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Dispatch for July 11 , 2013 Thursday , 4 PIA Calabarzon PRs , 13 Weather Watch,
6 Regional Watch , 9 OFW Watch , 17 Online News , 3 Photonews

Weather Watch
2 hours ago 1. PAGASA-DOST: At 6AM today, the eye of Typhoon Huaning was located at 870 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (22.1N, 131.3E).

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2 hours ago 2. DZBB: Wala pang naitatalang anumang hindi magandang pangyayari ang Coast Guard Action Center kaugnay ng bagyong Huaning. Ayon kay PCG spokesperson Balilo, patuloy na nakatutok sa epekto ng malakas na bagyong Huaning ang mga rescue unit ng PCG lalo na ang nakabase sa Hilagang Luzon at Batanes. Suspendido ang anumang

uri ng paglalayag ng sasakyang pandagat sa Batanes papasok at palabas dahil nasa Signal No. 1 ito. Nagbabala naman ang PCG sa mga mangingisda sa Cagayan na iwasan na muna ang pagpalaot dahil sa epekto ng bagyo. Patuloy din na pinaghahanda ang rescue unit ng PCG lalo na sa kanlurang bahagi ng bansa bunsod ng mga pagulang hatid ng Habagat na hahatakin ng bagyo.

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3 hours ago 3. Earthquakes Tsunamis: 4.6 earthquake, 103km ESE of Namie, Japan. Jul 11 07:09 at epicenter (46m ago, 69km Iwaki, depth 21km).

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3 hours ago 4. NCR: Magkatuwang na isasagawa ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) at ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Marikina sa pamamagitan ng Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Managenent Office ang isang sabayang earthquake at rescue drill mamaya sa ganap na ika-10 ng umaga sa 31 pampublikong paaralang elementarya at sekondarya sa lungsod.

Weather Watch
3 hours ago 5. GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz: -Nakataas pa rin ang Signal No. 1 sa Batanes Group of Islands dahil kay bagyong Huaning. -Sa pinakahuling pagtaya ng PAGASA, huling namataan ang Typhoon Huaning sa layong 910km silangan ng Itbayat, Batanes. -Halos hindi nagbago ang galaw nito sa nakalipas na 12-oras kung saan taglay pa rin ang lakas ng hanging nasa 175kph malapit sa gitna at pagbugsong aabot sa 210kph. -Kumikilos ito sa direksyong kanluran hilagang-kanluran sa bilis na 20kph. -Sabado ng umaga inaasahang lalabas ng PAR si Huaning kung hindi magbabago ang kilos nito. -Hindi ito tatama sa kalupaan at wala ring direktang epekto sa nalalabing bahagi ng bansa. -Gayunman, inaasahang uulanin ang Metro Manila at mga karatig lugar sa Biyernes ng hapon bunsod ng Habagat na palalakasin ni Huaning. -Pinapayuhan naman ang mga mangingisda na iwasang maglayag sa northern at eastern seaboard ng Northern Luzon at eastern seaboard ng Central Luzon dahil sa malakas na hangin at malalaking along dulot ng bagyo.

Weather Watch
4 hours ago 6. 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST Issued at: 5:00AM 11 July 2013 SYNOPSIS: At 4:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon #HuaningPH was located based on available data at 910 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (22.0N, 132.0E) with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

FORECAST: Batanes Group of Islands will experience rains with gusty winds. The regions of Cordillera, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga and the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the north to northwest will prevail over Northern and Eastern Luzon and coming from the west to southwest over Eastern Visayas. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Light to moderate winds coming from the west to southwest will prevail over Mindanao and the rest of Visayas and from the northwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters along these areas will be slight to moderate. Over METRO MANILA: Maximum Temperature : 12:00 NN Today --- 33.0C Minimum Temperature : 5:00 AM Today --- 24.6 C Maximum Relative Humidity: 5:00 AM Today --- 95 % Minimum Relative Humidity : 12:00 NN Today --- 61 % High Tide Today : 11:34 AM .... 1.22 Meter Low Tide Today : 7:31 PM .... 0.12 Meter Sunrise Today : 5:33 AM Sunset Today : 6:29 PM Moonrise Today : 7:47 AM Moonset Today : 8:28 PM llumination Today : 7 %

Weather Watch
13 hours ago 7. GMA-7 resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz on 24 Oras: - Huling namataan ng PAGASA ang mata ng bagyong si Huaning sa layong 1,150 km diyan sa may east of Itbayat, Batanes. - Lalo pang lumakas ang taglay nitong hangin na aabot na ngayon sa 175kph near the center at bugsong aabot naman sa 210kph. - Kumikilos ito pa kanluran, hilagang kanluran sa bilis na 20 kph. - Dahil sa bagyo, itinaas na ng PAGASA ang public storm warning signal number 1 sa Batanes group of islands at ito ay makakaranas na ng mga pag-ulan at bugso ng hangin sa susunod na 36 na oras. - Sa storm track ng Weather Central, hindi pa rin ito tatama sa kalupaan ngunit malaki ang posibilidad na lalo pa itong lumakas at maging isang super typhoon bukas. - Sa mga ganitong mga kalakas na bagyo na mahigit 175kph 'yung hangin, ito 'yung pwedeng itaas ang signal number 4 kung dadaan ito talaga sa kalupaan. - 'Pag signal number 4, alam naman natin na kapag ganyang kalakas ang hangin, kayang gumiba niyan ng matitibay na bahay, kayang bumunot ng malalaking puno at magbuwal ng mga poste. - Kung matatandaan ng ating mga kababayan, 'yung bagyong Ondoy, 'yan po ay tropical storm at nagdala ng matitinding mga pag-ulan, kaya kung ito (Huaning) ay tatama sa atin, signal number 4 po ang pwedeng itaas ng PAGASA. - Bukas ay may kakayahan na ang bagyong Huaning na paigtingin ang hanging habagat na magdadala naman ng mga pag-ulan lalo na sa Luzon at Visayas. - Sa forecast ng PAGASA, asahang uulan bukas sa malaking bahagi ng Luzon, dapat ding maghanda ang mga tagaCagayan Valley, Bicol Region at sa lalawigan ng Aurora at Quezon.

- Maulap na kalangitan at malakas na pag-ulan ang aasahan diyan at gaya ng mga pag-ulan at thunderstorm na naranasan kanina diyan sa Legazpi, Albay. Malakas rin ang ihip ng hangin na sinamahan pa ng pagkulog at pagkidlat. - Magiging bahagyang maulap na may pag-ulan naman sa Metro Manila at mataas pa rin ang tsansang umulan lalo na pagdating ng gabi. - Mas magiging maulap ang kanlurang bahagi ng Visayas bukas at makakaranas din ng mahina hanggang katamtamang pag-ulan ang malaking bahagi nito. - Mahina hanggang sa katamtamang pag-ulan din ang dapat asahan sa malaking bahagi ng Mindanao bukas. - Muli namang itinaas ng PAGASA ang gale warning sa eastern seaboards ng Northern at Central Luzon. - Inaasahan kasing aabot mula sa 2-4 na metro ang taas ng alon sa bahagi iyan ng karagatan.

Weather Watch
14 hours ago 8. ABS-CBN: Pumasok na ng bansa kanina ang bagyong Huaning kung saan huli itong namataan sa layong 1,150 km silangan ng Itbayat, Batanes na may lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 175 kph malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na aabot sa 210 kph. Kumikilos ito ng pa-kanluran hilagang-kanluran sa bilis na 20 kph. Nakataas na ang Signal No. 1 sa Batanes. Hindi naman inaasahang tatama sa kalupaan ang bagyo at tinatayang mananatili ito sa PAR hanggang Sabado. Samantala, asahan naman bukas ang magandang panahon sa buong Luzon, maliban na lang sa Batanes at Extreme Northern Luzon. Asahan din ang magandang panahon bukas sa Visayas bagama't magiging maulap sa Samar. Tinataya ring magiging maganda ang panahon sa Mindanao bagama't maulap na may pag-ulan sa Davao pagdating ng gabi.

Weather Watch
14 hours ago 9. GMA: Sinalanta ng baha ang limang barangay sa Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. Isa sa dahilan ang pagiging heavily silted ng ilog doon. Abot tuhod naman ang baha sa Kidapawan City dahil sa pag-apaw ng ilog doon. Ang DENR-Region 11 naman ay patuloy ang paghihigpit sa illegal logging lalo na at tumambad sa kanila ang mga trosong bunga ng illegal logging matapos ang isinagawa nilang aerial inspection.

Weather Watch
15 hours ago 10. PAGASA Tropical Cyclone Warning issued at 5:00pm

Typhoon Huaning (Soulik) has maintained its strength as it continues to move in a west northwest direction. LOCATION OF THE EYE/CENTER: At 4:00pm today, the eye of Typhoon Huaning was located based based on all available data at 1,150km east of Itbayat, Batanes (21.6N, 134.4E). STRENGTH: Maximum sustained winds of 175kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. MOVEMENT: Forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph. FORECAST POSITIONS: Typhoon Huaning is expected to be at 720km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by tomorrow afternoon and at 380km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday afternoon. By Saturday afternoon, it will be at

560km northwest of Itbayat, Batanes outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Estimated rainfall amount is from 10-25mm per hour (heavy to intense) within the 800km diameter of the typhoon. The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11:00 tonight.

Weather Watch
16 hours ago 11. ANC: Typhoon Huaning at 1,150km east of Itbayat, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 175kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210kph. Signal #1 is hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands. Typhoon Huaning is expected to leave Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday.

Weather Watch
19 hours ago 12. GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz on Balita Pilipinas Ngayon: - Patuloy na kumikilos pa-kanluran ang typhoon Huaning habang nasa loob ng PAR. - Huli itong namataan 1,200km silangan ng Itbayat, Batanes. - May lakas ng hangin ito na 175kph malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na aabot sa 210kph. - Kumikilos ito pa-kanluran hilagang kanluran sa bilis na 20kph. - Ito ay hindi inaasahang tatama sa lupa. - Base naman sa storm track ng weather central, posible itong lumakas pa at maging isang super typhoon. - Wala itong inaasahang direktang epekto sa anumang bahagi ng bansa pero simula bukas ay palalakasin nito ang hanging habagat na siyang magdadala ng pag-uulan kaya pinag-iingat ang mga sasakyang pandagat. - Magiging makulimlim naman ang papawirin sa Visayas at ilang bahagi ng Mindanao.

Weather Watch
19 hours ago 13. GMA News TV: Inalerto na ng NDRRMC ang pitong rehiyon sa Luzon dahil sa banta ng bagyong Huaning na pumasok na sa bansa kaninang umaga. Base sa tala ng Weather Central, posibleng maging super typhoon ito pero malabong tumama sa lupa. Kabilang sa mga pinaaalertong lugar ay ang NCR, Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon at Mimaropa.

Weather Watch

July 11 , 2013 ( Thursday )

as of 8 :00 AM

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Regional Watch

PIA Regional Watch

20 minutes ago 1. PIA-4A/LAGUNA: Nanguna ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Laguna sa local governance performance management system (LGPMS) ng DILG at ng Civil Service Commission bunga ng pinalawig at magagandang programa ukol sa edukasyon, pabahay, agrikultura, kapayapaan at kaayusan, negosyo, pagtataguyod ng kalakalan at industriya, kalusugan at nutrisyon at iba pa.

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15 hours ago 2. PIA-4A/CAVITE: DTI-Cavite officials will lead the launching ceremony tomorrow, July 11 of shared service facilities program (Muscovado Sugar Packaging Machine) to be held at MAWCO Building Water System Compound, Barangay 4, Magallanes, Cavite. There will be a signing of MoA between the DTI Regional and Cavite Office and the beneficiaries of the said packaging machine.

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15 hours ago 3. PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isang joint meeting ng Provincial Peace and Order Council at Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ang isinasagawa ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. Ilan sa mga paksa ay ang kalagayan ng peace and order ng lalawigan, drug issues at disaster management and preparedness.

PIA Regional Watch


17 hours ago 4. PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isang joint meeting ng Provincial peace and Order council at Provincial disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ang isinasagawa ng pamahalaang panlalawigan.Ilan sa mga paksa ay ang kalagayan ng peace and order ng lalawigan,drug issues at disaster management and preparedness

PIA Regional Watch


17 hours ago 5. PIA-4A/BATANGAS.: May 14 na barangay sa 6 na bayan sa lalawigan ang tinukoy ng PDEA na mga hotspot area ng droga sa lalawigan kabilang ang Lemery,Nasugbu,Lipa City,Rosario,Tanauan city,Lipa City at Batangas city.

