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PIA Calabarzon 10 PRs ( March 22,23,25, 2013),Dispatch for March 25 , 2013 (Monday),
PCOO 7 Photonews March 23, 2013, 6 Weather Watch, 7 Regl.Watch , 2 OFW Watch,2 Pres.Aquinos Speech,15 Online News

Weather Watch 2 hours ago

DZRH: Nagsimula nang umuwi ang nasa 100 pamilya na lumikas sa kanilang mga tahanan sa Brgy.
Commonwealth, Quezon City matapos silang bahain kagabi dahil sa pag-apaw ng creek doon.

Weather Watch shared a link. 3 hours ago

24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST


Issued at: 5:00 AM 25 March 2013 SYNOPSIS: Diffused tail-end of a cold front affecting extreme Northern Luzon. Easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. FORECAST: Cagayan Valley, the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon. Light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

Over METRO MANILA: Maximum Temperature: 3:50 PM Yesterday --- 34.2 C Minimum Temperature: 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 23.4 C Maximum Relative Humidity : 6:00 AM Yesterday --- 98 % Minimum Relative Humidity : 4:00 PM Yesterday --- 54 % High Tide Today : 9:57 AM 0.46 meter Low Tide Today : 2:13 PM .. 0.30 meter High Tide Today : 9:04 PM ....... 0.81 meter Low Tide Tomorrow : 4:00 AM .. 0.08 meter Sunrise Today : 5:56 AM Sunset Today : 6:07 PM Moonrise Today : 4:16 PM Moonset Tomorrow : 4:44 AM Illumination Today : 93 % For more information and queries, please call at telephone numbers 927-1335 and 927-2877
or log on to www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph

Weather Watch 3 hours ago

GMA-7 resident weather forecaster Nathaniel Cruz:


-Inaasahang magiging cloudy na may kasamang pagbuhos ng ulan ngayong araw sa halos buong

bansa. -Bagama't walang namumuong sama ng panahon sa bansa ay asahan na ang kalat-kalat na pagulan sa buong bansa hanggang sa Biyernes Santo. -Ayon sa PAGASA, diffused tail-end ng cold front ang nakakaapekto sa extreme Northern Luzon habang Easterlies naman sa silangang bahagi ng Katimugang Luzon, Visayas, at Mindanao. -Sa NAIA sa Pasay ay maalinsanagan na panahon ang naghihintay sa maghapon at may 30-35% na tsansa ng pag-ulan. -Sa Clark airport, Pampanga naman ay mataas ang tsansa ng pag-ulan hanggang sa gabi. -Sa Mactan at Lapu-Lapu airport sa Cebu ay mataas din ang tsansa ng pag-ulan sa mag-hapon. -Sa Davao airport ay maalinsangan ang panahon at mataas ang tsansa ng pag-ulan lalo na mamayang tanghali at sa hapon.

Weather Watch 3 hours ago

ABS-CBN: Dalawang pamilya ang inilikas sa Upper Nawasa sa Brgy. Commonwealth, QC matapos
tumaaas ang baha roon pasado 8:00 kagabi na dala ng biglaang pag-ulan.

Weather Watch Yesterday

PIA-IV-A/CAVITE: SM City Bacoor in cooperation with the Department of Energy and the city
government of Bacoor leads tonight (8:30 to 9:30) the Earth Hour 2013. All SM Supermalls will switch off 100 percent all their mall's building lighted logos, 50% of their mall interior lights and perimeter lights including their tenant's lighting but remains open to their local patrons

Weather Watch
3 hours ago

CAVITE : LAGUNA : BATANGAS : RIZAL : QUEZON :

Cloudy Sunny Fair weather Sunny Mostly cloudy

PIA Regional Watch


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PIA Regional Watch 26 minutes ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Binasbasan ang P150M kalsada ng Brgy. Buso-Buso sa bayan ng Agoncillo ngayong araw.Ang proyektong ito ay naglalayong mapadali ang biyahe at pagbababa ng mga produkto sa kabayanan.

PIA Regional Watch about an hour ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Patuloy pa rin ang pag-ikot ng Bureau of Fire Protection sa mga establismyento sa lalawigan upang magbigay ng impormasyon at kaalaman kaugnay ng paghahanda at pag-iwas sa sunog. Namamahagi rin ang mga ito ng mga booklets at fliers na magagamit ng publiko.

PIA Regional Watch 2 hours ago PIA-4A/RIZAL: The RIZAL PDRRMC preparation for Semana Santa includes a series of meetings involving PNP, AFP, LDRRMOs (PADRRMO-Rizal Chapter), Red Cross and key government offices. The full operation of Lakbay Alalay will start on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 which includes traffic re-routing scheme on heavily affected areas. All LDRRMCs in coordination with PNP, AFP, PRC & NGOs will put-up booths in strategic locations. More than 3 million people are expected to visit the Antipolo Cathedral while thousands of devotees are also anticipated to flock at Regina Rica, Tanay persuading the PNP & AFP to request for augmentation from higher authorities. -Rizal PDRRMC

PIA Regional Watch 14 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Unti unti ng dumadagsa ang mga tao sa Batangas Port. Nakahanda naman ang pamunuan ng PPA sa pagdating ng mas marami pang pasahero lalo na sa Miyerkules Santo

PIA Regional Watch

14 hours ago PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Patuloy ang isinasagawang monitoring ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Rosario sa lahat ng estalisimyento kaugnay sa pagpapatupad ng no plastic,no styro policy.May nakatakdang karampatang parusa ang sinumang mahuling lumabag dito.

PIA Regional Watch Friday PIA-4A/LAGUNA: The Gawad Kalinga in partnership with the city government of Santa Rosa in Laguna launched the Bayani Challenge 2013 at the city hall lobby with 1,300 GK volunteers participating from various provinces such as Rizal, Cavite, Batangas and Pampanga among others. Day 1 Bayanihan activities include building houses in GK sites , school building refurbishing at GK Sites in Brgy. Pulong Santa Cruz and painting of pedestrian lanes at the city plaza and market area

PIA OFW Watch

PIA OFW Watch 13 hours ago GMA: Nasa 500 Pinoy nurses at medical personnel ang papayagan ng Germany na magtrabaho sa kanila. Bukod sa malaking sahod ay bibigyan din ng katulad ng benepisyo ng Germany tulad ng three- month working visa at pabahay ang mga magtatrabahong nurse roon. Ikinatuwa naman ng mga Pinoy nurse ang nasabing ulat.

PIA OFW Watch

Yesterday GMA-7: Ligtas na ang OFW sa Hong Kong na si Ruby Rosa Villanueva na nag-agaw buhay matapos na magkasakit dahil sa flesh-eating bacteria. Inaayos na ng OWWA ang kanyang mga dokumento para makauwi ng bansa.

A. QUEZON
1. Tagalog news: Police visibility mas pa-iigtingin pa ngayong bakasyon
By Ruel M. Orinday Saturday 23rd of March 2013

LUNGSOD NG LUCENA, Quezon, Marso 23 (PIA) --Mas paiigtingin ngayon ang gagawing pagbabantay ng Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni PSSupt Dionardo B Carlos sa mga matataong lugar sa Quezon sa darating na bakasyon kung saan inaasahan ang pagdagsa ng mga tao sa mga tourist spots ng Quezon at iba pang mga lugar na dinarayo kapag bakasyon. Bilang paghahanda, noong ika-20 ng Marso 2013, ipinatawag PD Carlos ang ilang hepe ng kapulisan, kabilang ang Lucban, Dolores, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Unisan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, General Luna, Catanauan, Tayabas, Lungsod ng Lucena at Company Commander ng Quezon Police Public Safety Company (QPPSC) upang maging handa at mas paghusayin ang pagbabantay sa mga lasangan, tourist spots, dalampasigan, pamilihan at ilang mga lugar kung saan dumarayo ang maraming tao. Kabilang sa mga paalala ni PD Carlos ay ang pagsigurado ng mabilis na paglalakbay ng mga byahero na dadaan sa Maharlika Highway kung saan nagbigay siya ng ilang panukala o suhestyon upang mas gumaan ang daloy ng trapiko. Ilan sa mga direktiba ni PD Carlos sa mga hepe ng Quezon ay ang pagtatalaga ng sapat na bilang ng mga pulis sa Public Assistance Centers (PAC), Motorist Asssitance Centers (MAC), ang pagpapatrolya at pagbuo ng isang checkpoint lalo na sa mga lugar kung saan mataas ang insidente ng krimen, ang paglalagay ng tourist police sa mga dalampasigan at ilang lugar na dinarayo ng mga

turista gayundin ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga katuwang na ahensya gaya ng Bureau of Fire, ilang Non Government Organizations at ilang managers ng commercial establishments upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga tao sa kani-kanilang lugar. Isa rin sa kanyang binigyang pansin ay ang pagtatalaga ng pina-igting na police visibility sa mga simbahan, daungan, plaza, terminals at ilang tourist destinations at ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga tricycle, jeepney at bus draybers upang mapanatili ang kaayusan sa lansangan. Hinihikayat din niya ang mamamayan na maging alisto at ipagbigay alam ang alinmang kaganapan o katauhan na kahinahinala sa kani-kanilang lugar at ipagbigay alam lamang sa pinakamalapit na istasyon ng pulisya. (RMO- PIA-Quezon / may ulat mula sa QPPO)

2. Search for outstanding GAD council in Quezon now on By Joselito M. Giron Saturday 23rd of March 2013 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Mar 23 (PIA) --The provincial government of Quezon thru the provincial gender and development (PGAD) office is conducting its annual search for most outstanding city/municipal gender and development councils (C/MGADCs) in the province. PGAD head Ofelia Palayan, in a radio interview at PIA radio program Balitang PIA at RNB aired at DWLC- Radyo ng Bayan, said the annual search aims to give recognition to municipalities and cities in the province that successfully implemented gender and development (GAD) programs, projects and activities even in the barangays. The GAD implementation is not only for the women, GAD is also for men and children. Its all about opportunities, rights and respect. But since women are more vulnerable to violence and disrespect, the women are given the most priority uplift their lives, Palayan said. Palayan added that strengthening of womens economic empowerment (WEE) is one of the priority programs of Quezon Gov. David Suarez thru capacity development and provision of livelihood training. Palayan said that Quezon is a beneficiary of Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT) Women project which capacitated the local women on economic empowerment to enable them to provide specific technical support on integration of WEE in the policies, plans, programs and services key national agencies involved in micro-, smalland medium-scale enterprises in 15 municipalities. The first three pilot municipalities that benefitted the GREAT women project are Real, Infanta and General Nakar.

Women in Quezon are now engaged in scaling up enterprises and improving productivity like suman making in Infanta, Quezon; buri bags making in Sariaya, Quezon; cookies making in Real, Quezon and handicrafts in Mauban, Quezon and many more livelihood opportunities. The winners of outstanding MGADC will receive cash prizes and trophies. (Lito Giron, PIA-Quezon)

3. DENR- PENRO Quezon to plant 8 million tree seedlings


By Ruel M. Orinday Saturday 23rd of March 2013 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, March 23 (PIA) --The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO), Quezon will plant more than eight million seedlings of forest and fruit bearing trees in 10,800 hectares land of public domain in the province of Quezon this year. DENR-PENRO Quezon said the tree planting activity will be undertaken by the office along with five community environment and natural resources officers (CENROs) in the province. The CENROs are the direct implementors of the program. The target area is divided into different areas such as timber plantation, fuel wood, coffee, bamboo, streambank, rattan, mangrove, community based forest management fruit trees and protected area (terrestrial). This is the third year of the national greening program implementation where the goals according to DENR are poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation, environmental stability, and climate change mitigation and adaptation through sustainable development. This program is based also on Executive Order no. 26 issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III on February 24, 2011 proclaiming the implementation of the national greening program which harmonizes all the greening activities of the government. The program aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land within the period of six years, from year 2011 to 2016. The President himself graced the launching of NGP on May 13, 2011. Under the NGP, PENRO-Quezon was able to plant 1,876,444 seedlings in 2,700 hectares in 2011 and 1,612,950 seedlings were planted in 3,139 hectares in 2012. (R. Orinday/ PIA- Quezon/ with reports from DENR-PENRO Quezon)

B. CAVITE
1. Foundation to hold trade fair this Holy Week
By Ruel B. Francisco Monday 25th of March 2013

TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, March 25 (PIA) -- The Likhang Kabitenyo Foundation, Inc (LKFI) will conduct a five-day trade fair to take advantage of the number of local and foreign tourists who will visit the Character City of the South during the Holy Week. In collaboration with the provincial Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) headed by Director Noli D. Guevarra, the trade fair will commence on March 27 to 31 from 8 a.m. up to 8 p.m. at the parking lot of D Banquet Restaurant The fair will showcase high quality products like fruits and vegetables, the famous Amadeo coffee and other essential items, thus promoting and help manufacturers market their own produce. LKFI, one of the pioneer organizations for micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) development in Cavite is celebrating their 15th year anniversary this year. Aside from conducting trade fairs, other activities include fund raising, seminars and other valuable supports activities for MSMEs. LKFI is SEC registered as a non-stock non-profit organization aimed to assist entrepreneurs/enterprise and to continually advocate entrepreneurship among Caviteos in the province. By the year 2015, the LFKI, as a change catalyst, is capable to assist entrepreneurs/enterprises of the province in preparation for a globally competitive environment. (RF-PIA 4A, Cavite/DTI-Cavite)

2. Cavite, Korean university to set up e-medical records of Korea-Phl hospital


By Ruel B. Francisco Monday 25th of March 2013 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, March 25 (PIA) -- The provincial government and a Korean university recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the establishment of electronic medical records (EMR) of the Korea-Philippines Friendship Hospital (KPFH) located at the General

Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital Compound in Barangay Luciano. The KPFH earlier submitted a proposal for its computerization to the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) as part of post project grant. The Korean government approved the project proposal made by the KPFH through KOICA and Dongyang University. Governor Juanito Jonvic" Remulla and Dongyang University President Choi Sung Hae signed the agreement for the computerization grant of the provincial hospital which was held at the ceremonial hall inside the provincial capitol building last March 20. It was witnessed by provincial health officers and key officers and staff of the said university. Among the responsibilities of the provincial government thru PHO and KPFH are to assist the Korean team expert to the selection of solution and provide other necessary data applicable in the setting up of EMR in the hospital. Likewise the latter will assign an Information Technology (IT) manager with two IT staff and a program coordinator to oversee the project including an office for the Korean team expert during the duration of the project. On the other hand, Dongyang University will provide the necessary technical assistance in the selection of solution applicable to the hospital needs and set up They will also provide a team of expert who will work the project, monitor the project implementation and coordinate accordingly for smooth implementation of the project. The Korean government continuously supports health projects of the province wherein three major projects were approved such as the establishment of the following: the KPFH in 2002, the Medical Arts Building in 2008, and the Cavite Collaboration Center for Public Health on March 22, 2012. All these are located in the General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital compound. (RF-PIA 4A, Cavite)

3. Caviteos celebrates two significant events


By Ruel B. Francisco Saturday 23rd of March 2013

TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis ROSARIO, Cavite Mar 23 (PIA) --Freedom loving Caviteos, provincial and local officials again reaffirmed Cavites role in Philippine history when they observed two of the most important events that led to the attainment of our independence. The 116th Anniversary of Tejeros Convention and the Founding of the Philippine Army was celebrated at Casa Hacienda, Tejeros Convention last March 20. The theme for this year celebration was Hukbong Katihan: Naglilingkod sa Mamamayan, Pinapanatiling Matiwasay ang Buong Bayan. Senator Panfilo M. Lacson and Philippine Army chief General Noel A. Coballes SLP, led the wreath-

laying at the monument of General Aguinaldo located inside the hacienda. Senator Lacson urged all loving Caviteos to observe these two important historical events as this will inspire fresh memories the sacrifices made by our local heroes to attain freedom that led to the successful election of General Aguinaldo as the first president of the republic. It was in Tejeros, where the National Convention was held on March 22, 1897. Known as the Tejeros Convention, it was here that the Revolutionary Government was established. It was the forerunner that shaped the First Philippine Republic. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite)

C. LAGUNA
1. Assessor's office urges public to declare true current and fair market value of properties
By Alan C. Ortillano Friday 22nd of March 2013 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis SANTA CRUZ, Laguna, Mar. 21 (PIA) -- The Provincial Assessor's Office is reminding all real estate property owners in this province to declare the true current and fair market value of their respective properties on or before June 28, 2013. All real estate property owners in this province should file a sworn statement declaring the true current and fair market value of real estate properties in the Office of the Municipal Assessor of the town where their properties are located in accordance with the Real Property Tax Code said Abet F. Arellano, engineer and provincial assessor. To be declared, according to Arellano, are the true and fair market value of lands, whether it is residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural (like perennial trees and plants), or special; building and other structures; machinery and other improvements located in a municipality, and must be subscribed before a notary public. It must be prepared in four copies, since the original, duplicate and triplicate will be retained by the receiving assessor, and only the quadruplicate will be returned to the affiant as proof of acknowledgement. The property owner or administrator must write new under the column Existing Tax Declaration Number for property not previously declared and attach corresponding proof of

ownership; and original acquisition cost or machinery must include the costs as freight and insurance charges, brokerage, arrastre and handling, custom duties and taxes, cost of inland transportation and handling. Arellano said the property owners or administrators must understand that under existing law, a general revision of property assessments for taxation purposes is conducted only once in every five years, and owing to the rapid pace of urban development, market values of real property tend to rise abruptly before the next general revision period due to the salutary effects of completed infrastructure and other socio-economic projects. And the information that the property owners or administrator will submit are fair basis in assessing every particular property during the conduct of general revision. (Ruben E. Taningco/CPG/ACO/PIA-4A)

D. BATANGAS
1. Tagalog news: Buwan ng Kababaihan, ipinagdiwang sa lalawigan ng Batangas By Mamerta P. De Castro Saturday 23rd of March 2013 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis LUNGOSD NG BATANGAS, Marso 23 (PIA) --Pinangunahan ni Governor Vilma Santos Recto ang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Kababaihan na may temang Kababaihan, Kaagapay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan kasama ang mga kinatawan mula sa Provincial Womens Coordinating Council (PWCC), Kalipunan ng Lipi ng Pilipina (KALIPI) at iba pang samahan mula sa ibat ibang bayan sa Provincial Auditorium noong March 20, 2013. Sa kanyang mensahe ay ipinahayag ng Gobernadora ang kanyang pagsaludo sa mga samahang pangkababaihan at ang kanyang pakikiisa sa pakikipaglaban para sa karapatan ng mga babae. Binigyang diin ng Gobernadora na dapat respetuhin at kilalanin ang galing ng mga kababaihan. Upang mabigyan ng kalinawan ay ginanap ang Forum on RA 10354 or An Act Providing for a National Policy on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health na siyang tinalakay ni Atty. Geraldine Marie B. Martinez- Member, GSIS Board of Trustees. Sinagot din niya ang ilang mga katanungan upang mas malinawan ng mga kababaihan ang isyu sa Reproductive Health. Pagkatapos nito ay tinalakay naman ni Mr. Jerome A. Alcantara - Consultant, International Labor Organization (ILO) ang RA 10361 o ang Domestic Workers Act na siyang naglalayong mabigyan ng benepisyo ang mga kasambahay.

Ayon kay Jocelyn Montalbo,Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, ang mga usaping ito ang maiinit na pinagtatalakayan ngayon saan mang panig ng bansa kung kaya't ito ang naisip nilang maging bahagi sa pagdiriwang ng buwan ng mga kababaihan. Aniya, sa pamamagitan ng ganitong mga talakayan ay mabibigyan ng kasagutan ang mga katanungan ng publiko bukod pa sa tamang kaalamang matututunan dito kaugnay ng dalawang nabanggit na bagong batas. Ang pagdiriwang ay dinaluhan ng iba't-ibang mga samahan ng kababaihan mula sa apat na distrito ng lalawigan. (Elfie Estrella C. Ilustre - PIO-Batangas/PIA-Batangas)

2. Tagalog news: TB warriors sa lalawigan, binigyang pagkilala By Mamerta P. De Castro Saturday 23rd of March 2013 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Marso 23 (PIA) --Bilang pagpapakita ng sama-samang pagharap upang labanan ang nakamamatay na Tuberculosis, ginunita at ipinagdiwang ng lalawigan ng Batangas ang World TB Day Celebration na may temang Stop TB! Makialam para sa taong 2013. Pinangunahan ni Batangas Governor Vilma Santos Recto ang pagdiriwang laban sa TB kasama ang mga aktibong miyembro na tinaguriang TB warriors na binubuo ng mga opisyal mula sa Provincial Health Office, Center For Health and Development at mga organisasyong bumubuo ng Provincial Multi Sectoral Alliance against TB. Ang okasyon ay ginanap upang bigyang pagkilala at pagpapahalaga ang mga organisasyon at indibidwal na nasa likod ng mga programa upang tuluyan ng mawala ang nakahahawa at nakamamatay na sakit na TB. Dito ay kinilala ang mga indibidwal at mga samahan na kaagapay ng kanilang kumunidad na tumutok at humanap sa mga taong apektado ng sakit na ito kasama na rin ang ang pagbibigay impormasyon at kaalaman para labanan at iwasan ang sakit na TB. Nanguna sa individual honors para sa Best MedTech/Microscopist in Tuberculosis Care si Ligaya Mijares ng bayan ng Cuenca habang tinanghal naman bilang Best Nurse in Tuberculosis Care si Jennifer Honorica ng Taal, Best MHO in Tuberculosis Care Marjolyne Sharon Ona ng Calaca at Best Performance in External Quality Assessment ang bayan Cuenca. Isa rin sa mga tinutukan ng lalawigan ang pagkalat at pagkontrol laban sa bagong TB strain o ang Drug Resistant TB kayat kinilala bilang best in Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB o PMDT awardees bilang Best in Facility in PMDT case Finding ang Balayan; Best in Case Holding of Decentralized patient ang Talisay; habang Most Supportive RHU in PMDT program Sto. Tomas.

Sa mensahe ni Governor Santos Recto, pinasalamatan nito ang magTB warriors sa kanilang dedikasyon sa pagtulong sa kapwa upang pagalingin at ibalik sa normal na buhay ang mga dumaranas ng nakahahawang sakit. Hindi biro ang sakit na ito, karaniwang nagkakaroon ng social stigma o iniiwasan ang mga dumaranas ng sakit na ito dahilan sa mabilis na pagkalat ng bacteria ng TB, kaya kailangan natin ang mas matibay na programa at sama-samang pagkakaisa upang tuluyan ng mawala sa lalawigan kundi pati na rin sa buong bansa. Patuloy tayong maging mabuting ehemplo sa ating mga kababayan sa pagsugpo nito. Sa pagtutok ng administrasyong Santos Recto sa pangkalahatang programa sa kalusugan, isa ang TB sa mga target na sakit na tuluyang mabura sa lalawigan kasunod ng deklarasyon na Malaria Free province ang Batangas. (Edwin V. Zabarte-Batangas PIO/PIA-Batangas)

E. RIZAL
1. Inauguration of 7th hospital in Rizal to enhance medical services
By Carlo P. Gonzaga Friday 22nd of March 2013 TweetFacebookYahooEmailShareThis

Antipolo City, Mar. 22 (PIA) -- Residents of the municipalities of San Mateo and Rodriguez in this province will largely benefit with the inauguration of the seventh provincial government hospital. Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares III, together with other local government officials, will lead the inauguration and blessing of the two-storey, secondary hospital on March 27. Costing P200 million, the hospital is seen to enhance and improve the medical services in both localities. For so long, people here had been forced to rely on the four privately-owned hospitals operating in the area for their medical needs where, only the affluent families could afford the high rates of fees on the services being rendered. The construction of the seventh provincial government hospital of Rizal in the area is widely seen by the residents of both municipalities as an act truly responsive to the peoples needs. On top of this, Gov. Ynares said that the rehabilitation and upgrading of equipment of the six provincial government hospitals and the continues skills training of medical personnel remain on his priority list.

Coinciding with the inauguration of the hospital, the conduct of various free medical services such as cataract screening, digital rectal exam, breast exam, breast ultrasound, pap smear, antipneumonia vaccination for senior citizens, ECG examination, prostate screening, free eyeglasses distribution and other services will be provided to the constituents. We will continue to give the best services we can provide to our constituents, Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares remarked. (PIO/CPG/GG-PIA 4A)

24 MARCH 2013.

Aquino government welcomes initiative of Asian Institute of Management - Team Energy in conducting a program for the development of Mindanao Palace maintains 'no ransom' policy for victims of kidnapping President Aquino appoints new officials in government
Aquino government welcomes initiative of Asian Institute of Management - Team Energy in conducting a program for the development of Mindanao The Aquino government welcomed the initiative of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), through its Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership, in conducting a program aimed at developing peace-building advocates as part of efforts in bringing progress to Mindanao, a Palace official said on Thursday. "We welcome the laudable initiative of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Team Energy to conduct the Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program. The graduates of this program will join the growing network of leaders who will propagate the mindset and ways of peace-building that are essential in bringing progress in Muslim Mindanao," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr. said in a statement. The AIM-Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership was established as an endowed institution in 2004, with the vision of "A Society Without Divides." The endowed institution conducted the Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program (MBLP) entitled "Co-Creating Peace in Conflict Affected Areas in Muslim Mindanao," that aims to develop cadres of bridging leaders who would help effectively respond to key societal divides in Mindanao towards peace-building and development. Last Thursday, the AIM-Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership distributed the certificates of Program Completion to 22 new bridging leaders in a simple ceremony held at the AIM Building in Makati City on Thursday. The 22 newly-graduates from the government, academic community and the private sector had already developed platforms of actions to help address complex social problems in Mindanao, the Philippines, and the Asian region. "They (graduates) will serve as peace-building advocates in the various action platforms that correspond to the priority reform programs of the Aquino administration," Coloma said. The program was primarily funded by the World Bank, through the State and Peace Building Fund managed by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Ma. Nieves R. Confesor, AIM's Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership Executive Director, said 22 Mindanao Bridging Leaders from various government and private sectors attended the program that lasted for almost a year. These bridging leaders have shared their respective stories from the ground in Mindanao and developed projects aimed at dealing with violent threats and implement institutional and sustainable change in the region. Among the new graduates and bridging leaders are Major Franco Raphael Alano, Myra Alih, Major General Ariel Bernardo,

