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Dispatch for September 3 , 2013 Tuesday , 2 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 7 Weather Watch, 9 OFW Watch, 7 Reg’l. Watch 1 PNOY Speech , 16 Online News , 15 Photonews


1. Weather Watch 4 hours ago PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00AM 03 September 2013 SYNOPSIS: Ridge of High Pressure Area extending across Luzon. FORECAST: The whole country will have generally fair weather aside from isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds blowing from the northwest to northeast will prevail over Northern Luzon becoming light to moderate winds coming from the northeast to east over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the entire archipelago will be slight to moderate. Over METRO MANILA: Maximum Temperature : 1:50 PM Yesterday --- 33.0 °C Minimum Temperature : 5:00 AM Yesterday --- 25.4ºC Maximum Relative Humidity : 5:00 AM Yesterday --- 100 % Minimum Relative Humidity : 2:00 PM Yesterday --- 64 % High Tide Today : 8:13 AM ..……... 1.11 Meter Low Tide Today : 4:21 PM …..…… 0.15 Meter High Tide Today : 10:39 PM ..……... 0.52 Meter Sunrise Today : 5:44 AM Sunset Today : 6:06 PM Moonset Today : 4:26 PM Moonrise Tomorrow : 4:27 AM Illumination Tomorrow : 02 %


2. Weather Watch 13 hours ago PAGASA weather forecaster Joey Figuracion on DZBB: - Wala po tayong namataang anumang LPA na maaaring makaapekto o pumasok sa ating PAR. Ito lamang pong ridge of high pressure area ang nakakaapekto sa Luzon. - Kaya naman asahan natin na ang buong bansa ay magiging maganda ang panahon pero asahan pa rin ang mga pulu-pulong pag-ulan o isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. For more information and queries, log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877.

3. Weather Watch 13 hours ago GMA: Humihina ang hanging Habagat dahil sa umiiral na high pressure area sa may West Philippine Sea. Dahil dito, mahihinang pag-ulan lang ang inaasahan sa malaking bahagi ng Luzon habang magiging bahagyang makulimlim naman sa Bicol Region. Asahan naman ang maayos na panahon sa Metro Manila bukas at posibleng magtagal ito hanggang Sabado. Maayos din ang panahon sa Visayas at Mindanao at sakaling umulan man ay mahina lamang ito.

4. Weather Watch 3 hours ago PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza on DZMM: -Maganda po ang panahon natin kasi po mayroon tayong ridge of high pressure area extending across Luzon. -Mayroon po tayong monsoon break pansamantala. -Buong bansa magkakaroon po ng generally fair weather aside from isolated rain shower at thunderstorm bandang hapon o gabi. -Wala namang namamataang sama ng panahon. 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 13 hours ago ABS-CBN: Maganda at maaliwalas na panahon ang dapat asahan sa buong bansa bukas dahil sa ridge of high pressure area na nakakaapekto sa Luzon. Wala ring nakikitang kaulapan sa anumang bahagi ng bansa kaya maliit ang tiyansa ng pag-ulan. Kung magkakaroon man ng pag-ulan ay sandali lang ito at hindi tatagal.

6. Weather Watch 17 hours ago GTV: Umulan ng yelo sa ilang bahagi ng Barangay Pacol sa Naga City.

7. Weather Watch 23 hours ago near Quezon City PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Lois on DZBB: -Maaaring magkaroon pa tayo ng 2 hanggang 3 o puwede pang maging 4 na bagyo sa buwan ng September. -Ang maganda ngayon September na ibig sabihin unti-unti nang hihina ang Habagat hanggang dumating ang transition period para sa Amihan. -Peak month ng Habagat is July-August. Siyempre kapag may mga bagyo, asahan pa rin natin kahit papaano ay may epekto pa rin ang Habagat up to this month.


Weather Watch

September 3 , 2013 ( Tuesday )

CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON

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Regional Watch


1. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/QUEZON: The South Luzon Tollway Corporation is scheduled to start the construction of South Luzon expressway extension from Sto.Tomas-Laguna to Lucena City (phase 2) in June or July next year.The project if completed would shorten the travelling time from Lucena City to Magallanes.

42 minutes ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: Napagkasunduan ng Traffic management council ng Lucena City at transport sector na gamitin na ang mga CCTV camera sa mga istratehikong lugar sa Lucena City upang matukoy at madesiplina ang mga driver na hindi sumusunod sa tamang pagbababa at pagsakay ng mga pasahero partikular sa panulukan ng C.M Recto at Gomez. Layunin din nito na maiiwas ang mga pasahero sa aksidente at maibsan ang problema sa trapiko.

2. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Inilunsad ng DepEd Tanauan ang Project Thony (Tangible heartfelt Opportunities to nurture the youth). Kabilang sa mga programa sa ilalim nito ang technical vocational kabilang ang equipment and skills training, job opportunities, multi sectoral partnership, pagtatayo ng library, awards and recognition competition, pagtatayo ng sports academy at baseball facility. about an hour ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/CAVITE: DTI provincial office revealed last week that prices of basic goods and supply are stable in the local public and private establishments being inspected by the DTI Consumer Welfare Division in view of the declaration of state of calamity prize freeze order.


3. PIA Regional Watch 16 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Binigyang pagkilala ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Tanauan ang natatanging Barangay tanod na si Manuel Atutubo mula sa Poblacion 6 ng lungsod ng Tanauan.Ito ay para sa natatanging paglilingkod at maayos na serbisyong ipinagkaloob nito sa kanilang barangay.

4. PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) donated various medicines to four barangays in Gumaca, Quezon as part of its health assistance program for the LGUs. The medicines will benefit indigent patients in the said barangays.

5. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Quezon Association of Water Districts (QUAWD) will hold general membership meeting on Sept. 11 at Queen Margaret Hotel Downtown, Lucena City. The QUAWD will discuss the improvement of water delivery in their respective areas.

6. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The Provincial Government of Laguna thru the Field Agricultural Extension Services Office (FAES), in coordination with SM Foundation, Inc., launched the SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Training Program on August 29, 2013 at FAES Multi- Purpose Training Hall in Santa Cruz, Laguna. The training aims to empower farmers by providing improved and doable agricultural technology and hands-on field practice.


7. PIA Regional Watch 19 hours ago near Quezon City PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isang mass blood donation activity ang isinasagawa ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Batangas at Red Cross Batangas bilang bahagi ng Civil Service Month celebration.Ito ay nilahukan ng mga empleyado ng pamahalaang panlalawigan at layong makatulong sa mga nangangailangan ng dugo sa lalawigan.

1. PIA OFW Watch 2 hours ago near Quezon City DZRH: Sinabi ng DFA na hindi nito ma-locate ang ilan pa sa nalalabing 3,000 OFW sa Syria habang patuloy na tumataas ang tensyon sa naturang bansa. Ayon kay DFA spokesman Hernandez, hindi nila malaman kung nasaan ang mga ito habang abala ang embahada sa gagawing repatriation sa Damascus at Aleppo. Sa Sabado, nakatakdang umuwi ang 90 OFWs.

2 . PIA OFW Watch 3 hours ago near Quezon City DZMM: Magsasagawa ng „Zero Remittance Dayâ€&#x; ang mga OFW sa Sept. 19 bilang pagsuporta sa panawagang buwagin na ang pork barrel system. Ayon sa report, nakikipag-ugnayan na ang Migrante International sa kanilang mga chapters para hikayatin ang kanilang mga miyembro na huwag magpadala ng pera sa nasabing petsa upang mapilitan ang pamahalaan na buwagin ang PDAF.


3. PIA OFW Watch 3 hours ago ABS-CBN: Umapela ang DFA sa mga Pinoy sa Syria na samantalahin na ang repatriation program ng gobyerno dahil sa tumitinding kaguluhan roon. Nagbabala rin ang DFA sa mga OFW doon na iwasan ang paglapit sa mga strike area, military detachments, at telcom sites. Naroon na rin si DFA Usec. Rafael Seguis para mag-asikaso sa mga OFW.

4. PIA OFW Watch 14 hours ago ABS-CBN: Nananawagan ang DFA at OWWA sa mga Pilipinong nasa Syria na lumikas na bago pa tuluyang lumala ang sitwasyon doon. Pinaiiwas din ng DFA ang mga Pinoy na lumapit sa mga base militar at communication facilities doon. Tiniyak din nila na walang Pilipinong nadamay sa chemical attack doon. Samantala, ang siste, hirap ang pamahalaan na matukoy ang lokasyon ng mga natitirang Pilipino sa Syria dahil ang ilan sa kanila ay undocumented habang may ilang OFWs na isinama ng kanilang amo nang lumipat sa ibang bayan doon.

5. PIA OFW Watch 13 hours ago GMA: Hindi na muna magpapadala ang Association of Licensed Recruitment Agencies for Singapore (ALRAS) ng mga Pilipinong kasambahay sa Singapore. Gusto raw kasing disiplinahin ng ALRAS ang mga recruitment agency sa Pilipinas at Singapore na naniningil pa rin ng placement fee.


6. PIA OFW Watch 15 hours ago GTV: Tinigil muna ang pagpoproseso ng application form ng mga OFW na patungong Singapore dahil sa patuloy na paniningil ng mga recruitment agency ng placement me gayung pinagbabawal na ito sa batas.

7. PIA OFW Watch 15 hours ago DFA spokesperson Asec. Raul Hernandez on ANC: Re: Tension in Syria - So far, we have repatriated 4,567 Filipinos since we have started repatriating them in 2011. - It is already a mandatory repatriation. We have asked our people to avail this. - We think that there are still 2,000 Filipinos in Syria. We are contacting them. - Some of them, we don't know (their location) because of the nature of their work. Some of them are not registered in our embassy.

