16 SEPT 2014

Ex-COMELEC supervisor indicted for SALN violation
MRT-3 upgrading and buy-out happening in parallel
Government hiring 32 Project Managers to fast-track E-Government
DPWH installed warning signs, undertakes immediate clearing on "Typhoon Luis" affected infrastructure
BIR collection for August 2014 grew by P9.45 billion
DOLE's NCMB settles PM case at MCU-FDT Medical Foundation; 58 workers receive P348-K in separation benefits
PH second among 15 EPS countries in efficiency in sending workers to South Korea
Senator Loren Legarda represents Philippines in WAW! Tokyo 2014
PhilRice prepares farmers for El Niño
New Mobile App for farming developed
DAR to build P37.8-M infra projects for Cagayan farmers
September 2014 Respiratory Therapist Licensure examination results released in two (2) working days
August and September 2014 Metallurgical Engineer Licensure examination results released on the last day of examination
PDIC to continue processing claims of Rural Bank of Oroquieta (Misamis Occidental) depositors

Ex-COMELEC supervisor indicted for SALN violation
Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph
Lintang Bedol,  former provincial election supervisor of the Commission on Elections – Cotabato, Maguindanao faces criminal indictment for not filing his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

In a six-page Resolution, the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao approved the filing of charges against Bedol for violation of Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

Investigation shows that Bedol has not filed his SALN for five years since 2002.

Bedol justified his non-filing of SALNs by claiming that all election documents and his personal files including his 2005 and 2006 SALNs were stolen when his office at the Capitol Sharif Aguak, Maguindanao was ransacked in May 2007.

“Such claim even strengthened his indictment as why would respondent simply store the SALNs among his personal documents and not file them with the Office of the Ombudsman or COMELEC Manila,” the Resolution states.

 Bedol further claimed that he did not file his SALN in 2007, 2008, and 2009 as he went into hiding due to threats made on his life to prevent him from reporting to the media the anomalies during the elections in 2007.  However, it was determined that Bedol was no longer a public official in 2007 as he has been absent without official leave since 2007 and resurfaced only in 2011.

 Section 8 of R.A. No. 6713 states that all public officials and employees have an obligation to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under eighteen (18) years of age living in their households.

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MRT-3 upgrading and buy-out happening in parallel
Source: http://www.dotc.gov.ph
 DOTC Sticks to Improvement Project Timelines, Pursues EVBO Separately

With a pipeline of much-needed improvement projects for the Metro Rail Transit III (MRT-3) system on the plate of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the transport department is fast-tracking their implementation as it pursues the buy-out of the railway separately, so as not to delay any further the relief that riders deserve.

“The modernization and upgrading of MRT-3 is critical in order to improve our services to passengers in terms of both safety and convenience. Most of these projects will be completed in 2015 to 2016 under current timelines, which is why we are already pursuing them separately from the buy-out,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

“We need to work together in the interest of MRT-3 riders. Government is still finalizing the details of its buy-out plan, but we will bring this to the private owner as soon as it is completed. The buy-out will pave the way for our long-term plans, which is intended to deliver not only a decent MRT-3 system to the public, but one that we can look forward to taking,” he added.

Earlier this month, the DOTC formed a transition team composed of engineers and staff of the MRT-3 Office and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) to work with and closely monitor regular maintenance works on the system. This move is meant to give government a direct role in ensuring that safety requirements are met and protocols are properly followed on a daily basis, in the interest of the riding public.

At the same time, the DOTC and MRT-3 Office are either procuring or implementing the following improvement projects to ensure medium- to long-term safety, reliability, and convenience of the transit line.

48 New Train Cars and Tap-and-Go Ticketing

Major upgrades that are already underway are the addition of 48 brand-new train cars and the automation of the railway’s ticketing system.

The new train cars are the crucial solution to long lines, as they will increase passenger capacity by 66%. This means that the current 3-car configuration will be made into 4-car sets, and they will arrive at 2.5-minute intervals instead of the current 3 minutes.

