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Dispatch for September 27 , 2013 Friday , 2 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 4 Weather Watch, 1 OFW Watch, 9 Reg’l. Watch , 15 Online News , 9 Photonews
1. Weather Watch 3 hours ago PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00AM 27 September 2013 SYNOPSIS: at 4:00AM today, TD “PAOLO” was estimated at 240 km West of Subic,Zambales (15.1ºN,117.7ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and forecast to move West slowly.
Meanwhile, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 980 km East of Northern Mindanao (9.5ºN,136.0ºE). FORECAST: The provinces of Mindoro and Northern Palawan will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Bicol region, CALABARZON, rest of MIMAROPA, Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and coming from the Southwest to South over Central and Southern Luzon. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Southwest to West with slight to moderate seas. Over METRO MANILA Maximum temperature: 12:00 NN Yesterday --- 30.0 ºC Minimum temperature: 5:00 AM Yesterday --- 24.4 ºC Maximum Relative Humidity: 5:00 AM Yesterday --- 98 % Minimum Relative Humidity: 12:00 NN Yesterday --- 73 % Low Tide Today: 11:37 AM …..……. 0.16 meter High Tide Tomorrow: 3:19 AM ..……… 0.95 meter Sunrise Today: 5:45 AM Sunset Today : 5:48 PM Moonset Today : 12:10 AM Moonrise Today : 11:52 PM Illumination Today : 52 % For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877
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2. Weather Watch 13 hours ago DZMM: Umabot sa 11 domestic flights ang kinansela ngayong araw dahil sa masamang panahon. Kanselado ang siyam na biyahe ng Cebu Pacific at dalawang biyahe ng PAL Express.
3. Weather Watch 14 hours ago ABS-CBN weather reporter Kim Atienza on TV Patrol: -Naging bagyo na ang LPA na binabantayan natin kahapon at isa na itong tropical depression. -Si Tropical Depression 'Paolo' ay huling namataan 230km west of Subic, Zambales. -May lakas ng hangin ito ng 45kph. -Sa bilis nitong 7kph patungong west, inaasahang mananatili ito ng PAR hanggang Sabado ng umaga. -Samantala, asahan ang maulap na panahon sa buong Luzon.
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 14 hours ago GMA-7 resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz on 24 Oras: -Isa nang ganap na bagyo ang LPA na binabantayan ng PAGASA at pinangalanan na itong tropical depression Paolo. -Posibleng lumabas ng PAR ang sentro ng bagyo sa Sabado. Wala itong direktang epekto sa lagay ng panahon ng bansa pero palalakasin nito ang hanging Habagat. -Sa datos ng Weather Central, halos tiyak na pag-ulan sa Metro Manila, lalo na pagdating ng hapon o gabi. -Magiging maulap ang panahon na may katamtaman hanggang sa kung minsan ay malakas na pag-ulan sa Central at Southern Luzon. -Maulap na panahon ang inaasahan sa malaking bahagi ng Visayas. -Mas maayos na panahon ang inaasahan sa malaking bahagi ng Mindanao. For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877.
5. Weather Watch 14 hours ago ABS-CBN: Niyanig ng magnitude 7.0 na lindol ang Southern Peru. Wala namang naitalang sugatan o nasawi sa insidente. Samantala, tumama naman ang magnitude 7.7 na lindol doon noong Martes kung saan ay nasa higit
300 katao ang nasawi. Isang isla naman ang umusbong doon matapos ang naganap na lindol.
6. Weather Watch 17 hours ago DZRH: Ayon kay PHL Coast Guard spokesman Armand Balilo, aabot sa 600 sakong relief goods ang ibibiyahe para sa mga biktima ng bagyo sa Batanes kung saan napaulat na maraming bahay ang nawasak, kabilang ang mga simbahan. Nanawagan si Balilo sa lahat ng gusto pang tumulong sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng pagkain, damit, gamot, sleeping kits na magtungo na lamang sa kanilang tanggapan sa Port Area, Manila. Samantala, dalawa pang barko ng Coast Guard ang kasalukuyang umaayuda rin sa mga biktima ng karahasan sa Zamboanga City.
September 27 , 2013 ( Friday )
CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON
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1. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/CAVITE: Delegates of the European Union in the Philippines recently granted the municipality of Carmona Php 2.5 M worth of hospital equipment for its Facility Enhancement Program for the Pagamutang Bayan ng Carmona. The first tranche includes 11 hospital beds and the remaining equipment will be delivered within this month.
2. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/RIZAL: A commemoration of Ondoy and celebration of the Save Sierra Madre Day is ongoing at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City simultaneous with the launching of the Ynares Eco System (YES) as a flagship environmental program of the provincial government in cooperation with the Rizal province LGUs.
3. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/CAVITE: Fuji Xerox Philippines has opened up a new branch along EPZA-Bacao diversion road in General Trias last week. It shows the continuous trust and confidence of investors to the local government that is also promoting a business-friendly environment. Said company popularized and reinvented copying machines and digital printing in the Philippines.
4. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The City Government of San Pablo has recently implemented mandatory drug testing to all its regular and casual employees in compliance to CSC Resolution 101359 and MC 13-10 Guidelines for a Drug-Free Workplace in the Bureaucracy.
5. PIA Regional Watch 17 hours ago PIA-4A: Acting chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC-4A) and NEDA-4A, OIC Regional Director Agnes Espinas announced the result of the nomination process conducted in the 3rd Quarter full council and reorganizational meeting that Gov. Jeorge Ejercito Estregan of Laguna and Sta Rosa City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas representing the local chief executives as well as Eduardo Nicolas lll of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines and Engr. Ladislao Andal of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers-Batangas chapter, private sector representatives were nominated as provided under E0 325 : Reorganization of RDCs from whom the President shall select and appoint the
Chairperson of the Council. Also oath taking of the 15 newly elected private sector representatives and RDC 2010-2013 accomplishment report and work program for CY 2013 were conducted during the said meeting held this morning (Sept. 26) at Technopark Hotel, Sta Rosa City.
6. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: Kaugnay sa pagdiriwang ng 'international coastal clean-up month' ngayong buwan ng Setyembre, mahigit 40 sako ng mga nabubulok na basura ang nakuha ng mga taong nakiisa sa paglilinis sa baybaying dagat ng barangay Dalahican, Lucena city noong Setyembre 25. Kabilang sa mga nakiisa sa paglininis na umabot sa 200 katao ang mga kawani ng environment and natural resources office (ENRO-Quezon), mga kawani at mag-aaral ng ABE International Business School at ng pamahalaang barangay ng Dalahican.
7. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Stakeholders in the ICT industry including government as industry enablers recently converged in a forum to signify support, assess and present plans in the establishment of technology business incubation facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
8. PIA Regional Watch 23 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The 730-megawatt coal-fired Pagbilao power plant located in Pagbilao,Quezon plans an additional 400 megawatts output to its power supply to keep up with the rising demand of energy in the country. Greg Romualdez of Team Energy Corporation which operates the Pagbilao power plant said during the regular session of the sangguniang panlalawigan on Monday that they are set to construct facilities for their expansion plan inside the existing power plant facilities in Pagbilao town. Romualdez said their expansion plan is in response to the country's power shortfall in 2015.
