KHAYRI R.R. WOULFE

An unorthodox chronicler in the immersionist, investigative and deconstructionist perspective.

Dgte eyes filing fee for admin cases vs  brgy officials

#PHinfo: Dgte eyes filing fee for admin cases vs  brgy officials


DUMAGUETE CITY, Nov. 11 (PIA) – The Dumaguete City Council has proposed an ordinance setting a filing fee for administrative cases against barangay officials at P2,500 per case by the party who intends to file the complaint.

However, the proposed measure provides that no filing fees shall be assessed on any indigent complainant who files with the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

The indigent complainant must secure a certificate of indigency from the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

The complainant may be declared an indigent only upon approval of the SP. 

The proponent, Councilor Karissa Faye Tolentino-Maxino, explained that this measure seeks to discourage the practice of indiscriminate filing of administrative cases against barangay officials.

It is noted that if not regulated, frivolous administrative cases unnecessarily drain the time, resources, and efforts of SP members which could have been utilized in more important legislative functions.

There is also a possibility where cases are filed to harass barangay officials who are simply doing their jobs.

In the recent public hearing for the measure, Poblacion 8 Punong Barangay Maelyn Rose Mariano suggested to raise the filing fee up to P10,000 as a form of a deterrent while Bajumpandan Kagawad Juancho Gallarde suggested that the imposition of filing fee shall be per case and per barangay official.

Maxino said all the suggestions will be taken into consideration prior to the final deliberations of the proposed ordinance. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from CPIO Dems Demecillo)


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References:
  1. * Philippine Information Agency. “Dgte eyes filing fee for admin cases vs  brgy officials.” Philippine Information Agency. https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030098 (accessed November 14, 2019 at 01:50PM UTC+08).
  2. * Philippine Infornation Agency. “Dgte eyes filing fee for admin cases vs  brgy officials.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030098 (archived).

Researchers urged to adapt to changing technologies, environment

#PHinfo: Researchers urged to adapt to changing technologies, environment


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 14 (PIA) –Philippine Association of Research Management, Inc. (PHILARM) challenges all their members to sustain the value of research with PHILARM tradition.

PHILARM annually organizes a convention to encourage its members, researchers, and research extension managers to promote and share their lessons and best practices in managing Research, Development and Extension (RDE) programs and research institutions.

Moreover, PHILARM in collaboration with Philippine Association of State Universities Region IX (PASUC) and Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) conducted the 4th International RDE Management Congress and 29th National PHILARM Convention in Zamboanga City from November 13-15, 2019 with approximately 500 participants from all over the country.

The congress this year aims to further enhance the RDE managers, to build international partnerships towards strengthening climate change resiliency and disaster risk management through RDE in the ASEAN Countries.

Dr. Merian Mani, President of PHILARM advises the participants and all members of the association to continuously develop researches “be ready for the bigger obstacles due to fast changing technologies and millennial researchers,” Dr. Mani highlighted.

Furthermore, Dr. Mani also added that PHILARM will continue to invest in training their people and colleagues to be able to transform circumstances into opportunities. She also encourages researchers to be motivated and make research innovations by being mindful and having the right mindset. “Know your strengths, look around to what the world can offer us and make big dreams,” she advises.

PHILARM is a private, non-stock, non-profit professional organization in the Philippines composed of members for different sectors of the society which is engaged in the development, promotion, and enhancement of the role of the research managers in improving and sustaining productivity in research. (NBE/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)


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References:
  1. * Philippine Information Agency. “Researchers urged to adapt to changing technologies, environment.” Philippine Information Agency. https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030188 (accessed November 14, 2019 at 01:41PM UTC+08).
  2. * Philippine Infornation Agency. “Researchers urged to adapt to changing technologies, environment.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030188 (archived).

6 more evacuation centers soon to rise in Bicol

#PHnews: 6 more evacuation centers soon to rise in Bicol


LEGAZPI CITY – Six new evacuation centers worth PHP222 million will be added to the six-newly built disaster-resilient facilities in some villages of Bicol Region after the national government released its fund for bidding.

Lucy Castañeda, Department of Public Works and HIghways (DPWH) spokesperson told Philippine News Agency (PNA) the construction of the new evacuation buildings will start soon.

“These buildings will be constructed in Camalig in Albay, Daet in Camarines Norte, Libmanan and Buhi in Camarines Sur, Balud and Mobo in Masbate,” she said.

Castañeda said each building has an allocation of PHP37 million. The national government released the budget to DPWH-Bicol, which, then offered the projects for bidding.

The projects were approved after the local government units donated lots for the facilities.

Each of the completed two-story evacuation building constructed on at least 3,000 square meters of lot have facilities such as toilet and bath, laundry and drying area and water tank.

