Mindanao Times » Philippine News Agency http://mindanaotimes.net Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Quake drill http://mindanaotimes.net/quake-drill/ http://mindanaotimes.net/quake-drill/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2018 02:22:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60649 ]]> -Exercise will fine tune disaster consciousness

THE CITY will brace for a citywide shakeout exercise at exactly 9 o’clock in the morning today as it culminates the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month of July.

Lyndon Ancajas, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, said the disaster drill will give all barangays in the city the opportunity to fine tune its disaster consciousness ranging from alarm mechanism, first aide, and evacuation.
Ancajas said the drill will determine the response down to the barangays in the event disasters strike.
“The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office responders will not be around when a disaster happens initially. We need the first responders who all hail from the barangays to act accordingly, before we provide reinforcement,” Ancajas said.
He said the Emergency Response Center Central 911 will be on-the-scene to also test its response capability.
Ancajas said all the emergency response equipment like ambulance and fire trucks will run through to practice on scene management and response by the Central 911.
“There will be scenarios like people being toppled down by a building, being hit by vehicle during the course of the earthquake, and fire incident on progress,” he said.
Ancajas said the medical response of the Central 911 will be conducted at the Crocodile Park so that traffic on the city thoroughfares will not be hampered.
He said a total of one hundred people will join during the re-enactment of any incident at the Crocodile Park.
Ancajas said props and facilities will really affect the traffic, so the response time had been factored based on the exercise last 2017.
“We don’t have to close a major thoroughfare. It really impacts on the movement of goods and people in the city,” he said.
Ancajas said all barangays have identified corresponding evacuations sites with the coastal barangays situated their evacuation sites on higher ground.
“With the minimal number of high rise buildings in the city, Tibungco and Mahayag residents will seek refuge in Mojang, Sasa-Panacan areas will seek refuge at Sun City, Toril residents on its nearest higher ground,” he said.

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House approval http://mindanaotimes.net/house-approval/ http://mindanaotimes.net/house-approval/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2018 02:07:01 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60570 ]]> -Bangsamoro Organic Law now in PRRD’s hands

THE HOUSE of Representatives yesterday ratified the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the first act under the leadership of newly elected House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

 

Due to a leadership squabble, the Congress failed to ratify the BOL on Monday in time for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

The 71-year-old former president and Pampanga representative was sworn in as the country’s first woman Speaker late Monday, following a power struggle with ousted Speaker, Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.

 

President Duterte, during his third State of the Nation Address on Monday, vowed to sign the BOL once it is forwarded to his office.

 

“Give me 48 hours to sign it and ratify the law,” the President said as he will carefully read it first before signing as some legislators may insert provisions unfavorable to the people.

 

The Senate ratified the reconciled version of the bill ahead of Duterte’s SONA.

 

“Despite all that has been said [for] or against the Bangsamoro Organic Law by all sectoral groups, I make this solemn commitment that this administration will never deny our Muslim brothers and sisters the basic legal tools to chart their own destiny within the Constitutional framework of our country,” Duterte said.

 

The bill envisions to grant wider self-rule to the Muslim minority in Mindanao.

 

The law will establish a new autonomous political entity known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, replacing the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

 

The BBL will set as precedence for federalism as pushed by the Duterte administration.

 

 

 

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Routine port call http://mindanaotimes.net/routine-port-call/ http://mindanaotimes.net/routine-port-call/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:07:40 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60335 ]]> -After plane, Chinese ship docks in city

A CHINESE ship docked in the city on Monday night, the fourth vessel from China to visit the country since the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.
But Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata yesterday said Yuan Wang 3 docked in the city only for replenishment.
The foreign ship arrived 8:14 p.m. Monday and will stay in the country until July 19, Thursday, Zata added.
“They are here for replenishment as granted by the diplomatic clearance issues by higher authorities. This is a routine ship visit similar to any other foreign ship wishing to call on our ports,” Zata said.
“It’s completely routine, nothing unusual about the visit. We had Chinese warships calling on our ports in the past the same as with any other warships from other countries,” he added.
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana said the Chinese vessel docked in the president’s hometown on the request of Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua.
“Yes. We know about it. The Chinese Ambassador (Zhao Jianhua) wrote to the SFA (Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter) Cayetano that it would be docking in Davao to refurbish and it was allowed to do so,” Lorenzana said.
He added that “prior coordination” was made between Beijing and Manila regarding the ship’s arrival.
The ship is used for tracking and support of satellites and ballistic missiles.
Yuan Wang 3 was launched in 1994 and delivered in 1995. It is reportedly capable of speeds up to 20 knots and has a range of 18,000 nautical miles.
The docking of the ship comes amid tensions between the Philippines and China over the latter’s continuous militarization and alleged bullying of Filipino fishermen in disputed areas in the South China Sea.
Yuan Wang 3 is the fourth to visit the country since 2016.
The last Chinese vessel to visit the country was April last year when guided missile destroyer Chang Chun docked in the country. Earlier, guided-missile Jin Zhou and replenishment ship Chao Hu also docked in the country.
The arrival of Yuan Wang 3 also comes a month after another Chinese military aircraft landed at the Davao City International Airport to refuel.
On June 8, a Chinese transport plane Ilyushin II-76, the first Chinese plane to land in the country, landed in the city on June 8 to refuel on its way to New Zealand. The same plane again landed in the city on June 23, also for refueling, en route to China.
The landed has sparked a Senate inquiry as members of the minority filed resolutions seeking an inquiry on the presence of Chinese military aircraft in Philippine airspace.

