Author: Raffy Rico

DOST’s research centers to boost R&D, business in the regions

BY; Rodolfo de Guzman S&T Media Service The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is strengthening further its research and development (R&D) programs to encourage more young innovators, particularly in the provinces, to come up with new products and services. “The DOST, in line with the Duterte Administration’s thrust of regional development, focuses on creating new R&D centers in the regions or niche centers for innovation,” DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said, “by providing grants, facilities, and leadership programs that are linked to industries.” Sec. de la Peña told this in his address before a crowd of...

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DAR turns over 3 ‘dream roads’ in Northern Samar

BOBON, Northern Samar – Many did not believe these roads were going to be realized. This was the common story shared by the residents as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over three farm-to-market roads to the municipality of Bobon during its 154th founding anniversary. DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso formally turned over to the local government unit (LGU) and to the recipient barangays the 1.5-kilometer all-weather Balukawe-Balat Balud road, the 1.7-kilometer concreted Salvacion-Balukawe road and the 1.1 concreted Trojillo-Calantiao road. The three road projects, worth ₱28.2-million, were implemented under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform...

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Monsanto Philippines recently brought its story-telling activity to Kilicao Elementary School in Bicol

More than 300 students attended the activity which discussed the impact of agricultural biotechnology at a level that elementary school children can appreciate. “We are very happy to do our share in getting students interested in agriculture,” said Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Affairs Lead Chat Ocampo. “We used our children’s book titled “Lina’s Town Rises Again” which was inspired by the true story of a successful lady farmer in Sultan Kudarat, Mrs. Consolacion “Conching” Reyes. We shared, in a very informative but entertaining manner, how planting biotech corn was able to transform Aling Conching’s life and the lives of corn...

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SSS: Manggagawa sa Industriya ng Pelikula at telebisyon magiging miyembro na!

Magiging miyembro na ng Social Security System (SSS) ang may 1,600 na manggagawa sa industriya ng pelikula at telebisyon ito’y matapos na pumirma sa isang Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ang SSS at ang Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) o Actors Guild of the Philippines noong nakaraang Biyernes. Ang nasabing kasunduan na tinaguriang “ArtistaSSSya” ay naglalayong ayusin ang compulsory coverage at pagbabayad ng kontribusyon ng mga self-employed na miyembro ng KAPPT na binubuo ng mga aktor, aktres, mang-aawit, producer, mga personalidad sa entablado, commercial artists at stunt men. “Ang sining ang pinakamataas na uri ng...

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SSS Naglaan ng P74M para sa Calamity Loan sa Marawi at Ormoc

Ang Social Security System (SSS) ay naglaan ng halos 74 milyong piso para ipautang sa mga miyembro na naapektuhan ng kaguluhan sa Marawi City at ng lindol sa Ormoc, Leyte. Ayon kay SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Dooc, maaari nang mag-apply ang mga kwalipikadong miyembro sa Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) simula ngayong araw na ito, Agosto 2, 2017. “Maaaring mangutang ng hanggang P16,000 sa ilalim ng CLAP o di kaya’y batay sa kanilang average monthly salary credit at maaari nilang simulang bayaran ito makalipas ang tatlong buwan mula nang matanggap nila ang loan,” ani ni Dooc. Ipinaliwanag ni Dooc na ang calamity loan ay bago at hiwalay na pautang sa regular na salary loan na inaalok ng pension fund. Noon, ang ipinapatupad ng SSS tuwing may kalamidad ay ang Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP) kung saan pinapayagang mag-renew ng salary loan ang mga miyembro kahit na hindi pa bayad ang 50 porsyento ng naunang loan na isang polisiya sa salary loan renewal. Sa SLERP, iniaawas ang naunang salary loan. “Inisyatibo po ng SS Commission na pinamumunuan ni Amado Valdez ang calamity loan dahil nakita nilang malaki ang maitutulong nito sa mga miyembro na matindi ang pangangailangan dahil biktima ng kalamidad,” dagdag pa niya. Ang calamity loan ay isa lamang sa tatlong tulong na ibinibigay ng SSS sa oras ng kalamidad. Ang ikalawa ay ang paunang...

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Dalawang Bagong Mukha ang Nagpakitang Gilas sa ika 41st National MILO Marathon

Manila, July 30, 2017 – Pinangunahan ng 2 bagong runner na sina Rafael Piscos (Male) at Cinderalla Lorenzo (Female)  ang 42k Race ng 41st National MILO Marathon leg 3 na ginanap sa Mall of Asia (MOA) Pasay City, Manila. Sa Male division, nanguna si Rafael Pescos sa 42k race sa oras na 2:38:27 na sinigundahan naman ni Erick Panique (2:43:10) at pumagatlo si Noel Tillor (2:47:31). Bagong mukha, ang 23 years old na si Rafael Piscos na isang Cebuano ang nanguna sa 42K Race sa ika-41st National MILO Marathon Leg 3 na ginanap sa Mall of Asia (MOA) Pasay...