Major Benjamin Hao, Jennifer Pia Sibug-Las, Rollie P. dela Cruz, Sherjan Kalim, Dr. Jeffrey Yasin Noor, Edwin To, Station Manager BBS-DXSM Radyo ng Bayan Zenaida Masong, Susano Balais, Michael Kelly Tiu Lim, Engineer Marites Maguindra, Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri, Sittie Jehanne Mutin-Mapupuno, Dante Eleuterio, Brigadier General Daniel Lucerio, Dipunudun D. Marohom, Abdul Hamidullah Atar and Atty. Agdul Gaffur Madki Howard Alonto III. The leaders presented platforms for actions namely, Assurance of Security and Protection of Human Rights, Improvement in the Delivery of Basic Services, Provision of Livelihood or Economic Opportunities, and Strengthening of Social Capital/Social Cohesion. Confesor said the over-all objective of the program is to build a cadre of Bridging Leaders in Mindanao, who can address issues like peace, education, health, land conflicts, poverty, and poor local governance, among others. It has two key components: Leadership Formation and Institutional Development. PND (js) TOP Palace maintains 'no ransom' policy for victims of kidnapping Malacanang maintained on Sunday that the governments policy of not paying any ransom for victims of kidnapping remains in effect and has not changed. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued this statement in light of reports that the government paid P7-million for the release of Australian Warren Richard Rodwell, after being held captive by the Abu Sayaf bandits for the last 15 months. She said that while the government is looking into the circumstances in the release of Rodwell, these reports of ransom being paid remain just allegations. The policy of the government remains that we do not pay ransom. Having said that, we have no information or confirmation on that alleged ransom that was paid, Valte said. The policy of the government has not changed, she added. Rodwell, 54, was released in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur province, on Saturday. PND (rck) TOP President Aquino appoints new officials in government Twenty six individuals were appointed to various government positions by President Benigno S. Aquino III, a Palace official said. The announcement was made by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during the regular weekend briefing over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday. Jose Alfonso Poblete was named as president, chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Directors of the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) Coconut Industry Investment Fund Oil Mills Groups A and B. Also appointed as member of the UPCB Board of Directors is Jesus Arranza. Joffrey Suyao was appointed Acting Director IV at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) while Milagros Isabel Cristobal was named member of the governing board representing the women sector at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) which is also under DOLE. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, has Paul Elmer Clemente as Acting Director IV and Casiano Arcillas as Register of Deeds I for the Land Registration Authority. Faisar Mambuay, on the other hand, will serve the Department of Agrarian Reform as Director IV. Those appointed for the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Energy (DOE) respectively were Rolando Castro (Acting Director III) and Patrick Aquino (Director III). President Aquino also named Virginia Karganilla and Gary Martel as Director IV for the Department of Budget and Management, with Maria Angelita Cells and Akmad Usman as Director III, and Rudylia Parrel as Acting Director III. Under the Department of Education, John Arnold Siena was appointed as Acting Schools Division Superintendent while Carla Pacis and Maria Cristina Lim-Yuson were named as members representing the academe and child-focused non-government organizations respectively for the National Council for Childrens Television. The Department of Trade and Industry will have Elmoise B. Afurong, Jonathan Jay Aldeguer, and Mary Ann Montemayor as members for the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development Council. Other appointments, as announced by Undersecretary Valte, include: Joseph Khonghun, member of the Board of Directors representing the Municipality of Subic, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; Rodolfo Santos, Director IV, Department of Social Welfare and Development; Artemio Bernardino, Acting Director III, Tariff Commission under the National Economic Development Authority; Richard U. Ritual, Rear Admiral, Philippine Merchant Academy under the Department of Transportation and Communications;

Anthony Robles, member of the Board of Directors, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Data Center, Inc. under the Department of Finance; and Felixberto Bustos, Jr., member of the Board of Directors, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. PND (hdc) TOP

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President Aquino calls on business sector to pay proper taxes to support the government's programs and projects for the benefit of the Filipino citizenry Palace encourages government offices to join Earth Hour 2013 Palace announces new appointees Govt carries out measures making release of pork barrel more transparent
President Aquino calls on business sector to pay proper taxes to support the government's programs and projects for the benefit of the Filipino citizenry President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the business sector to pay appropriate taxes in order to support the governments programs and projects for the benefit of the Filipino people. In his speech keynoting the opening ceremony of the 29th Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) held at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Friday, the Chief Executive said businessmen have a corporate social responsibility to declare their correct earnings and pay the right taxes. "But perhaps it is time to ask ourselves: am I contributing in the right waynot just through corporate social responsibility, but also through my personal obligationsthrough contributions to the policies that have helped us build our success," President Aquino said. He pointed out that the country is now on the right track towards progress and reform, stressing that under his administration the peoples' taxes now go to projects for the benefit of the people. "Gone are the days when your taxes disappeared into the pockets of an unscrupulous few, or when bending the rules may have been the only way for otherwise honest companies to keep operating," he stressed. "Aside from being your civic duty, paying taxes fits into our strategy of empowering the Filipino people. The money you pay to government now also goes to classrooms, teachers, textbooks, healthcare, food, disaster relief, and other initiatives that ensure that our people are given the opportunity to live dignified lives," the President said. The President reiterated his administration's commitment to tread the straight and righteous path in transforming the country into a progressive nation. "We are continuing to remove hindrances to the success of the Filipino people, the Chinese-Filipino community included: from weeding out corruption in government, to empowering our people through health, education, and social services, to enhancing transportation and infrastructure, to maintaining stability and order by advocating peaceful solutions to conflict," he added. The President likewise, said the government remains focused in strengthening its efforts to improve the business climate. "Allow me to reiterate: back in 2011, I told you that you can count on usthat we in government will do everything in our power to see you thrive. This is a promise we have kept and continue to keep. So far, the majority of our efforts have been alignedwe have seen the wisdom of empowering the Filipino people by meeting their most basic, and at the same time, most urgent needs, " the President said. During the event, the President thanked the businessmen who are supporting his administrations agenda in ensuring that the benefits of the country's growth are both equitable and inclusive. "Collectively, we have done so muchand we can still do more. This is why that I hope that your support for our administrations programs still remainthat today will stand as an affirmation of the partnership that has already yielded so much benefit for our countrymen. In this way, we can align the rest of our efforts, and walk the straight path together," he concluded. PND (js) TOP

Palace encourages government offices to join Earth Hour 2013 Malacanang is encouraging government departments and entities to participate in this years Earth Hour to raise awareness on climate change and environmental protection. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued a memorandum dated March 21, enjoining all the heads of departments, and agencies of the national government to participate in this years Earth Hour, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. The memorandum also covers government owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges and also local government units. We are all encouraged to switch off or dim our non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tonight. We go on further by asking everybody to also participate in this activity. Katulad ng sinabi ng DENR, lets shine during Earth Hour 2013, Valte said. Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world hoping to mobilize people to take action on climate change. The event now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch off lights for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment. Organizers said the world is facing one of the most critical environmental challenges in its history and addressing these challenges need collective efforts throughout the world. PND (as) TOP Palace announces new appointees President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Eduardo Martin R. Meez to become the countrys ambassador to Iran with jurisdiction over Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the Palace announced on Saturday. The President also designated Evan P. Garcia as undersecretary for policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced during a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. Garcia replaced Erlinda Basilio who was designated as the Philippine ambassador to China. Other appointments include: Dina Joana Saltiva Ocampo-Cristobal, Acting Undersecretary, Department of Education; Lesley Jean Cordero, Undersecretary, Office of the Cabinet Secretary; Fides Barbara B. Borja, Deputy Executive Director, Performance and Project Management Office, Office of the Cabinet Secretary; Ceferino S. Rodolfo, Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Camille R. Alcaraz-Campos, Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation and Communications, Rodolfo John Paul C. Palattao III, Director III, Office of Transportation Security; Eriberto C. Suria, Director IV, Office of Transportation Security, Lawyer Florin T. Hilbay, Senior State Solicitor, Department of Justice, Nieves L. Osorio, commissioner Civil Service Commission; Antonio A. Fleta, Undersecretary, Department of Agriculture; Madeleine De Rosas-Valera, Undersecretary, Department of Health, and Raymund E. Liboro, Assistant Secretary, Department of Science and Technology. Other appointees also include Mildred Yovela Umali-Hermogenes, Marguerite Therese Lucila-Tesoro and Lyra Miragrace C. Flores as assistant secretaries for the Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel. PND (as) TOP Govt carries out measures making release of pork barrel more transparent The government has instituted measures since President Benigno S. Aquino III assumed office in 2010 to make the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) more transparent and accessible to the public, the Palace said on Saturday. The Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called for the removal of the legislators pork barrel arguing it to be a source of corruption among government officials. Pagdating diyan sa pork barrel, marami na tayong naging hakbang to make the use of the pork barrel more transparent, at nakikita naman natin ngayon yan sa DBM [Department of Budget and Management] website, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. The public can easily see when the funds are released. At pangalawa, nakipagtulungan tayo sa ati ng mga mambabatas sa pamamagitan ni Secretary Butch Abad kung ano ang mga guidelines, kung papaano mag-identify ng proyekto. Valte also clarified that the PDAF doesnt go directly to the legislators. The lawmaker identifies a project under a particul ar menu and then sends the required papers to the DBM, she said. If that is approved already, or if it is released, the fund goes to the implementing agency and not to the legislator himsel f or herself, she explained.

Some candidates have expressed support for the CBCP saying they will push legislation that will scrap the pork barrel as a measure to reform the government system of spending. PND (as) TOP

22 MARCH 2013.

President Aquino leads graduation rites of Philippine National Police Academy President Aquino urges police graduates to remain dedicated to the community President Aquino joins Philippine Army in honoring contributions of army personnel and civilian stakeholders President Aquino says Philippine Army has come a long way since its inception 116 years ago
President Aquino leads graduation rites of Philippine National Police Academy (SILANG, Cavite) President Benigno S. Aquino III led the 34th commencement exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy for "Tagapamagitan Class 2013" on Friday. During the graduation rites held at the PNPA Grandstand, Camp General Mariano N. Castaneda here, the Chief Executive conferred upon this year's 252 graduates the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS). Lawyer Ruben Platon, president of the Philippine Public Safety College, said the members of this year's graduating class have adopted Tagapamagitan as the appropriate name for their class which means, mediator or arbitrator, as they aimed at bridging the gap between the members of the law enforcement and the community. Composing the top 10 cadets are topnotcher Jhon Felix Gutierrez Pascual Jr., Christian Palustre Javier, Davis Vicente Dulawan, Mohammad Fahad Dinampo Julwadi, Markson Solomon Almeranez, Aiman Jumlani Kamlon, Mark Francis Tupaz Bauya, Nino Villanueva Aquiatan, Aiman Khuzaimah Pagayawan Pantaran and Zynon Aclinen Paiking. The top-notcher, Jhon Felix Gutierrez Pascual Jr. from Iguig, Cagayan, received from President Aquino the Presidential Kampilan Award and the Chief Philippine National Police Kampilan Award from PNP Chief, Director General Alan M. Purisima. Platon said three Muslim graduates landed among the top 10 graduates a first in PNPA history. Dinampo Julwadi, a native of Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City, placed fourth overall while Kamlon of Jolo, Sulu ranked 6th and Pantaran made it to the 9th spot. The Philippine National Police Academy was established under Section 19, Presidential Decree 1184 and became a primary component of the Philippine Public Safety College pursuant to Section 67 of Republic Act No. 6975 which was created to provide preparatory education and training for the three uniformed bureaus of the Department of the Interior and Local Government namely, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. Platon re-affirmed the PPSC's commitment to make the PNPA the premier educational institution for the officers of the government's tri-public safety bureaus such as Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection. Also in attendance were Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr, Police Chief Superintendent Dominador Aquino, among others. PND (js) TOP President Aquino urges police graduates to remain dedicated to the community

(SILANG, Cavite) President Benigno S. Aquino III challenged on Friday the 252 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy's Tagapamagitan Class 2013 to help the government in effecting reforms for the benefit of the people. In his speech keynoting the 34th commencement exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy for "Tagapamagitan Class 2013" held at the PNPA Grandstand, Camp General Mariano N. Castaneda here, the Chief Executive told the graduates to always focus on being public safety officers for the betterment of the society. "Ang atas at hamon ko sa ating Tagapamagitan Class of 2013: Huwag nyong bibiguin ang ating mga Bossang sambayanang Pilipino. Umaasa akong sa harap ng kaliwat kanang tukso ng salapit kapangyarihan, uunahin ninyo ang kapakanan ng mga naisasantabi," President Aquino said. "Higit pa sa pagiging tagapagtanggol, kayo ang magsisilbing tagapamagitan: ang maglalapit sa mamamayan sa ating mga unipormadong hanay, ang tulay na maghahatid ng kaayusan at ligtas na pamumuhay; at magbibigkis sa bawat Juan dela Cruz sa kabila ng anumang pagkakaiba at di-pagkakaunawaan sa lipunan," he stressed. President Aquino also asked them not only to remain competent in their own fields but at the same time dedicated to the community. "Lagi ninyong isipin kung ano ang makakabuti sa nakakarami, at maging patas kayo sa pagtugon sa problema ng inyong ahensya; pulis ka man, bumbero, warden, o kapwa nagsisilbi sa bayan," he noted. President Aquino assured his administration's unwavering support for the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Fire Protection to strenghten the capabilities of their officers and members in the performance of their mandate. "Mapalad kayo dahil nasa harap ninyo ngayon ang napakagandang pagkakataon para pumasok sa serbisyo. Tapos na ang panahon na tila dagdag-pasakit pa ang gobyerno sa mga nagmamalasakit sa bayan," he said. "Kaya naman bago matapos ang taong ito, target nating mapasakamay na ang halos 74,800 na unit ng 9mm pistol na binili natin sa ilalim ng PNP Capability Enhancement Program. Tutugunan nito ang ipinamana sa ating 50 porsyentong kakulangan sa pistola, upang tuluyan nang makamit ang 1:1 ratio sa bilang ng mga pulis at baril," he stressed. He also pledged that the government would continue to provide equipments to stregnthen the capabilities of the public safety officers to better serve the public. "Nito ring nakaraang taon, nakabili na tayo ng pitumput anim na fire trucks para sa Bureau of Fire Protection. Ang good news po: sa halip na bilhin natin ito ng siyam na milyong piso, nakuha natin ang bawat unit sa halagang limang milyong piso lamang, at ang natipid na pondo ay mailalaan sa iba pang pangangailangan. Dagdag pa rito, nakabili na rin tayo ng mahigit 400 short firearms, at mahigit 960 long firearms para sa BJMP," he said. "Kaakibat po nito ang pagpapatayo at pagpapa-kumpuni natin ng mga karagdagang bilangguan para sa mas epektibong pagtupad sa mandato ng BJMP. Sa mga papasok po ng BJMP, huwag kayong magalala masyado kapag makita nyo na ang mga preso ay tila preso in name only. Iniimbentaryo na po lahat yan at iwawasto natin ang mga pasilidad ninyo para matulungan naman kayong gampanan nang tama ang inyong trabaho," he said. PND (js) TOP President Aquino joins Philippine Army in honoring contributions of army personnel and civilian stakeholders President Beningo S. Aquino III joined the top brass of the Philippine Army (PA) in honoring the invaluable and excellent contributions of its personnel and civilian stakeholders during the commemoration of the PAs 116th Founding Anniversary celebration held at its headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Friday. The President, who was joined by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista and Philippine Army Commanding General Lieutenant General Noel Coballes, handed out medals and plaques of merit and appreciation to 14 individuals for their contribution towards achieving the Philippine Armys vision of becoming a world-class army that is a source of national pride by 2028. This years awardees are: Colonel Yerson Depayo Distinguished Service Star; LtCol Isidro Purisima Outstanding Achievement Medal; 2ndLt Frederick Dela Torre Gold Cross Medal; 1stLt Marvin Liel Gammad Bronze Cross Medal; Cadet Col. Monica Orbe PA-ROTC Unit Female Cadet of the Year; Cdt. Captain Gabriel Orosco PA-ROTC Male Cadet of the Year; Major Miguel Maamo II PA Model Reservist of the Year; Staff Sergeant James Guina-ob PA Enlisted Personnel of the Year; William Tello, Jr. CAFGU Active Auxiliary of the Year; Albert Job PA Model Civilian Employee of the Year; Maria Lourdes Rosero PA Model Civilian Supervisor of the Year; Undersecretary Lesley Jean Cordero of the Presidential Communications Operations Office for her invaluable services rendered to the Philippine Army as a partner and consultant; Province of Davao Oriental for invaluable contribution to the PA in the pursuit of peace, socio-economic and other development activities geared towards improving the quality of life of the people of Davao Oriental; and Il-Seop Lee, Vice President, Special Vehicle Export, KIA Motors for the prompt delivery of six units five ton trucks, 60 units of field ambulances and 100 units of 1-1/4 ton trucks as part of the PA Capability Upgrade Program. The President also paid tribute to a special member of the Philippine Army: Technical Sergeant Tranquilino Olarte Cabiling who, at 112 years of age, is the oldest living army trooper on record. He was born on July 6, 1900 and began his military