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17 hours ago 6. PIA-4A/QUEZON: Patuloy na isinasaayos ngayon ng pamahalaang panglungsod ang daang C.M Recto

partikular ang lugar ng palengke sa pamamagitan ng pagbabawal ng mga bolante. Layunin din nito na maging maayos ang daloy ng trapiko sa nasabing lugar

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about an hour ago 1. DFA spokesman Asec Raul Hernandez on GMA News TV: Re: 75 Pinoys, pina-deport ng Japan -May pagbabago sa kanilang polisiya. Ngayong taon ipinatupad na kahit di payag, ipina-padeport ang mga undocumented na Pinoy. -iyaking legal at kumpleto ang papeles para makapagtrabaho sa Japan upang maiwasan ang deportation. Re: Pinoys in Egypt -Nananatiling ligtas po ang ating mga kababayan sa Egypt sa kabila ng umiiral na tensyon. -Kung balak naman pong pumunta ng Egypt, huwag po munang tumuloy. -Nakabantay po tayo at nagmo-monitor.

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15 hours ago 2. GMA: Apektado pa rin ang 16,000 OFWs ng patuloy na freeze hiring sa Taiwan. Ang 10,000 sa mga ito ay hindi na ni-renew pa ng Taiwanese government ang mga working visa. Sa tantya ng MECO, nasa 150,000 Taiwanese na ang nagkansela ng kanilang bookings na siyang nakakaapekto ngayon sa turismo ng bansa.

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15 hours ago 3. DZRH: Inihayag ni VP Binay na may nakatakda silang pagpupulong ng pamilya ng Pinay drug mule na nahatulan ng bitay kamakailan para ilahad ang mga impormasyon kaugnay sa paghahanap sa recruiter nito. Aniya pa, nakatakda ring pulungin nito ang mga tauhan ng NBI upang malaman kung bakit wala pang ganitong aksyon sa paghanap sa recruiter ng drug mule.

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17 hours ago 4. DZMM: Tinukoy na ng DFA ang mga magsisilbing exit point ng mga Pinoy sa Egypt sakaling tumindi pa ang tensyon doon. Ayon kay DFA Asec. Raul Hernandez, bukod sa mga paliparan ay ikinokonsidera rin nila ngayon ang Alexandria seaport bilang pinakamabilis na paglikasan ng mga Pilipino palabas ng Egypt.

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17 hours ago 5. DZBB: Patuloy ang pag-alalay ng pamahalaan para sa mga Pilipinong nahaharap sa problema sa Saudi Arabia bunsod ng Saudization. Ayon kay DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez, marami pang distressed OFWs ang kailangang mapauwi sa bansa dahil na rin sa nasabing sistema. Aniya, bukas ang embahada at konsulado ng bansa sa Riyadh para tulungan ang mga OFW sa pag-aayos ng kanilang mga dokumento.

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17 hours ago 6. GMA News TV: Inaasahang uuwi sa bansa ngayong araw ang 11 undocumented Filipinos mula Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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18 hours ago 7. DZBB: Tiniyak ng DFA na nakalatag na ang contingency plan ng gobyerno para sa mga OFW sa Egypt sakaling lumala pa ang mga kaguluhan doon. Ayon kay DFA spokesman Asec. Raul Hernandez, may natukoy na silang airports at seaports sakaling itaas sa level 3 ang security alert sa naturang bansa at kailanganin na ang paglilikas sa mga OFW.

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18 hours ago 8. DFA spokesperson Asec. Raul Hernandez on DZMM: - No Filipino so far has been caught in the violence in Egypt. Crisis alert level 2 still in effect. - 11 undocumented Filipinos will arrive from Riyadh today. The total number (of repatriated OFWs) in Saudi Arabia now stands at 1,008.

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22 hours ago 9. DZRH: Sumugod ngayon sa harapan ng tanggapan ng DFA ang mga miyembro ng grupong Migrante Intl upang

mangalampag para sa agarang pagpapauwisa mga OFW na naiipit sa kaguluhan sa Egypt.

A. QUEZON
1. Feature: GREAT Women project creates positive change to women in Quezon
By Joselito M. Giron Wednesday 10th of July 2013

As the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (Great Women) Project ended its implementation in Quezon Province on May 30, it created unpredictable change to the lives of ordinary women. The Great Women Project was started on 2008 in the towns of Real, Infanta, and General Nakar (ReINA), when the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), now Philippine Commission of Women (PCW), partnered with the provincial government of Quezon to provide an enabling environment for womens economic empowerment (WEE) through local economic and enterprise development initiatives. Quezon province, along with other seven provinces in the country, were picked by PCW to be the pilot areas of Great Women Project. The idea was to enhance womens economic empowerment and provide economic access to women to productive resources such as training, technology, markets, among others to become-small and medium-scale enterprises. Ofelia Palayan, head of Quezon Provincial Gender and Development (PGAD) office, said a baseline survey and consultation with the local chief executives in ReINA was conducted first to ensure that the needed information will be collected as bases for a more concrete planning and identification of WEE programs and services. Palayan added that the partnership focused on building capabilities of the province for gender-responsive economic governance and gender-responsive micro-enterprises policy and program development. It was also for enhancing the provinces economic empowerment programs and services including related service delivery and monitoring and evaluation mechanism. For almost five years, the provincial government of Quezon has implemented different programs for rural women to be more productive and become partners in countryside development. Aside from the economic aspect, the provincial government assures the women about their opportunities according to the Gender and Development (GAD) Code in most of the municipalities. The installation of GAD resource center and the regular baseline data updating on annual basis has proved the province is highly equipped of being gender responsive.

On ensuring that women will be skilfully capable of handling economic enterprise, the Department of Trade and Industry supported the enhancement of handmade products like paper, soap, cookies, suman, herbal medicines, coco-jam, cassava chips, coco-vinegar and organically produced food products, while the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provided new technology in upgrading these products. Mercedita Adornado, a member of Happy Cookie Makers in Real, Quezon said the DOST trained them on good manufacturing practices on cookie making. Before, we earned a little that could contribute to our daily expenses, but when the DOST taught us to improve the taste and quality of our product, we are now doubling the production of cookies, Adornado said. PCW area local coordinator Conrado Vargas said the DTI also gave members of Happy Cookie Makers a skills training on business management. There were also provision of congressional funding from Quezon Representative Wilfrido Mark Enverga for the construction of common service facility for cookie making. Vargas also said that the common service facility will provide the most convenient ways of cookie making and it ensures the cleanliness and quality of the product. Because of this, most of the products of WME groups of Mauban, Quezon were elevated to product development and designing assisted by Enabling Community with Hope thru Sustainable Initiatives (ECHOsi) and they had been invited to join the Great Women Product Branding for display and selling at ECHO store in Makati and for orders by some international buyers. Other beneficiaries of Great Women project with high gender responsive value chain development for women in small, medium economic enterprises (WSMEs) are Hardin ng Kalikasan Womens Cooperative, Happy Cookie Makers, Bangus Debonairs (Real, Quezon); Infanta Suman Makers Association (Infanta, Quezon); KINIPAN makers of herbal medicines and organically produced foods/drinks (General Nakar, Quezon); Calauag Micro Enterprises, makers of coco jam, cassava chips, atsarang sili (pepper pickles) and coco vinegar (Calauag, Quezon); Boat Tart Makers Group, Gat-Uban Weavers and Danggit Makers (Mauban, Quezon); One Town-One Product, Rural Improvement Club (Lopez, Quezon); and Lucena Womens Group (Lucena City). "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 the women are more vulnerable to violence and disrespect, they are the priority in uplifting their way of living. Strengthening of womens economic empowerment is one of the priority programs of Quezon Governor David Suarez through capacity development and provision of livelihood training," Palayan said. The PCW has recognized the replication of four LGUs of Calauag, Mauban, Lopez, and Lucena City on the bases of their strategic position, level of interest, acceptance and appreciation of gender development, local economic development and women economic empowerment and readiness of the LGU. The same project for women have also been implemented 11 towns. To make the province more gender responsive, Quezon Governor David Suarez strengthened and renamed the provincial inter-agency committee against trafficking in persons and violence against women and children (PIACAT-VAWC) to provincial committee on anti-trafficking and violence against women and their children (PCATVAWC). Suarez issued Executive Order No. 18 to ensure that PCAT-VAWC will institute policies and programs to protect women and children victims of trafficking and violence by formulating local ordinances and resolutions. The PCATVAWC will create and establish systems on surveillance, investigation and rescue to ensure effective and efficient coordination among the local government units. The PCAT-VAWC will monitor and oversee the strict implementation of Republic Act 9208 (anti-trafficking in persons act), Republic Act 9262 (anti-violence against women and their children act) and other related laws for the protection of women and children. Currently, the PGAD council has created "anti-trafficking referral network" composed of Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Employment Service Office, Technical Education Skills and Development

Authority, Department of Education, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, and PGAD office to monitor and assist victims of human trafficking. To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of GAD mainstreaming in the province, the PGAD council launched and implemented the provincial search for outstanding city/municipal gender and development councils (MGADCs). For this year, the LGUs of Lopez, Quezon, and Quezon, Quezon won the major awards as outstanding local government units (LGUs) with high profile of programs in gender mainstreaming in their towns and have the comprehensive programs and projects on gender equality and women empowerment. One of the visions of Suarez is to empower the women economically and to protect them from violence and harassment so that they could have a good living conditions, Palayan said. On the other side, the organization of Men Opposed to Violence against women Everywhere (MOVE) in many towns in the province will help to lessen or eliminate violence incidence among women. There is no more ordinary women in the province after they learned so much from the Great Women Project and they are free from any violence. (CPG/JMG/PIA4A, Quezon)

2. A North Cotabato-based investor to construct processing plant in Quezon

By Ruel M. Orinday Wednesday 10th of July 2013

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, July 10 (PIA) -- A North Cotabato-based investor engaged in rubber industry has offered to construct a processing plant in this province said Paul Lumactod, president of Quezon Rubber Planter and Producers Association (QRPPA). If this pushes through, the price of latex will go up from P46 per kilogram to P75. The processing plant can stimulate the industry, aside from the planters gain, it will also create jobs and additional taxes to the government, Lumactod said. Various towns in the province have already been planting rubber trees since 2010 and as of now, about 200 hectares have already been planted, he added. According to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Quezon Provincial Director Marcelina Alcantara, the rubber industry is categorized under the small-medium enterprise (SME) and is a top priority project in the industry building program called big push which the DTI is intensifying and developing. Based on their evaluation, an investment of at least P53,250 is needed for every hectare planted with 500 rubber trees to include land preparation, seedling, and maintenance. The trees will be ready for tapping after four to seven years and a planter may earn around P450,000 gross income per hectare a year. DTI encourages every planter to utilize five hectares devoted solely for rubber plantation. "Given the emerging potential of the rubber industry in the province, Quezon may be put in the map as one of the top rubber producers in the country in the future," Lumactod concluded. (CPG/RMO/PIA4A, Quezon)

B. CAVITE

C. LAGUNA
DOST-Calabarzon presents new technologies in achieving inclusive growth
By Carlo P. Gonzaga Wednesday 10th of July 2013 CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, July 10 (PIA) -- Department of Science and Technology (DoST) regional director Alexander Madrigal presented at the recent Regional Development Council (RDC)-4A second quarter full council meeting, technologies that will help government in achieving the goal of inclusive growth and economic development. Madrigal said these technologies are transferable and can be commercialized. They are categorized as agriculture, handicraft equipment; disaster prevention & mitigation; food products and processes; food technologies: small scale level; food technologies: household/village-level; technology adopters: complementary foods/snacks, clay pot filter, ovi-larvicidal trap or anti dengue, squash canton; ceramics and other special materials; textile ; biomass energy generation, small-scale biomass pyrolyzer for farm irrigation and others. These technologies will not only enhance competitiveness and productivity but will also p ave way for entrepreneurship and eventually generate employment once these inventions are commercialized, Madrigal said. On the other hand, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Regional Field Unit 4A reported on the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), a six-year program (2013-2018) which aims to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market oriented agri-fishery sector. The PRDP 2013-2018, according to the DA, will surely contribute to the national development goals in terms of poverty reduction, inclusive growth, and job creation. Under the program, 23 municipalities across the region are targeted for specific commodity like coconut in Quezon, being the number one coconut-producing province in the Philippines; coffee in Cavite and Laguna; swine and poultry in Batangas. The province of Batangas is the highest pork contributor in the region and second highest poultry producer in the country. The region contributes 3.8 percent to the national production or one of the top four producers of pineapple. During the meeting, plaques and certificates of recognition were given to outgoing chairpersons and their cochairs, private sector representatives, local chief executives and other partners for their exemplary performance and valuable contribution in the interest of public service and welfare of the people. The meeting held at TESDA Womens Center in Taguig City, was attended by Regional Director Agnes Espinas

of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-4A) as RDC vice-chair, Assistant Regional Director Liberty Abellon, RDC secretary, officials and representatives of local government units, heads of regional line agencies, and private sector representatives. (NAC/CPG/PIA4A)