9. PIA Regional Watch 23 hours ago PIA-4A/RIZAL: The National Bureau of Investigation is conducting a mobile NBI Clearance processing at the Angono Muncipal Compound from 8am to 5pm this September 26 and 27 for locals who require the said document.
PIA OFW Watch 20 hours ago DZBB: Pinakakasuhan na ng NBI ng kasong kriminal ang mga opisyal ng DOLE na sangkot sa sex-for-flight scheme. Sa ulat ng NBI, inirerekomenda nitong maipagharap ng kasong attempted rape at tatlong counts ng abuses against chastity ang isang lalaking assistant labor attachĂŠ na nakatalaga sa embahada ng bansa sa Middle East. Kasama rin sa pinakakasuhan ang isang local hire na nagsilbing driver ng labor attachĂŠ sa Gitnang Silangan.
1. Tagalog news: Career orientation program, isinusulong para sa mga HS graduating students BY: BHABY DE CASTRO Thursday 26th of September 2013
TAYSAN, Batangas, Set. 26 (PIA) -- Isinusulong ang programang career orientation at anti-drug campaign para sa mga mag-aaral ng high school na matatapos sa ika-4 na distrito ng lalawigan ng Batangas. Layunin ng programang ito na magabayan ang mga magtatapos para sa pagkuha ng tama at akmang kurso para sa kanila gayundin ang pag-iwas sa ipinagbabawal na gamot na maaaring makasira ng kanilang kinabukasan. Sa isang forum na isinagawa sa apat na pampublikong sekondarya sa bayang ito, binigyan ng tips ang mga mag-aaral upang makapili ng tamang kurso sa kolehiyo at maging sa bokasyunal. Tinalakay ang mga bagay na dapat ikonsidera gayundin ang "self-assessment" o pagpapaunawa sa kung anong kurso o trabaho ang maaaring makuha sa pagpili ng isang mag-aaral. Sinabi ni Batangas 4th district board member Rowena Africa, na maraming mga mag-aaral ang nais pumasok sa kolehiyo ngunit hindi magawa dahil sa kakulangang pinansyal ngunit marami ding paraan upang maisakatuparan ito. â€œKung hindi kaya ng magulang na magpapasok sa kolehiyo, maraming ibinibigay na pagsasanay ang Technical Education Skills Development Authority (Tesda) tulad ng automotive servicing, pipefitting, welding, machining, mechatronics servicing, consumer electronics servicing at madami
pang iba,â€? wika ni Africa. Sinabi pa ng opisyal na hangad niyang maisulong ang edukasyon sa mga kabataang BatangueĂąo kung kaya't isang paraan ito upang maituro sa mga bata na dapat silang maging responsable habang maaga upang magkaroon ng maayos na buhay sa hinaharap. Ang career orientation program at anti-drug abuse campaign ay magkatuwang na isinasagawa ng pamunuan ng Philippine National Police at tanggapan ni board member Rowena Africa. (CPG/MPDC-PIA4A Batangas)
2. 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)
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President Aquino pays last respects to soldiers killed in Zamboanga standoff President Aquino visits wake of an army officer in Pulilan, Bulacan President Aquino visits wake of 1st Lt Francis Damian President Aquino pays last respects to soldiers killed in Zamboanga standoff
NORZAGARAY, Bulacan) President Benigno S. Aquino III paid his last respects and condoled with the family of 1st Lieutenant John Kristofer Rama, the first officer-casualty of the Armed Forces of the Philippines killed in clashes with the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction in Zamboanga City, during his visit to the Rama household here on Thursday. The President, who was accompanied by Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Abad, arrived at Rama's wake at 10:45 a.m. According to Erlnda, Rama's wife, the President pledged to provide housing and educational assistance for her and her daughter Elisa Irene.
She expressed her heartfelt gratutude for the President's visit and pledge, and said that she felt proud the President chose to honor the memory of her husband with his presence. After staying some 20 minutes, the President left for Pulilan, Bulacan to visit the wake of 2nd Lt. Florencio Michael Esguerra Meneses and then for Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to visit the wake of 1st Lt. Francis Damian. PND (rck) TOP President Aquino visits wake of an army officer in Pulilan, Bulacan PULILAN, Bulacan) President Benigno S. Aquino III visited on Thursday the wake of an Army officer who died in an encounter between the government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front Misuari faction in Zamboaga City last September 23. The Chief Executive paid his last respects and condoled with the family of 27-year-old 1st LT Florencio Mikael Esguerra Meneses, an officer of the 7th Scout Ranger Company and member of the Philippine Military Academy Laon-Alab Class of 2011. Accompanied by Presidential Management Staff head Julia Abad, President Aquino arrived at the wake on Cueto Street, Barangay Tibag at 11:30 a.m. President Aquino handed financial assistance to the slain officer's parents Regina and Alberto Meneses. He also expressed his condolences to the officer's siblings, namely Elizabeth Peralta, Janina Reyes and Gracia Chen. The parents of LT. Meneses expressed gratitude to the President for visiting the wake of their only son who died during clash in Zamboanga City. During the visit that lasted for 30 minutes, the President told Regina that he directed the Department of National Defense (DND) and other concerned government agencies to further conduct a review of the military systems and procedures with the aim of preventing unnecessary loss of lives during combat. The President told the family that he acknowledged the bravery of Meneses who gave his own life to serve the country and the Filipino people. PND (js) TOP President Aquino visits wake of 1st Lt Francis Damian After earlier condoling with the families of two officer-fatalities in Norzagaray and Pulilan in Bulacan province, President Benigno S. Aquino III paid his respects to 1st Lieutenant Francis Damian, whose wake is being held in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday. Damian, together with 1st Lt John Kristofer Rama and 2nd Lt Florencio Meneses, are among three officer-casualties of the Armed Forces of the Philippines killed after engaging members of the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction in Zamboanga City. Tensions between government troops and the MNLF-Misuari faction is now on its 18th day with no clear resolution in sight. The President, who was accompanied by Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Abad, arrived at the Camp Aguinaldo chapel at around 12:25 p.m. After condoling with Damian's wife, Lt Junior Leslie Campos Damian, and their seven-month old daughter Sophie, President Aquino left Camp Aguinaldo at a little past one o'clock in the afternoon. PND (rck) TOP
26 SEPTYEMBRE 2013 Nagpugay ang Pangulong Aquino sa mga kawal na nasawi sa Zamboanga Burol ng nasawing pinuno ng hukbo, dinalaw ni Aquino sa Pulilan, Bulacan
