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Dispatch for September 9 , 2013 Monday , 3 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 6 Weather Watch, 4 OFW Watch, 6 Regâ€™l. Watch 1 PNOY Speech , 17 Online News , 2 Photonews
1. Weather Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada on DZMM: -Patuloy na binabantayan ang LPA sa karagatan ng Palawan na magpapaulan sa Southern Tagalog. -Huling namataan ang LPA sa layong 180km hilaga ng Puerto Princesa City kaninang 4AM. -Dahil nakapaloob ang LPA sa ITCZ, makakaasa ng moderate to heavy rains ang MIMAROPA at CALABARZON. Inaalerto ang mga residente sa naturang mga lugar sa posibleng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa. -Maulap naman ang kalangitan sa Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Bicol Region, Visayas at Mindanao na may mahina hanggang katamtamang pag-ulan at pagkulog-pagkidlat. -Ang nalalabing bahagi ng Luzon ay bahagya hanggang maulap ang papawirin na may pulo-pulong
pag-ulan. -Sa ngayon, mababa pa rin ang tsansa (na maging bagyo ang LPA), within the next 24 hours. -Dahil sa direksyon nitong palayo ng bansa, tutumbukin ng LPA ang West PHL Sea. Sakaling maging bagyo, hindi na rin ito makakaapekto sa bansa. -Samantala, pagpatak ng katapusan ng linggo ng Setyembre, mararamdaman na ang Amihan o northeast monsoon kung saan "cold and dry" ang hangin. -Setyembre 23 naman, mag-uumpisa nang mas maging mahaba ang gabi. Ito ay dahil sa autumnal equinox. Dire-diretso na ito hanggang Kapaskuhan.
2. Weather Watch Yesterday PAGASA: As of today, there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). 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 Yesterday PAGASA: Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) across Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.
4. Weather Watch September 7 PAGASA: Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) across Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao. Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderaterainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skieswith isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Light to moderate winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the west to southwest over Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the Archipelago will be slight to moderate. 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 September 6 DZMM: Niyanig ng magnitude 6 na lindol ang ilang bahagi ng Batanes ngayong gabi. Ayon kay PHIVOLCS Dir. Renato Solidum, naitala ang epicenter sa layong 42km southeast ng Uyugan, Batanes.
Intensity sa 3 sa Laoag City, intensity 2 sa Burgos, Ilocos Sur at maging sa Basco, Batanes.
6. Weather Watch September 6 GMA: Nanalasa umano ang isang ipo-ipo sa Brgy. 227, Tondo Maynila kanina kung saan ay nawalan ng kuryente at tumumba ang isang poste dahil sa malakas na hangin.
September 9 , 2013 ( Monday )
CAVITE LAGUNA BATANGAS RIZAL QUEZON
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Cloudy and Drizzling Sunny Partly Cloudy with Scattered Rainshowers Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
1. PIA Regional Watch 21 hours ago
PIA 4A/BATANGAS: Isinasagawa ngayon ang ikalawang Marian Regatta sa lawa ng Taal na nilahukan ng may 12 bayang nakapalibot sa lawa.Layon nitong ipromote ang religious tourism sa lalawigan alinsabay ng pagdiriwang ng kaarawan ng Birheng Maria.
2. PIA Regional Watch September 6 PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isinagawa ang inagurasyon at pagbabasbas ng Bangin-Poblacion bridge na sakop ng bayan ng Agoncillo.Layon nitong maisaayos ang lahat ng mga proyektong pang imprastraktura para sa kapakinabangan ng mga residente nito.
3. PIA Regional Watch September 6 near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: In order to lessen the cases of dengue in Brgy. 1 in Lucena City, the barangay officials here distributed window and door nets in Lucena North 1 Elementary School in this city. To control the spread out of dengue and other mosquitoes-borne diseases.
4. PIA Regional Watch September 6 near Quezon City PIA-4A/CAVITE: City officials and residents of Cavite will be celebrating tomorrow, September 7 their 442nd Founding Anniversary of Cavite City and the 73rd Charter Day. There will be a medical mission and other activities being prepared by the city tourism office.
5. PIA Regional Watch September 6 near Quezon City PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM)-AFP will be holding a final coordinating conference for rescue capability demonstration at SOLCOM's officer's club house, Camp Nakar, Lucena City on September 9. This activity will be attended by representatives of Philippine Coast Guard, Task force Lucena, Maritime Police Lucena, Lucena City police and other members of Quezon PDRRMC. This is part of the disaster preparedness plan specifically on rescue operation of SOLCOM and Quezon PDRRMC.
PIA Regional Watch September 6 near Quezon City PIA-4A/RIZAL: The Office of Senior Citizens Affairs in Tanay, Rizal was recently inaugurated by Vice President Jejomar Binay together with Tanay Mayor Rafael Tanjuatco and Vice Mayor Jaime Vista in line with the VP's initiative to construct the structure for the welfare of local elders. Aside from the opening of the new structure, wheelchairs and other equipment were donated.
PIA Regional Watch September 6 near Quezon City PIA-4A/LAGUNA: 64 sewing machines were turned over to different elementary schools in San Pablo City to be used in Home Economics subject. The donation is from the Special Education Fund of the City Government led by Mayor Loreto Amante.
1. PIA OFW Watch about an hour ago near Quezon City DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez on GMA: Re: Repatriation efforts in Syria -So far, 4,828 na ang na-repatriate na mga Pinoy mula sa Syria since last December 2011. Tuloy-tuloy po ang ating mandatory repatriation program. Last Friday nga po ay may 96 na dumating sa bansa at sa Tuesday ay may darating pang 41. -Sa ating palagay, may about 3,000 OFWs pa ang nananatili sa Syria. Nasa 1,000 ay naka-register at ang iba ay puro undocumented na. -On US action vs. Syria: Hindi po tayo nakikialam diyan. Ang ating prayoridad ay matiyak ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan doon. We intensified our efforts para mailabas natin ng Syria ang ating mga kabbayan at maibalik sila dito sa Pilipinas.
2 . PIA OFW Watch 21 hours ago DFA Asec Raul Hernandez on DZMM: Re: OFW repatriation from Syria - Tuluy-tuloy ang ating repatriation program sa Syria. Nananawagan tayo sa OFWs doon na makipagugnayan sa embahada para sa kanilang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas. - May mga about 3,000 OFWs na karaniwan ay undocumented at hindi pa nagpapa-repatriate at hindi pa nagpaparehistro. - May employers na mababait na sinisiguro ang kaligtasan ng kanilang mga Pinoy employees. - Lately ay nagtaas ng suweldo sa mga OFW ang mga amo. Kaya nagbabago ng isip na umuwi. - Ang pag-atake [as Syria] ay nangyayari sa defense establishments, military installations, communication structures at iba pang instalasyon. - Huwag nang hintayin na lumalala ang sitwasyon dahil baka mahirapan silang makaalis sa Syria. - Hindi na ligtas ang lugar and we bring the Pinoy sa Lebanon. - We got the records from Syrian government that there are 2,000 more Pinoys in that country with their employers. - Isang challenge ang repatriation program sa ating pamahalaan dahil yung iba ay hindi nagparehistro. - Ang magagawa lamang natin ay hikayatin sila na i-avail ang repatriation. - Pabago-bago rin ang isip ng iba nating kababayan. - Hotline ng DFA 834-33-33 ang puwedeng tawagan ng kapamilya na may kamag-anak sa Syria at ipapadala natin sa Damascus yung pangalan at detalye ng OFW na nasa Syria para matulungan makauwi sa bansa. - Sana bigyan pa tayo ng detalye ng ating kababayan sa Syria para matulungan sila ma-repatriate.
3. PIA OFW Watch September 6 DFA Asec. Raul Hernandez on DZMM: Re: OFWs sa Syria - Sa ngayon mayroon tayong OFWs na dumating mula sa Syria, 46. - Mamayang gabi, 60 others. Sa Sept. 10 may darating na 41 OFWs. - So the total number of repatriation from Syria ay nasa 4,7428 ng mga OFWs. - Patuloy pa rin naman ang ating gingawang repatriation doon at patuloy pa rin ang ating kampanya sa mga kababayan natin sa Syria na mag-volunteer ng umuwi bago lumalala ang security situation doon. - Regarding sa isyu ng pagsuporta ng Pilipinas sa plano ng US sa Syria. Ang ating posisyon dito ay strategic silence, ibig sabihin ayaw nating magkomento doon mas importante sa atin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan sa Syria.
4. PIA OFW Watch September 6
DZBB: Ayon sa OWWA, hindi bababa sa 15 manggagawang Pinoy na unang nagkaproblema sa kanilang mga dokumento sa Saudi Arabia ang nakabalik na ng Pilipinas kaninang umaga.
B. CAVITE 1. SSF program beneficiaries assured of machines, equipment BY: RUEL FRANCISCO Saturday 7th of September 2013
ROSARIO, Cavite, Sept. 6 (PIA) --The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assured other beneficiaries of the Share Service Facilities project in the province that machines and other equipment needed by the latter will continue despite the negative publicity on certain foundations, cooperatives and other business associations. The assurance was given by DTI-Cavite Director Noly V. Guevara during the launching ceremony last September 3 of the second SSF Program held at the Talleres de Nazaret compound in Barangay Kanluran. In his impromptu message, Director Guevara explained that the remaining beneficiaries of SSF program in the province are assured of their machines and equipment as there is already an approved budget.