8. PIA OFW Watch 16 hours ago DZRH: Inamin ni DFA Asec. Hernandez na nahirapan silang mahanap ang nasa 3,000 pang Pilipino na kasalukuyang naiipit sa kaguluhan sa Syria, bagaman nasa Syria si Usec. Seguiz para personal na pangunahan ang mandatory repatriation ng mga Pilipino na nanatili pa rin sa alert level 4 ang sitwasyong pang-seguridad doon. Hindi rin malaman ng DFA kung may mga Pilipinong nadamay sa pambobomba gamit ang kemikal sa Syria.


9. PIA OFW Watch 17 hours ago DZMM: Nasa 3,000 pang mga Pinoy ang nananatili sa Syria. Sinabi ni DFA Asec. Raul Hernandez na nahihirapan silang matukoy ang kinaroroonan ng mga nasabing Pinoy dahil karamihan sa mga ito ay nagtatago na dahil sa tumitinding tensyon sa nasabing bansa. Nanawagan si Hernandez sa lahat ng mga kababayan natin sa Syria na huwag magtutungo sa mga lugar na may mga military facility, telecommunication sites at iba pang mga lugar na karaniwang tina-target kapag may giyera.

A. QUEZON

B. CAVITE


1. DPWH-Cavite completes road repair projects Monday 2nd of September 2013

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Sept. 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways – Cavite 1 District Engineering Office (DEO) revealed that several road repair/rehabilitation/improvement projects were already completed aimed to boost the economy and exchange of commerce in the province. In a report submitted to PIA-Cavite Information Center Office, District Engineer Oscar U. Dela Cruz explained that road rehabilitation and improvement have been the priority projects being implemented by the DPWH aimed to improve the transportation and traffic situation around the country. Engineer Dela Cruz added that Cavite is one of the provinces that continuously benefits in the said road project. The repair/rehabilitation/improvement of Dasmariùas-Trece Martires City-Naic Road K0044+000 to K0045+000 with exception of some areas that needs to be cleared by the contractor with the DPWH project engineers, was one of the projects that have been completed this year. The completion of P9,701,037.22 road project will enable the commuting public a better and confortable way to travel. It started last March 27, 2013 and was completed last April 23, 2013. The rehabilitated road section was provided with thermoplastic pavement marking for a safer road network as directed by Secretary Rogelio Singson. It was under contract with J.G. & P Enterprises under the supervision of the Maintenance Section of the Cavite 1 District Engineering Office. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/DPWH-Cavite)


2. Buddhist foundation extends relief assistance to flood victims BY: RUEL B. FRANCISCO Sunday 1st of September 2013 CARMONA, Cavite, Sept. 1 (PIA) -- A total of 1,200 families affected by the southwest monsoon‟s fury and tropical storm Maring received food packs and relief goods from a long time partner of the local government, the Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines. The whole day relief operation was conducted last August 24 in two separate areas in Carmona namely, Barangay Bangkal covered court in the morning and in the afternoon at Hon. Marciano Mapanoo Park infront of the municipal town hall. The beneficiaries were identified through the joint verification of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office and the respective barangay captains; each of them received a 20-kg sack of Taiwan rice, a bag full grocery items, utensils and sleeping materials. Cavite 5th District Representative Roy Loyola and his wife Mayor Dahlia Loyola were very grateful for the assistance given by the Tzu Chi Foundation and even stayed until the end of the activity. Mayor Loyola was quoted in saying that "Indeed, Tzu Chi‟s support is really a big help. However, we cannot always rely on the government or other foundations to aid us whenever disasters strike. That‟s why I am also calling out to people to start changing their ways by starting in their own homes and community. We wish that more people would recycle and avoid building structures near waterways or creeks. This way we can prevent floods from happening at such a huge scale." Cavite is one the hardest hit province by the fury of southwest monsoon wherein, more than 53,000 families were displaced in more or less 14 municipalities and cities especially in coastal areas. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/Carmona MIO)

C. LAGUNA


D. BATANGAS

E. RIZAL

02 SEPTEMBER 2013.

1.President Aquino declares September 12 as special non-working day on Lipa City, Batangas for the holding of National Pilgrimage and Sanctification of the Clergy 2. Malacanang says NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas retains Aquino administration's trust 3. President Aquino signs a bill into law aimed at ensuring the protection of students against possible abuses by Higher Educational Institutions in relation to right of students to choose their review centers 4. Aquino signs into law creating two additional RTC branches in Polomolok, South Cotabato 5. President Aquino signs bill into law aimed at expanding the coverage of Science and Technology Scholarship Program


1. President Aquino declares September 12 as special non-working day on Lipa City, Batangas for the holding of National Pilgrimage and Sanctification of the Clergy

President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared September 12, which falls on a Thursday, as a special (non-working) day in Lipa City in the province of Batangas for the holding of the National Pilgrimage and the Sanctification of the Clergy. The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 639 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on August 22, on request of the Office of the Mayor in order for the people of the City of Lipa to participate in the event The President noted that the city of Lipa will host thousands of devotees for the National Pilgrimage, a day of prayer for Peace and the Sanctification of the Clergy. On September 12, 2004, Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa approved the holding of the 1st National Marian Pilgrimage to Lipa as the National Day of Prayer and Reparation for World Peace and the Sanctification of the Clergy. The move of Archbishop Arguelles was supported by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. PND (js) TOP 2. Malacanang says NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas retains Aquino administration's trust Malacanang said on Monday that National Bureau of Investigation Director Nonnatus Rojas remains as one of President Benigno S. Aquino III‘s top government official who retains the Chief Executive‘s trust and confidence. In a press conference in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda spoke highly of Rojas despite his submission of an irrevocable letter of resignation to the President, to which Justice Secretary Leila De Lima would recommend its outright rejection. Lacierda cited Rojas‘ work on high profile cases such as the Atimonan, Quezon rubout case allegedly involving 32 soldiers and policemen for the killing of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon, last January 6; and the Balintang Channel report that looked into an alleged shooting by personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard on Taiwanese fishermen. ―Yes (Rojas retains the government‘s trust), if you recall a number of investigations, a number of reports have been initiated under his watch: you‘ve got the Atimonan, you‘ve got the Balintang Channel report, and some other reports and also there are a number of sensitive cases that have been handled by Director Noni Rojas coming from Secretary Leila De Lima,‖ Lacierda said. ―Malaki at marami ang nagawa ni Director Rojas kaya ang rekomendasyon ni Secretary De Lima ay i-reject ang kanyang resignation,‖ he added. He stressed that while there was still no official action from the President on Rojas‘ resignation letter, ―the work goes on. ―Wala pang action doon sa resignation letter. Let's be clear. Pangalawa, patuloy na ginagawa ni Director Noni Rojas at ng kanyang team yung case build up dito sa investigation (on the alleged pork barrel scam),‖ Lacierda said. ―So the work goes on. There‘s no word yet as to the resignation letter. What we have heard so far is the recommendation of Secretary De Lima that the resignation of Director Noni Rojas be rejected,‖ he added. PND (rck) TOP


3. President Aquino signs a bill into law aimed at ensuring the protection of students against possible abuses by Higher Educational Institutions in relation to right of students to choose their review centers President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law a bill aimed at ensuring the protection of students against possible abuses by Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in relation to the right of students to choose their review centers. The Chief Executive signed on August 23 the Republic Act No. 10609 otherwise known as the ―Protection of Students‘ Right to Enroll in Review Centers Act of 2013‖. The new Act was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on December 8, 2010 and June 5, 2013, respectively. While the state recognizes the complementary roles of public and private institutions in the enhancement and strengthening of the educational system, President Aquino said the state has the responsibility to ensure the protection of students against possible abuses by HEIs in relation to the right of students to choose their review centers. The new law covers all public and private HEIs, including local colleges and universities, offering courses that require professional licensure examinations. Under the new law, the HEIs cannot compel students enrolled in courses requiring professional examinations to take review classes, which are not part of the curriculum, in a review center of the HEI‘s choice. The law prohibits HEIs to make such review classes a prerequisite for graduation or completion of the course. It is unlawful for the HEIs to force students to enroll in a review center of the school‘s choice, and to pay the corresponding fees that include transportation and board and lodging. The law prohibits HEIs to withhold the transcript of scholastic records, diploma, certification or any essential document of the student. Any HEI official or employee, including deans, coordinators, advisers, professors and other concerned individuals found guilty of violating any of the unlawful acts under this Act shall suffer the penalty prision correccional or imprisonment from six (6) months and one (1) day to six (6) years and a fine of Seven hundred fifty thousand pesos (P750,000.00). The violator shall also be suspended from office. The violator‘s professional license will also be revoked. In addition, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) may impose disciplinary sanctions against an HEI official or employee violating this Act pursuant to Section 13 of Republic Act No. 7722, otherwise known as the ―Higher Education Modernization Act of 1994‖. President Aquino tasked the CHED to issue the implementing rules and regulations of this Act within thirty (30) days after this law takes effect. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication the Official Gazette or in two (2) newspapers of general circulation. PND (js) TOP 4. Aquino signs into law creating two additional RTC branches in Polomolok, South Cotabato President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed a law creating two additional branches of regional trial court (RTC) in Polomolok, South Cotabato, in a bid to unclog court dockets and speed up the dispensation of justice. The Chief Executive signed on August 22 the Republic Act No 10608 otherwise known as ―An Act Creating two (2)


additional branches of the regional trial court in the Eleventh Judicial Region to be stationed at the municipality of Polomolok, Province of South Cotabato, further amending for the purpose Batas Pambansa Blg. 129, otherwise known as ―the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980,‖ as amended, and appropriating funds thereof.‖ This Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3020 and House Bill No. 6743, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on October 15, 2012 and June 5, 2013, respectively. The new law mandates the Supreme Court to assign the respective branch numbers for the newly created branches. The Chief Justice, in coordination with the Secretary of the Department of Justice, shall immediately include in the Court‘s program the implementation of this Act. The funding shall likewise be included in the annual General Appropriations Act. The funds necessary for the operation of the newly created courts shall be appropriated and released only upon the actual organization of the courts and the appointment of its personnel. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after completion of its publication in the Official Gazette or in two (2) newspapers of general circulation. PND (js) TOP