Nakiramay ang Pangulong Aquino sa nasawing Tenyente Francis Damian
Nagpugay ang Pangulong Aquino sa mga kawal na nasawi sa Zamboanga
NORZAGARAY, Bulacan窶年agpugay at nagbigay-galang ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa pamilya ni 1st Lieutenant John Kristofer Rama, ang unang pinuno ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas na nasawi sa pakikipagsagupa sa Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga nang magsadya siya sa tahanan ng mga Rama Huwebes sa bayang ito. Kasama ng Pangulo sa pagtungo rito si Julia Abad, puno ng Presidential Management Staff, dakong ika10:45 ng umaga. Sang-ayon kay Erlinda, maybahay ni Tenyente Rama, nangako ang Pangulo na bibigyan siya ng bahay at tulong sa pagpapaaral sa anak niyang si Elisa Irene. Nagpasalamat si Gng.Rama sa Pangulo sa pagdalaw sa burol ng kanyang kabiyak ng puso at sa pangakong tulong sa kanilang mag-ina. Idinugtong ni Erlinda na malaking karangalan nila na nagsadya rito ang Pangulo bilang parangal at pagpapahalaga sa kanyang kabiyak ng puso na nasawi sa pakikibaka sa mga MNLF sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga. Humigit-kumulang sa 20 minutong namalagi rito ang Pangulo at lumisan pagkatapos patungo sa Tibag, Pulilan, Bulacan para naman dumalaw sa burol ni 2nd Lt. Florencio Michael Esguerra Meneses na nasawi rin sa pakikipaglaban sa MNLF sa Zamboanga. Pagkagaling ng Pangulo sa Pulilan, tumuloy siya sa Kampo Aguinaldo sa Lungsod ng Quezon upang dalawin ang burol ni 1st Lt. Francis Damian na tulad nina Rama at Meneses ay nag-buwis ng buhay sa pakikipaglaban sa MNLF na sumalakay sa Zamboanga. PND (rck/zaf) TOP Burol ng nasawing pinuno ng hukbo, dinalaw ni Aquino sa Pulilan, Bulacan
PULILAN, Bulacan) Sinadya ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang burol ng pinuno ng hukbo na nasawi sa sagupaan ng mga kawal ng pamahalaan at ng Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga noong Setyembre 23. Dumalaw ang Pangulong Aquino sa burol ng 27 taong gulang na 1st Lt. Florencio Mikael Esguerra Meneses, pinuno ng 7th Scout Ranger Company at kabilang sa Laong Alab Class ng 2011 ng Philippine Military Academy. Ika-11:30 ng umaga nang dumating ang Pangulong Aquino, kasama si Julia Abad, puno ng Presidential Management Staff, sa tahanan ng mga Meneses sa Daang Cueto, Baranggay Tibag ng bayang ito. Personal na nakiramay ang Pangulong Aquino sa mga magulang ng nasawing pinuno na sina Regina at Alberto Meneses, gayundin sa mga kapatid ng nasawing pinuno ng hukbo na sina Elizabeth Peralta, Janina Reyes at Gracia Chen. Nagpasalamat ang mga magulang ni Tenyente Meneses sa Pangulo sa pagdalaw nito sa burol ng kanilang tanging anak na lalaking namatay sa pakikipaglaban sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga. Kalahating oras ang itinagal ng Pangulo sa burol ni Tenyente Meneses. Sinabi ng Pangulo sa ina ng nasawing Tenyente na inatasan na niya ang Kagawaran ng Tanggulang Bansa at ang iba pang kinauukulang mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na pag-ibayuhin ang pagsusuri sa mga paraan ng militar at mga tuntuning sinusunod upang maiwasan ang pagkaputi ng buhay ng mga kawal ng pamahalaan sa panahon ng labanan. Sinabi ng Pangulo sa pamilya na kinikilala at pinahahalagahan niya ang walang katulad na katapangan ni Tenyente Meneses na inihandog pati ang sariling buhay alang-alang sa bayan at sa kapakanan ng sambayanang Pilipino. PND (js/zaf) TOP Nakiramay ang Pangulong Aquino sa nasawing Tenyente Francis Damian
Matapos dumalaw upang makiramay sa mga pamilya ng dalawang opisyal ng Hukbo sa bayan ng Norzagaray at Pulilan, Bulacan, tumuloy naman ang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa Kampo Aguinaldo sa Lungsod ng Quezon kung saan nakaburol si Tenyente Francis Damian. Si Damian, kasama nina Tenyente John Kristofer Rama at Tenyente Florencio Esguerra Meneses, ay mga pinuno ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas na nasawi sa pakikipaglaban sa mga tauhan ng Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction sa Lungsod ng Zamboanga.
Ika-18 araw na ngayon ng sagupaan ng mga kawal ng pamahalaan at ng MNLF-Misuari faction. Ika-12:25 ng hapon dumating ang Pangulong Aquino sa Bisita ng Kampo Aguinaldo kung saan nakaburol si Tenyente Damian. Kasama niya si Julia Abad, Puno ng Presidential Management Staff, pagkagaling sa Bulacan. Matapos makiramay kay Lt. Junior Leslie Campos Damian, balo ni Tenyente Damian at sa pitong buwang gulang na anak si Sophie, makalampas ang unang oras ng hapon, nilisan na ng Pangulo ang Kampo Aquinaldo. PND (rck/zaf) TOP
ONLINE NEWS 26 SEPTEMBER 2013 IFM-PFM hails Ph for performance budgeting; Abad: Ph lauded as pionner in performance-informed budget Baldoz welcomes resumption of GSIS payment of EC survivorship benefit Baldoz turns over water purifying equipment to LEYECO union From houseboats to tents: Badjaos welcome the change “Statistics That Matter To Every Filipino” focus of the 12th NCS Courts find BOC officials guilty of non-disclosure in SALNs BIR charges PDAF scam brains Janet Napoles and spouse Jaime with tax evasion DPWH tightens rules on sub-contracting of infra projects Aklan Product Expo 2013 at SM City DepEd opens classes in Zambo, offers psychosocial intervention for students DOST forum urges technopreneurs to go into online marketing DFA Undersecretary represents Philippines in Global Governance Group Ministerial Meeting Philippines signs historic global Arms Trade Treaty BI probes illegal foreign workers 128,083 examinees gear up for the September 29, 2013 Licensure exam for teachers Board of Interior Design prescribes weights for subjects in board exam MB places Rural Bank of Hagonoy (Davao del Sur), Inc. under PDIC receivership, all valid insured deposit claims will be paid UE confers honorary degree upon Ombudsman Morales Statement on Reported shooting incident
IFM-PFM hails Ph for performance budgeting; Abad: Ph lauded as pionner in performance-informed budget Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph The International Monetary Fund Public Financial Management (IMF-PFM) blog recently hailed the Philippines as a pioneer in performance budgeting, citing the current Administration’s 2014 Performance Informed Budget, which was submitted to Congress in July and is now undergoing deliberations in the Lower and Upper Houses. Introduced in February 2013, the Performance Informed Budget (PIB) is a budget reform focused in achieving outputs and outcomes in the implementation of the national budget. The proposed P2.268-trillion National Budget for 2014 is 13.1 percent higher than this year’s P2.006-trillion program, and is distinct from previous budgets due to its performance budget structure, which clearly outlines each agency’s mandate and the specific targets it aims to achieve.
