04 SEPTEMBER 2015

Inflation down to another all-time low in August 2015
Agusan del Norte agrarian beneficiary bags Land Bank’s Ulirang Magsasaka award
DSWD warns public anew of text scams
PHL Ambassador to Canada conducts Official Visit To Newfoundland and Labrador
APEC to recognize women icons from MSMEs
PNP: Beware of robbers,shoplifters
Guingona champions need to bring back deleted BBL provisions in Senate version
BSP holds 2015 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for Stakeholders in Region IX
PDIC to pay depositors of the closed Xavier-Punla Rural Bank, Inc. starting September 9
Three former BI commissioners, 6 others face raps over escape of convicted alien
Seasonally Adjusted Consumer Price Index (2006=100) : August 2015
Treats for gov’t workers on 115th civil service anniversary
Application for CSC clearance goes online
DSWD, NCFF enjoin public to celebrate Family Week this September
Aklan mayor advocates for community-driven development as a disaster recovery strategy
DOJ secures conviction of husband-rapist
Delinquent Real Estate company and Textile manufacturing company charged with willful failure to pay tax
Trading company fails to report true income

Inflation down to another all-time low in August 2015
Source: http://www.neda.gov.ph
 
MANILA – Downward price pressures in food, energy, and oil rates, restrained inflation to an all-time low of 0.6 percent in August 2015, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported today that the country’s headline inflation rate recorded its lowest level anew, tapering down to 0.6 percent in August 2015 from 0.8 percent in the previous month and 4.9 percent in August 2014.

“The current low inflation environment exhibited in the first eight months of 2015 has supported domestic demand, particularly household consumption, and we expect this to persist throughout the rest of the year,” said Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.

Thus, the August 2015 inflation brought the year-to-date headline inflation to 1.7 percent, below the target range of 2.0 to 4.0 percent set by the government for 2015. But the figure was within both the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ forecast of 0.2-1.0 percent for the reference month and the market expectation of 0.6 percent for the reference period.

Meanwhile, headline inflation in the food subgroup continued to ease in August 2015 (1.2% from 1.3%) following slower price adjustments in almost all its sub-items such as breads and cereals, fish, and fruits. The stable bread prices benefitted from the steady decrease in the price of hard flour.

Also, lower electricity rates and oil prices significantly affected price movement of non-food commodities, which was slower at 0.2 percent in August 2015 from 0.4 percent in July 2015.

“Food inflation and international oil prices are expected to remain low and will constrain any upward price movements in the near term,” said Balisacan, who is also NEDA Director-General.

Core inflation—which excludes selected volatile food and energy prices—also slid further to 1.6 percent from 1.9 percent in July 2015 and 3.4 percent in August 2014. Thus, for the first eight months of the year, core inflation averaged at 2.2 percent.

Furthermore, inflation in the National Capital Region was also slower in August 2015 relative to the previous month (0.2% from 0.8%), while inflation in the other regions of the country (0.8%) remained unchanged.

However, Balisacan noted that there is still an upside risk to inflation from the expected strengthening of the El Niño in the country in the coming months until early 2016.

“We need to reinforce our El Niño preparations to ensure food security. The strong collaboration of the national government, local government units, and the private sector is essential to the success of efforts to mitigate the effects of El Niño,” he said.

The NEDA is now spearheading the government task force on El Niño, and has started drafting the Roadmap to Address the Impact of El Niño (RAIN).

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Agusan del Norte agrarian beneficiary bags Land Bank’s Ulirang Magsasaka award
Source: http://www.dar.gov.ph
 
Agrarian reform beneficiary Ruben Ragas, a vegetable farmer of Barangay Sanghan, Cabadbaran City, bagged the 2015 Ulirang Magsasaka award for Land Bank of the Philippine’s (LBP) Gawad sa Pinakatanging Kooperatiba (Gawad Pitak 2015) during its 52nd anniversary celebration.

Ragas and his wife Fe joyfully received the coveted award from Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. along with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, LBP President & CEO Gilda Pico, LBP Treasurer Roberto Tan and CDA Chairman Orlando Ravanera.

“Winning P100,000.00 worth of fixed assets is a big blessing and a great reward for my years of productive hard work tilling the land awarded to me by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR),” said Ragas.

In 2014, Ragas was also conferred as Ulirang Magsasaka 1st runner-up honors during the 24th Gawad Pitak where he won P75,000.00 fixed assets.

“I really appreciate Land Bank for recognizing our efforts and performance. It encourages us to do more for our families and to the community,” Ragas said.

Ragas has been tilling the land awarded to him by the DAR for 15 years. He practices integrated diversified farming where he produces a variety of crops and at the same time raises animals in his farm.

Ragas said he owes his success to DAR for the land and for empowering him with knowledge and opportunities through the department’s various programs and projects.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre Atega congratulated Ragas and his family for this milestone in their lives. “His success is also the success of DAR. His milestones depict the work we do in agrarian reform communities,” Atega said.