The buildings are said to be resilient to typhoon, earthquakes, flooding, landslides, tsunami and volcanic eruptions. (PNA)

 


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “6 more evacuation centers soon to rise in Bicol.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1085990 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:50AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “6 more evacuation centers soon to rise in Bicol.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1085990 (archived).

BFAR-7 steps up info drive on Visayan Sea closed season

#PHinfo: BFAR-7 steps up info drive on Visayan Sea closed season


CEBU CITY, Nov. 11 (PIA)–The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7) called on the various stakeholders to participate actively during the three-month closed season at a portion of the Visayan Sea that will start on Nov. 15, 2019. 

Fishing of certain pelagic species (sardines, herrings, and mackerels) will be prohibited until Feb. 15, 2020 to allow them to flourish in number.

The three-month period has been marked as the spawning season of these species.

BFAR Region 7 Director Alfeo Piloton urged local officials and the coastal communities to cooperate with the bureau in its effort to conserve and protect the existing marine species at the Visayan Sea.

Among the coastal areas that bound the Visayan Sea are Bogo City and the towns of San Remegio, Daanbantayan, and Medellin.

Bantayan Island, comprising of the towns of Santa Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos, lies within the sea.

Visayan Sea, which is one of the country’s largest fishing grounds, is surrounded by the islands of Cebu and Negros to the south; Masbate to the north; Panay to the west; and Leyte to the east.

BFAR-7 has intensified its information drive this month in educating the fisherfolks on the salient provisions of the Fisheries Administrative Order 167-3, the policy which establishes the annual closed season of the Visayan Sea.

The amended administrative order specifies the prohibitions that people should heed to and the penalties for violations. 

“People should know of the significant intentions of implementing this policy because we are not only doing this in order to increase our current fishery production but we are imposing this to conserve our marine resources, making sure that the future generation will benefit the same,” said Piloton.

He also urged the commercial fishing vessel operators to comply with the policy and avoid encroaching at the portion where fishing of the pelagic species has been banned.

Piloton said BFAR-7 has been collaborating with the involved local government units in holding the information and education campaign and in enforcing the policy on the said period.

The BFAR-7 official is appealing to local officials and authorities to stay vigilant in guarding the Visayan Sea and work with the bureau in its anti-illegal fishing campaign. (jsme/PIA7-Cebu/BFAR-7)


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References:
  1. * Philippine Information Agency. “BFAR-7 steps up info drive on Visayan Sea closed season.” Philippine Information Agency. https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030049 (accessed November 14, 2019 at 01:35PM UTC+08).
  2. * Philippine Infornation Agency. “BFAR-7 steps up info drive on Visayan Sea closed season.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030049 (archived).

AllHome nets P746.2-M in 9 months

#PHnews: AllHome nets P746.2-M in 9 months


MANILA – AllHome Corp., a pioneering one-stop shop home store in the Philippines, booked a record growth of 225 percent in net income for the first nine months of 2019 to PHP746.2 million from PHP229.7 million in the same period last year.

The company said its total revenues also increased by 72 percent to PHP8.2 billion from PHP4.8 billion.

“Allhome continues to deliver solid performance which brings us closer to our full year target. As we have previously mentioned, the home improvement industry in the Philippines is still underpenetrated and we are taking advantage of such by aggressively opening Allhome to more locations across the country,” AllHome chairman Manuel Villar Jr. said in a statement.

Camille Villar, vice chairman of AllHome, said they are “very much on track” with their store expansion program for this year and 2020.

“We aim to at least double our net selling space by end 2020. Expansion is focused on Mega Manila for now, but the longer-term plan is to bring AllHome to the rest of the Philippines,” she said.

For October alone, the company opened three new stores in Alabang, Bulacan, and in Cavite.

To date, it has 30 stores across the country which are mostly in large-mall based format.

AllHome made a debut in the Philippine Stock Exchange via initial public offering (IPO) last October 10, 2019. (PR)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “AllHome nets P746.2-M in 9 months.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086100 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:30AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “AllHome nets P746.2-M in 9 months.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086100 (archived).

DTI mobile app checks substandard Christmas lights

#PHnews: DTI mobile app checks substandard Christmas lights


CEBU CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-7) in Central Visayas on Wednesday said it introduced a mobile app that can be used by consumers in determining substandard Christmas lights in the market.

Trade regulation inspectors are now checking retailers suspected of selling substandard Christmas lights.

Ines Cajegas, chief of the Consumer Protection Division of DTI-7, showed to local media an easy way for consumers to check if the Christmas lights they want to or have purchased passed product standard.

“It is just simple, they just have to download the software application in playstore for android phone, download the ICC verification system. If you have it already, you just have to scan it on the QR code. And it is just for free,” she said.

