Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Scholarship in the Philippines: Jose Rizal University

For the past 2 years, 2GO has partnered with Jose Rizal University in training future Supply Chain professionals with the launch of its Supply Chain Management course for undergraduate students. In support of this, we have previously given scholarships to deserving students as well.

For 2010, we will once more give Supply Chain Scholarships to ten students. For those who are interested, the qualifying exam for graduating high school students will be on:
January 9, 2010 (Saturday) at the JRU Tower Lounge,
Jose Rizal College, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong.
For inquiries, please email Professor Ernie Roy Azarcon at Roy Azarcon or you may contact him at 5318031 local 29.

2GO together with Jose Rizal University will create future Supply Chain leaders. Together we can!
Susan V. Valdez
2GO CEO & President

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wedding Story in the Philippines

By Joe Espiritu

 In this crass and materialistic world, social mores had taken a beating. Methods in courting and trying to win a ladies heart had changed. Instead of declaring one's love after asking permission from the parents to visit, the declaration is delivered by texted message through cell phones. Love is going high tech. This of course is a cowards' way used by amateur swains. Sometimes to bolster ones courage, the chap takes a few drinks before attempting his declaration. The danger is that he might take one too many that he slurs his words. Results would be unpredictable.

 There as a quaint custom in Central Luzon, in the Tagalog regions. Maidens value their chastity so much that touching them is forbidden. A man is only allowed to touch his lady if he is intending to marry her. Once a woman is caressed, fondled or even touched in public, she has the right to demand marriage. Queer things resulted from that custom.

 We noted that our grand uncle had a beautiful wife. Her looks are still evident despite her age. We wondered how the old rogue was able to catch a beauty. He was moderately well off, tall, well built, with guts of a Nippon hetai and an unfailing sense of humor Sir Charlie Chaplin but was horribly disfigured by small pox. And she was a town beauty queen.

 The story was that he courted her, formally visiting her to declare his honorable intention. However, she refused to come out of her room despite the urging of her parents. This went after month and our grand uncle realizing the futility of his mission; decided to change tactics. Kong di makuha sa santong dasalan, kunin sa santong paspasan.

 When she was coming home from washing clothes in the stream with other girls he ambushed her while she was steadying with both hands the batya carried on her head. He embraced her. A struggle followed with laundered clothes, batya and palopalo flying in all directions. Her companions joined the fight and our hero fled but not after accomplishing his mission. Her reputation supposedly shattered, she complained to her parents and a shotgun wedding followed. We forgot who was holding the shotgun.

 Last week we were one of the sponsors to a wedding. The story behind this wedding is diametrically opposite to that of our great grand uncle.  The principals were childhood sweethearts. One, Renato, was a son of a marginal fisherman while the other, Liway, was a daughter of a calamadera. Their ways parted after graduation, each had to seek their own fortune. We thought they decided to part permanently. Their paths were not rosy; he studied to be a seaman while she went abroad after her studies. Then after more than a decade, they announced that they will marry.

 He is now a crew member of a ship plying an international route. She is now working in Alberta the province of Canada. Meantime the fisherman had retired while the calamadera is now managing a thriving business producing quality calamay well known in local and foreign markets. They and their parents had accomplished these by themselves. Needless to say, their future is well planned.

 What stood out prominently like a cockroach on a wedding cake was when Merlino, the Master of Ceremonies asked us, a confirmed cynic, to speak a few words in the reception. In the memory of his father, a dear friend and namesake, we could not refuse. The admonition given? Emulate the gabaseros. When one pulls the other pushes. We forgot to add that if there must be a fight, who ever wins cannot recover the belt before one year or longer.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ban Aerial Spraying on Bananas in the Philippines

As you know, the farmer representatives of the Mamamayan Ayaw sa Aerial Spraying (MAAS) have been in Manila for five (5) months waging a campaign to bring to the attention of the national government and the general public the need to ban aerial spraying.  Up against MAAS is the billion dollar banana export industry led by the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), which counts among its members Dole, Del Monte, Anflocor, Lapanday, Dizon, Sumifru and other multinational corporations.  Also blocking the ban is the pesticide industry led by Croplife (members include Dow Agro Chemical Science, Bayer, Syngenta, etc).

Through this time, the campaign (including the local struggles since 2005), was able to push the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to support a ban position.  This is significant since after over 30-years of practice in the Philippines, with little or no government intervention, now, the three key government agencies involved in the issue have spoken.  The ball is now in the hands of Malacanang, to issue or direct to be issued, the order banning aerial spraying.  The campaign has likewise generated broad multi-sectoral support for the issue including the church, academe, youth and other sectors.

This coming Thursday, Dec. 17, Thursday, 9:30am, there will be a very important dialogue in Malacanang with Sec. Ermita, concerned agencies, farmers and support groups and representatives of the banana industry.  Attending the dialogue on the side of the ban aerial spray position are: 2 MAAS farmer reps; Atty Christian Monsod, Bishop Rick Pabillo, Bishop Deogracias Iniguez and 2 NTFAAS partners.

The industry is expected to make a last-ditch attempt to push for mere regulations on aerial spraying.  Malacanang is expected to still find a way out in order accommodate their political allies.

We put out a paid ad in the Inquirer today to establish that the debate is finished, with the DOH, DA and DENR positions out and Malacanang has nothing to do but issue the order.  The ad would also show the broad support for the issue.  Please find attached the paid ad and please help circulate to all your contacts.

Also, please do join the MAAS farmers in the following activities:

·    Prayer Vigil to End Poison Rain with Fr. Robert Reyes

Dec. 16, Wednesday, 5:00pm, Mendiola – until morning of Dec. 17 during the Malacanang dialogue         
·    Solidarity Mass and Gathering and fold up camp, with Campaign Partners and Support Groups (potluck po J)

Dec. 17, Thursday, 4:00pm, MAAS Camp at DA, Elliptical Road

·    Send-off Mass/Prayer Session with Bishop Pabillo

Dec. 17, Thursday, 7:30pm, ASILO, UN Avenue, Manila

The farmers would go home to Mindanao morning of the 18th. 

Tatay Leon, the oldest in the group at 68 year-old, said "hindi pa tapos ang laban hanggang may eroplanong nagsasaboy ng pestisidyo".

Hoping to see you.

Let's all pray for a poison rain-free Christmas for the farmers.  Thank you.

Lia J

Executive Director
Interface Development Interventions (IDIS)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Conference at Club Filipino

"For ten (10) years, this administration with a woman president at the helm did nothing on health and women's rights issues, but "kill" programs that will help attain the country's international commitments."

In a press conference that followed a forum titled, "Strengthening Partnerships: Fostering People's Collaboration in Achieving the ICPD Programme of Action," held at Club Filipino, attended by leaders of various non-government and civil society organizations and government agencies, former Health Secretary Alberto "Quasi" Romualdez lamented the lack of programs that will help attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action.

According to Dr. Romualdez, the governments' neglect in meeting international commitments, such as the MDGs and ICPD, is very serious. He noted that if we had money to spend for health and family planning programs ten years ago, if we had implemented programs on these areas, then we should not be relying on foreign funding now."

"If only this administration has implemented programs on health, specifically family planning, then the unnecessary death of at least 30 to 40 thousand women who died due to childbirth and pregnancy related complications could have been prevented," laments Romualdez. "Maternal death over the past 10 years is six thousand times the number of deaths in Maguindanao massacre," he added.

Romualdez further emphasized the importance of the coming elections. He said, "it is very important to elect candidates in both national and local positions who are committed to resurrect these international commitments.'