The Gawad Pitak award gives recognition to the farmer-sector and cooperatives whose hard work and effort promote positive outcome toward progress. The awarding was held on August 7, 2015 at the Land Bank Plaza in Malate, Manila. (Gil E. Miranda)

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DSWD warns public anew of text scams
Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph
 
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns the public anew on text scams that continue to circulate.

The text message contains the following: “Congratulations, from President Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, your sim # won P950,000 as second prize winner in the Handog Pangkabuhayan raffle promo, DTI P#9513 s’12. Please text your complete name, age, address. ”

“Do not believe this text message. There is no truth about this because the DSWD, as the lead implementor of Pantwid Pamilya, does not hold or engage in any raffle promo or draw. Pantawid Pamilya does not also give away prizes. And there is no Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The DSWD urges all those who will receive this text message not to respond but instead to immediately report this to the nearest DSWD office or text to the Pantawid Pamilya Grievance Text Hotline: 0918-912-2813.

Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government that provides cash grants to poor households in exchange of complying with the conditionalities of the program. It is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-14.

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PHL Ambassador to Canada conducts Official Visit To Newfoundland and Labrador
Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph
 
04 September 2015 - Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia undertook an Official Visit to St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador from August 24 to 26. The Ambassador was accompanied by a consular team from the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa, led by Minister and Consul Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo.

In the course of her visit, the Ambassador met with top officials of the provincial government of Newfoundland & Labrador, including Lt. Governor Frank F. Fagan and Mrs. Mary Patricia Fagan, the Mayor of St. John’s Dennis O’Keefe & Councilor Tom Hann, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Government House Leader Keith Hutchings, and Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees Glenn Littlejohn.
Ambassador Garcia also held a meeting with officials of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of the Memorial Industry of Newfoundland. The Institute has several projects in the Philippines in the field of Marine conservation, and also with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in the area of education.

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to more than a thousand Filipino-Canadians who have made the province their home. Most are working in the medical, engineering, and accounting professions and have established their families in this Atlantic province. There are also around two hundred temporary workers in the service sector. Being a port city, many ships manned by Filipino seafarers dock in the port of St. John’s, and the commercial establishments of the city cater to the needs of the crewmembers who are on their R and R.

Ambassador Garcia met with the Filipino community in Newfoundland and Labrador and took the opportunity to update the community on the developments back home in the Philippines and the projects of the Embassy.

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APEC to recognize women icons from MSMEs
Source: http://www.dti.gov.ph
 
The upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy (APEC WE) 2015 Fora will mark the accomplishments of extraordinary women icons from micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) representing APEC economy through a special exhibition entitled Iconograph.

Iconograph, which is one of the parallel events of the fora, will feature stories and images of outstanding women who are prime movers of inclusive growth and significant contributors to domestic and global economic activities.

“We recognize and applaud the vision, leadership, commitment and drive demonstrated by these women in running their enterprises and may they serve as inspiration to the many other aspiring women entrepreneurs across the Asia-Pacific region,” DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said.

Last July, each APEC economy was requested to nominate one individual who has made remarkable achievements in the MSME sector. The choice for the women icons went through a very rigorous selection process. They were selected based on mandatory considerations, business model and performance, role model attribute, impact on other women, vision and leadership, community service and social commitment.

“The stories portrayed by the women icons are in line with the goals of the APEC Women and Economy Fora which are to ensure gender equality and create new economic opportunities for women,” said DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, also the Chair of APEC WE 2015 Fora.

Staged by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the exhibit aligns itself with the objectives of fostering the participation of SMEs in the global economy, particularly within the Asia-Pacific region.

The Fora, which is jointly organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Commission on Women, and the Women’s Business Council Philippines, has emerged as a conscious effort by women representatives to take stock of past achievements, identify present and continuing barriers as well as appropriate interventions, and support future aspirations for women’s full participation. The fora shall focus on five priority areas where women’s potential remain untapped and these are access to capital; access to markets; capacity and skills building; women’s leadership; and access to technology and innovation.

The exhibit will run from September 16-18, 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. For more information, you may visit http://apec2015.ph/women/ or email CITEM at info@citem.com.ph

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PNP: Beware of robbers,shoplifters
Source: http://www.pnp.gov.ph
 
The Philippine National Police today alerted the public to be vigilant against robbers and shoplifters with the onset of “-ber” months.

According to PNP Chief Police Director General Ricardo C. Marquez crime can happen to anyone at the most unexpected time, and to combat crime the public must be kept informed of the various modus operandi of criminals.

These criminals are known to be part of Salisi Gang, Laglag barya Gang, Besfren Gang, Tutok-Kalawit Gang, Ipit/Ipit-Taxi Gang, Laslas Bag/Bulsa, Estribo Gang, Dura Boys, Pitas Gang and other groups with same strategy using other modes of criminal operation.

During the regular Lambat Sibat meeting in Camp Crame on Wednesday, the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) noted a significant decrease in Robbery and Theft for the past week. From an average of 794 cases per week on June 2014 to January 2015, Robbery and Theft continuously dipped to 273 recorded incidents last week, August 24-30.
In line with the Lambat-Sibat campaign initiated by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, the qualitative analysis (fromAugust 24 to 30 2015) conducted by the DIDM has recorded that 20% of theft cases is due to shoplifting.

