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LRT-1 Cavite Extension ready for partial operations by 4th quarter of 2024

The Light Rail Transit (LRT)-1 Cavite Extension, which will cover five stations –Redemptorist Station, MIA Station, Asia World Station, Ninoy Aquino Station, and Dr. Santos Stations – is set to be operational by the end of 2024. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista emphasized that once these five Parañaque stations are operational, an affordable and comfortable mobility option that is accessible to other transport hubs will be available to commuters. He stressed, “The LRT-1 Cavite project will contribute to easing the traffic. With the operations of the project, maraming makaka-connect sa PITX, it will help many passengers, as well as to the airport. It will really improve accessibility and comfort to the riding public,” Sec. Bautista said. The Dr. Santos Station intermodal connectivity, he said, will also give passengers other modes of transportation, such as modern jeepneys, tricycles, UV Express, as well as buses. Bautista added, “With the intermodal setup, mas maraming choices ang mga passengers. Magkakaroon dito ng jeepney, possible buses, UV express, and even motorcycle taxis. Maraming options ang mga passengers.” Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Ralph Recto, for his part, underscored that the opening of this rail line will be beneficial to small enterprises around the area. “This represents a dramatic shift in transit-oriented development here in the Philippines. It will not only connect Manila to Cavite but also act as a catalyst for economic activity, creating new opportunities for more jobs and businesses to flourish in Region IV-A or the CALABARZON… Many students who are going to Recto, going to University Belt, na galing Parañaque or Cavite, makikinabang din sila dito,” he said. The project is financed through an innovative hybrid model composed of an official development assistance (ODA) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines, the private sector operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), and the Philippine government. It is an 11.7-kilometer extension to the existing 20.7 km. LRT-1 system that will traverse the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Bacoor, Cavite, with a satellite depot in Zapote. The project is envisioned to reduce travel time from Baclaran, Pasay to Niog, Cavite from 1 hour and 10 minutes via local roads to only 25 minutes via train. The Package 1 of the project which is set to be operational by end-2024 will cut travel time between Baclaran to Dr. Santos Avenue, Parañaque from the current 20 to 40 minutes via local roads to only 14 minutes. The 11.7-kilometer rail extension is expected to increase its ridership from 500,000 to 800,000 passengers. Sec. Bautista and Sec. Recto inspected the project on Friday (June 7), joined by Parañaque City Mayor Eric Olivarez, Parañaque 1st District Rep. Edwin Olivarez, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Romando Artes, and other transport officials. They were also accompanied by Assistant Secretary for Railways Jorjette Aquino, Public Works Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) President and CEO Jose Ma. K. Lim and General Manager Enrico Benipayo, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Atty. Hernando Cabrera, and JICA Philippines Chief Representative Takema Sakamoto. 📷 DOTr FB

2 days ago

Chinese vessels attempted to block, harass PH boats performing medical evacuation in WPS – PCG

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Friday that Chinese Coast Guard boats and vessels had stopped Philippine boats carrying out medical evacuations in the West Philippine Sea. PCG spokesperson for the WPS Commodore Jay Tarriela said in a statement, "Despite informing the Chinese Coast Guard via radio and public address system about the humanitarian nature of our mission for medical evacuation, they still engaged in dangerous maneuvers and even intentionally rammed the Philippine Navy Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat." Tarriela stated that the ill person was an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) member stationed at BRP Sierra Madre. Although the event happened on May 19, the PCG didn't make the footage public until this past Friday. According to Tarriela, the AFP recently brought up the event, which is why the PCG only recently made the report public. The Commodore said that the PCG and Philippine Navy managed to outmaneuver the foreign boats and vessels and finish the medical evacuation of the sick Filipino to Buliluyan Port in spite of China's activities. “At 1515H on 19 May 2024, the sick AFP personnel was transported to the nearest hospital and received immediate medical attention,” Tarriela said. This incident is the latest in a long line of Chinese harassment of Philippine vessels in the West Philippine Sea. On May 19, during routine rotation and resupply (RORE) operations, troops stationed on the Sierra Madre were airdropped food and supplies, which were retrieved by CCG personnel in inflatable boats in competition. AFP did not point guns against Chinese, obeys rules of engagement - Brawner General Romeo Brawner refuted allegations that the military pointed guns at the Chinese, but stated that personnel operating the Philippine Navy's old grounded but active warship are armed and have the right to protect themselves in accordance with the rules of engagement. “Because of that intent of the CCG to get our supplies, they came very close to the BRP Sierra Madre and from the point of view of our soldiers, this pose a danger, a threat because they were too close. That is why there were videos, there were images of our soldiers carrying their guns." Brawner said. But again, I’d like to emphasize they did not point their guns to the Chinese. We follow the rules of engagement and our soldiers know that,” Brawner stressed. Interception of food supplies a “barbaric act", urges President Marcos to file protest - Rep. Barbers Surigao Second District Representative Robert Ace Barbers described the interception of food shipments as a "barbaric act." Barbers declared, "Its acts are barbaric and has no place in an already civilized world," strongly denouncing the most recent assault on Filipinos defending the West Philippine Sea. “The latest uncalled for barbaric and inhumane attacks by the trespassers that are all caught on video deserve the highest condemnation from the international community. It did not only show unprovoked aggression, it placed the lives of our people in grave danger,” Barbers added. Barbers pushed the Marcos government to file protests with international bodies in lieu of merely diplomatic note verbales as a form of protest. “It was worse than the illegal water cannon aggression because it was almost like a hand-to-hand combat with our personnel scrambling to get back the air-dropped supplies for the Sierra Madre that were snatched by the Chinese, unmindful of their own safety,” Barbers said. The congressman went on to say that the brave actions of Filipinos "deserve the highest commendation from our government" because they "risk their lives to bring food supplies to their fellow Filipinos and uphold the interest and honor of the country against all odds." Barbers called on the president, "through the appropriate departments and agencies, to initiate the filing of criminal complaints before international bodies with jurisdiction over such criminal behavior." “We should not let this pass,” Barbers stressed. 📹 📷 Philippine Coast Guard

