39TH CAMP PAG-IBIG PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY


Preparations are in full swing for the 39th Camp Pag-ibig , a multi-sectoral activity to provide children with special needs the opportunities to integrate and socialize into the mainstream of society.

This year’s Camp Pag-ibig, the 39th since 1976, will be held on February 15 at the Balara Filter Plant grounds in Quezon City . QC has been hosting the gathering since 1979 as a Valentine’s Day for children with special needs.

More then 2,000 children with special needs are expected to participate this year.

On orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, QC Hall is providing a Php 450,000 fund to support the various programs and activities being prepared by the organizers for the day camp.

Spearheading the preparations are several QC Hall departments and offices, particularly the social service and development department headed by Teresa Mariano and the public affairs and information services office led by Greg Bañacia.

Leading the organizers are overall camp coordinator Congressman Jorge “Bolet” Banal, former QC councilor Jorge Banal Sr. and Dr. Teresita Inciong of the Philippine Association for Intellectual Disability, Inc. (PAFID).

Also actively involved in the preparations are representatives of the JCI QC Capitol, Manila Water Company, Department of Education-NCR, QC Division of City Schools and St. Catherine SPL Learning Center.

Meetings to finalize the plans for the day camp are held every Thursday at the Orosa Hall at the Balara campsite. There are also  DepED –NCR meetings with SPED supervisors  to be held every Friday.

The organizers expect these meetings to come up with new activities where every SPED child can participate.

The day camp activities for this year will include swimming, tree planting, handwashing and parents’ forum.

Camp Pag-ibig was launched in 1976 by the Philippine Association for the Retarded (now the PAFID) under the leadership of then president Dr. Erlinda Lolarga.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

QC MORE TAXPAYER-FRIENDLY NOW


Quezon City is implementing this year two taxpayer-friendly measures – one for real properties and the other for business establishments.

Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has approved Ordinance No. SP 2362, S2014 which will exempt business owners from auditing and examination of business records if they pay their business taxes this year in the amount 30 percent higher that those paid last year.

Mayor Bautista also approved Ordinance No. SP 2363, S2014 which grants tax relief to real property owners to allow them to settle their tax delinquencies and update their accounts.

The measures also target to increase the city’s tax collection to boost social and economic activities most needed by city residents.

To date, QC has over 60,000 registered business establishments.

According to QC Information Technology and Development Office (QCITDO) head Reynald Paul Imjada, one of the Bautista administration’s thrusts is providing the city with a “one system, one standard” in all its processes.

However, Imjada is quick to say that the Mayor is doing the system streamlining in evolutionary method since there are many aspects that should be considered including budgetary aspect.

In IT alone, Imjada said that the step- by- step method has been implemented to cope up with the modern world, thus providing quick and more convenient service to transacting public through measures like the  No. SP 2362, S2014 and Ordinance No. SP 2363, S2014.

Aside from the two newly approved ordinance, QC government had already implemented other convenient ways of paying tax due including the e-payment system –a mode of tax payment using cellular phone.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

QC STARTS PREPARATIONS FOR ASEAN INTEGRATION


Quezon City Mayor has proposed local legislations that will enable QC to face the challenges of the integration of the Philippines and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN into the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC.

During a special joint session of the city council, QC legislative-executive advisory council and city development council,  the Mayor said that by December 31 this year, the 10 countries that make up the ASEAN will have to open their doors to one free market and production base.

In the AEC, “we will be in open competition with 418 other cities of ASEAN, including the dynamic city-state Singapore and megacity Jakarta ,” he said.

Mayor Bautista said we must face the challenges of such competition by reviewing our local policies that may be in conflict with national laws, and enhance those that are in sync or complimentary, especially those affecting several areas such as tourism, services and business process outsourcing.

He said: “From a policy and framework perspective, we need an updated Land Use Plan, a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance that will be more attuned to modern ideals of highly pedestrianized and well-linked, multi-use neighborhoods where business districts are more clearly defined.”

The Mayor also said that QC needs a tourism ordinance that will flesh out the city’s new Tourism development Plan.

“In line with out tourism development thrusts, let us reexamine our past Zero Amusement Tax for Films Ordinance.  Let us determine now how to efficiently collect this tax and define its best use,” he said.

Mayor Bautista also proposed that QC should have an ordinance that will require all public buildings In QC, whether local or national government-owned, to be retrofitted, to adapt to climate change and disaster-risk considerations, and to adopt the use of renewable energy like solar power.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

  QC BUSINESS TAX PAYMENTS WITHOUT PENALTIES UNTIL FEB. 2


Quezon City taxpayers have until February 2 to settle without penalties their annual and quarterly business tax obligations this year.

Considering that the January 31 payment extension deadline falls on a weekend, the first working day of February has now become the new deadline for city taxpayers.

QC Hall and all its treasury branches will be open until 12 midnight on February 2 to accept tax payments.

On orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, the city government has already extended the working days and hours of the different offices involved in tax assessment and payments even on weekends in time for the first quarter deadline for the payment of business taxes and fees.

