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PIA Calabarzon 5 PRs ( April 4 , 2013), Dispatch for April 5 , 2013 (Friday), 25 Photonews , 10 Weather Watch, 10 Regl.Watch , 2 OFWV Watch , 15 Online News

Weather Watch 19 minutes ago

24HR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST:


SYNOPSIS: Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA)extending across Luzon. FORECAST: The whole country will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain-showers or thunderstorms mostly in d afternoon or evening. Light 2 Moder8 winds blowing from the south-east to south will prevail over North & Central Luzon & coming from the south-east over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

Weather Watch 2 hours ago

DZMM: Patuloy na magiging mainit ang panahon sa Luzon dahil sa ridge ng HPA. Ayon kay
PAGASA weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas, walang inaasahang papasok na LPA na posibleng magpalamig sa Luzon dahil sa ridge ng HPA. Pagtaya niya, kung may LPA mang papasok sa bansa, posibleng sa timog ng Mindanao. Makakaranas aniya ang buong bansa ng bahagyang maulap na kalangitan na may pulo-pulong pag-ulan at pagkulog at pagkidlat lalo na tuwing hapon o gabi. Patuloy namang makakaranas ng mainit na panahon ang bansa hanggang kalagitnaan ng Mayo.

Weather Watch 3 hours ago

(05APRIL2013-01) 24-HR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST issued at 5AM today.

SYNOPSIS: Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) extending across Luzon. FORECAST: The whole
country will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Light to moderate winds blowing from the southeast to south will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the southeast over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.>> NDRRMC OPCEN

Weather Watch 13 hours ago

GMA: Asahan ang magandang panahon bukas sa Luzon dahil sa epekto ng ridge of high
pressure area kung saan mababa ang tsansa ng pag-ulan sa Metro Manila. Asahan naman ang pag-ulan sa may silangang bahagi ng Visayas habang magiging bahagyang maulap na may pagulan din sa malaking bahagi ng Mindanao.

Weather Watch 13 hours ago

GMA: Problema ng ilang mga tao ngayong summer ang balinguyngoy o nosebleeding.
Madalas namang tamaan ng balinguyngoy ang mga taong may manipis na lining ng ilong. Payo naman ng mga doktor, para iwas-balinguyngoy ngayong summer ay damihan dapat ang paginom ng tubig.

Weather Watch

15 hours ago

ABS-CBN: Makakaapekto sa malaking bahagi ng bansa ang high pressure area o ang
tinatawag na anti-cyclone kaya magiging mainit sa Metro Manila. Samantala, nakaranas ng magnitude 5.4 na lindol ang Metro Manila at karatig bayan kaninang pasado 10:00 ng umaga.

Weather Watch 18 hours ago

GMA News TV: Nagsisimula nang magsibabaan ang lebel ng tubig sa mga dam sa bansa
dahil sa patuloy na mainit na panahon. Halimbawa nito ay ang pagbaba ng lebel ng tubig sa Angat Dam. Malayo naman daw na umabot sa critical level ang tubig sa Angat Dam at maging sa San Roque Dam.

Weather Watch 19 hours ago

GMA News TV: Walang umanong dapat ikabahala ang publiko sa magnitude 5.4 na lindol
kanina na naramdaman sa Metro Manila at karatig probinsya. Ayon sa PHIVOLCS, mahina ang lindol para magkapagdulot ng tsunami pero tiyak na magkakaroon ng mahihinang aftershocks mula rito. Ang paggalaw ng Casiguran fault ang naging sanhi umano ng paglindol.

Weather Watch 23 hours ago via mobile

DZMM: Ilang minuto pa lamang ang nakalipas nang maramdaman ang lindol sa ilang bahagi

ng Metro Manila.

Weather Watch 23 hours ago

PHIVOLCS: A magnitude 5.4 earthquake rocks parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces at
10:27am. Its epicenter was located about 80km off Casiguran, Aurora. Intensity 3 was experienced in Quezon City.

Weather Watch

April 5 , 2013 CAVITE : LAGUNA : BATANGAS : RIZAL : QUEZON :

3 hours ago

Sunny Sunny Fair weather Sunny Sunny

PIA Regional Watch

PIA Regional Watch about an hour ago

PIA-4A/LAGUNA: President Benigno S. Aquino lll is expected to lead today, April 5, the
ceremonial launching of the P180-M DPWH-LLDA Flood Control and River Protection Convergence Project in Brgy. Santisima Cruz, Santa Cruz, Laguna. The project will benefit 17,896 residents of Brgys. Santisima Cruz, Sto. Angel Central and Norte, and Poblacion 3.

PIA Regional Watch about an hour ago

PIA-4A: President Benigno S. Aquino lll is expected to visit Laguna at 9:55AM today (April
5,2013) to grace the ceremonial launching of the DPWH-LLDA Flood Control and River Protection Convergence Project and meeting as well with local leaders and the community of the 3rd and 4th districts of the province at Sta Cruz, Laguna Town Plaza. The President is also expected to visit Calamba City at 2:30 PM for another meeting with local leaders and the community of the 1st and 2nd districts.

PIA Regional Watch 14 hours ago

PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Inilunsad sa lalawigan ng Batangas ang 4 o' clock habit na may temang
"Stop, look and lister! Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue,pagtibayin!." Pinangunahan ni DoH Asec. Enrique Tayag ang programa na layong mapababa ang kaso ng dengue sa lalawigan.

PIA Regional Watch 15 hours ago

PIA 4-A/CAVITE: D0TC Secretary Jun Abaya introduced President Aquino for his message to
the people of Dasmarinas. In his message the President thanked the warm reception given by Cavitenos.

PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago

PIA-4A/QUEZON: The Tourism Organization of Quezon Province in cooperation with


Provincial Tourism Office will hold 1st Quezon Wedding Fair 2013 dubbed as 'Makulay na Kasalan sa Quezon' on April 5-7, 2013 at SM City Lucena. The fair will showcase wedding gowns, reception halls, catering services, photography, souvenir items, flower shops and wedding materials that are found and located in the province. This aims to promote Quezon as a haven for wedding.

PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago

PIA-4A/RIZAL: As of 12:30pm, there are no reports of earthquake related incidents here in


Rizal Province.

PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago

PIA-4A/RIZAL: Nagsasagawa ang DOST-Rizal katuwang ng water hyacinth processing training


partikular sa pagkukulay o dyeing ng mga naturang halaman na maaaring gawing basket, bag o iba pang hinahabing produkto sa Livelihood Training Center, Cainta Municipal Hall. Nagsimula ang pagsasanay noong Abril 2 at magtatapos ngayong Abril 4. Halos 30 miyembro ng Bangon Kababaihan Bagong Cainta Incorporated ang nakinabang sa nasabing pagsasanay.

PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago

PIA-4A/QUEZON: The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has started to build two
classroom building at C.B Encarnacion Elementary School, barangay Villanorte, Alabat,Quezon. The cost of the project which is P626,396.50 aims to totally rehabilitate two dilapidated classrooms in the said school before the opening of school year 2013.This project is based also on the request of barangay officials, parents and teachers of said barangay to NGCP President Henry Sy.

PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago

PIA-4A/BATANGAS: Isang demo farm para sa organic farming ang binabalak itayo sa bayan
ng Tuy upang maging halimbawa sa mga magsasaka at bilang pagtalima sa RA 100861 o organic agriculture act of 2010.