Director Guevara cautiously explained even if the remaining beneficiaries of the SSF were approved, his office is carefully evaluating them to ensure that all the needed documents are in place and correct. As of August this year, DTI-Cavite revealed that the number of SSF project in the province with approved budget stands at eighteen (18). The second recipient of the SSF project is the Mother Bonifacia Rodriguez Foundation, Incorporated (MBRFI). Said foundation received kitchen equipment to be used for their healthy snack food items where the MBFI is currently engaged in seafood production. The product lines that had been developed by the MBFI are squid rings, crispy mussels and squid heads. It was registered with the Department of Trade and Industry in March 2007. The Mother Bonifacia Rodriguez Foundation, Inc. (MBRFI) of the Congregation of the Siervas de San Jose (SSJ), is a non-stock & non-profit organization registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) since 1990. It is created to uplift women workers and young women at risk through their Talleres de Nazaret (Shops of Nazareth). (PIA-Cavite with report from DTI-Cavite) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=671378439097#sthash.w0Me91Tt.dpuf
2. Cavite provincial board, recognizes Team Gilas Pilipinas player BY: RUEL FRANCISCO Friday 6th of September 2013
TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the provincial board passed a resolution recognizing a member of the team Gilas Pilipinas who is a native of Barangay Julugan in Tanza for his contribution to the teamâ€™s successful stint in last month's 27th FIBA Asia Championship held in Manila. Team Gilas Pilipinas bagged the silver medal and a spot in 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in Spain. Iran won the gold medal. PBA player Ranidel De Ocampo received a plaque of recognition from Governor Jonvic Remulla during last Monday, September 2 , flag-raising ceremonies. De Ocampo played an important power forward role for his team. His achievement in basketball brought pride to the province and he continues to serve as role model to young athletes and basketball enthusiasts. In his message, Ranidel reiterated that he is proud to be a Caviteno fighting for the country. He said nothing is impossible for those who dare to dream and give their best. All it takes is the determination and courage that is inherent to CaviteĂąos.
Gov. Remulla acknowledged De Ocampo's sense of pride as a Cavite単o and his outstanding performance during the FIBA qualifiers. Governor Remulla cited how the historic basketball event particularly the battle between GILAS and South Korea has united the country amidst challenges and controversies. (PIA-Cavite with report from PICAD) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=671378444332#sthash.vGPA1sur.dpuf
D. BATANGAS 1. 2058 applicants flocked to TESDA's Job Bridging cum trade fair in Batangas BY: BHABY DE CASTRO Saturday 7th of September 2013
BATANGAS CITY, Sept. 7 (PIA) -- A total of 2,058 job applicants flocked to the job bridging program cum trade fair organized by Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) held at SM Batangas City Events Center recently. The program aims to address the job skill mismatch in the province thru TESDA's proper coordination with different companies needing skills of technical and vocational graduates. TESDA Batangas provincial director Carlos Flores said this is the first job fair cum trade fair they conducted for their graduates and other people who wanted to be an entrepreneur. TESDA in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) invited domestic and international companies to participate in the activity. Companies participated in the activity included: Teletech, Castorama Maninvest
Service Specialist Inc., Field Outsource Asia, Inc. Philippine Survey and Research Center, Field Outsource Asia Inc., Concept Placement Resources Inc., CESCO Offshore Construction Services, Keppel Philippines Marine Inc., Citimart Group of Companies, Pretichange Manpower Services Inc., Production Service Network, Shell Refinery and others. The public employment service office (PESO) of Batangas City facilitated the walk-in applicants, the Association of Technology-based Institution of Batangas Province Inc. provided technical, logistical and financial support while SM City Batangas provided the venue and facilities. During the activity, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held an entrepreneurship seminar to give the participants an idea of putting up their own business. The DTI provided the participants with information about franchising, credit assistance from financing institutions and livelihood partnerships. The DTI also hold product service and product exhibit. A total of 23 job seekers were hired on the spot. DoLE Batangas provincial director Predelma Tan, said they are planning to continue the activity because it is of help to Batangueno job seekers and one of the solutions to lessen the growing unemployed population. (PIA Batangas with reports from Monina Fernandez-PIO Batangas City) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=681377582494#sthash.gXVebSB7.dpuf
08 SEPTEMBER 2013.
Malacanang underscores importance of gathering concrete evidence of PDAF misuse, pork barrel abuse Malacanang underscores importance of gathering concrete evidence of PDAF misuse, pork barrel abuse
Malacanang underscored the importance of gathering complete, concrete and reliable evidence against conspirators and co-conspirators who allegedly misused the priority development assistance fund for their benefit in order for justice to prosper and for those found guilty to answer for their crimes. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday that President Benigno S. Aquino III had issued directives and had made it clear that he wanted the conspirators and co-conspirators to be found guilty and to be persecuted to the fullest extent of the law. ―Matibay ang paninindigan ng Administration na kailangan na magkaroon ng hustisya doon sa hindi tamang paggamit na nakita natin doon sa PDAF (priority development assistance fund),‖ Valte said. ―Kaya mariin ang utos ni Pangulong Aquino doon sa imbestigasyon na kailangan matibay ang ebidensiya dahil ayaw ng Pangulo ang nagsasampa ng kaso para lang sa PR lamang ngunit ang gusto ng Pangulo pagkasampa ng kaso laban sa isang indibiduwal, ay kailangan makakatayo ito at makakakuha ng isang conviction,‖ she added. She said there would be no sacred cows in the ongoing investigation of the controversy as they would adhere to the rule of law and follow where ―the evidence would lead us.‖ ―Ang importante pupunta tayo kung saan tayo dinadala ng ebidensiya. Hindi pwede ang may pre-conceived notions or pre-conceived assumptions at hahanapan ng ebidensya para suportahan. Dapat tama ang proseso,‖ Valte said. PND (rck) TOP
07 SEPTEMBER 2013.
1. Palace welcomes increased direct flights to Italy 2. Government anti-corruption fight to boost investors confidence Palace welcomes increased direct flights to Italy
The Palace welcomed the new agreement between the Philippines and Italy increasing the number of flights to both destinations saying the development would be a major boost to the country‘s tourism sector and a relief to Filipinos working in Italy. The Civil Aeronautics Board said this week that the Philippines and Italy have agreed to increase seat entitlements between the two countries during air service talks in Rome on Sept. 5 and 6. ―Nakikita naman natin that despite the focus on negative news, marami pa ring positibong nangyayari. Isa ito, magiging magandang bagay ito doon sa mga OFW natin, na hindi na nila kailangang magpa-ikot-ikot, which essentially is mas mahal ang ticket, at puwede na ang mga direktang flight,‖ Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. There are 170,000 Filipinos working or staying in Italy. Secondly, Valte said the increased flights between the Philippines and Italy will boost the Philippine tourism front, which has been posting continuous increase in the number of visitors entering the country. Among the major sources of foreign tourists are South Korea, the US, China and Japan, Valte said.
"It‘s a good thing that the Philippines continue to post increasing tourist arrivals because of its multiplier effect domestically," the Palace official said. ―At mabuti naman na patuloy na umaakyat ito. ‗Yung mga turistang pumupunta dito, at makikita talaga na it‘s more fun in the Philippines, when they go back to their countries, they tell their friends, they tell their families and love ones, mga officemates nila,‖ Valte said. ―And ito ang maganda kasi na-spread din by word of mouth ang mga magagandang nakikita nila dito sa ating bansa.‖ The CAB said both countries reached the new agreement after four decades. Under the new terms, the Philippines and Italy would have 14 flights per week. This number of flights is a tremendous increase from one flight a week since 1969. The air service talks between the Philippines and Italy came after the European Union lifted its ban on Philippine air carriers, starting with Philippine Airlines, on July 10. The Philippine Airlines previously said that it plans to fly to Amsterdam, London, Paris and Rome starting next quarter. PND (as) TOP Government anti-corruption fight to boost investors confidence Malacanang said that it hopes foreign investors will continue to look at the country‘s economic gains and not, the controversies being uncovered by the government particularly the P10-billion pork barrel scam. There are concerns in recent weeks saying that as the pork barrel scam inquiry drags on, this has eclipsed the good news and developments happening in the Philippines. ―There,‘re many pieces of good news to find and hopefully, the investors can look… Nakikita naman natin that the investors continue to have an eye of the development of the country,‖ Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. ―Whether this will drag on or not is a question that the Executive branch cannot answer for itself because hindi lang naman ang Executive branch ang involved sa legal system natin. Of course, the judiciary is likewise there.‖ Asked how the Palace sees the resolution of the controversy and its impact on investors‘ confidence, the Palace official said the single major aim of the Aquino administration is to hold accountable those who committed wrongdoings. And for the cases to prosper, Valte said the government must file charges based on solid evidence and without bias. Valte also admitted that the administration is facing an uphill fight with regards to prosecuting people once cases are filed in court given the lengthy judicial process in the country. Despite these obstacles however, Valte said the President hopes to see convictions under his term, before he steps down from power in 2016. Valte said she cannot predict whether the country could reverse its gains which are overshadowed by current developments. But in the end however, the Palace official said the most important thing on the side of government is its quick action if there are anomalies that are uncovered. ―Pag may mga lumalabas na mga anomalya ay naiimbestigahan agad at nagkakaroon ng kaukulang aksyon, na hindi naiisantabi o hindi pinapansin. ‗Yun ang isa doon sa mga importante on the part of government,‖ she added. PND (as) TOP