Cajegas said the system was launched by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) in Manila earlier this year, and was tested as a usable and user-friendly application.

Upon using the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) verification system, Cajegas said, consumers will know whether a Christmas light passed the product standard or bears an ICC mark once it is verified.

As the Yuletide season draws near, Christmas lights are in demand. The agency has adopted precautionary measures against number of Christmas lights that do not pass standards for safety and durability.

“It is important nga ma-check (it is checked) because it will involve the safety of our consumers. These Christmas lights are one of the favorite decorations every Christmas. So almost everyone buys Christmas lights. The chances are other consumers might just choose the cheaper one,” Cajegas said.

She said some people buy the “3-for-PHP100” Christmas lights which are not certified. With the ICC mobile app, it is already easy, backed up with the physical presence of DTI standard enforcement officers visiting the stores and markets,” she added.

DTI-7 standard enforcement officers conducted a mapping activity last week in areas in the region where Christmas lights are being sold.

Local government units, Cajegas said, are giving them information on retailers that are displaying lights which have not been certified.

The cities of Mandaue and Danao, she said, have requested the DTI-7 to prioritize them in the inspection.

She said substandard Christmas lights will be confiscated.

If retailers of substandard Christmas lights resist during confiscation, a formal charge will be filed and appropriate penalties will be imposed against them.

Cajegas also reminded consumers to inspect the plug and wires of the lighting set and avoid buying lights with brittle and dented parts. (PNA)

 


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “DTI mobile app checks substandard Christmas lights.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086073 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:23AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “DTI mobile app checks substandard Christmas lights.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086073 (archived).

End unrest, restore order in Hong Kong, says China

#PHnews: End unrest, restore order in Hong Kong, says China


ANKARA – China has asked Hong Kong administration to deal strictly with protesters to restore normal life in the global financial hub, said media reports.

Normal life remained hit on third consecutive day on Wednesday in the region as transport services were suspended, an English language news website, Hong Kong Free Press reported.

The South China Morning Post, quoting a statement issued by the Beijing’s liaison office representing Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), said a harsher crackdown has become a necessity to end unrest and restore order.

“The city is sliding into the abyss of terrorism,” the statement added.

A protester was injured on Monday morning when he was shot at close range by a police officer.

Defying the ban on the use of face masks, students boycotted classes and wore them as a mark of protest.

Lashing out at the protesters, Chief Executive Carrie Lam described them as “extremely selfish” for attempting to paralyze the vibrant business hub.

The Beijing liaison office said it was resolutely supporting the Hong Kong government in adopting every necessary measure to end the unrest and restore order as soon as possible. It asked the administration to arrest criminals and severely punish their violent acts.

The newspaper report said Beijing has asked the Hong Kong administration, police, and judiciary to “decisively adopt all necessary means to forcefully crackdown on various acts of violence and terrorism.”

Hong Kong Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung told the Legislative Council that the wave of clashes – largely at university campuses – was destined to fail.

“Regardless of their demands, violence is not the way and it will not be successful,” he said.

Shun-Wen Wang, an associate professor from Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, said it was not a “One Country – Two Systems” issue.

“It is democratic versus authoritarian or totalitarian issue,” he told Anadolu Agency during a trip to Ankara.

“They (young people) think China is taking over their society and is bringing a different system, which is leading to stress,” Wang said.

Hong Kong is under China since 1998 under “One Country - Two Systems” rule. Beijing controls defense and foreign relations of the region situated at the southernmost boundary of China.

“China wants a prosperous, but not a democratic Hong Kong. They cannot let to have demonstrations, protests that will have cascading effect on other Chinese cities. There will be a chaos and a catastrophe for China and its leaders,” said Vincent W.S. Chen, who is professor from National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Anadolu)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “End unrest, restore order in Hong Kong, says China.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086076 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:21AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “End unrest, restore order in Hong Kong, says China.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086076 (archived).

NegOr prepares for 2020 census

#PHnews: NegOr prepares for 2020 census


DUMAGUETE CITY - Preparations are underway for the upcoming census of population on households in May 2020 by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), a provincial statistician said.

The provincial census coordinating board chaired by Gov. Roel Degamo was convened Tuesday as initial step for the gathering of important data down to the barangay level.

Provincial statistician Ariel Fortuito underscored the importance of gathering comprehensive data with regard demographics as well as socio-economic profile of every residential house for planning and policy-making of government.

Present during the meeting were representatives of the Department of Education, while Degamo was represented by the assistant provincial administrator, lawyer Froilan Pinili.

Fortuito is asking for cooperation of Negrenses in allowing enumerators’ entry to their respective residences and providing them with real data as to names, age, jobs, and other information because these will be used in the formulation of government plans and programs.

