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MIMAROPA Region Joinsink the agreement Nation in Celebrating DSWD, DOT, USAID to create Nutrition livelihoodMonth! for Pantawid Pamilya families Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon JulianoSoliman, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Gloria Steele signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of livelihood opportunities for (From Right) DSWD Secretary Soliman, DOT Secretary Jimenez, and Pantawid Pamilya USAID head Steele face the media after the MOU signing. beneficiaries. Guests from the public and private sectors witnessed the formalization of the partnership for the implementation of the program dubbed “ One Step-Project” held in Makati City. The One-Step Project The One-Step Project is a collaboration in terms of moving forward to improving the quality of life of Filipinos. Pantawid Pamilya families will be able to participate in an inclusive tourism economy, as they will be provided with livelihood and employment opportunities. They will be linked to tourism destinations where their products may serve as high-quality food supply and commodities for tourists. “The Filipino product must be bought not because it is Filipino but because it is good,” expressed Secretary Jimenez. The USAID extends its support through its project called Advancing Philippine Competitiveness or COMPETE, in which the tourism sector is prioritized as a key competitive industry in the Philippines. For the project, both DSWD and DOT are expected to identify pilot sites for the expansion of socio-economic activities in communities where the tourism industry can be further developed. The project will also develop a Poverty Reduction Roadmap through Tourism Development for 2013-2016. Research and analysis will be conducted as basis for the selection of pilot communities and other activities for documentation, publication, and dissemination of case studies for replication. Assessment studies will also be conducted on supply chain requirements for products and services by tourism enterprises that will serve as input to the skills training and livelihood programs. Conscious convergence efforts The One-Step Project will be the product of pooled resources both from the communities and of the public and private sectors engaged in the endeavor. Other agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) will also contribute to the project. There will also be a re-introduction of the inclusive tourism model to the communities in partnership with the regional offices, local government units (LGUs), private sector groups, non-government agencies, and people’s organizations. The agencies will also closely coordinate with the LGUs from the pilot communities for More pn page 13...

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Ay...Marinduque Ni: NOEL V. MAGTURO

Sa trabaho namin, marami kaming mga bagay na nakikita. Maraming mga katotohanan, maganda man o di masikmura, ang aming nadadaanan sa proseso ng pangangalap ng iba-balita. Hindi man namin gusto, mayroon kaming mga bagay na nakikita na hindi magandang pakinggan pero kailangan pa rin naming ilahad dahil iyon ay totoo.

Minsan, sa pangangalap ng ibabalita, nakakatisod kami ng”press release” tungkol sa mga proyekto ng lokal na pamahalaan. Kapag naibabalita namin ang mga iyon, hindi naman masyadong napapansin dahil ang akala ng iba, nag-papalakas lamang kami. Minsan naman, talaga lang hindi napapansin dahil pangkaraniwan na naman ang balita na ganoon. Pero minsan din, nakakakita kami ng mga balita na maaaring hindi maging maganda ang imahe ng mga lokal na opisyal. May mga balita na talaga namang nangyayari, gustuhin man namin magkaroon noon o hindi, kusa na lang dumarating. Ang kaibahan nga lang ng maganda at pangit na balita, ang maganda ay hindi napapansin. Kasi nga naman, “press release” lang. Ni hindi man lang ipinapakita ng opisyales ang katuwaan dahil ibinabalita namin ang mga nagawa nila. Taken for granted na lang na iyon ang trabaho namin na ibalita ang mga iyon. Ang nakakainis, kapag pangit ang balita namin, nagagalit naman sila. Hindi man lang nila naisip na iyon ang trabaho namin. May mga opisyales na sisisihin ka pa, o hindi ka pakikiharapan sa susunod na ikaw ay makipag-usap kasi blacklisted ka na. Nagagalit sila kasi akala nila, sinisiraan lang namin sila. Mayroon pang iba, kapag nagbalita ka ng hindi maganda, kaaway na ang turing sa iyo. Kahit na nga bumawi ka at magbalita ng positibong kaganapan sa lugar na iyon, wala na ring halaga. Kasi nga, galit na sila. Kaaway ka na. Pinepersonal nila ang mga bagay na hindi naman personal kundi trabaho lang naman. Iyon ang dahilan kung bakit napakahirap na maging isang mamamahayag. Noon kasi, idealistic ako. Ang sabi ko sa sarili ko, ihahayag ko kung alin ang totoo dahil iyon naman talaga ang nararapat. Magiging mamamahayag ako na patas at hindi tatapak sa kaninuman para lamang umangat. Pero kung minsan pag sinuri ko yung nangyayari, ang hirap-hirap. Ang hirap maging mamamahayag na walang natatapakan. Kapag kasi may mga balita ka na hindi maganda, hindi mo naman pwedeng hindi ilabas dahil iyon ang trabaho mo. Hindi mo pwedeng ipikit ang mga mata mo at ilabas ang mga maganda dahil hindi naman ikaw magiging totoo sa iyong mga mambabasa. Kailangan kapag mamamahayag ka, bakal ang puso mo. Kailangan matigas ang mukha mo. Kasi kapag hindi, unang-una ka nang iiyak dahil talaga namang pepersonalin ka na kapag hindi nagustuhan ang ibabalita mo.