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ING economist expects further weakness of peso as year ends http://mindanaotimes.net/ing-economist-expects-further-weakness-of-peso-as-year-ends/ http://mindanaotimes.net/ing-economist-expects-further-weakness-of-peso-as-year-ends/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:40:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=21259 ]]> MANILA — An economist of ING Bank Manila forecasts further weakness for the Philippine peso by year-end on the back of recent depreciation of regional currencies.

“Php (Philippine peso) ending this year below Php 47 is increasingly unlikely,” ING Bank Manila senior economist Joey Cuyegkeng said.

On Monday, the local unit ended the trade at 47.34 from last Friday’s 47.23. It has been weakening due to several factors such as the would-be decision of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) during its policy meeting middle of this week.

Cuyegkeng said currencies in the region were on the defensive since last week also due to economic growth in China as well as the expansion in emerging markets (EMs).

“Aside from monetary and fiscal stimuli, markets have been surprised by the steady weaker fixing of CNY (Chinese yuan) last week,” he said citing that this situation “has been a negative surprise for Asian currencies which revived possible competitive weakening of currencies.”

Another factor to the weakness in regional currencies is the continued drop of commodity prices, with oil posting its multi-year low due in part to the decision of the Organization of Oil Petroleum Countries (OPEC) to maintain production level this year.

Prices of copper, iron ore and steel further went down in the international market due to high supply condition.

Because of these, Cuyegkeng said performance of the local currency has been affected and with the FOMC widely expected to deliver a hike this week, the peso is not expected to recover soon.

He said the local unit showed a median of 47.20 based on Bloomberg consensus early this month while the end-year level is seen at 47.10. (PNA)

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NEDA: Domestic demand can push 6% GDP growth for 2015 http://mindanaotimes.net/neda-domestic-demand-can-push-6-gdp-growth-for-2015/ http://mindanaotimes.net/neda-domestic-demand-can-push-6-gdp-growth-for-2015/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:28:50 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=21142 ]]> MANILA  (PNA) – The strong domestic demand can propel gross domestic product (GDP) growth of at least 6.0 percent by end of 2015, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Director General Rosemarie G. Edillon said.

During the Kapihan sa Media ng Bayan in Quezon City on Friday, Edillon said it is possible for the country to achieve 6.0 to 7.0 percent GDP growth this year despite the weak global demand with the continued growth

She said the weak global demand has still affected the country’s economic activities, particularly the sector of merchandise exports.

“Economic activities of our trading partners like the United States, Japan, Europe, and now especially China, have experienced slower growth,” the official said in Filipino.

On Thursday, NEDA attributed the 6.2-percent drop in merchandise exports revenue in January to October 2015 period to the sluggish global demand.

“But our domestic demand is strong,” Edillon said citing robust activities in sectors of construction, business process outsourcing (BPO), and tourism.

The official added that the reforms of the administration has also improved government spending that will back the country to achieve at least 6.0-percent GDP growth by end-2015.

Bullish capital formation and household consumption due to increasing purchasing power will also support the country’s economic growth during the last quarter of the year, Edillon said.

“For the fourth quarter we need to grow by 6.9 percent,” she added. (PNA)

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Consumer sentiment improves in Q4 ’15 http://mindanaotimes.net/consumer-sentiment-improves-in-q4-15/ http://mindanaotimes.net/consumer-sentiment-improves-in-q4-15/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:26:41 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=21140 ]]> MANILA  (PNA) — Expectations of higher income due to increase of family members with job, 13th month pay and stable prices among others resulted in the improvement of consumers’ outlook in the forth quarter of 2015.

Results of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) consumer expectation survey (CES) for the last quarter of the year showed a still negative overall index of -8 but it is better than the previous quarter’s -11.6 percent.