The census also seeks to record housing characteristics of respondents as a non-economic indicator to determine the poorest of the poor among Negrenses, aside from the socio-economic profiles as well as sources of drinking water and for cooking purposes.

Health and sanitation concerns will also be asked by enumerators, Fortuito said.

Public school teachers are mandated by Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 (An act providing for the taking of an integrated census every 10 years beginning in 1980, and for other purposes) as enumerators during the census of population.

The PSA will be hiring additional enumerators for wider coverage all over the province. (PNA)
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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “NegOr prepares for 2020 census.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1085852 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:21AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “NegOr prepares for 2020 census.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1085852 (archived).

'National Students' Youth Camp' not gov't-organized: NYC

#PHnews: ‘National Students’ Youth Camp’ not gov’t-organized: NYC


MANILA– The National Youth Commission (NYC) on Thursday distanced itself from an upcoming event organized by a certain groups, calling on students’ participation across the country in line with the 2019 National Students Day.

“(There) is a certain group of organization calling for a National Students Day Youth Camp and inviting schools and educational institutions to send participants,” NYC chairperson and chief executive officer Ryan Enriquez said in a letter posted at the youth commission’s official Facebook page.

“The NYC wants to clarify that the said camp is not organized by the NYC nor any other government instrumentalities,” he added.

READ: Think twice before joining National Students’ Youth Camp: Año

In the letter, Enriquez underscored that NYC is the lead agency mandated by RA 11369 to implement activities celebrating the National Students Day in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Enriquez noted that “the NYC has a separate event on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 to celebrate the National Students Day dubbed as Fitfil Youth Against Drugs.”

He said the First National Students’ Day Youth Camp “is not part of it”.

The NYC official said the statement was issued “so as not to create confusion among the students, school authorities and parents as well”.

“Let us have more discernment and to exercise caution when it comes to the safety and welfare of the students,” he said. (PNA)

 


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “'National Students’ Youth Camp’ not gov’t-organized: NYC.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086095 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:21AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “'National Students’ Youth Camp’ not gov’t-organized: NYC.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086095 (archived).

Family farming pushed to help ensure food security

#PHnews: Family farming pushed to help ensure food security


MANILA – Filipino families can secure their food consumption without spending over their budget through farming, an expert said Thursday.

“Let us make the nation realize what they can have from family farming, it adds to family resilience, and contributes to national security,” Venarica Papa, Assistant Professor of the College of Social Work and Community Development at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, said in a three-day forum dubbed “Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement” (KLMPE) in Quezon City.

Filipino families can withstand the increasing buying price of food in the market and save if they grow their own food, Papa said.

“It is a good thing to learn how to plant or grow our own food so we will never go hungry,” she added.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) hosted KLMPE 2019, which aims to enhance the awareness of farmers and other people who thrive in the field of agriculture through networking with experts and successful entrepreneurs.

Among them is 27-year-old Jumer Bueno Marcaida, who just became a full-time farmer in 2017.

“My father toils a 0.6-hectare land and we plant the crops we need for personal consumption,” he said.

Marcaida said he observed how their expenses became smaller after they started to seriously take their farming business.

“My sister, who has a family of her own now, would provide for the financial needs on the farm, and she will have her sacks of rice. Obviously, rice is expensive, so, having our own resource of rice, the family really saved a lot,” he added.

Other than growing white rice, the staple food in the country, Marcaida said his family also plants black glutinous rice to sell in the market.

“We also take advantage of the market for people, many look for sticky rice, so we grow and sell it to add to our income,” he added.

Marcaida also said being a member of a farmers’ organization helped him when he was shifting to farming from his former job as an electrician.

“I really want to do a lot of improvements in the farm, start selling our goods with our own brand, and PAKISAMA mobilize that vision for me,” Marcaida said.

Marcaida said PAKISAMA has its own cooperative where members can apply for a loan. (PNA)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “Family farming pushed to help ensure food security.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086093 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:19AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “Family farming pushed to help ensure food security.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086093 (archived).

Peso recovers, PSEi hurt by US-China trade issues anew

#PHnews: Peso recovers, PSEi hurt by US-China trade issues anew


MANILA – Philippine peso improved to the greenback Thursday but concerns on the US-China trade discussions hurt the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) anew.
 
The local currency ended the day at 50.68 from 50.82 a day ago, which a trader pointed to reports about Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s positive outlook on the US economy during his testimony at the US Congress.
 
The trader said Powell’s sentiment boosted investors’ sentiment thus, the impact on the local currency.
 
The peso opened the day slightly weaker at 50.93 from 50.86 a day ago.
 
It surged to 50.68 but also touched 50.95, resulting in an average of 50.826.
 
The volume reached USD1.17 billion, higher than the USD1.46 billion a day ago.
 