06 SEPTEMBER 2013.
1. President Aquino declares September 12 as special non-working day in Siquijor in commemoration of its 41st year anniversary 2. President Aquino enjoins all departments, agencies of national and local government to support Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation and Programs 3. Aquino signs Rural Farm Schools Act 4. Aquino signs Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013 5. Palace assures people: Thereâ€™s enough rice supply 6. Aquino accepts resignation of NBI Director Rojas 7. Aquino appoints new government officials and judges President Aquino declares September 12 as special non-working day in Siquijor in commemoration of its 41st year anniversary
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared September 12, which falls on a Thursday, as a special (non-working day) in the municipality of Siquijor in commemoration of its 41st year anniversary as the capital town of the province of Siquijor. The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 649 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on September 4 to give the people of Siquijor municipality the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies. Previously, the capital of Siquijor province was Larena. In 1972, the municipality of Siquijor became the capital town by virtue of Proclamation No. 1075. PND (js) TOP President Aquino enjoins all departments, agencies of national and local government to support Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation and Programs President Benigno S. Aquino III has enjoined all departments, agencies, and Instrumentalities of the national government and local government units (LGUs) to actively support the full implementation of the Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plans and Programs to restore to normalcy the living conditions of the affected communities of typhoon Pablo. The directive was issued by virtue of Memorandum Circular No. 53 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on August 30. Typhoon Pablo was considered as the strongest typhoon to ever hit Mindanao in two decades. Typhoon Pablo which made a landfall in December 2012 caused numerous casualties and severe damage to property, infrastructure, and agriculture in Visayas and Mindanao, especially in the worst-hit provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. In response to the widespread destruction caused by typhoon Pablo, the national government has been providing assistance to its victims to restore to normalcy the living conditions of the affected communities at the earliest possible time. Pursuant to the directive of the President, Task Force Pablo was created to develop the comprehensive Pablo Rehabilitation Plan (PRP) which aims to rationalize, harmonize, streamline, simplify, integrate, and unify the efforts of government agencies mandated to rehabilitate the affected areas and address the needs of the affected population. He enjoined all officials and employees of government agencies and instrumentalities, including Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations ' and LGUs, to fully support and cooperate with the Task Force in the full implementation of the comprehensive plans for the Typhoon Pablo affected areas. The Office of the Cabinet Secretary was designated as Chair of the Task Force to ensure proper implementation,
management, monitoring, evaluation and integration of the social services, infrastructure, resettlement, and livelihood rehabilitation plans, policies, and programs. The President directed Task Force Pablo to work with all concerned stakeholders, including the LGUs with jurisdiction over Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, in the full implementation of the Pablo Rehabilitation Plan, and to regularly submit reports to the Office of the President. "Subject to the approval of the President, and as reviewed and recommended by Task Force Pablo and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in accordance with the relevant guidelines of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council whenever applicable, the member-agencies of the Task Force and the Clusters are hereby authorized to charge against their current appropriations such amounts as may be necessary for the implementation of this Order," the Memorandum Circular read. Budgetary requirements of the Task Force shall be subject to the usual government accounting and auditing rules and regulations. Additional funds as may be necessary for the implementation of this Order shall be identified and released by the DBM, in accordance with the approved Pablo Rehabilitation Plan. This Memorandum Circular shall take effect immediately. PND (js) TOP Aquino signs Rural Farm Schools Act President Benigno S. Aquino III signed two new laws this week aimed at improving the health care and education systems. The President signed on Tuesday Republic Act 10618 or ―An Act Establishing Rural Farm Schools as Alternative Delivery Mode of Secondary Education and Appropriating Funds Thereof.‖ Republic Act 10618 will be known as Rural Farm Schools Act. Implemented by the Department of Education, the new law aims to provide alternative mode of secondary education in rural areas. Public rural farm schools will be free of charge but private rural farm schools could collect minimal fee under the law. Relatives of CARP beneficiaries however will be exempted from payments if they enroll in private rural farm schools. DepEd, being the implementing agency, will institutionalize education standards in rural farm schools to maintain credibility and academic integrity. After one year of implementation, the DepEd is expected to encourage the establishment of at least one public rural farm school in every province in the country. The curriculum of the rural farm schools will follow the guideline set by the DepEd for secondary education with an addition however focusing on agri-fishery arts. Other supporting agencies will be the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Department of Agricultur, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Agricultural Training Institute. Rural farm schools will receive funding from the annual General Appropriations Act. Also, the President signed on Tuesday Republic Act 10619 or ―An Act Amending Republic Act No. 6876, Entitled Barangay Si-it, Municipality of Tanudan, Province of Kalinga Apayao, To be Known as the Tanudan Municipal Hospital, and Appropriating Funds Thereof.‖ The ten-bed Tanudan Municipal Hospital will be supervised by the Department of Health. PND (as) TOP Aquino signs Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013 President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law a bill which seeks to protect children against toys considered hazardous. The Chief Executive signed on September 3 the Republic Act No. 10620 known as the "Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013." The Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3367 and House Bill No. 6529, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on June 5, 2013.
The state shall ensure the protection of children against potential hazards to their health and safety by requiring special labeling of toys and games. The law requires the labeling of substances or mixture of substances which are considered toxic, corrosive, irritant, a strong sensitizer, flammable or combustible, or generates pressure through decomposition, heat or other means. Such substances are usually the cause of substantial injury or illness among children who accidentally ingest toy parts. Under the law, all toys and games locally or internationally manufactured that are imported, donated, distributed and sold in the Philippines shall comply with the appropriate provisions on safety labeling and manufacturer's markings found in the Philippine National Standards for the safety of toys. In the case of bulk sales of such product when unpacked, the cautionary statement shall be displayed on the bin or container used for the retail display of the product, and any vending machine from which the unpacked product is dispensed and displayed, in English or Filipino or both written in common language, in conspicuous and legible type in contrast by typography, layout, or color with other printed matter on such package, descriptive materials, bin, container and vending machine, and in the manner consistent with the provisions of Republic Act No. 7394, otherwise known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines. Any person who fails to comply with the appropriate provisions on safety labeling and manufacturer‘s markings faces a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P50,000 or a jail term of not less than three months but not more than 2 years, or both , at the discretion of the court. Under the law, toys that are not properly labeled shall be confiscated and forfeited in favor of the government and shall be disposed of by the Bureau of Customs. The Department of Health (DOH) is mandated to publish every six months, the list of all misbranded or banned hazardous substances the sale, offer for sale and distribution of which shall not be allowed under this Act. The Department of Trade, in consultation with the DOH, shall promulgate the rules and regulations for the implementation of the Act. The DTI and the DOH shall include in their respective annual budget the amount necessary for the implementation of this Act. The Act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation. PND (js) TOP Palace assures people: There’s enough rice supply Malacanang made an assurance Friday that there is enough supply of rice in the market adding it expects the price of the commodity to go back to normal as the country exits from the lean season. In a press briefing in Malacanang on Friday, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she received word from the Department of Agriculture assuring enough supply of the major staple and that is has been monitoring supply and prices on the ground. ―Rest assured, nang nag-deploy ang DA ng mga tauhan kanina doon sa mga Pamilihang Bayan natin ay okay naman,‖ Valte said. ―Ang sinasabi kasi ni Secretary Alcala ay talagang patapos na… At least we‘re out of the lean season and expected na medyo mag-normalize na rin ang mga presyo.‖ The Palace official also said the government had expected rice prices to go up by around P2 but it‘s unfortunate that some traders have reprtedly seized the opportunity to jack up prices. The National Food Authority (NFA) and the DA is aware of these abuses and are carrying out appropriate measures. Also they have coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to trace the source of the text messages that circulated yesterday about the supposed "distribution of free rice." The NFA is also verifying some tips of possible hoarding being done by some suppliers, Valte said. PND (as) TOP Aquino accepts resignation of NBI Director Rojas President Benigno S. Aquino III said he has accepted the resignation of National Bureau of Investigation Director Nonnatus Rojas who‘s leaving the bureau due to health concerns.