The prototype unit of the new train cars will be tested on the system by August 2015, and once approved, 3-4 new units will be delivered every month thereafter. While complete delivery of the 48 train cars will be accomplished in December 2016, each monthly delivery will already afford partial relief to riders.

Meanwhile, the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) project is also underway, with partial operations at the MRT-3 and Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and LRT-2) starting in July 2015. This contactless or tap-and-go ticketing scheme, which will cut queuing time and speed up line transfers, will be fully operational by September 2015.

Other Improvement Projects in the Pipeline

The DOTC has set out its timelines for the improvement program as follows:

PROJECT

DESCRIPTION

PROCUREMENT COMPLETION

PROJECT COMPLETION

Conveyance Facilities

This will make all elevators and escalators operational by replacing obsolete systems.

Dec. 2014

Mar. 2015

Rail Replacement

Portions of the rail will be replaced with new pieces to maximize train speed and improve safety.

Nov. 2014

Apr. 2015

Traction Motors Replacement

Train engine motors will be replaced to maximize the use of the train cars and improve service reliability.

Nov. 2014

May 2015

Signaling System

Upgrading of signaling and software systems to improve reliability and enhance passenger safety.

Sept. 2014

Phase 1 –

Apr. 2015

Phase 2 –

Sept. 2015

Ancillary Systems

This will allow the 48 new train cars to be integrated into the system by adding depot parking facilities, power substations, and others.

Dec. 2014

Sept. 2015

New Radio Communications System

Replace the entire radio communications system to improve operations coordination.

Dec. 2014

June 2015

North Avenue Footbridge

Construction of an additional footbridge at the North Avenue station to accommodate queues.

Jan. 2015

Sept. 2015

Train Overhaul

Repair of 72 existing train cars (2 cars per month) as part of maintenance for better facilities and improved safety.

Dec. 2014

Dec. 2017


Equity Value Buy-Out in the Works

Government’s long-term plan for the MRT-3 is to implement an Equity Value Buy-Out (EVBO) of the system’s private sector-owner Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC) pursuant to the Build-Lease-Transfer (BLT) Concession Agreement.

Under Executive Order No. 167 s. 2013, the DOTC and the Department of Finance (DOF) are tasked to implement the EVBO, to put an end to the ongoing arbitration case in Singapore between the DOTC and the MRTC. This will also terminate the Concession Agreement, end government’s obligation to pay billions of pesos in equity rental payments to MRTC annually, and transfer ownership over the MRT-3 to government. The DOTC is seeking a P 53-Billion appropriation in the 2015 budget for the EVBO.

Once the buyout is complete, the transport agency may then bid out an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the line, thereby tapping private sector efficiency and customer service orientation for operational needs, while retaining regulatory functions for passenger protection with government.

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Government hiring 32 Project Managers to fast-track E-Government
Source: http://icto.dost.gov.ph
Manila, Philippines - The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) is hiring 32 project managers to fast-track the implementation of several medium to large scale eGovernment projects inline with the eGovernment Masterplan (eGMP) and the Medium Term ICT Harmonization Initiative (MITHI).

eGovernment allows for more efficient, transparent and effective governance and delivery of public services through the use of ICT. With eGovernment, more government services will be available online and will minimise the tedious need to queue for government services that usually take hours of citizen's valuable time.

Among the essential e-government projects to be implemented by these Project Managers are those under the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) project, which aims to interconnect government agencies and automate processes for faster and more efficient public service. The project itself is composed of interconnected projects that include infrastructure, systems and applications, and shared services. At least 10 of these projects are either complete or nearing completion. These are the fiber optic network, data centers, cloud computing, government email, public key infrastructure, forms generator, online
payment system, document and record management system, government web hosting, and project tracking and management.

Among the IT projects in the pipeline outside iGovPhil are the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), the National Payroll System, and the Human Resources Asset Management and Procurement. These Project Managers shall form part of the corps of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who will be deployed in frontline Government agencies managing vital eGovernment services.