―For the first time, an agency’s budget is now presented alongside its performance targets and outcomes. In contrast to the traditional line-item budgeting approach adopted in previous budgets, the PIB pushes for increased agency accountability by presenting a performance-oriented and results-based budget. In other words,nais po naming magkaroon ng malinaw na kwento ang bawat kwenta,‖ DBM Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad stated. Recognized by the IMF-PFM blog as ―the single most important budgeting innovation in years‖, the PIB continues to develop and refine the current efforts of government agencies in line with the five key result areas (KRAs) of the Aquino administration: Good Governance, Peace and Rule of Law, Poverty Reduction, Integrity of Environment, and Inclusive Growth. ―Under the new PIB structure, an agency’s budget already identifies specific major final outputs and performance indicators within its budget. This may be expressed in the number of classrooms to be constructed by DepEd, for example, or the number of conditional cash transfer beneficiaries served by DSWD, as well as the number of roads and bridges to be constructed by DPWH, to name a few,‖ Abad said. ―We are committed to driving and institutionalizing reforms such as these, which will push government to spend public funds as efficiently as possible. There is immense public clamor now for more transparency and accountability in public expenditure, and the PIB is a timely and significant measure that will allow us to facilitate exactly that. More important, however, the PIB is designed precisely to benefit citizens through the improved delivery of public goods and services across the country,‖ the Budget chief added. The IMF-PFM Blog entry can be found here: http://blog-pfm.imf.org/pfmblog/2013/09/the-philippines-leads-its-peersin-performance-budgeting.html |TOP| Baldoz welcomes resumption of GSIS payment of EC survivorship benefit Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis yesterday welcomed the move of the State pension fund, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), to resume paying the suspended survivorship pension of qualified Employees’ Compensation (EC) pensioners and dependents, saying this will benefit the surviving members of the families of employees who have died from work-connected accidents, diseases, or disabilities. Informed of the development by Employees Compensation Commission Executive Director Stella Z. Banawis, Baldoz said: "We welcome the announcement of the GSIS to resume its payment of employees' compensation survivorship benefit. This move by the State pension fund is expected after the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), which I chair, had 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, the GSIS said it 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 enrol for the GSIS e-Card, 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," the GSIS announcement said. 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. Any question on this release or on the EC survivorship pension? Please call the GSIS Contact Center at 847-4747. Qualified EC pensioners may also send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|TOP| Baldoz turns over water purifying equipment to LEYECO union Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph On the first day of her visit to Region 8 to attend the 13th National PESO Congress, which started yesterday at the Oriental Hotel in Palo, Leyte, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz turned-over to the officials and member of the Leyte Electric Cooperative (LEYECO) II Employees Union, led by union president Efren M. Gabriola, water purifying equipment for the union's burgeoning water business. At a brief program at the LEYECO II Compound in Tacloban, Baldoz, accompanied by DOLE Regional Office No. 8 Director Exequiel Sarcauga, congratulated the union for its effort to augment its members' income by engaging in a water-purifying business, even as she congratulated the LEYECO II management, led by General Manager Ma. Rosario C. Aveztruz for its support to the union. "I am pleased to see this kind of cooperation in a unionized company, a public utility at that, where the management goes all out in supporting the business enterprise of its union," said Baldoz. "This is a boost to harmonious management-labor relations." The LEYECO II Employees Union, an affiliate of the Associated Labor Union (ALU) federation started its water business three years ago with the support of the DOLE through its Workers" Income Augmentation Program (WINAP), a program assistance for organized workers. With a cost of P1.55 million, the DOLE provided P888,018.22 in livelihood support, with the union sharing its counterpart of P149,520 and the management kicking in a share of P526,000. The LEU-ALU Water Refilling Station, as the union business is called, markets its water to its members and other company employees in Tacloban, Babatngon SubOffice, and even to walk-in clients in the Sagkahan District where the business is located. "The DOLE encourages all workers, not only those organized, to imbibe the spirit of enterprise to augment their income and to create more employment," said Baldoz, noting that the water refilling station is already employing regular workers. The DOLE livelihood assistance, according to Baldoz, is a form of non-wage benefit the DOLE provides to rank-and-file employees to increase their incomes. "You don't only have safe water now. You also have another source of earnings," Baldoz said. Gabriola, the union president, and GM Ma. Rosario C. Aveztruz both thanked Secretary Baldoz for the livelihood assistance to the union and for the visit to the LEYECO II offices. "We commit to shepherd this business well," said Gabiola. Baldoz, in turn, urged the union to be responsible in managing the business, saying it is up to the workers to sustain their livelihood enterprise. "This business is yours. All you have to do is to take care of it so that your source of additional income will grow and benefit other workers and the people in the community," she finally said. |TOP| From houseboats to tents: Badjaos welcome the change Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Badjao families spent their first night in Shelter Box tents last night after the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with International Organization for Migration (IOM) completed the installation of tents along Cawa Cawa Boulevard in Zamboanga City. The Rotary Club of Zamboanga facilitated and helped in the installation of the tents. Popularly known as sea gypsies, Badjao families who live on houseboats, describe that living in tents amid the crisis is, indeed, a new comfy experience for them. For more than two weeks, Badjao and Samal evacuees from the villages of Rio Hondo and Mariki established their temporary shelters along the coastline of Cawa Cawa Boulevard, a place where they can easily move with the wind and the tide on their small houseboats called ―vintas.‖ Used tarpaulin sheets, sacks, leatherette, and blankets shielded them from the scorching heat of the sun, but not enough to cover them when heavy rain pours. Rex Tabao, 35, a Badjao evacuee and a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, said that his family had a good sleep all throughout the night. His wife, Indaya, 30 and pregnant with their 8th child would no longer worry waking up every now and then to check on the children. The family of Rex is among the first Badjao families provided with a tent donated by Shelter Box International. They are from Rio Hondo and were forced to evacuate and set-up their small makeshift tent along the coastline to escape being caught in the crossfire between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-Misuari faction in Rio Hondo. ―The Shelter Box tent is much better than our previous makeshift home,‖ Rex said. Rex’s family was among the priority recipients of tents because he has small children and his wife is pregnant. Families with senior citizens, persons with disabilities, lactating mothers, and sick family members were also prioritized. The DSWD in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Shelter Box International will continue to install 380 Shelter Box tents and 300 laminated plastic sheets for the Badjao and other evacuees in different evacuation centers. Each tent measures 8 feet in diameter and can accommodate one family. Every tent is equipped with solar lights