5 days ago

Departments of migrant workers and agriculture to help OFWs venture into agri business

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have partnered to assist and train returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families who want to engage in agribusiness. The two departments signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide comprehensive support and technical assistance to OFWs who want to venture into agribusiness and make it their livelihood or investment as they return to the country for good. The program is part of the DMW’s entrepreneurship development initiatives under the national reintegration program for OFWs and their families. DMW Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac emphasized that reintegration is a key development agenda of the department, adding, "The agricultural sector is a worthwhile business and investment opportunity for our OFWs. The DMW is partnering with the DA to support them as we promote agribusiness as a sustainable and viable program for the reintegration of OFWs.” DA Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. highlighted that part of recognizing the sacrifices and hard work of OFWs is providing them with viable job opportunities within the country, especially when they decide to return for good. “Ultimately, we hope to see our OFWs prosper in Philippine agriculture and every business," he declared. Under the MOU, the DMW and the DA will conduct entrepreneurship development training programs for OFWs and their families who are interested in entering the agribusiness sector. Forums and related activities will also be created for easier access and immediate response in case they have queries. The DMW will also conduct Financial Awareness Seminars and Small Business Management Training (FAS-SBMT) for selected and qualified OFWs to provide the assistance they need to jumpstart their agribusiness initiatives. The DA, on the other hand, will provide enterprise business development services to prospective OFWs and connect them to markets, financing, resource institutions, and technical support to help them manage their agribusiness venture. Cacdac stated that the DMW's reintegration programs consist of packages of services and mechanisms that will help OFWs have a productive return to their families and communities. He referred to OFWs as “co-architects” of the country’s economic development even upon their completion of overseas employment and when they return to the Philippines for good and continue their productive undertakings. 📷 DMW FB

6 days ago

PROVINCES

200 MW of hydropower generation lost as Angat Dam water elevation dips

CITY OF MALOLOS -- A total of 200 megawatts (MW) of power generation cannot be produced at the Angat Dam Hydro Power Plant as the water elevation of the dam falls below its minimum operating level of 180 meters. The water elevation at the Angat Dam as of 8:00 am on Thursday (June 6) was at 178.13 meters, based on the data from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Bulacan. The water elevation of the dam yesterday was 1.87 meters below its minimum operating level of 180 meters. Lawrence Nipales, principal engineer of the National Power Corp., briefed PDRRMO officials and selected media personnel, who were invited for a dam visit on Wednesday, that Angat Dam supplies 90 percent of Metro Manila's potable water needs, provides 218 MW of hydropower, and supplies irrigation to more than 20,000 hectares of farmland in Bulacan and parts of Pampanga. He pointed out that if the water elevation of the dam falls below the 180-meter level, its water supply is automatically reserved for the water needs of Metro Manila residents. Under the 180-meter elevation, the dam ceases to provide the Luzon Grid with 200 MW of power generation since its four main generators lose the capability to produce hydropower due to insufficient water availability. Nipales said this will only leave three auxiliary generators to run, with each producing six MW of power for a total of 18 MW. At the 180-meter level, water allocation for the irrigation supply to Bulacan and parts of Pampanga farmland is automatically stopped, Nipales added. File photo: Mon Lazaro 6 days ago

Farmers, rice, palay traders wary of implications of lower tariff on rice importations