Applicants need to have minimum of three years experience in managing medium to large scale ICT projects in the public or private sector. They must also be willing to be assigned to government agencies other than the DOST- ICT Office. Interested professionals may visit the ICT Office website for details.

About DOST-ICT Office - The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government's lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

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DPWH installed warning signs, undertakes immediate clearing on "Typhoon Luis" affected infrastructure
Source: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/
Concerned Regional and District Engineering Offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Typhoon “Luis” affected areas have installed warning signs on damaged national roads including those declared closed to traffic.

Situational report obtained from maintenance point persons in the field by DPWH Bureau of Maintenance revealed that as of 6 AM today (September 15, 2014), the Calacaban Section of Mountain Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Tue (KM389+100) in Mountain Province is closed to traffic due to landslide with DPWH crew and equipment deployed for immediate clearing as soon as workers’ safety is assured.

The Cabagan Overflow Bridge in Sta. Maria, Isabela and Cabatangan River Section of Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road in the Province of Aurora were also both closed to vehicular traffic due to flood waters.

In Nueva Ecija, strong current of flood waters washed out and rendered closed to traffic the detour road at KM173+500 in Barangay Sabit, Cuyapo forming part of Nueva Ecija-Pangasinan Road.

Flood waters of 1.0 meter high has restricted the movement of all types of vehicle at KM303+400 in Mabini-Caranglaan Section of Pangasinan-Zambales Road in Pangasinan while KM578+000 in Paraiso Ni Juan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and KM396+500 of Pangasinan-La Union Road are both one lane passable following the occurrence of slides.

Slides have also occurred at intermittent section along Ilocos Sur-Abra Road and Tagudin-Cervantes Road in Ilocos Sur but open to all types of vehicles.

To immediately attend to repair and improvement of calamity damaged infrastructure, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson through Department Order 96 dated September 11, 2014 directed the immediate submission by the Regional Directors and District Engineers factual ground validation of damages to DPWH projects for request for funding.

All calamity reports has to be reviewed by the Regional Director within two (2) days from receipt of final report from the ground before forwarding the duly validated report together with supporting documents to the office of Secretary Singson.

Among the supporting documents are the endorsement of the Regional Director, program of work and detailed unit price analysis, project profile, site location map, captioned and dated pictures, and certification by the Regional Director and District Engineer that the project is actually damaged by the particular calamity or disaster.

Calamity damage reports on infrastructure are categorized in three (3) priority groups: Priority 1 – involves immediate rehabilitation of collapsed bridges, cut road sections, breached seawalls and dikes, and uproofed or totally destroyed public buildings to quickly restore mobility and ensure the safety of the affected aeras; Priority 2 – involves ordinary repair works such as patching potholes, resurfacing of washed out roads and slightly destroyed flood control structures; and Priority 3 – involves minor repair work or improvement to prevent further deterioration.

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BIR collection for August 2014 grew by P9.45 billion
Source: http://www.dof.gov.ph
For the month of August 2014, the BIR collected P127.56 billion in tax revenues, P9.45 billion or 8.01% more than collections made in August 2013.

For August 2014, collections from BIR operations amounted to P125.02 billion, P8.82 billion or 7.59% more than collections made in August 2013.

Collections from non-BIR operations amounted to 2.55 billion, P636 million or 33.29% more than the collections made in August 2013.

Collections by the Regional Offices amounted to P42.09 billion, or P3.93 billion or 10.3% more than the collections made in August 2013. While collections by the Large Taxpayers Service amounted to P82.93 Billion,P4.89 or 6.26% more than collections made in August 2013.

“The performance of the Bureau of Internal Revenue was affected by the low income tax payments received for the 2nd quarter of taxable year 2014 which can be attributed to lower corporate income of large corporations, which could also be brought about by the port congestion experienced during the past months,” BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said.