service on August 3, 1922 as part of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). In his speech, the President thanked the awardees for their achievements and contributions towards helping improve the Philippine Army to be at par with other armed forces. Kasabay ng pwagpapasalamat ko sa inyong hanay sa mahusay na pagganap sa inyong mga tungkulin, babatiin ko na rin po ang mga pinarangalan ngayong hapon --- ang mga sundalong nagpakita ng kagitingan; ang mga reservist, sibilyan, at kawani ng gobyernong nakibalikat sa pagsusulong ng kapayapaan sa mga komunidad; ang mga LGU at pribadong institusyon na nakilahok sa agenda ng seguridad at pag-unlad sa kani-kanilang sariling mga paraan. Sa labing-apat po nating awardee, na hindi ko na po iisa-isahin dahil baka naman ho gabihin na tayo dito: Isang taos-pusong pasasalamat, the President said. PND (rck) TOP President Aquino says Philippine Army has come a long way since its inception 116 years ago President Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the giant strides the Philippine Army has taken to reach its vision of becoming a world-class army saying that what it is now is a far-cry from its humble beginnings more than a century ago. Keynoting the 116th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army held at its headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Wednesday, the President said that although the PA, that was created in Tejeros in 1897, did not have the professionalism and training needed by a real standing army, the collective desire of the Filipinos then until now remains the same: to gain independence from fear and oppression. Kung titingnan ang hanay ng Hukbong Katihan nang itatag ito sa Tejeros noong 1897, hindi po masasabing prop esyunal na mga sundalo ang mga kasapi nito. Hindi pa buo ang mekanismo para magsanay at bigyang-kagamitan ang isang tunay na tinaguriang standing army. Hindi pa hinog ang estadong popondo at kikilala sa kanila; bagkus, ang hukbo ay binuo ng mga karaniwang Pilipinosilang mga pinagbigkis ng kolektibong adhikain: Ang kalayaan mula sa pang-aapi, at ang kasarinlan para sa bayang Pilipinas, the President said. Talaga nga pong kay layo na ng ating narating sa loob ng isandaan at labing -anim na taon. Mula sa pagkakapunla bilang isang kilusang militia, ngayon, tunay na propesyunal na ang ating Hukbong Katihan. Mula sa mga sinaunang kagamitang pinondohan mula sa sariling bulsa o kinuha sa mga nadaig na dayuhan, ngayon, nagsisimula na ring maabot ang pangarap nating magkaroon ng isang hukbo na kayang harapin ang mga hamon ng makabagong panahon, he added. He said that under the Armed Force of the Philippines Modernization and Capability Upgrade Program, the equipment, training and even housing benefits needed by the personnel of the PA will improve their capabilities to defend the Philippines and its people. Nariyan na, halimbawa, ang mga mobility equipment tulad ng mga troop carrier trucks, ang isang dosenang five -ton trucks pambitbit ng inyong mga howitzer, ang bagong Night Fighting System, ang apat na light support watercraft, ang animnapung mga field ambulance na magagamit ninyo hindi lamang sa engkuwentro ngunit pati na rin sa pagtulong sa mga komunidad, at marami pang ibang armas at kagamitang nakamit o malapit nang makamit sa tulong ng AFP Modernization at Capability Upgrade Program, the President noted. Bukod sa mga kagamitang ito, kabilang din po ang hanay ninyo sa sampunglibo at siyamnaraang kasapi ng Hukbong Sandatahan na benepisyaryo ng Phase 1 ng ating AFP/PNP Housing Program, at sa mahigit labing-apat na libo pang benepisyaryo mula sa AFP na nakatala na sa Phase 2 ng programang ito, he added. Lahat po ng ito ay kongkretong kumakatawan sa ating batayang prinsipyo: Ang giting, sakripisyo, at kaha ndaan ninyong isubo ang sarili sa panganib ay dapat lamang tumbasan ng karampatang kalinga at pagkilala mula sa Estado. Matapos nga po ang maraming pagkakatisod sa nakaraan, dala na rin ng pagkukulang sa pambansang pamamahala, ngayon, kitang-kita na ang pagpapahalaga ng nagkakaisang bayang Pilipinas sa ating Sandatahang Lakas, the President said. PND (rck) TOP

ARCHIVE 2013 22 MARSO 2013 Hinimok ng Pangulong Aquino ang mga nagtapos sa PNPA na manatiling matapat sa sambayanan

Hinimok ng Pangulong Aquino ang mga nagtapos sa PNPA na manatiling matapat sa sambayanan SILANG, KabiteHinamon ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III Biyernes ang 252 nagtapos sa Philippine National Police Academy na kabilang sa Tagapamagitan Class 2013, na tulungan ang pamahalaan sa pagsasagawa ng mga repormang ukol sa kapakanan ng taong bayan. Sa taloumpati sa ika-34 na pagtatapos sa PNPA na idinaos sa PNPA Grandstand ng Kampo Heneral Mariano Castaneda dito, hiniling ng Pangulo sa mga nagtapos na laging ituon ang kanilang isip sa pagiging mga alagad ng batas tungo sa kabutihan ng lipunan. Ang atas at hamon ko sa ating Tagapamagitan Class ng 2013: Huwag ninyong bibiguin ang ating mga Boss ang sambayanang Pilipino. Umaasa akong sa harap ng kaliwa at kanang tukso ng salapi at kapangyarihan, uunahin ninyo ang kapakanan ng mga nasasaisang tabi, sabi ng Pangulong Aquino. Higit pa sa pagiging tagapagtanggol, kayo ang magsisilbing tagapamagitan: ang maglalapit sa mamamayan sa ating mga unipormadong hanay, ang tulay na maghahatid ng kaayusan at ligtas na pamumuhay; at magbibigkis sa bawat Juan dela Cruz sa kabila ng ano mang pagka-kaiba at hindi pagkakaunawaan sa lipunan, pagbibigay-diin pa ng Pangulo. Sinabi ng Pangulong Aquino na manatili sana silang mahusay sa kani-kanilang larangan at maging tunay na matapat sa taong bayan. Lagi ninyong iisipin kung ano ang makabubuti sa nakararami at maging patas kayo sa pagtugon sa problema ng inyong ahensiya, pulis ka man, bumbero, warden o kapuwa nagsisilbi sa bayan, mariing wika ng Pangulo. Tiniyak ng Pangulo na walang pasubali at puspusan ang suporta ng administrasyon niya sa Pambansang Pulisya, Kawanihan ng Pamatay-Sunog at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology upang pagbutihin pa ang kakayahan sa pagtupad ng tungkulin ng kanilang mga pinuno at mga kasama. Mapalad kayo dahil nasa harap ninyo ngayon ang napakagandang pagkakataon para pumasok s a serbisyo. Tapos na ang panahon na tila dagdag-pasakit pa ang gobyerno sa mga nagmamalasakit sa bayan, wika pa ng Pangulo. Kaya naman bago matapos ang taong ito, target nating mapasakamay na ang halos 74,000 na 9mm pistol na binili natin sa ilalim ng PNP Capability Enhancement Program. Tutugunan nito ang ipinamana sa ating 50 porsiyentong kulang na pistol upang tuluyang makamit ang 1:1 ratio o bawat pulis ay may pistol, dugtong pa ng Pangulo. Nangako rin ang Pangulo na ipagpapatuloy ng pamahalaan na bigyan ng kagamitan at sandata ang mga pulis upang mapalakas ang kakayahan nila sa pangangalaga sa kaligtasan at kapakanang pambayan. Nito ring nakaraang taon, nakabili na tayo ng 76 na fire trucks para sa Kawanihan ng Pamatay-Sunog. Ang maganda pong balita, sa halip na P9 na milyong piso ang magastos natin dito, P5 milyon lamang ang ibinayad natin. Nakatipid tayo ng pondo na mailalaan sa ibang pangangailangan. Dagdag pa rito, nakabili na rin tayo ng mahigit na 400 short firearms at mahigit na 960 long firearms para sa BJMP dugtong ng Pangulo. Kaakibat po nito ang pagpapatayo at pagpapakumpuni natin ng mga karagdatgang bilangguan para sa mas epektibog pagtupad sa mandato ng BJMP. Huwag kayong mag-alalang masyado kapag nakita ninyo na ang mga preso ay tila preso in name only. Iniimbentaryo na po lahat iyan at iwawasto natin ang mga pasilidad para matulungan naman kayong gampanan nang tama ang inyong trabaho, wika pa ng Pangulo. PND TOP

President Benigno S. Aquino III's Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Biennial Convention of the FFCCCII Mall of Asia, Pasay City 22 March 2013 Thank you. Good afternoon. Please sit down. Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps; secretaries Mar Roxas, Leila de Lima, Edwin Lacierda, Joel Villanueva; Senator Frank Drilon; Commissioner Kim Henares; Mr. Tan ChingMr. Tan Ching, I think, deserves a round of applause. Your very able president was the one who convinced me that despite the fact that I went to Cavite this morning, then the Army anniversary in Fort Bonifacio, somehow we found a mutually agreeable time for me to be able to be present here with you. Thank you again. I think we did say best presidents. You are soon to be, and Im sad to noteone of the best past presidents in a little while. [Laughter and applause] But Im sure youll be one of the best advisers after that. Mayor Alfredo Lim; honorable members of the House: Cong. Zenaida Angping and Rep. David Kho; officials and members of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry; fellow workers in government; honored guests; mga minamahal ko pong kababayan: Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat You know, I have noticed that we have seen a lot of each other over the past few years this will be our fifth date, in a manner of speaking. Given the number of times I have met you, I have actually picked up a few useful phrases or phrases that I find useful from time to time, and I hope I pronounce it correctly: like Gua ai cha hakaw kap masachi. [Laughter and applause] I will tell Secretary Roxas what that means later, and, something youve heard from me many times before, To sha din long tsong [Thank you]. If, by accident, I said those things right, it is because I have been practicing; if it is wrong, I just want to inform all of you that my teachers are Secretary Edwin Lacierda and Commissioner Kim Henares. [Laughter] But I still want to apologizeespecially since Her Excellency Ambassador Ma Keqing is here today. On this note, I would like to again express our sincerest congratulations on the election of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. I have every confidence that, under President Xis leadership, the Chinese people will continue to realize their goals of peace, prosperity, and happiness for all, and that the relations between our two countries will remain largely, if not totally positive, as they have been in the past. Since you have never been shy about giving back to your country and your countrymen, I have also never been shy about thanking you, and practicing my skills at the same time: truly, to sha din long tsong; xie xie ni men. Mr. Tan Ching has already done such a good job of reminding us of everything you have been up to, and you really have been doing so much: from medical missions, to scholarships and building classrooms, to volunteer fire brigades, to assistance for victims of calamitieslike, most recently, the millions of pesos you gave for the victims of Typhoon Pablo through DILG. In fact, as I hear it, you have been especially efficient in constructing, is this correct over 1,500 classrooms in partnership with Senator Frank Drilon since 2002. And managedand this you really have to be admiredto keep costs even lower than the cost of classrooms completed by government contractors. Again, our congratulations and our thanks. We are sure that these are the same kinds of efficiencies you bring to your own businesses, which contribute to your robust bottom line and I hope that this, in turn, will reflect on the taxes you pay from now on. While we are here today, I hope that you will allow me to bring up a more sensitive topic, and I mean this with all due respect in fact, this came from a report from Commissioner Kim Henares that was, to say the least, a bit disconcerting. These are the facts as we understand them. Based on your own 2011-2013 directory, I understand that your federation includes 207 firms and organizations as members. Of this 207, I am told, only 105 have a Tax Identification Number. I wonder what happened to the others. I wonder what happened to the others. Of these 105 firms, only 54 filed tax returns. To make matters worse, 38 firms and organizations actually filed returns with zero tax due. This means that only 16 out of the 207 or only around eight percentof your member-organizations paid taxes. The 6.6 growth did not seem to affect your members. Now, there are also 552 of you who are individual members. And of this number, 424 of you have Tax Identification Numbers. It is interesting to note that of that number 185, or almost 44 percent, filed income tax returns. Of those that filed tax returns, at least only 14 filed returns with zero tax due. What this means is 354 out of 552 members or 64 percent of youdid not pay taxes for the same reasons: no TIN, no tax due, or nothing filed at all. In fact, of those who filed and paid income taxes, a lot of you paid less than 100 thousand pesos. There were some who paid less than one thousand pesos in taxes. I have to be sad to say I was shocked, to say the least, when I learned this, because that would mean that you are making

