Friday, June 6, 2008

This Monday Is A Holiday

News from the Philippine Information Agency - Monday is non-working day, and that's holiday economics working again. 

By virtue of Proclamation 9492, workers get a breather from their endeavors as the law provides that holidays, except those religious in nature are moved to the nearest Monday.

Although the Proclamation was amended, it was still adopted by RA 1463, which declared certain days as regular or special holiday for 2008.

The day-off is one taken in lieu of June 12, the country's 110th independence day celebration, which falls on a Thursday.

In the past years, holidays were lumped with the week-ends to allow people longer rests when people can also profitably use the holidays to visit places in the country. 

The move was proposed by tourism authorities to boost local travel. 

While the country rests on Monday, independence day rites are not moved and are still slated Thursday, when regular socio-civic activities are set. - Rey Chiu - PIA

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The Rich Should Not Buy NFA-Supplied Rice

As reported by Philippine Information Agency - Ang NFA rice, gi-subsidize sa kagamhanan alang lamang sa mga kabus, ug dili unta angay sawhan sa mga adunahan.

  Sa padayong nga pagdaghan sa mga katawhang mipila aron makapalit sa baratong humay nga NFA, mihangyo na ang Malakanyang sa mga adunahan nga dili na unta moapil sa pag pila. 

  Gipasabot ni Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita nga ang NFA rice gilantaw lamang nga makatabang sa mga kabus aron makalahutay sa kalisud nga nasinati karon ssa nasud. 

  Ang hangyo sa kagamhanan gipunting ngadto sa mga katawhang may kakayahan nga mopalit sa komersyal nga humay. Kini aron maseguro nga ang humay sa NFA moabot gayud sa mas gakinahanglan niini. 

  Niini nga paagi, sumpay ni Ermita, mas matabangan ang kadtong menos ang kita sa pagpaneguro nga may kan-on matag adlaw. 

  Wala usab ilimod sa mga NFA parish outlets nga may makalusot gayud nga mga arang-arangan nga mopalit sa humay kay wala man usab balaod kabahin niini. 

  Sa laing bahin, matud ni NFA Bohol Assistant Manager Ma. Fe Evasco, gihatagan lamang ug maximum nga 5 ka kilo nga NFA ang ibaligya sa matag pumapalit, bisan pa nga may namatikdang mga bata nga gipa-apil ug pila sa pangindahay nga mas daghan ang mapalit sa usa ka pamilya.  - Rey Chiu - PIA Correspondent

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65 Pesos Per Liter of Gasoline?

News from the Philippine Information Agency - Agi ug reaksyon sa una na nga pamahayag nga moabot pa sa P65 ang matag litro sa gaslolina, imbestigahon sa Department of Energy (DOE) ang mga local nga kompanya sa lana ug mga tigpang-apud apud niini lakip na kadtong namaligya ug liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

  Gawas sa una nga nga pahayag, ang sunod-sunod nga pagpataas sa presyo sa mga produktong lana ug LPG wala mag-haum sa aktwal nga dagan sa presyo niini sa international nga bili sa lana, padayag sa DOE. 

  Gipasabot ni Secretary Angelo Reyes nga ang labing bag-ong P1.50 nga saka sa presyo sa gasolina wala masukip sa presyo sa international nga kontrata kabahin niini. 

  Matud ni Reyes sa mga balita nga kinahanglan ang mga kompanya may tukmang basehan sa ilang pagpasaka sa mga presyo sa mga paliton.

  Dugang niya, kinahanglang kong may ipasibya man, kini base gayud sa tinuod nga hitabo sa presyo sa merkado sa gawas.

  Daghan ang nagtuo nga ang una nga pahayag nga giluwatan sa mga kompanya sa lana kabahin sa pag-abot sa P65 ang litro sa gasolina, panaghap lamang. - By Rey Chiu - PIA

Cheaper Medicine Law by President Gloria Arroyo

Philippine Information Agency - Gipaabot nga pirmahan ni Presidente Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ugma ang balaod nga gituohang mopabarato sa tambal nga mapalit sa nasud. 

  Ang Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008, nga gi-dasonan sa Kongreso sa miaging buwan, buot nga magpaluag sa mga balaod sa patent.

  Kini aron mapaugmad pa ang pagpasulod sa mas barato nga tambal gikan sa ubang nasud.

  Tumong usab sa balaod nga pugngan ang pagpanghatag ug patent sa mga bag-ong gamit sa usa ka tambal nga gibaligya na sa mga farmacia. 

  Ang balaod usab mag-gahum sa Presidente sa pagbutang sa price ceiling sa mga tambal, subay sa sugyot sa Secretary of Health. 

  Ang balaod usab magtugot sa importasyon sa sama, apan mas baratong tambal gikan sa mga nasud nga nagbaligya niinig kubos ang presyo sama sa India ug Pakistan. - Rey Anthony Chiu

Environmental Best Practices Awards (EBPA) For 2 Bohol Barangays

News From Bohol Province | Sunday Post - Bohol Integrated Development Foundation (BIDEF), Incorporated gave Environmental Best Practices Awards (EBPA) to two deserving individuals and a barangay in the municipality of Garcia-Hernandez, Bohol during their 154th foundation day on May 27.