DIDM also noted that 27% of recorded robbery incidents occurred from 12:01 AM to 4:00 AM.

Furthermore, the DIDM identified streets (31%), residential areas (26%) and PUVs (21%) as the most places where robbery incidents exist.

Earlier this month, NCRPO Director Police Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao, started to deploy 70% of its 19,000-strong police personnel to strengthen security operations in the ground.

“While the PNP is fielding additional foot and mobile patrolers, the public must also be wary to what is really happening in their communities and in the streets” the Chief PNP said as he urged the public to work with the police on its anti-criminality initiatives.

Even if the cases of robbery and theft in Metro Manila are on its downtrend, PDG Marquez wants the public to be more observant and alert at all times.

The PNP’s Oplan Lambat-Sibat, regularly audit crime incident reports at the police station level and use its data to further generate and identify “crime hot spots” and “crime patterns” where and when intensified police interventions are necessary.

These interventions include strategically-placed checkpoints, foot &mobile patrols, focused and intelligence-driven operations against most wanted persons and member of criminal gangs. (PNP-PIO)

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Guingona champions need to bring back deleted BBL provisions in Senate version
Source: http://www.opapp.gov.ph
 
Manila – During Wednesday's Senate plenary hearing on the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), the amended version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) authored by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as Senate Committee on Local Government chair, Senator Teofisto “TG” D. Guingona III questioned the deletions from the original draft, which he believed were vital to the identity and operation of the autonomous region.

“My review of the BBL takes off from the following objectives: first, to highlight the primacy of the Constitution as basis and framework for the mandate of government in peace negotiations and creations of autonomous regions. Second is to acknowledge the nature, context, and significance of the draft BBL both as a legislative measure and a peace process instrument,” explained Guingona.

The lawmaker from Bukidnon began his interpellation by questioning the deletion of the preamble in the Senate BLBAR filed as Senate Bill No. 2894. Guingona argued that Republic Act No. 9054, the bill’s predecessor and the implementing law of the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, also a carried a preamble and that had not been found as “constitutionally repugnant.” Republic Act 6734, which preceded R.A. 9054 and established the ARMM, also include a preamble or prefatory statement.

Marcos explained that “constitutionality did not really come into the reasoning that led to the removal of the preamble.” He added that it was done to “remove any suspicion or fear that we are writing a constitution for a separate state.” Conversely, Guingona countered that a preamble is simply an “introductory statement” that “usually states the reasons or/and the intent of [a] law.”

“It would be helpful to have preamble because it will prevent confusion. A preamble is a statement of intent. If you are saying there are fears that [the Bangsamoro] might not be part of the Philippines, that this might be a first step [toward secession], then let us state ‘it is not so’ in the preamble,” added Guingona.

Matter of inland waters

“Inland waters jurisdiction has already been given over to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao under R.A. 9054. This has been taken away in [the BLBAR],” said Guingona, adding that the 1987 Philippine Constitution also guarantees autonomous regions to have jurisdiction over natural resources such as inland waters.

Natural resources as well as economic development are among the legislative powers listed under Section 20, Article X of the 1987 Philippine Constitution that can be vested by organic acts, such as the BBL and the BLBAR, to autonomous regions.

Marcos commented that his committee only intended to preserve the powers of local government units over inland waters as guided by the Local Government Code of 1991. He added that the Bangsamoro parliament, once established, could always pass laws that would enhance the regional government’s administration and management over inland waters.

However, Senate President Franklin Drilon, in his questioning, pointed out that authority was not given to the Bangsamoro government to amend the said code. “[The Bangsamoro] cannot transgress national laws. Therefore, I think we should already give them the jurisdiction over the preservation and management of inland waters,” Guingona seconded.

Other deletions grilled

Guingona directed his next questions on the deletion of provisions referring to the Shari’ah High Court. “From my review, I do not see anything unconstitutional in retaining the Shari’ah High Court.”

Quoting the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the solon from Bukidnon explained that “judicial powers shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such lower courts as may be established by law.”

Despite the name, the original draft of the BBL clearly stated that the decisions of the Shari’ah High Court are subject to the judicial review of the Supreme Court.

Marcos said that the deletion was motivated by an attempt to streamline operations and cut cost, citing the low number of cases shari’ah courts established under Presidential Decree No. 1083 have been receiving. “There is no legal principle we are trying to impose in the deletion of those provisions,” commented Marcos.

Guingona contradicted Marcos’ statements by highlighting that the establishment of the Shari’ah Courts was not a simple matter of case load. “The closest analogy is the Court of Tax Appeals because taxation, being a complex matter, Congress saw it fit to create a Court of Tax Appeals when we could have done without it with the presence of the Court of Appeals.”

“[Shari’ah law] is not just complex in terms of being technical, but there are cultural and religious aspects on this matter which the Court of Appeals justice may not be predisposed to handle,” added Guingona.

Moving on to the provision on the Special Development Fund (SDF), a P17 billion cash fund which will be disbursed to the Bangsamoro government by the national government for purposes of rehabilitation and development, Marcos admitted that he did not see the purpose for establishing such a fund.