CITY OF MALOLOS -- Central Luzon farmers, along with rice and palay traders, have expressed their apprehensions about the possible implications of lowering the tariff rate on rice importations. Reports said the National Economic and Development Authority Board, chaired by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., approved the new Comprehensive Tariff Program for 2024-2028, which includes the reduction of rice tariffs for in-quota and out-quota rates from 35 to 15 percent. As this developed, some Central Luzon farmer leaders and local rice stakeholders are wary that reducing the tariff on imported rice would lead to a flooding of imported rice in the local market, to the detriment of the local rice industry. Simeon Sioson, chairperson of the 4SM Agri Multi-Purpose Cooperative in San Miguel, Bulacan, said the lower tariff rate on imported rice would definitely benefit rice consumers because it would lead to a cheaper price for the staple grain. However, cheaper imported rice may cause stiff competition with local rice that may lead to lower palay prices, to the detriment of local farmers, Sioson noted. He pointed out that currently, the National Food Authority is buying fresh palay at P23 per kilo and P30 per kilo for clean and dry palay. On the other hand, Liza Sacdalan, chairperson of the Central Luzon Organic Rice Producers Association, cited that the lower tariff on imported rice is expected to hit the local market priced at P29.00 per kilo. At this price range, the local price may nosedive to around half the price of the government support price of P23 per kilo for fresh palay and P30 per kilo for clean and dry palay. Tony Santos, a wholesale rice trader from Bulacan, said the apprehensions of the farmers are the same as those of rice and palay traders in the region. Santos confided that many palay and rice traders in Central Luzon have started stockpiling before the Holy Week with clean and dry palay priced at an average of P31.00 to P32.00 per kilo, depending on quality and palay varieties. The stockpiling of palay by commercial palay and rice traders is in preparation for the rice lean months in August, September, and October, Santos explained. However, palay prices have gone down by an average of P4.00 to P5.00 right after the Holy Week, wholesale rice and palay traders in Bulacan claimed. With the lower tariff on imported rice, Santos said an influx of cheaper imported rice could push farm gate palay prices down to an average of P15 in the coming palay harvest for the wet season. Rosendo So, president of Samahang Industriya sa Agricultura (Sinag), explained in a text message that with the price of rice expected to go down to P29.00 per kilo due to the lower tariff on rice importations, this will cause farm gate prices of palay to go down to P13.00 per kilogram for fresh palay and P15.00 for clean and dry palay. Meanwhile, Raul Montemayor, national chairman of the Federation of Free Farmers, said in a text message, "Malamang ganyan nga mangyayari. At $600/ton x P58 x 20 percent instead of 35 percent tariff, the tariff will be reduced by P7.00/kilo which translates to P4.50/kilo reduction in palay prices." File photo: Mon Lazaro

6 days ago

8 inmates escape Bulacan city custodial facility, 2 recaptured

CAMP ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan -- Eight inmates from the custodial facility of the San Jose Del Monte City Police Station has escaped around 3:00 am yesterday (Sunday). Col. Relly Arnedo, Bulacan police director, identified the Persons Under PNP Custody (PUPC) as: Jorency Revise y De Juan, 29 years old, male, with a live-in partner, a helper, and a resident of Blk. 17, Lot 10, Purok 8, Brgy. San Pedro, CSJDM, Bulacan, with a case of Robbery. Richard Torillos y Mabansag, @Tattoo, 46 years old, male, single, jobless, born on June 30, 1977, a native of Manila, and presently residing at Blk. 13, Lot 22, Phase-1, Brgy. Grace Ville, CSJDM, Bulacan, with cases of violations of R.A. 9165 and R.A. 10591. Arturo Çonde y Murillo @ Don-Don, 40 years old, male, with live-in partner, born on January 24, 1984, a native of Samar, and presently residing at Blk. 5, Lot 4, Phase 6B, Brgy. Gaya-Gaya, CSJDM, Bulacan, with a case of violation of R.A. 9165. Aaron Capa y Mendones, 26 years old, male, single, born on January 25, 1997, presently resides at Mendoza St., Sta Maria, Bulacan, with a case of violation of R.A. 9165. Jose Albert Rojas y Gonzales, 24 years old, male, single, jobless, born on February 13, 2000, is a native of Manila and presently resides at Blk. 30, Lot 32, Phase 6A, Tower Ville 6, Brgy. Gaya-Gaya, CSJDM, Bulacan, with a case of violation of R.A. 9165. Jeffrey Santos y Delo Santos, 38 years old, single, male, jobless, born on July 3, 1986, a native of Manila and presently resides at Blk.16, Lot 23, Phase-6C, Tower Ville, Brgy. Gaya-Gaya, CSJDM, Bulacan, with a case of violation of R.A. 9165. Glenmir Ian Aguilar y Valdez, 42 years old, male, married, internet installer, born on August 19, 1981, a native of Manila and presently resides at Blk. 3, Lot 2, Phase E1, Brgy. Mulawin, CSJDM, Bulacan, with a case of violation of R.A. 9165. Edcel Briones y Emberga, 29 years old, male, single, born on October 6, 1994, and residing at Blk. 18, Lot 23, Area H, Phase 1, Brgy. San Rafael 1, CSJDM Bulacan, with the case of Arson. The escape was discovered by the Duty Custodial Officer, SJDM CPS, during a routine accounting of detainees at around 3:00 in the morning of June 2, 2024. Initial investigations revealed that the escapees managed to break the metal window rail of cell number 4 using steel saw. Immediate efforts to locate the escapees were unsuccessful, prompting the Custodial Officer to inform the Acting Chief of Police of SJDM CPS and initiate follow-up operations. Subsequent operations led to the immediate arrest of  Revise and Brione.  Efforts to apprehend the remaining escapees are ongoing, with a coordinated dragnet operation and flash alarm issued to the Bulacan Provincial Tactical Operations Center. The PNP assures the public that all necessary measures are being taken to recapture the remaining escapees and maintain public safety.  The PNP requests that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the escapees contact the nearest police station. 📷 Bulacan Provincial Police Office

