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Dispatch for September 25 , 2013 Wednessday , 2 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 4 Weather Watch, , 5 Reg’l. Watch , 21 Online News , 1 Photonews

1. Weather Watch 3 hours ago PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong on DZMM - Uulanin ang Mindoro ngayong Miyerkules dahil sa makapal na kaulapan doon dulot ng Habagat. -Asahan roon ang katamtaman hanggang sa kung minsa'y malakas na pag-ulan na maaaring magdulot ng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa. - Isang LPA naman ang inaasahang mamumuo sa West Philippine Sea malapit sa Mindoro sa mga susunod

na araw. -Maulap na kalangitan na may mahina hanggang katamtamang ulan lamang ang mararanasan sa Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Palawan at Visayas. Mataas ang posibilidad ng pag-ulan lalo na sa hapon o gabi.

2. Weather Watch 14 hours ago TV Patrol weather forecaster Kim Atienza: -Patuloy na magdadala ng paminsan-minsang pag-ulan sa bansa ang Habagat bukas. -Patuloy itong hinihigop ni bagyong 'Pabuk' na nasa labas ng bansa. -Asahan ang maulap na panahon sa Luzon. Mas malakas na pag-ulan naman sa western section nito, kasama rito ang Mimaropa. -Asahan ang maulap na panahon na may pag-ulan sa Visayas, partikular sa western section dahil din sa Habagat. -Maulap din sa Mindanao bukas. Magandang panahon naman ang dapat asahan sa Southern Mindanao.

3. Weather Watch 14 hours ago TV Patrol weather forecaster Kim Atienza: -Patuloy na magdadala ng paminsan-minsang pag-ulan sa bansa ang Habagat bukas. -Patuloy itong hinihigop ni bagyong 'Pabuk' na nasa labas ng bansa. -Asahan ang maulap na panahon sa Luzon. Mas malakas na pag-ulan naman sa western section nito, kasama rito ang Mimaropa. -Asahan ang maulap na panahon na may pag-ulan sa Visayas, partikular sa western section dahil din sa Habagat. -Maulap din sa Mindanao bukas. Magandang panahon naman ang dapat asahan sa Southern Mindanao.

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4. Weather Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/CAVITE: Several subdivisions in the cities of Imus and Bacoor are still flooded but passable to all types of vehicles. For more information and queries, log on to or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877.

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1. PIA Regional Watch 13 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The provincial government of Quezon plans to avail P1.1B loan with Land Bank of the Philippines for a land acquisition and development in the establishment of Quezon special economic zone in Brgys. Alupaye and Bantigue, Pagbilao, Quezon where the provincial government is planning to construct the international container port and industrial park. Quezon first district board member Alona Obispo expressed full support for the project in the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan held last Monday. She said this signifies industrialization and the future of the province.

2. PIA Regional Watch 13 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: Newly Quezon police provincial director Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan instructed the 39 municipal and two cities chiefs of police to render service with a smile to the public. Ylagan also urged to provide true service in order the public to feel the presence of PNP.

3. PIA Regional Watch 14 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: In line with the national celebration of family unity week this last week of September, the city social welfare and development office of Lucena along with other government agencies, officials and residents of 14 barangays of Lucena City are scheduled to participate in the family fun walk on Saturday from Pacific mall car park to SM mall car park, Lucena City. Assembly time of the participants is 6:30am at Pacific mall car park. This is the culminating activity of the family week and pursuant to executive order no. 238.

4. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/RIZAL: Tourism in Antipolo City is highlighted in opening ceremony of the 1st Antipolo Tourism Fair themed "Rediscover Antipolo: City on the Mountain" held at SM City Masinag. The activity was held to the initiative of the Antipolo City Culture, Arts and Tourism Promotions Office with the cooperation of several local entrepreneurs to promote the city's new tagline. The fair will be open to the public from September 23 to 30.

5. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The GSIS Lucena City Branch announced that they suspended UMID (Unified Multipurpose Identification) enrollment from Sept. 23-27 to give way enrollment from Boac satellite office in Marinduque Province. According to Pura Erozo, GSIS staff officer, they will first accommodate enrollees from Marinduque, after which the normal enrollment for Quezon enrollees of UMID will resume on Sept. 30.





1. Scenario building exercises for climate change

adaptation held in Batangas City Wednesday 25th of September 2013

BATANGAS CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) --Stakeholders from different sectors of government, business, non-government organizations, private companies and others attended the Business Risk Assessment and Management of Climate Change Impacts Project Phase 3 conference held at Hotel Pontefino last September 18. The project, a partnership between World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines and Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) Foundation Inc. aims to help city planners and decision makiers assess the impacts of climate change and be able to identify opportunities and decide on sustainability strategy, sitespecific interventions and standards of practice that will allow the city to retain economic viability and respond more competitively in a climate-defined future. Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, chief executive officer of WWF-Phils. discussed the effects of climte change in the country wherein the major cities were seen to be at risks. According to Tan, due to urbanization, a lot of areas now full of high rise buildings or residences suffers from flooding because there was no proper study conducted. One example is Sta. Rosa, Laguna that experiences a lot of flooding because the areas now turned to subdivisions are formerly rice fields and no proper drainage plans or construction of detention ponds were made. Tan also noted during the WWF study, they have identified the major cities in the country that experienced flooding even with the absence of a typhoon. WWF studies also showed El Nino is here to stay because it is a significant source of inter-actual variability in coral triangle region, sea surface temperatures became warmer between one to four degrees centigrade by end of century, ocean acidification, rise of sea level from +4 to +6 meters due to melting of large land based iced sheets in Antartica and Greenland. Stakeholders were tasked to developed scenario storylines and presented to the body for comments. Come November WWF and BPI will again present the stakeholders the possible climate change adaptation plan in order to help Batangas City in combating climate change. (PIA Batangas/WWF)

2. Tagalog news: Batangas PPO nakibahagi sa International Clean Up Day

BY: BHABY P. DE CASTRO Tuesday 24th of September 2013

LOBO, Batangas, Set. 24 (PIA) -- Nakiisa sa International Coastal Clean Up Day ang mga pulisya ng Batangas Police Provincial Office (BPPO) kung saan naglinis sila sa barangay Lagadlarin sa bayang ito. Ito ang ika-28 beses na isinagawa ang coastal clean up at lahat ng mga pulis sa lalawigan ay hinikayat na maglinis ng mga ilog, baybay dagat, lawa, drainages at iba pang daanan ng tubig kasama ang mga opisyal ng lokal na pamahalaan at ang komunidad. Layunin ng programang ito na maipaalala hindi lamang sa mga miyembro ng BPPO kundi maging sa publiko ang kahalagahan ng paglilinis ng yamang tubig kung saan isa ito sa mga pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan ng mga tao. Isa sa malaking problemang hinaharap sa bansa ang pagiging polluted ng mga yamang tubig dahilan sa nakaugalian gawing tapunan ito ng basura. Ito rin ang nagiging sanhi ng pagbaha at pag-apaw ng mga ilog, lawa, sapa at iba pa na nagdudulot ng panganib sa buhay at ari-arian ng mga mamamayan. Sa taong ito katuwang ng BPPO ang Batangas chapter ng International Ocean Conservation, youth organizations sa bayan ng Lobo, opisyal ng barangay at mga residente nito. Ang aktibidad ay bahagi ng "Pulis na Makakalikasan" project na isinusulong ng administrasyong Aquino upang ipakita na hindi lamang sa pangangalaga ng katahimikan at kapayapaan maaring maasahan ang mga pulis kundi maging sa pangangasiwa ng kapaligiran. (CPG/MPDC-PIA4A Batangas)