D. BATANGAS

E. RIZAL
NSO Rizal targets 900 households for poverty & labor surveys
By Gideon Gapayao Wednesday 10th of July 2013 ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, July 10 (PIA) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) identified around 900 sample households as respondents for the Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) and July 2013 Labor Force Surveys (LFS) to be conducted from July 9-31. NSO Rizal Provincial Statistics Officer Nelia Ballesfin said that 10 NSO-Rizal staff together with other Calabarzon participants were trained on the conduct of surveys at the Southern Tagalog Integrated Agricultural Research Center (STIARC), Lipa City, Batangas from July 3-6. The NSO staff then cascaded the instructions and information to several hired interviewers during a training held at the provincial office on July 8. APIS is a yearly survey designed to provide information on different non-income indicators in relation to poverty which is done through the collection of data on socio-economic profiles of families and their living conditions. Rizals sole city of Antipolo and municipalities excluding Teresa, Rizal will be the target of the surveys. (GG-PIA4A)

10 JULY 2013.

1. President Aquino declares July 26 as special non-working day in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay in celebration of 64th Araw ng Ipil 2. Malacanang elated over survey showing govt fight against corruption gaining headway 3. Govt remains focused on achieving inclusive growth

1. President Aquino declares July 26 as special non-working day in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay in celebration of 64th Araw ng Ipil

President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared July 26, which falls on a Friday, as a special (non-working) day in the municipalityofIpilintheprovinceofZamboangaSibugayincelebrationofthe64thArawngIpil. The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 610 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on June 25 to give the people of Ipil the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies. On July 26, 1949, Ipil became a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 249 signed by the late President Elpidio Quirino. PND (js) TOP 2. Malacanang elated over survey showing govt fight against corruption gaining headway

MalacanangsaidonWednesdaythatPresidentBenignoS.AquinoIIIsefforttoridthegovernmentofcorruptionis gaining headway as more Filipinos have noticed that corruption numbers have gone down in 2013. ItcitedarecentTransparencyInternationalsurveysaying38percentofFilipinosbelievethatthegovernmentseffort to wipe out corruption is gaining ground. In a press conference in Malacanang on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the fact thatmoreFilipinoshavetakenstockofPresidentAquinosanti-corruption advocacy show that his good governance program is working. In2013,32percentonly 32 percent believe that corruption increased; 41 percent (said it) remained the same; and, from six percent of those who felt in 2010 that corruption decreased, it is now 38 percent believe that corruption decreased,Lacierdasaid. Werecognizethattherearestillsomelevelsofcorruptionbutthepeoplehaveseen that there is a consistent fight against corruption under this government and so that has been recognized by those surveyed. From a six percent in 2010,itsnow38percent,headded. HesaidPresidentAquinosplantomakegovernmentcorruptionfreewouldcontinuetotheverylastdayofthis administration. Thosewhoweresurveyed,attheveryleast,recognizedthattherehavebeenanincreaseintherecognitionthat corruption has decreased under this administration and we continue to fight against corruption. This is an ongoing processanditwillcontinuetotheverylastdayinouradministration,Lacierdasaid. According to the Global Corruption Barometer of 2013 released by Transparency International on Tuesday, the perception of Filipinos on the corruption level in the country has significantly improved over the past two years. Initiated in 2003 and conducted biennially, the Global Corruption Barometer is the largest cross-country survey to collectthegeneralpublicsviewsandexperiences of corruption. PND (rck) TOP 3. Govt remains focused on achieving inclusive growth

Malacanangsaidachievinginclusivegrowthwillremaintheadministrationsgoaltoaddress economic inequality but told the public that such a target will not be achieved overnight. The National Statistical Coordination Board reported on the widening gap between the rich and the poor that may have economic and social implications. But PresidentialspokesmanEdwinLacierdadoubtedtheNSCBreportscorrectnessinapressbriefinginMalacanang Wednesday. Therehasbeenagrowtheveninthelowestlevelsandifyounoticethegrowth,forinstance,theresagrowthofeight percent in the lowest level; four percent inthree-plusinthemiddleincome;and,fromthehigh,itisabout10,he explained. Allthosegrowths,ifyounotice,areaboveinflationrates.Inflationis3.2percent.Theresrealgrowtheveninthelow level. But the real challenge for the administration is addressing inclusive growth, he said. Fromtheverystartofouradministration,wehavesaidthatwearegoingtobatforinclusivegrowthanditsnotgoing to happen overnight. We are continuously doing it and making sure thatnoonewouldbeleftbehind,hesaid.

Part of the government thrust is job creation. Producing jobs not only for the unskilled laborers but also for skilled workers, he noted. For instance, the government eyes to create more jobs in the Business Process Outsourcing sector, he said. It is also ready to grant loans to those who want to venture on entrepreneurship. The government also wants to make sure that the business environment is conducive for more foreign investments, he said believing the administration is already in that track. Weareintherighttrack.Infact,SecretaryArsenioBalisacanhasmentionedthatwearenowinanewgrowth trajectory,hesaid.PND(as) TOP

ARCHIVE 2013 10 HULYO 2013 1. Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Hulyo 26 na ika-64 na 'Araw ng Ipil' sa Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay 2. Ikinalugod ng Malacanang ang survey na nagpakitang nagiging matagumpay ang digma ng gobyerno sa katiwalian 3. Nananatiling nakatuon ang pamahalaan sa pagsisikap na matamo ang hinahangad na kaunlaran ng bansa 1. Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino na pista opisyal ang Hulyo 26 na ika-64 na 'Araw ng Ipil' sa Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Idineklara ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Hulyo 26, natapat sa araw ng Biyernes, bilang pista opisyal (special non-working day)parasabayanngIpilsalalawiganngZamboangaSibugaydahilsapagsapitngIka -64 ArawngIpil. Ang deklarasyon ay ginawa ng Pangulo sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 610 na nilagdaan ni Kalihim Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Hunyo 25 upang bigyan nang lubos na pagkakataon ang mga mamamayan ng Ipil na makapagdiwang at malahukan ang mga seremonya at palatuntunan alang-alang sa Araw ng Ipil. Noong Hulyo 26, 1949 naging bayan ang Ipil sa pamamagitan ng Kautusang Tagapagpaganap Blg. 249 na nilagdaan ng noon ay Pangulong Elpidio Quirino. PND (js/zaf) TOP 2. Ikinalugod ng Malacanang ang survey na nagpakitang nagiging matagumpay ang digma ng gobyerno sa katiwalian Ang pagsisikap ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na mawala ang katiwalian sa pamahalaan ay nagiging matagumpay at parami nang parami ang mga Pilipino na nakapansing malaki na ang ibinaba ng korapsiyon ngayong 2013. Binanggit ng Malacanang na sa katatapos na Transparency International Survey ay sinabing 38 porsiyento ng mga Pilipino ang naniniwalang malaki na ang nagagawa ng pagsisikap ng pamahalaan na wakasan ang katiwalian.

Sa pulong-balitaan sa Malacanang Miyerkoles, sinabi ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda na ang pangyayaring higit na maraming Pilipino ang kumilala na ang pagbaka ng Pangulong Aquino sa katiwalian ay nagtatagumpay ay katibayan lamang na may bisa ang programa ng mabuting pamamahala ng Pangulo. Ngayong2013,32 porsiyento lamang ang nagsabing naragdagan pa ang korapsiyon; 41 porsiyento naman ang nagsabing pareho lamang ito; at buhat sa anim na porsiyento ng mga naniniwalang noong 2010 ay nabawasan na angkatiwalian,subalitngayon,38porsiyentoangnaniniwalangnabawasannaangkatiwalian,wikaniLacierda. Alamnamingmaynatitirapangkauntingkatiwalian,subalitnasaksihanngtaongbayannawalangpuknatang digma laban sa katiwalian sa ilalim ng pamahalaan at ito ay siyang ipinahayag ng mga tinanong sa survey. Mula sa animnaporsiyentonoong2010,ngayon38porsiyentonaangnagsabingbumababaangkatiwalian,pagbibigaydiin ni Lacierda. TahasangsinabiniLacierdanahanggangsahuling-hulingarawsatungkulinngadministrasyongito ipagpapatuloy ng Pangulong Aquino ang pagsisikap na lubusang maglaho ang katiwalian sa pamahalaan. Kinilalangmaramingtinanongnanabawasanangkatiwaliansailalimngadministrasyongitoatwalangpuknatang pagbakang ginagawa laban sa katiwalian. Ito ay siyang kasalukuyang ginagawa at patuloy na gagawain hanggang sa kahuli-hulihangarawsatungkulinngadministrasyon,sabipaniLacierda. Alinsunod sa Global Corruption Barometer ng 2013 na inilabas ng Transparency International Martes, naniniwala ang mga Pilipino na malaki ang ibinaba ng lebel ng korapsiyon sa bansa sa nakalipas na dalawang taon. Inilunsad noong 2003 at ginagawa tuwing ikalawang taon, ang Global Corruption Barrometer ang pinakamalaking cross-country survey na tumitipon ng kuru-kuro at karanasan sa katiwalian ng malaking bahagi ng sambayanan. PND (rck/zaf) TOP 3. Nananatiling nakatuon ang pamahalaan sa pagsisikap na matamo ang hinahangad na kaunlaran ng bansa Ang hangaring mapaunlad at mapasagana ang bansa ang mananatiling pakay ng administrasyon upang mapawi angtagibangnakalagayangpangkabuhayan,subalitbinigyangdiinnahindiitomatatamosaisangiglaplamang. Inireport ng National Statistical Coordination Board na ang lumalawak na puwang sa pagitan ng mayaman at mahirap ay maaaring magkaroon ng implikasyong pang-ekonomya at panlipunan. Nag-alinlangan ang Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo Edwin Lacierda sa katumpakan ng report ng NSCB sa pulongbalitaan sa Malacanang Miyerkoles. Maypagsulongkahitsapinakamababanglebel.Kungpupunahinninyoangpagsulong,halimbawa,maypagsulong nawalongporsiyentosapinakamababanglebel;apatnaporsiyentosa.mahigitnatatlosamiddleincomeatsa mataas, tila itoay10lamang,paliwanagpaniLacierda. Anglahatnangpagsulongnaito,kunginyongsusuriin,aynasaitaasnginflationrates.Anginflationay3.2 porsiyento.Maytunaynapagsulongkahitsamababanglebel,sabipaniLacierda. Idinugtong ni Lacierda na ang tunay na hamon sa administrasyon ay harapin ang pagsulong na nais makamtan. Binigyang diin ni Lacierda na sa simula pa lamang ng administrasyon ay inihayag na nila ang gagawing puspusang pagsisikapnamatamoangkaunlaran,subalitangbaga y na ito ay hindi matatamo sa isang kisap-mata at ang mahalaga, sa pagsisikap na ginagawa ng pamahalaan ay tinitiyak na sa pag-unlad na makakamtan, walang sino mang maiiwan. Isasapinagtutuunanngpansinngpamahalaanayangpaglikhanghanapbuhay.Pagl ikha ng hanapbuhay hindi lamangparasamgakaraniwangmanggagawa,kundipararinsaskilledworkers,dagdagpaniLacierda. Ibinigay na halimbawa ni Lacierda ang pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaan na makalikha pa ng karagdagang trabaho sa sektor ng Business Process Outsourcing kaya nakahanda silang magpautang sa mga nais pumalaot sa larangan ng entrepreneurship. Sinabi ni Lacierda na nais ng pamahalaan na tiyaking ang negosyo ay kaakit-akit sa mga dagdag na puhunang dayuhan na siyang pinagtutuunan din ng pansin ng gobyerno. Nasatamanglandastayo.Angtotoo,sinabiniKalihimArsenioBalisacannasakasalukuyanaynasapanahonna tayongisangbagonggrowthtrajectory,dugtongpaniLacierda.PND(as/zaf) TOP

