Author: Raffy Rico

SSS retiree pensioners residing in Ph no longer need ACOP

Some 1.32 million retiree pensioners of state-run Social Security System (SSS) are no longer required to report for the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program (ACOP) or the yearly reporting to SSS to ensure the continuous payment of their monthly pension.SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said 58.64 percent of the 2.3 million pensioners as of end-September 2017 will benefit from the removal of the ACOP compliance requirement for retiree pensioners based in the Philippines. “In fulfillment of our duty to bring better quality services to our dear pensioners, we are glad to announce that retiree pensioners who are residing here in the Philippines are no longer required to go to any SSS branch on their birth month for the ACOP starting October 30 this year,” Dooc said.  Instead, SSS is conducting verification procedure to confirm if the pensioner is still alive and entitled to SSS benefits.ACOP requires pensioners to annually report to SSS to ensure the continuous payment of their benefits. It was implemented in 2012 to avoid circumstances wherein the rightful recipients are not receiving their monthly benefit. All retirees residing outside the country, total disability, survivor pensioners, and dependent children and their guardian, meanwhile, are still required to comply with ACOP.Based on SSS Circular No. 2017-012,  the schedule of compliance for retiree pensioners residing abroad and total disability pensioners is on their birth month;...

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Maagang Pamasko para sa mga taga MONSANTO Village

ANG Monsanto Philippines at Biotech Coalition of the Philippines (BCP) ay naghatid ng saya sa mga kabataang residente na  naninirahan sa MONSANTO Village. Binisita ng Monsanto Philippines at ng Biotech Coalition of the Philippines (BCP) ang mga residente na naninirahan sa Monsanto Village, ito para magbigay saya at galak  na may kasamang pamaskong regalo sa pangsapit ng noche buena, at nagbigay din ng mga  sewing machines para sa livelihood program ng mga kababaihan na naninirahan sa nasabing Village. Ayon kay Erwin Vibal, Monsanto’s Country Commercial Lead, shared that “we want the beneficiaries of our housing project with Gawad Kalinga...

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DOST-Pisay scholar wins global science competition

By: Romelie Janelle Maranan, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII Grade 12 student Hillary Diane Andales from the Philippine Science High School- Eastern Visayas Campus in Palo, Leyte bagged the grand prize of the 3rd Breakthrough Junior Challenge last December 3, 2017 (December 4 in Manila) at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, USA. In her winning entry, Andales explained about the concept of relativity and the equivalence of reference frame. (The video entry can be accessed through this link: https://www.facebook.com/ BreakthroughPrize/videos/ 1907249605967053/ ) After being a finalist for two consecutive years, Andales bested more than 10,000 students...

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1st Bamboo-Seaweeds Fiesta At Iba Pa

Ni: JIMMY CAMBA Nasa larawan sina: Dr. Fiorello B. Abenes, Dr. Shierley C. Agrupis, Dr. Armando Q. Ganal, Dr. Stanley Malab, nasa bahaging likuran naman sina: Dr.Rogelio C. Evangelista at Joel Eneristo A. Joven (ACD) PCAARRD Matagumpay ang tatlong araw na Grand Event ng Ilocos Agriculture, Aquatic, and Resources, Research Agriculture, Aquatic, and Development Consortium (ILAARRDEC) na may Temang Enhancing Research Culture to ACHIEVE AmBisyon Natin 2040, at 1st Bamboo-Seaweeds Fiesta At Iba Pa na ginanap sa Teatro Ilocandia Mariano Marcos State University Batac City, Ilocos Norte noong nakaraang Nov. 27-29, 2017. Sa unang bahagi ng programa nagkaroon ng...