24 SEPTEMBER 2013.

President Aquino cites role of agricultural and biosystems engineering sector in the Philippines for integration of economies among ASEAN Government plans to hire private company to dredge rivers to alleviate flood situation in Subic Palace condemns alleged atrocities of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters in North Cotabato President Aquino cites role of agricultural and biosystems engineering sector in the Philippines for integration of economies among ASEAN

President Benigno S. Aquino III acknowledged the crucial role of the agricultural and biosystems engineering sector in ensuring that the Philippines is ready for the integration of economies among the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2015. "As our goal of an integrated ASEAN Economic Community nears, the need to refine our responses to the challenges it brings forth becomes apparent," the Chief Executive said to the organizers and participants of the ASEAN Conference on Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. "This is particularly true in terms of the trade of agricultural and forestry-based products: Much of ASEAN‘s population rely on these two sectors for their livelihood and sustenance; our success in addressing concerns in these two fields will be crucial not only in shoring up our respective economies, but also in solving problems such as rural poverty, malnutrition, and inequality," the President said. Filipino agricultural engineers and their counterparts from South East Asia convened on Tuesday, the first-ever ASEAN Conference on Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ACABE 2013) at the Manila Hotel. The event will end on September 27. President Aquino called on Filipino agricultural engineers to take advantage of this activity to establish linkages, exchange information, and manage key issues concerning agricultural and biosystems engineering. He also hope that the sector may play a much larger role in the collective development of the ASEAN community. "Together, let us work hand-in-hand in ensuring the realization of our goals, in line with our vision of greater ASEAN integration, in a way that will be meaningful, beneficial, and empowering for all peoples of the region," he said. The conference aims to harmonize agricultural engineering qualifications, standards and services to make the region‘s agricultural and fishery sector globally competitive, and climate change-resilient. PND (js) TOP Government plans to hire private company to dredge rivers to alleviate flood situation in Subic The Aquino government, through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), plans to hire a private company to dredge the rivers in Subic, Zambales in an attempt to alleviate the worsening flood situation a Palace Official said on Tuesday. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte assured during the regular press briefing in Malacanang that the DPWH is now addressing the concerns of the Subic communities that were hit by Super Typhoon Odette. The monsoon rains, enhanced by Odette (international name Usagi), poured incessantly over the weekend, swelling rivers, causing floodings and triggered landslides in Subic and other areas in Zambales. Calaclan River and other rivers that pass through Subic were heavily silted and overflowed, causing the floods. "Apparently, there is already a dredger from DPWH that is on standby in Olongapo. But it has not been operational since August of 2011 because there is a certain part -it‘s called a converter module, na sira. It‘s not working because of that and there are no available parts in the market. That‘s why Secretary (Rogelio) Singson said that they are already considering contracting out the dredging to a private company," Valte said.

Aside from dredging the rivers, Valte said the DPWH also plans to widen watersways to address the massive floodings. "It‘s not just the dredging kasi that is the solution. Siguro the knee-jerk solution to any siltation in a river would be desiltation and dredging. But, as what always Secretary Singson says, ‗yung widening also of the waterways a kailangan," Valte said. "And, normally, the widening is hampered by the presence of some structures along those rivers—or, at least, in this particular river—and the DPWH is dependent also on the local government to help in clearing the structures along the waterways," she said. PND (js) TOP Palace condemns alleged atrocities of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters in North Cotabato The alleged beheading of a farmer in North Cotabato is not only cruel but also inhuman, Malacanang said as it vowing to hold the perpetrators accountable for the crime. The military reported that a farmer was beheaded by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) in Midsayap, North Cotabato. The military said soldiers found the decapitated body of Ricardo Dionio in Sitio Dimapulot in Barangay Malinao, Midsayap, North Cotabato. The fighting spread on Tuesday, with hostilities reported on the outskirts of Tulunan town as well as in the Maguindanao towns of Parang, where a civilian was wounded when an improvised explosive device was set off. In Datu Saudi Ampatuan, the BIFF fighters reportedly attacked a military detachment. Security officials in Mindanao said they have enough forces to prevent a spillover of the violence. Despite the barbarity of the BIFF acts, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said it‘s up to the military and security officials to decide whether to declare the BIFF a terrorist organization. The Abu Sayyaf Group, who did similar brutal acts in the past, is considered a terrorist organization by the government. PND (as) TOP

24 SEPTYEMBRE 2013 Itinampok ng Pangulo ang mahalagang nagawa ng agricultural and biosystems engineering sector ng Pilipinas para pagsanibin ang mga kabuhayan ng ASEAN Balak ng pamahalaan na kumuha ng pribadong kompanya para maghukay ng mga ilog nang malunasan ang baha sa Subic Tinuligsa ng Palasyo ang kalupitan umano ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters sa Hilagang Kotabato Itinampok ng Pangulo ang mahalagang nagawa ng agricultural and biosystems engineering sector ng Pilipinas para pagsanibin ang mga kabuhayan ng ASEAN Itinampok ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang mahalagang papel ng Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Sector sa pagtiyak na ang Pilipinas ay handa para sa pagsasanib ng mga ekonomya ng sampung mga bansang kasapi ng Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pagsapit ng 2015. ―Yamang pagsasanib ng ASEAN Economic Community na halos abot-kamay na natin ang pakay natin, kailangang iangkop ang mga ginagawa natin upang tugunan ang mga hamong ating kinakaharap,‖ sabi ng Pangulo sa mga tagapagtaguyod ng Kapulungan ng ASEAN ukol sa Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. ―Ito ay lalong angkop sa mga bagay na may kinalaman sa kalakalan ng mga produkto ng pagsasaka at ng mga