that will provide lighting at night. DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that these Shelter Box tents will significantly improve the dwelling condition of the Badjao evacuees particularly the women, children, elderly, and persons with disability in anticipation of the rainy days. ― The Shelter Box tent also serves as a Family-Friendly Space where Badjao families can spend family bonding,‖ Secretary Soliman added. For Indaya, the Shelter Box tent is a big help to her family. ―Meron na po kaming masisilungan lalo na po pag umuulan (We now have a roof over our heads especially when raining),‖ Indaya said while feeding her two small kids with a hot porridge mixed with malungay leaves supplied by the DSWD. Rex credits his wife for keeping their tent clean. ―Kailangan po malinis ang aming tent dahil eto po ang tirahan namin hanggang sa susunod na mga araw (We have to keep our tent clean because this will be our home in the coming days),‖ Rex pointed out. Rex hopes that the fighting will be over soon so the could already work. Back home in Rio Hondo, Rex and Indaya help each other in earning for a living. Rex would fish while Indaya would sell his catch. While at the evacuation center, Rex said that he accepts menial jobs from a relative and earns 200 pesos a day that he gives to her wife to buy food for their kids. He recognizes that the DSWD continues to provide them with food. Like Rex, Risma Jani, 19, said that she, together with her husband, siblings and mother, felt comfortable at the tent. They also felt some privacy as they can eat, lie down, and chat without being watched by other people. Risma said that they also have a house in Rio Hondo, but for now, they are thankful that they are staying in a real tent which is far better than their makeshift tent made of blankets tied together. Meanwhile, Lola Kiblatiyan Nurkani, 60, looked contented with her new found home. She was seen cooking their native Badjao delicacy, ―Shanglag‖ or toasted cassava with dried fish, beside their newly-installed Shelter Box tent. Inside their tent, her grandchildren are patiently waiting for her to serve lunch. With temporary homes like these tents, children can freely live normally. In the other tents, Badjao families were seen already exchanging pleasantries, relaxing, eating or resting. Most children are no longer playing along the streets because they already have safer tents to stay and play. |TOP| “Statistics That Matter To Every Filipino” focus of the 12th NCS Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph It’s all systems go for the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) as organizers and paper presenters set the stage for the biggest gathering of statisticians and various stakeholders of statistics in the country. Dubbed as the ―12th National Convention on Statistics‖, the triennial event is spearheaded by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and will be held on 1-2 October 2013 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City. The 12th NCS is an event to remember in October with an expected attendance of over a thousand statisticians, statistical practitioners, researchers, development planners, students, data producers and users from the government and private sectors . The theme of the 12th NCS is ―Statistics that matter to every Filipino‖. Through the adoption of this year’s theme, the PSS, particularly the NSCB, remains steadfast in its mandate to engage and reach out to the Filipino people by constantly communicating statistical information in mediums that are free from technical gobbledygook and esotericisms. Simple, yet meaningful. However, despite increasing demand for statistical information in recent years from the general public, there is still a large swathe of the population that remains unappreciative, nay unaware, of the importance and practical uses of statistical information in their daily lives. Thus, communicating statistical information remains to be one of the most important and challenging tasks for the PSS. Furthermore, the theme is also a pithy reminder to the PSS that statistics will be for naught if they do not influence decisions, evoke actions, and effect progress. Prominent and distinguished luminaries from the statistical community are invited as speakers/paper presenters to discuss recent theoretical and practical developments in statistics and creative ideas designed to improve statistics in the country as well as share their views and recommendations to further enhance the various products and services of the PSS. Among these personalities include Secretary for Socioeconomic Planning and NEDA Director General Arsenio M. Balisacan, Prof. Solita Monsod, Albay Governor Joey Salceda, Undersecretary Manuel D. Gerochi, Asst. Sec. Lila R. Shahani, Mr. Guillermo Luz of the Makati Business Club, Dr. Josef T. Yap, Dr. Romulo A. Virola, and Mr. Johannes Jutting of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21). The 12th NCS Opening Ceremony which coincides with the opening of the 24th National Statistics Month (NSM) will be graced by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon as Keynote Speaker. NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon G. Albert will deliver the welcome remarks.
Interesting topics to be presented during the two day convention include among others, the following: Accelerating inclusive growth and competitiveness through statistics; Can insurance make you rich?; Econometrics: What Do Econometric Models Say About the PH Economy?; Risk on environment and climate change: how much statistics do we need?; Managing risks to development (disaster and financial risk management, social protection, food security); and, Social media and statistics (big data, organic data and privacy). The convention also hopes to further build statistical capacity in the country and elicit the cooperation and support of statisticians and professionals in related fields from the government, academe, private sector, and civil society towards a more responsive and relevant statistical system. This event coincides with the conduct of the Statistical Information Management Exhibition or SIMEX 2013 and the Student Faculty Conference co-organized by the UP (Diliman) School of Statistics (UPSS) and UP (Los Baños) Institute of Statistics (InStat) which will also be held in the same venue. |TOP| Courts find BOC officials guilty of non-disclosure in SALNs Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph For failure to declare their real properties and business interest in their respective Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs), three (3) officials from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were adjudged guilty of violating Section 8 of Republic Act 6713, also known as the ―Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees‖. In a Decision promulgated on August 12, 2013, the Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) of Manila, Branch 3, held PIER ANGELI SENANGOTE SEALTIEL, Customs Operations Officer V, liable for ten (10) counts of violation of the said law, after it was clearly established that Sealtiel did not report her husband’s interests in two (2) adjacent lots and an apartment unit in Parañaque City in her SALNs for the years 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. Records of the case revealed that an old land title over the disputed Parañaque properties was registered under the name of Sealtiel’s late father-in-law who died in 1983. However, it was only in 1994 that the properties were divided among her husband, Leonilo Rosal Sealtiel and his siblings by virtue of a deed of donation executed in their favor, as inscribed on the subsequent land title, where the Sealtiel brood was identified as co-owners thereof. ―To the mind of the Court, such issuance of transfer of certificates of title (TCTs) in the names of Leonilo Sealtiel and his siblings as registered co-owners, makes it incumbent upon accused Pier Angeli Senangote Sealtiel to disclose her husband’s interest over the subject properties beginning 1994, failing which, makes her liable for nondisclosure of her husband’s interest on the said properties in her SALNs for the years 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005,‖ the Decision reads. According to Section 8 of R.A. 6713, ―public officials and employees have an obligation to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of, and the public has the right to know, their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under eighteen (18) years of age living in their households.‖ Sealtiel was slapped with a fine of Five Thousand Pesos (Php 5,000.00) for each non-disclosure in SALNs, or a total of Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000.00), including costs. Meanwhile, Spouses TEOTIMO and VIVIAN SACLUTI, both appointed as Customs Operations Officer III, were found guilty of six (6) counts each of the same violation of law, for their failure to declare their business interest in ―Bodgie Motor Works‖ in their joint SALNs filed from 2000 to 2005. In a sixteen (16) – page Decision dated May 31, 2013, the MeTC of Manila, Branch 30 did not find merit in Mr. Sacluti’s testimony that he was unaware of the fact that the said business was registered in his name because he himself admitted that his older brother, Felix Sacluti would use his (Teotimo) name in setting up the said business. The Court likewise gave credence to his brother’s undisputed assertion that Teotimo infused the amount of Sixty Thousand Pesos (Php 60,000.00) to save the business from closing down, when Felix needed funds for his medical treatment. ―Be that as it may, a public official or employee must comply with what the SALN requires to be disclosed and absent any clear showing of mere oversight, inadvertence or the like will not exempt anyone from liability under the law,‖ the court a quo further stated.