even less than what I receive every month. And, can this be correct? The stockholders of your companies some of whom must receive glowing reports of your earnings must be surprised by this as well. In fact, they would probably be even more disturbed than I am right now. After all, is it not true that earnings should imply a corresponding tax? After hearing of this strange news, would they not be worried about their investment? More than that, however, this was truly unexpected news, especially since you have always been so willing to give generously to our countrymen. In terms of actively reaching out to our countrymen, your contributions have always been clear. But perhaps it is time to ask ourselves: am I contributing in the right waynot just through corporate social responsibility, but also through my personal obligationsthrough contributions to the policies that have helped us build our success? Gone are the days when your taxes disappeared into the pockets of an unscrupulous few, or when bending the rules may have been the only way for otherwise honest companies to keep operating. Things have changed. Two years ago, when I first met you, I told you that you have a national government that you can count on for support and I meant that. We are continuing to remove hindrances to the success of the Filipino people, the Chinese-Filipino community included: from weeding out corruption in government, to empowering our people through health, education, and social services, to enhancing transportation and infrastructure, to maintaining stability and order by advocating peaceful solutions to conflict. Aside from being your civic duty, paying taxes fits into our strategy of empowering the Filipino people. The money you pay to government now also goes to classrooms, teachers, textbooks, healthcare, food, disaster relief, and other initiatives that ensure that our people are given the opportunity to live dignified lives. When they are healthy, when they do not lack for education, when they are secure in the knowledge that they are cared for by the statethese same people will constitute a workforce that is more productive and can definitely spur the growth of your very own companies. So you see: the taxes you pay are not lost in some black hole. They redound to real, concrete benefits for businessmen like yourselves, and for the rest of our people. If these were empty promises, I do not think that the Philippines would be experiencing the success it has today: unprecedented economic growth in 2012, increased competitiveness as an investment destination, and the confidence of the global community. You and your enterprises have certainly benefited from all these achievements. Let me be clear: we are all for your success. You pave the way for the success of others. The Filipinos, or your fellow Filipinos, that you employ, are empowered to earn decent livelihoods and make life better for themselves, their families, and the greater society as a whole. I believe that the success of any business can only be truly sustainable when it is free from unnecessary, avoidable risks and threatswhen it takes place only because of your hard work, creativity, and ability to adapt to the needs of your consumers. So, let me share with you some friendly and practical advice, and I have just learned this, so again, forgive me if I make any mistakes: hui sin pa la tyo seh. [Please pay correct taxes]. I hope I said that correctly. [Laughter and applause] Today, I am appealing to you to correct the situation and fulfill your civic duty. There is still time. After April 15, you will have to deal with Commissioner Kim Henares herself and with Secretary Leila de Lima at her back. [Laughter] Again, please bear that in mind: April 15. You have already shown your solidarity with us by doing your part to uplift Filipinos; and our government has done the same, by leveling the playing field, weeding out corruption, and ensuring a just, honest, and stable environment. But true, complete solidarity requires reciprocityand today, I am only asking you to make good on your federations commitment to tread the straight path with us and live it out in your individual lives. We will continue to keep our promise to you. Should there still be some in public office who want to continue taking advantage of their position, and consequently, taking advantage of you, then you can always call our fearless Commissioner Kim Henares, and that person or persons will be dealt with. Allow me to reiterate: back in 2011, I told you that you can count on us that we in government will do everything in our power to see you thrive. This is a promise we have kept and continue to keep. So far, the majority of our efforts have been aligned we have seen the wisdom of empowering the Filipino people by meeting their most basic, and at the same time, most urgent needs. Collectively, we have done so muchand we can still do more. This is why that I hope that your support for our administrations programs still remainthat today will stand as an affirmation of the partnership that has already yielded so much benefit for our countrymen. In this way, we can align the rest of our efforts, and walk the straight path together. Xie xie ni men, and may you have a fruitful convention. [HOME]

President Benigno S. Aquino IIIs Speech at the 116th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 22 March 2013 Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; Gen. Emmanuel Bautista; Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes; Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino dela Cruz; Rear Admiral Cortez; Most Rev. Leopoldo Tumulak; Cong. Mel Senen Sarmiento; Commissioner Ricardo David; foreign armed forces attaches present; awardees of the 116th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army; officers, men, and women of the Armed Forces; fellow workers in government; honored guests; mga minamahal ko pong kababayan: Magandang hapon po sa inyo.

Kung titingnan ang hanay ng Hukbong Katihan nang itatag ito sa Tejeros noong 1897, hindi po masasabing propesyunal na mga sundalo ang mga kasapi nito. Hindi pa buo ang mekanismo para magsanay at bigyang-kagamitan ang isang tunay na tinaguriang standing army. Hindi pa hinog ang estadong popondo at kikilala sa kanila; bagkus, ang hukbo ay binuo ng mga karaniwang Pilipinosilang mga pinagbigkis ng kolektibong adhikain: Ang kalayaan mula sa pang-aapi, at ang kasarinlan para sa bayang Pilipinas. Talaga nga pong kay layo na ng ating narating sa loob ng isandaan at labing-anim na taon. Mula sa pagkakapunla bilang isang kilusang militia, ngayon, tunay na propesyunal na ang ating Hukbong Katihan. Mula sa mga sinaunang kagamitang pinondohan mula sa sariling bulsa o kinuha sa mga nadaig na dayuhan, ngayon, nagsisimula na ring maabot ang pangarap nating magkaroon ng isang hukbo na kayang harapin ang mga hamon ng makabagong panahon. Nariyan na, halimbawa, ang mga mobility equipment tulad ng mga troop carrier trucks, ang isang dosenang five-ton trucks pambitbit ng inyong mga howitzer, ang bagong Night Fighting System, ang apat na light support watercraft, ang animnapung mga field ambulance na magagamit ninyo hindi lamang sa engkuwentro ngunit pati na rin sa pagtulong sa mga komunidad, at marami pang ibang armas at kagamitang nakamit o malapit nang makamit sa tulong ng AFP Modernization at Capability Upgrade Program. Bukod sa mga kagamitang ito, kabilang din po ang hanay ninyo sa sampunglibo at siyamnaraang kasapi ng Hukbong Sandatahan na benepisyaryo ng Phase 1 ng ating AFP/PNP Housing Program, at sa mahigit labing-apat na libo pang benepisyaryo mula sa AFP na nakatala na sa Phase 2 ng programang ito. Lahat po ng ito ay kongkretong kumakatawan sa ating batayang prinsipyo: Ang giting, sakripisyo, at kahandaan ninyong isubo ang sarili sa panganib ay dapat lamang tumbasan ng karampatang kalinga at pagkilala mula sa Estado. Matapos nga po ang maraming pagkakatisod sa nakaraan, dala na rin ng pagkukulang sa pambansang pamamahala, ngayon, kitang-kita na ang pagpapahalaga ng nagkakaisang bayang Pilipinas sa ating Sandatahang Lakas. Kaya nga po nagagalak ako na makita ang lumalawak ninyong tuon hindi lamang sa pagtiyak ng ating seguridad, kundi pati na rin sa pakikiambag ninyo sa pagtamasa natin sa iba pang anyo ng kalayaan: Kalayaan mula sa gutom, sa kahirapan, at sa duda at kabang umaantala sa pag-unlad ng ating bansa. Patunay po ito na handa kayong suklian ang pag-aarugang ipinapakita ng ating mga Boss, ang sambayanan, sa inyo pong hanay. Sa gayong paraan, haligi rin kayo ng ating malawakang istratehiya upang bigyang-lakas ang mamamayan upang makiambag sa pagsigla ng ekonomiya, at sa gayon ay magbukas ng mas marami pang pagkakataon para sa kanilang kapwa. Isipin po ninyo: Bawat isa sa 725,500 indibiduwal na nailigtas ng inyong disaster response operations, at ang napakarami pang ibang nakakatulog nang mahimbing dahil nariyan kayo upang iligtas sila sakaling dumating ang sakuna ay mas produktibong nakakapasok sa trabaho dahil alam nilang hindi ninyo sila pababayaan. Bawat Pilipinong nakikinabang sa dalawandaan at limamput limang development project na natapos ninyokabilang na ang 16 na kalsada, 237 gusali, at dalawang power at telephone facilitiesay makikiambag sa pagsulong ng ibat ibang industriya. Bawat pamilyang nabigyan ng lingap sa 1,290 medical mission at mahigit isanlibo ring dental mission ninyobawat isa sa kanila ay mas masiglang makikilahok sa pagpapanday ng katuparan ng ating mga pangarap. Sa harap ng pakikipagbayanihan ninyong ito, nakikita natin ang katotohanang hindi lamang armas ang magdadala ng seguridad sa ating mga komunidad: Ang tunay na estabilidad, na nagbubunsod ng pag-unlad, ay nanggagaling sa tiwala ng taumbayan. Kung harapan nilang nasasaksihan ang inyong serbisyo, mas titingalain nila ang kasundaluhan. Kung nakikita nilang marangal, tapat, at may integridad ang inyong hanay, maglalaho ang kanilang pagkabahala kapag nakikita ang inyong mga uniporme. Kung alam nilang nariyan kayo para maglingkod, at hindi lang panay sagupaan ang katuwang ng pagpasok ninyo sa mga pamayanan, bubukas ang kanilang kalooban, mas gaganahan silang makipagtulungan, iigting ang ambagan at bibilis ang pag-usad tungo sa pinapangarap nating pag-asenso. Kasabay ng pagpapasalamat ko sa inyong hanay sa mahusay na pagganap sa inyong mga tungkulin, babatiin ko na rin po ang mga pinarangalan ngayong hapon: Ang mga sundalong nagpakita ng kagitingan; ang mga reservist, sibilyan, at kawani ng gobyernong nakibalikat sa pagsusulong ng kapayapaan sa mga komunidad; ang mga LGU at pribadong institusyon na nakilahok sa agenda ng seguridad at pag-unlad sa kani-kanilang sariling mga paraan. Sa 14 po nating awardee, na hindi ko na po iisa-isahin dahil baka naman ho gabihin na tayo dito: Isang taos-pusong pasasalamat. Alam po ninyo, gaya ng lagi kong nababanggit, binigyan lamang tayo ng anim na taon sa puwesto, upang gawin ang lahat ng ating magagawa para magsulong ng pagbabago. Halos nangangalahati na po tayo; mayroon na lamang akong tatlong taon, tatlong buwan, at walong araw bago ipasa ang mandato sa susunod na pipiliin ng taumbayan. Isipin po ninyo: Sa panimulang mga hakbang pa lamang, napakarami na po nating narating, napakarami nang repormang nailatag, at mayroon na rin pong mga pangarap na naabotmga pangarap na dati ay hindi man lang natin makuhang matanaw, ngunit ngayon ay buong-buo na nating napapanghawakan. Paano pa po kaya kung itotodo natin ang lahat ng makakaya ng nagkakaisang bansang Pilipinas sa pagtahak sa tuwid na landaspaano pa kaya kung aapakan natin ang silinyador at talaga pong ibubuhos ang bawat sandali, bawat patak ng pawis na kayang mapiga, upang mapabilis ang ating arangkada? Talaga pong nasasabik akong tumulak at ituloy ang ating mga nasimulan, at lalo pa po akong ginaganahan dahil alam kong nasa likod ko kayo. Ngayon po, sa harap ng nakikita kong pakikiisa ng napakaraming sektor ng lipunan kabilang na ang sa inyo; sa harap ng taas-noo nating pagsalubong sa anumang hamon na ihahain sa atin ng tadhana, sinasabi ko po sa inyong lahat, talagang napakasarap mangarap, dahil alam kong walang imposible para sa atin, alam kong anumang adhikain, gaano man katayog, ay kaya nating abutin. Maraming salamat po, at magandang hapon sa inyong lahat. [HOME]

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March 23 , 2013 DOST-NRCP honors excellent Filipino researchers 5,000 bags of hot onions in cold storage seized by BOC Negros CSOs stress need for more active peoples participation in GPH -NDF talks Car Smuggling Suspects Charged by BOC Smuggled Cars and Float Glass Worth Php 28 M Seized in Davao by BOC DOT, NHCP launch Byaheng Bonifacio DOH signs implementing rules and regulations of RPRH law 249 Filipino returnees arrive anew in Tawi-Tawi New Envoy Reaffirms the Philippines Commitment to Strengthen ASEAN Humanitarian/Consular Teams Provide Food Packs, Relief Goods to Filipinos in Lahad Datu and Tawau Hybrid Rice Producers unite for rice self-sufficiency DAR to Help Turn Farmers Into Business Managers DOLE issues pay rules for Holy Week holidays Busy Holy Week for DPWH Q & A on the Lahad Datu situation DOST-NRCP honors excellent Filipino researchers Source: http://dost.gov.ph