5. President Aquino signs bill into law aimed at expanding the coverage of Science and Technology Scholarship Program President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law a bill aimed at expanding the coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program and building a pool of highly qualified science and math teachers in the country. The Chief Executive signed on August 23 Republic Act No. 10612 otherwise known as the ―Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013‖. The newly-signed Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3400 and House Bill No. 6860, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on June 6, 2013. ―This Act builds on the current Science and Technology Scholarships offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Science Education Institute (SEI), as provided for in Republic Act No. 7687, otherwise known as the ―Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994,‖ the President said. The law envisions a fast tracking of more science, technology, and engineering graduates by offering scholarships to deserving students in their third year of undergraduate study, based on their competitiveness and merit. The state also offers additional incentives to attract the graduates of the scholarship program to pursue a career in teaching science, mathematics and technology in high schools, especially in their home regions. The DOST- SEI shall be responsible for evaluation, award-giving and monitoring of scholarship grants and awardees. The Department of Education is hereby tasked to ensure job placement and hiring of qualified graduates under this program as secondary school teachers in science, mathematics and related technology courses, and to ensure that these teachers are hired at Special Science Teacher salary grade levels, as specified in this Act. The DepEd is also


tasked with the evaluation and monitoring of hired teachers under this program. Within sixty (60) days from the approval of this Act, the DOST and the DepED shall promulgate the rules and regulations to effectively implement the provisions of this Act. The amount necessary to carry out the implementation of this Act shall be charged against the current year‘s appropriations of the SEI under the DOST. ―Thereafter, such sums as may be necessary to augment the Science and Technology Scholarship Fund, as provided for in Republic Act No. 7687, shall he included in the annual General Appropriations Act,‖ the President said. In addition, the SEI is authorized to accept grants, contributions and/or donations from domestic and foreign sources for scholarship grants. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette and in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation. PND (js) TOP

02 SEPTYEMBRE 2013 1. Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 12 sa Lipa City para sa National Pilgrimage and Sanctification of the Clergy 2. Patuloy na pinagtitiwalaan ng administrasyong Aquino si Direktor Nonnatus Rojas ng NBI, sabi ng Malacañang 3. Nilagdaan ng Pangulo ang batas na tiyak na mangangalaga sa karapatan ng mga mag-aaral na piliin kung saang review center nila nais pumasok 4. Nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino ang batas na lumilikha ng dagdag na sangay ng RTC sa Polomolok, South Cotabato 1. Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 12 sa Lipa City para sa National Pilgrimage and Sanctification of the Clergy Idineklara ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 12, natapat sa araw ng Huwebes, para sa Lungsod ng Lipa sa lalawigan ng Batangas dahil sa idaraos doon na ―National Pilgrimage and the Sanctification of the Clergy.‖ Inilagda ng Pangulong Aquino ang deklarasyon sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 639 na nilagdaan ni Kalihim


Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Agosto 22, sa kahilingan ng Tanggapan ng Alkalde ng Lipa upang magkaroon ng pagkakataong makalahok ang mga mamamayan ng Lungsod ng Lipa sa nasabing mahalagang pagtitipon. Sinabi ng Pangulo na magiging punung-abala ang Lungsod ng Lipa sa libu-libong namamanata sa National Pilgrimage na araw ng pananalangin ukol sa Kapayapaan at Santipikasyon ng mga Alagad ng Simbahan. Noong Setyembre 12, 2004 ay pinagtibay ni Arsobispo Ramon Arguelles ng Lipa ang pagdaraos ng Kauna-unahang National Marian Pilgrimage sa Lungsod ng Lipa bilang Pambansang Araw ng Pananalangin at Reparasyon ukol sa Pandaigdig na Kapayapaan at Santipikasyon ng mga Alagad ng Simbahan. Ang hakbang na ito ni Arsobispo Arguelles ay suportado ng Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. PND (js/zaf) TOP 2. Patuloy na pinagtitiwalaan ng administrasyong Aquino si Direktor Nonnatus Rojas ng NBI, sabi ng Malacañang Sinabi ng Malacanang Lunes na si Direktor Nonnatus Rojas ng Pambansang Kawanihan ng Pagsisiyasat (NBI) ay isa sa matataas na pinuno ng pamahalaan na patuloy na pinagtitiwalaan ng Punong Tagapagpaganap. Pinuri ng Tagapgsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang kahit nagharap na ng irrevocable letter of resignation (pagbibibitiw sa tungkulin) si Rojas sa Pangulo na iminungkahi naman ni Kalihim Leila de Lima na huwag tanggapin. Binanggit ni Lacierda ang mga nagawa ni Rojas sa mga usaping tulad ng Atimonan, Quezon rubout case na pagpaslang sa 13 katao na kinasangkutan ng 32 mga kawal at pulis noong Enero 6, gayundin ang ―Balintang Channel report‖ na nagsiyasat sa umano ay pamamaril sa mga mangingisdang taga-Taiwan ng mga tauhan ng Philippine Coast Guard. ―Opo, patuloy na pinagtitiwalaan ng pamahalaan si Rojas. Kung maaalaala ninyo, maraming pagsisiyasat at mga report na ginawa sa pangangasiwa niya tulad ng sa Atimonan, Balintang Channel at iba pa. Marami ring sensitibong mga kasong hinawakan si Direktor Noni Rojas buhat kay Kalihim Leila de Lima,‖ dagdag ni Lacierda. ―Malaki at marami ang nagawa ni Direktor Rojas kaya ang rekomendasyon ni Kalihim De Lima, tanggihan agad ang kanyang pagbibitiw,‖ sabi ni Lacierda. Binigyang diin ni Lacierda na wala pang opisyal na aksiyon ang Pangulo tungkol sa liham ng pagbibitiw ni Rojas kaya tuloy lamang ang trabaho. ―Wala pang aksiyon sa sulat ng pagbibitiw. Ito ang malinaw. Pangalawa, patuloy na ginagawa ni Direktor Noni Rojas at ng kanyang team ang pagsisiyasat sa umano ay pork barrel scam,‖ dugtong pa ni Lacierda. ―Kaya patuloy ang trabaho. Wala pang nababanggit tungkol sa sulat ng pagbibitiw sa tungkulin. Ang nabalitaan lamang namin ay ang mungkahi ni Kalihim De Lima na huwag tanggapin ang pagbibitiw ni Direktor Noni Rojas,‖ pagbibigay-diin pa ni Lacierda. PND (rck/zaf) TOP 3. Nilagdaan ng Pangulo ang batas na tiyak na mangangalaga sa karapatan ng mga mag-aaral na piliin kung saang review center nila nais pumasok Nilagdaan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na tiyak na mangangalaga sa karapatan ng mga mag-aaral upang hindi sila maging biktima ng posibleng pagmamalabis ng Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) kaugnay ng karapatan ng mag-aaral na piliin kung saang ―review center‖ nila nais pumasok.


Agosto 23 nang lagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino ang Batas ng Republika Blg. 10609 na Protection of Students‘ Rights to Enroll in Review Centers Act of 2013. Sa batas na itong pinagtibay ng Kongreso ay binigyang diin ng Pangulong Aquino na sagutin ng pamahalaan na tiyaking napapangalagaan ang mag-aaral sa posibleng pagmamalabis ng HEIs tungkol sa pagpili ng mga ―review centers.‖ Saklaw ng bagong batas na ito ang lahat ng pambayan at pribadong HEIs, kabilang ang mga lokal na kolehiyo at mga pamantasang may mga kursong kailangan ang professional licensure examinations. Sa ilalim ng batas na ito, hindi mapipilit ng HEIs ang mga mag-aaral na pumasok sa ―review classes‖ na gusto ng HEIs. Pinagbabawalan din ng batas na ito ang HEIs na itakdang kailangan para makapagtapos ng kurso ang pagpasok sa ―review classes.‖ Labag din sa batas na pilitin ng HEIs ang mag-aaral na pumasok sa ―review classes‖ sa paaralang ang HEIs ang pumili at magbayad ng kaukulang fees na kasama pati ang bayad sa trasportasyon at board and lodging. Itinatadhana rin ng batas na ito na hindi maaaring hindi ibigay ang transcript of scholastic records, diploma, sertipikasyon o ano mang mahalagang dokumento ng mag-aaral. Sino mang pinuno o kawani, kabilang ang mga dekano, tagapag-ugnay, tagapayo, propesor at iba pang taong mapatunayang lumabag sa ano mang tuntunin ng Batas na ito ay parurusahan ng prison correcional o pagkabilanggong mula sa anim (6) na buwan at isang (1) araw hanggang anim (6) na taon at multang pitong daan limampung libong piso (P750,000). PND (js/zaf) TOP 4. Nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino ang batas na lumilikha ng dagdag na sangay ng RTC sa Polomolok, South Cotabato Nilagdaan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang batas na lumilikha ng dalawang karagdagang sangay ng Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Polomolok, South Cotabato upang mapabilis ang paglalapat ng katarungan sa mga usaping nakabimbin sa mga hukuman. Agosto 22 nang lagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino ang Batas ng Republika Blg. 10608 na kilala bilang ―Batas na Lumilikha ng dalawang (2) karagdagang mga sangay ng Regional Trial Court sa Eleventh Judicial Region na itatalaga sa bayan ng Polomolok, South Cotabato, bilang susog sa layunin ng Batas Pambansa Blg. 129 na kilala bilang ―Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980,‖ at paglalaan ng pondo ukol dito. Sa bagong batas na itong pinagtibay ng Kongreso ay inaatasan ang Kataastaasang Hukuman na magtalaga ng bagong sangay ng hukuman. Ang Punong Mahistrado ng Kataastaasamg Hukuman, sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa Kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Katarungan, ang magpapa-tupad sa madaling panahon ng Batas na ito. Ang pondo ukol dito ay isasama sa taunang General Appropriations Act. Maaari lamang ilabas ang pondo ukol sa bagong likhang mga hukuman kapag naitatag na ang hukuman at nakahirang na ng mga tauhan nito. Magkakabisa ang Batas na ito 15 araw matapos malathala sa Official Gazette o sa dalawang pahayagang malaganap ang sirkulasyon. PND (js/zaf) TOP


