DPWH District compound. Evacuees are residents from Barangays Sta. Catalina, Talon-Talon, Sta. Barbara, Cabatagan, Mampang, and Mariki. DPWH also initiated the provision of transport facilities for the evacuation of people and distribution of goods utilizing the Department’s trucks and service vehicles. Earlier, DPWH extended assistance in the evacuation of ninety two (92) students from Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology in Rio Hondo Zamboanga City who were trapped in the school in a standoff between the military and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). These students were evacuated in the Zamboanga City District Engineering Office, about 68 of them are still staying for their own security and safety. Some DPWH employees are also assisting displaced relatives by accommodating in their own houses, added Sebastian. |TOP| 14. DTI summons importers for unclaimed ICC certificates Source: http://www.dti.gov.ph The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) urgently calls on importers who have failed to claim their Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificates that they have applied for, to immediately collect the said certificates from the BPS office at the DTI Main Office along Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City.


Two hundred twelve unclaimed ICC certificates applied for by 54 importers of products under mandatory BPS certification were discovered during a periodic inventory check. DTI-Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) Officer-in-Charge Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba states, “These importers are given 48 hours from the date of publication of the DTI’s urgent notice to them, to collect their ICC certificates. Otherwise, the Notice shall be a Recall Order of their products and shall cancel the ICC certificates based on the Department Order (DAO) No 05, Series 2008 and DAO 02: 2007”. “Simultaneously, we warn the consumers not to patronize the products of these importers and to be cautious in their purchases of imported home appliances, electrical and electronic products, consumer products, and, building and construction materials that do not bear the ICC sticker”, OIC Dimagiba emphasizes. Among the products of these importers whose ICC certificates are still with DTI are ceramic tiles, circuit breakers, digital video disc players, electric rice cookers, electronic ballasts, lead-acid storage batteries, pneumatic tires, portable fire extinguishers, PVC electrical tapes, safety glass for automotive applications, sanitary ware, and, washing machines. Under the BPS Product Certification Scheme, importers of products covered by mandatory certification which include building and construction materials, chemical products, electrical and electronic home appliances and consumer products are required to obtain the ICC certificate for their import shipments. To be able to get the ICC, importers need to subject their products to DTI-BPS evaluation, sampling and testing procedures based on relevant Philippine National Standards (PNS). Issued along with the ICC certificate are ICC stickers that the importers need to affix on their products prior to the release of their products in the local market. OIC Dimagiba explains, “Since the ICC certificates and stickers are still with the DTI-BPS, we assume that the products are still in their warehouses because the importers are neither authorized to sell their products in the Philippine market nor to transfer it in whole or in part pending the issuance of certificates. However, the unclaimed ICC certificates manifest otherwise; thus, we issued the urgent notice for these importers to be certain”. Importers and retailers found selling without the ICC stickers will be filed administrative charges for violation of the DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2:2007, Republic Act (RA) 7394, otherwise known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines and RA 4109 or the Standards Law. If found guilty, the owners/operators of erring companies will be imposed with monetary fine up to P300,000 and cancellation of any DTI-issued permit or license. The total list of the products under mandatory certification can be found at www.dti.gov.ph and www.bps.dti.gov.ph. For more information, call DTI-BPS at 751.4729 or 751.0384 ext 2331. Click here to download the list of unclaimed ICC certificates. |TOP|

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14 SEPTEMBER 2013

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President Benigno S. Aquino III checks the condition of displaced families housed at the evacuation center in Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City on Saturday (September 14). The Internally Displaced Persons are affected by the standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front and government forces. (Photo by Gil


Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III talks to the men in uniform at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters on Friday (September 13). President Aquino flew to Zamboanga City to personally assess the situation on the Zamboanga City standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III personally checked the condition of wounded soldiers at the Camp Navarro Hospital in Western Mindanao Command headquarters on Friday (September 13). President Aquino flew to Zamboanga City to assess the situation on the Zamboanga City standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes supplies to government forces at the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) headquarters on Friday (September 13). President Aquino flew to Zamboanga City to personally assess the situation on the Zamboanga City standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III personally checked the condition of wounded soldiers at the Camp Navarro Hospital in Western Mindanao Command headquarters on Friday (September 13). President Aquino flew to Zamboanga City to assess the situation on the Zamboanga City standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces. In photo are Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III personally checked the condition of wounded soldiers at the Camp Navarro Hospital in Western Mindanao Command headquarters on Friday (September 13). President Aquino flew to Zamboanga City to assess the situation on the Zamboanga City standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces. In photo are Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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