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DOLE lauds outstanding Public Employment Service Offices across nation

The Department of Labor and Employment urged collective action to address the Philippines’ job problems on 25 October during the 23rd National PESO Congress in Palo, Leyte. DOLE Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma stressed in his speech the vital role of Public Employment Service Offices or PESO and DOLE’s frontline partners in promoting productive employment at the local level. “The responsibility of realizing the objectives of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan and the Trabaho para sa Bayan Act is not the DOLE’s responsibility alone. It is jointly shared with our social partners, especially our PESOs. The challenges we face in our employment landscape demand collective action and innovative solutions,” Laguesma said. Laguesma also emphasized the need for open and constructive dialogue with PESO managers across the nation as he bared the department's five-point agenda, which includes strengthening its core functions, fortifying partnerships with employers and educational institutions and digitalizing public employment services. DOLE conferred awards to PESOs with outstanding accomplishments in the past year during the 2022 National Search for Best PESO Awards. Among the accomplishments are the 2.4 million jobseekers employed through the facilitation of PESOs, which translates to a 91 percent placement rate across the regions. PESO Bataan won in the first-class province category, PESO Lanao del Norte in the second-class province category and PESO Aurora in the third to fifth class category. DOLE also hailed PESO Iloilo City as champion for the highly urbanized city category and PESO Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental for the component and independent component city category. Among the awardees for the municipal PESOs were PESO Villasis, Pangasinan (first class municipality category); PESO Pila, Laguna (second to third-class municipality category); and PESO Llanera, Nueva Ecija (fourth to sixth-class municipality category). The University of Batangas was elevated to the Hall of Fame for winning the search for best PESO in 2018 and 2019 and the Bayanihan Service Award in 2020 and 2021. The university job’s placement office received a trophy and a P250,000 cash prize. The post DOLE lauds outstanding Public Employment Service Offices across nation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneOct 27th, 2023

Over 2 Million Jobseekers Helped by PESOs

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has reported that in 2022, its Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) played a crucial role in assisting over 2.4 million job seekers in finding employment, marking a significant increase from the previous year. PESOs achieved an impressive 91% placement rate in 2022, representing a remarkable leap from the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2023

Bong Go provides support to help displaced workers in Bukidnon

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go sent assistance to displaced workers in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on Friday, 29 September, in coordination with the office of Congressman Jonathan Keith Flores. Held at the municipal gymnasium, Go’s team distributed masks, vitamins, shirts, and snacks to a total of 426 displaced workers. They also gave away shoes, watches, mobile phones, and balls for basketball and volleyball to select recipients. "Patuloy po tayong magtulungan upang mas mapabuti pa ang kalagayan ng ating mga disadvantaged at displaced workers. Magkasama tayo sa layuning ito na makabuo ng mas maginhawa at mas matatag na lipunan para sa lahat ng Pilipino," he said. These beneficiaries also qualified for livelihood support from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Meanwhile, Go underscored the significance of safeguarding the welfare of disadvantaged workers with particular attention to those dwelling in rural areas who are in need of more economic opportunities. Given this, Go has filed Senate Bill No. 420 which seeks to create a mechanism for offering short-term employment to eligible members of underprivileged households in rural regions. Within the framework of this proposed legislation, a program known as the Rural Employment Assistance Program (REAP) would be established under DOLE. REAP's primary goal is to furnish temporary job opportunities to individuals who qualify as economically disadvantaged, impoverished, displaced, or seasonal workers. Underscoring the need for accessible yet affordable healthcare, Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also championed the services offered in the Malasakit Center located at Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag. Republic Act No. 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, principally authored and sponsored by Go, mandates all Department of Health (DOH)-run hospitals, and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila City, to establish their own centers to provide convenient access to medical assistance programs offered by the government. “Ang target po ng Malasakit Center ay ma-cover ang inyong billing. Kaya huwag po kayong mahihiyang lumapit sa Malasakit Center dahil para po yan sa inyo, mga kababayan kong Pilipino. At ngayon po, meron na po tayong 159 na Malasakit Centers sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong po sa inyo,” explained Go. Go also mentioned that a Super Health Center is set to be established in the city of Malaybalay, and the towns of Kadingilan, Pangantucan, Sumilao, Kitaotao, Manolo Fortich, Maramag, Quezon, Talakag, San Fernando, and Kalilangan. The Super Health Centers will offer a range of healthcare services, including database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center and telemedicine, through which remote diagnosis and treatment of patients are made possible. Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, including Senate President Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, a native of Bukidnon, sufficient funds had been allocated for 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023. The DOH, as the lead implementing agency, identifies the strategic areas where they will be constructed. Lastly, Go cited the enactment of Republic Act 11959, also known as the Regional Specialty Centers Act which he principally sponsored and is one of the authors in the Senate. The law mandates the establishment of regional specialty centers within existing DOH regional hospitals. It stands as a testament to the commitment of the government to uplift the nation's health infrastructure and bring actual medical services closer to the Filipino people. To help contribute to the city’s progress and improved connectivity, Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, likewise supported the construction of a public market in Barangay Maluko and a multipurpose building in Sankanan.   The post Bong Go provides support to help displaced workers in Bukidnon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2023

KWF lauds ‘Pinoy-speaking’ agencies

The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino on Wednesday honored government agencies and local government units that use Filipino language as medium of communication in delivering public service. At least 24 government agencies and local government units were given recognition by the commission for using the country’s national language in this year’s Seal of Excellence in Public Service. This year’s awardees include Department of Agriculture; Department of Science and Technology-PCIEERD; Department of Education-Bureau of Learning Division; DepEd SDO Ligao; MTRCB; Amang Rodriguez Medical Center; NCDA; Pasig City local government; Bulacan provincial government; Municipality of Pililla, Rizal; Barangay Hagdang Bato, Mandaluyong City; Barangay Lower Bicutan, Taguig City; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Department of Labor and Employment-BWSC; Santa Rosa City Government; Municipality of Marilao, Bulacan; Barangay San Isidro, Iriga City; Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Rizal Medical Center; Pasay City government; DepEd-Region V (Bicol Region); DepEd SDO Iriga; MMDA and Quirino Memorial Medical Center. “The Seal of Excellence is given to government agencies that have trained and reached standard proficiency in the use of the Filipino language in their office in transactions, communications, documents, advertisements, and other activities — either written or orally — in various offices of the government agencies,” KWF president Arthur Casanova said. He added that the event is held annually in response to the Executive Order 335 signed by the late President Corazon Aquino mandating the use of Filipino language in official transactions, communications, and correspondence in every agency of the government. “All government agencies should use the Filipino language so that we can raise the level of our national language,” said Casanova, adding that the national language is the symbol of being Filipinos. The post KWF lauds ‘Pinoy-speaking’ agencies appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 30th, 2023