kagubatan. Karamihan sa mga mamamayan ng ASEAN ay umaasa sa dalawang sektor na ito sa kanilang kabuhayan. Ang tagumpay natin sa dalawang larangang ito ay magiging mahalaga hindi lamang upang patatagin ang ating mga ekonomya, kundi pati sa paglutas sa mga suliraning tulad ng karalitaan sa kabukiran, malnturisyon at hindi pagkaka-pantay-pantay,‖ dagdag pa ng Pangulo. Nagpulong ang mga Pilipinong inhinyerong agricultural at ang kanilang mga kabalikat sa Timog Silangang Asya Martes na magtatapos sa Setyembre 27. Ito ang kauna-unahang Kapulungan ng ASEAN ukol sa Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ACABE 2013) at ginaganap sa Manila Hotel. Nanawagan ang Pangulong Aquino sa mga agricultural engineers na sikaping malatag sa kapulungang ito ang ugnayan, palitan ng impormsyon at harapin ang mahahalagang isyung may kinalaman sa pagsasaka at biosystem engineering. Idinugtong ng Pangulo na inaasahan niyang higit na malaking papel ang gagampanan ng sektor na ito sa nagkakaisang kaunlaran ng komunidad ng ASEAN. ―Sama-sama, sikapin nang masigasig na magtulungan para matiyak ang katuparan ng ating mga hangaring kaugnay ng pangarap nating ibayong integrasyon ng ASEAN sa isang paraang magiging tunay na makabuluhan, kapaki-pakinabang at magbibigay-lakas sa lahat ng mga mamamayan ng rehiyon,‖ dugtong pa ng Pangulo. Hangarin ng kapulungan na pagsanibin ang mga katangian ng inhinyeryang agrikultural, pamantayan at mga serbisyo upang matupad ang mithiing makaagapay ang sektor ng pagsasaka at pag-iisda sa kompetisyong pandaigdig at matugunan ang pagbabago ng klima. PND (js/zaf) TOP Balak ng pamahalaan na kumuha ng pribadong kompanya para maghukay ng mga ilog nang malunasan ang baha sa Subic Balak ng pamahalaang Aquino ns kumuha ng pribadong kompanya na siyang huhukay sa mga ilog sa Subic, Zambales upang malunasan ang papalubhang problema sa baha roon. Tiniyak ni Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Martes na tinutugunan na ng Kagawaran ng Pagawaing Bayan at Pambansng Lansangan ang suliraning dinaranas ng mga baranggay sa Subic na binaha dahil sa walang tilang pag-ulang dala ng hanging Habagat na pinalakas ng bagyong Odette (na Usagi ang pandaigdig na pangalan), simula noong nakaraang Biyernes. Ang Ilog Cataclan at iba pang ilog na bumabagtas sa Subic ay bumabaw na dahil sa burak at kaya umapaw na naging dahilan ng malalim na baha. ―Tila may dredger na buhat sa DPWH at nakaantabay na sa Olongapo. Subali‘t hindi ito nagagamit mula noong Agosto 2011 sapagka‘t nasira ang piyesang tinatawag na converter module. Hindi ito nagagamit dahil walang piyesang mabili. Kaya nga pinag-aaralan ni Kalihim Rogelio Singson na ipakontrata sa pribadong kompanya ang paghuhukay sa ilog,‖ sabi ni Valte. Idinugtong ni Valte na bukod sa paghuhukay sa ilog, balak din ng DPWH na luwangan ang daang tubig para mabawasan ang pagbaha. ―Hindi lamang paghuhukay ang kailangan. Pansamantalang lunas iyan sa alinmang problema sa ilog kaya ang kailangan ay alisin ang mga nakabara at hukayin ito para lumalim uli. Sabi nga ni Kalihim Singson, ang pagpapaluwang sa mga ilog ang isa sa kailangang gawin para bumilis ang agos ng tubig,‖ dagdag pa ni Valte. ―Karaniwang hindi mapaluwang ang mga ilog dahil sa mga nakatayong kung anu-ano sa ilog mismong ito. Umaasa ang DPWH na tutulungan sila ng lokal na pamahalaan para maialis ang mga istrakturang nakatayo sa ilog,‖ paliwanag pa ni Valte. PND (js/zaf) TOP Tinuligsa ng Palasyo ang kalupitan umano ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters sa Hilagang Kotabato Napakalupit at hindi makatao ang umano ay pamumugot sa ulo ng isang magsasaka sa Hilagang Cotabato at pananagutin ng Malacanang ang may kagagawan ng karahasang ito. Iniulat ng militar na isang magsasaka ang pinugutan ng ulo ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) sa Baranggay Malinaw, Midsayap, Hilagang Cotabato. Sinabi ng militar na natagpuan ng mga kawal ang pugot na bangkay ni Ricardo Dionio sa Sityo Dimapulot sa Baranggay Malinaw, Midsayap, Hilagang Cotabato. Kumalat ang sagupaan Martes kaalinsabay ng mga ulat na sa labas ng bayan ng Tulunan, gayundin sa mga bayan ng Maguindanao na tulad ng Parang, ay isang sibilyan ang nasugatan nang pasabugin ang isang improvised explosive device.

Sq Datu Ampatuan, isang detachment ng militar, ang sinasabing sinalakay ng mga BIFF. Alinsunod sa mga pinuno ng seguridad sa Mindanao na may sapat silang mga tauhan upang maiwasang lumaganap ang panggugulong ito ng BIFF. Sa kabila ng marahas at asal-barbarong ginawa ng BIFF, sinabi ni Depury Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte na bahala ang militar at ang mga tagapangalaga ng kapanatagan ng bansa na magpasiya kung idideklara nilang samahang terorista ang BIFF. Ang Abu Sayyaf Group na nagsagawa rin ng mga kalupitang tulad nito nang nakalipas na mga panahon ay itinuturing ng pamahalaan bilang samahang terorista. PND (as/zaf) TOP

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GSIS opens emergency loan to members in Maguindanao, Cotabato PNoy mobilizes P3.89-B for Zambo relief; Abad: 2013 contingency, calamity funds tapped Baldoz hails PESOs as linchpin of jobs growth 'Don't fake your credentials, qualifications," Baldoz warns OFWs to Singapore HABAGAT affects 14,000 families — DSWD Registered entities with Credit Granting Facilities (CGEs) License of 3 recruitment agencies cancelled DPWH extends submission of pre-qualification documents for Cavite-Laguna expressway project DPWH mobilizes equipment and crew for road clearing Philippine bureaucracy celebrates 113 years DILG R-3 introduces Regulatory Simplification Process on new business registrations Pinoy Indigenous Fibers, top designers go to Rome, targets Italian market STATEMENT OF ATTY. JOMER AQUINO Head, OPAPP Legal and Security Unit On the alleged plagiarized photo submitted by Mark Joseph Solis for OPAPP's Say Peace Photo Contest in 2011 ASEAN and UN officials meet in New York to enhance cooperation Philippine Officials study French model of the Treasury Single Account SSS extends assistance to strife-stricken members in Zamboanga New Logo for Board of Interior Design Schedule of registration for new Psychologists and Psychometricians set September 25, 2013 MB places Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte), Inc. under PDIC receivership, All valid insured deposit VP Binay to jailed OFWS: Gov't is working to secure your freedom MMDA Conducts rescue and declogging operations in flooded areas

GSIS opens emergency loan to members in Maguindanao, Cotabato Source: The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) today announced the grant of emergency loan to more than 14,000 GSIS members working or residing in the Province of Maguindanao and Cotabato City, which were both affected by heavy rains and declared as calamity areas by their respective provincial and city councils. GSIS members may apply for the emergency loan from September 17 until October 16, 2013 in any GSIS branch office or through the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk using their eCard or UMIDcompliant eCard. Eligible members may borrow up to Php20,000 payable in 36 equal monthly instalments with a reduced interest rate of six percent. Renewal of loan may be made upon payment of at least 12 monthly amortizations, but not earlier than the anniversary date of the previous loan.