Guingona, who hails from Mindanao, disputed that there was an actual and immediate need for the SDF. “I see a need and I see an opportunity: the need is that the [would-be Bangsamoro] is one of the poorest, if not the poorest areas in the country. The poverty is stark, illiteracy is high, and health conditions are below par. Clearly, there is a need.”

“Secondly, here we are creating a Bangsamoro autonomous region, a new entity. This is an opportunity. We do not want it to fail like ARMM. Therefore, if we just give them political autonomy without giving them the financial wherewithal, then we are just dooming them to failure,” Guingona continued.

“Their success in the Bangsamoro will be our success. Their success will be the success of this country,” he added.

GOCCs vs local enterprises

Guingona also asked Marcos why provisions on the creation of government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) had been deleted. “We shall say that whatever [the Bangsamoro government] passes, whatever they create shall be consistent with the Constitution, pertinent laws and Republic Act No. 10149, the GOCC Governance Act of 2011.”

Marcos yielded that the Bangsamoro, similar to local government units, could create economic enterprises. “What a local government does is create what we referred to as an economic enterprise. It is a financial operation where the local government makes money. Tourism, for example, a resort, a restaurant, whatever it is, development of a mall - that is an economic enterprise. And there is nothing that holds an LGU.”

Senator Ralph Recto, at this point, took the floor and offered an additional explanation. “But the only confusion again is: What is a GOCC? What is a local public enterprise? They are very similar. So, yes, local governments, and I think the Bangsamoro region should be allowed to create a local GOCC or a local public enterprise.”

“We must provide the Bangsamoro region with the legal authority to create whatever we want to call it, a GOCC, a local GOCC, or a local public enterprise,” Recto concluded.

After his interpellation, Guingona reserved the right to bring up the matters discussed in a future time. The Senate suspension was suspended until Monday, 7 September.

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BSP holds 2015 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for Stakeholders in Region IX
Source: http://www.bsp.gov.ph
 
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will hold the 2015 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for its stakeholders in Region IX to give recognition to partners that have provided exemplary support to the BSP’s statistical initiatives, information requirements, and advocacy programs. Focusing on the theme “12 Years and Beyond: Celebrating Strong Partnerships and Successful Collaboration,” the event will be held on Tuesday, 8 September 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Room, BSP Zamboanga New Generation Building, Zamboanga City, as part of the BSP’s 22nd anniversary celebration.

Monetary Board Member Valentin A. Araneta will lead in honoring this year’s awardees and stakeholders.

The BSP will give three awards for outstanding partners—two for the Business Expectations Survey (BES) and one for Source of Information for the Report on Regional Economic Developments.

The Outstanding Respondent among Large and Medium Firms and the Outstanding Respondent among Small Firms will be conferred to the BES respondents selected from among the country’s top corporations in Region IX that have participated regularly in the survey by providing timely, complete, accurate and consistent responses. The Outstanding Partner for Source of Information for the Report on Regional Economic Developments will be awarded to the agency or institution that provided the BSP with information support for an effective environment scan of Region IX.

This occasion is the eighth leg of the BSP’s regional stakeholders’ events which will be held from July to September 2015 in 12 areas outside the National Capital Region (AONCR) to honor stakeholders in various award categories. Stakeholders of the BSP in the National Capital Region were earlier recognized during the awards ceremony held last 14 July 2015 at the BSP Main Office.

This event is expected to further strengthen the partnerships between the BSP and its stakeholders in information gathering and advocacy campaigns that will help it carry out its mandate of maintaining price stability and promoting financial stability as well as ensuring an efficient payments and settlements system in the country.

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PDIC to pay depositors of the closed Xavier-Punla Rural Bank, Inc. starting September 9
Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph
 
The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) will service the deposit insurance claims of depositors of the closed Xavier-Punla Rural Bank, Inc. on September 9 and 10, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the bank's premises located at Poblacion, Pangantucan, Bukidnon.

Depositors with valid deposit balances of P100,000 and below, with complete mailing address found in the bank records or updated through the Mailing Address Update Form, without any outstanding obligation with the bank, and whose deposits have been evaluated to be eligible for early payment, do not need to file deposit insurance claims.

Depositors required to file deposit insurance claims are those with account balances of more than P100,000, those with outstanding obligations with the bank, with incomplete mailing address, those who maintain the account under the name of business entities, or those with accounts not eligible for early payment, regardless of type of account and account balance. The announcement on the claims settlement operations of Xavier-Punla Rural Bank is posted at its offices and in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph.

When filing claims for deposit insurance, depositors are advised to personally present the original copy of evidence of deposit such as Savings Passbook and Certificate of Time Deposit, and two (2) valid photo-bearing IDs with signature of the depositor. Depositors who were not able to come personally may file their claims through mail and enclose the same set of documentary requirements with a notarized Claim Form.

Depositors who are below 18 years old should be represented by a parent who should submit a photocopy of the child's Birth Certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or a duly certified copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar as an additional requirement. The parent should sign the Claim Form and the other requirements. Claimants who are not the signatories in the bank records are required to submit an original copy of a notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA). In the case of a minor depositor, the SPA must be executed by the parent.