The currency pair is seen to trade between 50.60 and 50.80 on Friday.
 
On the other hand, the main equities gauge shed 0.17 percent, or 13.76 points, to 7,933.71 points.
 
All Shares also ended in the red after losing 0.13 percent, or 6.16 points, to 4,757.73 points.
 
Most of the sectors also lost during the day, led by the Industrial which dropped 1.75 percent, and was followed by the Holding Firms, 0.12 percent; Services, 0.03 percent; and Mining and Oil, 0.02 percent.
 
Property gained 0.29 percent and Financials by 0.06 percent.
 
Volume totaled to 655.29 million shares amounting to PHP4.18 billion.
 
Losers continued to surpass gainers at 107 to 78, while 55 shares were unchanged.
 
“Net foreign selling pulled down the PSEi below the 8,000 level,” BPI Research said in a report.
 
Citing news reports, BPI Research said US-China trade talks “have hit a roadblock” since China does not want to give specific figures on its agricultural procurements from the US while US prod China to regulate intellectual property protections and end forced technology transfers. (PNA)
 

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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “Peso recovers, PSEi hurt by US-China trade issues anew.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086099 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 05:17AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “Peso recovers, PSEi hurt by US-China trade issues anew.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086099 (archived).

Want to avoid long queues? Download SSS app

#PHinfo: Want to avoid long queues? Download SSS app


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 14 (PIA) – The Social Security System (SSS) shares that there is a way to avoid the hassle of long queues in their branch offices: download the SSS mobile app.

Aurora Ignacio, SSS president and chief executive officer urges members to make transacting with SSS easier and hassle-free by downloading the app. The SSS Mobile App can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Huawei App Gallery.

An SSS news release explained that “members can view their contributions record, membership information, location of SSS branches, and status of their benefit claim, salary loan and loan balance. Members can also update contact information, register at MySSS, submit their salary loan application and maternity notification and generateand edit the Payment Reference Numbers”.

SSS members have been complaining on waiting in line from several minutes to more than an hour just to transact with the branches, to include the above-mentioned services. The SSS mobile app, said Ignacio can ease this burden with just a mobile phone and an internet connection.

As of end-October, the SSS mobile app already registered 2.38 million total downloads. (NBE/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)


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References:
  1. * Philippine Information Agency. “Want to avoid long queues? Download SSS app.” Philippine Information Agency. https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030179 (accessed November 14, 2019 at 01:30PM UTC+08).
  2. * Philippine Infornation Agency. “Want to avoid long queues? Download SSS app.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030179 (archived).

PCG-NegOr sends 8 tons of relief aid to quake victims

#PHnews: PCG-NegOr sends 8 tons of relief aid to quake victims


DUMAGUETE CITY – The Philippine Coast Guard in Negros Oriental based in this city on Thursday sent more than eight tons of assorted relief items for victims of the earthquakes that rocked Mindanao in late October that left several people dead and many residents homeless.

The Coast Guard here, headed by Lt. Cmdr. Jansen, collected and received the donations from local government units, individuals, and from the private sector over the past few couple of weeks.

This is the second shipment to be ferried on board the PCG patrol vessel, BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406), which is currently docked at the Dumaguete port.

The first shipment of more than a ton of relief goods was sent last Nov. 5, also via the same PCG vessel.

In an interview, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Villalon, the Coast Guard Negros Oriental deputy commander, said the relief goods include sacks of rice, bottled water, used clothing, canned food, noodles, and other foodstuff, among others, with an estimated volume of 8,700 kilograms or about eight tons.

These items are from Negros Oriental and Siquijor, and the PCG Station in Bacolod City in Negros Occidental, he said.

The donations are from local government units, business establishments, private sector, and individuals, Villalon added.

PCG Cdr. Dan Cariño, commanding officer of BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406), explained that part of their humanitarian mission is to ferry the relief goods from here to Cebu.

Because of the large volume of goods that cannot be accommodated onboard the BRP Suluan, Cariño said all of the relief aid they have received will be brought to Cebu City and shipped via a commercial sea vessel to Cagayan de Oro.

“From Cagayan de Oro, Coast Guard land mobility assets there will transport these goods to Makilala,” he said.

The PCG here said it is still accepting donations for yet another loading into BRP Suluan on November 21.

Villalon said donors can bring their relief items to their station located at the Dumaguete port. The Coast Guard can even send its vehicle to pick up relief goods from their offices or establishments for donors who live near the PCG station. (PNA)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “PCG-NegOr sends 8 tons of relief aid to quake victims.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086007 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 04:55AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “PCG-NegOr sends 8 tons of relief aid to quake victims.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086007 (archived).