GSIS members working or residing in the said locations are eligible to avail of the emergency loan if they are not on leave of absence without pay; have no pending criminal or administrative charges; have no arrearages in the payment of mandatory monthly contributions; and have no loans declared in default. The GSIS has allocated a budget of Php127.46 million for the emergency loan program in Maguindanao and Cotabato. For more information on the program, members may visit the nearest GSIS branch office or call the GSIS hotline at (02)-847-4747. |TOP| PNoy mobilizes P3.89-B for Zambo relief; Abad: 2013 contingency, calamity funds tapped Source: President Benigno Aquino III has issued instructions to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad to set aside P3.89 billion for relief and rehabilitation activities in Zamboanga City, particularly for communities affected by the standoff between government military forces and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). According to the preliminary estimates of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the total requirement of P3.89 billion will effectively fund continuing relief operations alongside education, shelter and livelihood assistance in the aftermath of the Zamboanga siege. ―President Aquino has personally attended to the situation in Zamboanga to ensure that peace and security are immediately restored in the city. The Administration‘s efforts to bring back order in Zamboanga include the provision of relief aid for displaced or affected families, as well as the implementation of rehabilitation activities that will help the communities recover from the recent conflict,‖ Abad said. The budget chief added that the financial assistance will be sourced from the 2013 Contingency and Calamity Funds, which have remaining current balances of P1.2 billion and P4.9 billion, respectively. ―By their very design, the Contingency and Calamity funds should support relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction activities, and other services in connection with situations that require urgent action. In Zamboanga‘s case, we‘re seeing a crisis resulting from armed conflict, so it‘s even more crucial for us to tap these funds and deliver assistance to the communities as swiftly as possible,‖ Abad said. The P3.89 billion allocation will be broken down into the following major relief and rehabilitation priorities: ACTIVITY* AMOUNT* 1. Continuing relief assistance for 23,794 families P 178,455,000.00 2. “Balik probinsya,” which includes transport fees and incidentals for 2,125 displaced families 10,625,000.00 3. Educational assistance which includes supplies and allowances for 21,387 teenage/college students 106,935,000.00 4. Supplementary feeding program for 120 days for 15,446 families 24,095,760.00 5. Cash for work for 23,794 families 149,902,200.00 6. Construction of bunkhouses/transitional shelter for 21,252 affected families 797,250,000.00 7. Shelter assistance for P21,252 affected families 2,125,200,000.00 8. Livelihood assistance for seed capital for 21,252 families 212,520,000.00 9. Operational and project management requirements 285,017,040.00 TOTAL P 3,890,000,000.00 *Details and figures as of 18 September 2013 |TOP| Baldoz hails PESOs as linchpin of jobs growth Source: Barely a week to go before the 13th National PESO Congress gets underway, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday hailed the 1,887 Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) as the linchpin of the palpable growth in employment experienced by the country at the moment. The 13th National PESO Congress will be held on 24-27 September 2013 in Palo, Leyte, on the theme, ―Kabalikat at Gabay sa Disente at Matatag na Paghahanap-buhay‖. "This year's PESO Congress will put the spotlight on the achievement of the 1,887 PESOs nationwide in placing jobseekers in decent jobs and at the same time in abetting the job-skill mismatch," said Baldoz, who will attend the Congress for the third time as Secretary of Labor and Employment. She will deliver a speech on the opening day of the Congress.

Baldoz noted in 2012, the PESOs, which are under the supervision of DOLE's Bureau of Local Employment, placed a total of 1,151,880 jobseekers in all kinds of productive jobs. ―From January to August this year, preliminary data of the BLE show that collectively, the PESOs placed another 867,364 jobseekers in jobs, most of them wage-paying or salaried jobs," she said, adding: "Of this number, 513,552 were jobs in private industries, while 353,812 were jobs in the government sector, for a total job placement record of 2,019,244 from January 2012 to August 2013.‖ She explained that PESOs could either be based in local government units, in schools, or in private sector establishments. There are 1,591 PESOs based in local government units--province, city, and municipality; 247 PESOs based in state universities and colleges (SUCs); around the country; and 49 PESOs based in the private sector, for a total of 1,887 PESOs. Baldoz, however, said of this number, only around 1,270 are operational PESOs, with only 194 fully institutionalized and 10 semi-institutionalized. Institutionalized PESOs are supported by local legislative resolutions or are established by local ordinances, while semi-institutionalized PESOs are supported only by order of local executives. She urged local government executives to institutionalize their PESOs so that they could better perform their frontline roles as employment facilitators. The labor and employment chief said the PESO network has become a primary instrument in the Philippines‘s efforts to mitigate unemployment by faciltating job search for the jobless in far-flung communities, and underemployment by improving job-skill matching between employers and workers. Baldoz said the employment facilitation role of the DOLE is enhanced by the PESO network in consonance with President Benigno S. Aquino III's 22-point Labor and Employment Agenda which calls on ‗promoting better coordination between employers, academia, and government through both public (e.g. Public Employment Service Offices or PESO) and private sector labor market information and exchange institutions, especially at the local levels'. ―Thus, the PESOs under this administration have become a linchpin of our efforts to promote employment and to push back job-skill mismatch,‖ she said. |TOP| 'Don't fake your credentials, qualifications," Baldoz warns OFWs to Singapore Source: Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday warned OFWs wanting to work in Singapore not to fake their credentials or forge their qualifications, saying Singapore's Ministry of Manpower has been intensifying prosecution in the past few months of foreigners who submitted forged qualifications or fake credentials in order to obtain work passes in that country. Baldoz made the warning after the Philippine Embassy in Singapore issued an advisory to OFWs on the matter. "The Philippine Embassy is reminding Filipinos applying for employment in Singapore to ensure that they submit proper academic credentials prior to employment," said Baldoz, quoting the advisory sent by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore headed by Labor Attache Vic Cabe. The advisory said Filipinos who would like to obtain work passes in Singapore should be made aware that fake credentials carry a heavy penalty in Singapore. In an amendment made last year under its Employment of Foreign Manpower Act of 1991 (EFMA), Singapore imposed a penalty of a fine of up to 20,000 Singapore dollars, or P690,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to two years to foreign workers found submitting false documentation. "It is also important for applicants to be wary of employment agencies that ask them to agree to the use of fake credentials. Under the enhanced EFMA, the burden of proof will shift to errant workers. It is presumed that a work pass applicant has knowledge of the information provided in his application, including the documents which have been submitted in support thereof," the Embassy advisory reads. In this regard, Baldoz urged all workers applying for work in Singapore to ensure that they submit their proper credentials and not to fall prey to unscrupulous individuals or agencies that promise guaranteed employment by knowingly and willingly submitting forged or fake documents. |TOP| HABAGAT affects 14,000 families — DSWD Source: The Department of Social Welfare and Development reported today that as of 6 am, the ―Habagat‖ that occured yesterday has affected 14, 167 families or 62, 228 persons from 127 barangays in the National Capital Region, Region III and CALABARZON. Of the affected families, 5,155 families or 22, 819 persons are staying in 104 identified evacuation centers in the affected regions. NCR has 841 family-evacuees or 3,802 persons staying in 21 evacuation centers. Region III has