President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech at the Presidential Security Group (PSG) change-of-command ceremony PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park 30 Aug 2013 Commander Manaday, kindly give the troops tikas pahinga. Maupo po tayong lahat. Magandang hapon po sa lahat. Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Secretary Sonny Coloma, Chairman Francis Tolentino, General Emmanuel Bautista, Major Service Commanders, Lieutenant General Lauro Catalino de la Cruz, Admiral Jose Luis Alano, Lieutenant General Noel Coballes, Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, Former PSG Group Commander Brigadier General Ramon ―Chito‖ Mateo Dizon, and Mrs. Jo-ann Dizon, hindi pa ako sanay dun sa former pag pasensyahan niyo na, the new PSG group commander Navy Captain Raul Ubando, and Mrs. Annie Ubando, former flag officers in command of the Philippine Navy, Officers men and women of the Presidential Security Group, fellow workers in government, honored guests, mga minamahal kong kababayan. Ulit, magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. Nitong Miyerkules lamang, tumawid na sa dalawampu‘t anim na taon ang nakalipas mula nang maganap ang 1987 coup, at lusubin ng mga rebeldeng sundalo ang Malacañang. Kung babalikan, sa mga panahong ito rin pinagtangkaan ang atin pong buhay, pati na rin ang mga kasamahan kong kabilang sa Presidential Security Group. Hindi biro ang naganap na engkuwentro noon: Lima lang kami, laban sa pag-atake ng mahigit siyamnapung rebeldeng sundalo suportado pa ng isang V150. Pagkatapos magkapalitan ng putok, tatlong escort ang napaslang; ang isang nabuhay ay tinamaan pa sa kanyang mata, at tatlong bala ang pumasok sa kanyang ulo. Hanggang ngayon, may bala pang nakabaon, pati sa aking sarili. Nagsisilbi itong paalala—hindi lamang sa katotohonang sa isang iglap ay maaari tayong bawian ng buhay—kundi sa tapang, katapatan, at karangalan ng Presidential Security Group sa serbisyo. Ngayong ako na ang naatasan ng sambayanang Pilipino na mamuno sa bansa, buong loob kong masasabing sa bawat sandali ng panunungkulan ay ganitong antas din ng serbisyo ang ipinapamalas ng kasalukuyang Presidential Security Group—hindi lamang sa pangangalaga sa aking seguridad at sa aking personal at opisyal na pamilya, kundi pati na rin sa bandila at sa buong sambayanang Pilipino. Noon pa mang administrasyon ng aking ina, hanggang ngayon, sa paghakbang natin sa tuwid na daan, naging katuwang ko at kabalikat si Brigadier General Ramon Mateo U. Dizon. Bilang Group Commander ng PSG, nakasama ko siya sa tinatayang 3,037 security operations sa loob at labas ng bansa. Kaya pala si Major Bahia kung minsan ay parang namumutla—marami na pala tayong napuntahan sa loob ng tatlong taon. [Laughter] Susuriin ninyo, halos


tatlong engagement pala yan araw-araw. At, Major Bahia, tutal hindi ka pa naman retired, tutal sanay ka na rin, siguro less ang pagod mo sa mga darating na araw, at lalo kang masigla, dahil sanay na sanay ka na. Yan ang inaasahan natin. Sa bawat sandali ng panunungkulan, nagsisilbi, si General Dizon na sandigan ng aking kaligtasan. Pero tulad ng lahat ng bagay at pagkakataon, lumilipas ang panahon, at dumarating ang punto ng pagtatapos. Kaya naman, nagtitipon tayo ngayon upang magbigay-pugay sa isang lideratong sagisag ng matibay na paninindigan at ‗di-mabubuwag na katapatan sa sinumpaang tungkulin sa bandila at bayan. Kasama natin ngayon si General Chito Dizon sa pagsasara sa kabanatang ito ng kanyang buhay. Kay Chito: Sadyang ‗di matatawaran ang ginampanan mong papel sa puntong ito ng ating kasaysayan. Tulad ng sinabi ko noong SONA, kasama ka sa nakikiambag sa pagbabago at transpormasyon ng bansa. Malaking halimbawa rito ang iyong determinasyong maglatag ng makabuluhang reporma sa PSG. Sinasalamin ito ng mga proyektong ipinatupad mo para sa mas epektibong komunikasyon at seguridad sa impormasyon ng hukbo, at sa mga inisyatibang nangangalaga sa kanilang kapakanan at ng kanilang mga pamilya. Naging prayoridad mo rin ang pagaangat sa antas ng kakayahan ng hukbo. Batid ito ng mga kasapi ng PSG, na ipinadaan mo sa mga masusing pagsasanay. Nalinang sila ng mga kursong higit na magbibigay-lakas at kakayahan sa kanila sa trabaho, at maging sa kani-kanilang mga karera sa hinaharap. Higit sa lahat, ipinamana mo sa buong hukbo ng PSG ang dangal at paninindigang pinanday ng katapangan, propesyunalismo, at pagkamakabayan. Hindi man nahahagip ng camera; hindi man naitatala sa balita, at nakakubli man sa mata ng madla—nakatatak na sa puso at isip ko, ng aking personal at opisyal na pamilya, ng iyong sariling pamilya‘t mga kaibigan, ng buong hukbo ng PSG, pati na rin ng bawat Pilipinong nakasalamuha mo sa makulay mong karera, ang napakalaking ambag at sakripisyo mo sa serbisyo. Kailanman, hindi ka naghangad ng kapalit sa iyong paglilingkod-bayan. Sa pagkakataong ito, hayaan mong kami naman ang kumilala sa iyong kagitingan. At, mula sa aming lahat: Chito, maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat ng iyong nagawa. [Applause] Tiwala akong sa pagbaba mo sa puwesto, ay maipapasa mo, at higit pang mapapagyaman ng susunod sa iyo ang ipinunla mong mga reporma sa PSG. Dito, alam kong maaasahan ko si Captain Raul Ubando. Ito nga po ang unang pagkakataong ititimon ng isang Navy sailor ang PSG, at kompiyansa tayo sa maayos na paglalayag ng hukbo sa mga susunod na taon. Kay Captain Ubando: Buo ang loob kong magiging maayos ang pagpapalit-atas na ito sa liderato ng PSG, dahil bukod sa husay at integridad mo sa serbisyo, ay matagal ko na ring ipinagkakatiwala ang buhay ko sa iyo. Alam ito ng marami sa iyong mga kasamahan: Matatag ang pundasyon mo bilang kawal, dahil na rin sa mayaman mong karanasan sa pagsisilbi sa Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas. At hindi lamang ito pinatutunayan ng kaliwa‘t kanang parangal na nakakabit sa iyong pangalan, kundi maging ng respeto‘t pagkilala sa iyo ng mga kapwa mo kawal. Panatag ako sa pangungunahan mong bagong liderato sa PSG. Ngayon po, nangalahati na ang aking termino bilang Pangulo. Hindi magtatagal, ako naman ang kailangang dumaan sa change of command—mga two years and ten months na lang po ‗yan—at ipapasa ang pamumuno sa kung sinuman ang pipiliin ng sambayanang Pilipino na susunod sa akin. Simple lamang ang pangarap ko: ang maiabot ang pamahalaang ito nang mapayapa at puno ng dangal; na sa pagbaba ko sa entablado sa ika-30 ng Hunyo 2016, ay makakalingon ako at masasabing iiwan ko nang mas maayos at mas maunlad ang Pilipinas na aking dinatnan. Kay General Dizon: Alam kong iiwan mo nang mas maayos at maunlad ang dinatnan mo—taas-noo mong maipapasa ang isang PSG, na hindi lamang may marangal na pangalan, kundi may matatag ding pamunuan. Kay Captain Ubando naman: Mamanahin mo ang isang hukbong hinubog ng dedikasyon at dignidad; tiwala akong kapag ikaw naman ang magpapasa ng bandila ng PSG sa susunod sa iyo, titiyakin mo ring mas maayos at mas maunlad ito sa dinatnan mo. Sa bumubuo naman ng Presidential Security Group: Patuloy nating isulong ang tuwid na daan sa nalalabi pang mga taon ng ating administrasyon. Bilang mga lingkod-bayan, nananatili ang hamon sa atin ng sambayanang Pilipino na ibandera ang tapat at mabuting pamamahala. Huwag nating bibiguin ang ating mga Boss; pangunahan, at igabay natin sila sa landas ng ganap at malawakang pagbabago ng Pilipinas.


