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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Japan Donates P34 Million Worth Of Emergency Vehicles To Duterte Government

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The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines has donated emergency vehicles to 11 local government units in Visayas and to 15 local government units in Mindanao under the provision of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The total number of the emergency vehicles granted by the Embassy of Japan under these projects amount to 54 units, around US$700,000.00 (Php 34,842,500.00) in value.

Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa attended the ceremony and the turn-over of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) on December 14, 2016 at the Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines in Quezon City.


The event was also attended by Secretary Ismael Sueno of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Chief Superintendent Bobby Baruelo of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Dr. Vincent Manalo of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Mayors from the beneficiary municipalities and 200 fire fighters also attended the occasion.

The BFP doesn’t have sufficient number of emergency vehicles to provide their every fire station for their rescue operations and fire extinguishing activities.

This gap became apparent during typhoon Yolanda last 2013. After which, the Embassy of Japan started to extend assistance to BFP in providing emergency vehicles.

Through these projects, BFP will be able to improve their services during emergency response cognizant to the efforts being made by Japan in improving disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines.

It is expected that a total of 3.06 million people in Visayas as well as 6.60 million in Mindanao will benefit from these projects.

Source: Manila Standard

Japan Grants P2.1 Billion To Duterte Government To Boost Agriculture In Mindanao

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has granted state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) a 4.9 Billion Yen (over P2.1 billion) loan to support the agriculture sector in the war-torn areas of Mindanao.

In a statement, JICA said the Official Development Assistance (ODA) under its Yen Loan Scheme was launched this week through a project dubbed “Harnessing Agribusiness Opportunities through Robust and Vibrant Entrepreneurship Supportive of Peaceful Transformation” or “Harvest.”

“The project would be assisting agriculture enterprises as well as farmers’ cooperatives, among other related organizations, in Mindanao,” JICA said.

“It would also provide human resource training and technical assistance to Landbank, agriculture cooperatives, and other relevant institutions,” JICA added.

“‘Harvest’ presents opportunities to help ordinary Filipino farmers in Mindanao and related institutions grow the agriculture sector. Through the project’s financial inclusion of farmers’ cooperatives, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and related organizations, more investments and jobs will be created in Mindanao’s conflict-affected areas,” JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito said.

Government data showed that in 2013, agriculture, fishing and forestry accounted for over three-fifths of Mindanao’s regional economy, employing 68.4 of its population.

“Poverty incidence, however, remained at over half of the population due to the decades of conflict in several parts of the island,” JICA noted.

The Japanese Aid Agency and the Bangsamoro Development Agency had worked on the proposed Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) 2, the medium- to long-term plan that will guide development in Mindanao.

JICA had been wanting to help roll out under the BDP 2 a total of 26 anchor projects spanning a wide array of socioeconomic sectors in order to lift Bangsamoro people out of poverty by 2028.

If fully implemented, the BDP 2 would create about 550,000 additional jobs by 2022, while the region’s economy could grow as fast as 7.4 percent annually, according to JICA.

The anchor projects earlier identified by JICA and BDA under the BDP 2 were as follows: support for agricultural cooperatives; road rehabilitation and upgrading; ports and airport improvement; Greater Cotabato City urban infrastructure; communal irrigation; economic corridor development; economic zones; as well as abaca, coco coir and sugar industrial cluster development.

Also among the BDP 2 initiatives were agri-based projects (such as goat farming and mixed field crop production); seed production center; halal industry promotion; open market; cold chain facilities; community-based forest and coastal management; mini hydropower development; and Mindanao river basin integrated watershed as well as flood management projects.

A 2005 study of the Human Development Network noted that the underdevelopment of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is linked to the long history of armed conflict in the area.

According to the said report, the war in Mindanao costs around P5 to P7.5 billion annually, which could have been used instead to fund development projects.

The poverty incidence in ARMM was at 55.8 percent in 2012 – much higher than the national average of 25.2 percent and 39.1 percent for the whole of Mindanao, government data showed.

Since 2002, JICA has been extending assistance to about 30 programs and projects in Mindanao under the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development or J-Bird.

A total of 20 Billion Yen in development aid has been provided by JICA as well as Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2015, it added.

Source: Newswatch

195 PNP Personnel To Face Dismissal For Positive Use Of Shabu

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Almost 200 out of 165,000 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who underwent random drug testing since last year have tested positive for shabu use, the PNP Crime Laboratory said.

At a news conference, Superintendent Irene Rigonan, Operations Chief of the PNP Crime Laboratory, said 188 uniformed personnel and seven non-uniformed personnel tested positive for shabu use from January 2016 to date.