Bong Go lauds gov’t digitalization initiatives highlighted in PBBM’s 2nd SONA

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go commended President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos' forward-thinking leadership during the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, 24 July, at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. “I am hopeful na yung kanyang mga binitawang salita, mga pangako, ay maisakatuparan… And ‘yung sinabi po ng ating mahal na Pangulo na kukupkupin ‘yung mga mahihirap, importante po sa atin na walang magutom. Mabigyan ng trabaho po, ‘yun po ang gusto kong marinig kanina at masaya po akong narinig na tulungan po ‘yung mga mahihirap nating kababayan,” Go said in an interview after the SONA. Among other priorities highlighted in the SONA, Marcos particularly outlined a shared vision for a digitally transformed Philippines, emphasizing the pivotal role digitalization plays in supporting data-driven and science-based planning and decision-making in government. The president said embracing digital technologies is not only a means to enhance the country’s ease of doing business but it is also a powerful tool in combating graft and corruption in various forms. “Digitalization is the call of today; not the call of the future—but of the present. It is here. It is needed, and it is needed today. Government must fully embrace digitalization to provide better service to the people, through its vital frontline services and its back-end functions,” Marcos said. “Digitalization will support the government’s data-driven and science-based planning and decision-making. It is the greatest, most powerful tool, not just to improve the ease of doing business, but also against many forms of graft and corruption,” he added. Go expressed his support to the President’s vision and said that the transition to digitalization is set to bring about numerous benefits, not only in curbing corruption and ensuring transparency, but in bringing government services closer to the people. In an effort to usher in a new era of modernization and efficiency in governance, Go continues to champion his filed Senate Bill No. 194, otherwise known as the E-Governance Bill. The E-Governance Bill seeks to harness the full potential of digital advancements to streamline bureaucratic processes, enhance transparency, and improve the overall quality of public services. Go said that the measure, if enacted, can make government more accessible to those in need. By digitizing government processes and transactions, Go’s proposed bill introduces an added layer of security and transparency, minimizing opportunities for corrupt practices. Furthermore, the lawmaker added that digital records and paperless transactions can significantly reduce the risk of tampering or unauthorized alterations. “Bureaucratic inefficiency has been one of the most persistent problems in government service for the longest time. People spend so much money, time, and energy just to get a simple document, submit an application for a permit, or simply access public information. Napakahaba po ng proseso, maubos ang oras mo, hindi lang isang oras, isang linggo, o isang buwan,” Go said. “Government should always be responsive to the demands of changing times. It is for this reason that I filed the proposed E-Governance Act. Una ko na po itong nai-file noong panahon pa ng pandemya during the 18th Congress. Marami tayong natutunan noon kung paano mag-adapt sa makabagong panahon,” he explained. In his SONA, the president also called upon all government offices to expedite the digitalization of their vital services. The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) responded to this call by launching the DMW Mobile App, which aims to provide Overseas Filipino Workers easy access to the department’s services. It can be recalled that Go was instrumental in the enactment of Republic Act No. 11641, which created the DMW. The Senate version of the Act, Senate Bill No. 2234, was authored and co-sponsored by Go. DMW serves as the lead agency for implementing policies, plans and programs that will ensure the protection, promotion of interests, timely resolution of problems, and effective reintegration of OFWs. Go expressed optimism that the digitalization initiatives can help bridge the gap and ensure more efficient and effective public service delivery. “By embracing the transformative power of technology and fostering a culture of innovation, the nation is set to embark on a progressive path that will shape a brighter future for all Filipinos,” said Go. Meanwhile, the president proudly announced the successful launch of the eGov PH app, a centralized mobile application that integrates all key government services for the convenience of the public. The post Bong Go lauds gov’t digitalization initiatives highlighted in PBBM’s 2nd SONA appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 26th, 2023

Disaster resiliency must be prioritized

Typhoons occur very often in our country. Located along the typhoon belt in the Pacific, the Philippines is visited by 20 typhoons on average yearly. Some have been more devastating than most — ravaging lands, destroying properties, and claiming the lives of our affected Filipinos. And because of climate change, in addition to our geographical location in the Pacific, the Philippines is exposed to natural calamities that are getting more often and more severe. While we can’t prevent the entry of typhoons, we could very well stay one step ahead to minimize the damage brought by these natural disasters and hopefully save more lives through a more prepared and proactive approach, better coordination among concerned government agencies, and stronger cooperation from the public. As super typhoon “Betty” entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday, I pray for the safety of all our affected kababayans and hope for an efficient restoration of normalcy once the typhoon passes. I commend our frontline government agencies and local authorities who, days before the typhoon’s entry, so far have reportedly already made necessary preparations to deal with this and its aftermath. These preparations and more go a long way in securing the lives and property of our affected Filipinos. Nevertheless, considering our country’s vulnerability to natural calamities, we must continue instituting measures that will ensure more proactive and effective disaster preparedness and response. Thus, I continue advocating for several disaster resilience measures, including the establishment of the Department of Disaster Resilience through my proposed Senate Bill No. 188. If the bill is enacted into law, the DDR shall serve as an empowered and highly-specialized cabinet level-department with a clear unity of command, responsible for ensuring safe, adaptive, and disaster-resilient communities. It shall lead the crafting and implementation of programs and activities to reduce the risk of all types of natural hazards and effects of climate change and manage the impact of disasters. I have also filed SBN 193, or the proposed Mandatory Evacuation Centers Act, which seeks to require the establishment of evacuation centers in every province, city, and municipality throughout the country that shall provide basic needs and assistance to all evacuees. Also, I have introduced SBN 192, also known as the Rental Housing Subsidy Act, in a bid to provide disaster victims better and more affordable access to the formal housing market through the provision of rental subsidies by the government. Finally, SBN 1709 proposes to amend the provisions of the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” to mandate the grant of hazard pay to the personnel of respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices and Barangay Risk Reduction and Management Committees, as well as all accredited community disaster volunteers enlisted to their respective territorial jurisdictions during the State of Calamity declared by the President. Under the proposed measure, all personnel of the LDRRMOs in all provinces, cities, and municipalities and all accredited community disaster volunteers, regardless of their employment status, shall be granted a hazard pay of P3,000 every month if it is enacted into law. This is in recognition of their invaluable sacrifices and contributions in looking after the safety of our people in the face of disasters and even at the risk of their own lives. Similarly, our dedication to public service never ceases. From Monday to Sunday, our work inside and outside the hallowed halls of the Senate continues. On top of our Senate sessions, I led the distribution of aid to 1,663 indigents from Gapan City, municipalities of Cabiao and Peñaranda in Nueva Ecija; 1,000 in Pasig City, as well as 1,201 fire victims in Sta. Cruz, Manila last week. On 25 May, I also visited Davao de Oro for the groundbreaking of the Super Health Center, inspect a two-story multi-purpose building, and led a relief activity for 1,000 residents in Maco town. We attended the groundbreaking of Super Health Centers in Libertad town and Barangay Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City, and spearheaded three relief operations for 1,000 indigents in Libertad, and 2,000 in Barangay Balubal, and another 300 in the city on 26 May. Apart from the groundbreaking of the Escalante City Super Health Center in Negros Occidental on 27 May, I aided 2,000 residents of the city composed of fisherfolks, tricycle drivers, solo parents, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens. I joined the 25th Manlambus Festival where I was able to watch a carabao race and provided aid to 200 carabao owners. On 28 May, I inspected the Sariaya Super Health Center in Quezon province and helped 1,000 indigents in the town. In Lucena City, 1,500 residents received aid. I also joined the Pasayahan Festival and inspected the Lucena City Promenade, whose funding I supported. My outreach teams extended aid to 400 barangay health workers and nutritionists in Macalelon, Quezon; 373 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority graduates in Argao, Cebu; and 1,200 tricycle drivers in San Luis, Pampanga. Indigents, including 81 in Llanera, Nueva Ecija; 500 in Binuangan, Misamis Oriental; 250 in Dipaculao and 233 in San Luis, Aurora. Also, our office joined the dental and medical mission of 150 indigents in Pandan, Antique. In the face of inevitable natural hazards, we all must exert efforts to build a more disaster-resilient nation. Through effective measures, preparations, proper coordination, and widespread cooperation, we can all save lives, help each other recover, and rise again even stronger. The post Disaster resiliency must be prioritized appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 28th, 2023