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DA-BAI Clarifies Issues on Culling of Birds in Cabiao

Background After the detection and confirmation of bird flu on August 11, 2017 in Pampanga, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Animal Industry and the Local Government Units (LGU) have been conducting continuous surveillance in nearby municipalities. Also, there is a commissioned research on factors increasing the likelihood of occurrence of bird flu. Disease confirmation Poultry farms with one day mortality of 3% of the total population are considered suspect farms where an initial screening test will be conducted. As protocol, after the screening test, a confirmatory test will follow. The disease confirmation will be performed by the Animal Disease Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (ADDRL). Disease management of suspected and confirmed cases LGU veterinarians should inform the regional and national authorities of suspected poultry farms after the observance of mortality and screening test results. The laboratory results are discussed with the farm owner. The farm owner has two options: (1) to wait for the laboratory confirmation or (2) for immediate depopulation of the farm. Depopulation is an accepted control measure for any disease. Incidence in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija With observed mortality in ready to lay chickens (paitluging manok) in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, the affected farm underwent screening test for bird flu. Several samples yielded positive results to the screening test. The initial findings were discussed to the owner and the latter opted for immediate depopulation. The local government...

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41st National MILO Marathon Finals in Cebu

In photo: 41st National MILO Marathon National Finals Cebu 42K Race Route Map MILO Philippines and the city of Cebu are ready to welcome all finalists and participants at the National Finals of the 41st National MILO Marathon on December 3, Sunday. For the first time, the Queen City of the South hosts the much-awaited finale. With the MILO Marathon’s strong following in the Visayas region, Cebu was chosen as the finals location to make the running event more accessible to the runners from the south, as well as to reach more Filipinos and encourage them to achieve an...

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Mga pensyonado ng SSS matatanggap na ang 13th month, December pensyon

Matatanggap na ng mahigit sa 2.2 milyong pensiyonado ng Social Security System (SSS) ang kanilang 13th month at pensiyon para sa buwan ng Disyembre simula ngayong araw hanggang Disyembre 8. Ayon sa kay SSS President at Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, ipinasok na sa mga bangko ang pondo para sa 13th month at December pensiyon simula pa noong Nobyembre 15 upang bigyan sila ng sapat na panahon na ipasok sa bank account ng mga pensiyonado ang kanilang 2 buwang  pensiyon. Ilan sa mga bangko ay nakapagbigay na ng 13th month at December pension simula noong Nob. 15. “Pinakiusapan na po namin ang mga bangko na ibigay ang 13th month pension sa mga pensyonado nang hindi lalagpas sa Disyembre 8 habang iniwan namin ang  pagpapasya sa mga partner-banks kung kailan nila ilalabas ang regular na pensiyon nilang ngayong Disyembre kasi maaaring kasabay ito ng 13th month pension o ‘di kaya’y batay sa karaniwang iskedyul nang paglalabas ng regular monthly pension,” ani ni Dooc. Ipinaalala rin ng SSS sa mga pensiyonado na ang basehan ng 13th month pension ay ang basic monthly pension, maliban sa dependent’s pension, kung mayroon...

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DOST SETUP Naging Mabunga

  Nagbigay ng testimonial sa ginanap na DOSTKusyon ang ilan sa mga SETUP Adoptors ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST), kung paano sila nangarap, natulungan at umasenso ng Small Enterprices Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) ng DOST. Ang nasabing DOSTKusyon ay ginanap mismo sa Kamuning Bakery Cafe na isa rin sa DOST SETUP na pagaari ni Wilson Lee Flores. Ayon kay Flores, na kung hindi dahil sa programa ng DOST hindi lalakas ang benta at kita ng kanilang Bakery Cafe. Ilan pa sa dumalo na SETUP Adoptors na naging matagumpay na rin sa kani-kanilang negosyo sa tulong ng SETUP...

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FIBA: Philippines VS Taipei

Photo; by Rick P, Nicolas      Bantay sarado si Andray Blatche ni Kuan Chuan Chen, sa ginanap na laban ng Pilipinas kontra TAIPEI.   Harap-hapan namang idi-jumpshot si Kiefer Raven ang bola sa tatlong Taipei na sina Kuan Chuan Chen, Po Hsun Chou at Yi Hsiang Chou sa ginanap na laban sa Araneta culiseum...

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PACTAP@15.National Convention

Ni: Criselda Palarca   PACTAP@15. Angeles City Treasurer and PACTAP National President Juliet Quinsaat (4th, R) hands a certificate of appreciation to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan after his keynote message addressed to all provincial, city and municipal treasurers from all over the country, during the PACTAP National Convention held November 20-22 at Royce Hotel and Casino. Joining them in the photo are PACTAP senior officials and board members from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. (AC-CIO)...

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