Other factors cited by the respondents as reasons for the improvement in their outlook are effective government policies, improvements in infrastructure and brisker business activity leading to higher household income.

The index for the next quarter is broadly stable against the previous quarter at 5.7 percent.

In terms of selected economic indicators, the respondents expect inflation to remain steady in the next 12 months, the peso to depreciate to the dollar and unemployment to rise.

The nationwide survey was conducted from Oct. 1-12, 2015 and respondents were taken from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Master Sample List of Households.

It has a sample size of 6,020 households and 2,904 or 48.2 percent came from the National Capital Region (NCR) while 3,116 households or 51.8 percent of the respondents came from areas outside NCR. (PNA)

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P334B needed for biodiversity conservation in the country, say http://mindanaotimes.net/p334b-needed-for-biodiversity-conservation-in-the-country-say/ http://mindanaotimes.net/p334b-needed-for-biodiversity-conservation-in-the-country-say/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:10:38 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=21138 ]]> MANILA  (PNA) — The Philippines is one of 17 mega diverse countries, harboring more diversity of life per hectare than any other country in the world.

Yet, encroachment in forested areas, pollution, overfishing, poor land management practices, are leading to biodiversity loss at an alarming rate.

To address these threats, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), other national government agencies, academe, civil society and development partners, has developed the Philippines Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP).

The PBSAP is the country’s roadmap in conserving biodiversity and critical ecosystem services for the next 13 years.

Similarly, through the UNDP’s Biodiversity Financing Initiative (BioFin), the DENR-BMB has determined the financing gap of implementing the PBSAP, estimated to be at least PHP334 billion (USD7.4 billion) over the next 13 years (PHP24 billion annually).

This covers actions on: forest, coastal and marine, inland wetlands, caves and cave systems, protected areas, invasive alien species, agrobiodiversity, access and benefit-sharing and urban biodiversity.

“This may sound like a huge impost on the budget but it really is not. It should be seen as an investment in conservation and also as an economic investment with significant financial returns to the country. It is an investment that needs to be made by both government and the private sector. This could see a minimum return of USD10 billion per year from fisheries, eco-tourism and pharmaceuticals derived from genetic resources,” UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra said.

The results of the study were presented by UNDP and BMB in a press briefing attended by Mr. Guillermo Zuñiga, Former Minister of Finance, Republic of Costa Rica, now UNDP BioFin Team Leader in Costa Rica, and representatives from the Philippines Department of Finance, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the National Economic and Development Authority.

BioFin is a global partnership seeking to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner through building a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

The Philippines is one of 29 countries involved in the initiative. (PNA)

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Bill to disclose ATM Charges proposed http://mindanaotimes.net/bill-to-disclose-atm-charges-proposed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/bill-to-disclose-atm-charges-proposed/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:06:33 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=21136 ]]> MANILA  (PNA) — In order to ensure that bank clients are informed and aware of transaction fees being charged by banks whenever they use the ATMs, a bill has been filed at the House of Representatives directing financial institutions to display on the ATM screens the bank fees before the transaction is completed.

Rep. Alfredo D. Vargas III (5th District, Quezon City), author of House Bill No. 6296, said that through this measure, clients are given the option to pursue or cancel the transaction once the bank charges are flashed on the screen.

Vargas said it is understandable that due to the rising costs of operating Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), banks have to charge their clients for each transaction.

In filing the measure, Vargas also cited the declared policy of the State to promote the general welfare of the people and uphold the people’s right to be informed of the hidden ATM fees before they are unceremoniously charged with the same.

Under the measure to be known as the “ATM Fee Regulatory Act,” financial institutions are directed to disclose the total transaction fees or surcharge to be imposed each transaction on the ATM screen prior to the completion of the transaction.

The customer has the right to cancel the transaction after the fee or surcharge is disclosed.

Vargas said a financial institution shall provide written notice to its account holders that a fee may be imposed when the account holder uses the ATMs owned or operated by another financial institution or any national, regional or local ATM network, whenever a card, code or other means of ATM access is issued by the financial institution for the purpose of initiating ATM transactions.

The bill provides that no customer shall be liable to pay any fee or surcharge to a financial institution for an ATM transaction at an ATM screen unless the fee or surcharge is displayed.

It added that no customer shall be liable to pay any fee or surcharge to any financial institution for any ATM transaction initiated via telephone.

Also, no customer shall be billed for more than one fee per ATM transaction regardless of the number of financial institutions involved in the transaction.