DoLE partners with Aboitiz for JobStart Phl

The Department of Labor and Employment has chosen the Aboitiz Group for the implementation of its JobStart Philippines program aiming to shorten the job search period of young Filipinos who are not in education, employment, or training (youth NEET), by providing them with career coaching, life skills and technical training, and paid internships with major employers. The collaboration was officially sealed last 25 May between Labor and Employment Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma and Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer Sabin Aboitiz at the Aboitiz Group office in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. In his remarks, Laguesma said partnership lies at the core of JobStart and its full implementation cycle begins and ends with strengthening its relationship with partner employers that facilitate the most crucial stages of a new jobseeker’s path to productive and decent employment.   Quest for learning and new experiences “Nowadays, young Filipinos all over the country have this distinct hunger and insatiable quest for learning and new experiences, and this is what drives us to constantly push the boundaries of the program’s coverage through purpose-driven initiatives. With business units in six of the biggest sectors in the country, I am confident that this partnership [with the Aboitiz Group] will help foster JobStart Philippines’ advocacy to promote and improve the security of our youth’s future,” he said. For his part, Sabin Aboitiz, president of the Aboitiz Group stressed that as the Aboitiz Group undergoes its Great Transformation to become the Philippines’ first Techglomerate, it is leveraging technology and innovation to find better ways of advancing businesses and communities. He said embracing innovation and technology has gotten the Group the notice of the public as a partner of choice in modernizing communities, including working with the public sector to ensure that the Filipino youth is future-ready for the work of today and tomorrow. “In investing in our nation’s youth, we are investing in the future of the Philippines. The Aboitiz Group is committed to this partnership, firmly believing that every young Filipino should be equipped with the right tools, training, and opportunities to thrive in today’s world. This partnership is not just about meeting immediate employment needs; it’s about fostering an environment where our youth can flourish, innovate and drive the nation forward,” Aboitiz said. Under JobStart, beneficiaries undergo a full-cycle employment facilitation program that begins with DoLE career coaching and life skills training to prepare the youth for the workforce. Subsequently, recipients of the program will be referred to strategic partners, including the Aboitiz Group, for technical training for up to three months and conducive paid internships for two to three months. The implementation of the JobStart program was institutionalized under Republic Act 10869 or the JobStart Philippines Act, enacted on 29 June 2016. Since then, there have been around 29,000 beneficiaries of the program nationwide, and the local government unit-based Public Employment Service Office serves as implementer of the program. The post DoLE partners with Aboitiz for JobStart Phl appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 26th, 2023

Advancing OFWs’ welfare, protecting Filipinos abroad

Overseas Filipino Workers, or OFWs, are indeed modern-day heroes. They help boost our economy, but more importantly, they help uplift the lives of their families to give them a better future and also showcase Filipinos' talents, skills, and work ethic to the world. I was in London, United Kingdom last week for an official trip upon the invitation of the British Group Inter-Parliament Union. Led by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and co-head of delegation Senator Grace Poe, we embarked on several meetings aimed at strengthening relations of the Philippine Senate with our counterparts in the UK parliament to exchange best practices in policymaking while enhancing bilateral relations, fostering economic security, exploring areas of cooperation between the two countries, and promoting the welfare of Filipinos working there. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I also expressed my gratitude to the UK for donating vaccines during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, we thanked them for other development assistance extended by the UK to the Philippines and for their help in strengthening the Bangsamoro Region. As vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, I also maximized the visit to highlight efforts in promoting the welfare of more than 200,000 OFWs in the UK, particularly the more or less 40,000 Filipino nurses working there. We were able to raise to the UK policymakers the concerns of Filipino nurses regarding their rights to proper benefits, just compensation, and a safe working environment. We should be proud of Filipino medical frontliners in the UK, particularly nurses who are among the world’s finest. Take, for example, May Parsons, a Filipina-British nurse who became known globally for administering the first COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial and receiving the UK's George Cross Award. I have co-sponsored a Senate resolution earlier recognizing and commending her achievement. After our official meetings, I met with a group of OFWs, some of them were fellow Dabawenyos, Filipino Muslims, Ilonggos, and Ilocanos, among others. The stories they shared were proof of how resilient our OFWs are. Despite their sacrifices, homesickness, and worries about their families in their hometowns, they maintain their cheerfulness and positive outlook. I brought some good news to our OFWs by informing them about the establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) through Republic Act No. 11641, a legislation for which I am proud to be one of the authors and co-sponsors in the Senate. This measure streamlines the organization and functions of all government agencies related to overseas employment and migration to better address the needs and concerns of migrant workers. I have also filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2297 to institutionalize the OFW Hospital and ensure its continuous operation in San Fernando City, Pampanga, primarily intended for OFWs and eligible dependents. More importantly, a Malasakit Center is operational there to help reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. The establishment of the DMW, the OFW Hospital, and its own Malasakit Center are just a few of our dreams that are now realities for Filipinos to benefit from. These are testaments of our commitment to promote the welfare of migrant workers and their dependents. However, we acknowledge that there is more work to be done. That is why we continue to listen to their concerns, serve them to the best of our abilities, and pursue initiatives to further their cause. I have also filed SBN 2414, which seeks to establish OFW wards in Department of Health (DOH) hospitals if enacted into law. While our efforts continue to safeguard the welfare of Filipinos abroad, our commitment to serve Filipinos facing challenges in their communities remains unwavering. This week, we had groundbreaking ceremonies for Super Health Centers in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Brgy. Labangon in Cebu City; Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur; and in Tigbauan, Iloilo. Through the collective efforts of DOH, LGUs, and fellow lawmakers, we continue to advocate for establishing more community health facilities to help bring public health services closer to those needing medical attention. We have also assisted 1,000 indigents in Llanera, Nueva Ecija, with the office of Cong. Jose Padiernos; 500 members from various sectors in Barangay Mintal, Davao City; 1,900 in Caloocan City, with the office of Congresswoman Mitch Cajayon-Uy. In Cebu City, we also distributed aid to 1,700 residents of the South District with Congressman Edu Rama; 450 in Nagcarlan, Laguna, with Mayor Elmor Vita and Councilor Rey Comendador; and 333 in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, in collaboration with the Malasakit@Bayanihan group. We also aided 1,000 United Senior Citizens Association members of Quezon City, with Congresswoman Mila Magsaysay, Senator Robin Padilla, and private sector volunteer organizations. My office also extended additional aid to 93 displaced workers in Lumban, Laguna; 210 in Pilar; 217 in Carmen and Batuan in Bohol. DOLE also gave qualified beneficiaries temporary employment. We also supported 200 scholars during their TESDA Orientation in Daet, Camarines Norte. There are also 43 residents of Davao City and nine in La Paz, Agusan del Sur, who were victims of fires and 32 victims of flooding in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat. They were provided separate assistance and the livelihood kits they received through the DTI program, which we advocated for before and continue to support. We also supported 283 victims of past fires in Cagayan de Oro City by giving separate aid in addition to the emergency housing assistance received from the NHA through a program we pushed for so that they could buy materials like nails, roofing, and other necessities for home repairs. My office also provided immediate help to victims of recent fires, such as 50 families in Baseco, Manila City, and 11 families in Brgy. Alabang, Muntinlupa City. No one is exempt from facing life’s hardships. However, our OFWs have shown us how resilient Filipinos can be. Let us learn from them and, more importantly, do our part in uplifting their lives by advocating for their welfare, promoting their rights, protecting their families, and providing the genuine public service they deserve. 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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2023