World's best teams to join Dota 2 tourney in Singapore

#PHnews: World’s best teams to join Dota 2 tourney in Singapore


MANILA – The top 12 teams from around the world, including TNC Predator of the Philippines, will see action in the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational tournament at the Singapore Indoor Stadium held from Dec. 20 to 22.

ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship™ (ONE) which is the largest global sports media property in Asian history, has announced that Alliance, Evil Geniuses, Gambit, J.Storm, Natus Vincere, PSG.LGD, Team Aster, Team Liquid, Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Vici Gaming, and TNC Predator will join the tournament offering a total cash purse of USD500,000.

“Never before has Singapore hosted such a world-class esports event,” said ONE Esports CEO Carlos Alimurung in a statement released to the media on Thursday.

“Nine teams were at the past International and competed for the USD34M prize pool. The best on-air talent will cast and commentate - 11 of them covered the last International as well. The best cosplayers will perform - one of which, Redemption Props, won the TI9 Best in Show award. And, with our partner, PGL, we will deliver a game-changing esports experience for the teams, fans, and spectators. The stage set-up alone will certainly wow everyone!,” he added.

Select Dota 2 pro teams will have a one-hour meet-and-greet session with fans across all three days of the event, with priority lines for VIP and Cat 1 ticket holders.

The talent list includes renowned female host Sheever, top casters TobiWan, BSJ, ODPixel, Fogged, paired with analysts Black, Trent, and Capitalist. Joining them are content creators Kyle and Malystryx, as well as observers Weppas and Skrff.

Cosplay superstar, Redemption Props, will be at the three-day event to meet-and-greet with fans. Redemption Props is a full-time professional costume designer and cosplayer from India. He won TI9’s Best in Show award for his amazing Treant Protector costume. Redemption Props is set to come in as Dota2’s Drow Ranger with his award-winning costume design.

Cosplay winners from the KL Major, including Darryl Izzy (Dragon Knight) and Vinca Kazuki (Vengeful Spirit), and other cosplayers will also attend the event to meet and interact with fans.

“Fans should expect not only an amazing competition between the world’s best Dota2 teams, but also amazing performances by the on-air talent and cosplayers. Moreover, the weekend will feature team meet-n-greet sessions, cosplay performances, exclusive event merchandise for sale, audience contests and giveaways, and many more activities to keep fans engaged and entertained,"Alimurung said.

Fans can win a trip for two to Singapore to be part of all the festivities by joining the “Our Game, Your Story” contest. They must share how Dota 2 has impacted their lives in a Facebook post, with the hashtags #ONEDota2 and #OGYS. Contest ends on December. 5.

The ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational is supported by AirAsia, KFC, JBL, and Secretlab. It is the first in the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational series, with the second ONE Esports Dota 2 Jakarta World Pro Invitational taking place on April 17-19, 2020 at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition. (PNA)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. "World’s best teams to join Dota 2 tourney in Singapore.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086028 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 04:55AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “World’s best teams to join Dota 2 tourney in Singapore.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086028 (archived).

DSWD-Bicol readies response teams, relief items for ‘Ramon’

#PHnews: DSWD-Bicol readies response teams, relief items for ‘Ramon’


LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) field office here has its stockpiles ready for the effects of Tropical Storm Ramon.

DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia, in an interview on Thursday, said there are 23,143 family food packs available at the DSWD warehouse in this capital city of Albay and PHP3-million standby funds for disaster operations.

“Other food items at the DSWD warehouse are still for repacking which includes 1,470 sacks of NFA rice; 420 boxes of beef loaf; 556 boxes of sardines; 1,205 boxes of corned beef and 490 boxes of 3-in-1 coffee,” he added.

Non-food items are also on hand consisting of 79 sets of tents, 8,047 boxes of sleeping kit; five pieces of dignity kit; 1,093 boxes of family kit; 2,827 boxes of hygiene kit; 681 kitchen kits; 49,941 pieces of malong; 82 rolls of laminated sacks and 26,338 pieces of blanket.

Meanwhile, the agency’s Disaster Response and Management Division (DRMD) is closely monitoring the weather updates and information while the DSWD Field Office 5 Quick Response Teams were alerted and advised to be prepared for augmentation support needed from the field and 24/7 duty at the DRMD Operation Center.

The Provincial Action Team and City/Municipal Action team members in the six provinces of Bicol are on standby while DSWD employees deployed in different cities and municipalities were instructed to coordinate with the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices for status reports and updates. (PNA)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “DSWD-Bicol readies response teams, relief items for ‘Ramon’.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1085992 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 04:57AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “DSWD-Bicol readies response teams, relief items for ‘Ramon’.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1085992 (archived).