Mayor Bautista has already reminded taxpayers, particularly those renewing their business taxes, to take advantage of the expanded working days and hours instituted by the city government to avoid the rush during the February 2 deadline.

The city is imposing a 25% surcharge and a 2% monthly interest for late payments made.

The QC government has extended beyond January 20 the first quarter deadline for the payment of business taxes without penalties or surcharges to accommodate those who will be settling their tax obligations with the city.

An ordinance providing for a 10-day extension period for the first quarter tax payments has been approved by the QC Council.  The ordinance was principally authored by Councilor Godofredo Liban II.

Meanwhile, city administrator Aldrin Cuña reiterated his reminder to city taxpayers that they can make payments in the city’s five treasury department branches.

All low-risk establishments, such as sari-sari stores and business establishments with gross sale below P500,000 except partnerships  and corporations, may pay their taxes at these branches, which are located at Novaliches, La Loma, Cubao, Talipapa and Galas.

Aside from tax payments, Cuña said, all five treasury branches are also open to handle tax assessments, including those for real properties. (Precy)

 Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

Manila Water at Cainta, magkasangga sa programang Toka Toka


Hiningi ng Manila Water, ang konsesyunaryo ng silangang Metro Manila at lalawigan ng Rizal, ang tulong ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Cainta, upang epektibong maipatupad ang programang Toka Toka, ang una at natatanging adbokasiya sa bansa na nakatuon sa tamang pamamahala ng nagamit na tubig 
 
“Bahagi ang pakikipagtulungan sa mga lokal ng pamahalaan tulad ng bayan ng Cainta sa pangkabuuang istratehiya sa programang Toka Toka upang makapagbigay ng komprehensibong solusyon sa polusyon at masiguro ang tagumpay at maayos na pagpapatupad ng programa”, paliwanag ni Manila Water East Zone Business Operations Group Director Ferdinand Dela Cruz.
Binigyang diin din ni Dela Cruz na ang pakikibalikat ng Manila Water sa lokal na pamahalaan ay nagpapakita lamang na seryoso at pinapahalagahan ng kumpanya ang layunin nitong linisin at buhaying muli ang mga pangunahing kailugan sa Metro Manila na binubuo ng Marikina, San Juan at Pasig.
 
Nagagalak din si Cainta Mayor Johnielle “Kit” Nieto sa pakikipagtulungan ng Manila Water. Ani Nieto, kami ay tutulong sa pamamagitan ng paglaganap ng magandang mensahe ng Toka Toka sa publiko sa pamamagitan ng paglalagay nito sa mga pampublikong billboards upang lalong maintindihan ng mga tao ang kahalagahan nito.
Nag-umpisa ang programang Toka Toka noong 2012 at agad sinimulang ipatupad ang mga inisyatibo tulad ng paglilinis ng mga ilog at iba pang daluyan ng tubig.
Binibigyang-diin ng Toka Toka ang ilang payak na pamamaraan na maaaring gawin ng bawa’t indibidwal bilang kaniyang ‘Toka’ para makatulong na gawing malinis at ligtas ang mga estero at ilog ng Metro Manila.
Kabilang dito ang (1) tamang pagtatapon ng basura; (2) Desludging o pagpapalinis ng mga poso negro tuwing limang taon; (3) Pagkonekta ng mga bahay sa sewer lines ng Manila Water; at (4) pagsuporta sa mga proyektong sanitasyon sa mga komunidad.
Ang Manila Water ay ang pribadong kumpanya na konsesyunaryo ng silangang bahagi ng Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System na nagbibigay ng serbisyong patubig at alkantarilya sa  Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Pateros, Mandaluyong, San Juan, ilang bahagi ng mga lungsod ng Quezon City at Maynila at ilang bayan sa lalawigan ng Rizal.
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Posted by: Freda Migano

NATIONWIDE CADASTRAL SURVEY NEARING COMPLETION – DENR


 

There is no stopping the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from finishing this year the government’s century-old cadastral survey project, which is important in determining the political boundaries of local governments as well as the properties of private owners.

 

This was according to DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, who expressed optimism the project that was first launched in 1913 will finally be completed within the year after the 2014 report of the department’s Land Management Bureau (LMB) presented a “generally positive outlook.”

 

He said the LMB reported that the government has already completed the cadastral survey of more than 86 percent of the entire 1,634 cities and towns under the DENR’s administrative jurisdiction.

 

“Already completed is 1,419 cities and municipalities covering 28.8 million hectares, or 86.84 percent of the total 1,634 cities and towns, ” Paje said, noting that more than half of the areas were  completed under the current administration’s watch.

 

The country’s Cadastral Survey Program started way back in 1913 with the enactment of Commonwealth Act No. 2259, also known as the Cadastral Act.

 

LMB records show between 1913 and 2009, only 753 cities and municipalities nationwide were surveyed, covering some14 million hectares.

 

Areas surveyed from 2010 to 2014 reached 14.8 million hectares where some 666 cities and towns are located.