"We should not allow candidates to issue motherhood statements, but we should engage them to have a written specific program of action, on how he or she will meet these international commitments once elected, so they will not be able to get away with it," Romualdez concluded.

Martial Law in the Philippines

By Bingo P. Dejaresco III

The nation seethed with rage over the brutal massacre of 57 civilians in Maguindanao by an alleged warlord family named the Ampatuans.

Yet when the Palace announced the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao last Saturday - presumably to short-circuit the warlord - not everybody was cheering.

The problem goes back to the "trust issue" that most Filipinos have over their president - who has decided to run as Congressman of her Pampanga district.

Though acknowledging GMA's being hostage by circumstances, many believe she will hold on to power - as a defensive move to protect her from legal perdition - once the shield of power is denied her as she vacates the throne of the presidency.

She certainly would not relish the path suffered by her predecessor Erap who was arrested and convicted for plunder and a virtual prisoner in his own Tanay rest house.

So, the analysts conjure of images of four Options GMA opened for herself.

One, is the electoral route which (unfortunately) did not jettison off the ground because the likes of popular vote-getters like VP Noli de Castro and Batangas governor Vilma Santos just refused to be stained by the "kiss of death" from Malacañang.

Their presidential bet Gibo Teodoro, while immensely qualified, is just too burdened by the baggage of the GMA presidency to fly off the ground - an Edu Manzano as vice president, notwithstanding. The clandestine talks between a "silent alliance" with NP stalwart Manny Villar remain within the realm of speculation - but that is not entirely impossible.

Second, GMA has filed her COC in Pampanga - and this is allegedly the groundwork, the foundation for a launch at the speakership - or the Prime Minister post at some point under a Cha-Cha scenario.

Third, create artificial state of violence in many parts of the country (like the one in Maguindanao) and issue a red flag warning for a grim No Election (NOEL) situation.

Fourth, is allow Smartmatics, the election computer company, to go haywire during the first automated elections in May 2010 and for Comelec to then thus declare a Failure of Election.

Those who oppose the ML (Martial Law) in Maguindanao are deathly afraid of scenario C, where the Ampatuan Case will be a first round of violence to escalate later into a major orgy of violence nationwide (precipitated by bad intentions).

GMA did a massive image refurbishing after the Ampatuan Massacre by merely allowing chief of staff Eduardo Ermita to announce the declaration of Martial Law and not herself as Commander-in Chief. That would somehow keep nasty rumors about her personal involvement in the creation of this new-found Proclamation 1959 and avoid putting political color to her various activities.

Then she hugged, assured the media families of the 27 media victims, rather than endorse the political enemy of the family - the victims of Mangudadatu - because pretty soon, this family will also be asked to disband - otherwise it will appear like the Palace is withdrawing support from one Warlord only to give authority to another.

Should Martial Law have been declared at all?

Brilliant lawyer-senator Miriam Santiago said there exists no rebellion and the agents of the Palace are just doing "creative constitutional construction." Therefore ML is not justified.

"No rebellion exists" says lawyer Harry Roque while former Concon delegate and Comelec chairman Christian Monsod indicated that the phrase "imminent rebellion" was excised off the 1987 Constitution - precisely to disallow its definition to be so liberally interpreted.

The explanation of the other side is very interesting.

The Generals and their Soldiers are one in fear that without the Martial Law mantel, it would have been difficult to recover the 3,000 arms and ammunition of the deadly Ampatuan family with over 2,000 armed men surrounding their area. They needed the iron-hand to collect guns, arrest people and file charges.

Now they have the Big Fish (vice mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.), the governor in the Government Hospital - with the tightest of security and 19 other family relatives suspects for questioning.

According to the DOJ: the provincial and municipal governments were no longer functioning and the courts were becoming Phantom overnight - never to be as visibly seen by the general public.

All these proved the declared Martial Law was extreme useful, according to government apologists.

In the next 48 hours or so, Congress in joint session with the Opposition senate (18-5) ratio will vote for the approval/disapproval of the ML proclamation, as sure as the crow being black, the Proclamation 1959 will be supported because the gallant senators will be outvoted in the extreme since both houses will vote as "one".

This is the first time Martial Law has been declared in a limited way after the strongman rule of Ferdinand Marcos.

We had seen the excesses of Martial Law - shattered economy, no global credit, crony capitalism, human rights violations, plus real and institutionalized violence. We still stand four-square against any repeat of the same.

Perhaps the extra ordinary situation in Maguindanao justified, in the minds of government, extra ordinary means like Martial Law. It is also one of the powers of the president under the law but subject to congressional confirmation.

We have always fought against the idea of fighting fire with fire.

There is always the danger, that men being what they are, they will violate human rights in the hallowed name of giving justice to the hapless victims. And we affirm that we do not right a wrong by committing another wrong.

So with the cache of arms already collected and 19 of the Ampatuan family members in custody for questioning, we feel the backbone of the "rebellion" has been de facto quelled.

We say, lift Martial Law immediately and let Democracy take over.

If the Military cannot crush the Ampatuans using the methods of democracy in two weeks, it cannot deserve to be its qualified defender.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wanted Business Development Consultants in the Philippines

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives.

IFC has been active in the Philippines for more than 40 years and established an office in Manila in 1977. To complement its growing investments, IFC is expanding its advisory services to include public-private partnerships and private sector development. IFC is focusing on Mindanao and opened an office in Davao City in 2006. As part of its advisory services, IFC with support from the Governments of Australia and Canada, established a multilateral program to support the development of small and medium enterprises.

To further its Advisory Services work, IFC is seeking Expressions of Interest from Business Development Consultants (Individuals and Firms) with agribusiness sector expertise.

Background:  The IFC Advisory Services Philippines has implemented a pilot project on sustainable agriculture to improve and facilitate the integration of smallholder banana growers (or 'outgrowers') into a high value agribusiness chain in Davao City and Davao del Norte. The aim of the project was to help these outgrowers comply with Rainforest Alliance (RA) certification standards and acquire business management skills to enable them to access the premium Japan market. The expected result was that the outgrowers would increase their net incomes and improve their social and environmental performance.

Three outgrower farms located in Calinan, Davao and in Asuncion, Davao Del Norte successfully gained RA certification during the pilot phase of the project in year 1. After achieving certification we now wish to measure the impact of RA certification on these farms.

Scope of work: The services of a consultant are required to identify the impact of certification, identify the costs and benefits in terms of cost and operational efficiencies, classify and quantify other qualitative benefits and where possible, attribute a value. The objective is also to determine whether there is a final net benefit enjoyed by outgrowers as a result of RA certification. The period of engagement will be up to 100 days between December 2009 and June 2010.

Specifically, the independent Business Development Consultant or Consulting Firm shall  undertake the following: (1) Conduct extensive desk research to establish the data available on smallholder certification worldwide; (2)  Develop a framework and a design for measuring the impact, the costs and benefits derived by the three farms from RA certification; (3) Work with the 3 outgrower farms to review their entire operation and establish where RA might have impacted the operation; (4) Liaise with the representatives of the partner banana exporter and collate their experiences and any information they might have collected; and (5) Prepare the necessary progress and end of assignment reports.

Specific qualifications of the Business Development Consultant are as follows:

·       Graduate or masters qualification in agribusiness, agricultural economics, social development, small business development, or similar.

·       Demonstrated experience/knowledge of the agribusiness sector, with particular reference to the banana sector together with good operational and financial analysis skills.

·       Strong understanding of International Standards in Agriculture.

·       Knowledge/experience of banana growing operations is essential or demonstrated experience of having conducted similar assignments on banana operations in the past.