BSP cuts '19 average inflation projection

#PHnews: BSP cuts ‘19 average inflation projection


MANILA – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) policy-making Monetary Board (MB) on Thursday lowered to 2.4 percent the central bank’s average inflation forecast for this year from 2.5 percent previously.
 
“In the discussion, it was noted that inflation is likely to have bottomed out in October and it will start moving close to mid-point of the target by 2020 and 2021 as base effects starts to dissipate,” BSP Deputy Governor Francisco Dakila Jr. said in a briefing after the MB rate setting meet.
 
The MB, however, maintained the 2.9-percent average inflation forecast for 2020 and 2021, still at the lower half of the government’s 2 percent to 4 percent target band until 2021.
 
Inflation peaked at 6.7 percent in September and October last year due to supply-side factors like the increase in rice prices because of lack of supply.
 
However, the problem on rice supply has been addressed after the immediate release of all rice stocks from National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses in the second half of last year and the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law starting March this year.
 
On the monetary side, the BSP hiked its key policy rates by a total of 175 basis points to help address inflation expectations.
 
With these, inflation has sustained its deceleration, although an uptick was registered last May when the rate rose to 3.2 percent from 3 percent in the previous month.
 
In the first 10 months this year, inflation averaged at 2.6 percent.
 
Dakila said the base effects are expected to disappear toward the end of the year thus the expectations for a rise of inflation rate near the mid-point of the target band until 2021.
 
“Base effects, which have been negative up to October, (is) now (expected to) turn to be mostly on the positive side beginning November and continuing on through most of the months of 2020,” he said.
 
The central bank executive said any “chances of (a) major revision of the inflation outlook is slim.”
 
He added any change in the projection will “really just a matter of a few basis points.” (PNA)
 

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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “BSP cuts '19 average inflation projection .” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086094 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 04:53AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “BSP cuts '19 average inflation projection .” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086094 (archived).

DICT honors best ‘Tech4Ed’ centers nationwide

#PHinfo: DICT honors best ‘Tech4Ed’ centers nationwide


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 14 (PIA) – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) yesterday (November 13) lauded the contributions of Tech4Ed centers nationwide as the office awarded the best performing community-based information technology (IT) centers in the country.

Undersecretary Denis Villorente, head of DICT’s National Information and Communications Technology Assets Index hailed the Tech4Ed centers’ achievements in transforming the people’s lives, especially those who live in the countryside and rural areas by introducing information technology to them.

Villorente, speaking before mayors and local government unit (LGU) officials in the National Tech4Ed Awards Ceremony in Zamboanga City hailed the LGU officials for their unrelenting support in bridging the digital divide in society.

Tech4Ed centers, according to a DICT briefer have been established all over the country and are now serving more than 3,000 communities nationwide. These centers have computers and internet access, which provides resources to help residents in digital literacy, education, livelihood, agriculture, and other government services. The centers also provide a variety of trainings and their client base include students, out of school youth, women, persons with disability, senior citizens among others.

This year, the Tech4Ed centers in Butuan City Library, Dagupan City Library and Camarines Norte Provincial Capitol were awarded in the Outstanding Category, while Bugallon, Pangasinan, Tolosa and Kaunlaran High School were awarded in the Emerging Category. (NBE/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)


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References:
  1. * Philippine Information Agency. “DICT honors best ‘Tech4Ed’ centers nationwide.” Philippine Information Agency. https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030173 (accessed November 14, 2019 at 01:23PM UTC+08).
  2. * Philippine Infornation Agency. “DICT honors best ‘Tech4Ed’ centers nationwide.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1030173 (archived).

DTI seeks P300-M to bankroll law providing benefits for startups

#PHnews: DTI seeks P300-M to bankroll law providing benefits for startups


MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing a PHP300-million budget for the implementation next year of a new law providing incentives to registered startup companies, as it hopes to release its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) within this month.

DTI-Competitiveness and Innovation Group Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba said under Republic Act No. 11337, or the Innovative Startup Act, the department will prioritize programs that will address the “pain points” of startups.

“Their difficulties in getting funds or mentoring and training that would be needed, marketing. We will (also) continue the(ir) participation in global activities,” she told reporters Thursday on the sidelines of Philippine startups and Japanese venture capitalists pitch event.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 11337 last April providing benefits and programs to further develop startups and startup enablers in the country.

A startup refers to “any person or registered entity in the Philippines which aims to develop an innovative product, process or business model.”

The law allows the creation of a Philippine Startup Development Program which is meant to support the research and development of startups and startup enablers.

The Department of Science and Technology, Department of Information and Communications Technology, and DTI will be the lead agencies to assess, monitor, develop and expand the program.

“(We are adding in the IRR) the coordination mechanism that we are setting up. That way, we will be able to really ensure that the agencies would collaborate and work together, align the programs and goals towards the achievement of the objectives of the IRR so I think that really very important,” Aldaba said.