DepEd will get 25% of 2024 budget

The Department of Education will receive 24.93 percent of the P38.75 billion in the proposed 2024 budget for digitalization funds to boost public service, the Department of Budget and Management said on Wednesday. In a statement, DBM said DepEd is set to receive P9.43 billion in digitalization funds amid the controversial P150 million confidential and intelligence funds for the said agency next year. Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman underscored the need to embrace digitalization as the allocation for said initiative marks a 60.6-percent increase from its P24.93 billion funding in 2023. "Technological advancement has given rise to a growing digital economy which continues to create new forms of work, transforming the employment landscape," Pangandaman said. "Hence, investing in the digitalization of the bureaucracy is crucial not only in enhancing its efficiency but also in generating quality jobs for Filipinos," she added. Pangandaman added that keeping updated on technology and maximizing its uses are in line with the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s whole-of-government approach to connect the entire bureaucracy digitally — not only to cut red tape but likewise to generate employment in the expanding digital economy. Aside from DepEd, several other government agencies will receive the ICT and digitalization budget. These agencies include the Department of Justice (P5.55 billion), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (P5.34 billion for ICT program-related expenditures), the Department of Finance (P3.15 billion), the Department of Interior and Local Government (P2.60 billion); and National Economic and Development Authority (P2.08 billion). The Judiciary (Supreme Court, Presidential Electoral Tribunal, Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals) will also receive P1.44 billion for its digitalization budget. The Department of National Defense (P1.12 billion), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (P913 million), and Other Executive Offices (P890 million) will also receive its share. Meanwhile, a total of P990.631 million will be allocated to the ICT Systems and Infostructure Development, Management, and Advisory Program of the DICT. Further, the National Government Data Center Infrastructure Program, which will get P1.67 billion, aims to reduce government spending by providing resources to government agencies either through colocation or cloud services. In addition, the DICT's National Government Portal, which will have an allocation of P302.86 million, is intended to further streamline public service by connecting all government departments to a single website. Another DICT program, the National Broadband Plan, will receive a budget of P1.50 billion to improve internet speed and allow affordability across the country. A separate P2.5 billion will fund the Free Wi-Fi Connectivity in Public Places and SUCs program, with a target of 50 broadband sites in 82 provinces. The post DepEd will get 25% of 2024 budget appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2023

PBBM lauds Filipino civil servants for quality service to fellow countrymen

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thanked the Filipino civil servants for their dedication and commitment to delivering quality service to the Filipino people. In a video message posted on state-run Radio Television Malacañang on Tuesday, Marcos paid tribute to the country's 1.8 million public servants on the occasion of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary. "Thank you for your dedication despite the numerous challenges that we experience in our respective occupations. Let us strive harder in achieving our united goal of providing a better future for our country," he said. Marcos also highlighted the importance of public service in nation-building. "Public service is a noble calling. It is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our fellow Filipinos," he said. "I urge all public servants to continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence and integrity in their work," he added. The President also recognized the Civil Service Commission for its steadfast commitment and continuous efforts to transform the Philippine bureaucracy into an agile and future-ready organization. "My appreciation also goes to the CSC for the steadfast commitment and continuously transforming the human resource and organization of the Philippine bureaucracy. In this way, we will hone agile and future-ready servant heroes," he said. Marcos' message comes as the country celebrates the Civil Service Anniversary, commemorating the CSC's establishment via Public Law No. 5 on 5 September 1900. The CSC spearheaded the observance of the 123rd anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service, in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 1050, which was issued in 1997 and designates September as Civil Service Month. In 2021, the CSC introduced a 10-year overarching theme, "Advancing Public Service in the Coming Decade: Enhancing Adaptability and Preparing for the Future among Public Servants." This theme reflects the shared experiences of government employees in adapting to the new normal and emphasizes the promotion of digital transformation and innovations to maintain high standards of public service and continuity. This year's Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration centers on the significance of nurturing dynamism among government personnel to promote sustainable management and reinforce organizational resilience. The post PBBM lauds Filipino civil servants for quality service to fellow countrymen appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023

Over 400 college students receive cash-for-work under ‘Tara, Basa!’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development on Friday said some 432 college student-beneficiaries of the "Tara, Basa!" Tutoring Program received cash-for-work (CFW) on Thursday, 14 September, during the first simultaneous payouts in their respective local universities and colleges in Metro Manila. College students studying at the City of Malabon University, Navotas Polytechnic College, Universidad de Manila, and Parañaque City College,  who were trained to become tutors and youth development workers (YDWS), each received P4,800 as CFW. The total amount is equivalent to eight days of tutoring and conducting "nanay-tatay" module sessions, with a daily rate of P610, following the new daily minimum wage set by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Tutors and YDWs are 2nd to 4th-year college students from select state universities and colleges (SUCs) as well as local government-run universities in the NCR. They were trained to conduct reading sessions for struggling and non-reader elementary learners and "nanay-tatay" module sessions for parents and guardians of grade school beneficiaries. Arlene Joy Rosauro, one of the tutors under the "Tara, Basa!" Tutoring Program, said conducting reading sessions is fulfilling as she sees the improvement among the elementary students under her tutelage. “As a learning facilitator po, nakikita ko yung improvement ng mga estudyante, sobrang nakakatuwa kasi nakikita ko po na effective ako as a teacher. Fulfilling po siya as a future educator din (As a learning facilitator, I can see the improvement of the students. It delights me because their improvement is proof that I am effective as a teacher. It is fulfilling as a future educator)," Rosauro said. "Nakikita ko po na napakalaking bagay ang 'Tara, Basa!' sa nation-building kasi ngayon po ang pine-face po natin ay sobrang mababa po ng reading comprehension ng mga bata that is why itong step po na ito ay malaking bagay para mas ma-enhance yung comprehension ng mga bata kasi marunong po talaga silang magbasa but the thing is hindi po nila kayang i-comprehend (I see that 'Tara, Basa!' contributes to nation-building because there is a concern in the reading comprehension among children. That is why this step contributes to enhancing the comprehension of the children because they really know how to read but the thing is they can't comprehend.)," she added. Rosauro also shared that she will use the CFW for her basic needs, personal necessities, and educational expenses. “First po, thankful po ako [sa 'Tara, Basa!' Tutoring Program] kasi po as a future educator, nagkaroon po ako ng first-hand experience wherein nakikita ko na po kung ano ang mga dapat kong gawin, ano yung mga dapat kong isaalang-alang if ever na maging future educator po ako. Of course, doon po sa financial assistance, sa cash po na naibigay, malaking bagay po sya sa mga gastusin ko lalo na po at third year college na po ako, mas marami po ang bayarin sa school (First, I'm thankful [to 'Tara, Basa!' Tutoring Program] because as a future educator, I had a first-hand experience where I could see what I should do, what I should consider if ever I become a future educator . Of course, the financial assistance would be of great help with my expenses, especially since I'm in my third year of college.),” Rosauro explained. Allan Amores, one of the YDWs enrolled at the Navotas Polytechnic College, said he saw huge improvements among parents and guardians of struggling or non-reader elementary learners after conducting "nanay-tatay" sessions for eight days. “Marami po talaga akong nakitang improvements sa mga parents, including na po doon yung mga parents na willing po talagang mag participate and active na po sa pagbibigay ng gabay at patnubay sa kanilang mga anak (I have really seen a lot of improvements among the parents, who are really willing to participate and are active in giving guidance and direction to their children.)” Amores said. These college student-beneficiaries committed to render service for 20 days to help the struggling or non-reader elementary learners and their parents and guardians. Parents and guardians of struggling or non-reader elementary learners will also receive cash aid worth P235 per day for 20 days by attending Nanay-Tatay module sessions, rendering assistance in preparing the needs of their children for learning and reading sessions, assisting them in their after-reading session assignments, and attending parent effectiveness sessions as well as other related activities. This is one of the features of the program to strengthen the family and community support systems of elementary learners who are struggling to read or are non-readers. The "Tara, Basa!" Tutoring Program is the reformatted educational assistance of the DSWD that offers short-term work and learning opportunities for college students belonging to low-income families in exchange for providing tutoring services to struggling learners. The post Over 400 college students receive cash-for-work under ‘Tara, Basa!’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 15th, 2023