·       Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of computer, written and oral presentation skills in English.

·       English and Cebuano fluency.

·       A willingness to travel within Mindanao.

·       An ability to work in a team environment and deliver high quality output to tight deadlines.

The deliverables include: (a) Framework, Design, and work schedule for the assignment; and, (b) monthly progress reports, briefings and final report as required by IFC.

Interested applicants may submit Expressions of Interest along with proof of expertise and email these to not later than close of business on December 21, 2009. For corporate information, please visit IFC.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Olgie Alcasid Says No to Philippine Politics

Ogie Alcasid is glad about the success of the "Kaya Natin Ito" concert which lasted for seven and a half hours non-stop.

"Gawad Kalinga and OPM have forged a partnership to help storm victims," he says. "It touched my heart to see the performers give their time, wealth and talent so unselfishly."

Since he's giving his all to show his love of country, doesn't he plan to take it to the next level and run for public office? "Never in my wildest dreams," he quips. "I don't know anything about politics. I believe what is more important is to really value the true ideals of patriotism. It may be difficult under the current circumstances but it's the best time to show it."

If there's anything Ogie is good at showing, it's his unconditional support for his ex Michelle Van Eimerren and her new hubby Mark. He gave them an iMac as a wedding gift. Ogie and GF Regine's presence at Michelle and Mark's wedding was the best present of all.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Press Release in Metro Manila Newspapers Overstated?

By Jose Carillo
Even if you aren't very finicky with your English, you probably would find many of the press releases that see print in the major Metro Manila newspapers fluffy and overstated. Indeed, the major newspapers seem to have developed such a high tolerance for press releases that they hardly copyedit the material anymore for exaggerated or unsubstantiated claims, much less for wordiness, syntax, or style. And what used to be sacrosanct space for the paper's staple news and features now looks like free country for press releases—even if the material makes overblown claims and seriously runs roughshod over English grammar and usage.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Job in Philippine ESL Teacher Volunteer

Be a volunteer ESL teacher for three (3) months and get free TESOL Diploma from London Teacher Training Center.

At least 3rd year college level
Teaching experience is not required but a plus
Not more than 55 years old

Resume with 2x2 photo and application letter (Submit personally)

Deadline of application: December 11, 2009
Training Date: Starts on December 14, 2009
Contact: Hosanna Christian Language Academy

Philippines Job Fair Call Center Hiring

Call Center Agent with Outbound Experienced: Philippines Job Fair Call Center Hiring

If you have experience in the Call Center Industry, then we would love to talk to you. .
Position: Outbound Agent
Location: Home Based
Salary: 16,000 (Guaranteed Salary)

1. Experience in Call Center Industry
2. Very Good English
3. Home Computer, Headset and High Speed Internet

Important: We are not looking for people that want a one month job they can sit back and pretend to be working. We are looking for agents that want a FULL time job, want to work hard, and want to really put "integrity" into their work. We have noticed a lot of scammers out there that pretend to want jobs but really are trying to do recruiting for their poorly managed home call center, while pretending to be the person on the account. We are not looking for that either. We want an agent who HAS experience, is HONEST and has GOOD ENGLISH.

1. You do not have a headset
2. If you run your own little call center from your home or have your own agents (If you pretend to want a job but want to subcontract it out, then you are a liar and we do not want to work with you. It also means you are very desperate and can't find your own clients because you lack the professionalism to have to apply for another job in order to get clients. So we certainly to not want to work with you if that is the case.)
3. If you do not have a headset. Please do not contact us without a headset, the job requirement says headset, so a speaker on your computer WILL NOT WORK. We can always tell.
4. If you do not have call center experience.
5. If you only send a resume without sending us an "email" as well. Getting resumes without emails is very unprofessional and we want people with professionalism.
6. If you have not read this ENTIRE email.

We offers some of the most stable jobs in the industry for people that want GOOD paying jobs and want to work hard. The agents that have found work through us ALWAYS get paid and they as long as they work hard, there is usually a commission component on top of the Salary. 

Gay Marriage for Gay Couples Rejected in New York

Lawmakers in New York state have rejected a bill that would have granted marriage rights to gay couples.

The state's senate voted against the legislation by 38 votes to 24. Several Democrats opposed the measure.

The bill legalising same-sex marriage had earlier passed easily in the heavily Democratic state assembly.

Gay rights activists had hoped New York would join Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont in legalising gay unions.

Gay marriage is a controversial issue in the US, where many states have statutes banning same-sex unions.

Voters in Maine repealed their state law legalising gay marriage only last month. And last year, Californians also overturned an earlier decision by the state's Supreme Court to allow gay couples to wed. 

Philippines Job Vacancy Part time Online English Teacher

Philippines Job Vacancy Part time Online English Teacher
Hello Speak is a start up, China-based English school offering online language instruction to Chinese students.

...and we are looking for good communicators in English who have a knack, experience and passion for teaching the language.

Do you have fast and stable internet connection, a Skype ID, good working PC, headset and webcam?

Teach online from your home. Grow with us!

Date: 2 December 2009
City/Town: All over the country
Location: Nationwide
Wage/Salary: Commensurate to ability
Start: Immediately
Duration: Long term, Short term
Type: Part Time

Philippines Job Vacancy Part time Online English Teacher

Philippines Job Opening HR Manager in Davao City

HR Manager (Davao-based), Philippines Job Opening HR Manager in Davao City
Preferably male, willing to be based in Davao. Purely personnel management/administration; union handling; with extensive background in hr functions. minimum 8 years work experience.
Date: 27 November 2009
City/Town: Davao
Location: Davao
Wage/Salary: open
Start: open
Duration: open
Type: Full Time
Company: George Garrett Guilford and Associates

Philippine Job Sites Engineering/Maintenance Manager

Engineering/Maintenance Manager (Davao-based): Philippine Job Sites Engineering/Maintenance Manager
Male. To be based in Davao. Preferably Mechanical Engineer or any related field. Must have experience with food manufacturing plants using boilers; min 30 years old. Davao-based.
Date: 27 November 2009
City/Town: Davao
Location: Davao
Wage/Salary: Open
Start: Open
Duration: Open
Type: Full Time

Philippines Job English Teacher, English Tutor

English Teachers / Tutors - Philippines Job English Teacher, English Tutor
Must speak English fluently, work at home, need to have a computer with headset, webcam and broadband connection. Teaching or tutoring experence is preferable.
Date: 27 November 2009
City/Town: Nationwide
Location: Nationwide
Wage/Salary: 130/hour or negotiable
Start: asap
Duration: long term
Type: Part Time, Home Based
How to apply: Send details or resume by email
Company: Efficient Tuition Language School
Contact: Crace

Philippines Jobs Marketing Officer Vacancy

Marketing Services Officer / PA to the President
Graduate of Marketing or Business-Related Course and with good scholastic records
Female, between 22-28 years old, with pleasing personality
Smart, displays a lot of initiative and able to handle pressure
Excellent in English communications (oral and written)and interpersonal skills
Computer literate
Date: 27 November 2009
City/Town: Davao City
Location: Davao
Wage/Salary: negotiable
Start: immediately
Duration: permanent
Type: Full Time
How to apply: send resume by email
Company: Uraya Land Development, Inc.
Contact: Ghia/Loui

