Author: Raffy Rico

First 100 days of PDEA DG Aquino

3,476 ANTI-DRUG OPERATIONS CONDUCTED, 1,321 PERSONALITIES ARRESTED, P228.81 MILLION IN DRUGS & NON-DRUG EVIDENCE SEIZED, 2,063 CASES FILED BY PDEA A total of 3,476 anti-drug operations conducted, 1,321 drug personalities arrested, P228.81 million worth of drug and non-drug evidence confiscated, and 2,063 drug cases filed were recorded by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) from September 12, 2017 to December 20, 2017 — the first 100 days of Aaron N. Aquino as PDEA Director General. Aquino formally assumed the PDEA leadership on September 12, 2017 from outgoing Director General and new Commissioner of Bureau of Customs Isidro S. Lapeña....

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SSC Chairman Valdez receives award for excellent public service during 30th Aliw Awards

For his exemplary performance in extending social security protection to entertainment industry workers, Social Security Commission (SSC) Chairman Amado D. Valdez is one of this year’s special awardees during the recently-concluded 30th Aliw Awards held at the Manila Hotel Fiesta Pavilion on December 19.The former University of the East College of Law Dean assumed his post as SSC Chairman last November 2016. Since then, his initiatives led to the coverage of over 700 entertainment industry workers through joint partnership with Actors’ Guild of the Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philippines and Showbiz Industry...

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PDEA, PCCAI SIGN MOA FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ANEW

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine-Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. (PCCAI) signed anew a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the extension of comprehensive medical assistance to PDEA agents. The signatories were PDEA Director General Aaron N Aquino, and PCCAI represented by the Chairman of the Board Dr. Benito Goyokpin,and Dr. James G. Dy, President and CEO, Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, who inked the agreement in a ceremony held at 11:00 AM on December 19, 2017 at the Office of the President, 10th Floor Medical Arts Building, Blumentritt Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila. Under the MOA, all PDEA...

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43rd Season PBA Philippine Cup Umpisa Na!

Ni: Max Ferrer Buhay na buhay na naman ang PBA sa pagbubukas ng 43rd Season na inumpisahan ng 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.  Lumitaw ang mga naggagandahang mga muse ng bawat koponan sa kanilag pagparada kasama ang mga manlalaro ng bawat team. Solidong kooperasyon ang ipinakita ng lahat ng mga Board of Governors na pinangunahan ng bagong Chairman Ricky Vargas ng Talk and Text nang magresign si Commissioner Chito Narvasa.  Itinalagang OIC ang magiting na PBA Bureau Chief na si Willy Marcial hanggang hindi pa nakakapili ng bagong commissioner. Ang inaugural game ay nakitaan ng galing ang San Miguel Beermen...

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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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