Spouses Sacluti were fined Thirty Thousand Pesos (Php 30,000.00) each for their omission of ―Bodgie Motor Works‖ as their business interest in their SALNs. The criminal Informations filed against Sealtiel and Spouses Sacluti were offshoot from the complaints initiated by the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), the anti-corruption arm of the Department of Finance (DOF), on June 13, 2007 and February 13, 2007, respectively, before the Office of the Ombudsman. |TOP| BIR charges PDAF scam brains Janet Napoles and spouse Jaime with tax evasion Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against JANET LIM NAPOLES (JANET NAPOLES)and her spouse JAIME GARCIA NAPOLES (JAIME NAPOLES) for violating pertinent provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code). Spouses JANET and JAIME were charged with willful attempt to evade or defeat tax for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 under Sections 51 (A)(1)(a) and 74 in relation to Section 254 of the Tax Code. In addition, JANET NAPOLES was charged with deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in her Income Tax Return (ITR) for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 and with willful failure to file her ITRs for taxable years 2010, 2011 and 2012. JAIME NAPOLES was likewise charged with deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in his ITR for taxable year 2009 and with willful failure to file his ITRs for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 proscribed under Section 255 of the Tax Code. Spouses Napoles are both registered taxpayers of the BIR with addresses at Suite 2502 Discovery Centre, 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Brgy. San Antonio, Pasig City and at San Isidro St., Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City. The registration of JANET NAPOLES was, however, cancelled in 2010. Information gathered during investigation disclosed that Spouses NAPOLES during the years 2004 to 2012 were able to purchase and register in their names various real properties, a number of motor vehicles, several insurance policies and club shares. They also invested millions of pesos in various new corporations. The acquisitions consisted of condominium units in City & Land Mega Plaza and the Discovery Center, parcels of land in Pangasinan and Kidapawan City, Insurance policies with Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd., Philippine American Life & General Insurance Co., Inc., and Philippine Axa Life Insurance Corp., and vehicles such as Ford Lincoln Navigator, Honda Civic and Porsche Cayenne. JANET NAPOLES’ total acquisitions amounted to P4.17 million in 2004, P22.29 million in 2006, P4.35 million in 2008, P9.84 million in 2009,P6.33 million in 2010, P5.64 million in 2011 and P6.89 million in 2012. She declared as income in her ITR P195,800.00 in 2004, P0.00 in 2006,P100,744.59 in 2008 and P0.00 in 2009. She did not file any ITR for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012. On the other hand, JAIME NAPOLES’ total acquisitions amounted to P1.42 million in 2004, P5.51 million in 2006, P0.78 million in 2008, P9.25 million in 2009, P2.1 million in 2010, P1.17 million in 2011 and P3.65 million in 2012. He failed to file any ITR for the said years except in taxable year 2009 where he declared nothing. Using the Expenditure Method of Investigation, the total income tax liability of JANET NAPOLES was P44.68 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, broken down into: P3.49 million in 2004, P19.77 million in 2006, P3.18 million in 2008, P7.74 million in 2009, P3.93 million in 2010, P3.14 million in 2011 and P3.42 million in 2012. JAIME NAPOLES was assessed a total income tax liability amounting to P16.43 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, broken down into: P0.83 million in 2004, P4.78 million in 2006, P0.45 million in 2008, P6.33 million in 2009, P1.52 million in 2010, P0.77 million in 2011 and P1.75 million in 2012. The Expenditure Method of tax investigation is based on the theory that if the subject taxpayer’s expenditures during a given year exceed his reported income, and the source of the funds used to make the expenditures is unexplained, such expenditures represent unreported income. The case against JANET LIM NAPOLES and her spouse JAIME GARCIA NAPOLES is the 190th filed under the RATE program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares. |TOP| DPWH tightens rules on sub-contracting of infra projects Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph Prompted by problems on delays in project implementation brought about by the prevailing practice of subcontracting, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has warned DPWH Regional Directors and
District Engineers to strictly enforce the conditions for sub-contracting, otherwise, they shall be held accountable for non-compliance by the contractors. Secretary Singson said that eligible contractors, with PCAB license and registered in the DPWH civil works registry, may be allowed to subcontract a portion of the contract for locallyfunded civil works projects which shall not exceed 50% of the total project cost. The eligible sub-contractor is then required to submit documents contained under Section 23.1 (Eligibility Requirements for the Procurement of Goods and Infrastructure Projects) of the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 or Procurement Act. Eligibility checks on these sub-contractors shall be done electronically by the DPWH Central Procurement Office for contracts bid out in the Central Office, and by the concerned Regional Office (RO) for contracts bid out in the ROs and their District Engineering Offices (DEOs); The bidder must disclose the name of the subcontractor during bid submission and shall include the required documents as part of the technical component of its bid. Secretary Singson said that in exceptional cases, subcontracting during project implementation stage may be also allowed provided that it has his prior approval. He further said that the approval for subcontracting shall not relieve the lead contractor of any liability for obligation under the contract. The lead contractor shall be responsible for the acts, defaults and neglect of any subcontractor as if these were its own acts, default or neglect. In cognizance of the responsibility and accountability of the lead contractor, 100% of the value of the entire completed and accepted project – including the subcontractor portion – shall be recorded as experience of the lead contractor. The subcontractor shall get credit for 100% of the value of the subcontracted portion of the project. This shall be incorporated in the sub-contracting agreement between the lead contractor and the subcontractor. All these aforementioned conditions shall be incorporated in the Bidding Documents, particularly under Item 8 - Subcontracts of the Instruction to Bidders (ITB) of the IRR. Sub-contractors are encourage to take advantage of the on-going accreditation process of PCAB for contractors and subcontractors. |TOP| Aklan Product Expo 2013 at SM City Source: http://www.dti.gov.ph A week-long product exposition dubbed ―AKLAN PRODUCT EXPO 2013‖ will be mounted at the Event Center, SM City-Iloilo on September 30-October 06, 2013. Twenty-eight (28) Aklan Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are expected to join this year’s product exposition. Business hours starts at 10:00AM to 9:00PM. The opening program is at 2:00PM on September 30. The Aklan Product Exposition is a venue that offers opportunity for Aklan MSMEs to showcase their products to the regional market especially in Iloilo City and neighboring provinces. Distinctive, fashionable, and eco-friendly hand-woven wearables, gifts, and housewares will be featured during the week-long product exposition. Also available for sale are the famous processed meat and bakery products as well as health and wellness, and tourism-related support products. This activity is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, Aklan Provincial Office; Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc.; in partnership with the Provincial Government of Aklan. Experience Aklan’s unique and improved products. Visit Aklan Product Exposition 2013. |TOP| DepEd opens classes in Zambo, offers psychosocial intervention for students Source: http://www.deped.gov.ph Zamboanga City—After more than two weeks of school suspension due to ongoing skirmishes between government forces and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), 149 schools in Zamboanga City resume classes today. Upon the recommendation of Zamboanga City’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC), 126 elementary schools and 23 secondary schools in non-affected areas are able to open today. As part of preparing students for the formal lessons, the Department of Education (DepEd) has prepared different activities for the pupils during the first few days of their return. Each school is conducting psychological first aid (PFA) for students to reduce initial distress caused by the conflict. DepEd Undersecretary for Regional Operations Rizalino Rivera, who is at Zamboanga to oversee the re-opening, says the classes will not be ―regular‖ the first few days. ―Learner-centered tayo sa DepEd. Kung mag-formal (classes), hindi papasok yun (sa ulo nila) kasi yung mga bata, and iba diyan tuliro pa. So kailangan, i-ease in natin sila sa regular learning modes.‖ (DepEd is learner-centered. If we start formal classes, they won’t understand anything because some of these kids are still in shock. We need to ease them into the regular learning modes.) Rivera adds that it is also an opportunity to account for the students’ whereabouts. ―Kailangan natin malaman kung
