Author: Raffy Rico

SSS inaugurates new office for Manila residents

The Social Security System (SSS) has inaugurated a new branch in Sta.Mesa, Manila to benefit about 22,000 members residing within the area and nearby districts of Paco, Pandacan and Sta. Ana. The SSS Sta.Mesa branch located at the J&T Building along Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard corner Santol Extension Road is the 61st office of the SSS in National Capital Region. A total of 3,244 employers existing accounts, which represent 22,634 employees fall under its jurisdiction. Photo above shows SSS President Emilio S. de Quiros, Jr. cutting the ribbon with Manila – District 4 Representative Ma. Theresa Bonoan – David during...

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SSS opens Sta. Mesa Branch

Around 22,000 members of the Social Security System (SSS) in Sta. Mesa, Paco, Pandacan, and Sta. Ana in Manila will now have easier access to its services with its additional office inaugurated on 23 January 2015 at the J&T Building along Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard corner Santol Extension Road in Sta. Mesa, Manila. SSS Senior Vice President for NCR Operations Group Jose B. Bautista said the new SSS Sta. Mesa branch is expected to encourage workers in the area to join SSS. Based on the latest Labor Force Survey, a total of 269,649 workers; or 64% of the total population of Sta. Mesa, Paco, Pandacan, and Sta. Ana; are members of the working population. “The SSS is increasing its presence all over the country to make SSS transactions easier and more convenient to our members. This also affords more segments of society immediate access to social security,” Bautista said. SSS Sta.Mesa Branch issues SS number; accepts and processes applications on salary loan as well as claims on retirement, disability, funeral and death including sickness notification. It also has a UMID Data Capture Station. Pensioners can also visit the Branch to comply with the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners to continue receiving their monthly pension. To date, there are 3,244 employers and 22,634 employees in the areas of Sta. Mesa, Paco, Pandacan, and Sta. Ana which will be served by the SSS...

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Aggie chief urges BPI to exert best efforts

“This is the last quarter of the game,” Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso J. Alcala announced, urging employees of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to exert their best efforts to accomplish targets set by the Aquino government. “If we liken our work with a basketball game, we would be in the last quarter. We should not be complacent then. We still have the chance to advantage [of the time] and at the end of the game, our agencies and the PNoy administration will be winners,” Alcala said during the 85th Anniversary celebration of BPI on January 21, 2015. Alcala also encouraged the bureau’s personnel not to dwell on accusations against the agency and instead give full attention on their work as an active partner of the government and farmers in providing sufficient and healthy planting materials. “I know that mudslinging has negatively affected the morale of BPI workers. But don’t be disheartened; there will come a time when the truth shall prevail and everyone will know that their allegations are wrong,” Alcala said. The Secretary highlighted the big role BPI has played in developing the agriculture sector, particularly in increasing production of plant and plant-based commodities. He stressed that through the efforts of BPI, the government has proved that the country is capable of producing better planting stocks to meet production targets, as well as to clinch...

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78 Magsasakang Benepisyaryo sa Negros Occidental, Tumanggap ng Lupa Mula sa DAR

May kabuuang 119.24- ektaryang taniman ng tubo na dating pagmamay-ari ng Victorias Milling Company ang pormal ng napasakamay ngayon ng may 78 magsasakang benepisyaryo sa Victorias City sa lalawigan ng Negros Occidental mula sa Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR. Ayon kay DAR Regional Director Alejandro Otacan, ang pagkuha ng DAR sa naturang tubuan ay base sa sapilitang arbitrasyon na nagpatigil sa isang dekadang pakikibaka ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo sa mga barangay ng XV, XV-A at XVIII-A sa naturang siyudad. Maluha-luhang pinasalamatan naman ni Florencia Workers Association President Ramon Lavides, Sr., na isa rin sa mga tumanggap ng lupa ang DAR at ang Damayan ng mga Manggagawa, Mangingisda at Magsasaka sa pagtulong sa kanila upang makamit ang...

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LBPI BROADCASTERS FORUM

BROADCASTER FORUM with Amb. Gion Villamor Gunet, LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Mary Ann Salada, Mr. Melchor Cayabyab, Chairman Officer of Transport Cooperative, Dr. Ely Ramirez, Broadcaster DZBB and the Transport Leaders Zeny Maranan of PEJODAP, Efren de Luna of ACTO AND LIga ng mga Broadcaster Ng Pilipinas Inc. President “Rolly...