In a statement issued Friday, the President said that since the appointment of Rojas to the bureau on July 20, 2012, the NBI Director was able to manage the transformation of the NBI from a controversial agency to an effective investigative arm of the Department of Justice. ―He did not fail us. Director Rojas excelled in his assigned tasks, and was instrumental in restoring the credibility of the NBI,‖ the President said. The President said he has deep regrets in accepting Rojas‘es resignation considering his part as a role model in the NBI. In the meantime, the President said he expects Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to directly supervise the NBI, including the appointment of an officer-in-charge to ensure the effective continuation of the bureau‘s tasks. Rojas was expected to serve as NBI OIC when former Director Magtanggol B. Gatdula was dismissed over allegations of kidnapping and extortion attempts by NBI agents. But Rojas gave up his career as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice to become the NBI director. PND (as) TOP Aquino appoints new government officials and judges President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed new officials in various government agencies and in the courts, a Palace official said. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced the appointments during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Friday. Valte said the Chief Executive signed the appointment letters of 22 judges to the lower courts. The newly-appointed judges were Judge Catherine Calumba Fabian as presiding judge of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16; Judge Felix Rodriguez Jr. as presiding judge of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Norte RTC Branch 18; Judge Cherry Joy Concha-Ageas as presiding judge of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte RTC Branch 10; Judge Anthony dela Torre Isaw as presiding judge of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay RTC Branch 24; Judge Magnolia Cassion Velez as presiding judge of Digos City, Davao del Sur RTC Branch 20; Judge Gay Marie Lubigan-Rafael as presiding judge of San Jose, Mindoro Occidental RTC Branch 46; Judge Jacinto Fajardo as presiding judge of Talisay City, Cebu RTC Branch 66; Judge Cesar Bordalba as presiding judge of Dapa, Surigao del Norte RTC Branch 31. The other presidential appointees were Judge Kit Enriquez as presiding judge of Boljoon-Alcoy, Cebu 9th Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC); Judge Alnaiza Tungupon Hassiman as presiding judge of Katipunan-Sergio Osmena Sr, Zamboanga del Norte 5th MCTC; Judge Alvyn R. Lopena as presiding judge of Aloran-Panaon, Misamis Occidental 3rd MCTC; Judge Stephen Ian Belacho as presiding judge of Calamba-Baliangao, Misamis Occidental 1st MCTC; Judge Jerlie Luis Requerme as presiding judge of Impasugong-Sumilao, Bukidnon 3rd MCTC; Judge Susan Son Azares as presiding judge of Kibawe-Damulog-Kadingilan, Bukidnon 6th MCTC; Judge Sabrina Balbon Lagamon as presiding judge of Initao-Libertad, Misamis Oriental 8th MCTC; Judge Nanette Gustillo Lemana as presiding judge of Davao City, Davao del Sur Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 6; Judge Alelie A. Briones Garcia as presiding judge of Polillo-Panukulan, Quezon 5th MCTC; Judge Ingrid Anne Riola-Bermido as presiding judge of Padre Burgos-Agdangan, Quezon 3rd MCTC; Judge Noel Sermense as presiding judge of Calbayog City, Samar MTCC; Judge Julieto Bajan as presiding judge of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte MTCC Branch 2 ; Judge Arnel Amparo Zapatos as presiding judge of Glan-Malapatan Sarangani 1st MCTC and Judge Osop M. Palagawad Abbas as presiding judge of the Wao-Bumbaran Lanao del Sur 9th MCTC. The President also appointed Zenaida Arevalo and Priscilla Razon as Director IV and Acting Director IV of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, respectively. He, likewise, appointed Geraldine Yumul as Acting Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer 1 of the Department of Agrarian Reform. PND (js) TOP
06 SEPTYEMBRE 2013 1. Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 12 sa Siquijor sa pagsapit ng ika-41 taon ng pagiging kabisera nito 2. Tulong ng lahat ng ahensiya ng gobyerno, hiningi ng Pangulong Aquino para sa 'Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plans and Programs' 3. Batas sa 'Rural Farm Schools' nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino 4. Nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino ang 'Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act' ng 2013 5. Tiniyak ng Malacanang na may sapat na bigas ang bansa 6. Pagbibitiw ni Direktor Rojas ng NBI, tinanggap ng Pangulong Aquino Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 12 sa Siquijor sa pagsapit ng ika-41 taon ng pagiging kabisera nito Idineklara ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na pista opisyal ang Setyembre 12 na natapat sa araw ng Huwebes sa bayan ng Siquijor upang ipagdiwang ang ika-41 taon ng pagtatalaga rito bilang kabisera ng lalawigan ng Siquijor. Inilagda ng Pangulo ang deklarasyon sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 649 na nilagdaan ni KalihimTagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Setyembre 4 para mabigyan nang lubos na pagkakataon ang mga mamamayan ng bayang Siquijor na makapagdiwang at makalahok sa mga angkop na seremonyang gaganapin sa nasabing bayan kaugnay ng anibersaryo ng pagiging kabisera ng kanilang lalawigan. Dati-rati, ang kabisera ng lalawigan ng Siquijor ay ang bayan ng Larena. Noong 1972, sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 1075, ang bayan ng Siquijor ang ginawang kabisera ng naturang lalawigan. PND (js/zaf) TOP Tulong ng lahat ng ahensiya ng gobyerno, hiningi ng Pangulong Aquino para sa 'Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plans and Programs' Hiniling ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa lahat ng mga kagawaran at ahensiya ng pambansa at lokal na pamahalaan (LGUs) na puspusang tulungan ang Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plans and Programs upang mapanumbalik sa normal ang kalagayan sa buhay ng mga pook na malubhang pininsala ng bagyong Pablo. Ang panawagan ng Pangulo ay nilalaman ng Memorandum Circular No 53 na nilagdaan ni Kalihim Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Agosto 30. Ang bagyong Pablo na dumaan sa Mindanao noong Disyembre 2012 ang pinakamalakas na bagyo sa loob ng dalawang dekada sa naturang pook at nag-iwan ng malaking pinsala sa mga ari-arian, imprastraktura at pagsasaka pati sa Kabisayaan. Ang Compostela Valley at Davao Oriental ang pinakamalubhang napinsala ng bagyong Pablo. Mula noon ay puspusan ang pagtulong ng pamahalaang pambansa sa mga biktima ng bagyo upang manumbalik sa normal ang kalagayan nila sa madaling panahon sa pangunguna ng Pablo Rehabilitation Plan na nilikha ng Pangulo tungo sa magkakatuwang na pagkilos ng mga sangay ng pamahalaan para tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga nabagyong pook. Pati mga pinuno at tauhan ng mga ahensiya at sangay ng gobyerno, pati ang mga korporasyong pagmamay-ari at kontrolado ng pamahalaan, gayundin ang mga LGUs ay inatasan ng Pangulo na tumulong sa pagpapatupad ng Task Force Pablo. Itinalaga ng Pangulo ang Tanggapan ng Kalihim ng Gabinete bilang tagapangulo ng Task Force Pablo para matiyak ang maayos na pagsasagawa, pamamahala at pagsubaybay sa lahat ng mga programa, panukala at patakaran sa rehabilitasyon ng mga nabahang pook. Pinatutulong ng Pangulo ang Task Force Pablo pati sa mga lokal na pamahalaang may sakop sa Compostela Valley at Davao Oriental para mabilis na magawa ang Pablo Rehabilitation Plan kasabay ng tagubiling padalhan ng ulat ng nagawa ang Tanggapan ng Pangulo, Isinaad sa Kautusan na ang budget na kailangan ng Task Force Pablo dapat umalinsuod sa mga tuntuning naaayon sa government accounting and auditing rules. Isinaad sa Kautusan na kung kailangan ang mga karagdagang pondo ay tukuyin agad at nang mailabas ng Kagawaran ng Budget alinsunod sa pinagtibay na Pablo Rehabilittion Plan. PND (js/zaf) TOP
Batas sa 'Rural Farm Schools' nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino
Dalawang bagong batas na tungkol sa ibayong pangangalagang pangkalusugan at sa sistema ng edukasyon ang nilagdaan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. Ito ay ang Batas ng Republika Blg. 10618 o ―Batas na Nagtatatag ng Paaralan ng Pagsasaka sa Kanayunan bilang Alternatibong Edukasyong Segundarya at Paglalaan ng Karampatang Pondo Ukol Dito‖ na tatawaging Rural Farm Schools Act. Ipatutupad ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ang bgong batas na ang layunin ay mabigyan ng alternatibong secondary education sa mga kanayunan. Walang bayad sa mga pampublikong rural farm schools, subali‘t sa mga pribadong rural farm schools sa ilalim ng batas na ito ay maliit lamang ang sisingilin sa mag-aaral. Ang mga kamag-anak ng CARP beneficiaries ay hindi magbabayad kung mag-aaral sila sa mga pribadong rural farm schools. Isang taon matapos itong ipatupad, inaasahang mahihikayat ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ang pagtatayo ng isa man lamang pampublikong rural farm school sa bawa‘t lalawigan yamang ang naturang kagawaran ang mangangasiwa sa pagpapatupad ng batas na ito. Susundin ng curriculum ng rural farm schools ang tuntuning itinakda ng DepEd para sa mga mataas na paaralan subali‘t itutuon nito ang pagtuturo sa agri-fishery arts. Makakatuwang ng DepEd sa pagpapatupad ng batas na ito ang Kagawaran ng Repormang Agraryo, Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority at Agricultural Training Institute. Ang Rural Farm Schools ay paglalaanan ng pondo sa General Appropriations Act. Ang isa pang batas na nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino ay ang Batas ng Republika 10619 o ―Batas na Nagsususog sa Batas ng Republika Blg. 6876, Pinamagatang Baranggay Si-it, Bayan ng Tanudan, Lalawigan ng Kalinga Apayao, Na Makikilala bilang Tanudan Municipal Hospital, at Paglalaan ng Pondo Ukol Dito.‖ Ang sampung kamang Tanudan Municipal Hospital ay pangangasiwaan ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan. PND (as/zaf) TOP Nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino ang 'Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act' ng 2013
Nilagdaan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Batas ng Republika Blg. 106 o Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act ng 2013 upang pangalagaan ang mga bata sa mga laruang itinu-turing na mapanganib. Sa ilalim ng batas na ito ay tinitiyak na pangangalagaan ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng mga bata sa pamamagitan ng pag-aatas na lagyan ng special labeling ang mga laruan at games. Itinatadhana ng batas na ilagay nang malinaw kung may nakahalong ano mang toxic, corrosive, nakapangangati, strong sensitizer, madaling magliyab o masunog o lumilikha ng pressure dahil sa decomposition, init o iba pang paraan ang mga laruan. Ang mga bagay na ito ay karaniwang nagiging sanhi ng karamdaman o nasasaktan ang mga bata, lalo na kung hindi sinasadyang malunok ang laruan. Sa ilalim ng batas, lahat ng laruan at games yari man dito sa bansa o sa ibayong dagat, inangkat, iniregalo, ipinamamahagi at ipinagbibili sa Pilipinas ay dapat umalinsunod sa mga tuntuning pangkaligtasan, paglalagay ng label at tatak na naayon sa Philippine National Standards ukol sa kaligtasan ng mga laruan. Dapat isulat sa Ingles o sa Pilipino nang malinaw para mabasa ang ano mang patalastas tungkol sa laruan nang alinsunod sa tuntunin ng Batas ng Republika Blg. 7394 na lalong kilala bilang Consumer Act ng Pilipinas. Sino mang hindi tumupad sa tuntuning ito ay nahaharap sa multang hindi bababa sa P10,000, nguni‘t hindi hihigit sa P50,000 o pagkabilanggong hindi bababa sa tatlong buwan at hindi naman hihigit sa 2 taon, o ang dalawang parusang ito alinsunod sa pasiya ng hukuman. Lahat ng laruang walang maayos na label ay dapat samsamin at kunin ng pamahalaan ayon sa Batas. May tungkulin ang Kagawaran ng Kalusugan na maglathala tuwing ikaanim na buwan ng listahan ng lahat ng misbranded o banned hazardous substances na hindi dapat ipagbili at ipamahagi sapagka‘t bawal sa ilalim ng Batas na ito. Ang Kagawaran ng Kalakal sa pakikipagsanggunian sa DOH ang magpapatupad ng mga tuntunin at regulasyon sa pagpapagupad ng Batas na ito.