Philippine Job Search Accounting Head

Accounting Head - Butuan City, Philippine Job Search Accounting Head

Graduate of BS Accountancy; CPA required
With at least five years relevant work experience, preferably in a supervisory/managerial level
Working knowledge on financial accounting systems to include preparation and analysis of financial statements and other necessary reports, general ledger reconciliation etc.
With strong interpersonal, supervisory and customer service skills
With excellent oral and written communication skills
Proficient in computerized accounting and Microsoft office programs
Date: 27 November 2009
City/Town: Davao City
Location: Davao
Wage/Salary: negotiable
Start: immediately
Duration: permanent
Type: Full Time
How to apply: send resume by email
Company: Uraya Land Development, Inc.
Contact: Ghia/Loui

Philippine Jobs Account Staff Vacancy

Accounting Staff - Butuan City
Accounting Graduate
With at least two years relevant work experience and extensive training in general accounting & bookkeeping
Excellent administrative and clerical skills
Proficient in both oral and written communications
Computer literate, organized and has proven ability to multi-task
Date: 27 November 2009
City/Town: Davao City
Location: Davao
Wage/Salary: negotiable
Start: immediately
Duration: permanent
Type: Full Time
How to apply: Send resume' by email
Company: Uraya Land Development, Inc.
Contact: Ghia/Loui

Philippine Job Coffee Shop Cashier

Cashier-Clubhouse/Coffee Shop
College graduate of any business course, preferably in Accountancy 
With at least 3 years working experience as Cashier in similar industry
Previous work experience in a coffee shop/high-end restaurant, an advantage
Computer literate
Willing to work in Catigan, Toril (with free daily transportation allowance)
Date: 27 November 2009
City/Town: Davao City
Location: Davao
Wage/Salary: Negotiable
Start: Immediately
Duration: Permanent
Type: Full Time
How to apply: Please send resume' by email
Company: Uraya Land Development, Inc.
Contact: Ghia/Loui

Pinoy Job Hiring Installation Technician

- Diploma. 8 years min. work of experience.
- Fully familiar with troubleshooting , adjustments, calibration and maintenance of modern cement plant machiner, and with the process functions in cement mills, raw mills and kiln sections and also stacker, reclaimer and ship unloader machines.

You may visit us at our office:

POEA License No: 065-LB-052209-UL
3400 Hen. Lim St. Cor Rodriguez St. Brgy, Bangkal,
Makati City, Philippines
Tel. no.: 3854571

Please bring the following requirements or may send through email:
1. Resume with detailed job description
2. 2x2 picture
3. Employment certificates
4. Trainings & seminars certificates
5. School credentials
6. other supporting documents

Monday, November 30, 2009

Facebook Email Scam Exposed

Got this Facebook Email Scam from a Facebook Member
How would you like to earn big money for doing something you enjoy anyway?I am a member of a site na super nice. It will pay you every time you do stuff sa internet. It's called peoplestring.

So what does peoplestring actually offer you? We all know na the biggest and most popular sites kae dagko kayo ug kita. Just because we often go to there site. As in hundreds of billions of dollars they earn through us. Ang kaibahan lang, we don't get any share in return for making their business grow and prosper. tayo na nga gumagastos in buying a PC, paying sa electric bill, and sa internet connection or sa internet café, pero sila lang ang kumikita

Unlike the big sites like Google, Yahoo, FB, etc. Ang peoplestring will give you the money that is due saimo for helping them become bigger and more popular. You actually get 70% of peoplestring's earnings.How does it work? Simple.
If you join People String, you get paid WHEN YOU, OR ANY MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM does any of the following:

1) Search the Internet
2) Send or receive Email
3) Write a blog post
4) Socialize or promote any existing online business in Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, etc.
5) Receive and read mail, which you get anyway
6) Read the News
7) Search for directions
8) Refer or recruit your friends
9) Shop Online
10) Click on the ads in People String

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Philippine Cargo Service Logistics

Philippine Cargo Service Logistics: True to its promise of flexible solutions, 2GO acquired 2 freighter vessels, which will be named 2GO1 and 2GO2. Each vessel having a homogeneous capacity ranging from 500-600 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) is expected to forge partnerships with customers and to help support the country's growing trade and industry.

"We are confident that the acquisition of 2GO1 and 2GO2, will raise the  bar  of efficiency in the company's supply chain business and doing so enables 2GO to contribute in the improvement of the country's economy as well." said Susan V. Valdez, 2GO's chief executive officer.

"The launching of these freighters in November is 2GO's response to the market's clamor for more cargo capacity and lower freight rates which may consequently result to lower product prices in the market." Valdez further added.

Mindanao Massacre: Suspend Maguindanao Officials

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has vested Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno the "blanket authority" to suspend local and police officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional government and Maguindanao.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said in a media briefing on Friday at Malacanang, President Arroyo authorized Secretary Puno and was given full powers to carry out his own recommendation to implement suspension on local and police officials in Maguindanao and ARMM government while Maguindanao together with Sultan Kudarat and Cotobato City are under the state of emergency following the gruesome Maguindanao massacre last Monday.

Remonde added it is up to Puno to carry out his own recommendations for possible suspension of all local government officials of Maguindanao, ARMM regional government including police and military officials in the area.

He added the national government or the DILG will then appoint officer-in-charge to replace the suspended local government and police officials.

"If it is necessary to put military commanders as OIC's then we will put military commanders, Remonde pointed out.

This move by the government through the DILG is part of the state of emergency that was declared by President Arroyo last Tuesday and this will be temporary until the President lifted the state of emergency, he added.

The Palace official said that it is up to Puno announce who will be the local officials in Maguindanao that will be suspended or relieved.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Massacre in Maguindanao Points to Mayor Ampatuan

By Jocelyn Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer

A government team tasked to investigate the slaughter of 57 people in Maguindanao is quietly obtaining depositions from witnesses that appear to point to Andal Ampatuan Jr. as prime suspect, officials said.

Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno also disclosed in a briefing at Camp Crame that aside from Ampatuan, four police officials had been placed under "restrictive custody" in connection withMonday's massacre.

They were Senior Supt. Agusana Maguid, acting police director of the Maguindanao police office; Chief Insp. Sukarno Dicay, acting deputy provincial police director; Senior Police Officer 2 Badawi Bakal, officer in charge of the Datu Ampatuan police station; and Senior Insp. Ariel Diongon, officer in charge of the provincial mobile group.

Puno said the four policemen, who were airlifted to Manila via a commercial flight, had been identified by witnesses as among those who were present at the scene of the massacre.

Two other police officials—Insp. Armando Mariga and Insp. Saudi Mokamad, also of the provincial mobile group—are also suspected of having participated in the killings. Both have been issued administrative relief.

Military Not Suspects in Mindanao Massacre

By Katherine Evangelista

Two ranking military officials have been relieved from their posts in Maguindanao to give way to "impartial and transparent investigations" on the gruesome murders Monday of at least 57 people in the province, the Philippine military said.

In a press briefing, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner, Jr. said that 6th Infantry Division Commander Major General Alfredo Cayton and 601st Infantry Brigade Commander Colonel Medardo Geslani were relieved of duty effective Friday.

The order was made following complaints of alleged "inefficiency and inaction" in *handling the Maguindanao carnage*, Brawner said, even as he added the two were not suspects in the mass murders.

"Definitely, they are not suspects," he told reporters.

Brawner said the investigation on Cayton and Geslani, to be conducted by the Inspector General at the AFP general headquarters in Manila, would soon begin.

At least 57 people, including relatives and supporters of Buluan Vice-Mayor and Maguindanao gubernatorial aspirant Esmael Mangudadatu, and members of the media, were waylaid and killed in a gruesome massacre that sent shock waves across the world.

