The rich became richer and the poor became poorer


Kinondena ng grupong GABRIELA ang naging ulat ni Pang. Benigno Aquino III sa kanyang huling State of the Nation Address (SONA) ukol sa benipisyong naidulot ng programang Conditional Cash Transfer sa mahihirap nating kababayan.

Ani ni GABRIELA lawmaker Luzviminda Ilagan, ang pagmamalaki ni P-Noy sa naturang programa ay paraan lamang upang pagtakpan ang mga alegasyon ukol dito. Sa kabila ng katotohanang ang badyet na inilaan para sa CCT program ay puno diumano ng korapsyon.

Sinabi pa ni Ilagan, sa findings na inilabas ng Asian Development Bank (ADB) halos 19 billion sa 62 billion na kabuuang badyet na inilaan para sa Conditional Cash Transfer Program ay hindi napunta sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan. At noong December 2014, naglabas ng report ang Commission on Audit tungkol sa pagkakabigo ni Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman na isalaysay kung saan napunta ang may nasa 1 bilyong badyet ng kanyang ahensya.

He refused to take accountability for the rise in poverty and refused to see the worsening state of joblessness and hunger while repeatedly harping about the low-impact yet loan-heavy Conditional Cash Transfer program. Masakit sa tainga pero tiyak na mas masakit ang dinaranas ng maraming mga nanay at kababaihan na patuloy na naghihirap sa ilalim ng limang taong panunungkulan ni Aquino”, pahayag nina GABRIELA lawmakers Luzviminda Ilagan at Emmie de Jesus habang sinusundan ang State of the Nation Address ng Pangulo noong nakaraang Lunes, Hulyo 27, 2015.

Matapos ang limang taong panunungkulan ni Pang. Aquino at ng programa ng CCT, nasa may 25.8 milyong Pilipinong pamilya pa rin ang nabubuhay na nasa estado na below poverty line. Sa halip na mabawasan ay mas dumami pa daw ang bilang ng naghihirap sa bansa.

Pinuna rin nina Ilagan at De Jesus na ang yaman ng sampung pinakamayamang Pilipino sa bansa, na nakinabang sa Aquino’s Private-Public Partnership Program ay trumiple ng 250%. Mula sa ₱650 billion noong 2010 ay lumaki ito ng hanggang sa ₱2.2 trillion ngayong 2015.

Dagdag pa nila, ang mga mahihirap ay lalong naghihirap at ang mga mayayaman ay lalong yumayaman. (Freda Migano)

QC WINS WORLD RECOGNITION FOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT


Quezon City government has bagged another international recognition for implementing enhanced tax mapping system or the eTAXMAPS in its real property taxation by using Geographical Information System (GIS).

QC was among 100 countries in the world that were given special achievement in GIS (SAG) recognition at the 2015 Esri User Conference  in San Diego, California, USA last July 22. The award was received by QC Information and Technology Development Office (QCITDO) head Reynald Paul  Imjada.

The prestigious award is given to user sites around the world in recognition of their outstanding work with GIS technology. A total of 100,000 organizations around the world were included in the selection process.

The eTAXMAPS project of QC under the stewardship of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista aims to integrate and synchronize updating of parcel tax maps vis a vis the land tax records. It targets to give better graphical overview of the overall tax situation of the city through the use of geospatial technology and imageries. It more particularly enhances the capability for discovery, appraisal and assessment of undeclared, misclassified and unaccounted properties, thus, a sound and reliable income projection for the city.

City Assessor’s chief Rodolfo Ordanes said that increased operational efficiency in the city assessor’s office was attained due to the project that now translates to improved tax collection in terms of real property taxation.

Ordanes said that due to the eTAXMAPS project, the complexities in PIN assignment and property location – comparing the existing tax map with  QC real property assessment and taxation systems (QCRPATS) database — were more or less addressed.

“Inconsistency in tax declaration such as misdeclared/undeclared lots and improvements is solved through the enhanced procedures that are now implemented in all 142 barangays in the city,” Ordanes said.(Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

QCGH BREAST MILK DAY ON AUGUST 5


QCGH BREAST MILK DAYON AUGUST 5

About 100 mothers will troop to the city-owned Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) on August 5(Wednesday) to donate their breast milk.

The milk gifting activity dubbed as “ Alay na gatas ko, sagip sa buhay mo,” a project of the QCGH management, led by hospital director Josephine Sabando, is one of the events lined-up for the celebration of the Breastfeeding  Awareness Month.

QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte will lead city hall officials in the opening rites of the event at QCGH  5th floor SB Hall around 8 am on August 5.

Aside from the milk donating activity, breast pumps will be turned over to seven (7) QC Health Department Lying-In Clinics to encourage more breastfeeding mothers to donate their breast milk to babies in need especially those in critically-ill condition.

