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  • Palace, DOJ not alarmed over POGO location fears
    by Christina Mendez on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    While the security concern raised by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is legitimate, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo seem to agree more to the logic of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua who intimated to him an observation that Philippine officials tend to be very serious about security issues. […]

  • Panelo on Duterte’s absence: He’s strong as a horse
    by Christina Mendez on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    After the Chief Executive’s absence in public’s eye for over a week, a top Malacañang official yesterday said President Duterte is “as strong as a horse.&rdquo […]

  • Philippines, US troops install artificial habitat reefs
    by Jaime Laude on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Filipino and American servicemen have successfully installed 30 artificial reefs that will serve as fish sanctuaries and breeding grounds in the waters of Calatagan in Batangas, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) reported yesterday. […]

  • Another lawmaker pushes SOGIE bill
    by Edu Punay on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Another lawmaker is now pushing for the passage of a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Orientation Equality (SOGIE) bill amid the controversy over the alleged discrimination experienced by transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez in a shopping mall in Quezon City last Tuesday. […]

  • ‘Up to Duterte to discuss Chinese incursions with Xi’
    by Christina Mendez on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    While Chinese warships’ incursions into Philippine waters have now become irritating to the defense department, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said it’s up to President Duterte to bring the matter to Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Beijing late this month. […]

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  • Tagalog News: Profiling ng 700 child laborers sa Romblon, isasagawa ng DOLE
    on August 17, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Sinanay ng Department of Labor and Employment – Field Office Romblon ang kanilang mga bagong empleyado na magtatrabaho para magsagawa ng profiling sa mahigit 700 child laborers sa probinsya ngayong taon. (Photo Courtesy: DOLE – FO Romblon)Odiongan, Romblon, Agosto 16 (PIA) — Nangangailangan ng 17 empleyado ang Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo – Romblon upang ilagay sa iba’t ibang munisipyo ng lalawigan para magsagawa ng profiling sa mahigit 700 child laborers sa probinsya ngayong taon. Sa panayam ng PIA-Romblon kay DOLE-Romblon provincial director Roderick Tamacay, sinabi niya na nagsimula na ang kanilang survey noong nakaraang buwan sa mga isla ng Sibuyan, Romblon, Carabao at Tablas. “Ang purpose niyan ay magkaroon ng database ang ahensya kaugnay sa datus ng Child Laborers sa bansa at kung paano sila mabibigyan ng tulong ng gobyerno para malayo sa maagang pagtatrabaho,” ayon kay Tamacay. Base sa binigay sa kanilang datos ng Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, may aabot sa 180 na child laborers ang kailangan nilang puntahan sa Sibuyan Island, 120 child laborers naman sa bayan ng Romblon, 60 sa Carabao Island, at 361 naman sa buong Tablas Island. Ayon kay Tamacay, ang pag-profile sa mga child laborers sa probinsya ay bahagi ng pangako ng ahensya para mabigyan ng tulong at mailihis ang landas ng mga bata sa maagang pagtatrabaho. “Sinusuri namin ‘yung pangangailangan nila, at base doon, pwede natin sila isangguni sa mga concerned agencies para mabigyan ng tulong kagaya ng pagbibigay ng livelihod sa kanilang mga magulang nang sa ganun ay hindi na nila kailangang magtrabaho ng maaga dahil may napagkukunan na ng pera,” dagdag ni Tamacay. Inaasahan ng Department of Labor and Employment – Field Office Romblon na matatapos ang profiling sa mga child laborers bago matapos ang 2019 para maagang mabigyan ng tulong ang mga bata. (PJF/PIA-MIMAROPA/Romblon) […]