1 week ago

NCR

900 SPES jobs handog ng Caloocan LGU; miyembro ng sindikato, rapist at mga pusher arestado ng city police

Umaabot sa 900 pansamantalang trabaho ang handog ng Caloocan LGU sa mga estudyante sa ilalim ng Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES). Ayon kay Mayor Along Malapitan, ito ay bahagi ng kanilang tulong sa mga kabataan upang magkaroon ng inisyal na karanasan sa pagtatrabaho, kasabay ng pagkakaroon din nila ng oportunidad na kumita ng pera na magagamit nilang pandagdag na panggastos sa araw-araw. Ang naturang programa ay pinangangasiwaan ng Caloocan Public Employment Services Office (PESO). Sa iba pang balita, naaresto ng pulisya ng lungsod ang isa umanong miyembro ng notoryus naDacallos criminal gang na sangkot sa gunrunning, panghoholdap at pagbebenta ng iligal na droga. Kinilala ni Caloocan City Police Station (CCPS) Chief Col. Ruben Lacuesta ang suspek na si alyas Ryan, 41 anyos, residente ng Phase 8-B, Package 1-B, Brgy. 176 Bagong Silang. Naaresto ang suspek matapos niyang nakipag-negosasyong magbenta ng kalibre .38 revolver na baril na may tatlong bala sa isang pulis na nagpanggap na bibili ng armas. Nahaharap ngayon ang suspek sa kasong paglabag sa Republic Act (RA) 10591 o Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition. Naaresto rin sa lungsod ang Top 4 Most Wanted Person (MWP) ng Parañaque City na nahaharap sa 4 counts ng kasong Statutory Rape. Ang suspek na kinilalang si Alias Jay-Ar, 27 anyos, ay nahuli sa pinagtataguan nitong bahay sa Samson Road, Brgy. 80, Caloocan. Isa ring Top Seven MWP ng Caloocan na nahaharap sa kasong Sexual Abuse o paglabag sa R.A 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act) ang nahuli ng pulisya sa Kaunlaran Village, Libis Baesa, Brgy. 160, Sta. Quiteria. Umaabot naman sa P840,000 halaga ng hinihinalang marijuana ang nasamsam sa tatlong suspek sa bahagi ng Phase 10, Brgy. 176, Bagong Silang. Natiyempuhan ang mga suspek habang nagsasagawa ng transaksyon sa pagbebenta ng naturang mga iligal na droga na nakalagay sa isang back pack at tumitimbang ng pitong kilo. Samantala, arestado sa isinagawang buy-bust operation sa bahagi ng Sampaguita Street, Brgy. 156, ang apat na lalaking nahulihan ng 21 gramo ng hinihinalang shabu na may Standard Drug Price (SDP) na P144,160, gayundin ang isa pang lalaki sa Phase 7C, Kaagapay Road, Brgy. 176 Bagong Silang, na nahulihan din ng 4.5 gramo ng hinihinalang shabu na may SDP na P30,600. Nahaharap sila ngayon sa kasong paglabag sa RA 9165 o Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 📷 Along Malapitan FB, Northern Police District FB 1 month ago

Dambana ng Paghilom para sa mga biktima ng ‘drug war EJK’ binuksan sa Caloocan

Pormal nang pinasinayaan at binuksan sa loob ng La Loma Catholic Cemetery sa Caloocan City ang Dambana ng Paghilom, na kauna-unahang memorial site o himlayan at lugar ng pag-ala-ala sa mga sinasabing biktima ng extra-judicial killings (EJK) o pagpaslang sa ilalim ng bayolente at madugong drug war o kampanya kontra iligal na droga noong termino ni dating Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Ang Dambana ay bahagi ng Program Paghilom, isang inisyatibo ng Simbahang Katoliko at ng Arnold Janssen Kalinga Foundation, Inc. sa pangunguna ng founder at presidente nito na si Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD, na naglalayong matulungang mapaghilom ang sugat sa puso at isipan ng mga kapamilya, kaanak at kaibigan ng mga biktima ng EJK, kasabay ng pagpupursige para sa hustisya sa kanila at pagbubunyag ng buong katotohanan ng nasabing drug war at ng mga nagpakana nito. Binigyang pansin nila ang mga ulat na ang naturang drug war ay nagresulta umano sa pagpaslang sa humigit-kumulang na 30,000 katao na pinagbintangang sangkot sa iligal na droga at pinaslang dahil "nanlaban." Ayon kay Fr. Villanueva, sinimulan ang Program Paghilom noong 2017 sa panahon ng kasagsagan ng drug war EJK, "Ang Dambana ng Paghilom ay inisyatibo ng simbahan upang muling maipadama sa mga naulilang pamilya ng EJK victims ang pag-asa at paghilom sa kabila ng mga karahasang nangyayari sa bansa. The memorial site and columbarium symbolizes more than just a final resting place for those killed. Dambana ng Paghilom is also a statement of hope. Evil will never persist if men, women, senators, ambassadors, people of good conscience, HR advocates, seminarians, sisters, religious, people at the margins will continue to stand firm for life, truth, and peace." Sinabi niya na lubhang mabigat ang pinagdaanang trahedya ng pamilya ng mga EJK victims na dahil sa matinding kahirapan ay walang nagawa upang protektahan at ipagtanggol ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay. Katuwang ni Fr. Villanueva na nagbasbas sa Dambana si Diocese of Kalookan Vicar General Fr. Jerome Cruz. Bukod sa mga kapamilya, kamag-anak at kaibigan ng mga EJK victims, nakiisa at dumalo rin sa inauguration ng Dambana ng Paghilom sina European Union (EU) Ambassador Luc Veron; German Ambassador Andreas Michael Pfaffernoschke; Dutch Ambassador Marielle Geraedts; British Ambassador Laure Beaufils; Senator Risa Hontiveros; dating Senator Leila De Lima; Running priest Fr. Robert Reyes; forensic pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun; at marami pang iba. Kabilang din sa mga sumuporta sa inisyatibong ito ang Diocese of Kalookan; Diocesan Shrine & Parish of Our Lady of Grace sa pangunguna ni Rector & Parish Priest Fr. Eduardo Cariño Vasquez Jr.; mga parokya ng simbahang Katoliko; at iba-iba pang grupo at indibidwal. Kasunod ng ribbon-cutting sa okasyon ay sinaksihan ng mga dumalo ang inurnment o paglalagay sa urno ng mga labi ng 11 EJK victims, bilang inisyal na batch ng mga ilalagak na labi sa himlayan. Tinataya umano na aabot sa 400 urns ang maaaring ihimlay sa naturang memorial site. “This was once a hope, and it is now real,” dagdag pa ni Fr. Villanueva. 📷 Veritas FB