nasaan ba yung mga bata, lalu na yung nasa evacuation centers.‖ (We need to know where the children are, especially those in evacuation centers.) DepEd, together with partner agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH), has also debriefed and provided psychosocial interventions for the teachers, which aims to relieve the educators of the stress caused by the conflict and to enable them to effectively resume their teaching duties. Of the schools that opened today, 16 remain as evacuation centers, adopting the 50-50 system – half the school remains as evacuation center while the other half is designated as an area for students’ learning. |TOP| DOST forum urges technopreneurs to go into online marketing Source: http://www.dost.gov.ph Technopreneurs from the island provinces of MIMAROPA learned the basics of online selling that could position their products better in the local and even the global market in a forum organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Region IV-B (DOST-IV-B). Dubbed ―e-Marketing: Bridging island products to the mainstream,‖ the activity is part of the regional agency’s efforts to further support the adoptors of Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP)—the DOST program that provides a package of intervention, including interest and collateral-free funding for technology upgrades to micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs). Sheila Lina, president and CEO of Air21 Global, the company behind the online store Shopinas.com, freely shared to the SETUP adoptors the basics of online selling. She discussed at length that, in setting up an online store, one needs to invest in time, technical team, money, and project management. To balance her discussion, she also laid down several possible issues that an entrepreneur may face in online selling, such as the challenge of creating online traffic for the website and possible credit card fraud from unscrupulous buyers. In addition, Lina assured that online selling platforms such as Shopinas.com are advantageous because they help minimize the costs in establishing an online store. These platforms also offer protection for both the buyer and the seller in online transactions. (Luisa S. Lumioan, S&T Media Service) |TOP| DFA Undersecretary represents Philippines in Global Governance Group Ministerial Meeting Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 26 September 2013; New York – Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan P. Garcia represented the Philippines at the 6th Global Governance Group (3G) Ministerial Meeting held at the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations (UN) in New York. Singaporean Foreign Minister K Shanmugam chaired the Meeting. Also in attendance was Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah HJ Aman. The 3G is an informal grouping of 29 UN Member States which promote a more effective, accountable and inclusive framework of global governance, with particular focus on economic issues. At the meeting, the Ministers of the 3G held a dialogue with the present, future, and past Chairs of the G20, namely high-level representatives of the Russian Federation, Australia, and Mexico. Undersecretary Garcia thanked Singapore for its leadership in the 3G process and for convening a timely dialogue with the G20 Troika following the St. Petersburg Summit. Undersecretary Garcia stressed that the G20 should take into account the interests of developing countries in its work, and thereby contribute to addressing current global economic challenges by promoting long-term sustainable and equitable development. 3G Ministers noted that while the UN remains the central forum for global economic policy-making, engagement with influential groups such as the G20 was necessary for synergy and complementarity of efforts. In view of the UN’s focus on a post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework, Ministers urged the G20 to work more closely with the UN. 3G Ministers agreed to further work on proposals to institutionalize dialogue and cooperation between the G20 and UN. |TOP|
Philippines signs historic global Arms Trade Treaty Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 26 September 2013 - The Philippines signed at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters on Wednesday, September 25, the first ever Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that establishes common international standards for the global trade in conventional arms. Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, signed the Treaty on behalf of the Philippine Government. The Philippines was the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. "The Philippines signed the ATT to fulfill our country's commitment to promoting international peace and security. The proliferation of conventional arms has contributed to violence and instability in many parts of the world including the Philippines and there is a need to address this serious concern," Ambassador Cabactulan said. The ATT was opened for signature on 03 June 2013 and will enter into force after 50 ratifications. To date, the total number of signatures represents more than half of all Member States. The ATT covers conventional weapons intended for military use and small arms, their ammunition, parts and components. It contains strong regulations, based on human rights and international humanitarian law, and provides a set of criteria in the export of conventional arms. After a seven-year process at the United Nations, the Treaty text was adopted through a resolution by the UN General Assembly on 02 April 2013 by a vote of 154 in favor, three against and 23 abstentions. The Philippines voted in favor of the text of the ATT. Prior to its adoption, the Philippines consistently voted in favor of the ATT since it was first tabled in the General Assembly in 2006. The Philippines actively participated in the negotiating process leading to the adoption of the ATT including the four Preparatory Meeting of the Arms Trade Treaty (2010-2012), the July 2012 Negotiating Conference and the Final Conference in March 2013. |TOP| BI probes illegal foreign workers Source: http://immigration.gov.ph The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it has initiated on investigation to address reports that thousands of Chinese nationals have been illegally employed as construction workers in Batangas and Bataan. In a statement, BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison promised to look into allegations by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) that the Chinese nationals have been working without the required work permits and visas. Mison he was disturbed by the TUCP’s report which he described as a serious matter that demands immediate action from the BI. ―We will verify these reports and we will not hesitate to employ the full force of the law on those involved,‖ the BI chief said, adding that he already instructed the bureau’s intelligence division to investigate the TUCP’s complaint. Mison agreed with the TUCP’s assertion that the practice of employing foreign workers robs Filipinos of job opportunities and undermines job security. He added that it is illegal for foreigners to work here without an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and a pre-arranged employment visa from the BI. ―Should our investigation confirm the presence of these illegal perform workers without the requisites permit and visa we will immediately initiate deportation proceedings against them for violating our immigration laws,‖ he said. |TOP| 128,083 examinees gear up for the September 29, 2013 Licensure exam for teachers Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph Manila, September 25, 2013 – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) today stated that 128,083 examinees will be taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in 17 testing centers nationwide. The PRC said that bulk of LET takers comes from the National Capital Region with an estimated 29,151 examinees
followed by Davao with 12,815 examinees. Board Licensure Examination for Teachers in Zamboanga City, Jolo Sulu and Tawi-Tawi was recently reset to January 26, 2014 due to the limited access to air and sea transportations brought about by the ongoing armed hostilities in Zamboanga City as well as considerations on the safety and security of the examinees and examination personnel. The PRC advises the examinees to be at the designated examination site/center before 7:00AM and to bring their notices of admission, two or more pencils (No.2), ballpens with BLACK INK, one piece metered-stamp window envelope, one piece long brown envelope, and one piece long transparent (non-colored) plastic envelope on examination day. The testing centers include Baguio, Batanes, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag City, Legazpi, Lucena, Masbate, National Capital Region, Pagadian, Palawan, Romblon, Rosales Pangasinan, Tacloban and Tuguegarao. For information regarding allowable calculators, general instructions to examinees, and prohibited acts inside the examination room, please click HERE. |TOP| Board of Interior Design prescribes weights for subjects in board exam Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph Manila, September 25, 2013 – The Professional Regulatory Board of Interior Design recently issued a resolution prescribing the percentage weights for the subjects in the Board Licensure Examination for Interior Designers. The Board of Interior Design, in its issuance of Board Resolution No. 3 dated September 3, 2013, mentioned that the rationale for prescribing the percentage weight for each of the licensure examination subject is to underscore which examination subjects are of major or minor relevance or importance in the actual practice of a given profession. ―The apportionment of percentage weights is intended to gauge more effectively the individual examinee’s proficiency in the various component subjects of the licensure examination‖, the Board said. The Board, in consultation with members of the academe, the Council of Interior Design Educators and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, made a determination of the percentage weight that corresponds to each of the subject in the board exam as: as: SUBJECTS Interior Design Furniture Design and Construction Materials of Design and Decoration History of Arts and Interior Design Interior Construction and Utilities Color Theory Professional Practice and Ethics Total:
PERCENTAGE WEIGHT 40% 15% 10% 10% 10% 5% 10% 100%
The prescribed percentage weights for the subjects will be implemented in the October 1, 2 and 3, 2013 and every subsequent Board Licensure Examination for Interior Designers. |TOP| MB places Rural Bank of Hagonoy (Davao del Sur), Inc. under PDIC receivership, all valid insured deposit claims will be paid Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Monetary Board (MB) placed the Rural Bank of Hagonoy (Davao del Sur), Inc. under the receivership of the
Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) by virtue of MB Resolution No. 1521.A dated September 19, 2013. As Receiver, PDIC took over the bank on September 20, 2013. Rural Bank of Hagonoy is a single-unit bank located in Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur. Latest available records show that as of June 30, 2013, Rural Bank of Hagonoy had 1,114 accounts with total deposit liabilities of P28.4 million. A total of 1,112 deposit accounts or 99.8% of the accounts have balances of P500,000 or less and fully covered by deposit insurance. Total insured deposits amounted to P28.0 million or 98.8% 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 has conducted a Depositors-Borrowers Forum on September 21, 2013 to inform depositors of the requirements and procedures for filing deposit insurance claims. Claim forms were distributed during the Forum. The claim forms and the requirements and procedures for filing are available for downloading from the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. 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 Hagonoy 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 second week of October 2013. For depositors that are required to file deposit insurance claims, the PDIC targets to start claims settlement operations for these accounts by the third week of October 2013. 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, www.pdic.gov.ph. According to the latest Bank Information Sheet (BIS) as of April 30, 2013 filed by the Rural Bank of Hagonoy with the PDIC, the bank is majority-owned by Get Holdings, Inc. (40%) and Guillermo P. Torres, Jr. (26.92%). Its President is Roberto D. Recede. 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 email@example.com. |TOP| UE confers honorary degree upon Ombudsman Morales Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph The University of the East (UE) today conferred upon Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, in convocation ceremonies at the UE Manila campus, on the occasion of UE’s 67th Foundation Anniversary. The conferment was ―in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of law and jurisprudence for delivering justice with courage, and her unequivocal integrity during her untarnished 42 years of dedicated service to the government.‖ In her acceptance speech, Ombudsman Morales stated that she is ―deeply humbled by this special recognition‖ and ―honored to be now considered a daughter of Lualhati,‖ UE’s bronze icon. ―The accolade by an esteemed institution goes far beyond what I would have imagined for myself in 1968 when I graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law,‖ she added. Ombudsman Morales noted that UE juxtaposed its 67th founding anniversary with that of the 150th birth anniversary of Gat. Andres Bonifacio, and remarked that ―[i]f Bonifacio were alive today, he would have taken his advocacy to the next level, not against colonial powers this time but against the scourge of corruption.‖ UE’s theme, ―Isang Supremong Anibersaryo sa UE,‖ aims to salute Bonifacio’s legacy. Ombudsman Morales remarked that ―in these contemporary times, the life and legacy of Bonifacio still find significant parallelisms in the life of our nation,‖ and illustrated that [s]imilar to Bonifacio’s gun-and-powder revolution, we are in the midst of a digital revolution,‖ citing the benefits of social media. Similar to Bonifacio’s bolo, the Filipino is now armed with a smartphone as the weapon of choice,‖ she stated. |TOP| Statement on Reported shooting incident
Source: http://www.coa.gov.ph The reported shooting incident in the Commission on Audit (COA) premises this morning is currently under investigation by the Police. We do not wish to preempt the investigation, so let us wait for the results. In any case, we will not allow this incident to cow us into silence nor deter us from faithfully discharging our constitutional duty. We owe this to God and the Filipino people. Please pray for the safety of every man and woman in the Commission, and for continued courage and integrity. Maraming salamat po sa inyong mga panalangin at suporta. (signed) MARIA GRACIA M. PULIDO TAN Chairperson |TOP|
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President Benigno S. Aquino III offers prayers before the remains of the slain soldier 1st Lt. John Kristopher Rama in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army officer was killed by a sniper of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction during the clearing operations by government forces in Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City. Rama is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Baghawi Class of 2008. Also in photo is Bulacan 3rd District Representative Joselito Mendoza. (Photo by Rolando Mailo / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with relatives of slain soldier 1st Lt. John Kristopher Rama, in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army (PA) officer was killed by a sniper of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari-faction during the clearing operations by government forces in Sta, Barbara, Zamboanga City. Rama is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Baghawi Class of 2008. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III offers prayers before the remains of slain soldier 1st Lt. John Kristopher Rama in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army (PA) officer was killed by a sniper of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction during the clearing operations by government forces in Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City. Rama is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Baghawi Class of 2008. In photo is Bulacan 3rd District Representative Joselito Mendoza. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III offers prayers before the remains of slain soldier 1st Lt. John Kristopher Rama in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army officer was killed by a sniper of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction during the clearing operations by government forces in Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City. Rama is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Baghawi Class of 2008. (Photo by Benhur
Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III offers prayers before the remains of slain soldier 1st Lt. Francis Damian at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army Scout Ranger officer was killed during the standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari-faction and government forces. Damian is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Maragtas Class of 2007. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with relatives of slain soldier 2nd Lt. Florencio Mikael Meneses in Pulilan, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army (PA) officer died last September 23, two days after he was wounded during the clearing operations by government forces against the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction in Sta. Catalina, Zamboanga City. Meneses is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Laon-Alab Class of 2011. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III offers prayers before the remains of slain soldier 2nd Lt. Florencio Mikael Meneses in Pulilan, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army officer died last September 23, two days after he was wounded during the clearing operations by government forces against the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction in Sta. Catalina, Zamboanga City. Meneses is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) LaonAlab Class of 2011. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Erlinda Rama, widow of slain soldier 1st Lt. John Kristopher Rama, in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army officer was killed by a sniper of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction during the clearing operations by government forces in Sta, Barbara, Zamboanga City. Rama is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Baghawi Class of 2008. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III offers prayers before the remains of slain soldier 1st Lt. John Kristopher Rama in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Thursday (September 26). The fallen Philippine Army officer was killed by a sniper of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari-faction during the clearing operations by the government forces in Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City. Rama is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Baghawi Class of 2008. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
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