Maguindanao Massacre: Ampatuan Feared and Loathed

Phil Daily Inquirer: Feared and loathed by his enemies, Andal Ampatuan Jr. is known as the "hatchet man" of a powerful Muslim clan in Mindanao whose family history is written in blood.

A chubby, stone-faced man in his 40s with a penchant for expensive guns, he is the son and namesake of the clan patriarch who has ruled as governor of Maguindanao province for most of this decade.

Ampatuan Jr. denies any role in this week's massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao who were allegedly targeted to end a political challenge from a rival clan.

But Ampatuan Jr. and his father have long had reputations for using fear and violence to stifle opponents and expand their power, according to the country's top human rights officials and others who have knowledge about the family.

"The Maguindanao political warlords are really the ones giving crucial or swing votes to administration candidates," Leila de Lima, chair of the Commission on Human Rights, told Agence France-Presse.

She said the Ampatuan family "act like Gods" in Maguindanao.

De Lima is a former election lawyer who once represented an official who lost to an Ampatuan family member in the 2007 congressional vote allegedly through fraud.

Protest March Against Maguindanao Massacre

Daan-daang katao na kinabibilangan ng local media, mag-aaral, empleyado at kamag-anak ng mga nasawing media practitioners ang nagsindi ng kandila sa Koronadal City roundaball pagkatapos ng Candlelight March mula sa compound ng Provincial Capitol.

Nakisabay rin sa Protest March ang mga kagawad ng national media na kasalukuyang nasa Koronadal City upang mangalap ng impormasyon hinggil sa kahindik-hindik na insidente ng pamamaslang sa mga kagawad ng media, sibilyan at mga kamag-anak ng Mangudadatu ng ng bayan ng Buluan sa Maguindanao.

Naging madamdamin ang pagbibigay ng pananalita ng mga kagawad ng local media kasabay ng pagkondena sa karumal-dumal na krimen at panawagan sa pamahalaan ng katarungan para sa mga pamilya ng mga nabiktima ng tinaguriang Maguindanao Massacre na kumitil sa buhay ng mahigit limampu't pitong buhay.

Sa pamamagitan ng South Cotabato Provincial Information Office, nagbigay na rin ng tulong si governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes sa mga naulilang pamilya ng mga biktima.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Massacre in Mindanao Maguindanao

By Allen Estabillo

The death toll from Monday's gruesome killings in Maguindanao province rose to 52 following the recovery of six more bodies Wednesday from one of the hastily dug up mass graves in the outskirts of Ampatuan town.

Senior Supt. Willie Dangane, Cotabato City police director, said the joint police, Army and civilian retrieval teams found the six bodies along with three vehicles that were buried in a grave at the massacre site in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman in Ampatuan.

He said two bodies were initially recovered before noon Wednesday inside a Toyota Vios sedan owned by the city government of Tacurong.

Dangane said they retrieved four more bodies around 2 p.m. along with a van owned by UNTV network and a Tamaraw FX van.

"They appeared to have been shot at close range using a high-powered firearm and then dumped into a grave estimated at about 15 to 20 meters deep," said Dangane, who is supervising the retrieval and identification of the victims at the massacre site.

The police official said five of the six remains were identified as those of Henry Araneta of DZRH, Bart Maravilla of Bombo Radyo Koronadal, Julieto Ebarde of UNTV, Eduardo Lechonsito and Cecile Lechonsito.

He said the sixth body was initially believed to be of a missing UNTV camera man but they could not yet make an immediate confirmation.

Dangane said the recovered bodies were immediately moved to Koronadal City, where an autopsy will be conducted by government forensics.

The second day of the search and retrieval operations resumed early Wednesday morning to recover the remains of several missing victims of the Monday morning massacre, believed to be perpetrated by armed men hired by the family of Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan.

On Tuesday, the retrieval teams recovered at least 46 bodies at the massacre site and a back hoe excavator owned by the Maguindanao provincial government that was allegedly used in burying the victims.

About a hundred armed men reportedly held and later killed two women lawyers, over two dozen journalists and members of the Mangudadatu family who were on their way to file the certificate of candidacy for Maguindanao governor of Buluan Vice Mayor Ismael Mangudadatu at the Commission on Elections provincial office in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

The suspects initially stopped the convoy in Barangay Saniag around 9 a.m. and brought them at gunpoint to the vicinity of Barangays Salman and Malating, which is about 10 kilometers from the national highway. (PNA) 

Restore Death Penalty in the Philippines

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez

The carnage in Maguindanao that killed at least 57 persons, including members of media, has revived calls for the restoration of death penalty on heinous crimes.

Manila Representative Bienvenido Abante called on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to begin discussions on pending proposals for the return of the death penalty.

"To restore death penalty is to preserve lives of innocent people," Abante said at the Serye forum in Quezon City Thursday.

Abante, a pastor, said criminals like those who murdered the 57 persons in Maguindanao do not recognize laws when they commit crimes. He said the death penalty will "deter" them from committing more criminal acts.

Bishop Dave Sobrepena of the Word of Hope said the government should now seriously consider the reimposition of death, especially after the Maguindanao incident.

"If you take away the criminals, you take away the possibility of them killing again," he said in the same forum.

Speaker Prospero Nograles, however, appeared lukewarm to the proposal, saying it should be debated on the floor for the lawmakers to have a consensus on the issue.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Arroyo Blamed on Maguindanao Massacre

By Abigail Kwok, PDI
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines on Wednesday condemned the Maguindanao carnage as it blamed the Arroyo administration for "cultivating the culture of impunity for its cohorts."

In a statement, NDFP National Executive Committee member Luis Jalandoni called on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to give justice to the 46 victims, including women and journalists, of political violence in the province.

"The NDFP holds Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her regime accountable for this massacre that deserves the outrage of the Filipino people. This massacre is the latest atrocious act, further aggravating the regime's accountability for extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, frustrated killings, torture, and the uprooting of millions of people since 2001," Jalandoni said.

The Netherlands-based communist leader also criticized Arroyo for "favoring" the Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao, who was linked in the killings that sent shock waves across the country.

"The ruling Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao has long enjoyed the favor and protection of Arroyo and the police, military and paramilitary forces," Jalandoni said, adding that it was "highly irregular and scandalous" that during the incident, the Ampatuans were in Malacañang for a meeting.

Maguindano Massacre Beyond Human Comprehension

Describing the mass slaying of 36 people, nine of them journalists, in Maguindanao province as "horrific and beyond human comprehension," Speaker Prospero Nograles on Tuesday said the national government should set aside all political considerations and arrest the people behind the killings particularly the masterminds at all cost, "even if it takes the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to do it."

"This is already beyond political alliances. This horrific mass murder is just beyond human comprehension and the government should use everything in its power to apprehend and prosecute those responsible for this most atrocious incident in Maguindanao," said Nograles, as he urged the AFP and the PNP to beef up its security forces in Maguindanao to avert further escalation of violence in the area.

"I share the grief of the victims' families and I pray to God that those who are responsible for this atrocity will give up voluntarily to our government security forces," he said.

"I still cannot imagine how a man can be so brutal and cold-blooded in employing violence just to achieve one's political end. It is really unbelievable," he added.

The Speaker said both the AFP and the PNP should now step up efforts to disarm private armed groups (PAGs) in Mindanao as he noted that the incident in Maguindanao can erupt into a full-blown clan war, also known as "rido".

Nograles, who also hails from Mindanao (Davao), said that the effort to identify the culprits, particularly the masterminds, "should be done swiftly but with cold objectivity and all partisan considerations, including their political alliances should be set aside."

He also urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to assess the situation in the area and determine if it is still viable to hold an election there even if it is still near six months away.

