Page 1

iSIQUIJOR Information is our business.


Philhealth’s new rate to boost corporate financial stability SIQUIJOR, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- The new adjustment rate implemented by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation starting January this year will boost its financial stability, said Germelyn Mae Tumapon of PhilHealth Siquijor. Tumapon said the increase will compensate the expanded several benefit packages introduced without any premium adjustments in the last three years. Among these are the 14 Z Benefit Packages for catastrophic illnesses of which the revised contribution scheme was approved by the PhilHealth Board of Directors. She said, under the new scheme, PhilHealth will be implementing a 0.25 percent upward adjustment for the formal sector from its current contribution rate of 2.5 per cent. The adjustment will be applied straight based on the employee’s salary and will be divided equally between the employer and the employee. This will allow the PhilHealth to extend Primary Care Benefit (PCB) 1 Package to employed members. The package includes primary care consultations, risk profiling for hypertension and diabetes, and periodical breast examination, among others, said Tumapon. There will also be additional health packages such as the medical detoxification package of P10,000, Z benefit package for small and pre-term babies of as much as P135,000, upgrading of coverage for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia to P500,000, among others. Also up for implementation are four Z Benefit packages for children with disabilities covering hearing and visual impairment, mobility and developmental disabilities. Studies are being conducted to determine the appropriate amount of coveragee for hearing and visual impairment. Children with developmental disabilities are entitled to PhilHealth benefits ranging from P3,626 to P5,276 while mobility impairment starts at P13,110, she said. (rac/PIA7-Siquijor w/ reports from IAAbatayo)

Job Fair and Halad sa Katawhan at the Siquijor State College, Larena, Siquijor as part of its 23rd Charter Anniversary with the theme: “SSC: Embracing the Global Dynamics of Public Higher Education”



PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION: The province of #Siquijor joins the entire nation and the world in recognizing the special contributions of women from all walks of life with its provincial kick-off celebration at Lazi, Siquijor. Together let’s all celebrate Women’s Day today and Women’s Month for the whole March.


is the Island of Siquijor’s first electronic newsletter produced by the Philippine Information AgencySiquijor Information Center and the DOST - Provincial Science and Technology Center. It contains snippets of information about Siquijor, Central Visayas and the Philippine Government. THERE IS GOOD NEWS EVERYDAY.

FOLLOW US online! /Pia Siquijor /PIA Siquijor @PiaSiquijor


President Duterte determined to build ‘strong’ security forces before stepping down The administration is focused on strengthening the country’s military and police forces, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday, February 26. In his speech during the inauguration of a shooting range here, President Duterte reiterated his commitment to further enhance the armed capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to avert any future threats and challenges to national security. “I wish to announce now that I want to build a strong Armed Forces and a strong police bago ako mag-alis sa aking opisina (before I leave my office),” Duterte said during the opening of the newest shooting range of Armscor in Buhangin District. “They will have the priority in the purchase. Well, of course, we want to have the infrastructure but what would it do good to us if we are a weak nation? Kayakayanin ka lang. (You will be treated as a pushover.),” he added. In line with the continuing modernization program of the government, Duterte announced that the Philippines would be receiving some 5,000 firearms from a “friendly country” in the coming days. “I am not at liberty to divulge it but in the next few days we will have about 5,000 more shipment coming from a friendly country,” he said. He noted that the government is trying to acquire firearms from countries other than the United States to be able to equip the military and police with the necessary weapons to quell the threat of terrorism such as the Marawi siege. “We will survive and we will win these pocket wars. And we will be a great nation someday,” he stressed. The President likewise raised the possibility of arming the military reservists and graduates of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to combat terrorism. “But if things get worse, I will allow the mobilization and the maybe purchase of the ROTC and those guys who have had military training and I will allow you to use, bear the high-caliber firearms,”

Philippine Information Agency Director General Harold Clavite, in his welcome remarks for the delegates of the ASEAN-Japan Forum on Media and Information Literacy, highlights the importance of being responsible to the veracity of messages people disseminate.