Isasama ng DTI at DOH sa taunan nilang budget ang halagang kailangan para ipatupad ang Batas na ito. Magkakabisa ang Batas na ito sa loob ng 15 araw matapos malathala sa dalawa man lamang na pahayagang malaganap ang sirkulasyon. PND (js/zaf) TOP Tiniyak ng Malacanang na may sapat na bigas ang bansa
Tiniyak ng Malacanang na may sapat na bigas ang bansa at inaasahang babalik sa normal ang halaga ng bigas pagkatapos ng tinatawag na ―lean season‖ o panahong kasalukuyan pang lumalaki ang palay sa mga kabukiran. Sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Biyernes, sinabi ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte na ipinaalam sa kanya ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka na may sapat na bigas at sinusubaybayan nila ang presyo ng pangunahing pagkaing ito sa bansa. ―Makatitiyak kayo na nagtalaga na ang Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka kanina sa mga pamilihang-bayan natin at okay naman,‖ wika ni Valte. ―Ang sabi kasi ni Kalihim Alcala ay talagang patapos na ang lean season at inaasahang babalik na sa normal ang halaga ng bigas,‖ dugtong ni Valte. Sinabi ni Valte na inaasahan ng pamahalaan na tataas ng mga P2 ang halaga ng bigas dahil nga hindi pa nagaaanihan, subali‘t nakalulungkot na may ilang mangangalakal na umano ay nagsamantala sa pagkakataon at itinaas ang presyo ng bigas. Alam na ng National Food Authority at ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka ang mga pagsasamantala sa kalagayan kaya gagawin nila ang kaukulang hakbang na kailangan. Idinugtong ni Valte na nakipag-ugnayan na sa Pambansang Kawanihan ng Pagsisiyasat (NBI) ang mga kinauukulan para matukoy kung saan nanggaling ang mga ―text messages‖ na pinakalat kahapon tungkol sa umano ay ―pamimigay ng libreng bigas.‖ ―Inaalam din ng NFA ang mga ulat na maaaring may ilang nagtatago ng bigas,‖ dagdag ni Valte. PND (as/zaf) TOP Pagbibitiw ni Direktor Rojas ng NBI, tinanggap ng Pangulong Aquino
Tinanggap ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang pagbibitiw sa tungkulin ni Direktor Nonnatus Rojas ng Pambansang Kawanihan ng Pagsisiyasat (NBI) na nagbitiw dahil sa bagay na may kinalaman sa kalusugan. Sa pahayag na inilabas Biyernes, sinabi ng Pangulo na sapul nang hirangin si Rojas noong Hulyo 20, 2012 ay nagawa ng Direktor ng NBI na baguhin ang nasabing kawanihan buhat sa isang controversial agency upang maging isang mabisang tagapagsiyasat na sangay ng Kagawaran ng Katarungan. ―Hindi niya tayo binigo. Napakahusay na ginampanan ni Direktor Rojas ang kanyang tungkulin at naging kasangkapan siya upang manumbalik ang tiwala sa kakayahan ng NBI,‖ sabi pa ng Pangulong Aquino. Sinabi ng Pangulo na nalulungkiot siyang tanggapin ang pagbibitiw ni Rojas dahil sa mahalaga niyang nagawa bilang role model sa NBI. Samantala, sinabi ng Pangulo na inaasahan niyang tuwirang pangangasiwaan ni Kalihim Leila de Lima ang NBI, kasama na ang pagpili ng officer-in-charge upang matiyak ang mabisang pagpapatuloy sa pagtupad sa sagutin ng kawanihan. Si Rojas ang naging puno ng NBI nang ang dating Direktor Magtanggol B. Gatdula ay matanggal sa tungkulin dahil sa paratang na pagdukot at pangingikil umano ng mga ahente ng NBI. Ipinagpalit ni Rojas ang kanyang pagiging tagausig sa Kagawaran ng Katarungan nang tanggapin niya ang tungkuling direktor ng NBI. PND (as/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]
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07 SEPTEMBER 2013 1. Peace agreement with Negros rebels spurs Aklan tourism; signing of closure pact to push dev’t through PAMANA 2. Asean Connectivity Symposium in Brunei hails the Philippines as Leader in PPP 3. Baldoz announces wage hike in NCR 4. DOST Academician is 2013 Ramon Magsaysay awardee 5. Domestic liquidity growth accelerates in July; BSP adopts new format for compiling monetary statistics 6. CSC kicks off Civil Service Anniversary with fun run 7. Move to lower retirement age of gov’t employees needs further study, says CSC chief 8. End-August 2013 GIR increases to US$83.201 billion 9. Inflation decelerates further to 2.1 percent in August 10. 2,283 OFWs, children safely return home from Egypt, Syria, and Jeddah 11. DPWH given MMDA clearance to four road repair projects 12. Region 6 stands for reform of SK system
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PHL Ambassador pays courtesy call on New Zealand’s Immigration Minister PHL Ambassador to France visits Airbus Factory in Toulouse Ormoc Bay named Water Quality Management Area ANNOUNCEMENT: Publication of Nominees for Various Professional Regulatory Boards (August 28, 2013) MMFF sets October 4 as deadline for submission of entries to the new wave Film Festival
1. Peace agreement with Negros rebels spurs Aklan tourism; signing of closure pact to push dev’t through PAMANA Source: http://www.opapp.gov.ph Ibajay, Aklan – The boom in the tourism industry of Aklan was the major peace dividend that resulted from the peace agreement signed between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA/ABB) in 2000, according to Governor Florencio T. Miraflores. ―Because of the Peace Agreement, Aklan became insurgency-free. Nawala ang gulo, karahasan, murder, at iba pa. Nagkaroon ng peace and order. Dahil dito, umayos ang turismo sa ating lugar. Sa nakalipas na sampung taon, wala pang insidente [ng gulo at karahasan] (Because of the Peace Agreement, Aklan became insurgency-free. There were no more skirmishes, violence, murder, etc. Peace and order was established. As a result, tourism became successful. In the past ten years, there were no incidents of violence),‖ Miraflores said during the groundbreaking ceremony and launching of Cabugao farm-to-market road project held recently in this town. ―Ang arrivals ng turismo sa ating lugar ay umakyat sa 1 million at ito ay nagbibigay ng karagdagang P1.2 bilyong budget sa probinsya (Tourist arrivals increased to 1 million which contributed to additional P1.2 billion in the provincial budget,‖ he added. He also urged the community and local officials to work together for continued peace and development in Aklan. ―Dapat tulung-tulong tayo na maging successful ang proyektong ito. Sa pamamagitan ng localized peace agreements, hangad kong maging model na settlement sites sa buong bansa ang mga communities dito sa Aklan. (We must all work together. Through localized peace agreements, it is my aspiration that settlement sites here in Aklan become model communities that will be emulated nationwide),‖ Miraflores stated. In his message, Director Alex Umpar of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process explained that the provision of settlement sites is one of the major strategies for the economic mainstreaming of the RPM-P/RPA/ABB, particularly its Tabara-Paduano Group (TPG) faction, under the GPH-RPM-P/RPA/ABB Closure Agreement. The RPM-P/RPA/ABB is a breakaway group of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People‘s Army/National Democratic Front. RPM-P/RPA/ABB split in 2007, and the TPG now pursues a Closure Agreement and prepares for its eventual transformation into a socio-economic, unarmed organization. ―With the aim of putting a proper and peaceful closure to this peace track, the government is aiming to sign a closure agreement with the RPM-P/RPA/ABB to ensure that the signed Peace Agreement of 2000 will be fully implemented and with finality. We hope that the signing will be done by the end of this year,‖ Umpar explained. PAMANA as mechanism Part of the component of the closure agreement is the social and economic reintegration of RPM-P/RPA/ABB members as well community peace dividends through the establishment of Peace and Development Communities (PDC) or settlement sites. PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) is the primary mechanism being utilized to deliver these components of the agreement. In Aklan, a settlement site and three community development sites have been identified. The one-kilometer farm-tomarket road from Brgy. Regador to Brgy. Cabugao worth P5 million is one of the approved PAMANA projects in the area. The PAMANA interventions are determined based on the profiling of needs of the RPM-P/RPA/ABB TPG members matched with available and feasible options in the area. This serves to support livelihood and enterprise development and community-based impact projects. Veronica Tabara, national representative of the RPM-P/RPA/ABB TPG, expressed high hopes that through the Closure Agreement and PAMANA, peripheral communities and vulnerable sectors will also benefit from the development and growth of Aklan. ―Sa pamamagitan ng kasunduang pangkapayapaan at ng PAMANA, umaasa kami na higit pang pagbabago ang makakamit sa mga komunidad at sa buhay ng mga dating rebelde. Sa pamamagitan ng socio-economic reintegration, ang mga former rebels ay magkakaroon ng produktibong buhay at makakaambag sa pambansang ekonomiya. Nakasalalay ang pag-unlad ng settlement sites sa mga infrastructures katulad nitong farm-to-market road (Through the closure agreement and PAMANA, we are hopeful that greater improvement will be attained in the communities and in the lives of former rebels. Through socio-economic reintegration, former rebels will have productive lives and will be able to contribute to national economy. The development of settlement sites largely rely on infrastructures like this farm-to-market road,‖ she said.