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Naalala ko tuloy noong bagong destino ako sa isang munisipalidad. Nakikipag-usap noon ng maayos sa akin iyong mga opisyal doon. Ngingitian ako, kinakausap. Pero mula nang may ibalita akong balita na medyo hindi maganda ang imahe ng kanilang namumuno, hindi na rin maganda ang pakikitungo sa akin. Halos iwasan na nila ako, halos hindi na pansinin. Minsan nga, nagkukunwari pa na hindi ako nakita. Nag-aalala na nga rin ako, baka minsan naglalakad ako doon, barilin na lang ako basta. Hindi naman ako natatakot na mamatay, kaya lang, marami pang mga bagay na gusto kong mangyari, sa aking buhay at marami pang pangarap ang gustong mabuo. Hindi ako duwag, nag-aalala lang. Iyun nga sana ang pakiusap ko, at marami ng iba pang mga mamamahayag. Sana naman, huwag nilang personalin ang mga ibabalita namin. Inilalabas namin ang mga kaganapan, maganda man o pangit dahil may karapatan ang mga tao na malaman ang totoo. Kung ang ibabalita namin ay puro magaganda, hindi na iyon magiging kapani-paniwala dahil hindi naman ganun ang nakikita ng mga tao. Kredibilidad namin ang nakasalalay ditto. Maaaring kredibilidad ninyo rin, pero kayo naman ang gumagawa no’n di ba? Hindi naman kami. Kami naman ay nagbabalita lang, kayo ang gumagawa ng ibabalita namin. Kaya sana, huwag na ninyo pahirapan pa ang mahirap na naming trabaho. Deadline nga lang, mahirap na, dadagdagan pa ninyo ng pressure, kawawa naman kami. Hindi ba? Para maligaya ang lahat, gumawa na lang kayo ng mabuti. Ang pahayagan naman naming ay nakakaappreciate ng mga gawain na maganda. Ibinabalita naman namin ang mga proyekto ninyo, kahit maliit lang iyan. Kahit hindi ninyo pinapansin. Kung ayaw ninyo lumabas na pangit ang imahe ninyo, kumilos kayo, magtrabaho kayo. Gawin ninyo ang lahat para sa ikagaganda ng inyong nasasakupan. At kapag gina-wa ninyo ito, asahan ninyo, makikita namin iyon, at siya naming ihahayag sa mga tao na bumabasa sa aming diyaryo at mapapanood sa local t.v. At ang hiling lang namin, kapag may pangit na balita, huwag naman kayong magagalit. Ituring ninyo itong positibo at gamitin ang aming inilahad para mas mapaganda ninyo ang inyong pamunuan. Ano mang komentaryo ay bukas sa lahat. Ipadala lamang ang inyong gawa sa pscijourn_marinduque@yahoo.com.ph at cell.no. # 09235941599. Huwag kalimutan ang inyong pangalan, lagda at tirahan.

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Higit 12M pondo sa pabahay, inilaan sa mga Mangyan By Voltaire Dequina

SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro, (PIA) -- Umabot ng higit sa P12 milyon ang halaga ng kabahayaan na itatayo para sa mga katutubong Mangyan sa lalawigan. Nangangahulugan ito ng libreng bahay para sa may 395 pamilya ng mga katutubo mula sa apat na sitio ng lalawigan. Ang mga ito ay ang Sitio Landing ng Barangay Pinagturilan sa bayan ng Sta Cruz na may itatayong 128 na kabahayan, Sitio Kulasisi ng Barangay Batumbuhay ng bayan ng Sablayan na may 131 na kabahayan, Sitio Naibungan at Ibanag ng Barangay Batasan bayan ng San Jose na may itatayong 86 at 50 kabahayan. Ayon kay Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) officer-in-charge (OIC) Rosalina R. Lamocca, nagsimula ang proyektong ito ng bumisita si Vice President Jejomar Binay sa lalawigan, noong Oktubre 2012. Dito ay inilapit ng dating gobernador Josephine Sato ang proyektong pabahay para sa mga katutubong Mangyan na agad sinangayunan ng pangalawang pangulo. Ayon sa National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) naging mahaba ang proseso ng pagpili ng mga benificiaries ng naturang pabahay. Kinailangan nilang magsagawa ng konsultasyon sa mga pamayanan ng katutubo upang masiguro ang kanilang kahandaan sa proyektong pabahay. Kasunod nito ay ang pagtiyak na ang lupang gagamitin ay may Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) na siyang hinihingi ng National Housing Authority bilang bilang seguridad sa lupa. Ang PSWDO naman ang nagsagawa ng paghahanda sa pamayanan ng mga katutubo ng apat na sitio. Ipinaliwanag nila ang mga gagawin at maaaring mangyari bago at matapos gawin ang proyekto sa kanilang kumunidad. Nakatalaga naman sa Provincial Engineering Office ang pagsasagawa ng bidding at pagpapatnubay hanggang matapos ang proyektong libreng pabahay ng NHA. Tinanggap na ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ang pondo para sa proyektong ito. (LBR/VND/PIA 4B/Occ Min)

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Intellectual property system can enhance Palawan’s tourism By Victoria Asuncion S. Mendoza

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, (PIA) – “Palawan’s development particularly its eco-tourism can be further enhanced by utilization of the intellectual property system.” Lawyer Allan B. Gepty, deputy director general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), said this in his talk and discussion during the forum on intellectual property held at the A&A Plaza Hotel in this city yesterday. According to DDG Gepty, intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind such as inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images and designs used in commerce. IP includes patents, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, copyrights and other creative human endeavors. IP is an ownership of rights by individuals. “The IP system may be utilized to create incentives for Palaweños to create and innovate. For small and medium enterprises, IP has become a very significant component of success,” said Gepty. Gepty observed that the rich natural endowments and the skilled and creative human resources, validate its development as the country’s premiere eco-tourism and agro-tourism destination. He said that Palawan’s unique identity, one that distinguishes it from other competitive destinations, can be developed through destination branding. With destination branding, all things associated with Palawan are combined in one brand that captures the essence of the destination, a unified brand that strongly represents the “core personality of the province.” “Further, the abundance and diversity of Palawan’s natural and human resources are expected to result in the creation of high-valued trademarks, patents and copyrights, among others,” Gepty said. He encouraged the participants to register their intellectual properties with IPOPHL, in order to ensure that the painstaking work that they have put in to develop their products or services are amply rewarded and also to ensure protection against the misuse of their brands, patents or copyrights by unauthorized persons. The forum was attended by representatives and officials of the academe, private and business sector and local government units. (LBR/VSM/PIA4B-Palawan)

USAID-funded school building in Puerto Princesa now complete By Orlan C. Jabagat

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, (PIA) -- A two-room school building funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Simpokan Elementary School, Bgy. Simpokan, Puerto Princesa City was completed recently. The school building can accommodate 40 pupils each room and is likely to augment the room shortages in the said school. The construction was made possible through the combined efforts of the US Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) Philippines in partnership with Western Command through Vertical Unit Engineering Company (VUEC), 3rd Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (Seabees) Philippine Navy. Wenie Dagot, Teacher-In-Charge of the school said that the pupils, parents and the community are very grateful for the help extended by the US government. It has given the pupils opportunity to learn in a comfortable and conducive school facility. The US Navy Seabees conducts CCAD operations in order to improve public infrastructure for the delivery of essential services, to develop and strengthen enduring relationship with the AFP and to demonstrate US commitment to the Republic of the Philippines. (LBR/NFW/OCJ-PIA4B Palawan)

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Stella Maris fish sanctuary: endeared by sea turtles By Luis T. Cueto