Included among the lying-in clinics that will serve as milk depots are the  San Francisco Lying-In, Batasan Hills Lying-In, Betty Go Belmonte Lying-In, Murphy Lying-In, Kamuning Lying-In, Arsenio  Maximo Lying-In, and Sta. Lucia Lying-In.

The breast milk that will be donated will be processed in the so-called pasteurization procedure before it will be dispensed to babies.

At present, QC has 500 breastfeeding support groups, composed of volunteers from different barangays that are willing to assist mothers who encounter problems in breastfeeding their babies.

Hepa – B screening for patients with no Hepa – B test will also be conducted during the QCGH event especially for mothers who want to donate breast milk. This is aimed to reduce the health risks from donated milk.

The city-owned and operated hospital launched last March the QC breast milk bank project as a way of reducing the infant mortality rate in the city.

The establishment of the QC milk bank is an offshoot of an ordinance principally authored by Councilor Ally Medalla in 2012. The milk bank under the ordinance shall be operated on a non-profit basis but minimal processing fee shall be charged to cover for screening, processing and administrative costs. The ordinance is in accordance with Republic Act 10028, otherwise known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009.

The QCGH is offering incentives for those who will be breast milk donors, in the form of free hospital service, depending on the amount of donated breast milk. For instance, a 500 ml breast milk contributed entitles a donor to a free consultation at QCGH.

Mayor Bautista is supportive of the breastfeeding program, recognizing its importance in promoting nutrition for babies, especially those born with conditions associated with prematurity. He wants to bring the breastfeeding program to the city’s health centers and all of the 142 barangays.

The QC government operates a breastfeeding station within the city hall compound as part of the city’s campaign to promote breastfeeding among mothers and even in workplaces. It also encourages all establishments in the city, including business establishments like SM department stores, to provide breastfeeding stations for their employees and visitors.(Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)

                                  

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

Civil society hit lack of transparency on Yolanda funds for 2016


Civil society group Social Watch Philippines (SWP) urged Congress to examine the P44.49 billion allocation for Yolanda Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program in the 2016 national budget and compel the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to specify the allocation for every program, activity and project.

“Judging from the Special Provisions of the 2016 budget for Yolanda Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, the Executive continues to neglect our call to make the budget for Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Plan (CRRP) transparent with specific amount for each of the programs in the list. This despite that climate change adaptation and mitigation is one of the five key result areas of the Aquino administration. For us citizens, it is important that the information is clear to facilitate citizen’s participation and accountability will be upheld,” said Prof. Leonor Magtolis Briones, SWP Convenor.

SWP also responded to the DBM’s press release that criticism on the tracking of Yolanda funds should not mislead, and neither should it be supported by erroneous data.

“Indeed, we want to believe DBM that all is well, but the affected communities and even the agencies implementing the reconstruction efforts are giving us a different picture. The data that we used in our study are official government data. We have been requesting this information from concerned agencies since February of this year but to no avail. We checked the press releases of DBM in their website but these, too, do not contain details of the allocation according to the CRRP,” Briones explained.

According to Briones, the DBM admitted in their media release that the budget for Yolanda reconstruction is shared with equally necessary relief and rehabilitation for calamities that happened even before Yolanda – Quinta, Emong, Juaning and Bohol earthquake. “In other words, the amount they gave is not for Yolanda victims alone. Sharing resources with victims of other disasters is understandable, even desirable but the government should be transparent about this,” Briones added.

The press release of DBM indicated the amount released to the agencies. Almost half or P41.9 billion of the P88.9 billion total releases as of June 30, 2015, supposedly for Yolanda reconstruction also went to relief and rehab for other calamities.

SWP earlier shared the major findings of its study on the tracking of funds for Yolanda reconstruction and found the reconstruction plan poorly implemented, release of funds delayed, and the sources of funds, allocation and status of spending for these funds unclear.

This study covers 14 municipalities and one city in Samar, Leyte, Northern Palawan, and Iloilo.

Delayed provision of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) is on top of the affected communities’ complaints. Survivors in Leyte called this provision DESA or Delayed ESA because there are still many beneficiaries who have yet to receive the much needed assistance from DSWD.  Delayed releases were also reported in Northern Palawan, specifically Busuanga and Linapacan.

SWP found that while construction for permanent housing had already started in most Yolanda affected areas, snags such as land acquisition, pricing, resistance by target beneficiaries, and documentation were encountered. A large number of this target is yet to be implemented in Tacloban, Leyte, Easter Samar Iloilo, Northern Palawan.

“Immediate resolution of these snags in the implementation of the reconstruction plan can be addressed if only President Aquino will designate a separate entity that has technical and administrative competence to implement the CRRP and other reconstruction efforts in the future, with the necessary budget and mandated to steer the recovery process,” Briones said.