PAMANA is the national government‘s program that extends development interventions to isolated, hard-to-reach, and conflict-affected and vulnerable communities, ensuring that they are not left behind. A complementary track to peace negotiations, the program is anchored on the Aquino administration‘s strategy of winning the peace by forging strategic partnerships with national agencies in promoting convergent delivery of goods and services, and addressing regional development challenges in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas. |TOP| 2. Asean Connectivity Symposium in Brunei hails the Philippines as Leader in PPP Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 06 September 2013 – The Philippines has the best legal, financial and institutional environment for Private-Public Partnership (PPP) schemes, according to speakers from the private sector at the Fourth ASEAN Connectivity Symposium recently held in Brunei Darussalam. Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, Representative of the Philippines to the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), wholed the Philippine delegation to the symposium, reported that speakers from the ASEAN Secretariat and economists from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Economic and Social for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), cited several factors that place the Philippines in a leadership position among ASEAN countries in financing infrastructure projects through PPP schemes. ASEAN Secretary General Le Loung Minh, noted in his opening remarks, that the Philippines has made great strides in creating a favorable climate for PPPs. He cited the PPP Center in Manila for its Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) to fund early-stage PPP activities. Atty. Alex Wong, a partner in Hogan Lovells law firm based in Singapore, which specializes in PPP projects, acknowledged that the Philippines has a well-established PPP legal infrastructure and very active private sector companies led by San Miguel Corporation and Ayala Corporation, which support PPP projects. Wong also noted that better enforcement of contractual obligations and improved regulatory framework, such as the land law and guarantee fund law, are the key elements underpinning an effective PPP legal and regulatory framework in the Philippines. Mr. Ghislain Lorthiois, Samsung C&T‘s General Manager and Head of PPP, gave credit for transparency in the Philippines‘ PPP system. ―The Philippines should be regarded as a leader (in PPP) in ASEAN today. We are ready to work with them,‖ he told the audience composed of government officials, business groups, researchers, and diplomats. Mr. Koji Sakane, Senior Advisor, Southeast Asia and East Pacific Department of JICA, quoting the 2011 report of the Economic Intelligent Unit, stated that the Philippines slightly outranked Indonesia and Thailand in the overall score for PPP readiness, particularly in terms of financial facilities and regulatory framework. JICA supports the ―Mega Cebu Vision 2050‖ and the ―Transport Sector Road Map‖ of the Philippine government. The Jakarta-based Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), which is conducting a study of financing modalities and PPP in ASEAN, also acknowledged the advances achieved by the Philippines in pushing for PPP to support its own infrastructure development. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand were also identified by the speakers as having good legal and financial infrastructure in support of PPP projects. PPP has been identified by ASEAN as a viable mechanism for mobilizing financial and technical resources to implement the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC). The Fourth ASEAN Connectivity Symposium, organized by Brunei in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), aimed at discussing the importance of the role of the private sector, favorable policy environment, and best practices in financing infrastructure projects of ASEAN countries through PPP arrangements. The other members of the Philippine Delegation to the Symposium and other ACCC-related meetings were Ms. Ma. Teresita C. Daza, Executive Director, ASEAN-Philippines, Adrian Bernie Candolada, Deputy Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Director Florencia Creus of the Department of Transportation and Communication, Ms.Janet Lopoz, Executive Director, Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), and Atty. Edward James A. Dy Buco, Deputy Collector for Operations, Port of Davao. |TOP|
3. Minimum wage rises to P466 Baldoz announces wage hike in NCR Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board of the National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) has decided to increase the minimum wage in Metro Manila. "DOLE-NCR Regional Director Alex Avila, chairperson of the RTWBP-NCR National Capital Region has reported to me
that the RTWPC-NCR in a very cordial meeting had unanimously made a decision to increase the minimum wage by P10.00 per day to bring the minimum wage to P466 in the National Capital Region upon the effectivity of the new wage hike," said Baldoz. "The RTWPB-NCR also decided to integrate P15 of the existing P30 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) under RTWPBNCR Wage Order No. 17 into the basic wage effective 1 January 2014. This will bring the new basic wage to P451 and the new minimum wage to P466," added Baldoz. The minimum wage consists of a basic wage and COLA. The new minimum wage is contained in RTWPB-NCR Wage Order No. 18, signed by Chairperson Avila; Vice Chairpersons Rosemarie G. Edillon, Assistant Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority, and Director Ferdinand L. Manfoste of the Department of Trade and Industry; members representing the labor sector German N. Pascua, Jr. of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and Jessie L. Aguilar of the TUPAS; members representing the employers sector Vicente Leogardo, Jr. and Alberto R. Quimpo of the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines. Avila said the new minimum wage applies to all minimum wage workers in the private sector in the NCR regardless of their position, designation, or status of employment, and irrespective of the method by which they are paid. Household or domestic helpers; persons in the personal service of another, including family drivers; and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certificates of Authority pursuant to RA 9178 are not covered by the new wage order. Secretary Baldoz said that the RTWPB -NCR has increased the minimum wages in the NCR 12 times for a total of P268 per day, or more than double the P125 across-the-board wage increase that some labor groups have been clamoring for since 14 years ago. Relative to the new wage order, Secretary Baldoz has instructed Director Avila to use the issuance of the new wage order as an opportunity to inform and educate workers and the general public on the wage reforms the DOLE has been pushing, particularly on the two-tier wage system. Under the new wage order, the RTWPB-NCR shall issue a corresponding advisories on the 2nd tier, or the performancebased pay which shall serve as guidelines for private establishments on the range of productivity bonuses and incentives that an enterprise may provide based on agreements between workers and employers. "Our workers‘ take home pay is increased to P11,240 per month, or by 2.1 percent, compared to the current P11,005 per month. Our workers will get a bigger 13th month pay of P11,651 or an increase of about 5.9 as a result of the COLA integration," she added. The NCR Board shall issue the Rules and Regulations implementing the Wage Order within 10 days from its publication, subject to approval of the Secretary of Labor as recommended by the Commission. The new wage order shall take effect 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation. |TOP| 4. DOST Academician is 2013 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Source: http://www.dost.gov.ph An eminent member of the Philippine scientific community, National Scientist and Academician Ernesto O. Domingo, is among this year‘s roster of Ramon Magsaysay awardees. Side-by-side with other equally competent Asian achievers, Dr. Domingo received the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Award during ceremonies held at the Philippine International Convention Center last August 31, 2013. Domingo, an advocate of universal health care and involved with major health research activities, is the latest Filipino to be chosen among Asia‘s most brilliant and selfless achievers to receive the prestigious award considered by many as Asia‘s version of the Nobel Prize. Elected in 1992 to the National Academy of Science and Technology, an advisory body of the Department of Science and Technology, Domingo was chosen by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) for ―his exemplary embrace of the social mission of medical science and his profession, his steadfast leadership in pursuing ‗health for all‘ as a shared moral responsibility of all sectors, and his groundbreaking and successful advocacy for neonatal hepatitis vaccination, thereby saving millions of lives in the Philippines.‖ His numerous achievements and resolve to help find solutions to pressing problems in medicine, are indicative of a sterling career that helped shape the local medical community. After earning his degree from the University of the Philippines Manila in 1961, Domingo specialized in internal medicine at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) with a subspecialty in gastroenterology hepatology at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the UP Manila (UPM) College of Medicine. Among his most outstanding scientific contributions are: elucidation of the nature of schistosome granuloma and its role in hepatosplenic disease, the pathophysiology of hepatosplemic Schistosomiasis japonica in humans, the epidemiology and
control of Hepatitis B and the pathophysiology, clinical behavior and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma in Filipinos. In particular, he organized and led UPM‘s Liver Study Group in undertaking major studies on viral hepatitis including Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and G, and developing technologies associated with the disease. Among these are the rapid epidemiologic assessment for HbeAG positive individuals, production of diagnostic reagents for the testing of Hepatitis B virus carrier individuals, and microparticle agglutination test for Hepatitis. Findings from his researches, which saw print in a total of 120 original research papers published locally and abroad, became important material for the formulation and implementation of policies and programs by both the private sector and Department of Health, for Hepatitis B immunization and routine Hepatitis B and C screening of blood for transfusion. Domingo was also instrumental in the creation and implementation of the clinical fellowship program of PGH‘s clinical departments and the formation of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit. As Chancellor, he also played a major role in the reorganization of UPM in the late 1980s which eventually paved the way for the creation of the Institutes of SocioBiomedical Research which later became the National Institutes of Health. In May 2010, Domingo received the Order of National Scientist, the highest award given to a Filipino scientist by the Philippine government. The rest of the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay awardees are Lahpai Seng Raw from Myanmar, Habiba Sarabi from Afghanistan, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (Corruption Eradication Commission) from Indonesia, and Shakti Samuha (―Power Group‖) from Nepal. They will be presented with their awards, certificates, medallions and prizes in a special ceremony to be held on August 31, 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
National Scientist Dr. Ernesto O. Domingo 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee |TOP| 5. Domestic liquidity growth accelerates in July; BSP adopts new format for compiling monetary statistics Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph Starting with the data release for July 2013, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is adopting a new format for compiling and reporting monetary statistics, particularly the Monetary Authorities Survey (MAS) and the Depository Corporations Survey (DCS).1 The MAS and the DCS will now be based on the Standardized Report Forms (SRFs), a unified framework that