PIA Regional Watch 18 hours ago

PIA-4A: President Benigno S. Aquino lll arrived at 1:50PM at the Ternate-Nasugbu road
project site in Ternate, Cavite and was received by Sec.Singson of DPWH, Sec Sonny Coloma of PCOO and other officials for the inspection and briefing of the said project amounting to Php 745,180.799.98 to include a 303 linear meter tunnel claimed to be the longest in the Philippines once opened and it is set to cut travel time to Batangas coastline from four hours to just under two hours. The President left the area at around 2:20 PM for another event in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

PIA OFW Watch

PIA OFW Watch 19 hours ago

DZBB: Pinayuhang muli ng DFA ang mga Pinoy sa South Korea na manatiling alerto, makinig
at magbasa ng mga balita, para lagi silang updated kaugnay ng bantang pag-atake ng North Korea. Sinabi naman ni DFA Asec. Raul Hernandez na sa ngayon ay kalmado pa rin ang sitwasyon sa South Korea. Wala umanong nagagambalang gawain at hindi nabubulabog ang pamumuhay sa nasabing bansa sa kabila ng bantang giyera.

PIA OFW Watch 19 hours ago

DFA Usec. Raul Hernandez on DZMM:


Re: Saudization - We advice Pinoys working in Saudi Arabia to renew their work and residence permit. - They can call our embassy. They can be assisted in renewing their passport for their repatriation back in the Philippines. - This law was an amended law of the Saudi labor law. - What is important is that our people working in Saudi must obey and respect their law. - We advice them not to violate the law. - Usually, what happened is we try to coordinate with the employers. - But if we cannot get the cooperation of the employer, the government will shoulder the repatriation.

A. QUEZON
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Coco coir production in Quezon to be strengthened

By Joselito M. Giron Thursday 4th of April 2013

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LUCENA CITY, Quezon, April 4 (PIA) - The provincial government of Quezon has taken steps to further promote coco coir production as additional source of income of coconut farmers. Marcelina Alcantara, provincial director of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said the province has created a provincial coco coir technical working group (PCCTWG) to supervise and plan the development of coco coir industry in the province. We hosted recently the 2nd national coco coir summit held in this city in order to attract possible investors on coco coir and coco pit production because growing coconut is the prime industry in the province, Alcantara said. Alcantara added the towns of Gumaca, Catanauan, Padre Burgos, Sariaya and Guinyangan has decorticating plant that produces coco coir and coco pit. She said they have a plan of expanding this to other towns particularly in the island municipalities. She encouraged coconut farmers to collect and sell coconut husks as additional source of income and at the same time support in the cleaning the environment. Coconut husks is bought at P0.20 cents per piece for pick-up and P0.50 cents for delivery to the hauling center. The Coco-Nuciferas Pacifica Enterprises in Gumaca, Quezon is a major buyer and exporter of coco-coir and coco pit in the province. The PCCTWG is providing technical support to other cooperatives, LGUs and private sector who wants to invest in coco-coir and coco pit production. (CPG/JMG/PIA4A)

2.

PAF, Team Energy signs MOU on resources and info sharing

By Joselito M. Giron Thursday 4th of April 2013

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PAGBILAO, Quezon, April 4 (PIA) --The Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Team Energy Pagbilao power station has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at sharing resources and equipment during emergency situations and providing each other with information on disaster management. Under the MOU, the PAF will provide airlift support to the Pagbilao plant in times of industrial emergencies that endangers lives and properties. On the other hand, the Team Energy will extend available resources and equipment to the PAF on rescue operations and other emergencies. Hilarion Medrano, power plant station manager said the signing of the MOA is a perfect example of a public-private sector partnership that serves to benefit the people. Medrano pointed out the power plants available equipment and resources can be utilized by PAF during rescue operations. He said the plant is capable of deploying first aiders and emergency responders to assist Air Force personnel. The plant has fire-truck, ambulance, medical equipment and other rescue tools which may augment the resources of the PAF. The signing of MOU was led by Team Energy, represented by Medrano and the PAF, represented by Col. Araus Robert Musico, group commander of Tactical Operations Group 4. (CPG/JMG/PIA4A)

B. CAVITE

B. LAGUNA
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D. BATANGAS
Tagalog news: Mga PWD's sasailalim sa cellphone repair training
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By Mamerta P. De Castro Thursday 4th of April 2013

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BAUAN, Batangas, Abril 4 (PIA) -- Sasailalim sa isang pagsasanay kaugnay ng paggawa ng cellphone ang mga persons with disability (PWDs) sa bayang ito na magsisimula sa Abril 8. Ang programa ay bunga ng assessment sa mga PWDs at malugod naman na sinuportahan ng lokal na pamahalaan. Layunin ng naturang programa na matulungan ang mga may kapansanan na may kakayahan upang matuto at magkaroon ng sariling hanapbuhay. Isang paraan ito upang mabigyang

halaga ang mga may kapansanan at maiwasang maging pabigat sa pamilya at komunidad. Ayon kay PWD Chairman William Abraham, patuloy ang kanilang pagsasaliksik ng pagkakakitaan at pagtanggap ng mga imbestor sa bayan ng Bauan upang mas mapalago ang kita nito at maslalo pang matulungan ang mga may kapansanan. Nakatakdang bigyan ng ayuda ng lokal na pamahalaan ang mga magsisipagsanay na PWDs kung saan ihahanap nila ito ng puwesto at binabalak din na magbigay ng dagdag puhunan sa halagang P5,000 upang makatulong sa sektor ng may kapansanan sa naturang bayan. Sinabi naman ni Nelson Adante, presidente ng PWDs sa bayang ito, malaki ang pasasalamat nila sapagkat isa ang kanilang sektor sa binibigyang prayoridad ng pamahalaang lokal. Aniya, malaking bagay para sa katulad nilang mga PWDs ang pagpapahalagang ibinibigay sa kanila sapagkat sa pamamagitan nito mas nagkakaroon sila ng kumpiyansa sa sarili at mas nabibigyan sila ng pag-asa na magkaroon ng masmaayos na buhay sa kabila ng kanilang kakulangan. (CPG/MPDC-PIA4A)

E. RIZAL
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Cainta women attend training on water hyacinth product dyeing

By Gideon Gapayao Thursday 4th of April 2013

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ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, April 4 (PIA) -- About 30 members of Bangon Kababaihan Bagong Cainta Incorporated attended a water hyacinth product dyeing training at the Livelihood Center, Municipal Hall, Cainta, Rizal held from April 2-4.

The three-day training was facilitated by the Department of Science and Technology Rizal headed by Provincial Director Fernando Ablaza, DOST Philippine Textile Research which works hand in hand with the Cainta LGU through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for the towns water hyacinth processing. DOST-PTRI specializes in the development and trainings regarding local and indigenous textiles and fibers. PTRI lecturer Procer Navarra discussed the proper method of bleaching and basic dyeing for processed water hyacinth during the three-day seminar in order for attendees to fully utilize dyestuffs with minimum wastage in learning the proper methods. The Cainta LGU focuses on water hyacinth processing due to the high levels of congestion of the said plant along the Manggahan Floodway. Director Ablaza noted that the plants multiply at a fast rate especially in bodies of water with a high density of organic matter which causes flooding. In order to address the threat of flooding caused by water hyacinths and to give livelihood programs to locals, the LGU, government agencies and other concerned institutions such as the OneMeralco Foundation continuously provides support to the locals. Women of Cainta process the plant harvested by their husbands at the local riverbanks which are bought from them at 25 centavos per high quality plant. The collected lilies are then dried and later on made into woven bags, slippers, wallets, pouches and other products. Members of the BKBC and the MSWDO expressed their appreciation to the organizers and aim to bring what they have learned to the communities by teaching locals of the proper water hyacinth processing. (CPG/GG/PIA4A)

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PNP-Rizal successfully conducts DARE program