"The Comelec can already suspend the election in the area until things cool down. Right now, the situation can be really volatile and we don't want more killings in the area," he said.

Nograles, however, noted that the investigation should not be based on speculations but on solid evidences and testimonies.

On the other hand, the Speaker also urged the Senate to give priority to the approved measure of the House of Representatives, which provides for stiffer penalties for firearms-related crimes.

"Experience will tell that Philippine politics is not without the taints of violence and bloodshed (citing the recent killings in Maguindanao)," said Nograles, noting that gun owners, including those who have expired licenses, should no longer have any excuse in failing to license their firearms because of the government's amnesty program.

Maguindanao Massacre News Update

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa sacked five ranking police officials in Maguindanao province following the massacre of more than 20 civilians, including media practitioners, in Ampatuan town on Monday.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said Verzosa immediately ordered on Monday night the relief of Chief Insp. Sukarno Dichay, detailed at the Maguindanao Provincial Police Office (PPO), who was reportedly sighted in the scene of the incident along with members of the civilian armed auxiliary (CAAs).

Aside from Dichay, Espina said the PNP chief Tuesday morning ordered the sacking of Maguindanao PPO officer-in-charge Supt. Abusana Maguid and three other Maguindanao police officers.

Espina said the sacked police officers were placed under the custody of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Cotabato City pending ongoing investigation.

Verzosa this morning flew to Maguindanao to personally oversee ongoing investigation and pursuit operations against the armed men who abducted more or less 40 individuals, more than 20 of whom were recovered dead, in a remote area in Ampatuan town.

"Investigation and hot pursuit operations are going on now for Maguindanao massacre. In fact, PNP chief Verzosa has flown to Maguindanao to oversee the investigation," Espina said.

On Monday morning, more or less 40 people, led by Genalyn Mangudadatu, wife of Buluan town Mayor Ebrahim Mangudadatu, and his younger sister and incumbent Vice Mayor Eden Mangudadatu of Mangudadatu town, and some media practitioners, were held by more or less 100 armed men manning a checkpoint along Sitio Crossing in Barangay Saniag in Ampatuan town.

Mangudadatu's group was on their way to file the certificate of candidacy of Ismael Mangudadatu for the governorship of Maguindanao when stop by the armed men, some of whom were identified as personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and then led to remote village of Salman where they were massacred.

Victims of Maguindanao Massacre

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) clamors for decisive government action that'll bring to justice as soon as possible the perpetrators of the Nov. 23 massacre in Maguindanao province.

"Philippine National Police and the executive department must be put to task, not only to respond to the killings, but to deliver expeditious justice," CHR Chairperson Leila de Lima said.

"Several underpinning of power and influence in Maguinanao politics" must be overcome "without any delay," she said.

Police were looking at politics motivated the massacre as its perpetrators belonged to the ruling Ampatuan clan's private army while the victims were relatives and supporters of Buluan town Vice-Mayor Ismael Mangudadatu, who already confirmed plans of running next year as governor of the province.

Members of this ill-fated group were travelling with Mangudadatu's wife Genalyn last Monday to accompany her in filing the vice-mayor's certificate of candidacy (COC) for governor when some 100 armed men reportedly abducted them at gunpoint in broad daylight.

Several local journalists, including DZRH's Henry Araneta and Manila Bulletin's Bong Reblando, also travelled with this group to cover the COC filing.

Later that day, authorities discovered corpses belonging to 21 of the group's members.

The dead were either shot, beheaded or mutilated.

Some of the women casualties were reportedly raped also.

Mangudadatu confirmed his wife and several family members were among those whom the bandits slaughtered.

"This is an outrage – what kind of animals are those killers?" a stunned de Lima charged.

Authorities continue searching for other members of the group which Mangudadatu described as having been composed of some 50 people including the journalists.

Fearing the Mangudadatu clan's possible vendetta on the Ampatuans, de Lima called for immediate government action on the matter.

Ampatuans Creation of Gloria Arroyo

Former senatorial candidate Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III yesterday said the Ampatuans were a "creation" of Ms Arroyo.

"This is really an acid test for her," Pimentel told the Inquirer. "What's more important? The debt of gratitude because you are President because of their support, or the lives of the Filipino people and justice for those who lost their lives senselessly?"

Pimentel said Ms Arroyo owed a lot to the Ampatuans, particularly in the 2004 presidential election when they delivered the votes for her in the province over opposition standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr.

Three years later in the senatorial race, Maguindanao delivered a controversial 12-0 sweep for the administration's Team Unity ticket.

Pimentel said that with such incidents, the Ampatuans could always tell Ms Arroyo: "You owe us big time." - Phil Daily Inquirer

Will Gloria Arroyo Arrest the Ampatuans?

Shocked and outraged by the Monday massacre in Maguindanao province, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's allies Tuesday called on her to swiftly go after a scion of the clan that helped her clinch victory in the 2004 presidential election.

Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro Jr., standard-bearer of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD, said authorities should immediately arrest Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. on the strength of the evidence supposedly pointing to him and his men.

"The government should [take] unequivocal and strong [steps] against the perpetrators. [Ampatuan] must be arrested because he has something to do with this. He must also face an impartial investigation," the resigned defense secretary said at a press conference.

Ampatuan should surrender to the police if he wants to clear his name, Teodoro said. He also said a delay in the government's response to the "indescribable" killings would be a cause of "national embarrassment."

Palawan Rep. Antonio Alvarez, the spokesperson of the ruling party, said any of its members found liable for the killings should be expelled at once.

The Ampatuans are party members. Only in June, Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), a son of Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan, was appointed interim regional chair of the party.

"If the party leadership, despite overwhelming evidence, will continue to keep them in the ranks for political expediency, then it will be wracked with resignations as it will become untenable for many members, like me, to stay in a party that coddles mass murderers," Alvarez warned. - Phil Daily Iquirer

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Political Killings in Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines

Vaudine England, BBC Asia analyst
The brutality of the killings in Maguindanao has highlighted the domination of Philippines politics by guns, warlords and lawlessness.

It has also changed the nature of "rido", the local word for clan wars and vendetta. Rido has long focused on election disputes or land conflicts and has involved killing, but usually of one person at a time and avoiding the killing of women or non-relatives. This incident targeted women and journalists who were not members of either powerful family involved.

Complicating the mix in Mindanao is the ongoing Muslim and communist insurgencies which have long been used by the authorities to justify new sources of funding for local favourites.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Make Bohol Province Rabbies Free in 2010

Two and a half years after implementing a program in 2007 to make Bohol rabies free in 2010, authorities have seen very significant achievements. 

"But that is not where it ends", hints Provincial veterinarian Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz. 

"We can not claim yet that we are rabies free," underscoring that a lot of work needs to be done.  

The aim to eradicate rabies in Bohol seemed impossible especially when the province topped the national rabies watch-list in 2007, dragging the entire region with it, points Dr. Lapiz. 

Wanting to plant the tourism destination flag in the country just does not go well with the reports that a widely preventable rabies with its teeth bared lurking in the corner, reiterates a member of the multi-sectoral Bohol Rabies Prevention and Eradication Council (BRPEC), in a separate talk.  

"We have accomplished the target of vaccinating 70% of our dog population during our second round of inoculations, but we still have to see the results" Dr, Lapiz explains during the weekly The Governor Reports.  

70% of dog population vaccinated is a universally pegged safe standard, but it is not acceptable for Bohol authorities who want a full assurance that rabies has become a non-threat.  