The procedures and requirements for filing of deposit insurance claims are posted in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. The Claim Form and format of the SPA may also be downloaded from the PDIC website. PDIC will not accept claims which are incomplete or lacking in requirements.

Depositors who are not able to file their claims during the claims settlement operations period may submit their claims either through mail to PDIC or personally at the PDIC Public Assistance Center, 3rd Floor, SSS Bldg., 6782 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City starting on September 21, 2015.

PDIC reiterates that it will not accept claims with incomplete requirements. The deposit insurer may also require other documents in the course of processing of claims.

In accordance with the provisions of the PDIC Charter, the last day for filing deposit insurance claims in the closed Xavier-Punla Rural Bank is on August 24, 2017. After this date, PDIC as Deposit Insurer shall no longer accept any deposit insurance claims.

The PDIC said that all valid claims will be paid. For deposits to be considered valid, it must be recorded in the bank's records and must have evidence of inflow of funds, based on the results of PDIC examination. PDIC, as Receiver, has the authority to adjust the interest rate on unpaid interests on deposits of a bank if such rate is deemed unreasonable.

For more information, depositors may contact the Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail at pad@pdic.gov.ph. Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342).

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Three former BI commissioners, 6 others face raps over escape of convicted alien
Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph
 
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to indict former Bureau of Immigration (BI) commissioners Teodoro Delarmente, Roy Almoro and Jose Cabochan for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) over irregularities in the issuance of medical passes and Summary Deportation Order (SDO) in favor of a certain Vo Van Duc, a suspected terrorist convicted of unlawful manufacture and possession of explosives.

The Ombudsman also ordered the filing of charges against former acting chief of the PNP Civil Security Unit Wendy Rosario, former BI chief of staff Alejandro Fernandez, former acting warden Noel Espinosa, former legal aide Richard Perez, former security escort Francis Agana and former confidential agent Joselito Pagaduan for violation of RA 3019 and Article 224 of the Revised Penal Code (Evasion through Negligence).

Investigation revealed that Delarmente, Rosario, Espinosa and Agana were responsible for the issuance of medical passes on several dates in 2005 to Van Duc despite the absence of the required recommendation of the BI physician and for allowing him to enjoy temporary liberty for three weeks.

“Apparently, the medical passes issued by Delarmente had no basis but the ‘request’ made by Van Duc himself. Further, the medical passes made it possible for Van Duc to leave the BI Detention Center and enjoy the comforts of staying in an apartelle. All these respondents, conspiring with Delarmente, acted with manifest partiality and evident bad faith in giving Van Duc unwarranted benefit,” stated the Resolution.

On the other hand, Delarmente, Almoro, Cabochan, Fernandez and Perez were found to have violated the rules in summary deportation proceedings when the SDO was issued based on an outdated 4-year old charge sheet and without the conduct of any semblance of a hearing by the commissioners, which facilitated Van Duc’s escape from the country.

The Resolution cited that the “SDO was flawed from its very inception, as it did not go through the proper procedure under the BI rules. At the outset, records do not disclose any memorandum from the special prosecutor recommending summary proceeding. Secondly, the SDO was not prepared by the Board of Special Inquiry but by respondent Perez, allegedly upon the orders of respondent Fernandez.”

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Seasonally Adjusted Consumer Price Index (2006=100) : August 2015
Source: http://www.psa.gov.ph
 
Month-on-Month Growth Rates

Philippines

At the national level, the seasonally adjusted CPI for all items grew by 0.2 percent in August from a zero growth in July. Higher monthly increments were recorded in the indices of furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services at 0.2 percent in August from 0.1 percent in July; recreation and culture index, 0.1 percent from zero growth; and education index, 0.3 percent from 0.2 percent. On the other hand, the housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels index declined by 0.1 percent from -0.2 percent. Moreover, the clothing and footwear index moved up at a slower pace of 0.1 percent from 0.2 percent. The alcoholic beverages and tobacco index retained its last month’s rate of 0.8 percent and health index, 0.1 percent.

The lean season of August pushed up the indices of all items; clothing and footwear; health; recreation and culture; and education relative to the expected trend. However, the alcoholic beverages and tobacco index was pulled down by this seasonal factor during the month. The indices of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels; furnishing household equipment and routine maintenance of the house; and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services indices were not affected by this seasonal factor.

National Capital Region (NCR)

In NCR, the month-on-month change of the seasonally adjusted CPI for education went up by 0.4 percent in August from zero growth in July. On the contrary, the transport index dropped by 0.3 percent from -0.4 percent while movements in alcoholic beverages and tobacco index remained at 0.4 percent; non-food index, -0.1 percent; and furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house, 0.1 percent.

Relative to the expected trend, the seasonal factor experienced during the lean month of August raised the indices of non-food; transport; and education. Meanwhile, this seasonal factor pushed down the indices of alcoholic beverages and tobacco and furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house.