Bago po ako magtapos: Siguro isa sa mga unang pagkakataon na kasama ko si Chito, nandoon pa kami sa Times, bago pa lang hong naihalal ang ating Ina at nagkataon na may nagmartsang tinaguriang Marcos loyalists na higit kumulang raw eh mga limang libo. Si Chito ay nadaan noong araw na ‗yon, naka-civilian, at ‗yung security complement ng nanay ko, kung hindi ako nagkakamali, ay hindi ho siguro lalampas ng 20 katao—haharapin namin ‗yung limang libo. Tiyempong-tiyempo dumating si Chito. Nasabi rin sa kanya iyan. At si Chito, walang alinlangan, walang reklamo, walang pagsasalita ng nerbyos, binuksan ‗yung kanyang sasakyan, nagsuot ng kanyang mga kagamitan, at naghanda kami kung saka-sakali kami‘y dalawin ng limang libong iyon. At ‗yan na siguro ang pagkakilala ko kay Chito: trabaho nang trabaho, hindi madada, may aksyon, tinutupad ang pangangailangan, at talaga namang nakahalubilo sa maraming makasaysayan na yugto ng ating pong bansa. Tularan po natin ang isang tao na talagang handa at tunay na naglilingkod sa kanyang kapwa. Kaya Chito, muli, mula sa aming lahat: Maraming maraming salamat. Magandang hapon po. Maraming salamat sa lahat. [HOME]

ONLINE NEWS 2 SEPTEMBER 2013 1. CCT expansion in 2014 budget to halt HS dropouts; Abad: Improved 4Ps to help keep poor students in school 2. BSP reminder to LGUs planning to apply for loans/borrowings 3. DOLE-NCR opens hotline for MLC, 2006 4. n Siquijor, DOLE turns over P343-K in livelihood packages to youth group, 35 home-based entrepreneurs 5. Football clinic for kids kicks off peace month celebration 6. DOST awards best technopreneurs in MIMAROPA 7. Fourth batch of DNA results for undocumented mothers, children in Riyadh released 8. Philippines removed from French fiscal black list 9. BI agents nab US pedophile 10. Gov't coco program to benefit small farmers 11. Reuters cites DA-NFA’s massive palay-buying scheme 12. 1,300 titles for Luisita land sent to deeds office 13. Ombudsman holds 1st Public Governance Forum 14. Liquidation Court orders depositors, creditors of Unitrust Dev’t Bank to appear in court on September 10 15. PhilHealth and key partners rally for better health services 16. More inclusive health sector in a growing economy pushed 1. CCT expansion in 2014 budget to halt HS dropouts; Abad: Improved 4Ps to help keep poor students in school Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph


To uphold President Aquino‘s agenda of inclusive and sustainable growth, the Department of Budget and Management has increased the proposed budget for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from P44 billion this year to P62.6 billion in 2014, supporting the Administration‘s bid to expand the 4Ps program and lower the dropout rate among the country‘s poorest high school students. The budget for 4Ps—also known as the Administration‘s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program—is part of the P78.7-billion budget under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for 2014, as presented to Congress in July this year. ―Under the 4Ps, the DSWD provides cash subsidies to the country‘s poorest families, with the condition that each beneficiary-household avails of maternal and child health care services and keeps their children in school. We‘ve noted, however, that while this has helped boost enrollment levels in our public elementary schools, the dropout rate in our public high schools is still fairly high. ―The expansion of the CCT program is designed to give financial support to in-need high school students, so they‘re encouraged to keep at their secondary-school education under the K-12 system and receive their high-school diplomas,‖ Budget and Management Secretary Florencio ―Butch‖ Abad said. Of the total 4Ps budget proposed for 2014, P48.3 billion will support the regular CCT program, accounting for 4.3 million of the poorest households nationwide, with up to P1,400 allotted for each family. This includes a monthly P500subsidy for parents and children to avail of health care services, as well as P300 for each child aged 6-14 for attending at least 85 percent of their classes. The regular CCT program can support up to three children per household. The total 4Ps budget, however, also supports the Expanded CCT program with another P12.3 billion. This will cover around 10.2 million children aged 15-18—also belonging to the 4.3 million households under regular CCT—with a P500 monthly cash grant to support them until they finish high school. Meanwhile, another P2 billion under the proposed 4Ps budget will support the Modified CCT program, which will be used to benefit 7,007 homeless street families nationwide, as well as 8,956 itinerant indigenous-people families in urban areas—those without permanent homes and who live from place to place—in addition to 116,000 indigenouspeople families across the country. As of June 2013, the CCT has been implemented in all 1,627 cities and municipalities in 79 provinces in all 17 regions. There are 3,927,917 million registered households in the program, with 1.6 million from Luzon, 1.4 from Mindanao, and 801,293 from Visayas. ―Without a high school diploma, the job prospects of our youth are severely limited, and this alone is a huge setback for families that are working their way out of poverty. By expanding the CCT, we can help our youth tap into more employment opportunities that will allow them to support themselves and their families in the long-run. ―From a broader perspective, the expanded CCT program is also the Administration‘s own strategic investment in the country‘s human capital, so that the poorest of Filipinos are empowered to take control of their socio-economic conditions and become active contributors to the country‘s growth,‖ Abad said. |TOP| 2. BSP reminder to LGUs planning to apply for loans/borrowings Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reminds banks and non-bank financial institutions that Local Government Units (LGUs) planning to borrow funds from domestic sources need to request the prior opinion of the Monetary Board


(MB) on the probable effects of their loans and other borrowings on prices, monetary aggregates and the balance of payments (BOP). The requirement for prior MB opinion is in accordance with Republic Act No. 7653 or the New Central Bank Act of 1993 which designated the BSP as the government‘s financial advisor on official credit operations. The said requirement covers the National Government, its political subdivisions or instrumentalities including governmentowned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), local water districts (LWDs), as well as state universities and colleges (SUCs). The process also enables the BSP to monitor the borrowing of the public sector and assess their impact on the monetary sector and external payments position of the economy, in fulfillment of its role and mandate to promote and maintain monetary and financial stability. Banks will be sanctioned if they release loans or other forms of borrowing to LGUs without prior MB opinion. The MB opinion is valid for six months from the date of issue and may be extended for meritorious reasons. The MB will not issue an opinion if there has been partial or full release of a borrowing by a bank/non-bank financial institution/lender to the LGU since the MB will then no longer be in the requisite position to render a prior opinion. The MB opinion does not pass upon the feasibility of the projects to be financed by the proposed borrowing. Issues not related to the rendering of an opinion on the monetary aggregates and BOP implications of a proposed borrowing shall be forwarded by the BSP to the appropriate government agency, such as the Department of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance (DOF-BLGF) or the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Requests by LGUs for MB opinion on their planned loans/borrowings may be submitted to the BSP directly by LGUs or through the lending banks. The request should indicate the amount and purpose of the loan, the lending bank, the terms and conditions of the loan including interest rate, maturity, fees and other charges. The request should also include the following: 1. Certification on the debt service and borrowing capacity of the LGU obtained from the DOF-BLGF; 2. Designation of a contact person/s responsible for coordinating with the BSP along with contact information, and—if he/she will act as representative on behalf of the LGU/chief executive—a Sanggunian Resolution on the specific acts/services he/she has been authorized to perform; and 3. Indication by the lending bank of the source of funds it will lend to the LGU. Within 30 days after the full release of the loan proceeds, a post-borrowing report on the final terms and conditions and the utilization of the loan proceeds must be submitted to the BSP. The set of guidelines on requests for MB opinion is contained in BSP Circular No. 769 dated 26 September 2012 and available at www.bsp.gov.ph together with the details and sample documents. Proponents are likewise advised to consult other agencies such as the DOF-BLGF and the DILG about their requirements, if any, apart from those of the lending bank. For the release of the proceeds of the loan, the LGU has to submit to the lending bank/lender a copy of the ordinance approving the proposed loan‘s terms and conditions as well as the specific purpose/s and corresponding amount of the project to be funded. This is in accordance with Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code (LGC) which provides, among other things, that no money shall be paid out of the local treasury except in pursuance of an appropriations ordinance or law. Other requirements under the LGC are: the provincial validation of the municipality/city ordinance, if applicable, or municipal/city validation of barangay ordinance and a waiver on the confidentiality of investment and bank deposits, whether in peso or foreign currency duly executed by the mayor or governor or barangay chairman as the case may be, and supported by a duly-executed ―waiver resolution.‖ |TOP| 3. DOLE-NCR opens hotline for MLC, 2006


Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Seafarers, ship owners, maritime stakeholders, and even the general public who would like to know more about the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, or who have queries on its implementation, can now use the hotline of the DOLENational Capital Region which it has opened specifically for the MLC, 2006. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced this yesterday as she presided over the start of the Department of Labor and Employment‘s and the International Labour Convention‘s joint advocacy and consultation workshop on the implementation of the MLC, 2006 through national legislation and the DOLE‘s new Labor Law Compliance System at the Bayview Park Hotel on Roxas Boulevard, Manila. ―I am happy to know that the DOLE-NCR has opened an MLC hotline. This is very important in communicating the DOLE‘s policies, programs, and services on the MLC, 2006. It will facilitate maritime stakeholders‘ access to valuable information on our efforts to comply with the MLC, 2006,‖ Baldoz said. The MLC Hotline, DOLE-NCR Regional Deirector Alex Avila said, is (02) 440-3918. ―DOLE regional offices, such as the DOLE-National Capital Region, play an integral role in ensuring that rules and regulations issued by the DOLE in compliance with the MLC, 2006, including certification requirements and measures to be observed by ship owners, are very well-known and understood by the public,‖ Director Avila said, saying that the MLC Hotline was set-up as part of the procedure in the issuance of the Maritime Labour Certificate. In her message to the workshop participants, Baldoz said that with its entry into force, the MLC, 2006, considered the international ―Bill of Rights‖ of seafarers, is now the ―fourth pillar‖ of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping. ―The MLC, 2006, complements the key conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), such as the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS); Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, 1978, as amended (STCW); and Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 73/78 (MARPOL). She said that in compliance with the MLC, 2006, the DOLE had already authorized nine Recognized Organizations (ROs) to inspect and certify Philippine-registered ships (PRVs) engaged in international voyages. ―As of today, 103 ships, out of the 135 listed PRVs in the MARINA, have already been issued the DMLC Part I, and two vessels have already been issued the Maritime Labour Certificate by Bureau Veritas, one of the nine ROs,‖ said Baldoz. She further said the ROs are the government‘s and the maritime sector‘s partners in implementing the following tripartite process issuances on the MLC, 2006: 1. D.O. No. 129, the ―Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Seafarers Onboard Ships Engaged in Domestic Shipping‖; 2. D.O. No. 130, the ―Rules and Regulations on the Employment of Filipino Seafarers Onboard Philippine-registered Ships Engaged in International Voyage‖; 3. D.O. No. 130-A or ―Guidelines on the Authorization of Recognized Organizations to Conduct Inspection and Certification of Philippine-registered Ships Engaged in International Voyages‖; 4. Labor Advisory No. 02-2013, the ―Requirements for Compliance with MLC, 2006‖; and 5. D.O. No. 132, the ―Guidelines on Maritime Occupational Safety and Health‖. Baldoz explained that the consultation workshop is part of the efforts of the DOLE to solicit inputs to the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS), and to generate views and support to the proposed Magna Carta for seafarers. ―As the world‘s premier and preferred source of quality seafarers, the government is committed to exhaust best efforts