1 month ago

Caloocan pinarangalan ng DENR bilang “Champion in ISF and Illegal Structures Management”

Tinanggap ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Caloocan ang mataas na pagkilala bilang Champion in ISF (Informal Settler Families) and Illegal Structures Management sa 4th Gawad Taga Ilog (GTI) Awarding Ceremony ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources - National Capital Region (DENR - NCR). Naging basehan ng parangal ang tuloy-tuloy na mga aktibidad at pakikipagtulungan ng LGU sa DENR para sa paglilinis ng Estero de Maypajo na nasa lungsod partikular sa bahagi ng Barangay 35 at Barangay 28, at pag-relocate o paglilipat ng mga nakatira rito patungo sa bago nilang bahay at komunidad na maayos, disente at ligtas. Kinilala rin ng DENR ang Caloocan City bilang second runner-up sa main award category na Search for the Most Improved Estero in Metro Manila. Ang parangal ay pinangunahan nina DENR Undersecretary for Integrated Environmental Science Dr. Carlos Primo David at DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan. Kasama rin sa nagbigay ng parangal ang mga kinatawan mula sa Water Environment Association of the Philippines, Inc., Envirokonsult Equipment and Services, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc., at Environmental Management Bureau - NCR, bilang ilan sa mga partner organizations sa pagsasagawa ng GTI Awards. Ayon kay Mayor Along Malapitan, "Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa DENR sa nasabing pagkilala at asahan niyo pong walang patid nating titiyakin na namumuhay nang maayos at ligtas ang ating mga kababayan [na inililikas mula sa tabing-ilog] at nabibigyan sila ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng marangal na tirahan." Dagdag ng alkalde, "Congratulations po sa ating City Environmental Management Department (CEMD) at sa Housing and Resettlement Office (HARO) sa matagumpay na pakikiisa sa layuning ito." Kamakailan din ay nagsagawa ang DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office (MEO) – North at ang DENR Environmental Management Bureau - Central Office ng Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaign sa Barangay 177, North Caloocan tungkol sa pangangalaga ng ilog. Ang aktibidad ay pinangunahan ni MEO-North OIC Deputy Director Glenn Alvin Gustilo kasama sina Engr. Rocelle Estoya at Mr. Rolando Enoc, at dinaluhan ng 20 mga opisyal at kawani ng Barangay 177 sa pamumuno ni Punong Barangay Donna De Gana-Jarito. Tinalakay sa aktibidad ang epektibong pangangalaga sa ilog at sa kabuuan ng kapaligiran na nasasakupan ng barangay, partikular ang regular na paglilinis sa mga daluyang tubig, wastong pamamahala ng mga basura, Republic Act 9003 o ang Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, at R.A 11893 o ang Extended Producer Responsibility on Plastic Packaging Waste. 📷 Along Malapitan FB, DENR NCR FB

1 month ago

P136k halaga ng ‘shabu’ nasamsam sa Caloocan, livelihood training inilunsad sa komunidad, at 58 kabataan pasok sa trabaho

P136,000 na halaga ng hinihinalang shabu ang nasamsam ng mga tauhan ng Caloocan City Police Station (CCPS) mula sa isang lalaking sinita nila dahil walang suot na pang-itaas na damit habang nasa pampublikong lugar na isang paglabag sa City Ordinance. Sa report ng CCPS Sub-Station 4 kay Police Chief Col. Ruben Lacuesta, sinabi nila na sinita nila ang suspek sa bahagi ng Salmon Street, Barangay 8, pero biglang tumakbo palayo. Nang nakorner at kinapkapan ng mga pulis ay nakita umano sa suspek ang dalawang sachet ng hinihinalang shabu na tumitimbang ng 20 gramo at may Standard Drug Price (SDP) na Php136,000.00. Nahaharap ngayon ang suspek sa kasong paglabag sa Republic Act No. 9165 o Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Samantala, naglunsad ang CCPS Community Affairs Section (CAS) ng livelihood training na Dishwashing Liquid Making sa komunidad ng Barangay 175, Camarin. Pinangunahan ito ni CCPS CAS Acting Chief, PCapt. Ma. Magdalena Obrial katuwang si PSSg John Mikko Camerino, PCR Specialist PNCO. 50 residente ang dumalo sa training na ayon sa CCPS ay puwede nang makapagsimula ng maliit na negosyo sa paggawa ng dishwashing liquid dahil sa kanilang natutunan. 58 na kabataan naman ang sumailalim sa Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) orientation na inilunsad ng Caloocan City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) at ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Sila ang bumubuo ng bagong batch ng SPES beneficiaries na pumirma sa kontrata upang magtrabaho sa loob ng dalawang buwan sa KNC Group of Companies na kinapapalooban ng Jollibee, Chowking, at Greenwich restaurants. Layon ng SPES na matulungan ang mga kabataan na magkaroon ng karagdagang kaalaman, karanasan, at katamtamang pasahod na pera na magiging panggastos nila para sa susunod na pasukan sa paaralan. 📹 Along Malapitan FB