35 evacuation centers with 1,497 families or 6,409 persons. CALABARZON or Region IV-A has the most number of evacuees with 2,817 families or 12,608 persons staying in 48 evacuation centers. The DSWD in the affected regions and concerned local government units provided the evacuees with hot meals and food packs. Total amount of assistance provided to affected affected families is P768,134.00 from the combined resources of the DSWD, concerned LGUs, as well as NGOs. Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman has instructed all DSWD offices in the affected regions to continue to coordinate with LGUs to ensure that the needs of the evacuees and other affected families are immediately addressed. |TOP| Registered entities with Credit Granting Facilities (CGEs) Source: The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in early July 2013 approved the registration of the initial batch of nine (9) Credit Granting Entities (CGEs). CGEs are ―entities with credit granting facilities‖ registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which, in the course of their business, extend credit through installment or deferred payment sale, such as but not limited to real estate dealers or property developers, car and other vehicle dealers or appliance stores. The registration is in compliance with Circular No. 755 dated 20 April 2012, as amended by Circular No. 798 dated 18 June 2013. Circular Nos. 755 and 798 are part of an overall BSP initiative to enhance consumer protection and fair practices through enhanced transparency requirements on loan transactions, and the establishment of mechanisms to provide redress and recourse. The objective of registering the CGEs‘ lending or financing activities with the BSP is to promote compliance with the requirements of the Truth in Lending Act (R.A. 3765, as amended) on the disclosure to clients of the true cost of credit. Similar regulations were issued by the BSP to banks and other BSP supervised non-bank financial institutions. Related regulations were also issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Insurance Commission (IC) and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). An entity registering with the BSP as a CGE demonstrates its commitment to corporate social responsibility and adherence to the law advocating truth in lending (R.A. 3765, as amended). A registered CGE declares its competitive edge and builds long-term value, accountability and transparency, making the registered entity more valued by its clients and other stakeholders. For their protection, the BSP enjoins all borrowers to deal only with banks, financial institutions, and CGEs that are compliant with the Truth in Lending Act. Eight (8) of the registered CGEs are non-government organizations (NGOs) with lending activities while the other company is engaged in the business of car/automotive dealership. The BSP-registered CGEs are as follows: A. NGOs 1. Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. 27 Sofia D. Veyra corner Road 2, Quezon Hill, Baguio City 2. ASA Philippines Foundation, Inc. Unit 509, Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 3. Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Inc. 20 M. L. Quezon St., City Subdivision, San Pablo City, Laguna 4. Lingap Pangkabataan Incorporated , 158 Ermin Garcia St., Brgy. E. Rodriguez, Cubao, Quezon City 5. Rantay sa Pagrang-ay, Inc., 11 Leonard Wood Road, Cabinet Hill-Teacher‘s Camp, Baguio City 6. Kabalikat Para sa Maunlad na Buhay, Inc. (KMBI) , 12 Francisco St., Karuhatan, Valenzuela City 7. Aakay ang MILAMDEC Microfinance Foundation, Inc. 27 Dahlia St., Ilaya, Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City 8. Aalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI), Incorporated , 105 Maharlika Highway, Cabanatuan City B. Car Dealership 9. Hyundai Alabang, Inc. Alabang Zapote Road, Almanza Uno, Las Pinas City The BSP will continue to receive applications for CGE registration at its headquarters in Manila. Applications may also be submitted through a dedicated email address of |TOP| DPWH extends submission of pre-qualification documents for Cavite-Laguna expressway project Source: The Department of Public Works and Highways has extended for one (1) month the deadline of submission of prequalification documents for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project (CALAX), one of the infrastructure projects under the government‘s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Program. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that extending the date of submission from September 23 to October 23, 2013 was requested by the potential bidders to

give sufficient time to prepare and deliver the requirements needed for the submission of their pre-qualification documents. The entry of foreign investors into the P35 Billion Road Project will also result to competitive strategies and alliances formed into consortiums that will require additional time to complete, said Secretary Singson. Among those foreign investors who bought bid documents are from Singapore, Korea, France, India and China. The changes in schedule announced by DPWH through Special Bid Bulletin No. 3 signed by Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Chairman of the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) for PPP Projects were prompted mainly by the request of prospective bidders for CALAX inasmuch as there are foreign companies unfamiliar with the process and requirements for authentication of documents which might face difficulty in complying on the given timelines. DPWH anticipates bid proposals will be more competitive which will result into better bid offers to Philippine government. About 18 companies have bought the pre-qualification bid documents for the CALAX project that include San Miquel Corporation; Korea Expressway Corporation; Alloy MTD Philippines Inc.; Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd.; Megawide Engineering Excellence; Leighton Contractors (Philippines) Inc.; Makati Development Corporation; AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation; EGIS Projects Developer of Infrastructure & Service; Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation; Aboitizland Inc.; Tokwing Construction Corporation/STX Enterprises (J.V.); E.F.C Enterprises; M/s IL & FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL); L & T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited; C.M. Pancho Construction, Inc.; Bouygues Travaux Publics; and Pacific Concrete, Inc./China Harbor Engineering. The Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project involves the financing, design and construction, operation and maintenance of the 4-lane 46.6-kilometer closed-system tolled expressway that will connect the Cavite-Laguna (CAVITEX) to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Upon its completion, CALAX will provide a faster, safer, and more reliable route between Bacoor and Kawit in Cavite, the areas of Laguna, and those along the South Luzon Expressway, boosting trade and socio-economic activities. |TOP| DPWH mobilizes equipment and crew for road clearing Source: The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has mobilized its heavy equipment and personnel for clearing operations on national roads affected by moderate to occasionally heavy rains brought about by typhoon ―Odette‖ in parts of Northern Philippines. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that field units in the Cordillera Administrative Region are continuously monitoring the clearing of slides by mobilized Disaster Action Teams at Mapalong Section (KO 707+750) Claveria-Calanasan Road in Apayao Province which rendered the highway closed to traffic. Clearing of falling debris with the help of private equipment are also on-going at Ay-ay Section (KO 338+200) of Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road in Ampusungan, Bakun, Benguet. As storm-enhanced southwest monsoon brought heavy rains, the mountainous part of Cabunagan section (K0400+800) Mt. ProvinceIlocos Sur road via Tue and Khesat Section (KO395+130) Mt. Province-Cagayan via Tabuk-Enrile Road both in Mountain Province which were closed to traffic since Saturday (September 21, 2013) due to slides is expected to open at 6:00 P.M. today (September 23, 2013) following the completion of restoration works under contract. In the Ilocos Region, all national roads in the provinces of Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan are passable to all types of vehicles while portion of the Manila North Road specifically at Barangay Pancian in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is one lane passable following the occurrence of minor slides at Km 574+500 which is now subject to on-going clearing works by the DPWH Ilocos Norte 1st District Engineering Office. Two (2) other road sections of the Ilocos Norte-Apayao Road in Ilocos Norte sustained damage from Typhoon ―Odette‖ particularly at Km 525+500 which are not passable to all types of vehicle due to slides are also subject to on-going clearing operation and at Km. 520+200 which has a damaged hanging pavement, scoured and washed out slope protection. With the Province of Batanes battered by the year's most powerful typhoon ―Odette‖, roofing material of the DPWH District Engineering Office based in Basco were among the damaged public buildings as reported by DPWH Region 2 Director Melvin Navarro. However, all the national roads in the province are passable following the completion of DPWH clearing activities. In Central Luzon, two (2) road sections in the Province of Zambales specifically the Allusiis Road Section in San Narciso and Sindol Road Section in San Felipe are not passable to all types of vehicles as reported by DPWH Region 3 Director Antonio V. Molano Jr. |TOP| Philippine bureaucracy celebrates 113 years Source: Happy Civil Service Day! The Philippine Civil Service celebrates its 113th anniversary today, Sept. 19. Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Francisco T. Duque III reminds civil servants that the celebration is not solely CSC‘s anniversary, but is the anniversary of the entire bureaucracy. ―113 years ago, on this day, a law was enacted that established the Philippine bureaucracy. Act No. 5, or ‗An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of an Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Islands‘ was issued on Sept. 19, 1900. This law professionalized the bureaucracy with the concept of appointments and promotions in government to be made according to merit and fitness,‖ Chairman Duque states. The celebration aims to promote, showcase, and celebrate heroism in public service, and to highlight stories of