  • Tagalog News: 54 tindahan sa Romblon, ininspeksiyon ng DTI-Mimaropa
    on August 17, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Ang mga miyembro ng Regional Monitoring and Enforcement Team (RMET) ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Mimaropa habang nag sasagawa ng inspeksyon sa isang hardware store sa Calatrava, Romblon. (Photo Courtesy: Ms. Joy Dinglasan)Odiongan, Romblon, Agosto 16 (PIA) — Tatlong araw nag-ikot sa mga isla ng Tablas at Romblon ang mga miyembro ng Regional Monitoring and Enforcement Team (RMET) ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Mimaropa mula noong ika-13 ng Agosto para mag-inspeksyon sa mga produktong itinitinda rito. Abot sa 54 na malalaking tindahan ang pinuntahan ng RMET sa mga bayan ng Romblon, San Agustin, Calatrava, at San Andres. Ang ginawang inspeksyon ay bahagi ng pagsisiguro ng RMET na lahat ng tindahan ay sumusunod sa Department Order No. 2 series of 2007 kung saan ipinagbabawal ang pagbebenta ng mga produkto na hindi nakapasa sa safety standards ng Pilipinas. Noong Hunyo, isang tindahan sa bayan ng Odiongan ang nakitaan ng RMET ng paglabag sa Fair Trade Law kaya pinatawan ito ng penalty at kinumpiska rin ang kanilang ibinebentang produkto. Para mas mapaunlad pa ang kaalaman ng mga mamimili kaugnay sa Consumer Act of the Philippines, inaanyayahan ng DTI-Romblon ang mga ito na makilahok sa kanilang Consumer Congress na isinasagawa sa iba’t ibang bayan sa Romblon. (PJF/PIA-MIMAROPA/Romblon) […]

  • Thousands of devotees, tourists crowd the maiden Marian Festival
    on August 16, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    STA. MARIA, Ilocos Sur, Aug. 17 (PIA) — Thousands of Catholic devotees, visitors, residents, and tourists have participated in the successful launching of the first Marian Festival in Ilocos Sur. The local government unit (LGU) of Sta. Maria in collaboration with the historic Sta. Maria Church initiated the festival in connection to the celebration of the annual feast day of Our Lady of the Assumption every 15th day of August. “We launched the first Marian Festival, in partnership with the management of the historic Sta. Maria Church, because we aim to make our town as the center of Marian devotion in the country,” said Sta. Maria town Mayor Brigido Camarillo Jr. Various highlights of the festival were conducted on August 6-15. The festival opened with a novena prayer and a contest on poster making with the image of Saint Mary as a theme. A fun bike with Mary happened on August 10 participated by hundreds of local bikers, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of the late Colonel Salvador Reyes on August 11. On August 14, a street dance with Saint Mary was conducted. Then, on August 15, concelebrated masses officiated by clergies of Nueva Segovia led by Archbishop Marlo Peralta were held. MARIAN PROCESSION. Catholic devotees join the procession and street dance with Mary on August 14, 2019 for the first Marian Festival in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur. The local government unit of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur launches the festival with an aim to make the town as the center of Marian devotion in the country. (Photo courtesy of SBM Arlon Serdenia)  According to Camarillo, the concelebrated masses on the culmination day of the festival on Friday, August 16, and the conduct of the street dance with Mary on August 14 have drew the attention of thousands of visitors and devotees. “The street dance with Mary was a procession participated by the residents holding a small image of Saint Mary,” said Camarillo. The mayor expressed his gratitude to the thousands of devotees, visitors, and residents, who graced the successful conduct of the first Marian Festival, despite the presence of occasional rain showers and an alleged terror threat by the suspected ISIS to the province. “Thank you very much for your support of our newest festival, and we will prepare more exciting activities for the full-blown of our festival next year,” said Camarillo. The historic Santa Maria Church was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 11, 1993. It is one of the existing four baroque churches of the Philippines that were built during the Spanish era. The Santa Maria Church is an attraction to both tourists and Catholics in Ilocos Sur. It is not only a reminiscent of the four centuries of Spanish domination of that area but also a unique structure with a diversified architectural design of bricks and mortar. It was built on top of a hill not only as a lookout but as a religious center during the early administration of the region by both the friars and soldiers of Spain. (AMB/FGL, PIA 1) […]