1 month ago

Tulong pangkabuhayan at bakuna itinaguyod ng Caloocan LGU

Umabot sa 26 na residente ng Caloocan ang nakatanggap ng kabuhayan package o panimulang negosyo mula sa Caloocan City Public Employment Service Office (PESO), tanggapan ni Senator Loren Legarda, at Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Ang naturang mga kabuhayan package ay binubuo ng bigasan, ihaw-ihaw, at sewing machines. Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan, karamihan sa tumanggap ng kabuhayan package ay solo parents, senior citizens, at persons with disability (PWD). Hinimok nito ang mga benepisyaryo na magpursiging palaguin ang kanilang mga natanggap na negosyo. Samantala, tuloy-tuloy ang isinasagawang libreng pagbabakuna sa lungsod laban sa mga sakitsa pangunguna ng City Health Department (CHD). Mula Abril 15 hanggang Mayo 15 ay mayroong libreng pagbabakuna laban sa polio para sa mga residente. Binigyang-diin ng LGU na ang polio ay isang karamdaman na madalas nakukuha ng mga bagong panganak hanggang 59 buwang gulang na bata. Maaari umano itong magdulot ng mga komplikasyon, panghabang-buhay na kapansanan o kamatayan. Kaugnay nito, sinabi ng LGU na magsasagawa ng malawakang pagbabakuna sa lungsod na pangungunahan ng mga health workers na magbabahay-bahay upang magbakuna, at mayroon ding itatakdang immunization sites sa iba-ibang lugar sa lungsod. Ang mga batang nasa 0 hanggang 23 buwang gulang ay makakatanggap ng tatlong dose ng bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) at dalawang dose ng inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). Ang mga batang nasa 24 hanggang 59 na buwang gulang naman ay makakatanggap ng isang dose ng bOPV. Tuloy-tuloy pa rin sa mga itinakdang lugar at petsa hanggang Mayo 16 ang bakunahan kontra Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) para sa mga kababaihan edad siyam hanggang 14 na taong gulang. Karaniwan umano na nasa P4,000 hanggang P8,000 ang halaga ng bakunang ito sa mga pribadong klinika, kaya makabubuting samantalahin ang libreng pagbabakuna nito na handog ng LGU upang maiiwas sa mga sakit tulad ng cervical cancer ang mga kabataan. At dahil menor-de-edad ang target na populasyon para sa bakunang ito ay kinakailangan ng parental consent bago sila mabakunahan. Hinikayat ng lokal na pamahalaan ang mga magulang na pabakunahan ang kanilang mga anak para sa kanilang angkop na proteksyon laban sa mga karamdaman. Una na ring naglunsad ng malawakang pagbabakuna sa lungsod laban sa pertussis o tuspirina at iba pang mga sakit. Nagsagawa rin ng libreng anti-rabies vaccination para sa mga alagang aso at pusa. 📷 Along Malapitan FB

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PH and Qatar to sign investment pact

The Philippines and Qatar are eyeing to ratify this year an Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) which will ensure a business-friendly environment to facilitate greater trade, investment, and economic cooperation between the two countries. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual shared that he and Qatar Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Qassim Al-Abdullah Al-nes have discussed the proposed agreement in a meeting held in Doha on the sidelines of the Qatar Economic Forum. He added that they also discussed the holding of the inaugural Philippines-Qatar Joint Economic, Commercial, and Technical Committee (JECTC) meeting in the first quarter of 2025, with a business forum and a business-to-business matching session on the sidelines of the meeting. The DTI and MOCI also agreed to pursue a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation on intellectual property rights (IPR) protection, as well as facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, training programs, and high-level dialogues on IP policy, Pascual elaborated. He noted that the Philippine delegation expressed concern about the proliferation of counterfeit Filipino brands in the Middle East, including Qatar, as he expressed optimisim that enhanced cooperation on IPR protection, including the proposed MOU, would address these concerns and create a more fair and secure environment. Pascual emphasized, "The Philippines is eager to further strengthen its economic partnership with Qatar through enhanced investment flows, increased cooperation on intellectual property rights, and the establishment of the Joint Economic, Commercial, and Technical Committee. We believe that this collaboration will not only benefit our two countries but also contribute to greater prosperity and stability in both the Gulf and Southeast Asia regions." During the forum, he discussed the Philippines' focus on infrastructure development, improved connectivity, and strategic policy reforms to ensure the country’s competitiveness. He stressed that the Maharlika Investment Fund, the Philippines' first sovereign wealth fund, provides support to the nation's Build Better More infrastructure program. The new Public-Private Partnership Code also ensures a clear and predictable policy environment for investors, he added. “Our competitive economic environment, coupled with our game-changing reforms, signals our readiness to attract foreign investments and support sustainable development,” Pascual emphasized. 📷 DTI FB