The Department of Science and Technology - National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) recently honored 12 Filipino researchers in the 2012 NRCP Achievement Awards for their outstanding works and innovative discoveries. The awarding was held during the 80th General Membership Assembly last March 13 , 2013 at the historic Manila Hotel. The awardees scientific works were recognized as tools promoting the welfare of the nation and the citizenry and enriching t he countrys knowledge in the twelve scientific disciplines spanning basi c, applied sciences and social sciences. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and NRCP President Dr. Lourdes Cruz handed out a gold medallion, plaque of recognition, and cash reward of Php 25,000.00 to each awardee. Sec. Montejo also introduced to the researchers DOSTs latest umbrella program called Smarter Philippines and enjoined all researchers to harmonize their efforts to the program. DOST-NRCP will be celebrating its 80th Foundation Anniversary on December 8, 2013 The awardees were: Dr. Evelina M. Vicencio (Ph.D. University of Philippines Diliman), who was honored for her unwavering leadership and service to Philippine education with her intensive involvement in the development of peer-refereed publications and research reports that benefitted many Filipino learners. Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo (D.Sc. Mathematics. Sophia University, Japan), who was lauded for pioneering the development of research in applications to algebraic coding theory in the country and for elevating the status of Philippine mathematics through

his engagements as visiting professor and researcher of many prestigious institutions. Dr. Trinidad P. Trinidad (Scientist 2 of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute) whose pioneering studies on the bioavailability of minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium absorption and whose work on the use of coconut flour, root crops and legumes as sources of dietary fibers earned praises from DOST-NRCP. Dr. Ireneo L. Lit Jr. (Director of University of the Philippines Los Baos Museum of Natural History), a taxonomist who earned recognition for his pioneering work in the field of coccidology and for his researches on effective management of pest insects including quarantine measures and control of household and food industrial pests. Dr. Severino S. Capitan (Ph.D. Animal Physiology, Punjab Agricultural University) whose notable researches on artificial insemination and estrus synchronization which involves manipulation of cattles reproductive processes, led to significant genetic improvement and population increase among carabaos in the country. Dr. Alvin B. Culaba (National Academy of Science and Technology Advisory Council Member) who was commended for his pioneering work on life cycle assessment methodology in the Philippines and Asia, and for his significant contributions and inspiring leadership in the formulation of national policies and the setting of directions for the growth and development of mission oriented scientific research in the country. Dr. Nimfa B. Ogena (University of the Philippines Population Institute) , an outstanding researcher whose scholarly contributions span several substantive and methodological areas. Among the most notable were her works on womens role in sustainable development, reproductive health and quantitative approaches for examining female status which have contributed to national and international policies. Dr. Alipio T. Garcia (University of Philippines-Baguio), honored for his pioneering works in ultra high vacuum thin film growth in the country, his significant contribution in the field of material science and semiconductors, and his unwavering support for the development and promotion of physics education in the Philippines. Dr. Florentino P. Sumera (Professor of Chemistry, Material Science and Engineering, UP-Diliman), for his work on the synthesis of coconut fatty acid derivatives for biofuels and biodegradable polymers with potential environmental and medical use. Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo (Department of Musicology, UP-Diliman) conferred for his in-depth, insightful research on the epistemology of an indigenous Filipino-Asiatic ritual as well as his documentation of indigenous Philippine musical traditions in the context of local cultural meanings. Dr. Carina G. Lao (The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) for her expertise in the field of metrology as well as her scientific researches on the tropical cyclone tracks and unusual movements of typhoons, and Dr. Jezie A. Acorda (UPLB College of Veterinary Medicine) who received the award for his significant contributions in the field of veterinary medicine specifically on medical imaging techniques and complementary alternative veterinary medicine such as acupuncture stimulation. Established on December 8, 1933 through the passage of Act 4120 by the Ninth Philippine Legislature, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) primarily aims to promote and support basic research in the country along various scientific disciplines including education and international policies, math, medicine, pharmacy, biology, agriculture and forestry, engineering and industry, physics, chemistry, earth and space sciences, veterinary, social sciences, and the humanities. |TOP| 5,000 bags of hot onions in cold storage seized by BOC Source: http://dof.gov.ph

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon and Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group Danilo Lim yesterday (March 22, 2013) led other Customs officials in inspecting and presenting to media 5,000 bags of illegally imported red and white onions approximately worth three million pesos (Php. 3,000,000.00) which were seized earlier by Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Intelligence Division (ID) operatives at the Marcelo Cold Storage at North Bay, Navotas City. According to Biazon the hot onions were seized by virtue of a Letter of Authority he issued on on March 18, 2013 and a Warrant and Seizure Order issued on same date after the surveillance operations of the Customs operatives on the Navotas cold storage confirmed the presence of the hot onions. The operators of the Marcelo Cold Storage could not show import documents or proof of payment for the duties and taxes on the imported onions stored in its cold storage. So we had to seize the illegally imported onions to avoid its getting into the local market. Biazon said adding that, This is to protect the interest of the local farmers from the ill effects of agricultural products smuggling, particularly onions.

The local onion raisers are partly blaming smuggling as one of the reas ons for the local onion industrys stagnant growth. Biazon stressed that the BOC is closely monitoring the Importations of agricultural products, whether within or outside BOC premises to ensure that only legally imported products like onions are able to get to the local markets. Onion importation is regulated by the Department of Agriculture and is allowed only during lean production months of onions in the Philippines to ensure the absorption of locally produced onions by the local market and to avoid price distortion as well We are very much concerned on the interest of the local farmers. This is the reason why we maintain a zero tolerance policy for agricultural products smuggling. We will seize all illegally imported products, particularly agricultural, no matter who are the people behind it and no matter where these illegally imported agricultural products are. Biazon said. For his part Lim expressed confidence on his units anti-smuggling initiatives saying that the enhanced intelligence network of the BOC Intelligence group (IG) will result in more seizures to follow. This hot onion seizure today will definitely result on jobs saved for many local onion growers. It is on this light that our operatives are working doubly hard to get smuggled agricultural products like onions, off the local markets. Lim said. Lim further explained that the onions that were seized by CIIS and Intelligence Division operatives under Fernandino Tuason and Richard Rebong respectively, will eventually be destroyed and disposed in accordance with the law, even as he stressed that the BOC will still pursue legal action to those involved in bringing the 5,000 bags of onion into the country without the required import permit from the Department of Agriculture. |TOP| Negros CSOs stress need for more active peoples participation in GPH -NDF talks Source: http://opapp.gov.ph

At a recent public dialogue in Bacolod City called by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel, Negros Occidental-based civil society organizations (CSOs) voiced the need for greater involvement of all sectors in the peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NP A/NDF). Peace Advocates of Negros representative Francis Yulo highlighted the importance of bringing the discussion of issues down to the grassroots level. Mahalaga yung stakeholders engagement (Stakeholders engagement is important) to localize the whole thing (peace process), he told the forum where GPH peace panel chair Alexander Padilla and panel member Maria Lourdes Tison were present. Ted Lopez of the Alter Trade Foundation welcomed the effort of the government to expand the avenues of engagement with the CSOs in its pursuit of peace. Dinadala ko ang sentimyento ng mga CSOs na noon pa nagsasabi na bakit gobyerno tsaka NDF lang ang nag -uusap, samantalang ang magiging resulta ng peace negotiations kung may maipipinal man silaay babalikatin ng mamamayan. So bakit hindi ma-involve yung mga tao sa proseso pa lang para mapakinggan ng gobyerno at NDF kung ano ang pagtingin ng civil society? (I bring the sentiments of the CSOs who are asking why the talks have been confined between the government and the NDF alone, when the result of the peace negotiations assuming they can finalize anythingwill be shouldered by the people. So why not involve them in the process, so that the government and NDF can take into account the perspective of civil society?). Furthermore he noted that the interests of peace shall be better served if government invests even more in development projects and poverty alleviation programs. Another forum participant asserted that the "people's agenda" is being overshadowed by the CPP/NPA/NDF's "political agenda, Ngayon, hindi na namin nakikita yung peoples agenda sa peace talks; political agenda na lang ni Joma. Matagal na nilang (CPP/NPA/NDF) ginagamit ang rason na yung kanilang ginagawa ay para sa tao, para sa tao, pero ang tao hin di naman yan nararamdaman sa 27 years ng peace talks na yan. (Today, we no longer see the peoples agenda in the peace talks; all we see is Jomas political agenda. They have always used the reason that what they are doing is for the people, but for 27 years, the people never felt that sentiment). In response, Tison, who facilitated the dialogue, noted that even after 27 years of peace talks, peoples lives are still bei ng constantly disrupted. This is the reason why the GPH peace panel wants to look for other ways to win the peace through engagements with different sectors. On the other hand, Padilla stressed the governments commitment to a peaceful resolution of the armed conflict and that the consultation is an opportune time to search for a new initiative, which will allow the public to participate. The government did not scuttle the talks, Padilla said, in reference to the NDF claim on the contrary. He added that it wa s Joma himself who backtracked in February 2013 on his December 18, 2012 proposal for a special track (ST). This process was expected to result in a declaration of ceasefire towards permanent peace, and creation of a Committee for National Unity. Sooner or later, magkakaroon ng peaceat paniwala ko naman yan (There will be peace I believe that), said Padilla.

Maybe in another 27 years, maybe next week, hindi natin alam (we dont know). Pero walang ibang paraan (para makamit ang kapayapaan) kung hindi idadaan sa pakikipag-usap sa kapwa mo nang masinsinan. Makipag-debate ka. Walang dapat idaan sa dulo ng baril. At lalong mapapabilis ang lahat kung may involvement ng bawat isa sa inyo (But there is no other way to achieve peace but through negotiations. We should not do anything through the barrel of a gun. And we can hasten the peace process if each one of you is involved in it.). |TOP| Car Smuggling Suspects Charged by BOC Source: http://customs.gov.ph

In less than three (3) months from its apprehensions in December 2012 and February 2013, the two (2) consignees of 14 illegally imported used right hand drive vehicles from Japan and three other smuggled cars from the US were formally charged today (March 21, 2013) at the Department of justice (DOJ) by Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials led by Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon for violation of Sections 3601 and 2530 of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) and Executive Order No. 156 banning the importation of used vehicles. According to Biazon, the owner/proprietor of RANTHS General Merchandise Anthony F. Soriano, is facing charges for smuggling after his 40-footer container van which arrived at the Port of Davao on February 9, 2013 from the US was seized by Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) operatives under Director George Alio after it was found to contain a used Range Rover, Mini Cooper and a Nissan 350-Z with a total value of Php 3 million. The Supreme court Ruling affirming the validity of Executive Order No. 156 banning the importation of used vehicles still prevails. Hence, the BOC will stand-by the Supreme Court Ruling and stop any attempt to smuggle used cars into the country Biazon said. On the other hand, Biazon explained that, Sonny H. Villatuya, the consignee for the 14 illegally imported used right-hand drive vehicles from Japan worth Php 5 million which were also seized by ESS-Motor Vehicle Clearance operatives upon its arrival at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in December 2012 is also being charged for violation of Sections 3601 and 2530 of the TCCP and Executive Order No. 156, including Republic Act 8506 banning the registration and operation of righthand drive cars in the country. These laws have been enacted not only to protect the local car manufacturing industry, but also to secure our roads and ensure the safety of Filipino motorists. The BOC shall, therefore, strictly enforce these laws, if only to keep converted righthand drive cars off our streets. Biazon said. We, therefore, hope that todays filing of cases against Villatuya and Soriano will send a strong message to importers to be compliant with the law and government rules. For his part, Deputy Commissioner for Revenue Collection and Monitoring Group (RCMG) and Run-After-The Smugglers (RATS) Head Peter Manzano said, RATS assigned lawyers for the Soriano and Villatuya cases shall aggressively pursue for a conviction on both cases. We shall explore all legal possibilities and jurisprudence to get convictions on these two cases. Manzano said. Meanwhile, Alino explained that the BOC-ESS enhanced computer network is making it faster and easier for them to detect illegal car importations |TOP| Smuggled Cars and Float Glass Worth Php 28 M Seized in Davao by BOC Source: http://customs.gov.ph

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Ruffy Biazon today (March 14, 2013) led Customs officials in the inspection of three (3) seized high-end vehicles worth over PhP 3 million and 25 twenty-footer container vans of float glass worth US$ 40,622.40 ( Php 1,625,000.00) which were seized by operatives of the Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Division (BOCCPD) and Run-After-The-Smugglers (RATS) at the Port of Davao for misdeclaration, misclassification and undervaluation in February this year. According to Biazon, the 40 footer container van containing three (3) vehicles, a 2003 Mini Cooper with an internet book value of 1,100,000 Japanese Yen (Php 463,891.21), a 2003 Nissan 350 Z with an internet book value of US$ 34,688.00 (Php 1,408,387.61) and a 2006 Range Rover SUV with an internet book value of US$ 29,900 ( PhP 1,213,987.24) which arrived from Long Beach, USA on February 21, 2013 were consigned to Ranths General Merchandise. We will go after the persons responsible for this smuggling attempt, if only to send the message that the BOC will spare no one in its anti-smuggling drive. Biazon said.