Thanking the popular support of local governments, animal and livestock technicians and barangay livestock workers, pet owners and international funding agencies, Dr. Lapiz reported that the concerted efforts has made Bohol without a rabies case to worry to date. 

Dr. Lapiz said Bohol has tested negative despite the 49 dog head samples sent to the regional laboratories for rabies examination.  

There has never been reported human rabies too, she added despite biting incidents here. 

Over the development, the diminutive veterinarian asked people to report to the municipal monitors any case of sudden dog deaths to quickly isolate cases, if there are. 

BRPEC council appoints Municipal Agriculture Officers (MAO) as contact persons authorized to forward reports of possible rabies-related incidents. 

The MAO reports would be basis for the BRPEC to send in trained people who could properly harvest and collect dog head samples for laboratory testing. (PIA)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lupang Arenda: Revocation of Proclamation

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has to do what ought to be done. Showing rare political will, the president asks Vice President Noli de Castro to prepare a draft for the revocation of the proclamation establishing the settlement called Lupang Arenda, even if it would mean displacing multitude of residents. 

Lupand Arenda was established when former President Fidel Ramos issued Proclamation 704 and opened some 200 hectares of public lands in protected wetlands to accommodate the growing number of illegal settlers in Metro Manila. 

The settlement lies at the shorelines of Laguna de Bay and lies along the natural lake water egress to Manila Bay along the Napindan Channel. 

The opened wetlands, separate sources say remain water logged for the rest of the six months in a year, and should not have been opened as residential area in the first place. 

By revoking the Presidential Proclamation 704, the President hopes she could keep these lives away from the dangers posed by rising lake water levels and the flash floods that has washed away dwellings in the area during the recent storms hitting Manila 

During the recent meeting held in Loboc Bohol, the President and her cabinet talked about disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness and climate change in the wake of the recent disastrous floodings in Manila and surrounding areas.  

At the Full Cabinet meeting held at the Loboc Children's Palace, acted on Vice President's recommendation to clear the area and relocate the residents.  

Recent changes in climate elevated the average lake water level to 12.5 meters, making several dry areas at the Lupang Arenda prone to flooding.     

The patch of land lies along the natural waterway between Laguna Lake and Napindan Channel. 

Recent floodings in Metro Manila areas also pushed more water through the channel, washing out many squatter dwellings, necessitating government intervention to keep residents safe.
Vice President Noli de Castro told the Cabinet that Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) now bans the return of the 60,000 families to Lupang Arenda. Lupang Arenda also blocks the natural pathway between Laguna Lake and Napindan Channel. (PIA)

Bidding for Panglao Island Airpot Project

Bidding for Panglao airport phase one finally opens this month, reports transportation Undersecretary and former city Mayor Jose Torralba in a radio interview.

Torralba, who is manning the airport project management office here said the multi-sectoral consultative meeting held last Tuesday at the Bohol Beach Club was the last procedural requirement needed to seal the fate of the airport's initial construction phase.

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordinating Committee initially nodded to the project even after consultants proposed drastic changes leading to major project funding realignments.

With the changes, the entire project bloated to nearly double its initial cost, needing the NEDA ICC nod anew to use the early appropriations of P4.2B to fund the initial phase of the airport project.

The project go-signal was on the condition that Bohol provincial government conducts another multisectoral consultation to address ecological or environmental issues, Usec Torralba explained..

Moreover, the preconditions also include that Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) conducts value engineering of the project and that budget cover be issued to the Department of Transportation and Communications by the Department of Budget and Management.

The recent multi-sectoral meeting in Panglao churned out the resolutions, which would engage the NEDA to finally green-light phase one of the project.
Phase one of the project comprises the construction of the airport's 2.5 kilometer runway and its lighting facilities.  
This phase also uses up the funds NEDA has earlier earmarked for the entire project, explains Gov. Erico Aumentado, weeks back.
From the initial P4.27 billion, the total total project now costs P7.54 billion.

The project cost blew up due to increase of item prices and quantity, design modification and additional acquisition of 14.5 hectares of land.

The Panglao airport project aims to develop a new airport facility in Panglao Island, Bohol to comply with domestic and international standards for operational safety and efficiency.

It also envisions to open up the entire region (Region VII) to more economic activities and to enhance the tourism potential of Bohol province. (PIA)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Job Vacancy Hiring in Manila, Philippines

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Making Pinoy Police More Capable

The blaze of police transformation spreads here as the local cops led by PSSUpt Edgardo Ingking vowed never to succumb to political pressures hindering the growth of the culture of reform to make police render more capable, effective and credible service. 

During the culmination of the 11th leg of the Torch Run Relay, Ingking said that the transformation torch would be the beacon that carries the light signifying the transformation program the Philippine National Police (PNP) has to undergo to make itself an organization that would compete globally.

The Transformation Torch, which traveled all over Bohol according to reports came into Bohol last October 12 and was passed to every station to bring the beacon of transformation across the country, police sources explained.

From a sagging perception and a performance that scraped rock bottom, top leaders of the police organization has to push for the reforms that would unseat abusive, arrogant and unfit cops and ease them out of public service.

With police inefficiency reports hurting most of the men in uniform, the local officers welcome the move knowing that only with the reforms can the police reclaim its rightful seat as the people’s servants and protectors.

Briefing over three hundred men and women of the Bohol police manning town stations, Ingking, who claims the charges are only examples of the threats every police officer has to face and overcome to realize the real transformation also cited highlights and gains of the integrated police transformation which started in 2005.

During the briefing which took him an hour and a few minutes, Ingking shared to the police the vision of a police force in 2030: one that would be globally competitive, capable, effective and credible.

We hope that the torch inspire, motivate and encourage our men and women in the force never to lose hope, press ona nd run the race towards genuine police transformation, Ingking added.

The Integrated Transformation Program has done things, he said and cited that recent surveys results showed that the police has slowly gained immensely from a baseline performance.

Now, the PNP is the 6th best performing government agency, Ingking prided, adding that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has even commended the police force during their anniversary in January this year.

We are slowly regaining the claim and we are making sure that by 2030, every police officer in the service would be sitting side-by-side with their foreign counterparts, a police officer who asks not to be identified shared his vision. (PIA)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

President Gloria Arroyo Stop Goods Overpricing

In the advent of some reported unreasonable price increases in basic commodities bought about by the effects of the calamities President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) has issued a price freeze of selected basic commodities until the state of national calamity is lifted.  

The result is that prices of six basic commodities are frozen to their October 2 prevailing price levels.  

The basic commodities: canned fish, processed milk, coffee, detergent or laundry soap, bread and salt should remain at tight watch by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) monitors, says Jose Hibaya, consumer welfare and business regulatory division chief of the local office.  

DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte also issued the advisory to all retailers in Central Visayas, notifying them of the price freeze order imposed until President Arroyo shall lift her declaration of the state of calamity over the country, upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Coordinating Council.  

Price freeze is based on the prevailing prices from DTI before the declaration of the state of calamity, Caberte warned retailers.   

Sharing the advisory during the recent Kapihan sa PIA aired live over DyTR, Hubaya said the advisory also forms as warning to retailers not to get advantage of the situation brought about by the devastating calamities that hit the country. 

The advisory also bears an accompanying sheet detailing that a 155 g sardine should not be sold in supermarkets at more than 11.80, the 370 ml Alaska condensed milk at 46.30 and the 305 ml condensed Milkmaid at P52.10.  

370 ml Alaska evaporated milk is at 41.50, Alpine at P44.30 while Nido and Alaska 150 g powdered milk should always be sold at P72.00 and 41.50. 