Areas Outside the National Capital Region (AONCR)

In AONCR, higher monthly gains were posted in recreation and culture index at 0.1 percent in August from -0.1 percent in July and education index, 0.5 percent from zero growth. The housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels index, however, decreased by 0.2 percent. Likewise, the monthly growth in alcoholic beverages and tobacco index slowed to 0.5 percent from 0.6 percent and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services, 0.1 percent from 0.2 percent. Movements in the clothing and footwear and health indices remained at 0.1 percent and furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house index, 0.2 percent.

The lean month of August advanced the indices of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels; recreation and culture; and education relative to the expected trend. On the other hand, this seasonal factor pulled down the alcoholic beverages and tobacco index while it did not affect the indices of clothing and footwear; furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house; health and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services.

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Treats for gov’t workers on 115th civil service anniversary
Source: http://www.csc.gov.ph
 
Special discount packages await government employees as the entire bureaucracy celebrates the 115th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA), the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced.

From September 25 to 27, 2015, state workers can avail themselves of 10% discount at all SM Department Stores nationwide, valid on regular-priced items for a minimum purchase of PHP500. SM Appliance Centers will offer 5% discount nationwide, as well as financing promos for select branches in Metro Manila and nearby Luzon. Shoppers at SM Supermarket and SM Hypermarket will get a free item with a minimum purchase of PHP500. A list of exempted items has been provided.

To be eligible for the said promos, civil servants should present their official government office ID or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ID card, including an SM Advantage Card, SM Prestige Card, MOM Card, or BDO Rewards Card. CSC Announcement No. 53, s.2015

From September 1 to December 31, 2015, Executive Optical branches are offering up to 20% discount on exclusive frames and sunglasses, up to 10% discount on signature frames and sunglasses except for select brands, and free services. State workers only need to present their official government office ID and/or GSIS ID to qualify for the benefit, which is transferable to the employee's dependents. CSC Announcement No. 51, s.2015

Red Ribbon is also offering a 10% discount for a minimum purchase of PHP350 from September 15 to November 15, 2015. Government employees will also get a free 12 oz. iced tea for every PHP200 purchase at any Chowking store for the whole month of September. CSC Announcement No. 55, s.2015

The National Museum will provide government employees free admission this September to the National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Fine Arts, National Planetarium, and its branch museums nationwide. CSC Announcement No. 54, s.2015

The Manila Ocean Park is offering discounted packages for entrance to its attractions. Government employees may purchase a maximum of 10 tickets for their family and friends. Schedule of ticket reservations at the Manila Ocean Park Reservation Office is from Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket validity is from September 1 to December 31, 2015. CSC Announcement No. 49, s.2015

Star City is also offering a PHP280/Ride-All-You-Can (RAYC) ticket (discounted from PHP420) to government employees and three (3) of their family members. This treat is available from September 4-6, 2015 and September 11-30, 2015; Monday to Thursday (4 p.m. onwards) and Friday, Saturday, Sunday (2 p.m. onwards). CSC Announcement No. 50, s.2015

To avail of the museum and theme park promos, government employees must present their office ID or GSIS ID card at the reservation or ticketing booths and the service gates.

Civil servants are urged to read the announcements at www.csc.gov.ph for more details on the PCSA promotions.

Themed “Kayang-Kaya Mo, Lingkod Bayani”, the month-long PCSA celebration aims not only to commemorate the establishment of the Philippine Civil Service in 1900, but also to recognize the contributions and achievements of civil servants in national development.

Aside from special treats, the CSC is spearheading the R.A.C.E. to Serve V Fun Run on September 12, 2015 at the Quirino Grandstand, and the 5th Government Choral Competition Grand Finals on September 15, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Application for CSC clearance goes online
Source: http://www.csc.gov.ph
 
As part of efforts to improve its services, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has made the application for clearance more convenient through online application.

The CSC clearance is a document certifying that an individual has no pending administrative case with the CSC and is used mostly for employment, promotion, transfer of office, or retirement.

Starting August, applicants for CSC clearance may download a digital form from the CSC website. The form should be filled out and submitted via e-mail to cscclearance@csc.gov.ph.

If the applicant prefers to receive the clearance through mail, he or she must send a Postal Money Order payable to Civil Service Commission in the amount of P100.00 together with a self-addressed and stamped envelope.

If the applicant opts to personally pick-up the clearance, he or she must proceed to the CSC Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, pay P100.00 to the cashier, and pick up the clearance from the Public Assistance and Complaints Desk.

The shift to online application would especially benefit clients with special needs such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women.

It must be emphasized that the allotted time for verification and preparation of clearance certification is 20 minutes per individual. In case of bulk applications, the processing time would be 20 minutes multiplied by the number of individuals included in the request. (Example: If five employees from the same agency filed a single request for clearance, it will take 100 minutes or 1 hour and 40 minutes to process all five applications.)

The CSC processes an average of 50 requests daily, which are received through mail or from walk-in clients.

Civil Service Commission, Constitution Hills, Batasang Pambansa Complex Diliman 1126 Quezon City, Philippines [ Get direction ]

CSC Trunklines : 931-8092 / 931-7939 / 931-7935 | Text CSC : 0917-839-8272 | Para sa taumBAYAN hotline : 951-2575 / 951-2576 / 932-0111

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DSWD, NCFF enjoin public to celebrate Family Week this September
Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph
 
The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) enjoins the whole nation to celebrate the National Family Week this September by holding activities that promote family unity and harmony.