Also inspected by Biazon while in Davao were 10 twenty-footer container vans of Victory Float Glass and another 10 container vans of Bronze Float Glass which came from China and forfeited on January 7, 2013 for violating certain provisions of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP). The float glass shipments which were seized by RATS operatives were consigned to CSB Import and Export Containers. In only a period of two weeks, we have already seized hundreds of millions of pesos worth of illegally imported goods. From agricultural products to electronic gadgets to vehicles and general merchandise, we have apprehended countless illegally imported goods. And we will continue to aggressively pursue the governments anti -smuggling campaign and drive the axe on smugglers, no matter who their backers are. Biazon stressed. On March 6, 2013, Biazon led customs officials in the raid of a fashion store in Cebu with over one hundred million pesos worth of imported fake high-end bags. Biazons anti-smuggling sweep in Cebu also caused the seizure of Php 10 million pesos worth of smuggled rice, another Php 5 million pesos worth of smuggled sugar, a Yamaha 1000 cc motorbike worth Php 1 million pesos and several guns. I am warning smugglers again to stop their illegal trade, as sooner or later the BOC will be able to catch up with their ill egal activities. Biazon said. |TOP| DOT, NHCP launch Byaheng Bonifacio Source: http://www.tourism.gov.ph

As part of the year-long commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) launched Byaheng Bonifacio: Byaheng Bayani ng Bayan at the activity center of SM The Block in North EDSA. Byaheng Bonifacio: Byaheng Bayani ng Bayan is part of the long list of activities and events slated in 2013 to celebrate the accomplished and heroic life of Andres Bonifacio, which culminates in the sesquicentennial of his birth on 30 November 2013. It aims to renew the publics interest in appreciating and taking pride of the history of these often forgotten, if not overl ooked, sites which played an important role in the life of the Supremo, Katipunan, and Philippine Revolution of 1896. It identifies 16 important sites tracing Bonifacios trail from his birthplace in Tondo, Manila; to the Katipuneros secret meeting place in Pamitinan Cave in Rodriguez, Rizal; to his place of martyrdom in Maragondon, Cavite. Byaheng Bonifacio invites people to visit and take photos of the places featured. The first 100 participants to complete the pilgrimage shall receive a token and a Byaheng Bonifacio: Byaheng Bayani ng Bayan certificate. The competition is open to all domestic and foreign tourists. Similar to Lakbay Jose Rizal, which was launched last year in commemoration of Rizal@150, Byaheng Bonifacio is organized in partnership with the NHCP and relevant local government units. SM has generously hosted the launching activity. The DOT was represented by Assistant Secretary Rolando Canizal, who called on the public to visit the Bonifacio sites, get to know more about the hero, and discover ones self better. Also present during the launch were NHCP Executive Director Leodovico Badoy, NHCP Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Projects, Arch. Veronica Dado, SM City North EDSA Regional Operations Manager Arch. Renee Bacani, SM City Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon, and one of Andres Bonifacios descendants, Atty. Gary Bonifacio. NHCP Chair Dr. Maria Serena Diokno said that through Byaheng Bonifacio, it is hoped that people will not only get to see these places in light of Bonifacios heroic trail, but also realize the relevance of Bonifacios life, works, and achievements in their daily lives. Part of who we are today and what we feel today, we owe much to our heroic forebears who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. It is, therefore, the Departments mandate to preserve our rich colonial history, our heritage, alive for the interest of the future Filipino generations. Byaheng Bonifacio is one perfect way to remember with deep gratitude one of the greatest heroes in our history, Tourism Secretary Jimenez enthused. For the complete details of the tour program, the public is advised to visit www.tourism.gov.ph and www.nhcp.gov.ph or contact the Office of the Historic Sites and Education Division of the NHCP at T.M. Kalaw Avenue, Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila, with telephone numbers: 524-9952 and 523-1019. |TOP| DOH signs implementing rules and regulations of RPRH law Source: http://www.doh.gov.ph

The Department of Health (DOH) today marked a momentous event in the history of health care on the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10354, otherwise known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012 (RPRH Act of 2012) in Baseco, Tondo. The completion and signing of the IRR is vital in translating governments Universal Health Care or Kalusugan Pangkalahatan into an operational framework to reduce maternal deaths and improve overall reproductive health outcomes, Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said. The RPRH Law will empower women, through informed choice and voluntarism, improved access to information, facilities and services, increased stability and sustainability of health policy across national and local government, institutionalized partnerships between national and local governments, and recognized important roles and contribution of civil society organizations, basic sectors, academe and private sector, Ona explained. The IRR highlights the implementation of improved access to family planning services such as the enhancement of health service delivery, provision of mobile health clinics in remote and depressed areas, improvement of PhilHealth coverage on reproductive health services especially for the poor, hiring and training of skilled health professionals and continuous monitoring and review of Reproductive Health programs. Public consultations on the draft IRR, dubbed Usapang Kalusugang Pampamilya were held in three different areas around the country: Davao City, Cebu City, and Manila. These were publicly attended and participated by various civil society organizations, interest groups, health professionals, and media, among others. As provided for in Section 26 of the RPRH Act, the draft IRR was prepared by a committee chaired by the Secretary of Health and composed of representatives of the Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Commission on Women, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, Leagues of Provinces, Cities and Municipalities of the Philippines and at least 4 nongovernment organizations. NGOs invited to the committee are the following: Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Inc, Likhaan Center for Womens Health, Inc., Reproductive Health, Rights and Ethics Center for Studies and Training, Womens Health Care Foundation, Inc., Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International, Inc. and the Bishops-Businessmens Conference for Human Development. After fourteen years of waiting for the RPRH bill to be signed into law, including the Presidents certification as urgent, finally this event is a resounding success for all Filipinos. The DOH commends all the officers and members of the drafting committee, technical working groups and civil society organizations groups in the IRR drafting. This is just the beginning of our continuing effort to ensure that no woman will die while giving life, Ona concluded. |TOP| 249 Filipino returnees arrive anew in Tawi-Tawi Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman bared that there are 249 more Filipino deportees from Sabah, Malaysia who arrived on March 19 in Tawi-Tawi. The deportees were immediately given stress debriefing, counselling services, and relief assistance to augment support for their daily basic needs. As of March 20, 2013, a total 1,319 families composed of 3,704 Filipino returnees from Sabah arrived in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu provinces. Of the total returnees, 613 families with 1,644 persons are in Tawi-Tawi, while 706 families with 2,060 persons are in Sulu. The DSWD was able to provide more than P7.9M worth of relief assistance to these 1,319 fami lies. The relief goods consist of sacks of rice, boxes of sardines and corned beef, mineral water, boxes of milk, and family food packs, Secretary Soliman sai d. The Department also provides transportation assistance to facilitate the families return to their respective hometowns. Those returnees who do not have places to stay yet are housed in the evacuation centers, Secretary Soliman added. Meanwhile, the One-Stop Shop Processing Center (OSSPC) will be established in Taganak, Tawi-Tawi to facilitate the needed services to Filipino returnees. This is in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, and the Department of Labor and Employment. The OSSPC will be open 24/7 to Filipino returnees to readily assist on their sta y at the evacuation centers, provide psychosocial interventions, facilitate the issuance of legal documents, provide livelihood, capability building, and entrepreneurship skills, and give immediate referrals for local employment, Secretary Soliman said. |TOP|

New Envoy Reaffirms the Philippines Commitment to Strengthen ASEAN Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

22 March 2013 - Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso presented on March 19 her Appointment Letters to H.E Le Luong Minh designating her as the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the ASEAN Secretariat Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. During the brief meeting that followed the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Buensuceso emphasized to Secretary General Minh that her appointment signifies the high regard the Philippines places on ASEAN as the priority area among the spheres of influence of the Philippine government's foreign policy. She also expressed full support to the ASEAN Secretary General's advocacy to fully implement the three pillars of ASEAN community building, namely the realization of its Political-Security, Economic, and Socio-Cultural blueprints. Ambassador Buensuceso voiced support for the strengthening of the ASEAN Secretariat and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) as a way to enhance the implementation of regional commitments under ASEANs three pillars. The Philippines, for its part, is looking to expand the deployment of personnel in Jakarta to enhance regional policy coordination. Secretary General Minh noted a myriad of challenges would have to be addressed moving toward ASEAN Community 2015 and ASEANs 50th anniversary in 2017, when the Philippines will once again assume the organizations rotating Chairmanship. In this respect, he looked forward to continuing close cooperation with the Philippines in realizing a strong ASEAN Secretariat. Ambassador Buensuceso and Secretary General Minh briefly discussed the West Philippine Sea issue. The Ambassador noted that the arbitration proceedings filed by the Philippines under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) presents the most stable, most predictable and the most durable path to peacefully settle the issue. She joined the Secretary Generals aspiration to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and to move positively the discussion on the Code of Conduct (COC) on the same issue starting this year. Ambassador Buensuceso is a career foreign service officer who has served at the Department of Foreign Affairs for 32 years now. She was a former Ambassador to Norway with concurrent jurisdiction over Denmark and Iceland, and to t he Lao Peoples Democratic Republic. Just before flying to Jakarta for this assignment, she was Assistant Secretary for European Affairs. She was also Director for ASEAN Economic cooperation in the mid 1990's. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and took a Master s Degree in Southeast Asian Studies, major in Indonesia, at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines. |TOP| Humanitarian/Consular Teams Provide Food Packs, Relief Goods to Filipinos in Lahad Datu and Tawau Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 21 March 2013 The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpurs humanitarian/consular teams went on high gear when the team based in Lahad Datu, led by Team Leader Renato P.O. Villa, turned over on March 20 food packs and relief goods for Filipinos at the four evacuation centers located at the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) Salahat area. The relief goods were received to Alia Asfa, a community leader at the Embara Budi evacuation center whose mother is Filipina-born, and evacuation center officials. There are around 1500 evacuees in four FELDA evacuation centers. The packages contain rice, canned sardines, noodles and sugar and hygiene kits. The humanitarian/consular team also processed and issued travel documents (TDs) and passport extensions to Filipinos there. Full access to the Filipinos in the evacuation centers has yet to be given by Malaysian authorities to the humanitarian/consular team. In Tawau, the humanitarian/consular team assigned there processed 348 TDs for Filipinos who expressed their desire to be repatriated, and are making arrangements for their repatriation to the Philippines. The Embassy has ramped up consular services and assistance to Filipino nationals in Sabah. Two officials from the Embassy, including Vice Consul Francis Herrera, left Kuala Lumpur on March 18, and joined the Embassys humanitarian/consular team in Lahad Datu, specifically to provide passports and TD to Filipino s who have expressed their wish to return to the Philippines. Despite the challenges, our humanitarian/consular teams are deeply committed to providing assistance to our nationals in Sabah. One of the most important pillars of Philippine foreign policy is assistance to nationals, and we are working double time in providing it to them, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya said.

|TOP| Hybrid Rice Producers unite for rice self-sufficiency Source: http://www.da.gov.ph

The Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and private rice companies will hold the first ever National Hybrid Rice Congress on April 3-5, 2013 at PhilRice, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija. The activity, themed Bigas na Sapat, Binhing Hybrid ang Kabalikat, will highlight the importance of the hybrid rice industry in the attainment of the vision of the governments Food Staples Sufficiency Pr ogram or FSSP. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has been leading the implementation of FSSP as one of the Aquino administration's strategy to ensure self-sufficiency in rice and other foodstuff by popularizing other carbohydrates sources like saba, sweet potatoes, and white corn. In a press briefing, PhilRice Deputy Executive Director Dr. Eduardo Jimmy Quilang noted that the use of hybrid rice will be expanded under the FSSP to boost farmers yield. Based on studies, hybrid seeds increase yield by 21% compared to certified seeds. Harvest can increase by 15% or more with hybrid rice. If the weather is good and the farmer is diligent, harvesting 12 tons per hectare is attainable. The usual harvest when farmers use the inbred variety is 4 tons per hectare, said Dr. Quilang. As such, income will go up by P 15,000 to P 20,000 with hybrid rice. Based on initial estimates, if hybrid rice is planted in 400,000 hectares of rice field with irrigation, a total of 400,000 tons rice harvest will automatically be added to the countrys national production. The First National Hybrid Rice Congress aims to develop policies and recommendations to popularize the use of hybrid rice and forge a stronger network with private seed companies. Even if hybrid rice improves the farmers harvest and income, and it has a huge potential in helping the country achieve rice self-sufficiency, it remains unpopular because very few plant this variety, said Dr. Quilang. We are looking forward to the creation of the Philippine Hybrid Rice Industry Development Board and the identification of the target areas where hybrid rice will be planted, he added. For the upcoming Congress, PhilRice will partner with the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology and private companies such as Bayer CropScience, Bioseed Research Philippines, DeVGen, DuPont Pioneer Philippines, SeedWorks Philippines, SL Agritech Corporation, and Syngenta, to deliver to farmers and seed growers new technologies and trends in the hybrid rice industry. 2001 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Professor Yuan Longping--the father of Hybrid Rice and a national treasure of China--will speak at the congress. Dr. Quilang is positive that the Congress will open doors which will result to the attainment of the President's vision during his first State of the Nation Address, ''Ang isasaing ni Juan dela Cruz dito ipupunla, dito aanihin, dito bibilhin.' |TOP| DAR to Help Turn Farmers Into Business Managers Source: http://www.dar.gov.ph

From farmers to business managers. With this vision, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has rolled out its new program aimed at developing the skills of farmer-beneficiaries and their organizations in accessing credit facilities and in managing their farms as business enterprises. Called PBD (Program Beneficiaries Development) Lawyering, the new strategy seeks to transform agrarian reform beneficiaries into farm managers using the land awarded to them as social capital. According to Secretary Virgilio De Los Reyes, the PBD Lawyering strategy aims to promote countryside development by capacitating agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and their organizations to actively engage the market. The role of DAR at present is not only as distributor of agricultural land, but an orchestrator of rural development, Delos Reyes said. The whole point of what we are trying to do now is we put together enterprise development, we put together strengthening of organizations; we put in agricultural extension; we put in credit; we put in farm equipment; we put in land tenure improvement; and we put in R&D for ARB organizations, he added. Delos Reyes explained that the new strategy would complement the global solutions currently being implemented by the DAR to fast-track the land acquisition and distribution (LAD) component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The first phase of the PBD Lawyering program involves forming PBD Lawyering teams in the DAR provincial level to be culled from a pool of support services staff, lawyers, and legal officers. These teams will be trained as learning coaches of agrarian reform beneficiaries and their organizations on how to access