  • Local officials, residents welcome the joint CSP teams in Ilocos
    on August 16, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    SALCEDO, Ilocos Sur, Aug. 16 (PIA) – – Local officials in this town have welcomed the joint army and police teams as the implementors of the community support program (CSP) in the different barangays here. The CSP teams are composed of the operatives from the Philippine Army and the police regional mobile force from PNP Regional Office 1. They were deployed in Barangays Lucbuban, Ubbog, and Sorioan, all in Salcedo, Ilocos Sur on August 13, 2019. Salcedo town Mayor Leopoldo Geronilla Jr. said that the concern officials and residents received warmly the CSP teams in their communities. “Our local officials and residents in the three villages assured their full support and cooperation to the soldiers and police while they are conducting CSP activities,” said Geronilla. Geronilla cited that the army and the police troops are deployed in his town to implement their mandate to protect the people and the sovereignty of the state. “All of us in the government have our mandates,  one of my mandates is to provide efficient, effective and economical governance for the general welfare of the municipality and its inhabitants,” he said. “In line with Executive Order (EO) 70, we should help each other to provide a safe environment for our people,” he added. Lieutenant Colonel Charles Castillo, the commander of the Army’s 81st Infantry Battalion, expressed his gratitude to the local leaders and residents for accepting and trusting the CSP teams to live with them in their communities. Ideally, Castillo said the CSP team members will stay for three months in the community to render community services for peace, growth, and development. The teams will conduct the needs and assessment survey to identify the primary and secondary issues of the residents that need to be addressed by the national government agencies and the local government unit. The CSP team also promotes the “Bayanihan” spirit in the community by providing manpower assistance on cleanliness drive, farming chores, infrastructure project constructions, and medical and personality hygiene and other basic social service activities such as bloodletting and free haircutting. “With the support of the local leaders and the populace, we greatly hope that we will accomplish more than what we have done in the previous CSP deployments in the town,” he said. He noted that the CSP teams will facilitate the resolution of the issues that contribute to conflict in the communities. Major General Lenard Agustin, the commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, expressed his appreciation to the municipal and barangay officials of Salcedo for receiving the soldiers and policemen in their communities. “When government officials and the army will work together to keep communities safe from communist terrorists, it is a way of demonstrating the spirit of the whole of nation approach as embodied in the EO 70,” said Agustin. (AMB/FGL, PIA 1) […]

  • VMC opens 7th Interschool Art Contest
    on August 16, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Aug. 17 (PIA) — Elementary and high schools students, who are into visual arts, are encouraged to submit their entries to the 7th VMC Interschool Art Contest on or before September 4, 2019. Victorias Milling Company (VMC) and VMC Foundation hold this year’s art contest with the theme, “My Community”, in line with the company’s centennial celebration to instill among the young individuals in Negros how VMC values the community and how involving the youth in their own communities will eventually empower them to have a stake in nation-building through the arts. The contest is open to grades one to 12 pupils and students. Interested participants must send via email their registration forms with a clear snapshot of their previous or existing artworks to and or check their Facebook page Vmc Art for downloadable registration forms and mechanics. A pre-screening jury will judge on who will participate on the on-the-spot competitions scheduled on September 14 at the Sidlakang Village in Dumaguete City for Negros Oriental qualifiers and in Project Orange, Bacolod City on September 21 for Negros Occidental students. A maximum of 30 students per category, per area will be preselected to join the competition based on their registration form and sample artwork submitted. All art materials that will be used during the competition will be provided by VMC but participants may bring their own art tools subject to the approval of the organizers. Ten semi-finalists per category will be selected after the Dumaguete and Bacolod on-the-spot competitions and all will automatically qualify for the Annual Summer Art Workshop as part of the continuing mentoring program of VMC. Final judging and awarding will be on September 22 at the Project Orange in Bacolod City. Prizes are P20,000 in cash, a trophy and a computer package for the elementary school champion while the second and third placers will get P15,000 and P10,000 plus trophies, respectively. High school champion will also bring home a cash worth P30,000, a trophy and computer package for the school and the second and third place winners will get P20,000 and P10,000 plus a trophy, respectively. For more inquiries, interested students may call 0995-9279186 and 09397200370. (LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental) […]