714 elementary school students graduate

By Gideon Gapayao Thursday 4th of April 2013

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ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, April 4 (PIA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP)Rizal recently

implemented its Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in the municipalities of Taytay, Cainta and Angono. Students from San Isidro Elementary School, Brgy., San Isidro, Taytay, Rizal attended the DARE program initiated by the PNP Rizal Provincial Police Office every Tuesday starting November 6, 2012 and graduated early March in a ceremony attended by PNP-Rizal and DepEd-Rizal. The Cainta Municipal Police Station also began their DARE program implementation last November 25, 2012 for pupils of Cainta Central School and Exodus Elementary School where while the graduation was held March 5. Joaquin Guido Elementary School and Angono Elementary School students started their DARE program through the Angono MPS last July 2, 2012 and graduated February 27, 2013. A total of 714 grade six students from three municipalities in five different schools (San Isidro Elementary School, Cainta Central School, Exodus Elementary School, Joaquin Guido Elementary School and Angono Elementary School) graduated under DARE. DARE is a program held by the PNP which educates grade six elementary students on the harmful effects of illegal drugs. Among the lessons highlighted are eight ways to refuse offers to take drugs, resisting gang and group violence and alternative activities to keep the youth drug-free. (PNP-Rizal/CPG/GG/PIA4A)

04 APRIL 2013.

President Aquino declares April 23 as a special non-working day in Plaridel, Bulacan in celebration of Battle of Quingua Philippines working hard to comply with the extractive industries transparency initiative

standards President Aquino briefed on status of on-going Ternate-Nasugbu road project Palace: Govt ready to deal with possible crisis in the Korean Peninsula President Aquino assures the completion of infrastructure projects during his term to develop commercial and tourism industries in Cavite President Aquino declares April 23 as a special non-working day in Plaridel, Bulacan in celebration of Battle of Quingua President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared April 23, which falls on a Tuesday, as a special (non-working) day in the municipality of Plaridel in Bulacan in commemoration of the Battle of Quingua. The Chief Executive issued the declaration by virtue of Proclamation No. 558 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on March 7, to give the people of Plaridel the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion. The Battle of Quingua was fought on April 23, 1899 in Quingua (now Plaridel, Bulacan) during the Philippine-American War. A reconnaissance mission under Major Franklin Bell was attacked by a strong Filipino force under Gregorio del Pilar. The battle was one of the most significant victories of the Filipinos during the war. PND (js) TOP Philippines working hard to comply with the extractive industries transparency initiative standards The Philippines is aggressively working to have an international standard that will ensure greater transparency and accountability in the payment and collection in the countrys extractive industries. In a press conference in Malacanang on Thursday, Secretary Elisea Gozun, the Presidential Assistant on Climate Change, said the country is currently working to comply with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to make sure that companies engaged in extractive businesses pay the right taxes and revenues for the benefit of the people. Under EITIs compliance process, the Philippines has to sign up and an international board will evaluate the countrys application. If the Philippine application is rejected, it cant move to the next phase, according to Gozun. In the next phase however, if the Philippines is accepted, it will become an EITI candidate. Then, it will be required to prepare a report which will be reconciled and validated by an international validator accredited by the international board, she noted. Presently, the Philippines is in the first phasecandidacy. There are four requirements under this phase. First, the government must issue an unevocable public statement of its intention to join EITI. The government complied with the issuance of the Executive Order 79, Gozun said.

The second requirement is that government must appoint a senior individual to lead the implementation. President Benigno S. Aquino III designated Gozun as the EITI Lead Senior government official. The third requirement is the governments commitment to work with civil society and companies on the implementation of EITI. Among the remaining task that the government must fulfill are the establishment of a multistakeholder group that will oversee the implementation of the EITI and the crafting of a work plan that contains measurable targets, costs and timetable for the implementation of EITI. To comply with EITIs requirements, Gozun said they have met with Bantay Kita, a federation of non-government organizations (NGOs) all over the country, asking it to help the government with the countrys EITI application. Gozun also said they met the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines and other large scale mining companies as well as the Petroleum Association of the Philippines for the oil and gas sector. Nag-outreach tayo starting off with the training of trainers and we actually had five regional consultations conducted in different parts of the country where mining is active. We also had a meeting with the indigenous people in areas where you have mining, she said. She also said her group met with the academe, as well as with the religious groups. The Philippines will benefit from participating in the EITI by implementing an internationalrecognized transparency standard that will benefit the countrys commitment to reform and anti-corruption, which is all in line with the basic social contract of the President with the Filipino people, Gozun said. We hope that this will also lead to improvements to tax collection processes, as well as enhance the thrust and stability in the extractive industries, she added. EITI, launched by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2002 at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, is an international multi-stakeholder group that sets standards for transparency in extractive industry payments and receipts. It aims to strengthen governance by improving transparency and accountability in extractive industries. The first EITI international board was established in October 2006. Currently, there are 37 countries participating in the EITI, 20 of which are already compliant, and 17 are candidates, according to Gozun. PND (as) TOP President Aquino briefed on status of on-going Ternate-Nasugbu road project TERNATE, Cavite) President Aquino was briefed by members of the Department of Public Works and Highways Bureau of Construction led by Secretary Rogelio Singson on the status of the on-going Ternate-Nasugbu road project here on Thursday.

The project, which costs P860,000,000 to build, consists of the construction of a 303-meter underground tunnel, the longest in the Philippines, that passes through the Puerto Azul resort in Nasugbu, Batangas and connects to Ternate, Cavite. The concreting of an existing 1.619 meter two-way gravel road and the building of two bridges is also included in the tunnel road project. In his briefing, Singson said the tunnel road project, which he called a "tourism road" would spur tourism and livelihood industries and decongest traffic within the provinces of Batangas, Cavite and other nearby locales. "This is a six-kilometer tourism road that will connect the tourism resorts of Nasugbu and it will be much closer to traverse now using this Ternate-Nasugbu Road," Singson said. "What normally would take maybe four hours to go to Nasugbu using Tagaytay Road, we can now traverse Nasugbu at about three hours using this road. So an hour and a half savings," he added. According to Singson, the tunnel which has been in construction since January 2009, will be completed and opened to public use in July 2013. After the short description on the tunnel road project, the President, who arrived five minutes ahead of schedule at 1:55 p.m., walked the entire length of the tunnel to the other end to properly inspect its construction. He left for another engagement in Dasmarinas, Cavite after 15 minutes. PND (rck) TOP Palace: Govt ready to deal with possible crisis in the Korean Peninsula Malacanang made an assurance on Thursday that the government has a contingency plan in case the tension in the Korean Peninsula escalates further and turns for the worse. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press conference in Malacanang on Thursday that he believes North Korea still does not have nuclear weapons based on recent assessments, the Philippine government is prepared to handle a crisis in case the tension in the region eventually becomes a shooting war. We are doing our contingency plans in the event that the situation takes a turn for the worse, Lacierda said when asked about the countrys preparedness should North Korea launched nuclear weapons, given the Philippiness proximity to the area. At the same time, Lacierda said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is currently updating its response plan for South Korea and it is constantly communicating with Filipino communities in that country. What I can only say right now is were drafting the planthe plans are being updated. Meron na tayong contingency plans before, remember I think during the start of our administration,

nagkaroon ng issue sa Korean Peninsula. So were looking at it again and the DFA is updating those plans, Lacierda continued. The government has already identified areas of convergence in case the situation in South Korea takes a turn for the worse, he said. The Palace official also allayed public fears about the entry of American naval ships in the Philippines, which may annoy North Korea, saying the ships are here for resupply and reprovision. Primarily they are here for rest and recreation. They are here for re-supply of their reprovision of supplies. Primarily thats what they come here for, he said. The primary concern of the government is the Filipino communities affected by the tension in the Korean Peninsula and not the American ships arriving in the country, Lacierda said. North Korea has announced recently that it has given its military a clearance to launch nuclear attacks on the United States. In response, the US said it is deploying anti-missile defense in Guam to counter Nokors aggression. PND (as) TOP President Aquino assures the completion of infrastructure projects during his term to develop commercial and tourism industries in Cavite DASMARIAS CITY, Cavite) President Benigno S. Aquino III assured that various infrastructure projects, including the Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension and road projects, will be completed during his term in a bid to further develop the commercial and tourism industries in the province. In his speech during his meeting with local leaders and the community at the Football Field of Dasmarias National High School in Barangay Burol here on Thursday, the Chief Executive said the operation of the LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension is expected to start by 2015. He said the line is expected to increase the daily commuters of LRT1 to 250,000. The project aims to provide rapid and reliable access to and from the densely populated residential communities south of Manila and the various strategic commercial, industrial, and educational districts in Metro Manila. President Aquino also said more government infrastructure projects are now in place to advance the development of Cavite. "Dagdag good news pa po, inaprubahan na rin ng NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) nito lamang Enero ang mahigit 35 billion piso para sa Cavite-Laguna Expressway. Oras na makumpleto ang 47 kilometrong highway, magkakaroon ng alternatibong ruta ang mga motorista na dating nagsisiksikan sa Aguinaldo Highway at ang biyahe Manila papunta Dasma na madalas abutin ng 3 oras ay mahigit 1 1/2 oras na lang raw," he said. He said that the government remains committed to strengthen the country's fiscal position, intensify investments in infrastructure and enhance the business and tourism sectors.

The President thanked the people of Cavite who affirm his administrations commitment to tread the straight and righteous path in transforming the Philippines into a progressive nation. "Ulitin ko lang po, maraming salamat po sa pagkakataong paglingkuran kayo ng tapat. Maraming salamat po sa pagiging lakas ng pamahalaan para maitulak ang bansa tungo sa malawakang pag-unlad. Wala pong duda ang mga tagumpay sa tuwid na landas ay bunga ng inambag na sipag, tapang, at malasakit ng mga Caviteno," he said. The President assured the people that the government continues to promote investments by both local businessmen and foreign investors to accelerate the business industry and generate jobs for the people of Cavite and other provinces. The President, likewise, reiterated his administration's commitment to strengthen its efforts in ensuring that the benefits of the country's growth are both equitable and inclusive. PND (js) TOP

ARCHIVE 2013 04 ABRIL 2013 Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino ang Abril 23 na special non-working day sa Plaridel, Bulacan upang gunitain ang labanan sa Quingua Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino ang Abril 23 na special non-working day sa Plaridel, Bulacan upang gunitain ang labanan sa Quingua

Idineklara ng Pangulong Aquino ang Abril 23, natapat sa araw ng Martes, bilang special non-working day sa bayan ng Plaridel sa Bulacan upang gunitain ang Labanan sa Quingua. Ginawa ng Pangulo ang deklarasyon sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 558 na nilagdaan ni Kalihim Tagapagpaganap Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. noong Marso 7 upang bigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga mamamayan ng Plaridel na gunitain ng angkop ang yugtong ito ng kasaysayan ng Digmaang Piipino-Amerikano noong 1899. Naganap ang madugong Labanan sa Quingua noong Abril 23, 1899 sa nasabing bayan na ngayon ay kilala na bilang Plaridel upang parangalan si Marcelo H. del Pilar. Sa lansangang nag-uugnay sa Malolos at Plaridel naganap ang sagupaang ito nang tambangan ng mga kawal-Pilipino sa pamumuno ni Heneral Gregorio del Pilar ang pangkat ng mga sundalong Amerikano na pinamumunuan ni Major Franklin Bell na humahabol sa patakas noon buhat sa Malolos na si Heneral Emilio Aguinaldo na Pangulo ng Pilipinas. Ang sagupaang ito ay isa sa malaking tagumpay ng mga Pilipino sa panahon ng Digmaang Pilipino-Amerikano. Sang-ayon sa kasaysayan, maraming kawal-Amerikano, kabilang ang isang may ranggong koronel ang nasawi sa Labanan sa Quingua. PND TOP

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04 APRIL 2013 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. NSCB Still Accepting Abstracts for the 12th National Convention on Statistics DOF inks Cooperation Pact with Czech Finance Ministry National Government fiscal deficit in January to February at P31.280 billion February spending climbs by 14.3% Y-O-Y; Disbursement growth for Jan to Feb: Highest recorded since 2007 Abad to UNA: SUC budget hiked yearly since 2011 DTI announces new head for TIPG Hagel says US to further strengthen defense ties with Phl Undersecretary Garcia attends ASEAN-China Senior Officials Consultations in Beijing MB places Rural Bank of Kinogitan (Misamis Oriental), Inc. under PDIC receivership, All valid insured PhilJob.net reports 162,663 job openings in April In Bicol, water station business fills the cup to the brim of union workers, thanks to DOLEs WINAP Report sa Bayan ni Kalihim Almendras sa Gov@Work Gov@Work: Alamin ang mga proyekto ng pamahalaan at paano mo ito mapakikinabangan The road to ASEAN Financial Integration DSWD remains ready to provide assistance to Filipino families returning from Sabah

NSCB Still Accepting Abstracts for the 12th National Convention on Statistics

Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph To accommodate abstract submissions after the initial deadline set, 31 March 2013, the deadline is extended until 15 April 2013. Authors of accepted papers will be notified on 15 May 2013. Final manuscripts should still be submitted on or before 15 August 2013. Please submit the abstract and registration form to the 12th NCS Secretariat at fax no. +632 895-2436 or email to ncs@nscb.gov.ph. The Call for Papers, which contains the guidelines on the sessions, topics and format of the papers, is posted and available for download on the NCS web page (http://www.nscb.gov.ph/ncs/12thNCS/). For inquiries, please contact: Ms. Regina S. Reyes Scientific Program Committee Secretariat National Statistical Coordination Board 2F Midland Buendia Bldg., 403 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue 1200 Makati City, Philippines Tel. No. +632 895-2439; Telefax Nos. +632 890-9404; +632 895-2436 E-mail: ncs@nscb.gov.ph; rs.reyes@nscb.gov.ph |TOP| DOF inks Cooperation Pact with Czech Finance Ministry Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph THE Department of Finance and the Finance Ministry of the Czech Republic signed a Memorandum of Cooperation last week presenting guidelines for the Czech Finance Ministry to assist the DOF in areas of economic transition, reform processes, and interpretation of the EU acquis, the body of European Union Law. Represented by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, the MOC will lay the foundation for mutual cooperation between ministries with special attention on public finances. The assistance is planned to be in the forms of study visits, seminars and workshops, as well as other activities. Purisima hailed the MOC as a major step towards deepening relations between the two countries. The Czech Republic has derived great economic wisdom from its history, and we are honoured to have their Ministry of Finance agree to this memorandum to share their knowledge and experience with us, said the finance chief. I thank Minister Kalousek and Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychta r for this initiative, which will make the Czech Republic a greater partner in the Philippines own development vision, Purisima added. The signing of the MOC was facilitated by the Philippine Embassy in the Czech Republic, led by Ambassador Evelyn Austria-Garcia, and the Czech Republics Embassy in Manila, headed by Ambassador Rychtar. The groups in charge of the execution of the MOC are the International Finance Group of the Philippine DOF and the Department of International Relations of the Czech Republic. The signing took place during Purisimas trip to the Czech Republic, during which he gave a presentation to the European Banking and Finance Forum on the economic potential of the Philippines and ASEAN. The Philippines and the Czech Republic are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year. During the trip, Purisima also met with Czech business leaders including PPF Home Credits CEO Jii Smejc, a leading Czech company investing in the Philippines, Mr. Petr Kuel, President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Ji Klumpar, President and CEO of the Czech Export Bank, and Mr. Michal Mejstk, President of the Czech International Chamber of Commerce. Secretary Purisima also met with officials from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Deputy Foreign Minister Toma Dub. |TOP| National Government fiscal deficit in January to February at P31.280 billion

Source: http://www.treasury.gov.ph 3 April 2013 Manila, Philippines The January to February fiscal deficit of the National Government was recorded at 31.280 billion, higher than the deficit of P5.288 billion incurred during the same period last year. The National Government incurred a deficit in February amounting to P11.749 billion. Revenue Performance Revenue collections reached P112.348 billion for the month of February. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) registered a growth of 8% compared to same month last year. Actual collections for the month were recorded at P74.519 billion for BIR and P22.471 billion for BOC, while the Bureau of the Treasury income was recorded at P6.962 billion. Collections from Other Offices were recorded at P8.396 billion. For January to February, revenue collections amounted to P250.716 billion. It grew by 2% compared to that for the same period of last years P245.543 billion. The Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs collections reached P169.237 billion and P47.011 billion and registered a growth of 10% and 6%, respectively. BTr income amounted to P16.312 billion, and other offices P18.156 billion. Total tax revenues for the first two months amounted to P218.593 billion, representing 87% of total revenues while the remaining 13% came from non-tax revenues. Expenditures For the month of February, total expenditures amounted to P124.097 billion, 14% over last year. Interest payments amounted to P17.920 billion, 13% lower compared with interest outflows of the same period in 2012. For January to February, total disbursements amounted to P281.996 billion, 12% higher than the comparable disbursements in 2012. Primary Surplus/ (Deficit) Netting out the interest payments in the expenditures, the National Government recorded a primary surplus of P6.171 billion in February and P41.482 billion for January to February. |TOP| February spending climbs by 14.3% Y-O-Y; Disbursement growth for Jan to Feb: Highest recorded since 2007 Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) today announced that disbursements topped at P124.1 billion for February14.3 percent higher than expenditure levels posted in the same period in 2012 exceeding the 11-percent year-on-year spending jump posted earlier in January. The DBM also reported that cumulative disbursements for the first two months of the year amounted to P282 billion, P31.2 billion or 12.4 percent higher than the P250.8 billion posted in January to February 2012. This is the highest growth recorded since 2007. Notable growth was also seen in infrastructure and capital outlay (CO) spending, which rose year-on-year by 40.8 percent to P32.3 billion as of end-February. Disbursements for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures (MOOE) also jumped by 40.5 percent to P47 billion for January to February, besting the P33.5 billion tracked in the same period last year. We expect to see further improvements in budget implementation, given the expenditure reforms weve advanced over the last two years. As we continue to fine-tune the budget process and make it even more efficient, we urge departments and agencies to optimize their allocations and ensure that these translate to the quick delivery of high-impact services to the public, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said. He added that the countrys recent investment grade rating from Fitch will help buoy the Aquino administrations expenditure strategy, particularly for investments in infrastructure, agri -fishery industries, business process outsourcing, and other strong-performing sectors.

The countrys strong fiscal performance will allow the Administration to devote more resources to programs and projects aligned with President Aquinos Social Contract with the Filipino People. Meanwhile, its critical for us to sustain our spending performance, so that departments and agencies can continue implementing their projects, and ultimately, meet their set targets for the year, Abad added. |TOP| Abad to UNA: SUC budget hiked yearly since 2011 Source: http://www.dbm.gov.ph Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad reiterated that subsidies for state universities and colleges (SUCs) have been increased yearly under the Aquino administration, adding that the SUC budget in 2013 saw an increase by 44 percent to support President Aquinos campaign for improved public tertiary education in the country. Abad made this statement following a call by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) leaders to increase subsidies for state schools. Over the last two years, the Administration has expanded its budgetary support to SUCs, in line with President Aquinos agenda of enhancing the countrys higher education institutions. Beyo nd increasing their yearly allocations, however, we want to ensure the strategic implementation higher education reforms among our SUCs, so their curricula are more responsive to their students needs, Abad said. He added that subsequent subsidy increases to SUCs will be based on their compliance with the SUC Reform Roadmap that President Benigno S. Aquino III signed with SUC heads in 2012. Abad also responded to a suggestion to upgrade equipment in SUCs and make their facilities comparable to some of the countrys leading private universities. As noble as this idea sounds, it doesnt consider the fact that private institutions charge very high tuition fees that only a small percentage of Filipinos can afford. State-subsidized education, on the other hand, aims to provide quality tertiary schooling to those who might otherwise not afford it, so they can also enjoy the same opportunities for employment and growth that are offered to their peers from private universities, Abad said. What we can do, however, is rationalize our SUC system and urge Congress to observe the moratorium on the creation of new SUCs. Otherwise, we will be spreading ourselves very thin, with government subsidies thinning across an increasing number of SUCs, he added. |TOP| DTI announces new head for TIPG Source: http://www.dti.gov.ph The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced the appointment of Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. as Undersecretary for Trade and Investments Promotion Group (TIPG). As the new head of TIPG, Manalo will supervise the trade and investment promotions activities of DTI. Under him are DTI bureaus, offices and attached agencies including the Bureau of Export Trade Promotions (BETP), the promotional posts under the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), the investment promotion units of the Board of Investments (BOI -Investment Promotions Group and Investment Servicing Group), Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), and the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC). Undersecretary Manalo replaces Cristino L. Panlilio who resigned from government service effective January 15, 2013. Undersecretary Manalo held global executive level positions for Colgate-Palmolive Company in various countries including Europe, United States, and the Philippines where he was in charge of designing, developing and implementing country-wide strategic marketing initiatives for the company. Undersecretary Manalo was Vice President for Marketing Operations in Europe before his last stint as the Corporate Global Director of Hills Pet Nutrition (USA) in Topeka, Kansas, a global subsidiary of Colgate -Palmolive Company.

Prior to Colgate-Palmolive, he started his marketing career at Proctor & Gamble Philippines. Undersecretary Manalo is a graduate of Management Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University. |TOP| Hagel says US to further strengthen defense ties with Phl Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 04 April 2013 Underscoring the critical role the Philippines plays in the Asia-Pacific, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday assured Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario of Washingtons commitment to further strengthening its defense cooperation with Manila. Secretary Hagel conveyed to us the need for the Philippines and the US to further deepen their partnership to uphold peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region, Secretary del Rosario said after his meeting with the new United States (US) defense chief at the Pentagon. Secretary Hagel expressed his appreciation to what the Philippines is doing in the region and noted that our partnership is critical in our part of the world, Secretary del Rosario said. He assured us the US will continue to do what it can to further strengthen its relations with the Philippines. We also both agreed that our strategic alliance is crucial and relevant amidst the uncertainty and the security challenges in the region, said Secretary del Rosario, adding that the top American defense official has expressed satisfaction with the progress being made towards an increased US rotational presence in the Philippines. The meeting with Secretary del Rosario was Secretary Hagels first with a senior Philippine official sin ce taking over the Pentagon in February. It followed the meeting also on Tuesday between Secretary del Rosario and Secretary of State John F. Kerrythe former Massachusetts senators first face-to-face encounter with a senior Filipino official since he succeeded Secretary Hillary R. Clinton at the Department of State early this year. Also present in the Pentagon meeting were Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia Jr., Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Carlos D. Sorreta, Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Andrelita S. Austria, Defense Attache Brig. Gen. Cesar B. Yano, and Director Rosalita S. Prospero of the Office of American Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, Secretary del Rosario provided Pentagon officials, who included Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Peter Lavoy, an update on Manilas efforts to peacefully resolve the disputes in the West Philippine Sea, particularly its decision to seek arbitration. The Pentagon was supportive of our arbitration initiative, especially because it is consistent with efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the dispute without resorting to coercion, the Secretary said. I articulated that the Philippine Government is committed to see through the arbitration proceedings to its conclusion. We will not slow down on this effort, Secretary del Rosario stressed. Also discussed during the meeting were US support for the modernization plans of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; the situation in Sabah and North Korea; and the investigation of the grounding of the USS Guardian, including the participation of the Philippines in the investigation and the conduct of an environmental impact assessment of the incident. |TOP| Undersecretary Garcia attends ASEAN-China Senior Officials Consultations in Beijing Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph 04 April 2013 - Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary for Policy Evan P. Garcia attended the 19th ASEAN-China Senior Officials Consultations in Beijing on April 2. It was Undersecretary Garcias first overseas trip after assuming his new position last March. He was the Philippines former Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.