triumph and sacrifice among public servants as reflected in this year‘s theme, ―Tatak Lingkod Bayani: Isabuhay, Ipagmalaki at Ipagbunyi.‖ It encourages public servants to cross the line between being ordinary civil servants to being servant heroes or lingkod bayani. ―Always keep in mind that each one of us embodies a government that is doing its best to gain and maintain the trust of every Filipino,‖ says Chairman Duque. Anniversary Perks Every September, CSC leads the month-long celebration. All government agencies are enjoined to participate in the events lined up for the anniversary. Special treats are also available for the lingkod bayani courtesy of Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), National Museum, Jollibee Foods Corporation, and SM Department Stores. Civil servants will get to enjoy free train rides at the MRT and LRT today. Free MRT-3 ride starts at 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and will resume at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free LRT Lines 1 and 2 rides may be availed at 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Only bonafide government employees with valid IDs may avail of the free rides. The National Museum offers free entrance to government workers for the whole month of September. Free entrance is granted at the National Art Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People, Planetarium, and in the 14 branch museums nationwide upon presentation of government ID. Jollibee branches in Metro Manila offer free creamy macaroni soup for a minimum purchase of food products worth PHP300 from Sept. 19-21. SM Department Stores will conclude its three-day sale for civil servants today. For a minimum purchase of PHP500, 5% discount will be granted on all regular items upon presentation of government identification, while a 10% discount will be granted to those who will be able to present their SM Advantage Card, SM Prestige Card, MOM Card, or BDO Reward Card, along with their government IDs. The special promo excludes purchases at Snack Exchange, Camera Shop, Customer Service Counters, and items like chemical, toiletries, diapers, pharmacy, small appliances, business machines, and other promo items. |TOP| DILG R-3 introduces Regulatory Simplification Process on new business registrations Source: The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 3 conducted an Orientation-Briefing on Regulatory Simplification Process for its Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) Provincial Focal Persons on September 17, 2013 at the DILG LGRRC, Maimpis City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Regulatory Simplification for new business permitting and licensing is the enhanced version of BPLS. Expected outcomes of this project are reduced number of steps, lower average time to get a business permit, improved procedures, policies and practices. Another benefit of this project is an improved capacity of the LGUs to regulate businesses. The activity was participated by the Provincial and City BPLS Focal Persons and Regional Personnel involved in BPLS. An overview was given by MED Chief Lerrie S. Hernandez while ARD Abraham A. Pascua supervised the successful conduct of the activity. The Provincial Focal Persons are expected to roll-out this project to their respective provinces and cities. |TOP| Pinoy Indigenous Fibers, top designers go to Rome, targets Italian market Source: Next month, renowned Filipino designers will showcase their masterpieces made from indigenous fibers in a fashion show and trade exhibit organized by Filipino community in Rome in a bid to promote Filipino artists‘ talent in the use and design of local fiber to the Italian society. Dubbed as ―Fibre Filippine‖, the four-day trade event will involve a fashion show on October 17 featuring the works of topnotch Filipino designers Renee Salud, Patis Tesoro, Ditas Sandico Ong and Anthony Legarda using local fabrics made of piña, abaca, and banana fibers. The venue will be at the Circolo Ufficiale della Marina – Lungotevere Flaminio, 45, Rome, Italy. A trade exhibit will follow on October 18-20 at the Aranciera di San Sisto Roma, Via di Valle delle Camene 11,

Rome, featuring Filipino exhibitors engaged in the production and design of local fabrics and handicrafts. These are Cacharel Apparel, ELM's Accesoria de Casa, Gida‘s Tnalak International, Herb‘s International Best, Janlen International Export Inc., Kath‘s Handicraft, Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Twinkle Ferraren, A&S Handcrafted Arts Inc., Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry-Iloilo, Ai-She Footwear of Liliw Laguna, and Narda‘s Handwoven Arts and Crafts. According to Marie Luarca Reyes, organizer of the Fibre Filippine, the purpose of organizing trade exhibit is primarily to introduce to the Italian society the abilities and talents of the Filipinos in the use of their natural fabric and to showcase creativity of Philippine artists using Piña, Abaca and Banana in haute couture fashion, ready-towear, fashion accessories, table linens, handkerchiefs, doilies, bags, table napkins other industrial uses and to bring Philippine‘s fashion culture to Italy featuring the Piña, Abaca and Banana, fibers that have many uses but not internationally known and recognized. Reyes, wife of Philippine Ambassador to Italy Virgilio Reyes and Executive Director of European Network of Filipino in Diaspora (ENFiD) also hopes that the event will open investment opportunities for Fil-Italians in growing the production of Piña and Abaca in the homeland to assist Filipino farmers increase their production of Pina-AbacaBanana while encouraging the use of ―green‖ farming methods. Aside from boosting trade and investment, she added that Fibre Filippine also aims to challenge second generation Fil-Italians fashion and industrial designers to apply Piña and Abaca in western modalities, giving new look to the use of the fiber not seen before, and to inspire Italian textile and fashion establishments in using Filipino natural fibers for local use. Fibre Filippine is hosted by the Philippine Embassy-Rome, co-sponsored by the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), Philippine Postal Corp (PhilPost) and assisted by Gruppo Aggiunto of Roma Capitale. |TOP| STATEMENT OF ATTY. JOMER AQUINO Head, OPAPP Legal and Security Unit On the alleged plagiarized photo submitted by Mark Joseph Solis for OPAPP's Say Peace Photo Contest in 2011 Source: STATEMENT OF ATTY. JOMER AQUINO Head, OPAPP Legal and Security Unit On the alleged plagiarized photo submitted by Mark Joseph Solis for OPAPP's Say Peace Photo Contest in 2011 The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has taken cognizance of several news reports that a certain Mark Joseph Solis, a University of the Philippines student, has been accused of plagiarism by Gregory John Smith. Smith said in his Facebook account that he is the owner of the winning photo used by Solis as entry in the contest sponsored by Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga called ―Smiles for the World photo contest‖. The article also accused Solis of committing plagiarism at least five times since 2011. Let it be known that Mr. Solis also won in the ―Say Peace Photo Contest‖ sponsored by OPAPP in 2011. OPAPP is now conducting its own investigation in order to find out whether Mr. Solis has committed same infraction in the said contest. If proven guilty, OPAPP will not hesitate to exercise legal options to rectify the wrong done by Solis. |TOP| ASEAN and UN officials meet in New York to enhance cooperation Source: 24 September 2013 – The Philippines actively participated in the 1st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)–United Nations (UN) Senior Officials Meeting held on September 23 at the Permanent Mission of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations in New York. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan P. Garcia expressed satisfaction over ASEAN-UN cooperation being implemented under the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership Declaration of 2011. ―Cooperation between ASEAN and the UN is widening in scope, and the Philippines welcomes this trend,‖ Undersecretary Garcia said. Undersecretary Garcia highlighted peacekeeping, human rights, and disaster risk management as areas in which ASEAN and the UN can further enhance their cooperation. UN officials recognized ASEAN Member States‘ contributions to peacekeeping operations, including that of the Philippines. Undersecretary Garcia emphasized that ASEAN and the UN should work closer together especially as ASEAN is establishing a people-centered ASEAN Community in 2015, and the UN is working on a post-Millennium