to protect them and promote their welfare and interest,‖ she finally said. |TOP| 4. In Siquijor, DOLE turns over P343-K in livelihood packages to youth group, 35 home-based entrepreneurs Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday praised the DOLE Regional Office No. 7 headed by Regional Director Chona Mantilla for pushing with vigor the DOLE's livelihood assistance program in the countryside, after she received a report that the regional office has turned over P343,000 worth of livelihood packages to an enterprising youth group and 35 home-based entrepreneurs in the province of Siquijor. "The youth and the informal workers are part of our priority sectors, and I commend you for focusing our livelihood programs on them," Baldoz said to Director Mantilla. Mantilla reported that the DOLE regional office, through its Siquijor Field Office, had turned over a heat press swing, a pigment printer, a four-in-one combo heat press, a horizontal mug press machine, an Epson printer T13, a heavy-duty button pin machine, and start-up raw materials worth P164,256 to the 35-member Carmelite Youth Association (CYA) of Carmelite College who will engage in the business of producing customized tshirts, unique gifts, buttons and pins, and personalized products for sale. DOLE Siquijor Provincial Field Office head Ma. Teresa D. Tanquiamco, together with Siquijor Vice Governor Fernando ―Dingdong‖ Avanzado, Engr. Cary Flores representing Rep. Marie Anne Pernes, and Mrs. Lina Medel, Provincial PESO manager turned over the business equipment to the association represented Jesiel Mae Ocso, CYA President and the DOLE's accredited co-partner, Sr. Mila Margaret V. Montegrejo, Carm. O. L., during a simple turn-over ceremony at the Carmelite College Campus in Tinago, Siquijor. "The grant for the equipment was sourced from the DOLE‘s Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) program," said Director Mantilla. "We thank the DOLE for this livelihood assistance. We at the CYA commit to make this YES project grow and succeed," said Ms. Ocso. Meanwhile, the DOLE Siquijor Provincial Field Office had also turned over P179,319 worth of livelihood starter kits--which included various tools, jigs, and raw materials--to 38 home-based entrepreneurs in Siquijor who are engaged as massage therapists, cosmetologists, carpenters, seaweed and vegetable farmers, eatery operators and food processors, fishermen, and tailors. Vice-Governor Avanzado lauded the DOLE for the livelihood grants. "I am happy and thankful for the concerted efforts of the DOLE, PESO, and of course, the Carmelite College for helping our constituents go into business. This will help ease their economic plight and make them more productive members of our community,‖ Avanzado said. Before the turn-over of the livelihood grants, the DOLE conducted an orientation for the beneficiaries on the reporting requirements for the livelihood grants, and trained the members of the CYA on the production processes involved in their livelihood. On the other hand, the DOLE encouraged the informal workers who received their livelihood starter kits to enroll in the SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-IBIG to enhance their capacity to manage the economic risks as well as for their own social protection and other contingencies that might occur in the future. |TOP| 5. Football clinic for kids kicks off peace month celebration Source: http://www.opapp.gov.ph Deles calls on children to be instruments of peace Taguig City – The month-long celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month this September commenced on Sunday with a football clinic dubbed "1 Goal for Peace" held at the Emperador Stadium, McKinley Hill Football Field in this city. Around 200 Muslim and Christian children from urban poor areas in Metro Manila, joined by children of OPAPP employees and friends, participated in the event. The opening ceremony was led by Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.


In her speech, Deles referred to the numbers one, two and 10, and the word ―infinity.‖ She explained that ―one‖ year has passed since the first 1 Goal for Peace was launched in 2012. The number ―two‖ stands for the holding of the event in its second year, while number ―10‖ stands for a decade of celebrating the peace month. The word ―infinity,‖ she said, means there are endless ways to achieve the goals of peace, as the theme for the peace month 2013, ―Lahat ay peace-sible!‖ indicates. Saying that age, religion or status is never a deterrent to becoming an agent of social change, Deles urged children to be instruments of peace. ―Alam niyo ba na kahit ang mga bata na gaya ninyo ay maaaring makatulong? Posible (Do you know that even children like you can help? Possible)!‖she said during the opening ceremony of the 1 Goal for Peace held on Sunday at the Emperador Stadium, McKinley Hill in this city. She told children, age 6-12 years old, that there are many ways to become a peace advocate. ―Paano? Unang-una, sa pamamagitan ng pagiging isang mabuting bata (How? First, by becoming a good kid),‖ she said. ―Kapag ikaw ay mabuting bata, ikaw ay magalang sa kapwa, hindi marunong manakit, mapagbigay sa kalaro, at matulungin sa mga nangangailangan. Kapag ikaw ay mabuti sa iyong pakikitungo sa Diyos, sa iyong mga magulang, mga kapatid, mga guro, mga kalaro, at mga classmates, ikaw ay nagiging instrumento ng kapayapaan (If you are a good kid, you are respectful, you don‘t do harm, you are giving to your playmates, and helpful to those in need. If you have good relationship with God , with your parents, siblings, teachers, playmates, and classmates, you can be an instrument of peace).‖ ―Kayo, mga bata ngayon na magiging lider ng bansa sa hinaharap, ang pag-asa, inspirasyon, at dahilan kung bakit tayo ay naniniwala at nagpupursige upang ang kapayapaan ay maging possible para sa ating bansa dahil kayo ang magmamana nito baling araw (You, who will become leaders of our country in the future, are the hope, inspiration, and reason why we believe and persevere to make peace possible because you will inherit this someday),‖ she also said. Deles related that this year‘s peace month celebration centers on the theme, ―Lahat ay peace-sible!‖ which is a play on the Filipino expression, ―Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala na lahat ay posible (Nothing is impossible to a person who believes that everything is possible).‖ ―Lahat ay peace-sible! Ang kapayapaan ay posible kung ang lahat ng mga Pilipino – anuman ang edad, relihiyon at estado sa buhay – ay magtutulung-tulungan, magkakaunawaan at magkakaisa (Everything is peace-sible! Peace is possible if all Filipinos – whatever his/her age, religion and status – help and understand each other.‖ PFF Secretary General Ed Castañes expressed his organization‘s support to the peace month celebration. ―Kami po sa Philippine Football Federation ay sumusuporta sa OPAPP at naniniwala na sa pamamagitan ng sports gaya ng football ay maaari nating maturuan ang mga Pilipinong kabataan ng kahalagahan ng kapayapaan (We at the Philippine Football Federation support OPAPP and believe that through sports like football, we can teach the Filipino youth on the importance of peace).‖ ―Creating events for children offers a neutral ground with no politics,‖ he added. ―If we nurture the idea of peace amongst children, especially at the grassroots level, then we are giving them the chance to experience a life of peace - one without violence and conflicts.‖ Castañes explained that in June 2012, the PFF launched the I Choose Peace campaign to promote football as a sport of choice in the Philippines. ―And just like football, PEACE is a choice. To choose peace, one must learn to understand differences and diversity. In playing football, we are trained to recognize and tolerate differences in background, culture, faith, and ideology,‖ he said. Singer-actor Elmo Magalona, while singing his late father Francis M.‘s song ―Kaleidoscope World,‖ led the children through the football field to form a human peace sign. This was followed by the releasing of balloons and reciting of the peace pledge, which signaled the opening of the National Peace Consciousness Month.


Also present in the event were government peace panel member in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Miriam Coronel Ferrer, Turkish Ambassador for the Philippines Hatice Isik, Charges d‘Affaires Lumobir Frebort of the European Union Delegation, representatives from the MILF led by panel member Abdullah Camlian, partners from the Lina Group of Companies, and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police. The event, which aimed to celebrate peace through sports and instill in children exemplary values, such as teamwork, tolerance, honesty and respect, to cultivate and uphold peace, was organized by OPAPP with support from PFF, Urban Poor Associates, Air 21 and Oishi. The football clinic, on the other hand, was led by the coaches and players of Azkals and Teen Azkals. OPAPP has been leading the annual celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month since 2004 by virtue of Proclamation No. 675 issued on the same year. |TOP| 6. DOST awards best technopreneurs in MIMAROPA Source: http://www.dost.gov.ph Rejano‘s Bakery, a family business that manufactures traditional arrowroot cookies since 1949, was named as 2013 Best Technopreneur by the Department of Science and Technology MIMAROPA Region (DOST IV-B) for the core category in a ceremony held last August 27 at the Traders Hotel. The award was conferred in recognition of technopreneurs who, through science and technology, improved their business productivity, profitability, employment and over all contribution to the regional economy. Located in Sta. Cruz Marinduque, Rejano‘s Bakery, is owned and managed by Carmelita ―Mita‖ Rejano-Reyes. Desiring to solve the problem of inconsistent supply of arrowroot flour, the main ingredient of the cookies, Mita first sought the help of the DOST IV through the Provincial S&T Center in Marinduque. The DOST grant enabled her to acquire processing equipment that made the processing of arrowroot flour easier. Encouraged by the improvements brought about by innovations through DOST, she again asked the agency for assistance, this time under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) in 2006. SETUP is DOST‘s strategy to encourage and assist SMEs to adopt technological innovations to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness. Under the program, the enterprise went through current Good Manufacturing Practice Training and Audit, and adopted cleaner production technologies which resulted to significantly reducing the LPG consumption by 20 percent, and improving flour production by a whopping 200 percent at the least. In 2009, the business received another assistance from SETUP to improve packaging and extend product shelf life which increased the product‘s marketability. The improved packaging enabled Rejano‘s arrowroot cookies to penetrate the Metro Manila market and boost its sales by 15 percent. Aside from being a successful enterprise, Rejanos Bakery was also able to provide livelihood to the farmers that supply raw materials for its products. Meanwhile, the Sama-sama sa Ikauunlad ng Kinabukasan ng ating Pamumuhay (SIKAP), a community organization in Bicas-Bicas, Buenavista, Marinduque, received the 2013 Best Technopreneur for the non-core category. The award is given to the exceptional community based organization in MIMAROPA that were recipients of upgrading support from DOST. As its livelihood program, SIKAP is into the production of coco sap sugar, which is touted as a better alternative to