Lastly, Vargas said clients shall not be liable to pay an ATM fee or surcharge to a financial institution that does not dispense any cash at all of the institution’s branch locations. (PNA)

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Davao City’s Tesda training, accreditation center pushed http://mindanaotimes.net/davao-citys-tesda-training-accreditation-center-pushed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/davao-citys-tesda-training-accreditation-center-pushed/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:24:11 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=18503 ]]> MANILA — A lawmaker is seeking to create a Technical Education and Skills Development Center in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato in the 2nd District of Davao City to provide access training center for the constituents of the thirteen barangays in the area.

Rep. Mylene J. Garcia-Albano (2nd District, Davao City) filed House Bill No. 6165 to fast-track the establishment of the Paquibato District, Davao City Tesda Training and Accreditation Center under the supervision of the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (Tesda).

Garcia-Albano said the Center should provide technical-vocational training and skills development programs to students from low-income families and out-of-school youths in Brgy. Malabog and adjacent barangays in Davao City.

“The convenience brought by, and availability of such a technical education and skills development center in the said area will serve the noble purpose of providing the out-of-school youth and constituents with opportunity to develop themselves to become self-reliant and economically-productive by acquiring skills geared towards earning a livelihood,” Garcia-Albano said.

Likewise, Garcia-Albano said the Center would provide a suitable environment for inborn talents to be developed and tapped, hence, be of greater utilitarian value for society.

“The Center shall play a pivotal role in helping the students became productive, self-reliant and develop into middle-level skilled labor force as to hasten the social and economic development of Davao City, as well as meet the needs of both local and international labor markets,” Garcia-Albano said.

“The Paquibato District, Davao City Tesda Training and Accreditation Center shall serve as the assessment center for acquired competencies in technical-vocational skills in the whole city of Davao,” Garcia-Albano added.

Garcia-Albano said the Center, in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), shall render relevant teachers’ training assistance and curriculum design to the secondary schools offering technical-vocational education under the K to 12 Program of the DepEd.

Under the measure, the Center shall offer short-term courses in preferred market-driven and relevant technical-vocational courses within its areas of specialization in consultation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and such other relevant agencies, both local and international.

The Center shall be headed by a Technical-Vocational Administrator under the supervision of the Tesda, appointed by the Tesda Director-General in accordance with civil service rules and regulations and the qualification requirements of the Tesda.

The Technical-Vocational Administrator shall render full-time services and be responsible for the administration and operation of the Paquibato District, Davao City Tesda Training and Accreditation Center.

The Director-General of the Tesda shall include in the Authority’s program the implementation of the proposed Act, the funding of which shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.

In coordination with the DOLE, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the concerned LGU, and other relevant agencies, the Center shall formulate and issue the necessary rules and regulations for the implementation of the proposed Act.

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90 kids join UIC Summer A Basics http://mindanaotimes.net/90-kids-join-uic-summer-a-basics/ http://mindanaotimes.net/90-kids-join-uic-summer-a-basics/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:54:20 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=10022 ]]> AT LEAST 90 young boys, one of them, five-year-old Geoff Caseres, one of the youngest participants from different schools had joined this year’s Summer Basketball A Basics Training 2015 at the Mother Ignacia Gym of the University of Immaculate Conception in Bajada.

The training ended Thursday after three exciting games in the different levels.Dark Team crushed Light, 39-23 in the Intermediate division while Light nipped Dark, 4-3 in the Starter B match. Light also beat Dark, 4-2 in the Starter A game.

Former PBA and MBA player Ferdinand “Dindo” Pastor gave the inspirational talk to the participants, parents and guests. Pastor’s 10-year old son Miguel, a student of Jose Maria College also joined the 2-week basketball clinic for boys aging 5 to 12 years old.

The participants were divided into four levels – Starters A and B and Intermediate A and B.

“We grouped them after conducting a pre-skills’ test in the first day,” said head coach Aladin Saldua, over-all sports coordinator of UIC grade school.

The training sessions were conducted from 12:30 noon to 2:30 p.m. for 6-9 years old and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 10-12 years old.

Trainers Albert Burgos and Alex Albores, a former MATS Navigator, were assisted by the UIC high school varsity team of coach Bernardo Didal.

For a registration fee of P1,500, all participants also received a free jersey, certificate, Lipovitan sports bottle and My Baby cologne and baby powder.

As of press time, the formal closing ceremonies and awarding of medals, certificates and special awards were being held at the gym together with the other sports clinics.

The clinic, now on its 3rd year, was still part of the annual UIC Summer Enhancement Sports Program which also includes volleyball, badminton and martial arts.

Among the outstanding athletes produced by the annual summer program are 2015 Palarong Pambansa basketball players Benedict Llanes and Joshua Santiago and UAAP volleyball player Vina Linas of UP Diliman. (PNA)

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