Rigonan said most of those who tested positive were from CALABARZON Region followed by Metro Manila. No one tested positive in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

“Ang pinaka-ranking po is Chief Inspector at lowest ay PO1,” she said.

According to Rigonan, the tests concentrated on shabu (methamphetamine) and marijuana use. 

“Wala pong nag-positive sa marijuana,” she said.

Rigonan said about 90 percent of the tests were administered during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

For her part, Crime Lab Deputy for Administration Senior Superintendent Ligaya Sim said they annually submit at least 25 to 50 percent of the police force for random drug tests or during promotions or schooling.

Sim said they only upgraded their sample to 100 percent when President Duterte, who made illegal drug syndicates the main target of his anti-crime drive, assumed the presidency in June last year.

“Kasi prior sa ating crime against drugs regularly meron tayong mandatory drug test na yearly required kami at least 25 or 50 percent ng strength namin na-drug test. Pero ngayon 100 percent under the time of President Duterte,” Sim said.

“But aside from the 100 percent, meron pa tayo na regular na kada promotion, before promotion, and schooling may drug test,” she added.

The results of the drug tests are now submitted to the PNP Internal Affairs Service and the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management where the policemen could face summary dismissal proceedings.

Source: Newswatch

P2.8 Billion MRT-LRT Common Station Project Of Pres. Duterte To Start Construction This Year

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The construction of the common station project for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Railway Transit (LRT) will start December this year after the government under President Rodrigo Duterte and concerned agencies signed a memorandum of agreement on Wednesday, January 18.

The P2.8-Billion project that will be financed and built by the Department of Transportation, aims to connect the three main lines of LRT-1, MRT-3 and the MRT-7 (North Avenue, Quezon City to San Jose, Del Monte Bulacan).

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said some of the benefits of the 13,700-square-meter project include the seamless transfer from one line to another; convenient walk for platform transfers; bigger space and connection to two major malls.

The target completion for the common station is April 2019.

There will be three areas for the common station:

Area A — where the platform and concourse for LRT-1 and MRT-3 are located

Area B — where the two concourses connecting Areas A and C are located

Area C — where the platform for MRT-7 is located

Agencies which signed with the DOTr were SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Universal LRT Corporation Limited of the San Miguel Corporation, Light Rail Manila Corporation, North Triangle Depot Commercial Corporation, Department of Public Works and Highways and Light Rail Transit Authority.

“The concept design of the Common Station project will be presented to concerned constituents, representatives and local officials before the final design to incorporate concerns from various sectors,” the DOTr said.

The photos below show the proposed design and location of the common station.
















Source: DOTr.Gov

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

San Miguel Corp. To Construct Extension Of P40 Billion Skyway Stage 3 Project Under Pres. Duterte

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Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) plans to extend its 14.82-kilometer elevated Toll Road Project that will link North and Luzon Expressways to open up a new route for heavy vehicles heading to eastern Metro Manila.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange Monday, January 16, SMC said it was in discussion with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to construct an extension of the P40-billion Skyway Stage 3 Project under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte that will become an optional route for trucks going to the eastern portion of Metro Manila.

“Such extension may pass through the San Juan river, C-3 and the Pasig River, respectively,” SMC said in the disclosure.

“We advise that the construction of such tollway will not be considered an unsolicited proposal since it would be an extension of the Skyway Stage 3 Project,” SMC said.

The North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway (NLEx-SLEx) connector road or Skyway Stage 3 is a six-lane elevated toll road and the last of three stages of the Metro Manila Skyway System.

It is intended to connect SLEx in Alabang to Balintawak in Quezon City before North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) through Central Metro Manila Area by using predominantly the median of Quirino, G. Araneta and A. Bonifacio road networks.

Phase one consists of two sections – Buendia to Nagtahan and Nagtahan to Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard.

Phase two of the project will have two sections, one linking Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard to Quezon Avenue and another linking Quezon Avenue to Balintawak.

The original plan consisted of eight interchanges at Buendia, Pres. Quirino Avenue, Plaza Dilao and Nagtahan, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Sgt. Rivera and Balintawak with a total of 14 toll plazas.

The project, which is covered by a 30-year concession period, intends to enhance the economic interaction of Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), Mega Manila, and central Luzon that contribute to over 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

It also seeks to provide an alternate route to decongest EDSA and the major thoroughfares around its vicinity.

