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RTWPB-X board members' capacity-building on wages and productivity

April 1, 2019

Atty. Alvin B. Curada, Director II of the Policy and Research Service of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), joined the March 8, 2019 Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – Region X Board Meeting and gave updates on wages and productivity policies to the Board that include topics on NWPC Resolution No. 1 series of 2017 providing that the minimum wage of family drivers shall now be the minimum wage prescribed for private establishments and Revised Operational Guidelines on the Adoption of Part-Fixed, Part Performance-Based Compensation Scheme in the Public Bus Transport Industry. Also discussed was the 2019 Productivity Olympics, a biennial national competition for best productivity improvement programs (PIPs) of micro, small, and medium enterprises.

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Annual budgets of Brgys 14, 39 Okd

April 1, 2019

THE 18th City Council, during its regular session yesterday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy, adopted separate resolutions giving the go signal for two barangays to implement their projects and programs for the year.      This, after noting that their respective Annual Budget for CY 2019 are in order and may be given force and effect.      With an estimated income of P3 million, Barangay No. 14 has allocated P299,627 representing its 20% development fund for livelihood program for BWDC and senior citizens, installation and maintenance of street lighting system, solid waste management program, flood control-declogging of canals, purchase of medical equipment and apparatus, purchase and installation of CCTV system, fabrication of Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and urban greening.      It has also allotted P301,568 representing its 10% SK fund for trainings and seminars, cultural and athletic expenses, purchase of disaster preparedness equipment, repair and update of light and sound system, office supplies, sports uniform, youth livelihood program, purchase of sports equipments and materials, youth educational assistance, youth environmental program, youth support program, travelling expenses and purchase of one unit desktop computer.      Meanwhile, an appropriation in the amount of P218,126 was allocated by Barangay No. 39 for the rehabilitation and declogging of canal.      Its SK fund amounting to P220,068 shall be utilized for various travel and training expenses, anti-drug abuse program, health and nutrition program, socio-cultural and sports development program, office supplies and other operating expenses.      It has also allotted P1.1 million for payment of personal services.      The appropriations shall be taken from the barangay’s estimated income of P2.2 million, The Power learned.      The legislation was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on barangay affairs and on laws and rules respectively chaired by Councilors Yan Lam S. Lim and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya. (SP/JAO)

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DICT launches Tech4Ed Center in Iligan City

April 1, 2019

ILIGAN CITY -- To bridge the digital and education divide, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launched a Tech4Ed Training Center at Dalipuga National High School, Iligan City.      DICT’s Mindanao Cluster 2 Director, Evamay C. Dela Rosa shared the importance of providing students a means to learn Information Communications Technology (ICT).      “If we don’t introduce technology to our students, they will be left behind. We need to adapt so that we can always be ready for the fourth industrial revolution,” she said.      “The future of work will be different and Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other government agencies are already on their feet, preparing for this,” Dela Rosa added.      She pointed out that ICT is an enabler and a great equalizer.      “As long as we provide access to the people, anyone, men, women, persons with disability, senior citizens, tambays, drug surrenderees, out-of-school youth – everyone can use the centre to improve their lives,” Dela Rosa said.      Tech4Ed Project technically means ‘Technology for Education to gain Employment, train Entrepreneurs towards Economic development.’      The project aims to provide access points for individuals and communities to bridge the digital and education divide and harness the power of ICT in society towards creating a progressive countryside.      Tech4Ed promotes grassroots development and opportunities for inclusive growth and poverty reduction. It will give communities access to information, communication, technology, government services, non-formal education, skills training, telehealth, job markets, and business portals.      Tech4Ed has six segments to offer in order to give the marginalized to digital opportunities in the easiest and most accessible way possible.      These are eEduSkills, eAssist, eAssess, mAgri, mMarketplace and eGovServ which all has a special function on a specific purpose from educational, job readiness and business tracking, to government office document transactions.      After the ribbon cutting, DICT gave 30 computer packages to 10 different schools within the city, mostly from the hinterlands, namely: Francisca Paradela Legaspi Memorial School, Bagong Silang Elementary School, Abuno National High School Annex, Severo Sana Memorial School, Bulalang Elementary School, Bunawan Agricultural High School, Dalipuga National High School, Kalubihon National High School, Mimbalot Elementary School and Iligan City National School of Fisheries.      The computers have been pre-installed with Tech4Ed Software Programs that will help not only the learners but also the teachers to hone their ICT skills.      Moreover, these devices will help us advocate the use of technology so that we can address the digital divide, and for us not to be left behind, Dela Rosa said.      So far, 42,000 Tech4Ed Centers have been established all over the Philippines, said Dela Rosa. (clviajante/PIA Iligan)