The annual Vice Ministerial-level meeting, attended by all ASEAN Senior Officials and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, focused on the future directions of ASEAN-China dialogue relations, including activities to commemorate 10 years of ASEAN-China strategic partnership this year. The senior officials also discussed preparations for the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting and the 16thASEAN-China Summit, which will be held in June and October, respectively, in Brunei, this years ASEAN chair. At the sidelines of the meeting, Undersecretary Garcia and his fellow ASEAN Senior Officials paid a courtesy call on Chinas new Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Chinese Foreign Ministry. They also visited the ASEAN-China Center, which was launched in 2011 to promote trade, tourism, education, culture and people-to-people exchanges between ASEAN Member States and China. On April 3, Undersecretary Garcia met with Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Vice Governor Zhang Xiaoqin to discuss the 10th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO), which will be held in Nanning, Guangxis capital city, in September. The Philippines is this years country of honor at the CAEXPO. |TOP| MB places Rural Bank of Kinogitan (Misamis Oriental), Inc. under PDIC receivership, All valid insured Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph The Monetary Board (MB) placed the Rural Bank of Kinogitan (Misamis Oriental), Inc. under the receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) by virtue of MB Resolution No. 508.B dated March 26, 2013. As Receiver, PDIC took over the bank on March 27, 2013. Rural Bank of Kinogitan is a single-unit bank with Head Office located in Kinogitan, Misamis Oriental. Latest available records show that as of December 31, 2012, Rural Bank of Kinogitan had 1,492 accounts with total deposit liabilities of P17.22 million. According to the latest Bank Information Sheet (BIS) as of December 31, 2012 filed by the Rural Bank of Kinogitan with the PDIC, the bank is majority-owned by Rizaflor D. Sarraga (36%), Geronimo G. Reyes (18%) and Maria Teresa F. Sarraga (13%). Its Chairman is Gigi C. Roa and its President is Rizaflor D. Sarraga. PDIC said that upon takeover, all bank records shall be gathered, verified and validated. The state deposit insurer assured depositors that all valid deposits shall be paid up to the maximum deposit insurance coverage of P500,000. PDIC also announced that it will conduct a Depositors-Borrowers Forum on Thursday, April 4, 2013 to inform depositors of the requirements and procedures for filing deposit insurance claims. Claim forms will be distributed during the Forum. The schedule and venue of the Forum will be posted in the bank premises and in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. Depositors may update their addresses with the PDIC representatives at the bank premises or during the Forum using the Mailing Address Update Forms to be furnished by PDIC representatives. Duly accomplished Mailing Address Update Forms should be submitted to PDIC representatives accompanied by a photobearing ID of the depositor with signature. Depositors may update their addresses until Thursday, April 4, 2013. Depositors with valid deposit accounts with balances of P15,000 and below need not file deposit insurance claims. But those who have outstanding obligations with the Rural Bank of Kinogitan and have incomplete and not updated their addresses with the bank should file deposit insurance claims. PDIC targets to start mailing payments to these depositors to their addresses recorded in the bank by the second week of April. Depositors whose accounts have balances of more than P15,000 should file their deposit insurance claims. The PDIC targets to start claims settlement operations for these accounts by the third week of April. The schedule of the claims settlement operations will be announced through notices to be posted in the bank premises and other public places as well as through the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph.

For more information, depositors may communicate with PDIC Public Assistance personnel stationed at the bank premises. They may also call the PDIC Public Assistance Hotlines at (02) 841-4630 to (02) 841-4631, or e-mail pad@pdic.gov.ph. |TOP| PhilJob.net reports 162,663 job openings in April Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph With over 162,663job vacancies as of 3 April 2013, the Phil-Job.net is not far from becoming the country's premier online source of information on employment opportunities for job seekers this 2012. Also, with about 8,439 advertised skills for hire and 117,323 job applicants, the site has become the countrys employers' main source of workers to fill-up their vacancies during the year. These are the words of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz who yesterday bared the available employment opportunities welcoming the month of March, even as she reiterated her instruction to DOLE Regional Directors to ensure that employers in their respective regions are posting their job vacancies to the governments online job search and job matching portal. Earlier this year, I have instructed the DOLE Regional Directors to consistently remind the employers in their respective regions to regularly post jobs vacancies in their companies so we could maximize the full potential of the Phil-Job.net, Baldoz said. She also advised employers and job applicants alike to also regularly update their respective accounts. Re-engineering the Phil-Job.net is part of the strategy of improving access to employment opportunities as embodied in the Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016. Baldoz said, local vacancies still dominate the opportunities advertised in the Phil -Job.net. The increased number of vacancies in the government's online job matching and job search facility reflects the level of confidence of employers in it. Citing a report of the Bureau of Local Employment, Baldoz bared that the top 20 vacancies listed fall under information communication technology/business process outsourcing with 17890 vacancies for call center agents ranking first on the Top 50 vacancies recorded in the Phil-Job.net. There is also a need for salesman, with 12,619 vacancies, at the second spot; agent, third, with 10,475 vacancies; service crew, fourth, with 8,380 vacancies; production worker/factory worker, fifth, with 6,018 vacancies. Technical support staff comes in sixth, with 5,334 vacancies; cashier, seventh, 4,993 vacancies; sales clerk; 4,383 vacancies; merchandiser, ninth, 3,146 vacancies; office clerk, 10th, 2,529 vacancies. Businesses also show high demand for steel fabricator, 11th, with 2,014 vacancies; production controller, 12th, with 2,000 vacancies;janitor, 13th, 1,756 vacancies; security guard, 14th, with 1,613 vacancies; sales representatives, 15th, 1,560 vacancies; promo staff, 17th, 1,323 vacancies; sales officer, 18th, 1,304 vacancies; customer service assistant, 19th, 1,282 vacancies; and production technician, 20th, 1,226 vacancies. There are tens of thousands of these jobs in the local economy, and job seekers are advised t o arm themselves with appropriate labor market information before they venture into their dream jobs, Baldoz said. "Applicants should also ensure they are armed with the proper qualifications. If they feel they need some training or acquire additional knowledge and skills, they should do so at once," she added. She also encouraged jobseekers to visit the site, http://www.phil-jobnet, and the website of the Bureau of Local Employment, http://www.ble.dole.gov.ph, since these sites contain useful and valuable information that will increase their employability. The Phil-Job.net, Baldoz said, underwent re-engineering in 2012 to cover not just job matching; but also labor market information dissemination portal of the government, which is capable of housing the critical supply and