Stella Maris is a coral rich fish sanctuary in picturesque Barangay Calima, Pola town, Oriental Mindoro. But the 30-plus hectare sanctuary is not just attracting schooling fish but frequented as well by other endearing sea creatures: the pawikans (sea turtles) such as the Hawkbills, Olive Ridleys and Green turtles. Hawkbills are one of the two critically endangered sea turtles in the world and hunted by poachers for its tortoise shell. These sea turtles, females mostly, come ashore only to lay eggs. Local marine technologist Mariane Monterey said they have tagged at least 40 sea turtles last year in Stella Mariz which has shallow seawaters and typhoon-proof coves. The presence of sea turtles in the fish sanctuary bolstered local conservationists' efforts to make Stella Maris as Oriental Mindoro's 6th Marine Protected Area (MPA). MPAs, as defined by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), refer to identified portions of land and water set aside by reason of their unique physical and biological significance, managed to enhance biological diversity and protected against destructive human exploitation. Incidentally, MIMAROPA, particularly Palawan, is one of the sites where there are marine turtle sanctuaries (otherwise known as marine turtle habitats and nesting areas): the islands of Hanog, Tanobon, El Nido and Kota and PanataCay-Kalayaan Group. While the local government (municipal and barangay officials) prepared the ordinance and other legworks to prohibit fishing in the Stella Maris fish sanctuary, private organizations such as Conservation International and the Malampaya Foundation Incorporated (MFI) helps in capacity building to empower the locals

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conservation. MFI is the social arm of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas to Power Project, the pioneering natural gas project operated by Shell Philippines Exploration BV (SPEX). MFI supported Barangay Calima by providing a resource assessment for Stella Mariz and through the selection, delineation, groundbreaking and base lining of the site. It also provided capacity building for the managers of the MPA and created a network of enforcement coordinators for the area. The coastal community is also benefiting from the conservation work in terms of the source of livelihood it provides for many indivi duals. Lynne Alcanices, Senior Fishery Officer of the Province of Oriental Mindoro, said that the practice of establishing MPAs is now widely accepted in the province, indicating increased public awareness of the urgency of sea biodiversity protection and preservation. For her part, MFI Executive Director Karen Agabin said their foundation has been supporting local governments in their efforts to manage their rich natural resources through their marine biodiversity conservation program. (LBR/ LP/JRM/LTC/PIA4B/Calapan City)

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DA, nagkaloob ng hand tractor sa asosasyon ng magsasaka /Ni Dinnes Manzo

ROMBLON, Romblon, (PIA) -- Ang Department of Agriculture (DA) ay nagkaloob ng hand tractor sa Macalas-Tambac-Ilauran Irrigators Association upang magamit sa paglilinang ng lupa ng mga magsasaka ng tatlong baranggay. Kamakailan ay pormal na tinanggap ni Ignacio Mallen Jr., presidente ng naturang asosasyon ang hand tractor na ibinigay ng kagawaran ng agrikultura. Sinabi ni Agricutural Technologist Marcos Muros ng Office of the Municipal Agriculture na ang hand tractor ay nagkakahalaga ng P120,000. Ang DA ang nagbayad sa manufacturer ng P110,000 at ang Macalas-Tambac-Ilauran Irrigators Association ay nagbigay naman ng P19,000 upang punuan ang kabuuang presyo ng nasabing kagamitan. Laking pasasalamat ng mga miyembro ng mga magbubukid dahil malaking tulong ito para mapabilis ang pagbubungkal nila ng lupa sa kanilang pagtatanim sa sakahan. Ayon kay Mallen, ang kanilang asosasyon ay binubuo ng mahigit 40 kasapi mula sa tatlong baranggay, Brgy. Macalas, Brgy. Tambac at Brgy. Ilauran. Nagpapasalamat din sila sa Office of the Municipal Agriculture na pinamumunuan ni Municipal Agriculture Officer Arturo Gutierrez dahil naiparating ang kanilang hinihiling sa DA at mabilis na natugunan ang kanilang kahilingan. Sa pamamagitan aniya ng makabagong gamit ay mapapataas nila ang kanilang produksyon sa pagsasaka dahil mabilis nang matatapos ang pag-aararo ng lupa at mas gagaan na ang ilan pang gawain sa bukirin. (LBR/DM/PIA-IVB/ Romblon)