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M S ecretary Del Rosario meets members of the European Parliament 7 Qualify for P68.5 million semi-permanent airport terminals project N SO releases 2013 Philippines in Figures K Channel and TESDAs may choice ka inspire serye to air in Novembe r F oreign direct investment in the economic development perspective* A SEAN Economic Research Institute lauds capacity building efforts of PHL PPP Program

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1. Graft charges filed vs. Air Force officers, contractors Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of graft charges against former Philippine Air Force (PAF) officers and private contractors in connection with the irregular transaction of government projects of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Dental Service Center and 1351st Dental Clinic worth more than P5 million. In an 11-page Resolution, Ombudsman Morales ordered the indictment of BGen. Francisco C. Callelero (Retired), Col. Jaime B. Rodrigo (Retired), Col. Carlito E. Besorio (Retired), Major Rony P. Cubar, Capt. Ramir L. Llagas (Retired) and private contractor, Engr. Eric L. Muros of Elm Elek-Tru, for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act (RA) No. 3019 ( Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act); Callelero, Rodrigo, Besorio, Cubar, Llagas and private contractor Basilio P. De Guzman of Guzi Enterprises for two counts of violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019; For Callelero, Rodrigo, Besorio, Cubar, Llagas three separate counts of violation of Section 3(g) of RA 3019. The case stemmed from a letter-complaint filed by former AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo A. David on the delay in the accomplishment and unsatisfactory result of the repair / rehabilitation of the AFP Dental Service Center (AFPDSC) and 1351st Dental Clinic. Upon audit by the Office of the Internal Auditor of the AFP, the following findings were discovered: 1. Lack of detailed engineering specifications resulted in additional scope of works; 2. Construction defects noted on the post/bean/cracked walls/inferior quality of floor tiles and sub-standard corrugated GI sheets installed; 3. Discrepancies of amount stated in the Deeds Of Agreement between 335th aviation engineering wing and Guzie Enterprises and Elm Elec-Tru Products;

4. Discrepancy in the Deeds of Agreement and Purchase Orders on the actual amount expended for the rehabilitation projects; 5. Discrepancy in the amount requested by the former and incumbent Chief Engineer for additional fund support for the 1351th dental clinic project completion; 6. Doubtful/ questionable addresses of the dealer/supplier indicate dinthePOs/salesinvoicesandthecapabilityto undertake the projects; 7. Doubtful / Questionable Deeds of Agreements; 8. Doubtful receipts/sales invoices attached to the Purchase Orders; 9. Shopping was the mode of procurement used and splitting of POswasobserved;and 10. Newly procured dental equipment cannot be installed/ utilized due to delay in project completion. Records revealed that the rehabilitation of the 1351st Dental and AFPDSC building per directive of the Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force must be undertaken by administration. However, the supply of labor was outsourced to private contractors as evidenced by the three Deeds of Agreement entered into by 355th Aviation Engineering Wing, Basa Air Base, Pampanga without the benefit of public bidding as required by RA No. 9184. Despite ample time given to the respondents, only respondents Cubar and Llagas submitted their respective counter affidavits. Since the issue on splitting of contracts raised in the original complaint emanating from the former AFP Chief of Staff were not addressed during the fact-finding and preliminary investigation, the Ombudsman approved the conduct of a separate fact-finding investigation on the issue. Clearly,beingsignatoriesinthethreecontracts in their official capacities, public respondents [Callelero, Rodrigo, Besorio, Cubar, Capt. Llagas] took advantage of their official positions and private respondents [Muros and De Guzman] connived to do away with the mandated public bidding for their personal benefit and to the disadvantage ofthegovernment,theResolutionstated. |TOP| 2. There is alternative employment, enterprise opportunities for OFWs in Taiwan--Baldoz

Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph

There is alternative employment, enterprise opportunities for OFWs in Taiwan--Baldoz Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday assured overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan affected by the reported hiring freeze and their families in the Philippines that there are employment and business opportunities that await them upon their return to the country. Baldoz made the assurance in response to news reports that there are an estimated 10,000 OFWs in the Philippines who are unable to return to work in Taiwan due to the reported freeze by the Taiwanese government on the hiring of Filipino workers. "The report came from a member of Congress who bared it in a press conference. We are still verifying the report. Initially, it appears that the figure of 10,000 is grossly off the mark. POEA historical records show that the deployment to Taiwan is only on the average of 2,000 to 2,500 a month," Baldoz explained. The labor and employment chief said local employment is a viable option for displaced OFWs in Taiwan. "Those who are already here in the Philippines and those whose contracts are expiring and may not be able to go back to Taiwan can apply in the 129,180 available job vacancies as posted in the PhilJobNet, the official online job search and matching portal of the government which include the following positions: plant and machine operators and assemblers (13,544 vacancies); factory workers (6,040 positions); engineers and technicians (2,956 positions); and machinists (323 positions)," said Baldoz. "They may also explore jobs in the business process outsourcing sector, such as call center agents, technical support staff, and customer service assistants. Those who have low skills may also apply for skills training/upgrading in TESDA-accredited training providers," she added. Baldoz also said Taiwan-displaced OFWs can apply in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Saudi Arabia which have need for production workers and personal services, such as care-giving. "Based on balances of available job orders of licensed recruitment agencies approved by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, they can apply for work in these countries without need for further training/retraining," she said. But Baldoz said their best option will be to stay home in the Philippines and engage in enterprise or business activity. "They may avail of the government's entrepreneurial development assistance under the National Reintegration Program for OFWs which include training and capability-building, as well as business capital loans of P300,000 to P2 million from the P2 billion Reintegration Loan Fund offered by the Land Bank of the Philippines and guranteed by the Overseas Workers Welfare

Administration," Baldoz explained. The loan carries an interest of only 7.5 percent per year and has a repayment term of five years extendible to seven years. She encouraged them to accept the invitation to invest their hardearned savings, if they have any, in agribusiness which is a priority area under the reintegration program partnership between the DOLE and the Department of Agriculture. Under the DOLE-DA partnership, the agencies promote agribusiness as an investment option for OFWs. The DA has developed 37 agribusiness modules from which OFWs can choose from. These 'ready-to-roll' modules contain detailed information on needed capital, location of business, market, cost, and rate of return on investment. The agribusiness modules are for agri-crops (20 investment opportunities, including livestock production; fishery, (4); processed fruits (3); and meat processing, (10 investment opportunities. "What makes this program different is that no less than the Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alacala has pledged to deliver all possible technical assistance to OFW-investors for free. On the other hand, the DOLE is ready with its services," Baldoz emphasized. For any inquiries on this news release, please call POEA hotline at 711-11-55 or 722-11-44 or the DOLE hotline at 527-8000 (Ms. Veronica Almazora), or the National Reintegration Center for OFWs hotline at 526-26-33 or 526-23-92. |TOP| 3. World Bank satisfied with welfare projects

Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph

THE WORLD Bank is satisfied so far with the implementation of a social welfare project and a livelihood project that have received funding from the bank, according to reports on its Web site on Monday. The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project, under the Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment(DSWD)inpartnershipwiththebank,isvery muchontracktowardsachievingitsoveralldevelopmentobjectives,theprojectreportsaid. The World Bank, which had loaned Kalahi-CIDSS$159.12million,ratedtheprojectsoverallprogressas satisfactory. Meanwhile, the progress of the Social Inclusion and Alternative Livelihood for the Informal Waste Sector project, implemented by the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines, was rated moderately satisfactory. The project seeks to improve the livelihood of informal garbage workers such as pickers and itinerant waste buyers who may be affected by the modernization of solid waste management. The Japan Social Development Fund, through the World Bank, provided this project a $2.86 million grant. Reprinted in BusinessWorld online. See more at: http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=World-Bank-satisfied-with-welfareprojects&id=73132#sthash.xWi8w40r.dpuf - See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/07/world-bank-satisfied-with-welfare-projects/#sthash.krtlCTdp.dpuf |TOP| 4. OWWA RWO IV-A Celebrates Migrant Workers Day 2013

Source: http://www.owwa.gov.ph Calamba City -- OWWA RWO IV-AheldtheannualMigrantsWorkersDayonJune7simultaneouswiththe celebration of the other regional offices as well as with selected international field offices. The highlight of this yearscelebrationwasthelaunchingofOWWAsMTV,AbotKamayKita. The region kicked off the two part celebration with an early morning activity. RWO IV-A staff, in coordination with the office of the city mayor, set up tent and sound system for the fun run and Zumba dance work out at The Plaza as early as 4am. Participants from selected Laguna OFCs, scholars, OFW families, members of the Calamba joggers danced the latest workout craze with the view of Mt. Makiling in the background. Around 200 strong participants drenched in the morning activity. ThemainpartoftheMigrantsWorkersDaywasheldatSMCityCalamba.OICJuliaFabianopened the ceremony anddeliveredAdministratorCarmelitaS.Dimzonsmessage.DOLERDAlexAvilagracedtheoccasionandread the message of Secretary Baldoz. Themallsactivitycenterwasfilledwithabout450eagerparticipantscomingfromOFCsandOFWfamil ies of Calabarzon region. Sponsors such as Globe Telecom, SM Global Pinoy and Insular Life were also present to offer their services, much

to the amazement of the crowd. Globe in particular provided LIbreng Tawag for families of OFWs. The schedule was tight given the different presentations lined up. For the first time, twelve training centers took part in the celebration. With OWWA scholars in tow, each training center was given time to present the OWWA scholars and showcase their earned skills. They were also given chance to promote their schools. It was the spontaneity of the program that kept the audience on their seats. Simultaneous with the story telling presentation of each provincial OFCs were demo on culinary, computer drafting and even PC assembly. Bartending, flaring and wine mixing stirred the curiosity of the audience as they sampled the different wine concoctions made more appealing due to the different colors. Minutespriortothelaunchingofthevideo,selectedOWWAscholarssangLipadngPangarapwithbackups doing an interpretative dance. The good rendition of the song as well as its meaning truly exemplifies the heroism of our OFWs. As the countdown to 3pm drew closer, the excitement intensified. At exactly 3pm, all eyes were glued to the widescreenaseveryonewatchedthemusicvideoofAbotKamayKita.Onecannothelpbutbeemotionalasthe song reflects the yearning of expat Pinoy families. To further heighten the milieu, the song was played on repeat two large canvasses embol denedwithwordsAbot KamayKita!HaplosngPangarapsaPamilyangOFWswerebroughtout. As an unwavering commitment to promote the welfare of OFWs and their families, OIC Fabian laid her painted palm on the makeshift canvass. Immediately followed by staff of RWO IV-A. As the crowd was asked to lay their yearning hands, everyone climbed up the stage and left a touch mark on the canvasses. Some cannot even hold back their tears. It was truly a touching experience. In between presentations, meals were served as well as raffle prizes. These added color to the celebration. Inhisclosingremark,ProgramandServicesDivisionOICSergioBorguetasaidThelawmandatesthatOWWA ought to spearhead the MWD celebration with the objective of giving tribute to OFWs for their contributions to the Philippineeconomy,candidlythisiswhatwedidtoday. |TOP| 5. CPNIS is not authorized to recruit OFWs -- POEA

Source: http://www.poea.gov.ph

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac yesterday said Canadian Provincial Nominee and Immigration Services Inc. (CPNIS) -- an immigration consultancy firm isnotauthorizedbythe Philippine Overseas EmploymentAdministrationto recruitFilipinoworkers. CPNIS, withaddress in the Philippine sat Unit 2006 Orient Square, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center,Pasig Cityhas publishedlast monthan advertisement in a leading newspaper announcing 5,000 vacancies in Canada for engineers, computer programmers, medical workers and technicians. Cacdac said immigration consultants are required to obtain a license from the POEA before they may engage in recruitment and placement activities, regardless of the visa under which deployment shall be made eventually . CPNIS,representedbyDr.FereidonAlemiandAshkanAlemi,hasscheduledinitswebsit e interviews for applicants in Pasig City, Davao City, Cebu City, Baguio City, and Cagayan de Oro City this month. Under Republic Act No. 8042 as amended by Republic Act No. 10022, offering overseas employment in the guise of visa assistance without the necessary license or authority from the POEA constitutes illegal recruitment. POEA Memorandum Circular No. 10, Series of 2003 regulates the participation of foreign and local immigration consultancy agencies in the recruitment and placement of overseas Filipino workers. Cacdac said job seekers need not risk their hard-earned money by engaging the services ofan immigration consultant that charges thousands of dollars for a working visa. Evenwithoutaconsultant,yourapplicationwillbeprocessedifall the required documents are in order. Free information about working or migrating to Canada is availableat its website www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp, Cacdac said. |TOP|