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DOLE's NCMB settles PM case at MCU-FDT Medical Foundation; 58 workers receive P348-K in separation benefits
Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph
 The National Conciliation and Mediation Board, an attached agency of the DOLE, yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that its office in the National Capital Region has settled through conciliation a preventive mediation case between MCU-Dr. Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation, Inc. and its union, MCU-FDT Medical Foundation Employees Association, thereby restoring harmony and productivity between management and the company's employees.

"We are pleased to report that the preventive mediation case filed by the employees’ union against the company, on account of unfair labor practice due to alleged non-payment of CBA benefits to workers on the 1st year of their CBA amounting to P10,000 for each employee, has been finally settled," Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo reported.

The union is an affiliate of the Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW) and the certified bargaining agent of the 384 employees of MCU-FDT.

The terminated /resigned workers filed the preventive mediation case on 13 August with allegations of massive violation of the workers’ right to proper payment of remuneration and separation benefits. As a response the management refuted such allegation, stating that the workers are not entitled to the CBA benefits. The workers further repudiated the management’s allegation insisting that their separation claims are valid and reasonable under the circumstances.

On 29 August, after just two conciliation conferences facilitated by the NCMB-NCR, the parties mutually agreed that the 58 workers who were terminated and have voluntarily resigned as of 15 March 2014 shall be granted P6,000 each in separation benefits.

Baldoz commended the RCMB-NCR conciliator-mediator Estelita S. Bautista for facilitating the expeditious settlement of the dispute through the established mediation-conciliation procedures of NCMB.

“The workers expressed satisfaction on the settlement of their individual claims,” said Ubaldo in his report. He said the aim of these conciliation procedures is to safeguard the rights and protection of workers in mutually agreed arrangements and at the same time balance the legitimate needs of the employers.

“I am pleased that once again, the DOLE RCMB's strengthened conciliation process has led to the settlement of a dispute that would have been harmful to the company and its workers. Conciliation is really a fast and cost-effective mode of resolving labor disputes and facilitating settlement," commented Baldoz, noting that more and more cases are being settled through conciliation-mediation to the benefit of more workers.

“It is our pledge to ensure that our policies, programs and activities are consistent, coherent, and in harmony with the 2011-2016 Labor and Employment Plan promoting better business environment and inclusive growth through decent and productive work,” She added.

The MCU-Dr. Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation is a non-stock non-profit educational institution with an adjunct tertiary hospital primarily engaged in providing medical and health services. It is currently located at EDSA, Caloocan City. It employs 600 workers represented by the Human Resource Department Manager, Perseverania Lecaroz and assisted by Atty. Ernesto Tabao.

On the other hand, MCU- Dr. Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation Employees Association is the sole and exclusive bargaining representative of its 384 rank-and-file employee-members.

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PH second among 15 EPS countries in efficiency in sending workers to South Korea
Source: http://www.dole.gov.ph
With process cycle time of 50 days PH second among 15 EPS countries in efficiency in sending workers to South Korea With a process cycle time of 50 days, the Philippines places second to Nepal in terms of efficiency in sending OFWs to South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS). This was the report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac on his participation at the 10th year anniversary celebration of the EPS in Seoul, South Korea. “The data highlights presented by the Human Resource Development Korea (HRD Korea) covering all 15 countries participating in the EPS place the Philippines in a very positive light,” said Cacdac in his report. Countries participating in the Korea EPS are Vietnamn, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and East Timor. The Philippines, according to Cacdac, has placed fourth place in deployment, with 39,418 OFWs deployed as of date. The top three countries that have deployed more workers to South Korea than the Philippines are Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia which, according to Cacdac, may be due to the fact that they deploy agricultural and construction workers, in contrast to the country which deploys workers mostly to the manufacturing sector. In terms of the number of illegal stayers, the Philippines has reduced the number of illegal stayers, decreasing the number over the last three years from 30.6 percent in December 2012 to only 19.6 percent in June this year. Commenting in Cacdac’s report, Baldoz said the POEA’s Government Placement Branch should work on the challenge to cut down its process cycle time of sending workers to South Korea from 50 days “to less than 45 days, even to 30 days”. She also said the POEA must intensify some more its advocacy campaign among EPS workers for them to obey the Korean Law that requires them to go back to the Philippines after their EPS sojourn. While in South Korea for the anniversary celebration, Cacdac met with HRD Korea representative to the Philippines Jeong Eun Hee, HRD Korea President Park Young-bum, Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez, and Philippine Labor Attache to Seoul Felly Bay. He also had a chance to visit the new HRD Korea headquarters in Ulsa, a three-hour train ride from Seoul. Cacdac was accompanied to Seoul by PEOA Regional Center Mindanao Director Carolina Agdamag.