Development Goals (MDGs) framework. Undersecretary Garcia likewise expressed appreciation for UN assistance to the Philippines in the aftermath of natural disasters. ASEAN and UN officials also discussed preparations for meetings between the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and ASEAN Foreign Ministers and ASEAN Leaders to be held later this year. |TOP| Philippine Officials study French model of the Treasury Single Account Source: 24 September 2013 - The Philippine Embassy in Paris, in partnership with the French Embassy in the Philippines, facilitated the conduct of a study tour of officials from the Bureau of the Treasury, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Land Bank of the Philippines in Paris, France from September 9 to 13. The study tour was organized as part of the Government‘s efforts to operationalize the Treasury Single Account (TSA). This study tour falls within the ambit of the Public Financial Management Program (PFMP), which is a longterm partnership between the Governments of he Philippines and Australia (AusAID) to improve the efficiency, accountability and transparency of public fund use in the Philippines. The delegation was headed by Treasurer Rosalia de Leon and included officials from the Bureau of the Treasury, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Land Bank of the Philippines, and the PFMP. During their week in Paris, the delegation met with officials from the Public Finance General Directorate (DGFIP) and the Agence France Trésor (AFT) of the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance, the International Technical Assistance Agency (ADETEF), Merrill Lynch and the French Central Bank (BdF). Treasurer Rosalia de Leon also joined the official meetings of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima with the Mouvement des Entreprises Françaises (MEDEF), the French Development Agench (AFD) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). |TOP| SSS extends assistance to strife-stricken members in Zamboanga Source: The Social Security System (SSS) has launched an assistance package to help members in conflict-affected areas in Zamboanga City recover from the losses caused by the strife, a top official said. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. de Quiros Jr said affected members can avail themselves of the package consisting of salary loans, house repair and improvement loans with reduced annual interest rate, and advance monthly pensions. ―We hope to help relieve some of the burden of our members who are presently compromised and troubled by the unfortunate situation in Zamboanga City through some form of assistance that they can use to start anew,‖ De Quiros said. The assistance package includes the Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP), which allows members to renew their salary loans earlier than the prescribed date of one year after the release of their existing loans. In addition, the SSS also provides the lifting of sanctions imposed on borrowers in affected areas who availed of the agency's Loan Penalty Condonation Program. ―The SSS will also waive the service fee of one-percent on new salary loans of affected members. The same eligibility requirements, interest rate and repayment terms on salary loans will apply,‖ De Quiros said. Members receiving pensions for retirement and disability, and survivor pensioners may also get in advance their three month‘s worth of pensions under the SSS assistance package. Their regular pensions will automatically resume right after the three-month period covered by the advance payments. ―Affected pensioners must submit an application form certified by their respective Barangay Chairman or a certification from the Barangay Chairman attesting their residency in the conflict-affected area.‖ De Quiros said. In the absence of regular postal services in Zamboanga City, the SSS Chief stressed that the generated checks for benefit and salary loan may be sent to its SSS Zamboanga City branch or to an SSS-designated location, where member-borrowers can safely claim their checks. The deadline of applications for the SLERP and advance release of pensions is on October 31, 2013.

Aside from the SLERP and three-month advance pensions, the SSS has also reduced the interest rates for the SSS Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan to six-percent per annum for any amount that will be applied for under this type of loan. ―We will accept applications for house repair and improvement loans up to one year after the date of issuance of the SSS Circular,‖ De Quiros said. He added that the loan must be solely used for house repair and improvement, which is payable in multiples of five years with a maximum of 20 years. ―Applicants must not be more than 60 years old and have at least 24 monthly contributions of which three are posted within 12 months prior to the month of filing of the application.‖ De Quiros said. The state-pension fund has previously opened a similar relief package to members who were affected by typhoons ―Maring‖ and ―Labuyo‖ that hit parts of Luzon last August. |TOP| New Logo for Board of Interior Design Source: Manila, September 24, 2013 – The Professional Regulatory Board of Interior Design announces the adoption of an official seal for its professional organization, juridical personality and official identity. ―The official seal of the board shall be circular in form with a stylized human figure wearing a hat, arms outstretched upward; between his parted legs is a Bahay Kubo, at the right side are three stars and rays of the sun; at the left side are Sampaguita flowers and Laurel leaves and the words ―Interior Design‖ written in a circular manner with the letters being equally spaced. The words ―Interior Design‖ written on top and the words ―Professional Regulation Commission‖ written below‖, the Board said. The logo and seal, which bears the figure of a man, a T-square, Bahay-Kubo, Sun and the Stars, Laurel leaves and a Sampaguita, will be adopted for the Board‘s use in the resolutions, letters, circulars and other communications in the discharge of its executive, quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial functions. |TOP| Schedule of registration for new Psychologists and Psychometricians set September 25, 2013 Source: Manila, September 24, 2013 – The Professional Regulation Commission announces the schedule of the initial registration for those who have qualified to be registered without examination pursuant to Sections 16 and 17, Article V of R.A. 10029 and Board of Psychology Resolution Nos. 21 and 22 dated September 11, 2013, approved by the Commission. Registrants are advised to download the Oath Forms from this link: Online Registration, and to bring their duly accomplished Oath Forms on September 25, 2013 at the PRC-Registration Division. The certificates of registration and professional identification cards will be distributed during the oath-taking ceremonies. |TOP| MB places Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte), Inc. under PDIC receivership, All valid insured deposit claims will be paid Source: The Monetary Board (MB) placed the Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte), Inc. under the receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) by virtue of MB Resolution No. 1469 dated September 13, 2013. As Receiver, PDIC took over the bank on September 16, 2013. Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas is a three-unit bank with Head Office located along R. Magsaysay Ave., Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte. Its two branches are in Asuncion and Braulio Dujali, both in Davao del Norte. Latest available records show that as of June 30, 2013, Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas had 8,023 accounts with total deposit liabilities of P67.7 million. A total of 8,011 deposit accounts or 99.9% of the accounts have balances of P500,000 or less and fully covered by deposit insurance. Total insured deposits amounted to P58.2 million or 86.0% of the total deposits. PDIC said that upon takeover, all bank records shall be gathered, verified and validated. The state deposit insurer assured depositors that all valid deposits shall be paid up to the maximum deposit insurance coverage of