credit facilities and other financial services from diversified sources; capture private investments; create opportunities for growing and/or expanding their enterprises; enhance financial health and viability; and strengthen their ability to manage or mitigate risks. This is a unique training program where the combined expertise and experiences of the Departments legal and the support services offices are harnessed to enhance the legal and support services on access to credit of ARBs and their organizations, Delos Reyes said. Partners in this endeavor are the Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development (BARBD) and the Legal Affairs Office (LAO), together with private sector social enterprises. Two batches of training involving 133 participants from Regions CAR, I, II IV-A, IV-B, IX, XII, and XIII have already been conducted. Currently on-going is the training for Regions VI, VII, and VII in Cebu with a total of 56 participants. The succeeding batches involving Regions III, V, X, and XIII are scheduled on March 18-22, 2013 in Rizal, and April 1-5, 2013 in Cagayan de Oro.dar web news pix 2 march 8 2013 Delos Reyes explained that PBD Lawyering entails mentoring of ARBs and ARBOs (agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations) that are facing credit-related challenges, constraints, and problems in order to help them better manage their business operations. This direction in PBD implementation complements the usual support services to improve ARBs productivity such as postharvest facilities, physical infrastructure, credit and microfinance services, and others and would attempt to wean away the ARBs and their organizations from dependence on government support interventions. Also known as Enterprise Lawyering, PBD Lawyering is currently focused on credit delivery and sustai nable access to credit. Credit assistance is critical to increasing ARBs productivity and marketing of their products. By being able to optimize production level and sell their products, ARBs and their organizations should be able to enhance their financial bottom-lines, which would lead to an improvement in their quality of living, Delos Reyes explained. The training runs on a four & a half day session with the following modules: Foundation Module 1 Revisiting PBD Thrust and Directions; Module 2 - Exploring the Business and Regulatory Environment; Module 3 - Successful Models and ideation for Cooperative-Managed Agri-based Enterprises; Module 4 - Understanding the Building Blocks of Financial Viability and Growth; and Module 5 - Crafting of Technical Assistance Plan and Team Coaching for Selected Priority ARBOs. Experts and practitioners from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Development Bank of the Philippines, and from the private sector such as Mark Ruiz, Vincent Rapisura, and Edwin Salonga of MicroVentures, Inc. and Social Enterprises Development Partnerships Incorporated (SEDPI), among others were tapped as resource speakers. All learning outcomes of these modules bring to fore ARB organizations that are credit smart, credit worthy and financially viable, Delos Reyes pointed out. |TOP| DOLE issues pay rules for Holy Week holidays Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged private sector employers to observe the correct pay rules and general occupational safety and health labor standards as the Filipino nation commemorates the countrys most cherished Christian Holy Week tradition Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday. President Benigno S. Aquino III had earlier issued Proclamation No. 459, Series of 2012, on 16 August 2012 affirming Maundy Thursday and Good Friday on 28 and 29 March, respectively, as regular holidays, and Black Saturday on 30 March 2013 as a special non-working day throughout the country, Baldoz said. Proclamation No. 459 is consistent with the laws of the Republic of the Philippines governing the observance of holidays, to wit: Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated 24 July 2007, which amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days, specific or movable, as special or regular holidays, Baldoz added. I reiterate to our private sector employers to observe the pay rules and other core labor and occupational safety and health standards during these holidays in the interest of workers welfare and protection, she further said. The labor and employment chief, had earlier issued Labor Advisory No. 06, Series of 2012, promulgating the implementing guidelines, specifically on the pay rules, that shall apply as mandated by Proclamation No. 459 on the Payment of Wages for

the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-working) Days, and Special Holiday (for all schools) for the Year 2013. The correct pay rules to be observed are as follows: For the regular holidays on 28 March (Maundy Thursday) and 29 March 2013 (Good Friday): If the employee did not work, he/she shall be paid 100 percent of his/her salary for that day. Sample computation: Daily rate + Cost of Living Allowance x 100%. The COLA is included in the computation of holiday pay. If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary f or that day for the first eight hours. Sample computation: Daily rate + COLA x 200%. The COLA is also included in computation of holiday pay. If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day. Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked. If the employee worked during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 3 0 percent of his/her daily rate of 200 percent. Sample computation: [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200%] + 30% Daily rate x 200%). If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest da y, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day. Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked. For the special (non-working) day on 30 March 2013 (Black Saturday): If the employee did not work, the no work, no pay principle shall apply, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day. If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work. Sample computation: (Daily rate x 130%) + COLA). If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day. Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked. If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional fifty p ercent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work. Sample computation: (Daily rate x 150%) + COLA. If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day. Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150% x 130% x number of hours worked. For any questions on this release, please call the nearest DOLE regional office (for DOLE National Capital Region, tel. nos. 400-6011 or 303-0364), or contact the DOLE hotline at 527-8000. You may also call the Bureau of Working Conditions at 5273000 loc. 301-308. |TOP| Busy Holy Week for DPWH Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will have a busy weekend up to Holy Wednesday working for repair of national roads in Metro Manila. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the DPWH National Capital Region Office has scheduled the repair of 14 national road sections from 10 p.m. of March 22 to March 27, the last day of work as Filipinos prepare to go deeper into Lenten reflection. While most of the schools are already on vacation resulting to lesser number of commuters, motorists may avail of alternate routes to prevent traffic build-up on road sections undergoing repair works. Included in the repair work schedule is the Nicanor Reyes Street in Sampaloc, Manila from C. M. Recto to Espaa under the supervision of North Manila Engineering District Office. The Quezon City First Engineering District Office will supervise repair works at Quirino Highway (southbound) from Hilltop to Belfast Street (2nd lane); Fairview Avenue (northbound) from Mindanao Extension to Milano Drive (4th lane); Mindanao Avenue (southbound) from Catleya Street to North Avenue (1st lane); EDSA (northbound) from Congressional Avenue to Access Road (5th lane); EDSA (southbound) from Cloverleaf to Oliveros Street (5th lane); and Regalado North Avenue (northbound) from Casmilan V to David Lim International Trading Corp. (2nd lane). Repair work on highways in Mandaluyong City particularly at Shaw Boulevard (westbound) between Guerrero Street and Araullo Street (inner lane); EDSA (northbound) beginning of Shaw Boulevard underpass to United Street; and EDSA (southbound) after Libertad Street to Potenciano Hospital will be manage by the First Metro Manila District Engineering Office. The Second Metro Manila District Engineering Office will work 24/7 for the repair Makati City portion of EDSA that includes northbound lane after Orense Street to Guadalupe Bridge and southbound lane from Guadalupe Bridge to Bernardino Street while Third Metro Manila District Engineering Office will employ similar work scheme in repair Caloocan City segment of EDSA

that covers the northbound lane from Asuncion Street to General Simon Street (lane 6) and southbound lane from Benin Street to Urbano Plata Street. With the Filipino traditionally spending Holy Week in the provinces, Singson said the DPWH field units have been alerted through the Lakbay Alalay Program to ensure safe and efficient travel of the public. |TOP| Q & A on the Lahad Datu situation Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

1.What transpired in the discussions between Secretary del Rosario and the Malaysian officials? The Secretary, in pursuing a peaceful resolution, has been in contact on a daily basis with the Foreign Minister and other officials of Malaysia. The trip to Malaysia is consistent with that effort. During this particular trip, the Secretary continued seeking the exercise of maximum tolerance to avert further loss of lives. The Secretary also followed up on the Philippines requests for a full briefing on the situation, for clearance for the Philippine Navy ship to proceed to Lahad Datu and for humanitarian and consular services to be made available to the Filipinos in Lahad Datu. While in Malaysia, the Secretary likewise sought the consideration for women and other civilians not involved in the hostilities to be able to exit the area of conflict. The Secretary was also specifically tasked by the President to explore avenues to end the standoff that is acceptable to all parties. 2.Was the Secretary able to achieve his objectives? The abovementioned requests are still being considered in light of the security environment. 3.What avenues did the Philippine Government explore domestically for a peaceful resolution to save lives? From the outset of this conflict, the Philippine Government has been pursuing options which could lead to a peaceful resolution where no lives would be lost. Sultan Jamalul Kirams group was well aware of this as they were directly involved. These options, which involve the peaceful withdrawal of the Kiram group from Lahad Datu in order to ensure that lives are not compromised, were relentlessly pursued on a 24/7 basis. Unfortunately, some of these plans did not merit acceptance by all parties and those that did could not be implemented in time. The Philippine Governments constructive efforts were overtaken by events that were beyond its control. With the peaceful withdrawal, the President initially offered that no charges would be filed and that an avenue for discussion would be made available. 4.What avenues did the Secretary explore with the Malaysian officials? The Secretary worked with the Malaysian officials in ensuring that maximum restraint was exercised for the first two weeks. Until hostilities erupted, Malaysia agreed on a peaceful withdrawal where no charges would be filed. Even as hostilities had begun, the Secretary was still exploring the option of peaceful withdrawal. 5.What avenues did the Secretary explore with the Malaysians during this trip to end the standoff? In meeting with the Foreign and Defense Ministers, the Secretary again pursued the possibility of allowing for an unconditional surrender of the group to avert further loss of lives and allow them to return to their respective homes and families. Negotiations for this remain in progress. 6.Despite our request for maximum tolerance, why were airstrikes and ground operations still conducted? This is a question that can best be answered by the Malaysians. 7.Is it true that the Secretary agreed with the Malaysian authorities labelling the Filipino group as terrorist? According to Ambassador Malaya who was present at the meeting, the report is out of context and the Secretary did not label the Filipino group as terrorist. In Semporna, there were alleged acts of terrorism. As reported by the Malaysian Foreign Minister, after the police forces were lured into an ambush and killed, their bodies were brutally mutilated and desecrated. If indeed these atrocities were committed as reported to him, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister both agreed that these were, at the very least, terroristic acts. 8.Will this affect the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro?

It should not affect the peace process with the MILF. 9.How many casualties were there from the latest assault? We do not have information on the number of casualties from the latest assault. 10. Is the standoff over? According to the Malaysian Foreign Minister, as of noontime of 5 March, actions by the Malaysian security forces are ongoing. 11. What is the Philippine Governments plan to avert further loss of lives? The Philippine Government will continue to explore all possible channels in an effort to achieve the objective of minimizing the loss of life and bringing the matter to an expeditious conclusion. 12. If the members of the Kiram group are criminally charged by the Malaysian authorities, would the Philippine Government assist them and how? Consistent with the Presidents policy of caring for the Filipino people wherever they are, the Philippine Government will provide the necessary assistance. 13. What is the Secretarys comment on the news that thousands of Tausugs are now sailing to Sabah? There is a close cooperation between the Philippine and Malaysian navies to jointly enforce a blockade for such an eventuality. 14. What is the DFAs position on the Sabah claim? The DFA has been named a member of the team tasked to undertake the necessary study on the Sabah claim. 15. On the issue of the missing letter, what does the DFA know about it? On the issue of the missing letter written by Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram to the President days before the President took his oath in June 2010, that letter has been found with the DFA. The Secretary is taking full responsibility for the oversight. 16. What is the Secretarys opinion on Sultan Jamalul Kirams letter to the Unite d Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee? It is Sultan Jamalul Kirams right to appeal to the UN Human Rights Committee. 17. What is the Secretarys opinion on Misuaris suggestion to involve the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)? It is a domestic issue and is therefore outside the purview of the OIC. 18. Is the Philippine Government reinforcing the security of the Malaysian Embassy in Manila and the Malaysian Consulate-General in Davao City? Yes. The Philippine Government has provided appropriate security to these diplomatic establishments in accordance with the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and on Consular Relations. 19. In light of the advisory issued by the Malaysian Embassy in Manila for Malaysian citizens in the Philippines to exercise additional precaution, is the DFA planning on issuing a similar advisory for Filipinos in Malaysia? For now, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has issued an appeal to Filipinos in Sabah to remain calm and abide by the guidelines issued by local authorities. 20. With everything that has happened, how would the Secretary describe Philippines-Malaysia relations? The relationship remains strong and both countries continue to exert efforts for enhancement of their bilateral relations. The Secretary believes that a close cooperation between the two countries is necessary for dealing with the challenges presented by the current issue. 21. How does the situation in Lahad Datu affect the 800,000 Filipinos in Sabah? All concerned agencies of the Philippine Government are taking proactive steps to assist Filipinos in Sabah who are being negatively affected by the violence there. The Philippine mission in Malaysia, composed of representatives from the DFA, DOLE and DSWD, is closely coordinating with the Malaysian Government in order to ensure that the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant workers and communities are protected.

The DFA, particularly our Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, has a contingency plan in place to quickly extend consular and humanitarian assistance to the affected Filipinos. Meanwhile, DOLE has activated an inter-agency Task Force Malaysia to coordinate and monitor the assistance to returnees at the one-stop centers in Zamboanga City and Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. 22. What is the DFAs view on the statement issued by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon? The DFA welcomes the statement. This is consistent with our call for a peaceful resolution of the situation. 23. What is the DFAs view on Sultan Jamalul Kirams call for a unilateral ceasefire? A ceasefire will only work if it is accepted by the other party. In this case, Malaysia has not accepted it. |TOP|

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President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 116th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the Headquarters PA Grandstand, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on Friday (March 22, 2013). The Philippine Army is a major branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines responsible for training, organizing, equipping, and sustaining ground forces in support of the AFP mission. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 116th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the Headquarters PA Grandstand, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on Friday (March 22). The Philippine Army is a major branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines responsible for training, organizing, equipping, and sustaining ground forces in support of the AFP mission. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacaang Photo Bureau) Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Tagapamagitan Class of 2013 demonstrate jubilation following the 34th PNPA Commencement Exercises at the PNPA Grandstand, Camp General Mariano Castaeda in Silang, Cavite on Friday (March 22). Jhon Felix Pascual, Jr. is the Class Valedictorian. The PNPA was created to provide education and training of the three uniformed bureaus of the Department of the Interior and Local Government --- the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III addresses the 34th PNPA Commencement Exercises of Tagapamagitan Class of 2013 at the PNPA Grandstand, Camp General Mariano Castaeda in Silang, Cavite on Friday (March 22). Jhon Felix Pascual, Jr., is the Class Valedictorian. The PNPA was created to provide education and training of the three uniformed bureaus of the Department of the Interior and Local Government--- the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacaang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III witnesses the presentation of Plaque of Recognition to outgoing Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) president Tan Ching presented by FFCCCII chairman emeritus Dr. Lucio Tan during the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Biennial Convention of the FFCCCII at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on Friday (March 22, 2013). This years theme is Tuwid na Daan Towards Peace, Unity and Prosperity. FFCCCII is considered the largest organization of Chinese-Filipino businessmen with membership of 170 various chambers, trade and business associations across the Philippines. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his Keynote Address during the 29th Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on Friday (March 22, 2013). This years theme is Tuwid na Daan Towards Peace, Unity and Prosperity. FFCCCII is considered the largest organization of Chinese-Filipino businessmen with membership of 170 various chambers, trade and business associations across the Philippines. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on Friday (March 22, 2013). This years theme is Tuwid na Daan Towards Peace, Unity and Prosperity. FFCCCII is considered the largest organization of Chinese-Filipino businessmen with membership of 170 various chambers, trade and business associations across the Philippines. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau)