|Employment rate in January 2014 is estimated at 92.5 percent|
rate in January 2014 is estimated at 92.5 percent. This estimate is
based on the January 2014 round of the LFS, which did not cover the
entire Region VIII. The employment rate for the same month of 2013,
computed using data from the January 2013 that includes Region VIII,
was 92.9 percent. Using data from the same LFS round, but excluding
the data from Region VIII, the employment rate for January 2013 was
also estimated at 92.9 percent.
In the January 2014 round of the LFS, although not all provinces of Region VIII were devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, the entire region was excluded in the data collection to comply with the master sample design being used, which defines the regions as domains. For this report, the January 2013 labor and employment indicators were calculated using data that excludes Region VIII in order to make them comparable with the January 2014 figures.
The January 2014 LFS also revealed that among the regions, the National Capital Region (NCR) had the lowest employment rate in January 2014 at 88.8 percent. Three other regions, namely, Ilocos Region (90.7%), CALABARZON (91.1%), and Central Luzon (91.2%) had rates lower than the national figure.
The labor force participation rate (LFPR) in January 2014 is estimated at 63.8 percent. The LFPR in January 2013 was estimated at 64.1 percent. Among the regions, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao had the lowest LFPR at 57.3 percent. The labor force consists of the employed and the unemployed.
Workers are grouped into three major sectors, namely, agriculture, industry and services sector. Workers in the services sector continued to comprise the largest proportion of the population who are employed. These workers made up 54.1 percent of the total employed in January 2014. Among them, those engaged in wholesale and retail trade or in the repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles accounted for the largest percentage (34.5% of workers in services sector). In January 2013, workers in the services sector accounted for 54.4 percent of the total employed, with those engaged in wholesale and retail trade or in the repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles making up the largest proportion (34.5% of workers in services sector).
Workers in the agriculture sector comprised the second largest group making up 30.0 percent of the total employed in January 2014, while workers in the industry sector made up the smallest group registering 15.9 percent of the total employed. Similar percentages were recorded for January 2013, with workers in agriculture making up at 29.9 percent of the total employed, and workers in industry sector, 15.7 percent. In the industry sector, workers in the manufacturing subsector made up the largest group, accounting for 53.3 percent of workers in this sector, and those in construction, the second largest group, making up 40.5 percent.
Among the major occupation groups, the laborers and unskilled workers remained the largest group making up 31.3 percent of the total employed in January 2014. In January 2013, such workers made up 32.6 percent of the total employed in that period. Officials of the Government and special interest organizations, corporate executives, managers, and managing proprietors (16.5% of the total employed) comprised the second largest occupation group, followed by farmers, forestry workers and fishermen (13.8%), and service workers and shop/market sales workers (12.2%).
Employed persons fall into any of these classes of workers: wage and salary workers, self-employed workers without any paid employee, employers in own family-operated farm or business, and unpaid family workers. Wage and salary workers are those who work for private households, private establishments, government or government-controlled corporations, and those who work with pay in own family-operated farm or business. In January 2014, the wage and salary workers made up 57.5 percent of the total employed, with those working in private establishments continuing to account for the largest percentage. They made up 44.1 percent of the total employed in January 2014 and 46.7 percent of the total employed in January 2013. The second largest class of workers were the self-employed making up 28.5 percent of the total employed in January 2014, and 26.6 percent in January 2013. The third largest class of workers consisted of the unpaid family workers, accounting for 10.6 percent of the total employed in January 2014, and 9.2 percent of the total employed in January 2013.
Employed persons are classified as either full-time workers or part-time workers. Full-time workers are those who work for 40 hours or more, while part-time workers work for less than 40 hours. Of the total employed persons in January 2014, 62.2 percent were full-time workers, while 36.3 percent were part-time workers. By comparison, in January 2013, full-time workers comprised 65.8 percent while part-time workers, 33.3 percent. In January 2014, workers worked 41.0 hours per week, on average, compared to 42.4 hours in January 2013.
Employed persons who express the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job, or to have additional job, or to have a new job with longer working hours are considered underemployed. In January 2014, the underemployment rate, which is the percentage of the underemployed to the total employed, is estimated at 19.5 percent, while it was estimated at 20.7 percent in January 2013.
The visibly underemployed persons or those working for less than 40 hours accounted for 58.9 percent of the total underemployed in January 2014. Those who worked for 40 hours or more made up 38.7 percent. By sector, 41.7 percent of underemployed worked in the agriculture sector, while 41.1 percent were in the services sector. Those in the industry sector accounted for 17.2 percent.
The unemployment rate in January 2014 is estimated at 7.5 percent, while it was 7.1 percent in January 2013. Among the regions, the NCR continued to have the highest unemployment rate. The estimate for January 2014 is 11.2 percent, while it was 9.5 percent for January 2013.
Among the unemployed persons in January 2014, 63.9 percent were males. Of the total unemployed, the age group 15 to 24 years comprised 48.2 percent, while the age group 25 to 34, 29.9 percent. By educational attainment, about one-fifth (19.8%) of the unemployed were college graduates, 13.3 percent were college undergraduates, and 34.0 percent were high school graduates.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Interim National Statistician
Starting July 2003, the Labor Force Survey (LFS) adopted the 2003 Master Sample Design, with a sample size of approximately 50,000 households.
Starting January 2012 LFS, the codes for industry adopted the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC). Prior to this, codes for industry used the 1994 PSIC.
Additional codes for highest grade completed were incorporated in the January 2012 LFS questionnaire.
Question on vocational course was also introduced in the January 2012 LFS questionnaire.
Starting April 2005, the new unemployment definition was adopted per NSCB Resolution Number 15 dated October 20, 2004. As indicated in the said resolution, the unemployed include all persons who are 15 years and over as of their last birthday and are reported as: (1) without work and currently available for work and seeking work; or (2) without work and currently available for work but not seeking work for the following reasons:
1. Tired/believed no work available
2. Awaiting results of previous job application
3. Temporary illness/disability
4. Bad weather
5. Waiting for rehire/job recall
Starting with the July 2007 LFS round, the population projections based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) was adopted to generate the labor force statistics. The 2000 CPH-based population projections has been endorsed as the official figures to be utilized for planning and programming purposes per NSCB Resolution No. 7 Series of 2006, entitled “Adopting the Methodology Used in Generating the 2000 Census of Population and Housing-Based National Regional and Provincial Population Projections”.
In the LFS, data on the economic characteristics of household members who are overseas workers are not collected because they are not considered as part of the labor force in the country. Hence, they are excluded in the estimation of the size of working population, that is, population aged 15 years and older.
Region VIII was not covered in the January 2014 LFS, to comply with the master sample design currently being used, which defines the regions as domains. With the regions as domains, the precision of the regional estimates of the employment indicators is assured.
|BI gets tough on foreign TNTs|
The Bureau of
Immigration (BI) is directing foreign nationals with expired visas
to voluntarily surrender and leave the country “at the earliest
The directive is contained in an Operations Order BI Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison issued in the wake of raids launched by the BI on known lairs of “TNTs (tago nang tago)” or illegal aliens.
The BI rounded up about 100 Chinese nationals found illegally working in shopping malls in Divisoria and Quiapo in Manila, Baclaran, Parañaque City, Cebu City and Butuan City.
The Order indicated that, “While in the Philippines, such foreign nationals shall not be allowed to change their status without first departing from the country.”
Mison stressed that those whose periods of employment have already expired as authorized by the PEZA shall not be allowed to downgrade their Section 47(a)(2) visa but should be ordered to leave the country at the earliest possible time.
The BI Commissioner said that Secretary De Lima’s directive on the rules and guidelines governing holders of Section 47(a)(2) visa upon the expiration of PEZA authorized period of employment shall be strictly observed and implemented.
|Manufactures drives PH exports growth to 9.3 percent in Jan. 2014|
Merchandise exports grew by 9.3 percent in January 2014 buoyed by
the manufacturing sector and sustaining its positive growth momentum
for the eighth consecutive month, according to the National Economic
and Development Authority (NEDA).
As reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the value of merchandise exports expanded to US$4.4 billion in January 2014 from US$4.0 billion in the same period in 2013.
“The upward trajectory of Philippine exports as a result of the buoyant export performance of manufactured products clearly proves the significance of the manufacturing sector as one of our growth drivers,” said Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.
Export earnings from manufactured goods continued to post a year-on-year increase in January 2014 at 15.3 percent. These goods reached US$3.8 billion as outbound shipments of electronics products, machinery and transport equipment, electronics equipment and parts, garments, and miscellaneous manufactures registered significant gains.
Balisacan added that the growth in manufactures also added a buffer against the reductions in export earnings from other major commodity groups such as total agro-based products, mineral products, petroleum, and forest products.
Total export receipts from agro-based products contracted by 28.8 percent to US$277.1 million from US$388.9 million in the same period last year. The contraction in the value of total agro-based exports was primarily driven by lower sales of sugar, coconut and fruits and vegetables.
“Despite the setbacks in some commodity groups and other sectors, the Philippines’ merchandise export growth in January 2014 is one of the fastest among selected trade-oriented economies in the East and Southeast Asian region, trailing behind PR China,” said the NEDA Director General.
Japan remains as the top destination of Philippine exports in January 2014, accounting for 26.3 percent of the country’s total overseas merchandise sales receipts, with a total value of US$1.15 billion. Other top markets for Philippine exports, were USA (13.8%), PR China (9.9%), Singapore (8.8%) and Hong Kong (7.5%).
|Madalag women: Movers of change|
- When women gather, it is all too easy to assume that they are
gossiping. Indeed, this has become such a stereotype in the
Philippine scenario which is commonly portrayed in local films and
sitcoms, even exaggerated at times, to show the Filipino women’s
fondness for this habit.
In this town, a group of women in their late 20s to their mid-50s, certainly love to gather and chat. However, these women do not just gather to gossip, instead, they come together for a common purpose: to serve as members of the Gender and Development (GAD) Council of this town.
The women who were chosen to represent their barangay in the GAD Council are from diverse backgrounds, providing varied gender perspectives – from a barangay councilor to a happy housewife.
Forming the GAD Council was one of the requirements that the town had to comply with in order to utilize the Gender Incentive Grant (GIG) from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the foreign aid agency of the United States of America, through its partnership with the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty alleviation program of the DSWD.
Utilizing the Kalahi-CIDSS’ community-driven development (CDD) approach, the implementation of the GIG needs volunteers from the different barangays, some of whom would form part of the GAD Council.
Barangay council member Herminia Nacuspag, 53, volunteered to be part of the GAD Council.
Herminia, who used to be a GAD focal person in her village for one of the programs of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), was excited to be part of the council.
Some, however, had ambivalent feelings about their new position when it was foisted on them.
Fifty-eight-year old Remedios Igo-igo, who describes herself as a simple mother and housewife, shared that she was hesitant because she was unsure if she can handle the responsibility.
She found herself thinking, “Bakit ako? Baka hindi ko makaya kasi high school graduate lang ako (Why me? I might not be able to do this because I am just a high school graduate).”
Empowering the advocates
Despite their initial apprehension as GAD council members, the women stepped up to the task of being GAD Council members. They all saw the importance of what their roles will bring to their community. The council members also realized that as they worked towards improving the plight of the women, they too found themselves learning.
Women empowerment is one of the lessons Rhea Katimpo learned from being a GAD volunteer.
She shared, “Hindi lang utus-utusan ang babae. Kailangan naming maintindihan na hindi kami basta babae lang, asawa lang, taga-alaga ng bata lang (Women are not just errand girls. We need to show that just because we are women, we are already confined to our roles as wives and as care givers to the children).”
Rhea added, “Kailangan naming mag-level up, maghanap ng pagkakakitaan, mag-develop ng skillsbukod sa mga gawain namin (We need to level up by looking for ways to earn money and develop skills other than our household chores).”
The municipality was chosen as one of the two gender mainstreaming pilot sites, along with Torrijos, Marinduque.
GIG is considered as the continuation of the pilot, in which the funds will be utilized to address gender-related issues within the municipality.
The residents, through Kalahi-CIDSS, identified the lack of employment and livelihood opportunities of women here as being a prevalent gender issue that worsens the poverty situation of the residents within the municipality.
Rhea, a day care worker, shared, “Wala pong trabaho ang babae. Nakikita talaga na ang lalaki lang ang naghahanap-buhay (Women have no jobs. Only the men work).”
The GIG implementation seeks to help remedy the situation.
“Makakatulong ito kung paano magkakaroon ng additional na income ang pamilya sa pagbibigay oportunidad sa mga kababaihan na magkaroon din ng kita para maayos ang pamumuhay nila (This will help families have additional income by providing livelihood opportunities to women),” Rhea remarked.
The lack of economic opportunities also posed self-esteem issues for some of the women, as they believed themselves incapable of being productive.
Project for women
The first major hurdle the Council had to overcome as a team was the development of their project proposal for GIG. They were assisted through the process by the field and municipal staff, the Area Coordinating Team (ACT) and the Municipal Coordinating Team (MCT), respectively.
The Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Project Development Officer assigned here worked with the Kalahi-CIDSS teams to maximize the impact of their respective programs to the target beneficiaries.
This convergent group of workers helped the members developed their project proposal for capacity-building of Pantawid Pamilya women-beneficiaries on abaca handicrafts, plumbing, and welding. The first batch of trainees can then train the other residents in these areas through the SLP.
The idea was all set. It was now up to the GAD Council to present this to the rest of the municipality to see if they would be amenable to the idea through the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF).
The women agreed to present their proposal by enacting a skit to portray the life of typical village women, particularly their struggles in terms of livelihood.
Some questions were raised after the presentation. Some asked why the priority was the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, to which they explained that the others will also eventually undergo training. When the questions were answered, the proposal was subsequently approved.
Princess Molas, also a member of the GAD Council and a barangay councilor, shared how happy the group was when the proposal was approved.
“Iyong tuwa namin hindi masukat, kasi makakatulong kami sa mga kasama naming sa barangay (We could not contain our joy because we know we will be able to help our fellow barangay residents),” she said.
The approval of their proposal, however, was only the first hurdle that the GAD Council had to go through. Even though it was the residents who approved the proposal, the women were hesitant to actually be part of it, particularly for the training on plumbing and welding.
This was partly due to the fact that the majority of the residents still believe that women should be confined to their homes.
Stephanie Macalandang, Supplementary Feeding Coordinator and a GAD Council member, shared that one of the trainees from her barangay almost pulled out of the training because her husband did not want her to participate. She had to play the role of a mediator to convince the husband to let his wife continue with the training.
She said, “Sinabihan ko, ‘Dong, hindi naman ito para sa amin. Para sa ikabubuti ng pamilya mo iyan’ (I told him, ‘Sir, this is not for us, but for the welfare of your family’).”
Stephanie related that when the residents realized the value of their efforts, they eventually changed their attitudes.
A significant change is that women no longer gamble as much as they used to.
She said, “Dati madalas sila mag-tong-its. Ngayon hindi na (They used to engage in gambling a lot. They no longer play now).”
Another bad habit that disappeared was the tendency for the men to drink.
According to Herminia, “Mga lalaki hindi na umiinom. Parang natauhan na. Umuuwi na ng maaga. Kapag umaalis ang asawa nila, pang taong-bahay na sila, ginagampanan na ang trabaho sa bahay (The men no longer drink. They sobered up. They go home early now. When their wives go out, the husbands do the housework).”
Institutionalizing GAD Efforts
As GAD advocates, the council members try to share what they have learned with the other residents in their barangays to educate them.
These initiatives, coupled with the trainings already provided through GIG, have gained significant development in their community.
While lack of livelihood opportunities for women was the biggest gender-related concern in the municipality, there were also other issues in the community. Cases of rape, incest, and domestic violence were discussed in hushed tones, considered as taboo topics.
One of the areas that the GAD Council members felt strongly about was domestic violence, which they said was prevalent in the town.
As Rhea said, “Responsibilidad ng GAD focal na lumaban sa pambubugbog. Alam mo na yung tama e, kaya hindi dapat ginagawa ang mga iyan (It is the responsibility of the GAD focal person to fight against domestic abuse. You know what is right, hence, these things must not be allowed).”
These issues have impressed upon the women the need to continue to uphold the GAD Council. They are requesting, however, to be given further capacity building trainings so they will be able to take on their roles as GAD advocates more effectively.
Furthermore, they said that the Council has to have a supervisor overseeing it.
The women are also lobbying to have their positions as GAD focal persons formalized.
The local government released an ordinance about the formation of the GAD Council, but the members’ designation has not been made official at the barangay level. With an official designation, the GAD Council members will be able to perform their roles without fear of being ignored.
One thing is for sure: they have no plans of letting go of their responsibilities.
As Herminia said, “Kung iiwanan mo iyan, babalik iyong problema. ‘Pag andiyan ang mga GAD members, matatakot ang mga tao. (If you abandon this, the problem will just come back. If the GAD members are around, the people will be dissuaded from misbehaving).
|Foreign Direct Investments increase by 20 Percent to reach US$3.9 billion in 2013|
direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2013 rose to US$3.9 billion from
US$3.2 billion in 2012.1,2 The 20 percent increase in FDI during the
year was buoyed by investors’ confidence on the country’s sound
macroeconomic fundamentals. Net inflows were registered across all
components of FDI. In particular, non-residents’ net placements in
debt instruments issued by local affiliates increased by more than
sixfold to US$2.5 billion, accounting for more than half of the FDI
in 2013. This developed as parent companies abroad continued to lend
to their local affiliates to fund existing operations and expansion
of their businesses in the country. Moreover, gross placements of
equity capital of US$2.5 billion more than offset withdrawals of
US$1.8 billion. As a result, net inflows of equity capital amounted
to US$664 million during the period. The bulk of gross equity
capital placements—which originated primarily from Mexico, Japan,
the United States, British Virgin Islands, and Singapore—were
channeled mainly to manufacturing; water supply, sewerage, waste
management and remediation; financial and insurance; real estate;
and mining and quarrying. Meanwhile, reinvestment of earnings
reached US$701 million in 2013.
On a monthly basis, net FDI inflows amounted to US$180 million in December 2013. However, this was lower by 18.5 percent than the US$221 million recorded in the same period a year ago. Equity capital investments during the month recorded a net outflow of US$60 million, a reversal of the US$210 million net equity capital inflows posted in the same month a year ago. This came about as withdrawals of US$96 million offset the placements of US$36 million. Gross equity capital placements—sourced mostly from the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Singapore—were channeled mainly to real estate; mining and quarrying; financial and insurance; administrative and support service and manufacturing activities. Meanwhile, non-residents’ net placements in debt instruments issued by local affiliates, consisting mainly of intercompany loans, rose significantly to reach US$182 million, reversing the US$51 million net repayments registered in the same period a year ago. Reinvestment of earnings reached US$57 million in December 2013.
1 The BSP adopted the Balance of Payments, 6th edition (BPM6) compilation framework effective 22 March 2013 with the release of the full-year 2012 and revised 2011 BOP statistics. The major change in FDI compilation is the adoption of the asset and liability principle, where claims of non-resident direct investment enterprises from resident direct investors are now presented as reverse investment under net incurrence of liabilities/non-residents’ investments in the Philippines (previously presented in the Balance of Payments Manual, 5th edition (BPM5) as negative entry under assets/residents’ investments abroad). Conversely, claims of resident direct investment enterprises from foreign direct investors are now presented as reverse investment under net acquisition of financial assets/residents’ investments abroad (previously presented as negative entry under liabilities/non-residents’ investments in the Philippines).
2 BSP statistics on FDI covers actual investment inflows, which could be in the form of equity capital, reinvestment of earnings, and borrowings between affiliates. In contrast to investment data from other government sources, the BSP’s FDI data include investments where ownership by the foreign enterprise is at least 10 percent. Meanwhile, FDI data of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) do not make use of the 10 percent threshold and include borrowings from foreign sources that are non-affiliates of the domestic company. Furthermore, the BSP’s FDI data are presented in net terms (i.e., equity capital placements less withdrawals), while the IPAs’ FDI do not account for equity withdrawals.
|POEA bans deployment of OFWs in Venezuela|
|In view of the civil disturbances, instability, and external threat has been rocking Venezuela in recent weeks, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration's Governing Board has imposed a temporary ban on the deployment of Filipino migrant workers intending to work in the said country. “The POEA Board, in a meeting after consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, has approved a Governing Board Resolution imposing a temporary ban on the deployment of OFWs to protect them from possible harm due to the unstable peace and order situation in Venezuela," said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, who is also the Chairman of the POEA Governing Board. The members of the board who signed the resolution were Hans Leo J. Cacdac, POEA Administrator and Governing Board Vice-Chair; Felix M. Oca; Estrelita S. Hizon; and Alexander E. Asuncion; Members. Demonstrators in Venezuela have been staging rallies since February 12 to demand the resignation of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The DFA, on 05 March 2014, raised the crisis alert level in Venezuela from crisis alert level 1 (Precautionary Phase) to crisis alert level 2 (Restriction Phase) because of continued violence in the country. It has also advised Filipinos in the country to limit non-essential movements, avoid public places, closely monitor developments, and prepare for possible evacuation. “In view of this, the Governing Board decided to impose a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs bound for these areas,” said Baldoz. Deployment records show that there was a modest increase in the total deployment of new-hires to Venezuela from 48 OFWs in 2012 to 71 OFWs in 2013.|
|Resigned customs examiner sentenced to jail for not disclosing cars, estate in SALN|
DOF lauds court
action, a landmark victory in President’s customs reform program
The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), the anti-corruption arm of the Department of Finance (DOF), scored a major victory in its anti-corruption drive after a Metropolitan Trial Court Judge found a Customs Examiner guilty of perjury and sentenced her to a prison term, the jail term a first for the courts since DOF-RIPS was formed ten years ago.
In her 18-page Decision, Judge Amalia S. Gumapos-Ricablanca of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila Branch 15 found Ana Marie Concepcion Maglasang, a Customs examiner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) assigned at the South Harbor, Port of Manila, guilty of 5 counts of perjury and sentenced her to a prison term of 4 months and 1 day as minimum to 1 year and 1 day as maximum for each count. Maglasang was also found guilty of violating Section 7 of RA 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and sentenced to pay a fine of P5,000.00 for the 5 counts charged.
Undersecretary Carlo Carag, head of the DOF Revenue Operations and Legal Affairs Group, lauds the prison sentence rendered by Judge Gumapos-Riblanca, “This is a landmark victory in the President’s customs reform program and anti-corruption agenda. At last, our efforts are gaining headway.”
In finding her guilty, the court said that the complainant DOF-RIPS proved beyond reasonable doubt that Maglasang failed to submit a true and detailed sworn statement of her assets, liabilities and net worth by not reporting the various houses and lots and vehicles discovered to be registered under her name. By not filing all her assets in her sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for the years 1999-2003, Maglasang committed perjury.
The case stemmed from a letter complaint RIPS received in 2004 against Maglasang and her sister, Matilda C. Millare, a former Chief Customs Operations Officer of the BOC. An exhaustive investigation and lifestyle check was conducted by RIPS which led to the discovery of expensive SUV vehicles like Ford Expedition, Pajeros, and houses located in expensive subdivisions like Valle Verde and Royale Tagaytay Estates owned and registered separately under the names of the sisters some which were not disclosed in their SALNs.
In 2005, DOF-RIPS filed two separate complaints against the sisters and in 2006, the Office of the Ombudsman, found sisters Maglasang and Millare guilty of Dishonesty and Grave Misconduct and dismissed them from the service.
Carag: Even if you resign or retire, we will run after you
In finding Maglasang administratively guilty despite her resignation during the pendency of the case, the Ombudsman said that, “The resignation of respondent Maglasang from her employment with the Bureau of Customs is of no moment. Resignation should neither be used as an escape nor an easy way out to evade administrative liability or administrative sanction. Though, the sanction of dismissal from the service may no longer be imposed in view of her resignation, still it will serve the purpose of barring her from re-entry in the government service”.
The jail term issued by the court is the first since the creation of RIPS ten years ago. In all previous cases, trial courts dismissed the perjury charges on the ground of good faith.
“This court decision will send a strong message to the staff of the department and our attached agencies that even if you resign or retire, we will run after you,” the Finance Undersecretary said.
Thus, the Ombudsman imposed the penalty of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and her perpetual disqualification for reemployment in the government service.
DOF scales up anti-corruption team, expedites evidence gathering with partner agencies
Over the past months, the President has made drastic reforms in the Bureau of Customs, an attached agency of the DOF, to improve its collection and to stop smuggling and corruption. To support the President’s Customs Reform Agenda, the DOF scaled up its anti-corruption team by hiring former prosecutors with extensive investigative and prosecutorial experiences to strengthen the case build up capacity of RIPS and ensure the successful resolutions of its cases.
The DOF has also tapped the assistance of other agencies such as the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB), the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Land Registration Authority (LRA), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to create green lanes that would give priority to DOF-RIPS requests for information and documents, in order to expedite the investigation and resolution of its cases.
“The unrelenting support of the heads of these agencies has worked wonders in our fight against corruption,” Undersecretary Carag said.
The DOF calls on young lawyers and accountants who want to be a part of the government’s quest for good governance to apply and join RIPS in running after corrupt officials. The DOF encourages the public to help DOF in its campaign by reporting corrupt practices and extravagant lifestyles of BOC, BIR, Treasurers and DOF employees and officials towww.perangbayan.com.
|DoE warns public of illegal solicitation (Summer 2014)|
of Energy (DOE) warns the public and energy stakeholders of
unscrupulous individuals posing as Secretary Carlos Jericho L.
Petilla and certain DOE employees soliciting money from energy firms
and government offices to fund team building and certain occasions,
especially this upcoming summer season.
Recently, the mobile number 0915-137-0801 has been used for this unlawful purpose. A certain Mr. Roberto Mercadel has been unrightfully claiming himself as the Chief-of-Staff at the DOE-Office of the Secretary (OSEC).
The DOE reiterates it adherence to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713) which prohibits officials and employees from soliciting money.
With these occurrences, we encourage everyone to report any form of communication from these individuals, and verify the authenticity of these messages with the DOE through the OSEC’s official numbers: 840-2134 and 840-2008.
|Quirino farmers to get clean drinking water through DAR’s CP- Wash project|
Quirino -The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) with the local
government units of Saguday, Quirino recently turned over a
Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene
(CP-WASH) project worth P195,000.00 providing clean and safe
drinking water to eighty (80) households in Sto Tresdigam Agrarian
Reform Community in Brgy. Tres Reyes.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Provincial Officer (PARPO) II Joselito O. Garcia encourages the residents of Saguday to maintain and take care of the project stating that lack of clean water supply has been a major problem in some areas in the province.
Meanwhile, PARPO I Engr. Arthur E. Faeldon said the low-cost technology renewed the hope and enthusiasm among the residents to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program which not only focuses on the distribution of agricultural lands to the farmer-beneficiaries but also promotes proper hygiene among women and children.
The project consist of four facilities namely: iron removal filter awarded to Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) Esperanza Gonzales and 32 household members; bio-sand filter awarded to ARB Angelito Nicolas and four household members; bio-gas digester to benefit ARB Francia Calimlim with three household members; and rain-water collector given to the Tres Reyes Elementary School.
Saguday Mayor Marcelina M. Pagbilao expressed her appreciation to the DAR and other participating agencies in the construction of the project and advised her barangay officials to lead in safeguarding the project.
Hands-on trainings on the proper reproduction of this low-cost technology will be provided by the LGUs and DAR to replicate this in other barangays.
The project also includes the provision of a biogas wastewater treatment system which is a good substitute for liquefied petroleum gas for cooking. The system uses animal waste as source of gas via decomposition process while the water tank is equipped with iron removal and bio sand filters to ensure constant flow of clean water.
|MB places Rural Bank of Montevista (Davao del Norte), Inc. under PDIC receivership, all valid insured deposit claims will be paid|
Board (MB) placed the Rural Bank of Montevista (Davao del Norte),
Inc. under the receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance
Corporation (PDIC) by virtue of MB Resolution No. 407 dated March 6,
2014. As Receiver, PDIC took over the bank on March 7, 2014.
Rural Bank of Montevista is an eleven-unit rural bank with Head Office located in Sobrecary, City of Tagum, Davao del Norte. Its 10 branches are located in Laak, Mawab, Monkayo, Montevista, New Bataan and Pantukan in Compostela Valley; Bayugan, San Francisco and Trento in Agusan del Sur; and in Mati, Davao Oriental. Latest available records show that as of December 31, 2013, Rural Bank of Montevista had 35,293 accounts with total deposit liabilities of P230.35 million. A total of 35,248 deposit accounts or 99.87% of the accounts have balances of P500,000 or less and are fully covered by deposit insurance. Total insured deposits amounted to P209.83 million or 91.09% of total deposits.
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 P500,000.00.
The PDIC also announced that it will conduct Depositors-Borrowers Forums on March 12 to 14, 2014 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 on the bank premises and in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. The claim forms and the requirements and procedures for filing are likewise available for downloading from the PDIC website.
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 photo-bearing ID with signature of the depositor. Depositors may update their addresses until March 17, 2014.
Depositors with valid deposit accounts with balances of P50,000.00 and below do not need to file deposit insurance claims. But depositors who have outstanding obligations with the Rural Bank of Montevista including co-makers of the obligations, and have incomplete and/or have not updated their addresses with the bank, regardless of amount, should file deposit insurance claims.
For depositors who do not need to file deposit insurance claims, PDIC will start sending payments by mail to their addresses based on bank records by March 21, 2014.
For depositors that are required to file deposit insurance claims, the PDIC will start claims settlement operations for these accounts also by the first week of April. The schedule of the claims settlement operations will be announced through notices to be posted at the bank premises and other public places as well as through the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph.
According to the latest Bank Information Sheet (BIS) as of December 31, 2013 filed by the Rural Bank of Montevista with the PDIC, the bank is owned by Get Holdings, Inc. (35.23%), University of Mindanao (Retirement Fund) (20.76%), RBM Employees Provident Fund (15.43%), Guillermo P. Torres, Jr. (9.9%), Edwin P. Torres (4.33%), Antonio M. Pilpil (4.08%), Victor Nicasio P. Torres (3.03%), and University of Mindanao (2.17%). Its President and Chairman is Felix A. Maceda.
For more information, depositors may communicate with PDIC Public Assistance personnel stationed at the bank premises. They may also call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342), the PDIC Public Assistance Hotlines at (02) 841-4630 to (02) 841-4631, or send their e-mail to email@example.com.
|PNOC taps PDMF transaction advisor for BatMan 1|
National Oil Company (PNOC) taps Netherlands-based Rebel Group
International BV as the transaction advisor for its Batangas-Manila
(BatMan) 1 Natural Gas Pipeline Project.
The Rebel Group will undertake the feasibility study for BatMan 1 and provide PNOC transaction advisory support until the project’s financial close. This will be funded through the Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) managed by the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center.
On 10 March 2014, a ceremonial contract signing was held between PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao and Rebel Group team leader Vivek Sharma, witnessed by PNOC President and CEO Antonio M. Cailao, for the PPP transaction advisory services for PNOC’s BatMan 1 Project.
BatMan 1 is the first of the planned series of network pipelines to be built in Luzon, forming part of the master plan to develop the natural gas economy of the Philippines. It aims to transport and supply natural gas to targeted markets located in high-growth areas of Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and eventually Metro Manila.
|Gov't channels P585-M to irrigation system rehab|
of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the release of P584.7
million to the Department of Agriculture-National Irrigation
Administration (DA-NIA) for restoring and rehabilitating irrigation
The release was charged against the DA-NIA’s P3.49-billion budget for Irrigation Network Services this year. These services are likewise one of the agency’s Major Final Outputs under the 2014 Performance-Informed Budget.
“By giving sufficient budget support to the agriculture department, the Aquino administration can give the NIA enough leeway to fulfill their targets for 2014, specifically for shaping up existing irrigation systems across the country. More important, however, is the positive impact of better irrigation systems on crop production nationwide, which will in turn boost our agriculture industry and aid the very farmers that drive it,” DBM Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said.
Abad also noted that the P584.7-million release comprises the entirety of DA-NIA’s 2014 budget for the Restoration/Rehabilitation of Existing Irrigation Systems, which is one of the subprojects covered by the irrigation administration’s Irrigation Network Services budget. The releases for each regional office under the DA-NIA are as follows:
Other subprojects listed under the irrigation administration’s Irrigation Network Services budget are the Extension/Expansion of Existing Irrigation Networks, the Repair/Operation and Maintenance of Pump Irrigation Systems, Irrigation Management Transfer Support Services, and Climate Change Adaptation Works.
“We’ve designed the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA) so that irrigation projects under DA-NIA are not just comprehensive in scope, but also responsive to the agriculture sector’s long-term requirements, the demands of our climate change agenda, and the Aquino administration’s ongoing campaign for inclusive growth,” Abad said.
“Altogether, the investments we’re making towards our national irrigation systems are only one component of President Aquino’s agriculture development agenda. Since the beginning of the Administration, it’s been clear to us that the agriculture industry needs to play a much larger role in the development of the Philippine economy, given the abundance of agricultural land and the potential for growth in this particular sector,” he added.
|DSWD hosts ASEAN Workshop on Social Pension|
of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is hosting an ASEAN
Workshop entitled “Regional Workshop and Comparative Study of Social
Pensions in the ASEAN” from March 11-14, 2014 at the Dusit Thani
Hotel, Makati City.
In line with the theme “Building Towards a Comparative Study on Social Pension Scheme”, more than 50 delegates from ASEAN member-countries are expected to participate in the workshop which aims to promote social pension as a strategy in advocating social inclusion and protection of vulnerable older persons.
There will also be a discussion and sharing of social pension experiences from among the delegates composed of social work educators and professionals from government from the Philippines, Indonesia, Lao, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
Among the resource persons invited to provide inputs to the workshop are: Mr. Charles Know Vydmanov, Social Protection Policy Adviser of HelpAge International; Ms. Merdith Wyse, Strategic Development Manager East Asia Pacific Region, HelpAge International; and, Dr. Shelley Dela Vega, Director of University of the Philippines (UP) – Institute of Ageing.
The workshop also envisions to come up with a baseline data on how social pension for indigent older persons is implemented by the different ASEAN members. A resolution incorporating insights and learning shall also be drafted, which shall be advocated to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD).
|BSP rediscount rates for March 2014 and availments as of February 2014|
announced today the rediscount rates applicable on loan availments
by banking institutions for March 2014 and availments as of February
For loans under the Peso Rediscount Facility, the rediscount rates effective 15 November 2013 up to the next policy rates revision are as follows:
The Peso rediscount rates for RW I and RW II are based on the applicable BSP one-month repurchase rate and overnight reverse repurchase rate, respectively, plus term premia for longer maturities per Circular No. 806 dated 15 August 2013.
Meanwhile, for loans under the Exporters Dollar and Yen Rediscount Facility (EDYRF), the rates for the month of March are as follows:
The EDYRF rates are based on the respective 90-day London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as of 28 February 2014 plus 200 basis points plus term premia for longer maturities pursuant to Circular No. 807 dated 15 August 2013.
Under the Peso Rediscount Facility, total availments of thrift and rural banks amounted to P282 million for the period 01 January to 28 February 2014, 96.5 percent lower than the P8,102 million total in the same period last year. Of the availments for the period, 71.6 percent went to commercial credits, 2.9 percent to agricultural and industrial credits, and 25.5 percent to other credits consisting of permanent working capital (13.3 percent), other services (8.5 percent) and CAPEX (3.7 percent). There was no availment from commercial banks during the period.
Under the EDYRF, aggregate dollar availments of a thrift bank for the period 01 January to 28 February 2014 amounted to US$0.8 million and benefitted one exporter. This represents a 97.7 percent decrease in availments compared to the US$34.3 million grants for the same period last year. Similar to the Peso Rediscount Facility, there was likewise no availment from commercial banks from the EDYRF during the period.
On the other hand, there was no Yen-denominated availment under the EDYRF for the period 01 January to 28 February 2014.