The National Family Week is a yearly celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 signed on Sept. 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 241 dated June 9, 1995. It carries the theme “Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families. ”

The NCFF, in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Muntinlupa City, which is this year’s host-LGU, will conduct a series of activities to highlight the importance of keeping families strong especially in this modern age where many social issues have emerged that threaten family relationships.

A motorcade and opening program on September 5 to be led by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Muntinlipa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, and Congressman Rodolfo Biazon will serve as kick-off activity .

Then on September 11, an interfaith festival will be held at the Expo Trade Hall Festival Mall in Alabang.

On the other hand, DSWD will organize the 4th National Family Conference on September 17 to be conducted also at the Festival Mall.

A photo contest and paper art contest focusing on this year’s theme will also be staged. The entries will be showcased in Alabang Town Center and SM Muntinlupa City, respectively.

The culminating program will be held on September 25 which is also the “Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga” Day, an annual declaration where every family is encouraged to spend dinner together.

Finally, during the closing ceremony, the DSWD, NCFF, and Muntilunpa City will recognize model families in the city.

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Aklan mayor advocates for community-driven development as a disaster recovery strategy
Source: http://www.dswd.gov.ph
 
MANILA – Following their experience in Typhoon Yolanda, Mayor Gene Fuentes, local chief executive of Tangalan, Aklan, is advocating for the use of the community-driven development (CDD) strategy in disaster preparation and recovery.

CDD is a development strategy that puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to decide on issues related to their local development and to manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs they identified. This is the approach employed by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to Mayor Fuentes, CDD served as the key that helped their town prepare for and recover from the after-effects of the typhoon.

“Isa sa pinakamagandang nagawa ng Kalahi¬-CIDSS is iyong disaster preparedness (One of the good things that Kalahi-CIDSS did is promote disaster preparedness)”, he said.

He explained that because the program trained the citizens to work with each other and with their local government unit (LGU), they had no problems in pre-emptive evacuation as coordination was easy for them. They were also able to mobilize the Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers to help them in information dissemination.

He said, “Nung dumaan sa amin ang Yolanda, malaki talaga ang tulong ng mga volunteers ng Kalahi-CIDSS dahil na-spread out namin ang preparation. That is why we had zero casualties at dalawa lang ang injured (When we were hit by Yolanda, the Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers were a big help because we were able to spread out our preparation. That is why we had zero casualties and only two were injured)”.

This is in light of the fact that Tangalan was within the 50-kilometer radius path of Typhoon Yolanda, with Aklan as one of the provinces hit hardest by the super typhoon.

Furthermore, none of the infrastructure projects constructed through the Kalahi-CIDSS experienced major damage because of the disaster. Mayor Fuentes credited this to the fact that the communities themselves chose, implemented, and maintained their chosen projects. In a statement he made in 2014, the soil protection sub-project in Barangay Baybay in Tangalan directly protected the village from Yolanda.

In his previous statement, he said, “This is proof that Kalahi-CIDSS is world standard… Kalahi-CIDSS buildings are the only ones that are still intact. Even the world’s strongest typhoon failed to destroy Kalahi-CIDSS buildings”.

Mayor Fuentes said they were even able to use CDD in post-disaster rehabilitation. When the DSWD employed its Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program to provide assistance to the families whose houses were partially or totally damaged following Yolanda, Tangalan was one of the fastest to comply with the requirements because the people themselves developed the list.

In advocating for CDD as a disaster preparedness and recovery strategy, Mayor Fuentes had this to say: “Masarap rin na ikaw ang mayor, iyong consitutents mo walang nalagasan nang dumaan ang napakalakas ang bagyo na siguro sa ating pamumuhay sa mundo ay iyon na ang pinakamalakas na tumama sa atin [It feels good to be the mayor in a town that had no casualties from probably the strongest typhoon that has hit us within our lifetime]”.

Mayor Fuentes said that he plays an active role in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, even helping out in solving any problems that surfaced.

He said, “Kung hindi ka mag-troubleshoot, lagot ka sa mga tao [If you do not troubleshoot, you will be in trouble with the people]”.
Since 2012, 4,818 households stand to benefit from Kalahi-CIDSS projects in Tangalan. Since 2012, it has received P25.67 million community grants, funded in part through the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the US government, which they utilized for the implementation of 18 sub-projects, 12 of which have already been completed. They are also set to implement 7 sub-projects, three of which are for disaster risk reduction and management, through the national community-driven development program, the scaled-up version of Kalahi-CIDSS.

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DOJ secures conviction of husband-rapist
Source: http://www.doj.gov.ph
 
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima reminded men that rape can also be committed by the husband against his wife.

The statement was issued as she commended the Department’s Regional Prosecution Office (RPO) XII for securing the conviction of a man charged with marital rape.

In a 13-page Judgement, the Regional Trial Court of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat Branch 19 found Benito Selvino Gumayao guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of rape.

