Nutrivac to address malnutrition, boost vax drive in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY - The Iloilo provincial government here is eyeing to address issues of malnutrition and boost Covid-19 vaccination drive with its Project Nutrivac which will give family packs of nutritious foods to residents who will submit to primary series and booster shots.Iloilo Provincial H.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJul 6th, 2022

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

5,900 disadvantaged students get learning boost

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and one of the world's largest express transportation companies, recently collaborated with local non-profit Hands On Manila to provide educational support to over 5,900 students from Ricardo P. Cruz Elementary School in Taguig, Manila and Callos Escopalia Elementary School in Santa Cruz, Laguna. [gallery size="full" ids="173685,173684,173688"] [caption id="attachment_173686" align="aligncenter" width="843"] FedEx managing director Maribeth Espinosa (second row, fourth from left), Ricardo P. Cruz Elementary School principal Dr. Cipriano Bisco Jr. (second row, fifth from left) and FedEx volunteers at the Ricardo P. Cruz Elementary School.[/caption]   As part of the FedEx Cares program, the company donated laptops, printers, tablets, books, school supplies, agricultural tools, hygiene kits, medicines and two years of Internet connection to support the learning of students. A total of 13 FedEx volunteers also engaged in storytelling and arranged art sessions for over 90 students. “‘Committing to Do Good’ is one of our core culture values. Our commitment in supporting the social and economic needs of disadvantaged communities including youth education contributes to our purpose to connect people and possibilities,” said Maribeth Espinosa, managing director of FedEx Express Philippines. For the past 39 years, FedEx Express Philippines has devoted its efforts to drive social initiatives and support community development that address key challenges in society. Hands on Manila, meanwhile, provides a variety of flexible volunteer opportunities to enhance citizen capacity to effectively serve the community. The post 5,900 disadvantaged students get learning boost appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 20th, 2023

Iloilo’s new slogan up on TikTok, FB

“My Heart Beats in Iloilo City,” the metropolis’ newest slogan, is now being widely shared on TikTok and Facebook. The city government is launching the tagline during the State of the City Address 2023 of Mayor Jerry Treñas today, 16 August, at Plaza Libertad fronting City Hall, as part of 86th Charter Day anniversary on 25 August. “We encourage everybody to show to the world ‘why does my heart beat in Iloilo’? Let us continue to like and share why we are proud of our food, places, heritage, and Ilonggos,” said Treñas about the city's new tagline. The campaign aims to attract young audiences and a wider reach through a TikTok Dance Contest, which aims to encourage young people to become advocates for the city in an entertaining way. The Facebook Photo Essay Contest, meanwhile, encourages enthusiasts to capture the city’s beauty, culture, landmarks and everyday life through pictures. The guidelines and mechanics for the contests are posted on the official accounts of Iloilo City Government and Jerry Treñas. The slogan's heart-shaped logo showcases the city’s major festivals with the image of aDinagyang warrior and paraw sailboat; Iloilo River; beautification and greening through flowers, trees and plants on Esplanade's plazas, parks and open spaces; gastronomy; and awards. Treñas is encouraging everyone to express their ideas about the logo and post them on social media, to help the city boost  tourism and economic activities that will benefit Iloilo and its people. The post Iloilo’s new slogan up on TikTok, FB appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2023