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Absentee voting: The voice of overseas Pinoys

March 30, 2019

They are deemed as the new heroes of the nation as their remittances contribute greatly to the economy. While chasing their dreams and working to provide for their families in another country, they also take part in selecting the future leaders of their motherland. This is the essence of the overseas absentee voting (OAV). Article V, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution mandates the creation of a system for securing the secrecy and sanctity of the ballot, as well as a system for absentee voting by qualified Filipinos abroad. Overseas Filipinos have two modes of voting in the May 2019 midterm polls, either personal or by mail. According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), those who availed of Overseas Voting will either go to the post where they are registered or just wait for their ballots in the mail. The modes of voting are manual (postal) and (personal) manual and using vote count machine (VCM) under the automated election systems (AES). The registered voters overseas will be voting for national positions only, 12 senators and one party-list organization. They will also be using a special ballot since they will only be choosing candidates for these positions. OAV by the numbers According to the Comelec website, www.comelec.ph, there are a total of 1,822,173, registered voters overseas from four regions. Middle East and African Region tops the number of absentee voters at 887,744, followed by the Asia Pacific Region at 401,390;; North and Latin American Region, 345,415; and European Region, 187,624. A total of 41 posts will be using VCM in the forthcoming polls. These posts are in Agana, Calgary, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Ottawa, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Brunei, Canberra, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Wellington. Also included are the posts in Athens, London, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Al-Khobar, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv. Postal voting will be utilized in the following posts, namely Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Santiago, Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Islamabad, Port Moresby, Yangon, Ankara, Berlin, Berne, Brussels, Budapest, Geneva, Lisbon, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Prague, The Hague, Vienna, Warsaw, Abuja, Cairo, and Pretoria. On the other hand, personal voting will be conducted in Dhaka, Dili, Jakarta, Manado, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Shanghai, Vientiane, Xiamen, Vatican, Amman, Nairobi, and Tehran. Voting process Voting starts at 8 am, April 13, local time of the host country and will end at 6 p.m. on May 13, Manila time. For those availing of the personal voting using VCM, the voter has to go to the embassy, consulate and other foreign service establishments authorized by the Comelec for him/her to cast their votes. Just like in a regular polling center, a voter will be given a ballot together with a secrecy folder and a pen, he/she will then proceed to a booth and cast his/her vote. The voter will shade the ovals beside the name of the candidates and party-list of choice. He/she will then submit to the Special Board of Elections Inspectors (SBIEs) the ballot, and insert the ballot in the machine. After the ballot was read by the machine, it will issue a receipt, the voter will then drop it into a designated box. As for countries adopting manual voting (personal), a voter will go to the Post or other voting areas designated by the Commission, he/she should have the passport or valid ID. He/she will approach the Electoral Board, and give his/her name and address. Once the identity is a ascertained, the voter will sign and affix his/her thumbmark in the List of Overseas Voters with Voting Records (OVF No. 2-A), the certified list of overseas voters containing their names and biometrics arranged alphabetically, then a ballot will be issued to them. He/she will accomplish the ballot using a ballot secure folder. After voting, the voter will fold the ballot in the same manner he/she received it and return it to the Poll Clerk and place the ballot inside the ballot box. The SBIEs deputized by the poll body will oversee the conduct of the voting and counting of votes. As for postal voting, the voter will receive through mail or personal delivery an envelop containing the Official Ballot, Certified List of Candidates, Instructions to Voters, Official Ballot envelop and Paper Seals. After accomplishing the ballot, the voter has to place the ballot inside the “Ballot Envelope” and seal the same. They should make sure that the envelope is neither be crumpled nor damaged when it reached the embassy, consulate or foreign establishment concerned. He/she should write his/her full name and affix signature in the proper space provided in the “Ballot Envelope” and seal it with a paper seal. They may either mail or personally deliver it to the Post. Mailing should be done at the soonest possible time to ensure that the ballot is received by the Post concerned on or before May 13, 2019 at 6 p.m. Manila time. Also, voting may be held for limited days in the field voting centers or mobile voting centers authorized by the Commission. For seafarers, they may vote at any Post adopting personal voting or, in case of postal voting, in any Post with international seaports as identified and recommended by the Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS). The Comelec said that if there are still voters who have yet to cast votes within 30 meters radius of the polling place at 6 p.m. Manila time on May 13, the voting shall continue to allow the voters to cast their votes without interruption. The Poll Clerk shall without delay, list the names of said voters. The voters listed shall be called to vote by the Poll Clerk by announcing each name three times in the order, in which they are listed. Any voter who is not present when called shall not be permitted to vote at any later time. Counting and canvassing The counting and canvassing of votes will begin immediately after the posts have closed. It will be conducted on site in the country within the premises of the Posts, or in such other places as may be designated by the Commission. The SBEIs composed of a Chairperson, the Poll Clerk and the Third Member will conduct the counting of the votes, which will be held simultaneous with the counting of votes in the Philippines on Election Day. The Chairperson will read the names of candidates and the office which they are voted for while the Poll Clerk and Third Member, accomplished the Election Returns and Tally Board, respectively. After all the ballots have been counted, the Chairperson will publicly announce the total number of votes received by each candidate for Senator and party, sectoral organization or coalition participating in the party-list system of representation. After the counting, the SBEI shall transmit the results to the Special Board of Canvassers (SBOC) that will consolidate and canvass the votes. (PNA)

