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  • POPCOM continues mandate under NEDA supervision
    on February 22, 2019 at 4:19 am

    TACLOBAN CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA) — “Population program is not only aimed at population control. It is focused mainly on population policies, plans and programs in the pursuit of socio-economic development reforms,” Commission on Population (POPCOM) Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III said.  During the Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) meeting held recently at the Sal’s Restaurant in this city, POPCOM-related concerns were discussed, particularly the  Executive Order (EO) 71, an Order Renaming the POPCOM as Commission on  Population and Development, and reverting its attachment from the Department of Health (DOH) to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). According to Perez, “Although there is a change in agency’s name, it does not mean that the programs will stop. The implementation of the population programs will continue.” The POPCOM chief also clarified and reiterated the provision of the said Executive Order. “With the said order aimed to strengthen the development and implementation by the POPCOM of population-related policies and  programs, there is a need to enhance its coordination with NEDA, considering that NEDA is the authority primarily responsible in formulating continuing, coordinated and fully integrated social and economic policies, plans and programs,” he said. Perez added that the renaming of the POPCOM is also one way to enlighten us with the view that population and development is based on rights and matters that relate not only to the health of women, but also their rights and the right to the development of countries. To recall, Presidential Decree No. 79, otherwise known as the Revised Population Act of the Philippines created the Commission on Population under the Office of the President primarily aimed to formulate and adopt coherent, integrated and comprehensive long-term plans, programs and recommendations on population policies geared towards economic and social development. PD 79 includes undertaking a national program for family planning involving both public and private sectors which respect religious beliefs and values of our citizens. However, the said agency was attached to the Department of Health (DOH) per Executive Order 188, series of 2003. “President Duterte acknowledged the continuing importance of Presidential Decree 79, as its implementing policies relates to economic and social development. But since the policy is not just a health policy but likewise has a socio-economic implication, talking on the socio-economic agenda of the Philippine Development Plan,” he said adding that reverting its attachment to the NEDA finds it more appropriate. EO 71, which was signed on December 13, 2018, is also one of the identified strategies under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 with the goal to increase the country’s potential economic growth. (LDL/GTT/PIA-8 Leyte) […]

  • Gov’t best source for human rights info: envoy
    on February 22, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva (Photo courtesy of PNA)GENEVA, Switzerland – A Philippine ambassador to the United Nations (UN) here on Wednesday said it is always best to verify with the government matters pertaining to human rights and security amid the misinformation of some groups that have influence in countries around the world. “They constitute a real danger to an effective protection of human rights by legitimate agencies,” said Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, in his welcome remarks during a United Nations (UN) Briefing on Peace and Order Situation & Accountability Mechanisms at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Following a human rights briefing in June 2018, Garcia led a Philippine delegation to the UN where senior officials engaged with the UN Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) by headed Gianni Magazzeni and representatives of around 20 different countries’ Permanent Missions in Geneva. Philippine presenters include Senior Supt. Omega JIreh Fidel, of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management; Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr, assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations odf the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and Undersecretary Joel M. Sy Egco, Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security. The senior officials briefed the UN representatives from Pakistan Mexico, Italy, Austria, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, among others, on the legal framework and accountability mechanisms that strongly guide Philippine institutions and their constitutional duty to uphold and protect the human rights of Filipinos. “Dialogue is a necessity in building bridges of understanding among countries,” he said. Please pay attention to government sources who give information.” With the increasing misuse of digital and cyber platforms, he said, vigilance against false information is more important than ever. “The Philippine government is committed to human rights and it is a basis of national government strategy,” he added. “We all want to promote human rights and ensure the safety of our people.” ‘Such false narratives are being peddled by sources that include front organizations of the communist terrorist group. Such disinformation seriously challenges and undermines the country’s sincere efforts to uphold and protect human rights,” he said. Garcia cited the Philippine delegation’s recent meeting with the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) in Bosnia where they presented information on 625 cases of disappearances attributed to government forces but happened at the height of the internal purging pf the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, New Peoples Army (NPA) – an organization declared terrorist by no less than the European Union and United States. In a separate interview, Garcia said the UN briefing is an opportune time for the people and the world to know the real score. “The government is the one giving the correct and accurate information and those saying otherwise have to prove it and they haven’t proven it here (UN),” he said. “We have at least 20 representatives from different countries here. They are the friends interested in us who wanted from the real truth that provided by senior officials from Manila. He said all of them are positive as they welcome the event and look forward to sustaining the dialogue. (PNA) &nbs […]

  • Outstanding Cordillera DRRM stakeholders feted
    on February 22, 2019 at 3:45 am

    BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA) – – The municipality of La Trinidad led the  Gawad Kalasag awardees during the  Gawad Kalasag Regional Awarding Ceremony here on  Wednesday,  spearheaded by the  Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD – CAR) . La Trinidad LGU also bagged the national  award for the Best Regional Local DRRM Council – 1st to 3rd class category. Awarded runners – up to La Trinidad in the regional award were the  municipalities of Buguias,  Benguet and Luna, Apayao  in  second  and third  places, respectively. NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator USEC Ricardo Jalad in a photo op with CRDRRMC member agency officials headed by OCD – CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol during the Cordillera Gawad Kalasag Regional Awarding Ceremony.(CCD/PIA CAR)   For Best Local DRRM Council in the 4th to 6th class municipality  category, awarded was the town of Bucay, Abra.  For  Best Barangay DRRM Council, awardees were   Barangay Ambiong (1st place),  and Barangay Puguis (2nd place),  both  of La Trinidad, Benguet. Mountain Province was  named  Best Provincial DRRM Council and the  University of the Cordilleras as  Best Higher Educational Institution. The Best Volunteer Organization were  Loacan Health Emergency Response Team of Itogon Benguet (1st) and 911 On Call Inc. Baguio City (2nd).  For Best Elementary School Category, awarded were Paoad ES of Tublay, Benguet (1st); Mt. Data ES of Bauko, Mountain Province (2nd),  and Cagubatan ES of Tadian, also in  Mountain Province (3rd). For Best High School category, winners were  Lepanto National High School in Mankayan, Benguet (1st), Banguitan National High School in Besao, Mountain Province(2nd)  and Mil – An National High School (3rd).  Special recognition was also given to Itogon, Benguet Municipal Health Services Office for local government emergency management category. Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director and OCD Administrator, assisted by OCD – CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol, spearheaded the awarding of plaque of recognition to the awardees. “Make Gawad Kalasag a seal of excellence for all of us,”  USEC Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator, poses this challenge to the Cordillera GK awardees and other DRRM stakeholders. (CCD/PIA CAR)    Jalad, in his keynote message, expressed the government’s gratitude to the awardees for their committed DRRM effort. He called  for  sustained  partnership in ensuring a safe, climate change adaptive, resilient and progressive country.  “It is incumbent on all of us in public service and private practice to maintain the safety and well being of our people, defending them from all dangers be it human induce or natural. The challenge of building preparedness and resilience, as well as the rehabilitation and recovery of the stricken communities must be continuously faced with the utmost resolve and commitment,” Jalad said.  ‘Our people can be assured that we,  in the NDRRMC, the whole of government and Filipino society will remain steadfast and true to the mission of building a safe, climate change adaptive and resilient Philippines,” he added.  Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad labanan at sariling galing ay kaligtasan) is an annual search that aims to give recognition to outstanding DRRM programs, as well as to encourage more participation of various stakeholders in the country’s disaster risk reduction and management landscape. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)     &nbs […]

  • Makati service caravan goes to Brgy. Rizal
    on February 22, 2019 at 3:02 am

                    (Photo courtesy of MyMakati) MAKATI CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) – The service caravan of the city government here is set to roll in Brgy. Rizal on Saturday, February 23, from 8am to 3pm.  Residents of Brgy. Rizal can avail of free health care services like dental, medical and eye care.   The city government  said they will also conduct feeding program, jobs fair, legal aid and overseas Filipino worker (OFW) help desk. For kids,  free books and toys will be distributed. The public may also buy rice at lower than market price. (PIA InfoComm) […]

  • Gamitin ng wasto ang salapi-BSP  
    on February 22, 2019 at 2:47 am

                                                                                     Photo courtesy of BSP.MANILA, Peb. 22 (PIA)–Muling nagbigay paalala ang Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) sa publiko kaugnay ng wastong paggamit ng  ating salapi. Ayon sa BSP, ang sadyaang pagsira, pagpunit, o pagsunog ng mga salaping papel at barya ng Pilipinas ay may kaparasuhang multa na hindi hihigit sa Php20,000 o pagkabilanggo na hindi hihigit sa limang taon ayon sa Presidential Decree No. 247. Nakasaad din sa naturang batas na ang mga salaping papel at barya ng Pilipinas ay inalabas sa sirkulasyon upang gamitin bilang pambayad o panukli, at ang paggamit nito para sa iba pang layunin ay hindi nagpapakita ng paggalang na naaangkop para sa ating salapi. Ang mga sumusunod na gawain ay halimbawa ng ipinagbabawal na pagsira ng salapi: pagsusulat o paglalagay ng mga marka sa mga salaping papel at mga barya; sadyang pagpunit, pagsunog, o pagsira, sa anumang paraan, ng salapi ng Pilipinas; labis na pagtupi o paglukot ng mga salaping papel na maaaring magdulot ng pagkalupaypay at pagkasira ng istraktura nito; at sadyang pagbabad ng mga salaping papel o mga barya sa mga kemikal na maaaring magdulot ng pagkasira. Paalala rin sa publiko na iwasang mag-staple o kaya’y magdikit ng anumang bagay sa mga salaping papel at barya dahil ito ay maaarng makaapekto sa integridad ng istruktura ng salapi. Hinikayat din ng BSP ang publiko na ipagbigay-alam ang anumang impormasyon ukol sa sadyang pagsira ng salapi sa pinakamalapit na istasyon ng pulis o ahensiyang nagpapatupad ng batas para sa naaangkop na aksyon, o makipag-ugnayan sa Currency Management Sector ng BSP sa telepono bilang (02) 988-4833 at (02) 926-5092. (BSP)&nbs […]