MORE Power forges deal to promote green energy in Iloilo

MORE Electric and Power Corp., Iloilo City’s exclusive electricity provider owned by the group of businessman Enrique K. Razon Jr., teamed up with government partners to boost renewable energy promotions within its franchise area. The power firm announced on Friday that it signed a tripartite agreement with the Energy Regulatory Commission and the Iloilo City Government — a move that will allow the establishment of a one-stop. The one-stop shop will offer renewable energy technologies such as Net Metering and Distributed Energy Resources or DER to give consumers the option to cut their power bills. “One of the obligations under the agreement is to have a one-stop shop where applicants and interested parties can come. Our collaboration with the city government has been active for the past three years, and we warmly welcome the involvement of ERC. Being the first in the Visayas to enter into this agreement showcases our strong support for the government,” MORE Power president and CEO Roel Z. Castro said. Under the collaboration, the ERC will provide the technical and regulatory expertise to streamline the documentary submission, installation, payment, and permitting processes of the Net-Metering and DER. It will support an information drive to increase awareness of renewable energy among the electricity consumers in Iloilo. ERC chairperson and CEO Monalisa C. Dimalanta pointed out that Iloilo is the second pilot local government unit with the ERC for Net-Metering and greater renewable energy programs. “With this partnership, we aim to promote green practices, aligning with the national government’s targets. In Iloilo, our efforts include solar panels at the national high school, city hall, dialysis centers, and eye care facilities,” Dimalanta said. According to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, the partnership will help facilitate collaboration opportunities to encourage the use of renewable energy locally. He noted that Net Metering and DER can also benefit the local economy by helping households and small businesses lower energy consumption. As of June, the ERC has issued Certificates of Compliance to 72 qualified end-used NET Metering programs in Iloilo with a total capacity of 985.37 kilowatt-peak. The post MORE Power forges deal to promote green energy in Iloilo appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 4th, 2023

PNR: Massive train projects drive growth

State-owned railway company Philippine National Railway or PNR said the massive pipeline of train projects will not just offer convenience to commuters, but it will also help the economy trim the revenue losses due to traffic congestion, especially in Metro Manila. “Our commuters deserve to experience the luxury of riding on a train safely and comfortably. Aside from that, improving our train systems will also ease daily traffic,” PNR chairman Michael Ted R. Macapagal said in an interview at Straight Talk on Tuesday, an online show of the Daily Tribune. “The economy loses billions of pesos in traffic in Metro Manila daily. But the President, with the help of the Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, will push to revolutionize the entire transportation system in the country. The Philippines will be different in five to six years,” Macapagal explained. According to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, about P3.5 billion is lost daily due to the congested Metro Manila roads. Citing projections by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the economic losses could balloon to P5.4 billion daily by 2035 if the gridlock issues will be unresolved. In his second State of the National Address on Monday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. bared that the DoTr will take on railway projects with a total length of more than 1,000 kilometers. The pipeline includes the following: PNR North Long Haul, 853 kilometers; Panay Railway, 100 kilometers; North Mindanao Railway, 54 kilometers; and San Mateo Railway, 17 kilometers. According to Bautista, all of these projects have secured funding to initiate feasibility studies. He said procurement is now ongoing for consultancy firms to create the feasibility studies for the rail projects lined up by the administration. “We initiated several railway projects, with a total length of more than 1,000 kilometers,” the President said. “Roads, bridges, and mass transport systems will be interconnected. This network will provide access and passage to vital and bustling economic markets, such as agriculture hubs, tourism sites, and key business districts,” Bautista said. PNR North Long Haul will be composed of four phases: Clark-La Union, La Union-Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Sur-Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Valley. It is envisioned to link strategic infrastructure, logistic system, and economic zones such as the Clark Freeport Zone, Poro Point Freeport Zone, Laoag International Airport, Port Irene, and Cagayan North International Airport (Lal-lo Airport). The Panay Railway project seeks to establish a modern and efficient railway system across the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo. The railway will serve as a vital link between major cities, towns, and economic hubs, facilitating the movement of goods, services, and people. Northern Mindanao Project, meanwhile, involves the financing, design, construction and operations, and maintenance of a 54.8-kilometer high-capacity, initially inter-city passenger railway system that will span across the highly urbanized city of Cagayan de Oro, connecting the Municipalities of Laguindingan and Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. San Mateo Railway is aimed to be built as a 17-km feeder railway line that connects LRT Line 2 to the municipalities of San Mateo and Rodriguez in the Rizal province. The post PNR: Massive train projects drive growth appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2023