sugar because of its lower glycemic index. SIKAP received its training on coconut sugar production from DOST-ITDI. Likewise, the members underwent cGMP Food Safety Management Training. SIKAP was also able to establish a GMP-compliant coconut sugar processing facility and enhanced the product quality through appropriate packaging and labeling materials provided by DOST. The DOST interventions, paved the way for more livelihood opportunities for the community members. SIKAP provides indirect employment to Tuba gatherers, while housewives in the community were the sugar processors. SIKAP generates an average monthly income of P 34, 966. |TOP| 7. Fourth batch of DNA results for undocumented mothers, children in Riyadh released Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 02 September 2013 - The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has received the fourth batch of DNA results for mothers and children who had enlisted and undergone processing and DNA tests in preparation for repatriation. The Embassy will contact the mothers to inform them of their schedule for fingerprinting and issuance of their final exit visa. The is currently being done for the earlier batches whose results were released, and they are undergoing fingerprinting at the Jawazat – Wafideen (General Directorate of Passports) at Shumeisy on a daily basis based by batch. As of August 29, a total of 85 mothers and 102 children have been repatriated. |TOP| 8. Philippines removed from French fiscal black list Source: https://www.dfa.gov.ph 2 September 2013 - The Philippines was officially removed from the French list of Non-cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCT) in matters of tax evasion following a decision from the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance on August 21. The decision, which was published in the Official Gazette of the French Republic on 28 August 2013, updates the NCCT list which now includes Bermuda, Botswana, the British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Guatemala, Jersey, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Nauru, and Niue. The NCCT list first came out in 12 February 2010 and is updated annually. Inclusion in the list is based on specific criteria, such as the inability of a country or territory to provide fiscal transparency and administrative cooperation in the exchange of information for tax purposes. As a result, French nationals are dissuaded from transacting with entities located in countries in the list through the imposition of higher tax rates and other dissuasive tax measures. The ratification and entry into force on February 2013 of the protocol amending the agreement between the Philippines and France on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion paved the way for the removal of the Philippines from the NCCT list. |TOP|


9. BI agents nab US pedophile Source: http://immigration.gov.ph The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of an American pedophile and sex convict wanted by federal authorities in the US for violating his parole by fleeing to the Philippines. Immigration Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison identified the fugitive as Stephen Rodden, 51, who was arrested last Aug. 23 in Makati City by operatives from the bureau‘s fugitive search unit. The arresting agents reported that the American could not present his passport when arrested at his home along Mockingbird St., Bgy. Rizal, Makati City. Mison said Rodden, who was convicted by a US court for ―continuous sexual abuse of a child,‖ will be deported as soon as the BI Board of commissioners issues the order for his summary deportation. ―We will likewise put him in our blacklist so he cannot return here and pose a risk to our Filipino children, or to anyone of could be his next victim,‖ the BI chief said. He added that Rodden is an undocumented alien as his passport had already expired. It was learned that the American was arrested at the request of the US Embassy which informed the BI about his record as a convicted child molester. The Embassy said a warrant for Rodden‘s arrest was issued by the Board of Parole Hearings in California on March 13, 2012. The same Board also suspended his parole upon learning that he violated the same by fleeing the US. |TOP| 10. Gov't coco program to benefit small farmers Source: http://www.da.gov.ph Secretary Proceso J. Alcala opened on August 27, 2013, the 27th National Coconut Week and 12th Coconut Festival at the Mega Trade Hall 1 of SM Mega Mall in Mandaluyong City. In his speech, Secretary Alcala re-assured the coconut industry of the Aquino Administration's continuing support for the coco sector, notably the implementation of programs that will directly benefit smallholder farmers. These include the push for the use of more coconut oil in biofuel mixtures to enable farmers earn bigger incomes and reduce the country's dependence on imported fuel. The proposal - which is now being road-tested by the Philippine Coconut Authority -- calls for the increase of biodiesel content from 2% (B2) to 5%, hence B5. PCA Administrator Euclides G. Forbes said in earlier interviews that B5 means greater demand for coconut oil (CNO), hence the move would consequently generate P 19.6 billion income and save as much as P 15.5 billion in fuel displacement. In return, the Secretary asked for the enduring cooperation of every stakeholder -- from farmers, LGUs to scientists and the academe --in the execution and successful completion of DA-PCA's plans for the industry. "Sa pagharap sa mga hamong ito, susi sa tagumpay ang pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan ng pamahalaan at pribadong sektor, lalung-lalo na ang pakikilahok ng ating maliliit na magsasaka.," he emphasized.


Also present during the occasion were Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon who assisted the Secretary in cutting the ribbon for the exhibits. The Coco Week Celebration - which began 27 years ago through late President Corazon Aquino's Proclamation No. 142 - serves as venue to showcase the best and latest coconut products, as well as networking for farmers, traders, and processors nationwide The theme for this year ―Biyaya ng Niyugan – Kaunlaran ng Bayan‖ provides a preview of the wealth and benefits from coconut. |TOP| 11. Reuters cites DA-NFA’s massive palay-buying scheme Source: http://www.da.gov.ph The Aquino government‘s aggressive buying of palay (unmilled rice) from farmers was favorably highlighted by Reuters news agency in its recent report, ―Vietnam may miss 2013 rice export target,‖ published August 22, 2013, in BusinessWorld. Reuters said Vietnam could miss its 2013 rice export target of 8 million metric tons (MT) due to growing cancellation of export contracts that had already affected shipments of nearly 1 million tons so far this year, state media and traders said on August 20, 2013. The cancellations came due to a slide in global rice prices and import restrictions in the Philippines. The report cited ―the Philippines‘ grains agency – the National Food Authority – increased its rice stocks by about 14% in the first half of 2013, buying aggressively from farmers to keep prices stable and avoid further imports if crops are damaged in the typhoon season.‖ Vietnam had contracted to ship 6.8 million tons this year, of which 938,000 tons had been cancelled, mostly intended for China. The Philippines started its massive palay procurement upon instructions of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala to new NFA administrator Orlan Calayag, when he assumed office in January 21, 2013. The NFA surpassed its palay procurement target for the first quarter of 2013 by 38 per cent, buying more than 112,200 MT (2,244,142 50-kg bags) versus a target of 84,795 MT (1,695,900 bags). Calayag said the NFA exceeded its target as it simplified the accreditation process, enabling more farmers sell their palay at a maximum of P17.70 per kilo from farmers‘ groups, cooperatives and irrigators‘ associations, and P17.40 per kilo from individual farmers. The NFA also deployed more mobile procurement teams and opened more buying stations in major rice producing provinces, now totaling 435, Calayag said. The Philippines is importing 187,000 MT from Vietnam‘s Southern Food Corporation through a government-togovernment tender, awarded last April 2013, at US$ 459.75 per ton. The stock is 10% long-grain white rice with 25% brokens. |TOP| 12. 1,300 titles for Luisita land sent to deeds office Source: http://www.dar.gov.ph


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Tuesday registered an initial 1,300 certificates of land ownership award (Cloas) with the Registry of Deeds in Tarlac province to produce the first set of individual titles to over 4,099 hectares for land reform beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita. ―The intention is to distribute the Cloa to the first batch by September,‖ Anthony Parungao, agrarian reform undersecretary for legal affairs, told the Inquirer by telephone on Tuesday. Parungao said the registration would be quick because the DAR provincial office has generated the Cloas from 51 titles now in the name of the government. The 51 titles originated from three titles previously owned by Tarlac Development Corp. of the Cojuangco family. Parungao said the generation of Cloas has been fast as majority of the qualified beneficiaries have signed their lot allocation certificates (LACs) and the application to purchase and farmer‘s undertaking (APFU). He said at least 600 of 6,212 beneficiaries have not signed the APFU as of Tuesday. In signing the document, he said a farmer commits to pay for the land, till it and comply with agrarian reform laws. Land should be free Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) has asked the Supreme Court to void the LACs and APFU, saying these need not be signed because the land should be given free and that the farm workers have already paid it through their labor since 1989 when agrarian reform was implemented through a stock distribution program. Parungao said that as of Aug. 23, the Office of the Solicitor General has not received from the Supreme Court a notice requiring the DAR to comment on Ambala‘s petition. Also in September, the DAR will start installing the ―mojon‖ (reference of land boundaries) so farmers can identify the boundary of their lands measuring 6,600 square meters each. Worth between P60,000 and P70,000, these are to be paid in 30 years. ‗Best rebuttal‘ Parungao said the distribution of the titles in September is the ―best rebuttal‖ to claims that President Aquino is standing in the way of agrarian reform over the family‘s 6,443-ha estate. The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council in 1989 and 2005 placed under compulsory coverage only 4,915 ha of Hacienda Luisita. The area has shrunk to 4,099 ha, with the Supreme Court ordering the exclusion of 500 ha that were sold to Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. and 80.51 ha sold for a section of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). The remainder, some 500 ha, is used for roads, firebreaks and canals, the DAR said in a report to the Supreme Court. The 6,212 qualified beneficiaries cannot yet get the P1.3 billion as shares from the sale of 580.51 ha until the high court has given its guidance on the selection of an independent auditor. Despite the new legal row, the DAR will next provide support services to the beneficiaries so they can make the land productive, Parungao said. ―In fairness to the President, the only statement he has said is that we follow what the law says and to make sure that the people will not be neglected,‖ Parungao said. |TOP|