3 weeks ago

Philippine SME Business Expo kicks off

The 14th Philippine Small and Medium Enterprises Business Expo (PHILSME), described as the biggest business-to-business (B2B) expo, conference, and networking platform in the country, has kicked off at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. About 10,000 individuals registered to attend the two-day (May 10-11) event, highlighted as a one-stop-shop of business solutions to help SMEs, start-ups, and entrepreneurs boost their business growth, link with other businesses, and foster new relationships, according to event organizer, Mediacom Solutions. Up to 180 companies and businesses engaged in finance, banking, advertising, healthcare, franchising, tourism, logistics, telecommunications, and several other services are participating in the event. Also attending are entrepreneurs, top-level executives, business owners and investors who will be seeking products to grow and scale their businesses. The PHILSME was initiated by Mediacom Solutions founder David Abrenilla, who had said, “SMEs comprise the largest sector of businesses in the Philippines. Being the backbone of the Philippine economy, we should help them succeed. This is the very reason why PHILSME has been concepted, to give SMEs the platform to grow and develop. With our SME enablers growing each edition offering the newest business solutions and opportunities, PHILSME will continue its mission to strengthen entrepreneurship and business here in the country." David's widow, Trixie Esguerra-Abrenilla, now leads the company as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director. Esguerra-Abrenilla said, "Our commitment extends beyond the expo. We strive to continue supporting SMEs by helping them become aware of the latest business solutions, sharing exclusive offers they can take advantage of from various service providers, and providing them exclusive opportunities for the PHILSME Business Network." She shared that she intends to continue her husband’s legacy in supporting SMEs. 📷 PHILSME FB

1 month ago

OFWs in UAE eye investing in property and business, according to survey

Majority of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that are based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) want to invest in property and business, according to a survey conducted by integrated marketing and communications firm New Perspective Media (NPM). NPM noted that of the 3,200 UAE-based OFW respondents in the survey, 62 percent said they want to invest their salaries in property or real estate. In the same survey, 58 percent of the respondents stated that they would like to invest in business, preferring entrepreneurial activities. About 30 percent of the respondents said they want to invest in life insurance, and 27 percent answered that they want to invest in the equity market. Dr. Karen Remo, chief executive officer and founder of NPM, underscored, “The growth in the Philippines’ real estate market is backed by strong economic fundamentals and the country’s anticipated leadership role in ASEAN’s (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) economic expansion.” She added, “The long-term outlook remains positive, particularly with ongoing asset appreciation and attractive rental income.” Dr. Remo said that this appetite from OFWs to invest in property provides an opportunity for the Philippine property sector amid the growing income of Filipino expats in the UAE. Seven out of 10 Filipinos in the UAE said they have experienced a significant increase in their salary, with seventy-five percent saying that they earn at least AED5,001 (UAE Dirhams), equivalent to PHP78,000, per month. The NPM is spearheading the Philippine Property and Investment Exhibition (PPIE), the country’s largest international property and investment show, on May 11 to 12 at The Bristol Hotel, Deira, Dubai. Dr. Remo is a Dubai-based Filipina herself who has chosen to engage in entrepreneurial activity.Apart from forming and heading the NPM, she publishes The Filipino Times—the biggest free newspaper in the UAE and the largest digital platform for Filipinos in the region. 📷 OWWA FB

1 month ago

PH to tap into billion-dollar global horticulture market

The Philippines is poised to play a role in the global horticulture industry and tap into its market worth billions of dollars, as the government through the Department of Agriculture (DA) gears to expansively help local growers beef up their production. At the launch of the May 3-5 “Pagsibol: Philippine Horticulture and Urban Agriculture Summit” organized by the DA and the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) in Makati City, DA Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel, Jr. shared that he sees a promising future for the Philippines’ active participation in the said international industry. The Philippines can also supply plants for landscaping, the DA chief said, noting, “I was told that for landscaping, there is lack of supply versus demand so there’s still a good opportunity for us in that field.” He likewise cited as an advantage that many Filipinos have “green thumbs” or have the natural abilities to grow plants. Pagsibol, a three-day conference and exhibit, was organized to create a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange, innovation, and collective action among key stakeholders for the growth of the Philippine agriculture sector. Laurel highlighted the role of horticulture and urban agriculture in food security, economic growth and sustainability. “Horticulture, with its focus on cultivation of high-value crops and ornamentals, offers a pathway to diversity. Our agricultural landscape is limited as of the moment, and that with this, we will definitely diversify and meet the evolving demands of domestic and international markets," he said. “Urban agriculture, on the other hand, represents a modern adaptation of traditional practices. It presents a unique opportunity to reimagine the role of urban spaces in our agricultural system and harness the capacity of idle lands into centers of food and land production,” he added. Bureau of Plant and Industry Director Gerald Glenn Panganiban, for his part, disclosed that they are looking at ways on how to scale up production of high-value crops especially ornamental plants. “Globally, it's a billion-dollar industry. Based on experience, there's a huge potential because Filipinos love horticulture, we love taking care of plants,” Panganiban stated. He added, “We have a lot of high-value crops and ornamentals, and with the support of the government and with private sector collaboration, we can scale it up because we have the talent to do it and the technologies are here.” The government intends to invest in greenhouses and irrigation technologies for this initiative on horticulture, Panganiban said. 📷 BPI FB

1 month ago

Leandro Leviste acquired 8.5 percent interest in ABS-CBN Corp.