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Senator Loren Legarda represents Philippines in WAW! Tokyo 2014
Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph
16 September 2014 - Senator Loren Legarda represented the Philippines in the World Assembly for Women (WAW! Tokyo 2014) held from September 12 to 13 in Tokyo, Japan. The event was jointly hosted by four organizations - the Government of Japan, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation), Nikkei Inc., and the Japan Institute of International Affairs, and supported by the Japan Center for Economic Research. The estimated 1,100 participants included political, business and opinion leaders from countries across the world.

The Assembly opened on September 12 with statements from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, International Monetary Fund Chair Christine Lagarde and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and a dialogue with the First Lady of Japan, Akie Abe, and former First Lady of the UK, Cherie Blair.

In a meeting of distinguished women leaders in Asia with Prime Minister Abe following the opening program, Senator Legarda, the only Philippine participant in the high level symposium, stressed the need to address the vulnerability of women to disasters. She highlighted the opportunities for the Philippines to enhance partnership with Japan in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management, and recognized the important role of women as Japan continually provides a venue for important global DRR initiatives, particularly through the hosting of the First UN World Conference on DRR in Kobe in 2005 that brought about the Hyogo Framework for Action, and the Third UN World Conference on DRR set next year in Sendai, Japan.

At the high-level meeting on September 13, the Senator delivered the opening statement for a group discussion on “A Society where Self-Determination of Women is Assured.” She stressed the importance of countries making gender-sensitive and risk-sensitive policies, plans and programs to empower women as part of the overall development strategy.

She recommended concrete examples by introducing Philippine laws on women as model legislation that could be adopted by other countries to operationalize gender mainstreaming and empowerment, particularly the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act; Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act; Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act; Magna Carta on Women; and Executive Order 273, which mandates government agencies to incorporate and reflect Gender and Development (GAD) concerns in planning and budgeting.

Senator Legarda said that women can be frontliners in climate and disaster resilience efforts, stressing that to empower women is to reduce their vulnerability to disasters. Her call was echoed by Naoko Ishii, Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), who also expressed support to the Philippines’ efforts in the management and conservation of its 100 protected areas; and by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, who said that more women should lead in disaster risk management, prevention, relief and rehabilitation programs.

The event succeeded in making recommendations on key issues in promoting women’s active roles in the economy, and the common issues relating to women throughout the world. Prime Minister Abe urged participants to work on these commitments in their respective countries and invited them to the WAW! Tokyo 2015 to sustain the momentum and progress in women empowerment and gender equality initiatives.

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PhilRice prepares farmers for El Niño
Source: http://www.da.gov.ph
Help the rice farmers cope with the onslaught of El Niño through adequate information.

Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country`s lead agency in rice science and development, had produced and rolled out information materials on El Niño to equip the farmers with better chances of adapting to the warmer-than-usual phenomenon.

Jaime A. Manalo IV, Development Communication Division head, said print, modules, audio, and videos are uploaded in the agency`s website and were distributed to the regional information officers of the Department of Agriculture across the country.

Manalo said that brochures and leaflets on El Niño-ready varieties and the science of the phenomenon, which was explained in simple, non-technical way were also distributed.