She said they intend to release the IRR of the Innovative Startup Act within this month.

“We are just finalizing some of the provisions,” she added. (PNA)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “DTI seeks P300-M to bankroll law providing benefits for startups.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086097 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 04:52AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “DTI seeks P300-M to bankroll law providing benefits for startups.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086097 (archived).

BSP keeps key rates steady

#PHnews: BSP keeps key rates steady


MANILA – Philippine monetary officials on Thursday kept key rates unchanged as expected as they forecast within-target inflation rate until 2021 and sustained firm domestic growth.
 
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Francisco Dakila Jr. said the policy-making Monetary Board (MB) cited that inflation is seen to remain within the government’s 2 percent to 4 percent target until 2021 despite the expected uptick in the near term because of the possible impact of the African swine fever outbreak on food prices, as well as the potential volatility of oil prices due to geopolitical issues in the Middle East.
 
Dakila said inflation outlook is tempered by the weak global economic prospects due to trade-related concerns overseas.
 
“Notwithstanding prospects in the global front, firm private domestic spending and sustained progress in policy reforms will serve as a buffer against external headwinds,” he said in a press briefing.
 
Dakila said members of the MB discounted any changes in the key rates since policy settings remain appropriate.
 
They instead decided to monitor the impact of the total of 75 basis points cut in the key rates at 25 basis points each last May, August and September, and the cuts in banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR), he said.
 
“The Monetary Board also trusts that the fiscal budget for 2020 will be passed within the year,” he added. “Going forward, the BSP will continue to monitor emerging price and output conditions to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with ensuring stable prices while supporting economic growth over the medium term.” 
 
With the MB’s decision on Thursday, ANZ Research, in a report, expects the BSP’s key rates to be lowered by another 50 basis points next year.
 
ING Bank N.V. Manila branch senior economist Nicholas Mapa also forecasts up to 50 bps points cut in the BSP rates to help boost domestic expansion “given a possible miss on the growth objective.”
 
“Next year, the government will be chasing a higher growth target of 6.5-7.5 percent and BSP may likely need to shore up the fiscal stimulus while inflation dynamics allow them to do so,” he said.
 
Mapa also forecasts the continuation of the RRR cuts next year.
 
“Although the exact timing may still be in question, we are confident that any form of adjustments, both policy and operational, will be guided by data and will be effectively communicated to the markets,” he added. (PNA)
 

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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “BSP keeps key rates steady.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086087 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 04:49AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “BSP keeps key rates steady.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086087 (archived).

C. Luzon LGUs vow to implement ease of doing business law

#PHnews: C. Luzon LGUs vow to implement ease of doing business law


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon have pledged to fully implement Republic Act 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018”.

The commitment was made during the 3rd Regional Convention of Central Luzon Business Permit and Licensing Officers (CLAB), Inc. held Wednesday at Royce Hotel, in Clark Freeport Zone.

Lawyer Marco Angelo E. Balleser, executive assistant to the director general of the Anti-Red Tape Authority, asked the CLAB, business permit and licensing officers (BPLOs), and the local economic and investment promotion officers (LEIPOs) of Central Luzon vowed to help the agency in strengthening the Anti-Red Tape Act and promote transparency and give no room for graft and corruption.

“Sumakay po tayo sa tren ng reporma. Pagbutihin at baguhin natin ang serbisyo na inihahatid sa publiko para sa mas masiglang komersyo (Let us ride into the train of reform. Let us do our best and change the services being delivered to the public for more vibrant business),” he said.

This year’s convention carried the theme “RA 11032: Reforming to Create an Enhanced Business Environment and Increased Investment Flows.”

The event was highlighted by the induction of the newly-elected CLAB officers.

CLAB organized the activity to become an avenue among LGUs to share experience, knowledge and expertise towards the promotion of economic development and growth in Central Luzon.

Joseph Garcia, CLAB president, and chief of San Fernando Business Permit and Licensing Division, also asked his fellow public servants to be steadfast in realizing RA 11032.

“Let us continue to provide quality public service and build confidence for the business sector. We can attract investors and increase economic growth thru excellent service delivery,” he said.

Garcia also shared the best practices of the City of San Fernando through the leadership of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago in delivering efficient and effective services to all Fernandinos.

He said this led to various awards and commendations the city had received, including the Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit Hall of Fame. (PNA)


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References:
  1. * Philippine News Agency. “C. Luzon LGUs vow to implement ease of doing business law.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086078 (accessed November 15, 2019 at 04:40AM UTC+14).
  2. * Philippine News Agency. “C. Luzon LGUs vow to implement ease of doing business law.” Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1086078 (archived).

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