he said. “You attempt to attack a city, then we are prepared and I’m sure we are capable of doing it,” he said adding that he would strengthen the government force by adding thousands of troops. Meanwhile, President Duterte insisted that the campaign against illegal drugs would continue despite the International Criminal Court’s decision (ICC) to conduct a preliminary examination. “It will not stop the war against drugs. ICC or no ICC, it will proceed and it would last until the day --- of the last day of my term,” the Chief Executive said. He underscored that discontinuing the war on illegal drugs would “compromise” the future generation. “So dito sa panahon natin, tapusin na lang natin ‘to. (Let’s finish this within my term.) So I have three more years plus. And maybe at the end of my term, we would have --- not really get rid of everything because that’s impossible but

bring it to the barest minimum,” he said. The President reiterated that he has no plan to perpetuate himself in power and his only ambition is to serve his country with utmost dignity and pride. “Wala man akong ambisyon except to serve my country, make it a good place for all of us, comfortable, and when my time comes, I will go. No problem. No ambition to stay any bit longer,” he said. Prior to his speech, the Chief Executive showed his shooting skills as he fired several rounds at the newly opened firing range. The indoor firing range is the second Armscor branch to be established in Davao City. Back in 2006, then-Mayor Duterte attended the opening of its first branch. Also present during the event were Philippine Ambassador to Mexico Demetrio Tuason and Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa. PND


Cebuano News

Mga opisyal sa brgy. nga walay gihimo sa (PIA) -- Gipasidan-an sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) nga pasakaan og kaso ang bisan kinsang opisyal sa barangay nga dili motabang sa kampanya batok sa ilegal nga droga. Sigun pa ni PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, hatagan lamang nila og 30 ka adlaw ang kinsa mang opisyal sa barangay nga dili mosunod sa gimugnang Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) sa PDEA ug Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Nagpadala na og sulat ang DILG sa mga badlongon nga opisyal sa barangay nga nagpabiling walay gihimo

4Ps beneficiaries, may dugang benepisyo sugod karong buwan (PIA)--Sugod karong buwan, madawat na sa kapin sa pito ka milyong pamilya ang bag-ong cash subsidy gikan sa gobyerno. Matud pa sa Department of Finance, P200 matag buwan ang madawat sa naa sa 7.4 milyong pamilya isip tabang sa epekto sa Tax Reforms for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. Gipasabot ni Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua nga ang cash subsidy lahi pa sa conditional cash transfer nga nadawat sa mga benepisyaryo ubos sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Gitawag sa DOF nga “unconditional cash transfer” ang maong benepisyo tungod kay dili sama sa CCT program, wala kini kaanib nga kondisyones. Unang makadawat og UCT ang naa sa 4.4 milyon ka 4Ps beneficiaries ug naa sa 3 milyon nga indigent senior citizens. Kinatibuk-ang P2,400 alang sa

ug gitulogan lamang ang giyera batok sa ilegal nga droga sa gobyerno. “Ang BADAC mohatag og tabang ngadto sa mga ahensiya nga tigpatuman sa balaod sa pagpapha ug clearing operation sa ilegal nga droga. Gitahasan sila sa pag-plano ug pagimplementar og estratehikong palisiya, programa ug proyekto kalabot sa drug prevention ug control, diin gihatagan sila og gahom political ug polis sa barangay aron modumala sa tulumanon sa komunidad,” matud pa ni Aquino. Nagtuo si Aquino nga kun tanang opisyal sa barangay makatabang nila sa

gihingosgang kampanya batok sa ilegal nga droga, moabot ang panahon nga mahimong drug free ang atong nasod. Giingong mahimong ikatangtang sa ilang posisyon isip mga opisyal sa barangay ang dili motabang tungod kay pasakaan kini nila og kasong ‘gross negligence ug dereliction of duties’. Gipahayag usab ni Aquino nga posibleng protektor o di kaha nalambigit mismo sa drug activities ang mga opisyal sa barangay nga dili motabang sa drug war campaign sa gobyerno ug mahimo kining pasakaan og kaso base sa Republic Act 9165. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

The Fire Prevention Month every March is officially promoted to educate the people and make them aware of the causes of fire and how we can prevent them. With the theme “Ligtas na Pilipinas ang ating hangad, Pag-iingat sa sunog ay sa sarili ipatupad,” the government is stressing the importance of community disaster preparedness.

tibuok tuig ang madawat sa kwalipikadong pamilya. Paghidangat sa tuig 2019, ang P200 matag buwan isaka sa P300 o kinatibuk-ang P3,600 matag tuig. Samtang paghidangat usab sa Agosto, dugang nga 2.6 ka pamilya ang mahatagan sa nahisgotang benepisyo.

Mokabat sa P25.67 bilyon ang gigahin sa gobyerno alang sa UCT nga nahisulod sa 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA). Ang UCT madawat pinaagi sa ATM card transfers, bisan over the counter sa Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) ug ubang mga rural banks. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

2018 07 february 22 march 01, 2018  
2018 07 february 22 march 01, 2018  

Snippets of information about Siquijor province, Central Visayas, and the Philippine government. The island of Siquijor's first electronic n...