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BSP rediscount rates for July 2013

Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph

The BSP announced today the rediscount rates applicable on loan availments by banking institutions for July 2013. For loans under the Peso Rediscount Facility, the BSP Peso Rediscount Rate is 3.50 percent p.a. for all maturities. This has been in effect since 29 October 2012 in line with the Monetary Board (M.B.) policy decision to reduce policy rates at its 25 October 2012 meeting. The M.B. decided to maintain the same during its last policy meeting on 13 June 2013. The Peso Rediscount Rate is based on the applicable BSP overnight reverse repurchase rate per Circular No. 679 dated 01 February 2010. Meanwhile, for loans under the Exporters Dollar and Yen Rediscount Facility (EDYRF), the rates for the month of July are as follows: Dollar 0.19465 percent p.a. Yen 0.11714 percent p.a. The EDYRF rediscount rates are based on the respective London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as of 28 June 2013. Under the Peso Rediscount Facility, total availments of commercial, thrift and rural banks amounted to P15,468 million for the period 01 January to 30 June 2013, 28.2 percent lower than the P21,539 million total in the same period last year. Of the availments for the month, 83.3 percent went to commercial credits, 2.4 percent to agricultural and industrial credits, and 14.3 percent to other credits consisting of CAPEX (7.2 percent), other services (6.7 percent) and permanent working capital (0.4 percent). Under the EDYRF, aggregate dollar availments of seven commercial banks and a thrift bank for the period 01 January to 30 June 2013 amounted to US$75.6 million and benefitted 28 exporters. This represents an 8.1 percent decrease in availments compared to the US$82.3 million grants for the same period last year. On the other hand, there was no Yen-denominated availment under the EDYRF for the period 01 January to 30 June 2013. |TOP| 7. Purisima calls on accountants, professionals anew to help govt tax efforts

Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph DOFSecretaryCesarPurisimacalledonthecountryscertifiedpublicaccountantstostepupandworkwiththe government to improve tax compliance, particularly the continuing decline of tax collections from self-employed professionals. Youhaveaverynobleprofession.Iusedtopracticethesameprofessionanditstimeforustoworktogetherto bring this professiontoahigherlevel,FinanceSecretaryCesarV.PurisimasaidthisweekduringtheInduction ceremonies of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The finance chief highlighted that the government has been able to increase budgets of various departments with only improved tax effort without imposing new taxes. However, tax effort at 13% is still low compared to the countrysASEANneighboursandlaggingbehindthe16%taxeffortgoalfor2016. Youcanhelpbymakingsureeveryaccounting book reflected real numbers from real transactions, by not allowing anyonetopayforyoursignaturetocheatontheiraccountingbooks,thefinancechiefsaid.Butmoreimportantly, acknowledge your profession by registering with the Bureau ofInternalRevenueandpaythecorrecttaxes. According to DOF data on the taxes paid by the self-employed and professionals, there are only 297 accountants in Makati City who filed returns and paid taxes in the regional district offices (RDOs) in 2012. Of these accountants, 58%paidlessthanP60,000in2012.QuezonCitysTop1000Taxpayersonlyincludedeightaccountantswhopaid P901.1 million in total for 2012. Myfellowaccountants,Iamherebecauseyouhaveaveryimportantrole.Youneedtoste p up and do what is necessary to make sure that evading taxes, cheating and smuggling will be so much more difficult. That is a questionofrespect;thisisaquestionofestablishingtherightmoralbasisofrelationships,Purisimaendedthe speech.

Purisima also emphasized that professionals in other industries must be more cognizant of how their roles can affectthecountrysfuture. Taxevasionhurtsussomuchanditsintheheartofourproblemasasocietyindireneedofimprovedsocial services.Thisisourwar.Thisisyourwar.Andthisshouldbeverypersonalforyou,Purisimaadded. LastMarch,Purisimaalsocalledonthecountryssuccessfulbarexamineestoberolemodelsbypaytheright taxes, help in cleaning up the tax process, and not help future clients evade taxes. |TOP| 8. IT-BPO exec named as new DTI Undersecretary Source: http://www.dti.gov.ph

Malacaang recently appointed Nora K. Terrado, an accomplished executive from the Information TechnologyBusiness Process Management (IT-BPM) industry, as the new undersecretary for the Department of Trade and Industry-Management Services Group (DTI-MSG). UndersecretaryTerrado,alsoknownasNoyatohercolleagues,tookheroathasDTIUndersecretaryforMSG, which covers the administrative and support offices of DTI, such as the General Administrative Service (GAS), Financial Management Service (FMS), Management Information Service (MIS), Human Resource Development and Personnel Service (HRDPS), Office of Operational Planning (OOP), and Trade and Industry Information Center (TIIC). Usec. Terrado replaces Usec. Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya, who recently transferred to the Regional Operation and Development Group (RODG) vice Usec. Merly Cruz, who has retired from government service last June. Prior to her appointment, Usec. Terrado was a recognized leader in the IT-BPM industry in the country and headed various multinational firms. She was the President of Headstrong Philippines Inc., a global financial consulting and IT services company. She was also the Vice President of GENPACT Headstrong Capital Markets and IT Philippines, and Site Leader of GENPACT Manila Global Delivery Center. During her stint in Headstrong from 2006 to 2013, she served as its Country Manager, General Manager, Chief Financial Officer of Asia Pacific Operations, Managing Consultant and Program Manager. A certified public accountant, Usec. Terrado also served as Financial Controller, Manager of the Regional Shared Services Center for Southeast Asia Operations of Harper Group/Circle International and Vice President for Finance and Administration of Circle Freight and Affiliated Companies. She also worked as External Auditor at SGV&Co (now Ernst and Young). Usec.Terradosexpertiseincludesgeneralmanagementa nd execution rhythm, financial management, planning and decision support, and stakeholder collaboration. Her key accomplishments in the corporate sector include the transformation of Headstrong Philippines into a profit center operations business model, and a consistent track record for effective stewardship of company resources in the Philippines both at Harper Group and Headstrong. As an industry leader, Usec. Terrado was the President of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) from 2010 to 2013. She was involved in the various initiatives of software industry during her term such as strategic market positioning and branding for the Philippines, collaboration with industry stakeholders, product and process innovation, continuous talent development among the industry, to name a few. She was a member and trustee of the Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and member of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. Usec. Terrado earned her B.S. Commerce degree as a state scholar at the University of St. La Salle Bacolod City, and studied Strategic Business Economics at the University of Asia and Pacific. |TOP| 9. DTI employed youth participants in government internship program

Source: http://www.dti.gov.ph

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently employed students and college graduates under the GovernmentInternshipProgram(GIP),andtappedyoungFilipinostojointhegovernmentsworkforce.

"The DTI has been implementing the GIP every summer for 20 years now. This year, we completed the graduation of46governmentinternsundertheGIP,whereininternswereassignedintheDTIsheadofficeandsomeofits Attached Agencies. The interns were asked to perform actual office work and helped in the implementation of the Departmentsprograms,projects,andactivities,DTISecretaryGregoryL.Domingosaid. These interns, aged 18 to 25 years old, completed 52 days of work and were provided with stipend. The GIP is a key component of Kabataan 2000 that started in 1993. This program covers all national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units (LGUs). It aims to initiate youth in public service, serve as recruitment for potential public employees, and extend possible financial assistance for the next school year enrolment. Ininvolvingtheyouthtopublicservice,weprovidethemtheopportunitytotakepartintheAquinoadministration as it make great strides in making government as an effective servant of the people through good governance and reforms,Domingosaid. Basedonourpost-internship appraisal, most of the interns not only learned to perform general office tasks like record keeping, filing, running service counters and other administrative tasks but also enriched their communicationandresearchskills,DTI- Human Resource Development and Personnel Services (HRDPS) DirectorinCharge Joel R. Cruz said. Cruz added they developed their personality, and learned the values and ethics in their assigned DTI bureau, office, or Attached Agency. They also learned to accomplish work plans and programs as agreed with their assigned immediate superiors. Cruz also noted some interesting experiences mentioned by the interns like the setting-upofawebsitefortheDTIs Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), exposure to international events like the 9th International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, and preparatory activities for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification. Wealsogaveawardstotenoutstandinginternsbasedontheirperformanceratings.Theseperformanceratings, which were based on their actual outputs and work attitude, can also be used for their actual job employment in the future,Cruzsaid. Lastyear,wealsoimplementedtheexpandedversionoftheGIPintwobatchesnationwide.Throughthis expanded GIP, we did not only extend financial assistance to youth interns for them to earn and be able to enrol this school year but also broadened employment generation and helped in stimulating the economy. Likewise, the programalsoservedasarecruitmentgroundforpotentialcivilservants,Dom ingo said. The DTI employed a total of 632 interns countrywide. The first and second batch of interns totalled 365 and 267, respectively. Most of these interns were assigned in Luzon at 330 interns. The interns assigned in Visayas and Mindanao totalled 90 and212,respectively.OnlyseveninternswereassignedintheDTIsheadoffice. Domingo noted that the interns under the expanded GIP were assigned to in various DTI offices nationwide and were directly involved in promotion of product standards, and market and business establishment monitoring activities.TheyweremobilizedinseveralprovincesunderthesupervisionoftheDTIsConsumerWelfareand Business Regulation Group (CWBRG). Recently, the National Youth Commission (NYC), a government agency specifically tasked to address issues of the Filipino youth, came up with proposed implementing guidelines for the expanded version of the GIP. Among others, these guidelines intend to expand the coverage of internship to three months. It also states that the program shall be implemented in a year-round basis, which means several batches of interns shall be accepted in a given year. ThesenewguidelineswerecraftedtoaddresstheGIPsparadigmshiftfrombeingprimarilyemployment generation program to focus more on its capacity-building component. With the shift, GIP then would be a major vehicle to significantly contribute in addressing the gap [low employability skills among the youth]; and providing an enabling policy environment would facilitate more government agencies to take on the GIP as a banner youth program that would create an impact both in the number (reach) and quality (depth)ofbeneficiaries,theNYCsproposedguidelinesstate. |TOP| 10. Statement of Sec. Balisacan at the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting of National Academy of Science and Technology Source: http://www.neda.gov.ph

First of all, I would like to thank the National Academy of Science and Technology for inviting me to give the keynote address to its 35th Annual Scientific Meeting. I would also like to congratulate this year's awardees. We are glad to see that the NAST is taking this opportunity to deepen the discussion on the role that science and technology can play in reviving the Philippine industries, particularly the manufacturing sector. Mypresentationbeginswithanoverviewofthecountrysrecentsocioeconomicperformance.Itthenproceedsto elaborate on the development imperatives for the second half of the Aquino administration. It moves on to specifically addressing the challenges for S&T and industry. It ends with concluding remarks on the way forward. Our economy has grown remarkably over the past couple of years. This is particularly impressive given that much of the rest of world are either in crisis or slowly recovering from crisis. From the start, we have emphasized the crucial role that industry, particularly manufacturing, plays in development. This is why we are very encouraged to see the latest data on the performance of the Philippine economy. Not only did we have a very good growth of 7.8 percent for the first quarter of 2013 after a better than expected full year growth of 6.8 percent in 2012; industry also led the pace of economic expansion, growing at 10.9 percent, with manufacturing, the sectorsbiggestcomponent,growingatanimpressiverateof9.7percentdespitethe8.4 percent drop in our goods exports. The main contributors to the strong growth were manufactures of food, household appliances, communication equipment and apparatus, chemical products, basic metals, machinery and otherequipment,andtransportequipment.Thenexthighestcontributortoindustrysgrowthisconstruction,whose 32.5 percent strong growth indicates a good positioning towards an industry-led economy. However, about62percentofthecountrysdomesticoutputisconcentratedinthreeregionsinLuzon,namely Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and Central Luzon. The huge disparity in development between the regions is also reflected in high income inequality. Inequality in incomes and opportunities can weaken the power of economic growth as a key strategic vehicle for eliminating acute poverty. Rising inequality can also undermine political and social stability, which is a necessary condition for sustainable development and prosperity. Poverty remains highand has not changed much in recent years. Based on the official poverty lines, the proportion of the population deemed poor decreased only slightly from 28.8 percent in 2006 to 27.9 percent in 2012. The big challenge, therefore, is ensuring that the growth process is inclusive. By this, we mean that a lot more are able to participate in the growth process, but all benefit from the growth, particularly the poor. Clearly, more needs to be done. For the past three years of this administration, we have been working to promote rapid, sustainable and inclusive growth. We have learned useful lessons along the way. Among these are: First, good governance has proven to be an effective platform upon which development strategies should be implemented. Second, macroeconomicfiscal, financial, externaland political stability fuels positive expectations that lead to growth. Third, economic growth is necessary but not sufficient for poverty reduction. Fourth, growth strategies need to have geographic and sectoral dimensions to ensure inclusivity. And fifth, disasters, both natural and man-made, can negate the gains and even push back development. With these lessons in mind, we are currently updating the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 to identify gaps and refine our strategies so that we can achieve our development targets. The updated Plan is grounded on three basic principles. First, government plays a catalytic role, that is, government provides enabling conditions for the private sector to invest in productive sectors of the economy. Second, government advances equity goal by broadening access to opportunities through connectivity and human development. And third, the strategies and actions to achieve inclusive growth are doable within the Plan period, especially in the second half of this administration. We are not giving up on the twin goals of rapidly increasing employment opportunities to substantially reduce the stock of unemployed persons and significantly reducing poverty to come as close as possible to our Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitment. The industry sector, particularly manufacturing, has a crucial role to play in helping us achieve rapid and inclusive growth. But we need to reverse its stagnation and decline. The Philippines had relatively high manufacturing-to-