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S&T Undergraduate Scholarships are now open

S & T UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS Republic Act No. 7687, also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, provides scholarships to talented and deserving students whose families’ socio-economic status do not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators. Qualifiers must pursue priority fields of study in the basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics teaching. Deadline for filing: August 25, 2017 Date of Examination: October 15, 2017 Application form and brochure: 2018 DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarships Application Form 2018 Undergraduate Scholarships Brochure   JUNIOR LEVEL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarship offered to third year...

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DA provides P10-M for Marawi farmers/fisherfolk “survival and recovery” loan program

The Department of Agriculture has given P10 million worth of Survival and Recovery (SURE) loans to farmers/fisherfolk of Marawi City who are adversely affected by continuing firefight between government forces and local terrorists, in some parts of the city whereby the same has started since May 23, 2017. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol also revealed the DA is also planning to seed the 35,000-hectare Lake Lanao, which straddles the city, with five million indigenous fish fingerlings to prepare the lake for fisher folk returning to their livelihood when the Marawi conflict ends. The Department turned over P10 million last July 22, the DA chief said, in a bid to spur recovery of local farmers and fisher folk from economic losses inflicted by the battle to flush out ISIS-linked terrorists from the city. The turnover was led by DA Undersecretary Ranibai Dilangalen, Piñol reported at a press conference this morning. Each Marawi farmer identified by the regional DA office could avail of P25,000 in  non-interest loan, P5,000 thereof has already been distributed to the farmer-benificiaries, Dilangalen pointed out. “The DA is the first agency to distribute cash relief to the Marawi farmer-evacuees under the Task Force Bangon Marawi (approved by President Rodrigo Duterte) for the recovery of Marawi,” Dilangalen said. The DA also delivers weekly relief goods to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of...

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NEW BFP-NCR REGIONAL DIRECTOR NAMED, F/SENIOR SUPT. ROEL Jeremy DIAZ

OUTGOING Bureau of Fire Protection – National Capital Region (BFP-NCR) director Senior Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan-Tiu yesterday distributed 254 breathing apparatus to the five districts during the turn-over of command, making his successor very proud to him. Kwan-Tiu formally turned his post over to his immediate upper classman Senior Supt. Roel Jeremy Diaz in a simple but productive ceremony at the BFP-NCR grounds in Quezon City. Diaz belongs to the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) batch 1994 while Kwan-Tiu is his underclass. Not all firemen responding to destructive fires are armed with breathing apparatus for trapped victims which also makes it harder for them to penetrate longer inside smoke-filled buildings. In November last year, a fireman in a heroic act, decided to just lend his breathing apparatus to a four-month baby during a breath-taking rescue operation inside a burning condominium in Quezon City. The fireman SFO1 Florencio Azonsa as a result, suffered a heart attack after saving the baby and five others inside one of the rooms of Francesca Tower at the 1070 EDSA corner Scout Borromeo in Brgy. South Triangle. Aside from the breathing apparatus, Kwan-Tiu also showed media men the soon-to-be launched Fire Command Operation Center (FCOC) located at the third floor of the NCR building. With still a few finishing touches to be done, the FCOC according to Kwan-Tiu will be a big help in...

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SSS, Pagtaas ng EC Funeral Benefit Malapit ng Ipatupad

Nakahanda ng ipatupad ng Social Security System (SSS) ang bagong Executive Order No. 33 na pinirmahan ni Pang. Rodrigo Duterte na pagtaas ng Employees’ Compensation (EC) funeral benefits ng mga manggagawa sa pamahalaan at pribadong sektor mula P20,000 ay P30,000 na, isang buwan mula sa publikasyon ng Implementing Rules and Regulations na gagawin ng Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC). “Isang buwan lamang po ang kailangan namin para gawin ang system adjustments para ipatupad ang karagdagang P10,000 sa EC funeral benefit. Kaisa ni Pang. Duterte ang SSS sa kanyang adhikain na tulungan ang mga pamilya ng mga manggagawang ang kamatayan ay sanhi ng kanilang trabaho,” ayon kay SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc. Binigyang diin ni Dooc ang isa sa probisyon ng EO na batay sa resulta ng actuarial studies ng SSS at Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), kaya ng State Insurance Fund (SIF) na pondohan ang pagtaas ng EC funeral benefits at hindi nito maaapektuhan ang katatagan ng pondo ng SIF. Gayundin, hindi kailangang magtaas ng kontribusyon para dito. Pinangangasiwaan ng SSS ang Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) na nagbibigay ng benepisyo sa mga manggagawang nagkasakit, naaksidente o namatay sanhi ng trabaho. Ibinibigay lamang ang benepisyo ng EC sa mga miyembrong may employer o amo. Tanging ang employer ang nagbabayad ng kontribusyon sa EC ng kanyang empleyado. Nilagdaan ang EO noong July 17 at sinabi dito na “kailangang...

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