Businessman Leandro Leviste, the son of Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda and owner of the renewable energy company Solar Philippines, has acquired an 8.5 percent interest in ABS-CBN Corporation. ABS-CBN disclosed to the stock exchange that LL Holdings and its parent company Countryside Investments Holdings Corp. had purchased 76.5 million shares of the company. The transaction makes Leviste the second-largest shareholder of the company after the Lopezes. As of 1:50 pm on Thursday, ABS-CBN shares were up 9.9% to P4.95 a share. “ABS-CBN is a great company that helped countless people over the years. I hope there may now be a way for us to be of help, for the benefit of ABS-CBN’s shareholders and employees, and the media industry of the Philippines,” Leviste said in a statement. Senator Legarda, Leviste's mother, is a former ABS-CBN news anchor. She refrained from voting on the extension of ABS-CBN's franchise in 2020 as House deputy speaker, citing a "conflict of interest," for which she faced widespread criticism. However, in July 2021, Legarda expressed support for ABS-CBN and called for a refiling of the franchise renewal bill. Leviste has recently been actively pursuing acquisitions after the sale of P6 billion worth of SP New Energy Corp. (SPNEC) shares to MGen Renewable Energy Inc., a subsidiary of power utility behemoth Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). The founder of Solar Philippines still controls 20.6 billion SPNEC shares worth roughly P22 billion. 📷 Leandro Leviste FB

1 month ago

PH eyes over 1 million “big spender” US tourists in 2024

The Philippines targets to attract over one million tourists from the United States this year, or about 15 percent more than in 2023, noting that US tourists have been the biggest spenders among all inbound visitors to the country. Based on data from the Department of Tourism (DOT), a total of 5,450,557 international visitors entered the country from January 1 to December 31, 2023, of which 5,003,475 are foreigners while the remaining 447,082 are overseas Filipinos. South Korea continued to be the Philippines’ top source of international visitors with 1,439,336; followed by the United States with 903,299; then Japan with 305,580; Australia with 266,551; China with 263,836; and then followed by Canada, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Malaysia. The international visitors from the US generated PHP35 billion in revenues in 2023 -- the highest among the country’s top tourist markets, according to Philippine Tourism Director-Attache in New York Francisco Hilario Lardizabal. He emphasized, “This is 215 percent higher than the tourism receipts from South Korea, so this is how important the American market is. While the arrivals are fewer, the contribution is bigger.” Records from the DOT showed that visitor receipts in 2023 reached PHP482.54 billion, with the US as the top spending market, followed by Australia with PHP17.74 billion, South Korea with PHP16.41 billion, Canada with PHP15.85 billion, China with PHP12.24 billion, and Japan with PHP10.02 billion. Lardizabal revealed that based on their monitoring, the American tourists tend to spend more and stay longer in a destination in the Philippines. He added that majority or 55 percent of inbound travelers from the US are former Filipinos, whose main travel motivation is to visit friends and relatives in the Philippines. “Filipinos from the US go around the Philippines and stay longer in the Philippines, and they also spend a lot. Apart from the money they spend on travel, they sometimes also give out money to their relatives,” he noted. He shared that former Filipinos who visit the Philippines as tourists are being motivated by the desire to meet up and personally interact again with their friends and relatives in the Philippines, as well as see what changes happened in the country while they were already living in the US. “They go around and visit friends and relatives in many places,” he said. Meanwhile, mainstream American visitors looked for a more immersive dining experience. “They want to know the story about Filipino foods, how these are prepared, and they would even cook these foods themselves,” he remarked. Lardizabal expressed confidence that the Philippines will achieve 15 percent more of the 2023 US tourist arrival figure, noting that the DOT is doing a multi-pronged approach to entice the market by forging partnerships, conducting more trainings for travel agents, joining B2B (business-to-business) travel trade events, and organizing curated familiarization tours. He likewise shared that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, most US travelers to the Philippines were baby boomers or those in the age bracket of 60 to 78 and Generation X or those aged 44 to 59. But now, he said, majority of US travelers that are showing interest in the Philippines are millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996. “That should be our focus, how do we address the needs and preferences of the millennials,” he highlighted. The tourism official likewise said that the emerging travel trends in this millennials market are geared toward immersion or experiential travel, wellness tourism, workcation, premium travel, solo travel, and adventure and sports, among others. He mentioned as an example the market observation in the US itself, where there was a recorded uptick in the sales of sports and equipment for activities such as hiking, horseback riding, cycling and scuba diving. Lardizabal added that among the top destinations for American visitors to the Philippines are Boracay, Palawan, and Siargao. 📷 Department of Tourism FB

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