‘SoNA all’

Hello again my dear readers. Have you ever caught yourself staring at beautiful couples holding hands, happily enjoying their lives, worry-free, as if the world was spinning round and round just for them, and you simply said to yourself: “Sana all.” Or maybe you recently saw your old friend who lost so much weight after moving on and going through so much in life and you whispered to yourself: “Sana all.” Well, you’re not alone. Oftentimes we crave something we want but which we cannot have (yet), or maybe we’re just really optimistic that someday, somehow, we will also have our time to enjoy these things that we crave, because these are things that we cannot buy and have to work hard for to get. It will require time and patience and, most of all, hard work. Things worth having are really worth waiting for. Speaking of worth having, well, I’m pretty sure you will not be deprived of our topic for today because, hey, it is Thirstday again and that means we get to talk about the latest State of the Nation Address or SoNA of PBBM. With all the updates and exciting plans this administration has in store for our beloved country, I say with all high hopes: “SoNA all”   Well, that is the beauty of democracy you can express your opinions freely.   But before that, did you know that the longest SoNA was delivered by former President Rodrigo Duterte which clocked two hours and 45 minutes? The shortest SoNA was delivered by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now the Pampanga 2nd District representative, which took only 25 minutes; while former President Noynoy Aquino delivered the first SoNA in Filipino, “Kayo ang Boss ko,” if you may recall. Going back to the SoNA of President BBM, comments abound in different news outlets and on social media. Well, that is the beauty of democracy — you can express your opinions freely. Foremost in the President’s SoNA was the food security program aimed at putting food on the table of every household. This is a much-needed program if we are to protect our young population from malnutrition, as hunger threatens not only our country but is currently a worldwide problem. With no less than the President at the helm of the Department of Agriculture or DA, the public expects DA officials to fully live up to the aims set by PBBM. Education as a long-term tool and solution for almost all of the challenges we face found its way into the SoNA and was much emphasized by PBBM. With VP Sara piloting the Department of Education, all DepEd officials as co-pilots must steer the department to achieve the progressive education we all aspire for our youth. Infrastructure development, particularly focusing on the transport system with emphasis on seaports, airports, and road networks, is on the priority list of the President. This will provide easy access for every Juan as they work and travel or for every Nena and Pilar as they buy their daily needs nearby or shop elsewhere. Tourism will also get a boost as many destinations open and become accessible to local and foreign travelers and, yes, such movement of people will spur economic activity that will spell renewed income for local folk and added revenue for the government. Disaster preparedness and resilience is the cornerstone of a sound program to mitigate the effects of disasters. The President outlined fully the desire to achieve resilience and be totally prepared against disasters, whether man-made or natural. An average of twenty typhoons a year visit our country, which is in the “ring of fire,” an imaginary global ring of islands and land masses where volcanoes abound and earthquakes frequently emanate. Well, better watch National Geographic or read books!   Nose bleed. Well, it is not only typhoons and the “ring of fire” that we should worry about, hence, the President underlined the plan for a new amnesty program for former rebels who returned to the fold of the law and to encourage the remnants of the armed communist group to embrace peace and be productive citizens of mainstream society. The priority legislative agenda of the President was laid out precisely.  Foremost are the essential tax measures under the Medium-Term Fiscal Framework, such as: An excise tax on single-use plastics; VAT on digital services; rationalization of mining fiscal regime; motor vehicle user’s charge/road user tax, and the Military and Uniformed Personnel pension. The President enjoined Congress to act on the following: Amendment of the Fisheries Code; amendment of the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act; Amendment of the Cooperative Code; New Government Procurement Law; New Government Auditing Code; Anti-financial accounts scamming; Tatak-Pinoy law; The Blue Economy law; Ease of paying taxes; LGU income classification; and the Philippine Immigration Act. Congress is expected to act on these and make them more responsive to the current fortunes of time, especially with the fast pace of technology. Looking back and then focusing our eyes on the immediate future, we should all be hopeful for the plans the President laid out, especially on food security, education, infrastructure development, disaster preparedness, and all others which directly affect our daily lives, and be part of it, not because we are red, green, blue, yellow or whatever color of the rainbow or even a Power Ranger. Just as Master Rapper Francis M. said in his famous song: “Every color, every hue is represented by me and you, take a slide on the slope, take a look at the kaleidoscope..,” but because the current skipper needs all hands on deck and most importantly... we are all in the same boat. The post ‘SoNA all’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2023

Malnutrition, hunger shade Phl growth

The Asian Development Bank’s outlook for the Philippines remains unchanged since April, maintaining that the country’s economy would expand by 6.0 percent for the remainder of the year and grow by 6.2 percent in 2024. In April, Kelly Bird, ADB country director for the Philippines, noted that the economy was in expansion mode after the gross domestic product grew 7.6 percent throughout 2022. “It (Philippine economic growth) is expected to moderate this year (2023) from the previous year’s forecast-beating outturn, but will remain on a healthy expansion mode underpinned by rising domestic demand and a recovery in services, particularly tourism,” he said. In the latest update of its quarterly Asian Development Outlook 2023 report, the ADB said domestic demand and services continue to drive growth in Southeast Asia, with many economies in the region, including the Philippines’, benefiting from strong tourism recovery. It said robust investment and private consumption, along with rising employment, growth in production and retail sales, and upbeat activity in private and public construction, is propelling the Philippine economy forward, making the country a strong candidate for the fastest-growing economy in the region in 2023, even surpassing Singapore’s and Vietnam’s. Filipinos look forward to ADB’s forecast that growth will remain strong, albeit slowed by global headwinds, high inflation, and tighter monetary policy. GDP growth should pick up even more as the external environment improves. Hopes are pinned on private consumption and investment to continue to expand, though easing from 2022’s brisk pace while household spending will be buoyed by rising employment and steady remittances from Philippine workers overseas. The bank’s outlook on the Philippine economy should get President Marcos into a pumped-up mood as he gets ready to address the country in his 2nd State of the Nation address on Monday. But ADB’s sobering notes on hunger and malnutrition threaten to dim whatever bright disposition he may have at the moment. In its report, the ADB notes that despite rapid economic growth in recent years, these “impressive gains” along with whatever efforts to reduce poverty have not lowered hunger, particularly among people in lower income levels. The ADB cites data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization indicating the prevalence of food insecurity in the Philippines, averaging 43.8 percent of the total population from 2019 to 2021 with 5.2 percent of the people undernourished. An Expanded National Nutrition Survey in 2021 revealed that under-nutrition rates were “very high,” with 26.7 percent of children under five years old stunted. Among school-age children (5-10 years old), the stunting rate was 19.7 percent and much higher among the poorest quintile at 32.7 percent. Alarming figures indicate that chronic malnutrition and stunting are strongly linked to disease and premature death; they adversely affect crucial stages of development (of children), causing cognitive and behavioral deficits, learning disabilities and ultimately a sub-optimal and uncompetitive labor force. The government’s response, the ADB observed, was short-term measures providing social support to vulnerable groups and temporarily easing import restrictions on some agricultural products. And this note should be of particular concern to the President, who remains unmoved by calls to designate a full-time, hands-on expert thoroughly steeped in agriculture at the agency. These data are also alarming: Agriculture growth in the Philippines has underperformed for the past two decades; it grew 3.5 percent on average annually from 2000 to 2010, then by 1.5 percent from 2011 to 2022; Agriculture’s share of GDP has declined from over 15 percent in early 2000 to an average of 9 percent in the past five years, with one-fifth of employment remaining in agriculture; and today’s Philippine agriculture labor productivity continues to lag behind its peers in the Southeast region. The ADB recommended that government strengthens food security and nutrition through social protection responses. Data on poverty incidence showed it declined from 23.5 percent of the population in 2015 to 16.7 percent in 2018 but rose again to 18.1 percent in 2021 because of the pandemic. As the President prepares to take on another year in office, we hope that the President is aware of the urgencies that need to be effectively tackled in the sector he insists on overseeing and of the sociopolitical costs and the not-so-flattering image the country — and the world — would have of his leadership if he leaves these issues substantially unresolved. The post Malnutrition, hunger shade Phl growth appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 21st, 2023

PNP-ACG beefs up drive vs cybercrime

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group or PNP-ACG on Monday vowed to step up its campaign against cybercrimes, like scams and fraud, through a massive information dissemination. This according to PNP-ACG Director Brig. Gen. Sidney Hernia following increased cybercrime incidents in Metro Manila. Records showed 6,250 reported incidents of cybercrime from January to June this year, reflecting an increase of 152 percent compared to 2,477 incidents in the same period last year. “What we are doing as far as PNP is concerned is that we really have to address these different forms of scams. We have to invest more in massive information dissemination, and awareness of the public. They don’t know that the message sent to them is a scam like a link saying that bank details should be updated,” Hernia told reporters during a press briefing at Camp Crame. He lamented that many people were naïve and clueless. He said the PNP has tapped stakeholders, like mobile wallet provider GCash, for intensified information dissemination as part of its corporate social responsibility. GCash is among the commonly used platforms by scammers. There is a need to conduct training to boost cybercops’ investigation skills and to procure more equipment. The post PNP-ACG beefs up drive vs cybercrime appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 10th, 2023

Tree planting drives intensified

The local government of Iloilo’s City Environment and Natural Resources Office and partner organizations continue to collaborate on a tree planting drive to promote native trees to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Through the Iloilo City Tree Park Network Project in Molo, La Paz and Jaro, planting of native trees has been given a boost in various locations. A total of 20 saplings of native species were planted at the Beach Forest along the coast of Barangay Boulevard, Molo, and in City Hall in partnership with the Zoological Society of Londonand Globe. City ENRO Engr. Neil Ravena said clean-ups are also being conducted every week. “Tree park personnel, or ‘forest guards’ have been placed to ensure cleanliness and maintenance of the area, as there have been reports of improper waste disposal,” Ravena said. He added that at least 200 hectares of arboretum, a botanical garden devoted to trees, have been planted with different native trees in the Mangrove Eco-Park at Hinactacan, La Paz. The tree park area in Lanit, Jaro is currently undergoing filling works by the Department of Public Works and Highways to elevate the site to make it suitable for planting trees and to prevent flooding. The local government has also partnered with the United Architects of the Philippines Bahandi Chapter, which has creatively designed the tree park. This will feature also the Ati Livelihood Center where the indigenous people can present their own products and conduct discussions. The native species of saplings burgeoning in the said areas were carefully selected with the active participation of native tree enthusiasts to create a much greener environment that will preserve ecological balance, enhance biodiversity, and combat the climate crisis. The post Tree planting drives intensified appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2023

BSP serves Palawan through new branch

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas inaugurated a branch in this city on Thursday to provide banking services and drive more economic activities while boosting financial inclusivity. The BSP main building office is in a 5,000-square meter lot at the corner of North National Road and Sampaloc Road in Barangay San Jose. It houses the financial and administrative offices, cash operation units and security management. BSP Governor Felipe Medalla said the branch, designed to reflect the modern architecture of their latest generation buildings, aims to enhance accessibility primarily in obtaining clean banknotes and coins. “It would become easier for banks to deal with the BSP. Those who needed BSP’s service do not need to charter flights to Manila,” he said.   Major event Medalla and other BSP officials were joined in the new branch opening by Palawan governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, and Vice Mayor Maria Nancy Socrates. During his brief address, Socrates expressed the significance of the opening, noting that its occurrence coincides with the month-long celebration of Palawan’s 121st anniversary of its civil government establishment. He highlighted that the province would also be saying “goodbye, dirty money.” Bayron also highlighted that the funds to be distributed from the branch would effectively address the recurring cash shortage experienced every December. This is of great importance to the city, which serves as a pivotal hub for trade and financial services. “December is withdrawal time, a charter plane of the Bangko Sentral has to fly here to send money. This time, that will not happen anymore because of this branch,” Bayron said.   33 banks get quick service He said the branch will cater to the requirements of approximately 33 banks within the city and an additional 25 banks located in various towns throughout the province. With the establishment of BSP Puerto Princesa, the central bank’s presence now extends to a total of five regional offices covering the Greater Manila Area, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions. Additionally, it encompasses 21 branches situated in various provinces and cities including La Union, Batac, Cabanatuan, Dagupan, San Fernando Pampanga, Tuguegarao, Legazpi, Lucena, Naga, Puerto Princesa, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Roxas, Tacloban, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, General Santos, Ozamiz and Zamboanga. This expansion further solidifies the comprehensive reach of the central bank across the country. BSP regional offices are responsible for overseeing the operations of branches within their respective jurisdictions. They also conduct regional economic surveillance, facilitate financial literacy programs, and advocate for financial education. Additionally, these offices are involved in the administration of cash and gold-buying operations. On the other hand, BSP branches primarily handle cash operations, which include services such as withdrawals, deposits, currency exchanges, and retirements within their designated regions or provinces. In select areas, they also engage in gold-buying operations. During the inauguration ceremony, those present included Monetary Board members Peter Favila, Antonio Abacan Jr., V. Bruce Tolentino, and Anita Linda Aquino. In addition, BSP Deputy Governors Mamerto Tangonan, Eduardo Bobier, and Bernadette Romulo-Puyat were present, along with BSP Senior Assistant Governor and General Counsel Elmore Capule, SAG Edna Villa, and Sector-in-Charge Thomas Benjamin Marcelo. Furthermore, Puerto Princesa City Vice Mayor Maria Nancy M. Socrates graced the occasion. The event also saw the participation of BSP officers from the Manila Head Office and South Luzon branches, as well as representatives from the Palawan Bankers Association, and local bank managers. The post BSP serves Palawan through new branch appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 15th, 2023

PEZA’s May projects swing higher to P14.9B

With the greenlighting of 20 new and expansion projects last May 2023, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority will be providing its fair share of P14.933 billion worth of investments. Also, PEZA Director General Tereso Panga said they are on track to realizing its conservative 10 percent growth target for this year. “This brings PEZA’s total approved investments for the Jan-May period to P48.027 billion, which is 153.74 percent higher as compared to the P18.928 billion in the same period in 2022,” Panga said. He said among the 20 projects approved by the Board as of 26 May, 11 are into export manufacturing, seven on information technology, a facility, and an ecozone development, which will be in Makati, Pasig, Taguig, Baguio, Pampanga, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Cebu, Iloilo and South Cotabato. Biggest project The biggest project pre-qualified by the PEZA Board for the Fiscal Incentives Review Board approval is engaged in the manufacturing of solar wafer cells with Maxeon 7 technology to be located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, with investments worth P11.633 billion. Moreover, these projects are expected to generate about $293.55 million in exports and create some 4,480 direct jobs. “We are continuously seeing an uptrend with our investment approvals as we enter the first half of the year, and we are more aggressive in our initiatives to help our investors make the Philippines their smart investment choice, taking the cue from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who has been most active in promoting the Philippines in his outbound missions,” according to Panga. Addressing pain points Adapting a whole-of-government approach, PEZA is constantly partnering with government agencies and various industry associations to address the pain points that hinder investors to unlock the untapped potential of the Philippines. Panga and his team recently met with Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Commission on Election chairman George Garcia, and National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan to discuss the concerns of investors and present initiatives in support of the investment attraction and facilitation strategy for the government to bring in much-needed foreign direct investments. PEZA also discussed with Senator Loren Legarda about creating more ecozones in Antique and other provinces nationwide to spur countryside development. “We likewise signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Information and Communications Technology to ramp up digitalization in government to ensure fast and efficient delivery of services to the public and to carry out Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual’s directive to adopt digital transformation and boost the country’s competitiveness as an investment destination, particularly for high-tech and innovator accelerator companies,” said Panga. Testament He said PEZA continues to serve as a testament to the government’s successful investment and export-led growth strategy. Of 3,431 total registered business enterprises (excluding multi-sites), 98 percent are export-oriented; only two percent are domestic-oriented (into manufacturing). In terms of sales ratio, 94 percent are export sales while six percent are local sales. As efficiency-seeking investors that compete in the global export market, PEZA locators account for 82 percent of the country’s total annual commodity exports and 60 percent of services exports. The post PEZA’s May projects swing higher to P14.9B appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 5th, 2023