A journey of legislative leadership

Following an overwhelming mandate of 31 million votes, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. returned to Malacañang last year. However, before assuming the presidency, he had an extensive career in public service, particularly as a legislator. Marcos dedicated more than 25 years to public service, with a significant portion spent as a legislator. He served as the Ilocos Norte 2nd District representative from 1992 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2010. Additionally, he held a senatorial position from 2010 to 2016. During his initial term in the House of Representatives, Marcos demonstrated his commitment to legislative work by authoring 29 bills and co-authoring 90 others. His contributions played a vital role in establishing the Department of Energy and the National Youth Commission. Furthermore, Marcos’ notable achievements include the authorship of Republic Act 9522, also known as the Philippine Archipelagic Baselines Law, during his final term as the Ilocos Norte 2nd District representative. This legislation holds great significance in shaping the country’s maritime boundaries. According to his biography on the Senate website, Marcos also prioritized the advancement of his province by allocating a substantial portion of his Countryside Development Fund to the establishment and organization of cooperatives for teachers and farmers. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. possesses a wealth of legislative experience and a significant track record of accomplishments, both within the halls of Congress and in his dedication to the development of his province. During his single six-year term in the Senate, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. demonstrated his legislative prowess by authoring and co-authoring 122 bills, with 15 successfully enacted into law. According to information from Marcos’ official website, a report by spot. stated that most of the measures championed by Marcos during his time as a senator focused on local issues and concerns. The report highlighted that the local measures authored by Marcos aimed to establish cityhood for certain towns, facilitate the reapportioning of legislative districts, declare local holidays, and rename roads after historical figures. Furthermore, Marcos’ legislative contributions extended to national matters as well. Notable among the measures he authored were Republic Act 10586, also known as the Anti-drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2012; RA 10176, the Arbor Day Act; RA 10606, the National Health Insurance Act; RA 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2011; RA 10530, the Red Cross and Other Emblems Act of 2012; and RA 10364, the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2010. In addition to these significant pieces of legislation, Marcos also advocated for the passage of RA 10821, the Children’s Protection in Motor Vehicles Act of 2016, and RA 10687, the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act. His tenure as a senator was marked by his commitment to addressing local and national issues, as evidenced by the broad range of bills he authored and co-authored during his six-year term. Among the various impactful measures that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. championed during his tenure as a senator, several noteworthy ones stand out. These include: RA 10821, the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act, aimed to provide essential support and safeguard children’s welfare during emergencies. RA 10692, the PAGASA Modernization Act of 2015, focused on enhancing and modernizing the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration capabilities to improve weather forecasting and disaster response. RA 10755, granting the Punong Barangay the authority to administer the oath of office, streamlining administrative processes at the local level, and promoting efficiency in governance. RA 10742, the Youth Development and Empowerment Act of 2014, aimed to promote Filipino youth’s holistic development by providing opportunities for education, skills training, employment, and civic engagement. RA 10632, the Postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, which sought to defer the elections for the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) to allow for reforms and youth participation enhancement in the local government. Additionally, President Marcos authored several other significant acts during his tenure, including: RA 10676, the Student-Athletes Protection Act of 2014, aimed to ensure student-athletes welfare and rights, particularly in balancing their academic and athletic commitments. RA 10645, the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, expanded the benefits and privileges of senior citizens in the Philippines, recognizing their valuable contributions to society. RA 10752, the Right of Way for National Government Infrastructure Projects, aimed to facilitate acquiring necessary rights-of-way for national government infrastructure projects, promoting efficient development and progress. Marcos Jr.’s legislative initiatives encompassed a diverse range of issues, from safeguarding the welfare of children and the youth and protecting the rights of various groups to promoting infrastructure development for the betterment of the nation. The post A journey of legislative leadership appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 12th, 2023

NHA to launch 1st People’s Caravan

The National Housing Authority over the weekend announced that it will launch its first-ever People’s Caravan on 15 September 2023 at the Villa de Adelaida Housing Project in Brgy. Halang, Naic, Cavite. The program is the NHA’s new and innovative method of delivering various government services effectively and directly to the beneficiaries. NHA General Manager Joeben Tai’s directed Assistant General Manager Alvin S. Feliciano to head the activity, in cooperation with Naic Municipality Mayor Ruperto C. Dualan and Vice Mayor Junio C. Dualan. It can be recalled that the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) had already expressed its willingness to provide free legal consultations on housing-related concerns and other legal services. This is to signify their support for the success of the NHA’s initiative in bringing its services closer to the beneficiaries. In ensuring the health and wellness of the beneficiaries, the Municipality of Naic, Cavite, together with the Department of Health (DOH) will conduct a medical mission. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) will give away free vitamins and medicine to residents who are in need, while the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will offer free medical check-ups and haircuts. The Department of Agriculture (DA) will offer affordable agricultural products that can be purchased at the NHA-DA KADIWA store of the Department of Agriculture (DA). For residents interested in expanding their agricultural expertise, the DA Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) will conduct skills training demonstrations. The participants of the said training will receive starter kits and planting materials. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on the other hand, will provide on-site internet services to help the beneficiaries with their online connectivity. For beneficiaries looking for work opportunities, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will hold a job fair together with the Public Employment Service Office. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will facilitate an intensive orientation on sustainable livelihood programs (SLP). The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is willing to teach business consultancy and literacy and orientation on business capital. Meanwhile, skills training demonstrations about food processing, food technology, and food packaging will be discussed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will support the event through its LTO on Wheels by rendering renewal of motor vehicle registration, application for new/renewal of student permit, and renewal of Driver's License available. In addition, the Pag-IBIG Fund intends to register non-members and issue PAG-IBIG Loyalty Card Plus to NHA beneficiaries. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will render services in Philhealth ID registration and issuance. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will assist beneficiaries through the registration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), issuance of ePhilID, and application services of birth certificates, certificates of no marriage (CENOMAR), death certificates, and marriage certificates. Residents will also have the chance to accomplish their SSS membership enrollment and verification at the Social Security System booth. The People's Caravan is also in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in conducting free skills training demonstrations and training and orientation on the livelihood and scholarship programs and services. The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) will disseminate information on the programs and services of their agency. The Commission of Population and Development (CPD) will provide an orientation on their accessible services and programs and will distribute free population control kits. Meanwhile, the Province of Cavite will also provide essential services, and the Philippine National Police and AFP will ensure peace and safety during the conduct of the said caravan. In line with this, the NHA invites all Caviteños to join and support the very first People’s Caravan of the agency. To cater to more beneficiaries, four more People’s Caravans are expected to be launched in Luzon. The Authority is optimistic that future People’s Caravans in the country will gain more support and partnerships from other government agencies and the private sector. The post NHA to launch 1st People’s Caravan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2023

DoT chief seeks Rotarians’ support for tourism projects

A partnership with the Rotary Club of Manila, along with other Rotary Clubs in the country can realize the government’s objective of  transforming the Philippines into a tourism powerhouse in Asia. [caption id="attachment_179067" align="aligncenter" width="2430"] Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, in her speech as guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Manila during the Club's weekly meeting at the Manila Polo Club last 31 August, said it was her ‘sincere hope that with the partnership of the Rotary Club, as well as its members and the captains of industry who contribute in one way or another to the project of nation-building, we can ensure that our country — through tourism — will have a more primary role in Asia as a tourism powerhouse.’[/caption] This was the call made by Tourism Secretary Maria Christina Frasco after presenting the stance of the tourism industry in the country before members and officers of the Rotary Club of Manila during the Club’s membership meeting at the Manila Polo Club last Thursday, 31 August 2023. Frasco reported that the efforts of the DoT, along with the whole-of-government approach ordered by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in implementing the department’s projects with an eye to restoring the glory of the tourism industry has resulted as of 30 August 2023 into 3.6 million international arrivals, surpassing the total number of international arrivals last 2022. The figure is already 75.92 percent of the country’s target of 4.8 million tourist arrivals this year. “Philippine tourism contributed 6.2 percent to our gross domestic product in 2022; it is being hailed by our economic managers as the second growth driver in the first six months of this year,” she said. By the end of 2022, Frasco said the tourism industry has contributed over P1.87 trillion to the Philippine economy as a composite of international and domestic spending, representing a 67 percent recovery since 2019. “Tourism also contributed over 5.5 million in tourism employment, an 11 percent share of the national employment, and also represents over 93 percent in recovery from 2019 data,” she added. Frasco also said that the rallying of Philippine tourism after the battering it got from the pandemic stands at 66.3 percent, higher than the 54 percent average recovery of ASEAN nations in 2022. As per tourism receipts, Frasco said the industry has already breached P285.9 billion as of 31 July 2023.   Pillars of Tourism The Tourism secretary stressed that to give the Philippines a fighting chance at standing shoulder-to-shoulder with its neighbors in the ASEAN region, her department had crafted the National Tourism Development Plan 2023-2028, which does not only focus on the promotion of tourism alone but also in analyzing and understanding the essential pillars of tourism. Approved by President Marcos Jr. last May 2023, the NTDP provides a framework to guide the development and implementation of programs, projects, and activities towards a sustainable, innovative, inclusive, and globally competitive tourism industry. NTDP’s seven strategic goals include improvement of tourism infrastructure and accessibility; cohesive and comprehensive digitalization and connectivity; enhancement of overall tourist experience; equalization of tourism product development and promotion; diversification of the tourism portfolio through multidimensional tourism; maximization of domestic and international tourism; and strengthening tourism governance through close collaborations with national and local stakeholders. Putting the Plan into concrete action, the DoT hopes to have an accumulated total of 51.9 million tourist arrivals and 34.7 million tourism-related jobs in the country by 2028. Frasco said in terms of infrastructure, the DoT has partnered with the Department of Public Works and Highways to improve accessibility in the regions with tourism sites. “This is by constructing, rehabilitating and adding tourism roads leading to tourist destinations. This year, over 158 kilometers of tourism roads have already been constructed,” she said. Aside from this, Frasco said the DoT has also coordinated with the Department of Transportation in improving connectivity, primarily in the country’s gateways for the improvement of flights and tourist journeys. With this, Frasco said the country is starting to see robust recovery of connectivity in the country, including a 100 percent increase in flights in Clark International Airport; a 614 percent increase in flights in Kalibo International Airport; and over a 300 percent increase in flights in Mactan-Cebu International Airport, among other airports in the country. Moreover, she said they also partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology for the purpose of improving internet connectivity across 94 tourist destinations in the country. Connectivity in 47 of these destinations have already improved, according to Frasco.   e-VISA Furthermore, Frasco said the DoT has engaged with other government agencies, namely the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Justice, the DICT, and the Bureau of Immigration for the streamlining of the visa application process, aiming to enhance convenience and accessibility for all international travelers, starting with Chinese visitors. Last 24 August, the DFA implemented the Philippine e-Visa system in Philippine Foreign Service Posts in China. The Philippine e-Visa will allow foreign nationals entering the country for tourism or business to apply for temporary visitor visas remotely through their personal computers, laptops and mobile devices. Other initiatives conceptualized by the DoT to improve the tourism experience include the “Hop in Hop Off” project; being part of the “Love the Philippines” tourism slogan; the “Philippine Experience”; facilitating a cultural tourism circuit development focused on heritage, culture, and arts to enhance current tour and domestic circuit offerings, which include Food and Gastronomy, Pilgrimage and Wellness, Living Cultures and Heritage, and an Arts caravan. In order to equip Filipino tourism workers, the DoT is set on training  100,000 of these workers and capitalize on the world-renowned Filipino hospitality. “We have already managed to train over 71,000 Filipino workers,” Frasco said.   Optimistic “Frasco said the Marcos administration remains optimistic about tourism recovery and the resurgence of the nation. “Our numbers will indicate that tourism will continue to be a top economic driver that will provide massive employment and livelihood opportunities to Filipinos and our MSMEs,” she said. With the launch of the enhanced “Love the Philippines” branding, Frasco maintained that it would give the country a better opportunity to be reintroduced to the world. The post DoT chief seeks Rotarians’ support for tourism projects appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2023

Super Health Center breaks ground in Lian; Bong Go lauds DOH, local gov’t

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, commended the Department of Health and the local government of Lian, Batangas for the groundbreaking of its Super Health Center on Thursday, 31 August. The groundbreaking was also supported by local officials, including Gov. Hermilando Mandanas, Vice Governor Mark Leviste, Mayor Joseph Peji, and Vice Mayor Ronin Leviste. In a video message, Go said the groundbreaking marked a significant step towards bringing quality government medical services closer to Filipinos and strengthening the nation's healthcare system. “Ito po ay isang makabuluhang pagkakataon upang ipahayag ang aking lubos na pagpupugay sa inyong lokal na pamahalaan sa pag-usbong ng Super Health Center dito sa inyong bayan,” said Go. “Ito ay isang malaking hakbang para mapalapit ang gobyerno sa mga Pilipino, lalo na sa mga nangangailangan ng serbisyong medikal. Sa pamamagitan ng Super Health Center, magiging accessible sa inyong komunidad ang primary care, free consultation at early detection ng sakit para maiwasang lumubha pa ito,” he continued. Go, an adopted son of CALABARZON with familial roots in Batangas and Davao, also continues to support the construction of more Super Health Centers in the province. Under the 2022 national budget, Super Health Centers in the province were funded in San Pascual, Agoncillo, Calatagan, Lipa City, Malvar, and Taysan, aside from the one in Ibaan. In 2023, more centers were identified to be established in the towns of San Juan, Tingloy, Lian, and San Jose. In addition, two more Super Health Centers were funded in Lipa City. These centers will offer database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service; oncology centers; physical therapy and rehabilitation centers; and telemedicine, which makes remote diagnosis and treatment of patients possible. Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, enough funds have been allocated to build 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023. DOH, which is the lead agency in implementing the program, identifies the strategic locations for the construction of these centers. Go also emphasized the importance of strengthening the nation's healthcare system, highlighting the lessons learned from the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Napagtanto natin sa mga pagsubok na dala ng pandemyang COVID-19 ang kahalagahan ng malakas at handang healthcare system. Kailangan nating ituloy ang paglalagay ng pondo sa ating healthcare infrastructure upang masiguro na may access ang bawat Pilipino sa dekalidad na serbisyong pangkalusugan." he asserted. The Super Health Center in Lian, Batangas, is just one of many initiatives spearheaded by Go to improve healthcare accessibility in the country as he also remains supportive of the continued operations of Malasakit Centers and the establishment of regional specialty centers nationwide. Go also offered to help those with medical concerns. The senator encouraged the public to visit Batangas Provincial Hospital in Lemery and Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City where there are Malasakit Centers ready to assist with their medical-related expenses. The Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 was institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463, which Go principally authored and sponsored in the Senate. The Act aims to provide convenient assistance to indigent patients and help them with their hospital bills and other health-related expenses. To date, there are 158 Malasakit Centers nationwide. Go also proudly cited the enactment of RA 11959, also known as the Regional Specialty Centers Act. He played a pivotal role in principally sponsoring and authoring this legislation in the Senate, which was recently signed into law by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on 24 August. The Regional Specialty Centers Act mandates the establishment of specialized healthcare centers within the existing DOH regional hospitals. On the same day, the Super Health Center in Calatagan was inaugurated. The post Super Health Center breaks ground in Lian; Bong Go lauds DOH, local gov’t appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2023

National honors conferred on scientist, more R& D needed in healthcare says PBBM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday emphasized the importance of research and development (R&D) in healthcare, saying that the country must be able to develop its own solutions to the health challenges it faces. In a speech during the Conferment of the Order of National Scientists and the Presidential Medal of Merit, Marcos said that the Philippines needs to invest more in R&D to develop new drugs, vaccines, and other medical technologies tailored explicitly to Filipinos' needs. "This R&D is important not only in healthcare but in all sectors of our economy, our society – they should be given attention," Marcos said. He noted that research and development are crucial for the Philippines to be able to face future challenges, such as new diseases and the increasing prevalence of chronic illnesses. "We cannot just wait for other countries to develop solutions to these problems," Marcos said. "We need to be proactive and develop our own technologies and products that are specifically tailored to the needs of Filipinos." Marcos also called on the government and the private sector to work together to support research and development in the Philippines. "We need to pool our resources and create a more conducive environment for research and development to thrive," Marcos said. "By working together, we can make the Philippines a global leader in research and development." During the ceremony, Marcos also presented awards to two outstanding public servants: Dr. Carmencita Padilla and Assistant Secretary Ceferino S. Gepty. Marcos conferred the Order of National Scientist on Dr. Padilla for their outstanding service to the country and the Filipino people. Meanwhile, Gepty received the Presidential Medal of Merit for his meritorious achievements and services. Padilla's noteworthy research into national initiatives concerning newborn screening served as the foundation for the passing of the Republic Act (RA) 9288, also known as the Newborn Screening Act of 2004. Currently, the implementation of newborn screening is carried out across more than 7,400 healthcare facilities in the nation. This initiative has played a critical role in preventing mental disabilities and fatalities among infants. Padilla's most recent significant contribution involves the establishment of the PGC, a multidisciplinary institution aimed at integrating fundamental and practical research for advancements in health diagnostics, therapeutic treatments, DNA forensics, preventive solutions, and the enhancement of agricultural crop varieties within the country. Due to her accomplishments, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) recommended honoring Padilla with an award. Her achievements have not only brought distinction and accolades to the Philippine scientific community but have also garnered recognition at the national level. Meanwhile, Gepty currently works within the Industry Development and Trade Policy Group of the Department of Trade and Investment. This group is tasked with promoting investments in key areas related to the agency's trade and industry development efforts. He played a vital part in ensuring the approval of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), acknowledged as the most extensive international trade agreement globally. Marcos praised Gepty's role as the principal trade negotiator for the country in the RCEP. His efforts significantly contributed to the eventual endorsement of this expansive trade agreement, anticipated to create new prospects for both Filipinos and Philippine businesses. Marcos praised both Dr. Padilla and Assistant Secretary Gepty for their outstanding service to the country. He said that they are examples of the kind of public servants that the Philippines needs to build a stronger and more prosperous future. The post National honors conferred on scientist, more R&D needed in healthcare says PBBM appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2023

600 checkpoints net over 15 Comelec gun ban violators: PNP

Around 15 persons have been apprehended since the start of the Commission on Elections' gun ban on Monday during the first day of filing of the certificate of candidacy for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. said on Tuesday. Acorda said since implementing the gun ban, 15 firearms have been confiscated from more than 600 checkpoints nationwide. The establishment of checkpoints was carried out under Comelec Resolution No. 10924 to effectively implement the ban on firearms and other deadly weapons during the 90-day election period from 28 August to 29 November. The resolution prohibits the bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, or even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized by the Comelec. Acorda also said he has ordered a probe and has a person of interest in the incident that happened in Libon town in Albay where the victim Alex Repato, reelectionist captain of Barangay San Jose, was shot dead by still unidentified assailants in his residence at around 5 p.m. Monday, just hours after he filed his candidacy. “It is unfortunate in Albay we have one case of shooting but we already have a person of interest there and tinututukan ng ating kapulisan. What happened in Albay is election-related but I want to get first 'yung talagang official result of the investigation,” Acorda said on the sidelines of the National Capital Region Police Office's commemoration of its 122nd Police Service anniversary at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan Taguig City. Addressing the event, Acorda lauded the NCRPO's dedication to the PNP's agenda, which includes the relentless pursuit of justice, commitment to excellence and fostering deep connections with the communities under their care. He extended his congratulations and recognition to the men and women of the NCRPO for their invaluable contributions to upholding the rule of law and ensuring the safety and security of the nation's capital. The ceremony was also marked by the presentation of awards to outstanding officers and units within the NCRPO. The awards recognized excellence across various categories, including community engagement, crime prevention and exceptional acts of valor. The NCRPO's Northern Police District, Eastern Police District, Manila Police District, Southern Police District and Quezon City Police District were feted for their outstanding contributions.   The post 600 checkpoints net over 15 Comelec gun ban violators: PNP appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2023

PNP recalls police escorts as part of barangay, SK election preps

The Police Security and Protection Group of the Philippine National Police on Tuesday announced it has launched a comprehensive recall of its protective security personnel stationed throughout the country as part of the preparation for the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections scheduled for 30 October 2023, Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco, acting Director for Operations, led the presentation of recalled personnel at the PNP Transformation Oval, Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City. Regional offices across the nation will also conduct their recall activities, which will be witnessed through online platforms. “This recall serves as a reminder of our duty to the people and the nation. As you return to your units, let your actions reflect the ideals of a just and democratic society”, PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda said in a statement on Tuesday. “Additionally, this recall serves as a proactive measure to prevent any undue influence, conflicts of interest, or perceptions of impropriety during the electoral process. Our priority is to uphold the principles of democracy and ensure that every citizen's voice is heard,” he added. Of the total 920 protective security personnel stationed nationwide, 679 PSPG personnel are subject to recall. Among these, 495 are responsible for safeguarding 285 government officials, while 425 are entrusted with the security of 309 private individuals. Those recalled will undergo refresher and specialization courses while awaiting redeployment after the election period. The initiative is in accordance with Comelec Resolution 10918, which outlines the Rules and Regulations on the Ban on the Bearing, Carrying or Transporting of Firearms or Other Deadly Weapons, as well as the Employment, Availment or Engagement of the Services of Security Personnel or Bodyguards during the Election Period. The election period starting on 28 August marks the period of prohibition that extends until 29 November 2023. During this time, Comelec regulations dictate the suspension of activities involving the carrying of firearms or other deadly weapons and the employment of security personnel or bodyguards by incumbent public officials, whether elected or appointed, as well as private individuals. To facilitate the application for the issuance of a Certificate of Authority for Security Detail, eligible individuals, including incumbent public officials and private citizens, are encouraged to submit their requests online through the Comelec website. The electronic filing system has been operational since 5 June 2023, and will remain open until 15 November 2023. As of 24 August 2023, a total of 295 applications have been received for CA-SD, with 49 having already received approval. The Comelec is expecting around 2 million aspiring candidates for the BSKE. In total, 672,432 positions need to be filled. These account for 42,027 positions for Punong Barangay and another 42,027 positions for SK Chairpersons. Around 294,189 seats should also be filled for each Sangguniang Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan group. The post PNP recalls police escorts as part of barangay, SK election preps appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2023