GDP ratio in the 1980s but since then other Asian countries have outpaced the country. From about 39 percent of GDP in the 1980s, Philippine industry fell to 33 percent in 2010-2012. This is a sharp contrast to Thailand, whose industry-to GDP ratio peaked 44 percent in 2010-2012 from 30 percent in the 1980s. National Scientist Raul Fabella calls our malady a "development progeria". Employment levels in manufacturing have declined over the past two decades, which reflects the anemic state of Philippine industry. As of the April 2013 round of the Labor Force Survey (LFS), about 53 percent of the employed are in services, 31 percent in agriculture, and 16 percent in industry. Manufacturing accounted for only about 8 percent of the total employed. There is strong evidence in the literature that links a thriving manufacturing sector with poverty reduction. However, even assuming an annual growth of seven percent or higher, manufacturing can only absorb a small proportion of less-educated workers and as such complementing policies and programs that will boost productivity in agriculture, where a lot of the poor are, need to be implemented as well. And I am pleased to recognize the efforts of the group of Academician Emil Javier for coming up with such a program for agriculture. In 2011, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) commissioned the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) to come up with a Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy (CNIS). The CNIS is to be based on industry subsector roadmaps submitted by industry associations to DTI. DTI also asked PIDS to integrate roadmaps related to manufacturing into a manufacturing industry roadmap (MIR). Dr. Rafaelita Aldaba of PIDS is the lead person for the MIR. This draft MIR was presented at the University of the Philippines last May. Among other things, the report indicates that the Philippine manufacturing faces a number of constraints, both cross-cutting and sector-specific. Common constraints include the high cost of power and domestic shipping, as well as issues in governance and regulation. Meanwhile, sector-specific constraints include lack of domestic raw material suppliers, and lack of highly skilled workers. Notwithstanding the recent high-growth-low-poverty-reduction experience in the Philippines, we are aware that, globally, rapid economic growth is necessary to reduce poverty and promote inclusion. Evidence shows that the substantial poverty reduction that was achieved in developing countries in the past two decades was due mainly to rapid economic growth and structural transformation in these countries, particularly in Asia. The structural transformation usually involved the massive movement of labor from low productivity areas in agriculture to highproductivity areas in industry, particularly manufacturing. Where agriculture grew rapidly as structural transformation proceeded, the pressure for food prices (and wages) to rise remained muted, thereby further facilitating industrialization and the generation of high-quality employment opportunities. Globally, the rapid economic growth contributed nearly two-thirds of the observed poverty reduction in the developing world. Roughly, based on World Bank data, a 1% increase in GDP per capita reduces poverty by 1.7%. To sustain our rapid growth, we need to transform the structure of our economy from one that is largely consumption-driven, fuelled by remittances, to one that is increasingly investment-led and employment-oriented. Given the favorable macroeconomic fundamentals, especially the fiscal space, and high business confidence, we have the opportunity to accelerate the implementation of development programs that will shift the economy to a higher growth trajectory. The industry sector has great potential to boost inclusive growth. For instance, the results of the April 2013 Labor Force Survey showed that while employment in agriculture fell by about 624,000 workers, employment in the industry sector grew by 3.8 percent or 224,000 workers from April 2012 to April 2013. The quality of employment in the industry sector also improved, with the number of persons working 40 hours and over per week increasing to about 79 percent in April 2013, from 64 percent in April 2012. This trend is also reflected in the increasing percentage of wage and salary workers, which rose to about 58 percent in April 2013 from 56 percent in April 2012. The wage and salary worker category is often seen as an indicator of the quality of employment. So when that category is rising in relative terms, it suggests that the quality of employment in the country is also improving. Our drive to revitalize the Philippine industries, particularly manufacturing, is closely related to our strategy to massively generate quality employment, especially for low-skilled workers. The following are the draft recommendations of the Manufacturing Industry Roadmap compiled by the PIDS: In the short run (2014-2017), policies should focus on strengthening and rebuilding existing capacity of industries especially those with strong potentials to generate employment; addressing missing gaps; and creating linkages and spill-over effects in sectors such as automotive, electronics, food, garments, motorcycle, shipbuilding, chemicals, and allied or support industries. In the medium run (2018-2021), and as domestic capacities are utilized, efforts in the initial stage should lead to

expansion and new investments especially in the upstream, immediate or core sectors such as parts and components industries. By linking manufacturing with agriculture, construction, and services, supply chain gaps will be addressed and forward and backward linkages will be strengthened. As these efforts continue, the objective of having a globally competitive manufacturing sector will be achieved. Broadly, the measures and strategies that are needed to promote inclusion are also the ones needed to increase thecountryslong-term competitiveness. For example, investing in human capital development, especially in health and education, will also enable us to develop a larger pool of potential S&T and R&D talents. Improving access to transportation, energy, communications, and financing will enable closer interconnections between companies, suppliers, and industry sectors, thus increasing efficiency, reducing barriers to entry, and creating greater opportunities for innovation in products and processes. Maintaining macroeconomic stability and a good business environment will help attract investments, thus creating employment opportunities and enabling more Filipinos to contribute to growth. Inclusive growth does not come by chance. It requires deliberate policies that expand opportunities for remunerative employment and human development. It also demands development in the periphery through integration of the lagging areas or regions of the country with the fast-growing, leading areas or regions. Largescale targeted programs also need to be in place to directly assist those who are unable to participate in the growth process. Scientific and technological innovations can also promote inclusiveness, not only by promoting rapid growth, but through its direct benefits in improving quality of life, food security, and environmental protection. Reviving Philippine industries requires addressing a number of constraints to development and competitiveness. The World Economic Forum (WEF) defines competitiveness as the set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country, which in turn, influence its income levels, returns to investment, and growth potential. In other words, according to the WEF, a more competitive economy is one that is likely to sustain growth. The WEF has identified 12 pillars of competitiveness, which include the following: Institutions; Infrastructure; Macroeconomic environment; Health and primary education; Higher education and training; Goods market efficiency; Labor market efficiency; Financial market development; Technological readiness; Market size; Business sophistication; and Innovation. If you will notice, three of these pillars--technological readiness, business sophistication, innovation--are related to scientific and technical innovation. Meanwhile, two--health and education, higher education and training--are related to the development of potential S&T talent. At present, our manufacturing exports are largely concentrated in three product groups, namely electronics, garments, and machinery and transport equipment. High-technology exports, particularly electronics, machinery and transport equipment, accounted for about half of our manufactured exports in 2011 and 2012. However, many of these exports are low value products that are dependent on imported inputs, and have weak forward and backward linkages with other industries. Our industrial structure, as measured by firm size or number of workers, has also remained hollow, with a very small proportion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The linkages between SMEs and large enterprises have also remained weak. SMEs have continued to face competitiveness problems and are continuously beset by difficulties in financing as well as technology and market access. We need to harness appropriate science and technology to address the constraints and challenges facing the sector. But appropriate S&T is not a manna from heaven. To harness the benefits of S&T, countries have to invest in research and development (R&D). Many of our neighbors have long realized the value of science and technology in long-term growth and economic development, and have accordingly made significant investments in R&D. Meanwhile, Philippine investment in R&D has stayed at a level of around 0.11 to 0.14 percent of GDP, which is among the lowest in Asia. The number of researchers in the Philippines is also one of the lowest in the region. As a result, new knowledge generated, as measured in terms of scientific and technical journal articles, is also one of the lowest. The number of patent applications by residents also reflects the same trend.

EnhancingthecountrysS&Tcapacitydependsongoodpoliciesandpracticesthatimprovetheinvestmentclimate for S&T and promote coordination and synergy between academe and industry. Policies that promote greater human resource development, facilitate demand for knowledge from the private sector, enhance public support for and management of knowledge institutions, and facilitate access to information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure must be coordinated and harmonized in order to create the conditions in which S&T capacity deepens and consolidates. Scientific research institutions and organizations like the NAST have a crucial role to play in generating the basic knowledge needed to build new technologies, and in promoting collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs. A major part of the R&D work will still be initiated by government. But we hope that the private sector would increase their R&D efforts as well. As we in government work to improve the business environment and invest in S&T and human capital development, we hope that our partners in the S&T community and in the industry sector will also take the necessary steps to increase their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness. As mentioned earlier, one way to do this is to increase research, development and innovation efforts. To lessen our export dependence on mainly electronics and semiconductors, we hope that our private sector partners will also diversify and expand production of high value products, and increase investments on backward and forward linkages to boost the multiplier effects of our industries. We are well aware that there are many other factors, aside from S&T innovation, that we must address if we are to truly revive Philippine industries and to ensure that growth is sustainable and inclusive. To sustain the growth, we need to ensure that economic growth benefits everyone, regardless of location or social status. To do this we need to: Shift the structure of the economy from being largely consumption-driven to one that is increasingly led by investments Improve efficiency of public investment to serve as a catalyst for greater private sector participation Connect the regions to facilitate access to markets and basic services Address critical constraints to investments, particularly high power cost, poor infrastructure, policy inconsistencies and administrative inefficiencies Improve revenue and tax efforts to increase resources available for infrastructure and social spending; and Create new drivers of growth that will generate high quality jobs and strengthen regional comparative advantage. These sectors include manufacturing, agriculture and agri-business, tourism, IT-Business Process Management (BPM), housing and infrastructure and logistics. These sectors and industries are spread across the country. Though some of these sectors are not in industry, there is still a lot that can be contributed by industry especially in enhancing backward and forward linkages. To further increase the capacity of industries to grow and to generate employment, we are pushing for measures to support new investors and to improve access to financing, especially for small and medium enterprises. We are also reviewing the foreign investment negative list and rationalizing fiscal incentives, giving preference to generators of high-quality employment and investment outside of NCR and Metro Cebu. Successful implementation of these strategies demands a greater sense of urgency among us in government, as well as better coordination between and among the various agencies charged with implementing programs and projects. Under the leadership of our President, we are coordinating our programs and projects to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. I would like to conclude by presenting you this challenge. We know that industrialization is crucial to sustained growth and that S&T plays a crucial role on the road to industrialization. But we also would like to see that industrialization-led growth is inclusive as well. As it now stands, as we mentioned earlier, industry is able to absorb only 16% of workers; manufacturing in particular, less than 9%. Our current fast-growing industries have low backward and forward linkages. This needs to change. We invite you to embark on strategies for inclusive growth. We are willing to listen, to work together. Together, let us promote a culture of multi-disciplinary collaboration, knowledge sharing, open dialogue and crossfertilization of ideas, as we work to harness the benefits of science and technology to improve the lives of our people. Thank you and good morning. |TOP| 11. Managing the South China Sea and other Regional Security Issues

Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

Hon. Secretary Albert F. del Rosario Secretary of Foreign Affairs

OntheOccasionofExpertsRoundtableon Regional Approaches to Maritime Security in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea Brussels, Belgium 9 July 2013 INTRODUCTION Excellencies Dear Colleagues Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. Thank you all for joining me on this warm summer day in this beautiful capital of Europe. I also wish to thank the EU-Asia Center and the Brussels Press Club for partnering with the Philippine Mission in organizing this event. Europe has been through many years of conflict in the past few centuries, which have forged your national identities, your concepts of security, your arrangements to find enduring peace with prosperity and your vision of regional community. For all the problems Europe faces today on the economic and financial front, we must never forget what a great success the European Project has proven to be. From a region where two world wars began, we now have the European Union, bringing together old protagonists into a single European home. History is still important for Europe, but it is the history of what Europeans feels they share in terms of culture, ethics, philosophy and outlook that shape European governance at all levels today. RULES-BASED SYSTEMS Looking from afar, I feel that much of the success of the European Experiment rests on its adherence to a rules-based system. Such a system, coupled with pragmatic political and economic compromise when necessary, gave rise to a long period of continuous peace and progress in most of Europe. The old Concert of Europe was based on the strategic balance of the great European powers. The Cold War that followed centered on the rivalry of the nuclear Superpowers. Today, Europe is about inclusiveness and integration, where the interests of all, great and small, are accommodated together to a greater extent than ever before. Indeed, the Nobel Prize awarded to the EU last year is an acknowledgment by the world community of the important contributions the EU has made to the cause of peace. In it's own way, East and Southeast Asia are also striving to build a regional architecture responsive to the realities of today. This has involved practically all regional states. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, has been central to these efforts. Over the past forty years, ASEAN has helped promote dialogue and cooperation with principal dialogue partners, including the EU; with nearby China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, with whom ASEAN has established a special ASEAN-Plus-Three partnership. ASEAN has worked with even more states on regional security issues in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Now with a unique Leaders-led forum, the East Asia Summit (EAS), allows top level dialogue on regional and global security, political and economic issues. ASEAN itself is focusing on deeper regional integration. In 2007, after forty years of existence, ASEAN adopted the ASEAN Charter to guide its further evolution within a legal framework. ASEAN boldly aims to become a regional community by 2015, with a future of shared progress and prosperity. THE CHALLENGES OF COMMON SECURITY The overall long-term prospects of East Asia and Southeast Asia are promising. Like Europe, we have established regional bodies crafted to our specific needs. Like Europe, we have overcome the old divisions of the Cold War and other divides. Countries have reached out across many barriers and worked to consolidate their common security. This has come fast on the heels of the region's many economic miracles. The Asian Century has become a major leitmotif of today's global landscape. It is deeply desired that the Asian Century will be one where rules rather than power, laws rather than might, will be our constant guide for the governance of international relations. However, the region continues to face challenges to its desire to achieve the goal of common security. We cannot afford to ignore these issues. Sweeping them under the rug may not work indefinitely. At some point in time, we must focus on their resolution, or at the very least, on their management in order to

preempt the escalation of tension. KOREAN PENINSULA There is the continuing challenge of the Korean Peninsula. This can only be resolved through sincere dialogue to achieve denuclearization. We have called on the DPRK in particular to observe all its international obligations, pursuant to the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, and to resume the Six-Party Talks without delay. It is time to place this last remnant of the Cold War behind us. NON-TRADITIONAL SECURITY THREATS There are also the new challenges posed by non-traditional security threats, including terrorism, human trafficking and smuggling, the illegal trades in narcotics and arms, massive environmental degradation, climate change, maritime security and now cybersecurity. These are largely transboundary issues that straddle states and where non-state actors are often heavily involved. Non-traditional security threats have also come to the fore from the unwanted side effects of globalization and development. The ASEAN Regional Forum, among others, is trying to grapple with these new generation security issues. MARITIME DISPUTES At the same time, we must manage the maritime territorial disputes that have come to recent prominence in the East and South China Seas. These constitute the major security issues in the region's seas. The overlapping multiple disputes in the South China Sea are the more complex, involving the legal rights of several littoral states over territories, maritime zones, fishing grounds, natural resource areas, transport and other uses of the sea. The importance of the South China Sea in the European trade cannot be overemphasized. In fact, the opening of maritime trade routes spanning Europe, Asia and the Americas ushered in the modern world. The first great era of globalization was driven by trade in the age of sail. Today, the South China Sea remains Europes gateway to East Asia. These vital shipping lanes in Southeast Asia and East Asia carry the bulk of the world's seaborne trade including oil. Ensuring the unfettered access of ships and maritime commerce through the region is, therefore, of interest not only to Asia and Europe, but to the international community as well. SOUTH CHINA SEA TENSIONS The South China Sea disputes have been around for decades. However, they received recent prominence when one claimant state, China, projected an overwhelming naval and maritime presence far beyond its mainland shores thereby raising regional tensions. These unilateral coercive actions on the water also seemed aimed to assert sovereignty over the territory within China's self-proclaimed Nine-Dash Line, which encompasses most of the South China Sea. The Nine-Dash Line has been repeatedly used in this context to invoke rights over maritime areas that are extremely close to the coasts of other littoral States. Arbitrary claims to maritime territory could also be arbitrarily invoked to regulate passage of ships through the large swathe of maritime areas the Nine-Dash Line encloses. On its face, this expansive claim could turn an international body of water into a lake of one nation, It is a known principle in international law, that the delimitation of sea areas has always an international aspect; it cannot be dependent merely upon the will of the coastal State as expressed in its municipal law. Although it is true that the act of delimitation is necessarily a unilateral act, because only the coastal State has the competence to undertake it, the validity of the delimitation with regard to other States depends upon international law. In other words, when such unilateral maritime claim impacts on other coastal States rights, t hen it must pass the bar of international law and conform in particular with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. THE PHILIPPINE RESPONSE The Philippines had to respond in a non-violent and lawful manner to this increase in tension lapping over into its maritime territory, the result, as I have said, of both naval pressure and of an expansive and unfounded territorial claim. The Philippines undertook many efforts to peacefully engage China and settle these disputes. However, these were unsuccessful. The Philippines had exhausted almost all political and diplomatic avenues for a peaceful negotiated settlement of its maritime dispute with China. Our last resort, therefore, when confronted with increasing incursions into our territory, was to utilize the legal track which also covered the management of disputes. From the Philippine perspective, the rules-based resolution and management of disputes in the South China Sea contains two elements: the first is the third-party arbitration of maritime claims, in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law, specifically UNCLOS; and the second is the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea between ASEAN and China.

Accordingly, the Philippines initiated last January arbitral proceedings under UNCLOS. The aim of this act is to challenge the validity of the Nine-Dash Line claim under international law, specifically UNCLOS. Arbitration under Annex VII and Part XV of UNCLOS is considered a peaceful and durable way of resolving maritime disputes. Member States of the United Nations, through General Assembly resolution 37/10, have declared that arbitration is not an unfriendly act. It is unfortunate that despite several invitations, China declined to join us in this peaceful endeavor. The five-member panel of the arbitration tribunal has already been completed. These judges are men of unquestionable integrity and expertise on the subject with outstanding credentials. I have no doubt that they will look at the merits of the case on the basis of law. We believe that taking the route of arbitration is beneficial for all parties. For China, an arbitral award, will finally clarify for the Chinese people its lawful maritime entitlements under UNCLOS in the South China Sea. This will enable China to provide responsible leadership towards fostering stability in the region. For the Philippines, it will clearly define what is ours, specifically its maritime entitlements under UNCLOS with regards to our fishing rights, rights to resources and rights to enforce our laws within our Exclusive Economic Zone. For ASEAN and the rest of the global community, the clarification of maritime entitlements under UNCLOS would assure peace, security, stability and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. We truly believe that the arbitral proceedings would bring this dispute to a durable solution. The second, parallel and complementary Philippine action to promote the peaceful management of disputes in the South China Sea is working towards the early conclusion of a substantive and legally binding COC on the South China Sea between ASEAN and China. It may be recalled that the genesis for COC first sprang from a meeting between the Philippines and China in August 1995. ASEAN later adopted the idea during the 1998 ASEAN Summit and China considered it in 2000. This only shows that the Philippines has been at the forefront of this issue from the very beginning. The Philippines is encouraged by the results of the recent ASEAN Ministerial Meeting with China this June in Brunei Darussalam, where ASEAN and China agreed to start formal consultations on the COC during the ASEAN-China Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) this September in China. While talks on the COC have yet to commence, the ASEAN-China Declaration of the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), concluded in 2002, should be fully and effectively implemented in all its aspects. The DOC's purpose is to prevent the escalation of disputes into conflict. For this purpose, the DOC calls for: the peaceful settlement of disputes; their resolution in accordance with international law, including UNCLOS; the non-use of force; restraint in the conduct of parties; and the non-occupation of unoccupied shoals, rocks, reefs and other relevant features. Joint cooperative activities can also be undertaken as confidence-building measures. I am, therefore, very pleased to extend my personal appreciation to the European Parliament for passing a Resolution early this year supporting the position of the Philippines to peacefully settle the disputes in the South China Sea by means of international arbitration. The European Union is thus helping to generate international awareness of the South China Sea issue and the imperative for its peaceful resolution. I also take note that the European Council, in its updated Guidelines on Foreign and Security Policy in East Asia mentioned the EU's strategic concerns in the South China Sea for the first time. The Guidelines noted that the escalation in tensions "could have important implications for security and stability in the region, including, more broadly, for the freedom of navigation and commerce". The Guidelines also reminded the Member States of "the great importance of the South China Sea for the European Union, inter alia in the perspective of promoting the rules-based international system". The Guidelines urge claimant states to resolve disputes peacefully in accordance with international law and, more importantly, to clarify the basis for their claims. CLOSING In closing, I wish to quote from the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Hon. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, speaking during the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels. He said: Strengthening the rule of law at the international level is not only critical for effectively addressing the current global challenges, but also for reinforcing the principle itself as the very foundation of peaceful coexistence between nations. World peace will forever be difficult to attain unless there is application of the principles of the rule of law to relations between states and other subjects of international law. He said further: Consistency in the application of international law, and democratization of international relations are also key to building a just world order...If the faith of the international community in the rule of law is to be sustained, flagrant violations of international law without consequences must be a thing of the past. The law must apply both to the mighty and to the weak, to the rich and to the poor alike.

We must take to heart these words of statesmanship in our collective efforts to pursue our common security in the South China Sea and, indeed, anywhere else. If it is to endure and to safeguard peace and prosperity for all, the Asian Century must increasingly secure itself with institutions, mechanisms and partnerships that strengthen the rule of law. Only in this way can we avoid the mistakes of the past and build on decades of peace and cooperation. I thank you. |TOP| 12. Secretary Del Rosario meets members of the European Parliament

Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

10 July 2013- Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario met with Members of European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels on Tuesday, July 09, as part of his three-day visit to Belgium and Luxembourg. Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Elmar Brok welcomed the Secretary at the European Parliament along with Delegation for Relations of Southeast Asia and ASEAN Chair Werner Langen and Philippine-European Union (EU) Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) Rapporteur Norica Nicolai. The MEPs reiterated their supportforthePhilippinesmovetousepeacefulandrule-of-law-based methods of solving maritime disputes, including the decision of the Philippines to seek international arbitration in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Their stance echoed the European Parliament Resolution in March supporting the peaceful resolution of disputes and arbitration as being in accordance with international law. The MEPs agreed to exert efforts to speed up the ratification process of the PCA, the framework agreement that aims to deepen and strengthen PHL-EU relations. Secretary del Rosario took time to update the MEPs on the ongoing peace process, informing them that the Philippine and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panels are working on the Annexes to the signed Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. The MEPs appreciated the information and stated that these are positive developments towards ensuring peace and stability in Mindanao. Secretary del Rosario also apprised the MEPs of efforts by Philippine agencies to address deficiencies in meeting standards imposed by the Convention on Standards, Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW). He underscored the socio-economic importance of the seafaring industry to the country. The European Parliament along with the European Council is in charge of the general political direction and priorities of the EU. MEPs Nicolai and Langen conducted working visits to the Philippines in October 2012 and February2013indicatingtheEUs desire to intensify relations with the Philippines. The EU is the fourth biggest aid donor to the Philippines. The EU was one of the first to send its sympathies and assistance worth Php160 million after Typhoon Pablo. The EU leads the Rehabilitation and Development componentoftheMindanaoPeaceProcessInternationalMonitoringTeamandsupportsthePhilippinescallfora peaceful resolution of the West Philippine Sea issue. |TOP| 13. 7 Qualify for P68.5 million semi-permanent airport terminals project

Source: http://www.dotc.gov.ph Pendingtheconstructionofmajorinfrastructureimprovementstothree(3)ofthecountrysbusiestairportsinthe next few years, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has received a total of eighteen (18) bids for the supply and installation of semi-permanent passenger terminal buildings at the Clark International Airport, the Puerto Princesa Airport, and the Tacloban Airport, respectively. Ofthe18bidssubmittedlastMonday(8July2013),onlyseven(7)werefoundtobeeligiblebytheagencysBids and Awards Committee (BAC). Whilewearepleasedwiththeturnoutofinterestedbidders,asubstantialnumbe r of them were declared ineligible,saidDOTCspokespersonMigsSagcal.WehaverepeatedlysaidthattheBAChasnodiscretionand can only uphold the pass-failcriteriamandatedbytheProcurementLaw. Four (4) groups were declared eligible for the P 27-Million Clark International Airport component, namely: Jo Builders, AQA Global Construction, Inc., Jerry R. Santiago Construction, and the Joint Venture of E.M. Cuerpo, Inc. and Ascutia. Jo Builders submitted the lowest bid of P 19.85-Million.