2013 National Demographic and Health Survey sisimulan na ng NSO Romblon /By D. Manzo ROMBLON, Romblon, (PIA) -- Sisimulan na ng National Statistics Office (NSO Romblon) ang pagsasagawa ng 2013 National Demographic and Health survey sa ilang tinukoy o piniling barangay ng ahensiya sa lalawigan ng Romblon. Tinatarget ng NSO na matapos ang isasagawang survey sa Setyembre 24. Ayon kay Provincial Statistics Officer Abraham F. Fabicon, bago nila simulan ang survey, nagpadala ang kanilang tanggapan ng dalawang enumerator sa lungsod ng Calapan upang sumailalim sa training ng NSO hinggil sa mga kokolektahing datos at importanteng gagawin sa NDH survey. Ang NDHS ay isinasagawa ng NSO kada limang taon at ito rin ay bahagi ng pandaigdigang pagtala at paghahanda upang makakolekta ng tamang impormasyon tungkol sa iba’t ibang usaping pangkalusugan ng mga kababaihan gaya ng fertility, family planning at maternal and child health. Ayon kay Fabicon, ang isasagawang survey ay isang statistical na aktibidad sa ilalim ng Executive Order No. 352, na inilabas noong Hulyo 1, 1996. Ang 2013 NDHS ay tututok lamang sa pagkolekta ng datos at impormasyon sa background characteristics ng isang babae na may edad 15-49 taong gulang. Ang mga katanungan ay nakabatay lamang sa kanilang reproductive behavior and intentions, family planning, maternal and child health, marriage and asexual activities, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), household characteristics, domestic violence at iba pang may kinalaman sa kalusugan ng mga kababaihan. Ang survey ay isasagawa sa 17,000 kababaihan mula sa 16,000 na sambahayan sa buong bansa na inaasahang masasagot ng maayos ang mga survey at magreresulta ng 98 porsiyentong kabuuan. Sa lalawigan ng Romblon, ang survey ay isasagawa sa apat na sample barangays. Kabilang sa mga ito ang Brgy. Agbudia sa bayan ng Romblon, Brgy. Tugdan sa bayan ng Alcantara, Brgy. Azagra sa bayan ng San Fernando at Brgy. Limon Sur sa bayan ng Looc. Sa bawat baranggay na nabanggit, 20 sambahayan ang sasailalim sa pagtatanong ng mga NSO enumerator tungkol sa ilang mahahalagang impormasyon datos na kailangan masagutan sa questionnaires na ibibigay sa mga respondents. Inaasahang mailalabas o mailalathala ng NSO ang resulta ng 2013 NDH Survey sa Agosto 20, 2014. (LBR/DM/ PIA-IVB/Romblon)

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DOST-Mimaropa teaches advance bleaching and dyeing of abaca By Mayda Lagran BOAC, Marinduque, (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology-Provincial Science and Technology Center (DOST-PSTC) recently conducted a training on advance bleaching and dyeing of abaca –based handicrafts. The participants were composed of members of the Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-purpose Cooperative at the Sitio Kasurok, Brgy. Tugos, Boac, where the training was also held. The sitio is known in Boac for its rich produce of abaca plants. It was 2007 when the Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-purpose Cooperative came up with the livelihood project of utilizing abaca fibers. Recently, Pacifico L. Mabato, the cooperative leader, sought the help of DOST- PST Director Bernardo Caringal on how to better improve their products and facilities. Dir. Caringal provided the training to assist the cooperative to enhance their existing facility and equipment to to cater to a wider market. The activity was entitled “Technology Training on Advanced Bleaching and Dyeing for Natural Fibers”, with Engr. Bilshan F. Servañez, the Provincial S&T Director of Romblon, who served as the resource person. Servañez shared pointers to improve the usual way of bleaching and dyeing of abaca. The new technology will enhance the quality of the abaca products and ease the production process, resulting to increased productivity. Servañez said the Mangyans bleach their natural abaca fibers by overnight-soaking the freshly harvested fibers, then these are washed and dry. He said that this process may be followed, but the use of lesser amount of glacial acetic acid during bleaching will improve the tensile strength of the fibers. The use of glaubers salt instead of ordinary rock salt is also recommended to avoid the fading of dyes. The glaubers salt serves as a levelling agent by dispersing the dye evenly throughout the fiber, which gives intensity to the colors containing turquoise and helps wash fast. There was also a session on profitability analysis for the production and on techniques for efficient fiber utilization in producing abaca slippers. DOST-PSTC provided the digital weighing scale for more accurate and precise weighing of chemicals for improved ration during drying. The project is funded through the DOST-Mimaropa’s Grants-In-Aid (GIA) fund. (LBR/BTC/EPM/MNL/ PIA-4B/ MARINDUQUE)