allows for cross-country comparison of source data and methodology for compiling and reporting monetary statistics.2 The adoption of the SRF-based monetary statistics is consistent with the framework of the Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual (MFSM), Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, 6th Edition (BPM6), and the System of the National Accounts (SNA) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This initiative is part of the BSP‘s adherence to international best practices in statistical compilation. Parallel releases of the pre-SRF-based and SRF-based data will be done for the period July 2013-July 2014 to enable users to compare transaction categories under the two formats. A comparison of domestic liquidity levels and growth rates based on the SRF and pre-SRF concept is provided in Annex 1. Under the SRF format, domestic liquidity (M3) grew by 30.1 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) at end-July to reach P6.0 trillion, faster than the 20.0-percent expansion recorded in the previous month. The July 2013 M3 growth is the highest on record since December 2002 using the SRF-based data series.3 On a month-on-month (m-o-m) basis, seasonally-adjusted M3 also expanded at a faster pace of 8.9 percent compared to the 3.7 percent m-o-m growth in June based on the SRF format. Money supply growth was driven largely by the expansion in credits to the domestic sector. Claims on the domestic sector grew by 11.3 percent in July from 11.1 percent in June due to the continued increase in claims on the private sector (by 14.5 percent), reflecting the sustained growth in bank lending to bolster economic activity. Similarly, net claims on the central government rose by 8.1 percent in July, largely as a result of the increase in investments in National Government securities. The growth in NFA was likewise faster at 9.3 percent y-o-y in July compared to 6.0 percent in June. The BSP‘s NFA position improved on the back of steady foreign exchange inflows from remittances, BPO receipts, and portfolio investments. Meanwhile, the NFA of banks increased as banks‘ foreign assets grew faster than their foreign liabilities. Banks‘ foreign assets rose due to the growth in their loans and receivables as well as in their deposits and placements with head offices, while banks‘ foreign liabilities continued to increase due mainly to higher placements and deposits of foreign banks with their local branches and other banks. As expected, the BSP‘s operational adjustment of its SDA facility has also led to the substantial rise in M3 growth in July. It will be recalled that the BSP required that trust entities should have reduced their SDA placements that are not consistent with the revised guidelines by at least 30 percent by end-July 2013. The remaining 70 percent should be phased out by end-November 2013.4 M3 growth rates are expected to decelerate once these adjustments have been completed. A temporary period of high M3 growth is therefore not expected to translate into significant inflationary pressures. At the same time, the ample availability of credit should facilitate investment and help support an increase in the economy‘s productive capacity, thus tempering price pressures. Latest baseline forecasts of the BSP continue to show that inflation will remain manageable over the policy horizon even with the stronger pace of growth in domestic liquidity in the new few months. Going forward, the BSP will continue to assess carefully the medium-term impact of strong liquidity growth on the outlook for inflation as well as on financial asset prices. The BSP stands ready to deploy appropriate measures as needed to ensure that liquidity conditions stay supportive of sustainable economic growth while maintaining price and financial stability. |TOP| 6. CSC kicks off Civil Service Anniversary with fun run Source: http://www.csc.gov.ph The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will spearhead another leg of the R.A.C.E. to Serve III Fun Run in celebration of the 113th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) on September 7, 2013 at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila. “This year’s celebration with the theme, Tatak Lingkod Bayani: Isabuhay, Ipagmalaki at Ipagbunyi, aims to promote, showcase and celebrate heroism in public service, and to highlight stories of triumph and sacrifice among the men and women in government. The activities lined-up will hopefully engage government officials and employees from all over the Philippines to participate in the spirit of fun, good health, good governances, and social consciousness,” said CSC Chairman Francisco T. Duque III. The race features three categories: the 3K, 5K, and 10K distances, which are open for both men and women. First, second, and third placers for the 3K run will receive P5,000, P4,000, and P3,000 respectively, while placers in the 5k run will win P10,000, P8,000, and P7,000 respectively. For placers in the 10K race, the CSC will award cash prizes of P15, 000, P12, 000, and P11, 000. For prospective participants from government offices, the heads of their respective offices are authorized to issue a directive granting half-day compensatory time-off to government employees who will be participating in the fun run. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is a major partner in this year‘s fun run. The even is also supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine National Police, Pasay City Government, Manila City Government, National Parks Development Committee, and Metro Manila Development Authority. Last year‘s fun run was led by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay with more than 10,000 runners participating, majority of
whom are state workers from Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The proceeds of the event was donated to families of state workers who died in the line of duty. In September 2011, the CSC held the first R.A.C.E. to Serve Fun Run participated in by more than 2,500 state workers. It was able to raise P300,000 which was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to serve as financial support to families of ―environmental heroes‖ or forest rangers who perished while serving the country. For further inquiries, kindly call the event‘s contact persons, Ms. Vilma Gordovez (02-494-3984) or Ms. Angelyn Fuentes (02-740-8412 local 201). You may also call the CSC‘s Public Assistance and Complaints Desk at (02)931-7935, (02)9317939, or (02)931-8092. Guidelines and further information are available at the CSC‘s website and the PCSA‘s official blog, http://celebratepcsa.wordpress.com. |TOP| 7. Move to lower retirement age of gov’t employees needs further study, says CSC chief Source: http://www.csc.gov.ph The mandatory retirement age is fine as it is, says Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III in reaction to the recently filed House Bill 242, which proposes the lowering of retirement age of government employees from 65 to 55. ���It really has to undergo thorough study,‖ he said, and reiterated CSC‘s position agreeing with the mandatory retirement age of sixty five (65). Pros and cons The bill, authored by Compostela Valley Representative Maria Carmen Zamora, seeks to address slow manpower turnover in the government and to promote more job openings for the unemployed. There was also an observation that the older set of government employees are not as adaptive to new methods and technology, affecting government‘s productivity. Duque countered that employees at the age of 55 and above can still carry out their duties effectively, and that it is ―not fair‖ to attribute slow service to them. On the other hand, if an employee wants to retire earlier than what the current law requires, he or she can settle for an optional retirement at the age of 60. Duque also explained that the number of applicants is always bigger than the number of vacancies attributing to a high unemployment rate, so that having more retirees would not necessarily mean more job openings for new entrants. He also reiterated that new entrants would still have to pass the qualification standards set by the CSC in order to secure positions in government. Good objectives, limited perspective While Duque says the bill has good objectives, there is still a need to look at the issue from broader and more varied perspectives, two of which are social protection or security, and public health. ―This will have very serious actuarial implications on funds,‖ said Duque, referring to concerned agencies and stakeholders, especially the GSIS. ―If we lower the retirement age, people may enjoy their retirement benefits for a longer period. However, the possible negative implications are the sudden drop of reserve funds and the increase of dependency rate, coupled with a decrease in the number of years that employees may contribute to the various social security funds of government.‖ According to Duque, another downside of the bill is the negative health implications it may have on early retirees. He said that those who are uncertain on what to do after retirement may tend to live a sedentary lifestyle that smacks of lack of physical activity and mental stimulation, and may lead to premature degenerative diseases as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. |TOP| 8. End-August 2013 GIR increases to US$83.201 billion Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph Preliminary data showed that the country‘s gross international reserves (GIR) rose to US$83.201 billion as of end-August 2013, slightly higher by US$29 million than the end-July 2013 GIR of US$83.172 billion, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas 1 (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced today. At this level, reserves can adequately cover 12 months‘ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and income. The GIR is also equivalent to 8 times the country‘s 2 short-term external debt based on original maturity and 5.5 times based on residual maturity. The increase in reserves was due mainly to inflows from revaluation gains on the BSP‘s gold holdings, foreign exchange operations of the BSP, and net foreign currency deposits by the Treasurer of the Philippines (TOP). These inflows were partially offset by the payments for maturing foreign exchange obligations of the National Government (NG). Net international reserves (NIR), which refer to the difference between the BSP‘s GIR and total short-term liabilities, also
increased by US$28 million to reach US$83.195 billion as of end-August 2013, compared to the end-July 2013 NIR of US$83.167 billion. ---------------1
The final data on GIR are released to the public every 19th day of the month in the Statistics section of the BSP‘s website under the Special Data Dissemination Standards (SDDS). If the 19th day of the month falls on a weekend or is a non-working holiday, the release date shall be the working day nearest to the 19th. 2
Short-term debt based on residual maturity refers to outstanding external debt with original maturity of one year or less, plus principal payments on medium- and long-term loans of the public and private sectors falling due within the next 12 months. View Table |TOP| 9. Inflation decelerates further to 2.1 percent in August Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph Headline inflation eased further to 2.1 percent year-on-year in August from 2.5 percent in July, and was within the BSP‘s forecast of 1.9-2.7 percent for the month. This brought the year-to-date average inflation rate to 2.8 percent, below the Government‘s inflation target range of 4.0 percent ± 1.0 percentage point for 2013. Likewise, core inflation—which excludes certain food and energy items to measure generalized price pressures—slowed down to 1.9 percent in August from 2.3 percent in the previous month. Meanwhile, month-on-month headline inflation increased slightly to 0.2 percent from 0.1 percent in July. The continued deceleration of headline inflation was traced mainly to the slower increases in the prices of non-food items. This was due, in turn, to the downward adjustment in electricity charges as a result of lower generation charges at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market. Similarly, food inflation dropped due to adequate domestic supply of such food commodities as vegetables, sugar, and oil. Slower price increases of meat, fish, and fruits also contributed to lower food inflation for the month. Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. noted that the August inflation reading continues to support the BSP‘s assessment of a benign inflation environment over the policy horizon, with average inflation expected to settle closer to the lower end of the 3.0-5.0 percent target range based on latest forecasts. Looking ahead, the BSP will monitor closely evolving domestic and external developments and will continue to assess its monetary policy stance in fulfillment of its primary mandate of delivering price stability conducive to balanced and sustainable economic growth. View Table |TOP| 10. 2,283 OFWs, children safely return home from Egypt, Syria, and Jeddah Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph 2,283 OFWs, children safely return home from Egypt, Syria, and Jeddah Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that the efforts of the Philippine government to ensure that overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are safe and away from harm brought about by the conflict and tension in Egypt and Syria brought home 1,265 OFWs and their children from the said war-torn countries. ―The number represents OFWs who were repatriated from the said countries for this year alone,‖ the labor chief said. Baldoz also announced that 15 individuals, 9 adults and 7 children, formed the first batch of repatriates from Egypt who safely arrived home last 30 August onboard Gulf Airways Flight No. GF154. ―Nine OFWs will also be arriving in Manila on the evening of 05 September onboard the same flight,‖ she added. The announcement was made after Baldoz received a communication from Renato P.O. Villa of the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Syria reported that 1,250 Filipinos were repatriated this year, following the successful repatriation of 2,756 OFWs in 2012 and 548 in 2011. Moreover, the report stated that there are 181 wards staying at the Embassy shelter as of 27 August 2013. On the other hand, as a result of the ongoing correction of residency status in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Labor Attache to Jeddah Atty. Alejandro Padaen reported that there are already 1,018 Filipinos who were able to return to the country, as of 26 August 2013. ―Of this number, 530 were males, 233 were females, and 255 were minors. This represents 18 percent of the 5,785 Filipinos who requested repatriation assistance from the Consulate,‖ Padaen stated in his report, adding that 258 individuals already have exit visas and will be flying back to the country after 26 August. He added that the remaining 4,509 Filipinos are still being assisted at the Jawazat for the issuance of exit visas. Baldoz, aware that majority of the repatriates are apprehensive on returning home, said that there are local jobs available for them. ―In the case of Egypt-based OFWs, there is an ongoing coordination with licensed recruitment agencies for their possible redeployment to other countries,‖ Baldoz said. The repatriates are also assured of a package of livelihood assistance which they can avail from the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO). She also assured the OFWs returning home of the readiness of the DOLE and its attached agencies for their arrival and subsequent reintegration in the country. Earlier on, the labor and employment chief has already given marching orders to