A 50 gram Nescafe refill is pegged at 35.95 in local supermarkets, 25 gram Blend 45 refill at P15.75 while Great Taste of the same weight is sold at 17.15. 

420 g Mr. Clean detergent bar and laundry soap should be at P20.50, 400 g Perla at P40.00 and Surf bar kalamansi is at P19.50. 

A 400 gram loaf bread is at P30.00, 500 gram at P45 and 20 gram pan de sal sells at P1.75 each. 

Iodized 250 g Fidel salt should not be more than 5.25 while 1 kg Fidel rock salt sells at P7.75.  

According to Caberte, anybody caught in violation of the price freeze can get a miximum of ten years and a penalty reaching P1 millon. 

Over this, DTI calls concerned citizens to help them and their deputized agents monitor any noticed price increases. Complaints and inquiries can be coursed through DTI-Bohol at 501 8260 or 411 3302, stressed Hibaya. (PIA)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Consultation on the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRA)

Public Officials and partners from the executive agencies and civil society for regions 6, 7 and 8 converged in Cebu City recently for the 4th area consultation on the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRA).
Executive secretary Eduardo Ermita, chairman of the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC), in a statement read by USEC Severo Catura, said "the consultation will put in place the much-needed public policies, programs, and resources with human rights standards."
The Cebu leg is the fourth in a series of area consultations since August 2009 and is palnned to end by December via a national summit, Catura added.
Catura, the executive director of PHRC further said, the area consultation is a problem solving mechanism.  It aims to instill national ownership of the plan in as many stakeholders as possible.
"We are pushing for a new and a broader way of looking at human rights as it would impact the full development of our people and the nation as a whole," he said.
Ermita in his statement also said, the consultation hopes to address human rights issues at their roots.  It involves more than identifying wrongdoers and exhorting government to improve on its obligations.
"Largely, we will venture to capacitate and empower all sectors of Philippine society to claim and extend these human rights obligations and entitlements, bringing out genuine improvement at all levels of governance in the country," Ermita stated.
Ermita added that the NHRAP becomes the expression of "our political will" and perhaps, one of the legacies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to ensure that human rights protection and promotion becomes a matter of policy that will transcend politics. (PIA)

Bohol Peace Building Effort

Documentation on the highly successful counter-insurgency program as national peace building template starts.
The government brings in the Orientation Workshop on the Documentation of Peace Building Good Practices for Team Bohol at the Bohol Plaza this October 13-14.
Team Bohol, the unified team of implementers of the famed Bohol Peace Formula is composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, the church and the civil society and the local government, which converged resources for a singular goal.

Such is to dramatically reduce the incidence of armed conflict in the province, not just by the might of the arms but also by peaceful means.
The peace initiative which has resulted in Bohol's getting off the list of the country's 20 poorest provinces speak of good governance practice, one that needs to be made a template for replication.
In an invitation to participants sent by Governor Erico Aumentado, he told Team Bohol stakeholders "the efforts of the province to provide the lessons and good practices which can be evolved into models in peace building and can be replicated in other conflict areas.
With the move to keep the peace process forward, he added the government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) used the services of the Local Government Academy of the Philippines (LGAP) to facilitate the two day workshop.
With the LGAP is the project tem of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The workshop hopes to come out with valuable policy and program recommendations for the national government to keep the peace process moving forward.
The ultimate goal is to create a snowball and multiplier effect of these good practices throughout the country by scaling up the process towards an adoptive replication process, Aumentado said. (PIA)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Philippine Rice Importation

The Philippines relies heavily on imports to feed its rapidly growing population of 92 million. In 2008, the country was forced to buy some 2.3 million tonnes of the crop despite record world prices. This year, it has so far imported 1.7 million tons from Vietnam.- Philippine Daily Inquirer

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jose Carillo's Comment on Reporting of Typhoon Ondoy

Understandably, major natural disasters like Typhoon Ondoy's killer floods take their toll in flawed grammar and syntax if not outright cockeyed news reporting. This was evident in the flood-disaster reporting of one of the major Metro Manila broadsheets, where a misplaced modifier reared its ugly head—to use an ugly cliché—right on its front-page headline story, followed by the paper's imprudent if not impudent decision to directly quote a high-ranking government official mangling his English while making a major announcement. It's really in the worst of times like this that reporters and editors could be a little more understanding of other people's flawed English and a little more compassionate in their reporting, but sadly, the propensity of some of them to put the country's high officials down appears to seethe unabated come hell or high water.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Help Philippine Typhoon Ondoy Victims

September 26, 2009, around 10am, tropical storm "Ondoy" landed in Luzon and hit 25 provinces. Heavy rains continued to pour causing the rivers to overflow at about noon, severely flooding the urban poor communities surrounding it.

One of the areas affected was Sitio Olandes, Bgy. Industrial Valley Complex in Marikina City which is located near the banks of the Marikina River. Sitio Olandes is home to about 3000 families and the Olandes Batibot Early Learning Center (OBELC), a network organization of the Children's Rehabilitation Center.

As floodwaters rose up to their roofs in a matter of 3 hours, women and children were crying for help on their roofs, waiting desperately to be rescued. OBELC was submerged in flood waters causing damage to the center, including books, school supplies and other things used for their daily operations.

Our network organizations, from other urban poor communities of Quezon City and City of Manila, are also affected. In Sitio Talanay, Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, the houses were washed away by the raging waters. The day care center, an extension of the Busilak Learning Center (BLC) program in Sitio Veterans, Quezon City, experienced severe damage similar to the OBELC.

The same effects of "Ondoy" were also experienced in Bgy. Tatalon, an urban poor community in Quezon City perennially flooded during storms. The houses were also washed away by the fierce flood currents. The residents, who still have their houses also stayed on the 2nd or 3rd floor or on the roofs to avoid the rising flood waters.

In Vitas, Tondo,in the City of Manila, one of the areas organized by the Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (SAMAKANA) or the Association of United Urban Poor Women, the residents, especially women and children were also severely affected by "Ondoy's" wrath.

Tropical storm "Ondoy" left serious damage on properties and even deaths in some parts of Luzon. The areas that were hit the hardest are the cities of Marikina, Quezon, Manila, Pasig and some areas of Rizal like San Mateo, Cainta, Taytay and Antipolo.

With these numbers of families affected by the storm and the floods, Children's Rehabilitation Center (CRC) is trying to extend its help by providing immediate assistance like relief goods and financial support. This is necessary as efforts of the local and National government are inadequate and slow, especially with the large number of victims needing immediate assistance.

Through the help of our fellow child rights advocates and other child focused organizations, a rescue operation in Sitio Olandes, Bgy.Industrial Valley Complex, Marikina City was conducted last September 27. CRC is currently part of a Task Force overseeing immediate relief for the families of OBELC. About 4 families are temporarily housed in the office where they were immediately evacuated.

The victims call for:
Immediate assistance for basic needs like food, drinking water, clothes and shelter.
Donations of books, school supplies and equipment to the OBELC and BLC for their operations.

Relief goods and materials may be dropped off in our office, #90 J. Bugallon, Barangay Bagumbuhay, Project 4, Quezon City. You can contact us at (+632) 913-9244 or 439-1053 and look for Malou or Sarah.

For financial donations, you can deposit at:
Account name: Children's Rehabilitation Center
Bank name: Bank of the Philippine Island – Kamias-Anonas Branch
Account number: SA 3323-2050-85

Please notify us of your deposit for your official receipt.

September 28, 2009

Children's Rehabilitation Center
#90 J.Bugallon St. Project 4
Brgy Bagumbuhay, Quezon City