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DOLE, DILG, Pag-IBIG, SSS, and Phil-Health to roll out unified registration system for kasambahay in two weeks Mindful of the need to immediately ensure the welfare of all kasambahay in the country as mandated by law, partner agencies responsible for the implementation of Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers, or the Kasambahay Law, namely, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Pag-IBIG Fund; Social Security System (SSS), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, or PhilHealth, met yesterday to assess the progress of the Unified Registration System (URS) and agreed to roll out the system in two weeks, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said. Baldoz, together with Emilio De Quiros, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, SSS; Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, Chief Executive Officer, Pag-IBIG and her Senior Vice President for Provident Operations, Alex Aguilar; Alexander A. Padilla, President and Chief Executive Officer of PhilHealth, and Leocadio Trovela, Director of the DILG's National Barangay Operations Office, said during the meeting that technical aspects of the Unified Registration System, including the creation of an interactive web-based facility for the URS, will be ready in the next two weeks. "We have all agreed that the URS will be pilot-tested and then rolled out," said Baldoz. Atty. Berberabe of Pag-IBIG and Atty. Padilla of the PhilHealth reported that their respective legal officers have reviewed the memorandum of agreement (MOU) on the kasambahay URS and have found this in order, while De Quiros of the SSS said the SSS Board of Trustees will confirm the MOU in a meeting. The heads of the agencies agreed that once the MOU is signed and the URS is ready, they will conduct an extensive information and education campaign to raise the people's awareness on the Kasambahay Law and the URS. The URS will be a standard and unified regsistration procedure to facilitate the seamless transactional environment for the registration of domestic workers with Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, and the SSS. Under the URS, there will be only three one-page forms to be used. These are the Household Employer Unified Registration Form, Kasambahay Unified Registration Form, and the Household Employment Unified Report Form. But under the system, the three agencies shall maintain their respective ID numbering system, hence, the employer and the kasambahay will be issued three different ID numbers until such time that a common ID issuance system is developed and adopted. In the meantime, joint teams from the Pag-IBIG, SSS, and PhilHealth are currently rounding up different subdivisions and barangays to brief and register kasambahay using existing forms. On the part of the DILG, Director Trovela said DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has already issued a memorandum circular addressed to all city and municipal mayors, punong barangay, DILG regional directors and field officers, and the ARMM governor enjoining them to initiate the conduct of registration of all kasambahay in their jurisdiction. For this purpose, all punong barangay shall devise a system to ensure the registration of kasambahay, including an on-line registration. The barangay registration of all kasambahay, which is ongoing, is separate from the registration with the SSS, Pag-IBIG, and Phil-Health, but the heads of the implementing agencies agreed to a joint schedule of registration in barangay communities and subdivisions once the URS is implemented. Pag-IBIG Senior Vice President Aguilar said the technical working group on the URS will meet this week to assess the progress of the web-based facility which will be jointly operated by the implementing agencies, adding that the three agencies, together with DILG and DOLE, are making sure that efforts are coordinated and all activities in relation to this initiative will cover as many areas as possible.

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project conceptualization, sustainable implementation, monitoring and impact evaluation. Emphasis on inclusive growth Secretary Soliman said that the partnership is an opportunity for the communities to offer their unique cultures, develop them as part of growth corridors in the country, and provide intercultural and economic exchange among people, thereby providing an “active and purposive contribution to inclusive growth.” Secretary Soliman further said that the poor themselves power their own development. The key is to include everyone in the process. For his part, Secretary Jimenez added, “the world’s strongest democracies always began with the way the frontiers developed. They allowed the poorest to participate in areas of growth. The propensity to

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succeed [therefore] exists in the communities themselves.” Secretary Jimenez stressed that the project will bring about the social justice that the poor rightfully deserve, and reserve them a place at the table of prosperity enjoyed by others. He concluded that the “eradication of poverty begins with the restoration of trust in leadership, and with that trust, hope; with that hope, inspiration; and with that inspiration, the confidence to act.”

children will also be promoted through the Child Wise and Gender Development Programs. It will include the provision of accessible facilities and services to the physically challenged visitors and community members. ### See more at: http:// www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/08/dswd-dotusaid-ink-agreement-to-createlivelihood-for-pantawid-pamilyafamilies/#sthash.DJXPecr1.dpuf

Protection and promotion of human rights USAID Mission Director Steele shared the deepened support for the tourism industry, emphasizing the need to be wary of its negative impacts, particularly with regard to human trafficking. Joint advocacy programs for the protection of women and

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