the NRCO, OWWA, and POLO for a massive on-site implementation of the DOLE‘s Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanapbuhay Project, one of the major strategies of the government‘s national reintegration program for OFWs, emphasizing that it is best to hand over the livelihood starter kits to these OFWs while they were waiting for their exit visas and plane tickets for home. ―The program applies to both OWWA and non-OWWA members,‖ she stressed. She also reassured the OFWs still in Egypt, Syria, and KSA and their families in the country that the Philippine government, under its one-country-team approach, is prepared and equipped to take care of them until they are safe. ―Should any untoward situation occurs that will you think will jeopardize your health or your safety, the first thing you should do is to coordinate with the Philippine Embassy/ Consulate and with the Filipino community leaders. Take care of yourselves and each other,‖ the labor and employment chief instructed. End/rhev |TOP| 11. DPWH given MMDA clearance to four road repair projects Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph The Department of Public Works and Highways obtained permission of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to proceed with the concrete reblocking and repair activities of three (3) sections of the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) over this weekend. In his report to Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando said that repair works at the Monumento area in Caloocan City will commence at 10 p.m. today Friday (September 6, 2013) at the 5th lane southbound direction of EDSA Monumento Circle and simultaneously at the EDSA northbound lane from McDonald to Monumento Circle area. The 4th lane northbound direction of EDSA in Quezon City from SM North Annex to Muñoz MRT Station is also scheduled to undergo repair work. To improve travel condition, DPWH will also undertake reblocking works at the northbound lane of Araneta Avenue, from Bayani Street to Kapiligan Street in Quezon City. The road repair activities at EDSA and Araneta Avenue will be completed and re-open to vehicular traffic on or before 5:00 a.m. of Monday (September 9, 2013) in time for the resumption of work where volumes of vehicle is at peak. The new concrete pavement will result to longer road performance to outweigh the temporary inconvenience to travelling public during the repair works period. |TOP| 12. Region 6 stands for reform of SK system Source: http://www.dilg.gov.ph ILOILO CITY - Views have been raised on the existence of Sangguniang Kabataan such as to institute reforms to the structure and delivery systems or to abolish the SK. These issues brought the Department of the Interior and Local Government to spearhead a public consultation to obtain opinions and generate consensus. The public consultation held on August 23, 2013 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel were participated by representatives from youth organizations/associations; leagues of the Local Government Units; national government agencies and the academe; non-government and civil society organizations; and league of Sangguniang Secretaries and Local Planners. Group discussions were conducted per sector to elicit sector-specific views and out of that, a broadly-based consensus on the issues were generated to serve as the region‘s specific position on SK. A decision has to be made on the fate of SK. Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta presented the pros and cons on the proposed abolition of SK to the participants. During the group discussion the topic was on whether or not the SK is effective as a mechanism for promoting youth leadership and engagement. The answer leads to the next discussion which is to support or non-support to reform or abolish the SK and to postpone or push through with the election on October 28, 2013. The consultation arrived at a consensus that the SK is not an effective mechanism for promoting youth leadership and engagement. On the other hand, the outcome of the discussions on the second issue showed that the participants are supporting for the reform of the SK. Hence, Region 6 stand is that the SK is not an effective mechanism for promoting youth leadership and engagement and calls for reform of the system. |TOP| 13. PHL Ambassador pays courtesy call on New Zealand’s Immigration Minister Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 6 September 2013 - In line with the Philippine Embassy in Wellington‘s continuing efforts to promote closer ties with New Zealand, Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez, accompanied by Consul Arlene Gonzales-Macaisa, called on Dunedinbased Member of Parliament (MP) Michael Woodhouse, the Minister of Immigration, Minister of Veterans‘ Affairs, and Associate Minister of Transport on August 28. Minister Woodhouse welcomed Ambassador Benavidez and stated that Filipinos are valued migrants in New Zealand
society, particularly in Christchurch were the newest influx of skilled workers are mostly Filipinos. Ambassador Benavidez thanked Minister Woodhouse for his positive impression and deep appreciation for the roles and contributions of Filipinos in and other parts of New Zealand. Their discussions and interactions focused on the increasing numbers of and preference for skilled Filipinos in the rebuilding and reconstruction of Christchurch, the collaborative efforts between relevant Philippine and New Zealand government agencies and private companies for the equitable treatment and smooth entry of Filipinos to Christchurch. Ambassador Benavidez shared with Minister Woodhouse the steps being undertaken by the relevant Philippine agencies to address the specific aspects of recruitment and deployment of Filipino skilled manpower to Christchurch. Minister Woodhouse stated that he looks forward to further collaborating with the Embassy in communicating the importance of skilled Filipino workers as well as their welfare and safety. Ambassador Benavidez noted that the success stories of Filipino migrants in New Zealand strengthens the significant and growing people-to-people links between the Philippines and promotes deeper understanding and friendship between Filipinos and New Zealanders. She thanked Minister Woodhouse for New Zealand‘s publication of its guides on ―Working in the New Zealand Construction Industry‖ and ―Living and Working on a New Zealand Dairy Farm‖ for both workers and employers. These guides are translated into Filipino and intended to serve as useful reference materials for Filipino workers. |TOP| 14. PHL Ambassador to France visits Airbus Factory in Toulouse Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 05 September 2013 – Around 50 French and foreign ambassadors, including Philippine Ambassador to France Cristina Ortega, visited the Airbus factory in Toulouse on August 30 with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as part of France‘s economic diplomacy efforts. The Philippines was one of a select group of countries invited to the factory visit, which was part of the annual summer seminar of all French ambassadors. The Ambassadors were personally toured by Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier. During the tour, four Airbus aircraft being painted with the logos of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific were displayed outside the hangar. Following the lifting by the European Union of the ban on Philippine Airlines flights on 10 July 2013, travelers can now look forward to direct flights from Manila to various European cities such as Paris. END |TOP| 15. Ormoc Bay named Water Quality Management Area Source: http://www.denr.gov.ph The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has designated Leyte province's Ormoc Bay, including its watershed and tributaries, as a water quality management area (WQMA). Under Department Administrative Order No. 2013-21 issued by DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, Ormoc Bay will be placed under close monitoring by authorities to ensure that its water quality complies with the standards set forth under Republic Act No. 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. Paje said the designation of Ormoc Bay as WQMA was intended to formulate a comprehensive management program to promote environmental strategies and appropriate economic instruments, as well as control mechanisms, for the protection of the water body. ―With Ormoc City‘s economy on the upswing, putting the entire Ormoc Bay under a regime of a comprehensive management program is imperative given its centrality to the commercial and agricultural vibrancy of Leyte province,‖ Paje said. The environment chief noted that the bay area is affected by the activities in the 425-hectare Leyte Industrial Development Estate (LIDE) located in the nearby town of Isabel. LIDE houses the Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Plant, Asia‘s largest fertilizer plant, and the Philippine Associated Smelter And Refining Company, the biggest copper processing plant in the country. Paje said the designation will fast track the harmonization of water quality management activities within the area with other programs and initiatives so that water quality standards are met according to the intended uses of the concerned waterways. ―This latest WQMA declaration is a reiteration of the Aquino administration's resolve to institutionalize sound environmental policies as a pre-requisite to inclusive and sustainable growth,‖ Paje said.
Ormoc Bay is classified as "Class SC" or suitable for recreational uses and fishing, while its associated river systems are categorized as "Class C" for inland water bodies and are likewise recommended for fishing and recreational uses. Its tributaries include numerous small basins that drain the municipalities of Albuera and Merida, and the Ormoc-Kananga Basin which had been identified by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as among the top 12 groundwater reservoirs in the country. Paje said the important role of these water resources in the sustainable development of the province of Leyte, together with the presence of numerous threats to the quality of such resources and the need to foster inter-agency cooperation in the protection, monitoring and management were the key reasons for the designation of Ormoc Bay as WQMA. The WQMA covers a total area of 79,836 hectares, and is comprised of a watershed or terrestrial area of 54,906 hectares and an offshore water or bay area of 24,930 hectares. Under the Clean Water Act, the DENR, in coordination with the National Water Resources Board, is mandated to designate certain areas as WQMAs using appropriate physiographic units such as watershed, river basins, or water resources regions to effectively enforce its provisions and improve the water quality of water bodies. The law seeks to provide a decentralized management system for water quality protection and improvement of river systems. Likewise, the DENR is tasked to create a governing board for each WQMA, which is chaired by a regional director of the DENR‘s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Its members include the mayor and governor of the concerned local government unit and representatives of relevant national government agencies, duly registered non-government organizations, and business and water utility sectors. The governing board serves as a planning, monitoring and coordinating body. It also reviews the WQMA action plan prepared by the EMB. The DENR and the stakeholders address the water quality problems, sources of pollution, and the beneficial use of the receiving water body. They also determine what control measures to institute to effectively achieve water quality objectives or improvements. |TOP| 16. ANNOUNCEMENT: Publication of Nominees for Various Professional Regulatory Boards (August 28, 2013) Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph The Professional Regulation Commission, in compliance with Section I, Article II of Executive Order No. 496, Series of 1991, which reads: ―The Commission shall, upon receipt of the resolution from the accredited professional organization, immediately publish the same in a newspaper of general circulation for the purpose of inviting anyone who may have derogatory information against any of the nominees which may render him unfit for the position to inform the said Commission within a period of ten (10) days from such publication xxx‖, hereby publishes the names of the nominees. Click here for the list of nominees for various Professional Regulatory Boards |TOP| 17. MMFF sets October 4 as deadline for submission of entries to the new wave Film Festival Source: http://www.mmda.gov.ph Filmmakers have until October 4, 2013 to submit their entries to the Cinephone, Student Short Film, Animation, and Full Feature categories of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). A prelude to the annual mainstream MMFF, the Cinephone Festival, now on its second year, is a cellphone movie-making contest open to all currently enrolled high school and college students. Participants should submit a duly accomplished entry form together with the synopsis of the story and proof of enrolment. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, concurrent head of the MMFF, said the New Wave Film Festival encourages young talented filmmakers to exhibit their craft. On the other hand, the Student Short Film category is open to all tertiary students. The short film must not exceed twenty minutes and has not been entered in other film competitions. Entries should be submitted in five playable DVDs on AVI format. "The concept of change must come from the youth. Let us give them opportunity to espouse ingenious ideas and contribute to the development of the film industry," Tolentino said. ("Ang mga ideya ng pagbabago ay dapat manggaling sa mga kabataan. Ating bigyan ng puwang ang mga bagong malikhaing diwa at mabigyan ng pagkakataon sa industriya. Ang totoong premyo ay ang kanilang ambag sa pagbabago.")
For the first time this year, the MMFF has also opened its doors to animators with the inclusion of the Animation category. The contest is open to all Filipino professional and / or student / amateur animators. Entries must have a maximum running time of twelve minutes and have not in any way been commercially shown here or abroad. Likewise, entries to the Full Feature category should not have been featured in other local and international festivals and must have a total running time of 75 minutes. Entries to all categories may be submitted personally or through mail to the MMFF Secretariat at the Office of the Chairman, EDSA corner Orense Streets, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City. Selected New Wave films will be shown from December 18 to 24 at Glorietta and SM cinemas. The MMFF, an annual event espoused by MMDA, is organized primarily to help promote and enhance the preservation, growth and development of the local film industry. (mmda.gov.ph/mmff) |TOP|
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President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Cabinet Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malaca単an Palace on Monday (September 04,). In photo are Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Finance Cesar Purisima and , Education Secretary Armin Luistro . (Photo by:n Ryan Lim / Lauro Montellano / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the Cabinet Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malaca単an Palace on Monday (September 04). In photo are Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr.,Department of Finance Cesar Purisima and, Education Secretary Armin Luistro . (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau)
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