Source: PPP.Gov

PCSO Lotto Results For Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  4-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  7-6-1-5
JACKPOT PRIZE:  58,172.00
WINNER(S):  11
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
MORNING 11AM:  3-1-2
WINNER(S):  868
AFTERNOON 4PM:  7-9-7
WINNER(S):  432
EVENING 9PM:  2-1-5
WINNER(S):  1206
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
MORNING 11AM:  10-11
WINNER(S):  273
AFTERNOON 4PM:  12-4
WINNER(S):  248
EVENING 9PM:  2-11
WINNER(S):  682
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Grand Lotto 6/55
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
COMBINATION:  45-27-37-43-6-39
CURRENT JACKPOT:  102,527,748.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  Mega Lotto 6/45
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
COMBINATION:  39-23-10-28-30-21
CURRENT JACKPOT:  39,845,340.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

President Duterte To Create Hospital With Free Hospitalization For OFWs And Their Dependents

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Senator Joel Villanueva filed a bill for Ovearseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to have an exclusive hospital in the Philippines, and if this will be passed, OFWs and its dependents can avail free hospitalization.

The Senate Bill 1282, Senator Villanueva is proposing to build an exclusive hospital for OFWs, a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte to Overseas Filipino Workers. Through this, the OFWs including its dependents can avail free hospitalization.

Based on the 2015 survey from April 1 to September 30, 2015 on Overseas Filipino Workers, there are about 2.4 million OFWs, of which total remittance of Php 180.3 billion.

The hospital will be called “Bagong Bayani Filipino Hospital,” which will be managed by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA.  The hospital is also expected to admit 50 patients per ward.

READ: HOUSE BILL NO. 3678 - "OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS(OFWS) HOSPITAL ACT OF 2013."

Source: ANC

DPWH Completed 15 Multi-Purpose Buildings, Covered Courts In Nine Laguna Towns

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Laguna First District Engineering Office led by District Engineer Ness Villanueva and Assistant District Engineer Gerry de Cello recently reported the completion of 15 multi-purpose buildings and covered courts in nine towns in the fourth district of Laguna to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar.

The 15 multipurpose buildings and covered courts were built in Santa Cruz, Magdalena, Luisiana, Pagsanjan, Lumban, Paete, Mabitac, Pila, and Cavinti.

Villanueva and De Cello said these projects have benefitted residents as they are used as evacuation centers.

Local Chief Executives in the area led by Mayor Dennis Panganiban thanked Laguna Representative Benjie Agarao and the DPWH for completing the projects.

Source: Newswatch

24 Hour Supermarket Selling Filipino Products Now Open In Al Rigga, Dubai

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Philippine Consul General to Dubai Paul Raymund P. Cortes led the opening of the Aim Fresh Supermarket at Al Rigga, Dubai, UAE.

The Aim Fresh Supermarket is a 24-hour grocery store which sells Filipino products, meats, pastries, and short orders of Filipino cuisine as well as some international cuisine.

Source: DFA.Gov

DSWD Chief Revisits Tacloban City To Personally Check Housing Projects For Yolanda Survivors

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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo flew to Tacloban City on Thursday, January 12, to check on the status of construction of the DSWD-assisted shelter project for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

The Department shelled out a total of P38,500,000 as its counterpart fund for the construction of 550 permanent and disaster-resilient homes at the Pope Francis Village in Barangay Diit, Tacloban City. A housing unit costs P300,000 for the structure alone, of which P70,000 of the total unit cost came from the DSWD.

The rest of the funding came from the consortium of international humanitarian organizations – the Associates of the Urban Poor, Archdiocese of Palo, Redemptorist Fathers, CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace, Development and Peace.

During a short interaction with the beneficiaries, Secretary Taguiwalo lauded their deep involvement in the ongoing construction of the homes.

In her speech, the Secretary highlighted the importance of “Sama-samang Pagkilos Para sa Pagbabago (Unity in Action for Change)” in establishing the resettlement project that will serve as a permanent residence of fishermen, market vendors, pedicab drivers and other families affected by ‘Yolanda’ from the districts of Magallanes and San Jose in Tacloban.

In addition, the consortium has already built a six-classroom school building worth P7 million and it now stands at the nearby compound of the Scandinavian National High School.

Secretary Taguiwalo also commended the importance of how the project is empowering ‘Yolanda’ survivors by means of people’s participation and skills training.

The DSWD and other funding organizations provided the cash incentive for the Cash-for-Work (CFW) scheme of P260 per day to partner-beneficiaries who underwent training on various skills such as masonry, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical installation.

According to Project Coordinator Ariel Nones, the project is contractorless. They only hired in-house engineers and employed the partner-beneficiaries as laborers. However, they plan to soon hire skilled manpower to hasten the construction of the housing units.

As of this time, there are already 14 units completed while 40 other units are still ongoing.

Lastly, Secretary Taguiwalo assured the beneficiaries that, “I don’t want you to be back from being homeless. Together, we will continue to prioritize the needs of the poor through initiatives that will allow them to become productive members of the society.”

Source: DSWD.Gov

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