demand database systems, such as the DOLE Data Warehouse and the National Skills Registry System. |TOP| In Bicol, water station business fills the cup to the brim of union workers, thanks to DOLEs WINAP Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph In Bicol, water station business fills the cup to the brim of union workers, thanks to DOLEs WINAP For the 63 union member-workers of Bacon-Manito (BACMAN) Power Plant in Manito Albay, the Department of Labor and Employments livelihood intervention did not only answer their clamour for additional income. It also enabled them to earn double from their water refilling station venture. Through the DOLEs Workers Income Augmentation Program (WINAP), the simple plea of the Bacman Professional and Technical Employees Union for an additional source of income has turned into a sustainable enterprise for the group the BACMAN Twin Falls water refilling station. With DOLEs livelihood assistance, the BAPTEU has transformed its project into a business that earned them P153,000 in 2012 from only P42,536 in 2010. DOLE Regional Office No. 5 Director Nathaniel Lacambra said the associations achievement demonstrates the positive effect of convergence of the DOLEs livelihood services and assistance. In December 2008, the DOLE -Bicol awarded the BAPTEU P375,000 in livelihood grant under the WINAP. The fund was used for the purchase of utilities necessary for the operation of the water refilling station. Extending its support, the Energy Development Corporation signed a MOA with BAPTEU, supporting the unions business by providing free use of water, electricity, and other equipment which the union needed for its daily operation. After seven months, the accord paved the way for the start of the water refilling station and the birth of the Bacman Twin Falls Cooperative in September 2009 with 63 union worker-members. Efficiently utilizing the grant and available local resources, the BAPTEU was able to expand and increase productivity. The projects assets grew from P 587,897 in 2009 to P 1,229,784 in 2012 with net income increased to P152,989 from its meager start of P42,536. As it stands today, the four-year-old business continues to operate not only as a water refilling station, but also a photocopy center. The cooperative has maintained a well-sanitized operation complying with all safety and health requirements and operational permits. The cooperatives increased earnings allowed them to purchase 25 water dispensers for EDC offices and five photocopy machine units to expand their business. Aside from the services that the cooperative provides to their fellow Bicolanos and increased income for the union members, the group has also provided employment for four workers who are now attending to the water refilling and photocopying business, Lacambra said. Lauding the efforts of the regional office, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that the implementation of the Departments WINAP should not merely focuses on providing financial assistance, but on empowering more communities and worker groups in managing their own enterprises. The DOL E, especially our frontline services in the regions, should be proactively playing its part as partners of companies and communities in generating income and employment for minimum wage earners and other low-income workers, Baldoz said. WINAP, which is also dubbed "Dagdag-Kabuhayan para sa mga Manggagawa," assists organized and unorganized workers in the formal sector who opted to venture into businesses to provide them additional sources of income and employment for their family members. Through the WINAP, the DOLE provides a mechanism to enhance the income-earning capacities of workers in the formal economy by providing them with additional income sources to augment their wages and subsequently raise their economic capability to meet the needs of their families. In 2012, the DOLE has granted over 280 million worth of livelihood assistance to 16, 350 minimum wage earners and other low-income workers in organized and unorganized establishments nationwide in the WINAPs year-round implementation. The continuous implementation of the WINAP reflects DOLEs commitment to help our Filipino workers cope with the changing times, saying the program aims not only to help, but to empower union members though livelihood projects and entrepreneurial activities, Baldoz said. End/Krs (with reporting from Raymond Escalante, LCO RO5) |TOP| Report sa Bayan ni Kalihim Almendras sa Gov@Work Source: http://www.president.gov.ph Sa unang bugso ng programang Gov@Work ngayong Abril 5, 8:00 hanggang 8:45 ng gabi, sa Telebisyon ng Bayan (PTV4), si Secretary to the Cabinet of the Philippines Jose Rene D. Almendras ang iyong makakaugnayan. Noong Nobyembre 2012, itinalaga ni Pangulong Aquino si Secretary Almendras sa naturang katungkulan sa pamamagitan ng Executive Order 99. Ano kaya ang mga responsibilidad ng Cabinet Secretary at paano ka pinagsisilbihan ni Secretary Almendras

ngayon? Ipaliliwanag iyan ni Secretary Almendras ngayong Biyernes. Ang Gov@Work ay ang taos-pusong paglapit sa iyo ng pamahalaang Aquino sa pamamagitan ng telebisyon at social media. Ang Gov@Work ay instrumento upang maabot ang pangako ng Tuwid na Daan. Dahil bukod pa sa laban sa kurapsyonang Tuwid na Daan ay ang pagkamit sa pagbabago sa paraang tapat at wasto. Ito ay ang pagdinig sa boses ng bawat Pilipino upang sila ay may maiambag sa pag-asenso ng ating bansa. Makiisa at tunghayan ang Gov@Work ngayong Biyernes. Samahan natin ang pamahalaang Aquino at ang bayan sa pag-abot ng Pilipinas na masagana, mapayapa at maipagmamalaki sa buong mundo. |TOP| Gov@Work: Alamin ang mga proyekto ng pamahalaan at paano mo ito mapakikinabangan Source: http://www.president.gov.ph Sa bawat galaw at pagbabago ng iyong buhay, may katuwang ka. Katuwang sa pagpili ng desisyon. Katuwang sa pagharap sa problema. Katuwang sa paglikha ng solusyon. Sila ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan na sumusunod sa utos ng bayan. Sila ang mga Kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Pilipinas na naniniwalang Ikaw ang Boss nila. Sa iyo sila nananagot, at ang bawat kilos nila ay may epekto at kontribusyon sa iyong buhay. Ngayong Abril 5, paiigtingin pa ng pamahalaang Aquino ang kanilang pakikipag-ugnayan at pag-report sa bayan. Nais ka naming anyayahang tunghayan ang Gov@Work tuwing Biyernes, 8:00 hanggang 8:45 ng gabi, sa PTV Channel 4 (Channel 6 sa Sky Cable at 3 sa Global Destiny). Ang Gov@Work ay ang kusang-loob na pag-report sa iyo ng ating mga lingkod-bayan. Sa Gov@Work, maari mo silang padalhan ng tanong sa Facebook at Twitter, at kausapin sa pamamagitan ng Google Hangouts. Sa Gov@Work, tutugon sila sa mga pinaka-mapanuring tanong ng media. Bibigyan linaw nila ang mga isyung kontrobersiyal at nakakaapekto sa pang-araw-araw mong buhay. Ipapaliwanag nila ang mga proyekto ng gobyerno at kung paano mo ito mapakikinabangan. |TOP| The road to ASEAN Financial Integration Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph Summary Report of the Combined Study on Assessing the Financial Landscape and Formulating Milestones for Monetary and Financial Integration in ASEAN The Central Bank Governors from ASEAN member states (AMS) launched at the sidelines of the 9th ASEAN Central Bank Governors Meeting on 3 April 2013 in Brunei Darussalam the Summary Report entitled The Road to ASEAN Financial Integration - A Combined Study on Assessing the Financial Landscape and Formulating Milestones for Monetary and Financial Integration in ASEAN. The Summary Report is a joint initiative of the ASEAN central banks and monetary authorities, the ASEAN Secretariat and the Asian Development Bank. The Central Bank Governors view this Report as an important reference for ASEAN to further guide its financial integration process. The Summary Report highlights ASEANs financial integration framework in the areas of financial services, capital account, payments and settlement systems, and capital markets. These efforts will be complemented by capacity-building initiatives, infrastructure building, and an enabling intermediation environment that is effective and efficient for financial flows, while ensuring that appropriate safeguards are in place to preserve financial stability. Taking into account the diversity of financial market development, economic structure and priorities in establishing the necessary preconditions among AMS, the Report emphasizes that the implementation process of the key milestones needs to be managed effectively. In this regard, individual AMS will be accorded flexibility to determine the timelines and preconditions corresponding to the state of

preparedness of their economies. The Summary Report is available for viewing at the web sites of the ADB, ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN central banks and monetary authorities. |TOP| DSWD remains ready to provide assistance to Filipino families returning from Sabah Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph Center in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, DSWD staff help children disembark from a marine truck that fetched Filipinos who arrived in the Bongao port. As of March 28, a total of 4,721 Filipinos mostly from Tawi-Tawi and Sulu returned to the country following the crackdown of the Malaysian government on undocumented foreign nationals. The displaced families were immediately provided by the Department with family packs (rice, canned goods, and noodles), hygiene kits (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, alcohol, towels, etc) and transportation assistance to return to their places of origin. |TOP|