                                 

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SSS, kinilala bilang Top Government E-payment Partner


Ginawaran ng pagkilala ng isang online banking payment system ang Social Security System (SSS) bilang “Top Government e-Payment Partner” matapos itong makapagtala ng pinakamataas na bilang ng transaksyon gamit ang electronic payment.

Ayon sa BancNet, umabot sa P8 bilyong member contributions ang nakolekta ng SSS mula sa kanilang electronic payment (e-payment) system noong 2014.

Umabot sa 523,092 ang bilang ng mga empleyadong ipinagbayad ng kontribusyon ng kanilang employer at 691,914 loan repayments ng mga empleyado ang binayaran sa pamamagitan ng e-payment. Gayundin, 57,643 self-employed at voluntary members ng SSS ang nagbayad ng kanilang buwanang kontribusyon gamit ang BancNet.

“Sinasabayan namin ang mga makabagong teknolohiya para bumilis ang transaksyon sa SSS.  Kapag nagbayad sa BancNet on-line facility, naipo-post ang kanilang ibinayad sa loob lamang ng 24 oras kaya maginhawa talaga ang paggamit nito,” sabi ni SSS Senior Vice President Judy Frances A. See ng Account Management Group at Concurrent Head ng International Operations Division. Aniya,

Kadalasang gumagamit din ng e-payment services ang mga self-employed professionals tulad ng mga doktor at abogado, at pati mga miyembro ng Informal Sector Groups tulad ng mga mangingisda at magsasaka gayundin ang mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“Hangarin ng SSS na mabigyan ang mga miyembro nito ng maraming options sa pagbabayad ng kanilang kontribusyon. Maliban sa BancNet on-line facility, maaari din silang magbayad sa mga tellering services sa mga piling SSS branch offices at accredited commercial banks,” dagdag ni See.

Ang SSS ang kauna-unahang ahensya ng gobyerno na gumamit ng BancNet e-payment facility dahil ang mga transaksyon nito ay agad naipo-post sa loob lamang ng 24-oras.

                                 

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BSMED, PTTC collab for 2-day entrepreneurship event


In celebration of the SMED Week 2015, the DTI – Bureau of Small Enterprise Development (BSMED) with the help of the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) will open a two-day entrepreneurship event under the SME Roving Academy (SMERA) on July 24 to 25 at the PTTC, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. corner Roxas Boulevard Pasay City.

The two-day festivities will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will involve conduct of various demo-skills and business management training programs.

With the theme, “Strengthening MSMEs Participation in the Global and Regional Trade,” the event’s main objective is to enhance the operational capabilities of MSMEs, expose them to current business trends, and improve their skills to compete in local and global markets.

Included in the list of 61 free training sessions during the event is the “Orientation Session on the ILO Community-based Enterprise Development” to be conducted by an International Labour Organization representative on July 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at PTTC Room C.

Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) is an innovative ILO training program to strengthen the business skills of aspiring entrepreneurs and small enterprise owners.

For the past two years, the entrepreneurship events were attended by an average of 4,038 participants on a total of 96 combined training sessions in the last two years.

The two-day entrepreneurship event is open and free to the public but will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-registration is not required.

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DTI offers free entrepreneurship trainings


To strengthen the country’s position in regional and global trade, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides free business management and demo-skills training in line with this year’s small and medium enterprise development week celebrations.

“It is imperative for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to continuously advance their skills, sustain their presence in the market, and endeavour to become more competitive not just locally but regionally and globally,” DTI Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. said.

Manalo added that in offering these trainings, we equip them with the necessary training for them to gain a strong foothold in their target markets and for them to eventually expand in other markets.

Themed as “Strengthening MSMEs’ participation in global and regional trade,” these trainings aim to fortify MSMEs’ competitiveness and sustainability, market awareness, and capacity building.

The trainings include sessions such as how to start a business and Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) Law; SME competitiveness in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Integration; understanding non-tariff measures (NTMs) affecting processed food sector; business continuity planning, market opportunities in the European Union (EU), Japan and United States of America; doing business with the EU using the new Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) scheme or GSP+ status to the Philippines;  revised Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures and requirement; green business practices; business plan preparation; and social entrepreneurship.

These trainings are organized by the DTI’s Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED) in partnership with the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), and will be held on  July 24 to 25, 2015 at PTTC, Senator Gil Puyat Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.

Manalo noted that these trainings are part of DTI’s continuous implementation the SME Roving Academy program in various regions.

This program is a continuous learning program for the development of MSMEs to improve their competitiveness to vie in the domestic and global markets. The program’s stages include start-up and capability building, market awareness, market readiness, export readiness, export market entry, export sustainability, and export expansion.

For the complete list of trainings and schedules, you may visit PTTC’s Facebook page or log on PTTC’s website at www.pttc.gov.ph and DTI’s website at www.dti.gov.ph.

Interested participants may contact with DTI-BSMED at telephone numbers 751.5059 and 752.5076.

 

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