The three categories in the award included business, household, and community category.

Jude A Tomelap from barangay Tabuan got the award for the business category, while Marciano Vallejos of East Ulbujan won in the household category, and Barangay Libertad bested in the community category.

Each of the awardees received a plaque of recognition and cash prize courtesy of the Philippine Mining Service Corporation (PMSC), while the finalists were given certificates of recognition.

Through the EBPA, BIDEF aims to encourage stakeholders, particularly the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU), to actively participate in the common effort to preserve and rehabilitate the local environment of Garcia-Hernandez.

BIDEF considers it a positive approach to encourage and recognize deliberate efforts to ensure environmentally sound activities.

It also serves as a humble attempt to reward such efforts which will hopefully go a long way in making Garcia Hernandez an environment-friendly municipality.

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Forest in Bohol Philippines Already Destroyed?

Upon the creation Task Force Kabukiran, eyed to solve the reported destruction of forest areas in the hinterlands of Bohol, the provincial command of the Philippine National Police under PSSupt. Edgardo Ingking, provincial police chief, initiated an orientation seminar on the officers' new mandate in protecting the environment.

The 14 selected PNP personnel from the different police stations in the province who compose Task Force Kabukiran were briefed on their additional tasks during the two-day seminar-workshop on May 28-29 at the conference room of Bohol Police Provincial Office.

During the seminar, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Nestor Canda discussed the environment laws, particularly Presidential Decree 1586 or the Philippine EIA System, Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, RA 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

PENRO Canda also urged them to be more vigilant in performing their job, with the end view of curving the destruction of the remaining forest and natural resources in Bohol.

Corazon Colarines, for her part, tackled RA 7586 (NIPAS Act of 1992), RA 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act), while Luisito Babaran discussed PD 705 (Revised Forestry Code), RA 7161 (Forest Charges Code), RA 9175 (Chainsaw Act), DA 041 series of 1991 (Deputization of ENRO), and Engr. Edgar Lagarnia tackled RA 7942 (Mining Act). - published by Bohol Sunday Post

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Is There Enough Rice Supply in Bohol Province?

Bohol Philippines News - The new provincial manager of the National Food Authority-Bohol vowed to continue the programs undertaken by the past administration to ensure food security with enough rice supply in the province.

In the light of reshuffling routine based on a special order dated May 8, 2008, Clyde Samonte Omictin now assumes as NFA-Bohol manager as Nestor Rey Alcoseba is now the provincial manager of NFA-Cebu.

Alcoseba turned over the management of NFA-Bohol to Omictin, in a simple ceremony Monday last week at the local NFA office.

The turn-over ceremony was witnessed by Lawyer Danilo Bonabon, regional director of NFA Region and the officers of Grains Retailers Confederation (Grecon)-Bohol chapter.

Prior to his assignment here, Omictin served as provincial manager of NFA-Cebu and NFA-Siquijor.

Omictin, now 64, hails from Larena, Siquijor. He graduated at Southwestern University with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education major in Mathematics and took Law at Foundation University in Dumaguete City and completed his masteral degree in public administration at BIT-Siquijor.

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Bohol Island Becoming A Technology Hub in the Philippines?

Bohol Philippines Update - In just a week, two science and technology events were simultaneously held here as the provincial leaders groom Bohol as a convention province aside from being the top tourist destination.

The first event was Training on Webpage Development for the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and various councils and institutes under the Department of Science and Technology.

It was held on May 26-30 at Ladaga Inn, Dauis, wherein the 17 participants learned how to update the webpage of their respective agencies.

Resource persons were from the DOST's Advance Science and Technology Institute.

The other activity was the Philippine Soil Science and Technology Annual Conference held on May 29-30 at Bohol Plaza Hotel and Restaurant, Dayo Hills, also in Dauis.

The annual conference was headed by the president of the Philippine Society of Soil Scientists and Technologists (PSSST), Dr. Danilo Mendoza.

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Bohol Chocolate Hills No. 4 Among 77 Semi-Finalists in New Seven Wonders Search

Bohol Philippines - Lovers of Bohol's Chocolate Hills have reason to rejoice - the world renowned natural wonder last night climbed to No. 4 among the 77 semi-finalists in the search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature from its No. 5 berth the other day.

It follows Palawan's Tubbataha Reef that holds position No. 3 while two other Philippine natural wonders - the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River and come-backing Mayon Volcano hold rank Nos. 8 and 11 respectively.

To note, Mayon Volcano disappeared from the list - apparently de-listed like the Chocolate Hills - in the meantime that an Official Support Committee (OSC) was being formed for it.

The Chocolate Hills reappeared in the list after Gov. Erico Aumentado headed an OSC and mailed the duly accomplished form to the organizers. Several other sectors also supported the re-listing.

Meanwhile, the Chocolate Hills bask in the endorsement of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who campaigned for votes during her visit here last May 20. - Published by Bohol Sunday Post

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