Meanwhile, only one (1) company was found eligible for the P 22.7-Million Puerto Princesa Airport component. This is the D.G. Sarmienta group, which submitted a bid in the amount of P 21.6-Million. As for the P 18.78-Million Tacloban Airport component, two (2) groups were declared eligible: Jo Builders and H.N.R. Construction & Supply. Jo Builders submitted the lower bid of P 13.67-Million. Each of the lowest bidders will now undergo detailed evaluation and post-qualification exercises, to determine whether or not they can be awarded their respective projects. Thesesemi-permanent structures are interim solutions to make passenger experience at the highly-congested Clark,PuertoPrincesa,andTaclobanairportsmoreconvenient,Sagcalexplained.Thesewillincr ease the capacityoftheairportsterminalbuildingsuntilthelong-terminfrastructureupgradesarecompleted. According to the bid requirements, the semi-permanent structures will be made of a steel framing system, and preinsulated roofing and wall panels. The winning bidders will be required to install various electrical works, including air conditioning units, to ensure passenger convenience. Despite the stability of these temporary buildings, they will be capable of being fully-dismantled, transferred, and re-used at other airports, as needed. Once the Notices to Proceed are issued, the eventual winning bidders will have 120 days to complete the Clark component, 150 days for Puerto Princesa, and 90 days for Tacloban. |TOP| 14. NSO releases 2013 Philippines in Figures

Source: http://www.census.gov.ph

The National Statistics Office (NSO) announces the release of the 2013 Philippines in Figures (PIF). The PIF is a handy pocket-size booklet which contains more than two hundred indic atorsofthecountryssocioeconomic activity. The data presented in this booklet are based on the current three year series which were gathered and researched from the different government agencies concerned and from NSO as well. Topics often asked by the general public and students, such as population and demographic characteristics; labor and employment; education and literacy; health and welfare; trade and tourism; and developments in other 15 sectors including agriculture, fishery forestry, transportation, communications, banking and finance, energy and water and industries like manufacturing, mining, and quarrying are being chronicled. A short historical background of the country, its government and its latest geographic composition are also incorporated in this issue. For interested parties, the soft copy may be obtained from the Databank and Information Services Division (DISD), 5th Floor NSO-CVEA Building, East Avenue, Quezon City with telephone number 4626600 locals 833 and 834, or the hard copy may be secured at our Publication Sales Unit (PSU) located at the 2nd Floor Solicarel Building I, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Sta. Mesa, Manila, with telephone number 7137081. The PIF can also be downloaded from the NSO website: http://www.census.gov.ph |TOP| 15. K Channel and TESDAs may choice ka inspire serye to air in November

Source: http://www.tesda.gov.ph

Technical vocational education and training (TVET) will make a debut on television with a series showcasing the array of courses it offers, success stories of graduates and other helpful information on how to get into it. "May Choice Ka (You Have A Choice)" is a collaboration between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI), which will produce and air the show starting November. The show will be seen in Knowledge Channel, Knowledge Channel on demand, Knowledge Channel learning website and TESDA Online site. "With its wide reach, the television would be a good vehicle to popularize and bring closer to the people TVET and TESDA's programs," Secretary Joel Villanueva, director general of TESDA, said. "The show will be educational and inspirational, and at the same time entertaining and exciting in order to hook audience into getting into the world of TVET," Villanueva added.

The program had a soft launch on July 4 simultaneous with the signing of the memorandum of agreement between Villanueva and Rina Lopez, KCFI president. KCFI has established the first and only all-educational transmedia in the country, which produces and delivers curriculum-based programs and interactive media-based learning activities for elementary and secondary high school students and alternative learners composed of the marginalized, out-of-school-youths, uneducated adults and vocational learners. May Choice Ka will feature 12 episodes of 18 to 20-minute videos of TVET programs and learning modules such as housekeeping, horticulture, commercial cooking, bread and pastry production, beauty care, food and beverage servicing, and tour guiding services. The grant for the production of the show was given by former Senator Edgardo Angara. TESDA will help in making available the learning materials and in coordinating with training institutions to make their facilities available for video shoots and their trainers for interviews. Aside from the television show, TESDA and KCFI will also produce e-modules of each episode for uploading in Knowledge Channel Online, which will consist of video streams of each episode, web games or quizzes, and learning links. Through this TESDA-KCFI partnership, learning modules will be made more readily available to a wider audience. Online learners are also given the option to learn at their own time, at their own pace and at lower/negligible cost. "We trust that our exposure in the Knowledge Channel will help in generating positive messages about TVET and communicating those employment-oriented information in innovative ways not only for Filipinos here in the country but even those working abroad," Villanueva said. |TOP| 16. Foreign direct investment in the economic development perspective*

Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph

RECENT reports on the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development statistics on foreign direct investments (FDI) going to host countries showed the Philippines to have been a very fast-growing recipient of FDI in 2012 when compared to the previous year. The .8 billion of FDIs registered for the Philippines for 2012 was over 2.8 times the 1 million reflected the previous year. While the growth is significant, the absolute amount still pales in comparison to Association of Southeast Asian Nations neighbors Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam with FDI in 2012 of .9 billion, .6 billion and .3 billion, respectively. The increase of FDIs is a significant plus factor toward the accumulation of capital for production but it is not the only source and it need not even be the primary source of capital accumulation for a country. There is also direct domestic investment. Direct domestic investments should really be the primary source of capital formation for a country. Domestic investment can also take the form of the government investing in infrastructure and state-owned enterprises funded by revenues and/or domestic and foreign borrowings. Capital formation and economic development FDI are an important part of capital formation because they serve to supplement the domestic investments required for economic growth and development. Equally important are technological innovations and implementations that come from abroad with FDI. Two measures of the effectiveness of investments is the incremental capital to output ratio and the incremental capital to labor ratio. These ratios measure the increases in output and employment per unit increase of investment. FDI flow into host countries based on the attractions of a country including labor availability and productivity,accesstomarkets,politicalandfinancialstabilityandthecapabilityofthecountrysinfrastructure. Political stability encompasses governance, the rule of law and the transparency of government rules and regulations as important factors. FDI can enter industries encompassing a wide range of capital requirements. The capital requirements for investments in infrastructure are high but necessary to enable the economy to attract more investments into other industries and services. For example, investments in airports, sea ports, power, telecommunications and roads are very high but needed to enable industries such as business-process outsourcing, tourism manufacturing to be competitive and therefore, attract more investments. FDI come into all sorts of enterprises depending upon the nature of the business of the investor and their perceived

returns and synergies with its other businesses just like the various rationales for investments of domestic investors. One important contribution of FDI in the drive for capital formation is the additional capital that supplements domestic investments and savings, the risk taking that they are able to absorb because of their size, and global market knowledge and the technology that comes in as part of their investments. A functioning capital market is essential for investments Investors always need to have a time-table for cashing in on their returns to investment and exiting with their capital gains and even principal. Even FDI into start-up ventures and joint ventures with unlisted companies need to know at the outset the avenues available for realizing the returns and capital gains of their investment. This requires not only a well-functioning stock and bond market but also a foreign currency exchange and money markets, as well. These markets must be seamlessly functioning and integrated with the global market. It is also important for more investment and hedging instruments to be available and traded in the financial markets. Variety and depth of investment instruments with prices that are determined transparently by market forces serve to assure all types of investors including FDI of the stability of the investment climate. Such an environment should also serve to temper volatile movements because alternative investments are available in the domestic market when an event occurs in one market. |TOP| 17. ASEAN Economic Research Institute lauds capacity building efforts of PHL PPP Program

Source: http://www.ppp.gov.ph

Pursuing successful PPPs. Ministers from both Laos and Cambodia are joined by PPP experts and officers from the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and the East Asia (ERIA). The Philippine PPP program was lauded as one of the more successful PPPs in ASEAN. PPP Center Director for Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Eleazar E. Ricote (far right in black business suit) is the featured speaker on the Philippine PPP program. For its focused approach and faster pace in achieving significant progress in its infrastructure development agenda through private sector participation, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and the East Asia (ERIA) showcased the achievements of the Philippine Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program during its capacity building seminars on PPP for ASEAN countries held in Vientianne, Laos from July 1-2 and in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia last July 5, 2013. ERIAnotedthePhilippinesfastprogressinpursuingaPPPagenda encouraged other ASEAN countries to learn from the experiences of the Philippines as it successfully implemented its PPP program. The workshop featured the Philippine PPP Program experience which highlighted the role of government and the measures necessarytoestablishandsustainPPPs.PPPCentersDirectorEleazarE.RicotesharedtheCenters experiences on instituting crucial public policies, expanding its capacity building program, strengthening project development efforts, implementing its contract monitoring, and undertaking knowledge management and public communications interventions since the launch of the PPP Program in 2010. WhilethePPPProgramdoesnotclaimtobeamodelfortheregion,itisaworkinprogresswithinitial achievements, where lessons and templates can be learned and developed for other ASEAN countries now buildinguptheirrespectivePPPprograms,DirectorRicoteemphasized. HealsosaidPresidentAquinosconsistencyinpushingforthePPPagendaamongkeyinfras tructure and developmentinstitutionsjumpstartedthecountrysinfrastructureagenda.Thesefocusedeffortsweremade possiblethroughthesupportofourdevelopmentpartners,DirectorRicoteadded. During the workshop, Mr. Oliver Tan, CFO of Megawide Corporation, a private sector participant from the PhilippinestalkedaboutthePhilippinegovernmentsseriouseffortstoundertakeduediligenceinproject preparation, and its adherence to transparent and competitive procurement processes. Mr. Tan explained that during the Aquino administration, there is a strong commitment to honor its obligations under these PPP agreements.MegawideCorporationisthePhilippinegovernmentspartnerforitsPPPSchoolInfrastructureProject Phase 1 under the Department of Education. Add to the line-up of speakers, a PPP expert from New South Wales Australia discussed the basic requisites of a PPPFrameworkwhileERIAsDr.FauziahZenreportedonERIAsfindingsonthetrendsanddevelopmentupdates of PPP Programs among ASEAN countries. ERIAistheASEANseconomicpolicyresearcharmwhichhasrecentlyinitiatedvariousregionwidePPP frameworks review and assessment towards facilitating collaborative sharing of experience and innovations on PPPs for economic growth and development. It is also the lead research institution for the proposed ASEAN

Connectivity Project. The next workshop will be conducted in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on July 24, 2013. |TOP|

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President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Budget Presentation at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacaan Palace on Wednesday (July 10). Also in photo are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Ryan Lim / Malacaang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III shares a light moment with his official family before presiding over the Budget Presentation at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacaan Palace on Wednesday (July 10). Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Education Secretary Armin Luistro and Health Secretary Enrique Ona. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacaang Photo Bureau/ Exequiel Supera / Malacaang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the Budget Presentation at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacaan Palace on Wednesday (July 10). In photo are Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Education Secretary Armin Luistro and Health Secretary Enrique Ona. (Photo by Exequiel Supera / Malacaang Photo Bureau / PCOO/ Ryan Lim / Malacaang Photo Bureau)

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