“We know the power of information. Let`s make the farmers be prepared! Download the materials from http://www.philrice.gov.ph/index.php?page=resources&page3=elnino and share them in the social media,” he said.

Farmers in highly vulnerable areas are also informed through forum. In Isabela, farmers were briefed on Alternate Wetting and Drying, a water-saving technology where rice fields are alternately flooded and drained.

Manalo also encouraged the rice tillers to contact the Farmers` Text Center (0920-911-1398) should they want to know more about El Niño and the technologies that can reduce the losses brought about by the phenomenon. (PhilRice Development Communication Division)

Reference: Mr. Jaime A. Manalo IV

OIC, Development Communication Division

TRUNKLINES: 63 (44) 456-0277, 0920-970-2629

Help Desk: (044) 456-5387 Text Center: 0920-911-1398 E-mail: prri.mail@philrice.gov.ph

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New Mobile App for farming developed
Source: http://www.da.gov.ph
Farming gets more high-tech with the mobile applications (app) being developed by information technologists in Nueva Ecija, the country’s rice granary.

Android mobile app that can do three functions: measure farm area, calculate fertilizer needs, and assess nitrogen deficiency garnered the Most Innovative Application and the Special Jury Award during the recent AGRI-Hackathon hosted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).

“With this app, estimates will be lessened. It is important for the farmers to know their exact farm area to optimize it; while fertilizer application must also be accurate for crop’s health and to avoid unnecessary fertilizer expenses,” developers Jermaine M. Germino and Michael L. De Guzman said.

The mobile app also incorporated the principles of Leaf Color Chart (LCC) or the four-stripped plastic “ruler” used in assessing nitrogen status of rice plant.

Germino and de Guzman, instructors of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST), said that instead of comparing the color of the leaves with the ruler, the farmer will now take photos of the leaves for the app to analyze.

“In seconds, accurate assessment will be generated,” they said.

Meanwhile, the E-Survey app by team Agrisive of the Central Luzon State University was given the Best Research and Survey Management Application. This application contains an e-form that respondents fill up based on the researchers’ information needs.

The I-Tanim of the I-Tech team from NEUST also received the Best Farmer Information Technology Application. I-Tanim is an e-book in a single app containing the LCC, PalayCheck, tutorials on selecting seeds, and mini-encyclopedia on plant disorders.

The mobile applications are being further developed.

AGRI-Hackathon is a competition for information technologists to create either web or mobile app. Microsoft Philippines, Eqela, Blackberry, Freelancer, and PhilRice sponsored the event. (PhilRice Development Communication Division)

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DAR to build P37.8-M infra projects for Cagayan farmers
Source: http://www.dar.gov.ph
Farmers in Rizal, Cagayan Province lauded the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for building them a communal irrigation system and a post-harvest facility worth P37.8 million that are meant to maximize farm productivity and increase their income.

DAR Regional Director Marjorie Ayson said she expects a big economic turn-around for Rizal, one of the poor municipalities in Cagayan, once these farm-support projects are completed as they would enable farmers to double, even triple, cropping seasons and seek their market value for their harvests.

“The farmers are now experiencing a prolonged dry spell because of the El Nino phenomenon. The lack of rainfall stunted the growth of rice, leading to low harvest and sub-standard quality because the rice failed to fully develop,” explained Ayson.

Ayson said, the construction of the communal irrigation project in Barangay Mauanan, Rizal, would irrigate 140 hectares of rice fields. The construction started on July 7, 2014 and is targeted to end in April next year.

“This irrigation project will help the farmers produce high-grade quality rice. They will also be able to maximize planting seasons to three times annually,” added Ayson.

Another project currently under construction is the Malaueg Savings and Trading Cooperative (Malasatco) post-harvest facility in the agrarian reform community (ARC) of Malaueg, in Rizal. The facility will consist of a 60-square meter warehouse with a 2,000-cavan capacity, a 48-square meter office, and a 450-square meter solar dryer.