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President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes baller bands to Liberal Party members and supporters from Dasmarias City and Cavite Province after attending the Meeting with local leaders and the community at the Football Field of Dasmarias National High School in Barangay Burol, Area B, City of Dasmarias, Cavite on Thursday (April 4). The Liberal Party was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. (Photo by Jay Morales/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III endorses the Liberal Party candidates from Cavite Province, headed by Gubernatorial candidate former Cavite Governor Ayong Maliksi and Vice Gubernatorial candidate Ronald Jay Lacson, during the meeting with local leaders and the community at the Football Field of Dasmarias National High School

in Barangay Burol, Area B, City of Dasmarias, Cavite on Thursday (April 4). The Liberal Party was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. (Photo by Jay Morales/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the meeting with local leaders and the community at the Football Field of Dasmarias National High School in Barangay Burol, Area B, City of Dasmarias, Cavite on Thursday (April 4). Team PNoy includes Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Chiz Escudero, Loren Legarda, Aquilino Martin Koko Pimentel III, Antonio Trillanes IV; former Senators Maria Ana Consuelo Jamby Madrigal and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., former Las Pias Representative Cynthia Villar; former Akbayan Partylist Representative Ana Theresia Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares and former National Youth Commission chairperson Paolo Benigno Bam Aquino IV. (Photo by Jay Morales/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the Ternate-Nasugbu Road Project in Barangay Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon Portion, Cavite on Thursday (April 4). The Php745.180-million Ternate-Nasugbu tunnel, the longest in the Philippines once opened, links the two coastal towns, will decongest the Tagaytay Ridge that goes to the province of Batangas and will provide a scenic view of Ternate and is set to cut travel time to the Batangas coastline from four hours to just under two hours. Also in photo is Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson. (Photo by Jay Morales/ Ryan Lim/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to the updates on the Ternate-Nasugbu Road Project by Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson during the site inspection in Barangay Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon Portion, Cavite on Thursday (April 4). The Php745.180-million Ternate-Nasugbu tunnel, the longest in the Philippines once opened, links the two coastal towns, will decongest the Tagaytay Ridge that goes to the province of Batangas and will provide a scenic view of Ternate while cutting travel time to the Batangas coastline from four hours to just under two hours. (Photo by Jay Morales/ Ryan Lim/ Marcelino Pascua/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes baller bands to members and supporters of the Liberal Party (LP) in Manila after attending the Proclamation Rally of the LP candidates at the Bonifacio Shrine in Natividad Lopez cor. Arroceros Street in Manila on Monday (April 1). LP was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the Proclamation Rally of the candidates of the Liberal Party (LP) Manila Chapter at the Bonifacio Shrine in Natividad Lopez cor. Arroceros Street in Manila on Monday (April 1). LP was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan / Malacaang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III is received by Liberal Party (LP) reelectionist Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim, Vice Mayoralty candidate Lou Veloso, reelectionists Manila 1st District Representative Benjamin Asilo, 2nd Dist. Rep. Carlo Lopez and 6thDist. Rep. Sandy Ocampo, upon arrival for the Proclamation Rally of the candidates of the Liberal Party Manila Chapter at the Bonifacio Shrine in Natividad Lopez cor. Arroceros Street in Manila on Monday (April 1). LP was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III endorses the Liberal Party (LP) candidates in Manila namely reelectionist LP Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim Vice Mayoralty candidate Lou Veloso during the Proclamation Rally of the candidates of the Liberal Party Manila Chapter at the Bonifacio Shrine in Natividad Lopez cor. Arroceros Street in Manila City on Monday (April 1). LP was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. (Photo by: Gil Nartea/ Benhur Arcayan/ Rodolfo Manabat/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Proclamation Rally of the candidates of the Liberal Party (LP) Manila Chapter at the Bonifacio Shrine in Natividad Lopez cor. Arroceros Street in Manila City on Monday (April 1). The candidates of the Team PNoy include Aurora Lone District Representative Juan Edgardo Sonny Angara, former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Paolo Benigno Bam Aquino IV, former Akbayan Partylist Representative Ana Theresia Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Senators Alan Peter Compaero Cayetano and Francis Joseph Chiz Escudero, former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Senator Loren Legarda, former Senators Maria Ana Consuelo Jamby Madrigal and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., Senators Aquilino Martin Koko Pimentel III and Antonio Sonny Trillanes IV, and former Las Pias Representative Cynthia Villar. (Photo by: Gil Nartea/ Benhur Arcayan/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III acknowledges the Liberal Party (LP) supporters upon arrival for the Proclamation Rally of the candidates of the Liberal Party Manila Chapter at the Bonifacio Shrine in Natividad Lopez cor. Arroceros Street in Manila on Monday (April 1). LP was founded on January 19, 1946 by Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic. (Photo by: Gil Nartea/ Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to the briefing on the status of operations and arrangements made in line with the Lenten Season byMetropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in EDSA, Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26). The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Rolando Mailo / Malacaang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III greets passengers during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Departure Lobby, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 in Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26). The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel

during the Holy Week. (Photo by: Rolando Mailo / Malacaang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the ticketing and pre-boarding facilities at the Departure Lobby, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 in Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26) during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. In photo are Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado and Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. (Photo by Rolando Mailo / Malacaang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes baller bands to passengers during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in EDSA, Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26) during the Inspection of Major Passenger Terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Robert Vias / Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the ticketing and pre-boarding facilities at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in EDSA, Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26) during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Robert Vias / Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III is briefed on the status of passenger volume, traffic, airport security and assistance measures by Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Departure Area, 2nd Floor, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26). The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Robert Vias / Malacaang Photo Bureau / Rolando Mailo / Malacaang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the facilities of The Princess of the South passenger vessel at Pier 12, North Harbor in Arten Road, Tondo, Manila City on Tuesday (March 26) during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. Also in photo is Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. (Photo by Robert Vias / Malacaang Photo Bureau/ Rolando Mailo / Malacaang Photo Bureau / PCOO) President Benigno S. Aquino III buys a snack during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Departure Lobby, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 in Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26). The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Courtesy of RTVM)

President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes baller bands to the passengers during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in EDSA, Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26) during the Inspection of Major Passenger Terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III interacts with the passengers during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in EDSA, Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26) during the Inspection of Major Passenger Terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the ticketing and pre-boarding facilities at the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in EDSA, Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26) during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the ticketing and pre-boarding facilities at the Departure Lobby, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 in Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26) during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. In photo are Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado and Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes baller bands to the passengers during the Inspection of Major Passenger Terminals in Metro Manila at the Departure Area, 2nd Floor, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26). The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacaang Photo Bureau) President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to the briefing on the status of passenger volume, traffic, airport security and assistance measures by Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado during the inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila at the Departure Area, 2nd Floor, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Tuesday (March 26). The President wants to make sure that all security preparations are in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacaang Photo Bureau)
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