U.S.-South Korea grant enhances climate resilience of Phl cities

On 22 March, the United States government, through the US Agency for International Development, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency, signed a P111.5 million ($2 million) grant partnership agreement to boost the capacities of Philippine cities to adapt to, mitigate and manage the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Through this grant funding, KOICA will support the implementation of USAID’s five-year, P836.5 million ($15 million) Climate Resilient Cities Project that benefits the partner cities of Batangas, Borongan, Cotabato, Iloilo, Legazpi and Zamboanga. KOICA’s technical assistance will enhance the capacity of local government units to develop guidelines for and use climate adaptation technology. More than 180 Philippine officials and stakeholders will also be invited to participate in capacity-building programs organized in the Philippines and Korea. USAID and KOICA will also support the six LGUs and other stakeholders to more effectively disseminate climate-related information to local communities; increase access to climate financing for economic and social development; and promote natural climate solutions that strengthen cities’ resilience to climate change. Additionally, the governments of the United States and Korea will soon launch a partnership to prevent and reduce marine pollution in Manila Bay. This partnership also seeks to enhance knowledge and influence social and behavioral changes for marine pollution reduction and prevention. This latest agreement between USAID and KOICA follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in April 2021 where the two leading development agencies agreed to strategically collaborate on priority programs, including climate change-related initiatives, to advance development in the Philippines. “As the United States and Korea are among the largest bilateral donors in the Philippines, this momentous partnership of USAID, KOICA and the Philippine government will bring together our accumulated experience and technical expertise to build climate change and disaster resilience in the country,” KOICA country director Eunsub Kim said. “For 70 years, the United States and Korea have worked together to pursue mutual goals based on our core values of democracy and human rights,” said USAID Philippines mission director Ryan Washburn. “The United States has pledged to strengthen this alliance and broaden the focus to address issues of critical importance to the Indo-Pacific region and the world. In particular, we will deepen our cooperation in addressing the climate crisis, reducing plastic waste and promoting advanced technologies. We will also enhance our economic cooperation and people-to-people ties,” he added. The Philippines consistently places high in global rankings on climate change risk and vulnerability. With an average of 20 typhoons per year and frequent floods, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone nations. According to the 2022 World Risk Index, the Philippines ranked first out of 193 countries with the highest disaster risks. Between 2011 and 2021, the country incurred more than P670 billion worth of damage and losses due to tropical cyclones alone. The negative impacts of climate change and disasters severely impede national economic development and worsen poverty. Thus, one of the top priorities for sustainable development is to strengthen national and local climate resilience systems. The USAID-KOICA partnership supports the Philippine government’s 2023-2028 strategy framework goal to “enhance adaptive capacity and resilience of communities and ecosystems to natural hazards and climate change.” The post U.S.-South Korea grant enhances climate resilience of Phl cities appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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