 

“Completing the 102-year-old cadastral project of the government is one of the priorities of the DENR and hopefully it would be among the important legacies of the Aquino administration,” Paje said.

 

Paje lamented that the project has not reached final completion for lack of resources and sustained focus by previous administrations.

 

The environment chief, however, said that the Aquino administration is eager and willing to finish the project.

 

Thus, in 2010, the Aquino administration vowed to prioritize reforming the country’s land services as part of its social contract with the Filipino people.

 

“A significant portion of that 10-decade performance of the cadastral project was achieved during the Aquino administration in a matter of four years. Next year may well be a watershed year as we are finally drawing nearer to closing a century-old chapter in the saga of country’s cadastral service,” Paje pointed out.

At the same time, Paje said that for 2015 the DENR also aims to issue some 61,000 patents for residential, commercial and industrial lands, and 56,000 more for agricultural lands under the Cadastral Survey and Land Management Program.

 

A cadastral survey is intended to determine the administrative boundary of a city or a municipality and its component barangays. It also includes the determination of administrative boundary lots in alienable and disposable lands of the public domain for purposes of land titling.

 

“Cadastral survey is essential to efficient patent distribution and in accelerating countryside development. As such, completing the country’s cadastral needs bears directly to the President’s strides to spur economic productivity and growth in the countryside,” Paje said.

 

He added that wrapping up the country’s cadastral survey will ultimately determine the country’s actual total land area.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

LaRouche Hails Stunning Greek Electoral Repudiation of Troika


STATEMENT ON THE GREEK ELECTION VICTORY

Jan. 25 (EIRNS)—The results of Sunday’s Greek elections, in which Syriza won
a near-landslide victory and will form a new government with Independent
Greeks and other parties, was a stunning and powerful repudiation of the
murderous austerity policies imposed on Greece by the Troika.
Upon being informed of the Greek vote, Lyndon LaRouche called it a
“profound victory that can secure a shift in the entire European and trans-
Atlantic situation.” LaRouche noted that the outpouring of the Greek people to
repudiate the Troika’s austerity regime was one of several recent developments
that can rapidly bring down the failed euro system altogether. He cited the
recent decision by the Swiss National Bank to decouple the Swiss franc from the
euro, which triggered significant derivatives losses by major Wall Street and
City of London banks.
LaRouche noted that the Greek vote will have a “big impact on Germany.
Merkel and company are in a tough situation, pretending to control things in
Europe, but in reality, they have no control and the Greek vote proves it. They
will be shaken hard, and will not be able to pretend that the austerity policies are
working.”  “This is great,” LaRouche concluded, adding that “the enemy of humanity is
being damaged and everyone should be happy.”
As of midnight Sunday, the final results of the Greek vote showed that
Syriza received 36.12% of the vote, giving it 149 seats out of 300. The
Independent Greeks received 4.69% of the vote, giving them 13 seats. The two
parties are expected to form a coalition government with a 162-seat majority.
On Monday, all of the European finance ministers will be meeting to decide
what to do in the face of the dramatic Greek election results, which further
discredit European Central Bank head Mario Draghi’s Thursday announcement
of a €1 trillion quantitative easing hyperinflationary bailout of the bankrupt
European banks. Greece’s action could very well be the catalyst of a stampede
for the door, with Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, and even Italy leaving the
euro system to return to sovereign currency and anti-austerity policies.
The implications for Wall Street are equally dramatic. The hopelessly
bankrupt Wall Street banks are reeling from massive derivatives losses, triggered
by the Swiss National Bank’s sudden ending of the peg to the euro. Those same
banks, along with their City of London counterparts, are holding more than $600
billion in junk bond loans to the shale oil and gas sector, and those debts are
about to blow out. This could very well be the trigger for the disintegration of
the entire trans-Atlantic financial system at any moment.
LaRouche has emphasized for the past months that the blowout of Wall
Street and London is the single most important factor driving the world to a
potential thermonuclear war showdown. Increasingly, more and more sane
voices are joining LaRouche in warning of the growing danger of thermonuclear
Armageddon. Over the Jan. 24-25 weekend, leading nuclear disarmament expert
Theodore Postol warned about the imminent danger of thermonuclear extinction,
and former Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar added their voices to those
calling for emergency action to de-escalate the global showdown.
Urgent measures must to be taken to put the Wall Street and London banks
through orderly bankruptcy reorganization, starting with the cancellation of all
the gambling debts. Hamiltonian measures that must be immediately
implemented to put people back to work in meaningful jobs.
With Wall Street hopelessly bankrupt, we have to provide a source of credit
which will be Federal credit, a lawful creation of Federal credit, a fund which
can be used by the states and by the national government in order to fund the
creation of new employment. This will require incurring a new debt, a large
debt, on behalf of the United States, to put people to work, and to do similar
kinds of things now, immediately, implemented as part of a Federal credit
system. The “bail out” system that was implemented after Bill Clinton left office
must be ended immediately, and people must be put to work through a Federal
credit system.

posted by: Rhea Razon