Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Presyo sa mga nag unang palitonon paga monitoron sa gobyerno sumala sa Palasyo

Gipasalig sa malakanyang ngadto sa mga konsumante nga paga monitoron sa buhatan sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang mga presyo sa mga nag unang produkto tungod kay pipila sa mga magpapatigayon ang posibleng magpataas sa ilang presyo karong nagkaduol na ang kapaskuhan.

Nagpagula ang Department of Trade and Industry ug listahan sa suggested retail prices sa mga nag unang palaliton apan pipila ka mga grupo ang nagpaabot sa ilang kabalaka kung unsaon sa gobyerno pagmonitor sa mga presyo.

 “Bug’os nga makugihon man ang consumer protection sa atong buhatan sa DTI ug sa ilang mga monitoring teams,” kini sumala ni Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte sa usa ka pakighinabi kaniya sa radyo niadtong adlawng sabado aron mapa huwas ang kabalaka sa publiko kalabot sa mga presyo sa nag unang palitunon. (etf_PCOO News) 

Palasyo gi kumpirma ang pagkapatay sa laing lider sa Abu Sayaff

ANg padayong pagukod batok sa Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) ang mi resulta sa pagkapatay sa laing lider sa maong grupo, kini gi kumpirma sa usa ka opisyal sa malakanyang niadtong adlawng domingo.

Sa usa ka pakighinabi ngadto sa istasyon sa radyo dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, gi butyag ni Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., nga si ASG leader Sihata Latip ang namatay sa usa ka engkwentro tali sa hiniusang pwersa sa kapulisan ug kasundalohan niadtong sabado sa hapon.

Sumala ni Joint Task Group Sulu commander, Col. Alan Arrojado, ang maong engkwentro nahitabo niadtong nakalabay nga sabado sa alas 4:45 sa hapon didto sa Baranggay Duyan Kaha, sa Sulu diin misukol kini atol sa pag aresto niini.

Usa ka sundalo ang namatay samtang usa pa ang samdan atol sa pagsinukliay ug bala.

Ang Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader nga si Hairullah Asbang ug laing walo ka mga kaubanang rebelde ang napatay niadto Nobyembre 14, human sa nahitabong engkwentro tali sa pwersa sa kasundalohan. (etf_PCOO News)

DSWD pours P1.5-B to Pablo-hit towns in DavOr

 Davao del Norte, November 26 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) poured in a total of P1.5-billion to the three towns of Davao Oriental, which are highly affected by Typhoon Pablo.

DSWD Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman disclosed recently that the national government, through her office, allocated more than a billion worth of projects to Baganga, Cateel and Boston, all towns of Davao Oriental that Typhoon Pablo made a major damage almost two years ago.

Sec. Dinky Soliman said that the bulk of their funding covered modified shelter assistance in the province, which amounts to more than P1.3-billion and gave shelter to 18,432 families.

“Aside from that we also allotted P77-million for Emergency Shelter Assistance, which gave out P 10,000 to 7,786 families, and a total of more than P 49-million for Sustainable Livelihood Program,” Secretary Soliman said.

Soliman emphasized some of the sustainable livelihood programs in the province such as goat, native chicken and abaca production in Baganga; bangus and danggit culture in Boston; and chilli and rice production in Cateel.

“These projects are on top of the regular programs, which we continuously implemented in the province,” she said.

Soliman added that the office’s regular program included the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program benefiting 8,126 families, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizen serving 548 individuals and Supplementary Feeding Program covering 3,490 children.

She said that the regular programs have an allocation of around P28-million.

Meanwhile, Gov. Corazon Malanyaon thanked Sec. Soliman for constantly helping the province in rehabilitating from the devastation of the typhoon.

“I truly appreciate Sec. Soliman and the DSWD because they were there when the typhoon struck us until now that the affected areas are recovering,” Governor Malanyaon said.

Malanyaon said that the rehabilitation carries the banner ‘Building Back Better Davao Oriental.’

“We are not only restoring what was lost; but rehabilitating and rebuilding a new and better community and perhaps better people,” she said. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)

Registry shows HIV/AIDS cases in DavNor more on middle age group

Davao del Norte, November 26 (PIA) - - Around 54 percent of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in Davao del Norte prevailed among middle aged men and women.

Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry from the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) showed that among the 102 cases in the province since 1984, 55 cases belonged to the bracket group of 25-34 years old.

According to the registry, there were 36 cases in 15-24 years old age group, 9 cases in 35-49 and 2 cases in 50 and older.

The registry stated that the median age with HIV and AIDS in the province is 26 years old.

Meanwhile, Tagum, Panabo and Sto. Tomas topped the towns in the province with the most number of cases.

The three towns covered 79 out of the 102 cases or about 78 percent of HIV and AIDS cases in the province.

The registry also showed that nine cases came from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). (PIA 11, Michael Uy)

DavNor opens Pasko Fiesta sa Kapitolyo

Davao del Norte, November 26, 2014 –Davao del Norte’s annual Yuletide tradition of joy and merry-making takes on a fiesta theme with the launch of the month-long Pasko Fiesta sa Kapitolyo.

Governor Rodolfo del Rosario led the launch of the Christmas food and tourism fair at the Tourism Village inside the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Mankilam, Tagum City, in a night of entertainment and jubilation.

The Pasko Fiesta will burst into life every Friday and Saturday from November 21 to December 20, 2014 from 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon to 12:00 midnight.

The Dabaonons shall keep the spirit of Christmas up and alive through culinary feasts, as well as, cultural and arts presentations that are uniquely Dabaonon.

Food coupons worth P199 are available at the Tourism Village booth and at the Provincial Tourism Office, GSP Building, Capitol, Mankilam, Tagum City.

Four food concessioners provide the delicious recipes that include unlimited rice, one soup, four main dishes, one dessert and 8-ounce iced tea.

Highlighting the opening ceremony was the lighting of the Christmas tree and nativity scene, led by del Rosario.

“More than a symbol of Christmas, this tree here represents good luck and is an expression of well-wishes for the Dabaonon people as we also welcome another fruitful year,” the governor said.

Tickets for a one-day accommodation in prime hotels and resorts in the province were  also raffled out to lucky patrons.

Joining the governor were Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., 1003rd Commander Col. Harold Cabreros, DNPPO Director PSSupt. Samuel Gadingan, OIC-Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain, Provincial Tourism Council Araceli Ayuste, Mayor Joseph Nilo Pareñas and Mayor Benigno Andamon.(Noel Baguio-PIO DavNor)

DSWD holds PaskuJuan festival, bazaar

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 26 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will celebrate “PaskuJuan: Salu-Salo sa Pagbabago”, a nationwide holiday festival and bazaar at NCCC Mall Activity Center, Matina on November 30, 2014, Sunday, from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

The activity will start off with a Thanksgiving Mass to be attended by DSWD staff and invited guests from partner agencies and media, as well as DSWD program beneficiaries and stakeholders.

One of the biggest highlights of the event is the bazaar of products and services from various agencies and organizations such as the Davao del Norte Producers, Department of Trade and Industry (Davao City and Davao Oriental), Fiber Industry and Development Authority, and SOS Children’s Village.

The other participating groups are the Boston Driftwood Arts and Crafts Association (BODACA), DSWD Listahanan, DSWD Centers and Institutions, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) - Davao Oriental (Subangon Duman Makers), SLP Davao del Sur, SLP Compostela Valley, SLP Davao City, SLP Davao del Norte, Department of Agriculture and CSSDO Davao City.

Various handicraft demonstrations and other DIY (do-it-yourself) projects from the following craft shops will also take center stage: Amelie’s 3-craft projects (popsicle snowflake and ornaments making, mini-yarn wreaths, string Christmas tree); Wrap-it gift wrapping; IconArts personalized door plates; SLP beneficiaries’ bag and rug making; and Home for the Aged’s dishwashing liquid making and Christmas décor.

Homegrown talents from the DSWD Kural and talented family- and children- beneficiaries including DSWD family members and friends will also provide entertainment to liven up the bazaar.

For children and child-at-heart audiences, a fun-filled day also awaits. A children’s nook will be provided to offer exciting activities such as face painting while a magic show will entertain them. Children will also delight on the free ice cream and cotton candy during the event.

To give a well-deserved treat to our elderly, a Lolo and Lola’s corner will be put up complete with rocking chairs, masseuse/masseur and free flowing juice and coffee, as well as bite-size crackers.

A boodle salu-salo lunch themed “Mahalin, Pagkaing Atin” will be shared by partner agencies and other program stakeholders.

To cap the day’s fun-filled activity, a Photo Booth will be installed where families, barkadas, couples can take their selfies and groufies. A stub will be issued to each family or group that will avail of the free photo booth service. (DSWD-11/Sheryll Jane S. Fernandez)

Senator Legarda Invites LGUs to Join Inaugural CLAD Award

Senator Loren Legarda has encouraged resilient cities and municipalities to join the inaugural Climate-Adaptive and Disaster-Resilient Cities and Municipalities (CLAD) Award during the launch of the program at the Climate Change Consciousness Week 2014 – LGU Summit.

The CLAD Award, initiated by Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), will honor cities and municipalities that have excelled in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA-DRR) by incorporating relevant laws in their local development plans.

“In our continuing quest to build a safe nation, we must look at exemplary efforts so that we may enjoin other communities to strengthen their resilience as well. We want to show our local government units (LGUs) that it can be done—we can fight climate change and we can save our communities from the threats of natural hazards,” said Legarda, UNISDR Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific and Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change.

Applicants for the CLAD Award 2014 should be cities and municipalities that have mainstreamed CCA-DRR into any local plans such as the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), and regular government operations and processes such as budgeting and programming.

The CLAD Award will be given to six outstanding LGUs. One city and one municipality will be selected in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Applicants will be judged according to the criteria based on the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change (NFSCC), the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) 2011-2028, and the UNISDR’s 10 Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient”, developed in line with the five priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.

Winning LGUs will receive special recognition as CCA-DRR champions and will be prioritized for support under the People’s Survival Fund.

“Aside from the recognition, the award gives the winners that important role of engaging other leaders in disaster risk reduction efforts in international and local CCA-DRR events,” Legarda said.

The Award also seeks to encourage other LGUs to prioritize and emulate measures that enhance their respective communities’ and environment’s adaptive capacities. (Office of Sen. Legarda)

Pres. Aquino to meet with coconut farmers regarding coco levy fund

President Benigno S. Aquino III is scheduled to have a dialogue with coconut farmers to discuss the coco levy fund.

“Makikipagdayalogo si Pangulong Aquino at ang mga miyembro ng Gabinete sa pangkat ng Kilos Magniniyog sa Malacañang. Handang pakingggan ng Pangulo ang mga usapin na ihaharap ng mga magsasaka at tukuyin ang mga programang isinasagawa ng pamahalaan para sa kapakanan nila,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said.

Some 71 coconut farmers have been conducting a 71-day march, walking 1,075 kilometers from Davao City to reach Malacañang Palace on Wednesday (November 26). They have sought a dialogue with President Aquino to ask him to resolve the issue regarding the P71-billion coco levy fund.
Coloma noted that even though the Supreme Court ruled in November 2012 that the fund must be used to improve the lives of the coconut farmers, the High Court still has to go through an “entry of judgment”.

“At dahil dito, hindi pa maaaring ikonsiderang final at executory ang naging pagpapasya na iyon. Kaya’t kailangang maresolba ang usapin na iyan at humahanap naman ng paraan ang pamahalaan kung paano matutukoy ang mga kahilingan o mga pangangailangan ng ating mga magsasaka na habang hindi pa nakakamit iyang tinatawag na entry of judgment,” he explained.

In 1972, former President Ferdinand Marcos issued a presidential decree to collect fees from coconut farmers through the Philippine Coconut Authority. This fund was then used to buy shares in San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

In 2012, the Supreme Court declared that the SMC shares are "owned by the government to be used only for the benefit of all coconut farmers and for the development of the coconut industry." This however has not been realized.

The disputed fund is currently being held by the National Treasury and the United Coconut Planters Bank. (PCOO News Release)

Congress expected to approve the P2.6-trillion 2015 National Budget

Given the commitment of the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Malacañang is “reasonably assured” that the 2015 National Budget would be passed on time and would be ready for the President's signature next month, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on Tuesday (Nov. 25).

Secretary Coloma, Jr. said “Based on our experience in the previous years and given the commitment of the leaders of both Houses, we are reasonably assured that the plenary deliberations will be concluded, so that both Houses are able to come up with their own versions that will later on be reconciled by a bicameral conference committee.”

The proposed General Appropriations Act will then be ratified by both Houses, and submitted for the President’s signature in December, Secretary Coloma said.

Legislators have voiced some reservations on the 2015 National Budget. Senator Miriam Santiago has questioned the legality of the budget, specifically the definition of savings, as well as the existence of the pork barrel.

In reaction, Coloma said the Executive branch recognizes the mandate of lawmakers to scrutinize the proposed budget.

The Palace official also fended off accusations that the 2015 budget would be used by the administration in preparing for the 2016 presidential election, saying the budget was crafted in line with the administration's Philippine Development Plan.

This development plan, he said, is anchored on economic growth and progress; social protection and poverty reduction; climate change mitigation and adaptation; security, peace and law and order; and good governance and anti-corruption. (PCOO News Release)