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DA-BFAR FIRST BATCH OF NEWLY GRADUATED FISHERY LAW ENFORCERS

In order to combat against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) enrolled some of its personnel in an intensive law enforcement training program at the National Brackishwater Fisheries Technology Center in Pagbilao, Quezon. Out of the original 76 participants, a total of 62 graduates completed the boot camp which started in October last year. “The training was meant to capacitate our personnel with enough knowledge and skills that will allow them to ensure proper management and protection of the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources,” quoted Agriculture Secretary Proceso...

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Smokers urged not to light up during papal visit

Health advocates are appealing to smokers not to light up during public events that will be attended by Pope Francis all over the Philippines. The pontiff, who is scheduled to arrive in the country on January 15, is expected to draw millions of Filipinos as he visits Metro Manila and Leyte during his five-day mission. “We are appealing to all smokers not to light up during any of these public events in reverence to the Holy Father and in consideration to the massive crowd including children who may be exposed to second-hand smoke, said New Vois of the Philippines (NVAP) President Emer Rojas. The pope, whose simple and humble way of life has endeared him to millions of Filipino Catholics, will hold a Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral before proceeding to the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay a day after his arrival. He will then proceed to Tacloban the next day to hold a Mass at its local airport and meet with typhoon Yolanda survivors in Palo, Leyte. An itinerary of the pope was made public by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to guide the faithful who wish to see the pontiff. On January 18 the Holy Father is scheduled to meet young people at the sports field of the University of Sto. Tomas followed by a motorcade to Rizal Park where a concluding Mass...

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P600,000 na halaga ng Squash Processing Center, DAR at Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Calapan lumagda sa isang kasunduan

Pormal ng lumagda sa isang kasunduan ang Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR at ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Calapan City sa lalawigan ng Oriental Mindoro para sa pagpapatayo ng may kabuuang halagang P600,000- libong pisong squash processing center doon. Ayon kay DAR Region 4-B Director Erlinda Pearl V. Armada, layon ng naturang proyekto na matulungang maitaas ang kita ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo na nagtatanim ng squash o kalabasa partikular na ang mga miyembro ng Guinobatan Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative sa naturang lugar. Sinabi pa ni Director Armada na P480,000- libong piso sa naturang proyekto ay manggagaling sa DAR sa ilalim ng “Grassroots Participatory Budgeting” program ng Pamahalaan at ang natitirang P120,000- libong piso naman nito ay magmumula sa pamahalaang lungsod ng Calapan. Batay sa inaasahang kita, ang return on investment ng naturang proyekto para sa unang taon ay 17.40 porsiyento. Ibig sabihin, P66,000- libong piso kada buwan o P792,000- libong piso kada taon ang maaaring kitain ng naturang...

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P600,000 na halaga ng Squash Processing Center, DAR at Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Calapan lumagda sa isang kasunduan

Pormal ng lumagda sa isang kasunduan ang Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR at ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Calapan City sa lalawigan ng Oriental Mindoro para sa pagpapatayo ng may kabuuang halagang P600,000- libong pisong squash processing center doon. Ayon kay DAR Region 4-B Director Erlinda Pearl V. Armada, layon ng naturang proyekto na matulungang maitaas ang kita ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo na nagtatanim ng squash o kalabasa partikular na ang mga miyembro ng Guinobatan Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative sa naturang lugar. Sinabi pa ni Director Armada na P480,000- libong piso sa naturang proyekto ay manggagaling sa DAR sa ilalim ng “Grassroots Participatory Budgeting” program ng Pamahalaan at ang natitirang P120,000- libong piso naman nito ay magmumula sa pamahalaang lungsod ng Calapan. Batay sa inaasahang kita, ang return on investment ng naturang proyekto para sa unang taon ay 17.40 porsiyento. Ibig sabihin, P66,000- libong piso kada buwan o P792,000- libong piso kada taon ang maaaring kitain ng naturang...

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New Vois lauds high Sin Tax collections in 2014

The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) welcomed the report that the sin tax collections for the first nine months of the year has exceeded the target for the entire 2014. According to NVAP President Emer Rojas, it is a welcome news that tax collections from “sin” products are more than what was expected as this could mean more funds to help finance the healthcare program of the government. “One benefit of the Sin Tax Law is to help provide more funds for PhilHealth services and these services are intended to benefit the urban poor, Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and other marginalized sectors,” said Rojas. “It is estimated that 2.5million Filipino families shall benefit from the PhilHealth cards in 2014 which includes 250,000 PWD families,” Rojas added. Last week, the Department of Finance reported that a total of P91.64 billion sin tax revenues have been collected just from January to September of this year. The amount already surpassed by 42 percent the full-year target of P64.55 billion for the entire 2014. The present sin tax revenue is also higher than the P65.46 billion collected during the same nine months of last year. To note, there are four million families that are considered as poorest of the poor are currently enrolled in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) according to the Department of Social Welfare...

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