“With this post-harvest facility, the 476 agrarian reform beneficiaries of Malaueg ARC, would soon have a proper place to store their harvested crops. Spoilage would be minimized if not averted,” said Ayson, adding that it would also allow them to wait for fair market value of their harvest.

“At present, the Malasatco post harvest facility is about 30 percent complete with the local government of Rizal shouldering the cost of backfilling and perimeter fencing of the facility. It [post-harvest facility] is expected to be completed and be operational this coming November,” said Ayson.

The infrastructure projects are funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and being implemented by the DAR under the third phase of the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure and Support Project (ARISP III).

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September 2014 Respiratory Therapist Licensure examination results released in two (2) working days
Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 382 out of 618 passed the Respiratory Therapist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Respiratory Therapy in Manila this September 2014.

The members of the Board of Respiratory Therapy who gave the licensure examination are Julita V. Toledo, Chairman; Senen O. Teope and Jesus M. Espinas, Members.

The results were released in two (2) working days after the last day of examination.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be on September 24 & 25, 2014. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 1 piece passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2014-2017. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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August and September 2014 Metallurgical Engineer Licensure examination results released on the last day of examination
Source: http://www.prc.gov.ph
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 38 out of 51 passed the Metallurgical Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Metallurgical Engineering in the cities of Manila and Davao from August 26-28, 2014 and September 12-14, 2014, respectively.

The members of the Board of Metallurgical Engineering are Agustin M. Fudolig, Chairman and Juancho Pablo S. Calvez, Member.

The examination was held using the Walk-in Examination System (WES). The WES is a user-friendly, desktop, windows-based and competency-based computerized testing system that will enable an applicant to take a licensure examination anytime, anywhere.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 1 piece 1” x 1” picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps, and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession; and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2014-2017. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals, prior to the oathtaking ceremonies.

The oathtaking ceremony of the successful examinees in the said examination as well as the previous ones who have not taken their Oath of Professional will be held before the Board on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening at Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila or on Saturday, October 04, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the afternoon at Macapagal Ancestral Homes, Timoga, Iligan City

Registration for membership with the Society of Metallurgical Engineers of the Philippines (SMEP) will be on September 19 and October 4, 2014.

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PDIC to continue processing claims of Rural Bank of Oroquieta (Misamis Occidental) depositors
Source: http://www.pdic.gov.ph
The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) announced that it will continue to receive and process deposit insurance claims from depositors of the closed Rural Bank of Oroquieta (Misamis Occidental) at the PDIC Claims Counter, 4th Floor, SSS Bldg., 6782 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City. Claims may also be filed through mail.

PDIC conducted the onsite claims settlement operations (CSO) for the closed Rural Bank of Oroquieta at the bank's premises and completed the CSO on August 8, 2014.

PDIC sent notices of payment to depositors with aggregate deposits amounting to P13.7 million involving 3,286 accounts. Filing of claims for these accounts with balances of P50,000 and below is waived by PDIC. Meanwhile, PDIC paid 702 claims during the onsite CSO involving 623 accounts for a total amount of P51.6 million deposits.

As of August 8, 2014, PDIC has yet to receive deposit insurance claims for 2,176 accounts that require the filing of claims. The total amount of deposits covered by these outstanding accounts is P13.3 million.

When filing deposit insurance claims, depositors are advised to personally present their duly accomplished Claim Form, original evidence of deposit, and two (2) valid photo-bearing IDs with signature of the depositor. Depositors may also file their claims through mail and enclose the same set of document requirements.

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

The procedures and requirements for filing deposit insurance claims are posted in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph. The Claim Form and format of the Special Power of Attorney may also be downloaded from the PDIC website.

In accordance with the provisions of the PDIC Charter, the last day for filing deposit insurance claims in the closed Rural Bank of Oroquieta is on July 22, 2016. After said date, PDIC, as Deposit Insurer, shall no longer accept any deposit insurance claim.

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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