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Habitat for Humanity, U.S. Peace Corps partner to train 6,000 Youth Leaders

March 25, 2019

Habitat for Humanity Philippines—one of the leading nonprofit shelter organizations in the country, and U.S. Peace Corps – a global humanitarian and development agency of the United States government, partner to train 6,000 youth in 2019 under the Habitat Young Leaders Build Leadership Academy. Habitat in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, developed the Academy to equip young people in Asia Pacific to create and lead programs that address problems in their communities. “As an organization, Habitat remains dedicated to provide decent shelter for all. If we train the youth to lead their communities to build clean and safe neighborhoods, we can reach this goal much faster,” says Lili Fuentes, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat Philippines. At least 100 Peace Corps volunteers have been trained to facilitate the modules in the Academy. These trainers will then conduct Youth Leadership workshops in their assigned communities.  Max Wilson Hammond, a Peace Corps volunteer who attended the Academy in Cebu says, “The Academy has helped me improve my leadership skills and gave me the confidence to encourage the youth to implement projects that benefit their communities.” In the Philippines, about 300 Senior High School students have trained under the program’s initial rollout. By 2020, Habitat Philippines and its partners aim to train at least 10,000 youth.  In Asia, at least 5,000 youth have trained in Cambodia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Nepal since the Academy was launched in November 2017.

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Engineer Army Brigade to help rehab Marawi City

March 20, 2019

BALOI, Lanao del Norte--The 55th Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army was reactivated on Wednesday (March 15) at its headquarters in Baloi, Lanao del Norte.      Brigadier General Ramon Ruiz, commander of the newly-reactivated unit, said their primary mission is to help rehabilitate Marawi City which the rehabilitation is overseen by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).      The unit will help the government, together with other agencies, especially in the horizontal projects like road widening, drainage, building construction, schools, public health centers and other government facilities. "Ang focus ngayon ng (the focus now of the) Philippine Army is to help in the inter-agency or whole government approach and the Armed Forces (of the Philippines) is just one of the agencies of the government under the Department of National Defense mandated to the rehabilitation of Marawi," Ruiz said.      The 55th Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army was deactivated in 2013 as part of the defense planning guidance to streamline the organization according to Ruiz.      After six years, the unit was reactivated to help in Marawi rehabilitation program.      "We will help through the TFBM and we will promise to do our best to attend to the welfare of the people in Marawi," Ruiz said.      When the combat operation was terminated in October 2017, following President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration od liberation in Marawi City, the 549 Engineer Brigade took charge in the debris clearing.      It stopped when a private contractor got the award to do the demolition and debris management.      Now the Army Engineer unit was given the task again to help the Marawi rehab, it needs more personnel to fill up the needs of manpower.      A total of 1,000 Army personnel are needed for the construction of various government infrastructure nationwide.      "At the moment, the biggest chunk of that number is going to be deployed in Marawi for the rehabilitation program. We need the help of the media to dissimenate the information that we are inviting carpenters, mason, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators to enlist in the Philippine Army and be part of the organization," Ruiz said.      Interested applicants may inquire at the nearest Army training school.      In Region 10, the 4th Infantry Division in Patag, Cagayan de Oro and in Region 9, the 1st ID in Pulacan, Zamboanga del Sur are the existing Army training schools.

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