13. Ombudsman holds 1st Public Governance Forum Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph The Office of the Ombudsman conducted the 1st Public Governance Forum (Forum) on August 30, 2013 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Auditorium in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. As a public dialogue among multi-sectoral leaders and champions of good governance representing various stakeholders in the crusade against corruption, the Forum provided an avenue for insights on strategic policy reforms, integrity-building initiatives and best practices. In her keynote address, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales stated that the first of two fora ―focuses on mutual cooperation and collaboration between the government and the business sector in building an investment climate that is premised on intensified governance standards.‖ Ombudsman Morales also highlighted the progress in case disposition and the corruption prevention programs supported by development partners. National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Co-Chairman Guillermo Luz [representing the private sector], Rappler Editor-at-Large Marites Danguilan Vitug [media], Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Performance Governance System Committee Co-Chair Normita Villaruz [fiduciary], Maximum Solutions President and Managing Director Nelly Coralde [business sector, particularly the small and medium enterprises or SMEs] served as panelists during the Forum which was moderated by Prof. Solita Monsod of the UP School of Economics. With support coming from the ADB and the United Nations Development Programme, the Forum is part of a series of activities under the year-long ―Ombudsman Integrity Caravan‖ (Caravan) on the occasion of the Office‘s 25th Anniversary in May this year. The Caravan is a social communication strategy that aims to engage, on a nationwide scale, the public and private sectors in the various Ombudsman programs to further build a broad-based strategic partnership of all anti-corruption stakeholders. Director Dennis Russell Baldago of the Office‘s Project Management Bureau stated that ―the Integrity Caravan consists of activities that target institutions with strategic positions in society that can steer transformation of beliefs, values and attitudes on governance issues, particularly against corruption.‖ Aside from the Public Governance Forum, other activities in store are Integrity Lecture Series, University Integrity Tours, Integrity Development Contest, and Barangay Integrity Fora. |TOP| 14. Liquidation Court orders depositors, creditors of Unitrust Dev’t Bank to appear in court on September 10 Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Liquidation Court has directed depositors and creditors of the closed Unitrust Development Bank (Unitrust) to appear before the court to agree to the partial payment of their claims in kind instead of full payment in cash. Unitrust was ordered closed by the Monetary Board on January 4, 2002, and is now under the liquidation of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC). As of the date of closure, the bank was owned by Pedro Montanez, G. Universal Co., Ltd., Leopoldo Valcarcel, Francis Yuseco, Jr., Minamoto Saiken Kaishu Co., Ltd., and others. However, there were reports that Unitrust was owned by Genta Ogami, a Japanese who was linked to a company


called G. Cosmos. Presiding Judge Winlove M. Dumayas of the Liquidation Court (Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 59) has ordered 8,179 depositors and creditors of the failed bank to convene before the Makati City RTC Branch 59 on September 10, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. for the hearing of Special Proceedings No. M-6069 entitled ―Petition for Assistance in the Liquidation of Unitrust Development Bank (UDB)‖. The Omnibus Order dated August 5, 2013 states that depositors and creditors are directed to appear before the Liquidation Court ―to agree to the proposed allocations of their interests in the real properties as payment equivalent to 38% of their respective claims‖ and ―to execute their respective quitclaims and waivers once all their claims have been fully-settled‖. The Order further stated that the agreement to the proposed allocation was a necessary prerequisite to the waivers required by the Court. The contents of the quitclaims and waivers will be explained during the September 10 hearing. The Court also directed the PDIC, Liquidator of Unitrust, to publish notices to the depositors and creditors in order to settle their claims pursuant to the Order of the Court dated December 17, 2012. As of July 31, 2013, the PDIC had paid P110.15 million in deposit insurance claims involving 6,592 accounts. Total deposits of Unitrust amounted to P235.59 million, of which P116.92 million were uninsured deposits and are subject of depositors‘ claims against the assets of Unitrust, alongside other creditors. The maximum deposit insurance coverage at the time of Unitrust‘s closure was P100,000. Also, as of December 31, 2012, Unitrust has P381.4 million in total estimated realizable value of assets (ERVA). |TOP| 15. PhilHealth and key partners rally for better health services Source: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently held it‘s first-ever Partnership Summit at the Legend Villas, Mandaluyong City with partner-government agencies Department of Health, Department of Social and Welfare Development and the Presidential Management Staff. The summit was led by Health Secretary and Chair of the Board Dr. Enrique T. Ona and PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla together with Board Members Dr. Alexander A. Ayco, Jane M. N. Sta. Ana, Dr. Francisco Vicente F. Lopez and former Health Secretary and Civil Service Commission Chair Francisco T. Duque III representing the sector of Labor, Filipino Overseas Workers, Self-Employed and CSC, respectively. PMS Head Ms. Julia Andrea Abad, key PhilHealth and DOH officers, and other partner-agencies from Regional and NCR hospitals and Centers for Health Department of DOH also attended the event. In his welcome remarks, PCEO Padilla said that the summit is a good venue for identifying all health concerns as well as those of stakeholders. "We are serious in our aim of universal health care and we hope to encourage everybody to improve our system by providing quality and standard healthcare services due them and the means to access the same," he said. The two-day summit focused on PhilHealth‘s "No Balance Billing" and "Point of Care" policies as part of the strategies to attain Universal Health Care and promote financial risk protection especially to the less fortunate into the program. It also highlights the discussion on the Implementing Rules and Regulation of Republic Act 10606 otherwise known as the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, a law providing mandatory health care for all Filipinos. "We do not just pay for the cost of hospital service but more importantly, we change the behaviors of these healthcare providers," Padilla added. |TOP| 16. More inclusive health sector in a growing economy pushed


Source: http://www.pids.gov.ph "We need to address the urgent need of narrowing the gap between the richest and the poorest Filipino households in terms of health status," said PIDS president, Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto. "Despite the country's significantly growing economy, the Philippines's overall health indicators have not commensurately improved with that growth," he added. Llanto said the country is still suffering from high levels of non-inclusiveness and inequities in the aspect of health. September of every year was declared as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 247 signed on September 2, 2002, to underscore "the need for promoting, enhancing, instilling, and drawing awareness and appreciation of the importance and necessity of policy research." The yearly observance of the DPRM aims to gain public support and wider understanding of the importance of policy research as a tool for national development and of the activities in line with it to help advance the quality and standard of policy research in the Philippines. Under the presidential proclamation, PIDS was designated as the overall coordinator of all the programs and activities of the DPRM. Since its first observance in 2003, the annual DPRM focused on areas that the PIDS considers of national importance and therefore in need of utmost attention and support. Last year's DPRM focused on "Regional Economic Integration and Inclusive Growth" to underscore the impact of greater regional economic integration and globalization, taking into account the impending establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. The AEC is expected to bring the ASEAN countries together into a contiguous market and production base that will encourage inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the region. The Philippines has not been successful, however, in harnessing the gains from regional economic integration, particularly in reducing poverty and creating more jobs. This has been attributed by PIDS experts to the limited economic transformation, low levels of FDI, and lack of diversification of our export products. In continuity with last year's DPRM theme, this year's theme of "Making Health More Inclusive in a Growing Economy" focuses on analyzing the country's health sector and making it more inclusive. "We need a more thorough look at our health sector through research. PIDS and other international agencies like the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies have conducted significant research into our country's health sector particularly in health financing and services," Llanto said. The PIDS was created on September 26, 1977 through Presidential Decree 1201 to respond to the critical and growing need for research to assist the government in planning and policy formulation. In general, PIDS research is envisioned to help government planners and policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of government. It is a nonstock, nonprofit government corporation. In the 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report and Policy Advice of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, PIDS ranked 40th and 79th on the list of the world's best social policy think tanks and development think tanks, respectively. The Go To Think Tanks index is a comprehensive ranking of the world's top think tanks and has been described as the insider's guide to the global marketplace of ideas. For its latest rankings, 6,603 think tanks from 182 countries were invited or nominated to participate in the process. For more information about PIDS, its programs, and activities, please visit our website at www.pids.gov.ph To learn more about the DPRM and the schedule of seminar-forums, please visit the 11th DPRM website at dprm.pids.gov.ph. |TOP|


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President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Change of Command Ceremony and Testimonial Review with Retirement Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Exequiel Supera/ Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges views with newly appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Navy Captain Raul Ubando during the PSG Change of Command Ceremony and Testimonial Review with Retirement Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). Ubando is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sandiwa Class of 1985. PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Exequiel Supera/ Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Change of Command Ceremony and Testimonial Review with Retirement Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, presents an encased Philippine Flag to former Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander B/Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon during the PSG Change of Command Ceremony and Testimonial Review with Retirement Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau).


President Benigno S. Aquino III witnesses newly appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Navy Captain Raul Ubando sworn in during the PSG Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). Ubando is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sandiwa Class of 1985. PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III witnesses the turn over of command to newly installed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Navy Captain Raul Ubando after the command symbol was ceded by former PSG Chief B/Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon during the PSG Change of Command Ceremony and Testimonial Review with Retirement Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). Ubando is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III passes on to newly installed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Navy Captain Raul Ubando the Command Symbol after it was ceded by former PSG Chief B/Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon during the PSG Change of Command Ceremony and Testimonial Review with Retirement Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). Ubando is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III, together with newly appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Navy Captain Raul Ubando and outgoing PSG Chief B/Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon, salute the Philippine colours during the PSG Change of Command Ceremony and Testimonial Review with Retirement Ceremony at the PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park in Manila City on Friday (August 30). Ubando is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. PSG is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines and the First Family. They also provide protective security to visiting Heads of States and diplomats. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau). President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 30). In photo is U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Harry Thomas, Jr. (Photo by: Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO)


Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin listens as United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivers his remarks during the Joint Press Conference at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 30). (Photo by: Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau) Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin delivers his remarks during the Joint Press Conference at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 30). In photo is United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. (Photo by: Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 30). (Photo by: Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges views with United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 30). (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 30). In photo is Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 30). (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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