He was sentenced to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua and to pay his complainant-wife a total of P150,000.

The Information filed by the prosecution against Gumayao alleged that the accused committed the crime on May 3, 2002 inside their family home at Brgy. Sto. Nino, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat.

His wife claimed that she was not feeling well at that time so when “her husband arrived and eventually went to her and intimated to her that he wanted to have a sexual intercourse with her,” she refused.

This angered Gumayao who mauled complainant, causing her to faint. The complainant stated that when she opened her eyes, “her husband was already on top of her and succeeded in having sexual intercourse with her.”

In his ruling, Judge Renato Gleyo said that the Family Code “obligates the spouses to love one another but this rule sanctions affection and sexual intimacy, as expressions of love that are both spontaneous and mutual” and that it “excludes cruelty and coercion.”

De Lima said “sexual intimacy, aside from being a mechanism for procreation, is a gift that serves to bring color and life to a marital relationship. When the same is consummated without the wife’s consent through the use of force or coercion, the law provides protection to the victim.”

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Delinquent Real Estate company and Textile manufacturing company charged with willful failure to pay tax
Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph
 
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today filed separate criminal complaints with the Department of Justice against two (2) delinquent corporate taxpayers from Quezon City and Rizal for Willful Failure to Pay Taxes under the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code).

Charged for violating Section 255 in relation to Sections 253 and 256 of the Tax Code were EM RAMOS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (EM RAMOS) and its President EMERITO B. RAMOS. EM RAMOS is a domestic corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with registered address at No. 273 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. It is engaged in business as real estate developer and dealer.

EM RAMOS and its responsible corporate officer were assessed deficiency tax liabilities for taxable year 2006 in the sum of P17.45 million, inclusive of increments, broken down as follows: Income Tax (IT) – P15.82 million; Value Added Tax (VAT) – P1.62 million; and Expanded Withholding Tax (EWT) – P13,097.38.

Likewise charged for the same violation were YUPANGCO COTTON MILLS, INC. (YUPANGCO) and its Chairman/President GUMERSINDO L. LEUTERIO. YUPANGCO is a domestic corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with registered address at Mahabang Parang, Angono, Rizal/No. 11-A Pili Avenue, Forbes Park, Makati City. It is engaged in the business of textile manufacturing.

YUPANGCO and its responsible corporate officer were assessed deficiency tax liabilities for taxable year 2006 in the sum of P52.99 million, inclusive of increments, broken down as follows: VAT- P52.97 million; and Compromise Penalty (CP) – P15,000.00.

BIR Quezon City records of investigation showed that the abovementioned respondents were served the corresponding Letters of Authority (LOA), Requests for Presentation of Records, Subpoena Duces Tecum (SDT), Preliminary Assessment Notices (PAN), and Formal Letters of Demand (FLD) but failed to protest said assessments, hence making the same final, executory, and demandable.

The subsequent issuance of Preliminary Collection Notices, Final Notices Before Seizure, Warrants of Distraint and/or Levy, Warrants of Garnishment, and Demands Before Suit were ignored by the respondents, as the said tax assessments remained unpaid. The respondents’ obstinate failure and continued refusal to pay their long overdue deficiency tax assessments, despite repeated demands, constitute willful failure to pay the taxes due to the government.

The cases against EM RAMOS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, and YUPANGCO COTTON MILLS, INC., together with their responsible corporate officers, are the 389th and 390th, respectively, filed under the RATE program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares. These are likewise RATE cases of Revenue Region No. 7, Quezon City.

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Trading company fails to report true income
Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph
 

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against MANCHLOR TRADING CORPORATION (MANCHLOR) for Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax, and Deliberate Failure to Supply Correct and Accurate Information in its Income Tax Returns (ITR) for taxable year 2012, as defined under Sections 254 and 255 in relation to Sections 253(d) and 256 of the NationalInternal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code).

Likewise charged for the same violations were its responsible corporate officers – President ROLANDO G. MANGULABNAN, and Vice-President/Treasurer FLORDELIZA A. MANGULABNAN.

Respondent MANCHLOR is a domestic corporation engaged in the trading of goods such as chlorinator, chemicals, gasoline, tools equipment, food, supplements, etc. on wholesale/retail basis. Its registered address is at 86F Road 1 Cor. Road 32, Project 6, Quezon City.

Documents gathered in the course of investigation showed that MANCHLOR acquired 254,800 shares of stock of Philippine Hydro Incorporated (PHI) for a total consideration of P44.50 million. However, MANCHLOR failed to report the said acquisition in its Audited Financial Statements (AFS) and ITR for taxable year 2012.

Evidently, in the absence of any declared source of the purchase price of P44.50 million, the said amount is an undeclared income of MANCHLOR and must be subjected to income tax.

MANCHLOR and its responsible corporate officers were assessed an estimated aggregate deficiency tax liability for taxable year 2012 amounting toP27.27 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

The case against MANCHLOR TRADING CORPORATION, together with its responsible corporate officers, is the 391st filed under the RATE program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares. It is likewise a RATE case of the National Investigation Division. (reytdlc)

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