More job opportunities for QC PWDs

More persons with disabilities have now a chance to work at the Quezon City government with the launching of a program that is part of the city's commitment to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunity to the most vulnerable sectors of society. Under the "Kasama Ka sa Kyusi: Ang Taong May Kapansanan ay May Karapatan at Kakayahan" initiative, the city government will hire a total of 300 PWDs who will be assigned to different departments and offices. "Batid ng lokal na pamahalaan ang hirap na dinaranas ng mga kapatid nating may kapansanan lalo na sa paghahanap ng permanente at disenteng trabaho. Kaya sa pamamagitan ng programang ito, titiyakin natin na mas maraming magbukas na oportunidad para sa kanila na nakaayon din sa kanilang galing at talento," Mayor Joy Belmonte said. Data from the QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) revealed that 14 percent or 7,620 of the 54,000 registered PWDs aged 18 to 59 are unemployed as of July 2023. The city government at present has 253 contractual, job order, and permanent employees belonging to the PWD sector, representing 1.2 percent of its total workforce of 17,000. Under Republic Act No. 10524 or the Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for Persons with Disability, at least one percent of all positions in all government agencies, offices, or corporations shall be allotted for PWDs. "Ang QC Government ang mangunguna at magsisilbing halimbawa sa iba pang government agencies at maging sa pribadong sektor sa pagbibigay ng trabaho sa mga PWD. Hindi hadlang ang kanilang kapansanan para maging produktibong mamamayan. Kailangan lang nila ng break o pagkakataon para mapatunayan ang kaya nilang gawin," Belmonte added. To jumpstart the Kasama Ka program, the city government took in a total of 100 PWDs. They underwent interviews and job assessments by the PDAO and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO). After evaluation, the applicants will be assigned to city departments based on their skills and capabilities. According to Belmonte, PWDs who perform well will be given an opportunity to become a contract of service or permanent QCG employees. Apart from employment, the city government is also distributing assistive devices such as hearing aids, eyeglasses, canes, wheelchairs, and walkers. PWDs are also given social welfare assistance, livelihood training, and urban farming starter kits. The QC Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) is also organizing an Inclusivity Summit to encourage the private sector to hire more persons with disabilities in their workforce. A number of private establishments in the city are already employing PWDs like HisBeans Café, Cabalen Group, Shakeys, Pancake House, Overdoughs, Concentrix, and SM Malls. Other companies and establishments have already coordinated with the city to be part of this program. "Patuloy na bumubuo ng iba-ibang programa ang pamahalaang lungsod, sa pangunguna ng PDAO, para masigurong walang naiiwan, at kasama ang lahat sa pag-unlad sa QC," QC PDAO officer-in-charge Deborah Dacanay said. The post More job opportunities for QC PWDs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 20th, 2023

Bong Go visits ‘egg basket of the Philippines’ to conduct relief ops

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go emphasized the paramount significance of stronger government interventions for supporting impoverished Filipinos adversely affected by various crises as he personally led a relief activity for struggling Batangueños in San Jose town on Thursday, 17 August. In 2022, former president Rodrigo Duterte approved a law declaring San Jose town in Batangas as the country's "egg basket” through Republic Act No. 11707, which recognizes the local and national "economic significance" of San Jose's egg industry. Recognizing the urgent need for support, Go for his part has tirelessly championed the cause of the most vulnerable members of society, ensuring that essential government aid reaches those who need it the most. In partnership with the local government of San Jose, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Go assisted 1,558 fellow Batanguenos at the Vanolato Realty basketball court. Go and his team provided grocery packs, masks, vitamins, and meals to each beneficiary. He likewise gave away bicycles, shoes, mobile phones, watches, shirts, and balls for basketball and volleyball to select recipients. A team from the DSWD extended financial assistance to 1,000 qualified Batangueños through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, while DOLE provided livelihood support to 558 individuals through its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program. “Mga kababayan ko nandirito po kami ngayong araw na ito (at) may dala lang po kaming kaunting tulong. Mayroon po akong dala mula sa aking opisina. (Bukod pa rito,) ang DSWD po mayroong programa na AICS. Kayo po ang napili na bibigyan po na mga beneficiaries ngayong araw na ito… Iba naman po ang TUPAD ng DOLE. Ito pong programang ito pansamantalang trabaho po ito,” Go said. “Ako po bilang senador ay nagsulong nito para maging benepisyaryo kayo ng mga programang ‘yan sa pakikipag-ugnayan po kay Mayor Ben Patron. Suportado ko po ang mga programa ng gobyerno tulad nito na nakakatulong sa mga mahihirap,” shared Go. Go, who is an adopted son of CALABARZON with familial roots in Batangas and Davao, likewise praised the collective efforts of all local officials, including Mayor Valentino “Ben” Patron and Vice Mayor Noel Virtucio. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel team captain Lewis Alfred "LA" Tenorio, a Batangueño, was also present during the visit. “Minsan ako ay pumunta sa kanyang opisina para hingan kayo ng tulong. Ang sagot niya sa akin, at napagalitan pa ako dahil sabi, Mayor, kahit hindi ka pumunta dito, ako ay Batangueño at bilang Batangueño, una sa puso ko ang mga taga-San Jose,” referring to Go, Mayor Patron recalled during his speech to the beneficiaries. Meanwhile, the senator, who chairs the Committee on Health and Demography in the Senate, reiterated his commitment to improving healthcare accessibility and medical services for the poor and reminded the public to take advantage of the services offered in Malasakit Centers. As a one-stop shop where poor and indigent patients can access government medical assistance, the Malasakit Center was initiated by Go in 2018 and institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463 in 2019, a piece of legislation he principally sponsored and authored in the Senate. As attested by the Department of Health (DOH), the program has already aided over seven million patients nationwide with 158 existing Malasakit Centers all around the country. The Malasakit Centers in the province are located at the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City and at Batangas Provincial Hospital in Lemery. In addition to his commitment to the Malasakit Center program, Go has conveyed his support to establish more Super Health Centers (SHCs) throughout the country. Under the 2022 national budget, SHCs in Batangas were funded in Ibaan, San Pascual, Agoncillo, Calatagan, Lipa City, Malvar, and Taysan. In 2023, more centers were identified to be established in the towns of San Juan, Tingloy, Lian, and San Jose. In addition, two more SHCs were funded in Lipa City. The SHC is an improved version of a rural health center and offers basic health services such as database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray and ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center, and telemedicine, through which remote diagnosis and treatment of patients are made possible. “Sa kakaikot ko po sa buong Pilipinas, marami pong lugar walang health facilities. Yung mga buntis nanganganak sa tricycle (o kaya) sa jeepney dahil napakalayo po ng ospital. Ngayon magkakaroon na ng Super Health Center at pwede po itong i-expand ni Mayor. Kaya yung mga buntis pwede nang manganak dyan,” Go cited. “Kapag meron na pong Super Health Center dito sa lugar ninyo, dyan na po pwede magpakonsulta, importante ang early detection ng diseases para hindi lumala ang sakit, at makakuha kayo ng primary care. This will help decongest the hospitals dahil dyan na po pwede na magpagamot. Malaking tulong po nun,” he continued. To help with the economic recovery of the town, Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, supported the construction of multipurpose buildings, road improvements, rehabilitation of drainage facilities and water systems, and a street lighting project. On the same day, Go attended the blessing and opening of the Malaquing Tubig Bridge and inspected the ongoing road construction in Barangay Palanca going to Barangay Natunuan. As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go was instrumental in securing funding for these projects. The post Bong Go visits ‘egg basket of the Philippines’ to conduct relief ops appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

Valenzuela City Hosts Mega Job Fair, Connects Pamilyang Valenzuelano to Countless Career Opportunities

The City Government of Valenzuela, led by Mayor WES Gatchalian, through collaborative efforts with Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Department of Migrant Workers, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Office of Senator WIN Gatchalian, and in partnership with SM City Valenzuela, orchestrated the first ever LGU-initiated Overseas Mega Job Fair […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 17th, 2023