P500,000.00. The PDIC also announced that it will conduct a Depositors-Borrowers Forum on September 20, 2013 to inform depositors of the requirements and procedures for filing deposit insurance claims. Claim forms will be distributed during the Forum. The schedule and venue of the Forum will be posted in the bank premises and in the PDIC website, The claim forms and the requirements and procedures for filing are likewise available for downloading from the PDIC website. Depositors may update their addresses with the PDIC representatives at the bank premises or during the Forum using the Mailing Address Update Forms to be furnished by PDIC representatives. Duly accomplished Mailing Address Update Forms should be submitted to PDIC representatives accompanied by a photo-bearing ID with signature of the depositor. Depositors may update their addresses until September 23, 2013. Depositors with valid deposit accounts with balances of P15,000.00 and below need not file deposit insurance claims. But depositors who have outstanding obligations with the Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas including co-makers of the obligations, and have incomplete and/or have not updated their addresses with the bank, regardless of amount, should file deposit insurance claims. For depositors that need not file deposit insurance claims, PDIC targets to start mailing payments to these depositors at their addresses recorded in the bank by the last week of September. For depositors that are required to file deposit insurance claims, the PDIC targets to start claims settlement operations for these accounts by the second week of October. The schedule of the claims settlement operations will be announced through notices to be posted in the bank premises and other public places as well as through the PDIC website, According to the latest Bank Information Sheet (BIS) as of June 30, 2013 filed by the Rural Bank of Sto. Tomas with the PDIC, the bank is majority-owned by the Estate of Mariano S. Solis, Sr. (22.6%), Rosele R. Solis (17.9%), Oscar L. Lacuesta (7.8%), Ma. Lourdes S. Pineda (6.7%), Debin Uraya (4.1%), Abundio T. Merced (3.9%) and Marsman Estate Plantation (3.8%). Its President and Chairman is Rosele R. Solis. For more information, depositors may communicate with PDIC Public Assistance personnel stationed at the bank premises. They may also call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC(7342), the PDIC Public Assistance Hotlines at (02) 841-4630 to (02) 841-4631, or send their e-mail to |TOP| VP Binay to jailed OFWS: Gov't is working to secure your freedom Source: Vice President Jejomar C. Binay assured detained Filipino workers abroad that the government continues to monitor their cases and strive to secure their freedom. ―Sana malaman ng mga kababayan natin na iyong pamahalaan, through the Department of Foreign Affairs tsaka sa embassy, hindi naman po tayo nagpapabaya,‖ Binay said during the courtesy call of Rodelio ―Dondon‖ Lanuza at the Coconut Palace Monday. ―Sa lahat ng yugto ng [kanilang kaso], nandoon [ang pamahalaan], tinitingnan kung anong nangyari sa proceedings. Merong uma-attend doon,‖ he added. The Vice President cited the case of Jonard Langamin who was charged with murder before the Dammam High Court in Saudi Arabia for killing a fellow Filipino, Robertson Mendoza, in 2008. Mendoza‘s family initially asked P5 million as bloodmoney, which was lowered to P2 million after Binay reconciled both families during a meeting at the Coconut Palace. Mendoza‘s father signed a tanazul or affidavit of forgiveness after the Vice President paid the bloodmoney from his personal funds. Langamin was expected to be released in March 2012. The court, however, ruled that Mendoza‘s mother should be the official representative of the family and she asked for the remaining P3 million of the bloodmoney. Binay‘s office said it is trying to talk with Mendoza‘s mother to reach a favorable settlement. In a recent report, Langamin said he wish he could also go home to his family just like Lanuza. Lanuza arrived in Manila September 19 after languishing in a Saudi jail for 13 years for the murder of a Saudi national. Lanuza escaped the death sentence after his family, with the help of Saudi King Abdullah and the Philippine government, paid SAR 3million or almost P35 million in blood money to the victim‘s relatives.

Binay said Lanuza‘s going home is like a ―happy ending‖ to his 13-year ordeal. ―Hinihimok ko nga siyang sumulat ‘nung kaniyang karanasan. Ang daming first time dito. Isang first time dito iyong hari nagbigay ng milyun-milyong piso,‖ he said. Meanwhile, Lanuza said he intends to help Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and the government be aware of how the system works inside Saudi jails, how cases are handled, and how to raise funds. The Vice President concurrently serves as the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns. |TOP| MMDA Conducts rescue and declogging operations in flooded areas Source: As torrential rains continue to hit the region, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today mobilized more than 300 workers to conduct intensified simultaneous rescue and declogging operations in flood-hit areas in Metro Manila. Since yesterday, the MMDA has conducted extensive operations in affected areas in the metropolis following the continuous torrential rains brought about by the southwest monsoon, which caused massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, prompting evacuations in some communities and the suspension of classes in all levels. Chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency personnel will provide all the necessary assistance they can to affected areas. MMDA deployed rescue teams from the Agency's Road Emergency Group (REG), Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG), Public Safety Division, and Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (FCSMO). "We have also deployed heavy equipment and mobile water pumps to facilitate the immediate receding of floods as well as provided ‘Libreng Sakay' operations to passengers along Pasay Taft, España in Manila, and Sucat in Parañaque," Tolentino said. The mobile water pumps are stationed in critical areas such as P. Burgos in Manila, EDSA Taft, Buendia â€― South Super Highway, and SM Sucat. |TOP|

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Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. joins Hon. Senator Grace Poe and other participants from Filipino Civil Society during the launching of the "Kayanihan" Projet held at the Kalayaan Hall-Club Filipino, Club Filipino Avenue, Greenhills in San Juan City on Friday (September 20). The "Kayanihan" Project, which showcase of industry creative-production state-of-the-art, made possible by the first "Kayanihan" sponsor, P&G, with the invaluable and collaborative support of Campaigns & Grey/Capri, and ASAP's World stages, Executive Decisions IMCF, stAges Production, Straight Shooters Media Inc., Hit Studios and Vitalstrats Designs, working together under the

auspices of the foundation's Special Projects Committee (SPC) and Social Communications Unit (SCU).The term "Kayanihan" is a combination of bayanihan, the community spirit that is a defining aspect of our culture, and the "Kaya Natin" attitude from which we derive the resilience to weather difficulties.

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Dispatch for september 25 , 2013 wednesday , 2 pia calabarzon prs , 4 weather watch,